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Red Deer Advocate THURSDAY, DEC. 12, 2013

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Canada Post phasing out home delivery BY MURRAY CRAWFORD ADVOCATE STAFF

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The Altvater family from Coaldale, Ab. were travelling in their minivan on Sunday, Dec. 1, near Fernie, B.C. when their vehicle skidded off Hwy 3 and into a branch of the Elk River.

Couple key to dramatic rescue BY TAMARA HYND THE FERNIE FREE PRESS FERNIE, B.C. — A casual glance in the rearview mirror led a young Fernie couple rushing to help Richard Altvater save his family. On Dec. 1, the couple (boyfriend and girlfriend) were driving home from Kimberley on Hwy 3 in southeastern B.C. The roads were slushy with two tire tracks and a berm in the middle of the road so they were driving below the speed limit at 85 km/h. They were the only ones on the road until the girlfriend noticed a minivan travelling behind them in the rearview mirror. She glanced in her rearview mirror again in time to see the van launch off to the right of the highway and begin to lift as if it was about to flip. At 1:54 p.m. the boyfriend called Emergency Medical Services (EMS) before they had even turned their car around. They had no idea what they would find when they arrived at the accident scene. EMS had the boyfriend relay the accident location, while the couple followed the tire tracks in the snow. They found the vehicle upside down in a beaver pond eight km west of Fernie; it had broken through the ice and the engine was off. At that point it was all reaction for the couple, who did not want to be identified. They both have Occupational First Aid Level 3. The boyfriend tossed the phone at his girlfriend and he ran down the bank breaking through the ice into waist deep water. He fought his way to the van, going to the passenger side first as it was higher out of the water and seemed the best chance to enter. The girlfriend started flagging down traffic passing by on the highway. A mother and daughter stopped, so the girlfriend gave them the phone to continue relaying information to EMS. Then she made her way to the van too. The boyfriend went to the front passenger door first but it wouldn’t open. The door handle was submerged in the black and murky water. He tried the passenger sliding door and it opened all the way. The van was full of water except for a six-inch air pocket at the top.

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Residents and businesses will see a great change to their postal service, with increased costs and the elimination of door-to-door delivery. But postal workers are also on edge after the an- RAITT DEFENDS CANADA nouncement of the elimi- POST MOVE A6 nation of 6,000 to 8,000 positions over the next five years, through attrition. Rose Johnson, Canadian Union of Postal Workers local 818 president, said the changes will mean the loss of some decent jobs. “Canada Post put out a survey not too long ago about the door-to-door service and their numbers show most people still want the door-to-door,” said Johnson. Almost half of the door-to-door delivery in Red Deer occurs in the T4N postal code, which is the downtown core and the immediate surrounding area. The vast majority of newer developments rely on community boxes, which will become the new normal under the proposed changes. Already across the country two-thirds of Canadian households receive their mail from community boxes, rural curbside mailboxes or lobby mailboxes, with the remaining one third about to lose their door-to-door delivery. Door-to-door delivery will be phased out over the next five years. In its stead, community mailboxes will be used, which Johnson said pose different problems. Litter and, in the winter months, snow removal being obstacles to community mailboxes. “It’s usually the flyers people don’t want some shove it back into the outgoing mailbox, others just throw it on the ground and leave it,” said Johnson. “Snow clearance right now is a really big problem.” Ron Rose, the Central Alberta representative of the Alberta council on aging, said the changes may be hard on seniors, especially during winter. “I see that as being a problem,” said Rose. “It might not be convenient for some seniors who can’t get out of their house at this time of year, to walk to the corner to get the mail.” Johnson added that people with disabilities who may rely on the door-to-door service may also be affected. Canada Post said the moves will save about $900 million per year. In the third quarter of this year, Canada Post reported a pre-tax loss of $109 million.


A mail carrier walks in Ottawa, Wednesday, Dec.11, 2013. Canada Post is saying goodbye to the doorto-door postal carrier as it looks for new ways turn around its money-losing business.

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RDC president gets pay hike five-per-cent salary increases each year upon the president meeting a set of executive limitations and accountability metrics. Ward’s 2012-13 salary had been $281,091. At its October meeting, the board extended Ward’s contract through to 2019, meaning he stands to top out on the pay scale at $351,716 as early as 2017. The board examined over 70 executive limitations in regard to Ward’s job, ranging from treatment of staff to the college’s public image and the ethicality of research. Board chair Shelley Ralston said Ward’s meeting of those requirements while having to do with fewer resources showed strong leadership that is “absolutely critical.” She cited things like the opening of the Donald School of Business and the acquisition of the City Centre Stage as an example of the college progressing despite having less money to play with.

BY MYLES FISH ADVOCATE STAFF In a year when Red Deer College had to do with $5 million less in provincial funding — a shortfall that led to 32 job cuts and program suspensions — the institution’s president is being rewarded for steering the ship through the hard times. The college’s board of governors voted unanimously at its Tuesday meeting to move Ward up a step on its 10-rung pay scale, making his new salary $295,146, retroactive to Joel Ward Sept. 1, 2013. The wage scale, adopted in 2011, allows for

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BY BRENDA KOSSOWAN ADVOCATE STAFF A Red Deer couple awaiting trial on allegations that they cheated a senior citizen out of more than $800,000 has been arrested on new charges. Theresa Sutherland, 51, and Kevin Sveinson, 58, were wearing handcuffs when they were brought into Red Deer provincial court on Tuesday by a Red Deer City RCMP officer. They were charged the day before with breaching an undertaking by failing to tell police that they had moved. Sutherland and Sveinson had each pleaded not guilty earlier on to multiple counts of fraud and forgery in connection with complaints that they had used a variety of tactics to squeeze money from Sveinson’s 84-year-uncle, a retired business owner. They were arrested and charged on April 24 with a series of offences alleged to have started in the spring of 2009. They were each released on an undertaking to police on the day the charges were laid. Special prosecutor Tony Bell, now based in Calgary, asked that the original bail be revoked from both suspects, who are being tried separately. Dealing with Sveinson first, Judge Bill Andreasson revoked his original bail and then ordered that he be released on a new recognizance, including $500 cash. Sutherland was denied bail. Sveinson has elected to be tried by judge and jury in Court of Queen’s Bench, with a preliminary hearing scheduled for Aug. 6-7 of 2014. Sutherland is to be tried separately, by Court of Queen’s Bench judge alone. She was scheduled for a pre-trial conference with defence counsel Denis Huot on March 28. However, she lost her lawyer on Wednesday morning when Huot asked Andreasson for leave to withdraw, stating that he could no longer fairly represent her. Both suspects are due back in Red Deer provincial court on Jan. 8 to enter pleas on their new charges.


RESCUE: Trust fund set up for children He could see Richard Altvater, who had managed his way into the back. He was yelling that he had a wife, Kunthea Altvater, and three children — Rachelle, Alex and Ben — in the van. The Altvater family was headed home to Coaldale, near Lethbridge. Richard Altvater grew up in Red Deer and still has family here. “There was zero visibility in the water so it was crucial that the father could communicate that to us because we couldn’t see a thing,” said the boyfriend. Again the boyfriend tried the front passenger door but it was stuck with all the mud. He went back to the back passenger side and “suddenly there was a little girl in my arms who was scared and in shock. Her dad must have gotten her free.” The boyfriend gave the little girl to his girlfriend who brought the child up the steep bank where she gave the girl her down jacket and left her in the safety of a warm truck with a family who had stopped. “The dad never gave up,” said the boyfriend. “Richard couldn’t feel his hands anymore but we kept trying. He must have unbuckled his kids.” The boyfriend reached into the water with his arms as far as he could with water up to his neck when suddenly a boy was in his arms. He could see the boy was trying to breath as he carried him to shore wiping away the water coming out of his mouth. He passed the boy to his girlfriend who cleared the child’s airway, as she knew he had been under water for a while. “I didn’t have time to think,” said the girlfriend. “Autopilot turned on. I needed to make sure each person was safe before leaving them. When one was OK, then I could go back (to the van).” The boyfriend called out for a knife to the several people who had stopped by then. He ran back down to the van and cut the front passenger seatbelt by reaching around from behind the seat. He still couldn’t feel anyone in the dark water. He


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Kinley Lavoie heads down a small sledding hill outside Joseph Welsh Elementary School Wednesday. He and his classmates spent some time outside during their afternoon physical education time. A fresh dusting of snow is expected today, with the temperature falling in the afternoon to about -18 degrees. Over the weekend, however, the temperature is expected to climb to -3 on Sunday. Early next week, the temperature is expected to rise above the freezing point. knew then he needed to get the passenger door open. “I started yelling for help to the people on the shore and two men rushed into the water to assist me,” said the boyfriend. The three men pulled on the door in unison as the boyfriend called out “one, two, three, pull” over and over, heaving the door open inch by inch until it was wide enough to reach inside. He finally reached the mother, Kunthea, and carried her to shore and up the steep slippery bank to the roadside. The couple performed two-person CPR on her for approximately five minutes until EMS arrived. The girlfriend went in the ambulance, continuing with assisted breathing on the mother, arriving at the Elk Valley Hospital at 2:35 p.m. The boyfriend stayed to help EMS package the little boys on to spine boards and into the ambulances. Eventually he changed into a dry set of clothes he had in their car. He was shaking violently and sat in the car to warm up before driving himself to the Elk Valley Hospital in Fernie to pick up his girlfriend. Then they drove home. “We’re so thankful that we do have first-aid training and feel good that we could help,” said the couple. Looking back at the incident days later, the couple had a very clear reflection of the traumatic event. “The role of the father was crucial,” they said. “He (Richard) told us how many people were in the van so we knew who to look for and EMS could send several more ambulances and resources immediately. Plus the father’s familiarity with the van made all the difference. He was able to open the back door, pull the luggage out and unclip the rear seat to get at the youngest child in his car seat. “So many people gave assistance that day. People at the side of the road had blankets and clothes; the mother and daughter speaking with EMS.” The couple did not want to be identified because “this is a time to respect the loss the Altvater family has endured.” Hearing that representatives from the B.C. Humane Society and the B.C. Yukon Branch of the Lifesaving Society feel the couple should be awarded for their bravery the boyfriend responded, “It’s an action; anybody could and should do it. It’s a tough time for the (Altvater) family and that’s what the focus should be.” Sadly, Kunthea died after she arrived at the Elk Valley Hospital. Richard and their seven-year-old

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daughter Rachelle were treated for hypothermia and minor injuries at the Sparwood Hospital and released. The two younger boys, Alex and Ben, were transported to Alberta Children’s Hospital in Calgary by air ambulance in severe condition. Fouryear-old Ben has since been transported to an Edmonton hospital and remains in a medical induced coma. A trust fund has been set up for the children at RBC.

MAIL: Businesses take hit Businesses in Red Deer will take a hit from the proposed increase in the price of stamps. Currently the price per item up to 30 grams is $0.63, it will increase to $0.75 per item up to 30 grams for business that use postage meters. For the average person the cost of an individual stamp will increase from $0.63 to $1, but stamps bought in booklets will cost about $0.85 per stamp. And while businesses will be affected adversely by the price increase, Red Deer Chamber of Commerce President Tyler Bowman said business owners understand the importance of balancing finances. “Considering Canada Post lost more than $100 million in the last quarter it is a benefit overall for them to revise their operations,” said Bowman. “We expect everyday business to change their operations to meet a changing market, so we understand Canada Post must do that also.” Rather than increasing the cost to businesses the Canadian Federation of Independent Businesses believes Canada Post should have gone after employee wage and benefits. Amber Ruddy, CFIB Alberta policy analyst, said the wages received by public sector workers wage packages — including benefits and pensions — are 40 per cent more generous. “If Canada Post wanted to aggressively go after their biggest cost item and address the issue of losing revenue, they would look at the generous wages, benefits and pension plans offered to their employees,” said Ruddy. There are about 65 Canada Post workers who deliver mail door-to-door currently.

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Opposition renewed GROUP REAPPLIES TO BLOCK OILSANDS PROJECT AFTER COURT FIGHT BY THE CANADIAN PRESS EDMONTON — An environmental group has reapplied to speak to an oilsands review panel after a court tossed out the Alberta government’s attempt to block the organization. The Alberta Oilsands Environmental Coalition is asking the province for a chance to appear at a regulatory hearing into a project proposed by Southern Pacific Resource Corp. to expand an oilsands facility northwest of Fort McMurray. “We oppose the project in its current form and are seeking the opportunity to voice our concerns at a hearing,” the coalition said in a letter filed Wednesday. The group was denied that opportunity when it first asked for it in 2012, even though it had routinely been granted standing at previous hearings. An Alberta Environment bureaucrat ruled that the coalition hadn’t demonstrated that its members would be directly affected by the development, a re-

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quirement that must be met to be granted standing at hearings held by the province’s energy regulator. The coalition argued that it holds a recreational lease on land that would be directly affected. It also said that one of its organizations, the Fort McMurray Environmental Association, has 37 members who live nearby. The coalition decided to try to reverse the decision in the courts. It was during that process that a 2009 Alberta Environmental internal memo was revealed. That memo singled out the Pembina Institute, another coalition member, for its critical stance on the oilsands. The memo suggested the sustainable energy think-tank was “less inclined to work co-operatively.” Queen’s Bench Justice Richard Marceau concluded in October that that was the real reason the coalition was denied standing. He said reasons for the government’s 2012 refusal and the 2009 memo were so close they could have come from the same template. He ruled that the government doesn’t have the

right to bar groups from hearings for having differing opinions. He went on to urge the province to seek broad input on oilsands developments to ensure the best decisions are made. Southern Pacific wants to build a 12,000-barrel-aday expansion of its McKay mine, about 45 kilometres northwest of Fort McMurray. The in situ project, using steam injected underground to pump out bitumen, would employ 51 people and have a direct impact on 488 hectares of land. The coalition says the expansion would drop water levels in the McKay River by reducing the amount of ground water flowing into it. It also says the project would damage habitat for a herd of woodland caribou that has already declined more than 50 per cent in the last 20 years. Southern Pacific shares were busy on the markets Wednesday after the company announced it will put itself through a “strategic alternative review,” which may end with the company being sold, merged with another corporation or in some other business combination.




WARD: Strong leadership “All of that requires very strong leadership to say that we can grow as an institution to meet the population growth of Central Alberta . . . and to create an environment that is not only sustainable but also has a growth orientation to it. That requires very very strong leadership,” said Ralston. “So from our perspective, this is as much about ensuring that we have leadership at the college that can do all of those things and continue to allow us to grow into the future. Sometimes that requires compensation associated to it,” she said. Ward was not part of the discussions around the move on the wage scale. He said it is important to note that all college employees are on similar wage scales; his is the only one where advancement is dependent on meeting accountability targets. The board implemented the president’s compensation scale in 2011 — it is to be reviewed in 2014 — to align the top employee with all others, said Ward. “Every single person in the institution is on a scale, and every single person moves from one level to the next level regardless of budget cuts or regardless of collective agreements. What happened to me in terms of moving to the next level on my step scale

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Megan Hollett and Michael Schram dropped in on the Pediatrics Unit at the Red Deer Regional Hospital Wednesday with a donation of toys, cash and gift cards for the patients who visit the unit. The two scouts from the Red Deer 24th Scouts have been working towards their Chief Scout Award, the highest award that can be achieved at the Scout level in Scouts Canada. The two longtime scouts collected the toys and cash by setting up a donation table at the two Walmart locations in Red Deer over the past few weeks.


BRIEFS Westerner announces construction of Harvest Gardens at AGM With banquets and weddings in mind, Westerner Park announced at its Annual General Meeting the addition of a garden space with seating for up to 200 people. Shareholders and directors gathered at the Westerner Park Wednesday in attendance of the AGM. Wedged in between financial statements and dinner was the announcement of the Harvest Gardens, which president Kent Olsen said they are very excited to offer at the facility. “It’s going to utilize some under-utilized footprint of our facility,” said Olsen. “It’s a way we can offer a new service to enhance our existing facility.” Construction of the garden will commence when the snow melts and Olsen said the hope is to have it operational by August 2014. Billed as an ideal spot for weddings, family gatherings, corporate functions, barbecues and photographs the garden will feature a screened entrance, privacy fence, pergola and have some environmentally conscious features, including solar power. Olsen said weddings and banquets are important is exactly what happens to every single other person,” he said. In April, Thomas Lukaszuk, advanced education minister at the time, sent a letter to post-secondary institutions in the province requesting that they forego compensation increases for a period of three years so as to mitigate any impacts on programming in a scarce financial environment. The communique, said Ralston, related to cost-ofliving adjustment payments. The board did not approve an adjustment for Ward or other staff groups earlier this year. In 2012 Ward was given a two-percent adjustment payment. “I didn’t get a raise. I simply moved based on compliance with the accountability framework and executive limitations,” said Ward. Even so, the increase in pay came as a surprise to Student Association president Martin Cruz. While he said under Ward’s leadership senior administration did well to minimize impact on students through budget cutting decisions, giving a higher salary now is a curious decision. “With the upheaval and tension that occurred in the summer that was caused by the budget cuts and job losses, we weren’t really expecting an increase in executive salary,” said Cruz. While more recent comparisons are not available, at the end of 2012 Ward’s salary ranked 11th out of 14 among presidents of colleges and polytechnics in Alberta.

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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The province of Alberta is concerned that a multibillion-dollar hydroelectric dam proposed in northeastern British Columbia could increase mercury levels in fish and escalate the risk of floods or drought along the Peace River that flows through its province. Alberta’s Environment and Sustainable Resource Development, which manages lands, forests, fish and wildlife in the province, has filed a 23-page submission setting out its concerns to the panel reviewing the massive project. Environmental review hearings for the $7.9-billion Site C dam proposal by BC Hydro are underway in Fort St. John, B.C. Two existing dams on the Peace River in B.C. have already significantly altered the flow of the river into the neighbouring province, the Alberta submission said, and this has both positive and negative impacts. “Alberta is concerned that Site C will further exacerbate the negative impacts,” said the document filed Nov. 29. The Site C dam would flood an 83-kilometre stretch of the Peace River from approximately Fort St. John to just upstream of Hudson’s Hope. It would be the third dam on the river, downstream from the W.A.C. Bennett and Peace Canyon dams. The two existing dams already lower the river’s natural flow from May to late July, and increase flow from mid-October to mid-April. There are benefits to the flow regulation from BC Hydro, such as a reduced risk of flooding, but there are also risks, Alberta said. Among those risks is an expected increase in methylmercury levels in fish during construction. “Alberta acknowledges that BC Hydro expects increases in MeHg levels in fish populations downstream of the Alberta-B.C. border to be temporary and within fish consumption guidelines,” the submission said. “However, it is unclear whether Albertans are aware of this increase, the amount of the increase, and the duration of the impact.” The Alberta government requested ongoing information from BC Hydro to enable the province to inform fishermen on the Peace River of changes to methylmercury levels in fish until concentrations return to pre-construction levels. The impact of the dam on managing ice-related flooding and concern about minimum flow rates during construction were also singled out as concerns. Reduced peak flow affects the aquatic ecosystem on the Peace River, the Peace-Athabaska delta and other riparian wetlands, the document said. Water fluctuations also cause mortality to fish and eggs by stranding, or indirectly through increased stress on fish, the report said. There are also concerns about changes Site C will cause in water temperature downstream from the dam and reservoir, making the Peace River slower to warm in spring and slower to cool in summer. “Such changes to water temperatures, though slight, may impact the current distribution and range of cold and cool water fish species within Alberta causing potential declines in some species and increases in others,” the report said. “Temperature changes may also impact the timing of ice freeze-up and break-up events.”



THURSDAY, DEC. 12, 2013

Day belonged to the people Sometimes, even if you’re privileged enough to have a front-row seat to history, it is still better to move up, way up, to the upper deck. Welcome to section 529 at FNB Stadium, where a day to honour Nelson Mandela belonged to the people and nowhere were the people expressing their ownership of their day more loudly and proudly than in TIM a section that HARPER was swaying in unison in utter celebration hours before a word was uttered from any podium. Here they shared their sandwich, their juice and their memories of antiapartheid activist days. They brought you in as a friend, because on this day in Johannesburg, with the world watching, those in the stadium embraced everyone as a friend, black or white, South African or jet-lagged visitor. They chanted, they danced, they pumped their fists in the air and they led a stadium of 70,000 in an endless rendition Mandela-yo, My President. And I defy anyone not to rise and at least start swaying with the crowd by the third go round. They delivered an instant verdict on the state of international and domestic politics from their vantage point — they booed and made the international soccer sign for a substitution when their president, Jacob Zuma, appeared on the big screen, they screamed wildly for Barack Obama, they even cheered Stephen Harper, not so much because he was Harper, but he had that look of a rather vaguely familiar leader who must have come a long way to honour their late leader. Here they will tell you that Johannesburg was given no respite from a driving rain Tuesday because the gods were mourning. It’s as if they expected it, wouldn’t have it any other way. The cold rain may have kept some home. It merely forced tens of thousands of others to move to the concourse, where they chanted political slogans and danced to Mandela chants for hours. “It is a sign the king has passed on,” said Hasani Muhanyi. In 529, Jody Moothee, a young realtor from El Dorado Park in Soweto, will tell you that Mandela is “second best, only after Jesus, he is a saint on


Earth.’’ He will tell you he was only six when Mandela was released from 27 years of often brutal captivity, but that he learned of the great man at the feet of his own father, an anti-apartheid activist. When his father Dees returns with hot coffee, he will spin non-stop yarns of those days, speak with a reverence of his homeland and, within 15 minutes, the three of you are like family. Dees Moothee was born in 1961, a Soweto student in 1976 at a time of violent uprising, a member of a group called XStop, which fought to bring blacks into the core of Johannesburg. He was imprisoned sporadically for his activism. “Two months here, three months there, nothing big. You’re in, then you’re out, you know how it goes,” he says. He sees a much more hopeful South Africa now, one he feels should be perpetually governed by the ANC because that is the only way his son’s generation and the generation after that will make progress. The large crowd heard from U.S. President Obama, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, Chinese Vice-President Li Yuanchao, Namibian President Hifikepunye Pohamba, Indian

President Pranab Mukherjee and Cuban President Raul Castro. United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon was given a rapturous ovation, Zuma was abused by the crowd all day long and Winnie Mandela, shown on the scoreboard, drew fevered cheers. Prime Minister Harper led a delegation that included former prime ministers Jean Chrétien, Brian Mulroney and Kim Campbell, but Harper was not invited to speak: those at the podium had been chosen to represent regions. In all, there were 91 heads of government or state in attendance, along with the likes of Bono, Oprah and South African star Charlize Theron, who still goes by two names. One image that will last from this event — a quick handshake between Obama and Castro. Obama electrified the crowd when he told them Mandela “woke me up to my responsibilities — to others, and to myself — and set me on an improbable journey that finds me here today.” But he also said there are leaders today who publicly embrace Mandela’s message of freedom but brook no dissent at home. Fact was, with the exception of Obama, many celebrants largely ignored the leaders and snake-danced

through damp corridors. Hours before the first words ushered in the program, 45 minutes late, they sang and swayed, danced and pumped their fists in the air in unison, shouting “Vive Mandela.” It was a day for the locals to smile and offer a sincere, “thanks for coming,” when you stop to chat, as if you had taken time to honour an elderly relative, and that’s how it often felt at the stadium on Tuesday. In the concourse, I encountered Tebogo Ditsele, a member of the ANC youth wing. More accurately, he encountered me. He draped a Mandela flag around my shoulder and asked that our picture be taken together. “This is the new South Africa, white and black together,” he told me as we embraced. When proffered the print by one of the gang of photographers who inhabit this stadium on game day or memorial day, he said, “I will have this framed.” It seems cheesy to even write that. Except, of course, it happened on a rainy, chilly day when a man who made things like that happen was being remembered. Tim Harper is a syndicated Toronto Star national affairs writer. He can be reached at

Don’t be so quick to react THERE’S PEACE IN THE CENTRE, IF YOU WILL LOOK THERE It’s not often I find myself in agreement with the opinionaters and columnists in Maclean’s. I’m more often likely to tell myself: “OK, that’s it. I’m definitely not going to renew my subscription. And this time, I mean it.” Of course, as you can see, I don’t. Mean it, that is. What keeps a person on the subscription list, when he is easily riled by intemperate notions expressed in print, are the moments when you find an insight that is true to its time. This week, a magazine that normally seems out to provoke its readers more than to inform them issued two calls GREG for social peace in Canada. NEIMAN The spirit of Christmas must reach deep, even into the most secular editor’s mind. The opening editorial titled The partisan problem is spreading bemoans the decay of public speech on social issues. Elected leaders — and the people who support them — are too quick to race to the ethical bottom in their interaction with the opposition. Witness Wednesday’s report that Toronto’s mayorin-name-only Rob Ford obliquely suggested a Toronto Star reporter might be a pedophile. Really? This is what passes for public discourse in the highest offices of democracy? Well, and at the lowest, too. If you’re one of those modern types who reads the comments underneath


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online articles, you’ll find no shortage of far less oblique references made by people who ought to be very thankful they are nameless. That leads to columnist Emma Teitel’s piece: The thin line between love and hate clicks. Teitel’s thesis is that it’s too easy for online conversations to become so extreme they are no longer helpful to anyone. Absent of actual human contact, and often provoked by anonymous trolls, people find it too easy express rage that they would suppress in a more rational environment. Sometimes, there is unmitigated joy (I’m thinking of dancing kittens here). But far more often, according to the data miners, people prefer to jump on the Hate button — and then spread the very ideas that anger them to all their friends, instantly. That’s how trolls make their living. More eyes, more clicks, more profit. Teitel’s conclusion is that these meaningless exchanges make people lazy and boring, which is true enough on its own. But there’s another facet to this idea that’s not expressed here: political parties have discovered that lazy and boring is really profitable. The race to the ethical bottom that online exchanges make so easy is a treasure trove to party bagmen. Ardent haters easily become reliable donors. In Canada, where political donations are not considered free speech (and therefore can be severely limited), you need a lot of donors to achieve and keep power. Ordinarily, you might think restricting the dollar value of allowable donations would force party policies toward the middle, where most of the voters re-

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Raitt defends Canada Post move BY THE CANADIAN PRESS OTTAWA — The demise of door-to-door mail delivery in Canada’s urban centres loomed large over a dormant Parliament Hill on Wednesday as critics denounced the timing of a bombshell decision that Conservatives defended as a necessary evil. Day 1 of the House of Commons holiday break was only hours old when Canada Post abruptly announced it planned to phase out door-to-door urban delivery, slash jobs and dramatically increase the price of stamps. As many as 8,000 jobs are on the line due to the cuts, which are expected to impact a third of all Canadian households. Rural residences will be spared. “There are really serious concerns being raised about this and yet we have the government announcing it after the House is adjourned, and that tells you everything you want to know about how they think Canadians are going to react,” said NDP MP Peter Julian. “It’s profoundly disrespectful to Canadians and

disrespectful to Parliament .... They’re trying to shuffle this off and I think Canadians will be profoundly appalled about the cuts in services and cuts in jobs across the country.” Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau was equally disdainful. “The timing is a demonstration of a tremendous level of cynicism by this government,” Trudeau said. “This is a government trying to minimize what they know is bad news. As they announced it, Stephen Harper is offering less postal services for more money from consumers in the coming years.” Transport Minister Lisa Raitt said her government supports Canada Post’s decision, noting it has had a mandate to operate on a self-sustaining basis since 1981. The Crown corporation says its five-point cost-cutting plan is aimed at returning the company to financial stability by 2019. Canadians are sending fewer letters and parcels than ever, leaving Canada Post with no choice but to enact some tough financial measures in an effort to combat a steep decline in revenues, Raitt said. A typical Canadian household buys only one to

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two dozen stamps a year, and mail volumes have continued to plummet, having fallen nearly 25 per cent per household since 2008, she added. “The government of Canada supports Canada Post in its efforts to fulfil its mandate of operating on a self-sustaining financial basis in order to protect taxpayers, while modernizing its business and aligning postal services with the choices of Canadians,” Raitt said in a statement. She adds she is looking forward to “seeing progress” as Canada Post rolls out its cost-cutting plans. But Trudeau said the decision doesn’t appear to be based on any in-depth study of its potential impact, and wasn’t preceded by any meaningful discussion with customers. “The consultation that Canada Post apparently did is singularly lacking in metrics, in numbers — it’s basically anecdotal,” he said. “We need to make sure that Canadians are being properly served by an institution like Canada Post, and that will require a little more robust discussion and study than this government has actually taken on.”



BY THE CANADIAN PRESS HALIFAX — The Nova Scotia government vowed to boost the number of adolescent psychiatrists after a report highlighted deficiencies in the mental health care of young people who are seeking help at increasing rates. Health Minister Leo Glavine said Wednesday that he would look to recruit more professionals who treat youth with mental health problems, challenging a different report that called for a reduction in adolescent psychiatrists. “We will need to bolster the number of clinicians to meet these recommendations,” Glavine said after the release of the review, which was launched following the death of 17-year-old Rehtaeh Parsons. He said youth mental health care is an area he takes personally from his days as a school administrator. “Having been there with a family to grieve after a suicide touches me very personally and I will be personally very disappointed at the end of my time as minister if we haven’t made good steps forward.” Jana Davidson, an expert in children’s mental health in Vancouver, was appointed to lead the review after an earlier report into Rehtaeh’s case raised concerns about the IWK Health Centre. Davidson found several weaknesses in the system, including a lack of mental health physicians and disjointed care from different departments.

Vancouver proposes sending gay councillor to Olympics BY THE CANADIAN PRESS VANCOUVER — Vancouver, the host city that introduced “The Pride House” to the Olympics movement, could soon send its gay deputy mayor to Russia to fight against homophobia in sport. City councillors are expected to endorse a resolution next week sending Coun. Tim Stevenson and two members of his Host City Pride House Mission Team to the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. Once there, the team will ask officials with the International Olympic Committee and International Paralympic Committee to include a non-discrimination clause for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people in the Games’ charter and require future host cities to endorse pride houses in their bids. The trip would come about eight months after Russia passed a law that bans “propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations” and imposes fines on people who stage gay pride rallies. “This isn’t to challenge laws or to challenge the authorities,” Stevenson told reporters in Vancouver Wednesday. “I am going to try to convince the IOC that they need to change. “This isn’t about trying to raise international incidents, and there will probably be others that may do that, I don’t know, but good luck to them. But I want to go to make sure that we speak to the IOC and get them to understand how important it is to include sexual orientation in their charter and how important it is to have a safe house in every Olympics from here on in.” The resolution also calls on Olympic officials to “ensure the protection” of all lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered athletes, coaches, officials, spectators and their allies in Sochi. No one from the International Olympic Committee was available to comment by publication. Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson said he seconded Stevenson’s motion and will back it when it

comes before council. Stevenson said later that he didn’t expect opposition from members of council. Robertson said the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver featured the first pride house, which he called a safe place and resource centre for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered athletes and spectators. “We held Games that welcomed the world,” he said. “Regardless of race, gender or sexual orientation, everyone was included, everyone was welcome here. Sadly, as we are learning, this does not appear to be the case with the 2014 Sochi Winter Games.” Robertson said he is “dismayed” that the progress that was made in Vancouver is being lost in Sochi. Stevenson said taxpayers won’t foot the bill for the trip, adding the city has set up a trust account to pay for the travel expenses of the three-person team. He said it has already raised $50,000 towards its $100,000 goal. A city document handed out states the team will include Maureen Douglas, who was an Olympic organizer in Vancouver for eight years, and Dean Nelson, the co-founder of the pride house. Bob Rennie, founder of Rennie Marketing Systems, said he and Peter Wall of the Wall Financial Corporation each donated $25,000 for the mission team’s trip.

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WASHINGTON — It’s probably not the worst sign for an aspiring American diplomat when his congressional grilling ends with Santa Claus jokes. The would-be next ambassador to Canada, Bruce Heyman, was spared hostile questioning Wednesday during his Senate confirmation hearing. By the time it was over, the only senator left in the room was the committee chairman and they were sharing chuckles about Old Saint Nick. “You have displayed your diplomatic abilities in extraordinary fashion,” Sen. Robert Menendez, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, told the rookie diplomat. This was after an exchange where he’d asked the nominee, tongue planted in cheek, whether an ongoing Arctic mapping project might result in Santa being declared a U.S. citizen. Heyman’s reply: the jolly North Pole resident is, in fact, a citizen of the world, and his safety is guaranteed by a joint Canada-U.S. military initiative, Norad. And that’s where they left off. If the Senate Foreign Relations committee recommends the appointment, and it’s then approved in a vote on the Senate floor, the Chicago investment banker and prominent Democratic party fundraiser will succeed another Chicagoan Democratic party fundraiser as the U.S. envoy to Ottawa. During the brief hearing, John McCain had asked a couple of terse questions about the Keystone pipeline project. The former presidential candidate received a non-answer from Heyman, stood up, and left the room. It was a far cry from the interrogation earlier Wednesday to which McCain had subjected other nominees; he’d pummelled a previous panel with detailed followup questions about aid for Egypt, sanctions for Iran and help for Syrian fighters. In Heyman’s case, he simply asked whether he supported Keystone. Heyman explained that his job wasn’t to make a decision on the Alberta-to-Texas pipeline, but merely to explain it to Canadians once a decision is finally made. “There’s a process,” Heyman said. To which McCain retorted: “So you have no position?” Heyman agreed. And McCain promptly left the room, concluding the most challenging moment of Heyman’s appearance.



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Canada, South Africa relations in decline OTTAWA — As Canadians spend the week marking their country’s close ties with Nelson Mandela, the celebrations have obscured a troubling reality — a steady decline in relations with South Africa. The current state of the CanadaSouth Africa relationship adds a darker hue to the bright portrait that has been painted since Mandela’s death last week — particularly the support of former prime minister Brian Mulroney in helping win Mandela’s freedom, and the considerable development assistance Canada gave his post-apartheid government. The decline started after Mandela left the presidency in 1999, and was marked by a general diplomatic drift away from the African continent, and a particularly irritating visa hurdle for South African travellers to Canada, analysts say. “The present Canada-South Africa relationship is best characterized as ambivalent and at arm’s length,” concluded David J. Hornsby, of the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, in an essay in the 2013 book “Canada Among Nations,” a joint publication by Carleton University in Ottawa and the Centre for International Governance Innovation in Waterloo, Ont. In an interview Wednesday, Hornsby said Canada needs to “ramp up” its political engagement with South Africa because it can be a “strategic partner” in helping meet Canada’s goal of increasing trade on the continent and engaging politically with institutions such as the African Union. “South Africa really does punch above its weight in both contexts and could be helpful to Canadian foreign

Harper, Canadian delegation pay last respects to Mandela PRETORIA, South Africa — For a few charmed hours on Wednesday, sunshine beamed down on the thousands of people who came out to offer their final respects to Nelson Mandela, including Prime Minister Stephen Harper and an entourage of Canadian dignitaries. Harper and his group, including his wife and three former prime ministers, shuffled past Mandela’s body, which is lying in state at the

policy objectives if only the government would invest in some good old fashion diplomacy,” said Hornsby. He said Canada’s general political disengagement from Africa “has cost it dearly in terms of its ability to influence or maintain relevance among African leaders.” “Particularly in my travels around the continent, I am often asked, ’What happened to Canada?’ It seems that Canadian efforts to ’focus’ our foreign policy and development assistance has not been perceived as helpful or smart.” South Africa’s resentment towards Canada bubbled to the surface last summer in Ottawa at a symposium to launch “Canada Among Nations.” South Africa’s high commissioner to Canada, Membathisi Mdladlana, used strong language to complain about Canada’s continued imposition of a visa on South African travellers. “It’s actually become quite disgusting,” he told the gathering.

Union Buildings in Pretoria, the seat of political power in South Africa. “This is a profound time of sadness for us, and I know for many people,” Harper said later, as he was joined by most of the Canadian delegation at the Canadian high commissioner’s residence. “With the passing of Nelson Mandela, freedom has lost a champion.” The coffin will rest for three days in an amphitheatre which bears the name of the anti-apartheid icon, who died last Thursday at the age of 95. A state funeral for the former South African president, the first state funeral ever held in modern South Africa, is scheduled for Sunday. Canada’s policy on visitors from South Africa has been a sore point with Johannesburg because some former African National Congress members ran into trouble obtaining visas. In the days when Mandela vigorously fought apartheid, many ANC adherents were jailed, ending up with criminal records. “The issue has been discussed with the Government of South Africa on a regular basis for at least a decade, at various levels and in different forums,” the Conservative government acknowledged recently in a response to questions from Liberal MP Irwin Cotler. “Elected members of the South African government have raised this issue with the (Canadian High Commission) on numerous occasions. Prominent non-elected members of the ANC have also raised this issue in public meetings with Canadian officials present.” The federal government says the African National Congress has under-

gone substantial change as an organization, so membership should no longer be considered grounds for being barred from Canada. No visa applicant has been turned down based solely on becoming a member of the ANC after 1994, the government says. The visa issue was raised as recently as October by a senior official of South Africa’s Department of International Relations and Co-operation with then-deputy Foreign Affairs minister Morris Rosenberg during consultations between the two countries in Ottawa. Mdladlana said that dealing with the Harper government on the issue had become “irritating.” When approached at the book launch by The Canadian Press afterwards, Mdladlana declined an interview — but not before he’d already vented publicly about Canada. He said Canada had lost its bid for a temporary seat on the United Nations Security Council in 2010, saying it displayed an “abrasive and combative approach at the UN.” The comment gave some credence to the theory that Canada’s failed bid was due in part to losing the voting bloc of Africa’s 54 countries in the secret UN ballot. Rohinton Medhora, the CIGI president, said Wednesday that, “rightly or wrongly,” there is a sense among African countries that Canada’s interest in the continent is drifting. “The South Africans heard that, and saw that,” said Medhora. But Medhora said relations are slowly being rebuilt through a greater focus by Canada on trading with the continent. The large delegation of exprime ministers that accompanied Stephen Harper to South Africa to pay tribute to Mandela this week will also help, he added.



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Ukraine police stand down after clashes BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS KIEV, Ukraine — Ukrainian police on Wednesday pulled back as protesters claimed victory after an overnight face-off in which authorities removed barricades and tents and scuffled with demonstrators occupying Kyiv’s main square. Squadrons of police in helmets and bearing metal shields converged at about 1 a.m. on Independence Square, but thousands of protesters put up fierce resistance for hours, shoving back at police lines to keep them away from key sites. The Ukrainian chief of police issued a statement insisting there would be no attempt to break up the demonstrations. Protesters have been gathering around the clock to demand the resignation of the government in a crisis that threatens the leadership of President Viktor Yanukovych. “I want to calm everyone down — there will be no dispersal,” Interior Minister Vitaly Zakharchenko said on the ministry’s website. “No one is encroaching on the rights of citizens to peaceful protest.” Three police buses that had been parked outside the building all night drove away to cheers and shouts of “shame!” from several thousand protesters who remained on the square. Another group of police that had been stationed outside the Kyiv city hall building, which has been occupied by protesters for weeks, also departed. “This is a great victory,” Arseniy Yatsenyuk, a top opposition leader,


An Pro-European Union activist runs during clash with riot police on the Independence Square in Kiev, Ukraine, Wednesday. Security forces clashed with protesters as they began tearing down opposition barricades and tents set up in the center of the Ukrainian capital early Wednesday, in an escalation of the weeks-long standoff threatening the leadership of President Viktor Yanukovych. shouted from the stage at Independence Square. Throughout the standoff the police appeared to be under orders to refrain from excessive force, unlike the violent beatings of protesters in recent weeks. Several demonstrators and po-

lice were injured, but police helped injured activists up from the ground and moved them away. The protests began in late November when Yanukovych backed away from a pact that would deepen the former Soviet republic’s economic ties

with the 28-nation European Union — a pact that surveys showed was supported by nearly half the country’s people. But police violence has become one of the main catalysts for the growing protest movement and the government has appeared to back off from heavyhanded police tactics. Many of the protesters, wearing orange construction hats to protect themselves from police truncheons, locked arms and simultaneously jumped up and down to stay warm in freezing temperatures that plunged to 12 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 11 Celsius). Scuffles broke out between police and opposition lawmakers, one of whom lay down on the snow trying to block a vehicle from advancing on the camp. An Orthodox priest sang prayers, and a popular Ukrainian rock song with the lyrics “I will not give up without a fight” blared from loudspeakers over the square. Pop singer Ruslana sang the national anthem and cheered protesters from the stage. One protester stripped to his waist in the frigid air, got down on his knees and shouted “Stop this . . . We are one people!” At least one tent caught fire after a metal barrel where a fire was burning to keep demonstrators warm overturned. After some of the barricades and tents were dismantled, police and city workers began to remove debris with bulldozers. Policemen used what appeared to be chain saws to clear the barricades.

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What we’ve got for Christmas so far, besides snow, is a shuffle, and yet another new deal in the cabinet minister shell game that we hope is not from the bottom of the deck, like the last few have been. In May of 2012, Diana McQueen, MLA for Drayton Valley-Devon, became the first-ever minister of the newly-combined portfolios of Environment and Sustainable Resource Development. She has now been promoted, or demoted, depending on your point of view, to Energy minister, and Robin Campbell, MLA for Yellowhead West, has been moved from minister of Aboriginal Relations to BOB take over as our new ESRD SCAMMELL minister. The ESRD ministry is critical to anyone concerned with the environment, and our renewable resources, including our fish and wildlife; whenever a new minister is appointed, speculation runs rampant among outdoors people about what breed of cat we’ve been given. Often the first measure of a new minister is taken from his, or her, first speech to the annual conference of the Alberta Fish and Game Association. Last February, in Red Deer, McQueen distinguished herself by being the first-ever no-show minister at the AFGA annual conference, because, delegates were told, she suddenly “had” to accompany the premier to Washington, a-lobbying for the Keystone XL Pipeline. Red Deer North MLA Mary Anne Jablonski ably delivered the minister’s ghost-written speech, which, unfortunately, included this stunningly, stupid gaffe: “SRD’s Chronic Wasting Disease testing program has helped limit the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease, which we believe has been contained.” McQueen learned how to utter stupidities, maybe even big white whoppers, from an expert when she accompanied the premier to the Gleniffer Lake spill site on June 8, 2012, and heard her boss announce: “we don’t have pipeline spills very often and, when we do, we have plans in place to deal with them.” Gordon Poirier, AFGA president, reports that McQueen apologized for her conference truancy and the CWD blooper, and that she has done many good small things, but that she “was very aware of the political repercussions from any decision she made.” For example, she vetoed a scientifically sound and sustainable proposal for a sandhill crane season and told the AFGA that they had to make the proposal for a seniors’ Sportfishing Licence “politically acceptable.” My view is that, for McQueen, ESRD was too huge, complex, and demanding and that going to Energy is both a demotion and also an easier job for a person who had considerable pre-politics experience as secretary in an oil company office: in Alberta’s Department of Energy, just do what the big shots and


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If Robin Campbell, right, bothers to address the 2014 AFGA conference in Fort McMurray on Feb. 20 to 22, he should be sure to mention that he is an angler and that his Blackfoot name is Mak-Koyii-Sa-Pii, which means ‘Wolf Charger.’ blowouts of gas and oil say, and you’ll be OK. The worst speech anybody has heard from a minister at an AFGA conference was in 2010 from Mel Knight who had just been demoted from Energy to the smaller (without Environment) SRD ministry. One of the best speeches came at the 2012 conference from new minister of Sustainable Resource Development, Frank Oberle, in which he showed he knew what needed doing to fix a department in disarray, and demonstrated a feel for his duties as the trustee for us all for our public land, when he stated: “you are the owner; we are the manager, and the lands will be open to public use.” It is unfortunate that we lost Oberle so quickly, before he could show us that he could walk the talk, when Redford appointed McQueen as the first minister of the of the new ERSD. Gordon Poirier thinks that happened because Oberle backed the wrong horse in the PC leadership race, but most of the PC MLAs did that. I believe Oberle lost ESRD because he publicly stated he was going to do things that needed doing, but which might be controversial . . . like protecting the public’s, the owner’s interest in our public land. So, what breed of cat has the premier given us with her appointment of Robin Campbell as ESRD minister? On the downside, he many tend away from

environmental protection because of the years he has worked in the coal business, including as president of the local of the United Mine Workers of America. On the plus side, Campbell is an avid and accomplished angler and angler’s guide, and is credited with having lobbied hard to rationalize and neutralize some of the more obtuse federal parks regulations. He is also so highly regarded for his work with First Nations that he was recognized by Treaty 7 this summer in Calgary and given a ceremonial headdress and a Blackfoot name. Soon after his appointment, Ted Morton, our last good SRD minister, brought the house down by telling AFGA conference delegates “I am a hunter, and my wife’s name is Bambi.” If he bothers to attend and address the 2014 AFGA conference in Fort McMurray, Feb. 20 to 22, Campbell should be sure to mention he is an angler and that his Blackfoot name is Mak-Koyii-Sa-Pii, which means “Wolf Charger”: most AFGA delegates will think that anyone who’d do that might even turn out to be a rare good SRD minister.

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each individual. The distance between the perch and seed determines what size of bird can stop and feed. Another option is to purchase or make bird food decorations. The decoration would then be placed on a tree similar to the decorations placed on an indoor Christmas tree. The result is attractive and practical, since it provides food for the birds. It is best to have a few extra decorations to replace them as they get devoured. Add a heater to the birdbath and watch the birds flock into it. Open water is a sought-after novelty during the winter months. Large pieces of outdoor artwork add interest to the yard. Pieces can be put displayed only during the fall and winter or left in the yard year round. Where the pieces might be overlooked during the summer months in favour of colourful plants, they are the centre of attention once the weather gets cold. Choose outdoor artwork to enhance the house and yard. The next time the temperature rises above freezing, make snowmen or snow sculptures. They can be dressed as with traditional snowmen or sprayed with food colouring or snow paint. Like all things made of ice and snow, they will melt on warm days, morphing into different shapes. Expect the parts of the sculpture that contain colour to melt first as colour absorbs the heat of the sun. For people who live where space is not a problem, farm and acreage dwellers for example, there are always the round bale snowmen. These take time and patience to ensure that the bales are balanced on top of each other. Know that the effort is appreciated as it brings a smile to faces as people drive past. Add a bit of colour to winter this year to break the monotony of the stark white landscape. Linda Tomlinson is a horticulturalist who lives near Rocky Mountain House. She can be reached at or

“It’s natural” is a typical response in some circles to climate change. A few months back, a friend mentioned that she appreciated my columns, but that she had a tough time convincing her son, who was quite sure that the rise in temperatures over the last 150 years was entirely natural. He reasoned that if climate had always been changing over millions of years, then it made perfect sense for it to be changing now. Human induced CO2 EVAN and methane had nothing to BEDFORD do with it. That makes sense . . . ENERGY & ECOLOGY doesn’t it? Actually, scientists are fortunate that there are natural cycles in the climate. For how else would they be able to study it? You can look at CO2 and heat retention in a laboratory, but if you want to deal with all of the other variables associated with climate change (everything from albedo to zooplankton), and if you want to see how things change over centuries or millennia, then even the biggest labs in the world wouldn’t be able to grapple with either the complexity or the time scales. Thus, we have to look deep into the past in order to get a good idea as to how the climate changes. In the very recent past, we have thermometer records going back as long as 400 years (in the case of the Royal Observatory in Paris).

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Central Alberta does not have to worry about lack of snow this holiday season. The white stuff is everywhere. Adding colour to the outside over the holidays and throughout the winter makes the world outside appear a more hospitable place. Wreaths or swags are decorations that go up easily and make a big impact. Artificial wreaths or swags will last for a few years before they become worn looking while live materials last a few months, longer if they are out of direct sunlight. Place wreaths or swags where they will have the biggest impact: on doors, walls and fences where they will be noticed. Large outside pots and LINDA planters need not be empty TOMLINSON all winter. Fill them with an arrangement of greenery. The materials can be natural, artificial or a combination of both. Choose a large container as it needs to hold a large arrangement. Small arrangements can become lost in the snowy landscape. Fill the container with sand, foam or potting soil to hold the branches in place. Start the arrangement by placing the largest branches in first, then fill in with smaller items. For balance, try to have the height of the arrangement one and a half times taller than the container. Add small items and fine details to containers that are close to paths and doorways. These same details will be lost on arrangements that are farther afield. Birdfeeders add colour; the feeder itself, as well as the birds that frequent it. Do not leave the feeder empty for long or birds will find another source of food. The colour and design of the feeder is up to

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Screening out Five ways to stick background noise can to your program prove problematic during the holidays With the holiday season now upon us, many people will start to struggle to maintain their usual diet and workout plan. Life is getting busier and busier, you have numerous events to attend, and you are being met with seasonal treats left, right and centre. In order to stay the course, you need to have a game plan for success. Here are five great things that you can do to help stick with your program during the holidays.

portance of everyday movement. If you can’t get as much total workout time in one week, simply try to move more during the days of that week. Park further away, use the stairs to go to the washroom on the top floor of your office building, or do your Christmas shopping that week if possible. Every movement you make will add up and can help keep your weight under control.

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First, if you are able, set The next sneaky trick the alarm clock for 30 to 40 to help you stay the course minutes earlier than normal over the holidays is to set and get your workout done one mini goal for yourself CABEL first thing in the day. that day as you wake up in While it may take a bit MCELDERRY the morning. This way, you of time to get used to wakhave a purpose to fulfil and ing up earlier, if you can this will help keep your squeeze out that workout before anything else crowds it out of mind more focused on health and fitour schedule, you’ll miss far fewer ses- ness. With each daily goal you achieve, you’ll also get a dose of positive reinsions this holiday season. forcement to keep up your efforts.


Pre-determine your indulgences Next, it’s normal to indulge from time to time during the holidays. Expecting to stick to your diet 100 per cent would likely be expecting too much from yourself — even for the most dedicated individuals. But this doesn’t mean you have the freedom to indulge whenever you want. Choose which meals or snacks you will indulge at and what you will have. This way, you have a game plan and know precisely what you are eating. If you leave it up to free will, you likely won’t practise self-control and will indulge far more often than you should.

Get active in day to day life Moving along, don’t forget the im-

Keep healthy food around Finally, last but not least, make sure that you keep healthy food around the house to snack on when you get hungry. Food cravings aren’t too hard to manage if you aren’t feeling exceptionally ravenous. However, if you feel like you’re starving and an unhealthy food presents itself, don’t be surprised if you lose self-control. So keep these quick tips in mind throughout the holiday season and you should be able to do far better at maintaining your health and fitness protocol — and avoiding the weight loss new year’s resolution. Cabel McElderry is a local personal trainer and nutrition coach. For more information on fitness and nutrition, visit the Fitness F/X website at www.fitnessfx. com.

Dear docs: I have a new hearing aid, and I love it. It’s digital, has background noise suppression, and a directional mike. I can join in an animated conversation with several friends in a busy restaurant. But last week I almost missed a flight because I didn’t hear an announcement about a gate change. I couldn’t understand anything coming over the public address system. Can’t they clean up their end of the noise problem? Answer: We fly a lot, and we know exactly what you’re talking about. The constant cacophony! Fortunately, an international team of researchers is addressing that specific problem using something called synthetic speech. They’ve created a computer program that can enhance the parts of speech that are most easily heard and understood, especially in noisy situations. And the software manipulates the sounds so that they can be more easily deciphered even at lower decibels. The whole environment becomes quieter and yet everyone can hear what being said more clearly. That’s a lot like what happens with the new technology in your hearing aid. The old hearing aids simply amplified sound. Now the sound is digitally processed and the hearing aid can block out background noise. You might say synthetic speech creates a hear-


DRS. OZ AND ROIZEN ing aid for the general public. And synthetic speech applications range far beyond PA announcements in airports, train stations and sporting venues; they include smartphone conversations and advanced military communications. But until all airports start using this technology, one way to make sure you and your airline are on the same page is to download their app to your smartphone or tablet. Almost all airlines have them, and you can use them to check your flights, gate, seat assignment, frequent flyer miles, the whole bit. Then you’ll make your flight with no stress. Dear docs: My mother is 77 and she has put on a lot of weight since she retired. Now she has diabetes, and she’s finding it harder to get around. She knows she’s in bad shape, but she doesn’t think anything helps. What can I do? Answer: It’s never too late to take charge of your health and to live

better and younger. You just need to help your mom see that she still has power over how she feels and what she does. It’s possible she’s depressed, so if she’ll talk about it, start there. (Read about depression at and maybe go with her to see a specialist.) You also should get her doctor involved. Her family doctor cannot only look at which medications might be causing her problems or which could help her overcome them (would anti-inflammatory medication make it less painful to walk?), but he or she also can help you identify environmental issues, such as stairs in her house, that are holding her back. But she may need some tough love, so she’ll get involved in making herself feel better. Start in the kitchen by helping her plan healthier meals that will increase her energy and reduce her weight. And get her moving!

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Some women may be able to safely skip certain breast cancer treatments BY MARILYNN MARCHIONE THE ASSOCIATED PRESS SAN ANTONIO — Tens of thousands of women each year might be able to skip at least some of the grueling treatments for breast cancer — which can include surgery, heavy chemo and radiation — without greatly harming their odds of survival, new research suggests. The research is aimed at curbing overtreatment, a big problem in cancer care. Treatments help many women beat the disease, but giving too many or ones that aren’t really needed causes unnecessary expense, trauma and lifelong side effects, such as arm swelling and heart troubles. Radiation can even raise the risk of new cancers. Several studies presented Wednesday at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, an international conference on the disease, identify groups of patients who might be able to safely forgo certain treatments. One found that many older women can skip radiation after surgery for early-stage tumors. Two others suggest that surgery may not help patients whose cancer has already spread widely. A fourth study tested a “light chemo” combination that could become a new standard of care. The trend is “less and less therapy” for certain cancer types, said one conference leader, Dr. C. Kent Osborne of Baylor College of Medicine. The highlights:

Surgery Breast cancer is already widely spread in 5 to 20 per cent of newly diagnosed patients, and at that point is usually incurable. The main treatment is chemotherapy or hormone treatments that attack cancer throughout the body. Sometimes doctors also remove the breast tumour in hope of prolonging survival, but this has not been put to a hard test. Dr. Rajendra Badwe, director of the Tata Memorial Hospital in Mumbai, India, led a study of 350 women with widely spread cancers that had shrunk after initial chemotherapy. Half were given surgery to remove the breast or the lump plus any cancerous lymph nodes. The rest did not have surgery. After about two years, 40 per cent of both groups were alive, suggesting that medicines are enough and that these women can be spared the ordeal of having all or part of a breast removed. A second study by Dr. Atilla Soran of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center of nearly 300 women in Turkey also suggests surgery is not helping, though there were hints that some groups did better or worse. Surgery seemed to help if cancer had spread just to bone, and it appeared to do harm if it had spread to the liver or lungs. “These are incredibly important, big-deal studies,” said Dr. Claudine Isaacs, a breast specialist at Georgetown University’s Lombardi Compre-

hensive Cancer Center. Many doctors jumped on earlier, less rigorous studies and advised women to have surgery, and this should be a warning against that, she said. The results also may spur interest in a U.S. study on the topic. Dr. Seema Khan of Northwestern University in Chicago has had so much trouble recruiting participants that she lowered her goal and may not be able to answer the question. “There’s a huge amount of bias” among doctors and patients about what is best, she said.


Radiation Most breast cancers are found at an early stage, and many women are treated with surgery followed by hormones or chemotherapy, plus radiation. But cancer medicines have gotten so good at lowering the risk of a recurrence that doctors wonder whether the radiation is still needed. It can cause heart and other problems, especially in older women, and three or four weeks of daily treatments can be a burden. Dr. Ian Kunkler of the University of Edinburgh in Scotland led a study of 1,326 patients 65 or older with earlystage cancers whose growth was driven by hormones. This is the most common form of the disease and the age group that accounts for most cases. Half were given radiation and half skipped it. After five years, roughly 96 per cent of both groups were alive, and most deaths were not from breast cancer. About 1 per cent of those given radiation had cancer recur in the treated breast versus 4 per cent of those who skipped radiation. For every 100 women given radiation, “one will have a recurrence anyway, four will have a recurrence prevented, but 95 will have had unnecessary treatment,” Kunkler said. Since radiation did not affect survival or the risk of cancer spreading, skipping it “is a reasonable option.”







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Doctors are unsure how to treat women with small tumors involving the gene that the drug Herceptin targets. Those tumors are low risk because they’re still confined to the breast, but high risk because the gene is thought to make them more aggressive. Some women get heavy-duty chemo, including drugs that can damage the heart. Dr. Eric Winer of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston led a study of 406 women given “light chemo” — paclitaxel plus Herceptin for 12 weeks, followed by nine months of Herceptin alone. More than three years later, only four had cancer recur in the same breast, and two had recurrences in other places. “This is likely to become a new standard,” Winer said. The cancer conference is sponsored by the American Association for Cancer Research, Baylor and the UT Health Science Center.




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CLUES: A wealth of data available However, for a reasonably comprehensive view (utilizing weather stations from around the world), we can only go back to about the year 1800. These records then overlap with paleoclimate data, such as that gained from tree ring analysis. Tree rings give us a pretty accurate account of yearto-year temperatures going back about 1,300 years. Coral reefs grow rings also, and they have year-to-year changes based on ocean temperatures. This data takes us back several thousand years. Then there are stalagmites in caves. They don’t have rings, but they can be dated via the decay of uranium in the newer versus older parts of their stone interiors. And the warmth or coldness of the climate can be detected via the different oxygen isotopes in those same interiors. And they get seriously old. J.B. Retrum, et al, studied a relative youngster in the Venezuelan Andes, which was a mere 75,000 years old. Perhaps the most famous paleoclimate data (shown in Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth) comes from Greenland and Antarctic ice cores. These show not only temperatures in the distant past (the Vostok core going back 420,000 years), but also the concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere at those times (due to ancient air


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bubbles trapped in the ice). And the correlation of temperature and CO2 is remarkable. A few folks will quickly note that the CO2 changes followed the temperature changes (instead of the other way round, as has happened in the last 150 years). But they neglect to note that the changes in both variables were caused by natural changes in the Earth’s orbit and also in its rotation about its axis. And they neglect to mention that orbital changes and axial changes were never enough — by themselves — to bring the Earth out of any of the many ice ages that it has endured. It took a lot of extra help from the CO2 being liberated out of the warming oceans. But I digress. Another clue to the past comes from cores of mud at the bottom of lakes and oceans. Here, we have more tell-tale oxygen isotopes, but this time in the shells of tiny zooplankton. Plus, the mud yields up fossil grains of pollen, indicating whether warm-loving or cold-loving plants were typical of different times. And this data is capable of taking us back not thousands but millions of years. So there is no shortage of clues from the past. And all of these clues create a complex, overlapping symphony of data, which confirms that humans are indeed capable of changing the climate. The difficult part is actually opening our eyes to those clues. And even more difficult, it seems, is the task of actually doing something about it. Evan Bedford is a local environmentalist. Direct comments, questions and suggestions to Visit the Energy and Ecology website at www. (10,000 steps a day!). And call her daily to make sure she is taking more steps each day. If she’s resistant, you can point out there’s been some very good research showing mobility is essential if she wants to keep her independence. She’s going to have to work at it, but she actually might enjoy this process. And she’ll definitely like the end results. Good luck. Mehmet Oz, MD, is host of The Dr. Oz Show, and Mike Roizen, MD, is chief wellness officer and Chair of Wellness Institute at Cleveland Clinic. To live your healthiest, visit


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After 50 years of ringette in Canada, the local sports group has a lot to celebrate. On Saturday at St. Francis of Assisi Middle School, at 321 Lindsay Ave. in Red Deer, you can celebrate the sport with Red Deer Ringette from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For the donation of a toy or item to the food bank, you can enjoy the alumni game, outdoor ringette games, beef on a bun and other games. For more information, contact Gail Taylor at


Friday ● Central Alberta Theatre proud to present the first Christmas Pantomime ever in Red Deer — Cinderella Dances with the Stars running Dec. 13 to 21 on the Mainstage at the Red Deer Memorial Centre, with performances at 7 p.m. and matinees at 1 p.m. Single, family and group prices available through the Black Knight Inn at (403) 755-6626 or online at www.blackknightinn. ca. English-style panto which has been a popular Christmas treat in the U.K. and around the world for hundreds of years and is loosely based on fairy stories, with a mix of music-hall and vaudeville and is good fun and enjoyable for all ages. See www. ● Red Deer College music student showcases and concert series presents First Year Performance Showcase on Dec. 13 to 15 on the Mainstage, Arts Centre at 1 p.m. See http://www. ● Lincoln Hall has a couple of events scheduled. The Annual Christmas Concert will be on Dec. 13. If you wish to participate, contact Merrigold at 403-782-6313 or Kathy at 403-782-4194. On Dec. 14, there will be Open Stage night. For information or to participate, contact Laura at 403782-4095 or see Facebook. Both events start at 7:30 p.m. ● Fire and Ice Community Ice Sculpture Display will be held on Dec. 13 as part of the city’s centennial celebrations. Participants are asked to carry their completed sculpture to City Hall Park for a chance to win one of five draw prizes. See www., or RD2013 on Facebook. ● Jam and dance at Royal Canadian Legion in Lacombe will be held on the second and fourth Friday of each month from 7 to 10 p.m. Next session Dec. 13. No jam on Dec. 27. Admission $2. Free coffee served. Contact Henry at 403-7893738. ● ReThink Red Deer presents Introduction to Permaculture: Productive Pets Edition on Dec. 13 to 15 from 6 to 9 p.m., Jan. 24 to 26, Feb. 21 to 23, and March 7 to 9. Registration fee is $200 including lunch and refreshments with all profits to ReThink. To find out details, see ● Heritage Ranch Winter Night Lights Tours are available. See for the details and to book a tour, or phone 403-347-4977. ● Lacombe Christmas Farmer’s Markets will be held at the Lacombe Memorial Centre every Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. from until Dec. 13. Home baking, crafts, jewelry, woodwork, honey, perogies, Philippine spring rolls, fall vegetables, meats and much more will be offered. Call 403-782-4772. ● Seniors skating will be offered at the Red Deer Arena on Fridays from 2:15 to 3:30. Purchase a season pass, or $3 drop-in. Ages 50 years plus. Warm up with a coffee following the skate. Phone 403-347-6883. ● Centre Alberta Women’s Emergency Shelter volunteers will wrap Christmas presents in exchange for donations, and they will be offering poinsettias for sale all in support of C.A.W.E.S. at Bower Place Shopping Centre at the booth located near Target’s mall entrance until Dec. 24. Phone 403-597-4142. ● Gingerbread cookie campaign in support of Habitat for Humanity will be offered at both Good Earth Coffeehouse and Bakery locations until Jan. 3. Purchase a gingerbread cookie family for $6.25 each, with $1 going to Habitat in Red Deer.

14, 5 to 7 p.m. at Golden Circle Senior Resource Centre. Enjoy intercultural celebrations in the holiday season, speakers, dancing, singing, processions, multicultural potluck and more. See www. or contact jan.underwood@ care2centre. ca, 403-346-8818. ● Do-It-Yourself Family Saturday at Dawe Branch of Red Deer Public Library takes place from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Enjoy making a holiday table centre piece or wreath on Dec. 14. ● Parkland Garden Centre Annual Craft and Market Show will be held on Dec. 14 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is a donation to the Red Deer Food Bank. See or phone 403-346-5613. ● Sundre Museum Christmas Tea and Bake Sale will be held on Dec. 14 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Both events will be at the museum and more information is available by phoning 403-638-3233. ● Red Deer College presents Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker on Dec. 14 and 15 at 1:30 p.m. and Dec. 14 at 7 p.m. at RDC Arts Centre Mainstage. Tickets are available at www.bkticketcentre. ca or by calling 403-755-6626. ● Central Alberta Singles dance will be held Dec. 14 at Penhold Hall. Music by Hot Spur. Doors open at 8 p.m. Music starts at 8:30 p.m. Members and invited guests only; new members welcome. For information, call Elaine at 403-341-7653 or Bob at 403-304-7440. ● Brendan and Jesse’s Christmas Playlist will be featured at Gaetz Memorial United Church on Dec. 14 at 8 p.m. Enjoy classical Christmas favourites with Brendan Rosenow, tenor ,and Jesse Plessis, piano. Admission by donation to Canadian Cancer Society. Phone 403-347-2244. ● Ladies Auxiliary of Red Deer Royal Canadian Legion Branch #35 Bake Sale will be offered on Dec. 14, 1 p.m. ● MAGnificent Saturdays offer free art making with a professional artist from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery in downtown Red Deer. The Dec. 14 session is called Stained Glass Snowflakes with artists Shannon Woolgar. All materials supplied. Families welcome. Phone 403-309-8405. Free with admission. ● 50 Years of Ringette Celebration will be held at St. Francis Assisi Middle School on Dec. 14 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Join a game of ringette with alumni players, beef on a bun lunch and minute to win it games.

Sunday ● Wild Rose Harmonizers Barbershop Chorus present Noel Noel Christmas Show, Dec. 15, 2 p.m. at Davenport Church of Christ. Other musical guests are Hearts of Harmony Sweet Adeline Chorus and Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School Chorus. Admission is $10 at the door, and children 12 years and under free. Proceeds will go to Red Deer Community Clothing Bank. Donations accepted. Phone David at 403-342-1318, or, or visit ● Gospel concerts at Ponoka Drop-In Centre are held the third Sunday of each month at 7 p.m. Admission is $5 at the door and includes light snack. Enjoy the music on Dec. 15. Contact Leo at 403-783-6704. ● Discovery Sundays are offered at Kerry Wood Nature Centre from 1 to 4 p.m. to learn something new about the natural world around us. Drop in, or phone 403-346-2010 to find out more.



● Ho, Ho Holiday Storytime will be held on Dec. 14 from 11 a.m. to noon in the Children’s Department at Red Deer Public Library Downtown Branch. Young and old are invited to join in and celebrate the season with stories, songs and crafts. ● Central Alberta Refugee Effort Festivals of Light will be presented on Dec.

● Red Deer Legion Branch #35 year round events: carpet bowling on Mondays and Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m.; Singles Bridge on Thursdays at 1 p.m. (all levels welcome, including beginners); Cribbage on Wednesdays at 1:30 p.m.; Texas Hold ‘Em on Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. and meat draws on Fridays at 5 p.m., and Saturdays at 4 p.m. Phone

403-342-0035. ● Take Off Pounds Sensibly (T.O.P.S.) is a non-profit weight loss support organization which holds regular weekly meetings in Red Deer and Blackfalds. Learn about nutrition, portion control, food planning, exercise and more. Visit a meeting free of charge. For locations and information call Gail at 403-340-1859 or toll free at 1-800-932-8677 or see Meetings are held on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays in the evenings, and on Tuesday mornings. ● Zumba Gold Class will be offered at the Golden Circle Senior Resource Centre on Mondays from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. This is an entry level class designed for older adults. A drop in fee of $4.50 applies. Phone 403-343-6074 for more information. ● The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Annual Outdoor Nativity Pageant and Creche Displays with performances on Dec. 16 to 18 at 7, 7:30 and 8 p.m. feature a live cast including animals, music, lighting and narration at 3002 - 47 Ave. across from Sunnybrook Farm Museum. Christmas Among the Creches will be held in the Church Cultural Hall from 6 to 8:30 p.m. along with light refreshments each night. Everyone welcome including large groups. See ● Bird Focus Group meets Mondays, at noon at the Kerry Wood Nature Centre. On Dec. 16 the group will head south and east to look for snowy owls; on Dec. 23 to go to Raven Trout Farm, and on Jan. 6 for an all day trip to Calgary Fish Creek (Bebo Grove) and Carburn Park. Please call Judy at 403-342-4150 to confirm attendance.

Tuesday ● Momstown Alphabet Play for parents with newborns to six years will be offered on Dec. 17 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Red Deer Public Library Downtown Branch Children’s Department. ● Central Alberta Cystic Fibrosis Chapter meets the third Tuesday of every month at Bethany Care CollegeSide on the second floor at 7 p.m. Phone 403-347-5075. ● Take Off Pounds Sensibly (T.O.P.S.) Innisfail meets every Tuesday in the basement of the Innisfail United Church. Weigh-in from 12:30 to 1 p.m., with meeting beginning at 1 p.m. Call Rose at 403-227-6903 or Elsie at 403-227-3508.

Wednesday ● Red Deer Legion Old-time Dance with Country Express is on Dec. 18 at 7 p.m. Cost is $7, or $13.95 with buffet starting at 5 p.m. Phone 403-342-0035.

● Norwegian Laft Hus is open Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. until Christmas. Enjoy baking, gifts and much more at the log house with the sod roof behind the Red Deer Recreation Centre, south of the Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery. Contact norwegianlafthus@, 403-347-2055 for information or to arrange different times to visit. ● Centre For Spiritual Living Red Deer has several upcoming events. The men’s group meets on Dec. 18 at 7 p.m., and candle lighting and carol signing will be held on Dec. 20 at 7 p.m. See ● Flower Focus Group meets on Dec. 18, 10 a.m. in the Red Deer River Naturalists Room at Kerry Wood Nature Centre. The group will discuss The Flowers of Slovania. Bring your reference books. Contact Don at 403-343-2937.

Thursday ● Stettler Social Society Christmas supper and dance is held on the third Thursday of every month from Sept. to June at Stettler Legion Hall. Live bands each time. On Dec. 19 dance to Country Gems. Dance from 5 to 6 p.m. Hot supper from 6 to 7 p.m. Dance from 7 to 10 p.m. Tickets at the door cost $17.50 per person, or $10 for dance only. Phone 403-742-5640. All ages welcome. ● Music Special — Kids on Keys — will be featured at The Hub on Ross on Dec. 19, 7 p.m. Enjoy the music, caroling, and cookies. See www., or phone 403-340-4869. ● Golden Circle Senior Resource Centre dance, Thursday, Dec. 19, 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. at the seniors’ centre. Dance to the music of Black Velvet Band. Admission is $7. Phone 403-3476165, 403-986-7170, or 403-246-3896. ● Central Alberta Prostate Awareness and Support Group will have a Christmas potluck on Dec. 19 at 6 p.m. at Gaetz Memorial United Church in the parlour. This group has experience and information to share. Knowing about the prostate, symptoms of prostate cancer, and other prostate diseases can save your life. Men and spouses are welcome. Phone 403-350-5511. ● In the Spirit of Christmas is a concert and readings and music for the Christmas season on Dec. 19, 7 p.m. at St. Luke’s Anglican Church. A silver collection will be held. Contact Elizabeth at 403-347-2114. ● Look, Mix and Do! Fusion Thursdays at Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery goes Dec. 19, 5 to 9 p.m. at Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery. Come celebrate the season, enjoy refreshments and goodies, make a craft to take home, see the exhibits, meet the staff and Museum Board. Complimentary admission.

REGISTRATIONS LOCAL EVENTS AND ORGANIZATIONS ● MAGsparks is an inclusive and accessible visual art program connecting people with developmental disabilities to the Red Deer Arts Community and will restart on Jan. 6. There is a drop-in fee of $3. Memberships are available for persons with disabilities for $50. For information, see www.reddeermuseum, or contact Janet at 403-309-8405. ● Red Deer River Naturalist Central Alberta Annual Christmas Bird Count will be held Sunday, Dec. 22. Participants must register so that count areas do not overlap. The Young Naturalists Club Explorer Day will join the count at 1 p.m. at Gaetz Lakes Sanctuary. The day will end with a potluck supper at 6 p.m. Please bring your own plate, cutlery, mug and a main course, or dessert for the meal. Call Judy to sign up or if you have further questions at 403-342-4150 or register at Kerry Wood Nature Centre. Tally sheets available at the Nature Centre or online at ● Red Deer Hospice Gala 2014 will take place on Jan. 17 at Sheraton Hotel starting at 6 p.m. Limited tickets now available. New this year is a chance to cook on stage with celebrity chefs Massimo Capri and Michael Bonacini. Canadian Country Music nominated Jo Hikk will provide the music following the dinner. Tickets on sale now for $200 at, or 403-309-4344.

Sponsorship opportunities are also available. ● Annual Food Drive in support of Red Deer Food Bank is now on at Red Deer Toyota until Jan. 7. Anyone who brings in a non-perishable food item may enter to win a 2014 Toyota Tundra. ● Red Deer Runners Woody’s RV Marathon Running Clinic begins Jan. 19 for a cost $60 per person. The marathon group will train on Wednesdays at 6 p.m. at the Red Deer Recreation Centre, and Sundays at 8 a.m. at the Collicutt Centre. Register online starting Dec. 15. Contact Matt at 403-396-9262. ● Royal Canadian Legion in Sylvan Lake New Year’s Eve Dance tickets are now available. Flat-Out Country back by popular demand, with lunch at 11 p.m., champagne at midnight for a cost of $30 per ticket. Also, country dance lessons will be offered starting on Jan. 23 from 7 to 9 p.m. Phone 403-887-2601, or Lisa a 403-505-8601. ● Shalom Counselling Centre will offer Baby Makes Three: Bringing Baby Home in February. Enrolment limited. Interested couples are encouraged to register at or call 403-342-0339.

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Could loss of ‘in love’ feeling be midlife crisis? Dear Annie: My husband and I have been married because what is going on may not get better, and for only 18 months. Things were blissful for the first even if it does, this type of sudden coldness could year, and then things took a drastic change. happen repeatedly if the two of you do not learn to One day, he told me he has lost the “in love” feel- communicate more clearly. ing. Dear Annie: You often suggest that famApparently, he had felt animosity for ily members try to work out their differsome time, but I had no idea. ences if there is an estrangement. But He chose to hold his emotions in, and there are two sides to every story. over time, the result was that he stopped My husband and I were treated horloving me. rendously by a family member, and evHe now spends four days a week with ery relative allowed it to continue even friends and comes home past midnight. I though they were fully aware of the pain don’t believe he is cheating. When he was it caused us. The stress was constant and single, he chose to live a sheltered life. created physical as well as emotional isMy husband is aware that his behavsues. iour is extreme. Could this be a midlife After trying to work it out, we finally crisis, even though he is only 36? How can made the painful decision to separate I help him through this stage? — Newlyourselves from this part of the family. MITCHELL wed Blues Just because you are related to some& SUGAR Dear Newlywed: Every married couple one does not mean you have to allow yourhas a period of adjustment, but we think self to be abused or bullied. It is frustratthere is more to your husband’s story than ing to read letters from those who “don’t what he is telling you. know why Betty won’t speak to the famYou cannot expect his behaviour to improve on its ily.” I’m sure many of them know perfectly well why. own. Unless he is willing to be honest and address They simply choose not to acknowledge the part they what is wrong, there is unlikely to be any change in may have played in Betty’s decision. — Tired of Beyour relationship. ing the Bad Guys Counselling could help get to the bottom of it, Dear Tired: In many instances, this is true. People provided your husband is co-operative. If not, please put their heads in the sand when it is too complidecide whether you want to remain in this marriage, cated to look around and shake things up. We usually

suggest people make an effort to see whether family relationships can be repaired. But we don’t expect anyone to tolerate horrible behaviour that won’t change. You made the effort. It didn’t work. You then did what was necessary for your mental and physical health. Dear Annie: I had to laugh when I read the letter from “Perplexed in Pennsylvania,” who is upset that her best friend keeps forgetting her birthday. That could be me. It could also be my best friend. You see, in today’s world, we sometimes get too busy to stop and smell the roses and remember the birthdays of those we care about. It certainly doesn’t mean we care any less. I sometimes forget the birthdays of my own children and siblings. I may remember several days in advance and then forget on the actual day and feel sorry afterward. But it’s not the end of the world. Every now and then, my friends and I have a special lunch together to celebrate our friendship. We do not exchange gifts, because we all have more “things” than we need. A fun card is just that, and it’s good at any time. “Perplexed” should think of what she can do for herself on her special day. — One Who Knows in Oklahoma Annie’s Mailbox is written by Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar, longtime editors of the Ann Landers column. Please email your questions to anniesmailbox@, or write to: Annie’s Mailbox, c/o Creators Syndicate, 737 3rd Street, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254.


tax issue. ARIES (March 21-April 19): There is a certain compromise that you will need to Thursday, Dec. 12 make today in terms of what you own and what is being owed to you. You face a cerCELEBRITIES BORN ON tain opposition and you’re feeling THIS DATE: Jennifer Connelly, emotionally shattered. Luckily, 43; Madchen Amick, 43; Mayim your eminence is in a strong poBialik, 38 sition right now. THOUGHT OF THE DAY: TAURUS (April 20-May 20): The Moon glides through fiery Financial affairs could bring you Aries stimulating us be being much and sudden opportunities. more initiative and pioneering Affections are not strong right within our endeavours. Once the now, making you feel a bit of a Moon moves into loyal Taurus, loner these days. Your amorous we want to take a step back and antennas are kind of down and enjoy the simple pleasures in life. you seek closeness or someone A big occurrence will take place to just talk to. today once Jupiter in Cancer and GEMINI (May 21-June 20): ASTRO Saturn in Scorpio make a superb The sky suggests for you to reDOYNA alliance in the sky. We are more main a bit more patient and to optimistic about long-term investkeep your thoughts to yourself ments and the opportunities they for now as they will, most likewill harbour us. ly, not come out as you have HAPPY BIRTHDAY: If today is your birth- planned. Your relationship with your co-workday, this is an important year for you, as it will ers is very strong and resolute. affect you for many years ahead. The efforts CANCER (June 21-July 22): A social used now will be towards securing your future gathering might keep you away from spendthrough steady progress in a financial matter ing more time with your children today. Plans related to an insurance plan or concerning a change or there’s simply no activity at all.



In your relationships, you seek the practical side of it as opposed to the emotionality it can bring to you. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Activities are stale for now, but you are hopeful. You have a surge of optimism and you are more selfexpressive which makes you a bit more rebellious. You will surprise others of your staying power. You will come out of your shell feeling unburdened. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): You’re feeling challenged by opposing views which, according to you, are leading nobody anywhere at the moment. The modest Virgo will know when to speak up and when to unleash their inner voices. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Personal gratification is not on your agenda these days. Your feelings and your sense of belongings are restrained and very much in control. Your needs are based on material and security issues such as your finances. They are looking quite solid. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Despite the blurriness in communication today, your oneon-one relationships benefit from your resilient concentrating powers. You know which road you want to move on and nothing seems to stay in your way. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Pa-

tience is your ultimate virtue today. Once you put your head and your heart into something, the anticipated outcomes will appear gradually. You have not chosen a better time to merge into some kind of business or join your resources with someone else. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Whatever partnership you enter into now, you will not commence it unless it benefits you in some way. It appears that the much sought-after results are on the horizon. You rely specifically only on long-range type of goals within all your alliances. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Domestic issues will be on your mind today. You will want to spend additional time with your family now, yet, your chosen vocation is asking for your presence as well. You will accelerate in both, as you possess sufficient endurance to please both parties. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): The need to connect with your social network and to convey important messages might affect your popularity right now. Watch what you say and to whom you say it. Think of the real message you want others to understand. Astro Doyna is an internationally syndicated astrologer and columnist. Her column appears daily in the Advocate.

Veterinary group provides in-home hospice and euthanasia for pets BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS LOS ANGELES — As Mike Kelley stroked his cat Andy for the last time, he recalled how the feline would eat yogurt every morning and meet him at the door every night. Kelley told stories about his beloved pet before Dr. Mary Gardner gave the 10-year-old cat a shot and he went to sleep for the last time. After Andy developed liver disease, Kelley sought the support of the hospice veterinarian, who came to his home, listened to him talk about his cat and eventually allowed Andy to die with dignity. It’s in line with a continuing trend of animal lovers committing increasing time and expense to pet care. About four years ago, Gardner of Yorba Linda and Dr. Dani McVety of Tampa, Fla., co-founded Lap of Love Veterinary Hospice Inc., a national network of veterinarians providing

FROM PAGE B4 ● Looking for a special Christmas gift? Medicine River Wildlife Centre Thirtieth Anniversary Celebration will take place in 2014. In preparation for this milestone, the facility is being upgraded at a cost of $300 per square foot. Donations are being accepted, and native trees will be planted for each supporter of each square foot. All trees will be identifiable with GPS. See, or call 403-728-3467. ● Kvitka Red Deer Canadian Ukrainian Dance Club Malenka Ukrainian New Year’s Eve Supper and Dance, Jan. 18 at Festival Hall. Cocktails at 6 p.m. Supper at 6:45 p.m. Show and dance to follow with music by Northern Kings. Tickets cost $45 each until Jan. 13, and then $50 each. For information and tickets contact Catherine at 403-3432850 or Irene at 403-346-5712. ● New Year’s Eve Party at Elnora Drop-in Centre features supper at 6:30 p.m. and dance at 8 p.m. with Black Velvet Band. Advance tickets are $12, or $15 at the door. Call 403-749-2161.

end-of-life services for sick animals like Andy. The vets don’t just manage a pet’s nutrition, medication, mobility and cremation arrangements, they comfort grieving families and prepare any fellow pets for the tough days ahead. And, ultimately, they will euthanize when the vet and owner agree the time is right. “He was my best buddy. He was there every day for me. I would have done anything to keep him here,” said Kelley of Newport Beach. But he didn’t want Andy to suffer after medication stopped working and the cat lost his appetite. Lap of Love is the first organized group of its kind in the country, said Colleen Ellis, director of the International Association for Animal Hospice and Palliative Care. The group helps with the last hours of life and the first hours of death of animals ranging from dogs and cats to hamsters and pot-bellied pigs. The association says there are many vets, vet techs and even a Northern

California animal sanctuary that take in terminally ill or elderly pets for hospice care and, eventually, euthanasia. Lap of Love is the biggest organization and the only one composed entirely of experienced veterinarians. There are 68 Lap of Love partner vets in nearly 20 states that handle euthanasia and funeral arrangements, as well as talk to children and help owners say goodbye, Ellis said. They only accept pets nearing the end of life and are often referred by the animal’s regular veterinarian or a surgeon. “Veterinarian hospice care is a lot like human hospice care. The goal is comfort. We are not trying to cure, just manage the symptoms so that they are as comfortable as possible,” McVety said. “Vet hospice is where human hospice was 50 or 60 years ago.” McVety started the business in 2010. Six months later, it was growing so fast that she sought help from Gardner, who’d been a vet school classmate. They decided to team up and soon

were getting calls from vets all over the country wanting to take part. Every partner vet keeps in touch with the veterinary community, sharing ideas, going over cases and getting and giving advice, McVety said. A typical veterinarian with a practice might euthanize two pets a week, she said, while she will euthanize 20 to 30. Lap of Love has a free online journal owners can use to help them decide when it’s time to call for help. There is also a memorial website that allows owners to tell their pets’ stories and post their photos. Costs of the services vary across the country, but they range from $200 to $400 for hospice care and about the same for in-home euthanasia. There are extra costs for evenings and weekends, holidays, extended travel, pets over 100 pounds, aggressive animals and some exotic species. The vets can arrange private or communal cremation, and many pet insurance companies cover euthanasia costs.

● Affirm — a group that provides safe and confidential support to people of all sexual orientation and their families and friends, from people that have walked this road before as sexual minorities, parents, siblings and friends. They meet once a month in Lacombe. For more information, call Ross at 403-782-3671 or Marg at 403-782-1887. ● Homebound Readers’ Service is a free personalized selection and home delivery service offered by the Red Deer Public Library to members who cannot visit the library due to age, illness, or disability. A volunteer will be assigned to the library member and will deliver the preferred reading material. Adult Services staff will qualify and register members to this program. Please phone 403-3429110 to register, or see ● Sweetheart Gala — Fundraiser for Ronald McDonald House — will be held on Feb. 15 from 7 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. at Heartland Room, Westerner Park. Tickets, $25 in advance and $30 after Jan. 1. Event includes a silent auction, toonie bar, prizes, 50/50 draws and midnight lunch. For tickets and information contact Courtney or Chelsey at ● Hunting Hills High School presents Les

Miserables, March 7 to 15 at Red Deer Memorial Centre. Tickets may be purchased from the school website or from the school play website Admission is $15 for adults, and

$12 for students, seniors and children. ● Salvation Army Red Deer Christmas Kettle Campaign needs volunteers to man Christmas kettles at various venues until Dec. 23 excluding Sundays. Phone 403-346-2251.




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THURSDAY, DEC. 12, 2013

Sutter wants to get going REBELS BOSS LOOKING FORWARD TO GETTING STARTED AS CANADIAN JUNIOR HOCKEY TEAM HEAD COACH BY GREG MEACHEM ADVOCATE SPORTS EDITOR The final countdown to the 2014 World Junior Hockey Championship is on and Brent Sutter is ticking off the hours. “It will be nice to get it going,” the Canadian national junior team head coach said Wednesday, less than 24 hours before departing for Toronto and a three-day Team Canada selection camp to be attended by 25 players. “It’s been quite a process since June with the changes we made in regards to our summer camp and the number of players we’ll have at this final camp.” Sutter, who coached Canada to gold-medal triumphs at the 2005 and ‘06 world junior championships at Grand Forks, N.D., and Vancouver, accepted the head coaching position for a third time in June after discussions with Hockey Canada president Bob Nicholson and senior director of hockey operations Scott Salmond. “We all agreed on some changes and it’s been a work in process since then,” said Sutter, who had 38 players attend an August camp that — for the first time ever — included playing in a four-team international tournament at Lake Placid, N.Y. The 25 players checking into the final selection camp which runs Friday to Sunday is an all-time low attendance and doesn’t include Toronto Maple Leafs

defenceman Morgan Rielly, who may eventually be made available to Team Canada and be part of the final 22-man roster. “The key part now is deciding who the three final cuts are going to be,” said Sutter. “As it stands now, we have to release one defenceman and two forwards. If we get Morgan Rielly, we’ll have to release two defencemen. “The coaching staff will have to Brent Sutter decide if we make the cuts before we leave for Europe on the 15th or do we wait and get in some more practices and an exhibition game overseas.” As for Rielly’s possible availability, the Maple Leafs will have to make that decision by Dec. 19 — the date NHL rosters freeze for the Christmas break — at which time the Canadian squad will be in Copenhagen, Denmark, where the team will be based until leaving for Malmo, Sweden and their WJC opener Dec. 26 versus Germany. “There’s a chance we will get him. Ultimately that decision will rest with Toronto,” said Sutter. “As of today, I haven’t been told one way or the other.” Sutter’s 2005 junior national squad was a talented powerhouse that dominated all comers. The 2006 team was regarded as more of a blue-collar crew and wasn’t expected to repeat as champion or even com-

pete for a medal, but rode a strong work ethic and a commitment to team defence to another gold. “In terms of talent, I think we’re closer to the ‘06 team,” said Sutter. “You might say our forwards are a little more talented than what we had that year as far as having a couple of top-end guys like (Jonathan) Drouin and (Nic) Petan, but our defence is certainly like what we had in ‘06. “Our goaltending, though, is younger. In fact, our whole team is younger than in past years. Half of our team this year consists of 18-year-olds and we may have a 16- and a 17-year-old in (Connor) McDavid and (Aaron) Ekblad.” Not that age makes any difference with Sutter, even though the WJC is primarily a tournament for 19-year-olds. “It doesn’t really matter, you just have to be able to play,” said the head coach. “This is a high-level, high-stakes tournament and you have to be at your best to succeed, especially with the parity now. What’s different now is that all of the countries are closer in calibre than they ever have been.” The national team will practise Friday at the Mastercard Centre of Excellence in Etobicoke, where they will take on an Ontario university all-star team Saturday and conduct one final practice session Sunday morning before departing for Denmark later in the day.

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Wild free Dumba to join junior squad, injured Drouin hopes to skate BY THE CANADIAN PRESS Mathew Dumba was cleared to join Canada’s world junior championship team in Toronto on Wednesday, and the squad is optimistic that star forward Jonathan Drouin will recover from a concussion in time to play in the tournament. The 25 invited players are to arrive on Thursday for a three-day camp before heading to Sweden for final preparations. The championship begins Dec. 26 in Malmo, Sweden. Dumba, who was among the final cuts the last two years, is expected to play a big role on defence for a Canadian team looking to end a four-year gold medal drought. The Minnesota Wild, who kept the six-foot, 183-pound Dumba out of training camp but used him in only 13 games, finally opted to assign him to the Canadian junior team. “It’s been tough on me the last two times,” Dumba told the NHL club’s website. “Being the last cut last year, it hurt. “It sucked not being able to represent my country last year, so I’m looking forward to the opportunity that they’re giving me this year. It’s going to be a good experience for me to play at my age group.” It remains to be seen if the Wild will take him back after the tournament or send him back to junior. On Tuesday, the Red Deer Rebels of the Western Hockey League traded his junior rights to the powerhouse Portland Winterhawks for forward Presten Kopeck and three draft picks. Dumba is known as a big hitter who brings speed and skill to the defence. The team is hoping for more help from the NHL in the form of Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman Morgan Rielly, who would likely play in the top pairing and man the point on the power play. Rielly has not yet been loaned to

the junior team by Toronto, but he’s been a healthy scratch recently and the Leafs recalled defenceman JohnMichael Liles from the AHL, fuelling speculation that Rielly will end up in Malmo. Scott Salmond, the team’s senior director of hockey operations, said he was told the Leafs would decide by next Tuesday whether to have the fifth overall pick in the 2012 NHL Draft play in the world juniors for a second year in a row. “We have no concern about him stepping right in and being a leader on our team,” said Salmond. Unlike previous years when more than 30 players were invited to camp, only 25 were called this time. Only three cuts need to be made to get down to the final 22-man squad of two goaltenders, seven defencemen and 13 forwards. The team will play three pre-tournament games in Sweden — Dec. 20 against Finland, Dec. 22 against Sweden and Dec. 23 against Switzerland. The Canadian side hopes to have cuts made after the Finland game so the final team is together for the last two exhibition games. But Salmond said they may wait until after the second game. It is the smallest pre-tournament camp since 26 players were invited in 1983. It was uncertain if the dazzlingly skilled Drouin, picked third overall by Tampa Bay in the June draft, will be able to skate at camp. But Salmond said the left-winger will accompany the team to Sweden and they hope he will be able to play. The Halifax Mooseheads star suffered a concussion last week after a hit by Adam Erne of the Quebec Remparts, who is on the U.S. team’s world junior preliminary roster. “He’ll be evaluated when he gets here,” said Salmond. “We’ll follow the protocol.

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Winnipeg Jets’ Evander Kane attempts to slow down Minnesota Wild’s Mathew Dumba in an NHL game on Oct. 10, in St. Paul, Minn. Dumba was cleared to join Canada’s world junior championship team in Toronto on Wednesday, and the squad is optimistic that star forward Jonathan Drouin will recover from a concussion in time to play in the tournament.

Major League Baseball plans to eliminate home plate collisions BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Talk about change in baseball. Seattle is spending, adding two-time All-Star Corey Hart and Logan Morrison to go along with Robinson Cano. The New York Mets also are flashing big bucks, striking a deal with pitcher Bartolo Colon after signing Curtis Granderson. And, in the biggest news at the winter meetings, Major League Baseball said it plans to ban home plate collisions by 2015 at the latest. “I just want to try to eliminate any injuries, severe injuries,” San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Wednesday. “Whether it’s a concussion or broken ankle, whatever.” Mets general manager Sandy Alderson, chairman of the rules committee, said the change would go into effect for next season if the players’ association approved and in 2015 if it didn’t. Safety and concern over concussions were major factors — fans still cringe at the thought of the season-ending hit Giants catcher Buster Posey absorbed in 2011. “Ultimately what we want to do is change the culture of acceptance that these plays are ordinary and routine and an accepted part of the game,” Alderson

said. “The costs associated in terms of health and injury just no longer warrant the status quo.” Alderson said wording of the rules change will be presented to owners for approval at their Jan. 16 meeting in Paradise Valley, Ariz. “We’re going to do fairly extensive review of the types of plays that occur at home plate to determine which we’re going to find acceptable and which are going to be prohibited,” he said. Away from the formal meetings, the Mariners added a pair of first baseman-outfielders with pop, reaching agreement on a one-year deal with Hart and acquiring Morrison in a trade with the Miami Marlins. Hart confirmed he had agreed to the deal in a text to The Associated Press. The deal is still pending what should be a closely monitored physical. Hart missed last season following surgery on his right knee. Morrison was acquired for relief pitcher Carter Capps, according to a person with knowledge of the deal. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the trade was pending both teams reviewing medical records. “Knees good as well as the rest of me. Been working hard and glad to be able to get out there with this exciting club,” Hart said in a text message. Seattle has made adding offence a top priority

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


this off-season, starting with a yet-to-be-finalized agreement with Cano said to be worth $240 million over 10 years. After giving outfielder Curtis Granderson a $60 million, four-year contract, the Mets reached agreement on a $20 million, two-year deal with the 40-yearold Colon, raising their free-agent spending to more than $87 million this off-season. The contract is pending the completion of a physical for the 18-game winner, a person familiar with the negotiations told the AP. Pittsburgh agreed to a $5 million, one-year contract with right-hander Edinson Volquez, also pending a physical. The 30-year-old Volquez went 9-12 with a 5.71 ERA this year while splitting time between San Diego and the Los Angeles Dodgers. Earlier on Wednesday, the Pirates and right-hander Charlie Morton agreed to a $21 million, three-year contract that avoided salary arbitration. Also at the meetings, Matt Kemp’s agent maintained the Dodgers are not trading the All-Star outfielder — for now. “For the time being they are not going to move him,” Dave Stewart said after meeting with Los Angeles GM Ned Colletti.

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THURSDAY, DEC. 12, 2013

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WHL EASTERN CONFERENCE EAST DIVISION GP W L OTLSOL GF GA Swift Current 34 19 12 0 3 119 99 Prince Albert 32 17 13 2 0 113 111 Regina 32 17 13 1 1 105 112 Brandon 33 17 14 2 0 120 122 Saskatoon 34 10 21 1 2 103 138 Moose Jaw 34 8 20 3 3 87 130 CENTRAL DIVISION GP W L OTLSOL GF GA Edmonton 31 21 9 0 1 115 78 Calgary 31 19 7 2 3 101 85 Medicine Hat 31 19 9 3 0 109 82 Kootenay 34 17 15 2 0 102 98 Red Deer 32 14 16 0 2 92 104 Lethbridge 34 5 25 2 2 85 154

Montreal Detroit Tampa Bay Toronto Ottawa Florida Buffalo

32 19 10 3 41 32 15 9 8 38 30 17 10 3 37 32 16 13 3 35 32 12 14 6 30 32 10 17 5 25 31 7 22 2 16 Metropolitan Division GP W L OT Pts Pittsburgh 32 21 10 1 43 Washington 31 17 12 2 36 Carolina 32 13 13 6 32 N.Y. Rangers 32 15 16 1 31 New Jersey 32 12 14 6 30 Columbus 31 13 15 3 29 Philadelphia 31 13 15 3 29 N.Y. Islanders 32 9 18 5 23

Pt 41 36 36 36 23 22 Pt 43 43 41 36 30 14

85 71 87 85 85 76 87 90 92 105 73 106 53 92 GF GA 98 71 98 90 75 91 70 84 73 82 78 86 70 85 80 111

WESTERN CONFERENCE Central Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA Chicago 34 23 6 5 51 129 93 St. Louis 29 20 6 3 43 100 67 Minnesota 32 18 9 5 41 77 75 Colorado 29 20 9 0 40 83 68 Dallas 29 14 10 5 33 83 86 Winnipeg 32 14 14 4 32 83 90 Nashville 31 14 14 3 31 71 89 Pacific Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA Anaheim 33 21 7 5 47 106 86 Los Angeles 32 21 7 4 46 88 63 San Jose 31 19 6 6 44 103 78 Vancouver 33 18 10 5 41 88 81 Phoenix 30 17 8 5 39 97 94 Calgary 30 11 15 4 26 79 100 Edmonton 32 11 18 3 25 89 109 NOTE: Two points for a win, one point for overtime loss.

WESTERN CONFERENCE B.C. DIVISION GP W L OTLSOL GF GA Pt Kelowna 29 24 3 0 2 115 68 50 Victoria 34 20 13 0 1 93 83 41 Vancouver 34 15 12 5 2 112 120 37 Prince George 34 12 17 2 3 99 132 29 Kamloops 32 7 21 2 2 78 130 18 U.S. DIVISION GP W L OTLSOL GF GA Pt Portland 32 22 6 2 2 156 107 48 Everett 31 21 6 4 0 105 78 46 Seattle 32 19 9 1 3 120 112 42 Spokane 32 18 12 0 2 114 99 38 Tri-City 34 17 14 1 2 91 92 37 d-division leader; x-clinched playoff berth. Note: Division leaders ranked in top three positions per conference regardless of points; a team winning in overtime or shootout is credited with two points and a victory in the W column; the team losing in overtime or shootout receives one point which is registered in the OTL or SOL columns

Tuesday’s Games Buffalo 2, Ottawa 1, SO Washington 6, Tampa Bay 5, SO Florida 3, Detroit 2, SO N.Y. Islanders 3, San Jose 2, SO Columbus 5, New Jersey 4 Los Angeles 6, Montreal 0 Nashville 4, N.Y. Rangers 1 St. Louis 2, Winnipeg 1 Chicago 6, Dallas 2 Phoenix 3, Colorado 1 Boston 2, Calgary 1 Edmonton 5, Carolina 4, OT

Tuesday’s results Brandon 5 Kamloops 2 Kelowna 4 Swift Current 2 Edmonton 3 Saskatoon 1 Lethbridge 6 Red Deer 0 Medicine Hat 1 Calgary 0 (OT) Kootenay 3 Prince George 1 Vancouver 3 Victoria 2 Seattle 3 Tri-City 1 Wednesday’s results Kelowna 6 Moose Jaw 3 Kamloops 4 Regina 3 (SO) Edmonton 7 Prince Albert 5 Calgary 5 Lethbridge 3 Everett at Spokane, late

Wednesday’s Games Los Angeles 3, Toronto 1 Chicago 7, Philadelphia 2 Minnesota at Anaheim, late

Penalties — Simmonds Pha (fighting) 1:47, Brookbank Chi (fighting) 1:47, Kruger Chi (stick holding) 12:08, Bollig Chi (high-sticking) 13:41, Timonen Pha (holding) 19:34. Second Period 2. Chicago, Keith 2 (Sharp, Kane) :43 (pp). 3. Chicago, Shaw 10 (Bollig, Oduya) 1:22. 4. Chicago, Handzus 3 (Kruger) 5:27 (sh). 5. Philadelphia, Downie 3 (Schenn, Streit) 6:11 (pp). 6. Chicago, Versteeg 5 (Saad, Hossa) 9:44. 7. Chicago, Toews 13 (Sharp, Hossa) 14:15. Penalties — Saad Chi (hooking) 4:27, Rinaldo Pha (tripping) 7:18, Hartnell Pha (roughing) 14:15. Third Period 8. Chicago, Seabrook 3 (Handzus, Versteeg) 1:05. 9. Chicago, Sharp 15 (Kane, Hossa) 9:33 (pp). Penalties — Morin Chi (boarding) 2:12, Hartnell Pha (goaltender interference) 6:32, Schenn Pha (elbowing) 9:13, Rosehill Pha (roughing) 9:13, Meszaros Pha (cross-checking) 10:09, Rosehill Pha (misconduct) 15:29, Bollig Chi (misconduct) 15:29, Coburn Pha (misconduct) 17:07, Morin Chi (roughing) 17:07, Morin Chi (misconduct) 17:07. Shots on goal Philadelphia 10 7 13 — 30 Chicago 6 11 6 — 23 Goal — Philadelphia: Emery (L, 3-6-0); Chicago: Raanta (W, 5-0-1). Power plays (goal-chances)Philadelphia: 2-5; Chicago: 2-7. Kings 3, Maple Leafs 1 First Period 1. Los Angeles, Doughty 6 (Richards, Carter) 10:30 (pp). Penalties — Holland Tor (holding) 8:59. Second Period 2. Toronto, Franson 1 (Kessel, Gardiner) 14:30 (pp). Penalties — Stoll LA (slashing) 7:59, Nolan LA (fighting) 10:48, McLaren Tor (fighting) 10:48, Mitchell LA (interference) 13:07, Doughty LA (slashing) 14:03, Voynov LA (roughing) 16:13, Lupul Tor (slashing) 16:13, Lupul Tor (roughing) 16:13, Voynov LA (slashing) 16:13, Voynov LA (highsticking) 16:13. Third Period 3. Los Angeles, Carter 8 (Voynov, Nolan) 9:40. 4. Los Angeles, Clifford 3 (Toffoli, Richards) 18:01. Penalties — van Riemsdyk Tor (cross-checking) 19:47. Shots on goal Los Angeles 8 8 7 — 23 Toronto 11 10 18 — 39 Goal — Los Angeles: Jones (W, 4-0-0); Toronto: Bernier (L, 9-9-2). Power plays (goal-chances)Los Angeles: 1-2; Toronto: 1-3. NHL Scoring Leaders

Thursday’s Games Columbus at N.Y. Rangers, 5 p.m. Montreal at Philadelphia, 5 p.m. Buffalo at Ottawa, 5:30 p.m. Detroit at Tampa Bay, 5:30 p.m. Toronto at St. Louis, 6 p.m. Dallas at Nashville, 6 p.m. Colorado at Winnipeg, 6 p.m. Carolina at Calgary, 7 p.m. N.Y. Islanders at Phoenix, 7 p.m. Boston at Edmonton, 7:30 p.m. Minnesota at San Jose, 8:30 p.m.

Thursday’s games Victoria at Swift Current, 6 p.m. Friday’s games Kamloops at Prince Albert, 6 p.m. Regina at Saskatoon, 6:05 p.m. Kelowna at Brandon, 6:30 p.m. Lethbridge at Edmonton, 7 p.m. Red Deer at Kootenay, 7 p.m. Medicine Hat at Calgary, 7:30 p.m. Prince George at Tri-City, 8:05 p.m. Everett at Vancouver, 8:30 p.m. Portland at Seattle, 8:35 p.m.

Wednesday’s summaries National Hockey League EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division GP W L OT Pts 31 21 8 2 44

GF 86

Blackhawks 7, Flyers 2 First Period 1. Philadelphia, Voracek 5 (Timonen, Giroux) 12:31 (pp).

GA 62


SUTTER: Sweden Team Canada has WJC pre-tournament games set for Dec. 20, 22 and 23 against Finland, Sweden and Switzerland. The games will be played in Angelholm and Trelleborg, Sweden, both located within 160 km of Copenhagen. ● The details relating to Tuesday’s WHL deal between the Red Deer Rebels and Portland Winterhawks were made public on the league’s website Wednesday. In the event that Minnesota Wild and former Rebels defenceman Matt Dumba reports to Portland, Red Deer — which already received forward Presten Kopeck — will get the ‘Hawks’ second-round bantam draft pick in 2014 and 2015 and either their second- or third-round pick in 2016, depending on when Dumba reports. If the Wild do not release Dumba to the Winterhawks, the Rebels will owe Portland their third-round pick in 2014 in return for Kopeck. ● The Rebels return to action Saturday at the Centrium against the Lethbridge Hurricanes.

WORLDS: Symptom-free “If he’s symptom-free, he could skate.” Drouin, a member of last year’s team that lost in the semifinals to Russia, is expected to play on the top line in Malmo. Others to watch in camp include tough-tostop London Knights centre Bo Horvat, quickfooted centre Nic Petan of Portland and Quebec Major Junior Hockey League scoring leader Anthony Mantha of the Val d’Or Foreurs. But perhaps the most closely watched will be three players yet to be drafted by NHL clubs — 16-year-old sensation Connor McDavid of the Erie Otters, Kootenay Ice forward Sam Reinhart and Barrie Colts defenceman Aaron Ekblad. Reinhart and Ekblad are potential 2014 first

G 16 17 8 16 12 26 20 21 7 5 17 14 13 11 10 16 14 8

Sidney Crosby, Pgh Patrick Kane, Chi Evgeni Malkin, Pgh Ryan Getzlaf, Ana John Tavares, NYI Alex Ovechkin, Wash Corey Perry, Ana Alex Steen, StL Nicklas Backstrom, Wash Joe Thornton, SJ Chris Kunitz, Pgh Patrick Marleau, SJ Martin St. Louis, TB Henrik Zetterberg, Det Logan Couture, SJ Phil Kessel, Tor Patrick Sharp, Chi Erik Karlsson, Ott

A 27 23 30 21 24 9 15 12 25 27 14 16 17 19 20 13 15 21

Pts 43 40 38 37 36 35 35 33 32 32 31 30 30 30 30 29 29 29

overall picks, while McDavid, who some consider the best prospect since Sidney Crosby, won’t be draft eligible until 2015. Salmond said the youngsters still have things to prove to management in camp, but “being in the mix of 25, they have as good a chance as anyone” of making the team. Reinhart’s older brother, defenceman Griffin Reinhart — the New York Islanders fourth overall pick in 2012 — will be in camp but could give management a tough decision. The skilled, physical blue-liner was suspended for four games at last year’s world juniors for slashing U.S. forward Vince Trocheck in the semifinals. He missed the final last year and is to sit out Canada’s first three group stage games of this year’s event — against Germany, the Czech Republic and Slovakia. If he’s selected, he will be eligible to return for a New Year’s Eve game against the Americans. Every year Canada is without eligible players who were kept by their NHL teams. This year they will be missing Nathan MacKinnon of the Colorado Avalanche, Sean Monahan of the Calgary Flames and Tom Wilson of the Washington Capitals.

BALL: Very strong Mike Scioscia, manager of the rival Angels, said he’s counting on a healthy Albert Pujols, limited to 99 games and 64 RBIs by a foot injury that ended his season in mid-August. “He’s taking batting practice. He feels very strong physically,” Scioscia said. “I think the foot will be a non-issue.” Detroit finalized a $10 million, two-year contract with outfielder Rajai Davis, Houston acquired right-hander Anthony Bass from San Diego in a deal that also sends a player to be named or cash both ways, and Oakland sent left-hander Jerry Blevins to Washington for minor league outfielder Billy Burns — the Athletics’ fifth trade in 10 days. Utilityman Jerry Hairston Jr. said he is retiring. MLB executive vice-president Joe Torre said talks on expanded video review next season are continuing with the unions for umpires and players.

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

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

Saturday ● Senior high basketball: Notre Dame girls/boys Cougar Classic tournament. ● JV basketball: Hunting Hills girls/boys tournament. ● Peewee AA hockey: Red Deer TBS at Red Deer Parkland, 10:30 a.m., Kinex. ● Minor midget AAA hockey: Calgary Canucks at Red Deer Aero Equipment, 11:30 a.m., Arena. ● Major bantam hockey: Spruce Grove at Red Deer Black, 2 p.m., Arena; Calgary Bisons at Red Deer White, 7:30 p.m., Arena.

● Major midget female hockey: Calgary Bruins at Red Deer, 4:30 p.m., Collicutt Centre. ● Midget AAA hockey: Lethbridge at Red Deer, 4:45 p.m., Arena. ● Bantam AA hockey: Okotoks at Red Deer Steel Kings, 4:45 p.m. ● WHL: Lethbridge at Red Deer, 7 p.m., Centrium. ● Midget AA hockey: Taber at Red Deer Elks, 7:30 p.m., Arena. ● Heritage junior B hockey: Okotoks at Ponoka, 8 p.m.; Banff at Three Hills, 8 p.m.; High River at Stettler, 8:15 p.m.

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

Basketball National Basketball Association EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division W L Pct GB Boston 10 14 .417 — Toronto 7 13 .350 1 Brooklyn 7 14 .333 1 1/2 Philadelphia 7 16 .304 2 1/2 New York 6 15 .286 2 1/2 Southeast Division W L Pct GB Miami 16 6 .727 — Atlanta 11 11 .500 5 Charlotte 10 12 .455 6 Washington 9 11 .450 6 Orlando 7 15 .318 9 Central Division W L Pct GB Indiana 19 3 .864 — Detroit 10 13 .435 9 1/2 Chicago 8 12 .400 10 Cleveland 8 13 .381 10 1/2 Milwaukee 5 17 .227 14 WESTERN CONFERENCE Southwest Division W L Pct GB San Antonio 17 4 .810 — Houston 15 7 .682 2 1/2 Dallas 13 9 .591 4 1/2 New Orleans 10 10 .500 6 1/2 Memphis 10 11 .476 7 Northwest Division W L Pct GB Portland 18 4 .818 — Oklahoma City 17 4 .810 1/2 Denver 13 8 .619 4 1/2 Minnesota 11 11 .500 7 Utah 4 19 .174 14 1/2 Pacific Division W L Pct GB L.A. Clippers 15 8 .652 — Phoenix 12 9 .571 2

Golden State L.A. Lakers Sacramento

12 10 6

10 11 13

.545 .476 .316

2 1/2 4 7

Tuesday’s Games Indiana 90, Miami 84 Cleveland 109, New York 94 San Antonio 116, Toronto 103 Brooklyn 104, Boston 96 Oklahoma City 101, Atlanta 92 Minnesota 121, Detroit 94 Milwaukee 78, Chicago 74 Phoenix 114, L.A. Lakers 108 Wednesday’s Games Orlando 92, Charlotte 83 L.A. Clippers 96, Boston 88 Minnesota 106, Philadelphia 99 San Antonio 109, Milwaukee 77 Oklahoma City 116, Memphis 100 New Orleans 111, Detroit 106, OT New York 83, Chicago 78 Utah at Sacramento, late Dallas at Golden State, late Thursday’s Games L.A. Clippers at Brooklyn, 6 p.m. Houston at Portland, 8:30 p.m. Friday’s Games Cleveland at Orlando, 5 p.m. Charlotte at Indiana, 5 p.m. Philadelphia at Toronto, 5 p.m. New York at Boston, 5:30 p.m. Washington at Atlanta, 5:30 p.m. Brooklyn at Detroit, 5:30 p.m. L.A. Lakers at Oklahoma City, 6 p.m. Memphis at New Orleans, 6 p.m. Chicago at Milwaukee, 6:30 p.m. Minnesota at San Antonio, 6:30 p.m. Sacramento at Phoenix, 7 p.m. Utah at Denver, 7 p.m. Houston at Golden State, 8:30 p.m.

Football National Football League AMERICAN CONFERENCE East W L T Pct PF New England 10 3 0 .769 349 Miami 7 6 0 .538 286 N.Y. Jets 6 7 0 .462 226 Buffalo 4 9 0 .308 273 South W L T Pct PF y-Indianapolis 8 5 0 .615 313 Tennessee 5 8 0 .385 292 Jacksonville 4 9 0 .308 201 Houston 2 11 0 .154 250 North W L T Pct PF Cincinnati 9 4 0 .692 334 Baltimore 7 6 0 .538 278 Pittsburgh 5 8 0 .385 291 Cleveland 4 9 0 .308 257 West W L T Pct PF x-Denver 11 2 0 .846 515 Kansas City 10 3 0 .769 343 San Diego 6 7 0 .462 316 Oakland 4 9 0 .308 264 NATIONAL CONFERENCE East W L T Pct Philadelphia 8 5 0 .615 Dallas 7 6 0 .538 N.Y. Giants 5 8 0 .385 Washington 3 10 0 .231 South W L T Pct New Orleans 10 3 0 .769 Carolina 9 4 0 .692 Tampa Bay 4 9 0 .308 Atlanta 3 10 0 .231 North W L T Pct Detroit 7 6 0 .538 Chicago 7 6 0 .538 Green Bay 6 6 1 .500 Minnesota 3 9 1 .269 West W L T Pct x-Seattle 11 2 0 .846 San Francisco 9 4 0 .692 Arizona 8 5 0 .615

St. Louis 5 8 0 .385 289 x-clinched playoff spot y-clinched division PA 287 276 337 334 PA 316 318 372 350 PA 244 261 312 324 PA 345 224 291 337

PF 334 357 251 279

PA 301 348 334 407

PF 343 298 244 282

PA 243 188 291 362

PF 346 368 316 315

PA 321 360 326 395

PF 357 316 305

PA 205 214 257


Thursday, Dec. 12 San Diego at Denver, 6:25 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15 Philadelphia at Minnesota, 11 a.m. Washington at Atlanta, 11 a.m. San Francisco at Tampa Bay, 11 a.m. Seattle at N.Y. Giants, 11 a.m. Chicago at Cleveland, 11 a.m. Houston at Indianapolis, 11 a.m. Buffalo at Jacksonville, 11 a.m. New England at Miami, 11 a.m. Kansas City at Oakland, 2:05 p.m. N.Y. Jets at Carolina, 2:05 p.m. Arizona at Tennessee, 2:25 p.m. New Orleans at St. Louis, 2:25 p.m. Green Bay at Dallas, 2:25 p.m. Cincinnati at Pittsburgh, 6:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 16 Baltimore at Detroit, 6:40 p.m. NFL Odds (Odds supplied by; favourites in capital letters) Spread O/U Thursday San Diego at DENVER 10 55.5 Sunday NEW ENGLAND at Miami 2 45.5 BUFFALO at Jacksonville 2 43 Houston at INDIANAPOLIS 5.5 45.5 PHILADELPHIA at Minnesota 4.5 51 SEATTLE at NY Giants 7 41 SAN FRANCISCO at Tampa Bay 5 41 Chicago at CLEVELAND 1 46 Washington at ATLANTA 6 51 NY Jets at CAROLINA 11 40.5 KANSAS CITY at Oakland 4.5 41.5 ARIZONA at Tennessee 2.5 41.5 NEW ORLEANS at St. Louis 6 47 CINCINNATI at Pittsburgh 3 40.5 Green Bay at Dallas OFF OFF Monday Baltimore at DETROIT 6 48

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New Raptors finding their way TV,” Salmons said. “We had an off day so I wasn’t doing too much, started getting these texts. “(I was) shocked, just because it was out of the blue, I didn’t hear any rumours or anything like that, just all of a sudden I was traded, so I was just shocked. It’s a process, your life is just flipped upside down from moment to moment.” Hayes, a 6-6 forward, said he was “hit blindside by the news” with Christmas right around the corner. “If it was February, you know the buzz, and that’s when trade talk starts kicking up, and you wouldn’t be so surprised,” Hayes said. “But it happening right before Christmas, it’s kind of like ’Ah! What do you do now?’ But you live and learn, you have to pick up and move on the fly. “I called all my loved ones and said ’Do you guys have your passports?’ And jackets. My son didn’t have (a passport) so I was busy working on him, getting his paperwork together, birth certificate. Daddy stuff.” Patterson, a 6-9 forward who made a good impression in his draft workout with the Raptors in 2010 (the Raptors eventually drafted Ed Davis instead), didn’t tell his mom until the movie was over that he was headed to Toronto. “It was a good movie, I couldn’t let

BY THE CANADIAN PRESS TORONTO — Chuck Hayes was parked on the couch watching some football, with plans for Christmas shopping later that day, when he got the news. Patrick Patterson was walking into “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” with his mom when his phone started ringing. It’s been a whirlwind couple of days for Toronto’s newest Raptors, who were acquired in a trade announced Monday that sent Rudy Gay to Sacramento. They say it’s unfortunate part of the business that virtually every player goes through, but it helps that they arrived in a group. “In the airport with them, on the plane, it’s like we ain’t left each other’s sight the last 24 hours,” Hayes said, laughing. “I’m not going nowhere without them if we’re in a city we don’t know.” Hayes, Patterson and John Salmons arrived in Toronto after the sevenplayer deal that sent Rudy Gay, along with Aaron Gray and Quincy Acy, to the Kings. The Raptors also acquired Greivis Vasquez, who wasn’t in Toronto on Wednesday afternoon as he worked through immigration red tape. “I was sitting on my couch watching

it ruin the movie,” Patterson said. “(My mom) saw my phone blowing up left and right, she kept looking, but I didn’t tell her. Even my father knew, he was the one calling me. But my mom was sitting there, I wanted her to enjoy the movie, have a good time. After the movie, when we got into the car, then I told her.” Salmons almost was a Raptor in 2006, but the swingman backed out a sign-and-trade deal, saying at the time “I didn’t really feel (Toronto) was where God was leading me.” He signed with Sacramento instead. “It was a difficult decision for me, I had a couple options on the table, I just felt like it was a thing that I relied on my faith and I felt it wasn’t the place for me at the time,” Salmons said Wednesday. “Hope the fans aren’t going to hold it against me. It was just something I had to do because of my faith.” The new players will make their Toronto debut Friday when the Raptors (7-13) host Atlantic Division rivals Philadelphia 76ers (7-15 prior to their game Wednesday versus Minnesota). They watched some film at the Air Canada Centre on Wednesday morning. “It is (tiring), I’m pretty beat right now,” Salmons said of the hectic couple of days. “We were up there watch-

ing film, and I was nodding off in the film.” They all met with coach Dwane Casey, who fielded plenty of questions from Hayes. “I just asked. . . how we play, the plays, defensive schemes, what’s this call, what’s the call if we do this or that?” Hayes said. The eight-year NBA veteran was thankful for the couple of days of practice before they played their first game as Raptors. “If I had to play today, man, I’d look so bad. They’d probably ship me back,” Hayes said. Casey said he’s pleased about the mix of the players he’s acquired, saying they all have basketball IQ, but added it will take some time for his revamped Raptors to develop chemistry on the floor. He says they all have the toughness that’s needed in the gritty Eastern Conference. “They’re the kind of guys that you have to have to physically go against the Brooklyns, the Bostons, the New Yorks, the Miamis, the Indianas,” he said And he hopes they’ll be a big boost to the Raptors’ second unit that has been one of the team’s weak points this season.

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THE CANADIAN PRESS CALGARY — Canada is riding a three-game winning streak against the U.S. in women’s hockey, but it hasn’t been all smooth sailing for the Canadian women this winter. Marie-Philip Poulin, who scored twice in Canada’s win over the U.S. in the 2010 Olympic final, remains sidelined for today’s game in Calgary against the Americans because of a high ankle sprain. The talented, speedy forward from Beauceville, Que., is expected to be an impact player for the Canadian women again as they prepare to defend the gold in Sochi, Russia, in February. However, the 22-year-

Tyler Wall and Tanner Zentner scored in a losing cause as the visiting Red Deer Aero Equipment Chiefs fell 7-2 to the Calgary Gold in an Alberta Minor Midget AAA Hockey League game Tuesday. Graydon Larson made 36 saves for the Chiefs, who were outshot 43-26.

Vizcarra leads Woody’s RV past Triple Threat Jose Vizcarra scored 19 points and Michael Gajudo added 16 as Woody’s RV downed Triple Threat 84-64 in a Central Alberta Men’s Basketball Association game Tuesday. Brandon Wetmore netted 16 points for Triple Threat, while Axl Bendesel had 13.


old has appeared in just a handful of Canada’s 32 games since September and none against the United States. “It’s been a tough one for sure,” Poulin said Wednesday at the Markin MacPhail Centre. “It’s been almost three months now I’ve been out. It’s tough, but I guess it’s part of the game and it helps me build my mental toughness. It’s always hard to miss a game, especially when you play the U.S.” An opposing player landed on the outside of her left ankle during a tournament against midget triple-A men’s teams in September. Poulin reinjured the ankle in her third game back in November. Poulin has set Dec. 28, when Canada plays the

U.S. in St. Paul, Minn., as the next target date of her return. “As a player, you want to play as soon as possible, but as an organization we have to make sure she’s 100 per cent ready before she steps on the ice,” assistant coach Danielle Goyette said. The exhibition game in Calgary is the third of six between Canada and the U.S. this winter as both countries train full-time for the Winter Games. They’ll square off again Dec. 20 in Grand Forks, N.D., followed by the game in Minnesota and then Dec. 30 in Toronto. The archrivals have met in the final of every world championship with the U.S. winning four of the last five. Canada owns the last three Olympic gold medals, however.

CURLING BY THE CANADIAN PRESS ORLEANS, Ont. — The Tim Hortons Brier will be held at Calgary’s Scotiabank Saddledome in 2015, the finale of a new Triple Crown series unveiled Wednesday by the Canadian Curling Association. The Triple Crown will start with the 2014 Canada Cup, set for Dec. 3-7 at the Encana Arena in Camrose, Alta. It will be followed by the WFG Continental Cup from Jan. 8-11 at the Markin MacPhail Centre International Arena in Calgary and the series will be capped by the 2015 Brier from Feb. 28-March 8. It will be the fourth time the national men’s curling championship will be contested at the Saddledome and the seventh time it will be staged in Calgary. “We couldn’t be happier to bring these three major curling events to Alberta,” CCA chief executive officer Greg Stremlaw said in a release. “Curling fans all over the province have proven time and time again that they support and love our sport, and they will be treated to some amazing curling during the Triple Crown.” The Saddledome has hosted the Brier in 1997, 2002 and 2009. Calgary also played host in 1948, 1961 and 1980.










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FRONT ICE SCULPTURES AT NURSERY Area residents can watch an ice sculptor and his helper elf create a super hero out of ice at Parkland Nurseries and Garden Centre today. Twenty local businesses will have their logos carved in ice and lit up as part of a frozen Christmas card. The best views of Sculptor Lee Ross of Frozen Memories work will take shape at noon or later. Parkland Nurseries and Garden Centre is located three km east of 30th Avenue in Red Deer on Hwy 11.


CHEF GALA Red Deer Hospice Society has only 100 tickets left for its fundraising Celebrity Chef Gala on Jan. 17 at the Sheraton Hotel. Tickets are $200 each with a $100 charitable donation tax receipt provided. Celebrity chefs Massimo Capri and Michael Bonacini have planned the gala menu and will demonstrate the menu prep on stage. Dinner includes four cocktail/hors d’ouevres and a four-course meal. Tickets include a gourmet meal and dancing to the music of the country band Jo Hikk. The celebrity chefs have also donated a live auction item: a round trip flight to Toronto with accommodations and dinner for four at the chefs’ restaurants. Dinner will be provided at Capri’s restaurant on one night and at Bonacini’s restaurant the next night. For tickets or more information, call 403309-4344 or go to www.

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A City of Red Deer crew worked Tuesday to install a new traffic light in the southeast of Red Deer. The new signal will control the intersection of 22 Street at Austin and Inglewood Drives.


School divisions facing big challenges BY MYLES FISH ADVOCATE STAFF

GALA RAISIES $61K The Central Alberta Pregnancy Care Centre raised $61,539 during its 25th anniversary gala on Nov. 2. The gala, which saw over 350 attend, featured three monologues written by local playwright Andrew Kooman, all based on the work being done at the centre. The gala hosted a silent auction to raise money as well. All proceeds went towards the centre, which provides a variety of services to pregnant women in the region.

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Chinook’s Edge School Division has the biggest budget to operate with among Central Alberta school divisions, but it also has a lot of ground to cover and the largest enrolment in the region. Thankfully, in a time of education funding cutbacks, it also has a reserve fund it can dip into. The division is on track to pluck about $1.5 million from those reserves to cover its 2013-14 budget year, a year in which it must make do with about $3 million less than the year before. Operating expenses exceeded revenues by about $2 million in 2012-13, and the budget projections for the current year portend a similar gap. But division treasurer Susan Roy said even if those conservative projections materialize, the division is in good shape with over $5 million in reserves. “We’re right where we want to be. We don’t want to have too much money in reserve, but we also don’t want to have to borrow to meet cash flow,” she said. “When the (provincial) budget was announced it was challenging but perhaps not as challenging as some other divisions faced. “We were looking for places to cut to add services in other areas, so we weren’t able to add much in the way of services, but we already knew where we could find efficiencies to make those cuts. That made the process a bit easier.” What was not easy, however, were the significant cuts to staffing in 201314. Though they have not all been real-

ized, 15.6 FTE (full-time equivalent) positions were planned to be eliminated, and 24 support staff positions were planned to be cut. Roy said many of those positions ended up being filled, though. The division spends about 78 per cent of its budget on instruction, the highest of the rural Central Alberta boards. While Red Deer Public School District spends about 82 per cent on instruction and Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools about 80 per cent, the other, more rural divisions spend between 70 and 77 per cent on instruction and more than the more urban boards on transportation.

Cleaning up after Mother Nature doesn’t come cheap. While the recent dumps of snow in a short period of time have been causing headaches for Central Albertans trying to get around, it’s also becoming a drain on some community budgets in the region. Sylvan Lake town council officially approved a $150,000 over-expenditure for 2013’s snow removal funds last week during a special meeting as crews struggled to stay on top of drifting snow piles. Sylvan Lake, like Red Deer and many other surrounding areas, saw 22 cm of snow fall on Dec. 2 during a blizzard and just over 62 cm for all of November, well above the monthly average of 16.9 cm. The year’s total snow removal budget was $360,000, said Joanne Gaudet, communications officer with Sylvan Lake. “We have committed to doing every road and alley in town. “That $150,000 did get us three extra private service bulldozers, an additional Cat bulldozer and we had eight additional trucks for hauling snow and two additional loaders for clearing alleys and driveways,” Gaudet said. Likewise in Rocky Mountain House, outside help has been hired to come in, stomping big holes in the town’s pockets. The 2013 budget allocated about $5,000 for hiredout snow removal work in additional to the town’s own supply of one grader, one snowblower and four dump trucks, said Kris Johnson, director of engineering and operations at the town. “That number has been blown out of the water this year. “We really hadn’t used any in January, February or March of 2013; it’s all recent.

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Fire and Ice finale will bid farewell to Centennial year BY RENÉE FRANCOEUR ADVOCATE STAFF

Wild Rose School Division plans to spend about 74 per cent of its budget on instruction for 2013-14. The division ran a lower-than-anticipated deficit in 2012-13, but superintendent Brian Celli said “it’s not a pretty picture” going forward. While the division has a good-sized reserve fund and is budgeting only a $900,000 shortfall for 2013-14, Celli said provincial adjustments to the education funding formula have him worried. He cited transition funding for inclusive education being guaranteed for only one year as something he fears will not be renewed, and mitigation funding the province provided to the division temporarily as Wild Rose cut its spending. “If we lose both of those we will be a further $1 million short of what we were this year before we even get out of the starting gate.

Red Deer will bid a fond farewell to its centennial year with a grand Fire and Ice finale on Friday at City Hall Park and along Ross Street. The park and the nearby block of Ross Street will be aglow with festive lights and a handful of bright bonfires to keep strollers warm as they take in the ice sculptures and celebrate the closing of Red Deer’s 100th birthday. The finale kicks off at 6 p.m. with free chili, hot chocolate and cake. Sugary, gooey taffy on a stick will also be available, thanks to members of the Red Deer chapter of the Association Canadienne-Française de l’Alberta. The five ice sculptures planned to adorn the park will now only be two: one a throne for the public to sit on and snap photos and the other of the centennial logo. “The company that was making them have had significant problems related to the early onset of extreme cold weather so they actually lost some equipment,” explained Sheila Bannerman, chair of the Red Deer Centennial Committee. There will also be roughly 1,000 paper lanterns handed out for a lantern parade at the end of the evening and glow-in-the-dark paint for the lanterns is available from 6 to 7 p.m. inside Gaetz United Church. Glow sticks will also be passed out by volunteers throughout the park to light up the night. Everything is free to the public to make it as inclusive as possible, said Bannerman. The Greatest Year Ever exhibit will also be open on Friday evening in the Snell auditorium at the downtown branch of the Red Deer Public Library. The exhibit is made up of displays from various community organizations that showcased memorable events in 2013. It will be officially revealed on Thursday at 2 p.m. A 45-minute photo slideshow will play twice on a large outdoor screen in front of City Hall throughout the evening, highlighting faces and happenings throughout the centennial celebrations over the past 12 months.

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The City of Red Deer has employed the services of farmers in the campaign to move snow in the city. The snow dumps at the Edgar Industrial area and the city landfill are growing by the day.


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lion bucks and that’s staffing.” The division is already down about 19 teachers from the year before, though the original plan was to cut 23 FTEs. Celli said the division had kept staffing levels artificially high for the last three years, drawing down reserves to pay salaries, knowing the cuts would have to come some day. “We had a three-year plan for staff reduction; when the budget came out that all got rolled into one year, hence the big number,” he said.

The division had a deficit just short of $750,000 for 2012-13 and faces a near $1 million shortfall this year. While the division could draw on its $2.5 million in operating reserves for a year or two more, Neale said reduced service levels in the near future are a real possibility due to the division’s financial situation. Among school divisions in the region, Clearview spends the lowest percentage of its budget on instruction at around 71 per cent. The expansive division has to spend a greater percentage than most on transportation; a handful of pupils ride the bus for over two-anda-half hours each day to get to their school. Wolf Creek School Division budget information is not yet available.

Ice fishers are urged to keep Sylvan Lake beautiful by registering their fishing huts. Registrations benefit both ice fishers and lake conservation, said Beverly Anderson of the Sylvan Lake Management Committee. They make it easier to investigate thefts and incidents of vandalism to the huts. And they also enable officials to contact hut owners if the structures are abandoned on the lake after March 31, the last day of ice fishing season. Abandoned huts will fall into the lake as ice melts — along with any debris left inside, such as gasoline, plastic and furniture. This careless disregard can cause lake contamination, which is harmful to fish, waterfowl and ultimately to swimmers and other lake users. The Take It Off program is managed by the committee with the help of the Town of Sylvan Lake, Lacombe and Red Deer counties, the five summer villages, RCMP, provincial government, and the fish and game association. Registrations are available at Sylvan Lake Town Hall, the Lacombe County office and Sylvan Lake RCMP station. Registrations are also available online at

“We’re estimating we’ve spent around six times that amount, next to around $30,000 on contracted work, largely thanks to these last two weeks,” Johnson said. The rest of Rocky’s snow removal budget consists of about $117,000 for crews’ salaries and $40,000 for salt and sand. Johnson said he doesn’t anticipate going over for the salt and sand allotment but the salaries chunk could spill over by a small Penhold Crossing Secondary School is the Budget pressures have seen staff amount due to the volume of overname of an eagerly awaited new Grade 7 to 12 numbers in Clearview School Divitime being clocked. school in Penhold. sion decline as well. Blackfalds has also plowed By not renewing temporary conthrough its $16,000 earmarked for Chinook’s Edge trustees formally adopted tracts, the division is employing 7.6 snow removal in 2013. the name this week, following expensive comfewer teachers for the school year “With just the most recent three munity input, including a naming contest. and while non-certified instrucstorms, we’ve spent close to $40,000 They felt the name was a popular choice tional staffing numbers are up, in contracted services as well as because it respects the historic importance many maintenance positions were $25,000 worth of our labour time and of the area as a railway crossing, celebrates The Red Deer College Chamber cut. that doesn’t include gas or vehicle community partnerships, and suggests a choir will also perform throughout Though the division saw a small maintenance,” said Preston Weran, “neighbourly culture” that awaits students Fire and Ice and a colourful pyrooverall growth in enrolment for Blackfalds’ director of infrastrucwhen the school opens next September. technics spectacle off City Hall roof the year, associate superintendent ture and property services. The school will join people from various around 8:30 p.m. will the end of the in charge of business and finance The funds in the town’s reserve communities and become a vibrant gathering event with a blast. Peter Neale said the primary area should be enough to cover the explace, said trustee Sherry Cooper. “I hope people walk away from cess but the total costs are still being of growth — Coronation — could The name is appropriate because it gives a this with a sense that Red Deer is absorb extra students without adtallied, Weran added. sense of inclusion, said Mark Crawford, who ditional staff, while fewer teachers absolutely the best place in the Things in Stettler were not as will be the new school’s principal when it were needed in Stettler, where stu- whole world,” Bannerman said. bad as in some areas when it came opens right next to the Penhold Multiplex. “The centennial year had its ups dent numbers have declined. to stockpiling snow, said Melissa Student Kenisha Steele anticipates having and downs but it turned out better Neale said government cuts to Robbins, Stettler’s director of operamore option classes because of laboratory than we ever could have imagined various grant programs have hamtional services. and wood working spaces in the new school. pered the division, particularly in its and the support was just amazing.” “We will likely be over by about She also looks forward to being able to operations and maintenance budget. 20 per cent on our machine rentate in her own community. als — which is budgeted at $17,000 a year — but our overall budget will not be significantly impacted compared to other areas. It’s pretty minor numbers. With the last storm, we cleared the town in seven days whereas typically it’s in a 15-day window.” Stettler’s snow removal budget is $111,500 (including not only staff wages and vehicle rentals but also equipment repairs and snow fences). As of Nov. 30, Stettler had reached 85 per cent of that budget and Robbins said she expects they are now teetering near the limit. Ponoka had already reached 50 per cent of its 2013 snow removal budget of $95,000 when the snow started again this fall, according to Betty Quinlan, the town’s director of corporate services. 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Live at the Cellar Door NEW RELEASE FROM NEIL YOUNG REKINDLES MEMORIES OF AN ICONIC MUSIC CLUB BY DAVE MCKENNA ADVOCATE NEWS SERVICES Devotees of the Everything Used to Be Better school will love Neil Young’s sorta-new record. On Tuesday the rock legend released the latest in his archival concert series, Live at the Cellar Door. The recordings are drawn from a six-show solo stand at the nightclub in Washington’s Georgetown neighbourhood in late November and early December of 1970. Alone onstage and switching between acoustic guitar and grand piano, the young Young’s folk-rock brilliance shines throughout a 45-minute set of faithful-to-the-original-recording renditions of many of his classics, including Tell Me Why, Only Love Can Break Your Heart, After the Gold Rush and Old Man. The then-25-year-old also played unplugged versions of Cinnamon Girl and Down by the River, as he makes the latter easily the most beautiful song about a psycho’s gun-murder of a girlfriend ever put to wax. The Cellar Door recordings find the audience so reverent and rapt that staffers at the club obviously had no problems enforcing its famous “No talking!” rule during his stay. Another highlight of this incredible period piece of a record is that it calls attention to the venue where it File photo by ADVOCATE news services was made. Plainly, there will never be another Cellar Door. This was a tiny Neil Young was 25 when he recorded a six-show solo stand at Washington’s Cellar Door. place (legal capacity under 200) where music was king, tickets for major acts for anyone in the world,” he told an of his musical heroes perform — B.B. 1969 Cellar Door run, handed Lofgren a King, Muddy Waters, John Fahey, Tim Martin guitar and liked what he heard averaged $3 and six-show stands such interviewer in 1975. In the Cellar Door’s case, size Hardin, Young — but he also made a enough to buy the kid “a cheeseburger as Young’s were considered brief mattered. After strolling over to the habit of sneaking up the staircase at and a Coke and a table for four shows,” stays. “There’s no happier feeling than Georgetown campus for a post-mid- the side of the club and inviting him- Lofgren says. Young invited Lofgren being in a room when everybody loves night interview with WGTB DJ John self into the unlocked and unguarded over to his Arlington, Va., hotel to talk the music,” says Cellar Door founder Zambetti, Young, who had played the dressing room before and after shows shop the next afternoon. A year later, Lofgren was part of Young’s stable of Jack Boyle, “and we sure had that with Baltimore Civic Center a few months to hit up the pros for career advice. earlier as part of Crosby, Stills, Nash Because the Cellar Door headlin- studio sidemen for the recording of the Neil Young.” Boyle got that happy feeling quite a & Young’s first tour, gave a rave review ers usually weren’t getting on a bus After the Gold Rush album. His dreams headed for another town at night’s end, of being able to make a living at music bit at his club. The Youngstown, Ohio, to the club. “Small clubs are groovy!” Young many artists simply let Lofgren hang were on their way to being realized. native, who first came to Washington to out. Once, he took in a poker game with The Cellar Door club itself was attend Georgetown University, found- told Zambetti. For folks used to today’s bigger Waters and his band. Another time, he closed in 1981. Boyle had left for Flored the Cellar Door in the early 1960s using what he describes as one night of music halls, the coziness of the Cellar brought an impaired Hardin home to ida in the mid-1970s, but not before his parents for a spaghetti dinner. “I using the tiny venue to launch one of poker winnings. (“About $1,100,” Boyle Door must be hard to grasp. “It was so intimate, I’m not even just thought he was drunk, but . . .” the nation’s largest concert promotion once said.) 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Planners consult on dairy expansion SAPUTO SEEKS UPGRADING BY ADVOCATE STAFF Red Deer’s municipal planning commission has decided to consult with nearby property owners before allowing a downtown dairy processing plant to expand. Saputo Dairy Products Canada GP has applied to the city for approval to upgrade its 5410 Gaetz Ave. premises. The project would include the con-

struction of a new 32-metre-high building and an addition to an existing truck bay. At its Nov. 27 meeting, the commission discussed whether it was appropriate to approve Saputo’s application without notifying residents of the nearby Elements at Rivers Edge condominium complex. City administration said there was no notification because the area is not zoned residential, but the commission still voted to table the matter so that additional information about the process could be obtained. On Wednesday, administration came back four options: to not notify nearby property owners, to advise them of the

commission’s decision after the fact, to notify them in advance of a decision, or to hold a public open house prior to a decision being made. It recommended the third course of action — advance notification of property owners within 100 metres of the Saputo plant. The commission accepted this course of action, tabling Saputo’s application for up to five weeks so that nearby property owners could be notified of the project. Administration will also revise its report to the commission so that it includes additional information about such matters as landscaping, noise attenuation and parking.

Jeff Laurien, a citizen representative on the commission, also asked administration to provide its rationale for not notifying residential property owners of development applications related to nearby non-residential lands. He said this practice is contrary to that of three other jurisdictions that he’s familiar with. The Saputo site has been used for industrial purposes for more than a century. Red Deer Mill and Elevator Company developed it in 1905, and Central Alberta Dairy Pool building a plant there in 1936.

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Re/Max forecasts exceptionally healthy residential real estate market in 2014 BY THE CANADIAN PRESS Canada can expect an “exceptionally healthy” housing market in 2014 thanks to improvements in the overall economy that helped produce a surge in the latter half of this year, a leading real estate group said Wednesday. Re/Max says that nationally, home sales are expected to climb two per cent to 475,000 units next year after a three per cent increase to well over 453,000 projected for 2013 when all the numbers are in. At the same time, the value of an average Canadian home is forecast to escalate three per cent to $390,000 in 2014 after rising four per cent to $380,000 in 2013, according to a survey of the group’s independent brokers and affiliates. Meanwhile, the outlook is for the residential housing market to remain in “clear balanced territory” throughout 2014, although some pockets and price points may see continued shortages. Re/Max says its optimism is largely based on an improved outlook for Canada next year which is expected to see the country enjoy economic growth second only

to the 2.8 per cent rate of the United States among Group of Seven countries. And it says that while Canada’s economic growth is currently forecast at 2.3 per cent , it could move higher given the impact of strengthening global economies on the Canadian manufacturing sector. “Canadian housing markets are on solid ground after a somewhat harrowing first and second quarter of 2013,” said Gurinder Sandhu, executive vice-president and regional director, RE/MAX Ontario-Atlantic Canada. Better than expected economic performance, relatively stable inventory levels and the threat of higher interest rates down the road “proved mid-year game changers, providing the stimulus necessary to jump-start home buying activity,” Sandhu said. As a result, the momentum that emerged in the latter half of the year is expected to spill over into 2014, setting the stage for continued growth and expansion in most residential markets, Re/Max said. Overall, 23 of 25 markets surveyed, or 92 per cent, are set to experience average price increases by year-end 2013, with HamiltonBurlington the leader at 7.5 per

cent, followed by Barrie, Ont. and District at seven per cent, Calgary and St. John’s, NL, at six per cent, and Greater Vancouver, Winnipeg and the Greater Toronto Area at five per cent. The forecast for 2014 shows the upward trend continuing, with values expected to again climb in 92 per cent of markets surveyed, led by Greater Toronto at six per cent. Quebec and Atlantic Canada have been the exceptions to the rosy performance in 2013, with sales expected to fall below 2012 levels. But even there things should improve next year, Re/Max said. “Both regions should rebound in the new year, led by HalifaxDartmouth (five per cent), Moncton (three per cent), Greater Montreal (two per cent) and Quebec City (two per cent).” Although there are several factors that are expected to contribute to rising housing prices on a national basis, one of the most pressing is build out, Re/Max said. “Nowhere is that more obvious than in Vancouver, where the mountains and the ocean have prevented further growth, and the Greater Toronto Area, where the greenbelt has stymied future development.”

The province is taking another look at high-speed rail. The government’s Standing Committee on Alberta’s Economic Future discussed the issue last week. It now plans to study the matter and report to the legislative assembly by the end of May, said committee chair Moe Amery. “We want to meet with a panel of experts in the next month or so, and then we’ll go from there.” Those experts would provide information on everything from acquiring land to constructing the line to financing the project, said Amery. Public hearings are also a possibility, he added, with Red Deer a likely site for such a gathering. The province commissioned a high-speed rail market demand study in 2006, the results of which were released in 2009. These indicated that many Hwy 2 travellers would use high-speed rail if the option existed. The subsequent economic downturn dampened interest in the proposal, noted Amery. But he thinks it’s time to revisit the issue. “As a matter of fact, this appeared at our PC annual convention,” he said, referring to his party’s gathering in Red Deer last month. “Many people brought it up.” Red Deer Mayor Tara Veer is pleased to hear that high-speed rail is back on the table. “I think it’s extremely positive for Red Deer and Alberta — particularly if there’s a stop in Red Deer. “I think the economic potential would be unbelievable, and it would probably shift how our province lives and works.” Amery, who is the MLA for Calgary-East, regularly drives between his home city and Edmonton. He said people often ask him about the potential for highspeed rail along the Hwy 2 corridor. “The driving force behind bringing it right now is it’s on everybody’s mind.” That’s because Alberta has resumed its rapid growth, with a corresponding strain on Hwy 2. Amery noted that the number of people travelling between Calgary and Edmonton in 2006 was calculated at 50 million — a figure that was expected to triple by 2051. If the decision is made to build a high-speed rail line, it would probably take 10 to 15 years to complete the work, said Amery. “There are tons of things that need to be done,” he said, listing right-of-way acquisitions and land purchases among these. Veer said it’s important such property requirements be dealt with as soon as possible, so that affected municipalities can plan accordingly. The cost of developing a high-speed rail line is an impediment, acknowledged Amery. He said his committee will consider a range of options in this regard.

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Advocates see support for CPP expansion growing BY THE CANADIAN PRESS OTTAWA — Advocates for enhancing the Canada Pension Plan say they are approaching the consensus required to press ahead with reform that would see both premiums and benefits rise in the future. Expansion of the pension plan will be the No. 1 item under consideration at the annual end-of-year meetings of federal and provincial finance ministers, which take place Sunday and Monday in Ottawa, and some see momentum building for an agreement in principle. Pressure has been growing since Prince Edward Island’s Wes Sheridan released his modest proposal in early October to nearly double contributions over three years, resulting in a near-

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doubling of maximum annual benefits to $23,400 from the current $12,150. While no plan is likely to win approval Monday, Sheridan believes that ministers will be able to agree on a statement in principle that the pension plan must be enhanced, with the details to be hammered out later, possibly as soon as next summer. “All of us want to do what’s right for Canadians, we just have to find a middle ground to make sure there’s a compromise where we can bring forward an enhancement that is modest and fully funded, and I think we will do that on Monday,” Sheridan said in an interview. “What we need to come out Monday is that we all say, ‘Yes, CPP enhancement must be part of the overall retirement system in Canada.”

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Sheridan admits that he does not have as yet all the necessary provincial support — seven out of 10 provinces representing at least two-thirds of the population — with hold-outs including Alberta, British Columbia and New Brunswick. Finance Minister Jim Flaherty has also been cagey about his position. Flaherty has said enhancement is not a bad idea, adding that the economy has to be able to afford it “at the appropriate time.” Kevin Sorenson, the minister of state for finance, has been much more unequivocal: raising premiums would “take more money out of the pockets of employees and force employers to cut jobs, hours and wages,” he wrote in a recent newspaper column. The federal ministers have often cited the Canadian Federation of Inde-

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pendent Business for their claims that enhancement would kill jobs, although advocates say the alarms are unjustified. They point out there was little evidence of Canadians losing jobs the last time pension premiums were raised in the 1990s. Aside from P.E.I., the most vocal advocate for pension reform is Ontario. Finance Minister Charles Sousa has introduced a motion in the provincial legislature that warns the province would seek to go it alone if Ottawa does not lead the way. The motion, which says “Ontario should pursue its own solution to enhancing retirement security should the federal government not respond in a timely fashion,” resembles one debated Monday in the House of Commons.

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Encana to cut spending, grow oil and natural gas liquids production

Witness chronicled day of his boss’s 2008 arrest with 2 words: Madoff Implodes BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

BY THE CANADIAN PRESS CALGARY — Encana Corp.’s capital spending is expected to come in 10 per cent lower next year, while production of valuable oil and natural gas liquids is targeted to rise by 30 per cent, the company announced Wednesday. Meanwhile, Husky energy Inc. (TSX:HSE) said it expects a jump in production next year as major projects come on stream amid a modest decrease in capital spending. Calgary-based Encana (TSX:ECA) said three quarters of its planned $2.4 billion to $2.5 billion capital budget next year will be concentrated on five liquids-rich areas: the Montney and Duvernay in Western Canada; the DJ Basin in Colorado; the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale in the southeastern United States and the San Juan Basin in New Mexico. Encana (TSX:ECA) has said its goal is to derive three-quarters of its cash flow from oil and natural gas liquids in 2017 by focusing on areas that can offer higher returns. Encana does not expect its total forecasted production levels to change from last year, despite the spending cut. A 30 per cent boost in oil and natural gas liquids will be offset by a decline in less profitable dry natural gas, it said. “We’ve heard many comments from investors that 2014 is a transition year and that the excitement doesn’t show up beyond this year. I would actually disagree with that comment,” said CEO Doug Suttles, who took the reins at Encana in June. Encana isn’t anticipating a big change in commodity prices next year, forecasting natural gas prices to hit US$3.75 per 1,000 cubic feet and US$95 for West Texas Intermediate crude. At Husky, production is anticipated to come in at between 330,000 and 355,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day in 2014, compared with an expected average rate of 312,000 barrels this year. It says its massive Liwan offshore natural gas project in the South China Sea is in the final stages of commissioning and is expected to start production in early 2014. The first 60,000-barrel-per-day phase of Husky’s Sunrise oilsands project is slated to start up in late 2014.

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NEW YORK — Bernard Madoff’s former right-hand man summed up his boss’ arrest exactly five years ago with two words: “Madoff Implodes.” The words in Frank DiPascali’s diary entry for Dec. 11, 2008, were shown to jurors Wednesday on the fifth anniversary of Madoff’s fall. The jurors are hearing evidence in the trial of five of Madoff’s former employees, who say the New York financier duped them all. Weeks of testimony in the only criminal trial to result from the collapse of Madoff’s once highflying business culminated in the government’s star witness describing the final days of an epic fraud that cost thousands of investors nearly $20 billion. On Tuesday, DiPascali told jurors that Madoff was crying when he revealed he was out of money more than a week before federal authorities and the rest of the world learned the truth. On Wednesday, DiPascali said Madoff followed up his Dec. 3, 2011, meeting with him by asking him to collect boxes of documents to shred. DiPascali said he put together more than two dozen boxes of documents as Madoff “very meticulously” went over a client list to identify employees and family members to whom he planned to disburse the nearly $300 million that remained. DiPascali said he realized Madoff had digressed from his careful plan to notify immediate family only after consulting his attorney and destroying documents when his wife, Ruth, appeared stunned

as she passed out gifts at the offices on the day of the company’s Christmas party, Dec. 10. “She looked catatonic,” he said. “She looked horrible, like she was crying all day. Immediately, I thought he told her.” DiPascali said he skipped the party and was home the next morning when his cellphone rang. Madoff was on the line. “Frank, the FBI is in the office with my brother,” he recalled Madoff telling him. DiPascali said he asked why Madoff was calling him and promptly “threw the phone across the room.” DiPascali said he expected to be arrested and began destroying more evidence, including smashing computer flash drives on the floor of his Bridgewater, N.J., home. He said he also tossed a gun he owned in a nearby waterway. When he went to the office later in the day, DiPascali said, “I was shaking.” He said “all sorts of regulators and federal authorities” were there, along with Madoff’s brother, and he testified that he lied to them. Later in the day, the announcement of Madoff’s arrest came across one of the television monitors, and DiPascali said he heard somebody at Madoff’s firm “scream out” when news of his arrest first broke on a financial television program on one of the company’s monitors. After meeting with his lawyer over the following weekend, DiPascali said, he decided to co-operate and tell the truth. He pleaded guilty to criminal charges in August 2009 that carry the poten-

tial for as many as 125 years in prison. He said he must wear an electronic ankle bracelet and cannot leave his residence without an FBI agent along. He said he surrendered his assets, including his home and car. His testimony may have helped some defendants, since he conceded on cross-examination that he went to great lengths to shield employees from knowing about the fraud. He said he made up a story just days before the fraud was revealed to get information he needed from one defendant — Madoff’s former longtime secretary Annette Bongiorno — because he feared she would “jump out the window when she found out Bernie was out of money.” And his credibility was questioned as he admitted that he perjured himself repeatedly in 2006 testimony to the Securities and Exchange Commission and told countless lies to investors, fellow employees and government regulators since 1975, when he joined the firm. But his effort to get leniency at sentencing may have gained ground with his testimony that he revealed the fraud to defendant JoAnn Crupi, one of Madoff’s account managers, on Dec. 4, 2008, during a walk down a midtown Manhattan street. After Madoff’s arrest, he said, he hugged her and they exchanged Christmas greetings when they encountered each other outside a lawyer’s office. He said she emerged from a conference and told him: “I’m going to stick to my story.”



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Consumer Canadian Tire . . . . . . . . . 94.83 Gamehost . . . . . . . . . . . . 14.58 Leon’s Furniture . . . . . . . 13.41 Loblaw Ltd. . . . . . . . . . . . 41.83 Maple Leaf Foods. . . . . . 16.30 MARKETS CLOSE TORONTO — The Toronto stock market tumbled almost 200 points Wednesday as investors remained focused on whether the U.S. Federal Reserve might start to claw back its stimulus measures as early as next week. The S&P/TSX composite index dropped 190.59 points to 13,133.42 amid developments that also included lower oil prices and disappointing earnings from Canada’s oldest company. Hudson’s Bay Co. (TSX:HBC) reported a larger net loss in its latest quarter, mostly due to costs related to the acquisition of U.S. retailer Saks Inc. last month. The retailer reported a net loss of $124.2 million, or $1.04 per share, compared with $14.4 million, or 14 cents per share, a year earlier. Overall retail sales rose by 5.8 per cent. Ex-items, earnings were seven cents a share, which missed estimates by three cents and its shares fell $1.19 or 5.95 per cent to $18.80. The Canadian dollar gained 0.09 of a cent to 94.4 cents US. New York also sold off amid growing expectations in the markets that the Fed will decide to start reducing its $85 billion a month of financial asset purchases following a run of solid economic data. Analysts say investors appear to be holding back from big trading decisions ahead of the next central bank meeting a week from now. The Dow Jones industrials fell 129.6 points to 15,843.53, the Nasdaq gave back 56.68 points to 4,003.81 and the S&P 500 index declined 20.4 points to 1,782.22. An apparent budget deal in the U.S. Congress failed to make much of an impact even though it would mean another partial shutdown of the U.S. government would be avoided. Most interest rests on the U.S. debt ceiling, which has to be raised early next year to avoid a debt default. Losses were spread across all TSX sectors with the battered gold component leading decliners with slide of about 3.7 per cent as February bullion dipped $3.90 to US$1,257.20 an ounce. The component has skidded 50 per cent this year while gold has fallen 25 per cent on the Fed tapering speculation. Barrick Gold (TSX:ABX) faded 62 cents to C$17.29 while Goldcorp (TSX:G) shed 66 cents to $22.42. The industrials group was down

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BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS MEXICO CITY — Mexico’s Senate on Wednesday approved the most dramatic oil reform in decades, moving the country closer to opening its beleaguered, state-run sector to private companies and investment. The Senate voted overwhelmingly in favour of allowing the government to grant contracts and licenses for exploration and extraction of oil and gas to multinational firms, something currently prohibited under Mexico’s constitution. Contracts could be made directly with the state rather than issued by the state-run oil company, Petroleos Mexicanos, ending its monopoly on Mexican oil. The reform allows contracts for profit- and production-sharing, as well as licenses, in which companies pay royalties and taxes to the Mexican government for the right to explore and drill. The reform gives private companies the ability to post expected benefits in their financial statements, as long as they specify in their contracts that all oil and gas they find in the ground belongs to Mexico, according to articles expanding on the reform. The constitution would continue to


RAIL: Exploring all options “We’re going to explore private financing — private businesses, the private sector, the P3, anything. Everything is on the table.” Amery didn’t want to speculate on what his committee might recommend, but said a Calgary-Red Deer-Edmonton line would seem the logical choice. He

prohibit oil concessions, considered the most liberal kind of access by private oil companies. The bill still must be approved by the lower house of Congress and 17 of Mexico’s 31 states and Federal District. It’s the crowning piece of President Enrique Pena Nieto’s first year of reforms, which have also targeted education, the tax system and telecommunications. But energy reform is considered most crucial to the overall economy and the remaining five years of Pena Nieto’s presidency. Opponents said the proposal outlines a system that has been proven a “total failure,” while analysts consider it an unprecedented move in opening the door to the private investment Mexico needs to save its oil sector. Mexican oil production has been declining despite increased investment, and Pemex has not had the wherewithal to date to exploit the country’s vast deep-water or shale oil and gas reserves. The measures in the Senate proposal have been prohibited in the decades since 1938, when then-President Lazaro Cardenas nationalized the oil industry, a step written into the constitution to protect the country from possible profiteering by foreign companies. thinks Red Deer would be a natural stopping point on such a line. Veer said past Red Deer councils have advocated for high-speed rail with a Red Deer connection. She thinks the current council will do the same. The 2006 high-speed rail market demand study, conducted by TEMS Inc. Consulting, looked at four train options. These ranged in speed from 200 km/h to 500 km/h. Cost estimates for the system ran from $3 billion to $20 billion.

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ENGMAN Erica Hope 1990 - 2013 It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of Erica Hope Engman of Spruce View at the age of 23 on December 8th, 2013. Erica is survived by her loving parents, Les and Gwen Engman; brothers Levi (Jessica) and Dalton; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. She will be sadly missed by many friends and co-workers. She was predeceased by her grandparents, George and Val Engman of Spruce View and Gordon and Phyllis Erickson of Eckville. Erica was born March 1st, 1990 in Red Deer and completed her education in Spruce View. She had a great love of her family and the land where she was raised. She recently received her degree in nursing from Red Deer College and was working at the Red Deer Regional Hospital where she was well liked and respected. A memorial Service will be held for Erica at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, December 14th, 2013 at the Bethany Lutheran Church in Dickson. Lunch to follow at the Spruce View Community Hall. Condolences can be sent or viewed at As an expression of sympathy, donations may be made in Erica’s name to the Red Deer Regional Hospital Unit 23. ROCKY AND SYLVAN LAKE FUNERAL HOMES have been entrusted with funeral arrangements. “If love could have saved Erica, she would have lived forever.”

TOBIN Marguerite Kathleen (nee Ryall) 1925 - 2013 Mom passed away peacefully on Sunday, December 8, 2013 with her family by her side. She was born on January 13, 1925 in Edmonton, AB, to Charlotte and William Ryall. She leaves behind her children; Sandy (Garry) Jacobs, James (Sue-Ella) Hardy, Donna Hardy, and Shelley (Dan) Hollington, nine grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. A Service of Remembrance will be held at Eventide Funeral Chapel, 4820-45 Street, Red Deer, on Friday, December 13, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. Burial will follow at the Alto Reste Cemetery. We would like to thank the staff at Michener Extendicare and the staff in the ER at the Red Deer Regional Hospital for their care. Condolences may be forwarded to the family by visiting Arrangements entrusted to EVENTIDE FUNERAL CHAPEL 4820 - 45 Street, Red Deer. Phone (403) 347-2222


TROTCHIE - ANDERSON Crystal Denina May 16, 1980 - Nov. 22, 2013 Crystal leaves behind her two daughters, Denina and Lillie, her Mom and Dad, sister, Chelsey, nephew, Shyne, and lots of close friends and extended family. Please come and say farewell on Friday, December 13, 2013 @ 10 a.m. at New Life Fellowship 20 Kelloway Cres. Red Deer. A Trust fund for her daughters’ futures has been opened at any Royal Bank of Canada.

Vallee Lillian Nov. 17, 1929 - Dec. 7, 2013 On December 7, 2013, Lillian Vallee left this world. She is survived by her son Ronald (Pauline) Vallee, grandson Preston(Nanci), granddaughter Paulette (Andrew) and great grandson Silas; her daughter Mariette (Kenneth) Kelley, grandson James, grandson Michael (Tracy), great grandson Ethan, grandson Shane; her daughter Rita (John) Kaplan, grandson Christopher, grandson J e ff r e y ; s t e p s o n H e c t o r (Irene) Vallee and family of Burnaby, B.C.; step daughter -in-law Doris Vallee and family of Red Deer; also numerous other step grandchildren and great grandchildren. She is also survived by 9 brothers and sisters: Henry (Adeline) Gascon and family of Drayton Valley, Roland (Jean) Gascon and family of Elk Point, Charlie (Sharon) Gascon and family o f D r a y t o n Va l l e y, A l i n e Ankerstein and family of Calmar, Laurette (Jerome) Labonte and family of Sherwood Park. Richard Gascon (friend Doris) of Lacombe, Beth (Fred) Bauman and family of Calgary, Claudette (Stan) Kurylo and family of Drayton Valley, Helen Gascon (friend Madeline) of Beaumont. She was predeceased by her husband Ernest in 1968, 3 infant sons, parents Antonio and Irene Gascon, brothers Omer, Lucien, Alfred, Rudy; sisters Therese and Margaret and several other stepsons and daughter. We would like to thank all the staff at Bethany in Sylvan Lake for taking care of Mom in her great days and also in the not so good ones. She was a woman with a heart of gold that would give you the shirt off her back if she could. She taught people that not all words are “Bad” and if you thought they were then you were badly mistaken. Those wishing to pay their respects, may do so at the Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM on Friday December 13. Funeral Mass for the late Lillian Vallee will be celebrated from Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church, S y l v a n L a k e o n F r i d a y, December 13, 2013 at 1:00 P.M. Interment will follow in the Sylvan Lake Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations in memory of Lillian may be made to the Bethany Recreation Society or the Alberta Mental Health Society. SYLVAN LAKE AND ROCKY FUNERAL HOMES AND CREMATORIUM, your Golden Rule Funeral Homes, entrusted with the arrangements. 403-887-2151



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 Mescaniuk. 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, Taryn, Tayler, Sydney and Ryan. Gloria is 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 friends. She especially enjoyed wintering in Puerto Vallarta. In later years, Gloria battled with ALS. We would like to express special thanks to Dr. Odendaal, caregiver Wendy, Carla Falk and Jane Revist of the ALS Society and the nursing staff on Unit 32. A Prayer Service will be held at Parkland Funeral Home, 6287 - 67A Street (Taylor Drive), R e d D e e r o n T h u r s d a y, December 12, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. The Memorial Service will also be held at Parkland Funeral Home on Friday, December 13, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. with Father Serhiy Harahuc, celebrant. A luncheon and reception will follow. Memorial donations, in Gloria’s memory, may be made to ALS Society of Alberta, Suite 250, 4723 1 s t S t r e e t S W, C a l g a r y, Alberta T2G 4Y8. Condolences may be sent or viewed at 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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STOREK It is with great sadness that the family of Ivan Wayne Storek regretfully announce his sudden passing at home on November 27, 2013, following a courageous two year battle with cancer. Ivan (Pogie) was born November 08, 1956, in Stettler, Alberta and lived there until 1971 when his family moved to Botha. He attended school in Stettler and went on to a p p r e n t i c e a s a w e l d e r, obtaining his journeyman’s ticket in 1979. He became a member of the Pipefitters Union, eventually leaving the union and becoming a consultant. Throughout his career, Ivan travelled internationally and was highly recognized for his skills and expertise. Ivan had many work opportunities presented to him but chose to remain close to home, settling in Botha, Alberta. Ivan and Sandra were married on December 17, 2005. Ivan is survived by his loving family: wife Sandra ScheerschmidtStorek of Botha; brother Bob (Diana) Storek and children Trish (Dan) and Lisa (Chris); sister Judy (Alan) Kromm and children Tammy, Terran (Tony) and Shane (Rachelle); sister Wendy (Kirk) Stewart and children Ashley (Regan), Katrina (Craig) and Danielle (Vaughn); father and motherin-law Louie and Kay Scheerschmidt; sister-in-law Cathy Mailer and children Ryan (Sheri) and Marsha (Ryan); sister-in-law Donna Lutz and children Robert and Danny; brother-in-law Brian (Carol) Scheerschmidt and children Kayla, Sarah and Christian; other relatives and many dear friends. Ivan was predeceased by his parents Frank and Anna Storek, nephew Troy Storek-Berg, brother-in-law R o d M a i l e r, a n d n i e c e Brittany Scheerschmidt-Lutz. A celebration of life service is to be held Saturday, December 14, 2013, at 2:00 PM at the Stettler Funeral Home. Donations may be made in memory of Ivan to STARS or a charity of your choice.

SAGAN Molly Mar. 3, 1924 - Dec. 8, 2013 It is with great sadness, we announce the passing of Molly Sagan (Laschuk) in Calgary on Sunday, December 8th, 2013. Molly was born and raised in the Smoky Lake area where she met and married Peter Sagan. She is survived by her loving son, James (Arlene), grandchildren; Barbara, Nicole (Matt), Rebecca (Ashif), Justine (Grant), Neil (Monica), great grandchildren; Cali, Ella, Zelly, Noah, Samuel, Charles, and two sisters; Ellen and Cassie. She was predeceased by her husband, Peter and her son, Nick. A Funeral Service will be held at St. Vladimir Ukrainian Catholic Church, 3932 - 46th Street, Red Deer, AB on S a t u r d a y, D e c e m b e r 1 4 , 2013 at 11:00 a.m. If desired memorial donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Alberta, 202, 5913-50 Avenue, Red Deer, AB, T4N 4C4. Condolences may be forwarded to the family by visiting Arrangements entrusted to EVENTIDE FUNERAL CHAPEL 4820 - 45 Street, Red Deer. Phone (403) 347-2222

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Daily, the Red Deer Advocate publishes advertisements from companies, corporations and associations across Canada seeking personnel for long term placements.

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is currently taking resumes for experienced Production Testing Personnel Email resume to: or fax to (403)346-9420. Must have all valid tickets.



CONNELLY Ind. Insulation seeking Office Manager with diploma in Business Adminstration or Accounting. Must be experienced with Simply Acct. and Excel. Duties to include (not limited to): bank recs, month end and year end closings, invoicing and payroll. Please send resume by fax to (403) 309-7799 or by email to info@

Johnston Ming Manning LLP requires a full time


Accounting Technician

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

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

$12.25/hr. To provide Food & Beverage service, handle cashiering, arrange and setup the outlet. maintain cleanliness and hygiene.


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

$14.00/HR. To prepare and cook all food up to standard, clean kitchen and maintain hygiene follow recipes, assist in receiving and storing

Kitchen Helper

$11/hr To clean kitchen following safety and hygiene standards. Clean utensils, cutlery, crockery and glassware items. Clean floors. Assist in prep. All positions are Shift Work & Weekends. Fax resume 780-702-5051



Red Deer company requires a full time office person with a high level of accounting.

50 20thAnnual

Craft Show Saturday, December 14th 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

A non-perishable donation to the Red Deer Food Bank would be greatly appreciated. The Last Show Of The Season!

Location: 3 miles east of 30th Avenue on Hwy 11. Call 403.346.5613 for more information.


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


Is seeking FRONT DESK CLERK * Answer phone calls * Take reservations * Check in/out Guests Balance cash out & Attend to guest needs $14.00/hr. HOUSEKEEPING ROOM ATTENDANT * Clean and vacuum rooms, public areas, pool etc. Replenish amenities, linens & towels * Adhere to Holiday Inn safety stardands $14.00/hr. All positions are Shift work & weekends Fax Resume to: 780-702-5051

HOLIDAY INN Red Deer South, Gasoline Alley Is Seeking

The Tap House Pub & Grill req’s full and part time cooks. Apply with resume at 1927 Gaetz Avenue between 2-5 pm. VIC 8888 LTD. needs F/T cook, 40 hrs. a week, $13.50/hr. Must be willing to relocate. Drop resume to 3731 50 TH AVE. or email:

Sales & Distributors

Person will be required to complete general office tasks, completion of month ends, year ends, bank reconciliation, lease management and billings, payroll and payables. Competitive wages & benefits plan. Respond with cover letter, resume and references to: Box 231F c/o Red Deer Advocate 2950 Bremner Ave., Red Deer, AB T4M 1M9


ELEMENTS is looking for 5 retail sales reps. selling season gift packages and personal care products in Parkland Mall, 4747 67 St. Red Deer. $12.10 hr. + bonus & comm. FT. No exp. req`d. Please email SOAP Stories is seeking 5 F/T Beauty Treatment O/P, selling soap & bath products $14.55/hr. + bonus & comm. Beauty cert. req’d. Location Parkland Mall - 4747 67th St. Red Deer. email premierjobrdbto@


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

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

Experienced Siders Needed Call 403-588-3210

You can sell your guitar for a song... or put it in CLASSIFIEDS and we’ll sell it for you!



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SLOPED ROOFERS LABOURERS & FLAT ROOFERS Valid Driver’s Licence preferred. Fax or email or (403)341-6722 NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE! Looking for a Career as an Allison Transmission Technician? There are 2 Long-Term Openings Avail. Training Provided Email: service@ Fax: 403-885-2556 Precast Concrete Plant in Blackfalds, AB, is looking for new team members to join an enthusiastic and growing company.

Concrete finisher

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

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

We are searching for long term team members who are ticketed/equivalent, skilled worker laborer with experience in wood framing and have transportation. Call 403-392-1098

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

880 Gary Moe Volkswagen

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

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

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


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

Mustang Acres Gray Dr. & Galbraith St.

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

Normandeau Upper Fairview Nolan, Norwest & Newlands Oriole Park Oak St. & Overdown Dr. Pines

Call Joanne 403-314-4308 for more info EXP’D parts person for small engine and quad dealership. F/T position. Must be able to work Sat’s. and overtime hrs. may be req’d in summer months. Please apply in person at 5717-40 Ave. Wetaskiwin or email: wetaskiwinrad@ 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


ANDERS AREA Anders St. / Armstrong Close Addinnell Close / Allan St. Allsop Ave. / Allsop Close Adamson Ave. / Arthur Close INGLEWOOD AREA Inglis Cres. Inglewood Ave.

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



for full-time permanent shop positions

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

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.



Call Joanne 403-314-4308 info

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

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We employ over 175 people and provide ample opportunities to employees to achieve their career goals. We provide hands-on training and an opportunity to work on some of the most interesting projects and applications in the energy sector.


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

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


The 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.

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

Please forward your resume:

Somerset Close Springfield Ave. Savoy Cres. / Sydney Close Sherwood Cres. VANIER AREA Valentine Cres.

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

Vanson Close / Visser St.

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

Call Prodie @ 403- 314-4301 for more info ********************** 340587A10

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

227-7796 or e-mail to:


SOAP Stories is seeking 5 retail sales reps. Selling soap & bath products. $12.10 hr + bonus & commission. Ft No exp. req`d. Parkland Mall 4747 67 St. Red Deer. email resume to

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.


via fax to: (403)

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FRONT DESK CLERK Bearspaw Petroleum Ltd * Answer phone calls is seeking exp’d Applicants will have * Take reservations FLOORHANDS completed the Business * Check in/out Guests Locally based, home every Administration Diploma * Balance cash out night! Qualified applicants Program and will have & Attend to guest needs must have all necessary experience with data entry $ 14.00/hr valid tickets for the position with a focus in Accounting. HOUSEKEEPING ROOM being applied for. The duties include, but ATTENDANT Bearspaw offers a are not limited to; daily * Clean and vacuum rooms very competitive salary bank deposit run, public areas pool etc. and benefits package processing of checks, * Replenish amenities, along with a steady accounts payable, linens & towels work schedule. preparation of reports * Adhere to Holiday Inn Please submit resumes: and filing. Interested safety standards Attn: Human Resources candidates can forward $ 14.00/hr Email: their resume to: All positions are Attention: Shift Work & weekends Fax: (403) 258-3197 or Human Resources Fax resume Mail to: Suite 5309, 3rd Floor, 4943 50 Street 780 - 702-5051 333-96 Ave. NE Red Deer, AB, T4N 1Y1 RAMADA INN & SUITES Calgary, AB T3K 0S3 Fax: 403-342-9173 REQUIRES Email: ROOM ATTENDANTS. Exp. preferred. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Only serious inquiries apply. Rate $13.50/hr. Drop off resume at: Restaurant/ 6853 - 66 St. Red Deer or fax 403-342-4433 Hotel

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Currently seeking reliable newspaper carrier for the BOWER AREA WESTPARK AREA Delivery is 4 times per week, no collecting. Perfect for anyone looking to make some extra $. Please reply by email: qmacaulay or phone Quitcy at 403-314-4316 Eagle Builders in Blackfalds, AB is looking for hard working, motivated individual to fill a full-time precast concrete erecting

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HEALTH COACH Are you enthusiastic & motivated about health & wellness. U Weight Loss is looking for a mature, responsible person to assist our clients with their weight loss journey. Must be able to work until 6:30 p.m. & Saturday, 8:30-1:30 p.m. 25-30 hrs/wk. Exp. in customer service & sales an asset, but willing to train the right person. Thank you in advance for all applications. We will be contacting chosen applicants for an interview. Apply by email to: or fax to 403-356-2903. No phone calls please. JANITORIAL Co seeking a f/t com/window cleaning sup for RD and area. Req: fluent in written and oral english, 2-3 years exp in a supervisory role,clean driving record, criminal record check, job physically demanding. Benefits after 3 mos. $19/hr Fax resume 403-342-1897 mail to #4, 4608-62 St. RedDeer, AB. T4N 6T3

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

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. Contact Quitcy at 403-314-4316 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 Siding Helpers Needed Call 403-588-3210

ADULT or YOUTH CARRIERS NEEDED For delivery of Flyers, Express and Sunday Life ONLY 4 DAYS A WEEK in 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. CLEARVIEW RIDGE AREA Crossley St., Cooper Cl., Carter Cl., Connaught Cres. & Cody Pl. $190/mo. 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. Call Jamie 403-314-4306

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



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

For afternoon delivery once per week

Call Rick for more info 403-314-4303

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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 6.5 FOOT LIGHTED ETNA PINE TREE. 450 clear lights, 1190 branch tips. Great condition - too large PHONE BOOKS for house. $50 obo. Earn extra money for 403-358-5465 Christmas by delivering the new Yellow Pages Phone DIE cast models, cars, Books into Sylvan Lake, truck, and motorcycles, Stettler, Red Deer, and fairies, dragons and biker Rocky Mountain House. gifts. #14 6350-67 St. east Must have own vehicle. end of Cash Casino This is door to door delivery. Can start immediately, no LOUIS L’Amour pocket selling involved, part time. books 95 cents ea. or all Completion bonus will be 28 for $16 SOLD paid. Call 1-800-661-1910 LOVESEAT, with arm covers, exc. cond. $125; SWAMPERS F/T Kanon 920 copier machine needed immediately for a w/metal stand, exc. cond. fast growing waste & $75 403-352-8811 recycling company. POTTERY, soup set with Heavy lifting involved urn & ladle, 4 bowls, (driver’s helper) position. casserole dish & salad Reliability essential. Own bowl w/4 plates, like new. transportation required. $125, Danby microwave Please email resumes to oven 900 watts, $30; 2 matching suitcases, like new $25. for both; 403-352-8811 Employment Training WOODEN slider rocker chair and ottoman, good cond, $95; 3 wool accent matching carpets, clean, will sell seperatly $50 for TRAINING CENTRE all 3. 403-352-8811 OILFIELD TICKETS



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Piano & Organs


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





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GOLF travel bag, w/wheels, hard cover $50. soft cover $40, very good cond. 403-346-0093

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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

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1 BDRM. bsmt. suite. N/S, no kids, no pets. $700 rent/d.d. ref’s 403-346-9746 BSMT. suite $550/mo. Call 403-352-7417 GLENDALE 2 bdrm. $825, D.D. $825, N/S, no pets, no partiers, avail immed. 403-346-1458


1 & 2 bdrm., Avail. immed. Adult bldg. N/S No pets 403-755-9852 MOUNTVIEW, bsmt. suite, 1 bdrm. + den, full bath, 4 appls., great location. $975. incld’s utils. & cable. N/S, no pets. 403-350-0913 PENHOLD 1 bdrm., incl. heat/water, 4 appls. $725 avail. Jan. 1, 403-348-6594

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


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

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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 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.





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wheels CLASSIFICATIONS 5000-5300



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Sylvan Lake 1 Bedroom + Den condo for sale in 2000 Chrysler Neon, 2L, 4 dr., Sylvan Lake. Available 5 spd. Clean. 403-318-3040 January 1st. $164,800. Please call (403) 302-7230 1999 PONTIAC Bonneyville for additional info 4 dr., saftied. 403-352-6995


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Sign-language interpreter an impostor SOUTH AFRICAN DEAF FEDERATION SAYS MAN SIGNING ON STAGE AT MANDELA MEMORIAL WAS AN IMPOSTOR BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — As one world leader after another paid homage to Nelson Mandela at a memorial service, the man standing at arm’s length from them appeared to interpret their words in sign language. But advocates for the deaf say he was a faker. The incident, which outraged deaf people and sign-language interpreters watching the service broadcast around the globe, raised questions of how the unidentified man managed to crash a supposedly secure event attended by scores of heads of state, including President Barack Obama. It also was another example of the problems plaguing Tuesday’s memorial, including public transportation breakdowns that hindered mourners going to the soccer stadium and a faulty audio system that made the speeches inaudible for many. Police also failed to search the first wave of crowds who rushed into the stadium after the gates were opened just after dawn. The man, who stood about a yard (one meter) from Obama and other leaders, “was moving his hands around, but there was no meaning in what he used his hands for,” Bruno Druchen, national director of the Deaf Federation of South Africa, told The Associated Press on Wednesday. When South African Deputy President Cyril Rampaphosa told the crowd that former South African President F.W. de Klerk was among the guests, the man at his side used a strange pushing motion unknown in sign language that did not identify de Klerk or say anything about his presence, said Ingrid Parkin, principal of the St. Vincent School for the Deaf in Johannesburg. The closest the man’s gestures came to anything in sign language at that point might possibly be the words for “running horse,” ”friend“ or ”beyond,“ she said, but only by someone who signs terribly. The man also used virtually no facial expressions to convey the often-

emotional speeches, an absolute must for sign-language interpreters, Parkin said. Collins Chabane, one of South Africa’s two presidency ministers, said the government is investigating “alleged incorrect use of sign language at the National Memorial Service,” but has not finished because it has been overwhelmed with organizing the public viewing of Mandela’s body in Pretoria and his funeral Sunday in his hometown of Qunu. He did not identify the man, but said the “government will report publicly on any information it may establish.” U.S. Secret Service spokesman Ed Donovan said in response to an emailed question by the AP that “agreed-upon security measures between the U.S. Secret Service and South African government security officials were in place” during the service. “Program items such as stage participants or sign-language interpreters were the responsibility of the host organizing committee,” Donovan added. White House spokesman Josh Earnest added: “It’s a shame that ... a service that was dedicated to honouring the life and celebrating the legacy of one of the great leaders of the 20th century has gotten distracted by this and a couple of other issues that are far less important than the legacy of Nelson Mandela.” Four experts, including Druchen and Parkin, told the AP the man was not signing in South African or American sign languages and could not have been signing in any other known sign language because there was no structure to his arm and hand movements. South African sign language covers all of the country’s 11 official languages, according to the federation. “This man himself knows he cannot sign and he had the guts to stand on an international stage and do that,” Parkin said. “It’s absolutely impossible that he is any kind of interpreter. Or a language person at all, because he’s not even using a language there.” Nicole Du Toit, a sign-language interpreter who also watched the broadcast, said in a telephone interview that


President Barack Obama waves standing next to a supposed language interpreter after making his speech at the memorial service for former South African president Nelson Mandela at the FNB Stadium in Soweto near Johannesburg, Tuesday. South Africa’s deaf federation said on Wednesday that the interpreter on stage for Mandela memorial was a fake. the man was an embarrassment for South Africa. “It was horrible, an absolute circus, really, really bad,” she said. “Only he can understand those gestures.” The man also did sign interpretation at an event last year that was attended by South African President Jacob Zuma, Druchen said. At that appearance, a deaf person in the audience videotaped the event and gave

NSA chief says there’s no better way to protect U.S. from foreign threats than records sweep BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON — The NSA chief said Wednesday he knows of no better way his agency can help protect the U.S. from foreign threats than with spy programs that collect billions of phone and Internet records from around the world. Pleading with the Senate Judiciary Committee to not abolish the National Security Agency’s bulk-collection programs, Gen. Keith Alexander warned that global threats are growing — specifically in Iraq and Syria — that pose what he called “an unacceptable risk” to America. “How do we connect the dots?” Alexander said, referring to often-hidden links between a foreign terror threat and a potential attack on the U.S. “There is no other way that we know of to connect the dots. ... Taking these programs off the table is absolutely not the thing to do.” The committee’s chairman, Sen. Patrick Leahy, a Democrat, said it was troubling that the government was sweeping up millions, if not billions, of Americans’ records. He has proposed legislation to prohibit the NSA from the bulk collection of U.S. phone records, and said Wednesday that he was con-

cerned that Americans’ Internet records also were vacuumed up before the program ended in 2011. That program now focuses only on people who live outside the United States — which could include Americans living abroad. Alexander acknowledged the privacy concerns that have dogged the NSA since leaker Edward Snowden revealed the programs in June. And he said the NSA was open to talking to technology companies for a better solution without compromising security. “It’s like holding onto a hornet’s nest,” Alexander said. “We’re getting stung.” But, “If we let this down I think we will have let the nation down,” he said. Leahy’s proposal has broad bipartisan support, especially in the House, where it is being pushed by Rep. James Sensenbrenner, a Republican, who was the chief congressional architect of laws that gave the government broad surveillance powers in the days following the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks against the U.S. But lawmakers who oversee U.S. intelligence agencies have proposed more modest reforms that call for greater oversight of the NSA and the creation of penalties for people who access classified information without authorization.

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it to the deaf federation, which analyzed the video, prepared a report and submitted a formal complaint to the governing African National Congress party, Druchen said. In the complaint, the federation suggested the man should take the five years of training needed to become a qualified sign language interpreter in South Africa. But the ANC never responded, Druchen said.

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