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Roundabout to cost $17 million PROJECT TO STRAIGHTEN 67TH STREET CURVE, BE FINISHED IN 2015 BY PAUL COWLEY ADVOCATE STAFF Work is expected to begin next year on a $17-million project to straighten the 67th Street curve and build a roundabout in Red Deer. The project is expected

start next summer and be finished by the end of 2015, said Paul Goranson, city of Red Deer director of development services. The plan is to take out the curve completely and build a four-lane stretch that will end up at a roundabout to the east. “As far as some of the de-

tails around the accommodation of pedestrians and cyclists, those are things we are well aware of as issues but they’ll will be worked out in the detailed design,” he said. A high school is proposed for a site nearby and the foot and vehicle traffic it will gen-

erate will be taken into account as final designs are approved. The wedge of land that will be left when the curve is removed will likely be used for commercial similar to the nearby Clearview Market Square development. “The neighbourhood area

structure plan for the quarter where Clearview North is was developed with this future realignment in mind,” he said. Local road networks have also been designed to fit with the new alignment. pcowley@reddeeradvocate. com


An awesome centennial celebrated in Red Deer COMMUNITY PRAISED FOR PARTICIPATION BY CRYSTAL RHYNO ADVOCATE STAFF Wasn’t that a party? From the First Night Skating Party to the showstopping Fire & Ice Centennial Grande Finale, Red Deer’s 100th birthday bash was one for the history books. The community came out in droves to kick up their heels at family fun events such as the Outdoor Barn Dance on Little Gaetz Avenue in July, the lowering of the 2013 time capsule in the ground in March and the Old Fashioned Fall Fair in September. “It was awesome,” said Sheila Bannerman, Red Deer Centennial committee chairperson. “We had challenges with weather and a few things but overall all the events ... were great. The community participation, the volunteers and supporters were amazing.” But there were some hiccups – mainly Mother Nature – along the way that forced the committee of volunteers to scramble in order to put on the show. The highly anticipated and flagship finale of the Homecoming Weekend, the River of Light: Points of View, was revamped because of the June flooding. Bower Ponds and Great Chief Park, where the majority of the events were scheduled, were closed as safety measures because of the high water levels on the Red Deer River.

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Fireworks erupt from the rooftop of City Hall as the City of Red Deer hosted Fire and Ice, the last Centennial celebration of the year. The centennial committee had worked with the U.K.-based Creatmosphere on the project for about a year. More than 400 barrels installed with battery-operated lights that change colours were slated to float down the Red Deer River from Fort Normandeau to Three Mile Bend. Bannerman said it would have been spectacular if the show went on but there was only so much they could do because of the weather and lost equipment. The revamped “visual and audio spectacular” was grounded to Fort Normandeau for two nights. “Our team of England ended up creating a much more interactive experience at Fort Normandeau,” she said.

“In some ways it was better. Instead of just watching barrels go down the river and then they were gone, they interacted with them. They gave children little remote controls so they could change the light colours.” Other events that weekend were re-scheduled or shifted to other parts of the city because of the park’s closure. The confusion resulted in low attendance at some homecoming events. “That was really unfortunate,” said Bannerman. “We had so little time. We couldn’t reach all these people to let them know things were still happening.”

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Joined by Santa, Adam Wurm and Liam Bazar Woods visit with Maria, an Extendicare Michener Hill resident on Friday morning.

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Lead by siblings Amanda Bazar and Lonnie Wurm, three Red Deer families brought some holiday cheer to the seniors who do not receive gifts or do not have family visiting during the holidays. Personalized gift baskets were filled with care to each resident’s taste whether it was with pictures, notepads, plants, pottery, blankets, hair products, calendars or the like. Santa and his helpers went floor to floor handing out the presents much to the delight and surprise to the seniors on Friday morning. “Oh my goodness,” cried Norma Dawson, 64. “I love them so much. I wasn’t expecting this at all. I am so, so happy.”

The wheels started turning in lateOctober when the two sisters started thinking about their holiday plans. Bazar’s husband, Mike Woods works in maintenance at the facility and they know some residents. Bazar said there are people at Extendicare that are unable to be with their families or no longer have family. “We just felt it would be really nice to be able to extend that personal interaction,” she said. “It brings up their spirits. It makes them happier.” They also knew it would be something that would make an impact in their children’s lives. The families foot the bill for most of the items and received some donations from organizations in Red Deer.

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Ice storm slams Eastern Canada munities affected by the storm to offer provincial support. She said the province was going to provide tree harvesters to some communities to help crews clear away downed trees. ”We’re going to bring in the resources that are needed to deal with the situation,” Kathleen Wynne told a news conference. At least one municipality, the township of Woolwich near Waterloo, declared a state of emergency Sunday night because the power was expected to be out for 24 hours. Via Rail warned commuters to expect delays on its routes between Toronto and Montreal or Ottawa and police warned people to stay off the roads if possible. One of its trains got stuck in Oshawa due to downed power lines. “Thoughts are with those without power due to the ice storm,” Prime Minister Stephen Harper tweeted. “Please stay safe.” The weather conditions, which saw people skating down streets in Kingston, Ont., were suspected to have played a role in four fatal highway crashes in Quebec and another in Ontario on the weekend. Rob Kuhn, a forecaster with Environment Canada, said many Maritimers would see a replay of what hit parts of Ontario and Quebec.

SNARLS TRAVEL AND CUTS POWER BY THE CANADIAN PRESS A steady dose of freezing rain across parts of Eastern Canada turned roads and sidewalks into skating rinks Sunday, cut power to hundreds of thousands of people, and played havoc with holiday plans at one of the busiest travel times of the year. Anxious passengers found themselves stranded in airports from Toronto to St. John’s, N.L., days before Christmas. Among them was Bradley Russell, on a break from work in Fort McMurray, who was trying to fly home Sunday to his wife and four-year-old son in Gander, N.L. “I’ve got a little boy, he wants me home, so I need to get home,” said Russell as he searched frantically for an alternative flight at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport. The situation drew comparisons to the deadly ice storm that encased Quebec in 1998, as hydro crews across the region struggled to restore service. “Some of the crews I’ve spoken to said this is as bad,” said Blair Peberdy,


A vehicle that was smashed by a falling tree bow near Dufferin Grove Park is covered in ice in Toronto on Sunday, following ice storm. vice-president of Toronto Hydro. The utility said by early Sunday evening it had 264,000 customers without power. “These storms tend to wreak havoc and we have to go street by street with chainsaws.”

Hydro One, which serves much of rural Ontario, was reporting more than 130-thousand customers were affected as of late Sunday night. Ontario’s premier said Sunday that she had talked to many mayors of com-



EXTENDICARE: Kindness Next year if they do it again, Bazar said they may have to do it a little differently and get some help because it was a lot of work. Terry Vanbocquestal, Extendicare Michener Hill administrator, called the gift-giving a wonderful display of human kindness that reaches out to a vulnerable sector of the community. “These are residents who are frail or in much need of attention at this time of year,” he said. “Many will go without unless you have individuals like this that have this giving heart to extend out and do us extremely special thing here.” Vanbocquestal said he has not seen anything like this in the 30 years that he worked at the centre. He said it is gratifying and moving to see young people taking the initiative to consider the needs of the elderly and to take the time to get to know the residents and to deliver the baskets at this busy time of the year. He said this gift will make Christmas special for some residents this year. Also playing Santa’s elves were Mark and Laurie Lee and their family. There are 220 long-term care and another 60 assisted-living residents living at Excendicare.


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cal Society will sell the remaining barrels. ● Oh yes, there was cake. Some 18,000 pieces of centennial cake was served throughout the year. ● The three best attended events throughout the year were the First Night Skating Party at Bower Ponds on Dec. 31, 2012, the Fort Normandeau light show on June 29 and 30, and the Fire & Ice Centennial Grande Finale at City Hall Park on Dec. 13. ● Red Deer’s “green onion” was transformed into a spectacular art show by the U.K. group Creatmosphere drawing hundreds of people to the vicinity of

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the water tower for four nights in June. ● The Memorable City, a visual and written history of Red Deer, penned by Red Deer historian Michael Dawe was released in early December. Books are available for $35 plus tax at the Red Deer Public Library, recreation facilities, Tourism Red Deer and City Hall. ● Hot wings tatarian maple, the official centennial tree, was planted in the Centennial Grove along with another 100 trees in the space southwest of Parkland Mall between Gaetz Avenue and 49th Avenue.


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Banners on the Bridge and the Centennial Chocolate Chase were postponed to Sept.1 which lead to an unplanned evening celebration – a City Hall Park light barrel garden. The overwhelming response to the lights was witnessed on the committee’s Facebook page that spiked in “likes” following the event. Bannerman said the centennial party may be over but her wish is that residents will continue to attend events in Red Deer and create a legacy of being involved in the community. Former mayor Morris Flewwelling said the celebrations were designed to be inclusive so everyone felt they had a part in the city’s centennial. “All in all I thought anyone in Red Deer would know that we were celebrating the centennial and they were invited to participate,” said Flewwelling. “People really turned out and (heeded) the theme of Create, Celebrate, Commemorate.” A few Centennial tidbits from 2013: ● Illuminated rain barrels became a symbol of the city’s 100th birthday. Starting in the spring, the Central Alberta Histori-

Major Larry Bridger, pastor and director of the Salvation Army in Red Deer gathers up one of the last hampers to go out to a family Thursday afternoon. This Christmas, 115 sponsors provided grocery gift cards, toys and some food items to fill a total of 157 hampers. For the sixth year Atco employees in Red Deer delivered the hampers to families around the city. Each hamper contains $125 worth of gifts or gift cards per child and $50 of grocery gift cards and food per person for each hamper handed out. The Salvation Army is also sponsoring their Christmas Day Dinner at the Church in Red Deer from Noon to 1:30 pm Christmas Day for anyone who would like to attend.



MONDAY, DEC. 23, 2013

Man has hard feelings for sister, U.S. health care following mom’s suicide


BRIEFS Crews quickly quell fire Red Deer Emergency Services fire crews quickly put out a fire in the upstairs suite in Glendale on Saturday night. The residents were at home and were able to safely escape at the time of the fire. No injuries were reported. Fire crews responded to the call of a structure fire at of 90 Glendale Boulevard around 7:45 p.m. on Saturday. Crews contained the fire to the upstairs suite which sustained minimal smoke damage. A water pipe broke during the fire which resulted in some water damage. Glendale Boulevard was closed to traffic from Grant Street to Greig Drive for about an hour to allow the crews to fight the fire. The cause of the fire is under investigation.


Two charged after vandalism to cars Two Three Hills residents including a 13-yearold youth are facing 18 counts of mischief and seven counts of theft under $5,000 after nine vehicles were vandalized last week. Three Hills RCMP received several complaints from residents in Trochu and Three Hills about vandalism to parked vehicles on Dec. 18 and 19. Police found that nine vehicles parked at residences had either their windows smashed out, tagged with graffiti or both. Police have arrested a 13-year-old male youth and a 20-year-old man from Three Hills. They are both charged with a total of 18 counts of mischief under $5,000 and seven counts of theft under $5,000.

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Shirley Vann, her daughter Linda Jean McNall and their two dogs are shown in this family handout photo. The two women drove from Arizona to Alberta to carry out a suicide pact. McNall survived and is to be sentenced in court for aiding the suicide of her 79-year-old mother.


Linda to help her,” said Stevens. “Linda tried to postpone this but realized that she wanted to help her mother’s wish.” She said the two women headed for the Hinton area because they thought it was the most beautiful place on Earth. “That is where they wished to die — together.” Schwartz described his mother and sister as very close. He said McNall was trained as a nurse and worked in various medical facilities. She contracted hepatitis C while on the job years ago then developed diabetes and depression. But, her brother said, she was still well enough to work and he believes she had a job up until the women left for Alberta. She was married briefly in the ’80s, but didn’t move far from her mother’s place in Florida. She and her husband settled in a house next door, said Schwartz. After his sister’s divorce, and after their mother also divorced their father, the two women travelled the country like “nomads,” moving to Nevada and Idaho before arriving in Arizona, Schwartz said. He tried to phone them every Sunday.

In April, when he hadn’t been able to reach them for a few weeks, Schwartz asked police to check on them. “When they opened the door of the apartment, they found materials and things were gone, and a note that they had written to the folks that ran the apartment complex saying, basically, ‘We apologize for not paying our rent. Anything we left, you guys can have.”’ The women said in their note that they had also written letters to their many creditors and that they were going to get help for Vann, but offered no explanation. Schwartz said he called clinics and hospitals his mother had been to in the past, but didn’t track them down. Then, on May 12, Mother’s Day, a police officer knocked on his door and told him that Mounties in Canada had found his mother dead in a vehicle parked outside the Hinton hospital. His sister was alive, but had been admitted for care. Days later, she would be under arrest. Details emerged in court about how McNall had discovered her mother dead in the tent and was determined to die as well. She drove to Hinton for more propane bottles and supplies. But each time she fell asleep at

PM wishes Merry Christmas to seniors THE CANADIAN PRESS Prime Minister Stephen Harper spent an hour at a seniors home in his Calgary Southwest riding Sunday afternoon in one of his few public appearances for the holidays. Rows of seniors sat patiently for Harper who made small talk and

wished them a Merry Christmas. He also organized a series of group photos with the residents of the Garrison Green Seniors Community. The prime minister arrived home to Calgary late last week. A spokeswoman from his office said Harper isn’t planning to make any other public appearances but is hoping to take in a Calgary Flames game while in the city.

the campsite, she woke up. She finally drove to the Hinton hospital with her mother’s body. Staff found two propane tanks still releasing gas inside their vehicle. A Crown prosecutor told court he’ll be content if McNall gets time served for the eight months she has already spent in custody. She will be deported back to the U.S. at some point. A doctor has recommended she be transferred to a hospital there to receive treatment for depression. Stevens said her client will continue to need care when she is released. “The hope is that she will find a wish to live again.” Canadian doctors have been giving McNall compassionate care since her arrest, Stevens said. But without medical insurance, no U.S. health facility has yet agreed to take her. Stevens said a fundraiser is being organized because McNall has nothing — no money, no belongings, no home. Schwartz said he’s not sure if he even wants to talk to his sister again. But he does want her to get help. “Hopefully she can get back to the United States, find a place to stay and get a job ... and hopefully get on with her life.”

Three men were charged in two separate incidents that netted $5,000 in cash, drugs and weapons in Central Alberta over the weekend. Early Saturday morning, Innisfail RCMP stopped a vehicle at a traffic stop in the town limits of Innisfail. Police found a hidden compartment which contained marijuana and more than $5,000 in cash. Two 18-year-old men were arrested. The driver is charged with possession of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking and possession of proceeds of crime over $5,000. He appears in Red Deer provincial court in January. The next morning, the Innisfail RCMP conducted another traffic stop in Penhold. Police found marijuana, along with cocaine and methamphetamine. Some drugs were in a concealed device which looked like a regular can of orange pop. Police also found an air pistol, a large knife and a makeshift baton. The two Penhold men are charged with possession of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking, possession of cocaine and possession of methamphetamine. They appear in Red Deer provincial court in February.

Alberta man dies in avalanche AFTER SNOWBOARDING OUT OF BOUNDS BY THE CANADIAN PRESS An Edmonton man who died in an avalanche in eastern British Columbia on Friday was remembered as the kind of person who could make people smile and forget about their problems. A friend and posts on a Facebook memorial page identified the man who died just outside of the community of Golden as Shane Schroeder. Police did not immediately confirm the victim’s identity. Police and search-and-rescue teams responded to a call from a rider who was with Schroeder at the time of the avalanche, which happened in an out-ofbounds area near the Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, police said. Scott Dougherty, a friend of Schroeder from Edmonton, said Schroeder had a knack for making people feel better. “No matter what, even if you were down or having a bad day, Shane could just make you smile, laugh and make you forget about any problems,” Dougherty said. “To explain him would take too many words — he was that incredible of a person.” Matt Mosteller, a spokesman for the resort, said Schroeder was airlifted to a hospital in Golden. Police said he was pronounced dead the same day. A person who identified himself as Alex Lee posted on a memorial page on Facebook that he was with Schroeder during the incident. “Everybody needs to know that he saved my life,” wrote Lee of his friend. He did not give any further details on the page. Dougherty said Schroeder was an avid snowboarder with six to eight years of experience and lived for the mountains. Every year he would take time off to ride, he said. The Canadian Avalanche Centre’s website lists the danger level in the Purcell Mountains as considerable in alpine areas, meaning that human-triggered avalanches are likely. The BC Coroners said it continues to investigate the accident. Dougherty, who met Schroeder while working at an electrical company, said friends are establishing an avalanche-awareness program to honour his memory.

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HINTON — David Schwartz doesn’t know if he can forgive his sister for helping their 79-yearold mother commit suicide. But if there’s anyone who should share the blame, he says, it’s the American health system. “The U.S. health-care system failed,” Schwartz, a retired member of the U.S. Air Force, said from his home in Clarksville, Tenn. “My mom’s dead and my sister’s in jail ... I have a lot of hard feelings for the whole way this situation occurred.” Last week, a courtroom west of Edmonton heard how Linda Jean McNall, 53, made a suicide pact with her mother, Shirley Vann, as the older woman’s health worsened. The pair had lived together and cared for each other for decades. In April, the women sold everything they owned, abandoned their apartment in Sierra Vista, Ariz., and headed north to Canada’s Rocky Mountains. Nearly a month later, they pitched a tent at Rock Lake near Hinton, about 350 kilometres west of Edmonton. They injected themselves and their two pet dogs with insulin, swallowed some sleeping pills and opened a propane tank. Vann and the animals died but McNall survived, despite several more attempts over the next couple of days. McNall pleaded guilty to aiding a suicide, a rare charge that has resulted in only a handful of convictions in Canada. She is to be sentenced on Jan. 7. Schwartz said both his mother and sister were sick and had mounting medical bills and debts. He estimated they owed about $50,000. “I knew they were having problems and things like that. I didn’t know that they were going to take these drastic actions.” Vann, once a successful real estate agent, had been battling colon cancer since 2010. During invasive surgery, she had an intestine removed and developed kidney problems. Schwartz questions how sick his mother was, despite some obvious health concerns, before the fateful trip to Canada. Court heard her health was “declining,” but was she dying? She often sounded upbeat on the phone, he recalled. “That’s where I’m conflicted. I was under the assumption, when I heard from my sister, that she was in real bad shape. “But folks in Sierra Vista thought she was doing better.” An autopsy showed that the senior was poisoned by propane and insulin. There was no active cancer in her body. McNall’s lawyer, Laura Stevens, said the cancer was gone but daily living had become difficult for Vann. “In the end, Shirley wished to die, and asked



MONDAY, DEC. 23, 2013

Celebrate gifts of winter We Canadians have a special relationship with snow and ice. We ski in it, skate on it, play in it, shovel it, drive through it, sometimes even bicycle through it and suffer through it for many months of the year — some of us more than others, depending on what part of the country we call home. But how much do we know about it? Do Inuit really have dozens of words for DAVID snow and ice? SUZUKI Are snowflakes always sixsided? Can two ever be alike? Why is snow white? Is it a mineral? What makes frozen water so important to us? Some of the answers are more complicated than you might imagine. Even though English-speaking skiers and snowboarders use multiple adjectives to more accurately describe different types of snow, such as powder, corn and champagne, some say


the claim of numerous Inuit words for snow and ice is a myth. But is it? According to the Canadian Encyclopedia, “the few basic words used by the Inuit to refer to different types of snow or ice do not translate everything they can say about these two natural elements.” In Inuktitut, words consist of a foundational element that provides basic meaning, along with other elements “to clarify and/or modify the basic meaning. New words can therefore easily be created from another term.” For example, the word siku refers to ice in general, and sikuaq (“small ice”) refers to “the first layer of thin ice that forms on puddles in the fall.” Sikuliaq (“made ice”) refers to “the new ice appearing on the sea or on rock surfaces.” Some words also have broader meanings, depending on context. The word maujaq, for example, means “soft ground” but when referring to snow, it means “the snow in which one sinks.” So, “the total number of terms referring to the various aspects of snow and ice goes far beyond ten or a dozen,” allowing Inuit to “draw very subtle distinctions between a very high number of snow or ice types.” When it accumulates on the ground, snow appears white because, unlike many natural materials, it reflects

most light rather than absorbing it, and visible light is white. And although snowflakes form in near-infinite patterns and shapes depending on temperature, wind, humidity and even pollution, each single crystal is always hexagonal, or six-sided, because of the complex way water molecules bond. When a frozen droplet or crystal falls from a cloud, it grows as it absorbs and freezes water from the air around it, forming a six-sided prism. The almost infinite variables mean it’s unlikely, although not impossible, for two snowflakes to be exactly alike. And yes, snow can be classified as a mineral. According to the U.S. National Snow and Ice Data Center, “A mineral is a naturally occurring homogeneous solid, inorganically formed, with a definite chemical composition and an ordered atomic arrangement.” Frozen water fits that description. Snow and ice are important to life on Earth for many reasons. Both are part of the cryosphere, which includes “portions of the earth where water is in solid form, including snow cover, floating ice, glaciers, ice caps, ice sheets, seasonally frozen ground and perennially frozen ground (permafrost),” according to the Snow and Ice Data Center. It covers 46 million square kilome-

tres of the planet’s surface, mostly in the Northern Hemisphere, and helps regulate the planet’s surface temperature. Changes in the cryosphere can affect climate and water availability, with corresponding effects on everything from winter sports to agriculture. By reflecting 80 to 90 per cent of incoming sunlight back into the atmosphere, snow cover cools the Earth. Losing that reflective protection, as is happening in the Arctic, upsets the energy balance and accelerates global warming. Snow also insulates parts of the Earth’s surface, holding heat in and keeping moisture from evaporating. When soil freezes, it prevents greenhouse gases like carbon and methane from escaping into the atmosphere. When snow melts, it fills rivers and lakes. Instead of complaining about the dark and cold of winter, we should celebrate snow and ice. The cryosphere is an important piece of the intricate, interconnected puzzle that keeps us alive. So, build a snowperson, play some hockey, get out on the slopes and enjoy the gifts that winter brings. Scientist, author and broadcaster David Suzuki wrote this column with Ian Hanington. Learn more at

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A sober second look at Mandela’s legacy The Catholic Church consecrates saints with less pomp and sentimentality than was lavished on Nelson Mandela during the week-long media orgy that we have just been through. We haven’t seen such a ridiculous spectacle since ... oh, since the 50th anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy three weeks ago. But at least the Kennedy orgy was over a lot faster — and nobody compared him to Gandhi or Christ. Pity the poor journalists who had to grind out endless stories about what was hardly a news event at all — 95-yearGWYNNE old man dies after lengthy illDYER ness — and inevitably ended up sounding like sycophants and fools. True, the world needed (or at least wanted) a political icon of perfect virtue, but the beatification of Nelson Mandela took much too long. The problem was that everybody in the media knew well in advance that Mandela was dying, and had time to invest millions in preparing to cover the event. Hotel rooms and telecom facilities were booked, crews and anchors were deployed, and the expense had to be justified by round-the-clock, wall-to-wall coverage of funeral orations, vox pop interviews, and talking heads. And of course all the world’s politicians showed up for the greatest photo op of the decade, including many who had condemned Mandela as a terrorist before he pulled off a peaceful transition from apart-


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heid to majority rule in South Africa. But now that the babble of rhetoric has died down and just before the myth was takes over completely, let us talk honestly about who he was and what he accomplished. Mandela understood that South Africans needed an icon, not a mere mortal man, as the founding hero of their new democracy, but he had a strong sense of irony. It would have got plenty of exercise as he watched the local politicos and the foreign dignitaries strew metaphorical flowers on his grave. The man whom they buried at Qunu on Sunday was arrested by the white minority regime in 1963, probably on a tip from the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency. He was the head of the African National Congress’s military wing, Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK), at the time, and continued to back its campaign of sabotage, bombing and attacks on military and police targets throughout his 27 years in prison. If the South African Communist Party is to be believed, he was a member of its central committee at the time of his arrest. It was a different time, when U.S. President Ronald Reagan could declare that the apartheid regime was “essential to the Free World,” and the ANC’s main international supporters were the Soviet Union and Cuba. Mandela might have ended up as a man of violence if he had not gone to prison. Instead, in prison, he had the time to develop his ideas about reconciliation and persuade the other ANC leaders who were also confined to Robben Island of their value. By the time he came out of prison in 1990, he had become the man that everybody knew they could trust — including the whites. During the next four years, when he and F.W. De Klerk, the last white president, negotiated the transfer of power from the white minority to the black ma-

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Toronto Mayor Rob Ford named Canada’s Newsmaker of the Year BY ALLISON JONES THE CANADIAN PRESS TORONTO — Few could have predicted that Canada’s moment in the global spotlight this year would be courtesy of a crack-smoking, “drunkenstupor� mayor who uses graphic sexual language on live television. Rob Ford was a one-man news cycle, as he met each wave of allegations of bad behaviour with wild counterallegations, mixed with a few gaffes and a sprinkling of apologies. It is for these reasons and more that editors and news directors across the country selected Ford as Canada’s Newsmaker of the Year. The headline-grabbing, sound bitegenerating Toronto mayor received 63 per cent of the votes in the annual survey of the country’s newsrooms by The Canadian Press. Some of those who voted said they wanted to pick Chris Hadfield, who received 16 per cent of the votes thanks to his inspirational time as commander of the International Space Station. But most felt there was no choice but Ford. “We loved that Alice Munro won the Nobel Prize. We were amazed when Christy Clark won the B.C. election. Theresa Spence definitely made waves as did Nigel Wright in the PMO,� said Adrienne Tanner, the deputy editor of the Vancouver Sun. “But really no one tops Rob Ford’s antics of the past year, which went from outrageous to ludicrous to pitiful. He’s the hands-down winner for bad newsmaker of the year. No one else comes close.� Gravely serious allegations lie at the heart of what sparked myriad Ford controversies, but at each turn his bombastic, confrontational, unfiltered nature fanned the flames and ensured the near-constant stream of shocking news. When Ford ended months of denials with a surprise crack cocaine admission he handled it by stressing it was in one of his “drunken stupors.�


Toronto Mayor Rob Ford waits for the start of a scheduled news conference after an ice storm left over 250,000 customers across the city without power on Sunday, December 22, 2013. He dealt with allegations that he made aggressively sexual comments to a former female staffer by making more crude remarks about oral sex on live TV, saying he got “more than enough to eat at home.� Ford handled a heated council meeting to strip him of his powers by getting into a shouting match with citizens, then running into and knocking down a female councillor. He responded to the final vote with equal aplomb, comparing it to the invasion of Kuwait. Such is the current benchmark of Ford scandals that a defamation lawsuit, a sexual assault accusation and a 1999 arrest in Florida for DUI and pot possession now fall far short of this year’s admissions of smoking crack cocaine and buying illegal drugs, alleged associations with gang members and claims of drunk driving. But what really took Ford from

mere polarizing local politician to the heights of global infamy was American media’s infatuation with the story. So saturated with Ford was the coverage down south that TV personalities took to using the shorthand “the cracksmoking mayor of Toronto.� “In 2013, Rob Ford was probably the most famous (infamous?) mayor in the world,� said Scott Metcalfe, the news director at Toronto radio station 680News. “Just ask David Letterman, Jay Leno, Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, Seth Meyers, Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Kimmel, Jimmy Fallon, etc.� It’s not as though previous years have been devoid of Rob Ford news. But where past scandals involved reading a newspaper and using a cellphone behind the wheel, this year police say staffers told them the mayor drove drunk, one time nearly hitting one of them.

Where in previous years police were called to Ford’s home for domestic incidents — and he once called police when a comedian approached him on his driveway — this year the mayor himself was a target of a months-long investigation. What police found came out in a stunning series of court document releases containing allegations not proven in court. Ex-staffers painted a picture of an often erratic man, by turns ill-tempered and weepy, and one who they suspected was an alcoholic. As police listened to wiretaps during a gang investigation, they overheard discussions about delivering drugs to the mayor and possibly blackmailing him with compromising images, police allege. During a conversation in March, investigators heard two men talking about plans to sell a tape and quoting Ford as saying “I’ll give you 5,000 and a car,� police allege. Investigators believe a video appearing to show Ford smoking crack cocaine was filmed in February. The mayor has not fully addressed the alleged ties to gang members, only saying that a photo of him with three of them, one of whom was later shot and killed, taken outside a suspected crack house was the result of a chance meeting. He denies the home is a crack house. Ford also denies he is an alcoholic, but says he has nevertheless stopped drinking. He insists his only problem — aside from a political, police and media conspiracy against him — is his weight and he is now regularly working out. His newfound energy was on display when he went on a dancing tear set to live music at a recent council meeting. Ford’s chief of staff and spokesman did not respond to requests from The Canadian Press for an interview with the mayor. Since the first Newsmaker of the Year poll back in 1946, politicians have dominated the list.

Canadian military looks to video games for training NATIONAL DEFENCE IS EXAMINING HOW COMPUTER-GENERATED SCENARIOS BOOST ORDINARY TRAINING actual tasks, not replaces them in a synthetic environment.� Simulators currently in use in Canada’s military include the Joint Combined Arms Training System and the Virtual Battlespace 2. In the latter, all the elements of large-scale virtual battles, such as tanks and helicopters, can be linked together. “I think all of that stuff is useful, and we’re not shy about using it,� Thompson said. “But I will re-emphasize that it does have to finish with a guy with a full magazine of live rounds, doing the business, in close proximity to all of his friends, with live targets. There is no substitute for that.� First-person shooter games can also be effective in training team leaders to move soldiers to the right locations, he said. The technology also teaches lessons of past

battles. Just as some video games recreate scenes from the Second World War and other conflicts, military programmers have incorporated at least two scenarios from Cana-

da’s five-year ground war in Afghanistan into their systems. Thompson wouldn’t say which Afghan battles are being refought in the virtual world, but said they are realistic down to the uniforms of the Af-

ghan army and police, as well as American forces. “We can walk people through what happened,� Thompson said. “We use those vignettes to teach people what can happen on a direct action.�

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OTTAWA — Video simulation, including commercial, first-person shooting games such as Call of Duty, will play an increasing role in the Canadian military in the coming years. But a tug-of-war is underway between skeptics who see video as a mere cost-cutting tool, and soldiers who regard the technology as a welcome addition to the existing training regime. National Defence is examining how computer-generated scenarios boost ordinary training, and for the first time is considering their use in mission rehearsals. “That’s something that’s being seriously looked at,� Brig.-Gen. Denis Thompson, head of special forces, said in an interview with The Canadian Press. “It would be complementary. You wouldn’t be replacing (rehearsal-of-concept) drills. It would be a complementary asset,� said Thompson. Before almost every major operation, troops carry out rehearsals to test the strengths and pitfalls of various battle plans. It’s a practice that goes back at least to the First World War. Whether storming full-sized mock-ups of targets, or taking notes based on sand models of the battlefield, preparation has until the last two decades been decidedly low-tech. Computer simulations have changed that to the point where dozens of troops and even pilots can be linked to together in a virtual world, which includes realistically rendered enemies, right down to uniforms and faces. Thompson stressed the technology does not substitute for the rugged dress rehearsals soldiers carry out before operations, such as commando raids and anti-terrorism

missions. Sophisticated simulators are already familiar within the army and air force, seen in part as a way for units to save on bombs and bullets as the military cuts up to $2.5 billion from its budget by 2015. “There is a natural tendency to use simulation as a replacement tool for actual boots on the ground training,� says a Feb. 1, 2012, briefing note, obtained under the Access to Information Act. “Simulation has been put forward in many instances as a cost saving measure; for example, the cost of a 105 mm round is too expensive so we will train in a simulator and drastically reduce live fire practice.� “Simulation must be approached with a view that it speeds the learning process and lends itself to improving soldier performance to conduct





MONDAY, DEC. 23, 2013

Renegades take South Sudan capital REBEL TROOPS TAKE CAPITAL OF KEY OIL-PRODUCING STATE KAMPALA, Uganda — South Sudan’s central government lost control of the capital of a key oil-producing state Sunday, the military said, as renegade forces loyal to a former deputy president seized more territory in fighting that has raised fears of full-blown civil war in the world’s newest country. Bentiu, the capital of oilrich Unity state, is now controlled by a military commander loyal to former VicePresident Riek Machar, said Col. Philip Aguer, the South Sudanese military spokesman. “Bentiu is in the hands of a commander who has declared support for Machar,” he said. “Bentiu is not in our hands.” The armed rebels were said to be in control days earlier of some of South Sudan’s oil fields, which have historically been a target for rebel movements, endangering the country’s economic lifeblood. South Sudan gets nearly 99 per cent of its government budget from oil revenues, and the country reportedly earned $1.3 billion in oil sales in just five months this year, according to the London-based watchdog group Global Witness. Although the country’s capital, Juba, is mostly peaceful a week after a dispute among members of the presidential guard triggered violent clashes between military factions, fighting continues as the central government tries to assert authority in the states of Unity and Jonglei. Bor, the capital of Jonglei, is said to be the scene of some of the fiercest clashes between government troops and rebels. Michael Makuei Lueth, South Sudan’s information minister, said Machar was believed to be hiding somewhere in Unity state. “He is a rebel, he’s a renegade and we are looking for him. He’s moving in the bushes of South Sudan,” Lueth said

of Machar. The U.N. Mission in South Sudan said in a statement Sunday that all non-critical staff members in Juba are being evacuated to Uganda. The mission said the move was “a precautionary measure to reduce pressures on its limited resources” as it continues to provide assistance and shelter to more than 20,000 civilians gathered inside its compounds in Juba, the mission said in a statement. Hilde Johnson, the U.N. secretary-general’s envoy in South Sudan, said the evacuation doesn’t mean the U.N. is “abandoning” South Sudan. “We are here to stay, and will carry on in our collective resolve to work with and for the people of South Sudan,” she said. “To anyone who wants to threaten us, attack us or put obstacles in our way, our message remains loud and clear: we will not be intimidated.” Hundreds have been killed in the fighting and world leaders are concerned about civil war in a country with a history of ethnic violence and divided military loyalties. The U.S. and other countries have been evacuating their citizens from South Sudan. The U.S. has evacuated about 680 Americans and other foreign nationals so far, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in a statement. President Barack Obama told U.S. Congress he may take further military action to protect Americans in South Sudan. In a letter to Congress, Obama said that about 46 U.S. troops were deployed Saturday to help evacuate Americans. That’s in addition to another 45 troops deployed to reinforce the U.S. Embassy in Juba. Obama is on his annual vacation in Hawaii, but he said in the letter to congressional leaders that he’s monitoring the situation. “I may take further action to support the security of U.S.


In this photo released by the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), Force Commander Maj. Gen. Delali Sakyi of Ghana prepares to lay flowers on the coffins of his two colleagues who were killed on Thursday, at a memorial service held in the UNMISS compound in Juba, South Sudan Saturday. The U.N. peacekeeping mission strongly condemned the unprovoked attack on a U.N. base in Akobo in Jonglei state, near the Ethiopian border, on Thursday that killed two Indian peacekeepers and injured a third. citizens, personnel, and property, including our Embassy, in South Sudan,” Obama wrote. On Saturday, gunfire hit three U.S. military aircraft trying to evacuate American citizens in Bor, wounding four U.S. service members in the same region gunfire downed a U.N. helicopter on Friday. The wounded troops are in stable condition, the White House said. It remains unclear how many Americans are still stranded in Bor and other rural towns. Earlier this week, the top military general in Bor defected with his troops, starting a rebellion that appears to be spreading to other parts of the country. Aguer said Bor is still under the control of pro-Machar

Icons of Egypt’s youth protest movement jailed BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS CAIRO, Egypt — An Egyptian court handed down prison sentences to three of the country’s most prominent youth activists Sunday in the first use of a controversial new protest law, a harsh warning to the secular groups that supported the military’s ouster of Islamist president Mohammed Morsi but have since grown critical of the armybacked government that replaced him. Ahmed Maher, Ahmed Douma and Mohammed Adel, founders of the April 6 movement, each received three years in prison on charges of holding an illegal rally and assaulting police. According to their lawyers, prosecutors said they had thrown rocks at police, but their defence disputed that they had done the throwing. It was the first prosecution under a protest law passed last month as part of the government’s efforts to rein in near-daily street demonstrations by Morsi supporters. Rights groups say the law, which levies harsh penalties for a variety of offences linked to protests, shows intent to suppress all dissent. The government says the statute is necessary after three years of unrest that have devastated the economy. April 6 spearheaded the protests against longtime authoritarian leader Hosni Mubarak that began on January 25, 2011, and led to his overthrow. They also backed the military’s July 3 ouster of Morsi after another round of mass protests. But they were alarmed by the

new protest law, many arguing it was more repressive than the laws in place during Mubarak’s time. Amr Ali, co-ordinator for April 6, said the new statute, under which another dozen members of the group face charges, is a continuation of a Mubarak-era policy, turning to a “security solution” to deal with political problems. “The youth of the revolution who call for freedom, democracy and their right to protest ... are today tried unfairly and according to a dictatorial law that reflects this current regime and this current phase— basically turning against the ideals of the revolution,” Ali said in a news conference after the verdict. “We will continue to escalate against the protest law, against this repressive regime,” he said. He appealed to Cabinet ministers critical of the law to resign in protest. Defence lawyer Alaa Abdel-Tawab said he will appeal the court decision, describing it as “political” and “exceptionally harsh” for a misdemeanour court. The three were each fined $7,250. The New York-based Human Rights Watch said the law, coupled with a recent raid on a local NGO and the continued crackdown on Islamist protesters, were strong signals that the government was in “no mood for dissent of any kind.” Heba Morayef, the group’s Egypt Director, said the prosecutions were the “beginning of a serious crackdown on the Jan. 25 generation of protesters.”

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Israeli police blame Palestinian militants for bus blast BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS JERUSALEM — A pipe bomb believed to have been planted by Palestinian militants exploded Sunday on board a bus in central Israel just moments after it had been evacuated, police said, in the most serious attack inside Israel in more than a year. The explosion came at a sensitive time in Mideast peace efforts. Israel and the Palestinians resumed talks last summer for the first time in nearly five years, and the U.S.-brokered negotiations have made little visible progress. The explosion threatened to further poison what has become a tense and negative atmosphere. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said there were no injuries in the blast, which took place in the Tel Aviv suburb of Bat Yam. The explosion blew windows out of the bus and charred the sides of the vehicle. “Based on the findings at the scene by bomb disposal experts, it was a terrorist attack,” Rosenfeld said. “We’re continuing to search the area for suspects.”

Rosenfeld said the nature of the target and the nature of the device led authorities to determine that militants, not criminals, were behind the bombing. He declined to elaborate, and there was no immediate claim of responsibility. He said the bomb was discovered in a bag on the bus. The driver quickly ordered passengers to get off, and the bomb exploded shortly after as a bomb squad expert was inspecting it. The police sapper was not injured but was taken to a hospital to be evaluated. President Shimon Peres later phoned and thanked the bus driver and the passenger who discovered the explosive, saying their actions saved lives. “The nation owes you a debt of gratitude and I would like to personally congratulate you for this act of bravery,” Peres told bus driver Michael Yoger. It was the most serious attack inside Israel since a bomb explosion wounded more than 20 people in Tel Aviv in November 2012. At the time, Israel was involved in heavy fighting with Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip.

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A Ponoka author has written his first book — an “engrossing and educational story” about dog adoption. Brick D. Hinkley’s 54-page volume How I Met My Dog, about a woman’s quest to find the right pet is meant for readers of all ages. It contains straight-forward dialogue, illustrations and unnamed characters, “so they can be anyone you want them to be.” Published by iUniverse, the book is available in paperback and eBook versions from and Barnes & Noble.


The man behind the downtown Christmas lights always snaps a picture of City Hall Park to get a head start on the following year’s designs. While Joe Pelz often jokes that he has no creative bones in his body, he has worked his magic on the City Hall Park and the downtown streets for the last 10 years. In the summer months, the city staffer is the brains behind the glorious flower beds that boast 37,000 annuals plus scads of perennials at the park. Come winter he leads the glorious transformation of the park and downtown streets into a winter wonderland. “Every year I try to do the trees differently,” said Pelz, 50. “I try to keep adding every year to it. I am already planning for next year. Always mix it up. Try something different.” Pelz said the same goes with the flowers in the summer time. Year after year there’s a new design. The planters boasted a centennial theme to mark the city’s 100th birthday in 2013. “We always want people to go, ‘hey let’s go down and see what’s happening at City Hall Park,’” said Pelz. Pelz said it started with a plan 10 years ago which has evolved over the years into the spectacular display. The traditional incandescent light bulbs are no longer part of the scheme after being replaced completely by lightemitting diode (LED) lights a few years ago. There are 1,560 strings with 68,000 bulbs strung on the trees

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Joe Pelz of the City of Red Deer parks Department with the seasonal holiday lighting in City Hall Park. in the park. That does not include 15 festive pole decorations, the deer, the snowmen or the lighted rain barrels in the planters, Veteran’s Park or the nearby streets. Every year Pelz shakes up the colour wheel aiming to make the display better than the previous years. Decorating the park is always at the back of his mind. He is constantly on the lookout for something that may spark inspiration and when it

does he will jot down notes in his picture diary. “I don’t want it to be stale,” he said. “I want people to come down. I want people to be excited. I wanted to do a lot more this year but we ended up with that snow. My goal is always to do more. More lights. More trees.” Pelz has worked in various jobs at the City of Red Deer for 30 years. “I want to say I don’t have a creative bone in my body

Taking a break for Christmas, the Red Deer Museum and Art Galleries drop-in art Saturdays will not happen on Dec. 28, but will return on Jan. 4. From 1 to 4 p.m., art-making activities for the whole family are offered in the Discovery Studio at the museum and art gallery, at 4528 47A Ave. The artist inspiration and materials will be supplied by the museum and art gallery, people just supply their imaginations. Any cost for the drop-in program is covered by admission.



FOOD BANK CHALLENGE A Central Alberta company is challenging other producers to donate to the Red Deer Food Bank as well, following its donation of 136 kg (300 pounds) of bison meat. Canadian Rangeland Bison and Elk Inc. donated premium grade 100 per cent Alberta bison smokies on Friday to help out the food bank, which also serves the surrounding area.

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but I really can’t say that,” he laughed. “I have a passion for it. I just love it. I could talk about the park all day. I just love it. I love Christmas. I love the lights. To me it’s a season not a day.” He said the park gives people who cannot decorate their homes a place to go during this festive time of year. The lights were switched on in November and they will come down in early January.

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Greg Scott, Director of Community Services for the City of Red Deer will retire in January 2014.

No regrets after 35 years GREG SCOTT ENJOYED HELPING IMPROVE LIFE IN RED DEER BY CRYSTAL RHYNO ADVOCATE STAFF When Greg Scott walks out of his City of Red Deer office one last time in January, he will leave with no regrets. The city’s Director of Community Services will trade his paperwork for golf clubs when he retires on Jan. 24. Scott said he could not think of a better organization than the city to spend his nearly 35 working years. “I look back and I wouldn’t change a thing,” said Scott. “I’ve enjoyed having many different opportunities with the organization. The city is one that values and supports their staff and affords those opportunities. The city supports worklife balance. You can work hard but you can also have time for family.” Scott, 59, says when he thinks about the accomplishments or highlights over the years, the first thing that comes to mind are the people. “We had tons of fun through the years,” he said. As a fresh-faced physical education graduate in 1979, Scott was eager to start his first job as an athletics supervisor. He quickly worked up the ranks in the community develop-

ment and planning, inspections and licensing and recreation, parks and culture departments. Each role, Scott said, offered a great opportunity for professional development and to learn more about the organization as a whole. He found his niche in community services — transit, parks, recreation and culture, social planning and the RCMP. Scott said working in this area was rewarding because people tend to really enjoy what they are doing and they feel like they are contributing to a better quality of life. Scott said he enjoyed playing a indirect role in helping improve life in Red Deer. “Ask the citizens what they like about their city and often it’s the park spaces, recreation spaces experiences that get them out doing something,” said Scott. Scott remembers his time as an athletics supervisor as one of the most rewarding times in his career. His job was to attend the various group’s organizational meetings and to field facility related questions. “I loved working with all the sporting organizations in the community and seeing the kind of commitment these volunteers were making around the com-

munity,” said Scott. “They were prepared to spend countless hours developing, delivering, coaching and running sport organizations.” Scott said in the field of community services, you tend to deal with positive situations. He counts the renovations of the Recreation Centre and the G.H. Dawe Community Centre, Better Biking Red Deer in the 1990s, a safety program with city schools, working on the city’s Waskasoo Park, and the original Greater Downtown Action Plan as career highlights. As a volunteer, he enjoyed sitting on the board for the World Hockey Championships in 1995. He also sat on the Alberta Recreation Parks Association board. He is married to Ellen and they have two daughters and four grandchildren. Scott said his love for sport came from his late father Bill Scott, a former city councillor, and a champion for athletics and local sports. Scott’s father was on council when the city built the first outdoor swimming pool. Scott is looking forward to his retirement where he plans to golf, volunteer in the community and look after his father’s business.

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One of the three surviving members of the famous Second World War Dambusters Raid was recently honoured by a Red Deer-based association for air force veterans. Fred Sutherland, 90, of Rocky Mountain House, was given a lifetime membership by 703 Wing, Royal Canadian Air Force Association, earlier this month. “I was honoured and I didn’t expect anything like that. It was very kind of them,” said Sutherland. Bev Hughes, a Royal Canadian Air Force veteran who served as a flying instructor from 1956-62 and was based at CFB Penhold, said he had always been interested in the Dambusters Raid and proposed the motion to recognize Sutherland at a recent 703 Wing meeting. Association members went to Rocky Mountain House earlier this month to present Sutherland with his membership. It was a fascinating meeting, said Hughes. “I think the four of us who went could have spent the whole day listening to Fred talk,” he said. Sutherland was a 20-yearold front gunner on one of the four-engine Lancaster bombers armed with an ingenious bouncing bomb that were sent on a moonlight mission on May 16-17, 1943 to destroy dams in Germany’s industrial heartland. The plane that Sutherland flew in was credited with successfully blowing a massive hole in the Edersee Dam. Other planes breached the Möhne Dam and a third dam was damaged. Of the 133 air crew in 19 planes that flew out, 53 airmen were killed and only 11 planes returned. Thirty Canadians participated, including six from Alberta. Fourteen were killed and one became a prisoner.




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Crooks move on U.S. CREDIT AND DEBIT CARDS USE EASY-TO-REPLICATE MAGNETIC STRIP BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW YORK — The U.S. is the juiciest target for hackers hunting credit card information. And experts say incidents like the recent data theft at Target’s stores will get worse before they get better. That’s in part because U.S. credit and debit cards rely on an easy-to-copy magnetic strip on the back of the card, which stores account information using the same technology as cassette tapes. “We are using 20th century cards against 21st century hackers,” says Mallory Duncan, general counsel at the National Retail Federation. “The thieves have moved on but the cards have not.” In most countries outside the U.S., people carry cards that use digital chips to hold account information. The chip generates a unique code every time it’s used. That makes the cards more difficult for criminals to replicate. So difficult that they generally don’t bother. “The U.S. is the top victim location for card counterfeit attacks like this,” says Jason Oxman, chief executive of the Electronic Transactions Association. The breach that exposed the credit card and debit card information of as many as 40 million Target customers who swiped their cards between Nov. 27 and Dec. 15 is still under investigation. It’s unclear how the breach occurred and what data, exactly, criminals have. Although security experts say no security system is fail-safe, there are several measures stores, banks and credit card companies can take to protect against these attacks. Companies haven’t further enhanced security because it can be expensive. And while global credit and debit card fraud hit a record $11.27 billion last year, those costs accounted for just 5.2 cents of every $100 in transactions, according to the Nilson Report, which tracks global payments. Another problem: retailers, banks and credit card companies each want someone else to foot most of the bill. Card companies want stores to pay to better protect their internal systems. Stores want card companies to issue more sophisticated cards. Banks want to preserve the profits they get from older processing systems. Card payment systems work much the way they have for decades. The magnetic strip on the back of a credit or debit card contains the cardholder’s name, account number, the card’s expiration date and a security code different from the three or four-digit security code printed on the back of most cards. When the card is swiped at a store, an electronic conversation is begun between two banks. The store’s bank, which pays the store right away for the item the customer bought, needs to make sure the customer’s bank approves the transaction and will pay the store’s bank. On average, the conversation takes 1.4 seconds. During that time the customer’s information flows through the network and is recorded, sometimes only briefly, on computers within the system controlled by payment processing companies. Retailers can store card numbers and expiration dates, but they are prohibited from storing more sensitive data such as the security code printed on the backs of cards or other personal identification numbers. Hackers have been known to snag account information as it passes through the network or pilfer it from databases where it’s stored. Target says there is no indication that security codes on the back of customer credit cards were stolen. That would make it hard to use stolen account information to buy from most Internet retail sites. But the security code on the back of a card is not needed for in-person purchases. And because the magnetic strips on cards in the U.S. are so easy to make, thieves can simply reproduce them and issue fraudulent cards that look and feel like the real thing. “That’s where the real value to the fraudsters is,” says Chris Bucolo, senior manager of security consulting at ControlScan, which helps merchants comply with card processing security standards. Once thieves capture the card information, they check the type of account, balances and credit limits, and sell replicas on the Internet. A simple card with a low balance and limited customer information can go for $3. A no-limit “black” card can go for $1,000, according to Al Pascual, a senior analyst at Javelin Strategy and Research, a security risk and fraud consulting firm. To be sure, thieves can nab and sell card data from networks processing cards with digital chips, too, but they wouldn’t be able to create fraudulent cards.

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Mark Gobuty, Founder and CEO of The Peace Naturals Project stands in one of the cannabis growing greenhouses in Clearview, Ont. The company is one of the first to be approved by Health Canada to commercially produce and distribute dried cannabis ahead of changes next spring to Ottawa’s marijuana medical access program.

Prices about to go far out PRICING CONCERNS RAISED AS MEDICAL MARIJUANA MARKET READIES TO EXPAND BY THE CANADIAN PRESS CLEARVIEW TOWNSHIP, Ont. — Mark Gobuty isn’t raising cattle or cultivating corn on his farm north of Toronto — he’s growing medical marijuana. His company, The Peace Naturals Project, is one of the first to be approved by Health Canada to commercially produce and distribute dried cannabis ahead of changes next spring to Ottawa’s marijuana medical access program. Starting April 1, the program that began in 2001 will no longer require medicinal marijuana users to buy their medication through Ottawa’s one approved supplier, grow their own plants, or designate someone to be their personal grower. Instead, users will be restricted to buying their cannabis from a

list of approved suppliers. Gobuty, Peace Naturals’ chief executive and co-founder, says his company is focused on providing a quality product, but he also understands the compassionate side of drug dispensing. “We certainly have vision. We want to help people,” said Gobuty during an interview at his secluded and highly-secured farm in Clearview Township. “It’s really (about) the purpose and intent of the medicine we can provide. If we can do one thing, we want to provide people with peace.” But that peace will come at a price. And some prescribed users, such as Marcel Gignac, from Amherst, N.S., are worried that privatizing the medical cannabis industry to the will come at too high a cost. Gignac’s supplier is a designated grower, but his wife, who also uses the herb to ease

the pain from arthritis, knee and hip replacements, grows her own plants. He estimates she pays about five cents per gram for her medication. He said he and other members from the volunteer-run Medicinal Cannabis Patients’ Alliance of Canada, some of whom are unable to work due to their conditions, will not be able to afford market prices. “My options are: I can sit back and suffer and die, or grow it illegally or go to jail,” said 51-yearold Gignac, who smokes 30 grams a day to treat an aggressive form of multiple sclerosis. The idea behind opening up the industry is to provide users with more choice, offer a standardized quality of product, and lessen the security risks for users who grow the bud at home.

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Edgar Bronfman Sr., Seagram Co. billionaire, longtime head of World Jewish Congress, dies BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW YORK — Edgar M. Bronfman Sr., the Canadian-born billionaire and longtime president of the World Jewish Congress, which lobbied the Soviets to allow Jews to emigrate and helped spearhead the search for hidden Nazi loot, died Saturday. He was 84. Bronfman died at his New York home surrounded by family, according to the family charity he led, The Samuel Bronfman Foundation. Bronfman was born in Montreal on June 20, 1929 and made his fortune with his family’s Seagram’s liquor empire. He joined the family business in 1957 and took over as chairman and CEO in 1971, continuing the work of his father, Samuel. Under Bronfman’s leadership, Seagram expanded its offerings and was eventually acquired by French media and telecom group Vivendi Universal in 2000. But Bronfman’s wealth, combined with his role in the World Jewish Congress, an umbrella group of Jewish organizations in some 80 countries that he led from 1979 to 2007, allowed him to be a tireless advocate for his fellow Jews. “He was the first of his kind, a


World Jewish Congress President Edgar M. Bronfman, a Canadian born billionaire and longtime World Jewish Congress president died Saturday. titan of industry that dedicated himself fully to advocating, advancing and encouraging the Jewish people,” said Dana Raucher, executive director of The Samuel Bronfman Foundation. Bronfman became a U.S. citizen in 1959 and in 1999, President Bill Clinton awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom,

America’s highest civilian honour. In the citation, Bronfman was heralded for working “to ensure basic rights for Jews around the world.” In a 1986 Associated Press profile, he said his position and money helped him have access to world leaders. “It’s a combination of the two,” Bronfman said. “In the end, it doesn’t really matter why that access is available, as long as it is there.” The year before, he had become the first congress president to meet with Soviet officials in Moscow, bringing his case for human rights and taking a little time to promote Seagram’s interests. He visited again in 1988, by which time Jewish emigration from the Soviet Union, a key goal of the congress, had begun to rise under the reforming leadership of Mikhail Gorbachev. During the 1980s and 1990s, the congress also helped lead the effort to gain $11 billion in restitution for heirs of Holocaust victims. Jews in German and Naziheld countries were stripped of their possessions, their artworks and even the gold fillings from their teeth in the regime’s death camps.

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Many students not using RESPs TALBOT BOGGS


Even though Canadians with children attending a post-secondary education institution are well aware of the high cost of education in this country, only a small proportion of these students are taking advantage of programs to help with some of the costs. A recent study by BMO Bank of Montreal, for example, found that only a third of Canadians

currently enrolled in a postsecondary program have a registered education savings program (RESP) to help cope with the costs of tuition, books, and room and board. A four-year university degree can cost upwards of $60,000 for tuition, books, room and board, and spending money. Tuition has been rising for some time, and for children

born this year the costs for a post-secondary education by the time they’re ready could reach $140,000. The study also found that 84 per cent of Canadian students without an RESP wish they had one and 91 per cent of those without one say they will set up an RESP for their children to make it easier for them to afford a post-secondary education.

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“The costs associated with attending university or college are rising substantially, so there is significant value in opening an RESP for your child before he or she heads off to school,” said Robert Armstrong, vice-president, managed solutions and registered plans strategy with BMO Asset Management.

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RESP: Easy to set up The Canadian government created the RESP in 1998 as a way to put aside money to pay for a child’s post-secondary education. RESPs are believed to have benefitted more than three million children and account for about a third of the estimated $18 billion that families in Canada have put away for their children’s education since the program began. You can contribute up to $50,000 into a plan for each child enrolled in qualified educational programs, such as a trade school, CEGEP, college or university. There is no annual contribution limit and the government will add a grant of up to a maximum of $7,200. RESPs are relatively easy to set up and have some tax and investment advantages. Parents, guardians, grandparents, other relatives or friends can set up an RESP through a financial institution, such as a bank or credit union, a certified financial planner or through a group plan dealer. Income and capital gains can be generated within an RESP through investment in a variety of options, such as stocks, bonds, mutual funds and guaranteed investment certificates, and grow tax-free until the children named in the plan are ready to pay for their post-secondary education. They only pay income tax on the gains earned by the plan and the grants as they are withdrawn, which usually is low because the income of most post-secondary students is very limited. Some critics say RESPs have become too complicated over the years, with too many rules and restrictions. However, they are still considered a good vehicle to help Canadians save money for the future. The IEF has some tips to help parents start saving for their children’s education. These include setting some realistic goals. Determine whether you will pay all of the costs, or if your children will shoulder some of the burden by getting jobs or taking out student loans. Try to calculate what you need to save, or can save, each year. If you have a new baby, you may find $20 a week until they turn 18 will be enough to pay their tuition. Choose an investment strategy for the money you’re saving. Depending on your situation, you may choose to be more aggressive in the early years. Then, as your child finishes high school, you may want to move your money into more conservative investments. Talbot Boggs is a Toronto-based business communications professional who has worked with national news organizations, magazines and corporations in the finance, retail, manufacturing and other industrial sectors.

CARDS: Data can be better protected Credit card companies in the U.S. have a plan to replace magnetic strips with digital chips by the fall of 2015. But retailers worry the card companies won’t go far enough. They want cards to have a chip, but they also want each transaction to require a personal identification number, or PIN, instead of a signature. “Everyone knows that the signature is a useless authentication device,” Duncan says. Duncan, who represents retailers, says stores have to pay more — and banks make more — on transactions that require signatures because there are only a few of the older networks that process them, and therefore less price competition. There are several companies that process PIN transactions for debit cards, and they tend to charge lower fees to stores. “Compared to the tens of millions of transactions that are taking place every day, even the fraud that they have to pay for is small compared to the profit they are making from using less secure cards,” Duncan says. Even so, there are a few things retailers can do, too, to better protect customer data. The most vulnerable point in the transaction network, security experts say, is usually the merchant. “Financial institutions are more used to having high levels of protection,” says Pascual. “Retailers are still getting up to speed.” The simple, square, card-swiping machines that consumers are used to seeing at most checkout counters are hard to infiltrate because they are complete-


A customer signs his credit card receipt at a Target store in Tallahassee, Fla. The U.S. is the juiciest target for hackers hunting credit card information. And experts say incidents like the recent data theft at Target’s stores will get worse before they get better. That’s in part because U.S. credit and debit cards rely on an easy-to-copy magnetic strip on the back of the card, which stores account information using the same technology as cassette tapes. ly separate from the Internet. But as retailers switch to faster, Internet-based payment systems they may expose customer data to hackers. Retailers need to build robust firewalls around those systems to guard against attack, security experts say. They could also take further steps to protect customer data by using encryption, technology which scrambles the data so it looks like gibberish to anyone who accesses it unlawfully. These technologies can be expensive to install and maintain, however. Thankfully, individual customers are not on the hook for fraudulent charges that result from security breaches. But these kinds of attacks do raise costs —and, likely, fees for all customers. “Part of the cost in the system is for fraud protection,” Oxman says. “It costs money, and someone’s going to pay for it eventually.” Jonathan Fahey can be reached at http://twitter. com/JonathanFahey .

MARIJUANA: $1.3-billion in sales forecast by 2024 Federal officials forecast the industry will grow to $1.3 billion in sales by 2024. Health Canada estimates that consumers currently pay between $1.80 to $5 per gram of dried marijuana, with the price under the new program to rise to about $7.60 per gram in 2014. Peace Naturals charges $6 a gram and offers a 50 per cent discount, up to a set amount, for those on disability allowance or social assistance. More than 37,000 Canadians are authorized to posses marijuana for medicinal purposes, such as minimizing the effects from a variety of ailments ranging from cancer to spinal cord injury to attention-deficit disorder. That figure is expected to swell to 450,000 in 10 years. About 25,000 now grow their own plants for personal use. Under the new rules, users will no longer have to apply for a possession licence through Health Canada but, instead, be approved with a doctor’s prescription. As of the end of November, Health Canada said it had received 285 applications for commercial production licences and approved three suppliers. It does not have a cap on how many commercial licences it will ultimately grant. Paul Grootendorst, the director of social and administrative pharmacy at the University of Toronto, expects prices to rise in the short term but, as more

suppliers are approved, the competition will likely benefit the consumer. “It’s economics 101. If the money is very lucrative, more companies will enter, expand the supply and that will lower prices,” said Grootendorst, adding that privatizing the industry will also encourage companies to invest more in research and development to stay competitive. Since it received approval at the end of October, Peace Naturals has produced 14 different varieties of cannabis, with varying levels of potency and sideeffects. It hopes to to have at least 40 types of plants available for sale by April. Gobuty said the company wants to expand its greenhouse operation to 60,000 square feet by the spring, doubling its production to 1,000 plants. The plants are grown in rows in several rooms in a converted barn. Some grow in brightly lit rooms, while others are in the dark where exhaust fans circulate the humid air. The barn itself is surrounded by a three-metre high razor wired fence and about 70 surveillance cameras dot the idyllic 95-acre property. The company is convinced there is a strong demand for better quality medicinal marijuana. Since it started deliveries via courier in early November, Peace Naturals has grown its customer base to 800 registered clients, and wants to limit that to 1,000 customers until it can handle more. Gobuty aims to provide the best price and service for the product. “We will be the great value when it comes to the active ingredients; knowing what you get, the consistency to that and the compassion,” said Gobuty, whose agricultural experience includes growing industrial hemp and health foods, such as chia and goji berries.

BRONFMAN: Jews better off Much of the gold wound up in Swiss banks, and the institutions came under heavy criticism decades after the war ended for failing to make adequate reparations. Bronfman’s successor as WJC President, Ronald S. Lauder, called him “one of the great Jewish leaders of the past decades.” “Many Jews around the world are better off today because of Edgar’s determined, unrelenting fight for justice on their behalf,” Lauder said in a statement issued early Sunday morning. “His name will forever be enshrined in the history books,” he said.

Obama pumps over $1B into using carbon to extract oil DE KALB, Miss. — America’s newest, most expensive coal-fired power plant is hailed as one of the cleanest on the planet, thanks to governmentbacked technology that removes carbon dioxide and keeps it out of the atmosphere. But once the carbon is stripped away, it will be used to do something that is not so green at all. It will extract oil. When President Barack Obama first endorsed this “carbon-capture” technology, the idea was that it would fight global warming by sparing the atmosphere from more greenhouse gases. It makes coal plants cleaner by burying deep underground the carbon dioxide that typically is pumped out of smokestacks. But that green vision proved too expensive and complicated. So the administration accepted a trade-off. To help the environment, the government allows power companies to sell the carbon dioxide to oil companies, which pump it into old oil fields to force more crude to the surface. A side benefit is that the carbon gets permanently stuck underground. The program shows the ingenuity of the oil industry, which is using government green-energy money to subsidize oil production. But it also showcases the environmental trade-offs Obama is willing to make, but rarely talks about, in his fight against global warming. Companies have been injecting carbon dioxide into old oil fields for decades. But the tactic hasn’t been seen as a pollution-control strategy until recently. Obama has spent more than $1 billion on carbon-capture projects tied to oil fields and has pledged billions more for clean coal. Recently, the administration said it wanted to require all new coal-fired power plants to capture carbon dioxide. Four power plants in the U.S. and Canada planning

to do so intend to sell their carbon waste for oil recovery. Just last week former Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced he was joining the board of a company developing carbon capture technology. The unlikely marriage of coal burners and oil producers hits a political sweet spot. It silences critics who say the administration is killing coal and discouraging oil production. It appeases environmentalists who want Obama to get tougher on coal, the largest source of carbon dioxide. It also allows Obama to make headway on a second-term push to tackle climate change, even though energy analysts predict that few coal plants will be built in the face of low natural gas prices and Environmental Protection Agency rules that require no controls on carbon for new natural gas plants. “By using captured man-made carbon dioxide, we can increase domestic oil production, promote economic development, create jobs, reduce carbon emissions and drive innovation,” Judi Greenwald told Congress in July, months before she was hired as deputy director of the Energy Department’s climate, environment and energy efficiency office. Before joining the Energy Department, Greenwald headed the National Enhanced Oil Recovery Initiative, a consortium of coal producers, power companies and state and environmental officials promoting the process. But the environmental benefits of this so-called enhanced oil recovery aren’t as certain as the administration advertises. “Enhanced oil recovery just undermines the entire logic of it,” said Kyle Ash of Greenpeace, one of the few environmental groups critical of the process. “They can’t have it both ways, but they want to really, really bad.” That has become a theme in some of Obama’s green-energy policies. To promote new, cleaner technologies, the

administration has allowed companies to do things it otherwise would oppose as harmful to the environment. For wind power, the government has shielded companies from prosecution for killing protected birds with giant turbines. For corn-based ethanol, the administration underestimated the environmental effects of millions of new acres of corn farming. The government even failed to conduct required air and wa-

ter quality studies to document its toll on the environment. The administration wants to make similar concessions to make carboncapture technology a success. The EPA last week exempted carbon dioxide injection from strict hazardous waste laws. It classified the wells used to inject the gas underground for oil production in a category that offers less protection for drinking water.


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Detached dad a myth according to survey MANY MEN DO DIAPERS, BATHE AND PLAY WITH KIDS Most lived with their kids. Not surprisingly, men who didn’t were less involved with parenting activities. Even so, several times weekly, at least 1 in 5 still managed to help bathe, diaper, dress, eat or play with their kids. Fathers of older children were generally less involved than those with kids younger than 5 but that’s at least partly due to the changing nature of parenting as children mature. The survey suggests black fathers may be more involved than whites or


Hispanics with some activities, including homework, but Jones downplayed racial differences and said some were not statistically significant. Men with at least some college education were generally more involved with their kids than less educated fathers. The CDC did a similar survey in 2002 that showed slightly less father involvement. Previous CDC surveys relied only on mothers’ responses about family life so aren’t comparable.

A national parenting survey by University of Maryland researchers found that in 2000, married U.S. fathers spent about two hours weekly interacting with their kids aged 18 and younger, more than double the time spent in 1965. Dr. David Hill, a Wilmington, N.C., pediatrician and author of “Dad to Dad: Parenting Like a Pro,” said the survey echoes what he’s seen among his patients’ fathers. Increasingly, fathers rather than mothers take their kids to the doctor, he said.

CHICAGO — The detached dad, turning up his nose at diapering and too busy to bathe, dress and play with his kids, is mostly a myth, a big government survey suggests. Most American fathers say they are heavily involved in hands-on parenting, the researchers found. The nationally representative survey shows fathers’ involvement has increased slightly since the government first asked in 2002, coinciding with research since then that bolsters the benefits of hands-on fathering. The results are encouraging and important “because others have found the more involved dads are, the better the outcomes for their children,” said researcher Jo Jones of the National Center for Health Statistics, part of the Centers for Disease Control Prevention. She co-authored the report released Friday. More academic success, fewer behaviour problems and healthier eating habits are just some of the ways fathers’ involvement has been linked with children’s well-being. “Times have changed,” said Robert Loftus, 34, of Yonkers, N.Y. He quit a six-figure sales job a year ago to care for his two young children while his wife works full time. “We’re trying to rethink our priorities and family seems to be the No. 1 priority whereas in the past maybe people were more focused on career.” The results build on volumes of research showing changes in the Regular $999.99 American family since the baby boom years and ZWILLING J.A. before, when women Regular $69 HENCKELS were mostly stay-at-home moms and dads were the VistaClad 10-piece major breadwinners. As stainless steel those roles shifted, so cookware set with did the view that moms bonus casserole pot are the only nurturers. German-designed cookware University of Chicago featuring premium quality, sociologist Jennifer Beltri-ply stainless steel for Save $49 $39.99 LORD & TAYLOR lamy, who also studies rapid, even heat distribution. fathering, said some old Down vest Exclusively ours stereotypes persist, “that Regular $89 dads are sort of the copilots in their families,” absent or less involved than moms. But she said the survey confirms that fathers “are quite involved in a variety of different and important ways.” The study involved nearly 4,000 fathers aged 15 to 44 who were interRegular $999.99. Black viewed in person between 2006 and 2010. One KRUPS caveat: They self-reportEspresseria ed their involvement, fully-automatic without input from their coffee maker partners or others. Most Create quick and easy espresso, men were married or livcappuccino and latte at home. Made in ing with a partner. France, the Espresseria is the world’s Key findings among most compact, fully-automatic, See below for details. fathers living with chilbean-to-cup coffee machine. dren younger than 5: ● 9 in 10 bathed, diaStainless steel pered, helped them use the toilet or get dressed at least several times weekly. ● Even higher numbers played with them and ate meals with them that often. ● Almost 2 out of 3 read to them at least several times weekly. Among dads living Regular $149 to $169 with kids aged 5-18: ● More than 9 out of Cashmere 10 ate meals with them LORD & TAYLOR at least several times Regular $95 Crewneck, turtleneck, weekly and talked with V-neck sweaters them about what happened during the kids’ and cardigans day that often. Exclusively ours ● Almost 2 out of 3 helped with homework several times weekly. other women’s ● About half took Men’s jeans: their kids to or from acLORD & TAYLOR Choose from straight leg in dark wash, light wash or dark rinse. tivities that often. cashmere sweaters Women’s jeans: Overall, almost 90 per See below for exclusions. Choose from skinny or boot-cut. cent of dads said they thought they were doing at least a good job of fathering. The researchers noted that during the study years, 45 per cent of U.S. men — 28 million — aged 15 to 44 had a biological child. About the same number had a biological, adopted or non-related child living with them or an adopted or biological child living elsewhere. Holiday Hours: Survey questions were based on whether dads Monday 8:00 am - 11:00 pm | Christmas Eve & Boxing Day 8:00 am - 6:00 pm | Christmas Day CLOSED | Friday 9:30 am - 9:00 pm were living with their biological or unrelated No rain checks and no price adjustments. No pre-orders or telephone orders. Offer available while quantities last. Cannot be combined with other offers. Selection may vary by store. Savings are off our regular prices unless otherwise specified. See in store for details. Watches include clearance and excludes Michael Kors, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Burberry, Michele, Tissot, Swarovski, TW Steel, KARL LAGERFELD, Kate Spade New York, Philip Stein, Victorinox Swiss Army, Coach, WLXT Pre-owned Rolex® watches, Hamilton, ALOR and Raymond Weil. kids, or apart.

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In search of short stories ENTERTAINMENT BRIEFS after Munro’s Nobel win? Local author has work in Chicken Soup for the Soul

ist, editor and professor — says her short fiction influences include Rick Moody, David Foster Wallace, Lorrie Moore, Elise Levine, Barbara Gowdy and Donald Barthelme. She says she’s still writing short fiction and wants to publish a new collection. In March, The Walrus magazine will publish a new story of hers she describes as “very weird,” “slightly futuristic” and “like a little manifesto.” “A great short story,” she says, “can achieve the intensity and specificity of language of the best poetry while satisfying our primitive hunger for narrative. “A great short story’s canvas might be small, but it can contain the universe.”

Lynn Coady, who was born and raised in Cape Breton, N.S., and now lives in Edmonton: Less than a month after Munro’s Nobel win in October, Coady nabbed the prestigious Scotiabank Giller Prize for her short story collection Hellgoing, prompting some to declare 2013 as the year of the short story in Canada. Hellgoing (House of Anansi Press) has nine stories displaying Coady’s flair for irreverent humour and offbeat characters who are often struggling — from an alcoholic female journalist researching a travel story in Newfoundland, to siblings dealing with the loss of their mother, and a nun helping a girl suffering from anorexia. Giller jury members Margaret Atwood, Esi Edugyan and Jonathan Lethem praised Hellgoing as having “vivid and iconoclastic language” that “brims with keen and sympathetic wit.” And actress Wendy Crewson, who gave a speech on the book at the Giller gala, says she was “really taken” with it. “Lynn has so many fabulous characters that are in these real punchy, grabby stories that you kind of drop into and she spits you out the other end.” Hellgoing won the Giller two years after Coady was a finalist for the same prize for her novel The Antagonist. It’s her second short story collection after 2000’s Play the Monster Blind and contains some previously published


Giller Prize winner Lynn Coady for her book Hellgoing poses with the prize in Toronto. tales that go as far back as 2001. At the Giller bash, Coady said she loves the playfulness that comes with writing short stories and feels “a pulling away from the novel these days, just because it’s such an undertaking and an ordeal to kind of make that decision to sit and be committed to a novel for two years.” “Short stories are wonderful and I’m publishing a collection of them because I think they’re a great genre and they totally hold their own against the novel. But they just tend not to get as much media or as much PR as the novel does, for whatever reason,” she said. “It’s one of my favourite genres. It’s a very special genre.” Still, she’s never considered herself a short story writer on Munro’s level. “I thought of myself as a novelist who occasionally wrote short stories,” said Coady, whose first novel, Strange Heaven, was nominated for a Governor General’s Award in 1998. “But with her win and then with this, it seems like, ‘Wow, maybe short stories are on the ascendancy.”’ Zsuzsi Gartner, who was born in Winnipeg, bred in Calgary and now lives in Vancouver: Gartner was a 2011 Giller finalist for her short story collection Better Living Through Plastic Explosives (Hamish Hamilton Canada). Jury members Howard Norman, Annabel Lyon and Andrew O’Hagan said it shows “the short story form at its savage best, each story capturing, with brilliant economy and grace, not only entire worlds but whole

mindsets as they explode into eloquence.” Like her first short story collection, 1999’s All the Anxious Girls on Earth, Better Living Through Plastic Explosives is full of originality, satire and dark humour. The 10 stories, most of which are set in the Vancouver area, include a snooty cul-de-sac clan intrigued by a new redneck neighbour who moves in on the Canada Day long weekend. Then there’s the mother who writes a letter to her daughter’s Grade 1 teacher to dispute her child’s low mark in art class, and the college instructor drifting apart from her spouse. “She depicts urban Vancouver and Vancouverites so well, and she has even thrown in a bit of surrealism in some of her stories, so it’s just incredibly cleaver and interesting,” says Mike Hamm, manager of Bookmark II Bookstore in Halifax. “Whereas Alice, she’s masterful but she’s so reliable in her settings and the people that she talks about. But with Zsuzsi, it’s all over the map, and it’s just like looking at sparkling lights when you’re reading her stories. It’s like, ’What’s going to attract my attention now?”’ Gartner says Munro was not an influence on her writing, but she has been inspired by the “incredible sleight-of-hand things” she did with the element of time in her later works. “I find that about her quite fascinating, and I find her sticking to doing the stories and just keeping on, keeping on, really, really inspiring. But we’re very different kind of writers.” Gartner — who has also worked as a journal-

Miranda Hill, who was born in Niagara Falls, Ont., grew up in Alliston, Ont., and now lives in Hamilton: Two years ago, Hill won the Writers’ Trust/ McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize for her first published story, Petitions to Saint Chronic, about three strangers who gather at a hospital to learn the fate of a man who fell from the 24th floor of a building. Jury members Alexander MacLeod, Alison Pick and Sarah Selecky hailed it as “a wonder of narrative art.” The tale made it into Hill’s debut short story collection, Sleeping Funny (Doubleday Canada), which she wrote over a period of four or five years and published to much acclaim last year. A total of nine stories are in the book, with a diverse range of characters grappling with changing circumstances. Among them is a 19th century village minister on trial, a couple lavishing attention on their second child at the expense of their first-born, and a Second World War widow who uses her garden to cope with her grief. Renowned Toronto bookseller Ben McNally heralds the collection as “offbeat and unexpected,” echoing sentiments expressed by many critics, who laud her work as inventive and grounded. Hill, who was mentored by Gartner, also pens poetry and is the founder and executive director of the national charitable organization Project Bookmark Canada. She’s now working on a novel — a multigenerational story set in Pittsburgh and Ontario’s Muskoka region from the late 1800s through the 1960s — but says she wants to continue writing short fiction.

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Olds author writes about romance The romance of the mountains sparked the latest novel by an Olds author. Sandy Bexon was inspired to write Moving Mountains: Secrets, Romance and High Tea in the Canadian Rockies after hiking from the Chateau Lake Louise to the Lake Agnes Tea House. The beauty of that day simmered in her imagination for some 25 years until she finally sat down and wrote the story under her maiden name, Sandy Kelly. Moving Mountains is described as a gentle, lighthearted tale about a journalist named Sam who is assigned to uncover the legend of an old magic woman who’s supposed to live in a cave in the wilderness. Sam is unexcited about this “fluff” assignment and annoyed when his efforts are thwarted by a “beautiful and fiercely protective tea house owner.” The story twists and turns from there, leading to mystery and romance. Bexon hopes her self-published story will be a pleasant afternoon’s diversion for readers, who love the mountain setting as much as she does. It contains colour illustrations by Jan Haugen. The author, who works as communications officer for the Chinook’s Edge School Division, is selling Moving Mountains for $15 through gift shops and bookstores in the region. Part of the proceeds will go towards SAIT scholarships and bursaries. For more information, visit





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In the Canadian book world, there was no bigger news in 2013 than that of Alice Munro’s Nobel Prize in literature win, an honour that had this country beaming with pride and other nations heaping praise on the humble short story master from Wingham, Ont. At 82, Munro was too unwell to attend the Nobel ceremony in Stockholm in early December. And in an interview with The Canadian Press after the event, she seemed to stand by her recent decision to retire from her craft. “I have stopped writing,” Munro said in the living room of her daughter’s Victoria home. “I think in my mind that’s a very permanent thing.” Though there may be little hope for a new short story collection from Munro, who was just the 13th woman to receive the Nobel Prize in literature, there are several others who are following in her footsteps in this country. For readers who were inspired by Munro’s Nobel distinction and want to further explore the genre in 2014, here are three Canadian female short story writers to consider:






Local author Ellie Braun-Haley is serving up more literary inspiration in Chicken Soup for the Soul. The Central Alberta writer has two short stories included in the latest Chicken Soup book, O Canada, The Wonders of Winter. It features stories about bad weather, good times and great sports, and Braun-Haley’s stories were selected from thousands of entries. One of her tales concerns a community south of Calgary pulling together to bring Christmas to the less fortunate. er second humorous story is set in the snowy mountains of British Columbia. Braun-Haley has been contributing to the popular Chicken Soup book series since 2001. Even though she was featured, along with Oprah Winfrey, in the Conscious Women series for the same publication, and appeared on two book covers, Braun-Haley still gets excited whenever one of her stories is picked up. She credits her husband, writer Shawn Haley, and her mother, Pat Snell, for encouraging her inspirational writing, which has been praised for its sincerity and natural, relaxed style. Chicken Soup books are available at Chapters and other book stores.



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Oilers crushed by Blues LOSE SIXTH STRAIGHT GAME AS HOME STRUGGLES CONTINUE BY THE CANADIAN PRESS Blues 6 Oilers 0 EDMONTON — If Dallas Eakins is to be believed, the Edmonton Oilers love misery. Chris Stewart scored a hat trick and added an assist as the Blues took advantage of a reeling Oilers team with a 6-0 victory on Saturday night. The loss was so ugly that Eakins held a lengthy team meeting after the game. The Oilers’ head coach called out a team that is once again playing terrible hockey despite years of rebuilding efforts. “I’m pinning this loss on the bone-headed mistakes we make when we have everything going in our favour,” said Eakins. “It is like we love misery. It’s like ‘Oh hold on a second, things are going too well here. Let’s have some misery.’ I’ve had enough misery already and we’ve got some players who have been here for a number of years that have to be done with it.” The Oilers (11-24-3) have lost a season-high six games in a row and fell to 5-11-1 on home ice. It was the sixth time this season the Oilers have been shut out and the third time in the last five games. Edmonton started well, but had a complete collapse in the final 40 minutes. Oilers forward David Perron said his coach was calmer in his questioning than he would have been. “(Eakins) wants us to look in the mirror and see if we are part of the solution,” said Perron. “I think he is completely right. If I was him I think I would have been tearing all


St. Louis Blues goalie Brian Elliott makes the save as Carlo Colaiacovo and Edmonton Oilers’ Ryan Smyth battle for the puck during first-period NHL action in Edmonton, on Saturday. four walls down. It is unacceptable the way we played in the second and third after a good first period like that.” Brenden Morrow, Patrik Berglund and Jaden Schwartz also scored for the Blues (247-4) who are 5-1-1 in their last seven outings. Brian Elliot made 23 saves to record his second shutout of the season and 23rd of his career. “They came out strong and we weathered the storm and scored one,” Elliott said. “Then we settled into what we

wanted to do in the second. We wanted to finish out with a good 20 minutes in the third. “We were getting guys making plays and obviously Stewart scoring three definitely helps on a night like tonight.” Stewart said it was just one of those nights when everything he shot was going in. “A huge credit to my linemates tonight, I just happened to be in the right place at the right time and they teed it up for me,” he said. “I have to keep shooting I guess. I kind of had a rough

start to the year, and I told myself I wasn’t going to pass up any more opportunities in the slot, I’m going to shoot to score and it’s been working out as of late. “It’s the same shots earlier in the year, but there’s some eyes on them now. I just want to keep putting them on net and hope they keep going in.” Edmonton controlled the bulk of the play through the first half of the opening period as they outshot St. Louis 10-1, but it was the Blues who got on the scoreboard first.

Oilers goalie Ilya Bryzgalov rushed out of his net to prevent Berglund from getting a breakaway after he stepped out of the penalty box, but couldn’t clear the zone. The puck came to Stewart at the side of the net before Bryzgalov could get back into position and he scored his 11th of the season. Edmonton ended up with 14 shots on Elliott to five on Bryzgalov through the first 20 minutes.

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Pittsburgh Penguins’ Harry Zolnierczyk (39) celebrates his first-period goal as the puck bounces out of the net behind Calgary Flames goalie Karri Ramo at an NHL game, Saturday, in Pittsburgh.

Penguins 4 Flames 3 PITTSBURGH — The injury-ravaged Pittsburgh Penguins keep winning. Sidney Crosby scored his 20th goal of the season Saturday, helping the Penguins win their seasonhigh seventh straight game, 4-3 over the Calgary Flames. “Winning always makes things better,” Crosby said. “There’s no secret there. It doesn’t matter what team you play on, winning solves everything.” The Penguins, who lead the Eastern Conference with 55 points, played without star centre Evgeni Malkin and five of their top six defencemen for the fourth straight game, but that didn’t stop them from winning their 10th straight at home and picking up their 12th victory in 13 games. “We do our best to chip in and get through this,” Crosby said. “It’s not common, you’re not used to being in this situation, but just having the mindset of going out there to outwork the other team has done us well.” Crosby, who had a goal and two assists, extended his season-high points streak to 10 games. He leads the league with 54 points. Pascal Dupuis added his seventh goal of the season, Harry Zolnierczyk scored his first with the team and James Neal added a goal. Mike Cammalleri scored his first goal in nine games for the Flames. Jiri Hudler netted his 10th, and Paul Byron had the other goal. The Flames have lost four straight and six of their last nine. “We never quit,” Flames coach Bob Hartley said. “We kept going at the net. With a little luck, maybe we could have gotten the tying goal. It’s a tough loss to swallow.” Pittsburgh jumped to a two-goal lead and went up 4-1 on goals from Crosby and Neal. But Calgary scored twice — Cammalleri with 45 seconds left in

the second period and Hudler 1:03 into the third period to make it 4-3. The Flames came up empty on an ensuing power play and continued to press for the tying goal. Their best chance came with 6:25 remaining when Joe Colborne hit the post to the right of goalie Marc-Andre Fleury, who won his 21st game of the season. “They had more than one good opportunity around our net, and certainly the one that went off the post,” Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said. Despite all their injuries, the Penguins have been better than any other team in the league since Nov. 18, registering the most wins and points during that span. They’ve done it playing from ahead too as Pittsburgh has trailed for just 3:12 in its past nine games. Dupuis and Zolnierczyk scored 1:19 apart midway through the first period, staking the Penguins to another early two-goal lead. The Penguins are an NHL-best 17-3 at home and 22-2 when scoring first. Malkin, who injured his left leg last Saturday at Detroit, skated the past two days and could return after Christmas. Penguins defenceman Rob Scuderi (broken ankle) and forward Tanner Glass (broken hand) also could return soon during an upcoming stretch in which Pittsburgh plays seven of its next nine on the road. Additionally, Penguins defenceman Brooks Orpik passed a concussion test Friday and practiced for the first time since Dec. 7 when he was pushed to the ice by Bruins forward Shawn Thornton. Thornton, who punched Orpik while he was down, was suspended by the NHL for 15 games. The Flames, who just finished a five-game road trip, could be without two key players when they return to Canada for a five-game homestand that starts Monday against St. Louis.

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Canada shut out by Sweden in juniors tune-up ROSTER REDUCED TO 22 AFTER GIRARD RELEASED BY THE CANADIAN PRESS ANGELHOLM, Sweden — Marcus Hogberg stopped all 21 shots he faced as Sweden shut out Canada 3-0 on Sunday in an exhibition warmup before the under-20 men’s world hockey championship. Andre Burakowsky scored and added an assist for Sweden, while Lukas Bengtsson and Andreas Johnson had goals as well. Jake Paterson made 31 saves in net for Canada. Burakowsky opened the scoring for Sweden at the 2:37 mark of the second period. A backhand pass by Jacob de la Rose from behind the goal confused Paterson, leaving a wide-open net for Burakowsky. Canadian defenceman was given a

five-minute major penalty and a game misconduct for kneeing forward Erik Karlsson. Karlsson did not return to the ice after the incident. Johnson took advantage of Dumba’s penalty, making it 2-0 with a second left in the five-minute power play. The Swede scored from the slot, one-timing a pass from behind the goal-line by Alexander Wennberg. Bengtsson also scored on the power play 2:35 into the third period. The Canadians struggled in the first period, getting outshot 16-5 but the score was tied 0-0 at the first intermission. Burakowsky had earned the ire of the Canadian delegation before the exhibition game when he asserted that the Swedish team would be stronger in the tournament. “I know what kind of team Canada will be showing up with and if I take

a look at what they have and compare them to what we have, I would have to say on paper, we have a much better team,” said Burakowsky. Hockey Canada and the Canadian Hockey League made their final roster cuts on Sunday ahead of the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship. Forwards Felix Girard of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League’s Baie-Comeau Drakkar and Hunter Shinkaruk of the Western Hockey League’s Medicine Hat Tigers, and defenceman Damon Severson of the WHL’s Kelowna Rockets have all been released. Canada’s roster is now at 22 players for the international tournament, including two goaltenders, seven defencemen and 13 forwards. Canada has played two if its three pre-tournament games, falling to Sweden 3-0 earlier Sunday in Angelholm,

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Sweden, after defeating Finland 4-2 on Dec. 20. Its final exhibition contest will take place on Dec. 23 against Switzerland. The World Junior Championship tournament starts Dec. 26, with Canada facing Germany. Canada’s goaltenders are Jake Paterson of the Ontario Hockey League’s Saginaw Spirit and Zachary Fucale of the QMJHL’s Halifax Mooseheads. The defenceman are Adam Pelech, Chris Bigras, Aaron Ekblad, Josh Morrissey, Griffin Reinhart, Derrick Pouliot, and Mathew Dumba. Canada’s forwards are Charles Hudon, Bo Horvat, Taylor Leier, Kerby Rychel, Connor McDavid, Nic Petan, Scott Laughton, Frederik Gauthier, Sam Reinhart, Josh Anderson, Curtis Lazar, Jonathan Drouin and Anthony Mantha.


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Manning breaks TD record in rout of Texans NFL ROUNDUP BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS BRONCOS 37 TEXANS 13 HOUSTON — Peyton Manning owns the NFL record for touchdown passes in a season and the Denver Broncos own the AFC West title. Manning regained his record with 51 when he threw for 400 yards and four touchdowns, including three in the fourth quarter. He surpassed the 50 TD passes Tom Brady threw in 2007 and led the Broncos (12-3) to a 37-13 win over the Texans (2-13) that extended Houston’s franchise-record skid to 13 games. Manning did it on a 25-yard pass to Julius Thomas with 4:28 remaining. Just 2 ½ minutes earlier, he tied the mark with a 20-yard pass to Eric Decker. He entered the game with 47 and his first touchdown came on a 36-yard pass to Demaryius Thomas in the second quarter. The second was a 10-yard throw to Decker earlier in the fourth period. Manning had previously established the record by throwing 49 touchdown passes in 2004. The Broncos already had a spot in the playoffs, but their victory, combined with Kansas City’s loss to Indianapolis, gave them the division crown. They could secure home-field advantage throughout the playoffs if New England doesn’t win its late game at Baltimore. PANTHERS 17, SAINTS 13 CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Cam Newton threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to Domenik Hixon with 23 seconds left to lift the Panthers to the team’s first playoff berth since 2008. Carolina (11-4) can wrap up the NFC South and a first-round bye with a win next Sunday at Atlanta. The Panthers intercepted Drew Brees twice and sacked him six times to avenge a 31-13 loss two weeks ago. Still, the Panthers needed some last-minute big plays from Newton. After being held to 116 yards passing for the game’s first 59 minutes, Newton led the Panthers 65 yards in 32 seconds for the winning score. The Saints (10-5) still are in position to clinch a playoff berth. The Saints have dropped five of their last six games away from the Superdome. BENGALS 42, VIKINGS 14 CINCINNATI (AP) — Vincent Rey returned an interception 25 yards for a touchdown as Cincinnati clinched the AFC North. Andy Dalton threw four touchdown passes. The Bengals (10-5) remained perfect at home and secured an unprecedented third straight playoff appearance when Miami lost at Buffalo. Then the Bengals won the division when the Ravens fell to the Patriots. In his past four home games, Dalton has thrown for five, three, three and four touchdowns. The Bengals have topped 40 points in each of their past four home games, a club record. The Vikings (4-10-1) had knocked off playoff contenders Chicago and Philadelphia in the past three weeks. Even with Adrian Peterson back from a foot injury, they couldn’t keep up. The Vikings had allowed the second-most points in the league heading into the game. They gave up 40 for the third time this season. CARDINALS 17, SEAHAWKS 10 SEATTLE (AP) — Carson Palmer overcame four interceptions to throw a 31-yard touchdown to Michael Floyd with 2:13 left. The Cardinals kept their post-season hopes going while snapping the Seahawks 14-game home win streak. Arizona (10-5) had to win after Carolina beat New Orleans. And the Cardinals did thanks to a stingy defence that flustered Russell Wilson into one of his worst days as a pro, delaying any celebration of an NFC West championship. The Seahawks can still clinch the NFC West with a win over St. Louis next Sunday. Palmer twice was intercepted in the end zone, including Richard Sherman’s second pick of the game early in the fourth quarter. After Seattle (12-3) took a 10-9 lead with 7:26 left, Palmer led the Cardinals 75 yards and found Floyd for a juggling TD catch with 2:13 left. PATRIOTS 41, RAVENS 7 BALTIMORE (AP) — Logan Ryan had two interceptions, LeGarrette Blount scored twice and the Patriots ended the Ravens’ four-game winning streak. The previous time these two teams met, the AFC title hung in the balance and Baltimore used a strong second half to pull out a 28-13 victory. In this one, New England took a 17-0 lead early in the second quarter and never let up behind a defence that forced four turnovers and had four sacks. It was Baltimore’s most lopsided loss since a 37-0 defeat at Pittsburgh in 1997. Things went so bad for the Ravens that Justin Tucker’s run of 33 straight field goals ended when he went wide left on a 37-yarder. The Patriots (11-4) were assured their fifth straight AFC East title when Miami lost at Buffalo. It’s the 11th division crown for New England coach Bill Belichick, tied with Don Shula for most since the 1970 merger. The loss dropped the Ravens (8-7) into a tie with Miami and San Diego for the final AFC wild-card slot. Baltimore gets in with a win at Cincinnati. STEELERS 38, PACKERS 31 GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Le’Veon Bell ran for a 1-yard touchdown with 1:28 left, then Pittsburgh withstood Green Bay’s last throw into the end zone and dealt the Packers’ playoff hopes a blow. It’s a long shot, but the Steelers (7-8) are still mathematically in the hunt for an AFC wild-card spot. They need a lot of help. The loss meant Green Bay (7-7-1) needed Chicago to lose at Philadelphia on Sunday night to stay in playoff contention. Bell’s TD came soon after scrambling Packers quarterback Matt Flynn fumbled while being tackled by Troy Polamalu. The Steelers recovered at the Packers 17 and scored five plays later. Micah Hyde’s 70-yard kickoff return to the Steelers 31 gave the Packers one last chance. Green Bay got to the 1, but after a Packers penalty the game ended when Flynn’s pass to Jarrett Boykin sailed incomplete in the end zone. CHIEFS 23, COLTS 7 KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Andrew Luck threw for 241 yards and a touchdown, Donald Brown ran 51 yards for another score in a potential preview of an AFC wild-card game. The Colts (10-5), who have already wrapped up the AFC South, took advantage of four turnovers by the Chiefs (11-4) to win for the fifth time in their last six tries against Kansas City. If Indianapolis ends up as the No. 4 seed in the playoffs — the Chiefs are assured the fifth seed — the teams will meet again in the warmer environs of Lucas Oil Stadium. After missing his first field-goal attempt, Adam Vinatieri hit his next three despite frigid temperatures and swirling winds at Arrowhead Stadium. He came into the game needing one point to pass fellow kicker Jason Elam (1,983) for the seventh-most points in NFL history. Alex Smith threw for 153 yards, but he fumbled once and was picked off twice after throwing just six interceptions in his first 14 games. Jamaal Charles ran for 106 yards and the game’s opening score.


New York Jets running back Chris Ivory stiff-arms Cleveland Browns’ Joe Haden during the second half of an NFL game on Sunday, in East Rutherford, N.J. The Jets beat the Browns 24-13. BILLS 19, DOLPHINS 0 ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — The Dolphins had a three-game winning streak snapped and are in jeopardy of missing the playoffs for a fifth consecutive season. With the loss, Miami (8-7) needs help from other teams. Miami hosts the New York Jets next weekend. The Dolphins’ loss clinched the AFC East for New England. Kyle Williams had two of Buffalo’s season-best seven sacks to key a stifling defensive performance. Fred Jackson had 111 yards rushing and scored on a 9-yard run, while the Bills limited the Dolphins to a season-low 103 yards and six first downs. The Bills (6-9) closed their home schedule with seven sacks for 56 this season, breaking their previous high of 50 during a 14-game season in 1964. The shutout was Buffalo’s first since a 23-0 win over Washington at Toronto on Oct. 30, 2011. And it was the Bills’ first shutout at Ralph Wilson Stadium

since a 21-0 win over Miami on Dec. 17, 2006. COWBOYS 24, REDSKINS 23 LANDOVER, Md. (AP) — Tony Romo recovered from a bad interception and rallied the Cowboys from a nine-point, fourth-quarter deficit. He found DeMarco Murray for a 10-yard touchdown pass on fourth down with 1:08 remaining. The victory ended a two-game Dallas skid — as well as a five-game December losing streak — and sets up a winner-take-all regular season finale for the NFC East title next week, when the Cowboys (8-7) host the Philadelphia Eagles. The Redskins (3-12) lost their seventh straight, the second in a row by one point. Pierre Garcon (11 catches, 144 yards) broke Art Monk’s single-season franchise reception record, while coach Mike Shanahan clinched his worst record in his 20 seasons as a head coach.

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NFL Playoff Picture: Panthers in, AFC division crowns clinched, Eagles-Cowboys showdown looms BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Tom Brady and Peyton Manning clinched division titles, Cam Newton reached the post-season for the first time and the NFL headed to a final-game thriller to decide the last spot in a scrambled playoff race. Next Sunday night, the Dallas Cowboys will host the Philadelphia Eagles in an all-or-nothing showdown to close the regular season — the winner takes the NFC East, the loser is out. “Today we felt like we were playing for everything,” Tony Romo said after his fourth-down TD pass with 1:08 left Sunday sent Dallas over Washington 2423. “Next week will be the same thing.” Another winner-take-all matchup loomed, too. Chicago fell far behind the Eagles on Sunday night and a loss would set up the Bears hosting Green Bay for the NFC North. “I’m not into drama,” Packers coach Mike McCarthy said after a 38-31 loss to Pittsburgh at snowy Lambeau Field. “We wanted to control our own destiny, we let that opportunity out of our

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hands.” Meanwhile, all the AFC division titles got settled. Denver, New England and Cincinnati won to join Indianapolis with crowns. Kansas City is assured of one AFC wild-card spot. Defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore, Miami and San Diego are tied at 8-7 for the other slot with even Pittsburgh at 7-8 still in it. “You know, we’re used to going out there and playing well when we need to when the playoffs are on the line,” said Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco, who threw two interceptions in a 41-7 loss to Brady and the Patriots. Newton and his Carolina Panthers, along with Seattle, are the only NFC teams with guaranteed playoff berths. San Francisco (104) can clinch a playoff spot Monday night with a win against visiting Atlanta. Newton threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to Domenik Hixon with 23 seconds left to beat New Orleans 17-13, putting the Panthers in the playoffs for the first time since 2008. Carolina (11-4) can wrap up the NFC South and a first-round bye in the playoffs with a win Sunday at Atlanta.

“When we were 1-3 there was a lot of what-ifs, a lot of people that were jumping off the bandwagon,” Newton said. “It was a lot of finger-pointing and saying, ’I told you so.’ But as a team we stuck together and didn’t veer off and had faith in each other.” The 49ers, New Orleans and Arizona are competing for the last two NFC playoff slots. Manning set an NFL record with 51 touchdown passes in a season. He threw four as the Broncos (12-3) handed Houston its 13th straight loss. Manning broke the mark of 50 set by Brady in 2007. “I really feel like it’s a team accomplishment, certainly an offensive accomplishment,” Manning said. “There’s a lot of people that played roles in this.” The Patriots (11-4) won their fifth straight AFC East title. Brady has guided New England to 11 division crowns, two more than any other starting quarterback in NFL history. “They’re all special. It’s hard to come by, and this team’s really fought hard all year,” Brady said. “We’ve earned it. Eleven wins in the NFL’s not easy, and to win a division title’s not easy.”

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WHL EASTERN CONFERENCE EAST DIVISION GP W L OTLSOL GF GA Swift Current 38 20 13 1 4 132 114 Regina 36 18 14 2 2 120 130 Brandon 35 18 14 3 0 129 129 Prince Albert 35 17 16 2 0 121 124 Moose Jaw 37 10 21 3 3 97 139 Saskatoon 38 10 25 1 2 109 157 CENTRAL DIVISION GP W L OTLSOL GF GA Calgary 34 22 7 2 3 119 90 Edmonton 34 23 10 0 1 129 86 Medicine Hat 35 21 11 3 0 119 100 Kootenay 37 18 16 2 1 109 109 Red Deer 35 17 16 0 2 104 108 Lethbridge 38 6 27 2 3 96 174

Pt 45 40 39 36 26 23 Pt 49 47 45 39 36 17

WESTERN CONFERENCE B.C. DIVISION GP W L OTLSOL GF GA Pt Kelowna 33 28 3 0 2 138 81 58 Victoria 38 23 13 0 2 111 94 48 Vancouver 37 17 13 5 2 122 126 41 Prince George 37 14 18 2 3 110 140 33 Kamloops 36 9 23 2 2 90 145 22 U.S. DIVISION GP W L OTLSOL GF GA Pt Portland 35 23 8 2 2 165 117 50 Everett 36 22 10 4 0 115 96 48 Seattle 35 21 10 1 3 131 121 46 Spokane 35 21 12 0 2 127 105 44 Tri-City 36 17 16 1 2 94 102 37 d-division leader; x-clinched playoff berth. Note: Division leaders ranked in top three positions per conference regardless of points; a team winning in overtime or shootout is credited with two points and a victory in the W column; the team losing in overtime or shootout receives one point which is registered in the OTL or SOL columns December 18-26 No Games Scheduled (holiday break).

GP W L OT Pts 36 24 10 2 50 36 22 11 3 47 38 22 13 3 47 38 17 12 9 43 38 18 16 4 40 38 14 17 7 35 37 14 18 5 33 36 9 24 3 21 Metropolitan Division GP W L OT Pts Pittsburgh 38 27 10 1 55 Washington 36 19 13 4 42 New Jersey 37 15 15 7 37 Philadelphia 36 16 16 4 36 Carolina 36 14 14 8 36 N.Y. Rangers 37 17 18 2 36 Columbus 36 15 17 4 34 N.Y. Islanders 37 10 20 7 27 Boston Tampa Bay Montreal Detroit Toronto Ottawa Florida Buffalo

GF 100 100 96 99 105 106 87 64

GA 75 86 84 105 111 126 117 104

GF 121 115 90 89 83 86 97 93

GA 83 109 94 103 101 101 103 129

WESTERN CONFERENCE Central Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA Chicago 38 25 7 6 56 140 105 St. Louis 35 24 7 4 52 125 81 Colorado 35 23 10 2 48 102 83 Minnesota 38 20 13 5 45 87 92 Dallas 35 17 12 6 40 101 105 Winnipeg 38 16 17 5 37 101 110 Nashville 36 16 16 4 36 83 103 Pacific Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA Anaheim 38 26 7 5 57 124 96 Los Angeles 37 25 8 4 54 104 71 San Jose 36 22 8 6 50 116 90 Vancouver 39 22 11 6 50 106 93 Phoenix 35 19 10 6 44 110 108 Calgary 36 13 17 6 32 91 115 Edmonton 38 11 24 3 25 95 133 NOTE: Two points for a win, one point for overtime loss. Saturday’s Games Los Angeles 3, Colorado 2, SO Detroit 5, Toronto 4, SO San Jose 3, Dallas 2, SO Pittsburgh 4, Calgary 3 Phoenix 4, Ottawa 3, OT New Jersey 5, Washington 4, OT Columbus 6, Philadelphia 3 Montreal 4, Nashville 3, OT Boston 4, Buffalo 1 Tampa Bay 3, Carolina 2, OT Anaheim 5, N.Y. Islanders 3 St. Louis 6, Edmonton 0

Friday, Dec. 27 Saskatoon at Prince Albert, 6 p.m. Moose Jaw at Swift Current, 6 p.m. Regina at Brandon, 6:30 p.m. Spokane at Kootenay, 7 p.m. Medicine Hat at Lethbridge, 7 p.m. Calgary at Red Deer, 7 p.m. Kamloops at Kelowna, 8:05 p.m. Portland at Tri-City, 8:05 p.m. Prince George at Victoria, 8:05 p.m. Seattle at Everett, 8:35 p.m.

Western Hockey League Leaders CALGARY — Western Hockey League statistics (through holiday break): SCORING G A Pt Mitch Holmberg, Spo 37 37 74 Nicolas Petan, Por 20 46 66 Joshua Winquist, Eve 26 33 59 Oliver Bjorkstrand, Por 25 31 56 Leon Draisaitl, PA 18 33 51 Mike Aviani, Spo 26 24 50 Sam Reinhart, Koo 16 34 50 Graham Black, SC 17 32 49 Jaedon Descheneau, Koo 23 25 48 Nikita Scherbak, Sas 20 28 48 Taylor Leier, Por 22 21 43 Brendan Leipsic, Por 20 23 43 Colby Cave, SC 20 23 43 Boston Leier, MH-Reg 24 18 42 Chandler Stephenson, Reg 13 29 42 Conner Bleackley, RD 17 24 41 Nathan Burns, Sas 15 26 41 Carter Popoff, Van 10 31 41 Branden Troock, Sea 17 23 40

OT GAA SO 1 2.11 4 2 2.26 2 4 3.10 0 1 2.49 2 1 2.37 4 1 2.55 4 2 3.29 2 2 2.87 2

National Hockey League EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division

Penguins 4, Flames 3 First Period 1. Pittsburgh, Dupuis 7 (Crosby, Kunitz) 10:26. 2. Pittsburgh, Zolnierczyk 1 (Bortuzzo, Neal) 11:45. Penalties — Neal Pgh (high-sticking) 16:10. Second Period 3. Calgary, Byron 2 (Colborne, Butler) 6:58. 4. Pittsburgh, Crosby 20 (Kunitz, Despres) 14:44. 5. Pittsburgh, Niskanen 3 (Crosby, Bortuzzo) 18:55. 6. Calgary, Cammalleri 11 (Giordano) 19:14. Penalties — Giordano Cgy (holding) 4:22, Hudler Cgy (hooking) 10:37, Vitale Pgh (tripping) 13:31, Colborne Cgy (hooking) 13:49. Third Period 7. Calgary, Hudler 10 (Stajan, Brodie) 1:03. Penalties — Crosby Pgh (interference) 4:21, Colborne Cgy (roughing) 13:35, Despres Pgh (roughing) 13:35. Shots on goal Calgary 10 8 12 — 30 Pittsburgh 5 13 5 — 23 Goal — Calgary: Ramo (L, 6-6-3); Pittsburgh: Fleury (W, 21-8-1). Power plays (goal-chances)Calgary: 0-3; Pittsburgh: 0-3. Sunday’s summaries Canucks 2, Jets 1 First Period 1. Vancouver, Richardson 7 (Hamhuis) 10:09 (pp). Penalties — Scheifele Wpg (hooking) 3:16, Kane Wpg (holding) 8:10, Peluso Wpg (fighting) 16:30, Sestito Vcr (fighting) 16:30. Second Period 2. Winnipeg, Kane 10 (Wheeler, Scheifele) 11:22 (pp). Penalties — O’Dell Wpg (stick holding) 5:22, Sedin Vcr (holding) 9:38. Third Period 3. Vancouver, Tanev 4 (Kassian, Booth) 10:23. Penalties — None. Shots on goal Winnipeg 7 8 7 — 22 Vancouver 8 8 9 — 25 Goal — Winnipeg: Pavelec (L, 11-15-4); Vancouver: Lack (W, 6-2-0). Power plays (goal-chances)Winnipeg: 1-1; Vancouver: 1-3. Rangers 4, Wild 1 First Period 1. Minnesota, Pominville 17 (Suter, Granlund) 4:08. 2. NY Rangers, Pouliot 5 (McDonagh, Brassard) 16:08 (pp). Penalties — Koivu Minn (tripping) 11:15, Ballard Minn (tripping) 15:46, Moore NYR (roughing) 18:48, Brodziak Minn (unsportsmanlike conduct) 18:48. Second Period 3. NY Rangers, Hagelin 8 (Dorsett, Boyle) 11:26. 4. NY Rangers, Zuccarello 8 (Brassard) 18:35. Penalties — Boyle NYR (holding) 9:17. Third Period 5. NY Rangers, Kreider 9 (Nash) 12:46. Penalties — Moore NYR (slashing) 7:32. Shots on goal Minnesota 11 5 9 — 25 NY Rangers 12 17 7 — 36 Goal — Minnesota: Backstrom (L, 2-7-2); NY Rangers: Talbot (W, 7-2-0). Power plays (goal-chances)Minnesota: 0-2; NY Rangers: 1-2.

Sunday’s Games N.Y. Rangers 4, Minnesota 1 Vancouver 2, Winnipeg 1

Saturday, Dec. 28 Swift Current at Moose Jaw, 6 p.m. Brandon at Regina, 6 p.m. Prince Albert at Saskatoon, 6:05 p.m. Edmonton at Calgary, 7 p.m. Lethbridge at Medicine Hat, 7:30 p.m. Tri-City at Portland, 8 p.m. Kelowna at Vancouver, 8 p.m. Everett at Seattle, 8:05 p.m. Kootenay at Spokane, 8:05 p.m. Prince George at Victoria, 8:05 p.m.

GOALTENDING (Minimum 660 minutes played) W L Tristan Jarry, Edm 22 8 Jordan Cooke, Kel 20 1 Brendan Burke, Por 20 7 Eric Williams, Spo 18 8 Austin Lotz, Eve 16 8 Patrik Polivka, Vic 16 9 Dawson MacAuley, Reg 16 9 Patrik Bartosak, RD 15 12


Monday’s Games Phoenix at Buffalo, 5 p.m. Toronto at N.Y. Rangers, 5 p.m. Anaheim at Washington, 5 p.m. Columbus at Carolina, 5 p.m. Pittsburgh at Ottawa, 5:30 p.m. N.Y. Islanders at Detroit, 5:30 p.m. Tampa Bay at Florida, 5:30 p.m. Minnesota at Philadelphia, 5:30 p.m. New Jersey at Chicago, 6 p.m. Boston at Nashville, 6 p.m. St. Louis at Calgary, 6 p.m. Winnipeg at Edmonton, 7:30 p.m. Dallas at Los Angeles, 8:30 p.m. Colorado at San Jose, 8:30 p.m. Tuesday’s Games No games scheduled Saturday’s summaries Blues 6, Oilers 0 First Period 1. St. Louis, Stewart 11 (Schwartz) 11:57. Penalties — Belov Edm (delay of game) 8:02, Berglund StL (high-sticking) 9:47, Backes StL (tripping) 14:34. Second Period 2. St. Louis, Morrow 6 (Stewart, Roy) 5:50. Penalties — Backes StL (boarding) 6:11, Petry Edm (tripping) 9:00, Gagner Edm (hooking) 18:24. Third Period 3. St. Louis, Stewart 12 (Berglund, Jackman) 1:46. 4. St. Louis, Schwartz 10 (Oshie) 2:38. 5. St. Louis, Stewart 13 (Roy, Shattenkirk) 7:27 (pp). 6. St. Louis, Berglund 3 (Pietrangelo, Paajarvi) 12:42. Penalties — Backes StL (hooking) 6:50, Gazdic Edm (roughing) 6:50, Nugent-Hopkins Edm (hooking) 7:03, Perron Edm (unsportsmanlike conduct) 7:51, Potter Edm (roughing) 9:07, Roy StL (roughing) 9:07. Shots on goal St. Louis 5 14 14 — 33 Edmonton 14 4 5 — 23 Goal — St. Louis: Elliott (W, 7-1-2); Edmonton: Bryzgalov (L, 1-4-0). Power plays (goal-chances)St. Louis: 1-5; Edmonton: 0-4.

AJHL North Division GP W L OTLSTL Spruce Grove 39 32 6 1 0 Fort McMurray 38 30 5 1 2 Lloydminster 39 19 16 2 2 Sherwood Park 39 18 19 0 2 Whitecourt 39 18 19 2 0 Bonnyville 39 15 20 1 3 Grand Prairie 40 16 22 1 1 Drayton Valley 38 13 21 3 1

GF 159 146 122 123 137 106 109 92

GA 85 74 120 135 148 137 139 134

Pt 65 63 42 38 38 34 34 30

South Division GP W L OTLSTL Brooks 38 22 9 4 3 Okotoks 38 22 11 4 1 Drumheller 38 22 11 3 2 Canmore 39 21 15 0 3 Camrose 40 18 15 4 3 Cal. Mustangs 38 18 17 3 0 Olds 40 16 18 3 3 Cal. Canucks 36 9 25 1 1

GF 118 116 136 111 111 117 107 90

GA 87 99 124 116 108 129 136 129

Pt 51 49 49 45 43 39 38 20

Saturday’s results Canmore 5 Lloydminster 3 Drumheller 2 Okotoks 1 Bonnyville 6 Whitecourt 2 Spruce Grove 3 Fort McMurray 2 (SO) Calgary Mustangs 4 Camrose 1 Sherwood Park 5 Olds 1 Sunday’s results Calgary Mustangs 4 Grand Prairie 2

Football National Football League AMERICAN CONFERENCE East W L T Pct y-New England 11 4 0 .733 Miami 8 7 0 .533 N.Y. Jets 7 8 0 .467 Buffalo 6 9 0 .400 South W L T Pct y-Indianapolis 10 5 0 .667 Tennessee 6 9 0 .400 Jacksonville 4 11 0 .267 Houston 2 13 0 .133 North W L T Pct y-Cincinnati 10 5 0 .667 Baltimore 8 7 0 .533 Pittsburgh 7 8 0 .467 Cleveland 4 11 0 .267 West W L T Pct y-Denver 12 3 0 .800 x-Kansas City 11 4 0 .733 San Diego 8 7 0 .533 Oakland 4 11 0 .267 NATIONAL CONFERENCE East W L T Pct Philadelphia 9 6 0 .600 Dallas 8 7 0 .533 N.Y. Giants 6 9 0 .400

Washington PF 410 310 270 319

PA 318 315 380 354

PF 361 346 237 266

PA 326 371 419 412

PF 396 303 359 301

PA 288 318 363 386

PF 572 406 369 308

PA 385 278 324 419

PF 418 417 274

PA 360 408 377


12 0 .200 328 South W L T Pct PF x-Carolina 11 4 0 .733 345 New Orleans 10 5 0 .667 372 Atlanta 4 10 0 .286 309 Tampa Bay 4 11 0 .267 271 North W L T Pct PF Chicago 8 7 0 .533 417 Green Bay 7 7 1 .500 384 Detroit 7 8 0 .467 382 Minnesota 4 10 1 .300 377 West W L T Pct PF x-Seattle 12 3 0 .800 390 San Francisco 10 4 0 .714 349 Arizona 10 5 0 .667 359 St. Louis 7 8 0 .467 339 x-clinched playoff spot y-clinched division Sunday’s Games St. Louis 23, Tampa Bay 13 Indianapolis 23, Kansas City 7 Denver 37, Houston 13 Buffalo 19, Miami 0 Carolina 17, New Orleans 13 Dallas 24, Washington 23 N.Y. Jets 24, Cleveland 13 Cincinnati 42, Minnesota 14 Tennessee 20, Jacksonville 16 Arizona 17, Seattle 10 N.Y. Giants 23, Detroit 20, OT

WOMEN’S SOCCER BY THE CANADIAN PRESS BRASILIA, Brazil — Canada had to wait until the 83rd minute of its match against Scotland before scoring a goal. But luckily for the Canadian squad, one goal was all it needed. Winnipeg’s Sophie Schmidt scored the winner off a Diana Matheson corner kick to seal Canada’s third-place spot in the Torneio Internacional de Futebol Feminino in Brazil on Sunday. “It’s probably one of my goals to become a more prolific goalscorer so I’ve got to keep that mentality moving forward, especially when the likes of Christine Sinclair and Adriana Leon aren’t putting the ball in the back of the net,” Schmidt said. “We’ve got to get that support from that midfield unit so I want to keep scoring more often.” A young Canadian team consisting of


OILERS: Continued to pound The Blues went ahead by two goals six minutes into the second period on a pretty tic-tac-toe passing play. Derek Roy and Stewart got it to Morrow in front and he lifted a backhand up high and into the Oilers’ net. St. Louis made it 3-0 just shy of two minutes into the third period as Ber-

458 PA 221 287 388 347 PA 445 400 362 467 PA 222 228 301 337

San Diego 26, Oakland 13 Pittsburgh 38, Green Bay 31 New England 41, Baltimore 7 Chicago 11, Philadelphia 54 Monday’s Game Atlanta at San Francisco, 6:40 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 29 Green Bay at Chicago, 11 a.m. Houston at Tennessee, 11 a.m. Philadelphia at Dallas, 11 a.m. Detroit at Minnesota, 11 a.m. Tampa Bay at New Orleans, 11 a.m. Carolina at Atlanta, 11 a.m. Cleveland at Pittsburgh, 11 a.m. Washington at N.Y. Giants, 11 a.m. Baltimore at Cincinnati, 11 a.m. Jacksonville at Indianapolis, 11 a.m. N.Y. Jets at Miami, 11 a.m. Buffalo at New England, 11 a.m. Denver at Oakland, 2:25 p.m. Kansas City at San Diego, 2:25 p.m. St. Louis at Seattle, 2:25 p.m. San Francisco at Arizona, 2:25 p.m. NFL Odds (Odds supplied by Western Canada Lottery; favourites in capital letters) Spread O/U Monday Atlanta at SAN FRANCISCO 13.5 45.5

15-year-old Jessie Fleming, 16-year-old Sura Yekka, 18-year-old Kadeisha Buchanan, and the 21-year-old Leon looked comfortable throughout the match, aside from a few Scotland chances which included a near miss when their opponent hit the crossbar early in the second half. Head coach John Herdman says he was impressed with the talent shown by his young team. “In today’s game, we played with a 15, 16, and 18-year-old on the pitch and a 21-year-old all at the same time. So if you talk about the future I think things bode well,” said Herdman. “It’s going to be great for the future. I was very impressed with Jessie Fleming today and her composure in her (full) debut.” Leon and Sinclair scored in Canada’s 2-0 victory over Scotland in the tournament opener on Dec. 12. The Canadians then lost to Chile 1-0 on Dec. 15 and earned a 0-0 draw with host Brazil on Dec. 18. That loss and draw sent Canada to a rematch with Scotland for third place.

glund made a feed from behind the net to Stewart, who scored his second on a one-timer. Only 56 seconds later the Blues went up by four goals. Schwartz crossed the blue-line and unleashed a shot that seemed to fool Bryzgalov before clipping the post and going in. The Blues took a 5-0 lead seven minutes into the third with a powerplay goal as Roy made a perfect feed through the crease to Stewart at the side of the net and he put it into a wide-open cage to record his thirdcareer hat trick. St. Louis continued to pound on the down-and-out Oilers with seven min-

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Thursday ● Midget AAA hockey: Calgary Mac’s tournament — Red Deer Optimist Chiefs vs. Notre Dame Argos, 10 a.m., Father David Bauer Arena. ● Major midget girls hockey: Calgary Mac’s tournament — Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs vs. Fraser Valley Phantoms, 4:30 p.m., Max Bell Centre 2.

Friday ● Midget AAA hockey: Calgary Mac’s tournament — Red Deer Optimist Chiefs vs. Okanagan Rockets, 11:45 a.m., Father David Bauer Arena. ● WHL: Calgary Hitmen at Red Deer Rebels, 7 p.m., Centrium. ● Major midget girls hockey: Calgary Mac’s tournament — Red Deer Sutter

Saturday ● Midget AAA hockey: Calgary Mac’s tournament — Red Deer Optimist Chiefs vs. Cariboo Cougars, 2:30 p.m., Max Bell Centre 1. ● Major midget girls hockey: Calgary Mac’s tournament — Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs vs. Peace Country Storm, 3:30 p.m., Max Bell Centre 2.

Sunday ● Midget AAA hockey: Calgary Mac’s tournament — Red Deer Optimist Chiefs vs. Calgary Flames, 1:45 a.m., Father David Bauer Arena. ● WHL: Red Deer Rebels at Edmonton Oil Kings, 4 p.m. (The Drive).

Basketball National Basketball Association EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division W L Pct GB Toronto 11 14 .440 — Boston 12 17 .414 1 Brooklyn 9 17 .346 2 1/2 New York 8 18 .308 3 1/2 Philadelphia 8 20 .286 4 1/2

Miami Atlanta Washington Charlotte Orlando

Indiana Detroit Chicago Cleveland Milwaukee

Southeast Division W L Pct 20 6 .769 15 12 .556 12 13 .480 13 15 .464 8 19 .296

GB — 5 1/2 7 1/2 8 12 1/2

Central Division W L Pct 22 5 .815 13 16 .448 10 16 .385 10 16 .385 6 21 .222

GB — 10 11 1/2 11 1/2 16

WESTERN CONFERENCE Southwest Division W L Pct GB San Antonio 21 6 .778 — Houston 18 10 .643 3 1/2 Dallas 15 12 .556 6 New Orleans 11 14 .440 9 Memphis 11 15 .423 9 1/2

NBA Leaders THROUGH DEC. 21 Scoring G Durant, OKC 26 Anthony, NYK 26 Love, MIN 26 James, MIA 26 Curry, GOL 25 Harden, HOU 23 George, IND 26 Aldridge, POR 28 Cousins, SAC 25 Afflalo, ORL 26 Lillard, POR 28 Irving, CLE 26 DeRozan, TOR 24 Westbrook, OKC 23 Nowitzki, DAL 26 Ellis, DAL 27 Griffin, LAC 28 Martin, MIN 25 Thompson, GOL 28 Wall, WAS 25

FG 236 244 216 236 210 168 209 268 207 197 188 204 185 177 201 205 219 161 202 177

FT PTS 216 735 165 690 158 655 145 648 102 607 168 549 134 620 111 647 148 562 115 566 140 603 108 559 118 516 106 492 108 549 128 558 131 574 135 509 61 552 106 490

AVG 28.3 26.5 25.2 24.9 24.3 23.9 23.8 23.1 22.5 21.8 21.5 21.5 21.5 21.4 21.1 20.7 20.5 20.4 19.7 19.6

FG Percentage

Northwest Division W L Pct Portland 23 5 .821 Oklahoma City 22 5 .815 Denver 14 12 .538 Minnesota 13 15 .464 Utah 8 22 .267

GB — 1/2 8 9 1/2 16

Pacific Division W L Pct 20 9 .679 16 10 .615 15 13 .536 13 14 .481 8 18 .308

GB — 2 4 5 1/2 10

L.A. Clippers Phoenix Golden State L.A. Lakers Sacramento

Milwaukee at Charlotte, 5 p.m. Atlanta at Miami, 5:30 p.m. Indiana at Brooklyn, 5:30 p.m. Dallas at Houston, 6 p.m. Utah at Memphis, 6 p.m. Toronto at San Antonio, 6:30 p.m. L.A. Lakers at Phoenix, 7 p.m. Golden State at Denver, 7 p.m. New Orleans at Sacramento, 8 p.m.

Saturday’s Games Memphis 95, New York 87 Washington 106, Boston 99 Sacramento 105, Orlando 100 Houston 114, Detroit 97 Utah 88, Charlotte 85 Chicago 100, Cleveland 84 Milwaukee 116, Philadelphia 106 Oklahoma City 113, San Antonio 100 Phoenix 123, Dallas 108 Portland 110, New Orleans 107 Golden State 102, L.A. Lakers 83 L.A. Clippers 112, Denver 91

FG 109 172 122 236 104 181 129 219 111 157

Jordan, LAC Drummond, DET Johnson, TOR James, MIA Hill, LAL Howard, HOU Lopez, Bro Horford, ATL Diaw, SAN Wade, MIA

FGA 168 278 201 393 176 308 229 390 204 290

PCT .649 .619 .607 .601 .591 .588 .563 .562 .544 .541

Rebounds Love, MIN Howard, HOU Jordan, LAC Drummond, DET Aldridge, POR Cousins, SAC Bogut, GOL Griffin, LAC Thompson, CLE Lee, GOL

G 26 28 28 29 28 25 27 28 26 28

OFF DEF TOT 100 255 355 100 270 370 112 251 363 152 212 364 69 240 309 70 198 268 73 213 286 65 230 295 98 161 259 81 197 278

AVG 13.7 13.2 13.0 12.6 11.0 10.7 10.6 10.5 10.0 9.9

Assists Paul, LAC Curry, GOL Wall, WAS Holiday, NOR Teague, ATL Jennings, DET Lawson, DEN Rubio, MIN Blake, LAL Westbrook, OKC

Sunday’s Games Indiana 106, Boston 79 Toronto 104, Oklahoma City 98 Minnesota 116, L.A. Clippers 120 Monday’s Games New York at Orlando, 5 p.m. Detroit at Cleveland, 5 p.m.

G 27 25 25 25 27 27 24 27 21 23

AST 304 231 228 201 217 215 190 213 162 159

AVG 11.3 9.2 9.1 8.0 8.0 8.0 7.9 7.9 7.7 6.9

Transactions Saturday’s Sports Transactions BASEBALL National League WASHINGTON NATIONALS — Agreed to terms with C Chris Snyder on a minor league contract. FOOTBALL National Football League CLEVELAND BROWNS — Placed WR Davone Bess on the reserve/non-football illness list. GREEN BAY PACKERS — Placed TE Brandon Bostick and DT Johnny Jolly on injured reserve. MINNESOTA VIKINGS — Placed TE John Carlson on injured reserve. Signed RB Joe Banyard and DE Justin Trattou from the practice squad. Waived CB Robert Steeples. HOCKEY ECHL ECHL — Fined Elmira G Maxime Clermont, Toledo D Richard Nedomlel and Alaska LW Tommy Mele undisclosed amounts as supplementary disci-

NHL ROUNDUP BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS RANGERS 4 WILD 1 NEW YORK — Carl Hagelin and Mats Zuccarello scored second-period goals, and backup Cam Talbot made 24 saves in the New York Rangers’ 4-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Sunday night. Talbot allowed Jason Pominville early goal but was steady the rest of the way in relief of struggling No. 1 goalie Henrik Lundqvist, who started the previous eight games after signing a long contract extension and allowed at least three goals in the last seven outings. Benoit Pouliot tied it in the first period, Chris Kreider added a goal in the third, and Derick Brassard had two assists. Kreider made it 4-1 with 7:14 remaining. New York improved to 2-4-2 on its team-record, nine-game homestand that concludes

utes left as Bryzgalov allowed a soft goal on a long shot by Berglund that tipped off his glove and into the net. Bryzgalov finished with 21 saves. Both teams return to the ice on Monday night as the Oilers play host to the Winnipeg Jets and the Blues travel to Calgary to face the Flames.

FLAMES: Glencross injured left knee Assistant captain Curtis Glencross left early in the first period, injuring

pline for their actions in games on Dec. 20. Central Hockey League ARIZONA SUNDOGS — Waived D Andrew Eastman. Suspended F Ian Schultz for one game. QUAD CITY MALLARDS — Waived G Michael Meadows. WICHITA THUNDER — Suspended F Erick Lizon for three games. Sunday’s Sports Transactions HOCKEY National Hockey League WASHINGTON CAPITALS — Reassigned C Casey Wellman to Hershey (AHL). Central Hockey League St. CHARLES CHILL — Announced G Linus Lundin was reassigned to the team by Springfield (AHL). Signed D Brock Wilson. Waived G Kevin McFarland.

Monday night against Toronto. Minnesota has lost four of six. CANUCKS 2, JETS 1 VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Defenceman Chris Tanev broke a tie in the third period and Vancouver beat Winnipeg after Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo left early because of an injury. Luongo left with 3:30 remaining in the first period. Earlier, Luongo had his leg clipped by big Winnipeg defenceman Dustin Byfuglien, and was knocked flat during a goal-mouth collision with the Jets’ Blake Wheeler. Eddie Lack took over in goal and made 15 saves. Tanev scored at 10:23 of the third period. He took a pass in the high slot from Zack Kassian and ripped a shot past goalie Ondrej Pavelec. Brad Richardson opened the scoring for Vancouver on a power play midway through the first period, and Evander Kane tied it on a power play in the second.

his left knee after an awkward fall into the boards. Glencross, who needed assistance to the dressing room, remained on the ice until the whistle, but couldn’t put weight on his leg. Flames defenceman Kris Russell, playing in his 400th career game, also left in the third period with a leg injury. Hartley did not have an injury update after the game, noting both will be evaluated on Sunday. “The fact that they didn’t come back is not good news,” Hartley said. “They’re two great leaders, but at the same time there is nothing we can do about injuries.”

B4 RED DEER ADVOCATE Monday, Dec. 23, 2013

Raptors silence Thunder on the road BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Raptors 104 Thunder 98 OKLAHOMA CITY — If the Toronto Raptors can play at home the way they’ve been playing on the road, they might just remain atop the Atlantic Division for a while. Kyle Lowry scored 22 points, making a pair of clinching free throws with 9.8 seconds left, and the Raptors handed the Oklahoma City Thunder their first home loss with a 104-98 victory on Sunday night. The Raptors outscored Oklahoma City 6-0 in the final 1:25, all on free throws, and ended the Thunder’s nine-game winning streak. Oklahoma City had been 13-0 at home, the NBA’s longest unbeaten stretch to open a season since the Cleveland Cavaliers won their first 23 home games during the 2007-08 season. Amir Johnson had 17 points and 13 assists for Toronto, which won its fourth straight road game, its longest such streak since March-April 2002. Oklahoma City lost for the first time since Dec. 4 at Portland. Toronto coach Dwane Casey called the win, which moved the Raptors past Boston into first place in the Atlantic, his team’s biggest of the season. Toronto’s road streak began with a victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Dec. 8 and the Raptors added wins at Chicago and Dallas before beating the Thunder. “It’s one of those mysteries we have, of our focus on the road,” Casey said. “We’re a different team. I see it in our eyes before the game.” Russell Westbrook scored 27 points and Kevin Durant added 24 for Oklahoma City, which missed its final four shots. Veteran forward John Salmons, who scored 14 points and hit the go-ahead free throws for Toronto, said winning on the road “just shows our mental toughness as a unit. . Sometimes it’s fun to play on the road, because it’s just us against everybody else.” Toronto will play at San Antonio on Monday. Oklahoma City surged ahead with a 24-4 run during the third quarter that gave the Thunder an 82-71 lead. Toronto regained the lead in the fourth before a 3-pointer by Durant tied the game, but Salmons hit two free throws with 1:25 left to put Toronto up 10098. The Thunder’s next two possessions ended in a missed 3-point attempt by Reggie Jackson and a block by Valanciunas on a layup attempt by West-

brook, with Toronto winning the scramble for the loose ball. Johnson hit two free throws with 14.5 seconds left to extend Toronto’s lead to 102-98. Durant missed a 3-point attempt and Lowry rebounded before hitting the Raptors’ final two free throws. “It’s the NBA,” Casey said. “It happens. They’re one of the best defensive teams in the league. We knew they were going to come out in the third quarter with their best effort, which they did. We sustained it and took the punch.” Oklahoma City, which entered the game second in the NBA in free throw shooting at 81.8 per cent, went 35 of 36 (97.2 per cent). But the Thunder shot 37 per cent from the field and scored a season-low 14 points in the fourth quarter. Durant finished 5 of 16 from the field and committed six of the Thunder’s 19 turnovers. “Losses happen in this league,” Durant said. “They beat us fair and square, you know? We missed some shots, too. I think our defence was good. They got some shots late in the fourth quarter that helped them a little bit but I think our defence was good. We were swarming them and they hit some tough ones, too, but we missed some good looks.” The Thunder, who have won 17 of their last 19 games, were coming off a win at San Antonio on Saturday night. Asked if the Thunder lacked energy down the stretch, Durant answered, “Nah.” Toronto went 7 of 14 from 3-point range and scored on its final nine possessions of the first half, turning a five-point deficit into a 62-56 halftime lead. The 62 points were the second-most surrendered in the first half this season by Oklahoma City. Oklahoma City clamped down on defence in the third quarter, allowing the Raptors only 13 points, matching their season low for a quarter. DeMar DeRozan added 17 points for Toronto and Valanciunas had 13. Notes: Durant was called for a technical foul, his third of the season, while on the bench in the second quarter. Durant protested after a scramble for a loose ball between Oklahoma City’s Nick Collison and Toronto’s Valanciunas. Ironically, Valanciunas was called for a personal foul on the play that Durant protested . Toronto is 7-6 on the road. It’s been since Feb. 25, 2008, that the Raptors have been above .500 on the road this late in the season . Thunder C Steven Adams picked up three fouls during a twominute stint in the first quarter.


Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry shoots in front of Oklahoma City Thunder forward Serge Ibaka (9) during the first half of an NBA game, Sunday, in Oklahoma City.

Foles, McCoy lead Eagles to blowout over Bears


NFL: Roundup CHARGERS 26, RAIDERS 13 SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Chargers beat hapless Oakland by overcoming three turnovers while benefiting from two turnovers and 12 penalties for 73 yards by the Raiders. Philip Rivers threw a go-ahead, 4-yard touchdown pass to rookie Keenan Allen and Ryan Mathews ran for 99 yards and one touchdown, setting a career high with 1,111 yards. Nick Novak kicked four field goals for San Diego. The Chargers also got help from Buffalo, which beat Miami 19-0, and New England, which beat Baltimore. The Chargers (8-7) have won three straight games for the first time this season, but need more help to end a three-year playoff drought. They have to beat Kansas City at home next Sunday and have Miami and Baltimore both lose. Oakland (4-11) helped San Diego, too, by committing all those penalties. GIANTS 23, LIONS 20, OT DETROIT (AP) — Josh Brown’s 45-yard field goal on the third drive of overtime lifted the Giants and knocked the Lions (7-8) from post-season consideration. They lost for the fifth time in six games, blowing fourth-quarter leads in each setback that might seal Jim Schwartz’s fate. The embattled coach chose to play for overtime by running out the clock with 23 seconds and two timeouts left from the Detroit 25. When the crowd reacted with a chorus of boos, Schwartz turned his head toward the stands and appeared to angrily shout back at the fans. Schwartz has lost nine straight games in December or January, leading to his job being in jeopardy. The Giants (6-9) overcame Eli Manning’s interception late in regulation and Andre Brown’s fumble on the opening possession in overtime to win for the second time in five games. RAMS 23, BUCCANEERS 13 ST. LOUIS (AP) — Robert Quinn got three of St. Louis’ seven sacks and set a franchise season record.


Philadelphia Eagles’ LeSean McCoy, centre, rushes during the second half of an NFL game against the Chicago Bears, Sunday, in Philadelphia. in from the 1 to make it 33-3. Chris Polk had a 10-yard TD run in the fourth quarter and Brandon Boykin returned an interception 54 yards for a score to make it 47-11. Chicago’s only TD came when Cutler tossed a 6-yard pass to Brandon Marshall on the final play of the third

quarter. Cole had three of Philadelphia’s five sacks on Cutler, who hadn’t gone down more than three times in a game previously this season. Bears seven-time Pro Bowl linebacker Lance Briggs returned to the lineup after missing seven games because

of a fractured shoulder. He wasn’t much help. The Eagles racked up 514 yards. The Bears had a chance to secure a division title because Green Bay lost to Pittsburgh and the New York Giants eliminated Detroit from playoff contention.

Quinn leads the NFL with 18 sacks. He broke Kevin came a 10-point deficit in the second half and won Carter’s franchise record of 17 in that 1999 Super for just the third time since September. Washington Bowl title season. finished with six catches for 117 yards. Zac Stacy rushed for 104 yards on 33 carries and a The Jaguars (4-11) were in position to take the touchdown, and the Rams (7-8) matched their victory lead after that, but Ropati total from last year. Fellow rookies Stedman Bai- Pitoitua stuffed Maurice ley scored on a 27-yard reverse, and Alec Ogletree Jones-Drew on a fourthforced two fumbles. and-1 play at the TennesThe Rams won without left tackle Jake Long, who see 20 with 5:21 remaininjured his knee on the first series. Coach Jeff Fisher ing. believes Long tore a knee ligament. The highlight for the The Buccaneers (4-11) managed just 170 total Jaguars came when Jackyards, setting a season low for the second straight sonville honoured retiring week. centre Brad Meester with JETS 24, BROWNS 13 a reception — the passEAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Geno Smith catching kind. threw two touchdown passes to David Nelson and The Jaguars called a ran for another score. Smith had his first game with screen play for the 14-year at least two TD passes since October, with no turn- veteran centre who anovers or sacks. The rookie was 20 of 36 for 214 yards nounced Wednesday that vs and also ran for 48 yards — including a 17-yard scor- Sunday’s game would be ing scamper in the fourth quarter. his home finale. Meester Chris Ivory rushed for 109 yards on 20 carries for reported as an eligible the Jets (7-8), who were eliminated from the playoff receiver, lined up at tight picture last week. Nelson, cut by the Browns after end and then caught the Friday, training camp, finished with four catches for 33 screen pass to gain 9 yards. yards. December 27 Jason Campbell was 7:00 pm intercepted twice as the RED DEER MINOR HOCKEY COMMISION Browns (4-11) lost their sixth straight. Edwin Baker had a touchdown run, and Josh Gordon was somewhat held in check vs by rookie Dee Milliner, catching six passes for 97 yards. TITANS 20, JAGUARS 1st Draw $25,000 4th Draw $5,000 16 JACKSONVILLE, Fla. Monday, 2nd Draw $5,000 5th Draw $5,000 (AP) — Nate Washington December 30 scored on a 30-yard recep3rd Draw $5,000 6th Draw $5,000 7:00 pm tion in the fourth quarter and Tennessee got a EACH TICKET $25 ALL PROCEEDS TO MINOR HOCKEY Enmax Centrium much-needed defensive Tickets available from hockey teams throughout the city or from the stop late to end a threeTickets at ticketmaster Red Deer Minor Hockey office at 403-347-9960 game losing streak. Age limit 18 years and older. Total tickets printed: 5,500. All draws will take place at the arena. License #364215 1.855.985.5000 Tennessee (6-9) over-

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Eagles 54 Bears 11 With little on the line until next week, Chip Kelly didn’t rest his starters until they finished whipping the Chicago Bears. Nick Foles threw two touchdown passes, LeSean McCoy ran for two scores and the Philadelphia Eagles routed the Bears 54-11 on Sunday night in a matchup of firstplace teams with opposite stakes. Chicago’s loss sets up two winner-take-all games for NFC division crowns next week. The Bears (8-7) came in needing a win to clinch the NFC North and secure the No. 3 seed while Philadelphia was just trying to stay healthy. But the Eagles (9-6) played like the team trying to lock up a playoff berth. Now, the Bears must tie or beat the Packers (7-7-1) at home next week to win the North. The Eagles (9-6) have to tie or beat the Cowboys (8-7) in Dallas next Sunday night to win the NFC East and complete a worst-to-first season under their rookie coach. Once Dallas rallied to beat Washington earlier in the day, the Eagles knew they were only playing for a No. 3 seed even if they win the division. Still, Kelly played all his guys, Foles was 21 of 25 for 230 yards, and set a franchise re-

cord with a completion percentage of 84.0. In only nine starts, Foles has 25 TD passes and two interceptions. He was replaced by Michael Vick midway through the fourth quarter. By that time, fans were chanting: “We want Dallas!” McCoy, trying to become the first Eagles player to lead the NFL in rushing since Hall of Famer Steve Van Buren in 1949, ran for 133 yards and leads Kansas City’s Jamaal Charles by 189 going into the last game. Bryce Brown had 115 yards rushing, including a 65-yard TD run. The Eagles dominated from the start. Trent Cole sacked Jay Cutler to force a three-and-out on Chicago’s first possession, and the Eagles went right down the field and scored when Foles hit Riley Cooper going across the back of the end zone on a 5-yard pass. Bradley Fletcher then forced Devin Hester to fumble after a 36-yard kickoff return and Cary Williams recovered at the Bears 39. Foles connected with Zach Ertz for 27 yards and McCoy ran in from the 1 to make it 14-0. The Bears went three-andout again and Foles drove the Eagles 72 yards, tossing a 10-yard TD pass to Brent Celek on third down. Cedric Thornton tackled Matt Forte in the end zone for a safety and a 26-3 lead in the third quarter. McCoy then ran





MONDAY, DEC. 23, 2013

Chiefs rebound to rout Athletics BY DANNY RODE ADVOCATE STAFF Chiefs 6 Athletics 1 Red Deer Optimist Chiefs got a early Christmas gift this year. In early September head coach Doug Quinn learned talented winger Ross Heidt was returning to the Alberta Midget Hockey League squad after spending a year with the Drayton Valley Thunder of the Alberta Junior Hockey League. “We certainly didn’t expect him back . . . it was a real bonus for us,” said Quinn following a 6-1 victory over the Edmonton South Side Athletics at the Arena Sunday afternoon. “He’s a strong player with a lot of speed and creates scoring opportunities.” Heidt joined the Thunder last season after graduating from the IROC Chiefs 15-yearold team, which won the league and provincial championships under head coach Tom Bast in the 2011-12 season. And while Heidt enjoyed his year with the Thunder he felt he would be better off finishing his high school at home. “I wasn’t bearing down . . . it was hard for me to commit myself there,” he said. “I wanted to return here, get my schooling, graduate and hopefully win the Telus Cup. “It’s a lot nicer to be at home with family and friends, where I know the school (Notre Dame) and the teachers. It makes it a lot easier.” The 17-year-old played 46 games with the Thunder, scoring three goals and adding seven assists. He also played one playoff game. “I didn’t get a lot of ice time, not the ice time I would have here, but it was a good experience and helped me mature,” he said. “It was also important for me to get that experience.” After leaving the Thunder Heidt’s rights were picked up by the Sherwood Park Crusaders and he was called up for one game this season.

“They have my rights, but I don’t know what will happen next year, but I’d like to go back and play junior and possibly get a scholarship down the road,” he said. Heidt has always been an elite level skater, something he knows he needs to continue to work on as he moves up the ranks,. “When you get to the next level the guys are bigger, stronger and faster, so I need to continue to work on that part of my game to stay ahead of the game. It’s my biggest asset and I need to use it.” The five-foot-eight, 155-pound Heidt also knows he needs to continue to fill out. “I need to continue to get bigger, be stronger on the puck and to work harder on my defence,” he added. Those are things he works on every day with the Chiefs. “Playing back here really helps my confidence,” he said. “In Drayton Valley you were afraid to make mistakes. Doug gets on you here, but it helps. Everyone is committed and we’re all friends . . . it’s a lot of fun in the room.” The two-time defending national champion Chiefs will try to add another title to their resume when they play in the Calgary Mac’s Christmas tournament, beginning Thursday. “I’m excited about that . . . it will be a blast,” said Heidt. The Chiefs looked like a championship team Sunday, one day after losing 1-0 to the lowly Calgary Northstars in Calgary. “We outshot them (Northstars) 54-17, but we weren’t committed to play while today was a much better effort,” said Quinn. “We were determined and grittier.” What they also did was score early in the first period. “We played well in Sherwood Park, but tied 1-1 and then were shutout, so we scored once in six periods, so that first goal today gave everyone some confidence,” said Quinn. “Overall it was a good effort and if we play like that we’ll be tough to beat.”

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Red Deer Chief Tyler Steenbergen fights off a check by SSAC Athletic Garan Magnes while firing a shot on net during major midget hockey action at the Arena, Sunday. The Chiefs won the game 6-1. A lack of consistent scoring has been the only real negative for the Chiefs, who have the best defence in the league. “We’re much stronger in the defensive zone. We’re moving the puck better, but we still have lapses were we can’t score. Today we were more determined in front of

MINOR HOCKEY Minor Midget AAA The Red Deer North Star Chiefs split a pair of weekend games, downing the Red Deer Aero Equipment Chiefs 4-1 Friday and losing 5-1 to the Calgary Gold Saturday. Bryson Muir had a pair of goals against Aero Equipment with singles added by Ryan Chambers and Gerrett Verhoeven. Louis Leclerc replied for Aero. Reid Money made 24 saves in goal for the Northstars with Braydon Larson making 14 saves and Geordan Andrew 29 for Aero. All four Northstar goals came against Larson. Chambers had the lone goal against the Gold. Lane Congdon started in goal and made 19 saves on 23 shots and Money stopped 11 of 12 shots. In other action Aero dropped a 4-2 decision to the Calgary Stampeders. Tyler Graber had both Red Deer goals with Andrew making 33 saves.

Differenz one for the Elks. Christopher Preston made 26 saves for the Chiefs and Carson Franks 34 for the Elks.

Midget AA The Red Deer Indy Graphics Chiefs swept their league series against rival Red Deer Elks, winning 6-5 Friday at the Collictt Centre. James Gaume led the Chiefs with three goals with Michael Pruss adding a goal and three assists, and Taylor Sincennes two goals. Matthew Thiessen and Kale Howarth had two goals each and Mackenzie

Bantam AAA Female The Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs split a pair of games against Peace Country, losing 4-1 Saturday and winning 2-1 Sunday. Kaitlan Linnell had the Chiefs lone goal Saturday with Carley Wlad and Jordyn Burgar conecting Sunday. Cianna Weir made 21 saves Saturday and Chantelle Sandquist 18 Sunday.

Bantam AAA The Red Deer Rebels White split a pair of weekend games, losing 4-2 to the Rocky Mountain Raiders and edged Grande Prairie 3-2. Dylan Scheunert and Josh Tarzwell scored against the Raiders with Duncan Hughes making 33 saves. Joel Ray had two goals, including the winner, and Tarzwell one against Grande Prairie. Hughes finished with 25 saves. Meanwhile, the Red Deer Rebels Black dropped a 4-3 decision to Grande Prairie. Tyrees Goodrunning, Dayton Playford and Quinn Justinen scored for the Black with Shae Herbert making 34 saves.

Generals get pair of weekend wins The Bentley Generals won a pair of Chinook Hockey League games during the weekend. The Gens edged the Stony Plain Eagles 5-4 Saturday at home and needed a shootout to stop the Chiefs 4-3 in Fort Saskatchewan Sunday. Scott Doucett scored the winning goal at 15:54 of the third period on Saturday with Jason Lundmark, Scott Kalinchuk, Chris Neiszner and Kyle Sheen adding single markers. Matthew York, Gregory Hennessay, Jordan Kolisniak and Adam Varrette replied for the Eagles, who trailed 2-0

CHINOOK HOCKEY LEAGUE and 4-2 by periods. James Reid made 18 saves for the Generals while Wade Waters had 15 saves for the Eagles. Matthew Stefanishion and Neiszner scored in the shootout for the Generals against the Chiefs, who got a goal from Richard Kelly. Randall Gelech, Doucett and Neiszner connected in regulation time for Bentley while Ryan Smith, Kelly and Brett Holmberg scored for Fort Saskatchewan, who trailed 2-1 and 3-2 by periods. Reid finished with

26 saves for the Generals, who had 44 shots on Blake Grenier. In other league action Saturday the Okotoks Drillers downed the visiting Innisfail Eagles 4-2. Tylor Keller and Joe Vandermeer connected for the Eagles, who trailed 2-1 after two periods. The first period was scoreless. Justis Lowry, Michael Kneeland, Curtis Billsten and Jeffery Sapieha scored for Okotoks. Bryce Luker made 30 saves in goal for Innisfail, who had 50 shots on Gerry Festa.

the net and were getting to the so-called dirty areas.” Heidt opened the scoring at 5:05 of the first period while Trey deGraaf and Jordie Lawson also connected before the end of the first period. Gabe Bast and Travis Verveda added second period goals with Bast putting the fin-

ishing touches on the scoring with a power play goal late in the third period. Jayden Sittler finished with 16 saves for the Chiefs, who had 38 shots on Calgary’s Stuart Skinner. On Saturday Cole Sears made 16 saves in goal.

Grizzlys can’t get past Crusaders OLDS — Spencer Dorowicz notched the lone goal for the Olds Grizzlys in a 5-1 Alberta Junior Hockey League loss Saturday to the Sherwood Park Crusaders before 350 fans at the Sportsplex. Scoring for the visitors, who led 2-0 after one period and 4-0 after 40 minutes, were Ryan Kruper, Sean MacTavish, Colten Meaver, Nicholas Jones and Bowen Croft. Winning netminder Zac Klassen made 24 saves, while Jake Tamagi stopped 19 shots in the Grizzlys net. On Friday, the Grizzlys ventured into Brooks and came away with a 3-2

overtime win over the defending Royal Bank Cup champion Bandits, their winning goal coming off the stick of Ty Mappin. Landon Kletke and Chris Gerrie, who also had two assists, notched the other Grizzlys goals. Alex Roberts scored twice for Brooks. Ethan Jemieff made 24 saves as the winning netminder. Michael Fredrick blocked 31 shots for the Bandits. The Grizzlys are off for the Christmas break and return to action Jan. 4 against the visiting Drumheller Dragons.

JUNIOR B HOCKEY The Blackfalds Wranglers won a pair of games in Heritage Junior B Hockey League play during the weekend, downing the Red Deer Vipers 8-3 Saturday in Red Deer and the Mountainview Colts 5-2 at home Sunday. Chance Abbott and Wally Samson scored twice each against the Vipers with singles added by Garrett Glasman, Trent Hermary, Bryce Marshall and Robin Carlson. Justin Corbett had two goals and Nathan Dennis one for the Vipers, who trailed 4-0 and 6-1 by periods. Thomas Isaman made 27 saves for the Wranglers, who had 43 shots on Klay Munro. The Wranglers took a 4-0 lead against the Colts in the second period Sunday after a scoreless opening frame. Marshall,

Tiaan Anderson, Glasman and Abbott scored in the middle stanza with Carlson connecting in the third period. Isaman made 25 saves while his teammates had 46 shots on goal. As well the Vipers dropepd a 9-7 decision to the Airdrie Thunders. Kolton Gillett led the Vipers in Airdrie with a pair of goals, while Nick Glackin, Dennis, Ryan Thomson, Corbett and Matt Johannson potted singles. Cole deGraaf had three assists and Justin Moltzahn twos. Anthony Hamill took the loss stopping 20 shots. On Saturday the Colts edged the visiting Stettler Lightning 4-3. Landon Potter scored twice for Stettler in the third period to tie the game before Cole Sutherland notched the winner at 15:42.

Scott Ternes had the other Stettler marker while Jeff Skaley made 27 saves in the Lightning goal. Stettler had 39 shots. In other action Saturday, the Three Hills Thrashers got an goal from Tyrel Severtson at 2:07 of overtime to edge the homestanding Ponoka Stampeders 5-4. Cody Phillips tied the score for the Thrashers at 15:53 of the third period, just 29 seconds after Tye Munro put Ponoka ahead. Connor Ablett had two goals and Spencer Fournier one for the Thrashers while Jacob Bottomley scored twice and Chandler Knibb once for Ponoka. Brady Hoover made 33 saves in goal for There Hills while Eli Falls made 34 saves for Ponoka.

FEMALE JUNIOR A HOCKEY The Central Alberta Amazons downed the Sherwood Park Steele 7-1 in Alberta Female Junior A Hockey League play Saturday. Presley Hollman had three goals and an assist, Allie Silbernagel two

goals and one helper, Noelle Gouchie a goal and two assists and Charissa Kirkham a goal. Kelly Hausauer made 22 saves in goal.

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Guay wins Gardena downhill two areas that come one right after another midway down. There are also numerous little bumps and jumps, making for constant air time. “A lot of times Val Gardena goes under radar with Wengen and Kitzbuehel getting so much attention but I think it’s one of most fun courses on the World Cup,” Guay said. Guay’s performance was all the more impressive considering that he had left-knee surgery in the off-season and missed most of preseason training. Jansrud also had left-knee surgery after a crash in the super-G at last season’s world championships in Schladming, Austria. Jansrud took silver in giant slalom at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics and Saturday’s result matched his best downhill finish from March, 2012, on home snow in Kvitfjell. Clarey also finished third in this race four years ago for his only other career podium. He stood first when the 2011 race was abandoned beause of strong winds after 21 racers had completed their runs. “It’s unbelievable for me,” Clarey said. “I almost quit skiing five months ago after my back injury.” In the overall standings, Svindal moved 175 points ahead of Marcel Hirscher, who does not race downhill. Svindal also leads the downhill standings, 53 points ahead of Guay. Nyman was an early starter and made a big mistake midway down and had to make an acrobatic recovery to avoid injury. But his race ended there. Brice Roger and David Poisson of France also fell. Poisson slammed into the safety netting at full speed but eventually got up and skied down.

BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS VAL GARDENA, Italy — Canada’s Erik Guay gained a measure of revenge by winning the prestigious Val Gardena downhill Saturday, a year after missing out on the victory because of changing weather. Guay, from Mt. Tremblant, Que., clocked one minute 56.65 seconds down a Saslong course lined with huge jumps and filled with tricky terrain, making up time over the last few gates to edge Kjetil Jansrud of Norway by 0.12 seconds. “It is sweet,” Guay said. “I skied really well and took the chances necessary.” It was the fourth career World Cup victory for Guay, who also won gold in downhill at the 2011 world championships in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. Johan Clarey of France finished third, 0.24 back, and overall World Cup leader Aksel Lund Svindal was fourth, 0.29 behind. Bode Miller placed fifth, 0.39 behind, for his best finish in a speed event this season. Miller took last season off to recover from left knee surgery and he is improving race by race as he prepares for the Sochi Olympics in February. Miller would have made the podium if he was just a bit faster on the flats and said getting his equipment dialed in after so much time off was a big factor. “There’s so many details, you never know what it is that’s really causing the problem,” the 36-year-old two-time overall World Cup winner said. “The fact is we just don’t have the whole thing together right now. We’re close, and we’re getting there.” Miller made up more than


Canada’s Erik Guay is airborne on his way to win an alpine ski, men’s World Cup downhill, in Val Gardena, Italy, Saturday. half a second on the technical lower section. “On the top I didn’t feel like I was going fast,” Miller said. “I took a little bit of risk in some parts and pulled off some decent turns and I skied pretty well but it’s one of those courses where there’s not enough to it to bring it back in with my technical ability.” Guay thought he had won this race last year until a drastic weather change helped later starters on a shortened course, with Steven Nyman of the United States taking the win and Rok Perko of Slovenia

claiming second, relegating Guay to third. “I had a great run last year,” Guay said. “In my mind I skied the best that I could have with my start number and not to take anything away from Nyman and Perko but the conditions do change and that’s the reality of our sport. “I know that ski racing is like that,” Guay added. “I’ve been on the good side of the hundredths and I’ve benefited from good weather sometimes. So you take it when you can and you forget it when you’re

on the other side.” While it wasn’t quite as drastic as last year, when winds played a role, changing light once again made a big impact. Guay, Svindal and Miller had to deal with less light on the gliding section on top but then all three racers excelled on the more technical section of the course. The highlights of the Saslong are the camel bumps, which launch skiers into the air for nearly 80 metres (90 yards), and the twisty and technical ciaslat section —

Canada looks to defend Spengler Cup title NEEDS TO DO IT WITHOUT LOCKED OUT NHL STARS BY THE CANADIAN PRESS There will be no Jason Spezza or John Tavares to boost Canada’s lineup at this year’s Spengler Cup. A 24-man roster released Sunday has Canada back to using permanent European league players, plus two American Hockey League additions, for the Dec. 26-Jan. 1 tournament in Davos, Switzerand. Canada sent a stacked team to last year’s event thanks to the NHL lockout. They pounded host HC Davos 7-2 in the final to win the world’s oldest international pro hockey tournament for a 12th time. Spezza, Tavares, Patrice Bergeron, Matt Duchene, Sam Gagner, Tyler Seguin, Ryan Smyth, Devan Dubnyk and Jonathan Bernier are all back in the NHL this time. But they will still have seven players back from 2012, including defencemen Geoff Kinrade, Micki DuPont, Maxim Noreau, Derrick Walser and Travis Roche, plus forwards Brett McLean and Byron Ritchie. “We think we’ll be a good skating team with a

lot of offensive prowess,” said Hockey Canada vicepresident of hockey operations Brad Pascall. “Last year, we had a good team overall, but we lost the first game against a German club team. “It wasn’t a cakewalk. But as it went on, we dominated because Canadians want to win every tournament they’re in and because we had players from the lockout.” Canada is in a three-team group with HC Davos and the Vitkovice Steel of the Czech league and will play its first game Dec. 26 against the Steel. The other group has Swiss club Servette Geneva, which is boosted by goalie Robert Mayer from the AHL Hamilton Bulldogs, as well as CSKA Moscow and the Rochester Americans of the AHL. The Americans were invited to the event for a second time after finishing third in 1996. Former NHL player Doug Shedden, who coaches EV Zug of the Swiss league, is back as Canada’s head coach for a second year. He helped select the team along with Pascall and two NHL assistant general managers — Craig Heisinger of the Winnipeg Jets and Brad Treliving of the Phoenix Coyotes. Canada will have a national team in the tournament for a 30th straight year. For fans watching on TV at home, it is a chance to see mostly European club teams in gaudy gear plastered with advertising battle on the international ice surface at the Vaillant Arena in scenic Davos in the Swiss Alps.

Canadian Duncan strikes again in skicross World Cup THE CANADIAN PRESS SAN CANDIDO, Italy — Canadian Dave Duncan is hitting his stride just in time for the Winter Olympics. Duncan of London, Ont., won his second skicross World Cup in as many days on Sunday, rocketing him to the top of the men’s overall rankings and qualifying him for the Sochi Games in February. “From the outhouse to the penthouse,” said Duncan, who skied on the international circuit for five years before winning his first World Cup on Saturday. “It’s pretty hard to sum up everything that’s happened this weekend. It’s an incredible feeling. “I know that’s a troublesome word, but the truth of it is that describes how much this means to me to get that first win and not even have to wait 24 hours to get a second one. I mean, this is the stuff you dream of.” Duncan finished ahead of Austria’s Andreas Matt and Germany’s Daniel Bohnacker. Calgary’s Brady Leman was fourth in the final after a mid-air collision knocked him off course. “In the final I was battling, trying to move up,” said Leman. “I was fourth for a bit, third for a bit, I was really battling with Andy Matt and in the end we kind of got tangled up and then I missed a gate and that was it.” In women’s competition, Marielle Thompson of Whistler, B.C., finished second behind Switzerland’s Katrin Mueller. German teammates Heidi Zacher and Anna Woerner were third and fourth, respectively. The silver medal kept Thompson atop the overall women’s rankings. “Today was just awesome,” said Thompson. “I just won every start and

really showed where my skiing’s at. I’m really excited to have the leader bib back again. It just goes to show that all that training I did this summer is paying off. “I’m just feeling really great.” Kelsey Serwa of Kelowna, B.C., won the small final, placing fifth overall. “I’d much rather be in the final, but when I get in the small final I get all fired up and tell myself ’OK, this is my shot at the podium so you’d better churn out a fifth-place finish’,” said Serwa. Canada’s skicross team made the podium fives times over the weekend, bumping several of its members into contention for spots at the Olympics. Duncan and Leman are guaranteed spots in the men’s skicross event at Sochi, while Thompson is a lock for the women. Serwa will likely make it as a “Tier 2” skier, while Vancouver’s Georgia Simmerling is “Tier 3” and considered very close to making the Olympics. Montreal’s Chris Del Bosco and Tristan Tafel of Canmore, haven’t yet made the minimum points to lock into Tier 3, although a World Cup podium finish would put either one into the second tier. “Training with the top guys in the world, it just creates an environment of excellence and I know that if I’m able to beat (Leman) or (Del Bosco) in a training run you can feel pretty good leaving that camp, knowing that you’re on pace to have a good year,” said Duncan. “I think they’ll probably say the same thing about their training. “It just helps training with the guys that we do. We all push each other, we all cheer for each other, we all strive for the top. So we’ll just keep on doing that and hopefully it’ll take us to some pretty cool results in Sochi.”

It’s also a chance to catch up with several former NHL players now skating in Europe. Among them are Red Deer goalie Chris Mason, defencemen Walser, Caroline’s Jim Vandermeer and Joel Kwiatkowski and forwards Ritchie, Anthony Stewart and Glen Metropolit. “It’s special for the players who are there with their families,” said Pascall. “They’re away in a different country and this is a chance to spend a week with other Canadians and celebrate Canada.” Also on the squad are former Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Allen York, who has been bouncing around the AHL and ECHL this season, and forward Alexandre Bolduc of the AHL Chicago Wolves. Others on the team include rearguards Travis Ehrhardt and Brendan Bell and forwards Colby Genoway, Alexandre Giroux, Brett McLean, Ahren Spylo, Jason Williams, Ryan MacMurchy, Darren Haydar, Jacob Mikflikier and Eric Beaudoin. Mason plays in Italy, Ehrhardt in Norway and Haydar in Germany, but all the other Europreanbased players are from the Swiss league. Canada won the first time it entered the Spengler Cup in 1984 and had a stretch of four wins in a row from 1995 to 1998. The win last year ended a fouryear drought, although they have been in the final in 10 of the last 12 years. The first Spengler Cup was played in 1923 and HC Davos, whose lineup includes Swiss national team veterans Andres Ambuhl and Reto Von Arx, has won 15 times.

ABBOTSFORD HEAT BY THE CANADIAN PRESS HAMILTON, Ont. — Markus Granlund scored the shootout winner as the Abbotsford Heat defeated the Hamilton Bulldogs 3-2 in the American Hockey League on Sunday. Dean Arsene and Ben Hanowski had goals for the Heat (21-9-2), while Joni Ortio stopped 32 shots. Joonas Nattinen had a goal and an assist, and Joel Chouinard also scored for the Bulldogs (12-14-4). Dustin Tokarski made 39 saves. Granlund scored on Abbotsford’s second attempt of the shootout, while Corban Knight added a goal on the fourth attempt. Ortio stopped all four Hamilton shots. A penalty to Hamilton’s Mike Blunden just 49 seconds into the first period put the Bulldogs on their heels,

and the hosts struggled to exit their defensive zone early in the period. It took Hamilton nearly seven minutes to register its first shot, but the Bulldogs began to manufacture offensive pressure with the trio of Nattinen, Justin Courtnall and Stefan Fournier establishing a cycle midway through the period. The Heat forced several tough saves from Bulldogs goaltender Tokarski, with the sharpest of those coming with four and a half minutes to play in the period. Abbotsford broke into the offensive zone through the right wing, and Tokarski denied a low slap shot intended for his far post and smothered the loose puck. The goaltender turned aside all 13 shots he faced in the first period, while his counterpart Ortio successfully stopped nine. Hamilton capitalized on offensive pressure in the aftermath of a power play to open the scoring at 4:35 of the second period.


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CANADIAN TAKES OVERALL WORLD CUP LEAD WITH SECOND STRAIGHT PODIUM FINISH BY THE CANADIAN PRESS LAKE LOUISE — Whether the track is bumpy, smooth, icy, or fluffy, Dominique Maltais is a contender on all snowboard courses. The consistency that has produced three consecutive overall World Cup titles in snowboard cross continued Saturday in Lake Louise, Alta. Maltais was second in the big final to Lindsey Jacobellis of the U.S. at the Sportcheck World Cup. Her second podium in as many World Cup races vaulted Maltais into a familiar position at the top of the overall World Cup standings. “I’m looking to be fast on every kind of course,” Maltais said. “Technical stuff was one of my weaknesses in the past and now it’s one of my strengths. I think right now, every kind of course I’m doing well. “One of strengths is to be consistent and I showed it again today.” Maltais was second in the seasonopening World Cup in Montafon, Austria, earlier this month. The 33-year-old from Petite-RiviereSt Francois, Que., won bronze in the 2006 Winter Olympics and is a medal contender again in Sochi, Russia, in February. Maltais dominated her quarter-final and semifinal. She lost ground to Jacobellis on the first turn and couldn’t run the American down before the finish line. “Even if it’s a second place I’m really satisfied,” Maltais said. “I want to step it up for the next couple of races and keep improving myself and be at my top level in Sochi.” In snowboard cross, also called boardercross, athletes race a course of bumps, rolls and turns in heats of four with the top two advancing to the next round. Similar to short-track speed skating, crashes are common and boarders can come from behind to win if the leaders go down. Helene Olafsen of Norway took bronze and reigning Olympic champion Maelle Ricker of Squamish, B.C., was fourth in the women’s final.


Canada’s Dominique Maltais, left, races against Norway’s Helene Olafsen during the women’s World Cup snowboard cross event in Lake Louise, Saturday. In the men’s final, Jarryd Hughes of Australia, Konstantin Schad of Germany and Alex Deibold of the U.S. won gold, silver, and bronze, respectively. Calgary’s Chris Robanske and Rob Fagan of Squamish were eliminated in the quarter-finals, while Kevin Hill of Trail, B.C., went out in the round of 16. Ricker battled from behind to finish second in her semifinal and join Maltais in the championship round. But the 34-year-old crashed early in the final to fall out of medal contention. “I definitely wish I could re-wind and re-do that big final,” Ricker said. “I was on a Sunday drive, but it’s Saturday afternoon. “I was so slow out of the gate. I bumped with Helene, but it was really minor and I went down. I must have not had my weight on my board properly, knocked me the wrong way and I was on my bum.” Lake Louise was Ricker’s first World Cup of this season. A mild concussion suffered during training for Montafon sent her home before the race. So Ricker admitted to feeling ner-

vous for her first final of the season. She was in trouble early in the semifinal, but generated speed off a banked turn to rocket from fourth to second and advance. “That was a tough race and I’m happy I was able to step up and push myself because I needed that,” Ricker said. “I needed to be aggressive and go for it.” Jacobellis qualified for the U.S. Olympic team with her victory. A broken thumb on her right hand was encased in a purple cast. “I’m having a hard time getting good pulls out of the gate because I broke my thumb last race,” Jacobellis said. “I really was dependent on working the features to try and get back out ahead. “We were definitely bumping and grinding in the first two turns. I was just trying to stay tough and hold my line, but I could hear everyone behind me. You knew you had to ride with no mistakes.” Hughes won the gold in the first men’s final of his career. “I just had as much fun as I could

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and it came together,” the elated Australian said. “I just hope I can keep the momentum going through to Sochi.” Ricker, Maltais and Robanske have qualified for Canada’s Olympic team. Ricker won the women’s world title earlier this year. Robanske’s victory on Blue Mountain near Collingwood, B.C., last season was the first by a Canadian male since 2007. In 70 career World Cup races, Maltais has stood on the podium 33 times and won 11 of those races. She has said the Sochi Games will probably be her final Olympics. “She’s been training, working so hard in the gym, so hard on snow,” Ricker observed. “She’s an amazing athlete and it’s all paying off for her. It’s a great testament to how she’s preparing for each race. It’s definitely something to look up to, respect and learn from.” The snowboard cross team races World Cups in Vallnord, Andorra, and Veysonnaz, Switzerland, in January. The X Games in Aspen, Colo., is their final event prior to the Winter Games.

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ONOFRYSZYN 1934 - 2013 Evelyn M. Onofryszyn passed away peacefully at the Red Deer Hospice embraced by her family on December 20, 2013 at the age 79. She faced the end of her journey with the same strength and dignity as she lived her life. Evelyn was born in Calgary on May 7, 1934 to Edgar and Martha Smale. She moved with her family to the Gilby area where she grew up. On May 9, 1952, she was united in marriage to Jarvis Onofryszyn and moved to his family farm at Eckville, where she continued to live until her passing. Evelyn was always very passionate about her community which was demonstrated by many years of dedicated service. Over the years, she was committed to St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church, Eckville Hospital Board, 4-H, the Eckville Manor House Board, Eckville Chamber of Commerce, The PC Party, and many other community initiatives. Our mother was a hard working partner on the farm, but still had a busy career as manager of Blindman Valley Propane Co-op for forty years. Later in her life she became a marriage commissioner, which was another role she greatly enjoyed. Evelyn was known to be gracious, diligent, capable, ambitious, wise and a role model for many. Evelyn Onofryszyn is survived by four daughters Elaine (Len) Engen, Sharon (Dave) Lemke, Noreen Stuart, and Karen Burnand as well as special family members Gordon (Carmen) Butcher and Drew Burnand; her grandchildren, Trent (Pam) Engen, Nicole (Justin) Obst, Trisha (Ryan) Rigler, Nathan (Carrie) Lemke, Carolyn (Jared) Engel, Cameron Stuart, Rebecca Burnand, Vanessa and Blair Butcher. Great grandchildren, Warren, Rachel, Alexis Engen, Lucas, Claire, Natalie Obst, Jordan & Sydney Rigler, Evan and Emily Lemke, and Madison Engel. She is also survived by brothers Jack (Marion) Smale, Mark (Glenda) Smale, and sister Helen Nielsen and nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband Jarvis, parents Edgar and Martha, brother Billy, sister Doreen, and niece Tanya. The family would like to acknowledge the many friends and family who reached out to Evelyn during her illness. We are also grateful for the wonderful care she received at the Red Deer Hospice. If friends desire, donations may be made in her honour to St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church or the Red Deer Hospice Society. A Memorial Service will be held at the Eckville Community Centre, 52 Street and 54 Avenue, Eckville, on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. Condolences may be sent or viewed at Service and cremation arrangements in care of Gordon R. Mathers, Funeral Director at PARKLAND FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORIUM 6287 - 67 A Street (Taylor Drive), Red Deer. 403.340.4040

MOKOSKI William (Bill) Born August, 1943 in Lethbridge, passed away at the Red Deer Hospice, December 17, 2013. Sadly missed, much loved husband and best friend of Vera, Red Deer, and big brother of Marian (Bill) Hillen, Lethbridge, and pack leader of devoted pets, Patches and Della. He fought a 9 year battle against brain cancer, facing all his challenges with quiet dignity, courage, and determination. A man of many talents, he w a s a t e a c h e r, m a r k e t gardener, and sheep rancher, always fiercely devoted to his family. After being forced, by illness, to leave the sheep ranch at Pine Lake/Lousana, he became passionate about exercise, mostly walking Patches and Della, and attending Tai Chi as many times a week as he could manage. He also found time to raise an incredible garden at the community garden plot, as well as keeping the yard, at his home, green and well tended. Feeding the birds was always a joy, and he rejoiced at the new arrivals at the feeders at the beginning of each season, He did bird counts, volunteered time for the literacy program and did peer support for the Cancer Society, which gave him a sense of sharing his knowledge and expertise with those in need. A quiet man, he was overwhelmed with the care and support of family and so many friends throughout his illness, and especially during his stay at the hospice, a tribute to a life well lived. Rest well dear friend. Many thanks to the tender loving care and s u p p o r t t o D r. M y b u r g h , Homecare staff, our neighbors, and especially the staff of the Red Deer Hospice. There will not be a funeral, as Bill requested, instead, we will celebrate Bill’s life and remember him at a get together in the spring, his favorite time of the year. Arrangements to be announced later. Contributions in memory of Bill may be made to Alberta Cancer Foundation, the Salvation Army, Red Deer Hospice and Red Deer SPCA, all charities he supported.


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SMITH Nevan Meikel On Wednesday December 18th, 2013, our beloved son and brother passed in the loving arms of his parents at the age of 20. Nevan was born on May 11, 1993 in Viking, Alberta. He spent his early years in Hardisty and school years in Red Deer. Upon graduating high school Nevan attended the University of Calgary, completing his first year for his dream to become an Architect. Nevan was a caring child to all of his family and friends, he was always thinking of others before himself; he never complained. His family and friends were important to him and he had a heart of gold that was apparent to everyone he met. Nevan strove for excellence in both academics and sports, becoming a Level II ski instructor and Level I snowboard instructor. His true passion was wakeboarding. He will be forever loved and remembered by his parents, Boyd and Betty Smith as well as his younger brother and sister, Dexter and Jill; his grandmother Donna Smith, as well as his extended family and friends. Nevan was predeceased by his grandparents, Fran and Walter Korol and grandfather Stan Smith. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 6 McMillan Avenue, Red Deer, Alberta on Monday, December 23rd, 2013 at 1:00pm. Donations in Nevan’s name may be made directly to Loaves and Fishes, 6002 54 Ave, Red Deer AB T4N 4M8. Condolences may be forwarded to the family by visiting Arrangements entrusted to EVENTIDE FUNERAL CHAPEL 4820 - 45 Street, Red Deer. Phone (403) 347-2222

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


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

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Oriole Park Oak St. & Overdown Dr.

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

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

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Siding Helpers Needed Call 403-588-3210


SOURCE ADULT VIDEO requires mature P/T help Fri & Sat. Graveyard Shift. 11 pm -7 am. Fax resume to: 403-346-9099 or drop off to: 3301-Gaetz Avenue

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

ANDERS AREA Anders St. / Armstrong Close Addinnell Close / Allan St. Abbott Close / Anders St. Anders Close INGLEWOOD AREA Isherwood Close Issard Close LANCASTER AREA Law Close / Lewis Close Langford Close Lamont Close Lund Close MORRISROE AREA Vista Village SUNNYBROOK AREA Somerset Close Springfield Ave.

ROSEDALE AREA Rowell Cl. & Ritson Cl. $87/mo. ALSO West half of Robinson Cres, Rich Cl., & Ryan Cl. Area. $84/mo.

Savoy Cres. / Sydney Close

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.

Volks Place / Vanier Drive

Call Jamie 403-314-4306


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

Grain, Feed Hay


TIMOTHY & Brome square bales, great for horses, approx. 60 lbs. put up dry and covered, $5/bale Sylvan area. 403-887-2798

Sherwood Cres. VANIER AREA Viscount Drive Vickers Close



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

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Houses/ Duplexes

QUEEN MATTRESS (Sealy Perfect Sleeper) Like new, used very little. $165 obo. SOFT-TEX Top Quality 3” Memory Foam Mattress Topper. 58”x78” Like New. Regular $359, will sell for $125 obo. Call 403-343-7389 or 403-350-9029


2 BDRM. main floor of House. Newly reno’d. 403-872-2472


3 BDRM. 3 bath in Sylvan Lake, heated garage, hot tub, fenced yard, close to school, rent $2000 $2000 DD 403-358-2857 3 BDRM. in Sylvan. 4 appls., fenced yard. No pets. All utils. incl. 403-347-6033

3 FLR, 3 Bdrm house w/3 SEARSOPEDIC Comfort bath, new paint & carpets & deck at 7316-59 Ave. Plus dbl. bed, mattress, b o x s p r i n g a n d f r a m e , Avail. to over 30 tenants. c l e a n , n o s t a i n s , No pets. Off street parking for 3 vehicles. Rent $1500, $200 403-352-8811 D.D. $1500. 403-341-4627


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.


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

Antiques, furniture and estates. 342-2514

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





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


Contact Quitcy at 403-314-4316

WANTED: de-humidifier in working order 403-347-4390

Homestead Firewood

INNISFAIL Packages come ready for delivery. No collecting.



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


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COAT, camel, long, with hood. Sz. 12. $15. 403-314-9603

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PLAYMOBILE, large plane with original box, great Christmas gift. $25. 403-314-9603


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

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

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

The Company is currently looking to fill the following positions at our Red Deer warehouse location at #6 4622

Security checks will be conducted on successful candidates.

For afternoon delivery once per week

Call Rick for more info 403-314-4303

Call Joanne 403-314-4308 info

Trail Appliances has always offered excellence in sales, delivery, customer service, and after-sales support.

Chris Sturdy at 2823 Bremner Ave. or Fax to: 403-342-7168


Blackfalds Lacombe Ponoka Stettler

Kilburn Ave. & Krause Cres.

Building Supplies

36 L SHAPED brackets 10” x 12” must take all $72; 6 MDF 5/8” shelf boards 16”w various lengths, must take all for $54; 5 shelf wall unit 81”H x 50”W adjustable shelves 48” x 12 1/2”W $70 403-314-2026

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Howarth St. & Haliburton Cres.

DAVENPORT PLACE AREA Danielle Dr., Dorchester Ave., & Doncaster Ave. $185/mo.




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Family owned and operated, Trail Appliances continues to grow and due to this, we are looking to expand our delivery department.

JOURNEYMAN w/airbrake endorsement PICKER OPERATOR needed immed. for waste &






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

Delivery is 4 times per week, no collecting.

Email: drew@ Company website:

In Sundre, AB. Competitive wages, guarantee for right applicant. Benefits. Must have Journeyman Ticket. Accommodations available. Please sent resume to: MILLENIUM Mechanical Services Ltd. is currently looking for full-time service plumbers with some HVAC knowledge to provide service to the Red Deer area. Residential and commercial experience is required. Please fax resume to (780)986-2109 or email your resume to customerservice@ Start your career! See Help Wanted


Full time, 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Parts Person. Good wages, great benefit package RESPONSIBILITIES: Serving walk in clients, answering phones, inventory control, order parts, etc. Fax resume to 403-343-1325

Red Deer.

Is looking for experienced TRUCKING DISPATCHER to start immed. Good Verbal, Writing, Texting and Computer skills. Company Pickup, benefits, above avg. salary and great atmosphere. Clean Class 1 drivers license and abstract. Completed Basic Training Courses. Will train the right individual. Fax Resume w/all tickets and Drivers Abstract to 403-346-3112 or email to IMMEDIATE F/T POSITION For Year Round Work.


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2 MATCHING suitcases like new $25; antique oak student chair $75; Kenmore microwave oven, 1200w, $30; 3 wool accent matching carpets, clean, will sell seperate, $50, David Winters collectors house in original box $25 403-352-8811 4 WILD life pictures, antelope and deer two 16” x 20”, two 14” x 18” $12/ea., 2 deer antler mounts $60/ea, 4 sawhorses 36” x 27”h $8/ea. 403-314-2026 DIE cast models, cars, truck, and motorcycles, fairies, dragons and biker gifts. #14 6350-67 St. east end of Cash Casino POTTERY soup set w/urn and ladle, 4 bowls, casserole dish, salad bowl w/4 plates, like new $100; Canon K920 copier w/metal stand exc. cond. $65 403-352-8811

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SPLIT level house in newer part of Anders, 4 bdrm. 2 baths, laundry, parking in back, fenced backyard & deck, n/s, no pets, $1650/mo., + utils & d.d., close to mini mall. 403-357-0320

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2 BDRM LACOMBE CONDO Ground flr, 45+ bldg, 5 appl, N/S, no pets. $1000/mo. 780-484-0236 3 BDRM, 1 1/2 bath townhouse in well kept condominium complex at #9, 15 Stanton St. 5 appls & fenced yard. Tenants must be over 30 w/references & quiet living. Avail. Nov. 1st for $1300/mo. $1300 D.D. 403-341-4627 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




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

Financial Assistance available to qualified applicants.

Vanson Close / Visser St.



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SOUTHWOOD PARK 3110-47TH Avenue, 2 & 3 bdrm. townhouses, generously sized, 1 1/2 baths, fenced yards, full bsmts. 403-347-7473, Sorry no pets.



1 BDRM suite 55 Ave RD. En-suite, full kitchen, washer/ dryer. $850 +DD +util. 403-561-8706 1200 SQ.FT. 2 bdrm. suite, satellite TV, all utils. incl. except phone and internet, Rural location, 5 acres, pasture negot., avail. immed., ref’s req’d. N.S., no pets. 403-782-3893 GLENDALE 2 bdrm. $825, D.D. $825, N/S, no pets, no partiers, avail immed. 403-346-1458 GLENDALE reno’d 2 bdrm. apartments, avail. immed, rent $875 403-596-6000 LARGE, 1 & 2 BDRM. SUITES. 25+, adults only n/s, no pets 403-346-7111


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

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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


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


Locally owned and family operated


5050 Laebon Homes 346-7273

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2012 CHEV Silverado 2500 LTZ, diesel, lthr., tonneau cover, $39,888 348-8788 Sport & Import


NOW RENTING 1 & 2 BDRM. APT’S. 2936 50th AVE. Red Deer Newer bldg. secure entry w/onsite manager, 5 appls., incl. heat & hot water, washer/dryer hookup, infloor heating, a/c., car plug ins & balconies. Call 403-343-7955


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

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1 furnished, 1 unfurnished rooms available to quiet, mature people. Rent is $500/$450 + DD Call 403-872-5169 for more details

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

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3 ROOMS for rent in Lacombe. $500. per room plus split bills, or $1300 for all 3. No smokers or pets. Avail. Jan. 1. 403-782-3461

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1000 sq.ft. 2 bdrm., 2 bath. $192,000. 403-588-2550

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2011 GMC Sierra 1500 Hybrid 4X4, 6.0L, lthr., 81735 kms., $28,888. 348-8788 Sport & Import

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2007 TOYOTA Tacoma V6 4X4, 114903 kms., $19888 348-8788 Sport & Import

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2007 CHRYSLER 300 103198 kms., $10,888 348-8788 Sport & Import

2007 FORD F-150 Lariat Ltd. Leather., sunroof, tonneau cover, $12,888. 403-348-8788 Sport & Import

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NEW YORK — A man and his 3-year-old son plummeted to their deaths from a Manhattan apartment building, police said Sunday as they investigated what led to the tragedy. Authorities said they received an emergency call reporting two jumpers from the 52-story building on the Upper West Side around noon. Officers responding to the scene found the 35-year-old man and the boy on the rooftops of two separate nearby buildings. The man was pronounced dead at the scene and the child was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital, police said. No identifications were released. The circumstances of the fall are unclear. Authorities said the father did not appear to live in the building.

Saudi king appoints his son as new governor of Mecca BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — King Abdullah appointed one of his sons on Sunday as the new governor of Mecca, a prestigious and influential position that includes oversight of Islam’s holiest shrine, the state media reported. The 43-year-old Prince Mishaal, who is the king’s sixth son, will govern the province of Mecca which is home to the Kaaba, the black cubeshaped structure toward which Muslims pray, as well as the large Red Sea city of Jiddah. The move is a reflection of how the 89-year-old king has steadily put his closest relatives in top posts since his ascension to the throne in 2005. News of the royal order was published in state-owned media. The Saudi Press Agency reported that Mishaal will take over the job from 73-year-old Prince Khalid, who oversaw Mecca’s affairs for six years. Khalid was named the new Education Minister. The outgoing minister, Prince Faisal who is also the king’s son-in-law, requested he be relieved of the post, the report said.


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Another of the king’s sons, Prince Mutaib, is head of the Saudi Arabian National Guard, while his son Prince Abdulaziz is the deputy foreign minister and another son, Prince Turki, is deputy governor of the capital Riyadh. But unlike in Western monarchies, the throne passes through brothers who are the sons of modern Saudi Arabia’s founder, King AbdulAziz Al Saud. Saudi Arabia is one of the world’s last standing absolute monarchies and authority is concentrated within an aging and shrinking circle of Al Saud family leaders. King Abdullah has already outlived two appointed successors from among the elderly group of sons of Saudi Arabia’s founding monarch. He named his half-brother, 76-year-old Defence Minister Prince Salman bin Abdul-Aziz, as Crown Prince last year to succeed him. Salman had previously served for almost 50 years in the influential post of governor of Riyadh. Before Sunday’s appointment, the king’s son Mishaal was governor of Najran, a southwestern mountainous region of Saudi Arabia that borders Yemen and has a significant population of Ismaili Shiites, an offshoot of the kingdom’s Shiite minority.

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Luis Ortiz told the New York Post that he was at the hospital when paramedics rushed the boy there and that they were pumping his chest and working on him. “You could tell he was slipping away. They said the father was up there, but they didn’t bring anyone else in. It was just heartbreaking. I have two kids of my own. They tried to do the best they could,” Ortiz told the newspaper. Police investigating the deaths left the building in the mid-afternoon to photograph a grey Lexus RX350 parked nearby. The building, listed as South Park Tower, is a short distance away from Columbus Circle and Lincoln Center. In March, a woman clutching her baby son in her arms plunged eight stories out of a Harlem apartment window to her death, but the 10-month-old survived. Authorities found a suicide note in her home.


Ragnhildur Jonsdottir, a self-proclaimed “seer,” believes she can communicate with the creatures through telepathy. “It will be a terrible loss and damaging both for the elf world and for us humans,” said Jonsdottir of the road project. Although many of the Friends of Lava are motivated primarily by environmental concerns, they see the elf issue as part of a wider concern for the history and culture of a very unique landscape. Andri Snaer Magnason, a well-known environmentalist, said his major concern was that the road would cut the lava field in two, among other things, destroying nesting sites. “Some feel that the elf thing is a bit annoying,” said Magnason, adding that personally he was not sure they existed. However, he added, “I got married in a church with a god just as invisible as the elves, so what might seem irrational is actually quite common” with Icelanders. Terry Gunnell, a folklore professor at the University of Iceland, said he was not surprised by the wide acceptance of the possibility of elves. “This is a land where your house can be destroyed by something you can’t see (earthquakes), where the wind can knock you off your feet, where the smell of sulfur from your taps tells you there is invisible fire not far below your feet, where the northern lights make the sky the biggest television screen in the world, and where hot springs and glaciers ’talk,”’ Gunnell said. “Everyone is aware that the land is alive, and one can say that the stories of hidden people and the need to work carefully with them reflects an understanding that the land demands respect,” he added. Gunnell said similar beliefs are found in western Ireland, but they thrive in Iceland because people remain in close contact with the land. Parents still let their children play out in the wilderness, often late into the night. Vast pristine areas remain, even near the capital, Reykjavik. And at Christmas, Icelanders await not just one Santa Claus, but 13 trolls known as the “Yule Lads” who come to town during the 13 days before Christmas. Each has his own task, putting rewards or punishments into the shoes of little children. They include Stufur, or Stubby, who is extremely short and eats crusts left in pans; Pottaskefill, or Pot-Scraper, who snatches leftovers; and Hurdaskellir or Door-Slammer, who likes to slam doors at night.

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ANKARA, Turkey — Turkey’s interior affairs minister has offered his resignation to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan over a massive corHELP FOR SENIORS: ruption and bribery scandal that has in home or facility - family resulted in the arrest of his son and 23 business est. 1999 - bondable staff, great other people. rates, gift certs avail for The Turkish leader, however, again Christmas - HELPING dismissed the scandal Sunday as a HANDS Home Support Services Ltd. 403-346-7777 shadowy international plot against his government, while Turkish authoriSomething for Everyone ties pressed ahead with a purge of the Everyday in Classifieds police officials allegedly investigating

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the case. Twenty-four people — including Interior Minister Muammer Guler’s son, the son of Economy Minister Zafer Caglayan and the head of the stateowned Halkbank — have been arrested and accused of taking or facilitating bribes. Newspaper reports say police seized millions of dollars in cash stashed in shoe boxes from the bank chief’s home. The probe poses a strong challenge to Erdogan’s long-time Islamic-led government, which weathered a wave of nationwide protests against its rule this summer. In an interview with the state-run Anadolu Agency, Guler denied any wrongdoing and said there was “nothing I cannot account for.”

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LUANN Dec. 23 1900 — Reginald Aubrey Fessenden, a Canadian wireless expert working for the U.S. Weather Service, broadcasts the world’s first voice communications by AM (amplitude modulation) radio wave for a distance of 1.6 km between two 13-metre towers. He asks his assistant, “Is it snowing where you are, Mr. Thiessen?” 1983 — Jeanne Sauvé is appointed Can-

ada’s first woman Governor General. Sauvé was born in Saskatchewan, brought up in Ottawa, was first elected to the Commons in 1972, was the first female French Canadian cabinet minister, and the first female Speaker of the House of Commons. 1970 — Canadian folksinger Joni Mitchell is awarded her first gold record for her third album, Ladies of the Canyon; contained hit single Big Yellow Taxi. 1944 — German submarine U-806 torpedoes Royal Canadian Navy minesweeper HMCS Clayoquot by the Halifax lightship.





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Y o u a r e years, my husband has taken out a new ing to let you handle the family fi- tance, so please make her understand ASTRO more conscious of credit card each January and maxed it nances while he is put on a cash al- that you cannot fix things if you don’t DOYNA the role that your out over the next 12 months. This has lowance? You also can contact Debt- know what the issues are. If she still upbringing has resulted in major debt, which I fear ors Anonymous (debtorsanonymous. doesn’t invite you to her place, ask made on the per- will devastate our family and possi- org) and the International OCD Foun- whether the children can visit at your son you have be- bly affect our children and grandchil- dation ( for informa- house. As long as you can see your come today. You dren. tion and referrals. family, it really doesn’t matter where. may want to dig deeper into your roots. My husband is a good and caring Dear Annie: Fifteen years ago, our Dear Annie: “Too Late To Try CANCER (June 21-July 22): You put person who often picks daughter married a truly Again” said she was cut off by a relamore substance into your thoughts and up the restaurant tabs for nice guy, and they made it tive with no explanation. This hapinto your words. Nothing you say will our friends and family and clear right away that they pened in my family. Tell her it might be meaningless or heartless. A partner buys them gifts they could didn’t want “drop-in” visi- help if she can laugh about the situacould have a great impact on you and in- buy for themselves. As tors. I understood this, as tion. spire you to express yourself on a more a result, he is extremely they both work full time. I am from an Italian family and profound level. Persuasion is flattering. popular. If I try to limit Three years ago, they married into another Italian family. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): A penny saved these unnecessary expensbought a large home close My new mother-in-law was angry with is a penny earned. You recognise the es, everyone thinks I’m a to us, but in all the years her cousin “Angela.” They had been power of consistency and patience. A spoilsport. they’ve been married, we close for a long time, but then they judicious effort exerted on a daily effort We are approaching can count on one hand the didn’t speak for years. could bring you greater outcome in the the time where he will apnumber of times we’ve When Angela died, my mother-inlong run. The same principle goes for ply for another new credit been invited over for any- law cried buckets but refused to go to your own money. card. Should I prohibit thing, including the kids’ the funeral. She said, “We didn’t talk VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Your recep- this until we reach some birthdays, cookouts, etc. when she was alive, and I’m not going tivity to your surrounding is sharp. You agreement on budget cuts? MITCHELL Yet I know my daughter’s to talk to her now that she’s dead.” are totally in control of your environ- Should I let him go ahead & SUGAR in-laws are often invited. So I asked my mother-in-law what the ment around you and you feel on top and get the new card and Our grandchildren ask argument was about, because it was of your game. The acknowledgement of then try to negotiate budwhy we never come to their obviously so terrible that good friends your personal identity strengthens your get cuts? Or do I keep on house, and I simply say it’s stopped speaking. She replied, with sense of self. trucking as usual and hope because we’re never invit- tears in her eyes, “I don’t remember!” LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): You will get for the best? - Concerned Spouse ed. What should I say? - Confused in But true to her word, she did not go to to experience a few powerful moments Dear Spouse: If you are going into Indiana the funeral. - New York today which will give you an epiphany debt, please don’t shove this under Dear Indiana: Please stop manipuAnnie’s Mailbox is written by Kathy about your recent life events. You get to the carpet until you are living on the lating the children to get to the par- Mitchell and Marcy Sugar, longtime edigrasp where you come from and where street. Your husband seems to be a ents, which is exactly what you are do- tors of the Ann Landers column. Please you stand currently. This deep inner compulsive buyer, and it can be simi- ing when you tell them you’re “never email your questions to anniesmailbox@ contemplation is really healthy for your lar to other addictions that require invited.” Instead, talk to your daugh-, or write to: Annie’s Mailbox, psyche. effort to overcome. Is he willing to ter. 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Red Deer Advocate, December 23, 2013  

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Red Deer Advocate, December 23, 2013  

December 23, 2013 edition of the Red Deer Advocate