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Red Deer Advocate TUESDAY, NOV. 26, 2013

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City rolls out ‘no frills’ capital budget MAYOR SAYS PLAN IS MEASURED, BALANCED AND AFFORDABLE BY CRYSTAL RHYNO ADVOCATE STAFF City administration has introduced a “no frills” $104-million capital budget that Red Deer city council will debate today. City manager Craig Curtis said this year’s budget is different from the 2013 budget as the city shifts from a centennial budget focusing on amenities, quality of life and community service facilities to infrastructure needed for growth. Curtis said there are not a lot of frills in the budget, indicating that 90 per cent of it is related to development services. Mayor Tara Veer said in many ways it is a maintenance budget that looks at what the city has and laying the foundation for community vision for the future. “It does it in a way that is measured, balanced and affordable for the citizens of our community,” said Veer. Council will consider both current and multi-year capital projects and re-


Capt. Samantha Wall, an electrical and mechanical engineering officer, plays the bagpipes for the Remembrance Day ceremony at Camp Phoenix in Kabul.

Springbrook soldier gets taste of life in Afghanistan BY RENÉE FRANCOEUR ADVOCATE STAFF A Springbrook woman on a training mission in Afghanistan says working with the local women is one of the most enjoyable and interesting parts of her job overseas. Capt. Samantha Wall, an electrical and mechanical engineering officer, arrived in Kabul in late June as part of the NATO team training the Afghan National Security Forces. “I work as a advisor with the ANP (Afghan National Police) and there are actually three women, ANP officers, on

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site that I get to work with — the others rarely get to interact with the Afghan women,” Wall said. “It’s been interesting to see how reserved they are when there are men in the room and then when it’s just us girls, they can be quite chatty. ... We share stories, talk about each others lives.” The ANP is about 750 strong and only three of those are women, Wall said. Wall, who just turned 25, was deployed with the 950 member contingent of Canadian troops in Operation ATTENTION, Canada’s part in the NATO training mission in Afghanistan.

view the city’s 10-year capital plan. The 88 projects in the capital budget range from a variety of small-ticket items like an off-leash downtown dog park for $34,000 to higher-cost items like a roundabout at 30th Avenue and 67th Street for $17 million. A notice of motion asking for the Central Alberta Aquatics Centre to be inked into the capital plan came before council on Nov. 18. But city administration has not recommended the item in either the capital budget or plan. Generally items are moved into the capital budget with identified funding sources. Council will consider one-time funding of $150,000 to assess the facilities in the city and to determine the aquatic needs of the community. Curtis outlined the rationale for not including a pool project. They include its estimated $90-million price tag, the impact on taxes and debt, declining revenue from the province, the potential to use Michener Centre pool and the question of whether the centre would trump other needed facilities in the community. Curtis said he applauds and supports the vision that council adopted for the Aquatics Centre either at the Recreation Centre or the Michener Centre.

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Full parole denied chronic drunk driver BY BRENDA KOSSOWAN ADVOCATE STAFF Full parole has been denied a habitual drunk driver who is serving a 3.5-year sentence for killing two Red Deer teenagers. April Gail Beauclair, 31, of Lacombe, was arrested and charged in the early hours of March 31, 2012, after driving her car at highway speed into the back of a vehicle that was being pushed along Hwy 11A by three young men from Red Deer. Colton Keeler, 19, died at the scene. Tyson Vanderzwaag died in hospital six days later, two days after his 18th birthday. The car’s driver, who had been pushing from the side of the car, suffered serious injuries. Beauclair was sentenced in Red Deer provincial court on Oct. 11, 2012, after pleading guilty to two counts of impaired driving causing death. She

was later granted day parole, effective June 11 of this year. In a hearing before the Parole Board of Canada on Monday, Beauclair admitted that she had become an alcoholic at an early age and driven drunk more than 50 times before the morning of the deadly crash. She said her fiancé, who was living with her in her parents’ home, was often away working and was unaware that she had been drinking and driving, or that she was regularly using marijuana as well. She told members of the parole board that she had asked him not to attend the hearing out of consideration for the surviving victims. Colton Keeler’s father, Darren Keeler, said in his statement to the board that throughout the ordeal he had never once heard Beauclair say she was sorry for what she had done.

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Conservatives fend off strong Liberal showing Conservative candidate Larry Maguire won the federal byelection in a closely watched Manitoba riding on Monday. Story on PAGE A6



A2 RED DEER ADVOCATE Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013

Psychiatrists in the spotlight at murder trial


BY MURRAY CRAWFORD ADVOCATE STAFF Psychiatrists with conflicting opinions faced tough cross-examinations at the start of the third week of the trial of a Consort man who is charged with shooting his brother. Dr. Kenneth Hashman and Dr. Vijay Singh, both forensic psychiatrists, took the stand Monday in Red Deer Court of Queen’s Bench before Justice Kirk Scissons. John Wayne Mock, 36, of Consort, faces a second degree murder charge in the shooting death of his brother Timothy Mock. Hashman was finishing up his testimony from last week. The head of forensic psychiatry services for Alberta was last questioned Nov. 20. Monday was his cross-examination by the Crown. Crown prosecutor Anders Quist, focused his questioning on what Hashman hadn’t included in his opinion on the mental condition of John Mock. Hashman had previously testified that John Mock has bipolar disorder Type 1 and was in a manic state with psychotic features at the time of the Feb. 22, 2012, shooting. Quist asked why Hashman didn’t consider John Mock’s drug use and if it would lead to a cannabis-induced psychosis.


Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton, center, kicks off Thanksgiving week in Minnesota with the pardon of a turkey at the state capitol in Minneapolis, Monday. This turkey is the brother of two turkeys that were sent to The White House for a presidential pardon. pected to be adopted around 6 p.m. today.


BUDGET: A lot of competing capital items

WALL: ‘Pretty good’ experience so far

“We need a 50-metre pool in the community,” said Curtis. “At this time, we don’t need it for our (2019 Canada Winter Games) bid. After the games, I sincerely hope that we can get that Aquatics Centre and find a funding source that can allow us to move it into the capital plan.” Curtis said at this stage a funding source has eluded the city and there is risk for future cuts from the province. This year, the city is grappling with a $1.2-million reduction in the Municipal Sustainability Initiative (MSI) grant from the province. Curtis said if the province had not made this cut to its operating budget, the city would have an additional $20 million in borrowing capacity. He said there are a lot of competing capital items in the community, including soccer and slo pitch facilities, museum storage and new airport infrastructure. Administration is recommending that council prioritize all the items in the plan. Eight new items in the capital budget include the roundabout, 30th Avenue sanitary and storm trunks, road construction and crown paving, River Bend water intake, 55th Street reconstruction, Michener Recreation Centre/Facility Assessment and, in principle, Canada Winter Games. The Canada Winter Games do not have an impact on the 2014 budget but will in the 10-year plan. Sport venue upgrades to facilities like the Collicutt Centre, Kinsmen Arenas, Pidherney Centre and Red Deer and Kinex Arena will come with a $250,000 price tag. Over 2015-2023, the event is estimated to cost $27,820,000. Some big ticket items: ● 30 Avenue and 67th Street roundabout — $17,094,000 ● Road construction and crown paving — $14,498,000 ● Transmission stations, newly annexed area — $8,925,000 ● North Highway Connector project: Phase 1B-130th Avenue, two-lane from Northland Drive to 67th Street — $8,085,000 ● Pavement rehabilitation program (crown paving) — $7,938,000 ● 30th Avenue Sanitary Trunk/30th Avenue Storm Trunk — $4,830,000 The debate begins at 9 a.m. and the budget is ex-

“I work with six Americans and we all mentor. I do primarily maintenance. Right now the ANP’s maintenance is all contracted. “I teach them how to care for their vehicles, how to work with the contractor, how to get and use the basic things they need for the trucks such as oil because if they don’t have it, they just drive without it and then the vehicles break down.” The former Notre Dame High School student said Kabul is slightly different than how she initially imagined it. “Kandahar is popularized more in the news so you see photos of open roads and mud huts but in Kabul there are a lot of paved roads — granted there might be some potholes that could eat a car. There’s a good amount of development going up so it’s an interesting contrast because you see new high rises and then you see some shanty-shacks built beside them. The old and the new is merged together.” The weather had cooled down to around 15C on Monday, Wall said. “When we got here, you could see the mountains in the distance and they were just brown. But now, you can actually see the snow on most of them.” Both of Wall’s parents were in the military, sparking her interest in a career with the forces. As a woman in the military, she said her experience has been “pretty good.” She was the only female signed up in her first course back at the Royal Military College of Canada. There were three women in her second course, with 32 males. “We’re in the lower numbers in my trade but if you do the work you’re expected to do, most people don’t have any issues with you.” When Wall’s major asked her if she wanted to go on tour in Afghanistan, she responded with “I would do anything.” “This is our last opportunity. I wanted to see what it was like. It’s what you join the military for. If you join the military and you don’t want to get deployed, I don’t know what you’re doing in it.” Wall is slated to return home on Dec. 13 and will spend Christmas with her parents and brother in Springbrook during her month-long leave. The majority of fellow advisors from the operation will also be leaving around the same time but there will be a continued presence in Kabul until the end of March, Wall said.


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PAROLE: Still at a risk to reoffend Keeler said he had concerns about her level of rehabilitation and that she could still be at risk of reoffending. His voice trembled as he read the closing paragraph in his statement. “I deeply miss my son. I miss the joy he brought to our lives and I will forever miss the man he was to become, the life he was to lead and the future that has forever been erased by the actions of another,” said Keeler. Colton’s mother, Brandee Keeler, said she dislikes the person she has become since the death of her son. “One of the only reasons I am here today is so that everyone sees the sorrow on my face and the pain in my eyes and hears the anger in my voice. It must be known that I have not forgotten nor have I forgiven what she’s done, and I never will,” she said. “I hope with every ounce of love I have for my son that Karma will succeed where the system has failed.” Heard sniffling at times throughout the hearing, Beauclair read a letter of apology at the end of her testimony, stating that she had not been able to say the words earlier because they sounded empty. “Not a day goes by that my heart doesn’t ache. I’m so very sorry,” she said. In announcing their decision, the two members of the parole board said they would decline Beauclair’s application for full parole because they believe she needs more time in a structured environment. Remarking on her plan to live in Red Deer with her fiancé, they said they do not trust his ability to monitor her actions because of the number of times she had deceived him in the past. The board did not address whether or not her day parole, which expires on Dec. 12, should be extended. That issue is to be reviewed with a decision to be made within the next few weeks. Beauclair is eligible for statutory release on Feb. 10, 2015. Her sentence expires on April 10, 2015.









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A3 Foster care system under fire TUESDAY, NOV. 26, 2013

89 UNREPORTED FOSTER CHILD DEATHS WERE ACCIDENTS, NATURAL CAUSES: GOVERNMENT BY THE CANADIAN PRESS EDMONTON — Alberta’s Human Services minister, reacting to reports the government kept under wraps the deaths of 89 foster children, said those cases weren’t published because the children died of natural causes or by accidents. “There was no attempt to hide (the numbers),� Dave Hancock told the legislature during question period Monday. “The numbers that weren’t published were those children who died tragically of natural causes.� Both Hancock and Premier Alison Redford also stressed that the province must publicly report all child deaths and has created a new independent children’s advocate to look into the deaths of all kids in government care. “We did that because I worked in the family justice system and I worked in child welfare, and I am a concerned Albertan just as every other Albertan is,� said Redford. The remarks follow an investigation by newspapers that found 145 children have died in government care since 1999. The government has only publicized 56 deaths over that period. The report lists youngsters who have died by hanging, malnutrition, hypothermia, head trauma, drowning, disease, fire, and stabbing. They have overdosed, been asphyxiated, died in

car crashes or because of sudden infant death syndrome. A third of the children died as infants and another third were teenagers. Most were aboriginals. The report also found that those in the system struggle with secrecy, bureaucracy and privacy rules that don’t even allow parents to publicly identify their dead children. It found the government also lacks a mechanism to track recommendations made from death investigations to improve foster child safety. NDP critic Rachel Notley told the house that while Redford created a new Child and Youth Advocate last year to explore the deaths of foster children, the rules triggering an investigation have narrowed in order to lessen the number of investigations. “Having a death reported to you is not the same as doing an investigation about how that death happened and how it can be stopped,� said Notley. “The fact of the matter is the Children’s Advocate has done two reports so far. It’s just not good enough.� All three opposition parties asked Speaker Gene Zwozdesky to grant an emergency debate on the issue, saying they need to get to the bottom of why the deaths were not reported and to make sure the children currently in care are being treated well. Zwozdesky rejected the debate, noting that while it is a critically important issue, there were already 42 questions and answers on the topic during question period alone, not to mention member statements

on the topic. The newspaper report was the result of a fouryear legal battle between the newspapers and the province, which declined to release the information until ordered to do so by Alberta’s privacy commissioner. Hancock told the house that they fought the release of the information to protect the privacy of the individuals involved and to prevent collateral harm to people connected to those in foster care. Wildrose Leader Danielle Smith called for a public inquiry into the deaths and the state of the system. That was rejected by the government. “It’s not another inquiry we need,� said Hancock. “We’ve actually had the inquiries, and now we’re implementing the results of those inquiries.� Hancock said the deaths of children in care are not only reviewed by the Children’s Advocate, but also by a quality assurance council, and the medical examiner. “It’s not one investigation. It’s three,� said Hancock. Liberal Leader Raj Sherman said he fears the death numbers are only the tip of a much larger problem. “If the number of deaths of children in care is this grossly under-reported, then the number of children seriously injured while in government care is very likely under-reported as well,� said Sherman.

Hunting group urges province to hire more wildlife officers BY THE CANADIAN PRESS EDMONTON — The Alberta Fish and Game Association says the shooting of dozens of animals by suspected poachers this fall is deplorable and points to the need for more wildlife officers. In just one area west of Edmonton, officers are investigating the deaths of 26 deer, elk, moose and a black bear — the carcasses were left on the ground to rot. Association president Gord Poirier said there have also been cases of drunken people out hunting and people shooting animals at night from vehicles. “No sane person, or sober person, would do something like that,� Poirier said Monday. “It is just a waste. And the danger -- people shooting from roads is unethical.� Poirier said the Alberta government needs to more than double the number of wildlife officers to about 250 and impose tougher penalties to end such carnage. Brendan Cox, a spokesman for Alberta’s Justice Department, said the animals shot in the Edson area were killed over a six-week period. “This incident in Edson is not typical of that area but it is concerning because of the number of animals involved,� he said. “Our officers are looking for tips from the public.� Cox said Alberta has about 112 wildlife officers that investigate between 750 to 1,000 reported poaching cases each year. The Alberta Conservation Association estimates fewer than 10 per cent of poaching cases are detected. The top five poached mammals in Alberta are deer, elk, moose, bighorn sheep and bears. Cox said 12 more field officers are due to join the service in December, but they will be replacing

people who are retiring. To date this year the province has laid 254 hunting-related charges, compared to 464 in 2012. The Alberta Union of Provincial Employees said in the mid 1990s when the province’s population was about 2.5 million, more than 150 wildlife officers were on duty. There are now more than four million people living in Alberta. Mike Dempsey, a union official who represents wildlife officers, said staff are spread way too thin. “Hard pressed,� he said. “The public has to know that there is a lack of a presence on Crown land.� Earlier this month RCMP charged three people west of Rimbey after pulling over a truck at night with its headlights off. Inside the truck police found three hunting rifles and a spotlight. Investigators said the three had been drinking and one had fired shots at a bull elk near a house in a remote area while another person shone the light at the animal. The carcasses of two bull moose were found in the same area in 2012. The antlers had been taken but the meat was left to rot. Earlier this month two moose were shot dead by suspected poachers on a fenced wildlife refuge west of Calgary operated by the Cochrane Ecological Institute. The institute cares for injured and orphaned animals until they can return to the wild. Poirier said consistent, tough sentences for people convicted of poaching are needed as a deterrent. He noted a case near Edmonton where a convicted poacher basically received a slap on the wrist. “Another guy shot two bull elk east of the city and got a $3,000 fine,� Poirier said. “No lifetime hunting ban. He shot two bull elk out of season, out of area. It depends on the judge.�

Province to co-ordinate MS treatment BY THE CANADIAN PRESS EDMONTON — The Alberta government has announced a plan to better co-ordinate resources and treatment for multiple sclerosis patients. Health Minister Fred Horne says Alberta has one of the highest rates of MS in the world. He says they have a lot of resources already but the plan was to look at how well those resources are co-ordinated. The aim is to provide a model for better use of health professionals and resources, and stronger cooperation between groups. Judy Gordon of the Society’s Government Rela-


TRIAL: Conflicting reports In Singh’s report on the mental state of John Mock, he concluded that John Mock was in a cannabis-induced psychosis at the time. Singh said in the weeks leading up to the shooting, John Mock had admitted to smoking between six and eight joints of a combination of marijuana and hashish per day, as well as consuming varying amounts of alcohol — as many as 50 beers the weekend before the incident, or as few as two beers on Feb. 22, 2012. Singh, a psychiatrist with Alberta Hospital Edmonton, was called in by the Crown to evaluate John Mock’s mental state in August 2013. Being significantly chronologically removed from the incident, Singh relied on Crown supplied background, personal interviews with John Mock and the interviews and observations of staff. He concluded that John Mock could have been suffering from acute intoxication at the time and his only diagnosis was chronic alcohol and cannabis misuse. Singh also testified that John Mock’s paranoia, the belief the government was monitoring him through his phone, could be explained by his prolonged cannabis use. Much of Quist’s cross-examination of Hashman relied on questions stemming from Singh’s evaluation of John Mock. In the events surrounding the shooting, John Mock had gone to get a car to take his brother to help, but had backed in to a building. Singh used this and a 911 phone call where John Mock told the operator his brother had been shot to say that John Mock had an understanding of what had happened to his broth-

tions Committee says it’s like having a GPS where patients can find their way through the various ministries for the services they need. Horne says it will also ensure that there’s a more consistent level of service across the province. Additional funds are not being allocated to the strategy. Horne says it will require using current resources in a more efficient manner. “Finding those services and connecting with them and getting all the people on your team — for someone who’s living with MS — to work together, should not be the responsibility of the patient or their family to have to bear. It’s very much something we can do by simply co-ordinating resources better.� er and that speaks to his criminal responsibility. Prior testimony said John Mock thought his brother was a clone and that was why he shot Timothy Mock. After the shooting John Mock phoned 911, his sister and a friend, he removed Timothy’s shirt to inspect him for wounds, checked his pulse and started CPR. Singh said all this contributes to an understanding that this was John Mock’s brother who was shot. Defence counsel Darren Mahoney, of Calgary, grilled Singh on his findings. He focused his crossexamination on why Singh relied on Crown provided background material and his own interviews with John Mock a year-and-a-half after the incident. Singh maintained his position that at the time of the shooting John Mock was suffering from acute intoxication. Mahoney questioned Singh about Mocks behaviour in the first few weeks after, citing hallucinations, a suicide attempt by drowning himself in the toilet bowl and irrational behaviour. Singh said these could have been caused by both the withdrawal symptoms he would be experiencing from not having alcohol or cannabis anymore and because of the guilt and his irrational behaviour could be explained by the blow to the psyche because of the incident. Throughout his testimony, Hashman maintained John Mock had bipolar disorder Type 1, while Singh said it is possible, but not likely and the acute intoxication would better explain the transient psychotic symptom that lead to Tim’s death. Testimony went late into Monday night, with Hashman being recalled as the defence’s surrebuttal. Hashman restated his opinion, which differs from Singhs saying John Mock had signs of psychosis and mania, which could be explained by a diagnosis bipolar disorder. The trial resumes Tuesday morning.


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TUESDAY, NOV. 26, 2013

Matching growth takes cash I support the proposal to build a new Olympic-size 50-metre competitive pool in Red Deer. I also support a new performing arts centre, museum and archives, and another couple of multi-use facilities like the Collicutt Centre, more parks (no canals thank you) and all the other things that can make a city MARY-ANN a great place to live. BARR I want it all, not necessarily in the order listed. Alas, here’s the billion-dollar reality check. The nut of it is priorities versus expectations versus funding. The City of Red Deer’s 2014 $105-million capital budget, which was unveiled on Monday and is being looked at today by city council, doesn’t include any of the above wish list items.


It does include a 10-year plan of future capital projects that may or may not go ahead as each year council approves future capital budgets. The tally today of that 10-year plan sits at $1.359 billion. This will change, depending on funding, priorities, and so on. The contentious $90-million Aquatic Centre isn’t even included in this picture. One of the 2014 capital budget’s biggest items is a $17-million roundabout at 67th Street and 30th Avenue. I don’t know how that compares with other roundabouts in terms of price, but as we all should know by now, the price to keep traffic moving smoothly in a city of 100,000 is very, very expensive. Council’s challenge is to balance scarce funding with capital projects — and balance priorities that include must-do projects like roads and sewers and firehalls, and community priorities like performing arts centres and swimming pools. In addition, council must decide: Do we want just meat and potatoes? What about a little salsa for a change? Please tell me we don’t want just meat and potatoes. But to have more costs more.

As wish list capital projects go, sports facilities, have certainly been the priority at City Hall. Some would argue validly that it’s about time something like a new museum and arts centre takes precedence over another swimming pool. The Aquatics Centre project recently floated to the top of some city councillor agendas because it seemed wise to push ahead with it as the city bids to host the 2019 Canada Winter Games. A nice new competition-level pool would help with the bid. It looks more and more like the new pool will not happen by 2019. Unfortunately for pool proponents, the far from cast-in-stone price tag is scaring the heck out of the general public. For good reason. What else can $90 million get you today? The new Central Alberta Cancer Centre at Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre cost $46 million. In 2001, the Collicutt Centre cost $31.6 million. Considering inflation, the Collicutt would cost about $40 million today. The city’s snow removal operating budget is $3.4 million for 2013. That would buy about 25 years worth of

snow removal, although for some people, $90 million is barely be enough to fix the current snow situation. The city is suffering with a number of lower revenue sources, one being a “significant reduction in provincial funding in relation to the original commitment.” It’s hard to plan when critical funding in never certain. Alberta municipalities, which have very limited taxation powers, and which are also very dependent upon provincial and federal infrastructure money, have a combined $24-billion infrastructure deficit, according to the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association. Premier Alison Redford said in this city, about Alberta, on the weekend at the annual meeting of Progressive Conservatives: “We are first in population growth. We are first in job growth. We are first in entrepreneurship and we are first in economic growth.” Whether it’s art centres, museums, or sewer lines, shouldn’t we be first in infrastructure, too? Mary-Ann Barr is the Advocate’s assistant city editor. She can be reached by email at or by phone at 403-314-4332.

Living longer only to die of loneliness? The Oxford Dictionary made “selfie” the word of the year this year, in recognition of, well, self-recognition. Thus, for a few days at least, Canada’s news feeds were able to look away from the twin headlights of Rob Ford and Nigel Wright/Mike Duffy, and glimpse the current shiny thing: our obsession with ourselves. What technology makes possible, people make cultural. In just one year, we are told, the word “selfie” — the act of using cellphones to take arms-length pictures of ourselves to share with a largely uncaring world — has increased in usage by 17,000 per cent. Wouldn’t you like copyright licensing power on something like that? GREG I don’t believe that the NEIMAN explosion of selfies posted on boards around the world is evidence that society is becoming yet more self-obsessed. I think we reached the psychological limits of that some time ago. Rather, I think it might be evidence of something quite the opposite. Maybe the phenomenon is just billions of people putting their digital faces into the universe calling: Is anyone out there? I was cruising the news postings on Sunday, in part using the hours before the football game could begin. (Let nothing healthy occur on Grey Cup Sunday.) On the recent postings that came up on my tablet was one story, then another elsewhere, unrelated, and again others — all mentioning the latest new health threat: loneliness. In an age where we celebrate the advances that help us live longer, healthier, more active lives, it seems we’re always finding new ways to kill ourselves early. One story cited a study suggesting that being lonely has the same health effects on a person as being a heavy smoker. Most of the stories I saw were in the


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context of baby boomers — many of them divorced or widowed — leaving their work lives in droves to suddenly become alone. Doomed to eventually wither in long-term care facilities, communities of people with nothing to connect them other than their own infirmities. I guess, posting pictures of themselves as they die. Searching deeper, it’s easy to find a multitude of studies and reports that treat the phenomenon of loneliness much more seriously. It seems a generation that perfected selfishness (because they could not invent it), faces its own undoing because it never bothered to connect that much to others. Church and social club attendance are both in fast decline. Outside of a competitive and stressful professional life is ... not much, for very many. People report close personal connections to ever fewer numbers of others, and do not realize the lack until late in life. Work has become stressful enough in our fastpaced world. But for people who do not seek out and nurture personal ties with other people in an outside environment, retirement produces ample stresses of its own. The reactions within our bodies to the drop in personal interactions with other people are the same, or worse, than the daily grind of employment. Here’s a shopping list of what happens to people who become lonely as they age: higher blood pressure, higher incidence of heart disease, more (and longer) hospital stays, higher use of prescription medications, reduced cognitive function, lower levels of physical fitness. Of the 20 to 60 per cent of people aged 50 and up (the rate increased as people got older) who self-reported as being lonely to a study in Manitoba, a high proportion of them also reported having as many as four chronic diseases. The report did not answer the chicken-and-egg question: did having diabetes, heart disease, Crohn’s disease or other ailments set the stage for people becoming very lonely, or did their loneliness make them sick? Correlation is not cause, but the correlation apparently shocked the people doing the study.

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Other news reports were a lot more graphic: being lonely, not being able to connect, bond and interact with others, will kill you. In California, there’s even a clinic where people can go to receive a good, long hug from a volunteer. Workers at long-term care facilities have long reported residents as being starved for affection, even for the touch of another person. We are social creatures, after all. That goes beyond the time when we clear out our desks and have one last slice of cake with the people at the office. Boomers who took great care to plan their finances and set goals for retirement need also to look around and build a community of friends. Just an observation I found, before heading out to a friend’s home where we were invited to watch the mass bonding of Saskatchewan Roughrider fans in Regina. Greg Neiman is a retired Advocate editor. Follow his blog at or email

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LETTERS 50-metre pool project needed, but don’t bother with the fluff The $90-million proposal to build a 50-metre pool includes things such as a wave simulator, hydraulic flooring, a competition tank and bulkheads to divide the pool into sections. As a coach for the Red Deer Synchronized Swim Club and someone who used to also be an athlete for this club, I understand the perks that all of these features would bring to a new facility. I do not see the need for all of these features, though. Red Deer already has a wave pool, splash parks, water slides and a lazy river in its facilities and the last thing we need is more fluff. As an individual who has been to many pools across this country, hydraulic floors are good but could be erased from the budget to make it more cost effective. As long as the deep end of the pool is built properly with enough depth, there is no reason why it cannot be a concrete floor that slopes from the shallow end to the deep end. The bulkheads are one thing in the design of this pool that I feel are a must have. With the use of bulkheads, the pool can be split into different sections and allow more than one activity to be going on at once. More often then not, while the Red Deer Synchronized Swim Club is at competitions, the facilities that host our competitions do not fully close down the pool area just for our event. Swim clubs, swimming lessons and even public lane swim takes place during competition time. In order to stay on track with the budget and the building of a new facility, many of these perks need to be taken out of the equation so we do not end up with another pool like the Collicutt Centre. Jim Sutherland asks the question in his Advocate column, New pool: want or need? (Nov. 22, 2013) as to whether the money that went into the renovation of the Recreation Centre was worth it. In my opinion, the answer is no. A lot of money was spent on renovating the basement, lobby, viewing area and change room with the pool getting nothing more than a facelift. In my opinion, we would be a lot farther ahead if the pool was just bulldozed and rebuilt. Is there anything wrong with just building a facility that has a 50-metre pool with a bulkhead, a dive tank, and a hot tub and that’s it? There is no reason the city can’t build on extra features once the money is available. If you look at the Talisman Centre in Calgary, there have been additions made since it was originally built. If the city wants to get this done for the Canada Winter Games in 2019, we need to build a pool and not worry about the extras. Whether it is now that a facility is built for the Canada Winter Games or 10 years from now, what this new facility really comes down to is cutting out all of the extra features. We already have three facilities for fun and games and we simply need a place for our athletes, young and old, to progress and properly train in the sport they love. Paige Greenwood Red Deer

Proposed Delburne subdivision would impact local wetlands Re: the Kerry Meadows subdivision proposal A recent Red Deer County news article on this subject may have been a little misleading. On Nov. 19, a small victory was accomplished by local farmers and adjacent landowners in regard to an amendment to a Local Area Structure plan on a proposed 107 acre development — three km northwest of the Village of Delburne. This Kerry Meadows subdivision would turn an important wetland area into a 28-lot CR1 residential development. The amendment that was defeated would have increased the number of lots to 33. Several concerned citizens spoke at the public hearing. All were objecting to the development of this area. Local area farmers raised concerns about how this development would impact their ability to do business. Issues around the ability to spray crops adjacent to a residential development, and the ability to move machinery in an area with increased traffic were raised. Adjacent landowners do not want to lose this important natural wetland, as it is an important part of a larger wetland in the surrounding area. The proposed access road cuts through and around sloughs. There are no setbacks from the high water mark of the sloughs. Issues were raised about the suitability of this area for residential development as many lots are in low lying areas.


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The sloughs have no outlet and with increased post development runoff, there is a real possibility of flooded lots and access road. The Local Area Structure Plan in place (28 lot) and the proposed amendment to this ASP do not meet the requirements of the recently updated County Municipal Development Plan (2012). It opposes the stated goal of the Environmental Stewardship section 5, which states “To protect the natural environmental resources including lakes, rivers, streams, wetlands, riparian areas, forests, native range, groundwater, and healthy, productive soils in the county.� Local and provincial governments spend taxpayers’ money to restore wetlands, and riparian areas around wetlands. Developing a wetland area is counterproductive to these programs. The plans also includes separate sewage disposal on each lot. This does not comply with section 4 of the MDP, which states “Residential developments will be serviced by connections to existing municipal water and sanitary sewer services. Approval of multi-lot residential development unable to connect to existing or planned services shall be at the discretion of the county, but will generally not be supported.� This is an extremely important issue as sewage fields would be located in low-lying areas. Initial development of this area started in 20102011. Top soil was removed and the initial development of the access road was started. A stop work order was issued to the developer after sloughs were being filled up with trees and topsoil. It seemed it did not take long for the developer to forget about his previous public hearing promise “Dedication of the wetlands in the subdivision will provide more protection than currently exists.� A subsequent investigation by Alberta Environment revealed that development had started without approval and that Water Act violations had occurred. The developer was forced to remediate the damage to the wetlands. Before approval is given to restart development, the developer is required to apply for Subdivision. Engineering studies will need to be completed, as the previous ones have expired. I and other area residents do not want to see this important natural wetland area turn into a residential housing development. If you agree, let your concerns be known. Lorne Keeping Delburne

Bad ideology at play in decision to close Michener On Nov., 18, 2013, the Red Deer Advocate ran an article regarding the moving of two individuals from Michener Centre. It is important to clarify that this move is not unusual — the families of Michener have always had the option to remain or to leave. This decision, however, has always been one of choice. Unfortunately, as a result of the Redford government’s recent decisions, the choice for many of the families to remain at Michener will not be an option — they will be forced to leave against their will. This brings me to the issue of choice. Paramount to any discussion regarding Michener is the acceptance of choice. This was clearly recognized and accepted by past governments in the Moving Ahead Report, that “no one would be forced to leave Michener.� Understand that this was not a promise simply made over a few cups of coffee, frivolously decided in a matter of minutes. This was a promise based on two years of intense and transparent dialogue. This was a promise that involved two former CEOs of Central PDD and the current chair of Central PDD — careers that, taken together, represent decades of service and understanding of the needs of persons with developmental disabilities. This was a promise that respected choice. Premier Alison Redford’s government has callously broken the promises made in the Moving Ahead Report. What is appalling, is that neither Ms Redford, nor her Minister of Human Services, Dave Hancock, has taken the time to visit Michener. Instead, they have placed this responsibility in the hands of an Associate Minister, Frank Oberle, an individual whose principal expertise is in forestry — an individual who in his own words has stated “I don’t have any background in this area, but it certainly will broaden my horizons.� How can a decision that affects Alberta’s most vulnerable be made by those who have limited knowledge of persons with developmental disabilities? The Redford government has repeatedly stated that the closure of Michener is not about money. In fact, it has gone on record as insisting that its closure will cost more than it will save. The question now begs to be asked: if it is not

about money, then what is this about? Simply put: ideology. The Redford government wishes to close Michener to satisfy the ideology of a few. This self-serving ideology has been acknowledged but never accepted by past governments. The Redford government has chosen to impose an ideology that removes the basic principle of choice. It has done so unilaterally, without consulting those most affected. This is not acceptable. The Redford government must be held accountable for its actions and honour the promises made to the families of Michener. Until such time, the families of Michener will continue to fight this wrong. Bill Lough President The Society of Parents and Friends of Michener Centre

Shine! changing lives; thanks for your support On a recent evening, Tools for Schools Africa Foundation hosted our second Shine! fundraising event, where we sold donated jewelry, handbags and scarves. Funds raised exceeded $36,000 and we know that we could not have achieved this without your generosity and support. Tools for Schools Africa Foundation is a Red Deer-based NGO that provides scholarships to girls in West Africa so they can attend junior high, senior high and post-secondary institutions. The overall funding raised at Shine! will support the 80-plus girls on scholarship, 11 of whom are receiving post-secondary education in electrical engineering, pharmacy, business management, medicine, landscape design, education and nursing. We know each of these girls personally and support them throughout the year with mentors who are professional educators. In fact, we have just returned from another annual trip to Ghana where we confirmed first-hand that the money from our fundraisers continues to be accounted for and used well. Events such as this cannot happen without substantial volunteer hours invested, and the support of individuals, groups and local businesses. A special thanks to Terry Balgobin and his staff at Artistry in Gold, who accepted merchandise on our behalf and helped us value donated jewelry items; to Phil Neufeld of True-Line Homes, who provided and served wine to our guests; to Marsha Smalley of Collins Barrow and the Ellis Group from Edmonton, who paid the flights for one of our mentors, Francisca, to join us; and to all those who donated items. A special thanks goes to the volunteers who spent countless hours cleaning and preparing the items for sale and working at the event. We extend our most sincere thank you to the Central Alberta community for your support of Tools for Schools Africa Foundation and for helping us make such an important difference in the world. We have already started work on next year’s event and are striving to make it even better. If you are cleaning drawers and/or closets, please keep Tools for Schools Africa Foundation in mind for donations of jewelry, handbags, scarves, belts and gloves. Lyn Goertzen Chair Red Deer

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Do You Need Help This Christmas? The RED DEER CHRISTMAS BUREAU helps families who may not be able to celebrate Christmas for Ă&#x;nancial reasons. If you live in Red Deer, Penhold, Springbrook or Red Deer County and require assistance, please apply in person to:

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Mojo is an extremely handsome Blue Heeler Cross, Neutered/Male. At 9 years old, Mojo has a ton of life left in him! He LOVES playing in snow, he LOVES all people and is just over all, a really easy-going guy. If you come down to meet Mojo, you’ll be sure to leave with a giant smile on your face -he has that effect on people.

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Byelections roil political waters SEAT COUNT UNCHANGED IN THE END BY THE CANADIAN PRESS OTTAWA — Justin Trudeau emerged the big winner from Monday’s four federal byelections. At first glance, the results simply preserved the status quo: the Conservatives held on to two longtime Tory bastions in Manitoba, while the Liberals retained two traditional Grit strongholds in Toronto and Montreal. Beneath the surface, however, the byelections have roiled Canada’s political waters, suggesting the Senate expenses scandal has badly hurt the Tory government and that Trudeau’s Liberals are the ones who stand to benefit. The Liberals increased their share of the vote in all four ridings — dramatically so in two Manitoba ridings where they were all but invisible in the 2011 election, coming within a whisker of an upset victory in Brandon-Souris. In Toronto Centre and Montreal’s Bourassa riding, the Liberals emerged victorious in a battle with the NDP over which opposition party is the real government-in-waiting. Despite an aggressive challenge by the NDP, the Liberal vote share increased slightly in both ridings. Trudeau said the byelection results show Canadians are fed up with Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s scandal-plagued Conservative government and are looking to the Liberals, not the NDP, to replace it. “Canadians grow weary of the deceit, the mistrust and the cover-ups of the Conservatives,” he told ecstatic Liberals at the campaign headquarters of Bourassa victor Emmanuel Dubourg. They’re also discovering that Tom Mulcair is no Jack Layton, whose sunny optimism led the NDP to a stunning electoral breakthrough in 2011, Trudeau asserted. “Make no mistake, the NDP is no longer the hopeful, optimistic party of Jack Layton. It is the negative, divisive party of Thomas Mulcair.” Stealing a line from the late Layton’s famous death-bed letter to Canadians, Trudeau added: “It is the Liberal party tonight that proved hope is stronger than fear.” By contrast to the Liberals’ momentum, Conservative support nosedived in all four ridings — likely the result of the Senate scandal that has engulfed Harper’s government for almost a year. Even in Provencher, which Conservative Ted Falk won with a comfortable 58 per cent of the vote, the Tory share was down about 12 percentage points from 2011. The Liberal share, at 30 per cent, was up 23 points. In Brandon-Souris, a riding that has voted Conservative in all but one election over the last 60 years, Tory Larry Maguire barely eked out a victory over Liberal Rolf Dinsdale. He captured about 44 per cent of the vote — a 20-point drop from 2011. Dinsdale was only two points behind Maguire, increasing the Liberal vote share by a stunning 38 points. The Tory vote almost disappeared entirely in Bourassa, where the party captured less than five per cent of the vote, and in Toronto Centre, where it scored less than 10 per cent. For Mulcair, the results were disappointing. Despite widespread praise for his prosecutorial grilling of Harper over the Senate scandal, his party increased its share of the vote only in Toronto Centre


Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau, left, raises the arm of Emmanuel Dubourg in Montreal on Monday following Dubourg’s win in the federal byelection for the riding of Bourassa.


and not by enough to steal the riding from the Liberals. Author and journalist Linda McQuaig took about 36 per cent of the vote for the NDP, up six points from 2011 but still 13 points behind Trudeau’s handpicked star, Chrystia Freeland. “We always knew that this was a Liberal stronghold and that it would be an uphill battle and it was,” said McQuaig.

Still, she argued it’s significant that the NDP did better in Toronto Centre this time than it did in 2011 when Layton’s so-called “orange crush” vaulted the NDP into official Opposition status for the first time in history. Freeland had a different take. “My message for Stephen Harper is: watch out, we’re on the rise, our party’s united,” she said. “Canadians want an alternative to the Conservatives and they have found that alternative in the Liberal party.” The NDP share of the vote declined slightly in Bourassa, despite an aggressive campaign by a star candidate, lawyer and one-time pop singer Stephane Moraille. She wound up with about 32 per cent of the vote, compared to Dubourg’s 48 per cent. In the two Manitoba ridings, the NDP vote share plunged to less than 10 per cent. The party went from a respectable second in 2011 in both ridings to a distant third. The byelections are the first concrete measure of the Senate expenses scandal’s impact on Stephen Harper’s government, the depth of Trudeau’s popular appeal and the durability of the NDP’s 2011 electoral breakthrough.



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Communication concern for businesses ACCESSING INFORMATION ABOUT GOVERNMENT REGULATIONS MORE TROUBLESOME THAN REGULATIONS BY HARLEY RICHARDS ADVOCATE BUSINESS EDITOR Government regulations can be the bane of small businesses. But a greater concern for many is the difficulty accessing information about those regulations. At least that’s what Dave Quest has concluded, midway through a series of meetings that he’s conducting across Alberta. The MLA for StrathconaSherwood Park met with members of Red Deer’s business community on Friday, after participating in earlier gatherings at Lloydminster, Edmonton and Calgary. Similar meetings are also planned for Medicine Hat, Lethbridge, Grand Prairie and Fort McMurray. “There isn’t actually as much on the regulatory side as I had anticipated,” said Quest of the feedback he’s received to date. “We’re hearing a little bit about that, but what we’re really hearing is on the communication.” Business owners often face multiple websites and

no obvious contact person when seeking information about the rules and requirements governing their operations, he said. “Those are the things we’re hearing that we have to get better at: fewer points of contact — I would say, ideally, probably a single point of contact — and preferably a live body.” Quest’s meetings with business operators are part of an Alberta Enterprise and Advanced Education initiative to develop a small business strategy. This is important, he said, because small businesses account for 95 per cent of Alberta’s businesses and 27 per cent of the province’s GDP. “It really is critical to the province’s economy that these people succeed.” As the former dealer principle of Kallal Pontiac in Tofield and shareholder of Beaverhill GMC in Tofield and Petersen Pontiac in Sherwood Park, Quest said he understands the challenges that business owners face. He described his own frustrations in dealing with GST requirements and having to have an out-of-province inspection and an out-of-country inspection performed on the same vehicle.

The Red Deer meeting attracted between 25 and 30 people, said Quest, with these including officials from the Red Deer Chamber of Commerce and businesses ranging from a funeral home to a residential construction company. Participants were vocal but positive, he said. “I sense a real enthusiasm in the small business community in Red Deer.” These “engagement sessions” will conclude on Dec. 6, with feedback also coming from an online survey that can be accessed at (click on Take the Survey). Ultimately, findings will be incorporated into a provincial small business strategy, which is expected to be rolled out by spring, said Quest. “Because this sector is growing so quickly, and growing faster in this province than any other province in Canada, we have to make sure that the environment is out there for them to succeed; that we provide them with what they need; that we keep the regulation to a minimum and essentially get out of their way.”

U.S. retailers prepare to ramp up price wars BY THE CANADIAN PRESS

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Harley has story-Inessa Kojlo, left, and Viktoria Keil at the counter of the VivaDeli located at 4324-54 Avenue in Red Deer. The Deli offers European Quality Products and custom meat processing.

Deli features wide array of European selections Regular attendees of Red Deer’s Public Market might know Inessa Kojlo. She and her husband Vitali, a German-trained butcher and sausage-maker, regularly sold their products there. And until 2010, they operated a deli in Acme. Now Kojlo and her business partner Viktoria Keil have a new storefront in Red Deer at No. 5, 4324 54th Ave., the former premises of Eurosport. Operating as Viva-Deli, it carries a variety of German meat products: wieners, deli meats, schnitzels, smokies, among others. Visitors will also find other European selections, like Hungarian sausage and Polish sausage, as well as steaks, pork chops and more.

Viva-Deli processes its meat on site, relying on the skills of Vitali and Keil’s husband Andrei, who learned meatcutting in Germany. Kojlo said their products are glutenfree, and made without additives, preservatives, binders or MSG. They use a natural smoker. She thinks such processing techniques distinguishes Viva-Deli and gives it a local niche market. The shop will custom-process wild game and livestock, and has a mobile unit that goes to farms. “We do full service.” Open since Nov. 9, Viva-Deli operates from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday, and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays.

Agronomy Update returns to Red Deer in January Agronomy Update will return to Red Deer Jan. 14 and 15, with a roster of agricultural scientists to share their insights into soil and crop issues. Organized by Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development, and the Battle River Research Group, the two-day event at the Sheraton Red Deer Hotel will feature presentations on pest and disease outlooks for 2014, control methods, plant growth

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regulators, weed resistance, crop diversification, industry updates and future trends. Agronomy Update is intended for grain producers, crop advisers and industry representatives. Cost to attend is $140 until Dec. 31 and $160 thereafter, with materials and meals included. The cost for students is $80. For more information, contact the Alberta Ag-Info Centre at 1-800-387-6030.

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TORONTO — Now that American retailers have landed in Canada, prepare for the fireworks as stores launch massive promotions and deep discounts in an attempt to draw shoppers. The arrival of Target and Marshalls — and the expansion of Walmart — hasn’t exactly revolutionized shopping, but it has laid the foundation for what industry watchers say will be a bigger fight for marketshare next year. “We can expect to see some very desperate retailers,” said Brynn Winegard, a marketing expert at Winegard and Company. “A lot of organizations will be vying for the same amount of consumer dollars.” For shoppers, that could mean significant price reductions, “Buy One, Get One Free” offers and similar promotions, while price matching and lax exchange rules set precedents. And the spectacle won’t be limited to the big U.S. chains, as even domestic companies like Canadian Tire (TSX:CTC.A), Joe Fresh and Indigo will ramp up the spectacle around their own operations. Much of this competition was supposed to play out earlier this year when Target first set foot in the country amid a level of hype rarely seen in the industry. But the retailer failed to impress consumers, especially those who had loyally crossed the border to shop at its U.S. Target locations. A survey released by Level5, a brand strategy adviser, found that consumer sentiment for Target is on level with the struggling operations of Sears Canada. Some customers likened Canada’s version to “Target Lite,” with lackluster prices and an atmosphere that, despite renovations, still had the feel of the Zellers outlets that occupied the same spaces for years before. “First impressions are big, and so Target’s not getting off to a great start,” said Bobby Hagedorn, a retail industry analyst at Edward Jones, who said the misstep gave competitors a lead. “All the Canadian companies are now running and seem to be more prepared than they were before. We’re in a period of transition.” Despite the time spared, the U.S. challengers are plentiful and diverse, with big names like Microsoft setting up shop while more niche retailers, such as Zara Home, and women’s clothing shops Ann Taylor and Black House, White Market, vie to corner their own segments. In department stores, Hudson’s Bay Co. (TSX:HBC) struck an agreement to bring Saks Inc. to Canada while next year upscale retailer Nordstrom enters the mix nationwide with locations acquired from Sears Canada (TSX:SCC).

One of the most competitive spaces will be grocery stores where intermittent price wars have waged on for years. The recent rollout of competitivelypriced produce sections at Walmart supercentres has added to the pressure, while Target also launched a mini-supermarket inside its stores. Add Inc. to the list after the Internet company opened a virtual supermarket in Canada that ships non-perishable food items directly to consumer’s homes. In response, Canadian grocery chains have ramped up consolidation to grab a stronger market presence and more buying power with manufacturers, which helps keep their prices lower. Earlier this year, Loblaw (TSX:L) agreed to buy Shoppers Drug Mart Corp. (TSX:SC) while Sobeys picked up the Canadian assets of U.S. grocer Safeway. It’s debatable how much the heightened activity in Canada has convinced shoppers to stay within the country. Data from Statistics Canada shows a climb in the number of trips to the United States throughout the year, encouraged by the introduction of higher duty-free allowances and a steady exchange rate. In September, 2.74 million crossborder daytrips were made by car, a 1.2 per cent increase from the busy August summer travel season when 2.67 million trips were made. Year by year, the number of sameday trips are rising too. In 2010, Canadians made 26.3 million trips, rising to 31 million the next year, and 32.4 million in 2012. While it’s difficult to determine how many of those were shopping trips, the data is still an indication that Canadians aren’t staying home in huge numbers. Niagara Falls resident Jessica Manning says the U.S. is a more attractive place to shop for anyone who can muster up the time. “They enjoy Canadians shopping there, and they’re willing to help you more, I find, than in Canada,” she said. “When I shop here (in Canada) I find there are very few sizes left, while in the states they have better stock.” Other longtime cross-border shoppers have scaled back on the number of trips they make, including Torontoarea resident Anne Yau. She said that she isn’t spending more at home, even with the wider selection of U.S. retailers in Canada. “To be honest, I haven’t even gone to the Target since it moved here,” she said. “Everyone has said it’s still not as good as the states, and they don’t carry as many products. The deals are not as good.”

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Forest product companies enjoying a profitable year in third quarter Alberta’s forest product companies continued to enjoy a profitable year in the third quarter of 2013. The Alberta Forest Products Association reported on Monday that its member companies combined for $669.8 million in sales during the three-month period ended Sept. 30. That figure was up 1.3 per cent from $661 million in the preceding quarter and an 8.9 per cent improvement over the $614.9 mil-

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lion posted in the third quarter of 2012. “So far, 2013 has been a very positive year for our industry,” said Brady Whittaker, president and CEO of the Alberta Forest Products Association. “Prices have been relatively strong in each of our sectors.” On a product-by-product basis, lumber sales in the third quarter were $290.2 million, up 17.1 per cent from $247.9 million during the same period in 2012; panelboard sales were

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$83.5 million, down nine per cent from $91.8; and the figure for pulp and paper was $296.1 million, up 7.6 per cent from $275.2 million. Looking ahead, Whittaker expects the year to finish strong for Alberta’s forestry sector. “Lumber and pulp prices have continued upward through October and November, and I believe that will be reflected when we finalize our results for 2013.”

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Diversified and Industrials Agrium Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . 93.92 ATCO Ltd.. . . . . . . . . . . . 49.77 BCE Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46.75 BlackBerry Ltd. . . . . . . . . . 6.60 Bombardier . . . . . . . . . . . . 4.70 Brookfield . . . . . . . . . . . . 41.31 Cdn. National Railway . 119.61 Cdn. Pacific Railway. . . 161.11 Cdn. Utilities . . . . . . . . . . 36.66 Capital Power Corp . . . . 21.03 Cervus Equipment Corp 22.42 Dow Chemical . . . . . . . . 39.01 Enbridge Inc. . . . . . . . . . 44.80 Finning Intl. Inc. . . . . . . . 24.79 Fortis Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . 31.62 General Motors Co. . . . . 37.55 Parkland Fuel Corp. . . . . 18.38 Sirius XM . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8.50 SNC Lavalin Group. . . . . 47.21 Stantec Inc. . . . . . . . . . . 69.59 Telus Corp. . . . . . . . . . . . 37.54 Transalta Corp.. . . . . . . . 14.70 Transcanada. . . . . . . . . . 47.79

Rona Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . 12.65 Shoppers . . . . . . . . . . . . 58.76 Tim Hortons . . . . . . . . . . 62.64 Wal-Mart . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80.43 WestJet Airlines . . . . . . . 28.24 Mining Barrick Gold . . . . . . . . . . 17.29 Cameco Corp. . . . . . . . . 21.67 First Quantum Minerals . 18.18 Goldcorp Inc. . . . . . . . . . 24.21 Hudbay Minerals. . . . . . . . 7.65 Kinross Gold Corp. . . . . . . 4.97 Potash Corp.. . . . . . . . . . 32.70 Sherritt Intl. . . . . . . . . . . . . 3.53 Teck Resources . . . . . . . 26.07

Consumer Canadian Tire . . . . . . . . 100.25 Gamehost . . . . . . . . . . . . 14.87 Leon’s Furniture . . . . . . . 13.52 Loblaw Ltd. . . . . . . . . . . . 43.89 Maple Leaf Foods. . . . . . 16.92

Energy Arc Energy . . . . . . . . . . . 28.97 Badger Daylighting Ltd. . 81.32 Baker Hughes. . . . . . . . . 57.03 Bonavista . . . . . . . . . . . . 13.20 Bonterra Energy . . . . . . . 54.35 Calfrac Well Services . . . 32.22 Cdn. Nat. Res. . . . . . . . . 34.52 Cdn. Oil Sands Ltd. . . . . 20.15 Canyon Services Group. 11.34 Cenovous Energy Inc. . . 30.82 CWC Well Services . . . . 0.840 Encana Corp. . . . . . . . . . 20.15 Essential Energy. . . . . . . . 3.03

MARKETS CLOSE TORONTO — The Toronto stock market closed little changed Monday as energy prices and stocks declined further after Iran and world powers arrived at an agreement about Iran’s nuclear program on the weekend. The deal will allow Iran to keep the central elements of its uranium program while calling for it reduce enrichment to a level lower than what is needed for nuclear arms. The S&P/TSX composite index closed down 6.12 points to 13,472.22, with further pressure coming from mining stocks as gold prices fell following the announcement of the Iranian deal. “(Otherwise), any time you can remove a little bit of that geopolitical risk premium, it serves to bolster confidence a bit,” said Craig Fehr, Canadian markets specialist at Edward Jones in St. Louis. The Canadian dollar and other commodity-related currencies were lower Monday with the loonie losing 0.22 of a cent to 94.8 cents US. U.S. indexes lost early momentum but the Dow industrials added 7.77 points to 16,072.54 on top of its record performance last week while the S&P 500 drifted 2.28 points lower to 1,802.48. The Nasdaq edged up 2.92 points to 3,994.57 after earlier pushing through the 4,000-threshold for the first time since September 2000. Beyond Iran, attention is focused on the end of the week when investors get an indication of the success of the unofficial start of the U.S. holiday shopping season, otherwise known as Black Friday, so-called as it marks the start of the period when retailers make most of their money for the year. But prior to that, trading will likely start to wind down somewhat ahead of American Thanksgiving on Thursday, when U.S. markets will be closed. New York markets are open for a half-session on Friday. Also in the background are concerns that the U.S. Federal Reserve may decide to start cutting back on its US$85 of monthly bond purchases if economic performance allows. Those purchases have kept long-term rates low and encouraged investors to pile into the equity markets, resulting in the S&P 500 charging ahead 27 per cent year to date. However, an increasing number of investors believe that stocks have run their course for

2013 and are due for a pullback soon. “I would like to see this market take a breather,” said Jim Lauder, a fund manager for Wells Fargo Advantage Dow Jones Target Date Funds in New York. The energy sector was down almost one per cent. The January crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange fell 75 cents to US$94.09 a barrel, even though the agreement does not loosen sanctions on Iran’s oil exports. The deal with Tehran announced on the weekend raises the possibility that a more comprehensive agreement would eventually allow Iran to restore oil production to pre-sanctions levels. That could add one million barrels of oil a day to world markets, which would be enough to meet the entire global growth in demand for 2014 projected by the International Energy Agency. Suncor Energy (TSX:SU) gave back 72 cents to C$37.24. The base metals sector shed about one per cent with December copper up a penny at US$3.22 a pound. Teck Resources (TSX:TCK.B) lost 43 cents to C$26.07. The TSX gold sector was down well over one per cent during the session but ended up flat as increased risk appetite pushed December bullion down $2.90 to US$1,241.20 an ounce. Agnico Eagle Mines (TSX:AEM) gained 48 cents to $28.04 while Detour Gold Corp. (TSX:DGC) fell 50 cents or 11.7 per cent to $3.77 amid an announcement that company founder and CEO Gerald Panneton has resigned, effective immediately. Industrials led advancers as Canadian Pacific Railway (TSX:CP) improved by $2.07 to $161.11. In corporate news, auto parts maker Martinrea International (TSX:MRE) was a major TSX decliner, down 77 cents or 8.37 per cent to $8.43. The slide followed a 13 per cent drop Friday, when it crossed below its 200day moving average, an important technical indicator. Shares in Canadian cheese giant Saputo (TSX:SAP) were six cents higher to $48.60 after the company sweetened its bid for Australia’s oldest dairy processor. The company is offering A$9.20 per share if it acquires a majority of Warrnambool Cheese and Butter shares, which adds 20 cents per share to its unconditional offer and bests offers from two local rivals.


WARS: Options Opinions like that are painful for retailers as they’re a sign that Canadians, who benefited from widespread sales and a strong loonie during the economic downturn, now expect those rock-bottom prices. Over several years, that could have a detrimental impact on the retail industry because deep discounts aren’t as effective in stimulating the economy, said Winegard. Retailers also face tepid consumer spending growth, which in recent months has inched ahead only slightly. Economists predict that Canadians will remain cautious about their finances and keep spending low into next year. In September, home renovations retailer Rona (TSX:RON) chief executive officer Robert Sawyer emphasized the negative impact of the U.S. entrants, telling an industry conference that “in Ontario, it’s a bloodbath for every retailer.” “It’s difficult, not only for the hardware business,” he said. Executives at Target have assured investors that while they may be knocked down, they’re still in the game. Chief executive Gregg Steinhafel said last month that the launch has “fallen well short of expectations”


Exxon Mobil . . . . . . . . . . 95.09 Halliburton Co. . . . . . . . . 52.70 High Arctic . . . . . . . . . . . . 3.25 Husky Energy . . . . . . . . . 30.58 Imperial Oil . . . . . . . . . . . 45.72 Pengrowth Energy . . . . . . 6.73 Penn West Energy . . . . . . 9.17 Pinecrest Energy Inc. . . . 0.456 Precision Drilling Corp . . . 9.86 Suncor Energy . . . . . . . . 37.24 Talisman Energy . . . . . . . 12.56 Trican Ltd.. . . . . . . . . . . . 12.53 Trinidad Energy . . . . . . . 10.45 Vermilion Energy . . . . . . 59.16 Financials Bank of Montreal . . . . . . 74.16 Bank of N.S. . . . . . . . . . . 63.02 CIBC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91.58 Cdn. Western . . . . . . . . . 34.43 Carfinco . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10.96 Great West Life. . . . . . . . 33.22 IGM Financial . . . . . . . . . 54.42 Intact Financial Corp. . . . 67.40 Manulife Corp. . . . . . . . . 20.30 National Bank . . . . . . . . . 92.77 Rifco Inc.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6.68 Royal Bank . . . . . . . . . . . 71.50 Sun Life Fin. Inc.. . . . . . . 37.56 TD Bank . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97.85

FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS TORONTO — Highlights at the close of Monday at world financial market trading. Stocks: S&P/TSX Composite Index — 13,472.22 down 6.12 points TSX Venture Exchange — 929.26 down 2.89 points TSX 60 — 777.31 down 0.18 point Dow — 16,072.54 up 7.77 points, record high S&P 500 — 1,802.48 down 2.28 points Nasdaq — 3,994.57 up 2.92 points Currencies at close: Cdn — 94.80 cents US, down 0.22 of a cent Pound — C$1.7040, down 0.34 of a cent Euro — C$1.4259, up 0.01 of a cent Euro — US$1.3518, down 0.30 of a cent Oil futures: US$94.09 per barrel, down 75 cents (January contract) Gold futures: US$1,241.20 per oz., down $2.90 (December contract) Canadian Fine Silver Handy and Harman: $21.839 per oz., up 2.3 cents $702.12 per kg., up 74 cents ICE FUTURES CANADA WINNIPEG — Closing prices: Canola: Jan. ’14 $1.00 higher $493.70; March ’14 $1.40 higher $503.30; May ’14 $1.30 higher $510.40; July ’14 $1.40 higher $515.80; Nov. ’14 $1.40 higher $518.30; Jan ’15 $1.30 higher $521.30; March ’15 $1.40 higher $522.40; May ’15 $1.40 higher $521.50; July ’15 $1.40 higher $518.70; Nov ’15 $1.40 higher $514.90; Jan. ’16 $1.40 higher $514.90. Barley (Western): Dec ’13 unchanged $152.00; March ’14 unchanged $154.00; May ’14 unchanged $155.00; July ’14 unchanged $155.00; Oct. ’14 unchanged $155.00; Dec. ’14 unchanged $155.00; March ’15 unchanged $155.00; May ’15 unchanged $155.00; July ’15 unchanged $155.00. Monday’s estimated volume of trade: 593,080 tonnes of canola; 0 tonnes of barley (Western Barley) Total: 593,080.

but that he wants to “redefine” the company as a one-stop shop for Canadians. Already Target has launched advertisements that emphasize its weekly flyer discounts, and its position as the “all in one place” holiday shop. But Target won’t be alone in that quest as other retailers will follow a similar plan to “increase their basket size,” an industry term used to track how many items a shopper piles into their cart each visit, said Winegard. The most effective way to fill carts is through “Buy One, Get One Free,” and major discounts. However, Winegard warned that while it has an immediate upside for consumers, it’ll have a ripple effect on the industry. Too many deals typically result in a practice she calls “pantry loading,” which is when people stock up on non-perishables, such as mouthwash and clothes, and then visit stores less frequently to spend money — a factor that could knock the wind out of retail sales figures. Those discount practices will also filter out weaker companies within three to five years, she said. In clothing, that could force smaller label brands and boutiques to shut their doors. Winegard said that one lesson many U.S. retailers haven’t learned is that Canada is a diverse country with buying patterns that vary by region. What works in Toronto won’t necessarily catch on in Edmonton or smaller cities in Quebec, for example.

Ottawa to erase deficit in 14 months, run surplus afterwards BY THE CANADIAN PRESS OTTAWA — The federal government’s books will be back in balance in little more than a year and run a surplus from that point on, Finance Minister Jim Flaherty said Monday in generally upbeat testimony given separately to both the Senate and Commons finance committees. “We will be balanced again in approximately 14 months and we’ll be in a position to run a surplus and make the policy decisions that are made then about what to do about the surplus,” Flaherty said. The Harper government is counting on balancing the budget in 2015 in order to fulfil campaign promises made four years earlier that it would introduce partial income splitting for families among other tax cuts once the deficit is eliminated. Flaherty has pledged to meet the target in the past, but the 14-month deadline was his most specific to date. However, speaking later to reporters, he said his outlook is that the budget would be balanced sometime during the fiscal year 2015-16, not specifically in March 2015. In his latest economic update, Flaherty forecast a surplus of $3.7 billion in 2015-16, but also gave himself some flexibility by including a $3-billion cushion, meaning the surplus could actually be almost double the official projection. Some analysts have suggested that Ottawa may already be in the black — based on the monthly reporting — by the time Flaherty or some successor presents the 2015 budget. Flaherty told the legislators he was particularly pleased he has been able to present a path toward a balanced budget without cutting transfer payments to provinces or to individuals, and without raising taxes. At the Commons committee, he said his recently announced freeze on employment insurance premiums will save workers and employers $660 million next year alone, taking a partisan shot at the previous Liberal government for allowing the system to build up tens of billions of dollars in surpluses. “We will not ever again do what the previous Liberal government did and

that is steal money from the EI plan in order to balance the budget,” he said. The minister was also relatively optimistic about the outlook for Canada’s auto sector, arguably Ontario’s most important industry and a key sector in the economy as a whole. Responding to a question about the government’s remaining stake in General Motors, he said he was waiting for a good price before selling, boasting that he had got a better price than the United States earlier this year by waiting. And he said he believes the future of the industry will be bright, adding that the Canada-European Union free trade deal, once it is implemented, will offer the domestic industry an opportunity to expand. “This business has come back, it’s a global business...and we’re seeing companies now design cars for the European market, including right-hand drive cars, and they will export cars from Canada to Europe,” he said. “This is a huge development and it puts us into the global market place, which is a good place to be.” Later, he explained that “at least one” of the Canadian assembly plants will build cars for Europe and that CETA, as the trade deal is called, will encourage further expansion into the market. Under the agreement, Canada will be able to sell up to 100,000 cars duty free in Europe — more than 10 times current shipments. In other testimony, Flaherty said he was somewhat concerned that departments have underspent to the tune of about $10 billion a year on their approved budgets, saying in particular that procurement spending was “slow.” But he also told reporters that “it was good” the government was saving money. In an unusual statement for a minister in the Harper government, Flaherty thanked the efficiency of the public service for how it managed the stimulus budgets of 2009 and 2010 that he said kept the country from falling into a much deeper recession with massive job losses. “I think we took a risk (with the stimulus) and the risk worked, but it worked because the public servants got the job done and got the money out the door,” he said.

Canadian carrying more debt, but still able to pay it off: Equifax making,” said Regina Malina, director of modelling and analytics at Equifax. Meanwhile, overall consumer debt, including mortgages, continues to grow. In the third quarter, Canadians owed $1.36 trillion, up from $1.3 trillion a year earlier. Malina said the data shows that Canadians have more control over their debt — from car loans to credit card purchases — even though debt levels have continued to increase over the past few quarters. “It’s not like we can relax and not pay attention to the pattern because delinquency is low, but the conclusion is that consumers have learned to behave more responsibly,” she said. “At one point, the debt can get to the point where the delinquency rate can reverse course.” Previous Equifax studies have shown that consumers tend to take out more loans, and do not pay them back as

THE CANADIAN PRESS TORONTO — Canadians are carrying more debt now than a year ago, but it seems like many have a better handle on paying it back, says a newly-released study. Statistics from credit monitoring firm Equifax Canada show that consumer debt, excluding mortgages, rose 3.7 per cent in the third quarter to $507.1 billion from $489 billion a year earlier. Despite the increase in debt load, however, the overall delinquency rate — bills more than 90 days past due — dropped to a record low of 1.13 per cent in the three months ended Sept. 20. That was down from 1.22 per cent in the same period last year. “People are gaining confidence and they see they can maintain more or less their lifestyle yet are more aware of the financial choices they’re

quickly, during a volatile economy or periods of high unemployment. Regionally, those from Quebec had the lowest delinquency rates, while those in the eastern provinces had the highest. The study also noted that like the previous quarter, seniors continued to accumulate debt at the highest rate, yet still carried the least amount of debt of any age group. It said debt levels for those aged 65 years and older were 6.4 per cent higher than in the same period a year ago. The Bank of Canada has repeatedly warned that as interest rates rise, Canadians may become vulnerable to an economic shock if they are carrying too much debt. Equifax uses data from 24 million files on consumer credit history, including national credit cards, loans and mortgages in compiling the report each quarter.

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Obama pushes back at critics of Iran deal SAYS U.S. CAN’T SHUN DIPLOMACY, PEACEFUL SOLUTIONS san Rouhani, a cleric who has taken more moderate public stances than his predecessor. Details of the secret talks were confirmed to The Associated Press by three senior administration officials. The U.S. and its allies contend Iran is seeking to produce a nuclear bomb — of particular concern to Israel, which fears an attack — while Tehran insists it is merely pursuing a peaceful nuclear program for energy and medical purposes. Even with the criticism, for Obama the sudden shift to foreign policy presents an opportunity to steady his flailing second term and take some attention off the domestic troubles that have plagued the White House in recent weeks, especially the rollout of his signature health care law. Perhaps with his presidential standing — and the strength of the rest of his term — in mind, he made sure on Monday to draw a connection between the nuclear pact and his long-declared willingness to negotiate directly with Iran. “When I first ran for president, I said it was time for a new era of American leadership in the world, one that turned the page on a decade of war and began a new era of engagement with the world,” he said. “As president and as commander in chief, I’ve done what I’ve said.” The temporary accord is historic in its own right, marking the most substantial agreement between Iran and the West in more than three decades. The consequences of a permanent deal could be far more significant, lowering the prospects of a nuclear arms race in the volatile Middle East and perhaps opening the door to wider relations between the U.S. and Iran, which broke off diplomatic ties following the 1979 Islamic revolution. On the positive side, Michael Desch, a political science professor at the University of Notre Dame, compared

BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON — Pushing back hard, President Barack Obama forcefully defended the temporary agreement to freeze Iran’s disputed nuclear program on Monday, declaring that the United States “cannot close the door on diplomacy.” The president’s remarks followed skepticism of the historic accord expressed by some U.S. allies abroad as well as by members of Congress at home, including fellow Democrats. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, one of the fiercest opponents of the six-month deal, called it a “historic mistake” and announced he would be dispatching a top envoy to Washington to try to toughen the final agreement negotiators will soon begin hammering out. Obama, without naming names, swiped at those who have questioned the wisdom of engaging with Iran. “Tough talk and bluster may be the easy thing to do politically, but it’s not the right thing to do for our security,” he said during an event in San Francisco. The weekend agreement between Iran and six world powers — the U.S., Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany — is to temporarily halt parts of Tehran’s disputed nuclear program and allow for more intrusive international monitoring of Iran’s facilities. In exchange, Iran gains some modest relief from stiff economic sanctions and a pledge from Obama that no new penalties will be levied during the six months. The groundwork for the accord was laid during four clandestine meetings between U.S. and Iranian officials throughout the summer and fall. An earlier meeting took place in March, before Iranians elected President Has-


President Barack Obama speaks in the State Dining Room at the White House Saturday, in Washington about the nuclear deal between six world powers and Iran that calls on Tehran to limit its nuclear activities in return for sanctions relief. Obama’s diplomatic overtures to Secretary of State Henry Kissinger’s secret outreach to China in the 1970s, which paved the way for the historic opening of U.S. relations with the Asian nation. “Then, as now, critics complained that the U.S. was in danger of being hoodwinked by a radical and violent regime that was playing us for a sucker,” Desch said. “An opening to Iran could potentially not only contain its nuclear program but set the stage for broader changes there as well.”

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Judge blocks sale of high-speed rail bonds JEOPARDIZES CONSTRUCTION FUNDING CALIFORNIA BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A judge on Monday tore up California’s funding plans for what would be the nation’s first bullet train, issuing separate orders that could force the state to spend months or years redrawing its plans for the $68 billion rail line and could choke off some of its funding. Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Michael Kenny rejected a request from the California HighSpeed Rail Authority to sell $8 billion of the $10 billion in bonds approved by voters in 2008, saying there was no evidence it was “necessary and desirable” to start selling the bonds when a committee of state officials met last March. He said the committee, which included state Treasurer Bill Lockyer, was supposed to act as “the ultimate ’keeper of the checkbook”’ for taxpayers, but instead relied on a request from the high-speed rail authority to start selling bonds as sufficient evidence to proceed. In a separate lawsuit, Kenny ordered the rail authority to redo its $68 billion funding plan, a process that could take months or years, although rail authority officials say they have already started and believe it can be done much more quickly than that. He had previously ruled that the authority abused its discretion by approving a funding plan that did not comply with the law. The judge said the state failed to identify “sources of funds that were more than merely theoretically possible.” It is also unclear who will decide if the new funding plan is sufficient. It will be submitted to the board that oversees the rail line, whose members have been appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown, a project booster, and the Democrat-controlled Legislature. Proposition 1A, which voters approved in 2008,

However, Obama and his advisers know the nuclear negotiations are rife with risk. If Obama has miscalculated Iran’s intentions, it will vindicate critics who say his willingness to negotiate with Tehran is naive and could inadvertently hasten the Islamic republic’s march toward a nuclear weapon. Obama also runs the risk of exacerbating tensions with key Middle Eastern allies, as well as members of Congress who want to deepen, not ease, economic penalties on Iran.

required the rail authority to specify the source of the funding for the first operable segment of the high-speed rail line and have all the necessary environmental clearances in place. Kenny had said the agency did not comply with either mandate in approving the start of construction from Madera to Fresno, about 30 miles. The plaintiffs, a group of Central Valley residents and farmers, believe the requirement applies to the first 300 miles stretching as far as Bakersfield with a projected price tag of $31 billion. But the rail authority contends it applies only to the first “useable” segment of track in the Central Valley. “The court said, look, you’ve only got 28 miles with completed environmental clearances. I order that you have to have 300 miles of environmental clearances,” said Michael Brady, an attorney for residents who had sued to halt the project. “It’s taken them five years to do 28 miles, so how long will it take them to do 300 miles?” Still, Kenny stopped short of blocking the project altogether, and rail authority officials characterized Monday’s rulings as a setback rather than a fatal blow. “Like all transformative projects, we understand that there will be many challenges that will be addressed as we go forward in building the nation’s first high-speed rail system,” rail authority Chairman Dan Richard said in a written statement. The authority’s CEO, Jeff Morales, disagreed with claims by the opponents that the judge’s rulings would send high-speed rail planners back to the drawing board, saying officials are confident they can address the judge’s concerns quickly. When asked how much time it could take, he said, “Not long. We don’t think that addressing that will have any material effect on the project.” The rail authority had argued that it has already updated its funding plan and that it intends to spend $3.2 billion in federal money before tapping the state bonds. It also argued that only the Legislature could intervene to stop the project.

STORM BLAMED FOR AT LEAST 10 FATAL COLLISIONS BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS A winter storm system blamed for at least 10 fatal accidents in the central and western U.S. threatens to dampen the Thanksgiving holiday for millions of Americans travelling this week. Nearly 300 American Airlines and American Eagle flights were cancelled in and out of Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport on Monday due to the weather, spokeswoman Laura Masvidal said. Some of the country’s busiest airports — New York, Washington D.C., Philadelphia and Boston — could see big delays. Icy roads led to hundreds of accidents and at least 10 deaths, half of them in Texas. As the storm continues east, there are fears of heavy rain along the busy I-95 highway corridor and sleet, freezing rain and snow away from the coast and at higher elevations. Ninety per cent of travellers this week will drive, according to the American Automobile Association, and an estimated 38.9 million people — 1.6 per cent fewer than last year — are expected to drive 50 miles (80 kilometres) or more from their home. Air travel will be busier and more expensive than usual this Thanksgiving. This holiday will likely see the most air travellers since 2007, according to Airlines for America, the industry’s trade and lobbying group, with the busiest day being Sunday, an estimated 2.56 million passengers. Wednesday is expected to be the second busiest with 2.42 million passengers. The average domestic airfare is up 9.5 per cent from last Thanksgiving to $313, according to the Airlines Reporting Corp., which processes tickets sold online and by traditional travel agencies.

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Canada’s health indicators vary from good to bad BY THE CANADIAN PRESS TORONTO — A new report says Canadian women are dying of lung cancer at a rate far higher than those reported by most countries in the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development. The report by the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) says 47 out of every 100,000 women die of lung cancer each year in Canada. That’s almost double the average rate of 26.5 per 100,000 for the 34-country organization, with only Iceland and Denmark showing higher rates. CIHI says the death rate may be linked to higher smoking levels among women in the 1980s; it takes up to 30 years for drops in smoking rates to translate into reduced lung cancer cases. In the 1980s, almost a third of Canadian women smoked daily, compared to 14 per cent in 2010. The lung cancer death rate for Canadian men remains higher than women’s at 72.3 per 100,000,

but is much closer to the OECD average of 66 per 100,000. Male smoking rates began falling in the 1960s, and Canada today has among the lowest rates of tobacco use by men within the OECD — 17 per cent versus an average of 26 per cent among member countries, the report shows. The OECD average for women is 16 per cent. “Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in Canada, with an expected 20,200 lung cancer deaths in Canada this year,” said Dr. Heather Bryant, vicepresident of cancer control at the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer. “While lung cancer mortality rates have been declining for men for some time, they have not yet shown the same pattern for women,” she said. “Studies like this one are intended to encourage conversations and identify areas for improvement.” When it comes to health indicators, Canada’s performance varies from among the best to among the

worst in the OECD comparison of countries, but no country outperforms Canada across all categories. Relative to other OECD countries, Canada gets high marks on several indicators, including potentially avoidable hospital admissions for diabetes and asthma, deaths from stroke, current smoking rates, and fruit and vegetable consumption, the report found. However, Canada underperforms many other countries on diabetes and obesity rates — about one-quarter of Canadian adults are considered obese — and on most patient-safety indicators, particularly obstetric trauma and foreign bodies left in patients during surgical procedures. “Canada’s performance is among the worst for foreign bodies left in after surgery,” the authors write. “These foreign bodies mostly include sponges or parts of medical devices ... Nearly all peer countries outperform Canada, with the exception of New Zealand and Australia.”

Study ties nuts to lower death risk REDUCED CHANCE OF HEART DISEASE OR CANCER BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS DALLAS — Help yourself to some nuts this holiday season: Regular nut eaters were less likely to die of cancer or heart disease — in fact, were less likely to die of any cause — during a 30-year Harvard study. Nuts have long been called heart-healthy, and the study is the largest ever done on whether eating them affects mortality. Researchers tracked 119,000 men and women and found that those who ate nuts roughly every day were 20 per cent less likely to die during the study period than those who never ate nuts. Eating nuts less often lowered the death risk too, in direct proportion to consumption. The risk of dying of heart disease dropped 29 per cent and the risk of dying of cancer fell 11 per

cent among those who had nuts seven or more times a week compared with people who never ate them. The benefits were seen from peanuts as well as from pistachios, almonds, walnuts and other tree nuts. The researchers did not look at how the nuts were prepared — oiled or salted, raw or roasted. A bonus: Nut eaters stayed slimmer. “There’s a general perception that if you eat more nuts you’re going to get fat. Our results show the opposite,” said Dr. Ying Bao of Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. She led the study, published in Thursday’s New England Journal of Medicine. The National Institutes of Health and the International Tree Nut Council Nutrition Research & Education Foundation sponsored the study, but the nut group had no role in designing

it or reporting the results. Researchers don’t know why nuts may boost health. It could be that their unsaturated fatty acids, minerals and other nutrients lower cholesterol and inflammation and reduce other problems, as earlier studies seemed to show. Observational studies like this one can’t prove cause and effect, only suggest a connection. Research on diets is especially tough, because it can be difficult to single out the effects of any one food. People who eat more nuts may eat them on salads, for example, and some of the benefit may come from the leafy greens, said Dr. Robert Eckel, a University of Colorado cardiologist and former president of the American Heart Association. Dr. Ralph Sacco, a University of Miami neurologist who also is a former heart association president, agreed.

U.S. health agency issues own report card BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ATLANTA — About three years ago, the nation’s top public health agency picked its battles. Now, it’s issuing its own report card on reaching those goals: Pretty good but needs improvement. The seven “winnable battles” singled out by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention set goals for 2015, such as cutting adult smoking to 17 per cent and pushing childhood obesity down to about 15 per cent. The agency released its first progress report Thursday, and CDC officials said they’re mostly pleased. “There’s clearly A’s here and there’s clearly things that aren’t A’s,” said CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden, when asked to assign grades. “Overall, I’m quite encouraged.” The Atlanta-based CDC, with a budget of more than $10 billion, deals with issues ranging from abortion to zygomycosis infections. In 2010, it started to focus attention and money on six targets: smoking, AIDS, obesity and nutrition, teen pregnancy, auto injuries and infections that spread at hospitals. It later added food safety. “If you try to tackle everything you achieve nothing,” said Dr. Sandro Galea, a Columbia University expert in population health, explaining the rationale. The interim progress report was designed to help the agency decide where to step up efforts. The CDC has also set three goals for its international work, but those are not covered in the report. On domestic issues, the report card found: —Good declines in car accident deaths, teen births and three key types of infections spread at hospitals and other health care facilities. —Progress in lowering smoking rates and childhood obesity. —Mixed success on AIDS. More people have been tested and more know about their infection, but no change in estimates of new HIV infections each year. —No improvement in the arena of food safety. The CDC set two goals for that battlefront: reduce salmonella infections and E. coli infections. But last year, the rates were as high or higher than before the campaign started. Experts were quick to note that the CDC doesn’t deserve all the credit or the blame for any of these topics. In food safety, for example, the CDC is responsible for spotting food poisoning outbreaks and quickly getting the word out. But other agencies — like the Food and Drug Administration and the Department of Agriculture — are responsible for food production and preventing germs from getting in food in the first place. “Public health is a team sport,” said Dr. Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association.

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to vaccinate as many people as possible worldwide in as short a period as possible, unadjuvanted H5N1 vaccine would neither be practical nor morally defensible. This newly approved vaccine would be pulled out of the stockpile if needed, said the director of the FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research. (Vaccines are classified as biologics by regulatory agencies like the FDA.) “This vaccine could be used in the event that the H5N1 avian influenza virus develops the capability to spread efficiently from human to human, resulting in the rapid spread of disease across the globe,” Dr. Karen Midthun said in a news release. “Vaccines are critical to protecting public health by helping to counter the transmission of influenza disease during a pandemic.” The U.S. government has been working for years with a number of flu vaccine manufacturers, funding research aimed at increasing the rapid availability of vaccine in the event of a flu pandemic. The work is overseen by the Biomedical Advanced Research and De-

TORONTO — The U.S. government has for the first time approved an adjuvanted vaccine to protect against H5N1 bird flu. The vaccine was made by Quebec City-based ID Biomedical, a subsidiary of pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline. The approval was announced by the Food and Drug Administration, which regulates vaccines in the United States. The vaccine will not be available commercially; it will be placed in the U.S. government’s emergency stockpile. The H5N1 vaccine contains a boosting compound known as an adjuvant, which allows smaller doses to be used per person. The adjuvant, which is called AS03, was in most of the vaccine Canada used during the 2009 H1N1 flu pandemic. However, the U.S. did not use adjuvanted vaccine during that outbreak. It’s long been assumed that if H5N1 were to trigger a pandemic, adjuvants would be needed. On its own, H5N1 vacBEST BUY – Correction Notice cine does not produce a In the November 22 flyer, page 3, the Grand Theft Auto V game good immune response. offer (Web Code: 10185169 / 10185174) was incorrectly Massive doses are needadvertised. The correct offer is as follows: Trade in 2 select ed to trigger what is games and get Grand Theft Auto V free. See tradeingames for a list of eligible games. Also, on page 18, the thought to be a protecHP ChromeBook featuring Samsung Exynos 5250 Processor tive effect. (Web Code: 10275451 / 2) will not be available for the duration of the flyer. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this As the goal would be may have caused our valued customers.



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flu vaccine contract. The newly approved vaccine is not the first targeting H5N1 flu to be approved by the FDA. In 2007, the agency approved a bird flu vaccine made by Sanofi Pasteur. But that vaccine does not include an adjuvant. The World Health Organization says that as of early October, there had been 641 laboratory-confirmed human cases of H5N1 flu, reported from 15 countries. Of that total, 380 infections have been fatal.

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ne of the Badonis’ Christmas morning family traditions is eating warm cinnamon buns slathered with cream cheese icing. It doesn’t matter what buns recipe I use but the icing is a necessity. I form the buns the night before and let them rise. On Christmas morning, as much as the anticipation of what presents are under the tree, the expectation of biting into the warm bun and licking the icing off of the fingers is an added motivation to get everyone out of the bed. A couple of years ago, as I started to prepare the icing, I discovered there was no icing sugar in my pantry. With the grocery stores being closed Christmas Day, I suggested forgoing the icing. Both my teenagers had the same look as when they discovered there was no Santa Claus, and my husband confidently replied, “I know you can make icing sugar, you can make anything.” With a family tradition at stake, the pressure was on to figure out how I was going to ice the cinnamon rolls. After a little research, I did perform a Christmas “miracle” and cream cheese icing did top the buns as always. I had a revelation of sorts — I learned that there are a lot of baking ingredients that can be easily made from scratch and you don’t have to break baking momentum for one missing item. Besides discovering how some staples are made and what you take for granted, I discovered they are also easier on the wallet than buying. Here are my top five pantry basics that can easily be made at home:

Icing sugar I have never really analyzed icing sugar, because I have always just purchased the packaged bag. But that Christmas Day, I discovered icing sugar is simply granulated sugar that is ground to a super fine form with cornstarch added to it. The cornstarch is necessary because it prevents the icing sugar from caking and, more importantly, helps the powdered sugar to stick together and achieve a smooth consistency when mixed with liquid. To convert granulated sugar to icing, place one cup sugar in the blender; pulse until the sugar turns to very fine powder. Don’t just put the blender on high and leave it for a minute as the heat generated by the blender blades can burn the sugar. Pulsing for a few seconds, then checking the sugar, then pulsing again will prevent the sugar from becoming overheated. Once your sugar has achieved the right consistency, place one tablespoon of cornstarch into the blender and pulse for a couple of seconds to mix thoroughly. Don’t be tempted to throw the cornstarch in with the sugar right at the start as it will hinder the sugar powdering process and will also contribute to the generation of unwanted heat.

Brown sugar Have you ever wondered what makes up brown sugar? Surprisingly it is just two ingredients — granulated sugar and molasses. That is it! One cup of sugar and one tablespoon of molasses, mixed together gives you light fluffy brown sugar. Most recipes suggest using a hand blender, but this just flings the sugar all over the place. It is easier if you mix with a hand whisk to first mix the molasses and then, using your fingers, rub the sugar. Adding one tablespoon makes light brown sugar while two tablespoons makes dark, rich sugar. It is as good as store-bought with added advantage of using soft brown sugar every time instead of the hard-rock state that can happen when stored for months.

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Self-rising flower is an expensive purchase but there are many recipes that ask for this variety of flour. To make your own, add 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder and a 1/2 teaspoon salt; mix extra and store it in an airtight container for months. Molasses has a very long shelf life (could be up to two years), so it can be stable pantry ingredient that is not only used to make gingerbread cookies.

Sweetened condensed milk Sweetened condensed milk is one of the things that you only buy once a year and for a 300-ml can it costs about $4. That cost adds up but it is an essential baking ingredient during holiday season. To make a can that most condensed milk come in, mix 1/3 cup boiling water, 4 tablespoons butter, ¾ cup sugar, ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract in a blender. Add 1 cup of powdered milk and blend until thick. Store in refrigerator for up to one week. It will get thicker when it is refrigerated, but will loosen up when stirred and brought to room temperature. This works well in candies, fudge, cookies and squares. The only difference is the cost. With what I paid for the ingredients, my cost was around $1.

Self-rising flour Who besides me is crazy enough to keep self-ris-

ing flour in the pantry? Honestly, there’s no need to since you can make your own at home. It is quite expensive purchase but there are many sweet treats that ask for this variety of flour. For each cup of flour, add 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder and a ½ teaspoon salt; mix extra and store it in an airtight container for months.

Baking powder Now baking powder really isn’t cheaper to make at home. This is one of those things you do if you run out or if you discover the container you have is way past the expiry date. Using old baking powder can prevent baking from rising. In a pinch, if you need one tablespoon of baking powder, mix one teaspoon baking soda with two teaspoons cream of tartar. To store baking powder: Add one teaspoon of corn starch to the mixture, and stir. This will absorb any moisture from the air, and prevent the baking powder from reacting before you need it. Store in an airtight container. Madhu Badoni is a Red Deer-based freelance food writer. She can be reached at or on Twitter @madhubadoni. Watch for Madhu’s Masala-Mix blog on

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Have you ever wondered what makes up brown sugar? Surprisingly it is just two ingredients — granulated sugar and molasses. That is it! One cup of sugar and one tablespoon of molasses, mixed together, gives you light fluffy brown sugar.

Sweetened condensed milk is one of the things that you only buy once a year and for a 300-ml can it costs about $4. That cost adds up, but it is an essential baking ingredient during holiday season. You can cut the cost by making it at home for about $1.



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Musician Douglas Kirk, from Montreal, will play the cornetto as part of the Praetorius Christmas Vespers concert, Saturday. Joining Kirk will be two of Alberta’s premier chamber vocal ensembles and musicians from across Canada.


BRIEFS An aviation artist and two Spitfire pilots will meet people at the Editions Gallery in Red Deer this weekend. On Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., artist Len Krenzler, who specializes in aviation paintings, will be at the gallery. He will be joined by Second World War Spitfire aces Doug Lindsay and Don Laubman, both of Red Deer, who will be at the gallery in Bower Place Shopping Centre from 1 to 3 p.m. Everyone is welcome to drop in and meet the trio. For more information, call 403-342-2366.

The Poplar Grove Ladies Club being reprised by Dickson Store Museum Back by popular demand, the play The Poplar Grove Ladies Club is being reprised by the Dickson Store Museum. Described as a funny show with a lot of meaning, the play will run as dinner theatre at 6 p.m. on Friday, at the Spruce View Hall. Tickets are $40, or a table for 10 for $350. A dessert theatre will be held at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets are $25 or a table for 10 for $200. For more information, or for tickets, call the Dickson Store Museum at 403-728-3355.

Pursuit Ski and Snowboard Film Festival starts Thursday Thrilling high-altitude adventures will be screened at the second annual Pursuit Ski and Snowboard Film Festival this week in Red Deer. The festival is on from 7 p.m. on Thursday and Friday nights at the Scott Block in downtown Red Deer. The featured movies on Thursday night are Tracing Skylines by Poor Boyz Productions and Partly Cloudy by Level I. On Friday night, the films showing are Valhalla by Sweetgrass Productions and Into the Mind by Sherpas Cinema. Tickets are $15 for one night or $25 for both nights at The Adventure Centre at 4738 Ross St. or

from Doors open at 6 p.m. All proceeds go to the Mountain Access Program, founded by Pursuit Adventure and Travel in partnership with the Youth and Volunteer Centre, to send deserving individuals on a day of skiing or snowboarding in the mountains this winter.

Sound of Music starts Friday in Ponoka The hills around Ponoka will come alive with the sound of music this week. The Klaglahachie Fine Arts Society is putting on Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Sound of Music, starting on Friday at the Ponoka United Church. The familiar musical about the nun-turnedgoverness Maria and her influence on the Von Trapp children and their

father also runs Nov. 30, and Dec. 1, 6, 7, 8, 13, and 14. Dinner theatre shows are available. Tickets for these are $45 for adults ($35 students, $30 youth and $10 children). As well, there are also show-only options. Tickets for the show only are $25 ($15 students, $10 youth and children free). For more information or to book tickets, call 403-783-4087.

Locally-made unique Christmas story film screens this week The Christmas Story will be told through a locally-made film to be screened this week in Red Deer. The Deer Park Alliance Church presents Bernie’s New Job, which promises a unique telling of the Christmas story. The movie project was initiated by Don Tjart, a new church employee with a background in film and television. Tjart has partnered with local playwrights, 5402-47 St. Red Deer MOVIE LINE 346-1300

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videographers and sound editors to create a film that will add a new facet to the church’s Christmas celebrations. “Film is such a popular language in our lives today and we wanted to add that artistic expression to the strong musicianship that exists at Deer Park,” said Tjart. The Deer Park Church is known for staging the annual Singing Christmas Tree performance. Bernie’s New Job will be screened on Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. (with a Saturday matinee at 3 p.m.) at 2960 39th St. Tickets are $2 from the church office. For more information about the project, call 403-3431511, ext. 17.

gram is In Dulci Jubilo, a song with medieval German/Latin origins that Praetorious set to “absolutely gorgeous music,” he added. (Some people may know it as the tune to the English song Good Christian Men Rejoice.) The Anglicized title of another song some might recognize is Lo, How A Rose E’er Blooming. The concert that involved RDSO music director Claude Lapalme, separating different musical parts for various instruments, will feature music for choir as well as smaller vocal and instrumental combinations. Shantz said audience members will also get to sing along to some English verses of traditional German Christmas carols. The series, co-presented by Early Music Voices and the Canadian University College’s Sunday at Seven Series, is on at 8 p.m. at 4758 50th St. Tickets are $25 at the door ($15 seniors, $10 youths and students). lmichelin@reddeeradvocate. com

SONGS DONATED FOR PHILIPPINES THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW YORK — Dozens of top stars have donated songs to an album aimed at raising funds for typhoon disaster relief in the Philippines. Songs by The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Beyonce, U2 and Bruno Mars are among the 39 donated to “Songs for the Philippines,” available for purchase Monday at iTunes and for streaming on iTunes Radio. The artists, record companies and music publishers have agreed to donate the proceeds to the Philippines Red Cross. Thousands were killed, injured and displaced by Typhoon Haiyan earlier this month and officials have struggled to keep up with humanitarian aid demands. The compilation album has a little of everything, from the disturbing images of a live version of Eminem’s “Stan” to the calming effect of The Beatles’ “Let It Be.”


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Mellow seasonal music from seldom-heard baroque instruments will be featured in the Praetorius Christmas Vespers concert on Saturday in Red Deer. Two of Alberta’s premiere chamber vocal ensembles — the award-winning Spiritus Chamber Choir and VoiceScapes from Calgary — will join musicians from across Canada at Gaetz Memorial United Church for a German baroque Christmas concert. Some of the instruments that will be used have rarely been heard in the last century. For instance, musician Douglas Kirk, from Montreal, will play the cornetto, a bowshaped precursor of the trumpet, as well as the bass-sounding rackett. Calgary native Peter Christensen, now based in Quebec, will perform on the trombone predecessor, the sackbut, while Edmonton native Katrina Russell, now living in Victoria, will play the early

bassoon-like dulcian. Wendy Markosky, of Lacombe, will perform on the church’s pipe organ. And the long-necked lute-like theorbo will also be played. Four string musicians from the Red Deer Symphony Orchestra will perform as a chamber ensemble on gut string instead of metal string instruments. The overall tone of the concert will be more rich and mellow than if the music was played by modern instruments, said Tim Shantz, director of the 35-member Spiritus choir. Whether audience members are of German heritage, he predicted they are sure to be immersed in the Christmas spirit of the 1600s. Michael Praetorius was a well known German composer, organist and theorist, who wrote many tunes in the late 1500 to early 1600s that are still performed today. This is not, old, musty, out-of-date music, said Shantz. “It’s living, breathing music that still resonates with people.” One of the songs on the pro-


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Shelter gets help CITY FUNDS PART-TIME STAFF TO HELP HOMELESS AT PEOPLE’S PLACE BY SUSAN ZIELINSKI ADVOCATE STAFF Safe Harbour Society has received additional funding from the city to add a parttime worker to assist the homeless who arrive at People’s Place emergency shelter. On Monday, the city announced it would pay for a worker to be employed from Nov. 1 to March 31 to assist people who are admitted to the shelter and help explore other housing options that may be available to them. Kath Hoffman, executive director of Central Alberta’s Safe Harbour Society for Health and Housing, said $13,000 to hire another worker will make a difference. Safe Harbour is also working on city ap-

proval to increase spaces in its mat program to 26 from 20. The program, for homeless people who are intoxicated or high, has been operating the overnight program near the city’s downtown, at 5246 53rd Ave., since 2007. Second and third readings to amend the land use bylaw to allow more mats will be heard on Dec. 2. Hoffman said if approved, those new mats could be put in place immediately. “I think we have a proven track record of being a responsible neighbour and these extra six spaces don’t strain the resources. These are the guys we really want to make sure are tucked in somewhere safe at night,” Hoffman said. Safe Harbour also recently added 12 spaces at People’s Place to increase the


number of beds at the shelter to 35 from 23. Safe Harbour was able to use $22,000 from Community Housing Advisory Board to purchase bunk beds and linens for People’s Place, which operates in the basement of Loaves and Fishes, at 6002 54th Ave. Safe Harbour has worked to expand its homeless programs after it did not get its usual funding from the city’s Community Housing Advisory Board to run the seasonal Winter Inn program. Hoffman said these new beds and mats are permanent and are welcome increases for the city’s homeless. “Red Deer has historically had the lowest shelter spaces per capita in the province. We’re finally just kind of catching up to what we’ve known we’ve needed for a long time.”


Peter Hourihan, provincial ombudsman and public interest commissioner, will be in Red Deer on Dec. 3 speaking about the role of the ombudsman in Alberta. Hourihan’s presentation, hosted by the Central Alberta Council on Aging, takes place at 9 a.m. at the Golden Circle Resource Centre at 4620 47A Ave. There will also be a question and answer session. Tickets are $3 at the door. For more information, contact Shirley Thomas at 403343-0767 or Ron Rose at 403-346-8115.

City of Red Deer staff have begun laying down the water that will soon make up the outdoor rinks in the city. Once saturated with the water the snow that has fallen on the dozens of boarded rinks around the city will freeze into a solid base for the ice above.

NATURALISTS’ BREAKFAST The Red Deer River Watershed Alliance is holding a special holiday ambassador breakfast on Dec. 20. Emily Rowe, manager of the Confluence Heritage Society in Rocky Mountain House, will make a presentation. Rowe will speak about the Rocky Mountain House National Historic Site and what Christmas was like along the North Saskatchewan River, where 76 years of fur trade took place. The festive breakfast begins at 7:30 a.m. and runs until 8:45 at the Quality Inn North Hill at 7150 50th Ave. in Red Deer. RSVP by noon on Dec. 18. For more information or to RSVP, email or call Kelly at 403-340-7379.

TREE OF REMEMBRANCE The 24th annual Tree of Remembrance Service and Tea at Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre will be held on Dec. 1 at 2 p.m. The event, sponsored by staff and volunteers of Unit 32 and Unit 32 P (palliative), is for friends and relatives of those who died on the units from October 2012 through August 2013. People will have the opportunity to hang ornaments marked with the name of their loved one and the date of their passing on the Tree of Remembrance, which will be relocated to the hospital chapel on the third floor, where it will remain through Jan. 1. Tea and refreshments will be served following the remembrance service in the Dana Soltes Auditorium. For more information, contact Chaplin Dale Fallon at 403309-2864.

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Lighthouse moves ahead BY PAUL COWLEY ADVOCATE STAFF Sylvan Lake could have a new lighthouse by next summer. Town council approved several motions recently to keep the project on track to build a new lighthouse on the lakeshore. Approval was granted to go ahead with preliminary designs and soil testing for the site, which will be the same spot where its predecessor stood until it was demolished in 2012 for safety reasons. There were immediate calls in 2012 by locals to replace the landmark. Sylvan Lake Harbour, which is developing WatersEdge Condominiums & Marina, has worked out an agreement to turn land over to the town for a pocket park and a trail. A small beach may also be developed and the town will be responsible for maintenance. As well, $58,050 was provided by developers as cash in lieu for land required for a municipal reserve. The money will go towards the design and soil work.

Sylvan Lake Rotary Club has taken the lead on the lighthouse initiative to develop it as a community project. It took various options to the public and the consensus was to build a lighthouse similar in design to the original and on the same site. The Rotary Club will commission the design and develop a fundraising strategy. The final design will go to the public for input before it is approved. Town chief administrative officer and Rotary Club member Betty Osmond said the preliminary design is expected to be done in the next month or two. The design work could be undertaken as a gift in kind. The cost of the lighthouse project has not been determined. “That’s something we’ll need the concept design for,” she said. Results of the soil testing will also determine how much foundation work needs to be done. That will likely be a significant portion of costs. It is expected work on the lighthouse will begin next spring for a July completion date.

Drunk driving suspect gets bail A man facing charges of impaired driving causing death has been granted bail with conditions. Tyler James Wilson, 18, of Brooks was released following a hearing in Red Deer court on Monday. Wilson is charged in the death of Jonathon David Wood, 33, who was in the back seat of a taxi that was struck from behind by a pickup truck in Red Deer. The collision occurred on Nov. 2 at 3:30 a.m. at 30th Avenue and 32nd Street. Wood died at the scene. Wood’s uncle, Travis Gangl, was frustrated that Wilson was granted bail without posting a cash bond. Wilson’s bail conditions include prohibitions from using alcohol, driving and going into bars. Wilson must undergo random requests for drug or alcohol tests from RCMP, and must report to RCMP weekly. Gangl said the judge made an informed and proper decision, but the Crown prosecutor could have encouraged further restrictions. Wilson is to return to court on Dec. 18.

Advocate reporter honoured Advocate reporter Susan Zielinski has won provincial recognition for her sensitive, humane coverage of issues surrounding domestic violence. Zielinski was nominated by Ian Wheeliker, executive director of the Central Alberta Women’s Emergency Centre, for the 2013 Lynda Steele Media Award through the Alberta Council of Women’s Shelters. When she received notice that she won the journalistic excellence award for rais- Susan Zielinski ing awareness about violence against women, Zielinski was busy working on a health-related story. She assumed from a quick read of the email that the award was for someone else, and that she would have to write about it. It was only when she was able to re-read the message that she realized she was the recipient. “I was very surprised,” said Zielinski. Her further response echoes the sentiments expressed by countless other award win-

PROVINCIAL AWARD ners she has written about: “People always say they are shocked and very humbled, and that’s exactly how you feel.” The Lynda Steele Media Award recognizes reporters who “show courage, originality and creativity in reporting of violence against women,” and use media presence to counter misinformation and stereotypes and influence and shape community attitudes. Wheeliker praised Zielinski for her willingness to delve into social issues and share sometimes difficult stories with the public, such as follows on the Fekete murder-suicide. Red Deer resident Josif Fekete used a sawed-off shotgun to kill his estranged wife, Blagica, their toddler, Alex, and then himself on Sept. 28, 2003, after returning the child from a court ordered access visit. “Her stories raise public awareness and education, and are very informative, fair and well balanced,” added Wheeliker. The 48-year-old Zielinski, who has worked for 12 years at the Advocate, has held the social issues beat for the past eight years because these stories most interest

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her. She believes it’s important to share them with the community. “When these stories come to the paper, it’s almost like you’re the last resort for people in need, so you want to help them and help these organizations.” Zielinski added that she could not have accomplished this without the whole Advocate team, including editors and photographers. “It’s always a group effort.” Managing editor John Stewart said: “We are very proud of the work Susan has done in examining the issues around family violence, and in explaining the role that the local shelter plays in addressing those issues. “Susan has always been careful to report in ways that put a human face on the initiatives and institutions in our community. By doing so, she allows the reader to clearly understand that the issues are important to the well-being of our community.” She will receive the award for an assortment of stories she has written on women’s shelters and domestic violence at the Red Deer Golf and Country Club on Thursday morning. Michele McDougall from Breakfast TV in Edmonton is also an award winner.


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BRIEFS Rocky byelection called after councillor resigns Rocky Mountain House voters will be going back to the polls to fill a council seat. Only a few weeks into his new position, Coun. Rudy Lange has had to step down. Reached at home on Monday, Lange said he is suffering from complications from pneumonia and remains in isolation. Lange said he felt for the benefit of his health and local taxpayers it was best he step down. “I actually quite enjoyed it while I was on (council),” said Lange, 54. He tendered his letter of resignation from council earlier this month, expressing regret that he had to quit. “I would be unable to fulfil my duties and obligations to the Town of Rocky Mountain House to the standard I had set for myself and thought the best action would be to resign.” Lange was one of four new councillors elected on Oct. 21. Council approved a byelection at its Nov. 19 meeting. Nomination day will be Dec. 18. Advance voting will take place on Jan. 10 at the Lou Soppit Community Centre from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Election day will be Jan. 15 with votes cast at the community centre from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Ex-Coronation man jailed for attacking roommate A former Coronation man who attacked his roommate has been sentenced to six months in jail, to be followed by two years on probation. Daniel Holland, 57, was charged with numerous offences in connection with an attack on his roommate, Steven Polege, 40 on the evening of Dec. 1, 2010. Court heard that Holland had been drinking inside the house and the doors were locked when Polege arrived home from work. Once inside, Polege had a drink with Holland and then retired to his room. However, Holland continued to pester him throughout the evening and eventually came into his room and “poked” him with a knife, starting a fight in which both men suffered injuries. Holland was found guilty of assault causing bodily harm during a four-day trial before Justice Monica Bast in Red Deer Court of Queen’s Bench in September. Proceedings were stayed on additional charges of aggravated assault, assault with a weapon and using a knife for a criminal purpose. Bast reserved her sentencing decision at the time to allow for the preparation of a pre-sentence report. Along with the jail sentence and probation order, she ordered that Holland be prohibited from owning firearms for 10 years.

Oilfield site thefts restitution ordered by court A Red Deer man who has admitted to breaking into a number of oilfield sites has been ordered to pay restitution for the damages and goods stolen. Three Hills RCMP launched an investigation after receiving numerous complaints of large amounts of copper wire stolen from various oilfield sites throughout the area from December 2012 through February 2013. Stephen Barnes, 40, pleaded guilty in Drumheller provincial court on Aug. 23 to six counts of non-residential break and enter and two counts of break and enter with intent to commit

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About 60 cm of snow has fallen in November in Red Deer and surrounding areas, and the task of clearing that snow and taking it away is underway. Here two private haulers deposit their loads at the Edgar snow dump on Monday. an offence. Back in court on Friday, he was given a two-year conditional sentence and ordered to pay restitution totalling $6,155.91.

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Blackfalds social needs groups merge

Red Deer River flooding risk reduction plans sought

Blackfalds Neighbourhood Place has merged with the Blackfalds Family and Community Support Services Department. The non-profit society has dissolved, transferring their financial and human resources to the department to continue to ensure the social needs of the community are met. The location of FCSS at 5016 Waghorn St. will not change. The current community building initiative funding contract between Blackfalds Neighbourhood Place and the Children and Family Services Authority will be closed and a new contract between the FCSS and CFSA will be signed. Blackfalds Mayor Melodie Stol said the demand for social services keeps increasing. “So this merger is about how we can stretch the dollars to better capacity and maintain a much-needed program,” she said in a news release. FCSS office hours are Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The Alberta government is inviting engineering firms to submit proposals for examining flood risk reduction measures for the Red Deer River. The call for proposals comes as part of the effort to reduce the impact of future floods. The successful engineering consultants will work with communities to assess the options. “Much work is taking place in Southern Alberta to reduce the impact of future flooding and we need to do the same in other communities throughout the province,” said Doug Griffiths, minister of Municipal Affairs. Consulting engineers are in place and work is underway on the Sheep, Highwood, Bow, Elbow and South Saskatchewan rivers.

Fire and Ice celebration adds ice carving contest The Fire and Ice Centennial Closing Ceremony will now boast an ice sculpturing contest at City Hall Park on Dec. 13. Carve and carry your ice sculpture in the park after 2 p.m. on Dec. 13 for your chance to win one of five prizes. Sculptures will be grouped in the centre of the park through Fire and Ice and must be taken away at the end of the event. To register, email For more information, visit Red Deer Centennial 2013 on Facebook. There will also be the Greatest Year Ever exhibit in the Snell Auditorium of the Red Deer Public Library with Fire and Ice that will showcase many of the great events that went on all year, through photos, slide shows and displays.

Local drivers warned to turn cars off after spate of thefts Central Alberta drivers are being warned not to leave unattended vehicles running and unlocked. More than 50 vehicles were stolen in the first three weeks of this month, mostly in the early morning hours. Many thefts occur outside homes when owners leave their vehicles running to warm up before heading to work. Other common targets are vehicles left running outside convenience stores or other quick stop locations. If someone spots a theft in progress, RCMP warn not to chase the thieves but to call RCMP at 403-343-5575 with information on the vehicle and direction of travel.

Full snow-removal update coming to city council City staffers will take the unusual step of giving a full update on this year’s snow removal campaign in Red Deer at the Dec. 2 council meeting. In light of the 60 cm record snow-

fall in November, the city will outline where it is in its snow and ice removal program. Typically, Red Deer sees about 15.9 cm of snow in November. Crews were expected to begin plowing snow routes in residential areas on Monday. City manager Craig Curtis said the city is obviously significantly over for what it typically spends for snow removal in November. City council allocated $3.4 million as part of the 2013 operating budget for snow removal. Council will begin debating the 2014 operating budget on Jan. 7. Curtis said it is difficult to determine whether the city will stay on budget because of the unpredictably of Mother Nature. Clearing residential streets just once can easily cost more than $700,000 and removing windrows from all residential streets can easily cost $500,000. Red Deer residents are being encouraged to help the city identify areas of concern by reporting them to the Public Works Department at 403-3428238.

Man charged following Eckville crime spree A 28-year-old man has been charged following a crime spree in Eckville Nov. 16-17. Responding to a request to the public for help in identifying a suspect in a surveillance photo, Sylvan Lake RCMP received numerous tips from the public, leading to the man’s arrest. Kyle Robert Meckler of Red Deer is charged with four counts of break and enter to a dwelling house, four counts of theft of motor vehicle, two counts of theft under $5,000 and seven counts of using a stolen credit card. The RCMP believe there may be other suspects and continue to investigate. Meckler is currently in custody on other charges from Red Deer and his next court appearance is scheduled for Wednesday in Red Deer provincial court. RCMP would like to remind property owners of the importance of keeping house and vehicle doors locked as well as keeping valuables out of vehicles and out of sight. If you have any information on these crimes, please contact the Sylvan Lake RCMP at (403) 858-7200 or CRIME STOPPERS at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

Proposed class action suit filed over Health Canada letters VANCOUVER — A proposed class action lawsuit has been launched after a slip-up by Health Canada outed thousands of medical marijuana users. The suit alleges the department put the privacy and safety of 40,000 users at risk when it sent them personally addressed letters in an envelope that on its outside explicitly referred to the Medical Marijuana Access Program. The legal action was filed Monday in Federal Court on behalf of Vancouver marijuana activist Jason Wilcox, who was among those identified in last week’s mailings. Lawyer Kate Saunders, who is handling the case, says she’s spoken to a handful of users allowed to grow marijuana under the program who have now moved their pot garden or fled their homes, fearing breakins. She says the lawsuit is seeking damages for users’ relocation costs, and also aims to help ensure such a breach never occurs again. Health Canada has apologized for what it called an “administrative error” and says it is

taking steps to make sure it doesn’t happen again. The department has also said it’s in talks with the privacy commissioner

about the incident. Saunders said Wilcox got “700 emails in two days” from medical marijuana users concerned

about the mailing mistake. She called the foulup a “pretty significant privacy breach” that not only reveals who uses pot

but also leads to suggestions about their health, as she said many in the program are coping with diseases such as HIV.

The letters were sent to alert medical marijuana users to major changes coming in the program beginning April 1.

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TUESDAY, NOV. 26, 2013

Pregnancy just the beginning Spouse-parent fights lead to of unsolicited advice Thanksgiving disruptions

It is my experience that once an embryo is im- every night crawls into bed with Mom and Dad beplanted into one’s uterus, you unwittingly become a cause sleeping alone is just too terrifying — but at candidate for unwanted and often redundant advice. the time the judgment, as I saw it, was getting to me. This advice will start out small. Maybe you won’t I was the mom, and despite my lack of experience, I even realize it is happening in the beginning, but as wanted to learn as I went. I wanted only my husband sure as the stretch marks that sully my stomach, the Jamie and I to call the shots when raising this kid. advice will come and you will end up ruing the day Instead of handling the situation like a levelyou sought counsel from another human being. headed adult, I threw a temper tantrum. I screamed I was six months pregnant with my son Lars, young and cried and told anyone and everyone who tried and oblivious to the trials I would soon face as a new to give me any sort of guidance (positive or not) that mommy. In my mind, everything was comI could handle it on my own and I didn’t ing up sunshine and rainbows, and quite want their stupid opinion anyway! frankly I was feeling fine with my naive I had begun to resemble a pre-pubesapproach to parenthood. cent child, instead of a knowing mother, But with every, “Aren’t you scared to and this certainly did not help my plight. push a baby out of your vagina?” and Finally, after a considerable amount “How are you going to keep a kid alive?” of time distancing myself from humanity I began doubting my ability to be mom. in general, I realized that I am social by I, being the first among my friends to nature and simply could not limit myself carry a bun in the oven, had little to no to life with only my son and husband for peers to go to for advice. company. Of course, the girls would offer their So to my mom and mother-in-law I opinions on what I should do, and what went, and in a surprising turn of events, I I shouldn’t, one of which being that they asked them for some advice. hoped I would never become that incon“How did you deal with people telling LINDSAY siderate mom, who simply didn’t care you how to raise your kids?” BROWN about the welfare of the adults around Although asking them on separate ocher anymore, always doting on a baby ME PLUS THREE casions, their answers were quite simiwho clearly should be left to self soothe lar. I won’t try to quote them here today, in the first place. because honestly since having kids my To be truthful, my childless friends memory has become mush and there is had all the answers and were certainly not afraid to no way I could remember what their exact words voice their brazen opinions to me. I will admit that were to me that day. It was along the lines of: letting in the beginning, while the babe was still cooking, I it go in one ear and out the other. agreed with them wholeheartedly. People who are close to you just want to know that It wasn’t until the 20-plus hours of labour (where they are a part of this beautiful time in your life and their predictions proved to be grossly inaccurate), sometimes the easiest way to do so is to offer a piece that I began to question the validity of their words. of advice to try to make life easier. After bringing baby home, the tirade of opinions At the time, it may be annoying, more so on the only got worse. side of infuriating, especially with all of those post“Change the diaper like this!” partum hormones floating around making you a “You must be quicker when strapping him in the crazy lady. car seat! It is 30 below outside for the love of God!” But a slight nod of the head and a polite smile is “Is that baby still sleeping in bed with you? You all that is needed to acknowledge that their counsel better break that habit soon or else you’re going to has been heard, and what you do with that counsel have trouble on your hands.” beyond that is completely up to you. Granted many of these helpful hints I should have Lindsay Brown is a Sylvan Lake mother of two and taken notice of. I currently have a five-year-old who freelance columnist.

Parents not keen on reading ebooks to kids BY THE CANADIAN PRESS TORONTO — Children’s storybooks are in no danger of becoming extinct, suggests a report on how kids and parents are embracing ebooks. Based on the results of online surveys conducted for Booknet Canada, a non-profit industry organization that tracks sales and trends, it appears parents and children aren’t eager to give up on the timehonoured tradition of flipping through paper books in favour of swiping around in digital content. Of the more than 800 parents interviewed, about 41 per cent said they currently read ebooks. More than 200 teens between 14 and 17 were also polled (with their parents’ permission) and 27 per cent said they were ebook readers. But few indicated they actually prefer digital books or could see themselves eschewing paperbacks for good. Only one per cent of the parents polled said their kids aged 13 and under were at the point of reading more ebooks than print books. “What we’ve found, and has been found in similar studies, is that while many parents are adopting new technologies, they are reluctant to have their children adopt these technologies at the same rate,” reads the report. “It seems that even the most technologically inclined parents are unsure how to navigate the integration of new technologies into concepts of good

parenting.” Only about one in four parents said they read ebooks with their kids. And only four per cent of parents said they preferred that their children read ebooks, while 63 per cent favoured old-fashioned books. Among teenagers, 29 per cent said they preferred reading ebooks, 37 per cent chose print and 34 per cent had no preference. The surveys suggest teens aren’t rushing to embrace ebooks. About 41 per cent of them said they expected they’d still mainly be reading print books in a year’s time, while only about 10 per cent said they expected to be reading mostly digital content by then. The researchers also asked parents how their kids were using mobile devices, which yielded some interesting stats about how toddlers are embracing technology. The report suggests just over 60 per cent of kids aged three or four have access to an Apple or Google Android phone or tablet in their home. Among 11- to 13-year-old kids, about 80 per cent had a device in their home. Among the parents of children eight and under, 15 per cent said their kids were using the Internet daily, almost half said a few times a week, and just over 20 per cent said they’re never online. The most common online activities among those kids were playing games and watching videos.

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Question: My spouse doesn’t get along with my parents and siblings. The situation has gotten so bad that he doesn’t even want to travel to attend our annual Thanksgiving celebration at my parents’ home. I’m tired of the tension and dissension. Can you suggest a solution? Jim: All too often, family gatherings that are supposed to be filled with love and warmth end up turning into tense, uncomfortable confrontations. You may have resigned yourselves to the fact that things will never be hunky-dory between your husband and your family, but that doesn’t mean you can’t take steps that might lead to positive change. First, you and your husband need to sit down together and discuss this problem rationally. It’s vital that the two of you come to a meeting of the minds over this issue. Interactions with extended family are an important and inevitable part of every marriage. This is a fact that you’re going to have to face together. Don’t let it create a wedge between the two of you. Perhaps it would be possible to work out a compromise. For example, consider the option of skipping certain big family gatherings every other year. This Thanksgiving, could you tell your family that, while you appreciate the invitation, you and your husband have decided to spend a quiet holiday with your immediate family? This may remove some of the stress and tension and make it easier for your husband to face the family gathering next year. JIM You might also go ahead DALY with your Thanksgiving plans, but arrange to stay at a local hotel rather than in your parents’ home. If things become absolutely unbearable for you or your spouse, you can politely excuse yourselves and take refuge in the tranquility of your hotel room. Again, the most important thing is that you and your husband agree on the course of action. Short of a miraculous breakthrough in your husband’s relationship with his in-laws (although that’s certainly something to hope and pray for!), these are some practical steps you can take to minimize the holiday stress. Question: How can we teach our daughter good problem solving skills? Whenever she encounters a challenge, such as putting together Legos, she quickly abandons it and runs to us for help. Dr. Greg Smalley, Vice President, Family Ministries: Teaching kids to problem solve begins with parents modelling AND verbalizing how to solve common problems. Modelling alone is not sufficient. We must explain the process we used to arrive at the solution. Instead of simply having your daughter watch you fix something around the house (or put together Legos), verbally walk her through the steps. Also, parents should praise their kids when they attempt to solve problems. I had a rotation in a children’s therapeutic treatment center during my doctoral internship and residency. One of the treatment goals was to foster better problem solving skills. Any time we noticed a child working on a project, we would say, “Nice problem solving. I like how you. ...” We always encouraged their attempts and explained what they had done that was positive. It’s important to find the balance between encouraging your kids to ask for help and simply solving the problem for them.


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Journaling a powerful way to chronicle life’s journey “Listen, dear journal, (and) I will tell you what I will tell no one else.” — Ella Gertrude Clanton, from The Secret Eye: The Journal of Ella Gertrude Clanton Thomas Excerpt from my personal journal dated Sept. 29, 2003: Today I am grateful for … the opportunity to capture my thoughts on paper – freely, honestly and without apology. I began journaling over a decade ago after attending a fascinating workshop on the topic of self-discovery. The facilitator had suggested we create a gratitude journal and to start each entry with the current date and the line “Today, I am grateful for….” Initially, I was resistant to the idea. It seemed like one more task in an already busy day, but I agreed to try it. Before retiring for the evening, I would spend a few minutes capturing my thoughts on paper. At first, the entries were simple: “It snowed today,” or “My daughter and I went for lunch at the new bistro in town.” Before long though, I found myself capturing deeper thoughts and gaining personal insights and perspective through the process. Slowly, I started to look forward to my journaling and began to think of it as “downloading” the day. I began to realize that my journal entries contained ponderings along with a few flashes of insight and pearls of wisdom. Perhaps it’s no coincidence that the words “journey” and “journaling” come from the same root. Journaling is a powerful way to chronicle the journey of our lives. Journaling is a source of inspiration and a stepping-stone to self-discovery. Throughout history artists, scientists, philosophers and explorers have used journals or diaries to record their feelings, thoughts, observations and dis-

coveries. Anne Frank, Virginia Woolf, ing situation, your work and relationElla Gertrude Clanton Thomas and ships. Ponder what makes you happy Henry David Thoreau are just four of or makes you sad. many writers known for such personal ● Free yourself from the need to compositions. write perfect prose. Start writing in a The privacy and personal nature of “stream of consciousness.” Don’t edit a journal makes it the perfect vehicle your thoughts or feelings or correct for spontaneous expression. The jour- your grammar. nal is a safe place to be yourself: to ● Express an attitude of gratitude feel, to think, to observe and to dream. by maintaining a daily list of things As long as it is kept confidential, ex- you appreciate in life. The sentence cept for selective sharing, the threat stem: Today I am grateful for … is a of external criticism is regreat way to get started. moved allowing us to be ● Acknowledge your completely open, honest successes. Begin by capand uncensored in our exturing the big achievepression. ments you remember and Reading back through then regularly jot down my journals (now numsmall successes that occur bering in the dozens) during each week. has helped me reflect on ● If there is something where I used to be, what you are struggling with or I once believed to be true an event that is distressand where I am now in my ing you, write about it life. It’s a method for alin the third person. This lowing the light of underwill give you distance and standing and compassion provide perspective. Reto shine on our past. cent studies have shown In The Artist’s Way, authat when people journal MURRAY thor Julia Cameron sugabout emotionally difFUHRER gests writing three handficult events in their life, written pages or 750 words even for a short time, the every morning. Although function of their immune handwritten, my journal system notably improves. entries are typically in the ● Develop your intu250 to 300 word range but ition. Write down quesupon occasion do run in the 750 range tions or concerns then take a deep and sometimes even longer. Generally, breath and listen for a response from I write until I feel that I’ve written all your higher (authentic) self. Trust the there is to write and said all there is process. If you don’t get an answer to say. right away, look for signs during the If you want to improve your per- day. spective on life, gain valuable insight Journaling can provide you with a and clarify issues, start writing in a veritable treasure chest of creative journal. That said here are a few tips ideas and an account of your personto initiate the process: al history, which could become com● Start writing about your life as it pelling reading. How many of us have is in this moment. Describe your liv- thrilling family histories just crying to


be told? Your journal could become a novel, or even a movie — witness Angela’s Ashes — the best-selling 1996 memoir by the Irish-American author Frank McCourt. Many of my journal entries have evolved into weekly Extreme Esteem columns. There are unexpected ways that journaling can help to enhance your life. Journaling provides us with an excellent way to set goals and track our achievements. It can be fascinating and truly rewarding to look back over the evolution of our thinking and self-esteem. There’s something magical about putting pen to paper. Such is the power of journaling that experts in the field of physical and emotional health have commended it, counsellors have recommended it to clients to heal lives and executives employ it to mind their businesses. It was Thoreau in his renowned journal who wrote, “Is not the poet bound to write his own biography? Is there any other work for him but a good journal?” The beauty of it all is that you can journal in any way you like, in any form and under any circumstances. The only limitations are those of your imagination. Journaling can be the starting point for discovering who you are, acknowledging your gifts, talents and dreams. Believe me; each time you make an entry in your journal, you’ll open another door into yourself. “Never tell me the sky’s the limit when (I know) there are footprints on the moon.” — Author unknown Murray Fuhrer is a self-esteem expert and facilitator. His new book is entitled Extreme Esteem: The Four Factors. For more information on self-esteem, check the Extreme Esteem website at

B4 RED DEER ADVOCATE Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013

Big-city birds causing tension in New York City BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW YORK — Say “wild” and “New York City,” and few might fill in these blanks: a flock of feral turkeys causing a flap in a city that defines urbanity. Yet a population of roving turkeys on Staten Island has become a messmaking, traffic-stopping scourge to some residents, an impromptu natural attraction to others and a fraught project for government officials. Since dozens of the turkeys were rounded up and killed this summer, the birds’ future has become a topic as heated as a Thanksgiving meat thermometer. “We don’t want to kill them. We just want them to leave us alone,” says Barbara Laing, who watched as at least 50 turkeys converged outside her house around sundown one recent evening with a chorus of honks — their own and those of drivers futilely trying to shoo them out of traffic. The turkeys milled on the grass, flew up like cartoon ghosts into a large maple tree, and settled in for the night. It’s a sight that charms onlookers and sometimes residents, when the turkeys aren’t fouling yards with droppings, devouring gardens, waking up residents with raucous pre-dawn mating sessions, and utterly disregarding dogs and other supposed deterrents. “They really are a beautiful bird ... but they ruined our property,” says Laing’s sister and next-door neighbour, Mary Jane Froese. After decades of effort to halt the decline of the symbolically American birds, experts say the nation’s wild turkey population has rebounded from about 300,000 in the early 1950s to an estimated 7 million now. The forest-dwelling gobbler has adapted to settings as populated as lower Manhattan, where a turkey nicknamed Zelda hangs out. They’ve been accused of attacking residents in Brookline, Mass., and menacing schoolchildren in Glendale, Wis. Turkey tensions have come to a bigcity head on Staten Island, where the birds started congregating at a state psychiatric hospital and attracting notice a decade or so ago. Now, nearly everyone on the island seems to have a turkey story, not to


A police officer gently eases her patrol car through an intersection in Staten Island recently. The New York neighbourhood has a large population of feral turkeys that have established residence. The roving turkeys have become a mess-making, traffic-stopping scourge to some residents, an unexpected bit of makeshift nature to others and a fraught project for government officials. Since dozens of the turkeys were rounded up and killed this summer, the birds’ future has become a topic as heated as a Thanksgiving meat thermometer. mention an opinion. Turkey gripes have led to at least one arrest — of a resident who set off fireworks to try to disperse them from his block in 2007 — and schemes such as coating turkey eggs with vegetable oil in hopes of preventing embryos from developing. (It didn’t work.) The controversy peaked in August, when the U.S. Department of Agriculture captured some of the estimated 80 birds at the psychiatric hospital and took them to be slaughtered, with state Department of Environmental Conservation approval. After an outcry, an animal shelter in the Catskills agreed in September to take all the turkeys it could, 28 of them. Feathers were ruffled anew last month when more birds were rounded up and killed. State officials said the roundups


were necessary because the flock was launching “attacks on patients, employees and visitors” and raising sanitation concerns. And in an urban quirk, officials deemed Staten Island’s wild turkeys to be not quite wild — rather, a mix of domestic and wild strains, meaning they couldn’t be released to mix with other, fully wild turkeys elsewhere. Officials envision the slaughtered, now-frozen birds becoming a turkey dinner for food pantries, but they’re awaiting test results for pesticides and other chemicals the birds might have gobbled up. The results aren’t expected before Thanksgiving. Some residents and local officials backed the roundups as necessary, if regrettable. If the birds can’t be released in the wild, “I would rather see them slaugh-

tered than see them cause an automobile accident,” says Staten Island Borough President James Molinari. “They’re not made for a city.” But others were aghast. “It’s a horrible thing. You take animals and just kill them? What kind of world are we living in?” says Joe McAllister, a local neighbourhood association president who joined dozens of people at an August roadside protest denouncing the slaughters. Online petitions have gathered thousands of signatures. For now, it’s unclear whether more captures are planned. In the meantime, Froese and Laing watch their ad-hoc turkey flock with a sense of familiarity, if not fondness. “It’s very interesting to watch them. It really is. You learn a lot from it,” Froese says, but “now it’s time for them to move out.”

‘Just kidding’ no longer makes it OK to text or post slurs online POLL SHOWS SHIFTS IN YOUNG PEOPLE’S ATTITUDES BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS


Kate the Duchess of Cambridge is given flowers by a child as she arrives for her charity visit to Clifford Chance in the Canary Wharf business district of London recently. The Duchess of Cambridge, in her capacity as patron of the charity Place2Be, attended a Resilience and Emotional Strength in Schools Forum. The charity helps children to cope with social issues, including bullying, bereavement, domestic violence, family breakdown, neglect and trauma.

Baby monitors recalled after two strangulation deaths BY THE CANADIAN PRESS TORONTO — A line of baby monitors is being recalled in Canada and the United States because the items pose a strangulation risk for infants. The devices are Angelcare movement and sound baby monitors, made by Angelcare Monitors Inc. Health Canada says that in the U.S. there have been reports of two deaths and two other incidents where babies became entangled in the monitors’ cords. The department says to date there have been no reports of deaths involving the monitors in Canada. The monitors have a sensor pad that is placed in the crib, under the mattress; it is connected to the baby monitor unit by a 3.4-metre electrical cord. Health Canada says in the cases of the baby deaths, the infants had pulled the cords into their cribs. The deaths occurred in 2004 and 2011. About 182,000 of the recalled prod-

ucts have been sold in Canada since 2003. In the United States, where the products have been sold since 1999, it is estimated nearly 600,000 of the units were sold. Monitors affected by the recall are: Angelcare movement monitor model 300; Angelcare movement and sound monitors models AC 201, AC 301, AC 401 and AC 601; and Angelcare video, movement and sound monitor model AC 1100. The model numbers are printed on the baby monitor unit. The company is offering a free kit to render the monitors safe. It includes a rigid protective cord cover through which the sensor pad cords should be threaded, a warning label and revised instructions. Consumers can obtain the kits by contacting Angelcare toll-free at 1-855355-2643 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, by emailing consumers(at) or through the company’s website,


DALY: Teach kids to ask questions One of the greatest gifts we can give our children is to teach them to ask questions — but then allow them to wrestle with the solution. If we immediately solve all of their problems for them, they won’t learn how to think through the problem solving steps.

WASHINGTON — In a shift in attitude, most young people now say it’s wrong to use racist or sexist slurs online, even if you’re just kidding. But when they see them, they don’t take much personal offence. A majority of teens and young adults who use the Internet say they at least sometimes see derogatory words and images targeting various groups. They often dismiss that stuff as just joking around, not meant to be hurtful, according to a new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research and MTV. Americans ages 14 to 24 say people who are overweight are the most frequent target, followed by gay people. Next in line for online abuse: blacks and women. “I see things like that all the time,” says Vito Calli, 15, of Reading, Pa. “It doesn’t really bother me unless they’re meaning it to offend me personally.” Even then he tries to brush it off. Calli, whose family emigrated from Argentina, says people tease him online with jokes about Hispanics, but “you can’t let those things get to you.” He’s typical of many young people surveyed. The majority say they aren’t very offended by slurs in social media or cellphone text messages — even such inflammatory terms as “bitch” or “fag” or the N-word. Yet like Calli, most think using language that insults a group of people is wrong. The high school sophomore says he has tried, with difficulty, to break his habit of calling anything uncool “gay” or “retarded.” Compared with an AP-MTV poll two years ago, young people today are more disapproving of using slurs online. Nearly 6 in 10 say using discriminatory words or images isn’t all right, even as a joke. Only about half were so disapproving in 2011. Now, a bare majority say it’s wrong to use slurs even among friends who know you don’t mean it. In the previous poll, most young people said that was OK. But the share who come across slurs online has held steady. More than half of young users of YouTube, Facebook and gaming communities such as Xbox

Finally, take advantage of teachable times when your children make mistakes. You can use this opportunity to probe ways they could have handled the situation differently to get more positive results. Catch up with Jim Daly at or at

EBOOKS: Teens still prefer paperbacks Almost half of those parents said they sometimes

Live and Steam say they sometimes or often encounter biased messages on those platforms. Why do people post or text that stuff? To be funny, according to most young people who see it. Another big reason: to be cool. Less than a third said a major reason people use slurs is because they actually harbour hateful feelings toward the groups they are maligning. “Most of the time they’re just joking around, or talking about a celebrity,” Jeff Hitchins, a white 24-year-old in Springfield, Pa., said about the insulting references to blacks, women and gays that he encounters on the Vine and Instagram image-sharing sites. “Hate speech is becoming so commonplace, you forget where the words are coming from, and they actually hurt people without even realizing it.” Some slurs are taken more seriously than others. Racial insults are not that likely to be seen as hurtful, yet a strong majority of those surveyed — 6 in 10 — felt comments and images targeting transgender people or Muslims are. Almost as likely to be viewed as mean-spirited are slurs against gays, lesbians and bisexual people, and those aimed at people who are overweight. Maria Caprigno, who has struggled with obesity since childhood, said seeing mean images on Facebook stings. But she thinks the online world reflects the rest of U.S. society. “It’s still socially acceptable to comment on someone’s weight and what someone is eating,” said Caprigno, 18, of Norwood, Mass. “We need to change that about our culture before people realize posting stuff like that online is going to be offensive to someone.” Erick Fernandez of West New York, N.J., says what people share online reflects the influence of song lyrics and music videos and movies. Fernandez, 22, said he was “probably very loose” about that himself before he was chosen for a diversity summer camp in high school that explained why phrases like “That’s so gay” are hurtful. Now a college student, he routinely sees insulting language for women and people of colour bandied about online. “I try to call some of my friends out on it but it’s really to no avail.”

hand a phone or tablet to their kids to use in the car, or to occupy them when other tasks need to be done. About one in three parents said apps are handy for when their kids need a distraction. Still, more than 70 per cent said they “strongly agree” or “somewhat agree” that they were concerned about how much time their kids spent with mobile apps. A similar number agreed they’d “rather have them doing other things than playing apps.” Only one in four parents said their kids eight and under didn’t use a mobile device at all, while it was closer to one in 10 among parents of nine- to 13-yearold kids.


B5 Sutter to have WHL prepared

TUESDAY, NOV. 26, 2013

LOOKS TO HAVE SUPER SERIES TEAM PREPARED FOR A TALENTED RUSSIAN TEAM, KEEPING CLOSE WATCH AS WORLD JUNIOR CAMP NEARS BY GREG MEACHEM ADVOCATE SPORTS EDITOR Brent Sutter was in his easy chair Monday evening, getting another look at Team Russia in a televised Subway Super Series game against Team OHL at Sudbury. The Red Deer Rebels GM/head coach will view the Russians from a much closer vantage point Wednesday when the visitors are at the Centrium to take on Team WHL at 7 p.m. Sutter will handle headcoaching duties for the WHL squad for Wednesday’s contest and the final game of the Super Series Thursday at Lethbridge. As the head coach of the Canadian team for the 2014 World Junior Championship Dec. 26-Jan. 5 in Sweden, Sutter took in the first three Super Series games last week — 3-2 and 4-3 wins for Team QMJHL in Gatineau and Sherbrooke, Que., and a 5-2 victory for the Russians over team OHL in Oshawa. He’s using the Series as a scouting tool in regards to the players who will be invited to the Canadian team’s final selection camp next month. The Team WHL players were scheduled to arrive in Red Deer at 1 p.m. today. A team photo session is set for 4 p.m. at the Centrium and the squad will re-

turn to the ice for a 4:15 p.m. practice session. Sutter intends on having his players prepared for a highly-talented Russian contingent, which he estimates will feature roughly half of the players who will suit up for the Russian entry in the WJC. “They probably have six to seven players who are currently in the Kontinental League who will be on their national team, plus the players they have in the OHL have really helped them in this series, and you know those players will be on their world junior team,” said Sutter, in reference to Nikolay Goldobin of the Sarnia Sting, Aleksandar Mikulovich of the Niagara IceDogs and Sergey Tolchinsky of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. “They’re a team that works hard and they certainly have some good skill. “The first two games were really close and then they won the third game. They have a pretty good team that can make plays, and their goaltending is really good. We’ll have to be well prepared to play them.” Team Russia includes four players who were selected by QMJHL teams in the CHL import draft as well as the three in the OHL. Meanwhile, Alexander Delnov of the Seattle Thunderbirds and Saskatoon Blades forward Nikita Scherbak will be on the Team Russia roster for the Red Deer game and Kootenay

Ice defenceman Rinat Valiev will draw in for the contest in Lethbridge. Edmonton Oil Kings forward Curtis Lazar will serve as the Team WHL captain Wednesday and Kootenay forward Sam Reinhart will wear the ‘C’ in Lethbridge. Portland Winterhawks forward Nicolas Petan and Prince Albert Raiders rearguard Josh Morrissey will be assistant captains for both games, while Oil Kings defenceman Griffin Reinhart will wear an ‘A’ at the Centrium and Kelowna Rockets blueliner Damon Severson will be a third assistant captain in Lethbridge. ● Rebels forward Matt Bellerive was on crutches Monday after suffering a knee injury late in Saturday’s 5-1 win over the visiting Prince George Cougars. He will see an orthopedic specialist today. “I’m sure they will recommend he have an MRI and I don’t see him playing any time in the near future,” said Sutter. Bellerive joins forwards Grayson Pawlenchuk and Christian Stockl — both out indefinitely — on the club’s injury list. The Rebels return to action Friday against the host Medicine Hat Tigers, then travel to Swift Current for a Saturday date with the Broncos.

Oilers get dropped by red hot Blackhawks KANE EXTENDS POINTS STREAK TO 11 GAMES, OILERS WIN STREAK SNAPPED AT THREE GAMES BY THE CANADIAN PRESS Blackhawks 5 Oilers 1 EDMONTON — Going on their longest road trip of the year hasn’t slowed the Chicago Blackhawks down one bit. Andrew Shaw had a pair of goals and Patrick Kane scored on the power play to extend his point scoring streak to 11 games as the Blackhawks defeated the Edmonton Oilers 5-1 on Monday. After starting the trip with a disappointing 5-1 loss in Colorado, Shaw said the Hawks have regained their form. “We’ve got back to our systems and rolling all four lines,” he said. “Everybody is bringing the energy we need them to and the chemistry through all four lines is pretty amazing right now. We’ve been playing some of our best hockey. “We’ve had a couple of injuries to key people, but everybody is stepping up. That’s why our game has improved.” Jonathan Toews and Johnny Oduya also scored as the Blackhawks (17-4-4) won their third game in a row in their fourth match of their sevengame road trip. Chicago has gone 11-2-1 in its last 14 games. The Blackhawks moved ahead of Anaheim and into first place in the NHL with the victory. Chicago goalie Corey Crawford made 24 saves to collect his 16th win of the season. “We are just taking it game by game and trying not to look too far ahead,” he said. “We are a very focused team right now. Playing in a building where we haven’t had much success of late, it was nice to come in here and get off on the right foot and get a couple of goals early.” In the 2011-12 season, the Blackhawks lost 9-2 and 8-4 in Edmonton. Chicago head coach Joel Quenneville said the key was getting two early goals and putting the Oilers on their heels. “We had a great start in the game,” said Quenneville. “We get that short-handed goal and we have a red-hot power play that got us off on the right foot.


Edmonton Oilers Goalie Ilya Bryzgalov battles with Chicago Blackhawk Jonathan Toews during second period NHL action in Edmonton, on Monday. The Blackhawks beat the Oilers 5-1. Getting off to that start was important. The special teams in the first period really put us in a good spot. Across the board, we did what we were looking to do and played a really solid game.” Justin Schultz replied for the Oilers (7-16-2), who saw a season-high three-game winning streak come to an end. “It was a crazy game to me a little bit,” said Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins. “It wasn’t a 5-1 game, I thought it was probably a 3-1 game. But giving up that shorty early, where we bobbled the puck, cost us. Then we couldn’t kill that penalty and when you’re down 2-0 to the defending Stanley Cup champions, it’s usually going to be trouble right away.”

Oilers forward David Perron said his team just seemed flat. “They pretty much beat us in every aspect tonight,” he said. “I felt like the energy was pretty low for having three days off. It’s a disappointing game for us wanting to make a statement. “We have to find an answer in here. I feel like we should have had better energy after three days off like that.” Chicago got on the board five minutes into the first period with a short-handed goal as the Oilers Nail Yakupov couldn’t corral a bouncing puck at the blue-line, allowing Toews to take off on a breakaway. The Blackhawks captain

waited for Edmonton starter Devan Dubnyk to commit before scoring his 12th goal of the season. Chicago made it 2-0 three minutes later on the power play as Edmonton’s defenders failed to clear a puck in the crease, allowing Kane to swoop in and score into a wide-open net with Dubnyk down and out of the play. The goal extended Kane’s league-high point scoring streak to 11 games. He has six goals and nine assists during that span. The Oilers best chance came with four minutes left in the first period as Ryan Smyth got off a point-blank shot from the side of the net, but Crawford came across for a big pad save.

Chicago went up by three goals a minute-and-a-half into the second period as an Oduya shot bounced off the glove of Edmonton defenceman Corey Potter and into his own net. The rout was on as the Blackhawks made it 4-0 six minutes into the middle period on a three-on-one as Jeremy Morin made a backhand pass to Shaw who had a ton of net to deposit the puck into. That goal spelled the end of the night for Dubnyk and set the stage for the debut of Ilya Bryzgalov. The move seemed to spark the Oilers, as they finally got a goal past Crawford eight minutes into the second as Schultz snuck in from the point and unleashed a bullet from near the face-off dot to make it 4-1.

Grey Cup champion Roughriders to parade through Regina today CFL BY THE CANADIAN PRESS REGINA — The path to winning the 101st Grey Cup was years in the making for the Saskatchewan Roughriders and Brendan Taman, the team’s general manager. “Back in 2011, when they announced that the game was coming here, we knew that it was going to be pretty important that we had a good year and hopefully could get into it, let alone win it, so I felt some pressure obviously within for sure,” Taman said Monday, less than 24 hours after the Riders won the championship. “But as a group, we built it from (head coach) Corey (Chamblin) and the staff to the players and everybody we brought in, so yeah there was some pressure.” The pressure eased Sunday night when the Roughriders dominated the Hamilton Tiger-Cats 4523. The Riders, who will be feted in a parade through Regina on Tuesday, became the third straight host team to win the CFL title.

Taman, who walked into the news conference Monday holding the Grey Cup, enjoyed the moment. It was “very surreal,” he said. “It’s a sense of relief and redemption and sort of verifying that you can win it, eventually. It’s not the easiest thing to win obviously, but it’s pretty gratifying,” said Taman. In January, the Riders acquired veteran slotback Geroy Simon from B.C., then in free agency signed defensive ends John Chick and Canadian Ricky Foley as well as defensive back Dwight Anderson. In October, Taman gambled by acquiring rush end Alex Hall from Winnipeg. But there was one guy Taman really wanted to see raise the cup: quarterback Darian Durant. “You know, I talked to him this morning and he said ’Well, I already had one.’ I said ’No, you didn’t. Yeah, you were part of one,”’ said Taman. “But he got this one, and I was so happy for him because I think we’re as popular at times as each other, sometimes we’re not, so I was really happy for him.” Durant won a Grey Cup with the Riders in 2007, but he was one of the backup quarterbacks at that time. Durant was the starting pivot when the Riders

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got to the Grey Cup in 2009 and 2010, but they lost both games. Chamblin agreed that he was excited to see Durant win. “There were a couple of guys, but the biggest one of course would be Darian, just because he’s the quarterback. He does take a lot of the criticism and he’s put a lot on his shoulders over the last couple of years, so it was very good to see him get that cup,” Chamblin said Monday. Chamblin said the fans also played a major role. “The biggest thing right now, I can just tell you that stands out in my mind, was the crowd (Sunday) night and being on the stage and seeing all the green,” said Chamblin. “When people say the stage was set, it was actually the stage was set and I think that was the biggest part of the celebration. There were some who watched it on TV, but it was surreal to be in that stadium last night.” The Grey Cup championship parade will start at Mosaic Stadium and head south down Albert St. before ending in a rally at the provincial legislature.


SCOREBOARD Hockey Nashville Winnipeg Dallas Pt 35 32 28 27 23 21 Pt 37 32 30 29 26 10

WESTERN CONFERENCE B.C. Division GP W LOTLSOL GF GA Pt Kelowna 22 17 3 0 2 90 54 36 Victoria 28 17 10 0 1 74 64 35 Vancouver 27 11 11 4 1 84 95 27 Prince George 29 10 15 1 3 81 113 24 Kamloops 26 6 17 2 1 65 102 15 U.S. Division GP W LOTLSOL GF GA Pt Everett 27 19 4 4 0 89 68 42 Portland 26 18 5 2 1 128 83 39 Spokane 26 17 8 0 1 102 74 35 Tri-City 28 14 11 1 2 78 76 31 Seattle 26 13 9 1 3 89 100 30 Note: Any win is worth two points; a team losing in overtime or shootout receives one point which is registered in the OTL or SOL columns. Sunday, Nov. 24-Thursday, Nov. 28 No Games Scheduled. Friday, Nov. 29 Calgary at Swift Current, 6 p.m. Brandon at Moose Jaw, 6 p.m. Prince Albert at Regina, 6 p.m. Edmonton at Lethbridge, 7:30 p.m. Red Deer at Medicine Hat, 7:30 p.m. Kelowna at Kamloops, 8 p.m. Vancouver at Prince George, 8 p.m. Victoria at Tri-City, 8:05 p.m. Portland at Spokane, 8:05 p.m. Saskatoon at Seattle, 8:35 p.m.

GA 14 62

Pts 27 24 19 17 17 15 12 9 9 9 7 6 4 4 3 3 3 3 2 1 0 0 0

PIM 15 13 7 23 4 10 30 24 19 30 0 16 9 38 8 4 4 56 63 7 0 27 2

+/5 1 0 0 4 -2 -10 -5 1 2 5 2 -2 6 0 5 -3 -3 -3 -6 — 0 —

SO GAA 0 2.80 1 2.93

Sv% .915 .916

National Hockey League EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division GP W L OT Pts Boston 24 16 6 2 34 Tampa Bay 24 15 8 1 31 Toronto 24 14 9 1 29 Detroit 25 11 7 7 29 Montreal 24 13 9 2 28 Ottawa 24 9 11 4 22 Florida 25 7 13 5 19 Buffalo 25 5 19 1 11 Metropolitan Division GP W L OT Pts Pittsburgh 25 15 9 1 31 Washington 24 12 10 2 26 N.Y. Rangers24 12 12 0 24 New Jersey 24 9 10 5 23 Carolina 24 9 10 5 23 Philadelphia 23 10 11 2 22 Columbus 24 9 12 3 21 N.Y. Islanders24 8 13 3 19 WESTERN CONFERENCE Central Division GP W L OT Pts Chicago 25 17 4 4 38 St. Louis 23 17 3 3 37 Colorado 22 17 5 0 34 Minnesota 25 15 6 4 34

GF 68 72 66 63 64 68 56 44

GA 46 61 60 70 51 77 81 79

GF 72 72 48 50 49 50 62 68

GA 58 68 59 58 67 56 71 82

GF 92 82 69 64

GA 71 50 45 58

24 26 22

12 10 2 26 56 69 11 11 4 26 69 76 11 9 2 24 61 65 Pacific Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA Anaheim 26 17 6 3 37 80 65 San Jose 23 15 3 5 35 79 52 Los Angeles 24 15 6 3 33 64 51 Phoenix 24 14 6 4 32 80 78 Vancouver 25 12 9 4 28 65 65 Calgary 23 8 11 4 20 64 84 Edmonton 25 7 16 2 16 65 89 NOTE: Two points for a win, one point for overtime loss. Sunday’s Games Detroit 3, Buffalo 1 Carolina 4, Ottawa 1 Monday’s Games Boston 4, Pittsburgh 3, OT Columbus 6, Toronto 0 Winnipeg 3, New Jersey 1 Tampa Bay 5, N.Y. Rangers 0 Florida 3, Philadelphia 1 St. Louis 3, Minnesota 0 Nashville 4, Phoenix 2 Chicago 5, Edmonton 1 Los Angeles at Vancouver, late Tuesday’s Games Anaheim at Dallas, 6 p.m.

Monday’s summaries Blackhawks 5, Oilers 1 First Period 1. Chicago, Toews 12 (Saad, Keith) 5:14 (sh) 2. Chicago, Kane 13 (Shaw, Keith) 8:06 (pp) Penalties — Smith Chi (tripping) 4:24, Gordon Edm (tripping) 7:31, Leddy Chi (interference) 12:04, Schultz Edm (high-sticking) 17:36. Second Period 3. Chicago, Oduya 2 (Kruger, Bollig) 1:28 4. Chicago, Shaw 6 (Morin) 5:49 5. Edmonton, Schultz 3 (Nugent-Hopkins, Hall) 8:08 Penalties — Ference Edm (tripping) 11:10. Third Period 6. Chicago, Shaw 7 (Leddy, Saad) 18:02 Penalties — Brookbank Chi (tripping) 3:03, Hemsky Edm (tripping) 13:46. Shots on goal Chicago 12 5 10 — 27 Edmonton 6 8 11 — 25 Goal — Chicago: Crawford (W, 16-4-3); Edmonton: Dubnyk (L, 6-11-1). Power plays (goals-chances) — Chicago: 1-4; Edmonton: 0-3. Predators 4, Coyotes 2 First Period 1. Nashville, Spaling 3 (Cullen, Smith) 1:02 2. Nashville, Fisher 4 (Wilson, Nystrom) 8:22 3. Nashville, Bourque 4 (Stalberg, Legwand) 18:27 Penalties — Chipchura Phx (fighting), Hendricks Nas (fighting) 4:08. Second Period 4. Phoenix, Vermette 7 (Chipchura) 9:34 5. Phoenix, Kennedy 1 (Hanzal, Vrbata) 13:00 Penalties — Clune Nas (boarding) 13:48. Third Period 6. Nashville, Weber 7 (unassisted) 19:25 (en) Penalties — None. Shots on goal Phoenix 7 12 12 — 31 Nashville 12 12 5 — 29 Goal — Phoenix: Smith (L, 12-5-4); Nashville: Mazanec (W, 4-3-0). Power plays (goals-chances) — Phoenix: 0-1; Nashville: 0-0. Blues 3, Wild 0 First Period 1. St. Louis, Sobotka 5 (Colaiacovo, Schwartz) 1:20 2. St. Louis, Steen 18 (Bouwmeester, Oshie) 13:38 Penalties — Suter Minn (unsportsmanlike conduct) 3:47, Coyle Minn (tripping) 15:03. Second Period No Scoring. Penalties — Spurgeon Minn (interference) 5:46, Colaiacovo StL (cross-checking) 11:51. Third Period 3. St. Louis, Steen 19 (unassisted) 18:38 (en) Penalties — Schwartz StL (hooking) 7:51, Pietrangelo StL (cross-checking) 14:33. Shots on goal Minnesota 4 6 12 — 22 St. Louis 12 8 1 — 21 Goal — Minnesota: Backstrom (L, 2-2-2); St. Louis: Halak (W, 13-3-2). Power plays (goals-chances) — Minnesota: 0-3; St. Louis: 0-3. Lightnings 5, Rangers 0 First Period 1. Tampa Bay, Kucherov 1 (Purcell, Brewer) 2:12 2. Tampa Bay, St. Louis 9 (Filppula, Hedman) 3:10 Penalties — Dorsett NYR (fighting), Labrie TB (fighting) 2:14, Del Zotto NYR (high-sticking) 5:15, Brewer TB (hooking) 9:26, Hedman TB (holding) 13:42. Second Period 3. Tampa Bay, St. Louis 10 (Filppula, Sustr) 3:12 4. Tampa Bay, Purcell 6 (unassisted) 16:52 Penalties — Killorn TB (hooking) 5:51, Crombeen

TB (slashing) 6:49, Staal NYR (interference) 9:01, Stralman NYR (high-sticking) 11:34. Third Period 5. Tampa Bay, Purcell 7 (St. Louis, Killorn) 18:59 Penalties — Killorn TB (hooking) 2:19, Hedman TB (cross-checking) 11:19. Shots on goal NY Rangers 17 10 10 — 37 Tampa Bay 10 12 3 — 25 Goal — NY Rangers: Lundqvist (L, 7-10-0); Tampa Bay: Bishop (W, 14-3-1). Power plays (goals-chances) — NY Rangers: 0-6; Tampa Bay: 0-3. Bruins 4, Penguins 3 (OT) First Period 1. Boston, Eriksson 5 (Soderberg) 12:27 2. Boston, Smith 5 (Soderberg, Eriksson) 15:43 (pp) Penalties — Marchand Bos (high-sticking) 4:42, Dupuis Pit (hooking) 15:34. Second Period 3. Pittsburgh, Neal 5 (Jokinen, Malkin) 0:37 Penalties — None. Third Period 4. Pittsburgh, Neal 6 (Jokinen, Niskanen) 11:09 5. Boston, Chara 5 (Krejci, Lucic) 14:45 6. Pittsburgh, Crosby 13 (Kunitz, Neal) 19:59 Penalties — None. Overtime 7. Boston, Krug 7 (Marchand, Eriksson) 0:34. Penalties — None. Shots on goal Pittsburgh 10 11 10 0 — 31 Boston 5 8 9 2 — 24 Goal — Pittsburgh: Fleury (LO, 13-7-1); Boston: Rask (W, 13-5-2). Power plays (goals-chances) — Pittsburgh: 0-1; Boston: 1-1. Panthers 3, Flyers 1 First Period No Scoring. Penalties — Rosehill Pha (fighting), Barch Fla (fighting, instigator, misconduct) 14:00. Second Period 1. Florida, Bergenheim 1 (Hayes, Olsen) 3:35 2. Florida, Bergenheim 2 (Goc, Gudbranson) 13:59 (pp) Penalties — Gomez Fla (tripping) 0:29, Gudbranson Fla (delay of game) 1:06, Giroux Pha (unsportsmanlike conduct) 10:23, Coburn Pha (crosschecking) 12:15. Third Period 3. Philadelphia, Simmonds 5 (Hartnell, Giroux) 7:06 (pp) 4. Florida, Gudbranson 1 (Upshall, Boyes) 15:52 Penalties — Kulikov Fla (roughing) 5:54. Shots on goal Philadelphia 9 10 20 — 39 Florida 7 14 10 — 31 Goal — Philadelphia: Mason (L, 7-8-2); Florida: Thomas (W, 6-7-1). Power plays (goals-chances) — Philadelphia: 1-4; Florida: 1-2. Blue Jackets 6, Maple Leafs 0 First Period 1. Columbus, Atkinson 6 (Calvert, Anisimov) 10:18 2. Columbus, Umberger 6 (Letestu, Murray) 10:38 Penalties — Nikitin Clb (hooking) 6:11. Second Period 3. Columbus, Skille 1 (Letestu) 3:07 4. Columbus, Murray 3 (Johansen, Wisniewski) 6:25 (pp) Penalties — Gardiner Tor (hooking) 5:20. Third Period 5. Columbus, Johansen 7 (Foligno) 9:05 6. Columbus, Johansen 8 (Foligno, Wisniewski) 11:24 (pp) Penalties — Fraser Tor (cross-checking, fighting), Prout Clb (fighting) 9:28, Phaneuf Tor (check-tohead) 10:50, Kadri Tor (fighting), Calvert Clb (fighting) 15:50, van Riemsdyk Tor (high-sticking) 16:27. Shots on goal Columbus 7 8 7 — 22 Toronto 5 7 6 — 18 Goal — Columbus: Bobrovsky (W, 8-10-2); Toronto: Reimer (L, 6-3-0; 21-15), Bernier (start 11:23 of third; 1-1.) Power plays (goals-chances) — Columbus: 2-4; Toronto: 0-1. Jets 3, Devils 1 First Period 1. Winnipeg, Scheifele 2 (Frolik, Byfuglien) 16:01 Penalties — None. Second Period 2. Winnipeg, Kane 7 (Jokinen) 7:16 Penalties — Byfuglien Wpg (holding) 3:34, Ladd Wpg (interference) 9:35, Zubrus NJ (tripping) 12:29, Gelinas NJ (kneeing) 17:31. Third Period 3. New Jersey, Elias 5 (Greene, Bernier) 10:44 4. Winnipeg, Setoguchi 5 (Little, Byfuglien) 19:32 (en) Penalties — None. Shots on goal Winnipeg 8 8 6 — 22 New Jersey 7 10 9 — 26 Goal — Winnipeg: Pavelec (W, 9-9-3); New Jersey: Brodeur (L, 7-5-2). Power plays (goals-chances) — Winnipeg: 0-2; New Jersey: 0-2.

● Men’s basketball: Vikings vs. Gord Scott Nissan, Orangemen vs. Rusty Chuckers, 7:15 and 8:30 p.m., Lindsay Thurber. ● Heritage junior B hockey: Blackfalds at Stettler, 8:15 p.m.


● Exhibition hockey: Subway Super Series — Team WHL vs. Team Russia, 7 p.m., Centrium.


● College women’s hockey: NAIT at RDC, 7 p.m., Arena. ● Midget AA hockey: Red Deer Elks at Lacombe, 7:15 p.m. ● Men’s basketball: Carstar vs. Wells Furniture, Grandview Allstars vs. Dream Team, 7:15 and 8:30 p.m., Lindsay Thurber.


● College basketball: Medicine Hat at RDC, women at 6 p.m., men to follow. ● Peewee AA hockey: Lacombe Rockets at Red Deer Parkland, 6 p.m., Arena; Red Deer TBS at Sylvan Lake, 6 p.m. ● WHL: Red Deer at Medicine Hat, 7:30 p.m. (The Drive). ● Minor midget AAA hockey: Red Deer Northstar at Red Deer Aero Equipment, 8 p.m., Arena. ● Bantam AA hockey: Red Deer Steel Kings at Sylvan Lake, 8:15 p.m. ● Chinook senior hockey: Stony Plain at Innisfail, 8:30 p.m.


RDC, women at 1 p.m., men to follow. ● Major bantam hockey: Calgary Flames at Red Deer Black, 2 p.m., Arena. ● Junior women’s hockey: Fort Saskatchewan at Central Alberta, 4:15 p.m., Penhold Regional Multiplex. ● Midget AA hockey: Calgary Blazers at Red Deer Elks 4:45 p.m., Arena. ● Bantam AA hockey: Sylvan Lake at Red Deer Steel Kings, 4:45 p.m., Collicutt Centre. ● WHL: Red Deer at Swift Current, 6 p.m. (The Drive). ● College men’s hockey: Camrose Augustana at RDC, 7:15 p.m., Penhold Regional Multiplex. ● Heritage junior B hockey: Airdrie at Red Deer, 8 p.m., Arena.


● Peewee AA hockey: Sylvan Lake at Red Deer Parkland, 10:30 a.m., Collicutt Centre; Bow Valley at Red Deer TBS, 12:45 p.m., Kin City B; Foothills at Lacombe, 2 p.m. ● Major bantam hockey: Red Deer Rebels White at Red Deer Rebels Black, noon, Arena. ● Chinook senior hockey: Fort Saskatchewan at Bentley, 2 p.m. ● Bantam AA hockey: Okotoks at Red Deer Ramada, 2:15 p.m., Kinex. ● Men’s basketball: Grandview Allstars vs. Monstars, Sheraton Red Deer vs. Triple A Batteries, The Secret Runs vs. Woody’s RV, 4:15 p.m.; Carstar vs. Rusty Chuckers, Triple Threat vs. Gord Scott Nissan, Alken Basin Drillers vs. Wells Furniture, 5:30 p.m., Lindsay Thurber. ● Midget AA hockey: Calgary Blazers at Lacombe, 4:30 p.m.; Lethbridge at Sylvan Lake, 5 p.m.

● College basketball: Medicine Hat at

Basketball National Basketball Association EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division W L Pct GB Toronto 6 7 .462 — Philadelphia 6 9 .400 1 Boston 6 10 .375 1 1/2 New York 3 10 .231 3 Brooklyn 3 10 .231 3 Southeast Division W L Pct GB Miami 11 3 .786 — Atlanta 8 6 .571 3 Charlotte 7 8 .467 4 1/2 Washington 5 8 .385 5 1/2 Orlando 4 9 .308 6 1/2 Central Division W L Pct GB Indiana 13 1 .929 — Chicago 6 7 .462 6 1/2 Detroit 6 8 .429 7 Cleveland 4 10 .286 9 Milwaukee 2 11 .154 10 1/2 WESTERN CONFERENCE Southwest Division W L Pct GB San Antonio 13 1 .929 — Houston 10 5 .667 3 1/2 Dallas 9 6 .600 4 1/2 Memphis 7 7 .500 6 New Orleans 6 7 .462 6 1/2 Northwest Division W L Pct GB Portland 13 2 .867 — Oklahoma City 9 3 .750 2 1/2 Denver 7 6 .538 5 Minnesota 8 8 .500 5 1/2 Utah 2 14 .125 11 1/2 Pacific Division W L Pct GB L.A. Clippers 10 5 .667 — Golden State 8 6 .571 1 1/2

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Football CFL Playoffs Sunday’s result 101st Grey Cup At Regina Saskatchewan 45 Hamilton 23 Sunday, Nov. 17 Division Finals East Hamilton 36 Toronto 24 West Saskatchewan 35 Calgary 13 CFL Grey Cup Most Valuable Players Past Grey Cup most valuable players: 2013 — MVP: Kory Sheets, RB, Saskatchewan; Canadian MVP: Chris Getzlaf, SB, Saskatchewan 2012 — MVP: Chad Kackert, RB, Toronto; Canadian MVP: Ricky Foley, DE, Toronto 2011 — MVP: Travis Lulay, QB, B.C.; Canadian MVP: Andrew Harris, RB, B.C. 2010 — MVP: Jamel Richardson, WR, Montreal; Canadian MVP: Keith Shologan, DT, Saskatchewan. 2009 — MVP: Avon Cobourne, RB, Montreal; Canadian MVP: Ben Cahoon, SB, Montreal. 2008 — MVP: Henry Burris, QB, Calgary; Canadian MVP: Sandro DeAngelis, K, Calgary. 2007 — MVP: James Johnson, CB, Saskatchewan; Canadian MVP: Andy Fantuz, SB, Saskatchewan. 2006 — MVP: Dave Dickenson, QB, B.C.; Canadian MVP: Paul McCallum, K, B.C. National Football League AMERICAN CONFERENCE East W L T Pct PF New England 8 3 0 .727 288 N.Y. Jets 5 6 0 .455 186 Miami 5 6 0 .455 229 Buffalo 4 7 0 .364 236 South


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BASEBALL American League BALTIMORE ORIOLES — Claimed INF Cord Phelps off waivers from Cleveland. CLEVELAND INDIANS — Agreed to terms with OF David Murphy on a twoyear contract. Designated RHP Tyler Cloyd for assignment. DETROIT TIGERS — Named Darnell Coles assistant hitting coach. LOS ANGELES ANGELS — Named Nick Francona co-ordinator of major league player information and Jeremy Zoll co-ordinator of advance scouting. OAKLAND ATHLETICS — Acquired LHP Fernando Abad from Washington for OF John Wooten. SEATTLE MARINERS — Announced the retirement of Chuck Armstrong, president and chief operating officer, effective Jan. 31, 2014. Named Howard Johnson hitting coach, Mike Rojas bullpen coach, John Stearns third base coach, Andy Van Slyke first base coach, Rick Waits pitching coach and Chris Woodward infield coach. National League LOS ANGELES DODGERS — Signed RHP Dan Haren to a one-year contract. ST. LOUIS CARDINALS — Agreed to terms with SS Jhonny Peralta on a four-year contract. SAN DIEGO PADRES — Acquired RHP Devin Jones from Baltimore for RHP Brad Brach. Acquired 1B-OF Alex Dickerson from Pittsburgh for RHP Miles Mikolas and OF Jaff Decker. WASHINGTON NATIONALS — Assigned LHP Tyler Robertson outright to Syracuse (IL). Frontier League GATEWAY GRIZZLIES — Exercised 2014 contract options on INFs Jonathan Johnson, Michael Wing, Chris McClendon and Alex Guthrie; C Landon Hernandez; OF Antone DeJesus; RHPs Zac Treece, Ja’Vaun West, Justin Erasmus, Richard Barrett, Tucker Jensen, Tim Brown, Jake Stephens, Aaron Baker, Brett Higginbotham and Matt Sergey; and LHP Luke Westphal. JOLIET SLAMMERS — Named Jeff Isom manager. ROCKFORD AVIATORS — Signed OF Cohl Walla to a contract extension. Signed OF Matt Hibbert, INF Kalaika Kahoohalahala and RHP Josh Slaats. BASKETBALL National Basketball Association NBA — Suspended Golden State C Andrew Bogut and Portland G Mo Williams one game each for fighting after Bogut initiated an incident by elbowing Portland C Joel Freeland in the jaw during a Nov. 23 game. Fined Portland F LaMarcus Aldridge $45,000, and Portland G Wesley Matthews and Golden State F Draymond Green $20,000 each for their roles in the incident. LOS ANGELES LAKERS — Signed G Kobe Bryant to a two-year contract extension. FOOTBALL




Sunday’s Games Minnesota 26, Green Bay 26, OT Jacksonville 13, Houston 6 San Diego 41, Kansas City 38 St. Louis 42, Chicago 21 Pittsburgh 27, Cleveland 11 Tampa Bay 24, Detroit 21 Baltimore 19, N.Y. Jets 3 Carolina 20, Miami 16 Tennessee 23, Oakland 19 Arizona 40, Indianapolis 11 Dallas 24, N.Y. Giants 21 New England 34, Denver 31, OT Open: Buffalo, Cincinnati, Philadelphia, Seattle Monday’s Game San Francisco 27, Washington 6 Thursday, Nov. 28 Green Bay at Detroit, 10:30 a.m. Oakland at Dallas, 2:30 p.m. Pittsburgh at Baltimore, 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1 Chicago at Minnesota, 11 a.m. New England at Houston, 11 a.m. Tennessee at Indianapolis, 11 a.m. Jacksonville at Cleveland, 11 a.m. Tampa Bay at Carolina, 11 a.m. Arizona at Philadelphia, 11 a.m. Miami at N.Y. Jets, 11 a.m. St. Louis at San Francisco, 2:05 p.m. Atlanta vs. Buffalo at Toronto, 2:05 p.m. Cincinnati at San Diego, 2:25 p.m. Denver at Kansas City, 2:25 p.m. N.Y. Giants at Washington, 6:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2 New Orleans at Seattle, 6:40 p.m.

Transactions Monday’s Sports Transactions


National Football League NFL — Suspended Tennessee S Michael Griffin one game for a repeat violation of NFL safety rules prohibiting hits to the head and neck area of defenceless players. BUFFALO BILLS — Signed OT Manase Foketi to the practice squad. Released G Bryant Browning. MINNESOTA VIKINGS — Released CB A.J. Jefferson. Claimed OT Mike Remmers off waivers from San Diego. Canadian Football League MONTREAL ALOUETTES — Announced assistant coach Mike Miller will not return after his contract expires on Dec. 31. HOCKEY National Hockey League COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS — Activated D Dalton Prout off injured reserve. Recalled F Sean Collins from Springfield (AHL). EDMONTON OILERS — Assigned LW Kale Kessy from Oklahoma City (AHL) to Bakersfield (ECHL). LOS ANGELES KINGS — Activated F Jeff Carter from the injured list. Placed G Jonathan Quick to the injured list. MINNESOTA WILD — Recalled F Mike Rupp from Iowa (AHL). Placed F Torrey Mitchell on injured reserve. NEW JERSEY DEVILS — Recalled D Jon Merrill from Albany (AHL). WASHINGTON CAPITALS — Recalled D Dmitry Orlov from Hershey (AHL). Reassigned D Tyson Strachan to Hershey. American Hockey League HAMILTON BULLDOGS — Released F Erik Nystrom from his professional try out contract. HARTFORD WOLF PACK — Recalled G Jeff Malcolm from Greenville (ECHL). Announced G Scott Stajcer was reassigned to Greenville. MILWAUKEE ADMIRALS — Recalled F Vinny Saponari from Cincinnati (ECHL). SAN ANTONIO RAMPAGE — Signed D Doug Janik. ECHL BAKERSFIELD CONDORS — Released F Austin Mayer.


Heritage Lanes High scores Nov. 18-24 Monday-Club 55+: Don Knowler 252 high single; Knowler 693 high triple. Monday Mixed: Mike Sabbe 305; Sabbe 789. Tuesday mixed: Cindy Seifried 296; Darren Ondik 708. Wednesday-Club 55+: Helen Harder 249; Knowler 672. Wednesday Mixed: Rollie Gervais 323; Gervais 818. Thursday Morning Ladies: Louise MacDonald 252; Bernie LeBlanc 556.

SUPER SERIES THE CANADIAN PRESS SUDBURY, Ont. — Nikolai Skladnichenko scored in the eighth round of the shootout as Russia edged Team OHL 3-2 on Monday in fourth game of the Subway Super Series. Vladimir Tkachyov also scored in the shootout as Russia beat the OHL for the second time in this year’s allstar exhibition tournament. Ildar Shiksatdarov and Sergei Kuptsov scored just over two minutes apart in the first

Special Olympics Mixed: Matt Mundorf 250; Mundorf 371. Thursday Mixed: Bruce Hicks/Holly Harris 275; Harris 746. Monday Scratch League: Holly Harris 372; Gene Ziebarth 1,056 four games. Sunday Fun League: Shelby Chrest 288; Chrest 765. Youth Bowling of Canada (YBC) Bumpers: Rogan Clark 83. Bowlasaurus: Jennika Wudkevich 80. Peewees: Evan Smith 144; Smith 243 two games.

period to give the Russians a 2-0 lead. Bo Horvat and Carter Verhaeghe replied in the second period for Team OHL, a collection of some of the best prospects in the Ontario Hockey League. Ivan Nalimov was outstanding in net for the Russians, stopped 50 of 52 shots, including a penalty shot from Max Domi of the London Knights. He also turned away seven skaters in the shootout, with Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Connor Brown the only OHL player to beat him. Brown plays for the Erie Otters. Jake Paterson made 21 saves for Team OHL, stopping six Russian skaters in the shootout. Team OHL went 0 for 4 on the power play, while Russia went 0 for 2.

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49ers dominate Redskins to snap skid 49ers 27 Redskins 6 LANDOVER, Md. — Colin Kaepernick looked left, scrambled right, then found Anquan Boldin open in the end zone for a 6-yard touchdown. Quarterback and receiver raced toward each other for a celebratory chest-bump, proving to all that the San Francisco 49ers offence is alive and well. “We showed people we can pass the ball,” running back Frank Gore said. “That’s big for this team.” If Kaepernick and Robert Griffin III have become the future of football suddenly put on hold, consider Kaepernick the one who looks ready to play his way out of the doldrums. The young, mobile quarterbacks who have struggled in 2013 after breakout years in 2012 faced off for the first time Monday night, and Kaepernick outperformed his counterpart as the 49ers broke a two-game losing streak with a 27-6 win over the Washington Redskins. “I did comment to him in the middle of the week, Wednesday or Thursday, that he was being exactly perfect — leadership and demeanourwise,” 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said. “A combination of loose and focused. ... Some people have baby deer skin. Some people have armadillo skin. He’s got the armadillo skin.” Kaepernick completed 15 of 24 passes for 235 yards — the first time in five games he’s topped 200 yards — with three touchdowns and no interceptions for a career-best 134.5 passing rating. The Redskins dared him to throw the ball by bottling up Gore (13 carries, 31 yards), and the QB responded by showing some veteran-like chemistry with the veteran Boldin, who

had five catches for 94 yards and two touchdowns. “Colin, he’s been taking a lot of criticism, but one thing I like about Colin, he’s always hanging in there,” receiver Vernon Davis said. “He’s always fighting through adversity. He’s one of those guys who’s tough.” Davis also had a touchdown catch for the 49ers (7-4), who are tied for second with the Arizona Cardinals in the NFC West and are three games back of the Seattle Seahawks with five to play. “We knew what type of game this was for us,” Boldin said. “We’re right in the hunt. We’ve got to come out with a win.” A loss would’ve put the defending NFC champions in trouble in their quest to return to the playoffs, but they’re nowhere as bad off as the Redskins (3-8), who have dropped three straight and sit alone in last place in the NFC East a year after a late-season run that won the division. Contrast the Kaepernick chest-bump scene with the sight of Griffin lying on his stomach after throwing an interception on the final play of the first quarter, a 15-minute span in which he completed 1 of 6 passes for minus-1 yard. It used to be a guarantee that the fans would chant “RG-3!” at some point during every Redskins home game, but not on a night when the franchise player completes 17 of 27 passes for only 127 yards and gets sacked four times — and when the offence as a whole amasses a mere 190 total yards. “We’ve got to conquer some of the demons that we have going on as an offence and just as a team in general — and I think we will,” Griffin said. “It takes all of us.” Griffin took some flak last week from teammate Santana Moss for not taking enough

Former NHL players sue league over concussions BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON — Ten former National Hockey League players, including all-star forward Gary Leeman, claimed in a class-action lawsuit that the league hasn’t done enough to protect players from concussions. The lawsuit seeks damages and court-approved, NHL-sponsored medical monitoring for the players’ brain trauma and/or injuries, which they blame on their NHL careers. It was filed in federal court in Washington on behalf of players who retired on or before February 14 of this year and have suffered such injuries. The suit comes just three months after the National Football League agreed to pay US$765 million to settle lawsuits from thousands of former players who developed dementia or other concussion-related health problems — and in an era when more attention is being paid to the damages of head injuries sustained in sports. Among other things, the suit claims that: ● The NHL knew or should have known about scientific evidence that players who sustain repeated head injuries are at greater risk for illnesses and disabilities both during their hockey careers and later in life. ● Even after the NHL created a concussion program to study brain injuries affecting NHL players in 1997, the league took no action to reduce the number and severity of concussions during a study period from 1997 to 2004. “Plaintiffs relied on the NHL’s silence to their detriment,” the suit says. ● The league didn’t do anything to protect players from unnecessary harm until 2010, when it made it a penalty to target a player’s head. “The NHL’s active and purposeful concealment of the severe risks of brain injuries exposed players to unnecessary dangers they could have avoided had the NHL provided them with truthful and accurate information and taken appropriate action to prevent needless harm,” the lawsuit says. Bill Daly, the league’s deputy commissioner, issued a statement Monday. “We are aware of the class-action lawsuit filed today in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia on behalf of a group of former NHL players. While the subject matter is very serious, we are completely satisfied with the responsible manner in which the league and the players’ association have managed player safety over time, including with respect to head injuries and concussions,” the statement said. “We intend to defend the case vigorously and have no further comment at this time.” The NHL didn’t respond to AP’s requests for comment, but earlier this year, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman told The Canadian Press the league had “taken tremendous strides and put a great deal of effort and time and money into dealing with the issue of player safety, in general, and concussions, specifically. “We were the first sports league in ’97 to have a joint working group to study concussions with the Players’ Association and our trainers and our physicians. We were the first sports league to do baseline testing, we were the first sports league to have protocols for diagnosis and return-to-play decisions. “This is something that we have always treated as important and will continue to treat as important,” he added. The suit argues that the league continues to contribute to injuries today, by refusing to ban fighting and body-checking, and by employing “enforcers” whose main job is to fight or violently body-check opponents.


Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III is sacked by San Francisco 49ers outside linebacker Ahmad Brooks (55) and defensive end Demarcus Dobbs (83) during the second half of an NFL game in Landover, Md., Monday. The 49ers defeated the Redskins 27-6. responsibility for mistakes, and on Monday Griffin said a report on the NFL Network that he’s asked for his negative plays not to be shown during team meetings as evidence that “people are trying to character assassinate” him. Regardless, there’s plenty of fault to go around after this game, including a fair share of blame for coach Mike Shanahan, who said his team was “embarrassed” against the 49ers and whose future is unclear as his team heads for a third last-place finish in his four years in Washington.

“We haven’t got dominated like that since I’ve been here,” the coach said. Kaepernick and Griffin seemed poised to take the quarterback position to a new dimension last season when they wowed the NFL with their mobility when running zone-read and play-action. But defences have adjusted, and the two QBs’ stats have tumbled accordingly when they’ve been forced to throw in conventional drop-back situations. Griffin’s fall has been more precipitous. He threw

his 11th interception Monday, more than twice the number he had all last season. And, even though the 49ers have a winning record, they’ve been relying heavily — possibly too much — on Gore and the running game while Kaepernick has floundered. They began the weekend ranked last in the NFL in yards passing. “It’s great to say, ’OK, we played well in a certain area.’ But going into this one, it was by any means necessary,” Harbaugh said, “and our guys rose up to the challenge and got it done.”

NHL, Canadian Olympic coach Babcock becomes honorary doctor of laws BY THE CANADIAN PRESS MONTREAL — Coach Mike Babcock never forgot McGill University and his alma mater certainly never forgot him. On Monday, McGill bestowed an honorary doctorate of laws of one of its best known graduates, who often wears a university tie behind the bench for big games with the Detroit Red Wings or Canada’s Olympic team. The former RDC Kings coach was a star defenceman for the McGill Redmen from 1983 to 1987, earning a bachelor’s degree in physical education and doing some postgraduate work in sports psychology before going on to be one of the world’s top hockey coaches. “I grew up in a family with three sisters,” the 50-year-old said before accepting the degree at the university’s fall convocation ceremonies. “I never had any brothers, but when I left McGill I had brothers for the rest of my life. The opportunity for me to grow as a human being and get a foundation — that to me is what McGill is. It provides a foundation and sets you up for the rest of our life. I’m thankful for that. I’m fortunate to be tied to the school ever since. I feel it’s important to give back as much as you can.” Babcock, who will coach Canada’s team again at the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, embraces his old university like few Canadian athletes or coaches.

The Manitouwadge, Ont., native, who grew up in Saskatoon, doesn’t have a lot of free time between his NHL and Olympic duties, but he will still help out the Redmen by giving a call to a potential recruit or tossing some cash in the pot to fund a trip to the national finals. But the biggest boost may come from the publicity the institution gets when he wears a McGill tie, as he did when the Red Wings won the Stanley Cup in 2008 and when he led Canada to a gold medal at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver. He considers the ties good luck, and was wearing a new black and white one that was made especially for the degree ceremony. “Every time I’m around McGill I’ve been very lucky,” he said. “I was lucky when I told my dad years ago I was going back to the University of Saskatchewan and he said ’no you’re not.’ “That was the only time he ever got involved. I can’t tell you how proud I am to be here today.” It’s not that McGill needs the attention. It is ranked either first or second on nearly every rating of Canadian universities and has produced hundreds of prominent graduates, including 11 Nobel prize winners, two Canadian prime ministers and 10 supreme court justices. It has also produced four NHL head coaches — Babcock, Lester Patrick, George Burnett and Guy Boucher. “When I arrived here I had no interest in academics, really,” he said. “I was a good enough student, but that wasn’t my thing.”

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SORTLAND Donald Floyd Feb. 18, 1931 - Nov. 23, 2013 Don Sortland of Red Deer, Alberta, went to be with his Lord and Saviour on Saturday, November 23, 2013, at the age of 82 years. He was born in the Consort Hospital on February 18, 1931 to Harold and Nell Sortland. Don grew up on the family farm and then went to work for the Royal Bank in Consort and Hanna. Later, he worked for Imperial Oil in Edmonton and Toronto. Don married Shirley Anne Thornton on September 21, 1954 and together they had three children; Donna Lynn Salazar (Mario) of Edmonton, Kevin Michael Sortland of Red Deer and Sandra Anne Thatcher of Pickering, Ontario. Don was a member of the Canadian Kennel Club and one of his many hobbies were to spend time with his German Sheppard dogs. He also enjoyed the outdoors, skiing, golfing, dog sledding, fishing, and he loved his farm and his horse Chatty. He loved riding through the hills near the family farm in Consort, Alberta. He enjoyed bird watching, gardening, music and gazing at the stars. He was an avid reader and was very proficient on his computer. Dad was also a member of the Canadian Credit Institute from the University of Toronto. He was a spiritual man and enjoyed learning and teaching about the bible and the word of the Lord. Don will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 59 years, Shirley, and his children; Donna (Mario), Kevin and Sandra. He adored his grandchildren and they adored him; Jason Angus Clark, Kaylene (Chris) Mifsud and Kyle Gerard Thatcher, and great grandchild, Chanelle (Marc) Davison. He will be missed by his sister, Karen MacArthur, and numerous relatives and friends. Don was predeceased by his parents; Nell and Harold Sortland, and his brother, Stan Sortland. He was a super father, grandfather and great grandfather. Well done good and faithful servant. Special thanks to all the doctors, nurses and staff at the Red Deer Regional Hospital for their wonderful care. Also, thank you to Father Les Drewicki for officiating. Thank you to all for your prayers, cards and food. A Prayer Service will be held at Eventide Funeral Chapel, 4820-45 Street, Red Deer, on Wednesday, November 27, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 6 McMillan Avenue, Red Deer, on Thursday, November 28, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. Interment will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery. Condolences may be forwarded to the family by visiting Arrangements entrusted to EVENTIDE FUNERAL CHAPEL 4820 - 45 Street, Red Deer. Phone (403) 347-2222

Obituaries STIRTON Noella Noella Stirton passed away Friday, November 22, 2013. A Memorial Service will take place on Thursday, November 28, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. at Red Deer Funeral Home, 6150 - 67 Street, Red Deer. Condolences may be forwarded to the family by visiting Arrangements entrusted to RED DEER FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORIUM 6150 - 67 Street, Red Deer. Phone (403) 347-3319.




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F/T Live-in nanny for 8 month old infant in Red deer. $10.11/hr 42.5/week minus R/B. Call Michael (403)396-4480 LIVE IN caregiver required for elderly lady living in her own home in Red Deer. Duties include help with meal preparation-light housekeeping and caring for lady with some mobility issues. Previous nursing experience an asset. A separate residential suite is available. Contact Clare at **POSITION FILLED** P/T F. caregiver wanted for F quad. Must be reliable and have own vehicle. 403-505-7846




F/T ASSISTANT RDA II needed for busy general dental office in Red Deer. Must be a self-motivated team player with good communication skills. Please send resume with cover letter to: (888) 815-9839 or email to:

Full time RDA

Let Your News Ring Ou t A Classified Wedding Announcement Does it Best!


To start Nov. 28. Bahrey Dental - Dr. Kannan Veerappan 403-309-1900



$2500 Bonus Every 100 days

IMMEDIATE OPENINGS Night Foremen, Day & Night Operators Must have H2S, First Aid, valid driver’s license. Pre-employment Drug screening Competitive Wages. Benefit Package Please submit resume with references to: or by fax to (403) 783-8004 Only individuals selected for interviews will be contacted You can sell your guitar for a song... or put it in CLASSIFIEDS and we’ll sell it for you!

1ST RATE ENERGY SERVICES INC., a growing Production Testing company, based out of Sylvan Lake, is currently accepting resumes for the following positions:

* Experienced Production Testing * Day Supervisors * Night Operators * Experienced Production Testing Assistants If you are a team player interested in the oil and gas industry, please submit your resume, current driver’s abstract and current safety certificates to the following: Fax 403-887-4750 Please specify position when replying to this ad. We would like to thank all those candidates who apply, however only qualified personnel will be contacted.



FLUID Experts Ltd.

Fluid Experts of Red Deer is seeking experienced

Class 1 Operators

to haul clean fluids for the Oil & Gas Industry. Home every night, company benefits with exceptional pay structure. Must be able to work on their own with minimal supervision. Compensation based on experience. Fax resume w/all tickets and current drivers abstract to: 403-346-3112 or email to:

LOOKING FOR BOILER OPERATORS with tickets for work in Central Alberta and Northeastern BC. Submit resumes to or fax to: 403-886-2223 Looking for a place to live? Take a tour through the CLASSIFIEDS



ROMANSON William (Bill) Jan. 09, 1921 - Nov. 23, 2013 It is with heavy hearts the family of Bill Romanson announce his peaceful passing on Saturday, November 23, 2013. Bill leaves to mourn his loving family: daughter Trudy Rausch (Robert Popow) and her children Gregory (Brandi) Rausch and Gillene (Stephen) Butler; Son Roy Romanson and his children Roch (Pearl) Romanson, Christine Romanson, Candis (Kyle) Spratt and Shantel (Kyle) Dillman; daughter Linda (Garth) Carman and their daughter Celina Carman; as well as Bill’s sisters Esther Morgan and Julia Androwski. He also leaves to mourn eleven great-grandchildren whom he adored. Bill was predeceased by his loving wife Yvonne, his parents John and Anna Romaneson, brothers and sisters Marion, Janet, Jack, Anne and Peter. A Memorial Service to commemorate Bill’s life’s accomplishments will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, November 29, 2013 at the Royal Canadian Legion, Ponoka Branch #66. Memorial donations are gratefully accepted to St. Augustine Catholic Church Building Fund, Royal Canadian Legion, Ponoka Branch #66, the C.N.I.B. or any charity of your choice. To express condolences to Bill’s family, please visit Arrangements Entrusted To PONOKA FUNERAL HOME ~ A Wombold Family Funeral Home ~

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755 Oilfield

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



BOOKKEEPING CLERK req;d for Go Tire Inc. in Red Deer. Email resume to: TRUE-LINE Contracting is hiring in their Accounting Department for a maternity leave position. Interested candidates may apply with Resume & References to: TRUE-LINE CONTRACTING LTD. 140, 4731-61st Street, Red Deer, AB Fax: 403.340.0100

HANSEN Virginia “Jeany” Hansen of Red Deer passed away at the Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre on Saturday, November 23, 2013 at the age of 78 years. She is lovingly remembered by her daughter, Karla Freeman; her grandson, Patrick W. Freeman and her Granddaughter, Alexandra Freeman as well as her companion, Joe Sollami. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 5508-48 A Ave. Red Deer on Thursday, November 28, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. with the Reverend Father Jozef Wroblewski, celebrant. Condolences may be sent or viewed at Arrangements in care of Maryann Hansen, Funeral Director at PARKLAND FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORIUM 6287-67A Street (Taylor Drive), Red Deer 403-340-4040






Well Testing Personnel Experienced Supervisors & Operators Must have valid applicable tickets Email: lstouffer@


Now has immediate openings for CGSB Level II RT’s and CEDO’s for our winter pipeline projects. Top wages and comprehensive benefit package available. Subcontractors also welcome. Email resumes to: or Phone 403-887-5630. Buying or Selling your home? Check out Homes for Sale in Classifieds

Restaurant/ Hotel


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

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



A growing, well established ASME fabrication facility Is hiring for the position of

Mechanical Designer / Drafter Skilled & adept in pressure vessel & piping design. Candidate can demonstrate proficiency with AutoCAD/ AutoCAD Inventor, compress & has proven record of successful projects. Strong computer skills & technical aptitude is req’d. We offer above industry wages & comprehensive benefit package. Please email resumes to or fax 403-347-7867 Something for Everyone Everyday in Classifieds

Restaurant/ Hotel


RAMADA INN & SUITES REQUIRES ROOM ATTENDANTS. Exp. preferred. Only serious inquiries apply. Rate $13.50/hr. Drop off resume at: 6853 - 66 St. Red Deer or fax 403-342-4433



Managers - Cooks Servers - Hosts - Bartenders Marlborough Mall Westbrook Mall 9640 Macleod Trail South Red Deer - Gasoline Alley Please apply in person or email us at:



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LUAU Investments Ltd. (O/A Tim Hortons)

NOW HIRING FOR NEW TIM HORTON’S LOCATION IN CLEARVIEW Permanent F/T & Permanent P/T positions available. Applications are being accepted at the downtown location (by the hospital) 4717 - 50 Ave.


Full Time / Part Time COOK Apply at East 40th Pub. 3811 40th Ave.

F/T LINE COOKS NEEDED Cooks start at $15./hr Must be willing to work varying shifts and weekends. Must have reliable transportation. Apply in person to Sandy at Glenn’s Restaurant on Gasoline Alley or phone for an app’t. 403-346-5448.



First Choice Collision seeking Journeyman Technician for our car & light truck division. Successful candidate must have Canadian Red Seal and/or Alberta Completion of Apprenticeship Certificate. Starting flat rate wage of $29.00/hr plus monthly bonus is available. Blue Cross benefit package available after 3 months of successful employment with our company. Fax resume to (403)343-2160 or drop off in person. HVAC Service Person required. SHEET Metal Installer required with residential and retro-fit experience. Attractive wages and benefits. Great hours. e-mail: brad@ or Fax resume to: 403-309-8302 MECHANICAL FOREMAN NEEDED FOR SHOP IN LACOMBE. Duties include: Servicing diesel company vehicles and fabricating. Please fax resume to: 403-342-7447.

MILLARD Trucking Ltd. is looking for a Licenced Journeyman Heavy Duty Mechanic. The successful applicant must be able to work well in a high paced environment. We offer a great working environment, very competitive wages LUCKY’S LOUNGE and performance based located in Jackpot Casino, bonuses. All interested requires Experienced persons are invited to F/T or P/T Servers. apply to: Millard Trucking Please apply in person at Ltd. Box 960 Sundre, 4950 47 Ave. Alberta T0M 1X0 Fax: No phone calls please 403-638-4987 Email: THE RUSTY PELICAN is now accepting resumes for F/T Exp’d LINE COOKS at PARTSOURCE all stations. REQUIRES MUST HAVE: F/T PARTS PRO • 2-3 yrs. post secondary Work with flexible schedule. education. Please apply at 6722 50th • 2-5 yrs. training Ave or fax 403-309-0354 • 2-5 yrs. on-the-job exp. or email: • Provide references The hourly rate will be PARTSOURCE $13.10 per hour. REQUIRES Mail to: 2079 50 AVE. P/T DELIVERY DRIVER Red Deer, AB T4R 1Z4 Flexible hrs., evenings and or Call 403-347-1414 weekends. Knowledge of or Fax to: 403-347-1161 city an asset. Please apply at 6722 50th Ave or fax 403-309-0354 or email:

The Tap House Pub & Grill req’s full and part time cooks. Apply with resume at 1927 Gaetz Avenue between 2-5 pm. VIETNAMESE GARDEN RESTAURANT NOW HIRING! 2 permanent F/T Food Service Attendants, salary starts @ $11.00/hr., 40 hrs/wk & 1 F/T permanent Food Service Supervisor @ $13.50/hr., 40 hrs/wk. Willing to work varying shifts. Send resume: Fax 403-346-5898, email:

Sales & Distributors


Precast Concrete Plant in Blackfalds, AB, is looking for new team members to join an enthusiastic and growing company.

Concrete finisher

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


Truckers/ Drivers

BUSY Central Alberta Grain Trucking Company looking for Class 1 Drivers and/or Lease Operators. We offer lots of home time, benefits and a bonus program. Grain and super B exp. an asset but not necessary. If you have a clean commercial drivers abstract and would like to start making good money. fax or email resume and comm.abstract to 403-337-3758 or


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ADULT CARRIERS NEEDED For delivery of the morning ADVOCATE in Red Deer, by 6:30 a.m. 6 days/wk (Reliable vehicle needed)

Dempsey St. & Drummond. Ave. Area 70 Papers $375/mo. GRANDVIEW AREA

Owner Operators & Company Drivers in AB. Home the odd night. Weekends off. Late model tractor pref. 403-586-4558 Celebrate your life with a Classified ANNOUNCEMENT

DRIVERS for furniture moving company, class 5 required (5 tons), local & long distance. Competitive wages. Apply in person. 6630 71 St. Bay 7 Red Deer. 403-347-8841 F/T TRUCK drivers req’d. Minimum Class 5 with air and clean abstract. Exp. preferred. In person to Key Towing 4083-78 St. Cres. Red Deer. NEED EXPERIENCED Class 1 drivers for short and long haul. Full Time. Runs AB., SASK, Manitoba & BC. Please call PROMAX TRANSPORT at 227-2712 or fax resume w/abstract 403-227-2743


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73 Papers $439/mo. Call Jamie 403-314-4306 for more information

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

in DEERPARK AREA Doran Cres., & Dunn Cl. Area $65/mo. ALSO Doran Cres. & Doan Ave, Area $64/mo.


ALSO Donlevy Ave. & Danielle Dr. area. $185/mo

WINTER START GED PREPARATION Jan. 14 or Feb. 10 STARTS Gov’t of Alberta Funding may be available. 403-340-1930

ADULT or YOUTH CARRIERS NEEDED For delivery of Flyers, Express and Sunday Life

Highland Green

1693338 Alberta LTD o/a Portable iMassagers Hiring Salespersons Hill Cres & Parkland Mall, Red Deer, United Tank Inspections AB. Good English and Hermary St. Inc. is currently looking for communication skills, a Full-Time Heavy Duty Customer service oriented. Mechanic for our Stettler, F/Time, Perm, Shifts, Normandeau Weekends Salary - $14.00 /hr AB shop. You will be doing repairs, overhauls, e-mail: Reachiesales maintenance, service, and CVIP’s on Heavy Trucks & ELEMENTS is looking for Niven St. & Trailers. We offer 5 retail sales reps. selling competitive wages, group Newton Cres. season gift packages and health benefits and group personal care products in RSP. Please call 403-742Call Joanne Parkland Mall, 4747 67 St. 4747 or email jobs@ Red Deer. $12.10 hr. + 403-314-4308 info bonus & comm. FT. No exp. req`d. Please email EMF Nutrition is seeking a Trades Sales and Nutrition Consultant for the Red Deer/Lethbridge territory. Responsibilities: Maintain current business, while prospecting and developing new opportunities through the marketing of our products to the Recently winning the 2013 Business of the Year award, livestock industry. Bilton Welding and Manufacturing Ltd. designs, engineers and Qualifications manufactures custom energy equipment. Since 1992, Bilton Diploma or degree in agricultural business, has worked with engineering firms and oil and natural gas animal nutrition, comproducers around the globe to develop their own equipment merce,business standards for size, capacity and any number of technical administration or specifications. We operate seven manufacturing facilities in related education and/or Innisfail, Alberta and have recently expanded our facilities into experience. Sales, marketing, merchandising Calgary Alberta. or retail experience. Previous experience with We employ over 175 people and provide ample opportunities livestock. Travel is to employees to achieve their career goals. We provide handsrequired; therefore a valid on training and an opportunity to work on some of the most driver’s license and vehicle interesting projects and applications in the energy sector. are required. Apply by December 6th, 2013. If you would like to be a part of our growing and dynamic team Email: of professionals in your field, we are currently seeking both hr@emf-nutrition.con Person: 4747-60th St Fax: 204-233-7245 FLURRIES SHEEPSKIN is looking for 5 SALES for full-time permanent shop positions REPS, selling shoes & apparel, at our Parkland We offer competitive starting Wages and benefits packages Mall. 4747 67 St. Red Deer. $12.10/hr. + bonus including Health, RRSP and Tool Allowance programs. & comm. F/T Position. No exp. req’d. Email Please fax resume to 403-227-7796, email to SCOTTYS ESSO in Red Deer seeking food counter attendants. FT, PT & Oilfield Weekends. $10-11/hr. Training provided. Apply in person to 5 Reichley Street or by email to” SOAP Stories is seeking 5 F/T Beauty Treatment O/P, selling soap & bath products $14.55/hr. + bonus & comm. Beauty cert. req’d. Location Parkland Mall - 4747 67th St. Red Deer. email premierjobrdbto@ SOAP Stories is seeking 5 retail sales reps. Selling soap & bath products. $12.10 hr + bonus & commission. Ft No exp. req`d. Parkland Mall 4747 67 St. Red Deer. email resume to

NO EXP. NECESSARY!! F.T. position available IMMEDIATELY in hog assembly yard in Red Deer. Starting wage $12/hr. Call Rich or Paul 403-346-6934

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SOURCE ADULT VIDEO requires mature P/T help 3 pm-11 pm. weekends Fax resume to: 403-346-9099 or drop off to: 3301-Gaetz Avenue WANTED: Casual help for snow shovelling in central area in Red Deer. 403-598-9250 or 341-5806 WEEKEND/NIGHT dispatcher req’d. immediately. Knowledge of Red Deer essential. Will require good verbal and written communication skills. Fax resume to 403-346-0295 WOODYNOOK PALLETS, looking for pallet Builders, Payday every Fri. Must have own transportation. Bob 403-596-9181

laborer position



1630 1660


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

Anders St. / Armstrong Close Addinnell Close / Allan St. Allsop Ave. / Allsop Close Adamson Ave. / Arthur Close


West half of Robinson Cres, Rich Cl., & Ryan Cl. Area. $84/mo.

Law Close / Lewis Close

Household Appliances

Lord Close Lund Close

TIMBERLANDS AREA Turner Cres., Timothy Dr., Towers Cl., Tobin Gt. $113/mo.

Vista Village

Blackfalds Lacombe Ponoka Stettler


Misc. for Sale

Springfield Ave.

Employment Training

Savoy Cres. / Sydney Close Sherwood Cres. VANIER AREA


LOVESEAT, pink & white stripes, ideal for bedroom, exc. cond. $150.; 3 wool accent matching carpets, clean will sell separately, $50. for all 3. 403-352-8811

Call Rick for more info 403-314-4303

Somerset Close

ARE you looking for a seasonal full time delivery driver position? We are looking for a safe exp’d and professional Class 1 or Class 5 driver. Common sense, a positive attitude and a clean drivers abstract will be a definate asset. Typically this position is Mon. - Fri. but can include some weekends. Rate of pay depends on exp. Please contact Shayne at Central Alberta Green House Ltd. 403-885-4606 Ext. 330 or fax resume to 403-885-4147 email.


Antiques, furniture and estates. 342-2514

In the towns of:

McIntosh Ave.


GREEN leather reclining love seat $500 , 2 matching reclining leather chairs $250/ea. 403-341-3524 PHONE bench solid oak $175 403-314-2026

For afternoon delivery once per week


Call Jamie 403-314-4306

Household Furnishings


Lamont Close


ELECTRIC heater (Comfort Zone) oak cabinet, portable, remote and thermostat control, child and pet safe $150 403-314-2026

Contact Quitcy at 403-314-4316

Logan Close


INVACARE hospital bed w/side rails, mattress, used 5 mo, new $1995 asking $1000 403-356-2941

Packages come ready for delivery. No collecting.

Inglis Cres.


Health & Beauty



Inglewood Ave.



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

ROSEDALE AREA Rowell Cl. & Ritson Cl. $87/mo.

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WAREHOUSE / at our company. Must be physically fit as this labourer DELIVERY MANAGER position requires constant Family owned and heavy lifting and involves operated since 1974, fast paced, on the job Trail Appliances is one of training. Applicant must be the leading independent able to travel and must appliance retailers in have reliable transportation Western Canada. to and from work as well Currently seeking The Company currently as a valid class 5 driver’s reliable newspaper has an immediate license. All meals and opening for a Warehouse/ carrier for the hotel expenses are paid Delivery Manager when out of town. Sucat our Red Deer location. cessful applicant must BOWER AREA provide an up to date drivResponsibilities include ers abstract. Construction but are not limited to: WESTPARK AREA experience an asset. Full benefits provided. Starting • Overseeing & managing the day to day operations wages based on experiDelivery is 4 times of the warehouse ence. Fax resumes to per week, no collecting. 403 885 5516 , must flag • Interviewing, hiring, & developing employees attn: Craig or e-mail to • Planning, assigning & Perfect for anyone directing work looking to make • Addressing complaints JANITORIAL Co seeking a some extra $. & resolving problems f/t com/window cleaning • Analyzing & implementing CLASSIFICATIONS sup for RD and area. Req: process improvements Please reply by email: fluent in written and oral 1500-1990 † qmacaulay english, 2-3 years exp in a Requirements: supervisory role,clean driving • Minimum 3 years direct Antiques criminal record check, experience in all aspects or phone Quitcy at record, job physically demanding. & Art of warehouse operations 403-314-4316 Benefits after 3 mos. $19/hr • Ability to plan & execute Fax resume 403-342-1897 warehousing strategies ANTIQUE PIANO STOOL. mail to #4, 4608-62 St. • Above average super- Has swivelling/rotating seat. RedDeer, AB. T4N 6T3 In excellent condition.† CUSTOMER SERVICE visory skills $185 (firm). A locally owned industrial • Excellent leadership, Call (403) 342-7908. supply company is looking communication & time for an energetic person for management skills inside sales. E-mail • Organized & efficient Equipmentresume to mark@ • Ability to handle large Heavy volumes of product NEWSPAPER † CARRIERS Trail offers a comprehensive TRAILERS for sale or rent DAIRY equipment supplier REQUIRED Job site, office, well site or compensation and benefit looking for storage. Skidded or plan, including Flex days. GENERAL LABORERS wheeled. Call 347-7721. & EQUIPMENT INSTALLERS To deliver If you are looking for a Competitive wages and 1 day a week in challenging and rewarding benefits package. E-mail BOWDEN career as a Warehouse / resume: Firewood Delivery Manager, please submit your resume to: CELEBRATIONS Please call Debbie AFFORDABLE HAPPEN EVERY DAY at 403-314-4307 or by fax at (403) 212-7661. Homestead Firewood IN CLASSIFIEDS Please indicate Birch, Spruce, Pine - Split 7 days/wk. 403-304-6472 ‘Warehouse / Delivery Manager’ LOGS on the subject line of your fax/email. Security Semi loads of pine, spruce, tamarack, poplar. checks will be conducted Price depends on location. on successful candidates. Lil Mule Logging FOR FLYERS, RED DEER SUNDAY LIFE & EXPRESS 403-318-4346 ROUTES IN: Now Offering Hotter, Cleaner BC Birch. All Types. P.U. / ANDERS AREA Delivery. Lyle 403-783-2275

MICHENER AREA East of 40th Ave., 51 St., 50A St., Michener Cres., Green, etc. to Michener Ave. & Blvd. $282/mo.






Central AB based trucking company requires

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Valentine Cres. Vanson Close / Visser St.

Web Designer Network Administrator Help Desk Support Analyst PC Support Specialist and more!

Call Prodie @ 403- 314-4301 for more info **********************

Financial Assistance available to qualified applicants.



JOB FAIR - HIRING ALL POSITIONS Tuesday, November 26 • 11 - 5 pm Blackfalds Multiplex, 5302 Broadway Avenue

Call Today (403) 347-6676 2965 Bremner Avenue, Red Deer




Restaurant/ Hotel





...Join our Team!

Scan to see Current Openings JOURNEYMAN Electricians and

req’d. for work in Central Alberta. Oilfield exp. an asset. Please forward your resume to jobs@ or fax 403-887-4945


Instrument Hands


B10 RED DEER ADVOCATE Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013


Misc. for Sale

CROKINOLE board 26” across metal frame w/checkers $25; 2 wine racks, chrome plated, holds 12 bottles, $10/ea, 2 table centers made of pine cones/candles $8/ea, med. size roaster, blue enamel $6; 2 deer antlers on shields $60/ea; 25 legal size file holders all for $10 403-314-2026 DIE cast models, cars, truck, and motorcycles, fairies, dragons and biker gifts. #14 6350-67 St. east end of Cash Casino MTD 3 HORSPOWER 21” SNOWBLOWER. 2 cycle. (Oil & gas mix.) $175. 403-302-0987 POTTERY, soup set with urn & ladle, 4 bowls, casserole dish & salad bowl w/4 plates, like new. $150. set of 12 suitcases, like new $25. for both; glass canister, gal. size with silver cover $10. 403-352-8811 Simonize pressure car washer $25 obo; VHS movies $1/ea. 403-347-6183 TABLE, round 40” wooden, w/4 legs, 4 matching chairs, light color, exc. cond. $160.; 5’x7’ wool carpet, light green with matching oval, exc. cond. $40. 403-352-8811



CATS TO GIVE AWAY 1 M., 1 F. both spayed/ neutered. M. is white with black spots, loves people, F. is white with gold spots. Hopefully to separate homes. 403-886-4885 KITTENS (2) SIAMESE (1) BALINESE & $50/ea. 403-887-3649 KITTENS, friendly, cuddly needs good home. FREE! 7 mos. old. 403-782-3031



P.B. Border Collie Pup. From exc. working stock. 1st shots & dewormed. $200. 403-429-0519


Travel Packages

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





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



FOR RENT • 3000-3200 WANTED • 3250-3390

Condos/ Townhouses


2 bedroom condo in adult, non-smoking building, downtown Red Deer. Cats allowed. Own laundry room. 6 appliances. Possession for the end of December. Email or text 403-304-3802. Pictures available. 3 BDRM, 1 1/2 bath townhouse in well kept condominium complex at #9, 15 Stanton St. 5 appls & fenced yard. Tenants must be over 40 w/references & quiet living. Avail. Nov. 1st for $1300/mo. $1300 D.D. 403-341-4627

EXECUTIVE CONDO by RD HOSITAL! Gracious open concept. 2 bdrm, 2 full baths. Balcony. 7 appls, built-in TV w/sound system! HEATED hardwood floors. Adults ONLY. NO PETS, Avail DEC 1st. $1465 & Gas & Power., SD $1465 Hearthstone 403-314-0099 Or 403-396-9554


Bright 3 bdrms, 1.5 baths, Unfin. bsmt w/laundry, deck. No pets. N/S. $1575 & UTIL; SD $1575; Avail DEC 1st! Hearthstone 403-314-0099 Or 403-896-8552 SOUTHWOOD PARK 3110-47TH Avenue, 2 & 3 bdrm. townhouses, generously sized, 1 1/2 baths, fenced yards, full bsmts. 403-347-7473, Sorry no pets.

Manufactured Homes


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

4 Plexes/ 6 Plexes



3 Bdrm. 4-plex, 4 appls., $1075. incl. sewer, water & garbage. D.D. $650, Avail. Dec 15/Jan. 1 403-304-5337

2 BDRM. in tri-plex, main floor, washer/dryer, everything incld’. $1400. Avail. imed. 403-872-2472 3 FLR, 3 Bdrm house w/3 bath, new paint & carpets & deck at 7316-59 Ave. Avail. to over 40 tenants. No pets. Off street parking for 3 vehicles. Rent $1500, D.D. $1500. 403-341-4627

LOOKING for F. roommate 55 yrs. or younger. Red Deer. after 1 pm. 403-986-1903


Rooms For Rent

Mountview: fully furn bdrm $500/$250. Working Male only. Call 403-396-2468

Executive Place 4900 50 Street Red Deer ‘AAA’ OFFICE SPACE FOR LEASE Only 2,000 Sq Ft Remaining Jones Lang LaSalle Please call +1 (403) 4562104 Calgary +1 (780) 668-9269 Edmonton

wheels CLASSIFICATIONS 5000-5300



1 BDRM APT. in 12 suiter, security cameras/doors, balcony, private parking, laundry on site. Quiet, over 40 yr. old, NO pets. 5910-55 Ave. $750/mo/s.d. Ph: 403-341-4627 3810 47 ST. In Eastview Spacious 2 bdrm., bsmt. suite. Adult only. No pets. $895/mo. Avail. Nov. 15th. Phone 403-343-0070

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

2009 VW Golf, manual, 90,000 km. Winter pkg, $11,500. 403-391-1770 2009 RANGER XLT 4x4, 70,000 kms., $15,900. trades cons. 403-598-0682

2008 BMW X5 3.0si AWD, htd. lthr., panaroof, $27,888 4900 sq. ft. bay, heated, 348-8788 Sport & Import (2)O/H.14’ doors, windows, room for mezzanine. 403-318-4848

MOBILE HOME PAD, in Red Deer Close to Gaetz, 2 car park, Shaw cable incl. Terrie 403-340-0225


Resorts & Cottages

WANT TO RENT OR BUY 4 season cabin with land. 1-403-443-8469



2005 LEXUS ES 330 FWD, lthr., 41,100 kms, $15,888. 348-8788 Sport & Import

2006 GMC C4500 4X4, 2 0 0 4 M A Z D A 6 S p o r t , loaded, conversion, new loaded, hwy. kms., new duramax installed from GM, clutch, brakes, rotors, fuel 170,000 kms., $39,888 pump, drive belt etc. Like 403-348-8788 Sport & Import new. $8900. 587-877-0122 2001 HYUNDAI Accent 2 dr. red, 403-348-2999 2000 Chrysler Neon, 2L, 4 dr., 5 spd. Clean. 403-318-3040 1999 PONTIAC Bonneyville 4 dr., saftied. 403-352-6995

VIEW 4000-4190 ALL OUR Realtors & Services 4010 PRODUCTS at CLASSIFICATIONS

Call GORD ING at RE/MAX real estate central alberta 403-341-9995


Houses For Sale

Locally owned and family operated


2 BDRM ground floor 45+ condo in Lacombe. 5 appl, balcony, covered parking, bsmt storage. $1000/mo. Avail. immed. 780-484-0236

BRAND NEW 1340 sq. ft. bungalow, 2 bdrm., den, dbl. att. garage. $384,900. Call Glen 403-588-2231


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

Condos/ Townhouses

1 & 2 bdrm. adult building, N/S. No pets. 403-596-2444

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CHINA PIPELINE BLASTS THE ASSOCIATED PRESS BEIJING — Police have detained seven employees of China’s largest oil refiner, Sinopec, following last week’s oil pipeline blast that killed at least 55 people when it ripped through residential and commercial roads in an eastern port city. Two Qingdao city employees also were in police custody, according to a statement late Monday from local authorities. Three more bodies were found on the scene Monday, raising the death toll to 55, Qingdao police said. They said of the 52 confirmed dead earlier, 42 were male. Friday’s blast also injured more than 160 people and left nine others missing. The accident was the deadliest involving stateowned company Sinopec. The pipeline ruptured and leaked for about 15 minutes onto a street and into the sea. Hours later, the oil caught fire and exploded in two locations, the city government said. Sinopec’s expansion of petrochemical projects has met with resistance from members of the public, and Friday’s blasts will likely add to growing concern about safety and environmental risks.


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RED DEER ADVOCATE Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013 B11









LUANN Nov. 26 1978 — Hugh Campbell’s CFL Edmonton Eskimos defeat Montreal Alouettes 20-13 to win 66th Grey Cup game. 1926 — Charles Vincent Massey takes up duties as first Canadian ambassador to Washington; Canada’s first official diplomatic posting to a foreign country after the Balfour Report and dominion independence.

1917 — Frank Calder is elected president of the new National Hockey League, founded on this day. The new league replaces the National Hockey Association, and consists of the Montreal Canadiens, Montreal Maroons, Toronto Arenas, Ottawa Senators and Quebec Bulldogs. Quebec did not to operate that first season. Seven years later, the Boston Bruins became the first U.S. club to get a franchise. 1810 — Opening of first regular steam boat service to Quebec





SUDOKU Complete the grid so that every row, every column and 3x3 box contains every digit from 1 through 9. SHERMAN‛S LAGOON




TUESDAY, NOV. 26, 2013

Middle school drama causing problems


Dear Annie: I am a boy in junior Before my uncle could respond, high school. I recently went to a my mother said, “You don’t ask lawsocial event for kids my age. While yers for free legal advice.” I replied there, a girl spilled the beans that that no one seems to mind asking she has had a major crush on me me for expertise. My aunt insisted for more than a year. We see each that it is different because my unother often at school. I was shocked. cle is an attorney, and my mother She asked to hold my cellphone and agreed with her. I pointed out that then put her number into my con- my grandfather, an accountant, oftacts. ten gave free professionHere’s the problem. I al advice. don’t like this girl at all, So, let me ask you, Anbut I’m getting tons of nie. If my uncle were a texts from her daily. No chef, would it be wrong matter how hard I try to to ask how long spices distance myself and let keep their freshness? this one-sided relationOr the best way to cook ship die, she keeps coma steak? People ask me ing back. stuff all the time perAnnie, I have tried taining to how to handle not responding, deleting kids. Why is it that lawher from my contacts, yers are sacrosanct, but etc. I don’t want to break all other professionals her heart, because I’m are fair game? — Not a MITCHELL not that kind of guy. Lawyer & SUGAR This is the first time Dear Not: We don’t anything like this has believe this is true. We happened to me, and it’s think in your household, starting to stress me out. your mother and aunt I’m having nightmares expect lawyers to hand about her. you a bill for professional advice. (It All advice from my parents to may even have happened with your shake her has failed. Can you help? uncle, the tax attorney.) People ask — Not a Heartbreaker lawyers, doctors, teachers, cooks Dear Not: Sometimes you can’t and other professionals for free adavoid breaking a heart. Be kind, not vice all the time. How they handle cruel, and take solace in knowing that is up to them. Most don’t mind you behaved like a gentleman. Tell a quick, simple question, but more this girl as kindly as possible that than that can be irritating, making you aren’t interested in a romantic the professional feel that you are relationship. taking advantage of them. Say that you’re sorry things Dear Annie: “Lonely in My didn’t work out the way she wanted, Heart” was upset that she cannot but she must stop texting because it search for her biological parents makes you feel that she is stalking until she is 18. Please tell her that you. another option is to contact her legYou cannot control her response. islators and discuss changing the She may cry, be angry or even con- law regarding the age at which she tinue to text. can get information. It is nice when Do not respond. It will take a youngsters learn the legislative prowhile before she gives up, so be cess through writing and rallying sure not to give false encourage- for change. ment by engaging her in converNone of us is helpless. We all can sation, even negatively. Be totally work to change legislation. Indeed, neutral and uninterested. And pa- one “lonely” person might enhance tient. the lives of many “lonely” people. Dear Annie: My uncle is a tax at- —Fremont, Wis. torney. Recently, the whole famAnnie’s Mailbox is written by Kathy ily was together for lunch, and we Mitchell and Marcy Sugar, longtime happened to talk about my job as a editors of the Ann Landers column. special-ed teacher. Please email your questions to anI asked my uncle, “If the boss, or write to: declares bankruptcy, who gets paid Annie’s Mailbox, c/o Creators Syndifirst — the employees, landlord or cate, 737 3rd Street, Hermosa Beach, lender?” CA 90254.



Mother Sumatran tiger Damai nuzzles one of her two cubs as the Sumatran tiger cubs make their public debut at the National Zoo in Washington, Monday Nov. 18, 2013. The cubs, who were born in August, are now on public view.

vour, but you domestic conditions hold you back. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Lawful matters and discordance with legal issues will make you feel that forces are working against you. Your point of view Tuesday, Nov. 26 CELEBRITIES BORN ON THIS DATE: Kristin seems too forceful or you might come as overly arBauer van Straten, 47; Peter Facinelli, 40; Mark Mar- rogant. Take a few steps back and reassess the situation. golis, 74 CANCER (June 21-July 22): Financial strains ponTHOUGHT OF THE DAY: The Moon in Virgo invites a few planets to its cosmic party today. Even der on your mind today. You are deeply concerned about the welfare of your family life though the method utilized today will coming from your joint resources. Your count more than ever, it will be nonethespouse’s situation worries you or money less, pleasant and motivating. A surge of that you owe might make you quite restenergy allows us to move forward with less. enough confidence and zest. Initiation LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Whatever discomes easily to us and relating to one anpute you engage yourself in with your other is just as trouble-free. Today is fapartner will not resolve the issue at hand. vourable for group-related events, public You certainly want to come out as the speaking or any other occasion where we winner of this battle, but you would also can captivate our audience’s attention. need to listen to your partner’s opinion in HAPPY BIRTHDAY: If today is your this situation. birthday, this year you will come up with VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Watch over a new set of dreams. In other words, it’s your emotional state by not taking things as if you will be planting new seeds of at heart as this can cause you some unideas, hopes and wishes, all in one basASTRO wanted anxiety. Control your feelings and ket. Mingle around and let others know try to not overreact. Be careful around DOYNA of your progressive thoughts. You might any machinery especially if you are trainprove to be a genius! ing at a fitness centre. ARIES (March 21-April 19): You can get LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): An accumulaa lot done today if you keep your focus intion of anger may be due to the uncontroltact. You are not short of motivation and lable behaviour of your children. Also, you are definitely not the type to wait around for too try not to get into a heated conversation with a loved long before you complete something. No wonder you one. Criticism can only be applied if executed in a are known as a doer and an achiever. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Arguments with one of constructive and helpful manner. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): If one of your paryour family members will disrupt your day. You feel as if you are not being treated fairly. You put your ents comes on too strong entire heart and soul into some project or an endea- towards you then take a


few steps back and let the situation cool down before it turns into a turmoil. Domestic imbalance will be hard to hide, but what would really matter at the end of the day is your own, personal happiness. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Your travelling agenda may not go as initially planned. Some impromptu issue may disrupt the course of your day. You may clash with a teacher, a religious person or a spiritual guru. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Your attention is dedicated entirely to your shared finances and you long for increased stability. You will either disagree with the sharing part of your accumulated wealth or you may have to spend more than you have planned. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Try to balance out any differences or disagreements that you might have with others today. You will come to the realization that acting headstrong and impetuous will not give you the sought out results. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Buried resentments towards something or someone seem to get the best of you. Instead of feelings remorseful, try keeping your thoughts to yourself and instead, release your steam by doing some physical exercises. Astro Doyna is an internationally syndicated astrologer/columnist.


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