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Tempers rise with windrows RESIDENTS FACE HARDSHIP AS STREETS PLOWED BUT SNOW NOT REMOVED BY SUSAN ZIELINSKI ADVOCATE STAFF Windrows created by city snow clearing has put some Red Deerians in a bad mood. Anders resident Bob Patterson said it took him about an hour to remove the windrow, about a metre high, blocking his driveway after the city completed a surface plow on his street Friday morning. It’s a tough job for seniors, or anyone, to clear away the snow that’s so hard it’s like cement, he said. “The windrow is on city streets. “What gives the city the right to block access to my home? And what gives the city the right to have me do the work of clearing that snow out of the street?” Patterson asked. If someone parked a vehicle in front of my driveway it could be towed away for blocking access to my home, he said. Patterson said the city used a small skid-steer loader to remove snow around a fire hydrant and mailboxes on his street and it wouldn’t have taken much to use it to clear driveways at the same time. Dumping the snow at a nearby green space would have been easy. He also noticed a skid-steer loader clearing a walking trail the same day. He said it could have been put to better use clearing windrows from driveways. “This is the worst snow we’ve had in 70 years. It requires extraordinary action,” Patterson said.

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A three to four-month-old cub is shown caught with its mother north of Tuktoyaktuk, N.W.T. as part of a polar bear population study in April 2011.

Outlook bleak for ice, bears MOST ARCTIC ICE, POLAR BEARS WILL BE GONE BY THE END OF THIS CENTURY SAYS ALBERTA PROFESSOR BY SUSAN ZIELINSKI ADVOCATE STAFF By the end of this century most sea ice in the Canadian Arctic will be gone due to global warming along with most of Canada’s iconic polar bears, says a University of Alberta professor. Dr. Andrew Derocher, who spoke about the bear’s future at Red Deer and District Museum on Sunday, said some of the 19 different populations of polar bears around the circumpolar arctic are al-

ready in trouble, including those at Hudson Bay near Churchill, Man. and in the southern Beaufort Sea off Nunavut and the Yukon. “Even if we stopped using any carbon fuels today, we’re still not going to protect the polar bears in the Hudson Bay ecosystem. “The trajectory is set now for many decades to come, if not hundreds of years to come, with just the current amount of carbon in the atmosphere,” said Derocher.

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IMMUNIZATION CAMPAIGN

Hundreds line up for final flu shots BY SUSAN ZIELINSKI ADVOCATE STAFF About 2,300 people were vaccinated at Johnstone Crossing Community Health Centre during the final two days of the local seasonal immunization campaign. Lineups wound around the parking lot both mornings before the clinic opened, but Friday appeared busier as people hurried to get the last of the flu vaccine. As of 4 p.m. on Saturday, all immunization clinics in Alberta Health Services Central Zone were closed and will not be reopening this season. Some physicians and pharmacies may have vaccine available, but that supply is expected to run out too. Warren and Vivian Chimilar, both

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62, of Red Deer, said they didn’t know anyone who had come down with the flu so far this season, but were intending to get the shot because of the dominate H1N1 strain. “We just waited and then we heard there might be none left so we thought we better get in today and get it done today,” Vivian Chimilar said on Friday after leaving the clinic. The last time they were vaccinated for the flu was in 2009 for the H1N1 pandemic. They arrived at 8:45 a.m. and were rolling up their sleeves around 10 a.m. Immunization tickets were handed out so people could return at a later time instead of waiting in line. Louise Labrie, 40, of Red Deer, who had never been immunized for the seasonal flu, also came out to the clinic on Friday on the advice of her doctor. “I just had twins so that’s the only

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Warren and Vivian Chimilar, right, received their flu vaccinations on Friday morning at Johnstone Crossing Community Health Centre where peace officers assisted with the crowds. reason why I’m doing it,” Labrie said. She arrived shortly after 9 a.m., left, and came back around 11 a.m. to get her shot. Labrie also didn’t know anyone who had caught the flu, but knew of lots of

people who were vaccinated. Limited number of doses of vaccine are now being reserved for children who have had their first of two doses.

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VACCINE: Some reserved Children under nine who are receiving seasonal influenza vaccine for the first time require two doses. Vaccine has also been reserved to address specif-

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Above: University of Alberta professor Andrew Derocher with a mother and two one-yearold cubs on the sea ice of the Beaufort Sea near Ulukhaktok, N.W.T. in April 2012. He was collecting samples for pollution analyses, genetics, and deploying radio collars to follow the bears by satellite relative to sea ice conditions. Right: Derocher takes measurements of an immobilized polar bear as part a monitoring study in the southern Beaufort Sea, N.W.T., in April 2011. ic outbreaks in health care centres and continuing care sites. Dr. Digby Horne, a medical officer of health for AHS Central Zone, said one outbreak was reported at Rimbey Hospital and Care Centre about two weeks ago and impacted a few people. As of Friday, Central Zone has seen 258 lab-confirmed influenza cases, 28 hospitalizations including five in ICU. There have been no deaths for seasonal flu in Central Zone. Across the province there have been eight deaths, 1,708 cases, and 390 hospitalizations including 91 in ICU. He said this season H1N1 is causing 96 per cent of all influenza infections which is affecting more young adults and those in middle age. Over 1.2 million people have been immunized across the province. As of last Thursday, 81,047 people were immunized in Central Zone. Albertans are encouraged to be vigilant in preventing the spread of the disease by covering their nose and mouth when they cough, washing their

Man arrested in 2012 slaying of girl BY THE CANADIAN PRESS KAMLOOPS, B.C. — Charges have been laid in connection with the slaying of a 16-year-old B.C. girl whose body was discovered in a ravine one year ago. Summer Star Elizabeth KristaLee Fowler — also known as C.J. — was found dead in Kamloops on December 2012, though Mounties never revealed how the teen was killed. RCMP announced on Sunday that investigators arrested 22-year-old Damien Taylor in Kel-

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owna on Friday, one day after an arrest warrant was issued. Supt. Brad Mueller said Taylor and Fowler were both from the Terrace area, and that they had travelled to Kamloops together to visit friends. “Mr. Taylor and Ms. Fowler were known to each other and were considered to be in a dating relationship,” Mueller said at a news conference. Police said Fowler, a member of the Gitanmaax First Nation, was last seen leaving a local hospital in the early morning on Dec.

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Derocher has over 30 years of field research experience in the Canadian Arctic, western Russia, and islands off Norway. He said the only remnant of sea ice will be the very high reach of the Canadian Arctic Archipelago and northern Greenland and then it will be a question of whether that small population has bears viable enough to reproduce to sustain the species until humans hopefully get greenhouse gases under control so the planet can start to cool down again. Right now about 20,000 to 25,000 polar bears exist globally, which is more than there were 30 years ago, but when sea ice is gone, so are the seals that polar bears hunt, he said. “It’s very much like when we look at species in the tropics in the Amazon Rainforest. We know if we cut down the Amazon Rainforest, the species that depend on those habitats will disappear. It’s no different for polar bears.” Other threats also exist. “There are very high levels of pollution in every polar bear in the Arctic. “So high that for other species at this pollution level, they would have stopped reproducing already. These are long distance, transported pollutants and these are industrial chemicals, agricultural chemicals, that basically bounce their way up to the Arctic and then end up getting into the marine food chain.” He said rising mercury levels in some parts of the Arctic tied to coal burning is a concern along with potential spills from offshore oil and gas development and an increase in shipping traffic. Population decline of polar bears has led to a jump in the price of their hides which makes excessive hunting an issue. But climate change remains the single biggest threat to their survival, Derocher said. “My guess is as the science becomes clear and the solutions become more viable — basically technological solutions to get us away from the reliance on greenhouse gas producing hydrocarbons — we’ll probably see changes. The question is will we change in time to slow or reduce the amount of warming or not. “I’m absolutely convinced we can do it. We’re not going to stop using fossil fuels and we’re not going to stop developing the oil sands. But down the road we have to find ways to use those resources more wisely and greatly reduce our carbon footprint and there are lots of ways to do that.” People’s enthusiasm to protect the polar bear could help encourage them to combat global warming. Canadians, in particular, do take pride in the bears that Derocher calls “the original beauty and the beast.” “There is this sort of attraction that we have. They are sort of this drop-dead gorgeous animal. At the same time we know that they are dangerous.” Polar bears have almost a mystical allure for people and their image is everywhere — from toys to logos to the Toonie, Derocher said. “Most people do think of Canada as sort of a polar bear nation and we actually have about two-thirds of the world’s polar bears under our jurisdiction.” szielinski@reddeeradvocate.com


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Nova hears rail concerns at Joffre RAIL YARD EXPANSION COMING AT PETROCHEMICAL COMPLEX

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Thom Carriere uses his snowblower to remove the windrow piled up in front of his home in Morrisroe Friday. This plowing was a lot easier to deal with said Carriere as his snowblower was broken when the City of Red Deer plowed his street previously.

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SNOW: Blockages Morrisroe resident Susan Lonsberry was angry that snow cleared from her alley was blocking garages and back gates. “We need to access that back alley. It’s horrible when you’re seniors and you’re handicapped and you can’t access the back alley,” said Lonsberry, 60, who could not open her back gate to take out her garbage or recyclables. “We’re all on fixed incomes. None of us can afford to hire somebody to come and get rid of (the city’s) mistake.” A city call centre, which was shut down on Friday, could as-

sist people who did not have the resources to remove windrows blocking their homes. “They said they were only doing emergencies. I agree we’re not an emergency. But I also know what it’s like when you don’t have access to your property from the alley,” Lonsberry said. Tara Shand, communications officer with the city, said the call centre received on average 200 calls per day about everything from windrows to plowing schedules to snowplow policy and city’s snow management process. The city was regularly warning residents that windrows would be left behind. Residents were asked to remove them but it may still have been a surprise for some people, she said. “This surface plow was about getting through all the neighbour-

hoods in a timely way so that the roads were passable so windrows were left behind. Early next week when they conduct the full plow, driveways will be cleared as part of that full plow,” Shand said. “We just want to say thank you to citizens for their patience. We certainly appreciate neighbours going out and helping each other, and family and friends, to assist with the moving of those windrows and ensuring access for people.” Shand said the type of equipment utilized on parks trails typically isn’t equipment that can be used in the residential plowing effort. A full plow of all areas across the city that starts today will take up to 40 days to complete and will include blading down to the pavement.

Establishing a community advisory panel to work with CN on issues surrounding rail service at Joffre was suggested at a stakeholder meeting. Nova Chemicals met with community members last November to discuss the upcoming expansion of the rail yards that serve the Joffre petrochemical complex. The rail yard project is part of a nearly $1-billion project to construct an addition onto one of Nova’s polyethylene plants at Joffre. Scheduled to wrap up by the end of 2015, the work is expected to boost polyethylene production by 40 per cent and rail traffic by 30 per cent. Lacombe County council was given an update on Thursday of the discussions attended by about 40 people including representatives from CN and Nova. The idea of setting up a panel was greeted favourably by several councillors. If a committee is set up council recommended other municipalities, such as Ponoka and Ponoka County, be invited to join. County commissioner Terry Hager said a similar panel is already in place in the area to work with Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd., which serves the Prentiss plant along with CN. The company has committed to maintain an existing curfew that stops train movement from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. accept in unusual circumstances. A noise abatement program will also be put in place as the rail yard expansion nears completion. CN spokesman Warren Chandler said there has been no further discussion so far on setting up the panel.

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Neil Young blasts Harper government over oilsands BY NICK PATCH THE CANADIAN PRESS Canadian rock icon Neil Young launched a blistering attack on the Harper government and Alberta’s oilsands at a news conference on Sunday, saying that he was “shattered” after visiting a Fort McMurray industrial site he compared to the atomic bomb-devastated wreckage of Hiroshima, Japan. Joined on the Massey Hall stage by representatives from the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation, Young was especially scathing in his criticism of Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s “hypocritical” administration, which Young said was ignoring science to irresponsibly drive corporate profits. “Canada is trading integrity for money,” said the environmentally engaged 68-year-old rocker. “That’s what’s happening under the current leadership in Canada, which is a very poor imitation of the George Bush administration in the United States and is lagging behind on the world stage. It’s an embarrassment to any Canadians.” “I want my grandchildren to grow up and look up and see a blue sky and have dreams that their grandchildren are going to do great things,” he added later. “And I don’t see that today in Canada. I see a government just completely out of control. “Money is number one. Integrity isn’t even on the map.” Young was speaking hours before he was set to take the same stage for a concert, the proceeds of which were to be directed to the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation Legal Fund. The tour, which also features Canuck jazz chanteuse Diana Krall, was set to roll through Winnipeg and Regina before wrapping in Calgary on Jan. 19. The stage was already dressed for Young’s show: a colourfully paint-smeared piano, a half-dozen guitars arranged in a circle, a majestic

organ, a wooden First Nations figure and, behind it all as a massive backdrop, a red banner reading “Honor the Treaties.” The Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation represents a community living roughly 200 kilometres downstream of current oilsands development. The group is embroiled in a legal battle to protect their traditional territory from further industrialization. Young, who was born in Toronto before launching his storied music career in Winnipeg, was ferocious in his condemnation of what he sees as a violation of treaty rights. “The name Canada’s based on a First Nations word. The word Ottawa’s based on a First Nations word, Ontario’s based on a First Nations word, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Quebec — these are all First Nations words. This is where Canada came from,” said Young. “We made a deal with these people. We are breaking our promise. We are killing these people. The blood of these people will be on modern Canada’s hands.” Young said that “a while ago” he decided to drive his electric car from San Francisco to northern Alberta. Along the way, he stopped to meet Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation Chief Allan Adam — who sat next to Young onstage on Sunday — and visit others in the community. It was on this trip that Young also decided to see the oilsands first-hand. The visit certainly left a mark. “(I) drove around the tarsands in my electric car viewing and experiencing this unbelievable smell and toxicity in my throat — my eyes were burning,” he recalled. “That started 25 miles away from the tarsands. When I

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Athabasca Chipewyan Chief Allan Adam, left speaks beside singer Neil Young at a press conference for the Honour the Treaties tour, a series of benefit concerts being held to raise money for the legal fight against the expansion of the Athabasca oilsands in northern Alberta and other similar projects, in Toronto, Sunday. was in Fort Mac, it got more intense. My son, who has cerebral palsy, has lung damage, (so) he was wearing a mask to keep the toxic things in the air out of his lungs and make it easy for him to have lungs after he left.”

thing run amok that you could ever see,” he said. “There’s no way to describe it, so I described it as Hiroshima, which was basically pretty mellow compared to what’s going on out there. “I still stand by what I said about Fort Mac and the way it looks. Not because the houses in Fort Mac look like Hiroshima, but because Fort Mac stands for 50 sites, the name Fort Mac stands for diseases that these First Nations people are getting, pollution, every— NEIL YOUNG thing that’s happening there.” He soon segued into another attack on the Harper government. “This oil is all going to China. It’s not for Canada, it’s not for the United States, it’s not ours. “It belongs to the oil companies. And Canada’s government is making this happen. It’s truly a disaster to anyone with an environmental conscience.” Jason MacDonald, a spokesman for Harper, countered that “projects are approved only when they are deemed safe for Canadians and (the) environment” and stressing that the resource sector creates “economic opportunities” and “high-wage jobs” for thousands of Canadians. “Canada’s natural resourc-

‘I WANT MY GRANDCHILDREN TO GROW UP AND LOOK UP AND SEE A BLUE SKY AND HAVE DREAMS THAT THEIR GRANDCHILDREN ARE GOING TO DO GREAT THINGS. AND I DON’T SEE THAT TODAY IN CANADA. I SEE A GOVERNMENT JUST COMPLETELY OUT OF CONTROL.’ They soon came upon a “huge industrial site.” “It looked very big and very impressive. Extremely wellorganized. A lot of people were working — hard-working people, who I respect,” Young remembered. “That was one of 50 sites. The one we saw was the cleanest one. It’s the best-looking one. “It’s the poster child. “And it’s one of the ugliest things I’ve ever seen.” During the week’s concerts, Young said he planned on screening the 12-minute Greenpeace film Petropolis, which he said was “probably the most devastating thing you will ever see.” “It’s the greediest, most destructive and disrespectful demonstration of just some-

es sector is and has always been a fundamental part of our country’s economy,” MacDonald wrote in an email to The Canadian Press. “Even the lifestyle of a rock star relies, to some degree, on the resources developed by thousands of hard-working Canadians every day. “Our government recognizes the importance of developing resources responsibly and sustainably and we will continue to ensure that Canada’s environmental laws and regluations are rigorous. We will ensure that companies abide by conditions set by independent, scientific and expert panels.” At one point during the hour-plus media session, Young was asked what he would say if granted a private consultation with Harper. Initially he demurred, muttering that the query “blew (his) mind.” Later, however, he said he’d be open to such a meeting. “I don’t think I’m going to get to see him anyway, but if he does want to see me, I’m ready to go see him. I would welcome the opportunity,” said Young, noting that he invited government representatives to attend the news conference and provide their side of the story, but the invitations were declined. Environmental activist David Suzuki, who moderated the session, pointed out that he had personally tried to meet with Harper three times but had been rebuffed on all occasions. “Well, you got a bad reputation,” Young replied with a smirk. Young has been politically active on other matters recent-


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Light at end of the tunnel Nelson Mandela, who died last month at age 95, was sentenced to life in prison in 1962 because he fought for justice, equality and democracy. He was finally released 27 years later, in 1990. South Africa’s racist apartheid system fell and Mandela served as president from 1994 to 1999. The tributes after his death rightfully celebrated him as a forgiving, DAVID compassionate SUZUKI humanitarian and great leader. Closer to home, on Dec. 1, 1955, in Montgomery, Ala., Rosa Parks refused to obey a bus driver’s order to give up her seat to a white person. She was arrested for violating Alabama’s segregation law. It wasn’t the first challenge to U.S. racial policies and prejudice — it wasn’t even her first — and that act alone didn’t change laws and attitudes. But it catalyzed the civil rights movement that led to massive social change. In Canada, in 1965, Everett George Klippert was sentenced to “indefinite”

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imprisonment for having sex with other men. Then-Justice Minister Pierre Trudeau later said, “There’s no place for the state in the bedrooms of the nation,” and sexual activity between same-sex, consenting adults was decriminalized in 1969 (although Klippert was imprisoned until 1971). Now, same-sex couples can get married in Canada. We pride ourselves on our democratic traditions, but in Canada, women couldn’t vote until 1918, Asians until 1948 and First Nations people living on reserves until 1960. We’ve come a long way. It’s hard to fathom that such widespread, often state-sanctioned discrimination occurred so recently — much of it in my lifetime. My childhood memories include a time when the government confiscated my family’s possessions and exiled us to a camp in the B.C. Interior, just because my grandparents were from Japan. We still have discrimination and many other problems, but these examples show change is possible — often quickly, after reaching a critical mass of public support. Studies show discrimination, murder and other violent crime rates and death from war have all declined over the years. Throughout history, we’ve faced challenges and adapted to changing

conditions. We’ve renounced practices that, in hindsight, seem foolish and often barbaric. We’ve overturned economic systems that no longer meet our needs or that our increasing wisdom tells us are destructive or immoral. Often, resistance to calls for greater social justice or environmental protection is based on economics. When momentum to abolish slavery in the U.S. started building in the mid-1800s, many feared the economy would fail without free human labour. People fought a war over what they believed was a right to enslave, own and force other human beings to work under harsh conditions for free — in a democratic country! U.S. President Ronald Reagan and U.K. Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher opposed sanctions against apartheid South Africa in part because of concerns about trade. Fortunately, Canada’s Prime Minister Brian Mulroney stood firm on sanctions, despite pressure from his allies. Economic arguments are also often used to stall environmental progress — something we’re seeing with climate change, and pipeline, mining and fossil fuel projects, among other issues. They were employed in the 1970s, when scientists found that chlorofluorocarbons, or CFCs, were contributing to a weakening of the ozone layer, which protects us from the sun’s rays. Despite

opposition, world leaders signed the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer in 1987, and today, it’s starting to recover. We now face many other global challenges in addition to regional ones. Our impacts have multiplied as population, trade and communications have grown to encompass the planet. World events viewed in isolation may make it appear as though humanity is moving backward. We still suffer wars, unimaginable violence, prejudice, environmental devastation, foolish politicians, greedy industrialists and selfish individuals. But we also have new ways to communicate widely at lightning speed, wisdom acquired from millennia of experience and people everywhere reaching out to encourage respect and kindness for each other and all life sharing our planet. Change is never easy and it often creates discord, but when people come together for the good of humanity and the Earth, we can accomplish great things. Those are the lessons from Nelson Mandela, Rosa Parks and all those who refuse to give up in the face of adversity when the cause they pursue is just and necessary. Scientist, author and broadcaster David Suzuki wrote this column with Ian Hanington. Learn more at www.davidsuzuki.org.

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An ugly past returns to Bangladesh Eight days ago, they held an election in Bangladesh and nobody came. Well, practically nobody: turnout was down from 70 per cent in the last election to only 20 per cent. Some of the absentees stayed away on principle, but others were just frightened away by the violence: more than a hundred polling stations set on fire, and 200 dead in political violence in the last two months. The past is back with a vengeance in Bangladesh. In the past 20 years, the GWYNNE country has seen rapid ecoDYER nomic growth, a steeply falling birth rate, and the advent of universal primary education. Average life span is 70 years, and average income has doubled since 1975. Not bad for the world’s most densely populated large country, with few natural resources and 160 million people crammed into the same area as the Maritime provinces. But now the narrative is changing again. The problem is politics. Ever since the return of democracy in 1991, Bangladeshi politics has been dominated by two women who utterly loathe each other. Sheikh Hasina, currently prime minister and leader of the left-leaning, secular Awami League, is the daughter of the country’s “founding father,” Mujibur Rahman, who was murdered in 1975 together with almost all his family by rebel army officers.

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Her opponent of 20 years’ standing is Khaleda Zia, leader of the conservative, more religiously inclined Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP). She is the widow of Gen. Ziaur Rahman, who became president after several more military coups and was then himself assassinated in yet another coup in 1981. Khaleda Zia’s husband was not one of the plotters who murdered Sheikh Hasina’s father, but the latter sees him as having come from the same stable. The animosity between them can get very petty. For example, none of Khaleda Zia’s official documents list the date of her birth as Aug. 15, but that is when she chooses to celebrate her birthday. It is the date when Sheikh Hasina’s father Mujibur Rahman, her mother, and all her brothers were massacred. The argument about whether it is really Khaleda’s birthday has been taken as far as the High Court. Bangladesh might have moved on from its tragic early history much faster if both women had chosen other careers. Nevertheless, they have both shown enough respect for the law and the democratic process that the country has prospered while they alternated in office ever since 1991. Even in 1996, when the Awami League boycotted the election and the BNP therefore won by a landslide, the two leaders managed to finesse their way out of the crisis. The new BNP-dominated parliament quickly amended the constitution to allow a neutral caretaker government to take over and supervise new elections — which the Awami League won. But this time the whole thing has gone off the rails. Sheikh Hasina, who has been prime minister since 2009, abolished the “neutral caretaker” system the following year. So when she announced an election on Jan. 5 that would be run by her own Awami

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League government, the BNP assumed that the election would be rigged and declared that it would boycott it. The Islamist Jemaat-e-Islami Party, the BNP’s usual election ally, went even further and began to make violent attacks (mostly beatings and firebombs) against both Awami League rallies and election officials. As the death toll mounted, the army and police started shooting at violent protesters, and it went up even faster. In the end, the Awami League won 127 seats where there was no opposition candidate, and 105 of the 147 contested seats. It holds more than three-quarters of the seats in the new parliament, and its political allies and some independents hold the rest. But it has no democratic credibility at all. (The European Union, the Commonwealth, and the United States all refused to send observers to monitor the polls.) This outcome is all the more surprising because 17 years ago Sheikh Hasina was standing in precisely the shoes Halida Zia is wearing now. Then it was the BNP that rigged the election and the Awami League that staged the boycott. Hasina must have known that her rival would respond exactly the same way this time, and that the only escape from the resultant crisis would be to bring back the “neutral caretaker” to supervise a rerun of the election. She knew that, and yet she did it anyway. Which means that she must be determined to ride the protests out and not allow any caretaker government or election rerun. This is a formula for escalating violence and an eventual military coup. Bangladesh is in trouble. Gwynne Dyer is an independent journalist whose articles are published in 45 countries.

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BRIEFS Ottawa helping family over apparent mixup involving caskets BY THE CANADIAN PRESS OTTAWA — The federal government is assisting the family of a Canadian woman who died on the Caribbean island of St. Maarten but whose body may been sent to the wrong place. A Foreign Affairs spokeswoman says the department has been in touch both with officials on St. Maarten and relatives of the Canadian, whose identity has not been released. The trouble began last month after a Rhode Island woman found someone else’s body in a casket that was supposed to contain her mother, who died suddenly while vacationing in St. Maarten. That family believes a hospital or funeral home confused the American woman’s body with that of a woman from Ottawa — both died on the island around the same time. They think their relative was sent to Ottawa by mistake and cremated. The St. Maarten government says it has launched an investigation into the matter. Photo by THE CANADIAN PRESS

A Canadian National Railway official stands on the tracks after seven Canadian Pacific Railway train cars derailed on the CN Rail tracks spilling coal from three of the cars in Burnaby, B.C., on Saturday. The RCMP say some of the coal spilled into a nearby creek. A CN Rail spokeswoman has confirmed heavy rainfall led to the derailment.

Federal lawyers uniquely positioned in coming negotiations BY THE CANADIAN PRESS OTTAWA — The Harper government has promised hard-nosed contract talks this year with most of its public-sector unions, but one group may be in for a somewhat easier ride: lawyers. The Conservative government last year signed a deal with its lawyers that gave them a whopping 12 per cent salary increase for the current year. And the workforce downsizing that hit most departments has not been nearly as severe among the 2,500 federal lawyers at the Justice Department and elsewhere. Tony Clement, president of the Treasury Board, has warned public servants they face new performance reviews to weed out poor workers. But the lawyers’ group already has such reviews embedded in its contract, the only federal union with such a provision. And those performance reviews have an upside for some lawyers, who can get up to seven per cent of their salaries for a job well done. Six of every 10 lawyers earn the lump-sum bonus each year. The fledgling union that represents federal lawyers, the Association of Justice Counsel, filed notice last week that it wants to start talks with Treasury Board on a new deal to replace the current one, which expires in early May.

And the union president says federal lawyers have a good case for further contract improvements, noting there are sympathetic ears among Conservatives. “Our members are the people who draft the anti-terror legislation. They’re the ones who prosecute the terrorists and drug dealers. They’re the ones who go after the tax cheats,” Lisa Blais said in an interview. “This is a law-and-order government and they’d be hard-pressed to load on the responsibilities but take away the resources. ... Optically, it would be very difficult.” Blais’ union negotiated the current deal in 2012. Talks appeared headed for arbitration when Treasury Board had a sudden change of heart and agreed to a 15.25 per cent salary increase over three years, with most of the hike in the final year, 2013-2014. Ten per cent of that hike was simply to help keep salaries in line with Crown lawyers working for the provinces, after what Blais calls 20 years’ of steady erosion. Treasury Board seemed to soften its position after a March 2012 Senate committee report on organized crime noted that salaries in the Public Prosecution Service of Canada were at least 40 per cent below those of Crown prosecutors working for the provinces. The committee, dominated by Conservatives, called on the government to review salary levels at the service, which employs some

15 per cent of all federal lawyers. And last November, a Conservative member of the House of Commons finance committee, Brian Jean, acknowledged at a meeting that “Crown prosecutors are not paid enough.” A lawyer himself, Jean practised for 11 years in Fort McMurray, Alta., and told the committee he made twice as much money in the private sector as Crown prosecutors who had much more experience. Jean announced last week he is returning to private life. Indeed, some 45 MPs in the Commons list their occupation as lawyer — the second most common after businessperson (56 MPs) — presumably giving them insight into the legal profession’s challenges. Clement and Justice Minister Peter MacKay are both lawyers, and MacKay was a Crown counsel in Nova Scotia. Blais says her members, unionized since 2006, welcomed last year’s deal, but adds there’s more to be done. “This is just the beginning, in our view, of closing a 20-year wage gap,” she said. “We still have some catching up to do.” The most experienced federal lawyers make about $220,000 base salary under the current contract. With a deficit to wipe out in time for the 2015 election, the government is looking to hold the line on public-sector wages and benefits.

Petition to make Rob Ford a U.S. citizen not getting much support firm has also declared that no other news story from Canada has gotten this much attention in the U.S., so far, in this young century. As of Sunday afternoon, the petition was 99,996 signatures short of the 100,000 required to get a White House response. The White House instituted that requirement after its site had been hit with other

spoof petitions — including one demanding that America build a “$850,000,000,000,000,000, Star Wars-style Death Star.” The White House had to answer to that one — politely, and jokingly, informing people that a Death Star would cost more than that projected amount and was not fiscally feasible in a time of budget constraints.

PLASTER ROCK, N.B. — Canada’s Transportation Safety Board says it has wrapped up its investigation at the site of a fiery train derailment in New Brunswick. Spokesman John Cottreau says investigators finished gathering information at the scene in Wapske on Saturday. He says the data will be assessed and officials will then decide the extent of their investigation. About 150 people who had to leave their homes last Tuesday night when the 122-car train derailed were allowed back Saturday. A CN Rail crew was finally able to extinguish flames overnight Friday that ignited when 19 cars of the freight train jumped the tracks. The rail company is promising to compensate those whose properties were damaged and had expenses due to the evacuation.

Quebec archbishop among 19 new cardinals appointed by Pope VATICAN, Vatican City — Quebec Archbishop Gerald Cyprien Lacroix was among a new batch of cardinals selected by Pope Francis on Sunday, joining an elite group near the top of the Catholic Church hierarchy. A total of 19 men were named to the senior ecclesiastical post in an announcement at the Vatican. The appointment means Lacroix will have a hand in electing the next pope, which is a cardinal’s most important task. “I’m touched by the confidence shown by Pope Francis,” Lacroix told reporters following Sunday mass in Quebec City. “I’m very happy to continue to serve the church with him.” Lacroix and the other new cardinals, known as the “princes of the Church,” will be formally installed at a ceremony at the Vatican on Feb. 22. The native of Saint-Hilaire de Dorset, a small town 300 kilometres east of Montreal, was named Quebec’s archbishop in 2011. The 56-year-old worked for more than a decade in Colombia after being ordained as a priest in 1988. At a time of dwindling church attendance, Montreal Archbishop Christian Lepine said the appointment represents something hopeful for the Church. Lepine said Lacroix, like other cardinals, will have an important role at the highest level of the Catholic Church. Traditionally, cardinals “have always been very close to the pope. This is still true today,” Lepine said Sunday. Canada now has three cardinals, with Lacroix joining Jean-Claude Turcotte of Montreal and Thomas Collins of Toronto. Lacroix’s predecessor as Quebec archbishop, Cardinal Marc Ouellet, is no longer considered a representative of Canada, said Jasmin Lemieux-Lefebvre, a church spokesman in Quebec City. He currently holds a top post at the Vatican as prefect of the Congregation for Bishops. Ouellet was a presumed contender to succeed Pope Benedict XVI, who resigned in Feb. 2013.

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WASHINGTON — A petition to make Rob Ford an honourary U.S. citizen hasn’t garnered much support so far. The petition appears on the White House website under the headline: “Proclaim Robert Bruce ’Rob’ Ford, the 64th Mayor of Toronto, An Honorary Citizen of the Unites States of America.” Four people had signed it by Sunday afternoon. The petition had been on the website since Jan. 3, and even though it had received a bit of media attention, that didn’t exactly appear to have spurred a great public stampede toward the cause. The tongue-in-cheek petition says: “(Ford) has at once demonstrated an exceptional proclivity to act for the greater good and been the subject of horrifying political attacks. The evidence demonstrates the attacks are motivated by Mayor Ford’s unwavering adherence to good governance over the interests of his political opponents.”

It goes on to say: “Mayor Ford is clearly a hero of humanity who deserves the very best. We therefore petition (President Barack) Obama to declare Mayor Ford an Honorary Citizen of the United States.” Ford has become a bit of a celebrity in the U.S. amid his scandals, and is now a staple in the material of late-night comedians. A media-monitoring

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Water still not safe after chem spill WATER TESTS ENCOURAGING BUT PEOPLE STILL CAN’T USE WATER IN WEST VIRGINIA BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS DRY BRANCH, W.Va. — For Bonnie Wireman, the white plastic bag covering her kitchen faucet is a reminder that she can’t drink the water. The 81-year-old woman placed it there after forgetting several times the tap water was tainted after a coal processing chemical leaked into the area’s water supply. Every time she turned on the water, she quickly stopped and cleaned her hands with peroxide — just to make sure she was safe. The widow of a coal miner, Wireman was angered about the chemical spill that’s deprived 300,000 West Virginians of clean tap water for four days, but doesn’t blame the coal or chemical industries. “I hope this doesn’t hurt coal,” said Wireman, who lives in an area known as Chemical Valley because of all the plants nearby. “Too many West Virginians depend on coal and chemicals. We need those jobs.” And that’s the dilemma for many West Virginians: The industries provide thousands of good paying jobs but also pose risks for the communities surrounding them, such as the chemical spill or coal mine disasters. The current emergency began Thursday after a foaming agent used in coal processing escaped from a Freedom Industries plant in Charleston and seeped into the Elk River. Since then, residents have been ordered not to use tap water for anything but flushing toilets. Gov. Earl Tomblin said Sunday water tests were encouraging, but he didn’t give a timetable for when people might be able to use water again. “The numbers look good. They are very encouraging,” Tomblin said.

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Schools, restaurants and other businesses were to be closed today, but the governor said all state offices would be open. Maj. Gen. James Hoyer, of the West Virginia National Guard, said testing near the water treatment facility has consistently been below one part per million for 24 hours, a key step officials needed before they can lift the ban. Some tests have shown the chemical was not present at all in water coming in and out of the plant. West Virginia American Water President Jeff McIntyre said they will lift the water bans by zone, but he didn’t say how soon it would be. West Virginia is a picturesque, mountainous state, with deep rivers and streams that cut through lush valleys. But along the twisting, rural roads there are signs of the state’s industrial past and present: Chemical plant storage tanks rise from the valley floor. Coal mines — with heavy equipment and steel structures used to extract and then transport the fuel — are part of the rural landscape. White plumes of smoke drifting from factories offer a stark contrast to the state’s natural beauty. “You won’t find many people in these parts who are against these industries. But we have to do a better job of regulating them,” said Wireman’s son, Danny Scott, 59, a retired General Electric worker who has been helping take care of his mother. “The state has a lot to offer. We don’t want to destroy it.” West Virginia is the second-largest coal producing state behind Wyoming, with 538 mines and 26,619 people. The state has about 150 chemical companies that employ 12,000 workers. Over the years, there have been accidents in both industries that have killed workers and harmed the environment. In January 2010, a worker died at a

DuPont plant after inhaling a lethal dose of phosgene, which was used as a chemical weapon during World War I and today is used as a building block in synthesis of pharmaceuticals and other organic compounds. An explosion at the Upper Big Branch coal mine killed 29 people in 2010. Coal is critical to West Virginia’s economy. Strong coal prices and demand proved vital to the state budget during and after the national recession, from 2009 through 2011. In November 2009, the state’s unemployment rate was 8.4 per cent, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Four years later — November 2013 — the unemployment rate was down to 6.1 per cent, below the national rate of 7 per cent. In Tomblin’s recent State-of-the-State speech, he touted the chemical industry, saying it was among those that grew substantially over the last year. The spill that tainted the water supply involved a chemical used in coal processing. But it didn’t involve a coal mine — and that’s a point state officials are trying to convey to the public. When asked if the emergency is one of the risks of being a state that relies heavily on the coal industry, Tomblin quickly responded: “This was not a coal company incident, this was a chemical company incident.” The coal industry, too, was saying they should not bear the blame in this case. “This is a chemical spill accident. It just so happens that the chemical has some applications to the coal industry, just that fact alone shouldn’t cause people to point fingers at the coal industry,” said Jason Bostic, vice-president of the West Virginia Coal Association.

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TEHRAN, Iran — Iran has agreed to limit uranium enrichment and to open its nuclear program to daily inspection by international experts starting Jan. 20, setting the clock running on a six-month deadline for a final nuclear agreement, officials said Sunday. In exchange, the Islamic Republic will get a relaxation of the financial sanctions that have been crippling its economy. The announcement that Iran and six world powers had agreed on the plan for implementing an interim agreement came first from Iranian officials and was later confirmed elsewhere. Some U.S. lawmakers have been leery of the agreement, calling for tougher sanctions against Iran, rather than any loosening of controls. Iran’s official IRNA news agency quoted Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi as saying the deal, which sets the terms of a landmark agreement reached in November, would take effect from Jan. 20. The agency said Iran will grant the United Nations’ watchdog International Atomic Energy Agency access to its nuclear facilities and its centrifuge production lines to confirm it is complying with terms of the deal. Araghchi later told state television some $4.2 billion in seized oil revenue would be released under the deal. Senior officials in U.S. President Barack Obama’s administration put the total relief figure at $7 billion. In a statement, President Barack Obama welcomed the deal, saying it “will advance our goal of preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.” “I have no illusions about how hard it will be to achieve this objective, but for the sake of our national security and the peace and security of the world, now is the time to give diplomacy a chance to succeed,” Obama said.

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FRONT GARDEN CLUB MEETING Despite what you see looking out the window today, it’s never too early to start thinking about the next growing season. The Red Deer and District Garden Club meeting on Thursday at the Kerry Wood Nature Centre at 7 p.m. includes speakers Carolyn and Jeffrey Bondy, owners of Gablehouse Farm and Gardens in Sylvan Lake. For more information, go to www. reddeergardenclub.ca or call Noreen at 403-3467728 or 403-357-4071.

DONATED ITEMS SOUGHT The Bargain Treasures Thrift Store in Red Deer accepts gently used items, except furniture, computers and monitors, infant car seats or cribs. The public can bring items inside the back door at 5217 Gaetz Ave. during business hours from 10 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., Monday through Friday, and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The store is run by volunteers and all proceeds stay in the community. Phone 403347-9711.

OLDS THRIFT STORE HELPS COMMUNITY Olds residents can shop and help out the community at the same time. The Nu2U Thrift Store in Olds is open Tuesday to Friday from noon to 5 p.m. at 5030 51st St. The store offers furniture, home décor, housewares, antiques, collectibles, and more. Phone 403-556-3279. Profits go to community initiatives.

AUTHOR TO VISIT CHAPTERS IN JUNE Spruce Grove author Laura Laforce will be at the Red Deer Chapters location on June 30 to promote her two recently-published books, X-Tending and Psychic Sight. The two books comprise Laforce’s autobiography. A psychic medium, the author claims to be able to predict pregnancies before conception, as well as natural disasters and wars. Laforce will be at the store (at 5250 22nd St.) from 1 to 3 p.m.

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Alzheimer’s group reaches out TO HOST FIRST WEBINAR, LAUNCH NEW WEBSITE BY SUSAN ZIELINSKI ADVOCATE STAFF Reaching out for advice, support or information about Alzheimer’s disease will soon be available more readily from home. On Jan. 29 the Alzheimer Society of Alberta and North West Territories will host its first Care-ring Voice Network webinar and on April 1 its new interactive website — ASANT Café — will go live. Christene Gordon, director of client services, said five to six hour-long Carering Voice Network webinars, which will be available by telephone or Internet, are planned for this year. “One of the real benefits of this is we can use the expertise that we find across the province in various areas and offer it to people no matter where they are who wouldn’t normally have access to coming, to say, an in-person session that we might offer at our Edmonton office,” said Gordon, of Calgary. It will be especially helpful for older caregivers living in rural Alberta who are reluctant to drive in the winter, she said. “No matter why they are isolated, whether it’s geography or circumstance or whatever, all they have to do is register with the Care-ring Voice Network. There’s no cost for that.” For information visit www.careringvoice. com. The first webinar presenter is Dr. Tammy Hopper, associate dean of grad studies and research in the Speech Pathology and Audiology department at the University of Alberta. She will discuss communication difficul-

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BRIEFS Election cost jumps The municipal election of 2013, which saw a record number of candidates and increased voter turnout, cost nearly nine per cent more than the previous Red Deer vote in 2010. The bill for the election, held in October, was $345,381, up approximately $30,000 from 2010. Considering that things have grown more expensive in the last three years, the city’s legislative services manager Frieda McDougall said the 2010 and 2013 elections were quite comparable. The highest election-related costs are for salaries and contracted services, which make up approximately three-quarters of the total cost. Advertising is the next biggest line item. A few things from the 2013 election marginally increased costs, among them the presence of the ward system plebiscite question on the ballot and increased advertising done to notify the public about new voter identification requirements. There were a few more voting stations in new subdivisions and staffing at voting stations was increased slightly in anticipation of a higher turnout and as a recognition that there were some bottlenecks during the 2010 election. Election costs are shared between the

ties for people with Alzheimer’s. our offices and get one-on-one service,” Gordon said slides will generally go Gordon said. along with the 45-minute presentations User tests for ASANT Café will be unleaving about 15 minutes for questions. derway at the end of January. Slide material can be downloaded or sent In addition to new Alzheimer programs, out to those listening to the presentation on the society’s Red Deer and Central Alberthe phone. ta office is hosting an East Coast Meets Archived sessions will also be available. West Kitchen Party on Jan. 25 at Festival Come April 1, the ASANT (Alzheimer Hall, 4214 58th St., featuring music by Chris Society of Alberta and the North West Ter- Greve & Claymore, live auctions, a cash ritories) Café will provide even more ways bar, and tasty bites from Atlantic Canada to stay informed and connected. and Alberta. Gordon said Care-ring Voice Network Tickets are $100 each. Doors open at webinars are 6:30 p.m. For like workshops tickets and inand the ASANT formation call Café is like a 403-342-0448. ongoing conferThe new ence. event replaces “It’s a whole the Making brand new webSweet Memosite available ries Gala. 24-7. It doesn’t Janice Fogmatter what arty, commutime of day or nity relations night it is.” manager at There will the Red Deer be interactive and Central workshops, onAlberta office, line conversasaid the new — CHRISTENE GORDON, DIRECTOR OF CLIENT direction ties tions and supSERVICES ALZHEIMER SOCIETY OF ALBERTA AND in with Central port groups, NORTHWEST TERRITORIES Alberta’s diand information available verse populain a variety of tion. There are forms. people working in Alberta who are worryGordon said as far as they know, a web- ing about family members with dementia site like this doesn’t exist which is one of they’ve left behind. the reasons they are really excited about “We’re seeing a lot of, ‘My dad is in New what it will offer people. Brunswick or my mom is in Newfoundland. “It’s been under development for the last I just don’t understand what’s going on.’ We number of months. I think it’s going to be an can talk them through the process, someamazing resource available to people in the times we even put them in touch with peoprovince and outside of the province. ple in the different provinces,” Fogarty “And of course they can still call our said. staff and our trained volunteers in any of szielinski@reddeeradvocate.com

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city and the public and Catholic school boards, for whom the city operates the trustees vote. The city’s portion of the total is $229,974, while the public school division’s bill is $87,341 and the Catholic division is responsible for $44,806. Some of the Catholic division’s costs, relating to its outlying regions, are exclusive. There was a 31.83 per cent voter turnout for the municipal election, up seven per cent from 2010.

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will have to see what’s underground in order to sell the properties. Council approved the Riverlands Area Redevelopment Project, which essentially transforms the downtown industrial area into a vibrant new community, in 2011. The burying of the power lines in the Riverlands area is also on tap in 2014.

Springbrook skateboard, spray parks get county cash

Six City of Red Deer buildings will be demolished in Riverlands by the end of April. Kim Fowler, director of planning for the city, told council this during her update on the department during budget deliberations last week. “Those buildings are all quite old,” she said. “They had some mould issues before they were vacated. We have done some assessments as terms of redevelopment. They are cinder block buildings with very little value to reusing them.” They include the Public Works building (5420 47th St.), Transit building (5438 47th St.), Civic Garage (5436 47th St.), Stores Building (5590 47th St.), EL&P building (5581 45th St.) and the Dome building (4916 54th Ave.). There may be a few outbuildings but there was no specified number provided. Fowler said there is likely soil contaminations under the buildings too, so the city

Red Deer County has agreed to provide $55,000 for skateboard and spray parks in Springbrook. A further $150,000 will be given to the Springbrook Community Skatepark Committee after they have confirmed local community support for the project following public consultation. It is also contingent on a long-term lease on about 1.2 acres of land being signed with the Springbrook Community Association. Of the initial grant, $50,000 will go towards project design for the skateboard park, which will be built east of the community’s ball diamonds. It is to be designed with an aviation theme to reflect Springbrook’s history as an air force base and to tie into a proposed museum. The remaining $5,000 is earmarked for a concept plan for the spray park and a playground. Skatepark Committee members have already started to fundraise for a three-phase plan to build new recreation amenities in the fast-growing community.

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Expectations low for wireless auction LIKELY WON’T RAISE MORE MONEY OR INCREASE COMPETITION: EXPERTS BY THE CANADIAN PRESS TORONTO — The lack of new foreign players means Tuesday’s wireless auction likely won’t bring in as much revenue as expected to federal coffers — or the increased competition that Canadian consumers want, experts say. The previous auction in 2008 raised $4.3 billion and ushered in a host of new players: Wind Mobile, Mobilicity, Public Mobile, Videotron and Eastlink. But the Canadian wireless market continues to be dominated by Bell (TSX:BCE), Rogers (TSX:RCI.B) and Telus (TSX:T), with a total of about 25 million subscribers. Since then, Mobilicity and Wind Mo-

bile have gone up for sale. Public Mobile has been sold to Telus. There were hopes of foreign competition to shake up the country’s wireless industry, but they died last September when U.S. giant Verizon dropped its plans for expansion north. If the federal Conservatives want more competition in the future, they’ll have to drop all restrictions to foreign investment, even if it means going up against the country’s dominant players, said Michael Geist, a law professor at the University of Ottawa. “I think Canada is seen as a place where there is some money to be made,” he said. “There’s always the prospect of another entrant, but part of that may well require government involvement

to create the necessary conditions to make that easier.” The federal Conservatives say they want a fourth national player in every region of the country to give consumers more choice as small startups struggle to attract customers. The government had tried to encourage more competition by relaxing foreign investment restrictions for carriers with a market share of less than 10 per cent. Bell, Rogers and Telus waged a publicity battle against the new rules, arguing they gave the advantage for prime-spectrum bidding to new entrants. But those “scare tactics” actually helped the Tories look like the champion for consumers, said Geist. “One gets the sense that the big

three played into their hands by creating that clear division between those standing on the side of consumers and those on the other side,” he said. “And I think the government feels that it’s positioned itself clearly on the side of consumers and in favour of more competition.” The Tories, who initially resisted regulation in favour of an open market, learned that a strong “hands-off” approach had detrimental effects, with consumers and businesses paying higher prices, Geist said. They’ve seen the political benefit of adding more regulation, especially in the area where people feel they’re being gouged, said Richard Smith of Vancouver’s Centre for Digital Media.

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Coolest gadgets fill show FROM DRIVERLESS CARS TO ULTRA HIGH-DEF AND HEAT CAMERAS FOR IPHONES BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS LAS VEGAS — The biggest gadget trade show in the Americas wrapped up on Friday in Las Vegas after swamping the city with 150,000 attendees. This year, “wearable” computing was big, along with various 3-D technologies, especially 3-D printing. Wearable devices in the shape of smartwatches and head-mounted displays have been a staple of the show for a long time, but manufacturers were excited this year because the field is finally gaining traction with consumers. Fitness bands were a breakout hit last year. The 3-D printing section bustled with activity, and it was clear that even though most people won’t be buying a printer any time soon, they may be enjoying 3-D printed products, such as jewelry, wedding cakes and dental braces, in the near future. Meanwhile, TV makers were heartened by the support they received for their new ultra-high-definition TV sets. Here are some of the most notable products and services revealed at the show: DRIVERLESS CARS — The state of the art in car electronics is in systems that eliminate or ease the task of driving. French company Induct demonstrated its Navia driverless shuttle, which putts along at 12.5 miles per hour on a pre-programmed route. It’s intended for university campuses, airports and other locales with enclosed roads. What about road safety? When a staffer walked slowly in front of the Navia, the vehicle slowed down, rather than coming to a full stop, because it recognized that the pedestrian ahead was moving, too. Then there was Audi’s automated parking demonstration. With a press of a button on a smartphone app, the German automaker’s computer-equipped car squeezed into a tight space between two other cars, a situation that would give many drivers pause. The car has multiple cameras and ultrasonic sensors, giving it a 360-degree view. It puts rubber-necking and looking through the side-view mirror to shame. The car executed a three-point turn flawlessly —and the driver didn’t have to worry about dinging other cars’ doors, because he had already exited the car. UV-SENSING WRISTBAND — The wearable computing trend has unleashed a lot of creativity. One example is a wristband with a “gemstone” that measures exposure to ultraviolet light, the kind that causes tanning and skin cancers. Using Bluetooth wireless technology, the Netatmo June sends readings to the owners’ smartphones, warning, for instance, when they’re approaching their daily limit of UV exposure. The battery lasts for six weeks. Netatmo, a French company, hopes to sell the device in the U.S. for $99, starting in the second quarter of this year. ULTRA-HIGH-DEF NETFLIX — Netflix demonstrated ultra-high-definition, or 4K, video streaming. The company will offer relatively easy access to shows that take full advantage of the 4K TVs set to go on sale later this year.

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Dr. Andy Palmer, Executive Vice President, Nissan Motor Co., talks about the Nissan Resonance, left, and Versa Note, right, at media previews for the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. This year, at least 50 new vehicles will make their debut.

Auto show steps on gas for hard-hit Detroit OFFERS MORE FOR BANKRUPT CITY THAN FLASHIER SUPER BOWL BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS DETROIT — It’s a 21st century paradox: Detroit enters 2014 in bankruptcy, the largest public case in U.S. history and facing $18 billion or more in debt. Yet the Motor City’s resurgent auto industry is strong enough to host a show that by one estimate will generate nearly $400 million for the area’s economy. The industrial city is looking to climb out from under decades of financial decline as its longtime industry revs ahead four years after two of its major players, General Motors and Chrysler, emerged from bankruptcies of their own. The comeback can be measured in the North American International Auto Show’s economic impact, which is projected to increase 8 per cent over last year’s event, says David Sowerby, a portfolio manager and chief market analyst for Loomis Sayles & Co., who authored a study of the show’s effect on the regional economy. Sowerby says several factors favour increased spending tied to this show. “Economic activity is strong, the industry itself is stronger, there’s a modest increase in new models and if you talk to hotel or lodging industry, the number of conferences is growing as is busi-

ness activity and travel.” To be sure, business at area hotels for the show is strong: Downtown hotels reported Friday that occupancy is at 85 per cent during the press days Monday and Tuesday and about 70 per cent from Jan. 18 through Jan 26, when the show is open to the public. Local restaurants and bars should be packed with an estimated 5,000 journalists and 800,000 visitors expected at the show. Overall, the show provides a pick-me-up for the area, illustrated by amped-up coverage from local television stations and highway billboards welcoming visitors and industry types. All three Detroit automakers have made billions in the recovery following the Great Recession. Ford expects to post an $8.5 billion profit before taxes for 2013, while GM made $4.8 billion pretax through the first nine months. Chrysler, the smallest and leastprofitable of the three, made $1.4 billion pretax through September. All have rolled out strong new cars and trucks to catch the rise in auto sales from a low of 10.4 million in 2009 to 15.6 million last year. The automakers’ show displays and parties were more Spartan affairs in the dark days of 2010. This year, exhibits in particu-

lar are as lavish as ever, with twostory buildings inside the Cobo Center. Sowerby, who crunches the numbers for the show organizer, the Detroit Auto Dealers Association, estimates the event’s economic impact at as much as $390 million to the Detroit area, which also includes some thriving suburbs and its Canadian neighbour across the river, Windsor, Ontario. By comparison, a study performed by an outside research firm for the Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau in 2006 put the impact of that year’s Super Bowl XL at about $275 million, including pass-along, or spinoff spending by the merchants and others. Sowerby says it’s clear why the auto show, which this year will have more than 500 vehicles on display and more than 50 new model introductions, has a greater economic impact. The Super Bowl represents about a week of events and “overhyped parties” leading up to and including the game itself, whereas the auto show represents several weeks that includes construction of exhibits, press previews, the eight-day public show itself and the teardown.

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Reduce financial stress through good planning

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While money is foremost on the minds of some 63 per cent of Canadians, many still are not preparing financial plans and dedicating enough time and effort to managing their financial resources. Experts suggest seeking the help of a financial planning professional and offer a number of tips on how Canadians can get started with financial planning and management. Simply stated, a financial plan looks at where you are today and where you want to go. It defines your short-, medium- and longterm financial goals and how you can reach

them. Examine your future and collect all the facts. Consider the things that you want to achieve and your desired financial situation in the next five, 10, 25 years and beyond. Make a list of these lifestyle goals, objectives and milestones and then assess your current financial situation, noting your assets, liabilities, income and spending habits. Build a budget. Calculate your monthly fixed costs and prioritize your short, medium and long-term goals, suggests Patrick French, director of financial and retirement planning with Edward Jones.

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Pay yourself first. This involves setting up a plan to put a certain amount of money into your savings account each month. If you’re just starting to work, for example, begin by putting $50 a month into savings and increase that amount as you build your career. Pay off your debts first and then start to build your emergency and long-term goals fund. Debt is one the most insidious impediments to a healthy financial future and should be paid off as soon as you can.

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A man watches a video clip with a personal viewing device at the Sony booth at the International Consumer Electronics Show(CES) on Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014, in Las Vegas.

DEBT: Almost half of retirees will have debt A recent study by Manulife Bank noted that almost half of Canadian homeowners expect to be taking debt into their retirement. Nearly one-third of homeowners are very unhappy with how they’ve managed their debt and day-to-day finances over the last year, and three-quarters say freedom from debt is among their top financial priorities. “Debt is a tool that Canadians can use to improve their standard of living and purchase assets over the long term, but people still need a strategy to manage debt,” said Manulife Bank president Doug Conick. “The key is to determine what your financial priorities are, seek out professional advice and put a personalized plan in place.” When asked what strategies they use to manage their debt effectively, two-thirds of respondents said they always pay their credit card balances in full. Other commonly-used strategies included making extra payments on debts, creating a written budget to track and manage spending, consolidating debt into a single low rate and seeking debt advice from a financial adviser. Eighty per cent of people who get debt management advice from an adviser pay their credit card balances in full, compared to 64 per cent who don’t get advice, and those who work with an adviser are more likely to make extra debt payments and create a written budget, the Manulife study found. Build, review and rebalance your savings. Determine the best savings vehicles for you, such as mutual funds, stocks and/or bonds that can help your money grow based on your tolerance for risk. And be patient, investing is a long-term process. It can take decades of patience, perseverance and good decisions to save enough for your long-term goals. Success often is based on the length of time that you are in the market. The earlier you start a plan the sooner you’ll feel in control of your finances. “By working with an adviser to review your financial situation and put an investment strategy in place you too can be satisfied with your financial decisions,” French said. Talbot Boggs is a Toronto-based business communications professional who has worked with national news organizations, magazines and corporations in the finance, retail, manufacturing and other industrial sectors.

WIRELESS: Balancing act “What they have to think about is, put in enough regulation that people feel that they’re doing something and don’t put in so much regulation that the companies feel that they’re being overwhelmed or constrained or bottled up,” he said. “It’s kind of a balancing act on everyone’s part.” The Tories have promised to make legislative changes so big wireless providers will have to renegotiate roaming rates they charge small rivals for using their networks. It would stop them from charging smaller players more than they charge their own customers for domestic roaming, which is applied when they use cellphones outside their provider’s coverage area. Rogers, Bell and Telus have large national networks, but smaller providers have to negotiate agreements with them to give their customers service when they travel. A total of 11 Canadian participants — including the big three — are bidding on the coveted 700-megahertz radio waves. Regional players include Quebecor’s Videotron (TSX:QBR.B) in Quebec, MTS Inc. (TSX:MBT) in Manitoba, Saskatchewan Telecommunications, and Bragg Communications, which operates EastLink in

Atlantic Canada. Wind Mobile’s parent, Globalive Communications, is also still in the game. Both Wind Mobile and Mobilicity were reportedly to be under consideration for purchase last year by Verizon before it announced it dropped its interest in Canada. Two private-equity firms in Toronto have pulled out of the auction: a subsidiary of Birch Hill Equity Partners and Catalyst Capital, a major debt holder for Mobilicity. They could have sold any spectrum they obtained, or licensed it to other players, rather than working to get a new wireless carrier off the ground. The 700 megahertz waves allow cellphone signals to reach into elevators, deep into underground parking lots, traffic tunnels and basements where calls are often dropped, and help meet consumers’ growing use of smartphones and tablets. The signal can also travel greater distances and will require fewer cellphone towers to provide coverage in rural areas.

hot in red and cold in purple. It can discern temperature differences as small as one tenth of a degree. The FLIR One will cost $349, which compares with $995 and up for FLIR’s professional thermal imagers. Practical applications for the camera include identifying leaky insulation and moisture. Fun applications include spotting wildlife, high-tech hideand-seek, and crazy party pictures. (“Everyone was so hot!”) ANKI DRIVE RACING GAME— In this very hightech update to Scalextric slot racers, your iPhone doubles as a controller for cars that zip around on a track painted with an infrared pattern the cars see with small cameras on their undersides. Somehow, the cars fly around without rails, unless you do something really crazy. You can shoot imaginary weapons with rapid-fire tapping on your screen, disabling cars in front of you so you can race ahead. For kids, the game is a mind-blower that could inspire them to create their own gadgets, the way Erector Sets once did

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(The 4K TVs on the market today don’t have the chips necessary to decode the picture.) Netflix’s 4K content will stream at 15.6 megabits per second, so viewers will need a relatively fast Internet connection. ENVELOPING PHOTO BOOTH — At the Nikon exhibit, Los Angeles-based photographer Alexx Henry set up a small tent with 68 inward-facing, off-the-shelf Nikon cameras. When a subject steps inside the xxArray photo booth, an operator triggers the cameras simultaneously, yielding an image of the subject from all angles. Computers then process the images and create a 3-D rendition of the subject, which can then be posed in the computer as if it were an action figure. The 3-D model can also be imported into a game. So instead of playing with a generic game avatar, you may someday see yourself running around, blasting bad guys. Industry-watchers expect setups like the xxArray to become more common and coupled to 3-D printers. In a few years, when you go to a photo studio, you might come home with a statue of yourself. SUGAR PRINTER — A company called 3D Systems showed off the ChefJet, the first restaurantapproved food printer. The device uses water to melt sugar into shapes as complicated as the mind can imagine. The company’s booth featured a wedding cake held up by an edible lattice-work tower that would have been nearly impossible to create by other means. The ChefJet can print complex works in chocolate, too. Unfortunately, the samples the company handed out didn’t taste very good, but party planners and restaurateurs will likely be excited about the possibilities culinary 3-D printing opens up. SONY’S HEAD-MOUNTED DISPLAY — Sony’s head-mounted display looks like an enormous pair of glasses. When you strap it on, you take on the perspective of a motorcycle driver racing through the English countryside. Looking down shows the pavement speeding by, looking up shows the clouds. When you swivel your head to the right or left, you may feel like waving to the crowds along the road. All this is enabled by a sensor attached to a strap that tracks your head movements and adjusts the wide-angle picture accordingly. Although there were a few kinks that marred the illusion, the demonstration gave a taste of what’s possible when “wearable” displays and computers combine with movement sensors. HEAT SENSING IPHONE — FLIR Systems Inc., the leading maker of professional imagers that “see” heat, is bringing out its first consumer-level product: a jacket for the iPhone that contains a heat camera. Temperature differences show up in different colours on the screen of the phone. For instance, you can set it to show hotter things in yellow, medium-

Sowerby says it’s difficult to tease out the specific benefits to the city of Detroit itself beyond the boost to its downtown elevated rail system and businesses, such as hotels, bars and restaurants, and the prestige of a marquee event at a city-owned convention facility. There’s no local sales tax, nor does Detroit levy one on hotels or motels. Officials say the city doesn’t bear additional costs for public safety, since show officials handle their own security. Likewise, Sowerby believes that the host city’s major-league financial woes won’t hamper the show. “I don’t think that the bankruptcy factored into it,” he says. “Is it going to deter somebody’s desire to attend the auto this year? ... The extent that Detroit rises to the occasion (says) that bankruptcy doesn’t mean ‘closed to business.”’ Still, the throng of global journalists can’t help but venture beyond Detroit’s relatively booming downtown and chronicle the abandonment and blight that lurks on many city streets and former factory sites. The backdrop of bankruptcy can play a role in how the city is portrayed to the world, even if most of those images predate the city’s bankruptcy filing in July. Detroit dodged one hit to its economy and reputation: A big snowstorm and subsequent blast of Arctic air that bought area travel to a near halt luckily blew in a week before the auto show. The weather should be relatively balmy next week. The auto show in 1999 was marred by a heavy snow that clogged roads and nearly paralyzed the Detroit area at ShowTime, prompting heavy criticism of the city for not being prepared. “It was horrible,” Sowerby says, adding he recalls telling media outlets at the time, “I’m downtown at the event and I’m watching dollars get sucked out of the city.” New Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan hopes to see currency flowing the other way this year. He expects the journalists and public to see a Detroit trying to get back on its feet. The white mayor elected in a city that’s 80 per cent black is managing expectations for a mess he just inherited, but plans to tackle with skills honed as a hospital executive and former prosecutor. “The real Detroit has a long way to go. There’s no doubt there are a lot of great things happening, but we have not translated the success that people will see here into services for people living in the neighbourhood. And that’s my job,” he says. “But that doesn’t stop everybody from enjoying the good things that are happening, like the auto show.”

Neiman Marcus falls victim to cyber-security attack BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW YORK — Luxury merchant Neiman Marcus confirmed Saturday that thieves stole some of its customers’ payment card information and made unauthorized charges over the holiday season, becoming the second retailer in recent weeks to announce it had fallen victim to a cyber-security attack. The hacking, coming weeks after

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Target Corp. revealed its own breach, underscores the increasing challenges that merchants have in thwarting security breaches. Ginger Reeder, spokeswoman for Dallas-based Neiman Marcus Group Ltd., said in an email Saturday that the retailer had been notified in midDecember by its credit card processor about potentially unauthorized payment activity following customer purchases at stores. On Jan. 1, a forensics firm confirmed

evidence that the upscale retailer was a victim of a criminal cyber-security intrusion and that some customers’ credit and debit cards were possibly compromised as a result. Reeder wouldn’t estimate how many customers may be affected but said the merchant is notifying customers whose cards it now knows were used fraudulently. Neiman Marcus, which operates more than 40 upscale stores and clearance stores, is working with the Secret Service on the breach, she said. “We have begun to contain the intrusion and have taken significant steps to further enhance information security,” Reeder wrote. The revelations come as Target disclosed Friday that its massive data theft was significantly more extensive and affected millions more shoppers than the company announced in December. The nation’s second largest discounter said hackers stole personal

information — including names, phone numbers, email and mailing addresses — from as many as 70 million customers as part of a data breach it discovered last month. The Minneapolis-based Target announced Dec. 19 that some 40 million credit and debit card accounts had been affected by a data breach that happened from Nov. 27 to Dec. 15 — just as the holiday shopping season was getting into gear. As part of that announcement, the company said customers’ names, credit and debit card numbers, card expiration dates, debit-card PINs and the embedded code on the magnetic strip on the back of cards had been stolen. According to new information gleaned from its investigation with the Secret Service and the Department of Justice, Target said Friday that criminals also took non-credit card related data for some 70 million customers.


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Changes needed to ensure access to full results of medical studies

CATCH THE FITBUG

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Fitbug Orb activity trackers are worn by an exhibit representative during the International Consumer Electronics Show, Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014, in Las Vegas. Fitbug has introduced KiK Plans, which are the first ever customized exercise and diet programs that work with Fitbug activity trackers to provide the guidance needed to reach health and fitness goals for important occasions.

Mind over matter WHAT A DOCTOR PROMISES ABOUT A MIGRAINE DRUG MAY MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN HOW MUCH BETTER A PATIENT FEELS BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON — Talk about mind over matter: A quirky new study suggests patients’ expectations can make a big difference in how they feel after treatment for a migraine. Boston researchers recruited 66 migraine patients in an attempt to quantify how much of their pain relief came from a medication and how much was due to what’s called the placebo effect, the healing power of positive belief. More than 450 headaches later, they reported Wednesday that it’s important for doctors to carefully choose what they tell patients about a powerful medicine — because the message could help enhance its benefits, or blunt them. “Every word you say counts, not only every gram of the medication,” said Harvard professor Ted Kaptchuk, who led the new study with a team at Boston’s Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital. Here’s how it worked. First, the patients who suffer regular migraines agreed to forgo pain relievers for several hours during one attack, recording their symptoms for comparison with later headaches. Then for each of their next six migraines, the patients were given a different pill inside an envelope with a different message. Sometimes they were told it was an effective migraine drug named rizatriptan, a positive message. Other times they were told it was a placebo, a dummy pill, suggesting no benefit. Still other times they were told the pill could be either one, a neutral message. Sometimes the doctor’s message was true — they were told they got rizatriptan and they really did. Sometimes it was false because researchers had secretly switched the pills. Mixing up the possibilities allowed researchers to tease out how the same person’s pain relief differed from migraine to migraine as his or her expectations changed.

Of course the real migraine drug worked far better than the dummy pill. But remarkably, people who knew they were taking a placebo still reported less pain than when they’d left their migraine untreated, the researchers found. The surprise: Patients’ reports of pain relief more than doubled when they were told the migraine drug was real than when they were told, falsely, that it was a fake, the team reported Wednesday in the journal Science Translational Medicine. In fact, people reported nearly as much pain relief when they took a placebo that they thought was the real drug as they did when they took the migraine drug while believing it was a fake. “The more we gave a positive message to the patient, the bigger the placebo effect was,” Kaptchuk said. He said that effect probably isn’t purely psychological, saying the ritual of taking a medication may trigger some subconscious memory that could leave people feeling better even if they knew they’d taken a fake drug. Scientists have long known that some people report noticeable improvements in pain and certain other symptoms when they’re given a placebo, which can be a sugar pill or sham surgery or some other benign intervention. Some studies even have documented that a placebo actually can spark a biological effect. But scientists don’t know why the placebo effect works or how to harness its potential benefit. The new research is an interesting attempt to answer some of those questions, at least for one kind of pain, said Dr. Mark Stacy, vice dean for clinical research at Duke University Medical Center, who wasn’t involved with the work. And learning how much of an impact it makes could help design better studies of new drugs, to ensure the phenomenon doesn’t skew the results, he added. For now, it shows “the power of positive thinking may be helpful in taking care of your migraine,” he said.

TORONTO — About $240 billion is spent globally on medical studies each year, but only about half of the results end up being made public for use by other researchers and doctors treating patients. That lack of accessibility not only wastes precious research dollars, but is also potentially harmful to patient care, argues a group of researchers, who are calling for changes to ensure study results are fully reported in medical journals. “Overall, half of health research, nothing from it is made public, not even the basic results or the basic journal paper,” said Dr. An-Wen Chan, a scientist at the Women’s College Research Institute in Toronto. And when research is published, a study’s goals, methods and findings are usually summarized, resulting in significantly incomplete information, said Chan, lead author of one in a series of articles on research waste published in this week’s Lancet. “There are hundreds to thousands of pages of research information that describe how the study was done, as well as reporting all the analyses. And that is compressed into a journal paper that’s less than 10 pages,” he said. “So clearly there’s some loss of information. And when you select what information to report, as with any journal, the most interesting information is selectively reported.” Chan said the strongest predictor of a medical study being submitted for publication is finding positive results for a drug, medical device or other intervention being tested. When results of research are negative — in other words, the drug or device didn’t prove to be beneficial — researchers often don’t bother to submit their study to a journal, he said. But negative results are highly valuable in themselves, Chan stressed. “To know that something doesn’t work and we should not be treating our patients with a particular intervention is important to know. It wastes money, it wastes time and they’re potentially harmful if they don’t work.” Chan and his co-authors from the U.S., Europe and Australia cite several examples of incomplete study information leading to wasted health-care spending or harm to patients. For instance, governments worldwide spent billions of dollars on Tamiflu (oseltamivir) to treat influenza, especially during the 2009 H1N1 pandemic. But the decision to stockpile the drug was based on inadequate information, including clinical trials in which almost two-thirds of patient data were not reported. As it turned out, Tamiflu did not necessarily reduce hospital admissions or complications from flu and its harmful side-effects were unclear. “It’s really been based on questionable evidence of whether it works or not, questionable in the sense that regulators and independent researchers are unable to fully evaluate whether it works or not because not all the data are available,” Chan said. In the case of the blockbuster painkiller Vioxx, exclusion of data by its maker Merck from studies submitted to journals and to government regulators resulted in thousands of patients who took the drug having heart attacks or strokes. A subsequent analysis by independent researchers that included full data from all patient trials of the drug — obtained through a lawsuit — revealed the risk of heart attack and stroke, leading to Vioxx being pulled from the market by Merck in 2004. Those scientists were able to show the drug’s inherent dangers only because they obtained access to complete information, Chan said. “The tens of thousands of excess heart attacks and deaths that have been estimated could have been avoided.” In the Lancet article, Chan and co-authors make the following recommendations: —Research institutions and funding agencies should provide incentives that reward scientists who provide full dissemination of study materials. —Researchers, funders, sponsors, government regulators, research ethics committees and journals should develop and adopt standards for the content of full study reports and for data-sharing practices.

Food industry cuts 6.4 trillion calories from products FOUR TIMES GREATER THAN PLEDGED BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON — Some of the nation’s largest food companies have cut daily calorie counts by an average of 78 per person, a new study says, more than four times the amount the industry pledged to slash by next year. The study sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation found that between 2007 and 2012, the estimated total cut in food product calories was in the range of 6.4 trillion. Seventy-eight calories would be about the same as an average cookie or a medium apple, and the federal government estimates an average daily diet at around 2,000 calories. The study said the calories cut averaged out to 78 calories per day for the entire U.S. population. The 2010 pledge taken by 16 companies — including General Mills Inc., Campbell Soup Co., ConAgra Foods Inc., Kraft Foods Inc., Kellogg Co., Coca-Cola Co., PepsiCo Inc. and Hershey Co. — was to cut 1 trillion calories by 2012 and 1.5 trillion calories by 2015. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation signed on to hold the companies accountable, and that group hired researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to painstakingly count the calories in almost every single packaged item in the grocery store. To do that, the UNC researchers used the store-based scanner data of hundreds of thousands

of foods, commercial databases and nutrition facts panels to calculate exactly how many calories the companies were selling. The researchers aren’t yet releasing the entire study, but they said Thursday that the companies have exceeded their own goals by a wide margin. Dr. James Marks, director of the Health Group at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, said the group is pleased with the results but the companies “must sustain that reduction, as they’ve pledged to do, and other food companies should follow their lead.” The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is a nonpartisan philanthropic and research organization that works to improve the nation’s health. Even though the companies that made the commitment represent most of the nation’s most well-known food companies, they sold only around a third of all packaged foods and beverages at the beginning of the study. Missing are many off-label brands sold under the names of retailers, and it’s unknown whether those products have changed. It is also unclear how the reduction in calories translates into consumers’ diets. When the companies made the pledge in 2010, they said one way they would try and reduce calories would be to change portion sizes in an attempt to persuade consumers to eat less. The companies also said that they would develop new lower-calorie options and change existing products so they have fewer calories.

Evidence of those efforts are visible on any grocery store shelf. Many products now come in lower calorie versions, are baked instead of fried, or sold in miniature as well as larger versions. Marks says he believes that companies’ efforts to package smaller servings — 100 calorie packs of popular snacks, for example — and smaller cans of sugary drinks may have contributed to the reduction in calories. He says the main contributors most likely were the public’s increasing willingness to buy healthier foods and companies responding to those consumers. The companies involved are all part of an industry coalition of food businesses called the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation that has organized to help reduce obesity. The foundation pledged to reduce the calories as part of an agreement with a group of non-profit organizations and made the 2010 announcement as part of first lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move campaign to combat childhood obesity. Lisa Gable of the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation says the study’s findings “exceeded our expectations.” She said the companies achieved the goal by coming together and also competing to make new lowercalorie foods. Market studies have shown that many of the healthier foods have outperformed other products, she said. “This is a very significant shift in the marketplace,” Gable said.


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12 Years a Slave nabs best drama Globe AMERICAN HUSTLE LED GOLDEN GLOBES WITH THREE, INCLUDING BEST FILM COMEDY BY JAKE COYLE THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

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This image released by Fox Searchlight shows Chiwetel Ejiofor, center, in a scene from the film, 12 Years A Slave. The picture was chosen as best film drama at the Golden Globes on Sunday night. ries or movie, for Top of the Lake), Robin Wright (best actress in a TV series, drama) and even Poehler, herself (best actress in a TV series, comedy), appeared particularly shocked to win and each stumbled through their thank you’s. Poehler celebrated by making out with Bono. Spike Jonze was also blindsided by his best screenplay win for his futuristic romance Her. “I’m a terrible public speaker,” said Jonze. “And I’m bad at English. And it’s the only language I know.” Four months after its final episode, AMC’s Breaking Bad won for best drama TV series and best actor in a drama series for Bryan Cranston (both their first Globes). Cranston called his honour “a lovely way to say goodbye.” Creator Vince Gilligan said the award gave him “one more chance to thank the fans of the show,” but left the final word for star Aaron Paul. “Yeah, bitch,” declared Paul, with what essentially became his character’s catch phrase. U2 and Danger Mouse won the award for best original song for Ordinary Love, recorded for the Nelson Mandela biopic Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. Bono said working on the film completed a decades-long journey with Mandela, having played an anti-apartheid concert some 35 years ago.

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TV project has 10 directors tackle modern interpretations of 10 Commandments BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS PASADENA, Calif. — The Bible is still hot, at least as a television property. The WGN America network said Sunday that it has ordered a 10-part series, Ten Commandments, with a unique twist. Over 10 nights, 10 different filmmakers will take on a single commandment with a modern interpretation of its meaning. Five filmmakers already committed for episodes are Gus Van Zant, Lee Daniels, Jim Sheridan, Wes

“This man turned our life upside down, right-side up,” said Bono of the South African leader who died in December. “A man who refused to hate not because he didn’t have rage or anger or those things, but that he thought love would do a better job.” Accepting the Globe for best supporting actor, Jared Leto also paid tribute to his inspiration. The actor, whose rock band took him away from movies for years before the part, won for playing a transsexual in Dallas Buyers Club. “To the Rayons of the world, thanks for the inspiration,” said Leto. As expected, the Emmy-winning HBO film Behind the Candelabra, the acclaimed Liberace drama directed by Steven Soderbergh, won for best movie or miniseries, as well as best actor in a TV film for Michael Douglas. He thanked his co-star Damon. “The only reason you’re not here is I had more sequins,” Douglas told Damon. (Earlier in the evening, Poehler said among such a famous crowd that Damon was “basically a garbage person.”) The telecast managed two expletives in its first 30 minutes, one from Moss, the other from Jacqueline Bisset (best supporting actress, miniseries or movie, Dancing on the Edge). Both were surprise winners. But the playful interplay of Fey and Poehler again stole the show in the early going.

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Music network Revolt launching live music television news show PASADENA, Calif. — The music network started by Sean Combs last year is launching a twice-a-day live television show that it hopes will become a central place for music news and performances. The Revolt network said Sunday that its “Revolt Live” show will be aired at 5 and 8 p.m. ET from a new studio in Hollywood. The California-based rap performer Sibley and Philadelphia disc jockey, DJ Damage, will be cohosts. Revolt currently airs in about 20 million homes in the United States, primarily concentrated in the eastern part of the country and in Comcast and Time Warner cable homes.

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PASADENA, Calif. — Prolific TV producer Mark Burnett has a new venture. He’s helping to launch an American version of the popular lucha libre wrestling league from Mexico. Burnett said Sunday that he is becoming a partner with Lucha Libre AAA to create the American league, and it will be shown on the brand-new El Rey television network started by film director Robert Rodriguez, which is aimed at English-speaking Latino households. Burnett is known as the behind-the-scenes visionary behind Survivor, The Voice and The Bible. He said he loves the story lines of good versus evil in lucha libre, a combination of scripted entertainment and sports action. The new American league is expected to begin later this year.

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The SNL duo, signed up to host next year, too, brought last year’s Globes’ telecast to a six-year ratings high of 19.7 million. “This is Hollywood,” explained Fey. “If something kind of works, they’ll just keep doing it until everyone hates it.” The Tracy Letts play adaptation August: Osage County, starring Streep, Fey said, proved “that there are great parts in Hollywood for Meryl Streeps over 60.” Poehler and Fey, as they did last year, sought to get off the stage and mingle among the guests. In one memorable bit that parodied the Hollywood legacies who serve as stage guides, Poehler played Fey’s surly daughter. They left it open as to whether Harvey Weinstein was the father. Poehler was a winner, too, taking the Globe for best actress in a comedy TV series (Parks and Recreation). The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, a group of about 85 mostly freelance foreign journalists (Fey and Poehler mocked their publications), has recently undergone a change in leadership and, perhaps, a shift toward respectability. While the Globes have in the past been known for curious nominees like The Tourist and Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, this year’s nominees were seen as without such oddities. This year, the Globes fall days after Oscar nomination voting concluded.

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Amy Poehler made out with Bono, Tina Fey mocked George Clooney’s taste in women and Matt Damon emerged, bizarrely, as the night’s theme. But at the end of a madcap Golden Globes (Fey toasted it as “the beautiful mess we hoped it would be”), the major honours soberly ended up with the favourites. David O. Russell’s con-artist caper American Hustle led with three awards, including best film comedy. And despite missing out in the other six categories it was nominated in, the unflinching historical drama 12 Years a Slave concluded the night as best film drama. “A little bit in shock,” said director Steve McQueen, before shrugging the lyrics to the old gospel song sung in the slavery epic: Roll, Jordan, roll. Russell’s 1970s Abscam fictionalization American Hustle had the better night overall, winning acting awards for Amy Adams (best actress drama) and Jennifer Lawrence (best supporting actress). Best picture was the only award for 12 Years a Slave, which came in with seven nominations, tied for the most with American Hustle. Awards were otherwise spread around. Matthew McConaughey took best actor in a drama for his performance in the Texas HIV drama Dallas Buyers Club. Leonardo DiCaprio, a nine-time Golden Globe nominee, won his second Globe for best actor in a comedy for his work in The Wolf of Wall Street. Alfonso Cuaron won best director for the space odyssey Gravity, a worldwide hit and critical favourite. The night’s biggest winners may have been hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, whose second time hosting the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s Beverly Hills, Calif., ceremony was just as successful as last year’s show (a six-year ratings high with 19.7 million viewers). The pair came out with a spree of punch lines, dishing them around the Beverly Hills Hilton, much to the delight of its starry audience. Damon, Meryl Streep and, naturally, George Clooney were among the targets. Fey particularly had the crowd roaring with a description of Gravity, which stars Sandra Bullock and Clooney. “George Clooney would rather float away in space and die than spend one more minute with a woman his own age,” said Fey. Many of the night’s surprise winners were literally caught speechless. Andy Samberg (best actor in a comedy series, Brooklyn Nine-Nine), Elisabeth Moss (winner of best actress, minise-

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Schools sending too many kids to court SHOULD BE SENDING KIDS TO THE PRINCIPAL’S OFFICE, OBAMA ADMINISTRATION SAYS BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON — The Obama administration has pressed the nation’s schools to abandon what it described as overly zealous discipline policies that send students to court instead of the principal’s office. Even before the announcement, school districts around the country have been taking action to adjust the policies that disproportionately affect minority students. Attorney General Eric Holder said problems often stem from well intentioned “zero-tolerance” policies that can inject the criminal justice system into school matters. “A routine school disciplinary infraction should land a student in the principal’s office, not in a police precinct,” Holder said. But it’s about race, too, the government said in a letter accompanying the new guidelines it issued Wednesday. “In our investigations, we have found cases where African-American students were disciplined more harshly and more frequently because of their race than similarly situated white students,” the Justice Department and Education Department said in the letter to school districts. “In short, racial discrimination in school discipline is a real problem.” The guidelines are not the first administration action regarding toughon-crime laws or policies of the 1980s and ’90s that have lost support more broadly since then. Holder announced last summer that he was instructing federal prosecutors to stop charging nonviolent drug offenders with crimes that carry man-

datory minimum sentences, a change affecting crack cocaine sentences that have disproportionately affected minorities. And just before Christmas, President Barack Obama commuted the sentences of eight people serving long drug sentences. The federal school discipline recommendations are nonbinding. They encourage schools to ensure that all school personnel are trained in classroom management, conflict resolution and approaches to de-escalate classroom disruptions — and understand that they are responsible for administering routine student discipline instead of security or police officers. Still, Education Secretary Arne Duncan has acknowledged the challenge is finding the proper balance to keep schools safe and orderly. The administration said that it would attempt to work out voluntary settlements if school disciplinary policies are found to violate federal civil rights laws. That happened in Meridian, Miss., where the Justice Department spearheaded a settlement with the school district to end discriminatory disciplinary practices. The black students in the district were facing harsher punishment than white students for similar misbehaviour. Absent a voluntary agreement, the department could go to court to provide relief for individual students, among other things. Zero-tolerance policies became popular in the 1990s and often have been accompanied by a greater police presence in schools. The policies often spell out uniform and swift pun-

‘IF WE’RE SUPPOSED TO BE HERE FOR THESE KIDS, WHAT WE WANT TO TRY TO DO IS WORK WITH THEM TO FIND ALTERNATIVES, TO REALLY DRILL DOWN AND FIND OUT WHAT IT IS WE’RE DOING THAT’S NOT MEETING THEIR NEEDS.’ — DAVID W. JAMES AKRON, OHIO SUPERINTENDENT

ishment for offences such as truancy, smoking or carrying a weapon. Violators can lose classroom time or even end up with a criminal record. In Akron, Ohio, Superintendent David W. James said a recent analysis found higher percentages of black students being disciplined in almost every category. He said he’s been criticized for not suspending African-American kids seen by teachers as a threat where he didn’t think action was warranted. James said he hopes the administration’s effort will provide leverage for districts with parents, teachers and communities. “If we’re supposed to be here for these kids, what we want to try to do is work with them to find alternatives, to really drill down and find out what it is we’re doing that’s not meeting their needs,” he said. In many parts of the country, there already has been a shift toward recognizing that school discipline polices can be discriminatory, said Judith Browne Dianis, co-director of the Advancement Project, a think-tank that specializes in social issues affecting minority communities. Associations representing teachers, principals, school superintendents

and school board members agreed that a disparity exists. “Numbers don’t lie. They are there,” said Beverly Hutton, a former high school principal in New Jersey who is director of professional development at the National Association of Secondary School Principals. And there have been changes in individual districts around the country. The school district in Buffalo, N.Y., adopted a new code of conduct to reduce suspensions after a 15-year-old, Jawaan Daniels, died in a drive-by shooting in 2010 as he left school to begin serving an out-of-school suspension for wandering the halls of school. In Fairfax County, Va., an affluent suburb of Washington, the school board voted in 2012 to soften punishments for possession of marijuana and implement new policies on parental notification. The changes followed a yearlong review that was prompted in part by the suicides of two students who had faced discipline. And in Miami, Broward County Public Schools last November reached an agreement with law enforcement and the NAACP to create an alternative to zero-tolerance discipline policies and shut off what some see as a school-toprison pipeline.

Clingy in-laws need new outlets for their energy Dear Annie: My problem is my inlaws. They do not have any friends or hobbies, so they choose to cling to us. They insist on doing everything we do, going everywhere we go. Our children are active in sports and often play on the weekends. That means we spend every weekend with my in-laws. They talk to their son the whole time about nonsense, not even caring that they are distracting him and everyone around who is trying to watch the kids’ activities. My husband and I don’t get to spend much time together, and there’s no opportunity to do it at our kids’ games because the in-laws stand between us and take over any conversation. My husband won’t say anything, but it’s driving me nuts. I’ve tried not giving them the kids’ schedules, but that doesn’t help. They invite us for dinner at least once a month and get their feelings hurt when we can’t go. They believe we should come for every holiday. They don’t ever consider that we might want to be alone with our kids or that there is family on my side whom we might want to see. My in-laws are nice people, but I

want to be able to do stuff with my are in jail. I love them, but I never get husband and kids without them being a break unless I can pay a babysitter, there every time. This has been caus- and it is a bit much. No one ever ofing problems between my husband and fers to take them, including the other me. Please, grandparents, grandparents, my siblings find a hobby. - Smothered in and my friends. California I understand that people Dear Smothered: This have their own problems, is an issue of boundaries. but it is discouraging to see Dinner once a month with that no one cares enough to the in-laws is not excessive offer even a little help, and if the encounters are nonit would mean so much. toxic. And they should be I know I am doing what’s able to attend their grandbest for my grandchildren, children’s sporting events which makes it worthwhile for a few hours on a weekregardless, but I am an end. However, you are right Exhausted Grandmother that they seem to intrude Dear Grandmother: Have on a great deal of your famyou asked these people diMITCHELL ily time, and their expectarectly to give you a breath& SUGAR tions are out of line. It’s OK er? If not, please do so. to tell them “no” politely You are obviously a loving but firmly. Please discuss grandmother, but there’s this with your husband so no reason to be a martyr, you are in agreement. His waiting for others to offer parents will learn to live assistance. Tell the other with the disappointment, but your hus- grandparents that you would like them band must back you up. to take the children next weekend. If Dear Annie: I am raising my two they refuse, tell them to choose the granddaughters because their parents weekend they prefer. Ask your siblings

to spend a few hours with the kids on a Saturday. And contact AARP (aarp. org) for information on grandparents raising grandchildren and resources for respite care. Dear Annie: “A Friend of Waiters” was disturbed by her friend’s treatment of restaurant staff, complaining and sending food back to the kitchen. I have a relative who is similarly difficult. Whenever we go out, I choose a buffet style restaurant. This way, she can see what she is getting and choose accordingly. If she doesn’t like her choice, she can leave it and try something else. There is no waitstaff to berate or reason to demand that dishes be sent back. The worst she has ever done at a buffet restaurant is complain that our table was not clean enough. - Figured It Out Annie’s Mailbox is written by Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar, longtime editors of the Ann Landers column. Please email your questions to anniesmailbox@ comcast.net, or write to: Annie’s Mailbox, c/o Creators Syndicate, 737 3rd Street, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254.

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preciated by others today, but you will LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): One of your also gain their trust. Others will will- parents might request you to be more ingly want to confess to you their little, present at home or ask you to fulfill painful secrets. some duties. Even though they might TAURUS (April 20-May 20): You are restrict you in some dutiful way, your gaining a higher social status and the heart and soul wants to expand in recognition for all your efforts are be- grandiose manners. You can also bening rewarded accordingly. efit from a social gathering. You stand high and empowVIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): ered, while this is boosting The perception that you your sense of self-esteem to have towards a partner is an ultimate high. giving you many doubts. GEMINI (May 21-June You don’t know which di20): This day has a conflictrection you should be heading effect to it. You have all ing to. Your heart’s desire the necessary tools to sucis not giving you enough ceed and move forward yet hints as to be able to clearyou find yourself stuck by ly read their intentions. the inability to make yourLIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. self understood properly. 22): Success can come to If you are uncertain about you through legal matters certain career choices, or through travelling. ReASTRO postpone your assessments lationships with others DOYNA for another day. should run pretty smoothCANCER (June 21-July ly right now and if single, 22): You’re comfortably a new love interest may numb for the most part of awake your curiosity. You the day. Even though you are creating a world of your are not in the spotlight right now, you own. prefer to deal with the unfinished SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Your rebusiness first. It’s a great day to retreat lationship with your parents should from the crowd and to work on your greatly improve at this time. You feel own self. like you are growing and prospering

together. There could be private talks about the history of your ancestors or even a subject about an inheritance. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Business alliances should go extremely well under the current celestial trends. You reach out to others, be it your network or your own siblings and you can expect a marvelous response in return. Love will blossom as well. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): You find the right balance in your professional life. Coworkers seem more cooperative and helpful. Your improved lifestyle is giving you a sense of wellbeing and stability which you so crave for. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): You’re in the mood to have some well-deserved fun. And, who or what is stopping you from fully expressing yourself when you got so much pleasure to experience on your agenda today. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Your own personal space might expand and you might want to have more guests over. You are also hopeful about an old issue which you needed to resolve. Private talks are working in your benefit. Astro Doyna is an internationally syndicated astrologer and columnist. Her column appears daily in the Advocate.

Monday, Jan. 13 CELEBRITIES BORN ON THIS DATE: Orlando Bloom, 37; Liam Hemsworth, 24; Patrick Dempsey, 48 THOUGHT OF THE DAY: The Moon continues its transit through comical and clever Gemini. Learning a new skill or pursuing an activity of a personal interest will evoke in us a need to be mentally stimulated. A trine with Neptune will only let our fantasies drift through our minds. Later on, the Moon moves in its own home, the thoughtful Cancer. A chatty vibe turns our mood towards sentimentality. Early childhood memories and family history take centre stage during the Lunar Crab. HAPPY BIRTHDAY: If today is your birthday, put your sneakers on and start your year with new resolutions! You have no excuse to procrastinate and this year will only give you that natural innate need to work on your overall wellness. Remember, it’s all about the structure of your plans! ARIES (March 21-April 19): When you put your mind into something, there’s little than can stay in your way. Not only will you feel closer and ap-

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Rebels blank Broncos BARTOSAK MAKES 34 SAVES TO LEAD REBELS TO SHUTOUT WIN IN ROAD TRIP FINALE BY ADVOCATE STAFF Rebels 3 Broncos 0 SWIFT CURRENT –— The Red Deer Rebels were in synch from start to finish Saturday and closed out their fourgame WHL road trip with a convincing 3-0 win over the Swift Current Broncos. “We competed for a complete 60 minutes last night,” Rebels associate coach Jeff Truitt said Sunday. “We didn’t give up a lot defensively and that’s a credit to everybody, from the forwards working hard to the defence making good plays, And obviously Patty (netminder Patrik Bartosak) was good when he needed to be. “I thought that was one of our best complete 60-minute team efforts of the season.” Defenceman Haydn Fleury scored the only goal the Rebels would need 3:54 into the contest viewed by 2,215

fans at the Credit Union i-plex. From there the club’s two newest additions chipped in with a goal apiece as Aspen Sterzer connected late in the second period and Presten Kopeck beat Broncos netminder Eetu Laurikainen with five minutes remaining in the game. “Those were really good moves by the organization in getting both of those guys,” said Truitt. “Sterzer is off to a hot start with us, which is great, and both he and Kopeck are two great players who really complement (centre Conner) Bleackley on a line right now. They’re two hard-working players and that line seems to have some chemistry going.” Sterzer, acquired from the Kamloops Blazers Thursday, has contributed two goals and two assists in two outings since joining the Rebels for their third game of the trip — a 4-3 win over the Moose Jaw Warriors Friday. Kopeck, who came over from the Port-

land Winterhawks in the Matt Dumba deal in December, has a goal and two helpers in four games as a Rebel. Forward Rhyse Dieno, who played on a line with Bleackley before suffering a lower body injury Jan. 5, is expected to return in short order and might find himself on a different forward unit. “Who knows how it’s going to work when Dieno comes back, but the way things are going now I wouldn’t expect to see much of a change, on that line anyway,” said Truitt. Bartosak stopped 34 shots Saturday to post his third shutout of the season and lower his goals-against average to 2.89. Laurikainen made 35 saves. After dropping the first two games of the road trip at Brandon and Regina, the Rebels’ goal was to finish the trek with a break-even record and possibly move into a playoff spot. They accomplished both by moving into a sev-

enth-place tie with the Prince Albert Raiders in the Eastern Conference. “That’s something we talked about. After losing the first two games we wanted to be .500 on this trip,” said Truitt. “We got the one in Moose Jaw and then we had this opportunity which was accompanied by a possible playoff position. “We just wanted to concentrate on making sure our effort was at a high level for each period. We weren’t looking at anything further than just one period at a time. The message was, let’s just recharge and reset ourselves for each period knowing that this was our fourth game in five nights with a lot of travel. The guys just really caught on to that and did an excellent job.” The Rebels return to action Friday against the visiting Calgary Hitmen. The Lethbridge Hurricanes are at the Centrium 24 hours later. gmeachem@reddeeradvocate.com

Hawks fly past Oilers BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Blackhawks 5 Oilers 3 CHICAGO — Marian Hossa celebrated his 35th birthday by picking his teammates up after an unlucky break. Hossa had a power-play goal and an assist, and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Edmonton Oilers 5-3 on Sunday night to end a three-game losing streak. Hossa’s 17th goal came during a 5-on-3 advantage in Chicago’s dominant second period, and just 29 seconds after teammate Patrick Kane inadvertently bounced a pass off the boards and into an empty net during a delayed penalty call. Edmonton’s Boyd Gordon was credited with a fluke short-handed goal that tied it at 2. No problem for Hossa, who helped his team move on by quickly regaining the moment for the Blackhawks. “That type of thing happens once in a while, and we did a good job of bouncing back,” Hossa said. “We got a big one the next shift.” Ben Smith, Andrew Shaw, Jonathan Toews and Brent Seabrook also scored for Chicago, which had 15 goals in a three-game sweep of the season series against Edmonton. The Blackhawks picked up their play after a slow start and outshot Edmonton 41-21. Chicago’s Antti Raanta made 18 saves in just his second start since No. 1 goalie Corey Crawford returned from a lower-body injury on Jan. 2. Ales Hemsky and Taylor Hall also scored for Edmonton, and Devan Dubnyk blocked 36 shots. The Blackhawks grabbed control with a three-goal second that gave them a 4-2 lead. Chicago outshot Edmonton 19-5 in the period. “The second period again,” Oilers coach Dallas Eakins said. “It’s a little mind-boggling.” “I thought we caught a great break on that crazy second goal,” he added. “And then we went out and we couldn’t kill that 5-on-3 and now you’re chasing it against a good team again. You’re very rarely going to fare well doing that.” Shaw struck first, converting a high screened shot from the left circle at 2:36 of the second. Shaw’s 12th goal came moments after a turnover by Edmonton’s Nail Yakupov at centre ice. After Gordon’s unusual score tied it at 2, Hossa scored on a screened shot from 35 feet away in the slot. “I thought we had a better purpose in our game,” Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said, praising his team’s response to its recent slide. “We were first

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Edmonton Oilers goalie Devan Dubnyk makes a save during the second period of an NHL game against the Chicago Blackhawks in Chicago, Sunday. Chicago won 5-3. to a lot of pucks, had better layers in our zones.” Toews completed a 2-on-1 break with Patrick Sharp with 2:28 left in the second to extend Chicago’s lead to 4-2. After taking Sharp’s feed, Toews tucked a backhander under Dubnyk’s pad. Hall got one back for Edmonton when he onetimed a pass from Schultz past Raanta at 5:17 of the third, but Seabrook restored Chicago’s two-goal advantage with 5:41 left. Hemsky opened the scoring at 6:08 of the first. He got past Blackhawks defenceman Duncan Keith on the right wing, cut alone across the top of the crease and slipped a low backhand shot past Raanta. The Blackhawks tied it at 1 on Smith’s deflection with 5:34 left in the period. It was Chicago’s first firstperiod goal since Dec. 30, a span of six games. The NHL’s most potent offence helped make up for an unlucky break in the second.

The Blackhawks already were on a 5-on-4 power play and buzzing in the Oilers’ zone when Dubnyk hacked Shaw and was assessed a delayed penalty for slashing. Raanta vacated his net and headed to the bench as Chicago sent out an extra attacker. From the right corner, Kane bounced a pass off the boards toward the right point. But no Blackhawk was there and the puck slid the length of the ice and into the net. “I thought the point man was there and it seemed to keep catching speed and found the net,” Kane said. “It was good that we got it right back, especially on the 5-on-3. That made it a little bit better.” NOTES: The Blackhawks’ three-game losing streak matched their season-longest slide. ... The Oilers started a four-game road trip and now move on to Dallas, Minnesota and Winnipeg. ... Chicago has won four straight against Edmonton, dating to last season.

Sweeting downs Bernard to win provincial championship BY GREG MEACHEM ADVOCATE SPORTS EDITOR

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Skip Val Sweeting delivers a rock with lead Rachelle Pidherny ready to sweep during Sunday’s Alberta women’s curling championship final at the Sylvan Lake Multiplex. Sweeting and her Edmonton foursome went on to post an 8-4 win over Cheryl Bernard’s Calgary rink and advance to the Scotties Tournament of Hearts Feb. 1-9 at Montreal.

SYLVAN LAKE — This time around, Val Sweeting didn’t take anyone by surprise. Sweeting captured the 2010 Alberta women’s curling championship as a virtual unknown, and prevailed in the most unlikeliest of fashions after being on the verge of elimination with two losses. On Sunday, before a few hundred fans at the Multiplex, Sweeting and her supporting cast of third Dana Ferguson, second Joanne Courtney and lead Rachelle Pidherny were favoured to down 2010 Olympic silver medalist Cheryl Bernard of Calgary, and they came through in spades with an 8-4 victory. The provincial championship win capped a perfect week for the Edmonton foursome, which didn’t suffer a single loss. “Any way you get to the final is good, but the fact that we stayed strong and stayed with it every game . . . it’s a great feeling going into the Scotties for sure,” said Sweeting, whose Edmonton team will represent Alberta in the 2014 Scotties Tournament of Hearts Feb. 1-9 at Montreal. “It’s a totally different mindset for me from 2010 because at that time nobody knew who was and the pressure was kind of off. The target wasn’t on our back and we qualified through the C event in the NACA playdowns. “It’s totally different this year. We were seeded second coming into the provincials and we’ve had a good season so far. We just played really well all week and I’m proud of the girls.”

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Sweeting finished first in round-robin play, then downed Heather Nedohin 6-5 in Saturday’s 1-2 Page playoff game. Bernard, meanwhile, edged Crystal Webster of Calgary 10-9 in the 3-4 contest, setting up a Sunday morning semifinal in which Bernard topped Nedohin 7-5. The final took on a feeling of doubt when Sweeting snapped a scoreless tie with three in the second end. Bernard battled back with singles in each of the third and fourth frames, and Sweeting took one in the fifth and gave one back in the sixth when Bernard executed a gentle tapback with her final stone while facing five opposition stones. From there, Sweeting counted two in the seventh, gave up one in the eighth and struck for a deuce in the ninth, at which time the teams shook hands. “They played great all week and were deserving of this,” said Bernard of the Sweeting foursome. “They deserve to go to the Scotties and they’ll represent Alberta well. They’re an awesome young team and they will be kind of the future of Alberta.” Bernard, who praised the ice conditions at the Multiplex, hinted earlier in the week that this might be her last season of competitive curling. She wasn’t willing to take on that subject Sunday while surrounded by rinkmates Susan O’Connor, Lori Olson-Johns and Shannon Aleksic. “This is their day, so that’s for another day to talk about,” said the veteran skip, nodding in the direction of the Sweeting foursome.

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Conference championships set IT’S MANNING VS. BRADY IN AFC CHAMPIONSHIP, 49ERS VS. SEAHAWKS IN NFC TITLE GAME NFL PLAYOFFS BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Well, well. We meet again. Peyton Manning vs. Tom Brady in the AFC championship game. The San Francisco 49ers vs. the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC title bout. It’ll be a Sunday of rivalry showdowns next weekend, with familiar foes a win away from the Super Bowl. Manning helped lead the Denver Broncos past the San Diego Chargers 24-17 on Sunday, setting up another meeting with Brady and the New England Patriots. The Broncos opened as 6 ½-point favourites for the game at Denver. “It’s the Broncos versus the Patriots and certainly Tom and I have played against each other a lot,” Manning said, “but when you get to the AFC championship, it’s about two good teams that have been through a lot to get there.” In the NFC, the 49ers and Seahawks are all set to play for the NFC championship in the latest chapter in one of the NFL’s budding — and bitter — rivalries. The Seahawks (14-3) opened as 3-point favourites for the game at Seattle. The Broncos (14-3) controlled the game against the Chargers (10-8) for 3 ½ quarters before Philip Rivers capitalized on an injury to cornerback Chris Harris Jr. to stage a comeback reminiscent of Baltimore’s shocking win at Denver exactly a year earlier. But this time, Manning rescued the Broncos from the brink of another crushing collapse and sent them into the title game for the first time in eight seasons. Manning and Brady have squared off 14 times throughout their careers, with the Patriots quarterback holding a 10-4 edge in the head-to-head matchup — including a 34-31 overtime victory in November. “They’re a great team, they had a big win last night,” Manning said. “We’re going to enjoy this one tonight, start to work on them tomorrow and I know it’ll be a heck of a game.” Manning was 25 of 36 for 230 yards and two TDs, but the Broncos controlled the clock by largely sticking to the ground game. After gaining just 18 yards against San Diego last month, the Broncos ran for 133 yards, including 82 by Knowshon Moreno, whose 3-yard TD run put them ahead 24-7 with 8:12 left. The Chargers rallied to get within a score late, but Manning completed a pair of key third-down passes in the final minutes to prevent San Diego from getting a final chance. At Foxborough, Mass., LeGarrette Blount carried the Patriots (13-4) to their third straight AFC title game with four touchdown runs in a 43-22 victory over the Indianapolis Colts on Saturday night.

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Denver Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno sidesteps San Diego Chargers free safety Eric Weddle in the second quarter of an NFL AFC division playoff football game, Sunday, in Denver. “It’s just a great achievement,” Brady said. “People have counted us out at times this year, but I think we’ve got a locker room full of believers.” It’s easy to see why after they forced Andrew Luck into throwing four interceptions and ran for six scores against the Colts. “We just had to keep our foot on the gas pedal,” Blount said, “and make sure that they didn’t to us what they did to Kansas City.” Last weekend, the Colts (12-6) pulled off a stunning 45-44 victory over the Chiefs in which they overcame a 38-10 third-quarter deficit in the wild-card game for the second-biggest comeback victory in NFL playoff history. This time, there was no such comefrom-behind performance for Luck and the Colts. At Charlotte, N.C., Colin Kaepernick threw a touchdown pass and ran for another score and the 49ers defeated the Carolina Panthers 23-10 on Sunday. San Francisco, which lost last year to Baltimore, is looking for a return trip to the Super Bowl. And lots of hard hits and plenty of jawing might be expected in this latest matchup with the Seahawks. “I think we’re the two teams ev-

eryone was looking at from the beginning,” Kaepernick said. “It’s going to be a knockdown, drag-out game.” The 49ers have committed seven turnovers and been outscored 71-16 in their past two trips to Seattle, including a 29-3 Week 2 loss in September. “We’re a different team than we were the first time we played them up there,” Kaepernick insisted. The 49ers (14-4) will get a chance to prove that next weekend after Kaepernick completed 15 of 28 passes for 196 yards Sunday, avenging his worst statistical performance of the season two months ago against the Panthers. He was held to 91 yards passing and 16 yards rushing in the first meeting with Carolina, a 10-9 loss at Candlestick Park. On Saturday, Marshawn Lynch ran for a franchise playoff-record 140 yards and two touchdowns and Seattle’s defence flustered Drew Brees and New Orleans in a 23-15 victory. The top-seeded Seahawks advanced to the NFC title game for the second time, and first since the 2005 playoffs. “We haven’t done anything yet,” quarterback Russell Wilson said. “That’s our goal. We have 60 minutes of football left.” Against a familiar foe.

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll and 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh have been rivals dating to their days as opponents in the old Pac-10 conference. In 2009, after Harbaugh’s Stanford team ran up the score on Carroll’s Southern California squad in a 55-21 rout, the two met at midfield and an annoyed Carroll barked, “What’s your deal?” They’ve carried that over to the NFL — and it might get ramped up again during the week with a Super Bowl appearance on the line. “We’re healthy, we’re a great team and we’re willing to do whatever it takes to get that ring,” Gore said. “We’re playing great ball.” The 49ers held Cam Newton in check, intercepting him twice and sacking him five times while stopping the Panthers (12-5) twice on the 1-yard line in the first half. At Seattle, Steven Hauschka kicked three field goals in blustery conditions, and Lynch capped the victory with a 31-yard scoring run with 2:40 left that Carroll celebrated by jumping into offensive line coach Tom Cable’s arms. “It feels awesome,” fullback Michael Robinson said, “but this doesn’t mean anything if we don’t win next week.”

Flames can’t get offence Eagles win pair on weekend CHINOOK HOCKEY LEAGUE going against Penguins Penguins 2 Flames 1 CALGARY — Pittsburgh was held to two goals on Saturday night but, against a struggling Calgary offence that set a record for being shutout at home, it was enough. Marc-Andre Fleury made 27 saves to backstop the Penguins to a 2-1 victory over the Flames, handing Calgary its team record sixth consecutive home regulation loss. “It was just nice today, to have a close, low scoring game,” said Fleury, who improved to 26-10-1. “It felt nice. The last few games were a little crazy so it’s definitely nice and it was a good battle.” It looked for the longest time like Fleury was going to become the sixth goaltender in the last eight games to shut out the Flames before Mikael Backlund cut into a 2-0 deficit with a goal with 8:31 left in the third period. “It’s a relief. It’s hard when you chase and chase and you get scoring chances and the puck doesn’t go in,” Backlund said. “It gets in your head a little bit. It shouldn’t but it’s natural. But as soon as you score one, everybody settles down a little bit and you feel better.” Ending a goalless stretch at the Scotiabank Saddledome at a team record 196 minutes 59 seconds, Backlund outbattled Kris Letang for the puck and scored on a wicked slapshot from 40 feet out. “Obviously it was nice to get a goal since we haven’t had too many at home here, lately, but we’re very disappointed that we didn’t win the game,” Backlund said. Chris Kunitz and Matt Niskanen scored for Pittsburgh (33-12-2). The Penguins pick up five-of-six points on its three-game road trip that included a win in Vancouver and an overtime loss in Edmonton on Friday. “The Western Canada swing, it’s always a hype-up for these games,” said Pittsburgh coach Dan Bylsma. “With Sidney in the building, it seems like we get the best from other teams.” Calgary (15-24-6) is next in action Monday in Carolina as they begin a short two-game road trip that sees them also play Tuesday in Nashville.

Shawn Bates and Ziegler and a single off the stick of Aaron Boyer. Mitch McColm, Kyle Reed and Tyler McNabb scored for the Drillers. Larose turned aside 27 shots as the winning netminder, while Todd Ford made 39 saves for Okotoks. In another CHL weekend contest, the Bentley Generals thumped host Stony Plain 9-3 Saturday as Connor Shields fired three goals and added one assist and Kyle Sheen tallied twice and

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CURLING: Stayed strong to very end “They played great all week and I’m so happy for them. At the same time, it was a great week for our team. I’m so proud of the girls and I’ve had a great time playing with them.” The Sweeting quartet applied pres-

picked up three helpers. Don Morrison, Chris Neiszner, Sean Robertson, who added two assists, and Matt Stefanishion also connected for the Generals, while Randall Gelech had four helpers and Jason Lundmark contributed three assists. Jordan Cah, Brendan Baumgartner and Cole Gibson scored for the Eagles. Travis Yonkman made 28 saves for Bentley. Wade Waters blocked 26 shots for Stony Plain.

sure throughout the provincial final and only Bernard’s precision shotmaking abilities kept the outcome in doubt. “We definitely stqyed strong to the very end. We knew the Bernard team was good and that they would play well. We expected to be a close game,” said Sweeting. “Cheryl was making such good draws to almost take things away from us. But we stayed strong and I’m just really proud of the girls and how well they played this week and how we stuck together all week.” gmeachem@reddeeradvocate.com

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“On the mental side, it’s good but it’s another loss,” said Flames coach Bob Hartley, relieved that his team scored but not pleased with the end result. “But I can’t fault the effort. Tonight was by far one of our best games lately.” After the Backlund goal, with the roaring sell-out crowd of 19,289 suddenly back in the game and momentum seemingly on their side, Calgary could not get the tying goal as Pittsburgh didn’t give the Flames much to work with. That was different than how Friday’s loss played out in Edmonton when the Penguins blew a third-period lead and lost in overtime. “After a disappointing third period for us last night, for us it was a much better team game,” said Niskanen. “We got the 2-0 lead, same situation we were in last night and that’s something we want to get better at, playing with the lead.” Pittsburgh took a 1-0 lead at 16:34 of the first period on a laser of a shot from Kunitz that beat Reto Berra over his shoulder and just under the cross bar. The Penguins made it 2-0 at 6:42 of the second when Niskanen’s shot through a crowd in front squeaked through the pads of Berra. The Flames’ 27-year-old goaltender had 24 saves including two stellar stops against Sidney Crosby less than 30 seconds apart in the first period. With the game scoreless, first Crosby broke in from off the left wing but had his snap shot smothered. Later that shift, Kunitz’s pass sprung Crosby on a breakaway from the blue-line but again Berra showed good reflexes in stopping the close wrist shot. Crosby also hit a goal post in seeing his seven-game points streak snapped. Down 2-0 seven minutes into the third period, the Flames had a chance to try to get the game back to even when they got a five-minute power play after Pittsburgh defenceman Robert Bortuzzo was given a match penalty for head contact for a heavy hit along the side boards on Calgary captain Mark Giordano. But the Flames could not click on the major, which was cut short when Mike Cammalleri took a cross-checking penalty during it. Calgary is now 1 for 26 with the man advantage in the last eight games.

Jonathan Larose made 22 saves Sunday as the Innisfail Eagles capped a perfect Chinook Hockey League weekend with a 4-2 win over the host Stony Plain Eagles. Scoring for the visitors, who fired 33 shots at Stony Plain netminder Clayton Wilburn, were Luke Boyer, Dan Shermerhorn, Wyatt Hamilton and Chad Ziegler. Tyler Herder and Scott Derwicki replied for the hosts. Innisfail downed the visiting Okotoks Drillers 5-3 Friday, getting two goals from each of


SCOREBOARD Hockey WHL EASTERN CONFERENCE EAST DIVISION GP W L OTLSOL GF Swift Current 45 23 16 1 5 150 Regina 45 23 17 3 2 153 Brandon 44 23 17 4 0 167 Prince Albert 43 22 19 2 0 148 Moose Jaw 44 13 25 3 3 118 Saskatoon 47 12 31 1 3 134 CENTRAL DIVISION GP W L OTLSOL GF Calgary 44 29 10 2 3 166 Edmonton 43 29 13 0 1 171 Medicine Hat 42 24 15 3 0 142 Kootenay 46 22 20 2 2 137 Red Deer 44 22 20 0 2 132 Lethbridge 46 9 32 2 3 118

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WESTERN CONFERENCE B.C. DIVISION GP W L OTLSOL GF GA Pt Kelowna 43 36 5 0 2 187 106 74 Victoria 46 29 15 0 2 138 110 60 Vancouver 45 22 15 5 3 153 151 52 Prince George 46 17 23 2 4 143 184 40 Kamloops 44 10 29 2 3 114 181 25 U.S. DIVISION GP W L OTLSOL GF GA Pt Portland 45 28 12 2 3 192 153 61 Spokane 42 26 13 1 2 155 125 55 Everett 44 24 13 6 1 134 119 55 Seattle 44 25 14 2 3 156 167 55 Tri-City 44 20 20 2 2 114 127 44 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 Saturday’s results Red Deer 3 Swift Current 0 Regina 6 Saskatoon 2 Brandon 5 Prince Albert 2 Edmonton 8 Lethbridge 0 Kelowna 5 Medicine Hat 4 Prince George 4 Kamloops 3 (SO) Portland 2 Victoria 1 Seattle 4 Spokane 3 (OT) Tri-City 3 Everett 2 (OT) Sunday’s results Kelowna 4 Calgary 2 Portland 5, Vancouver 4, SO Kootenay 5 Edmonton 4 Tuesday’s games Medicine Hat at Lethbridge, 6 p.m. Seattle at Spokane, 7:05 p.m. Friday, January 17 Kootenay at Regina, 5 p.m. Prince Albert at Saskatoon, 5:05 p.m. Swift Current at Brandon, 5:30 p.m. Calgary at Red Deer, 6 p.m. Edmonton at Prince George, 7 p.m. Moose Jaw at Portland, 7 p.m. Vancouver at Kamloops, 7 p.m. Kelowna at Victoria, 7:05 p.m. Spokane at Everett, 7:35 p.m. Tri-City at Seattle, 7:35 p.m. Saturday’s summary Rebels 3, Broncos 0 First Period 1. Red Deer, Fleury 6 (Charif, Sutter) 3:54. Penalties — None. Second Period 2. Red Deer, Sterzer 19 (Bleackley, Fleury) 18:07. Penalties — Merkley SC (interference) 4:11, Sutter RD (high-sticking) 8:46, Sutter RD (high-sticking) 10:46, Feser RD (cross-checking) 17:17, Gordon SC (cross-checking) 17:17, Kopeck RD (hooking) 18:11. Third Period 3. Red Deer, Kopeck 5 (unassisted) 14:58. Penalties — Shmoorkoff SC (hooking) 3:29, Fafard RD (hooking) 6:31, Fleury RD (holding) 8:36, Feser RD (fighting) 15:28, Mackay SC (fighting) 15:28, Heatherington SC (roughing) 16:11. Shots on goal Red Deer 10 13 15 — 38 Swift Current 8 12 14 — 34 Goal — Red Deer: Bartosak (W, 20-16-0); Swift Current: Laurikainen (L, 14-12-0). Power plays (goal-chances)Red Deer: 0-3; Swift Current: 0-5. Sunday’s summaries Ice 5, Oil Kings 4 First Period 1. Kootenay, Franko 13 (Descheneau, Dirk) 7:37. 2. Edmonton, Baddock 5 (Moroz) 13:53. Penalties — Kieser Edm (slashing) 15:46. Second Period 3. Edmonton, Moroz 24 (Lazar, Baddock) :35. 4. Edmonton, Moroz 25 (Corbett) 3:18 (pp). Penalties — Martin Koo (roughing) 2:49, Cross Koo (checking from behind) 6:49. Third Period 5. Kootenay, Reinhart 17 (King) 1:12. 6. Edmonton, Kulda 16 (Irving, Samuelsson) 3:12. 7. Kootenay, Bozon 18 (Philp) 4:06. 8. Kootenay, Reinhart 18 (Descheneau, Murray) 4:37. 9. Kootenay, Franko 14 (Philp, Reinhart) 11:06 (pp). Penalties — Valiev Koo (tripping) 6:19, Bertolucci Edm (hooking) 9:36, Pollock Edm (delay of game) 12:27. Shots on goal Edmonton 11 10 8 — 29 Kootenay 6 9 14 — 29 Goal — Edmonton: Jarry (L, 26-11-0); Kootenay: Skapski (W, 12-13-2). Power plays (goal-chances)Edmonton: 1-3; Kootenay: 1-3. Winterhawks 5, Giants 4 (SO) First Period 1. Portland, Schoenborn 11 (Iverson, Turgeon) 2:59. 2. Vancouver, Volek 17 (Kulak, Thrower) 6:26 (pp). 3. Portland, De Leo 26 (Bjorkstrand, Texeira) 7:19. 4. Vancouver, Thrower 12 (Popoff, Baer) 8:48. 5. Vancouver, Kulak 14 (Hamilton) 9:01. Penalties — Cederholm Por (elbowing) 3:11, Pouliot Por (interference) 5:20, Hamilton Van (highsticking) 14:51, Macpherson Por (hooking) 16:48, Foster Van (slashing) 19:59. Second Period 6. Portland, Bittner 12 (De Leo, Hanson) 2:30. 7. Vancouver, Sward 7 (unassisted) 15:12 (shorthanded-SH). Penalties — Kulak Van (checking to the head) 14:44. Third Period 8. Portland, De Champlain 5 (unassisted) 17:19 (short-handed-SH). Penalties — De Champlain Por (roughing) 3:21, Thrower Van (roughing) 3:21, Sward Van (highsticking) 8:15, Cederholm Por (holding) 11:44, Iverson Por (checking to the head) 15:48. Overtime No Scoring. Penalties — None. Shootout Portland : Pouliot goal, Leier goal. Vancouver : Franson miss, Volek miss. Shots on goal Portland 8 16 9 2 2 — 35 Vancouver 13 6 9 0 2 — 28 Goal — Portland: Boes (W, 5-24-2); Vancouver: Lee (LS, 11-11-3). Power plays (goal-chances)Portland: 0-4; Vancouver: 1-5. Rockets 4, Hitmen 2 First Period 1. Calgary, Padakin 16 (unassisted) 4:25. 2. Kelowna, Kirkland 9 (Schmidli) 12:29. Penalties — Martin Kel (holding opp. stick) 1:02, Wheaton Kel (interference) 13:18, Brassart CAL (Embellishment) 15:22, Brassart CAL (cross-checking) 18:37, Goulbourne Kel (roughing) 18:37. Second Period 3. Kelowna, Rigby 12 (Chartier) 12:29. Penalties — Roach CAL (delay of game) 6:04, Schmidli Kel (roughing) 17:35. Third Period 4. Kelowna, Bowey 14 (Bell) :39. 5. Calgary, Mahon 3 (Padakin, Zipp) 1:16. 6. Kelowna, Olsen 21 (unassisted) 19:35 (-EN). Penalties — Merkley Kel (checking from behind) 4:31, Baillie Kel (holding) 6:51, Lang CAL (crosschecking) 8:44, Schmidli Kel (holding) 9:05, Brassart CAL (high-sticking) 14:49, Brassart CAL (10-minute misconduct) 19:39.

Shots on goal Kelowna 13 8 8 — 29 Calgary 4 7 8 — 19 Goal — Kelowna: Cooke (W, 26-2-0); Calgary: Driedger (L, 18-9-2). Power plays (goal-chances)Kelowna: 0-4; Calgary: 0-7. National Hockey League EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division GP W L OT Pts Boston 45 29 14 2 60 Tampa Bay 45 27 14 4 58 Montreal 46 26 15 5 57 Detroit 46 20 16 10 50 Toronto 47 22 20 5 49 Ottawa 46 20 18 8 48 Florida 45 17 21 7 41 Buffalo 44 13 26 5 31 Metropolitan Division GP W L OT Pts Pittsburgh 47 33 12 2 68 Washington 45 22 16 7 51 N.Y. Rangers 47 24 20 3 51 Philadelphia 46 23 19 4 50 New Jersey 47 19 18 10 48 Carolina 45 19 17 9 47 Columbus 45 21 20 4 46 N.Y. Islanders 47 18 22 7 43

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WESTERN CONFERENCE Central Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA Chicago 48 30 8 10 70 175 132 St. Louis 44 31 8 5 67 161 99 Colorado 45 28 12 5 61 132 115 Minnesota 48 25 18 5 55 118 119 Dallas 45 20 18 7 47 127 139 Nashville 47 19 21 7 45 109 141 Winnipeg 47 19 23 5 43 128 145 Pacific Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA Anaheim 48 35 8 5 75 161 119 San Jose 46 28 12 6 62 148 116 Los Angeles 46 27 14 5 59 119 96 Vancouver 46 24 13 9 57 123 114 Phoenix 44 21 14 9 51 133 136 Calgary 45 15 24 6 36 101 144 Edmonton 48 15 28 5 35 126 169 NOTE: Two points for a win, one point for overtime loss. Saturday’s Games Ottawa 2, Nashville 1, SO Tampa Bay 6, Philadelphia 3 Montreal 2, Chicago 1, OT New Jersey 2, Florida 1, OT Columbus 6, Winnipeg 3 Colorado 4, Minnesota 2 Anaheim 5, Phoenix 3 Pittsburgh 2, Calgary 1 Detroit 3, Los Angeles 1 Boston 1, San Jose 0 Sunday’s Games Buffalo 2, Washington 1, SO Toronto 3, New Jersey 2, SO N.Y. Islanders 4, Dallas 2 N.Y. Rangers 4, Philadelphia 1 Chicago 5, Edmonton 3 Minnesota 4, Nashville 0 Anaheim 1, Detroit 0 Monday’s Games Calgary at Carolina, 5 p.m. Tampa Bay at Columbus, 5 p.m. Phoenix at Winnipeg, 6 p.m. Vancouver at Los Angeles, 8:30 p.m. Tuesday’s Games Toronto at Boston, 5 p.m. Tampa Bay at N.Y. Rangers, 5 p.m. San Jose at Washington, 5 p.m. Philadelphia at Buffalo, 5:30 p.m. New Jersey at Montreal, 5:30 p.m. N.Y. Islanders at Florida, 5:30 p.m. Colorado at Chicago, 6 p.m. Phoenix at St. Louis, 6 p.m. Calgary at Nashville, 6 p.m. Ottawa at Minnesota, 6 p.m. Edmonton at Dallas, 6:30 p.m. Saturday’s summary Penguins 2, Flames 1 First Period 1. Pittsburgh, Kunitz 24 (Bortuzzo) 16:34. Penalties — McGrattan Cgy (fighting) 4:41, Engelland Pgh (fighting) 4:41. Second Period 2. Pittsburgh, Niskanen 6 (Glass) 6:42. Penalties — Pgh Bench (too many men) 2:13, Stajan Cgy (tripping) 9:29, Smid Cgy (hooking) 13:23, Bortuzzo Pgh (stick holding) 15:49. Third Period 3. Calgary, Backlund 6 (Brodie, Hudler) 11:29. Penalties — Monahan Cgy (hooking) 3:11, Malkin Pgh (holding) 4:16, Bortuzzo Pgh (match--deliberate injury) 7:04, Cammalleri Cgy (cross-checking) 9:29. Shots on goal Pittsburgh 13 6 7 — 26 Calgary 12 10 6 — 28 Goal — Pittsburgh: Fleury (W, 26-10-1); Calgary: Berra (L, 5-13-2). Power plays (goal-chances)Pittsburgh: 0-3; Calgary: 0-5. Sunday’s summaries Blackhawks 5, Oilers 3 First Period 1. Edmonton, Hemsky 7 (Petry) 6:08. 2. Chicago, Smith 6 (Hjalmarsson, Kruger) 14:26. Penalties — Smyth Edm (hooking) 11:57. Second Period 3. Chicago, Shaw 12 (Saad, Kane) 2:36. 4. Edmonton, Gordon 8 (unassisted) 11:29 (en-sh). 5. Chicago, Hossa 17 (Keith, Kane) 11:58 (pp). 6. Chicago, Toews 17 (Sharp, Hossa) 17:32. Penalties — Hall Edm (hooking) 10:23, Dubnyk Edm (slashing) 11:29, Kruger Chi (hooking) 19:04. Third Period 7. Edmonton, Hall 18 (Schultz, Hemsky) 5:17. 8. Chicago, Seabrook 6 (unassisted) 14:19. Penalties — Arcobello Edm (hooking) 6:10, Dubnyk Edm (tripping) 9:48. Shots on goal Edmonton 7 6 8 — 21 Chicago 11 19 11 — 41 Goal — Edmonton: Dubnyk (L, 11-17-2); Chicago: Raanta (W, 12-1-3). Power plays (goal-chances)Edmonton: 0-1; Chicago: 1-5. Sabres 2, Capitals 1 (SO) First Period 1. Washington, Chimera 8 (Ward, Carrick) 11:01. 2. Buffalo, Ennis 9 (Hodgson, Ehrhoff) 18:09 (pp). Penalties — Konopka Buf (goaltender interference) 12:02, Wilson Wash (charging) 17:28. Second Period No Scoring. Penalties — Carlson Wash (hooking) 7:38, Brouwer Wash (roughing) 15:03, Brouwer Wash (highsticking) 18:53. Third Period No Scoring. Penalties — Weber Buf (stick holding) 1:30, Backstrom Wash (tripping) 19:07. Overtime No Scoring. Penalties — None. Shootout — Buffalo wins 1-0 Buffalo : Moulson miss, Omark miss, Hodgson goal. Washington : Fehr miss, Ovechkin miss, Backstrom miss. Shots on goal Buffalo 11 9 6 5 — 31 Washington 10 8 11 0 — 29 Goal — Buffalo: Miller (W, 12-18-1); Washington: Grubauer (LO, 6-2-4). Power plays (goal-chances)Buffalo: 1-5; Washington: 0-2. Maple Leafs 3, Devils 2 (SO) First Period 1. Toronto, Bozak 7 (Kessel, Gleason) 15:53. Penalties — Clarkson Tor (tripping) 16:38. Second Period 2. New Jersey, Henrique 11 (Clowe, Greene) 1:39 (pp). 3. Toronto, van Riemsdyk 17 (Franson, Kessel) 5:56 (pp). 4. New Jersey, Clowe 1 (Zidlicky, Gelinas) 6:23. Penalties — Kulemin Tor (holding) 0:43, Jagr NJ (high-sticking) 3:08, Boucher NJ (high-sticking) 5:43, Henrique NJ (high-sticking) 8:56, Kadri Tor (interference) 11:53, Salvador NJ (high-sticking) 15:16. Third Period

No Scoring. Penalties — Lupul Tor (tripping) 14:06. Overtime No Scoring. Penalties — None. Shootout — Toronto wins 1-0 New Jersey : Jagr miss, Clowe miss, Boucher miss. Toronto : van Riemsdyk goal, Lupul miss, Bozak miss. Shots on goal New Jersey 13 14 7 4 — 38 Toronto 9 10 6 0 — 25 Goal — New Jersey: Schneider (LO, 7-9-6); Toronto: Bernier (W, 14-14-4). Power plays (goal-chances)New Jersey: 1-4; Toronto: 1-4. Islanders 4, Stars 2 First Period 1. Dallas, Whitney 5 (Chiasson, Fiddler) 11:45. 2. Dallas, Gonchar 1 (unassisted) 18:12. Penalties — Cole Dal (holding) 12:03, McDonald NYI (charging) 14:25. Second Period 3. NY Islanders, Okposo 18 (Vanek, Tavares) 10:47. Penalties — MacDonald NYI (hooking) 13:04. Third Period 4. NY Islanders, Okposo 19 (De Haan) 15:44. 5. NY Islanders, Tavares 21 (De Haan, Vanek) 18:36. 6. NY Islanders, Nelson 6 (Bailey) 19:08 (en). Penalties — Garbutt Dal (holding) 12:38. Shots on goal NY Islanders 9 9 13 — 31 Dallas 16 6 9 — 31 Goal — NY Islanders: Poulin (W, 9-12-0); Dallas: Ellis (L, 4-5-0). Power plays (goal-chances)NY Islanders: 0-2; Dallas: 0-2. Rangers 4, Flyers 1 First Period 1. NY Rangers, Carcillo 2 (unassisted) 2:14. 2. NY Rangers, Nash 11 (Kreider, McDonagh) 2:42. 3. NY Rangers, Brassard 8 (Zuccarello, Pouliot) 9:24. Penalties — Girardi NYR (interference) 6:20, Grossmann Pha (holding) 12:08, Hartnell Pha (roughing) 18:15, VandeVelde Pha (goaltender interference) 20:00. Second Period 4. NY Rangers, Kreider 12 (Richards) 13:18 (pp). Penalties — Schenn Pha (fighting) 7:05, Carcillo NYR (fighting) 7:05, Streit Pha (slashing) 9:48, Grossmann Pha (boarding) 11:37. Third Period 5. Philadelphia, Streit 6 (Couturier, Lecavalier) 6:49 (pp). Penalties — Zuccarello NYR (holding) 4:56, McDonagh NYR (holding) 7:39, Schenn Pha (fighting) 19:49, Moore NYR (fighting) 19:49, Simmonds Pha (misconduct) 19:49, Schenn Pha (roughing) 19:49, Schenn Pha (misconduct) 19:49, Boyle NYR (misconduct) 19:49, Carcillo NYR (misconduct) 19:49. Shots on goal Philadelphia 17 6 15 — 38 NY Rangers 13 15 7 — 35 Goal — Philadelphia: Emery (L, 5-8-0); NY Rangers: Lundqvist (W, 15-16-3) Power plays (goal-chances)Philadelphia: 1-3; NY Rangers: 1-6. Wild 4, Predators 0 First Period 1. Minnesota, Heatley 9 (Coyle, Suter) 12:03. 2. Minnesota, Zucker 3 (Heatley, Coyle) 14:15. Penalties — Minn Bench (too many men) 9:37. Second Period No Scoring. Penalties — Stoner Minn (fighting) 0:57, Gaustad Nash (fighting) 0:57. Third Period 3. Minnesota, Cooke 6 (Fontaine, Brodziak) 1:14. 4. Minnesota, Scandella 3 (Niederreiter, Granlund) 10:16. Penalties — Hendricks Nash (roughing) 2:25, Stoner Minn (hooking) 14:40. Shots on goal Minnesota 11 3 9 — 23 Nashville 5 9 9 — 23 Goal — Minnesota: Kuemper (W, 2-1-0); Nashville: Mazanec (L, 8-10-4). Power plays (goal-chances)Minnesota: 0-1; Nashville: 0-2. Ducks 1, Red Wings 0 First Period No Scoring. Penalties — Koivu Ana (high-sticking) 0:40, Koivu Ana (tripping) 14:55, Nyquist Det (hooking) 18:27. Second Period 1. Anaheim, Cogliano 15 (Koivu, Palmieri) 12:42. Penalties — Koivu Ana (holding) 1:51, Kronwall Det (interference) 8:21, Maroon Ana (roughing) 13:41. Third Period No Scoring. Penalties — DeKeyser Det (high-sticking) 1:11, Kronwall Det (slashing) 10:45, Selanne Ana (tripping) 16:20. Shots on goal Detroit 10 5 7 — 22 Anaheim 6 10 7 — 23 Goal — Anaheim: Hiller (W, 23-4-4). Power plays (goal-chances)Detroit: 0-5; Anaheim: 0-4. NHL Scoring Leaders Sidney Crosby, Pgh Patrick Kane, Chi John Tavares, NYI Ryan Getzlaf, Ana Joe Thornton, SJ Corey Perry, Ana Chris Kunitz, Pgh Patrick Sharp, Chi Nicklas Backstrom, Wash Alex Ovechkin, Wash Jonathan Toews, Chi Evgeni Malkin, Pgh Joe Pavelski, SJ Kyle Okposo, NYI Duncan Keith, Chi Patrick Marleau, SJ Martin St. Louis, TB Taylor Hall, Edm Tyler Seguin, Dal Claude Giroux, Pha Erik Karlsson, Ott Phil Kessel, Tor Henrik Sedin, Vcr Matt Duchene, Col Daniel Sedin, Vcr Alex Steen, StL Bobby Ryan, Ott Thomas Vanek, NYI Jordan Eberle, Edm

G 25 23 20 23 5 25 24 25 11 32 16 12 21 17 3 20 20 17 21 13 10 21 9 16 13 24 18 15 14

A 42 31 34 30 45 24 25 23 37 14 30 34 22 26 40 22 22 25 20 28 31 19 31 23 26 14 19 22 23

Pts 67 54 54 53 50 49 49 48 48 46 46 46 43 43 43 42 42 42 41 41 41 40 40 39 39 38 37 37 37

AJHL North Division GP W L OTL STL Spruce Grove 43 35 6 2 0 Fort McMurray 42 34 5 1 2 Lloydminster 44 21 19 2 2 Sherwood Park 42 20 20 0 2 Bonnyville 43 18 21 1 3 Whitecourt 44 19 23 2 0 Grand Prairie 45 17 26 1 1 Drayton Valley 43 15 24 3 1

GF 174 164 137 139 123 149 120 108

GA 96 80 141 144 152 164 163 155

Pt 72 71 46 42 40 40 36 34

South Division GP W L OTL STL 42 25 10 4 3 42 24 13 4 1 42 24 13 3 2 43 23 17 0 3 44 20 15 6 3 45 18 20 4 3 41 18 19 3 1 41 12 26 2 1

GF 134 128 152 124 122 122 122 111

GA 101 110 134 131 116 154 139 149

Pt 57 53 53 49 49 43 40 27

Brooks Okotoks Drumheller Canmore Camrose Olds Cal. Mustangs Cal. Canucks

Saturday’s results Calgary Canucks 5 Brooks 4 Drumheller 5 Bonnyville 0 Okotoks 4 Drayton Valley 0 Sherwood Park 7 Grand Prairie 1 Spruce Grove 3 Olds 1 Lloydminster 5 Whitecourt 3 Sunday’s results Bonnyville 3 Camrose 2 (OT) Fort McMurray 0 Sherwood Park 0 postponed Spruce Grove 4 Grand Prairie 2 Brooks at Calgary Mustangs, late Tuesday’s games Fort McMurray at Bonnyville, 7 p.m. Canmore at Calgary Canucks, 7 p.m. Lloydminster at Grand Prairie, 7:30 p.m. Spruce Grove at Calgary Mustangs, 7:30 p.m.

Transactions Saturday’s Sports Transactions BASEBALL MLB ARBITRATION PANEL — Reduced the suspension of N.Y. Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez from 211 games to 162. National League WASHINGTON NATIONALS — Agreed to terms with RHP Stephen Strasburg on a one-year contract. BASKETBALL National Basketball Association ATLANTA HAWKS — Signed F James Nunnally to a 10-day contract. FOOTBALL National Football League ATLANTA FALCONS — Named Bryan Cox defensive line coach. KANSAS CITY CHIEFS — Signed RB Joe McKnight, LB Jordan Campbell, CB DeMarcus Van Dyke, DT Dominique Hamilton, OT R.J. Dill, DB Jerron McMillian and DE Brandon Moore.

HOCKEY National Hockey League BUFFALO SABRES — Activated F Cody Hodgson from injured reserve. Recalled D Brayden McNabb from Rochester (AHL). Sent D Rasmus Ristolainen and LW Johan Larsson to Rochester. Loaned C Mikhail Grigorenko to Quebec (QMJHL). NEW YORK RANGERS — Assigned F J.T. Miller to Hartford (AHL). Reassigned G Scott Stajcer from Greenville (ECHL) to Hartford. ST. LOUIS BLUES — Signed F Ryan Reaves to a four-year contract. WASHINGTON CAPITALS — Reassigned C Michael Latta to Hershey (AHL). American Hockey League HARTFORD WOLF PACK — Claimed F T.J. Hensick off waivers from Abbotsford. ECHL ECHL — Suspended Idaho F Brett Robinson one game and fined him an undisclosed amount. SOUTH CAROLINA STINGRAYS — Loaned D

Ryan Grimshaw to Rochester (AHL). Sunday’s Sports Transactions FOOTBALL National Football League CHICAGO BEARS — Fired defensive line coach Mike Phair and linebackers coach Tim Tibesar. HOCKEY National Hockey League PHOENIX COYOTES — Recalled F Jordan Szwarz from Portland (AHL). Assigned D Connor Murphy to Portland. WINNIPEG JETS — Fired coach Claude Noel. Named Paul Maurice coach. American Hockey League HARTFORD WOLF PACK — Signed F Justin Vaive to a professional tryout agreement. ECHL ECHL — Fined Kalamazoo RW Chris Lawrence an undisclosed amount for his actions in a Jan. 11 against Fort Wayne.

Today

● Women’s basketball: Funk vs. Rampage, Triple Threat vs. The Bank, 7:15 and 8:30 p.m., River Glen; Storm vs. Xpress, Spartans vs. Young Gunns, 7:15 and 8:30 p.m., Central Alberta Christian; Hoosier Daddy vs. Shooting Stars, 7:15 pm., Lindsay Thurber. ● Heritage junior B hockey: Mountainview at Red Deer, 7:30 p.m., Arena.

Tuesday

● Senior high basketball: Lindsay Thurber at Sylvan Lake; Hunting Hills at Stettler, Camrose at Ponoka, Lacombe at Rocly Mountain House, Notre Dame at Wetaskiwin; girls at 6 p.m., boys to follow. ● Men’s basketball: Vikings vs. Gord Scott Nissan, Triple A Batteries vs. Triple Threat, 7:15 and 8:30 p.m., Lindsay Thurber. ● Exhibition hockey: Canadian Olympic women’s team at Red Deer Optimist midget AAA, 7:30 p.m., Arena.

● Men’s basketball: Wells Furniture vs. Sheraton Red Deer, Bulldogs Scrap Metal vs. Monstars, 7:15 and 8:30 p.m., Lindsay Thurber.

Friday ● College basketball: Concordia at RDC, women at 6 p.m., men to follow. ● WHL: Calgary at Red Deer, 7 p.m., Centrium. ● College men’s hockey: Grant MacEwan at RDC, 7:15 p.m., Penhold Regional Multiplex. ● Minor midget AAA hockey: Calgary Blue at Red Deer Aero Equipment, 8 p.m., Arena. ● Heritage junior B hockey: Red Deer at Three Hills, 8 p.m.; Ponoka at Stettler, 8 p.m., Castor. ● Chinook senior hockey: Fort Saskatchewan at Bentley, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday

Wednesday

● Major bantam hockey: Camrose at Red Deer White, 2 p.m., Arena. ● College volleyball: Camrose Augustana at RDC, women at 6 p.m., men to follow. ● WHL: Lethbridge at Red Deer, 7 p.m., Centrium. ● Heritage junior B hockey: Airdrie at Red Deer, 8 p.m., Arena; Mountainview at Three Hills, 8 p.m.

Thursday

● Major bantam hockey: Rocky Mountain at Red Deer Black, noon, Arena. ● Heritage junior B hockey: Cochrane at Blackfalds, 3:30 p.m.

● JV basketball: Lindsay Thurber at Hunting Hills, Lacombe at Notre Dame, Rocky Mountain House at Innisfail, Stettler at Wetaskiwin, Ponoka at Camrose; girls at 6 p.m., boys to follow. ● Heritage junior B hockey: Blackfalds at Ponoka, 7:45 p.m.

● College women’s hockey: Grant MacEwan at RDC, 7 p.m., Arena.

Sunday

Football Denver 24, San Diego 17

NFL Playoffs

Conference Championships Sunday, Jan. 19 New England vs. Denver, 1 p.m. San Francisco at Seattle, 4:30 p.m.

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

Pro Bowl Sunday, Jan. 26 At Honolulu TBD, 5:30 p.m.

Divisional Playoffs Saturday, Jan. 11 Seattle 23, New Orleans 15 New England 43, Indianpolis 22 Sunday, Jan. 12 San Francisco 23, Carolina 10

Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 2 At East Rutherford, N.J. AFC champion vs. NFC champion, 4:30 p.m.

Basketball National Basketball Association EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division W L Pct GB Toronto 18 17 .514 — Brooklyn 15 22 .405 4 New York 14 22 .389 4 1/2 Boston 13 25 .342 6 1/2 Philadelphia 12 25 .324 7 Southeast Division W L Pct GB Miami 27 10 .730 — Atlanta 20 18 .526 7 1/2 Washington 16 19 .457 10 Charlotte 15 23 .395 12 1/2 Orlando 10 27 .270 17 Central Division W L Pct GB Indiana 29 7 .806 — Chicago 17 18 .486 11 1/2 Detroit 16 22 .421 14 Cleveland 13 24 .351 16 1/2 Milwaukee 7 29 .194 22 WESTERN CONFERENCE Southwest Division W L Pct San Antonio 29 8 .784 Houston 24 14 .632 Dallas 22 16 .579 Memphis 17 19 .472 New Orleans 15 21 .417 Northwest Division W L Pct Portland 28 9 .757 Oklahoma City 28 9 .757 Denver 19 17 .528 Minnesota 18 19 .486 Utah 12 26 .316

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

Pacific Division W L Pct 26 13 .667 25 14 .641 21 15 .583 14 23 .378 13 22 .371

GB — 1 3 1/2 11 11

Saturday’s Games Houston 114, Washington 107 Toronto 96, Brooklyn 80 New York 102, Philadelphia 92 Detroit 110, Phoenix 108 Chicago 103, Charlotte 97 Oklahoma City 101, Milwaukee 85 Dallas 110, New Orleans 107 Denver 120, Orlando 94 Portland 112, Boston 104 Sunday’s Games Sacramento 124, Cleveland 80 Memphis 108, Atlanta 101 San Antonio 104, Minnesota 86

GB — 5 1/2 7 1/2 11 1/2 13 1/2

Monday’s Games Milwaukee at Toronto, 5 p.m. Houston at Boston, 5:30 p.m. Phoenix at New York, 5:30 p.m. Washington at Chicago, 6 p.m. San Antonio at New Orleans, 6 p.m. Orlando at Dallas, 6:30 p.m. Denver at Utah, 7 p.m.

GB — — 8 1/2 10 16 1/2

Tuesday’s Games Sacramento at Indiana, 5 p.m. New York at Charlotte, 5 p.m. Oklahoma City at Memphis, 6 p.m. Cleveland at L.A. Lakers, 8:30 p.m.

Lacrosse National Lacrosse League East Division GP W L Pct. GF Rochester 2 2 0 1.000 21 Buffalo 3 2 1 .667 37 Toronto 2 1 1 .500 26 Philadelphia 3 1 2 .333 37 Minnesota 2 0 2 .000 11

Edmonton Calgary Vancouver Colorado

GP 2 2 2 4

GA GB 15 — 38 1/2 23 1 38 1 1/2 16 2

West Division W L Pct. GF GA 2 0 1.000 30 16 1 1 .500 24 27 1 1 .500 20 18 1 3 .250 40 55

GB — 1 1 2

Friday’s results Buffalo 12 Toronto 10

Calgary 13 Colorado 11 Saturday’s results Edmonton 17 Colorado 6 Vancouver 8 Minnesota 5 Rochester 13 Philadelphia 9 Sunday’s result Buffalo 12 Philadelphia 11 (OT) Friday, Jan. 17 Calgary at Edmonton, 7:30 p.m. Colorado at Vancouver, 9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18 Minnesota at Philadelphia, 10 a.m. Toronto at Rochester, 5:30 p.m. Vancouver at Calgary, 7 p.m. Buffalo at Colorado, 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19 Philadelphia at Minnesota, 1 p.m.

Golf PGA-Sony Open Sunday At Waialae Country Club Purse: $5.6 million Yardage: 7,044; Par: 70 Final Jimmy Walker, $1,008,000 Chris Kirk, $604,800 Jerry Kelly, $380,800 Harris English, $268,800 Marc Leishman, $224,000 Brian Stuard, $201,600 Jeff Overton, $187,600 Charles Howell III, $119,000 Adam Scott, $119,000 Matt Kuchar, $119,000 Kevin Na, $119,000 Matt Every, $119,000 Hudson Swafford, $119,000 Ryan Palmer, $119,000 Zach Johnson, $119,000 Hideto Tanihara $119,000 Retief Goosen, $119,000 Pat Perez, $119,000 Will Wilcox, $119,000 Ryuji Imada, $54,818 Stewart Cink, $54,818 Jason Kokrak, $54,818 K.J. Choi, $54,818 Chris Stroud, $54,818 Heath Slocum, $54,818 John Peterson, $54,818 Brendon Todd, $54,818 Robert Allenby, $54,818 Boo Weekley, $38,080 Spencer Levin, $38,080 Jason Dufner, $38,080 Brian Harman, $30,987 John Daly, $30,987 Michael Putnam, $30,987 Sang-Moon Bae, $30,987 Justin Leonard, $30,987 Brian Gay, $30,987 Ben Martin, $22,400 David Hearn, $22,400 Ricky Barnes, $22,400 Billy Hurley III, $22,400 Brice Garnett, $22,400 Charlie Beljan, $22,400 Charlie Wi, $22,400 Peter Malnati, $22,400 Tim Wilkinson, $15,523 James Hahn, $15,523 Chad Collins, $15,523 Daniel Summerhays, $15,523 William McGirt, $15,523

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Tim Herron, $12,902 Y.E. Yang, $12,902 Greg Chalmers, $12,902 D.A. Points, $12,902 John Rollins, $12,902 Russell Henley, $12,902 Steven Bowditch, $12,902 Mark Wilson, $12,902 Justin Hicks, $12,902 Brendon de Jonge, $12,902 Ty. Van Aswegen, $12,040 Seung-Yul Noh, $12,040 John Senden, $12,040 Paul Goydos, $12,040 Hyung-Sung Kim, $11,648 Morgan Hoffmann, $11,648 Stuart Appleby, $11,648 Robert Streb, $11,368 Scott Brown, $11,368 Derek Tolan, $11,144 Tommy Gainey, $11,144

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Volvo Champions Sunday At Durban Country Club Durban, South Africa Purse: $4 million Yardage: 6,686; Par: 72 Final Lou. Oosthuizen, South Africa 68-69-71-68 Branden Grace, South Africa 74-67-68-68 Joost Luiten, Holland 70-67-70-71 Tommy Fleetwood, England 70-67-69-72 Raphael Jacquelin, France 67-73-70-69 Victor Dubuisson, France 69-69-69-72 Padraig Harrington, Ireland 71-71-70-67 Thomas Aiken, South Africa 72-72-70-67 Julien Quesne, France 74-73-66-68 Matteo Manassero, Italy 72-67-73-71 Brett Rumford, Australia 73-70-68-72 Thomas Bjorn, Denmark 79-68-67-69 Jamie Donaldson, Wales 71-71-68-74 Mort. Orum Madsen, Denmark 71-74-69-69 Charl Schwartzel, South Africa 74-69-68-72 Miguel Angel Jimenez, Spain 76-70-67-72 Chris Wood, England 70-71-71-74 G. Fernandez-Castano, Spain 74-73-71-69 Mikko Ilonen, Finland 73-73-69-72 Paul Casey, England 72-75-65-75 David Lynn, England 71-74-72-71 Jin Jeong, Korea 73-76-68-71 Kir. Aphibarnrat, Thailand 75-74-71-69 David Howell, England 76-69-71-73 Colin Montgomerie, Scotland 70-74-69-76 D. Clarke, Northern Ireland 69-71-72-77 Richard Sterne, South Africa 72-73-73-73

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B4 RED DEER ADVOCATE Monday, Jan. 13, 2014

Williams ousted early at Aussie Open BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS MELBOURNE, Australia — Just as she was starting to show glimpses of returning to form, Venus Williams was let down by her serve and her concentration at crucial times and lost 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 to Ekaterina Makarova on day one of the Australian Open. The No. 22-seeded Makarova upset Serena Williams in the fourth round here in 2012, but was comprehensively outplayed in the first set against the elder of the Williams sisters on Monday, dropping serve three times. Williams had chances in the second set, too, missing a break-point opportunity to go up 4-2, and then serving three consecutive double-faults after leading the ninth game 40-30 to surrender a crucial break. The 33-year-old Williams, the second-oldest player in the tournament and seven-time Grand Slam singles champion, took some time out after the second set to change her zebra-striped dress and came back strongly, taking a 3-0 lead. But Makarova rallied again and Williams’ error count rose — she had 21 of her 56 unforced errors in the deciding set. She has struggled with injuries and illness in recent seasons but reached the final of the WTA event at Auckland to open the year and said after arriving at Melbourne Park that she was feeling better than she had in years. “The last 12 months I have had issues, but this year I definitely am looking forward to having a good run and feeling well.”

That didn’t happen Monday. “My level was a little bit too up and down. Obviously my error count was a little high,” Williams said. “I have to give her a lot of credit, though, she was very determined, played hard.” It was only the second time in 14 appearances that Williams lost in the first round at the Australian Open, where her best run remains a loss to her sister in the 2003 final. “It was a really tough match to play someone like Venus in the first round, she is such a great player,” Makarova said. “At 3-0 down (in the final set), I decided I had to fight for every point. I just kept fighting and I turned around the match.” Makarova will meet another American in the second round after qualifier Irina Falconi beat Anabel Medina Garrigues of Spain 6-3, 6-1. Two-time finalist Li Na beating Ana Konjuh of Croatia — the youngest player in the tournament — 6-2, 6-0 in 61 minutes in the first round to set up a meeting with another 16-year-old in the next after Belinda Bencic of Switzerland accounted for 43-yearold Japanese veteran Kimiko Date-Krumm in three sets. Date-Krumm was 27 years older than Bencic, the reigning French Open and Wimbledon junior champion. Li, who lost finals to Victoria Azarenka last year and Kim Clijsters in 2011, has advanced to at least the fourth round every year since 2010. “This is my favourite Grand Slam,” said Li. “Always looking forward to come back to Melbourne.” No. 18-seeded Kirsten Flipkens, a Wimbledon semifinal-

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Venus Williams makes a backhand return during her first round match against Ekaterina Makarova at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Monday. ist last year, was the first woman to advance when she beat Britain’s Laura Robson 6-3, 6-0. Flipkens made only four unforced errors against 32 for Robson, who was ranked 48th and knocked out 2011 Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova in reaching the third round at last year’s Australian Open. Also advancing on the women’s side were No. 9 Angelique Kerber and No. 31 Daniela Hantuchova. Eighth-seeded Stanislas Wawrinka was the first man

through to the second round, advancing after just 15 games when Andrey Golubev retired with an injured left leg. Wawrinka, who lost 12-10 in the fifth set to eventual champion Novak Djokovic in the fourth round here last year in the longest Grand Slam match of 2013, was leading 6-4, 6-1 when his Kazakhstan rival quit after 65 minutes. Wawrinka won the Chennai Open in India to start 2014 and is one of the big threats on the bottom half of the draw that

includes three-time defending champion Djokovic and No. 3 David Ferrer. Other men advancing included No. 14 Mikhail Youzhny, No. 32 Ivan Dodig, who beat fellow Croatian Ivo Karlovic 7-6 (8), 6-3, 7-6 (4), and American Sam Querry, who defeated Santiago Giraldo of Colombia, 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 (3). “To win this match, in a tiebreak in the fourth set, gives me a ton of confidence,” said Querry, who had 47 winners and 24 aces.

Walker wins again with strong finish at Sony Open BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS HONOLULU — Jimmy Walker went seven years and 187 tournaments before he finally won on the PGA Tour. Now he seems to have it figured out. Walker pulled away from the pack with three straight birdies on the back nine of Waialae on Sunday and closed with a 7-under 63 to win the Sony Open for his second tour victory in his last six starts. “It took me a long time to do it,” Walker said. “I felt very calm and controlled. That’s what you’ve got to feel and do when it’s time to win. It’s easy to say, hard to do. But today was awesome. Really cool golf.” This wasn’t easy. The final round was so tight there was a five-way tie for the lead with two hours remaining. Walker’s big run began with a 12-foot par on the 14th hole. One shot behind Harris English, Walker rolled in a 15-foot birdie putt on the 15th hole, and took the outright lead when English — behind him in the final group — failed to save par from a bunker. Walker made a 7-foot birdie putt on the 16th, and stuck his tee shot into 6 feet for birdie on the par-3 17th. A par on the last hole made him wait just a little bit longer. Chris Kirk had a 30-foot eagle chip from just short of the green on the par-5 18th that would have forced a playoff. It stayed right of the hole, and Kirk made the birdie putt for a 66 to finish alone in second place. Jerry Kelly (65) was alone in third. English never recovered from his bogey. He missed birdie putts on the last three holes for a 67. Walker won the Frys.com Open in October, the first tournament of the new wraparound season. As the first multiple winner on the PGA Tour this season, he went to No. 1 in the Ryder Cup standings and is closing in on cracking the top 30 in the world. Walker finished at 17-under 263 and earned $1.08 million. He already qualified for his first Masters by

winning in October. Now he’s piling up the wins. With so many players in contention, the key was to keep bogeys off the card. Walker had made at least two bogeys in each of the three previous rounds, and it looked as if he was headed for one at the wrong time on the 14th hole when he chipped from an awkward stance near the bunker to about 12 feet. Kelly missed a 15-foot par putt from the same line, and Walker poured it in. And then, he was off to the races. Masters champion Adam Scott, in the first group on the back nine, went out in 30 and was one shot out of the lead just as the final group was starting play. Scott hit too many poor drives to keep it going, and the way the final two groups played the back nine, it wouldn’t have mattered. Scott tied for eighth (seven shots behind), and after a tie for sixth last week at Kapalua, heads into a six-week hibernation before returning to golf in Florida. The three players with the best shots at winning all won last fall in the early part of the wraparound season — Kirk at the McGladrey Classic, English in Mexico. Kirk, who had a one-shot lead going into the final round, made birdie on the 17th hole to stay within two shots of the lead and at least entertain the idea of eagle. His approach out of the rough needed about two more hops on the firm turf at Waialae to get on the green. English ran off two birdies around the turn, took the outright lead with an 8-foot birdie on the 14th, and that was as close as he got. “Just started hitting it better, but started putting a little worse,” English said. Will Wilcox, a rookie who played with a yellow golf ball, made only one birdie in a round of 71. He was in a large group at 10-under 270 that included Kapalua winner Zach Johnson, Matt Kuchar, Charles Howell III, Retief Goosen and Pat Perez. David Hearn of Brantford, Ont., finished in a tie for 38th, closing with a 69 for a 6-under total of 274.

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Jimmy Walker poses for photos with the Sony Open trophy after winning the golf tournament at Waialae Country Club, Sunday, in Honolulu.

Players take blame as Noel gets Canadian Fairbairn slides to bronze replaced by Maurice in Winnipeg at skeleton World Cup in Switzerland NHL BY THE CANADIAN PRESS WINNIPEG — Captain Andrew Ladd and his teammates shouldered the blame for Winnipeg Jets head coach Claude Noel getting fired and replaced by Paul Maurice on Sunday. “I think it always comes as a shock,” Ladd said at a local rink after Jets’ practice was cancelled in the wake of the news. Assistant coach Perry Pearn was also fired along with Noel. “I don’t think anyone expected it this morning so it’s not an easy day,” said Ladd. “Two good people lose their job. Ultimately, it came down to the performance of all the guys in here. It’s tough for everyone.” Noel was fired after the Jets lost to the Columbus Blue Jackets 6-3 on Saturday in a game in which Ladd said he played “awful” and the fans booed the players off the ice. The loss put Winnipeg on a seasonworst five-game losing streak that dropped them to 19-23-5 and 10 points back of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Maurice and Jets general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff agreed to the terms of the new head coach’s contract over the phone. He will sign the actual deal when he arrives in Winnipeg. Cheveldayoff said on Sunday that Maurice’s deal is only until the end of this season. Noel, hired after the Atlanta Thrashers moved to Winnipeg before the 2011-12 season, went 80-79-18 dur-

ing his tenure with the Jets. “All of us should be embarrassed that we’re at the point we have to change the coach,” said forward Olli Jokinen, a veteran of 16 NHL seasons. Jokinen added that the players should feel responsible. “You’ve got coaches, they spend a lot of hours at the rink trying to figure out how to turn things around and we didn’t respond very well and now they’re the ones who have to pay the price,” Jokinen said. Maurice inherits a team that has struggled in its third season in Winnipeg, thanks in part to inconsistent goaltending and defensive breakdowns. The 46-year-old has been behind the bench as an NHL head coach for 1,084 games. Maurice’s first game will be Monday at MTS Centre against the Phoenix Coyotes. This will be the third franchise he has coached, after the Hartford Whalers/Carolina Hurricanes and the Toronto Maple Leafs. Maurice’s familiarity with a hockeycrazy market such as Toronto should bode well in Winnipeg, where players are heavily scrutinized by the media and criticized by fans who pack the sold-out MTS Centre. “This is a tough market to play,” Jokinen said. “Any Canadian market you play, you know expectations are high. You’ve got a lot of media attention, you’ve got 15,000 GMs watching the games and another couple 100,000 at home. “So it’s a place, or any Canadian market, that you as a player you have to put all that aside and focus on doing your job the best you can. That’s all that you can do.”

BY THE CANADIAN PRESS ST. MORITZ, Switzerland — John Fairbairn became just the fifth Canadian male to win a World Cup medal in skeleton since the sport made its Olympic debut in 2002 after winning the bronze on Sunday. The 29-year-old from Calgary put together two solid pushes with two consistent runs to clock a bronze-medal time of two minutes 17.32 seconds on the 1,700-metre non-refrigerated track. “I’m really excited to get my first podium in St. Moritz. I had an excellent day today,” said Fairbairn. “I don’t think I expected it but I’m also not surprised because I have been sliding well and I felt like I was capable of doing this.”

Latvia’s Dukurs brothers grabbed the top-two spots on the podium for the second time this week. Martins was first at 2:15.54, while Tomass slid to the silver with a time of 2:16.63. One of the most consistent sliders on the men’s World Cup squad, Fairbairn had a breakthrough in the final race before Christmas in Lake Placid, N.Y., when he posted a career-best sixth. He backed that result up with another sixth place finish on Friday in St. Moritz, Switzerland. “I think my consistency is paying off as the season continues,” said Fairbairn. “My results earlier this year have given me a lot of confidence for each race, and I’m going to ride that all the way to the Olym-

CURLING BY THE CANADIAN PRESS BANFF — Jeff Stoughton edged Kevin Martin in a sudden-death finish to win the Travelers All-Star Curling Skins final on Sunday, along with $70,500 in prize money. Martin took an early lead after winning the second end and taking $4,000

pics.” Fairbairn became just the fifth Canadian male to win a World Cup medal since skeleton made its Olympic debut in 2002. He is also the first male to strike the World Cup podium since Jon Montgomery won gold in Whistler in the postOlympic year. “It was pretty cool and means a lot to snap the drought and to be in the company with other Canadian sliders that have a World Cup medal,” said Fairbairn. “It adds to my confidence heading to Sochi. I know that if I continue to follow the process, and can be at my best that I can be right there every week.” Eric Neilson, of Kelowna, B.C., was 10th (2:17.75), while Jon Montgomery, placed 18th (2:18.88).

with a first end carry-over. Stoughton replied to take the third end and pulled ahead following carryovers in the fourth and fifth ends to take $13,000 in the sixth end. Both Stoughton and Martin made incredible shots to force a seventh end carry-over, with the eighth end also going undecided. Stoughton’s shot secured the remaining $22,000 in prize money plus a $15,000 winner’s bonus to bring his final tally at the two-day event to $70,500.


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Kings get win back against NAIT BY ADVOCATE STAFF Kings 6 Ooks 5 EDMONTON — It didn’t take the RDC Kings long to get back on the winning track. Twenty-four hours after losing 6-2 to the NAIT Ooks at the Penhold Multiplex the Kings waltzed into the NAIT Arena and came away with a 6-5 victory in Alberta Colleges Men’s Hockey League action Saturday. “It was a situation on Friday where the last time we were on the ice was Dec. 7 and we were rusty and making a lot of little mistakes,” said Kings head coach Trevor Keeper. “NAIT was on the ice since Dec. 29 and played the U of A twice, so they were ready to play. “We talked about making some little changes and making sure we were focused on Saturday and it worked out for us,” added Keeper. “It was good in terms that the guys came out of there believing in themselves. It was also good for the three new players (Davis Claffey, Brett Printz and Logan Sceviour).

They all contributed.” In fact Printz scored the Kings third goal, which gave them a 3-2 lead after 20 minutes. Pat Martens, Mike Marianchuk, Ryley Simpson, Shamus Graham and Jeff Archibald added single goals for the Kings, who led 6-3 after two periods. Liam Darragh notched his second goal of the game on the power play at 13:12 of the third period to get NAIT back in the game and Kevin Carthy scored with 10 seconds remaining and with the NAIT netminder on the bench. Jordan Wood and Tyler French had the other Ooks goals. Mike Salmons made 29 saves in goal for the Kings, who had 21 shots on a pair of NAIT netminders. The win kept the Kings in a second-place tie with the University of Alberta, Augustana, two points back of the SAIT Trojans and one ahead of NAIT. The Kings return to action Friday at Grant MacEwan, and host GMU Saturday at 7:15 p.m. at Penhold. Trojans 2 Queens 1 CALGARY — The RDC Queens went into the week six points up on the SAIT Trojans in the battle for

the last playoff spot in the ACAC Women’s Hockey League. They came out of the weekend two points ahead. After losing 1-0 Thursday at the Arena they dropped a 2-1 decision to the Trojans at SAIT Saturday. It was the same thing as Thursday,” grumbled Queens head coach Bob Rutz. “We didn’t generate anything until the final eight minutes, then we dominated play. If games were eight minutes long we’d be national champions, but they’re 60 minutes and we have to learn to play a full game.” Laura Salomons got the Queens lone goal at 12:37 of the third period against SAIT netminder Laticia Castillo, who was credited with 19 saves. “Their shot totals weren’t close,” said Rutz. “We had way more than that, but we still didn’t score.” The Trojans were credited with 18 shots on RDC’s Moriah Andrews. Lynsey Keaton and Hailey Brooks scored for SAIT, both in the second period. The Queens host Grant MacEwan Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Arena.

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Red Deer Optmist Chief goaltender Cole Sears makes a stop with his pad while teammate Riley Mathies works against a pair of Canadian Athletic Club players in front of the net during Alberta major Midget Hockey League action at the arena, Sunday. The Chief won the game 9-3.

MINOR HOCKEY The Red Deer Optimist Chiefs grabbed a share of first place in the Alberta Midget Hockey League’s South Division with a 9-3 win over the Edmonton Gregg Distributors at the Arena Sunday. The win, coupled with a 4-3 win over the Calgary Royals Friday, gave the Chiefs 39 points and a tie with the Royals. Red Deer, 17-5-5, has two games in hand. Layne Bensmiller had two goals and three assists, Jordie Lawson two goals and two helpers and Tyler Steenbergen two goals against Gregg Distributors, who are tied with Sherwood Park for first in the north. Ross Heidt, who also had two assists, Carter Sawicki and Allan Pruss added single goals. Cole Sears made 32 saves to pick up

the win while his teammates had 36 shots on a pair of Edmonton netminders. On Friday, Pruss scored twice with Heidt and Travis Verveda adding single markers. Jayden Sittler made 29 saves for the win while the Chiefs managed 20 shots on goal. The Chiefs next action is Tuesday when they host the Canadian National women’s team at 7:30 p.m. at the Arena. It’s the final game for the Canadians prior to the Olympics. ● In other AMHL news Chiefs forward Trey deGraaf was the Source For Sports South Division’s player of the month for December. DeGraaf had five goals and seven assists in eight games, leading the Chiefs to a 4-1-3 record. He will receive a $100 gift certificate from Source for Sports, a Timex watch and a commemorative plaque.

JUNIOR B HOCKEY Justin Corbett and Chris Robertson each tallied twice Saturday to lead the Red Deer Vipers to a 7-2 Heritage Junior B Hockey League win over the visiting Cochrane Generals. Also scoring for the Vipers were Connor Einhorn, Dustin Spearing and Nick Glackin. Anthony Hamill made 31 saves for the Vipers, who trailed 2-1 after 20 minutes before striking for six unanswered second-period goals. Red Deer fired 50 shots at Cochrane netminders Matt Shawchuk and Garrett Iverson. The Vipers victory helped ease the pain of Friday’s 4-3 loss to the host Stettler Lightning. Cody Wright, Adam Ternes, Dylan Muhlbach and Dylan Houston beat Red Deer goaltender Hamill, who finished with 29 saves. Justin Moltzahn, Kolton Gillett and Cole deGraaf replied for the Vipers, who directed 32 shots at Stettler netminder Simon Thieleman. In other Heritage weekend action: ● The Blackfalds Wranglers were 8-6 losers to the host Banff Academy Bears Sunday. The Wranglers outshot their hosts 52-42 although further details were unavailable. The Wranglers also fell 7-6 to the Mountainview Colts Friday at Didsbury, getting two goals from each of Garrett Glasman and Robin Carlson and singles from Jordan Jakubow and Justin Lowry. Conner Zenchuk and Thomas Isaman combined to make 46 saves for Blackfalds as each team had 53 shots on goal. ● Stettler dropped a 4-0 decision to the visiting Okotoks Bisons Saturday. Thieleman made 32 saves for the Lightning, with Alex Bilston stopping 32 shots at the other end. ● The Three Hills Thrashers split a pair of contests, winning 5-4 over the visiting Coaldale Copperheads Sunday after falling 5-1 to the host Airdrie Thunder Friday. Connor Ablett and Tyrel Severtsen each notched two goals in the Thrashers’ victory, while Russell Olson added a single. Brody Dirk made 41 saves for the Three Hills, with Adam Weersink stopping 34 shots for the visitors. Olson was the lone Three Hills sniper in the loss to Airdrie. Losing netminder Brady Hoover made 24 saves as the Thrashers held a 34-29 edge in shots. ● The Ponoka Stampeders were 8-0 losers to Okotoks Sunday. Details were unavailable.

Major midget girls The Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs got a goal from Becky Davidson and 13 saves from Bailey Knapp while settling for a 1-1 draw with the visiting Calgary Flyers Saturday. The Chiefs held a 30-14 advantage in shots. Minor midget AAA The Red Deer Northstar Chiefs, with Landon MacKenzie and Ryan Chambers each scoring twice, dumped the visiting Calgary Bruins 105 Saturday. The Chiefs got additional goals from Kyle Cornford, Zane Bennett, Luke Coleman, Bradeb Olsen and Brady Park and a 17-save outing from Lane Congdon. In another Saturday game, the host Red Deer Aero Equipment Chiefs got goals from Tyler Graber abd Ryan Vandervlis in a 4-2 loss to the Calgary Blackhawks. Aero netminder Geordan Andrew made 28 saves.

Midget AA The Red Deer Indy Graphics Chiefs used a balanced attack and the goaltending of Rylan Bardick to defeat the visiting Wheatland Chiefs 4-1 Saturday. Declan Johnston, Michael Pruss, Braydon Barker and Matt Krusky provided the Red Deer goals, while Bardick made 29 saves. The Indy Chiefs also downed the Taber Golden Suns 7-2 as Krusky and Taylor Sincennes each tallied twice and Braydon Barker, Logan Linnell and Anthony Neurauter had singles. Red Deer netminder Chris Preston made 21 saves. Major bantam girls Skylar Colonna and Carly Wlad scored for the Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs Sunday in a 4-2 loss to the visiting Calgary Rangers. Cianna Weir made 24 saves for the Chiefs, who were outshot 29-28.

Kings continue early season hot streak RDC VOLLEYBALL BY DANNY RODE ADVOCATE STAFF Kings 3 Ooks 0 The score may not have indicated it, but the NAIT Ooks gave the RDC Kings a battle in their Alberta Colleges Men’s Volleyball League match at RDC Saturday. The Kings, the No. 1 ranked team in the country, ran their record to 10-0 and have yet to lose a set this season, as they downed the Ooks 2513, 25-21, 25-19. Still head coach Aaron Schulha liked the fact the Ooks didn’t just hand the match to the Kings. “Not at all. I knew they’d battle us as they’re starting to healthy and added a couple of players at Christmas,” he said. “They’re bigger in the middle, which put some pressure on our guys. Overall they forced us to be better than we were in the first half of the season, which is what we want. I know the second half will be tougher and our main focus is to get better every time out.” The RDC middles of Chris Osborn and Justin Lukacs dominated play. Osborn was the RDC player of the match with 10 kills, three stuff blocks, an ace and one dig. Lukacs, a first-year player out of Calgary, had four kills and two digs. “Justin is a little undersized for a middle (at six-foot-four), but he did a good job during the break against some bigger American middles and so it’s no issue having him in there,” said Schulha. “And the guys are comfortable with him in there. He brings a different dynamic to our offence as he’s very athletic. He’s a nice addition.” Left side Chris Jones and setter

Sam Brisbane also turned in outstanding performances. Jones had 10 kills and five digs while Brisbane had three aces, a block, two kills and four digs. “Sam was outstanding and he’s not 100 per cent healthy yet, so when his ankle heals completely he’ll take his play to a whole another level,” said Schulha. “As well Chris (Jones) has worked on getting to the attack at the right time. We’re getting the ball to him quicker and he’s getting to everything, which is nice to see.” Tim Finnigan added four kills, three aces, three stuff blocks and four digs while Bryce Cardinal led NAIT with eight kills. Queens 3 Ooks 0 Except for a brief spell to start the second set the Queens were in control as they downed the Ooks 2512, 25-17, 25-15 to run their record to 12-0. “We’re introducing some new ideas to the group, nothing drastic just new phrases and direction we want to head in terms of rallies, and improving on them, and maintaining the quality of that first contact,” said Queens head coach Talbot Walton. “And that second set was a good example for us when we not doing things right. We didn’t make great passes, which didn’t allow our setter to make good sets and our hitters weren’t making good choices. When we’re not doing those things we can’t create momentum, but as we went along in the set we started to fix that and we settled down.” The Queens defence, led by veteran left side Brooke Sutter, also started to dominate the second set. Sutter made three unbelievable digs with the score close, which allowed the Queens to get the offence rolling. “Good defence is a combination of our blockers being in the right

spot and our diggers to be in good position,” said Walton. “A couple of those digs by Brooke were crazy digs. That one with one arm was freaky, even she said during a time out she didn’t know how she got that. Just instinct.” Sutter and libero Maddi Quinn finished with 14 digs each while Sutter also added five kills and a stuff block and was named player of the match. Miranda Dawe came in late in the first set and had eight kills and seven digs while Karissa Kuhr had eight kills and five digs. Setter Bronwyn Hawkes also turned in a solid performance and picked up five digs, a block and one kill. Alex Donaghy added four kills and Shelby Bramall had two kills, six digs and five blocks. Kelsey Ewashkiw came off the bench and played a major role in the second and third sets with her serving. She only got one ace, but consistently put the Ooks in trouble. “Kelsey has been improving and we like how fast she is on defence,” said Walton. “As well she was a bit tentative with her first couple of serves, but got into the groove and was very good the second and third sets.” Kelsey Tymkow led the Ooks with 12 kills and Savanna Willis had 14 digs. RDC meets the University of Alberta, Augustana in a twin bill — Thursday in Camrose and Saturday at RDC. ● It was tough weekend for the Olds Broncos in both volleyball and basketball. The Broncos men and women lost twice each to The Kings University College Eagles and the basketball squads lost to Grant MacEwan. The Olds volleyball girls lost both matches 3-2 to the Eagles while the men lost 3-0 twice. The Grant MacEwan men won 8571 and the women 80-52.


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Gagnon captures combined BECOMES 1ST CANADIAN WOMAN TO WIN WORLD CUP COMBINED EVENT IN 30 YEARS WORLD CUP SKIING BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS A L T E N M A R K T ZAUCHENSEE, Austria — Marie-Michele Gagnon ended a 30-year drought for Canadian women in World Cup combined events by earning her maiden victory on Sunday. Gagnon was 1.37 seconds off the lead in 16th after the super-G portion but went ahead of the field after posting the second fastest time in the slalom run. “It’s really exciting, a magical moment,” said Gagnon, who wasn’t even born when Gerry Sorensen won a combined event in Puy St. Vincent, France, on Jan. 8, 1984 for the last triumph by a Canadian woman. “My teammate Erin Mielzynski won two years ago in Ofterschwang. She was the first Canadian woman to win in slalom in like 40 years,” Gagnon said. “That was unbelievable and I didn’t expect our team to make history again.” Gagnon finished in an overall 2 minutes, 5.55 seconds to beat second-place Michaela Kirchgasser of Austria by 0.32. Maria Hoefl-Riesch of Germany trailed Gagnon by 0.39 in third. Nicole Hosp of Austria, who led the competition after the super-G, finished fourth. “It’s amazing. I was quite surprised,” said Gagnon, whose only previous podium came in a slalom in Are, Sweden, in 2012. “I didn’t expect that after the first run. I knew I had to do a really good slalom run to be on the podium. I just tried to do my best and it looks like the pieces of the

puzzle have come together.” The super-combined format was introduced at the start of the 2005-06 season to replace the classic combined races, which consisted of one speed run followed by two slalom legs. No Canadian skier — male or female — had ever made the podium in a super-combined before. The last Canadian to get in the top three of any combined event was Emily Broydon, who came third in San Sicaro, Italy, in 2005. The combination of super-G and slalom at Sunday’s event suited Gagnon, who was in the top 10 of two super-G races this season and in the top six of all four slaloms. “I am happy with my season so far and this tops it off for sure,” said Gagnon, coming off a disappointing season following her first top-three finish at the end of the 2011-12 campaign. “I ended that season really strongly and I came in the season after and I was expecting a lot,” Gagnon said. “But I was trying too hard. This year, I just try my best. I know I have done all the work in training.” Second-place Kirchgasser made an even bigger jump as she climbed from 20th after the super-G. “I knew something would still be possible (after the first run),” said the Austrian. “But after my slalom run, I first thought it wasn’t enough.” Kirchgasser failed to finish five races this season, but said she had forgotten about 2013 already, adding “2014 has been really good so far.” Hoefl-Riesch regained the lead in the overall standings

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Canada’s Marie-Michele Gagnon speeds down the course during a super-G portion of a women’s alpine ski World Cup super-combined event, in Altenmarkt-Zauchensee, Austria, Sunday. Gagnon went on to win the super-combined. one day after she lost it to Austria’s Anna Fenninger after Saturday’s downhill. The German has 731 points and Fenninger, who finished eighth, 709. Tina Weirather of Liechtenstein is third with 673. “Of course I am really happy,” Hoefl-Riesch said. “But there’s also a little bit of disappointment. It wasn’t perfect skiing from me. And I missed second place by 0.07 yesterday

and again today. But all in all it was a very satisfying weekend.” Earlier Sunday, most of the 19 starters who failed to finish the super-G went out at the Panorama, a sharp right turn about 40 seconds into the run. Going into the curve with too much speed made it difficult to make the next gate. Julia Mancuso, who won the super-combined in Altenmarkt-Zauchensee in 2007, al-

White takes down Black in allRed Deer major bantam action BY DANNY RODE ADVOCATE STAFF Rebels White 6 Rebels Black 2 There are times when it takes a team several weeks to come together as a cohesive unit. Not so with the Red Deer Rebels White major bantam hockey team. “We have a lot of kids who have played together in the past, so the chemistry was there from the start,” said Rebels head coach Mick Kartusch following a 6-2 win over the Red Deer Rebels White at the Arena Sunday afternoon. “That allowed us to get out of the gate quickly and hit the ground running more so than what typically happens. Usually it takes until Christmas to come together, but you could see right off the bat we had that cohesion, which allowed us to get off to that fast start.” As it is the Rebels have had a solid season with a 14-9-2 record and are in second place in the Ram South Division, two points back of the Rocky Mountain Raiders. “We have to be happy with the way the first twothirds of the season went. It’s a tight race up top, but we’re doing whatever we can to stay up there. There’s still a lot of work to do, but we’re happy,” said Kartusch. The Rebels have three first-year bantams — forwards Wyatt Gelinas and Josh Tarzwell and goalie Duncan Hughes — and three — defenceman Adam Sandstrom, forward Jeremy Klessens and goalie Dawson Weatherill — with experience at the major level. Klessens is one of the top forwards in the league, but isn’t the only one counted on offensively. “Jeremy is a top player in the league, but on any given night we get contributions from any of our three lines,” said Kartusch. “It’s tough to be at your peak everyone game, but we have good depth and all

three lines contribute, not necessarily on offence all the time, but they work hard and work to keep the puck out of the net.” Kartusch stresses defence first, which is key to success. The six-foot-three Weatherill gives the team solid goaltending. He has a 2.52 goals-against-average and a .930 save percentage, which is second best in the league. “Our goaltending has been solid,” said Kartusch. “Weatherill is a veteran and has stood tall for us when needed and Duncan has played well for a firstyear kid. Our goaltending has helped us out in several instances when they have to cover up mistakes up front.” Kartusch goes with six defencemen. “Sandstrom and Tyrell McCubbing have been real solid for us, but since Day 1 we’ve gone with six defencemen in all situations,” he said. Carter Blair, Spencer Kelly, DJ Horne and Beaudon Rider are the other defencemen. The other forwards are Devon Fankhanel, Joel Ray, Nathan Kartusch, Owen Welsh, Jarrett Brandon, Zachary Kungle and Dylan Scheunert. Kartusch coached the Rebels White two years ago then spent last season in the minor midget AAA program. “So I am familiar with the league, which helps,” he said. “Plus we have excellent assistant coaches. In fact the coaches and players are a cohesive group which is exactly what you want.” Klessens scored twice against the Rebels Black Sunday with singles added by McCubbing, Kungle, Ray and Brandon. Hughes finished with 36 saves while his teammates had 33 shots on Justin Travis. Justin Paarup and Brad Hellofs connected for the Black squad. ● Sandstrom, Klessens and Weatherill were named to the South Division all-star team. drode@reddeeradvocate.com

so went out at that point. Her American teammate Lindsey Vonn, who has a record 12 podium finishes in super-combined including a win here in 2009, is out for the season because of a right knee injury. It was the first super-combined event of the season and the only one before the Sochi Olympics next month. The women’s World Cup travels to nearby Flachau for a night slalom on Tuesday.

OLDS GRIZZLYS SPRUCE GROVE — Ty Mappin notched the lone goal for the Olds Grizzlys in a 3-1 Alberta Junior Hockey League loss to the Spruce Grove Saints Saturday. Jake Mykitiuk, Carson Samoridny and Jarid Hauptman scored for the Saints, who led 1-0 after one period and 3-1 after 40 minutes. Saints netminder Kenny Cameron faced only 14 shots, while his teammates fired 24 at Grizzlys goaltender Jake Tamagi. Olds returns to action Friday against the visiting Canmore Eagles.

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL The Notre Dame Cougars won one of three games in the Cochrane senior high school boys basketball tournament during the weekend. The Cougars started the tournament with a 59-57 win over Rundle College of Calgary with Amet Deng hitting 12 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter. Trent Driedger added 13 points. After a short rest the Cougars offence let them down in the fourth quarter and they dropped an 87-78 decision to the host Cochrane Cobras despite leading for three quarters. Jackson Haddow had 10 points and 14 rebounds while Keno Villaluz and Nico Lachica added 12 points each. The Cougars dropped a 90-81 decision to Memorial Comp of Stony Plain in their final game. Villaluz had 24 points while TJ Carter added 10 points, eight rebounds and four blocked shots. ● At Bev Facey in Sherwood Park, the Lindsay Thurber Raiders placed sixth on the boys’ side and seventh in the girls’ division. The LTCHS boys lost 75-73 to Lloydminster in their opening game, defeated Salisbury of Sherwood Park 56-44 and lost 68-67 to Centennial of Saskatoon. The girls lost 54-47 to Archbishop Jordan of Sherwood Park and 48-42 to Holy Rosemary and defeated Lloydminster 75-25.

A-Rod gets banned for 162 games, biggest ban since drug agreement BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW YORK — Alex Rodriguez was dealt the most severe punishment in the history of baseball’s drug agreement when an arbitrator ruled the New York Yankees third baseman is suspended for the entire 2014 season as a result of a drug investigation by Major League Baseball. The decision by arbitrator Fredric Horowitz on Saturday cut the suspension issued Aug. 5 by baseball Commissioner Bud Selig from 211 games to this year’s entire 162-game regular-season schedule plus any post-season games. The three-time American League Most Valuable Player will lose just over $22 million of his $25 million salary. Rodriguez vowed to continue his fight in federal court to reverse the decision. “It’s virtually impossible. The arbitration will stand. I think it’s almost inconceivable that a federal court would overturn it,” said former baseball Commissioner Fay Vincent, a graduate of Yale Law School. “The arbitration is itself an appeal from the commissioner’s judgment. How many appeals do you go?” Rodriguez is the most high-profile player ensnared by baseball’s drug rules, which were first agreed to in 2002 as management and union attempted to combat the use of steroids

and other performance-enhancing before a fair and impartial jury, does drugs. not involve me having failed a single In sustaining more than three-quar- drug test, is at odds with the facts and ters of Selig’s initial penalty, Horow- is inconsistent with the terms of the itz’s decision will be widely viewed as Joint Drug Agreement and the Basic a victory for the 79-year-old Selig, who Agreement, and relies on testimony has ruled baseball since 1992 and says and documents that would never have he intends to been allowed retire in Januany court ‘IT’S VIRTUALLY IMPOSSIBLE. THE in ary 2015. in the United A 1 4 - t i m e ARBITRATION WILL STAND. I THINK S t a t e s b e All-Star, Rodricause they IT’S ALMOST INCONCEIVABLE guez has been are false and baseball’s highTHAT A FEDERAL COURT WOULD wholly unreest-paid player liable.” OVERTURN IT.’ under a $275 The Major million, 10-year — FAYE VINCENT League Basecontract. FORMER MLB COMMISSIONER ball Players He has spent Association parts of the last had filed a six seasons on the disabled list and grievance last summer saying the diswill be 39 years old when he is eli- cipline was without “just cause.” gible to return to the field in 2015. He The 65-year-old Horowitz, a Caliis signed with the Yankees through the fornia-based lawyer who became the 2017 season. sport’s independent arbitrator in 2012, Rodriguez admitted five years ago heard the case over 12 sessions from he used performance-enhancing drugs Sept. 30 until Nov. 21. while with Texas from 2001-03 but has Technically, he chaired a threedenied using them since. He already man arbitration panel that included sued MLB and Selig in October, claim- MLB Chief Operating Officer Rob Maning they are engaged in a “witch hunt” fred and union General Counsel Dave against him. Prouty. The written opinion was not “The number of games sadly comes made public. as no surprise, as the deck has been In Rodriguez’s only partial victory, stacked against me from day one,” Ro- Horowitz ruled he is entitled to 21driguez said in a statement. “This is 183rds, or about 11.5 per cent, of his one man’s decision, that was not put salary this year, a person familiar with

the decision said, speaking on condition of anonymity because the decision was not made public.That comes to $2,868,852.46. Baseball’s drug agreement says the amount of lost pay shall match the number of regular-season games suspended, regardless of days over the season, which is 183 days this year. Despite the ban, baseball’s drug rules allow Rodriguez to participate in spring training and play in exhibition games, although the Yankees may try to tell him not to report. New York figures to be happy with the decision, which eliminates uncertainty and gives the Yankees additional money to sign Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka or other free agents while remaining under the $189 million luxury tax threshold. MLB was largely pleased. “While we believe the original 211-game suspension was appropriate, we respect the decision rendered by the panel and will focus on our continuing efforts on eliminating performance-enhancing substances from our game,” MLB said in a statement. The union said it “strongly disagrees” with the ruling but added “we recognize that a final and binding decision has been reached.” “We respect the collectively-bargained arbitration process which led to the decision,” the union’s statement added.


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Chan leads young figure skating team into Sochi Olympics BY THE CANADIAN PRESS OTTAWA — Loaded with rookies, but brimming with promise — Canada’s young figure skating team for the Sochi Olympics might turn out to be its best ever. Three-time world champion Patrick Chan and Olympic ice dance gold medallists Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir headline a 17-member Canadian figure skating team for Sochi that has 14 first-timers. The team has set a goal for three medals in Sochi — in men’s singles, ice dance, and the new team event — which would match its best ever result of three in 1988 in Calgary. But Canada’s figure skating team — the largest among all countries at the Games — has other podium threats in Meaghan Duhamel and Eric Radford, bronze medallists at the 2013 world championships, and ice dancers Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje, fifth at last year’s worlds. “Do we have the potential to possibly get more? Yes,” said Skate Canada’s high performance director Mike Slipchuk. “But we don’t want to set a number that is possibly unattainable but also puts undue pressure on skaters that don’t need to feel that burden. “We see it at every Olympic Games though, anything can happen. So if that door opens for an opportunity, then we’re ready to step right through.” The No. 1-ranked Canadians are virtually a lock for a medal in the team event, which has a male, female, pairs team,

and ice dance team from each country skate a short and long program. For Chan, and Virtue and Moir, the team event that begins two days before the opening ceremonies, is the perfect chance to deal with some of the pressure they’ll be shouldering as gold medal favourites. “It would be cool to have a medal in your pocket already going into your individual event,” Chan said. “I think it would be like ’Hey the medal is really not that big of a deal.’ It’s exciting, it’s awesome, but we still have a job to do, there’s still life after winning a medal. It will relieve a lot of pressure on us individually.” Virtue and Moir, who will have six days between the end of the team event and the beginning of their individual event, said there was never any question whether they would skate for a team medal, even if it means skating four times. “Another shot on Olympic ice in front of that crowd and to get a shot at an Olympic gold medal, you’ve got to take it,” Moir said. “We’re good for that. We can do four performances. “It’s so exciting, what a privilege to take the ice four times and compete for an Olympic medal,” Virtue said. “It’s also our job to be there and be in shape and represent Canada to the best of our ability. So that’s something we take really seriously.” The team was unveiled in a ceremony Sunday following the Canadian championships that saw a couple of surprises. Fifteen-year-old Gabrielle Daleman of Newmarket, Ont., won silver in women’s singles

and was named to the team, while Liam Firus, a 21-year-old from North Vancouver, B.C., snuck in to grab the third spot in men’s singles. There were hugs and tears as each skater was called up one by one and presented with a red and white Canada team jacket. “We’re right here smack dab in the middle of our dream come true,” said Duhamel who won her third consecutive national pairs title with Radford. “We’re living our dream, and there’s nowhere that I or Eric would rather be right now and I think that we’re a little bit in shock and excited, elated, and relieved.” Duhamel and Radford are also thrilled to kick off their first Games with the team event, which will see the top five countries after the short program advance to the long program. “We’re going to win a gold medal in the team event and that’s the most amazing thing, and Eric and I will skate 10 times if we need to to take a part of it,” Duhamel said. Teams can switch up to two members between the short and long programs. Because of the quick turnaround with men’s singles and pairs, Canada will probably use its substitutions in those events. The 10 teams competing, based on world ranking, are: Canada, Russia, the U.S., Japan, Italy, France, China, Germany, Ukraine, and Great Britain. Canada won two medals four years ago in Vancouver: Virtue and Moir’s gold in ice dance, and a bronze by Joannie Rochette in women’s singles.

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BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ADELBODEN, Switzerland — Marcel Hirscher mastered a classic Swiss slope yet again Sunday, winning a World Cup slalom to seize the lead in the overall and discipline standings. Hirscher, the Austrian two-time defending overall champion, sliced through the gates on a thrilling run down the steep final slope to beat Andre Myhrer of Sweden by 0.29 seconds. “It’s maybe a stupid decision,” Hirscher said about his risk-taking. “If you give a lot, you can win a lot.” Teenager Henrik Kristoffersen of Norway was third, trailing 0.66 behind Hirscher’s combined two-run time of 1 minute, 49.75 seconds. Hirscher won this race for the past two years en route to taking the giant crystal globe as the world’s best Alpine skier. “It’s very wonderful here,” Hirscher said of the historic venue which has featured since the World Cup started in 1967. “It’s kind of a special race and it’s working pretty well for me.” Felix Neureuther of Germany lost his unbeaten record in 2014 by straddling a gate when poised to challenge Hirscher’s time. With 100 race points for victory, Hirscher now leads Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway by 23 points in the overall standings. Svindal is a speed specialist who skips slalom races. Ted Ligety of the United States retained a distant third place overall de-

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ARTHURS William James (Jim) 1938 Aug. 23 - 2014 Jan. 8 With heavy hearts, full of love, the family of Jim Arthurs announces the passing of our dearly beloved husband, father, brother, grandfather, and Papa on W e d n e s d a y, J a n u a r y 8 , 2014, at the Red Deer Hospice at the age of 75. Jim fought a courageous battle with many forms of cancer for over a decade, overcoming these with remarkable strength of character. Jim’s adventurous and entrepreneurial character brought him, still in his mid-teens, west from Harriston, Ontario, where he was born, raised and educated. He worked as a farm hand before venturing into the Alberta oil patch, working on rigs before founding Arthur’s Light Oilfield Hauling with the support of his wife Flo. Jim and Flo were married in Fairview, Alberta on July 13, 1963 and celebrated their 50th anniversary on July 13, 2013. Jim is survived by his wife of over 50 years, Flo, three daughters, Brenda, Colleen, and Tracy (Steve), seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. A celebration of life for the late Jim Arthurs will be held on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at the Crossroads Church, 38105 RR 275, SW corner of 32 St. and Hwy. 2, at 1:00 pm. with Pastor Paul Benke officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Red Deer Hospice Society, 99 Arnot Avenue, Red Deer, AB T4R 3S6, and/or to help support Prostate Cancer treatment, David Thompson Health Trust. Phone 1-877-895-4430

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Escorts

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Handyman Services

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APOLLO LANDSCAPING has skidsteer and tandem truck avail. for snow removal. Commercial or residential. 403-598-1589 CELEBRATIONS HAPPEN EVERY DAY IN CLASSIFIEDS


RED DEER ADVOCATE Monday, Jan. 13, 2014 B9

If you are a team player interested in the oil and gas industry, please submit your resume, current driver’s abstract and current safety certificates to the following: Fax 403-887-4750 mbell@1strateenergy.ca Please specify position when replying to this ad. We would like to thank all those candidates who apply, however only qualified personnel will be contacted.

FLUID Experts Ltd.

Fluid Experts of Red Deer is seeking experienced

Class 1 Operators

to haul clean fluids for the Oil & Gas Industry. Home every night, company benefits with exceptional pay structure. Must be able to work on their own with minimal supervision. Compensation based on experience. Fax resume w/all tickets and current drivers abstract to: 403-346-3112 or email to: roger@fluidexperts.com

GT CHANDLER CONTRACTING Has Openings for BOILER OPERATORS Please email resume to: info@gtchandler.com or fax to: 403-886-2223

1693338 Alberta LTD o/a Portable iMassagers Hiring Retail Sales Manager At Parkland Mall, 4747 67th St, Red Deer, AB T4N 6H3 F/Time, Perm, Shifts, Weekends Salary - $24.00 BLACKFALDS Motor Inn hourly. Skills requirements: -Housekeeping Supervisor Experience 2-3 years, Req’d. 1 F/T, $19 - $20 hr., good English. Education: 1 yr. exp. req’d. Fax Secondary school. Main resume: 403-885-5868 duties: Plan, direct and Attn: Jenny evaluate the operations of JJAM Management (1987) retail sales rder and receiving goods. Responsible for Ltd., o/a Tim Horton’s customer refunds and exRequires to work at these changes.Resolve customer Red Deer, AB locations: complaints Determine 5111 22 St. staffing requirements 37444 HWY 2 S Hire or oversee hiring of 37543 HWY 2N staff. Company’s business 700 3020 22 St. address: 45 Boyce Street, Food Service Supervisor Red Deer AB T4R 1P2 P/T & F.T. SHIFT WORK, E-mail: Reachiesales $12.50 - $13.50/hr. @gmail.com Apply in person or fax resume to: 403-314-1303 Classifieds...costs so little JJAM Management (1987) Saves you so much! Ltd., o/a Tim Horton’s Requires to work at these You can sell your guitar Red Deer, AB locations: for a song... 5111 22 St. or put it in CLASSIFIEDS 37444 HWY 2 S and we’ll sell it for you! 37543 HWY 2N 700 3020 22 St. Food Counter Attendant P/T & F.T. SHIFT WORK, Trades $9.95 - $10.98/hr. Apply in person or fax resume to: 403-314-1303

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

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Trades

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F/T PAINTERS

Exp. Req’d. One of Alberta’s largest painting companies with offices in Edmonton & Calgary is now hiring for

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Email: drew@ calibregroup.ca Company website: www.calibrecoatings.ab.ca

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Trades

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IMMEDIATE F/T POSITION For Year Round Work.

JOURNEYMAN PICKER OPERATOR In Sundre, AB. Competitive wages, guarantee for right applicant. Benefits. Must have Journeyman Ticket. Accommodations available. Please sent resume to: mross@calmena.com

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

Netook Construction Ltd. is a heavy equipment contractor based out of Olds, Alberta. We are seeking a

careers@netook.ca or fax to (403) 556-6231

RAMADA INN & SUITES req’s. F/T MAINTENANCE PERSON... Experience preferred. Pool operation an asset. On call rotation. Bonuses, Drop off resume to 6853 - 66 St. Red Deer or fax 403-342-4433 or email: info@ramadareddeer.com

We employ over 175 people and provide ample opportunities to employees to achieve their career goals. We provide handson training and an opportunity to work on some of the most interesting projects and applications in the energy sector. If you would like to be a part of our growing and dynamic team of professionals in your field, we are currently seeking both -

APPRENTICE AND JOURNEYMAN WELDERS

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

Journeyman Millwright OLYMEL, RED DEER PLANT Key Responsibilities • Ensure timely and accurate completion of tasks assigned. • Communicate with other departments when necessary and provides feedback when needed. • Keep records of assignments and produce detailed work reports. • Experience in a plant/manufacturing environment - an asset. • Must be able to work in a fast paced, team environment. • Must be available for shift work • Must be willing to learn new technology.

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The successful candidate will have a positive outlook, good organization and computer skills, possess excellent phone and customer service, have the ability to multi-task in a team based atmosphere, jewellery knowledge an asset.

Qualifications and Experience • Journeyman or Red Seal Certification. • Physically fit; ability to perform the tasks attached to the position. • Available to work various shift schedules according to production needs. • Ability to read, write and communicate in English.

To join our team, submit resumé to: 4910 - 45 Street, Red Deer Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Oilfield

Experienced Siders Needed Call 403-588-3210

CARPET COLOUR CENTRE is currently looking for EXP’D. TILE INSTALLER Applicant must have ability to lay out tiles, be familiar with setting materials and products. This is a F/T position with a wage of $20 -$25/hr. depending on exp. Submit resume attn: Andrew: awiebe@ carpetcolourcentre.com or drop off at Carpet Colour Centre 1100, 5001-19 St. Red Deer, Ab. T4R 3R1

We require: Caterpillar and Komatsu experience, strong diagnostic and electrical experience, knowledge with Electronic Technician and SIS programs. Successful candidates must be able to work independently in a busy environment, be flexible and work well with others. Driver’s license, H2S Alive, First Aid/CPR are required. A dual heavy equipment and automotive ticket is an asset. Candidates must go through pre-employment drug testing. Qualified applicants please apply by email at

LUAU Investments Ltd. (o/a Tim Hortons) Food Counter Attendant FT and PT positions available for day, night, evening and weekend shifts. $9.95 to $11.25 per hour depending on experience/availability. Apply in person at any of these locations 4217 - 50 Ave 6721 - 50 Ave 7111 - 50 Ave 62 Carleton Ave or email timhire@telus.net

Attn: Human Resources email:kwolokoff@ bearspawpet.com Fax 403-252-9719 Mail: Suite 5309 333 96 Ave. NE Calgary, AB T3K 0S3

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

Busy road construction company req’s 1 st. or 2nd yr. apprentice heavy duty mechanic for shop. Fax resume to 403-309-0489

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JOURNEYMAN HEAVY EQUIPMENT TECHNICIAN

Sales Associate/Office Position OIL & GAS OPERATOR

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

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Sales & Distributors

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* Experienced Production Testing * Day Supervisors * Night Operators * Experienced Production Testing Assistants

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

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SERVICE RIG

Bearspaw Petroleum Ltd is seeking exp’d FLOORHANDS & DERRICK HANDS must have all necessary valid tickets for the position being applied for. Bearspaw offers a very competitive salary and benefits package along with a steady work schedule. Please submit resumes: Attn: Human Resources Email: hr@bearspawpet.com Fax: (403) 258-3197 or Mail to: Suite 5309, 333-96 Ave. NE Calgary, AB T3K 0S3 Looking for a place to live? Take a tour through the CLASSIFIEDS

Streamline Inspection Ltd. now hiring for helper position in Red Deer area. Must have a class 5 drivers license. Oilfield safety tickets req’d, will provide training if necessary. Send resume to cgraham@ streamlineinspection.com

TREELINE WELL SERVICES

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

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Service Technician Rental Technician Aero Rental Services, a Division of Western Energy Services Corp. is currently looking for candidates to fill the following positions. The Service Technician and Rental Technician are responsible for providing field inspections including tools, personnel, training and operating procedures in compliance with HSE and transport requirements. Qualifications: • Exceptional interpersonal, communication and organizational skills • Able to work effectively under pressure and meet deadlines • Pressure control experience • First Aid/CPR, H2S Trained • IRP 16 Trained • Valid Class 5 Drivers license We offer competitive pay, benefits and opportunities for advancement. Email: careers@wesc.ca Mail: AERO Rental Services 6525 - 67th Street Red Deer, Alberta T4P 1A3 Fax: (403) 356-1370 Website: www.wesc.ca

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Locally based, home every night! Qualified applicants

We thank all applicants for their interest, however only those who will be interviewed will be contacted. 353747A13,18

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EYEWEAR LIQUIDATORS

requires OPTICAL ASSISTANT Training provided. Apply in person with resume to: 4924 59 St. Red Deer, AB.

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STAFF ACCOUNTANT required by Red Deer CA firm focused on the accounting, advisory and tax planning needs of small businesses. Office uses Caseware, Jazz-it and Taxprep. The ideal candidate will have accounting experience and above average accounting aptitude. See our online ad for more details. Email resume and cover letter to ian.alexander@ swainsonalexander.ca

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Truckers/ Drivers

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REQUIRED: CARPENTER/DRYWALLER for restoration company. This is a F/T position. Must have a valid drivers license. Duties: Carpentry, drywall, painting & finishing work. Fax or email resume to 403-347-4037 or crr@telus.net or contact Al @ 403-347-4001

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

in

TOPLINE OILFIELD HAULING

Central AB based trucking company requires

is a busy & growing oilfield trucking company looking for

Owner Operators & Company Drivers

EXPERIENCED H.D MECHANIC

Must have Cummins knowledge. Successful candidates will receive top wages & benefits. Please forward all resumes to: topline@telus.net

TRUE POWER ELECTRIC Requires

QUALIFIED JOURNEYMAN 3rd and 4th yr. ELECTRICIANS With Residential roughin exp. Competitive wages & benefits. Fax resume to: 403-314-5599

Truckers/ Drivers

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

CLASS 3 DRIVERS w/airbrake endorsement needed immed. for waste & recycling. Email resume to canpak@xplornet.ca or call 403-341-9300 F/T TRUCK drivers req’d. Minimum Class 5 with air and clean abstract. Exp. preferred. In person to Key Towing 4083-78 St. Cres. Red Deer. MEGA CRANES is looking for a ticketed crane and boom truck operator. Must have Class 1. Good wages, benefits, 10% holiday pay, RRSP’s, and most evenings and weekends off. Fax resume to 885-4269 or email cathy@megacranes.com RONCO OILFIELD HAULING Sylvan Lake. Openings for Picker operator, bed truck drivers and winch tractor. Top wages and benefits. Email resume tom@ roncooilfield.ca or fax. 403-887-4892

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EXPERIENCED

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ACADEMIC Express

Vacuum & Water Truck operators req’d. to start immed. $450/per day CLASS 1 or 3 WITH Q All oilfield safety tickets req’d. Clean drivers abstract. Must comply with drug and alcohol policy. • References Req’d. Exc. salary & benefits. Fax resume to: • 403-742-5376 doug.reinhart@cordy.ca

ADULT EDUCATION AND TRAINING

WINTER START GED PREPARATION Feb. 10 START

SPRING START Community Support Worker Program Women in the Trades Program

LOGGING Truck Drivers • Math and Science for Wanted. Sundre, Alberta. the Trades Program Must have a Class 1 license with airbrakes, and off road Gov’t of Alberta Funding experience. Commission may be available. based wages (approx. $33-$35/hour, plus benefits). 403-340-1930 Call Darcy at 403-638-6047 www.academicexpress.ca

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Misc. Help

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ADULT CARRIERS NEEDED For delivery of the morning ADVOCATE in Red Deer (Reliable vehicle needed.)

Johnstone Crossing Jepsen Cres. & Jordan Pkway

INGLEWOOD AREA MORRISROE AREA SUNNYBROOK AREA

Kentwood

VANIER AREA

Kilburn Ave. & Krause Cres.

Call Prodie: 403-314-4301 for more info

Mustang Acres 63 Ave. & 69 St.

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

Normandeau Nolan, Norwest & Newlands Call Joanne 403-314-4308 info Something for Everyone Everyday in Classifieds

DEER PARK AREA Dempsey St. & Drummond. Ave. Area 70 Papers $375/mo.

BATTERY DOCTORS Exp. not req’d but heavy lifting is involved, mechanical skills an asset. Hours: Mon. to Fri. 8-5. Apply in person at 1, 4801 78 St. No phone calls please. Start your career! See Help Wanted

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.

73 Papers $439/mo. ROSEDALE AREA Ramage Cres., Root Cl., 100 to 800 Ramage Cl., and Ralston Cres. area 67 Papers $359/mo. ALSO Reichley St., Reinholt Ave., Robinson Cres. Area 106 Papers $568/mo. Call Jamie 403-314-4306 for more information

Currently seeking reliable newspaper carrier for the BOWER AREA WESTPARK AREA

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

Delivery is 4 times per week, no collecting.

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

Please reply by email: qmacaulay @reddeeradvocate.com or phone Quitcy at 403-314-4316

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.

CARRIERS NEEDED ANDERS AREA Anders St. / Armstrong Close Addinnell Close / Allan St. Abbott Close / Anders St. Anders Close INGLEWOOD AREA Isherwood Close Issard Close LANCASTER AREA Law Close / Lewis Close Langford Close Lamont Close Lund Close MORRISROE AREA Vista Village SUNNYBROOK AREA Somerset Close Springfield Ave. Savoy Cres. / Sydney Close Sherwood Cres. VANIER AREA Viscount Drive

Perfect for anyone looking to make some extra $.

DSM INC.

looking for laborers, in the Innisfail area. Salary is $15.00/hr. Fax resume to: 403-314-0676.

FUSION PRODUCTION SYSTEMS INC., a growing, well-established fabrication facility in Red Deer is hiring for the position of

EXPERIENCED MATERIAL HANDLING SUPERVISOR THE POSITION WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR: • Warehouse Management • Process received material (unload, verification, Computations entry) • Working with Quality Control & ensure allocation of materials • Knowledge of pipe, flange, fittings and steel plates • Initial receiving of product to our location • Maintenance of shipping and receiving of Raw Material • Product movement to the designated departments • Staging job specific material for timely distribution • Administering daily equipment checks and maintenance reviews • Prepare any documentation pertaining to product • Prepare shipping document Fusion offers a competitive salary, benefits plan and an opportunity to utilize your skills in a challenging and rewarding environment. If you are a proven Team Player with experience and initiative, please forward your resume along your salary expectation and availability date to Fax 403-347-7867.

Employment Training

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

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Please call Debbie at 403-314-4307 SWAMPERS F/T needed immediately for a fast growing waste & recycling company. Heavy lifting involved (driver’s helper) position. Reliability essential. Own transportation required. Please email resumes to canpak@xplornet.ca

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

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GORGEOUS HIGH-END HOME

You have to see to believe. 4 Bdrm, 3 baths w/double attached garage in the NEW part of West Park. THE RED DEER PUBLIC FRYING Pan, electric, 12” High-end Luxury home at a SCHOOL DISTRICT Black & Decker. New still great rate of $2100/month. Invites applications in box. $20. 403-309-7787 Call Lucie at 403-396-9554 for the position of: if you would like to know more. MICROWAVE, Kenmore Educational Assistant 3 yrs. old, white. $75. at Eastview Middle School Hpman.ca 403-742-4827 for a 30 hour weekly position. MODERN & TRENDY The suitable candidate will WATER Dispenser, provide academic and 3 BDRM. HOME electric, 2 yrs. old. $50. behavioral support to Boasting 2.5 Baths, 403-742-4827 Middle School Students. designer colors & finishings, Desirable qualifications & 6 appls & assigned parking. Household attributes: Educational Be the first to live here!! Assistant certificate and/or Furnishings This property will not last! relevant education. NonJust $1695/month! violent Crisis Intervention Hurry and call Tina at RECLINER, swivel, dark certificate. Toileting & Lifting 403-896-8552 while it lasts. brown, like new. $75. may be required. Outdoor Hpman.ca 403-346-0767 supervision is required. MOUNTVIEW For more information about SEARSOPEDIC Comfort the Red Deer Public School Plus dbl. bed, mattress, 3 bdrm. house, main floor, 5 appls., fenced yard, District, visit our web site b o x s p r i n g a n d f r a m e , c l e a n , n o s t a i n s , large deck, rent $1400 incl. at: www.rdpsd.ab.ca all utils. $900 s.d. Avail. Applications received by $200 403-352-8811 Feb. 1. 403-304-5337 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, WANTED January 16, 2014 will be SYLVAN LAKE, private 1 Antiques, furniture and assured of careful bdrm. bsmt., $550.; or 2 estates. 342-2514 consideration. bdrm. $1200. Both fully Applications, with references, furn. dishes, linen, cable & should be directed to: Misc. for utils. incl’d. 403-880-0210 humanresources Sale @rdpsd.ab.ca Condos/ A current criminal record 2 MATCHING suitcases check & child intervention Townhouses like new $25; antique oak check will be required of student chair $75; new employees. 32 HOLMES ST. Kenmore microwave 1 1/2 blocks west of mall, oven, 1200w, $30; 3 wool 3 bdrm. bi-level, blinds, lg. accent matching carpets, balcony, 4 appls, no pets, clean, will sell seperate, n/s, rent $1245 SD $1000 $50, David Winters collecAvail. Feb. 1st. tors house in original box 403-304-7576 or 347-7545 $25 403-352-8811 THE TASTY BAKERY Classifieds...costs so little DIE cast models, cars, DELIVERY PERSON Saves you so much! truck, and motorcycles, Permanent P/T required fairies, dragons and biker BEAUTIFUL Comfortable 3 3-4 hrs. per day 4 days/wk gifts. #14 6350-67 St. east bdrm. townhouse in Oriole Apply in person Bay #1, end of Cash Casino Park. Super location for access 2319 Taylor Drive, to all major arteries without (directly behind Nutters) LANG 2014 Calenderbeing bothered by noise. Abundant Friendship, got 2 Att. garage, 1-1/2 bath, for Christmas selling 1 for 5 appls., #23 6300 Orr Dr. $10 403-347-1017 N/S, avail. Jan. 1. $1425/mo. MTD snowblower 5 HP Hearthstone Property $200 403-347-5873 Management 403-896-8552 Warehouse 403-350-1077 or 403-396-9554 Shipper/ Receiver Competitive starting wages POTTERY soup set w/urn KITSON CLOSE and ladle, 4 bowls, casseplus regular increases. newer exec. 3 bdrm. role dish, salad bowl w/4 Hours: M-F 7:30am-4:30pm bi-level townhouse 1447 plates, like new $100; Can- sq. ft. 5 appls, 1 1/2 bath, Excellent benefits on K920 copier w/metal package. Opportunities blinds, lg. balcony, fenced stand exc. cond. to advance. Must be in rear, front/rear parking, $65 403-352-8811 dependable, hardworking no dogs, rent $1395 and seeking a long-term SD $1000. n/s career. Apply in person, Avail. immed. or email to: 403-304-7576 / 347-7545 Cats hartleytj@eecol.com Kyte/Kelloway Cres. 4747 - 61st Street 2 FRIENDLY 5 mo. old M. Lovely 3 level exec. WELCOME HOME FOR ORANGE KITTENS., 3 bdrm. townhouse HOMELESS PROJECT Litter trained. Desperately 5 appls, 1 1/2 bath, in Red Deer is seeking a need loving homes. FREE. concrete patio, blinds, Part Time Coordinator 403-782-3130 front/rear parking, no dogs, n/s, rent $1395 SD $1000 of Volunteers. Avail. immed. Successful candidate may 403-304-7576 or 347-7545 have a degree or diploma Dogs or other suitable work LARGE 2 & 3 BDRM experience in volunteer Condos have to go!! management. The duties Bldg located on a quiet of this position include: close backing onto treed • Assist in the implemenarea. Spacious suites c/w tation of the program, Dishwasher, large storage including the planning area & more. Short walk to and coordination of its schools & Parks. Starting various activities. at $925/mo. Heat & Water • Assist in the maintenance incl. in rent. Call Lucie at EXTRA FLUFFY of volunteers who are 403-396-9554 matched with individuals & extremely cute! Teacup to book a viewing. who are newly housed. Babydoll Morkies†(very tiny). Hpman.ca • Participate in the devel- Call 587-987-3422 or email opment and implementation wendyschedel@gmail.com SOUTHWOOD PARK of training and support 3110-47TH Avenue, for the volunteers. 2 & 3 bdrm. townhouses, • Inform and consult with generously sized, 1 1/2 Oversight Committee at baths, fenced yards, their monthly meetings. full bsmts. 403-347-7473, • Collaborate with CAPRA, Sorry no pets. Housing First, Everyone’s www.greatapartments.ca Home and other Red Riverfront Estates Deer Housing Team Deluxe 3 bdrm. 1 1/2 bath, initiatives. bi-level townhouse, 5 appls, Job Description provided GOLDEN DOODLES and blinds, large balcony, on request to: lindaervin LABRADOODLES, silvers no pets, n/s, $11195 @sunnybrookunited.org. and chocolate. Delivered or $1220 along the river. Send your resume to: to Alberta. Text SD $1000. Avail. Jan. 15 Rev. Linda Ervin 306-521-1371 403-304-7576 347-7545 12 Stanton St. or call 306-792-2113 Red Deer, AB, T4N 0B8 www.furtettishfarm.ca 4 Plexes/ Deadline for applications SILVER Lab pups P.B. is January 31, 2014. Parents CKC reg. vet checked, 6 Plexes 1st & 2nd shots. 3 F, 1 M. $500 X-STATIC ORIOLE PARK 403-843-6564, 785-5772 is now accepting 3 bdrm., 1-1/2 bath, $1175. applications for P/T rent, s.d. $650, incl water DOOR SECURITY Sporting sewer and garbage. Apply in person after 3 Goods Avail. Feb 1. 403-304-5337

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BROWNING hunting bow 48”, 29 arrows, padded carrying case, 4 razor heads $175 obo 403-356-9019

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Travel Packages

CLASSIFICATIONS 1500-1990

Computers

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ASUS K53S laptop 15” CPU Intel 2.3 GHZ DVD player, memory 6 GB, OS Windows 7 Premium $150 403-347-7858

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Wanted To Buy

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WANTED: SNOWBLOWER 403-886-5194

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Web Designer Network Administrator Help Desk Support Analyst PC Support Specialist and more!

2000-2290

Farm Equipment

2010

7’ BLADE $325 403-784-2276

Financial Assistance available to qualified applicants.

Horses

Volks Place / Vanier Drive

2140

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

Vanson Close / Visser St.

Grain, Feed Hay

Call Prodie @ 403- 314-4301 for more info TO ORDER HOME DELIVERY OF THE ADVOCATE CALL OUR CIRCULATION DEPARTMENT 403-314-4300

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Houses/ Duplexes Homestead Firewood

To deliver 1 day a week in BOWDEN

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

NEWSPAPER CARRIERS REQUIRED

CLEARVIEW AREA Cosgrove Cres., Chappel Dr., Carroll Cres., Carpenter St., & Cunningham Cres. Area 93 Papers $498/mo.

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

Suites

3060

1 BDRM partly furn. apt above Wies Western Wear downtown. Quiet person preferred. $750/mo, $750 d.d. Avail. Immed. 403-347-3149

2 Bdrm. Modern Suite in Johnstone

This great 2 bdrm bsmt suite has lots of functional space, 6 appls & is located on a quiet cresc. Just $1125/mo. Call Lucie at 403-396-9554 now to take a look at a home you will want to show off.

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ADULT 2 BDRM. spacious suites 3 appls., heat/water incld., Oriole Park. 403-350-1620 Gloria GLENDALE 2 bdrm. $825, D.D. $825, N/S, no pets, no partiers, avail immed. 403-346-1458 GLENDALE reno’d 2 bdrm. apartments, avail. immed, rent $875 403-596-6000 LARGE, 1 & 2 BDRM. SUITES. 25+, adults only n/s, no pets 403-346-7111

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1 & 2 bdrm., Avail. immed. Adult bldg. N/S No pets 403-755-9852 PENHOLD 1 bdrm., incl. heat/water, 4 appls. $725 avail. immed., 403-348-6594

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Hpman.ca Top-Floor 2 Bdrm. Apartment

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Roommates Wanted

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Money To Loan

Antique & Classic Autos

5020

ACREAGE Home to share N/S, within 5 mins. of RD $425+ , 403-357-9352

3090

Rooms For Rent

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

3140

Warehouse Space

BAY FOR RENT, 1800 sq. ft., drive through bay in heavy industrial area. 780-305-4688

3190

Mobile Lot

8TH ANNUAL RED DEER COLLECTOR CAR AUCTION & SPEED SHOW. Mar 14 - 16. Westerner Park, Red Deer. 150,000 sq.ft. indoor show. Exhibitors space available. Western Canada’s Largest Collector Car Event. Consign today 1-888-296-0528 Ext. 102 EGAuctions.com

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Cars

2000 Chrysler Neon, 2L, 4 dr., 5 spd. Clean. 403-318-3040

1999 PONTIAC Bonneyville PADS $450/mo. Brand new park in Lacombe. 4 dr., saftied. 403-352-6995 Spec Mobiles. 3 Bdrm., 2 bath. As Low as $75,000. Down payment $4000. Call at anytime. 403-588-8820

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Realtors & Services

4010 Locally owned and family operated

HERE TO HELP & HERE TO SERVE Call GORD ING at RE/MAX real estate central alberta 403-341-9995 gord.ing@remax.net

Houses For Sale

4020

2 SPEC HOMES Ready for your colours. Can be shown at any time. 10 & 98 MacKenzie Cres. Lacombe. 403-588-8820

4 LEVEL SPLIT,

Sylvan Lake, 3 bdrms., 2.5 baths, large family room, 3 rd level walk out covered deck, oversized dbl.. garage, RV parking, close to schools. $329,000. 403-887-3966 BRAND NEW 1340 sq. ft. bungalow, 2 bdrm., den, dbl. att. garage. $384,900. Call Glen 403-588-2231

5050

Trucks

2011 CHEV 1500 Z71 LTZ ext. cab. 1000,000 km. 403-350-1455

5190

Auto Wreckers

RED’S AUTO. Free Scrap Vehicle & Metal Removal. AMVIC APPROVED. We travel. May pay cash for vehicle. 403-396-7519

Vehicles Wanted To Buy

5200

RED’S AUTO. Free scrap vehicle & metal removal. We travel. May pay cash for vehicle. AMVIC APPROVED. 403-396-7519

Misc. Automotive

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FREE removal of scrap vehicles. Will pay cash for some. 403-304-7585

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Mexican vigilantes advance on drug cartel stronghold FIREFIGHT RAGES IN WESTERN MEXICO TOWN BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NUEVA ITALIA, Mexico — Gunfire erupted Sunday in western Mexico as hundreds of vigilantes pressed their fight over territory with a drug cartel, and Mexico’s top security officials prepared to make yet another effort to try to stop the violence. Members of so-called self-defence groups entered the town of Nueva Italia in Michoacan state on a campaign they say is designed to liberate towns from the control of the Knights Templar cartel. Opponents and critics say the vigilantes are backed by a rival cartel, something the groups vehemently deny. State Gov. Fausto Vallejo gave a brief statement Sunday saying he had formally asked the federal government for more help to quell the violence. He announced a meeting Monday in the capital to lay out a strategy to reclaim the peace. Hundreds of vigilantes drove into Nueva Italia late Sunday morning in a caravan of large trucks, then surrounded the city hall and disarmed local police. An Associated Press journalist witnessed citizens initially welcoming them. But shooting broke out almost immediately in and around the centre square. Only one injury was reported by mid-day. Gunfire could be heard around the city. Vallejo acknowledged violence has gone on for four days as vigilantes appeared to be advancing and surrounding the farming hub of Apatzingan, which is said to be the Knights Templar’s central command. Vallejo said he formally asked Interior Minister Miguel

Angel Osorio Chong on Friday for more federal forces, “given insufficient state and municipal police.” The self-defence groups claim local and state police are in the employ of the Knights Templar. Fighting between vigilantes and alleged cartel members has racked Michoacan for almost a year. President Enrique Pena Nieto’s government already has sent thousands of federal police officers and soldiers to the state, but the situation has only worsened. Both federal police and soldiers were seen near Nueva Italia on Sunday, but didn’t intervene in the fighting. The federal government has said the civilian vigilante groups are operating outside the law. They carry high-calibre weapons that Mexico only allows for military use. But government forces have not moved against them and in some cases seem to be working in concert with the vigilantes. Rumours circulate that some self-defence groups have been infiltrated by the New Generation cartel, which is reportedly fighting a turf war with the Knights Templar in the rich farming state that is a major exporter of limes, avocados and mangos. Some in the region say members of the Knights Templar have also tried to use self-defence groups as cover for illegal activities. The U.S. State Department issued a travel warning for Mexico on Thursday, recommending against travel in Michoacan, with the exception of the state capital, Morelia, and the port city of Lazaro Cardenas, and in those cases only by air. “In many areas of the state, self-defence groups operate independently of the government ... are suspicious of outsiders and should be considered volatile and unpredictable,” the statement said.

Ukraine anti-government protest is smaller, but still visible BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS KIEV, Ukraine — Tens of thousands of activists rallied in the centre of the Ukrainian capital on Sunday, while the organizers of the weeks-long antigovernment protests looked for a future strategy amid dwindling numbers and a continuing government crackdown on the protesters. The demonstrations, known as Euromaidan, were sparked by President Viktor Yanukovych’s decision in November to freeze ties with the West and tilt toward Moscow. The pact was later sealed by a $15 billion bailout loan from the Kremlin. But the protests shifted away from geopolitics in December, after the government violently dispersed several rallies, setting riot police with truncheons on peaceful protesters, and Euromaidan has turned into a movement calling for democracy and human rights. The protesters are demanding Yanukvoych’s ouster and early parliamentary and presidential elections as well as punishment of those security officials who were responsible for the crackdown. The protests drew hundreds of thousands in the early weeks, but have dwindled to tens of thousands recently, and Yanukovych has succeeded, at least for now, in holding onto power without making any major concessions to the opposition. Opposition leader Vitali Klitschko told a crowd of more

than 20,000 people Sunday that a quick victory should not be expected, and he urged Ukrainians across the country to press ahead with street and other protests. Euromaidan activists are now working in the east and south of Ukraine, which favour closer relations with Russia, to promote support for their movement. “We will fight to defend our country,” said Klitschko, who is the world heavyweight boxing champion. “We will take part in a peaceful protest so that the authorities will hear us.” Klitschko called for a nationwide strike to force Yanukovych and the parliament into early elections. But the government has steadily ignored similar demands, even when the crowds on Kyiv’s main square were much bigger. Now that Yanukvoych’s position has been strengthened by economic aid from Russia, the future of the protests remains unclear. Meanwhile, top opposition and civic activists continue to be attacked and harassed. Former Interior Minister Yuri Lutsenko, a top opposition activist, remained in the hospital on Sunday after being injured during clashes between police and protesters outside a Kyiv court the day before, in the latest in a string of attacks on opposition figures. With the centre of Kyiv still blocked by a large tent camp and gigantic barricades, and the protest mood still strong, experts predict a prolonged battle.

near Coronation Park and trail system. 1484 sq.ft. 2 storey, 3 bedrooms up, hardwood, gas fireplace, fenced back yard, Dble. garage. Immed. poss. $349,900. 403-396-5516 Agent Chosen. FREE Weekly list of properties for sale w/details, prices, address, owner’s phone #, etc. 342-7355 Help-U-Sell of Red Deer www.homesreddeer.com

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AUSTRALIAN WILDFIRES BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS PERTH, Australia — A man died fighting a wildfire that razed wooded hills near Australia’s west coast city of Perth on Sunday, destroying at least 27 houses. Flames prevented paramedics from reaching the man who collapsed on the roof of his home in suburban Hovea on Perth’s eastern fringe. The ambulance service said he died at the scene while attempting to protect his house. It was not immediately known if the house was destroyed. The state fire service said in a statement that 27 homes had been confirmed destroyed, adding that “this number is expected to increase as damage assessments continue.” The service said two firefighters were treated for heat exhaustion on Sunday. The wildfire risk has been heightened by heat wave conditions on the west coast. Perth’s temperature reached 43 degrees Celsius ( 109 degrees Fahrenheit) on Saturday, the city’s hottest day in six years. Heat wave temperatures are forecast for much of Australia this week. About 150 firefighters on Monday continued to fight the blaze which has burnt through about 350 hectares (865 acres) of woodlands.

We are seeking experienced

Journeyman Carpenters and Labourers to join our team.

These positions perform the physical tasks at a job site that require a skilled trade in the construction of commercial structures. Work done by these positions support the timely completion of a project and the quality of the project. Work is held to a high standard consistent with Camdon’s values. Complying, maintaining, and promoting on-site safety will be the highest priority at all times. Other skills that will ensure your success in this position include: strong organization skills, work efficiently, ability to work on your own, and professional. Please note: The successful candidate must possess a valid driver’s license, suitable transportation for this position, and be willing to work throughout Alberta. Please forward your resume, quoting competition number 140101, to: Camdon Construction Ltd. Attention: Human Resources 6780 – 76th Street Red Deer, AB T4P 4G6 Fax: (403) 343-2648 E-mail: hr@camdon.ca This competition will remain open until a suitable candidate is found. This competition may also be used to fill future vacancies. We wish to thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those under consideration will be contacted.

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

47633A11,13

3060

Suites

Note: Camdon is a drug and alcohol testing company.

MUST SELL

Condos/ Townhouses

4040

NEW CONDO

1000 sq.ft. 2 bdrm., 2 bath. $192,000. 403-588-2550 Classifieds Your place to SELL Your place to BUY

Income Property

4100

12 UNIT apartment building located in quiet Red Deer neighborhood. Contact Mike Dandurand Sundance Realty & Management 403-343-6655 391-7945 LAST 2 remaining full duplex lots in desirable neighborhood in Central Alberta. Very well priced with 4 plex as a discretionary use. Contact Mike Dandurand Sundance Realty & Management 403-343-6655 391-7945

Commercial Property

4110

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

We employ over 180 people and provide ample opportunities to employees to achieve their career goals. We provide hands-on training and an opportunity to work on some of the most interesting projects and applications in the energy sector.

We currently have career opportunities for a professional

ESTIMATOR The successful candidate will prepare cost estimates, review, validate, and submit estimates for product manufacturing, projects, or other services as required. This position is responsible for a wide range of project cost estimating and all associated functions within a group of skilled professionals. Responsibilities; You will find success based on your ability to; • Interpret technical drawings to identify engineering specifications, evaluate and estimate materials, manpower, schedule and budget • Effectively analyze production benchmarks and historical costs • Obtain, review and maintain documentation of third party pricing • Interface and provide on-going technical support to customer • Support and comply with the policies, goals, efforts, and programs of Bilton Welding and Manufacturing Ltd. • Provide estimating support to various stakeholders at all stages of projects. • Interface with various stakeholders to ensure accuracy of all estimates. • Recognize key parameters such as equipment and material pricing guidelines, labour market updates, inflation, material take-off and other allowances, escalation philosophy, and site labour productivity factors.

Job Requirements; As the ideal candidate you will possess: • Thorough understanding of business processes, stakeholders involvements and their role, information flow and project scope and also ensure that developed estimates covers the entire scope of the projects. • Thorough knowledge of estimating techniques and strategies • Thorough knowledge of oil and gas industry • Ability to calculate mathematical extensions, analyze and understand production drawings, associated documentation, contracts, cost coding systems, work breakdown structures, etc. • Excellent computer skills in Estimating Software and Microsoft Office • Minimum of 3-5 years industrial estimating experience required

Career development, growth and unlimited possibilities – you’ll find it here! We offer competitive wage and benefits packages Only applicants chosen for an interview will be contacted. Please forward your resume via fax to 403-227-7796 or email to hr@bilton.ca

FINANCIAL SALES CONSULTANT

Woody’s RV World Finance Office has a challenging and rewarding full-time permanent position available immediate for a self-motivated, assertive and professional individual. Business management experience is required. The right candidate will possess a positive attitude, work effectively in a team environment, strong multi-tasking, customer relations and interpersonal skills.   Weekend hours are required.   • Verify sales contracts for accuracy and completeness • Assist customers in financing the purchase of unit • Negotiate terms & conditions with Financial Institutions • Schedule & organize delivery of units • Promote extended service agreements • Verify all documents for correct titles, taxes and lien information Woody’s RV World offers: • Above Average Income • Year Round Employment • Continuing Training • Excellent Company Benefits & Remuneration Please forward resume to:

Karen Malsbury Woody’s RV World – Red Deer 1702-49th Ave T4R 2N7 Fax: 403-341-4380 E-mail: applications@woodysrv.com Only career minded individuals need apply

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www.laebon.com Laebon Homes 346-7273

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

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


B12 RED DEER ADVOCATE Monday, Jan. 13, 2014 FOR BETTER OR FOR WORSE

HI & LOIS

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BLONDIE

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LUANN Jan. 13 1947 — Britain’s Privy Council rules that Canada is within its rights in passing legislation making the Supreme Court of Canada the final court of appeal. It marks the end of legal recourse to the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council, except in federal-provincial matters. 1943 — The Royal Canadian Navy Corvette Ville de Québec sinks a U-boat in the

Mediterranean. It is the navy’s first U-boat kill. 1982 — Ann Cools is appointed to the Senate by Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau. She is the first black Canadian to serve in the Upper Chamber. 1965 — An avalanche kills seven people at Ocean Falls. B.C. 1961 — The third federal-provincial conference on the Constitution reaches an agreement on the need to amend the BNA Act. 1949 — Prince Edward Island bans sale and manufacture of margarine, to protect dairy industry.

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