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AUPE sues over wage law BY DEAN BENNETT THE CANADIAN PRESS EDMONTON — Alberta’s largest public sector union has filed a lawsuit against Premier Alison Redford’s government over a new law that imposes a contract on union members. The Alberta Union of Provincial Employees claims that the law violates the charter rights of workers to act collectively and also breaches their

rights to liberty and security. “The deprivations of liberty and security of the person caused by Bill 46 are not in accordance with the principles of fundamental justice,” reads the statement of claim filed in Court of Queen’s Bench Thursday. The allegations in the statement of claim have not been proven in court. The lawsuit does not sue for a specific dollar amount, but asks a judge to reinstate the union’s right to binding arbitration and to make the province

reimburse workers for wages the union believes they would lose under the imposed deal. The imposed four-year contract kicks in at the end of January unless the province and the union reach an agreement. It would freeze wages in the first two years and give one per cent increases in each of the following two years.

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More students juggling work, school courses CONTINUING EDUCATION PROGRAMS ARE A BETTER FIT WITH SCHEDULES BY MYLES FISH ADVOCATE STAFF More students are taking fewer courses over a longer period of time — that is the enrolment trend Red Deer College president Joel Ward is seeing at his institution. Numbers from the 2012-13 school year, examined by the college’s board of governors this week as part of Ward’s annual executive review, showed fewer Central Albertans enrolling in credit programming at the college for a second consecutive year, while there was a huge increase in enrolment in Continuing Education programs. The numbers showed 600 fewer students in credit programming in 2012-13 compared to 2010-11 and 6,000 fewer course registrations.

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Lee Ross of Frozen Memories Ice Studio of Calgary places an etched piece of ice into place as he works on the annual Parkland Nurseries Ice Sculpture east of the city on Thursday. The theme this year is superheroes and includes 3-D sculptures of the Incredible Hulk, Batman and Thor, while several etched carvings include Catwoman, Loki, Wolverine, Iron Man, Rogue, Spider-Man and Superman. The best time to view the sculptures is after dark when the ice is illuminated with colourful floodlights.

Rental market report finds more vacancies, higher rents BY HARLEY RICHARDS ADVOCATE BUSINESS EDITOR

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A construction worker busies himself on a fourstorey, 73-unit apartment building at 301 Timothy Dr. It will be the third building in Laebon Developments Ltd.’s Timberstone Village complex.



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Red Deer’s tight residential rental market gained a little slack during the past year, according to a report issued Thursday by Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. However, average rents continued to climb. CMHC’s latest rental market report, which was based on a survey conducted at the beginning of October, calculated Red Deer’s average vacancy rate at 1.9 per cent. That compared with 1.2 per cent in October 2012. The survey found the average monthly rent in the city was $876, as compared with $804 a year earlier. Red Deer was the only one of Alberta’s seven largest urban centres to post a year-over-year decline in its average vacancy rate. Felicia Mutheardy, a market analyst with CMHC, said there were a couple of explanations for this. One was the addition of new rental units in the city. In October 2012 there were 4,470 apartments in Red Deer, a figure that had grown to 4,560 this fall. Also nudging up the vacancy rate has been the


strong local economy, said Mutheardy, with people leaving rental accommodation as they’re able to buy homes. “We’re seeing very strong sales in the resale market, as well as very strong for new home production.” Mutheardy isn’t surprised that Red Deer rents have continued to rise. “A 1.9 per cent vacancy rate is still quite low,” she said, adding that the addition of new apartments could be a factor as well. “When you’re looking at units that are coming onto the market — units for newer buildings — they typically tend to ask for higher rents.”

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Bowden Institution locked down after inmates assaulted Bowden institution has been locked down after two inmates were attacked. According to the institution two inmates were found injured at about 9 p.m. on Dec. 10. They were evaluated by staff members and transported to an outside hospital to receive treatment. They are in stable condition. Two individuals were identified and actions have been taken against them. The warden of the institution has ordered a lockdown and an exceptional search of part of the institution. Normal activities and visits will resume when it is considered safe to do so. Innisfail RCMP are assisting Bowden Institution staff in investigating the matter. No staff members or other were injured during the incident.

Premier Alison Redford’s reshuffled cabinet to be sworn in today EDMONTON — Members of Alberta Premier Alison Redford’s reshuffled cabinet are to be sworn in today in a ceremony at Government House. The swearing-in will take place a week after Redford announced changes that included dumping deputy premier Thomas Lukaszuk. The ceremony was delayed after Redford was invited to join the Canadian delegation to South Africa for a memorial service for Nelson Mandela. Redford shuffled more than half her ministers. She also added more associate ministers, bringing the total number in cabinet to 30. That figure is more than half the entire Progressive Conservative caucus.


LAWSUIT: Bill tabled with little notice Redford has said the law is necessary to ensure that public sector wages stay in line with wage restraints faced by teachers and physicians. She has said that despite Alberta’s growing economy, the thousands of newcomers arriving to live and work in the province is putting a strain on resources to build more homes, schools, roads, hospitals and other infrastructure. Bill 46 was tabled earlier this month with little notice in the final days of the legislature’s fall sitting. The government imposed time limits on debate to pass the bill in less than a week. It also passed a companion bill that immediately imposes escalating six-figure fines and penalties on unions that engage in illegal strikes or even talk publicly about launching such illegal action. Redford said Bill 46 was necessary after the AUPE walked away from contract talks and filed for binding arbitration. The AUPE said it was the province that did not engage in meaningful talks, necessitating first mediation and then arbitration. The union, in the lawsuit, also stresses that the right of binding arbitration was granted under former Progressive Conservative premier Peter Lougheed. In the 1970s, Lougheed’s government recognized that binding arbitration was a fair giveback for taking away the union’s right to strike. Redford, when asked last week about the Lougheed promise, said her government didn’t start until 2011. The AUPE represents 80,000 workers, including 22,000 who work directly for the provincial government.

COLLEGE: Enrolment numbers rebounded

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City of Red Deer Emergency Services personnel and RCMP members responded to this threevehicle collision at the corner of 30th Avenue and 32nd Street on Thursday afternoon. Two people were transported to hospital with undetermined injuries. While medics were attending the scene of this collision, another crash on 32nd street just east of the fire station kept another crew of emergency workers busy. One person was injured in that crash. tion aged 18-64 — 12,517 people, up over 4,000 from the year prior — was attending Continuing Education programming at the college. Courses offered through the Continuing Education department include things like an online water well driller course or learning sign language. Ward said college students more and more are not taking full semester workloads or are taking flexible courses through Continuing Education that better fit their schedules. Enrolment numbers rebounded this year to over 7,000 from 6,435 for 2012-13. A 20 per cent increase in enrolment in trades education spurred the jump. “Trades is really the number that impacts enrolment the most. Our numbers show small growth in all of our other programs and trades fluctuated from a high of 4,000 students in 2006 to under 2,500 last year to over 3,200 this year,” said Ward. This year’s numbers should help the college get closer to its goal of attracting to the institution 50 per cent of all graduating high school students in the region opting to continue their education. Forty-three per cent of such students attended RDC in 2012-13, a low number Ward said is down to the lack of degree options in Red Deer. “We know that without the university-type programming that students can’t come here even though they may want to if we were to offer that program. If we were a university and offering our own degrees, that number would probably be closer to 70 per cent,” he said. Board of governors chair Shelley Ralston said she would like to see post-secondary participation rates go up, and believes an increased number of partnerships with school divisions in the region can improve those numbers. The report also demonstrated a decline in research projects and expenditures in 2012-13. After two years of spending more than $1 million on research at the college, the figure dipped to just below $800,000 in 2012-13, spread across 41 projects. Ward said agencies giving out research grants tend to favour universities over colleges. At present the college has a grant application out for $1.75 million, but is up against four universities for that funding. The report shows a near 200 per cent growth over two years in the number of alumni donating to the college, though they donated less in 2012/13. The amount of scholarship and award money available on a per-student basis also increased.

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RENTAL: Inventory expected to rise It appears that Red Deer’s inventory of rental accommodation will continue to rise. Seymour Pacific Developments Ltd. is building a 79-unit apartment building in Lancaster East, and Laebon Developments Ltd. is adding a 73-unit building to its Timberstone Village complex. Laebon president Gord Bontje said the second of the two existing buildings at Timberstone Village came on to the market in late October. “We advertised it in early September and I think on the day it was completed, about 60 of the 67 units had been rented.” The remaining suites were scooped up within a few weeks, he added. This level of interest set the stage for work to begin on the third apartment building, which is expected to be ready for tenants by late August. “Our experience was that there was a reasonably good demand for the building that we brought on in October, and certainly gave us the confidence to proceed with the next one.” The CMHC survey found that the vacancy rate for bachelor units in Red Deer in October was 2.2 per cent, up from 0.9 per cent 12 months earlier. In the case of one-bedroom apartments the rate was two per cent, up from 0.9 per cent; for two-bedroom suites the vacancy rate was 1.7 per cent, as compared with 1.5 per cent; and three-bedroom apartments had a 1.1 per cent vacancy rate, down from 1.5 per cent a year earlier. The average rent for bachelor suites in October was $611, an increase from $568 the previous year. One-bedroom rents jumped to $796 from $736, the cost for two-bedroom units increased to $937 from $867, and rents for three-bedroom apartments were up to $1,057, from $961. The CMHC survey, which is conducted every October and April, also looked at the rental markets in Lacombe and Sylvan Lake. The average vacancy rate for two-bedroom apartments in Lacombe fell to 0.6 per cent from 3.4 per cent, while in Sylvan Lake it increased to 5.6 per cent from 1.4 per cent. Meanwhile, the average twobedroom rent in Lacombe in October was $786, up from $784 a year earlier; while the figure for Sylvan Lake was $908, up from $747.

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Court strikes down several claims in CWB lawsuit BY THE CANADIAN PRESS OTTAWA — The federal court has struck down most of the claims in a lawsuit by supporters of the old Canadian Wheat Board, but the case is still moving forward. Board supporters are seeking $17 billion for damages they claim were caused when the federal government ended the CWB’s monopoly over western wheat and barley sales. Justice Daniele Tremblay-Lamer struck several claims, including those of expropriation and unlawful interference with economic relations. On the expropriation issue, the judge basically said there has been no transfer of property. “In sum, and unfortunately for the plaintiffs, the loss of a single desk due to the change in the regulatory scheme is not enough in itself to claim a loss of a property interest,” she wrote in the decision. Tremblay-Lamer said the claim for mismanagement can continue with a revised statement of claim. On the mismanagement issue, board supporters say the government and the new CWB leadership used money that should have been paid to farmers to cover the transition when the marketing monopoly ended. Board supporters argued that they have a proprietary interest in the assets and goodwill of the CWB. The supporters also claim the government interfered with their economic relations by ending the single desk marketing system, which they said got them a premium price for their grain. Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz said in a news release Thursday

that the ruling underscores the rights of Western Canadian farmers to market their own grain. “While courts continue to strike down these frivolous lawsuits, the fact remains that the overwhelming majority of Western grain farmers have embraced marketing freedom and are capitalizing on new economic opportunities that were impossible under the old single desk,” he said. The government filed a motion last August asking for the claim to be struck and the proposed class action dismissed. One of the arguments it made was that while producers had the right to elect wheat board directors from 1998 until 2011, they were never shareholders and had no right or interest in the property of the CWB. Producers were simply entitled to payment for the grain they sold, the government said. Stewart Wells, former president of the National Farmers’ Union and a former CWB director, said the decision means farmers have no claim on board assets. The assets include rail cars and ships that were bought with money from farmers’ grain sales, as well as a contingency fund that was partially financed by farmers’ fees. “So we’re talking hundreds of millions of dollars of hard physical assets,” Wells said from Swift Current, Sask. “It’s disappointing that the court so far has upheld the government’s right to what I would term a legislated theft from farmers.” Wells, who also belongs to a group called Friends of the Canadian Wheat Board, said they may appeal or amend the claim.

Ex-PM Diefenbaker sired two boys, families believe BY THE CANADIAN PRESS TORONTO — Twice-married former Canadian prime minister John Diefenbaker — always believed to have been childless — may have fathered not one but two sons, leaving progeny scattered across the country, The Canadian Press has learned. It’s a labyrinthine tale of adoptions, broken and reconstituted families whose quest to uncover their roots turned up “Dief” as a common thread, with a gold locket and DNA tests lending credence to their stories. About 10 years ago, in Western Canada, the three Goertzen siblings began searching for their biological father, Ed Thorne, who had split from their mom four decades earlier. Stan Goertzen, 52, a retired 32-year member of the Saskatoon police service, found Thorne in Kamloops, B.C. He made a startling discovery. “He says, ‘Oh, and my biological family has found me, too’,” Goertzen said of Thorne, who died soon after. “That’s the first time I found out he was adopted.” Separately and coincidentally, Ruthann Malmgren, now of Rockyford, Alta., had also been looking for Thorne on behalf of her mother, Mary Rosa LaMarche, who years earlier had given him up for adoption. LaMarche had been Diefenbaker’s housekeeper in Prince Albert, Sask., in the late 1930s, Malmgren said. At the time, Diefenbaker was having marital difficulties, according to Simma Holt’s biography of his first wife, Edna Diefenbaker. His eye apparently rested on his housekeeper, whom Malmgren described as “free and easy.” In 1938, LaMarche fell pregnant and was promptly sent to Bethany Home

in Saskatoon. Little John was born in February 1939. His birth certificate did not list a father. Malmgren, 70, remembers her parents were forever fighting. Her dad would say the baby was Diefenbaker’s. He would be angry his wife wore a locket with photos of herself and the infant — a locket Stan Goertzen now has. The baby, John Eric LaMarche, was adopted and renamed Edward Thorne. Mary Rosa LaMarche, who died about 18 years ago, never did find her son again. Malmgren did. She tracked Thorne down to Kamloops and, through him, connected with Stan Goertzen around 2003. She told him his biological father, Ed Thorne, was Diefenbaker’s son. Content with having found their dad, the Goertzens, who were raised largely on welfare in Prince Albert, didn’t give the apparent connection to Canada’s 13th prime minister much further thought. One question, however, nagged at the youngest Goertzen brother, Lawrence, who long had doubts about whether Thorne really was his biological father. Enter George Dryden, 45, who grew up in a Toronto family of privilege only to discover a few years ago that the man who raised him was not his father. That revelation prompted Dryden to go on a well publicized quest to confirm long-time family whispers: that he was the product of an affair between his mother, Mary Lou Dryden, and Diefenbaker, a known confidante. Dryden, who bears a strong resemblance to the former Conservative prime minister, believes previous genetic matching with a known Diefenbaker relative proved the family connection to his satisfaction.

Toronto Star reporter issues libel notice to Rob Ford over ‘pedophile insinuation’ BY THE CANADIAN PRESS TORONTO — Mayor Rob Ford was slapped with a libel notice late Thursday for televised comments he made about a reporter, who said the remarks amounted to an accusation of pedophilia. Toronto Star reporter Daniel Dale would not comment on his suit that also names Vision TV, which aired the Ford interview, saying an article he wrote for his newspaper would have to stand. “Enough is enough. I can’t tolerate it. I won’t tolerate it,” Dale wrote. “I’m asking Ford to immediately retract the false insinuation that I am a pedophile. I am also serving Vision TV, which twice broadcast Ford’s vile and defamatory remarks . . . even though their interview was filmed days before it aired.” The notice also calls for Vision TV to apologize. Ford said a day after the interview that he stood by “every word.” In the interview broadcast Monday, Ford told host Conrad Black that Dale had perpetrated the worst invasion of his privacy during a May 2012 incident. “Daniel Dale is in my backyard taking pictures. I have little kids. He’s taking pictures of little kids,” Ford told the former media baron and convicted felon. “I don’t want to say that word but you start thinking what this guy is all about.” Dale maintains he was writing a story about a plot of public land adjacent to Ford’s house that the mayor wanted to buy, so he went to take a look when the mayor emerged from his home to confront him. The reporter said at no time did he ever take any photographs of the mayor’s family, house or even his property — and a police investigation bore

that out. He said he was suing reluctantly, and only because Ford was repeating lies about what had actually happened. He cited Ford’s comments on the Washington-based “Sports Junkies” program on Thursday in which Ford said, “When you’ve got young kids, that freaked me right out.” The comments brought renewed attention to the “malicious and defamatory insinuation” that the reporter had some sort of “predatory interest in young children,” Dale said, adding that he has received strong support. “Dozens of people, including people personally harmed by pedophilia, have offered me a total of thousands of dollars in donations for my legal fees,” Dale said. The libel notice is the first step in the process of suing for defamation. If Ford refuses to apologize and withdraw the comments, Dale said, the mayor would have to be prepared to “repeat his lies under penalty of perjury” in a courtroom. There was no immediate response from Ford or his lawyer to the libel notice. On Tuesday, however, a defiant Ford refused to apologize to Dale or clarify his comments. “I stand by my words, what I said with Conrad Black,” an angry Ford told a news conference. “I stand by every word I said.” Vision, which has refused repeated requests for comment, said late Thursday it was preparing to broadcast a prepared statement but gave no time frame. Also late Thursday, Black told The Canadian Press that Dale was on thin ice with the action. “If the Star goes to court with this turkey, they’ll be killed,” Black said in an email. “They raised the pedophilia question; Ford didn’t.”

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Tories’ postal cuts drive-by WHAT HAPPENED TO THE CONSERVATIVES’ PRO-CONSUMER STAND? On the day that Canada Post unilaterally declared its intention to impose a major service cut and a substantial price increase on a massive number of Canadians, the country’s Conservative consumer champions went missing in action. No duo of federal ministers was on hand in the lobby of the House of Commons to promise — in both official languages — to read the riot act to the offending service provider. CHANTAL No ConserHÉBERT vative MP was around to do the rounds of the afternoon political shows to explain where the Canada Post cuts fit in the pro-consumer manifesto that was presented under the guise of a throne speech only last October. They bailed out of town for six weeks just ahead of the announcement that urban mail delivery is coming to an end, a decision that Canada Post would never have made public without giving the government a heads-up that it was coming. And so it is that a governing party that proclaims itself willing to take on the telecom industry to get a better deal for consumers and — if need be — to intervene in its affairs to create competition apparently can’t be bothered to lead a search for an alternative model to that of one of its own Crown corporations. It should come as no surprise that a political X-ray of electoral Canada reveals that the phasing-out of door-todoor mail delivery will hit hardest in opposition-held territory. The move will most change the social and visual landscape of Canada’s inner city. Over the next five years, the high density areas of Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal will have to accommodate legions of community mailboxes. Those communities happen to be home to scores of less affluent Canadi-


ans who often continue to rely on snail mail by necessity. Outside of Alberta, those are neighbourhoods where the Conservatives have precious little to lose. In byelections held in Bourassa and in Toronto Centre last month, support for Stephen Harper’s candidates ran in single digits. But the change will go unnoticed in the rural areas and in the suburban developments where mail delivery is already a thing of the past, if it was ever offered at all, and where the Conservatives draw the bulk of their support. In this, there is a parallel with the recent Conservative cuts to employment insurance. They primarily hit regions where seasonal work and opposition MPs are the rule and government MPs the exception. But the similarities don’t stop there and that is almost certainly unfortu-

nate for the government. As politically targeted as they may have been, the EI cuts still ended up coming back to bite the Conservatives. Worried by the potential damage to the local socio-economic fabric, employers and governments across Atlantic Canada and Quebec took up the fight against them. Conservative Party fortunes declined steeply across the region over the past year. In the Canada Post instance, more than one big city mayor will likely not be amused by the prospect of harbouring communities of community mailboxes. Premiers — especially in Ontario and Quebec, where provincial elections are looming — will be sorely tempted to chime in. As surely as day follows night, the Conservatives face a barrage of questions about the future role of Canada Post after the House reopens in the new year.

More so than in the case of EI, the government will be hard-pressed to keep the battle on the limited battleground of retail politics. For in the end, the manner and the context of Wednesday’s announcement says more about the confused collective state of mind of the Conservatives than the measures themselves. It is not that many Canadians harbour the notion that the current Canada Post model can be sustained in the face of ever-growing online competition. But the passivity of the Harper government in the face of Wednesday’s developments stands in such stark contrast with the activist pro-consumer talking points it has chosen to hammer throughout the fall session as to suggest that the government has lost if not its way at least its messaging track. Chantal Hébert is a syndicated Toronto Star national affairs writer.

Ignore the overheated enviro rhetoric GREENHOUSE GAS LEVELS PEAKED IN 2007 AND HAVE BEEN FLAT OR DECLINING SINCE THEN BY KENNETH GREEN SPECIAL TO THE ADVOCATE Back in April, NDP leader Thomas Mulcair went down to Washington to rubbish Canada’s environmental reputation before its greatest trading partner. Now, the stomp-Canada shoe is on a different wearer: Marc Jaccard, a professor at Simon Fraser University, has gone down to the States to sing Canada’s, well, evils. “On climate, Canada is a rogue state,” Jaccard said. “It’s accelerating the global tragedy. ... The U.S. government should reject Keystone XL and explain to the Canadian government that it hopes to join with Canada (on a global climate plan).” So what has this “rogue state” actually done, with regard to climate change? As Environment Canada observes, Canada’s greenhouse gas levels peaked in 2007, and have been flat or declining since then on a total-mass basis, on a per-capita basis, and on the basis of emissions per unit of economic productivity: Canada’s GHG emissions are increasingly becoming decoupled from economic growth. Even though the economy grew by 6.3 per cent between 2005 and 2010,GHG emissions decreased by 48 megatonnes (Mt) or 6.5 per cent. Between 2005 and 2010, Canada’s

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GHG emissions for each billion dollars of gross domestic product (GDP) that Canada produced declined by about 12 per cent and GHG emissions per person have declined by about 11 per cent. These per-capita emissions are at a historic low of 20.3 tonnes (t) of carbon dioxide equivalent per person. This is the lowest level recorded since tracking began in 1990. In 2010, per capita emissions of CO2 were 2.6 t lower than in 2005. But what about the oilsands? In November, Faith Birol, chief economist for the International Energy Agency, observed that the key factors in the climate change predicted by the IEA will not be the oilsands — rather, it will be the consumption of coal and oil as Asia continued its economic development: “The oilsands definitely makes a contribution to the increase in CO2 emissions,” he said. “But the difference in getting oil from oilsands when compared to conventional oil, it is such a small contribution that it will be definitely wrong to highlight this as a major source of carbon dioxide emissions worldwide.” Jaccard, in vilifying Canada for hewing to a “made in Canada” approach to greenhouse gas control rather than signing on with some kind of global accord, is doing his country a disservice. Canada, as the United States, Russia, and Japan have done, has decided to find its own pathway on climate policy rather than blindly follow the repeatedly failed Kyoto framework that has become a farcical (and cynical) exercise in which developing countries trying to extort wealth from developed countries in the name of climate change. Emission trajectories in both Canada and the U.S. are declining, particularly in the U.S., which never went the Kyoto way.

While Jaccard’s call to prevent development of the oilsands would not lead to meaningful climate benefits, it would certainly lead to meaningful economic losses. According to the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, production of oil from Alberta’s oilsands is expected to more than double by 2030, rising from the 2012 level of 3.2 million barrels of oil per day to 6.7 million barrels per day. In 2011, the Canadian Energy Research Institute projects that investments and revenues from new oilsands projects would be approximately $2-trillion over the period from 2010 to 2035, with a total GDP impact of $2.1-trillion in Canada. Employment, both direct and indirect, stemming from new oilsands investments is projected to grow to over 900,000 jobs by 2035 from 75,000 jobs in 2010. And CERI’s estimate is somewhat more conservative than CAPP’s, estimating oil production at only 5.4 million barrels per day by 2035. And it’s not only Alberta that stands to profit. The Conference Board of Canada estimates that 25 per cent of the spending on the oilsands supply chain will happen in other Canadian provinces: about 15 per cent in Ontario, 7 per cent in B.C., 4 per cent in Quebec and the prairies, and about 1 per cent in Atlantic Canada. Like Mulcair, Jaccard has gone down to Washington to try to shame Canada into walking away from a prospective source of prosperity and employment for the people of Canada. He does his country no service tossing around overheated rhetoric that only arms Canada’s competitors and critics against her best interests. Kenneth Green is senior director, Natural Resource Studies, at the Fraser Institute. This column was supplied by Troy Media (

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Anti-corruption unit credits mayor for latest sweep MONTREAL — Quebec authorities are calling it a first — an elected official denouncing people after being the target of alleged corruption. The province’s anti-corruption squad, known as UPAC, is giving Chateauguay Mayor Nathalie Simon full marks for filing a complaint with police this past September. The mayor was hailed as a hero Thursday as the unit announced four arrests in a corruption sweep in the working-class town south of Montreal. Police allege the four men were trying to corrupt Simon with money and personal favours in exchange for decisions that would lead to influential positions within the city’s administration or to land being re-zoned for development projects. The men are expected to be arraigned in February on charges that include fraud against the government, conspiracy, municipal corruption and breach of trust. More arrests may be forthcoming. UPAC chief Robert Lafreniere said Simon’s bravery was key to ending the corruption strategy that targeted her administration.

REGINA — A musical about weight discrimination in show business is stirring up a debate about fat suits in a Regina high school’s version of the play. Tricia Leis is upset that two teens who shared the lead role in Campbell Collegiate’s production of Hairspray had to wear special costumes to make them look bigger. Leis says the choice only emphasizes society’s obsession with thinness and does nothing to show respect for all body shapes. She says the role is great for plussize girls and sends a positive message to young women who may be struggling with self-esteem. Hairspray is about a girl named Tracy who gets rejected for a TV dance show because she’s overweight, but overcomes the odds to become a star. The school says vocal ability and talent were used to pick who would get the role. Terry Lazarou, a spokesperson for Regina Public Schools, said there was “never ever any intent of disrespect or irony or ridicule in the use of that suit.” “The role was never acted in a disrespectful way. It was always done so very sensitively, respectfully, and with all of the intent that the original playwright John Waters had in representing the transformation, the pride and the ability of all people, regardless of size, to achieve their goals.”

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Mall collapse inquiry report now due next fall given complexities TORONTO — The judicial inquiry probing the deadly collapse of a northern Ontario mall is now due to report by next fall. The report had been expected in the next month or so, but is now due before Oct. 31, 2014. The provincial government granted the extension for the report at the request of Commissioner Paul Belanger. The commissioner cited the length and complexity of the hearings and round tables of experts, along with having to sort and analyze a large vol-

IQALUIT, Nunavut — Crown prosecutors have wrapped up their case against a former northern priest facing dozens of charges of sex abuse against Inuit children. Eric Dejaeger faces 80 sex-related charges dating from his time in Igloolik, Nunavut, between 1978-82. That’s an increase of 11 charges since the trial started in November. Court has heard testimony from witnesses that has included stories of a child being taped to a bed and sodomized and other children being forced to watch acts of bestiality. Dejaeger pleaded guilty to eight charges at the beginning of the trial. Testimony is to resume Jan. 20.

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JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — The man accused of faking sign interpretation while standing alongside world leaders like U.S. President Barack Obama at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service said Thursday he hallucinated that angels were entering the stadium, has schizophrenia and has been violent in the past. Thamsanqa Jantjie said in a 45-minute interview with The Associated Press that his hallucinations began while he was interpreting and that he tried not to panic because there were “armed policemen around me.” He added that he was once hospitalized in a mental health facility for more than one and a half years. The statements by Jantjie also raise serious security issues for Obama, other heads of state and United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon who stood next to Jantjie as they made speeches at FNB Stadium in Soweto, Johannesburg’s famed black township. The ceremony honoured Mandela, the anti-apartheid icon and former president who died on Dec. 5.

A South African deputy Cabinet minister, Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu, later held a news conference to announce that “a mistake happened” in the hiring of Jantjie. However, many questions remain, including who in the government hired the company that contracted Jantjie, how much money the government paid the company and Jantjie’s own involvement with the company — and even whether it really exists. AP journalists who visited the address of the company that Jantjie provided found a different company there, whose managers said they knew nothing about SA Interpreters. A woman who answered the phone at a number that Jantjie provided confirmed that she worked at the company that hired him for the memorial service but declined comment and hung up. Government officials said they have tried to track down the company that provided Jantjie but the owners “have vanished into thin air,” said Bogopane-Zulu, deputy minister of Women, Children and People with Disabilities.

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON — Continuing a furious pace of shuttle diplomacy aimed at securing an elusive Israeli-Palestinian peace deal by spring, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrives in the Middle East on Thursday on his ninth trip of the year. In closed-door talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Thursday and Friday, Kerry will be following up on elements of a West Bank security plan, ideas for which he unveiled on his most recent visit to the region just last week, and other points of potential progress. Kerry’s latest visit comes amid Palestinian unhappiness with the security plan and few, if any, tangible signs of progress. “This is an ongoing discussion,” State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Wednesday, two days after Kerry met with each side’s top negotiators in Washington. “Certainly we expect they will talk about security, as they will discuss other issues.” Kerry, along with special U.S. Mideast peace envoy Martin Indyk, met separately and then together for about three hours Monday with chief Israeli negotiator Tippi Livni and her Palestinian counterpart, Saeb Erekat, Psaki said. Livni and Erekat were in Washington for a Mideast conference in which President Barack Obama, Netanyahu and Kerry all participated. Kerry also spoke Wednesday by phone with Netanyahu. On Monday, though, a senior Palestinian official railed against U.S. attempts to broker a broad outline of an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal, saying Kerry is breaking a promise to try to negotiate a final agreement in the current round of talks. The Palestinians are concerned that a framework deal will accommodate very specific Israeli security demands while offering only vague promises to the Palestinians, said top Abbas aide Yasser Abed Rabbo. Kerry and Obama both said over the weekend that the U.S. is pursuing a framework agreement, but they did not provide details. Obama said it’s possible to reach such an outline over the next few months. The State Department stressed that the U.S. remains focused on a final deal and not an interim one, although officials acknowledge there may have to be more than one step to achieve a comprehensive agreement. Security arrangements between Israel and a future Palestine would be central to such a framework. Kerry has argued that progress in negotiations is only possible if Israeli security concerns are addressed first.


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She apologized to deaf people around the world who were offended by Jantjie’s incomprehensible signing and said an investigation is under way to determine how Jantjie was hired and what vetting process, if any, he underwent for his security clearance. The deputy minister said the translation company offered sub-standard services and the rate they purportedly paid the translator, $77 a day, is far below the usual rate of up to $164 an hour. Ordinarily, sign language interpreters in South Africa are switched every 20 minutes to maintain their concentration levels, she said. Jantjie was on the stage for the entire service that lasted more than four hours. The deputy minister declined to say who in South Africa’s government was responsible for contracting the company that provided the bogus translator, or how those rules were flouted. “It’s an interdepartmental responsibility,” she said. “We are trying to establish what happened.” Jantjie insisted in the AP interview that he was doing proper sign-language interpretation of the speeches of world leaders. But he also apologized for his performance that has been dismissed by many sign-language experts as gibberish.

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Yemeni officials say drone strike hits a convoy heading to wedding party, killing 13 SANAA, Yemen — Missiles fired by a U.S. drone slammed into a convoy of vehicles travelling to a wedding party in central Yemen on Thursday, killing at least 13 people, Yemeni security officials said. The officials said the attack took place in the city of Radda, the capital of Bayda province, and left charred bodies and burnt out cars on the road. The city, a stronghold of al-Qaida militants, witnessed deadly clashes early last year between armed tribesmen backed by the military and al-Qaida gunmen in an attempt to drive them out of the city. There were no immediate details on who was killed in the strike, and there were conflicting reports about whether there were militants travelling with the wedding convoy. A military official said initial information indicated the drone mistook the wedding party for an al-Qaida convoy. He said tribesmen known to the villagers were among the dead. One of the three security officials, however, said al-Qaida militants were suspected to have been travelling with the wedding convoy. The CIA declined to comment on the reported drone strike. While the U.S. acknowledges its drone program in Yemen, it does not usually talk about individual strikes.

Leader of Nigerian Islamic uprising boasts of daring attack on military bases LAGOS, Nigeria — The leader of an Islamic extremist group in northeastern Nigeria boasts in a new video of a daring attack on military bases in a provincial capital and threatens to attack the U.S. next. Few believe the Boko Haram terrorist network currently has the capability for such complex attacks, although some officials fear its insurgency could spread to neighbouring states. In his first statement since the United States designated Boko Haram a terrorist network last month, Abubakar Shekau swore at the U.S., calling it a prostitute nation of infidels and liars. The U.S. government in July posted a reward of $7 million for information leading to Shekau’s arrest. He claims the U.S. cannot hurt his movement, citing the Sept. 2011 terrorist attacks as evidence. “If you had the capability, you

Congo, M23 rebels sign agreement to demobilize group NAIROBI, Kenya — Congo and the so-called M23 rebels have signed a peace agreement that will see the insurgent group demobilize its fighters and transform itself into a political party. Kenya’s Presidency said Thursday President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda, who is the chairman of the International Conference of the Great Lakes Region, and President Joyce Banda of Malawi oversaw the signing ceremony. The agreements also foresee that members of the M23 insurgency will be granted an amnesty for acts of war. The agreements also allow for the return of refugees. M23 launched its rebellion in in eastern Congo in April 2012, becoming the latest reincarnation of a Tutsi rebel group dissatisfied with the Congolese government.

Kenya disputes suggestion that terrorists who attacked mall might have escaped NAIROBI, Kenya — NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — All the terrorists died in a recent attack on a Kenyan mall, contrary to suggestions in a New York Police Department report that some of the attackers could have escaped, a Kenyan official said Thursday. Somalia’s al-Shabab militant group claimed responsibility for the Sept. 21 attack on Westgate Mall in Nairobi in which at least 67 people were killed. Maj. Emmanuel Chirchir, a military spokesman, said that the bodies of the four attackers were discovered and dismissed suggestions, attributed to a New York Police Department report released this week, that some of the attackers could have escaped. Chirchir dismissed the NYPD report, saying it used secondary information and that NYPD did not have representatives among the group of western investigators assisting Kenya with the probe. At an NYPD briefing on Tuesday for corporate security officials, Lt. Kevin Yorke of the Intelligence Division presented an analysis of the Kenyan attack and the response by authorities there that he said was “based solely on open-source information we gathered and is unclassified.”

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CHRIS BUTLER SCORES IN DYING SECONDS OF OT AS FLAMES BEAT HURRICANES ON DAY THAT SEES BIG CHANGE IN CALGARY BY THE CANADIAN PRESS Flames 2 Hurricanes 1 OT CALGARY — A tumultuous day for the Calgary Flames off the ice Thursday had a happy ending thanks to Chris Butler. Butler’s second goal of the year with four seconds left in overtime gave Calgary a 2-1 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes. Paul Byron entered the Carolina zone then curled back towards the blue-line before sending a pass across to Butler, who flung a 50-foot wrist shot past a partially screened Justin Peters. “Paul did a great job, having great patience hanging onto the puck and I just tried to be available there and really just throw a muffin on net,” said Butler. Peters said when Mikael Backlund crossed in front of him, he lost track of the puck. “Just a mental lapse on my part. He went right through the line of the puck. I’ve got to do a better job of fighting to find it earlier, especially with that much time left,” said Peters. It was an eventful day in Calgary. In the morning, president of hockey operations Brian Burke announced the firing of general manager Jay Feaster and assistant GM John Weisbrod. “It was a tough morning. Obviously it’s pretty surprising when Burkie comes down to the locker-room and delivers that type of news,” said Butler. “Jay has been such a good guy to all of us here. It’s tough to see a guy like that let go. He’s pretty responsible for bringing a lot of guys in. We certainly wish him the best and it was nice to get a win today.” A key play in the game came with 5:25 remaining in the third period when Carolina’s Jeff Skinner, who had just scored to tie the game, was awarded a penalty shot after being hooked on a breakaway by Ladislav Smid. Skinner tried to go five-hole again just like he did on his goal but this time was denied by Karri Ramo. “Looking back, I would have done something different,” Skinner said. “I tried to open him up but he didn’t really bite on my fake. I probably shouldn’t have forced it in there.” It was one of 29 saves on the night for Ramo, who improved to 5-5-1. “Just trying to make the save, be big, and not give him very much to shoot at. I wanted to give a chance for our guys to win,” Ramo said.

Brian McGrattan, who scored the only goal of the opening 40 minutes, said that save was the difference. “That was huge. That probably won us the game right there. We came out after that save was made and we were flying. You need saves like that to win games,” said McGrattan. Calgary (12-15-4) now heads out on a five-game Eastern road swing that begins Saturday in Buffalo. Carolina (13-13-7) will look for its first win when it wraps up a four-game road trip in Phoenix on Saturday. “A sour end to a great effort by our team, that’s for sure,” said Peters, who falls to 6-82. “We played a solid game, came out strong in the third, took the play to them a lot.” The Flames took a 1-0 lead to the third period, but for the third game in a row couldn’t hold it with Skinner tying the game for Carolina at 11:10 on a 30-foot wrist shot that trickled through Ramo’s pads. “We had chances, we just didn’t capitalize and it came back to bite us,” said Carolina coach Kirk Muller. “I thought it was going to be a low scoring game, tight. I was happy the way we stuck with it tonight.” Throughout the morning’s press conference, Burke alluded to the Flames as being too small, not tough enough and needing to play more hostile, or truculent as he likes to describe it. Appropriately, it was the Flames’ most physical player, McGrattan, who opened the scoring at 17:49 the first period after some hard work by linemates Byron and Lance Bouma. “In a tight game, coach showing confidence in us throwing us out more and more and more. I think if we do the things we did in that shift, game in and game out, he’ll have the confidence to play us more,” said McGrattan, whose goal was his first in 30 games dating back to last season. McGrattan complimented the way the team played after the day’s events. “We reacted the right way. A lot of things in the game that are out of your control,” he said. “You can only control the things that you do and that’s how hard you work and how good your attitude is. I think we regrouped today and got a big win.” Both teams welcomed back veteran forwards to their lineup.

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Carolina Hurricanes’ Riley Nash, right, tries to steal the puck from Calgary Flames’ Jiri Hudler, during first period NHL action in Calgary, Thursday.

Flames fire GM Jay Feaster, Burke says team needs to get bigger BY THE CANADIAN PRESS CALGARY — The rebuild not fast enough for their liking, the Calgary Flames fired general manager Jay Feaster and assistant GM John Weisbrod on Thursday. Brian Burke will serve as acting general manager. Hired as the team’s president of hockey operations in September, Burke stated he would not fill the GM’s role for long. “I feel for us to take the next step, we’ll do it quicker and better with a change,” Burke said. “I did not come here to be the general manager. I am not going to be the general manager other than for a short time. “We have received permission to interview one candidate already. We’ll seek permission to interview others today.” Head coach Bob Hartley and his coaching staff were assured they will remain in place for the rest of this season, Burke said. The Flames were 11-13-4 and 14 points out of a playoff berth heading into Thursday’s game against the Carolina Hurricanes. “This is all about having a parade,” Burke said. “It seems very distant on a day like today. Our team is struggling and we’re near the bottom of the standings and a guy is standing up

here talking about titles and people are saying ‘man, this guy needs a urine test.’ “But that’s what this is about. I wouldn’t have come here if that wasn’t the ultimate goal. I have to look at the steps that have been taken and figure out what’s the best way for us to get on that path.” One of the team’s priorities is to get bigger and more “truculent.” He pointed to the Anaheim Ducks who won the 2007 Stanley Cup with him as GM. “You can pick the top 10 teams in our league right now. One thing they have in common — the coaches might be different, the system might be different — one thing they have in common is they’re big,” Burke said. “Once the Anaheim team won the Cup in ’07 every team started to blueprint themselves after that. We’re not big enough. We’re not hostile enough. “I don’t like playing flag football. I like teams that bang. That’s what wins in our league.” Calgary did not make the playoffs in the two full seasons Feaster served as GM. Feaster joined the Flames as assistant GM to Darryl Sutter prior to the 2010-11 season. He took over as interim GM when Sutter stepped down in December. Calgary did not qualify for the post-season that year either. “There’s definitely a shock factor,” Flames forward Mike Cammalleri said of Feaster’s dismissal.

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Iginla leads Bruins to win over Oilers BY THE CANADIAN PRESS


Boston Bruins’ Brad Marchand and Edmonton Oilers’ Nick Schultz battle for the puck during first-period NHL action in Edmonton, on Thursday.

Bruins 4 Oilers 2 EDMONTON — hat looked like an easy two-point evening ended up with the Boston Bruins hanging on for dear life. Jarome Iginla scored twice as the Eastern Conference-leading Bruins withstood a barrage in the third period to hold on and defeat the West cellar-dwelling Edmonton Oilers 4-2 on Thursday. Dennis Seidenberg and Brad Marchand also scored for the Bruins (22-8-2), who have won four in a row and eight of their last 10. The Bruins had a 3-0 lead after the first period, but found themselves under siege for much of the rest of the game. “I told the guys that they would come back hard on us,” said Boston coach Claude Julien. “I didn’t like the goals we gave up for what we expect of our team. They were sloppy, but credit to the Oilers. They skated and showed their skill level and gave us a really tough game. At the end we were just hanging on. Our bench is short and we have been struggling with the health of our team and you could see that it was a matter of winning in regulation or I don’t think we come out with a win.” Marchand said all that mattered was the end result on the night. “It’s a road win and we have to be happy with it,” he said. “We know we are not going to put our best game on the ice every night, but we want to keep building. With all of the injuries

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we have right now, every win is huge.” Bruins backup goalie Chad Johnson made 39 saves and was especially tested in a third period that saw his team outshot 13-3. “It was a tough game to hold on in,” he said. “Sometimes it is like that. Sometimes you have to hold on. We battled really hard. I thought the guys did a good job killing penalties and battling defensively.” David Perron replied with both goals for the Oilers (11-19-3), who have lost two of their last three and dropped to 6-10-2 on home ice. “I don’t know if we won a battle in the first period,” said Oilers coach Dallas Eakins. “I don’t know if we were, ’The Bruins are in town, they’re one of the best teams in the league and we need to play cautious.’ You can’t play cautious against anybody, you’ll get killed if you give them too much time and space. But even though we weren’t winning the battles, I didn’t think the first period was as bad as the shot clock showed or the score was. I still felt we had a chance if we could get a goal.” Perron felt his team might have deserved a different fate in the game. “I felt even after the first period the score wasn’t reflective of the game,” he said. “I thought they were outplaying us, but not by that much. Not by three goals anyway. We did our job in the second and we’re probably going to have nightmares about not scoring in the last minute and hitting the post.”

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THE ICE REBELS FUTURE Josh Mahura was selected by the Red Deer Rebels in the second round — 36th Josh Mahura overall — of the 2013 WHL bantam draft and is currently playing with the midget prep team at the Okanagan Hockey Academy. The St. Albert native was a member of his hometown major bantam Sabres last season. He played with the Northwest Sharks in the Alberta Cup last spring and also suited up with Team Alberta in the Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup in October. The 15-yearold defenceman, who carries 165 pounds on his six-foot frame, has scored nine goals and garnered 21 points in 25 games this season.

WHO’S HOT Prince Albert Raiders RW Dakota Conroy has recorded at least one point in his last seven games. The Dakota 19-year-old Conroy Edmonton native has accumulated nine goals and 15 points during the stretch dating back to Nov. 23 and has a total of 29 points (15-14) in 28 games this season.

WHO’S CLUTCH Edmonton Oil Kings C Curtis Lazar has sniped a league-leading seven gamewinning goals. The Ottawa Curtis Lazar Senators’ first-round pick in the 2013 NHL entry draft — who subsequently signed a three-year entrylevel deal with the Sens in September — is the Oil Kings’ leading scorer with 37 points (21-16) in 27 games.

THEY SAID IT “I’m at a loss for words right now. We just basically fell apart. You can see the frustration on guys, Dave but at the Hunchak same time, there’s no excuse for that to happen in our building, ever. That should never happen in our building — it doesn’t matter who we play. To watch these last two nights, it’s sickening. It’s sickening to watch.” — Kamloops Blazers Dave Hunchak, to Mark Hunter of the Kamloops Daily News, after a 7-0 loss to visiting Everett on Teddy Bear Game night last Saturday that followed a 7-3 home-ice loss to Kootenay the night before.



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Student of the game RED DEER REBEL ROOKIE VUKIE MPOFU HAS BEEN IMPROVING EVERY GAME WITH A MIXTURE OF SPEED AND PHYSICAL PLAY BY GREG MEACHEM ADVOCATE SPORTS EDITOR While he’s not yet a top-flight Western Hockey League player, Vukie Mpofu is an A-plus student of the game. The Red Deer Rebels rookie forward is catching on to the major junior brand with a mixture of speed and physical play and is doing everything within his power to improve as a player. Mpofu nearly cracked the Rebels roster last year, but instead was returned to the Saskatoon Contacts and won the Saskatchewan Midget AAA League scoring race with 71 points (31g,40a) in 43 games. He knew he wouldn’t experience the same offensive prowess as a Rebels rookie, but he’s shown gradual improvement in all areas. “Playing here was a bit of a learning curve at first but each and every day you start to feel a little bit better, a little more comfortable,” the 17-year-old said Thursday. “Right now I feel a lot better than I did earlier in the season. I like where things are headed and I’m always challenging myself to be better.” The Saskatoon native, who made four appearances with the Rebels last winter, fully realized that he was facing an entirely new challenge heading into his first WHL regular-season game as a full-time member of the team. “It’s another level obviously and the preparation is a lot more intense,” he said. “The demands and the accountability are a lot more significant at this level, but in the end if you love what you do and you want to be the best that you can be every day, you’ll have success. It’s all about putting the work in and that’s what I’m trying to do every day. “I try to work on all aspects of my game, whether it’s on the ice or in the gym or doing stretching and stuff like that . . . just doing something every day so that you’re better than you were the day before.” His work in the Rebels’ dressing room gymnasium has certainly paid off as Mpofu has added a few pounds of muscle to his five-foot-nine frame

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Rebels rookie Vukie Mpofu chips a puck past Kootenay Ice and Sylvan Lake’s Jordan Steenbergen during a game in November at the Centrium. Mpofu is getting more comfortable every game and is hoping a strong work ethic will translate into better things in the future for him. and also improved his skating stride. “For sure, it’s helped me to be more explosive. That’s the biggest thing, to try to be a better skater,” he said. “It’s kind of just something you have to do to try and get a leg up on the other guys. I want to be the best skater that I can be so I do a lot of leg exercises. When you’re a good skater and skate explosively, it’s easy to be a physical player because you’re there. You’re there on time and that’s kind of the biggest thing for me.” The 170-pound Mpofu has scored twice and added three assists in 32 games this season. He’s also racked up 28 minutes in penalties and isn’t afraid to mix it up, as he showed Tuesday when he was engaged in two fights during a 6-0 loss to

the host Lethbridge Hurricanes. “It’s not something that you really think about beforehand, but the emotion of the game and the situation of the game at times calls for it,” he said. “As far as the other night goes, I had two (fights) and that won’t happen very often. But the situation kind of led to that. “The team sometimes needs someone to provide a spark. It doesn’t have to be a fight, but whatever it calls for at that time, someone has to step up and do it and I don’t mind being that guy.” Rebels associate coach Jeff Truitt has been pleased with Mpofu’s progress as a first-year regular. “When he first came to us, with him being smaller player there was a concern that understanding the heaviness of this

league might have been a little harder for him,” said Truitt. “But he’s obviously figuring things out that way. He’s getting more involved, he’s scored a couple of goals for us and physically he’s not getting pushed around. We knew it would be a bit of a learning curve for him but we’re nearly halfway through the season now and he’s making good strides.” ● The Rebels face the Kootenay Ice tonight at Cranbrook, then return home to host the Hurricanes Saturday at 7 p.m. Red Deer’s final game prior to the Christmas break is Tuesday against the visiting Medicine Hat Tigers. The Rebels’ first game after the break is Dec. 27 against the visiting Calgary Hitmen. gmeachem@reddeeradvocate. com

Dumba deal one that Sutter had to make The Red Deer Rebels lost Brandon Sut- had to make. ter to the Carolina Hurricanes as a 19-year“We’ve lost three underage players to old in 2008 and watched as Ryan Nugent- the NHL in five years,” he said. “You’re Hopkins, just 18, joined the Edmonton Oil- proud of the kids for getting to that level ers three years later. and proud of the fact that as an organizaMinus their best players, the Rebels tion we were impactful in developing them dropped off in the WHL standings in the and getting them to that point. seasons that followed and when defence“On the other side, it hurts your hockey man Matt Dumba joined the Minteam when you lose players at nesota Wild as a 19-year-old this that age. It’s not simply because season Brent Sutter had to take of how they play but the fact that action when it became apparent they make everyone else around that Dumba would not be returnthem better. It’s impactful, and ing to Red Deer. usually not in a good way. It does The Rebels GM/head coach affect the win-loss column. set a deadline of Dec. 1 for the “We had to look at a return Wild to reassign Dumba to Red (for Dumba) and we had to get a Deer. When the date came and player who can make an impact passed and Dumba was still on both this year and moving forthe Wild roster, albeit relatively ward.” inactive, Sutter started searchSutter, after hearing glowing ing for trade partners. reports from Rebels assistant GREG The Rebels got nothing in the GM/director of player personMEACHEM way of WHL players/draft renel Shaun Sutter and director turns when they lost Sutter and of scouting/player development Nugent-Hopkins to the NHL as Randy Peterson, among others, under-agers and the Red Deer decided that Kopeck was a perbench boss wasn’t about to let that happen fect fit for his club. again. The Medicine Hat native is a character On Tuesday, he dealt Dumba’s WHL player with leadership skills and Brent Sutrights to the Portland Winterhawks for ter is hoping those traits will rub off on his 18-year-old forward Presten Kopeck and team. a trio of second-round bantam draft picks. “We’ve had some inconsistencies this The draft picks will come to Red Deer only season and part of that is due to (a lack of) if Dumba is reassigned to the ‘Hawks fol- leadership,” said Sutter. “We’re trying to lowing the world junior championship, and develop guys like Conner Bleackley and there’s reason to believe that may tran- Haydn Fleury to become our true leaders spire. but we’ve had some issues with some of our In short, it was a deal that Sutter simply older players.


“Whether it be (Lucas) Sutter, (Brooks) Maxwell, (Rhyse) Dieno, (Dominik) Volek, (Brady) Gaudet, (Devan) Fafard . . . in the past they’ve been part of a supporting cast to a leadership group. Now with them moving into the head group of leadership it hasn’t been as smooth of a transition as we wanted to see. Nothing against those kids — it’s just something that’s not true and natural for them, so we’ve had to work with them on it. “I think we’ve taken some strides in that direction, but it hasn’t happened as quickly as we expected and that’s part of the reason why we’ve been really good in some games and not so good in others. “A player like this (Kopeck) can come in and really help our leadership group. It probably comes more natural to him. It’s important for all of our younger players, and important for the older group, too, to see a guy like that who every night is going to come and play hard and play the right way over and over.” Kopeck, who has four goals and 10 points in 24 games this season, recently underwent hernia surgery and will join the Rebels in early to mid January. Portland GM/head coach Mike Johnston is confident that Kopeck will help his new team. “Kopeck’s a guy that coaches appreciate,” Johnston told the Portland Oregonian. “He’s a heart and soul guy and competes hard, and Red Deer saw that he could play anywhere in their lineup. It was a tough decision to make, but it was our only option to make this deal.”

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Juniors eye Monahan after Flames shakeup WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS

TORONTO — A shakeup in the Calgary Flames front office on Thursday has management of Canada’s world junior championship team wondering if centre Sean Monahan may be available for international duty. They had already been told Monahan would not be loaned for the Dec. 26-Jan. 3 world junior championship in Malmo, Sweden, but that was before Flames president of hockey operations Brian Burke fired general manager Jay Feaster. Scott Salmond, the junior squad’s director of hockey operations, said it won’t hurt to ask again if the gifted forward is available, even if it may be a longshot. “A no is a no whether it comes from Brian Burke or Jay,” said Salmond. “Out of respect for Brian we’ll go back and ask again. I’m sure Brian was part of the original decision. Whether things change or not will be up to the Calgary Flames, but it’s worth a try.” The six-foot-two 190-pound Monahan has nine goals and 15 points in 24 games as an NHL rookie. The junior team is also hoping to bring Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman Morgan Rielly back for a second world junior tournament, but so far the Leafs have been reluctant to let him go. The NHL club is expected to make a decision by Tuesday. The juniors have already got rearguard Mathew Dumba from the Minnesota Wild. Players arrived a few at a time from across Canada on Thursday to begin preparations for a three-day camp at the Mastercard Centre before heading for Sweden for more practice and three pre-tournament games. What wasn’t known is whether Halifax Mooseheads forward Jonathan Drouin, projected to be a top points producer, will be able to skate. He suffered a concussion last week after being hit from behind in a game against the Quebec Remparts. He was to be evaluated by team doctors Thursday night to see if he is


ready to resume skating. Drouin said he feels better, but it’s up to the doctors to say if he can skate. “I want to get on the ice with the guys as soon as possible, but it’s my health and I’m not going to push it,” said Drouin, the third-overall pick in the NHL draft in June by the Tampa Bay Lightning. “But it’s not me deciding those things. It’s more medical testing to make sure I’m fine in my head.” Coach Brent Sutter doubts that Drouin will skate this week, but it won’t disrupt the team’s preparations either way. “We’ll monitor him,” said Sutter. “There’s no rush or panic. We have a few days before we need to be concerned about it.” Drouin played well at last year’s world juniors, when Canada was shut out of the medals after losing to the United States in the semifinals. And he was a force as Halifax won the Memorial Cup. He was disappointed that the Lightning didn’t keep him in the NHL after training camp, but since then he has been tearing up the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League with 17 goals and 50 points in only 23 games. Ryan Jankowski, the junior team’s top scout, said the experience Drouin acquired last season has made him a better player. “He’s been through a lot,” said Jankowski. “Winning a Memorial Cup and being part of the world juniors was huge for him, but now he’s taking his game to the next level. “His game has changed. He’s more complete, but he has also raised his offensive game to dominate more than he did last year, if that’s possible.” Another returning player is Edmonton Oil Kings defenceman Griffin Reinhart, who was slapped with a four-game suspension for slashing an American player in last year’s world juniors. He sat out one game in that tournament, but is to miss the first three games this time. Sutter shot down any notion that the suspension would play any part in the decision on whether to keep the big and gifted rearguard. Calgary’s new general manager will choose his own assistant, according to Burke. The Buffalo Sabres are also in the market for a new GM.

FLAMES: Returning from injury OILERS: Good pace For the Flames, Curtis Glencross (knee) returned after missing 15 games and TJ Galiardi (back) drew back in after being sidelined for eight games. Carolina got Alexander Semin (concussion) back after he missed 12 games. Notes: The Hurricanes lost rookie Elias Lindholm early in the first period when he was hit hard into the sideboards by Mark Giordano. He will be re-evaluated on Friday. ... Galiardi has gone 21 games without a goal. ... Carolina RW Patrick Dwyer played his 300th NHL game. Backlund played in NHL game No. 200. ... The Flames improve to 7-4-2 with Giordano in the line-up. ... In its last eight home games, Calgary has given up a total of five goals over the first two periods and 14 in the third period and overtime.

FIRED: Results “You wake up and go to work and things change. At the same time with Brian coming and us being in the position we’re in, not just management, but coaches and players, are aware that we’ve got to get results,” Cammalleri added. Feaster inherited an older, expensive team. His attempts to get younger and tougher were hampered by several players with no-trade clauses in their contracts. He dealt captain Jarome Iginla and defenceman Jay Bouwmeester last spring, which added a pair of firstround draft picks to the No. 6 pick Calgary already owned. With his first pick, Feaster drafted Sean Monahan, a 19-year-old forward who is currently injured, but has been an impact player for the team. Calgary currently has about $16 million to spend under the salary cap, according to Feaster previously served as GM of the Tampa Bay Lightning, who he guided to a Stanley Cup win in 2004. Burke has had a long career as a hockey executive. He has previously served as GM of the Vancouver Canucks, Toronto Maple Leafs, Hartford Whalers and Ducks. Burke said it was tough to fire Feaster, who he called a friend. But he said hard decisions come with the job. “I’m not kissing babies up here,” he said. “I’m not running for office. This is about winning hockey games. “I wanted to do it as far away from Christmas as possible. As soon as this decision was reached and sold to ownership, I wanted it done.” The Flames haven’t made the playoffs in four seasons. Calgary hasn’t made it past the first round since their run to the Stanley Cup final against the Lightning in 2004. Burke said one of the reasons for the shakeup is that he believes the Flames are giving up points in games they should win. “I’m frustrated like all of our fans are with our inability to hold leads,” Burke said. “I love how this team works, I love how the coaches are playing the kids ... I’m just frustrated that we seem to routinely turn third-period leads into losses.”

Edmonton has lost 11 straight games to the Bruins dating back to 2000. There was a good pace to the game in the early going before the Bruins started the scoring. Edmonton starter Devan Dubnyk whiffed on a long hopeful shot from the blue-line by Seidenberg, who was sending the puck in while his team made a line change just past the midmark of the first period. Boston made it 2-0 with four minutes left in the opening period on another long shot goal as Edmonton-area native Iginla scored on a slapshot with Milan Lucic providing a screen in front. It was Iginla’s first game in Edmonton as a member of any team other than the rival Calgary Flames. The Bruins then took a dominating three-goal edge thanks to a short-handed goal with 1:43 left in the first. Philip Larsen’s shot was blocked at the point, allowing Boston to break away on a 2-on-1 that was capitalized on when Patrice Bergeron fed Marchand for his fifth goal of the season. The Oilers have allowed a league-high seven short-handed goals this season. Edmonton backup goaltender Jason LaBarbera came in to replace Dubnyk to start the second period. The Oilers finally got on the board three-and-a-half minutes into the second as Perron gained the zone and beat Johnson stick-side with a quick wrist shot for this team-leading 13th goal of the season. Edmonton cut Boston’s lead to one goal with two-and-a-half minutes left in the second as Perron picked up a puck behind the net and fought off Bergeron with one hand while hooking the puck around and into the net with a highlight-reel move. The shots were an even 28-28 after 40 minutes. The Oilers pressed hard for the equalizer in the first 13 minutes of the third period - out-shooting the Bruins 10-0 - but were unable to get a shot past Johnson. Edmonton continued to be all over Boston’s zone, but the Bruins were able to put it away when Iginla scored an empty-net goal in the final minute. The Oilers embark on a four-game road trip, beginning on Friday in Vancouver. The Bruins follow the Oilers out west to face the Canucks on Saturday. Notes: It was Ference’s first game against his old team since joining the Oilers as a free agent during the summer and subsequently being named captain. ... The Bruins are battling the flu bug and hardest hit was goalie Tuuka Rask, who served as a backup to Johnson in the game. ... The Bruins were also without forward Shawn Thornton, who was out pending a disciplinary hearing for his actions in the injury to Pittsburgh’s Brooks Orpick. ... Out with injuries for Boston were forwards Daniel Paille (upper body), Loui Eriksson (concussion) and Chris Kelly (broken ankle) and defencemen Doug Hamilton (lower body) and Adam McQuaid (lower body). ... The Oilers were absent forwards Boyd Gordon (shoulder) and Ryan Smyth (neck) and goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov (concussion). Defenceman Jeff Petry returned for the game.


Team Canada forward Jonathan Drouin, right, shakes hands with Charles Hudon, left, after arriving at the airport during the start of world Juniors selection camp in Toronto on Thursday. “We’re not going to be worried about the suspension he has,” said Sutter. “If we have to carry six defencemen to start the tournament, we’ll do so. “You look at the youth on our team, it outweighs the three games he still has to serve.” He said the experience and leadership of players like Reinhart is even more important on a team that has three “underage” players in camp — 16-year-old phenom Connor McDavid, as well as possibly the two top picks in the 2014 NHL draft in defenceman Aaron Ekblad and Reinhart’s younger brother Sam. There are three cuts still to be made — five if Monahan and Rielly join the squad — and it is uncertain if the three youngsters will make it.

Sutter is high on all three, but there is only room for two goalies, seven defencemen and 13 forwards. McDavid said he’s ready to accept any role, if it means making the team. “There’s a little pressure I guess, being that I am 16, but I don’t think they would have brought me here if they thought that was going to be a big deal,” he said. “So I just try to put it out of my head and focus on the task at hand.” Sutter set no timetable for the cuts, which could come at the end of the camp but may come after the first exhibition game in Sweden. They hope to have their 22-man squad set at least for the last two pre-tournament games. The deadline to declare rosters is Dec. 25.

Dan Church steps down as Canadian women’s hockey coach BY THE CANADIAN PRESS CALGARY — Dan Church abruptly resigned as head coach of the Canadian women’s hockey team saying he felt others lacked confidence in his ability to win a gold medal at the Winter Olympics. Church stepped down from the job Thursday less than two months before the opening ceremonies of the Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. “If there isn’t confidence in what I’m doing, I need to step aside and let the team move on,” Church told The Canadian Press in a phone interview. “I’m heartbroken, to be honest, about the whole situation.” He did not specify whether it was players or Hockey Canadaa management who questioned his competence. “Just discussions I’d had over the last few days made that apparent, in some meetings I’d had with leadership,” Church said. “I think it was just difference of opinion on the direction we were headed. “In the end, I just de-

cided if I’m getting in the way of where the team needs to go, I need to step aside and let them continue on in the process.” The move was a bombshell as the 21-player Olympic team was expected to be announced before the end of December. The Canadian women will attempt to win a fourth straight gold medal in Sochi after victories in 2002, 2006 and 2010. Church, from Toronto, was hired to a two-year contract to coach the women’s team in June 2012. He coached Canada to a women’s world title in April of that year in Burlington, Vt. Canada lost the final of this year’s world championship to the U.S. in Ottawa. The Canadian women have been training full time in Calgary since August in preparation for the Olympics. Canada was riding a three-game winning streak against archrival U.S. heading into Thursday night’s game between the two countries in Calgary. Canada went 4-0 to win

the Four Nations Cup in November and held a 1011 record against male midget-triple A teams in the Alberta Midget Hockey League. When asked if Hockey Canada tried to convince him to stay or reverse his decision Church replied, “No, they did not.” Church said he was flying to Toronto later Thursday. The 40-year-old did not address the players before his departure. Church did not run the Canadian team’s practice Wednesday. Assistant coaches Lisa Haley and Danielle Goyette will continue as co-coaches until a new head coach is named, according to Hockey Canada’s chief operating officer Scott Smith. The players were informed of Church’s departure at their morning skate. “Over the last few hours I’ve had discussions with Dan Church and effective just recently Dan has decided to resign for personal reasons,” Smith said at news conference Thursday.

U.S. downs Canada in warm-up for Olympics BY THE CANADIAN PRESS U.S. 5 Canada 1 CALGARY — A preoccupied Canadian women’s hockey team fell 5-1 to the United States on Thursday as the Canadians tried to come to grips with the sudden resignation of their head coach. Canada wasn’t in the game from the outset. Head coach Dan Church left Calgary in the morning without addressing the players. He told The Canadian Press he felt the organization lacked confidence in his ability to defend the Olympic gold medal. Assistant coaches Danielle Goyette and Lisa Haley are co-coaching the team until Church’s replacement is named. The loss snapped Canada’s threegame winning streak against the Americans since losing to the them in this year’s final at the world championship in April. Canada mustered just 10 shots on U.S. goalie Jessie Vetter in the first two periods and 16 overall at the Markin MacPhail Centre in Calgary. Alex Carpenter, Brianna Decker, Hilary Knight and Meghan Duggan scored with Megan Bozek adding an empty netter for the U.S. Defenceman Tara Watchorn scored the lone goal for Canada after they fell behind 3-0. Goaltender Shannon Szabados stopped 24-of-28 shots. “It was an emotional day,” Montreal forward Caroline Ouellette said. “A lot of different feelings around the team.

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SCOREBOARD Hockey Dallas Nashville Winnipeg Pt 42 36 36 36 23 22 Pt 43 43 41 36 30 14

WESTERN CONFERENCE B.C. DIVISION GP W L OTLSOL GF GA Pt Kelowna 29 24 3 0 2 115 68 50 Victoria 35 21 13 0 1 97 86 43 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 32 21 7 4 0 108 83 46 Seattle 32 19 9 1 3 120 112 42 Spokane 33 19 12 0 2 119 102 40 Tri-City 34 17 14 1 2 91 92 37 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 Wednesday’s results Kelowna 6 Moose Jaw 3 Kamloops 4 Regina 3 (SO) Edmonton 7 Prince Albert 5 Calgary 5 Lethbridge 3 Spokane 5 Everett 3 Thursday’s results Victoria 4 Swift Current 3 (OT) 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.

30 14 11 5 33 84 89 32 15 14 3 33 74 90 33 14 14 5 33 86 94 Pacific Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA Anaheim 34 22 7 5 49 108 87 Los Angeles 32 21 7 4 46 88 63 San Jose 31 19 6 6 44 103 78 Phoenix 31 18 8 5 41 103 97 Vancouver 33 18 10 5 41 88 81 Calgary 31 12 15 4 28 81 101 Edmonton 33 11 19 3 25 91 113 NOTE: Two points for a win, one point for overtime loss. Wednesday’s Games Los Angeles 3, Toronto 1 Chicago 7, Philadelphia 2 Anaheim 2, Minnesota 1 Thursday’s Games Tampa Bay 2, Detroit 1, SO Colorado 4, Winnipeg 3, SO Columbus 4, N.Y. Rangers 2 Philadelphia 2, Montreal 1 Ottawa 2, Buffalo 1 St. Louis 6, Toronto 3 Nashville 3, Dallas 1 Calgary 2, Carolina 1, OT Phoenix 6, N.Y. Islanders 3 Boston 4, Edmonton 2 Minnesota at San Jose, late Friday’s Games New Jersey at Pittsburgh, 5 p.m. Washington at Florida, 5:30 p.m. Edmonton at Vancouver, 7 p.m. Saturday’s Games Calgary at Buffalo, noon Los Angeles at Ottawa, noon Dallas at Winnipeg, 1 p.m. Chicago at Toronto,5 p.m. Pittsburgh at Detroit,5 p.m. Tampa Bay at New Jersey, 5 p.m. Montreal at N.Y. Islanders, 5 p.m. St. Louis at Columbus, 5 p.m. San Jose at Nashville, 6 p.m. Carolina at Phoenix, 6 p.m. Minnesota at Colorado, 7 p.m. Boston at Vancouver, 8 p.m.

Flames 2, Hurricanes 1 (OT) First Period No Scoring. Penalties — Stajan Cgy (hooking) 9:00. Second Period 1. Calgary, McGrattan 1 (Bouma, Byron) 17:49. Penalties — Dwyer Car (hooking) 7:13. Third Period 2. Carolina, Skinner 11 (Ruutu, Staal) 11:10. Penalties — Hudler Cgy (high-sticking) 5:59, Ruutu Car (roughing) 12:42, Russell Cgy (roughing) 12:42. Overtime 3. Calgary, Butler 2 (Byron, Backlund) 4:56. Penalties —None. Shots on goal Carolina 10 3 16 1 — 30 Calgary 9 11 8 2 — 30 Goal — Carolina: Peters (LO, 6-8-2); Calgary: Ramo (W, 5-5-1). Power plays (goal-chances)Carolina: 0-2; Calgary: 0-1.

Sunday’s games Victoria at Lethbridge, 2 p.m. Saskatoon at Edmonton, 4 p.m. Swift Current at Calgary, 4 p.m. Kamloops at Moose Jaw, 5 p.m. Spokane at Everett, 5:05 p.m. Kelowna at Prince Albert, 6 p.m. Regina at Medicine Hat, 6 p.m. Prince George at Vancouver, 6 p.m. Thursday’s summaries Royals 4, Broncos 3 (OT) First Period 1. Victoria, Walker 13 (Oleksyn, Blomqvist) 1:50 2. Victoria, Soy 9, 2:46 3. Victoria, Hodges 4 (Blomqvist, Schacher) 3:35 4. Swift Current, Honka 12 (Cave, Martin) 10:40 (pp) Penalties — Reddekopp Vic (tripping) 6:13, Walker Vic (holding) 10:08, Heatherington SC (hooking) 18:08. Second Period No Scoring. Penalties — Oleksyn Vic (tripping) 8:50, Bosc SC (tripping) 16:12, Hodges Vic (holding) 16:25, Heatherington SC (tripping) 18:18, Cote Vic (slashing) 18:35. Third Period 5. Swift Current, Gawdin 4 (Honka) 5:18 6. Swift Current, Merkley 14 (DeBrusk, Black) 14:31 Penalties — Kohlhauser Vic, Odgers SC (fighting) 6:06, Reddekopp Vic (hooking) 9:52, Zinkan SC (holding) 12:01. Overtime 7. Victoria, Blomqvist 10 (Reddekopp, Hodges) 3:31 Penalties — None. Shots on goal Victoria 9 8 13 3 — 33 Swift Current 7 9 14 2 — 32 Goal (shots-saves) — Victoria: Polivka (W,14-9-0); Swift Current: Laurikainen (5-5), Bow (OTL,8-2-1) (first period, 28-24). Power plays (goals-chances) — Victoria: 0-4; Swift Current: 1-6. National Hockey League EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA Boston 31 21 8 2 44 86 62 Montreal 33 19 11 3 41 86 73 Tampa Bay 31 18 10 3 39 87 77 Detroit 33 15 9 9 39 88 87 Toronto 33 16 14 3 35 90 96 Ottawa 33 13 14 6 32 94 106 Florida 32 10 17 5 25 73 106 Buffalo 32 7 23 2 16 54 94 Metropolitan Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA Pittsburgh 32 21 10 1 43 98 71 Washington 31 17 12 2 36 98 90 Carolina 33 13 13 7 33 76 93 Columbus 32 14 15 3 31 82 88 Philadelphia 32 14 15 3 31 72 86 N.Y. Rangers 33 15 17 1 31 72 88 New Jersey 32 12 14 6 30 73 82 N.Y. Islanders 33 9 19 5 23 83 117 WESTERN CONFERENCE Central Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA Chicago 34 23 6 5 51 129 93 St. Louis 30 21 6 3 45 106 70 Colorado 30 21 9 0 42 87 71 Minnesota 33 18 10 5 41 78 77

conduct) 7:10, Dubinsky Clb (high-sticking) 13:24, Dubinsky Clb (high-sticking) 15:51. Third Period 5. NY Rangers, Girardi 2 (Zuccarello, Del Zotto) 11:07. 6. Columbus, Johansen 11 (Tyutin) 18:28. Penalties — Prout Clb (holding) 9:48, Dorsett NYR (high-sticking) 9:48. Shots on goal Columbus 16 6 5 — 27 NY Rangers 16 11 7 — 34 Goal (shots-saves) — Columbus: McElhinney (W,44-1)(16-15), McKenna (0:00 second, 18-17); NY Rangers: Lundqvist (L,9-14-1)(13-10), Talbot (11:10 first, 14-13). Power plays (goal-chances) — Columbus: 0-1; NY Rangers: 0-3. Predators 3, Stars 1 First Period 1. Dallas, Cole 5 (Chiasson) 18:07. 2. Nashville, Hornqvist 7 (Legwand, Weber) 19:02 (pp). 3. Nashville, Legwand 6 (Josi, Weber) 19:30 (pp). Penalties — Ellis Nash (boarding) 13:41, Horcoff Dal (high-sticking) 18:45, Dillon Dal (delay of game) 18:52. Second Period 4. Nashville, Gaustad 5 (Wilson, Bourque) 9:14. Penalties — Josi Nash (roughing) 1:21, Weber Nash (boarding) 14:11. Third Period No Scoring. Penalties — Ja.Benn Dal (slashing) 19:37. Shots on goal Dallas 13 9 12 — 34 Nashville 11 10 9 — 30 Goal — Dallas: Lehtonen (L, 11-7-5); Nashville: Hutton (W, 6-3-1). Power plays (goal-chances) — Dallas: 0-3; Nashville: 2-3.

Thursday’s summaries

Saturday’s games Kelowna at Regina, 6 p.m. Kamloops at Saskatoon, 6:05 p.m. Moose Jaw at Brandon, 6:30 p.m. Swift Current at Kootenay, 7 p.m. Lethbridge at Red Deer, 7 p.m. Victoria at Medicine Hat, 7:30 p.m. Seattle at Portland, 8 p.m. Vancouver at Everett, 8:05 p.m. Prince George at Spokane, 8:05 p.m.

Bruins 4, Oilers 2 First Period 1. Boston, Seidenberg 1, 10:25. 2. Boston, Iginla 7 (Seidenberg, Krejci) 16:11. 3. Boston, Marchand 5 (Bergeron) 18:17 (sh). Penalties — Larsen Edm (delay of game) 13:08, Caron Bos (slashing) 17:35. Second Period 4. Edmonton, Perron 13 (J.Schultz, N.Schultz) 3:25. 5. Edmonton, Perron 14 (Eberle, Petry) 17:27. Penalties — Gazdic Edm (fighting) 4:18, Lucic Bos (fighting) 4:18. Third Period 6. Boston, Iginla 8 (Krejci, Miller) 19:16 (en). Penalties — Marchand Bos (interference) 8:54, Seidenberg Bos (closing hand on puck) 16:52. Shots on goal Boston 18 10 3 — 31 Edmonton 14 14 13 — 41 Goal (shots-saves) — Boston: C.Johnson (W, 6-10); Edmonton: Dubnyk (L, 9-13-2)(18-15), LaBarbera (0:00 second, 12-12). Power plays (goal-chances) — Boston: 0-1; Edmonton: 0-3. Avalanche 4, Jets 3 (SO) First Period 1. Winnipeg, Wheeler 8 (Enstrom, Little) 0:24. 2. Winnipeg, Frolik 8 (Trouba, Clitsome) 5:25 (pp). 3. Colorado, Duchene 13 (O’Reilly, Guenin) 15:08. Penalties — Johnson Col (holding) 2:24, Guenin Col (delay of game) 3:47, Col Bench (Abusive language) 6:47. Second Period 4. Colorado, O’Reilly 10 (Duchene, Sarich) 14:47. 5. Colorado, Duchene 14 (MacKinnon) 19:57. Penalties — Thorburn Wpg (high-sticking) 4:33, Jokinen Wpg (tripping) 9:56, Landeskog Col (tripping) 12:07. Third Period 6. Winnipeg, Wheeler 9 (Scheifele, Clitsome) 10:00 (pp). Penalties — Sarich Col (tripping) 8:02, Landeskog Col (boarding) 14:10. Overtime No Scoring. Penalties — None. Shootout Colorado wins 2-0 Colorado — Duchene, goal; Parenteau, goal. Winnipeg — Setoguchi, miss; Ladd, miss. Shots on goal Colorado 4 14 5 3 — 26 Winnipeg 14 4 13 5 — 36 Goal — Colorado: Varlamov (W, 14-8-0); Winnipeg: Pavelec (SOL, 10-12-4). Power plays (goal-chances) — Colorado: 0-2; Winnipeg: 2-6. Blue Jackets 4, Rangers 2 First Period 1. Columbus, Calvert 4 (Atkinson, Tyutin) 0:38. 2. Columbus, Anisimov 8 (Comeau, Jenner) 8:46. 3. Columbus, Savard 1, 11:10. 4. NY Rangers, Moore 1 (Richards) 14:08. Penalties — Zuccarello NYR (goaltender interference) 6:18, Tyutin Clb (holding) 12:07, Johansen Clb, Dorsett NYR (unsportsmanlike conduct) 19:19. Second Period No Scoring. Penalties — Foligno Clb, Boyle NYR (unsportsmanlike conduct) 7:10, Foligno Clb (unsportsmanlike

Senators 2, Sabres 1 First Period 1. Ottawa, Ryan 15 (Turris, Conacher) 9:22. 2. Buffalo, Ennis 7 (Stafford, McBain) 17:39 (pp). Penalties — Scott Buf (goaltender interference) 2:10, Smith Ott (high-sticking) 17:01. Second Period 3. Ottawa, Smith 5 (Turris, Ryan) 6:39. Penalties — Karlsson Ott (holding) 0:47, Scott Buf (tripping) 4:30, Gryba Ott (fighting) 11:08, McCormick Buf (fighting) 11:08, Condra Ott (high-sticking) 12:25. Third Period No Scoring. Penalties — Gryba Ott (slashing) 11:31, Pysyk Buf (interference) 15:02, Michalek Ott (holding) 17:57. Shots on goal Buffalo 11 13 17 — 41 Ottawa 13 7 12 — 32 Goal — Buffalo: Miller (L, 6-17-0); Ottawa: Anderson (W, 9-8-3). Power plays (goal-chances)Buffalo: 1-5; Ottawa: 0-3. Blues 6, Maple Leafs 3 First Period 1. St. Louis, Backes 14 (Steen, Bouwmeester) 4:48. 2. St. Louis, Schwartz 8 (Sobotka, Jackman) 12:59. 3. St. Louis, Roy 8 (Stewart, Schwartz) 16:10. Penalties — McClement Tor (tripping) 6:47, Steen StL (tripping) 13:27. Second Period 4. St. Louis, Stewart 6 (Sobotka, Schwartz) :29. 5. Toronto, Kadri 10 (Kessel) 1:45. Penalties — Jackman StL (tripping) 2:24, Clarkson Tor (Illegal Check to Head Minor) 6:28, Polak StL (fighting) 17:56, Clarkson Tor (fighting) 17:56. Third Period 6. St. Louis, Steen 22 (Oshie, Pietrangelo) 7:04. 7. Toronto, Kulemin 3 (Raymond, Smith) 14:30. 8. Toronto, van Riemsdyk 14, 16:52. 9. St. Louis, Backes 15, 19:30 (en). Penalties — Cole StL (roughing) 7:19, Clarkson Tor (slashing) 9:01. Shots on goal Toronto 7 6 9 — 22 St. Louis 16 10 10 — 36 Goal (shots-saves) — Toronto: Reimer (15-12), Bernier (L, 9-10-2)(16:10 first, 20-18); St. Louis: Elliott (W, 6-1-1). Power plays (goal-chances) — Toronto: 0-3; St. Louis: 0-3. Lightning 2, Red Wings 1 (SO) First Period 1. Detroit, Quincey 1 (Nyquist, Franzen) 15:04. Penalties — Palat TB (holding) 15:41, Ericsson Det (tripping) 18:09. Second Period 2. Tampa Bay, Kucherov 3 (Brown) 19:16. Penalties — Barberio TB (holding) 3:06, Ericsson Det (holding) 9:46. Third Period No Scoring. Penalties — Palat TB (hooking) 1:24, Tatar Det (closing hand on puck) 13:21, Sustr TB (interference) 16:32, Abdelkader Det (hooking) 19:17. Overtime No Scoring. Penalties — None. Shootout Tampa Bay wins 1-0 Detroit — Datsyuk, miss; Alfredsson, miss; Tatar, miss; Bertuzzi, miss; Nyquist, miss; Franzen, miss. Tampa Bay — Purcell, miss; Kucherov, miss; Filppula, miss; Carle, miss; Johnson, miss; St. Louis, goal. Shots on goal Detroit 8 6 10 5 — 29 Tampa Bay 6 10 11 0 — 27 Goal — Detroit: Gustavsson (SOL, 8-1-2); Tampa Bay: Bishop (W, 16-5-2). Power plays (goal-chances) — Detroit: 0-4; Tampa Bay: 0-4. Flyers 2, Canadiens 1 First Period 1. Philadelphia, Raffl 2 (Voracek, Giroux) 13:57. Penalties — Couturier Pha (high-sticking) 5:04, Emelin Mtl (interference) 15:36. Second Period 2. Philadelphia, Giroux 6 (Voracek, Schenn) 9:43. Penalties — Subban Mtl (elbowing) 6:01, Emelin Mtl (elbowing major, game misconduct) 16:15. Third Period 3. Montreal, Galchenyuk 9, 19:04. Penalties — Gionta Mtl (high-sticking), Gallagher Mtl (double roughing), Mason Pha (roughing, highsticking) 20:00. Shots on goal Montreal 4 9 8 — 21 Philadelphia 9 9 9 — 27 Goal — Montreal: Price (L, 14-10-2); Philadelphia: Mason (W, 11-9-3). Power plays (goal-chances) — Montreal: 0-1; Philadelphia: 0-3.


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

FRIDAY, DEC. 13, 2013

Local Sports

WHL EASTERN CONFERENCE EAST DIVISION GP W L OTLSOL GF GA Swift Current 35 19 12 1 3 122 103 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

National Football League AMERICAN CONFERENCE East W L T Pct New England 10 3 0 .769 Miami 7 6 0 .538 N.Y. Jets 6 7 0 .462 Buffalo 4 9 0 .308 South W L T Pct y-Indianapolis 8 5 0 .615 Tennessee 5 8 0 .385 Jacksonville 4 9 0 .308 Houston 2 11 0 .154 North W L T Pct Cincinnati 9 4 0 .692 Baltimore 7 6 0 .538 Pittsburgh 5 8 0 .385 Cleveland 4 9 0 .308 West W L T Pct x-Denver 11 3 0 .786 Kansas City 10 3 0 .769 San Diego 7 7 0 .500 Oakland 4 9 0 .308


Atlanta PF 349 286 226 273

PA 287 276 337 334

PF 313 292 201 250

PA 316 318 372 350

PF 334 278 291 257

PA 244 261 312 324

PF 535 343 343 264

PA 372 224 311 337

PF 334 357 251 279

PA 301 348 334 407

PF 343 298 244

PA 243 188 291

Detroit Chicago Green Bay Minnesota

3 W 7 7 6 3

W x-Seattle 11 San Francisco 9 Arizona 8 St. Louis 5 x-clinched playoff spot y-clinched division

10 0 North L T 6 0 6 0 6 1 9 1 West L T 2 0 4 0 5 0 8 0




Pct .538 .538 .500 .269

PF 346 368 316 315

PA 321 360 326 395

Pct .846 .692 .615 .385

PF 357 316 305 289

PA 205 214 257 308

Thursday’s Game San Diego 27, Denver 20 Sunday’s Games 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’s Game Baltimore at Detroit, 6:40 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 22 Tampa Bay at St. Louis, 11 a.m. Indianapolis at Kansas City, 11 a.m.

Denver at Houston, 11 a.m. Miami at Buffalo, 11 a.m. New Orleans at Carolina, 11 a.m. Dallas at Washington, 11 a.m. Cleveland at N.Y. Jets, 11 a.m. Minnesota at Cincinnati, 11 a.m. Tennessee at Jacksonville, 11 a.m. Arizona at Seattle, 2:05 p.m. N.Y. Giants at Detroit, 2:05 p.m. Oakland at San Diego, 2:25 p.m. Pittsburgh at Green Bay, 2:25 p.m. New England at Baltimore, 2:25 p.m. Chicago at Philadelphia, 6:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 23 Atlanta at San Francisco, 6:40 p.m. NFL Odds (Odds supplied by Western Canada Lottery; favourites in capital letters) Spread O/U Sunday NEW ENGLAND at Miami 2.5 45.5 BUFFALO at Jacksonville 0.5 42.5 Houston at INDIANAPOLIS 6.5 45.5 PHILADELPHIA at Minnesota 4.5 51.5 SEATTLE at NY Giants 7.5 40.5 SAN FRANCISCO at Tampa Bay 5.5 41.5 Chicago at Cleveland OFF OFF Washington at ATLANTA 5.5 51.5 NY Jets at CAROLINA 11.5 40.5 KANSAS CITY at Oakland 5.5 40.5 ARIZONA at Tennessee 2.5 41.5 NEW ORLEANS at St. Louis 5.5 46.5 CINCINNATI at Pittsburgh 2.5 40.5 Green Bay at Dallas OFF OFF Monday Baltimore at DETROIT 5.5 48.5


● 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.


● 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.


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

Basketball National Basketball Association EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division W L Pct GB Boston 10 14 .417 — Brooklyn 8 14 .364 1 Toronto 7 13 .350 1 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 10 .565 5 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 5 19 .208 14 Pacific Division W L Pct GB L.A. Clippers 15 9 .625 — Phoenix 12 9 .571 1 1/2

Golden State L.A. Lakers Sacramento

13 10 6

10 11 14

.565 .476 .300

1 1/2 3 1/2 7

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 122, Sacramento 101 Golden State 95, Dallas 93 Thursday’s Games Brooklyn 102, L.A. Clippers 93 Houston at Portland, late 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. Saturday’s Games L.A. Clippers at Washington, 5 p.m. L.A. Lakers at Charlotte, 5 p.m. Cleveland at Miami, 5:30 p.m. Atlanta at New York, 5:30 p.m. Toronto at Chicago, 6 p.m. Portland at Philadelphia,6 p.m. Milwaukee at Dallas, 6:30 p.m. San Antonio at Utah, 7 p.m.

Kocher and Canada fourth in biathlon World Cup relay THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ANNECY, France — Germany missed just three targets and avoided penalty loops to win the women’s 4x6-kilometre relay at a biathlon World Cup event Thursday while Canada just missed the podium with a fourth-place finish. The team of Franziska Preuss, Andrea Henkel, Franziska Hildebrand and Laura Dahlmeier completed the race in one hour six minutes 27.8 seconds, beating Ukraine by 23.3 seconds and Norway by 23.8 seconds. Canada overtook France in the last leg to finish fourth, 1:35 off the pace. The Canadian team included Rosanna Crawford of Canmore, Alta., Megan Imrie of Falcon Lake, Man., Megan Heinicke of Prince George, B.C., and Zina Kocher of Red Deer, Alta. “I am so proud of these girls,” Imrie said. “I have witnessed each and every one of them train through blood, sweat and tears to the breaking point. We are fit. We are hungry for results and this isn’t the last you have seen of us.” Selina Gasparin gave Switzerland the lead in the opening leg, but Germany went in front with a perfect second leg from Henkel before Hildebrand extended the 2012 world champions’ lead to 35.8 seconds at the third exchange.


Eagles hammer Drillers

visit the Bentley Generals. Bentley hosts Okotoks Sunday at 2 p.m.

Cougars open Classic against Edmonton St. Joseph

The Innisfail Eagles outscored the visiting Okotoks Drillers 4-1 over the final 40 minutes en route to a 7-3 Chinook Hockey League win Wednesday. Chad Ziegler, Joe Vandermeer and Travis Dunstall each scored twice for the Eagles, who got a single goal from Kelly Rogers. Brendan Gay, with two goals, and Tyler Helfrich replied for the Drillers. Innisfail netminder Jonathan Larose made 31 saves. Okotoks goaltenders Gerry Festa and Adam Melon combined to stop 45 shots. The Eagles are idle until next Wednesday when they

The host Cougars take on Edmonton St. Joseph’s at 2 pm. today in the opening game of the Notre Dame Cougar Classic high school senior boys basketball tournament. Bow Valley of Cochrane will tangle with St. Joseph’s at 5 p.m. On Saturday, the Cougars will face Bow Valley at 10 a.m. and St. Joseph’s will meet Notre Dame of Calgary at noon. The Calgary squad will play Bow Valley in the final game of the tournament at 4 p.m.

WASHINGTON CAPITALS — Loaned G Michael Neuvirth to Hershey (AHL) for a conditioning program. American Hockey League BRIDGEPORT SOUND TIGERS — Signed F Matt Lowry and D Scooter Vaughan to professional tryout contracts. NORFOLK ADMIRALS — Signed F Chris Collins. SAN ANTONIO RAMPAGE — Announced G Jacob Markstrom was recalled by Florida (NHL). Recalled G Michael Houser from Cincinnati (ECHL). ECHL BAKERSFIELD CONDORS — Announced LW Chris Collins was loaned to Norfolk (AHL).

GWINNETT GLADIATORS — Acquired F Bobby Hughes, D Rob Kwiet and the rights to F Brett Lyon from Fort Wayne for F Mike Embach and D Nathan Martine. READING ROYALS — Signed F Jesse Todd. Announced F Tyler Ruegsegger was recalled by Hershey (AHL). Central Hockey League ARIZONA SUNDOGS — Announced D Justin Pender was granted leave of absence by the league. MISSOURI MAVERICKS — Announced F Colt King was suspended seven games by the league. TULSA OILERS — Signed G Omar Kanji to a five-game contract.

Transactions Thursday’s Sports Transactions BASEBALL American League BOSTON RED SOX — Agreed to terms with 1B Mike Napoli on a two-year contract. Designated OF Alex Castellanos for assignment. SEATTLE MARINERS — Agreed to terms with 2B Robinson Cano on a 10-year contract. TEXAS RANGERS — Agreed to terms with INF/ OF Brent Lillibridge, INF Kevin Kouzmanoff, RHP Armando Rodriguez, RHP Doug Mathis and SS Josh Wilson on minor league contracts. TORONTO BLUE JAYS — Agreed to terms with RHP Tomo Ohka on a minor league contract.

Traded LHP Brian Moran to the Los Angeles Angels for an International cap space. National League CHICAGO CUBS — Acquired OF Justin Ruggiano from Miami for OF Brian Bogusevic. WASHINGTON NATIONALS — Agreed to terms with OF Nate McLouth on a two-year contract. FOOTBALL Canadian Football League B.C. LIONS — Named Mark Washington defensive co-ordinator. HOCKEY National Hockey League ANAHEIM DUCKS — Assigned C David Steckel and Ds Alex Grant and Nolan Yonkman to Norfolk

(AHL). CALGARY FLAMES — Fired general manager Jay Feaster and assistant general manager John Weisbrod. CAROLINA HURRICANES — Activated F Alexander Semin from injured reserve. NEW JERSEY DEVILS — Placed D Peter Harrold on injured reserve, retroactive to Dec. 7. Assigned LW Mattias Tedenby to Albany (AHL) for conditioning. NEW YORK ISLANDERS — Activated G Evgeni Nabokov from injured reserve. Loaned G Anders Nilsson to Bridgeport (AHL). OTTAWA SENATORS — Recalled F JeanGabriel Pageau from Binghamton (AHL).

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Chargers pull off shocker over Broncos BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Chargers 27 Broncos 20 DENVER — Now, Peyton Manning gets a chance to rest. Big question: Does he really need a break? Philip Rivers and the San Diego Chargers kept Manning on the sideline most of the game and handed the Denver Broncos and unexpected and harmful 27-20 loss Thursday night. Rivers threw two touchdown passes to Keenan Allen and kept the Chargers’ offence on the field for nearly 39 minutes, keeping their playoff hopes alive while turning Denver’s supposedly easy road to the AFC West title and top seeding in the conference into something much different. “We didn’t play well, didn’t stay on the field, didn’t have the ball much and, when we did, we didn’t do much with it,” Manning said. The Broncos gained 13 yards on the 13 plays they ran after taking a 10-3 lead late in the first quarter. That covered four drives during which they went three-and-out three times and picked up a total of one first down. “The longer you keep the ball and the less he has it, the better off you’re going to be,” said Chargers coach Mike McCoy, Manning’s former offensive co-ordinator. Rivers finished 12 for 20 for 166 yards and improved to 28-6 in December. Ryan Matthews matched his season high with 127 yards on 29 carries. After Denver’s long dry spell on offence, San Diego led 24-10, and though the Broncos (11-3) had overcome doubledigit deficits four times this season to win, it wasn’t hap-


San Diego Chargers linebacker Thomas Keiser reacts after intercepting a pass by Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning in the fourth quarter of an NFL game, Thursday, in Denver. pening this time. They pulled within seven and Manning got the ball on the Denver 3 with 5:50 left. He moved the Broncos 30 yards in two plays with the help of a penalty. But the Chargers’ maligned defence produced some pass rush and forced a bad throw, which linebacker Thomas Keiser picked off at the Denver 33. The Chargers (7-7) got a field goal to go up 10. Denver answered with a field goal but couldn’t recover the onside kick. Manning’s final numbers were decent — 27 for 41 for 289 yards and two touchdowns

— but padded during desperation time. As most veterans do, especially this time of year, Manning griped about the short turnaround between a Sunday and Thursday game, the likes of which have become more common since the NFL started scheduling midweek contests for almost every week. Adding to the fatigue: Denver ran 91 plays on offence while scoring 51 points Sunday in a blowout over Tennessee. “Did the (91) plays on offence take a toll? I can’t answer that,” Manning said. Now, he’ll get 10 days to chew on it. It was the first reg-

ular-season loss at home for Denver in 14 tries, dating to last September against Houston, back when Manning was still getting his footing in Denver and the Texans, who happen to be Denver’s next opponent, were still good. “A Thursday night game, second division game, you’re never sure what you’re going to get,” Manning said. “But it’s been that way all season for us. Teams play us different than they play other teams.” Whatever it was, it worked for the Chargers, who started gaining some confidence against Denver when they scored the final 14 points in

a 28-20 loss to the Broncos last month. Doesn’t hurt that they’re coached by Manning’s former offensive co-ordinator, McCoy, who won the opening coin toss and boldly deferred, giving the Manning the ball first. Manning marched the Broncos 67 yards in seven plays for a quick score and this had the looks of a typical blowout for a team that’s cracked 50 points three times this year. Not so fast. His every move well diagnosed, Manning had two passes knocked down at the line of scrimmage. Chargers defenders wrapped up on Denver’s receivers, holding those much-coveted yards after catch to a minimum after so many of Manning’s typically short timing routes. Not having to worry about Wes Welker, out with a concussion, they blanketed the other receivers and turned fourth-stringer Bubba Caldwell into Manning’s prime target. A good bet. Caldwell led Denver with six catches for 59 yards and two touchdowns, while none of the other Denver receivers did much harm. Denver’s previous low in scoring was 27 points against the Chiefs. The defence, meanwhile, was poor once again — not Super Bowl material on this night. The most telling sequence came in the third quarter when Rivers moved the Chargers from their 1 to midfield over 12 plays. Denver committed two costly penalties — an offside when San Diego had the punt team out on fourth-and-4, then a 12-men-onthe-field that set up first-and-5 and allowed the Chargers to burn more clock. Though they didn’t score, they ate 8:20 off the clock and flipped the field.

New team, stadiums and rivalries headline CFL in 2014 BY SCOTT EDMONDS THE CANADIAN PRESS

Go west young Blue

Welcome black The Ottawa Redblacks will return the CFL to the nation’s capital. The CFL has been an eight team league since the Ottawa Renegades suspended operations before the 2006 season. Other than a brief and unsuccessful experiment in the 1990s, which added American teams to boost the number to 13, nine is the traditional high-water mark of the CFL.

Do I hear 10 The CFL is staying Canadian this time, but it doesn’t want to stop at nine teams. The league is looking for a 10th host city, perhaps Moncton or Halifax. The biggest hurdle to expansion right now seems to be finding a large enough stadium to accommodate a CFL team. Moncton Stadium drew just over 15,000 in 2013 for Touchdown Atlantic between the Montreal Alouettes and Hamilton Tiger-Cats, but its regular capacity is only about 10,000.

The return of Ottawa to the CFL allows the Winnipeg Blue Bombers to move back to their historic base in the CFL West Division. The Bombers were always a western team, until Montreal and then Ottawa folded, forcing Winnipeg to bounce back and forth between the West and East for the last 27 years.

Besides the Redblacks remodelled stadium at Lansdowne, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats plan to christen Tim Hortons Field in 2014, after spending a vagabond construction season as tenants of the University of Guelph. The Saskatchewan Roughriders are expecting their new $278-million digs to be football ready by 2017.

New coaches The league will see some first-time new head coaches in 2014. Edmonton and Winnipeg both have new coaches in 2014 after finishing seventh and eighth in league standings in 2013. Former Argonauts defensive co-ordinator Chris Jones landed his first CFL head coaching job in Edmonton in late November and the Bombers then tabbed Argos special teams co-ordinator Mike O’Shea for his first top spot. The Ottawa Redblacks picked Calgary defensive co-ordinator Rick Campbell to lead their debut in the league.

New draft rules CFL teams will have a better idea whether the players they draft will actually report. For non-imports playing in Canada, they will be eligible three years after completing their first year of CIS eligibility. If they’re playing in the NCAA or NAIA in the United States, they will be eligible after their senior season of eligibility. Teams won’t have to guess whether drafted players who redshirted as freshmen will impress enough to land jobs in the NFL.

Will he or won’t he Anthony Calvillo has been a fixture in the CFL for 20 years with the Montreal Alouettes. But after concussion

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to be a cloud somewhere for the CFL. That may be rumours of a renewed push to bring an NFL team to Toronto, this time led by rock star Jon Bon Jovi and Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment. If it ever does happen, to say it wouldn’t be good for the Argos or CFL in general is an understatement. But it doesn’t look imminent if the team in question is the Buffalo Bills, now locked into their current stadium through the end of the decade. Christmas Hours: M-F: 9-9 Sat: 9-6 Sun: 10-5


A new team, new stadiums and new rivalries are just some of the things that await football fans, with the 2014 CFL season promising more changes than any in recent years. The season just finished may have had a storybook ending for the Saskatchewan Roughriders, who won their fourth Grey Cup on home turf, but it was a challenge for many other teams in the CFL. The Winnipeg Blue Bombers lived up to their name, bombing big time in their spiffy new stadium as they went 3-15. Even Investors Group Field showed cracks, very literally, and less than a year after it opened renovations are taking place to the open-air press box so the city can at some point soon host a Grey Cup. Despite some record-setting performances from quarterback Ricky Ray, the Toronto Argonauts stumbled on their path to earn a return trip to the Grey Cup. And the Montreal Alouettes got a peek at life without veteran quarterback Anthony Calvillo and it wasn’t pretty. But tomorrow is another day and here are a few things expected when the 2014 season gets under way:

issues that made him miss much of 2013, his future in the league looked uncertain at best as he confessed he was pondering retirement. It’s a day the Alouettes always knew would come, but dealing with it is another matter.

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Enough stalling, let Burke run Flames Don’t know why the Calgary Flames keep wasting time. They’ve got Brian Burke. But for reasons that are unclear, they won’t put him in charge of rebuilding the hockey club. Which is like having an experienced plumber in the house and letting him watch television while the basement is flooding. Nobody in the hockey world believed that Burke and the deposed Jay Feaster would see eye-to-eye on how to build a team. All you had to do was look at the clubs both men had constructed in the past. When Burke was hired, he should have been hired as GM, with Feaster released to pursue his future elsewhere. DAMIEN The Flames did him no favours COX by pulling the trigger in December. It makes Feaster look worse, not better, to be sent packing now. And when Burke told Flames ownership, particularly Murray Edwards, that it was time for Feaster to be replaced, they should have told him, ‘Fine. You’re the replacement.’” Instead, it appears we’re going to go through the exercise one more time of watching Burke, who believes confidently he’s among the top hockey managers in the business, try to find someone who can do the job better than he believes he can or believes as passionately in his brand of hockey as he does. It’s unlikely such a person exists, and if it’s Joe Nieuwendyk, let’s say, he better go in with his eyes wide open and all kinds of job guarantees. Having observed Burke’s work over two decades with the NHL, the Hartford Whalers, the Vancouver Canucks, the Anaheim Ducks, the U.S. Olympic program and the Maple Leafs, the Flames clearly liked what they saw. Moreover, they obviously decided that what didn’t work in Toronto, or what didn’t fit stylistically under the strained Bell/Rogers corporate partnership at MLSE, would very much work in Calgary. Already, Burke is sounding, at least, like a guy who’s been in Alberta for a while, not a few weeks. “We want black-and-blue hockey here. That’s what we do in Alberta,” he said on Thursday after firing Feaster. So rather than watch him look over the shoulder of another GM, which makes it nearly impossible for that GM to succeed, the Flames need to put Burke in charge. Enough of the charade, already. You hire Burke, you live with all the good and all the bombast, all the showmanship and all the impatience. Or don’t hire him in the first place.


Part of the problem in Calgary is that Edwards et al don’t seem to know what they want to do. Keep Jarome Iginla. Trade Jarome Iginla. Don’t rebuild. Rebuild. Hire Jay Feaster. Fire him. Burke always brings a plan and believes on breaking lots of eggs to make his particular brand of omelette. Instead of letting somebody else put that plan in place, let Burke do it. Or there’s no point having him around at all.

Leafs refused to approve Rogers NHL deal Two years after communications rivals Rogers and Bell decided to go into business together as co-owners of the Maple Leaf sports empire, the strains in the “unholy” alliance are finally starting to show. This week at the NHL board of governors meetings in Pebble Beach, Calif., the Leafs were the only club that declined to approve the landmark $5.2-billion television and digital rights deal between the 30-team NHL and Rogers Communications that stunned the hockey world late last month. Multiple sources confirmed that the vote was 29-0 in favour of approving the 12-year agreement. The Leafs, represented by Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment chairman Larry Tanenbaum and CEO Tim Leiweke, shocked the meeting by abstaining from the vote. It’s believed NHL commissioner Gary Bettman persuaded Tanenbaum to abstain, rather than vote against the deal and prevent a unanimous outcome. The stunning decision to withhold approval of the Rogers deal came just days after a contentious MLSE board meeting at which representatives of Bell and Rogers, which each own 37.5 per cent of the sports conglomerate, found themselves at loggerheads over the TV agreement, the largest in NHL history. After a decade as the national rights holder for the NHL in Canada, TSN (owned by Bell) found itself outdone by Sportsnet, owned by Rogers. While many of the details surrounding the Sportsnet deal with the NHL remain cloudy, TSN officials were shocked to learn they had lost the rights without getting a chance to outbid their broadcast rival. Some reports have suggested the Sportsnet bid may have been only $1 million per year better than the TSN offer. Tanenbaum, who owns the remaining 25 per cent of MLSE, apparently felt “boxed in” by the results of last week’s MLSE board meeting at which the bitterness between Bell and Rogers over the national rights deal boiled over.

It’s not clear whether he was going to be forced to vote against the deal at the NHL board level before Bettman interceded and suggested that an abstention would save MLSE and the NHL embarrassment. It’s not the first time Tanenbaum has been forced into an uncomfortable position by the inability of Bell and Rogers to see eye-to-eye on hockey matters. Last January, under unrelenting pressure from Bell CEO George Cope, the Leafs dismissed Leaf president and general manager Brian Burke just as the lockout-shortened NHL season was to begin. Tanenbaum and former COO Tom Anselmi were the ones who had to tell Burke he’d been fired. The decision not to support the Rogers NHL deal, meanwhile, will only increase scrutiny on the rest of the MLSE empire at a time when Leiweke is attempting to bring a new level of competitiveness to not only the Leafs, but also the NBA’s Raptors and Toronto FC, the moribund soccer franchise. How Leiweke navigates the turbulent MLSE political waters is going to be fascinating to watch, although there is no sign yet that the bad blood between Rogers and Bell at the board level is having an impact on MLSE’s teams. Earlier this week, the Raptors unloaded forward Rudy Gay and his $19-million contract on the Sacramento Kings, beginning a process that most believe will see the basketball team finish at or near the bottom of the NBA as a means of beginning to rebuild. Toronto FC, meanwhile, is expected to spend tens of millions of dollars in the near future on several international players. The Leafs, of course, signed star winger Phil Kessel to a $64-million contract in October. When the partnership between Bell and Rogers to purchase joint control of MLSE was announced in early December 2011, many openly questioned how the two communications rivals would be able to behave as effective partners, and whether one would eventually buy the other out. As well as the hockey, basketball and soccer franchises, Bell and Rogers also share rights to Leaf regional broadcasts, which may gain a new importance to Bell with the lucrative Canadian NHL rights going to its broadcast rival starting next season. After last month’s stunning coup, Rogers now controls all national and digital NHL rights in Canada. TSN has long been considered the No. 1 sports broadcaster in the country, with Sportsnet in hot pursuit since Keith Pelley left TSN in mid-2011 to become president of Rogers Media. As soon as the new NHL rights deal was announced, many began to speculate how that would impact the MLSE relationship between Rogers and Bell. Well, the early indications are it’s certainly not helping them get along.

Rangers lose fourth straight at hands of Blue Jackets NHL ROUNDUP BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS BLUE JACKETS 4 RANGERS 2 NEW YORK — Matt Calvert, Artem Anisimov and David Savard scored in the first 11:10, and the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Rangers 4-2 on Thursday night, sending New York to its fourth straight loss. The Rangers, 0-3-1 on its ninegame homestand, closed within 3-2 in the third period, but Ryan Johansen pushed Columbus’ lead back to two goals with 1:32 left. The Blue Jackets goalie tandem of Curtis McElhinney and Mike McKenna, who are subbing for injured reigning Vezina Trophy winner Sergei Bobrovsky, stopped 32 of 34 shots. Columbus (14-15-3) has won two in a row. Dominic Moore and defenceman Dan Girardi scored for New York (1516-1). Henrik Lundqvist was pulled after he stopped only 10 of 13 shots in the first period. Cam Talbot relieved and made 13 saves the rest of the way, allowing only Johansen’s goal between his pads. FLYERS 2, CANADIENS 1 PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Michael Raffl and Claude Giroux scored goals, Steve Mason made 20 saves, and Philadelphia edged Montreal. Jakub Voracek had two assists, and Giroux also had an assist to help the Flyers snap a three-game losing streak and extend their home winning streak to six games. They were coming off a 2-3-1 trip in which they finished up 0-2-1. Mason shut the Canadiens out for 59 minutes before Alex Galchenyuk scored with 55.1 seconds left to cut it to 2-1. The Canadiens have lost two in a row after going 9-0-1. They followed a 6-0 loss at home to the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday with another offensive clunker. SENATORS 2, SABRES 1 OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Craig Anderson stopped 40 shots in Ottawa’s win over Buffalo. Bobby Ryan and Zack Smith scored for the Senators (13-14-6), who have earned at least a point in four straight games. Tyler Ennis scored the lone goal for the Sabres (7-23-2), and Ryan Miller made 30 saves. This was the second of back-to-back games between the teams. Buffalo earned a 2-1 shootout victory on Tuesday. LIGHTNING 2, RED WINGS 1, SO TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Martin St. Louis scored in the sixth round of the shootout, and Tampa Bay beat Detroit. St. Louis netted the lone shootout goal when he beat Jonas Gustavsson to the stick side. Detroit, which has lost all six of it shootouts this season, failed this time against Ben Bishop. Nikita Kucherov scored for the Lightning in regulation. Kyle Quincey had the Red Wings’ only goal of the night. Quincey put the Red Wings up 1-0 with his first goal in 51 games at 15:04 of the first. The defenceman also snapped a 16-game point drought. Kucherov tied it with 43.7 seconds remaining in the second.


Tampa Bay Lightning center Dana Tyrell rips a shot on goal after getting past Detroit Red Wings left wing Tomas Tatar during the second period of an NHL game Thursday, in Tampa, Fla. BLUES 6, MAPLE LEAFS 3 ST. LOUIS (AP) — David Backes scored twice and Jaden Schwartz added a goal and two assists to lead St. Louis over Toronto. St. Louis has won eight of 11 overall. At 13-2-2, the Blues are tied with Boston, Pittsburgh and Minnesota for most home-ice wins. Toronto lost its third in a row. Alexander Steen, Derek Roy and Chris Stewart scored for St. Louis, which has points in its last six games against Toronto. The teams met for the first time since Nov. 10, 2011. Nazem Kadri, Nikolai Kulemin and James van Riemsdyk scored for the Maple Leafs, who got two goals in the final 5 ½ minutes. Brian Elliott, appearing in his third

successive game, made 19 saves to improve to 6-1-1. Steen scored his 22nd goal, second in the NHL to Washington’s Alex Ovechkin, who has 26. PREDATORS 3, STARS 1 NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — David Legwand had a goal and an assist to lead Nashville past Dallas. Patric Hornqvist and Paul Gaustad also scored for Nashville, which has won two straight. Carter Hutton made 33 saves and improved to 6-3-1 in his second straight start. Erik Cole had the only goal for Dallas, which has lost three of four. Nashville closed the first period with power-play goals from Hornqvist and Legwand just 28 seconds apart.

AVALANCHE 4, JETS 3, SO WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Matt Duchene and P.A. Parenteau scored in the shootout, and Colorado stopped a two-game losing skid by beating Winnipeg. Duchene also scored twice and added an assist in regulation. Ryan O’Reilly had a goal and an assist for the Avalanche (21-9). Blake Wheeler scored twice, Michael Frolik added another goal, and Grant Clitsome had a pair of assists for Winnipeg (14-4-5). Duchene gave the Avalanche a 3-2 lead with his second of the night, scored with 1.6 seconds left in the second period. But Winnipeg used its fifth power play to tie it at 10:00 of the third period on Wheeler’s second goal.

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Cutler set to return to starting lineup this week



GREEN BAY, Wis. — Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ checklist for playing Sunday has two primary items on it: taking the majority of first-team snaps in practice today, and getting good results from a scan on his healing left collarbone. If both those things happen, Rodgers could be back under centre for the first time since breaking his collarbone Nov. 4 against Chicago. Asked after Thursday’s practice if he is holding out hope of playing Sunday, Rodgers paused before replying, “Yes.” He says he’ll need to get most of the work in today’s practice after sharing snaps with backup Matt Flynn for the past two days, and the team will likely want team physician Patrick McKenzie to examine him. Rodgers’ last CT scan was done on Dec. 3 and did not show sufficient healing in the bone to get him cleared to play. As of Thursday afternoon, Rodgers said he had not been scanned. He also would not say whether a scan has been scheduled. Asked if he would be scanned before the week is out, Rodgers replied, “I’m not sure about that.” But asked if that would be the deciding factor in whether he plays, Rodgers replied, “I think there’s more to it than that. But I would guess there would have to be another scan for me to be on the field.” With Rodgers sidelined, the Packers have gone 1-4-1 and enter the final three weeks of the season at 6-6-1, a half-game back of the NFC North leading Detroit Lions and Chicago Bears, both of whom are 7-6. McCarthy has said that his team needs to win out to make the playoffs, and the Packers got the first of those victories last week over the Atlanta Falcons with Matt Flynn at quarterback. Rodgers indicated that the team would make a decision on his status on today, in fairness to Flynn. In 2008, after dislocating his shoulder the previous week, Rodgers was listed as doubtful going into a game against the Falcons at Lambeau Field but worked out before the game and started, despite taking only about 10 snaps in 11-on-11 drills in practice - all handoffs - all week.

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LAKE FOREST, Ill. — The Chicago Bears insisted all along that quarterback Jay Cutler would get his job back once he was ready, no matter how well Josh McCown was playing. On Thursday, they stuck to their word. Coach Marc Trestman said Cutler will start Sunday at Cleveland after missing four games because of a high left ankle sprain. McCown goes back to a reserve role after excelling. “I don’t think that risk was part of this decision,” Trestman said. “This decision was made a long time ago. That was that when Jay was ready to play, that he would play. That’s how we planned to do it, so I don’t look at it like that. I look at it, Jay’s our quarterback, and when he was ready to play, he was going to play, and that’s the same words I used a month ago and there’s no change today.” Cutler worked with the receivers following Wednesday’s walkthrough. Trestman said there was no swelling or any “residual issues” from that, and he was a full participant in Thursday’s practice. He also said Cutler is “100 per cent or certainly close to it if not.” The news on linebacker Lance Briggs wasn’t quite as promising. He participated on a limited basis and Trestman wasn’t optimistic about him returning this week, meaning he could miss his seventh straight game because of a broken shoulder. Cutler’s return comes on the heels of a blowout win over Dallas on Monday night that vaulted the Bears back into the NFC North race after backto-back losses at St. Louis and Minnesota. They’re tied with Detroit at 7-6, but the Lions beat them twice. That includes the game at Soldier Field on Nov. 10, when Cutler returned after sitting out the previous week because of a groin injury only to


hurt his ankle when a defensive player rolled up it. He stayed in until the Bears’ final drive, even though he was labouring, when McCown led them to a touchdown and the potential tying two-point conversion failed. Cutler was hoping to return against Dallas. Instead, he’ll face the Browns, a team that’s 4-9 after losing four straight but boasts one of the league’s top defences. They’re seventh overall and tied for eighth against the pass. Lurking not too far beneath the surface is that Cutler has an uncertain future with an expiring contract. “Can’t worry about it,” he said. “We’re trying to win football games. Whatever it takes to win that game, that’s kind of my mindset. It’ll take care of itself. It always does.” When healthy, Cutler has played as well as he has since he arrived from Denver before the 2009 season. He has thrown for just over 1,900 yards, and his 88.4 rating is his highest as a Bear. More than anything, he appeared to be clicking with Trestman, which was one of the main reasons Lovie Smith was fired after last season. The Bears wanted to get the most out of their quarterback, so they switched to an offensive-minded head coach. McCown has also excelled in Trestman’s system, and there were at least some calls to stay with the hot hand. Cutler insisted he’s not paying attention to that debate, saying he’s simply focusing on Cleveland. McCown provided plenty of fuel through his play even if he and Trestman did their best to squash any controversy, saying all along that the job still belonged to Cutler. “There is not a debate in this building so that is kind of where my concern lies,” Cutler said. If nothing else, the Bears know they can count on McCown if they need him again. Considering he was coaching high school football in North Carolina when they first signed him during the 2011 season, that’s not bad.

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Wanting to guard investments MLB WINTER MEETINGS

INVESTMENT IN PLAYERS, POSSIBLE LIABILITY SPUR HOME-PLATE COLLISION BAN BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Baseball officials are up front about this: They want to ban home plate collisions to guard their investments. Minnesota’s Joe Mauer, a former MVP and three-time batting champion, is less than halfway through a $184 million, eight-year contract. He was limited to 75 games at catcher this year in a concussion-shortened season. Buster Posey, another MVP and batting champ, has a $167 million, nineyear deal. San Francisco wants to ensure that he doesn’t have another horrific injury like the one that ended his 2011 season. That’s why Major League Baseball’s rules committee voted this week to prohibit runners from plowing into catchers. The rule will take effect next season if the players’ association agrees, and in 2015 if the union doesn’t. “It’s a great change. We protect our assets,” Los Angeles Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto said Thursday as the winter meetings ended. “Some of the things we’ve seen happen in the recent past — Buster Posey, concussions with Joe Mauer, Yadier Molina getting blown up, they are some of the best players in the game. They mean so much to their team — the financial investments involved. And more importantly, the health of the individual.” Boston’s David Ross, Detroit’s Alex Avila, Oakland’s John Jaso and Kansas City’s Salvador Perez all missed time because of concussions this year. “Collisions at home plate can significantly alter your ability to win games,”

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said Andrew Friedman, Tampa Bay’s executive vice-president of baseball operations. “I just think athletes today are bigger, faster, stronger, and the catchers are in significant danger of long-term injuries that we can avoid. I think the heightened awareness to concussions influences it quite a bit.” Eleven players who were primarily catchers last season are signed to contracts running through 2016 and beyond, with a total of $565.45 million in remaining guaranteed salary, according to calculations by The Associated Press. MLB watched as the NFL reached a $765 million settlement last summer in a concussion-related lawsuit by former players, and a group of hockey players sued the NHL last month over brain trauma. “How much is it that they’re paid a lot more than they used to be?” said New York Mets GM Sandy Alderson, chairman of the rules committee. “It’s a combination of those things. But I think what’s crystalized our thinking is probably the concussion issue. Try to be proactive.” This year’s winter meetings likely will be remembered most for the rules decision. There were just six trades — two more than during last year’s drab session in Nashville, Tenn. As the meetings ended, the Chicago Cubs acquired Justin Ruggiano from Miami for Brian Bogusevic in a swap of outfielders, Seattle completed its $240 million, 10-year contract with All-Star second baseman Robinson Cano, Boston finalized a $32 million, two-year agreement with first baseman Mike Napoli, and Washington completed a two-year deal with outfielder Nate McLouth.

In one-year deals pending physicals, outfielder Michael Morse agreed with San Francisco at $6 million, righthander Roberto Hernandez with Philadelphia and reliever Joba Chamberlain with Detroit. Crashes at home plate have been a baseball tradition and a staple of television highlight shows. Some traditionalists such as career hits leader Pete Rose are against a change. But some in MLB management fear continuing the status quo could lead to possible liability.

“I think it’s always been in a lot of people’s minds as odd that we allow collisions there and we don’t really allow them at other bases,” Los Angeles Dodgers President Stan Kasten said. Even without collisions, catchers get banged up more than most other players. Mauer was hit on the mask by a foul ball Aug. 19 and missed the final six weeks of the season. Still bothered by headaches and light sensitivity in October, he consulted with doctors at the Mayo Clinic and will be switching to first base in 2014.










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MONTREAL — Former Montreal Expo Warren Cromartie is just waiting for the right investors — or ”power hitters” as he puts it — to step up to the plate in the city and hit one out of the park. ”There are two things in baseball that never change: history and numbers,” said Cromartie, who is spearheading a drive for Montreal to get a Major League Baseball team. ”Montreal, we have the history for baseball in this town. We have the numbers now. The numbers don’t lie. It’s an amazing day.” The Expos left after the 2004 season to become the Washington Nationals amid dwindling attendance at the concrete and much-maligned Olympic Stadium in the city’s east end. The reason for Cromartie’s unbridled enthusiasm at a news conference Thursday was an Ernst & Young feasibility study that suggests baseball could thrive in Montreal if the city had a new stadium. The study was commissioned by Cromartie’s group — the Montreal Baseball Project — and the Montreal Board of Trade. Ernst & Young cited a strong demand for season tickets, the team’s salary cap but especially revenue-sharing and increased TV rights as the reasons it reached its conclusion. The report said the project would cost just over $1 billion — $500 million for the facility and $525 million for the franchise. Ernst & Young based the $525-million figure on the average price of the 10 MLB teams that, according to Forbes, have the least economic value.


In this Sept. 27, 2006 photo, Los Angeles Dodgers’ Delwyn Young, left, is out at home plate as he collides with Colorado Rockies catcher JD Closser during the seventh inning of a baseball game in Denver. New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson, chairman of the rules committee, announced that Major League Baseball plans to eliminate home plate collisions. He said player health and increased awareness of concussions were behind the decision.

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UFC show dominated by hometown fighters BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Urijah Faber can’t wait to hear the cheers when he climbs into the cage in Sacramento on Saturday night. The California Kid loves fighting in his hometown, and he’s bringing a whole bunch of his friends along with him when he takes on Michael McDonald. “I’m a big guy on energy,” Faber said. “Being in a place that’s really comfortable and having a crowd that’s going to be putting off some great vibes and having my whole team with me is going to be huge.” The UFC is back in California’s capital city this weekend for a show that might as well be called the Team Alpha Male Invitational. Faber and three of his teammates are all competing on the card, headlined by UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson’s title defence against Alpha Male’s Joseph Benavidez. Benavidez is in the main event, but the star attraction is Faber (29-6), who hasn’t been the hometown favourite for a while. He is fighting in Sacramento for the first time in nine bouts since April 2010, and for the first time since he joined the UFC when the lower-weight WEC promotion was absorbed by the

sport’s dominant organization. Faber is on a roll with three straight stoppage victories in 2013, and the former UC Davis wrestler should be in line for a bantamweight title shot if he gets past McDonald (16-2), who has won nine of his last 10 fights. He’s grateful for the chance to do it at home. “As I’ve matured and gotten older and understand things a little bit better, I just realize how important it is to stay behind a community,” Faber said. “And I feel like I’ve really become a part of this community on bigger level. We’re fighting for a lot of different things. We’re fighting for the pride of an area. We’re fighting for the economy. It was really cool to see everyone come together and save the Kings, so I see this is as me and my guys doing our part.” McDonald isn’t an Alpha Male, but he’s also NorCal to the core, born and raised in Modesto — and he’s 12 years younger than the 34-year-old Faber. McDonald lost his bantamweight title shot in February when Renan Barao stopped him, but bounced back with a submission victory over Brad Pickett in August. McDonald got into the sport during Faber’s rise to the top, and he isn’t worried about getting local love in Sacramento.

“I don’t really think about it so much at all,” McDonald said. “No matter where I am, whether I’m in England or Washington or San Jose, I really don’t look at the crowd. I don’t think about the crowd. I actually completely disconnect myself from everybody before the fight. Afterward I’ll go out and I’ll enjoy it, but I just do like I have something on my mind.” The arena that’s normally home to the NBA’s Sacramento Kings will host the town’s MMA royalty. Alpha Male coach Duane Ludwig will be busy with fighters in each of the card’s last three bouts, but Faber believes his team can handle it. Alpha Male’s Chad Mendes takes on Nik Lentz in a 145-pound bout, and teammate Danny Castillo has the earliest fight against Edson Barboza. The main card on Fox also features crowd-pleasing lightweight Joe Lauzon against Mac Danzig. The scheduling already helped the Alpha Males with their training, since all four fighters ramped up their workouts on a similar timetable. “I think it’s all positive,” Faber said. “Everybody is working toward the same goal, and the attention level is there. Everyone is understanding you have to take care of each other’s bodies, so you’re not getting too beat up. We’re basically a (family) anyway, but it’s nice to have that focus all at one time.”

Which cities best fit Bettman’s criteria for expansion? Wednesday night. “It’s a very good market, a very good sports market and they do a great job with their teams. Currently there’s no winter sports and it looks like basketball won’t be there for a few years, anyway, and I think you’d have a few years to develop a market. “I think that if somebody really wanted to develop a hockey team could do well there, but it’s going to cost a lot of money and potentially a lot of time.” Bettman wants an owner who’s willing to devote time and money, so in this case Seattle would be in excellent shape. Levin offered around $500 million in an attempt to buy the Montreal Canadiens in 2009 only to be outbid by about $60 million by Geoff Molson, and he could afford the expansion fee that could range between $250 million and $400 million. Beyond that, his priority is to build a winning franchise. “I’m looking at something that would make sense economically. I don’t want to lose $10 million a year. I’m not saying I want to make a lot of money on it, but I would like to not lose a lot of

ner consideration because they have some of the right things in place already, including three potential spots in Ontario and three more in the United States. Bettman insisted the NHL hasn’t made power rankings for expansion. “We didn’t rank them,” Bettman said. “There is no ranking.” Kansas City has an arena in Sprint Center that opened in 2007 and has since hosted two NHL exhibition games. Fan interest is a major concern after the league failed there and left almost 40 years ago, and returning to U.S. markets has had mixed results with the Colorado Avalanche working and Atlanta Thrashers failing. Ultimately what doomed the Thrashers to the league’s last resort of relocation was unstable ownership. Kansas City mayor Sly Jones has said there’s no natural group that has expressed interest in owning an NHL club there, and that would have to change before it’s a serious option. In the Toronto area, Markham’s bid took a serious blow when city council nixed plans for an NHL-ready arena.

which shouldn’t be a concern. Daly reiterated this week that he believes there’s a “strong interest in hockey” in the Pacific Northwest, and BY STEPHEN WHYNO Portland could be a beneficiary of that THE CANADIAN PRESS if Seattle does not get chosen for expansion. Junior hockey has had a presence in the Oregon city since 1976 with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman the WHL’s Winterhawks, so there’s said there’s no plan for the league to some evidence that the NHL could be expand, but he didn’t exactly pour wasuccessful there. ter on the idea either. Moda Center, formerly known as During his remarks at the end of the Rose Garden, opened in 1995 and the league’s board of governors meetis home to the NBA’s Trail Blazers ing, Bettman insisted a decision hadn’t as well as the Winterhawks. It seats even been made about going from 30 18,280, which would be right in the teams to potentially 32. He did say the middle of the pack as an NHL arena. NHL was getting plenty of expressions Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, of interest, adding that “when people who already has the Trail Blazers, Sewant to talk to us, we listen.” attle Seahawks and a piece of the SeBettman also laid out three factors attle Sounds, could be a logical choice that he called “show-stoppers” when for ownership. His deep pockets would considering potential destinations. make him attractive to the league. “You want to understand the market Las Vegas remains the most intriguand can it support NHL hockey,” Betting option for every North American man said. “Would it be a good addition professional sports league because it’s to the league? Two, you’ve got to have an untapped market but has questions an arena. And three, and perhaps most as far as season-ticket-holders and important, it comes down to ownergambling. Assuming the NHL would ship. At 10,000 feet, those are the be taken off sports books with a criteria you’re dealing with.” team there, the biggest question ‘I THINK THERE’S A LOT OF GOOD MARKETS. I THINK THAT THE With all that in mind and conbe if the area could supsidering the money that would LEAGUE HAS DONE WELL WITH THEIR TV DEALS. I THINK THEY’RE would port a team for the long term. pour in from expansion fees, it’s There isn’t much of a hockey FOCUSED. I THINK THAT THEY HAVE SOME GOOD OWNERSHIP worth considering which cities tradition in the Nevada desert, could be in line if and when the NOW, SOME STABLE OWNERSHIP. I THINK IT’S BETTER THAN IT HAS but Las Vegas does have the NHL commits to expansion. SeatBEEN IN THE LAST EIGHT OR NINE YEARS. I THINK IT’S ON A GOOD ECHL’s Wranglers and previously tle and Quebec City are the frontan International Hockey League runners, but other places like ToTRAJECTORY, IT’S GOING UP..’ franchise. ronto, Hamilton, Kansas City and The Wranglers play at Orleans Portland, Ore., are in the discus— DON LEVIN AHL’S CHICAGO WOLVES OWNER AND Arena, which seats under 8,000 sion. PROSPECTIVE OWNER FOR NHL FRANCHISE IN SEATTLE for hockey and wouldn’t be a pos“I think there’s a lot of good sibility. Thomas & Mack Center, markets,” said Chicago Wolves which houses UNLV college basowner Don Levin, a prospective ketball, could be a very shortowner for an expansion team in Seattle. “I think that the league has money on it,” Levin said. “And then I’d Perhaps that’s for the best given that term fix. Plans for a new, 20,000-seat arena in done well with their TV deals. I think like to be able to put a team in a mar- the league said repeatedly not to build Paradise, Nevada, have been discussed they’re focused. I think that they have ket that could afford to pay up for the with the expectation of getting a team. A second team downtown at Air for several years, but nothing has been some good ownership now, some stable best players because my whole interest in this is having a winning team.” Canada Centre could make sense be- made official. ownership. I think it’s better than it With the right ingredients, a com- cause of high demand in the market, Given the money in the market, gethas been in the last eight or nine years. petitive team could do wonders in Sebut that comes with several pitfalls. It ting a facility up and working in a short I think it’s on a good trajectory, it’s goattle. Having another team in the West- would be encroaching on the Maple period of time is the least of concerns ing up.” When the Phoenix Coyotes were ern Conference would balance out the Leafs’ territory, and they’d have to be for Las Vegas. Ownership would be vital, and the in danger of moving, everything that NHL’s alignment, and it wouldn’t hurt compensated, and the arena dates and came out publicly from the league was to give the Vancouver Canucks a more ice conditions would have to be looked Maloof family, which sold the NBA’s at carefully. Sacramento Kings earlier this year, smartly in support of keeping the team natural geographic rival. Quebec City also ticks off all the It’s still an attractive possibility be- could be in the discussion. Joe and in Glendale, Ariz. Bettman and deputy Gavin Maloof have looked into bringcommissioner Bill Daly espoused the boxes Bettman mentioned earlier this cause the infrastructure is there. week. “In Toronto, if you walk down the ing an NHL team to Las Vegas and virtues of the market that the new CaA return to Quebec City, even it fol- street you trip over a rink,” Levin said. even met with Bettman to discuss it, nadian-led ownership group is trying lows a different path than Winnipeg “Except for the fact that if the Leafs according to an April report in the Sacto get the most out of now. But the NHL had to do its home- and the team has a different name win a Stanley Cup there’ll be 10 mil- ramento Bee. Levin has spoken to Bettman about work on potential relocation options, than the Nordiques, would revive the lion people walking on the street wearold rivalry with the Canadiens. The ing their colours, you’d have to come in the NHL in Seattle, too. The answer and by all accounts Seattle fared the was in line with the commissioner’s best. That would have to come with the Canadian dollar has rebounded sig- there and say this team could compete. comments in Pebble Beach, Calif. promise of a new building because Key nificantly since the Nordiques moved That might not be so easy, but you’re “The feedback has been that they to Denver in 1995, and there’s no lack going to have a lot of hockey fans.” Arena is a bad fit for hockey and not a of interest in hockey in the capital of There would be a lot of hockey fans were not prepared,” Levin said. “The long-term option. for a team in Hamilton, too, even if commissioner told me that he would Seattle has been willing to discuss the province. Colisee Pepsi is an outdated facility, many of them commute from Toronto get back to me at such a time that there plans for a state-of-the-art facility, but would be some interest in discussing that could be contingent on bringing but a new arena that will seat 18,482 is to support an expansion franchise. The it.” under construction and is set to open price of Leafs tickets is high enough an NBA team along as another tenant, Business around the NHL is good, in 2015. That would be right in line that it could spawn interest in another even if that’s a few years later. and any expansion fees would not with NHL expansion in the not-tooclub in the area. Levin, who founded the AHL’s Copps Coliseum, which opened in have to be split with players because Wolves in 1994, said building rinks distant future. Finding an owner wouldn’t be an 1985, would only be a short-term op- it doesn’t count as hockey-related revaround the area for youth hockey issue with Quebec City. Quebecor, the tion until a new arena is built. Find enue, so it makes sense that it’s coming would be crucial, too. at some point. The arena asterisk doesn’t detract owner of TVA, which will have French- the right ownership and that could But Levin said he’s very willing to language NHL rights beginning next probably happen within a reasonable from Seattle’s spot as the most likely be patient. That might be sound advice location for NHL expansion. The local season, could be in the discussion, amount of time. BlackBerry co-founder and former for fans in these markets, too. economy is booming, and intense fan as could its former CEO, Pierre Karl “If (Bettman) has people interested, Peladeau, who chairs the board of CEO Jim Balsillie tired to relocate a interest in the NFL’s Seahawks and team to Hamilton on three separate he’ll talk to them,” Levin said. “He’s a Major League Soccer’s Sounders gives Hydro-Quebec. Much like Winnipeg, the NHL would occasions, but his mistakes along the very smart fellow. He knows what he’s the indication that there’s an appetite doing. He has his plan and he’ll follow for another team even after the Sonics want a local group like it got in True way cost him and the city that chance. it. Nobody’s going to rush him: me, you North, to ensure the problems that led Balsillie won’t be getting an NHL team left for Oklahoma City in 2008. or anybody else.” to relocation in the mid-1990s don’t any time soon, so the league would “I think it’s San Jose on steroids,” Follow Stephen Whyno on Twitter at have to find stable ownership from Levin said in a phone interview reoccur. A handful of other cities could gar- someone else in Southern Ontario — (at)SWhyno.


Greg Norman’s Shootout celebrating 25th year at Tiburon today THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NAPLES, Fla. — In the late 1980s, Greg Norman wanted to put together a golf tournament with a relaxed atmosphere and unique team format to benefit children’s charities. This is the 25th year Norman’s event has been on the PGA Tour calendar. It has gone by seven names, and is now called the Franklin Templeton Shootout. It has gone from California to Florida, with the last 13 years at the Norman-designed Tiburon Golf Course at Ritz Carlton Resort. New features include a 5K run. “Quite honestly, I never expected to go 25 years, especially in the circle silly season we slotted ourselves into,” Norman said. “Back in ’89 starting off with four players and here we are 24 players, that’s a testament to the tournament itself. ... I never anticipated making 25 years, never in my wildest dreams.” The idea is the same. To have a fun, low-pressure event where players can bring their wives, bond with their teammates and can take part in pre-tourney festivities just before the holidays. Meanwhile, more than $12 million has been raised for children’s charities.

The Shootout will start Friday with the 12, twoman teams playing modified alternate shot. The format changes to better ball on Saturday and a scramble on Sunday. Norman is teaming with Jonas Blixt. “He’s young enough, he’s strong enough, he can carry me around,” Norman said. “I’m always a big believer in seeing what the young talent is doing in the world.” Nine of the top 50 players in the world ranking will compete, including No. 7 Matt Kuchar, No. 8 Steve Stricker, No. 13 Jason Dufner, No. 14 Ian Poulter, No. 15 Dustin Johnson and No. 24 Lee Westwood. Also in the field is Kenny Perry, the Champions Tour Player of the Year and Charles Schwab Cup winner. He’s the co-defending champ with Sean O’Hair. With the purse at $3.1 million, every player is guaranteed at least $70,000 and the winners will each get $385,000. Dufner is teaming with Johnson, and Poulter is paired with fellow English star Westwood. Dufner won the PGA Championship this year for his first major title. “I’ve been asked about (reflecting) a lot but I’m not sure what reflecting means,” he said. “When you

live what you’re doing, especially as golfers, you’re trying to stay in the moment. I’m proud of what I did and how hard I worked to get there.” Poulter, a four-time Ryder Cup player, has four, top-10 finishes this season. Westwood has been in eight Ryder Cups. He’s considered one of the best players on the tour not to have won a major and that was magnified in the 2013 British Open when he had a two-shot lead heading into the final round, only to shoot a 75 and lose to Phil Mickelson. The label irks him. “Every time I heard, ’I think, really?”’ Westwood said. “It’s always nice to be the best player to have done something or not done it. I’ll hit the next person that says it. “Those are some amazing stats they keep putting up on the Golf Channel. Sixteen top 10s without winning a major, most majors ever played without winning a major, most top threes without winning a major. I’ve got all those categories completely.” Westwood smiled. But he made his point. No one asked him a followup question. “He’s got more than enough game, he knows it, and I’m sure he gets frustrated with all you guys saying he hasn’t won one yet,” Poulter said.

LIFESTYLE HOROSCOPE Friday, Dec. 13 CELEBRITIES BORN ON THIS DATE: Taylor Swift, 24; Steve Buscemi, 56; Jamie Foxx, 46 THOUGHT OF THE DAY: Today, the Taurean Moon makes a harmonious link with the planet of transformation, Pluto. This cosmic alliance will bless us with plenty of reassurance and confidence. Domestic and financial topics will predominate in today’s agenda. Our senses are put to test and we may desire to revive new senses from ASTRO our bodily systems. Whatever we DOYNA feel or do will not lack in passion and ardour. Insights into persisting problems will guide us into finding the right solutions. HAPPY BIRTHDAY: If today is your birthday, this coming year you will want to implement changes within your routine. You may bring about methods that will improve your comfort levels or simply, increase your sense of security. You will be looking into replenishing your earnings situation by putting all your forces and all your sweat into hard work, which will progressively pay off. ARIES (March 21-April 19): You come into contact with individuals who may disorient you in a way. It is highly possible that the reason behind this holds mainly in the fact that your expectations in these people are too inflated. Stay away from the draining types. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): You might feel that you are in control, but your financial obligations are lowering you down and your vitality suffers as a consequence. Rely on your intuition and on your practical needs and you will excel in achieving a harmonious energy. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): You will encounter unnecessary frustrations, yet again. This can stem from a past issue which seems unresolved and which you will have to deal with. For now, you prefer to be accompanied by yourself only as misunderstandings seem endless. CANCER (June 21-July 22): Your energy levels are running low. You might feel a bit more tired than usually or simply overwhelmed by the amount of chores and duties that have to be accomplished today, be it at home or at work. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): You feel as if everyone is looking at you under the magnifying glass. You are being watched and noticed. Not that it bothers you, but now, you feel somehow scrutinized by your higher-ups. Don’t pay attention to insignificant comments. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): You have been in hibernation mode for quite some time now. It feels as though you are coming out of a long, stale period. Your communication skills haven’t been too productive and slower than usual. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Much emphasis has been put on your accumulated wealth. Today, you’ll be discussing a lot about the goals, which you have set, and you might find some discordance relating to your partner’s personal needs. Compromise is necessary. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Interruptions and delays can spice up your routine; this can be a good thing or a bad thing. It ultimately depends how much you welcome unpredictability. Miscommunications with others can occur. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Your energy levels might be running a bit low right now due to a lower immune system. Take care of your body and protect yourself. Ego problems can clash with that of others. Exert caution when interacting with others. Weight carefully your words in order to avoid hurting someone today. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Expressing your selfindividuality will be strong on your agenda today. Ensure that some of your personal comments won’t hurt any of your friends’ feelings. You do not have to always agree with others’ point of view yet, at the same time, others can do the same. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Your heart is at home and your mind is totally on your profession. You cannot stop thinking about balancing the two without having to reach a reasonable compromise. Clarify how much you are willing to invest in each. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): This may be a somewhat confusing time in terms of your shared finances where you may not like the returns you receive now or your partner’s income volatile situation. You need more clarity and more indepth assessment of your expectations. Astro Doyna is an internationally syndicated astrologer and columnist. Her column appears daily in the Advocate.



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Parents’ advice about marriage taken badly, son won’t talk to them Dear Annie: Both my husband and I are on our party season, except for one thing: Please ask your second marriages. readers to have respect for the non-drinking guests We have tried very hard to get along with our at their parties. exes, to no avail. When we invite them to go to parI am in my 30s, married and a mom, and I don’t ent-teacher conferences with us or attend dance and like to drink, but I feel pressured every year at these piano recitals, it seems to only make matters worse. parties. I never preach about it. I simply say “no, The children saw this, and it hurt them greatly. thanks” when offered. But, my response is never reMy husband and I promised each other that when spected. our children were engaged, we would talk Instead they say, “Oh, come on, it’s a to them to ensure they were not making a party!” Or, “Just have one if you’re wormistake. I wish my parents had done this, ried about driving home.” Some become even though I realize I might not have lisquite aggressive in trying to get me to tened. indulge. My husband’s son got engaged suddenly What if I were a recovering alcoholic, at the age of 21 to his first girlfriend. deathly allergic or drinking were against My husband and I thought he was far my religion? It’s none of their business. too immature to get married. His fiancee But people act as if I am crazy for not acat the time was extremely loud and boorcepting a glass of wine. ish and also inexperienced in the dating I think they are poor hosts for pressurworld. ing me. I can have a great time without We spoke to our son and explained that drinking. — Dry in California he was young and there are many fish in Dear Dry: People mistakenly think they MITCHELL the sea, and that even if he were madly in are being friendly by cajoling you past & SUGAR love, there is no need to rush to get marthe point of politeness. ried. You can keep saying “no, thank you” Well, he told his fiancee, and we were until they give up. Or, pour yourself some not invited to the wedding. Now, neither water in a cocktail glass. of them speaks to us. A third option is to accept a glass of wine and hold We tried to get his sister to pass along birthday it in your hand until the party is over. You don’t have greetings on our behalf, but she said, “I don’t want to to drink it. get involved.” Dear Annie: I could have written the letter from It’s been nearly six years. We miss our son greatly. “Hurt in Florida,” whose children and grandchilHow do you suggest we proceed? — Unhappy Parents dren don’t include her in their get-togethers. Dear Unhappy: Your heart was in the right place, My daughter told me they are “just too busy” for but disparaging a child’s intended is asking for trou- me. ble. But they somehow have time for her dad and stepThey rarely listen and often become defensive mother, as well as her in-laws and several friends. I and angry. The best you can do is swallow your pride. haven’t seen them in more than a year. We don’t talk Phone or send a letter or email saying you were because I don’t call. wrong to have interfered, that you can see that their I don’t understand any of it. I just wanted to let marriage was the right choice for them, that you are “Florida” know that she’s not alone. I’m hurting with sorry for engendering ill will and that you hope they her. — Midwest Grandma will forgive you. Annie’s Mailbox is written by Kathy Mitchell and Add that you miss them, and ask whether there is Marcy Sugar, longtime editors of the Ann Landers colanything you can do to improve the relationship. umn. Please email your questions to anniesmailbox@ We hope they respond positively., or write to: Annie’s Mailbox, c/o Creators Dear Annie: I am excited for the upcoming holiday Syndicate, 737 3rd Street, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254.


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mean quadrupling the current $500 million budget to $2 billion. “I don’t think we’ll find the silver bullet, but it is possible we will get a signal that a drug may modify dementia in the next three to five years,” said Dr. Ronald Petersen, chair of a U.S. advisory council on Alzheimer’s and a neurologist at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. Petersen attended Wednesday’s meeting and said it was possible dementia might one day be treated with a mixture of drugs, like AIDS or high blood pressure.

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FDA takes steps to phase out antibiotics in meat, asks drug companies to change labeling we use them,” said William Flynn of FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine. “Antimicrobial resistance may not be completely preventable, but we need to do what we can to slow it down.” The new guidance will give the companies three years to comply. Michael Taylor, FDA’s deputy commissioner of foods, said he believes asking industry to make the changes is the fastest way to help phase the drugs out. If the FDA made the process mandatory, he said, the agency would have had to move forward with a complex regulatory process that could take years. “We have high confidence based on dialogue with industry that this initiative will succeed,” Taylor said. Drug companies Zoetis and Elanco, two of the leading manufacturers of animal antibiotics, have signalled they will comply. The American Academy of Pediatrics said the move will be particularly helpful for children, who already are limited in the number of antibiotics they can take.

biotic-free meat. McDonald’s, among other companies, has moved to limit the drugs in their meat, pushing many animal producers to go along. The restaurant chain Chipotle also has tried to use meat raised without antibiotics, but has cited challenges in finding enough of it. FDA officials said the move is designed to limit antibiotic-resistant diseases in humans as antibiotic resistance has become a growing public health problem. Repeated exposure to antibiotics can lead germs to become resistant to the drug so that it is no longer effective in treating a particular illness. In September, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released sobering estimates that more than 23,000 people a year are dying from drug-resistant infections. The biggest risk is from germs spread in hospitals, and it’s not clear how much of the problem is related to the use of drugs in meat. Still, the FDA says this is one step toward decreasing resistance. “We need to be selective about the drugs we use in animals and when

BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON — Citing a potential threat to public health, the Food and Drug Administration is taking steps toward phasing out the use of some antibiotics in animals processed for meat. Many cattle, hog and poultry producers give their animals antibiotics regularly to ensure that they are healthy and to make the animals grow faster. Now, the agency has announced that it will ask pharmaceutical companies to voluntarily stop labeling drugs important for treating human infection as acceptable for that growth promotion in animals. If the drug companies sign on — and two major companies have already signalled they will — using those antibiotics to promote growth in animals would be illegal. Prescriptions would be required to use the drugs for animal illnesses. The FDA has been debating how to address the issue of antibiotics in meat for several years as antibiotic-resistant diseases have risen and consumers increasingly have clamoured for anti-

“When one type of antibiotic is found to be resistant to a strain of an infection, some of our sickest young patients are left without life-saving treatment options,” said Thomas K. McInerny, the group’s president. Animal agriculture groups will not have much of a choice in the matter if drug companies sign on and make the drugs’ use illegal. But many antibiotics will still be available for those producers to use, just not those that the FDA has classified as most important for treating human infections. Some of the antibiotics that could not be used in animals are penicillins and tetracyclines, the FDA said. Many animal groups signalled support for the FDA guidance after it was announced Wednesday, including the National Pork Producers Council. Still, Dr. Liz Wagstrom of the pork producers’ group said the FDA action will mean “real change” in the way antibiotics are used on the farm, as some animals may not grow as quickly and producers may see more disease. She said she does not know how much it will cost the industry.

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FRONT A man who sponsors the annual Christmas Light Tour for disabled children from Aspire — Special Needs Resource Centre wants to know where the best displays are in Red Deer. Jim Elliott, who has sponsored the tour for about 10 years, says that he also exchanges information on where the top Christmas light displays are with the Kinsmen Club, which does the tour for seniors. If you have a great display or know where there is one, call Elliott at 403-342-8117 as he would like to add more homes to the annual tour that takes place on Wednesday. About 200 disabled children enjoy the tour each year.

PERMACULTURE SEMINARS An information session about permaculture and productive pets gets underway today and Saturday, followed by a workshop on Sunday. The seminar teaches the basics of permaculture design and the cutting edge research that’s happening in Alberta in the emerging field of aquaponics — growing fish and plants together. Participants will also have the opportunity to build their own aquaponics unit with a hands-on workshop on Sunday at The Grow Zone at 6831 52nd Ave. in Red Deer. It runs from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday with a tour of the Urban Homestead in Oriole Park and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Registration is $200 and can be paid upon arrival. All proceeds go to ReThink Red Deer projects. For more information, call 403-986-7981 or visit events/. More seminars are scheduled for January and February and will look into keeping bees with a top-bar hive as well as vermicomposting (worms) flow-through systems.

KERRY WOOD SNOW DAY Families who want to snowshoe and enjoy a bonfire can head out to the Kerry Wood Nature Centre on Sunday. The Family Snow Day also features crafts, activities, a planetarium and refreshments. The event runs from 1 to 4 p.m. Admission is by suggested donation of $3 per person or $10 per family. For more details, call 403-3462010.

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BY MURRAY CRAWFORD ADVOCATE STAFF A once terrified, shy and cold dog has warmed up and opened up after some Red Deer residents got him into a local rescue. Austin, believed to be a Jack Russell/ Boston terrier cross two- or three-years-old, is now safe and sound under the care of Cathy Bourassa, who runs the Forever and a Day Rescue just east of Springbrook. Ever since his move to the rescue, Bourassa said he has started to come out of his shell, especially when she introduced him to a ball. “That just opened up his little personality,” said Bourassa. “He’s just a little sweetie.” But things weren’t so nice for Austin just a short time ago. He was a homeless dog, sunning himself on a berm near the Anders and Inglewood neighbourhoods in Red Deer. It was there that Angela VanderBrink first saw the wayward pooch in July. A few weeks later, she was informed by friends that it had been there since June and was being fed by neighbours. As the weather turned cold, the small dog was still hanging out and they had to hatch a plan to save him. Being a shy, scared pup, every time VanderBrink or some similarly concerned citizens tried to get close, Austin would run away. After several attempts to capture the dog, including baiting traps and trying to get a hand on him, they were ready to give up. Then VanderBrink contacted Bourassa, who had a trap. This trap worked and at midnight one night, VanderBrink took her shift to examine the trap and found Austin was finally caught. Since his capture, on Nov. 12, he has been in Bourassa’s rescue. “The first thing we did was notify Animal Services and seeing if anybody had a lost dog, and talked with the SPCA and put him

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Kathy Bourassa of Forever and a Day Pet Rescue with Austin. Austin was first noticed running stray in Red Deer in June of 2013 and it is thought he was homeless through the summer before some concerned dog lovers caught him at Austin Drive and 22 Street. on Pet Lynx (a lost pets website) and no one had reported him missing,” said Bourassa. A trip to the vet found no problems with the dog — he is healthy and Bourassa said it was obvious Austin was someone’s pet at some point.

If anyone is interested in adopting Austin, they can contact Bourassa at 403-8864774 or by email at scorpiecat64@gmail. com. “He’s very adoptable.”

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City of Red Deer public works welder Geoff Propp puts the heat to a parking meter on 51 Avenue in downtown Red Deer Thursday. Parking meters can take a beating this time of year, with slippery roads and snow against the curbs car bumpers come in contact with the posts on a regular basis. When the posts are only bent and not broken simply heating them up and pushing them back to vertical is all that is needed to set them straight.

Central Alberta Ronald McDonald House is filling a growing need. So far during its second year of operation, 312 families have stayed at Ronald McDonald House in Red Deer and there are still over two months left in the 201314 operational year. After it opened on Feb. 26, 2012, a total of 212 families stayed at the house during its first year. “It is a bustling house in terms of filling up and emptying,” Larry Mathieson, CEO of Ronald McDonald House for Southern Alberta and Central Alberta, said Thursday. “The Red Deer house is a busier house in a lot of ways than the other houses in Alberta. Most of our stays on average are a little shorter than

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the other two houses so there is a lot of turnover.” On Thursday, two families were living at the house after a number of recent checkouts. More families were expected to arrive in a few days. During recent snow storms, a few families were forced to stay a little longer than expected. “We have days where there are more families that need the rooms than there are rooms and there are other days you don’t have as many families that need you.” The 11-suite Ronald McDonald House Central Alberta, located at 5002 39th St. near Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre, opened to provide affordable accommodations for children and their families who live outside the city and are receiving treatment at the hospital.

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Sandy Point Developers explain plans for Gull Lake campground project depends BY PAUL COWLEY ADVOCATE STAFF


Developers behind a private campground on Gull Lake hope to have the marshmallows roasting at their sites by next summer. Eagle’s Nest on Gull Lake will feature 20 campground spots that will be owned by a shareholder group. It is to be located on vacant land on the east side of the lake between Degraff’s RV Resort and Wilson’s Beach campground. Only two spots are still up for grabs. Developer Tim Gibbs updated Lacombe County council on his proposal on Thursday. County approval is needed to rezone the property from agriculture land to recreation district. Provincial approvals will also be needed for the wastewater system, which drew a number of questions from councillors who sought assurance lake water quality would not be at risk. Randy Gibson, a landscape architect working for the developer, said the system that will be used will produce treated water that will go into

the ground through a drip irrigation system. “There is no worry of contamination because the water going into the ground is cleaner than the lake water,” Gibson said. There will also be a large buffer, of at least 200 metres, between the water disposal field and the lake. There will be setbacks of more than 30 metres from campsites. A 30-metre setback is also in place from the lake’s high water mark to provide environmental protection. “One of the big things here is we’re not going to be looking at any disturbances to the shoreline,” he said. Gibbs said following the meeting that developers are trying to maintain the area’s scenic appeal. “We don’t want to develop it as a trailer park. We want to keep it as natural as possible.” The next step for the project is to give the public an opportunity to see the proposal. An open house is expected to take place as early as February.

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The construction schedule for a boat launch and marina at Sandy Point RV Resort will depend on whether the province needs additional environmental data, Lacombe County council was told on Thursday. Gull Lake Water Quality Management Society and a pair of private landowners recently lost their appeals of Water Act approvals from Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development for the Sandy Point RV Resort being developed by Delta Land Co. on Gull Lake. However, the resort developer is required to undertake additional environmental studies to ensure the project doesn’t harm the lake, wildlife and fisheries. Dale Freitag, Lacombe County’s manager of planning services, said it remains to be determined if existing baseline data will satisfy Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development, or whether more work needs to be done by the developer. If there is extensive work required, construction of the inland marina entrance may have to wait until the 2014-15 winter, meaning the boat launch will not be available to county residents until 2015. Improving lake access has been a major topic of concern at Lacombe County in recent years and another boat launch is welcomed.

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BRIEFS Ross Street closing for celebration In preparation for a thaw to the big freeze that Red Deer has been under, the city will close Ross Street in front of City Hall today. The Fire and Ice Celebration is scheduled to take place from 6 to 8:30 p.m. today. Starting at 2 p.m., Ross Street in the City Hall block will be closed until after the celebration is finished. The Fire and Ice Celebration features ice sculptures, pyrotechnics, chili and hot chocolate, centennial cake, a lantern parade, bonfires and music. For more information, visit the Red Deer Centennial website at

MP wants ideas for nation’s 150th birthday Red Deer MP Earl Dreeshen wants to know how Central Albertans want to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Canada’s Confederation in 2017. “We want a celebration that reflects who we are as Canadians, where we came from, and what we can give back. Canada 150 will be an occasion to build and strengthen the nation and to engage Canadians in shaping our future,” said Dreeshen in a press release. Dreeshen will host a consultation with local museums, historical associations and municipalities in January 2014. “We have a strong historical knowledge in our region and I look forward to hearing from individuals and organizations on what they view as the key aspects that have shaped our lives.” The local consultation is part of a network of roundtable discussions that will take place across Canada in the coming months. Constituents interested in shaping the 150th anniversary celebrations can submit ideas to Dreeshen’s office at or by completing an online questionnaire at

Online shoppers warned Online shoppers are being cautioned to watch out for fraudulent websites as the busy holiday season picks up speed. The Better Business Bureau sent out a warning on Thursday about swindlers specifically targeting Overstock. com, a popular retail website. They are creating strikingly similar domain names in an attempt to deceive online shoppers into handing over their money. BBB suggests visiting to look up the BBB reviews of online retailers. Other tips for safe online shopping include: ● Type the URL directly into the browser. Do not click on a link from an email or social media site unless you are absolutely sure the message is from the legitimate business. ● On the payment page, look for “https” at the beginning of the address (the “s” stands for “secure”). ● Look for Contact Us information including a real address, a toll-free customer service number and other ways to reach the company if you have a problem. ● BBB also suggests using a credit card (not a debit card) when shopping online for greater protection against possible fraud. ● If a website has a BBB Accredited Business seal, click on it. A real seal should link directly to that company’s BBB Business Review at

One woman was taken to hospital in serious condition after a collision on Hwy 2A on Wednesday evening. Penhold fire crews responded to a call at the highway’s intersection with Emma Street around 6:30 p.m. involving two vehicles. The female driver of one of the vehicles, reported to be in her 20s, was taken to the Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre. The driver of the second vehicle was not injured. Both vehicles suffered heavy damage, said Penhold Fire Chief Jim Pendergast. One of the vehicles pulled out in front of oncoming traffic, causing

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Charity CheckStop planned at Blackfalds A charity ChecksStop in Blackfalds on Saturday will raise money for the nonprofit Blackfalds and District Victim Support Society. The event, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Hwy 2A in Blackfalds, will also help raise awareness about the society, which helps victims and witnesses of violent crimes, abuse and tragedy in communities surrounding Red Deer, including Red Deer County, Lacombe County, Blackfalds, Clive, Tees, Springbrook, Haynes, Joffre and Gull Lake village. The society works with the local RCMP. Funding helps train victim advocates, provide emergency services to those who need immediate support, and develop strategies for the society. For more information go to www.

Park needs maintenance Ross Street will be down to one lane today starting at 9 a.m. so the city can remove snow and do and maintenance work in Veterans’ Park. Residents are reminded to watch for signage and crews.

Airport gets busier Although flights to Calgary from Red Deer are only a few months old, the Red Deer Airport is already seeing a dramatic rise in passengers. In a presentation to Red Deer city council scheduled for Monday, airport officials say they have seen a 513 per cent increase in scheduled passengers. In 2012, they had 1,468 passengers and this year they estimate 11,000 scheduled passengers. According to the presentation, they estimate further growth in 2014 with a predicted 35,000 scheduled passengers. The growth of the airport has also meant job creation — the report says there were 23 jobs created in total. Four in security, 10 through the increased Air Canada service and nine because of Northwestern Air’s flights to Kelowna/Abbotsford and Fort McMurray.

Rec cash for Stettler Five recreation projects in Stettler County are in line for cash injections as the county announced its funding for special projects. The five get a combined $51,700 as part of the 2013 recreation special project. The funding was announced at a special county council meeting this week. Renovations to the Linda Hall received $8,840.95; the Byemoor Community Club received $8,400 for community hall washroom renovations; the Donalda School Parent Council got $21,000 for a new playground; the Sullivan Lake West Agricultural Society received $3,480 for shale for baseball diamonds; and the Erskine Curling Club got $10,000 for a roof renovation.

After a week of digging out the roads around the city, the parks department workers have been freed up to begin the process of clearing the ice at the outdoor rinks. Here a worker moves snow on the snowbank rink at Joseph Welsh Elementary School in Eastview on Thursday.

City workers turn attention to outdoor rinks City of Red Deer Parks staff have returned to the task of preparing outdoor ice surfaces. They were delayed when resources were turned away temporarily so city crews could help with emergency snow removal in residential areas of the city. “We are doing our very best to get these rinks ready in time for the holidays,” said Trevor Poth, parks superintendent. Parks crews are once again cleaning and flooding skating rinks, as the residential plowing program wraps up. Many rink sites still require a large amount of water to establish an ice base. The highest priority sites include Bower Ponds and the ice oval at the Golden Circle, to accommodate Christmas activities and tournament events. These sites are expected to open on Saturday. Crews will next move to 18 supervised outdoor rinks located beside community activity centres, such as Rosedale, West Park and Oriole Park,

and most of these sites should be open before Christmas. Crews need to assess each rink site by site to ensure they are safe for use. Pending weather conditions, rinks at the various community activity centres will be ready by the middle of next week, with the exception of the rinks at Lancaster, Lonsdale, Grandview and South Hill. These four sites will be delayed for several days but may still open prior to the holiday season. Other unsupervised sites including Anders on the Lake and Westlake will follow shortly after the rinks located by community activity centres, with the goal to open at least half of the unsupervised sites in time for the holiday season. An update on progress will be announced next week. For more information about skating rinks in the community, go to www. or contact the city’s Recreation, Parks and Culture office at 342-8159.


HOUSE: Most visitors are from Central Alberta Mathieson said the Red Deer house has also been quick to attract Red Deer families who drop in to use the day programs, to get a meal, shower, or just a break while their children are in hospital. “When you’re at the hospital, you’re focused on your child or your baby. Coming out of that environment helps you to focus on rebuilding yourself.” He said more than 70 per cent of families who live at the house are from Central Alberta. Some families from outside Central Alberta come to Red Deer for the hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit. “Just last week we had a Calgary family.” Volunteers have also been fast to help out at the Red Deer house. Mathieson said it took a number of years for enough people to volunteer at the Calgary house to ensure there was a volunteer-cooked meal most days for families. But in Red Deer there’s already a dinner almost every night. “Consistently more and more groups are coming out. That’s everything — that’s companies, that’s

churches, that’s families.” He hoped the goodwill extends through the Christmas season as donations have been down this year due to Albertans’ response to the spring flood in Southern Alberta. “This year with the tragedy being so close to home for Albertans, it has impacted our fundraising in a much bigger way than a catastrophe in some place else in the world. I think it kind of took a lot of charities, including us, by surprise.” Central Alberta Ronald McDonald House also needs help at this time of the year to try to make Christmas special for families at the house, he said. “We really rely on those donations of goods and cash from the community so we’re thrilled the community continues to support us in that way.”

SANDY: Looks positive Sandy Point co-developer Lance Dzaman was reluctant to speculate on what the province may do. “Everything’s positive and moving forward in my books.” The first 68 lots are already selling well at the resort, which will also boast a golf course and other amenities.


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the collision, said Pendergast. Crews provided medical assistance, fluid and debris cleanup and traffic control on the scene. “Our guys were out there in the cold for about two hours. They did a great job,” Pendergast said. The highway was shut down in both directions for approximately 90 minutes. Four units from Penhold were on the scene, as well as a rescue unit from Innisfail. Pendergast urged drivers to enter highways cautiously and drive according to road conditions.

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Poloz focused on inflation BY THE CANADIAN PRESS MONTREAL — Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz says he remains focused on achieving his inflation target over the next two years and hasn’t been sending signals that would depress the Canadian dollar in order to boost exports. “We don’t form a view on what the dollar should be at any point in time,” he told reporters Thursday following his first speech in Montreal since taking the top job at the central bank. “Our focus is on inflation and is our forecast going to work out that gets inflation back up to target around two years from now. “That’s our main preoccupation and markets will choose to grind out an exchange rate independently of that.” Economists have described Poloz’ recent comments about a possible rate cut as a dovish signal to push down the currency. But he said that view and the bank’s decision in October to no longer talk about when rates will return to more normal levels is merely being “honest.” “We think that interest rates will stay where they are for quite some time and so issuing a warning that they’re almost ready to go up is not the right timing for this. “Of course we believe it will happen as the story unfolds but the destination seems far enough away that we can address that as we get closer.” His remarks suggested the bank is prepared to keep its trendsetting overnight interest rate fixed at one per cent — where it’s been for more than three years — well into 2015 and possibly into 2016. And, if inflation were to fall further, it might even cut shortterm interest rates. CIBC economist Emanuella Enenajor said Poloz’ comments confirm than bank’s view that the central bank isn’t learning towards a rate cut or hike. “Overall, no big surprises, but potentially disappointing for those who may have been looking for Poloz to sound more dovish or talk down the currency,” she wrote in a report. Since breaking with his predecessor in dropping the bank’s tightening bias, inflation has kept sliding, dipping to 0.7 per cent in October, although underlying price pressures remained more buoyant at 1.2 per cent. The dollar has slipped to 93.98 cents US. Poloz said it was only natural that many currencies would rise against the U.S. dollar after the economic crisis prompted the world’s largest economy to ease its monetary policy. But as confidence grows south of the border on improving economic data, other currencies, including the loonie, should be expected to reverse direction. However, the magnitude of the change depends on many factors, including oil prices and Canada’s reputation as a place to invest.

RBC expects big economic upswing BY THE CANADIAN PRESS OTTAWA — Royal Bank says the Canadian economy is primed for a big bounce-back year in 2014. One of Canada’s biggest banks says in a new forecast that the economy is due for a 2.6 per expansion next year, following two sub-par years of 1.7 per cent growth. RBC’s call is significantly above the consensus among economists and the Bank of Canada, who also see the economy moving toward above-potential growth next year but at a more modest 2.3 or 2.4 per cent clip. Two other forecasting houses also came out Thursday with consensus-like projections. IHS Global Insight expects Canada’s gross domestic product to advance by 2.4 per cent in 2014, while the Canadian Chamber of Commerce is pencilling in a 2.3 per cent gain. All three cite similar reasons for the improvement — renewed strength in the United States resulting in increased demand for Canadian exports, which the past two years have been the weak link in the Canadian economy. RBC is also relatively optimistic about the strength of the Canadian domestic economy. The bank’s analysts don’t believe, as some others do, that the Canadian housing market will suffer a setback in 2014, reasoning that rising incomes and improving household finances will support housing and consumer spending.

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Service manager Karly Brule speaks with John Cornish during an open house at the Bredin Centre For Learning in Red Deer. The office, which opened Nov. 1 and is located at No. 101, 4711 51st Ave., provides employment training and job-search support. Bredin is a non-profit organization, with its headquarters in Edmonton and offices in Calgary and Spruce Grove.

Food producers hear stories of inspiration SPINAL CORD INJURY RESEARCH ADVOCATE RICK HANSEN AMONG SPEAKERS AT FARM CREDIT CORPORATION FORUM BY RENÉE FRANCOEUR ADVOCATE STAFF Just over 1,000 food producers and processors gathered in Red Deer on Thursday for the annual Farm Credit Canada forum to network, share stories and ideas, and hear inspiring guest speaker presentations. The year’s FCC Forums, which are held across the country, feature Canadian Paralympian and spinal cord injury research advocate Rick Hansen; Greg Johnson, a professional storm chaser; and Michelle Painchaud, a management expert who works with farmers and agriculture businesses nationwide. “Producers have vast opportunity to talk about management and production but this is something from a different perspective. “Many of our speakers have had personal challenges they have overcome and it’s really all about inspiration and motivation and those things people can take home to not only their operations but also to their families, just to help keep moving things forward,” said Clem Samson, FCC vice-president of Western Operations. “Sometimes, like in any industry, we get caught up on the things that aren’t going right, and I think this helps us look at the glass as half full.” Keynote speaker Hansen, who was paralyzed from the waist down when he was thrown from the back of a pickup truck at age 15, talked about his Man In Motion World Tour and how anything is possible with a little perseverance. Hansen circled the world in his wheelchair, travelling through

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Canadian icon and spinal cord injury advocate Rick Hansen talks about crossing boundaries and pushing limits during the Farm Credit Canada forum in Red Deer on Thursday. 34 countries on four continents over the course of two years, two months and two days. “It’s not what happens to you, it’s what you do with it that counts,” he said. “That’s the Canadian agricultural spirit, to never surrender. ... I believe a person with a spinal cord injury will one day travel to space. “I believe in a world where a wheelchair will one day be in a museum.”

Another highlight of the forum was the gripping video footage presented by Johnson, a severe weather expert and tornado hunter. The clip followed the massive and ruthless twister (the widest one recorded in history at 4.2 km wide) that touched down in El Reno, Okla., in May, killing three professional storm chasers in its path.

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Barley growers trying ways of boosting yields BY HARLEY RICHARDS ADVOCATE BUSINESS EDITOR Steve Larocque has a number he uses to catch the attention of barley producers: 180. That’s 180, as in 180 bushels of barley to the acre. In Alberta, where most farmers are happy to hit the 100-bushel mark, Larocque’s number might seems unbelievably high.

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But the Three Hills agronomist is able to back it up with a story about test plots at Irricana that achieved 188 bushels. “It’s been done, so I’m not talking smack,” he said. “I’m not chasing rainbows.” It was those Irricana barley plots, where Westco Fertilizers Ltd. experimented with different inputs to boost yields, that inspired Larocque to launch his own Barley 180 project. He wanted to hit 180-bushel per acre on a field

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scale, and described this goal in a newsletter that his company Beyond Agronomy publishes. Other agonomists and farmers offered to participate, the Alberta Crop Industry Development Fund and Alberta Barley Commission pledged funds, and the Agricultural Research and Extension Council of Alberta agreed to administer the trials.

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Diversified and Industrials Agrium Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . 94.26 ATCO Ltd.. . . . . . . . . . . . 46.71 BCE Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45.68 Bombardier . . . . . . . . . . . . 4.48 Brookfield . . . . . . . . . . . . 39.96 Cdn. National Railway . . 58.39 Cdn. Pacific Railway. . . 160.29 Sirius XM . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9.63 Cdn. Utilities . . . . . . . . . . 35.36 Capital Power Corp . . . . 20.57 Cervus Equipment Corp 22.80 Dow Chemical . . . . . . . . 40.81 Enbridge Inc. . . . . . . . . . 43.82 Finning Intl. Inc. . . . . . . . 25.37 Fortis Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . 29.99 General Motors Co. . . . . 40.08 Parkland Fuel Corp. . . . . 18.30 BlackBerry . . . . . . . . . . . . 6.27 SNC Lavalin Group. . . . . 45.84 Stantec Inc. . . . . . . . . . . 69.75 Telus Corp. . . . . . . . . . . . 36.51 Transalta Corp.. . . . . . . . 13.55 Transcanada. . . . . . . . . . 46.32 Consumer Leon’s Furniture . . . . . . . 13.40 Canadian Tire . . . . . . . . . 95.57 Gamehost . . . . . . . . . . . . 14.56 Loblaw Ltd. . . . . . . . . . . . 41.75 Maple Leaf Foods. . . . . . 15.91 Rona Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . 13.10

Shoppers . . . . . . . . . . . . 57.73 Tim Hortons . . . . . . . . . . 61.26 Wal-Mart . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78.43 WestJet Airlines . . . . . . . 28.73 Mining Barrick Gold . . . . . . . . . . 17.48 Cameco Corp. . . . . . . . . 22.08 First Quantum Minerals . 17.24 Goldcorp Inc. . . . . . . . . . 22.50 Hudbay Minerals. . . . . . . . 7.74 Kinross Gold Corp. . . . . . . 4.89 Potash Corp.. . . . . . . . . . 32.41 Sherritt Intl. . . . . . . . . . . . . 3.07 Teck Resources . . . . . . . 24.48 Energy Arc Energy . . . . . . . . . . . 28.68 Badger Daylighting Ltd. . 83.17 Baker Hughes. . . . . . . . . 53.05 Bonavista . . . . . . . . . . . . 13.55 Bonterra Energy . . . . . . . 53.49 Cdn. Nat. Res. . . . . . . . . 34.51 Cdn. Oil Sands Ltd. . . . . 19.65 Canyon Services Group. 11.44 Cenovous Energy Inc. . . 29.93 CWC Well Services . . . . . 0.85 Encana Corp. . . . . . . . . . 19.18 Essential Energy. . . . . . . . 2.88 Exxon Mobil . . . . . . . . . . 95.41 Halliburton Co. . . . . . . . . 49.52 High Arctic . . . . . . . . . . . . 3.56 Husky Energy . . . . . . . . . 31.43

Imperial Oil . . . . . . . . . . . 45.40 Penn West Energy . . . . . . 9.19 Pinecrest Energy Inc. . . . . 0.42 Precision Drilling Corp . . . 9.61 Suncor Energy . . . . . . . . 36.06 Talisman Energy . . . . . . . 12.35 Trican Ltd.. . . . . . . . . . . . 12.52 Trinidad Energy . . . . . . . . 9.89 Vermilion Energy . . . . . . 60.55 Financials Bank of Montreal . . . . . . 68.95 Bank of N.S. . . . . . . . . . . 63.04 CIBC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89.64 Cdn. Western . . . . . . . . . 38.05 Carfinco . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11.80 Great West Life. . . . . . . . 31.50 IGM Financial . . . . . . . . . 53.12 Intact Financial Corp. . . . 67.51 Manulife Corp. . . . . . . . . 19.60 National Bank . . . . . . . . . 88.49 Rifco Inc.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6.50 Royal Bank . . . . . . . . . . . 68.28 Sun Life Fin. Inc.. . . . . . . 35.88 TD Bank . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95.02


said it was suspending its dividend effective immediately, citing the need to preserve cash in the face of falling prices for bullion. It shares shed 44 cents or 10.8 per cent to $3.63. The interest-rate sensitive utilities sector was a major source of weakness, down 1.7 per cent. The sector has been weakening for months as Fed tapering talk has pushed bond yields higher. On Thursday, the benchmark U.S. 10-year Treasury yielded 2.87 per cent, up sharply from about 1.6 per cent at the end of April. TransAlta (TSX:TA) fell 13 cents to $13.51. Canadian utility Fortis is buying power provider UNS Energy Corp. for $2.5 billion, expanding its business into Arizona. Fortis will also assume $1.8 billion in debt. UNS Energy, which is headquartered in Tucson, Ariz., provides electricity and natural gas services to more than 650,000 customers in the state through its two subsidiaries. Fortis shares fell $1.15 to $30.04. The financials sector fell 0.4 per cent as Manulife Financial (TSX:MFC) lost 16 cents to $19.53. The base metals sector was down 0.25 per cent while March copper was unchanged at US$3.29 a pound. Thompson Creek Resources (TSX:TCM) dipped six cents to C$2.26 while First Quantum Minerals (TSX:FM) gained 30 cents to $17.20. The industrials group was the biggest advancer, up 0.55 per cent with Canadian National Railways (TSX:CNR) rising 75 cents to $58.40. Air Canada (TSX:AC.B) is buying 61 Boeing 737s as it replaces its older Airbus and Embraer narrowbody aircraft. The deal has a face value of about US$6.5 billion. Air Canada says it could expand the order to as many as 109 of Boeing’s 737 MAX planes as it replaces older Airbus and Embraer narrowbody aircraft. Air Canada stock slipped eight cents to $7.60. The energy sector was up 0.23 per cent as January crude on the New York Mercantile Exchange gained six cents to US$97.50 a barrel. Suncor Energy (TSX:SU) climbed 49 cents to C$36. In other corporate news, shares in yoga clothing retailer Lululemon Athletica (Nasdaq:LULU) fell 11.65 per cent to US$60.39 in New York after the Vancouver-based company beat estimates for profit and revenue but said it expects flat same-store sales in the crucial fourth quarter.

Stocks: S&P/TSX Composite Index — 13,114.39 down 19.03 points TSX Venture Exchange — 886.09 down 10.94 points TSX 60 — 753.17 down 0.83 point Dow — 15,739.43 down 104.10 points S&P 500 — 1,775.50 down 6.72 points Nasdaq — 3,998.40 down 5.41 points Currencies at close: Cdn — 93.98 cents US, down 0.42 of a cent Pound — C$1.7399, up 0.51 of a cent Euro — C$1.4633, up 0.29 of a cent Euro — US$1.3753, down 0.33 of a cent Oil futures: US$97.50 per barrel, up six cents (January contract) Gold futures: US$1,224.90 per oz., down $32.30 (February contract) Canadian Fine Silver Handy and Harman: $21.473 per oz., down 94.2 cents $690.36 per kg., down $30.28

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market closed slightly lower Thursday as a U.S. budget deal and a solid retail sales report fuelled expectations that the U.S. Federal Reserve could start cutting back on its monetary stimulus program as early as next week. The S&P/TSX composite index declined 19.03 points to 13,114.39 after Fed concerns sent the market tumbling 191 points on Wednesday. But the index was well off the lows of the morning as mining losses moderated and energy stocks advanced. The Canadian dollar declined 0.42 of a cent to 93.98 cents US as the stronger than expected retail sales report boosted the greenback. But U.S. indexes were lower after the Commerce Department said that retail sales rose 0.7 per cent in November, the biggest gain in five months and a better showing than the 0.6 per cent rise that economists had expected. October’s figure was also revised higher to 0.6 per cent from 0.4 per cent. The Dow Jones industrials dropped 104.10 points to 15,739.43, the Nasdaq lost 5.41 points to 3,998.4 and the S&P 500 index gave back 6.72 points to 1,775.5. A budget deal in the U.S. Congress also contributed to concerns that the Fed is set to start tapering its US$85 billion of monthly bond purchases. Analysts have suggested that investors have accepted the fact that the Fed is going to cut back on those purchases, which have kept long-term rates low and supported strong rallies on many markets this year. And they suggest that once the Fed moves and the uncertainty disappears, the market can resume its upward move. The prospect of Fed tapering has hung over markets since May when outgoing Fed chairman Ben Bernanke first raised the prospect of cutting back on asset purchases if economic conditions allowed. Fed tapering concerns also continued to punish bullion prices as February gold fell $32.30 to US$1,227.50 an ounce. Bullion prices have also been depressed amid low inflation in many countries and an improving global economy, falling about 25 per cent this year. Gold stocks have done much worse, with the TSX Global Gold sector down about 50 per cent on the year. That sector was down a further 0.3 per cent Thursday, dragged down by Iamgold Corp. (TSX:IMG), which

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Johnson was there, too, just under a kilometre away from the wind funnel, and said he doesn’t wish to go through something so terrifying again. He told of his passion for telling the stories of those impacted by the disasters and his mission to help others pounce on their passions and live out legacies. “Sharing those stories and understanding them is what I love the most. . . . And I think if you’re in farming, you’re in it because you love it, you love being on the land and you’re proud of it,” he said. “Live without regret. Don’t stop taking risks; that’s your legacy.” Painchaud, who defines herself as a Manitoba farm girl, is a leader in behavioural science and talent management and she spoke about the power in motivating employees and nourishing a positive business culture. The forum is next headed to Regina in January and will be in Lethbridge on March 11 for a session.

BARLEY: Results Working with a half dozen malt and feed barley fields throughout Central Alberta, Larocque and his counterparts now have three years of results in the books. They’ve yet to hit the 180-bushel mark, but were as high as 156 bushels on a field near Crossfield and have consistently out-produced adjacent control plots. “I think we’re averaging probably a 17 per cent increase on yields on average,” said Larocque. Their research has focused on three inputs: nitrogen, growth regulators and fungicides. In the case of the nitrogen, high levels of the fertilizer have been applied at seeding and later as a top-dress. Larocque said higher-than-expected

TSX VENTURE EXCHANGE TORONTO — The TSX Venture Exchange closed on Thursday at 886.09, down 10.94 points. The volume at 4:20 p.m. ET was 177.01 million shares. ICE FUTURES CANADA WINNIPEG — Closing prices: Canola: Jan. ’14 $9.80 lower $448.10; March ’14 $9.80 lower $458.60; May ’14 $10.30 lower $467.80; July ’14 $10.60 lower $475.50; Nov. ’14 $10.40 lower $486.80; Jan ’15 $10.60 lower $491.70; March ’15 $10.60 lower $494.70; May ’15 $11.00 lower $496.70; July ’15 $10.60 lower $495.80; Nov ’15 $10.60 lower $492.00; Jan. ’16 $10.60 lower $492.00. Barley (Western): Dec ’13 $3.00 higher $155.00; March ’14 $3.00 higher $157.00; May ’14 $3.00 higher $158.00; July ’14 $3.00 higher $158.00; Oct. ’14 $3.00 higher $158.00; Dec. ’14 $3.00 higher $158.00; March ’15 $3.00 higher $158.00; May ’15 $3.00 higher $158.00; July ’15 $3.00 higher $158.00. Thursday’s estimated volume of trade: 642,880 tonnes of canola; 700 tonnes of barley (Western Barley) Total: 643,580.

Planners approve lots for next phases of Queens Red Deer’s municipal planning commission has carved out the lots needed for the second and third phases of Queens Business Park. On Wednesday, the commission approved the subdivision of approximately 123 acres of city-owned land west of Hwy 2 to create 31 light commercial lots, seven heavy industrial lots and two commercial lots. The land, which is south of Hwy 11A, was rezoned by council on Nov. 18


volumes of nitrogen have proven necessary to really boost yields. “It might take 1.5 pounds of nitrogen for one bushel of barley up until 115 or 120 bushels an acre. But from 120 to 180, you might need an extra two pounds of nitrogen, or 2 ½ pounds of nitrogen, to produce the same bushel.” The researchers also found that the growth regulator Ethrel thickens plants’ stem walls, allowing them to support heavier heads. Crop lodging, explained Larocque, is “enemy number 1” with high nitrogen levels and plant densities. Finally, a late application of fungicides helped keep the crops green longer, so they could utilize the extra nitrogen. The three inputs together produced greater benefits than could be achieved by applying them individually, said Larocque. “That’s the problem with researching single inputs. “It’s the combination of all of them together that makes them work really well.” Ironically, Barley 180’s best results came in the first year. Larocque explained that growing conditions were very good in 2011, whereas 2012 was dry and 2013 had excess precipitation. “Had we known what we know now in 2011, I bet you we could have hit 180. “The first year, we just kind of threw everything at it.” Larocque, who has been working with Craig Shand of Farmers Edge and Kelly Boles of Center Field Solutions on Barley 180, plans to continue the project. This will include fine-tuning input levels to find the optimal balance between cost and yield. “We are keeping track of the economics of it, and just trying to figure out what does give us our biggest bang for the buck.” Larocque and his counterparts have also embarked on a new project: Wheat 150. Experimenting with similar inputs to those used in Barley 180, they hope to produce hard red spring wheat yields of 150 bushels an acre. “The same principles apply,” said Larocque.

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LUANN Dec. 13 1993 — Kim Campbell resigns as leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada, six months to the day after she won the leadership to succeed Brian Mulroney. She led the Tories to an electoral disaster, reducing the party to only two seats in the House of Commons. The MP for Vancouver Centre was prime minister from June 15,

1993, to Nov. 4, 1993. 1990 — The Senate passes the seven per cent Goods and Services Tax 55-49. 1905 — Walter Scott leads the Liberal party to victory in the first Saskatchewan provincial election, winning 17 out of 25 seats. Former NWT Premier F.W.G. Haultain became leader of the opposition Provincial Rights Party. 1783 — A rough census shows 30,000 United Empire Loyalists now living in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.





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Alberta is a fortunate place for fuels BUT HYDROGEN ECONOMY HAS TOUGH CHALLENGES Alberta is geographically lucky. From the fertile croplands of the prairie region, to the verdant landscape of the northern boreal forest, underneath the province’s geographic strata is an abundance of hydrocarbons, coal, oil, natural gas, and bitumen. The Western Canadian sedimentary basin encompasses almost the entire province and provides us with this substantial array of natural resources. LORNE Most regions of the world OJA are not so fortunate. Nations that lack large supplies of natural resources have to import their entire hydrocarbon requirements, as well as deal with the byproducts of combustion in dense populations; these situations drive their motivation for research into alternatives. The hydrogen economy has been the much touted energy scheme, which some proponents claim will save modern society.


But the hydrogen economy, a term first coined by John Bockris in 1970, is turning out to have some very tough problems that restrict its rapid advancement. One of the biggest hurdles stems from the two most common production methods of hydrogen, 30 per cent of which is from oil, 18 per cent from coal, and both create serious environmental issues. With solar or wind production, using electrolysis, the major obstacle is cost. Where coal can produce hydrogen at a gallon of gas equivalent (GGE) of $1 gallon (U.S.); photovoltaic generated hydrogen works out to about $9.50 per cent gallon. Enter artificial photosynthesis. Photosynthesis is the process plants and trees use for converting sunlight into carbohydrates for energy. In 2008, researchers at Monash University in Australia developed a process to produce hydrogen from sunlight using only manganese, sunlight, and an electrical potential of 1.2 volts to produce hydrogen and oxygen from water. They coated an anode with a couple of micrometers of Nafion, a synthetic polymer discovered in the 1960s, which then acts as a host for the manganese clusters. Combined with the aforementioned components in the correct ratio, the reaction forms hydrogen. In Atlanta, Ga., in 2010, scientists at Emory Bioinspired Renewable Energy Center (EBREC) developed the most potent homogenous water catalyst known, in efforts to mimic nature’s ability to convert sunlight into energy.

The next step is to incorporate the catalyst into a water-splitting process to generate hydrogen using sunlight. In 2011, at Oak ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, scientists worked on a bio-hybrid photo-conversion system that uses the interaction of photosynthetic plant protein with synthetic polymers. The proteins of the “light harvesting complex II” can self-assemble with the polymers into a synthetic membrane that can produce hydrogen when a catalyst, such as platinum, and sunlight are supplied to make the reaction happen. This year found Stanford University researchers pursuing the concept of combining electrolysers and solar panels. Protecting the anodes from rapid corrosion with the application of a micro layer of nickel, the researchers are seeing impressive improvements in anode operating life and durability. The goal of this research, by these facilities, is the economical production of hydrogen with sunlight, for the replacement of hydrocarbons. Countries that have faced soaring energy costs may someday be able to reduce expenditures by producing their own homegrown supplies. Lorne Oja is an energy consultant, power engineer and a partner in a company that installs solar panels, wind turbines and energy control products in Central Alberta. He built his first off-grid home in 2003. His column appears every second Friday in the Advocate. Contact him at:

Rest in pieces Comet ISON: Astronomers say comet of century broke apart in brush with sun BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON — Comet ISON, once optimistically called the comet of the century, is dead, the victim of a waytoo-close brush with the sun. It was barely a year old. The comet, which excited astronomers and the media as it zipped within 730,000 miles of the sun on Thanksgiving Day, was pronounced dead at a scientific conference Tuesday. Astronomers who had followed the ice ball mourned the loss of the sky show that once promised to light up during December. Naval Research Lab astronomer Karl Battams, who headed the observing campaign for the comet, said ISON was stretched and pulled by the sun’s powerful gravity. It was also hit with solar radiation. And the icy snowball just fell apart. “At this point it seems like there is nothing left,” Battams said at the American Geophysical Union conference in San Francisco. “Sorry, everyone, Comet ISON is dead. But its memory will live on.” Astronomers had hoped it would

survive because some — but not most — comets make it past close approaches with the sun. Last year Comet Lovejoy did. Had ISON survived it would have provided good naked-eye viewing in early December for the Northern Hemisphere, astronomers said. NASA had aimed several telescopes and spacecraft at the comet to watch its close brush with the sun, only to find it missing after the encounter. Comets are balls of dust and ice from the formation of the solar system billions of years ago. ISON was on its first trip after leaving the Oort cloud on the distant fringes of the solar system. Unlike comets that are “hardened” by several trips around the sun, ISON just couldn’t survive its maiden voyage, Battams said. ISON, about half a mile wide, was tiny and probably smaller than originally estimated, Battams said. As the comet neared its closest approach to the sun, astronomers had a sense of loss. Battams called watching it in those final hours “a process of heartbreak.”


In a composite image provided by NASA, Comet ISON nears the sun in an image captured at 10:51 a.m. Eastern Standard Time on Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013. The sun was imaged by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, and an image from ESA/ NASA’s Solar and Heliospheric Observatory shows the solar atmosphere, the corona.

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Former Taylor Central Albertan’s journey Prize winner J.B. with disease a detailed MacKinnon up and heroic story for non-fiction award again I Miss Me By William R.T. Boulton

WINNER REVEALED ON MARCH 10 BY THE CANADIAN PRESS TORONTO — Former Charles Taylor Prize winner J.B. MacKinnon of Vancouver is once again in the running for the $25,000 non-fiction award, which was recently renamed the RBC Taylor Prize. MacKinnon, who won the 2006 prize for “Dead Man in Paradise” and served as a juror in 2008, has made the 2014 long list for “The Once and Future World: Nature As it Was, As it Is, As it Could Be.” That book was also a finalist for the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for non-fiction and is on the long list for the B.C. National Award for Canadian NonFiction. The 12 Taylor Prize contenders announced Wednesday also include Thomas King of Guelph, Ont., for “The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America,” and Graeme Smith for “The Dogs are Eating Them Now: Our War in Afghanistan.” Both those titles were also Writers’ Trust finalists and are in the running for the B.C. National Award. Toronto’s Mary Janigan made the Taylor Prize cut for “Let the Eastern Bastards Freeze in the Dark: The West Versus the Rest Since Confederation,” which won the J.W. Dafoe Book Prize earlier this year and was a finalist for the Donner Prize. Carolyn Abraham of Toronto is a nominee for “The Juggler’s Children: A Journey into Family, Legend and the Genes that Bind Us,” which was a finalist for a Governor General’s Literary Award earlier this year and is on the long list for the B.C. National Award. Also up for both the Taylor Prize and B.C. National Award are “The War that Ended Peace: The Road to 1914” by Margaret MacMillan of Oxford, England and “The Massey Murder: A Maid, Her Master, and the Trial that Shocked a Century” by Ottawa’s Charlotte Gray. The Taylor Prize long list also includes: ● “How Architecture Works: A Humanist’s Toolkit” by Witold Rybcynski of Philadelphia ● “Arthur Erickson: An Architect’s Life” by Vancouver’s David Stouck ● “Without Honour: The True Story of the Shafia Family and the Kingston Canal Murders” by Rob Tripp of Calgary ● “Confessions of a Fairy’s Daughter: Growing Up with a Gay Dad” by Alison Wearing of Stratford, Ont. ● “Little Ship of Fools: 16 Rowers, 1 Improbable Boat, 7 Tumultuous Weeks on the Atlantic” by Charles Wilkins of Thunder Bay, Ont. This year’s jurors, Coral Ann Howells, James Polk, and Andrew Westoll, read 124 submissions from 45 publishers. They’ll reveal the short list on Jan. 15 and the winner on March 10 in Toronto.

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the patient’s side, about the noises in the hospital. The squeak of the nurses’ shoes as they walk by the room, the bells that ring, the tick of the clock and the announcements on the PA. His body feels cold, his ears ring, his vision is blurry — and lack of sleep compounds his problems. A good night’s sleep is impossible until Molly, William’s girlfriend, arrives with ear plugs. Ahhh. Now that the diagnosis is firm, the therapies begin. Physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy and recreational therapy are used and William acquires the tools to fight back against his disease. William walks out of his hospital room on Oct. 25 2007. It is due to therapy, care and gritty determination. He has changed in many ways. He loves his family and understands fully what a wonderful support they’ve been. He asks that the reader consider his/her own life and how quickly things can change. How would you react to sudden disability? And how would you support a friend who has such ill luck? This book may be acquired at It is a detailed and heroic story. Peggy Freeman is a local freelance books reviewer.

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of black jackets, black jackets in every shade of black,” she said with a laugh. “But the fabric we’re using now takes colour so beautifully, it’s an example of where we are breaking out of that black jacket mould ourselves.” There are 37 colours included in this year’s fall-winter North Face collection — and 187 planned for 2014. This trend isn’t limited to jackets. It’s the under layers and the hard gear, as well. Brooks Running makes a lot of base-layer garments, and Gabriel Maricich, the brand’s men’s and accessories product-line manager, says bright colours have been oozing into the category for the last five years or so. But he noticed a real shift to fluorescents last fall, coinciding with a very 1980s fashion moment. It’s evolving into a more sophisticated but even more saturated colour

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story. The colours need to work for the winter athletes who like to go out and socialize at the end of the day, or have errands to run. “You don’t say, ’Oh, let me go home and change,”’ he said. “People are wearing it all day.” Arnette’s Aloha goggles translate a Hawaiian shirt into protective eyewear. “What’s more fun than a tropical print on the slopes?” asked Joe Freitag, Arnette Eyewear’s global brand director. “People want to put their personality everywhere and into everything.” The company’s older customers might be buying bright colours to match skis or boots, while the younger ones are buying into their own image as fun-loving, laid-back athletes, but, regardless, they’re all making a statement, he said. And aren’t you more likely to compliment

someone on mint green snowpants than on black ones? “It starts conversation,” said Athleta’s Taylor. “You spend so much time in line or on the lift, that a great colour leaves the door open for human interaction.”


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NEW YORK — Bright is the new black when it comes to colours and styles for snow bunnies to look their best on the slopes. The move to colour in winter-sport outerwear follows a trend seen in clothing for other active pursuits, such as running, rock climbing and cycling. Part of the colour revolution is driven by safety since it’s easier to spot a bright colour in dim winter light, and there’s a fashion factor, too, but there’s also a little flamboyance and fun at play, say experts. “On the ski slopes, there’s a chance to be a little wild and crazy,” said Nancy Taylor, Athleta’s senior director of design. “It’s a lighter atmosphere than your everyday life. Color takes any seriousness out of it.” Liz Braund, the product director for outdoor apparel at The North Face, sees the rainbow as a sign of the times. “The hunger for colour right now is showing that the economy is picking up. People are less inclined to stick to buying staples — and the black jacket is a staple.” The SnowSports Industries America trade group doesn’t have much that could be called basic on its list of outerwear fashion trends for the season. Instead it touts primary colours, neon, electric florals and colorblocking, among others. Men’s bestsellers at North Face include royal blue and an acid yellow that’s particularly popular for lining and trim. Women are into clashing brights, like turquoise paired with a yellowtinted green, Braund reports. At Athleta, coral pink and mint green are outpacing the more traditional red and green. Bold hues play off the white background of snow, making them look even better than they might elsewhere, Taylor adds. And, once you’ve had bright, Braund says, it’s pretty unlikely you’ll go back to boring. It’s something North Face has had to adapt to. “We had been known for an array

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NEW YORK — The U.S. snowboarders will be showing off a patchwork of styles in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. Their uniforms, unveiled by manufacturer Burton Tuesday night, are built around the competition jacket with squares of stars, stripes and plaids. The design was inspired by a handcrafted patchwork quilt spotted at an antiques fair, according to the Vermont-based company. The way the fabric is printed, no two items with the quilt fabric are quite the same. The subtle palette gives an overall vintage vibe but with a patriotic theme— a well-worn blue, soft red and winter white. The uniform includes base-layer henleys, warmup pants, fleeces and five-pocket corduroy snowpants. Men and women competitors will wear more or less the same look. “The vintage quilt and flag print of the jacket combined with the corduroy pants give the uniform an ’heirloom hippie’ vibe that lines up with snowboarding’s laid-back culture while paying respect to America’s longstanding creative heritage. It will stand out in Sochi for sure,” said Greg Dacyshyn, chief creative officer, in a statement. The fabric, however, is high-tech with exterior layers of proprietary waterproof and breathable laminates developed in conjunction with the U.S. Army Natick Research, Development & Engineering Center. Various components of the uniforms were made in different places due to the specificity of the performance materials, Burton said. For example, the fabric was printed in Japan and the corduroy made in Taiwan. Uniforms made by Ralph Lauren for U.S. athletes at the 2012 London Summer Olympics were criticized for being made overseas.

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Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman), left, and Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage), right, in a scene from The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.

THE SECOND CHAPTER OF THE SCREEN TRILOGY OF THE HOBBIT TURNS DARKER The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Three stars (out of four) Rated: PG A child’s tale becomes more of a grown-up’s one in The Desolation of Smaug, the fire-breathing second chapter of Peter Jackson’s ongoing screen trilogy of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit. Now is the time to put away the silly squabbling and interminable nibbling of the first film, An Unexpected Journey. Danger has become much more real for our Middle-



earth travellers, as the feared dragon Smaug rouses from ancient slumber, while orcs, wargs, wood-elves, giant spiders and an evil Necromancer threaten their easterly quest to reclaim the lost dwarf Kingdom of Erebor. Reluctant hobbit hero Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) finds his courage and his possible curse, the latter threatened by the enchanted ring that will fuel further Tolkien adventures. Bilbo’s still in the restless company of 12 dwarf warriors, led by exiled Prince Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage), and they’re joined by characters repurposed and new: elf archer Legolas (Orlando Bloom), who isn’t supposed to appear until the following The Lord of the Rings trilogy; and elf wonder woman Tauriel (Canada’s Evangeline Lilly), an entirely new creation designed to add a needed jolt of estrogen to the proceedings. It’s a lot to take in, whether in standard 24fps projection or high-definition 48fps, either in 3D.

Jackson’s audacity and folly both come to fore in this picture, which is much more than a placeholder but something less than a fully satisfying saga in its own right. He and co-screenwriters Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens and Guillermo del Toro get right to work, setting a determined mood with a flashback meeting between Thorin and benevolent wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen), as they discuss plans to liberate Erebor and its gold-laden Lonely Mountain, which is inhabited by the rapacious and greedy Smaug (Benedict Cumberbatch). “War is coming!” a shadowy figure soon hisses, and it is enjoined throughout this episodic and bladder-testing film, almost to the point of ludicrous overkill. There are innumerable set pieces in which it seems all is lost, only to have a well-timed arrow or sword save the day.

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Original tunes breathe new life into timeless story BY LANA MICHELIN ADVOCATE STAFF After 18 years and 90 performances, The Christmas Carol Project is showing no signs of waning. In fact, the popular musical retelling of the Ebenezer Scrooge story will be performed as a return engagement on Wednesday on the Red Deer College Arts Centre stage. All the original musicians first seen in Red What: The Central Deer last year will be reMusic Festival Society prising their “roles.” This presents The Christmeans they will sing origmas Carol Project inal tunes written from When: 7:30 p.m., the perspectives of charWednesday, Dec. 18 acters from Charles DickWhere: RDC ens’ A Christmas Carol. Arts Centre Top hat-wearing Bill Tickets: $30 from the Bourne, originally from Black Knight Ticket Innisfail, will depict the Centre miserly Scrooge through Bah Humbug (“If you think I care, you don’t know me very well”) and other songs. Tom Roschkov will embody timid clerk Bob Cratchit, and Maria Dunn will portray his lame but hopeful son, Tiny Tim. The cast also includes Terry Morrison, Al Brant and Dale Ladouceur as the three Ghosts, as well as Kevin Cook, Bill Hobson and actor Dave Clarke as the narrator. The Edmonton-based musicians will bring together diverse musical genres, including folk-roots, Celtic, blues and pop, in telling the redemptive tale — and that was the idea from the start, said the Project’s mastermind and producer John Armstrong. He was attending Grant MacEwan College as a


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The cast of The Christmas Carole Project will perform the popular musical retelling of the Ebenezer Scrooge story on Wednesday on the Red Deer College Arts Centre stage. music student in 1995 when he caught Scrooge — the 1951 Alastair Sim movie version of Dickens’ novella A Christmas Carol — on television. Suddenly the gears in Armstrong’s mind began turning. He had noticed how many great professional musicians there were in Edmonton, and how many were flexible enough to adapt their styles to fit various groups they played with. “They could collaborate and cross genre lines, so a guitar player might be a blues guy, but he could still sit in with a country band. Or you could have a jazz trumpet player sitting in with a rock band.” Armstrong conceived a musical interpretation of A Christmas Carol to showcase the diverse talents

of Edmonton’s music community. The participating performers would song write their own parts, so to speak. He approached some musicians near the end of 1995 and by the fall of 1996, The Christmas Carol Project was essentially written — except for three new songs that were added a few years later to expand upon the story. Roschkov, an R&B and soul singer best known for playing with the Swingin’ Ya Band and the Stone Merchants, for instance, had decided to write one of the new tunes about how hard life was for Cratchit.

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RED DEER GALLERIES ● Life, Up Close — Artworks by Lydia Christensen will be open for viewing at The Hub on Ross for the month of Dec. Phone 403-340-4869. ● Works of Emily Thomson will be on display at Café Pichilingue until Dec. 31. ● Last Call: A Collection of Previously Featured Artists Group Show will be presented at Marjorie Wood Gallery at Kerry Wood Nature Centre until Dec. 31. ● Works of Harvey Brink is at Velvet Olive Lounge until Dec. 31. ● 900: Drawing with the Brain by Edmonton artist Amber-Jane Grove is open at Harris-Warke Gallery until Dec. 31. Grove is a graduate of Red Deer College Visual Arts Program and BFA graduate of University of Lethbridge. The series of drawings are a 900 day project which involve drawing with hands, feet, mouth, and so on, and reveals a multitude of imagery that would otherwise not be utilized. See harriswarke. com ● Red Deer Arts Council Visual Arts Members Juried Exhibition will be featured at the Kiwanis Gallery at the Red Deer Public Library Downtown Branch from Dec. 4 to 29. This exhibit expresses the quality of works of the artists in the RDAC membership from emerging to professional, and includes Red Deer and beyond. ● Expedition Arctic: 1913-1918 is a traveling exhibit from Canadian Museum of Civilization in collaboration with the Canadian Museum of Nature and features over 250 outstanding artifacts, including many on display for the first time, now open at the Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery until Feb. 17. Phone 403-309-8405. ● Private Moments by Arto Djerdjerian will be on display at Corridor Community Galley, Recreation Centre, lower level until Dec. 13. ● The Northern Terrain Painters — New Work from Jeri Lynn Ing, Susan Woolgar, Judy Sutter and Larry Reese is now at Gallery IS which will be open Nov. and Dec. from noon to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday. Phone 403-341-0340. ● Steps Through Time is a look back on the evolution of select sports footwear now on at Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum. Explore the progression and evolution of various equipment, glimpse the history and the modifications, that make sports equipment, to make it faster, safer and more comfortable. See, or phone 403-341-8614. ● The Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum celebrates Red Deer Centennial with the opening of the exhibit Red Deer Sport History. Take a look at over 100 years Sports History and discover the impact that sport had on Red Deer and its citizens. For more information contact Debbie at or visit or call 403-3418614.

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Overwhelming (Im)Possibilities is a show by second-year Red Deer College visual arts students at the City Centre Stage Gallery. The exhibit opened on Dec. 6 as part of Red Deer’s First Friday events. Other galleries in the downtown core also have new exhibits on offer.

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● The Centrium announces that Blue Rodeo with guests Devin Cuddy Band will make a stop in Red Deer on Jan. 9. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the show starting at 7:30 p.m. Ticket sales start today. Coming up, The Band Perry will take the Centrium stage on Jan. 15 as part of their We Are Pioneers World Tour. Special guests will be Easton Corbin and Lindsay Ell. Tickets available at Hedley returns to Red Deer on April 6. ● The Memorial Centre welcomes back Jesse Cook on Feb. 28 on his Blue Guitar Tour. John McDermott will be at the Memorial Centre on April 4 as part of his Twentieth Anniversary Tour. Tickets available from Black Knight Ticket Centre, 403-755-6626. To have your establishment’s live bands included in this space, fax a list to Club Dates by 8 a.m. on Wednesday to 403-341-6560 or email

NEW YORK — Harvey and Bob Weinstein sued Warner Bros.’ New Line Cinema on Wednesday, claiming they’re owned a share of the profits from the second and third Hobbit films. In the lawsuit filed in New York, the Weinsteins said their 1998 sale of the rights to J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy to New Line applies to all Hobbit sequels. Warner Bros. elected to split The Hobbit into three films, the second of which, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, opens in theatres Friday. The Weinsteins are seeking $75 million. Warner Bros. responded with a statement calling the Weinsteins’ sale of Tolkien’s book rights “one of the great blunders in movie history.” The studio said the Weinsteins and Miramax agreed to be paid only for the first film based on each book. “No amount of trying to rewrite history can change that fact,” Warner Bros. said. “They agreed to be paid only for the first motion picture based on The Hobbit. And that’s all they’re owed.” The rights to Tolkien’s books were owned by Miramax, which was founded by the Weinsteins. After trying to develop the movies, they sold the rights to New Line (which later merged with Warner Bros. and is owned by Time Warner) in 1998 for five per cent of the profits on each film. The Lord of the Rings films grossed nearly $3 billion worldwide. Along with The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, the movies have each netted the Weinsteins more than $100 million. Although the Weinsteins

12 Years a Slave tops list for SAG Awards

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LOS ANGELES — Steve McQueen’s historic saga 12 Years a Slave topped the nominations list for 20th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards Wednesday, boosting its Academy Awards prospects with four nominations. John Wells’ dysfunctional family adaptation August: Osage County, which hits theatres Dec. 25 and features an all-star cast including Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts, also picked up awards-season momentum with three nominations, including outstanding performance for the cast. 20th Anniversary Tour The SAG nominations are one of Hollywood’s first major announcements on the long road to the March 2 Oscars. The Golden Globe nominations will be revealed Thursday morning. Joining the SAG list for outstanding cast performance are Jean-Marc Vallee’s AIDS drama Dallas Friday, April 4 @ 7:30 pm Buyers Club and the sweeping White House servant Black Knight Inn Ticket Centre: tale Lee Daniels’ The Butler. Both films topped the list t Gift a e r G 403 755 6626 or 800 661 8793 with three nominations each. Idea! Also nominated for cast performance was David O. Russell’s 1970s con-artist romp American Hustle. And the film scored an individual supporting nomination for Jennifer Lawrence. 12 Years a Slave also attained individual acting nominations, including male lead for Chiwetel Ejiofor as a displaced Brighten your smile free African-American man, Michael Fassbender this winter with for supporting actor as a our team of dental ruthless slave owner and Lupita Nyong’o for female professionals at support as a favoured Kitt Dental fieldworker. Osage County had inHygiene Clinic dividual nominations for Streep for female lead as the conflicted matriarch in the adaptation of Tracy Letts’ Pulitzer Prize and Tony-winning play, and Roberts as the domineering daughter for supporting female actor. Additional best-actress nominees included Cate Dan Porter (RDH) Dawn-Rai Kitt (RDH) Kirsten Nielsen (RDH) Blanchett as a fallen socialite in Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine, Sandra BullPhone to book your next cleaning & check up ock as a brave astronaut Monday & Tuesday: 12:00 - 8:00 pm, Wednesday: 8:00 - 5:00 pm in Alfonso Curaon’s lostThursday: 8:00 - 4:00 pm, Friday : 8:00 - 3:00 pm in-space odyssey Gravity, Saturdays: Cleanings only 9:00 - 3:00 pm Judi Dench as a woman in search of her son in Philomena and Emma Thompson as author P.L. Travers Heritage Village (West of Downtown McDonald’s) in the Disney comedy Saving Mr. Banks. C101 5212 48 St. Red Deer 403-309-1900 The SAG Awards will be presented Jan. 18.

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have since sold Miramax to Disney, they retained a share in The Hobbit profits. The dispute will hinge on how the 1998 agreement is interpreted. A copy of the agreement was shared with The Associated Press. It reads that the terms apply to “the first motion picture, if any, based in whole or in part upon such book which is produced ... but excluding remakes.” The Weinsteins’ suit alleges the three Hobbit films are installations of one movie, noting that director Peter Jackson largely shot all three at once. “We are surprised and frustrated by the position Warner Bros. is taking with regards to The Hobbit franchise,” Bob and Harvey Weinstein said in a statement.

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Top 10 TV shows of 2013 BY WILLA PLASKIN ADVOCATE NEWS SERVICES NEW YORK — Assembling a top 10 list is always a bit of a negotiation. How much weight should I give to love, and how much weight should I give to respect? In putting together my 2013 list, I threw in with love. These are the shows this year that I went wild for, and the order in which I went wild for them. I’m not certain this is the best way to do things: My love objects in seasons past have included Homeland and Downton Abbey, about both of which I now feel as one does about her most embarrassing, unsuitable ex-boyfriend. I can only hope that nothing on the list below goes on to mortify me so. 1. Borgen

2. Top of the Lake Jane Campion’s gorgeous, perfect miniseries stars Mad Men’s Elisabeth Moss as a New Zealand detective with a ton of baggage trying to find a missing and pregnant 14-year-old. The series is ostensibly a crime drama, but Campion unfolds it at her own idiosyncratic pace, one that allows for comedy (Holly Hunter’s no-nonsense guru), scenery-chewing (Peter Mullan, incandescent as the town’s leading tough), a very sexy romance, and, ultimately, a devastating, macroscopic portrayal of sexual abuse’s very long afterlife. Unlike most crime shows, Top of the Lake knows there are some wrongs no one — not fathers, mothers, partners, gurus or police officers — can really heal, and closure is just a cheesy word for the sloppy, brutal, piecemeal and indefatigable ways the traumatized go on surviving. 3. Orange Is the New Black Orange Is the New Black premiered on Netflix significantly less heralded than both House of Cards and Arrested Development, which shows you how much pre-buzz should count for. Jenji Kohan slyly used an affluent white woman as a Trojan horse for entrée into the stories of a hugely varied group of women. Piper Chapman is the show’s protagonist, but over 13 episodes the series broadened to encompass the stories of the women around her, transforming bit characters into beloved ones, converting seeming stereotypes into Taystee, Red, Poussey, Daya, Crazy Eyes, Morello, and on and on. No show on television has ever had this much female diversity — in race, age, body type, sexual orientation — and Orange did it without ever being anything less than profanely entertaining. 4. Breaking Bad The ending of one of TV’s best-ever shows was a little more forgiving of Walter White than I might have been (I hold a grudge), but in the scheme of the show’s accomplishments, and Bryan Cranston’s performance, that’s just a quibble. At times this season — especially in the outstanding, should-have-beenthe-finale episode Ozymandias — Breaking Bad could


HOBBIT: Thrilling viewing But many of these same set pieces make for thrilling viewing. A shortcut through the dark forest of Mirkwood brings Bilbo and the dwarves into the webbed domain of giant and voracious spiders, who threaten to make lunch of them all. An abduction by wood-elves leads to an amusing river adventure involving oak barrels and astonished dwarves, in a caper improvised by Bilbo, who could make MacGyver his middle name. Best of all is the pas de deux between newly brave Bilbo and ever-boastful Smaug, as hobbit and dragon face off over dwarf land and gold. Lustrous lensing and the natural beauty of Jackson’s New Zealand continue to provide an otherworldly aspect, although this film is arguably the darkest Tolkien trek yet for Jackson, in imagery if not in psychology. The acting continues to be strong, with Freeman’s Bilbo becoming much more interesting as he ceases whining and discovers his cojones along with the magical properties of the ring he riddled out of Gollum in chapter one. Newcomer Lilly is also praiseworthy, turning a potentially superfluous new character — one that risks enraging Tolkien purists — into a welcome presence, as deadly towards evil as she is entrancing to male minds. So it’s game on in Middle-earth as battle lines are fully drawn and deepened, but the suspicion remains that this is a fantasy that could have been better served by two films rather than three: just “there and back again,” to use Tolkien’s original subtitle for The Hobbit. Yet for all that, The Desolation of Smaug serves to move the story forward, making us anticipate next year’s final chapter and confrontations. Peter Howell is a syndicated Toronto Star movie critic.

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No show on television has ever had this much female diversity — in race, age, body type, sexual orientation — and Orange Is the New Black did it without ever being anything less than profanely entertaining. be physically excruciating. More than any show I can think of, watching was always a pulse-racing, stomach-churning, odds-calculating full body experience. 5. The Good Wife Five seasons in, CBS’s The Good Wife has never been more propulsive, taut, slinky, cynical, clever. It is single-handedly making the case that networks need not be a wasteland for great dramas, while also showing up every other procedural in the game. (Compared to The Good Wife’s cases of the week, it sometimes seems other procedurals aren’t really trying.) The season has been fueled by Alicia Florrick’s (Julianna Margulies) decision to start her own law firm, a juicy storyline that builds on the show’s (and its audience’s) deep, deep understanding of the characters — the sort of knowledge that only comes from, well, having been on the air for five years. In a year when I often felt like shows were circling the runway, putting off the timely ending (Homeland, Downton Abbey, The Fall, Broadchurch, even Mad Men), The Good Wife restored my faith that there are creative benefits to doing what only TV can do — go on and on and on. 6. The Americans FX’s The Americans operates just like a great Russian spy: appealing, sexy, exciting and fun, it lures you in with all its flash and then fills your head with some light anti-American sentiment. As Elizabeth and Phillip Jennings, deep-cover spies operating in Reagan-era America, ply their tradecraft and navigate the emotional complexities of their marriage, it’s impossible not to root for them — the Communists! The Americans is a deeply satisfying mixture of fast-moving genre pleasures and topsy-turvy psychological gymnastics: a show with a body and a brain. 7. The Returned Dead people, seemingly of sound body and sound mind, begin to return to a small French city years after their death in this eerie, gorgeous, melancholy series. For them, no time has passed, but they return to loved ones who have been irrevocably altered by grief and are often far more familiar with death and its consequences than the dead themselves. The show is deliciously, decidedly French: dripping with ennui, concerned with the existential rather than the practical, and featuring no hysterical Americans calling in the army, the press, or the CDC.

blues background.” He also thought diminutive Maria Dunn, a Junonominated storytelling songwriter, was a great fit in the role of big-hearted Tiny Tim. Dunn, who melds North American folk with Celtic music, has often shown a social conscience in her songwriting. As for Scrooge, the money worshipper who learns to value altruism after three Ghosts take him on a tour of his life, well, Armstrong said Bourne was an obvious choice. “He had the hat,” he joked. “No, no ... I think he’s a great performer and we needed a strong Scrooge.” Juno-Award-winning Bourne, a mainstay on the international blues scene and a favourite in Central Alberta, loves to collaborate. He has worked with many other musicians over the years, including Madagascar Slim, Lester Quitzau, Shannon Johnson and Alan MacLeod. He has also jumped between many musical genres, including blues, Cajun, Celtic, funk



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Much of this season of Mad Men was a retread of Don’s well-established emotional issues with women and his past. The season finale made clear that all this repetition was intentional: all season Don had redoubled his commitment to the worst parts of Don Draper so, maybe, finally, he could be someone new. It’s an intellectually understandable arc that was still repetitive to watch, a structure that turned Don Draper into the most boring part of his own show. This being Mad Men, there were scores of other amazing moments — acute emotional details and very tight pants as well as, of course, Bob Benson. But Mad Men has been so good it has set the bar for itself exceedingly high; this season it fell just short, winding up at the bottom of this top 10 list, instead of the top. and world beat. Armstrong is thrilled that all the original musicians have stuck with the Project for so long — and that audiences across Alberta, the Northwest Territories, Yukon and B.C. have supported the show that’s yielded a CD and television special. He hopes to eventually tour it through Saskatchewan, Manitoba and even Eastern Canada. Underlying the whole endeavour is Dickens’ timeless Scrooge story. “There wouldn’t be so much collective enthusiasm” about the Project, said Armstrong, without its message of valuing people over commerce, which continues to resonate with audiences young and old. It’s being presented in Red Deer by the Central Music Festival Society. Non-perishable food bank donations will be collected at the door.




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Asylum, the second installment of Ryan Murphy’s insane anthology series, finished back in January. Set in a very bleak insane asylum in the 1960s, it was anchored by a great performance from Sarah Paulson and featured a serial killer, rape, horrific human experiments, Nazis, Anne Frank, aliens, abortion, exorcism, multiple incidents of wrongful incarceration; no cow, that is to say, is too sacred for AHS to leave untipped. Like ABC’s Scandal, American Horror Story is the leading example of another kind of great TV, one that uses its campy sensibility as license to explore controversial, difficult subjects and themes that far more “serious” shows can’t even touch. This season’s Coven has been just as outré, but so far a little less substantial — more fun with witches than a deep dive into America’s nightmares, despite the installment dealing with slavery. Also, it hasn’t had Jessica Lange reprise The Name Game.


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ABC Family’s quirky, almost all-female Bunheads finished the second half of its first season back in February, and then hung around in limbo for months, waiting to be canceled. It was. Too voluble, meandering, odd, lovely, strange and full of dances about recycling and silent montages about sex ed for this world, it never found the larger audience it deserved. Instead, all we got were 18 perfectly imperfect episodes, which — on the bright side — are stuffed with enough screwball dialogue for a show at least three times as long.



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The first two seasons of Borgen, the fantastic Danish series starring Sidse Babett Knudsen (or, as I think of her, the most charming actress in the whole wide world) as the country’s first female prime minister, aired in 2010 and 2011. The slightly inferior third season is the only one to have premiered in 2013 proper, but since Borgen has been Samizdat-level difficult to find in America, I started the series only this year, when it aired on KCET, a PBS affiliate in California. I promptly fell madly, swooningly in love with the series and have been aggressively pushing it on every single person that I know since. The show follows Birgitte Nyborg (Knudsen), a lefty politician in an Eric and Tami Taylor-level good marriage as she is altered for better and worse by power. It’s a beguiling character study you will never want to end, even though it comes with subtitles.


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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.”


AUSTIN Earl James Mar 20, 1919 - Dec, 10 2013 Earl passed away peacefully with family by his side at the Lacombe Long Term Care facility. Earl grew up in the Delburne area where he met and married Elsie Eggleston and began a family. He served in the R.C.A.F. and then in 1951 moved to the Haynes/Joffre district where he farmed until retiring to Lacombe. In 1979, following the death of Elsie, he married Evelyn Reave. He will be remembered as a good dairyman, a telephone lineman, grader operator, and county councillor. He was active in the Satinwood parent/teacher association, Haynes cub/scout clubs and different 4-H clubs. When it came to renovations or “fixing things,” all that needed to be said was “I don’t think it can be done,” and Earl was in his glory. His handiwork can be seen in most of his children’s homes and in numerous church building projects both in Canada and overseas. He was a longtime supporter of Bibles for Missions, of the Leprosy Mission, and of his local church. He passes on a deep faith in Christ, a strong work ethic, and a deep empathy for those in need of a friend and advocate. He is survived by his wife Evelyn, his children: Bonnie (LaVern) Brower, Jerry (Ella), Doug (Lena), Roy (Judy), Ken (Darline), Brian (Carolyn), and Fay (Ken) Neilson; step children: Robert, Ron and Janet; siblings: Charles (Mavis), Lorene, Jim (June), Mavis (Marl) Brown, and Dorothy; and by numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and many others who simply knew him as grandpa. He was predeceased by his first wife Elsie, son Garry, parents Seba and Nettie, step-mother Florence, and siblings Leah, Ken, Clifford, Ila, Audrey, Jack, Warren, Shirley and Iris; grandchildren Kelly, David and Delores, and foster daughter Angie. And we, his family, wish to especially express our thanks for the compassionate care extended by the Lacombe Long Term Care staff during the final chapter of our dad’s life. Viewing will be at Wilson’s Funeral Chapel in Lacombe 12:00 noon to 2pm Monday December 16, 2013 with interment at Alto Reste at 2:45 p.m. Earl’s memorial service will be held at the Lacombe Church of the Nazarene 11am Tuesday, December 17, 2013. If desired, donations may be made to Bibles for Missions, Leprosy Mission Canada or Kidztown International. Condolences may be made by visiting WILSON’S FUNERAL CHAPEL & CREMATORIUM serving Central Alberta with locations in Lacombe and Rimbey in charge of arrangements. Phone: 403.782.3366 or 403.843.3388 “A Caring Family, Caring for Families”

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WILSON Cameron Darb May 15, 1959 - Dec. 10, 2013 With profound sadness, we share the sudden passing of Cameron Wilson. Cam was so grateful to receive a liver transplant which restored his love of life and gave Leanne and him hope for the future. Thank you to the donor family for their selfless gift. Cameron is lovingly remembered by h i s w i f e L e a n n e D e k k e r, nephew Ryan Holst, niece Courtney Holst (fiancé Chris Allen), and brother-in-law Dan Holst. Also remembering Cam are his stepsister Maureen (Zhenya) Sokolovsky, stepbrothers John (Janice) and Neil Devaney, father-inlaw Jack (Patricia Marfleet) Smith, sisters-in-law Mary Jane (Ervin) Quinney, Peggy, Kathy and their families. Cam was predeceased by his parents John and Frieda, sister Cheryl Holst, and stepf a t h e r J o h n D e v a n e y. To g e t h e r w i t h h i s m a n y friends, we will miss Cam’s huge smile, quick wit, love of food, passion for golf, and his holiday pies. A service honoring Cam will be held on Monday, December 16th, 2013 at 2:30 p.m. at Howard & McBride Westlawn Chapel, 16310 Stony Plain Road, Edmonton. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the University of Alberta Hospital Transplant Unit (3G2), 1H1.91 Walter C Mackenzie Centre, 8840 112th Street, Edmonton Alberta T6G 2B7. HOWARD & MCBRIDE WESTLAWN CHAPEL (780) 484-5500



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HUSBAND In loving memory of Henry Jan. 13, 1926 - Dec. 13, 2008 It’s been five years and every day in some small way, Memories of you come our way. Though absent you are ever near, still missed, loved, ever dear. Forever remembered, your loving family.



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Not everyone gets to be a father or a brother, a sister or a mother But our common ground is that every one of us is somebody’s child I’ve known lots of Fathers in my time But only one was ever really mine They too, like you all had a common ground Let me tell you a little about that now For every man that’s ever boarded a train But stopped for a step to look back just once again You have felt the urge and been pulled by the force You my friend have ridden the Steel Horse For every man that’s held the hand of a rolling 18 wheeler (And maybe or maybe not your daughter was in the sleeper) You’ve rolled the road and stayed the course A million miles with your own Steel Horse If ever you’ve straddled the low throat and rumble of a Harley Davidson on a moonlit highway Or felt the steel strings and warm wood of a good guitar; Found yourself hitch-hiking, asking for, and getting, The “Hello” blast of the horn from the trucker Whose engine brakes you heard coming on the wind long ago... If your knees and your spine have ever grown stronger As a man approached with his fiddle and bow Well, then you have found this common ground. You have flown with the breeze and the Steel Horse that comes with the soul Of only a good man Who has ever given you his back and trusted you to ride with him I’m sorry Dad that you had to go I guess it was that time again, I really don’t know The chair still sits for you by my front door So you can take off your boots and get your feet off the floor Your bed will be made again with the blanket of horses that run free I took you at your word when you said “No, honey, the lace curtains don’t matter to me.” Sometimes we don’t want to get too comfortable in one place You get on the road, stop here and there, just long enough sometimes to remember her face But when that face was mine And your eyes looked at me like I’d been scrubbed in sunshine It was easy to say to hell with the world And be Daddy’s little girl Even for those briefest but sweetest moments in time You taught me when I was very young That if ever I felt lost or scared in the forest and alone... Ease back on the reins; keep an easy smile close to his mane, Give my horse his head and he would run me, Hell bent for leather all the way home... I have learned well.

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CUSTOMER SERVICES POSITION AVAILABLE. Looking for highly motivated professional individual looking to enter the investment property industry. Successful Applicant will have good computer, phone & people skills. Willing to train the right person. Please email applications to: Only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Thank you.

RECEPTIONIST for 58 YR Old lady with MS Hygiene Department req’d. seeking F/T live-in caregiver 1 pm. - 8 pm. Please drop in the country. Drivers off resumes to Associate licence would be an asset. Dental, Attn. Corinne or fax Bathing, changing velostimy 403-347-2133 bag & light housekeeping. 403-722-2182 or email: Classifieds Your place to SELL Your place to BUY Classifieds...costs so little Saves you so much!


In Memoriam



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

Parkland Garden Centre 331479L12,13

HOPPINS Ethel “Bette” nee McComb April 14,1918 - Dec. 10, 2013 We give thanks for the life of Bette Hoppins. She was active in her community, a one room schoolhouse t e a c h e r, f a r m e r, a r t i s t , historian, world traveler, nature lover, photographer, gardener and life long learner. Bette was a woman of wisdom, humility, integrity, kindness and quiet but ever present strength. She was never short on advice or a listening ear for her daughters. Bette had a remarkable amount of patience, love and support for her grandchildren in their childhood, and even more through their adulthood. She taught us all many things, such as there is always enough time in the day for family, every meal should be finished with something sweet, the best walks are through a cow pasture, and how a remarkable woman can start her life in a small log cabin. She was a woman who sang with the chickadees and danced through the crocuses. Those there to welcome her include her husband and partner in all things, Frank; her parents, Lorne and Alice; and her siblings, Allan, Sadie, Helen and Babe. Grateful for the strong influence in their lives are her daughters Kaye and Beth. Celebrating her life are her grandchildren Paul, Chris, Tim, Leah, Jill and Ian. Sharing in her legacy are her great-grandchildren Ben, C l a r a , A n d y, A r e s a n d MacLeod. Blessed to have had her as a mother-in-law or a Grandma by marriage are Russ, Janna, Robin, Paul, Mike, and Sarah. Honouring her memory are many special friends and relatives, including her sister Bea, her brother Jupe, her fellow adventurer Amanda, her Tetley sisters, lifelong friend Clara and her host of nieces and nephews. A small graveside family service will be held Dec. 17th. Further information will be posted regarding a full Celebration of Life that will be held in the spring when the crocuses are in bloom. For those wishing to make a donation in Bette’s memory, The Sunnybrook Farm Museum, Kerrywood Nature Centre and The Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery would be most appropriate.





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.



Red Deer company requires a full time office person with a high level of accounting. 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 341334L18



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RED DEER ADVOCATE Friday, Dec. 13, 2013 D5

CCCSI is hiring sanitation workers for the afternoon and evening shifts. Get paid weekly, $14.22/hr. Call 403-348-8440 or fax 403-348-8463






FLUID Experts Ltd.

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

* Experienced Production Testing * Day Supervisors * Night Operators * Experienced Production Testing Assistants If you are a team player interested in the oil and gas industry, please submit your resume, current driver’s abstract and current safety certificates to the following: Fax 403-887-4750

Class 1 Operators

to haul clean fluids for the Oil & Gas Industry. Home every night, company benefits with exceptional pay structure. Must be able to work on their own with minimal supervision. Compensation based on experience. Fax resume w/all tickets and current drivers abstract to: 403-346-3112 or email to: FULL Time entry level shop technician needed for expanding downhole tool business. Duties include tool maintenance and repairs as well as general shop duties. Opportunities for advancement offered as well as competitive wages and benefits. Apply with resume to jobs@




Now has immediate openings for CGSB Level II RT’s and CEDO’s for our winter pipeline projects. Top wages and comprehensive benefit package available. Subcontractors also welcome. Email resumes to: or Phone 403-887-5630. RONCO OILFIELD HAULING Sylvan Lake is looking for a Dispatcher. Knowledge of Travis Permit System and computer skills are req’d. Wages negotiable dependant on exp. Email resume tom@ or fax. 403-887-4892 Central Alberta’s Largest Car Lot in Classifieds

Please specify position when replying to this ad. We would like to thank all those candidates who apply, however only qualified personnel will be contacted.

$2500 Bonus Every 100 days

IMMEDIATE OPENINGS Night Foremen, Day & Night Operators Must have H2S, First Aid, valid driver’s license. Pre-employment Drug screening Competitive Wages. Benefit Package Please submit resume with references to: or by fax to (403) 783-8004 Only individuals selected for interviews will be contacted Something for Everyone Everyday in Classifieds CASED HOLE WIRELINE SUPERVISORS The job scope includes supervising all operations and crew of a Cased Hole Wireline Unit. A clean driver’s abstract is req’d On the Job Training is provided. Relocation to Lloydminster is required. Working Schedule is 15 days on with 6 days off. Great benefits and Group RRSP. Only successful applicants will be contacted. Email resume to Wally Rolfes at wrolfes@


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


Sylvan, Rocky Mtn. House & Ponoka areas. Must have a minimum of 2 years exp in artificial lifts, gas/ liquid separation, PJ operation, field compression refridge systems, dehydrating and sweet processing, maintenance on pumps, heaters, control valves etc. Contract operators need not apply. E-mail resume’s to or fax 403-347-0855

PROVIDENCE Trucking Inc Is now hiring experienced

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

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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

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





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must have all necessary valid tickets for the position being applied for. Bearspaw offers a very competitive salary and benefits package along with a steady work schedule. Please submit resumes: Only those selected for an Attn: Human Resources interview will be contacted. Email: Restaurant/ Fax: (403) 258-3197 or Mail to: Suite 5309, Hotel 333-96 Ave. NE Calgary, AB T3K 0S3 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 TANKMASTER RENTALS ASAP. Apply in person req’s Exp’d Class 1 Fluid 6620 Orr Drive. Fax: Haulers for Central 403-782-9685 Alberta. Oilfield tickets Call 403-848-2356 req’d. Competitive wages and benefits. RAMADA INN & SUITES REQUIRES or fax 403-340-8818 ROOM ATTENDANTS. Exp. preferred. Only serious inquiries apply. Rate $13.50/hr. Drop off resume at: 6853 - 66 St. Red Deer or fax 403-342-4433

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



Bearspaw Petroleum Ltd is seeking exp’d FLOORHANDS


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


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


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



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SOAP Stories is seeking 5 F/T Beauty Treatment O/P, selling soap & bath products $14.55/hr. + bonus & comm. Beauty cert. req’d. Location Parkland Mall - 4747 67th St. Red Deer. email premierjobrdbto@ SOAP Stories is seeking 5 retail sales reps. Selling soap & bath products. $12.10 hr + bonus & commission. Ft No exp. req`d. Parkland Mall 4747 67 St. Red Deer. email resume to 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. CELEBRATIONS HAPPEN EVERY DAY IN CLASSIFIEDS




Experienced Siders Needed Call 403-588-3210 Looking for a Career as an Allison Transmission Technician? There are 2 Long-Term Openings Avail. Training Provided Email: service@ Fax: 403-885-2556

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


Recently winning the 2013 Business of the Year award, Bilton Welding and Manufacturing Ltd. designs, engineers and manufactures custom energy equipment. Since 1992, Bilton has worked with engineering firms and oil and natural gas producers around the globe to develop their own equipment standards for size, capacity and any number of technical specifications. We operate seven manufacturing facilities in Innisfail, Alberta and have recently expanded our facilities into Calgary Alberta.

We are currently seeking a professional;

for full-time permanent shop positions We offer competitive starting Wages and benefits packages including Health, RRSP and Tool Allowance programs. Please fax resume to 403-227-7796, email to

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

in AB. Home the odd night. Weekends off. Late model tractor pref. 403-586-4558

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. RONCO OILFIELD HAULING Sylvan Lake is looking for a Dispatcher. Knowledge of Travis Permit System and computer skills are req’d. Wages negotiable dependant on exp. Email resume tom@ or fax. 403-887-4892


RONCO OILFIELD HAULING Sylvan Lake. Openings for Picker operator, bed truck drivers and swamper’s. Top wages and benefits. Email resume tom@ or fax. 403-887-4892

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


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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.

Gary Moe Volkswagen


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

Required Immediately

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

• With good communication skills and work ethics • Great benefits & hours • Production bonus • Training provided • Full Time/Long Term We need you at this Award winning GM Dealership Apply to: Bert Rumsey, Service Manager Email:

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


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Owner Operators & Company Drivers

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

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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)

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.


We are looking for a


Concrete finisher

Central AB based trucking company requires

For a chance to work at a GM Auto Dealership. Located in a growing small city environment. Lacombe has all the amenities of the City and the small town lifestyle.

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.

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

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


Recently winning the 2013 Business of the Year award, Bilton Welding and Manufacturing Ltd. designs, engineers and manufactures custom energy equipment. Since 1992, Bilton has worked with engineering firms and oil and natural gas producers around the globe to develop their own equipment standards for size, capacity and any number of technical specifications. We operate seven manufacturing facilities in Innisfail, Alberta and have recently expanded our facilities into Calgary Alberta.



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


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




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




Mustang Acres

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

via fax to: (403)

227-7796 or e-mail to:


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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.

D6 RED DEER ADVOCATE Friday, Dec. 13, 2013

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

Currently seeking reliable newspaper carrier for the

Packages come ready for delivery. No collecting. Contact Quitcy at 403-314-4316



For afternoon delivery once per week


In the towns of:

Delivery is 4 times per week, no collecting.

Blackfalds Lacombe Ponoka Stettler

Perfect for anyone looking to make some extra $. Please reply by email: qmacaulay or phone Quitcy at 403-314-4316

Call Rick for more info 403-314-4303 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

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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THE RED DEER PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT Invites applications for the position of: CARETAKER at Central Middle School Start Date: To be determined Regular Work Days: Monday - Friday Regular Work Hours: 2:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. (possibility of earlier shift) Required knowledge, education, abilities and skills are as per the Job Description (available from Human Resources). Pay rate is per the current collective agreement with C.U.P.E. Local 1012. For more information about the Red Deer Public School District, visit our web site at: www. Deadline for applications will be Noon on December 23, 2013. Application forms may be forwarded to 4747-53 Street, Red Deer, AB T4N 2E6. Fax: 403-342-3780


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

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CUSTOM made baby change table w/drawers $70 403-347-5648




2 HARLEY DAVIDSON VESTS. XXL Mens & XL Ladies. $100 each. 403-314-0804 2 LONG FUR COATS (Wolf) 1 Ladies Sm, 1 Mens Lrg. Very Good cond. 403-346-6470 2 PAIR New Men’s Size 10 lined safety toe boots. $30/ea. 1 PAIR New Men’s fleece lined zipper black boots, size 10. $25. 403-887-4981


Siding Helpers Needed Call 403-588-3210


TRAILERS for sale or rent Job site, office, well site or storage. Skidded or wheeled. Call 347-7721.





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


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

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


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ANDERS AREA Anders St. / Armstrong Close Addinnell Close / Allan St. Allsop Ave. / Allsop Close Adamson Ave. / Arthur Close INGLEWOOD AREA Inglis Cres. Inglewood Ave. LANCASTER AREA Law Close / Lewis Close Logan Close Lord Close Lamont Close Lund Close MORRISROE AREA Vista Village McIntosh Ave. SUNNYBROOK AREA


BEAUTIFUL Comfortable 3 bdrm. townhouse in Oriole Park. Super location for access to all major arteries without being bothered by noise. Att. garage, 1-1/2 bath, 5 appls., #23 6300 Orr Dr. N/S, avail. Jan. 1. $1425/mo. Hearthstone Property Management 403-896-8552 or 403-396-9554

NOW RENTING 1 & 2 BDRM. APT’S. 2936 50th AVE. Red Deer Newer bldg. secure entry Houses/ w/onsite manager, 5 appls., incl. heat & hot Duplexes water, washer/dryer 3 BDRM. in Sylvan. 4 appls., LARGE 2 & 3 BDRM hookup, infloor heating, a/c., CONDOS HAVE TO GO!! car plug ins & balconies. fenced yard. No pets. All Call 403-343-7955 Bldg located on a quiet close utils. incl. 403-347-6033 backing onto treed area. Something for Everyone 3 BDRM. MAIN FLOOR †Spacious suites come with Everyday in Classifieds Avail. Immed. $1200 Dishwasher, large storage + 2/3 utils. 403-872-3400 area & more. Short walk to Spacious 2 Bdrm. schools & Parks. Starting This 2 bdrm apt is in a quiet, 3 FLR, 3 Bdrm house w/3 at $925/mo. bath, new paint & carpets adult only building. Heat & Water incl. in rent. & deck at 7316-59 Ave. In a convenient location Call Lucie at 403-396-9554 Avail. to over 40 tenants. w/easy accessibility to 67th to book a viewing.† No pets. Off street parking Street & assigned offstreet for 3 vehicles. Rent $1500, parking. This could be the D.D. $1500. 403-341-4627 SOUTHWOOD PARK home you are looking for. 3110-47TH Avenue, Perfect for young profes4 BDRM. house, 2 full 2 & 3 bdrm. townhouses, sionals. Just $945/month. baths, near schools and generously sized, 1 1/2 Come take a look at the bus route, avail. Jan. 1, baths, fenced yards, building you will be proud 2014, $1350 rent, DD full bsmts. 403-347-7473, to call home. Call Tina now $1100 no pets, Sorry no pets. at 403-896-8552 403-343-6229 304-3979. before it’s gone. GORGEOUS





You have to see to believe. Suites 4 Bdrm, 3 baths w/double attached garage in the 1 BDRM. bsmt. suite. N/S, 1 & 2 bdrm. adult building, NEW part of West Park. N/S. No pets. no kids, no pets. $700 Stereos High-end Luxury home at a rent/d.d. ref’s 403-346-9746 403-596-2444 great rate of $2100/mo. TV's, VCRs Call Lucie at 403-396-9554 2 Bdrm. Modern Top Floor 2 Bdrm. DS Lite with 4 games $70.; if you would like to know more. Suite in Johnstone Apartment PS1 with 5 games, $40. This great 2 bdrm bsmt. suite This Adult only Bldg is located OBO. 403-782-3847 has lots of functional space, conveniently near all amenities. Modern & Trendy 6 appls & is located on a Perfect for the budgetPS 2 with 10 games, $60.; 3 Bdrm. Home quiet crescent. Just $1125/mo. minded at just $945/month HP photo smart printer, Boasting 2.5 Baths, designer Call Tina at 403-896-8552 w/ Heat & Water included! C4480, $35; Game Boy colors & finishings, 6 appls now to take a look at a home Call Tina at 403-396-9554 Advanced with 2 games, & assigned parking. Be the you will want to show off. while it’s still available. $70; ALL OBO first to live here!! This 403-782-3847 property will not last! Just BSMT. suite $550/mo. $1695/month! Call 403-352-7417 Roommates Hurry and call Tina at Misc. for 403-896-8552 while it lasts. GLENDALE 2 bdrm. $825, Wanted Sale D.D. $825, N/S, no pets, no partiers, avail immed. ROOMATE WANTED, 5 shelf wall unit 81”h x 403-346-1458 M or F. Fully furn. 2 bdrm. 50”w, adjustable shelves Condos/ apt. 403-986-1903 after 1 pm. $70; 15 saw horses 36”w x Townhouses GLENDALE reno’d 2 bdrm. 27”h $8/ea, chrome plated apartments, avail. immed, Tired of Standing? 12 bottle wine rack Find something to sit on 3 BDRM, 1 1/2 bath town- rent $875 403-596-6000 $10 403-314-2026 in Classifieds house in well kept condominium LARGE, 1 & 2 BDRM. 6.5 FOOT LIGHTED ETNA complex at #9, 15 Stanton St. SUITES. 25+, adults only PINE TREE. 450 clear STUDENTS or singles 5 appls & fenced yard. n/s, no pets 403-346-7111 lights, 1190 branch tips. West Park Apt. 2 bdrms., Tenants must be over 40 Great condition - too large w/references & quiet living. kitchen, bath & laundry for house. $50 obo. shared, $600 each bdrm., Avail. Nov. 1st for $1300/mo. 403-358-5465 403-391-7940 $1300 D.D. 403-341-4627 1 & 2 bdrm., Avail. immed. DIE cast models, cars, 3 Bdrm. Townhouse Adult bldg. N/S No pets truck, and motorcycles, Rooms 403-755-9852 ~ Great Value!! fairies, dragons and biker This 3 bdm, 1.5 bath gifts. #14 6350-67 St. east MOUNTVIEW, bsmt. suite, For Rent Townhouse in North Red end of Cash Casino 1 bdrm. + den, full bath, 4 Deer is ready for a new ROOM for rent. 450 rent, appls., great location. LOUIS L’Amour pocket family! Vacant now, this $975. incld’s utils. & cable. d.d. $300. 403-343-0421 books 95 cents ea. or all could be the home you’ve N/S, no pets. 403-350-0913 Room, Avail. immed. $600. 28 for $16 SOLD been looking for. With 5 + dd 403-505-4777 appls, tonnes of storage & NEWLY RENO’D LOVESEAT, with arm cova convenient location this ers, exc. cond. $125; Looking for a new pet? 2 BEDROOMS home will go quick. Kanon 920 copier machine Located in Woodlea on Check out Classifieds to w/metal stand, exc. cond. Call Lucie at 403-396-9554 quiet little one way street, find the purrfect pet. to get a look inside! $75 403-352-8811 this bldg has a vacancy. With a full Reno recently POTTERY, soup set with this is an absolute Mobile urn & ladle, 4 bowls, 3 BDRMS IN ANDERS completed, steal at $950/mo. Make your casserole dish & salad This gorgeous townhouse Lot friends jealous with this bowl w/4 plates, like new. is now available. 3 Bdrms, amazing find. Call Tina at $125, Danby microwave 1.5 Baths & 5 appls in one 403-896-8552 for more details. PADS $450/mo. oven 900 watts, $30; 2 of the most desirable areas Brand new park in Lacombe. matching suitcases, like in town. This will get scooped Spec Mobiles. 3 Bdrm., new $25. for both; up quick. Call Lucie at PENHOLD 1 bdrm., incl. 2 bath. As Low as $75,000. 403-352-8811 403-396-9554 to see inside. heat/water, 4 appls. $725 Down payment $4000. Call avail. Jan. 1, 403-348-6594 at anytime. 403-588-8820 RED Deer Hospital phone w/large buttons $40; handknit socks and mitts $5/ea, new wood deck box w/cooler inside $100, like new ladies long brown leather coat w/fur collar, size 10, $100, Morrisroe 403-347-3741 ROASTING Pan, electric, $30; Video game chair, like new, $50; (2) thick winter blankets, $35. ea. 403-348-6449 WOODEN slider rocker chair and ottoman, good cond, $95; 3 wool accent matching carpets, clean, will sell seperatly $50 for all 3. 403-352-8811







Piano & Organs


GOOD selection of quality pianos for reasonable price. Weststrate Piano Sales & Tuning. 403-347-5432 Start your career! See Help Wanted



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

Sporting Goods


GOLF travel bag, w/wheels, hard cover $50. soft cover $40, very good cond. 403-346-0093 MEN’S NEW CCM size 10 skates & hockey pants. $65. NEW JOFA HOCKEY KNEE PADS, $15. 403-887-4981

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3 INDIAN Medicine Men shields, approx. 20” x 30”, $180 403-347-7405 KENMORE Beginner sewing machine. New. $40. 2 SETS OF KING SHEETS, 2 for $25. TV STAND, black, 27”x16”14” $25. 403-346-2070

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2 Bdrm. Modern Suite In Johnstone

Modern & Trendy 3 Bdrm. Home

This great 2 bedroom suite has lots of functional space, 6 appliances and is located on a quiet crescent. Just $1125/month. Call Tina at 403-896-8552 now to take a look at a home you will want to show off.

Boasting 2.5 Baths, designer colors and finishings, 6 appliances and assigned parking. Be the first to live here!! This property will not last! Just $1695/month! Hurry and call Tina at 403-896-8552 while it lasts.

3 Bdrm. Townhouse ~ Great Value!!

Newly Reno’d 2 Bedrooms

This 3 bdrm, 1.5 bath Townhouse in North Red Deer is ready for a new family! Vacant now, this could be the home you’ve been looking for. 5 appls, tonnes of storage & a convenient location this home will go quick. Call Lucie at 403-396-9554 to get a look inside!

3 BDRMS in ANDERS This gorgeous townhouse is now available. 3 Bdrms, 1.5 Baths & 5 appliances in one of the most desirable areas in town. This will get scooped up quick. Call Lucie at 403-396-9554 to see inside.

GORGEOUS HIGH-END HOME You have to see to believe. 4 Bdrm, 3 baths with double attached garage in the NEW part of West Park. High-end Luxury home at a great rate of $2100/month. Call Lucie at 403-396-9554 if you would like to know more.

Located in Woodlea on quiet little one way street, this bldg has a vacancy. With a full Reno recently completed, this is an absolute steal at $950/month. Make your friends jealous with this amazing find. Call Tina at 403-896-8552 for more details.

Spacious 2 Bdrm.

2 bdrm apt is in a quiet, adult only bldg. Convenient location w/easy access to 67th St & assigned offstreet parking. This could be the home you are looking for. Perfect for young professionals. Just $945/mo. Come take a look at the bldg you will be proud to call home. Call Tina now at 403-896-8552.

Top Floor 2 Bdrm Apt. This Adult only Building is located conveniently near all amenities. Perfect for the budget-minded at just $945/month with Heat and Water included! Call Tina at 403-396-9554 while it’s still available.

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Health Care Aide Medical Office Assistant Health Unit Coordinator Veterinary Administrative Assistant Dental Administrative Assistant and more!

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PIKE WHEATON CHEVROLET is now accepting applications for a full time Parts Person. Must have good communication and computer skills and have the ability to work independently. Excellent company benefits. Please email resume along with wage expectations to: or fax to 403-347-3813




Earn extra money for Christmas by delivering the new Yellow Pages Phone Books into Sylvan Lake, Stettler, Red Deer, and Rocky Mountain House. Must have own vehicle. This is door to door delivery. Can start immediately, no selling involved, part time. Completion bonus will be paid. Call 1-800-661-1910


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

Grain, Feed Hay


SMALL SQUARE HAY and straw 403-340-3061

Large 2 & 3 Bdrm. Condos have to go!!

Building located on a quiet close backing onto treed area. Spacious suites come with Dishwasher, large storage area & more. Short walk to schools and Parks. Starting at $925/mo. Heat & Water included in rent. Call Lucie at 403-396-9554 to book a viewing.




RED DEER ADVOCATE Friday, Dec. 13, 2013 D7

Republicans back budget deal SEEKING STABILITY BUT IT MEANS HIGHER DEFICITS BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON — The Republicandominated House of Representatives was expected to pass a compromise spending plan designed to prevent a repeat of October’s costly government shutdown and ease automatic budget cuts that would otherwise deplete the Pentagon and domestic agencies for another year. The bipartisan measure’s expected passage Thursday would be seen as crack in the wall of partisan gridlock that has gripped Congress through much of President Barack Obama’s nearly five years in the White House. As the House prepared to vote, Obama and many Democrats who control the Senate praising the budget deal negotiated over several months by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s running mate in 2012, and Democrat Senate Budget Committee Chairwoman Patty Murray. The measure requires Senate approval

as well, which was expected next week. Obama would then have to sign the bill into law, which was seen as likely. The modest deal would continue federal deficit spending, upsetting small-government, low-tax tea party Republicans. Democrats, meanwhile, remained unhappy that the spending plan fails to extend jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed. The cutoff for those benefits would hit Dec. 28 in the midst of the Christmas-New Year holiday season. Ryan said Thursday that the spending deal moved a divided government “in the right direction” and was possible because he and Murray decided not to move into areas that are held as core beliefs by Republicans and Democrats. The plan does not specifically raise taxes, an anathema to Republicans, but does raise money through increased government fees. It does not touch entitlement programs dear to Democrats, including spending on Medicare health insurance for older Americans, Medicaid

for the poor and the Social Security pension system that kicks in at retirement age. The deal does preserve much of the sharp, crude spending cuts the Republicans won in a 2011 showdown with Obama. And it greatly reduces the chances of a rerun of the politically debilitating partial government shutdown that the Republicans stumbled into in two months ago. At the same time, the spending plan would prevent a second and third year of politically risky cuts to military readiness and weapons, as well as continued cuts to parts of the government cherished by Democrats and Republicans alike, including health research, school aid, FBI salaries and border security. The cuts would be replaced with money from — among other things — higher airline security fees, curbs on the pension benefits of new federal workers or working-age military retirees, and premium increases on companies whose pension plans are insured

by the federal government. The pact would ease $63 billion in scheduled spending cuts over the next two years and replace them with longer-term savings measured over 10 years, many of which won’t accumulate until 2022-23. Deficits would increase by $23.2 billion in 2014 and by $18.2 billion the year after that. In appearances on morning TV news shows, Ryan said the deal was necessary to help put the economy on a firmer footing at a time when the Federal Reserve Board apparently is set to wind down its bond-buying stimulus program, which has kept interest rates at or near record lows. Ryan called it a start toward fiscal responsibility, while acknowledging that “I don’t see any difference in the likelihood of a grand bargain” for the long term on taxes and spending. Two of Ryan’s potential rivals if he seeks the Republican presidential nomination in 2016 — Senators Rand Paul and Marco Rubio — oppose the measure.

UN inspectors confirm chemical weapons attack in Syria their use in the village. The allegations of chemical weapons use at Jobar and Ashrafiah Sahnaya were made by the Syrian government, while Britain and France raised the allegations about Saraqueb. In an initial report on Sept. 16, Sellstrom’s team concluded that evidence collected in the Ghouta area of Damascus following an Aug. 21 attack provided “clear and convincing evidence that surfaceto-surface rockets containing the nerve agent sarin were used.” Graphic video footage showed dozens of people gasping for air and bodies lined up and the U.S. government said more than 1,400 people were killed. The confirmed use of chemical weapons in Ghouta, and the threat of possible U.S. military action, led to a U.S.-Russian agreement to eliminate Syria’s chemical weapons by mid-2014. The process of getting Syrian chemicals that can be used to make weapons out of the country is currently underway. The experts said they collected “credible information that corroborates the allegations that chemical weapons were used in Khan al Assal on March 19, 2013 against soldiers and civilians.” The report said information from medical, military and health personnel corroborated the occurrence of rapid mass

Chemical weapons were probably used in four locations in Syria this year, in addition to the confirmed attack near Damascus in August that forced the government to abandon its secret chemical stockpile, U.N. inspectors said in a report released Thursday. The experts, led by Swedish professor Ake Sellstrom, examined seven alleged chemical weapons attacks and said it lacked information to corroborate the allegations at two locations. The inspectors’ limited mandate barred them from identifying whether the government or opposition fighters were responsible for any of the attacks. Thursday’s report said evidence indicated chemical weapons were probably used in Khan al Assal outside Aleppo, Jobar in Damascus’ eastern suburbs, Saraqueb near Idlib in the northwest, and Ashrafiah Sahnaya in the Damascus countryside. In two cases, it found “signatures of Sarin.” The government and opposition accused each other of using chemical weapons at Khan al Assal and the report said none of the parties in Syria denied

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

Handyman Services


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

Massage Therapy


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


Personal Services


PSYCHIC HEALER Send first name ONLY and nature of illness to Box 1070, c/o RED DEER ADVOCATE, 2950 Bremner Ave., Red Deer, AB T4R 1M9. Gratuities will not be accepted.

Seniors’ Services



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

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Houses For Sale

2 SPEC HOMES Ready for your colours. Can be shown at any time. 10 & 98 MacKenzie Cres. Lacombe. 403-588-8820 BRAND NEW 1340 sq. ft. bungalow, 2 bdrm., den, dbl. att. garage. $384,900. Call Glen 403-588-2231 FREE Weekly list of properties for sale w/details, prices, address, owner’s phone #, etc. 342-7355 Help-U-Sell of Red Deer

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


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

Commercial Property Laebon Homes 346-7273

Condos/ Townhouses



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

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12V BATTERY Group 24 CC610 load tested at 590 $65 403-357-9664 SET of H.D. Flares, $35. 403-348-6449

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Public Notices



Notice To Creditors And Claimants Estate of Hans Harvey Sandersen Who died on October 4, 2013. If you have a claim against this estate, you must file your claim by January 20, 2014 and provide details of your claim with: Jennifer A. Campbell at Johnston Ming Manning LLP Barristers and Solicitors 4th Floor, 4943 - 50 Street Red Deer, AB. T4N 1Y1 If you do not file by the date above, the estate property can lawfully be distributed without regard to any claim you may have.



who died on NOVEMBER 29, 2013 If you have a claim against this estate, you must file your claim by January 19, 2013 and provide details of your claim with Brandy Marie Hansen Box 118, Donalda, AB T0B 1H0 403-596-1512 OR Christine Louise Edgar 35437 Rg Rd 10 Red Deer County, AB T4G 0M8 403-227-1317 If you do not file by the date above, the estate property can lawfully be distributed without regard to any claim you may have.

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poisoning “by an organophosphorous compound.” But the inspectors said the release of chemical weapons at the site couldn’t be independently verified because it lacked “primary information” on how the chemical agents were delivered and because environmental and medical samples weren’t scientifically collected, preserved and analyzed. The U.N. mission said it collected evidence “consistent with the probable use of chemical weapons in Jobar on Aug. 24, 2013 on a relatively small scale against soldiers.” But it said it lacked information on the delivery system and the chain of custody for samples, and said therefore it could not “establish the link between the victims, the alleged event and the alleged site.” The report said Jobar was “compromised by previous demining activities and by visits of representatives of the Syrian Government who had reportedly moved the remnants of two explosive devices alleged to be the munitions used in the incident.” The U.N. team was able to examine those remnants at a storage location. The inspectors said interviews with survivors and clinicians and medical records confirmed symptoms of “organophosphorous” poisoning.



consumption will vary based on powertrain, driving habits and other factors. 2014 Dodge Grand Caravan – Hwy: 7.9 L/100 km (36 MPG) and City: 12.2 L/100 km (23 MPG). 2014 Dodge Journey SE 2.4 L 4-speed automatic – Hwy: 7.7 L/100 km (37 MPG) and City: 10.8 L/100 km (26 MPG). ^Based on 2014 Ward’s Middle Cross Utility segmentation. ❖Real Deals. Real Time. Use your mobile device to build and price any model. TMThe SiriusXM logo is a registered trademark of SiriusXM Satellite Radio Inc. ®Jeep is a registered trademark of Chrysler Group LLC.

following: Chrysler 200 LX, Dodge Dart, Grand Caravan CVP, Journey CVP/SE, Avenger CVP, Viper, Jeep Compass Sport 4x2/4x4, Patriot Sport 4x2/4x4, Cherokee, Ram 1500 Reg Cab trucks, Ram Cab & Chassis, Ram Cargo Van, Ram ProMaster, FIAT 500 Pop, 500C, 500T and Abarth models. Bonus Cash will be deducted from the negotiated price after taxes. See your dealer for complete details. ¤Based on 2014 EnerGuide Fuel Consumption Guide ratings published by Natural Resources Canada. Transport Canada test methods used. Your actual fuel

payments of $119/$116 with a cost of borrowing of $3,826/$3,717 and a total obligation of $24,824/$24,115. §2014 Dodge Grand Caravan Crew shown. Price including applicable Consumer Cash Discount. 2014 Dodge Journey R/T shown. Price including applicable Consumer Cash Discount. ¥Holiday Bonus Cash of up to $1,500 is available on most new 2013 Dodge Dart, Ram Heavy Duty trucks and FIAT models (excluding the FIAT 500 Pop and Ram Cab & Chassis) and on most new 2014 Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram and FIAT models, excluding the

new 2014 Dodge Grand Caravan Canada Value Package/Dodge Journey Canada Value Package model to qualified customers on approved credit through Royal Bank of Canada, Scotiabank and TD Auto Finance. Examples: 2014 Dodge Grand Caravan Canada Value Package/2014 Dodge Journey Canada Value Package with a Purchase Price of $20,998/$20,398 (including applicable Consumer Cash and Ultimate Bonus Cash Discounts) financed at 4.29% over 96 months with $0 down payment equals 208 bi-weekly

necessary. Dealer may sell for less. •$20,998 Purchase Price applies to 2014 Dodge Grand Caravan Value Package (29E) only and includes $8,100 Consumer Cash Discount. $20,398 Purchase Price applies to the new 2014 Dodge Journey Canada Value Package (22F) only and includes $2,000 Consumer Cash Discount. *Consumer Cash Discounts are offered on select new 2014 vehicles and are deducted from the negotiated price before taxes. ‡4.29% purchase financing for up to 96 months available on the

Wise customers read the fine print: •, *, ‡, § The Be Your Own Santa Sales Event offers are limited time offers which apply to retail deliveries of selected new and unused models purchased from participating dealers on or after December 3, 2013. Offers subject to change and may be extended without notice. All pricing includes freight ($1,695) and excludes licence, insurance, registration, any dealer administration fees, other dealer charges and other applicable fees and taxes. Dealer order/trade may be

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2014 Dodge Grand Caravan Crew Plus shown. Price: $31,790.§


• 3.6 L PentastarTM VVT V6 with 6-speed automatic • Third-row Stow ‘n’ Go® 60/40 split-folding seats

with tailgate seating • UconnectTM 130 Multim a Centre • Air conditioning with dual-zone temperature control

• Seven air bags • Keyless entry • Premium Interior








• 2.4 L (16V I-4) with 4-speed automatic • Second-row 60/40 split-folding seat • Air conditioning with

dual-zone temperature control • Uconnect™ 4.3 Multimedia Centre

• Keyless Enter ‘n’ GoTM



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December 13, 2013 edition of the Red Deer Advocate