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Darlis Bachusky looks on as Naomi Goodman works at the gift wrapping booth at Bower Place Shopping Centre Monday. Through December volunteers from the Central Alberta Women’s Emergency Shelter in Red Deer will be wrapping Christmas for shoppers. For a minimum $5 donation, the volunteers will wrap up to three presents and for $10 wrap four gifts. The ladies at the booth are also selling poinsettias provided by Evergreen Greenhouses in Red Deer. This is the fourth year CAWES has used the gift wrapping booth to raise funds for the shelter in Red Deer. Shoppers can have their presents wrapped at the booth every day up until Christmas Eve during regular mall hours.

A tight-knit family were the victims of a tragedy Sunday as the house on their farm went up in flames. Three members of the family are still unaccounted for after a structure fire on a farm near Castor started early Sunday morning. RCMP K Division said that their investigators have been unable to get onto the scene of the fire because the blaze continued on Monday. Sandy and Gordon Klaus owned the property and their daughter Monica Klaus was visiting over the weekend. All three have not been accounted for. Jason Klaus, Sandi and Gordon’s son, said his family was very close. “We did everything together,” said Klaus. “This whole community knew we were a very tight family. We’d do anything for each other, all the time. “My mom and dad were do-anythingfor-everyone type of people. I lost everybody, I lost everything.” RCMP Sgt. Josee Valiquette said between 7:30 and 8 a.m. on Sunday morning, Coronation RCMP officers were dispatched to the scene to assist Castor and Coronation firefighters. “RCMP forensic identification section is working along with provincial fire investigators into this matter,” said Valiquette. “Because the structure fire is not fully extinguished, it is a problem to our investigators to conduct the investigation and enter the scene.” Until the fire is out, investigators will not be able to determine the cause.

Centennial book filled with surprising facts, rare images Red Deer’s history continues to yield surprises — even for fifth-generation Red Deer citizen and archivist Michael Dawe. Dawe said it was a revelation to learn, while researching for his new history book Red Deer, The Memorable City, that no fewer than three amateur theatrical societies flourished here when Red Deer was just a hamlet of 100 people in 1892. The Red Deer Dramatic Society, the Red Deer Amateur Comedy Company, and the Burnt Cork Dramatic Society would each charge a 10 cent admission fee for productions staged at Wilkins Hall.

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When the city’s population doubled to 200 people in 1907, Red Deer already had a big opera house — and a symphony orchestra. “It was full of young, ambitious, energetic people and there was no radio, television or iPods, so they had to create their own entertainment,” said Dawe. His 340-page centennial book contains many little-seen, lushly reproduced archival images — including amusing photos of a jazzy 1920s band, a 1913 chorus line of “gypsy dancers,” and lavishly costumed actors at the local Purdy Opera House in 1904. “Some people might see us as a small Prairie town, but we have very vibrant cultural roots,” added Dawe.

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Michael Dawe hands a personalized copy of his latest book to 100-year-old Red Deer Resident Marjorie Waterman on Monday. About 150 people attended the launch of Dawe’s latest book, Red Deer: The Memorable City, at the downtown branch of the Red Deer Library. The Red Deer Centennial year project is a look at the community’s centennial history.


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Thousands honour police officer killed in crash BY THE CANADIAN PRESS TORONTO — Thousands of police officers, dignitaries and others turned out to honour a fellow cop described as a “fine young man” whose heart now continues beating inside someone in Boston. A long procession of uniformed officers filed into a trade centre hall followed by the flag-draped casket bearing Const. John Zivcic, who died Dec. 2, two days after he was hurt in an on-duty crash. “We give thanks to a man I am so proud to call my brother, the unique, the intense, the sensitive, the extraordinary irreplaceable John,” his older sibling Tom Zivcic said in an emotional eulogy. “It is comforting to our family that somewhere out there John’s heart will continue to beat.” As Lt.-Gov. David Onley, Premier Kathleen Wynne, Mayor Rob Ford and others looked on, Zivcic was remembered as a popular, caring young man who loved helping and protecting others. Tom Zivcic noted that when his brother was a boy, he wanted to be a garbage collector, and followed the garbage truck around on his bicycle. “Unfortunately with his life being cut short, he was not able to fulfil his childhood dream of becoming a garbage man,” Zivcic joked even as he fought back tears. Toronto police Chief Bill Blair described him as “a very fine young man” who was generous and compassionate. He also praised the family’s decision to donate the officer’s organs, with a recipient for his “big heart” found in Boston, and recipients for his kidneys found in Toronto. “The tragedy of John’s passing has meant new hope for several families and saved several lives,” Blair said. “I would hope that we would all be inspired by the Zivcic family’s example.” Onley praised Zivcic as a brave officer who gave his life in service to the people of the province, while Wynne called him “one of our best,” who served “proudly and selflessly” as he took on the job of protecting the public. “He was the kind of person who went out of his way to help people,” Wynne said. Zivcic, 34, a trained tool-and-dye maker, joined the police force in 2007. He is survived by his mother, brother, sister, brother-in-law, and sister-in-law, who were all in attendance at the service. “I’ve known him since he was born and it’s a very sad day for all of us,” said Nada Mogus, of Windsor, Ont., who grew up with the officer’s father.


BOOK: Looks at the city thematically Some of these early influences can still be seen in organizations such as the 43-year-old Central Alberta Theatre, the Red Deer Symphony Orchestra, or the plethora of local nightclubs that feature live music by local musicians. His Red Deer, The Memorable City book is not the first historic account of this community that Dawe has written. His 1989 publication Red Deer, An Illustrated History looked at the past chronologically. But his new book, which was unveiled Monday as a city centennial legacy project at the Red Deer Public Library, looks at things thematically. “The first one looked at what happened and when, while this one tries to give more of a sense of why,” said the author. Colourful incidents are recounted — such as the true tale of Red Deer Boy Scouts, including Canada’s future Governor General Roland Michener making

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RCMP officers investigate after a man believed wanted on a Canada-wide warrant smashed two police cruisers trying to escape the at the Tervita metal recycling yard.

Violent fugitive jailed six years RAMMED TRUCK INTO POLICE CARS WHILE TRYING TO ESCAPE DURING THEFT BY BRENDA KOSSOWAN ADVOCATE STAFF A Red Deer Mountie has been praised for heroism and bravery during a violent arrest at a Red Deer metal shop earlier this year. Sgt. Geoff Greenwood and Const. Adam St. John of the Red Deer City RCMP were among a team of police officers called to the Tervita metal recycling shop in the city’s north end on Feb. 1 to take down a fugitive who was delivering a load of scrap metal. While other officers used their vehicles to block the door to the bay their suspect was using, Greenwood and St. John walked into the building, guns drawn, Crown prosecutor Robin Snider said in Red Deer provincial court on Monday. They motioned two civilian workers away from a pickup truck the man was unloading, and then ordered him to stop what he was doing. Ignoring their commands, the man reached behind his back with one hand, told the approaching officers that he had a gun, and then got into the driver’s seat of the truck. Greenwood got in on the passenger side with his a citizens’ arrest of a real-life fugitive who had shot and injured the local police chief. But answers are also provided to some basic historic questions, such as: Why was Red Deer settled later than Innisfail and Lacombe, with fewer homesteaders? Dawe writes that much of the land the city is now located on was owned by a private land-holding company that priced it higher than surrounding government-owned land, which was sold cheap to homesteaders. As a result, more affluent settlers arrived here later — when all the homesteading land was sold off. The city’s delayed settlement was likely one of the reasons Red Deer continues to have a nature preserve, as well as so much park land, said Dawe, who believes society had shifted past the idea of “taming nature,” to embracing the concept of preserving it by the early 1900s. “People began to see value in keeping land in its natural state.” His book also answers questions about why the city became a major transportation hub, and why Red Deer’s Indian Industrial School had the highest student mortality rate in Canada. (The latter had a lot to do with under funding, poor staffing levels and inadequate sewer lines that constantly backed up, spreading bacteria among the population.) Unlike history books that only deal with native

service pistol still drawn, planning to shut the truck down. However, the ignition lock had been broken and fell apart when he grabbed it, said Snider. A struggle ensued, during which Greenwood dropped his pistol and suffered numerous injuries while the fugitive rammed the truck through the closed door and into the collection of police cars that were blocking his escape. The one-ton truck was wedged between a police car and a pipe, its wheels still spinning and starting to smoke, when fellow officers came to Greenwood’s aid and pulled the fugitive from the driver’s side, said Snider. Richard Allan Parkhurst, 49, was charged with 17 offences, including attempted murder, dangerous driving and assaulting police officers Greenwood and St. John. Represented by defence counsel John MacNaughton, Parkhurst was brought back to court for sentencing on Monday, after pleading guilty on Friday to 12 of the 17 charges laid against him. Charges also include possession of stolen property, including the truck as well as the metals it carried.

Please see SENTENCE on Page A3 people up until white settlers arrive, Dawe said he wanted to follow their past right into the 21st century. But, ironically, some of the hardest to access records and photos were from the 1970s and 1980s because many people don’t appreciate that those fairly recent eras are also historic, said Dawe. “People would say, ‘Well, that’s not history,’ when actually it is . . . . It’s 40 years ago.” Dawe’s goal was to make the centennial book accessible and interesting for readers. And he credits many people for contributing towards the project — especially former Central Alberta Life editor Carl Hahn, who “took some of the rough edges off and made it more readable.” As several dignitaries, including Mayor Tara Veer, observed at Monday’s book launch, it’s hard to know where we are headed if we don’t look back and understand our past. Dawe said he hopes his new book is enjoyed by various readers — those old enough to remember some of the historic events it chronicles, and those young enough to chart the city’s future course. Red Deer, The Memorable City is available at most City of Red Deer facilities, including the Recreation Centre, Collicutt Centre and local libraries for $35.

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Woman who killed family when she was 12 must continue to follow curfew MEDICINE HAT — A woman who was just 12 when she helped murder her family in southeast Alberta must continue to abide by a curfew. The now 20-year-old woman, who can’t be named, appeared by closed-circuit TV in Medicine Hat Court of Queen’s Bench for a curfew review. The woman’s lawyer had previously argued his client is a “poster child” for how young offenders can be rehabilitated and asked for her 11:30 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. curfew to be lifted. But Crown prosecutor Brandy Shaw said the curfew makes supervision more effective and reduces risk to the community. Justice Scott Brooker opted to keep the restriction in place. The woman was convicted along with her thenboyfriend, Jeremy Steinke, of killing her mother, father and younger brother in their Medicine Hat home in 2006. She has fewer than two-and-a-half years left on her 10-year sentence and is to be fully released without supervision when she is 22. The court will revisit the curfew during the next


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Neil Young performs during the Farm Aid 2013 concert at Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013. Young is scheduling four concerts in Canada to benefit a northern Alberta aboriginal band fighting oilsands development in its territory. Shell has said the expansion will double its production and create 750 jobs. Deranger said the band plans to file legal action against the development in January. “The finances that will come from (the concerts) will be beneficial,” she said. “This type of financial fundraising strategy with such a big name can make or break our ability to move forward with a large legal strategy.” Geraldine Anderson of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers said Young is welcome to voice his opinion. “We would also encourage Mr. Young and his fans to learn about the innovation and technical advanc-

es that are helping to develop oilsands and develop (them) responsibly.” The benefit concerts are to be held Jan. 12 in Toronto (Massey Hall), Jan. 16 in Winnipeg (Centennial Concert Hall), Jan. 17 in Regina (Conexus Arts Centre) and Jan. 19 in Calgary (Jack Singer Concert Hall). Deranger said the news is a huge emotional boost to the band. “Sometimes we feel as though our work and our struggle is going unnoticed. But when you have the backing and support of people like Neil Young, it revitalizes the spirit of the community and strengthens our struggles to move forward.”

annual review, which is set for September. The twice-annual reports on how the girl has been doing in care have been presented to the court since 2008. Court heard during the trials that the girl was angry with her parents because they were displeased with her relationship with Steinke, who was 23 at the time. Her parents felt he was too old for their daughter. All of the victims were stabbed to death. Steinke received a life sentence without the chance of parole for 25 years. A year ago, court was told that the woman “continues to express significant remorse for her role in these crimes” and that the remorse was considered genuine.

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RCMP say woman may have been killed in front of her children, man arrested

Woman believed to have taken ecstasy and alcohol before death: police CALGARY — Police say they suspect a Calgary woman who died on the weekend took ecstasy at a nightclub. Investigators believe the 22-year-old and a friend were drinking at the downtown club and took street drugs, including ecstasy. Early Saturday, paramedics were called to a home in south Calgary where a woman was said to be in medical distress. She died a short time later. Police say the woman’s friend was taken to hospital, but her condition was not life-threatening. An autopsy is scheduled for next week.

SEXSMITH — RCMP have arrested a man following the suspicious death of a woman in northern Alberta. Officers say the pair were in a relationship and their children may have witnessed the killing. Police were called last week to a report of an injured woman in a home in Sexsmith, just north of Grand Prairie. They found the 35-year-old woman dead inside and took the man into custody. The 33-year-old faces charges of second-degree murder and possession of a prohibited firearm. He is to appear in court on Wednesday. record of 44 previous convictions on similar offences, Yake said he believes the accused man is “institutionalized” and likely to reoffend upon his release from prison. “All I can do is attempt to protect the public and denounce (his crimes),” said Yake. He then commended Greenwood for his actions during Parkhurst’s arrest. “Sgt. Greenwood reacted bravely and, as a result, suffered long-term injuries.”

The charge of attempted murder was withdrawn. MacNaughton said Parkhurst had resorted to what he knew after being released from Bowden Institution five weeks earlier with only $77 in cash. Calling Parkhurst “rePlease join us as we celebrate and remember cidivist, vile and dangerthe lives of those we loved and cherished ous,” Judge Gordon Yake in this special service. sentenced him on Monday to six years in prison, miDate Wednesday, Dec. 11th nus credit for eight of the 10 months he has served Time 7:00 pm in custody. The other two months were put toward Place Eventide Funeral Chapel his previous prison term. 4820-45 St., Red Deer Yake also banned Parkhurst from driving Special music and readings • Complimentary refreshments anywhere in Canada for Please bring your friends • All welcome the rest of his life and prohibited him from posPlease RSVP by December 10th. For more info call: 403-347-2222 sessing firearms or other Gratefully accepting non-perishable donations to the Red Deer Food Bank weapons for 20 years after his release from prison. Yake told Parkhurst that he was lucky to be by Arbor Memorial Arbor Memorial Inc. alive after telling the police that he had a gun. 4820-45 Street,Red Deer, AB • Pointing to Parkhurst’s


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EDMONTON — Music legend Neil Young is playing four concerts in his native Canada to benefit a northern Alberta aboriginal band fighting oilsands development in its territory. Canadian jazz singer and pianist Diana Krall is to appear as a special guest. Tickets for the January shows scheduled for Toronto, Winnipeg, Regina and Calgary go on sale Tuesday. “The theme of the concerts is honour the treaties,” said Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation spokeswoman Eriel Deranger. “All the ticket sales, all the proceeds from the concerts, not a single cent goes to anyone other than (the First Nation).” Young made his opinion of oilsands development clear when he visited the band and the region last fall. He compared the sight of massive open-pit mines to Hiroshima after the nuclear bomb blast. Young is one of a number of global entertainment celebrities who have visited the oilsands. The list includes actresses Darryl Hannah and Neve Campbell and film director James Cameron. All have offered to help local aboriginals in their protest over what they say is exploding development occurring on their traditional lands without adequate consultation. Young’s gesture is by far the largest, said Deranger. The band hadn’t even asked for support during his brief visit in early September. “When he left, we didn’t ask him. We were kind of surprised by his, ‘I’m going to do something for you.’ We’ve heard that before. “It’s fantastic to have someone follow through and giving directly to a community, the grassroots people.” The Athabasca Chipewyan band is gearing up for a major legal fight against the latest oilsands development to be approved. The federal government announced on Friday that Shell Canada’s Jackpine mine expansion could go ahead. The approval came before a 35-day delay to give the band a chance to make its concerns known to Ottawa had expired. The review panel that looked at the project concluded it would create irreversible environmental damage. It said Jackpine would mean the permanent loss of thousands of hectares of wetlands, which would harm migratory birds, caribou and other wildlife and wipe out traditional plants used for generations. It also said Shell’s plans for mitigation are unproven and warned that some impacts would probably approach levels that the environment couldn’t support. The company has purchased about 730 hectares of former cattle pasture in northwestern Alberta to help compensate for the 8,500 hectares of wetland that will be lost forever.



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Listen to judges on crime TORY GET-TOUGH POLICY IS POINTLESS, WASTEFUL AND EVEN LUDICROUS If repeated Supreme Court challenges are not enough to dissuade the federal government from its largely useless campaign to put more Canadians in prison for longer and longer periods of time, what will? Canada’s dropping crime rate hasn’t done it; that’s been a trend for longer than the Harper Conservatives have been in government. On a per capita basis, there’s less crime for the government to get tough GREG against now NEIMAN than has been the case for decades. Nor does the stupendous cost of its prison program, which government sources recognize could reach $10 billion a year by 2015. Nor has it been the human toll of warehousing thousands of what one judge calls “broken souls” in segregation units. Up to 10 per cent of men and as many at 30 per cent of women who are sent to prison arrive there with a mental illness that makes them unfit to live in the general prison population.


Figures that Correctional Services must work with tell us that as many as 35 per cent of inmates in federal penitentiaries have mental impairments that require treatment. This includes people with serious untreated addictions, and/or brain injuries that affect behaviour, as well as people dealing with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder or fetal alcohol syndrome. Statistics Canada says that even with a new $600-million investment for special treatment beds in prisons, about a third of inmates don’t get sufficient treatment to actually help them — or don’t get any at all. So we have Charter of Rights challenges, an exploding cost to taxpayers, a dropping crime rate and the mounting evidence of lives damaged by their policies. And if none of this works to convince the Tories to change their minds on its prison policy, what will? Well, we’ll have to see if the actions of individual judges might. Court justices, already grating under new laws requiring long minimum sentences for crimes that don’t often deserve them, are beginning to rebel. One of the regulations that arrived off the get-tough omnibus bill requires that when a convict is sentenced to pay a fine in a federal court, there must be a 30 per cent surcharge to go toward services for victims of crime. When there is no fine, there is a flat fee to be paid of either $100 or in seri-

ous cases, $200, on top of other penalties. But as Ontario Court Justice Colin Westmore told the Globe and Mail over the weekend, the surcharge becomes absurd for perhaps half of the cases that he sees. “Can you imagine a person who’s got a mental illness, who lives under the local underpass, at the hospital or on a park bench, who eats at the soup kitchen, and you’re going to have them pay $100 because they had their day in court?” Besides, even if the surcharges are levied, what’s the government going to do to make them pay, form a corps of bill collectors to accost people under bridges? Or — surprise — just up the ante and have them sent to prison for contempt? That doesn’t look like a healthy response to fears regarding our public safety. Some judges are assessing the fines but giving convicted persons up to 99 years to repay. Other judges — including some in Alberta — are assessing fines of $1, plus the 30 per cent surcharge. That ought to relieve a victim’s pain. In our experience, a family member did receive compensation from the Alberta fund for victims of violence. Two city lawyers even met us in Edmonton to argue an appeal on our behalf, when our original application to the fund

was assessed a token sum — at no cost. Shortly thereafter, the province changed the rules so that payments to victims were capped at something below an amount that would provide real help to anyone — and the right to appeal was struck from the system. So it’s not like victims of violent crime are getting that much from the fine surcharges, not in Alberta anyway. Certainly not as much as the bureaucrats the fund requires to administer it, by any stretch. So at some point, the advertising on the crime-fighting omnibus needs to stop. “Getting tough” on crime doesn’t work, isn’t needed, costs a fortune, may in fact violate our Charter of Rights — and in thousands of cases actually makes things worse. A prison is the most expensive and inefficient means any government could devise to treat addictions, brain injury and mental illness. The largest group of criminals by far have little means to pay surcharges to any fund for victims of crime. And if government expects the general populace to respect the wisdom of judges, don’t you think the government should do the same and listen to some good advice? Greg Neiman is a retired Advocate editor. Follow his blog at readersadvocate. or email

Poachers deserve nothing but contempt Like so many other Albertans, I grew up in a family where hunting was a regular activity, a tradition. My father was a small game hunter — grouse and ptarmigan all came home hanging upside down, ready to be plucked and frozen. I’ve been out hunting only a few times and not for years. The last time, I wasn’t actually hunting but I was with friends in New Brunswick who were trying to nab a moose. No luck that day but walking through the woods on a cool fall day — whether you see game or not — is always enjoyable. My brothers continued to hunt as adults and taught their children the same. Only one brother remains an acMARY-ANN tive hunter and he goes for big BARR game — deer, moose, elk. He’s the “wild man” in the family and probably spends more time outdoors in nature than his seven siblings combined. To be honest, hunting is not for me but I don’t begrudge those who do hunt — as long as they follow the rules. Sadly, sometimes they don’t. And when that happens, they cast a black shadow over all hunters. One recent case is about as horrible as it gets. Everyone should be disgusted, especially those who do hunt within the rules — the real hunters. A man — a poacher, a criminal — illegally shot and killed a sow grizzly bear and her cub off the Forestry Trunk Road about 200 km northwest of Rocky


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The grizzly cut and sow killed by Frank Kucher three years ago. He was jailed for five months and received a $10,000 fine. Mountain House three years ago. Frank Kucher was caught because an anonymous tipster reported seeing the head of a grizzly bear in his garage. Fish and Wildlife officers went to Kucher’s home, seized the head and claws of a sow grizzly. The next day, they located the carcasses of the two grizzlies along the Pembina River south of Robb. Kucher was only sentenced last week. He received five months in jail, a $10,000 fine, and is banned from hunting for nine years after being convicted of two counts of hunting wildlife out of season, two counts of abandoning the carcasses, and one count of unlawful possession of wildlife. Of course, so many of us wonder: Why should he ever be allowed to hunt again? He killed two endangered animals. Grizzlies were declared threatened in 2010 — the same year as the Kucher kill — under Alberta’s Wildlife Act. There are estimated to be fewer than 700 grizzlies left in Alberta and hunting them is no longer allowed. Without igniting that whole debate over grizzly population numbers and how to manage them, it remains that poaching should be a concern for all Albertans, whether you hunt, ranch or just love see-

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In response to Thursday’s Advocate article, Plowing falls short: Yes this type of snowfall is unusual, but as well we live in Alberta — this is predicable. As a taxpayer and a citizen of this community, I find it hard to comprehend the mindset at City Hall. It was a bare-bones budget, yet we talk about a $90-million pool, a $17-million roundabout, etc. What I fail to understand — where is the common sense, logic? We will have major snowfall (now think ahead, what will happen in the spring?) Why can city council not see this? I voted for Tara Veer — after her fight with the methane gas fiasco, I thought she would realize what our basic needs are. We want snow removal, we want noise reduction, we want environmental responsibility, we want a safe city, we want to end homelessness, and we want to care for our citizens from the very youngest to the oldest. All the above should be a priority. We have winter eight months of the year or longer. We want to drive safely and comfortably. We don’t want frivolous items, for when you don’t care for the basics everything else becomes frivolous. I have a budget — I don’t build a pool before I have a tub, I don’t build a driveway when I have no car, I don’t buy the butter before I have the bread. The pool and the roundabout become frivolous if we can’t clear the snow in the roundabout. Ah, the familiar sound of people being stuck has woken me frequently lately. The bike lanes that no one can see — unused. Covered with a windrow. I could go on and on regarding this. Coun. Paul Harris spoke about foresight. Where was the foresight when the Collicutt Centre was built? My kids are adults; they were swimming in an Olympic-sized pool in Prince Albert when they were children. How can we forget the cost overruns on that project? With our history, this pool will likely end up costing $150 million. Same with the roundabout: why did we not have the foresight to build it before we developed a subdivision? Our taxes are higher or comparable to Edmonton and Calgary, yet Edmonton clears snow in residential areas within a week, at least they try. Could the city not predict during the warm spell that we were driving through cookie dough — when that stuff froze, we would be in a mess. I had the foresight to predict that: fourby-four out of your close and get shaken liver syndrome. Lucille Gaumond Red Deer

Dec. 2 — a blustery, frigid day with heavy snow falling and adding to heaps already on the ground, rutted furrows of ice and extreme slippery conditions. Watching the action during the day through my living room window from my wheelchair, I saw vehicles spinning around, losing control, stranded in the middle of the street in a 90-degree position, or stuck in deep snow. Often there is a lineup of cars, trucks, a bus, that are totally immobilized due to what’s blocking traffic ahead. Through the frustration and stress people were experiencing, I delighted in observing men and women leaving their warm homes, some from partway down the block, to assist those in need and ready to shovel or push. It brought to mind a neighbour across the alley whom I don’t even know, but for a few years has been so generous to often use his snowblower on my property when we’ve had heavy snowfalls. I have a great amount of praise and respect for these my heroes, who will don their warmest gear to reach out to others, neighbours and strangers alike — with truly, a real act of kindness! And that’s being a Canadian, as I see it. Arlene Hilman Red Deer

Out of touch with reality Dear Ms. Mayor, I emailed yesterday to express my frustration with the city’s bungling of the snow removal. I came home today to find my 65-year-old neighbor who is a widow trying to deal with the pile left by your grader operator right in front of her driveway (and everyone else’s). And by the way, she has a shoulder injury and is unable to throw snow. So I helped her deal with it the whole time thinking “What is wrong with these people in City Hall? Are they out of touch with reality?” You all might as well admit it — you do not have a plan, do you? This poor woman next door to me is the best neighbour anyone could want and is a tough gal with a rural upbringing and did not complain the whole time. I, on the other hand, suggest she complain to the city and she said she didn’t think it would help. You, Ms. Mayor, and city council have zero credibility when you cannot get a proper snow removal policy in place. It would be nice to be able to tell

my aging parents that Red Deer would be a nice city to move to when they are ready to give up their country home but I cannot honestly tell them that. At least the county they are in plows the county road so they can get out. So I guess if you are a senior citizen or disabled person in Red Deer, you better just stay home. Pathetic. You all should be ashamed of yourselves. I am going to start a we-want-MayorNenshi online campaign and maybe it will get some traction. God knows you cant get any traction on the streets of Red Deer. I am absolutely disgusted. Darrell Miller Red Deer

Scholar deserves praise Congratulations to Aravind Ganesh for being awarded a Rhodes Scholarship. It is a tremendous honour to be one of only 11 Canadians who received the award for 2014. Aravind will receive a full scholarship to attend Oxford University in England. It is also amazing news that a young person from our community has received this prestigious award. The teachers of Notre Dame High School and others noted by Aravind are to be applauded for the support and encouragement they provided Aravind along the way. Dave Jones Red Deer

Harper needs to retire Prime Minister Stephan Harper is a fan of hockey and its history. He has seen great athletes stay too long in the game. Hockey is a game with players as is politics a game with players. There is a best-before date for players in both games. Harper sees the writing on the wall. He is missing the net just a bit more often; the A-team is not passing him the puck as often. Fewer fans asking for autographs, his name is being omitted from the columns and the subject of retiring is brought up regularly. He will go down fighting, he will deny it, he will resist it but he sees the writing on the wall. Negotiations and preparations for a leadership race have begun, though informally, but teams are talking, venues are being sought, and the arm-twisting has begun. Whether it be January or March, the announcement will be given, the posturing will start, the obligatory toasts will be raised, the praises printed and

the race will begin. An interim Prime Minister Flaherty may be announced, and that is being considered even now. Conservative MPs across the nation are weighing their odds on re-election and their own best-before date, and many will retire on before the next election. There will be many who have ridden Harper’s coattails and with little self-confidence will try to keep Harper from retiring, for selfish reasons. Others are eagerly awaiting the announcement after deciding that having a new leader will be the only way to get reelected as a Conservative. Harper sees the clock, knows the third period is winding down, the regular season is over, seeing that the Stanley Cup will be going to another team, he knows it is time to go. Good bye Stephan Harper. Garfield Marks Red Deer

Celebrating ringette This year marks the 50 anniversary of ringette in Canada. The Red Deer Ringette Association is celebrating by having a day of fun activities at St. Francis of Assisi Middle School. Ringette began in Red Deer in 1978. In the inaugural year, Red Deer only had one team; therefore, an association had to be formed, otherwise the game would not survive in the city. Since the association was formed, in 1979, the sport of ringette has grown substantially. Thirty-five years later, the Red Deer Ringette Association is proud to have 18 teams that actively compete locally, provincially, nationally and internationally. If you are involved in, have been involved in, or are interested in being involved in ringette in Red Deer, visit the Red Deer Ringette website for more information on activities that will be taking place on Saturday. It is important to recognize and celebrate 50 years of ringette in Canada. Kristie McCullough Red Deer

Scammell right on target Re: Bob Scammell’s column It’s about time, of Dec. 5. Excellent article, excellent content and appropriate timing. Too often, we do not speak out because we feel no one is listening or we feel inadequate in expressing our views. This has to be one of the most important Bob Scammell articles yet. Dalt McCambley Red Deer

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Cop jailed 45 days RCMP unit to fight human-trafficking for G20 assault BY THE CANADIAN PRESS

BY THE CANADIAN PRESS BRAMPTON, Ont. — A Toronto police officer convicted of assaulting a protester during the G20 summit was sentenced Monday to 45 days behind bars, though he was almost immediately granted bail pending an appeal. Const. Babak Andalib-Goortani, 33, was convicted in September of assault with a weapon for using excessive force during the arrest of protester Adam Nobody on June 26, 2010, on the lawn of the Ontario legislature. His lawyer, Harry Black, urged the judge to give the officer an absolute discharge, saying his client has suffered enough with depression, anxiety and the break-up of his marriage after he was charged. Andalib-Goortani’s “fragile” mental state has only worsened since his conviction, Black said. But Ontario Court Judge Louise Botham said that a discharge would be “contrary to the public interest,” nor would a sentence served in the community be adequate. “Citizens will respect the rule of law when they can be confident that those with the power to enforce our laws do so fairly,” Botham said as AndalibGoortani held his head in his hands. “When that trust is abused citizens need to know that police will be held accountable.” Botham was brought in from outside Toronto specially to hear the case.

MONTREAL — The federal public safety minister has announced the creation of an RCMP unit that will work closely with law-enforcement partners in Quebec to fight human-trafficking in Canada and abroad. Steven Blaney says significant progress has been made over the past year but that much work remains to be done on what he calls the despicable crime of modernday slavery in Canada. “Sometimes it can be a young girl who falls in love with an individual and who is then pushed into prostitution — it can be as horrible as that,” Blaney said in an interview Monday after making the announcement at a news conference. “So that’s why it’s so important to deal with this huge challenge as a Canadian society.” The RCMP has also developed an information and awareness campaign aimed at youth and the aboriginal population entitled: “I’m Not for Sale”, which the federal minister says is providing good results.

“It is encouraging victims to come out and reach out to nongovernmental organizations and actually seek help and then we can prosecute traffickers,” he added. A few hours after Blaney met reporters in Montreal, the RCMP announced the arrest of four more erotic massage parlour operators. The Mounties said in a news release that they, the Montreal police and the Canada Border Services Agency conducted a second police operation last Friday in a case of sexual exploitation of young Romanian women. An arrest warrant was also issued for another operator. One week earlier, three erotic massage parlour operators were arrested as part of the same investigation. Those arrested last Friday appeared in court a day later to face charges including keeping a common bawdy house, aiding or abetting a person to engage in or carry on prostitution, and living wholly or in part on the avails of prostitution. Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre recently served notice that illegal massage parlours — havens for prostitution and human-traffick-

ing — will be the target of a police crackdown and possible legislation that will include hefty fines. The RCMP has pointed out in the past that such parlours are a gateway for moving human-trafficking victims into prostitution. The Mounties estimate there are nearly 350 illicit massage parlours in Montreal and many more in its suburbs. Coderre has the backing of the federal minister in his crackdown on erotic massage parlours that are masquerading as legitimate businesses. “Mayor Coderre can count on our support to track down humantraffickers,” Blaney said. “So, wherever they are, whether in a massage parlour or anywhere else, where there’s human-trafficking, our joint forces will intervene.” At his Montreal news conference, Blaney also released the 2012-2013 annual report on progress of a national action plan to combat human-trafficking. The plan involves 18 federal departments. It includes a partnership with the National Association of Friendship Centres, which is aimed at aboriginal populations.

Bullying. That’s not the Alberta way.

Premier Alison Redford

Stop Bill 46 In 1977, Premier Peter Lougheed promised that in all future contract negotiations, provincial employees would have the right to binding arbitration in lieu of the right to strike. Now, Premier Alison Redford has rammed through Bill 46, which goes back on that promise and takes the right to arbitration away from 22,000 front-line government employees. Redford’s Bill 46 gives government the power to freeze wages, with no independent arbitrator determining what is fair and justified. That’s not negotiating, that’s bullying. And bullying is not the Alberta way. The Alberta way has always been to keep your promises and respect the rights of others.


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TUESDAY, DEC. 10, 2013

New home starts jump in Red Deer BY ADVOCATE STAFF


New home construction in Red Deer spiked last month, with Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. reporting 141 housing starts in the city — an increase from 16 in November 2012. Pushing the tally upward were starts on 99 units in multi-family projects, as compared with just two in the same month a year ago. The number of single-detached houses started in November also jumped this year, to 42 from 14. Total housing starts in Red Deer last month were well above those in Alberta’s other

mid-sized urban areas. The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (Fort McMurray) trailed Red Deer with 76 starts, followed by Lethbridge with 56, Medicine Hat with 39 and Grande Prairie with 25. The cities of Calgary and Edmonton had 1,451 and 747 housing starts respectively last month. In October, Red Deer had 52 residential starts: 32 multifamily units and 20 single-detached. With one month remaining in 2013, local builders had combined for 750 starts. That

was well ahead of last year’s January-to-November tally of 515 starts, and the full-year total of 568. Multi-family starts accounted for 385 of Red Deer’s 11-month total, with singledetached projects adding 365. Those numbers compare with 219 multi-family and 296 single-detached starts to the same point in 2012. Nationally, CMHC’s November figures suggest that the housing market could be softening. The country’s annualized rate of starts last month was down three per cent from October. Most of the weakness was concentrated in Ontario,

which saw a drop of 16.6 per cent, and in Atlantic Canada, where starts fell by a whopping 24.8 per cent. But condo building in British Columbia drove starts there up 12.5 per cent and the Prairies and Quebec saw gains of 9.1 per cent and 0.8 per cent respectively. The Bank of Canada and the federal government have long fretted over housing in Canada, fearing that if it continues to rise above potential it will result in a sudden and damaging crash once interest rates start rising, triggering an overall economic slowdown. Analysts say the ideal situation would be for the market

to slowly decline, not crash and burn. They agreed that housing is moving in the right direction — the market heated up somewhat during the summer and early fall, but now appears to be levelling off. Canadawide, November’s pullback was evenly distributed between single-family homes (down 3.1 per cent), and multiples, which declined 3.5 per cent. Urban starts decreased by 3.4 per cent on a seasonally adjusted annual rate, while rural starts were flat. With files from The Canadian Press.


U.S. government loses $10.5 billion on bailout SELLS REMAINING STAKE BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

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Racing action from the 2013 season at Alberta Downs. The recreational facility south of Lacombe could soon be expanded to include a golf course.

Alberta Downs set for growth ager of planning services, said the land is zoned for highway commercial use. That could include a golf course, if the county’s municipal planning commission allows it as a discretionary use. “There’s no formal proposal,” said Freitag of Allen’s plans. “We’ve had preliminary discussions about whether or not it’s something that could be considered there.” The approval process would require Allen to satisfy the county that his project would not adversely affect the environment, and that issues like traffic and parking would be addressed. This could prove an impediment for Allen, who doesn’t want to incur the cost and take the time for such steps as an environmental assessment — which he said were preformed when he developed Alberta Downs five years ago. “Around the first of the year, I’ll probably go back in and do some more talking,” he said of his dealings with the county. Allen is also working to develop a network of off-track betting facilities throughout the region. “I’ve got quite a few lined up at Rimbey, Ponoka, Stettler, Rocky Mountain House, Innisfail,” he said. “Then I’ve got three in Red Deer that want to go.” In addition to obvious venues like sports bars and casinos, Allen off-track betting sites could be set up in non-traditional locations like corner stores. They would op-

BY HARLEY RICHARDS ADVOCATE BUSINESS EDITOR It will be several months before the horses return to Alberta Downs for the 2014 racing season. But changes are already afoot. Owner Bob Allen is hoping to develop a 12-hole executive golf course on land adjacent to the track south of Lacombe. And he’s also seeking to set up off-track betting sites throughout Central Alberta. The golf course proposal calls for a 3,400-yard, par-45 layout on the east and northwest sides of Alberta Downs’ racing area. “I can utilize my grandstand as a clubhouse,” he said, adding that the site has ample parking and easy access from Hwy 2. There’s not enough room for 18 holes, acknowledged Allen, and he doesn’t want to build a par3 course. However, he thinks his proposal would meet the needs of people who don’t have the time or energy to play a full round of golf. “What I was trying to do is create a shorter course for older people,” he said, adding that such a course should appeal to people of all ages. If all goes well, said Allen, construction could start as early as this spring and the course be ready for use by fall. However, development approval from Lacombe County is required. Dale Freitag, the county’s man-



Local unemployment rate has tumbled The local unemployment rate has tumbled below four per cent. The latest Statistics Canada survey placed the figure for the Red Deer region at 3.9 per cent. That’s down from 4.9 per cent in October, which in turn had fallen from 5.4 per cent in September and 5.8 per cent in August. In November 2012, the unemployment rate in and around Red Deer was 4.2 per cent. Among Alberta’s eight regions, the lowest rate in November belonged to Lethbridge-Medicine Hat, which came in at 2.2 per cent. Next was Banff-Jasper-Rocky Mountain House at 3.5 per cent, followed by Wood Buffalo-Cold Lake (3.7 per cent), Athabasca-Grande Prairie (3.8 per cent), Red Deer, Camrose-Drumheller (4.2 per cent), Calgary (4.4 per cent) and Edmonton (4.6 per cent). Alberta’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate last month was 4.7 per cent, up 0.3 percentage points

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erate year-round, allowing people to watch and bet on horse races in North America and as far away as Australia and Hong Kong, he said. Alberta race tracks, including Alberta Downs, would participate during their racing season. Allen wants to make the sites as entertaining as possible. He’s even contemplating million-dollar prizes to anyone who picks 10 consecutive winners. Such measures, he said, are necessary to breathe new life into an industry that’s in decline. In this regard, Allen welcomed news last week that a $24-million racetrack and casino is planned for just north of Calgary. A joint project of the United Horsemen of Alberta and Century Casinos, it would feature a 0.7-mile track and 550 gaming machines. The project would bring badlyneeded money into the horse-racing industry, and renew interest in the sport, said Allen. “It won’t hurt me at all,” he said, adding that Alberta Downs is positioned to offer racing that would be complementary to that available at the Calgary and Edmonton tracks. “My plan is to switch to maybe less days and race every Sunday and put on a real show,” he said, explaining that he could stage both thoroughbred and harness racing. “I’ve got a turf track and a mile track that nobody else has got.”

from October and 0.5 percentage points from November 2012. This rate was the second lowest in Canada, behind Saskatchewan’s 4.1 per cent. The national rate was 6.9 per cent, unchanged from October. From October to November, Alberta’s labour force increased by 18,000 people while employment in the province increased by 10,600 positions. Fulltime employment was up by 30,100 people, while part-time employment dropped by 19,400. Between November 2012 and November 2013, employment in Alberta grew by 78,000 people. This accounted for 43.6 per cent of Canada’s employment growth during that period.

Sylvan Lake-area barley producer elected Alberta Barley’s vice-chairman A Sylvan Lake-area barley producer has been elected Alberta Barley’s vice-chairman. Mike Ammeter was named to the position at Alberta Barley’s annual general meeting last week. The preceding month he was acclaimed to his second term as a member of the association’s board of directors. Matt Sawyer of Acme was re-elected Alberta Barley’s chairman at the same AGM. Ammeter replaced outgoing vice-chairman Trevor Petersen, of Penhold. Petersen had just completed his second, three-year term on the board.

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DETROIT — The U.S. government ended up losing $10.5 billion on its bailout of General Motors, but still says the alternative would have been much worse. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew announced Tuesday that the government sold its remaining shares in the Detroit automaker. The government received 912 million GM shares, or a 60.8 per cent stake, in exchange for a $49.5 billion bailout during the financial crisis in 2008 and 2009. It recovered $39 billion of the money, meaning taxpayers came up more than $10 billion short. But Lew says the rescue was necessary to save 1 million jobs and stop the American auto industry from collapsing. GM shares rose 1.2 per cent in after-hours trading following the announcement. They rose 1.8 per cent in regular trading, at one point reaching $41.17, the highest level since GM returned to the markets with a November 2010 initial public offering. Earlier Monday, Mark Reuss, GM’s North American president, told reporters in Warren, Mich., that a government exit would boost sales, especially among pickup truck buyers. GM has said repeatedly that some potential customers have stayed away from its brands because they object to the government intervening in a private company’s finances. Because of the bailout, the company has been given the derisive nickname “Government Motors.” GM went through bankruptcy protection in 2009 and was cleansed of most of its huge debt, while stockholders lost their investments. Since leaving bankruptcy, GM has been profitable for 15 straight quarters, racking up almost $20 billion in net income on strong new products and rising sales in North America and China. It also has invested $8.8 billion in U.S. facilities and has added about 3,000 workers, bringing U.S. employment to 80,000.

Mobilicity deadline extended BY THE CANADIAN PRESS The sale of Mobilicity has hit a delay after potential bidders for the financially struggling wireless carrier asked for an extension. The deadline to put in a bid for Mobilicity was Monday, but that has now been postponed until Dec. 16 by court-appointed monitor Ernst & Young. “Following the bid deadline, the monitor and Mobilicity will review all of the bids in accordance with the sales process,” Mobilicity said in a statement on Monday. “The sales process is ongoing and stakeholders should not expect any announcements on Dec. 16 or immediately thereafter. Any transaction result from the sales process will be subject to court approval.” Ernst & Young said it extended the deadline after “considering requests for an extension from qualified bidders.” The startup carrier has been operating under creditor protection since September. Mobilicity launched in 2010 and provides cellphone service in Toronto, Ottawa, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver to about 190,000 customers. So far, Wind Mobile CEO Anthony Lacavera is the only potential bidder who has gone public. Lacavera couldn’t be immediately reached for comment. Lacavera has said Wind Mobile needs more spectrum — radio waves needed to operate wireless communications networks —to offer faster, next-generation services to compete with the country’s three largest carriers, Rogers (TSX:RCI.B), Bell (TSX:BCE) and Telus (TSX:T). The federal government has blocked Telus twice from buying Mobilicity, which has spectrum that was specifically set aside for startup companies in a federal auction in 2008. But Telus was recently permitted by Ottawa to buy startup Public Mobile because its spectrum is considered less valuable and didn’t have any sale restrictions.

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A8 RED DEER ADVOCATE Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013

MARKETS CLOSE The Toronto stock market closed higher Monday as investors bought up battered gold miners along with financial stocks that slipped last week in the wake of earnings reports from the big banks. The S&P/TSX composite index gained 32.06 points to 13,312.78, also supported by base metal miners that benefited from Chinese trade data. The Canadian dollar closed up 0.19 of a cent to 94.03 cents US amid a weak housing report. Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. said that housing starts came in at an annualized rate of 192,235 units in November, a decrease from 198,161 in October. It was also less than the 195,000 reading that economists had expected. U.S. indexes were little changed after surging at the end of last week on a strong slate of economic data , capped off by U.S. data showing strong job growth last month. The Dow Jones industrials were 5.33 points higher to 16,025.53, the Nasdaq gained 6.23 points to 4,068.75 and the S&P 500 index was up 3.28 points to 1,808.37. While the data was a welcome sign that the American economic revival remains on track, it also raised concerns that the Federal Reserve is prepared to start winding up its asset buying program sooner than thought, perhaps as early as next week when Fed members meet. Speculation about tapering those US$85 billion of bond purchases has weighed on markets as the stimulus has kept long-term rates low and supported a strong rally on equity markets this year. The gold sector ran ahead about two per cent while February gold added $5.20 to US$1,234.20 an ounce. Barrick Gold. (TSX:ABX) advanced 63 cents to C$17.01. Guyana Goldfields Inc. (TSX:GUY) has revised up the total capital cost of its Aurora Gold project to US$249 million and approved a spending plan to bring it to commercial production. However, the new estimate is well below an earlier estimate, after the company scaled back its plans earlier this year. Guyana shares were ahead four cents to $1.64. The base metals component strengthened, rising 0.67 per cent with March copper up a penny at US$3.26 a pound as China posted its biggest trade surplus in almost five years, rising to US$33.8 billion from $31.1 billion the month before. Exports ran ahead 12.7 per cent from November last year, well ahead of October’s 5.6 per cent growth. But imports grew only by 5.3 per cent year-over-year amid tepid domestic demand. First Quantum Minerals (TSX:FM) climbed 35 cents to C$17.55. The financials sector was 0.4 ahead per cent, clawing back some of last week’s 1.6 per cent decline following a mixed earnings performance from the big banks. Fehr said despite a couple of disappointments, the banks are attractive because “they’re able to offset that by some other levers that they can pull within their diversified earnings mix.” Royal Bank (TSX:RY) gained 70 cents to $69.75. The energy sector was ahead 0.2 per cent with oil prices lower following a string of gains last week amid figures showing bigger than expected

drawdowns in U.S. inventories. The January crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange edged 31 cents lower to US$97.34 a barrel. Canadian Natural Resources (TSX:CNQ) improved by 38 cents to $34.58. Equal Energy Ltd. (TSX:EQU) says it’s entered into a definitive agreement to be bought up by Petroflow Energy Corporation and Petroflow Canada Acquisition Corp. for $5.43 a share. Equal says the total transaction value is about US$230 million. Equal shares were one cent lower at $5.73. The tech sector was the weakest component with shares in BlackBerry (TSX:BB) down 16 cents to $6.11, its lowest level in at least 10 years and down dramatically from its 52-week high of $18.49. MARKET HIGHLIGHTS Highlights at close Monday Stocks: S&P/TSX Composite Index — 13,312.78 up 32.06 points TSX Venture Exchange — 902.07 down 14.58 points TSX 60 — 766.47 up 2.42 points Dow — 16,025.53 up 5.33 points S&P 500 — 1,808.37 up 3.28 points Nasdaq — 4,068.75 up 6.23 points Currencies at close: Cdn — 94.03 cents US, up 0.19 of a cent Pound — C$1.7468, up 0.51 of a cent Euro — C$1.4608, up 0.09 of a cent Euro — US$1.3736, up 0.36 of a cent Oil futures: US$97.34 per barrel, down 31 cents (January contract) Gold futures: US$1,234.20 per oz., up $5.20 (February contract) Canadian Fine Silver Handy and Harman: $21.83 per oz., up 19.1 cents $701.83 per kg., up $6.14 TSX VENTURE EXCHANGE TORONTO — The TSX Venture Exchange closed on Monday at 902.07, down 14.58 points. The volume at 4:17 p.m. ET was 178.75 million shares. ICE FUTURES CANADA WINNIPEG — Closing prices: Canola: Jan. ’14 $5.60 lower $466.30; March ’14 $5.50 lower $476.30; May ’14 $5.80 lower $485.20; July ’14 $5.60 lower $492.80; Nov. ’14 $5.80 lower $503.30; Jan ’15 $5.50 lower $508.20; March ’15 $5.50 lower $510.50; May ’15 $4.90 lower $512.60; July ’15 $4.30 lower $509.80; Nov ’15 $4.30 lower $506.00; Jan. ’16 $4.30 lower $506.00. 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: 922,500 tonnes of canola; 0 tonnes of barley (Western Barley) Total: 922,500.

Fed expected to reduce stimulus THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The vast majority of business economists believe the Federal Reserve will begin to pull back on its massive economic stimulus program in the first three months of 2014, according to a November survey done by the National Association of Business Economists. The survey also showed a majority of economists believe the United States’ economic recovery will accelerate next year. NABE surveyed 51 economists between Nov. 8 and Nov. 19 and found that 62 per cent of respondents believe the Fed will pull back on its bond-buying program in the first quarter of 2014. Another 30 per cent believe the Fed will begin to reduce its bond buying in the second quarter of 2014. Combined, nine out of 10 economists believe the Fed’s stimulus program will wind down next year, after being place in its current form since December 2012. The Federal Reserve has been buying $85 billion in bonds each month

in an effort to keep interest rates low and stimulate the economy. The central bank was widely expected to taper its bond purchases in September, but decided to wait and see more evidence whether the nation’s economic recovery is sustainable. In its survey, NABE said its forecasters expect the U.S. economy will grow faster next year than in 2013. The organization forecasts that the country’s economy will grow at a 2.8 per cent annual rate in 2014 versus the 2.1 per cent annual rate it is expected to grow this year. The partial shutdown of the federal government in early October likely had a modest impact on economic growth, NABE said. Of the forecasters polled by NABE, 73 per cent said that the October shutdown likely reduced U.S. economic growth in the fourth quarter by 0.5 per cent or less. Fewer than 25 per cent of economists believed the shutdown had no impact on the U.S. economy or even helped the U.S. economy.

PROFIT magazine combined into Canadian Business BY THE CANADIAN PRESS Rogers Media (TSX:RCI) says two of its publications, Canadian Business and Profit, are being combined into one. It says the new magazine, which will keep the Canadian Business moniker, will launch on Jan. 16 and be published monthly. The publication will include a special section each month of content usually seen in Profit magazine, which was aimed at entrepreneurs. The magazine will have a projected readership of more than a million, says Rogers. The telecom and media company owns 53 radio stations, more than a dozen television channels, and publishes a variety of magazines including Maclean’s and Chatelaine.

Ministers looking for bank rescue plan BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS


BRUSSELS, Belgium — European finance ministers are taking another crack at an issue that’s bedeviled them: how to handle failing banks at an EU level. At a meeting in Brussels, German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said Monday that he’s “optimistic” a deal on creating a new European Union agency to deal with bad banks can be reached this month. “There is a lot of work to do,” he said. “I don’t know if we will do it in one meeting or if we will need an additional meeting.” Dutch Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem, who chairs the group of finance ministers from the countries that use the euro, declined to sketch out any possible compromise on disputed points of the proposal to form a central agency to wind down, or “resolve” broken banks. EU officials have said they want to reach agreement before the end of the year so the agency can be passed by the current EU parliament before its term expires

in May. Ministers from euro countries talked about the knotty issue on Monday but did not offer a solution publicly, ahead of a meeting Tuesday of ministers from the full 28-member European Union. It is the larger group that will seek a deal on the bank surveillance agency, and officials said the Tuesday meeting could be a drawn-out affair as some highly technical matters are chewed over. “There are some ideas being floated,” Dijsselbloem told a news conference. “Whether they will be successful we will find out tomorrow.” One sticking point preventing agreement has been Germany’s opposition to letting the EU’s executive arm be the decision maker on whether to close or restructure a bank. Schaeuble didn’t say Monday if Germany is ready to drop its opposition, but said “there are solutions” to the issue. Another point of contention has

Japan cuts growth estimate THE ASSOCIATED PRESS TOKYO — Japan slashed its estimate of economic growth for the July-September quarter Monday as investment by companies slowed more than first estimated. The government said the world’s third-largest economy grew an annualized 1.1 per cent last quarter, less than half the pace of the previous quarter. The initial estimate had put growth at 1.9 per cent. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s economic revival strategy for Japan centres on cheap credit, a weak yen and longer-term reforms to boost competitiveness, but corporate investment and personal incomes have yet to rebound. Meanwhile, exports have grown less than expected despite the weaker yen, partly due to slowing growth in many emerging economies. Japan’s economy grew at a 4.3 per cent pace in the first quarter of the year and 3.8 per cent in April-June. The revised data for the third quarter showed that the economy expanded 0.3 per cent from the second quarter. The original estimate was 0.5 per cent

quarter-on-quarter growth. As the U.S. has moved toward a possible reduction of its monetary easing, Japan’s central bank has reaffirmed its commitment to pumping money into the economy to achieve an inflation target of 2 per cent by 2015. Prices have only just begun to rise, but most of the increase has been attributed to rising costs for fuel and other imports. The revised data Monday showed slower foreign and domestic demand than originally thought. Private investment, excluding residential investment, was flat. Economic growth was supported by a 6.5 per cent increase year-onyear in public spending, reflecting the government’s boost in infrastructure investment and stepped up reconstruction in the areas devastated by the March 2011 tsunami.

been who should pay if a troubled bank needs taxpayer funds so that its failure does not hurt the overall economy. First in line to take losses should be bank shareholders, and a troubled bank could also be sold to new owners. If more money is needed, the proposed Europewide agency would have a rescue fund financed through a levy on banks. The idea is to have the fund at the EU level, and spread bailout costs throughout European banks, so that bank failures can’t wipe out individual countries’ finances — and also so that banks, and not taxpayers, pay the bill. Germany has said such an arrangement would require a change in the basic EU treaty, which could take years. It proposes instead a network of national financial safety nets until the treaty can be amended. Negotiations were expected to continue Monday evening. Dijsselbloem said he had been invited to an evening meeting by the finance minister of Lithuania, which now holds the revolving EU chairmanship.



Bank of Montreal raising home mortgage rates BY THE CANADIAN PRESS TORONTO, Ontario — The Bank of Montreal says it is raising its fixed and variable home mortgage rates by 0.1 percentage points, effective Tuesday. The bank says the posted rate for a five-year fixed closed mortgage will be 5.44 per cent, while the posted five-year closed variable rate will be 3.1 per cent. The increase comes as long term interest rates on the bond market tick higher in anticipation that the U.S. Federal Reserve will soon start tapering its US$85 billion a month in bond purchases.

TransCanada says oil flow flowing on southern leg of Keystone XL CALGARY — Oil has begun to flow on the southern leg of TransCanada Corp.’s (TSX:TRP) Keystone XL pipeline. Spokesman Shawn Howard says the company began filling the US$2.3-billion line with oil Saturday morning in Cushing, Okla. That crude will eventually make its way to Houston-area refineries. Howard says over the coming weeks, TransCanada will inject about three million barrels of oil into the system. TransCanada is still awaiting approval from the Obama administration to construct the US$5.4billion northern portion of Keystone XL more than five years after it applied for a permit. The company was able to move ahead with the Gulf Coast portion first because it doesn’t cross the Canada-U.S. border.


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Canada makes territorial claim for North Pole DESPITE NOT MAPPING AREA YET OTTAWA — Canada says it will try to extend its territorial claims in the Arctic to include the North Pole, although it hasn’t mapped the area, doesn’t have the scientific evidence to back the claim and faces diplomatic hurdles. A formal scientific submission was made to the United Nations Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf last week covering 1.2 million square kilometres of territorial claims in the Atlantic, but the government says the material submitted for the Arctic Ocean is only preliminary. Despite saying two years ago that data collection was complete, the federal government plans to send its scientists back into the field for more work mapping a giant undersea mountain range that Ottawa says could secure the sea floor under the top of the world for the Maple Leaf. “That’s why we’ve asked our officials and scientists to do additional and necessary work to ensure that a submission for the full extent of the continental shelf in the Arctic includes Canada’s claim to the North Pole,� Foreign Affairs Minister John

Baird said Monday. Baird did not dispute published reports that Prime Minister Stephen Harper stepped in at the last minute to insist that the North Pole be included in Canada’s claim after the scientific assessment put the boundary just south of the pole. The undersea Lomonosov Ridge runs from near Ellesmere Island northward over the pole and would be the geological basis for a Canadian territorial claim. Scientists suggest it looks as if the ridge is connected to the Canadian land mass, but Canada has only done aerial surveys of the ridge once it gets past the pole. “The reality is the Lomonosov Ridge wasn’t fully mapped in the submissions that my department did,� Baird said. “And, frankly, we think it’s important when you do this extensive mapping, we wanted to get the entire Arctic map, including on the ridge.� Arctic experts point out that Russia and Denmark also argue the Lomonosov Ridge extends from their shores. International law expert Michael Byers points out the pole lies on the Danish side of the ridge. It also lies on the Danish

side of a line that runs equidistant from Ellesmere Island and Greenland. “In five or 10 or 20 years, we are going to have to admit that the North Pole is not Canadian,� said Byers, who teaches at the University of British Columbia. “(Harper) does not want to be the prime minister seen publicly as having surrendered the North Pole, even if the scientific facts don’t support a Canadian claim. What he’s essentially doing here is holding this place, standing up for Canadian sovereignty, while in private he knows full well that position is untenable.� “It’s politics, I guess,� said Wiley Spicer, a Calgary lawyer with a long practice in international law and law of the sea. Spicer said none of the claims will result in a binding decision. They just lay the groundwork for years of future negotiations. “What’s going to have to happen is that it’s going to be a political and diplomatic settlement,� he said. Nonetheless, Baird and Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq painted the scientific submissions — even the incomplete Arctic claim — as being of historic proportions.

“Over a period of generations, and under various governments, too many of these men, women, children and their families were deeply harmed and continue to bear the scars and the consequences of this time,� Wynne said. “Their humanity was undermined. They were separated from their families and robbed of their potential, their comfort, safety and their dignity.� The province “broke faith� with them, Wynne said, and while there has been a radical shift in how developmentally disabled people are treated, more still needs to be done. Her words set off a wave of applause in the legislature and in the public galleries, where dozens of former Huronia residents watched side-by-side with some who lived at two other similar Ontario facilities. Some gave a standing ovation while others wiped tears from their eyes. Earlier, the premier walked through the galleries to shake hands with some former Huronia residents, a gesture some valued even more than her expression of regret.




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TORONTO — Ontario failed to protect some of its most vulnerable residents from neglect, abuse and exploitation at a provincial facility for the developmentally disabled, Premier Kathleen Wynne said Monday in addressing what she called a “painful chapter� in the province’s history. Wynne formally apologized in the provincial legislature for the pain and loss that have permanently marked hundreds of former residents of the nowshuttered Huronia Regional Centre in Orillia, Ont. — a moment long awaited by those who lived at the facility. The apology is part of a $35-million settlement that was approved last week in a class-action suit against the province over the treatment at Huronia. Lawyers for the plaintiffs said they believe it’s the first time a government has been made to say it’s sorry through such an agreement.


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South Africa prepares for massive memorial MASSIVE SECURITY PREPARATIONS UNDERWAY AS NEARLY 100 WORLD LEADERS EXPECTED TO PAY RESPECTS TO MANDELA Workers install one of the heavy bulletproof glass panels that will surround the back of the stage on the field at the FNB stadium where the memorial service for Nelson Mandela will take place on Tuesday, in Johannesburg, South Africa Monday. Scores of heads of state and government and other foreign dignitaries, including royalty, are beginning to converge on South Africa as the final preparations for Tuesday’s national memorial service for liberation struggle icon Nelson Mandela are put in place.

BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — An eclectic mix of world leaders including President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro will eulogize Nelson Mandela before a crowd of nearly 100,000 mourners at a massive memorial service Tuesday in the World Cup soccer stadium where the anti-apartheid champion made his last public appearance. “What a fantastic gift God gave to us in this Mandela, who quickly became an icon, a global icon of forgiveness, of generosity of spirit,” Archbishop Desmond Tutu told a gathering Monday at the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory. “He really was like a magician with a magic wand, turning us into this glorious, multi-colored, rainbow people.” Nearly 100 world leaders and tens of thousands of South Africans of all races and backgrounds were expected to pay their respects to the man who bridged this nation’s black-white divide at the FNB stadium in Soweto — a locale heavy in symbolism as the black township that was at the centre of the violent struggle against apartheid. The 95,000-capacity soccer venue was also the spot where Mandela made his last public appearance at the closing ceremony of the 2010 World Cup. His body will then lie in state for three days at the Union Buildings in Pretoria — once the seat of white power — before burial Sunday in his rural childhood village of Qunu in Eastern Cape Province. South African authorities rushed Monday to deal with the complex security, logistical and protocol challenges of hosting what promised to be one of the largest and most prominent gatherings of world dignitaries in generations. Besides Obama and first lady Michelle Obama, former presidents George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter were to attend Tuesday’s memorial, along with Laura Bush and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. At the stadium, workers busily constructed a stage protected by bulletproof glass and police promised “thousands” of officers would secure the stadium. Still, security appeared lax Monday as the owner of a private security company scrambled to hire guards for Tuesday’s event, using his car as a mobile office. George Mathabe, manager of the Sidas security company, said 1,500 guards would be on duty Tuesday. “I’m doing this from the bottom of my heart, just to thank Tata,” Mathabe said, using the Xhosa word

Earth record for cold set in Antartica at minus-94.7C THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON — Newly analyzed data from East Antarctica say the remote region has set a record for soul-crushing cold. The record is minus 135.8 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 94.7 Celsius). A new look at NASA satellite data revealed that Earth set a new record for coldest temperature recorded. It happened in August 2010 when it hit -135.8 degrees Fahrenheit (-94.7 Celsius). Then on July 31 of this year, it came close again: -135.3 degrees Fahrenheit (-92.9 Celsius). The old record had been -128.6 degrees Fahrenheit (-89.2 Celsius). Ice scientist Ted Scambos at the National Snow and Ice Data Center announced the cold facts at the American Geophysical Union scientific meeting in San Francisco Monday.

World Bank says Mideast nations sign water accord WASHINGTON — The World Bank says senior Israeli, Jordanian and Palestinian officials have signed an agreement to share scarce water resources in the Mideast region that includes use of desalinated sea water. Ministers responsible for water in the three governments signed the accord on Monday: Silvan Salom for Israel, Hazim el-Naser for Jordan and Shaddad Attili for the Palestinian Authority. Initiatives to be pursued over the coming months by the parties include development of a desalination plant in the Red Sea city of Aqaba with water to be shared by Israel and Jordan and the sale of 20,000 to

Flood kills 11 in Brazil’s droughtstricken northeast BRASILIA, Brazil — Brazilian authorities say

11 people have died and six are reported missing following a flood in northeastern Bahia state. Officials with Bahia’s Civil Defence emergency response agency say intense rains overnight Saturday to Sunday in the town of Lajedinho caused the floods, which destroyed some 70 houses. Around 200 people have taken shelter in schools and a local gym. Emergency response personnel were search-

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TUESDAY, DEC. 10, 2013 In Sweden, Sankta Lucia day, celebrated on Dec. 13, officially ushers in the holiday season. Marked by candlelight processions, Lucia day commemorates the life of Saint Lucia — an ancient mythical figure with an abiding role as a bearer of light in the dark Swedish winters. Though there are many versions, the reoccurring legend tells the story of a young girl, clad in a white gown with a red sash, her head crowned by a halo of light, who appeared to bring hope, warmth and food to those in need during a time of famine in Sweden. With a young girl chosen to play Saint Lucia, MADHU these candlelight procesBADONI sions are still held by the Swedish people. Handing out buns or cookies, Saint Lucia walks through schools and communities spreading her caring spirit to families and the less fortunate. Like the lighted candles alluding to the coming of the light and warmth to the cold winter, so does the food that is traditionally served on Lucia day. The spices used to make Lucia buns, gingersnaps and hot spiced cider elicit warmth, and are very much part of the age old celebrations. All three are eaten during this day and are served throughout the holiday season. Lussekatter or Saint Lucia buns are soft, buttery yeasty buns that taste faintly of saffron — a spice that imparts a golden yellow hue. The saffron is an important ingredient for the colour because it suggests the promise of light and sunshine that will soon replace the short, dark days. The cardamom in the buns also gives the buns a gentle heat that is much needed to endure the winter. Making these buns, I have to say the aroma of the cardamom and saffron really gives a sense of coziness no matter what kind of deep freeze you may be experiencing. The time-consuming part of the buns is making the traditional shapes, which were derived from the distinctive bread of earlier Christmas celebrations in Sweden. Lucia buns are formed into a tight figure eight and then studded with currants or raisins on the inside of swirls. Most Internet sites view the shape as cat’s eyes but Swedish people don’t see this imagery. Lucia celebration also brings forth the crispy, crunchy pepparkakor; a cookie that is similar to a gingersnap but is a bit spicier. Despite the name, there’s no pepper in these cookies and the bite to these comes from the combination of warm spices that includes ginger, cinnamon and ground cloves. Unlike the soft texture of ginger cookies that most of us are familiar with, the pepparkakor is hard and crunchy, giving that “snap” when you take a bite. To achieve this distinctive sound, it is important to remember to chill and to roll the dough out as thinly as you can manage — a little extra flour on your rolling pin and work surface helps. In Sweden, the cookies are often cut into stars, trees, hearts and horses. But there’s no reason not to try any shape you like. The beverage to sip and usually served with Lucia buns and pepparkakor is glögg. Glögg is hot, spicy mulled wine. There are as many recipes for this old traditional winter beverage, even some without alcohol. The spices and flavourings change just as freely, with most recipes calling for cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, orange peel, raisins, almonds, and sugar. Some brew and drink it on the spot, while others prefer to age it. Whichever recipe you choose, glögg is pretty easy to make, and the added benefit is that your house smells amazing as you heat up all of the potpourri of flavours. The Red Deer Swedish Vasa Lodge celebrates Lucia annually around Dec. 13. This year, I was able to attend the candlelight procession and experience one of Sweden’s most culture rich traditions. I would like to thank Carroll Borg with all her help in writing this article and Clarice Gustafson for sharing the Lussekatter and pepparkakor recipes. Madhu Badoni is a Red Deer-based freelance food writer. She can be reached at madhubadoni@ or on Twitter @madhubadoni. Watch for Madhu’s Masala-Mix blog on


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Sankta Lucia commemorates the life of Saint Lucia — an ancient mythical figure with an abiding role as a bearer of light in the dark Swedish winters. Like the legend, Olivia Smith plays St. Lucia and hands out Lucia buns, spreading her caring spirit to everyone who attended the Swedish celebration.


SANKTA LUCIA Saffron is an important ingredient for it gives the Lucia buns their colour, which alludes to the light and sunshine soon to replace the cold and dark. The cardamom in the buns also gives the buns a gentle heat that is much needed to endure the Swedish cold, long winter.

Saint Lucia buns (Lussekatter) 2½ to 3 cups all-purpose flour 1 pkg dry yeast ¾ milk 1/3 cup sugar ¼cup butter (no substitutes) ½ teaspoon salt ¼ teaspoon ground cardamom 1/8 ground saffron 1 egg ¼ cup golden raisins ¼ cup slivered almonds, ground Golden raisins 1 egg white, slightly beaten 1 tablespoon water Sugar Stir together 1 cup of the flour and the yeast in a large mixing bowl. Set mixture aside. Place milk, 1/3 cup sugar, butter, salt, cardamom and saffron in a small saucepan. Heat and still until just warm and butter almost melts. Turn dough in. Add flour into liquid until dough forms. Turn dough onto lightly floured surface, kneed until elastic dough is formed. Shape into a ball and place in a lightly greased bowl, turn once to grease entire surface. Cover and let rise for 1¼ hours. Punch dough down, and divide the dough into 24 balls. Roll it out with both hands into a snake 12 to

14 inches long rope. You won’t need much if any flour for this. In fact, so the snakes can grip the work surface, you may need to brush the board with a moist paper towel every so often. With your pin, roll the dough snake along its length to flatten in it. This will allow you to achieve a tighter curl. Roll up one end half way. Turn the thing over and roll it up the other way. Lay them out on sheet pans lined with parchment. Pre-heat oven 350F. Stir together the egg white and water. Lightly brush onto buns and sprinkle with additional sugar. Bake rolls for 12 minutes or until golden.

Pepparkakor (ginger snaps) 1½ cups flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1½ teaspoon ground ginger 1 tablespoon cinnamon ½ teaspoon ground cloves ½ cup butter ¾ cup sugar 1 egg, well beaten 1½ teaspoon dark corn syrup Cream butter until soft. Gradually cream in sugar until fluffy. Mix dry ingredients together. Blend in flour mixture in thirds, mixing thoroughly after each addition. Chill in fridge several hours. Remove one-quarter of the chilled dough and roll on a lightly floured surface to 1/16-inch thickness. Cut with floured cookie cutter., Place on cookie sheet and repeat with remaining chilled dough. Bake at 375C for 6 to 8 minutes until lightly browned. Cool completely on rack before storing in airtight containers.


On cold, dark nights where the objective is to get cozy and stay warm, nothing will hit the spot like glögg — a hot, spicy mulled wine that is traditionally served with buns or ginger snap cookies.

1 750-ml bottle of red wine 500-ml inexpensive brandy or vodka 10 cardamom pods 1 cinnamon stick (broken down) ½ orange peel (dried or fresh) ½ lbs sugar (regular or lumps) Optional additions: 5 cloves, ½ cup raisins, ½ cup almonds, 5 dried figs Heat the wine and brandy spices, fruit, and nuts in a pot (and any optional additions you might like.) Be careful not to boil the mixture; just let it simmer for about 45 minutes. Then strain through a cloth to remove all additions. You can also serve the Glögg with raisons or almonds. If you’d like the drink to be stronger, use more brandy.

Lucia celebration also brings in the crispy, crunchy pepparkakor; a cookie that is similar to a gingersnap but is a bit spicier. Despite the name, there’s no pepper in these cookies — the bite to these comes from the combination of warm spices that includes ginger, cinnamon and ground cloves.



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Carlos Santana, seen Nov. 8, 2013 in Las Vegas, is one of the 2013 recipients of Kennedy Center Honors. particular instrument,” he said in 1978. Then, seemingly out of nowhere, his 1999 album, Supernatural, won nine Grammys, posted astronomical sales and lodged Santana in the download queue of a new generation. On nearly every track, his guitar accompanied — shared the pedestal with — a trendier singer, such as Dave Matthews, Rob Thomas of Matchbox Twenty, Everlast and Lauryn Hill. He has used that formula on several more albums and has alighted on a concert residency at the House of Blues in the Mandalay Bay casino resort. “I’m not a seeker anymore,” he says. “I’m a finder now. It’s more fun to just will it to happen, than to hope for somebody to sort of come, part the ocean or the sky, and give it to you.” He’s wearing a purple shirt printed with a picture of John Coltrane. Carrying his purple guitar, he enters a private room that the House of Blues has trimmed in purple. Which puts him in the mood to play “Purple Haze.” He jams meditatively, loses the Jimi Hendrix lick for a second — “Where is that thing?” — finds it. All the while, he’s working out how he feels about this latest pedestal, the one they’re erecting in Washington.

“I don’t mind committing career suicide once in awhile and playing music that only musicians maybe understand,” he says. “I’m not a poodle who you just throw a little bone or a biscuit to, and I dance for you, man. That’s why, perhaps, when they’re celebrating this Mexican, Carlos Santana, at the Kennedy Center in Washington, it’s a big canasta. Canasta is like a basket, with not just a guitar but a person who loves uplifting consciousness.” He deems the Kennedy Center’s history of having rarely honored Latinos to be typical of so many American institutions trapped in an Anglo-European thrall. Yet he considers it no favor to be cast in the self-limiting role of one of the two Latinos (along with opera singer Martina Arroyo) being honored this year, to help correct that record. True, he was born in Autlan de Navarro, Mexico, and honed his guitar chops in the streets and dives of Tijuana. But the identity that matters most to Santana — his artistic and spiritual self — is bigger, embracing roots from Mali to Haiti to Cuba to the Mississippi Delta. “I’m more than just a Mexican with a blower on the presidential lawn at the White House,” he says. “I represent a whole bunch

of other people.” The aspect of this accolade that really awes him? It’s the promise of being ushered onto the same platform as jazz keyboardist Herbie Hancock, who is also being honored. Hancock is among a select list of artists, living and dead, whom Santana reveres. Hendrix, Coltrane, Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter, Bob Marley, Babatunde Olatunji, Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Harry Belafonte, John Lee Hooker, B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Gabor Szabo. He jammed with as many as h e could and tried to learn from the rest. Even though he has recorded and toured with Hancock and Shorter, a little, insecure part of Santana has always worried that he couldn’t keep up with such aces. “I’m still learning the difference between respect and fear,” he says. “They all say the same thing to me: You’re one of us. But as soon as I’m in the room, and they start playing, I’m like, oh, damn. Because they’re so — I’ll say it like this: They are an ocean. I’m a big lake. Someone else is a swimming pool. I’m somewhere in the middle.” Jose Santana was a professional violin player who taught his son Carlos the instrument. The boy learned the emotional power of even a simple melody in classical pieces,

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LAS VEGAS — Carlos Santana frowns. The look is so uncharacteristic, because this whole afternoon his expression runs consistently from beatific to boyish and back. He riffs amiably about receiving inspiration from angels and discloses secrets about his quest for the “universal tone,” about how he learned to distill longing and joy in a single note — that pristine, piercing Santana sound that’s instantly recognizable from San Francisco to Singapore. But now he’s standing on a hotel balcony 43 stories up, where a photographer has just asked him to climb onto a table, the better to pose against the neon skyline. The guitar player balks: “Why do I have to be put on a pedestal?” Awkward pause. Santana winks. He’ll do it, on the promise that the effect will not be pedestal-like. At 66, he has an uneasy relationship with the pedestal — the one that he at once covets, disdains and sometimes doubts he deserves. The one that people want to place him upon — except when they don’t, during those dispiriting droughts when the music-buying public all but forgets him. He certified himself a contender for the guitar-hero crown almost from the start, in a band that took his last name, at Woodstock in 1969. His frenzied solo on Soul Sacrifice went old-school viral, thanks to the film of the hippie music festival. There followed a series of pioneering albums that almost single-handedly invented pop world-beat music. The congas, timbales and Afro-Latin guita and organ rhythms on smash covers such as Black Magic Woman/Gypsy Queen and Oye Como Va redefined the parameters of rockand-roll. The guitar player knew what notes not to play, savoring the magic of a simple melodic line. But he grew restless, and he embarked on a decades-long quixotic musical and spiritual journey. He explored jazz and newage horizons and, for several years, followed the guru Sri Chinmoy. Santana commanded the admiration of elite musicians but not radio programmers. “I don’t consider myself a guitar player as much as I am a seeker who wants to manifest his vision through that

Mexican folk tunes and pop standards such as Fascination. But when he heard American rhythm-and-blues, he set aside the violin and picked up a guitar. Barely a teenager, he supported himself with a gig accompanying dancers in a strip club. “You learn how to strip women,” he recalls. “Yet at the same time, exalt, like Ave Maria. It’s the same energy.” The family immigrated to San Francisco, and by the late 1960s, Carlos Santana had cofounded a band with a rare integrated lineup of Latinos, whites and an African American. They earned coveted invitations to play at the Fillmore and then Woodstock. “This was no peace, love, hippie thing. The band was like a street gang, and its weapon was music,” drummer Michael Shrieve recalled when the original Santana band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998. In a recent interview with The Washington Post, he elaborated: “This band was very serious and rehearsed every single day. . . . If you messed up, you’d be called on it in no uncertain terms. It was like there was a mission behind the whole endeavor.” A seminal moment for Santana came when he first saw B.B. King play guitar, in 1967, when Santana was about 20, two years before Woodstock. What caught Santana’s attention was not King’s fretwork but his transfigured expression. “I needed to see B.B. King because once I saw his face, I said, ‘Oh, it’s not the amplifier, it’s not the guitar,’ “ Santana recalls. “It’s where he went. He metaphysically went into a place in his head beyond his mind to get that tone and that note. “After that, my mom would always ask me, ‘Mi hijo, [my son], where do you go when you look up at the ceiling and you play differently?’ I told her it’s a place where everything’s memorable, there’s no more time, there’s no more distance, there’s no more fear. It’s called a state of grace.” From that foundation, his music took flight. “He loves Africa and African music, so he’s always bringing those fundamental colors, flavors and rhythms to mainstream pop culture,” says drummer and producer Narada Michael Walden, who has produced Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin, Barbra Steisand and Elton John.

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AltaLink plan hearings set BY PAUL COWLEY ADVOCATE STAFF Those opposed to proposed transmission line routes in Central Alberta, including the City of Red Deer, will have an opportunity to make their case at a public hearing. The Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC) has ordered a public hearing be held beginning on March 11 in Red Deer to review AltaLink’s plans to rebuild transmission lines, as well as build new lines and substations. The electrical provider is applying to the AUC for approval to build substations near Ponoka, Innisfail and Didsbury, as well as about 35 km of lines in those areas. As well, there’s a 71-km line overhaul proposed from Ben-

alto, to the edge of Red Deer’s West Park neighbourhood, to Nova Chemicals at Joffre. AltaLink says the work is necessary to upgrade transmission capacity in the fast-growing Central Alberta corridor. However, there is some opposition to the preferred route that AltaLink has outlined for its power lines. Thirty-seven objections — including one on behalf of 30 residents — have been filed with the AUC, said spokesman Jim Law. The City of Red Deer wants an upgraded power line in the Pines neighbourhood shifted to the bottom of the escarpment to run near the railway lines.

AltaLink wants to keep the line in its current location at the top of the escarpment. City council also does not support the location of a short stretch of the line in the West

residents. However, alternate routes have been provided and if the AUC chooses one of those AltaLink will not hesitate to change its plans. Schreiner said that a hearing was expected and is welcomed. “This is a big project that has the potential to — ALTALINK SPOKESMAN SCOTT SCHREINER impact a large number of people,” he said. Park area. “We’ve done a lot of work That stretch of line is also op- and we’re confident in the subposed by a number of residents missions that we made and we in the area. look forward to answering the AltaLink spokesman Scott questions of those people who S c h r e i n e r s a i d t h e c o m - want to ask us how we got to pany’s view is that the pre- those decisions.” ferred routes in both cases offers the least impact on Please see ALTALINK on Page B2



Fans of the British television drama Downton Abbey can celebrate the premiere of season four in the Snell Auditorium at the downtown branch of the Red Deer Public Library on Jan. 5. The show follows an aristocratic family in an estate during the early 1900s. The celebration will include indulgences in cucumber sandwiches and tea, as well as door prizes. There will be a trivia contest and a prize for the best Downton Abbey inspired costume. Costumes are optional. The event runs from 2 to 4 p.m. Registration is required. Call 403-3429100 to register.

Police catch 35 drunk drivers BY MURRAY CRAWFORD ADVOCATE STAFF

SOCIAL AT MAG Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery is celebrating Christmas at the Look, Mix & Do Season Social on Dec. 19 from 5 to 9 p.m. MAG board and staff will be on hand to welcome visitors to the Fusion Thursday event. People can make a craft and tour the Remarkable Red Deer and Expedition Arctic 19131918 exhibits. Admission is free. For more information on the art gallery and museum, located at 4525 47A Ave., visit www.

TOYS FOR TICKETS EXTENDED The City of Red Deer’s annual Toys for Tickets program has been extended to Friday due to last week’s snowstorm and frigid temperatures. Those who receive a parking ticket between Nov. 1 and Thursday can donate a toy in lieu of their ticket. All toys collected will be donated to the Red Deer Christmas Bureau. All toys must be new and unwrapped in their original packaging. The value of the toy must be equal to or exceed the amount owed. A receipt must also be presented and if the toy is valued at lower than the price of the ticket, the difference must be paid. Toys accepted until 2:30 on Friday on the first floor of City Hall. For more information, call 403-342-8185.

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A vehicle sits in the median of the QEII just north of the highway 11A overpass Monday afternoon. The RCMP imposed a tow ban for the highway Monday.

Highway turns into rink CONDITIONS CAUSE HIGHWAY TO FREEZE COMPLETELY OVER BY MURRAY CRAWFORD ADVOCATE STAFF Warmer, windy conditions have turned Hwy 2 into a “skating rink,” according to the RCMP. Travel was not recommended on Hwy 2 from Airdrie to Millet on Monday as several RCMP detachments along the road issued travel and tow advisories. Ponoka Integrated Traffic Services Const. Christopher Zerr said the winter has been nasty so far. Conditions on Monday in particular led to a tow and travel advisories for highways north of Red Deer. Olds RCMP and Innisfail integrated traffic services also said

Hwy 2 south of Red Deer was difficult, with Olds issuing a travel advisory for the highway from Airdrie to Red Deer. “It has caused the highway to completely freeze over,” said Zerr. “It’s an absolute skating rink.” Drivers are urged to not travel on Hwy 2 and surrounding highways, including Hwys 11, 11A, 53 and 12. “It is too dangerous to have tow trucks and emergency vehicles on the road just to remove vehicles,” Zerr said at about 12:30 p.m. Monday. The tow advisory stretched from Millet to Didsbury on Hwy 2, while the travel advisory was only from Red Deer to Millet.

Const. Al Nickolson said drivers really shouldn’t be out on the highway in these conditions. Five to 10 cm of snow were forecast for Red Deer on Monday evening. Colder weather, at about -23C, is forecast for today. Meanwhile, the adverse weather hasn’t affected Red Deer plows clearing snow from city streets, but cars parked on the roads have. Residential snowplowing has run into speed bumps as it enters its second week. Vehicles parked on some streets have made it difficult for crews to clear those streets.

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Red Deer Catholic is short of space for full-day kindergarten classes BY MYLES FISH ADVOCATE STAFF What stopped Red Deer Catholic Regional School Division’s full-day kindergarten pilot project in Red Deer was not a lack of provincial funding, but perhaps an even bigger problem facing the division — a lack of space. T h r e e schools within the division offered full-time kindergarten programs as part of a pilot project for the 2012-13 school year: St. Teresa of Avila School in Red Deer, St. Marguerite Bourgeoys School in Innisfail and Holy Trinity School in Olds. For the 2013-14 year, the latter two programs remain, but in Red Deer the experiment is over, for now. “I think it was an experiment that certainly worked programwise. Space-wise it was a chal-

lenge for us. I think as a board we would be prepared to support that programming again in a school with an identified need, if they could provide the space for it,” said Catholic board chair Guy Pelletier. St. Teresa offered the programming alongside regular half-time programming last school year,

but St. Teresa simply could not continue with the division experiencing five per cent enrolment growth. “As good as that is that people want to have access to our good programs, sometimes it does create space challenges.” Premier Alison Redford pledged during the 2012 election campaign that her government would make full-day kindergarten mandatory across the — CATHOLIC BOARD CHAIR GUY PELLETIER p r o v i n c e within a year with a strong uptake. of being elected. The full-time option was That still has not happened, opened up primarily for students although the education minister with an identified learning need. told the Advocate in January that For the 2012-13 school year, he supports its implementation. the programs attracted 17 to 23 The province provides funding students, with everyone express- for half-time kindergarten instrucing an interest being accommo- tion, and the estimated price tag dated. for full-day programs provincePelletier said the programs in wide is $200 million. Olds and Innisfail are running again this year with good success, Please see PROGRAM on Page B2


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Across the province, 35 drivers were charged with impaired driving as part of an Alberta-wide CheckStop blitz — but only one person was charged in the Red Deer area. RCMP Integrated Traffic Services Cpl. Al Nickolson said they had people out until 3 a.m. on Sunday checking for impaired drivers, but caught their only one just after midnight. “It’s good to see the lower numbers,” said Nickolson. “In years past, you’d go out and people were quite intoxicated. “This time there were lots of designated drivers, a service that would drive your car for you. It’s good to see people using these types of things.” Another driver was “on the borderline” and received a three-day licence suspension and had their vehicle seized and towed. There were CheckStop Saturday evening into Sunday morning, set up at three locations in the Red Deer area: in Innisfail, in Penhold and at the Word of Life Church on Hwy 2A. Nickolson said the cold weather may have kept a lot of people indoors on Saturday night, reducing the number of vehicles on the road. RCMP conducted 15 CheckStops in communities and on major roadways across the province over the weekend. In total, 13,929 vehicles were stopped. “The officers who worked the CheckStops in the brutal cold Saturday night can take pride in knowing that their collective efforts took 70 impaired drivers off the road,” said Supt. Howard Eaton, officer-in-charge of K Division Traffic Services. “Last weekend was unique in terms of the number of RCMP officers deployed at one time, but we will be out again this weekend and every weekend until we win the battle against impaired driving.” While 35 drivers were charged with impaired driving throughout Alberta, another 31 drivers were issued roadside suspensions due to alcohol and four drivers were issued roadside suspensions due to drugs.


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BRIEFS Drug raid charges all dealt with All charges have now been dealt with against three men charged in a drug raid one year ago. Chase Calihoo, 24, Benjamin Bjarnason, 27, and Devon Watson, 28, were arrested in on Dec. 9, 2012, on weapons and drug charges. Charges against Calihoo were withdrawn two days later. Bjarnason and Watson were both scheduled to stand trial on Monday in Red Deer provincial court. However, the trial did not proceed because both men had pleaded guilty earlier on to some of the charges against them. Additional charges were withdrawn. Bjarnason was sentenced on Aug. 28 to nine months in jail with a lifetime firearms prohibition on charges of possessing a prohibited firearm. Watson was sentenced on Oct. 3 to one day in jail on two counts of carrying a concealed weapon.

Smartphone app for air quality Albertans can find out their local air quality conditions with the click of a button, thanks to a new smartphone app launched this month. The Alberta AQHI is available on multiple mobile devices and platforms, including the Android, iPhone and iPad, and will be coming soon to BlackBerry. The app reports local air quality conditions and health messages in more than 20 communities across the province. For Central Alberta, it provides data for Red Deer and Caroline. The app gives a number from 1 to 10 to indicate the level of health risk associated with local air quality. The higher the AQHI number, the greater the health risk and need to take precautions. The AQHI app provides hourly updated AQHI and daily forecasts. The app is accessible through the government of Alberta App Store or by visiting AQHI was developed by Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development in partnership with the Alberta and Northwest Territories chapter of the Lung Association of Canada.

Missing woman located Red Deer City RCMP say Nicole Schaub, 27, a woman first reported missing in early November, has been located in good health. Police thank local media and the public for their assistance in the search.

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A FedEx delivery van rolled into the ditch on Hwy 20 north of Rimbey at about 2 p.m. on Monday. Road conditions were reported to be poor at the time of the crash. Rimbey RCMP, Rimbey EMS and Rimbey Fire responded to the scene. It is unknown if there were any injuries.


ROADS: Crews work on residential streets On Saturday crews, were unable to clear some residential streets, specifically Durand Close, Dowd Close and Drummond Close, because there were too many parked cars on those roads. Crews returned to those streets on Monday. Plow crews are about 75 per cent complete on residential streets after starting a week ago. “The number of parked cars forced our operators to bypass some streets today,” said Tara Shand, a city public information officer. “While we aren’t ticketing and towing vehicles left on priority six streets in residential areas, we need people to move their cars if they can. We will come back to the streets we bypassed, but plowing operations go smoother when there are fewer cars to work around.” Starting at 8 a.m. today, the residential plowing schedule was to include Bower, Sunnybrook South (Southbrook), Parkvale, Woodlea, Waskasoo and Michener Hill. If time permits, crews will move into Sunnybrook and Clearview Meadows. Progress may vary depending on conditions and if crews do not advance into Sunnybrook and Clearview Mead-

RCMP warn of phone scam The “emergency” scam is re-emerging and Red Deer RCMP are warning people to be alert about late-night phone calls. The telephone scam occurring in the Red Deer area has people phoning senior citizens posing as a nephew, niece, grandchild or relative. The fraudster claims they are in an emergency situation and are in need of cash, quickly. Recently, the fraudulent callers claim they were in a car collision, are having trouble returning from a foreign country or that they were arrested by police and need money for bail. Police say the fraudsters posing as a family member provide some details to their victim, in an attempt to “prove,” they are who they claim to be. Sometimes they will claim their voice has been altered due to an injury. There are a number of variations of this telephone scam, some involve providing detailed follow-up information from a second person posing as a lawyer. Victims in Red Deer have been asked to wire money through money transfer service. They are also not asked to tell others because the caller is afraid to get in trouble with their parents. While the emergency scams have been around for a while, police have seen an increase in the number of complaints over the past few weeks — in some cases, people have been de-

EMERGENCY SCAM frauded of thousands of dollars. Red Deer City RCMP suggest that to avoid being the victim of fraud, people should not give out personal information over the telephone unless you are able to confirm who is on the other end. RCMP also suggest: ● do not send any money to anyone claiming it’s an emergency unless you make an effort to confirm the validity; do not send any money or pay a fee to claim a prize; ● be suspicious of any “today only” offer, if it is truly a legitimate deal it will be there tomorrow; ● treat your personal information with care, do not leave it lying around for others to take; ● shred old bills, statements or credit cards; rely on established businesses or individuals whose reliability can be established through a professional organization such as the Better Business Bureau or the Chamber of Commerce. Anyone who has been the victim of a fraud or suspect a business, telemarketer or advertisement is fraudulent report it to the Red Deer City RCMP at 403-343-5575 or to the Canadian AntiFraud Centre 1-88-495-8501.

ows today, those areas will be plowed on Wednesday. “We expect to complete residential plowing by the end of the week, weather permitting,” said Shand. Downtown snow removal has started and the city expects it to be completed by the end of the week. Residents can get up-to-date plowing information on the city’s website at, by calling 403-3428238 or following on Facebook or Twitter.

ALTALINK: Innisfail raises objection An objection has also been filed by the Town of Innisfail, which does not like AltaLink’s preferred route because it will interfere with an industrial area and run through land that has been earmarked for future residential growth. Many property owners from around the region who attended an information session in Red Deer last month expressed worries about the effect the power line and substation projects would have on property values, health and the environment. Law said it’s difficult to predict how long the hearing will last but it might go two weeks. “The kinds of objections vary with the location,” he said. Law said the AUC panel will decide whether AltaLink’s plans are in the

public interest before making a decision on its application. The preferred route may be approved, or the panel may approve it with conditions or changes or the application may be denied.

PROGRAM: All divisions face challenge to find space Six provinces fund full-time kindergarten, while approximately 11 per cent of Alberta youngsters attend full time, with individual divisions providing funding. The Catholic division committed $200,000 for the first year of the pilot project. Wild Rose School Division and St. Thomas Aquinas Roman Catholic Schools offer full-day programs in Drayton Valley and this year introduced parental fees of $250 per child for the offering. Pelletier said that even if the province finds a way to fund the initiative provincewide, he is not sure it can be accomplished. “If it became blanket funded across the province all of us, every division, would have a challenge in finding room to accommodate that programming,” he said.

Friendship Society director named to new provincial council The executive director of the Red Deer Native Friendship Society has been appointed to a provincial council that will identify economic barriers facing aboriginal women in Alberta. Tanya Schur was appointed to the First Nations Women’s Economic Security Council. The province announced the creation of the council on Monday. The 23-member council includes aboriginal women with a variety of backgrounds. They will look at the challenges aboriginal women face. “This council opens the door for First Nations women to bring our stories and experiences forward to government, government agencies and community stakeholders. It gives us a conduit to voice our concerns and our solutions, to overcoming the social and economic barriers that we face as First Nations women,” said Koren Lightning-Earle, co-chair, of the First Nations Women’s Economic Security Council, in a press release. Tanya Schur, a Blackfoot-Métis, is the mother of two grown children and holds a master’s degree in Leadership

Studies. She follows the traditional teachings of the medicine wheel and is committed to aboriginal community development and the empowerment of aboriginal people. The province also announced a 13-member Metis Women’s Economic Security Council. The government working group that will support the councils includes senior representatives from departments with programs and services that support aboriginal women and families. Those departments include Aboriginal Relations, Culture, Education, Enterprise and Advanced Education, Health, Human Services, and Justice and Solicitor General. These departments will work together to address the issues and ideas the councils raise. Premier Alison Redford says in a release that the councils will give native women a greater voice on issues that affect them and their communities. The two groups — one for First Nations women and the other for Metis women — will report directly to the aboriginal relations minister.

CALGARY — A 63-year-old woman convicted of fatally shooting her husband in their west-central Alberta home has been sentenced to four years in prison. Heather Wilson-Duncan was convicted last month of manslaughter in the death three years ago of her 68-year-old husband Barry Duncan in Sundre. Wilson-Duncan testified that they had been drinking heavily and were arguing over Christmas decorations when

FATAL SHOOTING her husband went into their bedroom, returned with a shotgun and urged her to shoot him. Court heard a 911 tape of her telling a dispatcher that she thought her husband was joking and she didn’t realize the gun was loaded when she pulled the trigger. Four years is the mandatory minimum for manslaughter with a firearm. Her lawyer is considering an appeal of the conviction, but has said he won’t challenge the sentence.

Jim Butlin earlier suggested that a four-year sentence would be harsh for a woman with no criminal record and for someone who had been totally compliant with bail conditions. Wilson-Duncan is to get some credit for time spent in custody. She faces a lifetime weapons ban and must provide a DNA sample. She was on trial for second-degree murder, but a jury found her guilty on the lesser charge.

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“Admiration (is) our polite recognition of another’s resemblance to ourselves.” – Ambrose Bierce, American editorialist, journalist and satirist


Sophie and I have been doing So as I speedily moved through a lot of grocery shopping together the aisles, Sophie sat upon the these last few months during the cart chattering away at no one… days that Lars is at school. Or so I thought. My back was For the most part turned to the child as she is a wonderful child I was calculating out while shopping, well a great deal on Kraft mannered, happy and Dinner, when I felt an doesn’t ask for much. ominous presence beWe, like most duos, hind me. have our setback days It was stealthily quithough, and like nearly et but with my Super all mommy/child twoMom powers I could somes, these are the feel it there immedidays that stick heavily ately. in mind when thinking I spun around and of taking your child out found that two hands, on such an expedition. that I did not recogLINDSAY But this story I write nize, were moving BROWN today is not about the straight towards my g r u e s o m e n e s s t h a t ME PLUS THREE baby girl in her seat a three-year-old can atop the shopping cart. achieve in the gro“Um excuse me, cery store, although I am sure we what are you doing?” I asked in a all know that is an inexplicable less than friendly tone after movamount! ing between my daughter and this No this story today is about the strange woman who was trying to absolute disregard that some oth- clutch her. er adult individuals have for per“Oh well you seemed busy and sonal space. your child looked like she needed This story is not telling of the some attention.” rudeness or disrespect of my Maybe the woman was all sundaughter, but that of another adult shine and rainbows, maybe she she came in contact with at the was just trying to exhibit a little store. friendliness in this crazy place I won’t beat around the bush we call life, maybe she did just by telling you that Sophie was in want to make Soph smile… Maybe a spectacular mood that day. She that’s how it would have come off was grumpy and I was getting a to some people, but I didn’t buy it. little fed up. The sole fact that she was trying My list was long and looming; to grab my kid when my back was time was running short as I only turned was enough for me to have had another half hour before hav- to restrain myself from punching ing to pick Lars up from school. the lady square in the sniffer. I still had to get a few more I was mad, and it took every items and go through the check- ounce of composure I had not to out and unfortunately this store lose my cool on the broad. has been known for its slow till But instead I said, “Ma’am I service. am not sure where you hail from

(yeah I actually said ‘hail from’) but you should never … EVER touch another person’s child without their permission. It is weird. It is presumptuous. And it is absolutely terrifying to turn around and see someone going at your kid like that.” My heart was pumping, racing frantically. It is a rare occasion when I tell a stranger off and mixed with the hunch of something bad going down, tears were starting to well around my dry and angry eyes. Don’t cry now Lindsay, this is literally the worst time to start crying. Be brave for Sophie. By this point Sophie could understand that something had happened to upset Mama. The woman just looked at me with a blank stare, turned on her heel and shuffled away. A sudden wave of relief and terror came over me, and I realized the consequences of what could have been. As I stewed over the incident that night before bed, I wondered if I had overreacted. It was possible, likely even that I had. But the way I see it, despite a few feelings getting hurt, overreaction is better than the feasible consequence any way you look at it. It is simply our lot in life as parents to overreact, and with that said I will continue to in each circumstance provided. And quite frankly, I’m OK with that. Lindsay Brown is a Sylvan Lake mother of two and freelance columnist.

Stay true to your values when entertaining for the holidays Question: How can we parent effectively when so many of our friends and relatives have values that conflict with ours? This is especially tough when we’re all together for the holidays. Jim: Our counselors would encourage you to begin by making sure that everyone in your household is absolutely clear about the values, priorities and spiritual perspectives that define you as a family. Take the time to provide your children with easily understandable reasons for the rules you live by, and equip them to graciously, but confidently, articulate these principles themselves when asked. Once this is done, you’ll be JIM better positioned to deal with these challenges when your DALY kids spend time in homes where the standards and convictions differ from your own. If you run into conflicts, humbly tell the friends or relatives concerned that while you love them and respect their feelings, it’s your responsibility to raise your children in the way you feel is right. Naturally, you should try to understand the motivations behind their behavior. If it’s obvious they’re contradicting you out of pure spite or simple lack of concern, don’t hesitate to limit future visits until things change. But if it seems clear that they really love your children — if, for instance, it’s a case of doting grandparents who dole out too many sweets in an attempt to gain a place in their grandkids’ affections — then look for creative ways to defuse the situation by enlisting them as members of your “team.” Explain that you’re trying to raise your children according to a certain set of standards, and that you won’t be able to succeed without their cooperation and assistance. They’ll probably jump at the chance to help you out. Question: My husband is always hurting my feelings with careless and cutting remarks. He says he’s only teasing or tells me I’m too sensitive, but it’s no joke to me. How can I get him to stop? Dr. Greg Smalley, Vice President, Family Ministries: The scenario you’ve described, though very common, can have many causes. Communication is a complex thing and is influenced by underlying emotions and learned behaviors. For many of us men, much of our lives have been spent trading jabs and poking fun at other guys. It’s often how we bond with each other. Unfortunately, we have to learn the hard way that it doesn’t always have the same effect with the opposite sex. It may also suggest that your husband’s not comfortable having a serious conversation with you. This behavior is sometimes passed down through families who have a hard time expressing their feelings or dealing with difficult issues.


The old proverb, “Many a truth is spoken in jest,” may also apply here. Often a person may be upset with their spouse, but the only way he or she feels safe in expressing this is through hurtful humor. Or it could be a problem of sensitivity — either his lack thereof, or possibly your overactive sense. Both are obstacles to emotional intimacy and should be evaluated honestly. I’d start by looking at your relationships with mutual acquaintances other than your respective families. Does your husband routinely offend them? Do they see him as self-centered and unfeeling? Are you frequently hurt by others? Are you critical, or do you struggle with low self-esteem? The goal here isn’t to assign blame, but to gain an understanding of each other, which is the first step toward resolution. Since this typically works best with the help of a caring counselor, I’d encourage you to contact Focus on the Family for a referral to a qualified marriage therapist in your area. Call us at 855-771-HELP (4357). We’re here and happy to help. Catch up with Jim Daly at or at


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and the ability to inspire others around them. As with so many of the role models in my life, each has shown a passion for his or her work — whatever that happened to be — and the capacity to in“Don’t let them push fect others with that pasyou around,” she told me. sion and enthusiasm. “Stand your ground!” The people I admire Some years ago, I was most each demonstratpreparing for a manage- ed a clear set of values. ment meeting Positive role and feeling a models live little anxious. their values I shared my in the real concerns with world. I have a dear friend often said and colleague, that truth is Ethel, who in behaviour gave me her and positive usual down-torole models earth advice. I demonstrate could always congruency count on Ethel or harmony to be honest between what and tell it like they say and it is. what they Some might do. They talk MURRAY have called the talk and FUHRER Ethel forththey walk right or inthe walk. As domitable, an example, while others Ethel had ofmay have reten told me ferred to her as stubborn to stand my ground and, or even unreasonable. on many occasions, I If I had asked Ethel, she watched her do just that would likely agree with and with courage and all the descriptions and poise. place them under the Role models are ofheading of feisty. Petite ten other-focused as opwith sparkling blue- posed to self-focused. green eyes, a mischie- We admire people who vous grin and fiery red strive to make the world hair, Ethel was a “feisty” a better place and posiforce to be reckoned tive people do just that, with. whether by serving on loIf there was a per- cal boards, reaching out ceived injustice she to neighbours in need would be the first to or by coaching the little stand up and call foul. league team. And it wasn’t that Ethel And not surprisingly, fought every battle. No, we admire people who she was strategic and show us — by words and seemed to know — al- actions — that success, most intuitively — when love and joy are possito speak her mind and ble. Positive role models when to hold her piece. have been linked to selfOn the other hand, if efficacy, improved selfsomeone deserved a pat esteem and the ability on the back, Ethel was to believe in ourselves. again the first to say, Role models play an im“Good job!” Though Eth- portant role in inspiring el was never in a posi- us to learn, overcome obtion of authority over me stacles and understand or a manager of any sort, that positive values can I often sought her wise be lived each day. counsel. I’ve used the term posIt seemed to me that itive role models, but a this little woman (whom negative role model can I admired greatly) had also teach us a positive nearly limitless courage life lesson. Viewed from and resourcefulness. I the standpoint of selfonce asked her how she awareness, a negative was able to be so feisty. role model can provide “I guess I have a keen us with a living example sense of what’s right and of choice and consewrong,” she replied and quence — of how not to then added, “I think I live our lives. got it from my mother.” I came to admire EthEthel’s mother had run el greatly — I wanted to a successful farming op- be more like her. eration and raised two She became a role small children after the model to me. sudden death of her husShy by nature, I band at a young age. No longed for the qualities small feat. of courage and fortitude Ethel had told me that that seemed to come so from her mother she had easily to her. learned courage, perseAnd like her mother verance and the power taught her, Ethel taught of hope. me courage, perseverWhom do you admire? ance and hope. Who is your role model? If I had told Ethel that A former teacher, a she was a role model, politician, a colleague, a she would probably have singer or actor — a writ- smiled and shook her er? head. True role models I think part of being (like Ethel) are people a role model is also bewho possess qualities ing grounded — to have we would like to possess grace and humility. and, through their posiI think some of the tive example, inspire us most power role models to become better, more (at least in my life) didn’t accomplished individu- set out to be role models als. Consider the impact at all. positive role models They simply lived have had upon you. their lives with integrity Think of the people and purpose and in dowho have inspired you: ing so made a difference. individuals who demon“Being a role model strated values, ways of is a privilege,” declared thinking and acting that Allyson Felix, American moved you to want to be track and field sprint more, do more and know athlete. greater joy. If you’re going to be a Parents are our ini- role model, choose to be tial and typically most a positive influence on influential role models others. (certainly at a young age) By choosing to be a and, by setting a posi- positive role model yourtive example, can help self, you can have an us grow into positive, equally inspiring impact contributing members of on another person’s life. society. “Never tell me the sky’s In dysfunctional fami- the limit when (I know) lies, where one or both there are footprints on the parents set less than in- moon.” spiring examples, the — Author Unknown negative impact on a growing child’s self-esMurray Fuhrer is a teem can be long-rang- self-esteem expert and faing. cilitator. His new book is When I think of the entitled Extreme Esteem: role models in my life, The Four Factors. For they seem to share vari- more information on selfous positive qualities. esteem, check the Extreme The first would be a Esteem website at www. passion for life and living

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Emily Whitehead is checked by pediatric oncologist Dr. Stephan A. Grupp, at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. In early 2012, she was the first child given gene therapy for acute lymphocytic leukemia and shows no sign of cancer today, nearly 21 months after.

Doctors report success with gene therapy A BIG WIN AGAINST LEUKEMIA AND OTHER BLOOD CANCERS

In one of the biggest advances against leukemia and other blood cancers in many years, doctors are reporting unprecedented success by using gene therapy to transform patients’ blood cells into soldiers that seek and destroy cancer. A few patients with one type of leukemia were given this onetime, experimental therapy several years ago and some remain cancer-free today. Now, at least six research groups have treated more than 120 patients with many types of blood and bone marrow cancers, with stunning results. “It’s really exciting,” said Dr. Janis Abkowitz, blood diseases chief at the University of Washington in Seattle and president of the American Society of Hematology. “You can take a cell that belongs to a patient and engineer it to be an attack cell.” In one study, all five adults and 19 of 22 children with acute lym— DR. phocytic leukemia, or ALL, had a complete remission, meaning no cancer could be found after treatment, although a few have relapsed since then. These were gravely ill patients out of options. Some had tried multiple bone marrow transplants and up to 10 types of chemotherapy or other treatments. Cancer was so advanced in 8-year-old Emily Whitehead of Philipsburg, Pa., that doctors said her major organs would fail within days. She was the first child given the gene therapy and shows no sign of cancer today, nearly two years later. Results on other patients with myeloma, lymphoma and chronic lymphocytic leukemia, or CLL, will be reported at the hematology group’s conference that starts Saturday in New Orleans. Doctors say this has the potential to become the first gene therapy approved in the United States and the first for cancer worldwide. Only one gene therapy is approved in Europe, for a rare metabolic disease. The treatment involves filtering patients’ blood to remove millions of white blood cells called T-cells, altering them in the lab to contain a gene that targets cancer, and returning them to the patient in infusions over three days. “What we are giving essentially is a living drug” — permanently altered cells that multiply in the body into an army to fight the cancer, said Dr. David Porter, a University of Pennsylvania scientist

who led one study. Several drug and biotech companies are developing these therapies. Penn has patented its method and licensed it to Switzerlandbased Novartis AG. The company is building a research centre on the Penn campus in Philadelphia and plans a clinical trial next year that could lead to federal approval of the treatment as soon as 2016. Talking with the researchers, “there is a sense of making history ... a sense of doing something very unique,” said Herve Hoppenot, president of Novartis Oncology, the division leading the work. Lee Greenberger, chief scientific officer of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, agreed. “From our vantage point, this looks like a major advance,” he said.

shrink a year after treatment. “That’s very unique to this kind of therapy” and gives hope the treatment may still purge the cancer, said Porter. Another 18 CLL patients were treated and half have responded so far. Penn doctors also treated 27 ALL patients. All five adults and 19 of the 22 children had complete remissions, an “extraordinarily high” success rate, said Dr. Stephan Grupp at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Six have since relapsed, though, and doctors are pondering a second gene therapy attempt. At the National Cancer Institute, Dr. James Kochenderfer and others have treated 11 patients with lymphoma and four with CLL, starting roughly two years ago. Six had complete remissions, six had partial ones, one has stable disease and it’s too soon to tell for the rest. Ten other patients were given gene therapy to try to kill leukemia or lymphoma remainJANIS ABKOWITZ, BLOOD DISEASES CHIEF AT THE ing after bone marUNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON IN SEATTLE row transplants. These patients got infusions of “We are seeing powerful re- gene-treated blood cells from sponses ... and time will tell how their transplant donors instead of enduring these remissions turn using their own blood cells. One out to be.” had a complete remission and The group has given $15 million three others had significant reto various researchers testing this duction of their disease. approach. Nearly 49,000 new cases “They’ve had every treatment of leukemia, 70,000 cases of non- known to man. To get any reHodgkin lymphoma and 22,000 sponses is really encouraging,” cases of myeloma are expected to Kochenderfer said. be diagnosed in the United States The cancer institute is workin 2013. ing with a Los Angeles biotech Many patients are successful- firm, Kite Pharma Inc., on its gene ly treated with chemotherapy or therapy approach. bone marrow or stem cell transPatients are encouraged that plants, but transplants are risky relatively few have relapsed. and donors can’t always be found. “We’re still nervous every day So far, gene therapy has been because they can’t tell us what’s tried on people who were in dan- going to happen tomorrow,” said ger of dying because other treat- Tom Whitehead, 8-year-old Emments failed. ily’s father. The gene therapy must be made Doug Olson, 67, a scientist for a individually for each patient, and medical device maker, shows no lab costs now are about $25,000, sign of cancer since gene therapy without a profit margin. That’s in September 2010 for CLL he had still less than many drugs to treat had since 1996. these diseases and far less than a “Within one month he was in transplant. complete remission. That was just The treatment can cause severe completely unexpected,” said Porflu-like symptoms and other side ter, his doctor at Penn. effects, but these have been reOlson ran his first half-marversible and temporary, doctors athon in January and no longer worries about how long his remissay. Penn doctors have treated the sion will last. “I decided I’m cured. I’m not most cases so far — 59. Of the first 14 patients with CLL, four had going to let that hang over my complete remissions, four had head anymore,” he said. partial ones and the rest did not Online: respond. Emily Whitehead’s story: http:// However, some partial responders continue to see their cancer



Drop in births continues to ease BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ATLANTA — There’s more evidence that U.S. births may be levelling off after years of decline. The number of babies born last year only slipped a little, and preliminary government figures released Friday indicate that trend continued through the first six months of this year. U.S. births rose after the late 1990s and hit an all-time high of more than 4.3 million in 2007. But then they started dropping each year, and in 2011 the number was as low as it had been in the 1990s. The decline was widely attributed to the nation’s economy. Experts believed that many women or couples who were out of work or had other money prob-

lems felt they couldn’t afford to start or add to their family. Last year, the number of babies born — a little shy of 4 million — was only a few hundred less than in 2011, which some saw as a signal that the decline may be bottoming out. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s latest figures show the number of births from July 2012 through last June were essentially the same as the previous 12 months, suggesting the trend is continuing. “Perhaps it’s because the economy — knock wood — has bottomed out” and improved, said Gretchen Livingston of the Pew Research Center in Washington, D.C. Livingston researches birth trends. Another CDC report showed a decline not only in women giving birth but in getting pregnant.

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E-commerce growth is slowing in Canada after “dropping dramatically” earlier this year, says one industry analyst, who notes Canadians have become increasingly wise to how much better online shopping can be in other countries. According to MasterCard Advisors, monthly Canadian e-commerce sales have grown on a year-overyear basis for 55 consecutive months, but the trend began losing steam earlier this year. A streak of more than 15 months of year-over-year growth exceeding 20 per cent was broken in the spring when online sales in Canada began slumping, said Sarah Quinlan, a senior vice president with MasterCard Advisors. There are economic factors at play that slowed down online shopping in Canada but a nagging detriment to the e-commerce market is a relative lack of options consumers have at their disposal, especially in comparison to what’s available in the U.S., U.K., and European countries. While many of Canada’s biggest retailers host robust e-commerce platforms, there are some glaring omissions. When Target made its big launch into Canada in March it didn’t include an online store and the U.S. retailer has given no indication when it may enable online shopping. Canadian Tire only sells tires online and although it plans to enact a wider ecommerce strategy next year, it will focus on letting consumers ship purchases to their nearest store, not to their home. “One of the biggest challenges right now is there aren’t as many (e-commerce) options,” said Quinlan, who noted that consumers aren’t blind to the fact that there are often better deals and more selection available if they do some cross-border online shopping, even after factoring in the exchange rate, duties and shipping. Canadian shoppers who visit the websites of U.S. retailers including J.C. Penney, Macy’s and Nordstrom are greeted by pop-up windows that promise an easy transaction with all the extra fees tallied at check out and no surprise costs. “It’s very critical to give respect to the consumer, the consumer is extremely aware. “You can see it in the overall volatility of total retail sales ... you can absolutely see the consumer is very sensitive to any change in overall policy that might affect their purchasing power or their wallet,” said Quinlan. In September, Google commissioned Ipsos to conduct an online poll to gauge consumer intentions heading into the holiday season. Consumers estimated they would do about 18 per cent of their holiday shopping with Canadian online stores and four per cent with American etailers. Those figures barely budged up from last year’s numbers, acknowledged Google Canada’s head of industry and retail Rafe Petkovic. According to another Ipsos poll, a global survey commissioned by coupon site, 27 per cent of Canadians said they wouldn’t do any online shopping this holiday season, which was third highest among the 11 countries surveyed. Just 10 per cent of Canadians said they’d do the majority of their holiday shopping online, compared to 44 per cent of the Brits surveyed, 40 per cent of Chinese respondents and 33 per cent of German shoppers. Compared to G8 nations and other similarly sized markets, Canada is just about last when it comes to e-commerce sales and sophistication, Petkovic said. “The closest equivalent is Australia and they’re still two to three years ahead of where Canada is in terms of the level of investment behind technology and infrastructure and capabilities,” he said. “We know Canadian consumers are a highly engaged online audience, where we fall behind is when it comes to e-commerce as a proportion of total retail sales relative to those other G8 markets. “Certainly when it comes to e-commerce as a proportion of retail sales, (Canada) is down at the bottom there.” While Canadians aren’t shopping online as much, we are increasingly leaning heavily on the Internet to inform purchasing decisions, Petkovic added. “Digital is not just about e-commerce, it’s about influencing consumers and driving them into your store,” he said. “While e-commerce sales may not be that great in this market we’re certainly seeing mobile influence in-store purchasing.” Seventy-six per cent of the consumers polled in the Google survey said they would use the web to help them decide which stores to shop at this holiday season and the brands of products to purchase. About half said they’d use their mobile phone as a shopping tool. Tellingly, almost 80 per cent of those consumers who commonly use their phone while shopping said they’ve left a store without making a purchase because of information they found on their mobile device. “Everyone’s walking around with mobile phones, super-computers, in their pockets ... people’s path to purchase has forever changed,” Petkovic said.



TUESDAY, DEC. 10, 2013

Stamps’ Cornish captures Lou Marsh award EDGES OUT MILOS RAONIC AND KALLIE HUMPHRIES AS CANADA’S TOP ATHLETE FOR 2013 BY THE CANADIAN PRESS No one was more surprised by Jon Cornish capturing the 2013 Lou Marsh award as Canada’s top athlete than the Calgary Stampeders running back himself. Cornish narrowly defeated Milos Raonic, the first Canadian men’s singles tennis player to achieve a top-10 world ranking, and Kaillie Humphries, who dominated the women’s bobsled circuit this season, for the honour. “I really didn’t know anything was going on, I was just getting ready to go for a day of work,” said Cornish, employed as a bank rep in Calgary during the off-season. “My phone is always on silent so my iPad was getting most of my notifications and it started making a lot of noise and so I was wondering but I was playing video games so I wasn’t really too worried about checking my iPad. “But then (Stampeders communications director) Jean Lefebvre called and informed me that I had been selected . . . this was a nice little addition to my day.” And in a truly CFL moment, the 29-year-old Cornish spoke to reporters during a conference call while on a break at the bank Monday. Cornish became just the third Canadian to win the CFL’s outstanding player award after rushing for a league-high 1,813 yards. That broke his own record for the most rushing yards in a season by a Canadian. The native of New Westminster, B.C., also led the league with 2,157 yards from scrimmage and 14 TDs en route to being named the CFL’s top Canadian for a second straight season. He’s the first Canadian to win the CFL’s top player award since Ottawa Rough Riders tight end Tony Gabriel in 1978 and the first CFL player to claim the Lou Marsh award since legendary Ottawa quarterback Russ Jackson did so in 1969. But moments after Lefebvre had informed Cornish, the Stampeders star received a call from his mother, who fittingly was the first person he shared the good news with. “She didn’t know I had been selected, she just called,” Cornish said. “And then I told her so it was good timing on her part.” Damian Warner, figure skater Patrick Chan and Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews were the other award finalists. The trophy is awarded annually to Canada’s top athlete as selected by representatives of Canada’s leading news organizations. It’s named after a former Toronto Star sports editor. Cornish was a finalist for last year’s award, won by women’s soccer star Christine Sinclair. “To have my name mentioned alongside Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux, Sidney Crosby, Steve Nash, Christine Sinclair,” Cornish said. “It’s insane to me that I could be selected. “I’m still sort of taken back by, I don’t want to say the repercussions but the possibilities that this award sort of creates.” And for Cornish, he hopes winning the Lou Marsh award will result in future football players aspiring to be recognized among the country’s best and biggest athletes. “In terms of true Canadian superstar athletes playing football there’s not many,” he said. “The recognition I get, people will see, ’I can get that recognition,’ and they’ll try and strive to do the same things I’ve been trying to do. “I love the sport of football and so knowing we can be eligible to win this award through football will probably encourage people to push themselves a little bit harder and maybe we can get more Canadian football players winning the Lou Marsh award.”


Chicago Bears running back Michael Bush rushes against Dallas Cowboys defenders during the second half of an NFL game, Monday, in Chicago.

Bears freeze out Cowboys MCCOWN THROWS FOUR TDS TO WIN ON COLD NIGHT IN CHICAGO BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Bears 45 Cowboys 28 CHICAGO — Neither the brutal cold nor the league’s worst defence could stop Josh McCown and the Chicago Bears. McCown threw for a career-high four touchdowns, and the Bears scored on their first eight possessions to grab a share of the NFC North lead with a 45-28 victory over the Dallas Cowboys on a frigid Monday night. The Bears (7-6) retired Hall of Famer Mike Ditka’s number at halftime and pulled even with Detroit in the division race on a night when the game-time temperature was in single digits and the wind chill factor was below zero. The loss left Dallas (7-6) a game behind Philadelphia in the NFC East and owner Jerry Jones calling for more aggressive play-calling on defence. The bone-chilling conditions didn’t stop McCown from throwing for 348 yards or keep the Bears from running away with a lopsided victory. It was one they desperately needed after consecutive losses, and although Detroit holds the head-to-head sweep, the Bears are back in the thick of the playoff race. “All we could do is try to beat the Dallas Cowboys,” coach Marc Trestman said. “We kept it as simple as that. We didn’t get into all the hypotheticals and all the things that go into winning or losing a game.” Alshon Jeffery’s leaping catch between two defenders in the corner of the end zone in the closing seconds of the second quarter gave the Bears a 24-14 lead, and they continued to pour it on in the second half after a gut-wrenching overtime loss at Minnesota last week. McCown, making his fourth straight start with Jay Cutler sidelined by a high left ankle sprain, completed 27 of 36 passes. Brandon Marshall caught six passes for 100 yards,

and Jeffery added 84 yards receiving after breaking his own team record the previous week with 249. Matt Forte chipped in with 102 yards rushing and 73 receiving, and the Bears racked up 490 yards in all. “Basically, we will have to make some adjustments in what we are doing defensively,” Jones said. “What that usually means is taking more risks on defence. But if you’re going to have the kind of match like we had tonight or certainly in New Orleans you have to take some risks. We have to double up and I’m sure that will be part of the plan on defence; more risks.” Tony Romo threw for three touchdowns but completed just 11 of 20 passes for 104 yards for Dallas. DeMarco Murray ran for 146 yards against the league’s worst run defence, but the Cowboys were overmatched after winning two straight. They also lost linebacker Sean Lee to another injury — this time a neck issue after making a tackle in the third quarter. He missed the previous two games with a hamstring problem. “Certainly, it was a disappointing loss and the loss stings,” coach Jason Garrett said. “The worst thing we can do is have a hangover after this loss.” The game-time temperature was 8 degrees with the wind chill at minus 9, but the freezing conditions did nothing to slow either team in the early going. Garrett said both teams handled it well. Murray burned Chicago for 52 yards on six carries on the game’s opening possession to set up a 2-yard scoring pass from Romo to Dez Bryant, but the Bears scored just about every time they got the ball. After Bryant’s TD, McCown tied it with a 4-yard pass to Earl Bennett and put Chicago ahead 14-7 early in the second quarter with a 7-yard scramble, leaping at the goal line and getting spun in midair. Jason Witten tied it at 14 when he dragged Major Wright across the goal line on a 10-yard touchdown catch, but the Bears grabbed a three-point lead on Robbie Gould’s 27-yard field goal with 1:33 remaining in the half.

Iginla prepares for emotional return to Calgary as a Bruin BY THE CANADIAN PRESS CALGARY — He’s in his 17th season in the NHL, but this was new territory for Jarome Iginla. The 36-year-old tried to anticipate Tuesday’s reception at the Scotiabank Saddledome. A Flame for the first 16 seasons of his NHL career and team captain for nine until his trade March 27, Iginla expected to have more trouble than usual getting to sleep on the eve of his first game in Calgary wearing enemy colours. “I’m trying to prepare myself,” Iginla said Monday in the unfamiliar confines of the visitors’ dressing room. “I don’t plan on being extremely emotional, but I don’t know. I’m really want to try and take it as it comes. It will be different. I guess I don’t rule it out.” That the right-winger is already with his second team — the Boston Bruins — puts some distance on the deal that

sent Iginla to the Pittsburgh Penguins for a first-round draft pick and two college forwards to the Flames. Iginla played 13 regular season games and 15 post-season games for Pittsburgh. He then signed as a free agent with the Boston Bruins, a team he turned down in favour of the Penguins the night he was dealt. There will likely be more appreciation than animosity expressed towards Iginla on Tuesday. He’s Calgary’s all-time leading scorer with 575 goals and 570 assists in 1,219 games. Iginla was the NHL’s leading goalscorer twice as a Flame. He captained the team to the Stanley Cup final in 2004 when they lost in seven games to Tampa Bay. But Flames faced a fourth straight season out of the playoffs when Iginla was asked by general manager Jay Feaster to waive his no-trade clause. Iginla did so and supplied a list of preferred destinations. Not unlike the sentiment when defenceman Ray Bourque left the Bru-

ins after 21 seasons to pursue a Stanley Cup with the Colorado Avalanche, there was a sense that Iginla couldn’t be faulted for wanting to join a team that could win him a Cup before his career ended. “I don’t think there was a lot of hard feeling as far as I know,” Iginla said. “I had great experiences. I loved playing here. I’m going to enjoy playing here tomorrow and being back in the Saddledome. “Hopefully it’s a warm reception and I know it will be special for myself. I imagine it’s going to be a little bit different at the start, but it will be cool.” The Bruins could be Iginla’s vehicle to that elusive Cup. Boston tops the Eastern Conference at 20-8-2. The Flames are second-last in the West at 11-14-4. Iginla has six goals, including a pair of game-winners, and 11 assists in 30 games for Boston. His last game at the Saddledome was March 24, when he scored the winner for Calgary in a 3-2 win over St. Louis.

Greg Meachem, Sports Editor, 403-314-4363 E-mail


Iginla was kept out of the game against the Avalanche three nights later while trade talks were in full force. He said the following morning at his farewell press conference “I would have known it was the last one.” If Flames fans decide to acknowledge Iginla warmly Tuesday, the rebuilding Flames won’t begrudge him that moment. “It’s going to be pretty different and weird obviously seeing him in a different uniform,” said Mark Giordano, Iginla’s successor as captain. “A lot of us played with him for a long time, but I’m sure once the game gets going, he’s a competitive guy and we’re all competitive so it will be a hard-fought game. Obviously it’s a big night for Iggy and I’m sure he’ll get a warm reception here. “There’s going to be a good buzz in the building. He’s obviously meant so much to this city and team that it’s going to be pretty special for him to come back and player here, but we need those two points.”



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WESTERN CONFERENCE Central Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA Chicago 32 21 6 5 47 116 89 St. Louis 28 19 6 3 41 98 66 Minnesota 32 18 9 5 41 77 75 Colorado 28 20 8 0 40 82 65 Dallas 28 14 9 5 33 81 80 Winnipeg 31 14 13 4 32 82 88 Nashville 30 13 14 3 29 67 88 Pacific Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA Anaheim 33 21 7 5 47 106 86 San Jose 30 19 6 5 43 101 75 Los Angeles 30 19 7 4 42 79 62 Vancouver 33 18 10 5 41 88 81 Phoenix 29 16 8 5 37 94 93 Calgary 29 11 14 4 26 78 98 Edmonton 31 10 18 3 23 84 105 NOTE: Two points for a win, one point for overtime loss. Sunday’s Games Minnesota 3, San Jose 1 Boston 5, Toronto 2 Washington 4, N.Y. Rangers 1 Chicago 6, Florida 2 Vancouver 3, Colorado 1 Monday’s Games Ottawa 5, Philadelphia 4, SO Pittsburgh 2, Columbus 1 Vancouver 2, Carolina 0 Anaheim 5, N.Y. Islanders 2 Tuesday’s Games Ottawa at Buffalo, 5 p.m. Tampa Bay at Washington, 5 p.m. New Jersey at Columbus, 5 p.m. Los Angeles at Montreal, 5 p.m. Detroit at Florida, 5:30 p.m. Nashville at N.Y. Rangers, 5:30 p.m. St. Louis at Winnipeg, 6 p.m. Chicago at Dallas, 6:30 p.m. Phoenix at Colorado, 7 p.m. Boston at Calgary, 7:30 p.m. Carolina at Edmonton, 7:30 p.m. N.Y. Islanders at San Jose, 8:30 p.m. Monday’s summaries Senators 5, Flyers 4 (SO)

First Period 1. Philadelphia, Raffl 1 (Simmonds, L.Schenn) 8:18 2. Ottawa, MacArthur 10 (Spezza, Cowen) 10:37 Penalties — Rosehill Pha, Kassian Ott (fighting) 9:23, Raffl Pha (tripping) 10:58, Neil Ott (slashing) 14:27, Couturier Pha, Turris Ott (fighting) 19:49. Second Period 3. Ottawa, Wiercioch 2 (Ryan, Spezza) 9:30 (pp) 4. Philadelphia, Voracek 4 (Timonen, Hartnell) 11:43 (pp) 5. Philadelphia, L.Schenn 2 (Raffl, Simmonds) 13:33 Penalties — Coburn Pha (delay of game) 0:44, Streit Pha (interference) 7:50, Methot Ott (holding) 10:49. Third Period 6. Ottawa, MacArthur 11 (Ryan, E.Karlsson) 2:21 7. Ottawa, Turris 7, 8:21 8. Philadelphia, Timonen 2 (Couturier) 10:58 Penalties — None. Overtime No Scoring. Penalties — None. Shootout Ottawa wins 1-0 Philadelphia — Read, miss; Giroux, miss; Couturier, miss. Ottawa — MacArthur, miss; Ryan, miss; Spezza, goal. Shots on goal Philadelphia 5 10 11 3 — 29 Ottawa 9 9 15 1 — 34 Goal — Philadelphia: Mason (SOL,10-9-3); Ottawa: Anderson (W,8-8-3). Power plays (goal-chances) — Philadelphia: 1-2; Ottawa: 1-3. Penguins 2, Blue Jackets 1 First Period No Scoring. Penalty — Calvert Clb (hooking) 16:57. Second Period 1. Pittsburgh, Malkin 8 (Jokinen, Engelland) 4:16 Penalty — Savard Clb (tripping) 6:13. Third Period 2. Pittsburgh, Crosby 16 (Dupuis, Maatta) 8:52 3. Columbus, Calvert 2 (Letestu, Johansen) 19:04 Penalties — Tropp Clb, Sill Pgh (fighting) 3:01, Mackenzie Clb (roughing), Dubinsky Clb (misconduct, game misconduct), Despres Pgh (roughing), Bortuzzo Pgh (misconduct) 9:10, Kobasew Pgh (tripping) 13:11. Shots on goal Columbus 10 10 13 — 33 Pittsburgh 8 16 6 — 30 Goal — Columbus: McElhinney (L,2-4-1); Pittsburgh: Fleury (W,17-8-1). Power plays (goal-chances) — Columbus: 0-1; Pittsburgh: 0-2. World Jr. Canadian Camp Roster CALGARY — List of players announced by Hockey Canada invited to the Canadian world junior team selection camp, from Dec. 12-15 at the MasterCard Centre for Hockey Excellence in Toronto (with hometown and current CHL team): Goaltenders Zachary Fucale, Rosemere, Que., Halifax (QMJHL); Jake Paterson, Mississauga, Ont., Saginaw (OHL). Defencemen Chris Bigras, Woodland Beach, Ont., Owen Sound (OHL); Mathew Dumba, Calgary, Minnesota Wild (NHL); Aaron Ekblad, Belle River, Ont., Barrie (OHL); Josh Morrissey, Calgary, Prince Albert (WHL); Adam Pelech, Toronto, Erie (OHL); Derrick Pouliot, Weyburn, Sask., Portland (WHL); Griffin Reinhart, West Vancouver, B.C., Edmonton (WHL); Damon Severson, Melville, Sask., Kelowna (WHL). Forwards Josh Anderson, Burlington, Ont., London (OHL); Jonathan Drouin, Huberdeau, Que., Halifax (QMJHL); Frederik Gauthier, Mascouche, Que., Rimouski (QMJHL); Felix Girard, Levis, Que., Baie-Comeau (QMJHL); Bo Horvat, Rodney, Ont., London (OHL); Charles Hudon, Boisbriand, Que., Chicoutimi (QMJHL); Scott Laughton, Oakville, Ont., Oshawa (OHL); Curtis Lazar, Vernon, B.C., Edmonton (WHL); Taylor Leier, Saskatoon, Portland (WHL); Anthony Mantha, Longueuil, Que., Val-d’Or (QMJHL). Connor McDavid, Newmarket, Ont., Erie (OHL); Nic Petan, Delta, B.C., Portland (WHL); Sam Reinhart, West Vancouver, B.C., Kootenay (WHL); Kerby Rychel, Tecumseh, Ont., Windsor (OHL); Hunter Shinkaruk, Calgary, Medicine Hat (WHL).

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their Central Alberta League season-openers tonight. The girls game goes at 6 p.m., with the boys to follow.

Fencing club’s coach Raiders girls win Percy Toshkov wins pair of medals in Canada Cup Page tournament Emma Newton netted 23 points Saturday to lead the Lindsay Thurber Raiders to a 76-48 win over Edmonton Holy Trinity in the girls championship game of the J. Percy Page senior high basketball tournament in Edmonton. Kelsey Lalor added 16 points for the winners, while Kennedy Graham chipped in with 12. Meanwhile, Lindsay Thurber finished in eighth place in the boys division following a narrow 74-72 loss to Fort McMurray. Tanner Rahn paced the Raiders with 19 points, while Jarrett Zilinski scored 14. The Lindsay Thurber squads host Hunting Hills in

Red Deer Fencing Club coach Petar Toshkov captured two medals in the Canada Cup National at Vancouver during the weekend. Toshkov won gold in the veteran men’s epee and earned a bronze in the open men’s epee. Riley Norman of the Red Deer club earned a silver medal in the under-15 men’s epee. Norman is the topranked Canadian fencer in the U15 event. The Vancouver Nationals featured the best fencers in the country as well as some of the strongest from France, Germany and the United States.

MINOR HOCKEY Major bantam AAA Jeremy Klessens was a one-man show for the Red Deer Rebels White in an Alberta Major Bantam Hockey League game Sunday. Klessens recorded a hat trick in the Rebels’ 3-2 win over the host Calgary Flames, who sit atop the Challenge

MEN’S BASKETBALL The Orangemen, with Jarrett Hart exploding for 56 points, clobbered Carstar 111-80 in a Central Alberta Senior Men’s Basketball Association game Sunday. Ray Teskey netted 22 points for the winners, while Carstar got 22 from Jamie Brown and 18 from Kevin Leis. In another contest, Andre Touchette

Monday’s Game Chicago 45, Dallas 28 Thursday, Dec. 12 San Diego at Denver, 6:25 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15 Philadelphia at Minnesota, 11 a.m. Washington at Atlanta, 11 a.m. San Francisco at Tampa Bay, 11 a.m. Seattle at N.Y. Giants, 11 a.m. Chicago at Cleveland, 11 a.m. Houston at Indianapolis, 11 a.m. Buffalo at Jacksonville, 11 a.m. New England at Miami, 11 a.m. Kansas City at Oakland, 2:05 p.m. N.Y. Jets at Carolina, 2:05 p.m. Arizona at Tennessee, 2:25 p.m. New Orleans at St. Louis, 2:25 p.m. Green Bay at Dallas, 2:25 p.m. Cincinnati at Pittsburgh, 6:30 p.m.

Kitchen, Strickland and Kings basketball named RDC athletes Queens hockey player Jayna Kitchen and Lloyd Strickland of the Kings basketball squad are the Boston Pizza RDC athletes of the week. Kitchen fired three goals and added three assists for the Queens in a 7-2 win over the host NAIT Ooks last Wednesday, the team’s final game prior to the Christmas break. Strickland, meanwhile, poured in 24 points, had 10 assists and recorded five steals as the Kings rolled over the SAIT Trojans 113-47 Thursday. Receiving honourable mention was Pat Martens of the Kings hockey team. Martens scored twice as the Kings downed the defending Allan Cup champion Bentley Generals 5-1 in a weekend exhibition game. All RDC teams will return to Alberta Colleges league play in January.

hit for 14 points and Andrew Smith contributed 13 as the Triple A Batteries downed the Alken Basin Drillers 60-46. Wade Balon paced the Drillers with 11 points, while Diego Menjivar scored eight. Meanwhile, Andrew George poured in 26 points and Michael Gajudo had 23 to lead Woody’s RV to a 108-63 victory over the Secret Runs, who got 20 points from Lance Deza and 16 from Mitchell Keenan.

Wednesday ● JV basketball: Stettler at Hunting Hills, Ponoka at Lacombe, Camrose at Innisfail, Notre Dame at Wetaskiwin; girls at 6 p.m., boys to follow. ● Chinook senior hockey: Okotoks at Innisfail, 8:30 p.m.

Thursday ● Men’s basketball: Alken Basin Drillers vs. Gord Scott Nissan, Bulldog Scrap Metal vs. Rusty Chuckers, 7:15 and 8:30 p.m., Lindsay Thurber.


● Bantam AA hockey: Okotoks at Red Deer Steel Kings, noon, Arena. ● Major midget female hockey: Sherwood Park at Red Deer, 12:45 p.m., Collicutt Centre. ● Peewee AA hockey: Okotoks at Red Deer TBS, 12:45 p.m, Kin City B. ● Chinook senior hockey: Okotoks at Bentley, 2 p.m. ● AJHL: Canmore at Olds, 2 p.m. ● Minor midget AAA hockey: Calgary Blue at Red Deer Northstar, 2:45 p.m., Arena. ● Men’s basketball: Grandview Allstars vs. Orangemen, Rusty Chuckers vs. Wells Furniture, Sheraton Red Deer vs. Alken Basin Drillers, 4:15 p.m.; Carstar vs. Monstars, Triple A Batteries vs. Triple Threat, The Secret Runs vs. Vikings, 5:30 p.m.; all games at Lindsay Thurber.

Friday ● Senior high basketball: Notre Dame girls/boys Cougar Classic tournament. ● JV basketball: Hunting Hills girls/boys tournament. ● WHL: Red Deer at Kootenay, 7 p.m. (The Drive). ● Heritage junior B hockey: Blackfalds at Three Hills, 8 p.m. ● Midget AA hockey: Wheatland at Sylvan Lake, 8:15 p.m.; Taber at Lacombe, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday ● Senior high basketball: Notre Dame girls/boys Cougar Classic tournament.

Basketball National Basketball Association EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division W L Pct GB Boston 10 12 .455 — Toronto 7 12 .368 1 Philadelphia 7 15 .318 3 Brooklyn 6 14 .300 3 New York 5 14 .263 3 Southeast Division W L Pct GB Miami 16 5 .762 — Atlanta 11 10 .524 5 Charlotte 10 11 .476 6 Washington 9 11 .450 6 Orlando 6 15 .286 10 Central Division W L Pct GB Indiana 18 3 .857 — Detroit 10 11 .476 8 Chicago 8 10 .444 8 Cleveland 7 13 .350 10 Milwaukee 4 16 .200 13

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Tuesday’s Games Miami at Indiana, 5 p.m. New York at Cleveland, 5 p.m. San Antonio at Toronto, 5 p.m. Boston at Brooklyn, 5:30 p.m. Oklahoma City at Atlanta, 5:30 p.m. Minnesota at Detroit, 5:30 p.m. Milwaukee at Chicago, 6 p.m. Phoenix at L.A. Lakers, 8:30 p.m.


Monday, Dec. 16 Baltimore at Detroit, 6:40 p.m.

South Division. Dawson Weatherill made 29 saves for the visitors, who were outshot 31-24. Minor midget AAA Graydon Larson made 26 saves for the Red Deer Aero Equipment Chiefs in a 3-1 win Sunday over the host Calgary Blazers. Scoring for the Rebels, who held a 39-27 advantage in shots, were Ryan Vandervlis, Tyler Graber and Josh Gette.

● Senior high basketball: Hunting Hills at Lindsay Thurber, Stettler at Notre Dame, Lacombe at Sylvan Lake, Ponoka at Wetaskiwin, Rocky Mountain House at Camrose; girls at 6 p.m., boys to follow. ● WHL: Red Deer at Lethbridge, 7 p.m. (The Drive). ● Men’s basketball: Vikings vs. Sheraton Red Deer, Triple Threat vs. Woody’s RV, 7:15 and 8:30 p.m., Lindsay Thurber. ● Heritage junior B hockey: Stettler at Blackfalds, 7:30 p.m., Arena.

WESTERN CONFERENCE Southwest Division W L Pct GB San Antonio 15 4 .789 — Houston 15 7 .682 1 1/2 Dallas 13 8 .619 3 Memphis 10 10 .500 5 1/2 New Orleans 9 10 .474 6 Northwest Division W L Pct GB Portland 18 4 .818 — Oklahoma City 15 4 .789 1 1/2

x-clinched playoff spot y-clinched division NATIONAL CONFERENCE East W L T Pct PF Philadelphia 8 5 0 .615 334 Dallas 7 6 0 .538 357 N.Y. Giants 5 8 0 .385 251 Washington 3 10 0 .231 279 South W L T Pct PF New Orleans 10 3 0 .769 343 Carolina 9 4 0 .692 298 Tampa Bay 4 9 0 .308 244 Atlanta 3 10 0 .231 282 North W L T Pct PF Detroit 7 6 0 .538 346 Chicago 7 6 0 .538 368 Green Bay 6 6 1 .500 316 Minnesota 3 9 1 .269 315 West W L T Pct PF x-Seattle 11 2 0 .846 357 San Francisco 9 4 0 .692 316 Arizona 8 5 0 .615 305 St. Louis 5 8 0 .385 289

● JV basketball: Hunting Hills girls/boys tournament. ● Peewee AA hockey: Red Deer TBS at Red Deer Parkland, 10:30 a.m., Kinex. ● Minor midget AAA hockey: Calgary Canucks at Red Deer Aero Equipment, 11:30 a.m., Arena. ● Major bantam hockey: Spruce Grove at Red Deer Black, 2 p.m., Arena; Calgary Bisons at Red Deer White, 7:30 p.m., Arena. ● Major midget female hockey: Calgary Bruins at Red Deer, 4:30 p.m., Collicutt Centre. ● Midget AAA hockey: Lethbridge at Red Deer, 4:45 p.m., Arena. ● Bantam AA hockey: Okotoks at Red Deer Steel Kings, 4:45 p.m. ● WHL: Lethbridge at Red Deer, 7 p.m., Centrium. ● Midget AA hockey: Taber at Red Deer Elks, 7:30 p.m., Arena. ● Heritage junior B hockey: Okotoks at Ponoka, 8 p.m.; Banff at Three Hills, 8 p.m.; High River at Stettler, 8:15 p.m.


Thursday Mixed: Holly Harris 305; Harris 808. Monday Scratch League: Keith Baier 336; Gary Baird 1,091 four games. Sunday Fun League: Mike Sabbe 323; Shelby Chrest 794. Youth Bowling of Canada (YBC) Bumpers: Rogan Clark 102. Bowlasaurus: Rylee Ehret 97. Peewees: Ashlynn Makarenko 129; Sylis Gray 182 two games. Bantams: Kexton Streit/Karis Zirk 181; Keaton Chrest 477 three games. Juniors: Brady Hopkins 213; Hopkins 553. Seniors: Dylan Yechtel 312; Dylan Yechtel 739.

Heritage Lanes High scores Dec. 2-8 Monday Club 55+: Bill Dunlop 264 high singles; Dunlop 623 high triple. Monday Mixed: Doug Hoskins 246; Harvey Penhale 636. Tuesday Mixed: James Versluis 295; Paul Waisman 745. Wednesday Club 55+: Ernie Lang 284; Lang 697. Wednesday Mixed: Rollie Gervais 290; Gervais 732. Thursday Morning Ladies: Debbie Ellinson 261; Bernie Leblanc 601. Thursday Special Olympics Mixed: Brent Kathol 232; Anthony Kubasek 386.


Vipers can’t capitalize on chances in loss to Thrashers The Red Deer Vipers recorded most of the shots; the Three Hills Thrashers scored most of the goals. The Vipers outshot the Thrashers 46-35 in a Heritage Junior B Hockey League game Monday at the Arena, but came out on the short end of an 8-4 count. Spencer Fournier paced the Thrashers with three goals, including one short-handed and another on the power play. Connor Ablett tallied twice for the visitors, with Luke Scheunert, Lucas Jones and Blake Bishop (power play) each scoring once. The Vipers, who trailed 4-2 after one period and 7-3 after 40 minutes, got man-advantage goals from Colton Weseen and Nathan Dennis and equal-strength markers off the sticks of Cole deGraaf and Justin Corbett. Brady Hoover made 42 saves while going the distance in the Three Hills net. Red Deer goaltenders Anthony Hamill and Klay Munro combined to stop 27 shots. The Thrashers were assessed 14 of 22 minor penalties. The Vipers are idle until next Monday when they host the Banff Bears.

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WESTERN CONFERENCE B.C. Division GP W L OL SL GF GA Pt Kelowna 27 22 3 0 2 105 63 46 Victoria 33 20 12 0 1 91 80 41 Vancouver 33 14 12 5 2 109 118 35 Prince George 33 12 16 2 3 98 129 29 Kamloops 30 6 20 2 2 72 122 16 U.S. Division GP W L OL SL GF GA Pt Portland 32 22 6 2 2 156 107 48 Everett 31 21 6 4 0 105 78 46 Seattle 31 18 9 1 3 117 111 40 Spokane 32 18 12 0 2 114 99 38 Tri-City 33 17 13 1 2 90 89 37 Note: Any win is worth two points; a team losing in overtime or shootout receives one point which is registered in the OL or SL columns.

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Western Hockey League EASTERN CONFERENCE East Division GP W L OL SL GF GA Swift Current 33 19 11 0 3 117 95 Prince Albert 31 17 12 2 0 108 104 Regina 31 17 13 1 0 102 108 Brandon 32 16 14 2 0 115 120 Saskatoon 33 10 20 1 2 102 135 Moose Jaw 33 8 19 3 3 84 124 Central Division GP W L OL SL GF GA Calgary 29 18 7 1 3 96 81 Edmonton 29 19 9 0 1 105 72 Medicine Hat 30 18 9 3 0 108 82 Kootenay 33 16 15 2 0 99 97 Red Deer 31 14 15 0 2 92 98 Lethbridge 32 4 24 2 2 76 149

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NHL salary cap to see big increase PROJECTED TO BE $71 MILLION IN 2014 AS REVENUES RISE BY THE CANADIAN PRESS PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. — A year ago things weren’t so great for the NHL. The lockout was becoming more contentious and threatening to cancel another season, and there was concern about the future of the league. Most importantly, commissioner Gary Bettman said, “We weren’t playing.” When the playing resumed, fans returned and the money came pouring back. Revenues increased so much that next year’s salary cap is expected to be roughly US$71 million, close to a 12-per cent increase from this season. That’s an estimate, but it’s the figure Bettman delivered to the board of governors Monday. “I said to the board there shouldn’t be any issue or consternation. If that’s the cap level, it’s because the revenues have gone up,” Bettman said. “We try to give people a sense of where we think it’ll come out, but it’s subject to a whole host of issues — ultimately how much revenue is generated, where the Canadian dollar is, because we convert to U.S. dollars. If you want a rough, rough, rough ballpark, OK, but it could change.” Just being in the range of $71 million represents a major bounce-back for the league after the lockout. Teams were allowed to spend up to $70.2 million during the lockout-shortened sea-

son, but then the cap was set at $64.3 million this year in accordance with the 50/50 split of hockey-related revenue as set out in the new collective bargaining agreement. General managers weren’t caught off-guard by the spike, even in the wake of the lockout. “When you look at the league and where it’s going as a whole, it doesn’t surprise me because I think the league is doing and excellent job of building revenues,” Vancouver Canucks GM Mike Gillis said. “If it resembles ($71 million), if it’s close to that, it’s an indication the league is very healthy and clearly building in the right direction.” That right direction was hard to predict a year ago. Fans were disgruntled and there was no way to know how the game would respond. A 48-game sprint and memorable playoffs made the lockout feel like a distant memory. Last month the NHL reached a C$5.2-billion, 12-year Canadian television-rights agreement with Rogers Communications Inc., which the board approved Monday. Things are going well, but Bettman did not want to take credit for leading the league back. “Everything that’s happened is a testament to the enduring strength of our game and the passion of our fans,” he said. “Things build on each other. When you put the right foundations in place, when you have the right system, you bring in good owners, good things

happen.” Several general managers bought into Bettman’s notion that a higher salary cap is good for everyone because it means more money. “I think you have to look at it from a holistic point of view,” St. Louis Blues GM Doug Armstrong said. “If the cap increases that means revenue is increasing and the pie is getting bigger. I think we all have to be excited about that.” That even goes for smaller-market teams. The cap floor this season is $44 million, and it’s expected to be about $52 or $53 million next year. According to CapGeek, the only team with a cap number of less than $52 million is the Florida Panthers. Winnipeg Jets chairman Mark Chipman said his team will be fine with the higher cap and floor. “It doesn’t affect us,” Chipman said. “There’s a rising tide for sure and we’re quite comfortable with where we rank in terms of revenue production.” For bigger-market teams like the Toronto Maple Leafs and New York Rangers, it’s just more money to spend. “It’s always nice to have more money,” Gillis said, noting the Canucks will always spend up to the cap. “It doesn’t matter what you are. It’s nice to have more money. It gives us more flexibility to continue to try and improve and compete for a Stanley Cup. That’s our objective.” It’s also the objective, league-wide, to make money. The Stadium Series,

Winter Classic and Heritage Classic will help this year, and the exclusiverights agreement with Rogers is expected to boost the salary cap significantly beginning in 2015-16. The addition of that money helps offset the higher cap. “It’s everything for us,” Calgary Flames president Ken King said. “We are a small-market team, that is obvious. this deal give us the opportunity to compete with larger-market teams. We’ve been a cap team since the system was implemented, but this new deal will give us the revenues to get there.” The board’s approval of the Rogers deal during the first gathering of the two-day meetings at the Inn at Spanish Bay came as no surprise. Having the salary cap projected at around $71 million, which Bettman confirmed includes a 5 per-cent escalator the Players’ Association is expected to use, was expected, too. The majority of questions surrounding the higher cap number had to do with perhaps a larger divide between the haves and the have-nots. “Every business, every team has to sit back and look at their business model now and see where it fits in, where does the revenue sharing fit in?” Dallas Stars GM Jim Nill said. “How does that come into the model? That’s a new entity too now. That changed in the new CBA. We’ll all sit back and analyse it and go from there.”

Perron quietly emerges as one of Oilers’ best weapons EDMONTON — They’ve got three of their own No. 1 draft picks on their roster but it’s a former St. Louis Blues first-round selection who has quietly emerged as the Edmonton Oilers’ leading scorer. Edmonton picked up David Perron from St. Louis last summer, and the 2007 first-round selection, despite missing four games with a neck injury, has 12 goals and 25 points for the Oilers (10-18-3, 23 points). What’s more, the 25-year-old is just one of three players on the squad not on the negative side of the plus-minus rating. “It’s only 25-30 games so I don’t want to go ahead of schedule,” said the native of Sherbrooke, Que. “I want to keep going, keep working hard and help this team. “I like the way it’s going lately with the team and with a lot of the individual play so we have to keep it up.” But Edmonton first-year coach Dallas Eakins said Perron is more than just an offensive player. The Oilers landed Perron from the Blues for Swedish-born forward Magnus Paajarvi and a ’14 second-round pick.

“I love his competitiveness,” Eakins said. “As much skill as he has, he’s got that little bit of nasty in him.” Eakins adds the seven-year veteran has wasted no time becoming a leader in the dressing room. However, the six-foot, 198-pound Perron admits he’s frustrated with the Oilers’ inconsistent play this season. “I don’t know if it’s a roller coaster but that’s not the way we’re trying to build,” said Perron. “I know its frustrating for everybody but we’re trying not to get on that roller coaster. “We’re trying to stay on an even keel. We’re trying to find that good balance.” That’s been difficult for an Edmonton team that’s alternated wins with losses over its last eight games. The Oilers continue their five-game homestand tonight hosting the Carolina Hurricanes. At no time, perhaps, was their inconsistency more evident than their two games last week — a 6-2 loss to Phoenix on Tuesday, then an 8-2 win over Colorado on Thursday. The Oilers followed that up with a 2-1 overtime loss to Calgary and the frustration of being unable to score led to another breakdown in the system that resulted in a lot of unsuccessful individual play. “I don’t know if it’s a case of (players) saying it

doesn’t matter what the system is, I’m going to do it myself but there’s just too many turnovers,” said Perron, who is third on the team in penalty minutes. “It’s probably throughout the year some of these guys are so good it’s almost like, and I’m guilty of it once and while also, that you want to show you can take care of the game, you want to step up and be the difference maker. “I know we want to make plays but we have to be smart and keep plays going.” And that means shooting more rather than trying to make an abundance of fancy passes. Perron has taken a team-high 98 shots so that wouldn’t appear to be an issue for him. “My first two years when Andy Murray was my coach (in St. Louis), he was saying ‘You’re selfish when you don’t shoot the puck because the team needs you to shoot the puck,’ ” said Perron. “The first couple of years I was like, what is he talking about? “But sometimes it does make sense. When you overpass it when you have a lane to shoot, what’s the point? You have to put it there (on net).” Perron scored 13, 15 and 20 goals his first three NHL campaigns before injuries restricted him to just 115 games from 2010 to ’13. Still, he had a careerbest 21 goals in 57 contests with the Blues in 2011-12.



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BOWERS Elizabeth Jean “Betty” Mrs. Elizabeth “Betty” Bowers of Red Deer passed away on December 4, 2013 at the age of 66 years. Betty is survived by her husband Alan of Red Deer, her son John (Karen) Bowers of Edmonton, her d a u g h t e r s Te r e s a a n d Samantha of Red Deer, her brothers and sister Susan (Bill) Lock, Gert Dolson, Nadia “DeeDee” (Kelly) McGill, Fred “Herb” (Barb) and Nick, her sister-in-law Darlene all of Ontario; 18 nieces and nephews and 11 great nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents Margaret and John Howe and her brother Ed. The Funeral Service for the late Elizabeth “Betty” Bowers will be held at the Chapel of The Sylvan Lake Funeral Home on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 1:00 P.M. Interment will follow in the Sylvan Lake Cemetery. As an expression o f s y m p a t h y, m e m o r i a l donations in memory of Betty may be made to the Canadian Kidney Foundation, 11227 Jasper Ave, Suite 202, Edmonton, AB T4K 0L5. We would like to thank the nurses at Bethany College Side and the Red Deer Regional ICU Doctors and nurses for their great care of Mom. Condolences may be forwarded to: SYLVAN LAKE AND ROCKY FUNERAL HOMES AND CREMATORIUM your Golden Rule Funeral Homes, entrusted with the arrangements. 403-887-2151


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Obituaries PROVOST Francis Bertrand “Bert” Francis Bertrand Provost passed away on Friday, November 29, 2013 at the age of 92 years. Bert will be lovingly remembered by Elizabeth “ B e t t y ” ; d a u g h t e r, E m s l y June of Calgary; sons, Darcy of St. Albert and Kelly of Wainwright; 3 grandchildren; 3 brothers, Elmer Fraser and Keith of Edmonton and Wilfred Clare of Westbank, BC; and by his sister, Darien “Dean” Ann of Strathmore. Bert was predeceased by his brothers, Roy Sidney and Robert Dale and by his sister, June Isabel. A Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. at Red Deer Funeral Home, 6150 67 Street, Red Deer, Alberta. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Bert’s honour may be made directly to S e e d s o f D i v e r s i t y, t h e Canadian Veterans Advocacy or to the Canadian Wildlife Federation. 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.

ELLIOTT Marea Anne Elliott (nee Davies) of Red Deer passed away at Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre after a brief illness on Thursday, December 5, 2013 surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Islay, Alberta on December 11 , 1 9 4 9 b u t g r e w u p i n Ponoka and later Red Deer. She is survived by her children, Jodi (Warren) of Calgary and Jim (Susy) of Red Deer; sisters Helen (Jon) and Loretta (Dave) of Red Deer, Marion (Bert) of Donalda, Kris of Edmonton; her brothers Johnny (Dora) of Red Deer and Billy (Phyllis) of Drayton Valley. She is also survived by her precious grandchildren, Brody and Sadie, who affectionately dubbed her “Purple Mama,” numerous nieces and nephews, and all of the wonderful friends she worked with at Shoppers Drug Mart. She was predeceased by her father Jim Davies in 1949 and mother Doris Davies in 2003. She will forever be remembered as a woman, who above all else, loved her family. If the In Memoriam legacy of a woman’s life is measured by the lives she has touched, and how much she is loved, then a big piece of Marea “Purple Mama” will live on in all of us. A heartfelt t h a n k y o u t o D r. T h a i n , Dr. McIntyre, Dr. Brodie and the RDRHC unit 32 palliative care staff. An Informal Gathering to Celebrate Marea’s life will be held at the Parkland Funeral Home, 6287 - 67A Street (Taylor Drive) on Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society. Condolences may In Loving Memory of be sent or viewed at ANNE FULLERTON Arrangements in care of ~Missed and Lovingly Maryann Hansen, Remembered Funeral Director at Jerry, Traci, Carrie and family PARKLAND FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORIUM 6287 - 67 A Street (Taylor Drive), Red Deer. 403.340.4040

MORRIS Terrence Keith 1956-2013 Terrence Keith Morris of Sylvan Lake, AB passed away Thursday, December 5, 2013 at the age of 57. Terry was born August 6, 1956 in Edmonton, AB to Keith and Joanne Morris. He graduated from Sylvan Lake High School in 1974. On August 6, 1977 he married Wendy Albert in S y l v a n L a k e . Te r r y w a s employed as a member of the Edmonton City Police before moving his family back to Sylvan Lake and was employed as an Occurrence Officer at the RCMP detachment in Red Deer then employed by the City of Red Deer in the bylaw department. He finished his career at NAL Resources as an operator in the oilfield. He was an avid fisherman, hunter, camper, sports enthusiast, and loved spending time with family and friends. Terry is survived by his wife of 36 years Wendy; father Keith, mother Funeral Directors Joanne, and sister Laurie; & Services children Garret Morris of Sylvan Lake, Blair and Cori Morris of Sylvan Lake, Derek and Jodie Morris of Arizona, Brandie and Joe Gedang of California; 7 grandchildren Funeral Chapel Charlie and Hanley Morris, Traiten, Presley, and Asher & Crematorium Morris, Justin and Natashia Johnson and many nephews 4820-45 Street a n d e x t e n d e d f a m i l y. A Red Deer, AB celebration of Terry’s life will be held at the Alliance 403-347-2222 Community Church, Sylvan Lake on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 3:00 P.M. As an expression of sympathy memorial donations may be made in Terry’s name to the Eventide Funeral Chapel & Crematorium charity of the donor’s choice. by Arbor Memorial SYLVAN LAKE AND ROCKY Arbor Memorial Inc. FUNERAL HOMES AND Trusted Since 1929 CREMATORIUM, your Golden Rule Funeral Homes, entrusted with the arrangements. 403-887-2151


OLIVER (SONNY) STOPSEN March 18, 1933 - Dec. 10, 2012 One year has passed since you left us to join your savior in heaven. We are left with fond memories of the years we spent with you, and the music you played.




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



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CLASS 1 DRIVERS. & Pressure truck operators. Small company, good money, paid benefits. Looking for responsible, safe drivers and operators. Phone 403-391-8004 for details.


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 Something for Everyone Everyday in Classifieds

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who is extremely well organized, energetic & self motivated. 4 days/wk. No evenings or weekends. Send resume ASAP to or bring by in person, we would love to meet you. 4619 48 Ave, Red Deer.

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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:


* 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. FULL Time entry level shop technician needed for expanding downhole tool business. Duties include tool maintenance and repairs as well as general shop duties. Opportunities for advancement offered as well as competitive wages and benefits. Apply with resume to jobs@ Start your career! See Help Wanted



CASED HOLE WIRELINE SUPERVISORS The job scope includes supervising all operations and crew of a Cased Hole Wireline Unit. A clean driver’s abstract is req’d On the Job Training is provided. Relocation to Lloydminster is required. Working Schedule is 15 days on with 6 days off. Great benefits and Group RRSP. Only successful applicants will be contacted. Email resume to Wally Rolfes at wrolfes@


Sylvan, Rocky Mtn. House & Ponoka areas. Must have a minimum of 2 years exp in artificial lifts, gas/ liquid separation, PJ operation, field compression refridge systems, dehydrating and sweet processing, maintenance on pumps, heaters, control valves etc. Contract operators need not apply. E-mail resume’s to or fax 403-347-0855 JAGARE ENERGY PRODUCTION TESTING now hiring Day Supervisors, Night Operators, and Helpers. Must have valid Class 5 drivers license. RSP’s and benefits pkg. incentives. Email resumes to:



OFFICE Administrator/ Bookkeeper needed. Responsibilities include general office duties, invoicing and A/P A/R management. Apply to



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






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

We are currently seeking a professional;


Essential Job Functions • Perform visual inspection on all assemblies at various checkpoints in the production process • Ensure conformity of production with drawings • Viewing and interpret x-ray film & NDE reports • Ensure proper welding procedures are adhered to • Track Weld ID’s for compliance with Sec 8 • Witness weld tests and record results • Witness hydro tests of Spooling/Bridles/Vessels • Required ABSA Reports. Ex.( U1,U1A,AB-24,AB-81,AB-83) The incumbent must possess the following; • Minimum 3 year’s experience inspecting piping packages, pressure vessels, tanks and skids • The ability to read and understand codes and customer specifications, with this understanding be able to properly apply it to the tasks at hand. • Perform in a high paced working environment We offer competitive wage and benefits packages. Only applicants chosen for an interview will be contacted.

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RED DEER ADVOCATE Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013 B9

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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:


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

CALKINS CONSULTING o/a Tim Hortons Food Service Manager 5 positions, F/T & P/ T, $9.95 - $18/hr. depending on exp. and availability. Permanent shift work, weekends, days, nights and evening shifts. 3-5 yrs. exp., completion of secondary school. Start date ASAP. Apply in person 6620 Orr Drive. Fax: 403-782-9685 Call 403-848-2356 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

The Tap House Pub & Grill req’s full and part time cooks. Apply with resume at 1927 Gaetz Avenue between 2-5 pm.

Sales & Distributors PROVIDENCE Trucking Inc Is now hiring experienced

Picker Operator Bed Truck Operator Winch truck Operators



ELEMENTS is looking for 5 retail sales reps. selling season gift packages and personal care products in Parkland Mall, 4747 67 St. Red Deer. $12.10 hr. + bonus & comm. FT. No exp. req`d. Please email

All candidates must be able to pass a pre-employment drug screen. We offer exceptional wages and benefits for exceptional people. Fax resume and abstract to 403-314-2340 or email to safety@

FLURRIES SHEEPSKIN is looking for 5 SALES REPS, selling shoes & apparel, at our Parkland Mall. 4747 67 St. Red Deer. $12.10/hr. + bonus & comm. F/T Position. No exp. req’d. Email


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@

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: SOAP Stories is seeking 5 retail sales reps. Selling or Phone 403-887-5630. s o a p & b a t h p r o d u c t s . $12.10 hr + bonus & commission. Ft No exp. req`d. Parkland Mall 4747 67 St. Red Deer. email resume to


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

StoreSmart Self-Storage seeking P/T Customer Service Associate for 16-24 hrs/wk. For job description and how to apply, go to No phone calls please.


Experienced Siders Needed Call 403-588-3210 Something for Everyone Everyday in Classifieds


Stucco Helper Required, Experience pref. Call 403-341-4141 email:


TANKMASTER RENTALS req’s Exp’d Class 1 Fluid Haulers for Central Alberta. Oilfield tickets req’d. Competitive wages and benefits. or fax 403-340-8818

TANKMASTER RENTALS requires Labour Crew supervisor for Central Ab. Pipe fitting & light picker exp. would be an asset . Oilfield tickets and clean driver’s licence req’d. Competitive wages and benefits. or fax 403-340-8818




United Tank Inspections Inc. is currently looking for a Full-Time Heavy Duty Mechanic for our Stettler, AB shop. You will be doing repairs, overhauls, maintenance, service, and CVIP’s on Heavy Trucks & Trailers. We offer competitive wages, group health benefits and group RSP. Please call 403-7424747 or email jobs@




Tar-ific Construction has a F/T position avail. for a H.D. Mechanic Apprentice. We offer competitive wages, combined with a deluxe benefit pckg. Drop resume at 7809 48 Ave. or fax to 403-340-1246 email Classifieds Your place to SELL Your place to BUY


Recently winning the 2013 Business of the Year award, Bilton Welding and Manufacturing Ltd. designs, engineers and manufactures custom energy equipment. Since 1992, Bilton has worked with engineering firms and oil and natural gas producers around the globe to develop their own equipment standards for size, capacity and any number of technical specifications. We operate seven manufacturing facilities in Innisfail, Alberta and have recently expanded our facilities into Calgary Alberta. We employ over 175 people and provide ample opportunities to employees to achieve their career goals. We provide handson training and an opportunity to work on some of the most interesting projects and applications in the energy sector. If you would like to be a part of our growing and dynamic team of professionals in your field, we are currently seeking both -




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

SERVICE ADVISOR Required Immediately  Competitive plus renumeration  Great Benefits We require a process driven person for this position. Please send resume to:


ADULT CARRIERS NEEDED For delivery of the morning ADVOCATE in Red Deer, by 6:30 a.m. 6 days/wk (Reliable vehicle needed) CLEARVIEW AREA Cosgrove Cres., Chappel Dr., Carroll Cres., Carpenter St., & Cunningham Cres. Area 93 Papers $498/mo.

We offer competitive starting Wages and benefits packages including Health, RRSP and Tool Allowance programs.

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The position includes maintenance inspections, lubes, PM’s and repairs to all types of equipment in order to maintain the safe operation and fulfill production requirements of Rahr Malting. The position is rated under the Heavy Job classification. Applicants must have a valid trade certificate for work in Alberta. This position will work in co-ordination with the Operations group and is accountable to the Maintenance Supervisor. Experience in manufacturing or factory environment is preferred.

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Application Closing Date: January 10, 2014. Applicants should include a resume and apply in writing to: Rahr Malting Canada Ltd. Attn: Human Resources Box 113 Alix, Alberta T0C 0B0 FAX: (403)747-2660 EMAIL : NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE

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Pines Pearson Cres. Call Joanne 403-314-4308 info Blue Grass Sod Farms Ltd. BOX 11, SITE 2, RR 1 Red Deer, AB Req’s Farm labourers for 2014 season (April-Oct) in Red Deer. Duties include sod farming and tree nursery. Tree nursery will involve planting, pruning and digging trees. Will train/exp. an asset. Wage $9.95 hr, 60 hrs weekly. Email resume to steve.

Currently seeking reliable newspaper carrier for the BOWER AREA WESTPARK AREA Delivery is 4 times per week, no collecting.

Currently seeking RELIABLE newspaper carriers for morning delivery (By 6:30 a.m.) Monday - Saturday in: Upper Fairview

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EXP’D parts person for small engine and quad dealership. F/T position. Must be able to work Sat’s. and overtime hrs. may be req’d in summer months. Please apply in person at 5717-40 Ave. Wetaskiwin or email: wetaskiwinrad@

SMITTY’S™ CANADA LIMITED 600 – 501 18th Ave SW Calgary, AB T2S 0C7

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Canada’s Largest Family Restaurant Chain serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner to Canadians coast to coast since 1960

Well Servicing

in Mustang Acres



ZUBAR Production Services


laborer position



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

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


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


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Call Jamie 403-314-4306

ROSEDALE AREA Ramage Cres., Root Cl., 100 to 800 Ramage Cl., and Ralston Cres. area 67 Papers $359/mo. ALSO Reichley St., Reinholt Ave., Robinson Cres. Area 106 Papers $568/mo.

Business Opportunities

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

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


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.

Rahr Malting Canada Ltd, a leading manufacturer of Brewer’s Malt, is now accepting applications for a full time Millwright/Mechanical trade position.


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Gary Moe Volkswagen


for full-time permanent shop positions

Please fax resume to 403-227-7796, email to


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FLUID Experts Ltd.

Fluid Experts of Red Deer is seeking experienced

Restaurant/ Hotel





F/T SERVICE DRIVER wanted for Little Jons Portable Toilet Services. Benefits. O/T in summer. Drivers abstract req’d. or fax resume to 403-342-6179


Johnston Ming Manning LLP requires a full time

Accounting Technician

Applicants will have completed the Business Administration Diploma Program and will have experience with data entry with a focus in Accounting. The duties include, but are not limited to; daily bank deposit run, processing of checks, accounts payable, preparation of reports and filing. Interested candidates can forward their resume to: Attention: Human Resources 3rd Floor, 4943 50 Street Red Deer, AB, T4N 1Y1 Fax: 403-342-9173 Email:


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JANITORIAL Co seeking a THE Red Deer Public SWAMPERS F/T f/t com/window cleaning School District Invites apneeded immediately for a sup for RD and area. Req: plications for the position fast growing waste & fluent in written and oral of: Educational Assistant at recycling company. english, 2-3 years exp in a Various Locations. 15 Heavy lifting involved hours weekly mornings. supervisory role,clean driving (driver’s helper) position. Educational Assistant SORTERS for recycling record, criminal record check, job physically demanding. position in an upper also required. Benefits after 3 mos. $19/hr elementary classroom Reliability essential. Own Fax resume 403-342-1897 commencing as soon as a transportation required. mail to #4, 4608-62 St. suitable candidate is Please email resumes to RedDeer, AB. T4N 6T3 found. The suitable candidates will provide assistance to elementary students with behavioral, emotional, physical and/or learning needs. Desirable Looking for reliable qualifications: Applicants newspaper carrier should possess an Educational Assistant for 1 day per week certificate Non-violent delivery of the Crisis Intervention CLASSIFICATIONS Central Alberta Life certificate would be an 1500-1990 in the town of asset. Toileting and lifting required. For more information about the Red Deer INNISFAIL Children's Public School District, visit our web site at: Items Packages come ready for delivery. Applications received by C U S T O M m a d e b a b y 4:00 p.m. on No collecting. change table w/drawers December 13, 2013 $70 403-347-5648 will be assured of careful Contact Quitcy at consideration. Applica403-314-4316 Equipmenttions, with references, should be directed to: Heavy humanresources@ TRAILERS for sale or rent A current criminal record Job site, office, well site or check and child intervenstorage. Skidded or NEWSPAPER tion check will be required wheeled. Call 347-7721. CARRIERS of new employees. We thank all applicants for REQUIRED their interest but advise Firewood that only those selected For afternoon for an interview will be delivery contacted. AFFORDABLE



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NEWSPAPER CARRIERS REQUIRED To deliver 1 day a week in BOWDEN Please call Debbie at 403-314-4307

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WOODEN slider rocker chair and ottoman, good cond, $95; 3 wool accent matching carpets, clean, will sell seperatly $50 for all 3. 403-352-8811



3 FRIENDLY MALE ORANGE KITTENS. Litter trained. Desperately need loving homes. FREE. 403-782-3130

BALINESE KITTEN $50. 403-887-3649



EXTRA FLUFFY & extremely cute! Teacup Babydoll Morkies†(very tiny). Call 587-987-3422 or email

Sporting Goods

Semi loads of pine, spruce, tamarack, poplar. Price depends on location. Lil Mule Logging 403-318-4346


GOLF travel bag,

Earn extra money for Christmas by delivering the new Yellow Pages Phone Now Offering Hotter, Cleaner Books into Sylvan Lake, BC Birch. All Types. P.U. / Stettler, Red Deer, and Delivery. Lyle 403-783-2275 Rocky Mountain House. Must have own vehicle. This is door to door delivery. Household Can start immediately, no Appliances selling involved, part time. Completion bonus will be E L E C T R I C h e a t e r o a k paid. Call 1-800-661-1910 cabinet portable, remote, thermostat control $150 Siding Helpers Needed 403-314-2026 Call 403-588-3210 Classifieds...costs so little Classifieds...costs so little Saves you so much! Saves you so much!


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


Household Furnishings


FREE! 39” Boxspring & mattress. Sheets & pillow cases included. 403-347-6183 PHONE bench solid oak $175 403-314-2026


Antiques, furniture and estates. 342-2514

Misc. for Sale

WE NEED YOU! A&W Blackfalds is Now Hiring.


If you are self motivated, love dealing with the public, take pride in your work, and love a challenge! Are you a leader? Do you like to make a difference? We are a fast growing business throughout Alberta and Saskatchewan in need of persons wanting to advance themselves. Apply today to: Blackfalds A&W 6001 Parkwood Road, Blackfalds Alberta Call/Email Sheri or Kim to arrange an interview @ 403.885.2515 a& Or Stop by and talk to us.

DIE cast models, cars, truck, and motorcycles, fairies, dragons and biker gifts. #14 6350-67 St. east end of Cash Casino


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


METCALF AVE. 3 bdrm., 4 appl., a/c, central vac. Near No. 9 bus stop, school, shopping centre, 2 parking stalls, no pets, N/S, $1200 Immed. 403-318-8881

SHOP and Office for sale or lease. 4300 sq. ft. on 7.5 Acres in Blackfalds. Call 403-350-8431


Mobile Lot

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.

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



2 bdrms & 2 Baths townhouse, unfin. bsmt w/laundry. Only small pre-approved pet! $1250 & GAS, POWER, WATER Avail. JAN. 1st. Hearthstone 403-314-0099 403-896-8552

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4 Plexes/ 6 Plexes


2 bdrm. 4-Plex, 4 appls. Rent $1075. incl. sewer, water and garbage. D.D. $650. Avail. Jan. 1, 403-304-5337

GREAT place for the budget minded. 4-Plex in Oriole Park


FOR RENT • 3000-3200 WANTED • 3250-3390


2 BDRM. MAIN FLOOR of House. 403-872-2472

Worth every penny. 3 bdrms, 1.5 baths, 4 appls. In-suite laundry. This is a ‘Must See’! $1025& Gas & Elect. Avail JAN 1st. No pets. N/S. Hearthstone 403-314-0099 403-896-8552




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BRAND NEW 1340 sq. ft. bungalow, 2 bdrm., den, dbl. att. garage. $384,900. Call Glen 403-588-2231 FREE Weekly list of properties for sale w/details, prices, address, owner’s phone #, etc. 342-7355 Help-U-Sell of Red Deer


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


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

Vista Village McIntosh Ave. SUNNYBROOK AREA Somerset Close Springfield Ave. Savoy Cres. / Sydney Close Sherwood Cres. VANIER AREA Valentine Cres. Vanson Close / Visser St.







42,000 sq ft Office/ Residential Building, Red Deer, AB Built in 2011. 21 separately titled units consisting of 16 executive condos and 4 commercial suites, Zero Tenant Vacancy, 10 year triple net leases in place, expiring 2021. Assumable mortgage. Price - $8,400,000.00 Accepting Offers Christine@ andersonbuildersgroup. com

2011 GMC Sierra 1500 Hybrid, 4X4, 6.0L, nav., 81,735 kms, $28,888 403-348-8788 Sport & Import

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

2007 FORD F-150 Lariat Ltd. Leather., sunroof, tonneau cover, $15,888. 403-348-8788 Sport & Import



RIVERSIDE INDUSTRIAL Tires, Parts heated warehouse & office Acces. space. 5,280 sq. ft. Available immediately. 12V BATTERY Group 24 403-588-4081 CC610 load tested at 590 $65 403-357-9664


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



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Auto Wreckers



Vehicles Wanted To Buy


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


Misc. Automotive


2007 530 XI BMW. Original Owner, 143,000 km. Exc. Cond. Regularly Maintained, Fully Loaded! Call 403-350-4323

FREE removal of scrap vehicles. Will pay cash for some. 403-304-7585

dr, exc. cond, remote start, 2 sets of tires, 147,000 kms, $6950 403-783-4873 2001 HYUNDAI Accent 2 dr. red, 403-348-2999

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2000 Chrysler Neon, 2L, 4 dr., 5 spd. Clean. 403-318-3040



2008 FORD F-550 25 Passenger Van/Bus

Y You can start your own Business with this unique B 25 pass. van, Diesel V8, 2 aauto, 76,400 kms




PENHOLD 1 bdrm., incl. heat/water, 4 appls. $725 avail. Jan. 1, 403-348-6594

Payroll Administrator Computerized Accounting Computerized Payroll Accounting and more!

Call Today This Special will be sold soon!

RENO’D Apartments In Downtown!

Fresh & bright 2bdrm, 1 bath. Balcony. 2 appls, Laundry facilities. FAMILY FRIENDLY. NO PETS, Avail NOW. From $950 & POWER. Hearthstone 403-314-0099 or 403-396-9554

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Laebon Homes 346-7273 2008 CHEV Cobalt LT 2

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Commercial Property

MOUNTVIEW, bsmt. suite, 1 bdrm. + den, full bath, 4 appls., great location. $975. incld’s utils. & cable. N/S, no pets. 403-350-0913


Lund Close

Starting at $20,000 To book a viewing Or more information Please Contact Terrie at 403-340-0225


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

Inglewood Ave.

Lamont Close


Business Opportunity!

Inglis Cres.

Lord Close




Logan Close


Industrial Property

Houses For Sale Newly Reno’d Mobile



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




1999 PONTIAC Bonneyville 4 dr., saftied. 403-352-6995

LOUIS L’Amour pocket 1000 sq.ft. 2 bdrm., 2 bath. books 95 cents ea. or all 3 BDRM. in Sylvan. 4 appls., BSMT. suite $700./mo. $192,000. 403-588-2550 fenced yard. No pets. All 28 for $16 403-342-7460 Call 403-352-7417 utils. incl. 403-347-6033 LOVESEAT, with arm cov3 FLR, 3 Bdrm house w/3 GLENDALE 2 bdrm. $825, Vans ers, exc. cond. $125; D.D. $825, N/S, no pets, Buses Kanon 920 copier machine bath, new paint & carpets no partiers, avail immed. & deck at 7316-59 Ave. w/metal stand, exc. cond. 403-346-1458 Avail. to over 40 tenants. $75 403-352-8811 No pets. Off street parking POTTERY, soup set with for 3 vehicles. Rent $1500, GLENDALE reno’d 2 bdrm. apartments, avail. immed, urn & ladle, 4 bowls, D.D. $1500. 403-341-4627 rent $875 403-596-6000 casserole dish & salad bowl w/4 plates, like new. 4 BDRM. house, 2 full LARGE, 1 & 2 BDRM. $125, Danby microwave baths, near schools and SUITES. 25+, adults only oven 900 watts, $30; 2 bus route, avail. Jan. 1, n/s, no pets 403-346-7111 matching suitcases, like 2014, $1450 rent, DD new $25. for both; $1100 no pets, 403-352-8811 403-343-6229 304-3979.





Manufactured Homes


Houses/ Duplexes

Condos/ Townhouses

BEAUTIFUL Comfortable 3 For Rent Sylvan Lake 1 Bedroom + bdrm. townhouse in Oriole Den condo for sale in Park. Super location for access Sylvan Lake. Available ROOM for rent. 450 rent, to all major arteries without d.d. $300. 403-343-0421 January 1st. $164,800. being bothered by noise. Please call (403) 302-7230 CELEBRATIONS Att. garage, 1-1/2 bath, for additional info 5 appls., #23 6300 Orr Dr. HAPPEN EVERY DAY N/S, avail. Jan. 1. $1425/mo. IN CLASSIFIEDS Hearthstone Property Manufactured Management 403-896-8552 Room, Avail. immed. $600. Homes + dd 403-505-4777 or 403-396-9554 MUST SELL Storage By Owner. Terrie 403-340-0225 Space

TOWNHOUSE in Penhold. New 3 bdrm., 2 bath, 6 appls., built in vac., balcony, fenced yard. Ref’s. Avail. Jan. 1st. $1400/mo./d.d. 403-227-1198



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



Bright 4 bdrms, 2.5 baths, finished bsmt w/large family room &laundry. The right place for your family! No pets, N/S $1550 & UTIL; SD $1550; Avail JAN 1st! Hearthstone 403-314-0099 or 403-396-9554



5 shelf wall unit 81”h x 50”w, adjustable shelves $70; 15 saw horses 36”w x 27”h $8/ea, chrome plated 12 bottle wine rack $10 403-314-2026

ALL positions are available! Fantastic Wages!

soft cover $40, very good cond. 403-346-0093

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Homestead Firewood w/wheels, hard cover $50.

In the towns of: Blackfalds Lacombe Ponoka Stettler

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



DALE’S Home Reno’s Free estimates for all your reno needs. 403-506-4301 RMD RENOVATIONS Bsmt’s, flooring, decks, etc. Call Roger 403-348-1060

Handyman Services


ATT’N: Are you looking for help on small jobs around the house or renovate your bathroom, painting or flooring, and roof snow removal? Call James 403-341-0617

Massage Therapy


Executive Touch Massage (newly reno’d) (FOR MEN)STUDIO 5003A-50 st. Downtown 9 am - 6 pm. Mon. - Fri. 403-348-5650



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Ironman Scrap Metal Recovery picking up scrap again! Farm machinery, vehicles & industrial. Serving Central AB. 403-318-4346

Seniors’ Services


HELP FOR SENIORS: in home or facility - family business est. 1999 - bondable staff, great rates, gift certs avail for Christmas - HELPING HANDS Home Support Services Ltd. 403-346-7777

Snow Removal


YOUR SNOW’S GOTTA GO. It away I’ll blow. Call me, I’ll show. 403-598-38570

RED DEER ADVOCATE Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013 B11









LUANN Dec. 10 1995 — Alberta Energy Co. Ltd. acquires Conwest Exploration Co. Ltd. in $1-billion deal that creates one of Canada’s largest oil and gas producers. 1991 — Defence Department says Gulf War cost Canada $690 million, below the $1 billion figure anticipated. 1954 — Opening of 1,280 metre Canso Causeway, which links Cape Breton Island

to Nova Scotia mainland. It is the deepest causeway in the world. 1928 — Western Airways Fokker leaves Calgary for Regina, with 10 bags of letters and Christmas packages. It is Canada’s first use of airplanes for daily mail delivery and a test of a proposed national airmail service. 1903 — Convicted murderer Ernest Cashel escapes from jail. He robbed and killed a rancher, and was to hang on Dec. 15. He was captured in Shaganappi, a camp on the western outskirts of Calgary, on Jan. 24, 1904, and hanged on Feb. 2, 1904.





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


LIFESTYLE Dear Annie: I’ve been em- means she is not interested. ployed for two months at a large Dear Annie: Seven years ago, retail outlet and have gotten to my closest cousin died. know many of the people who His wife wanted me to have work there. his wardrobe, which included a “Amanda” is in the food sec- tuxedo. tion, and I am in the This cousin’s clothing department. daughter is going to I’m a straight woman, be married soon, and and she is bisexual. the wedding is black Two weeks ago, the tie. Would it be proptwo of us went out er to wear that tux? to dinner for her I don’t intend to birthday. Since then, broadcast the fact I have developed that it belonged to strong feelings for her late father, but her. it seems wearing it I asked Amanda would allow a part of to dinner the other him to watch his only night, and she turned child marry. MITCHELL me down, saying she What do you & SUGAR had plans. think? — Dressed-Up Yesterday, anCousin other co-worker told Dear Cousin: We me she saw Amanda think it’s a lovely having lunch with a woman who idea. works in the automotive section. No one will know that you are The co-worker said the two of wearing this particular tuxedo, them were very touchy. except perhaps your cousin’s This made me really jealous widow. and sad. Should I tell Amanda I If she mentions it, please tell have feelings for her? her what you told us — that you If so, how do I do that? — thought it would allow a small Confused and Maybe in Love part of him to be there in spirit. Dear Confused: There are difWe hope she will find it as ferent types of jealousy. Aman- touching as we do. da seems to be a popular girl. Dear Annie: I hope it’s not If you consider yourself to too late to comment on the letbe straight, you should exam- ter from “Can’t Believe Adults ine whether your jealousy is Act This Way,” whose daughter, romantic in nature or whether a teacher, was being bullied by it’s the type that female friends her co-workers. develop when one of them picks This happened to me when I a different “best friend.” was younger. If you want a romantic relaOne day, one member of that tionship, let Amanda know by group gave me some advice. asking her again to lunch, dinShe said, “Play dumb and ner, a movie or other entertain- pretend you don’t know they are ment outside of work. talking about you. If she is repeatedly “busy,” it “Always be pleasant, say ‘hel-


HOROSCOPES Tuesday, Dec. 10 CELEBRITIES BORN ON THIS DATE: Kenneth Branagh, 53; Emmanuelle Chriqui, 36; Xavier Samuel, 30

lo’ and ‘good morning’ to everyone, even when they do not respond. Join them in the lounge. “Make a pleasant general comment, and then turn to your magazine or whatever you have to do. Always have something to occupy your time. “If you have to ask anyone a question about work, ask it in the lounge in the presence of everyone. If they make a nasty comment, just brush it off and pretend that you didn’t realize it was nasty. “When you really need a breather, occasionally go off on your own, but don’t make it obvious.” And I also made it a point to look fabulous every day. This may not appeal to everyone in such a position, but it worked for me. It was terribly hard for the first few months, and then it became a routine. Eventually, the ringleader asked me where I was when I didn’t come into the lounge the day before. After that, I was completely accepted by the group. I have lived by that rule ever since and have passed it on to my children. One cannot fight with someone who will not fight. You keep your dignity and, above all, gain their respect. It works in school, at the workplace and even with your own family.— Yvonne from Montreal Please email your questions to, or write to: Annie’s Mailbox, c/o Creators Syndicate, 737 3rd Street, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254.

TUESDAY, DEC. 10, 2013

Violence on network TV dramas receives milder ratings than cable fare BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS LOS ANGELES — Violent dramas on the broadcast networks carry milder parental cautions than cable shows like The Walking Dead but can equal them in graphic gore, a failure of the TV ratings system, a new study found. Scenes of stabbings, shootings, rape, decapitation and mutilation invariably received a TV-14 “parents strongly cautioned” rating on network TV, according to the Parents Television Council study released Monday. But similar fare on cable typically was given the most stringent label, TV-MA for mature audiences only, researchers for the media watchdog group found. “There are zero-point-zero series rated TV-MA on broadcast,” said the media watchdog council President Tim Winter, despite programs that are awash in violent scenes. It is vital to examine the media’s effect on children and real-world violence, Winter said, adding that he hopes his nonpartisan group’s findings are part of a wide-ranging search for solutions. The study of 14 series during a four-week period found a 6 per cent difference in the overall incidence of violence of all types on cable versus broadcast, with 1,482 violent acts on the cable programs and 1,392 on the network series. Federally regulated broadcasters face sanctions if they cross the line on indecency or expletives, but not violence. With competition from unregulated cable and its variously daring series such as Breaking Bad and Masters of Sex, networks have resorted to more mayhem. Episode ratings are decided by networks and cable channels, similar to how the movie studios’ Motion Picture Association of America self-governs by issuing its own movie ratings. The TV Parental Guidelines Monitoring Board, comprised of TV industry members and public interest advocates, checks for ratings uniformity and responds to public complaints. It received 38 complaints in the past year. The ratings system “serves as a valuable resource for parents and helps them make responsible viewing decisions based on what is appropriate for their own families. The industry regularly reviews the TV ratings to ensure they continue to be useful to parents,” Missi Tessier, spokeswoman for the board’s executive secretariat, said in response to the PTC study. NBC, CBS, Fox and CW did not comment on the study, which did not include any ABC shows. Under political and social pressure in the mid-1990s, the voluntary system was established by the TV industry to be used with the so-called V-chip that can block shows electronically.

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Red Deer Advocate, December 10, 2013  
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December 10, 2013 edition of the Red Deer Advocate