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Red Deer Advocate THURSDAY, JAN. 23, 2014

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Parkvale kitchen gutted by blaze BY MURRAY CRAWFORD ADVOCATE STAFF

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Forced off the sidewalk because packed ice and snow made it impassible, Ernest Duda pushes a shopping cart piled high with bottles and cans along 32nd Street. Duda was making the trek to a bottle depot Wednesday.

City payroll hits 1,400

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BY CRYSTAL RHYNO ADVOCATE STAFF Red Deer city council approved 21 new full-time equivalent positions to work in Transit, RCMP, Public Works and Parks with the passing of the 2014 municipal operating budget last week. This brings the tally to about 1,351 staffers in 2014, compared to 1,330 in 2013. Factoring in the extra staff for ice and snow control, the total may increase by another five to 10 employees. The actual number on the city’s payroll is 1,400. That includes staff who may work a few hours of part-time or half-time. City manager Craig Curtis said the number of staff employed at the city is in line with comparable-sized cities that are growing. But he said the number of staff in any municipality depends on the services provided in the community and the projects that are contracted out. The City of Lethbridge, for example, has 1,376 fulltime equivalent employees. “We probably have a larger park system than more comparable cities,” said Curtis. “That makes Community Services a pretty large area but the community believes that is one of our major assets.” Curtis said the hiring of contractors relates to how the city operates. The city hires 95 per cent of its contractors for construction projects and roads. Curtis said Red Deer has one of the fewest number of engineers on staff compared to similar-sized municipalities. The city has engineers in four departments, as well as four managers who are engineers. The Engineering Department has 10 engineers dealing with things like traffic, design and development. The other departments with engineers are Public Works

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In a flash, a pot fire on the stove spread and set a Parkvale kitchen ablaze Wednesday afternoon. Kelly Chatwood was in her Red Deer home at the time, as well two of her children, age two and four, and said she had left the pot alone for a short period of time. “It went up in seconds,” she said. Red Deer Emergency Services responded to the fire at 4601-46th Ave. at around 2:30 p.m. Platoon Chief Terry Brew said they had 17 firemedics on scene battling the blaze, which they had under control within 20 minutes. “She had something on the stove cooking, it caught on fire and spread to the curtains and it turned into a full kitchen fire,” said Brew. “No one was injured, everyone was outside when we arrived. We had it knocked down within five minutes of our arrival.”


(two), Environmental Services (four) and Electric Light and Power (six). “(Consultants) are subject matter experts that actually save us money,” said Curtis. The consultants contracted to the city currently are working on large projects such as road repair and design, the North Highway Connector ring road, the expansion of the wastewater treatment plant and the water treatment plant.

EDMONTON — Alberta Health Minister Fred Horne said Wednesday he is “outraged” a laptop containing key information on 620,000 patients was stolen four months ago but only now brought to his department’s attention. The information includes unencrypted names, birthdates, health card numbers, billing codes, billing amounts and diagnostic codes for patients who were seen at Medicentre clinics around the province from May 2, 2011, to Sept. 19, 2013. Horne said the laptop was stolen Sept. 26 and reported by Medicentre days later, on Oct. 1, to Alberta Privacy Commissioner Jill Clayton and the Edmonton police. Horne, however, said he and his department were not told until Tuesday, when he received a letter from the vice president of Medicentres. “On behalf of the citizens of this province I’m quite frankly outraged that this would not have been reported to myself or my department sooner,” Horne told a news conference at the legislature. Horne said he has asked Clayton to investigate the matter under the Health Information Act to determine what happened and whether any breaches of privacy legislation have occurred. “I will pursue this matter to the full extent of the law,” he said.

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After connecting traffic detection cameras to a light standard, City of Red Deer power lineman Jason Richards begins to return the wires back into the pole on Wednesday.

U.S. committee calls for end to COOL The Canadian government has won a powerful ally in its fight against punishing U.S. meat-import regulations.



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Police add one more person to list of suspects in Calgary swarming death CALGARY — Police now have five young men in custody in last fall’s swarming death of an 18-yearold man in Calgary. Lukas Strasser-Hird was fatally injured in a fight outside a downtown bar last November. He was found beaten and stabbed in an alleyway. The latest suspect — 19-year-old Jordan Lee Liao of Calgary — was arrested Tuesday. He is charged with second-degree murder. Nathan Paul Gervais, who is 18 and also from Calgary, has already been charged with first-degree murder. Three other men face second-degree murder charges. The suspects are Assmar Ryiad Shlah, 20; Franz Emir Cabrera, 19; and Joch Pouk, 20 — all from Calgary.

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Town of Sylvan Lake employee Shane McKenzie waters in the surface of the lake Wednesday. The rink, which is behind schedule because the town resources have been tied up clearing snow from streets is now coming together. The rink surface at about 175 metres long by 45 metres wide was cleared of snow this week and should be ready for skaters soon.

Pipeline spills produced water northwest of Edmonton WHITECOURT — Alberta Environment says a pipeline has leaked northwest of Edmonton. The government department says it was notified of the leak on Tuesday morning. The pipeline is owned by Apache Canada and the leak happened about 20 kilometres northwest of Whitecourt.


FIRE: Cost of damage unknown He said the kitchen was totally gutted and that was where the fire was confined to. There was smoke damage to the rest of the unit. He was unable to estimate the cost of the damage. The investigation into the fire began about an hour after it started and is ongoing. “We’ve lost everything,” said Chatwood. After seeing the fire she got her children out as fast as she could. She was joined by family after the fire. She said she was going to be taken back into the home by fire crews to see what could be salvaged, but she seemed pessimistic about what was left. The building is a duplex owned by the Red Deer Housing Authority. The fire happened in the south unit’s kitchen. Sadika Mujic and her family live in the north unit and were not home at the time of the fire. Mujic said she was out picking up her daughter when the fire happened. She and her family inspected their unit with firefighters to investigate and assess the damage. The Red Deer Housing Authority was unable to comment because Emergency Services hadn’t completed their investigation yet.

PRIVACY: Horne out of the loop Medicentres operate a chain of primary care clinics. Dr. Arif Bhimji, the chief medical officer for Medicentres, apologized for the information leak. “Medicentres and myself are truly sorry for what


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Alberta Environment says about 1.6 million litres of produced water leaked from the pipeline across a leased road and affected a small, unnamed tributary. The government says Apache is working to contain the leak, clean up the area and minimize impact to the environment. Alberta Environment also says continuous airmonitoring has detected no levels of hydrogen sulphide at the spill site, or near cleanup operations. The Alberta Energy Regulator is investigating.

has occurred,” said Bhimji. Bhimji said they took what they felt were correct steps, by working with the government through the privacy office and reporting the theft to police. But he said in hindsight it would have been better to keep Horne in the loop. “I’ve certainly learned that perhaps I should have included the minister at a much earlier stage,” said Bhimji. “It certainly was not our intention to cause the anguish that has been reported.” Bhimji said they upgraded privacy safeguards. Among other changes, all patient information is now encrypted, it is no longer put on laptops unless absolutely necessary, and fewer employees and consultants have access to patient data, he said. He said Horne was notified of the breach Wednesday as part of the roll out of Medicentre’s public information campaign, which includes newspaper ads Thursday and a call centre to handle questions from patients. “They (Horne’s office) chose to make the announcement a day earlier than we had planned,” said Bhimji. Bhimji said the laptop has not been found but says no one has since used one of the stolen names to try to fraudulently get care at a Medicentre. He said the stolen diagnostic codes would reveal a patient’s general ailment, but not details. Clayton was unavailable for comment Wednesday. Brian Hamilton, Clayton’s director of compliance and special investigations, said they have been working with Medicentres since the breach. When asked why the privacy commissioner did not inform Horne’s office last fall, Hamilton said Clayton is duty bound and compelled by legislation to restrict the information to those directly involved. “It wouldn’t be our practice to notify the minister unless the breach involved one of the ministry’s information systems,” said Hamilton. Hamilton said they can urge a company to report a privacy breach to a government department, but can’t order it to do so. He said Clayton would make a decision as early as Thursday on whether to launch an investigation. Wildrose party critic Kerry Towle said the issue raises larger concerns about Albertans’ privacy.

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“That probably makes up 80 to 90 per cent of our contracting dollars,” said Curtis. “The other studies you hear about, $5,000 here, $20,000 here, are largely irrelevant in terms of the total consultant dollars that we expend.” He did not have available the total amount spent on consultants. During 2014 budget talks, Coun. Tanya Handley raised concerns over the hiring of consultants and the number of staff already on the payroll. Staffing accounts for 40 per cent or $122 million on a $305-million operational budget. Curtis said this comes up often because there is a misunderstanding about the work that consultants do at the city. Curtis said Red Deer is no different than any other municipality in any province. “We are understaffed in some areas and use consultants to perform that specialized task,” said Curtis. “If you need somebody to do a transportation study on flow of transportation on an arterial road and the design on an intersection, you hire a specialized engineering firm that does that.” As well, Curtis said Red Deer is a growing city that may need more staff compared to similar-sized municipalities that are not dealing with the challenges of growth. “Growth is huge in this city,” said Curtis. “Somebody has to design that infrastructure and it certainly isn’t our internal staff.” Recreation, Parks and Culture is the largest city department with 263 staffers, followed by the RCMP with 221 and Emergency Services with 192 employees. The city’s Communications Department has seven full-time equivalents on the payroll.





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OKOTOKS — Federal Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau thinks there are lessons to be learned from the legalization of marijuana in some U.S. states. Sales of marijuana to adults over 21 began Jan. 1 in Colorado as the state legalized pot for recreational purposes. Washington’s stores are expected to open in late spring. Last summer, Trudeau admitted to smoking pot after becoming an MP and has maintained that legalization in Canada is a good idea. He said Canada would benefit from keeping a close eye on the experiences in Colorado and Washington state. He said there are all sorts of questions to be asked about how it actually works in practice. “It’s just how they balance the need to protect people and control a substance and respect people’s freedoms,” Trudeau told reporters after a 90 minute meet-and-greet with 200 supporters in Okotoks, south of Calgary.




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THURSDAY, JAN. 23, 2014

U.S. committee calls for end to COOL BY THE CANADIAN PRESS WASHINGTON — Signs of a thaw have emerged in a developing trade battle between Canada and the United States. The Canadian government has won a powerful friend in its fight against punishing U.S. meat-import regulations that have evoked warnings of a broader trade war between the countries. An American congressional committee has requested a stop to labelling rules that have seriously damaged Canadian meat exports and prompted the federal government to threaten retaliation. In a note attached to a major spending bill, the House of Representatives’ appropriations committee chairman referred to the Canadian threat and asked the U.S. Department of Agriculture to back off. Country-of-origin labelling (COOL) rules are blamed for complicating the process of bringing in meat from Canada, and for reducing such exports to the U.S. by half since 2008. “The (budget) agreement does not approve of USDA’s continued implementation, enforcement, and the associated spending related to the mandatory country of origin labeling regulation for certain meat products during the pending World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute with Canada and Mexico,� said the letter from chairman Hal Rogers of Kentucky.

The congressional committee can’t actually force the executive agency to drop the rule — but it does have control over that agency’s budget. The Canadian government expressed optimism Wednesday over the news. A spokesman from Ottawa said the government will continue fighting the regulation at the World Trade Organization but, in the meantime, would be pleased to see U.S. lawmakers drop the requirement in their upcoming Farm Bill. The issue has pitted U.S. farmers, and their allies in Congress, against Canadian competitors and their American allies, such as the meat-processing plants they work with. It has also provoked a political backlash. In year-end interviews, Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz had said Canada’s pledge to retaliate against a wide range of U.S. products from orange juice to bread if COOL wasn’t scrapped or amended was no idle threat. “This is not a game of chicken here. This is a game of reality,� Ritz told The Canadian Press. “They are hurting our industry to the tune of $1 billion per year.� The effect of the labelling policy, first implemented in 2008, has been to cut Canadian cattle and hog shipments to the U.S. in half. The rules require detailed labels about the origins of beef, pork and chicken sold in U.S. stores. That drives up the price

tag of Canadian exports, undermining their competitiveness. The letter from Rogers referred to such Canadian threats. “On June 7, 2013, Canada issued a list of U.S. products (agricultural and non-agricultural exports to Canada) that would face higher tariffs totalling up to $1,100,000,000. Mexico is expected to issue a similar list of U.S. exports totalling several hundred million dollars,� said that section of the note, which was sent earlier this month without drawing public attention. “If the complainants do prevail (at the WTO), industry may be forced to change their labels and practices once again and the Nation will suffer the economic impact of approximately $2,000,000,000 in retaliation actions affecting agriculture and nonagriculture jobs and industries across the U.S. It is strongly recommended that USDA not force increased costs on industry and consumers and that the Department delay implementation and enforcement of the final rule . . . until the WTO has completed all decisions related to cases.� That particular aspect of Rogers’ 139-page letter was first reported this week by Inside U.S. Trade. The publication has since reported that U.S. lawmakers are expected to vote as early as next week on a measure to repeal the country-of-origin labelling system in a public congressional meeting related to the Farm Bill.

Appeal court Two men charged in $23M fraud case rejects attempt to rescind guilty pleas BY THE CANADIAN PRESS

BY THE CANADIAN PRESS EDMONTON — A man who held a group of people hostage at gunpoint in an Edmonton Workers’ Compensation Board building has lost his appeal. Patrick Clayton had asked the Alberta Court of Appeal to rescind his guilty pleas or, failing that, reduce his 11-year prison sentence. Clayton, who was armed with a hunting rifle and 100 rounds of ammunition, herded nine people into a conference room in the downtown building in 2009. He surrendered peacefully 10 hours later. He pleaded guilty to hostage-taking, pointing a firearm and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose. Representing himself before the province’s top court, Clayton argued that the trial judge had threatened him, that the Crown had promised a lighter sentence and that the hostage-taking was justified because of how the board treated him over a workrelated knee injury. The court, in a unanimous decision, said there was no evidence to support any of Clayton’s claims and that the sentence was justified. “His convictions are the result of his own actions — not the actions of the WCB,� wrote the court. “Many situations arise in life where individuals face disappointment because others do not meet their hopes and expectations. That cannot grant them license to commit violent acts and frighten innocent bystanders who then become the true victims.� Clayton, a self-confessed cocaine addict, had a long-standing beef over a claim for a knee injury he received on a construction site. On Oct. 21, 2009, he stormed through the front doors of the compensation board building and shot over the head of a security guard. Clayton collected hostages as he rode up in an elevator and walked down hallways; others hid in their cubicles and crawled on their stomachs towards back exits. Court heard Clayton herded the hostages into a conference room, then flung his gun around as he ranted about the compensation system and talked about it being “his last stand.� At first he ordered the hostages to tie themselves up. But he didn’t care when they later got loose or went to the bathroom and never came back. When he had one hostage left, Clayton gave the man a bullet as a souvenir, then surrendered to police. He became angry when he wasn’t met by a TV reporter, as a police negotiator had promised. The sentencing judge said Clayton showed genuine concern for the hostages but also caused them understandable fear.

CALGARY — Two Alberta men accused of bilking 1,314 Canadian investors out of more than $23 million have been charged with fraud and theft. RCMP allege the men behind a Calgary company called Concrete Equities Inc. promised investors huge returns if they purchased a stake in undeveloped beach property in Mexico called the Golfo de Santa Clara project. The investors included people from Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Ontario. “People invested as a limited partner to these investments and they were all putting in between $10,000 and $100,000. And these investments were RSP eligible,� RCMP Sgt. Conal Archer said Wednesday. “They put their money in and were hoping they were going to get upwards of 500 per cent returns — what these fellows were telling them.� The RCMP’s financial integrity unit alleges the men diverted money to other businesses and stole investors’ money from 2007 until Concrete Equities crumbled into receivership in 2009. Dave Humeniuk of St. Albert faces charges of fraud over $5,000, theft over $5,000 and money laundering, and is to appear in court Feb. 27. A Canada-wide arrest warrant has been issued for Varun Aurora, of Calgary, who faces fraud and theft charges. Police believe he may be out of the country. In January 2012, both men were fined and disciplined by the Alberta Securities Commission over the sale of limited partnership securities worth $110 million. The cases involved the Mexico project and other business deals involving Concrete Equities and Cal-

gary office and retail buildings. The commission ordered both men to stop trading or selling securities. Humeniuk was also permanently banned from being an officer or a director of any financial security company and ordered to pay an administrative penalty of $3.3 million — the largest fine ever levied by the commission on an individual. Aurora was banned from being an officer or a director of any financial security company until 2021 and ordered to pay an administrative penalty of $500,000. Media reports say both men declared personal bankruptcy in 2009. “Much harm resulted from all of this misconduct,� reads the commission’s Jan. 9. 2012 ruling. “Prospective investors were given misleading information and denied the prospectus disclosure and registrant involvement to which they were entitled to by law.� Archer said the charges laid by RCMP pertain strictly to the Mexico beach property investment. He said police began the probe after receiving a complaint in 2009 from an investor. A whole team of officers was assigned to the investigation last year. With fraud prevention month set to begin in March, Archer has a tip for people who are considering where to invest their money. “I would say to people just to do their due diligence and be very careful that they do a lot of research into the corporations that they might be investing into,� he said. “My recommendation would be not to invest in any company that has no assets.�



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The U.S.-Canada chasm HARPER’S VIEWS ON ISRAEL HELP TO SHOW THAT IT’S TIME TO RETHINK OUR RELATIONSHIP Canadian governments that choose not to live in the lockstep world of U.S. foreign policy are rightly applauded on this side of the border. But when you drift so far apart that U.S. officials view your foreign policy with a raised eyebrow and a sense of bemusement, and your key bilateral infrastructure needs TIM are trapped in HARPER the benign neglect of American domestic politics, perhaps it is time for a rethink. Stephen Harper vowed to carve out an independent foreign policy with his majority and he has. Barack Obama as U.S. president made the journey to Ottawa right after his first election victory, then hasn’t appeared to give a second glance or thought to the north since. So, today, we have an administration in Washington that looks at Harper’s positions on the Middle East and Iran and, at least, rates them in diplomatic speak as “unhelpful.” Or, as one bilateral expert put it in non-diplomatic speak: “I’m sure the National Security Council sees Canada going rogue and wonders what they’re smoking up there.” Then there’s the second track, which can be called the “nuts and bolts” work between the two. That includes, of course, the Keystone XL pipeline, where Harper’s still-unexplained edict that he would not take ‘No’ for an answer turned into Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird’s loud, “ ‘No’ is fine, just give us an answer” edict to his U.S. counterpart, John Kerry. Then there is the curious case of the new Detroit-Windsor bridge that Ottawa has essentially offered to build for Michigan. But while the Harper government offers a much-needed con-


tinental gift, the Obama administration will not kick in $250 million for a needed customs plaza at the same time the U.S. Senate wants to spend tens of billions reinforcing the border with Mexico. This comes only months after a dispute over improvements to the Peace Bridge at Fort Erie required high level diplomatic intervention to avert a bilateral brawl. There is no linkage between foreign policy writ large and moribund pipelines and bridges, but neither is good news for Ottawa. On Israel, while Kerry is trying to broker a lasting peace, Washington watches Harper’s unflinching allegiance to Israel and, although Harper says he has raised concerns with Israeli policy privately with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a year ago, Obama raised his concerns publicly, calling on Israelis to “look at the world through (Palestinian) eyes,’’ in a Jerusalem speech. Harper will not publicly criticize Israel, but it is also less than three years

since Harper was credited by Israel for blocking any reference to its pre1967 borders as a starting point for an Obama-led peace initiative. On Iran, Washington is at the forefront of a deal that saw Iran suspend its most sensitive nuclear development work in return for an easing of sanctions, but Harper won’t even deal with Iran, chides allies for jumping on the Iranian “bandwagon” and tells the world Tehran must show deeds, not words. The understandable Canadian impatience on Keystone has been wellchronicled and the delay on the Michigan bridge may be a matter of piqued autoworkers lobbying Washington to delay punishing right-to-work Republican Governor Rick Snyder, but Canadian interests are hurt both times. One diplomat reminds that we are hardly the only country sideswiped by a dysfunctional U.S. political system. True enough — or maybe Obama has a blind spot when it comes to the northern border. A more optimistic view includes an

end to the budget fights that have paralyzed the U.S. system, no immediate threat of gridlock, and good relations between Baird and Kerry, who understands his Canadian counterpart was playing to his own domestic audience on Keystone. The glass half full view says money has started flowing for northern border patrols, with more money coming available for the 49th parallel. Maybe, but a strong relationship with Washington has ripple effects for this country diplomatically. If we have Washington’s ear, we become stronger regional players because there is a belief we can relay concerns or complaints straight to the bigger player to the south. There is no sign that Harper has that type of relationship with Obama — or that either man covets such a relationship. It is one thing to tell Israel we are with them through fire and water, but maybe our relationship with the U.S. needs a little more blood and sweat. Tim Harper is a syndicated Toronto Star national affairs writer.

Sit, stand, live — and walk When you get a couple minutes of free time — and nobody’s looking — try this simple exercise: In socks or bare feet, stand in the middle of a room with your legs crossed. Without using your hands, arms or knees as aids, sit down, then stand up again. This test only (officially) applies to people aged 51 and up, but if you can do this smoothly and without losing balance, congratulations. Live long and prosper. If you need to touch the ground to sit and/or rise again, you apparently have double the risk of dying within the next six years, compared to your more nimble neighbours. Total failure raises your risk by a factor of five. GREG Which is to say that, all NEIMAN other factors considered, your risk of imminent death is still slight. But numbers are numbers, especially to people publishing studies in medical journals. The December issue of Discover magazine, both in print and online, got a lot of attention in our attention-deficit age — and a lot of criticism, showing that no matter how connected we are by technology, actual science is still a mystery to many. Some years ago a Brazilian doctor, Claudio Gil Araujo, was concerned that his aging patients could not comfortably pick something up off the floor, or even had difficulty rising from a chair. It is well documented in medicine: when seniors lose mobility, their downward spiral accelerates. But how to make this predictable, and how to make it easy to explain to older patients that they must work on flexibility, strength and balance? The above test became his answer. Araujo followed 2,000 patients, recorded how they could do the test, and tracked how many of them had died six years later. His results were published in the European Journal of Cardiology. Not quite The Lancet, but the study is out there. Science writers like those at Discover found the study and made it popular. People like us in the news media made it viral.


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Give yourself five points if you can sit like the illustration, and five more if you can stand again. Deduct half points for wobbles or loss of balance. Deduct a full point for each touch of the ground for support. A score of eight or less doubles your risk of dying in the next six years. A score of three or less suggests you are five time more likely to die in six years than people who can do this well. And people who don’t understand science (including some news types) went off the deep end. People who cannot do the sit-stand test are not under a sentence of death. (Hint: we all are.) This study merely recorded a correlation between flexibility, strength and balance, and longevity. People who were athletes with injured knees made snarky online comments about supposedly being dead. Same for people with arthritis. Runners, those paragons of health and virtue, apparently also get weak knees in the face of statistics. People, the test was never meant to predict your death. It was made to urge you to embrace life. All of us simply spend too much time sitting on our butts. Humans did not evolve to do this successfully. We need to move, to sweat, even to hurt a little, if we wish to have the best chance of reaching the fullness of our years. If you had trouble with the sit-stand test — or even if it was easy for you — it’s important to remind ourselves that we have to move a lot, every day. For a few years now, the Red Deer Primary Care network has sponsored an activity challenge. Participants went on virtual hikes around Jamaica and Hawaii and, mostly recently, up Mount Everest. The University of Alberta recently got a provincial grant to sponsor a similar challenge for the entire province, and Red Deer PCN is in the thick of it. They want a minimum of 1,000 Red Deerians to challenge themselves to record activity online, equal to walking 10,000 steps a day, as a team. The goal is to

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collectively walk the equivalent of a Canadian border patrol in 28 days, beginning Feb. 1. People who have done PCN treks in the past probably still have their StepsOut link on their Favourites bar. Click on that and you’ll see the link to Newbies can just type in the address, and get registered. I still haven’t figured out how to get my registration onto the Red Deer team, but that will come. I’ve participated in all the local PCN treks over the years, and I’ll miss not having my team trying to outrun those dratted school district teachers teams. (They far too often managed to stay a day ahead of us.) But it will be cool to see people from Red Deer putting in enough activity that, added together, made up a trip along our national border, coast-to-coast-tocoast. The older we get, the more important it becomes; we need to stay active in all ways: walking, running, biking, swimming — even using the stairs (10 flights of 10 steps a day, that’s your goal). Do the sit-stand test, it’s fun. But more important, clip on a pedometer, and make sure 10,000 steps a day (or equivalent in other activity) is your daily minimum. That’s a far better guarantor of health and wellbeing. Greg Neiman is a retired Advocate editor. Follow his blog at or email

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LETTERS Poor city budget process equals poor results An open letter to the members of Red Deer city council, in relation to the 2014 operating budget: We are on the same team — striving to make our great city even greater, and in your very important role, we hope that you sincerely consider the significant taxpayer savings opportunities below. Once again, our city’s operating budget has increased spending by more than combined inflation and population growth in our city. For 2014, our city’s operating budget is reported to be about $305 million. In 2003, our operational spending was only about $89 million. If our city’s operating budget strived to limit spending increases to our combined population and inflation increases for this period, operational spending this year would be more than $100 million less! Isn’t that remarkable? A $100-million reduction in taxes and fees translates into about $1,000 for every man, woman and child in our city, each year. How has our city’s spending spiraled so out of control? We invite our new mayor and council to seize the opportunity to fix our previous administration’s flawed budgeting processes. A critical step would be for our new council (not city administrators, who are in an inherent conflict of interest) to engage the services of a reputable, independent management professional to review the city’s operations on a “value for money” or “zero-based” budget basis and report savings opportunities to council, which could be applied to next year’s operating budget. For example, for snow removal, rather than automatically adding the cost of the increase to city taxpayers, a zero-based budget would require our city manager to look within his sprawling government organization for savings opportunities and reallocate resources from areas of marginal utility to areas of greater priority. Sure this requires more effort from our city manager, but with annual salary and benefits of $386,000 in 2012 (as per the city’s 2012 annual report, 2013 is not yet available to the public), shouldn’t taxpayers be able to expect more accountability and capability from him? Out of a $305-million budget, it is objectionable for our city manager to bring to council unpalatable proposals from his departments for cost savings that punish city residents, such as increasing weekend closure dates for city recreational facilities! We invite our new council not follow the mistakes of the past mayor and councils by limiting themselves to disingenuous proposals which fail to truly confront the structural inefficiencies in our City’s growing bureaucracies. When our city strives for excellence in its responsible use of taxpayer dollars, it makes it easier for individuals, families, and businesses in our community to do likewise. We invite all city residents to visit our website ( to learn more about opportunities to make our city better. Jason Stephan, CA, LB, TEP President Red Deer Taxpayers’ Association Email:

Performing arts festival needs help from RDC A newspaper article on Dec. 27, 2013, on the Festival of the Performing Arts in Red Deer outlined the financial difficulties of the festival. This festival was organized by the Kiwanis Club of Red Deer in 1964. A festival that attracts as many as 1,000 young musicians from the Central Alberta requires a large space to conduct the musical event. Red Deer College has been very gracious in making its facilities available at the end of


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the college winter term. College Art Centre staff have been a great help in the organization of the event. The festival board of directors now face both new administrative costs as a result of cutbacks to the college budget and reallocation of the staff who have assisted the festival. Rent for the college has increased for the festival (and in another four years) will increase 25 per cent compared to last year. Many Red Deer citizens have made significant financial contributions to the college over time. Now would be a good time for the college to contribute back to a Red Deer organization devoted to the development of Alberta youth. Financial relief to the festival in the form of reduced rents would work to strengthen both the festival and, in the longer term, the college. It could be that without such financial help the festival will have to find other locations in the city or discontinue its operation altogether. In fairness to the college Arts Centre administration, I don’t think the centre has ever received sufficient operating funds to manage its service. However, the use of the centre was regulated by a joint use agreement with the City of Red Deer. The agreement was constructed to ensure that the centre’s use would be shared with citizens of Red Deer. The Festival of the Performing Arts is a festival planned for city and district young people, and should benefit from the original agreement the city made with the college. Richard J. Huddleston Red Deer

City decision-making won’t set us up for future success In response to David Plumtree’s letter on Monday, Jan. 20: After having read Mr. Plumtree’s letter, I felt compelled to reiterate the disturbing accuracy of his comments. Our “trusted” decision-makers are, quite simply, in over their heads at this point in Red Deer’s development. Red Deer is in a very challenging position in that it is straddling the line between small urban community and large urban community (within the context of Canadian cities) and seems woefully under-prepared for its growth. Red Deer isn’t handling its design, its restoration, its crime, its traffic, its snow, or its future planning with much alacrity. From fluoride to bike lanes to windrows in the alley for garbage trucks now instructed to use the front streets, Red Deer has shown an ability to fumble decisions rashly and without much responsibility. There are few citizens who I’ve spoken to who haven’t rolled their eyes at decision-making here for the past four years and our response as voters was to re-elect every incumbent to continue fumbling the issues that will shape this city for the next decade or more. Like it or not, Red Deer is growing quickly. How long before Gaetz is so overwhelmed with traffic that your drive from Chiles to Bower takes an hour? I timed one trip this year at 40 minutes from point to point. How many more days will the north end wait for the comically inefficient snow removal to tackle its streets? Better hope it doesn’t snow again before hand. Thinking of moving to Red Deer? Better think twice before buying property north of the river because its routes aren’t as important as the bustling corridors of College Park or neophyte Garden Heights (with its vital traffic artery of Garrison Circle, a circle that if you haven’t driven it yet secretly connects 67th Street to Sirius and thus becomes mankind’s greatest single achievement in stellar navigation ... apparently). We have a tax hike this year, by the way. Has Red Deer earned that money this term? Or is it asking you to pay for the mistakes it is doomed to repeat — mis-

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The lights of City Hall Park and the decorations at the Old Court House in Red Deer light up the night in downtown Red Deer during the Christmas season. takes that one re-elected councilor said to me this fall (at an overcrowded traffic disaster farmers market) were “clear mistakes of judgment and lessons learned as we went along. It is, after all, a learning curve.” I know I feel reassured that Alberta’s third largest city is in professional and reliable hands. David Gibbons Red Deer

Downtown Red Deer lights great at Christmas I wish to thank the folks at Bilton and the City of Red Deer for the great job done on the downtown holiday light display. I appreciate the effort made on behalf of the citizens of Red Deer. My family and I enjoyed walking through the lovely display. Thank you again for helping make the holidays bright.

Margaret MacLean Red Deer

Christmas donations were much appreciated I do volunteering in one of the institutions that offers care for people who need constant monitoring for different sickness or just age. I just want to thank Family and Community Support Services for all the donations made for Christmas to different caring centres. They donated 500 gift bags that were decorated by elementary kids from different schools containing blankets, sleepers, personal care products, etc. This put our residents in tears. A big thank you and please do not stop the awesome work! It is greatly appreciated. Karen Pinto-Larsen Red Deer

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FCM wants ‘polluter pay’ system INDUSTRY SHOULD ASSUME FULL LIABILITY FOR ACCIDENTS AND SPILLS: MUNICIPALITIES working group was formed after Lac-Megantic, and it came the day after the Canadian Transportation Agency wrapped up a consultation on revamping insurance for rail carriers. Dauphin said current rules gauge each railway’s “adequate” liability coverage on a case-by-case basis. “We want more meat around the bone,” said Dauphin, the mayor of Laval, Que. “What does ‘adequate’ insurance mean? We had a lot of discussion with the minister about that, not only today but in the past.”

BY THE CANADIAN PRESS OTTAWA — Municipal leaders emerged from a meeting with Transport Minister Lisa Raitt on Wednesday determined to see railways, shippers and producers of dangerous goods assume full liability for accidents and spills. Ensuring rail companies are properly insured for even catastrophic events like the devastating crash in Lac-Megantic, Que., is the next major hurdle in fixing the system, Claude Dauphin, president of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, said. “It’s on the table. That’s our third key area — to make sure that any accident, incident or catastrophe won’t be downloaded to our taxpayers.” That could include a fund that spreads the liability for major disasters — currently shouldered largely by railways — across the full supply chain, from producers to consumers. Dauphin and others are quick to praise Transport Canada and the minister for regulatory changes made since the July 6 derailment, explosions and fire in Lac-Megantic that claimed 47 lives, Canada’s worst rail disaster in more than 100 years. Municipalities are now being notified about the types of freight shipped through their precincts. Increasingly common oil shipments are to be classified as dangerous goods, which will require railways to develop emergency assistance response plans. Raitt met for more than an hour Wednesday with the federation’s rail safety working group, where she was told the FCM wants all flammable liquids, including ethanol, classified as dangerous. It was the third such meeting since the municipal


Raitt issued a news release following Wednesday’s meeting that called rail safety a “shared responsibility amongst international partners, provinces, territories, municipalities and industry.” On Thursday, the Transportation Safety Board will issue three new recommendations from its preliminary report on the accident. But more needs to be done, say municipal officials — even those who are pleased with the federal government response to date.

Saskatoon Mayor Don Atchison lauded the “tremendous amount of progress being made” on rail safety and called the speed of the federal response “breathtaking.” But his blunt assessment of what’s next: “Who’s going to pay for what?” “Municipalities are 100 per cent united in the sense that it’s not our responsibility to pay for those clean-ups,” said Atchison. “It’s not our responsibility to have to buy insurance for that.” One idea in the mix is an industry fund, similar to the one for ocean shippers, that would pool resources in the event of a catastrophic accident such as Lac-Megantic. “We didn’t discuss the details, but it’s in the air,” Dauphin said of the fund proposal. He was being overly reticent. In a submission to the Canadian Transportation Agency, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities stresses that the public purse is effectively the insurer when significant railway accidents occur. “These costs must be borne by the industry in accordance with the ‘polluter pay’ principle through an industry-funded comprehensive liability insurance regime which provides full coverage for catastrophes,” states the federation brief. The federation argues it is unlikely railways could obtain enough liability insurance on the open market to cover the worst events. It calls for a national mechanism, financed through contributions from everyone involved in transportation of dangerous goods by rail: carriers, importers, brokers, producers and industrial purchasers. The fund would be accessible to anyone who has suffered a loss.

Toll-free support line helps soldiers, families connect with services obtained by The Canadian Press, shows the operation only came up to full speed within the last two weeks. National Defence spokeswoman Marie-Helene Brisson says the agency increased the number of positions slowly and made sure processes were in order before advertising it. She says the resources to increase staff were made possible by reducing management overhead costs. There have been eight apparent suicides in the military over the last two months, prompting a lot of public attention on the care and services available to soldiers and their families. A veterans advocate welcomed the arrival of the full service, but expressed concern about what comes after someone gets in touch with the counsellor. “It’s one thing to increase access to a family sup-

BY THE CANADIAN PRESS OTTAWA — An expanded toll-free support line for struggling members of the military and their relatives is now operating around the clock, eight months after it was first promised. The line, operated by the Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare Services Group, offers trained counsellors who can help soldiers and their families connect with local services, community help and military chaplains. Separate from existing operational stress injury support and crisis lines, the expanded service comes amid a recent series of suicides among Canadian Forces veterans. The expansion of the family support line was announced in April of last year and again in October as part of National Family Week. But a general order,

port line, it’s another to ensure the social and mental resources are available in an expedient and timely fashion,” said Mike Blais, president of Canadian Veterans Advocacy. “At this point in time, that is the major question. When people do reach out, is there help available?” In a fall 2012 report, military ombudsman Pierre Daigle expressed frustration at the “chronic undermanning of the CF mental health” unit. Support to families had improved considerably over the years, said Daigle, but just because programs are expanded doesn’t mean they are “sufficient.” “We need adequate resources that can be brought to bear in a timely, efficient manner,” said Blais, who added that he doesn’t see much improvement in the 18 months since Daigle’s report. Earlier this month, veterans took matters into their own hands and set up their own hotline to help fellow soldiers in crisis.



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Harper visits Sea of Galilee, Hula Valley bird sanctuary JERUSALEM — One day, it was throngs of jubilant Israelis reaching out to touch Prime Minister Stephen Harper. The next, it was flocks of cranes close enough to touch descending upon a swampy valley to put on a show for Harper and his wife, Laureen, who delighted in the spectacle. The Harpers visited the bird sanctuary in Israel’s picturesque Hula Valley, one that will soon be renamed in honour of the prime minister due to his full-throated support of the Jewish state since he came to power eight years ago. Along with some members of the Canadian delegation in the Middle East this week with Harper, the prime ministerial couple was pulled around the sanctuary by a tractor on Wednesday as they sat in an open-air trailer. They marvelled at the tens of thousands of common cranes being fed simultaneously — and very noisily — by sanctuary workers. At one point, Harper stood up in the vehicle and peered through binoculars to get an even closer look.

stark void left by one of the most popular premiers this country has ever seen. Those words would haunt Dunderdale. Just over three years since she became the uncontested Tory leader, political observers say it will be a steep climb back to contention for her party before the next election. “Ancient Hebrew scriptures teach us that there’s a time for everything and a season for every activity under the heavens,” Dunderdale said as she announced her departure. “Just as you know when it’s time to step up, you also know when it is time to step back, and that time for me is now.”

French aircraft-maker ramps up pitch to Ottawa in CF-18 replacement OTTAWA — French aircraft maker Dassault Aviation is promising lower long-term support costs if the deficit-conscious Harper government chooses its Rafale fighter jet to replace the air force’s aging CF-18s. Yves Robins, a senior Dassault vice-president, says the company’s proposal includes the unrestricted transfer of technology. That could shave hundreds of millions of dollars off the life-time price tag to operate and upgrade the fighter, which is already in service with the French air force.


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If you’re heading to the saltwater flats for some winter fly fishing, it’s not a bad idea to do some casting practice, or even take a lesson with a certified instructor, so you’re comfortable with the distances and winds that you’re likely to encounter. This winter of our discontent, cabin fever, the shack nasties, whatever you call it, set in prematurely. The first of November blizzard sent many Alberta anglers fleeing, heaven bent for warmer climes and some saltwater flats fly fishing. Several blizzards later, and the stay-at-homes are getting the message: deep snow is making it difficult to get to open dam tailwaters and spring creeks like the North Raven River here at home. Even the most demented ice fishermen are complaining that getting out onto the lakes is difficult and strange, hazardous conditions prevail there when you do: slush, thin ice and cracks under the BOB snow. SCAMMELL The natural result of all this is that I am fielding more reader inquiries than ever before for tips, hints and help about winter fishing destinations, how to arrange trips, what to take, how to take it, and on and on. I may no longer be the best person to ask. Outside my front door it is déjà vu all over again, back to early February 2005 when I took my last saltwater flats fly fishing trip: a 10-day escape to Cuba. Earlier than that, I climbed the mountain of snow around the close park out there to get into the hip deep snow on the level and practise casting, particularly my double haul, with my new seven weight, St. Croix four-piece travel fly rod with fighting butt, and Islander saltwater reel, spooled with a Rio weight forward floating, extra stiff fly line to prevent it getting too limp to cast in the tropic heat. But out there, even on a sunny, bluebird late January day, the line was stiff as an icicle and would not respond to my strongest strokes and heaviest hauls. The neighbours still giggle when they remember the show. The trip to Cuba was fabulous, and the current view out my front door gives me pipe dreams of a return. In 2003, Herself staked me to my most expensive day of fishing, ever, on the Fiume Sieve in Tuscany, a tributary to the Arno. Our last trip, too early in April 2007, skunked me on salmon and brown trout in the Leguer River in Brittany. Many callers have already booked a trip; others are considering options. Most are interested in saltwater flats fly fishing, but a surprising number yearn for spring or summertime now in the southern hemisphere: New Zealand, Patagonia, Chile, etc. I tell all comers and goers about the necessity of multi-piece rods that will fit into checked luggage along with reels, etc., to help ensure that your gear arrives when and where you do and does not get stolen. For those heading to the saltwater flats, I advise some casting practice with those rods, maybe even a lesson from a certified instructor on the double haul to handle the distances and winds on the saltwater flats anywhere. Lefty Kreh’s classic Fly Fishing in Salt Water is required reading for flats fishermen, particularly beginners. Outfitters, big and small, can ease the where to go worries and sometimes the expense of getting there. Pioneering Red Deer River outfitters, Garry and Connie Pierce ( have found great deals and great fishing for many anglers I know: to Punta Allen on the Yucatan Peninsula; the


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ABOVE: My first — and biggest — bonefish from the Florida Keys. RIGHT: Benba, me and “baby” tarpon in Cuba. last couple of times I talked to them, they were enthusing about the Bahamas. Anyone who dreams of fishing elsewhere — anywhere — should subscribe to the monthly The Angling Report (“Serving the Angler Who Travels”) ( It is always among my month’s great reads and is full of reports on great fishing trips anywhere in the world. The current issue headlines Found! Low-Cost Fishing on Cuba’s North Coast, An Affordable Bristol Bay (Alaska) Experience and Dateline Colorado: Trip-Planning File: Three Trophy Trout Spots near Famed Ski Areas. Lately AR has been reporting on airlines that permit three-day stopovers for some fishing without penalty en route to final destinations. From AR you can order past reports on any fishing destination in the world that might interest you. Before my traveling came to an end, I had been collecting reports for a spring-summer-fall lifetime dream fishing trip that I might now be able to do on one ticket with some of those stopovers: IcelandIreland-Wales, for salmon and sea trout, or sewin; Spain, for zebra trout; and, finally, Slovenia for the most beautiful rivers in the world and the huge and ultra-wary marmorata, marble trout, in some of them. Where would I go if I were heading for the south and saltwater flats fishing right now? Unquestionably the north coast of Cuba would be first, maybe trying that AR trip. Next would be Belize, the best for flats beginners, maybe even geezers who have been there before. Finally, the Florida Keys, because I love the place, and that’s where I caught my first and biggest bonefish and now that I can’t go anyway, the cost of

another pipe dream doesn’t matter. Bob Scammell is an award-winning columnist who lives in Red Deer. He can be reached at

Understanding plants’ growth habits make cleanup decision easier Gardens are at the mercy of Mother Nature. This winter, the deep layer of snow has provided more than enough insulation for perennials and small shrubs. Fifteen cm (six inches) of snow keeps the plants at a constant temperature regardless of the weather, so this year even the windswept areas are well protected. Larger plants have not fared as well. Heavy, wet snow and wind has snapped and torn branches and limbs. LINDA Understanding plants’ TOMLINSON growth habits make cleanup decisions easier. New growth on a spruce or pine tree develops at the ends of the branches. When ends or tops of branches are broken, it will take two years for the plant to put out new growth. If the break or cut is in an area where there are no needles, it is unlikely that new growth will appear. It is best to cut the branch back flush to the main trunk. When a spruce or pine loses its top, one or more


upper branched will slowly move upwards to take the place of the lost leader. The process can be helped by choosing one of the top branches and tying it to a stick to keep the branch upright. In a couple of years, the support can be removed as the branch will have developed into the leader. Hardy deciduous plants are more resilient. They will continue to grow as long as they have a good root system. When a living deciduous tree is cut down, new shoots will grow from the base or roots. If a large branch is removed, the plant will send out a tremendous amount of new growth in that same area attempting to produce enough vegetation to balance the intake from the roots. This type of growth is called water sprouts as they are long and skinny with no side branches. Removing the majority of the sprouts as they develop will help the plant form a better shape but is an ongoing process. Start cleaning up damaged plants by removing the broken bits and assessing the damage. How much of the plant is left? Is the plant healthy? Is it safe? Is it pleasing to the eye? How important is the tree to the landscape? The rule of thumb is to never remove more than a quarter of a plant in one season. If a larger amount of the plant has to be removed, think about removing

the plant. Examine the plant to see if the wood is healthy. Is there any rot? Does sap ooze from the bark? Are there sunken areas in the bark? A yes answer to any of these questions means that the plant is not healthy and could become a safety hazard. Safety is a big issue. A weak or rotten tree or branch can do damage when it falls. A sudden bump forming from under the ground within a few feet of a tree can be a sign that an anchor root has broken, leaving the plant susceptible to the next strong wind. When this is the case, it is time to remove the tree. Once the broken pieces are removed, look at the shape of the plant. If it is attractive or functional, it is time to remove jagged branches. Cut broken branched back to the next branch. A smooth cut will heal faster than a rough one. Stubs rarely heal over. When a plant is not attractive but functional, it can be left and a new plant added to the same area in the spring. Once the new plant is established, remove the old one. As the snow melts, keep an eye on the trees and shrubs, cleaning up broken plants as they become assessable. Linda Tomlinson is a horticulturalist who lives near Rocky Mountain House. She can be reached at or



THURSDAY, JAN. 23, 2014

Fever medicines may help spread flu PEOPLE FEEL BETTER BUT MAY BE MORE CONTAGIOUS: STUDY


BY SHERYL UBELACKER THE CANADIAN PRESS Taking over-the-counter medications for the aches, pains and fever caused by flu may make people feel somewhat better, but it also could make them more contagious — resulting in increased cases and more deaths among the population, a study suggests. Researchers at McMaster University say medicines like ibuprofen and acetaminophen can ease some flu symptoms, including bringing down fever. “People often take — or give their kids — fever-reducing drugs so they can go to work or school,” said David Earn, a professor of mathematics who led the study. “They may think the risk of infecting others is lower because the fever is lower,” said Earn. “In fact, the opposite may be true: the ill people may give off more virus because fever has been reduced.” That’s because fever has been shown in a number of studies to lower the amount of some viruses in the body. Suppressing that uptick in temperature — one way the immune system fights infection — appears to leave a person with a greater amount of virus to shed, making them more infectious to others. “We’ve discovered that this increase has significant effects when we scale up to the level of the whole population,” said Earn, who specializes in mathematical projections of infectious disease transmission. “I think it’s really something that people should consider,” he said Tuesday from Hamilton. “And all they need to do is remember that they could be more infectious if they take this medication and so should be cautious.” Using complex mathematical modelling, Earn and his coauthors estimated that fever-reducing medicines could raise the number of flu cases by five per cent, a figure that would account for tens of thousands of cases and an estimated extra 1,000 deaths across North America each year. In other words, an estimated 1,000 of the roughly 40,000 annual flu deaths might not have occurred, the study suggests. But the researchers, whose report is published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, say that doesn’t mean people should stop taking medicines to get relief from flu symptoms. “That’s not what we’re saying,” stressed Earn. “Our paper isn’t about whether or not you should take medication to reduce your fever. That’s something that ideally you should decide in consultation with a physician — for you, individually, whether it’s good or bad

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David Earn, professor of mathematics at McMaster University. His study looks at whether taking fever-reducing medications could affect the spread of seasonal flu. for your health. “The point that we’re making is that if you take the medication, then there’s an effect on others that people don’t realize. And that’s that you could be more infectious than you were without taking the medication. So you need to be extra cautious about transmitting the infection to others.” To come up with their estimate, the researchers used data that included experiments on ferrets — considered the best animal model for human influenza — showing increased virus shedding in the absence of fever-reducing drugs, called antipyretics. They then used the mathematical model to compute how the increase in the amount of virus given off by a single person taking fever-reducing drugs would increase the overall number of cases in a typical year, or in a year when a new strain of influenza caused a pandemic, such as H1N1 did in 2009. “This research is important because it will help us understand how better to curb the spread of influenza,” said Dr. David Price, chair of family medicine at McMaster. “As always, Mother Nature knows best,” he said. “Fever is a defence mechanism to protect

ourselves and others. Fever-reducing medication should only be taken to take the edge off the discomfort, not to allow people to go out into the community when they should still stay home.” Dr. Allison McGeer, director of infection control at Toronto’s Mount Sinai Hospital, agreed the study raises important questions that need to be answered. “I don’t think you can take away from this, though, that antipyretics increase the spread of human influenza or that we can in any way quantitate that,” McGeer said. “The data, for instance, on increased shedding is in ferrets. And ferrets are not humans. It might well be the same in humans ... but it’s not something we know the answer to.” The study’s conclusions also hinge on the idea that people who take fever-reducing medicines are more likely to interact with others, she said, but that research has not yet been done. “We know substantially how to prevent seasonal flu — it’s called vaccination,” said McGeer. “It’s clearly an important question, but I don’t think that should change what we’re telling people to do at the moment: vaccinate, hand-wash and stay home when you’re sick.”

Doormen, other N.Y.C. building workers trained to spot signs of abuse against elderly BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW YORK — New York’s doormen are being enlisted as an army of eyes to look for signs of elder abuse: a stranger picking up the mail, the sudden presence of a rarely seen relative with an attitude, a bruise. “Doormen know everything that’s going on,” Joy Solomon said before conducting a training session for doormen, porters and other apartment workers, fittingly held over the din of whirring dryers in the laundry room of a Manhattan building. “They know who’s going in, who’s going out. They have access and they have a relationship of trust. They’re a friendly face.” Solomon, director of the Weinberg Center for Elder Abuse Prevention at the Hebrew Home in the Bronx, partnered with the building workers’ union in a grantfunded program to help doormen spot various kinds of elder abuse — physical, sexual, psychological and financial. The training, which began several years ago, has been broadened to include others who come in contact with isolated seniors, such as Meals-on-Wheels delivery workers. An online version is in the works that could spread its message throughout the union’s coverage area, from Massachusetts to Florida.


Every new set of eyes counts. The National Center for Elder Abuse says lack of detection makes it impossible to know the extent of elder abuse. Solomon quoted from a 2011 study that said only about 4 per cent of elder abuse incidents in New York are reported. As an example of what can happen, she told the gathering of about 15 doormen and other workers of a woman whose son stole her prosthetic leg and sold it for drug money. “It got him money and it kept her isolated and dependent on him,” Solomon said, adding that the man eventually drove the elderly woman into poverty and she now lives in a shelter. Javier Rosa, who works the 11 p.m.-to-7 a.m. shift at a building, said he knows from his own experience that this is an idea that can work. “There’s an old lady, sometimes she comes down late at night, she just wants to talk,” Rosa said. “She knows I’m here, she has nobody else, she trusts me. If something was wrong, I would know. I would never let anything happen to her.” Solomon said workers should trust their gut feelings: “If you think something is going on, you’re probably right.” She urged the workers to be on the alert for signs of physical decline, mental confusion and depression, which can increase a

tenant’s vulnerability. Perpetrators are often the elderly person’s own relatives but can also be bank workers, telemarketers and street scammers. A MetLife Mature Market Institute study found that elderly Americans lose $2.9 billion each year to financial abuse. Solomon said a doorman can bring the mail directly to the tenant if he suspects someone is stealing a Social Security check. If a daughter walks out with a painting, she said, mention it to the tenant. “You might say, ‘I saw your daughter going out with a painting,’ and if she says ‘What painting?’ you know she’s unaware.” Some workers were concerned they could endanger their jobs by reporting an unconfirmed suspicion, but they were told they can make calls anonymously to the city’s Adult Protective Services agency. A spokeswoman said the agency is supportive of the training but can’t say how many calls might have been prompted by it. Gene Kastner, manager of the building where the training took place, said he understands the vulnerability of the elderly from his time as a New York City police detective. “We like to think of all our tenants as one big family,” he said, “and this is what a good family would do.”

When we heard recently that 77-year-old snowbird Guy Gentile had stuck to his walking routine for 6,575 straight days, covering 21,162 km, we were impressed! Seems what keeps Guy going is never using anything as an excuse to stay home. Plus, he sets goals: At first he wanted to walk for as many consecutive days as Lou Gehrig’s 2,130 consecutive baseball games; now his ambition is to keep walking daily until his oldest grandson’s 50th birthday in 2037 — Guy will be 100. You know we love walking — 10,000 steps daily. But to really protect your health, use these Five Steps to Great Health. They’ll help you dodge depression, diabetes, dementia, cancer and cardiovascular problems, plus a whole roster of other wear-you-down, shorten-yourlife health challenges. You want to combine No. 1 Walking with: No. 2 Strength training: Use barbells or stretch bands for a minimum of 30 minutes, two to three days a week. No. 3 Smart nutrition: Eliminate red meat, trans fats, added sugars and syrups, and any grain that isn’t 100 per cent whole; take 900 mg of omega-3 DHA daily; and ask your doctor about taking a low-dose aspirin daily, with half a glass warm water before and after. No. 4 Emotional connections: Stay close to friends and family; care for others; and nurture healthy sexual relationships. No. 5 Stress and sleep control: Meditate daily, and get seven to eight hours of sleep nightly. And whether you’ve already taken those steps to better health or not, we bet you’d like to know just how healthy you are right now and where you can make improvements. Fortunately, there are three “no doctor required” tests that assess your health-related habits and health status. And they really work, because, as we’ve long said, your habits really do control your genes and how well and how long you live. The Framingham Study (running — with updates and new participants — since 1948) established the reliability of using info on your blood pressure, smoking, obesity, diabetes, physical inactivity and blood lipids, as well as psychosocial issues (love, sex, family, work, etc.) to predict your risk of death from heart disease. And its Heart Health Test ( has long been the go-to self-check. Now a new study, published in the scientific journal PLOS ONE, explores such tests’ usefulness. University of California San Diego researchers looked at the Framingham Heart Health Test and the 93-question RealAge Test ( created by Dr. Roizen. They correlated the RealAge test results from a subset of takers with California Department of Public Health death records and found that if the RealAge Test said your RealAge was 35 (even if you were actually 50), your risk of dying was equal to a 35-year-old’s. And it identified a person’s mortality risk more accurately than the Framingham test. (Full disclosure: Dr. Roizen is a member of Sharecare’s advisory board.) Want an even faster way to get a snapshot of your health? Measure your waist circumference by placing a tape measure at belly button level. Belly fat is super-inflammatory and a trigger for cardiovascular problems, heart attack, insulin resistance, diabetes, cognitive problems, sexual dysfunction and more. Even normal-weight women with a waist of 35 or more inches triple their risk of death from heart disease. So, gals, aim for a waist circumference of less than 35 inches; guys less than 40. Then there’s one more test — it takes a doctor, but we recommend it! Have a hsCRP (high sensitivity C-reactive protein) blood test. It measures your level of bodywide inflammation. A reading of 1.0 to 3.0 mg/L indicates average risk for inflammation-related conditions like heart disease, diabetes and dementia; above 3.0 indicates that you’re at high risk for developing those health problems even if you’re otherwise healthy and your lousy LDL cholesterol level is OK. Next steps: When you get your results from any of these tests, you want to sit down with your doctor and make a plan to reduce your health risks using a combination of the Five Steps to Great Health and whatever medications and treatments are recommended. With that knowledge — and the stick-to-it spirit of Guy — you can change your future! The YOU Docs, Mehmet Oz, host of The Dr. Oz Show and Mike Roizen of Cleveland Clinic, are authors of YOU: Losing Weight. To live your healthiest, visit



THURSDAY, JAN. 23, 2014

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● Bower Place Community Association seniors’ coffee and card parties are held on the last Tuesday of each month at Bower Kin Place from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Join the fun on Jan. 28. Call Marlene at 403-343-0632.

Wednesday ● Puppet Club is held on Wednesdays at Dawe Branch of Red Deer Public Library from 3:30 to 5 p.m. for children ages seven years and up to make a variety of puppets, and take part in interactive plays. On Jan. 29 the theme will be Aesop’s Fables. ● Red Deer Branch of Alberta Genealogical Society meeting will be held on Jan. 29, 7 p.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Bower neighbourhood. Michael Dawe will speak about his new book Red Deer, The Memorable City. Contact Mary-Joan at 403-346-3886. ● Red Deer Legion Old-time Dance with Silver and Gold is on Jan. 29 at 7 p.m. Cost is $7, or $13.95 with buffet starting at 5 p.m. Phone 403342-0035. ● Herbal Medicine For Balance — a seminar for women of all ages — with herbalist Abrah Arneson Cht RH will be at the Snell Auditorium at

Red Deer Public Library Downtown Branch on Jan. 29, 6:30 to 8 p.m. The cost is $25 with all proceeds to Central Alberta Central Women’s Emergency Shelter. Explore the relationship between well being and hormonal cycles and more. See or phone 403-352-2820 to register.

Thursday ● Red Deer Public Schools Community Programs has openings in their upcoming courses in Your Will on Jan. 30 and Gluten Free Cooking on Feb. 1 and 8. For costs and registration phone 403-342-1059 online at communityprograms.rdpsd. ● Cultural Cafe celebrates Chinese New Year on Jan. 30 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Hub on Ross. Enjoy contemporary and traditional Chinese folk music and a presentation on Chinese New Year, and more. Sponsored by Central Alberta Refugee Effort. Phone 403-346-8818 or see www. Free. ● Golden Circle Senior Resource Centre dance, Thursday, Jan. 30, 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. at the seniors’ centre. Dance to the music of Country Express Band. Admission is $7. Phone 403-347-6165, 403-986-7170, or 403-246-3896.


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Join Red Deer Artist Brian McArthur for an engaging presentation on the places he has been and the competitive nature of snow sculpting in Canada. The presentation takes place at the Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery at 2 p.m. on Sunday. The presentation is included with admission to the museum or with a MAG membership.


Friday ● Red Deer Justice Film Festival will be held at Margaret Parsons Theatre, Red Deer College, Jan. 24 to 26. To find out the full list of documentary films and speakers, see www.justicefilmfestival. ca. Admission is free. Sponsors welcome. Contact Karen Horsley, Hearts of Women, khorsley@gmail. com. ● St. Francis of Assisi Middle School present the play Once Upon a Mattress on Jan. 24 and 25 at Red Deer Memorial Centre. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. and the show starts at 7:15 p.m. Tickets are available at the school office or the door for $7 per person or $20 per family of four. Phone 403-314-1449. ● Health Equipment Loan Program (HELP) sponsored by the Canadian Red Cross lends health equipment to the public. As well, volunteer opportunities are available for individuals providing customer service, assisting with data entry, organization and inventory control. Donations are also welcome. Call Yvonne at 403-346-1241 or email yvonne., if you wish to volunteer, or to inquire about donations, or use equipment.

Saturday ● Children’s Chess Club is offered on Jan. 25, Feb. 8 and 22, from 2 to 3 p.m. in the children’s department at Red Deer Public Library Downtown Branch. Children ages eight years and up, from beginners to experienced players are invited. Phone 403-346-4688. ● Happy 100th Birthday Red Deer Public Library! On Jan. 25 Puppet Family Storytime at Dawe Branch presents Isn’t it Great to Have a Crazy Birthday Party? from 1 to 2 p.m. Family Rainbow Storytime will celebrate the library’s birthday from 11 a.m. to noon, in the Children’s Department at the downtown branch. Caleb Cameron, children’s entertainer, will perform, and cake will be served at both branches. A new children’s library card, featuring Rainbow Reader will be offered and those who get the new card are eligible to win Apple iPad Mini. ● MAGnificent Saturdays offer free art making with a professional artist from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery in downtown Red Deer. The Jan. 25 session is called Space, the Final Frontier with artist Carlene La Rue. All materials supplied. Families welcome. Phone 403-3098405. Free with admission. ● Alzheimer Society presents East Coast Meets West Kitchen Party Fundraiser on Jan. 25. The party will celebrate the co-mingling of the East Coast and Alberta culture with tasty bites of both regions, a live auction, and singing and dancing music by Celtic band Chris Greve and Claymore. Limited tickets are $100 each from the Alzheimer Society, 403-342-0448. ● Spruce View Lions Annual Old-time Fiddle Jamboree and Dance will be held on

Jan. 25 at Spruce View Community Hall. Happy Hour and Beef on a bun supper at 5:30 p.m. Fiddlers perform from 7 to 9 p.m. with dance to follow. Piano accompaniment provided. Adults cost $20. Fiddlers and preschoolers free. Net proceeds to Women’s Shelter and The Lending Cupboard. Fiddlers are asked to preregister. Door prizes. Contact Darwin at 403-986-2004 or Neil at 403-728-3798. ● Random Snowshoeing at Kerry Wood Nature Centre is available on Jan. 25 from 1 to 4 p.m. Drop in and give it a try, weather and snowlevels permitting. No high heels, please. Admission by suggested donation of $3 per person or $10 per family. Call 403-346-2010.

Sunday ● Juggling: The Art of Competitive Snow Sculpting will be presented on Jan. 26, 2 to 3:30 p.m. at Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery. Brian McArthur, artist and competitive snow sculptor, will present highlights from the many competitions he has participated in throughout the world. See www.

Monday ● Red Deer River Naturalists — Monday Bird Focus meets Monday at noon at the Kerry Wood Nature Centre to depart on excursions in central Alberta. Check out the birds in the Bigelow area on Jan. 27. Come prepared for a full afternoon of birding. Bring along lunch, snacks, coffee, and dress for the weather. Be prepared to carpool. To join in, contact Judy at 403-342-4150. ● Monday Melodies at Kerry Wood Nature Centre will be on Jan. 27, 1 to 2:30 p.m. Seniors invited to drop in and celebrate nature inspired music and more. Phone 403-346-2010. ● Chess Club at Red Deer Public Library Dawe Branch welcomes all levels of players from beginner to intermediate to learn chess rules and strategies on Mondays from 5 to 7 p.m. Co-sponsored by Alberta Chess Association. Phone 403341-3822. ● Innisfail and District Garden Club meets the fourth Monday of each month from Jan. to Nov. at 7 p.m. in St. Mark’s Anglican Church Hall. Please use the back door. Meetings feature speakers, tours, films, contests, plant exchanges and more. Call Davina at 403-598-9481.

Tuesday ● Teens are invited to Be a Kid Again on Jan. 28 from 4 to 5 p.m. and enjoy childhood games such as bubble painting, play dough, three-legged races, pillow-case races, Candyland, double dutch, hula hooping, and more at Waskasoo Kiwanis Meeting Room at Red Deer Public Library downtown.

● Characters from the Past Dessert Theatre will be presented by Alix Wagon Wheel Museum and Boomtown Trail on Feb. 1, 7 p.m. at Alix Community Hall. See Gabriel Dumont, Mrs. Bashaw, Barbara Cormack. Tickets are $15 in advance from Alix Home Hardware and from museum members, or $20 at the door. ● Reading Tails is a six-week program for children ages six to 12 who would like to practice reading skills with a trained therapy dog. For more information or to register contact 403-346-4688 or email Registrations are now open for winter. ● All Aboard for Storytime Tours at Red Deer Public Library may be customized for playschools, daycares, clubs, and school classes. Contact the Children’s Department at the downtown branch at 403-346-4688, or the Dawe Branch Library at 403-341-3822 to find out details. ● Toy Lending Library is open at the downtown branch of the Red Deer Public Library. A current library card is needed to borrow toys, games and puzzles for up to three weeks. Call Children’s Services at 403-346-4688. ● Emotional Intelligence in Children will be offered on Feb. 10, 7 to 8:15 p.m. in the Snell Auditorium of Red Deer Public Library Downtown Branch. Registered Psychologist Chantel Walker will discuss ways to enhance and use emotional intelligence to support young learners. Co-sponsored by Learning Disabilities Association of Alberta and free for members, or $15 for non-members. Phone 403-340-3885. ● Fireside Readers book club will meet on Feb. 19 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Red Deer Public Library Downtown Branch in Waskasoo Kiwanis Meeting Room. For discussion will be February by Lisa Moore. Phone 403-342-9110. See the blog at If you can’t attend meetings, read along and post your comments. ● Red Deer Public Library is seeking enthusiastic high school students to volunteer as Reading Pals with elementary school students in Grades 1 to 6 who are struggling with reading and/or writing. High school students will work with one or two students two days a week for a three week period. To find out more contact Lucinda at 403-309-3488. ● Adult Literacy Program is available at Red Deer Public Library Dawe Branch. Volunteers are recruited and trained to work one-on-one with adults seeking help with basic literacy, math or English as a Second Language. For details, contact 403-346-3822 or ● Red Deer Youth Justice Committee is actively seeking volunteers. Applications for membership may be picked up at Community Corrections, Room 103 at the Provincial Building. ● Lincoln Hall Society presents SadlleSores featuring Richard and Deborah Popovich, Feb. 14 at Lincoln Hall. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Supper catered by Bob Ronnie at 6:30 p.m. Show at 8 p.m. Cost is $45. ● Rimbey Annual Women’s Conference will be held on Feb. 13 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Rimbey Community Centre. Keynote speakers are George Boelcke and Bob Layton and there will be six concurrent sessions, catered lunch, vendors, prizes and more. Registration fee is $35 before Feb. 6 and $40 after. Register at Family and Community Support Services in the Rimbey. Call 403-843-2030. ● Canadian Mental Association Indoor Cy-

cling Wellness Day sponsored by Berry Architecture and Associates will be held on Feb. 1. Two former professional cyclists, Alex Stieda and Tyler Hamilton, will lead four spin bike clinics throughout the day at the Collicutt Centre. A $250 donation to CMHA purchases a spot in the spin bike clinic and a dinner ticket to the fundraising gala at Red Deer Sheraton Hotel from 6 to 9 p.m. Gala tickets are $50. Contact to register and for information. ● Red Deer College Music Concert Series presents Faculty Jazz Concert on Feb. 1, 7:30 p.m. in Studio A, RDC Arts Centre. Take in a history of rock from Elvis and the Beatles to funk and fusion. Tickets available through Black Knight Tickets, phone, 403-755-6626, go online to, or in person at the Black Knight Inn. ● Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School Class of 1964 Fiftieth Year Reunion takes place on June 21, 2014, 3 p.m. Contact Pete Weddell at 403-340-1467, or cel 403-505-6476, 5619 47A Ave. Red Deer, Alta. T4N 3S1, or Gail (Horn) Krause at 403-342-7554, or cel 403-3509122. ● Canadian Blood Services has an urgent need for blood donations due to cancellations due to bad weather. Donate blood, save lives. Visit or call 1-888-2-DONATE (1-888236-6283) to make an appointment, or for eligibility information. ● All You Need is Love — Beatles tribute band — is appearing at Innisfail Super 8 Hotel in Innisfail on Feb. 14. Tickets are $50 in advance from the hotel front desk, or call 403-227-6660. Sponsored by Central Alberta Presenters Society, a non-profit dedicated to bringing quality entertainment to Central Alberta at reasonable prices. ● Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School presents Disney’s Beauty and the Beast at Red Deer Memorial Centre, Jan. 31, Feb. 1, 6, and 7 at 7:30 p.m., and at 2 p.m. on Feb. 2. Call 403-342-1059 for tickets. ● Sheraton Celebrity Dance-Off Gala in support of Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Red Deer will be held on April 4. Local celebrities have been paired with professional dance instructors to compete for the honour of best ballroom dancer. Tickets for the gala, including dance with live band to follow the competition will be on sale to the general public starting Jan. 27 at 10 a.m. and will continue to Jan. 28 at under the Celebrity Dance Off link or at Youth and Volunteer Centre or at 403-348-8503. Tickets sell out quickly. ● Support Stephen Lewis Foundation Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign with donations of Aeroplan Miles. Chris Hume — a local member of Gramma-Link Africa — has been selected as one of 20 Canadian grandmothers to go on an educational trip to sub-Sahara Africa organized by the Foundation on March 1 to 17. To donate Aeroplan Miles to help Chris, search Stephen Lewis Foundation/ways to give and follow links, and then contact Chris at 403-347-2776 to tell her about your donation. ● Annual Show Us Your Heart Fundraiser at Global Pet Foods in Red Deer will run from Feb. 1 to 15 and will support Whisker Rescue no-kill cat adoption organization. Donations for Whisker Rescue will be accepted at both the north and south locations and Global Pet Foods and Hill’s Science Diet will match the first dollar of each donation make in store.

Pencil cactus makes a nice houseplant or living fence BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Pencil cactus is a fitting common name for Euphorbia tirucalli, even though the plant would be useless for writing and is not really a cactus. A single plant looks like many slender, green pencils, each stuck on the end or growing off the side of the one before it. A couple of small, elongated leaves perch inconspicuously and briefly at the end of the “pencils,” relegating photosynthesis to the succulent, green stems. Lack of thorns is one indication that this plant is no cactus. Even more telling is the milky sap that oozes from broken or cut stems. That sap and the plant’s flowers — not very showy and rarely appearing indoors — put pencil cactus in the spurge family, along with more familiar houseplants such as poinsettia and crown-of-thorns. On the positive side, the sap has been used in its native Africa as folk medicine, and to repel mosquitoes and kill rats. It’s also a potential source of latex rubber and oil — 10 to 50 barrels of oil per acre by one reckoning. On the negative side, the sap has been implicated as a potential carcinogen and, if it gets in the eyes, is said to cause temporary blindness. At the very least, it is somewhat toxic and irritates skin. MAKING NEW PLANTS All that is necessary to get a pencil

cactus started is to snap a few stems, each 2 or 3 inches long, from an existing plant (again, avoiding touching the sap). My pencil cactus cuttings came from a living fence I happened upon during a recent visit to Florida. There was no need to keep those cuttings moist until I returned home because this plant, like all succulents, roots best if its cut ends are allowed to callous over in dry air before being put in soil. So it wasn’t until I brought my cuttings home that I stuck them into pots of soil, watered them, and then waited each time until the soil was thoroughly dry before watering again. GROWING THIS PENCIL Where winters are too cold to grow pencil cactus outdoors, it makes a nice houseplant (keeping in mind the cautions about the sap). As a succulent, the plant loves light but otherwise tolerates the threats facing most houseplants: dry air and forgetful watering. If in doubt about whether or not to water this plant, don’t. It won’t die from under-watering. Taper off or completely avoid watering in winter. Extra perlite added to any potting mix further ensures that the mix drains well and stays on the dry side. One variety that’s particularly attractive indoors or out is “Sticks on Fire.” Its “pencils” are reddish yellow, the red becoming more prominent in cooler weather.

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Grow, harvest and brew your own tea BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS When temperatures fall, there’s nothing better than a piping hot cup of tea. And as craft and organic tea seeps into the mainstream, tea gardens are becoming a popular way for brew lovers to bypass the store and enjoy the benefits of herbal tea without additives or preservatives. “It just tastes and smells better,” says chef Kimmy Tang, who snips mint, lavender and lemongrass from her garden for herbal teas at her 9021PHO restaurants in Los Angeles. “I also know that it’s 100 per cent organic. I don’t use any chemicals to help them grow, and I can taste the difference.” It may sound daunting, but British gardener and author Cassie Liversidge says many tea garden staples may already be at your fingertips. “Honeysuckle, mint, rosemary. 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Rebels blank Raiders BIG WIN IN BATTLE FOR PLAYOFF SPOT BY ADVOCATE STAFF Rebels 5 Raiders 0 PRINCE ALBERT — Every game is important for the Red Deer Rebels as they battle for a playoff berth in the WHL’s Eastern Conference. But none more so than Tuesday’s meeting with the Prince Albert Raiders. The Rebels went into the game in eighth place in the conference and just two points up on the Raiders. They came out of their last regular season meeting with the Raiders four points up following a 5-0 victory. “It was a big win coming in here as we’re fighting them for a playoff spot,” said Rebels head coach/GM Brent Sutter. “We knew they would be hungry after losing their last three games and we responded.” After a scoreless opening period the Rebels grabbed a 3-0 lead in the middle stanza on goals by Rhyse Dieno, Cole Chorney and Aspen Sterzer. “We got some key goals in the second period on rushes after the play was in our zone,” said Sutter. “As well our young kids did a great job of cycling the puck and scored (by Chorney) off the cycle.” Presten Kopeck and Lucas Sutter put the game away with third-period goals, 30 seconds apart. “We scored some timely goals, plus our goaltender played really well,” added Sutter.

Patrik Bartosak notched his fourth shutout of the season and the 10th of his career, finishing with 38 saves. He was especially sharp on the penalty kill. “We took eight minor penalties and he was our best penalty killer,” continued Sutter. “We took a few penalties we shouldn’t have, which we don’t want to continue to do, but it happens.” The Rebels also were closer to having their roster intact with only Vukie Mpofu and Wyatt Johnson sidelined. “Getting everyone back allows me to do some things as a coach,” said Sutter. “If someone isn’t playing as well as they should we can make changes and still get the competition we want. “That was one of the reasons we made the trades for Kopeck and Sterzer.” Both newcomers have played well and continue to contribute to the offence, both finishing with a goal and an assist. “They give us more quickness and speed up front which is what we were looking for when we got them.” The win moved the Rebels to within two points of the seventh-place Kootenay Ice and three behind the Regina Pats, who they visit Saturday. They have a game in hand on Kootenay and two on Regina. “It moves us closer to the pack, which is what we want,” concluded Sutter. The Rebels are in Saskatoon Friday.

Photo by PERRY BERGSON/ Prince Albert Daily Herald

Prince Albert Raiders forward Dakota Conroy watches as the puck rolls over the glove of Red Deer Rebels netminder Patrick Bartosak on Wednesday evening at the Art Hauser Centre during first-period action.

Flames snap losing streak with win over Coyotes ROOKIE SEAN MONAHAN CONTINUES TO IMPRESS BY THE CANADIAN PRESS


Calgary Flames’ Matt Stajan, centre, celebrates his goal with teammates TJ Brodie, left, and Mark Giordano during second-period NHL hockey action in Calgary, Wednesday.

Calgary 3 Phoenix 2 CALGARY — Sean Monahan continued his impressive rookie season Wednesday scoring his team-leading 14th goal as the Calgary Flames snapped their record sevengame home losing streak with a 3-2 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes. Monahan opened the scoring at 11:44 of the first period. It was the first time in nine home games Calgary had struck first. In fact, the Flames hadn’t held the lead in a home game going back to Dec. 12, the day general manager Jay Feaster was fired. The goal was set up by a TJ Galiardi’s hustle. After winning a race to the puck deep in the Coyotes zone, Galiardi promptly zipped the puck in front where Monahan tapped it in behind goaltender Mike Smith, firing up the sell-out crowd of 19,289. The goal moves Monahan, 19, ahead of Mike Cammalleri and Jiri Hudler into the team lead in goals.

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Li Na beats Bouchard

Wotherspoon-Gregg named to Sochi team BY DONNA SPENCER THE CANADIAN PRESS

BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS MELBOURNE, Australia — Li Na has her third and probably best chance to win the Australian Open final after advancing with a 6-2, 6-4 win over 19-year-old Canadian Eugenie Bouchard. No. 4-seeded Li, the 2011 French Open champion, is the only major winner and the highest-ranked player still in contention after the fourth-round upsets of Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova and defending champion Victoria Azarenka’s quarterfinal loss to Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland. No. 5-seeded Radwanska was playing Dominika Cibulkova in the second semifinal later Thursday. Li lost last year’s Australian Open final to Azarenka, after falling over and hitting her head twice on the court. She lost the 2011 decider to Kim Clijsters, her first appearance in a Grand Slam final, and recovered from that loss to win her one and only major at Roland Garros. “Last time was a little bit tough. I will try this time to make one more step,” Li said. “Tough match of course in the final. I think for sure both will try fight on the court because it’s one more step to take the trophy.” Li considered quitting the tour after the French Open last year, when she was beaten in the second round and was struggling with the off-court pressure. After reaching the quarterfinals at Wimbledon, the Chinese star opted against retiring and then reached the U.S. Open semifinals. Li, who turns 32 next month, has gone another step further in Australia. After saving a match point in the third round against Lucie Safarova, she has started all her matches aggressively.


Eugenie Bouchard makes a backhand return to Li Na of China during their semifinal at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday. Li Na won 6-2, 6-4. It worked against Bouchard, who didn’t win a point in her first three service games in a nervous start. In the second set, the pair exchanged four service breaks in the first six games before Li finally took charge. Fittingly, Li finished off the match with a backhand crosscourt, one of 16 backhand winners in the match and her biggest weapon against Bouchard.

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Greg Meachem, Sports Editor, 403-314-4363 E-mail

CALGARY — Canada’s long-track speedskating team heads to Sochi lacking the dominant athletes it had at previous Winter Olympics. The speedskating oval has been fertile medal ground for Canada with five won in Vancouver in 2010 and eight in Turin, Italy, in 2006. “Two to three medals” is the modest goal for the 17 athletes introduced Wednesday at the Olympic Oval in Calgary. And that may be ambitious given the top medal contenders haven’t consistently stood on the international podium this season. Multi-medallists Clara Hughes and Kristina Groves retired after 2010. Cindy Klassen, winner of a record five medals by herself in 2006, did not compete this winter because of a concussion. Jeremy Wotherspoon was a dominant sprinter at World Cups and world championships although he won a single silver at his four Olympic Games. He came out of retirement to race at Olympic trials earlier this month, but his comeback fell short. So the 2014 long-track team includes 10 athletes who will make their Olympic debuts in Russia, including Jeremy’s sister and Red Deer native Danielle Wotherspoon-Gregg. “We don’t have Cindy or Kristina or Clara, the people who are guaranteed medals anymore,” Edmonton sprinter Jamie Gregg said. “The expectations should be fairly low for the team as far as medal counts go. “That being said, when expectations are low that’s when really special things can happen . . . maybe some breakout performances that are not necessarily expected.”

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SCOREBOARD Hockey EASTERN CONFERENCE EAST DIVISION GP W L OTL SOL GF Swift Current 49 25 18 1 5 168 Brandon 47 25 17 5 0 180 Regina 49 24 20 3 2 161 Prince Albert 47 22 23 2 0 151 Moose Jaw 47 13 26 3 5 125 Saskatoon 49 13 32 1 3 140

GA 145 172 183 164 183 199

Pt 56 55 53 46 34 30

GF 178 191 151 148 143 124

GA 123 120 127 145 142 229

Pt 67 65 55 52 50 23

WESTERN CONFERENCE B.C. DIVISION GP W L OTL SOL GF Kelowna 46 38 6 0 2 199 Victoria 49 31 16 0 2 146 Vancouver 48 23 17 5 3 161 Prince George 49 18 24 2 5 155 Kamloops 47 11 31 2 3 125

GA 115 117 164 201 191

Pt 78 64 54 43 27

GA 157 171 135 130 132

Pt 67 63 58 57 48

CENTRAL DIVISION GP W L OTL SOL 47 31 11 2 3 46 32 13 0 1 45 26 16 3 0 48 24 20 2 2 47 24 21 0 2 50 9 36 2 3

GP 48 48 46 47 47

Portland Seattle Spokane Everett Tri-City

U.S. DIVISION W L OTL SOL 31 12 2 3 29 14 2 3 27 15 2 2 25 15 6 1 22 21 2 2

GF 211 167 158 142 121

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 Wednesday’s results Medicine Hat at Vancouver late Moose Jaw at Tri-City, late Friday’s games Prince George at Regina, 5 p.m. Prince Albert at Swift Current, 5 p.m. Red Deer at Saskatoon, 5:05 p.m. Victoria at Kamloops, 7 p.m. Everett at Portland, 7 p.m. Medicine Hat at Kelowna, 7:05 p.m. Moose Jaw at Spokane, 7:05 p.m. Seattle at Tri-City, 7:05 p.m. Lethbridge at Vancouver, 7:30 p.m. Saturday’s games Red Deer at Regina, 5 p.m. Swift Current at Saskatoon, 5:05 p.m. Prince George at Brandon, 5:30 p.m. Moose Jaw at Kootenay, 6 p.m. Calgary at Edmonton, 6 p.m. Medicine Hat at Kamloops, 7 p.m. Victoria at Vancouver, 7 p.m. Lethbridge at Kelowna, 7:05 p.m. Everett at Seattle, 7:05 p.m. Tri-City at Spokane, 7:05 p.m. SUMMARIES WEDNESDAY Rebels 5, Raiders 0 First Period No Scoring. Penalties — Conroy P.A. (delay of game) 0:55, Fafard RD (fighting) 7:30, Braid P.A. (fighting) 7:30, Polei RD (tripping) 7:34, Chorney RD (hooking) 9:37, Valcourt P.A. (slashing) 18:54. Second Period 1. Red Deer, Dieno 15 (Charif, Sutter) 1:48 (pp). 2. Red Deer, Chorney 6 (Dixon, Pawlenchuk) 4:37. 3. Red Deer, Sterzer 20 (Kopeck) 7:45. Penalties — Valcourt P.A. (tripping) 1:24, Sutter RD (slashing) 2:02, Musil RD (boarding) 9:22, Kopeck RD (slashing) 17:25, Fafard RD (cross-checking) 19:49. Third Period 4. Red Deer, Kopeck 7 (Doetzel, Sterzer) 10:19. 5. Red Deer, Sutter 10 (Dieno, Maxwell) 10:49. Penalties — Doetzel RD (hooking) 6:56, Polei RD (fighting) 11:09, Vanstone P.A. (fighting) 11:09, Nell RD (charging) 20:00. Red Deer 8 8 10 — 26 Prince Albert 15 15 8 — 38 Goal — Red Deer: Bartosak (W, 22-17-0); Prince Albert: Parenteau (L, 0-1-0). Power plays (goal-chances)Red Deer: 1-3; Prince Albert: 0-8. Attendance — 2,136 at Prince Albert. Broncos 4, Wheat Kings 3 (OT) First Period No Scoring. Penalties — Spagrud SC (high-sticking) 3:34. Second Period 1. Brandon, Robinson 7 (Waltz, Green) 7:29. Penalties — Nejezchleb Bra (high-sticking) 0:18, Lindgren Bra (hooking) 3:25, Cave SC (high-sticking) 4:14, Shmoorkoff SC (delay of game) 16:39. Third Period 2. Brandon, McGauley 13 (Nejezchleb, Quenneville) 3:22 (pp). 3. Swift Current, Debrusk 9 (Gordon, Burns) 6:05. 4. Brandon, Bukarts 18 (Robinson, Meilleur) 14:24. 5. Swift Current, Burns 19 (Gordon, Merkley) 17:46. 6. Swift Current, Gordon 19 (Black, Burns) 19:35. 7. Swift Current, Black 22 (unassisted) 19:35 (lp). Penalties — Gordon SC (slashing) 2:41. Overtime No Scoring. Penalties — None. Brandon 10 10 15 0 — 35 Swift Current 10 15 16 2 — 43 Goal — Brandon: Honey (LS, 8-8-2); Swift Current: Laurikainen (W, 16-13-0). Power plays (goal-chances)Brandon: 1-3; Swift Current: 0-2. Oil Kings 5, Pats 2 First Period 1. Regina, Hansen 6 (unassisted) 6:05. 2. Regina, Klimchuk 18 (Stevenson, Leier) 12:50 (pp).

3. Edmonton, Lazar 24 (Kulda, Pollock) 19:17 (pp). Penalties — Kammerer Reg (too many men) 0:44, Samuelsson Edm (cross-checking) 12:22, Zimmer Reg (cross-checking) 15:01, Leier Reg (hooking) 18:30. Second Period 4. Edmonton, Lazar 25 (Kulda) 1:48. Penalties — Kieser Edm (high-sticking) 0:06, Leier Reg (tripping) 0:36, Moroz Edm (tripping) 2:49, Leier Reg (interference) 11:16, Stevenson Reg (fighting) 14:54, Moroz Edm (fighting) 14:54, Corbett Edm (tripping) 16:31, Orban Edm (slashing) 17:22. Third Period 5. Edmonton, Lazar 26 (Corbett, Kulda) 5:14. 6. Edmonton, Kulda 18 (Pollock, Lazar) 10:57. 7. Edmonton, Corbett 15 (unassisted) 18:06 (-EN. SH). Penalties — Zgraggen Reg (tripping) 3:11, Zgraggen Reg (checking from behind) 8:34, Sinitsyn Reg (holding) 12:15, Irving Edm (charging) 16:59. Regina 8 10 4 — 22 Edmonton 8 7 19 — 34 Goal — Regina: Wapple (L, 15-11-1); Edmonton: Jarry (W, 27-11-0). Power plays (goal-chances)Regina: 1-6; Edmonton: 1-8.

Chicago 52 32 8 12 76 188 144 St. Louis 49 33 11 5 71 171 115 San Jose 50 32 12 6 70 161 123 Colorado 49 31 13 5 67 144 127 Los Angeles 51 29 16 6 64 131 108 Vancouver 51 26 16 9 61 129 128 Minnesota 52 27 20 5 59 125 129 Phoenix 50 23 18 9 55 143 152 Dallas 50 22 20 8 52 141 152 Nashville 51 22 22 7 51 125 152 Winnipeg 51 23 23 5 51 144 152 Calgary 51 17 27 7 41 114 161 Edmonton 52 15 31 6 36 132 183 NOTE: Two points for a win, one point for overtime loss. Today’s Games Carolina at Buffalo, 5 p.m. St. Louis at N.Y. Rangers, 5 p.m. Philadelphia at Columbus, 5 p.m. Ottawa at Tampa Bay, 5:30 p.m. Pittsburgh at N.Y. Islanders, 5:30 p.m. Chicago at Minnesota, 6 p.m. Toronto at Dallas, 6 p.m. Nashville at Vancouver, 8 p.m. Los Angeles at Anaheim, 8 p.m. Winnipeg at San Jose, 8:30 p.m.

Americans 4, Warriors 1 First Period 1. Tri-City, Tot 15 (Purtill, Nickles) 4:17. 2. Tri-City, McCue 13 (Hamonic, Astles) 16:01. Penalties — Fioretti MJ (roughing) 13:41. Second Period 3. Tri-City, Purtill 6 (Wotherspoon, Tot) 6:10. Penalties — Cooke MJ (unsportsmanlike cnd.) 1:10, Gutierrez TC (cross-checking) 1:10, Gore MJ (interference) 16:03, Point MJ (roughing) 16:26, White MJ (unsportsmanlike cnd.) 16:26, Bowles TC (roughing) 16:26, Tot TC (unsportsmanlike cnd.) 16:26, Thrower TC (cross-checking) 18:19. Third Period 4. Tri-City, McCue 14 (Carlo) 8:12. 5. Moose Jaw, Eberle 12 (Valentine, Warkentine) 10:21 (pp). Penalties — Potomak MJ (unsportsmanlike cnd.) 3:09, Hillis TC (unsportsmanlike cnd.) 3:09, Jensen MJ (roughing) 4:53, Thrower TC (roughing) 8:59, Jensen MJ (tripping) 12:08. Moose Jaw 3 11 16 — 30 Tri-City 7 6 12 — 25 Goal — Moose Jaw: Paulic (L, 8-19-3); Tri-City: Comrie (W, 19-16-2).


Blazers 7, Hurricanes 1 First Period 1. Kamloops, Ness 11 (unassisted) 6:16. 2. Kamloops, Ully 19 (Revel, Bellerive) 6:30. 3. Kamloops, Souto 17 (Ness, Kornelsen) 9:40. 4. Kamloops, Revel 11 (Grist, Ully) 11:44 (pp). Penalties — Walters Let (roughing) 10:20, Sheen Let (checking from behind) 20:00. Second Period No Scoring. Penalties — Folk Let (fighting) 2:46, Douglas Kam (fighting) 2:46, Olynek Let (fighting) 7:11, Shynkaruk Kam (fighting) 7:11, Duke Let (fighting) 7:22, Shirley Kam (fighting) 7:22, Grist Kam (interference) 17:49, Connolly Kam (hooking) 19:29. Third Period 5. Lethbridge, Estephan 9 (Sheen, Erkamps) 1:09 (pp). 6. Kamloops, Ness 12 (Thomas) 1:20. 7. Kamloops, Shirley 7 (Chyzowski, Harlacher) 7:36. 8. Kamloops, Souto 18 (Grist) 8:46. Penalties — Looysen Kam (boarding) 14:25. Lethbridge 12 11 8 — 31 Kamloops 11 11 16 — 38 Goal — Lethbridge: Schamerhorn (L, 3-4-0); Kamloops: Pouliot (W, 6-11-0). Power plays (goal-chances)Lethbridge: 1-3; Kamloops: 1-2. Rockets 6, Silvertips 3 First Period 1. Kelowna, Lees 3 (Schmidli) 9:38. Penalties — Baillie Kel (boarding) 10:37. Second Period 2. Kelowna, Tvrdon 2 (Merkley) 4:28. 3. Kelowna, Linaker 7 (Schmidli, Lees) 6:55. 4. Everett, Winquist 28 (Juulsen, Khaira) 7:51. 5. Kelowna, Baillie 19 (unassisted) 8:17. 6. Everett, Winquist 29 (Sandhu, Hayer) 13:12. Penalties — Martin Kel (interference) 0:47, Betker Eve (fighting) 8:07, Heffley Kel (fighting) 8:07, Schmidli Kel (hooking) 9:21, Eve Bench (served by Nikolishin, too many men) 15:01, Chartier Kel (tripping) 18:20. Third Period 7. Everett, Hayer 12 (Winquist, Mueller) 14:49. 8. Kelowna, Olsen 22 (Heffley) 18:33 (-EN). 9. Kelowna, Goulbourne 7 (Chartier, Heffley) 19:01 (-EN). Penalties — Heffley Kel (inter. on goaltender) 1:37, Deroose Eve (checking from behind) 10:27, Fonteyne Eve (tripping) 16:10. Everett 10 11 9 — 30 Kelowna 6 13 11 — 30 Goal — Everett: Lotz (L, 18-13-3); Kelowna: Cooke (W, 28-3-0). Power plays (goal-chances)Everett: 0-5; Kelowna: 0-3. NHL EASTERN CONFERENCE Pittsburgh Boston Tampa Bay N.Y. Rangers Montreal Philadelphia Toronto Columbus Detroit Ottawa New Jersey Washington Carolina N.Y. Islanders Florida Buffalo

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Flames 3, Coyotes 2 First Period 1. Calgary, Monahan 14 (Galiardi, Colborne) 11:44. Penalties — Westgarth Cgy (hooking) 7:42, Westgarth Cgy (tripping) 15:07. Second Period 2. Calgary, Bouma 4 (Brodie, Ramo) 8:48. 3. Phoenix, Vermette 15 (Korpikoski, Stone) 12:27 (sh). 4. Calgary, Stajan 8 (Giordano, Jones) 16:01. Penalties — Ekman-Larsson Phx (hooking) 4:01, Boedker Phx (tripping) 11:13. Third Period 5. Phoenix, Doan 14 (Yandle, Ribeiro) 6:50. Penalties — None. Shots on goal by Phoenix 11 13 8 — 32 Calgary 6 15 5 — 26 Goal — Phoenix: Smith (L, 17-15-8); Power plays (goal-chances)Phoenix: 0-2; Calgary: 0-2. Attendance — 19,289 at Calgary. Hurricanes 3, Flyers 2 First Period 1. Carolina, Semin 10 (Staal, Tlusty) 11:57. Penalties — Couturier Pha (slashing) 15:31, Simmonds Pha (delay of game) 19:20. Second Period 2. Carolina, Gerbe 10 (unassisted) 13:38. 3. Philadelphia, Giroux 14 (Voracek, Raffl) 19:25. Penalties — Semin Car (tripping) 13:57. Third Period 4. Philadelphia, Hartnell 12 (Simmonds, Giroux) 3:00 (pp). 5. Carolina, Tlusty 7 (Sekera, Faulk) 13:50. Penalties — Nash Car (high-sticking) 2:47, Lecavalier Pha (roughing) 5:04, Harrison Car (roughing) 5:04. Carolina 8 8 16 — 32 Philadelphia 3 12 9 — 24 Goal — Carolina: Khudobin (W, 8-3-0); Philadelphia: Mason (L, 19-12-5). Power plays (goal-chances)Carolina: 0-2; Philadelphia: 1-2. Penguins 5, Canadiens 1 First Period 1. Pittsburgh, Jokinen 14 (Malkin, Niskanen) 8:48. 2. Pittsburgh, Pyatt 2 (Niskanen, Martin) 16:25 (pp). 3. Montreal, Bourque 7 (Briere, Prust) 17:40. Penalties — Kobasew Pgh (high-sticking) 4:44, Subban Mtl (slashing) 11:30, Beaulieu Mtl (delay of game) 14:41, Orpik Pgh (interference) 19:27. Second Period 4. Pittsburgh, Jokinen 15 (Maatta, Neal) 5:46. 5. Pittsburgh, Crosby 26 (Letang, Kunitz) 11:43 (pp). 6. Pittsburgh, Malkin 13 (Scuderi, Orpik) 15:03. Penalties — Subban Mtl (holding) 10:51, Bouillon Mtl (holding) 12:36. Third Period No Scoring.Penalties — Niskanen Pgh (slashing) 5:27, Prust Mtl (roughing) 14:50, Prust Mtl (misconduct) 14:50, Orpik Pgh (roughing) 14:50, Orpik Pgh (misconduct) 14:50, Orpik Pgh (game misconduct) 14:50, Bourque Mtl (interference) 14:50, Fleury Pgh (leaving the crease) 14:50, Budaj Mtl (leaving the crease) 14:50. Montreal 8 7 9 — 24 Pittsburgh 9 14 8 — 31 Goal — Montreal: Price (L, 22-14-4); Pittsburgh: Fleury (W, 28-11-1). Power plays (goal-chances)Montreal: 0-3; Pittsburgh: 2-5. Red Wings 5, Blackhawks 4 (SO) First Period 1. Chicago, Hossa 21 (Toews, Oduya) 8:41. 2. Chicago, Shaw 14 (Kane, Saad) 10:26. 3. Detroit, Tatar 11 (Smith, Jurco) 11:14. 4. Detroit, Eaves 2 (Abdelkader, Zetterberg) 17:40. Penalties — None. Second Period 5. Chicago, Sharp 26 (Keith, Kane) 5:03 (pp). 6. Detroit, Quincey 3 (Nyquist, Zetterberg) 6:20. 7. Detroit, Nyquist 7 (Zetterberg, Abdelkader) 11:14. Penalties — Miller Det (interference) 4:57, Saad Chi (hooking) 16:28, Saad Chi (slashing) 16:28, Cleary Det (interference) 19:10. Third Period 8. Chicago, Kruger 5 (unassisted) 5:12. Penalties — Quincey Det (tripping) 2:30, DeKeyser Det (interference) 5:22, Hossa Chi (cross-checking) 7:03, Keith Chi (interference) 14:53. Overtime No Scoring. Penalties — None. Shootout — Detroit wins 3-2 Chicago : Toews goal, Sharp goal, Kane miss, Hossa miss, Kruger miss, Shaw miss. Detroit : Tatar miss, Eaves goal, Bertuzzi goal, Zetterberg miss, Jurco miss, Helm goal. Chicago 11 10 9 5 — 35 Detroit 12 11 6 2 — 31 Goal — Chicago: Crawford (LO, 19-7-8); Detroit: Gustavsson (W, 12-3-2). Power plays (goalchances)Chicago: 1-4; Detroit: 0-3.

Basketball NBA EASTERN CONFERENCE Pct .825 .714 .537 .512 .512 .488 .450 .432 .405 .357 .357 .341 .333 .256 .195

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Wednesday’s Games Atlanta 112, Orlando 109 Boston 113, Washington 111, OT Chicago 98, Cleveland 87 Charlotte 95, L.A. Clippers 91 Toronto 93, Dallas 85 Philadelphia 110, New York 106

Houston 119, Sacramento 98 Milwaukee 104, Detroit 101 Oklahoma City 111, San Antonio 105 Indiana at Phoenix, late Today’s Games L.A. Lakers at Miami, 6 p.m. Denver at Portland, 8:30 p.m. Friday’s Games L.A. Lakers at Orlando, 5 p.m. Toronto at Philadelphia, 5 p.m. Dallas at Brooklyn, 5:30 p.m. Oklahoma City at Boston, 5:30 p.m. Milwaukee at Cleveland, 5:30 p.m. New Orleans at Detroit, 5:30 p.m. San Antonio at Atlanta, 5:30 p.m. Charlotte at New York, 5:30 p.m. L.A. Clippers at Chicago, 6 p.m. Memphis at Houston, 6 p.m. Washington at Phoenix, 7 p.m. Indiana at Sacramento, 8 p.m. Minnesota at Golden State, 8:30 p.m.

SPEEDSKATING: Longshots Christine Nesbitt of London, Ont., is the defending Olympic champion in the women’s 1,000 metres, but has struggled with her racing form and confidence. She finished outside the top 10 in her two World Cup events in November. Nesbitt was fifth in the world sprint championships in Nagano, Japan, last week. She was en route to Europe and did not attend Wednesday’s event in Calgary. Denny Morrison of Fort St. John, B.C., Regina’s Lucas Makowsky and Mathieu Giroux of Pointe-aux-Trembles, Que., are the reigning Olympic champions in the men’s pursuit, although they too have yet to stand on an international podium this winter. Morrison pointed out they were longshots heading into Vancouver and plan to play the underdog card again. “People discount us,” he said. “The last few weeks we’ve been working together a lot and I think we might surprise a few people.” The 28-year-old was a consistent medal producer for Canada until breaking his left leg during the 2012-13 season. Morrison fell in the 1,000 metres at the Olympic trials this month, but qualified for his third Winter Olympics in the 1,500. Morrison is a former world record holder in the distance. “I’m just happy to be on this team and have made it,” he said. “Coming back from a broken leg makes me an underdog.” Gregg and Gilmore Junio of Calgary are contenders in the men’s 500 as both have won World Cup medals this winter. Junio tied for first at a World Cup in Salt Lake City in November. The women’s pursuit team of Nesbitt, Ottawa’s Ivanie Blondin and Winnipeg’s Brittany Schussler also have a shot at the podium in Sochi. Regina’s Kali Christ, Marsha Hudey of White City, Sask., Calgary’s Kaylin Irvine, Brianne Tutt of Airdrie, Vincent De Haitre of Cumberland, Ont., William Dutton of Humboldt, Sask., and Ouardi Muncef of Quebec City round out the Olympic team. The Olympic speedskating schedule starts Feb. 8 with the men’s 5,000 metres and concludes Feb. 22 with the men’s and women’s pursuit.

TENNIS: Only second Canadian to reach major semifinal The Canadian teenager was playing only her fourth Grand Slam tournament, and became just the second player from her country to reach a major semifinal. “I think maybe she will be best player in the world. But today (I’m) so lucky,” Li said. Bouchard attracted a big cheering section in Australia, with the group swelling in numbers after her first match on Court 15 and calling itself the “Genie Army.” Li jokingly apologized to the Genie Army after the match, undoubtedly increasing her own huge support base at Melbourne Park. “Sorry about that,” she said. “If you guys be happy, I will go home.”

FLAMES: Five-game homestand The sixth overall pick from last June’s NHL Draft is third in rookie goals behind Colorado’s Nathan MacKinnon (17) and San Jose’s Tomas Hertl (15). Calgary never relinquished that lead thanks partly to Karri Ramo, who was especially sharp in the opening 20 minutes when Phoenix outshot the Flames 11-6 but trailed 1-0. Lance Bouma and Matt Stajan also scored for Calgary (17-277), which scored more than two goals for just the second time in 14 games since Christmas. The Flames had been outscored 22-4 during its seven-game home losing streak. Kicking off a five-game homestand, Calgary will try to make it two wins in a row Friday night against Nashville. Antoine Vermette and Shane Doan scored for Phoenix (23-189), which has lost eight of its last 11. The Coyotes remain four points behind the Minnesota Wild for the second wild card spot in the Western Conference. Winless in its last five games away from home, Phoenix’s three-game road trip to Western Canada continues Friday night in Edmonton. The Flames surged in front 2-0 at 8:48 of the second period on a perfectly executed fast break. Curling out from behind his own net, TJ Brodie threaded a long pass to Bouma at the Phoenix blue-line. In behind the Coyotes defence, Bouma darted in and snapped a perfect shot into the top corner. Vermette cut the lead to 2-1 on a short-handed goal less than five minutes later, beating Ramo on a sizzling one-timer just inside the goal post after a set-up from Lauri Korpiskoski. However, the Flames restored its two-goal cushion before the period ended when Stajan, fresh off signing a four-year contract extension two days ago, stepped into a slapshot and blasted a 40-footer past Smith. Phoenix got back to within one when Doan snapped a shot past Ramo 6:50 into the third period but despite a couple dangerous chances in the waning seconds after pulling Smith for an extra attacker, they could not tie it. Ramo finished with 30 stops to improve to 9-10-4. Smith, who had 23 saves, falls to 17-15-8. Notes: Flames LW Mike Cammalleri (concussion) missed his sixth game. Also not dressed for Calgary was LW Paul Byron (foot)... Missing for Phoenix was C Martin Hanzal (lower body), who missed his second game and D David Schlemko (upper body). Both are day-to-day... Calgary’s only two regulation wins in the last 21 home games have come against the Coyotes. They also beat Phoenix 4-1 on Dec. 4... After 48 games without one, the Coyotes have shorthanded goals in two consecutive games... With Henrik Sedin’s streak ending, Vermette (361) and D Keith Yandle (353) now have the third and fourth longest active ironman streaks in the NHL.

Woman arrested after hockey player boyfriend threatened BY THE CANADIAN PRESS KENNEWICK, Wash. — A freelance reporter from British Columbia has been arrested in the United States over allegations she threatened to kill her boyfriend, who is a junior hockey player for the TriCity Americans. Court documents indicate 25-year-old Kelowna resident Tieja MacLaughlin, who police said had been dating TriCity Americans player Jackson Playfair, was arrested in Kennewick, Wash. None of the allegations contained in court documents or outlined publicly by Kennewick police have been tested in court, and she has not been charged. She appeared in court Tuesday and was held without bail, according to the documents. According to a court docu-

ment outlining the reason for MacLaughlin’s detention, Playfair called police early Saturday morning. He told police he had been in a relationship with MacLaughlin since last July, but the relationship had been “rocky,” the document said. “Tieja found out the victim cheated on her and she told him over the phone that she was on her way to Kennewick,” the arresting officer wrote on the document. “During that phone call, Tieja advised the victim that he would be dead by the end of the night.” The document said MacLaughlin denied making the threats after her arrest on Saturday. MacLaughlin was assigned a public defender. Eric Hsu, the public defence manager for the Benton and Franklin Counties Office of Public De-

fense, confirmed MacLaughlin was being held in custody but otherwise declined to comment. The victim in the document is identified only as a player for the Tri-City Americans, but Kennewick police spokesman Mike Blatman confirmed Playfair’s identity. Playfair is originally from Fort St. James, B.C., according to biographical information on the team’s website. He is the son of Phoenix Coyotes associate coach Jim Playfair, and his brother, Austyn Playfair, was signed to the Americans last year. A spokesperson for the TriCity Americans said neither Playfair nor the team would be commenting. MacLaughlin is a freelance reporter for Castanet, an online news website based in Kelowna, and has also written for the Kelowna Daily Courier.

Two addresses are listed for her in court documents, one in Kelowna and one in Paris, Ont. Blatman said MacLaughlin had travelled to Kennewick from Paris. “She got here and apparently there was some sort of a falling out between the two of them, where she became upset that he might have been involved in some other relationship,” Blatman said in an interview. Blatman said MacLaughlin ended up staying in a hotel room for the night, but continued to contact Playfair, prompting him to call police. He said officers contacted MacLaughlin and she agreed to leave Playfair alone. “She agreed to do that, said she wouldn’t make any contact with him or anything else,” Blatman said. “Between that time and

the next morning, there were a substantial number of text messages she continued to send Playfair.” Blatman said MacLaughlin was arrested Saturday. She can be held without charge for up to 72 hours after her Tuesday court appearance. A profile for MacLaughlin on the social networking site LinkedIn says she is a reporter for Castanet and the Kelowna Daily Courier. Stories with her byline have appeared in both publications, as recently as this month. A Twitter account that appears to be maintained by MacLaughlin suggests she may have crossed the border into the United States last Friday. “If I had a dollar for every time a U.S. customs officer chirped my truck, I’d be able to buy a new truck,” says a tweet from the user (at)Tieja— Mac.

RED DEER ADVOCATE Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014 B7

DeRozan rallies Raptors CAREER-HIGH 40 POINTS NABS VICTORY OVER MAVERICKS BY THE CANADIAN PRESS TORONTO — With teammate Kyle Lowry ailing, DeMar DeRozan put the Toronto Raptors on his shoulders Wednesday night. DeRozan had a career-high 40 points to rally the Raptors to a 93-85 home win over the Dallas Mavericks, their first victory in three games. And with fellow guard Lowry struggling with the stomach flu — he went 0-for-10 from the field, including 0-for-6 from beyond the arc — it was DeRozan who led Toronto to its third straight decision over the Mavs. “Once I saw Kyle with his head hanging down and holding his stomach, I knew he wasn’t feeling too well,” DeRozan said. “This loss would’ve hurt and we didn’t want to lose three in a row. “I just told myself to try do as much as I can to win, try to pull this one off and keep my team in it.” DeRozan finished 15-of-22 from the field, nine-of-14 from the freethrow line and hit the only threepointer he tried. He put an exclamation point on his outstanding performance by

recording the steal and going the length of the court to score and give Toronto (21-20) a 92-85 lead with 1:48 remaining. “He got into the flow of the game,” Raptors coach Dwane Casey said. “In the first quarter we weren’t getting those flow shots. “After that we started getting into our offence, we ran the pick and rolls. They started blitzing them and he (DeRozan) did a good job finding others and the ball found him. It was growth on his part from being double-teamed and being patient enough to get the ball back and be able to score.” Although Lowry only managed three points — off free throws — Casey praised his guard’s contributions in other areas of the game. “Kyle didn’t stop playing,” Casey said. “He dove on the floor, go his hands in there defensively on loose balls. “He affected the game without scoring. You don’t expect him to go 0-for-10 but he affected the game.” Grievis Vazquez scored 17 points and Jonas Valanciunas added 12 for Toronto, which re-

bounded from a horrid start as Dallas stormed out to a 34-15 firstquarter lead. “After the first quarter I thought it was going to be a blowout,” Casey said. “But in the second half we got the game back under control and got defence in the game. “You get in a free-flowing game with a great offensive team like that and you’re in trouble. Our starts are concerning . . . but for us to score only 15 points is alarming.” Monta Ellis had 21 points for Dallas (25-19) while former Raptors Jose Calderon and Vince Carter had 13 and eight points, respectively. Brandan Wright also had 13 points as all-star forward Dirk Nowitzki (rest) was inactive despite scoring 17 points in a 10297 road win over Cleveland on Monday night. Dallas head coach Rick Carlisle said DeRozan was tough to pin down. “He was doing a little bit of everything,” he said. “He was driving and he was making shots. “They got in transition a lot because of turnovers and he’s a really good transition player.”

NHLers voice concern over security in Sochi BY THE CANADIAN PRESS


VANCOUVER — Roberto Luongo won’t have any family joining him next month when he suits up for Canada at the Winter Olympics. The same goes for Sweden’s Daniel Sedin. The Vancouver Canucks teammates are both concerned over security at the Games in Sochi, Russia, after a series of threats and terrorist attacks in the region. Two suicide bombers killed 34 people in the southern Russian city of Volgograd in December, and officials say they are hunting three more potential attackers — including one believed to be in Sochi. “It’s definitely on my mind, I’m not going to lie,” Luongo said after practice on Wednesday. “I think we’re all a little bit concerned. We’re definitely going to keep an eye on it over the next few weeks.” Sedin, who is set to compete for Sweden along with his twin brother Henrik, said he was “absolutely” concerned about the news coming out of Russia, including email threats on Wednesday against a handful of European countries set to participate at the Olympics. The threats were largely dis-

missed as a hoax, but the concern over security in Sochi is serious. “We talk about it quite a bit. It’s nothing you can really joke about,” said Sedin. “It’s in the back of your head for sure.” Luongo, the odds on favourite to start for Canada in its first game Feb. 13 against Norway, and Sedin both said safety is the main reason their families won’t be travelling to Russia. Sedin added that if family members wanted to join him and his brother, he would discourage them from making the trip. An Islamic militant group in Dagestan — which is located about 500 kilometres from Sochi — claimed responsibility for the bombings in Volgograd in a video posted on Sunday. The video also contained a threat to strike the Olympics. Penguins captain Sidney Crosby voiced similar concerns to those of Luongo and Sedin to reporters in Pittsburgh on Sunday. “Obviously everybody watches the news and knows that there’s been things happening fairly close to there,” said Crosby, who will captain the Canadian team. “From what we’ve been told, I think they’re going to do every-

thing they can to make sure it’s safe and secure. We’re going over to play and focus on that. “It’s not something everyone’s totally worried about, but I think it’s hard not to think about it when things are happening kind of close to there.” Toronto Maple Leafs forward James van Riemsdyk, who will suit up for the United States in Sochi, said back in December that American hockey officials told him that security will be “very tight.” “I know they mentioned things about different actions they were going to take as far as making sure everything’s secure,” he said. “It seemed like they were on top of all that.” Minnesota Wild defenceman Ryan Suter, who will also play for the Americans, said after practice Wednesday that his wife and two young children won’t be travelling to Russia. The long trip is part of the reason, but Suter said recent news about terrorist threats made the decision “a little bit easier.” Another American Olympian, Suter’s friend and Wild teammate Zach Parise, also advised his parents and relatives not to come. He said the situation is “nerve wracking, that’s for sure.”

Reborn Jets tie longest winning streak this season after coaching change BY THE CANADIAN PRESS As far as mid-season turnarounds go, this one is starting to look pretty good. With their longshot 3-2 win over first-place Anaheim Tuesday night, the Winnipeg Jets have strung together four in a row for only the second time this NHL campaign. They have a shot at hitting a high-water mark of five when they visit San Jose Thursday night to play the Sharks, also formidable at home with a record in their own building of 17-2-3. Not since November have the Jets managed to win four in a row in a season that has seen a fivegame losing streak cost former coach Claude Noel his job. But since Paul Maurice took over Jan. 12, they haven’t lost a game. They’ve even started talking with straight faces about making the playoffs once more, despite their current last-place position in the Central Division. Although, with Tuesday’s win, they at least now sit tied with Nashville. If they were looking for another

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vious 10. Little has always been a strong playmaker for the Jets but they’ve come to rely on him even more this season as others have struggled. With 42 points and 31 games remaining, he’s well on track to break his NHL careerhigh 51 set in Atlanta in 2008-09. ● Right winger Blake Wheeler has also boosted his output with six points in his last five games, only two fewer than he managed in his previous 10. ● Rookies Mark Scheifele at centre and Jacob Trouba on defence have started to perform consistently at a high level. Scheifele continues to climb in the NHL’s rookie scoring race, sitting in fourth spot Wednesday with 28 points. ● Left winger Evander Kane returned from his latest injury Tuesday to score, short-handed, what proved to be the game winner. As he left town on the road swing, Kane said it was his turn to show Maurice what he could do. ● And Dustin Byfuglien has managed the Noel-inspired transition to forward well and still holds the point on power plays.

Yankees ink Tanaka BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW YORK — The Yankees talked frugality, then reverted to their high-spending ways. New York capped an off-season spending spree by agreeing Wednesday to a $155 million, seven-year contract with prized Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka. Following just the second season in 19 years that didn’t include a playoff appearance, the Yankees flexed their economic might and committed $438 million to four free agents. Tanaka joined catcher Brian McCann and outfielders Jacoby Ellsbury and Carlos Beltran on a revamped roster missing long-time All-Stars Mariano Rivera, Andy Pettitte and Robinson Cano. And in addition to the deal with the 25-year-old right-hander, the Yankees must pay a $20 million posting fee to Tanaka’s Japanese club, the Rakuten Golden Eagles. “Anybody that questioned our commitment to winning is going to have to question themselves,” Yankees co-chairman Hank Steinbrenner said during a telephone interview with The Associated Press. Big league teams had until Friday to reach an agreement with Tanaka, who was 24-0 with a 1.27 ERA last year as the Golden Eagles won the Japan Series title. Arizona, the Chicago Cubs and White Sox, the Los Angeles Dodgers and Houston all said they were among the failed bidders. Still, the Yankees have ample uncertainty — especially in an AL East where they compete with World Series champion Boston. And especially with a veteran team that saw 21 players go on the disabled list last year. David Robertson appears set to inherit the closer’s role from the retired Rivera, and New York must try to make up the offence lost when Cano left for a $240 million, 10-year deal with Seattle. Alex Rodriguez is suspended for the entire season and 39-yearold shortstop Derek Jeter has played just 17 games since October 2012. “I think the entire infield is certainly something that people will focus on,” New York general manager Brian Cashman said. “What’s Brian Roberts going to be? What’s Derek Jeter going to be as he comes back from his injury? What’s Mark Teixeira going to be at first base as he comes back from his wrist? Can Kelly Johnson secure and handle on a consistent basis third base?” New York went 85-77 last year, its worst record since 1992. Attendance and television ratings dropped. The pinstriped response was similar to the Yankees’ behaviour after they missed the playoffs in 2008. They spent $423.5 million on CC Sabathia, A.J. Burnett and Teixeira, then won their 27th World Series title. This off-season included big deals for McCann ($85 million for five years), Ellsbury ($153 million for seven) and Beltran ($45 million for three). Combined with agreements to re-sign Hiroki Kuroda and Brendan Ryan, and to add Roberts, Johnson and Matt Thornton, the Yankees’ off-season spending on free agents totals $471 million. Add the posting fee, and the cost was nearly a half-billion dollars.

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Toronto Raptors’ forward Kyle Lowry, right, drives past Dallas Mavericks’ forward Shawn Marion, left, during first-half NBA basketball action in Toronto on Wednesday.

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Snowstorm used for Super Bowl dress rehearsal BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The NFL and personnel at MetLife Stadium had a Super Bowl pop quiz on snow removal less than two weeks before the title game between the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks. The league and stadium officials decided to use a winter storm that dumped a foot or more of snow in the New York City metropolitan area Tuesday as somewhat of a dress rehearsal to see how quickly they could clean the 80,000-seat facility that will hold the first outdoor Super Bowl in cold weather. NFL executive vice-president Eric Grubman said Wednesday an 18-hour time limit was set for removing the snow from the stadium, surrounding parking lots and access roads in the Meadowlands sports complex, where the game will be played Feb. 2. Grubman refused to speculate whether the storm that snarled roads, closed schools and had states of emergency in New Jersey, New York City and some surrounding areas would have caused the Super Bowl to be postponed. He said that would be a decision made by state authorities. Grubman, however, said the league has several contingency plans for the game, including moving it up to Friday or Saturday, pushing it back to Monday or adjusting the scheduled start on Sunday deal with the weather. The game is scheduled to start at 6:25 p.m. EST. “Based on the long-range forecast, all that I would even hazard to guess is that it is probably going to be cold. I doubt we are going to have an unusual

warm spell,” Grubman said at the news conference originally called to showcase how the stadium was preparing for the Super Bowl. The snowstorm on Tuesday was a fortuitous coincidence for the coldweather Super Bowl. MetLife spokeswoman Nicole Fountain said the stadium and its contractors had 1,300 workers removing the 13 inches of snow that fell in and around the stadium. The crews started removal at around 8 a.m. and had sections of the stadium and most of the tarpcovered field cleared by noon. During this past season, the crews removed six inches of wet, iced-packed snow in roughly 12 hours before a Seahawks-Giants game on Dec. 15, Ron VanDeVeen, the stadium’s senior vicepresident of events said Wednesday. The snow being removed Wednesday was not as heavy, he said. Grubman said the league is prepared to play the game even if there is still some snow in the stands. “Games are played with snow all the time,” he said. “It’s not just MetLife Stadium. I think the crowd will be an exceptional crowd and they will enjoy the game. I don’t think they will be fazed by a little bit of snow on their seats, if that’s what comes to pass. We aim to not have that happen, but if it happens, it’s sort of what happens in NFL stadiums all the time.” Grubman also displayed warm welcome kits that fans will receive entering the stadium on game day. Cushions hold the kit items which included ear and hand muffs, mittens, a hat, neck warmers, lip balm and other items.

Peyton Manning taps brakes in playoffs on highest-scoring team BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — After hurrying Denver’s quick-strike, high-octane offence through a record-shattering regular season, Peyton Manning has turned the Broncos into a slow-grinding, clock-eating machine in the playoffs. Denver’s three most time-consuming drives of the season have all come in the last two weeks, helping to render opposing passers short-tempered sideline spectators. In dispatching the San Diego Chargers and the New England Patriots, Manning dinked and dunked his way downfield. “To keep Tom Brady on the sideline is a good thing,” Manning said after directing two epic drives in Denver’s 26-16 win in the AFC Championship. Denver’s downshift, some of it by design, some due to circumstance, has thrown a new wrinkle into an already formidable test that Seattle’s stingy defence will have to prepare for in the Super Bowl. After averaging seven plays, 65 yards and just over 3 minutes, 10 seconds on their 71 touchdown drives during the season, the Broncos have doubled the time to 6:23 in the postseason and the touchdown drives have averaged 12 plays and 79.4 yards. With a wealth of receivers in Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker, Wes Welker and Julius Thomas and a rejuvenated running back in Knowshon Moreno, the Broncos are the first team in NFL history to sport five players who each caught 60 or more passes. Each member of this quintet also reached the end zone 10 or more times,

something that’s never been done before. Offensive co-ordinator Adam Gase capitalized on all that firepower, Denver’s altitude and Manning’s deciphering of defences at the line of scrimmage to ramp up the Broncos to breakneck speed with a no-huddle offence that created mismatches in 2013 after taking over from the more conservative Mike McCoy following last year’s playoff upset. The Broncos scored an NFL-record 606 points. Their 37.9-point average was the highest of the Super Bowl era and second only to the 1950 Los Angeles Rams, who averaged 38.8 points. The Broncos could have beaten that mark, too, had Manning not sat out the second half at Oakland in Week 17 after guiding Denver to a 31-0 halftime lead. Taking away the three field goals backup Brock Osweiler led the Broncos to this season and Denver’s five return touchdowns, Manning’s offence accounted for 565 points in just over 453 minutes on the field. That’s 1.25 points per minute. Scoring doesn’t come as easily in the playoffs, however. The most prolific team before this season was the 2007 Patriots, who scored 589 points, an average of 36.8, in the regular season and then averaged just 22 in the post-season, losing the Super Bowl 17-14 to the New York Giants. While the Broncos have scored on 10 of their 14 drives this post-season, not counting the two possessions that ended in victory formation, half of those have been field goals by Matt Prater after promising drives stalled at their opponents’ 27, 9, 17, 2 and 35.

Seattle’s Sherman surprised by reaction to interview BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS RENTON, Wash. — Richard Sherman wondered if he came to the NFL 20 years too late. The Seattle Seahawks’ All-Pro cornerback wondered if his swagger might have fit better a few decades earlier when that confidence and an unfiltered tongue was perhaps more accepted. “I studied the old school game more than I studied the new school game, and I play it that way. It rubs a lot of people the wrong way,” Sherman said Wednesday. “Giving a true speech after a game, a true passionate speech is old school football. Playing press corner and sitting up there every play is old school football. I guess maybe I just haven’t adjusted to the times.” Sherman spoke at length for the first time since Sunday’s NFC championship game win over San Francisco where his postgame comments to Fox reporter Erin Andrews became the talking point. It was a loud, emotional moment that happened just a few minutes after the Seahawks earned the second Super Bowl berth in franchise history. Sherman was at the centre of the decisive play, deflecting a pass intended for Michael Crabtree in the end zone and watching teammate Malcolm Smith run over to intercept it to clinch the victory. Sherman’s ensuing remarks were

directed mostly at Crabtree but his intense, shouting delivery is what took people aback. Sherman said the reaction that followed over the next two days left him a little stunned as well. “I was surprised by it. Because we’re talking about football here and a lot of people took it a little bit further than football.” Sherman said. “I guess some people showed how far we have really come in this day and age and it was kind of profound what happened and people’s opinions of that nature, because I was on a football field showing passion. Maybe it was misdirected, maybe things may have been immature, maybe things could have been worded better but this is on a football field. I didn’t commit any crimes, I wasn’t doing anything illegal. I was showing passion after a football game.” Sherman apologized for taking away the spotlight from the performances by some of his teammates. Marshawn Lynch’s 109 yards rushing and 40-yard touchdown, Jermaine Kearse’s 35-yard touchdown catch on fourth-down and Bobby Wagner’s 15 tackles all became secondary to Sherman’s words. What seemed to bother Sherman the most in the fallout was hearing the word “thug” attached to his name. “The only reason it bothers me is it seems like it’s an accepted way of calling someone the N-word nowadays. It’s like everybody else said the N-word and they said thug and they’re like, ‘that’s fine,”’ Sherman said.








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ELDER CARE IN ALBERTA A researcher in the field of elder care in Alberta will speak to the Central Alberta Council on Aging in Red Deer on Feb. 4. Shannon Stunden Bower, research director for the Parkland Institute at the University of Alberta, will speak at 9 a.m. at the Golden Circle, at 4620 47A Ave. The report is called From Bad to Worse: Residential elder care in Alberta. The report documents problems with residential elder care in Alberta. It explores the impacts of privatization on the well-being of Albertans. The cost to attend the event is $3. For more information, call Shirley Thomas at 403343-0767 or Ron Rose at 403-346-8115.

The demolition of the once proud Sylvan Lake Arena is now in the hands of the insurance company, after an emergency town council meeting was held on Tuesday. And help is pouring in from surrounding communities, offering what they can to help out with the sudden loss of available ice time. Graham Parsons, town councillor and arena operator, said the town is waiting for the insurance company to look at the collapsed rink and take the next steps. “We’re waiting to get into the Multiplex (containing a second ice surface, next door), but we can’t get into the Multiplex until the old structure is torn down,” said Parsons. “From what I understand, the insurance company is in charge of the demolition and everybody is working as fast as they can.” The more than 40-year-old rink collapsed early Monday morning. On Tuesday night, an emergency council meeting was held, briefing council and people on what happened, and what they can expect to happen over the next few days and weeks. The arena is damage beyond repair. Parsons is unsure when the demolition will begin. He said there was a sizable gallery of people at the meeting. “The crowd was basically there for information and to give their support,” said Parsons. “Which was unbelievable

HERBALIST HOLDING FUNDRAISING SEMINAR A local herbalist is offering a fundraising seminar for the Central Alberta Women’s Emergency Shelter on Jan. 29. Abrah Arneson, a Red Deer Advocate columnist, is hosting the seminar at the Snell Auditorium at the Red Deer Public Library from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The seminar for women is called Herbal Medicine for Balance. The seminar will address how herbs can help women with a variety of issues, including cravings, emotions, fluctuating hormones, or even trying to get pregnant. The cost is $25, with all proceeds to the women’s shelter. To register, call 403-3522820. For details, check

CORRECTION An in Tuesday’s Advocate had an incorrect admission price for The Beatles Tribute Dinner Theatre in Innisfail on Feb. 14. Tickets are $50. For details, call 403-227-6660.

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Long-time Sylvan Lake cottage owner Tip Potter of Red Deer stopped by the Sylvan Lake Arena Wednesday to see for himself the damage after the roof of the building collapsed earlier this week. “It’s a shame it really is,” said Potter who has a lot of good memories from the building. “It’s lucky no one was killed,” he said. because normally when you have a full gallery, it’s not happy people. These people were good, solid citizens who were concerned.” In the meantime, Parsons said he has heard from many rinks in the region, offering what they can. Although ice time is limited, especially for practice, he said he has received a lot of support. “Every community within 50 km has phoned,” said Parsons. “Caroline, Rocky Mountain House, Rimbey, Eckville, Bentley, Lacombe, Ponoka, Clive.

Red Deer phoned to say ‘We’d love to help,’ and they would if they could because we helped them when Kin City was down.” Many more communities phoned offering support. However, practice ice time, especially during the week, will be the biggest challenge with ice time being hard enough to come by under normal circumstances. The rink has some sentimental value for Parsons. The Sunday before the collapse, they had a tournament cancel so Parsons spent the day cleaning the rink.


“It gave us a chance to get it all organized and scrub it down,” said Parsons. “When I left on Sunday, I went upstairs, went through all the rooms and they were in as good a shape, as clean as they’ve ever been. It was as clean as could be. “We dressed her up to die.” He operates the annual Sylvan Lake Hockey Camp, which won’t end with the collapse of the arena. They’re merely moving into the Multiplex a year ahead of time. mcrawford@reddeeradvocate. com


Volunteers sought for cancer patient rides BY RENÉE FRANCOEUR ADVOCATE STAFF

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Jose David found the ice to be in perfect condition at the speed skating oval in downtown Red Deer Tuesday. Located near the Recreation Centre and the Golden Circle the rink is in fine shape now and draws recreational skaters through the day as well as speed skating athletes.


BRIEFS Rocky candidate returns to council An unsuccessful Rocky Mountain House mayoral candidate has regained her seat on council through a byelection. Sheila Mizera gave up her seat on council to run for mayor in last October’s municipal elections but lost out to Fred Nash. Mizera got another crack at council when first-time councillor Rudy Lange had to step down because of health issues. In a Jan. 15 by election, Mizera finished with 167 votes, Jim Kult had 139 and Matthew Kramer had 43. A fourth candidate and former councillor Ernie Murias had submitted nomination papers but later withdrew.

Man given prison term A Red Deer man who pleaded guilty to property crimes in the city in November received a three-year prison sentence last week. Kyle Robert Meckler, 28, was sentenced to 1,080 days and was given credit for 55 days pre-trial custody. Meckler pleaded guilty to dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, break and enter into a structure not a dwelling house and possession of stolen property in Red Deer provincial court on Jan. 15. Other charges were withdrawn.

Meckler originally faced 16 charges following a break-in on Nov. 21 in the 200 block of Duston Street. He returns to Red Deer provincial court on Jan. 29 to face charges from alleged break-ins in Eckville on the weekend of Nov. 16.

Temporary snow dump found Some of this winter’s record snowfall in Red Deer will be shipped to the North Highway Connector road-right-of way, west of the Red Deer River, south of the wastewater treatment plant, accessible from 78th Street Crescent. The City of Red Deer received approval from Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Department to open a temporary snow storage site on Wednesday. The approval for the temporary site has only been granted until the snow melts and until the site cleanup occurs. The city closed its two existing snow storage sites last week to private contractors because the sites were reaching capacity. Public Works manager Greg Sikora said this site was ideal because it is on an unconstructed road right-of-way, equipped with storm drainage and storm treatment. More than 50 sites were considered. This site is tentatively scheduled to open next week to registered private snow hauling companies. To register, companies can call Public Works at 403-342-8238.

Free rides could soon be on the way for Central Alberta cancer patients. The Canadian Cancer Society is preparing to launch its volunteer driver program in Red Deer and the surrounding area for the first time. The call is out for a minimum of 20 dedicated people who can drive patients to the Central Alberta Cancer Centre from their homes in Red Deer, Lacombe, Blackfalds, Sylvan Lake and Innisfail. “We’re looking for people who are available to drive one day a week or two half days to take patients to and from treatment so they have one less thing to worry about,” said Erica Bell, the society’s Red Deer-based volunteer engagement co-ordinator. According to Bell, the Red Deer Cancer Centre is seeing about 25 radiation patients a day. The service makes the difficult treatment process easier as patients do not have to depend on family members who are already usually doing so much, Bell said. “There’s so many challenges facing someone who lives with cancer, like financial challenges. Just parking at a facility can add up and we take care of that with our drivers. Or trying to get a taxi from Sylvan Lake. There’s physical challenges too; maybe they do have a car and can drive but can’t after treatment because they’re so tired.” Ideally, the society hopes to have the program up and running with a call centre where patients can phone in for a ride by early or mid-February. So far, about a dozen people have applied for the program and Bell is in the midst of the screening process. “There’s still a real need. We really need a good core of volunteers, otherwise, it just doesn’t run.” Drivers need to be prepared to commit long term — at least a year — said Bell. “We’re looking for long-term volunteers because there is so much training and screening involved. We understand people do go away — snow birds and what not — so we’re flexible in that regard.” All volunteers must undergo a criminal record check and a full day of training and hospital orientation so they know where to take patients. They must have a reliable vehicle and are reimbursed for mileage. Volunteer driver programs are running in Calgary, Edmonton and Lethbridge. The patients who use the programs in those cities call it “their lifeline to treatment” and say the volunteer drivers are “crucial members of a team that’s helping them survive,” Bell said. Anyone interested in volunteering can call 403347-3662 or email

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Assad’s future at heart of peace talks BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Three killed in Ukraine protests TWO WERE SHOT WITH LIVE AMMUNITION: PROSECUTORS BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS KYIV, Ukraine — Two people whose dead bodies were found Wednesday near the site of clashes with police were shot with live ammunition, prosecutors said Wednesday, raising fears that their deaths could further fuel violence on the streets of the Ukrainian capital after two months of largely peaceful protests. Medics at the site said a third man also died after he fell from a high point near a sports arena at the site of clashes, but Natalia Vishnevska, spokeswoman for the city health department, said that man survived the fall and was being treated in the hospital. The protesters’ deaths fuelled fears that daily protests aimed at bringing down the government over its decision to shun the European Union for closer ties to Moscow and over human rights violations could escalate and turn even more violent. Prosecutors said the two men were shot with live ammunition, and have opened a criminal investigation to determine who was responsible. Prime Minister Mykola Azarov said the police did not have live ammunition and charged that opposition leaders should be held responsible for the deaths. The three main opposition parties, meanwhile, issued a statement blaming President Viktor Yanukovych and his staunch ally Interior Minister Vitali Zakharchenko for the deaths. The mass protests erupted after Yanukovych spurned a pact with the European Union in favour of close ties with Russia, which offered him a $15 billion bailout. They swelled to hundreds of thousands after a small peaceful rally was violently broken up by police. Seeing the government ignore their demands and opposition leaders unable to present a coherent plan or even select a single leader, radical protesters have clashed with riot police in Kyiv since Sunday. The deaths came on the fourth day of violent street battles between protesters hurling fire bombs and stones and police firing back with tear gas, stun

grenades and rubber bullets. The bodies were found before police moved to tear down protesters barricades near official buildings in central Kyiv and chased demonstrators away. Helmeted riot police moved in on hundreds of protesters, dismantling the barricades, beating many with truncheons and firing shots at some. One man was attacked by over a dozen policemen, was made to take off his winter jacket off and dragged away, where he was beaten again. Dark smoke from burning tires billowed in the air and an armoured vehicle was seen near police lines. The police drove demonstrators down a hill toward the main protest site on Independence Square, where protesters have set up an extensive tent camp and rallied around the clock since November. There was no immediate police move on the main camp. Oleksandr Turchynov, one of opposition leaders, called on Ukrainians to rush to the centre of Kyiv to defend their country. “Ukraine will not be a dictatorship, it will be an independent, European country. Let us defend Ukraine!� The U.S. Embassy said it was revoking the visas of some Ukrainian officials linked to the violence and was considering further action. The embassy would not name the officials, citing privacy laws. The EU condemned the violence and said it was also considering action against the Ukrainian government. After several days of refusing face-to-face talks, Yanukovych met Wednesday with three main opposition leaders to negotiate a solution. The protests were the biggest since the peaceful 2004 Orange Revolution, which annulled Yanukovych’s fraud-tinged victory in a presidential vote and forced a new vote that brought his pro-Western rival to power. The current protests were also largely peaceful for nearly two months, but turned violent after Yanukovych, elected in 2010, pushed through sweeping anti-protest legislation and ignored all the protesters’ demands. The deaths mark a turning point in the stand-off that could lead to more violence.

Email threatening Sochi terror attacks a hoax: officials BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS BUDAPEST, Hungary — An email in Russian and English threatening national Olympic delegations and athletes with terrorist attacks at the Sochi Winter Games is a hoax, not a real danger, officials said Wednesday. Hungarian sports officials, who first reported the email, said they have received assurances from the International Olympic Committee and from the Sochi organizers that the email had no merit. In light of that, the Hungarian Olympic Committee said it will still take part in the Winter Games, which run from Feb. 7-23. Olympic committees from several other European countries, including Germany, Britain and Austria, said they had also received a similar message. None would share them with The Associated Press. Wolfgang Eichler, spokesman for the Austrian National Olympic Committee, said the email was a hoax that officials had seen before.

Gunmen attack police escort for Spanish cyclist in Pakistan BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS QUETTA, Pakistan — Gunmen opened fire on Pakistani police escorting a Spanish cyclist through a volatile province bordering Iran on Wednesday, killing six officers and wounding the Spaniard, said officials. The attack on the cyclist, who had just arrived from Iran, came one day after militants in the same region killed 28 people in a bus convoy of Shiite Muslim pilgrims. One police officer said authorities suspected the same group carried out both attacks. The Spanish cyclist had arrived in the town of Dalbandin, about 350 kilometres from Quetta, provincial capital of Baluchistan, on Tuesday evening after biking from the Iranian border, said the provincial Home Secretary, Asadur Rehman Gilani. Local authorities asked him to stay overnight out of concern for his safety and then arranged a police escort of more than a dozen officers to take him to Quetta on Wednesday morning, Gilani said. When they were in the Mastung district, about 70 kilometres from Quetta, gunmen opened fire. Six policemen were killed, while the cyclist and another nine police officers were wounded, according to a police official Mohammed Ibrahim. The Spanish embassy in Islamabad did not return telephone calls seeking comment. The Home Secretary identified the Spaniard as Colorado Solana while the Spanish media identified him as Javier Colorado. A blog written by the Spaniard said he was cycling around the world and that he had been the victim of an attack in Pakistan. Tourists have been targeted in Baluchistan before. Gunmen last March kidnapped two female Czech tourists and their police guard as they were travelling on a bus from Iran to Quetta. The captives were taken to Afghanistan and the officer released

but the women are still being held. No one claimed responsibility for the shooting Wednesday, but Ibrahim said he suspected the same group that targeted a group of Shiite pilgrims returning from Iran on Tuesday was responsible for the Wednesday incident as well. He described the group as “sectarian.� Radical Sunni Islamic militants who view Shiites as heretics have stepped up attacks against members of the minority Shiite Muslim sect in recent years. Over 400 Shiites were killed in 2013, according to Human Rights Watch. Violence has been especially bad in impoverished Baluchistan. Police initially said 20 people died when a bomb exploded near the pilgrims’ bus, but on Wednesday, a local police official, Asad Cheema, said the death toll had risen to 28. Some of the wounded were still listed in critical condition. Shiite Muslims rallied Wednesday in Quetta, demanding action to stop the continued violence against their sect. In a show of protest, they brought the coffins carrying the dead pilgrims into the street. “We will not bury our dear ones until the government acts against the attackers,� local Shiite leader Agha Dawood said. Militants also struck in the country’s northwest. A bomb rigged to a bicycle exploded next to a police patrol on its way to guard a polio vaccination team. Six officers were killed as well as a boy who was nearby, said officer Shafiullah Khan.

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A protester throws a Molotov cocktail during clashes with police in central Kiev, Ukraine, Wednesday. Three people have died in clashes between protesters and police in the Ukrainian capital, according to medics on the site, in a development that will likely escalate Ukraine’s two month-long political crisis.

MONTREUX, Switzerland — Furiously divided from the start, representatives of Syrian President Bashar Assad and the rebellion against him threatened Wednesday to collapse a peace conference intended to lead them out of civil war. Assad’s future in the country devastated by three years of bloodshed was at the heart of the sparring, which took place against a pristine Alpine backdrop as Syrian forces and rebel fighters clashed across a wide area from Aleppo and Idlib in the north to Daraa in the south. U.S. and UN officials said merely getting the two sides in the same room was something of a victory, but UN chief Ban Ki-moon’s claim that the discussions were “harmonious and constructive� was at odds with the testy exchange when he tried to get the podium from Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Moallem. “You live in New York. I live in Syria,� Moallem angrily told Ban. “I have the right to give the Syrian version here in this forum. After three years of suffering, this is my right.� With little common ground, the two sides were to meet separately Thursday with a UN negotiator, Lakhdar Brahimi, who said he still did not know if they were ready to sit at the same table when talks begin in earnest Friday. But, Brahimi said, both sides had shown some willingness to bend on local cease-fires and delivery of humanitarian aid, and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said they were also working on possible terms for a prisoner exchange. The Western-backed opposition said Assad’s departure was their starting point, echoing the position laid out by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. “The resolution cannot be about one man’s — or one family’s — insistence on clinging to power,� Kerry said. The response from the government delegation was firm and blunt. “There will be no transfer of power, and President Bashar Assad is staying,� Syrian Information Minister Omran al-Zoubi told reporters.





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BRIEF Eva Longoria aims to inject energy into animated series TORONTO — Eva Longoria says she’s hoping to inject a little female energy into the world of animated television. The former Desperate Housewives star says it’s one of the reasons she’s now doing the animated series, Mother Up! for City. “I’ve never done a full animated series before. I’ve done some voiceover work and I thought, ‘Oh my God, this would be so much fun to do,”’ Longoria said last spring during a stop in Toronto to promote the largely Canadian-made comedy. “They approached me with the idea of having a female-oriented show, which is non-existent in animation. You know, you have the Family Guy, you have American Dad, you have The Simpsons, and so there was like a void of female energy within the space.” In Mother Up!, Longoria provides the voice of lead character Rudi, a high-powered Manhattan music executive who is forced to leave her job when a public relations scandal erupts. She decides to flee to “Willowdale, Canada” until the heat dies down, and dedicates herself to becoming a full-time suburban mom to her two kids. Needless to say, the transition is not smooth. Although the hard-drinking, foul-mouthed Rudi is a

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ABOVE: Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings have been excavating the sounds of classic American R&B for more than a decade. The group’s new album is Give the People What they Want. LEFT: John Newman, a 23-year-old newcomer from Britain, sounds like a heartsick, insomniac Otis Redding on his debut album, Tribute.

COMMENT same thing? And who wants to sing ‘em? Not John Newman, a pompadoured newcomer from the U.K. who, like Sharon Jones, consistently puts his powerful voice in service of the past. The singer’s debut album, Tribute, resurrects the vibes of the Northern Soul scene that swept Northern England in the ’60s and ’70s while cranking up the volume for the digital age. The horn section screams, the string section wails, the drums pelt and pummel. Amongst all this bluster is a man in great pain. shark when it comes to juggling needy celebrities and aggressive media reporters, she’s a disaster among little ones.

Singer Elton John challenges Russian anti-gay law NEW YORK — Entertainer-songwriter Elton John is declaring his support of the Russian people, and he says they still accept him despite that country’s harsh new anti-gay law. Passed last year, the so-called “gay propaganda” law bans promotion of “non-traditional sexual relations” to minors. John said Wednesday that he visited Russia in December concerned that the new law would affect how he was treated as “an openly gay foreigner.” He says he received a warm welcome. But if foreign visitors are unaffected by the law, John says it has legitimized “vicious homophobia” against gay Russians. John calls the legislation “deeply dangerous” to the gay and lesbian community, and “deeply divisive” to Russian society.

Sales jump for Catcher In the Rye, after PBS airs documentary NEW YORK — The airing of a J.D. Salinger documentary has returned The Catcher in the Rye to the top of bestseller lists. Catcher was No. 1 on and No. 20 on Barnes & within hours of Salinger appear-

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KEYSTONE XL SOUTH LEG STARTS UP BY THE CANADIAN PRESS CALGARY — Canadian oilsands producers have a direct pipeline link between Alberta and the U.S. Gulf Coast with the official start-up Wednesday of the Keystone XL pipeline’s southern leg. The project’s opposition, meanwhile, vowed to watch the new pipeline “like a hawk” as it continues to urge President Barack Obama to reject the larger, more contentious northern leg of the system. “This morning we have made a major change in where the largest refining

hub in the world gets is oil,” said Alex Pourbaix, the executive in charge of oil pipelines at TransCanada Corp. (TSX:TRP), the company that built the line. CEO Russ Girling described the US$2.3-billion project as a “win-win-win” for U.S. Gulf refiners, who’ll get access to a cheaper, more secure source of crude; for North American crude producers, who’ll get a better price for their landlocked oil, and for consumers, who may pay a cheaper price at the pump as expensive foreign imports are supplanted. The only losers, he said, are

the foreign suppliers whose product will be pushed out of the lucrative Gulf market. “We’re seeing an enormous change in North American energy markets and how energy gets delivered,” Girling told a news conference Wednesday. “The Gulf Coast pipeline was designed to connect North American oil production to North American markets.” He said there’s “not a chance” that crude will be exported overseas from the Gulf — at least not in his lifetime — disputing a common assertion from pipeline opponents. In 2010, TransCanada began shipping crude to U.S. Mid-

west refineries on its original Keystone system, extending the line a year later to Cushing, Okla., home to an enormous oil hub that’s been brimming with North American supplies. The glut at Cushing has been pushing down prices of landlocked North American crude. The pipeline that came into service on Wednesday extends the existing line from Cushing to the Texas coast, where refiners are thirsty for Canadian crude to replace cargoes from places such as Venezuela. Relatively meagre volumes of about 50,000 barrels per day

of Canadian crude have been able to indirectly “wiggle” their way to the Gulf, Girling said. The new line means that this year, more than 10 times that amount could theoretically be shipped to the Gulf Coast market on the Keystone System. The Gulf Coast line is starting out with a capacity of 300,000 barrels a day, and is expected to average 520,000 barrels a day in its first year of operation. It has the potential to eventually be expanded to 830,000 barrels a day.

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Bank keeps rate steady WITH EYE ON LOW INFLATION BY THE CANADIAN PRESS OTTAWA — Canada’s central bank raised concerns Wednesday about the country’s persistently low inflation rate, a trend that the average consumer may welcome, but could lead to bigger problems. While it sees improvements in the domestic economy, the Bank of Canada said inflation is now expected to be lower than it had previously projected — in part because of competition among retailers. The concern came as the Bank of Canada kept its key interest rate at one per cent, where it has been since September 2010. Disinflation, or a slowing in the rate at which prices rise, seems to lasting longer than expected, governor Stephen Poloz said. It’s good for consumers because it means they have more spending power, but it’s “not just the gift that it sounds like,” he said. Central banks are usually more preoccupied with controlling high inflation, but low inflation is equally concerning because it can be evidence of weakness in the economy and could lead to deflation, where prices actually fall. “Deflation would be defined as not just falling prices, but also falling wages at the same time, and just imagine what that would feel like with your mortgage still the same number,” Poloz said. The bank expects the total inflation rate to remain at 0.9 per cent in the first half of 2014, down from its previous forecast of 1.2 per cent. But that should “increase very gradually” and reach the bank’s ideal target of two per cent in last quarter of 2015. Canada’s total inflation rate was 0.9 per cent in November, the seventh month in the past 13 in which the official headline inflation reading came in below the bank’s desired range of between one and three per cent. Statistics Canada will release December inflation figures on Friday. Inflation needs to be within the bank’s target range so there’s room to manoeuvre if there’s another economic shock, Poloz said. “So if you are where we are today, which is significantly below target, it leaves you ill-prepared for any bad news that could happen.” But Poloz made no move on interest rates, keeping the bank’s key rate at one per cent and maintaining a neutral stance on whether its next move will be to raise or lower the rate from where it has been for more than three years. The bank noted that inflation in Canada is expected to “remain well below target for some time,” so the “downside risks have grown in importance.” “The most important risks are stronger U.S. investment, underperformance in Canadian exports, and imbalances in the household sector,” it said. Canada’s economic growth in the second half of 2013 was better than expected and should pick up from an estimated 1.8 per cent last year to 2.5 per cent both this year and next, it said. Global growth — led by stronger momentum in the U.S. — is expected to rise from 2.9 per cent in 2013, to 3.4 per cent and 3.7 per cent in the following years.


A person displays Netflix on a tablet. Netflix’s fourth-quarter earnings soared six-fold as the Internet video service added another 2.3 million U.S. subscribers

Netflix’s Q4 earnings, stock soar VIDEO SERVICE ADDS 2.3 MILLION U.S. SUBSCRIBERS BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS SAN FRANCISCO — Netflix’s fourth-quarter earnings soared six-fold as the Internet video service added another 2.3 million U.S. subscribers to burnish its status as one of the world’s most popular entertainment outlets. The financial results announced Wednesday topped analyst estimates, and Netflix basked in Wall Street’s adulation. The company’s stock surged $57.88, or more than 17 per cent, to $391.61 in extended trading. If the shares behave similarly in Thursday’s regular session, the stock will hit its highest level since Netflix Inc. went public nearly 12 years ago. Investors tend to focus more on Netflix’s subscriber growth because the widening audience provides the company with the means to negotiate the rights to show even more compelling content to show in the future. Netflix Inc. ended December with 33.4 million U.S. subscribers who stream video over high-speed

Internet connections, up from 31.1 million in September. The company picked up another 1.74 million subscribers outside the U.S. to end last year with 10.9 million international customers. People are still flocking to the service. Netflix expects to gain an additional 2.25 million U.S. subscribers during the first three months of this year. The strong showing follows a year in which Netflix’s stock nearly quadrupled in a resounding comeback from a steep downturn triggered during the summer of 2011 after the Los Gatos, Calif. company split apart its Internet video service and DVD-by-mail service. The division resulted in price increases of as much as 60 per cent for customers who wanted to keep both options. Netflix CEO Reed Hastings apologized and the uproar eventually died down as the company began stockpiling its $8-per-month streaming service with more original programming, such as the Emmy-award winning House of Cards. The second season of that se-

ries will be released Feb. 14, contributing to management’s optimism about its subscriber growth for the current quarter ending in March. “It’s a great start for the year, and that portends very well for us,” Hastings said during an online video discussion of Netflix’s fourth quarter and outlook. “We are excited about what is happening.” As more people connect their TVs to the Internet and buy mobile devices, Netflix’s streaming service is emerging as a must-have pastime. Meanwhile, the DVD-by-mail service is gradually dying as more subscribers abandon watching video on physical discs. The company ended December with 6.9 million DVD subscribers, down from 13.9 million in September 2011. In a reflection of the DVD’s steadily declining role, Netflix closed plans to make a slight change in the appearance of the red envelopes that deliver the discs.

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Target hackers remain hidden behind black market SHADOWY, MULTI-LAYERED BLACK MARKET BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW YORK — The hackers behind the recent Target data breach are likely a world away and nearly impossible to find. That’s the consensus among outside cybercrime experts as Target, the Secret Service and the FBI continue their investigation of the pre-Christmas data heist in which hackers stole about 40 million debit and credit card numbers and also took personal information — including email addresses, phone

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numbers, names and home addresses — for another 70 million people. In the aftermath of the breach, millions of Americans have been left to wonder what has become of their precious personal information. The information can be used in a variety of nefarious ways. Criminals can attempt to use the credit card numbers and place charges on the original owners’ accounts or they can use other pieces of personal information to steal people’s identities and apply for new lines of credit. In cases where such a massive amount of information is stolen, criminals generally divide the data into chunks and sell the parcels through online black markets, says Chester Wisniewski, senior security adviser for the computer security firm Sophos.

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In many ways, those markets behave much like any legitimate marketplace ruled by the forces of supply and demand. Groups of higher-end cards are worth significantly more than those with lower credit limits and so are cards tied to additional personal information, such as names, addresses and zip codes, which make them easier to use. After thieves purchase the numbers, they can encode the data onto new, blank cards with an inexpensive, easyto-use gadget. Or they can skip the card-writing process and simply use the card numbers online. Crooks often have the option to buy cards last used in their area. That way, Wisniewski says, the cards attract less

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attention from the banks that issued them. That could explain why some debit and credit card numbers of Target customers from South Texas turned up in the arrest of a pair of Mexican citizens at the U.S.-Mexico border earlier this week. According to police in McAllen, Texas, the pair used account information stolen during the Target breach to buy tens of thousands of dollars’ worth of merchandise at national retailers in the area. But the U.S. Secret Service said Tuesday its investigation into the possibility of a link between the Target data theft and the arrests remains ongoing.

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MARKETS CLOSE TORONTO — The Bank of Canada’s widely anticipated decision to keep its key interest rate unchanged helped the Toronto stock market end higher on Wednesday. The S&P/TSX composite index gained 36.43 points to close at 13,988.20, while the Canadian dollar fell 0.95 of a cent to 90.19 cents US. The central bank kept the interest rate at one per cent, while noting that inflation has been lower than expected and won’t return to its ideal target of two per cent until 2016 even though the domestic economy has shown signs of improvement. In commodities, the February gold bullion contract slipped $3.20 to US$1,238.60 an ounce, and pulled down the TSX gold sector. Weakness in the precious metal came after Morgan Stanley scaled back its expectations for gold prices over the next two years and suggested equity markets won’t need the safe haven of the precious metal as much as they did when economies were more pained. The report cut target prices by 12 per cent to US$1,160 an ounce in 2014 and by 13 per cent to $1,138 in 2015. March copper fell 1.4 cents to US$3.34 a pound. Financial stocks rose 0.3 per cent as Manulife Financial (TSX:MFC) gained 31 cents to $22.21. The energy sector was up 0.7 per cent as the March crude oil contract moved up $1.76 to close at US$96.73 a barrel, its highest level of the year. Information technology stocks were the biggest gainer, rising 2.1 per cent, with shares of BlackBerry ahead 9.9 per cent, or $1.08, to $11.96. BlackBerry (TSX:BB) announced Tuesday that it is selling the majority of its commercial real estate holdings in Canada, but the struggling smartphone maker refused to say how much it expects to make from the deals. The company has been

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trying to change the course of its money-losing operations under the leadership of new CEO John Chen. BlackBerry shares are up about 50 per cent from the start of the year. On Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrials dropped 41.10 points to 16,373.34, the Nasdaq was 17.24 points higher at 4,243 and the S&P 500 index moved up 1.06 points to 1,844.86. Weighing on the market were disappointing financial results from IBM Corp. after market close on Tuesday. IBM reported that fourthquarter net income grew six per cent, surpassing Wall Street’s expectations even though revenue declined. Chief executive Ginni Rometty said she’s recommending that senior executives, including herself, forgo personal bonuses for the year. Shares of IBM were down 3.3 per cent to US$182.25. In other corporate developments, Air Canada (TSX:AC.A) said its domestic pension plans had a small surplus as of Jan. 1, according to preliminary estimates — contrasting with a $3.7-billion solvency deficit a year earlier. Shares of the airline were up 8.5 per cent, or 76 cents, to $9.68. TransCanada Corp. (TSX:TRP) shares gained 37 cents to $48.84 as it officially started shipping crude oil on the southern portion of its controversial Keystone XL pipeline. MARKET HIGHLIGHTS Highlights at close Wednesday Stocks: S&P/TSX Composite Index — 13,988.20, up 36.43 points TSX Venture Exchange — 980.44, up 0.48 of a point TSX 60 — 805.34, up 3.18 points Dow — 16,373.34, down 41.10 points S&P 500 — 1,844.86, up 1.06 points Nasdaq — 4,243.00, up 17.24 points Currencies at close:

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Cdn — 90.19 cents US, down 0.95 of a cent Pound — C$1.8377, up 2.98 cents Euro — C$1.5020 up 1.41 cents Euro — US$1.3546, down 0.15 of a cent Oil futures: US$96.73 per barrel, up $1.76 (February contract) Gold futures: US$1,238.60 per oz., down $3.20 (February contract) Canadian Fine Silver Handy and Harman: $22.615 oz., down 8.4 cents $727.07 kg, down $2.70 TSX VENTURE EXCHANGE TORONTO — The TSX Venture Exchange closed on Wednesday at 980.44, up 0.48 of a point. The volume at 4:20 p.m. ET was 175.35 million shares. ICE FUTURES CANADA WINNIPEG — ICE Futures Canada closing prices: Canola: March ’14 $3.20 lower $427.90; May ’14 $3.10 lower $437.40; July ’14 $3.30 lower $445.70; Nov. ’14 $2.90 lower $460.40; Jan ’15 $2.30 lower $466.50; March ’15 $2.60 lower $471.90; May ’15 $2.70 lower $473.90; July ’15 $2.50 lower $475.80; Nov ’15 $2.50 lower $472.00; Jan. ’16 $2.50 lower $472.00; March ’16 $2.50 lower $472.00. Barley (Western): March ’14 unchanged $127.00; May ’14 unchanged $129.00; July ’14 unchanged $129.00; Oct. ’14 unchanged $129.00; Dec. ’14 unchanged $129.00; March ’15 unchanged $129.00; May ’15 unchanged $129.00; July ’15 unchanged $129.00; Oct. ’15 unchanged $129.00; Dec. ’15 unchanged $129.00; March ’16 unchanged $129.00. Wednesday’s estimated volume of trade: 519,140 tonnes of canola; 0 tonnes of barley (Western Barley) Total: 519,140.

Marois sympathetic to Bombardier workers Premier Pauline Marois expressed sympathy for laid-off Bombardier Aerospace workers on Wednesday although she says she remains optimistic about the company’s future. Marois said she was “very sad” for the 1,700 workers who were cut on Tuesday, about 1,100 of them from Quebec plants in Montreal and Mirabel. “I am confident about things to come,” she said. “Bombardier is a very big company. It has had difficulties in the past. It has always respected its commitments.” Marois made the comments while attending the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Bombardier said Tuesday the permanent layoffs are among efforts to cut costs amid a tough market and delays with two new aircraft. The latest cuts will help offset billions of dollars spent on plant improvements and the development of the CSeries, Learjet 85,

Global 7000 and 8000, the company said. The announcement followed several recent setbacks for Bombardier, which is the world’s third-largest aircraft manufacturer after Boeing and Airbus. Last week, it said its new CSeries commercial jet won’t be ready for service until the second half of 2015, several months past its already-delayed previous goal. The first flight and delivery of the Learjet 85 has also been delayed. Bombardier Aerospace employs more than 35,000 people globally. Marois noted that air-

craft manufacturers Airbus and Embraer have also been hit. Marois made the comments amid an announcement that Spanish company FerroAtlantica will be setting up shop in Quebec. FerroAtlantica, which bills itself as the world’s largest producer of silicon metal, said it will invest $375 million in Quebec and create 300 jobs. “Very favourable” conditions atttracted the company to Quebec, said Pedro Larrea, the company’s director general. These include discounted rates for hydroelectricity and a 10-year tax holiday.

The envelopes will now be stamped with the brand,“,” instead of Netflix’s stand-alone brand in an effort to make the company’s name more synonymous with Internet streaming. Netflix earned $48 million, or 79 cents per share, during final three months of last year. That compared to $8 million, or 13 cents per share, at the same time in 2012. Analysts surveyed by FactSet had predicted average earnings of 65 cents per share for the just-completed quarter. Revenue rose 24 per cent from the previous year to nearly $1.17 billion, just slightly above analyst forecasts.

KEYSTONE: Report expected within weeks TransCanada said the line will ship a mixture of Canadian heavy and light oil, plus some U.S. volumes, but that it’s impossible to predict what the percentage will be on any given day. The Gulf Coast line was originally pitched as part of the Keystone XL project, but the Obama administration rejected it a few years ago citing environmental concerns in Nebraska. However, the U.S. government invited TransCanada to reapply for a permit with some route changes. The company decided to break the project up into two parts, going ahead with the southern leg first, as it does not cross an international border and therefore did not need the federal go-ahead to proceed. Girling said he expects a final environmental report from the U.S. State Department on the northern leg of Keystone XL within “weeks.” That pipeline would enable some 830,000 barrels a day of crude to flow from Alberta to Nebraska, linking up with the existing system. Its current price tag is $5.4 billion, but Girling says that’s going to go up in a “material” way due to delays in getting a permit. Jane Kleeb, with the anti-pipeline advocacy group Bold Nebraska, said that Wednesday marked a “very sad day” for those worried about their land in Texas and Oklahoma. “We all know this pipeline is a huge risk to folks along the route,” she said. “Citizens are not stopping. Citizens are watching this pipeline like a hawk. They know that they are bracing for the worst today as this pipeline starts up.” Pipeline opponents on a media conference call said they were alarmed to see crews still working on the line just days before start-up and were curious as to why some pump stations didn’t appear to be running. “I do have some major concerns on this start-up,” said Julia Trigg Crawford, a Texas landowner who has been fighting TransCanada’s use of eminent domain to access her property. “It just doesn’t feel like it was a well

TARGET: Hackers stay on the move The underground markets where hackers sell the bundles of stolen numbers always have a steady supply of card numbers on sale and their locations are always moving as they try to elude law enforcement, says Daniel Ingevaldson, chief technology officer at Easy Solutions Inc., a firm that sells anti-fraud products and tracks the activity of the online black markets. A big jump in inventory usually indicates there’s been a breach of a major retailer. That’s what Ingevaldson’s firm saw in the cases of both Target and Neiman Marcus, which also recently reported a breach. While many of these online bazaars and forums are based in Russia and Eastern Europe, much of the chatter is in English and appears to have been written by Americans, Ingevaldson says. The types of criminals who buy the card numbers run the gamut, ranging from purely online white-collar crooks to street gangs. “In reality, card numbers can be bought by anybody with access to the forums and a few Bitcoins in their pocket,” Ingevaldson says. Wisniewski says the people who buy card numbers online and produce the fake cards generally aren’t the ones who try to use them. Using the cards is the riskiest part of the fraud scheme, so the task is usually farmed out to others who are often recruited through spam emails. The recruiters then send them fraudulent debit and credit cards and instruct them to buy large quantities of expensive merchandise or gift cards in exchange for a small percentage of their value. Card users, once caught, often only have a handler’s email address to share with police, making it nearly impossible to find the recruiters, Wisniewski says. As for the original perpetrators of the Target attack, experts believe they’ll be difficult to locate. Eastern Europe, Russia and former Soviet republics are a hotbed of that kind of activity, given the region’s large population of well-educated computer science professionals and the short supply of legitimate employment prospects for them.

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RAY It is with shock and deep sorrow that we announce the sudden passing of Linda Louise Ray in Arizona, January 14, 2014 at the age of 62 years. Linda was born in Red Deer on March 27, 1951, the third child of Leonard and Norma Tomalty. On August 9, 1969, Linda married Glen Ray and together they farmed with Glen’s parents, Dan and Eileen Ray, 14 miles east of Innisfail. They were blessed with a daughter, Jennifer, born June 3, 1971 and a son Jason, July 16, 1972. In 1995, together with farming, the family began a small reclamation business, which is now known as Rayco Reclamation Inc. After their farm sale in 2007, this business became full time for Glen, Linda and family. Five years ago Glen and Linda made the decision to spend their winters in Arizona, finding their niche in a community in the San Tan Valley area at the Johnson Ranch golf course, one of their favorite pastimes. So many happy times with friends and family were spent there. Linda is survived by her loving husband, Glen, daughter Jennifer Klessens (Mark), son Jason (Amber), four bright lights of her life; her grandchildren: Kaitlyn (Katie) Klessens, Jeremy Klessens, Stacey Ray and Joel Ray. Linda is also survived by her loving siblings, Julie Barber, Nadine Kuiken (Gary), Rob Tomalty (Wendy) and Sue Henwood; Sister-in-law Viv Connelly (Kevin); as well as many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. She is predeceased by her parents, Len and Norma Tomalty, Glen’s parents, Dan and Eileen Ray, and a brother-in-law Bill Barber. Words fail to express the precious memories of a profound loss in our family circle. Funeral services will be held at the Innisfail Alliance Church on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 1:00 pm with lunch to follow at the Tournament House at the Innisfail Golf Club. Memorial donations may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation. Arrangements entrusted to HEARTLAND FUNERAL SERVICES, LTD., INNISFAIL. Phone: 403-227-0006.


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SOLBERG Joseph Siguard Joseph passed away January 20, 2014 at Bentley Care Centre at the age of 99. He was predeceased by his wife Helen of 78 years in 2012. Predeceased by his brothers, Edwin, Chester, Arthur, Harry. Sisters Mabel, Alice, Selma, Gladys, Violet, Helen, sister-in-law Stella, brotherin-law Edward. He will be remembered by his sisters Olga, Inga, Myrtle, brother-inlaw Leonard Skjonnberg (Gale), Alfred Skjonnberg (Florrie), sister-in-law Evelyn Pederson, also numerous nieces and nephews. Joseph spent a very busy life, mail hauler, gas service station, trucker and taking over the family farm and raising Simmental cattle. After leaving the farm, moved to Red Deer for a short time. Moved to Sylvan Lake Senior Lodge for many years and finally Bentley Care Centre. We would like to thank Sylvan Lake Lodge staff and Bentley Care Centre staff for their splendid care. Thank you very much. At Joseph’s request, no funeral will be held. Cremation has taken place and internment will follow at a later date at Grace Lutheran Church at Bentley.

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Bearspaw currently has a Bearspaw Petroleum Ltd position in our Stettler field is seeking exp’d operations for an intermediate FLOORHANDS & oil and gas operator. Applicants DERRICK HANDS must have experience as a Locally based, home every heavy duty mechanic or night! Qualified applicants journeyman instrument must have all necessary mechanic and possess valid tickets for the position strong mechanical skills, being applied for. be quick learners, motivated Bearspaw offers a and hard working and live very competitive salary or be willing to relocate and benefits package within a 20 minute commute along with a steady to workplace location. This work schedule. position offers a challenging Please submit resumes: work environment, attractive Attn: Human Resources benefits with competitive Email: pay and significant room for promotion. Fax: (403) 258-3197 or Please submit resumes Mail to: Suite 5309, 333-96 Ave. NE Attn: Human Resources Calgary, AB T3K 0S3 email:kwolokoff@ Fax 403-252-9719 Mail: Suite 5309 333 96 Ave. NE Calgary, AB T3K 0S3

BLACKFALDS Motor Inn -Housekeeping Supervisor Req’d. 1 F/T, $19 - $20 hr., 1 yr. exp. req’d. Fax resume: 403-885-5868 Attn: Jenny

BOULEVARD Restaurant & Lounge Gasoline Alley Red Deer County Food & Beverage Server

$12.25/hr. To provide Food & Beverage service, handle cashiering, arrange and setup the outlet. maintain cleanliness and hygiene.


$14.00/HR. To prepare and cook all food up to standard, clean kitchen and maintain hygiene follow recipes, assist in receiving and storing

Kitchen Helper

PROVIDENCE Trucking Inc Is now hiring experienced

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

Picker Operator Swamper

$11/hr To clean kitchen following safety and hygiene standards. Clean utensils, cutlery, crockery and glassware items. Clean floors. Assist in prep. All positions are Shift Work & Weekends. Fax resume 780-702-5051

HOLIDAY INN All candidates must be able to pass a pre-employEXPRESS TRIUMPH Well Service is ment drug screen. We RED DEER now accepting applications offer exceptional wages Is seeking for all positions. and benefits for exceptional FRONT DESK CLERK Experience req’d. Tickets people. Fax resume and * Answer phone calls and drivers license abstract to 403-314-2340 * Take reservations required. Top wages and or email to safety@ * Check in/out Guests benefits with contracted Balance cash out work. email dmorin@ & Attend to guest needs Start your career! $14.00/hr. See Help Wanted Buying or Selling HOUSEKEEPING ROOM your home? TREELINE ATTENDANT Check out Homes for Sale * Clean and vacuum WELL SERVICES in Classifieds rooms, public areas, pool Has Opening for all etc. positions! Immediately. Replenish amenities, All applicants must have linens & towels current H2S, Class 5 with Professionals * Adhere to Holiday Inn Q Endorsement, (No GDL safety stardands licenses) and First Aid. EYEWEAR $14.00/hr. We offer competitive All positions are Shift work wages & excellent benefits. LIQUIDATORS & weekends Please include 2 work requires Fax Resume to: reference names and OPTICAL ASSISTANT 780-702-5051 numbers. Training provided. Please fax resume to: Apply in person with Celebrate your life 403-264-6725 resume to: 4924 59 St. with a Classified Or email to: Red Deer, AB. ANNOUNCEMENT Something for Everyone No phone calls please. Everyday in Classifieds

Restaurant/ Hotel


JJAM Management (1987) Ltd., o/a Tim Horton’s Requires to work at these Red Deer, AB locations: 5111 22 St. 37444 HWY 2 S 37543 HWY 2N 700 3020 22 St. Food Service Supervisor 8 Vacancies, 1-2 yrs. exp. req’d. P/T & F.T. SHIFT WORK, $9.95 - $13.50/hr. Apply in person or fax resume to: 403-314-1303

Restaurant/ Hotel


THE RANCH HOUSE RESTAURANT requires a F/T & P/T LINE COOK. Call David 403-358-4100 for interview/appointment or fax resume 403-358-4116 CELEBRATIONS HAPPEN EVERY DAY IN CLASSIFIEDS

Sales &


JJAM Management (1987) Distributors Ltd., o/a Tim Horton’s Requires to work at these 1693338 Alberta LTD Red Deer, AB locations: o/a Portable iMassagers 5111 22 St. Hiring Retail Sales Manager 37444 HWY 2 S At Parkland Mall, 4747 37543 HWY 2N 67th St, Red Deer, AB T4N 700 3020 22 St. 6H3 F/Time, Perm, Shifts, Food Counter Attendant Weekends Salary - $24.00 8 Vacancies P/T & F.T. hourly. Skills requirements: SHIFT WORK, $9.95 Experience 2-3 years, $10.98/hr. Apply in person good English. Education: or fax resume to: 403-314-1303 Secondary school. Main duties: Plan, direct and evaluate the operations of LUAU Investments Ltd. retail sales rder and receiv(o/a Tim Hortons) ing goods. Responsible for Food Counter Attendant customer refunds and exFT and PT positions changes.Resolve customer available for day, night, complaints Determine evening and weekend staffing requirements shifts. $9.95 to $11.25 per Hire or oversee hiring of hour depending on experistaff. Company’s business ence/availability. Apply in address: 45 Boyce Street, person at any of these Red Deer AB T4R 1P2 locations 4217 - 50 Ave E-mail: Reachiesales 6721 - 50 Ave 7111 - 50 Ave 62 Carleton Ave Classifieds...costs so little or email Saves you so much!


Sales & Distributors


Sales & Distributors


ELEMENTS is looking 5 Beauty Treatment Operators. Selling seasonal gift packages & personal care products in Parkland Mall-4747 67th St Red Deer, $14.55/Hr. Plus bonus & commission, F/T, Beauty certification req’d email resumes: elementsreddeerbto@

SOAP Stories is seeking 5 DNR Powerline retail sales reps. Selling Construction requires soap & bath products. Journeyman/ $12.10 hr + bonus & com- Apprentices/Labourers for mission. Ft No exp. req`d. various projects in Alberta. Parkland Mall 4747 67 St. Long term employment. Red Deer. email resume to Excellent opportunity for apprenticeship. Excellent benefit packages. Fax resume to 403-742-5759 Start your career! or email: dnrwelding1 See Help Wanted Attention: Noel. No Phone calls please. Drug and Alcohol ELEMENTS is looking for program in effect. 5 retail sales reps. selling season gift packages and The RV and Marine DNR Pressure Welding personal care products in season is fast approaching requires B-Pressure Parkland Mall, 4747 67 St. and we are looking for Welder Crew Foreman, Red Deer. $12.10 hr. + some new lifestyle specialists lead hands, labourers for bonus & comm. FT. No to help us grow various projects in Alberta. exp. req`d. Please email If you are a proven sales Long term employment. professional or even Excellent opportunity for someone who knows and apprenticeship. Excellent SOAP Stories is seeking 5 loves dealing with people benefit packages. Fax F/T Beauty Treatment O/P, we would love to hear from resume to 403-742-5759 you. Campers, Boaters, selling soap & bath or email: dnrwelding1 Fishermen, Hunters and all products $14.55/hr. + Attention: around outdoor people bonus & comm. Beauty Ryan. No Phone calls always welcome! cert. req’d. Location please. Drug and Alcohol Parkland Mall - 4747 67th Are you looking to potentially program in effect. make $80k+ income, St. Red Deer. email Work in a great team premierjobrdbto@ DNR Pressure Welding & environment? Excellent Powerline Construction benefit package and winter requires Journeyman holidays? If so… Heavy Duty Mechanic with Central Alberta’s Largest please apply in confidence experience in fleet mainteCar Lot in Classifieds to: Stormin Norman nance for Heavy & Light Phone: 403-347-3300 duty trucks. Excellent benefit packages. Email resumes to Harold@ or fax Trades (403)742-5759 No Phone calls please. Drug and alcohol program in effect.


Experienced Siders Needed Call 403-588-3210



Journeyman & apprentices We offer competitive wages. Full benefits after 90 days. Must have valid drivers licence. Email resume to: d.generationglass or Fax: 403-886-5224 or Call 403-886-5221

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



HOLIDAY INN Red Deer South, Gasoline Alley Is Seeking

Valid Driver’s Licence preferred. Fax or email or (403)341-6722 NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE! 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.

FRONT DESK CLERK * Answer phone calls * Take reservations * Check in/out Guests * Balance cash out & Attend to guest needs $ 14.00/hr HOUSEKEEPING ROOM ATTENDANT * Clean and vacuum rooms public areas pool etc. * Replenish amenities, linens & towels * Adhere to Holiday Inn safety standards $ 14.00/hr All positions are Shift Work & weekends Fax resume 780 - 702-5051



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 -




F/T SATELLITE INSTALLERS - Good hours, home every night, $4000-$6000/mo. Contractor must have truck or van. Tools, supplies & ladders required. Training provided, no experience needed. Apply to:


for full-time permanent shop positions at our Innisfail locations

We offer competitive starting Wages and benefits packages including Health, RRSP and Tool Allowance programs. 354916A24

Find the right fit.






Please fax resume to 403-227-7796, email to

JOURNEYMAN H.D. MECHANIC req’d immed. for very busy heavy equip. sales lot in Innisfail. Wage range $25. - $35/hr to start, depending on exp. Preference will be given to those with previous equipment rental service, lifts and off road construction equipment experience. Fax resume to 403-227-5701 or email: LOCAL Construction Company now hiring EXPERIENCED CLASS 1 DRIVERS. Please fax resumes to 403-347-6296 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 or contact Al @ 403-347-4001 Looking for a new pet? Check out Classifieds to find the purrfect pet.

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 employ over 175 people.

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.

We currently have career opportunities for a professional;


We are seeking an independent Corporate Administrator to provide high-level administrative support to Bilton’s executive team. The incumbent will be extremely proactive with a professional, courteous and approachable demeanor in all interactions; possess superior interpersonal relations skills will all levels of staff, customers and vendors; and be able to use sound judgment and discretion. The Corporate Administrator will have a thorough understanding of overall business organization, including management and operating structures, and the importance of policies and procedures. This position is based out of our Innisfail, Alberta office. Responsibilities; You will find success based on your ability to; • Maintain Presidents schedule, daily to-do-list and travel plans • Assist with President’s personal matters as directed • Schedule Executive meetings, record and distribute agendas & minutes. • Assist with planning and organizing corporate events • Assist with corporate presentations, newsletters and other corporate communications • Administer other corporate matters (org chart, keys, donations) • Assist Executives in all areas, preparing documents and presentations as requested • Greet clients and visitors and escort them to the appropriate meeting room • Promptly receive and screen incoming telephone calls • Assist with office tasks as required

Sales & Distributors

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 Tired of Standing? Find something to sit on in Classifieds


Please fax resume to 403-227-7796, or email to



HOW TO APPLY: Please submit your resume to Wale Adeyinka at



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.

Job Requirements; As the ideal candidate you will possess: • Minimum 3 years previous experience in a related role • Thorough knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite • Strong initiative and proactive approach to daily tasks • Self-starter, capable of working independently with minimal supervision • Problem solving and decision making skills Career development, growth and unlimited possibilities – you’ll find it here! We offer comptitive wage & benefits packages. Only applicants chosen for an interview will be contacted.

Truckers/ Drivers

BUSY Central Alberta Grain Trucking Company looking for Class 1 Drivers and/or Lease Operators. We offer lots of home time, benefits and a bonus program. Grain and super B exp. an asset but not necessary. If you have a clean commercial drivers abstract and would like to start making good money. fax or email resume and comm.abstract to 403-337-3758 or


Sales Associate/Office Position

CENTRAL AB based trucking company requires

Owner Operators & Company Drivers

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.

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

F/T TRUCK drivers req’d. Minimum Class 5 with air and clean abstract. Exp. preferred. In person to Key Towing 4083-78 St. Cres. Red Deer.

To join our team, submit resumé to: 4910 - 45 Street, Red Deer 353041A10-23

Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.


Sylvan Lake. Openings for Bed truck drivers and winch tractor. Top wages and benefits. Email resume or fax. 403-887-4892

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Business Opportunities



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Food/Lounge Services at the Penhold Regional Mulitplex. The Multiplex is comprised of an indoor ice arena, fitness center, running/ walking track, gymnasium, dance & motion studio, library, meeting rooms and the Town Office. A fully equipped concession/ food service kitchen. OPPORTUNITIES: 2 Year Signed Lease for A) Lounge Operation Only B) The Café Operation Only C) Joint Use of both Café & Lounge For Detailed information regarding this opportunity please visit our website @ Classifieds...costs so little Saves you so much!


Delivery is 4 times per week, no collecting.



in Johnstone Crossing

Women in the Trades Program

Jepsen Cres. & Jordan Pkway

Math and Science for the Trades Program

(Reliable vehicle needed) ROSEDALE AREA Reichley St., Reinholt Ave., Robinson Cres. Area 100 Papers $540/mo. Call Jamie 403-314-4306 for more information You can sell your guitar for a song... or put it in CLASSIFIEDS and we’ll sell it for you!


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FUSION PRODUCTION SYSTEMS INC., Position Requirements: a growing, well-established • Clear, concise & consistent fabrication facility communications with in Red Deer is hiring coworkers & management for the position of • Ability to understand & follow instructions EXPERIENCED • Valid driver’s licence MATERIAL HANDLING • Class 1 is an asset

Fusion offers a competitive salary, benefits plan & an THE POSITION WILL BE opportunity to utilize your RESPONSIBLE FOR: skills in a challenging & • Warehouse Management rewarding environment. • Process received material 44, 45 & 46 Ave. (unload, verification, If you are a proven Team Player with experience & Computations entry) • Working with Quality initiative, please forward your resume along your Control & ensure allocation Mustang Acres salary expectation & of materials availability date to • Knowledge of pipe, flange, Fax 403-347-7867. fittings and steel plates • Initial receiving of product 63 Ave. & 69 St. HEAD SWIM COACH to our location • Maintenance of shipping Innisfail Dolphin Swim Club. and receiving of Raw Must have ASSA certification. Call Joanne 5-7 p.m. weekdays Material (May to mid Aug.) 403-314-4308 info • Product movement to the designated depart- Saturdays (June to mid Aug.) Send resume to: COMMERCIAL LAUNDRY ments WORKER ~ fast-paced, • Staging job specific material physical workplace. $11/hr. for timely distribution Bring resume to • Administering daily Employment Mustang Laundry, equipment checks and Training 6830-59 Avenue or email maintenance reviews mustanglaundryreddeer • Prepare any documentation pertaining to product • Prepare shipping document




Counter Salesperson A local company requires an enthusiastic person for counter sales. Email resume to

EMBROIDERY MACHINE OPERATOR, Sewing exp an asset. Mon-Fri 8-4. $14-17 hr. dep on exp. Apply in person to Grand Central Stitchin’ #7, 7439 49th Ave. Cr. Red Deer


- Service Writing - Warranty Administration - Service Scheduling - Maintaining Paper Flow

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

“Low Cost” Quality Training


24 Hours Toll Free 1.888.533.4544

RH2S Alive (ENFORM) RFirst Aid/CPR RConfined Space RWHMIS & TDG RGround Disturbance R(ENFORM) D&C B.O.P. RD&C (LEL) #204, 7819 - 50 Ave. (across from Totem) (across from Rona North)

Classifieds Your place to SELL Your place to BUY


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

- Outgoing - Organized - Mechanically Inclined - Computer Proficient - Previous Experience A Must



Industries #1 Choice!


Please call Debbie at 403-314-4307




To deliver 1 day a week in BOWDEN

Duties include:



• This is a career position. • Salary based on experience and ability. • Profit sharing and company benefits. Apply by: Email: Fax: (403) 346-1055 or drop off resume, Attn: Bill/Service

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.






Misc. Help

The position will be responsible for: Knowledge of pipe, flange, fittings & steel plates Verifying materials for required shipment Unload & verify counts for shipments received Ability to identify & report promptly to supervisor; & discrepancies, shortages/ overages or damages with any deliveries or returns Ability to load/unload trucks & trailers safely & efficiently Organize & clean yard Conduct scheduled inspections for equipment

A local company requires an energetic/ person for shipper/receiver. Email resume to


Children's Items


BOYS skates CCM kids size 13, like new $25; 403-314-9603 WINTER boots, Bogs, kids size 1, waterproof, new $90, asking $30 403-314-9603

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ADULT or YOUTH CARRIERS NEEDED For delivery of Flyers, Express and Sunday Life ONLY 4 DAYS A WEEK in CLEARVIEW AREA Cameron Cres. & Conners Cres. $146/mo. CLEARVIEW RIDGE AREA Crossley St., Cooper Cl., Carter Cl., Connaught Cres. & Cody Pl. $190/mo. DEERPARK AREA 74 to 129 Blosk of Dunning Cres., Depalm St. and approx. 3 blocks of Douglas St. $108/mo

Langford Close


Lamont Close

40A, 41 and 42 Ave. between 39 St. and 44 St. $111/mo.

Lund Close MORRISROE AREA Vista Village SUNNYBROOK AREA Somerset Close Springfield Ave.


ADULT CARRIERS NEEDED For delivery of the morning ADVOCATE in Red Deer, by 6:30 a.m. 6 days/wk

The Yard Worker is responsible for various duties but is not limited to: loading trucks/trailers, operating forklifts, helping to organize shipments, yard maintenance and cleaning.

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


Community Support Worker Program





Perfect for anyone looking to make some extra $.

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

ADULT or YOUTH CARRIERS NEEDED For delivery of Flyers, Express and Sunday Life

Gov’t of Alberta Funding may be available.



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

Please reply by email: qmacaulay • or phone Quitcy at • 403-314-4316

Call Prodie: 403-314-4301 for more info





(Reliable vehicle needed.)



Currently seeking reliable newspaper carrier for the



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ADULT CARRIERS NEEDED For delivery of the morning ADVOCATE in Red Deer


MICHENER AREA East of 40th Ave., 51 St., 50A St., Michener Cres., Green, etc. to Michener Ave. & Blvd. $303/mo. ROSEDALE AREA Rowell Cl. & Ritson Cl. $87/mo.



Travel Packages


TRAVEL ALBERTA Alberta offers SOMETHING for everyone. Make your travel plans now.


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


Semi loads of pine, spruce, tamarack, poplar. Price depends on location. Lil Mule Logging 403-318-4346 Looking for a place to live? Take a tour through the CLASSIFIEDS

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

Household Furnishings


LAZBOY MEDIUM BROWN SOFA & two pillows. Excellent quality soft fabric in like new condition. Original price $1400. Asking $750. Call 403-343-0746


Antiques, furniture and estates. 342-2514

Misc. for Sale


“Baby Bullet” food processor. Mint condition. Includes all attachments & instructional manual. $35. Call (403) 342-7908.





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

Grain, Feed Hay


LACOMBE COUNTRY FEED STORE, Come see us at: 4836 45A St. Lacombe, Ab Pet Food, Horse, Poultry ALL THE FEED YOUR ANIMALS NEED! 403-782-3333 TIMOTHY & Brome square bales, great for horses, approx. 60 lbs. put up dry and covered, $5/bale Sylvan area. 403-887-2798



B & D 109 pc. drill/driver kit set $25; 148 pc. B & D drill piece home tool kit $30 403-887-4981

FOR RENT • 3000-3200 WANTED • 3250-3390

CHROME TABLE & 4 CHAIRS $100. MOTORIZED SCOOTER $1500. BOOK SHELVES, $50 ea. Call 403-318-9840

Houses/ Duplexes

COMFORTERS, queen & king. (2) - $30. queen, $40. king. 403-346-2070 DIE cast models, cars, truck, and motorcycles, fairies, dragons and biker gifts. #14 6350-67 St. east end of Cash Casino FREE, Canning jars, pints & quarts. 403-309-3475 NEW CCM mens size 10 skates and pants, Jofa knee pads 16”; $80, 12V 3000 lb. remote control winch $80; brand new B & D cordless drill, saw and flashlight $80 403-887-4981 NEW dog kennel $25, Hoover carpet cleaner $75, Ikea black leather chair w/matching foot stool $100 403-986-1720 OFFICE Jet printer, scanner, fax, photocopier w/manuals $40; 403-314-9603


3 BDRM. in Sylvan. 4 appls., fenced yard. No pets. All utils. incl. 403-347-6033 3 FLR, 3 Bdrm house w/3 bath, new paint & carpets & deck at 7316-59 Ave. Avail. to over 30 tenants. No pets. Off street parking for 3 vehicles. Rent $1500, D.D. $1500. 403-341-4627

SYLVAN LAKE 2 bdrm. fully furn. dishes, linen, cable & utils. incl’d. $1200. 403-880-0210

Condos/ Townhouses



Kyte/Kelloway Cres.


2 CLARINETS (Yamaha). 403-430-9382



2 FRIENDLY 5 mo. old M. ORANGE KITTENS., Litter trained. Desperately need loving homes. FREE. Will have neutered for free. 403-782-3130



3 BORDER Collie pups, 1 F, 2 M, from working parents $250/ea. 403-749-2157 SILVER Lab pups P.B. Parents CKC reg. vet checked, 1st & 2nd shots. 3 F, $500 403-843-6564, 785-5772

Sporting Goods


CROSS COUNTRY SKIS, vintage wooden, bindings, poles & boots, plus many waxes. $60; NORDIC walking poles, adjustable, $25; Men’s & Ladies curling shoes & brushes with extenders, men’s, sz. 11, women’s, sz. 9.5; $25. ea. set. 403-309-3475 EXERCISE REBOUNDER - Good condition, $30. 403-342-4937 SKIS, Tyrolia with poles and size 10 boots. $75. 403-346-2070

Collectors' Items


CREE native Medicine Men shields, approx. 20” x 36”, must sell now $85 403-347-7405

Lovely 3 level exec. 3 bdrm. townhouse 5 appls, 1 1/2 bath, concrete patio, blinds, front/rear parking, no dogs, n/s, rent $1395 SD $1000 Avail. immed. 403-304-7576 or 347-7545 SOUTHWOOD PARK 3110-47TH Avenue, 2 & 3 bdrm. townhouses, generously sized, 1 1/2 baths, fenced yards, full bsmts. 403-347-7473, Sorry no pets.

4 Plexes/ 6 Plexes

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

Looking for a new pet? Check out Classifieds to find the purrfect pet.

F. preferred for 3 bdrm. reno’d home, inc. all utils, $450/mo. DD $450. Avail. Feb. 1. Must be N/S. 403-986-8656


Antique & Classic Autos


2 ROOMS in fully equip., 1200 sq.ft. common EXC. SUITE in Lacombe. c/w maid service, daily & weekly. Call 403-396-3616

8TH ANNUAL RED DEER COLLECTOR CAR AUCTION & SPEED SHOW. Mar 14 - 16. Westerner CLEAN, quiet, responsible, Park, Red Deer. 150,000 sq.ft. indoor show. Furn. $575. 403-346-7546 Exhibitors space available. FURN. room, all utils. and Western Canada’s Largest cable incld, $450/mo. Collector Car Event. 403-506-3277 Consign today 1-888-296-0528 Ext. 102 ROOM FOR RENT. 403-343-0421 ROOM in Westpark, n/s, no pets. Furnished. TV & utils incl. 403-304-6436



Something for Everyone Everyday in Classifieds


Warehouse Space

SMALL / LARGE SPACES -Free standing - fenced yards 2011 HYUNDAI Sonata new tires, keyless entry, For all your needs. 400-46,000 ft. 403-343-6615 exc. cond. 112,000 kms. $13,500 403-597-0166 Tired of Standing? Find something to sit on in Classifieds


homes CLASSIFICATIONS 4000-4190

Realtors & Services


2011 FORD Fiesta. $8900. Only 11,000 km. Exc. cond. selling for medical reasons Ask for Doug 587-272-2543 2003 HONDA Civic loaded, mint cond, only 82,000 kms, $10,000 403-346-1704 2000 Chrysler Neon, 2L, 4 dr., 5 spd. Clean. 403-318-3040 1999 PONTIAC Bonneyville 4 dr., saftied. 403-352-6995

HERE TO HELP & HERE TO SERVE Call GORD ING at RE/MAX real estate central alberta 403-341-9995



TOO MUCH STUFF? Let Classifieds help you sell it.

Houses For Sale


BRAND NEW 1340 sq. ft. bungalow, 2 bdrm., den, dbl. att. garage. $384,900. Call Glen 403-588-2231 Central Alberta’s Largest Central Alberta’s Largest Car Lot in Classifieds Car Lot in Classifieds

Locally owned and family operated



2005 CHEV Silverado 2500 crew cab 4x4, S/B, pin & ball 5th wheel hook ups, Duramax diesel, auto, buckets, leather int. 403-887-2441 928-503-5344


near Coronation Park and trail system. 1484 sq.ft. 2 storey, 3 bedrooms up, hardwood, gas fireplace, fenced back yard, New shingles in last 5 yrs. Newly dev. bsmt. Dble.garage. Quick Poss. Avail. $349,900. 403-396-5516 Agent Chosen.

1984 FORD F250XLT R/C, L/B, 351 4 barrel V8 142,130 orig. kms, amazing cond. 403-843-4241 for details



1990 HARLEY FXR, $8400 obo. 403-396-3616

Tires, Parts Acces.


TIRES, (2) GoodYear, 224/60/18. good shape. $25. ea. 403-346-2070

Auto Wreckers

5190 5200


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


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


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

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


New Home. 1335 sq.ft. bi-level, 24x23 att. garage. 403-588-2550 Laebon Homes 346-7273

Condos/ Townhouses



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


CALL 309-3300


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Israeli says it foiled al-Qaida plot TO HIT U.S. EMBASSY, OTHER TARGETS THE ASSOCIATED PRESS JERUSALEM — Israel on Wednesday said it had foiled an “advanced” al-Qaida plan to carry out a suicide bombing on the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv and bomb other targets, in what analysts said was the first time the global terror network’s leadership has been directly involved in plotting an attack inside Israel. The Shin Bet intelligence agency said it had arrested three Palestinians who allegedly plotted bombings, shootings, kidnappings and other attacks. It said the Palestinian men, two from Jerusalem and one from the West Bank, were recruited by an operative based in the Gaza Strip who worked for al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahri. The State Department said the U.S. was not yet able to corroborate the Israeli claims. While a number of groups inspired by alQaida have carried out attacks against Israel before, this appeared to mark the first time an attack was directly planned by al-Qaida leaders. The Shin Bet said the Palestinians planned on attacking a Jerusalem conference centre with firearms and then kill rescue workers with a truck bomb. Al-Qaida also planned to send foreign militants to attack the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv on the same day using explosives supplied by the Palestinians, it said. It said five men whose identity and nationality were not disclosed were to fly into Israel with fake Russian passports to attack the American embassy. It was not clear where the men are located. The Palestinian operatives had planned on several other attacks, it said. One included shooting out the tires of a bus and then gunning down pas-

sengers and ambulance workers. The agency said it the plot was in “advanced planning stages” but gave no further information on how close the men got to carrying it out. It said the Palestinians from Jerusalem had used their Israeli resident cards to scope out and gather intelligence on targets. They were arrested in the past few weeks, it said. A number of al-Qaidainspired groups have carried out rocket attacks from Gaza and Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, as well as shootings in the West Bank. Israeli intelligence calls these groups part of a “global jihad” movement. Aviv Oreg, a former head of the Israeli military intelligence unit that tracks al-Qaida, said the plot marked the first time it has been directly linked to an attempted attack in Israel. “This is the first time that Ayman al-Zawahri was directly involved,” he said. “For them, it would have been a great achievement.” The Shin Bet said the three suspects made contact with al-Qaida over the Internet. It said they planned on travelling to Syria — where various jihadist groups are battling the forces of President Bashar Assad — for training. Oreg said that many foreign fighters fighting the Assad regime are from Chechnya and predominantly Muslim parts of Russia and speculated that the militants with the phoney documents would be from there. Al-Zawahri’s location is unknown, but he was last believed to be in Pakistan. He is the subject of an intense manhunt and is not believed to personally go online or pick up the phone to discuss terror plots, experts say.


Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, centre, talks to his Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, right, and an unidentified person, left, prior to the opening session of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Wednesday. Leaders gathered in the Swiss ski resort of Davos have made it a top priority to push to reshape the global economy and cut global warming by shifting to cleaner energy sources.

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DAVOS, Switzerland — Leaders gathered in the Swiss ski resort of Davos are pushing for nations worldwide to shift to cleaner energy sources as the best way to contain global warming and reenergize the global economy. U.N. climate chief Christiana Figueres, reflecting the top billing that climate change has in Davos this year, said the world economy is at risk unless a binding deal is agreed in Paris in 2015 to lower heat-trapping carbon emissions from coal and oil. “It is important that we get the treaty because the signal to the markets, the signal to the global economy, needs to be stronger than it is right now,” she said in an Associated Press interview on Wednesday. Nations emerged from climate talks in Poland in November with a vague road map on how to prepare for a global climate pact to stabilize warming at 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 Fahrenheit), a level countries hope will avoid the worst consequences of climate change. Figueres says she sees “momentum growing toward this” as countries like China reduce coal use to clear polluted skies and Indonesia plants more trees to protect water resources, seeing that it’s in their national interest to

develop more sustainably. Scientists say man-made climate change is likely to worsen starvation, poverty, lack of water, flooding, heat waves, droughts and diseases, raising the spectre of more conflict and war, unless drastic action is taken to lower emissions of carbon dioxide from the burning of coal, oil and gas from their current trajectories. The global economy may continue to grow, scientists say, but if the global temperature reaches about 3 degrees F warmer than now, it could lead to worldwide economic losses between 0.2 and 2.0 per cent of income. A World Economic Forum report says the failure to mitigate and adapt to climate change is one of the top 10 risks facing the world in 2014. The Davos forum this year also emphasizes inequality by income, gender and access to resources. South Korea’s President Park Geun-hye said climate change is a problem that will take creativity to overcome. “Climate change and environmental challenges are global in nature. As such the world must act as one in tackling them,” she said. Disputes between countries over who should bear the burden

Facing complaints about snow response, NYC mayor says more could have been done BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW YORK — Northeasterners scraped and shovelled Wednesday after a snowstorm grounded flights, shuttered schools and buried roads with a surprising amount of snow, leaving biting cold in its wake. The atmosphere was particularly frosty in New York, where the new mayor acknowledged flaws in the cleanup and some residents complained that schools remained open while children elsewhere in the region stayed home. The storm stretched from Kentucky to New England but hit hardest along the heavily populated Interstate 95 corridor between Philadelphia and Boston. As much as 14 inches of snow fell in Philadelphia, with New York City seeing almost as much, and parts of Massachusetts were socked with as many as 18 inches. Temperatures were in the single digits or the teens in many places Wednesday. In New York, Mayor Bill de Blasio, facing one of the first flashpoints of his weeks-old tenure, initially defended what he called a “co-ordinated, intense, citywide response” to a storm he said caused a worse-than-expected headache when it ramped up at rush hour. And de Blasio, who campaigned on closing gaps between rich and poor city residents, at first rebuffed complaints that the effort had lagged on Manhattan’s posh Upper East Side, saying “no one was treated differently.” But he backtracked Wednesday evening, saying he’d determined “more could have been done to serve the Upper East Side.” Thirty more vehicles and nearly 40 more sanitation workers were sent to the area to finish the cleanup, de Bla-

sio said in a statement that noted he still felt the citywide response, overall, “was well-executed.” In a city where snow removal has proven a political hot potato, the flap was almost a mirror image of complaints about how de Blasio’s predecessor, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, handled a 2010 blizzard. Bloomberg, who lives on the Upper East Side, faced criticism that outer boroughs had gotten short shift from plows. Brooklyn-dwelling de Blasio, then the city’s public advocate, was among the critics. This time, de Blasio found himself being asked why some Upper East Side avenues still were covered in snow when a Brooklyn thoroughfare was plowed clear to the pavement. Pamela Murphy Jennings’ two children navigated snowy sections of tony Madison and Park avenues to get to their public schools on the Upper East Side, she said in an interview. “Children have to walk to city bus stops and cross these streets to get here,” she said. “Cars are sliding on roads. If there was any day to close schools, this was the day.” De Blasio said officials made the right call in anticipating that streets would be passable enough for students to get to school safely, adding that his own teenage son had gone, if grouchily. Traffic and the storm’s timetable complicated the cleanup, he and Sanitation Commissioner John Doherty said. The storm arrived earlier than expected Tuesday and intensified right around the evening rush, making it difficult to plow and spread salt, Doherty said. Citywide, 100 per cent of primary streets were plowed by 6 a.m. Wednesday, along with 90 per cent or more of other streets, Doherty said.

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of cutting industrial emissions have long been a barrier to action, though many argue the benefits of cleaner energy outweigh the costs of conversion. Indian Finance Minister Palaniappan Chidambaram said he couldn’t say whether his country would sign on to a treaty at this point. Developing economies can’t be asked to shoulder most of the burden, he told reporters in Davos, and the enormous amount of financial support that rich industrialized nations promised in aid for adapting to a warmer world “is simply not forthcoming.” Al Gore was the headliner at a private session on how leaders can help prevent — and better communicate — catastrophic effects on public health, anti-poverty efforts, clean water and energy supplies from a rise in global temperatures above 4 degrees F. “The climate conversation has to be won by those who are willing to speak up,” he told them. “It is a race against time, but we are going to win.” The World Wildlife Fund, known as WWF, is among groups calling on governments to commit to action. “There’s a rising recognition that we simply have to find a way to break through,” Jim Leape, director general of Geneva-based WWF International, told AP. “The big governments each need to renew their commitment.”

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cause it’s marketed specifically to women. Most smartwatches and fitness monitors at the moment are gender-neutral, though some smartwatches are still pretty large and therefore fit more comfortably on men’s wrists. According to Netatmo’s website, the June “is meant to help women know when and how to protect their skin every day from sun damage.” And that’s fine. But men need to protect themselves from sun damage, too, and women may not require their sun exposure sensor to look like designer jewelry. Since the aesthetic direction of wearables is still undetermined, and is currently dictated by the tech inside, the devices present a good opportunity to move away from traditional, often reductive, male and female marketing, which can be particularly blatant in tech. Example: the EPad Femme tablet for women. Alternate example: The Honda Fit She’s. It’s a tall order, but balancing form and function is the crux of the uncertainty in wearables right now.

Dear Annie: I was married for 30 years to a man I loved deeply. I know perfectly well he is not perfect (who is?) and saw him struggle to control his temper and sharp tongue. He had a schizophrenic father and an alcoholic mother. They divorced when he was about 10, and he bounced from foster home to foster home. He slept in alleys and ate from garbage cans. He was deeply loving, fiercely protective and faithful. He had compassion for the downtrodden and often gave away food, clothing and money to the less fortunate. I loved his heart of “pure mush,” as he put it. Unfortunately, my family only saw his quick temper and said he was only using me for MITCHELL my money. He always worked, just at lower-paying jobs, and & SUGAR we learned to live with less so we could give more away. They never saw the generous things he did. When he died, I notified both families and received no condolences whatsoever. His family has never acknowledged his passing. My family members seem intent on degrading him in front of our mutual friends and me. These are people who claim they care about me, but I wonder. Why won’t they let the man rest in peace and leave me with my loving memories, instead of trying to justify their apparent hostility? He’s dead now and can’t aggravate them anymore. How can I get them to stop? — Still Loving My One and Only Dear Still: You have to tell them and make it stick. If your relatives begin denigrating your late husband, respond with: “Please stop saying terrible things about someone I loved. It makes my grieving more difficult.” Don’t lose your temper or cry. Simply make your statement, and if they continue to say unkind things, get up and leave. Eventually, they will stop, but at least you won’t have to listen to their comments in the meantime. Our condolences on your loss. Dear Annie: My daughter has never let me meet my grandson. He was born in May, and the last time I saw my daughter was in March when I hosted a baby shower. She and her boyfriend don’t believe in God. I asked them whether they would bless the child, but they became angry. She is really breaking my heart. I can’t believe she is so evil. What can I do to resolve this? Dear Grandma: People who are deeply religious often do not understand how offensive their religious demands are to people who do not share their beliefs. By asking your daughter to bless the child, you were showing disrespect for her and her boyfriend. We know you strongly disagree with their approach to raising their child, but it is not your decision to make. If you ever hope to have a relationship with your grandchild, you will need to demonstrate to your daughter that you can be trusted not to undermine her parental authority. Dear Annie: Thank you for your poignant answer to “In Love With Another Man,” the foolish married woman who has reconnected with an old flame. I, too, had an overly close relationship with a man despite a perfectly good marriage. Circumstances in my life made me emotionally fragile, and “the other man” set off sparks that had only vaguely smoldered in the marital day-to-day. Long conversations with a counselor made me realize that “the other man” had all sorts of traits that would be repugnant to me if it weren’t for the excitement and the romance of the fling, and I eventually found my way back to the man I married. I pray “In Love” follows your excellent advice and does the same. — Never More in Love

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The June bracelet by Netatmo on display at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The jewel on the band connects with an iOS device and alerts the user when the skin has received too much sun exposure.

Wearable bracelet that measures sun exposure combines form, function The discussion surrounding smartwatches this year is all about aesthetics. Who can make a smartwatch that people actually want to wear? And as these and other wearable sensing devices proliferate, the tension between looks and performance is intensifying. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the June bracelet, which was announced at the Consumer Electronic Show this month on and is out later this year. The device tracks a user’s sun exposure and syncs with an app on iDevices via Bluetooth to monitor UV intensity, recommend appropriate SPF, give skincare advice based on how much time a user spends in the sun, and even give warnings when a user has caught too many rays. Created by Netatmo, the sensor company known for smart home devices such as weather monitors and thermostats, June exemplifies tradeoffs in form and function. The device was designed by Camille Toupet — a veteran of Louis Vuitton and Harry Winston — and it has a photovoltaic gem centerpiece which can be either worn as a bracelet or tak-

en off the band and clipped onto clothing. It costs $100 and comes in platinum, gold, and gun metal. It’s an unusually attractive, even fashionable, wearable that actually looks like statement jewelry instead of a piece of technology. But it really only does one thing: It measures sun exposure. It’s a single-use device that syncs to a single-use app. Perhaps it foreshadows a world where we each customize our array of wearable sensors by picking and choosing among single-focus gadgets from day to day. Which sensors we want and how we want to look would both play a part in dictating how we dressed and accessorized. Wearables certainly would be a lot more attractive if they weren’t crammed with maximal functionality. But this is also wildly inefficient, and previous technologies haven’t evolved this way. Cameras, MP3 players, calculators, notebooks, calendars, phones, and everything else eventually collapsed into smartphones: one device. No matter how attractive a sensor-turned-bracelet is, there’s a limit to how many wearables one person can actually, you know, wear. The June is also interesting be-

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your desires with a great impetus and you are strongly convinced that sky is the limit for you. CELEBRITIES BORN ON THIS DATE: CANCER (June 21-July 22): In your own Mariska Hargitay, 50; Tiffani cocoon, the dynamics of things Thiessen, 40; Ewen Bremner, 42 should pick up quite fast as there THOUGHT OF THE DAY: seems to be a lot of change goThe Moon is in justice-seeking ing on around. You may finally Libra reminding us of the imporfind that one drop of inspiration tance to maintain a balanced to make some repairs around attitude and behaviour towards the house. one another. Under the Libra’s LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): You influence, it always takes two to and a dear person in your life tango. Luna makes a tight conmight not be in the same train nection to Mars giving us faith in of thought. He or she may want our abilities. Later on, the Scordifferent things from you. As a pio Moon takes over, while also result, your confidence may sufspeaking to Neptune in Pisces. fer. Keep your strong opinions ASTRO Notice a shift in today’s energies well in check. DOYNA going from a social vibe into a VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): more introverted, darker, mystiTry to stay away from splurging cal one. yourself. Getting carried away by HAPPY BIRTHDAY: If today temptation may take you far from is your birthday, it looks like you will be mov- your budgetary standards. Your restlessness ing around quite a lot this coming year and and need to move around will want to get not nearby where you live. The distances you busy catching up with your own folks. will travel will be likely far, far away. Enjoy a LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): You are a gowide variety of cultural diversity and let your getter and despite the obstacles ahead, you senses awake you to a new, fascinating real- won’t give up that fast. Your self-assertion will ity. allow you to speak up with more authority and ARIES (March 21-April 19): Business bravery. As the days consumes, your mind negotiations and rapport with others should will ponder over the welfare of your loved prove more assertive and going forward for ones. you. It goes without saying that tests are likely SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Leave beto appear on your path. Try to use a bit more hind all the negative thinking and all matters diplomacy than usual. that are weighting you down. You seem to TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Health mat- be caught up in a web of emotions that are ters can be tackled on with vigour and plenty somewhat hard to comprehend. Don’t act of motivation and drive. You have a specific upon your driven needs for now. goal in your mind that you try very hard to SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): In your realize, at any cost. Don’t let petty irritations own team you are the leader as you are undisturb the course of your day. afraid to take on any challenge or request GEMINI (May 21-June 20): You are not from your members. You feel energized and indifferent when it comes to dealing with more even quite pumped up even when there is opsensitive matters in your life, such as your position. Try to make judicious compromises. sweetie pie, whoever that is. You go after CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): You want


change and you feel quite driven to make it fast and radical. You are feeling spontaneous and adventurous when it comes to your next professional challenge. Apply caution when interacting with authority figures. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): In your overall makeup, there’s the drive to go absolutely passionately about whatever you have not dared to do thus far. Your fears are dissolving and you are willing to listen purely and entirely to your instincts today.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): When it comes to your sexual appetite, it is insatiable! Your desires are making you take the lead and conquer your own fears of rejections or whatever was holding you back. As the day turns into dawn, things should be hot and sizzling! Astro Doyna is an internationally syndicated astrologer and columnist. Her column appears daily in the Advocate.



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