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Canada’s Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir perform their free dance in the ice dance portion of the team figure skating event at the Winter Olympics Sunday, in Sochi, Russia. Virtue, of London, Ont., and Moir, of Ilderton, Ont. won the silver medal with 65 points — 10 behind Russia in Ice Dance. See page B6 of today’s Advocate for Olympics coverage.

Winter Games group feeling confident OFFICIALS TASKED WITH VERIFYING PROPOSED VENUES, FACILITIES VISIT CITY BY CRYSTAL RHYNO ADVOCATE STAFF Red Deer’s 2019 Canada Winter Games Bid committee is feeling confident after a positive visit with the group tasked with ensuring the proposed venues and facilities are up to standard. Chairperson Lyn Radford said there’s still a lot of work to do but she is pleased overall with the two-day visit with the Canada Winter Games Technical Review Committee. “Not that we had everything perfect,” said Radford. “We

didn’t have everything perfect and they definitely let us know that there are aspects that we need to re-evaluate in our bid.” While touring the facilities such as the Collicutt Centre, Westerner Park and Canyon Ski Hill, the committee pointed out the strengths and weaknesses in the proposals. “Those were some exciting

ideas,” said Radford. “Exciting ideas also bring risk management.

crews are experienced with the games so they know what works and what does not work. S h e s a i d it was great to be able bounce ideas off them and to p i c k — CHAIRPERSON LYN RADFORD t h e i r brains. “And they did indicate “I feel confident we will be that we need to make sure pushed on to the next phase,” we strengthen those ties and said Radford. make sure that’s happening.” “And that will give us the Radford said the technical opportunity to strengthen


those areas that they had any concerns about.” Dena Coward, a volunteer with the technical review committee, said Red Deer’s group was well prepared and the hospitality was fantastic. “The community is obviously very supportive of the bid,” said Coward. “We saw a lot of that ... We saw some fantastic venues. Like any community there are some challenges with some things but overall I think we saw some really good venues here.”

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Woman wants change in Alberta rent rules BY RENÉE FRANCOEUR ADVOCATE STAFF A Red Deer woman is speaking out about the province’s lax rent rules and says she wants to see others rally together to bring about change. “I’ve had enough,” said Laura Baril, who has seen her rent go up multiple times over the past few years. “When you see an injustice, you need to speak out.” Unlike some other provinces, there are no rent controls in Alberta. This means the province has no say in how much landlords can charge for accommodations and properties but it does regulate how often rent can be increased — once a year. The latest rental report from the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp.,

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released in December, found average rents in the city have continued to climb. The survey shows the average monthly rent in the city was $876 in October 2013, as compared to $804 a year earlier. Baril, who is on disability due to spine problems and other health issues, receives $1,600 a month to help cover the cost of living, such as rent. “Renting a place is hard to do when you’re on disability with rent prices going up every year. And that affects not only those of us on assistance but pensioners, those people making minimum wage, single moms. ... It gets to the point where a lot of those people can’t afford to have three meals a day if they’re making rent,” she said.

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Rent control advocate Laura Baril in her Red Deer apartment.

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RENT: Absence of control creating dire problems The CHMC report also revealed average rent for Red Deer bachelor suites in October was $611, an increase from $568 in 2012. One-bedroom rents jumped to $796 from $736, twobedroom units increased to $937 from $867, and rents for three-bedroom apartments were up to $1,057 from $961. Staff at the Red Deer Housing Authority agree that the absence of a provincially backed rent control system is causing a number of dire problems, especially for those in subsidized housing. “We see lots of rent increases every month through our rent subsidy plan and there isn’t anything we can do about it,” Outi Kite, housing administrator said. “Even for us when we look at providing house subsidies, we only get an annual budget and if there were rent controls in place, we would be able to help more people get into affordable housing.” Many clients have approached the authority to complain about the fact they are on the brink of losing their housing due to rent increases, Kite added. “(Rent controls) would make a big difference because we’re going to have more homeless people otherwise.” Kite said the organization has noticed average increases of $150 to $200 a month for the majority of their clients over the last year. One Red Deer resident on a subsidy plan experienced a rent increase of $400, and while they were provided with the required three month notice, such an increase can be too much to handle in the long run, Kite said. Service Alberta, the body that regulates renting in the province, says rent controls can cause problems. “They discourage development of new rental housing, which exacerbates the problem. It reduces the ability of the landlord to maintain and upgrade the rental property so it actually has a negative effect in that it makes less rental units available,” said Mike Berezowsky, assistant director of communications with Service Alberta. Baril, 54, said she hasn’t noticed any upgrades done to her Eastview neighbourhood apartment building since rents started going up. She understands a rent freeze is not the answer but said she still thinks the system needs reforming. “I just want someone to tell me what a reasonable rent is and set a reasonable standard that landlords can increase rents by,” she said. Baril said she called Cal Dallas, the MLA for Red Deer South and the province’s International and Intergovernmental Relations minister, to express her concerns. Baril, who spearheaded changes in a bylaw regarding the responsibilities of sporting goods stores in Hope, B.C. ,years ago, is ready to start a petition but said it will be hard with her limited mobility. “I’m going to try my best to get that going,” she said.

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2019 Canada Winter Games Bid Chair Lyn Radford, right, leads Randy Heaps of ISL Engineering and the Canada Games Bid Evaluation Committee made up of Chris Milner, Aaron Bruce and Dena Coward on a tour of Great Chief Park on Friday morning. The evaluation committee toured city facilities Friday and Saturday. “Someone needs to speak out for those who are never heard. As low-income people, we’re brushed aside a lot of the time. I’m trying to get the word out to Albertans to get a hold of their MLAs, MPs, whatever it takes to get rent controls put in place.” Ontario, Manitoba and Nova Scotia are some other provinces with rent controls, which stipulate allowable rent increases each year. To contact Baril, email

GAMES: March 7 deadline for next phase The technical review committee will now submit a report to the Canada Games Council’s bid evaluation committee. By March 7, the two communities (Red Deer and Lethbridge) in the running will be notified whether or not they will proceed to the evaluation phase of the bidding. Red Deer College president Joel Ward said he believes the technical group saw what the college can

do to contribute to the bid. “I think they were also impressed that there’s a potential volunteer base of students,” said Ward. “I think they were excited that we are looking to connect some of our student programming to the games (and) give our students a real world opportunity.” Mayor Tara Veer said the ability to host the games is a great opportunity for Red Deer not only in terms of the profile that the games would bring in 2019 but the legacy it would leave with the new venues and enriched community spirit. Should Red Deer advance, the bid committee will tweak the bid based on the recommendations. Final bid proposals are due to the Canada Games Bid Evaluation Committee by the end of May. The community chosen to host the 2019 Canada Winter Games will be announced in September. ● Show your support for the bid with a Red Deer is Ready button. The buttons will be available free of charge starting today at the Collicutt Centre, the Red Deer Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Business Association. Find Red Deer is Ready – 2019 Canada Winter Games Bid on Facebook for more information.

Ottawa slammed for cutting band constable program WINNIPEG — Manitoba is slamming Ottawa for cutting front-line policing on dozens of the province’s reserves, calling it part of a federal “line of attack” on First Nation communities. Attorney General Andrew Swan told a gathering of the governing New Democrats that he just learned of the cuts to the band constable program in January. The 45-year-old program that allows First Nations to police their own communities in partnership with the RCMP will be terminated in just over a year, Swan said. “This is a continuing line of attacks on aboriginal people by the federal government,” he told a convention of the provincial NDP in Winnipeg on Sunday.

“The Conservative government tells us they’re about law and order. They may be about law but they’re sure as hell not about order.” Some 31 First Nations communities across Manitoba rely on band constables and get about $1.7 million for the program. Despite the funding, some reserves say they’ve had to fundraise to pay the constables’ salaries. Supporters of the program say the constables are a vital front-line service for many remote reserves where the RCMP detachment is several communities away. Band constables are trained to federal policing standards but live in the community and can diffuse many situations before they evolve into crimes, Swan said. The aboriginal constables can enforce band bylaws and

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are often first on the scene in an emergency while the RCMP are still making their way there, he added. Both Alberta and New Brunswick have similar First Nation policing programs but it’s not clear whether those are also being terminated, Swan said. The NDP unanimously passed a resolution calling on the federal government to reverse its decision to terminate the band constable program, which it accused of “effectively ending front-line policing on many Manitoba First Nation communities.” Swan said he was “probably the happiest person in the province” when Public Safety Minister Vic Toews resigned last summer. “But unfortunately, it’s gone from bad to worse,” Swan said. “This is another example of how our federal government

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is continuing to cut apart services to First Nations people. Today, it’s justice. “Tomorrow, it’s going to be health care or education or family services.” Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney has offered the province some cash to replace the program but Swan said, at best, it would fund about 15 new RCMP officers which couldn’t possibly cover the same ground as the constables. Jean-Christophe de Le Rue, a spokesman for the public safety minister, said the program fell short of goals. “Our Government has fully reallocated the funding dedicated to Band Constable Program because it never achieved its intended targets,” de Le Rue said in an email Sunday. “We believe the First Nations Policing Program is the

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best vehicle to ensure the safety and the security of the First Nations.” Clarence Pettersen, MLA for Flin Flon, said many communities in his constituency rely on band constables and they worry about what will happen when the program is terminated. “It helps them go to sleep at night and close both eyes,” he said. “They’re wondering what’s going to happen out there to the crime rate.” Premier Greg Selinger spoke more diplomatically, saying there is still time for Ottawa to reverse the decision. “It is a concern for us to lose that program,” he said. “We certainly, I think, will be supported by other provinces in wanting to maintain that program.”


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Students demand action on fees MEET WITH ALBERTA MINISTER BY THE CANADIAN PRESS EDMONTON — Post-secondary student leaders in Alberta have told the province’s advanced education minister that controls are needed to deal with the growing number of fees they face. The student leaders met for five hours on Saturday with Dave Hancock. Shuna Talbot with the University of Lethbridge Students’ Union says her own debt has been higher than expect-

ed due to mandatory, non-instructional fees. The chair of Alberta Students Executive Council, Ken Taylor, says institutions need to be held more accountable for the fees they charge. Taylor says the situation right now it’s a “little bit of a wild west.” Hancock says the meeting proved to be a learning experience and an important opportunity to engage students in an open dialogue. “Education is, fundamentally, one of the most important things we can

do as a society. The question is, how do we do it so everybody has access to what they need to advance their education?” Hancock said. “It benefits Alberta if we have a good, strong, well-educated population.” The meeting comes just days after the release of a student report which found that the majority of students considered accessibility and cost to be their top concerns. In last year’s provincial budget, post-secondary operating grants were

cut by nearly seven per cent. Students say they want to see a priority put on education in this year’s budget. “We definitely need to have more students consulted in all levels of decision making,” Taylor said. Hancock made no promises for cash. “Money is important and how you allocate money is important, but really fundamentally we have to know how we make effective use of our resources.”


Red Deer’s Ukrainian community is keeping a close eye on the violent protests in Ukraine. About 30 temporary foreign workers and Ukrainian-Canadians gathered at St. Vladimir Ukrainian Catholic Church after the Sunday service to show solidarity and support for the protesters in their home country. Anton Oleshchynskyi said he is very concerned about the situation in Kyiv because his parents and friends still live in the capital city. The anti-government protests in Ukraine started after President Viktor Yanukovych backed away from a deal with the European Union to strengthen ties in favour of a bailout loan from Russia in November. Four people have died as the peaceful demonstrations turned increasingly violent over the last three months. Oleshchynskyi came to Red Deer in October to work at Olymel. “We talk to all our families,” said Oleshchynskyi, who is one of about 100 new Ukrainian temporary workers at Olymel. “We worry about them. We do everything we can here.” Oleshchynskyi said he is upset about the media reports that suggest the Ukrainians are terrorists because he knows this is not true. He said Ukrainians are tired of fighting for democracy but he is optimistic that help is on the way. “People in Europe and people in United States and Canada are not blind,” said Oleshchynskyi. “And I think something will change.” Ivan Panchyshyn, 15, moved to Red Deer three years ago from Ukraine with his parents.

Anton Oleshchynskyi is worried about the situation in his home country of Ukraine. Oleshchynskyi is a temporary worker who has been in Red Deer since October. His family still has many relatives living in the eastern European country. “I think it’s really bad,” said Panchyshyn. “People have been waiting since the Soviet Union broke up for the good life. But nothing happened so now they do not want to wait anymore. Everyone deserves a good life.” Worried about his wife’s safety, Andrii did not want to give his last name because she works in the military in western Ukraine. “We don’t know what to do,” said Andrii, who also arrived in October. “There’s sorrow because we are here. Thank you to the Ukrainian church for giving us the opportunity. We are not long here in Canada. Hopefully we can give a little drop to the movement in Kyiv ... We care about all these people.” Event organizer Oksana McIntyre said the situation in Ukraine is a struggle to gain true democracy. McIntyre, who was born in Canada but is of Ukrai-

nian ancestry, said the protests began as peaceful demonstrations but the government reacted very violently. “It’s the freedoms that we have in Canada,” she said. “That’s all the people there want. Ukraine may be classified as a democracy but the government is extremely corrupt.” The community was also encouraging people to call on the Canadian government to “take decisive action including visa revocation — IVAN PANCHYSHYN and individual sanctions against those responsible for human rights abuse, corruption and illegal business practices in Ukraine.” To donate or for more information, contact McIntyre at or contact St. Vladmir Ukrainian Catholic Church at 403-342-4920. The donations are being sent to Ukraine for the injured protesters through the Canada Ukraine Foundation (


Canadian survives gunshots after defending school group in Dominican Republic CONFRONTS, FIGHTS OFF ROBBERS BY THE CANADIAN PRESS WINNIPEG — Family members of a Canadian who was shot multiple times while defending a group of Manitoba school students in the Dominican Republic are revealing details of what happened during the frightening robbery. The family says that Les Lehmann, who lives in the Dominican Republic and manages an apartment complex, suffered nine bullet wounds and was stomped by the armed intruders during the incident late last month. The details have been posted on a website, which family is using to raise money to cover Lehmann’s hospital expenses. The students were staying in the apartment complex while doing humanitarian work for an orphanage and school, and none of them were hurt. The website says the thieves stomped on Lehmann and shot at him when he confronted them on the property, and then left him as they proceeded to break into the room where the students were staying. It says Lehmann found a baseball bat and pursued them, and then hit them several times with the bat before the robbers opened fire. “Les is surprised to hear people calling him a hero — it was his natural reaction — a reflex to the threat that the humanitarian group might have be harmed,” the family says on the website. According to the Franco-Manitoban School Division, which brought the school group home immediately after the incident, the group had just arrived in the Dominican Republic the day of the attack.

Lehmann had spent January 30th welcoming the group and helping them settle in, the website says. But at 1 a.m., it says he was awakened by a disturbance and got up to patrol the property. He was startled by two thieves with guns drawn. He grabbed a machete while the thieves shot at him numerous times. They backed him into the bedroom and then began stomping on his head and torso in the hope that he would no longer interfere, and then eventually left him alone. The family says that Lehmann threw hammer at them as they left. He then saw them breaking into the apartment, and he returned to his residence to find something else he could use for a weapon. He grabbed a baseball bat. Surveillance video obtained by media in the Dominican Republic and posted on the website shows what happened next. Lehmann can be seen in the video surprising one of the armed men emerging from a doorway, knocking the man to the ground and forcing him to drop his pistol onto the tile floor. One of the armed men can be seen emerging from a doorway and Lehmann surprises him from behind. Lehmann hits him repeatedly with the bat, knocking him to the ground and causing him to drop his gun. But before Lehmann has a chance to grab the weapon from the dazed man, another gunman appears in the doorway and bright flashes can be seen shooting from the barrel of his gun. Lehmann grabs the dropped weapon while the second man continues firing, but it appears Lehmann has been hit and he falls. He drops the gun behind him and his blood can be seen pooling onto the tile. The second gunman returns to retrieve the dropped gun, then grabs

the collar of his companion who is still lying on the ground and drags him away. For the remaining few minutes of the video, Lehmann rises to his hands and knees and takes off his shirt to use as a tourniquet for his arm. He tries to stand by using the baseball bat like a cane but he’s too weak and falls. After rolling onto his back, a dog, tail wagging, approaches and licks his hand. “Les’ main concern was that the humanitarian group remain safe. Even after being shot several times and immobilized Les made every attempt to

check on the people in the unit and ultimately he dragged himself to the door to see that they were all out of harms way,” the website says. The website says Lehmann spent four hours in emergency surgery. On top of the bullet wounds and blood loss, his injuries included a broken knee and a broken arm. He is recovering but still requires more surgery and rehabilitation. The family plans to bring him to a hospital in Canada. The robbers have not been caught, and the family says that they hope the video may lead to their arrests.

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Irony challenged Tories? Are Conservatives bent on suppressing the vote? It’s an extremely serious charge dealing with our most cherished right, our franchise, and should not be tossed around lightly. But events in a Toronto courtroom and the House of Commons last week TIM should at least HARPER raise concerns. It took the government almost two years to react to allegations of voting irregularities in the 2011 campaign. It promised legislation by the end of 2012. It didn’t act until April 2013, then abruptly pulled back that promised bill. Ten months later, we finally have legislation. But after this foot-dragging, the government now wants to move it through Parliament as if the building were on fire. Perhaps this is a government that is merely irony-challenged, but no one seems to have noticed that it is


counterintuitive to shut down debate on a bill that it claims will “uphold the great principles of democracy that built this country.’’ Such unseemly haste merely allows charges of cheating, disenfranchisement and voter suppression to grow from opposition paranoia to something more substantive. Most of the concerns have been adroitly parried by Democratic Reform Minister Pierre Poilievre, so, if this bill is not tilted toward Conservatives, he should be comfortable in allowing parliamentary scrutiny for as long as it takes to allay these fears. One of the biggest complaints from opponents is the end of Elections Canada’s role as an advocate, encouraging Canadians to vote. Under this bill, Elections Canada will provide only the nuts-and-bolts on the how and where to vote. Poilievre is being overly simplistic when he says that declining voting rates federally show that advocacy role has failed, but the opposition is equally disingenuous in claiming this as a type of voter suppression. Voters have to be motivated to go to the polls and they have to be motivated by the candidates, not an ad campaign. No one should seriously believe that abysmal voting turnout among young voters in this country can be turned around by a cool Elections Canada ad.

Conservatives are simply better at getting their vote out. In 2011, only 15 per cent of the country was over 65, but they voted at an almost 80 per cent rate and they voted overwhelmingly Conservative. In the 18-to-30 age group, only 20 per cent voted Conservative, but they turned out at a rate of only 35 per cent. One study, by EKOS, concluded that if voters under 45 had voted at the same rate as those over 45, Jack Layton could have formed a minority NDP government in 2011. Younger voters will react to peer pressure, exhortations from the lecture theatre or, more likely, inspiration from Tom Mulcair or Justin Trudeau next year. None of this, however, explains why the Conservatives are so determined to disenfranchise Canadians living outside this country. Although a law denying the vote to Canadians who have lived abroad for more than five years was first passed more than 20 years ago, it was not enforced until 2007, after Conservatives came to power. Its constitutionality is being tested at Ontario Superior Court. A parliamentary committee subsequently decided the ban should be lifted, but the government ignored the recommendation and now argues Canadians they deem ineligible would

not be allowed to vote even if they travelled to their polling place in person. The lawyer representing the two Canadians challenging the bill, Shaun O’Brien, argues that in 2014 there are countless ways to keep sufficiently informed to cast a vote in Canadian elections. That was not the case in 1993. Barely 6,000 eligible Canadians living out of the country cast a ballot in 2011 and there is no evidence that expatriates had been disproportionately voting for opposition parties. Some 2.8 million Canadians live outside this country, but most would have no interest in voting. They need not be stripped of the right. Americans place no voting limits on their citizens, regardless of how long they have been out of the country. Neither do most European countries, and those that do impose limits are far more generous than Ottawa. Ottawa argues that after five years, prospective voters are no longer sufficiently informed to cast a ballot. But we do not means-test a level of awareness in this country before we allow voters to go to the polls. The numbers may be small, but this is a far more cut-and-dried example of voter suppression than what transpired last week in Ottawa. Tim Harper is a syndicated Toronto Star national affairs writer. He can be reached at

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Seeger and the power of the banjo “This machine surrounds hate and forces it to surrender.” — Words painted on Pete Seeger’s banjo A man with a banjo can be a powerful force for good. Pete Seeger, who died on Jan. 27 at the age of 94, inspired generations of political and environmental activists with songs ranging from Where Have All the Flowers Gone? to Sailing Down My Golden River. From the late 1930s until his death, Seeger brought his music to union halls, churches, schools, migrant camps, nightclubs, TV studios, marches and rallies — always inviting audiences to join in. His calling took him from being hauled before the House UnAmerican Activities CommitDAVID tee in 1955 to being invited to SUZUKI perform at President Barack Obama’s inauguration in 2009. Like me, he was inspired by Rachel Carson’s 1962 book Silent Spring to become a strong defender of the environment as well as human rights. In both social justice and environmental causes, he believed in the strength of grassroots efforts. As he told the CBC Radio program Ideas, “The powers that be can break up any big thing they want. They can attack it from the outside. They can infil-


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trate it and corrupt it from the inside — or co-opt it. But what are they going to do about 10 million little things? They don’t know where to start. Break up three of them and four more like it start up.” Seeger and his wife, Toshi, devoted a lot of time to protecting the Hudson River near their home in Beacon, N.Y. To save the polluted waterway, they raised money to build a sloop, the Clearwater, to take children, teachers and parents sailing. The boat and cleanup efforts have since spawned a science-based environmental education organization and music festival — and led to progress in restoring the river and ridding it of toxic PCBs, pesticides and other chemicals. Seeger was also involved in anti-fracking efforts, adding the line, “This land was made to be frackfree” to his late friend Woody Guthrie’s anthem, This Land Is Your Land, when he joined Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews at a Farm Aid benefit last year. Like all of us who devote our lives to trying to make the world better, Seeger made mistakes along the way. But he was willing to admit when he was wrong and to change his views. As a geneticist, I’m fascinated by the built-in need we have for music; it reaches deep within us. The power of a good song to touch us emotionally and rally us to action is nothing short of extraordinary. And musicians are often the first to donate their time and music to worthy causes. It’s why I’ve had such deep admiration for musicians I’ve worked with and often been lucky enough to call my friends, from Bruce Cockburn and Gordon

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Lightfoot to Neil Young and Sarah Harmer, and the members of Blue Rodeo. Musicians have inspired millions of people with powerful anthems, from Seeger’s rendition of We Shall Overcome to John Lennon’s Imagine. In recognition of the power of song, the David Suzuki Foundation invited musicians from across the country to contribute to a recording called Playlist for the Planet in 2011. I recently had the pleasure of joining Neil Young and Diana Krall on their Honour the Treaties tour to raise money and awareness for the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation’s legal battle to protect their traditional lands and rights guaranteed under Treaty 8. As “just a musician,” Young was criticized for having the nerve to speak out and for his harsh words about rampant oilsands development. But, as much as it would be better if the media, public and government paid far more attention to First Nations and their spokespeople, a celebrity with conviction and the ability to communicate through the powerful medium of song — or other forms of artistic expression — can often highlight a struggle in ways few others can. Like Nelson Mandela, who died in December at age 95, Pete Seeger was a great communicator for whom principles mattered more than anything else. He was a true American and world citizen and we’re better off for the contributions he made during his long life. Scientist, author and broadcaster David Suzuki wrote this column with Ian Hanington. Learn more at www.

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OTTAWA — Lowering consumer bills, training workers to fill in-demand jobs and balancing the books will be key themes Tuesday when Finance Minister Jim Flaherty presents his latest spending plan. With an eye on eliminating the deficit in 2015 — in time for the next election — Flaherty’s budget must show voters he’s taking substantive action to grow the economy with little or no new spending. With a $3-billion risk cushion built into the budget, some observers say Flaherty could eliminate the red ink as soon as this year — a notion the country’s treasurer was quick to shoot down. “If we really forced the numbers, we might be able to get close to a balanced budget. I’ve never been a believer in that,” Flaherty said Friday. “I think when we balance, which will be next year, we need to have the confidence of the Canadian people that we are clearly balanced and without question.” The Tories have offered a sneak peak at some of the measures in Tuesday’s budget, including $800,000 to help skilled newcomers to Canada find work in their fields or explore other lines of work. Flaherty said the budget will also outline plans to curb the link between terrorists, organized crime and charities, and take measures aimed at dealing with price differences between Canadian and U.S. goods as the loonie continues to fall. Some are expecting benefits for veterans, measures on injury prevention and help for Canadians suffering from dementia and related diseases, as well as their caregivers. The budget may also address the Northern Gateway pipeline project by way of improvements to tanker safety and beefing up consultations with aboriginal groups, as well as spelling out exactly how Ottawa plans to pay for its recently announced reforms to First Nations education. But making government more efficient and cutting costs wher-

DANCING DOCTOR ARRESTED OVER THREE YEARS AGO BY THE CANADIAN PRESS OTTAWA — More than three years after his arrest, a man who once auditioned for the Canadian Idol TV show will face trial on a terrorism charge. Khurram Syed Sher, a doctor of pathology from London, Ont., is to be tried by judge alone in an Ottawa courtroom starting Monday. Sher, 31, was charged along with two other men in August 2010 with conspiracy to facilitate terrorism. The others cannot be named due to a recently imposed publication ban aimed at ensuring the jury in their trial, slated for April, is not prejudiced. Following the sensational arrests, police said they seized terrorist literature, videos and manuals, along with dozens of electronic circuit boards allegedly designed to detonate homemade bombs remotely. Three additional men, all believed to be living abroad, have been named as unindicted co-conspirators. Police claimed the alleged plot stretched from Ottawa to Afghanistan, Dubai, Iran and Pakistan. A senior RCMP officer said at the time that an attack was still months away, but that the plotters were moving into a preparatory phase. Authorities said they swooped in when they did to prevent the suspects from sending money to counterparts to buy weapons that would be used against coalition forces in Afghanistan. Four weeks have been set aside for Sher’s trial. The McGill University graduate, who has been free on bail, worked as an anatomical pathologist at St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital in St. Thomas, Ont., south of London. He made international headlines shortly after his arrest when it emerged he had once sung and danced on the Canadian Idol program. An undercover source working for Canada’s main spy agency and sensitive intelligence from the United States and Britain helped build the case against the alleged conspirators, court documents indicate. At least some of that information came from the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation and the London Metropolitan Police in Britain, says an affidavit filed by the RCMP in the Federal Court of Canada. The federal government applied under the Canada Evidence Act to maintain a cloak of secrecy over portions of the approximately 9,300 documents disclosed to defence counsel in the criminal cases. The government argued the sections must remain blacked out to prevent disclosure of information that would be “injurious to national security, international relations or national defence.” It is unclear how much — if any — of the material will come out during the trials. A heavily edited court transcript of a closed-door proceeding Dec. 6, 2012, about the federal request for redactions indicates the Canadian Security Intelligence Service relied on an undercover source during the terrorism investigation.


Minister of Finance Jim Flaherty speaks at a pre-budget press event at the factory for the Canadian shoe company Mello Shoes in Toronto on Friday. ever possible will continue to be a central budget theme, said Andrew Saxton, Flaherty’s parliamentary secretary. “We’ve been successful at doing that in the last couple of years, we’ve saved taxpayers quite a bit of money by finding areas in government where we can improve and so that will continue to be a theme,” the Conservative MP said. Peter DeVries, a former senior official at the Finance Department, isn’t convinced the Tories will inject much excitement in the spending plan, choosing instead to keep their powder dry until the 2015 budget. “The only commitment that the government seems to be willing to fulfil is his commitment to balance the budget in 2015-16,” said DeVries, an economics professor at Ottawa’s Carleton University. “It doesn’t seem to have anything else on its plate except for that, nor does it seem to want to tackle anything else except for that.” The Tories could then lay out a more detailed spending plan aimed at making good on their previous election promises, such as income-splitting for tax purposes and providing more room in tax-free savings accounts.

Observers point to the timing of the Feb. 11 budget — right in the middle of the Sochi Winter Olympics — as a sign Flaherty will deliver a stand-pat budget designed to bridge the gap between a $5.5-billion deficit and the anticipated surplus in 2015. Saxton said people shouldn’t read anything in to it. “It’s simply a coincidence and I believe that Canadians have the ability to focus on two things at the same time,” he said. Former Liberal finance minister Paul Martin also delivered a bad-news budget during the 1994 Lillehammer Olympics, embarking on a string of deep cuts aimed at lifting Canada from a deep fiscal hole that threatened its economic well-being. The cuts stifled economic growth and hurt the provinces, forcing those governments to make massive cuts to cherished public services such as health care. But Flaherty insists he won’t slash transfers or raise taxes to balance the books. Left-leaning groups have warned that austerity measures could still do damage to the fragile economic recovery. The International Monetary Fund says the Tories don’t have to stick to their deadline if there’s an economic downturn.

Newfoundland and Labrador facing population plunge BY THE CANADIAN PRESS ST. JOHN’S, N.L. — Over Newfoundland and Labrador’s good-news story of economic renewal looms a demographic dilemma: a population plunge that’s projected to be the most dramatic slide in the country. The Conference Board of Canada’s most recent long-term forecast predicts the province’s population will fall from about 527,000 now to 482,000 by 2035. “We’re going to see much weaker economic prospects for Newfoundland over the next 20 years and that will have an effect on the population,” said Marie-Christine Bernard, associate director of the board’s provincial forecast. “I would say it’s going to be a difficult situation for the province.” Despite baby bonus incentives and other government efforts since 2008, Bernard said the population is expected to shrink more here over the next two decades than any other part of Canada. An aging demographic will be compounded by out-migration of workers — especially if offshore oil production wanes as expected, she said. The board’s forecast considers fertility rates, major economic developments and trends such as interprovincial migration and immigration. Recent offshore oil discoveries in the Flemish

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Something versus nothing CALIFORNIA WELCOMES STORM THAT WON’T RELIEVE WATER WORRIES BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS SAN FRANCISCO — Californians accustomed to complaining about the slightest change in the weather welcomed a robust weekend storm that soaked the northern half of the drought-stricken state Saturday even as rain and snow brought the threat of avalanches, flooding and rock slides. In Willits, one of 17 rural communities that California’s Department of Public Health recently described as dangerously low on water, City Councilman Bruce Burton said he was cheered seeing the water levels in a local reservoir and his backyard pond creeping up and small streams flowing again. The city in the heart of redwood country usually sees about 50 inches of rain a year and was expected to get about 4 inches by Sunday. “It’s guarded optimism. We are a long ways from where we need to be, but we have to start with some sort of a raindrop,� Burton said. The storm that moved in Thursday, powered by a warm, moisture-packed system from the Pacific Ocean known as a Pineapple Express, dropped more than 11 inches of rain on Marin County’s Mt. Tamalpais and on the Sonoma County town of Guerneville by late Saturday afternoon, National Weather Service forecaster Bob Benjamin said. Meanwhile, San Francisco, San Jose and other urban areas recorded 1 to 3 inches of rain. With areas north of San Francisco forecast to see another few inches by Sunday, the downpour, while ample enough to flood roadways and prompt warnings that parched streams could be deluged to the point of overflowing, by itself will not solve the state’s drought worries, National Weather Service hydrologist Mark Strudley said. “The yearly rainfall around here, depending on where you were, was less than 10 per cent of normal,� he said. “The additions from this last series of storms and the totals are taking a dent out of it, but it is not a significant dent.� The storm deposited a foot of snow for Lake Tahoe ski resorts that have relied on man-made snow for much of the season, and elevations above 7,500 feet were expected to get another foot or two by Sunday, said Holly Osborne, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Sacramento. The additions, which followed some brief periods of snow in the last week, already have improved the outlook for the Sierra Nevada snowpack, which provides about a third of California’s water supply. When state surveyors last checked on Jan. 30, the

Denmark zoo met with rage after putting down giraffe COPENHAGEN, Denmark — Copenhagen Zoo turned down offers from other zoos and 500,000 euros ($680,000) from a private individual to save the life of a healthy giraffe before killing and slaughtering it Sunday to follow inbreeding recommendations made by a European association. The 2-year-old male giraffe, named Marius, was put down using a bolt pistol and its meat will be fed to carnivores at the zoo, spokesman Tobias Stenbaek Bro said. Visitors, including children, were invited to watch while the giraffe was dissected. Marius’ plight triggered a wave of online protests and renewed debate about the conditions of zoo animals. Before the giraffe was killed, an online petition to save it had received more than 20,000 signatures. Stenbaek Bro said the zoo, which now has seven giraffes left, was recommended to put down Marius by the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria because there were already a lot of giraffes with similar genes in the organization’s breeding program. The Amsterdam-based EAZA has 347 members, including many large zoos in European capitals, and works to conserve global biodiversity and to achieve the highest standards of care and breeding for animals. Stenbaek Bro said EAZA membership isn’t mandatory, but most responsible zoos are members of the organization. He added Copenhagen Zoo turned down an offer from a private individual who wanted to buy Marius for 500,000 euros ($680,000). A significant part of EAZA member-

ship is zoos don’t own the animals themselves, but govern them, and therefore can’t sell them to anyone outside the organization.

snowpack was at 12 per cent of normal for this time of winter. By Saturday, it was at 17 per cent of normal. “At least we are getting something versus nothing,� Osborne said. While the fresh snow delighted skiers and resort operators, the Sierra Avalanche Center warned Saturday that the danger of avalanches, both natural and human-triggered, was high in a wide swath of the central Sierra Nevada because wind had blown new snow onto weak layers of existing ice and rock. Tiffany Morrissey, a Silicon Valley family doctor who was working on ski patrol at the Alpine Meadows resort Saturday, said several lifts and runs were closed as a safety precaution but that cars carrying people wanting a taste of fresh powder filled up the parking lots. “It’s a heavy, wet snow, and because of the avalanche danger the lines are pretty long. But you

could hear people having a great time out on the mountain,� Morrissey said. Forecasters hope the storm portends an end to the persistent dry weather that has plagued the state for months and contributed to its drought emergency. Light precipitation is forecast for Wednesday and Thursday, and another storm is possible next weekend. Southern California was expected to be mostly dry. Forecasters said measureable rain over the weekend likely would not fall farther south than San Luis Obispo and northern Santa Barbara counties as a ridge of high pressure pushes up from the south. The same subtropical weather system marinating Northern California also brought a third straight day of unsettled weather to Oregon, where the powerful storm dropped snow to fall in and around Portland, caused scattered power outages and produced icestorm warnings.

Bosnian anti-government protesters accuse police of brutality, continue to demand resignations in custody had been mistreated or were minors. He said all but 10 have been freed. But 17-year-old Harun Cehajic, who claimed he is one of the freed protesters, said he and others were beaten in the basement of the police station and not allowed to sleep for 26 hours. “They destroyed us,� he said of the police. Sunday’s protesters also yelled “Let the kids go, bandits!� at riot police in full gear who stood nearby. The crowd then marched to a prosecution office in downtown Sarajevo where protesters still in custody are believed to have been transferred.

BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS SARAJEVO — Hundreds of people marched in Sarajevo Sunday to accuse police of mistreating recently arrested protesters and demand their release. For the fourth day in a row, the demonstrators also called on the government to resign because of the nation’s almost 40 per cent unemployment rate and alleged widespread corruption. The head of the local police station, Mirsad Sukic, told the crowd in front of his building that none of the 44 people who were taken

More than 300 people were injured in the past four days during the worst social unrest Bosnia has seen since its devastating war. On Friday protesters set fire to the presidency and 17 other government buildings in several cities. The U.S. Embassy in Sarajevo issued a statement saying politicians should listen to the protesters and authorities should end the violence. “The use of violence distracts attention from the fundamental message we see the vast majority of protesters trying to make — that reform is necessary now,� the statement said.




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In this photo taken Feb. 4, a warning buoy sits on the dry, cracked bed of Lake Mendocino near Ukiah, Calif. Despite recent spot rains The reservoir is currently only about 37 percent full. California remains in the midst of an historic drought causing Gov. Jerry Brown to declare a state of emergency.


FRONT FLAMES STARS TO TALK HOCKEY A trio of former Calgary Flames stars will talk hockey at Red Deer College’s 11th Annual Kings and Queens Athletics Scholarship Breakfast next month. Lanny McDonald, Tim Hunter and Jim Peplinski will reminisce about their playing days, especially their successful Stanley Cup run in 1989, and share their thoughts on the state of today’s NHL at the March 4 event at Westerner Park’s Parkland Pavilion. The scholarship breakfast has raised more than $280,000 for athletic scholarships through the RDC Athletic Leadership Endowment. Tickets cost $150 for a single or $1,000 for a corporate table of eight. They are available through the Black Knight Ticket Centre at 403-755-6626 or at

WATERSHED MEETING The Red Deer River Watershed Alliance is holding its annual watershed stewardship group meeting later this month. The topics include pharmaceuticals and endocrine disrupters. It takes place at the Pine Lake Hub Community Centre, 36366 Township Road 252 in Pine Lake, on Feb. 28 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The cost is $15 per person. Two students from Olds College will also talk about their Leopard Frog Project. For more information, contact the alliance office at 403-3407379. You can register online at watershed alliance website or by contacting Kelly at info@ by Feb. 24.

ALZHEIMER’S SESSIONS A new session of a series focusing on education and support for families of people living with Alzheimer’s focuses specifically on the middle stage of dementia. Starting on Feb. 20, the Seeds of Hope Family Learning Series starts. The five topics for the middle stage series include living with change, responding to behaviours that challenge us, communication and caregiving, activities of daily living and managing stress. The learning series is free. To register, and for more details, contact Christine Prysunka, client services manager, at 403342-0448.

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Moving ahead on safety CENTRAL ALBERTA CRIME PREVENTION CENTRE PLANS NEW PROGRAMS BY CRYSTAL RHYNO ADVOCATE STAFF Random acts of kindness and graffiti removal are just scratching the surface of the Central Alberta Crime Prevention Centre. Thanks to a hefty $143,000 infusion from Red Deer city council, the growing centre is moving full steam ahead in its efforts to improve safety in communities. TerryLee Ropchan, executive director, said there are some exciting programs in the works that may get underway this summer (depending on grant approvals). “Every program we have is identified by need in the community,” said Ropchan. “We’re not randomly bringing things here. People have walked through our doors and asked for them. They have told us at events.” Ropchan said the funding boost of confidence from council allows the centre to show stability in the eyes of grant funders. The centre’s largest undertaking in 2014 is to implement S.A.F.E. (stakeholders, action, focus and events) Red Deer, a one-week look at a community. “We want to come in and engage residents,” said Ropchan. “We want people to tell us what is working and not working in their neighbourhood.” A contest will determine up to 14 communities. The centre volunteers will take care of the small fixes such as trimming trees. Next up will be a big community clean and a barbecue. An inventory of the identified concerns and the outstanding issues will then be handed

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Central Alberta Crime Prevention Centre executive director TerryLee Ropchan in the office in Red Deer. off to either the city or the RCMP depending on the issues. “We want neighbourhoods to really buy into this,” said Ropchan. “We want them to feel like they own the decisions that are going to be made about their neighbourhoods.” Also on the radar for 2014 is a community-based victim services program for victims of nonviolent crimes such as property crimes is also proposed. Ropchan said they will be working with the RCMP on this one. Bringing a Crime Free MultiHousing program to Red Deer is

also slated. Under the program, property management and owners will have their buildings certified as crime free. Renters must sign an addendum on their lease that says they will not be involved in criminal activity. Ropchan said there has been requests from tenants who want to give the information to their landlords. Once again the centre will host Crime Prevention Week activities, graffiti abatement programs, and random acts of kindness with the Youth Crime Prevention Action team this summer.

The centre is expected to move into a new location before May. On Feb. 26, the centre and the city will host Irvin Waller, an Ottawa University criminology professor, at Westerner Park. Waller will discuss how community partnerships and investments in childhood, youth and family programs can help those on the road to criminal activity avoid the path. There will also be a community conversation on ways to make Red Deer safer. Go to for more information.

Tip led police to huge Rocky area drug bust BY ADVOCATE STAFF


One anonymous tip leading to a huge drug bust near Rocky Mountain House in December made 2013 one of Central Alberta Crime Stoppers’ best-ever statistical years of weeding out crime. Police availed themselves of a tip about a grow operation at a rural property east of Rocky in December, and were able to seize 285 marijuana plants worth $342,000 as a result. That bust was one of four conducted during the year that benefited from a Crime Stoppers tip. It was by far the largest of the four — two other cases resulted in $8,000 worth of property being recovered by police and $1,000 worth of drugs was seized due to another tip.

Just over 500 tips were received from Central Alberta in 2013, resulting in six arrests and 19 charges being laid. Fourteen arrests were made and 26 charges laid in 2012, based on a similar number of tips. Central Alberta Crime Stoppers board chair Deb Mann said 2013 was a good year for the organization locally. She said tips received can save police hundreds of hours of investigative work. Tipsters are eligible for financial rewards if their information helps lead to an arrest, but most do not collect. In 2013, four rewards worth $485 were approved by the local board, but only a reward valued at $175 was paid out. In 2012, 11 rewards worth $2,220 were approved, but

only three were collected, worth $850. Since the organization started up in 1982, little more than one-10th of all approved financial compensation is collected. “Very few people phone back to collect,” said Mann, “They phone back to find out and when we say, ‘Yes, you are eligible for a reward because of the tip,’ they say ‘Oh no, don’t worry about it, I just wanted to see the right thing done.’ It’s very heartwarming to hear that.” The local organization keeps all approved monies in a tip account for at least two years in case anyone is tardy in checking back in. Tips can be submitted anonymously anytime by calling 1-800-222-8477 or online at


Event is sold out but pledges still welcome BY CRYSTAL RHYNO ADVOCATE STAFF Red Deer’s version of Dancing with the Stars is sold out but there are still ways to contribute to the cause. Sheraton Celebrity Dance Off chairperson Christine Moore said the community can support Big Brothers Big Sisters of Red Deer and District by pledging to the dancers or purchasing raffle tickets for an $11,000 trip to Italy. “There’s nothing better than to invest in our youth,” said Moore. “We want people to share the magic. Whether you are there or not you can be a part of the evening to make a difference for our youth.” The 800 tickets for the April 4th event went on sale on Jan. 27 and were scooped up within three days. One hundred fewer tickets were up for grabs this year because organizers wanted to improve the logistics of the popular event. Eight “celebrity” dancers have committed to raising at least $15,000 in order to hit the dance floor. The dancers were paired with a professional instructor for 20 lessons to learn a dance for the competition. Organizers hope to raise $250,000 in 2014 after raising roughly $280,000 in 2013. Moore said while they are raising money for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Red Deer and District, another goal is

to raise the mentoring organization’s profile in the community. David Murphy, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Red Deer and District executive director, said they hope to give Camp Alexo a much-needed face-lift with the money raised. The camp, 70 km west of Rocky Mountain House, has been welcoming youth since 1984. “The buildings are quite old,” said Murphy. “It needs some work and some renovations.” Murphy said they feel very fortunate to be selected as the charity for this outstanding event. He said these opportunities do not come around that often. “It’s not only about raising the funds,” said Murphy. “We are always looking for mentors. We have about 30 or 40 kids on our waiting list. We are really hoping with the increased awareness up to the event and on the event that people will want to support Big Brothers Big Sisters not only financially but by through volunteering their time or other ways with our agency.” Raffle tickets for a 10-day trip for two to Tuscany, Italy will go on sale within the next week. Tickets are $100 can be purchased through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Red Deer and District. For more information on raffle tickets, volunteering and supporting the dancers, visit www. or call 403-342-6500.

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Kevin Dushanek and professional dancer Amanda Fleet polish their steps for the 2014 Sheraton Celebrity Dance Off on April 4. Dushanek is one of eight dancers who has committed to raising $15,000 in order to compete in the dance competition. Proceeds from the event will go to the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Red Deer and District.

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Traders expecting volatile week BY THE CANADIAN PRESS


Facebook manager of hardware design Amir Michael holds a component from a data drive at Facebook headquarters in Palo Alto, Calif. Tech startup Hootsuite wants to hire 100 software engineers this year and it says it will be all but impossible to find them in Canada.

Canadian firms compete with Silicon Valley FOR HIGHLY DEMANDED SOFTWARE ENGINEERS BY THE CANADIAN PRESS MONTREAL — Tech startup Hootsuite wants to hire 100 software engineers this year and it says it will be all but impossible to find them in Canada. The Vancouver company, like other Canadian tech companies, is competing with San Francisco’s Silicon Valley which regularly draws software engineers to work at heavyweights Google, Twitter, Facebook, Apple and LinkedIn, and startup firms. Hootsuite will likely have to recruit internationally to add to the ranks of its 80 software engineers, said Ambrosia Humphrey, the company’s head of human resources. “It’s a bit of a brain drain,” Humphrey said. “It’s really difficult to compete with really highly funded Silicon Valley companies.” Hootsuite’s senior software en-

gineers help build mobile apps allowing its customers to manage and measure their social networks. It competes against recruiters, such as San Francisco-based, which is looking for as many as 200 Canadian software engineers for Silicon Valley firms to hire. Hootsuite’s CEO Ryan Holmes has spoken out about the impact of Silicon Valley, saying Canada suffers from a growing shortage of computer developers and software engineers because the U.S. tech hub has claimed the best and the bright for several decades. “In order to keep people here, we have to do a better job of promoting ourselves,” said Humphrey. For Matt Mickiewicz, co-founder and CEO of, it’s not a brain drain from Canada. He said it offers an opportunity for engineers to get work experi-

ence and connections in the venture capital community. “Then they’ll come back to Canada and utilize those skills to start new companies and mentor the next generation of up and comers,” said Mickiewicz, a Canadian who has also opened up a Vancouver office for He said the growing use of smartphones means there’s a huge demand for software engineers who can develop mobile apps. He said it’s not unusual to for annual salaries to run between US$140,000 to $160,000 to start, plus company stock, to work in the San Francisco Bay area, home to about 350,000 Canadians. said it narrows down the list of applicants for tech companies, and candidates usually get multiple offers from which to choose.

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TORONTO — It could be another volatile week on stock markets as traders are again forced to weigh the distorting effects of harsh winter weather on U.S. employment data. “They’re having huge problems down there and so it’s not a surprise they’re continuing to be disrupted and their numbers next month could be as well,” said Colin Cieszynski, senior markets analyst at CMC Markets. Markets ended last week positive, with the TSX up 0.67 per cent and the Dow industrials ahead 0.6 per cent, as traders tried to make the best of January employment data showing the U.S. economy created only 113,000 jobs against the 180,000 that had been expected. That followed a meagre 74,000 gain in December, another month of harsh weather. Still, the unemployment rate moved down to 6.6 per cent from 6.7 per cent, the lowest since October 2008, even as labour force participation increased. Despite the overall gains for the week, there were huge swings on both the TSX and the Dow after data for China and the U.S. showed a slowdown in manufacturing, raising concerns about whether economic problems in emerging markets can be contained. Investors have been worried about how these countries will fare now that the U.S. Federal Reserve is significantly cutting back on its bond purchase stimulus measure, which had kept cheap and abundant investment money flowing into those markets. Now, the money is flowing out as traders look for safer returns. “The bad news is that you have very negative fund flows at the moment — sentiment is very negative,” said Bob Gorman, chief portfolio strategist at TD Waterhouse. “And the underlying issue here is that credit gets a little more expensive and a bit less abundant and that’s probably not going to change a lot because the trend line is to withdraw Fed stimulus.” That Fed stimulus has not only kept long-term rates low but also encouraged a strong rally on many markets, including the U.S. where the S&P 500 rocketed about 30 per cent last year. But growing sensitivity to bad news and emerging market issues have ignited what is so far a small correction that has seen the S&P 500 fall almost three per cent so far this year, while the Dow has slipped almost five per cent and those losses could easily grow. “I’m inclined to think we’re in a correction of who knows how long and how deep, but at the end of it all we will see the S&P 500 get up this year,” said Gorman, who thinks the index could hit the 1,890 level, about 150 points above Friday’s close. The major economic report for this week is U.S. retail sales for January but analysts think these results will also be distorted by winter weather. In Canada, traders will take in the latest reading on housing starts and manufacturing shipments.

Rude and unhelpful staff, poor communication among traveller complaints AIRLINES DRAW QUALITY OF SERVICE COMPLAINTS BY THE CANADIAN PRESS TORONTO — A passenger alleges that Air Canada agents laughed at him and refused to help after a delay caused him to miss a connecting flight. Another customer claims he was notified via email that his flight with Spanish airline Iberia had been cancelled — four days after the scheduled trip. And thirteen people say they missed their flights after Air Canada changed its check-in time for domestic travel from 30 to 45 minutes. These are some of the allegations contained within nearly 400 air travel complaints obtained by The Canadian Press through an Access to Information request. The quality of service complaints — which detail allegations against both domestic and foreign carriers — were filed with the Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) between January

and August 2013. In its annual report, the federal agency notes that the total number of complaints it received against both domestic and foreign carriers has increased in the past year. It received 301 complaints against eight Canadian carriers in 2012-2013, up from 215 complaints in 2011-2012. Complaints against foreign carriers rose to 218 in 2012-2013, compared to 145 the previous year. Quality of service was the most commonly cited issue for the seventh year in a row, although the agency notes that those types of complaints are outside its mandate. Some consumer rights advocates say that an increase in complaints speaks to the need for an airline passenger bill of rights. Industry Minister James Moore had previously suggested Ottawa would consider such an initiative, but the measure was absent from the throne speech last fall.


Air Canada workers walk at Pearson International Airport in Toronto on March. 8, 2012. In its annual report, The Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) says it received 301 complaints against eight Canadian carriers in 2012-2013, up from 215 complaints in 2011-2012. Allegations about rude, unhelpful staff and poor communication are among some of the complaints to the CTA. A handful of complaints allege that passengers were put up in “dingy” hotels, where there were cockroaches and escorts, after they had been bumped from their flights or while facing delays. Thirty-nine cite problems with getting in touch with a carrier’s customer service department citing “impassable

phone menus.” “I tried to contact Air Canada, however they do not have a claims department, no phone number to call or a live person to explain the situation to. Only an email address that no one answers,” says one complainant. “Correspondence with airline has run me around in circles,” writes another complainant of his experience with Sunwing Airlines Inc.

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Plan to use unused RRSP contributions TALBOT BOGGS


The government set up registered retirement savings plans in 1957 as a vehicle for Canadians to save for their retirement. But more than five decades later, data shows they have not used it to their fullest and Canadians now are sitting on some $600 billion in unused contributions. “A lot of people just don’t have the income to be able contribute to the maximum,” said

Johnathan Rivard, an investment adviser with Edward Jones. “They have a lot of other priorities, like a mortgage, children’s education, cars, entertainment and travel. With everything else they have to do it’s just not that high a priority.” How can Canadians catch up on their RRSP under-contributions and help ensure they have enough money tucked away for retirement?

“Budgeting is key,” said Rivard. “Do an analysis of your retirement — what do you want to do in your retirement, how much will you need to maintain that lifestyle and then how are you going to fund it. It’s important to understand why you are contributing.” One financial question that seems to come up continually in financial planning is whether it is better to pay down your mort-

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gage or contribute to your RRSP. Unfortunately, there’s no easy answer. A lot will depend on individual circumstances, such as lifestyle, debt level and interest rates, but there are some things to consider. “A lot of people believe real estate is one of the best longterm investments you can make,” Rivard said.

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RRSP: Impacted by economy and markets “There are a lot of costs associated with real estate, like taxes and repairs and maintenance that can really add up over time. Investments, however, tend to be more passive when it comes to costs, although fees sometimes can be a discouragement as well. “So it’s really important to get some professional financial advice for the best solution for you, based on your personal situation.” RRSP contributions also tend to be impacted by the economy and performance of financial markets. “When the markets do well we tend to see better RRSP seasons,” Rivard said. “A lot is driven by emotion. When people feel good they are more inclined to invest but during the recession of 2008-09, investment was down. It’s pretty cyclical.” Another major RRSP decision is whether it makes sense to borrow money to invest and use up some of that contribution room. The Investor Education Fund (IEF) recommends investors ask themselves three main questions: are interest rates low; can you pay off the loan quickly; and do you have other high-interest debt? Borrowing money when rates are high can be costly and offset the benefit of getting a tax refund from your contribution. Also, interest on borrowed money to contribute to an RRSP is not tax deductible. Can you repay the loan quickly? You can use your tax refund to apply to the loan, but generally if you can’t pay it off within a year it may not make sense to add to your debt load. If you can’t pay off the loan as scheduled, you may end up paying more in interest than what you get back in a tax refund. If you’re already paying off high-interest debt, such as credit cards, your priority likely should be on paying down this debt as quickly as possible, not adding more. The IEF suggests you may want to consider a couple of other strategies instead of borrowing to contribute to your RRSP. Contribute what you would have paid to service the loan. If you were going to borrow and make a $350 monthly loan payment, contribute that amount to your RRSP. This way, you’ll pay no interest and you won’t be affected if interest rates rise. Take out a series of smaller loans instead of one big one. If you have a lot of RRSP contribution room and are not comfortable taking on a lot of debt, take a series of smaller, one-year loans. You pay less interest, take on less debt and use your RRSP refund to pay off your catch-up loan. “What’s most important is to create a budget, understand when you want to retire and the type of lifestyle you want in retirement, and then get active in planning your financial future, because if you don’t the chances are you won’t take action and contribute,” Rivard said. Talbot Boggs is a Toronto-based business communications professional who has worked with national news organizations, magazines and corporations in the finance, retail, manufacturing and other industrial sectors.

SOFTWARE: Big opportunities in America They’ll have the opportunity to work for firms such as mobile payments company Square, online vacation rental company Airbnb, online ticketing service Eventbrite and social networking giant Facebook, he said. Analyst Kash Pashootan said there aren’t enough big tech or startup firms in Canada to offer the same salaries or benefits. “Even for the patriotic, diehard Canadian who insists on their startup being in Canada, in many cases the company gets to a point where it’s forced to sell to a U.S. big tech firm,” said Pashootan, portfolio manager at First Avenue Advisory in Ottawa, a Raymond James company. He said 68 per cent of Canadian startups have been sold to U.S. companies in the past five years, citing the sale Halifax-based GoInstant’s to for $70 million in 2012 . Bufferbox, which has kiosks for consumers to pick up online orders, was sold to Google for an undisclosed amount in 2012. However, Pashootan said the Canadian government has made it easier for immigrant entrepreneurs with a visa program that links them to private sector organizations who are experts in working with start ups. Also, the Ontario and the federal governments announced in January up to $100 million in a venture capital fund funding to invest in startup companies. CEO Greg Isenberg brought his five software engineers from Montreal to San Francisco to help run his company, 5by, which developed an app that sifts through online videos and delivers them to users based on mood, social interests and time of day. “I would say there’s a top tier of talent that exists here that is unrivalled,” said Isenberg, 25. University of Waterloo is considered a feeder school to Silicon Valley and about a third of its software engineers head there after graduation. Dean of Engineering Pearl Sullivan said she’s not sure the movement of engineers can be called a “brain drain” any more, as the tech marketplace is global in reach. And some of the engineers to return to Canada.

AIRLINES: Millions fly “Representative does not respond to phone calls, and emails are weeks apart.” Air Canada (TSX:AC.B) received the lion’s share of service complaints during the period with 150, while Sunwing had 24 complaints. WestJet (TSX:WJA), KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and United Airlines were mentioned about a dozen times each. Air Canada, the country’s largest airline, notes that it carries an average of 115,000 customers a day and more than 35 million people a year. “While we strive for zero complaints, in this context, 150 complaints is a minute fraction relative to the number of interactions we have with all our customers,” spokesman Peter Fitzpatrick said in an email. Although quality of service issues are outside of the agency’s mandate, many complaints about quality of service also cite other issues — such as lost baggage, flight disruptions or incidents where passengers are bumped from overbooked flights.

New Microsoft CEO putting mark on company NADELLA’S COLLABORATIVE APPROACH COMES IN CONTRAST TO OUTGOING CEO BALLMER’S BOMBAST BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS LOS ANGELES — It was a fleeting moment once the camera had gone off, but some say it’s indicative of the leadership style Satya Nadella brings to his new job as CEO of Microsoft Corp. Nadella’s impromptu town hall webcast had interrupted business meetings between Microsoft employees and outside partners at the company’s Executive Briefing Center in Redmond, Wash. Hours earlier, he had been named only the third leader in company history. When the brief webcast was over, he didn’t want to hog the limelight. “If you have to get back to (a meeting) because it’s more interesting or important, please...,” Nadella said as the town hall transitioned into a light reception. The gesture is just one example of Nadella’s calming, collegial style, which stands in stark contrast to the blustery, passionate, rally-the-troops approach employed by Microsoft’s previous CEO, Steve Ballmer. Experts on leadership say the change in tone is a necessary cultural shift for a mature company transitioning into new businesses while letting go of past successes and missed opportunities. “It’s very symbolic,” says Suresh Kotha, a professor at the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business in Seattle. “I think that sends a very strong message, that work is important.” “He’s saying ‘I’m here to help you, I’m humble, I’m willing to listen,”’ Kotha says. “Symbolically I think it’s very important to see he’s separating himself from Steve Ballmer.” Ballmer is known for his largerthan-life displays of emotion. At his farewell address to Microsoft employees in September, he highfived and hugged audience members, pumped his fists in the air, and even shed tears as the popular 1987 song (I’ve Had) The Time of My Life played on the sound system. In a video of the event widely viewed on YouTube, he screams: “You work for the greatest company in the world!”


This undated photo provided by Microsoft shows Satya Nadella. Microsoft announced Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, that Nadella will replace Steve Ballmer as its new CEO. Observers still remember Ballmer’s intense competitiveness. At a 2009 company meeting at Seattle’s Safeco field, he pretended to stomp on an iPhone he snatched from a Microsoft employee. During a public Q&A in 2012, he slammed Google’s Android mobile operating system as “wild” and “uncontrolled.” Compare that to Nadella’s comments at a financial analysts meeting in September, where he described how Microsoft’s mobile device management software has to handle devices that run on Apple’s iOS, Google’s Android and Microsoft’s Windows equally: “Enterprises are heterogeneous, and we recognized that,” he said. One problem Microsoft faces is its legacy of competing internal fiefdoms, says Douglas McKenna, a management consultant who ad-

vised Microsoft from 1985 to 1993 and worked at the company from 1993 through 2001. Founder Bill Gates and Ballmer believed the clash of ideas resulted in the best rising above the rest, McKenna says. That style of management, coupled with a so-called stack ranking system that graded employees on a bell curve, resulted in a company full of “competitive people who learned that climbing over each other and battling across divisions is the way to get ahead,” McKenna says. Breaking down those barriers will be important for Microsoft at a time when software and services are expected to work across many platforms and devices, McKenna says. It’s a task that could benefit from Nadella’s collaborative approach.

In U.S. sunbelt, economic tides roll in on the real-estate deal of a lifetime THE CANADIAN PRESS BOCA RATON, Fla. — The epic beach party might not be over yet, but the economic tides are starting to inch a little closer for aspiring Canadian snowbirds. A pair of concurrent trends over the last year have chipped away at the historic buying power Canadians enjoyed in the American sunbelt since the financial crisis: a 10 per cent decline in the loonie coupled with a roughly 10 per cent rise in U.S. housing prices. Each percentage point washes away a piece of the bargain. There are still deals to be had, as sunbelt housing prices haven’t fully recovered from the 2008 crash — but Canadians should be aware that they’re entering a much more competitive market. To illustrate that point, one longtime realestate agent points at a Boca Raton highrise. “If you ask me about that apartment (and say), ‘I’d like a two-bedroom,’ what you’re asking for might be sold,” says Sandy Yacker, motioning toward a random building as she drives up Florida’s coastal highway. “I’d have to show you another building. We don’t have any inventory. The inventory was plentiful two years ago — now there might not be any in that building.” Yacker’s seen a lot in her 74 years, nearly all of it spent in Florida and much of it spent working as a real-estate agent. She remembers seeing

the elegant clothes along Miami’s South Beach, in a distant era when women wore gowns and men wore suits instead of today’s dental-floss fashions along Ocean Drive. She believes that was Harry Truman’s presidential motorcade she saw as a girl once, rolling by on Flagler Street. But she’s never seen anything like 2008. In her own condo complex, one-bedroom villas that had gone for US$280,000 were suddenly being panic-sold at $110,000 by frail seniors who had to sell in a hurry, because they needed to move into specialized homes. She says those units are now going for about $170,000, after a bounce last year. The latest trend might mean lesser deals for bargain-hunting foreigners, but what a relief for homeowners pounded by the crisis. “It was a shock to your pocketbook,” she says of 2008. “It’s no question.... It was disturbing if you were trying to sell if, God forbid, an emergency came up — if a person got sick and couldn’t stay in their home,” Yacker said. “But it’s started to rise in price.” How’s this for a telling stat: the number of Floridians taking the test to become real-estate agents nearly doubled last year, to 42,000, according to a report by the Tampa Bay Times. The shift is confirmed in numbers from the U.S. National Association of Realtors for 2013. They say U.S. sales activity increased by 9.1 per cent, for their best year since 2006. The median home price shot up 11.5 per cent, the biggest increase since 2005. Meanwhile, though, U.S. home purchases by foreigners edged backward in 2012-13. International-pur-

chase numbers for the last calendar year aren’t out yet, but through March 2013 the total was $68.2 billion — still high, historically, but much lower than the $82.5 billion from 2011-12. Canadians are the biggest international buyers of those U.S. homes, comprising one-quarter of foreign purchases. And Florida is their No. 1 choice — with 39 per cent of Canadian purchases occurring there. That’s followed by 24 per cent in Arizona, and single digits in California, Hawaii, Texas and other states.

Statistics crunched by the TD Bank for The Canadian Press suggest a 10-cent decline in the loonie likely means 250,000 less visitors per year to Florida, and a decrease in spending of about 0.7 per cent of the state’s GDP (or somewhere between $250 million and $400 million). But there’s a notable asterisk: Canadian visits to Florida have been growing so rapidly in recent years that even a dip would likely just mean that the growth continues, only slower.


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MONDAY, FEB. 10, 2014

New guidelines aim at preventing strokes in women THE ASSOCIATED PRESS


New Canadian data shows that people who got a flu shot this year stood a pretty good chance of avoiding the illness.

Flu shot offered protection against becoming seriously ill: study BY THE CANADIAN PRESS This year’s flu shot offered substantial protection to people who received it, new Canadian data suggest. The vaccine appeared to be about 71 per cent effective against all flu strains, and 74 per cent effective against H1N1, the strain responsible for more than nine in 10 of all confirmed flu infections this year in Canada, the study says. The research measured how effective the vaccine was at preventing what’s called medically attended influenza — infections where the person was sick enough to seek care from a doctor or a clinic. The effectiveness rate was significantly better than that seen in a similar study conducted last year by the same group of researchers. “I think 74 per cent is pretty good, actually. And it’s certainly better than what we measured last year for the H3N2 that was dominating,� said Dr. Danuta Skowronski, an influenza expert at the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control in Vancouver. In fact, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control estimates that flu vaccine cuts the risk of infection

by between 50 to 70 per cent, putting this year’s vaccine at the high end of the effectiveness one might expect from a flu shot, especially one that does not include an adjuvant or boosting compound. Canada used vaccine with adjuvant in the 2009 pandemic; the vaccine effectiveness was calculated about 93 per cent then. But adjuvants are not used in seasonal flu vaccine in Canada. The results released Thursday were an interim estimate, calculated in time to help inform the experts who will meet at the World Health Organization later this month to select the viruses that should go into flu vaccine for the 2014-15 Northern Hemisphere winter. Skowronski said she and her colleagues — from B.C., Alberta, Manitoba, Quebec and Ontario — continue to gather data and will issue a final analysis at the end of the flu season. The estimate is reached by comparing the flu vaccine status of people who seek care for respiratory illness from participating doctors in the five provinces that take part in the ongoing study. The same patients are also tested to see if their illness is actually caused by flu or one of the numerous other viruses that cause symptoms similar to flu.

Last year this group’s midseason estimate suggested the flu vaccine was about 45 per cent effective at preventing medically attended influenza. By the end of the season, the vaccine effectiveness estimate had slipped to 40 per cent. But last year nearly 90 per cent of cases were caused by the H3N2 flu virus, which has been a minor player so far this season. While people of all ages can be infected by both these strains, the two viruses mainly target different age groups. This year’s H1N1 outbreak has been hitting young and middleaged adults particularly hard; H3N2 is typically harder on seniors. This year’s pattern of illness — highlighted in media reports of previously healthy adults dying from flu — triggered huge demand for vaccine in Canada in January, a time when influenza vaccination efforts are typically winding down. Many provinces ended up scrambling to buy additional doses to meet the unexpected surge. The findings were published in Eurosurveillance, an online public health journal belonging to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.

What’s on TV tonight? German doctor diagnoses rare condition

Just as heart attack symptoms may differ between men and women, so do stroke risks. Now, the American Heart Association has issued its first guidelines for preventing strokes in women. They focus on birth control, pregnancy, depression and other risk factors that women face uniquely or more frequently than men do. The advice applies to patients like Denise Miller, who suffered a stroke last year that fooled doctors at two northeast Ohio hospitals before it was finally diagnosed at the Cleveland Clinic. She was 36 and had no traditional risk factors. “There was nothing to indicate I was going to have a stroke,� other than frequent migraines with aura — dizziness or altered senses such as tingling, ringing ears or sensitivity to light, Miller said. These headaches are more common in women and the new guidelines issued Thursday flag them as a concern. Each year, nearly 800,000 Americans have a new or recurrent stroke, which occurs when a blood vessel to the brain is blocked by a clot or bursts. Stroke is the third-leading cause of death for women and the fifth-leading cause for men. The key to surviving one and limiting disability is getting help fast, and recognizing symptoms such as trouble speaking, weakness or numbness in one arm, or drooping on one side of the face. Stroke risk rises with age, and women tend to live longer than men. Women are more likely to be living alone when they have a stroke, to have poorer recovery, and to need institutional care after one. General guidelines for stroke prevention currently focus on controlling blood pressure and diabetes, quitting smoking, more exercise and healthy diets. The new ones add gender-specific advice, said Dr. Cheryl Bushnell, stroke chief at Wake Forest Baptist

Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C. She led the panel that wrote the guidelines, published in Stroke, a Heart Association journal. Some highlights: Birth control pills: Women should be checked for high blood pressure before starting on oral contraceptives because the combination raises stroke risks. The risk is small but rises steeply in women ages 45 to 49. More than 10 million American women use birth control pills. Pregnancy: Strokes are uncommon during pregnancy but the risk is still higher, especially during the last three months and soon after delivery. The big worry is preeclampsia, dangerously high blood pressure that can cause a seizure and other problems. Women with a history of high blood pressure before pregnancy should be considered for lowdose aspirin (around 81 milligrams) after the first three months of pregnancy, and calcium supplements anytime, to lower the risk of preeclampsia. Pregnant women with very high blood pressure (160 over 110 and above) should be treated with medications, and treatment may be considered for those with moderately high blood pressure (150 to 159 over 100 to 109). Certain blood pressure medicines are not safe during pregnancy. Aspirin: It’s usually recommended for anyone who has already had a stroke unless the stroke was caused by bleeding rather than a clot, or if bleeding risk is a concern, Bushnell said. Aspirin also is often recommended for people with diabetes to lower the risk of stroke and other problems. Migraines: Women are four times more likely to have migraines than men, and they often coincide with hormone swings. Migraines alone don’t raise the risk of stroke, but ones with aura do. Using oral contraceptives and smoking raise this risk even more, so the guidelines urge stopping smoking. Online: Guidelines: http:// statements



LONDON — If you’re unlucky enough to be stricken with a rare medical condition, you’d better hope your doctor watches the right television show. That was the lesson for one German man with severe heart failure and a puzzling mix of symptoms including fever, blindness, deafness and enlarged lymph nodes, which baffled doctors for months. The 55-year-old man was diagnosed only when he was referred to Dr. Juergen Schaefer, a fan of the U.S. television medical drama, House. “After five minutes, I knew what was wrong,� said Schaefer, who works at the Center for Undiagnosed Diseases in Marburg, north of Frankfurt. He said the man’s symptoms matched up almost perfectly with a patient on an episode in which the fictional Dr. Gregory House, played by British actor Hugh Laurie, identified cobalt poisoning as the cause. The series ended in 2012 after an eight-year run. Schaefer regularly uses the television series to teach medical students. When he saw the patient with heart failure in May 2012, he had recently prepared a lecture on the show’s cobalt poisoning case, where House’s future mother-in-law falls ill after receiving a faulty metal hip. Though the German patient’s previous doctors thought he needed a heart transplant, Schaefer and colleagues immediately tested his cobalt levels af-

ter he complained his problems started after his last operation to replace a broken ceramic hip. Schaefer said some small fragments of the ceramic hip remained and were grinding into the metal replacement, which leaked cobalt and chromium into the patient’s bloodstream. Once the hip was replaced, the patient’s heart got better and his other symptoms improved. Schaefer and colleagues wrote about their experience in a case report published online Friday in the journal, Lancet. The patient wasn’t identified. “We would have diagnosed this even without Dr. House,� Schaefer said. “You could have also typed his symptoms into Google and gotten the diagnosis.� He said doctors should be aware of possible cobalt poisoning in patients with metal hip replacements. While Schaefer said he is sometimes referred to as the German Dr. House, he isn’t sure the nickname is a compliment. The television doctor was known as much for his rude, abrasive manner as for his expertise in diagnosing rare ailments. “I would have fired this guy after the first three episodes,� Schaefer said. Still, he said the fictional doctor’s appalling bedside manner was ultimately outweighed by his unparalleled diagnostic skills. “It’s important to be nice, but you don’t get patients healthy just by being nice.� Online: Lancet journal: http://www.lancet. com

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A Fab time 50 years on BY LAVANYA RAMANATHAN ADVOCATE NEWS SERVICES WASHINGTON — Before the Beatles had touched down for their first American visit in February 1964, the first shrieks of Beatlemania were sweeping our shores. When the four lads from Liverpool landed at John F. Kennedy International Airport to perform on “The Ed Sullivan Show,” throngs of teenage fans, egged on by radio DJs, were waiting for them. Their rollicking number I Want to Hold Your Hand had just clinched the No. 1 position on the charts. After the television appearance, John, Paul, George and Ringo were household names. But the band was also about to make history in an unlikely place: a spartan brick sports venue in Washington. On Feb. 11, the Fab Four made their U.S. concert debut at Washington Coliseum, a domed arena built for hockey, not pop stars. The stage was a boxing ring. Surrounded by fans on all sides at the sold-out, Tuesday-night show, they paused 20 minutes in and turned their stage setup around so half of the audience wouldn’t have to look at their backs the entire show. It was nothing if not memorable. Fifty years after the historic concert, the coliseum, now known by its original name, Uline Arena, somehow still stands — a windowless relic in Beatles history. Tuesday, the arena’s owner, Douglas Development, and the DC Preservation League will take advantage of the venue’s legacy to celebrate the Fab Four and the Uline with a reenactment of the 1964 concert. “This building has tremendous history, starting from when it was built,” says Rebecca Miller, executive director of the preservation league. For not much more than what concertgoers paid in 1964 to see the Beatles, cars now park where the Fab Four (and the Rolling Stones, Patsy Cline and Bob Dylan) once played, where Malcolm X spoke and where Joe Frazier wrestled before he became a champion boxer. But fans still pop by to look inside, some signing their names or leaving notes about the Beatles on the facade. For those not lucky enough to be among the 8,000 people who snagged tickets for less than $5 each, Yesterday & Today, as Tuesday’s concert has been dubbed, is an exciting prospect. A tribute band, Beatlemania Now, will perform the same set list the Beatles did during that 35-minute concert. They’ll even start at 8:31 p.m., just as the Beatles did. (After they’ve run through the 12-song set list, they’ll play a selection of more Beatles favorites.) The concert, a fundraiser for the

preservation league, also will feature an exhibition of photographs by Mike Mitchell, who attended the concert here and captured the scene in striking black-and-white images. To put it together, Miller and organizers scoured the Web, turning up conflicting tales about that snowcovered night in 1964. The Chiffons didn’t play because of the weather, but memories differ about who opened the show. Tommy Roe was there, and the Righteous Brothers are said to have appeared. There is some dispute over whether the Beatles even began playing at 8:31 p.m., Miller says. These days, the boxing ring is gone. So are most (but curiously, not all) of the original seats that lined the arena. The capacity of the Uline is now just 3,500, and it won’t be possible to recreate the in-the-round seating. A film made of the Washington concert — now widely available online — helped answer many of the questions. The band, for example, was barely audible over the incessant screams of stricken teenage girls. Mitchell, who now lives here, filled in other blanks. “My perspective is one of someone who’s listened to that music all my life,” Mitchell, 68, says. “It’s almost as if the recordings of it are like neural patterns. I was very concerned about the integrity of the rendering by the band” in the reenactment. The condition of the old coliseum, completed in the early 1940s, is hard to fathom in a town that has renovated or knocked down lesser eyesores. The paint inside is peeling. You can make out sky through holes in the distinctive curved roof. Neglect, Miller says, left the building like this after 40 years of disuse. Fights, the hockey games, the music — it all disappeared from the coliseum in the early 1970s, when the sparkling Capital Centre opened in Landover, Md. It had the capacity for more than 17,000 people, nearly three times that of the old arena, which by then was 30 years old. Soon after Tuesday’s concert, a $77 million renovation will begin, and the Uline will be rendered almost unrecognizable. Only the distinctive curvedroof exterior will remain as the historic staging area is filled with offices and retail space in what will again be called the Coliseum. How close will this experience be to the one that so many cherish, that fans remember in such detail? Can a tribute band ever fill in for the real thing? “I’m really looking forward to seeing that question answered by this experience,” Mitchell says. “I have no idea what it’s going to be like.”


The Beatles, from left, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr on drums, and John Lennon perform on the CBS Ed Sullivan Show in New York. The Beatles made their first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, America’s must-see weekly variety show, on Sunday, Feb. 9, 1964, and officially kicked off Beatlemania.

Ed Sullivan, centre, stands with The Beatles, from left, Ringo Starr, George Harrison, John Lennon, and Paul McCartney, during a rehearsal for the British group’s first American appearance, on the Ed Sullivan Show.

Lavanya Ramanathan writes for The Washington Post


The Beatles at a Feb. 11, 1964, concert in Washington.

A marquee duplicating the one displayed at the Ed Sullivan Theater the night the Beatles first performed on the The Ed Sullivan Show‚ 50 years ago, is displayed on Thursday Feb. 6, 2014 in New York. The retro look features the exact wording that was posted for The Ed Sullivan Show‚ on Feb. 9, 1964, and covered the current Late Show with David Letterman marquee through the weekend.

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Building a House of Cards CREATOR TALKS ABOUT NETFLIX SERIES’ WILD RIDE BY EMILY YAHR ADVOCATE NEWS SERVICES Beau Willimon is the creator of House of Cards, but he’s the last person you want to ask about what’s going to happen in the upcoming second season. “I don’t talk to anyone about what’s in Season 2,” Willimon said. Not even to give us a slight sense of what might be in store? Nope, Willimon insisted, politely. He’s the showrunner and executive producer of the Netflix series, which means he knows all. And he won’t tell us. He explained his reasoning: “I really want the audience not to walk in with some preconceived notion for what the season is,” he said. “That should be a process of discovery to them. When you give adjectives or talk about the tone, you’re saying, ‘This is the lens that you should look at the season through.’ Drama should tell its own story.” OK, Willimon, we’ll let you off the hook. Though that won’t stop viewers from speculating about what’s going to happen in the highly anticipated second season of the intense political drama, which debuts Feb. 14 when Netflix releases all 13 episodes at once. If you gobbled up the first batch of 13 episodes in one sitting, here’s a quick refresher: At the end of the first season, scheming House Majority Whip Francis Underwood (Kevin Spacey) was on a quest to become vice president through a complex scheme of treachery, back-stabbing and murder. (RIP, Rep. Peter Russo.) Underwood did so with the help of his shrewdly calculating wife, Claire (Robin Wright), and an ambitious young investigative reporter, Zoe Barnes (Kate Mara), who also became his mistress. On to Season 2: Eventually, Willimon relents a little and teases that it’s going to be a big year for Wright’s character and you may see some Beltway media types make cameos. But that’s it. So here are


Kevin Spacey as congressman Francis Underwood and Robin Wright as his wife and a similarly ruthless power player in season two of Netflix’s House of Cards. some of the more juicy details we’ve gleaned from the second season trailer: It appears that Underwood has succeeded in becoming VP, persuading the former veep to step down and the president to name him as the replacement. “One heartbeat away from the presidency and not a single vote cast in my name,” Underwood sneers at the camera in one of his breaking-thefourth-wall monologues. “Democracy is so overrated.” There are scenes of chaos at the White House, lots of threats (“Am I really the sort of enemy you want to make?”), tears and a chilling final thought from Underwood: “There is but one rule. Hunt or be hunted.” Expectations are high as the show continues. After filming the first season, which Willimon calls an “experiment for

everyone involved,” the drama has turned into a well-oiled machine. When the series first started, neither Willimon, Spacey nor executive producer David Fincher had much TV experience. “We all treated it as a 13-hour movie, because none of us made TV before,” said Willimon, a playwright who also previously worked on political campaigns, including those of Hillary Rodham Clinton and Howard Dean. The advantage of knowing little about TV? “We weren’t bound by conventions because we didn’t know the rules, really.” Now they have a better of idea of the logistics, such as how many scenes you can film in a day, the pace of the show and the rhythm of the actors. Being TV rookies certainly didn’t work against them. The buzz, theories, recaps and in-

tense fandom started almost immediately after the episodes went live. (The New York Times declared that “What episode of House of Cards are you on?” was the “new Beltway icebreaker.”) The show garnered nine Emmy nominations (Fincher won directing for a drama series); Robin Wright picked up the trophy for best actress in a drama series at the Golden Globes; and the show was recently crowned best new series at the Writers Guild Awards. The series has one very high-profile fan: President Barack Obama was recently seen on video during a meeting with technology executives (including Netflix chief Reed Hastings) asking for a preview of Season 2. “I wish things were that

ruthlessly efficient,” Obama joked about Spacey’s mischievous character. “I was thinking, ‘Man, this guy’s getting a lot of stuff done’,” Willimon was very pleased. “It was a really big deal to us,” he said of seeing the clip. “When someone like President Obama mentions your show, you know he’s watched some of it. It’s an incredible feeling to think the most powerful person in the free world has spent a little bit of his time watching our land of make-believe.” House of Cards: About one hour per episode. All 13 episodes of Season 2 are available on Netflix starting Feb. 14. Emily Yahr writes for The Washington Post.






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LOS ANGELES — Jay Leno’s farewell Tonight Show drew the late-night show’s biggest audience in more than 15 years, NBC said Friday. A total of 14.6 million viewers tuned in Thursday to see Leno wrap up his 22 years as host of Tonight, according to Nielsen company ratings released by NBC. The audience was the biggest since May 14, 1998, when Jerry Seinfeld appeared on “Tonight” to mark the end of his sitcom and nearly 15 million viewers tuned in. Leno’s goodbye to Tonight was watched by 2.7 million more viewers than when Leno left in May 2009 to make way for Conan O’Brien’s short-lived stint as host. That telecast had 11.9 million viewers. Billy Crystal, Leno’s first guest when he took Tonight over from Johnny Carson in 1992, was the final guest on Thursday. Garth Brooks was the show’s last performer. Jimmy Fallon, Leno’s successor at Tonight, also had a good Thursday. Late Night with Jimmy Fallon was watched by 6 million viewers, the show’s biggest audience since a 2012 Super Bowl special telecast drew nearly 6.1 million. For a regular weeknight show, the post-Leno finale represents the biggest Late Night audience since David Letterman’s final appearance as its host in June 1993 was watched by 7.5 million viewers. The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon, which is relocating from Burbank to New York, begins airing Feb. 17.



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Rebels mauled by Cougars REBELS END ROAD TRIP OUT OF GAS IN PRINCE GEORGE BY ADVOCATE STAFF Cougars 7 Rebels 1 PRINCE GEORGE — A lack of energy resulted in a lack of success for the Red Deer Rebels in their final game of a Western Hockey League road trip Saturday. The Rebels, playing their fourth game in five nights, were mauled 7-1 by the Prince George Cougars before 2,156 fans at the CN Centre. Red Deer lost all four games on the B.C. Division road trip and — as a result of a 3-2 overtime loss to Vancouver Tuesday — picked up just one of a possible eight points. “Not making any excuses, but I thought we looked tired last night,” said Rebels GM/head coach Brent Sutter, following the club’s 7:45 a.m. arrival in Red Deer Sunday. “You dissect the trip before you start and because the first six points are so important you’re worried about the fourth game with the amount of travel involved.

“We just didn’t have the energy we needed to have. Full marks to Prince George because they played well and we knew they were already playing well with five wins in a row. We just didn’t have the emotional level that we needed to have to give ourselves a chance.” Following their meeting with the Rebels Friday night in which the Cougars needed an empty-net goal to nail down a 5-3 win, the hosts sealed the deal Saturday with three unanswered second-period goals for a 4-0 lead. Todd Fiddler, Troy Bourke and Brad Morrison each notched two goals for Prince George. Zach Pochiro also tallied for the Cougars, while Adam Beukeboom faced only 18 shots while posting his second straight win over the Rebels. Aspen Sterzer scored for Red Deer 26 seconds into the third period, but the Cougars pulled away with three unanswered goals en route to their sixth straight victory. Red Deer starting netminder Patrik Bartosak made 25 saves through 40 minutes before being replaced by rookie Taz Burman, who blocked five of

the eights shots he faced in the final frame. The Rebels return to the ice today to prepare for a Wednesday meeting with the visiting Medicine Hat Tigers. “We have to hit the reset button,” said Sutter, whose club has lost six straight after winning five in a row. “Obviously we expected to get more than just one point on the trip. It isn’t something we’re happy about, but when you look at it, a lot of these kids are going through so many things for the first time. As a young team we’re seeing not only how important these games are, we’re also seeing the emotional level and how tough these games are at this time of the season. We have to be able to get up to that level on a regular basis.” Even as the team was in the midst of a five-game winning streak, Sutter and fellow coaches Jeff Truitt and Steve O’Rourke could see that not everything was positive.

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Eyes on the prize HOMAN’S CANADA RINK DOWNS ALBERTA TO GO UNBEATEN AND WIN SECOND STRAIGHT SCOTTIES BY THE CANADIAN PRESS MONTREAL — Rachel Homan never got to throw a final stone in a 10th end. Such was the dominance of Homan’s Canada team, which went undefeated to claim a second straight Scotties Tournament of Hearts with an 8-6 victory over Alberta’s Val Sweeting on Sunday night. “We ran the table,” said Homan. “It’s an unbelievable feeling. “I couldn’t be more proud of my teammates. To be repeat champions is something we’re crazy-proud of.” The Ottawa team of Homan, lead Lisa Weagle, second Alison Kreviazuk and third Emma Miskew, defended the Canadian women’s curling championship they won last year in Kingston, Ont. At 13-0, they are the first since Linda Moore’s rink in 1985 to go undefeated. They were barely threatened along the way, including in the final, when they scored three in the second end and never looked back. “Being repeat champs is something we’ve worked hard for and it’s something not a lot of teams have done,” said Homan. “That’s what I’m proud of — coming back and showing that we can do it again and that we’re still dominant.” Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who has watched Briers but never before attended a Scotties, was in his Canadian Olympic team jacket among the crowd of 2,861 at the Maurice Richard Arena to watch both the final and the bronze medal game won by Manitoba’s Chelsea Carey. The win puts Homan’s rink into the women’s world championship March 15-24 in Saint John, N.B., looking to improve on the bronze she won at last year’s worlds.


Team Canada’s skip Rachel Homan takes a shot as second Alison Kreviazuk, left, and lead Lisa Weagle, right, work the sweep against Alberta in the finals match at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts curling championships Sunday, in Montreal. Sweeting, who finished fourth in the round robin but beat Carey in the semifinal, was never able to recover from giving up the early lead. “I thought we had a stronger second half, but you can’t get down early on them because they’re such a good team,” said Sweeting. “We were setting up a couple of good ends after that but then we’d have a miss. What can you do?” After Homan posted three points in the second end, Sweeting answered with a hit for two in the third. Sweeting was a tad strong on a raise in the fourth and Homan came around the right side to hit for two. Alberta got one back in the fifth. Canada was in trouble in the sixth when a Sweeting draw left Alberta with three stones near the button, but Homan scattered them with a hit to

salvage one point. Sweeting drew for two in the seventh to close the gap to one point, only to see Homan pick off two Sweeting draws to score two in the eighth. A Sweeting bid for a double takeout fell short and the Alberta skip was forced to draw for one in the ninth, handing Homan the hammer and a twopoint lead going into the final end. Canada ran them out of rocks to clinch the victory. “It wasn’t easy — they made us work for everything,” said Homan. “Credit to Val’s team. We needed our absolute A game to beat them.” Carey won the bronze medal game 7-3 over Saskatchewan’s Stefanie Lawton. It offered some consolation for not reaching the final. “The disappointment doesn’t go

away, but you want to at least salvage what you can out of it,” said Carey. “I don’t agree with this even being a game. I never have. “The Page (playoff) system builds in a bronze medallist. But, as much as I disagree with the game, it’s nice to win a game to get there.” Carey made two perfect draws to score two in the eighth end for a 4-3 lead. Lawton blanked the ninth and had the hammer going into the final end, but then disaster struck. Second Sherri Singler threw a flash, third Sherry Anderson hit a guard and soon there were five Manitoba stones ringing the button. Lawton tried to sneak in an angled raise with her last shot, but it couldn’t get through and Carey got a steal of three.

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Down but not out: Koe tops Martin in provincial final BY GREG MEACHEM ADVOCATE SPORTS EDITOR LACOMBE — Trailing 3-0 after just two ends to favourite Kevin Martin of Edmonton in the final of the Boston Pizza Alberta men’s curling championship Sunday, Kevin Koe looked to be not only down, but nearly out. However, curling is a slippery game and it got away from Martin and Co. in the fifth end and then the rest of the way in a 7-5 loss to Koe’s Calgary foursome. Martin was up 4-1 playing the fifth frame when he missed a double-takeout attempt with his final stone, setting the stage for Koe’s quiet hit for three. The Calgary crew scored a deuce in the eighth end for a 6-5 lead and after the ninth was blanked, stole a single in the 10th to earn a berth in the Tim Horton’s Brier March 1-9 at Kamloops. The loss was the first of the week for Martin, while Koe was in the C event before the provincial tournament — which started Wednesday — was even a full two days old. “It’s been the story of our week. We were down in C early and we had a couple of other games we could have lost along the way,” said Koe, the 2010 Canadian and world champion. “I struggled early today. We hadn’t played with yellow rocks and I had a couple that really curled, plus the ice was curling. I was missing and then af-

MEN’S CURLING ter I convinced myself that I wasn’t going to do that anymore, we played great. We got that one miss from Kevin (in the fifth) to get back in it and the second half of the game was back and forth and could have gone either way. Both teams played great.” Martin admitted he should have played the fateful shot in the fifth in a different fashion. “I should have probably played it over the top. That way we give them the deuce, but not three,” he said. “It’s always disappointing if you don’t win, but at least it was close. We didn’t play very good, though, neither team. There were lots of misses. Neither team was real sharp.” Martin was setting up for a pair in the ninth end when Koe’s third, Pat Simmons, made a triple kill to eventually force a blank. Martin then tried a runback for two with his final rock of the 10th, but rolled out to leave Koe with shot stone and the win. “We had a hit to win on the last one. It was close but didn’t quite come up enough,” said the losing skip, who defeated Koe in the 2013 provincial final on a similar turn of events. “Kevin had a real tough out-turn with his last one last year and just missed. We were in the same boat today. Just missed it by a sliver.” Despite jumping out to a 3-0 lead with two points in the first end and a stolen single in the second,

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Martin knew the game was far from over. He was correct. “They’re going to get a deuce back at some point, you probably can’t stop that,” said Martin. “They’re too good to not get deuces, so 3-0 isn’t an insurmountable lead after two ends. There’s still eight ends to go.” Koe’s second, Carter Rycroft, will leave the team at the end of the season, whether that be following the Brier or the world championship if the Alberta champs win the Canadian title. “My plan as of this minute is to take the year off . . . business and family. My wife is having a baby,” said Rycroft, who played with Martin for seven consecutive years prior to 2006 before hooking up with Koe. “There’s lots going on in life and curling has done me well, but I have to sit back for a year, at least.” Rycroft, a former Canadian and world champion and Olympic Games silver medalist, finished 2-5 with Koe at the 2013 Canadian Olympic trials at Winnipeg in December. “I wanted to go with a bang. The Olympic trials were a disappointment and this is bitter sweet. I’ll take this as second place,” said Rycroft. “We’ve had so many battles that we’ve barely lost to those guys. We got away with one there in the ninth. He (Martin) was so close on that.” Koe, who has Nolan Thiessen at lead, confirmed that the team will have a different look next season.

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Bouchard brings her best LEADS CANADA OVER SERBIA TO ADVANCE TO FED CUP WORLD GROUP PLAYOFFS BY THE CANADIAN PRESS MONTREAL — Eugenie Bouchard did everything she could to help her country. Bouchard won both her singles matches, including the clincher on Sunday, to power Canada to a 3-1 victory over Serbia in its Fed Cup World Group II tie over the weekend. In beating Serbia’s Vesna Dolonc 6-0, 6-3, the Montreal native gave Canada a 3-0 lead in the best-of-five tie in front of her hometown fans at the Claude-Robillard Sports Complex. “I think I played two solid matches, and I helped Canada,” said Bouchard, 19. “I’m very proud of that. The whole team was very excited all week.” Bouchard agreed to represent her country in the Fed Cup despite her busy international schedule. On Monday, she hops on a plane to Doha, Qatar, where she faces American Bethanie Mattek-Sands in the Qatar Open the following day. But Bouchard, who’s represented Canada since 2011, thinks that’s a small price to pay for wearing the Maple Leaf on her cheek, as she did over the weekend. “I fully embrace it. It comes with the job,” she said. “This is where I want to be. I love playing for my country. I try to enjoy every moment when I play for Canada.” On Saturday, Bouchard beat the No. 149-ranked Jovana Jaksic 6-1, 6-0 in a dominant performance to give Canada a 2-0 advantage, after her teammate Aleksandra Wozniak of Blainville, Que., defeated Dolonc 7-5, 2-6, 6-4. Canada will now advance to the World Group playoffs, giving the team a chance to advance from the World Group II to a higher division that includes the world’s eight best teams. A draw on Tuesday will determine Canada’s next opponent, and whether that tie will be held at home or on the road, when the Fed Cup resumes on

April 19. Canadian team captain Sylvain Bruneau had nothing but praise for the rising-star Bouchard. “She’s very patriotic, and people need to recognize that,” said Bruneau. “It won’t be easy for her (in Doha), but she did it to represent her country. She’s always been there for us.” Joining Bouchard (ranked No. 19 in the world) and 274th-ranked Wozniak on the Canadian team were Toronto’s Sharon Fichman (No. 112) and Ottawa’s Gabriela Dabrowski (No. 224). Fichman and Dabrowski lost to Serbia’s Jaksic and Nina Stojanovic 6-2, 3-6, (10-8) in doubles play on Sunday afternoon. Because Canada had already defeated Serbia in the tie, the match was simply a formality. After each team took a set, and with the 10-point tiebreak tied 8-8, Fichman missed her final two shots to hand Serbia the doubles triumph. But the story of the day was Bouchard’s singles match. Leading 5-3 in her second set, Bouchard sent the No. 117-ranked Dolonc the wrong way to secure the advantage. She then cemented the victory emphatically with an ace. “I was happy I could stay with her and fight,” said Bouchard. “When it counted, I did what I needed to do.” She needed less than 20 minutes to take the first set, surrendering just seven points in the process. But Dolonc put up a fight in the second set, breaking Bouchard in the first game. She then held serve to force a 2-2 tie. “It was a closer battle (in the second). She came up with some good points, and I had a few unforced errors,” said Bouchard, who settled down after a number of uncharacteristic mistakes. “I tried to win one point at a time and stay in the moment. And that helped me.” Bouchard went on to win four of the next five games to seal the victory. “The tempo was very high,” said Dolonc of the 59-minute match. “There was constant pressure on me. I was too


Canada’s Eugenie Bouchard returns the ball to Serbia’s Vesna Dolonc during Federation Cup tennis action in Montreal, Sunday. late all the time. It was really quick. It was tough for me to find my game.” Bouchard’s victory meant that Wozniak could skip her singles match. “They deserved this win,” said Serbian captain Dejan Vranes of Canada’s overall victory. “Simply, they were the best. I wish them luck. They deserve to be in the World Group next year.” Vranes’ team took to the court minus such established stars as Jelena Jankovic (ranked eighth in the world), Ana Ivanovic (No. 12), and Bojana Jo-

vanovski (No. 41). While Ivanovic and Jovanovski are dealing with minor injuries, Jankovic recently chose to retire from international play. Bruneau doesn’t think the absence of those great Serbian players diminishes what Canada did over the weekend. “These players played with all their heart on the court,” said Bruneau. “They played for Canada, they played for themselves, and they played for the team. And they gave it their all.”

Flames get cooled down by Flyers DROP CLOSE DECISION IN FINAL GAME BEFORE OLYMPIC BREAK Flyers 2 Flames 1 PHILADELPHIA — After playing some of their best hockey this month, the Philadelphia Flyers now sit and wait. Or take a relaxing vacation somewhere warm. Brayden Schenn and Scott Hartnell scored, Ray Emery stopped 32 shots and the Flyers beat the Calgary Flames 2-1 on Saturday for their fourth straight victory. With momentum going their way, it’s not an ideal time for Philadelphia to take 18 days off for the Olympic break. Five players are headed to Sochi to play for their countries and several others are headed to sunny destinations. “We knew this was going to happen,” Schenn said. “It’s up to us to keep in shape and be ready when we come back.” Flyers chairman Ed Snider expressed his disdain for the break Thursday night, saying “it’s ridiculous.


REBELS: Beneficial down the road “We saw things that we were addressing with the players with two games left in that run,” said Sutter. “There were things we needed to get better at, that we needed to correct, but as a group we just didn’t seem to want to react to that. “Then you go out on the road and go up against teams that are playing well. It was like a real eye-opener for these guys. The positive thing about it is the experiences these young players are going through should be beneficial to them down the road, and yet at the same time we also know we have to win games. We have to take care of our own business, we can’t be looking to other teams to do it for us.” The Rebels hold down the eighth and final playoff berth in the Eastern Conference, although their lead over ninth-place Prince Albert was reduced to five points when the Raiders edged the visiting Tigers 3-2 Saturday. “We’re still in control of that final playoff spot, but we don’t want to just finish in eighth,” said Sutter. “Our goals is to push up and finish as high in the standings as we can. “But we need to have a total focus for a 60-minute game and we have to understand how hard we have to play inside of those 60 minutes. We have to make sure that the structure to our game is solid and that’s probably something that we’ve gotten away from. As a group, we haven’t been a structured as we need to be for a full 60 minutes.”

SCOTTIES: It was worth a try “It was worth a try,”said Lawton. “It was there...I had to stick it right on the nose. I couldn’t roll off. But it was a bit too hard. We didn’t leave ourselves in

There’s no benefit to us whatsoever.” Players weren’t quite that vocal. “I’m going to relax mentally and make sure I’m ready for the second half,” captain Claude Giroux said. Making his first start since Jan. 23, Emery had a shutout going until Matt Stajan scored with 2:26 left. The Flyers are one point behind the New York Rangers for fourth place in the Eastern Conference. Despite winning six of their past eight games, the Flames are tied for the third-fewest points in the NHL. “I think we’ve been playing good hockey. We’ve been in every game,” Stajan said. “Sometimes the hockey gods don’t reward you, and that’s not to say they didn’t play well. They had chances, too, that our goalie made some saves. That’s the game. We’ll take this break, come back, and try and get back at it on home ice.” Schenn gave the Flyers a 1-0 lead in the second period when he ripped a shot from the left circle off goalie Reto Berra’s glove and into the net. Wayne

a great position to score one that end. “It would have been nice to finish with a medal, but I’m proud of our girls. It was a great tournament for us. It’s unfortunate how it ended.” The winning team splits $25,500 and gets gold rings with a diamond, while the silver medallists get $15,500 plus a gold ring with a ruby. Carey’s squad gets $12,000 and a gold ring with an emerald. Because of her repeat win, the Homan team’s diamonds will be twice the size of last year. Lawton’s side gets $7,000. All 12 teams get $4,167 for wearing title sponsor crests. The winner usually gets $40,000 from the Own The Podium program, but in Olympic years that goes to the team that qualifies for the Winter Attendance for the week was 39,063, which is less than usual for the Scotties but about what organizers expected in a city that is not a curling hotbed. Attendance will likely be up sharply at next year’s event in Moose Jaw, Sask.

DOWN: Feels good to finally do it “This will be pretty much for sure the end for this squad, so to come back from the back of the C event is special,” he said. “We’ve never beat Kevin in a final and it feels good to finally do it. “Now we’re moving on and we’ve experienced success in both the Brier and worlds. I like our chances. We’ll put some time into our game over the next few weeks, unlike the last two months.” Koe downed Robert Schlender of Airdrie 7-4 in a C-event game Saturday afternoon, then edged Charley Thomas of Calgary — who had Lacombe natives Colin Hodgson and Matthew Ng at third and second — 8-7 in the C versus C Page playoff in the evening. The eventual provincial champs then beat Matthew Blandford’s Calgary crew 8-4 in the Sunday morning semifinal. Martin advanced to the championship final by bombing Blandford 10-4 in the A-B Page playoff Saturday night.

Simmonds set it up with a nice pass from the side of the net. Hartnell made it 2-0 early in the third when he scored his 15th goal, deflecting a slap shot by Giroux. Passed over by Team Canada for the Olympics, Giroux has been one of the league’s top players the past two months. He has 37 points in 29 games since Dec. 11. Giroux still plans to watch the Winter Games and root for Canada. “It’s a great event and good hockey,” he said. Forwards Michael Raffl and Jakub Voracek, and defencemen Kimmo Timonen, Andrej Meszaros and Mark Streit are the Flyers heading to the Olympics. Berra and defenceman Ladislav Smid are the only Flames going. “I think the team is getting comfortable with the way we are expected to play,” Emery said. “I think the rest of the year is not so much easier, but you get into the playoff battles and you get those competitive juices flowing. I think the tough part is out of the way, the tough months are normally January and February and it gets a bit long.”

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SCOREBOARD Hockey WHL EASTERN CONFERENCE EAST DIVISION GP W L OTLSOL GF Swift Current 57 28 21 2 6 190 Brandon 55 28 21 5 1 209 Regina 55 28 22 3 2 188 Prince Albert 54 25 26 2 1 171 Moose Jaw 54 14 32 3 5 142 Saskatoon 58 15 39 1 3 166 CENTRAL DIVISION GP W L OTLSOL GF Edmonton 54 40 13 0 1 225 Calgary 56 35 15 3 3 210 Medicine Hat 55 32 20 3 0 187 Kootenay 55 30 21 2 2 183 Red Deer 56 27 25 1 3 170 Lethbridge 57 11 41 2 3 139


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Local Sports GA 176 198 196 190 210 245

Pt 64 62 61 53 36 34

GA 133 159 153 162 176 269

Pt 81 76 67 64 58 27

WESTERN CONFERENCE B.C. DIVISION GP W L OTLSOL GF GA Pt Kelowna 55 43 8 0 4 237 144 90 Victoria 57 37 16 1 3 185 141 78 Vancouver 57 27 21 6 3 189 195 63 Prince George 57 24 26 2 5 194 233 55 Kamloops 56 11 40 2 3 140 234 27 U.S. DIVISION GP W L OTLSOL GF GA Pt Portland 55 38 12 2 3 254 167 81 Seattle 56 35 16 2 3 191 185 75 Spokane 56 32 19 3 2 188 170 69 Everett 56 27 21 7 1 164 171 62 Tri-City 55 26 24 2 3 144 159 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 Saturday’s results Prince Albert 3 Medicine Hat 2 Regina 7 Saskatoon 3 Swift Current 6 Moose Jaw 3 Kootenay 4 Lethbridge 2 Calgary 3 Kamloops 0 Prince George 7 Red Deer 1 Edmonton 5 Vancouver 1 Portland 5 Everett 3 Victoria 6 Kelowna 4 Spokane 7 Tri-City 3 Sunday’s results Everett 3 Spokane 2 Swift Current 3 Brandon 0 Monday’s games Portland at Prince George, 3 p.m. Tri-City at Kamloops, 3 p.m. Victoria at Vancouver, 3 p.m. Seattle at Kelowna, 3:05 p.m. Tuesday’s games Kootenay at Moose Jaw, 6 p.m. Prince Albert at Calgary, 7 p.m. Brandon at Medicine Hat, 7 p.m. Saturday’s summary Cougars 7, Rebels 1 First Period 1. Prince George, Bourke 20 (Morrison, Tkatch) 11:56. Penalties — Roulston PG (slashing) 6:29, Pawlenchuk RD (slashing) 13:41, Bartosak RD (interference) 16:02, McNulty PG (high-sticking) 19:21. Second Period 2. Prince George, Pochiro 22 (Roulston, Carvalho) 11:08. 3. Prince George, Morrison 8 (Bourke, Tkatch) 16:10. 4. Prince George, Fiddler 35 (McNulty) 19:33 (shorthanded-SH). Penalties — Wilson PG (roughing) 18:16. Third Period 5. Red Deer, Sterzer 25 (Bleackley, Kopeck) :26. 6. Prince George, Bourke 21 (Tkatch, Bobos) 4:21. 7. Prince George, Morrison 9 (Harkins, Bourke) 12:12 (pp). 8. Prince George, Fiddler 36 (Tkatch, Bobos) 16:53. Penalties — Fleury RD (slashing) 10:30, Dixon RD (unsportsmanlike cnd.) 12:20, Pochiro PG (unsportsmanlike cnd.) 12:20, Musil RD (roughing) 18:17. Shots on goal Red Deer 6 4 8 — 18 Prince George 16 14 8 — 38 Goal — Red Deer: Bartosak (L, 25-20-1); Prince George: Beukeboom (W, 5-3-0). Power plays (goal-chances)Red Deer: 0-3; Prince George: 1-4. Sunday’s summaries Broncos 3, Wheat Kings 0 First Period No Scoring. Penalties — McGauley Bra (fighting) 3:54, Leth SC (fighting) 3:54, Heatherington SC (cross-checking) 4:57, Gabrielle Bra (slashing) 8:32, Spagrud SC (roughing) 14:05, Gawdin SC (charging) 17:37. Second Period 1. Swift Current, Burns 21 (Gordon) 1:47 (shorthanded-SH). 2. Swift Current, Martin 5 (Johnson) 6:05. 3. Swift Current, Martin 6 (Burns, Honka) 14:39 (pp). Penalties — Leth SC (tripping) 0:21, Nejezchleb Bra (interference) 2:35, Cave SC (charging) 3:20, Lindgren Bra (holding) 13:14, Honka SC (closing hand on puck) 15:17, Heatherington SC (boarding) 16:34. Third Period No Scoring. Penalties — Pankewicz Bra (fighting) 8:00, Lesann SC (fighting) 8:00, Shmoorkoff SC (kneeing) 13:33, Gabrielle Bra (instigator) 20:00, Gabrielle Bra (fighting) 20:00, Gabrielle Bra (10-minute misconduct) 20:00, Debrusk SC (fighting) 20:00. Shots on goal Brandon 12 7 5 — 24 Swift Current 12 11 12 — 35 Goal — Brandon: Honey (L, 10-11-2); Swift Current: Laurikainen (W, 19-16-0). Power plays (goal-chances)Brandon: 0-8; Swift Current: 1-3. Silvertips 3, Chiefs 2 First Period 1. Everett, Pufahl 12 (Winquist, Nikolishin) 14:20 (pp). Penalties — Gow Spo (kneeing) 3:00, Pufahl Eve (hooking) 5:58, Zwerger Spo (high-sticking) 12:09, Zwerger Spo (high-sticking) 12:09, Aviani Spo

(slashing) 13:42, Stadnyk Eve (slashing) 18:00, Leedahl Eve (roughing) 18:56. Second Period 2. Spokane, Whittingham 12 (Bechtold, Bobyk) 8:31. 3. Everett, Winquist 35 (Khaira, Pufahl) 17:15. Penalties — Nikolishin Eve (tripping) 10:03, Hascic Spo (boarding) 13:44, Hascic Spo (fighting) 13:44, Davis Eve (fighting) 13:44. Third Period 4. Everett, Winquist 36 (Bauml) 2:00. 5. Spokane, Messier 7 (Helewka, Aviani) 13:51. Penalties — Aviani Spo (tripping) 2:13, Laurencelle Eve (tripping) 4:52, Khaira Eve (inter. on goaltender) 16:44. Shots on goal Spokane 5 6 7 — 18 Everett 13 7 6 — 26 Goal — Spokane: Hughson (L, 5-7-1); Everett: Lotz (W, 19-17-3). Power plays (goal-chances)Spokane: 0-6; Everett: 1-6. National Hockey League EASTERN CONFERENCE GP W L OT Pts Pittsburgh 58 40 15 3 83 Boston 57 37 16 4 78 Tampa Bay 58 33 20 5 71 N.Y. Rangers 59 32 24 3 67 Montreal 59 32 21 6 70 Philadelphia 59 30 23 6 66 Toronto 60 32 22 6 70 Detroit 58 26 20 12 64 Columbus 58 29 24 5 63 Ottawa 59 26 22 11 63 Washington 59 27 23 9 63 Carolina 57 26 22 9 61 New Jersey 59 24 22 13 61 N.Y. Islanders 60 22 30 8 52 Florida 58 22 29 7 51 Buffalo 57 15 34 8 38

GF 186 176 168 155 148 162 178 151 170 169 171 144 135 164 139 110

GA 138 125 145 146 142 167 182 163 161 191 175 158 146 200 183 172

WESTERN CONFERENCE GP W L OT Pts GF GA Anaheim 60 41 14 5 87 196 147 St. Louis 57 39 12 6 84 196 135 Chicago 60 35 11 14 84 207 163 San Jose 59 37 16 6 80 175 142 Colorado 58 37 16 5 79 174 153 Los Angeles 59 31 22 6 68 139 128 Minnesota 59 31 21 7 69 145 147 Dallas 58 27 21 10 64 164 164 Phoenix 58 27 21 10 64 163 169 Vancouver 60 27 24 9 63 146 160 Winnipeg 60 28 26 6 62 168 175 Nashville 59 25 24 10 60 146 180 Calgary 58 22 29 7 51 137 179 Edmonton 60 20 33 7 47 153 199 NOTE: Two points for a win, one point for overtime loss. Saturday’s Games St. Louis 4, Winnipeg 3, SO Philadelphia 2, Calgary 1 Boston 7, Ottawa 2 Toronto 3, Vancouver 1 Montreal 4, Carolina 1 Tampa Bay 4, Detroit 2 Colorado 5, N.Y. Islanders 2 Washington 3, New Jersey 0 Anaheim 5, Nashville 2 Dallas 2, Phoenix 1 Olympic Break - Feb. 9-25 Saturday’s summary Flyers 2, Flames 1 First Period No Scoring. Penalties — None. Second Period 1. Philadelphia, Schenn 15 (Simmonds, Meszaros) 8:04. Penalties — Russell Cgy (holding) 5:06, Grossmann Pha (hooking) 10:06, McGrattan Cgy (unsportsmanlike conduct) 18:11, Rinaldo Pha (unsportsmanlike conduct) 18:11. Third Period 2. Philadelphia, Hartnell 15 (Giroux, Voracek) 4:04. 3. Calgary, Stajan 10 (Galiardi, Colborne) 17:34. Penalties — Backlund Cgy (hooking) 10:23, Coburn Pha (delay of game) 12:17. Shots on goal Calgary 8 11 14 — 33 Philadelphia 11 4 8 — 23 Goal — Calgary: Berra (L, 8-16-2); Philadelphia: Emery (W, 7-9-1). Power plays (goal-chances)Calgary: 0-2; Philadelphia: 0-2. NHL Leaders Goals Name Team Alex Ovechkin Washington Phil Kessel Toronto Corey Perry Anaheim Ryan Getzlaf Anaheim Joe Pavelski San Jose Sidney Crosby Pittsburgh Patrick Sharp Chicago Alexander Steen St. Louis Patrick Kane Chicago Chris Kunitz Pittsburgh Max Pacioretty Montreal Martin St. Louis Tampa Bay Marian Hossa Chicago Ryan Johansen Columbus Kyle Okposo NYIslanders Tyler Seguin Dallas John Tavares NYIslanders James van Riemsdyk Toronto

GP 55 60 60 56 59 58 60 46 59 58 50 58 55 58 59 56 59 58

G 40 31 30 29 29 28 28 28 27 27 26 25 24 24 24 24 24 24

Assists Name Sidney Crosby Joe Thornton Nicklas Backstrom Duncan Keith John Tavares Erik Karlsson Evgeni Malkin Ryan Getzlaf Claude Giroux David Krejci Taylor Hall Patrick Kane Jonathan Toews Kyle Okposo Alex Pietrangelo Phil Kessel

Team Pittsburgh San Jose Washington Chicago NYIslanders Ottawa Pittsburgh Anaheim Philadelphia Boston Edmonton Chicago Chicago NYIslanders St. Louis Toronto

GP 58 59 59 59 59 59 47 56 59 57 53 59 60 59 57 60

A 50 48 45 45 42 40 40 38 38 37 36 36 36 35 35 34

Power Play Goals Name




Alex Ovechkin Chris Kunitz Patrick Kane Zach Parise Joe Pavelski

Washington Pittsburgh Chicago Minnesota San Jose

55 58 59 44 59

15 12 10 10 10

Short Handed Goals Name Team Brad Marchand Boston Mikael Backlund Calgary Cal Clutterbuck NYIslanders Marian Hossa Chicago Tomas Plekanec Montreal Antoine Vermette Phoenix

GP 57 57 54 55 59 58

SH 4 3 3 3 3 3

Power Play Assists Name Nicklas Backstrom Erik Karlsson Sidney Crosby Keith Yandle Claude Giroux Evgeni Malkin John Tavares James Wisniewski

Team Washington Ottawa Pittsburgh Phoenix Philadelphia Pittsburgh NYIslanders Columbus

GP 59 59 58 58 59 47 59 51

PPA 28 22 20 19 18 17 17 17

Short Handed Assists Name Team Victor Hedman Tampa Bay Mark Giordano Calgary Niklas Hjalmarsson Chicago Lauri Korpikoski Phoenix Lee Stempniak Calgary

GP 51 40 60 42 51

SHA 4 3 3 3 3

Game Winning Goals Name Team Corey Perry Anaheim Ryan Getzlaf Anaheim Alex Ovechkin Washington Max Pacioretty Montreal Alexander Steen St. Louis Patrick Kane Chicago Chris Kunitz Pittsburgh Rick Nash NYRangers Jeff Skinner Carolina Sidney Crosby Pittsburgh Matt Duchene Colorado Nick Foligno Columbus Ryan Kesler Vancouver Phil Kessel Toronto Anze Kopitar Los Angeles David Krejci Boston Milan Lucic Boston Clarke MacArthur Ottawa Nathan MacKinnon Colorado Brad Marchand Boston Matt Niskanen Pittsburgh Ryan O’Reilly Colorado Jason Pominville Minnesota Tyler Toffoli Los Angeles Tommy Wingels San Jose

GP 60 56 55 50 46 59 58 42 46 58 55 52 60 60 59 57 56 58 58 57 58 56 59 39 54

GW 9 7 7 7 7 6 6 6 6 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5

Shots Name Alex Ovechkin Patrick Sharp Phil Kessel Patrick Marleau Dustin Byfuglien Ryan Kesler Corey Perry Jamie Benn

Team Washington Chicago Toronto San Jose Winnipeg Vancouver Anaheim Dallas

GP 55 60 60 59 60 60 60 58

S 298 231 227 206 205 205 204 201

Plus/Minus Name Team Matt Niskanen Pittsburgh Johnny Boychuk Boston Francois Beauchemin Anaheim Marian Hossa Chicago Hampus Lindholm Anaheim Patrice Bergeron Boston Jarome Iginla Boston David Krejci Boston Chris Kunitz Pittsburgh Ryan Getzlaf Anaheim Corey Perry Anaheim Brent Seabrook Chicago Brad Marchand Boston Anze Kopitar Los Angeles Brandon Saad Chicago Jaden Schwartz St. Louis

GP 58 53 50 55 57 57 57 57 58 56 60 60 57 59 60 55

+/29 27 26 26 26 25 25 25 25 24 24 24 23 22 22 22

Goals Against Average Name Team GPI Josh Harding Minnesota 29 Cory Schneider New Jersey 32 Ben Bishop Tampa Bay 44 Ben Scrivens LAK-EDM 25 Frederik Andersen Anaheim 18 Tuukka Rask Boston 43 Brian Elliott St. Louis 24 Anton Khudobin Carolina 20 Jonathan Quick Los Angeles 32 Al Montoya Winnipeg 18 Eddie Lack Vancouver 22 Marc-Andre Fleury Pittsburgh 47 Jaroslav Halak St. Louis 39 Carey Price Montreal 48 Jonas Hiller Anaheim 39 Corey Crawford Chicago 42 Roberto Luongo Vancouver 42 Goaltenders Win Record Player Team M.A. Fleury Pittsburgh Antti Niemi San Jose Ben Bishop Tampa Bay Se. Varlamov Colorado Carey Price Montreal Jonas Hiller Anaheim Tuukka Rask Boston Jaroslav Halak St. Louis Steve Mason Philadelphia Corey Crawford Chicago Kari Lehtonen Dallas Jonathan Bernier Toronto He. Lundqvist NYRangers Se. Bobrovsky Columbus Mike Smith Phoenix Craig Anderson Ottawa Rob. Luongo Vancouver Shutouts Player Team Rask Boston Bishop Tampa Bay Fleury Pittsburgh Halak St. Louis Hiller Anaheim Price Montreal Scrivens LAK-EDM Anderson Ottawa Brodeur New Jersey Elliott St. Louis Harding Minnesota

GPI 47 48 44 46 48 39 43 39 44 42 48 44 44 37 49 42 42

GPI 43 44 47 39 39 48 25 42 28 24 29

MINS 1668 1914 2491 1333 1018 2470 1294 1152 1870 1017 1191 2795 2180 2808 2310 2398 2418

MINS 2795 2811 2491 2634 2808 2310 2470 2180 2502 2398 2828 2470 2513 2116 2834 2352 2418

GA 46 59 82 44 35 87 46 41 68 37 44 104 82 109 90 94 96

W 31 29 28 28 26 25 25 24 23 22 22 22 22 20 20 19 19

AVG 1.65 1.85 1.98 1.98 2.06 2.11 2.13 2.14 2.18 2.18 2.22 2.23 2.26 2.33 2.34 2.35 2.38

L OT 13 2 12 6 8 4 11 5 17 5 9 4 13 4 8 4 14 5 9 10 15 10 16 5 18 3 14 3 17 9 12 8 16 6

MINS SO W L OT 2470 5 25 13 4 2491 4 28 8 4 2795 4 31 13 2 2180 4 24 8 4 2310 4 25 9 4 2808 4 26 17 5 1333 4 10 8 4 2352 3 19 12 8 1665 3 13 11 4 1294 3 15 4 2 1668 3 18 7 3

Olympics What Canada Did at the Winter Olympics SOCHI, Russia — What Canada Did on the weekend at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games (distances in metres unless specified): SUNDAY ALPINE SKIIING Men’s downhill — Erik Guay, Mont-Tremblant, Que (21st overall in two minutes 7.04 seconds); Ben Thomsen, Inveremere, B.C. (19, 2:08.00); Jan Hudec, Calgary (21, 2:08.49); Manuel OsborneParadis, Vancouver (25, 2:09.00). BIATHLON Women’s 7.5-kilometre Sprint — Rosanna Crawford, Canmore, Alta., (25th, 22 minutes 10.8 seconds, one penalty); Megan Imrie, Falcon Lake. Man. (31, 22:19.5 (1); Zina Kocher, Red Deer. (32, 22:25.5 (2); Megan Heinicke, Prince George, B.C., (59, 23:34.5 (3). CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING Men’s 30-kilometre Skiathlon — Alex Harvey, St-Ferreol-les-Neiges, Que. (18th, one hour 10 minutes 0.2 seconds); Ivan Babikov, Canmore, Alta. (25, 1:10:14.6); Graeme Killick, Fort McMurray, Alta. (45, 1:13:16.1). FIGURE SKATING Team Event (free skates) Men — Kevin Reynolds, Coquitlam, B.C., (second, 167.92 points); Ladies — Kaetlyn Osmond, Marystown, N.L (fifth, 110.73); Ice Dance — Tessa Virtue, London, Ont., and Scott Moir, Ilderton, Ont. (second, 107.56); Canada won the silver medal with 65 points - 10 behind Russia. LUGE Men’s singles — Sam Edney, Calgary (placed 11th overall with a time of 3:29.777 after four runs); Mitchel Malyk, Calgary (26, 3:32.157); John Fennell,

Calgary (27, 3:32.716). SKI JUMPING Men’s K90 (normal hill) individual — Mackenzie Boyd-Clowes, Calgary (ranked 36th after first jump with 114.4 points); Dusty Korek, Calgary (39, 111.1) — neither qualified for final round. SNOWBOARDING Women’s slopestyle — Spencer O’Brien, Courtenay, B.C. (12th overall in final, best run of 35.00 points); Jenna Blasman, Kitchener, Ont. (11th in semifinals, 32.25 - did not advance to final). SPEEDSKATING (Long Track) Women’s 3,000 — Brittany Schussler, Winnipeg (20th, 4:14.65); Ivanie Blondin, Ottawa (25, 4:18.70). SATURDAY BIATHLON Men’s 10-kilometre Sprint — Jean-Philippe le Guellec, Shannon, Que. (fifth overall in 24:43.2); Nathan Smith, Calgary (13, 25:09.7); Brendan Green, Hay River, NWT, (23, 25:31); and Scott Perras, Regina (74, 27:32). CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING Women’s Skiathlon (7.5 km Classic plus 7.5 km Freestyle) — Emily Nishikawa, Whitehorse (42nd; 42:04.7); Brittany Webster, Caledon, Ont., (51, 43:25.6); and Amanda Ammar, Onaway, Alta. (55, 44:24.3). FIGURE SKATING Team Event (short programs) — Tessa Virtue, London, Ont., Ilderton, Ont., and Scott Moir, Ilderton, Ont. (second in ice dance, 72.98 points); Kaetlyn Osmond, Marystown, N.L. (fifth in ladies, 62.54); Canada placed second in qualifying with 32 points to advance to the finals. Team Event (long programs) — Kirsten Moore-

Towers, St. Catharines, Ont., and Dylan Moscovitch, Waterloo, Ont. (second in pairs, 129.74). Heading into Sunday’s final three disciplines, Russia leads Canada, 47-41. FREESTYLE SKIING Women’s moguls — Justine Dufour-Lapointe, Montreal, gold medal (22.44 in final run); Chloe Dufour-Lapointe, Montreal, silver medal (21.66); Audrey Robichaud, Quebec City (10th after second run, 20.35); Maxime Dufour-Lapointe, Montreal (12th after second run, 18.64) — neither qualified for final. HOCKEY (Women) Preliminary Round — Canada 5, Switzerland 0 LUGE Men’s singles (standings after second run) — Sam Edney, Calgary (10th, 1:45.329); Mitchel Malyk, Calgary (27, 1:46.768); John Fennell, Calgary (30, 1:46.911). SKI JUMPING Men’s K90 (normal hill) individual (qualifying) — Mackenzie Boyd-Clowes, Calgary (21st, 113.4 points); Dusty Korek, Calgary (28, 107.4) — both advance to final; Matthew Rowley, Red Deer (41, 100.0); Trevor Morrice, Calgary (47, 88.7) — neither qualified for final). SNOWBOARDING Men’s Slopestyle — Mark McMorris, Regina, bronze medal (88.75 points in final round); Maxence Parrot, Bromont, Que., (fifth in final, 87.25); Sebastien Toutant, L’Assomption, Que., (ninth in final, 58.50); Charles Reid, Mont-Tremblant, Que. (14th in qualifying, 46.25 - did not advance). SPEED SKATING (Long Track) Men’s 5,000 — Mathieu Giroux, Pointe-auxTrembles, Que. (22nd, 6:35.77).

Transactions Saturday’s Sports Transactions BASEBALL National League CHICAGO CUBS — Agreed to terms with RHP Jeff Samardzija on a one-year contract. LOS ANGELES DODGERS — Agreed to terms with LHP Paul Maholm on a one-year contract. MIAMI MARLINS — Agreed to terms with 2B Jeff Baker on a two-year contract. Designated OF Jimmy Paredes for assignment. MILWAUKEE BREWERS — Designated RHP Donovan Hand for assignment. FOOTBALL National Football League CHICAGO BEARS — Signed WR Joe Anderson. HOCKEY National Hockey League COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS — Returned D Tim Erixon and Cody Goloubef on loan to Springfield (AHL). NASHVILLE PREDATORS — Recalled F Colton

8:30 p.m.


● Senior high basketball: Lacombe at Hunting Hills, Notre Dame at Lindsay Thurber, Rocky Mountain House at Sylvan Lake, Ponoka at Stettler; girls at 6 p.m., boys to follow. ● Men’s basketball: Vikings vs. Sheraton Red Deer, Triple A Batteries vs. The Secret Run, 7:15 and 8:30 p.m., Lindsay Thurber. ● AJHL: Okotoks at Olds, 7:30 p.m. ● Heritage junior B hockey: Red Deer at Blackfalds, 7:30 p.m.


● JV basketball: Stettler at Lindsay Thurber, Rocky Mountain House at Notre Dame, Hunting Hills at Ponoka, Innisfail at Lacombe; girls at 6 p.m., boys to follow. ● WHL: Medicine Hat at Red Deer, 7 p.m., Centrium.



● Men’s basketball: Wells Furniture vs. Monstars, Bulldog Scrap Metal vs. Triple Threat, 7:15 and 8:30 p.m., Lindsay Thurber. ● Major bantam hockey: Airdrie at Red Deer Rebels White, first game of bestof-three divisional quarter-final, 7 p.m., Arena.


● WHL: Red Deer at Edmonton, 7 p.m. (The Drive). ● Heritage junior B hockey: Blackfalds at Three Hills, 8 p.m. ● Chinook senior hockey: Stony Plain at Bentley, first game of best-of-seven provincial AAA semifinal, 8:30 p.m.; Fort Saskatchewan at Innisfail, first game of best-of-seven provincial AAA semifinal,

Sunday’s Sports Transactions BASEBALL National League LOS ANGELES DODGERS — Placed LHP Scott Elbert on the 60-day DL. BASKETBALL National Basketball Association DETROIT PISTONS — Fired coach Maurice Cheeks. PHILADELPHIA 76ERS — Recalled F Arnett

Moultrie from Delaware (NBADL). HOCKEY National Hockey League MONTREAL CANADIENS — Assigned D Nathan Beaulieu to Hamilton (AHL). NASHVILLE PREDATORS — Reassigned Fs Simon Moser and Colton Sissons to Milwaukee (AHL). NEW JERSEY DEVILS — Assigned D Jon Merrill to Albany (AHL). PHOENIX COYOTES — Assigned F Tim Kennedy and D Connor Murphy to Portland (AHL). TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING — Reassigned F Vladislav Namestnikov and G Kristers Gudlevskis to Syracuse (AHL). WASHINGTON CAPITALS — Reassigned D Julien Brouillette and Patrick Wey and C Casey Wellman to Hershey (AHL). American Hockey League SAN ANTONIO RAMPAGE — Assigned F Anthony Luciani to Cincinnati (ECHL).

● Peewee AA hockey: Wheatland at Red Deer TBS, 10:30 a.m., Collicutt Centre; Lethbridge White at Lacombe, 2 p.m. ● Major bantam hockey: Airdrie at Red Deer White, third game of best-of-three divisional quarter-final, if necessary, noon, Arena. ● Midget AAA hockey: Grande Prairie at Red Deer, 3 p.m., Arena. ● Heritage junior B hockey: Okotoks at Blackfalds, 3:30 p.m. ● Midget AA hockey: Calgary Blue at Red Deer Elks, 5:30 p.m., Arena.


● Chinook senior hockey: Stony Plain at Bentley, third game best-of-seven provincial AAA semifinal, 2 p.m., Arena. ● Peewee AA hockey: Lethbridge Red at Lacombe, 2:15 p.m.

Basketball National Basketball Association EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division W L Pct GB Toronto 26 24 .520 — Brooklyn 23 26 .469 2 New York 20 31 .392 6 Boston 18 34 .346 9 Philadelphia 15 37 .288 12 Southeast Division W L Pct GB Miami 35 14 .714 — Atlanta 25 24 .510 10 Washington 25 25 .500 10 Charlotte 22 29 .431 14 Orlando 16 37 .302 21 Central Division W L Pct GB Indiana 39 11 .780 — Chicago 25 25 .500 14 Detroit 21 29 .420 18 Cleveland 18 33 .353 21 Milwaukee 9 41 .180 30

L.A. Clippers Phoenix Golden State L.A. Lakers Sacramento 1/2 1/2



WESTERN CONFERENCE Southwest Division W L Pct GB San Antonio 37 14 .725 — Houston 34 17 .667 3 Dallas 31 21 .596 6 1/2 Memphis 27 23 .540 9 1/2 New Orleans 22 28 .440 14 1/2 Northwest Division W L Pct GB Oklahoma City 41 12 .774 — Portland 36 15 .706 4 Denver 24 25 .490 15 Minnesota 24 27 .471 16 Utah 17 33 .340 22 1/2 Pacific Division W L Pct GB

36 30 30 18 17

18 20 21 33 34

.667 .600 .588 .353 .333

— 4 4 1/2 16 1/2 17 1/2

Saturday’s Games San Antonio 104, Charlotte 100 Detroit 126, Denver 109 Memphis 79, Atlanta 76 Portland 117, Minnesota 110 Houston 101, Milwaukee 95 Phoenix 122, Golden State 109 Utah 94, Miami 89 Sunday’s Games Oklahoma City 112, New York 100 Chicago 92, L.A. Lakers 86 Orlando 93, Indiana 92 Brooklyn 93, New Orleans 81 Dallas 102, Boston 91 Washington 93, Sacramento 84 Cleveland 91, Memphis 83, OT L.A. Clippers 123, Philadelphia 78 Monday’s Games Denver at Indiana, 5 p.m. New Orleans at Toronto, 5 p.m. San Antonio at Detroit, 5:30 p.m. Houston at Minnesota, 6 p.m. Boston at Milwaukee, 6 p.m. Philadelphia at Golden State, 8:30 p.m. Tuesday’s Games Sacramento at Cleveland, 5 p.m. Dallas at Charlotte, 5 p.m. Atlanta at Chicago, 6 p.m. Washington at Memphis, 6 p.m. Miami at Phoenix, 7 p.m. Oklahoma City at Portland, 8 p.m. Utah at L.A. Lakers, 8:30 p.m.

Golf AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am Sunday At Pebble Beach, California Pebble Beach: 6,816 yards, par-72 Spyglass Hill GC: 6,953 yards, par-72 Monterey Peninsula: 6,867 yards, par-71 Purse: $6.6 million Final Round Jimmy Walker, $1,188,000 66-69-67-74 Dustin Johnson, $580,800 68-73-70-66 Jim Renner, $580,800 65-73-72-67 Jordan Spieth, $290,400 67-67-78-67 Kevin Na, $290,400 72-68-70-69 Hunter Mahan, $237,600 68-68-72-72 Graeme McDowell, $205,700 71-71-72-67 Pat Perez, $205,700 69-70-71-71 Tim Wilkinson, $205,700 67-72-69-73 Bryce Molder, $165,000 72-71-69-70 Chesson Hadley, $165,000 71-70-70-71 Richard H. Lee, $165,000 65-72-72-73 Will MacKenzie, $116,600 69-74-70-70 Cameron Tringale, $116,600 70-73-71-69 Patrick Reed, $116,600 69-70-75-69 Victor Dubuisson, $116,600 73-67-74-69 Brian Davis, $116,600 68-74-70-71 Scott Gardiner, $116,600 65-73-77-68 Steven Bowditch, $71,775 68-70-75-71 Seung-Yul Noh, $71,775 72-71-71-70 D. Summerhays, $71,775 69-69-74-72 Jason Kokrak, $71,775 74-68-70-72 Roberto Castro, $71,775 70-73-71-70 Brice Garnett, $71,775 75-68-68-73 Michael Thompson, $71,775 71-68-72-73 Phil Mickelson, $71,775 66-73-71-74 Padraig Harrington, $46,860 72-69-72-72 Andrew Loupe, $46,860 63-73-76-73 Russell Knox, $46,860 70-72-70-73 Jim Herman, $46,860 70-70-71-74 Robert Garrigus, $46,860 67-71-73-74 Wes Roach, $39,050 67-74-72-73 Robert Streb, $39,050 67-75-72-72 Ryan Palmer, $39,050 72-66-72-76 Jim Furyk, $29,139 70-70-73-74 James Driscoll, $29,139 69-71-73-74 Dicky Pride, $29,139 66-72-74-75 Dudley Hart, $29,139 71-68-73-75 David Duval, $29,139 72-68-74-73 Bronson La’Cassie, $29,139 70-72-72-73 Kevin Chappell, $29,139 73-68-73-73 Stuart Appleby, $29,139 65-74-76-72 Michael Putnam, $29,139 69-71-75-72 Kevin Foley, $29,139 68-76-71-72 Kevin Stadler, $18,499 67-73-73-75 Matt Jones, $18,499 68-74-70-76 Brian Gay, $18,499 70-70-72-76 Woody Austin, $18,499 73-70-69-76 Bud Cauley, $18,499 73-69-72-74 Brendon Todd, $18,499 70-68-73-77 Blake Adams, $18,499 69-69-72-78 Doug LaBelle II, $15,477 70-74-70-75 George McNeill, $15,477 67-74-73-75 Andres Romero, $15,477 71-70-74-74 Russell Henley, $15,477 73-70-72-74 Aaron Baddeley, $14,784 69-70-73-78 Ben Kohles, $14,784 72-73-69-76 Alex Cejka, $14,784 69-71-75-75 Sean O’Hair, $14,784 70-71-74-75 Greg Owen, $14,784 67-74-74-75 J.B. Holmes, $14,256 68-75-70-78 Kyle Stanley, $14,256 74-69-72-76 Chris Kirk, $14,256 71-68-76-76

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Ladies Australian Masters Sunday At RACV Royal Pines Resort Sissons from Milwaukee (AHL). NEW YORK ISLANDERS — Loaned D Matt Donovan to Bridgeport (AHL). SAN JOSE SHARKS — Reassigned F John McCarthy to Worcester (AHL). TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING — Reassigned D J.P. Cote to Syracuse (AHL). American Hockey League BRIDGEPORT SOUND TIGERS — Agreed to terms with F Matthew Pistilli on a professional tryout contract.


● Peewee AA hockey: Taber at Sylvan Lake, 1:30 p.m.; Lethbridge White at Red Deer TBS, 4:45 p.m., Collicutt Centre. ● Bantam AA hockey: Lethbridge at Sylvan Lake, 5:45 p.m. ● WHL: Saskatoon at Red Deer, 7 p.m., Centrium. ● AJHL: Brooks at Olds, 7:30 p.m. ● Heritage junior B hockey: Airdrie at Stettler, 8:15 p.m. ● Midget AA hockey: Calgary Blue at Lacombe, 8:15 p.m. ● Major bantam hockey: Rocky Mountain at Red Deer Black, second game of best-of-three divisional quarterfinal, 1:45 p.m., Arena. ● College women’s hockey: NAIT at RDC, second game of best-of-three semifinal, 4:30 p.m., Arena.

Gold Coast Purse: $337,820 Yardage: 6,647; Par: 73 Final a-amateur Cheyenne Woods a-Minjee Lee Camilla Lennarth Stacy Lee Bregman Caroline Hedwall a-So Young Lee Minsun Kim Belen Mozo Jessica Korda Yani Tseng Charley Hull Gwladys Nocera Dewi Claire Schreefel Sarah-Jane Smith Rebecca Artis Vikki Laing Alison Whitaker Trish Johnson Laura Davies Sarah Kemp Chella Choi Zhang Yu Yang Beth Allen Tiffany Joh Cathryn Bristow Valentine Derrey Katie Burnett Lin Xi Yu Breanna Elliott Liz Young Lindsey Wright Kyu-Jung Baek Joanna Klatten Pamela Pretswell Maria Hernandez Mi Hyang Lee

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Allianz Championship BOCA RATON, Florida (AP) — Scores from the Allianz Championship on Sunday at the 6,807-yard, par-72 Old Course at Broken Sound: Final x-won on second playoff hole) x-Michael Allen, $240,000 60-69-69 — 198 Duffy Waldorf, $140,800 68-63-67 — 198 Chien Soon Lu, $115,200 65-65-69 — 199 Tom Lehman, $95,200 65-67-68 — 200 Brad Bryant, $70,000 66-67-68 — 201 Jay Haas, $70,000 68-64-69 — 201 Bernhard Langer, $54,400 70-68-64 — 202 Rocco Mediate, $54,400 69-67-66 — 202 Jeff Hart, $44,800 68-66-69 — 203 Colin Montgomerie, $40,000 67-70-67 — 204 Wes Short, Jr., $40,000 65-68-71 — 204 Mike Reid, $32,533 68-68-69 — 205 Olin Browne, $32,533 68-67-70 — 205 Gary Koch, $32,533 67-66-72 — 205 Mark Calcavecchia, $24,827 75-67-64 — 206 Roger Chapman, $24,827 69-68-69 — 206 Fred Funk, $24,827 71-66-69 — 206 John Inman, $24,827 70-68-68 — 206 Scott Dunlap, $24,827 63-67-76 — 206 Gene Sauers, $24,827 67-68-71 — 206 Tommy Armour III, $18,160 72-66-69 — 207 David Frost, $18,160 68-68-71 — 207 Bill Glasson, $18,160 69-69-69 — 207 Jeff Sluman, $18,160 68-70-69 — 207 Russ Cochran, $14,592 70-69-69 — 208 Doug Garwood, $14,592 70-68-70 — 208 Kenny Perry, $14,592 68-67-73 — 208

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Saturday’s results Edmonton 8 Philadelphia 6 Calgary 15 Minnesota 13 Colorado 10 Vancouver 9 Rochester 9 Buffalo 6 Friday’s result Toronto 20 Philadelphia 10 Friday, Feb. 14 Vancouver at Colorado, 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15 Rochester at Toronto, 5 p.m. Edmonton at Minnesota, 5 p.m. Philadelphia at Buffalo, 5:30 p.m. Vancouver at Calgary, 7 p.m.

B4 RED DEER ADVOCATE Monday, Feb. 10, 2014


MINOR HOCKEY BRIEFS Midget AAA Jeff de Wit scored the lone goal for the visiting Red Deer Optimist Chiefs in a 3-1 loss to the Edmonton Canadian Athletic Club in Alberta Midget Hockey League action Sunday. Jayden Sittler made 20 saves for the Chiefs, who trailed 1-0 after each of the first and second periods. Levi Nelson stopped 36 shots for the winners. On Saturday, the Chiefs got goals from Jordie Lawson, who also had an assist, Brad Makofka and Chase Olsen in a 3-2 victory over the host Lloydminster Bobcats. Sittler made 19 saves as Red Deer held a 36-21 advantage in shots. The Chiefs, who lead the Calgary Royals by two points in the race for top spot in the South Division and are tied with Leduc for first overall, conclude their regular-season schedule with a road game next Saturday against the Edmonton Maple Leafs and a home date Sunday at 3 p.m. versus the Grande Prairie Storm. Major midget girls The Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs split a pair of weekend games, blanking the host Calgary Rangers 6-0 Saturday and losing 5-1 at home to the Calgary Bruins Sunday. Bailey Knapp made 19 saves to blank the Rangers, while Breanna Martin and Myha Cote each scored twice. Maddison Toppe and Andra Anderson each notched a goal for the Chiefs. Becky Davidson accounted for Red Deer’s lone goal Sunday. Nisa Bartlett made 30 saves in a losing cause. Major midget AAA The Red Deer Aero Equipment Chiefs, with Tyler Graber, Josh Gette, Austin Thorne, Ryan Vandervlis and Tyler Wall each scoring once, defeated the visiting Calgary Rangers 5-3 Sunday. Geordan Andrew made 20 saves for Aero. On Saturday, Aero Equipment defeated the visiting Calgary Bruins 4-1

as Wall, Gette, Graber and Vandervlis provided the goals and Graydon Larson turned aside 21 shots. Meanwhile, the host Red Deer Northstar Chiefs got goals from Gerrit Verhoeven and Matthew Froehlick in a 3-2 loss to the Calgary Stampeders. Reid Money made 24 saves in a losing cause. Major bantam Shae Herbert and Justin Travis combined to make 28 saves and help the Red Deer Rebels Black earn a 5-5 tie with the host Lethbridge Golden Hawks Saturday. The Rebels Black got goals from five different players — Quinn Justinen, Braidon Westin, Elijah Funkhouser, Seth Stratton and Levi Glasman. In another Saturday outing, the Red Deer Rebels White were 5-1 winners over the host Fort Saskatchewan Rangers. Details were unavailable. On Sunday, the Rebels White were crushed 9-1 by the visiting Calgary Flames. Jarrett Brandon had the lone Red Deer goal while losing netminder Duncan Hughes made 41 saves. Both Red Deer clubs will be in playoff action this week, with the Rebels Black visiting the Rocky Mountain Raiders Tuesday in the first game of a best-of-three Ram South quarter-final and the Rebels White hosting the Airdrie Xtreme Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Arena. The Rebels Black will host the Raiders Saturday at 1:45 p.m. at the Arena and if a third game is needed in the other series, it will go at noon Sunday, also at the Arena. Midget AA Michael Pruss, Tayler Sincennes, James Gaume and Matt Krusky scored in a losing cause as the Red Deer Indy Graphics Chiefs fell 6-4 to the Calgary Stampeders in weekend play. Indy netminders Chris Preston and Rylan Bardick combined to make 21 saves.

CHINOOK HOCKEY LEAGUE Randall Gelech tallied twice Saturday as the Bentley Generals closed out their Chinook Hockey League regularseason schedule with a 6-3 win over the host Stony Plain Eagles. Gelech also picked up an assist for a threepoint evening, while Brett Thurston, Scott Doucet, Keenan Desmet and Kyle Sheen had the other Bentley goals. Scott Elko scored twice and Robert Hayne once for Stony Plain. James Reid made 30 saves for the Generals. Eagles netminder Clayton Wilburn blocked 34 shots. The Generals knocked off the Eagles 3-1 Friday in the first half of the home-and-home set, snapping a 1-1 tie with third-period power-play goals from Chris Neis-

zner and Craig Weller. Matt Stefanishion also scored for the Generals, with Cole Gibson notching the lone Stony Plain marker. Reid turned aside 22 shots for the hosts. Eagles stoppers Wade Waters and Wilburn combined for 39 saves. The Generals, who finished first in the fiveteam league, will meet Stony Plain in a best-ofseven provincial senior AAA semifinal series starting Friday at 8:30 p.m. at Bentley. The clubs will meet again the following night at Stony Plain and the third game is set for Feb. 17 at 2 p.m. at the Red Deer Arena. Meanwhile, the Innisfail Eagles will host the Fort Saskatchewan Chiefs Friday at 8:30 p.m. in the opening game of

the other best-of-seven provincial semifinal. The Eagles clinched home ice-advantage in the series with a 1-0 win over the visiting Chiefs Friday night. Tylor Keller’s secondperiod goal was all the Eagles needed to finish second in the league, two points clear of the Chiefs. Jonathan Larose turned aside 23 shots to post the shutout. Jim Watt made 40 saves for the visitors. The second game of the provincial semifinal is set for Sunday at Fort Saskatchewan, with the third and fourth contests scheduled for Feb. 21 and 22 at Innisfail and Fort Saskatchewan. Additional games, if needed, will be played Feb. 23 and March 1 and 5.


Jimmy Walker hits out of a sand trap on the fifth hole Saturday, during the third round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am golf tournament on the Monterey Peninsula Country Club Shore Course in Pebble Beach, Calif. Walker went on to win the tournament on Sunday. Outside of Walker, however, the big winner was Renner. He was among the Tour graduates who played poorly in the four “finals” event that determine priority ranking, and struggled to get into tournaments. In his fifth start, he not only made his first cut, Renner earned a spot at Riviera next week and will

be in better position to get into events over the next couple of months. “It was pretty big,” Renner said. “I just knew I needed a good week. My back was up against the wall, and that’s something I’m familiar with and I don’t mind it. But I’m happy that I freed myself up a little bit for the rest of the year.”



GOLD COAST, Australia — Cheyenne Woods won the Australian Ladies Masters on Sunday for her first major professional tour victory, holding off 17-year-old Australian amateur Minjee Lee by two strokes. The 23-year-old Woods, Tiger Woods’ niece, closed with a 4-under 69 at Royal Pines to finish at 16-under 276. Lee also shot 69 in the event sanctioned by the European and Australian tours. Woods birdied the par-5 15th to open a two-stroke lead, hitting a wedge from about 120 yards to 4 feet. On the par-5 18th, she matched Lee with a birdie, holing out from 1 ½ feet. “This is a huge accomplishment for me,” Woods said. “The European Tour has been great to be able to play

this past year. I’ve been able to see all of these great players, play with Solheim Cup members ... to be able to come out here and compete with them and come out on top was huge for me.” From Phoenix, Woods is the daughter of Earl Woods Jr., Tiger Woods’ half brother. Woods turned professional in 2012 after an All-America career at Wake Forest and her only previous pro victory came in 2012 in a SunCoast mini-tour event. In December, she missed the cut in the LPGA Tour’s qualifying tournament in a failed bid to earn a spot on the circuit. “I’ve been pro for two years and, for the majority of it, people just think of me as Tiger Woods’ niece, so now I have a

game of my own and I have a title now, a win, which is exciting,” she said. “It’s nice now to say to people that I can play and I’m not just a name. Growing up with the last name of Woods, there’s a lot of expectations and pressure and spotlight on you but I always knew that I was able to win. I always knew I’d be able to compete with these ladies, so now it’s kind of a weight off my shoulders because now everybody knows not just me.” Woods earned $51,000 and a two-year exemption on the Ladies European Tour. She will play next week in the LPGA Tour-sanctioned Women’s Australian Open in Victoria. South Africa’s Stacy Lee Bregman and Sweden’s Camilla Lennarth tied for third at 12 under. Bergman closed with a 72, and Lenmarth had a 70.

CHAMPIONS TOUR BOCA RATON, Fla. — Michael Allen won the Allianz Championship on Sunday for his sixth Champions Tour title, beating Duffy Waldorf with a two-putt birdie on the second hole of a playoff. After Allen holed out on the par-5 18th, Waldorf had a chance to extend the playoff, but missed an 8-foot birdie putt after finding the front bunker in two. Allen closed with a 3-under 69 to match Waldorf at 18-under 198 on The Old Course at Broken Sound. Waldorf, winless on the 50-and-old tour after winning four times on the PGA Tour, shot 67.

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PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. — Even with his high-powered telescope, Jimmy Walker might have had a hard time finding himself among the stars. Just four months ago, Walker began his eighth season on the PGA Tour with no wins in 187 attempts. With a little more drama than he wanted Sunday in the AT&T Pebble Beach National ProAm, he held on for his third victory in his last eight tournaments. In the last 20 years on the PGA Tour, only Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and David Duval have won so often so early in a season. “I don’t know if it was just a matter of doing it once and then having it happen again and then happen again,” Walker said holing a 5-foot par putt on the 18th at Pebble Beach for a 2-over 74. “I’ve always felt like I could win out here, and I think that’s what you have to believe to be out here — that you belong and that you can win. And finally, it happened. And it’s cool that it’s happened a couple more times. Quickly.” He was feeling a little more heat than he needed only another cool, cloudy afternoon on the Monterey Peninsula. Walker had a six-shot lead at the start of the final round. He was still five shots clear when he made the turn, and he was two shots ahead with two to play. With two putts for the win from 25 feet, he ran his birdie attempt about 5 feet by the hole and had to make that to avoid a playoff with Dustin Johnson and Jim Renner. “It’s drama, man,” Walker said on the 18th green. “It was too much for me.” The finish wasn’t what he wanted. The result was what Walker haBs come to expect. He was never seriously challenged until Johnson, and then Renner, put together a strong finish. Johnson, a twotime winner at Pebble Beach, closed with a 66 on a card that included three bogeys. Renner, who had yet to make a cut all year, made five birdies on the back nine for a 67. Walker made a 10-foot birdie on the 11th hole and was seemingly on his way.

But he hit a poor chip on the par-3 12th for a bogey. He three-putted the 13th for a bogey. He three-putted the 17th for bogey, missing his par putt from 3 ½ feet. “I hate three-putting,” Walker said. “I had two of them back there, and definitely didn’t want another one on the last.” Walker finished on 11-under 277 and earned $1.188 million, expanding his lead in the Ryder Cup standings to more than $1 million over Mickelson in second place. The Ryder Cup is based on PGA Tour earnings, though there are still four majors (which count double), three World Golf Championships and The Players Championship remaining. For now, the stars are aligned for Walker better than anything he sees through his high-powered telescope, his hobby over the last five years. “I just go out and play golf,” Walker said. “This is what I want to do and I’ve worked really hard to do it, to be here, and to be in this position and it’s really cool.” Jordan Spieth had to return Sunday morning to complete his third round, which ended with his sixth three-putt of the round for a 78. He faced Pebble at its most vicious throughout the third round, though he bounced back with a bogey-free 67 to at least tie for fourth with Kevin Na (69). And he hasn’t lost his sense of humour. “Yesterday was a day where you want to play Pebble Beach in that weather once in your life,” Spieth said. “You just don’t want it be Saturday when you’re in the lead.” Chalk it up to another learning experience for Spieth, who said his 36 putts were more a product of not having the speed than the less-thansmooth quality. “I felt like I needed birdies when I didn’t,” he said. Another strong finish belonged to Graeme McDowell, returning to Pebble for the first time since his U.S. Open title in 2010. He closed with a 67, happy with a week in which he would have settled for just knocking some rust off his game before heading to Riviera next week.





MONDAY, FEB. 10, 2014

Kings give poor effort in loss to SAIT BY DANNY RODE ADVOCATE STAFF Trojans 6 Kings 1 RDC Kings head coach Trevor Keeper believes his team has enough offence to compete with any team in the Alberta Colleges Men’s Hockey League. He also understands it will come down to defence, and winning one-on-one battles if they expect to have success in the playoffs. On a day the Kings learned they had secured a playoff spot in the league — the top six teams qualify — they turned in one of their poorer defensive efforts in dropping a 6-1 decision to the SAIT Trojans at the Penhold Regional Multiplex. “All week you work on skills, with your D-men, forwards, penalty kill and power play and none of that means anything if you’re no good oneon-one and today we were soft with the one-on-ones,” said Keeper. “I know SAIT is an older, bigger team with good skill, but we had a lot of soft players who didn’t finish checks, lost one-on-one battles and were getting stripped of the puck. The end result was a reflection of that kind of play.” Both teams had their chances early in the first period, with the Trojans Ryan Matthews and Clay Howe taking advantage of a pair of rebounds to score at 14:05 and 16:59. Neither team played a lot

of defence in the first period with the shots 18-15 for SAIT. The Trojans added two more goals in the middle stanza with Mitchell Board connecting on the power play at 6:26 and Ben O’Quinn stealing the puck and scoring while shorthanded at 9:31. Former Red Deer Rebel JD Watt made it 5-0 at 10:22 of the third period on a screened shot past Kraymer Barnstable. Davis Claffey got the Kings on the board at 11:25 with a blast from the point with Mikael Jung completing the scoring at 15:39. The Trojans finished with 43 shots on Barnstable while the Kings had 35 on Brayden Hopfe. “We have no trouble when we have the puck where we can use our speed and skill and generally this year we’ve been good defensively and battled hard,” continued Keeper. “But for whatever reason lately we’ve been going through a bit of a rough stretch and this was the icing on the cake in terms of poor play defensively. The guys have to figure that out in practice and decide to get back to work. The offensive side of our game will take care of itself once we start winning the battles and getting the puck back as quickly as possible.” The Kings wrapped up a playoff spot Saturday when seventh-place Concordia tied Keyano which left them 14 points back of RDC and seven games remaining. Kings own the tie-breaker. The Kings are third with

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RDC King Doug Jones fends off a SAIT player while carrying the puck during the matchup between the two teams at Penhold Regional Multiplex on Saturday. 34 points, one ahead of Augustana. Both teams have four games remaining. SAIT is first with 42 points, three up on the NAIT Ooks, who has four games in hand. “The important thing is we’re in the playoffs but we still want to be seeded as high


as possible,” said Keeper. “We were looking at finishing second, but now is the time to turn our habits around and play playoff hockey over our final four games. You can’t expect to suddenly turn the switch on when you get into the playoffs.”

Queens finish regular season with shutout BY ADVOCATE STAFF Queens 5 Trojans 0 CALGARY — The RDC Queens looked like a team ready for the playoffs in the Alberta Colleges Women’s Hockey League, as they finished their regular season with a 5-0 win at SAIT Saturday. “We played well and had some luck around the net which we didn’t have Thursday (a 3-2 overtime loss to SAIT),” said Queens head coach Bob Rutz. “We also had some finish and got going early.” Queens offensive leader, Jade Petrie, got the Queens rolling, scoring her seventh and eighth goals of the season at 5:58 and 7:29 of the first period. Laura Salomons gave the Queens a 3-0 lead connecting at 19:14 of the opening frame. Emily Lougheed notched

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Lindsay Thurber Raider Ben Homes tries to beat Salisbury Sabre Donovan Burgmaier on a lay-up during high school basketball action during the Lindsay Thurber basketball tournament on Friday. Kelsey Lalor dropped in 14 points in a losing cause as the host Lindsay Thurber Raiders dropped a 62-54 decision to Calgary Bishop Carroll in the senior girls final of the Thurber basketball tournament Saturday. Lizzy Morneault added 11 points for the Raiders, who opened the tournament with a 95-24 thumping of Edmonton W.P. Wagner, then advanced to the final with an 86-35 victory over the Leduc Tigers. Morneault and Emma Newton each netted 16 points against Leduc, with Lalor adding 14. Meanwhile, the Raiders boys battled back from a 14-point deficit to defeat Calgary Bishop Carroll 71-67 in the bronze-medal game. Parker Cook led

JUNIOR B HOCKEY Nick Glackin scored twice and added two assists Saturday to lead the Red Deer Vipers to an 8-5 Heritage Junior Hockey League win over the visiting Ponoka Stampeders. The Vipers got additional goals from Jonathan Finnigan, Troy Klaus, Connor Einhorn, Kolton Gillett, Ryan Thomson and Nathan Dennis, while Chris Robertson contributed three helpers. Jacob Bottomley and Cody Lemon each sniped two goals for the Stamps, who got a single from Brad Zimmerman. Anthony Hamill made 16 saves for Red Deer, while Nathaniel Nickel blocked 45 shots for the visitors, who were asessed seven of 15 minor penalties. The clubs split two majors and two game misconducts. The Vipers were 4-2 losers to the host Stettler Lightning Friday, their goals coming off the sticks of Kale Lapointe and Justin Corbett. Replying for the Lightning, who got a 35-save performance from Simon Thieleman, were Derek Muhlbach with two goals, Kyler O’Connor and Scott Ternes. Hamill made 40 saves for the Vipers, who were two-for-10 on the power

the way with 26 points and Ben Holmes scored 11. The Raiders opened with a 60-35 win over Sherwood Park Salisbury — getting 10-point peformances from Tanner Rehn and Matt Graham — then fell 52-34 to Calgary Lester B. Pearson. The Hunting Hills Lightning also competed in the tournament, with the boys opening with a loss to eventual tournament champion Leduc, beating Grande Prairie 88-44 and losing 72-58 to W.P. Wagner in the consolation final. The Lightning girls defeated Sturgeon Composite 63-35 in their opener, then lost to Bishop Carroll in a semifinal and to Leduc in the bronze-medal game. play. Stettler was one-for-11 with a man advantage. In other Heritage League weekend action: ● Tyrel Severtson potted two goals as the host Three Hills Thrashers got past the Airdrie Thunder 4-3 Saturday. Spencer Fournier and Connor Ablett had the other Three Hills goals and Brady Hoover made 35 saves as the hosts held a 39-37 advantage in shots. ● Stettler, with Adam Ternes sniping two goals and Landon Potter, Logan Davidson and Reese Anheliger also connecting, slipped past the visiting Mountainview Colts 5-4. The Lightning, who were outshot 41-39, got a 37-save outing from Thieleman. ● Lucas Deibert tallied twice in a losing cause as Three Hills fell 9-6 to the host Cochrane Generals Friday. Also connecting for the Thrashers were Kelby Stevens, Chris Williams, Blake Bishop and Tom Vanderlinde. Brody Dirk made 35 saves for Three Hills, outshot 44-37. ● Ponoka was bounced 10-3 by the Colts Friday at Didsbury, the Stampeders’ goals supplied by Bottomley, Braeden Grant and Tye Munro. Ponoka netminder Eli Falls made 48 saves as the visitors were outshot 58-29.

The Kings travel to Caronport, Sask., for a doubleheader Friday and Saturday against Briercrest then finish their season with a home-and-home series against Portage College, ending March 1 at Penhold.

her seventh of the season at 6:57 of the second period and Hailey Smyl put the finishing touches on the evening scoring at 19:51 of the third period. Camille Trautman made 28 saves for her league-leading fourth shutout of the season and eighth win. She also led the league with a 1.24 goals-againstaverage and a .951 save percentage. Laticia Castillo started for SAIT and made 11 saves on 14 shots in the first period. Jocelyn Wynnyk made 10 saves on 12 shots the rest of the way. The Queens face NAIT in a best-ofthree league semifinal with Grant MacEwan receiving a bye. GMU finished first thanks to a 4-3 win over NAIT Saturday. The semifinal dates will be announced Monday, although it’s expected the second game will go Saturday at 4:30 p.m. at the Arena.

RDC volleyball teams end regular season with loss BY ADVOCATE STAFF EDMONTON — It certainly wasn’t the way the RDC volleyball teams wanted to finish the regular season, as they both lost to the Grant MacEwan University Griffins Saturday. For the Kings, who wrapped up first place with a 3-1 win over the Griffins at RDC Friday, it was their first loss of the season. “It was an unmotivated performance,” said Kings head coach Aaron Schulha, following the 15-25, 25-27, 25-10, 22-25 loss. “It was unfortunate to see at this time of the season, but we were outplayed . . . it was an ugly match.” However, Schulha hopes that wakes everyone up as they have two weeks to prepare for the

ACAC finals, set for Feb. 21-23 at RDC. “We talked all year about winning but not playing that great, not being at our best,” he said. “Maybe this gets everyone going.” Chris Jones led the Kings with 12 kills, three aces, 11 digs and an stuff block while Chris Osborn was the RDC player of the match with 11 kills and four blocks. Braden O’Toole added eight kills and five digs and Tim Finnigan six kills and five digs. Meanwhile the Queens couldn’t finish what they started and dropped a 26-28, 19-25, 24-26 decision to the Griffins. “We had a little bad luck in the first set where they got two key points on balls that hit the tape and rolled over for points,” said Queens head coach Talbot Walton.

ALBERTA GAMES Central Alberta skiers captured four medals at the Alberta Winter Games in Canmore during the weekend. Brad Saunders won gold i9n the senior boys’ biathlon mass start on Saturday and was third in the senior boys’ sprint on Sunday. Bailey Johnson struck gold in the U16 classic cross-country race on Saturday while taking fifth in the skate sprints on Friday. Dallas Zimmerman, Cody Mast and Dahlin Wiebe won a bronze medal in the U16 team relay on Sunday. Zone 4 also won the most improved zone at the games this year. ● The Red Deer Fencing Club won

“And in the third set we were up 22-20 but didn’t make the digs when we had to and finish it off. “On the other side they played well and made the digs on us.” The loss left the Queens in a three-way tie with GMU and Grande Prairie for first place at 15-3. “They will determine the tie-breaker this week,” said Walton, whose squad will attend the ACAC finals, Feb. 2123 in Grande Prairie. Karissa Kuhr was the RDC player of the match with nine kills and 20 digs while Shelby Bramall added nine kills, two digs and three stuff blocks. Amber Adolf had eight kills and seven digs and Brooke Sutter six kills and 20 digs.

a pair of medals for Parkland Zone 4 at the Alberta Winter Games during the weekend. Devyn Hurry won gold in the boys’ U17 epee with Kameron Lamont taking silver in the girls’ U17 epee. Riley Norman was fourth in the U17 boys’ foil. ● Red Deer Synchronized Swim Club members captured a pair of silver medals at the Alberta Winter Games during the weekend,. The seven-member team of Mya Freeman, Claire Halford, Nina Hayes, Amy Hovestead, Kallan Packard, Mercedes Patrick and Hope Sorokan finished second while Packard and Patrick teamed up to take silver in the duet. They received the highest artistic marks in the competition.


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MONDAY, FEB. 10, 2014

OLYMPIC TEAM GETS SILVER BUT CAN’T RIDE MOMENTUM AFTER THRILLING OPENING DAY BY THE CANADIAN PRESS SOCH, Russia — After riding the emotional high of winning gold, silver and bronze on the opening day of medal competition in Sochi, things cooled down a bit for Canada’s Olympic team on Sunday. Canada entered the day with confidence after sisters Justine and Chloe Dufour-Lapointe capped Saturday’s competition with a bang, finishing first and second respectively in the women’s moguls. Snowboarder Mark McMorris added a bronze in men’s slopestyle. But medal hopeful Spencer O’Brien couldn’t keep the momentum going. The 2013 world champion in women’s slopestyle snowboarding failed to duplicate her success in Sochi, botching landings halfway down the course in each run and finishing last in the 12-woman final. A devastated O’Brien lamented she let Canada down. “Sorry I’m just really disappointed right now,” she told reporters. “I had a really hard year coming back from some injuries. I was really happy to be riding the way I was here. I was just really excited to be a part of Team Canada. Just after watching Mark yesterday, I was really inspired to just try really hard to bring home a medal. “I went for my hardest run and it didn’t work out today. So I’m really disappointed and really sad that I let Canada down.” Several people took to social media to support O’Brien, including Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield. “Snowboarder (at)spencerobrien feels the weight of Canada on her shoulders in Sochi. Spencer — feel our pride & respect,” Hadfield posted on his Twitter account. Canada also came up short in alpine and cross-country skiing, where the men’s teams had outside medal chances. Despite the missed opportunities, Canada is still in good shape overall. With Sunday’s silver medal in team figure skating, Canada enters Day 4 of the Sochi Games with four medals. Canada is tied for fourth in the medal standings with host Russia, and its four medals overall is second only to leader Norway (two gold, one silver, four bronze). Canada is ranked behind the Netherlands and the United States however as those countires have more gold medals. They had three after the first two days of competition at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. And there’s legitimate potential for more hardware on Monday, with defending champion Alex Bilodeau and World Cup star Mikael Kingsbury competing in men’s moguls and Vancouver double-gold medallist Charles Hamelin taking part in the men’s 1,500-metre men’s short-track speedskating race. Justine and Chloe Dufour-Lapointe, along with sister Maxime, who finished 12th in the women’s moguls, made the rounds on Sunday, and it didn’t take long to realize how much their lives had changed in the last 24 hours. Journalists from around the world


Women’s moguls freestyle skiing gold medallist Justine Dufour-Lapointe smiles while followed by her sister silver medallist Chloe Dufour-Lapointe during their medals ceremony at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Sunday, in Sochi, Russia. packed an emotional news conference with the sisters and their parents. The reporters wanted to know just about everything about the siblings: How did the women get started in the sport? Who is the most competitive? Who is the tidiest? Who is the most studious? “It’s true that it’s notable enough for three sisters to participate in the same event at the same Olympics — (but) it’s even more extraordinary that two sisters won the gold and silver,” said Adelaide de Gouvion Saint-Cyr, a journalist for Eurosport. “They are bubbly, they are always smiling, they are young — it’s a nice story. Their parents are also part of this story ... We want to get to know them.” On the slopes, the mood was less upbeat. O’Brien appeared to lose her balance and leaned back on the snow midway through her first run before slipping out again on her second run. The Courtenay, B.C., native cut both runs short and took a slow ride down the side of the course instead of showing the high-flying spins and tricks she had planned. “I felt great actually,” she said. “That’s why it was kind of like a sledgehammer a little bit.” Canada returned to the podium with a silver in the first ever Olympic team figure skating event, though there was little drama to end the eight-team competition.

With host Russia entering the day with a daunting lead over Canada, and the United States trailing the Canadians by an even larger gap, the medal placings were all but cemented when Kevin Reynolds took to the ice for the men’s free skate. Still, the skater from Coquitlam, B.C., acquitted himself well skating in place of three-time world champion Patrick Chan. Reynolds’ routine featured three highly difficult quad jumps, and he landed them all. Reynolds finished second in the men’s free, just behind winner Evgeni Plushenko of Russia. The result clinched the silver medal for the Canadians. What makes the performance sweeter for Reynolds was that he wasn’t sure he’d be ready for the Sochi Games at all as his Grand Prix season was plagued by equipment problems. He had trouble finding skates that would fit. “I’m feeling really good after this performance,” he said. “Considering that I didn’t have any experience in the first half of the Grand Prix season and only the national championships as a precursor to this, I’m very very happy that I was able to get a relatively strong performance here, the first time at Olympic Games. Handling a different kind of pressure. It’s set me up well for the rest of the week.” Russia clinched the gold in the women’s free skate when Yulia Lipnitskaya finished first and Canada’s

Kaetlyn Osmond of Marystown, N.L., skating with poise in her first Olympics, was fifth. In the event-closing ice dance free skate, Canada’s Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir finished second to American rivals Meryl Davis and Charlie White. In the men’s 30-kilometre crosscountry skiathlon, Alex Harvey of StFerreol-les-Neiges, Que., was the top Canadian, finishing 18th with a time of one hour 10 minutes 00.5 seconds, while teammate Ivan Babikov of Canmore, Alta., was 25th in 1:10:14.6, Harvey was considered a medal threat after a strong World Cup season, that included two victories. Russianborn Babikov was fifth in the event at the Vancouver Olympics. “In the classical portion, it was over after the second leg,” Harvey said. “We had zero grip, and we were not very fast either. We lost 45 seconds in that portion, and we were pushing at 100 per cent, when the other guys in front were only pushing at 75 to 80 per cent.” On the slopes, Erik Guay of MontTremblant, Que., was the top Canadian in 10th. Guay entered the Olympics with a win and a third-place finish in World Cup competition, but had been troubled by a troublesome knee. “I skied all right. I made some mistakes around the lake jump. The snow was getting soft, and I had new skis, but I did try, Guay said. “I am disappointed, but after how I did this season, it’s OK.”

Mayer jolts Olympics in downhill as Miller, Svindal falter EVENT ROUNDUP

Austria’s Matthias Mayer makes a turn in the men’s downhill on his way to winning a gold medal at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Sunday, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.

BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS SOCHI, Russia — Matthias Mayer shut his eyes for a moment, his day’s work over. If he had trouble believing what had just happened as he stood before the crowd it was with good reason. The Austrian struck a big upset Sunday in one of the Olympics’ marquee events, capturing the men’s downhill and upending the elite of his sport. “It’s amazing to be an Olympic champion,” he said. Mayer has never finished better than fifth in a World Cup downhill. That proved no obstacle in dismissing the preordained favourites — Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway finished fourth and Bode Miller of the U.S. eighth. Among the eight gold medallists on Day 3 were: snowboarder Jamie Anderson, the American slopestyle queen who triumphed in her sport’s Olympic debut; Irene Wust, who showed why speedskating is Dutch territory; and Russia in team figure skating, likewise an Olympic newcomer, for its first gold in Sochi. SKIING: In a country where skiing is revered, Mayer gave Austria a jolt. A few weeks ago he was not even considered the nation’s best shot for gold. But he covered the Rosa Khutor course in 2 minutes, 6.23 seconds and beat Italy’s Christof Innerhofer by 0.06 seconds. Norway’s Kjetil Jansrud won the bronze. Miller, who dominated the training runs, was so unnerved by the


change of visibility he thought he’d have “to do something magical to win.” That was left to Mayer, who enjoys good skiing bloodlines — his father, Helmut, won a super-G silver medal at the 1988 Calgary Games. FIGURE SKATING: With Evgeni Plushenko and a captivating Julia Lipnitskaia winning the free skates, Russia took the team event without needing to worry about the concluding ice dance. President Vladimir Putin was among those in a crowd relishing this victory as the Russians drew away from the U.S. and Canada. Plushenko’s body has been battered by 12 operations and he had to convince his federation he merited a spot in Sochi. “All the fans

are cheering so hard that you literally cannot do badly because they do everything with you,” Plushenko said. “You get goose bumps.” SNOWBOARDING: The U.S. now has a double gold hit in slopestyle, with Anderson doing her part a day after Sage Kotsenburg. “Even though it’s just another competition, the stage and the outreach that this event connects to is out of control,” Anderson said. Finland’s Enni Rukajarvi won the silver. The bronze went to Jenny Jones, a 33-year-old former maid at a ski resort who gave Britain its first medal in any snow sport. SPEEDSKATING: Another royal visit, more Dutch gold. Wust gave the Netherlands its second victory by winning

the 3,000. Skating before her king and queen, Wust won in 4 minutes, 0.34 seconds. Defending champ Martina Sablikova of the Czech Republic took the silver while Olga Graf won bronze for Russia’s first medal of the games. Claudia Pechstein, 41 and a six-time Olympian, was fourth. Wust, her nails red, white and blue like the Dutch flag, held up three fingers, signifying her third Olympic gold medal. CROSS-COUNTRY: Switzerland’s Dario Cologna had ankle surgery in November, but that now seems ancient. He won the 30-kilometre skiathlon, pulling away at the top of the last uphill section. The three-time overall World Cup winner claimed his second Olympic gold medal. He was

timed in 1 hour, 8 minutes, 15.4 seconds. Defending champion Marcus Hellner of Sweden took silver, with the bronze to Norway’s Martin Johnsrud Sundby. BIATHLON: Slovakia’s Anastasiya Kuzmina matched her gold from Vancouver in the women’s 7.5-kilometre sprint. Kuzmina shot flawlessly and finished in 21 minutes, 6.8 seconds. The silver medal went to Russia’s Olga Vilukhina and the bronze to Ukraine’s Vita Semerenko. Kuzmina’s brother is Russian biathlete Anton Shipulin, who was fourth Saturday. LUGE: Felix Loch, still only 24, did it again. The German luger won his second straight Olympic gold medal, leaving the rest of the field in his icy wake. Loch completed four runs down the Sanki Sliding Center track in 3 minutes, 27.562 seconds — 0.476 seconds ahead of Russia’s Albert Demchenko, who won the silver in his seventh Olympics. Italy’s Armin Zoeggeler won the bronze, giving him a record six medals in six games. SKI JUMPING: In control from the start, Kamil Stoch of Poland won the Olympic gold in the men’s normal hill individual ski jump. Stoch had the best jump in each round, putting first ahead of the silver medallist Peter Prevc of Slovenia and bronze medallist Anders Bardal of Norway. Thomas Morgenstern of Austria, returning from serious injuries from a fall during training a month ago, was 14th. Simon Amman of Switzerland, the defending champion from Vancouver who was seeking a record fifth Olympic gold medal, finished 17th.

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Blackhawks show glimpses of championship form during strong first half THE ASSOCIATED PRESS CHICAGO — The Chicago Blackhawks head into the NHL’s Olympic break in prime position to defend their Stanley Cup title. Now comes the part that really matters. The Blackhawks (3511-14) were shut out for the first time this season when they lost 2-0 at Phoenix on Friday night. But their six-game trip leading up to the break included impressive wins at Los Angeles and Anaheim that helped them move within three points of the NHL-leading Ducks. “It was really important before getting the two weeks off. You always want to go into the trip with a little momentum and gain some points before you have a long break like that,” goaltender Corey Crawford said after the loss to the Coyotes. Led by high-scoring Patrick Kane, the Blackhawks lead the league with 207 goals. They have shown the ability to win all kinds of games and have played their best against some of the NHL’s top teams. But there are some concerns for the last part of the season. Here are some things to watch for with just 22 games left in the season: ● The Blackhawks have 10 players headed to Sochi, matching Detroit and St. Louis for the NHL lead. The list includes five of the team’s biggest stars: forwards Kane, Jonathan Toews, Patrick Sharp and Marian Hossa, to go along with defenceman Duncan Keith. It’s more high-intensity minutes for a group of players who shouldered much of the load during Chicago’s run to the title

last year. How they come out of those Olympic games could have a dramatic effect on the rest of the season. “We are happy for the guys and it is a great accomplishment and we will be rooting for them,” coach Joel Quenneville said. “I just think the concern is how are they going to come and how are they going to feel when they get back to the team and the lineup. We will keep an eye on that going through the stretch.” Hossa, who turned 35 last month and will play for Slovakia in the Olympics, is a particular concern. He was hampered by a back problem during the Stanley Cup, and Quenneville smartly gave him more rest in the runup the break. ● Michal Handzus, Andrew Shaw and Brandon Pirri each have taken a turn at second-line centre, but it remains an issue. Pirri was recalled from Rockford of the AHL on Jan. 27 and then sent down after he went scoreless in four games. It looks as if it could be Handzus’ role for now. It’s unlikely that touted prospect Teuvo Teravainen will be ready in time to help the Blackhawks this season, so general manager Stan Bowman could take a long look at the trade market ahead of the March 5 deadline. He added some depth on Thursday by acquiring Peter Regin and PierreMarc Bouchard in a trade with the Islanders. ● Bryan Bickell stepped up during last year’s playoffs, finishing with nine goals and eight assists. The big postseason led to a new fouryear contract for the rugged forward. Everything was in place for a big season for

the 27-year-old Bickell, but the first part of this year has been a struggle. He hits the Olympic break with eight goals and two assists in 43 games after missing time with a lower-body injury and getting benched at one point by a frustrated Quenneville. The Blackhawks need Bickell to return to what he does best; providing a strong, physical presence right in front of the net. Getting the 6-foot-4 winger back on track before the playoffs is one of the biggest keys for Chicago down the stretch. ● For a team with so many accomplished scorers, the Blackhawks have been awful in games decided in overtime or a shootout. Chicago is still looking for its first OT win of the season, dropping each of its six games that were decided in the extra session. It has five wins in 13 shootout games, and its 14 losses in overtime or shootouts leads the NHL. That’s a lot of points to leave on the board in the bunched Western Conference, where the road to the Stanley Cup finals assuredly will be more difficult than the East. All those overtime and shootout losses could come back to haunt the Blackhawks. ● The Blackhawks began the season with a goaltender tandem of Crawford and Nikolai Khabibulin. Then Crawford and Khabibulin got hurt, clearing the way for rookie Antti Raanta to prove he was ready for the NHL. Raanta stepped up while Crawford was out and is 12-2 with a 2.40 goals-against average at the break. Crawford, who was sidelined by a lowerbody injury for about a month, also appears to be rounding into form after a slow start.







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Ashton Henfrey and Sophie Nossack were double gold medalists for the Thunder Country Trampoline and Gymnastics Club of Red Deer at the Exelta Cup Sunday. Henfrey won the provincial 3 men’s trampoline and double-mini trampoline (DMT) and took fourth in the provincial 2 tumbling. Nossack won the trampoline and DMT in the provincial 1 women’s division. Spencer Kooman won the provincial 2 men’s DMT and was second in the trampoline while Brenyn Chapman took first in the provincial 1 women’s trampoline. Brooke Hutchinson was second in the provincial 1 women’s DMT with bronze going to Samantha Dancey in the provincial 1 women’s trampoline. Eoin Wolfe was third in the provincial 1 men’s DMT and fifth in trampoline while Kaeliegh Boston took third in the provincial 1 women’s trampoline. In other provincial 1 competition, Jesse Starchuk was fourth in men’s trampoline, Sarah Lindbergh fourth in women’s DMT and Keira Hofer fifth in women’s DMT.

The Notre Dame Cougars left the Edmonton St. Joseph’s senior boys basketball tournament with at least a measure of success, thanks to a 77-61 win Saturday over the Grande Prairie St. Joseph Celtics. Tournament all-star Tony Bornyi led the Cougars with 18 points, while Amet Deng added 17 and TJ Carter turned in a double-double performance with 10 points and 11 rebounds. The Cougars encountered foul problems while dropping a pair of games Friday against two of the top teams in the province, falling 89-52 to Edmonton Archbishop O’Leary and 72-64 to Okotoks Holy Trinity. Trenton Driedger scored a teamhigh eight points against O’Leary, while Deng netted 14 points and Bornyi had nine against Okotoks.

Red Deer Exelta Gymnastic Club members picked up four second-place finishes in the boys’ artistic Exelta Cup Saturday. Brayden Lord was second in the 12-and-under — level 3 awards after finishing second on the floor exercise, pommel horse, parallel bars and high bar. He was third on the rings and fourth on the vault. Jared Hoffman picked up silver in the 13-and-over — level 3 awards after finishing second on the floor, pommel horse, parallel bars and high bar, fourth on the rings and fifth on the vault. Mitchell Kalan placed second in the youth — youth and open awards. He won the pommel horse was second on the parallel bars, third on the floor

Grizzlys can’t fight off Thunder DRAYTON VALLEY — Tanner Clarkson and Michael Cardinal scored third-period goals Saturday as the Drayton Valley Thunder rallied for a 3-2 AJHL win over the Olds Grizzlys. Trevor Poirier notched a second-period goal for the winners, while Chris Gerrie and Spencer Dorowicz replied for the Grizzlys, also in the middle frame. Marc Olivier Daigle stopped 20 shots for the home team. Ethan Jemieff made 37 saves for Olds. The Grizzlys host the Okotoks Oilers Tuesday at the Sportsplex. Game time is 7:30 p.m.

Phillips leads Woody’s to win over Gord Scott Brock Phillips led Woody’s RV World to a 75-72 victory over Gord Scott Nissan in Central Alberta Senior Men’s Basketball Association play Sunday. Phillips had 21 points while Jose Vizcarra added 19. Daren Andrews had 23 points and Thomas Bennett 13 in a losing effort.





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Obituaries TAYLOR Marion “Floy” February 4, 2014 Floy was born in Calgary on March 9th, 1934, to loving parents Marion Elizabeth (Honeywell) and John Gordon Fletcher. She was raised in East Calgary (Ramsay area) and attended Ramsay, Colonel Walker and Western Canada High Schools. She was “First Girl President” of the Students Union at Western in her graduating year 1951-52. She co-chaired a 75th year reunion for Colonel Walker School in 1986 (formerly East Calgary High where her parents were also former students there). Floy moved to Winnipeg in 1952 with her parents and went to Business School. In later years, she married Gordon Johnson and had three children - Bruce, Wendy and Brenda, all born in Winnipeg. They all moved to Port Moody, BC, in 1969 and lived there for 8 years. With her children, she actively was involved with their activities in school, School Band Progress, the Church and the Community. She was in C.G.I.T. as a teenager and became a leader, and taught C.G.I.T. leadership training for 14 years in Winnipeg. Floy happily returned to Calgary after 25 years, to again be with her larger family of cousins, aunts and uncles. She worked 23 years as a Medical Assistant, 7 years in BC and continued the work she enjoyed at Willow Park Clinic in Calgary until she retired in 1994. Her “special place” was “the Cottage” in Sylvan Lake from 1987-1993 and then made it her permanent home. She married Bob Taylor of Sylvan Lake in 1996 and added family of 2 step sons, Jim and Bill. She was “Granny” to the precious joys of her life, Nathan and Joel Brisco, and Erika, Rebecca, Ethan and Monika Neufeld. Her music, flower gardens, and sports were her special interests in life. Family, close friends and friendships were most important to her. She enjoyed her piano, symphony and musical concerts. From childhood on, skating, baseball, tennis, basketball, curling and later golf was “time well spent”. She became a member of “The Southern Alberta Pioneers” and Their Descendants in 1988 from a personal pride of her Fletcher family heritage and settlement in Southern Alberta prior to 1890. When she moved to Sylvan Lake, she took an active part in the Friendship Centre, (now Senior Center) Senior Bridge, Senior Curling and was a member of Lakewood Golf Course since 1987, and served as Executive including Ladies Golf. She enjoyed her Bridge and was always grateful for her “special ladies group” in every city she lived in, including Sylvan Lake, meeting regularly. She is survived by children; Bruce G. Johnson (Rebekah Bell) of Maple Ridge, BC, Wendy D. Brisco (Stuart) of Greenwood, BC, and Brenda E. Johnson (Peter Spence) of New Minas, NS, grandchildren; Nathan (Adrian), Joel Brisco, Erika (Adam), Rebecca, Ethan, and Monika Neufeld. She is also survived by her first husband, Gordon L. Johnson (Mary Bedard) and second husband, Bob Taylor. Funeral Service will be held at Memorial Presbyterian Church, 5020 48 Street, Sylvan Lake, on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. Memorial donations in Floy’s name may be made directly to the Canadian Cancer Society, 101 6751 52 Avenue, Red Deer, Alberta, T4N 4K8. Condolences may be forwarded to the family by visiting Arrangements entrusted to: EVENTIDE FUNERAL CHAPEL 4820 - 45 Street, Red Deer. Phone (403) 347-2222

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



Bearspaw Petroleum Ltd is seeking exp’d FLOORHANDS & DERRICK HANDS Locally based, home every night! Qualified applicants

must have all necessary valid tickets for the position being applied for. Bearspaw offers a very competitive salary and benefits package along with a steady work schedule. Please submit resumes: Attn: Human Resources Email: Fax: (403) 258-3197 or Mail to: Suite 5309, 333-96 Ave. NE Calgary, AB T3K 0S3




VAC/steamer Truck driver. Lacombe area, HOME EVERY NIGHT. Fax resume to 403-704-1442




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Consulting KALE WILLIAMS July 20, 1995 - Feb. 10, 2013




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

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Gone, dear Kale, gone forever, how we miss your smiling face. But you left us to remember, no one on earth can take your place. A happy home we once enjoyed, - How sweet the memory still - But death has left a loneliness, the world can never fill. Gone yet not forgotten, although we are apart, your spirit lives within us, forever in our hearts. Mom, Dad, Ciara, Kobe and Ridley


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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 Classifieds Your place to SELL Your place to BUY

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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 Luau Investments Ltd. o/a Tim Hortons #100, 4217 - 50 Ave #7, 6721 - 50 Ave 62 Carleton Ave Food Service Managers Full Time/Part Time/ Shift Work Night/Overnight/ Early Morning/Weekend. High School Diploma, plus 3 years related experience $14 to $18/hr depending on experience/availability Apply in person from 9am to 5pm Or by fax at 403-341-6006 Buying or Selling your home? Check out Homes for Sale in Classifieds

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THE RUSTY PELICAN is now accepting resumes for experienced SERVERS Must have Ref’s & Pro-Serve. Apply within: 2079-50 Ave. 2-4 pm. Mon.-Fri. Fax 403-347-1161 Phone calls WILL NOT be accepted.

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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. Looking for a place to live? Take a tour through the CLASSIFIEDS


STORESMART Self-Storage seeking F/T Assistant Centre Manager for 40 hours per week. For job description and how to apply, go to No phone calls please.







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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 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. DNR Pressure Welding requires B-Pressure Welder Crew Foreman, lead hands, 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: Ryan. No Phone calls please. Drug and Alcohol program in effect. DNR Pressure Welding & Powerline Construction requires Journeyman Heavy Duty Mechanic with experience in fleet maintenance for Heavy & Light duty trucks. Excellent benefit packages. Email resumes to Harold@ or fax (403)742-5759 No Phone calls please. Drug and alcohol program in effect.

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Is looking for experienced TRUCKING DISPATCHER to start immed. Good Verbal, Writing, Texting and Computer skills. Company Pickup, benefits, above avg. salary and great atmosphere. Clean Class 1 drivers license and abstract. Completed Basic Training Courses. Will train the right individual. Fax Resume w/all tickets and Drivers Abstract to 403-346-3112 or email to

MILLWRIGHTS & WELDERS 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@ 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

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

SPARTEK SYSTEMS INC In Sylvan Lake, AB is seeking qualified individuals for the following positions:

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

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

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We are currently seeking the following to join our team in Blackfalds for all shifts: PRECAST INSTALLATION LABORERS CONCRETE FINISHERS CARPENTERS/ WOODWORKERS STEEL REINFORCEMENT LABORERS OVERHEAD CRANE OPERATORS GENERAL LABORERS Top wages paid based on experience. Full Benefits and Uniform Package included.


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BUSY Central Alberta ACADEMIC Express Grain Trucking Company ADULT EDUCATION looking for Class 1 Drivers AND TRAINING and/or Lease Operators. We offer lots of home time, benefits and a bonus SPRING START program. Grain and super B exp. an asset but not • Community Support necessary. If you have a Worker Program clean commercial drivers abstract and would like to • Women in the Trades start making good money. Program fax or email resume and comm.abstract to • Math and Science for 403-337-3758 or the Trades Program


CLEARVIEW RIDGE AREA Crossley St., Cooper Cl., Carter Cl., Connaught Cres. & Cody Pl. $190/mo.






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Security concerns worsen in Egypt AUTHORITIES ACCUSE OUSTED PRESIDENT’S GROUP OF SETTING UP MILITARY WING CAIRO, Egypt — Egyptian authorities on Sunday accused the ousted president’s Muslim Brotherhood of forming a “military wing” to stage attacks on security forces in a southern province, as months-long street rallies by the group’s supporters wane but low-level violence steadily rises. Such a development would cast yet another shadow over an already wavering security situation in the Arab world’s most populous country, plagued by a series of bombings and suicide attacks since the army overthrew Islamist President Mohammed Morsi in a popularly backed coup last July. The Brotherhood has always denied violence and accuses authorities of orchestrating attacks to justify a crackdown that has only intensified since the interim government labeled it a terrorist organization. An al-Qaida-inspired group based in the eastern Sinai Peninsula has claimed responsibility for most of the attacks over the past months. However, the government’s Sunday accusation comes amid what analysts perceive as a spreading insurgency by previously unknown, smaller groups, who use weapons like Molotov cocktails and homemade grenades to attack security forces. They say the groups were founded by pro-Morsi supporters who are frustrated by the decline in demonstrations and a continuous heavyhanded security crackdown. The alleged armed branch evoked by the Interior Ministry Sunday was described as being based in the city of Beni Suef, some 115 km (71 miles) south of Cairo. Ministry

spokesman Hani Abdel-Latif named 12 people he said belonged to the alleged Brotherhood-led unit. In a televised statement, Abdel-Latif said the group ran surveillance, hunted down security forces, and provided shelter for militants. The ministry accused the men of killing five policemen and plotting more attacks. AbdelLatif’s statement was followed by footage of a man who identified himself as part of a group that killed five policemen in attacks from motorcycles last month. He said he was the son of a Brotherhood leader and received weapons training. The smaller, previously unknown groups authorities believe to be disgruntled Brotherhood supporters are staging acts of vandalism such as burning police vehicles or attacking troop barracks, claiming responsibility for the attacks on social networking sites and online Jihadi forums. These groups reject the Brotherhood’s official policy of staging only peaceful demonstrations. Meanwhile, security forces have been arresting the administrators of Facebook pages accused of inciting attacks against police. “The people in these movements are likely from among those who refuse the coup,” said Magdy Qorqor, a spokesman for the main Brotherhood-led alliance, referring to Morsi’s ouster. The escalation by security forces comes nearly two months ahead of presidential elections following Morsi’s July overthrow, after millions took to the streets demanding his resignation. Morsi’s Islamist group and his allies have staged nonstop demonstrations since, denouncing a deadly crackdown


U.S. Embassy in Guyana warns of possible flight threat to Americans GEORGETOWN, Guyana — The U.S. Embassy in Guyana warned Sunday that it had received “unconfirmed threat information” about a regional airline’s flights from the South American country to the United States on Monday and urged Americans to avoid using the carrier. The terse message about flights of Caribbean Airlines was unusual for being so specific about a potential threat. It was posted Sunday on the embassy’s website. It advised all U.S. citizens in Guyana to make alternate travel arrangements through Wednesday if they were planning on travelling home on flights




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by security forces on their supporters and demanding his reinstatement. Witnesses say that weapons are increasingly appearing at pro-Morsi protests, which often deteriorate into gunbattles where demonstrators are the first to fall. Mohammed el-Damati, one of Morsi’s chief lawyers defending him against a slew of charges including incitement to murder, said pro-Brotherhood demonstrators were

MELBOURNE, Australia — Scores of wildfires raging across southeast Australia in dry and windy summer conditions have destroyed 20 homes and injured a firefighter, authorities said Monday. Victoria state Country Fire Authority chief officer Euan Ferguson said 20 homes had been destroyed in the state by blazes that peaked late Sunday. The toll could rise as damage continued to be assessed. Ferguson said fire conditions had eased since Sunday. The state had faced its worst fire danger late


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ble of holding peaceful rallies where they get arrested, killed or injured. “Now there are two options for the youth. Either they become martyrs or they isolate from society,” the youth leader said, speaking on condition of anonymity for fear of retribution. He added that young demonstrators turn toward violence was an “individual reaction” to the “deep injustice” they faced.

Sunday since 2009, when wildfires killed 173 people and destroyed more than 2,000 homes in Victoria in little more than a single day. But country towns north of Melbourne, Australia’s second most populous city, continued to be under threat Monday, he said. Authority duty officer Brett Boatman said underground coal in the Latrobe Valley open cut mine had caught fire. That fire burned more intensely as firefighters dug the coal out to extinguish it, he said. The authority said that of the 150 wildfires that burned across Australia’s second most populous on Sunday, 25 continued to burn out of control Monday. The only injury reported to date was a firefighter who received medical treatment after being hit by a falling tree on Sunday. In neighbouring New South Wales state, the Rural Fire Service reported 50 fires burning on Sunday, one temporarily closing the Hume Highway, which connects Melbourne with Sydney, Australia’s largest city. There were no immediate reports of homes lost in New South Wales, Australia’s most populous state. Destructive wildfires are a common feature across much of Australia during the summer months.

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turning away from peaceful methods. “This is certainly a regression from peaceful means,” he said. “The leadership is no longer able to get in touch with the street. They are either in prison or fled the country. Now it is the street that is leading.” A leading Brotherhood member in the southern province of Assiut said young demonstrators are no longer capa-

with Caribbean Airlines. The airline’s representative for Guyana, Carl Stuart, said the company has elevated “our level of security involving the police, the military and other agencies.” “We have been on this since Friday,” he said. “We are on top of this and flights will continue as normal, but we are taking no chances.”


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In this Jan. 23, photo, the brother of a policeman mourns during the funeral of one of several policemen killed after masked gunmen opened fire at a police checkpoint in el-Wassta district in the province of Beni Suef, south of the Egyptian capital, Cairo, Egypt. Egyptian authorities on Sunday, accused the ousted president’s Muslim Brotherhood of forming a ‘military wing’ to stage attacks on security forces in the southern province, as months-long street rallies by the group’s supporters wane but low-level violence steadily rises.

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LUANN Feb. 10 1763 — France signs Peace of Paris, ending the Seven Years War. France gives up Canada, keeping only St. Pierre and Miquelon and part of Louisiana. Spain cedes claims in the northwest and gets California. 1983 — Canada signs an agreement allowing U.S. testing of military equipment in Canada, including cruise missiles.

1956 — Wilbert Coffin is hanged in Quebec City for the murder of three American hunters, killed in the Gaspé in 1953. Many insist the Gaspé prospector was innocent. 1906 — Canadian Tommy Burns knocks out Jack Palmer in the fourth round to defend his world heavyweight title, in London, England. 1802 — Alexander Mackenzie is knighted for achievements in the North West, and for being first to cross the North American continent by land.





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MONDAY, FEB. 10, 2014

French Socialists Wife’s adult daughter is a mess and a mooch rethink family reforms Dear Annie: My wife and I have been lent idea, although not a solution. Please married for 22 years. We each have two ask your wife to come with you for counkids from previous marriages, and togeth- seling so she can understand how her beer, we have a son. All of our kids are doing havior toward Bertha helps no one and wonderfully, except for my wife’s daugh- you can figure out how to respond to this ter. in a more productive way — for I don’t mind helping out yourself, if not for your marnow and then, but “Bertha” is a riage. complete mess. She is 33, with Dear Annie: I was adopted three children from three difas an infant. My parents were ferent fathers, none of whom never willing to talk about my pay child support. biological parents. I recently Bertha has hated me from found my birth certificate, Day One and has tried to sabwhich has both my biological otage our relationship every mother and father listed. chance she gets. I am curious as to whether She works full time and or not I should try to contact makes a decent salary, but still them. I am now in my 40s, and mooches off of us on a monthly it happened so long ago that MITCHELL basis. they might not want me bringMy wife sends her thousands ing up the past. But I am curi& SUGAR of dollars. Bertha’s kids have ous as to what they look like videogame systems, expensive and whether they have other TV sets and fancy clothes. kids. But I am afraid, too. My wife pays Bertha’s rent If I decide to go ahead, what and phone and electric bills, and sends is the best way to contact them? — Adher gift cards for groceries. opted The worst thing is that my wife lies Dear Adopted: First check your state about this and hides the expenses from adoption agency (often through the state me. She knows I am against sending all of health department) to find out whether our extra money to Bertha. they have a registry that allows both birth I’ve told her she is enabling this child parents and adoptees to list information and Bertha will never get a handle on life in case either party is interested in a reif mommy always takes care of things. My union. Then look into the International wife recognizes that sending Bertha so Soundex Reunion Registry ( at much money is wrong, but she refuses to 888-886-ISRR. ask her daughter to account for the monDear Annie: “Grateful Granny” wrote ey. Instead, she just sends more. I keep an open letter to the “other woman,” welcomplaining, and she keeps giving. coming her to take on a number of unsaBertha is the single source of our mari- vory traits her ex-husband displays. He tal trouble, and my wife is even talking sounds like a loser, but Granny may not about divorce. be a total peach, either. Horrors! I want to retire next year, but we now The “other woman” has to deal with don’t have enough in savings to do so. In his baldness. I don’t see how any woman recent months, we have taken to keeping could possibly continue to live with a bald our money separate. I don’t want to be man! That’s right up there with his drinkBertha’s never-ending meal ticket. ing, pot smoking and chronic unemployMy wife is becoming increasingly bitter ment. toward me. Is there any way to get through And at 65, I have some issues with erecto her — Tired in Toledo tile dysfunction and prostate problems. Dear Toledo: No matter how wrong it Thank goodness my loving wife is not put is, your wife is not going to stop enabling off by my balding head and occasional ED Bertha. She feels obligated to help her problems. — Angry and Annoyed daughter, and every time you display anPlease email your questions to anniesger, she becomes defensive and more en-, or write to: Annie’s trenched in her position. Mailbox, c/o Creators Syndicate, 737 3rd Separate banking accounts is an excel- Street, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254.





BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Declaring that France should change with the times, the government wants to promote gender equality in schools and give unmarried and same-sex couples with children similar rights as married ones. Yet a brewing culture war suggests that many French aren’t ready to do that just yet. President Francois Hollande’s Socialists have run into unexpectedly strong pressure from an alliance of conservative Catholics, Muslims and the political right over a landmark reform to family rights in France. The divisions have even seeped into the ruling party, which is already facing broad criticism about its handling of France’s lacklustre economy. The reform plan was shelved indefinitely this week after tens of thousands of demonstrators protested against what they called France’s “family-phobic” government. The government retorted it had already planned to delay the proposals to increase access to in vitro fertilization and redefine custody rights and adoption law. Meanwhile, a wildcat movement of parents yanked their children from schools in recent weeks in reaction to rumoured plans to teach gender studies. Education Minister Vincent Peillon has written to educators, saying efforts to boost equality among boys and girls, reinforce mutual respect and fight stereotypes had fanned a rumour mill about “supposed gender theory” being taught to young kids. He urged them to call in those parents behind the protest for talks. The protests have epitomized the French government’s struggle to communicate with the public and adopt policies that polls originally showed were favoured by most French. Now the government doesn’t want to expend too much

political capital on the topic when most French are worrying about the sputtering economy above all. “When I see what we have done in the past 20 months, never have there been so many reforms. At the same time, I want them to take place in a calm environment, but things have become overheated, hysterical,” Prime Minister JeanMarc Ayrault told France 2 television Thursday. He said the administration would avoid tackling the family topics until after municipal elections next month that are expected to be a barometer for Socialist support. These debates might sound familiar to Americans and others long resigned to acid exchanges between political camps, according to French sociologist Erwan Lecoeur. But it’s been a long time since France has been pulled apart over social issues — and never before has there been such an alliance of conservative Catholics, Muslims, the far right and the conservative UMP party. “They are trying to press their advantage at a time when they think the state is weakened,” Lecoeur said. “Very strange alliances are forming in the street — alliances of the discontented. But they are fragile.” Loosening restrictions on IVF, limited in France to heterosexual couples, is the most sensitive subject — and one the government says will not be addressed until 2015. With modern families taking different forms, Family Minister Dominique Bertinotti says new legislation is needed for the changing times. She claims critics are peddling misinformation. “Is divorce a right or left issue?” she asked a conservative senator Thursday in the upper house of parliament. “You can always stir fears, fantasies ... it doesn’t suffice to repeat false ideas ‘X’ number of times for it to become true.”

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): As private as you might feel today, the typical Sagittarius is no news to fun. Even when you feel like blowing up emotionally, you have a talent of relating to people through the witty and resourceful conversations. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Alliances come easily to you now. There’s a trustiness you feel you can build with certain individuals from your network. Intuitively, you can sense what is asked of you and what you should offer to them. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): You carry on a lively mood today as your sense of freedom and empowerment takes canter stage. You feel enlightened and full of great ideas, which might sound out of the norm to others. You can change your routine by implementing in it something out of the ordinary. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Joy and excitement make you crave more stability and nurture within your closest relationships. If you are involved in a creative field, this is your day to build up something ordinary into something extraordinary. Astro Doyna is an internationally syndicated astrologer/columnist.

worked hard, now you can play hard as well. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): An enigmatic day will present itself to you. You find yourself comfortable within your own space as it suggests greater stability and security. At the same time, you develop a broader perspective of the world, feeling a great need to simply break free. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Unexpected, yet interesting arrangements can be made now around your joint finances. You may have an opportunity to lower your liabilities or something might come up which will rid you off unwanted past debts. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Focus on maintaining a stable and secure financial situation, as this will offer you a clearer direction towards your goals. Having your assets under control and knowing where you are heading will make your day that much more magical. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Take a deep breath and let yourself drift away today. You are granted permission to enjoy yourself by asserting your creative powers and letting your imaginative juices flow freely. Art and drama have a certain appeal to you.

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Monday, Feb. 10 CELEBRITIES BORN ON THIS DATE: Elizabeth Banks, 40; Emma Roberts, 23; Vic Fuentes, 31 THOUGHT OF THE DAY: If you are suddenly feeling more nostalgic and more likely to shed a tear of either pain or joy and not necessarily know the difference, just know that the Moon has moved into Cancer. It is at this time that our Luna is at home and at home is exactly where our heart is. In addition, Mercury and Neptune are supporting the Cancer Moon, which helps us in addressing our most difficult concerns and making a sense of it all. HAPPY BIRTHDAY: If today is your birthday, you appear to spend a great deal of your time taking care of the mundane in your life. This can begin by catering after your health related issues to running errands around the house. The important details in your life will take centre stage this upcoming year. ARIES (March 21-April 19): There’s a magical energy floating around you. It’s hard to explain what makes you feel truly at home and blessed, yet you are guided by this strong intuition that promises a certain sense of stability and reinforcement within your life’s most mysterious matters. TAURUS (April 20May 20): This is a great day to share your feelings. You seek a serious unity with those you come into contact with. Matter-of-fact alliances appeal to you as you value trust more than anything. There’s an almost psychic antenna that guides you towards the path of your dreams. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Today’s experiences will gift you with the necessary answers to your probing questions, which you were holding to. The need to have a greater comfort may come through a well thought out routine and a gutsy guess about life’s direction. CANCER (June 21-July 22): You find greater purpose in life when you allow yourself to tap into your intuitive side that offers you more stability and intensity in all life’s pleasures. If you have


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