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The parking lots at shopping malls weren’t the only ones full on Thursday. Bower Ponds was packed with families enjoying the beautiful Boxing Day weather, with a high of 4C as well.

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BAGHDAD — The U.S. has sent Hellfire air-to-ground missiles to Iraq’s air forces, which is using them in an ongoing campaign against the country’s branch of alQaida, officials in Washington and Baghdad said Thursday. Two Iraqi intelligence officers and a military officer said that 75 Hellfires arrived on Dec. 19 and more will be shipped in the future. They said the missiles are being used now by four Iraqi King Air propeller planes during a large-scale military operation in the western desert near the borders with Syria. An intelligence official said that the missiles were proven “successful” and were used to destroy four militant camps. Jen Psaki, a spokeswoman for the U.S. State Department, confirmed the missile shipment and also said that the United States was planning on sending ScanEagle drones. “The United States is committed to supporting Iraq in its fight against terrorism through the Strategic Framework Agreement,” she said, referring to a 2008 pact between the two nations. “The recent delivery of Hellfire missiles and an upcoming delivery of ScanEagles are standard foreign military sales cases that we have with Iraq to strengthen their capabilities to combat this threat.”

Hellfires are widely used by U.S. forces in their campaign against al-Qaida, often targeting militant hideouts or vehicles. Iraq launched its operation in the largely desert province of Anbar followed the weekend killing of a senior military commander, a colonel and five soldiers in an ambush. Al-Qaida is believed to have made use of the war in Syria, which borders Anbar, to rebuild its organization in Iraq. Hard-line fighters are believed to shuttle between the two countries. According to U.N. estimates, more than 8,000 people have been killed since the start of the year in Iraq. Also on Thursday, a salvo of rockets hit a camp that houses members of an Iranian opposition group that is at odds with the government in Baghdad, Iraqi officials and the group’s parent organization said. The Paris-based National Council of Resistance of Iran said in an emailed message that “dozens” of rockets killed two of its members in the attack on Camp Liberty near Baghdad Airport, giving their names. It said others were wounded. An Iraqi security official said four rockets hit the camp and that two people were wounded, none killed. It said three more rockets hit a nearby Iraqi military camp without causing damage.


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It was impossible to immediately reconcile the conflicting accounts. Jen Psaki, spokeswoman for the U.S. State Department, said the U.S. condemns the attack “in the strongest terms” and called on the Iraqi government to take additional measures to better secure the camp. The group, which is strongly opposed to Iran’s clerical regime, was welcomed into Iraq by Saddam Hussein in the 1980s during the war with neighbouring Iran. Their fortunes turned sharply with the Iraqi dictator’s toppling in the 2003 U.S.led invasion. Iraq’s current Shiite-led Iraqi government, which has strengthened ties with Tehran, considers their presence in the country illegal. A disputed Sept. 1 shooting at their longtime home in Camp Ashraf killed 52 MEK members — roughly half of the camp’s remaining population. The dissidents accuse Iraqi security forces of carrying out the killings. Baghdad denies involvement, with officials saying an internal dispute was to blame. Meanwhile, a bomb attached to a bus meanwhile killed three civilians and wounded six in the southern Baghdad neighbourhood of Jisr Diala, a security and a medical source said. The Iraqi officials spoke on condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to release information.

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HONOLULU — A tenyear-old Toronto girl received a presidential Christmas memory this week. Kyrstin Lavelle received an autograph from U.S. President Barack Obama on Christmas Eve. Kyrstin met Obama in Hawaii where the president is spending his holiday vacation. She was with her uncle and older brother at a gym at a Marine Corps Base in Hawaii where Obama was working out. Obama wrote “To Kyrstin Dream Big Deams.” Kyrstin said she also gave Obama a flower, and he said he would give it to first lady Michelle Obama. “I’m going to text my friends back home,” Kyrstin told reporters on Christmas Eve as she proudly displayed the autograph for reporters.






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Budget cuts mean cadets without parkas, asked to swap used uniforms BY THE CANADIAN PRESS

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A group of social media savvy volunteers are hoping to put a smile on the faces of the homeless, seniors, people with disabilities and other vulnerable populations in Red Deer and across the province. Provincial co-ordinator Terri Grills of SMILE Alberta said the groups are not meant to duplicate the good work that is already being done, rather the volunteers will supplement and support the organizations. There are four chapters — Red Deer, Sylvan Lake, Edmonton and Calgary — that have already made a difference since SMILE Alberta launched on Facebook in early November. SMILE is an acronym for Supporting Many Individuals By Lending Encouragement. In Red Deer the volunteers have helped fill the Loaves and Fishes family hampers, donated items to the women’s and youth shelters, hosted a sock drive and served a hot lunch and Christmas party at Berachah Place. Each chapter has a co-ordinator — Krista Gardipee in Red

Deer — but Grills said they do not want the co-ordinator to do all the organizing and the work. “We are encouraging people to take the information on our Facebook group and to take initiative and volunteer or fill a wishlist,” said Grills, who is from Red Deer. “And people are doing that.” The Facebook page has information on organizations, addresses, phone numbers and “what’s needed” items. The group’s SMILE Red Deer group has 248 members and many have left testimonies of the work they have done. Grills said people want to help but often they do not know where to start. They want SMILE to be a resource in the communities throughout Alberta. “We’re using the power of social media big time,” said Grills. “This gives them a place to go and figure out what needs to be done.” Starting in January, the volunteers will serve a regular hot lunch on Sundays at Berachah Place. “They are struggling to stay open,” said Grills. “We have just connected with this place. We’ve

made Berachah Place our special project.” Other projects are in the works that will lend a hand to other vulnerable populations including those with disabilities and seniors. Grills wanted to stress SMILE Alberta is not a seasonal group. “These people need help 365,” said Grills. “We don’t want to hit March and have people peter out. We don’t want to set people up for failure. We don’t want people to depend on us for lunches only to find out March, April we no longer have the resources.” Grills said the organizations now know they can call SMILE when they need some extra help with a project or support. SMILE Alberta was formed after its founding members an inspirational video on YouTube and wanted to do something to help out in the province. For more information visit SMILE Red Deer or SMILE Alberta on Facebook, email or or call Terri at 403-3415385. The website will be launched in the new year.

OTTAWA, Ont. — Military budget cuts are leaving cadets out in the cold, with a freeze on the purchase of parkas just as winter kicks in. A $2-million chop to the outfitting budget also means some of Canada’s 53,000 cadets will have to recycle and swap used uniforms, and to forgo military-issue gym gear. The clothing crunch comes as the Canadian Forces are being ask to tuck and trim everywhere to help the Harper government slay the federal deficit by 2015. Canada’s cadets started the year with a $13-million budget for outfits but in the last few weeks were told to give back $2 million. Expensive parkas were the first item of kit to be banned, even as a post-holiday surge of recruits is expected in January. Cadets are being told to acquire their own parkas, as well as their own gym shorts, T-shirts and other workout clothing. “Regrettably you will have to wear your personal parka over your uniform if the weather conditions warrant it,” says a Dec. 13 order from Col. Conrad Namiesniowski, director for cadets and junior rangers. The Canadian Forces remain committed to ensuring that every cadet gets one basic uniform — though now it may be a used one, borrowed from others. “I also urge all Cadets to dig into their closets for uniforms that they no longer wear and to seek out those uniform pieces that friends no longer with the program may have,” says the order. A spokeswoman for the cadet program says there was little warning about the budgetary gear-grab. “It came from left field,” Capt. Kimberley Caron said in an interview. “We’ve suspended the ordering of parkas, just because they’re really costly.” “We do not expect parents and or cadets to purchase any of the uniforms.” Cadets often have more than one uniform, for ceremonial and other uses. Caron said the military can now promise only one uniform for each cadet. “We want to ensure that when the new kid wants to join, that we actually have a uniform of some form,” she said. “It’s a pride thing. They want to feel like they belong.” Defence Minister Rob Nicholson announced Oct. 2 that the cadet program was undergoing a “five-year renewal” that will boost the numbers to 70,000 and increase resources. The cadet program places youth ages 12 to 18 in navy, army and air force programs, with more intensive training in the summer months. The Canadian Forces have been undergoing a wrenching period of cuts big and small, including to equipment.

African leaders try to advance peace talks THE ASSOCIATED PRESS African leaders tried Thursday to advance peace talks between South Sudan’s president and political rivals he accuses of attempting a coup to topple the government of the world’s newest country. As fighting persisted in parts of South Sudan’s oil-producing region, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn had “a constructive dialogue” with South Sudanese President Salva Kiir, according to Kiir’s foreign minister. But the fugitive former deputy president who now leads renegade troops was not represented, and no political breakthrough emerged. The next round of meetings will be held

SOUTH SUDAN in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi, where regional leaders under a bloc known as IGAD are to meet Friday to discuss a report from Thursday’s meeting, South Sudanese Foreign Minister Barnaba Marial Benjamin said. Kiir agreed “in principle” to stop hostilities and to negotiate with former Vice-President Riek Machar, who is expected to be formally invited by IGAD to attend upcoming peace talks, said Benjamin, who offered no details. It was not possible to reach Machar. Government troops are trying to retake control of Bentiu, the capital of Unity state, from forces loyal to Machar. Fighting was also reported in Malakal, capital of

Upper Nile state. Upper Nile and Unity comprise the country’s key oil-producing region, raising concerns that unrest there could cut off the economic lifeblood of the young nation, which gets nearly its entire government budget from oil. Citing more progress against rebels on the battlefield, South Sudan’s minister of information told reporters that national forces on Thursday regained “full control” of Malakal. Michael Makuei Lueth said “criminal elements” had been looting the town. The fighting has provoked fears of a civil war in the country that peacefully broke away from Sudan in 2011 following a 2005 peace deal.

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In a year dominated by the Senate urgently on aboriginal concerns, but spending scandal, a saga which continthe sense of a breakthrough is illusory. ued to flare as the government and its At year’s end, First Nations commuConservative senators kept nities in British Columbia throwing gas on the fire, are set to do battle over the there were other significant giant Northern Gateway federal developments in pipeline and Atleo is still 2013. fighting with the ConserBut not many. vatives to close the gap And those that would in funding for aboriginal have otherwise dominated education reform and give news coverage for days natives control of their own were reduced to mere hours education. A year later, naon the news cycle because tive discontent is merely on of the Senate monster and simmer and could blow any the ongoing saga of Mike time. Duffy, Nigel Wright, Patrick April 14 — Justin TIM Brazeau, Mac Harb and PaTrudeau is elected Liberal HARPER mela Wallin. leader and the Canadian A midsummer cabinet political landscape is shiftshuffle injected some youth ed. into Stephen Harper’s inner Trudeau gave a moriguard, a ‘consumer-friendly’ throne bund party oxygen, and more. Whether speech was unveiled and a giant trade it was his robust endorsement of marideal with the European Union was juana legalization, his musings on Chisigned - all three landed with a thud nese dictatorship or the roots of terrorand became an instant afterthought in ism, he made news and kept Liberal the face of the Senate story. fortunes at the top of the news cycle The following, in my view, were for good or bad, mostly good. the five dates that had to be circled in At year’s end, Trudeau is leading federal politics in 2013, all moments the polls, which mystifies on a couple which will continue to play out in 2014 of levels. It is a testament to style, but helped define the year about the because it appears Trudeau merely end. needs to show up somewhere to win Jan. 11 — As protesting members support. But instead of appealing just of Canada’s First Nations crowded in to younger voters, he has strength front of the door, Prime Minister Steamong older voters — those who actuphen Harper sits down with Assembly ally vote. At year’s end, the Liberals of First Nations Chief Shawn Atleo in are the only federal party with a net the Langevin Block, taking the heat gain over a year ago. away from the Idle No More movement However, the further we move away and an ongoing liquids-only fast by from his installation on the national Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence. stage, the more likely those mysterious Atleo says Harper committed to move forces which keep him aloft could be


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clipped. May 14 — CTV reports Harper’s chief of staff Wright personally bailed out Duffy by writing a cheque to the Conservative senator that was used to repay more than $90,000 in improperly claimed Senate living expenses. In the immediate wake of the report, Harper’s office tried everything to defend Wright, including suggesting he was doing a favour to a friend (Wright was actually incensed with Duffy) to arguing he was helping the beleaguered taxpayer. Neither worked and Wright resigned (or as Harper later said, was dismissed) on the Victoria Day weekend. The report set in motion seven months during which the spending scandal dominated all news from Ottawa and severely damaged Harper’s credibility and authority. Oct. 17 — The Senate Conservative majority seeks to suspend Duffy, Wallin and Brazeau (Harb had already resigned) but the move backfires because during the debate, which stretches into November, the trio use the forum to toss further allegations, including lies, broken deals with Harper’s office and treatment by other senators onto the fire. The debate devolves into a tacky version of high school confidential at times, but it gives Duffy enough time and space to fling a series of allegations back at Harper, forcing the prime minister to endure what is likely the worst two-week period of the year. In the end, the Senate gets the job done, but does so by ignoring due process, embarrassing itself in the process and making its own argument for abo-

lition. Nov. 20 — An RCMP court filing seeking further email traffic and documents in the scandal alleges Wright and Duffy committed bribery, fraud on the government and breach of trust. None of the allegations have been proven in court, but more importantly the ITO — Information to Obtain a production order — delivered an unprecedented trove of correspondence between Wright and other members of Harper’s PMO, leading to further allegations about Harper’s involvement, potential audit tampering involving the Deloitte investigation of Duffy’s expenses and the level of involvement and pressure placed on the Senate by staffers in Harper’s office bent on whitewashing a Senate report on Duffy. It raises questions about Harper’s knowledge of the initial plan to make $32,000 of party funds available to Duffy to repay the expenses and the involvement of another senator, Irving Gerstein, the party’s chief fundraiser who controls the party fund. Apart from the original revelation of Wright’s payment to Duffy, no document provides more details about the shady deal-making and ethical transgressions taking place right under Harper’s nose. A move by a heretofore ethically chaste chief of staff to make a problem go away turned out to be the story of the year and the Duffy bomb is a sure bet to be a major political player in the new year. Tim Harper is a national affairs writer. His column appears Monday, Wednesday and Friday. tharper@thestar. ca Twitter:@nutgraf1

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New Brunswick drug plan has potential, but . . . HERE ARE SOME SIMPLE STEPS TO MAKE IT EVEN BETTER BY STEVE MORGAN TROYMEDIA New Brunswick’s government has just adopted pharmacare reforms that have great potential to do good — but it also has great potential to cost New Brunswickers far more than it should. The New Brunswick Drug Plan bears little resemblance to catastrophic drug plans in other provinces. That is a good thing. All models of ‘catastrophic’ drug coverage found across the country involve high deductibles — amounts of money that patients must pay themselves for the prescriptions they need before public subsidies kicks in to cover further prescription costs. These deductibles are set at a percentage of household income, ranging from three per cent of income in some provinces to a staggering 10 per cent in others. Drug plans with such high deductibles fail to achieve three of the most important goals for public drug coverage policy: 1. They do little to promote access to necessary medicines. Only patients with extreme needs for medications receive coverage under catastrophic drug programs. And those that do must wait until they’ve filled many prescriptions before the system assists them. Research has shown that many patients faced with this option will choose not to fill their prescriptions because of cost. The New Brunswick Drug Plan avoids this problem by providing coverage without deductibles. This

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means more people will be able to afford the drugs they need which will save the healthcare system money. It’s simple logic: when more patients can afford to fill (appropriately prescribed) prescriptions designed to keep them out of hospitals, more patients stay out of hospitals. 2. High-deductible catastrophic drug plans provide little protection against the high cost of medicines. In fact, annual deductibles are tantamount to taxes on poor health. The chronically ill pay their deductibles every year, whether they want to or not. Healthy people don’t face such costs at all. New Brunswick is tackling this too by essentially forcing everyone to participate in the drug plan. However, although it will be universal, the New Brunswick Drug Plan is supposed to be financed just like ‘insurance’ — with premiums. This is a problem. The government has yet to announce how premiums will vary with income once mandatory participation in the plan begins in 2015, but any student of economics can tell you that collecting premiums is administratively costly and regressive. In comparison to tax financed healthcare - like Medicare — premium financed drug benefits will essentially be a hand-out to the rich because the premiums force lower income people to pay a much higher share of income toward the system. 3. The major shortcoming of traditional catastrophic drug plans is that they limit the capacity to control pharmaceutical costs. High-deductible programs make the public plan the ‘payer of last resort,’ which reduces government’s purchasing power and subsidizes inefficient private drug benefit plans. Unfortunately, the New Brunswick Drug Plan does not change this. Instead, it requires employers and unions to use high-cost private drug plans rather than brining everyone in the province together into a much more efficient public plan.

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Quebec’s experience with a system similar to the New Brunswick Drug Plan shows private drug plans will attract employment groups comprised of relatively wealthy, healthy, and therefore, low-cost clients. Even worse, systems that make private drug coverage mandatory create little incentive or capacity to control the cost of drugs prescribed. Instead, private plans simply pass annual fee increases onto employers and unions. The inefficiency of a multi-payer system costs citizens of Quebec hundreds of millions of dollars every year. Such a system will cost New Brunswick millions every year as well. It is not too late to change this because the new law gives employers and unions a year to opt out of private coverage. Unions and employers across New Brunswick could therefore agree to dismantle all private drug plans in exchange for slight salary increases sufficient to cover the costs of participating in the public plan starting in 2015. This would benefit employers by dramatically reducing the current and future cost of extended health benefits that they are not well positioned to manage in the first place. It could even create a labour market advantage by reducing the cost of employing people in New Brunswick as opposed to Quebec or elsewhere in Canada. The only strong opponents to a universal public plan are companies that sell insurance or prescription drugs. Their opposition to universal public drug coverage should tell you something. They stand to make millions more in New Brunswick if the province goes ahead with a private-public mix of insurance coverage. Steve Morgan is an expert advisor with, Professor in the School of Population and Public Health and incoming Director of the Centre for Health Services and Policy Research, University of British Columbia.

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Fire on Boxing Day forces out tenants



BY THE CANADIAN PRESS VANCOUVER — The search for a young British backpacker who went missing in Vancouver one month ago has resumed. North Shore Rescue says crews have gone out on a helicopter above North Vancouver’s Grouse Mountain and Lynn Headwater to capture some air photos and search for Tom Billing’s whereabouts. The 22-year-old was last seen in Vancouver on

Nov. 25 before making his way to the North Shore mountains for a hike. Search crews were on Mount Seymour earlier this week, but they stood down after finding no sign of Billings. Billings was in Vancouver for a few days as part of a North America vacation meant to end on Dec. 7 in New York.

An early morning Boxing Day fire at a Vancouverarea apartment has left 11 people out in the cold. The fire broke out at a complex in Surrey, engulfing six units on the top floor of the building in flames and black smoke and forcing residents to rush out in their pajamas. Some tenants could only make it to the second-floor ledge of the two-storey building before being rescued by fire crews. The Surrey Fire Department says there has been significant damage to the building. No injuries have been reported and the cause of the fire is under investigation.



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Residents in three provinces stay in dark AS EFFORTS CONTINUE TO RESTORE POWER Frustrations were mounting Thursday as thousands of people in three provinces waited for their power to be restored after last weekend’s vicious ice storm. Utility companies called for patience and understanding as crews worked around the clock to bring the lights back on for homes that had been without electricity for five days in some cases. About 78,000 customers in Ontario, 5,000 in Quebec and 19,000 in New Brunswick still didn’t have power on Boxing Day. The storm hit hardest in parts of southern Ontario, including the Greater Toronto Area, where ice-laden branches snapped off and knocked down power lines. In Toronto alone, about 54,000 customers remained without power, down from a peak of 300,000 earlier this week. Toronto Hydro said it had been focusing on efforts that would restore power to the most amount of people in the shortest amount of time, but added that it was moving into the final stretch on Thursday of clearing debris and reconnecting individual homes. “We’re reaching the point now where we expect to be in what I describe as the hand-to-hand combat element of it, which is really one truck and one service into one home,” said CEO Anthony Haines. Haines couldn’t, however, offer an estimate as to when the power would be fully restored to everyone. “The scope of the work continues to grow and there is still is a lot of unknown work,” he said. “We haven’t been in every street yet, by any means.” Toronto Mayor Rob Ford said his “heart bleeds” for those without electricity for the fifth day in a row, and emphasized that getting power restored is the city’s No. 1 priority. Ford added he doesn’t see anything the municipality could be doing better. “I know they’re frustrated but we’re

doing the best we can,” he said. “The lesson is to be thankful of the staff that we have working for the taxpayers of this great city.” Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne said she’s seen first-hand some gaps in the storm response, namely people unaware of where their local warming centres are or if their homes had been reconnected. “There are certainly some lessons that we are taking from this,” she told reporters. Wynne — whose own house was without power until Christmas morning — said she knows anger is boiling over for those left in the dark for days. “I understand that people are getting to those very frustrating moments where they’ve been at this a long time.” Many Toronto residents without electricity still managed to get on Twitter to vent. “No signs of any crews working. NO POWER FOR 5 DAYS. Testing people’s tolerance level,” one posted. “So frustrated, annoyed, broken, fed up. Can’t listen to live reports anymore!!!100 + hrs & still ignored,” said another. A fresh layer of snow which blanketed roads in the city by Thursday morning was slowing some repair efforts. A special weather statement was also issued by Environment Canada that 20 to 30 kilometre per hour winds were forecast to hit the Toronto area Thursday afternoon, potentially severing more tree branches and causing more outages. Hydro One, which serves 1.3 million customers in Ontario, said it was working on restoring power to 13,000 customers. Smaller power companies immediately outside of Toronto reported about 11,000 of their clients were still awaiting the return of their electricity. In New Brunswick, NB Power spokeswoman Deb Nobes said about 21,000 customers still didn’t have power, with the largest concentrations in the Rothesay and St. Stephen areas of southwestern New Brunswick. Environment Canada has issued


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Quebec values charter could be key in snap election campaign in 2014 MONTREAL — Quebec’s proposed charter of values has already been the subject of heated debates, threats of court challenges and predictions it will drive immigrants out of the province if it becomes law. The document that would ban public sector employees — including teachers and daycare workers — from displaying or wearing religious symbols such as the hijab will go under the microscope again as public hearings begin Jan. 14. Positions have already been firmly staked out and opinion polls indicate Quebecers are almost evenly split on the issue, although there is a slight tilt in favour of the charter off the island of Montreal. And that’s where the next question lies. Given those areas are where the Parti Quebecois draws most of its support, it is entirely possible Premier Pauline Marois could once again make identity politics — and specifically the need for the charter — a main plank of an election platform. An election is a possibility because the opposition Liberals have threatened to vote against the provincial budget expected in March if they don’t like what they see. They would need the support of the thirdplace Coalition for Quebec’s Future, which has also been unimpressed with the government’s economic record, to bring down Marois. Marois opted to strengthen the charter rather than meet opposition demands to soften it, lessening its chances of survival as a bill. Martin Papillon, a political scientist at the University of Ottawa, warns there is some danger in the PQ counting too much on support for the charter to propel it from being a minority to a majority government. “If the support doesn’t continue to grow, they will increasingly be perceived as catering only to their base and not to the broader public interest,” he said in a telephone interview. “For a party that is advocating sovereignty, this is not a good approach at all and they’re aware of that.” Quebec Liberal Leader Philippe Couillard has also served notice his party is looking to claim some of the secularism terrain with a vow to combat relgious extremism in the province. Couillard says the Liberals support some elements of the proposed charter such as a prohibition on people getting or giving public services with their face covered. “The charter presented by the PQ completely misses the real issue, the real preoccupation of the population — the threat to us all that is posed by religious extremism and religious fundamentalism,” he said. Concerns about the charter have already been raised by former premiers Jacques Parizeau, who famously blamed the 1995 referendum loss on “money and the ethnic vote,” and Lucien Bouchard. Both have said it goes too far. The PQ’s pointed interest in religious minorities and their clothes can be traced back to the 2007 provincial election when it was pushed to third place in the legislature by the Action democratique du Quebec. Until it embraced identity politics during an intense debate on accommodation of minorities, the ADQ was a perennial also-ran. After 2007, it found itself as the official Opposition. It didn’t take long for the PQ to shift gears after its worst electoral defeat and soon it presented a controversial citizenship bill that would have kept

some immigrants from holding public office. In the 2012 election campaign, the PQ pushed full steam ahead, reciting a litany of complaints about supposedly exessive minority accommodation and vowing to bring in a charter of secularism. The plan provoked an uproar, with the PQ’s harshest critics describing it as xenophobic. The party eked out a minority government, edging the Liberals by four seats. Leaks of supposed details of the proposed

charter brought more criticism as the government appeared poised to ban such religious symbols as kippas, hijabs, turbans and ostentatious crosses from the public service. When the actual document was released in November, it was actually tougher in its provisions, despite calls for a softening of the proposed legislation. It did get a new name that is a tad wordier than the previous Charter of Quebec Values or Charter of Secularism.

It is now officially known as the Charter Affirming The Values Of State Secularism And Religious Neutrality And Of Equality Between Women And Men, And Providing A Framework For Accommodation Requests. Papillon said it’s simplistic, however, to dismiss the secularism push as pure political opportunism. “It’s not new,” he said. “It’s been there, latent, for much longer than 2007 and certainly the ADQ instrumental-

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Strong start ANTHONY MANTHA SCORES HAT TRICK TO LEAD CANADA TO WIN AT WORLD JUNIOR HOCKEY CHAMPIONSHIPS OPENER OVER GERMANY BY THE CANADIAN PRESS Canada 7 Germany 2 MALMO, Sweden — Anthony Mantha looked more relieved than jubilant after his three goals helped Canada start the world junior championship with a victory. It may be because there had been doubts the Longueuil, Que., native would make the team — despite lighting up the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League this season — because of his questionable defensive play. No one doubted his ability to put the puck in the net, as Mantha demonstrated with a hat trick in Canada’s 7-2 win over Germany on Thursday. “It’s a great feeling,” the lanky, six-foot-four right winger said. “For me, personally, I had to get a big game going and I think that’s what I did.” It helped that Mantha was on a line with perhaps Canada’s most dynamic playmaker in Jonathan Drouin, who assisted on all three of his goals — two on power plays and one at even strength. But Mantha, the grandson of former NHL forward Andre Pronovost, scores wherever he plays. He had 35 goals in only 32 games with the Val d’Or Foreurs before joining Team Canada two weeks ago for the run-up to the world juniors. He has 85 goals in 99 games over the last season and a half. Coach Brent Sutter said what clinched his spot was that ability to put the puck in the net, which there is not a lot of on this squad compared to past world junior teams. Sutter hopes a crash course in 200-foot hockey will make the Detroit Red Wings prospect a more complete player as the tournament goes on. “He can score goals, but there are other aspects of his game he needs to continue to work on,” said Sutter. “Things I’ve talked to him about one on one. “It’s simple. It’s being a competitor in all three zones and making sure he’s responsible in all three zones. Not just for this tournament, but for him to be a good pro. Especially with the organization he’ll go to in Detroit. That’s what they expect there. You can’t just play the offensive side of the puck.” Sutter said Mantha wants to learn and feels he is already “a better player now than when he joined the team 11 days ago. That comes from our conversations. He understands that he’s not going to get on the ice if he’s only going to be a power-play guy.” He got a passing grade in two-way play against the Germans, who were overmatched but took advantage of some early Canadian sloppiness to keep the score close through the first 15 minutes of play. Mantha has a remarkably quick release for a big man, and having the clever Drouin laying passes on


Team Canada forward Anthony Mantha celebrates his goal against Germany with teammate Curtis Lazar during first-period qualification round IIHF World Junior Hockey Championships in Malmo, Sweden on Thursday. his stick could be a vital asset as the tournament moves on and the competition gets tougher. He said his grandfather, who scored 109 goals in 556 NHL games from 1957 to 1968 for Montreal, Boston, Detroit and the Minnesota North Stars, was a key influence in his hockey development. He said Pronovost taught him “three key points” to success, but won’t reveal them all. “One is work,” he offered. But he still went into the team’s selection camp two weeks ago in Toronto looking to prove he can do more than score. “For sure I had to make an impression,” he said. “Not every player was guaranteed a spot and I had to battle through it. I got great news and now I’m trying to carry it on.” Drouin has played with Mantha before in an exhibition series and feels that chemistry is developing. “Anthony’s a big guy,” said the third overall pick of the Tampa Bay Lightning. “He’s hard to play against in the corners and everything. I try to use my hands and speed and I think we complement each other pretty well.” The Canadian team got a rousing welcome from the crowd of 1,831 — nearly all wearing Hockey Canada jerseys — at the 5,800-seat Isstadion, but still looked nervous as the game began. The Germans got the opening goal off a faceoff in the Canada zone as Dorian Saeftel put a shot through traffic that fooled goalie Jake Paterson only 1:35 into the game. After Josh Anderson and Mantha gave Canada a

lead, Janik Moser tied it for Germany after defenceman Adam Pelech whiffed on a clearing attempt. Then Canada took over as Mantha and Bo Horvat got goals before the intermission, Sam Reinhart and Mantha added goals in the second period and Nic Petan finished a play engineered by 16-year-old Conner McDavid in the third. McDavid had two assists, while his linemate Reinhart also had two points. Their line with Horvat could have had several if not for some fine saves by Shawinigan Cataractes goalie Marvin Cupper. “I think I played pretty well,” said McDavid. “I missed a whole bunch of chances that I’m pretty embarrassed about, but I thought I played an all right game. That shift where Bo and Reino set me up for a couple of breakaways and the goalie made a couple of good saves — I was beating myself up pretty good about it, but they laid off me. They were good about it.” The shots were 30-24 for Canada, but the game was not nearly that close. A tougher test comes Saturday when Canada plays its second group stage game against the Czech Republic. Notes: Defenceman Griffin Reinhart sat out the first of three games he will miss due to a suspension incurred at last year’s world juniors. . . Germany has six players from Canadian junior teams, including Prince Albert star Leon Draisaitl who had a mostly quiet game, and another six who play in the U.S. . . Canada has its second youngest team ever at 18 years 10 months 25 days. Only the 1987 team that was disqualified after a brawl with the Soviets was younger.

Raonic voted CP’s male Dream come athlete of the year true for Dixon RED DEER REBELS



Milos Raonic, of Toronto, Ont., celebrates after defeating Italy’s Andreas Seppi during the fourth set of a Davis Cup tennis quarter-final singles match in Vancouver, B.C., on April 7. Raonic entered uncharted territory for a Canadian men’s tennis player this year. He reached the top 10 in the world singles rankings, led the Davis Cup team to unprecedented heights and won two tournaments.


TORONTO — Milos Raonic entered uncharted territory for a Canadian men’s tennis player this year, reaching the top 10 in the world singles rankings and leading the Davis Cup team to unprecedented heights. He also won two tournaments in 2013 and thrilled Canadian fans by reaching the final of the Rogers Cup last summer. He capped his impressive year Thursday by winning the Lionel Conacher Award as the 2013 Canadian Press male athlete of the year. Raonic made some big strides this year despite going through some early-season struggles and a coaching change. “The fact that I was performing under those circumstances when things weren’t the best leading into those events, it’s really great for me,” he said. “It’s what I’m most proud of.” The Conacher award is named after the multi-sport athlete who was chosen Canada’s athlete of the first half-century. The winner of the Bobbie Rosenfeld Award as Canada’s female athlete of the year will be announced Friday and the team of the year will be named Saturday. Raonic finished with 45 per cent of the vote in balloting of sports editors and broadcasters across the country. Calgary Stampeders running back Jon Cornish was well back at 22 per cent, followed by golfer Graham DeLaet (13 per cent) and figure skater Patrick Chan (eight per cent).

Getting traded for the first time is always a shock, but one couldn’t blame Kolton Dixon if he had a bit of a smile on his face after it was announced he was traded to the Red Deer Rebels by the Victoria Royals early in the Western Hockey League season. “It was definitely a bit of a shock, but having grown up here, and playing all my minor hockey here, it was also a dream come true (to come back home),” said the 18-year-old defenceman. “It’s been a great experience so far, being close to my family and friends.” And having his friends and family in the crowd has been anything but nerve-racking. “It makes it more enjoyable,” he said “You don’t realize what you take for granted until you move away and are 14 hours from home. This is my first experience in the league playing in front of my family and it’s a cool experience, few get to experience.” Dixon came up through the Red Deer minor hockey system, finishing with the Telus Cup champion Red Deer Optimist Rebels in 2012. “That year with the midgets was huge in my development in that you learn what it takes to be a champion and the work you have to put into it,” he said. “We played for eight months and you get a perspective on what it’s like at the next level. The pace of play improved each round through the playoffs and into the Telus Cup. It was close to junior and it helped me a lot in making the move up.” Playing in the final where Red Deer overcame a 5-1 deficit in the third period to win in overtime, didn’t hurt either. “Not at all. I remember sitting in the room after the second period and the guys had their heads down. Coach Doug (Quinn) came in and total us that we made it this far and to go out and leave everything on the ice and we were able to do that.

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WHL WHERE ARE THEY NOW? Brett Ferguson spent three seasons with the Red Deer Rebels. The native of Vibank, Sask., joined the team in the 2008-09 season after success in the Saskatchewan Midget Hockey League. The sixfoot, 195-pound forward had a slow start to his WHL career, scoring five goals and adding 24 assists in 71 games in the 2008-09 season. The following year he had 15 goals and 19 helpers in 69 games then broke loose in the 2010-11 season with 23 goals and 38 assists in 72 games and was a plus-29. He added four goals and seven assists in nine playoff games. Overall he played 212 games with 43 goals and 81 assists for 124 points. After graduating he played 12 games with the Utah Grizzlys in the ECHL, recording five assists. He joined the University of Alberta Golden Bears after Christmas and is in his third season with the CIS squad. He played 15 games his first year and managed just one goal and one assist. He picked up nine goals and 13 helpers in 28 games in 2012-13 and this year has seven goals and 11 assists in 16 games and is sixth in league scoring. The 23-year-old also has four power play goals, tied for second in the league one behind the leader.

WHO’S HOT Centre Leon Draisaitl of the Prince Albert Raiders is on a streak where he’s picked up assists in eight straight games. The six-foot-one, 209-pound native of Cologne, Germany, has 12 helpers during his hot streak to go with eight goals. He leads the Raiders in scoring with 18 goals and 33 assists.

WHO’S A SINNER Twenty-year-old defenceman Sam Grist of the Kamloops Blazers has accumulated 112 minutes in penalties over the first 35 games of the season. He has one goal and five assists. Last year the six-foot-five, 228-pound native of North Saanich, B.C., had 122 minutes in 61 games.

WHO’S DEPENDABLE Defenceman Colten Martin of the Kelowna Rockets is taking care of his end of the ice this season, leading the WHL with a plus-29 in 33 games. The 19-year-old native of Arlington, Tex., is in his third season with the Rockets, and has no goals and 10 assists. He was a minus-nine his first year and a plus-47 last season.



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Rebels’ prospects have mix of talent, tenacity and size BY GREG MEACHEM ADVOCATE SPORTS EDITOR As the youngest team in the Western Hockey League, the Red Deer Rebels are clearly in rebuild mode. Looking at the team’s list of prospects, assistant GM/director of player personnel Shaun Sutter likes the manner in which the Rebels are rebuilding — with a mix of talent, tenacity and size. The list consists of at least five players who are in the Rebels’ plans for the 2014-15 season, including forwards Jeff de Wit, 15, 16-year-olds Brayden Burke and Mason McCarty, and defencemen Josh Mahura, 15, and 16-year-old Wyatt Kalynuk, unless he decides to go the U.S. college route. De Wit, a local product, was the Rebels’ first-round pick in the 2013 WHL bantam draft and this season has scored eight goals and collected 14 points in 20 games with the midget AAA Red Deer Optimist Chiefs. He’s also picked up 12 minutes in penalties. “He’s a big guy who skates well and is a skilled kid,” Sutter said of the six-foot-two, 175-pound center. “The bigger guys take a little longer to develop in regards to their abilities catching up to their bodies and Jeff probably fits into that category. “He had a shoulder injury late last season and was playing catch-up a bit after missing all of that time. He plays in all situations with a good midget AAA team and he’s put up some pretty good offensive numbers. Overall, he’s doing some really good things and he’s making good progress.” Burke, who checks in at fivefoot-nine and 143 pounds, is second in Alberta Midget League scoring with 31 points (11g,20a) in 22 games as a member of the Edmonton Canadian Athletic Club. Burke, who last week made his WHL regular-season debut with the Rebels as an emergency recall, has 16 minutes in penalties. “Burkie is a small guy in stature, but you can’t find a player who has more hockey smarts and high-end skill,” said Sutter. “He’s a guy who has progressively gotten stronger and quicker since we drafted him (seventh round, 2012). Physically, he’s made huge strides in terms of his height and putting pounds onto his frame and he’s a kid who will keep growing. “He’s a guy who has put up a lot of points at every level he’s played. He showed us those skills in training camp and during the exhibition season. When he’s ready to play with us next year he’ll have to adapt to the pace of play. In the recent game he played with us, he adjusted as the night went on because he’s a smart player.” McCarty was picked by the Rebels in the fourth round of the 2012 bantam draft and currently holds down third place in Alberta Midget League scoring. The five-foot-10, 165-pound winger has sniped 16 goals, collected 30 points and racked up 36 minutes in penalties in 22 games with the UFA Bisons. “He’s a little Brad Marchand type of player, a guy who gets under the opposition’s skin because he always plays full out,” said Sutter. “He plays real greasy and is a guy who can score and make good plays. He’s only a five-foot-10 guy but he plays like he’s six-two. That’s something we really value — that gritty skill, which is something he brings to the table. He’s been a top scorer in midget AAA all season.” Mahura, the Rebels’ secondround pick last spring, is a sixfoot, 165-pound rearguard with the midget AAA prep team at the Okanagan Hockey Academy.

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Rebels Brayden Burke plays against the Medicine Hat Tigers at the Centrium, Dec. 17. The seventh-round pick in the 2012 draft is second in Alberta Midget Hockey League scoring and been getting stronger and quicker since being drafted. The offensively-gifted defender has 12 goals and 27 points in 27 games this season, along with 36 minutes in penalties. “Nothing has really changed with Josh, he’s an elite player in his age group,” said Sutter. “He’s a great-skating, puck-moving defenceman who also competes. “He’s a guy Josh Mahura who can play on our first power play unit and he can play against the other team’s best players. He’s an all-situation defenceman who can also be a leader. They have an extensive off-ice program at OHA and he’s put on 10 pounds since training camp.” Kalynuk plays with the junior A Virden Oil Capitals and has scored once, garnered eight points and been assessed just one minor penalty in 33 games. The six-foot, 165-pound blueliner has a scholarship offer from Western Michigan University for the 2016-17 season, but has yet to commit to the school. Kalynuk will suit up with Team West in the upcoming World Under 17 Challenge, a tournament that will also feature current Rebels Meyer Nell and Adam Musil. “Right now he hasn’t made a decision, he’s open to going either way,” said Sutter, in reference to Kalynuk either accepting the scholarship offer or joining the Rebels next season. “He’s a kid who’s as good as any defenceman in his age group as a Wyatt skater and puck Kalynuk mover. He could play on our team right now and contribute. “In terms of players who aren’t on our team, he’s that next guy. He’s a big part of our future if he chooses to play in the WHL. We think that’s still a good possibility because his family is open to that, it’s just something we’ll be patient with. He’s going to be a very good player, a pro prospect.”

As Sutter noted, the Rebels had a clear plan of attack heading into the last two bantam drafts. “We focused on skill and sense,” he said. “During our draft of ‘97-born kids we started adding beef and muscle to complement our skill guys. With the ‘98s, we focused on size and guys with character . . . guys who will make us a tougher team to play against. “There’s always going to be guys who pass other guys, but we’ve got the foundation now, the core and the depth. A lot of these kids are knocking on the door right now, especially from that ‘97 age group. We have guys who are ready to play here now but they’re only 16 and you can’t have a whole team of 16-yearolds. I think we have a bright future. We have to continue to add to it, but we’ve got that depth.” The Rebels have three Americans on their protected list, including goaltender Blake Weyrick, 17, who the club drafted in 2011 and would be a candidate for regular employment next season if he decided to play north of the border. Sutter is confident that the other two U.S. lists — defenceman John Schuldt, 16, and 18-year-old forward Steve Spinner — are also solid prospects. Weyrick stops pucks for Team USA in the USHL and has posted a 1.50 goals-against average and .945 save percentage in two games. “He hasn’t made a commitment to a college yet. He’ll make that decision at the end of the season,” said Sutter. The six-foot-three, 205-pound Schuldt and five-foot-10, 181-pound Spinner play high school hockey in Minnesota. “Schuldt skates real well for a big kid,” said Sutter, “and Spinner is a rated as a B prospect by Central Scouting for next year’s draft — the same grade as (Rebels captain) Conner Bleackley. “He has a college commitment to Omaha Nebraska but if he gets drafted by an NHL team and is interested in going the major junior route, we’ll have his rights. We’re going to be more aggressive with these American kids.” Schuldt has one goal and four penalty minutes in seven games with Minnetonka High School

and Spinner has scored four goals and accumulated 11 points — and six penalty minutes — in six games at Eden Prairie. Both schools are in Minnesota. Following is a further inventory — with comments from Sutter — of Red Deer prospects, some of who might play with the Rebels next season, some who will be close and — of course — some who will likely never suit up with the WHL club (includes position, age, size, statistics — games played, goals, assists and penalty minutes — and current team). Max Salpeter; defence; 15; 6-2, 156 pounds; 19-2-4-6-18; St. Albert minor midget AAA “Max is a towering defenceman who has grown a lot and he’s a guy who has real good mobility for his size. He handles the puck pretty well and he’s learning to use his big body in terms of positioning himself and being a tough guy to go around. He’s making really good progress and is a guy who we’re happy with. We feel he has a bright future and has a chance to play for us.” Cale Chalifoux; defence; 15; 6-foot, 155 pounds; 25-1-3-4-16; Edmonton K of C midget AAA “He’s made real good strides. He’s a pretty polished player, one of those guys who doesn’t have to make a lot of adjustments in order for his game to translate at the WHL level. It’s just a matter of him continuing to get bigger and stronger.” Josh Logel; forward; 15; 6-foot, 181 pounds; 23-4-5-9-28; Calgary Northstars midget AAA “Josh is a hard-nosed, twoway forward who plays hard shift in and shift out. He’s doing a good job of banging bodies and crashing the net.” Austin Strand; defence; 16; 6-2, 185 pounds; 24-5-5-10-42; Calgary Northstars midget AAA “He’s a big towering D-man who’s pretty imposing in midget. He’s a guy who has the capabilities that not a lot of defencemen have in terms of being very tough to play against. He enjoys being mean and when he’s playing well he’s moving the puck and is a guy who can contribute offensively by getting pucks to the net. He’s a guy who we see as part of our future.” Austin Shmoorkoff; defence; 16; 6-3, 170 pounds; 6-1-1-2-36; Edmonton CAC midget AAA “He played six games with us this year. He’s a big, rugged guy who really enjoys playing physical. He’s a huge guy; he’s sixthree now and could be six-four one day. He moves well and makes good plays, he’s a shutdown guy who moves the puck effectively. We see him being a long-term, core guy here.” Evan Tschumi; forward; 16; 6-2, 165 pounds; 23-3-4-7-42; Calgary Flames midget AAA “He’s a six-two guy who skates well and is a real good penalty killer. He’s a northsouth type player who plays physical every shift and is another guy who really complements our skilled players we have in that ‘97 age group.” Tyler Kirkup; forward; 15; 6-foot, 153 pounds; 25-10-7-17-6; Southwest Cougars (Man.) midget AAA “He’s played real well this season, he’s been a pleasant surprise. He’s put up real good numbers and he’s a guy with good skill and sense. Even though he’s a late-round pick, he’s outscoring many of the players who were drafted ahead of him and that’s a real positive. When we look at him we see one of our better ‘98 forwards. That’s a credit to him.” Colby Entz; goaltender; 15; 5-10, 150 pounds; 6-1-1 W-L-T, 1.82 GAA, .939 save percentage; Moose Jaw midget AAA “He’s played extremely well, he’s done everything right to this point.

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Walser lifts Canada to victory at Spengler Cup DAVOS, Switzerland — Glen Metropolit hasn’t played an NHL game since 2010, but on Thursday, the oldest player on Canada’s Spengler Cup roster showed why he’s the captain of the Canadian squad. After nearly scoring on his first shift of the game, the 39-year-old Metropolit — who’s played for Lugano in the Swiss league the past two seasons — picked up a goal in the first period and assisted on Derek Walser’s game winner in the third as Canada opened up the Spengler Cup with a 5-4 victory over the HC Vitkovice Steel of the Czech Republic. “Even at his age, on the blue-line and in the offensive zone, he’s still one of the best players in the game in Switzerland so that’s where he’s going to be really good for us,” head coach Doug Shedden said. “He’s played for me before and that’s why I made him captain. This could be his last Spengler Cup and his children are here visiting from Florida. “It’s just something that gets him excited about playing.” Byron Ritchie, Micki DuPont, and Alexandre Bolduc also scored for Canada in a back-and-forth offensive game that saw leads slip away between both teams four times. Rudolf Huna, Peter Huzeka, Roman Szturic and Lukas Kucsera scored for Vitkovice. Vitkovice’s Filip Sindelar was the busier of the two goaltenders, stopping 37 of 42 shots in the losing effort. Canada’s Chris Mason made 18 saves.

“We were outshooting them pretty good all night,” Shedden said. “We really carried the play against them.” Ritchie’s goal tied the game at 4-4 at 7:58 of the third period, and Walser beat Sindelar off passes from Anthony Stewart and Metropolit at 13:47 to pull Canada ahead for good. Bolduc opened the scoring with an unassisted goal at 2:30 of the first period, but Kucsera responded with a goal for the Czech club team less than two minutes later. Canada took the lead again on Metropolit’s goal, and Vitkovice replied to take a 2-2 tie into the first intermission. The second period proved costly for Canada when a turnover gave Vitkovice a 4-3 lead 11 seconds after DuPont tied the game 3-3 on a power play. Shedden said the mistake could be chalked up to unfamiliarity between his players, who’ve had just one practice and one morning skate together before their first game. “The problem was we gave up some easy scoring chances off some miscues and that’s going to happen with guys who haven’t played together, and it happens every night anyway if you have played together.” Shedden said. “I thought their goalie really kept them in it because we really crashed the net all night, and it showed the heart of the Canadians. “We were down going into the third period and we thought we were playing well enough, we just had to keep at it and we did that. You work hard enough eventually you’re going get rewarded with a couple goals.”


REBELS: Beneficial “That (period) summed up our season in that we didn’t stop working all year and it paid off in the end,” added Dixon. The next season he joined the Royals, playing 39 games with the WHL club and picking up two assists. He also played 13 games with the Okotoks Oilers of the Alberta Junior Hockey League, scoring twice and adding one helper. “I was with Victoria until the second week of November when we made our road trip to Alberta. After the game in Lethbridge they had eight D men and sent Kolton Dixon me down to Okotoks,” explained the six-foot-five, 190-pound Dixon. “I played 13 games and Victoria called me back up on Boxing Day and I stayed there the rest of the year.” Instead of feeling sorry for himself being sent down, Dixon used the time in Okotoks to work on his game. “It was beneficial in that I got a chance to develop at a bit of a slower pace and I was able to think things through and when I got called up again I was able to take that with me.” He played just four games with the Royals this season before the Rebels picked him up for a conditional draft pick in either 2014 or 15. He’s played 26 games with the Rebels. “I’ve learned a lot under Brent (Sutter),” he said. “His knowledge of the game has improved my game and my style of play. I’ve had more opportunity here, which also helps improve my game on the ice and with the off-ice training.” Dixon, who had one assist before leaving Victoria and three helpers with the Rebels, sees himself as a stay-at-home defenceman. “It’s important to get the job done in my zone and let the offence take care of itself,” he said. “I like to think I play with a bit of grit and want to be someone the forwards don’t like to line up against.” Dixon is part of a young defensive core, which can be good or bad. “Some nights are tougher for us while others it seems to be easier as we learn together,” he said. “We learn from each other’s mistakes and for the


Canada’s Byron Ritchie, left, vies for the puck with Vitkovice’s Richard Stehlik during the game between Team Canada and HC Vitkovice Steel at the 87th Spengler Cup ice hockey tournament, in Davos, Switzerland, Thursday.

most part we have a strong young group and are making positive strides.” Rebels associate coach, Jeff Truitt, sees that in Dixon. “In the last month we’ve seen great strides in his positional play and calmness and awareness on the ice,” he said. “He’s a great communicator and takes charge. He still has a ways to go, but there’s a lot positive strides.” Having played with a strong midget program certainly didn’t hurt. “Any time you come from a good program you get a good foundation,” added Truitt. “He has the stature and is aggressive, something you can’t always teach. But at each level we like to think you can always teach a bit more.” The Rebels return to action tonight after the Christmas break as they host the Calgary Hitmen at 7 p.m. at the Centrium. They go into the game, riding a three-game winning streak, despite playing without seven forwards. They will be without two players who are at the World U17 Challenge in Cape Breton, N.S., as Adam Musil is with Team Pacific and Meyer Nell with Team West. Dominik Volek is also with the Czech Republic at the World Junior Championship. The Rebels do hope to get some of their injured players back as Matt Bellerive, Rhyse Dieno, Brooks Maxwell, Grayson Pawlenchuk, Christian Stockl and Preston Kopeck were all on the injured list. “Some of the guys are starting to come back, although we won’t know for sure until after they have a full contact practice (Thursday),” said Truitt. “We’ll know more tomorrow morning.” Scott Feser will remain with the team as will Earl Webb.

RAONIC: Means a lot “Raonic had the most successful year in the history of Canadian tennis and his outstanding performance in the Davis Cup played a leading role in the country’s semifinal appearance,” said Yahoo Canada’s Steve McAllister. “Raonic’s climb up the ATP Tour rankings happens in an era that features more depth than ever before.” Raonic finished second in last year’s voting behind cyclist Ryder Hesjedal. He’s the first men’s tennis player to win the award, which dates back

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to 1932. “To have them vote (for) me and tell my story back home and being so positive about it, it’s really great to see,” Raonic said when reached after a training session in Monte Carlo. “To (be) recognized through an award like this means a lot to me.” A number of women’s tennis players have won the Rosenfeld Award over the years. Aleksandra Wozniak was the last to do so, taking the honour in 2009. Raonic won indoor hardcourt tournaments in Bangkok and San Jose and finished with a 45-21 singles record this season, picking up more than US$1.72 million in prize money along the way. Known for his booming serve, the six-foot-five Raonic showed improvement in other facets of his game in 2013. His ground strokes, backhand and net play were stronger and that helped him to some big victories. Raonic was ranked 15th at the start of the year and hovered in the teens for most of the season. He rose to a career-high No. 10 in early August before falling to No. 11, where he has remained since. He won the San Jose title for the third straight year last February after beating Tommy Haas in the final. Raonic also helped the Davis Cup team to wins over Spain and Italy as he endured a stretch of middling results on tour. The Canadian’s power game has always been most effective on hardcourts but Raonic enjoyed some success on clay this season as well, reaching the semifinals at Barcelona in April before falling to Rafael Nadal. However, he struggled on the grass courts and made a secondround exit at Wimbledon. Raonic managed an injury-free season for the first time since joining the vs tour and was able to fight through that early-season inconsistency.

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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

Columbus 37 Carolina 37 N.Y. Islanders 38 Pt 45 40 39 36 26 23

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WESTERN CONFERENCE Central Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA Chicago 39 26 7 6 58 145 107 St. Louis 36 24 7 5 53 128 85 Colorado 36 23 10 3 49 106 88 Minnesota 39 20 14 5 45 88 96 Dallas 36 18 12 6 42 106 107 Winnipeg 39 16 18 5 37 103 116 Nashville 37 16 17 4 36 85 109 Pacific Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA Anaheim 39 27 7 5 59 127 98 Los Angeles 38 25 9 4 54 106 76 San Jose 37 23 8 6 52 121 94 Vancouver 39 22 11 6 50 106 93 Phoenix 36 19 10 7 45 111 110 Calgary 37 14 17 6 34 95 118 Edmonton 39 12 24 3 27 101 135 NOTE: Two points for a win, one point for overtime loss.

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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

Thursday’s Games No games scheduled Friday’s Games Ottawa at Boston, 5 p.m. Buffalo at Toronto, 5 p.m. Columbus at New Jersey, 5 p.m. N.Y. Rangers at Washington, 5 p.m. Pittsburgh at Carolina, 5 p.m. Colorado at Chicago, 6 p.m. Minnesota at Winnipeg, 6 p.m. Nashville at Dallas, 6:30 p.m. Edmonton at Calgary, 7 p.m. San Jose at Phoenix, 7 p.m.

2014 World Junior Hockey Championships ROUND ROBIN Group A GP W OW OL L GF GA Pts Canada 1 1 0 0 0 7 2 3 U.S. 1 1 0 0 0 5 1 3 Slovakia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Czech Rep. 1 0 0 0 1 1 5 0 Germany 1 0 0 0 1 2 7 0 Group B GP W OW OL L GF GA Pts Russia 1 1 0 0 0 11 0 3 Sweden 1 1 0 0 0 5 3 3 Finland 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Switzerland 1 0 0 0 1 3 5 0 Norway 1 0 0 0 1 0 11 0 Note: Three points for a regulation win, two for an overtime/shootout win and one for an overtime/ shootout loss.

Saturday’s games 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. Kelowna at Vancouver, 8 p.m. Tri-City at Portland, 8 p.m. Kootenay at Spokane, 8:05 p.m. Prince George at Victoria, 8:05 p.m. Everett at Seattle, 8:05 p.m. Sunday’s games Red Deer at Edmonton, 1 p.m. Vancouver at Kamloops, 4 p.m.

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Thursday’s summary Canada 7, Germany 2 First Period 1. Germany, Saeftel 1 (Palausch, Klopper) 1:35 2. Canada, Anderson 1 (Gauthier, Dumba) 6:21 3. Canada, Mantha 1 (Lazar, Drouin) 10:41 (pp) 4. Germany, Moser 1 (Kahun) 15:59 (pp) 5. Canada, Mantha 2 (Pouliot, Drouin) 17:36 6. Canada, Horvat 1 (S.Reinhart) 18:29 Penalties — Eisenschmid Ger (slashing) 6:48, Palausch Ger (tripping) 10:25, Leier Cda (tripping) 15:02. Second Period 7. Canada, S.Reinhart 1 (Morrissey, McDavid) 6:45 8. Canada, Mantha 3 (Drouin, Pouliot) 11:28 (pp) Penalties — Filin Ger (hooking) 7:13, Klopper Ger (hooking) 10:19, Horvat Cda (hooking) 13:15. Third Period 9. Canada, Petan 1 (McDavid) 10:13 Penalties — Leier Cda (high-sticking) 6:39, Palausch Ger (hooking) 15:25. Shots on goal Germany 8 9 7 — 24 Canada 12 11 7 — 30 Goal — Germany: Cupper (L,0-1-0); Canada: Paterson (W,1-0-0). Power plays (goals-chances) — Germany: 1-3; Canada: 2-5. Referees — Rene Hradil (Czech Rep.), Jozef Kubus (Slovakia). Linesmen — Peter Sefcik (Slovakia), Rudolf Tosenovjan (Czech Rep.). Attendance — 1,861 at Malmo, Sweden. 2013 Spengler Cup ROUND ROBIN Group A GP W OW OL L GF GA Pts Geneve-Servette 1 1 0 0 0 5 0 3 CSKA Moscow 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Rochester 1 0 0 0 1 0 5 0 Group B GP W OW OL L GF GA Pts Canada 1 1 0 0 0 5 4 3 Davos 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Vitkovice 1 0 0 0 1 4 5 0 Note: Three points for a regulation win, two for an overtime/shootout win and one for an overtime/ shootout loss.

Saturday’s Games Boston at Ottawa, 5 p.m. Montreal at Tampa Bay, 5 p.m. Detroit at Florida, 5 p.m. New Jersey at N.Y. Islanders, 5 p.m. Chicago at St. Louis, 6 p.m. Los Angeles at Nashville, 6 p.m. Phoenix at Anaheim, 6 p.m. Philadelphia at Edmonton, 8 p.m.

Friday’s games 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. Prince George at Victoria, 8:05 p.m. Portland at Tri-City, 8:05 p.m. Seattle at Everett, 8:35 p.m.

National Hockey League EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division GP W L OT Pts Boston 37 25 10 2 52 Tampa Bay 37 23 11 3 49 Montreal 38 22 13 3 47 Detroit 39 17 13 9 43 Toronto 39 18 16 5 41 Ottawa 39 15 17 7 37 Florida 38 14 19 5 33 Buffalo 37 10 24 3 23 Metropolitan Division GP W L OT Pts Pittsburgh 39 27 11 1 55 Washington 37 19 14 4 42 Philadelphia 37 17 16 4 38 N.Y. Rangers 38 18 18 2 38 New Jersey 38 15 16 7 37

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12 10 1 4 76 84 29 12 12 1 1 60 75 26 NORTHEAST GP W L OTL SOL GF GA Pt Springfield 28 20 4 1 3 88 66 44 Albany 28 17 8 2 1 91 73 37 Adirondack 28 14 12 0 2 69 72 30 Bridgeport 31 12 15 1 3 78 99 28 Hartford 29 10 15 0 4 67 93 24 EAST GP W L OTL SOL GF GA Pt W-B/Scranton 28 17 8 1 2 84 69 37 Binghamton 29 17 9 0 3 103 87 37 Norfolk 30 14 11 1 4 84 84 33 Hershey 28 12 11 2 3 88 87 29 Syracuse 28 12 12 1 3 70 81 28 WESTERN CONFERENCE NORTH GP W L OTL SOL GF GA Pt Toronto 28 16 9 2 1 78 67 35 Rochester 30 13 11 3 3 85 92 32 Lake Erie 28 14 11 0 3 76 84 31 Hamilton 31 13 14 0 4 75 89 30 Utica 27 10 15 1 1 63 80 22 MIDWEST GP W L OTL SOL GF GA Pt Grand Rapids 30 21 7 1 1 108 69 44 Milwaukee 28 15 7 5 1 74 70 36 Rockford 32 15 14 3 0 91 111 33 Chicago 29 15 12 0 2 82 78 32 Iowa 28 13 13 2 0 69 74 28 WEST GP W L OTL SOL GF GA Pt Abbotsford 32 21 9 1 1 105 89 44 Texas 31 18 9 2 2 107 84 40 Oklahoma City 31 11 15 0 5 82 101 27 Charlotte 29 12 16 0 1 77 92 25 San Antonio 31 11 17 0 3 78 96 25 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 Thursday’s results Hamilton 2 Toronto 1 (OT) Portland 4 Manchester 1 Providence 4 Worcester 0 Hartford 3 Bridgeport 1 Adirondack 3 Springfield 2 (SO) Binghamton 4 Hershey 1 Milwaukee 4 Grand Rapids 1 Iowa 5 Rockford 2

Round Robin Thursday’s results Canada 5 Vitkovice (Czech Rep.) 4 Geneve-Servette (Swtizerland) 5 Rochester (AHL) 0

Saturday’s games Geneve-Servette (Swtizerland) vs. CSKA Moscow (Russia), 7 a.m. Canada vs. Davos (Switzerland) vs. Rochester (AHL), 12:15 p.m. End or round robin

Friday’s games Slovakia vs. Germany, 7 a.m. Finland vs. Norway, 9:30 a.m. Saturday’s games U.S. vs. Slovakia, 5:30 a.m. Sweden vs. Finland, 7 a.m. Canada vs. Czech Republic, 9:30 a.m. Russia vs. Switzerland, 11 a.m.

AHL EASTERN CONFERENCE ATLANTIC GP W L OTL SOL GF GA Pt Manchester 32 21 6 1 4 99 80 47 Providence 30 15 9 1 5 103 95 36 St. John’s 29 15 11 1 2 87 76 33

Sunday’s games Germany vs. U.S., 7 a.m.

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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 3 12 0 .200 South W L T Pct x-Carolina 11 4 0 .733 New Orleans 10 5 0 .667 Atlanta 4 11 0 .267 Tampa Bay 4 11 0 .267 North W L T Pct Chicago 8 7 0 .533 Green Bay 7 7 1 .500 Detroit 7 8 0 .467 Minnesota 4 10 1 .300 West W L T Pct

Rebels vs. Calgary Hitmen Tonight, 7 p.m., Centrium The Calgary Hitmen come in riding a hot streak which sees them with a 9-01-0 record over their last 10 games. They sit first in the Central Division and first in the Eastern Conference with a 22-7-2-3 record . . . C Greg Chase leads the team offensively with 19 goals and 18 assists for 37 points in 33 games. He is 28th in league scoring . . . Rounding out their top five scorers are: C Brady Brassart (13-18-31), LW Jake Virtanen (18-10-28), D Kenton Helgesen (5-22-27) and C Radel Fazleev (5-20-25) . . . Goaltender Chris Driedger is fourth in the league with a 2.30 goals-against-average and has

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Scouting report a .926 save percentage . . . Backup Mack Shields had played in less than 10 games and has a 3.09 gaa and a .897 save percentage . . . Hitmen will be


PROSPECTS: Tough to play against “For a guy who’s an undrafted player he has passed many of the goaltenders who were drafted in his age group. He’s moving up in his age group very quickly with his play.” Tom Friesen, forward; 16; 5-11, 175 pounds; 9-1-0-1-6; St. Albert midget AAA “Tom is a guy who’s really tough to play against and a guy who thinks the game well. He’s working on his skating, but he’s a player who provides that element of grease and grit. He has the ruggedness that we covet and he complements the guys in our ‘97 age group.” Rylan Toth, goaltender; 17; 6-1, 180 pounds; 4-2-1 W-L-T, 3.64 GAA, .889 save percentage; Battlefords midget AAA “He’s a guy we see competing with Entz and (Grant) Naherniak for a job here next year. He’s been out a month and a half with a concussion, so that’s effected him. When he’s back playing he’s the No. 1 goalie on his team. He’s a big guy who is athletic and has good ability. It’s just a matter of him polishing his game, but he has all the tools. There’s a lot to work with there.” Caleb Reiss; forward; 15; 5-10, 150

x-Seattle 12 3 0 .800 390 x-San Francisco 11 4 0 .733 383 Arizona 10 5 0 .667 359 St. Louis 7 8 0 .467 339 x-clinched playoff spot y-clinched division Sunday, Dec. 29 Houston at Tennessee, 11 a.m. Detroit at Minnesota, 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. 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. Green Bay at Chicago, 2:25 p.m. Tampa Bay at New Orleans, 2:25 p.m. Buffalo at New England, 2:25 p.m. Philadelphia at Dallas, 6:30 p.m.

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Sunday’s games Hartford at Manchester, 1 p.m. Providence at Springfield, 1 p.m. Albany at Bridgeport, 1 p.m. Charlotte at Chicago, 3 p.m. Milwaukee at Iowa, 3:05 p.m.

NFL Odds (Odds supplied by BETONLINE; favourites in capital letters) Spread O/U Sunday New York Jets at MIAMI 6.5 41 Houston at TENNESSEE 7.0 44.5 Cleveland at PITTSBURGH 7.0 44 Washington at NEW YORK GIANTS3.5 45.5 Jacksonville at INDIANAPOLIS 11.5 45.5 Detroit at MINNESOTA 3.0 51.5 Baltimore at CINCINNATI 6.0 44.5 San Francisco at Arizona Pk 43 Kansas City at SAN DIEGO 9.5 45 St. Louis at SEATTLE 10 43 Buffalo at NEW ENGLAND 9.5 47 DENVER at Oakland 12.0 53.5 Tampa Bay at NEW ORLEANS 12.5 47.5 PHILADELPHIA at Dallas 6.5 52.5 Green Bay at Chicago OFF OFF Carolina at Atlanta OFF OFF

missing Terrell Draude, who is with Team West at the World U17 Challenge in Cape Breton, N.S. Injuries (as of Dec. 17): Calgary — D Jaynen Rissling, (upper body, day-to-day). Red Deer — F Matt Bellerive, (lower body week-to-week), F Rhyse Dieno, (upper body day-today), F Preston Kopeck (upper body, week-to-week), F Brooks Maxwell, (upper body week-toweek), F Grayson Pawlenchuk, (upper body week-to-week), F Christian Stockl, (upper body indefinitely). Special teams: Calgary — Power play, 23.4 per cent, seventh in league; penalty kill, 81.3, eighth. Red Deer — Power play, 20.6 16th; penalty kill, 76.9, 14th.

pounds; 25-3-4-7-8; Moose Jaw midget AAA “He’s had an inconsistent year while making the adjustment to playing against older players. The Saskatchewan league is a little rougher and he’s adapting to that and it’s taking some time. He has the skill and sense to put up points and really contribute on the power play.” Kyle Sargent; defence; 15; 6-1, 160 pounds; 25-0-2-2-10; Moose Jaw midget AAA He’s growing and maturing as a player, he’s getting more consistent. He skates well and moves the puck well and is learning to be more physical. He’s another guy who is making good progress.” Grant Naherniak; goaltender; 17; 6-foot, 170 pounds; 9-5-2 W-L-T, 2.85 GAA, .900 save percentage; Moose Jaw midget AAA “His team is hosting the Telus Cup (in April) and he’s one of those guys who will get the opportunity to play some important games, it’s just a matter of earning that role. This is Grant’s third year of midget AAA, so he has that experience. He played in one game for us this season (Dec. 10 at Lethbridge) and played well, so he has some WHL experience too.” Kaleb Denham, defence; 17; 6-3, 175 pounds; 25-2-2-2-20; Grande Prairie, AJHL “He’s a big raw guy who’s a late bloomer and he’s making progress playing against older guys in junior


● 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).


FOOTBALL National Football League NFL — Fined Buffalo WR Roberts Woods $15,000 for punching Miami S Reshad Jones during a Dec. 22 game. CHICAGO BEARS — Signed WR Chris Williams from New Orleans’ practice squad. Waived DT Christian Tupou. CLEVELAND BROWNS — Signed DL Brian Sanford. Signed WR Conner Vernon to the practice squad. Released RB Jamaine Cook from the practice squad. DETROIT LIONS — Placed TE Dorin Dickerson on injured reserve. Signed TE Matt Veldman from the practice squad. Claimed WR Micheal Spurlock off waivers from Dallas. Signed WR Carlin Isles to the practice squad. INDIANAPOLIS COLTS — Signed DT Jeris Pendleton and CB Sheldon Price from the practice squad. Signed C Thomas Austin, DE Jake McDonough and RB Tauren Poole to the practice squad. NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS — Released CB Marquice Cole.

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


● 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.

BASKETBALL National Basketball Association NBA — Fined Golden State F Draymond Green $15,000 for failing to leave the court in a timely manner upon his ejection during a Dec. 25 game against the Los Angeles Clippers. CHICAGO BULLS — Assigned G Marquis Teague to Iowa (NBADL). DETROIT PISTONS — Assigned G Tony Mitchell and G Peyton Siva to Fort Wayne (NBADL). PHILADELPHIA 76ERS — Assigned G Lorenzo Brown to Delaware (NBADL).

Saturday’s games Chicago at Lake Erie, 11 a.m. Portland at Albany, 3 p.m. Providence at Adirondack, 5 p.m. Worcester at Hartford, 5 p.m. St. John’s at Manchester, 5 p.m. W-B/Scranton at Hershey, 5 p.m. Norfolk at Syracuse, 5 p.m. Bridgeport at Springfield, 5 p.m. Hamilton at Utica, 5 p.m. San Antonio at Texas, 6 p.m. Oklahoma City at Abbotsford, 8 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 30 Semifinals Quarter-final winners, 7 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31 Final Semifinal winners, 4 a.m.


● 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 Fund Chiefs vs. Calgary Bruins, 8:30 p.m., Max Bell Centre 2.

Thursday’s Sports Transactions

Friday’s games Binghamton at Utica, 5 p.m. Syracuse at Hershey, 5 p.m. Adirondack at Albany, 5 p.m. Norfolk at W-B/Scranton, 5:05 p.m. Chicago at Lake Erie, 5:30 p.m. St. John’s at Worcester, 5:30 p.m. Toronto at Hamilton, 5:30 p.m. Charlotte at Milwaukee, 6 p.m. Grand Rapids at Rockford, 6 p.m. Texas at San Antonio, 6:30 p.m. Oklahoma City at Abbotsford, 8 p.m.

Friday’s games CSKA Moscow (Russia) vs. Rochester (AHL), 7 a.m. Davos (Switzerland) vs. Vitkovice (Czech Rep.), 12:15 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 29 Quarter-finals Second place A vs. Third place B, 7 a.m. Third place A vs. Second place B, 12:15 p.m.

Thursday’s results Canada 7 Germany 2 Russia 11 Norway 0 U.S. 5 Czech Republic 1 Sweden 5 Switzerland 3

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HOCKEY National Hockey League COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS — Signed RW Oliver Bjorkstrand to a three-year, entry-level contract. EDMONTON OILERS — Recalled D Martin Marincin and F Roman Horak from Oklahoma City (AHL). WINNIPEG JETS — Recalled D Julian Melchiori from St. John’s (AHL). Placed D Grant Clitsome on the injured reserve list, retroactive to Dec. 17. American Hockey League AHL — Suspended Lake Erie D Mikael Tam one game for a charging incident in a Dec. 20 game at Rochester. HARTFORD WOLF PACK — Signed D Sam Klassen to a professional tryout agreement. MANCHESTER MONARCHS — Recalled G Mathias Niederberger from Ontario (ECHL). Released G Aaron Dell from his professional tryout agreement. ECHL UTAH GRIZZLIES — Announced G Aaron Dell was returned to the team from Manchester (AHL). COLLEGE FLORIDA — Named Kurt Roper offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. MICHIGAN STATE — Suspended senior LB Max Bullough for violating team rules, making him ineligible to play in the Rose Bowl.

Basketball National Basketball Association EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division W L Pct GB Toronto 11 15 .423 — Boston 12 17 .414 1/2 New York 9 19 .321 3 Brooklyn 9 19 .321 3 Philadelphia 8 20 .286 4 Southeast Division W L Pct GB Miami 22 6 .786 — Atlanta 16 13 .552 6 1/2 Charlotte 14 15 .483 8 1/2 Washington 12 13 .480 8 1/2 Orlando 8 20 .286 14 Central Division W L Pct GB Indiana 23 5 .821 — Detroit 14 16 .467 10 Chicago 11 16 .407 11 1/2 Cleveland 10 18 .357 13 Milwaukee 6 22 .214 17

New Orleans Memphis

WESTERN CONFERENCE Southwest Division W L Pct San Antonio 23 7 .767 Houston 20 11 .645 Dallas 16 13 .552

Thursday’s Games Atlanta 127, Cleveland 125,2OT Memphis 92, Houston 100 San Antonio 116, Dallas 107 L.A. Clippers at Portland, late

A. Sometimes those big body guys just take a little longer. He’s learning to be consistent with his identity at the junior A level, he’s starting to push back. He’s a real good defensive guy who makes a good first pass. With him it’s just a matter of working on his conditioning and consistency, and he’s making strides doing that. He’s a guy who’s still in the picture. A lot of players come into our league at 18, 19 and 20 and have success. We see him as one of those kind of guys.” Earl Webb; forward; 17; 6-2, 202 pounds; 12-1-0-1-8; Calgary Mustangs, AJHL “Earl is a big body guy who’s come in (as a Rebels injury replacement) and made the adjustments to playing at this level. Considering he hasn’t put up big numbers in junior A, he’s come in and given us some really quality minutes. He hasn’t looked out of place. He’s been pretty effective even though he hasn’t played a ton, but when he has got the opportunity he’s definitely held his own. Like Scotty Feser, he’s come up and played real well for us as an injury replacement guy.” Nick Darling; defence; 15; 6-foot, 165 pounds; 16-1-1-2-26; Calgary Stampeders, minor midget AAA “He’s a big guy who moves well. He moved from Saskatoon to Calgary during the off-season and is still adjusting to that. He was also injured last year so he’s still trying to get his feet under him.” Zach Court; forward; 16; 5-11, 165

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12 14 .462 12 16 .429 Northwest Division W L Pct Portland 23 5 .821 Oklahoma City 23 5 .821 Denver 14 13 .519 Minnesota 13 15 .464 Utah 8 23 .258 Pacific Division W L Pct L.A. Clippers 20 10 .667 Phoenix 17 10 .630 Golden State 17 13 .567 L.A. Lakers 13 16 .448 Sacramento 8 19 .296

9 10 GB — — 8 1/2 10 16 1/2 GB — 1 1/2 3 6 1/2 10 1/2

Wednesday’s Games Chicago 95, Brooklyn 78 Oklahoma City 123, New York 94 Miami 101, L.A. Lakers 95 Houston 111, San Antonio 98 Golden State 105, L.A. Clippers 103

pounds; 25-14-17-31-45; Winnipeg Wild midget AAA “He’s one of the best players on his team, a really skilled guy who makes plays.” Reece Johnson; forward; 15; 5-9, 150 pounds; 26-3-4-7-30; Saskatoon Blazers midget AAA “Reece is a younger brother of Wyatt (Rebels forward Johnson) and a kid who has the same intangibles that Wyatt has. He’s a high character player who’s going to find a way to play in the Western Hockey League. There’s a lot of similarities between him and Wyatt. Wyatt was a very small bantam who grew when he was 16 and 17 and that’s kind of where Reece is at. He was a small guy at bantam and has grown a lot. He plays balls to the wall every shift.” Shane Sherban; forward; 15; 6-2, 175 pounds; 27-1-3-4-8; Saskatoon Blazers midget AAA “Shane is a big kid who skates well and is growing into and learning to use his big body. He’s one of the two or three ‘98s we kept around for the Black and White game after training camp. He had a real good camp with us.” Quinton McAndrews; forward; 15; 6-1, 165 pounds; 18-5-5-10-38; Edmonton Southside minor midget AAA. “He’s the younger brother of Devon (McAndrews) who plays in TriCity. He’s a big, rugged left winger who plays hard. He plays a power type game.”

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Lebron James named AP’s top male athlete in 2013 BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS MIAMI — The only thing that keeps LeBron James up worrying at night is basketball, which simultaneously makes perfect sense and no sense. On one hand, he’s the game’s best player. On the other, he’s rarely impressed with himself. Even after a year like 2013 — when a spectacular wedding, a second NBA championship and a fourth MVP award were among the many highlights enjoyed by the Miami Heat star — he still is, as he puts it, striving for greatness. Or, technically, more greatness, since his enormous list of accomplishments just keeps growing. James was announced Thursday as The Associated Press’ 2013 Male Athlete of the Year, becoming the third basketball player to capture the award that has been annually awarded since 1931. James received 31 of 96 votes cast in a poll of news organizations, beating Peyton Manning (20) and Jimmie Johnson (7). “I’m chasing something and it’s bigger than me as a basketball player,” James told the AP. “I believe my calling is much higher than being a basketball player. I can inspire people. Youth is huge to me. If I can get kids to look at me as a role model, as a leader, a superhero ... those things mean so much, and that’s what I think I was built for. I was put here for this lovely game of basketball, but I don’t think this is the biggest role that I’m going to have.” Past winners include Joe Louis, Jesse Owens, Muhammad Ali, Carl Lewis, Joe Montana, Tiger Woods and Michael

Bauer Arena. They clash with the Cariboo Cougars Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at the Max Bell Arena 1 and Sunday with the Calgary Flames at 11:45 a.m. at Father David Bauer. Meanwhile the Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs dropped a 6-1 decision to the Fraser Valley Phantom on the girls’ side. Shaelee Dolan scored the lone Red Deer goal while Nisa Bartlett made 18 saves in goal. The Chiefs, who trailed 5-1 after two periods, had 22 shots on goal. The teams were scoreless after the first period. The Chiefs face the Calgary Bruins today at 8:30 p.m. and take on Peace River Saturday at 3:30 p.m. They finish round-robin play Monday at 8 a.m. against the Westman Wildcats of Manitoba. All games are at the Max Bell Arena 2.

CALGARY — The Red Deer Optimist Chiefs got off to a slow start at the annual Mac’s Midget AAA World Invitational hockey tournament Thursday, losing 6-4 to the Notre Dame Argos. The Chiefs fell behind 3-0 in the first period with Gabe Bast giving them some life with the only second period goal. Jeff de Wit made it 3-2 at 1:57 of the third period before the Argos connected for the next three goals. Travis Vervada and Layne Bensmiller scored at 13:33 and 14:03 to give the Chiefs some hope. Trey deGraaf and Tyler Steenbergen had two assists each. Netminder Jayden Sittler finished with 28 saves while his teammates had 31 shots on goal. The Chiefs meet the Okanagan Rockets today at 11:45 a.m. at the Father David

Phelps. Serena Williams was the AP Female Athlete of the Year, announced Wednesday. James joins Michael Jordan and Larry Bird as NBA players to win the award. “I don’t think I’ve changed much this year,” James said. “I’ve just improved and continued to improve on being more than just as a basketball player. I’ve matured as a leader, as a father, as a husband, as a friend.” So far in 2013, with a maximum of three games left to play, James has appeared in 98. The Heat have won 78 of them. None of those was bigger than the four Miami got in the NBA Finals against San Antonio. In Game 7, James was at his best, scoring 37 points, including the jump shot with 27.9 seconds left that essentially was the clincher. “He always rises to the occasion when it matters the most,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. Business-wise, James is booming. Some estimate his annual income around $60 million, less than one-third of that being made on the court. His wife has opened a juice bar in Miami, and David Beckham wants James to be part of the Major League Soccer team he plans on bringing to South Florida in the next couple years. Countless people want to align with James. Few make him listen. Beckham did.


Rodgers back to face Bears for NFC North title

Both Chiefs teams get off to slow start at Mac’s midget tournament

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THE ASSOCIATED PRESS GREEN BAY, Wis. — Aaron Rodgers has been cleared to return from a left collarbone injury, just in time to start Sunday for the Packers against the Chicago Bears in a game to decide the NFC North title. With no advance warning and little fanfare, the franchise quarterback received the long-awaited good news at the same time as the rest of his teammates Thursday. “This is a fun day for me, but I think the focus needs to be on this game and the opportunity we have to win the division,” Rodgers said. Soon enough. But the spotlight for now is squarely on the return of one of the NFL’s most irreplaceable players. Green Bay (7-7-1) is 2-5-1 since Rodgers went down during the first series of a 27-20 loss Nov. 4 to Chicago. The Packers have managed to hang on, with a shot to win a third straight division title with a victory Sunday at Soldier Field. “I’ll start with the announcement that we’re preparing for the Chicago Bears with Aaron Rodgers as our starting quarterback,” coach Mike McCarthy said after practice. Win and Green Bay returns to Lambeau Field the following weekend to host a wild-card team in the first round of the playoffs.

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The honeymoon is over in Winnipeg JETS’ FANS CALLING FOR CHANGES AS TEAM STRUGGLES just happy to head back to the rink and their adoration continued despite another campaign without post-season action. But in this third season, cracks BY THE CANADIAN PRESS are starting to show. When the home winless streak finally ended with a 5-2 victory over Florida WINNIPEG — It appears the honeymoon is over between the Winnipeg on Dec. 20, there was relief, but no fist pumping as the team headed out on the Jets and their fans. Once rare game tickets at the MTS road for what ended up being losses to Centre are available, and those who at- Vancouver and Edmonton before its tend have booed their 16-18-5 team for three-day Christmas holiday. Before boarding the plane for the inconsistent play that has the club sitroad trip, Wheeler was asked if he ting at or near the bottom of their new, senses the marriage with fans is hitting tough Central Division. rocky times. A r m c h a i r “I think the exgeneral managpectations have ‘(THE SCRUTINY) COMES ers have also every year,” called for roster WITH THE TERRITORY. IT’S risen he said. “We took a changes to the A MARKET THAT CARES step last year and transplanted exjust missed the ABOUT THE PRODUCT ON we Atlanta Thrashers playoffs. I think team, while likeTHE ICE AND THEY’RE VERY a lot of us felt we able head coach were a playoff PASSIONATE. THEY’RE Claude Noel has team. And now, had his job securiVERY ENTHUSIASTIC WHEN I think this is the ty questioned. And best group we’ve YOU’RE WINNING AND the fans aren’t the had since we’ve only ones voicing VERY ENTHUSIASTIC WHEN been here so I their frustration. Players are fed up YOU’RE LOSING, IT’S JUST A think the expectations have risen with looking for DIFFERENT KIND.’ pretty linearly the positives in since we’ve been each loss. —BLAKE WHEELER here. “It’s what you “(The scrutiny) do out on the ice. comes with the territory. It’s a market You can blow smoke as much as you want in the media,” right-winger Blake that cares about the product on the ice Wheeler told reporters after the Jets and they’re very passionate. They’re lost a sixth straight game at home on very enthusiastic when you’re winning and very enthusiastic when you’re losDec. 14. “We’ve been blowing smoke for ing, it’s just a different kind.” Jets defenceman Zach Bogosian got three years — everyone, myself. Eva different view of fans when he reeryone that’s stood in front of a microcently missed 15 games with a groin phone for the last three years, we’ve injury. Did he feel the winds of change said the same (expletive).”


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more performance and the honeymoon is over. We don’t sit here and take our fan base for granted. They expect us to work, and they should, and perform.” Prior to Winnipeg’s loss to the lowly Sabres in Buffalo earlier this month, Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff revealed he’s felt heat from critics. “If you’re able to find a way to improve, then you try to act on it,” he said. “But change doesn’t always equate to improvement. Change can certainly placate phone calls, emails on the different venues out there, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that’s the proper direction to go.” Cheveldayoff, who extended Noel’s contract earlier this year through the 2014-15 season, was also asked if Noel is doing a good job. “Coaching in this league is a tough job,” Cheveldayoff said. “There’s lots of second-guessing that goes on everywhere. And that’s the nature of it when you’re in the public eye like this. Everyone’s got their own interpretation of whether someone’s doing a good job, not doing a good job. At the end of the day, I know that (all the coaches are) working hard and doing all they can.”

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The airing out of frustrations in Winnipeg is something new. When the Jets were resurrected in 2011, fans enthusiastically embraced the return of the NHL after a 15-year absence. Thirteen thousand season tickets with a minimum three-year commitment were snapped up, and unlucky fans paid $50 to join a wait list. The team was loudly cheered by 15,000 grateful admirers at home games, and were even given a standing ovation when the inaugural season ended with an overtime loss and no playoff berth. After last season’s NHL lockout ended, fans were

while sitting in the press box? “It’s a touchy subject,” Bogosian said. “They’re usually pretty loud, but sometimes if the team is not playing as well as we should, some people get unhappy.” Behind his mask, goalie Ondrej Pavelec hasn’t noticed more unforgiving fans this season. “They cheer for us every time,” he said. “Sometimes we play bad, we don’t deserve it and they’re still there. I don’t see any difference.” He and Wheeler haven’t been sought out by fault-finding fans. “The people are all very respectful,” Wheeler said. “When people see us out and about, they’re happy to see us out in the community. The wins and losses are obviously very important, but at the same time we’re still people. There’s nobody that wants it more than we do in this locker-room. It’s just a matter of going out there and doing it.” Noel acknowledged fans have higher expectations this season. “I think we’ve had that sense for a while,” he said. “After the first year, we had that sense that they would like


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UKRAINIAN DANCE CLUB SUPPER AND DANCE Join the Red Deer Canadian Ukrainian Dance Club for the Malanka Ukrainian New Year’s Eve Supper and Dance on Jan. 18. Cocktails are at 6 p.m. and supper is served 6:45 p.m. at the Festival Hall in Red Deer. Music is by the Northern Kings. Tickets are $45. The price goes up to $50 after Jan. 13. There will be door prizes. For more information or to buy tickets, please call Catherine at 403-343-2850 or Irene at 403-346-5712.

MENTAL HEALTH FACILITATOR TRAINING Canadian Mental Health Association will start its three-day facilitator training course on Jan. 27. The course will run Mondays until Feb. 10 and costs $135 if paid before Jan. 6 or $165 after that date. The course, held at the CMHA office at 5017 50th Ave., is designed for people facilitating time-limited and on-going groups and courses. Participants will attend lectures and take part in learning activities. Certificates will be awarded to those who complete the training. For more information call CMHA at 403-346-9351 or visit www.reddeer.cmha.

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Some eager Central Alberta shoppers hit the road early Thursday morning to be the first to get their hands on hot Boxing Day deals across Red Deer. When Lance Floreani, general manager of Future Shop in Red Deer, arrived at work at 4 a.m. there were already about 25 or so people lined up outside the doors. “It’s the deals. That’s what Boxing Day is all about,” Floreani said in between helping customers pick out laptops, cameras, home theatre systems and more. “We opened at 6 a.m. and close at 9 p.m. . . . By six, there were around 150 people outside. It’s one of the busiest days; almost everything is on sale.” While Matthew Taylor didn’t arrive at Future Shop until around 9 a.m., he managed to get everything he came out for — an iPhone 5s case and a Macbook Pro case. “I never go out Boxing Day so this is new to me,” Taylor said. “It was an expensive morning but a good morning. The staff were friendly and helped me right away. I might try it again next year.” The most popular item at Future Shop seemed to be big screen TVs as box after box, ranging from 32 to 60 inches, was hauled out of the doors and into the parking lot flooded with vehicles. Ryan McColm and Dylan Hopkins each took a corner and hoisted their new 50 inch Insignia LED TV to the car; Hopkins was also carrying a Sony PlayStation. “We got what we came for,” they said, happy to have saved over $150. Best Buy was also a zoo of customers dashing in and out of aisles, testing out new gadgets. Shane and Liz Sroka of Lacombe waited in line for over

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From left, Miranda Kelly, Sultan Zia, Christine Kelly and Teresa Clavaghier scooped up a steal on a 50inch screen TV as well as some free promotional tools that came with it at Future Shop on Thursday morning. half an hour to get their hands on an iPhone 5s 16GB model for a promo price $49.99. “The price is right,” Liz said. “We’ll go to three or four stores today, get things at half price, like wrapping paper for next year. It helps to cut down when you can.” According to Best Buy’s sales supervisor, Aaron Silver, they had a good turnout as soon as the doors opened at 6 a.m. as there was already a small crowd lined up outside at 4:30 a.m. when he arrived. “They have just been barreling through since 6 a.m. It’s not so much rushes of people but just a steady flow of customers all day,” said Silver, who was working his fourth annual

Boxing Day shift. “It’s what we expected, a typical Boxing Day here for us.” The hustle and bustle continued at Parkland Mall and Bower Place Shopping Centre in the city as vehicles battled to find a parking space. Krista Dunstan, marketing director with Parkland Mall, said they expected a three to five per cent increase in traffic on Boxing Day compared to 2012. Parkland opened up at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday and Bower kicked things off at 8 a.m. “There have been no security issues and no complaints so far,” said Shelby Calvert at Bower’s Guest Services just before noon. “The parking lots are

right full. There’s lineups to the backs of many stores. It’s a regular Boxing Day.” Zonja Dalstra and Gretha Ganshirt didn’t have their sights set on any specific deals but decided to take Dalstra’s children, Ryker, 3, and Raya, 6, out for a day of shopping at Bower. “We were amazed because we actually found parking right outside the door so we were lucky,” Dalstra said. “We came in for clothes really but I picked up this duvet cover for only $20 at Quilts Etc. so it’s already been a productive trip.” In many retail locations, Boxing Day sales continue today and throughout the weekend. rfrancoeur@reddeeradvocate. com


Otter numbers appear low BY RENÉE FRANCOEUR ADVOCATE STAFF Preliminary findings from an Alberta Environment study show that the otter population in the West Country is seemingly low and sustainable. Concerns from anglers around Rocky Mountain House over recent years about the health of the sport fisheries sparked a two-year research project into what many thought was a growing otter problem. Fish are alleged to be one of the main items on an otter’s diet list after all. However, since Carrie Nugent, a wildlife biologist with Alberta Environment and based in Drayton Valley, began the hunt for more data collection on the West Country otters in September 2011, she spotted only one otter. “We saw one otter . . . It was around Nordegg and for the amount of time spent in the field, that is a really low number. I was just as surprised as anyone about that,” Nugent said. “We looked for tracks, scats and just found not a lot of signs. “So at this point I would say the otter population is at a really low density as it was difficult to detect them, despite targeting areas where we thought they would be most active.” Without some sort of sample size, it’s impossible to create a population estimate, she added. While it is known there are otters living at Cow Lake, Nugent focused on streams to find out more about the river creatures and the fisheries. Her team researched at least 20 different streams, honing in on about 1-km sections where “prey availability” would also be escalated due to high fish density. She also spent a large amount of time at Prairie Creek during the brown trout spawning season (October and November). “This was an area that many anglers were specifically concerned about and if

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Concerns from anglers around Rocky Mountain House in recent years about the health of the sport fisheries sparked a two-year research project into what many thought was a growing otter problem. there was an otter effect, we were going to detect it over spawning or wintering,” Nugent said. “I walked that area every week for six weeks throughout the season and didn’t find a single track, scat, no sign of an otter there.” While it’s not a “fully conclusive study,” the fact that there were no signs of otters during a time when fish are most vulnerable, led the researchers to believe the otters may not be as big of an issue as originally thought. Something Nugent did notice was the state of the surrounding habitat. “I was shocked at the habitat’s state on the Prairie Creek spawning grounds. This is where anglers are complaining about decreasing catch and I thought I would be walking around a mainly undisturbed area but it’s on private land largely and there are a lot of areas where cows, horses and ATVs are in the river,” she said. “I found one area where there was obvious illegal harvesting going on, some poaching.” It’s key to look at the “big picture” when looking at issues with the fisheries, Nugent said. “Anglers are aware of a lot of the challenges that the fish face and are concerned that otter mortality is one more pressure on the population but whether otters are the real driver behind the complaints we’re receiving about fisheries, “I couldn’t say. I doubt it based on what I saw.” Nugent is now in the middle of another analysis based on otter fur harvest data from trappers.

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“I have fur harvest records back to the 80s and 90s,” she said. “I have completed a preliminary spatial analysis looking at the harvest density across the whole province. Cold Lake has the highest harvest density — we know that’s an area with historically a higher otter population. “In the West Country most of the areas have a quota of zero. In some the quota is of one.” She discovered the number of otters trapped in each WMUs (Wildlife Management Units or zones that divide up the province primarily for hunting purposes) in the West Country over a five-year period average out to about one. From 2003 to 2008, she found an average of 0.4 otters were trapped per trapline in one WMU, where there are about three to four traplines, Nugent said. The total number of otters trapped from 1985 to 2008 is 13 in another West Country WMU, 338 (in the middle of Edmonton and Jasper), and 14 in WMU 330 (covering just north of Rocky Mountain House to just south of Drayton Valley). “Overall, it’s a really low harvest,” she said. Nugent’s final report on what she found on otters in the West Country should be ready by February. It is not yet known if it will be made available to the public. “I am continuing to do a little bit of investigating over the winter at stocked trout ponds that are aerated, looking for signs or tracks of otters being active. It’s an ongoing interest of mine,” Nugent said.


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Syrian rebel-held town raises government flag BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Residents of a blockaded rebel-held town near Damascus raised the flag used by the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad in a deal that sees them accept symbolic humiliation in exchange for food, activists said on Thursday. The deal accepted by the town of Moadamiyeh is one of a number of short-lived, local truces reached between opposition-held towns and government forces in recent months, although the terms — which also included the rebels handing over heavy weapons and expelling outsiders — are unusual. Residents described it as a bitter pill to swallow. For nearly a year, the sprawling community west of Damascus was shelled and starved, surrounded by government checkpoints that refused to allow through food, clean water and fuel, pressuring residents to expel anti-Assad rebels among them. At least two women and four children died of hunger-related illnesses by September, said activists. The agreement also demanded rebels hand over their heavy weapons and that only registered residents of Moadamiyeh may remain in the town, in a condition likely to thin rebel ranks. “There’s sadness inside us, but we raised the flag because nobody helped us, nobody extended their hands to us,” said a Moadamiyeh resident who identified only as Ahmad, fearing retribution from Syrian security forces.

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“We are ready to save the lives of (hungry) children. There’s no bread in Moadamiyeh. “For three months, there’s been not even a grain of rice,” he said. The Syrian national flag of red, black and white stripes with two green stars could be seen from a distance flying over a water tanker, according to footage broadcast on a Lebanon-based news channel. That flag is often associated with the ruling Baath party, and many rebels fighting Assad use a flag with green, white and black stripes and three red stars. Hard-line groups use a range of Islamic banners. Syrian legislator George Nakhleh said that after the rebels hand over their heavy weapons, residents will establish local armed groups whose job will be to protect the town. He said the army will not enter the area but will guard it from outside. “The army will protect Moadamiyeh but inside the town the residents will protect it. “They will carry weapons and set up checkpoints to prevent the entrance of strangers who came from around the world to destroy our country,” said Nakhleh in an interview with the Lebanon-based Al-Mayadeen TV. He added that state institutions will gradually return to normal work and all gates will be opened in order for food and other stuff to enter the town so that life returns to normal. The rebels have seized a ring of neighbourhoods around the capital, a major front in the nearly 3-year-old civil war. Rebels often fire mortars at Damascus neighbourhoods from the opposition strongholds, in explosions that have killed Syrian civilians and made life within the crowded capital danger-





ous and miserable. All of Syria’s warring parties use blockades on civilians affiliated with enemy groups to punish their rivals. The timing may be to bolster Assad’s position ahead of internationallybrokered peace talks that are set for January. Activists in Moadamiyeh had warned for months that malnutrition was rife among its estimated 8,000 civilians. They said children and the elderly have been badly affected and frequently fall sick with illnesses exacerbated by hunger. The council spokesman, an opposition activist who goes by the nickname Qusai Zakarya, said the deal allowed for the daily, limited entry of food, ensuring that residents could be quickly

blockaded again. But Zakarya and activist Ahmad said no food had entered the town so far. Zakarya said it was likely because government officials wanted a military committee to sweep through Moadamiyeh to seize any heavy weapons. In the fall, a similar series of truces allowed some 5,000 residents of Moadamiyeh to flee the town. The Western-backed exiled opposition group, the Syrian Coalition, said the deal demonstrated how Assad’s government used “food as a tool of war.” U.N. Secretary General Ban Kimoon, in a statement issued Thursday, condemned the use of heavy weapons against civilians.

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Boxing Day sales madness rages CANADIANS HIT THE STORES, ONLINE SHOPPING GAINS GROUND BY THE CANADIAN PRESS Shoppers were out in force across much of Canada today trying to snap up deals in the annual Boxing Day sales. In southern Ontario it’s unclear how last weekend’s ice storm has affected sales, but the manager of one of Toronto’s biggest shopping malls says weather problems haven’t kept people away. Yorkdale general manager Anthony Casalanguida says you’d never know there were weather problems based on the number of shoppers in the mall. He says since Monday many people without power have been using Yorkdale as a warming centre while others with no power at home came to the mall to recharge cell phones and laptops. Casalanguida says it’s hard to tell what the bottom line for retailers is since most won’t have final sales figures available until next month. But he says the mall is on track for a five per cent increase in shoppers this Boxing Day compared to last year. It was a similar story at Toronto’s downtown Eaton Centre, where many of the thousands of bargain hunters were trudging through the mall wearing heavy winter coats. Americans waited until the last minute to buy

holiday gifts, but retailers weren’t prepared for the spike. Heavy spending in the final days of the mostly lacklustre season sent sales up 3.5 per cent between Nov. 1 and Tuesday, according to MasterCard Advisors SpendingPulse, which tracks payments but doesn’t give dollar figures. Online shopping led the uptick, with spending up 10 per cent to $38. 91 billion between Nov. 2 and Sunday, research firm comScore said. “We always have last-minute Charlies, but this year even people who normally complete shopping earlier completed shopping later,” said Marshal Cohen, chief retail analyst at market research firm NPD Group. The late surge caught companies off guard. UPS and FedEx failed to deliver some packages by Christmas due to a combination of poor weather and overloaded systems, leaving some unhappy holiday shoppers. Justin Londagin and his wife ordered their 7-yearold son a jersey of Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks from NFL’s website on Dec. 19. They paid $12.95 extra for two-day shipping to get it to their Augusta, Kan., home before Christmas, but it didn’t arrive in time. “We had to get creative and wrote him a note from Santa to tell him that the jersey fell out of the sleigh

and Santa will get it to him as soon as he could,” he said. Amazon is offering customers with delayed shipments a refund on their shipping charges and $20 toward a future purchase. And other retailers such as Macy’s said they are looking into the situation. The last-minute surge this year solidifies the increasing popularity of online shopping, which accounts for about 10 per cent of sales during the last three months of the year. It also underscores the challenges that companies face delivering on the experience, particularly during the holiday shopping season that runs from the beginning of November through December. Analysts say FedEx and UPS typically work closely with big retailers to get a sense of the volume of packages they’ll handle during peak times like the holiday season. Extra flights, trucks and seasonal workers can be added if the projections are large. But this year, David Vernon, a senior research analyst at Sanford C. Bernstein, said weather played a role. The early December ice storms in Dallas could have hurt operations, he said, and packages can start to accumulate. And that got compounded by a late surge in shipments, he said.

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Douglas Channel, the proposed termination point for an oil pipeline in the Enbridge Northern Gateway Project, is pictured in an aerial view in Kitimat, B.C.

Kitimat chief wants jobs for people TOWN EXPECTS BUST-TO-BOOM TIMES AS OIL GIANTS PREPARE FOR LNG PROJECTS BY DIRK MEISSNER THE CANADIAN PRESS VICTORIA — A decade ago, Kitamat Village in northwest British Columbia was broke as residents of the First Nations community faced non-existent job and economic development prospects. But that was then. Now, Haisla Nation Chief Ellis Ross is waiting for the bust-to-boom times as restructuring of the Rio Tinto aluminum smelter continues and oil company giants such as Shell and Chevron consider liquefied natural gas developments near the village site, bringing plenty of labour and service industry. However, Ross wants to do something about his nagging feeling that the jobs won’t last forever. Kitimat, located 11 kilometres to the south, has seen the bad times turn to good as construction camps fill with workers and more are on the way in 2014 with oil giants closing in on their plans to build terminals and plants to export LNG to Asia. Ross said he wants his people and Kitimat-area residents to be first in line for the permanent skilled jobs — pipefitters, electricians, millwrights — that are bound to be available. That’s why he’s organizing an employment summit that brings together First Nations, training institutes, governments, industries and unions to ensure the opportunity doesn’t pass by without long-term benefits. “Back in 2004, when the first gas company came to us, we, as a council were basically broke,” Ross said. “We had no initiatives on the table

and we had no prospects. We had nothing. As far as I could see, every commercial development had failed.” He said his council sought out economic development and embraced plans to generate an attitude adjustment for village residents. “We started to think how to get people off welfare,” Ross said. “How to start building a better life for our members. How do we get them to think about independence and how do we get them to start to think about careers. It was out of that where we came to today where everybody’s working.” He said anybody in Kitamaat Village who wants to work will be hired, but most of the current work consists of short-term labour or service jobs connected to the construction camps. “If you really want a job, you can get a job,” Ross said. “I’m talking to some of my membership people who have criminal pasts, who are getting jobs. I have one friend who basically has a long criminal record, and he got hired.” But Ross and his council want more than temporary jobs. He said his council has formed an economic development committee to reach out to industry, governments and institutions to set policy and goals to ensure locals are trained to benefit most from the coming energy development. “I haven’t seen anybody getting hold of this at all and that’s why I want to actually try and lead this,” he said.


“Maybe we’re the only ones who can actually pull everyone together into one room. If we don’t get enough people trained for this, those companies are going to have no choice but to look outside of the region, outside of the province, outside of the country. We need a bigger strategy.” A shortage of skilled workers is often cited by energy industry analysts as one potential obstacle to full-scale oil and gas development in B.C., which Premier Christy Clark says is a potential trillion-dollar opportunity that could create up to 100,000 jobs.

ment training needs.” Kitimat Mayor Joanne Monaghan said she doesn’t expect the huge wave of workers to arrive for at least another year, but until then she’s grappling with an unexpected problem for her community of about 8,500 people. Affordable housing is disappearing as rent-starved landlords are remodelling apartments and evicting tenants to cash in on monthly rents that are more than doubling to $1,800 from $600, she said. Monaghan said about a dozen Kitimat residents are due for eviction from their 1970s-era apartments on Jan. 31, but she’s seeking affordable housing options. “I feel very badly for these people,” she said. “I know it has to happen, but I also feel for them. I’m a graduate of a seminary, so you can kind of think of what I’m thinking. I lay awake at night thinking about this.” Monaghan said she has ELLIS ROSS been approached locally by people who are planning to build some affordable housing units, but they won’t be ready until next June at the earliest. She said a housing squeeze in Kitimat is a relatively new phenomenon considering that Census Canada in March 2007 cited Kitimat as the community with the greatest population decline in Canada, with a vacancy rate of 44.5 per cent. “My biggest goal is to have Kitimat, the people of Kitimat, happy, healthy and well housed.”




Ross said he doesn’t want the companies coming to Kitimat to be forced to import its workforce. “We’ve got to put together training for these people,” he said. “We’ve got to do it in combination with the companies as well as the provincial and federal government. I don’t care if you’re government. I don’t care if you’re private or public. Let’s get to the table and see if we can all work together providing the long-term employ-


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OTTAWA — Wait until next year. It’s a familiar refrain for sports teams, but the premise is getting old for Canadians awaiting the return of an economy that can be counted on for jobs, solid incomes and financial security. As far back as 2010, the Bank of Canada held out the prospect of better times in the year ahead. But unexpected events — whether it was a tsunami in Japan, a debt crisis in Europe, or political shenanigans in Washington — always took the shine off the optimism. “If you were looking for a theme song for the Canadian economy, it would either be With a Little Help from my Friends, or, alternatively, Led Zeppelin’s The Song Remains the Same, ” says Craig Alexander, TD Bank’s chief economist. He says we’re still waiting for a hand-off from consumerdriven growth. “We are going to eventually get this rotation toward exports and business investment and away from real estate and consumer spending. We said that would happen in 2013. It didn’t happen. Now we’re saying it is going to start next year,” Alexander said. He’s not predicting eye-popping growth. TD, like the Bank of Canada and a consensus of economists, is estimating growth will rebound to about 2.3 per cent in 2014. That would follow two years of sub-par growth at 1.7 per cent in 2012 and an estimated 1.7 per cent growth this year. The improvement foreseen for 2014 is not much of a bump and won’t lead to massive job creation and steep income growth. But the difference between 1.7 per cent and 2.3 per cent is important. The Bank of Canada believes economy has the “potential” to grow about two per

cent. At 1.7 per cent, the economy has underachieved its potential whereas, at 2.3 per cent, the economy can eliminate slack and head toward full recovery. The central bank thinks 2015 will see the gap close further with 2.6 per cent growth, enabling the economy to return to health by the middle or the end of that year. The other important distinction is the composition of growth. According to the central bank and others, 2014 will be the year the economy finally enters the zone of what Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz calls self-generating, self-sustaining “natural growth.” That is critical because Canada, for the past three years, has experienced a kind of un-natural recovery. Yes, it has recouped all it lost during the recession in terms of output and jobs, but a persistently low inflation reading and continuing slack in production capacity suggest something has not been quite right. Growth was achieved primarily at first because federal and provincial governments pumped tens of billions of dollars into the economy — all of it borrowed. The Bank of Canada — as well as its U.S. counterpart — has also kept interest rates at or near rock bottom, encouraging businesses and households to borrow money and spend. Snatch away the stimulus measures and Canada, some say, would most likely still be in recession. CIBC chief economist Avery Shenfeld there was nothing fundamentally amiss about Canada’s domestic economy before 2008 when the world’s financial system was dealt a severe blow by a meltdown in the U.S. real estate, which spread to banking and other industries. While Canada’s economy


Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz holds a press conference at the National Press Theatre in Ottawa on Wednesday, October 23, 2013. According to the central bank and others, 2014 will be the year the economy finally enters the zone of what Poloz calls self-generating, self-sustaining “natural growth.” initially emerged from the 2008-9 global recession in relatively good shape, it has limped along more recently amid weakened demand for many of the country’s major exports. “Part of the reason Canada hasn’t seen the lift in capital business spending is because the rest of the world has disappointed us,” Shenfeld said. “Interest rates have been low, financing has been available, but unless you are sure the product demand is going to be there, it’s hard to trigger a boom in capital spending. So a brighter global economy could see a return in capital spending in the resource in sector, which is part of that rotation that’s been missing.” That’s where a little help from our friends, particularly the United States where 75 per cent of exports end up, will go along way to curing Canada’s ills, say analysts. Optimism for 2014 is tied to how quickly the U.S. recovers

Housing market will likely simmer in 2014 previous 2014 forecast of 465,600. The national average price for a home is also expected to creep higher to $391,000 next year, from $382,000 in 2013. CREA chief economist Gregory Klump said Canadian home prices will continue to stay close to current levels in most markets due to continued signs of a strong economy, increases in salaries, and a demand for single-family homes. Lori-Ann Beausoleil, national leader for real estate for PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, said the market continues to show strength compared to foreign markets. “We’re not looking for major record highs in 2014, but we’re also not going to see for record lows,” said Beausoleil, who is also a partner at the consulting firm. “We’re in a very balanced market right now where we have access to capital, equity, debt, opportunity to deploy that capital.”

ernor Poloz, is that the country lost about 9,000 exporting companies in the aftermath of the 2008-09 recession. Alexander, TD’s chief economist, lists other factors: an increase in the number of right-to-work states in the U.S. that have brought down labour costs; a shale oil and gas revolution; and low gas prices that have decreased energy input costs for a lot of U.S. manufacturers. “And we’ve had really strong productivity growth in the U.S.,” Alexander added. “So U.S. manufacturing is far more competitive than it was before and that makes it much tougher for Canadian exporters.” The consensus view assumes that the modest pick up in exports, which will lead to companies investing in machinery and equipment in order to become more competitive exporters, won’t be counterbalanced by a retrenchment in the household sector and in housing.



INTERNET: Demand underestimated “Clearly, as a group, (they) underestimated the demand for Internet retailing during the holidays,” Vernon said. Another problem was the growing popularity of retailers offering free shipping. Amazon, for one, has a twoday free shipping offer that comes with its $79 annual Prime membership. The company said in the third week of December alone, more than 1 million people signed up for the membership. “Frankly the right hand wasn’t talking to the left,” said Forrester analyst Sucharita Mulpuru. “The marketing teams of a lot of web retailers (offering free shipping) were not talking to the operations and supply chain teams.” The resulting delayed shipments could be a problem for shippers. UPS and FedEx did not quantify how many

packages were affected but said they were just a small fraction of total holiday deliveries. “The central pillar of their business is a perception of reliability with their customers,” said Jeremy RobinsonLeon, CEO of Group Gordon, a corporate and crisis PR firm. This year’s snafus “just really erodes trust among customers.” Still, analysts say people will still shop online. “Consumers tend to have a short memory, especially if you fast forward to another year,” said Andrew Lipsman, vice-president of industry analysis for comScore. Indeed, some shoppers are taking the delays in stride. Traci Arbios, who lives in Clovis, Calif., did about 90 per cent of her shopping online. Most items included free shipping and everything arrived on time except one package she ordered from a seller on eBay that was sent first class by the U.S. Postal Service on Dec. 12. It still had not arrived on Thursday. “Everything arrived on time except this one item,” she said. “It’s not going to stop me from shopping online.”

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After months of scouring online listings and visiting half a dozen open houses, Mike Lock and his wife became discouraged, convinced that they were never going to be able to buy a home in their price range. With a budget of around $400,000, the couple was severely limited in their options in Toronto where the average house price in November was nudging $540,000 — up 11 per cent yearover-year. But last week, their offer of $385,000 for a house in east Toronto was accepted. It was outside of their preferred neighbourhood, and only had two bedrooms but the couple counted themselves lucky. “It was very competitive,” said 27-year-old Lock, who works for an architectural firm. After years of a hot streak, the real estate market in Canada appears set to cool to a simmer in 2014 with demand expected to remain relatively strong across most provinces. Scotiabank chief economist Warren Jestin forecasts housing prices will stay flat or rise slightly, but “shrill” predictions of a drastic bottoming out in prices will likely not ring true in the New Year. “I wouldn’t kid myself into thinking that the (upwards) trends we’ve seen over the past five years will continue. I don’t think that’s going to happen at all,” said Jestin. “Credit growth has slowed down, home ownership levels are at record levels and employment growth is moderating. Everything is telling me that this market is going to level out, go sideways. Maybe go through a bit of an adjustment and that process is going to take two or three years, minimum.” Lock said he and his wife had put in an offer on one other home but lost to a buyer who bid

$56,000 over the asking price. Other houses within their budget were either complete gut jobs, or listed artificially low in hopes of sparking a bidding war. Despite the obstacles, he said they remained determined to buy a house. “Back in 2010, I thought things would go down because prices were so high. But it just continued shooting up since then,” he said. “I’ve learned the lesson that you can’t time the market; you buy when you can and you hold for a long time.” The Canadian Real Estate Association has projected that 458,200 previously owned homes will be sold through its members this year — eight-tenths of a per cent more than in 2012 and up from the September forecast of 449,900. It also expects the increase to continue into 2014, as the association forecasts resales will come in at 475,000 homes nationally, up from the



and how much that boosts Canadian exports. The Royal Bank is among the most optimistic, pencilling in a 2.6 per cent expansion next year, and 2.7 the year after that, which will more quickly close the output gap and get the Bank of Canada to raise interest rates in 2015. Exporters will also benefit from a swooning loonie, analysts say, because, by comparison, the U.S. economy will outperform Canada’s. The loonie has already lost about six per cent in value in the past year and now hovers around 94 cents US. By many estimates, it could be at least as low as 90 cents by the end of 2014. With all these factors in Canada’s favour, it’s a wonder the economy won’t do better. But the Bank of Canada has noted that exporters haven’t kept pace, given the rebound in the United States, so they won’t likely benefit as much in 2014 as they have historically. Part of the reason, says gov-

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Biomass heat recovery COMPOSTING IS CHEAP, EASY, COST EFFICIENT, ORGANIC, AND ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY Every year we mow our lawns, trim of an average house in a cold climate our trees, pull weeds, and discard our of 50 million BTUs for heat and annewspapers. other 25 million BTUs for hot water Obviously, vegetation, grass, plants, consumption. leaves, sawdust and even newspaper The heat recovery process is relaare in abundant supply. tively simple. Some of us, those with a Take grass clipping, for green thumb and a farmer’s example, place in an insusoul, compost this material lated air exposed containto recycle the nutrients and er, much like a composting plant fibre to fertilize our drum, add water to insuregardens and flower beds. all contents are wet, add a Composting is cheap, easy, couple of handfuls of soil cost efficient, organic, and and close the lid. environmentally friendly; In about twelve hours something the stewards of the temperature will rise the land have known about to 35 -38° C (95 -100° F) as for millennia. the natural occurring Farmers, ranchers, hortiMesophilic bacteria start LORNE culturalists, and gardeners, the first stages of decomOJA are also aware of another position. phenomena when dealing Once the temperature with any vegetative biomass. rises above 52° C (125° F) Heat, lots of it, is proThermophilic bacteria duced by the decay of organic matter. take over and really speed up the proGrain farmers, hay growers, all bat- cess; in doing so the temperature will tle to preserve their produce by con- rise to 55- 65°C (130 - 150° F) trolling the moisture content to preIt is important to note that this is an vent spoilage. aerobic process, meaning it requires If they fail to get it right the grain oxygen. or hay will “heat” and if moisture, orAnaerobic processes work without ganic material, and oxygen are in the O2, and is the process used in biodicorrect ratio, fire has been known to gesters for the production of ethanol result. or methane. Agriscience has pretty much figBecause oxygen is required by the ured out how to prevent overheat- thermophilic bacteria no gases are ing, but what if we wanted to harvest produced, thus little smell, the organic this natural and abundant source of matter is simply reduced to a nutrient warmth? rich, residue. It has been calculated that when To design a system to capture this one acre of organic matter decompos- heat of decay, a recovery unit has to es, 170 000 000 BTU / year of heat en- be sized to meet approximate demand, ergy is produced. and must be fully insulated from the Compare that to the requirements elements.

For a hydronic system a storage medium, such as water and glycol, complete with tanks and pumps would have to be considered. A small shed, or outbuilding, could be set up with consideration to loading, and removal of the composted residue. Provisions for air, water and removal of C02 must also be incorporated into the plan. The heat of decomposition could be harvested to provide your heating

needs economically, efficiently, and with no harm to the environment. Lorne Oja is an energy consultant, power engineer and a partner in a company that installs solar panels, wind turbines and energy control products in Central Alberta. He built his first off-grid home in 2003. His column appears every second Friday in the Advocate. Contact him at:


THE CANADIAN PRESS Over the last six months, John Morillo has received free drinks in local pubs, been asked for his autograph and has even been called “Aquaman.” But the Windsor, Ont., resident, who prompted an international rescue operation after swimming across the Detroit River to the U.S. earlier this year, doesn’t want anyone to follow his lead. “It seemed like a good idea at the time but I wouldn’t advise anyone to do it,” he told The Canadian Press. “You start to realize there could have been some serious consequences.” One of those consequences could have been being mowed down by a large ship that cut right into Morillo’s swim path mere moments after he had been picked up by authorities. “I could have been killed for sure. I wouldn’t have seen it,” said the father of two. “I wasn’t even thinking about that.” At the time though, Morillo had no doubt he would be able to make it across the river and back. “I thought of it as exercise, not a daredevil feat. I knew I could do it,” he said. “I was going to swim there and back and walk home and nobody would have been any the wiser.” The 47-year-old said his experience biking long distances — he cycled from Windsor to Sudbury twice and often bikes to Toronto — and his love of swimming had prepared him for the feat which he’d thought about for a long time. “I’ve been telling people I was going to swim across the river for 25-30 years and they all laughed at me,” he said. “One night the water was smooth as glass, and I told my neighbour I’m going to go swim across the river.” While that neighbour was initially amused at Morillo’s enthusiasm, she panicked after he disappeared in the distance and called 911. Meanwhile, Morillo — oblivious that helicopters and boats had been called into service to search for him — had reached the U.S., clambered up a ladder to the shore and posed for pictures with bystanders who were amazed at his crossing.


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Development Officer Approvals On December 20, 2013, the Development Officer issued approval for the following applications: Permitted Use Johnstone Park 1. Beta Surveys Ltd. – a 0.49 metre relaxation to the minimum rear yard of an exisiting detached garage, located at 2 James Street.


Man who swam across Detroit River doesn’t want anyone to follow

Pines 2. Laebon Developments Ltd. – a 2.45 metre relaxation to the minimum front yard setback of a proposed wheelchair ramp, to be located at 95 Pearson Crescent. Southbrook 3. Larkaun Developments Ltd. – a single family dwelling and rear decks to be constructed within the easement, to be located at 4 Sawyer Close. You may appeal Discretionary approvals to the Red Deer Subdivision & Development Appeal Board, Legislative Services, City Hall, prior to 4:30 p.m. on January 10, 2014. You may not appeal a Permitted Use unless it involves a relaxation, variation or misinterpretation of the Land Use Bylaw. Appeal forms (outlining appeal fees) are available at Legislative Services. For further information, please phone 403342-8399.

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Overwhelming smell of kitty litter follows sister everywhere Dear Annie: One of my sisters has a lovely I have enjoyed children and grandchilcat, but when we go somewhere with her, the dren. I thank you. You may have saved my kitty litter odor is overwhelming. life. It clings to her clothing and follows her evWomen, if you think that man you want erywhere. My sister is highly sensitive to crit- who belongs to someone else is a real prize, icism, so we haven’t approached her about you haven’t seen the whole picture. -— Gratethis. She probably doesn’t notice the smell ful Granny because she lives with the odor every day. Dear Granny: We appreciate your voice of We think she might be storing the sacks experience. of unused litter in her closet with her coats, More importantly, you have underscored etc., and this is why it is so noticeable. that having a man in your life does not deterShe is an avid reader of your column, so mine your level of happiness. we are hoping she will see this Too many women believe otherand realize the odor can be wise. controlled if she simply keeps Dear Annie: I am responding to the litter stored in her garage. “Not Unsympathetic,” whose grand— Concerned Sister daughter’s birthday parties are Dear Concerned: Most un“ruined” by a 6-year-old autistic used kitty litter doesn’t have stepgrandson. such a distinctive odor that it I am the mother of a child on the would be terribly noticeable, autism spectrum. While his autism is but nonetheless, it should not very mild and would not ruin family be stored near clothing, begatherings, I am sensitive to his iscause clothes can absorb the sues. odor of whatever is nearby. Many times, autistic children have It’s also possible your sisa meltdown because the stimulation MITCHELL ter keeps the actual litter box is too much for them. The sounds, & SUGAR in her bedroom or closet, or smells and noise produce a fight-orperhaps she doesn’t clean it as flight response. often as she should. That is not the same thing as a tanWe understand that she is trum, in which children become unsensitive to criticism, but don’t you think she ruly because they aren’t getting their way. would want to know that other people can The stepgrandson isn’t going to the party smell her? with the intent of ruining it. Please bite the bullet and speak up. Tell Try to imagine a situation in which the her you are sure she’d want to know. noise is too much, the colors too bright, the Dear Annie: I was married for 20 years smells overwhelming, and there are some when my husband left me for another wom- alien rules of behavior that you don’t underan. stand. At first, I was upset, but in the intervening Try to hold it together under those circumyears, I have changed my mind. stances at the age of 6. Please print this for her: When we’re out with our son, we do our Dear Other Woman: I bet you thought you best to anticipate what might cause a meltwere the winner when my husband left to be down and try to avoid it. with you. But sometimes we don’t know what’s going You have dealt with his drinking, pot to trigger it. smoking, heart disease, emphysema, baldYour advice to have a separate family parness, toothless smile, erectile dysfunction ty sounds like a good start. — Not Unsympaand bad moods. thetic to the Child You had to support him because he was Annie’s Mailbox is written by Kathy Mitchell chronically unemployed, and now you are his and Marcy Sugar, longtime editors of the Ann nursemaid 24/7. Landers column. Please email your questions to Because of you, I have had the freedom to, or write to: Annie’s love, live and travel. I also drive a new car Mailbox, c/o Creators Syndicate, 737 3rd Street, and paid off a home he didn’t want. Hermosa Beach, CA 90254.


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Kim Dorland Untitled (Painter in a Canoe) 2013 Oil and acrylic on jute over wood panel The Bailey Collection

A peculiar choice? BY LANA MICHELIN ADVOCATE STAFF When Canada’s premier Group of Seven gallery went looking for a contemporary artist who could pay homage to the nation’s century-old landscape painting tradition they chose Kim Dorland. In some ways it was a peculiar choice. Red Deer-raised Dorland was not steeped in the wilds of Ontario’s Algonquin Park — or any other iconic spot painted by Tom Thomson or the group of artists who followed him. In fact, the nearest to nature Dorland remembers being in his childhood is close to park trails while attending Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School. “I was not an avid nature buff, but there was always nature around me in Central Alberta,” he recalled in a phone interview from his studio in Toronto. “In Red Deer, you’re always within 10 minutes of nature.” And maybe that was proximate enough. For Dorland was able to be draw inspiration from Thomson, his favorite artist, as well as the diverse experiences of his own 39 years of life to create paintings of forests, lakes, hills and trees that now fill all five upper galleries of the McMichael Canadian Art Collection in Kleinburg, Ont.. His solo show came about when McMichael’s chief curator, Katerina Atanassova, saw an exhibit of his works in New York. The artist was told his contemporary style, kindled by Group of Seven influences, could inject an exciting new “synergy” into Canadian landscape painting. Atanassova asked Dorland to be the McMichael’s artist-in-residence for a year. He was also invited to explore the gallery’s collection, visit Group of Seven locales and produce paintings that reference the past and present, thereby validating landscape as a fitting subject for modern painters. In You Are Here: Kim Dorland and the Return to Painting exhibit, some of his works, which seek to understand nature and the human relationship to it, are juxtaposed with Thomson’s revered ones. This initially caused the artist some anxiety because he didn’t want to ride on the legendary Thomson’s coattails. In fact, Dorland bristled at the idea of being seen as a “Thomson Jr.” “I’ve established enough of an audience at this point in my career, I did not want to be seen as (derivative). And I also didn’t want people to think I was being disrespectful to the Group of Seven,” whose work has sometimes been parodied, he said. Dorland said he actually adores the “voice and style” of the working painter, Thomson — so much so that he named his four-year-old son Thomson after the artist. (His older son is Seymour, 7, and according to their dad, both boys already excel at art). “I thought, if my paintings can be seen as paying homage, then I’ll do it,”

Kim Dorland You Are Here Oil and acrylic on jute over wood panel Courtesy of Kim Dorland he recalled. But completing 60 new pieces for the McMichael exhibit was a massive endeavour. It started with Dorland heading off into the woods with his camera to take reference photos, and finished last fall with an eight-hour canoe trip/ pilgrimage the artist took with his wife and sons (which involving some portaging) to the remote spot on Canoe Lake where Thomson mysteriously drowned in 1917. “It was an amazing, beautiful sport. You almost feel like you walked into one of his paintings,” recalled Dorland. “It was also kind of eerie to be there because I am now 39, the same age he was when he died.” The show that resulted from all that woodland research has turned into a huge career move for the artist — and that’s saying something since Dorland has, in the past few years, had commercial gallery exhibits in Montreal, Milan, Los Angeles and Santa Monica, as well as New York. In purely monetary terms, he has already achieved success: His larger paintings sell in the five figures to collectors across North America. Dorland’s works are in many private, as well as public collections, including

Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal, the Glenbow Museum and Berlin’s Sander Collection. You Are Here also won his works more well-publicized critical success. The exhibit that goes to Jan. 5 has been covered by newspapers and art magazines across the country and has peaked the interest of viewers, including many school groups. “Some of the feedback has really been humbling,” said Dorland. “When I went into this, I wasn’t sure what to expect, but this show definitely has some of my best work . . . and some of the response to it has been crazy — in a good way.” Most of Dorland’s McMichael paintings are expansive — about two by three metres in size. And most are bold, as one would expect from an artist who liberally uses both oil and acrylic paint and mixedmedia effects, including spray-painted graffiti motifs. His abstracted Heavy Beams, shows an X-shaped acid-yellow beam of light that’s contrasted with white and black and grey trees. In his painting of Thomson’s ghost in a canoe (ghosts are a reoccurring theme in his work, he said, because they bridge the past and present), the out-of-body artist appears as a neon-

green silhouette. And in his six-metre wide French River tryptic, the natural greens are occasionally bordered by vivid splashes of bright orange. Dorland explains these jarring jolts of colour by saying “it’s partly my approach . . . I’m not interested in making things beautiful. I wanted to create dynamic terrain in my work.” The unexpected accents are also a way of injecting a contemporary sensibility that suggests nature isn’t necessarily pristine anymore. And “garish touches are a nice way to reference my white trash upbringing,” he said, with a chuckle. The artist’s transitory childhood, which included being kicked out of the house at age 16 by his mother, has often been reported. So has the reformative influence of his high school girlfriend, Lori Seymour. She is now his wife, as well as a freelance writer and his career manager. It was after moving in with Seymour’s family as a teenager and leafing through her parents’ coffee table books about art that Dorland first sensed he could be something more than what he was — which was an ineffectual student with no future plans. “I fell in love with a girl, and began believing in myself and believing I had a future. From that point on . . . I wanted to do something with my life,” he recalled. Dorland began exploring some of his little-used artistic skills after his grandmother, “who was a Sunday painter, but was really good,” gave him some of her oil paints. While working as a porter at the North Hill Inn, he also met a former student at the Alberta College of Art and Design who got him interested in the idea of taking a post-secondary art program. Dorland eventually moved to Toronto with Seymour and graduated with a Masters in Fine Art degree from York University. The former Red Deer resident started out painting streetscapes of the Oriole Park home of his in-laws and other suburban scenes. His subject matter gradually expanded to encompass abstracted portraits and landscapes, “because I wanted to see if I could do it,” said the artist. In the 2000s, he rose to the forefront of Canada’s contemporary art scene with his sculptural approach to painting that involves layering large amounts of paint onto canvases. When asked what he wants to illicit in art viewers — whether a visceral, emotional or intellectual reaction, Dorland responded, “The short answer is yes” to all of the above. “My art is now less rooted in a specific place — such as Red Deer — and is more about narrative style . . . “I’ve been really lucky and have worked with good people,” added Dorland, who ideally aims for what Van Gogh, or for that matter, Thomson achieved — to give viewers a glimpse of who he is, as a person, through his works. “Great paintings speak to you.”

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Canucks step onto Broadway onstage or in film or television. King Lear: Canadian stage and screen star Colm Feore makes his much anticipated return to the Stratford Festival to take on the title role of the aging monarch who descends into madness. Feore hasn’t acted at the festival since 2009, when he starred as Macbeth and Cyrano de Bergerac. If his chilling sneak peek as a hirsute Lear in the festival’s 2014 season trailer is any indication, his return will not disappoint. Festival artistic director Antoni Cimolino helms the tragedy, which also includes Stratford veteran Stephen Ouimette as the Fool and Scott Wentworth as Gloucester. Feore will also play Archer in “The Beaux’ Stratagem” at Stratford this year. The festival says between these parts and his others at Stratford over the years, he’ll have played as many title roles there as Christopher Plummer. “King Lear” officially opens the festival season on May 26. Les Miserables (on Broadway): If you haven’t had the pleasure of seeing Cameron Mackintosh’s smash 25th anniversary production that ends Feb. 2 in Toronto — or even if you have — it’s worth the trip to the Big Apple as several top-tier Canadian performers will also be featured in the ver-

BY THE CANADIAN PRESS From an ice champion doing a jazzy song-and-dance act onstage, to a literary legend helming an opera and Canadian performers making their mark on Broadway, the upcoming year in theatre finds several Canucks stepping outside their traditional boundaries. As the curtain goes up on 2014, we look ahead to some of the mostly hotly anticipated theatrical productions of the new year. Here are five recommendations, in alphabetical order: Chicago: Three-time world champion figure skater Elvis Stojko will try to razzle dazzle ’em as slick lawyer Billy Flynn in this jazzy musical that begins at the Princess of Wales Theatre on March 26. The Newmarket, Ont., native follows in the footsteps of veteran performers including Billy Ray Cyrus, Alan Thicke and Richard Gere in taking on the role. Stojko recently told The Canadian Press he doesn’t “feel entirely like a fish out of water,” noting his lifetime of performances on-ice and his role as Vince Fontaine in a 2004 production of “Grease” in Toronto. He’s hoping the experience will lead to more acting roles, either

sion down there. Among them is Ontario-raised actor-singer Ramin Karimloo, who’s bringing down the house (and bringing on tears) as heroic Jean Valjean in Toronto and will be reprising the leading role in the Boublil and Schonberg show that starts at New York’s Imperial Theatre on March 1. Other Canucks cast in the Great White Way version include Caissie Levy as Fantine and “Canadian Idol” alums Melissa O’Neil (as Eponine) and Aaron Walpole (as Champmathieu and Brujon). Beyond the Canuck connection, the show also features spectacular staging and direction from Laurence Connor and James Powell. Pauline: This is the first opera from CanLit treasure Margaret Atwood, who wrote the libretto based on the life and final days of prolific Canadian writer and actress Pauline Johnson. Atwood worked with composer Tobin Stokes on the chamber opera that’s been 15 years in the making. Born on the Six Nations Indian Reserve in Ontario, Johnson was the child of a Mohawk chief and a Quaker Englishwoman. She died in 1913 of breast cancer in Vancouver, where the opera is set. Pauline will make its world premiere at City Opera Vancouver on May 23.

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NEW YORK — “Anything goes” was the guiding ethos for Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio in making their extravagant dark comedy of Wall Street excess, The Wolf of Wall Street. “We would look at each other and ask, ‘Are we going too far?”’ says DiCaprio. Rarely was the answer “yes.” The two longtime collaborators pushed the basedon-a-true-story tale to the limits of outrageousness, decency and MPAA approval. With pinstripe suits instead of togas, it’s their Satyricon, their Caligula: a nearly three-hour-long orgy of money, sex and drugs. The partnership between the 71-year-old Scorsese and DiCaprio, 39, has now stretched over five films and more than a dozen years. They’ve together been able to carve out a space for the kind of daring Hollywood typically shuns. “Anything goes” is far from the mantra of today’s movie business. “I don’t think people really quite understand how unique this movie is,” says DiCaprio, while Scorsese, sitting next to him, nods. “No matter what they think of the movie, you do not see films like this happening.” Scorsese and DiCaprio recently sat down for a joint interview to discuss their latest film, which opens on Christmas Day. On the surface, they exude the dynamic of master and pupil. But they’re on more equal footing, bonded by a desire to make movies like those from the ’70s that DiCaprio grew up admiring and Scorsese actually made. In the last 13 years, Scorsese has made only one fictional film (Hugo) that didn’t star DiCaprio. “Over the years, it’s been about learning more, fine-tuning the instruments together, so to speak, and discovering more from each other in the process,” says Scorsese. They co-produced The Wolf of Wall Street, which Warner Bros. turned down in 2008 before it was reborn with Paramount Pictures. Ironically, Scorsese was tipped off to DiCaprio’s talent from the actor he’s most associated with: Robert De Niro. After De Niro made 1993’s This Boy’s Life, he recommended an 18-year-old DiCaprio to Scorsese. That would spark a pairing that has grown to rival De Niro’s own with Scorsese (eight films). DiCaprio was in his mid-20s when he sought out a part in Scorsese’s bloody New York tale, Gangs of New York. The Howard Hughes biopic, The Aviator, followed, a movie that DiCaprio (who landed his first lead actor Oscar nomination) suggested to Scorsese. Then came the Boston crime flick The Departed (earning Scorsese his first directing Academy Award) and the ’50s noir Shutter Island. “It hasn’t been calculated at all,” says DiCaprio. “I brought projects to him. Projects have come to us. And we just kind of both said, ‘Yes, that’s the type of movie we want to do.’ It’s been this really natural progression. We’ve taken more and more chances. And, certainly I’ve grown more as an actor having a trusted ally.”

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Obituaries 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


BONIN Gordon Edward 1948 - 2013 The Family and Friends are deeply saddened to announce the passing of Gordon Edward Bonin - November 29th, 2013. Gordon was better known as “Gordie” to all his Friends and “240 Gordie Bonin” by his Fans and the International Drag Racing Community. Gordie was born in Prince Albert, SK. September 30th, 1948, then moved to Red Deer, AB., with his family in 1951. Gordie, even as a child was always on the go, whether it was on two wheels or four, as long as it would go fast. As a teen, in order to cover his Paper Route, it needed a motor and needed to go faster. Gordie enjoyed playing Baseball and Hockey solidifying his competitive spirit. Gordie lived life to the fullest always with that Sparkle in his Eyes, a Big Smile and Hello for everyone and every Puppy he met. Even after becoming a Legend in his chosen profession, NHRA, IHRA & FIA Professional Drag Racing and being inducted into the Canadian Motor Sports Hall Of Fame in 2000 and the Northwest Motor Sports Hall Of Fame, USA in 2008, it never changed his Love for his long term friends or someone he had just met. Gordie’s unselfish giving of himself and his time to Charity Events and anyone in need will live on in the hearts of those he touched. Gordie was predeceased by his father Joseph “Joe” Bonin (2007). He leaves us to be forever remembered by his loving Mother - Marie, Sister - Elaine, Brothers - Robert (Donna), David and Don, his Son Scott, and Grand Children Trey and Emily along with numerous Nieces, Nephews, Great Nieces and Great Nephews.

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WATTS 1933 - 2013 Mr. Robert “Bob” Charles Watts of Red Deer, formally of Bluffton, passed away peacefully at the Red Deer Hospice on December 21, 2013 at the age of 80 years. His last days were filled with precious time spent with family and close friends. Bob will be missed by his son Dean (Brenda) Watts and daughter Ginnie (Doug) Algar; grandchildren Jason, Chelsea, Kerry, Shandra and Dustin. Also to cherish Bob’s memory are his partner Thelma Galisky and her sons Bob (Keri-lynn), John (Twyla) and grandchildren Conner, Cameron and Dylan. Bob was predeceased by his wife Iris (nee Makofka) in 1990. A more detailed obituary with information regarding a Celebration of Bob’s life will follow in the spring. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Bob’s honor may be directed to the to the Red Deer Hospice Society, 99 Arnot Avenue, Red Deer AB T4R 3S6. Condolences to Bob’s family may be emailed to MEANINGFUL MEMORIALS Funeral Service Red Deer 587-876-4944

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BUSBY Louise Anne Louise Anne Busby was born in Innisfail, Alberta on October 12, 1942. Louise passed away December 20th, 2013 at the University of Alberta after a lengthy illness. She is survived by her two sons, Michael (Stephanie) of Red Deer and Rob of Fort McMurray; brother Robert (Ila) Sloan and brother Barry (Sylvia) Sloan. Louise was predeceased by her loving husband John in 2010. At the request of Louise and her family, there will be no funeral service. A private interment will be held at a later date. Condolences may be forwarded to the family by visiting Arrangements entrusted to EVENTIDE FUNERAL CHAPELS 4820 - 45th Street, Red Deer. Phone (403) 347-2222.

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Central AB Life Publication dates: THURSDAY DEC. 26 Deadline Fri. Dec. 20 @ 5 p.m. THURSDAY JAN. 2 Deadline Fri. Dec. 27 @ 5 p.m. Red Deer Advocate - Publication dates: Thursday Jan. 2 Deadline Mon. Dec. 30 @ 5 p.m. Happy Holidays to you and your families! CLASSIFIEDS 403-309-3300 RED DEER ADVOCATE

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CYLINDER HEAD MECHANIC. Journeyman HET or Millwright or relevant industry experience preferred. Bidell offers a competitive wage, company paid health benefits & best in the business savings plan. Please submit your resume to: or fax to: 403.236.0345 Buying or Selling your home? Check out Homes for Sale in Classifieds Classifieds Your place to SELL Your place to BUY



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

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Bearspaw currently has a position in our Stettler field operations for an intermediate oil and gas operator. Applicants must have experience as a heavy duty mechanic or journeyman instrument mechanic and possess strong mechanical skills, be quick learners, motivated and hard working and live or be willing to relocate within a 20 minute commute to workplace location. This position offers a challenging work environment, attractive benefits with competitive pay and significant room for promotion. Please submit resumes

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





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


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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. Savoy Cres. / Sydney Close Sherwood Cres. VANIER AREA Viscount Drive Vickers Close Volks Place / Vanier Drive Vanson Close / Visser St. Call Prodie @ 403- 314-4301 for more info ********************** TO ORDER HOME DELIVERY OF THE ADVOCATE CALL OUR CIRCULATION DEPARTMENT 403-314-4300




Part time position. Shop is located 6 miles from Red Deer. Applicants must have own transportation and be able to work flexible schedule. 340587A10

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

Full time and part time positions available. Must be willing to work evenings and weekends, and must have previous experience driving either motor coach or semi. Clean class 1 or Class 2 with air.

Will consider either full or part time. Previous motor coach repair experience preferred.

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

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Has Opening for all positions! Immediately. All applicants must have current H2S, Class 5 with Q Endorsement, (No GDL licenses) and First Aid. We offer competitive wages & excellent benefits. Please include 2 work reference names and numbers. Please fax resume to: 403-264-6725 Or email to: No phone calls please.

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SOAP Stories is seeking 5 F/T Beauty Treatment O/P, selling soap & bath products $14.55/hr. + bonus & comm. Beauty cert. req’d. Location Parkland Mall - 4747 67th St. Red Deer. email premierjobrdbto@ SOAP Stories is seeking 5 retail sales reps. Selling soap & bath products. $12.10 hr + bonus & commission. Ft No exp. req`d. Parkland Mall 4747 67 St. Red Deer. email resume to StoreSmart Self-Storage seeking P/T Customer Service Representative for 16-24 hrs/wk. For job description and how to apply, go to No phone calls please.

If you are a team player interested in the oil and gas industry, please submit your resume, Wise Intervention current driver’s abstract Services Inc. and current safety is now hiring for the Teachers/ certificates to the following: following positions: Fax 403-887-4750 Tutors * Downhole Tool Supervisors * Coil Tubing Rig Managers PART-TIME LEGAL Please specify position * Crane Truck Operators ADMINISTRATIVE when replying to this ad. * Nitrogen Pump Operators ASSISTANT * Fluid Pump Operators We would like to thank all * Mechanics INSTRUCTOR those candidates who Academy of Learning, apply, however only Competitive wages and Red Deer qualified personnel will benefits. Priority given to Apply at: resumes be contacted. applicants with relevant RONCO OILFIELD HAULING e x p e r i e n c e , C l a s s 1 Start your career! Sylvan Lake is looking for Drivers license and valid See Help Wanted a Dispatcher. Knowledge oilfield tickets. of Travis Permit System PART-TIME Wise is a leading oilfield and computer skills are UNIT CLERK req’d. Wages negotiable services provider that is committed to quality and INSTRUCTOR dependant on exp. safety excellence. By emAcademy of Learning, Email resume tom@ powering positive attitudes, Red Deer beliefs, perceptions and Apply at: resumes or fax. 403-887-4892 values, our employees care for the success of one another. Please forward all resumes to: or by Trades fax to 403-340-1046 SERVICE RIG CARPET COLOUR Bearspaw Petroleum Ltd Celebrate your life CENTRE is seeking exp’d with a Classified is currently looking for FLOORHANDS & ANNOUNCEMENT EXP’D. TILE INSTALLER DERRICK HANDS Applicant must have ability Locally based, home every to lay out tiles, be familiar night! Qualified applicants with setting materials and must have all necessary Professionals products. This is a F/T valid tickets for the position position with a wage of $20 being applied for. Store Manager required for -$25/hr. depending on exp. Bearspaw offers a Submit resume attn: PartSource in Red Deer. very competitive salary Andrew: awiebe@ Applicant will be and benefits package responsible for directing along with a steady or drop off at day to day operations.We work schedule. Carpet Colour Centre are looking for store Please submit resumes: 1100, 5001-19 St. Red managers that have strong Attn: Human Resources Deer, Ab. T4R 3R1 leadership and Email: communication skills. ASE Experienced Siders certification is an asset. Fax: (403) 258-3197 or Needed Call 403-588-3210 Please apply in person at Mail to: Suite 5309, 6722-50th Ave or via email 333-96 Ave. NE F/T PAINTERS @ Calgary, AB T3K 0S3 Exp. Req’d. One of Alberta’s largest painting companies with offices in Restaurant/ Edmonton & Calgary is Hotel now hiring for


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


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ADULT or YOUTH CARRIERS NEEDED For delivery of Flyers, Express and Sunday Life ONLY 4 DAYS A WEEK in CLEARVIEW AREA Cardinal Ave & Cosgrove Cl. $97/mo. ALSO East side of Cosgrove Cres. $91/mo. ALSO Cole Street $61/mo. ALSO Cameron Cres. & Conners Cres. $146/mo. CLEARVIEW RIDGE AREA Crossley St., Cooper Cl., Carter Cl., Connaught Cres. & Cody Pl. $190/mo. DAVENPORT PLACE AREA Danielle Dr., Dorchester Ave., & Doncaster Ave. $185/mo. MICHENER AREA East of 40th Ave., 51 St., 50A St., Michener Cres., Green, etc. to Michener Ave. & Blvd. $282/mo. ROSEDALE AREA Rowell Cl. & Ritson Cl. $87/mo. ALSO West half of Robinson Cres, Rich Cl., & Ryan Cl. Area. $84/mo. TIMBERLANDS AREA Turner Cres., Timothy Dr., Towers Cl., Tobin Gt. $113/mo. ALSO Timberstone Way, Talson Place, Thomas Place, Trimble Cl., Traptow Cl. & Thompson Cres. $307/mo. Call Jamie 403-314-4306




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

CALKINS CONSULTING o/a Tim Hortons Food Service Manager 5 positions, F/T & P/ T, $9.95 - $18/hr. depending on exp. and availability. Permanent shift work, weekends, days, nights and evening shifts. 3-5 yrs. exp., completion of secondary school. Start date ASAP. Apply in person 6620 Orr Drive. Fax: 403-782-9685 Call 403-848-2356 VIC 8888 LTD. needs F/T cook, 40 hrs. a week, $13.50/hr. Must be willing to relocate. Drop resume to 3731 50 TH AVE. or email:

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

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

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FLUID EXPERTS LTD. 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.

JOURNEYMAN PICKER OPERATOR 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@



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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


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WELDER NEEDED for small shop based out of Lacombe. To start in the new year. Must be dependable, have valid drivers licence & reliable vehicle. Call 403-318-9445 8-4:30 Mon. - Fri.


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

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CLASS 3 DRIVERS w/airbrake endorsement needed immed. for waste & recycling. Email resume to or call 403-341-9300 F/T TRUCK drivers req’d. Minimum Class 5 with air and clean abstract. Exp. preferred. In person to Key Towing 4083-78 St. Cres. Red Deer. RONCO OILFIELD HAULING Sylvan Lake is looking for a Dispatcher. Knowledge of Travis Permit System and computer skills are req’d. Wages negotiable dependant on exp. Email resume tom@ or fax. 403-887-4892 RONCO OILFIELD HAULING Sylvan Lake. Openings for Picker operator, bed truck drivers and swamper’s. Top wages and benefits. Email resume tom@ or fax. 403-887-4892


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ADULT CARRIERS NEEDED For delivery of the morning ADVOCATE in Red Deer, by 6:30 a.m. 6 days/wk (Reliable vehicle needed) CLEARVIEW AREA Cosgrove Cres., Chappel Dr., Carroll Cres., Carpenter St., & Cunningham Cres. Area 93 Papers $498/mo. DEER PARK AREA Dempsey St. & Drummond. Ave. Area 70 Papers $375/mo. GRANDVIEW AREA 73 Papers $439/mo. ROSEDALE AREA Ramage Cres., Root Cl., 100 to 800 Ramage Cl., and Ralston Cres. area 67 Papers $359/mo. ALSO Reichley St., Reinholt Ave., Robinson Cres. Area 106 Papers $568/mo. Call Jamie 403-314-4306 for more information ADULT or YOUTH CARRIERS NEEDED For delivery of Flyers, Express and Sunday Life ONLY 4 DAYS A WEEK

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Man suspected in Los Angeles airport shooting pleads not guilty

Army troops deployed in southeastern Brazil to help flood victims

RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif. — The man authorities say killed a Transportation Security Administration screener and wounded three other people during a rampage at Los Angeles International Airport last month pleaded not guilty Thursday to murder and other felony charges in a case that could bring the death penalty. Paul Anthony Ciancia, 23, who was wounded before his arrest, occasionally touched a bandage on his neck and spoke in a hoarse voice during a threeminute arraignment before a federal magistrate. The diminutive defendant acknowledged his name in a near-whisper and that he had read his 11-count indictment. Trial was set for Feb. 11 in a downtown Los Angeles federal court. Authorities say the unemployed motorcycle mechanic arrived at the airport’s Terminal 3 on Nov. 1 with the intention of killing TSA workers. Officials have said Ciancia had a grudge against the agency, but they have not indicated what prompted it. After entering the terminal, police say Ciancia pulled a semi-automatic rifle from a duffel bag and began spraying the area with gunfire as hundreds of people fled in terror. TSA Officer Gerardo Hernandez was killed. Two other uniformed TSA officers and a traveller were wounded. Hernandez, 39, became the first TSA officer to die in the line of duty. A coroner’s report showed he was struck by a dozen bullets. Witnesses



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SAO PAULO, Brazil — Army troops were deployed in Espirito Santo state on Thursday to help distribute food, water and medicine to victims of the floods and mudslides that have punished southeastern Brazil for more than 10 days, killing at least 39 people. The G1 news portal cited an army major as saying that 170 troops were sent to Espirito Santo from neighbouring Rio de Janeiro state. Army engineers were expected to arrive later Thursday to help repair highways, roads and bridges damaged by the floods. Calls to the Army for more details went unanswered. Espirito Santo’s civil defence department said on its website that 21 people have died in mudslides or floodwaters and that more than 60,000 were driven from their homes and forced to seek shelter in public buildings or the homes of friends and relatives. In neighbouring Minas Gerais state, floods and mudslides have killed 18 people and about 4,000 people have been forced to leave their homes.

KOLKATA, India — A bomb blast in India’s northeast on Thursday killed at least five people and wounded another six, police said.

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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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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

AFFORDABLE 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




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

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

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SERGE’S HOMES 17 VINTAGE CLOSE BLACKFALDS Dec. 28 & 29 Sat. & Sun. 1 - 5 1980 sq. ft. 2 storey walk out. Contact Robert @ 403-505-8050

Executive 1/2 Duplex near Coronation Park & trail system. 1284 sq.ft. 2 storey, 3 bdrms up, hardwood, gas fireplace, fenced back yard, garage. Immed. poss. $349,900. 403-396-5516 agent chosen.


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VII MASSAGE #7,7464 Gaetz Ave. Pampering at its BEST! Ironman Scrap Metal 403-986-6686 Recovery picking up scrap Come in and see again! Farm machinery, why we are the talk vehicles & industrial. Serving Central AB. 403-318-4346 of the town. Open over Christmas. Closed Dec. 25 & 26. Open New Years. Come Spend Seniors’ Services it with us!


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UNWANTED House & Yard Items - Will haul to land fill. Call 403-896-2108

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


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



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


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 FURN. room, all utils. and cable incld, $425/mo. 403-506-3277 ROOM, Avail. immed. $600. + dd 403-505-4777


3 BDRM. in Sylvan. 4 appls., fenced yard. No pets. All utils. incl. 403-347-6033

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3 FLR, 3 Bdrm house w/3 bath, new paint & carpets & deck at 7316-59 Ave. Avail. to over 30 tenants. No pets. Off street parking for 3 vehicles. Rent $1500, D.D. $1500. 403-341-4627

PADS $450/mo. Brand new park in Lacombe. Spec Mobiles. 3 Bdrm., 2 bath. As Low as $75,000. Down payment $4000. Call at anytime. 403-588-8820


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 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.


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


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


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

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

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2006 MERCEDES BENZ CLS 500 lthr., sunroof, 115057 kms., $25,888 348-8788 Sport & Import

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

5030 2011 GMC Sierra 1500 Hybrid 4X4, 6.0L, lthr., 81735 kms., $28,888. 348-8788 Sport & Import

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

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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, Suites dbl. att. garage. $384,900. Call Glen 403-588-2231 GLENDALE 2 bdrm. $825, FREE Weekly list of D.D. $825, N/S, no pets, properties for sale w/details, no partiers, avail immed. prices, address, owner’s 403-346-1458 phone #, etc. 342-7355 GLENDALE reno’d 2 bdrm. Help-U-Sell of Red Deer apartments, avail. immed, rent $875 403-596-6000



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

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

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BAY FOR RENT, 1800 sq. ft., drive through bay in heavy industrial area. 780-674-3711

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

EXECUTIVE 1/2 DUPLEX near Coronation Park and trail system. 1284 sq.ft. 2 storey, 3 bedrooms up, hardwood, gas fireplace, fenced back yard, Dble. garage. Immed. poss. $349,900. 403-396-5516 agent chosen.

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

3 BDRM. 3 bath in Sylvan Lake, heated garage, hot tub, fenced yard, close to school, rent $2000 $2000 DD 403-358-2857

LARGE, 1 & 2 BDRM. SUITES. 25+, adults only n/s, no pets 403-346-7111

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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

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BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — An attack by a school of carnivorous fish has injured 70 people bathing in an Argentine river, including seven children who lost parts of their fingers or toes. Director of lifeguards Federico Cornier said Thursday that thousands of bathers were cooling off from 100-degree temperatures in the Parana River in Rosario on Wednesday when bathers suddenly began complaining of bite marks on their hands and feet. He blamed the attack on palometas, “a type of piranha, big, voracious and with sharp teeth that can really bite.” Paramedic Alberto Manino said some children he treated lost entire digits. He told the Todo Noticias channel that city beaches were closed, but it was so hot that within a half-hour, many people went back to the water,

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2006 GMC C4500 4X4, new Duramax, 170,000 kms, $39,888. 348-8788 Sport & Import

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RED DEER ADVOCATE Friday, Dec. 27, 2013 D5 Officer Bani Brata Basu said the explosion occurred near Jalpaiguri, a town nearly 700 kilometres (440 miles) north of Kolkata, the capital of West Bengal state. Police are investigating whether the blast was carried out by any rebel group fighting for independence or wide autonomy in the region. The Press Trust of India news agency quoted Officer Shashikant Pujari as saying the bomb was rigged to a bicycle. Pujari said the explosion might have been carried out by the Kamatpur Liberation Organization, an insurgent group which was observing a “Martyrs’ Day” in memory of its members who have been killed by government forces. Separatists accuse the Indian government of exploiting the natural resources of the northeastern region while doing little for the indigenous people, most of whom are ethnically closer to the people of Myanmar and China than to other Indians.

have said that after first shooting him the gunman returned to shoot again when he saw Hernandez move. Airport police arrested Ciancia following a gunfight in which they wounded him four times. An indictment accuses him of “substantial planning and premeditation to cause the death of a person and to commit an act of terrorism.” Authorities say if convicted he could be sentenced to death.

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Mass grave uncovered in CAR ONE DAY AFTER SIX PEACEKEEPERS KILLED IN FIGHTING BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS BANGUI — Elodiane Baalbe hid underneath her bed as gunfire echoed around her on Christmas Day in the capital of Central African Republic. When it finally died down on Thursday, she made a dash for safety, hiding behind houses as she fled her neighbourhood. On her way out she passed the calcified car of a unit of Chadian peacekeepers, the charred body of one soldier still upright in the vehicle inside. The sight was so horrifying that she looked away immediately. “I had my 3-yearold on my back. I looked for a second, and then I kept running,” she said. A total of six Chadian soldiers from the African Union peacekeeping force were killed on Christmas Day in the Gobongo neighbourhood of the capital. Their destroyed car, with at least one body still inside, had not been removed a day later, underscoring how dangerous this chaotic country has become, even for the international forces tasked with pacifying it, said African Union spokesman Eloi Yao. As the African Union was struggling to secure the crime scene, they discovered another: Close to the presidential palace, peacekeepers discovered a mass grave. “We found around 20 bodies in a state of decomposition in an area that we call Panthers’ Hill. The 20 were scattered in different graves in a small area. You found five bodies in one hole, three in another, two in yet another and so on. The bodies were wearing civilian

dress, but we cannot know if they really were civilians or if they were militiamen,” said Yao. The Central African Republic has tilted into anarchy, as the country’s Christian majority seeks revenge against the Muslim rebels who seized power in a coup nine months ago. Both Christian and Muslim civilians are now armed, and the international troops brought in to try to rein in the violence have been sucked into the conflict, accused of having taken sides. The Chadians, part of an African Union force, are Muslim and are seen by the population as backing the Seleka rebels who toppled the nation’s Christian president in March. Earlier this week when Christians marched on the capital, an Associated Press journalist saw a unit of Chadian peacekeepers drive into the crowd. Moments later, gunfire rang out, suggesting they had opened fire on the demonstrators. On the flip side, the 1,600 French troops who were deployed here in the first week of December are accused of backing the nation’s Christian majority. Their patrols have come under fire in Muslim neighbourhoods, like the tense streets of Kilometer 5. Caught in the middle are civilians, both Christians and Muslims, who are now bearing the brunt of collective punishment. Militiamen have been seen desecrating the corpses of their victims. An AP journalist saw Christian fighters known as anti-Balaka brandishing the severed penis of one dead victim, and the hacked-off foot of another. Un-


Chadian troops, part of an African Union peacekeeping force, drive down a road in Bangui, Central African Republic, Thursday. The spokesman for an African Union peacekeeping force in the Central African Republic says six Chadian peacekeepers were killed and 15 were wounded, after being attacked in the country’s chaotic capital Wednesday. The Chadian contingent, which is made up of Arabic-speaking Muslim soldiers, has been accused of taking sides in the country’s sectarian conflict. claimed bodies left to rot were found missing their genitals. Another was missing his nose. The barbarity unleashed on the streets of this capital has surprised many. Although chronically poor, Central African Republic was relatively stable for the 10 years following its second-to-last coup in 2003. That military takeover brought Christian leader Francois Bozize to power. Though he was accused of favouring

members of his ethnic group, and further marginalizing the Muslim minority, based in the country’s north, the country never saw violence on the scale it is witnessing now. On Thursday, the United Nations emergency response office said in a statement that some 639,000 people out of a population of 4.5 million are displaced. Altogether 2 million people need humanitarian aid — almost half the country.

Baalbe, a 36-year-old midwife, is now at the airport, sharing the asphalt with tens of thousands of other mostly Christian refugees. At her side are her six children — the youngest a 3-year-old. “I carried him on my back and like that I ran all the way here, to the airport. In Gobongo, I saw the burnt-out car. They burnt those people (the Chadians) just like that. I saw their cadavers inside, and then I fled,” she said.

Turkish leader Erdogan Russian probe finds Arafat’s death was of natural causes appears shaken NOT CAUSED BY RADIATION POISONING as scandal widens BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ANKARA, Turkey — After a decade of dominance over Turkey’s political scene, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan appears to have been thrown off balance by a rapidly expanding corruption scandal that has brought down members of his cabinet and strained ties to the U.S. Forced to fire three of his ministers — one of whom immediately implicated the prime minister in the scandal — and struggling to contain the scope of the investigation, Erdogan seems unlikely to come out of the crisis unscathed. But many observers say it’s too early to write off the savvy politician who has weathered a series of crises since his Islamic-based party came to power in 2002. “If the allegations are true, this would without doubt be the deepest crisis the government has faced,” said Murat Yetkin, editor in chief and political commentator for the Hurriyet Daily News newspaper. In comments published Thursday, Erdogan said he believes he is the ultimate target of the probe but declared that those trying to enmesh him in the scandal will be left “empty-handed.” Erdogan, 59, was long hailed as a transformational leader who came to power on a promise to crack down on corruption and carried out spectacular economic and political reforms. He turned Turkey into a relatively stable and prosperous country, curtailing the powers of the military and raising the nation’s international profile. More recently, though, critics say he has cut a more authoritarian and

erratic figure, often reverting to conspiracy theories to deal with crises. Those tactics have damaged his image as an international statesman. He has blamed the scandal on a rival Islamic movement led by Fethullah Gulen — a cleric who is living in selfimposed exile in the U.S. and whose followers are widely believed to have a strong foothold in Turkey’s police and judiciary. Gulen has denied any involvement. Erdogan has also suggested the United States is behind the investigation, prompting American officials to warn the government not to endanger ties between the close NATO allies with unfounded allegations. The scandal erupted on Dec. 17, when police launched a probe targeted at Erdogan’s allies, focusing on alleged illicit money transfers to Iran and bribery for construction projects. Dozens were detained in police raids, including the sons of three key government ministers. Two of the sons were later arrested on bribery charges. Erdogan resisted calls for the dismissal of the three ministers for a week but finally gave in on Wednesday, forcing them to step down and then distancing himself from them. The move backfired when one of them, Environment and Urban Planning Minister Erdogan Bayraktar, refused to go quietly and mounted an unprecedented attack on Erdogan, calling on him to step down too. Bayraktar said construction projects under investigation were launched at the prime minister’s instructions. The crisis has upset the markets, and the Turkish lira plummeted to a record low on Thursday against the dollar.

MOSCOW — A Russian probe into the death of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat has found that his death wasn’t caused by radiation — a finding that comes after a French probe found traces of the radioactive isotope polonium and a Swiss investigation said the timeframe of his illness and death was consistent with that of polonium poisoning. Vladimir Uiba, the head of the Federal Medical and Biological Agency, said Thursday that Arafat died of natural causes and the agency had no plans to conduct further tests. Teams of scientists from France, Switzerland and Russia were asked to determine whether polonium, a rare and extremely lethal substance, played a role in Arafat’s death in a French military hospital in 2004. French experts found traces of polonium but said it was “of natural environmental origin,” according to Arafat’s widow, Suha Arafat. Swiss scientists, meanwhile, said they found elevated traces of polonium-210 and lead, and that the timeframe of Arafat’s illness and death was consistent with poisoning from ingesting polonium. “It was a natural death; there was no impact of radiation,” Uiba said, according to Russian news agencies. In October, he was quoted by the Interfax news agency as saying that Arafat “could not have been poisoned by polonium” and that “traces of such a substance were not found.” There was no immediate explanation as to how the three investigations could have come up with different conclusions.

Palestinians have long suspected Israel of poisoning Arafat, which Israel denies. Russia, meanwhile, has had strong ties with Palestinian authorities since Soviet times when Moscow supported their struggle. Dr. Abdullah Bashir, the head of the Palestinian medical committee investigating Arafat’s death, said they were studying the Russian and Swiss reports. “When we finish we are going to announce the results,” Bashir said from Amman, Jordan. He wouldn’t say when that might be. Arafat’s widow filed a legal complaint in France seeking an investigation into whether he was murdered after a 2012 report which said traces of polonium were found on his clothes. As part of that probe, French investigators had Arafat’s remains exhumed and ordered a series of tests on them. Polonium occurs naturally in very low concentrations in the Earth’s crust and also is produced artificially in nuclear reactors. There are also tiny, generally undetectable amounts of polonium in humans. Palestinian Ambassador to Russia, Fayed Mustafa, was quoted by state RIA Novosti news agency Thursday as saying that the Palestinian authorities respect the Russian experts’ conclusions but consider it necessary to continue research into Arafat’s death. Uiba said, however, that his agency hasn’t received any Palestinian request for additional studies. Arafat died Nov. 11, 2004, a month after falling ill at his West Bank headquarters. At the time, French doctors said he died of a stroke and had a blood-clotting problem, but records were inconclusive about what caused that condition.

Palestinian attacks has Israel fretting over potential uprising BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS JERUSALEM — A spate of violent Palestinian attacks on Israeli targets in recent weeks is raising concerns in Israel that it may be on the verge of a new type of Palestinian uprising. In contrast to previous waves of Palestinian violence, the recent incidents do not appear to be an organized effort by militant groups but rather a collection of individual acts. Their rogue nature has made it difficult for Israeli leaders to respond or even identify their exact cause. After years of relative quiet, Israel’s Shin Bet security service has reported a steady rise in attacks since Israeli and Palestinian negotiators resumed peace talks in July. In November, for instance, there were 167 attacks in Jerusalem and the West Bank, compared to 136 in October, the agency said. The past few days have been particularly dramatic. On Sunday, a pipe bomb believed to be planted by Palestinian militants exploded on a bus in central Israel in the most serious attack inside Israel in more than a year. The bus was evacuated moments before the blast, but the explosion caused heavy damage. The next day, an Israeli policeman was stabbed outside a West Bank settlement and on Tuesday an Israeli civilian was killed by a Palestinian sniper in a cross-border shooting from Gaza, sparking a series of Israeli airstrikes that killed a Palestinian girl. Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon said the incidents

in the West Bank and Gaza Strip — which are ruled by rival Palestinian governments — were unrelated, calling them “atmosphere attacks.” But he promised that Israel would respond nonetheless. “This is an unacceptable situation for us and despite the difficulty of dealing with an individual assailant who is incited to kill Jews, we will act with force and in other ways to harm those who try to carry out attacks,” he said. The West Bank and Gaza Strip, located on opposite sides of Israel, are ruled by different governments. Israel and the West Bank-based Palestinian Authority are engaged in peace talks aimed at ending decades of conflict and establishing an independent state for Palestinians. Gaza’s Islamic Hamas rulers, on the other hand, refuse to recognize Israel and call for its destruction. Both Israel and Palestinian officials agree that violence from the West Bank is connected to the peace talks, though they pin the blame on each other. The Palestinians say the current climate is a result of brewing frustrations over the perceived lack of progress in peace talks while Israel continues to build Jewish settlements on land they claim for a future state. On Wednesday, an Israeli official said Prime Minister Netanyahu planned to announce new settlement construction next week. “Politically, there is no sign of any hope and on the economic side there is no sign too,” said Jihad Harb, a Palestinian commentator. “People are frustrated by political groups who failed to bring them

independence, therefore they behave individually.” Israeli leaders accuse the Palestinians of spreading hatred and incitement. “The terrorist attacks against Israelis over the last few days are a direct result of the incitement and hatred propagated in Palestinian schools and media,” said Mark Regev, a spokesman for Netanyahu. “We are disappointed that so far President (Mahmoud) Abbas has not condemned these acts of terrorism as one would expect from a partner in peace talks.” Israel’s national police chief, Yohanan Danino, gave a slightly different explanation. He said forces have long feared that Palestinian extremists would increase their activities in order to derail peace talks. “Unfortunately, our estimation proved true,” he said. Cabinet Minister Naftali Bennett said the attacks themselves were a result of the talks, which he opposes. “We only just started talking about concessions and they immediately got an appetite and they murder Israeli citizens,” he told Israel’s Army Radio. “When we concede, when we hand over territory, they murder us. We have to get this rule into our heads. When we stand strong, even if there are no negotiations, there is quiet.” Others link the violence to the release of convicted Palestinian killers as part of the deal to resume talks. This logic goes that Palestinians are emboldened to carry out attacks knowing that they will eventually be freed from prison.

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Churches trading tradition for catchy messages BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ST. LOUIS — Pastor Mike Butzberger insists he only had holiday spirit in mind when his Florida church’s marquee read, “Christmas — Easier to spell than Hanukkah.” But after a passer-by told him she found the message offensive and a local television station inquired about it, the Lighthouse Baptist Church preacher hustled to blunt any uproar by begrudgingly changing the sign to: “Jesus Loves You.” “By no means would I as human or Christian ever put anything on the sign with the intention of hurting or insulting,” Butzberger told The Associated Press from his church in North Palm Beach, Fla. “The purpose of the sign is to draw people to God, which is, in our ’business,’ what we’re selling.” Welcome to the challenge for pastors eager to update the age-old practice of luring in worshippers with messages on marquees out front of the church. Long the place for Gospel quotes and Christmas Eve sermon hours, now the signs are often clever, pithy or funny. But pastors are finding that joking about religion is serious business, and it’s easy to cross a line. When Darrin Lee launched his suburban Detroit church six years ago, he had just 11 members, a rickety old building and a plywood board marquee. The sign was replaced, thanks to a benefactor’s $5,000 donation, with a roadside one Lee now uses for slogans he credits for helping his Cornerstone Baptist Church flock grow to more than 100. “I think that sign added life to this church, saying, ’Hey, we’re up to date. We’re not some old relic church,”’ he said from his church, which is passed daily by about 45,000 vehicles. “When you look at other churches with marquees that don’t put up messages, I think they’re missing the boat.” Though he has hit a few bumps. One of his slogans — “Don’t Let Worry Kill You. Let The Church Help” — made the rounds on Facebook and Twit-

ter, leaving him to offer the obligatory confirmation that “obviously we’re not in the killing business.” One caller wanted to chat about evolution after his marquee read, “If Man Came From Apes, Why Do We Still Have Apes.” Dozens of websites and social media sites collect pictures of church signage, celebrating those that seem to work — “Many Who Seek God at the Eleventh Hour Die at 10:30” — or panning others, such as, “Stop, Drop and Roll Doesn’t Work in Hell.” Some even inspired books. Pam Paulson and her husband, Steve, took a four-year, 122,000-mile trek through all 50 states to chronicle interesting church marquees after noticing the changing signs at two churches near their Florida home. With a van full of hundreds of maps, it was a slow go after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, with churches seldom straying from patriotic themes. But around the middle of the decade, Pam Paulson said, cleverer messages began emerging. “A lot of people we talked to thought it was just a good way to get people to at least acknowledge their church. It was true,” the 59-year-old Methodist said. “We weren’t looking for the humorous, but they were always the ones that caught our attention.” And that’s the point, according to Wes Henson, pastor at the Walnut Street Baptist Church in southern Illinois city of Carbondale. He admitted he once drew an earful from a woman angry about the potential sexual innuendo when his marquee read, “Waking up and shouting, ’Oh God’ is not the same as being in church.” “I guess I did that on a day I felt bold and confident,” Henson said. “But when you have something on there that catches attention, at least for a moment, it means at least they’re thinking about your church.” Churches largely are left on their own when it comes to marquees. The 13 million-member United Methodist Church doesn’t tell its congregations what to write, said Larry Holland, the church’s global communications chief. But it offers a big suggestion: Make them welcoming, non-judgmental and theologi-


Faith Chapel in Cambria, Ill., has a simple message on its sign for the holiday season. A number of churches are now using catchy and clever messages on their signs to draw visitors. cally accurate. But the messages should be fresh and avoid negative slogans, such as “’hell’s waiting for you’ kinda thing,” said Woody Murray, a former advertising agency worker who in recent years wrote a column about church signs. “A clever message wears old in a few days, like television commercials that have a joke,” said Murray, a suburban Nashville Baptist now working for Gideons International. “Once you see it, you don’t wanna see it again.” Sources of the signage run the gamut, from sermons to pithy themes found on road trips. At West Salem Trinity United Methodist Church in southern Illinois’ Mount Vernon, Brad Henson gets much of his guidance from the Internet — making the task far easier than when he used a 3-inch-thick book of illustrations.

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