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Family victims of homicide REMAINS FOUND AFTER HOUSE FIRE NEAR CASTOR BY RENÉE FRANCOEUR ADVOCATE STAFF Two family members found dead after a house blaze near Castor, and a third member of the family who has not been located, are victims of homicide, RCMP said on Thursday.

The Mounties also say that they believe the fire was intentionally set, although they’re not revealing how it started. The remains of Gordon Klaus, 61, and his daughter, Monica Klaus, 40, were found in the farmhouse after the Dec. 8 fire. Sandra Klaus, Gordon’s wife and Monica’s mother, has still not been found but police say their investi-

gation suggests she was also a murder victim. “Our investigators are most certain that she was a victim of a homicide as well,” RCMP spokeswoman Sgt. Josee Valiquette said at a news conference in Edmonton. It’s possible that Sandra Klaus’s body could have been destroyed in the fire, she said.

Valiquette said the home was heated by coal and there was a significant amount of the fuel in the home’s basement, which made the fire hot and its damage severe. “It was very intense and the remains are not necessarily easy to analyze.”

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Da bears of Innisfail Super Bowl stars » SEE MORE ONLINE AT WWW.REDDEERADVOCATE.COM BY MYLES FISH ADVOCATE STAFF The Super Bowl itself may not have been a roaring contest, but at least one of the commercials during the big game provided some entertainment and tension, thanks to two local bears. Whopper, a 16-year-old 600-plus-kg male grizzly, and Ursula, an 11-yearold female — both residents of Innisfail’s Discovery Wildlife Park — were some hungry bears in an ad for Chobani Greek yogurt that aired during Sunday’s NFL championship game. Filmed in B.C., the ad portrays a bucolic small town main street in the mountains where a relaxed policeman greets passersby as he lounges on his car and where denizens browse the general store’s wares at a leisurely pace — at least until a giant grizzly walks into the store. That bear, though, is hungry neither for flesh nor any of the salamis or hams prominently displayed. Rather, the bear is after a single container of the yogurt, tossing aside other foodstuffs and knocking over shelves to get to the creamy treat. Like any good customer, the bear then rings the bell on the counter, attempting to pay for his selection, but the terrified shopkeeper stays in hiding as Bob Dylan’s classic I Want You plays and the bear saunters off. The two bears shared the starring role — Whopper’s specialty as an actor is to portray a standing, intimidating bear, while Ursula is more adept at intricate actions. And the spot was far from their first acting gig. Both have appeared in movies, and Whopper has appeared in as many Super Bowls (three) as Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning — and on Sunday, the ursine actor’s performance was undoubtedly better.

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Showing his Olympic pride, David Bates of Red Deer waves his hockey stick mounted Canadian Flag in his front yard in Grandview where he has built an Inuksuk and a maple leaf out of the solid piles of snow. Bates can hardly wait to begin watching the Olympics and cheer for Team Canada as they take on the world in Sochi, Russia.

Cold snap hits pine beetles where it hurts BY RENÉE FRANCOEUR ADVOCATE STAFF The return of cold weather isn’t all bad news. Unless you’re a mountain pine beetle. Some Albertans, like Duncan MacDonnell, are celebrating the plunge back into frigid digits as the beetle, the most damaging insect pest of pine trees in western North America, is more of a fair weather friend. “The scientific knowledge we have right now says the best way to kill a beetle is for temperatures to get down to at least -40C for at least 24 hours, preferably 48 hours,” said MacDon-

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nell, a public affairs officer with Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development. “But this is more ideal in November, when they’re still at the early stages of their life cycle and not really winter-hardened yet.” For this time of the year, the best weather weapon against the beetle is warming periods snapped up by deep cold spells, much like what Central Alberta and the beetle-infected forests around Slave Lake, Grande Prairie and Hinton have been experiencing these past two weeks. “A week and a half ago we had temperatures in the highs. Now we’re in -20C in most parts. Tremendous fluc-

tuations in temperature are in our favour. It’s called the yo-yo effect, warming followed by cold followed by warming and this fools the beetles into converting some of their natural glycerol, or antifreeze, into energy so then when you return to that cold snap, they’re not as hardy as before,” MacDonnell said. The result is the potential for good “overwinter kill” of the pesky insects. Researchers are digging deeper into what exactly the yo-yo effect means for the beetle, MacDonnell said, with work recently commissioned with Natural Resources Canada at a lab in Victoria.

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Flu still circulating in Central Alberta SEASON PEAKED IN JANUARY

Flu season in Red Deer peaked in January but there are still cases being reported regularly. Alberta Health Services updated its influenza statistics for the 2013-14 winter this week. The stats show a total of 91,482 vaccinations in the Central Zone, which includes Red Deer and the surrounding area. There were 493 confirmed cases of influenza with 95 people hospitalized and two deaths associated with the seasonal flu. The numbers do not include the Red Deer nurse who died of H5N1 in January. But flu season isn’t over just yet, said Dr. Ifeoma Achebe. The AHS Central Zone medical officer of health said while the peak may be over, there are

still cases being reported, at a slowly declining pace. “Within the last week we’ve recorded 20 new cases in the Central Zone,” said Achebe. “That says a lot that the flu is still circulating in our community.” She said people should continue to practise precautionary measures, including washing hands with soap and water, covering coughs and sneezes into tissue paper or their arm or sleeve, and staying at home when you have influenza symptoms. “We had the peak about two weeks ago,” said Achebe. “It’s gradually slowing down, but it is still very much around in our communities.” She said the takeaway from this flu season is people need to get their vaccinations earlier. “A few days after the clinics opened the attendance was really poor, people didn’t come out en

“If he doesn’t get to be one of the ones that goes, he sits by his gate with his little paws out and his head on top of his paws and he has this pout on like ‘Really, my mom left me behind and I didn’t get to go?’ ” she laughed. Ruth LaBarge trains five Discovery bears for roles in films and commercials. Her bears have appeared in movies such as Anchorman, Borat and Brokeback Mountain, and dozens of TV shows and commercials. Some of the giant creatures hibernate through the winters — as a defence mechanism to starvation — but the ones needed for entertainment work over the winter months are fed throughout the season. When not acting, the bears are used for educational presentations while the Innisfail zoo is open from spring to fall. Unfortunately for Whopper and Ursula, their yogurt of choice is not available in Innisfail or anywhere else in Canada. Based in upstate New York, the company had been importing products into Ontario under a temporary permit until last February and planned to build its own manufacturing plant in Kingston, but could not secure an adequate milk supply and had to pull its products out of Canada.


HOMICIDE: Family dog shot dead The only other member of the family, Jason Klaus, 38, lives in a separate house on his parents’ farm just east of Castor and was unharmed. He told media after the fire that his sister lived in Stettler and had been visiting their parents that weekend. Calls to him have not been returned. In the update provided to the public, RCMP revealed that the Calgary Medical Examiner’s office had confirmed on Dec. 13 that the family dog, also found dead at the scene of the fire, had suffered a fatal gunshot wound. Valiquette could not say if the victims were also shot or if they died before the home was set on fire. She also wouldn’t divulge whether investigators have any suspects, but she did confirm the family members were targeted. “We don’t believe that this was a random act of violence.” After an extensive ground search, a white, 2003 GMC Sierra truck associated with the Klaus farm was found on Dec. 11 at the intersection of Hwy 36 and Township Road 400 in Paintearth County. The truck was located 27.2 km north of the Klaus residence, about a 17-minute drive. RCMP said they believe this vehicle was used by the person or people responsible for the murder to flee the scene. They are asking anyone with more information to call the RCMP Calgary Major Crimes Unit at 403-699-2655 or Crime Stoppers to remain anonymous 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Castor is about 140 km east of Red Deer. A business owner in Castor who asked that her name not be used told the Red Deer Advocate on Thursday that the town has been shaken by the event but no one seems to be afraid that a killer is on the loose. “It was so sad, just before Christmas when it happened. I just couldn’t imagine how horrible it is for Jason. I didn’t know the family but I heard around town a lot of people saying what a shame it is, how the family was a good family and Jason’s a great guy,” she said. “There’s been a lot of rumours, some mean things said but not really any fear. ... No one really seems to know what’s going on or what really happened. I just pray the police find it all out.” Castor Mayor Garry DeVloo said he didn’t have anything to say about the tragic event, except: “I’m still absorbing it myself.” Sandra and Gordon’s niece, Nicole Thomson, also had little to say but noted in an email that she is pleased the updated information is getting out to the public. “. . . I know someone out there has to know something but until there is some new information, I don’t have a comment,” Thomson said. An employee at the Our Lady of Grace Parish in Castor also asked that her name not be used but said the whole thing has been “just devastating” for a number of people who knew the family. Staff at Vortex Production Services Ltd. in Stettler, where Monica worked, declined to comment on Thursday, as did staff at Our Lady of the Rosary Hospital, where Sandra — known as Sandi to those

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A bear from Discovery Wildlife Park hits its mark on the film set. See related video at www. close to her — worked. Coronation RCMP were called to the fire around 7:30 a.m. on Dec. 8, where both Castor and Coronation fire departments were working to control the situation. Investigators had to delay their work on the scene due to the fire smouldering for days. The cause and origins of the fire are still under investigation. — with files from the THE CANADIAN PRESS

BEARS: Brand of yogurt not sold in Canada Serena Bos is not sure bears would make a habit of picking yogurt over meat, but the head zookeeper at Discovery said bears do like sweet foods and will nosh pretty well whatever they can get. She said the bears love their acting gigs. “When the truck and trailer pulls up to go to a film job, every bear is at their gate hoping it gets to be them. You can imagine when you go to work on a film set, it’s just like actors and actresses, they are the centre of attention. They get anything and everything they would like, when they would like it — they really are treated like royalty, like true actors or actresses,” said Bos, who added that Whopper gets particularly pouty when his specific talents are not required.

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masse to get immunized,” said Achebe. “Towards the end of the year and in early January, we started having increasing numbers of cases and the increase in severity affecting young people and that created anxious moments and people started wanting the vaccine.” Alberta ran out of the influenza vaccine early in January. A total of 1,101,868 influenza vaccines were administered across the province. Next winter, Achebe encourages people to come out earlier and get their vaccine. This year’s flu season was different from others because there were cases where flu symptoms were more severe in the younger age groups, which Achebe said is contrary what the influenza virus has done in the past.

The Alberta government surveys from May until June to assess the number of pine beetle larvae that survived winter. This will give them an indication of the population trend, MacDonnell said. Last spring, surveys were conducted at 135 sites and samples taken from 825 trees across the province. The results showed relatively high beetle overwintering success compared to previous years, with only a few pockets of lower success. An area being especially monitored this winter is in the forests south of Grande Prairie, which are still at a high risk of beetle spread from the large number of infested trees surveyed in 2013. Additionally, crews conduct aerial surveys of “red attack trees” every fall, looking for pines with red hues, which shows they have been killed and left by the pests. Control work continues throughout the winter and involves methods such as cutting and burning and single tree removals, MacDonnell said. More than 90,000 infested trees were removed over last winter and six million hectares of Alberta’s pine forests are at risk of infestation, according to Alberta Environment. The beetle has ravaged forests in B.C. for over the past two decades and swept into west-Central Alberta in 2006. The black, no-bigger-than-a-grain-of-rice beetle was also discovered for the first time north of the 60th parallel last winter in a small number of trees north of where the N.W.T., Alberta and B.C. borders meet. MacDonnell said there have been small beetle infestations since the 1940s in the southwestern part of Alberta, with the last one in 2001. That area is now effectively under control, so much so that it was not even surveyed last spring. The good news is that the beetles haven’t “really spread to the east as much as they’re concentrating in pockets that they were already at,” MacDonnell said. “But the lessons learned from previous beetle epidemics is you never underestimate the beetle.”



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Bureaucrats kept Redford in dark on cheaper trip options: staff EDMONTON — Confusion and finger-pointing over Premier Alison Redford’s $45,000 trip to Nelson Mandela’s funeral continued Thursday as her office suggested bureaucrats kept her staff in the dark about cheaper flight options. Part of the $45,000 bill included a cross-country trip on an Alberta government plane to Ottawa, so that Redford could meet Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s delegation heading to South Africa. Redford’s office said earlier this week the premier had to take the government plane because there were no commercial flights available. But the Opposition Wildrose party noted Thursday that Air Canada had a flight landing in Ottawa about two hours before Redford had to be on the tarmac with Harper. An Air Canada spokeswoman confirmed there were open seats on that flight, which involved a trip from Calgary to Winnipeg and then from Winnipeg to Ottawa. “While we cannot disclose specific numbers, both flights on Dec. 8 departed with open seats,” Angela Mah confirmed in an email. WestJet also had a direct flight from Calgary to Ottawa that day, but a spokesman declined to disclose seat availability. Redford’s spokeswoman, Neala Barton, said in an email that the premier’s office was given two flight options from bureaucrats in the International and Intergovernmental Relations Department, but neither could guarantee Redford would arrive in Ottawa on time.

“As a result, the decision was made to take the government plane,” Barton wrote. She said the Air Canada flight was not one of the options presented, but she declined to discuss why. Redford is under fire for racking up a $45,000 bill to take herself and an aide to South Africa, even though flights there and back, as well as accommodations, were taken care of by the federal government. In contrast, Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil took the same trip to Mandela’s funeral for less than $1,000. Wildrose finance critic Rob Anderson said Redford doesn’t understand how the issue has affected taxpayers on a visceral level. “It’s not the billion-dollar boondoggles that seem to have the most effect on people. It’s the ones that they can understand, that they can relate to,” he said. He said $45,000 is as much or more than many Albertans make in a year. Redford said Wednesday she, too, was upset over the cost of the trip, but didn’t book the ticket — her staff did. She said if she had known the cost would be that much, she wouldn’t have gone. Redford worked with Mandela before she entered provincial politics and went to the funeral at Harper’s request as his guest. Her office has said the rest of the trip costs break down this way: Redford’s assistant, Brad Stables, was not allowed on Harper’s plane so flew to South Africa at a cost of $10,000. Both Redford and Stables, rath-



Former soldier arrested after alleged threats THE CANADIAN PRESS A former member of the Canadian Forces has been arrested at CFB Wainwright after allegedly posting a threat on a social media site. Military officials say the man in his 40s had a loaded 9mm Beretta in his possession when he was taken into custody on Wednesday. Major Kevin Cadman, deputy commander of the Canadian Forces National Investigation Service, says he would characterize the incident “very seriously” though so far no charges have been laid. Cadman says the social media threat was spotted by an off-duty military police officer in Kingston, Ont. The incident was reported to the military po-

lice, who made an arrest within hours and then turned the man over to the custody of RCMP. The Wainwright base has about 900 military personnel. “I’ve got 25 years in the Canadian Armed Forces and I can’t recollect — off the top of my head — that this has happened before,” said Cadman.

Man charged in harassment, stalking A man is facing charges in relation to pornographic literature that was distributed in a Calgary neighbourhood. Police say they received a complaint last summer from a man who alleged his 40-year-old daughter had been the victim of harassment since 2011. Hundreds of flyers had been delivered and mailed to homes in the Southview neighbour-


BRIEFS RCMP hunt starts after man exposes self Red Deer RCMP want the public’s help in tracking down a man accused of exposing himself to two women in separate incidents last month. Police believe the same suspect is responsible for both incidents. On Jan. 17, a man with his pants down and his genitals exposed approached a woman who was about to get into her car at the Parkland Mall parking lot. The woman confronted the man loudly and he ran away. Suspect Two days later, a 53-year-old woman was walking in the area of 59th Street and 54th Avenue at about 4:30 p.m. when a man with his genitals exposed approached her. When the woman used her cellphone to call police, the suspect ran southbound along a nearby bike path towards downtown. RCMP patrols arrived soon after but could not locate the man. He is described as Caucasian, about five-foot-10 (1.78 metres) tall, weighing 160 to 180 pounds (73 to 82 kg) with a slim build. He has dark brown hair, brown eyes

er than take Harper’s free flight home, left hours earlier on a commercial flight, at $10,000 each, to be back in time for Redford to attend the swearing-in of her new cabinet. The pricey trip has sparked sharp criticism of Redford in Alberta. One newspaper cartoon lampooned her as ersatz royalty, a crown on her head as she strolls to her limo with a taxpayer trailing behind and weighed down by bags and suitcases. A columnist referred to her as “Princess Alison.” The flight flap comes at a time when her Progressive Conservative government has struck wage austerity contracts with teachers and doctors and has passed legislation to impose similar measures on its largest public sector union, the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees. Her government has run deficit budgets and is on track to accrue $17 billion in debt by 2016 to pay for capital projects. Redford delivered a belt-tightening budget last year and cut funding for advanced education. Finance Minister Doug Horner has promised a similar budget on March 6. Guy Smith, head of the provincial employees union, said the $45,000 affair just widens the gulf between Redford and ordinary working Albertans. He also criticized Redford for blaming her staff. “As a leader of a large organization the buck stops with her,” said Smith. “It’s never appropriate to blame someone else for something you should be aware of.”

hood. The literature made serious allegations about the woman and included her name, address and telephone number. As a result, she was solicited multiple times for sex. Anthony Victor Hilton, who is 61, faces charges that include criminal harassment, stalking and causing threat to a person.

NDP calls for ban on all urban drilling The Alberta New Democrats are calling on the provincial government to ban all drilling in urban areas. NDP Leader Brian Mason spoke with Lethbridge media Thursday just two kilometres from where GoldenKey Oil wants to drill three exploratory wells. Mason said the Tory government is dragging its feet when it comes to addressing the issue. He also wants the Conservatives to undertake an independent, scientific review of fracking, its impact on water quality, air quality and community safety.

and was wearing a dark grey or brown toque and a grey pullover with black sleeves. He was wearing blue jeans and black shoes. Anyone with information is asked to call Red Deer RCMP at 403-343-5575 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or report it online at

Gas leak at rink Fire crews were called in to handle a gas leak in Penhold on Wednesday afternoon at the rink shelter beside an outdoor skating rink. With the help of ATCO gas employees, crews located the leak on the west side of the building at 144 Lincoln St. just after 2:30 p.m. No one was evacuated but the area was cordoned off and the street was closed to traffic. Lt. Steven Harris of the Penhold Fire Department said air monitoring was in place to detect the spread of the natural gas and protective hose lines were deployed in case there was a fire. The nearby Jessie Duncan Elementary School was told not to let the students out into the playground area and residents living along Lincoln Street were advised to stay indoors, with the help of Penhold community peace officers. According to Fire Chief Jim Pendergast, ATCO quickly contained the leak. There were no injuries. “There was no leak inside the shelter. It was all external,” Harris added. “We were on scene until there was no ratings of natural gas and no odour.” Three units were on scene with 10 members for about 1.5 hours. The cause of the leak is under investigation by ATCO.

In addition, the NDP is calling for the government to implement independent pre-fracking groundwater monitoring and a scientific assessment of river inflow needs before water allocation decisions are made. Energy Minister Diana McQueen said Mason’s comments show the NDP’s “complete lack of knowledge about how oil and gas development is regulated in the province.” McQueen said the Alberta Energy Regulator independently evaluates all applications, urban or rural, to ensure safe and responsible development. GoldenKey Oil has secured mineral rights from Alberta Energy in an undeveloped area of southwest Lethbridge and will be seeking permission to drill three oil wells on privately owned land within city limits. The proposed wells are classified as sour wells, as they would be drilled through a sour geological formation, but would produce from a non-sour zone.


Calgary Canada Border Services director Candace Lyle shows a suitcase used to smuggle heroin that was seized at the Calgary Airport, Thursday.

Man faces charges after heroin bust SEIZURE AT CALGARY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT THE CANADIAN PRESS CALGARY — A pair of suitcases that were just too heavy tipped off customs officers who discovered 6.7 kilograms of heroin at the Calgary International Airport. A spokeswoman for Canada Border Services Agency says a man arriving home via London last Friday was searched more thoroughly when officers became suspicious. They found that his suitcases contained false bottoms and the way the heroin was hidden was sophisticated. “Officers X-rayed the bags which revealed an abnormal organic mass. “There was 3.3 kilograms in one suitcase and 3.4 kilograms in the other,” Candace Lyle, director of border services operations in Calgary, said Thursday. “Officers noted the false bottoms and tops were made by using parts from identical bags and glued the factory linings over the narcotics.” Officials didn’t say where the man was coming from. Rashid Abdulla Mus-

sa, 44, faces two counts under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. “Our investigation is ongoing right now. We’re trying to determine possible points of origin and possible destination points,” said RCMP Insp. Gord Sereda. “Quite frequently we see it is part of a network and that’s what we hope the investigation will uncover. “Quite often these drugs have a link to organized crime and that’s where they generate significant profits.” Mussa remains in custody. In 2013, customs officers in Calgary seized almost 20 kilograms of heroin. The methods used by criminals to smuggle in drugs can be ingenious. Last summer, officers discovered five kilograms of black tar opium hidden in seven coffee carafes at the airport. Anyone opening the carafes would have found nothing. The bottoms were removed, the drugs inserted and the bottoms then rewelded to the carafe.

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Happy (Trans Canada) trails Good news indeed that Alberta Transportation changed its mind and will support shared-use trails along selected highways. I have always wondered, as I pedalled along some rather narrow highway shoulders, heavy trucks whizzing past me at close range, why building a bike trail across the ditch closer to the fence lines GREG should be opNEIMAN posed on the grounds they’re not safe. Likewise, it’s good news that the federal government will chip in a dollar for every two dollars that local groups can raise to build and maintain these off-highway links between communities. This truly is a case of build-it-andthey-will-come. Not to mention becoming a fitness, recreation and tourism legacy for the future. The website for the Trans Canada Trail says its ongoing trails building project is about 72 per cent complete. Some 17,000 km of trails, linking hundreds of communities all across Canada, have already been built and are


in use. The entire 24,000 system is being planned for completion by 2017, but much of the remaining 6,500 km that would fill gaps in the network coast-tocoast will be the most difficult sections to build. There’s still a lot of work to do. Because Alberta has a long northsouth section as well as an east-west section, we have the largest provincial portion of trail to complete. It’s not hard to see why Alberta also has the smallest percentage of its trail network finished. That’s part of the reason the announcement on Tuesday by Alberta Transportation not to oppose trail building along selected routes that follow highways is such a good thing. First, it lowers costs tremendously. The routes are already in place, and no private land needs to be ceded or purchased by groups like the Central Alberta Regional Trails Society. And, for a cyclist planning a daylong or weekend spin to a nearby town, the route is already obvious on a map. Right now, the society is working hard to get a trail link from Red Deer to Springbrook. That would be a really nice afternoon ride for a recreational cyclist, but more importantly it would be a safe route for commuters who live in one community but work in the other. The ability to ride from Springbrook to Red Deer and back is not the bar-

rier many non-cyclists think it might be. The perception of safety is. Hwy 2A is a nice stretch of road, with a broad shoulder, but it is also always heavy with traffic. In my experience, you ride it because it’s the only link to someplace that’s much nicer to ride. Similarly, the route from Penhold to Innisfail goes through some very nice terrain. A lot more people would ride or hike the route, if they could feel safe. Drivers on Hwy 2A would also feel a lot more safe, not having to encroach the oncoming traffic lane while they pass a cyclist (or a group of cyclists). One of my personal favourite day trips begins in Benalto, with lunch at either Spruce View or Markerville. It’s a lovely ride on very good roads, with not a lot of traffic. If there was a safe link between Red Deer and Sylvan Lake (which would have to include safe passage across Hwy 2), that ride would become an epic loop, partly on trails, partly on secondary roads. For me, that would involve a lot more Sunday lunches. Include trail links from Bowden to Red Deer (the longer-term plan being proposed), and now you’re talking tourism and bedand-breakfasts. Think safe, pleasant trail links from Bowden all the way to Wetaskiwin and Pigeon Lake — all supported by local volunteer groups — and you’re think-

ing of a tourism resource that can add real value to local economies. Consider Rocky Mountain House, with a wilderness trail all the way to Nordegg, and you’re thinking return visitors. Europe is totally crisscrossed with these trails, beside highways and rail lines, following rivers, crossing farmlands. I’ve ridden well over 1,000 km of them over the years. I know people in Europe who would be thrilled to consider a bike trip through Western Canada. Time a trip with a local rodeo, fair or music festival and you’ve got yourself a destination for visitors who would happily pay for the experience. Our easy access to the Rockies puts these experiences in closer contact each year with millions of visitors, who could be lured into a side adventure. All it takes is that people in authority say yes to the idea. Like Alberta transportation Minister Wayne Drysdale did on Tuesday. Make it safe, make it pleasant, make it fully-connected and easy to find, and I believe people will be truly surprised at how quickly it grows in popularity. Happier trails. Greg Neiman is a retired Advocate editor. Follow his blog at readersadvocate. or email Neiman is also president of the Red Deer Association for Bicycle Commuting, a group that advocates for a more bike-friendly region.


Why we should care about Israel, and why Harper’s visit matters The letter to the editor Shocked and disturbed by Harper’s trip to Israel, on Jan. 31, concerning Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s visit to Middle East, talks of “his refusal to address Israel’s illegal and unjust conduct related to the illegal settlements in occupied Palestine — a direct violation of international law.” May I point out that after six-million Jews were murdered in the Holocaust, and after Hitler’s old wornout and leaky ships were employed to haul Jewish refugees to any country that would take them (and were refused at every foreign port, even Canada’s government of the day and whose prime minister no less was the Right Honourable William Lyon Mackenzie King, who said, “None is too many,”) did these leaky boats make their way to Palestine to be accepted by Jews who were already there. The Arabs rose up in arms against these refugees. They ordered the British occupiers to honour the White Paper that limited Jews in Palestine to 15,000 immigrants. Arab violence was returned by counter-violence. The British could not control their mandate. The British announced in May 1948 that they would withdraw their forces. The Jews said they would announce their independence. The Arabs vowed they would invade the Jewish state and drive the Jews into the sea and establish a pure Arab state. Thus began the Long War, consisting of the pre-invasion (1947), the War of Independence (1948), the Sinai Campaign (1956), and the SixDay War (1967). In that war, 80 million Arabs could not be vanquished by a mere 600,000 Jews. But to no avail. The Arab armies were routed. In the previous wars, ceasefires and peace were established. In the 1967 campaign, where Israel won back the Golan Heights, West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem, peace has never been established. The Arab countries that fought against Israel have vowed to continue the agitation and to attack again at some future date. So, Israel owns all of Israel, by inheritance, by purchase and by war. This includes the parts of Israel that are known today as the Golan Heights, West Bank, Gaza and all of Jerusalem. Now, can you tell me who is rightful owner of Israel and the so-called Palestinian territories? How can the Palestinians claim as the West Bank and Gaza as their territory? Do you still believe that Harper should address the illegal settlements in those aforementioned territories? How about Harper addressing the Palestinians to apologize for all the rock-throwing children at Israeli citizens and soldiers, suicide bombers coming to Israel to take out cafés, supermarkets, buses and any other of their multitude of targets? How about the thousands of missiles that have been lobbed at Israel every day for years from the West Bank and Gaza? Isn’t it about time the illegal and guilty peacefully surrender to the objects of their hate? It’s about time those Arab states that would not make peace after the Six Day War do the right thing. Wouldn’t you agree? So that a real lasting peace can finally be declared; that we can all work together for the greater good of all and we can get on with our destiny — to build the final and great temple in Jeru-

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Nursing home privatization no solution I have three major concerns with the Advocate’s front page story, which appeared on the Jan. 28, regarding nursing home modernization being too costly (Vacant nursing homes too costly to modernize: AHS). My first concern is that it appears Red Deer North MLA Mary Anne Jablonski and Alberta Health Services (AHS) feel that eliminating 215 nursing home beds and replacing them with fewer assisted living beds, which come with a much lower level of care, is the best solution to looking after the needs of Red Deer and Central Alberta seniors. My second concern is that Jablonski says she suspects “… there are people who think they might want to use those buildings.” Incredulously, she then states she does not know the policy regarding selling the buildings to private companies, which would then pay to modernize them. If she does not know the policy, she should familiarize herself with it prior to speaking about it. This should not be difficult as the West Park Nursing Home was sold to a private operator. The cost of bringing Valley Park Manor Nursing Home and the Red Deer Nursing Home up to

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Tories move to strengthen value of citizenship


BY THE CANADIAN PRESS TORONTO — In the first major overhaul of the Citizenship Act in nearly four decades, the Conservative government vowed Thursday to tighten the rules for those who want to become Canadian, crack down on fraud and strip citizenship from dual nationals who engage in terrorism. The proposed changes were aimed at strengthening the value of Canadian citizenship and improving the efficiency of the process required to attain it. “Canadians take as much or more pride in their citizenship than any other country,” said Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander. “The rate of application is likely to go up in spite of the fact that we’re taking certain measures to reinforce the value of citizenship.” Many of the new measures aim to crack down on so-called Canadians of convenience by making it harder to attain citizenship. When the new laws come into effect, permanent residents will have to maintain a “physical presence” in Canada for four out of six years before applying for citizenship, compared to the previous requirement of three out of four years. They will also need to be physically present in Canada for 183 days each year for at least four of those six years, and will have to file Canadian income taxes to be eligible for citizenship. In a new twist, the government also plans to have prospective citizens officially declare their “intent to reside” in the country. More applicants will also have to meet language requirements and pass a knowledge test before attaining citizenship, with the government expanding its age range for those requirements to those aged 14-64, compared to the current range of those aged 18-54. “Our government expects new Canadians to take part in the democratic life, economic potential and rich cultural traditions that are involved in becoming a citizen,” said Alexander. As eligibility requirements increase, the government said it would simultaneously speed up processing times for citizenship applications by streamlining its decision-making process. It’s hoped the change will help drastically cut the backlog of citizenship applications, which currently sits at more than 320,000 files with processing times stretching to as much as 36 months. By 2015-16, the government said it hopes to process successful applications in less than a year. Liberal immigration critic John McCallum said he would be watching closely to see if the government actually cuts processing times as promised. “Waiting times over the last five years have mushroomed in all cases,” he said. “I hope they get the time down, but I can’t say, given their record, that I have great confidence.”


Phil Nolan (far right) who plays drums in the band that often accompanies Prime Minister Stephen Harper, is facing multiple charges of sexual assault and sexual interference. Harper and his band Herringbone receive applause after performing in Toronto on Sunday, December 1, 2013.



Ottawa not doing enough to free Egyptian-Canadian reporter: group TORONTO — Ottawa’s timid attempts to free an Egyptian-Canadian journalist imprisoned in Cairo have been ineffective and “shameful,” a coalition of media organizations charged Thursday in calling for forceful political intervention. Mohamed Fahmy was charged last month with several offences, including being a member of a terrorist group. More than a dozen of his colleagues at the satellite news broadcaster Al Jazeera are also facing charges in what’s believed to be the first time Egypt has referred journalists to trial for terrorism. Al Jazeera has denied the allegations and demanded the release of its journalists, saying they were only doing their jobs. The Canadian government maintained Thursday it is providing consular services to Fahmy and his family and has raised his case with senior Egyptian officials. But Al Jazeera, the Canadian Journalists for Free Expression and other media supporters say it isn’t enough and question whether Fahmy’s dual citizenship is working against him. “The government’s position at this point on this case has been shameful,” Tony Burman, a journalism professor and former managing director for Al Jazeera English, said in a news conference Thurs-

day. “The issue of dual citizenship, the issue of perhaps Al Jazeera, any mention at all in the trumpedup charges by the Egyptian military of the Muslim Brotherhood — these are all things that... could intimidate and inhibit government officials in this country from moving,” he said. “Silence, politeness will result in perhaps something awful happening.”

Three-quarters of Challenger jet fleet overdue for retirement: documents OTTAWA — Four of Canada’s six Challenger jets have reached the end of their service life, but National Defence has yet to retire them or develop a plan to replace them. An analysis conducted for the military’s second in command says two models of the executive jet, which has often been at centre of political storms, are “at the end of their upgradeability and would require additional capital investment” if they were to remain flying past 2014. The 2013 documents, obtained by The Canadian Press under the Access to Information Act, laid out three different proposals, all of which called for the bulk of the fleet to be retired last year. But a spokeswoman for the Royal Canadian Air Force said this week that all six of the Challengers remain in service with 412 Squadron in Ottawa and no changes have been made to their status. “Options for the future of the C-144 Challenger fleet are still under consideration and so details are unavailable at this time,” Capt. Holly-Anne Brown said in an email. “No final decision has been made to retire aircraft within the C-144 Challenger fleet.”

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OTTAWA — The massive overhaul of the Elections Act proposed by the Conservative government may effectively muzzle and sideline Canada’s electoral referee-in-chief, says Marc Mayrand. In his first public comments on the proposed legislation, the chief electoral officer said Thursday he will need weeks to fully understand the details of the 242-page bill — which alters everything from the rules on voting eligibility to how election fraud is investigated. But 48 hours after Pierre Poilievre, the Conservative minister for democratic reform, introduced the legislation while questioning Elections Canada’s impartiality, Mayrand said he’s already concerned by what he sees. “My understanding is that I will be able to speak only on three aspects . . . how, where and when to vote. That’s basically it,” he said following a committee meeting on Parliament Hill. “My reading, given how restrictive the provision reads, suggests that not only will I not be able to speak, I understand I cannot call Canadians unsolicited. That certainly ends any survey of Canadians about our services.” That suggests Mayrand, and his successors, could be prevented from revealing election complaints — such as misleading robocalls, ballot-box stuffing or other misdeeds — until such time as individuals had been charged for the crime. “Telling people there’s an investigation underway, I’m not sure what public service that actually performs,” said Tom Lukiwski, Poilievre’s parliamentary secretary. The government has explicitly stated it doesn’t want Elections Canada encouraging Canadians to get out and vote, saying that’s the job of political parties. “Since Elections Canada began its promotional campaigns, voter turnout has plummeted from 75 per cent to 61 per cent,” Poilievre told the Commons. He said the new bill will “require Elections Canada to inform Canadians of how they can have their names added to the (voters) list, how they can vote, which ID they need to take to the polling stations, and the information that is necessary for disabled voters to employ the special tools available to help them vote.” The bill also splits Elections Canada in two, separating the chief electoral officer — who administers the rules — from the commissioner, who investigates and enforces those rules. “The referee should not be wearing a team jersey,” Poilievre said earlier this week in explaining the decision. Mayrand paused and clenched his jaw when asked Thursday about Poilievre’s characterization of Elections Canada.


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Syrian rebels attack prison GOVERNMENT DROPS MORE BARREL BOMBS

Student’s death spurs Saudi debate on segregated schools

BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS BEIRUT — A suicide bomber blew himself up at the gates of a Syrian prison Thursday and rebels stormed in behind him, freeing hundreds of inmates as part of an offensive aimed at capturing key government symbols around the northern city of Aleppo. Government forces, meanwhile, dropped crude “barrel bombs” in deadly airstrikes as both sides escalated their fight for the strategic city ahead of a second round of peace talks set for next week. Opposition leaders threatened to suspend the talks over the barrel bombings. In the past six days alone, the makeshift weapons — containers packed with explosives, fuel and scrap metal — have killed more than 250 people in Aleppo, including 73 children, according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. They include at least 11 who died Thursday — six of them from the same family — in the oppositionheld neighbourhood of Masaken Hanano. Videos uploaded by activists showed the aftermath, including men weeping amid ravaged buildings and corpses covered with blankets on the pavement. “Be careful. There’s a corpse under your feet . . . It’s a child!” someone shouted. The videos were consistent with reporting by The Associated Press. In other developments, the Syrian government said it has reached an agreement with the United Nations to let hundreds of trapped civilians leave besieged parts of the city of Homs and to permit UN humanitarian relief convoys to enter. U.S. State Department spokesman Jen Psaki welcomed the agreement, which is expected to be carried out on Friday, but warned: “We should not be giving credit to a regime just for providing food for a few days to people who are starving, given that’s the right moral thing to do. This is something they should have been doing all along. The rebels in Aleppo declared a push to seize the city’s central prison and the Kweiras military air base to the east. Opposition fighters have been trying to capture the installations for months.

Emotional survivors of Syrian chemical attack want U.S. to take stronger role, protect citizens WASHINGTON — Tears welling in her eyes, Syrian refugee Amineh Sawan said Thursday that Americans are too focused on the use of chemical weapons by the regime of President Bashar Assad. “My brother’s family survived the chemical weapon attack the day of the attack,” Amineh said, her voice trembling. “Seven days later they were killed with a mortar shell. If you take away the weapons, Assad still has so many weapons to kill us.” Sawan and her cousin Heba survived a chemical weapon attack in the Syrian town of Moadamiyeh. At the Capitol on Thursday the cousins said their warring country was being ravaged by the use of weapons and that distinguishing between a chemical weapon and a conventional one missed the point. “We are human! We are dying,” Heba said.

Thursday’s offensive began when a Chechen suicide bomber from the al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front attacked the prison gates, according to the Observatory. Rebel fighters then managed to gain control of large parts of the compound. By evening, heavy clashes between the rebels and soldiers were raging inside. The Observatory and other activists said the rebels freed several hundred prisoners. State-run Syrian television said the army foiled an attempt by “terrorist groups” to attack the prison. Rebels have been besieging the prison, estimated to have 4,000 inmates, for almost a year. They have rammed suicide car bombs into the front gates twice, lobbed shells into the compound and battled frequently with the hundreds of guards and troops holed up inside.


BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — Thousands of Saudis vented their anger online over a report Thursday that staff at a Riyadh university had barred male paramedics from entering a women’s-only campus to assist a student who had suffered a heart attack and later died. The Okaz newspaper said administrators at the King Saud University impeded efforts by the paramedics to save the student’s life because of rules banning men from being onsite. The incident took place on Wednesday and the university staff took an hour before allowing the paramedics in. However, the university’s rector, Badran Al-Omar, denied the report, saying there was no hesitation in letting the paramedics in. He said the university did all it could to save the life of the student, who was identified as Amna Bawazeer. Al-Omar told The Associated Press that after the incident, he met Bawazeer’s father who told him his daughter had heart problems. The rector said Bawazeer suffered a heart attack and collapsed suddenly on the campus on Wednesday. Her death sparked a debate on Twitter by Saudis who created a hashtag to talk about the incident. In the debate, many Saudis said the kingdom’s strictly enforced rules governing the segregation of the sexes were to blame for the delay in helping Bawazeer. Saudi Arabia follows a strict interpretation of Islam. Sexes are segregated in schools and almost all Saudi universities. Women also have separate seating areas and often separate entrances in “family” sections of restaurants and cafes where single males are not allowed. The kingdom’s top cleric has warned against the mixing of the genders, saying it poses a threat to female chastity and society. In a shocking tragedy in 2002, a fire broke out at a girl’s school in Mecca, killing 15 students. Rights groups reported that religious police would not allow the girls to escape because they were not wearing headscarves or abayas, a traditional loose black cloak that covers the female body from the neck down.


Red Deer’s Medicine Shoppes Provide Patient Education Part of Red Deer’s expansion is the move away from small-town neighborly behavior and towards the increasing dominance of big box outlets and chain stores. But two shops, although also part of a franchise, are doing their best to reverse this trend – Red Deer’s Medicine Shoppe. Both are owned by Kevin Bredo and jointly managed by Kevin Biller, graduates of the University of Alberta and the University of Saskatchewan respectively, and both have backgrounds in what they characterize as noisy, impersonal, turnstyle pharmacies that are simply too busy filling prescriptions to pay personal attention to customers. Both men were attracted to the philosophy of the Medicine Shoppe for similar reasons. According to Biller, “the reason why the Medicine Shoppe appealed to me is that it is such a customer-focused pharmacy. As a pharmacist, it has given me the kind of incredible platform I have dreamed about for providing services to customers. We are not a big storefront pharmacy and we have the space and the time to work with our customers – the people filling their prescriptions with us.” Biller also shared how he became

interested in medicine. “I have a personal interest in diabetes since my grandfather had it. As a pharmacist I see what huge impact diabetes has on people and I recently became a Certified Diabetes Educator. I see myself as a facilitator who keeps patients informed and makes certain my patients are getting the best treatment possible.” For Biller, the service philosophy has resulted in outreach care and delivering presentations at senior homes on blood pressure and diabetes, including foot care and glucose screenings. Owner Bredo agrees that pharmacists who work at The Medicine Shoppe are people-persons. “We want hands-on involvement with our patients. We want to do more education.” Kevin also points out correctly that “when you walk into our store it has a very different environment from other pharmacies. It’s almost like coming into someone’s living room. We have a fireplace, nice comfy chairs, magazines and a Keurig coffee maker. Our customers enjoy the environment and feel comfortable. ” Biller is particularly pleased with Alberta’s expansion of services for pharmacists, including injection services and administering the flu vaccine, saying “it’s a great assist in our goal of educating people and having hands-on involvement

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with patients.” The Medicine Shoppe has also some specialized services not readily available elsewhere, including daily delivery service in Red Deer at no-charge to the customer. Biller also points out that at the Medicine Shoppe “we can custom-manufacture creams, capsules and drugs that are effective but are no longer available. Some discontinued medications still have tremendous benefits. This directly benefits our patient because they can get

everything at one store without tracking down specialty items.” Owner Bredo sums up his own view on The Medicine Shoppe quite succinctly. “I am not just health focused. I am health focused on family, friends and neighbors with their wellness issues and health problems. It’s a lot more rewarding than filling prescriptions and getting people out of the door. My belief is that if you treat people’s health, they will appreciate that and keep coming back.”


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Police arrest 7 in gang rape case in India’s West Bengal state KOLKATA, India — Police arrested seven people for allegedly raping a co-worker’s wife and aunt in India’s West Bengal state, a police officer said Thursday. A rash of rapes in India has sparked widespread outrage over chronic sexual violence and government failures to protect women. Police officer Sanjay Singh said the seven suspects were detained Wednesday within hours of the crime on Tuesday night in Mukti Rachak, a village 25 miles (40 kilometres) north of Kolkata. The man’s 28-year-old wife and 40-year-old aunt were also cut by blades, and were in stable condition in a local hospital, he said. The suspects had a fight with their co-worker over a road building project, Singh said. They later visited his home and committed the crime after plunging the village into darkness by switching off the electricity transformer, Singh said. Last month, police said a West Bengal council of elders ordered the gang rape of a 20-yearold woman as punishment for a love affair with a Muslim man who was not from her tribe. The fatal gang rape of a 23-year-old woman on a bus in New Delhi in December 2012 triggered nationwide protests. The outrage spurred the government to adopt more stringent laws that doubled prison terms for rape to 20 years and criminalized voyeurism, stalking, acid attacks and the trafficking of women. Fast-track courts have been created for rape cases. Four attackers in the New Delhi case were sentenced to death and a juvenile was sent to a reform centre for three years.

ordered funding halted to ultra-Orthodox seminaries whose students dodge the draft and laid bare one of the deepest rifts in Israeli society, highlighting the fundamental disagreements between its secular majority and a devout minority over the character of the Jewish state. Ultra-Orthodox Jews have for years been exempt from military service, which is compulsory for other Jewish Israelis. The arrangement has caused widespread resentment and featured prominently in last year’s election, after which the ultra-Orthodox parties lost ground and found themselves outside the governing coalition. The new government immediately began pushing a bill that will alter the existing system to gradually reduce the number of exemptions and require all to register for service. While it awaits parliamentary approval, this week’s court ruling — followed by Finance Minister Yair Lapid’s freezing of the funds — marked the first concrete sanction against draft dodgers and sparked angry reactions from ultraOrthodox leaders who claim the military will expose their youth to secularism and undermine their devout lifestyle.

Senior U.S. diplomat comes to Kyiv for crisis talks Kyiv, Ukraine — Ukrainian protesters lambasted parliament on Thursday for its lack of action, and

RED DEER ADVOCATE Friday, Feb. 7, 2014 A7 a senior U.S. diplomat arrived in Kyiv to try to help find a resolution to the country’s grinding political crisis. Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland met separately with President Viktor Yanukovych and with opposition leaders during her two-day stay in the Ukrainian capital. A statement on Yanukovych’s website said the president “emphasized that he would do everything to prevent escalation of the conflict.” There were no immediate details about her meeting with the opposition figures. Two days before Nuland arrived in Kyiv on Thursday, a video was posted on YouTube containing audio of an alleged phone call between her and U.S. Ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt. During it, a voice resembling Nuland’s expresses profane impatience with the European Union over international efforts to resolve Ukraine’s political crisis. U.S. officials said they suspect Russia is behind the leak of the apparently bugged phone conversation. Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday condemned alleged outside interference in Ukraine’s affairs, according to his spokesman, Dmitry Peskov. Nuland’s visit comes amid growing frustration over parliament’s failure to enact constitutional reforms and an amnesty for protesters. The legislature met three days this week, but produced no results and adjourned Thursday until next week.

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TUZLA — Violent protests by thousands of unpaid workers in a northern Bosnian city spread to other parts of the country Thursday and have morphed into widespread discontent in an election year about unemployment and rampant corruption. Police used tear gas to temporarily disperse the protesters in Tuzla who threw stones at a local government building. The protesters returned after the tear gas volley, surrounded the empty government building and set tires and trash on fire. Police were reinforced with special dog units. The protests in Tuzla, which began Tuesday, are about an ongoing dispute involving four former state-owned companies that were privatized and later filed for bankruptcy. Thousands gathered in four other cities in solidarity with the Tuzla workers, but also to protest against Bosnia’s nearly 40-per cent unemployment rate and politicians whom they accuse of being disconnected from citizens’ needs. More than two dozen people sought medical help in Tuzla, mostly from the effects of tear gas. The majority of those injured were police officers, including one who was hospitalized with a chest injury from a thrown object. A police spokesman initially said the officer was fighting for his life, but a hospital later said his injuries were no longer lifethreatening. The demonstrations have reached Sarajevo, Zenica, Mostar and Bihac. The protesters in Sarajevo, the capital, threw eggs at the local government building.

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Team Canada skip Rachel Homan takes a shot during her match against Saskatchewan at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts draw fifteen curling action Thursday, in Montreal.

MONTREAL — There was at least one tight battle in Rachel Homan’s 10 straight victories at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts. Homan and her Canada rink from Ottawa had to fight back from a 3-0 deficit to defeat Saskatchewan’s Stefanie Lawton 7-6 on Thursday afternoon at the Maurice Richard Arena. Then the Homan rink posted an 8-5 victory over Newfoundland’s Heather Strong (4-7) in an evening match to secure first place in the round robin portion of the tournament. “It’s good to have a game like that,” Homan said of her win over Saskatchewan (8-2). “All the time, every day, all week long would be tough, but it was a great battle by both teams.” Homan mused this week about her chances to go undefeated in the Scotties, which hasn’t been done since Linda Moore in 1985. Jennifer Jones, now competing for Canada at the Winter Olympics, went undefeated in the round robin last year in Kingston, Ont., but then was beaten by Homan in the final. She has one round robin game left Friday against New Brunswick’s Andrea Crawford (6-4), who saw her playoff

hopes dashed when Alberta’s Val Sweeting (8-3) scored three in the ninth and then stole one in the 10th to defeat Manitoba’s Chelsea Carey (8-2) 7-4. Sweeting clinched a playoff spot and ensured no tiebreaker games would be needed. Carey had a chance at a big score in the 10th, but her angle raise just failed to dislodge Sweeting’s shot stone. Carey needs a win over P.E.I.’s Kim Dolan (3-7) on Friday to finish second and play Homan in the first versus second playoff game on Friday night. The loser of that game plays the winner of the third-versusfourth game in the semifinal on Saturday. The bronze medal game and the final are on Sunday. Lawton, who lost to Manitoba in the round robin, is in third place. She has a game left against Yukon’s Sarah Koltun (1-9). Roars went up from the 2,415 spectators at the evening draw as Quebec’s Allison Ross (2-9) ended her tournament with a 5-3 win over Ontario’s Allison Flaxey (3-7). Flaxey plays Nova Scotia’s Heather Smith (3-7) on Friday. Going into the Saskatchewan game, Homan’s rink had outscored eight opponents by a combined 71-30 and had not had to play a full 10 ends.

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Scrivens stands tall for Oilers in win YAKUPOV SCORES WINNER LATE IN THIRD TO GIVE OILERS FIFTH WIN IN LAST SIX GAMES BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Oilers 2 Rangers 1 NEW YORK — Not much has gone right for the Edmonton Oilers and Nail Yakupov in a season where much was expected. The first pick in the 2012 draft showed a glimpse Thursday night of why there was optimism in Edmonton before the season. Yakupov scored with 1:38 left in regulation to give the Oilers to a 2-1 win over the New York Rangers. Ryan Smyth also scored for Edmonton, which is 5-5 in its last 10. Ben Scrivens made 35 saves. “Finally we get rewarded,” Oilers coach Dallas Eakins said. New York’s season-high four-game winning streak came to an end. Derick Brassard scored and Cam Talbot made 29 saves. “I don’t think it was consistent enough,” Rangers right wing Ryan Callahan said of his team’s play. “We need to have more of a consistent 60 minutes to get the win. “I don’t think we were getting pucks deep quite enough. They’re a good transition team with a lot of speed. We were a little sloppy through the neutral zone and when you do that against a team like that it will cost you.” New York’s sloppiness came at a most opportune time for the Oilers. Yakupov one-timed a feed from Sam Gagner past Talbot for the game-winning goal. “It was a good play by our guys down low to protect the puck,” Yakupov said.

“A great change by (Jordan Eberle). All I had to do was find space in the middle because I saw the two guys behind. I just had to find a spot. I think that was our top game this season. We need to do it to have a good time before the break.” Yakupov’s goal, his 11th of the season, broke a tie that carried over from the second period. After Smyth opened the scoring 2:56 into the game by shoving a rebound of David Perrron’s shot past Talbot, Brassard drew the Rangers even at 1-1 with a slap shot that beat Scrivens 22 seconds into the second period. Brassard’s goal was his 11th of the season, and it was created by Benoit Pouliot intercepting Eberle’s pass in the Edmonton defensive zone. Pouliot whipped a pass from along the left wing boards to Mats Zuccarello, who found Brassard in the right circle. “All three of us try to work hard (and) play a simple game,” Zuccarello said. “It doesn’t matter when you lose. It’s really disappointing because I thought we had a lot of chances to close out the game.” But the Rangers, who finished with more shots on goal (36-31) and more shot attempts (65-51), could not find a way to solve Scrivens. “He was good,” Rangers defenceman Marc Staal said. “We didn’t have a lot of secondary chances, missed some good shots. I think you (have) to get in front of a guy like that. He’s playing well and I don’t think we had enough traffic, causing rebounds and scrambles.” Edmonton appeared to take a 2-1


Edmonton Oilers goalie Ben Scivens stops a shot by New York Rangers’ Ryan Callahan during the second-period of an NHL game on Thursday, in New York. lead on a power play midway through the second, but what would have been a goal by Gagner was waived off by the officiating crew of Dan O’Halloran and Chris Lee. Their ruling was upheld by replay review. “(A shot) hit me right in the collarbone and ended up under my jersey,” Talbot said. “It just fell down my back and the whistle had already blown.” NOTES: Thursday night’s game was the 6,000th regular season game in New

York Rangers franchise history. ...Before the game, the Oilers announced they would play the Chicago Blackhawks in a preseason game in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, on Sept. 28, 2014. The preseason game will be the third the Oilers will have played in Saskatoon. “It’s always nice to get to Saskatoon and see the tremendous support the Oilers have throughout Saskatchewan,” Oilers General Manager Craig MacTavish said in a statement.

Berra backstops Flames to win over Islanders Thomas Hickey and Calvin de Haan. The Islanders went on the power play with three minutes left when Jiri Hudler was called for hooking but couldn’t muster much of an attack. Flames 4 Islanders 2 Monahan’s team-leading 16th goal opened the UNIONDALE, N.Y. — Thanks to the stellar play of rookie goaltender Reto Berra, the Calgary Flames scoring at 14:15 of the second when he wristed a loose puck from outside the crease over Nabokov’s won for the sixth time in seven games. David Jones scored the tiebreaking goal late in left shoulder. The 19-year-old rookie centre was the the third period and the Berra made 28 saves as the sixth overall pick by the Flames in last June’s draft. Wideman made it 2-0 at 18:08 with a snapshot from Calgary Flames beat the New York Islanders 4-2 the slot, his fourth of the seaThursday night. son. “Reto was simply out‘WE WORKED HARD AND Hickey cut the deficit in half standing. He was the guy who EARNED OUR CHANCES. WE at 19:53 of the second, snapping kept us in the game and gave us a chance,” Flames coach DIDN’T GIVE UP, KEPT THE the puck past Berra for his of the season. Bob Hartley said. “He made PRESSURE ON THEM AND IT fourth The Islanders tied it at 7:31 big saves early and gave us a of the third when de Haan chance. Then we started skatPAID OFF FOR US.’ blasted a shot past Berra. John ing better and executing bet— FLAMES FOWARD MATT STAJAN Tavares and Thomas Vanek ter.” had assists on the second goal Jones banked the puck off of the season for the rookie dethe Islanders goalie Evgeni Nabokov from a sharp angle at 14:28 to lift the fenceman. It was the first point in five games for Tavares, Flames to their first at Nassau Coliseum since 2004. Mikael Backlund added an empty-net goal for the who is second in league scoring with 23 goals and 42 assists, 12 points behind Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby. Flames, his 14th of the season. The 27-year-old Berra, who will join Anaheim’s The loss left Tavares exasperated once again. “We seem to find more way to lose than win,” he Jonas Hiller with Switzerland’s team at the upcoming Winter Games in Sochi, improved to 8-15-2 and said. The Flames had only 22 shots but made them won for the first time in regulation. Sean Monahan and Dennis Wideman scored in count. Calgary (22-28-7) finishes its road trip with a the second period to put Calgary ahead 2-0. But the visit to Philadelphia on Saturday before the Olympic Islanders rallied to tie it on goals by defencemen break. Calgary swept a five-game homestand before BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

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losing at Montreal 2-0 on Tuesday. “We worked hard and earned our chances,” said centre Matt Stajan, who was originally credited with the go-ahead goal. “We didn’t give up, kept the pressure on them and it paid off for us.” The Islanders (22-29-8) were within five points of a playoff spot when they beat the Rangers 5-3 on Jan. 21 but six losses in seven games has essentially ruined their post-season hopes. After the game, the Islanders traded forwards Peter Regin and Pierre-Marc Bouchard to the Chicago Blackhawks for a fourth-round pick in this June’s draft. Regin, who was scratched against Calgary, had two goals and five assists in 44 games. Bouchard was playing for AHL Bridgeport after four goals and five assists in 28 games. The Islanders were starting a five-game homestand before and after the Olympic break. They’ll host Colorado on Saturday before the NHL season halts for the Winter Games at Sochi. They’ll resume against Toronto on Feb. 27. “We have to simplify our game and just get better with execution,” Islanders coach Jack Capuano said. The Islanders had won three straight and five of six against Flames, including the last three on Long Island. The teams last met Dec. 29, 2011, when the Islanders won 3-1. The last time the Flames won at Nassau was Jan. 6, 2004. NOTES: The teams will play again March 7 in Calgary. ... The Islanders remained without defenceman Travis Hamonic (upper body). ... The Flames were missing goaltender Karri Ramo (knee) and forward Curtis Glencross (ankle).



FRIDAY, FEB. 7, 2014

A captain for a reason



Rebels defenceman Mike Berube made his second goal of the season count, potting the overtime winner in a 5-4 conquest of the visiting Calgary Hitmen Feb. 6 of 2007. Berube drilled a low slapshot past Hitmen netminder Martin Jones, now a rookie with the Los Angeles Kings, at 4:20 of the extra frame in front of a Centrium gathering of 6,004. “It was amazing. I got off to a slow start tonight as did the rest of the team, so it felt incredible to pull this one out,” Berube told the Red Deer Advocate. Berube played two years with the Rebels and his final two WHL seasons with the Vancouver Giants before embarking on a minor pro career that has included stops in the AHL, ECHL and CHL. He is currently playing with the Allen Americans of the CHL.

190-pound defenceman was drafted by the Chilliwack Bruins (now the Victoria Royals) in the first round — eighth overall — of the 2008 WHL bantam draft and played eight games with the Bruins as a 15-yearold. He joined the club on a full-time basis the following season — 200910 — and played two years in Chilliwack before being dealt to the Americans in 2011. “We traded for him when he was 18 and he’s had three great years with us,” said Hiller. Topping admitted that he felt a measure of pressure when he was named captain of the Americans last April, just a week following the conclusion of Tri-City’s 2012-13 season. “It’s something I had to get used to for sure, especially during the first few weeks of the season,” he said. “It took me awhile to adjust to the role, but I have a great supporting cast of assistant captains and various leaders in the (dressing) room and that takes a lot of the load off me.” Tri-City currently occupies the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference, six points clear of the Prince George Cougars with two games in hand. Topping is confident the Americans, 7-2-0-1 in their last 10 outings, will qualify for the post-season and then make some noise. “We’re starting to come now. We had a bunch of injuries earlier and kind of went into a slump, but we’re definitely coming on now,” he insisted. “The guys can feel it and we’re excited.” As his five-year WHL career winds down, the former major bantam

BY GREG MEACHEM ADVOCATE SPORTS EDITOR Tri-City Americans head coach Jim Hiller knew Mitch Topping was the right person to assume the role of on-ice leader; what he didn’t realize was how much the club would miss his presence earlier this season. “He’s our captain for a reason,” said Hiller. “We missed him on the ice when he was out for an extended period with an injury. Even though it took him a couple of weeks to regain his form when he returned just after Christmas, just having him with the team made a big difference in morale. “Any time you have a captain you know how everyone feels about him. He’s a great guy. I had him in Chilliwack as a young guy when I was coaching there, so we kind of have a long history.” Topping, who missed seven weeks with a broken arm and returned home to Red Deer for nearly a month while recuperating, played his final Western Hockey League game at the Enmax Centrium last Saturday and scored the eventual winner as Tri-City topped the Red Deer Rebels 4-2. “It’s a big honour to wear the ‘C’, especially playing at home here in front of people I grew up with,” Topping said following the game. “I owe a lot to the city and the minor hockey program. Me being a captain in this league is kind of a tribute to Red Deer minor hockey.” The six-foot-one,

WHO’S HOT Medicine Hat Tigers overage C Curtis Valk is riding a 12-game points streak dating back to Jan. 11. The Medicine Hat native has scored 11 goals and recorded 20 points during that span and sits fifth in WHL scoring with 62 points (29-33) in 53 games.

FABULOUS FRESHMAN Brandon Wheat Kings RW Peter Quenneville is fifth among WHL rookies scorers with 40 points (16g,40a) in 35 games. The Edmonton native, who turns 20 next month, played five games with Quinnipiac University of the NCAA last fall before joining the Wheat Kings.

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Mitch Topping’s presence was missed in the early part of the season but the Red Deer native’s leadership as captain of the Tri-City Americans has led the team to a late season surge in the standings. Red Deer Rebels White star wonders where the time went. “I can’t believe this is my last year,” he said. “I remember talking (to the Advocate) as a 15-yearold on draft day. Time flies by. “I try to pass that on to the young guys on our team — don’t miss a second because one day you’ll blink and be old like me.” Topping, who enjoyed a breakout offensive season last winter with 13

Thanks to Calgary sports psychologist told Ewen. Matt Brown, Joel Hamilton may be round● The Minnesota Wild are confident they ing into the player the Red Deer Rebels did the right thing for former Rebels dethought he would be when they drafted the fenceman Mathew Dumba — and for themCochrane native in the fourth round of the selves — by reassigning him to the Portland 2009 WHL bantam draft. Winterhawks last month. Hamilton never developed at a clip that Dumba started the season with the Wild was to the Rebels’ liking during two seasons and was still with the NHL club — although in Red Deer and last summer playing sparingly — when Rebwas dealt to the Vancouver Giels GM/head coach Brent Sutter ants in return for a third-round traded his rights to the Winterselection in this year’s bantam hawks in December for forward draft. The 19-year-old forward Presten Kopeck and three secwent into the Christmas break ond-round bantam draft picks. with three goals and 13 points Dumba, whom the Wild in 35 games, and after talking to loaned to Team Canada for the Brown, has recorded 15 points recent world junior hockey — including two goals — in 18 championship, is thriving with games. the ‘Hawks with eight points “Sometimes you just need (2g,6a) and an impressive plus-17 someone to talk to,” Hamilton rating in eight games. The Wild told Steve Ewen of the Vancouver are suitably impressed. GREG Province. “He (Brown) told me to “This is going to end up beMEACHEM go back to my roots, go back to ing a really good developmenbasics — focus on those before tal year for him,” Minnesota GM games and things that made me a Chuck Fletcher told Michael good hockey player. The rest just Russo of the Minneapolis-St. Paul fell into place after that. StarTribune. “Obviously it helped.” “He played in the NHL and got to pracHamilton, who was held pointless and tise with NHL players and watch guys like was a minus-1 in Tuesday’s 3-2 overtime win (Ryan) Suter on a day-in, day-out basis,” over his former team at Vancouver, was OK Fletcher said. “He was able to play for his with his play last season in which he had country in the world juniors and now he’s nine goals and 39 points in 70 games. getting big minutes on one of the best juHe’s more than delighted with how his nior teams in the Canadian Hockey League. 2013-14 season has turned around. He’ll probably end up, I would guess, with “As a complete player, this right now is somewhere close to 60 games this year, so some of the best hockey I’ve played. I feel we’ve been able to cobble together a pretty like I’ve found a bit more confidence,” he good year for him.





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“Hopefully he finishes with lots of confidence and strong so this will be a positive experience to build off going into next year.” ● Another former Rebel, Tyson Ness, has had his final WHL season cut short due to a broken jaw he suffered Jan. 24. According to Kamloops Blazers play-byplay radio guy Jon Keen, Ness — an overage forward the Rebels dealt to the Blazers in September in return for a third-round pick in this year’s bantam draft — was hoping to return from the injury in time to play the final weekend of the regular season in March. But instead he’s been sent home to Grande Prairie to recover, effectively ending his career. Ness was named the Blazers’ player of the month for January. Just notes: Still with the subject of former Rebels, netminder Darcy Kuemper started his 12th consecutive game for the Minnesota Wild Thursday against the visiting Nashville Predators, a rookie team record. Kuemper, the Canadian Hockey League goaltender of the year for the 201011 season in which he posted 13 shutouts for Red Deer, was recalled from the Iowa Wild of the AHL last month and possessed a 7-3-2 record along with a single shutout, a GAA of 2.50 and a save percentage of .918 heading into Thursday’s game . . . Prince George Cougars overage forward Todd Fiddler is the WHL player of the month for January. Fiddler amassed 16 goals and 29 points — to go with a plus 4 rating — in 14 games during the month.




and see about that. “Otherwise, a good Plan B would be to go with the education and scholarship program the WHL offers. You can’t complain about that.” Hiller is certain of one thing — Topping will be playing and contributing at some level next season. “He’s going to have lots of choices. I really believe that,” said the Americans bench boss.


“That was exceptional. That’s what we believe he can be. When he won against Team Canada in a shootout (at the world juniors) we believed it. He really could be legit, one of the top guys. It’s a challenging position and there are some nights that are better than others but we’re really excited with what we saw tonight.” — Medicine Hat Tigers GM/head coach Shaun Clouston, to Greg Harder of the Regina Leader-Post, after Tigers’ Czech goalie Marek Langhamer made 41 saves in a 4-1 victory Tuesday over the host Pats.


goals and 39 points in 62 games and has contributed 15 points (4g,11a) in 31 games in 2013-14, talked to a CIS scout from York University following Saturday’s contest and will likely pursue a postsecondary education if he doesn’t get a professional offer following the season. “That’s every hockey player’s goal — to go and play pro somewhere,” he said. “Whether or not an opportunity presents itself . . . we’ll have to wait

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Red Deer College Queen Laura Salomons tries to get control of a bouncing puck in front of SAIT Trojan goalie Laticia Castillo at the Arena in Red Deer Thursday. effort by didn’t finish.” Smyl agreed. “That was a game we should have won but we didn’t bury our chances,” she said. However, Smyl did at 18:41 of the third period with a backhander from the slot that snuck through Castillo to tie

the game at 2-2. “It was a garbage goal, as I just tried to get it on net,” she said. Smyl played a solid game and deserved the goal. “That was her best game all season from start to finish,” said Rutz. “When she moves

St. Louis gets call to replace Stamkos on Team Canada BY THE CANADIAN PRESS SOCHI, Russia — Martin St. Louis is going to get a chance to represent his country at the Winter Olympics after all. Hockey Canada announced today that the 38-year-old Tampa Bay forward will replace injured Lightning teammate Steven Stamkos on Canada’s men’s hockey team at the Sochi Olympics. “I heard from Stammer that he wasn’t going to go, so I knew it was a possibility,” St. Louis told reporters in Tampa on Thursday. “So I guess I was prepared for it.” St. Louis said he felt bad for Stamkos, who tried hard to come back from a broken right tibia he suffered in a Nov. 11 NHL game before being ruled out of Olympic competition by the Lightning’s medical staff on Wednesday. “I think we’ve got to understand how hard he’s tried and worked to put himself in the position he’s in and give himself a chance,” St. Louis said. “Obviously he’s disappointed and I’m disappointed for him. Stammer’s a true professional and he’s done everything he can this past month to get back to the lightning first and hopefully to Team Canada.” St. Louis was considered one of Canada’s most surprising snubs when Canada’s team was first announced,

her feet and with her size, she’s hard to handle. In fact her line had a strong game. The effort was there from all three lines and our defence.” Goaltender Moriah Andrews, who is backup to Camille Trautman, faced just 17 shots, including just two

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BY ADVOCATE STAFF along with Philadelphia forward Claude Giroux and Pittsburgh forward James Neal. The Laval, Que., native led the league in points in the 2012-13 shortened season with 17 goals and 43 assists in 48 games. He is having another strong campaign in 201314 with 54 points (25 goals, 29 assists) in 56 games, good for 11th in the league. “I don’t see this as Marty replacing me, I see it as Marty deserving a spot on this team and going over and hopefully bringing back a gold medal,” said Stamkos in the same news conference. St. Louis has won two World Championship silver medals for Canada over his career. He played in the 2006 Turin Olympics, scoring two goals and an assist in Canada’s disappointing seventh-place finish. St. Louis went on a 10-game point streak (eight goals, six assists) for the Lightning after first being left off Canada’s team, announced on Jan. 7. He said the snub had nothing to do with his increased production, but his play of late might have given him the edge over Giroux and Neal. “I don’t think it’s motivation. I’ve been motivated the past four years ... the past 10 years. If


SCOTTIES: Playoffs Some wondered if the one-sided wins would leave her vulnerable in the playoffs because she had yet to make any shots under pressure. She answered that with solid play in a close match, although one in which Saskatchewan’s shot making faltered in the second half. “That wasn’t our strongest game as a team,” said Lawton. “We can pick it up. “Rachel’s team played great and put pressure on us. We can fine-tune a few of those shots and make them better.” Lawton said the fact that her squad didn’t have its A-game gives her hope if she ends up meeting Homan again in the playoffs. “I know we can play better and we’ll come out and push them even more,” she said. “We had the lead and played a strong first half, but in the second half we weren’t as strong and that showed on the scoreboard.” Homan wrecked on a guard to let Lawton score three in the second end. Canada got two back in the third and another two in the seventh to make it 5-5. It was Lawton’s turn to miss in the

you’re not motivated, you’re not even considered for these things. His speed could be a benefit to Canada, which has struggled in the Olympics when playing on the larger international ice surface. Canada won gold in Salt Lake City in 2002 and in Vancouver in 2010 playing in NHL-style arenas, but was left off the podium in Nagano, Japan in 1998 and Turin, Italy in 2006. “Obviously it’s a bigger ice surface. It think my quickness, my speed ... that’s what I’m going to rely on,” St. Louis said. “It’s a different game, but I think whatever game plan we come up with, it’s going to be well thought-out.” Stamkos is confident that his teammate can fill any position on Team Canada. “He’s going to go over there and play whatever role possible. I personally think he’s going to play a big role,” said Stamkos. “The character that he has, the way he’s played in big-game situations in the past. I mean, he’s won individual awards, he’s won the team championships, he’s been in those situations. “It’s not like it’s a young guy that’s never been in these situations before filling in for someone. This is a guy who can step in and play any role asked.”

eighth with a draw that went a little long to give Homan her first lead with a steal of one. Lawton tied it in the ninth, but Homan had the hammer in the final end. She still hasn’t had to throw a 10thend last rock because Lawton’s final steal attempt fell just short. Carey clinched a playoff spot in the afternoon with a 9-8 win over Flaxey on a point in an extra end. “That’s step one — making the playoffs,” said Carey. “If I’m in the playoffs, I’m a happy camper.” Crawford downed Koltun 5-4 and Dolan beat Smith 7-5. Flaxey started the Scotties 1-5, but emerged as a spoiler Wednesday with victories over Alberta and the Yukon. She gave Carey a scare with a three in the sixth and another two in the eighth for a 7-5 lead. But Carey rallied with three in the ninth and held Flaxey to one in the 10th to force an extra end. In the morning draw, Sweeting earned a 10-3 win over Ross. Ross opened with the hammer but Sweeting had steals of two, three and two points over the first three ends for a commanding 7-0 lead before Quebec scored one in the fourth. The other early game saw B.C.’s Kesa Van Osch claim a 7-3 victory over Strong.

LACOMBE — Defending champion Kevin Martin scored three in the first end and downed Jamie King 7-3 in seven ends in an all-Edmonton A-event final of the Boston Pizza Alberta men’s curling championship Thursday night. The victory was Martin’s third against no losses and gave the foursome a berth in the A-B Page playoff game Saturday at 6:30 p.m. Meanwhile, Charley Thomas of Calgary, who has Lacombe natives Colin Hodgson and Matthew Eng at third and second, respectively, scored three in each of the third and eighth ends en route to an 8-7 win over Wade White of Edmonton to move into a

B-event semifinal against Mark Johnson of Edmonton today at 2 p.m. Johnson scored a single in the 10th end to down Brenden Bottcher of Edmonton 7-6 in Thursday’s late draw King and Matthew Blandford of Calgary will meet in the other B semifinal — also at 2 p.m. — with the winners advancing to the B final today at 6:30 p.m. Blandford defeated former Canadian and world champion Kevin Koe of Calgary 4-2 Thursday evening. Martin defeated Bottcher 10-8 in Thursday’s morning draw, which also saw King get past White 7-4. In the afternoon draw, Thomas recorded a trio of two-enders and added three in the eighth to beat Robert Schlender of Airdrie 10-6, Johnson

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Trojans 3 Queens 2 (OT) The RDC Queens had enough chances to win two or three games. But they not only ran into a hot goaltender, but didn’t bury those opportunities and in the end the SAIT Trojans stole a 3-2 overtime victory from the Queens in Alberta Colleges Women’s Hockey League play at the Arena Thursday. “As a coach we work so much on two-on-ones, so much on shooting and so much on scoring and when you don’t see that transferring over from practice into the games, it’s frustrating,” said Queens head coach Bob Rutz. “I don’t know if it’s preparation or confidence but again tonight we had four breakaways and hit four or five posts and didn’t bear down.” The Queens were simply the better team and deserved a better fate. But Trojans netminder Laticia Castillo stopped Emily Lougheed twice and Jade Petrie once on breakaways and handled a penalty shot by Hailey Smyl. “We didn’t have much luck tonight either,” said Rutz, who was more than pleased with the team’s effort. “The effort was there, no doubt. But I had a coach before who said there are two components to competing, effort and execution and you need to do both. We had the

in both the second and third periods. She had a couple of goals she would certainly like back, including the winner at 4:07 of overtime by Mackenzie Duncan, whose shot from the right wing hit Andrews, who was deep in her net, and bounced in. “I’m sure there were a couple goals she would like back, but at the end of the day we only gave up two goals in regulation time and should have had five or six goals.” The Queens opened scoring at 8:43 of the second period on a great shot from the point by Rikki Leonard that found the top corner on Castillo’s stick side. Katie Wardell tied the game at 5:42 of the third period, beating Andrews high to the glove side on a two-on-one. Penhold native Emma Malsbury put SAIT ahead at 8:03 with a power play goal from just off the goal line to the left of Andrews. The Queens and SAIT finish their regular season Saturday at SAIT. The Queens will finish third in the standings and will meet either NAIT or Grant MacEwan in the best-ofthree semifinal, which opens in Edmonton. The second game is slated for Feb. 15 at the Arena, with a tentative starting time of 4:30 p.m. MacEwan sits one point up on NAIT in the standings with the teams meeting twice this weekend.



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Steady medal pace expected in Sochi INSTEAD OF LAST-MINUTE STAMPEDE OF 2010 Que., and Max Parrot of Bromont, Que., advanced to the men’s snowboard slopestyle final Saturday, while SOCHI, Russia — Canada was a Charles Reid of Mont-Tremblant, Que., second-half team at the 2010 Winter and Regina’s Mark McMorris will atOlympics. The medal intake in Sochi tempt to join them via the semifinal is forecasted to happen at a more mea- earlier in the day. The Dufour-Lapointe sisters from sured pace. Starting with Saturday’s men’s Montreal — Justine, Chloe and Maxime snowboard slopestyle and women’s — all qualified for Saturday’s women’s moguls, Canada has at least one legiti- moguls finals as did Audrey Robichaud mate medal shot, if not more, virtually of Quebec City. Reigning world champion Spencer every day until the closing ceremonies O’Brien of Courtney, B.C., qualified for Feb. 23. Chef de mission Steve Podborski the women’s slopestyle final Sunday. Hockey Canada also made the deciand his assistants Jean-Luc Brassard and France St. Louis intend to be pres- sion to replace injured forward Steven ent at events where a Canadian is a Stamkos with Tampa Bay teammate Martin St. Louis. front-runner for a medal. No competition is scheduled today “I would say we’re booked every day,” Podborski said at a Canadian because of the opening ceremonies. In addition to slopestyle and womOlympic Committee news conference en’s moguls on opening weekend, skiThursday. The host country won 18 of its 26 ers Erik Guay of Mont-Tremblant, Que., medals in Vancouver during the back Calgary’s Jan Hudec and Manny Oshalf of the Games. Ten of the 14 gold borne-Paradis of Invermere, B.C., are medals came in the second half, in- medal prospects in Sunday’s downhill. Canada’s figure skaters are favoured cluding four on the final weekend. Sports making their Olympic debut to win a medal in the team event, helped balance the schedule of Cana- which ends Sunday. Canada’s objective in 2010 was to da’s medal prospects in Sochi. Men’s and women’s snowboard top the overall medal count and the slopestyle, the figure skating team target remains the same in Sochi. The event and the luge relay are among the host team was third in total medals, new events over the first eight days of but won the gold-medal race four years competition in which Canada has solid ago. Because of the new sports, there are medal prospects. That’s in addition to Canada’s 36 more medals to be won in 2014 than strength in the entrenched sports of al- in 2010. That will help fill Canada’s pine skiing, moguls, short-track speed- coffers, but also those of top rivals Germany, Norway, the United States and skating and cross-country skiing. “Sure there are new sports and we host Russia. “Canada is here to compete and happen to be very, very good in the new ones because we are a great sport- win,” COC president Marcel Aubut said. “Our aim ing nation,” is to contend for Podborski said. ‘OUR AIM IS TO CONTEND the number one “With the support we’re FOR THE NUMBER ONE SPOT spot in medals getting now IN MEDALS WON. THIS IS AN won.” “This is an from corpoambitious goal, rate Canada, AMBITIOUS GOAL, BUT WE we CanadiOwn The PoCANADIANS LIKE IT THIS WAY. but ans like it this dium and the G o v e r n m e n t OUR ATHLETES EXPECT NOTHING way. Our athof Canada, we LESS OF THEMSELVES BUT THE lneottehsi neg x pl ee scst have an opHIGHEST ACHIEVEMENTS.’ of themselves portunity to be but the highest good in the tra— MARCEL AUBUT achievements.” ditional sports PRESIDENT Added Podas well and CANADIAN OLYMPIC COMMITTEE borski: “You that’s where don’t try to come we’ll make our ”somewhere up great gains in the areas where are athletes are get- there.“ We expect great things in Canating better . . . cross-country, alpine da now. It’s an ideal approach. “We may not win the medal count skiing.” Canada’s athletes have been wag- this time. We may not win it the next ing fierce foosball tournaments in time but one day we will because we their village lounge while they await are striving to be number one in the today’s opening ceremonies, according world in the medal count.” While Canada’s preparation for 2010 to Podborski. But Olympic competition started early for some Canadians with seems a successful model to copy for Sochi, the Canadian Olympic CommitThursday’s preliminary rounds. Canada sat in second place, two tee took a different approach. The 2008 Summer Games in Beijing points behind host Russia, after the first day of the new team figure skat- posed similar challenges to Sochi in ing event. Toronto’s Patrick Chan was terms of distance to travel, time-zone third in the men’s short program, then difference and unfamiliar language, Meagan Duhamel of Lively, Ont., and food and culture. Virtually all of Canada’s OlympiEric Radford of Balmertown, Ont., were second in the pairs short to give ans competed, trained or at least visCanada 17 of a possible 20 points after ited Beijing in the year prior to those Games to get comfortable with the the first two events. Sebastien Toutant of L’Assomption, place. BY THE CANADIAN PRESS


Canada’s Mikael Kingsbury looks on after competing during the men’s Freestyle World Cup moguls event Jan. 9, in Park City, Utah. It’s no wonder Kingsbury is a favourite to win a gold medal at the Sochi Olympics. At just 21, the freestyle skier has already collected 35 medals, including 19 golds, in 47 World Cup races. The same practice was done for Sochi. There was less emphasis on pre-Games visits for the 2012 Summer Games in London. “If we look at the Beijing experience and we look at the Sochi experience, it’s actually very similar,” COC chief sport officer Caroline Assalian says. “New and unfamiliar environment for most countries. “We ensured that the athletes and support teams as much as possible are familiar with this environment.” The COC has conducted exit interviews with athletes, their coaches and support teams following Olympic Games since 2006 to better plan for the next. The athletes were asked “what made the difference in your performance?” “Their number one factor? Feeling part of a larger unified team, more than anything,” Assalian said. “That’s what made the difference for them. Coaches and support team? Familiarity with the Olympic environment.” And where Beijing was also a benchmark for Sochi was in Canada’s conversion rate, which the number of athletes ranked in the top five at their most recent world championships make it onto the podium at the subsequent Olympic Games. The COC employs conversion rates to compare how Canada’s athletes are performing compared to other countries. Even though Canada won just 18 medals in Beijing, the conversion rate there was 67 per cent compared to 59 per cent at the Winter Games of both

2010 and 2006, according to Assalian. The Canadian team needs at least match Beijing’s conversion rate to be in the hunt for the overall title in Sochi. “Our bar now is Beijing,” Assalian says. “We know we need to convert better than we ever have at any Winter Olympic Games.” The Canadian team will attempt this without the advantage it had in Vancouver and Whistler of home ice and home snow. Own The Podium chief executive officer Anne Merklinger says many winter sport teams have stronger leadership and better coaches since 2010. Both areas were priorities coming out of Vancouver and Whistler and she hopes improvements there compensate for the additional challenges of Sochi. “We’ve come a long way in that regard,” she says. “Without coaches, we’re behind the 8-ball. It’s the most important success factor. “I think there are a number of examples where we’ve brought in great coaches, but we’ve lost some too. We need to find a way to continue to retain the good ones we have and attract new ones.” “We’re investing in that. That’s what it takes. It’s a competitive industry.” OTP oversees athletes’ competitive lives between Olympic Games and allocates about $62 million a year in federal government funding between summer and winter sports. The COC prepares athletes for the Games environment and looks after their needs and wants on the ground in Sochi.

Canada gets solid start in team figure skating event BY THE CANADIAN PRESS SOCHI, Russia — Patrick Chan did a mock baton pass to teammates Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford down in the warmup area of the Iceberg Skating Palace between events Thursday night. Canada’s pairs team took it and ran. Duhamel and Radford had perhaps the skate of their careers Thursday to put Canada in second place of the inaugural team figure skating event at the Sochi Olympics, just two points behind Russia. Duhamel, from Lively, Ont., and Radford, from Balmertown, Ont., were second in the pairs short program after three-time world champion Chan finished third in the men’s short. “I think that was the greatest feeling,” said Duhamel, who clasped both hands over her mouth after the music stopped. “It’s not the points, it’s not the winning, it’s not Canada winning a medal. “To perform like that and finish our program with that feeling we had, it’s every athlete’s dream here in Sochi and at any Olympics, and we just did it, we just lived the ultimate moment of every athlete in the world.” Russia leads with 19 points after Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov finished first in the pairs short and veteran Evgeni Plushenko was a surprising second in the men’s event. China is third with 15 points. The team event continues with the short dance, women’s short program and pairs long


Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford of Canada compete in the team pairs short program figure skating competition at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the 2014 Winter Olympics, Thursday, in Sochi, Russia. program Saturday. The event’s debut was a hit with the skaters and the crowd, which warmed up as the night went on. By the time Volosozhar and Trankov skated, the arena was rocking, spectators were chanting and stomping their feet. Skaters sat as teams along one end in Davis Cup fashion.

“It was interesting to see the wave going around and I think the Germans had a cowbell,” said Canadian captain Scott Moir. “It was fun. But it was hard for us not to go back to Vancouver personally, seeing the Russian team and Evgeni skate so well in front of a home crowd.

“It really is a special moment for those skaters and for Sochi, so for us it’s nice way to start the Games.” Moir and partner Tessa Virtue will skate both the short dance and free program in the team event. If Thursday night was a big confidence boost for Duhamel and Radford, it may have been a wakeup call for Chan, a favourite for gold in the individual event here. The 23-year-old from Toronto landed his quad, but then doubled the planned triple toe loop and stepped out of the landing of his triple Axel. “All I can say is it was getting used to the buzz in the rink after practising so long by myself, me myself and I,” said Chan, who’d had the ice to himself for a couple of practices earlier in the week. “It’s different to be able to skate in a crowd and with other skaters, other skaters I haven’t practised with, all those things play a factor.” Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan, who beat Chan at the Grand Prix Final in December, finished first in the men’s short program, pumping his fists after his huge quad. But it was Plushenko who stole the show in his first major international event since the 2010 Olympics. “I’m so happy with my performance today,” said the 2006 Olympic champion, who underwent back surgery last year to replace a deteriorated disc in his spine. “That’s the fourth Olympic Games in my life. “Twelve surgeries and after 12 surgeries I can compete, I can skate. It doesn’t matter what kind of result it will be in the end. I’ve already won —

for myself.” If the team event was a preview for the individual men’s event that begins Feb. 13, Chan may have his work cut out for him. He said, however, it was the perfect chance to shake off the nerves. “There was that feeling that I want to be so perfect because people are watching, I feel like the centre of attention. All those little things crept into my mind,” Chan said. “Now I can go out . . . and just to go for it, and go for the landings, and attack the landings. “I think I was a little passive on the landings, just letting it happen as opposed to really sticking them.” Chan isn’t expected to skate the long program in the team event. Countries are permitted up to two substitutions for the long program and he’ll be one of them. Kevin Reynolds of Coquitlam, B.C., will replace Chan so he can focus on his individual competition. Chan said it feels a bit awkward to hand off to Reynolds. “A little bit,” he said. “But it also feels good, it shows my teammates that it can be done. “I’m the first one out and I’m alive after it, there’s nothing to be scared of, I can lead the team in that aspect, I can be the first one to go out for the team. Right now, I’m happy to hand it off.” As Russia’s only men’s singles skater at the Olympics, Plushenko has no choice but to do the long program. However, the way the 31-year-old looked Thursday night, skating with a measure of oomph he hasn’t shown in years, he won’t have much trouble.

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Soggy start forces stop at Pebble Beach BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. — Andrew Loupe knows how one week can change everything. He can only hope his 8-under 63 in the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am is the start of another one. Loupe had to wait three hours to tee off because of rain Thursday, and then he played bogey-free on the Shore Course at Monterey Peninsula. That gave him the lowest score among those who finished their rounds. Rain soaked the Monterey Peninsula in the morning, which was great news for an area desperate for rain, not so much for the tournament. Puddles quickly formed on the greens at Pebble Beach and Spyglass Hill, forcing play to be stopped on all three courses. Monterey Peninsula played the easiest, and Loupe took advantage. He never had to scramble for par, missed only one fairway and only two of his birdies were over 10 feet. This was his first trip to the area, and it was everything he imagined. “This place is amazing,” Loupe said with a smile as wide as a fairway. The 25-year-old from Louisiana hasn’t made the cut in five starts his rookie season. Loupe might not even have a PGA Tour card except for his tie for sixth in the last event of the Tour Finals. He had missed the cut in his previous three “Finals” event. Stuart Appleby, Jim Renner, Richard Lee and Scott Gardiner had 65s at Monterey Peninsula. Phil Mickelson, a four-time champion, was at 5-under par through 15 holes when the round was stopped because of darkness. Pebble Beach played the toughest, though the weather was not nearly bad enough to make that much of a difference with only a cool breeze and no rain the rest of the day. Jimmy Walker, already a two-time winner this season, got up-and-down for birdie on the 18th for a 66, the best score at Pebble.

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Jordan Spieth, playing with country singer Jake Owen, had the best round at Spyglass Hill at 67. He picked up birdies on all but one of the par 5s, stuffed one close on the uphill second hold and escaped with par with a long pitch from short of the sixth green. “It was more of an effort just to really play safe on the harder holes,” Spieth said. “The par 5s you can take advantage of out here. I three-putted the first par 5 for par, but bounced back on the other par 5s. And then I finally made some putts on the back nine. We picked a great day to have Spyglass.” Dustin Johnson, a two-time winner of this event, had a 68 at Spyglass Hill playing with his future father-in-law, hockey great Wayne Gretzky. “More happy with the fact he was 4 under today and it’s a tough course,” Gretzky said. “I’m here for fun. He’s here for work.” Johnson had to work hard for his birdie on the ninth hole. His approach struck the pin and bounced back some 40 yards off the green. He chipped that in for his third straight birdie, and then picked up another birdie on the par-5 11th. He closed with seven pars for what he believes was his first bogey-free round at Spyglass. Mike Weir of Brights Grove, Ont., shot a 1-under 70 at Monterey Peninsula. Ottawa’s Brad Fritsch turned in a 5-over 77 at Spyglass Hill. Graeme McDowell, back at Pebble Beach for the first time since he won the 2010 U.S. Open, opened with a 71 at Spyglass Hill. He has to wait until Saturday to play Pebble Beach with his father, Kenny. Defending champion Brandt Snedeker had a 72 at Spyglass Hill. Loupe kept reminding everyone that his 63 was only one round, though it sounded as if he was reminding himself. He is thrilled to be on the PGA Tour, and it really hit him a few weeks ago at Torrey Pines when some of the biggest stars began showing up. This wasn’t the start he imagined, however — one round out of 11 that


Mike Weir chips the ball up to the 10th green of the Monterey Peninsula Country Club Shore Course during the first round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am golf tournament Thursday, in Pebble Beach, Calif. Play was suspended because of steady rain. was under par, five weekends off. He wasn’t about to panic, either. “I really just stick to the plan and I know that my group is good. I have 100 per cent trust in my swing coach, my family, my trainer,” he said. “I guess when you’re in those ruts, I just kept telling myself, ‘You’re supposed to be here, you’re going to play good, just keep playing.’ This is just one round, guys, but I feel good. “I did miss a few cuts coming into Sawgrass and played good,” he said of the week that secured his card in the finals. “And I just knew that I could do it again. Would I like to play more consistently? Yes. But I just want to keep this rolling.” DIVOTS: Davis Love III was 2 over through 15 holes, but at least he had an amateur. Kelly Slater won the Volcom Pipe Pro 2014 on Wednesday at the Pipeline on the North Shore of Oahu, scoring a perfect 10 on one ride. He arrived at Pebble Beach about 5 a.m. Thursday. ... Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley opened with a 67 at Pebble Beach. TM



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Jamie Anderson’s pre-competition ritual bears little resemblance to that of most Winter Olympians. Shortly before her event, she likely will be found meditating among the trees, soaking in their energy and saying a prayer for the environment around her. There’s no last-minute huddling with a coach. A professional snowboarder since 15, Anderson sees no need for a coach, dominating the X Games the past seven years by crafting what she calls a “soulshredding” program all her own. And stashed in her pocket, along with an MP3-player loaded with a song for every mood, is a vial of herbal oil. “You never know when you might need to bust out some peppermint and clear the head,” Anderson explains with a Cheshire-cat grin. “Got to keep it organic.” One of eight home-school siblings from South Lake Tahoe, Calif., Anderson, 23, is a new breed of athlete in a new-age sport, slopestyle snowboarding, that’s making its debut in the 2014 Sochi Games. It’s part of an effort by the International Olympic Committee to inject a more edgy, contemporary vibe to the Winter Games in the wake of market research in the 1990s that showed the Games were losing the youth market, according to Olympic historian David Wallechinsky. That decline was underscored by sports-participation data that showed the number of U.S. snowboarders almost doubled from 1988 to 1995, while the number of skiers dropped by 25 percent, Wallechinsky noted in “The Complete Book of the Winter Olympics.” The push to reclaim the youth market started at the 1998 Nagano Games, where two disciplines of snowboarding, halfpipe and parallel giant slalom, made their debut. Sochi carries that initiative further. In all, 12 new Winter Olympic events have been added — eight of which boast X Games roots and the younger fan base that the IOC, Olympic broadcasters and advertisers covet. “It’s important,” said U.S. Olympic Committee CEO Scott Blackmun, of the effort to attract a younger demographic. “We’ve done a better job on the winter [Games] side than on the summer side. I think in deciding to bring snowboarding in at the beginning, it has had a great impact. I’ve got kids. They love to snowboard; they don’t like to ski. It’s exactly the right direction.” That said, TV viewers will likely need a road map to follow the new events. Not all have X-Games roots, however. Four of the 12 are traditional Winter Games sports contested in a new format. Wallechinsky suspects that reflects a political compromise worked out among IOC delegates behind closed doors, designed to prevent Sochi’s final medal count

WINNIPEG — They lost out on the Henry Burris sweepstakes but the Winnipeg Blue Bombers didn’t wait long to land another quarterback, acquiring Drew Willy Thursday from the Grey Cup-champion Saskatchewan Roughriders for Canadian receiver and Regina native Jade Etienne. Winnipeg also signed Willy to an extension, reportedly for two years. He was scheduled to become a free agent next week and will be unveiled by the Blue Bombers on Friday at Investors Group Field. “Drew is a quarterback we have always thought had very high potential in this league,” said Winnipeg GM Kyle Walters. “He immediately upgrades us at this position and we really look forward to him being a part of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers moving forward.” But is he a starter who can win regularly, something a team that finished with a league-worst 3-15 record last season so desperately needs? Playing behind Darian Durant, Willy doesn’t have a lot of experience. He posted a 2-2 record in his two seasons with the Roughriders and, at least on paper right now, is competing for the starter’s job with Max Hall and Justin Goltz. The six-foot-three, 215-pound Willy was 32-of-52 passing last season for 474 yards with four touchdowns and one interception. He saw more action in 2012, completing 69-of-95 passes for 709 yards, five TDs and four interceptions. Riders coach Corey Chamblin, named the CFL’s coach of the year Wednesday after leading Saskatchewan to a their fourth Grey Cup title, has praised Willy for his composure. Willy wasn’t Winnipeg’s first choice. He joins the Blue Bombers after they lost out to the expansion Ottawa Redblacks for the services of free-agent Burris, the CFL’s passing leader last season who was released by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.


Finland’s Enni Rukajarvi takes a jump during the women’s snowboard slopestyle qualifying at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park ahead of the 2014 Winter Olympics, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. Slopestyle is one of a few sports making its debut at the Sochi Olympics. from tilting too heavily in favor of the United States and Canada, whose athletes have tended to dominate the extreme sports. Hence, Olympic audiences can look forward to biathlon team rely, luge team relay, team figure skating and women’s ski jumping — which should give athletes from Norway, Germany, Austria and Russia chances to shine as well. Women’s ski jumping has lobbied for Olympic status for years, with a handful of athletes filing suit in 2008 to win a place in the Games. Figure skating draws some of the highest TV ratings in the Olympics but has just four disciplines: women’s, men’s, pairs and ice dance. By adding a team event that will be contested over three days, the IOC hopes to coax those viewers back for more. Eight countries will take part, choosing one man, one woman, one pair and one dance couple to perform their short programs. The four countries with the highest combined marks advance, choosing skaters in all four disciplines (substitutions are allowed) to perform their long programs. The three countries with the highest combined totals win the medals. U.S. ice dancer Meryl Davis, who won silver at the 2010 Vancouver Games with partner Charlie White, is thrilled about the chance to compete for a shared medal. “Other sports like gymnastics

and swimming have really gotten a chance to embrace that team unity that we haven’t,” Davis said. “Getting a chance to do that at the Olympic Games embodies the Olympic spirit.” Wallechinsky sees less compelling arguments for other additions. “Some of it is just silly,” he says. “Luge relay? Seriously?” The remaining eight new events are offshoots of X Games staples that wildly adventurous snowboarders and freestyle skiers made up just yesterday, it seems, on the terrain parks that have cropped up at ski resorts like kudzu. Freestyle skiers will compete in men’s and women’s halfpipe, in which they launch themselves off the icy sides of a carved-out pipe and perform a series of flips and spins that are judged for difficult, style and creativity. They’ll also compete in slopestyle, negotiating a downhill course of jumps and rails in the most daring, inventive way imaginable. “You have the set course, but there are no constraints or parameters as to what you have to do on the course,” explains Indiana native Nick Goepper, 20, a gold-medal favorite in slopestyle skiing. “You can hit it from the side or ski around it, if you want. There’s no limit to what you can do. It’s almost kind of artistic. It’s like the course is your canvas, and the skis are your paintbrush.”

Trail Blazers’ Damian Lillard taking part in 3 events at NBA All-Star Saturday BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW YORK — Portland’s Damian Lillard will become the first player to compete in three events during All-Star Saturday night in New Orleans, including a slam dunk contest that features three All-Stars for the first time in 26 years. Indiana’s Paul George and Washington’s John Wall also will take part in the night’s marquee event Feb. 15. There haven’t been three All-Stars in the dunk contest since the famed 1988 duel, when Michael Jordan beat Dominique Wilkins on his home floor in Chicago, in a field that also included Clyde Drexler. Lillard, the reigning Rookie of the Year, will play in the Rising Stars Challenge on Friday night before defending his Skills Challenge title and competing in the 3-point contest. The remainder of the dunk field is defending champion Terrence Ross of Toronto, Golden State’s Harrison Barnes and rookie Ben McLemore of Sacramento. Cleveland All-Star Kyrie Irving will defend his 3-point title against a field that also includes AllStars Stephen Curry of Golden State, Kevin Love of Minnesota and Joe Johnson of Brooklyn, plus Orlan-

do’s Arron Afflalo, Washington’s Bradley Beal and San Antonio’s Marco Belinelli. The events will again feature an Eastern Conference vs. Western Conference format, with the teams competing for charity. George will captain the East and Curry the West. Lillard will be paired with Utah’s Trey Burke as the Skills Challenge is switching a team relay format. The other teams are: rookies Michael Carter-Williams of Philadelphia and Victor Oladipo of Orlando; All-Star DeMar DeRozan of Toronto and Giannis Antetokounmpo of Milwaukee; and Goran Dragic of Phoenix and Reggie Jackson of Oklahoma City. The teams for the shooting stars, which features a current and former NBA player teaming with a WNBA player, are: Kevin Durant, Karl Malone and Skylar Diggins; Chris Bosh, Wilkins and Swin Cash; Stephen Curry, Dell Curry and Becky Hammon; and Tim Hardaway Jr., Tim Hardaway Sr. and Elena Delle Donne. Ross won last year after defeating Utah’s Jeremy Evans in the final round with 58 per cent of the fan votes. Ross is averaging 10.2 points, 3.3 rebounds and 25.6 minutes, while shooting .393 from three-point range. He scored a career-high 51 points against the Los Angeles Clippers last month, matching Vince Carter’s franchise record set 14 years ago.

CHINOOK HOCKEY LEAGUE INNISFAIL — The Bentley Generals needed overtime to pull out a 3-2 victory over the Innisfail Eagles in Chinook Hockey League action Tuesday. Kyle Bailey scored 31 seconds into the extra session for the Generals, who trailed 2-0 heading into the third period. Chad Ziegler scored in the first and second periods for the Eagles. In the third period Garrett Watson connected at 13:14 on the power play and Don Morrison tied the game with 36 seconds remaining.


Travis Yonkman finished with 21 saves for the Generals, who had 46 shots on Innisfail’s Jonathan Larose. Both teams finish their regular schedule this weekend. The Generals host Stony Plain and Innisfail welcomes in Fort Saskatchewan Friday at 8:30 p.m.. Bentley is at Stony Plain Saturday. The Innisfail-Fort Saskatchewan game will determine second place in the CHL and home-ice advantage in the best-of-seven Alberta Senior AAA senior playoffs.

The Eagles have 30 points with one game remaining while Fort Saskatchewan has 29 points and two games left. The playoff will begin Feb. 14 the same as the Bentley-Stony Plain best-of-seven. The semifinal begins at 8:30 p.m. in Bentley with the second game Feb. 15 in Stony Plain. The third game is Feb. 17 at 2 p.m.. at the Red Deer Arena with the fourth game, Feb. 22 in Stony Plain. If additional games are needed they go Feb. 23 in Bentley, March 1 in Stony Plain and March 2 in Bentley.


BRIEFS Chiefs down Rockets in Midget AA action The Red Deer Indy Graphics Chiefs downed the Lacombe Rockets 2-1 in midget AA hockey league action Thursday. Michael Pruss and Anthony Neurauter connected for the Chiefs with Spencer Otto replying for Lacombe.

Rylan Bardick made 33 saves for the Chiefs, who had 37 shots on Brody Macdonald.

Wells Furniture slip by Dream Team Wells Furniture downed the Dream Team 82-77 in Central Alberta Senior Men’s Basketball Association play Thursday. Jon McComish had 28 points and Dave McComish 16 for Wells while Troy MacPherson hit 27 points and Dan Christen 17 for the Dream Team.

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● Curling: Provincial men’s championship at Lacombe Barnett Arena, draws at 9:30 a.m., 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. ● Curling: Red Deer Farmers/Farmerettes Bonspiel, Pidherney Centre. ● Senior high basketball: Lindsay Thurber tournament. ● Grade 9 basketball: Hunting Hills tournament. ● College volleyball: Grant MacEwan at RDC, women at 6 p.m, men to follow. ● Heritage junior B hockey: Red Deer at Stettler, 7:30 p.m. ● Midget AA hockey: Medicine Hat at Red Deer Elks, 8 p.m., Arena. ● WHL: Red Deer at Prince George, 8 p.m. ● Chinook senior hockey: Stony Plain at Bentley, 8:30 p.m.; Fort Saskatchewan at Innisfail, 8:30 p.m.


● Senior high basketball: Lindsay Thurber tournament. ● Grade 9 basketball: Hunting Hills tournament. ● Gymnastics: Exalta Cup men’s artistic, Collicutt Centre. ● Curling: Red Deer Farmers/Farmerettes Bonspiel, Pidherney Centre. ● Minor midget AAA hockey: Calgary Bruins at Red Deer Aero Equipment, 11:30 p.m., Arena; Calgary Stampeders at Red Deer Northstar, 2 p.m., Arena. ● Curling: Provincial men’s championship at Lacombe Barnett Arena, draws at 1 and 6:30 p.m. ● College men’s hockey: SAIT at RDC, 7:15 p.m., Penhold Regional Multiplex. ● Heritage junior B hockey: Ponoka at Red Deer, 8 p.m., Arena; Airdrie at Three Hills, 8 p.m.; Mountainview at Stettler, 8:15 p.m. ● WHL: Red Deer at Prince George, 8 p.m. ● Midget AA hockey: Medicine Hat at Sylvan Lake, 8:15 p.m.


● Curling: Provincial men’s championship at Lacombe Barnett Arena, draws at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. (final). ● Gymnastics: Exalta Cup men’s trampoline and tumbling, Collicutt Centre. ● Major bantam hockey: Calgary Flames at Red Deer White, noon, Arena. ● Major midget female hockey: Calgary Bruins at Red Deer, 12:45 p.m., Collicutt Centre. ● Heritage junior B hockey: Blackfalds at Ponoka, 2:30 p.m. ● Minor midget AAA hockey: Calgary Rangers at Red Deer Aero Equipment, 2:45 p.m., Arena. ● Men’s basketball: Grandview Allstars vs. Monstars, Sheraton Red Deer vs. Triple Threat, Woody’s RV vs. Gord Scott Nissan, 4:15 p.m.; Carstar vs. Orangemen, The Secret Runs vs. Vikings, Alken Basin Drillers vs. Rusty Chuckers, 5:30 p.m.; all games at Lindsay Thurber.

GB — 1 1/2 2 2 1/2 3 1/2 GB — 3 3 1/2 4

Friday’s result Toronto 17 Vancouver 12 Saturday’s results Edmonton 8 Rochester 7 (OT) Buffalo 12 Toronto 10 Philadelphia 15 Vancouver 9 Colorado 14 Minnesota 12 Friday, Feb. 7 Philadelphia at Toronto, 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8 Edmonton at Philadelphia, 5:30 p.m. Buffalo at Rochester, 5:30 p.m. Calgary at Minnesota, 6 p.m. Colorado at Vancouver, 8 p.m.


Lightning down Sabres, JV Raiders stay unbeaten The Hunting Hills Lightning downed the Wetaskiwin Sabres 52-51 in Central Alberta High School Senior Girls’ Basketball League action Thursday. Jaden Robinson and Teagan Booth led the Lightning with 12 points each. The Lightning will compete in the Lindsay Thurber tournament today, meeting Sturgeon at 7 p.m. ● The Lindsay Thurber Raiders remained undefeated in the Central Alberta High School Junior Varsity Girls’ Basketball League, but it was a battle against Innisfail. The Raiders started slowly, scoring only four points in the first quarter, and trailing by 10 most of the first half. However, they came together in the second half and pulled out a 54-49 victory. Jenna Hawkes led the Raiders with 16 points while Kiera Fujimoto added 15 and Kristin DeMale 14.

WHL EASTERN CONFERENCE EAST DIVISION GP W L OTLSOL GF Brandon 53 27 20 5 1 201 Swift Current 54 26 20 2 6 180 Regina 54 27 22 3 2 181 Prince Albert 52 24 25 2 1 167 Moose Jaw 52 13 31 3 5 132 Saskatoon 56 15 37 1 3 161 CENTRAL DIVISION GP W L OTLSOL GF Edmonton 52 38 13 0 1 217 Calgary 54 33 15 3 3 202 Medicine Hat 53 31 19 3 0 180 Kootenay 53 28 21 2 2 171 Red Deer 54 27 23 1 3 166 Lethbridge 55 11 39 2 3 136

GA 194 165 193 181 203 233

Pt 60 60 59 51 34 34

GA 130 159 148 159 164 257

Pt 77 72 65 60 58 27

WESTERN CONFERENCE B.C. DIVISION GP W L OTLSOL GF GA Pt Kelowna 53 43 7 0 3 231 135 89 Victoria 55 35 16 1 3 176 136 74 Vancouver 55 27 19 6 3 188 185 63 Prince George 55 22 26 2 5 182 229 51 Kamloops 54 11 38 2 3 139 228 27 U.S. DIVISION GP W L OTLSOL GF GA Pt Portland 53 36 12 2 3 239 161 77 Seattle 55 34 16 2 3 187 185 73 Spokane 53 31 17 3 2 179 160 67 Everett 54 26 20 7 1 158 164 60 Tri-City 53 26 22 2 3 138 142 57 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 3 Brandon 2 Saskatoon 6 Lethbridge 3 Edmonton 4 Kamloops 1 Kelowna 4 Red Deer 3 Calgary 7 Victoria 6 (OT) Seattle 4 Spokane 0 Friday’s games Moose Jaw at Prince Albert, 6 p.m. Medicine Hat at Saskatoon, 6:05 p.m. Swift Current at Brandon, 6:30 p.m. Kootenay at Lethbridge, 7 p.m. Red Deer at Prince George, 8 p.m. Victoria at Kamloops, 8 p.m. Edmonton at Kelowna, 8:05 p.m. Portland at Tri-City, 8:05 p.m. Calgary at Vancouver, 8:30 p.m. Spokane at Seattle, 8:35 p.m.

Thursday’s results Philadelphia 3 Colorado 1 Washington 4 Winnipeg 2 Edmonton 2 NY Rangers 1 Calgary 4 NY Islanders 2 Montreal 5 Vancouver 2 Detroit 3 Florida 1 Ottawa 3 Buffalo 2 Toronto 4 Tampa Bay 1 St. Louis 3 Boston 2 (OT) Minnesota 3 Nashville 2 (OT) Columbus at Los Angeles, late Wednesday’s results Pittsburgh 5 Buffalo 1 Chicago 2 Anaheim 0 San Jose 2 Dallas 1 (OT) Friday’s games Edmonton at New Jersey, 5 p.m. Florida at Carolina, 5 p.m. NY Rangers at Pittsburgh, 5 p.m. Chicago at Phoenix, 7 p.m. Columbus at San Jose, 8:30 p.m.

Thursday’s summaries

Saturday’s games Medicine Hat at Prince Albert, 6 p.m. Saskatoon at Regina, 6 p.m. Swift Current at Moose Jaw, 6 p.m. Lethbridge at Kootenay, 7 p.m. Calgary at Kamloops, 8 p.m. Red Deer at Prince George, 8 p.m. Edmonton at Vancouver, 8 p.m. Everett at Portland, 8 p.m. Victoria at Kelowna, 8:05 p.m. Spokane at Tri-City, 8:05 p.m. NHL Eastern Conference Atlantic Division GP W L OT GF Boston 56 36 16 4 169 Tampa Bay 57 32 20 5 164 Montreal 58 31 21 6 144 Toronto 59 31 22 6 175 Detroit 57 26 19 12 149 Ottawa 58 26 21 11 167 Florida 57 22 28 7 138 Buffalo 57 15 34 8 110 Metropolitan Division GP W L OT GF Pittsburgh 57 40 15 2 183 NY Rangers 58 31 24 3 151 Philadelphia 58 29 23 6 160 Columbus 56 29 23 4 167 Washington 58 26 23 9 168 Carolina 55 25 21 9 138 New Jersey 57 23 21 13 133 NY Islanders 59 22 29 8 162

Western Conference Central Division W L OT GF GA Pt 35 10 14 207 161 84 38 12 6 192 132 82 36 16 5 169 151 77 31 21 7 145 147 69 26 21 10 162 163 62 28 26 5 165 171 61 25 23 10 144 175 60 Pacific Division GP W L OT GF GA Pt Anaheim 59 40 14 5 191 145 85 San Jose 58 36 16 6 172 140 78 Los Angeles 58 30 22 6 137 127 66 Vancouver 59 27 23 9 145 157 63 Phoenix 56 26 20 10 160 167 62 Calgary 57 22 28 7 136 177 51 Edmonton 59 20 33 6 152 197 46 Note: Two points for a win, one point for overtime loss. GP Chicago 59 St. Louis 56 Colorado 57 Minnesota 59 Dallas 57 Winnipeg 59 Nashville 58

Saturday’s games Calgary at Philadelphia, 11 a.m. Winnipeg at St. Louis, noon Ottawa at Boston, 1 p.m. Vancouver at Toronto, 4 p.m. Montreal at Carolina, 4 p.m. Colorado at NY Islanders, 5 p.m. Detroit at Tampa Bay, 5 p.m. Phoenix at Dallas, 6 p.m. Anaheim at Nashville, 6 p.m. New Jersey at Washington, 6 p.m.

GA 123 143 141 181 159 184 178 172

Pt 76 69 68 68 64 63 51 38

GA 134 143 166 156 175 153 142 195

Pt 82 65 64 62 61 59 59 52

Oilers 2, Rangers 1 First Period 1. Edmonton, Smyth 8 (Perron) 2:56. Penalties — None. Second Period 2. NY Rangers, Brassard 11 (Zuccarello, Pouliot) :22. Penalties — Carcillo NYR (slashing) 10:22. Third Period 3. Edmonton, Yakupov 11 (Gagner, Hall) 18:22. Penalties — None. Shots on goal Edmonton 8 13 10 — 31 NY Rangers 11 13 12 — 36 Goal — Edmonton: Scrivens (W, 10-8-4); NY Rangers: Talbot (L, 10-5-0). Power plays (goal-chances)Edmonton: 0-1; NY Rangers: 0-0. Flames 4, Islanders 2 First Period No Scoring. Penalties — Stajan Cgy (stick holding) 9:44, Backlund Cgy (holding) 17:23. Second Period 1. Calgary, Monahan 16 (Colborne, Russell) 14:15. 2. Calgary, Wideman 4 (Backlund, Brodie) 18:08 (pp). 3. NY Islanders, Hickey 4 (Bailey, McDonald) 19:53. Penalties — Colborne Cgy (interference) 8:06, Hickey NYI (stick holding) 17:01. Third Period 4. NY Islanders, De Haan 2 (Tavares, Vanek) 7:31. 5. Calgary, Jones 9 (Stajan, Wideman) 14:28. 6. Calgary, Backlund 14 (Hudler) 19:57 (en). Penalties — Smid Cgy (hooking) 3:12, Visnovsky

NYI (holding) 4:33, Hudler Cgy (hooking) 16:51. Shots on goal Calgary 5 6 11 — 22 NY Islanders 11 11 8 — 30 Goal — Calgary: Berra (W, 8-15-2); NY Islanders: Nabokov (L, 10-11-5). Power plays (goal-chances)Calgary: 1-2; NY Islanders: 0-5. Flyers 3, Avalanche 1 First Period No Scoring. Penalties — Couturier Pha (slashing) 0:53, Landeskog Col (tripping) 7:30, Hartnell Pha (kneeing) 12:51, Parenteau Col (interference) 14:04, Bordeleau Col (Check from Behind Major) 18:28, Bordeleau Col (game misconduct) 18:28. Second Period 1. Philadelphia, Streit 8 (Lecavalier, Couturier) 6:21 (pp). Penalties — Simmonds Pha (hooking) 0:47, Mitchell Col (hooking) 5:46, Hall Pha (cross-checking) 18:13. Third Period 2. Philadelphia, Raffl 7 (Couturier, Downie) 7:05. 3. Colorado, MacKinnon 21 (O’Reilly, Landeskog) 17:10. 4. Philadelphia, Giroux 19 (Simmonds, Coburn) 19:40 (en). Penalties — None. Shots on goal Colorado 14 8 17 — 39 Philadelphia 12 17 6 — 35 Goal — Colorado: Varlamov (L, 28-11-5); Philadelphia: Mason (W, 23-14-5). Power plays (goal-chances)Colorado: 0-3; Philadelphia: 1-5. Capitals 4, Jets 2 First Period 1. Washington, Brouwer 12 (Johansson, Wellman) 4:56. 2. Winnipeg, Little 18 (Ladd) 13:02. Penalties — Backstrom Wash (interference) 14:41, Enstrom Wpg (slashing) 17:59. Second Period 3. Winnipeg, Byfuglien 13 (Setoguchi, Jokinen) 5:41. Penalties — Byfuglien Wpg (tripping) 9:06, Wheeler Wpg (slashing) 18:35. Third Period 4. Washington, Wilson 2 (Brouillette, Wey) 3:38. 5. Washington, Ovechkin 40 (Backstrom, Alzner) 7:46. 6. Washington, Brouwer 13 (Johansson, Carrick) 15:15. Penalties — Trouba Wpg (delay of game) 10:21. Shots on goal Winnipeg 14 16 6 — 36 Washington 11 7 12 — 30 Goal — Winnipeg: Pavelec (L, 18-22-4); Washington: Holtby (W, 16-13-2). Power plays (goal-chances)Winnipeg: 0-1; Washington: 0-4. Canadiens 5, Canucks 2 First Period 1. Montreal, Pacioretty 24 (Subban, Markov) 14:59 (pp). 2. Montreal, White 1 (Bournival, Weise) 16:02. Penalties — Kesler Vcr (hooking) 13:52, Plekanec Mtl (hooking) 19:46. Second Period 3. Vancouver, Higgins 16 (Garrison, Schroeder) 2:31 (pp). Penalties — Emelin Mtl (tripping) 1:47, Prust Mtl (tripping) 7:53. Third Period 4. Montreal, Pacioretty 25 (Desharnais, Gallagher) 4:45. 5. Montreal, Plekanec 17 (Desharnais) 8:14. 6. Vancouver, Edler 5 (Diaz, Burrows) 12:21 (pp). 7. Montreal, Pacioretty 26 (Gallagher, Emelin) 18:52 (en). Penalties — Mtl Bench (too many men) 5:55, Gallagher Mtl (goaltender interference) 11:24. Shots on goal Vancouver 12 15 17 — 44 Montreal 9 8 12 — 29 Goal — Vancouver: Luongo (L, 19-15-6); Montreal: Price (W, 25-17-5). Power plays (goal-chances)Vancouver: 2-5; Montreal: 1-1. Red Wings 3, Panthers 1 First Period 1. Florida, Upshall 10 (Kopecky, Weaver) 19:34. Penalties — Gomez Fla (tripping) 6:02, Zetterberg

Det (interference) 9:26, Upshall Fla (slashing) 17:28. Second Period 2. Detroit, Alfredsson 13 (Abdelkader, Kronwall) 6:30 (pp). 3. Detroit, Nyquist 14 (unassisted) 13:22. Penalties — Campbell Fla (tripping) 5:36, Kopecky Fla (hooking) 14:01, Kopecky Fla (unsportsmanlike conduct) 14:01. Third Period 4. Detroit, Lashoff 1 (Helm, Kronwall) 19:40 (en). Penalties — Alfredsson Det (interference) 5:02, Huberdeau Fla (tripping) 5:30, Gomez Fla (highsticking) 12:59, Lashoff Det (cross-checking) 17:34. Shots on goal Detroit 11 12 10 — 33 Florida 2 6 16 — 24 Goal — Detroit: Howard (W, 12-12-9); Florida: Thomas (L, 15-17-3). Power plays (goal-chances)Detroit: 1-7; Florida: 0-3. Senators 3, Sabres 2 First Period No Scoring. Penalties — D’Agostini Buf (hooking) 4:49, Neil Ott (tripping) 7:33, Methot Ott (holding) 15:53. Second Period 1. Ottawa, Karlsson 15 (Da Costa, Conacher) 3:12. Penalties — Varone Buf (high-sticking) 5:38, Turris Ott (high-sticking) 5:55, Scott Buf (slashing) 9:22, Michalek Ott (high-sticking) 11:13. Third Period 2. Ottawa, Michalek 9 (Spezza, Zibanejad) :10. 3. Buffalo, Ennis 13 (Stafford, Leino) 10:25. 4. Buffalo, Stafford 10 (Ehrhoff) 15:46. 5. Ottawa, Michalek 10 (Spezza, Neil) 19:37. Penalties — Ott Bench (too many men) 5:11, Karlsson Ott (tripping) 6:54, Condra Ott (tripping) 19:44. Shots on goal Buffalo 7 13 12 — 32 Ottawa 11 13 12 — 36 Goal — Buffalo: Enroth (L, 1-12-5); Ottawa: Anderson (W, 19-11-8). Power plays (goal-chances)Buffalo: 0-7; Ottawa: 0-3. Maple Leafs 4, Lightning 1 First Period No Scoring. Penalties — Gudas TB (interference) 14:57. Second Period 1. Toronto, Raymond 15 (Kulemin, Rielly) 7:57. Penalties — None. Third Period 2. Toronto, McClement 3 (Clarkson, Lupul) 2:19. 3. Toronto, van Riemsdyk 23 (Gunnarsson, Kessel) 8:10. 4. Tampa Bay, Palat 12 (St. Louis, Johnson) 10:28. 5. Toronto, Bozak 12 (Kessel) 17:08 (en). Penalties — Bernier Tor (roughing) 18:17, Brown TB (goaltender interference) 18:17, Gudas TB (misconduct) 18:17, Gleason Tor (misconduct) 18:17, Gleason Tor (roughing) 18:17, Desjardins TB (leaving the crease) 18:17. Shots on goal Toronto 12 10 14 — 36 Tampa Bay 9 14 11 — 34 Goal — Toronto: Bernier (W, 21-16-5); Tampa Bay: Desjardins (L, 0-1-0). Power plays (goal-chances)Toronto: 0-1; Tampa Bay: 0-1. Blues 3, Bruins 2 (OT) First Period 1. St. Louis, Steen 28 (Schwartz, Bouwmeester) 15:48. Penalties — Shattenkirk StL (holding) 0:13, Bartkowski Bos (stick holding) 8:54, Bouwmeester StL (slashing) 13:32. Second Period 2. St. Louis, Schwartz 18 (Jaskin, Pietrangelo) 3:32. Penalties — Kelly Bos (tripping) 5:34, Bouwmeester StL (holding) 13:44, Oshie StL (roughing) 17:59, Boychuk Bos (roughing) 17:59. Third Period 3. Boston, Krejci 13 (Iginla, Lucic) 9:16. 4. Boston, Marchand 18 (Boychuk, Krug) 11:24. Penalties — Krug Bos (roughing) 3:53, Oshie StL (roughing) 3:53, Polak StL (high-sticking) 11:50. Overtime 5. St. Louis, Oshie 14 (unassisted) 3:29. Penalties — None. Shots on goal Boston 11 13 11 3 — 38 St. Louis 9 9 7 2 — 27 Goal — Boston: Rask (LO, 25-13-4); St. Louis: Halak (W, 24-8-4).

Curling 2014 Scotties Tournament of Hearts MONTREAL — Standings and results Thursday after Draw 16 of the 2014 Scotties Tournament of Hearts, the Canadian women’s curling championship, Feb. 1-9 at Maurice Richard Arena:

Lacrosse National Lacrosse League East Division GP W L Pct. GF GA Buffalo 6 5 1 .833 76 67 Rochester 5 3 2 .600 50 42 Philadelphia 6 3 3 .500 77 66 Toronto 5 2 3 .400 61 59 Minnesota 5 1 4 .200 42 55 West Division GP W L Pct. GF GA Edmonton 5 5 0 1.000 62 39 Calgary 5 2 3 .400 60 68 Colorado 8 3 5 .375 90 110 Vancouver 7 2 5 .286 75 87

FRIDAY, FEB. 7, 2014

ROUND ROBIN Province (skip) x-Canada (Homan) x-Manitoba (Carey) x-Saskatchewan (Lawton) x-Alberta (Sweeting) New Brunswick (Crawford) B.C. (Van Osch) N.L. (Strong) N.S. (Smith) P.E.I. (Dolan) Ontario (Flaxey)

W 10 8 8 8 6 6 4 3 3 3

L 0 2 2 3 4 5 7 7 7 7

Quebec (Ross) Yukon/NWT (Koltun) x — clinched playoff berth.

2 1

9 9

Thursday’s results Draw 14 Alberta 10 Quebec 3 B.C. 7 Newfoundland & Labrador 3 Draw 15 Canada 7 Saskatchewan 6 Manitoba 9 Ontario 8 (extra end) New Brunswick 5 Yukon/NWT 4 P.E.I. 7 Nova Scotia 5 Draw 16 Alberta 7 Manitoba 4 Canada 9 Newfoundland & Labrador 4 Quebec 5 Ontario 3 Saskatchewan 8 B.C. 4


Friday’s games Draw 17, 7 a.m. Canada vs. New Brunswick; Yukon/NWT vs. Saskatchewan; Manitoba vs. P.E.I.; Ontario vs. Nova Scotia. End of round robin PLAYOFFS Friday’s games Tiebreakers, 2, 5 p.m. and 4 a.m. (Saturday) (if necessary) First Page Playoff, 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8 Second Page Playoff, 9 a.m. Semifinal, 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9 Third-place game, 12:30 p.m. Championship, 5:30 p.m.


National Basketball Association EASTERN CONFERENCE W L Pct GB d-Indiana 38 10 .792 — d-Miami 35 13 .729 3 d-Toronto 26 23 .531 12 Atlanta 25 23 .521 13 Washington 24 24 .500 14 Chicago 24 24 .500 14 Brooklyn 22 25 .468 15 Charlotte 22 28 .440 17 Detroit 19 29 .396 19 New York 19 30 .388 19 Boston 17 33 .340 22 Cleveland 16 33 .327 22 Philadelphia 15 35 .300 24 Orlando 14 37 .275 25 Milwaukee 9 40 .184 29


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Phoenix Dallas Memphis Denver Minnesota New Orleans L.A. Lakers Sacramento Utah d-division leader

29 29 26 24 24 21 17 17 16

20 21 22 23 25 27 32 32 32

.592 .580 .542 .511 .490 .438 .347 .347 .333

10 10 12 14 15 17 22 22 22

Thursday’s Games Brooklyn 103, San Antonio 89 Chicago at Golden State, late

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WESTERN CONFERENCE W L Pct GB 40 11 .784 — 36 14 .720 3 1/2 35 14 .714 4 34 18 .654 6 1/2 33 17 .660 6 1/2 29 20 .592 10

d-Oklahoma City d-San Antonio Portland d-L.A. Clippers Houston Golden State

Wednesday’s results Draw 11 Alberta 9 Newfoundland & Labrador 5 B.C. 6 Quebec 5 New Brunswick 9 P.E.I. 6 Nova Scotia 7 Yukon/NWT 3 Draw 12 Canada 7 B.C. 3 Manitoba 15 Quebec 3 Ontario 7 Alberta 5 Saskatchewan 7 Newfoundland & Labarador 3 Draw 13 Canada 9 P.E.I. 4 Manitoba 8 New Brunswick 4 Ontario 12 Yukon/NWT 2 Saskatchewan 8 Nova Scotia 6

Friday’s Games Oklahoma City at Orlando, 5 p.m. Portland at Indiana, 5 p.m. L.A. Lakers at Philadelphia, 5 p.m. Cleveland at Washington, 5 p.m. Sacramento at Boston, 5:30 p.m. Brooklyn at Detroit, 5:30 p.m. Denver at New York, 5:30 p.m. Utah at Dallas, 6:30 p.m. Minnesota at New Orleans, 7:30 p.m. Toronto at L.A. Clippers, 8:30 p.m.

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Thursday’s Sports Transactions HOCKEY National Hockey League CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS — Acquired Fs Peter Regin and Pierre-Marc Bouchard from the N. Y. Islanders for a 2014 fourth-round entry draft selection. COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS — Traded F Spencer Machacek to Pittsburgh for F Paul Thompson and loaned Thompson to Springfield (AHL). DALLAS STARS — Reassigned F Dustin Jeffrey to Texas (AHL). LOS ANGELES KINGS — Traded F Robert Czarnik to Montreal for F Steve Quailer. Assigned D Jeff Schultz to Manchester (AHL). MINNESOTA WILD — Reassigned F Stephane Veilleux to Iowa (AHL). Recalled G Johan Gustafsson from Iowa. NEW YORK ISLANDERS — Reassigned D Andrey Pedan to Stockton (ECHL). SAN JOSE SHARKS — Recalled F John McCarthy from Worcester (AHL). Assigned D Matt Tennyson to Worcester. WASHINGTON CAPITALS — Recalled D Julien Brouillette and D Patrick Wey from Hershey (AHL). American Hockey League

MILWAUKEE ADMIRALS — Recalled F Paul Crowder from Cincinnati (ECHL). Central Hockey League DENVER CUTTHROATS — Waived F Daniel Moriarty. Signed F Kyle Fletcher. BASEBALL MLB PLAYERS ASSOCIATION — Named Jeffrey Hammonds special assistant, player program development. American League BALTIMORE ORIOLES — Agreed to terms with C Matt Wieters on a one-year contract and RHP Evan Meek on a minor league contract. HOUSTON ASTROS — Agreed to terms with RHP Jerome Williams on a one-year contract. Designated INF Brett Wallace for assignment. TAMPA BAY RAYS — Agreed to terms with INF Wilson Betemit, OFs Justin Christian and Jeremy Moore, C Eddy Rodriguez and RHP Juan Sandoval on minor league contracts. National League ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS — Agreed to terms with OF Mark Trumbo on a one-year contract. CHICAGO CUBS — Agreed to terms with 2B Darwin Barney on a one-year contract.








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MS) Test your knowledge of all things related to the day of love.

1. How many martyred saints are believed to be named St. Valentine? a. 12 b. 14 c. 7 d. 16

2. Ancient Egyptians used to mummify people with this organ intact because they believed it was the only part of the body necessary for the trip through eternity. a. heart b. liver c. lung d. eye

3. This February holiday was originally observed on February 14th.

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with kids in tow (MS) Romantic nights out on the town are how many couples celebrate Valentine’s Day. Restaurants and resorts book quickly come Valentine’s Day, while movie theaters tend to be packed as well. Even babysitters cash in come February 14, as parents look to enjoy a romantic night away from the kids. Parents who do not secure a babysitter well in advance of the holiday will have to spend Valentine’s Day with kids in tow. Many parents actually prefer to spend Valentine’s Day with their children, and there are plenty of family-friendly Valentine’s Day activities to keep everyone occupied.

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a. Lincoln’s birthday b. Washington’s birthday c. Mardi Gras d. Groundhog Day

4. Which confectionary company produced the first box of chocolates for Valentine’s Day in the late 1800s? a. Hershey b. Nestle c. Cadbury d. Mars

5. Approximately 110 million of these will be sold and delivered within the three days surrounding Valentine’s Day. a. chocolates b. roses c. cards d. emails

Valentine’s Day is the one day of the year to fully engage your sweet tooth. And what child doesn’t enjoy sampling plenty of sweet treats? Create a sundae station after dinner, complete with different flavors of ice cream and various toppings. Include mix-ins, like brownie bits or small chunks of pound cake. Everyone can create their own sundae, topped off with whipped cream and a cherry. This is also a time to experiment with different dessert recipes. Encourage kids to come into the kitchen and dabble in pastry arts. Bake and decorate heart-shaped cakes and cookies. Whip up healthy, pink-tinged strawberry-banana smoothies. Create edible candyand-chocolate bouquets to use as the centerpiece on a dining table. The opportunities for fun with sweets are endless.

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6. Who receives the most Valentine’s Day cards?

Families also can use this Valentine’s Day as a chance turn off their electronic devices and have fun with crafts and hobbies. While heart-shaped paper crafts are requisite for the day, that doesn’t mean you need to be limited to all frilly creations. Boys can construct their own Cupid bows from twigs and some yarn. Everyone can whip up a batch of fizzing, scented bath salts. Homemade craft dough also makes for a fun project, and the dough can be turned into all different shapes, including hearts and bows.

a. teachers b. wives c. mothers d. children

7. This Italian city was where Romeo and Juliet lived in Shakespeare’s tale. a. Rome b. Naples c. Tuscany d. Verona

Spend a day sledding down a wintry slope or skating at a nearby ice rink. Hike through a town park and witness the landscape during a cold-weather season. Visit a zoo, museum or aquarium and take in all the sights and sounds. And, since many restaurants book couples for later seatings, there may just be room for a table of more than two at an earlier time in the day. Although Valentine’s Day is billed as a day for couples, the entire family can still enjoy the day together.

Movie night

Rather than facing the crowds at area theaters, you can visit your nearest movie quick-serve kiosk or purchase a movie through your cable service provider. Find familyfriendly films with love and togetherness as the center theme. Then whip up a large bowl of popcorn, snuggle under the blankets and enjoy a movie marathon.

8. In what year did Hallmark launch its first Valentine’s Day product? a. 1913 b. 1915 c. 1917 d. 1919

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9. Which Roman goddess was known as the goddess of love? a. Vesta b. Juno c. Venus d. Diana

Purchase or find a wooden, plastic or metal box that will last for several years. Have all members of the family gather their favorite items or things that are sentimental to them and place them in the box. These can be ticket stubs, photographs, jewelry, or other trinkets. Place them in the box and seal it. Agree not to open the box until next Valentine’s Day to see how the family has grown and evolved.

10. Which monument was given as the ultimate gift of love? a. Egyptian pyramids b. Taj Mahal c. Eiffel Tower d. Palace of Versailles

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Valentine’s Day is frequently accompanied by bouquets of roses and other flowers. Begin a new family tradition of planting flower seeds on February 14. Use small pots that can be kept indoors in a bright window for a few weeks until the arrival of spring. Then transplant outdoors and continue to enjoy full-grown flowering plants for months to come.

11. Which of the following birds DO NOT mate for life? a. Dove b. Bald Eagle c. Cardinal d. California Condor

12. What letter has become the symbol for a “kiss”?



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INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY Celebrate International Women’s Day with a benefit concert at The Hub on Ross Street on March 7. Enjoy musical performances by Randi Boulton, Donna Durand, Charlin Henderson, Kristy Lawrence, Teresa Neuman, Olivia Smith and Justine Vandergrift from 7 to 9 p.m. Proceeds will go to the Global Enrichment Foundation. The cover charge is $15 per person or $30 per family. Cash only. Bringing Relief; Inspiring Through Education and The Hub have teamed up to put on the show. For information, call 403-340-4869.

The first Canadian with Type 1 diabetes to climb Mount Everest will speak at the Black Knight Inn on March 18. Sebastien Sasseville, also a six-time ironman competitor, is the keynote speaker at the Canadian Diabetes Association’s educational expo and trade show. The expo runs from 6 to 9 p.m. Exhibits on healthy living, nutrition, stress, foot care, eye care, cardiovascular health and much more will be displayed. There will also be free samples, refreshments and door prizes. Register before March 14 because seating is limited. Call 403-3464631 to register.

MIDDLE CLASS ATTACKED: NDP Ahead of the upcoming provincial budget, the Alberta New Democrats are touring the province, hoping to show a different side to the government’s policies. NDP Leader Brian Mason said the Progressive Conservative government has launched an unprecedented attack on families’ standard of living and this tour hopes to hear how tough it is for the middle-class. They will be in Red Deer on Feb. 25 at the Pioneer Lodge, at 4324 46A Ave., with the event starting at 7 p.m. Participants will hear from local experts on issues of affordability in their communities.

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Red Deer and District SPCA fund development coordinator Lisa Ruether holds two reserve rescue dogs named Maemi and Melini. The two, eight-week old husky cross puppies are from a litter of six that are all ready for adoption. Currently the SPCA has 34 dogs in the shelter and four more fostered out to staff due to overcrowding at the shelter.

SPCA staff taking home dogs as capacity reached MORE PEOPLE URGENTLY NEEDED TO ADOPT DOGS BY MURRAY CRAWFORD ADVOCATE STAFF The Red Deer and District SPCA has gone to the dogs. The organization has been inundated with canines lately, so much so that it is currently two dogs over capacity with four going into foster care, meaning staff have taken them home. SPCA executive director Tara Hellewell said they need people to adopt these dogs. “This is the most dogs we’ve had in care for a long time,” said Hellewell. “Every kennel is full, we’re not overrun with them in every single room — that would jeopardize hygiene — but we are packed to the brim. “We’re at the point where our kennels are full and we won’t cram them in. Right now we can’t take in any new dogs unless we can find some foster homes, which we’re desperately trying to find. Every day we get calls for help.” While this has happened in the past with cats, it is atypical for the SPCA to be full up with dogs. She cites several reasons, including an increase in dogs rescued from

nearby reserves as the SPCA has been reaching out to area reserves. Six puppies are in the facility and they have also had quite a few owner surrenders, for various reasons. “We have a number of different types of dogs, in all shapes and sizes, which is unusual,” said Hellewell. In January, the SPCA had more than 60 adoptions, which is above a typical month of about 40 adoptions, said Hellewell. “Usually it is pretty quiet after Christmas, but that was great news,” she said. “I’d like to say it’s because I’m offering hot coffee to everyone, but that’s probably not it.” Under normal circumstances, the group can hold about 30 dogs in the kennels at its building at 4505 77th St. Some rooms can be repurposed as temporary space, such as the grooming room. “It is very urgent that people come to adopt these great dogs.” For more information, contact the SPCA at 403-342-7722 or visit the office. The SPCA is also developing a new website set to launch later this month.

Red Deer Catholic Regional School Division says it would like to see more full-day, everyday kindergarten programs in its schools but can’t make that happen without additional space. The board was provided with an update on the full-day kindergarten situation at Tuesday night’s regular meeting, with trustees expressing the need to continue monitoring the two schools that offer the program. Full-day kindergarten began as a pilot project in St. Marguerite Bourgeoys School in Innisfail, Holy Trinity School in Olds and St. Teresa of Avila School in Red Deer in the 2012-13 school year. St. Teresa cancelled its program for this school year due to a lack of space but the other two schools are continuing to offer it after the successful pilot, accommodating between 23 to 25 young students each. “It got rave reviews that first year from parents, staff and children at St. Teresa,” said Kathleen Finnigan, associate superintendent for student services with Red Deer Catholic. “Now, although St. Teresa no longer has the program, it is still meeting the needs of children that need that type of full-day programming.” About seven children who have been identified as having those learning needs at St. Teresa do attend kindergarten for the full day, everyday. The only difference is they have to interact with two sets of children, the morning class and the afternoon. “So they get to know a lot of other children. But it’s still the regular kindergarten program,” Finnigan said.

Premier Alison Redford pledged during the 2012 election campaign that her government would make full-day kindergarten mandatory across the province within a year of being elected. At the end of December, Redford said she couldn’t say when the move on full-day kindergarten will happen but that she still finds it an important action to take. The province has estimated funding full-day kindergarten would cost $200 million a year. Ontario, Quebec, British Columbia, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island all offer full-day programs. Finnigan said the board “really supports full-day, everyday” programming for kindergarten but has its hands tied when it comes to space and needs the government to boost its support. “If we could put a fullday at St. Pat’s, we’d love to but their enrolment is really strong and they’re packed and they just can’t do it,” she said. “Father Voisin may consider coming to us for it but we haven’t entered into those conversations yet.” Father Voisin Elementary, the division’s new kindergarten to Grade 5 school, will open in Clearview Ridge in September. A school interested in opening up everyday, full-day kindergarten would work with a senior administration team at the division to determine if the program would be an ideal fit for that school and community, Finnigan said. “Parents really appreciate their children being in this type of programming because the learning goes deeper. “There’s more of a connection with parents, the readiness skills going into Grade 1 are stronger, all that sort of thing.”

Man appears on new charges Red Deer man stunned, A Red Deer man awaiting trial for a 2010 fatal impaired driving collision was in court on Thursday to deal with a dozen other charges he has been slapped with since then. Rodney Ross Arens, 36, appeared in Red Deer provincial court by closedcircuit video link from the remand centre. He has been in custody since Dec. 21 following his arrest on new charges. Bail was denied last month. Arens was arrested by RCMP in Sylvan Lake after police responded to a complaint of a possible impaired driver. Police said when they located the parked and running vehicle, the driver was slumped over the steering wheel. When the driver was awakened and police searched him, they allegedly found cash, crack cocaine and a small amount of marijuana. Arens was charged with impaired care and control of a motor vehicle,

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COURT resisting a peace officer, obstructing a peace officer, possession of stolen property, possession of drugs for the purpose of trafficking, possession of drugs and five counts of breaching release conditions. Duty counsel Mark Gottlieb said Arens is waiting to have a lawyer appointed by Legal Aid Alberta. He is scheduled to return to court on Feb. 13 to enter pleas and elect how he wishes to be tried. Arens is scheduled for trial starting on April 22 in the Court of Queen’s Bench. He is facing numerous charges, including impaired driving causing death, in connection with a collision in Red Deer on July 1, 2010. Anouluck “Jeffrey” Chanminaraj, 13, died at the scene and his brother and sister were both injured.

A Red Deer man is over a quarter of a million dollars richer after hitting it big with a Lotto Max win. Eugene Soosay was so surprised by his luck that he had to check his ticket time and time again. Every time, it told him he had won $286,514.50. “I was stunned, just amazed,” he said. He checked it four times at one store on Jan. 17, then took it to another store to check again. And over the next few days, he Eugene Soosay checked it again and again. His ticket matched six out of seven numbers and the bonus on a quick pick line of his advance play ticket. He bought the ticket for the Jan. 10 and 18 draws at the Westpark Fas Gas, at 4305 55th Ave. in Red Deer. He said he plans to help family and maybe take a trip to Las Vegas with his winnings.

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This photo provided by Science Translational Medicine shows amputee Dennis Aabo Sorensen, right, wearing a sensory feedback-enabled prosthesis. European researchers have created a robotic hand that lets an amputee feel differences between a bottle, a baseball and a mandarin orange.



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Amputee Dennis Aabo Sorensen holds an orange while wearing a sensory feedback-enabled prosthesis in Rome. Sorensen said it felt like his missing fingers were moving, showing the nerves still could relay information. Meanwhile, Micera’s team put sensors on two fingers of a robotic hand, to detect information about what the artificial fingers touched. For one week, cords snaked from a bandage on Sorensen’s arm to the artificial hand, and the electrodes zapped the nerves in proportion to what the sensors detected. They essentially created a loop that let the robotic hand rapidly communicate with Sorensen’s brain. “It is really putting the brain back in control of the system,” said biomedical engineer Dustin Tyler of Case Western Reserve University, who wasn’t involved with the European work but leads a team in Ohio that recently created and tested a similar touch-enabled hand. Added neurobiologist Andrew Schwartz of the University of Pittsburgh: “It shows with a few sensors and some pretty elementary technology, that they can recover a fair amount of functionality.” To be sure Sorensen used touch, and didn’t cheat by looking or hearing telltale sounds, he wore a blindfold and headphones as Micera’s team handed him different objects. “Suddenly I could tell if it was a hard object,” Sorensen recalled, describing sensations that changed along with his grip. “The response, the feedback from the arm to my nerves and to my brain, they came very strong.”

Micera cautioned that it will take several years of additional research to create a first-generation artificial hand that can feel, and looks more like a traditional prosthetic. First, they have to prove these nerve implants can last; for safety reasons, Sorensen’s were surgically removed after the experiment. But a lot of work is under way. In Ohio, Tyler’s team recently issued video showing a blindfolded man gently pulling stems from cherries without crushing them, thanks to similar implanted nerve stimulators and a sensor-equipped prosthetic hand. The main difference, said Switzerland’s Micera, is in how the nerve electrodes are implanted. The European approach puts them inside the nerve rather than around it for better control, but that’s more invasive and some researchers worry it could damage the nerve over time. Schwartz’s team is about to test another approach — a braincontrolled robotic hand for the paralyzed that would “feel” through electrodes implanted in a brain region known as the sensory cortex. Whatever the approach, touch is a complex sense and these are all basic first steps involving how someone grasps, not more sophisticated sensations such as texture or temperature. “There is definitely tremendous value to having a sense of touch, a sense of feeling from the hand,” said Case Western’s Tyler. “What that feeling is, how we use it — that’s yet to come.”

MONTREAL — After scoring a deal on CBC’s Dragons’ Den, the entrepreneurs behind a do-it-yourself product to remove computer viruses are raising money to launch a version of the FixMeStick for Apple’s Mac computers. The Montreal tech startup company is aiming to raise $50,000 on the Kickstarter crowdfunding platform, where people pledge money to get products off the ground or to the next level. “We have received requests literally every day since we launched for a Mac version,” said CEO and co-founder Marty Algire, who launched FixMeStick in 2012 with partner Corey Velan. “This is a good opportunity for us to both experiment with the Kickstarter platform and community and also put that customer demand to the test and see if it’s real that people will buy a product to remove viruses from a Mac.” By Wednesday, FixMeStick had raised more than $39,000 with a funding deadline of Feb. 14. The duo secured $500,000 in funding but had to give up a 20 per cent stake in their company recently on Dragons’ Den, a TV program that has entrepreneurs pitching ideas to get funding from a panel of venture capitalists. While the product is available online, Algire said a big goal this year is to get the virus-fighting USB stick into major U.S. retailers. It’s already available at U.S. regional retailer Fry’s Electronics and Algire expects to add the U.S. regional chain Micro Center. In Canada, it’s available at Costco, Walmart, The Source and London Drugs. “Despite all of the news about on-

line eating the lunch of retail, retail is still where the action is,” he said. Algire said so far more than 40,000 FixMeSticks have been sold and the product has been appealing to baby boomers, plus or minus 15 years. It’s not a replacement for anti-virus software, he cautions, which he sees as prevention. “(But) it’s game over when something gets onto a computer and at that point you really need to have an external device to take it off,” said Algire, who previously worked at a software anti-virus company. The FixMeStick’s annual subscription of $60 provides a license for unlimited use on up to three personal computers. PC Magazine gave FixMeStick four starts out of five, saying it had good scores in a malware cleanup test. But the cons are the cleanup process wiped out some essential Windows files, making remote assistance necessary, and there was no real-time protection against new threats. As consumers use more smartphones and tablets, Algire said the FixMeStick can be adapted to those mobile devices, but he’s not convinced there are enough threats to warrant developing it yet. Independent technology analyst Carmi Levy said the FixMeStick will eventually have to adapt to mobile devices. “We no longer use PCs or desktop and laptop computers exclusively to get ourselves online,” said Levy, who’s based in London, Ont. But he said using a FixMeStick will be cheaper and more efficient than having a computer professionally cleaned to remove viruses.


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WASHINGTON — To feel what you touch — that’s the holy grail for artificial limbs. In a step toward that goal, European researchers created a robotic hand that let an amputee feel differences between a bottle, a baseball and a mandarin orange. The patient only got to experiment with the bulky prototype for a week, and it’s far from the bionics of science fiction movies. But the research released Wednesday is part of a major effort to create more lifelike, and usable, prosthetics. “It was just amazing,” said Dennis Aabo Sorensen of Aalborg, Denmark, who lost his left hand in a fireworks accident a decade ago and volunteered to pilot-test the new prosthetic. “It was the closest I have had to feeling like a normal hand.” This isn’t the first time scientists have tried to give some sense of touch to artificial hands; a few other pilot projects have been reported in the U.S. and Europe. But this newest experiment, published in the journal Science Translational Medicine, shows Sorensen not only could tell differences in the shape and hardness of objects, he also could quickly react and adjust his grasp. “It was interesting to see how fast he was able to master this,” said neuroengineer Silvestro Micera of Switzerland’s Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, who led the Swiss and Italian research team. ” Scientists have made great strides in recent years in improving the dexterity of prosthetics. But the sense of touch has been a much more difficult challenge, and is one reason that many patients don’t use their prosthetic hands as much as they’d like. Consider: Grab something and your own hand naturally grasps with just enough force to hang on. Users of prosthetic hands have to carefully watch every motion, judging by eye instead of touch how tightly to squeeze. The results can be clumsy, with dropped dishes or crushed objects. “You always have to look and see what’s going on, so that’s what is so much different from this new hand that I tried,” Sorensen, 36, said. First, doctors at Rome’s Gemelli Hospital implanted tiny electrodes inside two nerves — the ulnar and median nerves — in the stump of Sorensen’s arm. Those nerves normally would allow for certain sensations in a hand. When researchers zapped them with a weak electrical signal,

Future energy supplies for the High optical transparency is obviworld will be dictated by technology. ous: it allows the sun’s rays to penHomo sapiens have moved far be- etrate the protective glass that covers yond the light provided by a campfire the solar cells. or a flaming torch made of what is at High optical haze scatters this light hand. and prevents it from reflecting away Most of us in modern society have from the crystalline silicon that does gotten pretty used to flipping a switch the energy conversion. to illuminate our homes, Of course, a balance has turning on a tap for water to be struck between the or adjusting a thermostat for two conditions to optimize warmth. energy conversion. Most of the world’s popuEnter transparent paper. lation is not so lucky. CirWith an optical transparcumstances beyond their ency rating of 96 per cent control or capabilities quite and a haze factor of 60 per often hold them to condicent, it has increased elections that the citizens of trical efficiency of a silicon “civilized” nations would cell by some 0.54 per cent rail against and cause them in the lab. Although not the to bemoan their desperate, only research facility workuntenable situation. ing with this type of mateLORNE Most of us are not prerial, their “TEMPO Na BrOJA pared for power outages for NaClO oxidation system” more than a day, let alone a is proving to be the most week or — God forbid — the cost-effective process for rest of their lives. treating the wood fibres to This disparity in economic strata is, make this particular type of optically for some, one of the motivating forces translucent paper. behind the ongoing research and deThey propose using this transparent velopment of solar photovoltaic and paper as a very economical substrate solar thermal technologies. to be applied to photovoltaic or any A small group is working to increase solar cell technology for increasing photovoltaic efficiencies, decrease cost overall efficiency. of production, and innovate technoloThis simple paper scattering megies so that everyone may some day dium acts as a photon concentrator, benefit from the modern conveniences is low cost and will increase output that we in the “civilized’ world take for without significant increase in producgranted. tion cost. However, sometimes these innovaNot bad for a development from tions can become apparent in unre- a technology that was not initially lated investigations. searching for photovoltaic enhanceResearchers at the University of ment. Maryland, in conjunction with Chinese Quick minds with vision made the scientists, have inadvertently tackled correlation. two of the problems associated with These advances may seem like solar cell efficiencies by developing small steps but the march of a thou“transparent paper.” sand miles is completed one footstep This unlikely development is the re- at a time. sult of their research into green elecLorne Oja is an energy consultant, tronics; their goal is the use of sustain- power engineer and a partner in a comable materials developed from the cel- pany that installs solar panels, wind turlulose in tree fibres for replacing the bines and energy control products in Cenplastics we use in electronic devices tral Alberta. and associated plastic paraphernalia. He built his first off-grid home in 2003. Two problems that reduce efficient His column appears every second Friday solar conversion are optical transpar- in the Advocate. Contact him at: lorne@ ency and optical haze.



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Residential real estate outlook is optimistic



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Ready for their opening day today (Friday) Ed and Livia Young and store manager Pam Thompson, centre, at the new Chopped Leaf restaurant, are excited to welcome customers to their restaurant. Located in Clearview Market Square, Chopped Leaf serves soups, salads, wraps, sandwiches, quesadillas, salad rolls and rice bowls, with more than 50 ingredients for customers to choose from. The local franchise, which is owned by Ed and Livia Young, Patti Barker, and Eric and Eileen Li, is open Monday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Prosperity group stays alive WILL CONTINUE TO ATTRACT FOREIGN INVESTMENT, PROMOTE BUSINESS-TO-BUSINESS RELATIONSHIPS BY HARLEY RICHARDS ADVOCATE BUSINESS EDITOR A local economic development organization that had reached the end of its three-year mandate has been given a new lease on life. Central Alberta: Access Prosperity, which was created in 2011 with $1.2 million from the province’s Rural Alberta Development Fund, will continue to support local businesses, attract foreign investment and promote businessto-business relationships, said Red Deer County manager Curtis Herzberg. “It’s definitely worthwhile to continue on.” Red Deer County applied for the organization’s original funding on behalf of Red Deer Regional Economic Development — an alliance involving the county, the City of Red Deer, the Red Deer Chamber of Commerce and Red Deer College — and Central Alberta Economic Partnership. During the past three years, Access Prosperity has led trade missions and brought in delegations of prospective investors and business partners. Its achievements were highlighted at a Chamber luncheon on Wednesday by Matt Cornall, an investment attraction officer with the organization. He placed its economic impact at more than

$10 million. Several businesses have set up shop in Central Alberta as a result of Access Prosperity’s efforts, including Upstream Downstream Specialized Services Inc. (UDSS) and Industrial Filter Manufacturing Ltd. “Our philosophy is always around trying to find markets and investors that have a logical fit into what we have to offer here in our region, and then kind of rolling out the red carpet and making people aware of what we know — which is that Central Alberta is an amazing place to live and do business,” said Cornall. Danielle Klooster, a former business retention, expansion and investment officer with Access Prosperity and now UDSS’s business development manager for Canada, described in a video how Access Prosperity helped convince officials with the Floridabased energy consulting business to locate an office in Red Deer. And George Van Campen, operations manager with Alberta Flares Energy Services Ltd. of Ponoka, related how Access Prosperity has helped his company connect with local and international resources and business opportunities. Herzberg said the organization has provided a vehicle through which the county and its counterparts can work together for the betterment of the region. “For me, as a county manag-

er, that is as important a piece as any of it is, because in order to be able to have those conversations on that larger scale, we need to set aside our own personal agendas and inter-municipal boundary issues and just work together for the region.” Herzberg said Access Prosperity will now receive funding from its founding organizations, as well as human resources and other support. He also anticipates that it will seek provincial money for specific initiatives. “They’ve been very supportive of our work,” he said of the Alberta government. “We have some good leads on some other possible programs.” Teresa Woo-Paw, associate minister with Alberta International and Intergovernmental Relations, acknowledged during Wednesday’s luncheon that Access Prosperity has been a valuable ally for her department. “Central Alberta: Access Prosperity has been incredibly helpful in many activities that we have undertaken.” Access Prosperity currently has two full-time employees, as well as contract staff. Cornall confirmed that new projects are already in the works, including missions and inbound delegations.

Japan turns to U.S. wheat amid shipment delays from Canada BY AYA TAKADA ADVOCATE NEWS SERVICES TOKYO — Japan, Asia’s secondlargest wheat buyer, will increase imports from the United States after shipments from Canada arrived late for a second month. The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries in Tokyo bought 46,849 metric tons of U.S. hard wheat in a tender Thursday as an alternative to Canadian supply, Sunao Orihara, a director of grain trading, said in an interview. Increased purchases by Japan may support wheat futures in Chicago, said Nobuyuki Chino, who has traded grains for more than three decades and is the president of Continental Rice Corp. in Tokyo. Japan’s wheat reserves only meet 2.3 months of consumption by flour millers and deliveries from Canada failed to meet December and January deadlines. “The situation will probably get worse as rail transportation in Canada is often disrupted from February to March by heavy snow and avalanches,” said Chino.

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“Japan will have to depend more on U.S. wheat as the supply bottlenecks in Canada won’t be resolved anytime soon.” Japan bought 2.9 million tons of milling wheat from the U.S. in the year ended March 31, accounting for 58 percent of its imports of the grain, data from the ministry shows. Canada was the second biggest supplier to Japan, with 1.2 million tons. Global benchmark wheat futures in Chicago, which dropped 23 percent over the last 12 months, rose 0.2 percent to $5.885 a bushel at 6:01 p.m. Tokyo time. Hard-wheat futures on the Minneapolis Grain Exchange jumped 0.7 percent to $6.34 a bushel. A record grain harvest in Canada last year has coincided with rising demand for the nation’s thermal coal and liquefied natural gas from Japanese customers, worsening congestion from railways to ports, Chino said. Shipments that are already nine weeks behind face a “catastrophic” situation if Canadian railway workers go on strike on Feb. 8, Wade Sobkowich, executive director of the Western Grain

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Elevator Association, said in a telephone interview from Winnipeg Wednesday. Japan’s agriculture ministry controls overseas purchases and domestic sales of wheat to stabilize supply. It bought 18,360 tons of hard-red winter wheat and 28,489 tons of dark-northern spring wheat from the U.S. in a tender today for shipments from February to March as alternatives to western-red spring wheat from Canada, which is used for bread- making in Japan, according to Orihara. The purchases were part of a total of 284,161 tons of milling wheat Japan bought in import tenders Thursday. The lack of supply from Canada has increased wheat import costs for Japan, which depends on overseas shipments for almost 90 percent of its needs, according to Orihara. The agriculture ministry paid 42,234 yen ($416) a ton on average for Canadian wheat in tenders in January, compared with 36,086 yen a year earlier. Aya Takada writes for Bloomberg News

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Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. expects Red Deer’s residential real estate market to perform well this year and next — although the national housing agency doesn’t anticipate a surge like the one that took place in 2013. In its first quarter housing market outlook, released on Thursday, CMHC projects that there will be 820 housing starts in the city this year, up 4.6 per cent from the 2013 tally of 784. It’s forecasting a further 2.4 per cent increase in 2015, to 840. In the case of the resale market, which includes the region around Red Deer, CMHC’s outlook calls for 5,050 Multiple Listing Service sales this year, up 3.2 per cent from the 4,893 transactions in 2013. The tally is expected to increase by a further two per cent in 2015, to 5,150. CMHC is expecting the average MLS resale price in Central Alberta to hit $306,000 this year and $312,000 in 2015. The 2014 figure would represent a 2.6 per cent increase over the $298,245 average last year, and the 2015 price a further two per cent rise. CMHC expects 2014 housing starts to grow by 12 per cent in Calgary and 6.1 per cent in Medicine Hat, while dropping by 4.4 per cent in Grande Prairie, 7.4 per cent in Lethbridge, 10.1 per cent in Edmonton and 15.2 per cent in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo. When it comes to MLS sales, all seven of Alberta’s major urban centres are projected to post increases this year, ranging from Calgary’s 4.5 per cent improvement to 1.3 per cent in Edmonton.

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Planners approve buildings for Queens business Park Red Deer’s municipal planning commission has issued site development approval for a pair of buildings and a temporary structure at a prominent location in Queens Business Park. Phoenix Construction Inc. applied on behalf of Copp’s Services Inc. to develop a 22,000-square-foot office and shop, a 10,000-square-foot fabrication shop and a 5,400-square-foot cold storage tent at 129 Queens Dr. The commission’s approval was required because the property backs onto Hwy 2 near Hwy 11, which is designated as a major entry way into the city. The tent, which needed approval as a discretionary use, can remain for up to three years.

Feb. 28 deadline for farm insurance Farmers have until Feb. 28 to obtain perennial insurance for their hay and pasture lands. Last year, more than $4.4 million in hay and pasture insurance claims were paid out in Alberta, which John Kresowaty of the Agriculture Financial Services Corp. (AFSC) said was one of the lowest tallies in more than a decade. “When the rain finally came in late May and June, we ended up with strong growth on hay and pasture in most regions.” The highest payout years for hay and pasture insurance were during the droughts of 2009, when $56 million was paid in claims, and in 2002, when $89 million was paid out, said a release from AFSC. Barry Yaremcio, a provincial beef and forage specialist with Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development’s Ag-Info Centre, said heavy accumulations of snow this winter could provide the moisture needed by forage crops this spring if they melt gradually and are absorbed. “But if we get a quick melt, most of that moisture will likely run off and collect in the sloughs and creeks with minimal benefit to the dry soil,” he said. Information about perennial insurance can be obtained at AFSC offices or by contacting the AFSC call centre at 1-877-899-AFSC (2372). AFSC is the Crown corporation that provides crop insurance to Alberta farmers on behalf of the provincial and federal governments.

Meeting about seed rights A public meeting is planned for next Thursday to discuss proposed federal legislation that could impact farmers’ rights with respect to the seed they grow. Bill C-18 includes the adoption of the 1991 convention of the International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants, of which Canada is a member. Critics fear adoption of UPOV 91 could result in Canada’s public plant breeding system being replaced with a corporate-controlled model, and potentially undermining farmers’ ability to retain and use seed from their crops. The meeting will take place at 7 p.m. at Bluffton Hall. It is being organized by the National Farmers Union. Additional information can be obtained by contacting Iain Aitken at or 403-843-0094.

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COMPANIES OF LOCAL INTEREST Thursday’s stock prices supplied by RBC Dominion Securities of Red Deer. For information call 341-8883.

Diversified and Industrials Agrium Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . 95.53 ATCO Ltd.. . . . . . . . . . . . 50.11 BCE Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46.30 BlackBerry . . . . . . . . . . . 11.02 Bombardier . . . . . . . . . . . . 4.20 Brookfield . . . . . . . . . . . . 41.23 Cdn. National Railway . . 60.06 Cdn. Pacific Railway. . . 166.70 Cdn. Utilities . . . . . . . . . . 38.40 Capital Power Corp . . . . 23.36 Cervus Equipment Corp 23.81 Dow Chemical . . . . . . . . 45.59 Enbridge Inc. . . . . . . . . . 46.25 Finning Intl. Inc. . . . . . . . 27.40 Fortis Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . 30.65 General Motors Co. . . . . 35.23 Parkland Fuel Corp. . . . . 18.62 Sirius XM . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8.50 SNC Lavalin Group. . . . . 46.91 Stantec Inc. . . . . . . . . . . 67.81 Telus Corp. . . . . . . . . . . . 37.50 Transalta Corp.. . . . . . . . 14.58 Transcanada. . . . . . . . . . 48.33 Consumer Canadian Tire . . . . . . . . . 95.09 Gamehost . . . . . . . . . . . . 14.49 Leon’s Furniture . . . . . . . 15.03 Loblaw Ltd. . . . . . . . . . . . 41.99 Maple Leaf Foods. . . . . . 16.00 MARKETS CLOSE TORONTO — The Toronto stock market was higher Thursday, supported in part by a well-received earnings report from telecom giant BCE Inc. (TSX:BCE) and positive U.S. data that raised hopes for a strong employment report. The S&P/TSX composite index ran ahead 153.71 points to 13,713.4 as BCE posted quarterly adjusted net earnings of $540 million or 70 cents a share, beating estimates by a penny. BCE also upped its dividend six per cent and its shares gained 93 cents, or 2.05 per cent, to $46.30. The Canadian dollar was ahead 0.08 of a cent to 90.33 cents US. U.S. indexes also registered solid gains as jobless insurance claims, viewed as a proxy for layoffs, fell by a greater than expected 20,000 to 331,000 last week. The data came out a day before the release of the U.S. government’s employment report for January. Economists expect that 183,000 jobs were created following a meagre 74,000 gain in December that was largely blamed on the weather. The Dow Jones industrials jumped 188.3 points to 15,628.53, the Nasdaq gained 45.57 points to 4,057.12 and the S&P 500 index added 21.79 points to 1,773.43 . Some analysts expressed surprise at the strong run-up. It has been volatile on markets over the last few weeks amid worries about emerging markets that are trying to deal with cuts in stimulus by the U.S. Federal Reserve and some disappointing data that raised concerns about whether economic problems cropping up in those markets can be contained. For example, the Dow industrials had tumbled about 6.2 per cent year to date before Thursday’s rebound. Twitter stock plunged 24 per cent to US$50.03 even as it beat earnings and revenue expectations in its first quarter as a public company. However, the company added just nine mil-

Rona Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . 12.34 Shoppers . . . . . . . . . . . . 58.07 Tim Hortons . . . . . . . . . . 56.92 Wal-Mart . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72.82 WestJet Airlines . . . . . . . 26.01 Mining Barrick Gold . . . . . . . . . . 20.46 Cameco Corp. . . . . . . . . 22.73 First Quantum Minerals . 20.07 Goldcorp Inc. . . . . . . . . . 27.48 Hudbay Minerals. . . . . . . . 9.02 Kinross Gold Corp. . . . . . . 5.07 Potash Corp.. . . . . . . . . . 36.78 Sherritt Intl. . . . . . . . . . . . . 3.23 Teck Resources . . . . . . . 26.88 Energy Arc Energy . . . . . . . . . . . 30.40 Badger Daylighting Ltd. . 32.84 Baker Hughes. . . . . . . . . 58.16 Bonavista . . . . . . . . . . . . 15.45 Bonterra Energy . . . . . . . 53.56 Cdn. Nat. Res. . . . . . . . . 37.91 Cdn. Oil Sands Ltd. . . . . 20.59 Canyon Services Group. 11.40 Cenovous Energy Inc. . . 29.40 CWC Well Services . . . . 0.820 Encana Corp. . . . . . . . . . 20.95 Essential Energy. . . . . . . . 2.63 Exxon Mobil . . . . . . . . . . 89.80 lion new monthly users, a slowdown from the previous three quarters. GM shares dipped a penny to US$35.23 as earnings ex-items came in at 67 cents a share, far below the 88 cents expected. Revenue of US$40.5 billion missed forecasts of $41.075 billion. Elsewhere in Canada, Shoppers Drug Mart (TSX:SC) posted adjusted earnings of $172 million, or 86 cents a share, which met expectations, and its shares edged up three cents to C$58.07. In other corporate news, Bombardier shares (TSX:BBD.B) gained seven cents to $4.20 after the British government said it intends to award a US$1.6-billion contract to the Canadian transport giant to supply trains and a depot for London’s transportation system. Base metals stocks led advancers, up 2.27 per cent with March copper up four cents at US$3.23 a pound. The energy sector climbed 1.64 per cent as March crude on the New York Mercantile Exchange moved 46 cents higher to US$97.84 a barrel. Financials also gave the TSX a boost, ahead 1.35 per cent. The gold sector lost about 0.5 per cent as April bullion inched up 30 cents to US$1,257.20 an ounce. MARKET HIGHLIGHTS Highlights at close Thursday. Stocks: S&P/TSX Composite Index — 13,713.40, up 153.71 points TSX Venture Exchange — 952.80, up 10.30 points TSX 60 — 786.09, up 9.33 points Dow — 15,628.53, up 188.30 points S&P 500 — 1,773.43, up 21.79 points Nasdaq — 4,057.12, up 45.57 points Currencies at close: Cdn — 90.33 cents US, up 0.08 of a cent Pound — C$1.7963, down 1.08

Halliburton Co. . . . . . . . . 50.76 High Arctic . . . . . . . . . . . . 3.50 Husky Energy . . . . . . . . . 32.88 Imperial Oil . . . . . . . . . . . 46.09 Pengrowth Energy . . . . . . 7.30 Penn West Energy . . . . . . 8.84 Pinecrest Energy Inc. . . . 0.175 Precision Drilling Corp . . 10.27 Suncor Energy . . . . . . . . 35.79 Talisman Energy . . . . . . . 11.76 Trican Ltd.. . . . . . . . . . . . 13.58 Trinidad Energy . . . . . . . . 9.90 Vermilion Energy . . . . . . 61.57 Financials Bank of Montreal . . . . . . 69.02 Bank of N.S. . . . . . . . . . . 61.99 CIBC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87.52 Cdn. Western . . . . . . . . . 36.54 Carfinco . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11.64 Great West Life. . . . . . . . 30.94 IGM Financial . . . . . . . . . 54.46 Intact Financial Corp. . . . 66.26 Manulife Corp. . . . . . . . . 20.16 National Bank . . . . . . . . . 85.06 Rifco Inc.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5.82 Royal Bank . . . . . . . . . . . 69.98 Sun Life Fin. Inc.. . . . . . . 36.87 TD Bank . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48.63 cents Euro — C$1.5050 up 0.52 of a cent Euro — US$1.3595, up 0.59of a cent Oil futures: US$97.84 per barrel, up 46 cents (March contract) Gold futures: US$1,257.20 per oz., up 30 cents (April contract) Canadian Fine Silver Handy and Harman: $22.99 oz., up 12.2 cents $739.13 kg, up $3.92 TSX VENTURE EXCHANGE TORONTO — The TSX Venture Exchange closed on Wednesday at 952.80, up 10.30 points. The volume at 4:20 p.m. ET was 199.08 million shares. ICE FUTURES CANADA WINNIPEG — ICE Futures Canada closing prices: Canola: March ’14 $1.50 higher $428.50; May ’14 $1.20 higher $438.70; July ’14 $1.40 higher $447.90; Nov. ’14 $1.60 higher $462.90; Jan ’15 $1.60 higher $468.40; March ’15 $1.40 higher $473.40; May ’15 $1.30 higher $475.80; July ’15 $1.20 higher $478.00; Nov ’15 $1.20 higher $474.20; Jan. ’16 $1.20 higher $474.20; March ’16 $1.20 higher $474.20. Barley (Western): March ’14 unchanged $126.50; May ’14 unchanged $128.50; July ’14 unchanged $128.50; Oct. ’14 unchanged $128.50; Dec. ’14 unchanged $128.50; March ’15 unchanged $128.50; May ’15 unchanged $128.50; July ’15 unchanged $128.50; Oct. ’15 unchanged $128.50; Dec. ’15 unchanged $128.50; March ’16 unchanged $128.50. Thursday’s estimated volume of trade: 428,800 tonnes of canola; 0 tonnes of barley (Western Barley) Total: 428,800.

BUILDERS: 38 per cent jump in housing starts in 2013 Looking back on 2013, Red Deer builders combined to post a 38 per cent jump in housing starts — an increase that was bettered only by Wood Buffalo, thanks to a spike in multi-family construction in the northern city. On the resale market, Central Alberta had the greatest year-over-year percentage increase in sales and the second biggest jump when it comes to average price growth, behind Grande Prairie. In an analysis that accompanied its forecast, CMHC said a record level of migration into Alberta last year should continue to propel the resale market, although increased supplies of housing are expected to slow average price growth. This activity should in turn support residential construction in 2014. Nationally, CMHC expects housing starts to taper off in 2014 and 2015 as a result of rising interest rates and a slowdown in demand from firsttime buyers. MLS sales are forecast to climb by just under two per cent this year and 1.8 per cent in 2015, with the average price to rise 2.1 per cent to $390,400 this year and another 1.7 per cent to $397,100 in 2015. The CMHC outlook follows a report earlier this week by TD Bank that suggested home prices in Canada were about 10 per cent overvalued, based on current expectations for interest rates. However, TD cautioned that the overvaluation in markets like Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal and Ottawa was likely higher. The Canadian hous-

Bell’s growth strategy paying off BY THE CANADIAN PRESS MONTREAL — BCE’s strategy of bundling of its TV service and high-speed Internet is starting to pay off for the communications giant, with the company reporting improved financial results and a hike its dividend. The wireless division of the Montreal-based company, led by smartphone use, is still an anchor for revenue, but BCE is moving to capitalize on the growth of Internet-based viewing habits. Chief executive George Cope said Thursday the

strategy is paying off. “So we continue to see with the growth of Fibe TV, the improvement in our Internet,” Cope told analysts on a conference call Thursday. BCE said its Fibe TV service, available in Ontario and Quebec, added just more than 60,000 net subscribers in the quarter, up 25 per cent compared with a year ago. It also added about 16,000 high-speed Internet customers, more than double the number added in the same quarter last year. Fibe TV has a total of almost 480,000 subscribers, nearly twice the number at the end of 2012.

ing market and the risk of a downturn has been highlighted as a key concern for the economy by policy-makers. Recent indicators have suggested, that a soft landing may be in the works for the market, but worries about a bubble bursting have persisted. CMHC said housing starts will moderate in

seven out of 10 provinces this year, with Alberta, British Columbia and Quebec expected to post gains. Housing starts in 2015 are expected to post a modest rebound in Manitoba and in Quebec, with British Columbia showing no change. The other provinces are forecast to see housing starts moderate. With files from The Canadian Press.


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Development Of½cer Approvals On February 4, 2014, the Development Officer issued approval for the following applications: Discretionary Use Timberstone 1. R. Flint – a new 2 bedroom secondary suite, with a separate rear entrance and rear parking, in an existing single family dwelling, to be located at 96 Thompson Crescent. You may appeal Discretionary approvals to the Red Deer Subdivision & Development Appeal Board, Legislative Services, City Hall, prior to 4:30 p.m. on February 21, 2014. You may not appeal a Permitted Use unless it involves a relaxation, variation or misinterpretation of the Land Use Bylaw. Appeal forms (outlining appeal fees) are available at Legislative Services. For further information, please phone 403-342-8399.

CITY LOT SALE Timberlands South Residential Phase 1B Timberlands South is now offering its next phase of residential development for sale. As with most City of Red Deer neighborhoods, Timberlands South will accommodate a diverse housing mix. Phase 1B is located adjacent to Phase 1A consisting of 42 lots, duplexes being sold in pairs, for a total of 36 lots being drawn for: • 15 Single family (R1) lots; • 2 secondary suite lots; • 13 single family narrow (R1N) lots; and • 12 (6 sets) of duplex (R1A) lots The lot draw will be held on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at 10 a.m. at City Hall in Council Chambers on the second floor. Check-in starts at 9:00 a.m. To be eligible for the Lot Draw, participants must register in person starting Monday, February 24, 2014 and ending by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, February 28, 2014, at the Land and Economic Development Department, fourth floor, City Hall. No late registrations will be accepted. Contractors must have a valid 2014 City of Red Deer General Contractors License to register for the lot draw. Please note all applicants must pay a $5,000.00 deposit upon application. Deposits are refundable to applicants unsuccessful in obtaining a lot during the Lot Draw. Deposit cheques will be available for pick up from March 5 to March 7. Cheques not picked up by 4:30 pm March 7 will be destroyed. Details as to community features, eligibility, conditions of sales, pricing and architectural controls are available on The City’s website at:


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FRIDAY, FEB. 7, 2014

Daughter’s behaviour has improved after moving in with grandparents Dear Annie: Our 14-year-old result. Both too lenient and too daughter is not a terrible kid — strict are not advisable. probably just a typical teenage Your pediatrician can make girl. recommendations, you can ask for She can be rude and obnox- books on parenting at your local ious, she talks back and curses, library or bookstore, and you can and she leaves her room an up- also go online. side-down mess and is obsessed Dear Annie: When my birthday, with her iPhone, constantly post- Mother’s Day or Christmas roll ing pictures of herself online and around, family members always chatting with friends. ask, “What can I get you? You We have another have everything.” daughter five years The gift that pleases younger. We were conme most is their time. cerned she might modA phone call or visit el her behaviour after would make my day. her older sister, and Mark your calendar so we set rules about to call Dad or Mom or cursing and using her Grandma. They would cellphone. be so happy. And Our 14-year-old here’s the return gift: could not abide by the Seniors — stay busy. new rules, and after Your children and much fighting, she degrandchildren are not cided to move in with responsible for your MITCHELL her grandparents, who entertainment. There are much more lenient. are senior centres, & SUGAR She’s been there churches and clubs for several weeks, and that you can join. Or by all accounts, she is volunteer. more responsible and Your children have respectful to her grandparents jobs, families and responsibilithan she ever was with us, and ties. Don’t criticize them. They they are happy to have her. Our will ask for your opinion if they home is a lot more peaceful now, want it. too. And to each, remember to say I It seems like a win-win-win love you, especially if you haven’t situation, but it doesn’t feel nor- said it for a long time. mal not to have our daughter livThe first time may be hard, but ing with us. And one time, she oh, the wonderful feeling it will even said she doesn’t consider us leave. — Happy, Active and Much her parents anymore, but she still Loved Senior calls us when she needs someDear Happy: You have given thing. wise advice to all age groups, inShould my wife and I be con- cluding the idea to consider the cerned about this situation? — needs of others instead of your Daughter Dilemma own. It certainly explains your Dear Dilemma: No. Some teen- signature. Thank you. agers are more difficult than othDear Annie: Please tell “Perers, and the relationship with plexed in Pennsylvania” not to parents is often harder for them worry that her friend keeps forto deal with. getting her birthday. Mine is on What your daughter says is less Sept. 11, and my brother, sister, important than what she does. If aunt, nieces and nephews do not her behaviour has improved be- acknowledge it, probably because cause she no longer feels she has they aren’t sure how to celebrate to rebel against you, that is a good my birthday when it’s also a day thing. of such sadness. I keep in touch We do recommend, however, with all of them, and that is what that you keep interacting with matters. — Happy in Connecticut her in a positive way and not only Annie’s Mailbox is written by when she calls asking for some- Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar, thing. longtime editors of the Ann LandWhile she is away, we hope ers column. Please email your quesyou will examine your parenting tions to anniesmailbox@comcast. methods and determine whether net, or write to: Annie’s Mailbox, c/o there is anything you could do Creators Syndicate, 737 3rd Street, differently to produce a better Hermosa Beach, CA 90254.



HOROSCOPES Friday, Feb. 7 CELEBRITIES BORN ON THIS DATE: Ashton Kutcher, 36; Deborah Ann Woll, 29; Chris Rock, 49 THOUGHT OF THE DAY: The cosmos are offering us some ambivalent energy today. It will be a challenge for us to please our egos, which may temporarily make us feel discouraged or give us the urge to surrender due to ASTRO too much responDOYNA sibility. The Moon in Taurus oozes us with a sense of peace and tranquillity. It’s time to slow down to smell the roses until the Moon in Gemini settles in. Then, it’s time to do some chitchatting. Words can lead or they can mislead! HAPPY BIRTHDAY: If today is your birthday, in the following months, you will want to take care of business on the home sphere and later in the year you will seek relief from any domestic obligation and more fun time!


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In short order, this bluejay had all of the peanuts hidden away. Now his supply he is given is limited each day.

You deserve to spend some quality time with yourself. It is important though to not forget your true core identity all the while you are rediscovering yourself all over again. ARIES (March 21-April 19): Your identity tends to deflate as you realize that you might have too much money owing or that your credit card has reached its maximum limit. Do not let this distress you, as it’s not an unmanageable situation. You’ll cope with this shortly. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): You may bond with someone from a completely different culture or background. This sudden union may be quite intense and almost obsessive. Indulge in sweet moments that this energy brings for you both. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Deep down inside you know that you are seen under a positive, radiant light and that your image is receiving a boost. You search for a Zen-like atmosphere within your surroundings. Indulge in but do not become lazy. CANCER (June 21-July 22): You are seeing eye-to-eye with everyone around you today. You are in a relaxed, pleasing mood today. It’s a wonderful feeling knowing that there’s mutual respect and that everyone’s on the same page. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Your sense of identity and your individuality feel trapped due to certain domestic matters. It seems that home obligations are weighting you down and you are somewhat discouraged. It won’t

take long before you restore your inner confidence. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Your partner’s unsympathetic words may depreciate your feelings for him or her. Learning self-reliance within your partnerships is the best medicine to finding freedom within your own sphere. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Today you may feel like taking your time and perhaps, skip an errand or two. After all, there’s always another day to carry out certain responsibilities. You are not particularly motivated today and you’d rather indulge with your sweetie pie. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Relationships should go pretty smoothly right now. Whether you are in a new relationship or in a committed one, there’s great potential for a mutual satisfaction and easiness within the company of each other. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Do some cleaning around the house or do your groceries and other errands today. Everything you decide to accomplish today will not seem as mundane as they usually appear to be.

Being of service to someone today will present itself as a nurturing experience. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Appreciate beauty within the written and verbal language. You are more affected and moved by the tone and the voice of any sorts of communication. A touching poem or a thrilling book can really get to you. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Your attention is turned towards beautifying your living space. You are searching for ways to aesthetically change and improve your domestic environment. Perhaps you are on the lookout for new furniture or even buy something for yourself. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Don’t get discouraged too easily by individuals who are not worth your time. Assess the situation and see if they are righteous or not. At least you are in touch with your thoughts and you can easily share your side of the story. Astro Doyna is an internationally syndicated astrologer and columnist. Her column appears daily in the Advocate.

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1968 — Ten provincial premiers agree to draft a new constitution giving the French language equal status with English throughout Canada. 1964 — The Beatles arrive in the United States for the first time. Mass hysteria greets them at the airport.

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‘CANADA’S WELL-KEPT SECRET’ RACKING UP HITS, ACCOLADES ABROAD BY LANA MICHELIN ADVOCATE STAFF Before Raghav became an award-winning, platinum-record-selling singer, he was just a kid living in Fort McMurray, who might have had his dreams crushed by a critical voice teacher. He remembers the singing instructor telling his parents “‘No, this is not his calling’ — that I wasn’t cut out for it. ... It’s unbelievable,” he recalled, with a chuckle. “I should have sent her a platinum record when I got my first one!” That experience is the reason Toronto-born, Calgary-raised Raghav said he sometimes sympathizes with American Idol contestants who are told to hang up their microphones. “You should never let one moment define you,” said the singer, who didn’t take his voice teacher’s negative assessment to heart. And in the ensuing years, the artist who’s been called “Canada’s well-kept secret” has had many stellar musical moments — although, until now, they have largely been in other countries. Raghav — who performs on Saturday at the International Beer Haus and Stage in Red Deer — sold 1.3 million copies of his debut CD Storyteller while living in the U.K. in the mid-2000s, and later put out the sixth best-selling international album in India. He also racked up a pile of music awards, including Britain’s MOBO (Music of Black Origin) Award, and is currently working on soundtracks for Disney and Bollywood films with mega-watt music producer A.R. Rahman (Slumdog Millionaire). While many Canadians haven’t yet heard of him, they’ve almost certainly heard his recent single, Fire. The infectious club hit, with its chorus of “I’m on fire, fire, fire, fire, fire tonight. I’ll take you higher, higher, higher, higher, higher tonight ... ” has been all over commercial radio in Canada. The 32-year-old, who’s also put out the songs Angel Eyes, Top of the World and So Much, dabbles in hip hop, reggae, R&B, and with South Asian influences, but claims that if you dropped all the techno beats from his music, what’s left would be comparable to a country tune. And that brings us back to Alberta, the place he still considers home. During an interview last week with George Stroumboulopoulos, Raghav recalled Strombo asking him if there’s something about his upbringing in Calgary and Fort McMurray that’s influenced his music. He concluded, “I think my writing is uniquely Albertan.” The singer explained that his writing style has been called “different” for the pop genre. “I grew up listening to so much country music. ...” His storytelling songwriting style even prompted collaborators on his first album to suggest calling it Storyteller. Raghav’s own story began in Toronto, where he was born to Hindu parents from India, and named Raghav Mathur. It quickly shifted to Calgary when his engineer fa-

ther got a job in the oil industry. His singing talent became obvious when, at age four, he performed all the lyrics to Bollywood songs his parents had been listening to — word for word. By age five, he was taking singing lessons. At 17, Raghav moved to Los Angeles to train with Seth Riggs, who was a vocal coach for Madonna and Michael Jackson. A year later, he was attending the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts in the U.K., a school founded by Paul McCartney. Raghav also joined a band called 11/7, which led to his MOBO award for best collaboration. His debut solo album produced four singles and led to a world tour in 2005 that took Raghav to India, Africa, Australia and North America. While he followed up with his 2009 album Identity, which rose to No. 3 on Indian charts, Raghav was feeling too disconnected from his Canadian family to remain in the U.K. After his mother suffered a heart attack in 2010, he moved back to Canada, splitting his time between Toronto and Calgary. He figured that after all his international triumphs, finding success here would be a cakewalk.



COUNTRY TUNE. He was wrong. “You have a Top 10 hit in the U.K., and there are 40 press reports on you. You have a Top 10 hit in Canada and you can hear crickets,” Raghav said, with a laugh. At the same time, he got a Juno Award nomination in 2011, and credits Canadian radio stations for being very supportive of his music. “They’ve just been unbelievable to me,” said the singer, who has big plans for the next year, including putting out another pop release to follow his latest Woohoo album, as well as a first-time country CD. He also aims to start an independent record label in the province to help promote young, up-and-coming Canadian artists. “I think artists have a responsibility to support other, younger acts. ... There are a lot of talented artists in Alberta and right now there aren’t enough opportunities to hear them.” There’s a $5 cover charge for the 9:30 p.m. show. For more information, call 403-986-5008.

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Raghav performs on Saturday at the International Beer Haus and Stage in Red Deer. There’s a $5 cover charge for the 9:30 p.m. show.

Treasure hunt tale unearths little but clichés GEORGE CLOONEY’S LABOUR OF LOVE HAS A GREAT CAST BUT FALLS FLAT The Monuments Men Two stars (out of four) Rated: PG The call to adventure becomes an exercise in embalming war movie clichés in The Monuments Men, an early and major disappointment for 2014. George Clooney — who stars, directs, produces, and co-writes — dearly wishes his labour of love could be more than this, as might we all. But in seeking to tell a backstage story of Second World War heroics, the quest to recover millions of European art riches stolen by Nazi Germany, Clooney and his writing/producing partner Grant Heslov entomb rather than elevate. PETER The film is supposed to be HOWELL about “the greatest treasure hunt in history,” to quote the subtitle of the book by Robert M. Edsel and Bret Witter that informs the screenplay. What we get is considerably less thrilling, from a film that boasts a top-flight cast that also includes Matt Damon, Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett, Bob Balaban, Jean Dujardin and Hugh Bonneville. They play the real-life academics, curators and historians who were summoned by circumstance and destiny to rescue millions of artworks stolen by Hitler’s troops. The art was taken from museums and private homes for a planned Führermuseum in Austria, and later threatened with destruction near war’s end as vengeful Nazis fled advancing Allied troops. Shifting unsteadily between action film and character study, and from drama to comedy, The Monuments Men never finds a consistent tone, apart from plundering innumerable war movies past, especially those starring Steve McQueen, Lee Marvin and Clint Eastwood. Clooney realized this last fall, when he pulled the film out of Oscar consideration and sent it back to the editing bay. The salvage job failed — although there are moments, particularly in the fast-moving finale, when you see the movie this could have been. This is one occasion where “based on a true story” becomes more of a millstone than a badge of honour. Early in the film, as Clooney’s feisty scholar Frank Stokes urges a quizzical president Franklin D. Roosevelt (seen in profile) to create the Monuments


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Sam Epstein, John Goodman, George Clooney, Matt Damon and Bob Balaban appear in a scene from The Monuments Men. Men special force, he argues that the effort is needed “to ensure the statue of David is still standing and the Mona Lisa is still smiling.” (In reality, both masterpieces had been hidden from Nazi looters by resourceful curators in Florence and Paris.) Had these two iconic works really been the object of the film’s quest, The Monuments Men might have played with the single-minded authority of Steven Spielberg’s Raiders of the Lost Ark, another obvious influence (right down to the final scene, a brazen theft of Spielberg’s visual uplift). Instead it goes in for the scattershot approach of chasing truckloads of art pieces across multiple European town and cities, with the ensemble cast split into pairings that weirdly recall their previous movie couplings. Clooney and Damon lamely go in for more Ocean’s Thirteen macho antics; Murray and Balaban enjoyably squabble with Moonrise Kingdom quirkiness; and Goodman and Dujardin bizarrely re-team as if their late-1920s characters from The Artist had matured to join the war effort. Mainly operating solo are Bonneville as a British museum chief with a troubled past, and the underused Blanchett as a mysteriously motivated French

museum curator. Clooney rounds up his art chasers with a dispatch that makes his Vegas caper movies seem downright plodding, but character nuance and empathy become the first casualties of this war picture. A feeling of teamwork is rarely achieved, and when tragedy strikes in the line of duty, as we know it must, it’s difficult to feel the loss of people whom we barely know. The movie is further weighed down by Phedon Papamichael’s dull cinematography, much of it shot in half-light for what seems budgetary reasons rather than artistic ones — hide those anachronisms! Alexandre Desplat’s score, meanwhile, is a mashup of patriotic war themes, replete with all-too-familiar whistling and drumming. Most suffocating of all is the formaldehyde of Clooney’s constant reminders, via character dialogue and narrative voice-overs, that these Monuments Men are “fighting for our culture and our way of life.” For this artistic endeavour, the battle was already lost when Clooney and Heslov failed to decide what kind of war movie they really wanted to make. Peter Howell is a syndicated Toronto Star movie critic.

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Jessica Swainson’s photographs, including this one entitled Best Friends in her exhibition entitled The Love of Photography, are on exhibit at the HUB on Ross. An opening reception will take place during First Friday tonight from 4 to 6 p.m.

EXHIBITS RED DEER GALLERIES ● Untitled Paintings by Amber Jackson are featured at Velvet Olive from Feb. 1 to 28. ● Untitled Photographs by Jim McKinley are on display at Café Pichilingue from Feb. 1 to 28. ● Disappearing Sentinels by Kristina Steinbring will be featured at Gallery on Main in Lacombe from Feb 1 to 21. The exhibit focuses on capturing the changing Alberta landscape and the disappearance of grain elevators and more. ● The Love of Photography by Jessica Swainson is a collection of photographs open for viewing at The Hub on Ross Gallery until the end of Feb. ● Tiny Moments by Red Deer artist Paul Boultbee at Harris-Warke Gallery features 365 paintings supplemented by an item from the newspaper, representing a calendar year. The exhibit is open until Feb. 15. ● The Best of the West Travelling Studio Art Quilts Associates Trunk Show is showing at Kiwanis Gallery at Red Deer Public Library Downtown Branch until to March 2. ● Unfiltered: Waskasoo Park Through A Photographer’s Lens Group Show is up at Marjorie Wood Gallery at Kerry Wood Nature Centre Feb. 15. ● Expedition Arctic: 1913-1918 is a traveling exhibit from Canadian Museum of Civilization in collaboration with the Canadian Museum of Nature and features over 250 outstanding artifacts, including many on display for the first time, now open at the Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery until Feb. 17. Phone

403-309-8405. ● Steps Through Time is a look back on the evolution of select sports footwear now on at Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum. Explore the progression and evolution of various equipment, glimpse the history and the modifications, that make sports equipment, to make it faster, safer and more comfortable. See, or phone 403-341-8614.

LIVE DATES ● Fratters Speakeasy Venue will host Lindsay May on her Girl with Grit tour on Feb. 9. Enjoy May’s folk tunes as she sings about strong women in songs from her latest album and more. ● The Hideout welcomes The Wilderness of Manitoba on Feb. 8 singing some new folk tunes. ● The Centrium hosts Hedley on April 6 with Classified and USS as special guests. ● The Memorial Centre welcomes back Jesse Cook on Feb. 28 on his Blue Guitar Tour. John McDermott will be at the Memorial Centre on April 4 as part of his Twentieth Anniversary Tour. Tickets available from Black Knight Ticket Centre, 403-755-6626. To have your establishment’s live bands included in this space, fax a list to Club Dates by 8 a.m. on Wednesday to 403-341-6560 or email

Tomorrow Night money well spent EARLY LOUIS C.K. FILM PAYS ATTENTION TO CRAFT BY DANA STEVENS ADVOCATE NEWS SERVICES NEW YORK — Louis C.K.’s decision to make Tomorrow Night, his never-released, independently financed first feature from 1998, available for $5 on his website, is the kind of offhandedly iconoclastic gesture that has endeared the comedian to his fans. Nothing C.K. makes quite fits into the categories that pre-existed it, so why should his marketing and distribution techniques? His F/X series Louie, now on a break between its third and fourth seasons, demolishes the barriers between stand-up and situation comedy (and plenty of other barriers, including the one between the lead character’s fantasy life and his lived reality). C.K.’s previous show, the short-lived Lucky Louie on HBO, was a less freewheeling but similarly unorthodox take on the sitcom form, a domestic comedy shot on deliberately fake-looking sets with low-quality video seemingly straight from the Norman Lear era. C.K.’s only previously released theatrical feature, 2001’s Pootie Tang, was a bizarre blaxploitation sendup about an African-American pop-culture sensation (the eponymous Mr. Tang, played by Lance Crouther) who spoke entirely in his own nonsensical but somehow universally comprehensible patois. While Pootie Tang puzzled most audiences at the time, it’s attracted a loyal cult following over the years. Viewed now, it’s intermittently funny — I’ll always treasure the scene where the lady killer Pootie seduces a character by sensuously rubbing handfuls of cherry pie over his face and neck as R&B thrums in the background. But the film is valuable mainly as a document of its director’s early ambition and originality: one thing you could never accuse this defiantly strange movie of is fitting too neatly into a genre or industry slot. That’s twice as true of Tomorrow Night, which, viewed 16 years after its creation in a format that

didn’t exist when it was made, testifies to the degree to which the then 31-year-old Louis C.K. thought of himself as a filmmaker. Tomorrow Night is, in many ways, a piece of juvenilia, the arty thesis project of a guy who wasn’t in film school. But it’s the opposite of a slappedtogether lark: rather, it’s formally experimental, thematically complex and made with tremendous attention to craft. Shot on black-and-white 16 mm film in New York City with a cast made up of many of the rising comic talents of C.K.’s generation (including, in wordless cameos, Amy Poehler and C.K. himself), Tomorrow Night displays a sureness of hand and a level of tonal control that’s far removed from the everything-but-the-kitchen sink shagginess of many comic directorial debuts. The story concerns Charles (Chuck Sklar), the closed-off, socially inept proprietor of an exceptionally clean and well-run photo-developing business. Charles keeps his store’s shelves sparkling and his customer files impeccably organized, but at a cost. He has no friends to speak of, let alone a girlfriend, and treats everyone who enters his shop like an unwelcome intruder. But this demeanor doesn’t seem to deter Mel the Mailman (J.B. Smoove), an expansive U.S. postal employee who enjoys regaling the stone-faced Charles with raunchy anecdotes from his own life. It isn’t until we see Charles come home from work one night that we first realize how far we are from rom-com-land, or for that matter from any recognizable genre category. After putting on an old-timey phonograph record, our expressionless hero gets out the ingredients for his secret nightly ritual: a tub of ice cream, a large metal bowl, and a chair. Charles, it turns out, can find sexual gratification only by sitting, naked from the waist down, in a bowl of ice cream — a harmless enough fetish, but one that C.K. films in such a way as to make the practice look both abject and transcendent.

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NEW YORK — There may be no show on television as twisted about sex as The Bachelor. ABC’s longrunning dating show, now in its 18th season, purports to find a man a wife, a mission in which it is only very sporadically successful. Despite its failure rate, The Bachelor continues to present itself as romantic, out to find a good man a life partner, a soul mate, a true love — all while behaving like a pimp. The show assembles a harem of attractive women who attempt to woo one man not just with their charm, but their bodies, their insecurity, and their willingness to suppress any part of their personality that might make them seem difficult — in particular, their innate discomfort that this man is availing himself of numerous other women as he speaks to each of them about feeling a “real connection.” To distract from the ickiness of this set up, The Bachelor plays the prude, only ever speaking of sex in the most coded, vague terms, like a pimp who blushes at the word “vagina” and claims his clientele are just playing cards. Typically, The Bachelor’s resemblance to an unusually public escort service is kept under wraps until late in the season, when the bachelor has narrowed the field down to three suitors. They are then invited — or not invited — to spend the night with the bachelor in a “fantasy suite,” an evening in a romantic, usually tropical location where the cameras will finally leave these two people alone to get up to whatever they want to get up to. Having one off-camera sexual encounter with a person who may soon give you a grapefruit-size engagement ring seems like a good idea. But in practice, it means a man has sex with three women, three evenings in a row, and professes his deep and romantic feelings to each one of these women, all of whom are fearful of behaving in a way he might not like. It’s callow, sordid behaviour made somehow acceptable by the use of Hallmark Card language and a really fly hotel room. But the show’s sex issues have come up much earlier than usual in the latest iteration of The Bachelor, starring Venezuelan soccer player and apologetic homophobe Juan Pablo. Juan Pablo has a small daughter at home, increasingly one of The Bachelor’s favourite props for signifying that its protagonist has pure motives (because no single parent ever just wanted just to screw around). He has deployed his daughter strategically in the last few episodes, using her as an excuse to kiss only those women he really wants to kiss. “I don’t want my daughter to see her dad kissing 20 girls,” he has said, though he is apparently fine with having his daughter see her dad kiss six of them. With one woman, Juan Pablo went much further than kissing, a pretty scandalous turn of events in the Bachelor universe, where sex always arrives in the penultimate episode and always at the behest of the john. Clare, a 32-year-old, high-strung hairstylist, is the woman Juan Pablo kissed first, and they have barely stopped since. On a group date in Vietnam, Clare and Juan Pablo ignored everyone else while goofing around in a small Vietnamese rowboat. After lunch at a farm (“We should have these in America,” said one contestant, a 21-year old former-NBA dancer), Juan Pablo continued to shower Clare with attention. After the group dinner he hustled her up to his hotel room, so they could take a solo dip in his pool. He then gave her a rose, meaning she had “won” the group date, and was guaranteed not to be sent home. After receiving all this attention, Clare decided to show up at Juan Pablo’s room at 4 a.m. and ask him to go swim in the ocean with her. He did. And then they had sex — or at least, that is the only way to make sense of what followed, even though The Bachelor hewed to its strict policy of never being explicit, as if language alone can make the show demure. The next day, Clare gave a toast “to finding love, being loved, and making love,” only for Juan Pablo to take her aside and tell her that, “I hope nobody knows. It was a little weird for me. I’m too fair with people. ... Maybe it wasn’t right. I have a daughter, I don’t want her to see what happens, if she sees it.” Clare, who thought she had had sex with someone who wanted to have sex with her, was mortified and embarrassed. “I knew when we were in the ocean, that it was a mutual feeling. If he didn’t think it was right he shouldn’t have done it. I would have respected that,” she said to the camera, crying.

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Acting at its very best PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN BROUGHT MANY TRUTHS TO MESSY, COMPLICATED, ULTIMATELY SYMPATHETIC LIFE BY ANN HORNADAY ADVOCATE NEWS SERVICES Philip Seymour Hoffman wasn’t a movie star in the conventional sense of the term. He wasn’t glamorous or given to the kind of serial-dating, motorcycle-riding, scene-making “lifestyle” that encourages fans to think they know all about you. Rather than a manufactured persona, filmgoers who mourn the 46-year-old actor’s death are remembering moments — those ineluctable instances in which Hoffman fused “being” and “seeming,” to create textbook examples of acting at its very best. For most people, those moments occurred in movies by Paul Thomas Anderson, the filmmaker who brought Hoffman to national prominence in his 1997 disco-porno masterpiece, Boogie Nights, but who had cast the actor earlier in Anderson’s feature debut, Hard Eight. In 2006, Hoffman won a completely deserved Oscar for his lead performance in Capote, an alert, gratifyingly un-schticky reanimation of the author of In Cold Blood. Great Hoffman moments, all. But for so many bravura star turns there are countless, equally electrifying, examples in smaller movies, from his beleaguered son of an abusive father in The Savages to his obsessive theater director in Charlie Kaufman’s gnarly art-imitates-life-imitates-art head-trip, Synecdoche, New York. That Hoffman died amid talk of a drug overdose — law enforcement sources said that a syringe was found in his arm and that there were apparent signs of heroin use in the New York apartment where he died — will no doubt invite the inevitable talk of an artist and his demons. But filmgoers are reminded first of that artistry. With his adamantly untoned physique, strawberry-blond hair and pallid complexion, Hoffman was no one’s idea of a matinee idol. He was, instead, a character actor, that yeoman laborer of filmdom who, without a pre-packaged image to protect, can be relied on to sacrifice vanity and shun mass adoration in the service of total immersion into a role. In Hoffman’s case, that meant paunchy, rheumy-eyed regular guys and vulnerable losers whose desperate search for connection so often mirrored his audience’s own shabby, shameful, unphotogenic lives. The last few years of the actor’s career neatly summed up all that he was capable of: in the 2010 film Jack Goes Boating, which marked Hoffman’s directorial debut, he personified a sad-sack, anony-

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In 2006, Philip Seymour Hoffman won a completely deserved Oscar for his lead performance in Capote, an alert, gratifyingly un-schticky reanimation of the author of In Cold Blood. mous striver not as a caricature but as a man of quiet courage and tenderness. The next year, he proved just as adroit playing a tough, politics-ain’t-beanbag political adviser in George Clooney’s Washington thriller, The Ides of March — which was released within weeks of Moneyball, in which Hoffman not only brought rumpled deadpan humour to Oakland A’s manager Art Howe but also helped make Brad Pitt more credible in a similar role. And 2012 saw similar, seemingly effortless spinson-a-dime: no sooner had Hoffman delivered a galvanizing, blow-the-doors-off turn as self-deluded cult leader Lancaster Dodd in Anderson’s The Master than he appeared, altogether credibly, as a violin-

ist in the soft-spoken chamber-music melodrama A Late Quartet (appropriately enough, he was playing second fiddle). So went the pattern of Hoffman’s singular career, all the more exceptional for being so un-showy. Rarely has an actor so consistently elevated the material he worked with, regardless of genre, budget, aesthetic merit or box-office throw-weight. There will be talk that is the latest in a depressingly long line of actors who have succumbed to substance abuse. The same rhetoric swirled around Heath Ledger when he died in 2008, and Cory Monteith upon his death last July. The same myth has attached to such writers as F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway and Eugene O’Neill, whose battles with alcoholism are examined by Olivia Laing in her book The Trip to Echo Spring. That people blessed with such prodigious gifts can also be so tortured, we assume, has something to do with the price of genius. There must be a mystical karmic balance in which the sensitivity it takes to be a professional empath — someone willing to take the psychic, emotional and even physical risks necessary to shape-shift into another individual, over and over again — leads them to seek numbness, whether to quiet the voices in their heads, heal their primal wounds or help the sensory and creative juices to flow with more Rabelaisian ferocity. They’re simply too sensitive, too deep-feeling, for this cold, hard world. As Laing puts it, “Writers, even the most socially gifted and established, must be outsiders of some sort, if only because their job is that of scrutiniser and witness.” It’s a romantic thought, and one that allows admirers of great artists to speak of their loss with compassion, as well as respect for their profound talents. But rhetoric of artistic demons obscures what is, in reality, simply a crippling, fatal disease — of which Hoffman is the latest famous casualty and which affects millions of people far outside the creative confines of Manhattan and Hollywood. Whatever language we use, though, doesn’t obscure the fact that a superbly talented actor — one capable of bringing so many truths to messy, complicated, ultimately sympathetic life — has been silenced forever. To paraphrase an exchange between Billy Wilder and William Wyler at Ernst Lubitsch’s funeral: We’ve not only lost Philip Seymour Hoffman, we’ve lost all those Hoffman moments that might have been.

An unabashedly sentimental look at old dogs Dog lovers know that the only fault with a dog, and I mean the only fault, is that they don’t live long enough. Here is an unabashedly sentimental look at old dogs. Garry Gross was a fashion photographer during the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s. He won PEGGY many awards for his work. FREEMAN Then, in 2002, he turned his camera lens toward dogs, especially the old guys, those pets that started out chasing balls and rabbits, patrolling the neighbourhood and keeping the kids in line, and then matured into wise old companions. This photographer visited many shelters and pet



BACHELOR: Slut-shamed Clare did exactly what the show and Juan Pablo purport to want the women on the show to do: to be themselves, to do what they would do if the cameras weren’t there, to try to have genuine interactions with the titular bachelor. But because she ran afoul of the show’s selectively Victorian sensibility and did not leave decisions about when to have sex on television to the show or Juan Pablo, she basically got slut-shamed by both. At her own expense, Clare exposed The Bachelor’s sexual ethos, which is that the women are supposed to be relatively innocent and chaste, up until the moment the man calls on them to stop being so. If Clare had bided her time and waited however many episodes until Juan Pablo invited her into his fantasy suite, she would have been celebrated as a woman willing to make herself vulnerable for love. Instead, she got the easy-woman edit and a scolding about sexual propriety from a guy proudly wearing multiple women’s spit. It may be hard out here for a pimp, but it’s way harder for a bachelorette.

rescue places and he saw sad dogs. He hoped his pictures would, “highlight the plight and value of the senior dog.” Too many times Gross saw the old dogs, for various reasons, languishing in rescue facilities, with no hope of a home for their last years. Everyone who ever had a dog from a puppy is surprised when suddenly the veterinarian refers to that dog as a “senior.” “But look,” they say, “she’s only nine and she still runs around like a puppy.” Then they notice that the muzzle is grey and that hip makes stairs difficult. Many owners keep those old friends through until the end; others surrender them to animal shelters and carry on with their busy lives. When Gross died in 2010 in New York City, David Tabatsky gathered many of these wonderful photos into this book, along with stories told by dog owners; especially stories in which dogs attain a ripe old age and retire with grace. Some of the writers featured here are Anna Quindlen, Ally Sheedy, Christopher Durang, Doris Day, Dean Koontz and Marlo Thomas. Included, as well, is the classic essay by Eugene O’Neill written to comfort his wife whose old dog had reached the end of his life. also seems to stand in for something more. The disclosure of this unspeakable yet ludicrous secret becomes a sly joke about the cinematic deployment of secrets as both plot engines and revealers of character. Yes, we’ve been given a glimpse into this man’s most private and shameful ritual, but does that mean we know anything whatsoever about him? And is grinding one’s pelvis into a jumbo serving of butter pecan any more ridiculous than whatever the rest of us get up to behind closed doors? Tomorrow Night feels like the work of a curious young filmmaker taking cinema apart to figure out how it works, tinkering under the hood. Though his innovative TV show and punishing stand-up schedule are keeping him more than busy enough for now, C.K. has made clear that he would be interested in making another feature film someday, perhaps selffinancing it with the proceeds from the online sale of Tomorrow Night. If for no other reason than that, the $5 he’s charging for this curious comic artifact seems like money well spent.

Many people believe that the most serious illness of elderly people is not cancer or heart disease, but loneliness. Family members are very busy these days, not always able to help fill the time of older relatives. Life for seniors can become a round of too much TV, mediocre meals and depression. Somewhere in a rescue centre there is an old fellow or girl who could add some interest and affection to that life. Sometimes they need a bit of remedial attention from a vet, but a checkup, a warm bed and a daily stroll around the block and they will reward their rescuer with a few years of company and devotion. Every dog owner has a thousand stories about their dog or dogs (don’t get them started) but dogs’ lives are shorter than ours. Saying goodbye is difficult. Gratitude and memories help. This is a wonderful book, full of moving photographs of big brown eyes, grey muzzles and calm patience. “Sometimes an old dog can teach you new tricks.” Peggy Freeman is a local freelance books reviewer.


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OLSON 1920 - 2014 Elna Gladys Olson (nee Randall) of Red Deer, passed away at the Villa Marie Covenant Health Centre in Red Deer on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at the age of 93 years. Elna lived a selfless life, exemplified by compassion and generosity. Her personal relationship with God was evident in her passion for the Word of God and prayer. Elna will be deeply missed by all her family and the large number of people and friends she impacted throughout her fruitful years. Now she will enjoy the presence of Jesus in the eternal home prepared for her. Elna will be lovingly remembered by her son Ted (Sharon) Olson of Red Deer; two daughters Patricia (Steve) Dodsworth of Calgary and Elaine (Al) Bennett of Sherwood Park; eight grandchildren; fifteen great grandchildren as well as numerous other family members and friends. Elna was predeceased by her first husband William Palun and her late husband Leonard A. Olson. A Memorial Service to celebrate Elna’s life will be held at the Bethany Baptist Church, 3901 - 44 St, Red Deer, Alberta on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made directly to Gideons International In Canada (Hope Magazine), P.O. Box 3619, Guelph ON N1H 7A2. Condolences to Elna’s family may be emailed to MEANINGFUL MEMORIALS Funeral Service Red Deer 587-876-4944

MCKINNEY George January 27, 2014 George leaves his wife, Helen, after 63 years of marriage with enough happy memories and laughter shared together to last a few lifetimes. He also leaves his daughters, Valerie (Vanja) Lugonja and Judy Swainson, grandchildren Ragan Rodgers, Denver (Sara) Swainson and Lauren (Aaron) Andersen as well as his favourite little fluffy furry friend, Penny. Born September 19, 1929 to Michael and Mary McKinney in Bengough, Saskatchewan, George left home at 17 years arriving in Red Deer soon to meet his life long sweetheart as well as his life long career: 45 years of accident free bus driving. George exemplified commitment. Possessing the highest degree of integrity and a fathomless work ethic, George excelled at his life long list of hobbies and interests. Artistically, George was a gifted musician, found solace in sketching, and a deep personal satisfaction in construction and hand crafted wood working. His love of golf and bridge matched his enthusiasm for country music and square dancing. He thrived during the years he and Helen spent wintering in Arizona traveling throughout the world. Yet, he cherished his family the most and was always the first one up every Christmas morning. His grandchildren brought him endless joy, coupled with more projects, and his shadow was always a 4-legged furry little friend. Therefore, in lieu of flowers, George has asked that donations be made, in his name, to the SPCA. Please join us in a celebration of his life on Saturday, February 8, 2014 at The Vanier, 9820-165 Street, Edmonton, Alberta. Service 1:30 to 2 pm† followed by an Open House from 2:00 to 4:00 pm .


McINTOSH Patricia Joan 1958 - 2014 With incredible sadness we announce the very sudden death of our daughter and mother February 1, 2014. Pat died at the age of 56 and will be forever missed. Her only wish after death was to have her body donated for scientific research. We are working towards this for her. A celebration of her life will be held at a later date. You know we love you Patti! Angela McIntosh and Connie Barnaby

MILLER John Grant Miller passed away on Friday, January 31st, 2014 at the age of 66. Grant was a devoted husband to Jacalyn (née Hudson) and father of nine children. He practiced law in Innisfail, Alberta for more than 37 years and was known by many through his work and service in the community. Grant is the eldest child of Joyce Pauline (née Davies) and James Rex Miller of Cardston, Alberta. He was born in his mother’s hometown of Bilston, Staffordshire, England on 28 October 1947 and came to Canada by boat at 10 months old with his mother. The family settled in Cardston in 1954. After serving as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in England, Grant graduated first from the University of Lethbridge and then law school at the University of Alberta. In 1976 he settled in Innisfail to practice law at the firm that soon became Miller Lehane & Wild. Throughout his life Grant volunteered in many capacities both within the LDS Church and in the community. In his career as a lawyer, Grant always tried to be understandable and kind with his clients. Grant also helped those with limited resources, at times working pro bono or arranging to be paid by whatever means his clients could afford. He will be dearly missed by his wife Jacalyn and children David (Aimee), Cardston, AB; Janet (Darryl), Okotoks, AB; Logan (fiancé Rachel) Kelowna, BC; Chris (girlfriend Jamie Rowen), Toronto, ON; Steven (Andrea), Saskatoon, SK; Lisa (Dave), Edmonton, AB; Clare (boyfriend Ryan), Red Deer, AB; and Evan, Vancouver, BC; and his fourteen grandchildren. He is also survived by his parents, Joyce and Rex, and brothers Scott (Janice), and Craig (Kathy). He is welcomed home by his beloved daughter Angela, who passed away in April 1978. A Memorial Service honoring Grant will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 5698 55 Ave. Cres., Innisfail, Alberta on Saturday, February 8th, 2014 at 11:00 a.m . with a luncheon to follow. E-mail your condolences to: LEGACY FUNERAL HOMES LTD., Cardston Assisting the Family. Phone 403-653-3222.

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STARLING Ella Louise 1925 - 2014 Ella Starling passed away peacefully at Michener Extendicare on January 27, 2014 at the age of 88. She is survived by her daughters; Peggy (Dave) Matchett, Marlene (Jim) Frame, son, Bill (Heather) Starling and one brother, Don (Margo) Weiss. She will especially be missed by her grandchildren; Michael Matchett, Brian (Tracy) Matchett, Jaimey-Lyn (Barry) Wilson, Daren (Vania) Frame and Debbie Starling. Ella will also be fondly remembered by her large extended family of great grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, one great, great-great grandson, nieces, nephews and friends. She will live in our hearts forever. Ella was predeceased by her husband, Bill (1993); daughter, Wendy (1954); her parents, Emmanuel and Emma Weiss; brothers Elmer and Ralph Weiss; and sister, Marlene Meier. The family would like to extend a thank you to Michener Extendicare staff and special friends Sandy and Elaine for being so good to our mother. To honour Ella’s request, there will be no funeral service. The family will be hosting a “Celebration of Ella Starling’s Life”, Saturday, March 1, at 1 pm, Royal Canadian Legion, 2810 Bremner Avenue, Red Deer. In lieu of flowers a donation to the Charity of your choice would be appreciated.


ROSS Brenda It is with heavy hearts and immense sadness to announce the passing of Brenda Ross of Red Deer, AB, on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at the age of 53 years. Brenda is survived by her two loving children Ronnie and Brandy Ross; brother Randy Butlin; sisters Debra Buffalo (Danny) and Crystal Jones; along with many aunt, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, grandchildren, many friends and co-workers. Brenda was predeceased by her husband Bernard Ross; father Percy Jones and her parents Andrew and Charlotte Butlin; sister Patricia Carriere; uncle Chester and aunt Cassie Mornson; fatherin-law Ronald T. Ross; brothers -in-law Arnold Ross and Victor Crier. Brenda will be fondly remembered for her caring nature, genuine sense of humour, and her ability to find the positive in anything. She enjoyed being outside, gardening, socializing with good friends, reading a good book, and spending evenings around the fire pit. With a work ethic second to none. For those who wish to pay their respects to Mrs. Brenda Ross, visitations will be held at Eventide Funeral Chapel, 4820-45 Street, Red Deer, on Thursday, February 6, 2014 from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. A Funeral Service will be held at Eventide Funeral Chapel on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 12:00 p.m. Interment will follow at Alto Reste Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Brenda’s name may be made directly to the Heart & Stroke Foundation, 202, 5913-50 Avenue, Red Deer, AB, T4N 4C4. Condolences may be forwarded to the family by visiting Arrangements entrusted to EVENTIDE FUNERAL CHAPEL 4820 - 45 Street, Red Deer. Phone (403) 347-2222

Obituaries MILLER Lucy 1940-2014 Mrs. Lucy Miller of Red Deer passed away with a strong but valiant fight. She was determined not to let the cancer win. She drifted away peacefully with her family at her side on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at the Red Deer Hospice at the age of 73. Lucy was born on March 2, 1940 at Picture Butte, AB as a daughter to 1st generation immigrants from Croatia (Yugoslavia). She enjoyed the simple and long-term rewards in life; Patience, (true) confidence and a noble heart were but a few of her most alluring traits. Along with this, the nature of “sacrifice” was understood and exercised without thought as if it were second nature to her very spirit. Lucy enjoyed life to the fullest through finding and fostering the strength in others, first and foremost through her family. For the many that knew her personally, this was an obvious accomplishment through her daily choices and the corporations (owners) she so chose to support in her career. Special thanks to those that supported her in those industrious times at Farmland, Phoenix Construction, Goodman Roofing and Van Alta Management. Among those most cherished was her spouse of 45 years Bill (William A.) Miller. They enjoyed many adventures together and had a wonderful retirement life. With the passing of her husband Bill (2006), she acquired newfound strength in socializing with many new and old acquaintances from her past. Warm blessings and thanks to her golfing friends, her wonderful neighbors, dress club ladies and the nurses who adopted her as an honorary nurse and provided solace to the heavy hearts of her surviving children. Lucy will be sadly and deeply missed but lovingly remembered and forever cherished in the hearts of her family and many friends. Lucy leaves to mourn her daughter Brenda (Darcy) Hall of Red Deer, AB and her son Craig (Audrey) Miller also of Red Deer, AB and her grandchildren; Payden, Chase and Nolan. She will also be missed by her sister’s, Doris Radisic of Edmonton, Stella (Rob) Evans of Vancouver, BC, Annie (Jim) Northsworthy of Vancouver, BC. Lucy was predeceased by her loving husband, Bill, of 45 years. Her parents Sam and Danica Radisic, two sister’s Mary Slovak, Helen Radisic and her brother Michael Radisic. Lucy ( Mom) was a fighter she gave this battle her all! She will always be known for being everyone’s inspiration to being so positive. She will be truly missed by all. Thank you to Dr. Graham the Cancer Center in Red Deer and Dr. Daniel for the wonderful care you provided our mom over the years. Special thanks to the Red Deer Hospice for making our mom, and our family feel so at home. Thank you for taking such wonderful care of our mom. A Funeral Service will be held at CrossRoads Church, S.W. corner of Hwy. 2 and 32nd Street, Red Deer on Saturday, February 8, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. Interment will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery, Red Deer, Alberta. Memorial Donations in Lucy’s honour may be made directly to the Red Deer Hospice, 99 Arnot Ave, Red Deer, AB. T4R 3S6. Arrangements in care of Lenore Jacobson, Funeral Director at PARKLAND FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORIUM, 6287 - 67 A Street (Taylor Drive), Red Deer. 403.340.4040

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WHITNEY 1931 - 2014 In Memoriam It is with heavy hearts and VERN GLOVER happy memories that we announce the passing of Donald George Whitney. Don What would we give his hand to clasp, passed away in Red Deer, Alberta on February 1st, His patient face to see; 2014 at the age of 83. Don To hear his voice, was born in Consort, Alberta to see his smile, January 10, 1931 to Ray As in the days that used to be. and Jessie Whitney. Don But some sweet day embraced an active and full we’ll meet again, life enjoying his family, his Beyond the toil and strife, work and his leisure. He was And clasp each others hand loved by many and lit up the once more, room with his smile and In Heaven that happy life. dreamy blue eyes. Don is ~The Glover and Chadwick survived by his four children, Families Cheryl (Gordon) Blonke, Brenda (Robert) Claude, Dwayne (Sue) Whitney, CARL M. ZIMMER Cindy (Troy) Pugh, eleven Oct. 26, 1945 - Feb. 7, 2008 grandchildren, and fifteen great grandchildren, many nieces, nephews and cousins. How constantly we think of you, with hearts and eyes that fill. Don was predeceased by his The love in life we had for you, wife Gladys, his parents, and in death grows stronger still. his sister Shirley Knockleby. Let the winds of love blow softly, There will be a memorial and whisper for you to hear. tribute in Don’s honour held We love and miss you sadly, on February 8, 2014 at 2pm as it dawns another year. at Legacy Estates, 56 Carroll Crescent, Red Deer, Alberta Lovingly remembered by and a Celebration of his Life your family will take place in May of 2014 (details to follow). In lieu of flowers please make donations to the Parkinson Alberta. Condolences may Funeral Directors be sent or viewed at & Services Arrangements in care of Maryann Hansen, Funeral Director at PARKLAND FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORIUM 6287 - 67 A Street (Taylor Drive), Red Deer. 403.340.4040 or 1.800.481.7421.

feel a warmth around me like your presence is so near, And I close my eyes to visualize your face when you were here, I endure the times we spent together and they are locked inside my heart, For as long as I have those memories we will never be apart, Even though we cannot speak no more my voice is always there, Because every night before I sleep I have you in my prayer. - By Louise Bailey

As we come to the one year anniversary loss of our dear loved one, Carol Bruin; we take the time to also remember the loss of Ariea Bruin and Cameron Bruin. Years go by and we often ask ourselves what they may be up to; Are they watching over us? Do they see how much we have grown? Are they with us when we need them most? Absolutely. They say time heals all wounds, not necessarily but time does make things better. One year, seven years, or even the twenty-three years without our special family members has allowed us time to continue on sharing memories, participate in traditions and move forward together as a family. Our family has grown to become stronger, bigger, and more passionate. Every day the memory of Carol, Ariea, and Cameron live on; Always loved, never forgotten. The Bruin family would also like to take the time to thank every single person who has helped out in the past year while we have been grieving the loss of Carol. You have all been so kind with your words and actions, it’s truly amazing the things others do when someone is in need and we couldn’t be more appreciative and thankful for everything we have received. Carol Bruin - 1 Year Ariea Bruin - 7 Years Cameron Bruin - 23 Years

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Card Of Thanks CURRY G. Dale Our family would like to thank everyone for the phone calls,flowers, cards, food, donations made in Dale’s name, thoughts and prayers in the recent loss or our dear son, father, brother and fiancé - Dale. No words can express the sincere kindness and support that has been given to our family at this time of sorrow. Thanks to the Emergency staff that came to our home that night and for their professional and compassionate care. We would especially like to thank Bruce MacArthur of Meaningful Memorials for helping us with the Celebration of Dale’s life. He spent hours with our family helping us during the difficult moments and arrangements of details. Our appreciation to Iron Workers Loc 805 for the lunch in Dale’s honor. Special thanks to Jim and Carol Wojciechowski, Bobbi Ferguson, Shaun Kerr, Criss and Ron Hotte, Miki and Paul Roberts. ~Shauna McGillicky, Helen, Chandra and Aaron Curry, Marilyn and Pat Henderson


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Fitness & Sports

PITCHERS Wanted. RD men’s hardball league 403-302-7778



Caregivers/ Aides


LIVE-IN Caregiver for senior in the Rocky Mountain House area. Call Dale at 403-846-5558 You can sell your guitar for a song... or put it in CLASSIFIEDS and we’ll sell it for you!




Advanced to Expert knowledge of Microsoft Excel Extracting & summarizing data into reports from Databases Critical thinking and problem solving Ability to multi-task in a fast paced environment Detail oriented, extremely organized Ability to communicate in a professional manner Access Database experience an asset

We offer the rewards:



JUST CUTS is looking for F/T - P/T HAIRSTYLIST No clientele necessary. Christie 403-309-2494


Coming Events

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NEW IMPRESSIONS SALON & SPA Seeking F/T& P/T Hair Stylist Drop off resume to 190 Northey Ave. Classifieds Your place to SELL Your place to BUY



ARAMARK at (Dow Prentiss Plant) about 20-25 minutes out of Red Deer needs hardworking, reliable, honest person w/drivers license, to work 40/hrs. per week w/some weekends, daytime hrs. $14/hr. Fax resume w/ref’s to 403-885-7006 Attn: Val Black

has a full time career advancing position available as a General Legal Assistant. The successful applicant will have completed the Legal Assistant Program, and have prior experience working in a law firm. This position requires someone who displays a team player outlook, demonstrates effective communication skills, has the ability to multi-task, and work in a fast paced environment. We offer an excellent working environment, benefits, and the opportunity for personal and professional growth. Please respond in confidence with a cover letter and resume to: Attention: Human Resources Johnston Ming Manning LLP 3rd Floor, 4943 - 50 Street Red Deer, AB T4N 1Y1 Fax: (403) 342-9173 Email: We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.


Bearspaw currently has a position in our Stettler field operations for an intermediate oil and gas operator. Applicants must have experience as a heavy duty mechanic or journeyman instrument mechanic and possess strong mechanical skills, be quick learners, motivated and hard working and live or be willing to relocate within a 20 minute commute to workplace location. This position offers a challenging work environment, attractive benefits with competitive pay and significant room for promotion. Please submit resumes Attn: Human Resources email:kwolokoff@ Fax 403-252-9719 Mail: Suite 5309 333 96 Ave. NE Calgary, AB T3K 0S3




F/T or P/T EXP’D. HAIRSTYLIST REQUIRED. Phone 403-347-3010 Eileen’s Beauty Nook



Looking for a new pet? Check out Classifieds to find the purrfect pet. Looking for a place to live? Take a tour through the CLASSIFIEDS

LOCAL Testing company seeking experienced Well Testers. Positions available immediately. Day/Night Supervisors & Assistants. MUST HAVE valid H2S and First Aid. Competitive wages and health benefits. Email resumes and tickets to: ken@



Bearspaw Petroleum Ltd is seeking exp’d FLOORHANDS & DERRICK HANDS


For more information visit our website at: Computer Personnel

MAPLE LEAF Environmental & Safety Ltd. is a proactive, dynamic and progressive company. We are recruiting for the positions of: EMR’s, H2S Drilling Safety Advisors, Plant Shutdown Safety Personnel. Please email or phone Luke Grayston; lgrayston@ Phone 780 520-1676

Reporting to the CFO, the Junior Accountant will be responsible for all of the must have all necessary valid tickets for the position accounting functions (i.e. inputting of supplier being applied for. invoices, quarterly Bearspaw offers a preparation of GST very competitive salary returns to be reviewed by and benefits package CFO, preparation of along with a steady monthly financial reporting work schedule. package, payments of Please submit resumes: supplier invoices, bank Attn: Human Resources reconciliations, etc.). This Email: position plays a role in establishing financial Fax: (403) 258-3197 or policies, procedures, Mail to: Suite 5309, internal controls and 333-96 Ave. NE reporting systems, ensuring Calgary, AB T3K 0S3 that systems are in place Celebrate your life to produce accurate and timely reporting of financial with a Classified results. Candidate must ANNOUNCEMENT have University degree or CELEBRATIONS college diploma, with 3-5 years of relevant work HAPPEN EVERY DAY experience. Email: IN CLASSIFIEDS


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

ZUBAR Production Services

is currently taking resumes for experienced Production Testing Personnel Email resume to: or fax to (403)346-9420. Must have all valid tickets.


Restaurant/ Hotel


Luau Investments Ltd. o/a Tim Hortons #100, 4217 - 50 Ave #7, 6721 - 50 Ave 7111 - 50 Ave 62 Carleton Ave Food Service Supervisors Full Time/Part Time/ Shift Work Night/Overnight/ Early Morning/Weekend Some high school education, plus 2 years related experience $10 to $13.50/hr depending on experience/availability Apply in person from 9am to 5pm Or by fax at 403-341-6006 Classifieds...costs so little Saves you so much!

Restaurant/ Hotel


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 CALKINS CONSULTING o/a Tim Hortons Food Service Manager 5 positions, F/T & P/ T, $9.95 - $18/hr. depending on exp. and availability. Permanent shift work, weekends, days, nights and evening shifts. 3-5 yrs. exp., completion of secondary school. Start date ASAP. Apply in person 6620 Orr Drive. Fax: 403-782-9685 Call 403-848-2356 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

THE RUSTY PELICAN is now accepting resumes for an experienced LINE COOK Must have References. Apply within: 2079-50 Ave. 2-4 pm. Mon.-Fri. Fax 403-347-1161 Phone calls WILL NOT be accepted. WANTED:

Kitchen Assistant Permanent Part time

Send resumes to: Fax: 403-722-3980 or Email: donna For further information please call Donna At 403-722-3939 ext. 205

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@ ELEMENTS is looking for 5 retail sales reps. selling season gift packages and personal care products in Parkland Mall, 4747 67 St. Red Deer. $12.10 hr. + bonus & comm. FT. No exp. req`d. Please email SOAP Stories is seeking 5 F/T Beauty Treatment O/P, selling soap & bath products $14.55/hr. + bonus & comm. Beauty cert. req’d. Location Parkland Mall - 4747 67th St. Red Deer. email premierjobrdbto@ Classifieds Your place to SELL Your place to BUY

SOAP Stories is seeking 5 retail sales reps. Selling soap & bath products. $12.10 hr + bonus & commission. Ft No exp. req`d. Parkland Mall 4747 67 St. Red Deer. email resume to STORESMART JJAM Management (1987) Self-Storage seeking Ltd., o/a Tim Horton’s F/T Assistant Requires to work at these Centre Manager for 40 Red Deer, AB locations: hours per week. For job 5111 22 St. description and how to 37444 HWY 2 S apply, go to 37543 HWY 2N 700 3020 22 St. No phone calls please. Food Counter Attendant 8 Vacancies P/T & F.T. SHIFT WORK, $9.95 $10.98/hr. Apply in person Trades or fax resume to: 403-314-1303

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

Requires an

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGIST Pidherney’s is a progressive company that offers competitive wages, benefits and a pension plan. We require a full time Information Technologist for our Blackfalds office. MCSE/MSSA, CompTIA Network, Server, Security Certifications are preferred. CompTIA A+ Certification and experience are the minimum requirements for all applicants.

Please forward resumes to: or fax to 403-845-5370



Locally based, home every night! Qualified applicants

requires OPTICAL ASSISTANT Training provided. Apply in person with resume to: 4924 59 St. Red Deer, AB. Start your career! See Help Wanted

Invites applications for the position of:





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


Service recognition program Buying or Selling Comprehensive benefits your home? package Check out Homes for Sale Continuous training in Classifieds Salary based on credentials

Your next step: forward your resume by Feb. 21, 2014 Legal to: Cascadia Motivation Inc. Attn:Gary Thorsteinson Duhamel Manning Suite 14, 4646 Riverside Dr. Feehan Warrender Red Deer, AB T4N 6Y5 Glass LLP Fax: 403.340.1314 Legal Assistants E-mail: GaryT@ Legal Assistant positions in the areas of Litigation and Corporate/Commercial are available. Minimum 2-5 years experience in the Dental relevant fields is a requirement. Cores III F/T RDA Level II accreditation for the assistant req’d. for Family Corporate/Commercial Dental practice dedicated position is highly to exceptional patient care. recommended. Contact Kelly with resume Competitive salaries, great at the Lacombe Dental benefits in a good working Clinic, 5015-51 St. environment on offer. Lacombe, AB T4L 2A3 Please email your resume (403)782-3755, Fax: to the Office manager at (403)782-4081 by email: Only candidates on the short list will be contacted for interviews.



As a growing Canadian provider of services to the oil and gas industry, we help our clients succeed through teamwork, pride and empowerment of our people. If you are looking for a rewarding career filled with challenge then look no further... Big Eagle wants to hear from you! Positions available in Grande Prairie, Rainbow Lake, Zama City and Swift Current * Heater Operators & Swampers * Pressure Truck Operators & Swampers * Hot Oiler Operators & Swampers EDUCATION, LICENSURE, AND EXPERIENCE: * Applicant must have a class 1 or 3 license with airbrakes * No current license suspension * No suspension or conviction due to impaired driving in last 3 years * No more than 6 demerits (provincial specific) * Being mechanically inclined a very big asset * Participate fully in safety programming such as job observations, near miss and Stop Card reporting, monthly safety meetings, and tailgate meetings * Job may require crews to stay in camp and work shift work for 2 to 3 weeks at a time. * Previous Oil & Gas experience required. Sign on bonus may be available dependent on experience. All new employees will undergo pre-employment drug and alcohol screening as well as fit-testing. Qualified, interested candidates are encouraged to send their resumes and drivers abstract to: Only candidates under consideration will be contacted. Please be advised, at this time Big Eagle is not able to consider applicants not currently legally entitled to work in Canada.



Red Deer

Our heartfelt thanks to our family, and friends for your support in the passing of our much-loved mom, Joanne Moore. Your kind gestures, calls, cards, flowers, food, memorial donations to the Red Deer Hospice Society, and the family dinners were greatly appreciated. A special acknowledgement and thanks to the staff at RDRH, EMS, Red Deer Home Care, and to Dr. Johan Myburgh, for your skill and dedication. To the kind staff at Symphony Senior Living, Aspen Ridge and the devoted staff at the Red Deer Hospice, thankyou for your brilliant care and family support. Our thanks also to Rev. Gary Sinclair for his lovely and meaningful service, celebrating mom’s life. It offered both inspiration and comfort to all who were present. To Graham Moore and Darren Eklund, our thanks for your sincere and warmhearted tributes. The words that you both spoke were encouraging to all. To her grandchildren, the video tribute was so reflective of her life, and she would have been very proud of you all, yet again. The special music was exceptional and holds a place in all of our hearts. To the Pallbearers and Honorary Pallbearers, thank-you. To the staff at Eventide Funeral Chapel, please accept our gratitude for your compassion and assistance. Your kindness will always be remembered.


800 Warehouse Representative Required for Rimbey Oilfield Supply Store Duties to include: Customer Service Heavy Lifting Involved Inventory Control Deliveries (with trailer) Clerical Duties Shipping & Receiving Forklift Operations

Please Send Resume to: Email: Fax: (403) 843 - 3775 In Person: 5618 – 44th St, Rimbey (behind the A&W)


Funeral Directors & Services





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C & C COATINGS in Innisfail is seeking F/T Exp. Sandblaster. Competitive wages and benefits. Fax resume to: 403-227-1165 or email Something for Everyone Everyday in Classifieds

Luau Investments Ltd. Construction Safety o/a Tim Hortons #100, 4217 - 50 Ave Manager #7, 6721 - 50 Ave Utility Construction 62 Carleton Ave Company seeking Food Service Managers employee to manage and Full Time/Part Time/ maintain all aspects of Shift Work safety program in Red Night/Overnight/ Deer/Olds area: Early Morning/Weekend. • Conduct training, new High School Diploma, plus hire orientation and 3 years related experience safety meetings $14 to $18/hr depending • Monitor all work for on experience/availability compliance with safety Apply in person from regulations 9am to 5pm • Investigation, reporting Or by fax at 403-341-6006 and resolution of safety incidents • Manage corporate WCB program including reporting, claims management and injury prevention • Maintain COR THE RUSTY PELICAN • Minimum 5 years’ is now accepting resumes experience for experienced Contact Wayne at SERVERS Must have Ref’s & Pro-Serve. 1-403-556-8563 or email resume to waynec@ Apply within: 2079-50 Ave. 2-4 pm. Mon.-Fri. Fax 403-347-1161 Phone Experienced Siders calls WILL NOT be accepted. Needed Call 403-588-3210



The Red Deer Advocate has an entry level opening in their Circulation Dept. for a Customer Service Representative. This position is responsible for assisting circulation customers by phone or in person & compiling reports for the mailroom.

The successful candidate will possess:


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Approx. 20 hrs. per week including weekend shifts.

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DNR Powerline Construction requires Journeyman/ Apprentices/Labourers for various projects in Alberta. Long term employment. Excellent opportunity for apprenticeship. Excellent benefit packages. Fax resume to 403-742-5759 or email: dnrwelding1 Attention: Noel. No Phone calls please. Drug and Alcohol program in effect.


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 SMALL Manufacturing Company Looking for a Journeymen Framer or Equivalent with exp. Basic tools required: Steel Toed Boots and hard hats. Indoors all year round Mon-Friday work week, occasional weekend Please send resume to: Fax:403-348-8109

Truckers/ Drivers



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Currently seeking reliable newspaper carrier for the


PROFESSIONAL Truck Driver Position Available


SPRING START Advanced Drainage • Community Support Systems, Inc., the world’s Worker Program largest and most innovative manufacturer of HDPE • Women in the Trades DNR Pressure Welding drainage products is Program requires B-Pressure expanding and are Welder Crew Foreman, currently accepting • Math and Science for lead hands, labourers for applications for a certified the Trades Program various projects in Alberta. Class 1 Driver, with a Long term employment. minimum of two (2) years Gov’t of Alberta Funding Excellent opportunity for B-train trailer experience. may be available. apprenticeship. Excellent ADS Drivers are required benefit packages. Fax SPARTEK to safely operate company 403-340-1930 resume to 403-742-5759 equipment and provide a SYSTEMS INC or email: dnrwelding1 high level of customer In Sylvan Lake, AB Attention: service, delivering our is seeking qualified Ryan. No Phone calls products within central individuals for the please. Drug and Alcohol Alberta. ADS Drivers are following positions: program in effect. required to be drug free and maintain legal transADULT CARRIERS DNR Pressure Welding & MECHANICAL portation paperwork and Powerline Construction NEEDED ENGINEER driving practices. This requires Journeyman For delivery of position requires a valid Heavy Duty Mechanic with ELECTRICAL the morning Class 1 License, with experience in fleet mainteENGINEER previous off road forklift ADVOCATE nance for Heavy & Light experience a definite duty trucks. Excellent in Red Deer, by For complete job asset. We offer quarterly benefit packages. Email 6:30 a.m. 6 days/wk descriptions, please refer cash safety bonuses as resumes to Harold@ to our website at well as a comprehensive or fax medical plan. (Reliable vehicle needed) (403)742-5759 No Phone Applicants please forward Benefi ts include: calls please. Drug and resume to: keri.lee@ Company provided Group alcohol program in effect. ROSEDALE AREA Canadian Benefits or fax to 403-887-4050 DUE TO A LARGE Reichley St., Voluntary dental Please state which INCREASE IN BUSINESS, Life insurance Reinholt Ave., position you are applying Short-term and long-term PIKE WHEATON Robinson Cres. Area for in your cover letter. disability CHEVROLET 100 Papers Retirement Savings Plan is currently seeking $540/mo. (RSP) and Deferred Profit SERVICE ADVISORS. Truckers/ Sharing Plan (DPSP) We offer competitive Drivers Paid Vacation wages, a great working Call Jamie Safety Bonus environment, and a great All applicants are subject BUSY Central Alberta 403-314-4306 benefit package. to a pre-employment Grain Trucking Company Please email resume to for more information physical and MVR check. looking for Class 1 Drivers Joey Huckabone Interested Applicants may and/or Lease Operators. submit a resume, along We offer lots of home time, Something for Everyone with a current drivers benefits and a bonus Everyday in Classifieds abstract to: program. Grain and super Advanced Drainage B exp. an asset but not FLUID EXPERTS LTD. necessary. If you have a Systems Canada Inc. Is looking for experienced 4316 Gerdts Ave. clean commercial drivers ADULT CARRIERS TRUCKING DISPATCHER abstract and would like to Blindman Ind. Park NEEDED to start immed. Red Deer County, AB. start making good money. For delivery of the Good Verbal, Writing, T4S-2A8 Fax: fax or email resume and Texting and Computer morning (403) 346-5806 comm.abstract to skills. Company Pickup, 403-337-3758 or E-mail ken.mccutcheon@ ADVOCATE benefits, above avg. salary in Red Deer and great atmosphere. Position closing date: (Reliable vehicle needed.) Clean Class 1 drivers Feb. 10, 2014 license and abstract. Completed Basic Training Business Courses. Will train the ANDERS AREA right individual. Opportunities Fax Resume w/all tickets INGLEWOOD AREA and Drivers Abstract to FRANCHISE 403-346-3112 or email to MORRISROE AREA OPPORTUNITY.




CENTRAL AB based trucking company requires


Owner Operators & Company Drivers

CLASS 1 Off Road Crude Haul in Central Ab. 7 On-7 Off. Must have all tickets. Email:

Perfect for anyone looking to make some extra $. Please reply by email: qmacaulay or phone Quitcy at 403-314-4316 Start your career! See Help Wanted

SUPERVISOR/Administrator req’d for busy downtown pharmacy. Flexible hours, part/full time. Please fax resume to 403-347-5454 or email: THE RED DEER PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT Invites applications for 2 positions: Caretaker at Mountview School and Caretaker at Lindsay Thurber High School. Start Date: To be determined Regular Work Days: Monday - Friday Regular Work Hours: 3:30-11:30 p.m. Required knowledge, education, abilities and skills are as per the Job Description (available from Human Resources). Pay rate is per the current collective agreement with C.U.P.E. Local 1012. For more information about the Red Deer Public School District, visit our web site at: Deadline for applications will be Noon on February 18, 2014. Application forms may be forwarded to 4747-53 Street, Red Deer, AB T4N 2E6. Fax: 403-342-3780 or email: humanresources

for work in Red Deer. Please fax resume to 1-403-229-4079

Now Hiring Overhead Door Tech & Helper for Ponoka overhead door company. Pay DOE to $35/hr. Contact Gerald 403-963-5000 or email doorsondemand@


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EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANTS at various locations

For more information visit our website at

Kennings Cres. & Kirby St.

Are you a Class 1 Driver with Heavy Equipment Operating experience that wants to be home at night?


ProMetal Management is a metal recycling company that over 20 years has built a great reputation servicing Central Alberta and beyond. We are in the midst of a growing curve, and are looking for experienced Class 1 drivers that can load and operate heavy equipment. The base of our operations located in Lacombe, AB.

We Offer:

You will bring:

± Local, year round work ± Sundays Off- Competitive wages ± Safety conscious work environment

± At least 3 years flat deck experience ± Oilfield tickets an asset ± Great attitude and strong work ethic ± At least 5 years Hoe experience (Shear or Magnet experience an asset)

PANT Suit, black, ladies, Evan Picone. Like new. Sz. 10. $20. 403-314-9603




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



Get off the couch and learn guitar with Shannon RES-MED C.PAP Machine Frizzell. Don’t spend your money on anything but the used less than 3 month. best, we guarantee you Cost $1900 ~ Sell for won’t be disappointed. $1200 firm. 403-341-5341 Private weekly lessons are geared to your level Household and needs. Openings on Mon & Thurs nights at Furnishings RDC. Beginners welcome! For more info: For more COUCH, black leather, like info: 403.357.4900 or new. $190. 403-986-1720 continuingeducation WOODEN COLONIAL CRADLE. $40. 403-342-5609


Pets &


IKEA pantry/storage unit. White with opaque plastic Supplies front panel. Excellent condition. 71”x 16”x 16”. AQUARIUMS, (2) 90 gal. Asking $80. 403-340-3693 $1200. both 403-505-4777 Evenings Looking for a place to live? WANTED Take a tour through the Antiques, furniture and CLASSIFIEDS estates. 342-2514

Misc. for Sale


12V 3000 lb. remote control winch $80; New in box. 403-887-4981 2 QUEEN COMFORTERS, $30/ea or 2/$50. 2 THICK WARM BLANKETS, like new, $35/ea. ELECTRIC ROASTING PAN, like new, $30. 403-348-6449 B & D 109 pc. drill/driver kit set $25; 148 pc. B & D drill piece home tool kit $30. New in box. 403-887-4981



2 VERY SHY 5 MO. OLD ORANGE BROTHERS. Completely neutered & litter box trained. Need to go to home together, as they have bonded. Sweet personalities, but need to be socialized to humans. 403-782-3130



CARPET Steamer, Hoover Used 3 times. $50.; New Home depot sells $199. 403-986-1720 DIE cast models, cars, truck, and motorcycles, fairies, dragons and biker gifts. #14 6350-67 St. east end of Cash Casino DISHES, 3 sets of 8 place setting, $45. each. 403-343-6218 HISTORY painting 15 x 30 called the Chief Crowfoot signing of the Peace Treaty, $200. 403-347-7405 SET OF HEAVY DUTY MAGNETIC TRUCKERS ROAD FLARES. $30. 403-348-6449

Employment Training

Teeny Tiny Morkies extra fluffy and extremely cute! Non shedding, shots done 587-987-3422 or email:

Sporting Goods


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





PERSON or APPRENTICE - Outgoing - Organized - Mechanically inclined - Computer proficient - Previous experience preferred but willing to train • Full-time position. • Must be able to work weekends. Apply by: Email: Fax: 403-346-1055


ANDERS AREA Anders St. / Armstrong Close Addinnell Close / Allan St. HOUSE CLEANERS wanted, Days, Residential. Work as a team, n/s environment. Must be bondable, weekends off. Call Pam 403-505-6111.

Abbott Close / Anders St. Anders Close INGLEWOOD AREA Isherwood Close


Issard Close LANCASTER AREA Law Close / Lewis Close

Legal Administrative Assistant Marketing Coordinator Insurance Advisor Business Administration Hotel & Tourism Management Financial Assistance available to qualified applicants.


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

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

SUNNYBROOK AREA Somerset Close Springfield Ave.

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.

Savoy Cres. / Sydney Close Sherwood Cres. VANIER AREA

Top Wages paid based on experience. Full Benefits and Uniform Package included.

Viscount Drive Vickers Close Volks Place / Vanier Drive

Visit our website for more detailed job descriptions at:

Vanson Close / Visser St. Please fax resumes to: 403-885-5516 Attn: Kevin, or email to: We thank all applicants but only those selected for interviews will be contacted.

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Lamont Close

Vista Village


2965 Bremner Avenue, Red Deer



We are currently seeking the following to join our team in Blackfalds for all shifts:

Call Today (403) 347-6676

Langford Close Lund Close

Call Prodie @ 403- 314-4301 for more info 364875B12

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MEN’S WORK CLOTHING - SIZE XL. New Carhartt quilted bib over-all, $75. Wind River snow pants, $30. Marv Holland flame resistant jacket, $65. Heavy duty work bib overalls $55. Steel toe Winter boot, size 11. $75. 403-342-5609


Please call Debbie at 403-314-4307


Email: Fax: 403-782-0245

ESPRIT Collection, cotton blazer/jacket. Sandstone color. Women’s Size 7. Only worn twice. $15. Call (403) 342-7908.

or drop off resume, Attn Bill in Service

To deliver 1 day a week in BOWDEN

ProMetal is a growing company that still offers the small business personal touch. If you have the experience and skills we are looking for and we would like to secure one of these opportunities... Please send your resume via fax or email to:


2 PAIR New Men’s Size 10 lined safety toe boots. $30/ea. 1 PAIR New Men’s fleece lined zipper black boots, size 10. $25. 403-887-4981

Music Lessons

- Customer Service rep - Receiving - Shipping - Inventory control

Call Joanne 403-314-4308 info


Truckers/ Drivers


Health & Beauty

INDOOR Antenna, RCA in Box UVF.UHF.FM. $10. 403-314-9603




with experience. Must be a minimum third year apprentice & have good knowledge of truck mount & all terrain cranes. Competitive salaries includes benefits. Must have a Class 1 license. Please submit all resumes by email to:


Celebrate your life with a Classified ANNOUNCEMENT


Halman Cres. & Hammond Cres.

invites applications for

WOODEN ROCKING HORSE. $25. CHILDS ROCKING CHAIR, $20. STUFFED ROCKING HORSE, $10. WOODEN TIME OUT CHAIR, $10. NEW GRACO TRAVEL CRIB, 2-stage basinet. Converts to play pen. 32”X23”. $65. 403-755-3556



Highland Green

QUICKLINE CRANE INC. in Blackfalds is looking for a

BABY DOLL ROOTED Hair, sleep yes, comes with some clothes. $15. 403-314-9603


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RDC Guitar Lessons

CORNER computer desk. $75. 403-343-6218

LEATHER HORSE COLLAR. $30. 403-342-5609

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HOLY Man’s & Medicine Man shield (Sarcee & Cree), approx. 24” to 36” long. These items are generally found in museums or movie sets ($200 for both) 403-347-7405


Antiques & Art


Concrete forming equipAFFORDABLE ment Dura-Form 4’ x 2’, Homestead Firewood 5’x2’, 7’x2’, 8’ x 2’, lots of Spruce & Pine - Split inside corners and fillers, 7 days/wk. 403-304-6472 most of forms are in cages. LOGS To view call Randy Semi loads of pine, spruce, 403-843-1099 cell tamarack, poplar. 587-679-2334. For pics Price depends on location. and detailed equipt. list Lil Mule Logging emai: thepelletiers@ 403-318-4346 Now Offering Hotter, Cleaner BC Birch. All Types. P.U. / Children's Delivery. Lyle 403-783-2275



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

For the Red Deer area. Please contact memphisbluesprairies


BABY BULLET, food processor. Immaculate condition. Includes accessories & instructional food prep manual. $30. Call (403) 342-7908


Call Prodie: 403-314-4301 for more info

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

Building Supplies

Items Delivery is 4 times per week, no collecting.




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ALSO West half of Robinson Cres, Rich Cl., & Ryan Cl. Area. $84/mo. TIMBERLANDS AREA Turner Cres., Timothy Dr., Towers Cl., Tobin Gt. $113/mo. ALSO Timberstone Way, Talson Place, Thomas Place, Trimble Cl., Traptow Cl. & Thompson Cres. $307/mo. Call Jamie 403-314-4306

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1200 SQ.FT. 2 bdrm. suite, satellite TV, all utils. incl. except phone and internet, Rural location, 5 acres, pasture negot., avail. immed., ref’s req’d. N.S., no pets. 403-782-3893 Pd. $1800. Asking $600 obo., some cat scratches on seat, but good cond. 403-597-3958 Cash Only


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CLEARVIEW bi-level. 2 bdrm., 1 bath, 5 appls, balcony. Close to park & bus. $900 +utils. 403-210-1360 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


Houses For Sale

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


wheels CLASSIFICATIONS 5000-5300


Sylvan Lake, 3 bdrms., 2.5 baths, large family room, 3 rd level walk out covered deck, oversized dbl.. garage, RV parking, close to schools. $329,000. 403-887-3966 BRAND NEW 1340 sq. ft. bungalow, 2 bdrm., den, dbl. att. garage. $384,900. Call Glen 403-588-2231 FREE Weekly list of properties for sale w/details, prices, address, owner’s phone #, etc. 342-7355 Help-U-Sell of Red Deer

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


Grain, Feed Hay

SMALL SQUARE HAY and straw 403-340-3061 TIMOTHY & Brome square bales, great for horses, approx. 60 lbs. put up dry and covered, $5/bale Sylvan area. 403-887-2798


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This great 3 bdrm, 1.5 bath home offers great space on a quiet street. At just $1425/mo it will go quick. †Call Tina at 403-896-8552 to take a look! 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 5 BDRM home in Ander’s available for immed. possession for one year. No pets, N/S Rent $2650/mo., D/D $2650. 403-358-6070 PONOKA ~ March 1st. 3 bedroom 1/2 duplex. 4 appliances. Rent $950, d.d. $950. No pets. 403-346-3943


Condos/ Townhouses

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


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

2 BDRM. balcony, blinds, $1000 rent no pets avail. Mar. 1. 403-343-8387 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.


FURN. ROOM, use of full house, utils. & internet. all incl. $475. 403-506-1907



BLACKFALDS Fully Developed. 4 bdrms. 3.5 baths, front att. garage. 2 storey. Indoor/outdoor Àreplace, hardwood, tile, house-wide deck, wet bar & many more upgrades. Please phone Lloyd at 403-391-9294 for all the details. $448,500 incl. legal fees, appls., GST. Sorry, no realtors or agents. RENO’D FULL DUPLEX in Ponoka. 3 bdrm., 1 bath per side. $257,000. 403-963-0204

ROOM FOR RENT $550./mo. 403-352-7417

TOO MUCH STUFF? Let Classifieds help you sell it.

ROOM in Westpark, n/s, no pets. Furnished. TV & utils incl. 403-304-6436

Mobile Lot



NEW BLACKFALDS ModiÀed Bi-level walk-out. 1560 sq.ft. beautiful 3 bdrm., 2 bath w/master bath & spa. Fireplace. Backing onto green trail. Many extras. $442,700. Please phone Lloyd at 403-391-9294

PADS $450/mo. Brand new park in Lacombe. Spec Mobiles. 3 Bdrm., 2 bath. As Low as $75,000. Down payment $4000. Call at anytime. 403-588-8820 Laebon Homes 346-7273

Misc. For Rent


250 PAGE gold mine book of masterpiece information and instructions on the construction of the North American Native crafts and clothing and designs that are difÀcult to Ànd. Hawkeye Diary of Indian Craft and Information Volume 2. With each page full of information for all needed items. $25 per book. 403-347-7405



Condos/ Townhouses RED DEER 403-754-5104 4971 Phelan St.

Antique & Classic Autos


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



2008 VW Golf City $9888 Sport & Import 348 8788

2008 Audi A4 2.0T $19,888. Sport & Import 348 8788

2007 INFINITI G35X AWD, auto., loaded. Summers & snows, 106,000 km, one owner, excellent cond. Must sell. $15000. 403-845-4146, 844-5698


Commercial Property


SMALL / LARGE SPACES -Free standing - fenced yards For all your needs. 400-46,000 ft. 403-343-6615 You can sell your guitar for a song... or put it in CLASSIFIEDS and we’ll sell it for you!

2006 Acura RSX premium auto 57,000 km $12,888 Sport & Import 348 8788 2000 Chrysler Neon, 2L, 4 dr., 5 spd. Clean. 403-318-3040 1999 PONTIAC Bonneyville 4 dr., saftied. 403-352-6995




Realtors & Services



Money To Loan

Call GORD ING at GLENDALE reno’d 2 bdrm. RE/MAX real estate apartments, avail. immed, central alberta 403-341-9995 rent $875 403-596-6000


Private Mortgages Our Rates start at 8%. We lend on Equity. Bus. For Self & Bruised Credit Ok. Ron Lewis 403 819 2436

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2012 INFINITI G37X $27,888 Sport & Import 348 8788

services CLASSIFICATIONS 1000-1430 To Advertise Your Business or Service Here

Call Classifieds 403-309-3300

2008 Escalade ESV. Nav. Dvd camera 6 pass $32,888 Sport & Import 348 8788



INDIVIDUAL & BUSINESS Accounting, 30 yrs. of exp. with oilÀeld service companies, other small businesses and individuals RW Smith, 346-9351



WCB HELP If you have been cut off beneÀts or feel you have not received the beneÀts you are entitled. Call Norman Zubot consulting(29yrs WCB exp) Ph: 587-521-4691. Cell: 780-982-9822 CELEBRATIONS HAPPEN EVERY DAY IN CLASSIFIEDS



DALE’S Home Reno’s Free estimates for all your reno needs. 403-506-4301

Handyman Services


ALL TRADES Home Maintenance 28 yrs. exp. Retired electrician. Call Rick 403-318-4267 ATT’N: Are you looking for help on small jobs around the house or renovate your bathroom, painting or Áooring, and roof snow removal? Call James 403-341-0617

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Misc. Services



Property clean up 340-8666


2006 CADILLAC ESCALADE ESV platinum, mint $21,888

Good Earth Services Sport & Import 403-348-8788 Bus: 403-318-6573 Central Vac Service Call Home & Bus. Maintenance and cleaning. RED’S AUTO. Free scrap vehicle & metal removal. We travel. May pay cash for vehicle. AMVIC APPROVED. 403-396-7519

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In call only. 587-377-1298 9 am - 6 pm. Mon. - Fri. 5003-50 St.

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in home or facility family business est. 1999 bondable staff, great rates, gift certiÀcates avail. 403-346-7777

VII MASSAGE #7,7464 Gaetz Ave. Pampering at its Snow BEST! Removal 403-986-6686 Come in and see Escorts SNOW CLEARING, why we are the talk windrows, back yards, of the town. driveways etc. LEXUS 392-0891 *BUSTY* INDEPENDENT w/own car 403-550-7928 8,0 RMD RENOVATIONS Bsmt’s, Áooring, decks, etc. Call Roger 403-348-1060

Despite warnings, banned carry-on toiletries get through Russian security BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS



SOCHI, Russia — A record number of world dignitaries are coming to the Sochi Olympics, triple the amount that attended the 2010 Vancouver Games, Russians organizers said Thursday on the eve of the opening ceremony. Dmitry Chernyshenko, head of the Sochi organizing committee, told the IOC that 65 heads of state and government and international organizations are expected to attend Russia’s first Winter Olympics. “This is a record for Winter Games, three times the number in Vancouver,” he said in his final update to the International Olympic Committee general assembly. The IOC said Wednesday it was aware of 44 world leaders coming to the games. Chernyshenko’s figures could be higher because of the inclusion of international organizations. Sochi organizers have declined to provide the names of the leaders coming to the opening ceremony or the countries they represent. Chinese President Xi Jinping and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon are among those attending and meeting with President Vladimir Putin. A number of top world leaders are skipping the games, however. They include Prime Minister Stephen Harper, American President Barack Obama, French President Francois Hollande, British Prime Minister David Cameron and German President Joachim Gauck. The Olympics come amid Western criticism of Russia’s record on human rights and its law banning gay “propaganda” among minors. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, who ran in the Olympic torch relay in Sochi, labelled as “nonsense” the talk of how many foreign leaders are coming to the games. “No one has ever counted,” he said, as quoted by Russian agency RIA Novosti. “They started counting when they decided that they should spoil things for Russia so that Russia would feel uncomfortable.”

On Tuesday, IOC President Thomas Bach denounced politicians who used the Sochi Olympics for their own purposes “on the backs of the athletes,” including leaders who publicly snubbed the games without having been invited. Meanwhile, the IOC praised Sochi organizers for the seven-year project in preparing the game but warned them not to rest yet. “We have and you have all reasons to be very, very confident but there is no reason to be complacent,” Bach said. “Now the real work starts. We are sure it will be a success, but we have to make it work.” Jean-Claude Killy, the French ski great who headed the IOC co-ordination commission for Sochi, said Sochi had undergone an “astounding” transformation in the seven years since it was awarded the games. Russia has used the games to try to develop a decaying Black Sea summer resort into a year-round tourist destination and winter sports complex. It has spent $51 billion overall to rebuild the area, including long-term investments in roads, railways, hotels and other infrastructure. “All of the promises made in 2007 have been kept and spectacularly so,” Killy said. “It’s a new city that’s going to organize these games and show itself to the world — a city that is reflecting the new Russia.” Chernyshenko told the IOC: “Thank you for your bravery and courage that day. We didn’t let you down.” Chernyshenko said a record 2,860 athletes from 88 countries had registered for the games so far, and offered further assurances that Russian security will “deliver safe games.” Tens of thousands of police and military personnel have been deployed to guard the Olympics, which face threats of terror attacks by Islamic insurgents from the North Caucasus region. In a light moment, Chernyshenko claimed the birth rate had tripled in Sochi in the years leading to the games. “I don’t know why,” he said.


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ACROSS from park, 3 bdrm. 4-plex, 1 1/2 bath, 4 appls. Rent $1125/mo. d.d. $650. Avail. March 1 403-304-5337



MOUNTVIEW: Avail now 1 fully furn bdrm for rent. $500/$250. Working or Student M preferred. Call 403-396-2468.


4 Plexes/ 6 Plexes


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

Rooms For Rent


Houses/ Duplexes

PONOKA, lrg. 1 bdrm apt. incld’s, laundry & all utils. $750. Avail. end of Feb. no pets, n/s 403-993-3441

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If you own a vehicle, get up to $10,000 today!

DUPLEX large single att. garage, 1.5 lots, walkout, inÁoor heat, air cond., 2 large decks, fully dev. up/down & landscaped, high eff. furnace & water heater. $339,000. 403-396-3203


Sochi organizer says 65 leaders coming to Olympics

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Sporting Goods


2005 HUMMER H2 $24,888 Sport & Import 348 8788 2004 FORD EXPLORER Exc. shape. New tires. Fully loaded. $9800 obo. 403-340-2042 1998 FORD EXPLORER. Great shape. Dependable. Command start. $2800. 403-346-7911

Auto Wreckers


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

Misc. Automotive


FREE removal of scrap vehicles. Will pay cash for some. 403-304-7585 We change daily to serve you better.

SOCHI, Russia — Despite a temporary Russian ban on liquids in carryon luggage, some air travellers heading to the Sochi Olympics through Moscow brought toothpaste and other toiletries past security checkpoints without any problems. Security concerns ahead of the Sochi Games were renewed after the U.S. Homeland Security Department warned airlines flying to Russia that terrorists may try to smuggle explosives into the country in toothpaste tubes. The agency on Thursday banned all liquids from carry-on luggage for nonstop flights from the U.S. to Russia. Yet six Associated Press employees arriving in Moscow from across the world or beginning their journey there passed through security without having to remove toothpaste, hand lotion or water bottles from their carryon luggage. Another AP journalist, arriving in Moscow from Singapore, said a security official checked his deodorant and then returned it, but didn’t notice or make mention of a very small tube of toothpaste. Other air travellers heading to Sochi also said their experience of Russian airport security was surprisingly hassle-free. “It was pretty chill. I had an empty 1 ½-litre water bottle because I was hoping to fill it up on the plane but no one checked it,” said Matt Segal, an Australian tourist who travelled from Moscow to Sochi on Thursday. “No one has pulled it out and asked about it.” The no-liquids rule applies to anyone departing from a Russian airport, including transit passengers, said Russian Transport Ministry spokeswoman Nataliya Nesterova. She said it was up to airports to make sure it is enforced. The sporadic enforcement underscores the difficulty that governments face in ensuring that airport

UNITED NATIONS BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS SOCHI, Russia — U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has reiterated his appeal for warring parties around the world to lay down arms during the Sochi Olympics. Ban urged an observance of an “Olympic Truce” in a speech to the International Olympic Committee. He spoke Thursday, a day before the

personnel in many places, screening thousands of impatient people in a compressed period of time, maintain consistent practices as they try to prevent attacks. And even if practices are consistent inside a single country, the many points of transit that travellers pass through en route to Sochi fall under the jurisdiction of multiple governments. An AP journalist starting a threeleg trip to Sochi in Detroit on Thursday had to leave his toothpaste and deodorant behind after an airline official told him he couldn’t bring those items to Russia in his carry-on luggage. Moscow airport officials didn’t return calls Thursday seeking comment about enforcement of the ban, which runs from January to April, well after the Olympics and Paralympics end. Russian deputy prime minister Dmitry Kozak had no comment on the toothpaste warning from Homeland Security in the U.S. “I don’t have any reaction at this point. We’re checking this information,” Kozak told reporters at a news conference in Olympic Park. He said Russia can guarantee the safety of people attending the Sochi Games as efficiently as any other government hosting a major event. “I believe that warnings about Sochi, about Russia were superfluous, and the threat levels in Sochi are just like they are in Boston or London,” he said. “I would like to reiterate that security in Sochi will be no worse than in New York, London, Washington or Boston.” Some AP employees travelling directly to Sochi from Frankfurt, Germany, passed through security there carrying travel-sized liquids, including toothpaste. A photographer who brought a Ziploc bag with a half a dozen liquid items said he was asked to take it out in Boston, where he began his trip, but security officials in Frankfurt left it in the bag, while inspecting his camera equipment. opening of the Winter Games in Russia. Ban said: “I repeat my call, again and again, for all warring parties to lay down their weapons during the games.” He cited conflicts in Syria, South Sudan and the Central African Republic. Ban says a truce would allow for the delivery of “life-saving humanitarian aid to suffering people.” Ban adds that he opposes discrimination of any kind, including on grounds of “sexual orientation and gender identity.”

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