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Standing with his arms outstretched, Dallas Snider of Red Deer just reaches the ceiling of his quinzee. Snider got the idea to build the giant snow fort on his Christmas break from studies at Red Deer College. Using a snowblower, Snider piled snow in the yard outside his home to the height of about two and a half metres. Then he began the process of digging out a living space inside. Snider, 22, used shovels and a chainsaw to cut out blocks from the interior of the pile. The room that he and family members created has had as many as 26 people in it at one time. Complete with a couch, which he buried under the pile of snow, and decorative lighting, the quinzee was a labour well worth the effort, he says. In contrast to an igloo, which is made by cutting and stacking blocks of snow, a quinzee is made by hollowing out a pile of settled snow.
Ottawa funds gang reduction strategy in Maskwacis BY MYLES FISH ADVOCATE STAFF A gang reduction initiative modelled after one in Chicago that reduced shootings in that city’s most violent neighbourhood by nearly 70 per cent in its first year is coming to Maskwacis. On Monday, Wetaskiwin MP Blaine Calkins announced $2.9 million for the community, formerly known as Hobbema, to implement the crime prevention program. The funding over five years comes from Public Safety Canada’s Youth Gang Prevention Fund. A main part of the successful program in Chicago sees former gang members engaging with youth who may already be involved in gangs to help mitigate conflict before it turns violent. Along with employing “violence interrupters” in the streets to resolve conflicts peacefully, Chicago’s CeaseFire program focuses on behavioural change of high-risk individuals and changing community norms. Samson Cree Nation band Coun. Kirk Buffalo has already seen some change in community norms stemming from citizens being fed up with the gang violence that has plagued the four First Nations — Ermineskin, Louis Bull, and Montana are the others — that make up Maskwacis. Gang activity has declined, he said, and after the last violent incident community members stepped up to assist RCMP to catch the perpetrator. “We understand and know we do have a problem of people that have been misguided,” said Buffalo.
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“It’s becoming friends and understanding who they are. Once that happens, we won’t be in the news. We can’t change things in five years, but we can definitely make choices and learn from what’s happened in the past to make tomorrow a brighter future,” said Buffalo. The community of about 12,500 has been beset by violent gang activity in recent years, highlighted by the 2011 shooting death of a five-year-old sleeping in bed by youth gang members. RCMP recently reported that the number of gangs operating in the community had fallen from 13 to five, with 150 to 180 active members, down from 300. The program at Maskwacis will get underway in the coming months and is being run by the Samson Cree Nation. Called the Maskwacis Conflict Resolution Program: Maskwacis Youth Initiative, it is intended primarily for approximately 600 aboriginal youth aged 14 to 25 who are either involved in gangs or at risk of getting involved in the violent lifestyle. Saying “the answers lie from within,” Buffalo wants to see people on-reserve facilitating the program and getting young people to talk. He said he hopes collaborative efforts like talking and justice circles will be part of the program, along with traditional ceremonies. “To me that’s where all the healing begins. That’s where all the connections begin, once you direct the youth to their cultural side, to who they are. The beauty of the ceremonies help develop an individual,” said Buffalo.
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Snow removal is expected to spark lively debate when Red Deer city council takes a fine-tooth comb to the 2014 operating budget this week. Starting today, city council will begin reviewing the administration-recommended $302.6-million budget that comes with a projected 3.8 per cent property tax hike. If the budget is approved without any changes, annual taxes on a $301,100 home would rise $66.12 to $1,896, compared to $1,830 in 2013. The monthly increase would be $5.51. Mayor Tara Veer said council has heard from the public that they want the city to improve its core services, find savings and invest in areas such as policing, residential snow clearing and the city’s snow and ice control policy. Veer said she hopes council will resolve those areas in the policy around the average snowfall events and residential snow clearing. “I hope we look at it from two perspectives,” said Veer. “One from average snow event and one in terms of our plans in an emergency basis. I think we have a couple of key areas to respond to public concerns. But I also do not want us to have a knee-jerk reaction to what has been an extreme snow event so we are over-collecting on taxes for an average year as well.” Veer said the budget reflects savings in areas through cuts in conference travel, consultant fees and by not filling vacant staff positions. Veer hopes when councillors review the budget, they will consider city surveys, what they heard on the campaign trail and the practical realities of funding shortfalls. City chief financial officer Dean Krejci said the tax increase is in line with previous years. Last year, taxpayers received a 4.28 per cent increase on their bills. Krejci said there was more revenue generation, mostly on the tax supported side, that helped offset tax increases rather than belt tightening. “Based on the snow and ice issue that we are facing, I would hazard to guess it (the projected 3.8 per cent tax hike) would increase,” said Krejci. He would not give an idea of the increase or impact. Some key ongoing initiatives in the budget include the RCMP fee agreement, police officer and municipal employee staffing and the corporate fleet of vehicles.
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Flu death toll rises to 10 BY THE CANADIAN PRESS EDMONTON — Alberta Health says 10 people have died in the province after getting the flu, with 40 others in intensive care and another 300 being treated in hospital. Health officials say they are also rethinking the best way to go about distributing flu shots. Dr. Jim Talbot, chief medical officer, says they’re looking to concentrate more on supplying large mass clinics and not so much on individual pharmacies. He says it’s too difficult to maintain a system with 1,500 entry points. He says supplies of the flu vaccine are not infinite, but by centralizing its availability it should cut down on patient frustration. In Prince Albert, Sask., a shortage of flu vaccine has forced the Parkland Health Region to cancel a drop-in immunization clinic in the city.
Protesters evade Prime Minister’s security A pair of climate-change protesters walked onto a stage within touching distance of the PM before they were whisked away. Story on PAGE A5
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Calif. girl declared brain dead relocated to new facility SAN FRANCISCO — The 13-year-old California girl who was declared brain dead after suffering complications from sleep apnea surgery is being cared for at a facility that shares her family’s belief that she still is alive, her uncle said Monday.
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BUDGET: Debate could begin Thursday The budget also reflects initiatives approved in 2013 but not fully funded in the 2013 budget. Taxpayers won’t know the final percentage increase until the educational portion of the taxes comes in the spring, as dictated by the provincial government. The city’s $102.7-million capital budget was approved in November. Here is the 2014 operating budget schedule (meetings get underway at 1 p.m. each day in City Hall chambers):
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A wrecked semi truck sits in the ditch on the eastbound side of I-74 west of St. Joseph, Ill., on Monday. Monday morning found east central Illinois encased in bitter cold, sub zero temperatures and blowing snow. gency Management Agency. Others got stuck in the snowdrifts, including the Southern Illinois men’s basketball team, which had to spend the night sleeping in a church. In the eastern United States, temperatures in the 40s and 50s F (from single digits to the low teens Celsius) Monday helped melt piles of snow from a storm last week, raising the risk that roads would freeze over as the cold air moved in Monday night, said Bob Oravec from the Weather Prediction Center in College Park, Maryland. The snap was set to be dramatic; Springfield, Massachusetts, enjoyed 56 degrees F (13 C) Monday morning but faced an overnight low of 6 F (-14 C). More than 3,700 flights were cancelled by late Monday afternoon, following a weekend of travel disruption across the U.S. Airline officials said de-icing
fluid was freezing, fuel was pumping sluggishly, and ramp workers were having difficulty loading and unloading luggage. JetBlue Airways stopped all scheduled flights to and from New York and Boston on Monday. Southwest ground to a halt in Chicago earlier in the day, but by the evening, flights resumed in “a trickle,” a spokesman said. Authorities in Indiana and Kentucky — where temperatures dropped into the single digits F (-13 to -17) and below, with wind chills in the minus 20s (-30s C) and worse — warned people not to leave their homes at all unless they needed to go someplace safer. Utility crews worked to restore power to more than 40,000 Indiana customers affected by the weekend storm and cautioned that some people could be in the cold and dark for days.
Jahi McMath’s family and their lawyer would not disclose where the 8th grader was taken on Sunday night after a battle to prevent Children’s Hospital Oakland from removing her from the breathing machine that has kept her heart beating for 28 days. The uncle, Omari Sealey, told reporters Monday that Jahi travelled by ground and that there were no complications in the transfer, suggesting she may still be in California. Nurses and doctors are working to stabilize her with intravenous antibiotics, minerals and supplements while she remains on the ventilator, but her condition is too precarious for additional measures, lawyer Christopher Dolan said. The new facility has “been very welcoming with open arms. They have beliefs just like ours,” Sealey said. “They believe as we do...It’s a place where she is going to get the treatment she deserves.”
The nearly $50,000 in private donations the family has raised since taking the case public helped cover the carefully choreographed handoff to the critical care team and transportation to the new location, Sealey said. The facility, where Jahi is expected to remain for some time, is run by a charitable organization that so far hasn’t sought payment, Dolan said. Both men refused to name the facility or reveal where it was located, saying they wanted to prevent staff members and the families of other patients from being harassed. While the move ends what had been a very public and tense fight with the hospital, it also brings new challenges: caring for a patient whom three doctors have said is legally dead because there is no blood flow or electrical activity in either her cerebrum or the brain stem that controls breathing.
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troublesome residents from the community. This funding, he said, can help further pressure gangs through giving at-risk youth alternatives. “Some of the program facilitators will be former gang members and they’ll be facilitating trust with these at-risk youth and facilitating them away from the gangs . . . whether they need to further their education and go back to school, whether they need counselling, whether they need some skills training, whatever they might need to get them pointed in the right direction,” he said. In 2012, the province provided funding for two programs in the community through its Gang Reduction Network. One program helps people recover from grief, trauma and abuse; the other is an intervention program to help children resist gang recruitment. More than half of the population in Maskwacis is under the age of 18. firstname.lastname@example.org
GANGS: Under pressure Calkins said the community has taken steps in the past few years to reduce the presence of gangs, from removing graffiti and gang signs to knocking down derelict buildings and implementing a bylaw to evict
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MINNEAPOLIS — The coldest, most dangerous blast of polar air in decades gripped the U.S. Midwest and pushed toward the East and South on Monday, closing schools and daycare centres, grounding flights and forcing people to pull their hoods and scarves tight to protect exposed skin from nearly instant frostbite. Many across the country’s midsection went into virtual hibernation, while others dared to venture out in temperatures that plunged well below zero Fahrenheit (-18 C). “I’m going to try to make it two blocks without turning into crying man,” said Brooks Grace, who was bundling up to do some banking and shopping in downtown Minneapolis, where temperatures reached 23 below F (-31 C), with wind chills of minus 48 F (-45 C). “It’s not cold — it’s painful.” The mercury also dropped into negative territory in Milwaukee, St. Louis and Chicago, which set a record for the date at minus 16 F (-27 C). Wind chills across the region were 40 below (-40 C) and colder. Records also fell in Oklahoma, Texas and Indiana. Forecasters said some 187 million people in all could feel the effects of the “polar vortex” by the time it spread across the country on Monday night and Tuesday. Record lows were possible in the East and South, with highs in the single digits F (-17 to -13 C) expected Tuesday in Georgia and Alabama. Wind chills were expected to reach minus 10 F (-23 C) in Atlanta and minus 12 (-24 C) in Baltimore. From the Dakotas to Maryland, schools and daycare centres shut down. For a big swath of the Midwest, the bone-chilling cold moved in behind another winter wallop: more than a foot (30 centimetres) of snow and high winds that made travelling treacherous. Several deaths were blamed on the snow, ice and cold since Saturday, including the death of a oneyear-old boy who was in a car that went out of control and collided with a snowplow Monday in Missouri. It took authorities using huge military vehicles known as “wreckers” until early Monday to clear all the chain-reaction accidents caused when several semis jackknifed along snowy interstates in southern Illinois. The crash stranded about 375 vehicles, but there were no fatalities or injuries, largely because motorists either stayed with their cars or were rescued and taken to nearby warming centres if they were low on gas or didn’t have enough coats or blankets, said Jonathon Monken, director of the Illinois Emer-
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Anders to face nomination challenge BY THE CANADIAN PRESS
Sage grouse protection order must go ahead now: wilderness group THE CANADIAN PRESS MEDICINE HAT — A conservation group says a federal order to protect sage grouse habitat in southern Alberta and Saskatchewan must move ahead right away if the species is to survive. The Alberta Wilderness Association is worried about a court challenge filed by an Alberta city and an oil company seeking to have the emergency order thrown out or delayed. The City of Medicine Hat and LGX Oil & Gas Inc. have said they are concerned about how the federal order would affect oil projects. The order announced last month restricts oil production in areas near the sage grouse’s habitat and is to take effect Feb. 18. About 1,700 square kilometres of Crown land in the two provinces will be covered by the new
rules. Cliff Wallis of the wilderness association says the federal government must do what it can quickly to protect the sage grouse, thought to be down to as few as 90 birds. “This is the slowest emergency I have ever seen,” Wallis said Monday in a release.
groups to force the federal government to live up to its Species At Risk legislation. It forbids the construction of new roads, tall fences or high objects and restricts loud noises during certain times of year. Disturbing ground cover, such as the sage grass the grouse depend on, will not be permitted. The rules allow for exemptions “in certain circumstances or locations” and only apply to Crown land, not private property or grazing leases. Pre-existing buildings — residential and agricultural — are also exempt, as is the immediate area around those buildings. — CLIFF WALLIS Environment Canada estimates the plan will cost about $10 mil“While we understand the frus- lion in forgone oil revenues over tration over some provisions of 10 years. the emergency order and the lack The document says impact on of clarity in its implementation, farming and ranching will be minnow is not the time to postpone imal. that implementation.” The plan makes no extra comThe emergency protection or- mitment to restoration or reder grew out of a 2012 court case search. brought by several environmental
‘WHILE WE UNDERSTAND THE FRUSTRATION OVER SOME PROVISIONS OF THE EMERGENCY ORDER AND THE LACK OF CLARITY IN ITS IMPLEMENTATION, NOW IS NOT THE TIME TO POSTPONE THAT IMPLEMENTATION.’
Lubicon Lake First Nation appealing injunction against blockade at drilling site A First Nation is appealing a court injunction against a blockade of an energy company’s drilling site in northern Alberta. The Lubicon Lake Nation says the injunction granted to PennWest Petroleum Ltd. (TSX:PWT) last month gives the company unfettered access to an oil hydraulic fracturing site in the heart of its traditional territory. In its appeal, the Lubicon Lake Nation says it will raise constitution-
al issues about aboriginal rights that it says the court failed to consider when making its order. The First Nation says PennWest wanted a week-long injunction but the judge gave a sixmonth injunction on Dec. 16. The protesters had been blocking an access road to PennWest’s drilling site by Haig Lake since late November. The group said the protest was peaceful and was intended to stop the company from fracking on traditional Lubicon territory.
The protesting band and the federal and provincial governments have been trying to work out a land claim deal since the 1980s. The province continued to issue energy leases in the area, including around Haig Lake. The Lubicon Lake Nation claims more than $14 billion worth of oil and gas has been extracted from its territory without their consent. “This is our land until the Government of Canada enters into an agreement with us,” Chief Bernard Ominayak said in a
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news release Monday. “PennWest, the province of Alberta, and the courts cannot simply choose to ignore our inherent rights and assist industry at the expense of our land and our people.”
Three dead, four injured in highway crash east of Olds BY THE CANADIAN PRESS OLDS — Three people are dead and four others are badly injured after a head-on collision on a southern Alberta highway. RCMP say the crash happened late Monday afternoon near the town of Olds. Cpl. Shawn Morgan says one of those killed was the lone occupant of an SUV. The rest were in a minivan, with the driver and one passenger found dead at the scene. Three passengers are in critical condition, two of which were airlifted to Calgary by air ambulance. The others were taken by ground ambulance to area hospitals. Morgan says weather and alcohol are not considered factors but road surface conditions may have played a part, though the crash is still under investigation.
Only about 100 sage grouse remain in the grasslands of Alberta and Saskatchewan, the only two provinces where the threatened birds are found.
CALGARY — A Calgary Conservative group says it will attempt to oust outspoken MP Rob Anders before the next federal election in 2015. The group has launched a website — with the motto “It’s time to do better” — with the goal of shutting out Anders when the party next nominates a candidate in his Calgary riding. The website notes that 2014 marks the 17th year Anders has been an MP and says it’s time for a change. “The team is in place to make that happen,” reads the website. “More details will be announced soon. We would like you to join the movement for change by purchasing a membership and providing us with an email address so we can keep you informed.” Anders, 41, has represented Calgary West since 1997. The riding name is changing to Calgary Signal Hill under federal redistribution. “It’s been a real grassroots thing. I haven’t run into anyone who has been satisfied with the representation Calgary West has had at the federal level. It surprises me how impassioned people have become,” David McKenzie, a Calgary lawyer who is chairing the campaign to replace Anders, said Monday. “Mr. Anders, when he’s in the media, it’s generally not for reasons that people are proud of and it’s time for change.” Anders did not respond to a request for comment. He has faced a number of challenges during past nominations, including attempts by now-Premier Alison Redford in 2004 and former Alberta member of the legislature Jocelyn Burgener in 2000. He describes himself as a social conservative who is pro-life. Anders opposed honorary Canadian citizenship for Nelson Mandela in 2001 and labelled him a communist and a terrorist. He is vitriolic in his dislike of China. He once compared the 2008 Beijing Olympics to the 1936 Berlin Games. In 2012, Anders was dropped from the Commons veterans affairs committee after he lashed out against a veterans support group which had criticized him for falling asleep during a committee meeting. He later apologized for saying his critics were NDP “hacks.” “My personal favourite is falling asleep. It does cause one to start wondering about what we are paying for in terms of our representation. Just being there is not enough,” said McKenzie. “The thing that hit my own radar was Rob Anders being the sole MP who refused to assent to granting honorary citizenship to Nelson Mandela, which required a unanimous vote. I just thought it was embarrassing and that’s the type of feeling I’m getting from my neighbours.” McKenzie acknowledges that Anders is very well organized. The group’s candidate is to be announced by the end of this month.
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Why not get flu vaccine? IT MAKES NO SENSE TO RUN THE RISK OF CONTRACTING H1N1, OR TO PASS IT ON TO OTHERS Why on earth should Alberta’s health minister have to plead with the public to get the flu vaccine? And why aren’t healthcare workers required to get the shot — or at least follow the lead of B.C., where health workers are required to either get the shot or wear a mask? Maybe the question is: Why MARY-ANN would healthcare workers BARR not get the flu vaccine? Understandably, there may be some individuals who cannot get a flu shot. But the fact that 49 per cent of Alberta health-care workers are not vaccinated this year is alarming. The number for the general population is even more dumbfounding. Health Minister Fred Horne says only 800,000 (one in five) of a total of four million Albertans have received the flu shot this season. This might increase now as more people comprehend that, like every year, the flu does kill thousands of Canadians, sadly perhaps one of their own loved ones. And yet with a vaccine with the right strains, like this year’s, Alberta Health says flu immunization prevents sickness in 70 to 90 per cent of healthy individuals. Recent reports of flu-related deaths in Alberta — at least 10 and counting — have caught the attention of the public, and more people are suddenly lining up. Last week, Horne encouraged people to get the influenza vaccine, which is available to the end of March. It takes a couple of weeks to be fully effective once a person gets it. The vaccine protects against three strains of the flu. This season, one of those strains is the H1N1 virus, which is by far causing the most illnesses this season. Of 965 confirmed cases of flu in the province since the beginning of 2014, 920 are H1N1. In Central Alberta, since the end
of December, there have been 83 labconfirmed flu cases, of which 79 were H1N1. These numbers only represent cases confirmed in the lab. They have been described as just the tip of the iceberg as tests aren’t done on most people. It is flu season and health authorities are not suggesting anyone panic, as the situation is not far off normal. But there are more people sicker than normal from the flu. People between the ages of 20 and 65 are the most susceptible to H1N1.
Hospitals are getting busier as more people with flu-like symptoms are showing up. That means that more health-care workers are dealing with people sick with the flu, and they themselves are being exposed to it. I’ve said it before and I say it again — vaccinations save lives and the naysayers are full of nonsense. There are people in other parts of the world wishing they had the health system we have, and free access to vaccinations. Sometimes we are so damn spoiled
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How to dig out of a snowstorm We have a winter where cold weather has become a hot-button issue. This year’s generous supply of snow has been the centre of attention for two months and we are a long way from the clubhouse turn on the winter season here in Red Deer. The big question for people in this city is snow removal and the answer has not been provided by JIM the City of Red SUTHERLAND Deer. We have endured long, cold and snowy winters before in Red Deer — most of my youthful years in this area fall into this category — but the snow removal problem has never been properly addressed over the years. I can remember the ugly winter of 1973-74, when I seemed to get stuck just about everywhere I drove in this city, up to and including 32nd Street. I learned how to drive more effectively from that winter experience and have only been stuck twice so far this
winter. Too bad the city snow removal program has regressed during the same time frame. So I would like to offer a solution. First of all, accept the fact that Red Deer is located in a subarctic climate region and winter weather can vary from year to year. Prepare for the worst case scenario and deal with it. For example, the city stated its two snow dumps are near capacity, so my solution is preparing extra potential snow dump sites ahead of the game. Show some foresight and plan ahead for winters like this one where excessive snowfall is a grim reality. Know ahead of time what you would do in one of these “what-if” scenarios and have a Plan B, C or D for more snow dumps if necessary. Secondly, get a blade on the main arteries as soon as the snow begins to fly. Do not wait for the next day, week or month to tackle the problem. The typical approach is sending out sanding trucks to dump their loads on top of the accumulated snow and presumably hope what is essentially windowdressing will solve the problem. Put blades back on the trucks or have them follow graders and put the sanding mix down on actual road surfaces. Thirdly, get the side streets cleared in a timely fashion. One of the byprod-
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ucts of clogged side streets is the problems encountered by all drivers, ranging from average citizens to emergency responders. The streets are an absolute embarrassment and one can only guess about their effect on response times for emergencies. Fourthly, get rid of the windrows after you get the streets bladed. The city said the cost would approach $500,000 for each complete windrow removal, but the big picture is safe winter traffic flow here in Red Deer. Likely the best way to deliver the snow removal services in a timely and cost-effective fashion is to contract out the work to private operators. The City of Red Deer requires any interested parties to pay for an information search when it comes to publicly funded expenditures (like snow removal budget specifics), but it would be fair to conclude a private operator would be less costly, given their rates do not include maintenance, fuel, repair, registration and insurance costs ,to name but a few expenses incurred by cityowned equipment. Plus the contractors do not have a workers’ compensation premium or pension liability cost like City of Red Deer employees who do the same job. There are plenty of road-builders with idle equipment in winter who would be able to deliver services
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needed to clear our roads. They would only be employed for a snow event and then they would be off the payroll until the next snow event. The only real question left is cost and that question can only be answered by a thorough audit of the current snow removal budget in comparison to private contractor costs for a timely and complete snow removal program. If a cost deficit for an effective show removal program was still evident after an audit, then I would suggest a nominal $5 snow removal fee on every monthly city utility bill. As a rule, I hate this kind of idea, but I would be able to accept a fee directly applied to a snow removal-only account to offset the cost of an effective snow removal program. The result would be an annual revenue flow into the millions to handle snow removal. Peg the account at a minimum level that would handle bad winters like our current adventure and do not attach the extra monthly snow fee until the fund falls below the minimum balance during winters like this one. The present system is broken beyond repair and people are very unhappy about it. The time for excuses is over and done — it’s time for solutions. Jim Sutherland is a local freelance writer.
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BY THE CANADIAN PRESS A pair of climate-change protesters wearing cheap, thrift-store dress clothing evaded RCMP officers tasked with protecting Stephen Harper during an event in Vancouver on Monday, walking onto a stage within touching distance of the prime minister before they were whisked away. The security breach happened at a Vancouver Board of Trade event at a downtown hotel, where Harper participated in a friendly question-and-answer session aimed at promoting his government’s economic agenda. Roughly a minute after Harper was welcomed to the stage, a man and woman walked behind the prime minister holding signs attacking the Conservatives’ environmental record. One sign said Climate Justice Now, while the other featured a dark line crossed through the phrase Conservatives Take Climate Change Seriously. The protesters were immediately taken off the stage and out of the room, prompting Harper to quip, “It wouldn’t be B.C. without it,” drawing laughter and applause from the audience. A group affiliated with Brigette DePape, the former page who walked onto the Senate floor holding a Stop Harper sign during a 2011 throne speech, immediately claimed responsibility, saying the stunt was designed to criticize Canada’s environmental policies. The event took place in a large hotel ballroom, where hundreds of people gathered for a breakfast event featuring the prime minister. While reporters and TV camera operators were forced to have their equipment examined by a police dog, there appeared to be little in place — such as a security checkpoint to check credentials or ID — that would have prevented anyone from just walking into the room. Indeed, one of the two protesters, local activist Sean Devlin, said he and his colleague weren’t stopped or approached by security at any point before they walked on stage. “We just happened to be wearing black dress shirts and black pants and black aprons that we
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A protester rushes the stage as Prime Minister Stephen Harper speaks at the Vancouver, Board of Trade in downtown Vancouver, Monday. bought at Value Village, and we simply walked into the hotel,” Devlin said in an interview. “As soon as we entered the room, people seemed to be treating us like we were supposed to be there. It was quite easy.” The outfit cost about $7, he said. Devlin was thrown down a small flight of stairs as he was forced off stage, while the young woman he was with was escorted away on foot. They were handcuffed and brought into a kitchen area to be questioned, said Devlin, but were quickly released without being charged. The prime minister’s office says it doesn’t comment on security matters and referred all calls to the RCMP. Cpl. Lucy Shorey of the RCMP said the force would be examining what happened, but she declined to discuss the incident in detail. “The RCMP takes the matter very seriously,” said Shorey. “We are currently reviewing the incident to decide what action
Montreal officer to be disciplined for threat against homeless man THE CANADIAN PRESS MONTREAL — A Montreal police officer captured on video telling a homeless man he would tie him to a pole in frigid temperatures if his behaviour didn’t improve will be disciplined this week. A senior police spokesman confirmed Monday the unnamed officer met with his commanding officer last Friday. Cmdr. Ian Lafreniere says the matter will be dealt with internally this week. A video shot by a passerby and posted to YouTube shows part of the interaction between the officer and the homeless man. The officer can be heard saying that if another citizen complains to police about the man he would “tie him to a pole for an hour.” The homeless man was wearing only a short-sleeved T-shirt and jean shorts that reached his calves. Lafreniere describes the officer in question as a “good cop” who made an unacceptable comment. “The Montreal police were not happy with the words that were used,” Lafreniere said Monday. Lafreniere said last week the sanctions could range from a verbal warning to a suspension.
Spy watchdog chastised for registering to lobby on behalf of pipeline OTTAWA — The NDP is criticizing spy watchdog Chuck Strahl for registering to lobby on behalf of Northern Gateway Pipelines.
needs to be taken to ensure the safety of the prime minister. Obviously, we can’t discuss specific details on security measures.” Board of trade CEO Iain Black, who was on stage beside Harper, said event staff were in the room keeping a watch for anyone without one of the lanyards that were handed to ticketholders, but he said his group deferred to the RCMP when it came to security decisions. Black said the incident happened so quickly that it was pretty much over by the time he fully processed what was going on. “I didn’t really react, because there wasn’t a lot of time,” Black said in an interview. “I looked at the prime minister, and he didn’t look rattled at all. ... He’s clearly got a lot of confidence in the guys around him, so when he didn’t react, I didn’t ever really feel threatened.” Harper made several stops in the Vancouver area on Monday, but he did not field any questions from reporters.
As the federally appointed chairman of the Security Intelligence Review Committee, Strahl helps keep an eye on the Canadian Security Intelligence Service. In a statement, New Democrat House leader Nathan Cullen says it should be common sense that Strahl — someone on the federal payroll — should not lobby for a pipeline seeking federal government approval. Strahl’s Dec. 6 registration with the B.C. Office of the Registrar of Lobbyists says he intends to arrange a meeting between the pipeline concern and B.C. Natural Gas Development Minister Rich Coleman. Strahl, an MP from 1993 to 2011, served in several cabinet portfolios in Stephen Harper’s cabinet, most recently as transport minister. The review committee’s last chairman, medical doctor Arthur Porter, resigned in November 2011 amid questions about his private business dealings. Strahl did not immediately return phone calls Monday. Regulators have conditionally approved Enbridge’s proposed $8-billion Northern Gateway pipeline, which would see Alberta crude flow to westward to Kitimat, B.C. The federal government has not yet said whether it will allow the project to proceed.
THE CANADIAN PRESS Some braced for blizzards, others dealt with precarious flash freezes, and still more faced bone-chilling temperatures — and then there were those who endured power outages dating back to earlier bitter weather. A mixed bag of nasty conditions led Environment Canada to issue warnings for vast swaths of the country on Monday, when many headed back to work for the first time since the holiday break. “It’s almost like the total meteorological lexicon of everything miserable in terms of winter is found somewhere in Canada,” said senior climatologist David Phillips. The sheer amount of varying warnings was considered somewhat unusual even by the national weather agency that put them out. Phillips listed some of the misery. “From wind chill to winter storm warnings to flash freezes to freezing rain to heavy rain to strong winds; snow squalls also.” The winter wallop created extra headaches for many resuming their weekday commutes on the first Monday of 2014. Some flights travelling into or out of Toronto, Ottawa, Halifax and St. John’s, N.L., were also cancelled or delayed. And freezing rain across Eastern Canada forced nearly 800 plane passengers to be diverted to Fredericton early Monday, putting a strain on the city’s airport. “Nature’s making it more difficult for us to get back to a regular normal life,” said Phillips. “The timing is unfortunate.” Southern Saskatchewan and southern Manitoba experienced some of the most bitter cold, where communities longused to chilly conditions were lashed by frigid gusts which prompted a series of wind chill warnings. “We’re seeing wind chills that are into the minus 50, which would freeze flesh in less than five minutes,” said Phillips, who warned residents to bundle up. Meanwhile, communities in northern and southern Ontario were warned of flash freezes, wind chills and even snow squalls in some areas. The latest blast of winter came just a week after a wicked ice storm left hundreds of thousands without power in parts of Central and Eastern Canada. “In Ontario we’re seeing a whole plethora of
weather warnings,” said Phillips. “In some communities they’ve got four to choose from, it’s like pick your poison.” Toronto and Windsor, Ont., — which were expecting wind chills from -35 C to -40 C into Tuesday — were among some communities which issued extreme cold weather alerts while urging those who were homeless to seek shelter. It was a slightly different story in Quebec, where somewhat warmer temperatures meant Environment Canada issued rainfall and freezing rain warnings for southern parts of the province, although communities further north faced blizzard warnings. Freezing rain left more than 24,000 Quebec customers without power on Monday afternoon, with the Mauricie region in central Quebec hit hardest. Authorities in Ontario and Quebec urged caution on icy roads and slushy sidewalks and warned motorists to take care in communities that were expecting blowing snow and whiteout conditions. In Atlantic Canada, freezing rain and rainfall warnings were issued for much of New Brunswick, eastern Nova Scotia, P.E.I. and parts of Newfoundland. Those warnings added to the problems being faced by thousands in Newfoundland, who were experiencing their fourth day of power outages brought on by a combination of cold weather, a terminal station fire and a power plant that went offline. A mass of cold Arctic air, combined with a warmer weather system that had come up from the U.S., had led to much of the recent variety of inclement conditions, said Philips. Some communities, including Toronto, Halifax, Montreal and Quebec City, were expected to see a drastic drop in temperatures by today. ● Cattle are still chowing down as a deep freeze settles over much of the Prairies. Agriculture experts and ranchers know that when the temperature dips below -20 C, cattle need even more to eat so they can create extra energy to stay warm. “Most years the average hay out there is good enough to maintain a cow in wintertime, as long as she doesn’t have extra demands on her body, so she’s not heavy into pregnancy and she’s not lactating, she’s not providing milk for a calf,” Murray Feist, a ruminant nutrition specialist with Saskatchewan Agriculture, said Monday.
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U.S. Supreme Court calls a halt to same-sex marriage in Utah BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
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About 1,500 people gather to celebrate marriage equality after a federal judge declined to stay his ruling that legalized same sex marriage in Utah, at Washington Square just outside of the Salt Lake City and County Building Dec. 23, 2013, in Salt Lake City. as from the three gay and lesbian couples who challenged the ban in support of Shelby’s ruling. Shelby and the appeals court had previously rebuffed the state’s plea to stop gay weddings pending appeal. The 10th Circuit has set short deadlines for both sides to file their written arguments, with the state’s first brief due on January 27. No date for argument has been set yet. Utah changed its constitution to prohibit same-sex marriage in 2004. Shelby was the first federal judge to overturn a state marriage ban since the high court issued two decisions on same-sex marriage in June. The justices at that time struck down a provision of the federal Defence of Marriage Act that prevented legally married gay and lesbian couples from receiving a
range of tax, health, pension and other federal benefits. Shelby cited the decision in his ruling that the state failed to show that allowing same-sex marriages would affect opposite-sex marriages in any way. “In the absence of such evidence, the State’s unsupported fears and speculations are insufficient to justify the State’s refusal to dignify the family relationships of its gay and lesbian citizens,” Shelby wrote. On the same day, the court left in place a trial court’s decision that struck down California’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. That decision paved the way for same-sex unions to resume in California. The nation’s most populous state is among 17 states and the Washington federal district that allow, or soon will allow, gay and lesbian couples to wed.
Bangladesh ruling party wins marred election as leaders keep up bitter rivalry BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS DHAKA, Bangladesh — For two decades, the “Battling Begums” have been at the forefront of this South Asian nation’s politics, vying for power and trading insults in a poisonous rivalry. Now the longstanding enmity between Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and opposition leader Khaleda Zia, both of whom earn the honorific “begum” for Muslim women of rank, is once again at the heart of the country’s latest political crisis. On Monday, Hasina’s ruling Awami League party won one of the most violent elections in the country’s history, marred by street fighting, low turnout and a boycott by the opposition that made the results a foregone conclusion. The political gridlock plunges Bangladesh deeper into turmoil and economic stagnation, and could lead to more violence in a deeply impoverished country of 160 million. Some observers say the rivalry is standing in the way of progress and compromise. “The economy is declining, democracy is being weakened and Bangladesh’s march toward development is faltering,” said Hassan Shahriar, a political analyst in Bangladesh. “The latest election and the opposition violence linked to it shows how they could not care less about the people they say they want to serve.” The Awami League won 232 of the 300 elected seats, the Election Commission said, far more than the 151 required to form a government. Because of the opposition boycott, about half the seats were uncontested, allowing the ruling party to rack up many victories. Sunday’s vote was bloody: At least 18 people were killed as police fired at protesters, and opposition activists torched more than 100 polling stations. Three more people were killed Monday in lingering pockets of unrest. In a sign of international skepticism over the legitimacy of the elections, U.S. State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said Monday they “do not appear to credibly express the will of the Bangladeshi people.” She urged the government and oppo-
AFRICA BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS U.N. officials are warning the Security Council that Central African Republic is on the brink of a catastrophe, with half the population made homeless since ethnic warfare broke out. U.N. political affairs chief Jeffrey Feltman told the council Monday that about 2.2 million people throughout Central African Republic need assistance, about half the total population. About half the people of Bangui have been driven from their homes, a total of about 513,000, he said. About 100,000 are jamming a makeshift camp at the airport near the capitol.
sition parties to hold immediate dialogue on holding fresh elections as soon as possible, and called on all sides to desist from violence. A statement from U.N. Secretary-General Ban Kimoon’s office said he “regrets that the parties did not reach the kind of agreements which could have produced a peaceful, all-inclusive election outcome.” The statement also called for “meaningful dialogue” among the parties. Political violence has convulsed the country in recent months as opposition activists staged attacks, strikes and transportation blockades to press their demands. Nearly 300 people have been killed since last February. “We are passing our days in fear and anxiety,” said Abdur Rahman, an accountant and resident of the capital, Dhaka, where soldiers patrolled the streets Monday. “These two major parties don’t care about anything. Only Allah knows what is in store now for us.” The opposition had demanded that Hasina’s government resign so a neutral administration could oversee the polls, saying Hasina might rig the election if she stayed in office — which she denied. The opposition, led by Zia’s Bangladesh Nationalist Party, boycotted the election after Hasina refused to step aside. It was the culmination of months of squabbling between the two leaders, who spoke for the first time in years in October in an acrimonious telephone call. “I called you around noon. You didn’t pick up,” said Hasina, according to a transcript published in The Dhaka Tribune newspaper. Zia snapped back, “You have to listen to me first.” The country has been ruled by either of these women — both from powerful political families — for nearly 22 years. Their power is more a reflection of South Asia’s penchant for political dynasties than of the role of women in this Muslim nation.
The Central African Republic has been plunged into chaos as the country’s Christian majority seeks revenge against the Muslim rebels, who seized power in a coup in March. Fighting between Christian and Muslim militias intensified in December. An attack on Bangui by the Christian militia calling itself the anti-Balaka on Dec. 5 triggered heavy unrest in the capitol, Feltman said. A report in late December by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon reported 600 deaths in Bangui in those attacks, and Feltman put the current total at “750 casualties” in the capital. “The death toll outside Bangui is likely to be substantial,” he said. “Killings in Bangui and the rest of the country continue every day, and the population remains divided along religious affiliation,” Feltman said.
CAIRO, Egypt — Millions of Egyptian Christians thronged churches across this mainly Muslim nation for Christmas Mass, held Monday amid unusually tight security but with congregations filled with hope ahead of a key vote on a new constitution that enshrines equality and criminalizes discrimination. The stepped up security was in response to fears that Islamic militants loyal to ousted President Mohammed Morsi would target churches. Islamists claim that Egypt’s Christians played a disproportionately large role in the mass protests that preceded Morsi’s ouster in a July 3 coup. Many churches, especially in southern Egyptian strongholds of radical Muslims, held Midnight Mass several hours early so that worshippers could avoid returning home after midnight when streets are empty, raising the possibility of attacks. A wave of attacks blamed on Islamists in August left dozens of churches destroyed, burned or looted. Christian homes and businesses were also targeted. “We will pray under the night sky,” said Adel Shafiq, a Christian from the town of Dalga south of Cairo, who was attending Mass in a church looted and burned in August. “There is no roof and no windows. People are here wearing scarves and hats to fend off the night cold.” At Cairo’s St. Mark’s Cathedral, seat of the Coptic Orthodox pope, police armed with machine-guns manned sandbag positions outside the towering structure. Hours before Mass, sniffing dogs were deployed to ensure there were no explosives planted inside. During the service, plainclothes security men stood guard just yards (meters) from the altar to keep an eye on the congregation as Coptic Pope Tawadros II led the prayers. Cabinet ministers, army generals and politicians, mostly Muslims, attended the service. “We pray for the safety, peace and calm of Egypt and we pray for every man on its kind land,” Pope Tawadros said in a brief sermon. “We have total confidence that God is watching over our nation even at the time of crisis.” Elsewhere in Cairo and other main cities, streets leading to large churches were sealed off and checkpoints were set up in areas with sizable Christian communities as armoured army and police vehicles roamed the streets. Metal detectors were placed at the entrances of many churches, where volunteers searched bags and demanded to see IDs, leading to the formation of long lines outside churches. The tight security appeared to do little to dampen spirits, however. “People are happy and the barrier of fear has been breached. We have seen the worst already, it’s over,” said Evon Lutfi, a Christian from the southern city of Assiut, a stronghold of radical Islamists and home to a large Christian community. Egypt’s Christians account for some 10 per cent of the nation’s 90 million people. Mostly members of the Orthodox church, one of Christendom’s oldest, they long have complained of discrimination by the nation’s Muslim majority. They have heavily invested in the anti-Morsi movement in the hope of gaining equal rights with their Muslim compatriots after his removal. The amended constitution Egyptians will vote on later this month in a nationwide referendum enshrines equality between all Egyptians and instructs the next parliament to legislate a new law that will facilitate the construction and maintenance of churches. It also removes language in the 2012 constitution that critics feared could pave the way to the creation of a purist Islamic state, something that gravely alarmed Christians. “We will vote ’yes’ in the referendum so we can have a nation free of discrimination,” said Fawzy Habib, a Christian accountant from Assiut.
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SALT LAKE CITY — The Supreme Court on Monday put samesex marriages on hold in the conservative state of Utah, at least while a federal appeals court more fully considers the issue. The court issued a brief order blocking any new same-sex unions in the western state. The order grants an emergency appeal by the state following the Dec. 20 ruling by U.S. District Judge Robert Shelby that the state’s ban on same-sex marriage violates gay and lesbian couples’ constitutional rights. More than 900 gay and lesbian couples have married since then and now the state is trying to determine whether those marriages are still valid, Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes said. He said he didn’t know when they’d make a determination, saying they don’t want to rush an important legal decision. “This is precisely the uncertainty we were hoping to avoid by requesting the stay,” Reyes said. “It’s unfortunate that many Utah citizens have been put into this legal limbo.” The Supreme Court’s unsigned order did not reveal anything about the justices’ views on samesex marriage. The high court order will remain in effect until the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decides whether to uphold Shelby’s ruling. Nearly two-thirds of Utah’s 2.8 million residents are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and Mormons dominate the state’s legal and political circles. . Though the church has softened its stance toward gays and lesbians in recent years, it still teaches that homosexual activity is a sin and stands by its support for “traditional marriage.” Church officials say they hope a higher court validates its belief that marriage is between a man and woman. The action now shifts to Denver, where the appeals court will consider arguments from the state against same-sex marriage as well
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BY THE CANADIAN PRESS FREDERICTON — A New Brunswick Mountie who attracted national attention for complaining that he wasn’t allowed to smoke medicinal marijuana for his post-traumatic stress disorder while in uniform has been deemed fit to stand trial on charges of assaulting two RCMP officers, the Crown and defence said Monday. Cpl. Ron Francis, who faces two counts of assaulting police and one count of resisting arrest, was released from custody after he underwent a 30-day psychiatric assessment. Francis was ordered to follow conditions including that he refrain from alcohol and non-prescription drugs, report to a local mental health clinic and not possess firearms. He smiled and waved to family and friends as he appeared in Fredericton provincial court but did not speak to reporters when he left the courthouse. The psychiatric assessment was not dealt with in court, but both Crown and defence lawyers later confirmed Francis was considered mentally fit to face trial. The case was adjourned until Feb. 4 after defence lawyer T.J. Burke asked for time to review disclosure before entering pleas. “My client has instructed us, regardless of what’s in the disclosure, to enter a plea of not guilty,” Burke said outside court. Burke accused the RCMP of failing to help Francis, who is on leave but remains a member of the police force. “The Mounties knew he was going to be released today and yet they have no action plan put in place for treatment for Ron Francis,” Burke said. “That in itself speaks volumes about the RCMP.” In November, Francis returned his red serge on orders from his superiors but accused the RCMP and the federal government of not doing enough to support officers with post-traumatic stress disorder. The RCMP said its officers who are prescribed medicinal marijuana should not be in red serge or regular uniform while taking their medication as it would not portray the right message to the public. Burke said the RCMP’s position doesn’t make sense. “If he is sitting on his back deck and smoking a joint, off-duty, people are going to have that same perception unless they understand why he has been prescribed marijuana.” RCMP Const. Jullie Rogers-Marsh said Francis remains an employee of the Mounties and as such has access to all services and programs that would be offered to help employees with mental health issues. She declined to specify what kind of leave Francis is on, saying that is a confidential employer-employee matter. Francis was arrested Dec. 6. At the time, the RCMP said they were concerned about his well-being when they found him on a street in downtown Fredericton.
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The Canadian Royal Navy ship HMCS Regina cruises in the Huangpu River in Shanghai, China, Tuesday Aug. 15, 2006. Canada’s top soldier bid more than 250 sailors on board HMCS Regina a safe and fruitful voyage as the frigate left Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt for an eight-month counter-terrorism mission to the Arabian Sea.
Damaged submarine rebuilt decade after deadly fire THE CANADIAN PRESS OTTAWA — A newly rebuilt HMCS Chicoutimi is set to return to Canada’s naval fleet nearly 10 years after a deadly fire aboard the second-hand warship effectively crippled the Canadian navy’s submarine program. The resurrection of the British-built vessel, which became emblematic of the sorry state of Canadian military equipment in 2004, has the Department of National Defence contemplating for the first time how best to employ its controversial subs. One internal defence proposal foresees deploying the undersea warships to far-flung oceans, patrolling trouble spots the way the navy’s frigates do today. Chicoutimi has been fully repaired and upgraded, says the navy’s top commander. It entered the water in late No-
vember after three years of work at Victoria Shipyards Co. Ltd., a return that is about two years behind the navy’s original schedule. The submarine is in the process of being turned over to the military and the crew is expected to begin sea trial in waters off Esquimalt, B.C. over the next few weeks, Vice-Admiral Mark Norman told The Canadian Press in a recent interview. “We’re on the cusp of achieving what we laid out,” said Norman, who noted the original goal of the program was to have three of the navy’s four submarines operational at all times. Chicoutimi will, however, be restricted to shallow-water diving for the foreseeable future, according to a series of defence documents obtained by The Canadian Press under the Access to Information Act. It’s been a long, excruciating journey since Jean Chretien’s Lib-
eral government announced in 1998 it would buy four surplus diesel-electric boats from the Royal Navy in what was heralded at the time as a great bargain for Canadian taxpayers. The poor condition of the mothballed submarines — they were rusty, prone to flooding and one had a dented hull — tarnished the reputation of the boats. But it was the fire aboard Chicoutimi in October 2004, which killed Lt. Chris Saunders and sent two other sailors to hospital, that nearly scuttled the program entirely. A subsequent military board of inquiry found that an open hatch allowed sea water from a rogue wave to wash down the conning tower and inundate poorly insulated high-voltage wires, triggering the fire. Still, the 700-page report blamed no one for the tragedy, which occurred off Ireland during the ship’s voyage to Halifax.
Jumbo ski resort for B.C. violates First Nation rights, court review hears BY THE CANADIAN PRESS VANCOUVER — A pristine region in southeastern British Columbia known to the local First Nation as Qat’muk, the place where “grizzly bear spirits” gather, would be profoundly transformed if a $450-million year-round ski resort is built. For that reason, a lawyer for the Ktunaxa Nation told a B.C. Supreme Court judge on Monday that the Jumbo Glacier Resort cannot be allowed to go ahead. The B.C. government approved the project in March 2012, but the First Nation is asking the court to review the legislation, as it keeps in mind the band’s spiritual connection to the land. Lawyer Peter Grant, who is representing the Ktunaxa Nation, said the province’s decision violates the religious rights of a band that has already suffered years of cultural persecution through native residential schools. “This is a place where we have to say no. This dispossession of the culture of the Ktunaxa has to stop here,” he said. The project’s approval also undermines Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s 2008 public apology for the treatment of residential school children, and his promise of reconciliation, Grant said. “This question of a knowledge of shared history, of respect for each other, and desire to move forward together with an understanding of different cultures — unfortunately the legacy of the decision before you shows the very opposite,” he told Justice John Savage. Grant called the judicial review a challenging one that could be instrumental in determining the direction Canada will go in its relationship with aboriginal peoples. Jumbo Glacier Resort has been more than two decades in the making and is expected to be North America’s first year-round ski resort. It will be built in B.C.’s Purcell Mountains, about 55 kilometres outside of Invermere and 250 kilometres west of Calgary. The resort’s base area is expected to cover 110 hectares, where everything from hotels and condominiums to restaurants, gift shops and ski schools will be built. It is also expected to draw between 550,000 and 800,000 visitors a year. Construction work on the resort began last summer, but it was halted briefly when protesters tried to block machinery from going up Farnham Glacier. Grant said the resort proposal is “diametrically opposed” to the significance of Qat’muk, an area where the Ktunaxa Nation has lived since “time immemorial.” Qat’muk is integral to the band’s culture because it is home to grizzly bears and “grizzly bear spirits” that carry prayers to the Ktunaxa’s creator, he said. Grant said the province was well aware of the significance of Qat’muk to the Ktunaxa Nation, yet it barely mentioned it when it approved the project in March 2012. The Ktunaxa Nation launched the court challenge in late 2012, saying the province did not take into account the band’s spiritual connection to the land. Kathryn Teneese, chair of the Ktunaxa Nation Council, said she hopes the judicial review will force the province to reconsider its decision. “We’ve heard several expressions over the years
of reconciliation — and I’m saying it sort of in quotes — but when it comes down to practice, we really haven’t seen too much of that on the ground,” she said in an interview outside the courthouse. “So we’re hopeful that if we get a decision that goes in our favour, it will be an expression ... to say that the words spoken by people as high as the prime minister of this country is indeed real.” Jumbo Glacier’s website says it hopes to achieve a “near ’no-net-impact” on the grizzly bear population with “mitigation measures.” It also says the Ktunaxa did not “reveal any special ’sacred’ significance to the project area for 20 years, despite lengthy and repeated consultations.”
Teneese admitted the band initially focused more on the resort’s potential environmental impacts during consultations with the province, but members did mention that the area was considered a spiritual place. “We didn’t go into detail because we were involved in the other exercises that we hoped — LAWYER PETER GRANT would address the concerns,” she said. Teneese says the Ktunaxa Nation has discussed a “Plan B” in case the court rules in the province’s favour, but she did not disclose details. Ten days have been set aside for the court challenge. Lawyers representing the province are expected to make their arguments next week.
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Workers set pilings for one of two buildings at 6852 66th St., where a hotel, restaurant, lounge, convenience store and liquor store are planned. It was among the major projects approved by the city at the end of 2013.
Value of permits slips BUT NUMBERS REFLECT GREATER CONFIDENCE IN LOCAL ECONOMY BY HARLEY RICHARDS ADVOCATE BUSINESS EDITOR The value of construction approved by the City of Red Deer last year slipped to $243.4 million from the 2012 tally of $267.9 million. But despite this nine per cent decline, the 2013 figure was still well ahead of the $169.7 million in building permits issued by the city in 2011, and the $118.9 million in work approved during 2010. And the number of permits issued by the city last year reached 1,524, up from 1,494 in 2012. Howard Thompson, manager of Red Deer’s Inspections and Licensing Department, said two consecutive years in the $250-million range indicates “there is a greater confidence in the local economy.” The record year for building permits in Red Deer was set in 2007, when the total value of construction approved reached $421 million. With the subsequent onset of the economic downturn, the tally fell to $258.4 million in 2008 and $140.9 million in 2009. The value of residential projects approved by the city last year was virtually unchanged from 2012, at just over $115.6 million. “Building permits were steady, and I think going on to 2014 we’re going to have similar or better,” said Kevin Wilkie, president of the Canadian Home Builders’ As-
sociation — Central Alberta Region. Wilkie said his own company, True-Line Homes, is seeing increased enthusiasm at its show homes, and other home builders are noticing a similar trend. “It just seems like people are more interested.” Two months ago, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation was forecasting that Red Deer would finish 2013 with 715 housing starts — up from 568 in 2012 — and that in 2014 the figure would hit 715. “I’d agree with that,” said Wilkie. Not only is a strong local economy fueling demand for homes, new lots in subdivisions like Garden Heights, Clearmont and Timberstone are attracting buyers, he said. Wilkie doesn’t anticipate an overheated market like the one prior to the recession, when builders were hampered by a shortage of tradespeople. “I think it will be a good busy year. I don’t think it’s going to be anything like 2007, where it was taking over a year to build houses.” In the case of commercial construction last year, the city issued permits for $35.5 million worth of work, down from $66.2 million in 2012. The value of industrial projects approved dropped to $55.8 million from $74.8 million. A news release issued by the city said permits for new commer-
cial areas like Clearview Market Square, and the $53-million expansion of Red Deer’s wastewater treatment plant, inflated the 2012 totals in these categories. In the case of public projects, the city approved $36.4 million in work last year, up from $11.2 million. Permits for three new schools in Red Deer contributed to the 2013 total in this category. The Inspections and Licensing Department was busy in the final month of 2013, issuing permits for $16.3 million worth of work. Residential projects accounted for $12.3 million of this, with commercial work adding $2.4 million and industrial approvals $1.5 million. By contrast, the combined figure for December 2012 was $11.2 million. This was made up of $8.7 million in the residential category, $545,000 for commercial construction and $1.9 million for industrial projects. Boosting last month’s numbers was a permit for $6.8 million issued to Seymour Pacific Developments for a 78-unit apartment building at 2450 22nd St., and another for $2.3-million to Scott Builders for the first phase of a hotel, restaurant, lounge and retail complex at 6852 66th St. Among the other big projects approved last month was construction of a $775,000 industrial building at 509, 39015 Hwy 2A, and $400,000 in renovations to Riverside Kennels at 4640 61st St. firstname.lastname@example.org
Powersports Unlimited rises from Retro Cycle It’s a new name for an established Red Deer business. On Monday, Retro Cycle officially became Powersports Unlimited. Owner Corey Giesbrecht, who bought the business in September, said the new name better describes the business at No. 100, 6143 48th Ave. “We’ve always done ATVs and sleds and newer motorcycles. It’s just that the name didn’t reflect that.” A self-described motorsport enthusiast, Giesbrecht felt it was important to brand the store as
more than a motorcycle shop. He explained that Powersports Unlimited has parts and accessories for all-terrain vehicles and snowmobiles, as well as technicians who can service them. But, he added, the shop — which first opened eight years ago — remains true to its motorcycle roots. “We are still a motorcycle shop and always will be.” Giesbrecht said he also plans to expand Powersports Unlimited’s sale of used motorcycles, ATVs and sleds.
Senate confirms Janet Yellen as first woman to lead Federal Reserve BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON — The Senate confirmed Janet Yellen on Monday as the first woman to lead the U.S. Federal Reserve, elevating an advocate of fighting unemployment and a backer of the central bank’s efforts to spur the economy with low interest rates and massive bond purchases. Yellen, 67, will replace Ben Bernanke, who is stepping down after serving as chairman for eight years dominated by the Great Re-
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but only modestly so far, many economists expect her to focus on how to nurture growth without putting it into overdrive, which could risk fueling inflation. “The big debate will be when the Fed should tighten and how much, rather than when to step on the gas pedal and how hard,” predicted Bill Cheney, chief economist for John Hancock Financial Services, who envisions a growing economy this year.
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VANCOUVER — Prime Minister Stephen Harper says U.S. President Barack Obama has “punted” a decision on the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline, but he’s still confident the long-delayed $5.4 billion project will eventually be built. Harper made his remarks during a question-andanswer session with Vancouver Board of Trade CEO Iain Black. When Black launched into one question by saying Obama had rejected the pipeline, Harper interjected. “No, he’s punted,” the prime minister said of Obama. “He said ‘maybe.”’ “It is my hope that the administration will in due course see its way to take the appropriate decision, but that’s obviously a political process in the United States,” Harper continued. “The good news is that on both sides of the aisle, in both political parties, in both houses, and throughout the American economy and public, there is widespread support for the project. “I am confident that in due course the project will, in one way or another, proceed.” TransCanada Corp. (TSX:TRP) first applied to build the 830,000-barrel-per-day pipeline more than five years ago. The Obama administration rejected an earlier iteration of it, but encouraged the company to re-apply with a tweaked route through Nebraska to address environmental concerns. The US$2.3-billion, 700,000-barrel-per-day southern portion of the pipeline between Cushing, Okla., and the U.S. Gulf Coast — which TransCanada could build without U.S. State Department approval because it doesn’t cross an international border — is in the process of starting up. In an interview last month, TransCanada CEO Russ Girling said he’s optimistic a final decision on the more contentious northern portion of the pipeline will come during the first quarter of 2014. For future projects, like the $12-billion Energy East project to New Brunswick, Girling said the key will be keeping the project as far outside the political arena as possible. “Having our projects intertwined in the political process when they should be rightly placed in the regulatory processes that are arms length from politics, that’s where we’re going to try to steer our projects going forward as best we can, to keep them apolitical,” he said. In practical terms, that means getting out on the ground in communities along the pipeline route as early in the process as possible. “We are just trying not to leave that playing field so wide open for somebody to create a cause celebre around this thing.” Absent a “major score” on greenhouse gas emissions, environmental groups seized upon Keystone XL as a “bellwether” on the greater climate change issue, Girling said. “Responsible people don’t make decisions of this magnitude on a symbolic basis. They make it based on facts.” Marc Spitzer, a former commissioner with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission who is now a partner with law firm Steptoe & Johnson LLP, said the Keystone XL has become “collateral damage” in an increasingly polarized U.S. political scene. Those wondering why Keystone XL has become a “poster child” for the U.S. environmental movement might as well ask “why do people care about Miley Cyrus now?,” he said. “It’s one of those accidents of history and the White House made it worse.” Spitzer said Obama should have “lanced the boil” years ago and approved the pipeline. “I can’t believe the White House finds it pleasant to have the Canadian government feel that they’ve been treated so poorly by the United States,” he said. “I can’t believe that they enjoy the debate. They had to hide under their desks before the election and they keep putting this off. I can’t believe this is fun for them.”
Spruce View ag group vies for UFA prize The Spruce View Agricultural Society is in the running for $50,000. It’s among five finalists for the third-round prize in UFA Co-operative Ltd.’s Rural from the Roots Up — Get ‘n’ Give Contest. Also vying for the money are groups or organizations from Armena, Dalum, Hand Hills and Lomond, Alta. UFA received more than 275 applications for the contest, which involves five, $50,000 prizes. The first went to the Hussar & District Hall Maintenance Society, which in turn selected Foremost Minor Hockey, Foremost Seniors and the Foremost Legacy Bridge Committee as recipients of the second cash prize. Foremost is now responsible for selecting the winner of the current round, which it is scheduled to do on Jan. 15. The Rural from the Roots Up — Get ‘n’ Give Contest is designed to support projects that “support and enrich rural communities.”
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Diversified and Industrials Agrium Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . 96.36 ATCO Ltd.. . . . . . . . . . . . 46.15 BCE Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45.33 BlackBerry . . . . . . . . . . . . 8.51 Bombardier . . . . . . . . . . . . 4.59 Brookfield . . . . . . . . . . . . 41.01 Cdn. National Railway . . 59.27 Cdn. Pacific Railway. . . 157.11
Cdn. Utilities . . . . . . . . . . 35.60 Capital Power Corp . . . . 21.00 Cervus Equipment Corp 24.20 Dow Chemical . . . . . . . . 43.59 Enbridge Inc. . . . . . . . . . 45.67 Finning Intl. Inc. . . . . . . . 26.69 Fortis Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . 30.35 General Motors Co. . . . . 40.40 Parkland Fuel Corp. . . . . 18.43
December. Overseas, traders will take in the latest trade, inflation and loans data from China later in the week. Two surveys last week showed manufacturing activity weakened in December, which analysts said pointed to a downturn in the business cycle. Financials were the biggest pressure point on the TSX, down 0.71 per cent as Scotiabank (TSX:BNS) turned 72 cents lower to $64.74 while Power Financial (TSX:POW) declined 62 cents to $35.12. Traders have taken some profits over the last week from financials, which ended 2013 up about 20 per cent on the TSX. Industrials also weighed on the TSX, down 0.73 per cent as Canadian National Railways (TSX:CNR) gave back 81 cents to $59.27. March copper was unchanged at US$3.36 a pound and the base metals sector was slightly lower. HudBay Minerals (TSX:HBM) was down 26 cents to C$8.46. The energy sector was flat as the February crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange dropped 53 cents to a five-week low of US$93.43 a barrel. Cenovus Energy (TSX:CVE) gave back 36 cents to C$29.61. Crude fell six per cent last week due to growing inventories in the U.S. and an expected recovery in Libyan production. The tech sector led advancers with BlackBerry Ltd. (TSX:BB) (Nasdaq:BBRY) running ahead 42 cents to $8.51 on the TSX after the smartphone maker said it has hired Ron Louks, who has held senior positions at HTC America Inc. and Sony Ericsson, to help develop the company’s long-term product road map. The TSX gold sector finished up about 0.65 per cent even as February bullion edged 60 cents lower to US$1,238 an ounce. The trading year is only days old but the gold component is already the best performer, up more than three per cent over the past week after plunging almost 50 per cent in 2013. Barrick Gold (TSX:ABX) improved by 27 cents to C$19.58. But Kirkland Lake Gold (TSX:KGI) tumbled 40 cents or 13.33 per cent to $2.60 after it said it has launched a strategic review of the company, which it may include the potential sale of assets or offering of shares.
TORONTO — Financials led the way to a loss on the Toronto stock market Monday as traders digested the first reports from a heavy slate of top-drawer economic data. The S&P/TSX composite index declined 53.32 points to 13,495.54, its third straight decline, as traders also awaited the start of the U.S. corporate earnings season. The Canadian dollar was off 0.11 of a cent at 93.88 cents US. U.S. markets were also firmly in the red as the Dow Jones industrials gave back 44.89 points to 16,425.1, the Nasdaq was down 18.23 points to 4,113.68 and the S&P 500 index was 4.6 points lower at 1,826.77. On the economic front, U.S. factory orders rose 1.8 per cent in November, better than the 1.7 per cent gain that economists had forecast. But the latest reading on the American non-manufacturing sector disappointed. The Institute for Supply Management’s service sector index came in at 53, against the 55.1 reading that had been expected. Investors will also start to focus on corporate earnings later this week when resource company Alcoa hands in fourth-quarter data. Expectations have been lowered in recent months with earnings from S&P 500 companies expected to have risen 6.3 per cent in the fourth quarter. That’s slower than the 9.3 per cent growth analysts expected, on average, at the end of September, according to FactSet. But that weak reading is at least partly balanced by rising optimism that an improving economic data will make for stronger corporate balance sheets in 2014. Markets are also waiting midweek to scrutinize the minutes of the Federal Reserve’s December meeting. The Fed announced at that meeting it would start to cut back its monthly US$85 billion of bond purchases by $10 billion starting in January. Traders will look for indications of when the Fed will accelerate that tapering and for the central bank’s latest take on the economy. The Fed said in December further tapering would be linked to the economic recovery, in particular employment growth, so Friday’s U.S. nonfarm payrolls report is of special interest. Economists look for the economy to have created about 195,000 jobs in December. Canadian employment figures also come out on Friday, with the consensus calling for the economy to have cranked out 13,000 jobs in
MARKET HIGHLIGHTS Highlights at close Monday: Stocks: S&P/TSX Composite Index — 13,495.54 down 53.32 points
Sirius XM . . . . . . . . . . . . 10.07 SNC Lavalin Group. . . . . 47.75 Stantec Inc. . . . . . . . . . . 64.60 Telus Corp. . . . . . . . . . . . 36.35 Transalta Corp.. . . . . . . . 13.73 Transcanada. . . . . . . . . . 47.44 Consumer Canadian Tire . . . . . . . . 100.00 Gamehost . . . . . . . . . . . . 14.62 Leon’s Furniture . . . . . . . 14.61 Loblaw Ltd. . . . . . . . . . . . 41.92 Maple Leaf Foods. . . . . . 16.74 Rona Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . 13.10 Shoppers . . . . . . . . . . . . 57.95 Tim Hortons . . . . . . . . . . 61.05 Wal-Mart . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78.21 WestJet Airlines . . . . . . . 27.61
TSX Venture Exchange — 946.05 up 1.34 points TSX 60 — 773.95 down 4.80 points Dow — 16,425.10 down 44.89 points S&P 500 — 1,826.77 down 4.60 points Nasdaq — 4,113.68 down 18.23 points Currencies at close: Cdn — 93.88 cents US, down 0.11 of a cent Pound — C$1.7472, up 0.08 of a cent Euro — C$1.4519, up 0.61 of a cent Euro — US$1.3630, up 0.40 of a cent Oil futures: US$93.43 per barrel, down 53 cents (February contract) Gold futures: US$1,238 per oz., down 60 cents (February contract) Canadian Fine Silver Handy and Harman: $22.433 oz., up 79.8 cents $721.22 kg, up $25.65 TSX VENTURE EXCHANGE TORONTO — The TSX Venture Exchange closed on Monday at 946.05, up 1.34 points. The volume at 4:20 p.m. ET was 128.74 million shares. ICE FUTURES CANADA WINNIPEG — ICE Futures Canada closing prices: Canola: Jan. ’14 $0.10 higher $433.20; March ’14 $0.10 higher $442.10; May ’14 $0.10 lower $450.70; July ’14 $0.60 lower $458.60; Nov. ’14 $0.50 lower $471.80; Jan ’15 $0.70 lower $477.20; March ’15 $1.10 lower $482.10; May ’15 $2.00 lower $485.40; July ’15 $0.90 lower $486.20; Nov ’15 $0.90 lower $482.40; Jan. ’16 $0.90 lower $482.40. Barley (Western): March ’14 unchanged $146.00; May ’14 unchanged $148.00; July ’14 unchanged $148.00; Oct. ’14 unchanged $148.00; Dec. ’14 unchanged $148.00; March ’15 unchanged $148.00; May ’15 unchanged $148.00; July ’15 unchanged $148.00; Oct. ’15 unchanged $148.00; Dec. ’15 unchanged $148.00; March ’16 unchanged $148.00. Monday’s estimated volume of trade: 134,440 tonnes of canola; 0 tonnes of barley (Western Barley) Total: 134,440.
Royal Bank of Scotland fined $50M, part of larger penalty in rate-fixing scandal THE ASSOCIATED PRESS HARTFORD, Conn. — The Royal Bank of Scotland was fined $50 million by a federal judge in Connecticut Monday, part of more than $600 million in penalties announced last year for manipulating interest rates. The bank’s subsidiary, RBS Securities Japan Limited, agreed to pay the fine last year as part of a plea agreement and a judge in U.S. District Court in Hartford approved the penalty on Monday. The subsidiary pleaded guilty last April to wire fraud and admitted its role in manipulating the Japanese Yen London interbank
offered rate, or LIBOR. That’s the rate that banks use to lend money to each other and provides the basis for trillions of dollars in contracts around the world. U.S. and U.K. regulators and authorities fined RBS $612 million, including the latest $50 million fine, for rate-rigging. The investigations found wrongdoing by about 20 RBS traders, according to court papers. Prosecutors and the company say those responsible have left the company and others were disciplined. RBS was one of several banks fined for manipulating LIBOR. “Today’s sentencing of RBS is an important re-
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FED: Driven rates to near zero Under Bernanke, the Fed has driven short-term interest rates down to near zero and flushed money into the economy with huge bond purchases, which it has just started to ease. Yellen, a strong Bernanke ally, has supported those policies and is expected to continue them until concrete signs emerge of sustained improvement of the economy and job market. In a written statement, President Barack Obama said Yellen’s approval means “the American people will have a fierce champion” who will protect them. “I am confident that Janet will stand up for American workers, protect consumers, foster the stability of our financial system and help keep our economy growing for years to come,” Obama said. Lobbyists for the banking and financial services sectors issued statements pledging to work with Yellen. Both industries have led a fight to water down restrictions imposed by Obama’s 2010 law overhauling how the U.S. financial system is regulated.
minder of the significant consequences facing banks that deliberately manipulate financial benchmark rates, and it represents one of the numerous enforcement actions taken by the Justice Department in our ongoing LIBOR investigation,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Mythili Raman. RBS provided “extensive and highly valuable co-operation” during the investigation, according to sentencing papers filed by the company and prosecutors. The resolution also required RBS to adopt stringent internal controls and compliance measures to prevent and detect any possible future misconduct.
A native of Brooklyn, New York, Yellen previously headed the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, chaired President Bill Clinton’s Council of Economic Advisers and has been an economics professor at the University of California at Berkeley. Yellen, who as an academic has focused on unemployment and its causes, is considered a “dove” who wants the Fed more focused on creating jobs because unemployment is high and inflation is low. In brief debate on her nomination, Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown, lauded Yellen, who was one of the first to warn in 2007 of a housing bubble that could burst and damage the entire economy. “She understands how risky financial practices deep inside the largest Wall Street banks can have a terrible and terrifying impact on American families,” Brown said. But Republican Sen. Charles Grassley criticized Yellen for supporting the Fed’s “easy money” policies of low interest rates and bond purchases. “No one can deny that the risks are real and could be devastating” if those policies continue for too long, Grassley said. Yellen’s Republican critics have said the Fed has inflated stock and real estate prices by pumping money into the markets, creating investment bubbles that could burst and wound the economy anew.
Mining Barrick Gold . . . . . . . . . . 19.58 Cameco Corp. . . . . . . . . 21.19 First Quantum Minerals . 19.10 Goldcorp Inc. . . . . . . . . . 23.90 Hudbay Minerals. . . . . . . . 8.46 Kinross Gold Corp. . . . . . . 4.91 Potash Corp.. . . . . . . . . . 34.91 Sherritt Intl. . . . . . . . . . . . . 3.64 Teck Resources . . . . . . . 26.80 Energy Arc Energy . . . . . . . . . . . 29.06 Badger Daylighting Ltd. . 87.80 Baker Hughes. . . . . . . . . . 53.4 Bonavista . . . . . . . . . . . . 13.68 Bonterra Energy . . . . . . . 53.37 Cdn. Nat. Res. . . . . . . . . 34.98 Cdn. Oil Sands Ltd. . . . . 19.66
Canyon Services Group. 12.18 Cenovous Energy Inc. . . 29.61 CWC Well Services . . . . 0.820 Encana Corp. . . . . . . . . . 18.67 Essential Energy. . . . . . . . 2.91 Exxon Mobil . . . . . . . . . . 99.66 Halliburton Co. . . . . . . . . 50.32 High Arctic . . . . . . . . . . . . 3.68 Husky Energy . . . . . . . . . 33.14 Imperial Oil . . . . . . . . . . . 45.98 Pengrowth Energy . . . . . . 6.57 Penn West Energy . . . . . . 9.14 Pinecrest Energy Inc. . . . 0.420 Precision Drilling Corp . . . 9.85 Suncor Energy . . . . . . . . 36.58 Talisman Energy . . . . . . . 12.16 Trican Ltd.. . . . . . . . . . . . 12.87 Trinidad Energy . . . . . . . . 9.70 Vermilion Energy . . . . . . 62.32
Financials Bank of Montreal . . . . . . 70.84 Bank of N.S. . . . . . . . . . . 64.74 CIBC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88.79 Cdn. Western . . . . . . . . . 38.24 Carfinco . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12.64 Great West Life. . . . . . . . 31.75 IGM Financial . . . . . . . . . 55.14 Intact Financial Corp. . . . 68.75 Manulife Corp. . . . . . . . . 20.79 National Bank . . . . . . . . . 87.26 Rifco Inc.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6.55 Royal Bank . . . . . . . . . . . 70.70 Sun Life Fin. Inc.. . . . . . . 36.75 TD Bank . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97.99
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Air Canada flights were fuller in December and in 2013 DESPITE DOMESTIC COMPETITION BY THE CANADIAN PRESS Air Canada’s planes flew with a record number of filled seats in December and in 2013 as its system-wide traffic outpaced the increase in capacity despite the challenges of tough domestic competition. The country’s largest airline said its load factor increased to 82.7 per cent in December, up from 82.1 per cent a year earlier. Fueled by a 6.4 per cent boost in U.S. transborder traffic, total system-wide traffic increased 4.8 per cent on a four-per-cent increase in capacity. However, the carrier’s (TSX:AC.B) domestic flights took off with a slightly greater proportion of empty seats in December as the load factor dipped 1.3 percentage points to 82.4 per cent. Traffic increased 4.6 per cent while capacity grew by 6.3 per cent. The load factor on U.S. transborder flights increased by three percentage points to 78.6 per cent in the month as traffic growth nearly tripled the 2.3 per cent increase in capacity. Flights across the Atlantic were less full, but flights on Pacific routes and to Latin America and the Caribbean were up. Air Canada’s results include its low-cost Air Canada rouge operations, which launched July 1, and regional airlines from which Air Canada purchases capacity. For the full-year, the load factor increased by 0.1 percentage point to 82.8 per cent. Traffic grew by 2.1 per cent, outpacing the 1.9 per cent increase in capacity. “These strong results, for both the month and full year, underscore the ef-
fectiveness of Air Canada’s disciplined capacity management and our award winning product,” stated CEO Calin Rovinescu. Domestic traffic increased 2.1 per cent in 2013, ahead of the 1.9 per cent increase in capacity, pushing the load factor up by 0.2 percentage points to 82.8 per cent. Transborder traffic increased 1.7 per cent on a 2.1 per cent decrease in capacity. WestJet Airlines Ltd. (TSX:WJA) said Monday that its load factor dipped in December to 81.7 per cent, from 81.9 per cent a year ago. Passenger traffic grew 7.2 per cent last month compared with last year, while capacity increased 7.4 per cent. For the full year, WestJet reported a load factor of 81.7 per cent, down from 82.8 per cent in 2012. Capacity increased 8.6 per cent, while passenger traffic increased 7.3 per cent. “We are very pleased to finish the year with our second-highest fourth quarter and full-year load factors,” WestJet president and chief executive Gregg Saretsky said in a statement. The increase in capacity came as WestJet launched a regional service called WestJet Encore, which flies to smaller communities using Bombardier’s Q400 turboprops. The regional airline started flying in Western Canada this year and plans to launch in Toronto next summer. Air Canada has countered by adding Q400s flown by Jazz in the west, while both carriers face Porter Airlines which offers service in Eastern Canada from its base at Toronto’s downtown island airport. Air Canada is also expanding its relationship with Air Georgian, which will operate additional routes in Canada and the United States in mid-2014, as it looks to reduce costs and protect its turf from WestJet Encore.
BlackBerry hires ex-HTC executive to head device group BY THE CANADIAN PRESS TORONTO — BlackBerry Ltd. (TSX:BB) (Nasdaq:BBRY) has hired another tech industry veteran for a key leadership role, as the smartphone maker pushes ahead with another turnaround attempt. Ron Louks, who held senior positions at HTC America Inc. and Sony Ericsson, has been appointed to help develop the company’s long-term product roadmap, BlackBerry announced on Monday. Louks, 49, will take the newly created position of president for devices and emerging solutions, reporting to BlackBerry chief executive John Chen. Louks will directly manage longterm plans for BlackBerry’s product lineup, which includes its mobile devices, software, and partnerships with other companies, Chen said in a release. “I am confident that Ron will bring the skills and expertise that will make an immediate impact to BlackBerry and to our customers around the world,” Chen said. “A good deal of Ron’s time will be spent with customers, carriers and partners.” Louks joins BlackBerry from OpenNMS Group, where he was chief executive. Prior to that, he was chief strategy officer of HTC America and chief technology officer of Sony Ericsson, two smartphone companies that have competed with BlackBerry and their mutual rivals. This is the latest in a number of changes that Chen has made to BlackBerry’s executive ranks since he joined
the smartphone company in November as chairman and interim CEO. Before joining BlackBerry, Chen was chairman and CEO of Sybase from 1998 until the data management company was acquired in 2010 by SAP AG. He was credited with helping to grow Sybase into a profitable operation focused on mobile business technology. Chen also held executive positions at Siemens AG, Pyramid Technology Corp., and Burroughs Corp. Last month, Chen appointed two executives from software maker SAP as part of an effort to strengthen its strategy and marketing operations. Amid all the changes, Chen has said BlackBerry will continue to be a device maker, a part of the business that some suggest could be spun off amid intense competition from Apple, Samsung and others. Apart from Chen’s statements, BlackBerry has taken steps to demonstrate it has a long-term interest as a device maker — including a fiveyear partnership with manufacturing company Foxconn announced last month. Last week, BlackBerry also announced that it has launched a suit that claims its intellectual property has been infringed by a keyboard case for iPhones that has been developed by Typo Products, a tech startup cofounded by “American Idol” host Ryan Seacrest. Typo has said it will defend itself against BlackBerry’s allegations, which it says are “without merit.” BlackBerry shares rose 26 cents, or 3.2 per cent, to $8.35 on the Toronto Stock Exchange.
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Loyalty to reckless Are older workers taking jobs from the young? friend leaves ECONOMISTS SAY THE OPPOSITE IS TRUE woman feeling conflicted BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Dear Annie: When I was a 61 and I am 58. freshman in high school, I beI work out of the home, came friends with “Agnes,” and he is now semi-retired. I who was (like me) something would appreciate some help of a social outcast. Agnes still with cooking or cleaning, but considers me to be her best he always says I wouldn’t be friend. That was 10 happy with the way years ago. he does it. I’ve told We have both him this is a copgrown up to be very out. I honestly do different people. not care how well I am repelled by he does, only that Agnes’ lifestyle of there is effort and promiscuity and validation of my high-risk behavfeelings. I’m exasiours. Although she perated. We get is free with praise along great otherand is loyal in an wise, but he is such odd sort of way, she a horse’s butt about is incredibly narcisthis. sistic and often conJust yesterday, MITCHELL descending. Add to he made himself a & SUGAR that a volatile and sandwich for dinsometimes violent ner and never even temper, and she is asked whether I a person I no lonwanted anything. ger want in my life. He doesn’t presStill, we have a history. When sure me to cook. I do it because she says I am “the only one I know he likes to have dinwho has stuck with her,” I feel ner and I enjoy cooking. But I a responsibility to maintain the would certainly never eat in friendship. I am also fond of front of him and not offer someher five-year-old son. thing. I don’t want to be dishonAm I being overly sensitive? est by pretending that her deci- Is it too much to ask for help sions, her manner and her life- with cleaning and cooking or style don’t bother me. It seems to have my feelings taken seridishonourable. But if I tell her ously? — Hurt and Exasperated any of this, I know it will lead Dear Hurt: We think your to a nasty confrontation. husband is a little lazy and has The truth about my feelings been trained to be waited on. would crush her. She considHe needs to step up and be ers friendship and loyalty to be more of a full partner. Sepasacred and would take my dis- rate the household chores and approval as a betrayal of her assign specific tasks for each trust. Should I tell her the truth of you. for my sake or continue the deIf you enjoy cooking, you ception for hers? — Conflicted could do more of that, and he Dear Conflicted: It depends could do more cleaning. Ask on what you want. If your goal what he’d prefer. If he doesn’t is not to see Agnes anymore, follow through, do not pick up go ahead and let loose. Peo- after him. Or, if you can afford ple outgrow friendships all the it, hire someone. time. You don’t have to mainDear Annie: “Ms. Bit” said tain this one, although it means she was having trouble reachyou would not be around to ing certain body parts to clean show her son what a stable per- them. I suggest she upgrade her son looks like. You also could toilet to a bidet toilet that proslowly make yourself less avail- vides a warm water bath and a able to Agnes so there is no drying fan for the parts in quesconfrontation at all while the tion. My elderly parents had relationship withers. But a true one installed years ago, and it friend would tell Agnes gently served them well. — A Fan of and kindly that you are worried Being Clean about her. In turn, Agnes, while Annie’s Mailbox is written by not pleased, would accept your Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar, concern and not cut you out of longtime editors of the Ann Landher son’s life. ers column. Please email your Dear Annie: My husband questions to anniesmailbox@comand I have been married for cast.net, or write to: Annie’s Mailtwo years, and we have been box, c/o Creators Syndicate, 737 together for 16. This is my third 3rd Street, Hermosa Beach, CA marriage and his second. He is 90254.
CHICAGO — It’s an assertion that has been accepted as fact by droves of the unemployed: Older people remaining on the job later in life are stealing jobs from young people. One problem, many economists say: It isn’t supported by a wisp of fact. “We all cannot believe that we have been fighting this theory for more than 150 years,” said April Yanyuan Wu, a research economist at the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College, who co-authored a paper last year on the subject. The commonly accepted vision of a surge of workers looks like this: A young postdoctoral student dreams of a full-time teaching job at their university, but there are no openings. An 80-something professor who has remained on the job long past what’s considered “normal” retirement is blamed, The problem with that vision is that there are probably full-time teaching positions available elsewhere, or the person blocking the young grad student from the job is only 40 years old, economists say. Further, the veteran professor’s decision to stay employed and productive may stir other job growth. He may bring research grants to his university allowing for other hiring, may take on assistants, and may be able to dine out and shop and fuel the economy more than if he weren’t on the job. None of that would have happened had he retired. The theory Wu and other economists are fighting is known as “lump of labour,” and it has maintained traction in the U.S., particularly in a climate of high unemployment. The theory dates to 1851 and says if a group enters the labour market — or in this case, remains in it beyond their normal retirement date — others will be unable to gain employment or will have their hours cut. It’s a line of thinking that has been used in the U.S. immigration debate and in Europe to validate early retirement programs, and it relies on a simple premise: That there are a fixed number of jobs available. In fact, most economists dispute this. When women entered the workforce, there weren’t fewer jobs for
exciting and at the same time unpredictable. Anything is possible at this time and you would be wise to prepare your territory for a change of pace in Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014 CELEBRITIES BORN ON THIS your road ahead. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Tensions can DAY: Lyndsy Fonseca, 27; Nicolas easily arise or confuse you even more Cage, 50; Lauren Cohan, 32 THOUGHT OF THE DAY: The Moon when you find out that the returns you in Aries travels closely to the planet were expecting are not clearly defined. of shock and surprises, Uranus. Put This temporary foggy situation settles on your brave face and get ready to an uneasy tempo to your day. Avoid step into a world of surprises and sud- making rash decisions. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): You may den outbreaks, as pressures will arise today. Welcome unpredictability, as uncover a sudden opportunity that alsometimes we need radical changes lows you to see others and yourself unin order to stimulate our lives. The en- der a different light. This opportunity ergy is high and quite eccentric. Mer- can stem from a fruitful investment or cury and Venus promise us that the a creative endeavour you have been right choice of words will earn us ma- working on for a while. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Do somejor points. Prepare your boat for some thing totally different and out of your non-smooth, but exhilaratcharacter today. You can ing sailing! opt for anything as long as HAPPY BIRTHDAY: If you are not by yourself. A today is your birthday, this rapid adjustment will be year will test your endurrequired on your part as toance levels. How you chose day’s celestial prognosis is to deal with this year’s quite volatile. pressures will determine SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. how strong you truly are. 21): An array of forces is At home, you seek a refuge acting against your will. as social forces may work You may have a harder against your will. Adjust time focusing on the munyourself accordingly and be dane duties when disrupwilling to accept change. tions and irritability seem ARIES (March 21-April a constant struggle. Pace ASTRO 19): You got plenty of zest yourself down and do what and energy to carry on with DOYNA is in your power. the day. As vulnerable as SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22you may feel, you are also Dec. 21): As long as you remore connected to the outmain flexible, this day can side world. You display a bring you a heavy dose of greater self-awareness and an urgent need to change something in pleasant surprises. New relationships may bring you electrifying chills that your appearance. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): This is will surely present you certain things your day of retreat and seclusion. Lay you will remember. Children may act a low for now and reflect on the recent bit out of the norm. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): You’ll developments. An overall wrap up of the recent circumstances can give you be taken by some radical mood swings. This is a time when you may seek more a few clues as to what to do next. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): An un- freedom and independence from your foreseen opportunity may appear for parents. You may necessitate addiyou now. It can be something related tional space and require more privacy to your returns, which could turn out within your own home. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): You to be higher or more favourable than you had initially anticipated. A pend- are likely to change your mind many, many times today. It will be hard ing issue may finally see light. CANCER (June 21-July 22): Some for you to stick to the same idea or career developments may prove to be thought. Your mental process switches gears when you least expect it. After
men. The economy simply expanded. The same is true with older workers, they argue. “There’s no evidence to support that increased employment by older people is going to hurt younger people in any way,” said Alicia Munnell, director of the Center for Retirement Research and the co-author with Wu of “Are Aging Baby Boomers Squeezing Young Workers Out of Jobs?” “ It’s not going to reduce their wages, it’s not going to reduce their hours, it’s not going to do anything bad to them,” Munnell said. Still, many remain unconvinced. James Galbraith, a professor of government at the University of Texas at Austin, has advocated for a temporary lowering of the age to qualify for Social Security and Medicare to allow older workers who don’t want to remain on the job a way to exit and to spur openings for younger workers. He doesn’t buy the comparison of older workers to women entering the workforce and says others’ arguments on older workers expanding the economy don’t make sense when there are so many unemployed people. If there was a surplus of jobs, he said, there would be no problem with people working longer. But there isn’t. “I can’t imagine how you could refute that. The older worker retires, the employer looks around and hires another worker,” he said. “It’s like refuting elementary arithmetic.” The perception has persisted, from prominent stories in The New York Times, Newsweek and other media outlets, to a pointed question to Rep. Nancy Pelosi last year by the NBC reporter Luke Russert, who asked whether her refusal to step out of the House leadership (and the similar decisions of other older lawmakers) was denying younger politicians a chance. A chorus of lawmakers around Pelosi muttered and shouted “discrimination,” until the Democratic leader chimed in herself. “Let’s for a moment honour it as a legitimate question, although it’s quite offensive,” she said. “But you don’t realize that, I guess.” The heart of Russert’s question makes sense to many: If Pelosi doesn’t give up her position, a younger per-
all, that’s what makes routine seem less like routine. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Today you may face a challenging reality check that can contribute to a lowered willpower. Unforeseen expenses and
son doesn’t have a chance to take it. That viewpoint is repeated in countless workplaces around the country, where a younger person awaits a senior employee’s departure for their chance to ascend. In the microeconomic view of things, Pelosi remaining in her job at the age of 73 does deny others her district’s seat in Congress or a chance to ascend to the leadership. But economists say the larger macroeconomic view gives a clearer picture: Having older people active and productive actually benefits all age groups, they say, and spurs the creation of more jobs. Munnell and Wu analyzed Current Population Survey data to test for any changes in employment among those under 55 when those 55 and older worked in greater numbers. They found no evidence younger workers were losing work and in fact found the opposite: Greater employment, reduced unemployment and yielded higher wages. Munnell said, outside of economists, the findings can be hard for people to understand when they think only of their own workplace. “They just could not get in their heads this dynamism that is involved,” she said. “You can’t extrapolate from the experience of a single company to the economy as a whole.” Melissa Quercia, 35, a controller for a small information technology company in Phoenix, said she sees signs of the generational job battle all around her: jobs once taken by high schoolers now filled by seniors, college graduates who can’t find work anywhere, the resulting dearth of experience of younger applicants. She doesn’t see economists’ arguments playing out. Older people staying on the job aren’t spurring new jobs, because companies aren’t investing in creating new positions, she said. “It’s really hard to retire right now, I understand that,” she said. “But if the younger generation doesn’t have a chance to get their foot in the door, then what?” Jonathan Gruber, an economist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology who edited a book on the subject for the National Bureau of Economic Research, said it’s a frustrating reality of his profession: That those things he knows as facts are disputed by the populace.
some unwelcoming developments coming from your circle of friends will shake you up to reality. Astro Doyna is an internationally syndicated astrologer and columnist. Her column appears daily in the Advocate.
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Perogies are a steadfast favourite in Ukrainian family gatherings, church socials and community potlucks.
MAKING PEROGIES IS AS MUCH ABOUT THE EXPERIENCE AS IT’S ABOUT THE FINAL PRODUCT With Ukrainian Christmas falling today, it seemed appropriate to start my first article of the New Year with perogies. Perogies’ humble roots originated in Poland but in my mind these potato filled dumplings are synonymous with the Ukrainian kitchen. Like many people living on the Prairies, MADHU it is hard not to BADONI know someone with Ukrainian heritage — cousins’ husbands, friends and co-workers. I am lucky that my Ukrainian influences are from all three categories. Maybe because our passion for food, whenever I am with them, it is quite common for our conversations to turn to perogies. When this happens, no matter who I am talking to, they tend to get this faraway look as they relate their perogy-making experience. It’s never just relating the recipe or sharing the technique of how the dumplings were made, but more of reminiscing back to the comforts of warm, inviting kitchens filled with laughter, conversations and bantering amongst aunts, uncles, cousins and neighbours. I have come to recognize that these dough-filled dumplings are not just filled with potatoes, they are also plump full of memories of family love and togetherness. Perogies are a steadfast favourite in Ukrainian family gatherings, church socials and community potlucks and when they are made, there is a mass production with tables and kitchen counter tops being filled with rows and rows of the perogies. They have a tendency to bring “all hands on deck” or, maybe in this case, “all hands in the kitchen.” An assembly line is formed, with each person having a specific task — rolling, stuffing or crimping. As the dumplings were formed, so were life moments and memories. The charm of perogy making is a bit more personal for me because they remind me of making samosas with my mom, siblings and extended family. Like the perogy assembly, making samosas was always a family project; if you were home, you helped. The task was divided with one person rolling the dough, another shaping while another would be frying the samosas — all peppered with idle chitchat, of course. Those were memorable times because not only did we share our lives with each other but my parents would relate their childhood stories. Unfortunately, because samosas can now be easily purchased, we don’t make them as readily as we did back then. Having received a perogy recipe from a Ukrainian friend during the holidays, I decided to turn perogy making into a family activity. It was not only a relaxing time with my kids, but I learned how easy and delicious homemade perogies were. Preparing homemade perogies can be broken down into three simple steps: making the filling and the dough, forming the perogy shape and then finally cooking.
Melissa Rhodes’ greatgrandma’s perogy recipe
ABOVE AND BELOW: Roll the perogy dough on a floured board or countertop until one-eighth-inch thick. Cut circles of dough (two inches for small perogy and three to three and a half inches for large perogy) with a cookie cutter or drinking glass. Place a small ball of filling (about a tablespoon) on each dough round and fold the dough over, forming a semicircle.
FILLING BASE 15 medium potatoes (peeled and cut into quarters) 1 large onion (peeled and cut into quarters) Add ½ cup of butter 600g Cheese whiz or more (real cheddar can be used if you prefer) salt and pepper to taste Fill a four-quart Dutch oven with potatoes, onion and salt and pepper and add water to just cover the potatoes (make sure to leave at least 1.5 inches from the top of the pot so that they do not boil over). You need to save the water from the potatoes to make the dough so don’t drain it down the sink. Cook potatoes until soft enough to easily poke with a fork. Drain potato water into a container to save for the dough. Mash potatoes and onions until smooth and even consistency. Add butter and Cheese whiz — you can add more or less depending on your tastes (feel free to sample it at this point too). Mix well. This step can be done the day before; filling doesn’t need to be warm to assemble perogies. DOUGH 10 cups flour 1 tbsp. salt Mix together. Make a well in the centre. Add the following one after another: 1 cup oil 2 cups potato water 2 cups boiling water Mix well. Let rest for about 10 minutes To assemble and cook perogies, follow the direction above.
Making the filling and dough Cook the potatoes for the perogies like you would for mashed potatoes — boil peeled potatoes with onion for flavouring until soft. After fork tender, mash the potatoes and add cheese. Save the water from the potatoes to make the dough. The dough can easily be made in the food processor or mixer and is a combination of flour, salt, oil and water. In Melissa’s great-grandmother recipe, flavour is enhanced by adding the reserved water from the potatoes.
Forming perogies Roll the perogy dough on a floured board or countertop until one-eighthinch thick. Cut circles of dough (two inches for small perogy and three to three and a half inches for large perogy) with a cookie cutter or drinking glass. Place a small ball of filling (about a tablespoon) on each dough round and fold the dough over, forming a semicircle. Press the edges together with the tines of a fork. If you are having
a hard time getting the edges to stick together, you may have too much flour in the dough. Add a little water to help get a good seal, or assign someone to crimp the edges with a fork — a job well suited for the little helpers in the assembly line. Perogies have a tendency to stick together so keep them separate both before and after you have boiled them. A touch of oil or melted butter on the pan helps keep them from sticking as well. Lay out on a baking sheet in one layer and freeze until solid. Once frozen solid, transfer to zip top freezer bags and put back in the freezer.
Cooking perogies To cook, bring water to a boil in a large pot (they need lots of room so that they do not stick together). Add one to two tablespoons of oil to water. Add perogies a couple at a time so they do not stick together. Stir gently. Once the perogies float, approximately five to eight minutes, they are done, drain the water. They can be eaten with butter with a dollop of sour cream on the side but
FILLING VARIATIONS ● Potato, cheese and bacon. Make potatoes as above (omit salt). Add 2-3 cups of real bacon bits or chopped cooked bacon. ● Potato, cottage cheese and dill. Make potatoes as above (omit butter and Cheese whiz) add ¼ cup of dill and about 500 ml of dry cottage cheese. ● Potato and cheddar. Make potatoes as above (omit butter and cheese whiz), add about 5 cups of shredded cheddar cheese. You can also add bacon to this one. ● Sauerkraut. No potatoes, cheese or butter. Fry onions in butter, add in sauerkraut and salt and pepper to taste. perogies pan fried with bacon and caramelized onion is the perfect pairing! The method I described to make perogies is the traditional method that has been used in many Baba’s kitchens in the past. These days, you can easily find perogy makers that will get the job done faster. But remember, making perogies isn’t about getting the job done but creating memories. Madhu Badoni is a Red Deer-based freelance food writer. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @madhubadoni.
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Annie Lennox, left, and Dave Stewart, the Eurythmics, perform on stage at the Rock at the Ring three-day music festival at the Nuerburgring race circuit in Nuerburg, Germany. The Eurythmics are reuniting to pay tribute to the Beatles. The Recording Academy announced Monday that Lennox and Stewart will perform as a duo for The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute To The Beatles. The event will tape at the Los Angeles Convention Center on Jan. 27, a day after the Grammy Awards.
Cyber hybrids of Intelligence not so far-fetched, says co-star The super-tech hero of CTV’s new action drama Intelligence is always wired and always connected, thanks to the microchip implanted in his brain. And although his globe-trotting escapades are entirely fiction, Canuck co-star Meghan Ory says the technology on display really isn’t all that far-fetched. “The thing that’s really cool about the show is it’s not science that’s 100 years in the future — we’re maybe 10 or 20 years away from this being possible,” Ory said during a visit to Toronto last June. “We’re getting there. And this is just sort of the first peek at what may be to come, which is what I think is really exciting. We’re all going to have chips in our brains,” she added, chuckling. Former Lost star Josh Holloway returns to TV as intelligence agent Gabriel Vaughn, a human super-computer whose digital capabilities offer a reboot of sorts to the ’70s drama The Six Million Dollar Man. The Victoria-bred Ory noted the CTV/CBS series has been billed as The Six Billion Dollar Man, but said Gabriel’s powers highlight all sorts of modern dilemmas about the role technology increasingly plays in our day-to-day lives. “It brings up the question of: What is our relationship with technology? “What is too much and how much invasion of privacy do we want and how much access do we want all the time?” said Ory, most recently seen on the fantasy series Once Upon a Time. And Gabriel struggles with that constantly. “He’s the most expensive weapon that’s ever been built, anything with an electronic signature he can access with his brain, so he’s very powerful but he’s also a human,” Ory noted. “He’s led by his emotions and that makes him a little bit unpredictable and he’s a bit reckless. He doesn’t like to follow the rules and that’s where (my character) comes in because (she’s) very by the book.” The 31-year-old Ory plays Riley, a whipsmart secret service agent who is brought on to protect the intelligence agency’s biggest investment. And though she seems green,
there’s more to her than meets the eye, said Ory. “She’s been through some stuff, she’s a tough cookie and she knows how to handle herself. She’s gotten to where she is in life because she’s worked very, very hard to be there and it’s important to her.” Their tense relationship offers a bit of humour and extra drama to the weekly missions, added Ory. And since every super-hero needs a worthy adversary, she promised there will be a “super-villain” to challenge Gabriel’s unique abilities. Intelligence joins a slew of other specially enhanced crime-fighters already on the small screen, including the espionage experts of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., the part-robot cop and his android partner in Almost Human and the super-powered kids on The Tomorrow People. Ory mused on this explosion of extraordinary heroes, noting that it could be a sign of the times, or merely network TV’s latest bid to ramp up small screen drama. “Maybe somewhere in our consciousness we think that’s where we’re headed and so it resonates with us somehow,” said Ory. “It kind of ups the ante a little bit, it’s a little
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The real terror of Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones is the horrifying thought that Blair Witch disease rages unabated, 15 years after the outbreak began. The Sundance Film Festival in January 1999 sensationalized The Blair Witch Project and its documentary-style conceit of a “found footage” movie of recovered home video that slowly revealed its horrors. The novelty has long been crushed like a Halloween pumpkin under a steamroller, thanks to countless imitators who also corrupted what “found footage” actually PETER means. HOWELL The term is now indiscriminately applied to any movie that uses an excessive amount of hand-held camerawork, bad sound and ragged editing. Hence Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones, the first spinoff of a horror franchise that had simplicity going for it when writer/director Oren Peli’s lo-fi poltergeist home haunting debuted in 2007. Peli now co-produces. Series writer Christopher Landon moves into the director’s chair. The Marked Ones introduces new characters: a group of Latino teens who stumble into the witches’ coven revealed by the earlier films (and also a tellall trailer). The opportunity should have been taken to jettison the found-footage idea, which makes absolutely no sense in this context. Instead we get refried screams, as best buds Jesse (Andrew Jacobs) and Hector (Jorge Diaz) get too curious about the crazy old woman who lives in the apartment below them in their California housing project. They go exploring, with Hector toting that damned camera. All hell breaks loose on cue, telegraphed well in advance and occasionally intersecting with the original Paranormal Activity franchise, like two shopping carts colliding in a discount mart. By now this rapidly deflating franchise should be titled Paranormal Stupidity, because the characters insist on doing all the wrong things. Who in their right minds would open the trap door to a darkened dungeon, with strange noises emanating out of it, and then just stick their heads in? These idiots would. And if you got an unexplained and oozing bite mark on your arm, wouldn’t you see a doctor about it, maybe for a rabies shot? These knuckleheads wouldn’t. The Marked Ones isn’t very scary and it’s not very funny, so really, what’s the point? Oh, I forgot — it’s to make a pile of money, again. My fondest wish would be if they’d use some of that loot to find a cure for Blair Witch disease. Peter Howell is a syndicated Toronto Star movie critic.
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A Red Deer Advocate nutrition columnist will give a free talk about how to energize and inspire your life on Wednesday. Kristin Fraser, who writes Something to Chew About, will speak from 7 to 9 p.m. at The Sheraton Hotel. Her talk is called A Taste of Change. She will talk about eight steps to energize, revitalize and re-inspire your life. For more details or to confirm your spot, email kristen@ innerglownutrition.ca or call Evena Originals at 403-314-2351.
BY PAUL COWLEY ADVOCATE STAFF Boosting snow plowing service will be on the table as the Sylvan Lake town council begins its budget number crunching this week. Council was recently given a series of options to upgrade snow removal in light of this winter’s record snowfalls. Among changes to be considered by council will be the introduction of an “urgent” snow clearing category that would see most residential routes plowed in five to seven days at an estimated cost of $150,000. A non-urgent plowing system would remain an option and would cost $35,000 to clear roads in 10 to 14 days. A proposal to put $50,000 into a facade improvement pilot project is also up for
discussion. It is suggested that the program provide $5,000 per building or $7,500 for a corner lot. Council will also consider $7,500 and $15,000 options. Budget talks are starting later than usual this year in Sylvan Lake. Town communications officer Joanne Gaudet said the usual December budget talks were delayed because some members of council — which has four new members — had booked Christmas holidays and would not be available. More time was also needed to bring the newcomers up to speed on the budget and strategic planning process. “The information is going to be the same. We’re just giving them a little longer to absorb it and take their time with it.” Staff presentations will run for three days, up from two, and a Friday evening session has been added for council budget
deliberations, which typically were held just on Saturday (9 a.m. to 2 p.m.). The draft budget is expected to go before council at its Jan. 13 meeting. Public are welcome at budget sessions, which will begin on Tuesday at 5 p.m. with a budget overview followed by presentations on administration, council and finance. Planning and development and public works, which will include the snow clearing policy, follow on Wednesday. Thursday is reserved for community service and library discussions. Friday’s operating and capital budget deliberations run from 5 to 8:30 p.m. The size of the draft operating and capital budgets is under wraps until council has seen them. email@example.com
UNITED WAY TOUCHDOWN The United Way of Central Alberta will unveil the totals from the 2013 campaign on Jan. 16 at the iHotel in Red Deer, at 6500 67th St. The official touchdown event gets underway at 8 and runs until 9:30 a.m. It is open to the public. As of Dec. 23, $2,056,517 had been raised, 91 per cent of the $2.25-million goal. Last year, the organization surpassed its goal of $1.95 million when, by Jan. 17, it had raised $2.115 million. United Way provides funding and support to over 30 agencies and programs across the region, stretching from Ponoka to Sundre and from Nordegg to Stettler. RSVP by noon, Jan.14, to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 403-343-3900.
TINY MOMENTS A BOOK OF DAYS The diary of a year — broken down into painted moments — is showing at the Harris-Warke Gallery in Red Deer. Local artist Paul Boultbee was moved by current events to complete a small painting for each of 365 days. His visual arts exhibit, Tiny Moments, can be considered a Book of Days that fills the entire gallery upstairs at Sunworks. Boultbee considers the show “an odd amalgam of the personal and the societal.” Each daily painting is supplemented by an item from the newspaper it was inspired by, “reflecting the best, most bizarre, or worst of society.” The exhibit at 4924 Ross St. runs to Feb. 15. A reception will be held on Friday, Feb. 7, from 6 to 8 p.m. as part of Red Deer’s First Fridays.
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Firefighters check the scene after an an abandoned farmhouse burned to the ground near Rimbey early Monday. The owners were living in another home on the farm about 10 km southwest of Rimbey.
Fire levels abandoned farmhouse An abandoned farmhouse burned to the ground near Rimbey early Monday morning. Rimbey fire chief John Weisgerber said the fire was noticed in the morning by the owners, who lived in another home on the farm about 10 km southwest of Rimbey. The fire is believed to have started some
RIMBEY BLAZE time between midnight and 5 a.m. No one was injured in the fire that completely destroyed the home that dated back to around the 1950s. There was not much left of the home by
Drunken tirades land man in jail BY BRENDA KOSSOWAN ADVOCATE STAFF A former university instructor who threatened to shoot a Red Deer Mountie in the head and massacre up to 200 more police officers has been sentenced to 60 days in jail, minus time served. Ivan Smith, 59, was arrested on Thursday at a fast food restaurant in Red Deer by a City RCMP officer called to investigate complaints of an unwanted man on the premises. Edmonton-based Crown prosecutor Jon Werbicki said in Red Deer provincial court on Monday that the police officer noted an “overwhelming” aroma of alcohol on Smith, who was supposed to abstain from all intoxicants as part of a 12-month probation order issued in April 2013. Werbicki cited a long history of “alcohol inspired” offences, including assaults and possession of stolen property, as well as breaching release conditions, in seeking sentence of 60 days, minus the five days Smith served in remand after his arrest. Werbicki said he was asked to handle Smith’s newest charges because the accused man had been badgering staff at the Red Deer Crown prosecutor’s offices in the provincial building and the courthouse. Appearing by closed-circuit TV before Judge Darrell Riemer, Smith apologized profusely af-
ter pleading guilty to one count each of uttering death threats and breaching probation. “I’m awfully sorry about all of this,” he said. Duty Counsel Mark Gottlieb said Smith blacked out and did not remember what happened at the restaurant. Gottlieb said Smith came to Red Deer about a year ago to work as a labourer and was under considerable stress because his girlfriend has cancer and is not expected to live more than a few months. Smith lived in South America for a number of years, obtained a university degree in Colombia and taught university courses afterward, said Gottlieb. Smith also served in the military in Colombia and suffered post-traumatic stress as a result, he said. Gottlieb asked that the man be allowed to serve his sentence on weekends so he could keep his job and spend time with his dying girlfriend. Riemer ordered that Smith serve 12 months on probation, including a provision that he stay away from the Red Deer Crown prosecutors and their offices and that he seek help for alcohol addiction and anger management. The probation order also requires that Smith spend his weekends in jail until he has served 55 more days. bkossowan@reddeeradvocate. com
the time the owners spotted the blaze and Rimbey volunteer firefighters were alerted. Five firefighters spent about two hours at the scene putting out hot spots. The cause of the fire remains under investigation. A damage estimate was not yet available on Monday.
Downtown businesses face zone levy hike BY MURRAY CRAWFORD ADVOCATE STAFF Downtown Red Deer businesses will be asked to pitch in a little more after city council approved the Downtown Business Association’s 2014 budget. The budget, approved unanimously by Red Deer city council on Monday, asks for a seven per cent increase in revenue from the business revitalization zone levy. Amanda Gould, Red Deer Downtown Business Association executive director, said this could mean an increase to individual business owners. “My very early discussions with the Taxation Department at the city suggest that will be under a one per cent increase for business owners,” said Gould. The levy would bring in $331,433, up from $309,750 in 2013. Some of that will make up lost revenue from the end of the Centrefest Project Management contract. Gould said the DBA office acted as the main address for Centrefest as well as being the main point of communication. However, for 2014 Centrefest has decided to operate on its own, and the $50,000 it paid to the DBA is no longer in its budget. Rent has also doubled for the DBA as its offices have moved from the Scott Block, at 4818 50th Ave, to the old train
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station, at 5000 51st Ave. Gould said they previously enjoyed cheap rent, being one of the first tenants at the Scott Block. However, their five-year contract expired in 2013 and the cost to stay in the building would also have increased. In 2014, rent will increase to $49,000 from $24,000 in 2013. Gould said the new cost includes parking, which the previous rental agreement did not include. The new space is also larger, allowing them to rent out some space for more revenue, something they were unable to offer in their old office. Coun. Dianne Wyntjes asked Gould about the reception of the Ross Street Patio project. Gould said they have mixed results from business owners, with some in favour and others very much against it. She said the main reason people are against it is because it reduces the number of parking spaces. “There is always mixed reviews with the patio,” said Gould. “There are 480 businesses downtown and not everyone is going to be unanimous. We did have some negative feedback, but in comparison to the positive feedback we’ve had it completely outweighs the negative. “The DBA will always be in support of the Ross Street Patio.” mcrawford@reddeeradvocate. com
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College hires retired officer Red Deer College has recruited retired Lt. Col. Tony Appels to become its new dean of trades and manufacturing technologies. He takes over for Patricia Rokosh, who had been in the role since 2011. Rokosh has left to pursue an opportunity with North Island College in British Columbia. Appels will lead the 15 trade apprenticeships and two diploma programs as the college attempts to work with government partners to address the need for skilled trades training in Alberta. “I’m excited to join one of Alberta’s top innovators and its team of dynamic educators,” said Appels in a release. “I take great pride and professional satisfaction in ensuring students re-
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Heavy machinery operators work to push a constant influx of new snow to the top of a growing pile of snow in the Edgar Industrial snow dump on Monday. ceive instruction of the very highest standard and I’m pleased to do that with the faculty and staff at RDC, who are changing the landscape of postsecondary education in Canada.” Appels comes to RDC from Canadian Forces Base Comox. During his military career, he had a strong focus on the education and development of people, providing training and education. He has a bachelor of engineering in mechanical engineering and a master of science degree in aerospace vehicle design.
Westerner Park boosts parking cost To keep up with maintenance costs, including snow removal of a record amount this year, parking at the Westerner Park has increased 25 per cent. Effective Jan. 1, it now costs $5 to park at the Westerner Park up from $4
it cost prior. Westerner Park CEO John Harms said the decision to increase the price was made in November by the Westerner board.
A Red Deer man is serving probation for charges laid after he got into a fight with a police officer. Robert Stuart Fleming, 60, was charged with assaulting a police officer causing bodily harm, resisting a police officer and causing a disturbance. Booked for trial in Red Deer provincial court on Dec. 20, Fleming was sentenced to 18 months probation after pleading guilty to all three offences. The charges were laid on Dec. 28, 2012, when Red Deer City RCMP were called to reports that a drunk man was refusing to leave a restaurant.
EDMONTON — Edmonton’s police chief wants the provincial government to consider changing the way it distributes social assistance cheques to help reduce crime against the poor and the handicapped, especially in the inner city. The government distributes more than 80,000 cheques on one specific day each month to people across the province who are on income support programs. About three-quarters of those cheques are directly deposited to bank accounts, but others are mailed out and must be cashed. Chief Rod Knecht said this leads to criminals gathering on “cheque day” to prey on the weak and vulnerable such as those with mental health and addictions problems. “We are talking with the government right now around: ‘Could we split those up, so we are issuing them to different people twice a month as opposed to once a month, or sporadically, so the predators won’t converge ... and victimize these people over and over again?”’ Knecht said. “Some people who are mental-
“It would be something that could help. But I think the better strategy is to have better information protocols and use those other safeguards up front with clients to provide them with options to make sure that they are spending the money on what it is intended for.” Knecht said changing the way cheques are distributed would not only help reduce crime, it would have the added benefit of freeing up officers to investigate other cases. The chief said Edmonton police responded to 6,752 more service calls in 2013 than the previous year and he expects the trend to continue in 2014 as the city’s population grows and more transients drift into and out of the community. The police service is already hard-pressed to meet its goal of quickly responding to priority calls involving death or serious injury in the city within seven minutes, he said. Effective policing goes hand in hand with the prudent use of limited resources, he said. “We have to find efficiencies. The status quo won’t do it anymore.”
Fan of comedy show charged with watching TV while driving BY THE CANADIAN PRESS CALGARY — Watching an episode of the TV comedy Tosh.0 while driving through a snowstorm on the weekend turned out to be no laughing matter for a 28-year-old Edmonton man. Alberta Sheriffs were alerted by a concerned motorist about a vehicle travelling southbound on Highway 2 near Carstairs in central Alberta. Witnesses say a red car was exhibiting a “irregular driving pattern”. As they passed the vehicle it became clear why the driver was having trouble staying in his lane. He had his laptop open on the dash and was watching an episode of Tosh.0. The show, hosted by comedian Daniel Tosh, pokes fun at videos from the Internet — often at the moronic antics of some drivers. “Unfortunately, our officers see this kind of driver behaviour on Highway 2 far more often than we would like. “This is the third time in recent memory that our officers have caught
drivers watching video while behind the wheel, and in this particular case — in the middle of a snowstorm,” said Acting Sheriff Sergeant Jason Graw. “Obviously, this is concerning to us given that about 30 per cent of fatal collisions in our province are attributable to distracted driving.” With the white “glow” emanating from the windows of the vehicle, officers had no trouble locating it on the highway. The driver and lone occupant — a 28 year old Edmonton man — was issued tickets for distracted driving and failing to produce a valid insurance card. His name wasn’t released. A Red Deer man was also charged in late November with watching a movie while driving. Acting on a tip from another motorist an officer found the blue Chrysler minivan and saw the driver watching The Lone Ranger. A ticket for distracted driving only carries a fine of $172.
One of two men arrested in connection with a string of break-ins through Central Alberta has been sentenced to two years in prison after pleading guilty in Didsbury provincial court on Dec. 16. Jason Furlong, 29, and Kevin Leischner, 42, were arrested in November by RCMP investigating break-ins at residential and commercial properties from Rocky Mountain House to Three Hills. Both men were released from custody after the charges were laid. Furlong admitted to five counts of break and enter. Leischner has reserved his plea and is due back in court on Feb. 24.
Man pleads guilty to drunk-driving collision that killed teenager
POLICE CHIEF WANTS TO REDUCE CRIMES AGAINST THE POOR AND MENTALLY HANDICAPPED ly challenged, the bad guys take them to one of these quick chequecashing places, getting them to cash the cheque and then taking the money away from them.” Knecht said some people are so frightened of being robbed that they spend their entire social assistance cheques in just a few days. Jennifer Dagsvik, a spokeswoman for Alberta Human Services, said staff “strongly advise” people to have their cheques directly deposited to a bank account, but she acknowledges that option doesn’t work for everyone. Dale Beesley, executive director of the Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped program, said the chief’s proposal wouldn’t work in the short term due to limitations of computers used to manage cheque distribution. Beesley said the idea will be considered when the computer program is upgraded in the future. In the meantime, he said, the government will continuing working with some clients with mental health and addictions problems to help ensure that monthly cheques cover basic needs. In some cases, a portion can be directly diverted to cover rent and utility bills.
Accused in break-ins sentenced to prison term
Man gets probation for fight with police
Changes to social assistance cheque distribution sought BY THE CANADIAN PRESS
Police alleged at the time that the officer responding to the call was punched and kicked in the face.
BY THE CANADIAN PRESS CALGARY — A Calgary man has pleaded guilty in a drunk-driving collision that killed a teen west of the city just over a year ago. Ryan Gibson, who is 23, was facing a preliminary hearing, but instead admitted to impaired driving causing death and impaired driving causing bodily harm. Brandon Thomas was 17 when the car he was driving was struck head-on by a pickup truck south of Cochrane, on Dec. 6, 2012. Police say the teen was trapped in his vehicle and died at the scene. Gibson is to be sentenced April 16. The victim’s family and friends were in court for the guilty plea and wore hoodies that bore messages not to drink and drive.
Fellow skiers dig out Alberta man from avalanche in southeastern B.C. SPARWOOD, B.C. — Police in Sparwood, B.C., say an Alberta man can thank his fellow skiers for quickly digging him out from under a wall of snow. The Lethbridge man was among a group of five skiers in the backcountry Sunday near the Coal Mountain Teck mine in southeastern B.C. when they triggered an avalanche. Police say the man was buried, but the other skiers were able to find him and dig him out. The man had a broken arm, bruises and was suffering from hypothermia. The man was taken to the nearby hospital in Fernie and is expected to make a full recovery.
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Chinese New Year’s Day will be celebrated with food and fun in Red Deer on Jan. 31. Students from Hunting Hills High School, in partnership with the Red Deer and District Chinese Community Society, will host the event to welcome the Year of the Horse. Festivities are open to the public and include a banquet and the show Sound of Spring Gala, with performances by students and Chinese society members. Mandarin students, along with students involved in improv, band and dance, will take to the stage, along with Chi Gong and Martial Arts demonstrations and Chinese music by community members. The banquet at 5:45 p.m. will be held in the student gathering area and the two-hour show in the main gym starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 each for the banquet and show. Show tickets are only $6 each or four for $20. Tickets for the banquet and/or show are available at the administration office of Hunting Hills High School, at 150 Lockwood Ave. Show tickets are also available at the door. For more information, call Hunting Hills High School at 403-342-6655.
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When kids discover humour let them laugh it up The kid joke — that gag that placing me on the edge of insancontinues to hinder your day to ity. day thought process and sully your But despite my annoyance I do ability to be a normal functioning laugh — this is only brought on by adult. the penetrating giggles My kids are just enthat follow their anectering into the joke dote. stage. This is my dilemma They are at the inthough, I cannot for the creasingly annoying life of me tell them to place in time where stop. they spit out a joke they Humour is my go have summoned up to, it always has been. from the depths of their I love to laugh and in intellect, which rarely turn give the people makes any sense in the around me a chuckle first place, but to make too. matters even more hiComedy keeps one’s LINDSAY larious, they repeat the psyche in check. BROWN same line about a thouIt lifts us up when it sand times to really enseems as though things ME PLUS THREE sure that I got the gist just couldn’t get any of the punch line. worse. What punch line? I And it is always ask myself, but there must surely there, you can always find a laugh be some sort of punch line, since if you look hard enough. Sophie has just literally peed her But you see, the ability to sling pants laughing so uncontrollably out a witty comment is few and far hard at this last doozy. Allow me between, so if I want my kids to to elaborate. embrace this aptitude, then how “Hey Mama, can you put a TV could I possibly ask them to stop show on for us?” calling me sandwich at this mo“Ya sure guys. ...” ment? “Good job sandwich!” I can’t already crush their little And the tirade of hilarity en- dreams of making people laugh, sues. can I? I didn’t get it at first and the litIn my very humble opinion, tle humans took much offence to those first few years of undermy lack of laughter at their funny. standing humour are pivotal in So to ensure that I would even- the way these children will grow tually find the amusement in it, up to grasp the quality of joking. they continue to call me ‘sandIf I tell them to stop now, get wich’ in any and every endeavour mad at them, or simply say that I set into for the day. the joke made no sense, what long “Thanks for driving me to term effects could this have on my school sandwich.” wee darlings? “You’re so cool sandwich.” There Sophie is, hanging out “I love you sandwich.” in her advanced biology class in Each yarn spewed from their high school when the class clown little mouths followed by this Jimmy busts out this great one: laugh, this laugh that is currently “Q: What did the femur say to
the patella? A: I kneed you.” Everyone is laughing, slapping their knee, one kid even shoots a booger out of his nose because he is so engrossed in this merriment, but Sophie ... Sophie doesn’t even bat an eye! She just stands there with a snarky glare on her face explaining that school is no place for joking around. Or even worse, what if Lars becomes the mean joker type. Maybe this whole ‘Sandwich’ deal is just a preview of the horrendous names he will call people, because he just thinks name calling is the cat’s pajamas. Well of course I can’t have that. I do admit a good gut-splitting laugh is pretty much one of the greatest things to indulge in, but I draw the line at bullying. The thought now spins in my head and I wonder if this new phase is only foretelling heinous things to come. But then I bring myself back to reality and look at the two of them. There they are doubling over in laughter, cheese chunks flying out of their cackling mouths, and they have now begun snorting intermittently between gasps of air. I decide not to intervene, they are having fun, and to be perfectly honest I am not offended by their gag, so why give them a hard time about it? I’m sure there will be moments in the future when a hurtful joke is flung out there, and then I will deal with it accordingly. But for right now, I will just sit and enjoy the endearing sound of my children’s giggles. Lindsay Brown is a Sylvan Lake mother of two and freelance columnist.
Inappropriate behaviour and how you cope with it “Most bad behaviour comes from insecurity.” — Debra Winger, American actress and producer
stood, it’s time to do something about it. Let’s be clear: the issues I’m referring to here are not the ones that could put you behind bars, “That should do it,” I said. such as physical abuse, outright “Plenty of room to park now,” cruelty and personal endangerreplied my son, leaning on the ment. snow shovel. Those issues require profesWe had just spent two sional intervention hours hacking, shoveland, often, long-term ling and cursing our treatment. way through a four-foot I’m talking about bank the snowplow had the daily behaviours unceremoniously dewe demonstrate that posited against our side slowly dissolve away of the street. mutual respect, enjoyAs both my wife and ment of life and damI parked our vehicles in age our self-esteem. the driveway, our son Here are four of the was left to park his car most common inapprodown the street where priate behaviours. he was unable to plug in Temper tantrums: on cold, sub-zero nights. pouting, whining, yellWe went in the house, ing, withdrawal, belwarmed up and when ligerence and passiveMURRAY we headed back outside, aggressive conduct. FUHRER we discovered a jackedSure, we all get our up, full-sized pickup feelings hurt occasiontruck parked firmly in ally and sometimes our freshly cleared spot. things don’t turn out Frustrated, my son the way we expected knocked on a few doors in the or desired. neighbourhood until he found the There are healthy, adult ways truck’s owner. of expressing anger that don’t unHe lived a few houses down the dermine our self-esteem or that of street. others. After a brief discussion, my son Recognize anger and frustrastomped back into the house. tion when they arise, and work to “He said we don’t own the identify the source. street and slammed the door in Often it runs much deeper than my face.” the issue at hand. Check your exWe all do things that annoy peo- pectations. ple, especially in close personal Step back from interactions unrelationships. til you can control your feelings It’s nearly impossible to inter- and speak calmly. act with people without having Manipulation: using threats, the occasional set-to. wit, charm, coercion or other Emotions get the best of us all tactics to bend people to your but sometimes we’re the victim of will. Admittedly, there are similarisomeone’s inappropriate behavties between manipulation and iour. Such behaviour can range from negotiation. Perhaps the difference lies in anger, aggressive communication or unwanted attention to unkind the intent — one being self-servwords, a callous disregard for the ing while the other (in most casthoughts and feelings of others or es) striving to bring about mutual agreement and benefit. acts of physical violence. Many manipulators are highly Certain inappropriate behaviours — if not held in check — can skilled and it may take months or even years for those close to become habitual. We may adopt attitudes that a manipulator to realize that it’s over time become aspects of our happening. Perhaps the manipulator may daily interaction and personal opnot even realize to what extent erating system. We may be role-modelling be- this destructive behaviour has haviours we learned at an early become embedded in his or her life. age. If you’re a manipulator, breakPerhaps others have let us “get away” with inappropriate actions ing the cycle will take effort and by not setting healthy boundar- self-awareness. It starts with embracing an ies. The behaviours that we con- honest respect for those around sistently present to the world you. It will take a shift in your thinkare a measurement of our charing to recognize when you are acter. If your current behaviour is about to manipulate and some tearing apart relationships, creat- soul-searching to unearth the ing stress at work and leaving you deep, unconscious need you have feeling frustrated and misunder- to control people and get your
own way. Poor listening skills: answering cellphone calls, texting, lack of attention, forming a response before the other person has finished speaking. Our age of distraction has led to an eroding of good listening skills. These suggestions may help. When you sit down to chat with someone remove any potential distractions: turn off the cellphone, switch off the TV and step away from the computer. Make eye contact with the other person, reflect back to the speaker what you think you have heard and always acknowledge the feelings or ideas being conveyed. Bad manners: failing to say please, thank-you and you’re welcome, interrupting, disregarding the opinions of others or always wanting to be first in line. These simple skills were likely taught to you as a child. Do you remember being told to say please and thank-you, not interrupt, assist others, show appreciation and be on time? Good manners are powerful relationship and rapport-building tools. Using them demonstrates respect for ourselves and for others. The owner of the truck seemed to have a sense of entitlement. Admittedly, shovelling a parking spot on a public street does not give one ownership of it, but I still think that taking the spot was inappropriate. He also seemed to lack empathy for others. A lack of empathy can lead to poor choices and callous disregard for the feelings and opinions of others. My son’s solution was to dig out another spot on the other side of our driveway. We did have a chat, however, when I realized the snow from the new spot had been used to fill in the old one. In retrospect, clearing a spot in the garage for one of the vehicles would have been a better option and certainly more appropriate behaviour on our part. “Knowing that we can control our own behaviour,” wrote Australian moral philosopher, Peter Singer, “makes it more likely that we will.” Want to park your life in a better spot? Adopt a better attitude and start clearing out the garage. Murray Fuhrer is a self-esteem expert and facilitator. His new book is entitled Extreme Esteem: The Four Factors. For more information on self-esteem, check the Extreme Esteem website at www.theselfesteemguy.com
Aggressive tot threatens good relationship Question: Our good friends have an aggressive preschooler who is always kicking, hitting and hurting our kids whenever we visit. He likes playing with them, but he’s too physical. Is there a way to put a stop to this without offending them? Jim: I appreciate your feelings and the challenge you’re facing. Although this situation is touchy, it could actually serve to deepen your friendship if everyone approaches it with thoughtfulness and in a spirit of supportive concern and humility. There could be a number of reasons for this child’s aggressive behavior. Since the parents are good friends, it wouldn’t be inappropriate for you to suggest that they have their son evaluated by a mental health professional. If it turns out that this is simply a result of ineffective or inconsistent parenting, your friends will likely get some helpful JIM instruction as part of the proDALY cess. In the meantime, you need to protect your children from harm. Sit down with your friends and explain that their friendship is important to you, but that your kids’ safety needs to be your priority. Then ask them if they will agree to this plan: The next time your children visit, the parents should inform their son that if he is mean or acts aggressively in any way, his friends will have to go home. Then, if he gets rough, his parents should remind him that hitting is not allowed and that your family is leaving. Leave immediately, even if their son protests or cries. Since he values playing with your children, it will probably take only a few incidents like this to put a serious dent in his negative behavior. If you and your friends are consistent and work together, the problem should eventually disappear. Question: I recently discovered that my daughter has been cutting herself. I’ve tried to let her know how much this concerns me, but she’s very sensitive and perceives this as criticism. Do you think we can work this out between ourselves, or is that a naive assumption? Dr. Greg Smalley, Vice President, Family Ministries: I’m sorry to learn about your daughter’s struggles. With great sensitivity, let me say yes, it’s naive to assume you can handle this alone. Cutting is a serious problem, usually with complicated underlying causes. You should insist that your daughter get professional help. In fact, it would be best if counseling involved the entire family. Contact Focus on the Family for a referral. In the meantime, it might help to understand what’s going on in your daughter’s mind. Cutting is often a response to overwhelming feelings of anxiety or depression. Cutters basically want control. If a teen is being abused or hurt by someone else, cutting may represent an attempt to “release” the pain through bleeding. She may also be trying to “drown it out” by incurring even more intense suffering upon herself. Cutting can also be a way of expressing anger -- by taking it out on herself, rather than running the risk of exposing it to others. In every instance, cutting is a coping mechanism, a method of managing pain. The cutter can’t be set free from this self-destructive habit until she finds a way to replace cutting with a healthy coping mechanism. Because of this, it’s a mistake to interpret cutting as a suicide attempt. The cutter isn’t trying to kill herself. Rather, she’s groping for a way to get through life. Finally, cutting can be addictive due to the endorphin rush that normally accompanies the body’s self-healing process. For this and many other reasons, we urge you to solicit the help of a counselor. May God grant you wisdom during this difficult time. Catch up with Jim Daly at www.jimdalyblog.com or at www.facebook.com/DalyFocus.
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1996 — A blizzard kills two Ontario men in separate traffic accidents. The two-day storm is blamed for at least 100 deaths in northeastern U.S. It is the worst storm to hit the region in 70 years. 1984 — A train wreck near Medicine Hat releases dangerous gases, forcing evacuation of 800 people.
1971 — U.S.-owned Mercantile Bank of Canada is to begin a program to have at least 75 per cent Canadian ownership by 1980. 1965 — The Speech from the Throne and the opening ceremonies of the Canadian Parliament are broadcast live on television for the first time. 1691 — Louis de Buade et de Palluau, Comte de Frontenac is forced to issue card money to pay the troops in the Quebec garrison, due to the failure of a supply ship to arrive.
TODAY IN HISTORY Jan. 7
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Opportunity knocks for Kopeck NEWLY ACQUIRED REBEL WILL MAKE DEBUT IN PLACE OF INJURED DIENO IN BRANDON REBELS BY ADVOCATE STAFF BRANDON — Rhyse Dieno boarded the Red Deer Rebels team bus Sunday evening but might not play during the club’s four-game Western Hockey League road trip starting here tonight. The Rebels’ second-leading scorer suffered a cut to his thigh during Sunday’s 4-3 loss to the visiting Moose Jaw Warriors and didn’t return to the game. He’s listed as day-to-day on the Rebels’ weekly injury report. While Dieno didn’t skate Monday and therefore is unlikely to play tonight, winger Presten Kopeck is slated to make his Rebels debut against the Wheat Kings. Kopeck, who underwent hernia surgery in early December, was acquired from the Portland Winter-
hawks in return for the rights to defenceman Matt Dumba and a pair of second-round bantam draft picks, a deal that seems likely to come to fruition following a report out of Minnesota that the Wild will send Dumba to Portland. Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher told Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune that the team is “leaning toward” assigning Dumba to the Winterhawks now that the former Rebel has returned to the NHL club after suiting up for Team Canada in the world junior tournament in Sweden. Dumba will first see a Wild team doctor after being injured during the tournament and catching a virus that led to weight loss. Rookie forwards Meyer Nell and Adam Musil will be back in the Red Deer lineup tonight after playing for Team West and Team Pacific in the World Under 17 Challenge, and forward Dominik Volek — who was with the Czech Republic squad in the world junior championship — will rejoin the Rebels for the second game of the trip Wednesday at Regina. Forwards Brooks Maxwell (upper body, week-to-
week) and Christian Stockl (upper body, indefinite) did not make the trip. Meanwhile, the Rebels have reassigned affiliate players Earl Webb and Brayden Burke to the AJHL Calgary Mustangs and the midget AAA Edmonton Canadian Athletic Club. The Rebels also play Friday at Moose Jaw and Saturday at Regina. Red Deer’s next home game is Jan. 17 versus the Calgary Hitmen. ● The Victoria Royals strengthened their back end Monday with the acquisition of 19-year-old defenceman Travis Brown from Moose Jaw. Brown, a Chicago Blackhawks prospect, cost the Royals two second-round bantam draft picks and the rights to 15-year-old Noah Gregor, who sits third in Alberta Midget League scoring with 35 points (12-13) in 27 games. In another Monday deal, the Lethbridge Hurricanes sent forward Remi Laurencelle to the Everett Silvertips for a sixth-round bantam draft pick in 2014 and a conditional pick. firstname.lastname@example.org
Flames break out of slump to edge Avalanche BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Flames 4 Avalanche 3 DENVER — The Calgary Flames broke out of their offensive doldrums in a big way. Jiri Hudler and Joe Colborne had a goal and assist each, and Mike Cammalleri scored a power-play goal at 16:30 of the third period to lift Calgary to a 4-3 win over the Colorado Avalanche on Monday night. Sean Monahan also scored and Karri Ramo stopped 22 shots for the Flames, whose snapped a four-game skid with the offensive outburst. “It feels very good. It’s been a tough little stretch for sure,” Cammalleri said. “When things like that happen, it’s easy to get negative.” Calgary came into the game having been shutout in three of its last four games. The Flames’ only goal since Dec. 23 came in a 4-1 loss to Philadelphia. “We wanted to come in and have fun and be loose a little. We had nothing to lose coming in here,” TJ Galiardi said. “We wanted to string something together and this was a good place to start for us.” Nathan MacKinnon had two goals and Paul Stastny had a goal and two assists for the Avalanche, who had won three straight coming into the game. The Avalanche may have lost more than the game. MacKinnon, who has four goals in the last two games, took a shot to the ankle late in the game and was visibly hurting. Colorado coach Patrick Roy said the rookie was going for an X-ray after the game. “He got the puck on the ankle at the end of the game,” Roy said. “We’ll have more details tomorrow.” The game was tied at 3-all when Colorado drew a bench minor for too many men on the ice. With Jamie McGinn in the penalty box, Hudler fed Cammalleri in front of goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere for the winner. Giguere finished with 15 saves. The Avalanche pulled Giguere for an extra skater with about a minute left but couldn’t get a shot on net. Giguere said the Flames played with more intensity throughout the game. “They were hungrier,” Giguere said. “They got,
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Calgary Flames left wing Jiri Hudler celebrates his goal in the second period of an NHL game against the Colorado Avalanche in Denver on Monday. some would say, lucky bounces, but they created those bounces by going to the net, by creating traffic and that’s how you score a goal in this game, in this league. I’m not sure we were willing to do that in front of their net.” Roy saw it differently than his goaltender. “We may not have had the jump that we should have, but Giggy should have been better,” Roy said. “He hasn’t played well in the past four or five games and he should stand up and say, ’I’m not playing up to what I should.’ He needs to be better and we need to have him playing better. Period.” After scoring just one goal in 240 minutes, the Flames scored twice in a span of 2:28 of the second period to take the lead. Colborne tied it when he tipped Galiardi’s shot from the point with 2:32 left in the frame. Hudler gave Calgary the lead when he battled for position in front of Giguere and then flicked a backhand through the goalie’s legs to make it 3-2. It was small consolation for Hudler, who was disappointed after he was left off the Czech National Team for next month’s Olympics in Sochi, Russia. “Right before the game we took a little walk with Jiri. He knows that people sit in the room, there’s debate, you get picked, you don’t get picked,” Flames coach Bob Hartley said. “Obviously, everyone wants to be in the Olympics to represent their country so you’re disappointed. But we saw that he’s a pro.”
The Avalanche got a power play at the end of the period but couldn’t capitalize. They tied it on Stastny’s 12th goal of the season at 9:33 of the third. The Flames took a 1-0 lead just 1:08 into the game. Monahan took a shot from the right circle that Giguere saved, but the rebound went off McGinn and into the net. It was Calgary’s second goal in the last five games and its first lead since beating St. Louis two weeks ago. The celebration didn’t last. MacKinnon tied it on the power play six minutes later when his shot from the side of the crease went off Ramo and through the goaltender’s legs into the net. The Flames took a bench minor for too many men on the ice, MacKinnon struck again. Stastny sent him a pass to the slot and MacKinnon buried it to make it 2-1 at 14:32 of the first. NOTES: Colorado’s Gabriel Landeskog extended his points streak to seven games with his 100th assist. ... Avalanche D Nate Guenin (ankle) was out after getting hit with a puck Saturday. Tyson Barrie took his place in the lineup. ... Flames RW David Jones was a scratch. He has one assist in his last 15 games. ... Colorado D Ryan Wilson was sent to Lake Erie of the AHL for a two-week conditioning assignment. Wilson has missed 22 games with a back injury but has been a healthy scratch for the last two games.
Depth brings up questions for Canada’s Olympic team HOCKEY BY THE CANADIAN PRESS TORONTO — Sidney Crosby, Jonathan Toews and John Tavares are safe. That Team Canada has only a few more forwards who are locks to go to the Sochi Olympics next month speaks to the embarrassment of riches and the bevy of questions facing Steve Yzerman and his management staff. The 25-man roster that will be revealed today at 8 a.m. in Toronto will show what Yzerman learned from winning gold in Vancouver four years ago, and how he’s adapting to a different situation this time around. “We’re playing good teams, you need good goaltending,” Yzerman said back in August at Olympic orientation camp. “You need good defence. You need balance. All of these teams are relatively balanced. Any area of weakness can be an issue.” One area that isn’t a weakness for Canada is down the middle. Beyond Crosby, Toews and Tavares, there’s Ryan Getzlaf of the Anaheim Ducks and Patrice Bergeron of the Boston Bruins. If Steven Stamkos of the Tampa Bay Lightning can return after breaking his right tibia, he’s expected to move to
wing, possibly alongside Crosby. Other centres, like Matt Duchene of the Colorado Avalanche, Logan Couture of the San Jose Sharks, Eric Staal of the Carolina Hurricanes and Claude Giroux of the Philadelphia Flyers would likely have to do the same. “I know some guys are going to have play different positions, but you do it for the better of the team,” Lightning winger Martin St. Louis said at orientation camp. “For the better of the country.” But is it better for Canada to have so many centres playing out of position? If Yzerman and Co. have decided more natural wingers must be in the mix, that’s good news for St. Louis, Rick Nash of the New York Rangers, Patrick Sharp of the Chicago Blackhawks, Jamie Benn of the Dallas Stars and perhaps even Patrick Marleau of the Sharks. Benn and Marleau weren’t at camp in Calgary over the summer, but Yzerman said then and during the season that that wouldn’t necessarily rule players out when it comes to Sochi. One player who did earn a camp invite was Pittsburgh Penguins winger Chris Kunitz, whose natural chemistry with Crosby could be an asset in a short tournament like the Olympics. Bringing along linemates wasn’t a perfect recipe in 2010 when Canada
took Marleau, Joe Thornton and Dany Heatley to Vancouver, but Detroit Red Wings GM Ken Holland said it could still be factored in if two players were tied for a roster spot. “Certainly we discuss it, but obviously we’re trying to find the 25 best players,” said Holland, who’s on Canada’s management team. “We discuss teammates, but I think at the end of the day we’ve got to find players that we think are going to have the best chance to put the best team together.” Canada could go hard with teammates together, including Anaheim’s Getzlaf and Corey Perry and Toews with Sharp. Or there could be a hope that chemistry develops in early games against Norway and Austria. Coach Mike Babcock, who’s back after leading the 2010 team to gold, might prefer teammates because of the major on-ice difference between the Olympics and the NHL. “Obviously you don’t know the players you’re coaching near as good,” Babcock said Dec. 21 in Toronto. “You can’t get them as much ice time. You’re a work in progress much more than you would be, say, at playoff time in the NHL.” Four years ago the Olympic roster limit was 23. With it at 25 now, Yzerman has two
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MORE OLYMPIC ROSTER ANNOUNCEMENTS B11 extra spots to play with, but he implied that it won’t change his philosophy on building Team Canada. “Pretty much any of the group of forwards that we’re talking about, like the broad group, there’s going to be guys that they all play on the power play and there will be plenty of them that are strong enough defensive-minded players,” Yzerman said Nov. 12 at the GMs meeting in Toronto. “I don’t think we’ll have to get a specialist, so to speak, a power-play specialist or a shootout specialist.” Yzerman said the same is true on the blue-line, where Canada could again feature the top defensive pairing in the tournament in Duncan Keith of the Blackhawks and Shea Weber of the Nashville Predators. St. Louis Blues teammates Jay Bouwmeester and Alex Pietrangelo figure to be a good bet to team up in Sochi. Drew Doughty of the Los Angeles Kings was a bit of a surprising pick in 2010, but he won’t be this time, and it wouldn’t be shocking to see MarcEdouard Vlasic of the Sharks join him. The defensive-minded Vlasic would provide some stability on the left side.
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Seminoles steal BCS title game touchdown in final seconds gives Florida st. national championship by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
PASADENA, Calif. — Jameis Winston and Florida State faced down adversity for the first time this season, and showed they could take a punch if that’s what it took to win a national championship. The Heisman Trophy winner threw a 2-yard touchdown pass to Kelvin Benjamin with 13 seconds left and No. 1 Florida State beat No. 2 Auburn 34-31 to win the BCS championship game on Monday night. “There’s a lot of heart and guts down in Tallahassee, too,” coach Jimbo Fisher said. The Bowl Championship Series went out with a bang, with one of the best championship games in its 16-year history. And the Southeastern Conference’s seven-year winning streak in college football’s biggest game was snapped. Winston struggled much of the night but was near perfect when the Seminoles (140) needed it most, going 6 for 7 for 77 yards on the gamewinning 80 yard drive. A pass interference penalty on Auburn’s Chris Davis gave Florida State a first-and-goal at the 2 and on the next play Winston hit his big receiver, Benjamin, for the touchdown in traffic. There was no miracle finish this time for the turnaround Tigers. They tossed the ball around on one final play, but it ended with Florida State jumping on a fumble, and the Seminoles sprinting onto the field under a storm of garnet and gold confetti. Tre Mason had given Auburn (12-2) a 31-27 lead with a 37-yard touchdown run with 1:19 left after Kermit Whitfield had put Florida State in the lead for the first time since the first quarter with a 100-yard
kickoff return to make it 27-24 with 4:31 left. Mason ran for 195 yards and Nick Marshall threw two touchdown passes for the Tigers. Winston was 20 for 35 for 237 yards and two fourth-quarter touchdown passes. Florida State hadn’t been challenged like this all season, winning by an average of 42 points. The Seminoles were down 21-3 in the first half, and wobbling, but never fell over. And now Florida State is national champion for the first time since 1999, the first team to win it after being down at halftime. Winston was jumpy against a strong Auburn pass rush, led by Dee Ford. He was sacked four times. The Seminoles cut it to 21-10 with a late touchdown in the second quarter and chipped into Auburn’s lead with a 41-yard field goal by Roberto Aguyao with 6:05 left in the third. Meanwhile, Florida State had found some answers to Auburn’s spread offence. A holding penalty that wiped out a long pass also helped keep the Tigers scoreless in the third quarter, and the Seminoles began the fourth with P.J. Williams intercepting Marshall’s pass and setting up Florida State at its 38. When Winston tossed in the flats to Chad Abram, who hurdled over a tackler on the way to an 11-yard touchdown the lead was 21-19. Florida State was considering going for two to tie, but Devonta Freeman was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct and that pushed the extra point back 15 yards and forced the Seminoles to kick and make it 21-20. Auburn responded with its
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Florida State’s Chad Abram leaps over Auburn’s Ryan Smith for a touchdown during the second half of the NCAA BCS National Championship college football game Monday, in Pasadena, Calif. best drive since the second quarter, mixing runs by Mason and Marshall with one big pass to Ricardo Louis. But it stalled at the 6 and Cody Parkey added a 22-yard field goal to make it 24-20 with 4:42 left. During Winston’s recordbreaking season, filled with blowouts and fourth quarters spent watching from the sideline, he never faced a situa-
tion in which he had to drive his team to a winning score. Now he had a chance to add that last line to his remarkable resume — until Whitfield handled it for him. Whitfield broke through a seam around the 30 and hit the sideline at full speed. Fisher ran down the other sideline yelling “Go! Go!” with Winston chasing behind pumping his
arms and slapping his coach on the back. Florida State was on top, but Auburn was not done. Mason and Marshall went to work, driving Auburn into Florida State territory, and Auburn’s Heisman finalist, Mason, finished it off by bowling over Florida State safety Jalen Ramsey on the way to the end zone.
Sylvan Lake set to host Alberta Scotties SYLVAN LAKE — The 2009 Alberta women’s curling championship was such a roaring success that the event will be staged at the Sylvan Lake Medican Multiplex for a second time starting this week. The 2014 Jiffy Lube Alberta Scotties Tournament of Hearts runs Wednesday to Sunday at the Multiplex and Lesley Hill of the host committee is confident the provincial championship will again be a major hit. “The feedback we had after the 2009 provincials here was unbelievable,” Hill said Monday. “The competitors were really happy with it as were the officials who came in to work the event. The Alberta Curling Federation was really pleased and I think that is probably the major reason we got it back so
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depth: Great debate The seventh and eight spots figured to be a place of great debate. Reigning Norris Trophy-winner P.K. Subban of the Montreal Canadiens might have too risky of a game to warrant inclusion, but if he’s No. 7 and used exclusively on the power play, it would eliminate that concern. Dan Boyle of the Sharks had six point in seven games in 2010, and at 37 he might be the perfect fit as the eighth defenceman. But like Subban he’s a righthanded shot, and if Canada wants to have complete left-right balance on the blue-line, Dan Hamhuis of the Vancouver Canucks or Marc Staal of the New York Rangers are options. Hamhuis’ Canucks teammate Roberto Luongo won gold in Vancouver last time after replacing Martin Brodeur in net. But some up-and-down times later have made it so there is no clear-cut starter for Canada. Luongo (2.23 goals-against average, .922 save percentage) has rebounded this season, but recent injury concerns muddy the picture. Unless a collision with potential U.S. captain Dustin Brown on Saturday night created a severe problem, there’s little doubt Luongo will be named along with Carey Price of the Canadiens, who’s the other logical choice to start. Price has stopped 452 of 493 shots that have come his way dating to Nov. 19, going 12-3-2 in the process. The last time he represented Canada in international competition, he went 6-0 with two shutouts, a 1.14 goals-against average and .950 save percentage and won gold at the 2007 world junior championships. The third goaltender spot is more uncertain, though the discussion starts with the three others invited to camp over the summer: Corey Crawford of the Blackhawks, Mike Smith of the Phoenix Coyotes and Braden Holtby of the Washington Capitals. Crawford, who was a Conn Smythe runner-up to Patrick Kane in winning the Stanley Cup last year, just returned from a groin injury. He has respectable numbers, and his ability to play well behind a strong group of skaters could have enhanced his case. Holtby has started only four of the Capitals’ past 13 games and gave up five on 11 shots against the Minnesota Wild in his last outing. Despite some struggles this season, the 24-year-old has a respectable playoff resume. But Smith’s playoff history, including a trip to the 2012 Western Conference final, could land him the job. The 31-year-old Kingston, Ont., native has a 2.89 goals-against average and .911 save percentage this season. “It’s a dream that every kid has growing up in Canada to play for your country in the Olympics,” Smith said Dec. 19 in Toronto. “It’s hard not to go about it and not think about it. It’d be, obviously, an
quickly.” The 2014 Alberta STOH field is an impressive one. Among the 12 teams competing for the right to represent Alberta in the Canadian championship Feb. 1-9 in Montreal are three that participated in last month’s Canadian Olympic Curling Trials at Winnipeg. Rinks skipped by Val Sweeting and Heather Nedohin of Edmonton were among the eight foursomes vying for the honour of representing Canada in the Sochi Olympics, as was Renee Sonnenberg of Grande Prairie. “We also have Cheryl Bernard of Calgary, who won it here in 2009 albeit with a little different team, and Cathy Overton-Clapham is playing third for Crystal Webster of Calgary. It’s an unbelievable field,” said Hill. Overton-Clapham formerly tossed third stones for Jennifer Jones of Winnipeg, who will wear Canada’s colours in Sochi.
Rounding out the provincial field are rinks headed by Chana Martineau, Tiffany Game and Kelly Erickson of Edmonton, Tiffany Steuber of Spruce Grove, Casey Scheidegger of Lethbridge and Delia DeJong and Deanne Nichol of Grande Prairie. Red Deer native Amy Janko throws third rocks for DeJong, while Brittany Whittemore of Delburne plays second for the foursome. Kristie Moore of Grande Prairie won last year’s provincials with an 8-7 win over Sonnenberg, but declined to return this year as the defending champion. The opening draw goes Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. with the second draw set for 6:30 p.m. The Thursday and Friday draws are at 9 a.m., 2 and 6:30 p.m., with Saturday’s action set for 1 and 6:30 p.m. (semifinal). A second semifinal is slated for 8:30 a.m. Sunday and will be followed by the championship game at 1:30 p.m. firstname.lastname@example.org
Zach Johnson opens 2014 with victory at Kapalua pga tour by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS KAPALUA, Hawaii — Zach Johnson is taking his place among the big boys in golf with two of the shortest clubs in his bag. On a Plantation Course at Kapalua that should be paradise for the game’s longest hitters, Johnson chipped in for his opening birdie and then hit four exquisite wedge shots on the back nine Monday to rally from two shots behind, close with a 7-under 66 and win the Tournament of Champions. “I just picked it apart,” Johnson said. That was pivotal on the back nine, where five players had a chance to win. Johnson ran off four birdies in a five-hole stretch, all of them with a wedge in his hand, none of the shots particularly easy. He wound up with a one-shot win over Jordan Spieth, the perfect way to start a new year. Especially after he ended the old one with a win. Johnson didn’t need any heroics this time, not like last month in California in the World Challenge when he holed a shot from the drop zone — with a wedge — on the final hole and wound up beating Tiger Woods in a playoff. Kapalua was mainly about chipping and putting, and Johnson is among the best. “Getting the ball in the fairway and giving my wedges a chance was crucial,” he said. “It’s about plotting my way, putting myself in a yardage spot that I know is going to give me an opportunity.” Johnson, starting his 11th season on the PGA Tour, won for the 11th time in his career. Since his rookie season in 2004, only Woods, Phil Mickelson and Vijay Singh have won more on the PGA Tour. It also was Johnson’s third win in his last six starts, dating to the BMW Championship outside Chicago in September that qualified him for this winners-only tournament in Kapalua. Spieth had a one-shot lead going into the back nine and thought only of making three birdies. He started way too late, losing three good birdie chances in the soft, middle portion of the back nine and then finishing with two birdies that only gave him a runner-up finish. He closed with a 70. “I was very pleased with the finish, being able to birdie the last two holes and at least have somewhat of a chance on 18,” said Spieth, who had a 100-foot eagle putt just off the front of the green to force a playoff. “But ultimately, 14, 15, 16 really kind of hit me hard in the middle of the back nine.” He made par on all of them, twice missing putts from about 6 feet.
That’s where Johnson thrived. He caught Spieth for the lead with a wedge from 83 yards to about 2 feet for birdie on No. 12. Johnson laid back with a 3-wood on the 14th hole and hit wedge to about 8 feet below the hole for birdie and the outright lead. Perhaps the most daunting shot came on the par-5 15th, up a steep slope to a green with a false front. The grain from the fairway and on the green was against him. “If you just missed it a little bit, it’s come back at you,” he said. “I hit a great shot.” He followed that with a wedge to 5 feet and a tough, downhill putt that broke sharply toward the ocean that he made for his final birdie.
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WHL EASTERN CONFERENCE EAST DIVISION GP W L OTLSOL GF Swift Current 43 22 15 1 5 145 Brandon 41 21 16 4 0 154 Regina 42 20 17 3 2 138 Prince Albert 40 21 17 2 0 140 Moose Jaw 43 13 24 3 3 115 Saskatoon 43 12 27 1 3 127 CENTRAL DIVISION GP W L OTLSOL GF Calgary 40 27 8 2 3 152 Edmonton 39 26 12 0 1 151 Medicine Hat 40 23 14 3 0 136 Kootenay 43 21 19 2 1 125 Red Deer 40 20 18 0 2 121 Lethbridge 43 8 30 2 3 112
GA 128 152 159 133 164 175
Pt 50 46 45 44 32 28
GA 102 102 116 129 121 193
Pt 59 53 49 45 42 21
WESTERN CONFERENCE B.C. DIVISION GP W L OTLSOL GF GA Pt Kelowna 39 33 4 0 2 171 95 68 Victoria 44 28 14 0 2 134 106 58 Vancouver 43 21 15 5 2 143 143 49 Prince George 42 16 21 2 3 127 164 37 Kamloops 41 10 27 2 2 107 169 24 U.S. DIVISION GP W L OTLSOL GF GA Pt Portland 41 25 12 2 2 180 144 54 Spokane 40 25 13 0 2 146 118 52 Everett 41 23 12 5 1 125 109 52 Seattle 41 22 14 2 3 141 156 49 Tri-City 41 18 19 2 2 106 118 40 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 Sunday’s results Calgary 10 Seattle 2 Moose Jaw 4 Red Deer 3 Vancouver 4 Tri-City 2 Kootenay 4 Medicine Hat 3 Tuesday’s games Red Deer at Brandon, 6 p.m. Calgary at Prince Albert, 6 p.m. Saskatoon at Medicine Hat, 7 p.m. Seattle at Prince George, 8 p.m. Kamloops at Tri-City, 8:05 p.m. Wednesday’s games Red Deer at Regina, 6 p.m. Calgary at Saskatoon, 6:05 p.m. Kelowna at Edmonton, 7 p.m. Kootenay at Lethbridge, 7 p.m. Seattle at Prince George, 8 p.m. Portland at Everett, 8:05 p.m. Red Deer Rebels Scoring Bleackley Dieno Fleury Volek Bellerive Maxwell Sutter Johnson Gaudet Musil Mpofu Kopeck Pawlenchuk Polei Chorney Charif Doetzel Dixon Feser Nell Fafard Stockl
GP 40 37 39 32 29 34 33 40 39 28 40 24 12 30 33 26 38 36 14 30 37 16
G 19 14 5 15 9 9 8 8 4 5 5 4 5 3 5 1 1 0 1 1 0 1
A 30 23 23 9 13 11 9 8 12 8 5 6 3 5 2 5 5 4 2 2 2 0
Pts 49 37 28 24 22 20 17 16 16 13 10 10 8 8 7 6 6 4 3 3 2 1
PIM +/29 12 17 0 24 13 7 3 25 1 21 1 52 -4 54 2 44 -10 28 2 30 -2 6 6 0 5 23 3 14 -6 13 11 51 9 77 -1 0 0 6 -3 97 -8 7 -6
Burman Bear Bartosak Goaltenders
8 27 35 MP 2031 365
0 0 0
0 0 0 GA 96 21
0 0 0
0 27 4
SO GAA 2 2.84 0 3.45
Western Hockey League Leaders SCORING G Mitch Holmberg, Spo 41 Nicolas Petan, Por 20 Joshua Winquist, Eve 26 Oliver Bjorkstrand, Por 27 Mike Aviani, Spo 29 Jaedon Descheneau, Koo 28 Nikita Scherbak, Sas 22 Graham Black, SC 19 Leon Draisaitl, PA 18 Sam Reinhart, Koo 16 GOALTENDING (Minimum 780 minutes played) W L Jordan Cooke, Kel 25 1 Tristan Jarry, Edm 24 10 Eric Williams, Spo 22 9 Brendan Burke, Por 22 10 Patrik Polivka, Vic 18 10 Patrik Bartosak, RD 18 14 Daw. MacAuley, Reg 18 12
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Sv% .922 .895
A 40 46 34 31 28 26 32 35 33 34
Pts 81 66 60 58 57 54 54 54 51 50
Columbus 4, N.Y. Rangers 3, SO N.Y. Islanders 7, Dallas 3 Montreal 2, Florida 1 Calgary 4, Colorado 3
(pp). 7. NY Islanders, Nelson 4 (Cizikas, De Haan) 19:32. Penalties — Roussel Dal (cross-checking) 0:24, Cizikas NYI (holding) 13:33, Garbutt Dal (holding) 15:57, Benn Dal (roughing) 19:55, Vanek NYI (roughing) 19:56. Third Period 8. NY Islanders, Strait 2 (Tavares, De Haan) 1:24. 9. NY Islanders, Tavares 19 (Nielsen, MacDonald) 6:19 (pp). 10. NY Islanders, Tavares 20 (MacDonald, Cizikas) 16:53 (pp). Penalties — Cizikas NYI (goaltender interference) 3:38, Whitney Dal (hooking) 5:18, Chiasson Dal (slashing) 15:13, Garbutt Dal (high-sticking) 15:29. Shots on goal Dallas 10 7 6 — 23 NY Islanders 14 11 18 — 43 Goal — Dallas: Lehtonen (L, 16-10-7); NY Islanders: Poulin (W, 6-12-0). Power plays (goal-chances)Dallas: 1-4; NY Islanders: 3-6.
Tuesday’s Games Carolina at Buffalo, 5 p.m. N.Y. Islanders at Toronto, 5 p.m. Philadelphia at New Jersey, 5:30 p.m. San Jose at Nashville, 6 p.m. Tampa Bay at Winnipeg, 6 p.m. Calgary at Phoenix, 7 p.m. St. Louis at Edmonton, 7:30 p.m. Pittsburgh at Vancouver, 8 p.m. Boston at Anaheim, 8 p.m. Minnesota at Los Angeles, 8:30 p.m. Wednesday’s Games Montreal at Philadelphia, 5:30 p.m. N.Y. Rangers at Chicago, 6 p.m. Ottawa at Colorado, 7:30 p.m. Monday’s summaries
OT 2 1 1 4 1 2 3
GAA 2.22 2.22 2.51 3.22 2.52 2.84 3.49
SO 2 5 2 0 5 2 2
GF 124 114 119 114 119 126 102 74
GA 89 103 100 121 127 141 136 118
GF 142 111 128 105 108 101 117 119
GA 103 116 128 124 119 110 126 146
END National Hockey League EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division GP W L OT Pts Boston 42 28 12 2 58 Montreal 44 25 14 5 55 Tampa Bay 42 25 13 4 54 Detroit 43 19 14 10 48 Toronto 43 21 17 5 47 Ottawa 44 19 18 7 45 Florida 43 16 21 6 38 Buffalo 42 12 26 4 28 Metropolitan Division GP W L OT Pts Pittsburgh 44 31 12 1 63 Philadelphia 42 21 17 4 46 Washington 42 20 16 6 46 Carolina 43 18 16 9 45 N.Y. Rangers 44 21 20 3 45 New Jersey 43 17 18 8 42 Columbus 43 19 20 4 42 N.Y. Islanders 44 15 22 7 37
WESTERN CONFERENCE Central Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA Chicago 45 29 7 9 67 167 124 St. Louis 41 29 7 5 63 150 95 Colorado 42 26 12 4 56 123 108 Minnesota 44 22 17 5 49 106 113 Dallas 42 20 15 7 47 123 131 Winnipeg 45 19 21 5 43 123 135 Nashville 43 18 19 6 42 102 129 Pacific Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA Anaheim 44 31 8 5 67 146 111 San Jose 43 27 10 6 60 142 111 Los Angeles 43 26 13 4 56 113 89 Vancouver 44 23 13 8 54 117 108 Phoenix 41 20 12 9 49 123 127 Calgary 42 15 21 6 36 100 131 Edmonton 45 14 26 5 33 117 156 NOTE: Two points for a win, one point for overtime loss. Sunday’s Games San Jose 3, Chicago 2, SO Pittsburgh 6, Winnipeg 5 Carolina 2, Nashville 1 Edmonton 5, Tampa Bay 3 Anaheim 4, Vancouver 3, OT Monday’s Games
Flames 4, Avalanche 3 First Period 1. Calgary, Monahan 12 (Stempniak, Wideman) 1:08. 2. Colorado, MacKinnon 13 (Stastny, Benoit) 7:17 (pp). 3. Colorado, MacKinnon 14 (Stastny, Barrie) 14:32 (pp). Penalties — Cammalleri Cgy (tripping) 5:37, Cgy Bench (too many men) 13:42. Second Period 4. Calgary, Colborne 4 (Galiardi, O’Brien) 15:10. 5. Calgary, Hudler 12 (Giordano, Backlund) 17:38. Penalties — Stastny Col (hooking) 0:26, Westgarth Cgy (unsportsmanlike conduct) 11:12, Colborne Cgy (hooking) 18:12. Third Period 6. Colorado, Stastny 12 (Landeskog, Hejda) 9:33. 7. Calgary, Cammalleri 13 (Hudler, Colborne) 16:30 (pp). Penalties — McGinn Col (tripping) 11:24, Col Bench (too many men) 15:06. Shots on goal Calgary 4 7 8 — 19 Colorado 7 10 8 — 25 Goal — Calgary: Ramo (W, 7-7-3); Colorado: Giguere (L, 7-4-0). Power plays (goal-chances)Calgary: 1-3; Colorado: 2-4. Canadiens 2, Panthers 1 First Period 1. Montreal, Desharnais 6 (Pacioretty, Gallagher) 6:23. 2. Florida, Bergenheim 10 (Barkov, Boyes) 17:09. Penalties — Gallagher Mtl (slashing) 7:01, Weaver Fla (roughing) 7:01, Barch Fla (high-sticking) 11:49, Subban Mtl (interference) 18:42. Second Period 3. Montreal, Gionta 7 (Plekanec) 15:46. Penalties — None. Third Period No Scoring. Penalties — Bournival Mtl (hooking) 3:06, Bergenheim Fla (closing hand on puck) 9:24. Shots on goal Florida 5 6 16 — 27 Montreal 13 12 10 — 35 Goal — Florida: Thomas (L, 10-11-2); Montreal: Price (W, 20-11-4). Power plays (goal-chances)Florida: 0-2; Montreal: 0-2. Islanders 7, Stars 3 First Period 1. Dallas, Benn 15 (unassisted) 5:01. 2. Dallas, Cole 11 (Chiasson, Peverley) 13:48. Penalties — Vanek NYI (hooking) 10:20. Second Period 3. NY Islanders, Strome 1 (Vanek, Tavares) 1:41 (pp). 4. NY Islanders, Tavares 18 (Vanek) 7:29. 5. NY Islanders, Regin 2 (Bailey, Hickey) 9:29. 6. Dallas, Nichushkin 9 (Peverley, Whitney) 15:28
Blue Jackets 4, RANGERS 3 (SO) First Period 1. Columbus, Dubinsky 8 (Horton, Wisniewski) 17:07. 2. NY Rangers, Nash 8 (Del Zotto, Kreider) 19:07 (pp). Penalties — Comeau Clb (slashing) 4:56, Kreider NYR (hooking) 9:06, Letestu Clb (tripping) 17:36. Second Period 3. Columbus, Atkinson 11 (unassisted) 1:01. 4. Columbus, Wisniewski 3 (Dubinsky, Foligno) 16:47. Penalties — Kreider NYR (boarding - major) 0:21, Kreider NYR (game misconduct) 0:21, Dubinsky Clb (roughing) 0:21, Tropp Clb (roughing) 6:52, Foligno Clb (high-sticking) 14:27. Third Period 5. NY Rangers, Boyle 3 (Moore, Moore) 4:53. 6. NY Rangers, Nash 9 (Richards, Callahan) 6:55 (pp). Penalties — Savard Clb (delay of game) 6:38, Tropp Clb (tripping) 17:00. Overtime No Scoring. Penalties — Stepan NYR (interference) 3:50. Shootout — Columbus wins 2-0 Columbus : Letestu goal, Johansen goal. NY Rangers : Zuccarello miss, Nash miss. Shots on goal Columbus 10 10 13 6 — 39 NY Rangers 16 15 11 1 — 43 Goal — Columbus: Bobrovsky (W, 11-11-2); NY Rangers: Lundqvist (LO, 12-16-3). Power plays (goal-chances)Columbus: 0-3; NY Rangers: 2-6. NHL Scoring Leaders G 23 23 20 5 23 25 17 10 23 15 11 31 16 3 21 19 16 18 13 10 10 24 20 17 16 12 8
Sidney Crosby, Pgh Patrick Kane, Chi Ryan Getzlaf, Ana Joe Thornton, SJ Chris Kunitz, Pgh Patrick Sharp, Chi John Tavares, NYI Nicklas Backstrom, Wash Corey Perry, Ana Jonathan Toews, Chi Evgeni Malkin, Pgh Alex Ovechkin, Wash Kyle Okposo, NYI Duncan Keith, Chi Tyler Seguin, Dal Patrick Marleau, SJ Taylor Hall, Edm Joe Pavelski, SJ Daniel Sedin, Vcr Erik Karlsson, Ott Henrik Sedin, Vcr Alex Steen, StL Phil Kessel, Tor Martin St. Louis, TB Matt Duchene, Col Claude Giroux, Pha T.J. Oshie, StL
A 40 31 28 43 24 21 29 36 21 29 33 12 26 39 20 22 25 22 26 29 29 14 18 21 22 26 29
Pts 63 54 48 48 47 46 46 46 44 44 44 43 42 42 41 41 41 40 39 39 39 38 38 38 38 38 37
Football AFC champion vs. NFC champion, 4:30 p.m.
NFL Playoffs Wild-card Playoffs Saturday, Jan. 4 Indianapolis 45, Kansas City 44 New Orleans 26, Philadelphia 24 Sunday, Jan. 5 San Diego 27, Cincinnati 10 San Francisco 23, Green Bay 20
College Football FBS Bowls Monday, Dec. 30 Music City Bowl At Nashville, Tenn. Mississippi 25, Georgia Tech 17 Alamo Bowl At San Antonio Oregon 30, Texas 7 Holiday Bowl At San Diego Texas Tech 37, Arizona State 23
Divisional Playoffs Saturday, Jan. 11 New Orleans at Seattle, 2:35 p.m. Indianpolis at New England, 6:15 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 12 San Francisco at Carolina, 11:05 a.m. San Diego at Denver, 2:40 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 31 AdvoCare V100 Bowl At Shreveport, La. Arizona 42, Boston College 19 Sun Bowl At El Paso, Texas UCLA 42, Virginia Tech 12 Liberty Bowl At Memphis, Tenn. Mississippi State 44, Rice 7 Chick-fil-A Bowl At Atlanta Texas A&M 52, Duke 48
Conference Championships Sunday, Jan. 19 AFC, 1 p.m. NFC, 4:30 p.m. Pro Bowl Sunday, Jan. 26 At Honolulu TBD, 5:30 p.m. Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 2 At East Rutherford, N.J.
At Miami Clemson 40, Ohio State 35
Heart of Dallas Bowl At Dallas North Texas 36, UNLV 14 Gator Bowl At Jacksonville, Fla. Nebraska 24, Georgia 19 Capital One Bowl At Orlando, Fla. South Carolina 34, Wisconsin 24 Outback Bowl At Tampa, Fla. LSU 21, Iowa 14 Rose Bowl At Pasadena, Calif. Michigan State 24, Stanford 20 Fiesta Bowl At Glendale, Ariz. UCF 52, Baylor 42
Saturday, Jan. 4 BBVA Compass Bowl At Birmingham, Ala. Vanderbilt 41, Houston 24 Sunday, Jan. 5 GoDaddy.com Bowl At Mobile, Ala. Arkansas State 23, Ball State 20 Monday, Jan. 6 BCS National Championship At Pasadena, Calif. Florida State 34, Auburn 31 Saturday, Jan. 18 East-West Shrine Classic At St. Petersburg, Fla. East vs. West, 2 p.m. NFLPA Collegiate Bowl At Los Angeles American vs. National, 4 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 2 Sugar Bowl At New Orleans Oklahoma 45, Alabama 31 Friday, Jan. 3 Cotton Bowl At Arlington, Texas Missouri 41, Oklahoma State 31 Orange Bowl
Wednesday, Jan. 1
Saturday, Jan. 25 Senior Bowl At Mobile, Ala. South vs. North, 2 p.m.
Basketball National Basketball Association EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division W L Pct GB Toronto 16 16 .500 — Brooklyn 13 21 .382 4 Boston 13 21 .382 4 Philadelphia 12 22 .353 5 New York 11 22 .333 5 Southeast Division W L Pct GB Miami 26 8 .765 — Atlanta 18 17 .514 8 Washington 14 17 .452 10 Charlotte 15 20 .429 11 Orlando 10 23 .303 15 Central Division W L Pct GB Indiana 27 6 .818 — Chicago 14 18 .438 12 Detroit 14 20 .412 13 Cleveland 11 23 .324 16 Milwaukee 7 26 .212 20
● Senior high basketball: Stettler at Lindsay Thurber, Sylvan Lake at Notre Dame, Wetaskiwin at Lacombe, Rocky Mountain House at Ponoka, Hunting Hills at Camrose; girls at 6 p.m., boys to follow. ● WHL: Red Deer at Brandon, 6 p.m. (The Drive). ● AJHL: Okotoks at Olds, 7:30 p.m. Heritage junior B hockey: Red Deer at Blackfalds, 7:30 p.m.
● Curling: Alberta women’s championship, draws at 9:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., Sylvan Lake Curling Club. ● JV basketball: Innisfail at Hunting Hills, Lindsay Thurber at Lacombe, Notre Dame at Ponoka, Camrose at Stettler, Wetaskiwin at Rocky Mountain House; girls at 6 p.m., boys to follow. ● WHL: Red Deer at Regina, 6 p.m. (The Drive).
● Curling: Alberta women’s championship, draws at 9 a.m., 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., Sylvan Lake Curling Club. ● College women’s hockey: SAIT at RDC, 7 p.m., Arena.
● Curling: Alberta women’s championship, draws at 9 a.m., 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., Sylvan Lake Curling Club. ● Senior high basketball: Central Alberta Christian invitational tournament, 3:30 p.m. start. ● College basketball: Grande Prairie at RDC, women at 6 p.m., men to follow. ● WHL: Red Deer at Moose Jaw, 6 p.m. (The Drive). ● College hockey: NAIT at RDC, 7:15 p.m., Penhold Regional Multiplex. ● Heritage junior B hockey: Red Deer at Stettler, 7:30 p.m. ● Midget AAA hockey: Calgary Royals at Red Deer, 8 p.m., Arena. ● Bantam AA hockey: Bow Valley at Sylvan Lake, 8:15 p.m. ● Chinook senior hockey: Okotoks at Innisfail, 8:30 p.m. ● Midget AA hockey: Wheatland at Lacombe, 8:30 p.m.
● Senior high basketball: Central Alberta Christian invitational tournament, 8:30 a.m. start. ● Minor midget AAA hockey: Calgary Bruins at Red Deer Northstar, 11:30 a.m., Arena; Calgary Blackhawks at Red Deer Aero Equipment, 2 p.m., Arena. ● Major midget girls hockey: Calgary Flyers at Red Deer, 12:30 p.m., Collicutt Centre. ● Curling: Alberta women’s championship, draws at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. (semifinal), Sylvan Lake Curling Club. ● Peewee AA hockey: Taber at Lacombe, 1:45 p.m.; Medicine Hat White at Sylvan Lake, 2:15 p.m.; Badlands at Red Deer Parkland, 4:45 p.m., Collicutt Centre. ● Bantam AA hockey: Foothills at Red Deer Ramada, 3:15 p.m., Kin City A. ● Major bantam girls hockey: Rocky Mountain at Red Deer, 4:30 p.m., Kin City B. ● Midget AA hockey: Wheatland at Red Deer Indy Graphics, 4:45 p.m., Arena. ● College volleyball: NAIT at RDC, women at 6 p.m., men to follow. ● WHL: Red Deer at Swift Current, 6 p.m. (The Drive). ● Heritage junior B hockey: Cochrane at Red Deer, 8 p.m., Arena; Coaldale at Ponoka, 8 p.m.
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WESTERN CONFERENCE Southwest Division W L Pct GB San Antonio 26 8 .765 — Houston 22 13 .629 4 1/2 Dallas 19 15 .559 7 New Orleans 15 17 .469 10 Memphis 15 18 .455 10 1/2 Northwest Division W L Pct GB Oklahoma City 27 7 .794 — Portland 26 8 .765 1 Minnesota 17 17 .500 10
Golden State L.A. Clippers Phoenix L.A. Lakers Sacramento
16 17 .485 11 25 .306 Pacific Division W L Pct 23 13 .639 23 13 .639 20 12 .625 14 20 .412 10 22 .313
10 1/2 17 GB — — 1 8 11
Sunday’s Games Memphis 112, Detroit 84 Golden State 112, Washington 96 Indiana 82, Cleveland 78 Miami 102, Toronto 97 Oklahoma City 119, Boston 96 New York 92, Dallas 80 Denver 137, L.A. Lakers 115 Monday’s Games Minnesota 126, Philadelphia 95 Brooklyn 91, Atlanta 86 Orlando at L.A. Clippers, late Tuesday’s Games Toronto at Indiana, 5 p.m. Philadelphia at Cleveland, 5 p.m. Washington at Charlotte, 5 p.m. New Orleans at Miami, 5:30 p.m. Detroit at New York, 5:30 p.m. Phoenix at Chicago, 6 p.m. Golden State at Milwaukee, 6 p.m. San Antonio at Memphis, 6 p.m. L.A. Lakers at Dallas, 6:30 p.m. Boston at Denver, 7 p.m. Oklahoma City at Utah, 7 p.m. Portland at Sacramento, 8 p.m.
Sabres’ Myers gets three-game suspension for check to head BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS BUFFALO, N.Y. — Sabres defenceman Tyler Myers had no intention of changing his hard-hitting style before taking part in a disciplinary hearing for his illegal check to New Jersey forward Dainius Zubrus’ head. Now, Myers will have a week to reconsider after being suspended three games without pay by the NHL on Monday. Following a hearing by phone with Myers, the league’s department of player safety ruled the fifth-year player unnecessarily extended and launched himself into making the hit along the boards during the third period of Buffalo’s 2-1 home win Saturday. It happened along the boards inside the Sabres’ zone, with Myers’ right shoulder catching Zubrus in the jaw. Myers was assessed a minor penalty. Zubrus was briefly shaken up but continued playing. The suspension cost Myers $84,615 in salary, and will begin with Buffalo’s home game against Carolina on Tuesday night. He’s eligible to return for a home game against Philadelphia on Jan. 14. Myers suggested his height — at 6-foot-8, he’s the NHL’s second-tallest player — played a factor in how he hit Zubrus. “That’s just one of the disadvantages of being as tall as I am. It just comes with the territory,” Myers said after practice but before the hearing was held.
FGA 212 325 265 520 386 420 229 225 246 237
PCT .646 .612 .592 .588 .580 .567 .563 .556 .549 .549
NBA Leaders Scoring Durant, OKC Love, MIN Anthony, NYK James, MIA Harden, HOU Aldridge, POR George, IND Cousins, SAC Curry, GOL Irving, CLE Griffin, LAC Lillard, POR Afflalo, ORL DeRozan, TOR Nowitzki, DAL Ellis, DAL Martin, MIN Turner, PHL Wall, WAS Paul, LAC
FG 137 199 157 306 224 238 129 125 135 130
Jordan, LAC Drummond, DET Johnson, TOR James, MIA Howard, HOU Horford, ATL Lopez, Bro Hill, LAL Lopez, POR Diaw, SAN
Wednesday’s Games Dallas at San Antonio, 5 p.m. Detroit at Toronto, 5 p.m. Golden State at Brooklyn, 5:30 p.m. Indiana at Atlanta, 5:30 p.m. L.A. Lakers at Houston, 6 p.m. Washington at New Orleans, 6 p.m. Phoenix at Minnesota, 7:30 p.m. Orlando at Portland, 8 p.m. Boston at L.A. Clippers, 8:30 p.m.
G 34 32 30 33 29 34 33 31 33 31 36 34 32 32 33 34 31 32 31 34
FG 318 282 277 306 212 333 261 260 264 253 299 228 239 241 254 249 202 244 219 228
FT 281 200 181 178 224 127 162 198 126 127 186 159 134 160 132 156 150 118 139 167
PTS 985 845 780 835 708 793 767 718 760 689 791 724 679 674 690 679 613 632 612 665
AVG 29.0 26.4 26.0 25.3 24.4 23.3 23.2 23.2 23.0 22.2 22.0 21.3 21.2 21.1 20.9 20.0 19.8 19.8 19.7 19.6
Love, MIN Jordan, LAC Howard, HOU Drummond, DET Cousins, SAC Aldridge, POR Griffin, LAC Randolph, MEM Bogut, GOL Noah, CHI
G 32 36 35 34 31 34 36 31 35 31
OFF 114 146 123 181 97 79 86 93 94 109
DEF TOT 317 431 337 483 330 453 242 423 257 354 298 377 293 379 231 324 262 356 205 314
AVG 13.5 13.4 12.9 12.4 11.4 11.1 10.5 10.5 10.2 10.1
Assists Paul, LAC Curry, GOL Wall, WAS Jennings, DET Rubio, MIN Lawson, DEN Holiday, NOR Teague, ATL Lowry, TOR Westbrook, OKC
G 34 33 31 32 33 31 32 34 32 25
AST 380 316 274 267 274 256 258 274 243 174
AVG 11.2 9.6 8.8 8.3 8.3 8.3 8.1 8.1 7.6 7.0
RINGETTE Dailyn and Jamie Bell of Lacombe won silver medals with Team Canada in the World Ringette Championship which concluded Saturday at North Bay, Ont. The Canadian squad fell 2-0 to Finland in a best-of-three gold medal series, losing 8-4 and 7-5. Meanwhile, Brea Beck and Meghan Kelly of Red Deer earned bronze medals with Team USA. The American side, with Beck — a goaltender — selected as player of the game, beat Sweden 21-6 in the bronze-medal game. Kelly scored once for Team USA.
MEN’S BASKETBALL Carstar got 16 points from Kevin Leis and 15 from Cameron Kusiek in downing Monstars 68-53 in Central Alberta Senior Men’s Basketball Association play Sunday. Peter Kwasny had 12 points and Aaron Melin nine for Monstars. ● Sheraton Red Deer downed Alken Basin Drillers 65-26 as James Johanson had 16 points and Matt Thomson 14. ● Jarrett Hart dropped in 30 points and Ray Teskey 20 as the Orangemen downed Wells Furniture 89-43. Dave McComish had 15 points and Bryce Leschert nine in a losing cause. ● Triple A Batteries took down the Vikings 57-52. Andre Touchette had 21 for Triple A while Brandon Hall led Vikings scorers with 17 points.
● Curling: Alberta women’s championship, semifinal at 8:30 a.m., final at 1:30 p.m., Sylvan Lake Curling Club. ● Peewee AA hockey: Badlands at Red Deer TBS, 11:30 a.m., Kin City A; Lethbridge Red at Lacombe, 4:30 p.m. ● Major bantam hockey: Red Deer Black at Red Deer White, noon, Arena. ● Major bantam girls hockey: Calgary Outlaws at Red Deer, 12:45 p.m., Kin City B. ● Midget AA hockey: Lethbridge at Lacombe, 2 p.m.; Taber at Red Deer Indy Graphics, 5:30 p.m., Arena. ● Heritage junior B hockey: Coaldale at Three Hills, 3 p.m. ● Midget AAA hockey: Edmonton CAC at Red Deer, 3:30 p.m., Arena. ● Bantam AA hockey: Foothills at Red Deer Steel Kings, 4 p.m., Kin City A.
Golf Hyundai Tournament of Champions Monday At Kapalua Resort, The Plantation Course Kapalua, Hawaii Purse: $5.7 million Yardage: 7,452; Par 73 Final Zach Johnson, $1,140,000 67-66-74-66 — Jordan Spieth, $665,000 66-70-69-69 — Kevin Streelman, $382,000 67-71-70-67 — Webb Simpson, $382,000 66-71-68-70 — Jason Dufner, $276,000 67-72-69-69 — Billy Horschel, $198,750 72-72-68-66 — Matt Kuchar, $198,750 68-68-75-67 — Adam Scott, $198,750 70-70-69-69 — Dustin Johnson, $198,750 70-66-69-73 — Ryan Moore, $170,000 67-71-72-69 — Harris English, $155,000 70-71-70-69 — Brandt Snedeker, $155,000 70-69-69-72 — Brian Gay, $130,000 70-76-65-70 — Woody Austin, $130,000 72-70-68-71 — Gary Woodland, $130,000 71-70-67-73 — Mic. Thompson, $100,250 66-71-73-72 — Ken Duke, $100,250 70-69-71-72 — Patrick Reed, $100,250 70-72-67-73 — Chris Kirk, $100,250 66-75-68-73 — Martin Laird, $87,000 71-72-70-70 — Jonas Blixt, $79,333 76-70-69-70 — Sang-Moon Bae, $79,333 69-73-71-72 — Jimmy Walker, $79,333 73-73-67-72 — Bill Haas, $71,500 71-73-69-74 — Scott Brown, $71,500 71-73-68-75 — Boo Weekley, $68,000 71-74-70-73 — Russell Henley, $66,000 72-72-70-75 — D.A. Points, $63,000 72-74-73-73 — John Merrick, $63,000 71-76-71-74 — Derek Ernst, $61,000 79-76-76-70 — PGA Tour FedExCup Leaders Through Jan. 6 Rank Player Points 1. Webb Simpson 748 2. Jimmy Walker 733 3. Harris English 725 4. Ryan Moore 714 5. Dustin Johnson 639 6. Chris Kirk 631 7. Zach Johnson 584 8. Gary Woodland 358 9. Jordan Spieth 355
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JOHANSON Dennis Irving 1928 - 2014 Dennis was born on July 20, 1928 at Sylvan Lake and passed away peacefully at the Extendicare Michener Hill on January 1, 2014. Dennis was the second oldest son of Carl and Julia Johanson of Burnt Lake. Dennis enjoyed playing hockey and was the goalie for the Burnt Lake hockey team for several years. Dennis farmed until the early 1970’s and then became a trucker, moving to Penhold. He married Patricia Fitzpatrick in 1976 and became a stepfather to her f o u r c h i l d r e n . To g e t h e r Dennis and Pat enjoyed their holiday trailer and trips to the south. Dennis is survived by his loving wife Pat; step children, Tracey, Kathy and Jeff; his grandchildren and great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Also surviving is his brother, Winston Johanson and s i s t e r, Yv o n n e L o c k h a r t . Dennis was predeceased by his brothers, Rodney and Hartley and his stepson, Edward in 2008. The family would like to extend their sincere thanks and gratitude to the staff of Extendicare Michener Hill for their care and compassion over the past two years. A memorial tea is to be held at Michener Extendicare Auditorium on Friday, January 10, 2014 from 1:00 p.m.. - 3:00 p.m. Condolences may be sent or viewed at www.parklandfuneralhome.com. Arrangements in care of Maryann Hansen, Funeral Director at PARKLAND FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORIUM, 6287 - 67 A Street (Taylor Drive), Red Deer. 403.340.4040.
STREET Melvin Edgar Apr. 12, 1928 - Dec. 29, 2013 Melvin passed away at Michener Extendicare. Melvin was born at Hardisty, AB. the youngest of four children to Jesse Edgar and Luella Street and grew up on the family farm north of Amisk, AB. He leaves to mourn his wife of fifty seven years, Eileen Joyce of Red Deer, one son Daniel Raymond Street, Red Deer, one daughter Eileen Luella (Mike) Decarle of Fletcher, NC, two grandsons, Bannie Declan Stepp and Jesse Nolan Stepp of Fletcher, NC, one brother Marion Dorsey Street of Innisfail, AB. Predeceased by his parents, one son David Melvin Street and two sistes Mildred Logan and Irene Fischer. Melvin took over the farm from his father in 1957 and enjoyed the farm life to the fullest, but sold it and retired to Red Deer in 1996 due to ill health. He loved his three children, was proud of their abilities and endeavours and was always there to encourage and cheer them on. He always enjoyed a good visit with family and friends. Coffee time was his favorite time of the day. Parkland Funeral Home was in charge of cremation and the family will gather to bury his ashes alongside his parents at Amisk in the spring.
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Lost DAVIDSON (nee Chick) Edith Marie Aug. 30, 1926 - Jan. 2, 2014 Released from her broken body, Marie’s indomitable spirit slipped away peacefully on January 2, 2014 with her beloved Bobs (husband and son) at her side. Marie was the much-loved wife of Bob Davidson, superb mother of Bob, Gord and Kathleen Davidson, sister to Harold (Velma), Alan, Frank and Glenn Chick, auntie, cherished friend to so many, and a Registered Nurse. Marie is now joyously reunited with her beloved son Gord, who died in 1999; she has missed him every single day. Marie was also predeceased by her parents, sisters Margaret and Helen, and brother Charlie. Marie was born in Gadsby, Alberta to Edith and William Chick, the third of eight children. Not being one for farm life (she didn’t like the smell of cows nor having dirt on her hands), she enrolled in the Holy Cross School of Nursing in Calgary, graduating in 1950. Marie was always tremendously interested in people, had a quick and ever-curious mind, and she found her niche as a nurse, finishing her nursing career at Lions Gate Hospital in North Vancouver in 1984. She had a ready smile and great sense of humour; something that we will all miss. She loved food, recipes and cooking and liked nothing better than baking a coffee cake and having friends over for a chin-wag. Marie had style and grace, and always took care to dress fashionably. Marie epitomized fierce and steadfast love of her family and friends, and was an outstanding role-model of backbone, strength and refusing to give up. Although we will miss Marie’s wit and wisdom, we are comforted that she is pain-free at last and surrounded by Love. A memorial gathering will be held in Gadsby in the spring; further details to be announced. In lieu of flowers, a donation to the Canadian Heart & Stroke Foundation or a donation specifically directed to “Evergreen House 1N Staff Education” through the Lions Gate Hospital Foundation (231 East 15th Street, North Vancouver, BC, V7L 2L7), would honour Marie.
BRETT (Schleppe) Edith Feb. 4, 1936 - Jan. 1, 2014 Edith passed away peacefully in her Parkvale Lodge home on January 1st, 2014 at the age of 77 years. Edith was born at Beiseker AB, grew up on the family farm, married and raised a family on the move with the armed forces. Settling in Red Deer in 1973, she began a working career and continued raising her family. Edith retired at 65 and enjoyed the things that were most important to her. Edith enjoyed doing crafts, loved to sew, making dresses for the grand-girls, and cooking and baking treats for the special holidays. She is survived by her children: Rodney, Shawn (Diane), Kim (Eldon), Troy (Karen), Tim; grandchildren: Jolene (Mike), Cynthia (Terrence), Shane (Sherri), J e s s i c a ( Ty r e l ) , K r i s t y (Keegan), Kyle, Nolan, Naomi; great-grandchildren: Jayden, Rorey, Areanna, Breanna, Candace, Kaitlyn, Emily, and Kasen. Cremation has taken place and at Edith’s request no formal funeral services will be held.
BLAIR Evelyn Ruth Blair of Red Deer passed away peacefully on January 2nd, 2014 after a celebration of her 100th birthday surrounded by family and friends. Evelyn was born on January 2nd, 1914 on a homestead near Alsask and moved to the Red Deer area in 1923 with her parents and four younger siblings. She married Charles Blair in 1941 and lived in Saskatchewan while Charles served with the R.C.A.F. In 1946 they started farming north of Penhold where Evelyn and Charles resided for over 50 years. Evelyn was kind, loving and hardworking, ever led by her strong faith in God. Evelyn is survived by her children; Lois (Keith Kyle), Bob (Yvonne), Merv (Donna), Warren (Gloria), Maridel (Brian Ritchie), (Joanne Hallman), Jim (Jan) Hallman, 22 grandchildren, 26 great grandchildren, and her sister Adele Murray. She was predeceased by her husband Charles, siblings; Elgin, Helen, Winston, daughter-in-law Marilyn and Bruce Hallman. A Celebration of Life will be held from the Chapel of Crossroads Church, (northeast entrance) Red Deer, AB. on Thursday, January 9th, 2014 at 1:00 P.M. A time of fellowship and light refreshment to follow immediately. If friends desire memorial contributions may made to the First Church of the Nazarene Memorial Fund, Red Deer, AB. Expressions of sympathy may be made by visiting www.wilsonsfuneralchapel.ca WILSON’S FUNERAL CHAPEL & CREMATORIUM of Lacombe and Rimbey in charge of the arrangements. 403-782-3366 403-843-3388
JOHNSTONE Thomas Robert Loving son, brother, father, and husband passed suddenly on January 3, 2014 at the age of 45. He leaves behind his wife, Christine; children, Jenniffer (Randy), Mackenzie, Ta k o d a a n d K e n d r a ; h i s mother, Beryl; sister, Lori (Darcy); 3 grandchildren; as well as many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He will be forever missed by all who knew him. A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at Red Deer Funeral Home, 6150 - 67 Street, Red Deer. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Tom’s honor may be made directly to the Canadian Diabetes Association, Suite 6, 5015 - 48 Street, Red Deer, AB T4N 1S9. Condolences may be forwarded to the family by visiting www.reddeerfuneralhome.com Arrangements entrusted to RED DEER FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORIUM 6150 - 67 Street, Red Deer. Phone (403) 347-3319
LENTON Margaret June Our wonderful mother (Margaret) June Lenton (nee Bailey) passed peacefully away at the Red Deer Regional Hospital on January 2, 2014. She was born in Lacombe, Alberta June 24, 1937. Her family moved to Vancouver, British Columbia where she attended Gladstone High School. After graduation, she joined the Royal Canadian Auxiliary Air Force before transferring to the Royal Canadian Regular Air Force as a fighter control operator, serving from 1956 to 1959. There she met and married Howard Lenton. Together, they had five children. In 1971, they parted ways. Mom started taking courses at Confederation College and eventually received her diploma as a Rehab Practitioner in 1976. She then moved with her children to Red Deer, working at Michener Center. She was an avid knitter making numerous items for local charities. Mom was a 30 year survivor of breast cancer. She is survived by her five children, Jacqueline Lenton of Red Deer, Tom Lenton of Edmonton, Kai (Gaye) Flexhaug of Calgary, Sandra (Sam) of Red Deer and Rick Lenton o f R e d D e e r, a s w e l l a s eleven grandchildren. She is predeceased by her parents, Ethel and Cecil Bailey; her sisters, Adeline and Muriel; and her former husband, Howard Lenton. A celebration of her life will be held on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at Red Deer Funeral Home, 6150 - 67 Street, Red Deer. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in June’s honour may be made directly to the Canadian Cancer Society, Suite 101, 6751 - 52 Avenue, Red Deer, AB T4N 4K8. Condolences may be forwarded to the family by visiting www.reddeerfuneralhome.com Arrangements entrusted to RED DEER FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORIUM 6150 - 67 Street, Red Deer. Phone (403) 347-3319.
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in Ponoka county, supplies oilfield septic containment & disposal throughout AB. We require Driver Operators for small vac trucks. Oilfield exp. is an asset. Must have H2S, First Aid, TDG, clean driver’s abstract & Class 5 license, drug testing. $20/ hr. to start, home every night, benefits. Fax resume to Dan 403-704-1127 or email: dan @langansiteservices.com
CARPET COLOUR CENTRE is currently looking for Has Opening for all EXP’D. TILE INSTALLER positions! Immediately. Applicant must have ability All applicants must have to lay out tiles, be familiar current H2S, Class 5 with with setting materials and Q Endorsement, (No GDL products. This is a F/T licenses) and First Aid. position with a wage of $20 We offer competitive -$25/hr. depending on exp. wages & excellent benefits. Submit resume attn: Please include 2 work Andrew: awiebe@ reference names and Sales & carpetcolourcentre.com numbers. or drop off at Distributors Please fax resume to: Carpet Colour Centre 403-264-6725 1100, 5001-19 St. Red ELEMENTS is looking for Or email to: Deer, Ab. T4R 3R1 email@example.com 5 retail sales reps. selling season gift packages and No phone calls please. F/T PAINTERS personal care products in www.treelinewell.com Exp. Req’d. One of Parkland Mall, 4747 67 St. Alberta’s largest painting Red Deer. $12.10 hr. + Celebrate your life companies with offices in bonus & comm. FT. No with a Classified Edmonton & Calgary is exp. req`d. Please email ANNOUNCEMENT now hiring for firstname.lastname@example.org
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The position includes maintenance inspections, lubes, PM’s and repairs to all types of equipment in order to maintain the safe operation and fulfill production requirements of Rahr Malting. The position is rated under the Heavy Job classification. Applicants must have a valid trade certificate for work in Alberta. This position will work in co-ordination with the Operations group and is accountable to the Maintenance Supervisor. Experience in manufacturing or factory environment is preferred. Application Closing Date: January 10, 2014. Applicants should include a resume and apply in writing to:
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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
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TOPLINE OILFIELD HAULING
is a busy & growing oilfield trucking company looking for EXPERIENCED WINCH TRUCK DRIVERS & SWAMPERS Successful candidates will receive top wages & benefits. Valid Class 1 licence is necessary & oilfield tickets are an asset. Please forward all resumes to: email@example.com
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THE TASTY BAKERY DELIVERY PERSON Permanent P/T required 3-4 hrs. per day 4 days/wk Apply in person Bay #1, 2319 Taylor Drive, (directly behind Nutters)
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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
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1 & 2 bdrm., Avail. immed. Adult bldg. N/S No pets 403-755-9852
1 & 2 bdrm. adult building, N/S. No pets. 403-596-2444
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
TIMOTHY & Brome square bales, great for horses, approx. 60 lbs. put up dry and covered, $5/bale Sylvan area. 403-887-2798
CARRIERS NEEDED FOR FLYERS, RED DEER SUNDAY LIFE & EXPRESS ROUTES IN:
ANDERS AREA Anders St. / Armstrong Close Addinnell Close / Allan St.
newer exec. 3 bdrm. bi-level townhouse 1447 sq. ft. 5 appls, 1 1/2 bath, blinds, lg. balcony, fenced in rear, front/rear parking, no dogs, rent $1395 SD $1000. n/s Avail. immed. 403-304-7576 / 347-7545
KYTE CRES. Lovely 3 level exec. 3 bdrm. townhouse 5 appls, 1 1/2 bath, concrete patio, blinds, front/rear parking, no dogs, n/s, rent $1395 SD $1000 Avail. immed. 403-304-7576 or 347-7545
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Bright 4 Bdrms, 2 1/2 baths. Finished bsmt has large family room & laundry. The right place for your family! No Pets, N/S. $1550 + Utils. Hearthstone 403-314-0099 Or 403-396-9554
3 bdrm., 1-1/2 bath, $1175. rent, s.d. $650, incl water sewer and garbage. Avail. Feb 1. 403-304-5337
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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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Rules could keep top skiers out of Olympics BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS BORMIO, Italy — Picture this for the Sochi Olympics: Bode Miller not allowed to defend his super-combined title, Lindsey Vonn limited to two events and other medal contenders held out of some of their favourite disciplines. It’s a scenario that top skiers are calling “absurd” but that could become a reality — at least, that’s how the big Alpine nations are interpreting the International Ski Federation’s (FIS) complex new Olympic qualifying rules. “We’re waiting for FIS to clarify what it means and how it works,” U.S. Ski Team men’s head coach Sasha Rearick told The Associated Press on Monday — three weeks before he has to name his team for Sochi. “It’s critical that we have a fair solution and the top athletes can compete in the events they deserve to.” At issue are rules put in place last year to help smaller nations gain Olympic qualifying spots. In the fine print, the rules require skiers to finish a certain number of races in a discipline over last season and this season — up
to Jan. 19 — to qualify for that event in Sochi. It’s five races for the technical events of slalom and giant slalom, and three for the speed events of downhill, super-G and super-combined. For the men’s super-combined, those rules mean Miller, American world champion Ted Ligety and Austrian standout Benjamin Raich could all miss out. And the injured Vonn — if she decides to compete in Sochi — would be limited to just two events — downhill and super-G. Miller took off last season to let his surgically repaired left knee heal, Vonn has not raced much since crashing at last season’s worlds and subsequent knee surgery. And while Ligety won gold medals in super-G, supercombined and giant slalom at last season’s worlds, he did not finish the only two World Cup super-combined races last season. Raich and fellow Austrians Anna Fenninger and Kathrin Zettel also don’t have enough results in supercombi. “It’s stupid. It’s not a good rule,” said Peter Schroecksnadel, the president of the Austrian ski federation. “The strongest nations should be able
to have the strongest athletes.” FIS men’s World Cup director Gunter Hujara is promising a last-minute change. “We will handle it at the end,” he announced at a team captain’s meeting Sunday. “There may be some adaptations done in the next few days. That’s the only answer I can give for now.” FIS secretary general Sarah Lewis did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The rules states that the previous results don’t have to come in a World Cup race, but could also be in the lower-tier Europa Cup and other FIS events. That’s why the Austrian ski federation set up FIS super-combined races on home snow in Innerkrems last week — one of which was won by Frederic Berthold, the son of Austria men’s head coach Mathias Berthold. The Austrians were initially planning to enter Raich and other top athletes but then withdrew them, expecting a rule change. Still, women’s super-combis are scheduled for Innerkrems this week. “It’s crazy if you have to manipulate the system like that and implement
races so you get starts,” U.S. Alpine director Patrick Riml said. With his gold-medal performance at the worlds as his only result, Ligety still needs two super-combined finishes to qualify. He could get one in the super-combi in Wengen, Switzerland, on Jan. 17, but would need one more. “If they don’t let the best guys race then it would be absurd,” Ligety said. “It wouldn’t be an event. ... They’ll get it figured out. They’ll make it so the best guys can race. It wouldn’t make any sense otherwise.” Ligety, Miller, Vonn and the Austrians would still qualify for the Olympics in other events. Another issue is the number of racers that the big teams can bring to Sochi. Usually, for teams like Austria, Switzerland and the U.S. it’s 22. But for now, Austria and Switzerland are at 20 and the U.S. is only at 19. But the numbers will go up once the small nations give back the spots they don’t need — or can’t fill. “The big nations should not wait for small nations to give spots back so we can have our top athletes performing,” Riml said. “They have to rethink the whole system. It’s not right.”
Jets struggle to find answers to inconsistency NHL BY THE CANADIAN PRESS WINNIPEG — Evander Kane says the Winnipeg Jets have shown some consistency over the last few seasons, although probably not in a way players, coach or fans find very comfortable. “You want to look for some consistency? We’re .500 and much the same,” said the forward, a day after a heartbreaking 6-5 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins that capped a winless three-game road trip. “We are consistently inconsistent,” is how coach Claude Noel summed up the way the Jets have played since he took over in 2011. Kane was wrong on one point. The Jets (19-21-5) aren’t even quite at .500 after their three most recent losses left them with just 43 points after 45 games. But after Monday’s practice, Noel said he has renewed hope the Jets can start turning things around, as they prepare for a visit by the Tampa Bay Lightning Tuesday night. And he insists learning the more focused, defensive system he’s been trying to teach isn’t the problem for the team. “Whether we have a good system, bad system, no system, I’m sure that when you’ve seen us play, like me, you see us, we play very well, we play very poorly. Why can’t they find middle ground? That’s what you’re asking. That’s a good question. That’s what I’m trying to do and I will be relentless in my pursuit to get that.” The Lightning (25-13-4) are in second spot in the Atlantic Division with 54 points. But the Jets have managed to beat some pretty strong teams this season, then baffle fans as they lose to others that sit lower in the standings. Kane suggested adding talent isn’t the cure. There have been suggestions that the Jets just don’t have enough elite players to compete with the best in the NHL, as they try to break out of .500 land and make the playoffs for what would only be the second time in franchise history in Atlanta or Winnipeg. The Jets certainly don’t have a lot of players on the NHL leader boards. Dustin Byfuglien is fourth on the scoring sheet for defencemen but Bryan Little is the team’s top-scoring forward and he sat at No. 38 among his NHL peers. Kane, who has 14 goals and 11 assists so far this season, still doesn’t think more talent is the answer. “No. I think we’ve got to find a way to play together and play a way that makes us successful. . . and want to win and want to compete and have everybody on the same page every night,” he said. Centre Olli Jokinen agrees, pointing to the junior team from his native Finland. It might not be the most talented in the world but still won a gold medal
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Pittsburgh Penguins’ Evgeni Malkin cannot get to a rebound in front of Winnipeg Jets goalie Al Montoya during the first period of an NHL game in Pittsburgh, Jan. 5. in Sweden on the weekend by making sure everyone played their best game. There are lessons to be learned, although he also noted the Finnish junior team really only had to deliver when it counted in a few key games. “Using us as an example, if (Sidney) Crosby is the best player in the game and let’s say he brings 30 per cent of his talent on the ice that night, which is probably not happening often, but then you have somebody who is less talented but he can maximize his talent that current night, you have a chance to compete against players like that,” he said. Besides hoping to catch stars like Crosby on an off night and actually take advantage of it, the Jets also agree running and gunning with the best perhaps isn’t a path to success for a team of their calibre in
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Eight NHL players named to Swiss roster ZURICH, Switzerland — Switzerland’s roster for next month’s Sochi Olympics features eight NHL players, including Raphael Diaz of the Montreal Canadiens, Yannick Weber of the Vancouver Canucks and Reto Berra of the Calgary Flames. Berra is one of two NHL goaltenders chosen for the team, along with Jonas Hiller of the Anaheim Ducks. Tobias Stephan, who played just under a dozen games for the Dallas Stars in 2007-08 and 2008-09 is the third. Stephan recently helped Swiss club HC Geneve-Servette to its first Spengler Cup title. Diaz and Weber are part of a half-NHL Swiss defence along with Mark Streit of the Philadelphia Flyers and Roman Josi of the Nashville Predators. Severin Blindenbacher, Philippe Furrer, Mathias Seger and Julien Vauclair, all of whom play in Switzerland, are the other four defencemen. Up front, Nino Niederreiter of the Minnesota Wild and Damien Brunner of the New Jersey Devils were the only NHL forwards picked for the team. Missing was Sven Baertschi of the Flames, who was put on Switzerland’s “side list” and could be an injury replacement. Predators prospect Simon Moser, who’s currently playing for the AHL’s Milwaukee Admirals, made it. Andres Ambuhl, Matthias Bieber, Simon Bodenmann, Luca Cunti, Ryan Gardner, Denis Hollenstein, Martin Pluss, Kevin
Romy, Reto Suri, Morris Trachsler and Roman Wick round out the roster. Ducks defenceman Luca Sbisa, who suffered a torn tendon in his right hand in November, was put on the team’s side list. Sbisa’s initial time frame for a return to action was mid-January.
Jagr, Nedved to lead Czechs into Olympics PRAGUE, Czech Republic — Jaromir Jagr will play in his fifth Olympics, leading the Czech hockey team at the Winter Games in Sochi next month. The 41-year-old right winger has had a solid season so far for the New Jersey Devils, with 13 goals and 21 assists in 43 games. Jagr was on the Czech team that won gold at the 1998 Olympics in Nagano, the first games featuring NHL players. He also helped the Czechs win the bronze medal in Turin in 2006. “He’s a machine,” Flyers winger Jakub Voracek, also named to the team, told The Canadian Press. “He’s 41 years old, he’s going to be 42 in February. He’s got a point per game.” The 25-man Czech team was announced by coach Alois Hadamczik on Monday in Prague. “We consider this team the best,” Hadamczik said. Jagr actually isn’t the oldest player on the team. Petr Nedved, who won a silver medal at the 1994 Lillehammer Olympics when he played for Canada, was a surprise selection on the team. Nedved is 42 and plays for the provincial team White Tigers Liberec in the Czech league, but Hadamczik said the forward “never disappointed me.” Tomas Plekanec of the Mon-
treal Canadians will be the captain, while Jagr’s teammate Patrik Elias, David Krejci of the Boston Bruins are other top Czech forwards. Winnipeg goaltender Ondrej Pavelec also nained down a roster spot. Calgary veteran Jiri Hudler, who has 33 points this year with the Flames, was left off the roster. Phoenix left-wing Radim Vrbata is another surprising omission. The Czechs open the tournament Feb. 12 against Sweden and also face Latvia and Switzerland in Group C.
Kopitar on Slovenia’s first Olympic roster Slovenia has set its first Olympic hockey roster for the Sochi Games next month. Los Angeles Kings standout Anze Kopitar will be coached by his father, Matjaz, but his brother, Gasper, isn’t on the 25-man team announced Monday. Kopitar, the only NHL player on the team, leads the Kings with 35 points this season. Jan Mursak, who plays for the Detroit Red Wings’ American Hockey League team, is one of the forwards, along with Bostjan Golicic, Ziga Jeglic, Anze Kuralt, Ales Music, Ziga Pance, Tomaz Razingar, David Rodman, Marcel Rodman, Robert Sabolic, Rok Ticar, Jan Urbas and Miha Verlic. Blaz Gregorc, Sabahudin Kovacevic, Ales Kranjc, Ziga Pavlin, Matic Podlipnik, Klemen Pretnar, Mitja Robar and Andrelj Tavzelj will be on defence, and Luka Gracnar, Andrej Hocevar and Robert Kristan are the goalies.
the NHL. Byfuglien, for example, says he recognizes he has to keep things a little more simple to avoid costly mistakes like one that helped hand the Penguins a goal Sunday. “Slow down and just play the game the way I should be . . . simple and not try to do too much,” he said. “I think I’m playing a little too fast for myself right now.” Noel insists it’s not just winning or losing that’s the real measure of how the Jets are performing. “I think that if we can play up to what I see is our potential, then I would be happy,” he says. “And we’re not there yet and that’s what gets me worked up.”
Source says Stamps sign veteran QB McPherson BY THE CANADIAN PRESS Adrian McPherson is returning to the CFL. The veteran quarterback has signed with the Calgary Stampeders, according to a source. McPherson, 30, spent five seasons with the Montreal Alouettes (2008-’12), earning Grey Cup rings in ’09 and 2010 with the club before being released to pursue other offers. Instead of landing another CFL job, the six-footthree, 220-pound native of Bradenton, Fla., spent last season with the Tampa Bay Storm of the Arena Football League. McPherson appeared in 13 games, completing 238-of-385 passes (61.8 per cent) for 3,151 yards and 59 touchdowns with five interceptions. McPherson also added 415 yards rushing on 91 carries with 31 TDs, all team highs. In 2004, McPherson was the AFL’s top rookie with the Indiana Firebirds. In Montreal, McPherson served mostly as the backup behind Anthony Calvillo, completing 145-of247 passes for 1,505 yards with 10 TDs and six interceptions during his time with the Alouettes. He also rushed for 1,035 yards on 218 attempts, scoring 20 touchdowns. On Sept. 11, 2010, McPherson started in place of an injured Calvillo and guided Montreal to a 27-6 road win over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. In that game, McPherson completed 21-of-37 passes for 238 yards and a touchdown and also ran for 121 yards. The addition of McPherson fills a need for Calgary, which lost veteran starter Kevin Glenn to the expansion Ottawa Redblacks last month. Glenn’s departure left the Stampeders with former starter Drew Tate and impressive youngster Bo Levi Mitchell under centre. McPherson played collegiately at Florida State. He appeared in nine games as a true freshman in ’01 before starting four contests as a sophomore in ’02. But he was eventually dismissed by Florida State following some legal troubles. In 2003, he was arrested on charges of stealing a blank cheque and receiving almost US$3,500 after it was cashed. McPherson was also tried on allegations he bet on pro and college games but the trial ended in a hung jury.
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Flu activity taking off YEAR SHAPING UP AS NORMAL H1N1 YEAR BY THE CANADIAN PRESS Flu season has swung into full gear in many parts of the country, sowing illness, absenteeism and in some places alarm. Reports of deaths of adults in Texas and Alberta have raised questions of whether something new is afoot. And where most years by now flu shot efforts would be winding down, several provinces are leveraging intense media interest and public concern by mounting extra clinics for those reconsidering getting a shot. Is this season shaping up to be a dismal flu season? Or do we, as a society, tend to forget what influenza can do from one season to the next? There are plenty of such questions being posed these days. Here are a few, and some answers. Q: All the headlines these days are about influenza. Is this a dire flu season? Not really. It’s a flu season — which means as activity takes off in your municipality or province, you can expect to see a spike of illnesses that can create the impression that almost everyone is sick. If you look at a graph of influenza activity over the year, you see that people can contract influenza at any point. But most cases occur in a peak — or two peaks in some seasons. Last year’s season, caused mostly by the H3N2 virus, was quite nasty. This year the H1N1 virus is predominating — at this point, anyway. And while parts of the country are now in the throes of full-on flu outbreaks, the activity level is what one sees during flu season. “It’s looking like a kind of a solid H1N1 season,” says Dr. Allison McGeer, head of infection control at Toronto’s Mount Sinai Hospital, and one of Canada’s leading flu experts. McGeer suggests Alberta’s outbreak may have already peaked while Ontario’s is probably at its apex now. “It’ll be over in a month. There’s been a fair amount of activity, but it’s not terrible. And that should be it.” Q: Isn’t H1N1 the virus that caused the 2009 pandemic? Is it different or more dangerous than the other flu viruses? H1N1 is the virus that caused the pandemic in 2009. But it’s been circulating for nearly five years, and is now considered one of the seasonal
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A flu shot is administered. Reports of deaths in Texas and Alberta have raised alarms and driven people in search of vaccine. The reality is this season seems to be shaping up in pretty normal fashion. flu viruses. The others are H3N2, also an influenza A virus, and influenza B viruses. While the vast majority of people who contract flu don’t need medical attention, influenza does have the potential to cause serious illness — and that is true of H1N1, H3N2 and influenza B. Q: There have been reports in the media of young and middle aged adults dying. Doesn’t flu normally kill old people? What is different about H1N1 is who is vulnerable to it and who it seems to hit hard. Dr. Danuta Skowronski of the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control has been studying this. Skowronski — who is also a prominent flu researcher — and some colleagues recently tested blood samples from people across the age spectrum,
trying to determine how much vulnerability there is to H1N1 in the population. Little kids — children born after the pandemic — are most likely to be susceptible to H1N1; fewer than 20 per cent of them had antibodies against it. And older adults, who don’t fare very well in H3N2 years, seem as a group to have a lot of protection against H1N1. But young adults and people in middle age are less likely to have antibodies to these viruses, and those are the serious illnesses and deaths that are getting a lot of attention in the media this year. Just to be clear: People die every year from flu. But often those deaths are in senior citizens, an age group in which death is not rare. Deaths in younger adults aren’t so expected and
may be standing out more starkly because of the relative absence of severe illness in older people, Skowronski says. Q: Alberta has reported nearly 1,000 confirmed cases, and Toronto Public Health says it has confirmed 210 cases of flu so far this year. What do these numbers tell us? Is there more flu than usual? Numbers don’t mean much when it comes to seasonal flu and they probably shouldn’t concern the public to any real degree, McGeer says. The reality is that most people who have flu never see a doctor, and many of those who do aren’t tested for influenza. (In fact, until relatively recently most weren’t tested. But use of flu tests is rising, hence places like Alberta and Toronto have numbers like this to give out.) The important point here is that for every confirmed case, there are many, many more infections that haven’t been detected. That’s why flu experts often use the analogy of an iceberg when they talk about flu. The cases you see are a small fraction of the total out there. If Alberta has 1,000 positive flu tests, it means there’s quite a bit of influenza in Alberta. But is that amount abnormal? Not at the peak of an active flu season. “The value of counting cases when they don’t actually represent anything like the total ... we’ve got to work on that. It’s really hard to explain to people,” McGeer says. She suggests that as the use of flu tests rise, the figures that would be worth focusing on would be how many flu hospitalizations and deaths are being reported. Q: People in my neighbourhood/ town/city are already sick with flu. If I haven’t had a flu shot, is there still time to get one? Is it worth my while? Public health officials will always say “It’s never too late to get a flu shot.” And given that flu viruses will continue to circulate — albeit likely at lower levels — for weeks to come, getting a shot now might prevent you from getting sick later. But a shot won’t offer immediate protection. It can take two or three weeks for the vaccine to generate a protective response. So don’t be surprised if you get a shot this weekend and get sick next week. The shot won’t have made you ill; it just didn’t have enough time to do its job.
U.S. marks 50th anniversary of fight against smoking BY MIKE STOBBE THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ATLANTA — Fifty years ago, ashtrays seemed to be on every table and desk. Athletes and even Fred Flintstone endorsed cigarettes in TV commercials. Smoke hung in the air in restaurants, offices and airplane cabins. More than 42 per cent of U.S. adults smoked, and there was a good chance your doctor was among them. The turning point came on Jan. 11, 1964. It was on that Saturday morning that U.S. Surgeon General Luther Terry released an emphatic and authoritative report that said smoking causes illness and death — and the government should do something about it. In the decades that followed, warning labels were put on cigarette packs, cigarette commercials were banned, taxes were raised and new restrictions were placed on where people could light up. “It was the beginning,” said Kenneth Warner, a University of Michigan public health professor who is a leading authority on smoking and health. It was not the end. While the U.S. smoking rate has fallen by more than half to 18 per cent, that still translates to more than 43 million smokers. Smoking is still far and away the leading preventable cause of death in the U.S. Some experts predict large numbers of Americans will puff away for decades to come. Nevertheless, the Terry report has been called one of the most important documents in U.S. public health history, and on its 50th anniversary, officials are not only rolling out new anti-smoking campaigns but reflecting on what the nation did right that day. The report’s bottom-line message was hardly revolutionary. Since 1950, head-turning studies that found higher rates of lung cancer in heavy smokers had been appearing in medical journals. A widely read article in Reader’s Digest in 1952, Cancer by the Carton, contributed to the largest drop in cigarette consumption since the Depression. In 1954, the American Cancer Society announced that smokers had a higher cancer risk. But the tobacco industry fought
back. Manufacturers came out with cigarettes with filters that they claimed would trap toxins before they settled into smokers’ lungs. And in 1954, they placed a full-page ad in hundreds of newspapers in which they argued that research linking their products and cancer was inconclusive. It was a brilliant counter-offensive that left physicians and the public unsure how dangerous smoking really was. Cigarette sales rebounded. In 1957 and 1959, Surgeon General Leroy Burney issued statements that heavy smoking causes lung cancer. But they had little impact. Amid pressure from health advocates, President John F. Kennedy’s surgeon general, Dr. Luther Terry, announced in 1962 that he was convening an expert panel to examine all the evidence and issue a comprehensive, debate-settling report. To ensure the panel was unimpeachable, he let the tobacco industry veto any proposed members it regarded as biased. Surveys indicated a third to a half of all physicians smoked tobacco products at the time, and the committee reflected the culture: Half its 10 members were smokers, who puffed away during committee meetings. Terry himself was a cigarette smoker. Dr. Eugene Guthrie, an assistant surgeon general, helped persuade Terry to kick the habit a few months before the press conference releasing the report. “I told him, ‘You gotta quit that. I think you can get away with a pipe — if you don’t do it openly.’ He said, ‘You gotta be kidding!’ I said, ‘No, I’m not. It just wouldn’t do. If you smoke any cigarettes, you better do it in a closet,”’ Guthrie recalled in a recent interview with The Associated Press. The press conference was held on a Saturday partly out of concern about its effect on the stock market. About 200 reporters attended. The committee said cigarette smoking clearly did cause lung cancer and was responsible for the nation’s escalating male cancer death rate. It also said there was no valid evidence filters were reducing the danger. The committee also said — more vaguely — that the government should address the problem. “This was front-page news, and ev-
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John Hartigan, proprietor of Vapeology LA, a store selling electronic cigarettes and related items, takes a puff of an electronic cigarette at his store in Los Angeles. On Jan. 11, 1964, U.S. Surgeon General Luther Terry released an emphatic and authoritative report that said smoking causes illness and death — and the government should do something about it. ery American knew it,” said Robin Koval, president of Legacy, an antismoking organization. Cigarette consumption dropped a whopping 15 per cent over the next three months but then began to rebound. Health officials realized it would take more than one report. In 1965, Congress required cigarette packs to carry warning labels. Two years later, the Federal Communications Commission ordered TV and radio stations to provide free air time for anti-smoking public service announcements. Cigarette commercials were banned in 1971. Still, progress was slow. Warner recalled teaching at the University of Michigan in 1972, when nearly half the faculty members at the school of public health were smokers. He was one of them. “I felt like a hypocrite and an idiot,” he said. But smoking was still the norm, and it was difficult to quit, he said. The 1970s also saw the birth of a movement to protect nonsmokers from cigarette fumes, with no-smoking sections on airplanes, in restaurants and in other places. Those eventually gave way to complete smoking bans. Cigarette machines disappeared, cigarette taxes rose, and restrictions on the sale of cigarettes to minors got tougher. Tobacco companies also came under increasing legal attack. In the biggest case of them all, more than
40 states brought lawsuits demanding compensation for the costs of treating smoking-related illnesses. Big Tobacco settled in 1998 by agreeing to pay about $200 billion and curtail marketing of cigarettes to youths. In 1998, while the settlement was being completed, tobacco executives appeared before Congress and publicly acknowledged for the first time that their products can cause lung cancer and be addictive. Experts agree that the Terry report clearly triggered decades of changes that whittled the smoking rate down. But it was based on data that was already out there. Why, then, did it make such a difference? For one thing, the drumbeat about the dangers of smoking was getting louder in 1964, experts said. But the way the committee was assembled and the carefully neutral manner in which it reached its conclusion were at least as important, said Dr. Tim McAfee, director of the Office on Smoking and Health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. At the same time, he and others said any celebration of the anniversary must be tempered by the size of the problem that still exists. Each year, an estimated 443,000 people die prematurely from smoking or exposure to secondhand smoke, and 8.6 million live with a serious illness caused by smoking, according to the CDC.