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Thousands of people gathered to celebrate the life of Nelson Mandela

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Valiquette. Castor is about 140 km east of Red Deer. On Friday afternoon, a fire destroyed a log home north of Lacombe. Lacombe fire chief Ed vanDelden said no one was at home at the time of the blaze that was reported by a neighbour at about 3:40 p.m. Four cats died in the fire. No other injuries were reported.

Tyrelle van den Akker went downstairs to help friend Colleen DeFoor with the laundry. She came back up with a baby. On Nov. 12, van den Akker, of Sylvan Lake, went to visit former co-worker DeFoor at her Blackfalds home. As DeFoor was a full nine months pregnant, van den Akker “wanted to see her nice big belly.” Nov. 12 was DeFoor’s due date, and she felt early in the morning that it was going to be the big day. But, after having spent 23 hours in labour before she exhaustively gave birth to her son Dustin in 2011, she stubbornly figured that as long as she was at the hospital by 5 p.m. that night, everything would be hunky-dory. “I figured I had lots of time. I was cleaning the house,” recalled DeFoor, “I was stubborn. I thought ‘I’ll wait, I’ll wait, I’ll wait. I don’t want to sit in the hospital forever so I’ll wait as long as I can.’ So I went down to the basement and my water broke and I knew I was in trouble. Not in trouble, but I knew it was coming. I had no time.” Van den Akker was at her side seconds after. The couch was too far away for an immobilized DeFoor, so she grabbed a few damp towels out of the dryer, laid them on the laundry room floor, and set to work.

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A head-on collision between a car and a minivan on Hwy 20 sent three people to hospital early Tuesday afternoon. The crash occurred at about 1 p.m. between Rimbey and Bentley, near Forshee Community Hall. See related story on Page A2.

Blazes cause death, destruction BY PAUL COWLEY ADVOCATE STAFF Three separate fires in Central Alberta over as many days, including an especially tragic one that took the lives of three people, have also destroyed three homes and challenged firefighters during severe weather conditions. Investigators have still not been able to locate the bodies of the three family members who died in a house fire near Castor on Sunday morning.

“Because of the condition of the structure and the debris, our investigators have not been able to enter to complete their investigation,” RCMP K Division spokesperson Sgt. Josée Valiquette said Tuesday. Sandy and Gordon Klaus, and their grown daughter Monica Klaus who was home visiting, are believed to have died in the early morning fire at their farm. The couple’s other child, son Jason, was not home at the time. “Three people remain unaccounted for. They have not been located,” said

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ing a clear contender, the Wild might be willing to send their first-round pick in the 2012 NHL entry draft, who’s been used sparingly this season, to Portland. “I put a Dec. 1 deadline on Matt being returned to us. After that, I had to look at some other options,” said Sutter, who will have Dumba on his Canadian team roster for the world junior championship starting on Dec. 26 in Sweden. “If he was coming back to Red Deer, and that’s a big if, he wouldn’t be here until Jan. 10 and at that point we would have just two months of our (regular) season left. That being said, this is still a tough trade to make because Matt was definitely a big part of our team for three years. I talked to Matt briefly today and I explained to him that this

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was a business deal, something we had to do for our organization, for our team and our fans.” In Kopeck, the Rebels are getting a talented ‘gamer’ with leadership skills. The Medicine Hat native was Portland’s third-round pick in the 2010 bantam draft and has put up 29 points (14g,15a) in 88 regular-season games with the ’Hawks since the start of the 2012-13 season. Kopeck underwent hernia surgery last week and won’t return to action until early to mid January. Sutter is anxious to get the six-foot, 170-pound left winger/centre into his lineup after getting glowing reports from Rebels assistant GM/director of player personnel Shaun Sutter.

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the ’Hawks getting a 2014 pick from Red Deer if Dumba, 19, stays with the Minnesota Wild the rest of the season, and the Rebels receiving a pick in each of The Matt Dumba era is the next three years if Dumofficially over in Red Deer. ba plays with Portland. It might have been over “This was a tough trade anyway, but Rebels GM/ to make from our standhead coach Brent Sutter aspoint and from Portland’s sured once and for all on standpoint. There are risks Tuesday that Red Deer fans on both sides,” said Sutter. have seen the last of DumThe Rebels boss made ba. Sutter dealt the Western the best deal he could, Hockey League rights of the though, considering Dumcurrent National Hockey ba was likely never coming League defenceman to the back to Red Deer, club that Portland Winterhawks for Matt Dumba does not resemble a cham18-year-old forward Presten pionship contender that Kopeck. The deal also includes “significant” will play well into the spring. With the conditional bantam draft picks, with defending champion Winterhawks beBY GREG MEACHEM ADVOCATE SPORTS EDITOR


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BY ADVOCATE STAFF A head-on collision between a car and a minivan on Hwy 20 sent three people to hospital early Tuesday afternoon. “It looks like a northbound Ford F350 lost control on the road and that caused a southbound car to lose control, which crossed over the centre line and struck a northbound mini-van head-on,” Rimbey RCMP Sgt. Mark Groves said. The crash occurred at about 1 p.m. between Rimbey and Bentley, near Forshee Community Hall. He said a 40-year-old woman, of Rimbey, who was in the car, was seriously injured. “Early responders had to use crowbars to pry the doors to get in to extricate her from the vehicle.” A 65-year-old man and a 62-year-old woman, both of Red Deer, in the minivan, were transported to hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Groves said the northbound truck did not collide with another vehicle and ended up on the opposite side of the road. He said no charges have been laid. “Road conditions were extremely icy. They lost control in the icy conditions.” He said a sanding truck went through the area to make it safe for emergency responders. The highway was temporarily closed.

Talk of high-speed train line between Calgary, Edmonton picking up steam? EDMONTON — Rapid population growth around the province has many Albertans pushing for a highspeed passenger rail service. That’s what the standing committee on Alberta’s Economic Future will be examining in briefings this week with transportation officials holding hearings in Edmonton, Calgary and Red Deer. Paul Langan, the Founder of High Speed Rail Canada, says it’s something Albertans have wanted for a while. But Transportation Minister Ric McIver said he doesn’t think the government should pay to build a high-speed rail line, A 2009 government study estimated the cost of a link between Calgary and Edmonton at between $3 billion and $20 billion, depending on the technology and type of train chosen. It has been 28 years since passenger rail service existed between Calgary and Edmonton. Opposition Finance critic Rob Anderson called the train a make-work project, and said a lack of commuter traffic makes the prospect unrealistic. “Frankly, it’s just not a fiscally responsible thing to do right now,” Anderson said.

BABY: ‘It’s nice to get off the phone and smile’

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Post office boxes along C&E Trail ransacked Someone has been stealing mail from the rural area west of Red Deer. Blackfalds RCMP said that unknown suspects knocked over, damaged and entered rural post office boxes along the C&E Trail sometime between Sunday and Monday. RCMP are investigating multiple complaints of mischief and theft of mail from the mail boxes. The culprits also damaged lights on entry gates to homes along the C&E Trail. Police are continuing their investigation and are asking anyone who may have knowledge of these incidents to contact Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477, or the Blackfalds RCMP at 403-885-3300. Blackfalds RCMP are also reminding rural residents who receive their mail in rural mail boxes to collect their mail frequently. With the Christmas season here there is more mail with cash and small gifts being sent. This presents an increased incentive for thieves to enter the mail boxes looking for loot. The house in the town’s Grandview neighbourhood had extensive fire and water damage and is likely a write off. Fire crews managed to limit damage to a neighbouring house to the outside wall and soffits. Dennis estimates the fire caused $500,000 worth of damage to the two homes, including contents. The blaze was fireplace related but investigators are trying to determine exactly what went wrong. Victim Services came to the aid of the family, who were put up in a local hotel. The community is already rallying to help them. “It’s a small community. Everybody is sort of getting together and trying to support them as best they can and get them back on their feet. “I talked to the homeowners yesterday and they were in good spirits, considering.” pcowley@reddeeradvocate.com

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She first called DeFoor’s husband Blain, but after hearing “I’ve got to push! I’ve got to push!” she hung up and, at 2:03 p.m., called 911. Picking up that call was Kelly Bloye at Red Deer’s dispatch centre who guided van den Akker on the phone while a colleague provided information to the paramedics heading to the house. Making matters difficult was an imperfect cellular phone connection. Making matters easy were compliant, calm participants. All Bloye said she could hear in the background was DeFoor instructing husband Blain and babysitter Gina Hoffman, both who had arrived at the house immediately after the 911 call, to keep the dogs away. And all DeFoor could hear was van den Akker’s comments on what she was seeing — “I see a head! Oh, it’s gone!” for example. “I was like, ‘Uh oh,’” laughed DeFoor. But after just an eight-minute call, baby Emery had been delivered. Paramedics showed up moments later, crowding into the tiny laundry room before taking mom and baby to the hospital. At times terrified, van den Akker was shocked to hear from Bloye that on the phone she remained calm throughout. When Emery emerged, van den Akker said her skin was a deep purple, a horrifying hue. “As she breathed I watched her turn from the purplest purple to pink. It was wonderful,” she said. The two women got to meet Bloye for the first time Tuesday at the dispatch centre. Bloye, only working on the day of the birth because she was covering a shift, got to hold the baby she helped deliver. “It’s cool to get calls like that. Nine times out of 10 it’s not a happy call,” said Bloye, who has only been at the dispatch centre for less than a year. “It’s nice to get off the phone and smile.” The dispatch centre averages around three baby deliveries per year, but normally the callers are on the road, rushing to get to a hospital before realizing the deed will have to be done in the vehicle. Rarely do the coached deliveries go so smoothly; Bloye said van den Akker and DeFoor’s calmness helped the process immensely. The two women, who described themselves as acquaintances before the special delivery, acknowledged that their friendship had grown in a big way since Emery’s birth. A thankful DeFoor said her doctor told her that if she plans on having a third child, she should come to the hospital at the first feeling of pain or anything else. She might have another option though; van den Akker said she loved the experience so much that she is now studying to become a doula. mfish@reddeeradvocate.com

“We have a large ongoing deficit that’s occurring; we’ve got $17 billion in debt on the books by 2016.” Edmonton’s mayor took to Twitter to weigh in: “What we need are complete LRT systems at both ends.” Iveson tagged Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi in his message. The report is expected May 25.

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It took volunteer firefighters about two hours to bring a fire at a Stettler home under control. Crews finally left the scene about 1:30 a.m. The temperature was in the -23C range.

FIRES: Stettler family homeless He said the fire was quite involved when firefighters arrived. Due to the severity of the blaze, a call went out to Bentley, Clive and Mirror fire departments who helped battle the flames at 26203 Milton Rd. in Lacombe County. About 30 firefighters were on scene in -37C weather with the windchill and in deep snow around the house. It took a “herculean” effort for firefighters to plow through while pulling a hose full of water and wearing full gear including breathing apparatus, said vanDelden. They contended with multiple frozens pump valves, ice on facemasks, frozen regulators, getting wet, and extremely cold and wet hands. Damage was estimated at $430,000. “There is significant burning both inside and outside. There’s no question it will be a total loss,” vanDelden said. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. The log home had a loft and the open concept probably allowed fire to spread quickly, he said. No other structures or homes were threatened by the fire. On Saturday night a Stettler family was left homeless after a blaze. A couple and their two young children managed to flee the home and were not injured. Stettler Regional Fire Chief Mark Dennis said on Tuesday that when fire crews arrived on scene about 9:30 p.m., the home was fully aflame. It took volunteer firefighters about two hours to bring the fire under control and crews finally left the scene about 1:30 a.m. The temperature was in the -23C range.

REBELS: Hope Kopeck’s attitude will rub off “Shaun has seen him play a lot, he knows their team very well,” said Sutter. “He’s been watching them the last three weeks to a month. Randy (Rebels director of scouting/player development Peterson) has also seen him and I’ve had other guys watching him, too. “They’ve all said the same thing — that he’s a skilled guy with grit. He’s a real strong character, leader-type of player and that’s what we were really wanting to add to our team.” Kopeck’s offensive numbers probably suffered due to the fact he was playing behind a half dozen highly-skilled Portland forwards. He’ll be in a more prominent role with the Rebels, who don’t have the same kind of depth up front. “He’s kind of a mix of (Brooks) Maxwell and (Wyatt) Johnson,” said Sutter, comparing Kopeck to a pair of Rebels forwards. “We’re certainly excited bout getting him.” Sutter hopes that Kopeck’s determination and take-charge attitude will rub off on his new teammates, including some of the older players. “From talking with Shaun and Randy, the thing that certainly intrigued me about him is that he has such great leadership skills and character,” said the Rebels bench boss. “He comes to play every night and that’s been an issue with our team at times this year.” Kopeck played with the midget AAA Medicine Hat Tigers as a 15-year-old — scoring 11 goals and collecting 19 points in 34 games — then joined the Lloydminster Bobcats for the 2011-12 AJHL season. He had 11 goals and 30 points in 56 games with Lloydminster. Dumba, meanwhile, has appeared in 13 games with the Wild in his rookie NHL season. The first year of his three-year entry level contract kicked in when he played his 10th game, but he can still be returned to the junior ranks prior to the NHL trade deadline of March 5. gmeachem@reddeeradvocate.com

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A boy with “Rest In Peace Nelson Mandela” painted on his face looks up at the podium during the memorial service for former South African president Nelson Mandela at the FNB Stadium in Soweto, near Johannesburg, South Africa, Tuesday. and I think that’s what kept him on track.” The soaking rain may have dampened attendance — thousands of seats remained unoccupied throughout the morning — but it could not beat down the exuberance as South Africans blended tears with joy in a celebration of the life of a man they see as the father of their country. “In our culture the rain is a blessing,” said Harry Tshabalala, a driver for the justice ministry. “Only great, great people are memorialized with it. Rain is life. This is perfect weather for us on this occasion.” It initially appeared that only 11 members of the Canadian delegation would be allowed inside the stadium after a decision taken earlier by the South African protocol office. The Prime Minister’s Office was told that Opposition Leader Tom Mulcair, as well as Redford, three other premiers and several MPs who made the 18-hour journey for the service, would not be allowed inside. However, all of the Canadians were able to get in during the confusion that reigned at security checkpoints as thousands of people poured through.

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JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — A teeming, colourful sea of mourners danced and sang under a cold, exhilarating South African downpour Tuesday as tens of thousands of people — including political leaders from around the world — gathered to celebrate the life of Nelson Mandela. A powerful coalition of politically diverse emissaries from across Canada was on hand for the four-hour ceremony, including Prime Minister Stephen Harper and four of his predecessors — Jean Chrétien, Kim Campbell, Brian Mulroney and Joe Clark. “Today was more a celebration than a funeral,” Harper said as the ceremony came to a close. “A celebration of a very long life, but a very important life.” He called Mandela “one of the giants of history.” A steady, cold rain — hailed by some as a blessing in South African culture — appeared to keep many away from the Soweto soccer stadium, where those who did brave the elements heard stirring calls to action from the likes of U.S. President Barack Obama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Chrétien said the exuberance made it unlike any memorial he has seen. “It is a great occasion of respect because he’s admired by everybody,” he said. Chrétien recalled that his government made Mandela an honorary citizen of Canada. “Whenever he would meet me, he would say, ‘Hi, my prime minister.”’ At one point during the proceedings, while the rest of the delegation sat expressionless as they watched the proceedings, Campbell could be seen on her feet, dancing with abandon along with the crowd. “Obama in great form,” Campbell enthused on Twitter. “We are cold, wet but still exhilarated!” Alberta Premier Alison Redford, who was also part of the delegation, worked for Mandela in the early 1990s, when South Africa was in transition out of apartheid and developing a new constitution. “He was a very tough taskmaster,” Redford said as she reflected on her time with Mandela. “He always had a sense of humour

were chided by a top government official who said: “Let’s not embarrass ourselves.” Lashing rain lent a freewheeling aspect to the memorial, with people taking shelter in the stadium’s wide hallways, where they sang anti-apartheid anthems from the 1970s and 1980s. Foul weather kept many away, and the 95,000-capacity stadium was only twothirds full. Obama implored people to embrace Mandela’s universal message of peace and justice, comparing the South African leader to Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr. and Abraham Lincoln. Mandela spent 27 years in prison under a racist regime, and promoted forgiveness and reconciliation when he was finally freed. “We will never see the likes of Nelson Mandela again,” Obama said. “But let me say to the young people of Africa, and young people around the world — you can make his life’s work your own.” He hailed Mandela, who died Thursday at 95, as the unlikely leader of a movement that gave “potent voice to the claims of the oppressed and the moral necessity of racial justice. ” “Born during World War I, far from the corridors of power, a boy raised herding cattle and tutored by the elders of his Thembu tribe, Madiba would emerge as the last great liberator of the 20th century,” Obama said, referring to Mandela by his clan name. Obama, who like Mandela became the first black president of his country, said he was inspired by Mandela as a student. The speech was greeted with thunderous applause. Obama pointed out that “around the world today, men and women are still imprisoned for their political beliefs, and are still persecuted for what they look like, or how they worship, or who they love.”


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A genocide forestalled? CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC IN CRISIS The Central African Republic (CAR) is one of the poorest and most inaccessible countries in the world. It’s the size of France, but it only has four and a half million people. It is a serious contender for the title of Worst Governed Country in Africa, and it is now teetering on the brink of a genocide. Something GWYNNE has to be done, DYER and only France was able and willing to do it. France moves fast. There are already 600 French troops in the capital, Bangui, and another thousand will be moving out into country areas by the end of the week. (There are already 2,500 African peacekeeping troops in the CAR, but they lack transport and don’t have orders to shoot.) It has all happened so fast that France hasn’t even decided yet if it supports the man who currently claims to be the president of the CAR. Asked on Saturday if Michel Djotodia, who seized power last March, should stay as “interim president,”

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French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said: “I don’t think we need (to create) more difficulties by adding the departure of the president.” On Sunday, however, President Francois Hollande said exactly the opposite: “We cannot leave in place a president who was not able to do anything, or even worse, has let (some very bad) things happen.” Fabius and Hollande may simply not have had time yet to talk to each other about Djotodia’s future — and besides, it doesn’t much matter: he controls virtually nothing. The CAR has had eight coups since it got its independence from France in 1960, and got eight bad leaders out of it. The worst was Jean-Bedel Bokassa, who proclaimed himself emperor of the “Central African Empire” and used his “Imperial Guard” to murder people, including schoolchildren, who defied his rule, but even he had little impact on life outside Bangui, the capital. The vast majority of people in the CAR are herdsmen or subsistence farmers who have little or no contact with the institutions of the state: the coup leaders and “presidents” came and went almost unnoticed. Until this time, because Michel Djotodia is the first Muslim president in a mostly Christian country, and he was brought to power by Muslim fighters, many of whom don’t even come from the CAR. Djotodia has been trying to seize the presidency for eight years. Coming from the Muslim northeast of the country, he recruited some fighters from

that area — but up to 80 percent of the soldiers in his Seleka (alliance) militia were Muslim mercenaries whom he hired from Chad and Sudan. Except that he didn’t actually have the money to pay them; he just tacitly offered them the chance to loot if they won. So when he ordered Seleka to disband last March, having fought his way into power in Bangui, they did nothing of the sort. They hadn’t come all this way just to steal a few things and go home again. Like Djotodia, the mercenaries are in the game to get rich, but while he can now do his thieving from the presidential palace, they still have to do it in the traditional way. So the majority of Seleka’s fighters have broken up into bands of marauders who plunder, rape and burn their way around the country. Many of the country’s villages now lie abandoned, while their former inhabitants hide from the bandits in the fields or the woods. Tens of thousands may have already died in the more remote parts of the CAR, and at least four hundred were killed right in Bangui last week. Worse may follow: there is now a serious risk of genocide. The Christian majority and the Muslim minority in the CAR have generally lived alongside each other in peace. However, the ex-Seleka mercenaries, being Muslims, tend to spare Muslim communities and target Christian ones. In self-defence, the Christians have begun banding together in vigilante groups — and there are a lot more Christians than Muslims.

Inevitably, they suspect the local Muslims of helping the ex-Seleka killers, so they are starting to see them as enemies as well. In the circumstances of extreme deprivation and fear that now prevail in country areas — at least a million people are living in severe hunger or actual famine — this could quickly slide into a genocidal level of killing. That’s why France moved so fast. It got the approval of the United Nations Security Council and the African Union for the intervention last Thursday, and by Saturday it had troops on the ground in Bangui. Djotodia, who could not be found last week, has also belatedly endorsed the intervention. The need for speed is still paramount, and French Defence Minister Jean-Yves le Drian said that the job of disarming the ex-Seleka fighters got underway on Monday: “First we’ll ask nicely and if they don’t react, we’ll do it by force.” This is the second time this year that French troops have been sent in to stop an African state from collapsing into slaughter and anarchy. (The French intervention in Mali in January saved that country from conquest by jihadis.) It is deeply embarrassing for the African Union to admit that its own peacekeeping force cannot do the job in time, but it hasn’t let its pride get in the way of preventing a genocide in the CAR. Gwynne Dyer is an independent journalist whose articles are published in 45 countries.

Treasure that Santa magic I decided to write this column before I read Harley Hay’s new book, A Christmas in Parkvale. Harley has written another fictional account of his childhood in a fictional place that seems very much like Red Deer, largely because it is Red Deer for those of us who also remember Harley’s childhood vision of this city. The beauty of Harley’s trip down memory lane is most of us who grew up here also know the way when it comes to the Christmas season from our kid years here in Red Deer. I did not know Harley in the early 1960s, but I did know life as a young kid here in Red Deer during the Christmas season. JIM There are two parts to the Christmas equation for evSUTHERLAND ery kid: pre and post-Santa. Christmas will never get better for any of us than the pre-Santa Christmas segment of our childhoods, the part where we absolutely believed that a fat guy in a loud red suit was able to coax an around-the-world milk run out of six game animals and deliver presents to every kid on the planet in one night. Sure there were some obvious problems with the logistics behind Santa Claus. I actually went outside our house on Christmas Day to check for hoof prints on the lawn and roof when I was about six or seven years old and was curious about why I found none. I also wondered how Santa could get through the small opening at the bottom of our only chimney attached to the central heating system in our house because we had no actual fireplace to provide easy access for the guy with the presents. But no kid will ever look a gift horse, or reindeer, in the mouth and I accepted the gifts without question until eventually I was given the rest of the Santa story, the one where childhood dreams get crushed by the reality of a closet full of toys in my parents’ room. This unwanted revelation was provided by my older brother Pat and I still doubted his story until the same toys showed up on Christmas morning with my name on them. These are the moments of germination for the seeds of cynicism in most of us and I was not an exception to this rule. I realized the Simpsons-Sears Christmas catalogue played a bigger role than I initially thought in the grand scheme of Christmas presents after Pat unveiled that giant cardboard box

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County plow destroyed bin After all the snow we have had in the past week, I just wanted to let people know that if you have a garbage bin at the end of your driveway like I did, you should probably move if away from the snowplows.

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full of childhood happiness for me as a kid. Prior to that, I thought the catalogue was simply a great way to check out the Santa toy collection. Initially I had accepted the Simpsons-Sears Christmas catalogue as simply a part of Santa’s game plan but I had learned otherwise in my young life. The Christmas catalogue came in the mail around mid-fall and it was completely wornout by midDecember, weeks after my parents sent the gift order list to Regina to be filled by the unionized elves in the giant Simpsons-Sears warehouse. The only other paper periodical to get this much attention from me was the first Playboy I found in my

older brother’s bedroom, long after I had gotten over the grim news about Santa. A few other mysteries were also cleared up with the Playboy magazine, but I was actually eager to learn more about that topic as an older kid on the threshold of puberty. However, when all is said and done, I would still exchange the anticipation and excitement found in a Simpsons-Sears Christmas catalogue from my childhood days when I believed Santa was more real than the air-brushed centerfolds I later found in my brother’s Playboys. That time in my life was the true magic of Christmas that I miss the most. Jim Sutherland is a Red Deer freelance writer.

Last week when they were doing snow removal, Red Deer County plowed my garbage bin into the snow bank, completely destroying it. It’s beyond repair. I sent in pictures to Red Deer County expecting them to do the right thing, replace what they had destroyed. I got a call back the next day responding to my complaint. The result? “I guess all I can do for you is say sorry.” They will not replace any damaged property, de-

spite the fault on their account. I think this is unacceptable! My bin has been in the same spot for four years without any issues. I’m not upset about the fact it was destroyed, I’m upset about the principle. You break it, replace it! Thank you Red Deer County for not being accountable for damaging my property! Chery Milette Springbrook

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LETTERS I submit this poem as a protest against what we as a society may have allowed Christmas to become, as Santa himself says, “This garish display of commercialized greed is so very un-Christmas it make my heart bleed.” At this time of year, let’s get back to the real reason for the season. ’Twas a month before Christmas and all through the store Each department was dripping with yuletide décor. The muzak was blaring an out-oftune carol And fake snow was falling in Ladies Apparel. I’d flow a long distance from the North Pole this day To check on reports which had cased me dismay. I’d come to this store but for one special reason To see for myself what went on at this season. I hid in a corner and in a short while I saw the store president walk down an aisle. He shouted an order to “Turn the store tree on” And also the “Noel” in blinding pink neon. Up high grandly hanging from twin gold supports Four hundred pink angels flew over men’s shorts. And towering over the rear mezzanine A 90-foot day glo nativity scene. The clock on the wall said two minutes to nine. The floorwalkers proudly all stood in a line. I watched while the president smelled their carnations Then called out his final command, “Man your stations!” When out on the street there arose such a roar It rang through the rafters and boomed through the store. It sounded exactly like street repair drilling Or maybe another big Mafia killing. I looked to the doors and there banging the glass Was a clamouring, shrieking, hysterical mass. And I felt from the tone of each scream and each curse That the Spirit of Christmas had changed for the worse. The clock, it struck nine, and doors opened wide And that great human avalanche thundered inside. More fearsome than Sherman attacking Atlanta Came parents and kiddies with just one goal — “Santa!” In front stormed the mothers, all brandishing handbags As heavy and deadly as 10-kilo sandbags. With gusto they swung them, the better to smash ears Of innocent floorwalkers, buyers and cashiers. Straight up to the fifth floor the mob penetrated And soon reached the room where the store Santa waited. I followed them closely the better to see This bearded imposter who dared to play me. He stood two metres-five, and weighed all of 130. He’d lost half his teeth and his costume was dirty. His beard dangled down like a wad of cheap cotton His breath needed Scope and his “Ho-ho” was rotten. Egged on by their parents, the kids had one aim To get to this man who was using my name; They mobbed him and mauled him the better to plead For the presents they sought in their hour of greed. The president watched with a gleam in his eye At the thought of the toys that the parents would buy. Of all Christmas come-ons this crowd would attest That a visit to “Santa” was clearly the best. It was all too much for my soul to condone And I let out a most unprofessional moan; The crowd turned around and I’ll say for their sake They knew in an instant I wasn’t a fake. “I’ve had it,” I told them, “with fast-buck promoting, With gimmicks and come-ons and businessmen gloating; This garish display of commercialized greed, Is so very un-Christmas, it make my heart bleed.” With that I departed and shouting a farewell Went barrelling up an emergency stairwell. On reaching the roof, to my sleigh I went forth. Where my reindeer were waiting to take me back North. The crowd swarmed behind me to beg me to stay; Before they could speak I was off in my sleigh. But I turned to exclaim as I flew from the mob,

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“Happy Christmas to all — I’m resigning my job!” Wes Stickel Red Deer

In praise of Peggy Freeman I have read Peggy Freeman’s book reviews, published in your paper, for many years. I have come to rely not only on her never-flamboyant downto-earth assessments but also on her choice of books to review. I did not realize how completely I have come to trust her opinions until I read her latest review on Hellgoing: Stories by Lynn Coady. Although this book merited the 2013 Giller Prize for Coady, based on Ms. Freeman’s review, I will not be reading it. No book, even an award winner, can appeal to everyone and, with Ms. Freeman’s description of the book as a “downer,” I know that it is not the book for me. Donna Stinson Red Deer

Thanks for help after snow Sometimes we take for granted the people we share our street, close or crescent with; we don’t see them much and we all go about our own busy lives and business. Last week, I realized there are a lot of wonderful people on my crescent called Darling in Deer Park. Having gotten our vehicle stuck several as to be embarrassing times, they came and helped us out every time. Thank you all and God bless! Soozi Edwards Red Deer

Glad you’re OK Re: Your banner shouting in Wednesday’s Advocate about Buck dodging a health scare bullet Attention: Buck Buchanan and all others who regularly sit in our council chambers, a heart attack was likely a startling moment, to say the least for you and yours, Coun. Buchanan. I am sincerely glad that you are OK and back on your feet so quickly. Each of us can be busy, scared and brave at moments in time. Some people’s moments in time are longer or shorter than another’s. The key is to stop for as long a moment as you can afford to say “thanks for thinking about me!” And then as long a moment to say “you’re welcome.” Remember, your issue is always right if you truly believe in that for which you stand. In this case your issue was a daughter. Thanks from me to the entire list of our city’s emergency support and transport teams. Now get back to work. Wanda Ewen Red Deer

The truth about foster care I have known for a long time that occasionally the media will skew headlines and information to promote agendas and to increase sales. I have directly witnessed this on numerous occasions. However, this time I cannot and will not remain silent because this time their efforts are, at the very least, distracting from the real concerns. Let’s talk about the F word; a term so vile that is causes some people to become judgmental and make horrific assumptions: foster care. As I write this, there are 11,539 children receiving various supports from Children’s Services in Alberta. Of these children, 3,410 are living at home with one or more of their biological parents while 8,129 are living in care. The term “in care” means they could be in a kinship home, group home, living independently, waiting for an adoption to be finalized, in the PSECA program (protection against sexual exploitation), in hospital, in secure services, or in a foster home. For those of you big on data, 54 per cent of those 8,129 individuals are in foster homes. Now that we’ve determined who we

are talking about, let’s look at what the media is saying. … “The investigation found 145 children have died in government care since 1999. The government has only publicized 56 deaths over that period.” “One in three children who dies in government care in Alberta is a baby, a startling figure given infants account for one in 10 children in care.” “Eighteen died in their sleep, often after a foster parent employed unsafe sleeping practices.” “Eight died by accident or homicide” The average person reading these statements does not have the knowledge of how tragically common it is for infants to die due to unsafe sleep habits, nor do they stop to think rationally about why the government does not publicize the deaths of children. Instead, they focus on the perception that government is hiding deaths and babies are dying because they were placed in care. I read it all differently and let me tell you why. My husband and I have been foster parents for 11 years. We have taken babies who were beaten, neglected, and/ or severely ill, we helped them thrive so they could go back to family or go on to an adoption. We are very involved in the fostering community so we know that we are not some rare breed. In fact, most of the caregivers I know are intelligent, loving, qualified, individuals who have sacrificed much to provide for others. So, when I read that in 13.5 years 145 children, who were in the care of the government died or that one-third of children in care who die are infants, I want to know how this compares to the deaths of other Alberta children who were not in care. After a few minutes, Google provided all the statistics from the Alberta government and Statistics Canada that I needed to give me some important details and here is what I found: ● The average number of deaths of children in Alberta is 400 per year. So on average 390 Alberta children per year, who are not in care, die. ● On average, 230 Alberta infants die per year. That equals an Alberta infancy death rate of 57.5 per cent of total child mortalities. Between January 1999 and June 2013, 57 infants died. That equals 39.31 per cent of the total deaths of children in care. Far lower than the provincial average. ● The provincial average of infants dying in their sleep is roughly 11 per cent of total child mortalities per year. This means that on average, 44 infants a year die due to things like unsafe sleeping habits. Eighteen children in foster care over the last 13 years have died of the same cause. Again, far lower than provincial average. ● The provincial average of children who die due to accident/injury/ homicide is 28.7 per cent of the deaths for males and 21.6 per cent for females. Unfortunately, I did not see a combined percentage. Tragically, there have been eight children in care, over the last 13 years, who have died under the same circumstances. To put it into a comparable percentage would be 5.5 per cent of children in care who have died. At this point, I could be holier than thou and go on about how the numbers speak for themselves; that the spin the media is putting on these deaths is only to sell papers; about how so many children who come into care are saved from death by dedicated foster parents and a quality care system; that children are not dying simply because they have been put into care. However, at the end of the day none of that matters as much as the fact that all across Alberta children, in care or not, are dying needless deaths. THAT is where the focus needs to be. The spin the Edmonton Journal and other media are putting on these deaths is harmful, and the way the government oppositions are fighting over each other to try to gain political favor with Albertans is disgusting. At the very least, this province must: ● Increase its efforts in FASD prevention and education because it is

one of the leading causes of why so many children are ending up in care. ● Continue its efforts in prevention and education of domestic violence and sexual exploitation. ● Recruit and support quality foster/kinship/adoptive homes. ● Increase funding to early childhood education. ● Reduce the prevalence of poverty and focus on the lasting impacts of poverty. The real issues are being lost within the skewed and/or exaggerated reporting of our media. So always keep the truth in mind: children in Alberta are dying both in and out of care and we, as a community, need to pull together and make all our children a priority. Be part of the solution, contact your MLA and tell them you support foster parents, that you want more funds put into programs that directly enhance and that support all Alberta families, and that you do not want your tax dollars going towards more bureaucracy that will be put in place to give the appearance of open reporting. Terri Grills Proud Foster Parent Red Deer

Thanks for Smile support Every child deserves a bright start when they begin school. Our community has helped make this possible through their outstanding support of the recent Smile Cookie campaign. This year, we raised $25,620 — that’s quite the bake sale! The owners of Red Deer Tim Hortons restaurants chose Bright Start, a program of the Foundation for Red Deer Public Schools, as recipients for this very successful campaign. Tim Hortons recognized that early intervention is a great investment in children. While there are children with special needs who qualify for pre-kindergarten programming, we know many children in our community who are not eligible, but need a range of supports so they can be successful when they start school and able to achieve their full potential. That’s where the Bright Start program comes in. It opens the door to students to provide them with all they need to reduce the gap. There is no funding for Bright Start, so we rely on support from the community to make it happen — without this, it simply isn’t possible! We appreciate the great support from our community — you bought a lot of cookies! We want to thank Tim Hortons, their local owners and staff for their amazing support. These restaurants support so many great initiatives in our community and we couldn’t be more grateful for their funding of Bright Start. Bright Start is just one of the initiatives supported by the Foundation for Red Deer Public Schools. Reading College is our summer reading program for Grade 2 students who are struggling readers. Finish Line reaches out to students no longer in school but within reach of completing their high school diploma and helps them achieve this. We also support many other ongoing initiatives in Red Deer Public Schools. All of this is made possible through the generous support of our staff, parents, and community. For this, we are truly grateful — you make it possible! Valdene Callin Chair The Foundation for Red Deer Public Schools Red Deer

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OTTAWA, Ont. — Russian President Vladimir Putin is pawing the snow over Canada’s claim to the North Pole. A day after Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird confirmed Canada is extending its Arctic territorial claim beyond the area mapped by federal scientists, Putin responded Tuesday with a highly visible message to the Russian military. “I would like you to devote special attention to deploying infrastructure and military units in the Arctic,” Putin was quoted saying in televised comments at a meeting of the Defence Ministry Board in Moscow. The country requires “every lever for the protection of its security and national interests there,” Putin said for the cameras. Last week, Canada made a formal scientific submission to the United Nations claiming 1.2 million square kilometres of seabed under the Atlantic, as well as a preliminary claim in the Arctic Ocean. Baird held a news conference Monday on Parliament Hill where he asserted the Arctic claim will include the North Pole, although Canada has yet to do the mapping work to support its bid.

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Russia is already drilling for oil in the high Arctic, and in 2007 a Russian team planted the country’s flag on the sea floor at the magnetic pole. Baird’s spokesman Rick Roth responded to Putin’s latest Arctic chest-thumping by stating Canada will defend its sovereignty in the region “in adherence to international law, and through science-based measures.” “We will also continue our co-operation with our partners in the Arctic, as a responsible neighbour should,” Roth added in an email. “We offer no advice to Russia, but merely point out that they should be cognizant of the message they’re sending to neighbours.” Putin’s message has been loud and persistent. Russia is currently building the world’s biggest nuclear icebreaker, which will add to the fleet of five it already has. The country has 10 naval ports in the Arctic, able to service its fleet of nuclear submarines, and has begun restoring Arctic airfields. As Putin said Tuesday, Russia is “ever-more actively reclaiming this promising region, returning to it,” following the collapse of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s. The Canadian military, by contrast, has conceded that its recent purchase of snowmobiles for the troops will be the last for nearly a decade.

A long-promised winter warfare centre in Nunavut finally opened this past summer, six years after Prime Minister Stephen promised it. The command post in Resolute Bay can handle up to 100 soldiers at a time training for cold-weather operations. But a deep-water port at Nanisivik, Nunavut, remains under the control of the federal fisheries department, despite long-standing promises of a navel refuelling station. Promised Arctic patrol ships are still in the design stage, and construction of an icebreaker has been put off until at least 2020. Fortunately for Canada, the Arctic arms race won’t determine territorial claims, according to experts. Whitney Lackenbauer, a historian who specializes in Arctic sovereignty at the University of Waterloo, Ont., says the sabre-rattling is designed more for domestic political purposes. “It is a fascinating political dance. But in practical terms this is much ado about nothing,” Lackenbauer said in an interview. “This is very much an emotional exercise relating to the North Pole as a symbol of the Arctic. The practical aspects are completely immaterial.” He said both Russian and Canadian governments are playing this game. “We’re almost mirror images of one another.”

Defiant Ford stands by comment Groups struggle to suggesting reporter is a pedophile come to grips with soldier suicides BY THE CANADIAN PRESS

TORONTO — A defiant Mayor Rob Ford refused Tuesday to apologize or explain televised comments in which he sparked a threat of legal action by appearing to accuse a reporter of being a pedophile. Asked if he would say sorry to Toronto Star reporter Daniel Dale or clarify the comments he made during a Vision TV interview with former media baron and convicted felon Conrad Black, Ford was emphatic. “I stand by my words, what I said with Conrad Black,” Ford told a news conference, his voice rising. “I stand by every word I said.” Black had asked Ford in the interview broadcast Monday about media intrusion on his family’s privacy, and Ford singled out Dale for an incident that happened in May 2012. Dale has said he was writing a story about a plot of public land adjacent to Ford’s house that the mayor wanted to buy, so he went to take a look when the mayor emerged from his home to confront him. “Daniel Dale is in my backyard taking pictures. I have little kids. He’s taking pictures of little kids,” Ford told Black in the interview, taped Friday. “I don’t want to say that word but you start thinking what this guy is all about.” During Tuesday’s news conference, Ford refused to specify “the word.” “If you watch the interview you’ll know what I said,” he said angrily. “If you watched Conrad Black’s interview, actually there was two . . . I hope you saw both of them, and I stand by every word I said.” Earlier Tuesday, Dale denounced Ford’s suggestion as “categorically false.” “In the calmest terms possible, it is unpleasant when the mayor of the biggest city in Canada essentially accuses you, or suggests, you are a pedophile,” Dale said. Dale, who seemed bemused by Ford’s comments, said at no time did he ever take any photographs of the mayor’s family, house or property — and a police investigation bore that out. The matter was in the hands of Star lawyers, Dale said, adding he had made no decision on whether to sue. Neither Black nor Vision TV responded to interview requests Tuesday. However, Vision’s code of ethics warns against misrepresenting or inciting hatred against any individual. It also promises to correct any “significant

Senate Speaker nixes bid to explore possible audit interference

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Toronto Mayor Rob Ford attends a news conference at City Hall in Toronto on Tuesday. Ford says he stands by “every word” he said during a televised interview in which he appeared to accuse a reporter of being a pedophile. unfairness.” Editor in chief Michael Cooke told Newstalk 1010 Tuesday that it would be Dale’s decision on whether to sue but said the Star would back him financially. “I can’t think of a worse thing to say about a man — a man who has sex with children,” Cooke said. “I can’t think of a worse insult, a worse libel, a worse accusation.” Coun. Doug Ford, the mayor’s defender in chief, struck a lone voice of dissent, saying his brother never suggested Dale was a pedophile. Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly, who has assumed most of the mayor’s powers, denounced the mayor’s view. “It’s dead wrong,” Kelly said. “It’s almost beyond comment. It goes beyond the pale and I think there should be an apology for that.”

OTTAWA — Former soldiers, veterans advocates and lawmakers wrestled with duelling theories Tuesday about what might be at the heart of a sudden series of suicides this fall among serving members of the Canadian military. Testimony before two separate parliamentary committees struggled to come to grips with an issue some say defies explanation: what drives a person to the tragic, deeply personal decision to take their own life. While the Harper government has invested millions bolstering mental health services at National Defence, scant attention is paid to helping the mentally and physically wounded transition to civilian life, the House of Commons defence committee was told. The veterans affairs committee, meanwhile, heard Tuesday that the perceived financial uncertainty created by the government’s overhaul of veterans benefits is driving some soldiers to the brink. At the same time, the head of the country’s special forces says it’s important to create an atmosphere where troops who struggle with their wartime experiences feel confident enough to speak up without fear of losing their career. The debate is taking place against the backdrop of at least four apparent military suicides within a week in different parts of the country. The Canadian military’s medical establishment is grappling to identify the triggers. A recent technical review of 38 suicide investigations catalogued 74 different recommendations. There were 25 confirmed suicides in 2011 and an additional 17 deaths in 2012, said the September 2013 report, obtained by The Canadian Press. National Defence says it has acted on the majority of the suggestions through existing initiatives. But it rejected recommendations calling for extra mental health services staff to be assigned to specific units, such as special forces, and for more screening of all troops before and after high-stress postings. The rejection of more screening runs contrary to a recent Canadian Medical Association Journal report where a University of Toronto mental health expert warned that patients exposed to traumatic events in the military should be routinely checked for signs of post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD.

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OTTAWA — The Speaker of the Senate has shot down a Liberal bid to investigate allegations that the Prime Minister’s Office interfered in an independent audit of Mike Duffy’s expenses. Noel Kinsella rejected Liberal Senate leader James Cowan’s argument that the alleged interference constituted a breach of senators’ privileges. Tuesday’s ruling was based on Cowan’s timing, rather than the merits of his arguments. Kinsella said questions of privilege must be raised at the earliest opportunity but, in this case, Cowan waited two weeks to raise the matter after first learning about the alleged interference from RCMP documents filed in court on Nov. 20. A favourable ruling from Kinsella would have sent the allegations to a Senate committee for further study. That would have given the Liberals another chance to try to call two key witnesses alleged to have been involved in trying to tamper with the audit: Conservative Sen. Irving Gerstein and Deloitte managing partner Michael Runia. The Conservatives have used their majority in the Senate to defeat previous Liberal efforts to have Gerstein and Runia testify. The Liberals have now run out of procedural options to try to get to the bottom of the matter, Cowan said. “Somebody isn’t telling the whole truth, somebody is hiding something, and at some point somebody’s going to get to the bottom of it,” Cowan said shortly after Kinsella’s ruling. “Maybe it will be the RCMP, maybe it will be the conflict of interest commissioner.” New Democrats were also claiming “coverup” Tuesday on another aspect of the Senate expenses scandal: Conservative MPs signalled their opposition to an NDP motion to study the PMO’s policy of deleting the emails of staffers once they leave the government’s employ.

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Canada to charge many foreign tourists a fee for electronic application OTTAWA — Millions of visitors to Canada would be charged a new fee under a proposed electronic security screening plan. The federal government is soliciting public comment on the plan to introduce online travel applications as part of the sweeping perimeter security pact with the United States. Foreign nationals who currently do not need a visa to visit Canada would have to successfully apply for an electronic travel authorization, or ETA, before arriving by air. U.S. citizens would be exempted from the new requirement. Records released under the Access to Information Act say the department expects approximately 3.5 million electronic travel authorization applications annually beginning in April 2015. A recently published notice requesting feedback on the initiative says the government plans to charge a “cost recovery” fee — how much isn’t specified, but it would be a “minimal amount.” Approved applications would be valid for multiple entries to Canada over a period of up to five years.

TORONTO — The man convicted of killing eight-year-old Victoria Stafford should get a publicly funded lawyer as he tries to appeal, Ontario’s highest court ruled Tuesday. Michael Rafferty’s case is too complex for someone with a Grade 9 education in segregation and with no access to a law library to handle on his own with the assistance of duty counsel, Appeal Court Justice Marc Rosenberg ruled. “In my opinion it is desirable in the interests of justice that the appellant be represented,” Rosenberg wrote. Duty counsel provide a “remarkable service” to unrepresented inmates, but they can’t be expected to take on a case this complex, with some arguments involving “an attack on the tactical decisions made by very experienced trial counsel,” Rosenberg wrote. Rafferty, 33, had been turned down four times by Legal Aid since his convictions in May 2012 for first-degree murder, sexual assault causing bodily harm and kidnapping in Tori’s death. Rosenberg ordered the case sent back to Legal Aid Ontario for reconsideration, but if Rafferty is still turned down, the lawyer who represented him on this motion will be appointed for the appeal and he will be paid by the attorney general for Ontario.

Ottawa urged to develop national dementia strategy OTTAWA — The Conservative government is being called upon to develop a national dementia strategy. Both the Canadian Medical Association and the opposition NDP say Canada should join 13 other countries that already have strategies to deal with the fast-growing problem of Alzheimer’s and similar diseases. Chris Simpson, the association’s presidentelect, says a plan would help Canada’s overtaxed health-care system cope with as many as 750,000 patients suffering from Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. It’s estimated that dementia costs Canadian taxpayers $33 billion a year in both direct health-care costs and the lost income of family members who are forced to act as caregivers. The NDP is also calling on the government to back proposed legislation that would establish a national dementia plan, saying Canadians deserve better. Matt Dineen, whose partner was recently diagnosed with dementia in her early 40s, has written to Health Minister Ron Ambrose urging a national strategy. The call for action comes on the eve of a G8 summit on dementia tak-

Winnipeg signs on to UN campaign to reduce violence against women WINNIPEG — Manitoba’s capital is the first Canadian city to join a United Nations campaign aimed at reducing violence against women and there’s hope that the move will address why a disproportionate number of Canada’s aboriginal women are victims. Winnipeg joins more than 15 other cities around the world, including New Delhi, Cairo and Kigali, Rwanda. The program has led to the inclusion of women’s safety audits in urban planning in some of the cities and the banning of sexual harassment in public places in others. In Winnipeg, police plan to team up with community groups to identify which parts of the city need immediate attention. Some aboriginal leaders are hoping the initiative will focus on sexual and racial violence facing native women, including the number of missing and murdered aboriginal women. Leslie Spillett, executive director of the native organization Ka Ni Kanichihk, said the province has the third-highest number of such women in Canada. “Currently, there are 79 documented cases of missing and murdered aboriginal women,” she said Tuesday.

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CANADIAN BEEF SIRES NEARLY READY TO START OPERATIONS NORTH OF INNISFAIL BY HARLEY RICHARDS ADVOCATE BUSINESS EDITOR

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The finishing touches are being added to a new Boston Pizza restaurant in Central Alberta. Here Todd Towes of 3T Signs of Edmonton installs the iconic Boston Pizza logo to the front of the new restaurant in Blackfalds on Tuesday.

UDSS celebrates arrival INTERNATIONAL ENERGY CONSULTING BUSINESS MAKES RED DEER BASE FOR ITS CANADIAN OPERATIONS BY HARLEY RICHARDS ADVOCATE BUSINESS EDITOR Upstream Downstream Specialized Services Inc. celebrated its move to Red Deer on Tuesday, with a ceremonial ribbon-cutting at the company’s Edgar Industrial Park premises and a reception at Red Deer College’s City Centre Stage downtown. The international energy consulting business confirmed last month that it had chosen Red Deer as the base for its Canadian operations. Chief marketing officer Jaime Cocuy said previously that UDSS offices typically operate with a small management and administrative staff, with resource people brought in as required to meet client needs. Danielle Klooster, who helped bring UDSS to Red Deer in her capacity as business retention, expansion and investment officer with Central Alberta: Access Prosperity, has been hired by the company as its local business development manager. Headquartered in Florida, UDSS serves companies in South America, North America, the Caribbean, the Middle East and Asia. Among its clients are Halliburton, Baker Hughes, Schlumberger, Weatherford and Pemex. UDSS previously had

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Cal Dallas, left, Alberta Minister of International and Intergovernmental Relations meets with UDSS founder and CEO Pedro Orihuela and UDSS’s Danielle Klooster during the opening of the company’s Red Deer office in the Edgar Industrial Area Tuesday. an office in Montreal, but decided to relocate to Alberta so that it would be nearer the oil and gas sector, and many of its clients. Founder and CEO Pedro Orihuela said Tuesday that this is where his company should be. He added that the expertise in shale oil and gas production here — expertise that’s needed in other countries where UDSS operates — is of particular interest. “Most of their lives they have worked with conventional resources,” Orihuela said of geologists in places like Mexico. “Now we’re offering training for them to start thinking how to exploit this kind of reserve.” UDSS hopes to send industry experts from

Alberta to the markets it serves. “But it also wants to develop training programs that its clients can tap into. “We’re talking with Red Deer College to see if we can make a certificate program for unconventional resources,” said Orihuela. UDSS might also be able to help Canadian companies with their skilled labour shortages, he added. For example, it might be able to bring in welders from places like the United States and England. Also in attendance on Tuesday was Cal Dallas, Alberta’s minister of international and intergovernmental and relations. Dallas said he’s

pleased to see companies like UDSS come here to pursue opportunities. “We know that the outlook for our economy is dynamic; that the future requires that we continue to attract talent, innovative ideas, new investment into our area, to succeed.” Dallas added that UDSS’s international presence could also prove valuable to Canadian companies looking to branch out into other countries. “Having that opportunity to directly interact with UDSS and learn more about their experiences in those markets as well, I think, will be very beneficial.” hrichards@reddeeradvocate.com

Bredin Centre for Learning offers new option to help find employment BY ADVOCATE STAFF Central Albertans who need help to find employment have a new local option. Bredin Centre For Learning opened a Red Deer office on Nov. 1. Located at No. 101, 4711 51st Ave., it has a staff of six, including career counsellors. “We assist with all employment needs,” said Alison Ecklund, Bredin’s local program manager. The support it provides ranges from help preparing resumés to one-on-one career counselling, she added. Clients also have access to a resource centre that’s equipped with computers, phones, photocopiers, fax machines and other equipment. Ecklund said Bredin’s clients run the gamut, from new Canadians to workers seeking a career change.

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New members join Downtown Business Association board The Red Deer Downtown Business Association has announced the latest additions to its board of directors. Julie Oliver of MNP LLP, Andrew Luft of Johnston Ming Manning LLP, Krystal Kromm of City First Air and Kevin Traptow of Cool Beans Bus were elected to the board last month. Downtown resident Brandon Bouchard, of Great Canadian Roofing and Siding, was also appointed to the board. Existing board members are Rolland Forsland of DOSE Coffee, Tom Lewis of Blackrock Oilfield Services, Brett Salomons of Salomons Commercial and city council representative Lawrence Lee. Leaving the board are Bill Graham, Brian Olstad, Lorna Watkinson Zimmer and Bryan Balderson. A new executive is expected to be named in January.

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They can book an appointment or simply drop in, she said. Based in Edmonton, Bredin also has offices in Calgary and Spruce Grove. A non-profit organization that was founded in 1976, it receives funding from Alberta Employment and Immigration, Service Canada and Citizenship and Immigration Canada. Ecklund said Bredin’s expansion into Red Deer was a natural progression, given the region’s central location. Job-seekers, employers and others are invited to attend an open house at Bredin’s Red Deer office this Thursday from 1 to 4 p.m. It will be a good opportunity to learn about the centre’s services and meet its staff, she said. Additional information about Bredin can be obtained online at www.bredin.ca, or by calling the Red Deer centre at 587-273-0225.

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Prior to 2003, Canadian beef genetics were in high demand around the world. That changed abruptly with the onset of the BSE crisis, when export markets for cattle semen and embryos evaporated. Fast-forward a decade, and a Central Alberta company is taking an aggressive step toward rebuilding the beef industry’s capacity to supply the needs of breeders elsewhere. Canadian Beef Sires has built a beef-specific quarantine centre north of Innisfail. All it needs now is approval from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, which Rick Katchuik, a veterinarian and principal owner of Canadian Beef Sires, expects any time. “I’m close enough that our clients that wish to bring their bulls in before the next breeding season are having some of the preliminary veterinarian work done,” he said. “Hopefully, by the first of January or so, they’ll be able to bring them in.” Katchuik is also part-owner of Alberta Veterinary Center, which operates out of Burnt Lake Business Park, west of Red Deer. It provides specialized reproductive services for cattle and horses, and even has a mobile unit that collects and freezes semen, transfers embryos and performs reproductive assessments. Katchuik said he heard from clients who were frustrated they had to wait up to six months to get their bulls into quarantine centres for testing prior to semen processing and export. Much of the backlog related to the fact that existing centres are focused on dairy cattle, not beef. Prior to BSE, there were several quarantine centres that catered to beef cattle, said Katchuik. “It was very vibrant,” he said of Western Canada’s beef genetics industry. “This is one of the biggest places in the world for cattle genetics, prior to BSE.” Canadian Beef Sires could be entering the market at just the right time, he said. Most export restrictions related to BSE have been removed, and the world is rediscovering the quality of Canadian beef genetics. “It’s unfortunate we couldn’t promote them or sell them for that period of time, but it’s coming around.” Canadian Beef Sires’ quarantine centre has space for 50 to 60 bulls, said Katchuik, and room for growth. In addition to isolation pens, it has a range of collection, lab and storage facilities. “I think our storage capacity right now is about 200,000 doses.”

Local businesses keen to enter the international marketplace should mark Jan. 29 on their calendars. That’s the date of Insights & Local Supports: a Global Market Tool Kit. Scheduled to run from 4 to 6 p.m. at Red Deer College’s City Centre Stage downtown, the event will feature a number of presentations related to accessing and operating in international markets. Speakers will discuss Export Development Canada services, accessing capital for international operations through HSBC Bank Canada, and the supports and resources available through Alberta Innovates Technology Futures. There will also be a description of the work of Central Alberta: Access Prosperity, which is organizing the event. The cost to attend is $25, with registration information available at glblmarkettoolkit.eventbrite.ca. The deadline to register is Jan. 24.

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Employment How we can overcome change outlook expected to stabilize The latest survey by Manpower Inc. found that Canadian employers expect hiring practices in the first quarter of 2014 to remain stable compared to a year ago, although many in the Red Deer area anticipate staffing increases. The national survey found that the net employment outlook for the quarter is 12 per cent, two per cent higher than the previous quarter, and about the same as the first quarter of 2013. It found that 13 per cent of respondents expect to add employees in the January-March quarter, while eight per cent said they plan on scaling back their payrolls. Seventy-eight per cent said they anticipate their current staffing levels to remain the same. Manpower found that hiring prospects were most favourable in Western Canada, with employers in the construction sector reporting the highest net employment look at 16 per cent. In the case of Red Deer-area employers, the survey indicated that 34 per cent plan to hire for the upcoming quarter and none anticipated cutbacks. Sixty-six per cent planned to maintain their staffing levels. “With seasonal variations removed from the data, Red Deer’s first quarter net employment outlook of 37 per cent is a significant increase of 20 percentage points when compared to the previous quarterly outlook,” said Randy Upright, CEO of Manpower’s Alberta region. “It is also a 29 percentage point increase from the outlook reported during the same time last year, indicating a brisk hiring pace for the upcoming months.” The natiounal survey was based on interviews with more than 1,900 employers. “Overall, a respectable national hiring climate is projected in the coming quarter,” said Byrne Luft, vice-president of operations for Manpower Canada. “Employers in the construction industry are again anticipating the strongest payroll gains, however most new jobs in the sector are expected in Western Canada and Ontario. Nationally, though job creation continues at a steady pace, many of the gains are expected to occur in lower-paying sectors.”

Air Canada picks Air Georgian for additional regional routes BY THE CANADIAN PRESS MONTREAL — Air Canada is expanding its relationship with Air Georgian as it looks to reduce costs and protect its turf from WestJet’s growing regional Encore service. The national carrier said Tuesday that Torontobased Air Georgian will operate additional routes in Canada and the United States in mid-2014. The charter and commercial aircraft company was selected following a request for proposals. Air Canada (TSX:AC.B) said the regional airline, which became a partner in 2000 and flies under the brand Air Canada Express, will service the new routes using Canadair aircraft. However, it declined to provide any details about how many routes and which destinations will be serviced by Air Georgian or whether there will be an impact on its other regional partners, including Chorus Aviation’s (TSX:CHR.B) Jazz. “We are pleased to expand our long-standing commercial relationship with Air Georgian that will allow Air Canada to introduce more cost-competitive operations in a number of our key regional markets,” said Kevin Howlett, Air Canada’s senior vice-president, regional markets. Air Georgian was selected over several Canadian and U.S. regional operators based on operational safety, efficiency, cost and service, Howlett said. “The award of additional flying to Air Georgian is an important step in our regional airline diversification strategy and ongoing cost transformation program,” he said. Air Georgian president Eric Edmondson said the company was excited to be getting the new business. “The selection of Air Georgian for this expanded role is based on our proven ability to offer seamless connections and service for Air Canada customers that is of mutual benefit for both airlines,” he said in a news release. Air Canada currently has capacity purchase agreements with four regional airline partners that operate under the Air Canada Express banner: Jazz, Sky Regional, Air Georgian and EVAS. Air Georgian currently carries more than 350,000 passengers a year for Air Canada from airports in Toronto, Montreal, Halifax and Calgary to 19 Canadian and U.S. destinations. It has a fleet of 16 Beechcraft 1900 planes.

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MARKETING: Positive response Bulls will typically be kept in quarantine for 60 to 90 days, depending on the testing requirements of the countries their semen is destined for. “There may be anywhere from 500 to 20,000 doses of semen drawn off your average beef bull, depending on his value and what interest there is out there in the marketplace,” said Katchuik. Canadian Beef Sires will also market semen for its clients, if requested, with sales staff, a catalogue and website dedicated to this function. Katchuik said the response from clients has been positive. “At least three or four times a week we’re getting interest from other people around Western Canada. “We have bulls right now lined up in Manitoba; we have bulls lined up on Vancouver Island.” hrichards@reddeeradvocate.com

has got to be greater than Resistance to change. Before a person can change, they must have a high level of dissatisfaction with their current situation. A clear vision, knowing that something new and different is possible, fuels these levels. If a person’s dissatisfaction level is high but they don’t have a clear vision of what success looks like, or if they have a great vision but are fairly satisfied with the current situation, it is not likely that change will happen. A clear sense of both factors must be in play. Once you can identify your issues and your vision of what the future could be, then you need to take the first steps. The fact is, without action, nothing will happen. And, all of these three factors must be greater than your resistance to, or fear of, change. One of the first exercises my clients must undertake is to complete a business alignment questionnaire. This process helps the business owner to identify the things he/she knows isn’t working. The things that need to change must be greater than their resistance to do what needs to be done in order the achieve success. Try using this formula to help you understand and qualify your dissatisfaction level, and to build your vision for what you want to achieve. Finally, plan the first steps to move towards your goals. You can truly become an agent of change in your life as well as the lives of others. ActionCoach is written by John MacKenzie of ActionCoach, which helps small- to medium-sized businesses and other organizations. He can be contacted at johnmackenzie@ actioncoach.com or by phone at 403340-0880.

Anguished Madoff wept as he revealed fraud, former right-hand man testifies THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW YORK — The former right-hand man of disgraced financier Bernard Madoff told a jury Tuesday that a crying Madoff revealed to him his financial empire was a gigantic fraud just before the rest of the world learned the truth nearly five years ago. Frank DiPascali, Madoff’s former lieutenant and the government’s star witness at the trial of five former Madoff employees, said Madoff called him into his Manhattan office and told him to close the door behind him on a day Madoff, a former Nasdaq chairman, had spent staring out his window. “Crying, he said: ’I’m at the end of my rope. I have no more money,”’ DiPascali told jurors in federal court on the eve of the five-year anniversary of Madoff’s arrest. He said he asked his boss what he meant. “I don’t have any more goddamned money! Don’t you get it?” DiPascali said Madoff responded. As DiPascali testified, his voice rose and accelerated so fast that the judge directed him to slow down and speak more softly. DiPascali said he continued challenging Madoff, asking what he was talking about and telling him the firm could meet the redemption demands of investors. “That’s when he just said: ‘The whole goddamn thing is a fraud. I don’t have any money. Don’t you understand what I’m talking about to you? Don’t you get it?”’ DiPascali recalled, saying his own knees were buckling at the time. He said he spent several hours listening to a delirious, incoherent and rambling Madoff recount a detailed plan to reveal the true nature of a private investment business that had blown nearly $20 billion entrusted to him by thousands of investors, including charities, Hollywood actors and producers and the owners of the New York Mets. DiPascali said Madoff asked repeatedly if DiPascali’s wife had money and would be OK and said his own wife, Ruth Madoff, had money from her family that was untainted by the business. Madoff predicted that his brother Peter Madoff, a lawyer, “is probably going to get disbarred, but, hey, I’m not going to worry about that.” Peter Madoff pleaded

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Victims of Bernie Madoff’s massive Ponzi scheme, Morton Chalek, 91, standing, a WWII vet, and his friend Fran Reiss, 79, a retired educator, pose in the apartment they share, in New York. Chalek and Reiss are among a legion of former investors still struggling to move on after seeing their life savings go up in flames. guilty last year to falsifying documents and lying to regulators as part of the Ponzi scheme and is serving a 10-year prison sentence. Bernard Madoff, just days after sending out

statements implying the money he managed had more than tripled since he began investing decades earlier, revealed his biggest worry amid his description of “a little game plan” to reveal

his house of cards, the witness testified. “One of the last things I want is to go out of this office in handcuffs in front of all of the employees,” DiPascali said Madoff told him. “I can’t let that happen. I want to do this on my terms.” DiPascali said Madoff’s revelations hit him hard and they realized “the whole shootin’ match is going right down the toilet ... and we’re all going to get arrested.” DiPascali, 57, has been testifying for the past week about his role in fabricating trades he said began after the stock market crashed in 1987. He’s co-operating with the government, hoping he wins a major reduction in any prison sentence. Among those being tried are Madoff’s former longtime secretary, his director of operations, an account manager and two computer programmers. On Dec. 11, 2008, Madoff was arrested at his apartment by FBI agents. An FBI agent wrote in a criminal complaint lodged against Madoff: “After I stated, ’We’re here to find out if there’s an innocent explanation,’ Madoff stated, ‘There is no innocent explanation.”’ Several months later, Madoff pleaded guilty to fraud charges, maintained he had acted alone and was sentenced to 150 years in prison. Madoff, 75, is imprisoned in North Carolina.

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MARKETS MARKETS CLOSE TORONTO — Gold and energy stocks helped push the Toronto stock market to a minor gain Tuesday. The S&P/TSX composite index gained 11.23 points to 13,324.01. The Canadian dollar was up 0.28 of a cent at 94.31 cents US. Continued uncertainty over what the U.S. Federal Reserve may do about its asset purchase program continued to keep the lid on enthusiasm. New York’s Dow Jones industrials fell 52.4 points to 15,973.13, while the Nasdaq was 8.26 points lower at 4,060.49 and the S&P 500 slipped 5.75 points to 1,802.62. Investors have been hoping that the Fed wouldn’t start tapering its US$85 billion of bond purchases until well into 2014. But a slate of strong economic data last week raised speculation that the U.S. central bank could act a lot faster, maybe as early as next week when the Fed makes its next announcement on interest rates. The TSX gold sector ran ahead almost four per cent as February bullion gained $26.90 to US$1,261.10 an ounce despite the heightened Fed speculation. The central bank’s quantitative easing efforts had pushed gold as high as US$1,900 in 2011 as investors thought the massive bond buying program would drive inflation higher. Barrick Gold (TSX:ABX) improved by 90 cents to C$17.91 while Goldcorp (TSX:G) climbed 68 cents to $23.08. Tech stocks were generally higher with CGI Group (TSX:GIB.A) up $1.15 to $82.65. BlackBerry stock (TSX:BB) was at its lowest level in more than a decade, but closed up 21 cents to $6.32 after going as low as $5.79. The energy sector rose 0.3 per cent as the January crude contract moved ahead $1.17 to US$98.51 a barrel, its highest close since Oct. 28, amid optimism that data out Wednesday will show another sizable drawdown of American crude inventories. Canadian Natural Resources (TSX:CNQ) climbed 38 cents to C$34.96. Base metal stocks had been higher earlier amid data showing that China’s factory production rose 10 per cent in November from a year earlier, slightly lower than analysts’ forecasts. But the component eventually turned lower and became the biggest TSX decliner, down 0.85 per cent even as March copper gained a penny to US$3.27 a pound. First Quantum Minerals (TSX:FM) lost 59 cents to C$16.96. Financials also weighed on the TSX as CIBC (TSX:CM) fell 56 cents to $90.28. On the corporate front, food company Kellogg (NYSE:K) said it is closing its plant in London, Ont., by the end of 2014, resulting in the loss of more than 500 full-time jobs. The cuts are part of an overall restructuring Kellogg is undertaking to streamline operations by 2018. Kellogg shares slipped 85 cents to US$61.09. General Motors named product development chief Mary Barra as the company’s next CEO. Barra currently is in charge of design, engineering and quality for all GM vehicles across the globe. She’s also in charge of purchasing and had previously headed the company’s human resources operations. GM shares were 50 cents lower at US$40.40. There was also a shakeup at the top of clothing retailer Lululemon Athletica (Nasdaq:LULU) where founder and chairman Chip Wilson plans to resign in the wake of comments he made that seemingly blamed custom-

ers’ weight for the company’s recent problem with the sheerness of some of its pants. At the same time, the board of Vancouver-based Lululemon has appointed Laurent Potdevin as CEO to succeed Christine Day, who has been chief executive since 2008. The company’s stock was down $1.22 to C$69.12. Chorus Aviation (TSX:CHR.B), which flies most of Air Canada’s regional flights in North America, increased its dividend by 50 per cent in the wake of its arbitration win against Air Canada. The company will pay a quarterly dividend of 11.25 cents per share. Chorus had cut its quarterly payment to shareholders in half to 7.5 cents per share in May amid uncertainty about the arbitration process. Chorus shares jumped 26 cents or 6.97 per cent to $3.99. MARKET HIGHLIGHTS TORONTO — Highlights at close of Tuesday. Stocks: S&P/TSX Composite Index — 13,324.01 up 11.23 points TSX Venture Exchange — 903.99 up 1.92 points TSX 60 — 766.07 down 0.40 point Dow — 15,973.13 down 52.40 points S&P 500 — 1,802.62 down 5.75 points Nasdaq — 4,060.49 down 8.26 points Currencies at close: Cdn — 94.31 cents US, up 0.28 of a cent Pound — C$1.7437, down 0.31 of a cent Euro — C$1.4593, down 0.15 of a cent Euro — US$1.3763, up 0.27 of a cent Oil futures: US$98.51 per barrel, up $1.17 (January contract) Gold futures: US$1,261.10 per oz., up $26.90 (February contract) Canadian Fine Silver Handy and Harman: $22.405 per oz., up 57.5 cents $720.32 per kg., up $18.49

Fewer risks to Canadian financial systems BUT HOUSING STILL A CONCERN: BOC BY THE CANADIAN PRESS OTTAWA — The Bank of Canada is again flagging Canada’s overheated housing market and skyhigh household debt as the biggest domestic threats to the economy, while at the same time judging overall risk to financial markets has lessened. The continued emphasis on debt and housing, despite what the central bank’s governing council concedes is improving levels of risk, adds credence to the view that governor Stephen Poloz appears set to keep interest rates unchanged until 2015. In its semi-annual review issued Tuesday, the bank said overall risks to Canada’s financial system have improved, mostly as a result of a sounder economic and national debt situation in Europe, which has been a key threat since the 2008-09 recession. It was the first downgrade of its ranking of risk — from “high” to “elevated” — in two years, with “very high” being the central bank’s worst possible rating. “First, and most importantly,

ICE FUTURES CANADA WINNIPEG — Closing prices: Canola: Jan. ’14 $11.40 lower $454.90; March ’14 $11.20 lower $465.10; May ’14 $11.30 lower $473.90; July ’14 $11.40 lower $481.40; Nov. ’14 $11.20 lower $492.10; Jan ’15 $11.20 lower $497.00; March ’15 $10.40 lower $500.10; May ’15 $10.10 lower $502.50; July ’15 $8.90 lower $500.90; Nov ’15 $8.90 lower $497.10; Jan. ’16 $8.90 lower $497.10. 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. Tuesday’s estimated volume of trade: 1,379,240 tonnes of canola; 0 tonnes of barley (Western Barley) Total: 1,379,240.

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to have an oversupply of unsold units and elevated levels of unsold units under construction. “If the upcoming supply of units is not absorbed by demand as units are completed over the next few years, there is a risk of a correction in prices and construction activity,” the bank warns. While Poloz has said recently that the most likely scenario is that housing will slow in an orderly fashion to a “soft landing,” the report cautions that regulators must continue to carefully monitor developments. Still, the report does take note of encouraging signs. Consumer credit growth has slowed to the lowest pace in 20 years, and new loans have gone to borrowers with sounder credit scores. It says it expects household debt levels to stabilize at current levels and then start coming down. On Thursday, new data suggested that condo starts in Toronto had slowed markedly in November.

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TSX VENTURE EXCHANGE TORONTO — The TSX Venture Exchange closed on Tuesday at 903.99, up 1.92 points. The volume at 4:20 p.m. ET was 172.47 million shares.

the euro area has continued to stabilize. As a result, the likelihood of a euro-area financial crisis has diminished,” the bank said in giving its reasons for the better outlook. “Second, long-term interest rates in most advanced economies have increased, helping to improve the financial position of institutional investors with longduration liabilities, such as pension funds and life insurers,” the report said. But the bank continued to devote a large section of the report to the continuing threat from housing, and near-record levels of household debt which has stubbornly remained about 160 per cent of disposable annual income, despite a slowdown in overall credit. In particular, it notes that while the recent spurt in home sales and accompanying increase in prices are likely a temporary phenomenon, homes in Canada remain overvalued and households vulnerable to a crisis, or a sharp rise in interest rates. The bank says it is particularly worried about the Toronto condominium market, which it assesses

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS SINGAPORE — The United States and 11 other nations negotiating a free trade zone stretching from Chile to Japan failed to reach a final agreement at talks in Singapore, but indicated they were closing in on a landmark deal. The U.S.-led agreement is a major part of President Barack Obama’s foreign policy shift toward Asia but has been snagged by disagreements between countries on market access, especially for agricultural products, envi-

ronmental protections and intellectual property. Washington had said it hoped the trade agreement would be completed by the end of the year. After four days of meetings in Singapore, ministers issued a state-

ment Tuesday saying that “substantial progress” had been made on finalizing the Trans-Pacific Partnership. It said they had identified “potential landing zones” for most of the outstanding issues and would meet again next month.

Deborah Elms, a professor at Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University, said the tone of the statement suggested negotiators have a “pretty clear understanding” of what a final agreement would look like.

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Canada Goose, one of the world’s leading makers of extreme weather jackets, is selling a majority stake in the company to private investment firm Bain Capital. While the terms of the deal were not disclosed, it marks the latest effort by Canada Goose to expand its reach into new markets around the globe and beef up its local manufacturing operations. Under the agreement, Dani Reiss will remain president and chief executive and continue to hold “a significant minority stake” in the company, which prides itself on making all of its winter jackets in Canada. Canada Goose has hit the accelerator on expansion over the past few years as it responds to a stronger demand for its jackets. “I believe that we’re going to grow substantially,” Reiss said in a recent interview with The Canadian Press about the company’s future. “You have to think ahead and you have to look out a number of years,” he added. “You have to invest in your infrastructure, your team ... and you have to have a strong strategic planning process.” Founded in a small warehouse in Toronto more than 55 years ago by Reiss’ grandfather, Canada Goose now employs more than 1,000 people and its apparel is sold in more than 50 countries. As part of its image, the company has chosen to keep manufacturing operations in Canada for its apparel, which includes jackets, gloves and winter hats. Canada Goose has also expanded into children’s winter wear. This month, Canada Goose began the final stages of moving to a new factory in Toronto that nearly doubles the size of its workspace to 94,000 square feet. But staying in Canada comes at a price for both the company and its constomers because of higher labour costs compared with those in Third World countries typically associated with clothing manufacturing. The jackets generally cost several times more than those of other competitors, which has helped build the company’s name as a high-end brand. Canada Goose jackets have been seen in Hollywood movies and on celebrities at the Sundance Film Festival. Boston-based Bain Capital LLC is a global private investment firm with approximately $70 billion in assets under management, which have included companies like Burger King, Clear Channel Communications and Domino’s Pizza. Since its creation in 1984, Bain Capital has invested in Canadian companies like Shoppers Drug Mart (TSX:SC), Bombardier Recreational Products and Dollarama (TSX:DOL), which has became a hugely lucrative venture as the popularity of dollar stores has soared in Canada.


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B4 Rebels blown away by ‘Canes BY ADVOCATE SPORTS

Hurricanes 6 Rebels 0 LETHBRIDGE — Rookie goaltenders can be prone to difficult outings, especially 16-year-old stoppers who have next to no major junior experience. Taz Burman is one such example. The Rebels netminder struggled mightily Tuesday at the Enmax Centre, taking the fall in a 6-0 WHL loss to the Lethbridge Hurricanes — winners of only five games this season — while facing 27 shots in front of 2,473 fans. “I thought our young goalie had a tough night. They scored four goals on their first 14 shots and that kind of took the wind out of some guys’ sails,” said Rebels GM/head coach Brent Sutter. “We started the game fine and were outshooting them by quite a bit, then they go down on their first shot and score and two shots later we’re down 2-0. “I just thought we kind of deflated after that. We weren’t mentally strong enough to fight through it.” Hurricanes netminder Teagan Sacher held the surging Rebels scoreless through the first half of the opening frame, setting the stage for Reid Duke’s

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eventual winner goal at 11:36. Tyler Wong scored on a breakaway just under four minutes later and the hosts added two goals in each of the next two periods. Wong finished with a pair of markers, while Riley Sheen, Reid Nemeth — with his first of the season — and Josh Derko also scored. Wong’s second goal came after two Rebels — Brady Gaudet and Lukas Sutter — were penalized for roughing at 2:18 of the middle stanza and Derko’s marker midway through the final frame also came via a man advantage. Sutter replaced Burman — who got the start with veteran Patrik Bartosak laid up with the flu — with emergency back-up Grant Naherniak following the ‘Canes’ fourth goal, then reinserted him after Naherniak stopped all six shots he faced. “I thought I’m get him back in there and maybe we’d regroup a bit, but he had a tough time here tonight,” said Sutter. “At the same time, I didn’t think we responded very well around him, We just didn’t fight through it like we needed to. Once again, it comes down to the exact same things we’ve talked about over and over with some of these guys. We just need more from a certain group of players.”

The game featured two fights in the first two periods and three more in the final five minutes. “Our guys got frustrated in the third,” said Sutter. Burman, who stopped Jamal Watson on a firstperiod breakaway, finished with 21 saves, while Sacher stopped 35 shots and was named first star of the game. The teams meet again Saturday at the Centrium. ● Naherniak was summoned from the midget AAA Moose Jaw Generals earlier in the day and flew into Calgary, where he boarded the team bus to Lethbridge . . . The Rebels were without injured forwards Grayson Pawlenchuk (week-to-week), Matt Bellerive (week-to-week) and Christian Stockl (indefinite). Pawlenchuk, who underwent surgery for a broken elbow in October, won’t return to action until Dec. 27 when the Rebels host the Calgary Hitmen. As a result, he won’t play in the World Under 17 Hockey Challenge starting Dec. 28 in Nova Scotia as it was predetermined that he would be made available to Team Pacific only if he was declared 100 per cent healthy prior to the Christmas break. Bellerive is also expected to be ready for the Dec. 27 game. gmeachem@reddeeradvocate.com

Triumphant return for Iginla as Bruins top Flames BY THE CANADIAN PRESS Bruins 2 Flames 1 CALGARY — Jarome Iginla’s first game at Scotiabank Saddledome as a Boston Bruin was delayed a few minutes Tuesday. After acknowledging a pregame video montage by saluting his former teammates on the Calgary Flames bench, as well as lifting his stick several times to acknowledge the crowd, Iginla joined Boston’s starting five at the blue-line for the national anthems. But the standing ovation that began even before the video tribute continued on for some time. Iginla attempted to get his game face on, but it cracked into a wide grin at the familiar chants of “Iggy, Iggy” and he raised his stick again. The moment was as much for Flames Nation as it was for Iginla, who played his first 16 NHL seasons in Calgary and was captain for nine until his trade to the Pittsburgh Penguins in March. “It was definitely emotional. It was a cool feeling,” Iginla said. “It felt special, the ovation there at the start and then you kind of feel funny standing out there.” The 36-year-old signed with the Bruins in the off-season. Playing their third game in four nights, the Bruins scored a pair of third-period goals to beat the Flames 2-1. Iginla’s short lap onto the ice after he was named third star of the game turned into two longer ones. His Bruins teammates blocked the bench to make him stay on the ice longer and soak up the adulation.

“The guys came out and wouldn’t let me off the ice,” Iginla said. “I went for one little loop and they were like ’no, no, you’ve got to go one more’ and they made me go one more, too. That was fun and it was nice of the fans. They probably wanted me off the ice by then, too.” Goals by David Krejci and Reilly Smith in a 98-second span erased two bad periods of hockey by the Boston Bruins. Krejci and Smith scored in the third period on Tuesday as the Bruins rallied for a 2-1 win over the Calgary Flames. “It was a really tough first two periods,” said Smith, who is now tied with Krejci and Milan Lucic for the team lead with three game-winning goals each. “There’s no excuse for that. We didn’t have enough emotion, didn’t have enough jump. “We made it way too easy on them. We didn’t have enough hits. We weren’t turning pucks over. There were too many things going wrong to have a good solid start to the game.” After the Bruins (21-8-2) were outshot 22-9 through two periods, Smith said the players got a stern talking to from the Boston coaching staff during the intermission. “The coaches came in and I think they did a good job trying to turn the momentum,” Smith said. “We kept things a little simpler, got pucks behind their D and started playing back to Bruins hockey. The first two periods everything was going the wrong way, so it was good to see it turn around in just a couple minutes and be able to change the night around.” Shortly after Krejci scored

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Boston Bruins’ Jarome Iginla, left, tries to get past Calgary Flames’ Kris Russell during secondperiod NHL action in Calgary, Tuesday. a power-play goal at 13:49 of the third, Smith skated down the left wing, cut around Calgary defenceman T.J. Brodie and roofed a shot into the top corner over the outstretched glove of goalie Reto Berra. “I tried to go hard to the net and I saw a stick come, so I tried to slip it under and just get a quick shot and it was lucky enough to find a hole,” Smith said. Boston coach Claude Julien definitely wasn’t pleased with his team’s play during the first two periods after which the Flames held a 1-0 lead. “Those first two periods were really tough to watch,” Julien said. “We just couldn’t get anything going. Our true colours came out in the third. Somehow we’ve got to get our team to play three periods that way and stop pushing our luck here.”

The Bruins have now won three straight games. After skating to a 3-2 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins at home on Saturday, the Bruins started their four-game road trip in Toronto on Sunday with a 5-2 victory over the Maple Leafs. Jiri Hudler scored the lone goal for the Flames (11-15-4), who had won three of four heading into the contest. “That’s a bad way to lose,” said Calgary captain Mark Giordano. “We had the game under control. We played a great game for two periods and it seemed like in the third, we were afraid to make plays and (were) giving them the puck pretty much all the time and it can’t be like that. “Teams like that, they’re going to win. There’s a reason they are who they are. We opened the door a bit and they took advantage.”

Boston goalie Tuukka Rask finished with 26 saves to improve his record to 16-7-2. Berra meanwhile stopped 22 shots. Tuesday’s game marked the return of former Flames captain Jarome Iginla to the Scotiabank Saddledome for the first time since he was traded last March 27 to the Pittsburgh Penguins for a first-round draft pick and a pair of college forwards. After playing in 13 regular season games and 15 postseason contests with the Penguins, Iginla signed on as a free agent with the Bruins in the off-season. When Iginla played his last game in Calgary on March 24, it was a possibility, but not a certainty that he would be traded.

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Oilers salvage win over Hurricanes in overtime BY THE CANADIAN PRESS Oilers 5 Hurricanes 4 OT EDMONTON — Jordan Eberle scored in overtime as the Edmonton Oilers continued to try and drag themselves back from a tough start to the season with a 5-4 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday. Carolina’s Justin Faulk took a penalty early in the overtime session for a hit from behind on Ryan NugentHopkins. The Oilers’ forward was able to remain on the ice and set up the winner, sending a pass to Eberle at the side of the net to put the game away 1:48 into overtime, as Edmonton recovered after wasting a 4-1 lead. Taylor Hall, Nail Yakupov, Nugent-Hopkins and Jesse Joensuu also scored for the Oilers (11-18-3) who have gone 7-3-1 in their last 11 games. Edmonton also improved its troubling home record to 7-9-2 with a 2-1-1 record through the first four games of a fivegame homestand.

Tuomo Ruutu, Jordan Staal, Eric Staal and Jeff Skinner replied for the Hurricanes (13-13-6) who have lost two in a row on the heels of a three-game winning streak. The Oilers were buzzing to start the game and got on the board just 1:33 into the first period. Hall had a clear lane to the net and seemed to catch Carolina goalie Cam Ward napping with a quick shot that beat him glove-side. It was Hall’s 12th goal of the season and fifth in the last three games. The Hurricanes tied the game just over six minutes into the opening frame on a power play goal. Ruutu was able to tip a Skinner shot on net and then get his own rebound after Edmonton defender Nick Schultz failed to clear the puck in front and put it past Oilers starter Devan Dubnyk. Edmonton vaulted back in front with nine minutes remaining in the first period as Yakupov took a pass from Hall and sent a blast from the slot that went through the legs of both defenceman Ron Hainsey and Ward. It was just the fourth goal of the season for the 2012

first overall draft pick. Yakupov was looking for another with three minutes left with another bullet from in tight, but the puck went off the post. Edmonton kept coming and made it 3-1 with 1:46 remaining in the first period as Nugent-Hopkins was able to beat Ward with a shot up high while sliding in towards the net on his knees. Edmonton out-shot the Hurricanes 14-6 in the opening 20 minutes. The Oilers added to their lead less than two minutes into the second period as Mark Arcobello worked hard to get a backhand away off his knees from behind the net to set up Joensuu for a quick shot on the doorstep and a 4-1 Edmonton advantage. Carolina started to push its way back into the game and was finally rewarded for it midway through the second after sustained pressure in the Edmonton zone when a puck came loose to Jordan Staal in front of the net and he buried his seventh of the season through Dubnyk’s legs. The Hurricanes made it a 4-3 game eight minutes into the third period, as

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Eric Staal was able to pick off a poor Eberle pass and streak down the ice on a short-handed breakaway. Staal faked a slap shot and got Dubnyk to commit and go down before calmly putting the puck into the empty net behind him. Shortly after, Carolina’s Riley Nash was tossed from the game and given a major penalty for a hit from behind on Edmonton’s Corey Potter, however it was a wasted opportunity for the Oilers, who barely registered a shot. The lack of offence proved costly as the Hurricanes tied the game with just over five minutes remaining in the third after Edmonton failed to clear the zone in a sloppy sequence. Skinner was able to take a no-look turnaround shot from the point that somehow got past Dubnyk for his 10th goal of the year to make it 4-4 and eventually send the game to extra time. Both teams return to the ice on Thursday as the Hurricanes play the third game of a four-game trip in Calgary against the Flames, while the Oilers wrap up a five-game homestand against the Boston Bruins.

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Raiders rolling to start season GIRLS’ BASKETBALL TEAM HAS PERFECT RECORD TO START SEASON BY GREG MEACHEM ADVOCATE SPORTS EDITOR Raiders 72 Lightning 37 The Lindsay Thurber Raiders are four games into the 2013-14 senior high girls basketball campaign and already they look to be in mid-season form. A 4-0 record will give a team that appearance. Fresh off their 3-0 championship performance at the J. Percy Page tournament at Edmonton during the weekend, the Raiders silenced the visiting Hunting Hills Lightning 72-37 in their Central Alberta High School League season-opener Tuesday. It is indeed very early, but so far, so good. “What I really like about them is they’re a really hard-working bunch of girls,” said Raiders head coach Kathy Lalor. “We haven’t had that many practices because we got some girls from volleyball last week, but most of the kids are in pretty good shape and they’ve come in here with a positive attitude. “I’m really looking forward to the season. We have lots of work to do but I think this is a group of girls that’s willing to put in the time and effort to improve. At the start of the season you go out and see what you’ve got and start to work from there. That’s the exciting part — envisioning where you can get these girls to at the end of the year.” The Raiders have a fine mix of youth and experience, with four returning players — point guard Kennedy Shybunka, wing Kelsie Smale and posts Natalie Holmes and Emma Newton — on a roster that consists of two Grades 10s, four Grade 11s and six Grade 12s. “And just from what we saw this weekend, they seem to get along really well off the court so that really helps what you do on the court,” said Lalor. The Raiders have also employed a balanced scoring attack to date. On Tuesday, Newton scored 16 points, while guard Molly Rumohr netted 13, guard Kelsey Lalor added 11 and winger Kennedy Graham had 10.

“That’s what I saw on the weekend too — that there was a lot of people contributing,” said Kathy Lalor. “When you don’t have depth sometimes that’s a problem because you play another team and they can shut down one or two people. You need other girls who can pick it up. Seeing that at the start of the season gives us hope that we can develop the rest of the girls and they can feel confident that they can be out there taking shots and driving to the hole.” While the season has barely started, clearly there is reason for optimism. “There is, for sure,” said Lalor. “But every team has lots of work to do at this time of the season and when you’re the coach you see probably more things out there than parents and other people watching. Every night we’re writing down two or three things we’re going to focus on the next day. It’s going to be fun.” Jaden Robinson paced the Lightning with 11 points. The Lindsay Thurber roster also includes wings Lizzy Morneau and Aly Andersen, guard Bretton Bowd and posts Shaelyn Moltzahn and Reece McGuire. ● In the senior boys game, Tanner Rehn dropped in 25 points and Parker Cook scored 17 as the Raiders edged the Lightning 63-63. Sean Campbell paced Hunting Hills with 28 points, while Mackenzie Wright had nine. ● The Notre Dame Cougars opened their senior boys season Tuesday with a 79-37 win over the visiting Stettler Wildcats. The Cougars had 11 players hit the scoresheet, with Amet Deng leading the way with 19 points and Tony Bornyi hitting a trio of three-pointers and finishing with 15. Deng also had five assists. Justin Fleischhacker had nine points and 11 rebounds for the Wildcats. Notre Dame hosts the Cougar Classic tournament Friday and Saturday, tipping off at 2:30 p.m. Friday against Edmonton St. Joseph’s. gmeachem@reddeeradvocate.com

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Hunting Hills Lightning Rachel Kuz reaches in on Lindsay Thurber Raider Kelsey Lalor during high school basketball action at Lindsay Thurber on Tuesday.

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Iginla’s linemate David Krejci tied Tuesday’s game 1-1 at 13:49 of the third period and Reilly Smith scored the go-ahead goal at 15:27. Iginla rang a puck off the post just seconds before Krejci’s goal. He had two of his team’s nine shots over two periods and four overall in the game. “It was great to get the win for him because it wasn’t looking so good halfway through the third period when we were still down 1-0,” Reilly said. “It was just great to get the victory for him and have a good homecoming.” For Calgary, Iginla represents the optimistic years following the team’s run to the Cup final in 2004 when Flames fans felt their team was a contender every season. Iginla, goaltender Mikka Kiprusoff, defencemen Dion Phaneuf and Robyn Regehr were the blue-chip players around which that contender was built, although the Flames haven’t gone further than the first round of playoffs since 2004. Phaneuf and Regehr were dealt prior to Iginla, but more than any move the departure of the captain signalled the Flames were entering a rebuilding phase. Kiprusoff retired in the off-season, so the Flames do not have star power this season. They’re a team 14 points out of a playoff spot needing to be greater than the sum of their parts to win games. The Saddledome seats filled up slowly prior to the game because Calgary’s slippery, snowy streets made driving difficult. But almost an hour before puck drop, one of the few who had made it to his seat bellowed “Let’s go Iggy.” Iginla was the first Bruin to step on the ice both for the game and in warmup, which started the “Iggy Iggy” chorus. A man carried a not-quite-life-sized cardboard cutout of Iginla in his Flames uniform to the glass. There were dozens of red No. 12 jerseys in the seats. “You don’t really know what the response is going to be,” Iginla said. “People were great and they made it very special for myself and for my mom — I haven’t talked to her yet — and my dad.”

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BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Almost once a game, an NFL player absorbs an illegal blow to the head or neck that could put his career — or worse — at risk. The NFL has been trying to prevent such blows over the past four years, targeting improper technique and making a point to penalize and fine players for hits that leave them and their opponents vulnerable. Yet an Associated Press review of penalties through the first 11 weeks of the season found those hits are still prevalent. The AP reviewed 549 penalties, 491 of which fell under the category of major infractions: unnecessary roughness, unsportsmanlike conduct, roughing the passer, face masks and roughing the quarterback. Of the penalties charted over the first 162 games of the season, the AP identified 156 involving contact with the head and neck — an average of .962 per game. Of those, 38 were for head-wrenching face masks, 25 were for horse collars and 93 were for hits to the head. Quarterbacks (40) and receivers (38) shared the brunt of those hits almost equally, with players at other positions absorbing the other 15 blows. The numbers can be interpreted a variety of ways. The league declined comment, though it made a statement of sorts in the off-season when it decided against the 5 per cent hike in minimum fines, as allowed for in the union contract, after determining players were adjusting to the rules. A sentiment among the players the AP spoke to on offence was that they appreciate all the NFL has done to protect them. But, in the words of Titans running back Chris Johnson, they know that “sometimes you just can’t control where you hit somebody.” Defensive players acknowledged they have to do their part to make the game safer. “The face mask, that’s going to happen. The pass interference, those things are going to happen. The stupid fouls, hitting the quarterbacks late and doing all the other stuff we’ve done, we have to eliminate it,” said Titans safety Bernard Pollard, who has been fined $62,000 this season. But vs the defenders also reiterated a long-held belief that they’re held to a different standard than their offensive counterparts. Saturday, “No doubt,” Packers cornerback Tramon WilDecember 14 liams said. “Guys are 7:00 pm still getting penalized for clean shots, getting fined for clean shots, and there’s no other explanation to it. Just like they’re holding us accountable for vs trying to make that right hit, they’ve got to hold themselves accountable for making the right calls on the field, and making the right decision on who Tuesday, to fine and how much to December 17 fine.” 7:00 pm True to the defenders’ complaints, the AP review Enmax Centrium tallied 224 major infractions against the defence, Tickets at ticketmaster with only 69 going against 1.855.985.5000 the offence.

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Raptors can’t hold off surging Spurs BY THE CANADIAN PRESS Spurs 116 Raptors 103 TORONTO — Led by Manu Ginobili’s 16 points, seven Spurs scored in double figures as San Antonio recovered from a slow start to thump the depleted Toronto Raptors 116-103 in NBA play Tuesday night. Toronto (7-13) led by as much as 14 in the first quarter but, with little help available on the bench, faded fast and San Antonio (16-4) pulled ahead as the game wore on. DeMar DeRozan and Amir Johnson led Toronto with 19 points. Tony Parker finished with 15 and Tim Duncan 14 as the Spurs went to their bench early. Three-point shooting helped the Spurs gain their lead. San Antonio, moving the ball around nicely before going cold late from outside the arc, hit 13 of 23 compared to 10 of 23 for Toronto. The Raptors were without Greivis Vasquez, Patrick Patterson, John Salmons and Chuck Hayes, acquired Monday in the deal that sent Rudy Gay, Aaron Gray and Quincy Acy to Sacramento. Patterson, Salmons and Hayes were due to arrive in Toronto later Tuesday with Venezuela’s Vasquez slated to come in Wednesday due to red tape requirements. The Spurs, meanwhile, were in their third country in less than a week. San Antonio was in Mexico City last week for a date with the Minnesota Timberwolves that was eventually postponed due to smoke inside the arena. Tuesday’s game was the first of four in five nights for the Spurs, who were coming off a 111-100 loss Sunday in Indiana. It was also the first for Toronto since the Gay trade was officially approved by the league, although the players involved sat out Sunday’s 10694 road win over the Lakers. Toronto won, snapping a fivegame losing streak, and used

just eight players. Forward Tyler Hansbrough was not available Tuesday, sidelined by a shoulder sprain. D.J. Augustin was waived on Monday. That left 10 players available to face the Spurs, with DeRozan and Terrence Ross struggling with their accuracy. Toronto coach Dwane Casey said the trade was a chance for his players to step up. “We’ve got a lot of young guys sitting in that room that need to take this opportunity when they get their chance, (when) their number’s called on the floor, to go out and not only show us but show 29 other teams what they do,” he said prior to the game. “But in the same time do it in the vein of winning, because you’ll stick out like a sore thumb if you go out there trying to showcase your individual talents and not in the concept, in the spirit of winning, and playing winning basketball.” Centre Jonas Valanciunas was up for the task Tuesday, sinking his first five shots with an arsenal ranging from a dunk and hook shot to putback layup and tip. Led by the Lithuanian, Toronto made its first six baskets for a 13-6 lead before DeRozan missed a three-point attempt some four minutes in. It proved to be a quiet start for DeRozan, who headed to the bench after picking up two first-quarter fouls. The first quarter ended with the Raptors ahead 36-24 and shooting at 62.5 per cent compared to 47.8 for San Antonio. Toronto’s two bigs, Valanciunas and Johnson, combined for 20 points on 10-of12 shooting while Spurs stars Duncan and Parker totalled eight points. San Antonio took control in the second quarter, outscoring Toronto 35-17 as the Raptors missed on 14-of-22 shots. A 13-2 Spurs run at the start of the quarter narrowed the gap to one point and the visitors pulled ahead for the first time, 41-40, courtesy of an Aron

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Toronto Raptors forward Amir Johnson drives to the net between San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobli and guard Patty Mills during first half NBA action in Toronto on Tuesday. Baynes dunk. San Antonio led 59-53 at the half, closing with a 13-4 run. Valanciunas and Johnson were stuck on 24 points after two quarters while DeRozan was up to 13. Toronto’s shooting percentage was down to 50 while the Spurs improved to 54.8. The depleted Toronto bench was 1-of-7 shooting in the first half compared to 10 of 17 for the Spurs. San Antonio pushed the lead to 15, up 89-74 at the end of the third quarter. It got uglier after that. Baynes, a six-foot-10 Australian in his second year in the NBA, finished with a career-

high 14 for the Spurs. Casey said plenty of work lay ahead for the new-look Raps. “We’re going to treat (practice) Wednesday and Thursday like training camp, we’ve got so many new guys coming in,” he said prior to the game. “We’re going to go back to basics. We’ve got to find out where guys can fit in.” Ross got the start at small forward Tuesday, with Casey calling the six-foot-six Ross a “freak athlete” who is one of the most athletic players he has ever coached in the NBA. “He’s a great athlete. He just has to harness that, bring it in and be a complete player,

and do it on a consistent basis.” Tuesday was not his night to show it, however. Jeff Ayres made his first start for the Spurs in place of injured centre Tiago Splitter (calf) but saw limited action after Toronto’s hot start. Canadian Cory Joseph and former Raptor Matt Bonner got warm receptions when they checked into the game for the Spurs in the fourth quarter. San Antonio came into the game with a 25-9 mark against the Raptors, and had won the last five meetings. Toronto’s last victory over the Spurs was Jan. 3, 2010, at the Air Canada Centre.

NHL board happy with Shanahan, state of discipline BY THE CANADIAN PRESS PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. — The salary cap is going up and business is booming, but still the NHL often gets the most attention for ugly stuff that happens on the ice. Ugly was front and centre Saturday night during the Boston Bruins-Pittsburgh Penguins game that led to two suspensions and three players on the injured list. But instead of expressing concern over Shawn Thornton and James Neal, the league’s board of governors gave vice-president of player safety Brendan Shanahan a thumbs up for his handling of discipline. “I believe the sense of the room is that Brendan Shanahan and the department of player safety has the confidence of the board of governors. He certainly has my confidence,” commissioner Gary Bettman said. “It’s about modifying an element of the game’s culture and we think we’ve made positive, dramatic steps forward.” When Thornton is suspended following an in-person hearing Friday, it will be the 19th ban this season that costs players at least one regularseason game. The first 18 suspensions added up to 77 games, including Neal’s five for kneeing Brad Marchand in the head. But Shanahan told the board Tuesday that among roughly 55,000 hits over the course of a year, only 50 to 100 are problematic. General managers have noticed a major change over time.

“You’re not going to rid yourself of suspensions and what have you, but we’ve certainly come so much farther,” Nashville Predators GM David Poile said. “I mean, look where we were. I’ve been around for a long time, and some of the stuff that happened in the socalled old days, to where we are now, it’s so much better for the players and a so much better game.” It’s a different game, too. Some of the same hits that used to be acceptable are now spelled out as illegal. Shanahan has taken to producing videos showing examples, something that earned praise from Bettman. “My guess is people don’t analyse the things he does in the detail that he does, and if you study the videos that he’s put online, the specific instances where supplemental discipline is imposed or the more general tapes that he’s put online explaining what the standards are of play, people should take a great deal of comfort that we’re being extraordinarily proactive,” Bettman said. The next step could be harsher punishments as more of a deterrent for players. But general managers didn’t display much of an appetite for change in that regard. “If managers and the board of governors want the suspensions to increase, I think that that’s a direction they’ll certainly give me,” Shanahan said. “I can say from my perspective that I think that players do feel the effect of the suspension. Whether it’s two games or a lot more games, I think that play-

ers don’t like being in that position, they don’t like the game being taken away from them.” General managers don’t want the game taken away from its roots, either. Shanahan gave his usual update on player safety on the second and final day of the board of governors meeting at the Inn at Spanish Bay, and Peter Chiarelli of the Boston Bruins emphasized that the league can absolutely have hitting and progress with safety at the same time. “You can have both and you should, and there’s a respect factor that the players have to adapt, and they are,” Chiarelli said. “There’s a physical component to the game. It’s just going to be a continuing challenge. You’re going to have discussions like these, you’re going to have incidents like these. It may be longer suspensions, but you can’t have a physical game without having these things.” New Jersey Devils GM Lou Lamoriello said Monday evening that the onus is on players to follow the rules. It’s his hope that maybe the fear of a seasonlong suspension will stop some of the violence around the league. Poile believes the incidents in the Penguins and Bruins game represented much more of an isolated incident than a trend. “I would think that the type of thing that Neal did, I can’t even remember seeing something like that,” Poile said. “And Shawn Thornton, he seems to be a stand-up guy, always seems to play his role really well. He’s already said

he made a mistake, and he’s going to pay for that. He knows that. And I don’t think that stuff is going to happen very much. You can’t say ’never,’ because it’s a physical game and that’s why we partially like the game. Stuff is going to happen.” How much stuff has happened was what Shanahan updated the board on Tuesday. As for the future of suspensions, it won’t be much different right away. “There has to be the due process and it has to evolve and stuff,” Chiarelli said. “You can’t just say, ’All right, let’s change the template.’ You can’t say that. It’s not fair to the process, it’s not fair to all the parties. You guys talk about trends and opinions on certain trends, and we do the same thing. In due course that will manifest itself.” In addition to talk about player safety, deputy commissioner Bill Daly provided the board with a logistical update on the Sochi Olympics and a joint evaluation of substance-abuse policy between the league and the NHLPA. The deaths of Rick Rypien, Wade Belak and Derek Boogaard in the summer of 2012 prompted a look at how players’ mental health is handled. “We commissioned jointly with the Players’ Association and co-operated with them on an independent review of our program and I reported on the results of that review today,” Daly said. “The bottom line is the report was good, that the program is doing what it is intended to do, it is helping players and former players in times of need.”

Baseball’s winter meetings gets busy with flurry of trades LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — The winter meetings got busy Tuesday with a three-team trade that sent slugger Mark Trumbo to Arizona, and Oakland dealt pitcher Brett Anderson to Colorado. Halfway through the four-day swap session, the 15-foot-wide dais at the Dolphin Hotel near Walt Disney World has been used for three announcements involving player transactions — triple the total of last year’s inert meetings in Nashville, Tenn. In the big deal of the day, the Chicago White Sox acquired outfielder Adam Eaton from Arizona for left-hander Hector Santiago, and the Diamondbacks then sent Santiago and left-hander Tyler Skaggs to the Angels for Trumbo. Arizona also will receive a player to be named or cash from each of the other teams. “It’s nice when you’re able to have three clubs up here all feeling good about things,” White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said. Arizona GM Kevin Towers was interested in another of Hahn’s players: pitcher Chris Sale. But Chicago doesn’t appear interested in dealing the 24-year-old left-hander. “We would have talked about Mr. Sale,” Towers said. “I imagine we might have been doing something directly. But I still can’t get him to budge there.” Trumbo, 27, hit .234 with 34 home runs and 100 RBIs this year, playing first base in 123 games because Albert Pujols was hurt. Despite hitting 95 homers during the last three seasons, the sometimes outfielder was deemed superfluous by Los Angeles, which craved starting pitching behind Jered Weaver, C.J. Wilson and Garrett Richards. After finishing last in the AL Central with their

worst record since 1970 at 63-99, the White Sox were looking to make changes, and Hahn is counting on Eaton to provide a spark. “We lacked a little bit of energy and a little edge,” Hahn said. “This is a dirt-bag baseball player. This is a guy who has been described to me by someone at this table with words I can’t use.” Oakland, the two-time defending AL West champion, received lefty Drew Pomeranz and minor league right-hander Chris Jensen from the Rockies for Anderson. The A’s also included cash to cover part of the salary of the left-hander, who is due $8 million next season. “Peyton Manning and I are going to become best friends...fact,” Anderson tweeted, a reference to the Denver quarterback. Oakland GM Billy Beane has made four trades in a nine-day span, also acquiring closer Jim Johnson from Baltimore, reliever Luke Gregerson from San Diego and outfielder Craig Gentry from Texas. “We had a lot of starting pitching, and in the acquisition of Pomeranz, it allows us to turn back the clock a little with another very talented left-hander,” Beane said. “Brett’s been with us for several years, and someone obviously with that kind of talent we think very highly of, but with the amount of guys we have, we knew we could use that to get younger guys with less service time, and that was attractive.” Some bigger names were being shopped, with Tampa Bay discussing offers for 2012 AL Cy Young Award winner David Price and the Los Angeles Dodgers listening to those interested in outfielder Matt Kemp. Among free agents, Detroit closed in on an agreement with outfielder Rajai Davis for a two-year contract worth $9 million to $10 million, a person fa-

miliar with the negotiations said. The person spoke on condition of anonymity to The Associated Press because an agreement had not been completed. It remained unclear whether Japanese star pitcher Masahiro Tanaka will be made available to Major League Baseball teams. Speaking in the lobby, Rakuten Eagles President Yozo Tachibana said no decision had been made. “First of all, discuss it with him,” Tachibana said. “I don’t know if he wants to do it.” The New York Yankees are among the teams interested in Tanaka, 24-0 in Japan’s regular season.

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Bettman says no formal expansion plans but NHL is listening BY THE CANADIAN PRESS PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. — Gary Bettman has always been careful not to get fans’ hopes up in cities that want an NHL franchise. That continued Tuesday when the commissioner reiterated the league has no official expansion plans in the offing. It won’t happen for the 2014-15 season and maybe not even in 2015-16, but that hasn’t stopped the calls from pouring in. “We’re getting lots of expressions of interest, and no decisions have been made to do anything other than listen,” Bettman said after the league’s board of governors meeting wrapped up. We haven’t embarked on a formal expansion process, but when people want to talk to us, we listen.“ If the NHL listens and decides to move forward with expanding at some point in the near future, Quebec City, Seattle and Toronto figure to be the front-runners. But Bettman insisted there’s no ranking of potential cities and that no decision has been made to expand. That’s despite uneven conferences right now — 16 teams in the East and 14 in the West — that deputy commissioner Bill Daly conceded was a bit of misalignment. Getting up to 32 would make for four divisions of eight teams each and solve the disparity. It seems like a natural move, especially considering the expansion fees the NHL could get. But Bettman said a few things must be looked at before considering a place. “When there’s an expression of interest, you look at three factors predominately, show-stoppers so to speak,” he said. “You want to understand the market and can it support NHL hockey? Would it be a good addition to the league? Two, you’ve got to have an arena and three, and perhaps most important, it comes down to ownership.” Ownership is one of the keys to the NHL’s success in the big picture. Bettman was quick to point to negative attention around

the Phoenix Coyotes and how they’ve been sold along with the Florida Panthers and New Jersey Devils within the past six months. “My my, how far we’ve come since the summer, when all the articles and speculation were about all these franchises that were supposedly in trouble, which we never believed were,” Bettman said. “The franchises have never been stronger. So we went from relocation in your view and distress to now we should be expanding. Everybody needs to slow down. We don’t operate like that. Everything in due course. If, in fact, there’s a due course to pursue.” The city of Markham, Ontario, recently struck down plans to build an NHL-ready arena as the league made it clear it should not happen with the hopes of getting a team. An arena is being built in Quebec City, and one could be on the way in Seattle to lure an NBA team, as well. “I clearly have acknowledged that the Pacific Northwest has a strong interest in hockey,” Daly said of the Seattle expansion possibility. As of now everything is just a possibility. But just drawing interest isn’t a bad thing. “The fact is there are lots of expressions of interest from lots of different places and that’s great, it’s gratifying,” Bettman said. “It shows the business and the game are healthy because there is so much interest and people want to be a part of the game and invest in the game.”

UFC champ St-Pierre to discuss future at Quebec City event BY THE CANADIAN PRESS TORONTO — Georges St-Pierre will shed light on his future later this week in Quebec City. There has been a question-mark hanging over the UFC welterweight champion since his controversial win over No. 1 contender Johny Hendricks last month at UFC 167. St-Pierre said immediately after the fight that he needed time away from his sport to take care of personal matters and ponder his future. It appears the 32-year-old from Montreal has made up his mind. St-Pierre, currently on vacation in Dubai, confirmed by text to The Canadian Press that he will be announcing his future Friday. As of Monday, even the UFC was in the dark as to their pay-per-view king’s plans. UFC president Dana White told The Canadian Press that he was letting St-Pierre “have his time.” The unlikely venue is a skating rink at a Quebec City mall. St-Pierre’s manager, Rodolphe Beaulieu, said it was a previously scheduled appearance, with the fighter slated to meet fans and sponsors. St-Pierre will also take questions briefly from the media. While Beaulieu said St-Pierre was not making an announcement per se, he said the champion will answer questions. St-Pierre (25-2) has not lost since April 2007, dominating the 170-pound division while becoming one of Canada’s best-known athletes. His split decision win over Hendricks on Nov. 16 in Las Vegas extended his string of victories to 12, the longest current run in the UFC. It was his ninth successful title defence and

ninth straight title defence, one behind former middleweight champion Anderson Silva in each category. And it was his 14th championship fight, one behind Randy Couture. The victory also moved GSP past Silva for most wins in UFC title bouts at 12. St-Pierre also extended his UFC mark for most championship rounds fought to 52. But many, including White, scored the last fight for Hendricks. And StPierre’s post-fight remarks about taking a break infuriated the UFC boss, who calmed down after meeting privately with the fighter. The champion has not detailed the personal issues at play. “I need to think. I have stuff going on in my life ... This is my personal life,” St-Pierre told the post-fight news conference. “I cannot speak to you about this. You’re a reporter, I know your job is to make things public. But I have a personal life, I keep personal some of my stuff.” A TMZ report said the champion is dealing with a family illness and a personal issue. White told The Canadian Press that St-Pierre had told him the report was not true. After meeting the champion privately after the fight, White said St-Pierre’s issues “aren’t as bad as he thinks they are.” “Yeah, we’ll get through this,” he added. St-Pierre does not need to fight again. He is financially set, thanks to millions made in the cage and endorsements with the likes of Under Armour and Bacardi. Should he decide to keep fighting, a lucrative rematch with Hendricks awaits.

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STOLEN INFORMATION IS THEN USED TO CLONE THE BANK CARDS FOR USE IN THE UNITED STATES, PARTICULARLY NEW YORK BY SUSAN ZIELINSKI ADVOCATE STAFF Red Deer City RCMP are warning Red Deer shoppers that their debit card information may have been stolen or may still be at risk. Shoppers using debit cards at a variety of Red Deer businesses between August and December have reported extra charges on their bank statements after using debit machines. RCMP said they have received several complaints about bank card fraud from people who are still in possession of

their bank cards. RCMP Cpl. Sarah Knelsen said debit machines have been altered to allow thieves to steal bank card information when shoppers enter their bank card personal identification number (PIN) to pay for purchases. The stolen information is then used to clone the bank cards for use in the United States, particularly in New York. “You’re going to see charges from the United States appearing on your bank statement because in the United States you don’t need a chip in your debit card. You can still just swipe it,” said Knelsen on Tuesday.

“We used to see a lot of this stuff happening a few years ago before the PIN numbers and chips. “Since you have the chip in your card, it’s very hard for fraudulent use to be done.” Now criminals have come up with a way to steal information but it can’t be used in Canada, she said. RCMP believe compromised debit machines are still in use in some businesses in Red Deer. Police have seized at least one of the machines. Police cannot say where the machines were in use nor how many debit cards were cloned.

Knelsen said many people are reporting the fraudulent card activity to their banks instead of the police. “We don’t know the extent. It’s still being investigated by banks on their end to see where the trail leads.” RCMP advise people to contact their bank immediately if their bank card has been fraudulently used and to report the fraud to the Red Deer City RCMP complaint line at 403-3435575. szielinski@reddeeradvocate. com

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SPORTS HALL OF FAME NOMINATIONS The Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum is reminding the public to get their nominations in for the 2014 inductees into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum. The Hall of Fame has inducted more than 900 members since its inception in 1957. Nominations are open for athletes, builders and teams. Nominations are also being accepted for the Bell Award, Pioneer Award and Achievement Award. Forms must be received no later than Jan. 31. All nominations will be reviewed and forwarded to the selection committee. To download the forms and detail of criteria, visit www.ashfm. ca. For more information, call 403-341-8614.

CORRECTION An item on a tea for fans of the British television drama Downton Abbey at the Red Deer Public Library contained the wrong phone number. To register for the event, which will celebrate the premiere of season four, call 403-342-9110. The event will be held in the Snell Auditorium at the downtown branch of the library on Jan. 5. The celebration will include 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.

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Dance Magic instructor Jody Liptak breaks out in laughter as celebrity dancer Sam Wong supports her during a rehearsal at Dance Magic on Tuesday. The pair are competing in the Sheraton Celebrity Dance Off 2014 in support of the Boys and Girls Club of Red Deer. Eight Red Deer celebrities will be teamed up with professional dancers during the third annual event taking place at the Sheraton Hotel Friday April 4, 2014.

Stettler RCMP are looking for tips leading to the Grinch who stole a boxful of donated toys at the local Walmart. The theft happened sometime between Nov. 23 and 27, said RCMP Sgt. Duncan Babchuk on Tuesday. The donation box was one of a number set out around town by Stettler and District Family and Community Support Services. Babchuk said the group estimated about $2,500 worth of toys, destined to be distributed to needy families, were stolen. Police checked video surveillance tapes but they don’t go back far enough. Sadly, these kinds of thefts are nothing new, said Babchuk. “I’ve dealt with these complaints in the past at virtually every place I’ve worked,” he said. Since word got out about the theft, the community has rallied to ensure the Christmas hamper program doesn’t come up short, said Stettler Christmas Hamper Society president Janelle Robinson. “The response in the community is really overwhelming,” said Robinson. “It’s really amazing that way.” In just one example, a former Stettler dentist who now has a practice in Blackfalds, Dr. Manjit Shah, read about the theft and donated $1,000 to the society, she said. “Cash donations are really rolling in, which is wonderful.” Anyone with information on the thefts can call Stettler RCMP at 403-7423382, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at www.tipssubmit.com.

Lacombe looking at 2.7-per-cent tax increase MAYOR STEVE CHRISTIE SAYS COUNCIL SATISFIED WITH SPENDING BY PAUL COWLEY ADVOCATE STAFF

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Lacombe homeowners will face an average 2.7-per-cent tax increase next year. City council passed its $29.49-million operating and $15.9-million capital budgets on Monday night. The operating budget is up $2 million, or 7.5 per cent, from last year’s $27.5 million. This year’s budget was boosted by a $167,624 increase in tax revenues connected with growth. The 2.7 per cent increase will generate just over $289,000. Mayor Steve Christie said council is satisfied with this year’s spending. Council was initially looking at a 2.3 per cent increase but opted to boost the public works department’s budget to allow for more snow clearing. “It just increases the level of service, not only in snow clearing, but in our whole public works department,” he said. Adding

a full-time staffer cost another $40,000, with some of the cost offset by reducing the number of seasonal workers required to five from six. Under policy changes approved on Monday, the city will clear a gap in windrows for residents who have walkways from their house to the street. Previously, gaps were only cut for driveways. About 400 houses will benefit. Provincial Municipal Sustainability Initiative funding will total $2.15 million next year. About $800,000 of that will go towards engineering and design for a new police station and $325,000 will be used to fund the Michener Park design and ball diamond. Another $236,000 will be used to expand the trail system and $192,000 will fund pool and arena upgrades. Lacombe residents will also pay more for utilities next year. The average utility bill will go up 5.24 per cent. City spokesman Deven Kumar says customers will see the water consumption rate increase to $2.26 from $2.18 per cubic me-

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tre, with the monthly flat rate increasing to $24.01 from $23.75. The wastewater monthly flat rate will rise to $12.28 from $11.65. For solid waste, residential rates will increase to reflect the new curbside recycling program, with the monthly rate increasing to $27.09 from $23.67, said Kumar. Commercial rates will increase to $89.43 from $82.88 per month. Lacombe’s capital budget includes 44 projects. Grants will cover $7.59 million of the cost. Among the big projects planned are: ● $4.55 million for a pavement project on 34th Street from Hwy 2A to the city boundary ● $3.2 million for site development for Len Thompson Industrial Park ● $1.83 million for vehicle and equipment replacement ● $1.69 million for Maple Drive paving project from College Avenue to the end ● $1 million for land acquisition. pcowley@reddeeradvocate.com

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Snow plows keep clearing streets Snow clearing crews have seven Red Deer neighbourhoods left as they plow their way through snow-bound residential areas. Snow plows will be at work today in Garden Heights, Clearview Ridge, Rosedale Estates, Timberlands and Timberstone. If time permits, the snow removal crews will reach Rosedale Meadows and College Park by late today, or Thursday. Some neighbourhoods that were bypassed earlier because of multiple parked cars may be revisited on Thursday and Friday, said Tara Shand, city public information officer. The city hopes the residential plowing will be complete by the end of the week. People are warned to keep children from playing on or around windrows and piles because the snow may pose dangers. “We are asking residents not to let their children dig tunnels or holes into the large piles of snow as there may be a risk of collapse,” said Shand. “Snow piles often contain waste, including nails, metal, broken glass, and collision debris, that has been scraped up off the roads. It’s not a safe environment for children to play.” If vehicles are left on the road, crews will go around them; however, there will be a windrow next to those vehicles. Where signs say No Parking, vehicles must be moved or they will be ticketed and towed out of the area. “While we aren’t ticketing and towing vehicles left on priority 6 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,” Shand said. Windrows are placed on both sides of the street on residential roadways. Most windrows are expected to be less than 40 cm in height, but conditions of roadways will dictate the final height. Residents who have designated disabled parking spaces in front of their homes will have these spaces cleared. Residents will have to shovel snow from in front of their driveways after their street is plowed, and are reminded to not place snow from driveways and sidewalks back onto the street. Crews have begun plowing the downtown and expect to complete this program by the end of the week. Residents are reminded to drive according to road and weather conditions. Crews are out sanding, but with the low temperatures, the effectiveness of sanding is a challenge. It is important to always keep a safe distance between you and the vehicle in front of you and take care when driving around snow and ice control equipment. To report any unsafe roadways, phone 403-342-8238. Residents can get up-to-date information on the city’s website at www. reddeer.ca, by calling 403-342-8238, or on Facebook and Twitter. The city’s complete Snow and Ice Control Policy is available at www.reddeer.ca/publicworks.

Standoff charges withdrawn Charges have been withdrawn against a Trochu man who was set for trial on charges arising from a standoff with police on June 29, 2012. Chad Alain Frere, 39, was arrested by police called to an alleged rampage at Trochu Motors, his former employer. Frere was set to stand trial in Drumheller on Dec. 4 on charges of obstructing police, resisting police and dangerous driving. The charges were withdrawn and the trial was cancelled.

Flood permit deadline extended EDMONTON — The Alberta government has extended the deadline for homeowners living in flood fringe zones to obtain municipal permits for mitigation work. The government says some owners hit by severe flooding in southern Alberta last June faced delays out of their control and couldn’t get a permit by the end of the year. They now have until March 31 to obtain the required paperwork. If they are still unable to get a permit, the government will accept a letter to the Disaster Recovery Program of a homeowner’s intent to do the work. Flood mitigation must be undertaken by residents in flood fringe zones to qualify for gov-

Bighorn sheep appear in decline HUNTING PRESSURE MAKES HERDS SMALLER, OLDER BY THE CANADIAN PRESS In go-go Alberta, it seems one of the few things that is becoming smaller, slower and older is the provincial animal. Newly published research suggests that the Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep, with its iconic curling horns that adorn many a sportsman’s recroom, is starting to show the effects of generations of trophy hunting. “The hunt is actually selecting in a direction that is opposite to what natural selection would be,” said biologist Marco Festa-Bianchet from the University of Sherbrooke in Quebec. “Normally, a large-horned ram would do very well, but in a hunted population he is more likely to get shot.” He said Alberta should consider changes to its hunting regulations for the animal — an important quarry for professional guides to offer clients, who may pay many thousands of dollars for the right to shoot one. A provincial government spokeswoman acknowledged Alberta is trying to reduce the number of trophy bighorns shot. Festa-Bianchet, whose paper was recently published in the Journal of Wildlife Management, examined records of 7,000 Alberta bighorn rams taken between 1974 and 2010. In Alberta, rams may only be legally

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Officer charged with assault A veteran Edmonton police officer has been charged with assault. The police service says Det. Thomas Wilson, a 25-year veteran, has been relieved from duty without pay. The charge goes back to an alleged encounter between Wilson and a subordinate in April 2011.

Cleared in conflict investigation, Sandhu returns EDMONTON — A member of the Alberta legislature who was cleared of conflict of interest after he tried to get rule changes to help his home-building company is back in the government caucus. Backbencher Peter Sandhu tweeted that he is honoured to be back with the Progressive Conservatives.

shot once their horns form four-fifths of a complete circle on either side of their heads, which generally takes four or five years. However, rams don’t reach their reproductive peak until a couple of years after that. That means a disproportionate number of young adults that grow quickly or even at just an average rate are taken before they’ve had a chance to breed much. It also means that rams who grow slowly and stay relatively small are less likely to wind up at the taxidermist’s and more likely to sire more lambs. The result? “The rams are getting smaller because the big ones are getting shot,” said Festa-Bianchet. He found that between 1980 and 2010, the average horn length of a sixyear-old bighorn decreased by about three centimetres. That result held whether the horns were taken by a resident hunter on his own or a nonresident led by a professional guide, suggesting the outcome isn’t affected by the skill of the hunter. The age makeup of herds has also changed. In 1980, a herd would be about 25 per cent rams between four and five years old. After 30 years of hunters picking off males as soon as their horns curled enough, that proportion is down to about 10 per cent.

The size changes don’t threaten the species’ health. Bighorn sheep are abundant in Alberta and coexist quite well with humans. But the changes could threaten the province’s reputation as the place to go for a trophy bighorn. Non-resident hunters pay guides up to $35,000, said Festa-Bianchet, who has hunted the animals himself. There is, he said, only one way to stop the slow diminishing of Alberta’s mighty bighorn. “There’s no way out of the problem than reducing the size of the harvest.” The province could change its policy of issuing ram tags to every hunter who asks for one. Or it could trim a couple of weeks off the hunting season to give young males a chance to breed without getting shot. Festa-Bianchet’s study was done with scientists from Alberta Environment. “I think the government is looking at this very seriously,” he said. “I know there was a proposal that was floated to shorten the hunting season. “Obviously, they have to weigh it against pressure that they get from hunting groups and outfitters. It’s never just biology that goes into hunting regulations.” Alberta Environment spokeswoman Carrie Sancartier said the government is aware of Festa-Bianchet’s conclusions.

The government confirmed that Sandhu, who represents EdmontonManning, is indeed back in the fold. Sandhu stepped out of the caucus in May when ethics issues surfaced in a CBC report that said he had tried to get changes that would help him with what he called “vexatious” liens against his company, NewView Homes. Ethics commissioner Neil Wilkinson acknowledged several senior civil servants felt Sandhu was inappropriately using his office to further the interest of his business. But Wilkinson ruled the actions were acceptable given Sandhu believed the changes would benefit other home-builders, too. Tory Caucus whip Steve Young welcomed Sandhu back in a statement. Wilkinson found that Sandhu had raised the issue of vexatious liens in committee and had fellow members of the legislature ask questions of the Service Alberta minister in question period about the Builders Lien Act.

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Woman who left husband needs to stay strong Dear Annie: I was married to a verbally abusive narcissist for 10 years. Two separations and three counselors later, I decided to leave him. That was in June. I recently met someone who makes me believe there are good people out there. But my soon-tobe ex and my brother have been screaming from the rooftops that I am a cheater, and that my husband’s behavior was perfect. This hurts me so deeply I cannot describe the MITCHELL pain. & SUGAR I bent over backward for this man for years, but he always has to “win.” Due to my brother’s badmouthing me and my unwillingness to fight, my parents barely speak to me. My ex is irresponsible about money, so I paid off his truck and am making half of his house payment so my kids have a place to stay when they see him. I have 10 pages of documentation from all the horribleness I have lived through. I hope my parents someday will warm up to the new man who treats me so well. I have given up on my brother. Meanwhile, my ex keeps telling me how he is doing “the right thing” by letting my children see me, because all of his friends tell him not to. Of course, he never was involved with the kids. He’s using them for leverage. I pay for all of the children’s expenses and their health insurance, and I see a counselor regularly. But every week, my ex or my brother contacts me and tries to make me feel like a terrible person for leaving. Will it ever stop? — Exhausted in Wisconsin Dear Wisconsin: We hope so, but you have to be strong. Until the divorce is final, your husband (and brother) will try to wear you down so you will return. As long as the children can be used to pressure you, your ex will do so. We know you are tired, but you need to fight back a little harder. Let your parents know exactly what is going on, and let them see the documentation. Make sure you have a good attorney who will see that the kids are protected and have access to both of their parents. Don’t push your new relationship. It’s too soon for your parents to accept. And keep seeing your counselor. It will help. Dear Annie: I have battled cancer since 1995. I will be on chemotherapy or some drug until I wish no further medical intervention. I am always bald, so I wear a beautiful assortment of headscarves. This usually elicits a caring smile, the start of a conversation or a comment meant to give hope. And while I am grateful for the smiles and caring statements, there is one comment I would like to eliminate. A number of people say, “Well, we’re all dying.” I understand these folks mean well, but it is a condescending and insensitive thing to say. Instead of giving hope or comfort, it says that my terminal diagnosis isn’t that big of a deal and I should just get over it. Please tell people to think carefully before making such a comment to one who is terminally ill. — Counting My Blessings in Jacksonville, Fla. Dear Counting: We could write a book about all of the inappropriate comments that people make when confronted with awkward or difficult situations. Thanks for alerting them to put this particular phrase in a locked drawer and throw away the key. Dear Annie: “Not Lonely in Virginia” said she has trouble making friends. When she added, “I suspect it may have to do with reading body language. I can’t interpret the signals,” it sounded like Asperger’s. I was in a relationship with a man with Asperger’s, and I didn’t have a clue about this syndrome. It was devastating. I read everything I could and now understand it. Please direct her to www.aspergers.com, where she will be welcomed and understood. — Sioux Falls Annie’s Mailbox is written by Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar, longtime editors of the Ann Landers column. Please email your questions to anniesmailbox@comcast.net, or write to: Annie’s Mailbox, c/o Creators Syndicate, 737 3rd Street, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254.

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BY THE CANADIAN PRESS TORONTO — The festive season often brings invites to parties and dinners, a chance to catch up with those we may not have seen for some time. So greeting an extended family member or friend who has cancer can lead to some awkward moments, especially if their appearance has changed dramatically. So what is the right thing to say? And more to the point, what are the wrong things to say? “People constantly say to cancer patients: ’You look fantastic. You look so great,”’ says Nancy Payeur, a peer support counsellor at the BC Cancer Agency in Victoria. “And the cancer patients have mixed feelings about that because it’s almost like they’re saying, ’Are you really sick? You look just fine.”’ Some people with cancer have also been taken aback by such comments as: “’Oh, you’ve lost so much weight. How fantastic!”’ she relates. “I mean, really, how ridiculous.” Payeur advises maintaining as much normalcy as possible to the person with cancer, but not saying in that hushed tone: “’Ohhhh, how are you doing?’

Because I hear from people how annoying that is.” “They just want a normal conversation. They don’t necessarily want to talk about their cancer. So I think something like: ’How are you doing?’ and ’I’ve been thinking about you, and I know this is a difficult situation’ — some acknowledgment, but not in a patronizing, over-thetop way.” Brittany Boniface used Facebook to keep family and close friends up to date with her fiance Steve Shaw’s battle with testicular cancer prior to Christmas last year. “It was definitely a shock for people when they saw him or pictures of him. He looked like a completely different person,” she says, explaining that chemo had robbed the 26-year-old of his thick head of hair, eyebrows and eyelashes, and left him extremely pale. “I know it’s hard for people. They don’t know what to say. Sometimes it’s a very shocking thing to hear that someone has cancer, especially someone so young.” But as his 24-7 caregiver, Boniface got tired of hearing: “’I know how you feel.’ It’s like, ’Really? No you don’t.’ Unless you’ve been in those shoes, you don’t know how that person

sense of relief which stems from no longer feeling codependent or tied down financially to your partner. Ventures and options are more available which makes you feel liberated in a way. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): You are not seeing eye to eye with your loved one. Your relationship seems too predictable or outworn and routine offsets the romance in your union. The way you perceive your partner will turn into a completely new outlook from now on. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): You crave to do something enjoyable; nonetheless, you are not certain that you have the sufficient funds for it. A strong urge pushes you to break free of your daily routine. You strive for something more unconventional. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): You find yourself in a strong position where domestic issues reside. Your traditional values and your and the way you approach your home life will have a strong sense of unity. Pleasant sentimental feelings about your past come into picture today. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Connecting to your peers

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will give you a satisfactory feeling. Even though you are traditionally responsible and patient, today, your personal needs feel less stressed. It’s a great time to seek advice from older people. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): You evaluate your basic needs versus what you desire to bring to its goal. For the time being, your dreams are not allowing you yet to enjoy yourself, as you are not receiving the compensations you had hoped for. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): You are embarking into a journey of self-discovery and self-healing. Heightened spiritual awakenings predominate within your soul as you are searching for something or someone to fill in your void. Astro Doyna is an internationally syndicated astrologer and columnist. Her column appears daily in the Advocate.

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‘IF YOU HAVE NEVER BEFORE FANTASIZED ABOUT THE STRANGERS YOU SEE ON A BUS, YOU BEGIN DOING SO AFTER HAVING READ ALICE MUNRO.’

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It may seem like a paradox but it is actually quite logical. What we call world literature is generally rooted in the local and individual. In her writing, Alice — PETER ENGLUND Munro portrays with almost PERMANENT SECRETARY, anthropological precision SWEDISH ACADEMY a recognizable, tranquil, everyday world with predictable, external accoutrements. Her equivalent of William Faulkner’s Yoknapatawpha County is located in southwestern Ontario. This flat, Canadian, agriPhoto by THE CANADIAN PRESS cultural landscape, with its Canadian author Alice Munro is photographed at her daughter Sheila’s home broad rivers and seemingly during an interview in Victoria, B.C., Tuesday. Alice’s daughter Jenny received bland, small towns is where most of her short stories the 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature on her mother’s behalf during a ceremony in unfold. But the serenity and Stockholm, Sweden. simplicity are deceptive in every way. The tranquility of the outerworld is always economics were also awarded during Tuesday’s cerapparent in Alice Munro’s works, which then open the emony. The peace prize was presented at an earlier portals to an inner world, where the opposite is true. Muevent. nro writes about what are usually called ordinary people, The ceremony was to be followed by a lavish dinbut her intelligence, compassion and astonishing power ner at Stockholm City Hall with members of Sweof perception enable her to give their lives a remarkable den’s royal family as well as other dignitaries. dignity — indeed, redemption, since she shows how Munro has previously won the Man Booker Intermuch of extraordinary can fit into that jam-packed emptinational Prize for her entire body of work, as well ness called the ordinary . . . as two Scotiabank Giller Prizes (for 1998’s The Love Her short stories rely very little on external drama. of a Good Woman and 2004’s Runaway ), three GoverThey are an emotional chamber play, her world of nor General’s Literary Awards (for her 1968 debut silences and lies, waiting and longing. The biggest Dance of the Happy Shades, 1978’s Who Do You Think events occur inside of her characters. The greatest pain You Are? and 1986’s The Progress of Love), the Comremains unexpressed. Like few others, she is interested monwealth Writers’ Prize, the inaugural Marian Enin the silent and the silenced, the passive, those who gel Award and the American National Book Critics choose not to choose, who live on the sidelines, the Circle Award. quitters and the losers. Barriers in gender and class are Born in 1931 in the southwestern Ontario farmnever far away in her works . . . . ing community of Wingham, Munro later moved to In an uncompromising way, Alice Munro demonVictoria with Jim Munro, with whom she had three strates that love rarely saves us or leads to reliable children. The couple eventually divorced and Munro happiness and that few things can be as devastating to us as our own dreams. Sexuality is constantly present moved back to Ontario. She eventually remarried and its power is gripping. We’re often blind and even Gerald Fremlin, who died earlier this year. devastated. Even though genuine happiness may occur, In a recent interview with The Canadian Press, sometimes accidentally, people rarely go unpunished Englund said that while there is usually some debate for believing in romantic love. This might seem unbearover the Nobel literature laureate, Munro has been ably dark or even painful if her piercing lucidity was an unusually popular choice. not mixed with something that — for want of a better Bookstores in the Swedish capital have been disword — I must call tenderness. If you read a lot of Alice playing Munro’s collections prominently since she Munro’s works carefully, sooner or later, in one of her was announced as this year’s laureate. short stories, you will come to face with yourself. This is And according to a new study from BookNet Canan encounter that always leaves you shaking and often ada, the prize has resulted in a significant spike in changed but never crushed . . . . sales of Munro’s works, both on home soil and interOver the years, numerous prominent scientists have nationally. received a well-deserved award in this auditorium for Munro has kept an extremely low profile, granthaving solved some of the great enigmas of the uniing only a handful of interviews since she was anverse or of our material existence. But you, dear Alice nounced as the winner. Munro, like few others, have come close to solving the Regarded as the world’s highest literary hongreatest mystery of them all: the human heart and its our, the Nobel puts Munro in the company of great caprices. wordsmiths including George Bernard Shaw, Ernest The Swedish Academy congratulates you. I now ask Jenny Munro to rise and, in her mother’s place, receive Hemingway, Hermann Hesse, T.S. 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STOCKHOLM, Sweden — Canadian short story legend Alice Munro was celebrated Tuesday as a “stunningly precise” writer who “is often able to say more in 30 pages than an ordinary novelist is capable of in 300” at a ceremony where her daughter Jenny accepted the 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature on her behalf. “Munro writes about what are usually called ordinary people, but her intelligence, compassion and astonishing power of perception enable her to give their lives a remarkable dignity — indeed redemption — since she shows how much of the extraordinary can fit into that jam-packed emptiness called the ordinary,” Peter Englund, permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy, said Tuesday during a formal ceremony at the Stockholm Concert Hall. “The trivial and trite are intertwined with the amazing and unfathomable, but never at the cost of contradiction. If you have never before fantasized about the strangers you see on a bus, you begin doing so after having read Alice Munro.” The 82-year-old Munro was named this year’s Nobel literature laureate on Oct. 10 but was too unwell to travel from Victoria — where she’s staying with her daughter Sheila — to the Swedish capital to accept in person. At Tuesday’s ceremony, Jenny Munro received the Nobel Medal, a diploma and a document confirming the C$1.2 million award. Wearing a sleeveless, midnight-blue embroidered gown with her blond hair in an updo, Jenny Munro was met with thunderous applause and a standing ovation from the packed theatre as she bowed and accepted the honour from King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden. In a laudatory speech before the literature honour was handed out, Englund called Munro “a virtuoso of the elliptical.” “It is a challenge to find an unessential word or a superfluous phrase,” he said. “Reading one of her texts is like watching a cat walk across a laid dinner table. A brief short story can often cover decades, summarizing a life, as she moves deftly between different periods.” Englund also praised Munro’s ability to convey “the tranquility of the outer world” in her stories, which are set in the small-town southwestern Ontario landscape in which she grew up. “If you read a lot of Alice Munro’s works carefully, sooner or later, in one of her short stories, you will come face to face with yourself; this is an encounter that always leaves you shaken and often changed, but never crushed.” Professor Carl-Henrik Heldin, chairman of the board of the Nobel Foundation, acknowledged the literary treasure at the outset of the ceremony. “We send our warmest greetings to Alice Munro, who was unable to come to Stockholm. We are glad that Jenny Munro is here to receive the prize on behalf of her mother.” Raised in the southwestern Ontario farming community of Wingham, Munro is only the 13th woman to be awarded the Nobel Prize in literature, and the first Canadian-based author to receive it. She is the 110th laureate in literature. The prizes in physics, chemistry, medicine and

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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 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 be sent or viewed at www.parklandfuneralhome.com Arrangements in care of Maryann Hansen, Funeral Director at PARKLAND FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORIUM 6287 - 67 A Street (Taylor Drive), Red Deer. 403.340.4040

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CHUBAK (Skakun) 1943 - 2013 It is with heavy hearts and fond memories that we announce the passing of Gloria Chubak (Skakun) surrounded by her loving family at the Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre on Monday, December 9, 2013 at the age of 70 years. Gloria was the beloved wife of, John. She will also be lovingly remembered by her children, sons; Garry (Pam), Gord (Kim) and Geoff (Stacey), a daughter; Suzette (Bill) Lewis, as well as, her grandchildren, that she cherished so dearly; Jordi, Tyler, Chase, Tyson, Cayla, Tayler, Taryn, Sydney and Ryan. Gloria is also survived by her siblings; Johanna, Alice, Jean, Liz and Stan. Gloria was a dynamic person, showing generosity with her gracious smile. She had many talents such as, a musician and artist, who had a special flare for design and decorating. She will often be remembered for her outgoing personality and sense of h u m o r, w h o l o v e d t o b e surrounded by family and f r i e n d s . S h e e s p e c i a l l y, enjoyed wintering in Puerto Va l l a r t a . I n l a t e r y e a r s , Gloria battled with ALS. We would like to express special t h a n k s t o D r. O d e n d a a l , Carla Falk and Jane Revist of the ALS Society and the nursing staff on Unit 32. Prayer Service will be held at Parkland Funeral Home on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. Memorial Service with reception and hot lunch, to follow, will be held at Parkland Funeral Home, 6287 - 67A Street (Taylor Drive), Red Deer on Friday, December 13, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. with Father Serhiy Harahuc, celebrant. A cremation will follow the service. Memorial donations, in Gloria’s memory, may be made to ALS Society of Alberta, Suite 250, 4723 - 1st Street SW, Calgary, Alberta T2G 4Y8. Condolences may be sent or viewed at www.parklandfuneralhome.com Arrangements in care of Gordon R. Mathers, Funeral Director at PARKLAND FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORIUM 6287 - 67 A Street (Taylor Drive), Red Deer. 403.340.4040

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Trades

Experienced Siders Needed Call 403-588-3210

GOODMEN ROOFING LTD. Requires

Central AB based trucking company requires

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

Valid Driver’s Licence preferred. Fax or email info@goodmenroofing.ca or (403)341-6722 NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE!

820

(Reliable vehicle needed) CLEARVIEW AREA Cosgrove Cres., Chappel Dr., Carroll Cres., Carpenter St., & Cunningham Cres. Area 93 Papers $498/mo. DEER PARK AREA Dempsey St. & Drummond. Ave. Area 70 Papers $375/mo. GRANDVIEW AREA 73 Papers $439/mo. 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. Call Jamie 403-314-4306 for more information

880

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

Gary Moe Volkswagen

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

joelnichols@ garymoe.com

ONLY 4 DAYS A WEEK

in Mustang Acres Gray Dr. & Galbraith St. Normandeau Nolan, Norwest & Newlands

ADULT EDUCATION AND TRAINING

Oak St. & Overdown Dr.

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

Pines Pearson Cres. Call Joanne 403-314-4308 info

CARRIERS NEEDED FOR FLYERS, RED DEER SUNDAY LIFE & EXPRESS ROUTES IN: 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.

ANDERS AREA Anders St. / Armstrong Close Allsop Ave. / Allsop Close

NEWSPAPER CARRIERS REQUIRED

BOWER AREA

ONLY 4 DAYS A WEEK

WESTPARK AREA

For afternoon delivery once per week

in

If you would like to be a part of our growing and dynamic team of professionals in your field, we are currently seeking both -

Inglewood Ave.

Call Rick for more info 403-314-4303

NEWSPAPER CARRIERS REQUIRED

CLEARVIEW RIDGE AREA Crossley St., Cooper Cl., Carter Cl., Connaught Cres. & Cody Pl. $190/mo.

DISPATCHERS req’d. Day/Night. Knowledge of Red Deer and area is essential. Verbal and written communication skills are req’d. Send resume by fax to 403-346-0295 Eagle Builders in Blackfalds, AB is looking for hard working, motivated individual to fill a full-time precast concrete erecting

DAVENPORT PLACE AREA Danielle Dr., Dorchester Ave., & Doncaster Ave. $185/mo. MICHENER AREA East of 40th Ave., 51 St., 50A St., Michener Cres., Green, etc. to Michener Ave. & Blvd. $282/mo. ROSEDALE AREA Rowell Cl. & Ritson Cl. $87/mo. ALSO West half of Robinson Cres, Rich Cl., & Ryan Cl. Area. $84/mo. TIMBERLANDS AREA Turner Cres., Timothy Dr., Towers Cl., Tobin Gt. $113/mo. ALSO Timberstone Way, Talson Place, Thomas Place, Trimble Cl., Traptow Cl. & Thompson Cres. $307/mo.

340393L13

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

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. richardson@bg-rd.com Celebrate your life with a Classified ANNOUNCEMENT

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

Upper Fairview Call Joanne 403-314-4308 for more info

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.

GOOD selection of quality pianos for reasonable price. Weststrate Piano Sales & Tuning. 403-347-5432

1830

Cats

3 FRIENDLY MALE ORANGE KITTENS. Litter trained. Desperately need loving homes. FREE. 403-782-3130 BALINESE KITTEN $50. 403-887-3649

1840

Dogs

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stuff

1860

1590

1870

1630

1900

Looking for reliable newspaper carrier for 1 day per week delivery of the Central Alberta Life in the town of INNISFAIL Packages come ready for delivery. No collecting.

Homestead Firewood Spruce & Pine - Split 7 days/wk. 403-304-6472

LOGS

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

1710

Household Appliances

ELECTRIC heater oak cabinet portable, remote, thermostat control $150 403-314-2026

1720

FREE! 39” Boxspring & mattress. Sheets & pillow cases included. 403-347-6183

Earn extra money for Christmas by delivering the new Yellow Pages Phone Books into Sylvan Lake, You can sell your guitar Stettler, Red Deer, and for a song... Rocky Mountain House. or put it in CLASSIFIEDS Must have own vehicle. and we’ll sell it for you! This is door to door delivery. Can start immediately, no selling involved, part time. PHONE bench solid oak Completion bonus will be $175 403-314-2026 paid. Call 1-800-661-1910 Siding Helpers Needed Call 403-588-3210

2000-2290

Now Offering Hotter, Cleaner BC Birch. All Types. P.U. / Delivery. Lyle 403-783-2275

Household Furnishings PHONE BOOKS

AGRICULTURAL

CLASSIFICATIONS

WANTED

Antiques, furniture and estates. 342-2514

2140

Horses

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

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rentals CLASSIFICATIONS

FOR RENT • 3000-3200 WANTED • 3250-3390

3020

Houses/ Duplexes

2 BDRM. MAIN FLOOR of House. 403-872-2472 3 BDRM. in Sylvan. 4 appls., fenced yard. No pets. All utils. incl. 403-347-6033

Call Classifieds 403-309-3300 classifieds@reddeeradvocate.com

Accounting

1010

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

Contractors

1100

Sherwood Cres.

DALE’S Home Reno’s Free estimates for all your reno needs. 403-506-4301

VANIER AREA

RMD RENOVATIONS Bsmt’s, flooring, decks, etc. Call Roger 403-348-1060

Flooring

1180

WILL install floor & wall tile 403-335-6076 / 352-7812

Handyman Services

1200

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

1280

Massage Therapy

1280

Misc. Services

1290

FANTASY MASSAGE International ladies

Now Open

Ironman Scrap Metal Recovery picking up scrap again! Farm machinery, vehicles & industrial. Serving

LOOKING FOR F/T Registered Massage Therapist in busy salon & spa in Drumheller. LONG waiting list of clients. Please call 403-823-6161 or email boldefexx@ hotmail.com Attn: Cindy

Central AB. 403-318-4346

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

Seniors’ Services

1372

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

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LEXUS 392-0891 *BUSTY* INDEPENDENT w/own car

MASSAGE ABOVE ALL WALK-INS WELCOME 4709 Gaetz Ave. 346-1161

VII MASSAGE #7,7464 Gaetz Ave. Pampering at its BEST! helpinghandshomesupport.com 403-986-6686 Come in and see why we are the talk Snow of the town. Removal www.viimassage.biz

TO ORDER HOME DELIVERY OF THE ADVOCATE CALL OUR CIRCULATION DEPARTMENT 403-314-4300

Classifieds Your place to SELL Your place to BUY

Looking for a place to live? Take a tour through the CLASSIFIEDS

Tired of Standing? Find something to sit on in Classifieds

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

340587A10

1790

Piano & Organs

To Advertise Your Business or Service Here

Vanson Close / Visser St.

Application Closing Date: January 10, 2014. Applicants should include a resume and apply in writing to:

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

1000-1430

Springfield Ave.

Valentine Cres.

POTTERY, soup set with urn & ladle, 4 bowls, casserole dish & salad bowl w/4 plates, like new. $125, Danby microwave oven 900 watts, $30; 2 matching suitcases, like new $25. for both; 403-352-8811

CLASSIFICATIONS

Lund Close

Savoy Cres. / Sydney Close

SWAMPERS F/T needed immediately for a fast growing waste & recycling company. Heavy lifting involved (driver’s helper) position. Reliability essential. Own transportation required. Please email resumes to canpak@xplornet.ca

LOVESEAT, with arm covers, exc. cond. $125; Kanon 920 copier machine w/metal stand, exc. cond. $75 403-352-8811

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Lamont Close

Somerset Close

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

LOUIS L’Amour pocket books 95 cents ea. or all 28 for $16 SOLD

1580

Contact Quitcy at 403-314-4316

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

Vista Village

MAINTENANCE POSITION

Please call Debbie at 403-314-4307

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

EXP’D parts person for small engine and quad CLASSIFICATIONS dealership. F/T position. EXTRA FLUFFY Must be able to work Sat’s. 1500-1990 & extremely cute! Teacup and overtime hrs. may be Babydoll Morkies†(very tiny). req’d in summer months. Call 587-987-3422 or email Please apply in person at Children's wendyschedel@gmail.com 5717-40 Ave. Wetaskiwin Items or email: wetaskiwinrad@ xplornet.com C U S T O M m a d e b a b y Sporting Classifieds...costs so little change table w/drawers Goods $70 403-347-5648 Saves you so much! GOLF travel bag, F/T SERVICE DRIVER w/wheels, hard cover $50. wanted for Little Jons soft cover $40, very good Portable Toilet Services. Clothing cond. 403-346-0093 Benefits. O/T in summer. Drivers abstract req’d. 2 LONG FUR COATS (Fox) sales@littlejons.ca or fax 1 Ladies Sm, 1 Mens Lrg. Collectors' resume to 403-342-6179 Very Good cond. 403-346-6470 Items JANITORIAL Co seeking a f/t com/window cleaning 3 INDIAN Medicine Men sup for RD and area. Req: Equipmentshields, approx. 20” x 30”, fluent in written and oral Heavy $180 403-347-7405 english, 2-3 years exp in a supervisory role,clean driving TRAILERS for sale or rent record, criminal record check, Job site, office, well site or Travel job physically demanding. Packages storage. Skidded or Benefits after 3 mos. $19/hr wheeled. Call 347-7721. Fax resume 403-342-1897 TRAVEL ALBERTA mail to #4, 4608-62 St. Alberta offers RedDeer, AB. T4N 6T3 SOMETHING Firewood for everyone. Make your travel plans now. AFFORDABLE

Lord Close

SUNNYBROOK AREA

To deliver 1 day a week in BOWDEN

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

1660

Call Jamie 403-314-4306

MORRISROE AREA

Rahr Malting Canada Ltd. Attn: Human Resources Box 113 Alix, Alberta T0C 0B0 FAX: (403)747-2660 EMAIL : mlyle@rahr.com NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE

laborer position

at our company. Must be physically fit as this labourer position requires constant heavy lifting and involves fast paced, on the job training. Applicant must be able to travel and must have reliable transportation to and from work as well as a valid class 5 driver’s license. All meals and hotel expenses are paid when out of town. Successful applicant must provide an up to date drivers abstract. Construction experience an asset. Full benefits provided. Starting wages based on experience. Fax resumes to 403 885 5516 , must flag attn: Craig or e-mail to c.haan@eaglebuilders.ca.

Logan Close

McIntosh Ave.

Blackfalds Lacombe Ponoka Stettler

Perfect for anyone looking to make some extra $.

Law Close / Lewis Close

for full-time permanent shop positions

In the towns of:

Please reply by email: qmacaulay @reddeeradvocate.com or phone Quitcy at 403-314-4316

Inglis Cres.

LANCASTER AREA

Delivery is 4 times per week, no collecting.

CLEARVIEW AREA Cardinal Ave & Cosgrove Cl. $97/mo. ALSO East side of Cosgrove Cres. $91/mo. ALSO Cole Street $61/mo. ALSO Cameron Cres. & Conners Cres. $146/mo.

Adamson Ave. / Arthur Close INGLEWOOD AREA

Please fax resume to 403-227-7796, email to hr@bilton.ca

Currently seeking reliable newspaper carrier for the

Addinnell Close / Allan St.

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.

JOURNEYMAN AND B PRESSURE WELDERS

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

Oriole Park

Academic Express

403-340-1930 www.academicexpress.ca

850

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

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.

Misc. Help

SLOPED ROOFERS LABOURERS & FLAT ROOFERS

Only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Looking for a Career as an Allison Transmission Technician? There are 2 Restaurant/ Long-Term Openings Hotel Avail. Training Provided Email: service@ CALKINS CONSULTING siautomatics.com o/a Tim Hortons Fax: 403-885-2556 Food Service Manager Precast Concrete Plant in 5 positions, F/T & P/ T, Blackfalds, AB, is looking $9.95 - $18/hr. depending for new team members to on exp. and availability. join an enthusiastic and Permanent shift work, growing company. weekends, days, nights Concrete finisher and evening shifts. 3-5 yrs. needed to perform exp., completion of secondetailed and quality finishdary school. Start date ing as well as other related ASAP. Apply in person tasks, minimum 5 years 6620 Orr Drive. Fax: experience. All applicants 403-782-9685 must be flexible for hours Call 403-848-2356 and dedicated due to a RAMADA INN & SUITES demanding production REQUIRES schedule. Own transportaROOM ATTENDANTS. tion to work is needed. Exp. preferred. Wage will be based on Only serious inquiries apply. experience, attitude and Rate $13.50/hr. willingness to commit to Drop off resume at: long term employment. 6853 - 66 St. Red Deer Please fax resume to or fax 403-342-4433 403 885 5516 or email to k.kooiker@ VIC 8888 LTD. needs F/T eaglebuilders.ca cook, 40 hrs. a week, Thank you to all $13.50/hr. Must be willing applicants but only those to relocate. Drop resume to selected for an interview 3731 50 TH AVE. or email: will be notified. sampang17@gmail.com

Trades

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 tarific@telusplanet.net

1760

Misc. for Sale

1165

EDEN 587-877-7399 10am-midnight

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

1380

YOUR SNOW’S GOTTA GO. It away I’ll blow. Call me, I’ll show. 403-598-3857


RED DEER ADVOCATE Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013 D3

FAST TRACK PHOTOS Call 403-309-3300 to get your vehicle pictured here

DO YOU HAVE AN ATV TO SELL? ADVERTISE IT IN THE FAST TRACK, Call 309-3300.

DO YOU HAVE A JEEP TO SELL? ADVERTISE IT IN THE FAST TRACK, Call 309-3300.

2006 Range Rover Sport HSE $25,888 Sport & Import 7652 50 Ave 403-348-8788

2008 BMW 328 xi sunroof, lthr., 66,382 kms., $25,888 348-8788 Sport & Import

DO YOU HAVE A TENT TRAILER TO SELL? ADVERTISE IT IN THE FAST TRACK, Call 309-3300.

2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited. Has only 69,885 km. Fully loaded including NAV and DVD. SOLD

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

2008 BMW 535xi $29,888 Sport & Import 403-348-8788

Denali AWD $18,888. 348-8788 Sport & Import

2005 LEXUS ES 330 FWD, lthr., 41,100 kms, $15,888. SOLD

2007 COLORADO, 28RK, Dutchman, 32’, slideout, back kitchen, shower, king bed, TV, stereo, air. loaded

2008 BMW X5 3.0 $31,888 Sport & Import 403-348-8788

2008 JEEP Rubicon 4X4, $20,888 7652 Gaetz Ave, Sport & Import 348-8788

DO YOU HAVE A HEAVY TRUCK TO SELL? ADVERTISE IT IN THE FAST TRACK, Call 309-3300.

2006 34’ Gulf Stream Yellowstone. Sleeps 4, 3 slides, new awning, washer, dryer hookup, equipped w/Arctic & Sub Arctic pkgs, custom skirt & more! $34,900. 403-8878405

DO YOU HAVE A MOTORHOME TO SELL? ADVERTISE IT IN THE FAST TRACK, Call 309-3300.

2008 BMW X5 3.0si AWD, htd. lthr., panaroof,

2008 LAND ROVER LR2 SE 4X4,.sunroofs, $18,888 348-8788 Sport & Import

REDUCED $20,500 2010 Toyota Tacoma 4x4 black with grey interior 4 cyl. 4 spd. Clean, great cond. 59,500 kms. SOLD

2006 CADILLAC Escalade

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

2008 BMW X5 4.8i AWD, pana-roof, lthr., $36,888. 348-8788 Sport & Import

2008 SANTA FE. 3.3L, 5 spd. auto. Heated seats & mirrors. $6900 obo. **SOLD**

2011 CARDINAL 38’. Only used once. Top line. $56.000 obo. 403-347-5947

2007 FORD FUSION.

2008 CHEVY Colorado Vortec 3.7 L, 4wd, good tires & brakes, Linex box liner & undercover. 403-783-2064

DO YOU HAVE A DIRT BIKE TO SELL? ADVERTISE IT IN THE FAST TRACK, Call 309-3300.

2011 CHEV Silverado LTZ 6.2 L, lthr., $27,888.

DO YOU HAVE A TRUCK TO SELL? ADVERTISE IT IN THE FAST TRACK, Call 309-3300.

2009 RANGER XLT 4x4, 70,000 kms., $15,900. trades cons. 403-598-0682

DO YOU HAVE A HOLIDAY TRAILER TO SELL? ADVERTISE IT IN THE FAST TRACK, Call 309-3300.

2009 VW GOLF, manual, 90,000 km. Winter pkg, $10,500. 403-391-1770

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

2010 CHEV 1500 4x4 8 cyl. Kuhmo Tires. $17,900. 403-346-9816

2011 KEYSTONE Alpine $54,900. Top of the line. Satellite dish, built in Cummins Onan generator, Sub-zero insulation pckg. 403 357 6950

DO YOU HAVE A SPORTS CAR TO SELL? ADVERTISE IT IN THE FAST TRACK, Call 309-3300.

DO YOU HAVE A TRUCK CAMPER TO SELL? ADVERTISE IT IN THE FAST TRACK, Call 309-3300.

DO YOU HAVE A SEADOO TO SELL? ADVERTISE IT IN THE FAST TRACK, Call 309-3300.

Sport & Import

AWD, lthr., $15,888. 348-8788 Sport & Import

2006 COROLLA CE. exc. cond. 78,000. kims. Offers. 403-392-5628

2003 HONDA Odyssey EX-L V6. Loaded.

DO YOU HAVE A BOAT TO SELL? ADVERTISE IT IN THE FAST TRACK, Call 309-3300.

2007 LAND ROVER Range Rover supercharged, 4X4, nav., sunroof, lthr., $33,888 348-8788, Sport & Import

DO YOU HAVE TO SELL? ADVERTISE IT IN THE FAST TRACK, Call 309-3300.

2006 GMC C4500 4X4, loaded, conversion, new duramax installed from GM, 170,000 kms., $39,888 403-348-8788 Sport & Import

2007 PONTIAC G5. Manual, 130,000 km. Great cond. Winter & Summer tires. Well. maint. N/S. $5550. 403-342-4318

2004 DODGE RAM 1500 4x4, quad, gold , c/w topper, 2 sets of tires. Exc. cond. $6000 firm. 403-304-2118

2006 Jetta TDI 73,699 km $16,888 AS&I 403-348-8788

VEHICLE ACCESSORIES

2008 GMC Yukon XL

$22,900. 403-784-2482

2003 DODGE Durango SLT Plus, 4X4, $8888. 403-348-8788 Sport & Import

One owner. $7800. Call 403-396-0722.

2008 GMC Acadia SLE AWD, 8 passenger, 90485 kms, $19,888. 348-8788 Sport & Import

3L, V6, Fully loaded, leather, remote start, new tires, very well maint. 103,000 km. $9500. SOLD

$27,888. 348-8788 Sport & Import

2008 FORD F-250 XL 4X4, 6.4L, 92754 kms., $26888. 348-8788 Sport & Import

2007 SATURN I0N auto, p. windows/doors, low mileage, only 54,000 kms, $7900 obo ***SOLD***

2008 FORD F150. $10,000. 403-741-6844

2010 CHEV Silverado 1500 LT, 4X4, Z-71, cold air intake, 62629kms, $20888 348-8788 Sport & Import

DO YOU HAVE A CAR TO SELL? ADVERTISE IT IN THE FAST TRACK, Call 309-3300.

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D4 RED DEER ADVOCATE Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013

3020

Houses/ Duplexes

3 FLR, 3 Bdrm house w/3 bath, new paint & carpets & deck at 7316-59 Ave. Avail. to over 40 tenants. No pets. Off street parking for 3 vehicles. Rent $1500, D.D. $1500. 403-341-4627 4 BDRM. house, 2 full baths, near schools and bus route, avail. Jan. 1, 2014, $1450 rent, DD $1100 no pets, 403-343-6229 304-3979.

Condos/ Townhouses

3030

3060

Suites

4130

Cottages/Resort Property

THE NORDIC

SUMMER LIVING IN THE SHUSWAP Salmon Arm’s newest townhomes, Maple Lanes is now selling. 3 bdrm, 2.5 bath, 9ft ceilings, hardwood/tile (heated) floors, heat pump/ ac, stainless appls, stamped concrete patio & so much more. $339,000 incl. GST. Check us out at www.edelweissproperties.com or call Roger (403) 350-8089 or Tanja (250) 804-6436

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

3080

Roommates Wanted

ROOMATE WANTED, M or F. Fully furn. 2 bdrm. apt. 403-986-1903 after 1 pm.

3090

Rooms For Rent

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3 BDRM, 1 1/2 bath townROOM for rent. 450 rent, house in well kept condominium complex at #9, 15 Stanton St. d.d. $300. 403-343-0421 5 appls & fenced yard. Room, Avail. immed. $600. Tenants must be over 40 + dd 403-505-4777 w/references & quiet living. Avail. Nov. 1st for $1300/mo. $1300 D.D. 403-341-4627 Storage BEAUTIFUL Comfortable 3 bdrm. townhouse in Oriole Park. Super location for access to all major arteries without being bothered by noise. Att. garage, 1-1/2 bath, 5 appls., #23 6300 Orr Dr. N/S, avail. Jan. 1. $1425/mo. Hearthstone Property Management 403-896-8552 or 403-396-9554

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

RARE 4 BDRM TOWNHOUSE

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

4 Plexes/ 6 Plexes

3050

CLEARVIEW

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

Realtors & Services

4010

Suites

ALL WHEEL DRIVE

2007 530 XI BMW. Original Owner, 143,000 km. Exc. Cond. Regularly Maintained, Fully Loaded! Call 403-350-4323 2001 HYUNDAI Accent 2 dr. red, 403-348-2999 2000 Chrysler Neon, 2L, 4 dr., 5 spd. Clean. 403-318-3040 1999 PONTIAC Bonneyville 4 dr., saftied. 403-352-6995

HERE TO HELP & HERE TO SERVE Call GORD ING at RE/MAX real estate central alberta 403-341-9995 gord.ing@remax.net

VIEW ALL OUR PRODUCTS

at www.garymoe.com

4020

Houses For Sale

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 www.homesreddeer.com

Locally owned and family operated

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

5050

Trucks

MUST SELL

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

GREAT place for the www.laebon.com budget minded. Laebon Homes 346-7273 4-Plex in Oriole Park

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

5030

Cars

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Pro-European Union activists stand on their barricades as riot police prepare to storm at the Ukrainian presidential administration building in Kiev, Ukraine, Tuesday. Heavily armed riot troops broke into the offices of a top Ukrainian opposition party in Kiev and seized its servers Monday, the party said, as anti-government protests crippled the capital for yet another day. Elsewhere police dismantled or blocked off several small protest tent camps set up near key national government buildings in the city. lies. “Certainly, such people will be released,” the president said. Investigations into the actions of the freed protesters would still continue, he said. Yanukovych also vowed to renew talks with the EU on the trade and political agreement. He indicated he was still willing to sign the EU deal at a summit in spring, but only if the EU can offer better financial terms. He said at present, the EU agreement could cost economically struggling Ukraine billions in lost trade with Russia, which has used trade threats to try to keep Ukraine in its orbit. “We want to achieve conditions that satisfy Ukraine, Ukrainian producers, the Ukrainian people,” Yanukovych said in the televised meeting. “If we find understanding and if such compromises are reached, the signature will be put” on paper. The EU’s enlargement commissioner, Stefan Fule, said Tuesday the bloc was ready to step “up the European Union’s financial assistance programs to help Ukraine implement the agreement, when signed.” But Yanukovych appeared unreceptive to the criticism voiced by Leonid Kravchuk, Ukraine’s first president, who said that beating protesters was simply unacceptable. “Law enforcement must know that it is forbidden to beat people. And there can be no justification” to do so, a stern Kravchuk said, sitting with Yanukovych and the two other former leaders at a table decorated with blue-and-yellow

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Death toll up as violence ravages CAR MORE THAN 500 KILLED IN PAST WEEK INCLUDING TWO FRENCH SOLDIERS BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS BANGUI — More than 500 people have been killed over the past week in sectarian fighting in Central African Republic, aid officials said Tuesday, as France reported that gunmen killed two of its soldiers who were part of the intervention to disarm thousands of rebels accused of attacking civilians. Aid workers have collected 461 bodies across Bangui, the capital, since Thursday, said Antoine Mbao Bogo of the local Red Cross. But that latest figure does not include the scores of Muslim victims whose bodies were brought to mosques for burial. The government of the predominantly Christian country was overthrown in March by Muslim rebels from the country’s north. While the rebels claimed no religious motive for seizing power, months of resentment and hostility erupted last week in a wave of violence. The French deaths came as French President Francois Hollande arrived for a visit to France’s former colony, heading into the tumultuous capital after attending a memorial in South Africa for Nelson Mandela. “The mission is dangerous. We know it,” Hollande told troops in a huge airport hangar after paying respects at the coffins of the two young soldiers. “But it is necessary in order to avoid carnage.” President Michel Djotodia condemned the attack on the French forces and blamed former leader Francois Bozize, whom he ousted from power in March, for creating the turmoil now being unleashed on the streets of Bangui. Some 100,000 people have been forced from their homes, aid officials say. The early French casualties underscore the volatility of the mission to disarm combatants and bring stability to a largely anarchic capital. A mob on Monday stoned to death a suspected enemy in the street, and armed fighters have abducted and killed hospital patients. Tensions flared again Tuesday as a mob of young men set fire to a mosque in the Fou neighbourhood of Bangui. Smoke billowed from smouldering vehicles nearby, and young men used pick axes and whatever tools they found to try to tear down the walls of the mosque. Elsewhere, citizens killed three suspected ex-rebels in the Miskine neighbourhood of Bangui after the men apparently fired weapons at civilians, residents said. President Djotodia said Tuesday that former leader Bozize and his supporters had set the stage for the crisis months ago. “The current situation is the logical result of what former President Bozize set in motion by freeing prisoners and bandits, distributing weapons of war and machetes in the neighbourhoods of Bangui, and

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A Christian mob attacks a mosque in Bangui, Central African Republic, Tuesday. Two French soldiers were killed in combat in Central African Republic’s capital, the first French casualties since French President Francois Holland ordered a stepped-up military presence in the restive former colony to help quell interreligious violence. inciting tribalism and religious hatred,” Djotodia said. Bozize was overthrown after a decade in power and his current whereabouts are unknown. The former president maintains it was the arrival of thousands of rebels who descended upon the capital with arms who created the chaos. The government of Central African Republic, a predominantly Christian country, was overthrown in March by Muslim rebels from the country’s north. While the rebels claimed no religious motive for seizing power, months of resentment and hostility erupted last week in a wave of violence that left more than 500 people dead. The local Red Cross said Tuesday its toll alone had grown from 394 to 461. France now has some 1,600 troops on the ground in Central African Republic, patrolling neighbourhoods and trying to disarm militants from the Seleka rebel movement that forced the president into exile

and installed their own leader Michel Djotodia as head of state. The two French troops were part of a team inspecting a neighbourhood just over a kilometre (less than a mile) east of Bangui’s airport at about midnight Monday, in preparation for a disarmament operation, French military spokesman Col. Gilles Jaron said in Paris. Five to 10 gunmen opened fire on the French patrol, which returned fire, he said. Two Frenchmen were wounded but died in the hospital. It was unclear whether anyone else died in the clash. Jaron described “sporadic fire” around Bangui and occasional clashes since the French disarmament efforts got under way Monday. France has described the program as a key part of its bid to stabilize Bangui, a city awash in weapons after years of rebellions and coups.

Deadly looting, police strikes test Argentina on 30th anniversary of dictatorship’s end BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Many Argentines armed and barricaded themselves in their homes and stores in fear of looting mobs Tuesday as the nation’s celebration of 30 years of uninterrupted democracy was marred by police strikes for higher pay. Politicians struggled to assert their authority over security forces even as they agreed to salary increases so steep that many provinces won’t be able to pay their debts at month’s end, adding stress to an economy already suffering from 25 per cent inflation. President Cristina Fernandez sought to contain the crisis Tuesday night, charging that anti-democratic elements were trying to undo Argentina’s hard-won gains. “We must condemn the extortion of those who carry arms to defend society,” she declared. The speech was her first response to a weeklong series of provincial police strikes. As officers abandoned their posts, and in some cases allegedly encouraged violence to pressure authorities, many of Argentina’s 23 provinces have endured long nights of chaos as roving groups smashed through storefronts and fought over the merchandise inside. Hospital and political authorities said at least seven people had been killed, including a police officer in northern Chaco province who was struck by a bullet below his protective vest Tuesday and a store owner whose burned body was found last week in his looted and torched market in Buenos Aires province. The others allegedly died while looting. One young man was electrocuted while stealing from an appliance store in a rainstorm. Another fell off a motorcycle while carting off a television. A third died in a fistfight over stolen goods inside a ruined store. Hundreds have been injured and thousands of businesses damaged in the scattered violence.

While most officers were back at work after securing new deals, police uprisings continued Tuesday in several cities. Commerce has been shut down in many places, and even some public hospitals have turned away non-emergency patients for fear of being looted. With consumer prices soaring, Argentines are accustomed to annual labour protests in which workers threaten chaos if they don’t get their way. But strikes by armed police are more ominous in a country where social chaos, police crackdowns and spiraling violence ushered in the 1976 military coup and a world-record debt default in 2001. “This was executed and planned with surgical precision,” Fernandez said in her speech marking the end of the last military junta. She claimed many people became unwitting instruments of extortion by police who “liberated” areas where looting could happen. “We have promoted

the integration of the armed forces into democratic processes, and the same must be done with provincial police, once and for all,” she said. To free up cash for the raises, her Cabinet chief, Jorge Capitanich, announced a three-month delay in payments most Argentine provinces owe this month to the federal government on debts refinanced two years ago. For their part, police complained that their unions aren’t legally recognized, leaving them ill-equipped to negotiate for cost of living adjustments. “There are police who are in extreme poverty,” said Salvador Barratta, who runs an unofficial union of police and prison guards. “Here we police are second-class citizens.” Human rights groups warned against giving in too easily to the security forces’ demands. The deal Buenos Aires Gov. Daniel Scioli reached with rebellious officers Monday night includes an amnesty for

rule-breaking officers, making them eligible for 14,000 promised promotions this month that will raise salaries far above the base pay he promised. The deal also lets officers who retired on 90 per cent pay to return to work at twice their old salaries. “The weapons given to security forces to protect citizens’ life and property cannot be used to force decisions by constitutional powers,” warned the human rights group Center for Legal and Social Studies. “We think it’s urgent that the security forces stop intensifying the violence and feeding incidents that pose very high risks to our society and its institutions.” Tuesday marked three decades since President Raul Alfonsin’s inauguration ended the 19761983 dictatorship. Fernandez invited all political parties to assemble on a huge stage in front of the presidential palace for a night to celebrate democracy’s consolidation.

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Applicable taxes calculated before CAD$1,000 offer is deducted. ***Estimated fuel consumption ratings for 2014 Focus 2.0L I4 5-speed manual transmission: [7.8L/100km (36MPG) City, 5.5L/100km (51MPG) Hwy] / 2013 Fusion FWD 2.5L I4 6-speed SST transmission: [9.2L/100km (31MPG) City, 5.8L/100km (49MPG) Hwy] / 2014 Escape FWD 2.5L I4 6-speed automatic transmission: [9.5L/100km (30MPG) City, 6.3L/100km (45MPG) Hwy] / 2013 F-150 4X4 5.0L V8 6-speed automatic transmission: [15.0L/100km (19MPG) City, 10.6L/100km (27MPG) Hwy]. Fuel consumption ratings based on Transport Canada approved test methods. Actual fuel consumption will vary based on road conditions, vehicle loading, vehicle equipment, vehicle condition, and driving habits. ‡Claim based on analysis by Ford of Polk global new registration for CY2012 for a single nameplate which excludes rebadged vehicles, platform derivatives or other vehicle nameplate versions. ‡‡Based on R. L. Polk Canada, Inc. Total New Registration data for Full Size Pickups per Ford Segmentation as of YTD September 30, 2013. ®: Registered trademark of Price Costco International, Inc. used under license. ©2013 Sirius Canada Inc. “SiriusXM”, the SiriusXM logo, channel names and logos are trademarks of SiriusXM Radio Inc. and are used under licence. ©2013 Ford Motor Company of Canada, Limited. All rights reserved.

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