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As Glendale school students staff and parents gather in the gymnasium, hip hop dancer Jackrit Kho demonstrates a single arm handstand Friday afternoon. All this week students have been getting hip hop lessons from instructor Harman Baweja of Third Street Beat a hip hop dance troupe from Edmonton. During the sessions this week, the students learned the four fundamentals of hip hop, peace, love, unity and fun. On Friday, each grade took to the stage to show off what they have learned through the week. At the end of the day, the members of Third Street Beat put on a show of their own.

Water in Red Deer River sufficient to meet demands: report BY PAUL COWLEY ADVOCATE STAFF A new report shows the amount of water allocated from the Red Deer River Watershed Alliance is well within target limits, but suggests remaining vigilant. Current allocations are 335 million cubic metres (335 billion litres) annually, not all of which is used. That is enough water to fill Gleniffer Lake twice. The province has set the maximum allocation at 600 million cubic metres, with a temporary halt to new licences kicking in at 550 million cubic metres. “What it means is there is water in the river sufficient to meet the demands without stressing the river,” said Tom Cottrell, alliance spokesman. Whether that remains the case depends on how the river is managed in the future. While the numbers are on the right side of the ledger now, the report for the alliance recommends that it is important to balance water demand with supplies while taking into account seasonal fluctuations and extreme conditions such as drought. “Going forward, it depends on weather, climate, demands, runoff, rain, snow all of those things that determine the volume of water in the river,” he said. The report by Calgary’s 02 Planning + Design reviewed surface water quantity and groundwater resources while establishing draft outcomes, indicators and targets for management. It is the third of four technical reports being prepared for the watershed alliance ahead of a draft Integrated Watershed Management Plan. The latest report recommends that floods be anticipated and steps taken to reduce their damage by restricting development in flood-prone areas, main-

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taining existing water patterns in developed areas as much as possible and taking steps to build flood protection where necessary. Also recommended is that more research be done on the role of surface water in river flow. Groundwater was also examined in the report and the current annual draw of 37 million cubic metres (37 billion litres), a “small fraction of the total available groundwater supplies.” Those abundant resources, though, can be put at risk by over-development in certain areas, industrial and agricultural activity and the lack of a system for monitoring the volumes and quality of groundwater. It is recommended that more studying and monitoring be done and water licences be handed out on a sustainability basis. The fourth technical report will focus on biodiversity on the water and surrounding land areas and is expected to be completed this summer. A draft watershed management plan is expected to be completed early next year, more than a year behind schedule, mostly because of funding issues and personnel changes. Cottrell said the plan will be provide a “series of recommendations; good ideas on what should be done in the watershed in order to manage the water for long-term sustainability.” The alliance is a non-profit organization aimed at promoting a healthy watershed. It receives funding from more than 40 municipalities, the province, as well as industry and agricultural organizations. Created in 2005, the alliance is one of 11 watershed planning and advisory councils across the province.



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The federal government’s decision to turn medical marijuana production over to commercial-sized companies has left Central Alberta rural municipalities playing catch-up. Both Mountain View and Ponoka Counties have wrestled with medical marijuana plant applications because they don’t comfortably fit within existing land-use bylaws. Residents in Mountain View County were upset when a building permit for a proposed medical marijuana plant was issued last October. Under the existing Land Use Bylaw, Releaf Inc. was not required to apply for a development permit because a facility for horticultural use — which includes intensively cultivated plants for medicinal purposes — is considered a permitted use. In light of local reaction, a public meeting with county representatives took place last week in Cremona to hear concerns. Coun. Al Kemmere, who chaired the information meeting, said water resources, odour, potential impact on property values, security and the approval process were the main concerns. Since agricultural buildings don’t require a development permit, residents “felt they didn’t have a voice, and understandably so,” said Kemmere. But security also loomed large as an issue. “There’s a fear that this is going to bring in . . . an element of the public they are not accustomed to having in their neighbourhood.” Out of that gathering have come proposed amendments to the Land Use Bylaw that will require future applications for medicinal horticultural use to be located in industrial areas and business parks. A public hearing on the amendments is set for Feb. 26. In the meantime, Releaf Inc. is allowed to proceed with its 50,000-square-foot facility located about eight km northwest of Cremona in the southwest corner of the county. In Ponoka County, another medical marijuana operation, Canruderal Inc., was turned down by the county’s municipal planning commission last November. It was appealed but the board upheld the original decision last month. Neighbouring residents were strongly opposed to the plant setting up operation, with 16 letters of opposition sent to the county. Two letters were received in support. Security was the big concern, said chief administrative officer Charlie Cutforth. “The primary concern from the community was that this particular location where it was proposed was 23 miles (37 km) from the nearest RCMP detachment either way,” he said. The proposed facility itself would have been “built like Fort Knox” so break-ins weren’t a pressing concern. “The bigger fear was that it will attract potentially undesirables in a rural quiet community that doesn’t need that. “It wasn’t a terribly emotional issue. It was just the fact this is brand new and there is no proven sort of experience to determine whether these concerns are founded or unfounded.” Cutforth said the proposed site was zoned country residential and hobby farm and the plant was a discretionary use, which means council has final approval. It would have been a different story if the area had been zoned agricultural, he said. “Technically, it’s a legal agricultural pursuit very similar to a greenhouse. If that had been the case, we would have had the same difficult situation (as Mountain View County).” Ponoka County will be taking a look at its bylaws and talking to other municipalities to see how they plan to handle the issue. “I think every municipality is going to be scrambling to try to deal with it one way or the other,” said Cutforth. The question of how to deal with medicinal marijuana operations, which are regulated by Health Canada, is expected to be a hot topic at the Alberta Association of Municipal Districts and Counties annual conference next month.

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Man pleads guilty to violent home invasion BY BRENDA KOSSOWAN ADVOCATE STAFF Jordan Pritchard was high on cocaine and looking for more when he opened the door to a violent home invasion in Red Deer somewhere between midnight and 1 a.m. on May 14, 2013. Still in remand and awaiting his sentence, Pritchard pleaded guilty in Red Deer provincial court on Friday to a single count of break and enter with intent to aid and abet an indictable offence. Pritchard, 27, was drawn into the offence by two others whose plan was not to buy more drugs, but to rob the dealer, Crown prosecutor Murray McPherson and defence counsel Paul Morigeau said in their joint submission for Judge Ken Rostad. Morigeau said Pritchard met the two men the previous day and used cocaine with them. He complied when they asked him to take them to his dealer, assuming they were going to buy more drugs. Outside the dealer’s ground-level suite on Parke Avenue, the two men hid in the shadows while Pritchard banged on the window and asked to be let inside.

When the dealer opened the door for Pritchard, the other two men emerged and barged in, said McPherson. One man produced a sawed-off rifle and the other pulled out a chrome-plated handgun, demanding that the dealer hand over his drugs and cash. They got $83, a laptop computer and a cellphone. McPherson said they then handed Pritchard a gun and told him to make sure the other people in the suite stayed put while they took the dealer away to find his supplier. The drug dealer managed to escape his captors later, said McPherson. Morigeau said his client was blind to the intentions of the other two men and accepted the gun out of fear for his own safety. Pritchard never pointed it at anyone and when one of the women in the suite asked if he was going to shoot, he said “No,” allowing her to run out of the building, said Morigeau. Pritchard gave the pair time to leave with their captive and then fled the building, ditching the gun as he ran, said McPherson. McPherson and Morigeau recommended a sentence of 32 months, minus the nine and a half months

that Pritchard has served in remand since his arrest. “There is no evidence that he knew what they were planning to do,” said McPherson. Morigeau described his client as a mouse being lured to cheese, with no idea of the game plan or that his companions were carrying weapons. Rostad said he could not accept their sentence recommendation, however, because the starting point for sentencing on a home invasion is eight years. After hearing additional arguments from McPherson and Morigeau, he adjourned sentencing to April 9. Also arrested and charged in connection with the incident were Garnet Colby Mcinnes, 23, and David James Kertesz, 28. Both men are awaiting trial on charges including kidnapping, extortion, forcible confinement, uttering threats and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose. Further charges were laid against both Kertesz and Mcinnes in connection with an incident later the same day, involving a standoff with police in the Highland Green subdivision.

City ordered to release more details about transit case BY ADVOCATE STAFF The City of Red Deer has been ordered to provide more information about an incident involving Red Deer Transit nearly four years ago under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. Specific details about the incident were not released for privacy reasons. On March 29, 2011, an applicant made two re-


BRIEFS Four Central Albertans facing drug, weapons charges Drug and weapons charges have been laid against four people from Red Deer and Rimbey by Innisfail RCMP. Cpl. Don Morris of the Innisfail detachment said an officer pulled a car over on Friday after complaints of an erratic driver. The officer discovered that its driver did not have a licence and then found a prohibited weapon in the driver’s side door handle. Further searching uncovered a set of brass knuck-

quests to the city “for all records pertaining to myself held by Red Deer Transit . . . including video surveillance” created on or after Oct. 1, 2010, and on Oct. 21, 2010. Candace Cook, a spokesperson with the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner, said the city provided the records but removed some of the information, including the name and contact information of a witness and names of employees under a section of FOIP Act that allows this when disclosure is harmful to personal privacy.

The applicant asked for a review of the city’s response to her access to information request and the adequacy of the search. Cook said the adjudicator ruled that it was appropriate for the city to release some of the names of the employees that were originally severed and to provide an attachment from an email that was not provided to the applicant. The city has 50 days to fulfil the new request to the applicant.

les, a collapsible baton and three knives. A quantity of drugs was also seized, including more than 500 grams of marijuana, 400 gm of cannabis resin, 70 gm of crack cocaine, 22 grams of crystal methamphetamine, a small container of heroin and a container of Tylenol 3 pills. Charges have been laid against all four people in the vehicle, including two adults from Red Deer, and an adult and a teenager from Rimbey.

a club. The dispute between Blanchard and Hogarth continued through a string of insulting text messages. Hogarth then went to Blanchard’s home to settle the issue. Blanchard says he had a steak knife, but doesn’t remember stabbing Hogarth. Blanchard is to be sentenced May 20.

Calgary man pleads guilty to manslaughter, stabs friend with knife CALGARY — A Calgary man has pleaded guilty to manslaughter for stabbing a friend with a steak knife after a drunken argument over using English accents to pick up women at a bar. Court heard Byron Blanchard, 21, Joshua Hogarth and another man had been drinking all night on Aug. 12, 2012, at several bars when they got kicked out of

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Poll suggests Canadians believe Senate-expense scandal tip of iceberg BY THE CANADIAN PRESS OTTAWA — Public-opinion polling ordered by the Harper government suggests the Senate expense scandal has tarred all politicians with the same brush. A newly released report finds Canadians fed up with “rich politicians” and their “lush lifestyles,” and wondering how deep the flagrant spending abuse runs. Those views dominate the polling and survey groups conducted by private pollster Leger last August for the Privy Council Office, the prime minister’s own department. The survey specifically asked about the economy, pipelines and telecom regulation — but it was the Senate scandal that seemed to get people’s blood boiling. The $112,000 report included a telephone survey of 3,000 Canadians, and 12 focus groups in six cities, including a French-language group in Quebec City. Leger was hired to ask Canadians specifically about the Senate scandal, which then involved allegations of spending abuse by Conservative senators Mike Duffy, Pam Wallin and Patrick Brazeau, all of whom were subsequently voted out of the current Senate session, losing their paycheques. “Recent allegations regarding misspending were perceived as a sign that more accountability was needed for all use of public money,” says the report. “The events of the past few months created a sense among participants that overspending or using public money for personal benefits may be widespread.” The report cites Canadians’ personal economic difficulties as exacerbating their frustration with the misuse of public funds in the upper house. “Many participants spontaneously contrasted what they viewed as a waste of tax dollars by rich

politicians to their more difficult personal situation,” says the document, dated Oct. 30. “They were frustrated to think that public servants used Canadians’ hard-earned tax dollars to live lush lifestyles while taxpayers personally struggled to make a decent living. For that reason, few believed that the status quo was acceptable.” The striking findings may help explain the Harper government’s tough line on the Senate scandal in the fall session of Parliament, as senators were pressured to suspend Duffy, Wallin and Brazeau from their posts, despite concerns about due process. The Harper government kept up the heat in this week’s budget, which promised legislation that would ensure senators do not accrue pension benefits while suspended. The new law is not expected to apply retroactively. Shortly after Tuesday’s budget was released, CBC reported further dubious travel expenses by Conservative senators, including questionable use of business class in short-haul flights and taxpayer-funded flights by spouses — much of it coming at the height of the spending controversy. The Leger polling found Canadians especially frustrated by alleged Senate abuse of public funds because “very few among them could explain what senators did on a daily basis, nor what the Senate’s role is within the Canadian parliamentary system.” Participants said the overspending issue appeared to be a problem “that may be uncovered elsewhere” in government. Leger was also specifically asked to question Canadians on telecom deregulation, including reaction to a series of ads from big industry players that pressed the government to bar foreign players from the Canada’s market. “Most reacted to the telecom advertising campaign with cynicism, stating that certain companies were simply trying to protect themselves so they did not have to lower their prices.”

Man who set girlfriend on fire jailed 14 years BY THE CANADIAN PRESS LEDUC — An Alberta man has been sentenced to 14 years in prison for beating his girlfriend, dousing her with hairspray and setting her on fire. Tyrell Ivan James Lee, who is 23, earlier pleaded guilty to the August attack in an apartment in Leduc, south of Edmonton. Court heard that Lee spent more than an hour punching the 25-year woman then he tied her hands with clothing and cornered her in a bathroom. He saturated her with the spray, then turned the aerosol can into a makeshift blowtorch. The woman told police that after she burst into flames, Lee snapped out of his rage, smothered the fire with a blanket and water, and called 911. She suffered second and third-degree burns to her

upper body. The case was initially classified as an accident until police investigated further. The couple had been dating for about six months. Court heard the woman received regular beatings over several weeks. Lee pleaded guilty in November to five offences, including aggravated assault and assault causing bodily harm. Other charges, including attempted murder, were withdrawn. Lee’s defence lawyer requested a sentence of seven to eight years, while the Crown argued that the horrific crime called for a term between 16 and 19 years. Provincial court Judge Marilyn White sentenced Lee Thursday to 14 ½ years but gave him six months credit for the the time he has already served before trial.

Judge blocks labour law that forces contracts BY THE CANADIAN PRESS EDMONTON — An Alberta judge excoriated Premier Alison Redford’s government Friday for what he described as deceptive, high-handed, unfair bargaining tactics designed to “emasculate” its largest public-sector union. Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Denny Thomas ordered a freeze on a controversial law that was set to impose an austere four-year wage deal on the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees while revoking its right to binding arbitration. The AUPE has argued the Public Service Salary Restraint Act strikes a mortal blow to its ability to bargain and Thomas agreed to hold the law in abeyance until the issue is resolved. Thomas said in a written decision Friday that the act “guts the bargaining process by removing an effective leverage on the part of the workers, who as a result of other provincial laws (that ban their right to strike) cannot withdraw their labour. “The effect of the legislation is to emasculate the AUPE ... Alberta did not meet its obligation to negotiate in good faith.” Guy Smith, president of the AUPE, called it a victory against a dangerous government. “I think it behooves this government to step back and quite honestly look at the way it uses its legislative majority to crush the rights of, not just Alberta workers, but Albertans in general,” Smith told a news conference. He said the union is now seeking new dates for arbitration hearings, but will continue to negotiate with the government in the meantime. Regardless of the outcome, Smith said, Redford may have burned all her bridges with the unions that gave her Progressive Conservatives key support in the 2012 election campaign. “There’s always an opportunity to rebuild bridges,” said Smith. “But maybe it’s a bridge too far.” Deputy premier Dave Hancock was to speak to reporters Friday afternoon about the ruling, but that changed to a three-paragraph statement sent by email. “We are disappointed by the decision,” wrote Hancock. “We believe the judgment contained errors in both fact and law. “As a result, we are appealing the decision ... A negotiated settlement that is fair to employees and taxpayers is — and always has been — our preferred option.” NDP Leader Brian Mason said Redford should repeal the law. “(The Tories) don’t care whose rights they violate or what laws they break in order to obtain their objectives,” said Mason. “They are absolutely unfit to govern.” The AUPE represents more than 22,000 government staffers, from social workers to prison guards. They have been without a contract since last March. Thomas noted that the two sides had made some progress on a new deal but, when the government walked away from talks last July, the AUPE filed for binding arbitration, as is its right under the law. That led to the government passing the restraint law in December.

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were contingent on a balanced budget, saying it’s too early to talk about what they might do with a surplus. Finance Minister Jim Flaherty created a stir this week when he raised doubts about the promise to allow income splitting for couples with children under 18. Prime Minister Stephen Harper, it seems, shares his reservations. But Flaherty and the Prime Minister’s Office also won’t say what will happen to three other promises that hinged on getting back to black — doubling the contribution limits on tax-free savings accounts from $5,000 to $10,000, doubling the child fitness tax credit and introducing a tax credit for adult fitness activities. Flaherty was noncommittal when asked specifi-



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TORONTO — Protecting kids is not only the job of children’s aid societies, but it is “every citizen’s responsibility,” a coroner’s jury said Friday as it recommended sweeping changes to the child welfare system in Ontario. Jeffrey Baldwin was a healthy baby when he and his siblings were placed in the care of their grandparents, but over the next few years the boy fell multiple times through society’s safety nets and starved to death, locked in a cold, fetid bedroom. When he died just shy of his sixth birthday his weight was that of a 10-month-old infant. The jury in the coroner’s inquest into Jeffrey’s death issued a broad slate of 103 recommendations Friday, aimed at closing various gaps in the system so no other child meet’s Jeffrey’s fate. The most glaring oversight in Jeffrey’s case was the failure of the Catholic Children’s Aid Society to check out Jeffrey’s grandparents before giving them custody of the boy and his siblings. Elva Bottineau and Norman Kidman had both previously been convicted of abusing children — Bottineau STEAM WASHER & was convicted after her STEAM DRYER first baby died and was found to have multiple fractures, while Kidman was convicted after a beating sent two of Bottineau’s other children to hospital. But when Bottineau came forward to the Dryer: Washer: CCAS and offered to care • 7.4 cu.ft. • 4.6 cu.ft. • Stainless steel • Quiter wash for her grandchildren, drum technology she seemed well-mean• Tumble-free drying • Diamond drum for with dryer rack fabric protection ing and workers didn’t look deeper, said Mary McConville, the executive director of the CCAS in Toronto. “We should have known who Elva Bottineau and Norm Kidman were,” she said after the jury’s verdict. “The entire child welfare system at that time CONVECTION RANGE had a collective blind spot around extended family.”

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WASHINGTON — The White House says Prime Minister Stephen Harper shouldn’t expect any new information if he presses for details on Keystone XL at a leaders’ summit next week. Senior officials in the Obama administration said at a media briefing on Friday that Harper will be told privately the same thing he’s been hearing elsewhere in public comments from U.S. decision-makers about the proposed TransCanada pipeline. The message? There’s a process underway in the U.S., the process is not politically directed, and it’s not clear when it will end. Harper is expected to raise the long-delayed pipeline when he meets President Barack Obama next week in Mexico at a North American leaders’ gathering — and the answer’s already in the can. “What President Obama will do is explain to him where we are in the review ... and indicate that, of course, we’ll let our Canadian friends know when we’ve arrived at a decision,” one official said. “Frankly, the message that he’ll be delivering is quite similar to the one you’ve heard from us publicly.”

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We can’t stay silent THE RISING PROBLEM OF SUICIDE AMONG OUR YOUNG PEOPLE REQUIRES MORE TALK Some things stick with you a lifetime. When I was a young man in Red Deer, the community was stunned when a bright student from an area high school, with a promising future, was found dead in her home. It was a suicide. RICK Today, many of her former ZEMANEK classmates still dwell on the tragedy. The question ‘Why?’ haunts them. It is a circumstance familiar to present-day Red Deerians: in the past two years, at least six area youths killed themselves. Their friends are asking the same question. On average, 294 people in Canada between the ages of 14 and 24 take their own lives yearly. It’s the second leading cause of death among young people after motor vehicle accidents. Yet people are often reluctant to discuss it, say mental health experts. But discussing it openly is a crucial — and possibly a life-saving step — in the right direction, according to Stacie Moore, one of Red Deer’s youthful community builders. Moore, 21, founded the all-ages concert at Bower Ponds last year called Rock the Change to draw attention to youth suicides and mental illnesses. The event is meant to break the silence about suicide in the community and get people talking. Last year, it raised $8,000 towards education programs at Suicide Information and Education Services. Moore is currently seeking bands, sponsors and volunteers for this year’s event. Her driving force is the six youths who killed themselves in the past two years. “I didn’t know the boys (but some of her friends did) who took their lives,” she told the Advocate. “It just broke my heart that kids do not know there are other ways to deal with stuff,” she said. “When I went to school, there was no talk about suicide or depression.” Mental health experts agree that an exchange of constructive dialogue about suicide among youths is sadly lacking. “This is partly due to the stigma, guilt or shame that surrounds suicide,” says one study. “People are


often uncomfortable discussing it. Unfortunately, this tradition of silence perpetuates harmful myths and attitudes. It can also prevent people from talking openly about the pain they feel or the help they need.” Moore’s insight confirms what experts have long concluded: Communication is the first essential step in assisting youths at risk. “Learning the facts about suicide can help build a parent’s confidence in discussing a difficult subject,” said one account over the Internet. Since last year’s Rock the Change event, Moore has now been active as an elementary educator, speaking to kindergarten to Grade 6 students about stress and depression. “I just want people to know (about) just talking to someone or coming to the realization that everything is not going to be OK in the next few days, but it will get better.” There’s been a long-held belief that young people rarely think about suicide. If they’re raised in a well-grounded, loving family environment, how

could things be so terrible as to lead them to kill themselves? A survey of 15,000 Grade 7 to 12 students in British Columbia refutes that belief. Among the respondents, 34 per cent knew of someone who attempted or succeeded in suicide; 16 per cent had seriously considered suicide; and 14 per cent had made a suicide plan. Suicidal youth are in pain, say experts. Even honour students with a solid family background. “They don’t necessarily want to die; they want their pain to end. If their ability to cope is stretched to the limit, or if problems occur together with a mental illness, it can seem that death is the only way to make the pain stop.” Unfortunately, that pain can follow the students after high school graduation, all the more reason that establishing solutions to their dilemmas must begin at an early age. A thought-provoking documentary recently aired by CTV’s W5 showed suicides among Canadian university students are rising at an alarming rate. “The transition from high school to

university is like ‘falling off a cliff,’ ” Dr. Su-Ting Teo, director of health services at Ryerson University in Toronto, told W5. The transition has always been difficult, said Teo, but added, “I’ve been here almost 13, 14 years and definitely, there were mental issues when I started, but the sort of volume and the crises and the need we’re seeing is increasing year after year.” Other Canadian universities agree. One parent who lost a son in university to suicide said the stigma of “shame” attached to mental illness is “still massive.” Eliminating this draconian mindset must be among the top priorities of mental health issues. For more information on Rock the Change, contact Moore at or Rock the Change RD on Facebook. If you need help, contact Suicide Information and Education Services (403342-4966) or Alberta Health Services Mental Help Line (1-877-303-2642). Rick Zemanek is a retired Advocate editor.

Israel’s nuclear hypocrisy: no more secrets When Mordechai Vanunu, a humble Israeli technician who worked for years at Israel’s secret nuclear site at Dimona, spilled the beans about Israel’s nuclear weapons in 1986, very bad things happened to him. He was lured from safety in England for an Italian holiday by a woman who was an Israeli secret agent, drugged and kidnapped from Italy by other Israeli agents, and imprisoned for 18 years (11 of them in solitary confinement). When Avraham Burg, the former speaker of the Israeli parliament, said last month that Israel has both nuclear and chemical weapons (you GWYNNE know, like the nuclear weapDYER ons that Iran must not have and the chemical weapons that Syria must give up), nothing bad happened to him at all. He is protected by the Important Persons Act, the unwritten law that gets powerful and well-connected people off the hook in every country. They didn’t even go after Burg when he said that Israel’s long-standing policy of “non-disclosure (never confirm or deny that it has nukes) was “outdated and childish.” But even 10 years after Vanunu finished serving his long jail sentence, he is not allowed to leave Israel, go near any foreign embassy, airport or border crossing, nor speak to any journalist or foreigner. Vanunu defies the Israeli authorities and speaks to whomever he pleases, of course. But he really can’t get out of the country, although he desperately wants to leave, and his decision to live like a free man gives his watchers the pretext to yank his chain by arresting him whenever they feel


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like it. The Israeli government’s excuse for all this is that he may still know secrets he might reveal, but that is nonsense. Vanunu hasn’t seen Dimona or talked to anybody in the Israeli nuclear weapons business for 30 years. What drives his tormentors is sheer vindictiveness, and he may well go on being punished for his defiance until he dies — while Avraham Burg lives out his life undisturbed and offers occasional pearls of wisdom to the public. So here are the “secrets” that Vanunu and Burg revealed, in rather more detail than Burg chose to give and in a more up-to-date form than Vanunu could give from personal knowledge: Israel has a minimum of 80 and a maximum of 400 nuclear weapons, those limits being based on calculations of the amount of fissile material that it has enriched to weapons grade. The best guess is that the total is around 200 warheads, most of them two-stage thermonuclear devices (hydrogen bombs). At least some dozens are “tactical” weapons designed to be fired by 175-mm and 203-mm artillery pieces at ranges of 40 to 70 km. The remainder are meant to be delivered by missiles or aircraft, and Israel maintains a full “triad” of delivery systems: land-based missiles, sea-launched missiles and aircraft. The missiles are mostly Jericho II medium-range ballistic missiles, which can reach all of Europe and most of western Asia. Since 2008, Jericho III intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) have also been entering service, with a range that would allow Israel to strike any inhabited point on the planet except some Pacific islands. Both can carry a one-megaton warhead. Why such remarkably long ranges, when Israel’s avowed enemies are all relatively close to hand? One speculation is that this is meant to encourage caution in other nuclear states (Pakistan? North Korea?) that might at some future time be tempted to supply

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nuclear weapons to Israel’s near enemies. The maritime leg of the triad is highly accurate cruise missiles that are launched from underwater by Israel’s German-built Dolphin-class submarines. These missiles constitute Israel’s “secure secondstrike” capability, since it is extremely unlikely that even the most successful enemy surprise attack could locate and destroy the submarines. And finally, there are American-made F-15 and F-16 strike aircraft that can also carry nuclear bombs. Israel probably tested its bomb in the southern Indian Ocean in 1979 in co-operation with apartheid South Africa, which was also developing nuclear weapons (subsequently dismantled) at that time. The test was carried out under cover of a storm to escape satellite surveillance, but a rift in the cloud cover revealed the characteristic double flash of a nuclear explosion to an American satellite, Vela 6911. This was a violation of the 1963 Limited Test Ban Treaty, which forbids open-air nuclear tests, but the United States did not pursue the matter, presumably in order not to embarrass Israel. The United States did not help Israel to develop nuclear weapons in the first place (France did that), and even now Washington does not really approve of Israel’s nukes, although it tolerates them in the interest of the broader alliance. But why, after all these years, does Israel still refuse to acknowledge that it has them? The only plausible answer is: to avoid embarrassing the United States in ways that would make it restrict its arms exports to Israel. But realistically, how likely is that to happen? The U.S. Congress will ensure that Israel goes on getting all the money and arms it wants no matter what it says about its nukes, and it is high time to end this ridiculous dance around the truth. Gwynne Dyer is an independent journalist whose articles are published in 45 countries.

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IMF not so optimistic about Canada While we seem bombarded about messages boasting of the Harper government’s economic accomplishments and predictions of even greater progress in the years ahead, our economic situation is nowhere as rosy as Finance Minister Jim Flaherty would have us believe. This is spelled out quite clearly in the latest report on Canada by the International Monetary Fund. While the IMF recognizes that Canada has emerged from what it calls the Great Recession, it finds that the economy’s growth has been “modest” and that the political decision to balance the budget by 2015 (in time for the next election) has meant DAVID weaker economic growth and CRANE more unemployment in the meantime. Federal spending restraint to reach its balanced budget target has been a drag on the economy, though as the IMF says, “the federal government has room to delay the planned return to a balanced budget in 2015 absent a meaningful pickup in growth.” The federal government could, for example, have pursued a much stronger investment program for needed public infrastructure over the past couple of years without jeopardizing the country’s fiscal health. This would have meant more job creation and a stronger economy. As the IMF cautions, “fiscal adjustment plans should strike the right balance between supporting


growth and rebuilding the fiscal space.” It’s fair to say that Flaherty has sacrificed some growth and job creation to pursue his 2015 balanced budget goal, which is more about politics than economics. Canada’s economic recovery has been driven largely by the low interest rates and easy monetary policy of the Bank of Canada, encouraging Canadians to go into deb, rather than in productive investment to raise our growth potential. But as the IMF points out, this has “left a legacy of elevated household debt and high house valuations.” The ratio of household debt to income reached a record high of 152 per cent, as of the third quarter 2013. Low mortgage rates have helped drive up housing prices and the IMF estimates Canadian housing is overvalued by 10 per cent. What’s needed, the IMF says, is “more balanced economic growth, with stronger contributions from exports and business investment” but, as it notes, “this has proved elusive.” For example, “Canada’s exports have barely recovered from the Great Recession and are well below the levels reached after earlier recessions.” The weakness of the U.S. economy is only a partial explanation, it says. Canada has serious productivity and competitiveness problems. The weakness in our exports “also reflects the declining trend for non-energy exports that began about a decade ago, as low productivity growth, increased competition from emerging markets and the appreciation of the currency eroded Canada’s external competitiveness, particularly in the manufacturing sector,” according to the IMF’s analysis. In the IMF’s view, our dollar is still overvalued. Business has not been investing to improve competitiveness, despite record levels of cash. In fact,

business investment in non-residential structures and in machinery and equipment provided no contribution to growth in the economy in the first nine months of 2013. Hence the IMF’s warning that “the composition of growth does not yet point to the much-needed rebalancing from household consumption and residential construction towards exports and business investment.” The IMF notes another key change in Canada — our growing dependence on energy production, largely from the oilsands, for exports and investment. But Canada’s growing dependence on a single industry — the oilsands — also makes Canada vulnerable to shifts in demand and prices. In fact, it is forecasting a 20 per cent decline in world oil prices by 2019. Even with expanded oilsands output, it won’t be enough to offset manufacturing weakness. With the unbalanced growth of recent years, especially the weakness in exports, Canada is becoming more dependent on foreign capital to pay its way in the world. This is reflected in Canada’s shift from a current account surplus in the 2000s to a shift to deficits in 2009 and deficits continuing through the forecast period to 2019. These deficits are being financed by foreign purchases of Canadian debt securities, leading to a growing foreign debt. This is why rebalancing our economy, which clearly includes revitalizing our manufacturing sector, has to be a priority in Canada’s economic policies if we are to have an economy with a stronger base for future productive growth and prosperity, and which can support the challenges of an aging population, without burdening the young. Economist David Crane is a syndicated Toronto Star columnist. He can be reached at

One step down after another leads to The Street

Harley Hay with his miniature replica of Ringo’s Ludwigs.

The day the aliens landed on Ed Sullivan I had very little choice, really. I Those who are fans of Paul, tried not to, I really did. I was all those who are fans of John. Chev set to completely ignore the mo- guys and Ford guys. Edmonton Oilmentous occasion that changed my ers fans and Calgary Flames fans. life and the lives of so many others. You know who you are. I wasn’t going to write So for some, the Britabout it on account of ish Invasion was a huprobably every single mongous deal, for othperson out there with a ers, not so much. pen, keyboard or CrackIt either rocked your book page has already world, or had you thinkweighed in on the topic. ing those people had I’m referring of rocks in their heads. But course, to the anniverfor me, when good old sary of the game-changEd flailed those wooden ing juncture in history arms of his and blurtthat future high school ed out those immortal home-coming Queen words back in FebruShauna Frizzell and ary 1964: “Ladies and HARLEY Yours Truly were apGentlemen, The BeatHAY pointed as School Patrol les!” our RCA TV wincrossing guard partners dow suddenly framed a at Central School. magical Fab Four world Actually, it was quite that I could never have momentous for me, as I had very imagined in my tiny brain. little interest in being a crossing It was like aliens had suddenly guard and much more interest in landed right there in our Parkvale the fact that Shauna happened to living room. be one, if you get my drift, and I’m I have previously ranted about also certain that Shauna never ac- what ’60s psychology dude Abratually noticed me or the fact that I ham Maslow called a “peak experiwas her partner. ence,” whereupon you feel some But I must say, I for one thought sort of cosmic connection in a prowe certainly looked good together found moment of inspiration, unholding out those little stop signs derstanding and joy that has nothon a stick. ing to do with illicit 1960s chemical Oh, and also, The Beatles ap- substances. This is exactly what I peared on The Ed Sullivan Show. felt when I was appointed Shauna Unless you’ve had a bag over Frizzell’s School Patrol partner. your head for the entire month of Also, when The Beatles appeared February, you may have noticed on The Ed Sullivan Show. quite a kafuffle about the fact that I can remember it like it was the “Four Mop Tops” came to Can- Yesterday. america 50 years ago — although The Ed Sullivan Show was such a I’m pretty sure the math is wrong. special treat that I was allowed to It can’t possibly be that long ago stay up and watch it every Sunday because none of us baby boomer night (and if I was particularly antypes can conceivably be that old! noying I could often talk my Mom OK, so our television cabinet and Dad into letting my stay up to was the size of a washing machine watch Bonanza right after Ed Suland had one, count ’em, one televi- livan). sion channel, and everything was But Ed Sullivan was the grooviin black and white. Many young- est variety show I’d ever seen In sters don’t realize that 50 years My Life. was so long ago that colour hadn’t I’d even put up with the odd been invented yet — in the world, I opera singer or the Singing Nun mean. Everything was all black and to see someone dressed in a onewhite in those days. Honest. sie spinning a dozen plates on tall It was so long ago that only wobbly sticks, or Rich Little doing young males from England knew impressions of every famous perhow to grow their hair over their son including Ed Sullivan, or the ears and foreheads, which caused world’s first eight-foot Muppet. all the young Canadian and AmeriBut when John, Paul, George and can females to scream and faint on Ringo launched into All My Lovin’ a regular basis. my Dad sat there stunned, with Be that as it may, there are two his coffee and a bemused smile, kinds of people in this world. Beat- my Mom, who was on her way into les fans versus Rolling Stones fans. the living room from the kitchen,


stopped dead in her tracks, my sister stubbornly clutched an Elvis Presley album, and I immediately started growing my hair. And never before had I heard music that spoke to me like that. It was saying: “You can’t hear me on account of about 1,000 girls are screaming at the top of their lungs.” Still, when I could actually catch an audio gem of She Loves You with the WHOOOO! singing part and the shaking of the mop tops, or the perfect harmonies and irresistible beat of I Saw Her Standing There, I was already trying to figure out how to make my Optimist Drum and Bugle Corps marching drum into a full-on Ringo Ludwig drumset. And these long-haired aliens had weird guitars that said Gretsch and Rickenbacker on them and they had weird amps called Vox and Paul had that super cool violin shaped left handed Hofner bass guitar. And Ringo was way up on a drum stage happily grooving away on his black and white tiger striped Ludwigs with that instantly iconic sign on the front bass drum head:

I can’t tell you what that peak experience has meant for all these years since the universe brought together Ed Sullivan, The Beatles and all of us lucky enough to have been there and have been swept up in the swirling delicious chaos of a changing world. I actually have a miniature replica of Ringo’s Ludwigs with that famous logo on the bass drum. It’s about the size of a shoebox and it sits on my filing cabinet where I can see it from my desk. It reminds me of one of the most important times in my life, where a Long and Winding Road opened up in front of me and I became a lifelong member of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. And the time when Shauna and I made pretty good crossing guard partners, too. Harley Hay is a local freelance writer, award-winning author, filmmaker and musician. His column appears on Saturdays in the Advocate. His books can be found at Chapters, Coles and Sunworks in Red Deer.

The assembly of a community that is commonly called ‘The Street’ quite seriously is very similar to making a cake, or any other recipe for that matter. I’ll try to lay it out so that on examination, you can see just how it might possibly be. To start with, we have to recognize that our children for a variety of reasons have very little or nothing to do. Couple that with parents who do not use imaginative ways to keep them occupied — or just don’t care, or who abuse them. CHRIS You end up with kids SALOMONS who use their own imagination, then aided by TV do things that put them in conflict with their parents and eventually society. These kids then will automatically turn to a group that will take them in without question. Next, you add a segment of people whose occupation and lifestyle eventually leave them with addictions that they do not have the will or capacity to address. When left unchecked, these addictions will then rule their lives, eventually leaving them destitute and, of course, there is only one part of society that will accept them. Add to this, people who our government has now refused to look after; kicking them out of the venues where they were reasonably safe. This includes the mentally challenged, the infirm and now even the seniors. Oh, they throw a little bit of money at them, enough to keep them reasonably quiet, but their intent is the same: they want out of the people care business. Now you add a group that just does not want to work and who see an opportunity to make their living either by theft or by intimidation, or selling the drugs that the others are addicted to. Part of their method is to bully people into parting with their money, so violence enters the scene. Included in this mix then is the rest of society. Because of our inability or unwillingness to help or change someone who does not really want to change (usually out of fear), or even our lack of understanding, the only alternative is to reject this group of people. Put them all into one pot, stir well and, voila, you have a community called The Street! I suppose you could call this an overly simplistic viewpoint, but before you write this off, take a second look. Start with the kids. We first see them as young as 13, hanging out with other young people. No amount of pointing out derelicts or ugly scenes scares them enough to leave and try something different. It doesn’t work with pictures on cigarette packs, so why would it work here? As days turn into weeks, then months and years, we see them degenerate into permanent street residents. And I do mean degenerate. You wouldn’t believe the number of people on the street who at one time were very successful entrepreneurs or entertainers, who because of stress and lifestyle started using drugs and or alcohol. If you step onto a sled at the top of a hill, it doesn’t take a brain surgeon to figure out where you are going. Then once at the bottom, you are faced with a long arduous climb back up. Sometimes it doesn’t feel worth it; besides, it’s perfectly livable at the bottom. I won’t spend a lot of time on the government; they speak so well for themselves and like I said once before, I don’t want to become overly cynical. Unless you can earn a living at something you are passionate about, it takes a lot of fortitude to muster the energy to do work you really don’t want to do. Besides, isn’t it being an entrepreneur by buying low and selling high? And the markup on drugs is totally worth the risks involved. It is a well-recognized fact that the more you discipline a child by isolating them (sending them to their room), the more you create a rift that is only surmountable with a lot of attention and even more TLC. I think that the same applies to the people on the street. And it’s up to the community to motivate themselves to apply that attention and TLC. Chris Salomons is kitchen co-ordinator for Potter’s Hands ministry in Red Deer.


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The facilities that were built for the 2010 Olympic Games in Whistler are an incredible legacy. They are being used by athletes for training and for programs designed to engage young people with the sport and develop future athletes for Canada. They are also used for fun programming like Discover Biathlon, which allows ordinary people the opportunity to experience the thrill of participating in an Olympic sport first hand.

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hree out of five. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t good enough to beat the Americans in my tour group. Sadly, I did not do Canada proud at the Whistler Olympic Park biathlon shooting range. At least there wasn’t an Olympic medal on the line. Biathlon combines the sport of cross-country skiing with rifle marksmanDEBBIE ship and it’s one of the most OLSEN fascinating of the Winter Olympic sports. The sport began as a military training exercise for Norwegian soldiers with the first competition dating back to 1767. A precursor biathlon event called Military


Patrol made its debut at the 1924 Winter Olympic Games, but it was not until 1960 that modern biathlon became an official Olympic sport. There are now 12 different Olympic biathlon events. Whistler Olympic Park is one of the only venues in Canada where the public can have a two-hour hands-on biathlon experience. Discover Biathlon is a group training program that includes ski and rifle marksmanship lessons. The session typically ends with a biathlon fun race where participants compete against each other on a short course or alternatively a shoot off at the firing range. As we popped on our skis, our guide provided some basic information about the sport of biathlon. “Biathlon is the most watched televised winter sport in Europe,” said Bill Moore. “Today you’ll discover for yourselves just how challenging and exciting the sport can be.”

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CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: Our guide, Bill Moore, explained the different features of a real biathlon gun. The guns used on the biathlon shooting range are Russianmade .22-calibre rifles, with mechanical sights, five-shot magazines, and a form of bolt action; Half the biathlon lesson is spent learning skiing skills and the other half is spent learning how to shoot. Instructors stay close at hand, so the experience is controlled and safe. They also provide tips for shooting; Beginners learn to shoot with their skis off. Competitive athletes shoot with their skis on at targets much smaller than the practice targets beginners use — making it even more challenging.

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The Scandinave Spa baths are a great way to unwind after a day of Nordic skiing. The facility has a hot steam room, dry saunas, hot tubs and cool plunge pools and showers and teaches visitors the Scandinavian way to use a hot tub or sauna. After warming up the body, it is cooled quickly in the cold plunge pool or shower. The process is invigorating and thought to increase the body’s ability to get rid of toxins. Just remember not to scream when you jump in the cold water. Silence is the one important rule at the Scandinave Spa.

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BIATHLON: Skiing and marksmanship The first half of the lesson consisted of a ski lesson to learn basic nordic ski techniques. The group included some true beginners, so we learned the basics of gliding, turning and stopping. We were also taught some techniques for building and maintaining speed, and spent some time practising our newly acquired nordic racing skills on the biathlon course. After a brief gun safety lesson, we moved on to rifle marksmanship on the biathlon range that was used for the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. “A competitive athlete will fire 10,000 practice rounds per year at targets that are about a 10th the size of the ones you’ll be using today,� said Moore. “Biathletes shoot from both the prone and standing positions, but for liability reasons we can only shoot laying down today. We just can’t risk someone slipping and falling while holding a rifle.� I suspected that last rule had been made with unco-ordinated people like me in mind. The rifles at the Whistler Olympic Park practice range are specially designed 22-calibre Russianmade biathlon rifles that weigh about five kg each and cost more than $3,000. Olympic biathletes use custom guns that weigh about 3.5 kg and typically cost more than $10,000 each — a necessary investment in a sport where seconds can mean the difference between victory and defeat. I was well rested by the time it was my turn to lay down on the mat and fire at the targets, so I really have no excuse for not hitting them all. I couldn’t even imagine trying to ski several kilometres at high speed and then fire at tiny targets in a matter of seconds. Although I didn’t shoot well enough to win our mini shootout, I left with a new appreciation for a

� The Discover Biathlon Program at Whistler Olympic Park includes skate ski or classic style ski and rifle marksmanship instruction. Discover Biathlon takes approximately two hours and costs $79 for the group lesson including ski rentals or $65 for the lesson only. A trail pass is also required and will cost $23.50, but allows you to ski for the full day. Discover Biathlon runs on Saturdays and Sundays until March 9 and on Wednesdays until Feb. 26. A private biathlon lesson costs $89.50 per person for two people and can be combined with shuttle service from the village, trail pass and ski rentals for $75 per person. A vehicle rental would be required to do the group lesson. If you just wish to shoot at the biathlon range, the Experience Biathlon program costs $20 per person and includes two rounds. For information or reservations, call 604-964-0060 or visit: www. � We stayed at Nita Lake Lodge ( just outside the Whistler Village. Perched on the edge of a glacier-fed lake, the lodge is walking distance (500 metres) from the base of Whistler Mountain and the Creekside Gondola. There is a free shuttle into the village and plenty of other little extras like free evening bonfires with s’mores. The large one bedroom and two bedroom suites are great for families. Rates start at $229 per night or $242 per night, with breakfast. � Pacific Coach Lines ( offers express motor coach service between Vancouver International Airport (YVR) and Whistler eight times per day during the winter months. The cost is $72 per adult per direction and there is a Kids Travel Free Promotion running through April 21.



If you go � Access to the baths costs $58 and a bathrobe rental costs $12. Massages and other spa services are also available and represent a value, because they include access to the baths. For reservations or information, visit Debbie Olsen is a Lacombe-based freelance writer. Follow Debbie’s travels at If you have an interesting travel story you would like to share, please email: or write to: Debbie Olsen, c/o Red Deer Advocate, 2950 Bremner Ave., Red Deer, Alta., T4R 1M9.

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The Scandinave Spa is a group of saunas, steam rooms, hot tubs and cool plunge pools that bathers use as hydrotherapy to relax and unwind after a day of activity in Whistler. Bathers warm up their core body temperature in a dry sauna, a steam room or a high-temperature hot tub and then submerge themselves into an ice cold pool for 20 seconds. Afterwards, they relax in a room temperature solarium for 15 to 20 minutes. Then they repeat the process. In order to maintain a peaceful atmosphere, there is pretty much one rule at the Scandinave Spa in Whistler: bathers must maintain complete silence. But the first time I jumped into an ice water pool, I completely forgot the rule and let out a yelp. I emerged with a new appreciation for those who do the Polar Bear Dip in Sylvan Lake each year and as I sat in the solarium, I was tingling all over. (Note: Sylvan Lake’s Polar Bear Dip takes place today at 1 p.m. on the pier as part of the town’s Winterfest celebrations. Visit for details.) The theory behind this practice is that heat quiets and soothes the body while cold stimulates and invigorates it. Alternating hot and cold water decreases inflammation, increases circulation and improves the body’s ability to eliminate toxins. I can’t say for sure how many toxins were released from my system, but I certainly felt very invigorated after visiting Scandinave. And I slept like a baby that night.

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If you do not have money to escape the winter that never ends, maybe you would enjoy a mental break with an ice-themed weekend. Or, as mom used to say, if you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t beat them, join them. That is how I convinced my husband to head north to Jasper and leave central heating behind. We started easy with a drive on one of North Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most scenic highways â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the Icefields Parkway. The roads were icy, but with enough bare pavement to avoid making a new friend of a tow-truck driver. The Icefields visitor centre is closed in winter, but Mother Nature keeps the ice field open year-round. We stopped for a picnic lunch and discovered the roadside ravens were also finding winter tough. One I nicknamed the Raven Godfather landed on our truck hood and glared through the windshield as we quickly ate our sandwiches and left. Once in Jasper we headed to Pyramid Lake Resort, a great base for icy-related activities. Cross-country ski trails ring Pyramid Lake, but we opted for the outdoor curling rink instead. With the smoke of a wood fire drifting by, we attempted a curling hack with rocks made from birch chunks. It was a great upper-body workout and warmup for the skating. With a brisk wind and -25C temperatures, I learned the most critical sport at which to excel is lacing skates before your fingers freeze! Circling the ice next to the 2,766-metre-high Pyramid Mountain cleared out my winter blues. With the winds coming off the mountain increasing, my skating soon turned into kiteskating. Skating upwind was hard, but when I turned, the wind at my back meant I could simply stand with my arms outstretched like a human kite and be pushed along the ice. Next up was an ice walk through Maligne Canyon. This has become Jasperâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most popular winter activity â&#x20AC;&#x201D; likely because the only required skill is the ability to walk upright over slippery surfaces. I have been training for this all winter, having found myself prone on the sidewalk a couple of times. Wanting to avoid unnecessary hazards, we opted for an organized threehour tour. Guide Sarah Peterson picked us up

one scrambled under the large icicles for a photo until Sarah pointed out that if a icicle fell it would be our last walk â&#x20AC;&#x201D; ice or otherwise. Ice walkers are the least adventurous of the people in the canyon. Ice climbers with crampons and ropes were scaling the biggest formations and several people were exploring the cave system that runs under Maligne Canyon. While we were not allowed deep into the caves, Sarah took us to the mouth of one cave. As I crawled forward on my hands and knees, it felt like the cave was breathing. The air was warm and moist and seemed to move with an unseen breeze. I did not advance further, enjoying instead the large ice crystals that had formed where the warm and cold air collided. I broke off a couple of icicles and tucked them into the coffee thermos I brought along for that purpose. Since much of the canyonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s water comes from underground limestone formations there is little chance Guardia or other water-borne illnesses are present


B4 Rebels topple Oil Kings in OT BY ADVOCATE STAFF

Rebels 3 Oil Kings 2 (OT) EDMONTON — Scott Feser and Patrik Bartosak were front and centre for the Red Deer Rebels in a crucial 3-2 Western Hockey League overtime victory Friday over the Edmonton Oil Kings. Feser notched all three Red Deer goals and Bartosak turned aside 50 shots as the Rebels snapped a seven-game losing streak. “There was a lot of things we were better at tonight,” said Rebels GM/head coach Brent Sutter. “Edmonton takes a lot of shots and their power play moves the puck well, but we were resilient here tonight. “This was more the way we want to see our team play as far as the emotion and intensity we need to have.” The Rebels never led in the contest until it really counted — when Feser took a feed from Conner Bleackley on a two-on-one break and potted his 10th

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of the season two minutes into overtime. Oil Kings rearguard Dysin Mayo opened the scoring at 12:02 of the first period and Feser pulled the Rebels even just over three minutes later. Edmonton led 2-1 after 40 minutes thanks to a second-period goal from Edgars Kulda, but Feser converted passes from linemates Adam Musil and Evan Polei 5:35 into the third period. The Red Deer native then completed his hat-trick performance in the extra frame. “Scotty scores three and Patty plays well . . . both guys were big for us tonight,” said Sutter. “A lot of guys were better tonight than they have been, so that’s encouraging.” While the Rebels were zero-for-three with a man advantage, their penalty killers came up big as the Oil Kings were zero-for-five on the power play. “Your best penalty killer is always your goalie,” said Sutter.

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Building blocks form in win over Austria BY THE CANADIAN PRESS Team Canada 6 Austria 0 SOCHI, Russia — A win over Austria isn’t going to mean much by the end of the Olympic hockey tournament, regardless of whether Team Canada defends its gold medal or misses the podium altogether. Still, coach Mike Babcock and his players could see building blocks forming in the 6-0 win on Friday night at Bolshoy Ice Dome. As expected, Canada was a more cohesive, comfortable bunch in its second game of the tournament. “We were nervous (Thursday) night at the start and I thought we got better,” Babcock said. “I think we were better tonight than we were. I thought we moved the puck better. I thought we skated better.” Jeff Carter, who led the way with a natural hat trick in the second period, called it a “step in the right direction.” At this stage, that’s all Canada can glean from convincing wins against Norway and Austria. There can be no grand proclamations made from these two games, there’s no certainty whether Roberto Luongo (23 saves) or Carey Price will start Sunday against Finland, and this team is far from a finished product. As Babcock likes to say, it’s a “work in progress.” But in putting the pieces together before it turns into a one-game elimination event, Canada looks like a team that is on the right track. “I think today you saw our team’s evolution continue to progress period by period,” forward Patrice Bergeron said. “I think it’s what we want right now.” Captain Sidney Crosby called it the continuation of what he and his teammates were able to do in the second and third periods against Norway, when they hemmed a weaker opponent in its zone and wore it down as a result. “We played with a lot of speed,” Crosby said. “We got some success playing like that.” That’s the key to how Canada wants to play. Forward John Tavares knows these kind of lopsided results won’t continue when facing fellow contend-


Austria defenceman Thoms Pock (22) tries to control Canada forward Martin St.Louis (26) in front of goaltender Bernhard Starkbaum (24) during third period round robin men’s hockey action at the Sochi Winter Olympics on Friday in Sochi, Russia. ers, but execution of this strategy should mean good things. “When we push the pace, we make it tough for other teams to defend,” Tavares said. “And when they’ve got to defend us, they wear down and we’re able to create more and more opportunities and you can see that by the third period we really controlled the puck a lot.” Against Austria, Canada predictably controlled the puck and the pace of the game. The odd-man rushes against, and therefore pressure on Luongo, decreased as time went on, and offence followed in the form of goals from Carter, Drew Doughty, Shea Weber and Ryan Getzlaf. And though goal differential is the first seeding tiebreaker moving forward and it has value, the Canadians aren’t measuring themselves on 6-0, or on 3-1 against Norway. This is about doing the right things and developing the right habits. “I’m just looking for details,” Babcock said. “Who can I trust, and who can you not, and how are we going to win the games as they get harder? And this tournament it gets harder and harder, as you know.

It’s a detail tournament, it’s a one-goal game, every single time, so it’s going to be about playing well without the puck.” It’s hard to tell how Canada is developing as a team without the puck because it had it so much through the first two games. Obviously, Carter said, that’s not a bad thing. “I think when you’re creating turnovers, you’re skating, you’re on the puck, you’re forechecking and backchecking, whatever it is — when everybody is doing that, it’s a good sign,” said Carter, who had Canada’s first natural hat trick at the Olympics since Paul Knox in 1956 against Austria. “You’re going to create off it.” Canada created plenty, making it a long and then a shorter night for Austrian goaltender Bernhard Starkbaum, who allowed six goals on 31 shots before getting pulled after two periods. There wasn’t much he could do most of the time against a powerful offensive opponent.

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Gold slips from Chan’s grasp during flawed long program BY THE CANADIAN PRESS SOCHI, Russia — Patrick Chan had four-and-ahalf minutes to rewrite the history of Olympic men’s figure skating in Canada. Instead, he’ll be added to the list of so many Canadian greats who’ll think back on the Olympic Games with regret. The 23-year-old from Toronto, the most dominant skater on the planet for the past three years, wound up with the silver medal at the Sochi Olympics on Saturday behind Yuzuru Hanyu on a night the Japanese teenager left the door wide open for gold. “I had that gold medal in front of me and I just didn’t grasp it,” Chan said. “And it’s tough. It’s tough.” Neither Hanyu nor Chan skated even close to their best. Hanyu, a 19-year-old who lives and trains in Toronto with coach Brian Orser, fell on his opening quad Salchow, then fell again and thought all hope was lost. “No, I was so sad,” Hanyu said. Chan skated directly after Hanyu, with an Olympic-sized opportunity to do what such greats as Donald Jackson, Kurt Browning, Elvis Stojko and Hanyu’s own coach, Orser, could not — become the first Canadian man to win Olympic gold. But after opening with a beautiful quad toe looptriple toe loop combination, his program completely unravelled. He put a hand down on his second quad toe loop, then touched both hands to the ice in his over-rotated triple Axel. By the final moments of his normally elegant program to Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons,” he was sloppy on a spin he could practically do in his sleep, and was even a touch behind on his music. His first words to the camera after seeing his score: “I love you guys. I’m sorry.” Hanyu scored 280.09 — well off Chan’s world record of 295.27 the Canadian set in December — to become Japan’s first Olympic gold medallist in the discipline. Chan finished with 275.62. Denis Ten of Kazakhstan won bronze with a total score of 255.10.


Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan, centre, Patrick Chan of Canada, left, and Denis Ten of Kazakhstan pose for photographs on the podium during the flower ceremony for the men’s free skate figure skating final at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the 2014 Winter Olympics, Friday, in Sochi, Russia. Hanyu placed first, Chan second and Ten third. “When it ended, at first I was relieved to get that weight lifted off my shoulders,” Chan said. “Because it’s been a weight on my shoulders for four years and carrying that weight and expectations, I put it on myself these past four years and set this goal for myself.”

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


Chan has had his sights set squarely on Olympic gold since he finished fifth at the 2010 Vancouver Games and for three years there has been no surer bet on two skates than the Canadian.

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SATURDAY, FEB. 15, 2014



● Peewee AA hockey: Taber at Sylvan Lake, 1:30 p.m.; Lethbridge White at Red Deer TBS, 4:45 p.m., Collicutt Centre. ● 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, 5 p.m., Arena. ● 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.


● 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.

Transactions BASEBALL COMMISSIONER’S OFFICE — Suspended Atlanta C Orinn Sears 50 games for violating the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. American League BOSTON RED SOX — Agreed to terms with OF Corey Brown on a minor league contract. TEXAS RANGERS — Agreed to terms with RHP Tommy Hanson and 1B/DH Mitch Moreland on one-year contracts. Placed LHP Joseph Ortiz on the 60-day DL. TAMPA RAYS — Agreed to terms with LHP Erik Bedard on a minor league contract. National League ATLANTA BRAVES — Agreed to terms with RHP Julio Teheran on a six-year contract. WASHINGTON NATIONALS — Agreed to terms with RHP Josh Roenicke on a minor league contract. American Association GRAND PRAIRIE AIR HOGS — Released RHP Derek Blacksher. KANSAS CITY T-BONES — Signed RHP Kyle Devore. Released C Trevor Coleman. ST. PAUL SAINTS — Signed RHP Paul Burnside and OF Buddy Sosnoskie. Frontier League LAKE ERIE CRUSHERS — Signed OF Craig Hertler to a contract extension. Signed Cs Patrick Reardon and Conor Thompson. Released INF Max Casper. NORMAL CORNBELTERS — Released RHP Matt Suschak. SCHAUMBURG BOOMERS — Signed Cs Ty Nelson and Mike Valadez to contract extensions. Signed C Cody Coffman. FOOTBALL National Football League KANSAS CITY CHIEFS — Signed TE Richard Gordon to a one-year contract. MINNESOTA VIKINGS — Named Evan Marcus strength and conditioning coach and Jeff Hurd assistant strength and conditioning coach. NEW YORK GIANTS — Announced the retirement of DE Dave Tollefson. SEATTLE SEAHAWKS — Signed OL Greg Van Roten to a reserve/future contract. Canadian Football League WINNIPEG BLUE BOMBERS — Re-signed S Dan West. Signed WR Antonio Robinson. Arena Football League SPOKANE SHOCK — Named Drew Buchkoski strength and conditioning coach and Raul Vijil assistant strength and conditioning coach. HOCKEY American Hockey League AHL — Suspended Rochester D Matt MacKenzie one game for his actions during a Feb. 8 game. BRIDGEPORT SOUND TIGERS — Signed D Jake Newton to a professional tryout contract. MILWAUKEE ADMIRALS — Reassigned G Scott Darling to Cincinnati (ECHL). SAN ANTONIO RAMPAGE — Traded F Adam Brace to Bridgeport for D Mike Dalhuisen and assigned Dalhuisen to Cincinnati (ECHL). Central Hockey League ALLEN AMERICANS — Signed F Ben Power. SOCCER Major League Soccer CHIVAS USA — Signed M Thomas McNamara. COLUMBUS CREW — Signed D Ben Sweat and M Kingsley Baiden. FC DALLAS — Acquired F Andres Ramiro Escobar on loan from Dynamo Kyiv (Ukraine). National Women’s Soccer League NWSL — Transferred M Desiree Scott to Notts County Ladies FC (England-FA Super League). WASHINGTON SPIRIT — Announced the retirement of D Marisa Abegg.

WHL EASTERN CONFERENCE EAST DIVISION GP W L OTLSOL GF GA Regina 57 30 22 3 2 196 202 Swift Current 58 28 22 2 6 193 183 Brandon 58 28 22 6 2 214 210 Prince Albert 57 26 27 2 2 181 205 Moose Jaw 56 15 33 3 5 147 215 Saskatoon 59 15 39 2 3 171 251

Pt 65 64 64 56 38 35

CENTRAL DIVISION GP W L OTLSOL GF GA 56 40 14 1 1 230 140 58 37 15 3 3 223 166 58 35 20 3 0 204 158 58 32 22 2 2 191 168 58 28 26 1 3 174 182 59 12 42 2 3 144 275

Pt 82 80 73 68 60 29

WESTERN CONFERENCE B.C. DIVISION GP W L OTLSOL GF GA Kelowna 58 46 8 0 4 250 150 Victoria 59 39 16 1 3 191 145 Vancouver 58 27 22 6 3 191 198 Prince George 60 24 29 2 5 204 251 Kamloops 57 11 41 2 3 141 236

Pt 96 82 63 55 27

Edmonton Calgary Medicine Hat Kootenay Red Deer Lethbridge

Portland Seattle Spokane Everett Tri-City

GP 57 57 57 56 57

U.S. DIVISION W L OTLSOL 40 12 2 3 35 17 2 3 32 20 3 2 27 21 7 1 27 24 3 3

GF GA 268 175 194 192 189 172 164 171 148 163

Pt 85 75 69 62 60

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 Friday’s results Medicine Hat 7 Swift Current 3 Regina 5 Prince Albert 4 (SO) Kootenay 3 Brandon 2 (SO) Calgary 6 Saskatoon 5 (OT) Moose Jaw 4 Lethbridge 2 Red Deer 3 Edmonton 2 (OT) Portland at Kamloops, 8 p.m. Kelowna 4 Prince George 2 Vancouver at Everett, 8:35 p.m. Tri-City at Seattle, 8:35 p.m. Today’s games Victoria at Prince Albert, 6 p.m. Swift Current at Regina, 6 p.m. Kootenay at Brandon, 6:30 p.m. Saskatoon at Red Deer, 7 p.m. Calgary at Lethbridge, 7 p.m. Moose Jaw at Medicine Hat, 7:30 p.m. Portland at Vancouver, 8 p.m. Prince George at Kamloops, 8 p.m. Seattle at Everett, 8:05 p.m. Tri-City at Spokane, 8:05 p.m. Sunday’s games Kamloops at Vancouver, 6 p.m. Prince George at Seattle, 6:05 p.m. Everett at Spokane, 6:05 p.m. Monday’s games Victoria at Moose Jaw, 1 p.m. Brandon at Regina, 1 p.m. Prince Albert at Swift Current, 1 p.m. Lethbridge at Edmonton, 2 p.m. Red Deer at Calgary, 4 p.m.

1. Prince George, Fiddler 37 (Pochiro, Bourke) 10:11 (pp). 2. Prince George, McNulty 16 (Pochiro, Bourke) 11:23 (pp). 3. Kelowna, Merkley 15 (Chartier, Gatenby) 17:27. Penalties — Severson Kel (tripping) 9:27, Bowey Kel (tripping) 9:39, Goulbourne Kel (tripping) 9:39. Third Period 4. Kelowna, Rigby 16 (Wheaton, Severson) 5:34. 5. Kelowna, Chartier 18 (Merkley, Kirkland) 19:35. 6. Kelowna, Chartier 19 (Olsen) 19:50 (-EN). Penalties — Severson Kel (delay of game) 1:53, Kirkland Kel (high-sticking) 17:05, Bowey Kel (delay of game) 17:09. Shots on goal by Prince George 8 9 11 — 28 Kelowna 12 18 12 — 42 Goal — Prince George: Beukeboom (L, 5-5-0); Kelowna: Cooke (W, 32-5-0). Tigers 7, Broncos 3 First Period 1. Medicine Hat, Koules 20 (Ast, Eisenschmid) 8:15. 2. Swift Current, Debrusk 10 (Merkley, Black) 18:27. Penalties — Becker MH (roughing) 19:42. Second Period 3. Swift Current, Burns 22 (Honka, Gordon) :23 (pp). 4. Medicine Hat, Valk 32 (Sanford, Cox) 1:48. 5. Medicine Hat, Sanford 27 (Becker, Staples) 9:33. 6. Medicine Hat, Stanton 5 (unassisted) 11:24. 7. Medicine Hat, Doty 8 (Bredo, Valk) 19:24 (pp). Penalties — Cox MH (slashing) 4:54, Leth SC (tripping) 4:54, Johnson SC (holding) 17:25. Third Period 8. Medicine Hat, Valk 33 (Cox, Sanford) 6:29. 9. Swift Current, Honka 13 (Martin, Gordon) 9:21 (pp). 10. Medicine Hat, Penner 9 (Labelle) 18:25 (-EN. SH). Penalties — Debrusk SC (kneeing) 1:51, Lewington MH (hooking) 10:34, Owre MH (hooking) 18:00. Shots on goal by Medicine Hat 17 15 8 — 40 Swift Current 15 9 9 — 33 Goal — Medicine Hat: Langhamer (W, 18-10-2); Swift Current: Laurikainen (L, 19-17-0). Warriors 4, Hurricanes 2 First Period 1. Moose Jaw, Gore 8 (unassisted) 11:26. 2. Lethbridge, Duke 13 (Sayers, Sacher) 14:05 (pp). Penalties — Foulk Let (roughing) 8:47, Brown MJ (instigator) 13:35, Brown MJ (fighting) 13:35, Brown MJ (10-minute misconduct) 13:35, Folk Let (fighting) 13:35, Ramsay Let (roughing) 17:33, Duke Let (slashing) 18:10. Second Period 3. Moose Jaw, Rodewald 19 (Point, White) :15. 4. Lethbridge, Sheen 16 (Erkamps, Hackman) :45. 5. Moose Jaw, Duperreault 6 (Eberle, Fioretti) 5:56. Penalties — Cooper Let (delay of game) 9:53, White MJ (roughing) 13:18, Eberle MJ (roughing) 15:31, Bell Let (roughing) 15:31, Fioretti MJ (inter. on goaltender) 18:00, Bell Let (inter. on goaltender) 18:00. Third Period 6. Moose Jaw, White 16 (Rodewald, Point) 19:43 (-EN). Penalties — Valentine MJ (holding) 2:06, Ramsay Let (slashing) 11:04, Forsberg MJ (holding) 14:15, Jensen MJ (delay of game) 19:48. Shots on goal by Moose Jaw 16 8 10 — 34 Lethbridge 7 10 12 — 29 Goal — Moose Jaw: Sawchenko (W, 6-8-0); Lethbridge: Sacher (L, 4-6-0).

FRIDAY’S SUMMARIES Rebels 3, Oil Kings 2 (OT) First Period 1. Edmonton, Mayo 7 (Eller, Petryk) 12:02. 2. Red Deer, Feser 8 (unassisted) 15:37. Penalties — Irving Edm (tripping) 5:10, Sterzer RD (hooking) 12:22. Second Period 3. Edmonton, Kulda 21 (Bauer, Eller) 12:43. Penalties — Moroz Edm (Major-Charging) 0:42, Moroz Edm (game misconduct) 0:42, Fafard RD (tripping) 6:35, Musil RD (roughing) 10:32, Bleackley RD (roughing) 14:09, Fleury RD (roughing) 14:09, Orban Edm (roughing) 14:09, Samuelsson Edm (slashing) 14:09, Chorney RD (roughing) 16:46. Third Period 4. Red Deer, Feser 9 (Musil, Polei) 5:35. Penalties — Eller Edm (hooking) 1:13, Doetzel RD (interference) 9:14. Overtime 5. Red Deer, Feser 10 (Bleackley, Gaudet) 1:59. Penalties — None. Shots on goal by Red Deer 10 5 7 1 — 23 Edmonton 17 18 15 2 — 52

Ice 3, Wheat Kings 2 (SO) First Period 1. Kootenay, Reinhart 30 (Bozon, Vetterl) 6:44. 2. Brandon, Kitt 3 (Lisoway) 7:40. Penalties — Murray Koo (high-sticking) 1:22, Shmyr Bra (tripping) 9:59, Philp Koo (hooking) 15:35. Second Period 3. Brandon, Kitt 4 (Gabrielle, Roy) 10:38. Penalties — King Koo (tripping) 14:38. Third Period 4. Kootenay, Bozon 27 (Valiev, Reinhart) 11:14. Penalties — Quenneville Bra (slashing) 3:56, Cable Koo (tripping) 11:25. Overtime No Scoring. Penalties — None. Kootenay : Franko goal, Bozon miss, Reinhart miss, Descheneau miss, Alfaro goal. Brandon : Shmyr goal, McGauley miss, Quenneville miss, Roy miss, Pilon miss. Shots on goal by Kootenay 9 13 11 2 5 — 35 Brandon 12 8 10 4 5 — 34

Goal — Red Deer: Bartosak (W, 26-21-1); Edmonton: Jarry (LS, 35-12-1). Power plays (goal-chances)Red Deer: 0-3; Edmonton: 0-5. Referees — Jason Cramer, Kevin Webinger. Linesmen — Greg Chornohus, Darren Spurgeon. Attendance — 6,013 at Edmonton.

Goal — Kootenay: Skapski (W, 22-14-2); Brandon: Papirny (LS, 18-10-4).

Rockets 4, Cougars 2 First Period No Scoring. Penalties — Severson Kel (tripping) 1:32, Pochiro PG (Embellishment) 9:51, Tomchuk PG (crosschecking) 14:22. Second Period

Busenius Sas (roughing) 6:24, Padakin CAL (roughing) 6:24, Rissling CAL (roughing) 7:26, Kirichenko Sas (interference) 17:43. Third Period 6. Calgary, Lang 9 (Padakin, Sanheim) 1:51. 7. Saskatoon, Sherbak 26 (Graham) 8:56. 8. Calgary, Roach 5 (Brassart, Chase) 11:07 (pp). 9. Calgary, Chase 30 (Rissling, Brassart) 15:21 (pp). 10. Saskatoon, Hebig 11 (Graham, Sherbak) 17:30. Penalties — Millar Sas (high-sticking) 8:59, Millar Sas (high-sticking) 8:59, Lang CAL (hooking) 11:53, Kirichenko Sas (roughing) 15:03. Overtime 11. Calgary, Roach 6 (Chase, Rissling) :11. Penalties — None. Shots on goal by Saskatoon 7 11 6 0 — 24 Calgary 16 14 18 1 — 49 Goal — Saskatoon: Trombley (LS, 8-21-1); Calgary: Shields (W, 16-2-0). Pats 5, Raiders 4 (SO) First Period 1. Regina, D’Amico 3 (unassisted) :37. 2. Regina, Leier 31 (Brooks, Hunt) 14:07. 3. Prince Albert, Valcourt 20 (Lange, Draisaitl) 17:14 (pp). Penalties — Zgraggen Reg (holding) 6:40, Hart P.A. (Major-Interference) 8:13, Hart P.A. (game misconduct) 8:13, Hunt Reg (holding) 16:37. Second Period 4. Regina, Stephenson 27 (Klimchuk) 2:16 (shorthanded-SH). 5. Prince Albert, Brooks 11 (Andrlik, Craig) 3:03 (pp). 6. Prince Albert, Draisaitl 24 (Valcourt, Lange) 9:10 (pp). 7. Prince Albert, Draisaitl 25 (Morrissey, Lange) 19:46 (pp). Penalties — Reg Bench (served by McVeigh, too many men) 1:06, Hunt Reg (hooking) 8:03, Williams Reg (checking from behind) 17:50, Zgraggen Reg (checking from behind) 18:18. Third Period 8. Regina, Hunt 17 (Leier) 11:35. Penalties — Braid P.A. (slashing) 14:01, Braid P.A. (high-sticking) 18:39. Overtime No Scoring. Penalties — None. Regina : Leier goal, Stevenson miss. Prince Albert : Draisaitl miss, Morrissey miss, Conroy miss. Shots on goal by Regina 11 17 8 3 2 — 39 Prince Albert 9 13 11 4 3 — 37 Goal — Regina: Wapple (W, 20-12-1); Prince Albert: Cheveldave (LS, 21-20-2). MEN’S OLYMPIC HOCKEY Preliminary Round Men Group A GP WOTWOTL L GF GA Pts United States 1 1 0 0 0 7 1 3 Russia 1 1 0 0 0 5 2 3 Slovenia 1 0 0 0 1 2 5 0 Slovakia 1 0 0 0 1 1 7 0 GP 2 2 2 2

Group B WOTWOTL 2 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

L GF GA Pts 0 14 5 6 0 9 1 6 2 2 9 0 2 4 14 0

GP Sweden 2 Czech Republic 2 Switzerland 2 Latvia 2

Group C WOTWOTL 2 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0

L GF GA Pts 0 5 2 6 1 6 6 3 1 1 1 3 2 2 5 0

Finland Canada Norway Austria

Three points awarded for a regulation win, two for an overtime/shootout win and one for an overtime/ shootout loss. Friday, Feb. 14 Group C : Czech Republic 4 Latvia 2 Group C : Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Group B : Canada 6 Austria 0 Group B : Finland 6 Norway 1 Today’s Games Group A : Slovakia at Slovenia, 1 a.m. Group A : United States at Russia, 5:30 a.m. Group C : Switzerland at Czech Republic, 10 a.m. Group C : Sweden at Latvia, 10 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 16 Group B : Austria at Norway, 13 a.m. Group A : Russia at Slovakia, 5:30 a.m. Group A : Slovenia at United States, 5:30 a.m. Group B : Finland at Canada, 10 a.m.

35:10. Third Period No Scoring. Penalties — None. Shots on goal by Canada 16 15 15 — Austria 7 10 6 —

Goal — Canada: Luongo (W, 0-0-0); Austria: Starkbaum (L, 0-0-0). Finland 6, Norway 1 First Period 1. Finland, Selanne 1 (Vatanen, Lehtonen) 5:46. 2. Finland, Korpikoski 1 (Jokinen, Maatta) 6:51. 3. Finland, Lehtera 1 (unassisted) 17:21. Penalties — Olimb Nor (tripping) 8:57, Salminen Fin (tripping) 9:52. Second Period 4. Finland, Korpikoski 2 (Maatta, Ruutu) 28:03. 5. Finland, Jokinen 1 (Salo, Ruutu) 31:26. Penalties — Bonsaksen Nor (hooking) 34:41, Selanne Fin (tripping) 39:49. Third Period 6. Norway, Skroder 1 (Olimb, Holos) 41:01 (pp). 7. Finland, Maatta 2 (Kontiola, Lehtonen) 57:41. Penalties — Ruutu Fin (high-sticking) 40:20, Bonsaksen Nor (holding) 54:13. Shots on goal by Norway 6 9 6 — 21 Finland 13 15 11 — 39 Goal — Norway: Haugen (L, 0-0-0); Finland: Lehtonen (W, 0-0-0). Sweden 1, Switzerland 0 First Period No Scoring. Penalties — Hollenstein Sui (hooking) 7:36, Ericsson Swe (holding) 16:25. Second Period No Scoring. Penalties — Suri Sui (Delaying Game) 27:33, Wick Sui (tripping) 31:06. Third Period 1. Sweden, Alfredsson 1 (Karlsson, Berglund) 52:39. Penalties — Ericsson Swe (interference) 41:17, Weber Sui (holding) 45:31. Shots on goal by Sweden 5 17 9 — 31 Switzerland 13 7 6 — 26 Goal — Sweden: Lundqvist (W, 0-0-0); Switzerland: Berra (L, 0-0-0). Czech Republic 4, Latvia 2 First Period 1. Czech Republic, Erat 1 (Krejci, Hemsky) 10:10. 2. Latvia, Sprukts 1 (Redlihs, Darzins) 13:05 (pp). 3. Czech Republic, Jagr 2 (Zidlicky, Plekanec) 19:29 (pp). Penalties — Ozolinsh Lat (high-sticking) 7:31, Hanzal Cze (tripping) 11:36, Hanzal Cze (tripping) 13:05, Redlihs Lat (high-sticking) 18:36. Second Period 4. Latvia, Vasiljevs 1 (Pujacs) 22:45. 5. Czech Republic, Voracek 1 (Michalek) 27:06. 6. Czech Republic, Zidlicky 2 (Hanzal, Nedved) 37:02. Penalties — None. Third Period No Scoring. Penalties — Ozolinsh Lat (tripping) 42:38, Cervenka Cze (hooking) 54:15, Zidlicky Cze (hooking) 55:18. Shots on goal by Czech Republic 16 15 8 — 39 Latvia 8 8 4 — 20 Goal — Czech Republic: Pavelec (W, 0-0-0); Latvia: Masalskis (L, 0-0-0). WOMEN”S OLYMPIC HOCKEY Preliminary Round Women Group A GP WOTWOTL L GF GA Pts Canada 3 3 0 0 0 11 2 9 United States 3 2 0 0 1 14 4 6 Finland 3 0 1 0 2 5 9 2 Switzerland 3 0 0 1 2 3 18 1

Russia Sweden Germany Japan

Canada 6, Austria 0 First Period 1. Canada, Doughty 2 (Toews) 5:24. 2. Canada, Weber 2 (Perry, Getzlaf) 10:12. Penalties — Hundertpfund Aut (hooking) 12:10. Second Period 3. Canada, Carter 1 (Marleau, Crosby) 22:39. 4. Canada, Carter 2 (Marleau, Pietrangelo) 24:09. 5. Canada, Carter 3 (Marleau, Weber) 34:33. 6. Canada, Getzlaf 1 (unassisted) 36:48 (sh). Penalties — Carter Cda (tripping) 20:29, Bergeron Cda (hooking) 28:42, Benn Cda (high-sticking)

Latvia Slovakia Croatia Finland Kazakhstan Ukraine

ALPINE SKIING Men’s Super Combined Downhill - Morgan Pridy, Whistler, B.C., 25th, (one minute 56.21 seconds, +2.97 seconds) Men’s Super Combined Slalom - Morgan Pridy, 19th, (53.82, +3.71) Final Ranking: Morgan Pridy, 20th, (2:50.03, +4.83) BIATHLON Women’s 15 km Individual - Megan Imrie, Falcon Lake, Man., 30th, (48 minutes 32.7 seconds, +5:13.1); Megan Heinicke, Prince George, B.C., 51st, (50:26.8); Zina Kocher, Red Deer, Alta., 63rd, (53:00.7); Rosanna Crawford, Canmore, Alta., 67th, (53:29.8).

CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING Men’s 15 km Classic - Devon Kershaw, Sudbury, Ont., 35th, (41 minutes 17.1 seconds, +2:47.4); Ivan Babikov, Canmore, Alta., 39th, (41:49.2); Graeme Killick, Fort McMurray, Alta., 65th, (44:04.8); Alex Harvey, St-Ferreol-les-neiges, Que., DNF. CURLING Men’s Round Robin Session 7 - Canada 10 Norway 4 (Standings: Canada 4-2, fourth) FIGURE SKATING Men’s Free Program - Patrick Chan, Toronto, 2nd (178.10, +0.54); Kevin Reynolds, North Vancouver, B.C., 10th, (153.47) Men’s Final Ranking: Patrick Chan, Silver Medal, (275.62, +4.47); Kevin Reynolds, 15th (222.23). ICE HOCKEY Men’s Preliminary Round - Group B - Canada 6 Austria 0 (Standings: Canada 2-0, T-1st) SKELETON Women’s Heat 3 - Sarah Reid, Calgary, 4th

Justin Leonard James Hahn Martin Laird Marc Leishman Tim Wilkinson Graham DeLaet Hunter Mahan Ben Curtis Stuart Appleby Daniel Summerhays Fred Couples Rickie Fowler Kevin Na Josh Teater Paul Goydos Bubba Dickerson Hudson Swafford Bo Van Pelt Charlie Wi Russell Henley Ryan Moore Jonathan Byrd

Nicolas Colsaerts Ricky Barnes Thorbjorn Olesen Brendon de Jonge Joost Luiten John Merrick Padraig Harrington David Hearn James Driscoll Jason Kokrak Freddie Jacobson Morgan Hoffmann Charles Howell III Ryo Ishikawa John Mallinger Fred Funk Spencer Levin Brian Stuard Stewart Cink Brian Gay Y.E. Yang Trevor Immelman

GP 3 3 3 3

Group B WOTWOTL 3 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0

L GF GA Pts 0 9 3 9 1 6 3 6 2 5 8 3 3 1 7 0

Three points awarded for a regulation win, two for an overtime/shootout win and one for an overtime/ shootout loss. Today’s Games Quarterfinals Switzerland at Russia, 1 a.m. Finland at Sweden, 5:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 17 Semifinals Canada at TBAH, 5:30 a.m. United States at TBAH, 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 20 Bronze Medal Game TBAA at TBAH, 5 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 20 Gold Medal Game TBAA at TBAH, 10 a.m.


Hitmen 6, Blades 5 (OT) First Period 1. Calgary, Babych 3 (Draude, Lang) 14:08. 2. Calgary, Padakin 21 (Mahon, Helgesen) 18:23. Penalties — Kirichenko Sas (interference) 8:27, Mahon CAL (hooking) 19:48. Second Period 3. Saskatoon, Busenius 9 (Johnston, Hebig) :53 (pp). 4. Saskatoon, Nemecek 4 (Zajac, Lipon) 13:16. 5. Saskatoon, Clayton 7 (Stovin, Zajac) 16:08. Penalties — Peterson CAL (interference) 1:05,

46 23

Olympics Nation U.S.A. Norway Netherlands Russian Federation Canada Germany Switzerland Sweden Austria Belarus China France Japan Slovenia Italy Czech Republic Poland South Korea Great Britain Australia

MEDALS G S 4 3 4 3 4 3 2 5 4 5 7 2 5 1 0 5 1 4 3 0 2 2 2 0 1 2 1 1 0 2 0 2 2 0 1 0 1 0 0 1

B 6 6 5 5 2 1 1 2 0 1 0 2 1 2 2 1 0 1 1 1

Tot. 13 13 12 12 11 10 7 7 5 4 4 4 4 4 4 3 2 2 2 2

0 1 0 0 0 0

0 0 1 1 0 0

2 0 0 0 1 1

2 1 1 1 1 1

(58.27, +0.36 of a second); Mellisa Hollingsworth, Eckville, Alta., 10th, (58.68). Women’s Heat 4 - Sarah Reid, T-2nd, (58.15, +0.06 of a second); Mellisa Hollingsworth, T-2nd, (58.15). Women’s Final Ranking: Sarah Reid, 7th, (3:54.73, +1.84 seconds); Mellisa Hollingsworth, T-11th (3:56.21). Men’s Heat 1 of 4 - John Fairbairn, Calgary, 11th, (57.34, +1.39 seconds); Eric Neilson, Kelowna, B.C., 12th, (57.41). Men’s Heat 2 of 4 - John Fairbairn, 4th, (56.92, +0.88 of a second); Eric Neilson, 8th, (57.01). Men’s Ranking: John Fairbairn, T-8th, (1:54.26, +2.27 seconds); Eric Neilson, 12th, (1:54.42). Heats 3 and 4 take place on Feb. 15. SKI JUMPING Men’s Large Hill Individual Qualification Round - x-Mackenzie Boyd-Clowes, Calgary, 19th, (105.5); x-Matthew Rowley, Red Deer, Alta., 38th, (88.4); x-Trevor Morrice, Calgary, 40th, (84.5); Dusty Korek, Calgary, 42nd, (82.7).

Golf 67-66 69-65 67-67 67-68 67-69 69-67 66-70 68-68 67-70 69-68 73-64 69-68 70-67 69-69 72-66 67-71 68-70 69-69 67-71 69-69 68-70 67-71 68-71 70-69 72-67 70-69 70-69 69-70 67-72 70-69 70-69 69-71 71-69 71-69 67-73 71-69 71-69 71-69 67-73 70-71 72-69

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Hollingsworth ready for new challenges ECKVILLE-NATIVE FINISHES SLIDING CAREER WITH 11TH PLACE FINISH AT SOCHI BY THE CANADIAN PRESS KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — Canada’s Melissa Hollingsworth wore a cowboy hat after her 11th-place finish in the women’s skeleton at the Sochi Olympics on Friday. It was a sign of things to come for the slider from Eckville, Alta. The 33-year-old, who was devastated by her fifth-place finish in Vancouver four years ago, said she’s ready to move on from skeleton. “I’ve been doing this for 19 years and I’m ready for the next challenge,” said Hollingsworth. “I’m definitely going to be working with horses.” Hollingsworth, who has recently spent her summers competing in barrel racing, said the hat belonged to her dad. “I’m very proud of my roots,” she said. “I’m from a small town and my advice to kids in small towns is that you can do anything that you put your mind to.” Hollingsworth had a four-run time of three minutes 56.21 seconds that left her 3.32 seconds behind gold medallist Lizzy Yarnold of Britain. It wasn’t what the Canadian had been hoping for but she finished the competition much stronger than she began it. She was 16th after the opening two runs. “I was stubborn, I didn’t quit but I didn’t get the result I wanted,” she


Mellisa Hollingsworth races down the track during the Ladies Skeleton 3rd Heat at the Sochi Winter Olympics in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia, Friday, Feb. 14, 2014. said. “The past couple of days have been frustrating, to say the least, but the fourth one was a great run. When things aren’t going your way I keep on fighting, I don’t quit. That was my last run down a skeleton track.” Hollingsworth won a bronze medal

at the ’06 Games in Turin, Italy, and was an overwhelming favourite in Vancouver. When she failed to make the podium in front of her home crowd, Hollingsworth was devastated and apologized for performance. • Zina Kocher of Red Deer placed

63rd in the 15-kilometre individual biathlon event Thursday. She came in with a time of 53 minutes 0.7 seconds, including eight minutes in shooting penalties. Darya Domracheva of Belarus won with a time of 43:19.6.

Cross-country skiers frustrated with Russia’s soft snow BY THE CANADIAN PRESS KRASNAYA POLAYNA, Russia — After yet another setback, the Canadian men’s cross-country ski team has one last shot at an Olympic medal. It will be up to former world champions Alex Harvey and Devon Kershaw to salvage something from a difficult Games in the team sprint event next Wednesday at the Laura cross country centre. Harvey was forced to abandon the 15-kilometre classical style race Friday after only 10 kilometres on a day in which Canadian skiers were slowed by equipment trouble in the warm, wet conditions. It was the second time at the Sochi Games the men’s team has been slowed by under-performing equipment, mainly a wrong choice of wax. “I’ve said since the beginning that our best chance is in the team sprint,” said Harvey. “Now it’s not just our best chance, it’s our only chance.” In other words, forget the 4x10-kilo-

metre relay Sunday, as the Canadian team seems to have run out of ideas on how to get the right wax to suit the soft snow. Kershaw finished 35th in the race, two minutes 47.4 seconds behind gold medallist Dario Cologna of Switzerland. Ivan Babikov was 39th in 3:19.5 back and Graeme Killick was 65th, 5:35.1 off the lead. Harvey retired from the race when he saw he was losing time badly on the descents. He was quickly caught by Alexey Poltoranin, who started 30 seconds after him, and Norway’s Chris Andre Jerpersen. “I lost 15 seconds right away to Poltoranin,” said Harvey, of St-Ferreolles-Neiges, Que. “And later Jespersen, who finished sixth, passed me on the short descent just before the long, onekilometre climb. “I kept up on the climb without losing ground, but then lost another 10 seconds on the next descent.” Harvey saw that it was hopeless and told head coach Justin Wadsworth it would be better to save his energy for other events.

It was the right decision, as Cologna dominated while winning his second gold of the Games in 38:29.7 — well ahead of Swedes Johan Olsson and Daniel Richardsson who won silver and bronze respectively. Kershaw stayed in the race because, unlike Harvey, he hadn’t competed in the skiathlon Sunday. “You never know when conditions will change,” said Kershaw. “Sometimes it happens at the right moment, but that wasn’t the case today.” There had been talk after Kershaw’s setback in the freestyle sprint Tuesday — he finished 56th — that the 31-yearold would be replaced for the team sprint by Len Valjas. But Kershaw’s performance in tough conditions Friday seems to have convinced Wadsworth he skied well despite the equipment trouble. Wadsworth suggested Kershaw would be paired with Harvey for the team sprint, although that’s still to be decided by the coaching staff. He said for now, Kershaw has the edge because it is one of his best events and he and Harvey won a world

championship together in 2011. They were fourth in the event at the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver. Even Wadsworth seemed doubtful of a good result in the team sprint, given the problems the team technicians have had in finding the right wax for the wet Russian course. “We absolutely must find a solution,” said Wadsworth. He said the technicians were frustrated and disappointed and suggested the problem may lie in the test skis they have used, which may be less flexible and don’t react as much to the waxing they’ve been using. “The guys are physically in good enough form to compete for a medal, they just need the skis,” said Wadsworth. Harvey admitted it’s difficult to have everything in synch for a competition — the right equipment, skiers in top form —but said the Canadian team manages to get it right “10 times a season on the World Cup circuit.” “It can’t keep happening race after race,” he said. “At some point, it’s got to go our way.”

Jacobs team keeps rolling with win over Norway THE CANADIAN PRESS


Team Canada skip Brad Jacobs looks over the shoulder of Team Norway skip Thomas Ulsrud during round robin competition against Norway at the Sochi Winter Olympics Friday February 14, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.

SOCHI, Russia — Punctuating a big shot with a noisy celebration feels as good as the shot itself for the Brad Jacobs curling team. They doubled their pleasure against Norway’s Thomas Ulsrud at the Olympic Games on Friday. Jacobs capped a see-saw seventh end with a double takeout to score four points. They put an exclamation point on it with the fist pumps and roars that are their trademark en route to a 10-4 win over the 2010 silver medallist. “That was the most emotional we’ve been because it’s a big shot in our biggest game yet,” Jacobs said. “We’re not out here to be phoney. That’s who we are and that’s a big game and that’s a big shot. I think we were all kind of waiting to explode in this tournament. It was the right time too.” After opening 1-2, the Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., team has strung together three wins a row and played themselves back into playoff contention. The top four teams advance to the Feb. 19 semifinals when the round robin concludes Monday. Ties for fourth will be determined by tiebreaker games. The Norwegians — and their loud pants — were occupying fourth before the Canadians took it from them Friday. “It was huge,” Jacobs said. “You always like to beat those guys because they’re a great team. They’re one of the toughest teams here. They throw the rock really well and to kind of bring them back to where we are, I think is huge.” Reigning world champion

Niklas Edin of Sweden, China’s Rui Liu and Britain’s David Murdoch were tied atop the standings at 5-1 ahead of Canada at 4-2 and Norway at 3-3. Canadian men have played in every Olympic curling final since the sport became an official Olympic sport in 1998. Edmonton’s Kevin Martin won gold in 2010 after Brad Gushue’s team from St. John’s, N.L., did the same in 2006. The Jennifer Jones team from Winnipeg had the day off after opening 5-0 to top the standings. The Canadian women take on Japan’s Ayumi Ogasawara and Russia’s Anna Sidorova on Saturday. Sweden’s Margaretha Sigfriddson was 4-1 followed by China’s Bingyu Wang and Britain’s Eve Muirhead both a 3-2. The Canadian men cleared a high hurdle with the win over Ulsrud, but it doesn’t get any easier with two-time world champion Murdoch up next on Saturday. John Shuster of the U.S. and surprising China, coached by Canadian Marcel Rocque, are on deck Sunday. China opened 4-0 before falling in an extra end to Edin on Friday. The Canadians’ burst of emotion was all the more noticeable because Russian fans weren’t there turning the Ice Cube into bedlam. No Russian teams were involved in the morning draw, so the atmosphere was more akin to a weekday morning draw at the Brier. “It has been the quietest,” observed Jacobs. “Obviously Russia wasn’t out there this morning. It was nice for a change. That crowd is tiring. “You have to bring more intensity to each and every game here because that crowd is so

loud. We almost need to try and be more intense and louder than they are in order to kind of get back to ourselves. That takes more energy than we’ve ever had to bring any game, ever.” “At the same time we like the Russian fans. Our wives have told us all the Russian fans are taking picture with them and stuff and they have seen them cheering for us a little bit.” Unlike at a Canadian or world championship where teams generally play two draws every day, the Canadian teams often play just once a day in Sochi. That’s fine with the skip, who says each game in Sochi has been emotionally draining. “One game a day is beautiful,” Jacobs says. “You go out and give it everything you’ve got for three hours. You can worry about relaxing later, crash later. It’s exactly what’s going to happen with all of us right now.” Jacobs, third Ryan Fry and the front-end brother E.J. and Ryan have a team meeting prior to every game. They’ve spent some of their downtime playing floor hockey and table tennis in the athletes’ village. “Who is the best ping pong player?” Jacobs said. “The two Ryans were playing against E.J. and I and they smoked us pretty good.” Norway stole a point in the first end. Jacobs threw controlled weight to get past a guard and double off a pair of Norwegian counters in seventh. His shooter stayed in the rings for a bonus fourth point and a 7-3 lead. Ulsrud mustered a single point in the eighth and when the Canadians scored three in the ninth, the Norwegians shook hands.

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Ooks 1 Queens 0 EDMONTON — The RDC Queens struggled to create scoring chances Friday and fell 1-0 to the NAIT Ooks in the first game of a best-of-three Alberta Colleges women’s hockey semifinal. Camille Trautman made 27 saves for the Queens, who were outshot 28-23. “We couldn’t generate enough speed through the neutral zone coming out of our own end,” said RDC head coach Bob Rutz. “With our forecheck we got a few scoring chances off turnovers, but we didn’t play a full 60 minutes. At best, we were very average tonight and they (Ooks) wanted it a little more than we did.” The second game of the series goes today at 5 p.m. at the Red Deer Arena. If the Queens win, a third and decisive game will be played Sunday at NAIT, starting at 6:30 p.m. “The good news is if we decide to be good tomorrow (today) we have a good chance to come back

in the series,” said Rutz. “But we have to get more pucks to the net and win more puck battles if we want to get back to NAIT. It’s door-die tomorrow.” Kings 5 Clippers 3 CARONPORT, Sask. — Mike Salmom made 21 saves and the RDC Kings got goals from five different players Friday in a 5-3 Alberta Colleges men’s hockey victory over the Briercrest Clippers. RDC player of the game Riley Simpson scored once and added two assists for the Kings, who got additional markers from Jeff Archibald, Doug Jones, Logan Sceviour and Riley Point. Ricky Seidel, Jacob Baribeau and Luke Robitaile replied for the hosts. Briercrest netminder Connor Dobberthien made 35 saves while the Kings were assessed seven of 13 minor penalties. “The guys played really well in the second and third periods,” said RDC head coach Trevor Keeper. “We started slow after an


BRIEFS Two Grizzlys up for AJHL MVP Olds Grizzlys forwards Spencer Dorowicz and Chris Gerrie and Fort McMurray Oil Barons goaltender Tanner Jaillet are among the nominees for the Alberta Junior League 2013-14 awards. Dorowicz, an Olds native who was the league’s scoring leader with 38 goals and 69 points in 54 games heading into Friday’s meeting with the host Drumheller Dragons, is a finalist for the most valuable player award, as is Jaillet. The Red Deer native had posted a 27-7-3-0 record with the Oil Barons prior to Friday, with five shutouts, a 2.07 goals-against average and .931 save percentage. Gerrie is a finalist for the AJHL rookie of the year. The Red Deer product is the league’s top scoring fresh-


REBELS: Blades come to town The visitors blew a golden opportunity to take control of the game when Edmonton forward Mitch Moroz was assessed a five-minute major — and ensuing game misconduct — for charging just 42 seconds into the second period. “We didn’t generate anything on that power play and they (Oil Kings) were able to get some momentum off the kill,” said Sutter. “But we regrouped and had a pretty good third period.” The Rebels, who fired 23 shots at Edmonton netminder Tristan Jarry, extended their lead over the Prince Albert Raiders to four points in the race for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The Raiders picked up a single point in a 5-4 shootout loss to the visiting Regina Pats Friday. The Rebels host the Saskatoon Blades tonight at 7 p.m., then head to Calgary Monday for a 4 p.m. meeting with the Hitmen. From there, Red Deer hosts the Oil Kings Wednesday and the Vancouver Giants and Swift Current Broncos Friday and Saturday.

HOCKEY: Readying for Finland match Armed with so much talent and knowing that Austria was overmatched, Canada’s players were consciously thinking about the process, about building toward something. Defenceman Duncan Keith thinks each of the six periods was better than the next, though Getzlaf knows there are still mistakes that need to be eliminated.

11-hour bus trip that included a meal stop.” The clubs meet again today. Kodiaks 82 Kings 66 LETHBRIDGE — Matt Johnson netted 15 points in a losing cause as the RDC Kings suffered just their third loss of the Alberta Colleges men’s basketball season Friday, falling 82-66 to the Lethbridge Kodiaks. Lloyd Strickland dropped in 12 points for the 16-3 Kings, while Robert Pierce and Ashaunti Hogan each scored 11. Pierce also contributed 11 rebounds. Dominic Coward paced the winners with 25 points and 18 boards as the Kodiaks pulled to within three points of front-running RDC. The Kings host the ACAC playoffs Feb. 28 to March 2. Kodiaks 74 Queens 31 The RDC Queens fell flat against the Kodiaks in Alberta Colleges women’s basketball play, losing 74-31. The winners got an 18-point performance from Elizabeth Lowry and 10 from Karli Brakes. Kaitlin Bracko led the Queens with six points.

men with 50 points (16-34) in 54 games prior to Friday. The awards winners will be determined through a final vote by the AJHL general managers and coaches and will be announced during the final week of the 2013-2014 regular season. The awards finalists: MVP — Jaillet; Dorowicz; Nicolas Jones, Sherwood Park Crusaders; Trey Phillips, Canmore Eagles. Outstanding defenceman — Phillips; Grant Baker, Lloydminster Bobcats; Corey Chorneyko, Spruce Grove Saints; Tariq Hammond, Okotoks Oilers. Rookie of the year — Gerrie; Mitch Vanderlaan, Fort McMurray; Tyler Busch, Spruce Grove Saints; Ryan Ferguson, Canmore. Top goaltender — Jaillet; Ferguson; Kenny Cameron, Spruce Grove; Jared D’Amico, Okotoks Oilers. Most dedicated — Austin McDonald, Lloydminster; Joel Herbert, Whitecourt Wolverines; Anthony Paskaruk, Brooks Bandits; Cam Gotaas, Camrose Kodiaks. Coach of the year — Garry VanHereweghe, Lloydminster; Jason McKee, Spruce Grove; Andrew Milne, Canmore; Brian Curran, Drumheller Dragons “We’ve been to a lot of these events, and we know it’s a progression throughout this whole thing,” Getzlaf said. “That’s the biggest emphasis that we have to focus on is that we’ve got to get better as the tournament goes on.” This game fit almost perfectly into that progression. Babcock expected Norway to be a more difficult challenge because of the emotional charge that comes with the first game of the Olympics and seemed to see more production against Norway because Canada’s depth was bound to be overwhelming. His players then got the job done. “We saw that we were more relaxed, this is why we created more offensive chances,” centre Jonathan Toews said in French. “We were relaxed and patient with the puck, especially on shots coming from the blue-line. We were able to get second chances on those. Our team play was much stronger, and we saw the result on the scoreboard.” Keith emphasized the “team play” portion when addressing how Canada improved from its first game to its second. “We did a lot of good things with the puck, especially offensively, holding pucks and being smart with it,” Keith said. “We controlled a lot of the play and our forwards obviously showed a lot of size and skill down low to hang on to pucks and have that possession time.” In possessing the puck, Canada managed to find more offence than it did against Norway. And while players weren’t so worried about the score, winning by six and now having a plus-8 goal differential could help as the seeding shakes out. “People know how important every goal is in this tournament, too, so you can’t let your foot off the gas,” Tavares said. Canada can reduce the importance of goal differential by simply beating Finland on Sunday, which would mean it finishes atop Group B and gets a bye into the quarter-finals. The loser would be in competition with several teams, including either Russia or the United States, for the fourth and final

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Advantage Rebels White The Red Deer Rebels White grabbed a 1-0 lead in their best-ofthree Alberta Major Bantam Hockey League Divisional Quarter0-finals with a 4-2 win over Airdrie at the Arena Thursday. Dylan Scheunter, Josh Tarzwell, Jeremy Klessens and Jarrett Brandon scored for the Rebels. Dawson Weatherill made 31 saves in goal while his mates had 27 shots. The second game goes Saturday at 7 p.m. in Airdrie with the third game, if necessary, Sunday at noon at the Arena. The other series between the Rebels Black and the Rocky Mountain Raiders resumes Saturday at 1:45 p.m. at the Arena with the Raiders holding a 1-0 lead. If there is a third game in the series it’s Sunday at 2 p.m. in Dewinton.

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to lead Bulldog Scrap Metal to an 87-77 victory over Thriple Threat in Central Alberta Senior Men’s Basketball Association play Thursday. Chad Aitken added 14 points for the ‘Dogs while Branden Wetmore had 32 points and Jay Johnson 17 for Triple Threat. In other action Wells Furniture stopped Monstars 89-80 with Eddie Ellis and Dave McComish hitting 20 points each. Eric Dortman had 21 and Aaron Melin 17 in a losing effort.

Chiefs clinch first, get bye The Red Deer Indy Graphics Chiefs clinched first place in the South Central Alberta Midget AA Hockey Leaguer with a 4-1 win over homestanding Sylvan Lake Thursday. Braydon Baker had a pair of goals with James Gaume and Declan Johnston adding single markers. Michael Pruss added there assists and Logan Linnell two. Rylan Bardick made 16 saves for the Chiefs, who have three league game remaining. They will receive a bye in the opening round of the playoffs.

Wayne Savory pumped in 37 points bye to avoid playing one extra game. Before facing Finland, Canada’s players get a day off Saturday and Babcock gets time to ponder more roster decisions and iron out what’s not working. What sounds like nit-picking a 2-0 team is actually a necessary part of the Olympics: The power play hasn’t been effective through two games, and against Austria there were still noticeable wrinkles.

CHAN: ‘I’ve had an amazing journey’ Already one of the world’s best at combining both the technical and artistic sides of the sport, he added the quad jump to his arsenal after Vancouver and for the better part of three years virtually no one came near him. Chan, who leaves with two silver medals after helping Canada finish second behind Russia in the team event earlier in the Games, said he won’t let what happened here define

his career. “Nobody can take away the fact that I’ve had an amazing journey as a figure skater,” said Chan. “You can’t define an athlete by one day. I look at the huge exhilaration and happy times of me standing on top of the podium many many times throughout my career. “Just because I’m standing on the one beside today doesn’t change the fact that I still believe I’m the very best in the world.” Canadian men have won 14 world titles combined. The previous Canadian Olympic medallist was Jeffrey Buttle who won bronze in Turin in 2006. “I absolutely feel for Patrick, of course,” Orser said afterward. “It is bittersweet, for me I wanted them all to skate great, and if Patrick was on top, we’d finally have a Canadian who was Olympic champion and I could take a lot of pride in that. “I have my skaters and my responsibility for them.” Orser, who also coached 2010 Olympic champ Kim Yu-na, was asked about being a Canadian coaching the Olympic champion who beat a Canadian.



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Plushenko should be remembered for medals and longevity BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS SOCHI, Russia — Realizing it was over for him, Evgeni Plushenko held his hands out, as if asking the crowd to forgive him. No apologies necessary. Plushenko’s career ended in pain Thursday night when he withdrew from the men’s short program at the Sochi Olympics, then retired. Many of his peers say he should be remembered for his achievements, even if things ended on a sour note because his withdrawal left Russia without a skater in the event. “His longevity was unbelievable, on a par with the greats of so many sports, not just figure skating,” said Evan Lysacek, who beat Plushenko for the gold medal four years ago in Vancouver. “He was intense and always a tough competitor. I was so impressed that he stuck by this comeback and the way he handled the team competition and was able to win a gold medal. “I don’t think he’s pleased this is the way for his career to end, but the pain was just too much.” Plushenko has been a force on the world scene since the turn of the century. His resume includes a collection of medals in four Olympics — gold in 2006 and 2014, silver in 2002 and 2010 — the only modern era figure skater to do so. He won three world titles and seven European championships. He did it with the combination of skill and showmanship that is a hallmark of Olympic greats such as Usain Bolt and Alberto Tomba. And Plushenko was the skater to beat for a decade, rivaling only Michelle Kwan in the women’s field in recent years. After the Vancouver Games, Plushenko said his “dream” was to skate for Russia in the Sochi Olympics. He did so, helping it to the first team gold medal. When his back gave out and he forlornly skated away, some of his countrymen criticized him. They said he should have dropped out after the team competition so that a younger Russian could replace him. Nonsense, says 1988 Olympic champ Brian Boitano. “As time goes by, people will only remember his great performances and how he represented his country and loved his country,” Boitano said. “People will revere him for skating with all the physical limitations he overcame in order to compete. “Ultimately, they cannot criticize him because he did not put himself on the team. His country sent him. He was making one last push to skate in an Olympic event. It’s what athletes do, but there is a breaking point.” Plushenko appeared broken several times in his career, particularly since Vancouver. That “dream” of competing at Sochi seemed like a farce only weeks ago when he lost in the Russian nationals to Maxim Kovtun. But when Kovtun struggled at Euros and Plushenko got in better shape, the Russian federation ordered the 31-year-old veteran to show his stuff in a tryout. Plushenko performed well enough to convince the Russians he was the better choice for Sochi. Then he was second in the team short program and won the men’s free skate portion on the way to gold. That should be more than enough to satisfy anyone, 1984 Olympic champion Scott Hamilton said. “He has a legacy and a level of excellence never imagined in modern skating,” Hamilton said. “To be a medallist in three straight Olympics is an incredible accomplishment. Add onto those wins his contributions to the very first team event ... will cement his place in history as a champion like no other. He’s a hero and I congratulate him on what he has given to all of us who love this sport.” Plushenko recognized there would be criticism of his dropping out and didn’t back away from the topic Thursday night.

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Short-track speed skaters put anger in bottle, toss it into sea BY THE CANADIAN PRESS SOCHI, Russia — Canada’s short-track speed skating team found a novel way to get rid of its anger and frustration after a terrible day on the ice. Team members put them in a bottle and threw them into the Black Sea. Whoever finds the bottle in 10 or 20 years may not want to read the nasty messages inside, though. The symbolic gesture made Friday came a day after a disastrous performance in which the men’s relay team saw a gold medal chance slip away when Francois Hamelin tripped and fell on one of the marker discs. Also, medal favourite Marianne St-Gelais failed to qualify for the final in her best event, the 500 metres. Since their practice wasn’t until Friday evening, the team spent the day in meetings. That’s where the idea to have each skater write something negative on a piece of paper came about “Thursday the 13th” that they hoped would disappear. The notes were put into an empty wine bottle and tossed into the sea. They also asked each skater to write something positive, which will be kept in a Canadian team tuque. “We will share the positive as a group for the next races, and the negative can float away somewhere,” said head coach Yves Hamelin, Francois’ father. The team will need to get over it quickly because it’s back on the ice Saturday for finals in the men’s 1,000 metre and the women’s 1,500 events. The bottle gesture seemed to work. Even Francois Hamelin was smiling. “I can smile because of all the support I’ve received since Thursday,” he said. “This team is amazing. “I feel really lucky. I’m really proud to be Cana-

dian right now.” He called the fall, which wiped out Canada’s chance to defend as relay gold medallists, the most painful time of his life. “I’ve lost loved ones and that was really tough, but short track has been my whole life for 20 years,” he said. His father said he had never seen his son so completely devastated after a competition. “I took him in my arms in the dressing room and he was crying his eyes out. He was inconsolable,” said Yves Hamelin. His teammates all joined in trying to boost his morale. “They didn’t leave me by myself to brood about it,” said Francois. “My teammates, the coaches and the support staff were all behind me. Nobody was mad at me. My teammates kept saying we’re a team and we win and lose together. “Yes, it was me who fell, and it’s true that I cost Canada a medal. I’m still really disappointed. It’s still fresh in my memory, but there’s nothing you can do. I got back up and now I want to be there to help my teammates in training to do well in the last two individual events. And there’s still the B-final in the relay.” Yves Hamelin compared it to the mishap that saw the Canadian 4x100-metre relay team disqualified at the 2012 Olympics in London. “The Canadian sprinter (Jared Connaughton) who stepped on the line and Francois’ fall are the same,” he said. “The guys on the sprint team were well prepared and had an unbelievable race, but something happened that changed the course of events. “In our case, if the guys weren’t well prepared and if Francois’ fell because we hadn’t trained properly, we’d be right to be angry. But that wasn’t the case at all.”

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Alex Ovechkin scored his 400th career goal on Dec. 19. ran a story proclaiming his “statistical dominance.” My not-very-sensitive gag reflex was triggered. Don’t get me wrong, Ovechkin is fantastic to watch and he’s exceptionally good at what he does. Unfortunately, he only does one thing: Score goals. One might reasonably ask: Isn’t scoring goals a pretty important ingredient to winning hockey games? Well, sure. But there are lots of other necessary ingredients as well. Over the past few years, a slew of new statistics have been developed to help better quantify a player’s contribution to his team’s success (or lack thereof). We no longer need to sit in a bar arguing in circles over a pitcher of Molson’s about whether a player’s offensive prowess is worth his defensive haplessness — as fun as that may be. To turn a phrase from a popular marketing campaign, now “there’s a stat for that.” So let’s put Ovechkin under the microscope. We’ll start by looking at a few of the old-time stats. First off, Ovechkin has never been accused of making the players around him better. Of the 89 players in NHL history who’ve scored 400 goals, almost all have way more assists than goals. Wayne Gretzky reg-

same as five-on-five.” And, once again, you’re right. I just don’t think that gets you particularly far — especially when you’re talking about the guy with by far the highest cap hit in the league, with Ovechkin’s salary taking up 14.8 per cent of Washington’s cap space (compare Crosby at 13.5 per cent or Kessel at 9.5 per cent). Maybe if he contributed significantly five-on-five, he’d be worth the money. He doesn’t. In five-on-five situations, Ovechkin ranks No. 139 in the league in points per 60 minutes of ice time. The Capitals actually do 5.3 per cent worse with Ovechkin on the ice five-onfive than when he’s not on the ice. Of all the goals scored while five-on-five, 58 per cent are scored by the opposing team when Ovechkin is on the ice, with only 42 per cent scored by the Capitals, good for 347th in the league. Compare his 42 per cent with 56.3 per cent for Crosby, 65.2 per cent for Martin St. Louis and 71.2 per cent for Ryan Getzlaf. Only eight players in the top 50 in goals scored are negative in this stat, with Ovechkin ranking dead last among them, just slightly behind New York Islanders juggernaut Frans Nielsen. Statistical dominance? Well, maybe. But not the kind I think had in mind. The Department of Hockey Analytics employs advanced statistical methods and innovative approaches to better understand the game of hockey. Its three

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Red Deer group The Eclectics got the night started with beautiful harmonies.

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lmost 100 Easterners and rtans danced up Albertans rm — and a a storm profitt — at the eimer SociAlzheimer ety of Alberta and hwest TerriNorthwest tories’’ East Coast Meets West Kitchrty fundraisen Party J 25 er on Jan. 25. “This was a brand new event and we raised just over $17,000,” says Janice Fogarty, manager of community relations with the Red Deer and Central Alberta office. “We are thrilled at the success and with the support from the local and newer Central Albertans.” The volunteers who made the evening possible. Attendees walked into a friend’s kitchen, complete with kitchen tables themed with fishnets, seashells and milk urns, and a few Western-style battles were waged between rival gangs of toy cowboys on others. “We even brought our signature blue couch from our office as a place to sit and relax, have your picture taken,” says Fogarty. “Although 65 per cent of the attendees were new to an Alzheimer Society event, we had a very warm and welcoming atmosphere. Everyone said they’ll be back

It was a packed dance floor all night long.

next year with w next t heir friends frie their and their dancda and ing shoes!” ing tha Special thanks to sponsors 100.7 to 100.7FM The River, Agri-Tr The Agri-Trade a nd NWP Inc., as well w and a ass those who attended and participated in the live and sil silent auctions, for h helping make the n night such a success success. Continued successful fundr fundraising is crucia crucial to ti th supporting the Red Deer and Central Alberta office’s growth in activity and client base. The Alzheimer Society of Alberta and N.W.T. is part of the leading nationwide health organization for people affected by Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia in Canada. The society in Alberta supports innovative research, provides enhanced care and support to people with the disease, their families and their caregivers and is a prominent voice with government. For more information, contact Janice Fogarty, manager of community relations, Alzheimer Society of Alberta and N.W.T., Red Deer and Central Alberta office, at 403-342-0448 or at, or go to www.

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FRONT SHROVE PANCAKES Blackfalds United Church will hold its Shrove Tuesday pancake supper on March 4 from 4 to 7 p.m. Pancakes, eggs, sausage, coffee and juice will be served. There is a charge for the meal, adults $7, and six to 12 years $4; anyone under age five is free. Shrove Tuesday, a feast before the fast, is the day preceding Ash Wednesday, which is the first day of the penitent or fasting season of Lent. For more information, check the church’s website at or phone 403-885-4780.

LEADERSHIP WORKSHOP An interactive leadership and career workshop for Central Alberta high school students is coming to Red Deer next month. Junior Achievement of Southern Alberta, an organization that seeks to engage youth in business and entrepreneurship, is hosting the World of Choices Career Forum on March 13 at the Harvest Centre in Westerner Park. The event is designed to empower students in Grades 10 to 12 and will showcase information booths on career possibilities in the Canadian Forces, environmental science, medical, public service, travel industries and more. Sylvan Lake Mayor Sean McIntyre will be a feature speaker at the event. Junior Achievement expects about 200 students to take part. They still need more volunteer career mentors who will host six to eight students at a time during four sessions from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. To be a part of the forum or for more information, call 403-886-2640 or email ppettypiece@

MCDONALD HOUSE HELP Ronald McDonald House Central Alberta recently received a $5,000 helping hand from Devon Canada. The energy company awarded $50,000 through their Investing in People grants to 11 non-profit organizations to boost staffing retention and effectiveness earlier this month. The grant program received 130 applications from Western Canada in 2013. Devon Canada has donated $300,000 to nonprofits since the program began in 2008.

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Laura Cadrin, owner of the La Petite Jaune Fleur, picks an arrangement in the cooler of her shop at 4928 Ross St. in Red Deer. “We’re going to be swamped ... (on Friday, Valentine’s Day),” predicted Cadrin. “We have lots coming and it’s all about love.” Cadrin said she loves to help make Valentine’s Day a special occasion for her customers.

Escaping addictions is possible: author


ALLAN KEHLER HERE NEXT WEEK BY CRYSTAL RHYNO ADVOCATE STAFF A recovering addict wants those struggling with mental illness and addictions to step out from the shadows and use their voices in times of need. Addictions counsellor and professional speaker Allan Kehler will sign his new book, Stepping Out From the Shadows: A guide to Understanding & Healing From Addictions, at Chapters between 6 and 8 p.m. on Thursday. Kehler began speaking and writing as part of his own recovery from his gambling and alcohol addictions, and to deal with his mental illness. He said he remained in the shadows during his journey. “I lived in that world of shame, embarrassment, guilt and then I realized our voice is really our tool. (It’s) so empowering people to use it in times of need,” said Kehler. “If you want to change, it has to come within.” Kehler said his book does not delve into his life story but is more a tool for others as a deeper insight into addictions, self-induced behaviours, suicide and healing. Now 32, Kehler said his downward spiral began in Grade 11 and lasted for about a decade before the tide turned about six years ago. Doctors told him that unless he changed his behaviour, he would only have a month left to live. “That wasn’t enough to stop me but it slowed me down a bit,” said Kehler. “You get to the crossroads where you realize you are going to be six feet under unless something gives.” Kehler said he came to that crossroads at an addictions meet-

ing when someone asked the question: how do you want to be remembered? It became the catalyst to try a new life. Kehler said his book addresses ways that people can get help through accessing the resources available, seeing yourself as a fighter and changing the internal script. He said the book has a lot of tools that can assist people, including those with addictions and those with loved ones who are struggling. “The way I view recovery is lifting the blanket and taking an honest look at what lies beneath,” said Kehler. “I think addictions by definition for me is just any way of living outside of yourself, through self-medication.” Kehler said one key message is for others to see the person, not the disease. “It’s a person with an addiction and I think what happens as an addict we do some pretty horrific things,” said Kehler. “If people can see the person who is pure, who is innocent, and that the person is still in there but the disease consumes and takes over.” The Saskatoon-based author shares his message at high schools, conferences and businesses in North America. Kehler will also be speaking at the Central Alberta Teachers Convention Association at Red Deer College on Friday. Kehler said speaking is part of his continued recovery process, as is helping others through education. Kehler is an instructor in the Addictions program at the Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technology in Saskatoon. Find out more about his book at www.

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Two Red Deer girls have new bling after the Miss Teen Alberta Pageant in Calgary on Feb. 9. Meagan King (left) was crowned Miss Teenage Red Deer and Leshem Rae (right) was bestowed the title Miss Teenage South Central. A total of 15 girls were selected across the province and have the option of moving on to the national competition in Toronto in July. Rae, 18, said she’s excited about the opportunities in the pageant, such as fundraising for Free the Children, an international charity that seeks to empower youth. “There are so many cool things you can do from this pageant. Miss Teenage Southern Alberta 2013 is currently in Nicaragua competing at the Miss Teen Universe pageant,” said Rae, a Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School student. The girls are looking for help from sponsors for the $2,500 entry fee for the nationals. It was Rae’s first pageant and she said she hopes to continue to make a difference in the world, inspiring young girls to be confident.


BRIEFS Robbery suspect sought in Ponoka

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Machete-wielding suspect in Ponoka robbery on Thursday.

A machete-waving masked man robbed a Reddi Mart store in Ponoka on Thursday. Ponoka RCMP say a lone man walked into the store at 3903 46th St. and demanded cash from the clerk before fleeing on foot around 7:30 p.m. The clerk was not injured. The suspect’s face was covered by a black mask and he wore a checkered green, black and white snow jacket with a hood, along with black snow pants. He is described as 1.6 metres tall (five feet, three inches) and between 54 and 64 kg (120 to 140 pounds). Contact the Ponoka RCMP at 403-7834471 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 if you have any information on this incident.

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Missing teen found A youth who RCMP Red Deer City reported as missing has been found. RCMP said Friday that Seth Evans, 14, has been located and is in good health. RCMP would like to thank the public for their assistance in locating him. Police had earlier reported Evans was last seen at a residence in north Red Deer on Feb. 2.

City hours for holiday Recreation facilities in Red Deer will reduce their hours during the Family Day weekend. The Collicutt Centre and the G.H. Dawe Community Centre will open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, with regular hours on Saturday and Sunday. The Michener Aquatic Centre and the Recreation Centre will be closed on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. The city’s administration offices will be closed on Monday.




SATURDAY, FEB. 15, 2014

What’s so peculiar about Pope Francis? BY MATHEW N. SCHMALZ ADVOCATE NEWS SERVICES They say that change is rare at the Vatican, but most everyone seems to agree that something new has happened in the last year. Pope Francis happened. Not a policy or a proposal, but a person. The leader of a 2000 year-old religious institution was the most-talked about subject on Facebook in 2013. Non-Catholics love him. And among many Catholics there is a renewed sense of hope and optimism — a lightness about being Catholic, where recently there was only the heaviness of scandal. Francis is not only popular, he’s peculiar: a peculiar pope because he’s become big precisely by making himself and his office smaller. As we approach the one-year anniversary of Pope Francis, let’s take stock of this peculiar pope with these five aspects of his peculiar papacy. 1. He was a surprise selection. The election of Jorge Mario Bergoglio certainly came as a surprise to me. I had a chance to call the election. Right before the new pope’s appearance, a radio anchor at the Vatican asked me who I thought we’d see. Speaking on the phone over the roar of the crowd, I said the new pope must be Italian. Since cardinals were on just their fifth round of balloting, I figured only a well-connected Italian would be able to reach the two-thirds majority required to elect a pope. 2. He is a Jesuit. Long considered to be the intellectuals of the church, the Jesuits have always had a close relationship with the Papacy. They were often the pope’s shock troops, sent as missionaries and institution builders to far away lands. But the Jesuits also made enemies. In the 18th century, Jesuits were accused of political meddling by Catholic monarchs jealous of their influence. Anti-Jesuit sentiment was so great that in 1773, Pope Clement XIV bowed to pressure and declared that the Jesuit order was “perpetually broken up and dissolved.”

Many Jesuits were subsequently exiled from Catholic countries. This year marks the 200th anniversary of the Jesuit order being restored by Pope Pius VII. Even more recently, during the pontificate of John Paul II, the Jesuits seemed to have fallen out of favor — they were considered too liberal, not obedient enough. My Jesuit friends and colleagues thought that checkered history was enough to prevent a Jesuit from being elected pope. 3. He speaks his heart and mind. Early on, Francis showed that he liked to speak off the cuff, eschewing the highly formal papal pronouncements that are rigorously vetted so that they do not cause confusion. His now-famous response — “Who am I to judge?” — when asked about gay priests was not so much a change in doctrine, but a change in style. Here we saw a pope engaging the complexity of human experience in a way not often seen in public. 4. He has Pope Benedict to thank for his papacy. Pope Francis’ immediate predecessor, Benedict XVI, was a professor pope, a brilliant theologian who also tried to revive some of the pomp and circumstance associated with the papacy — he liked old-style priestly garb, and showed a particular fondness for hats, especially those trimmed with ermine fur. It’s easy to see how Pope Francis’s simplicity stands in stark contrast and how this would be a welcome change for some. And Francis has emphasized different themes — the church is more of a community and less of a hierarchical institution; Jesus is less of a priest and more of an itinerant preacher close to the poor. 5. He’s a sinner like you and me. More change brewing behind the scenes. Pope Francis has appointed a committee of cardinals to suggest reforms to Vatican bureaucracy. He has removed much of the leadership of the Vatican bank. As my friend and colleague Thomas Worcester has observed, there are palpable doctrinal developments with Francis, especially concerning understandings of the Church and Jesus, that might seem nuanced and subtle now, but could have far a reaching impact.

But for me, the most consequential thing that Pope Francis has done is to admit his own need for God. Speaking in an interview for the Jesuit magazine America, Pope Francis matter-of-factly described himself as a “sinner.” The admission that a pope can and does sin seems rather obvious and inconsequential to anyone who knows something about the papacy’s history. But by making the papacy more human, Francis has made it more relevant to human questions and concerns. Francis is a peculiar pope because he seems like such a paradox. But grappling with paradox, and peculiarity, is finally at the heart of what it means to be human, and why Pope Francis matters to Christians and non-Christians alike. Mathew N. Schmalz is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at The College of the Holy Cross.

LOCAL EVENTS SUNDAY Living Faith Lutheran Church invites everyone to Sunday Worship at Bethany CollegeSide at 10 a.m. Contact Ralph at 403-347-9852. Living Faith is a North American Lutheran Church Congregation. THURSDAY Perogy Supper at St. Vladimir Ukrainian Catholic Church will take place Feb. 20, 5:30 to 7 p.m. Adults are $11, children 10 years and under are $6. Tickets are available at the door. For more information call 403-347-2335. Lacombe Leadership Prayer Breakfast will be held on Feb. 20 at Lacombe Memorial Centre from 7 to 8:30 a.m. Guests of honour will be Mayor Steve Christie, Police Chief Steve Murray, and Fire Chief Ed van Delden. Special presentation by guest speaker Ian Hill on building strong communities. Tickets are $25 ordered online at, or by phone at 403-782-2910, or 403-318-6271.

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8:00 a.m. Holy Communion 9:00 a.m. Celebration Service 10:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist with Sunday School/Nursery 7:00 p.m. “The Gathering” Contemporary Eucharist

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SATURDAY, FEB. 15, 2014

No room for vanity

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From the left, in the foreground, Pam Snowden, Glorene Ellis and Erna Soderberg, and in the background, Carla Falk and Rachelle McComb, rehearse for the Central Alberta Theatre production of The Oldest Profession. The play, by Paula Vogle and directed by Derek Olinek, runs in the Nickle Studio at the Memorial Centre from Feb. 20 to March 8.

CAT’S THE OLDEST PROFESSION TAKES A FRANK LOOK AT AGING PROSTITUTES BY LANA MICHELIN ADVOCATE STAFF The Oldest Profession, a play about five plucky prostitutes in their 70s, can hardly be considered a vanity project in any sense of the word. The female actors involved in the Central Alberta Theatre production are all a decade or two younger than the roles they play, but still have to disrobe right down to their underwear in certain scenes — which is a daunting task when done in front of an audience, said director Derek Olinek. “Everybody sees every lump and bump ... I think that takes a certain amount of courage. But no one’s hesitated, everybody’s embraced their roles.” If the quirky drama by Paul Vogel, which opens on Thursday, Feb. 20, at the Nickle Studio, upstairs at the Memorial Centre, conjures up outrageous images of Benny Hill-like women playing it for laughs, think again. Olinek said the script appealed to him because it’s sprinkled with real-

life moments — both funny and very poignant ones. “As the play moves on, it becomes more sad,” added the director, who believes people who make snap judgments about the aging New Orleans hookers at the beginning (“they might get some laughs and rolling of eyes”), will have revised their opinions as the plot unwinds. “By the end, they are very human.” Olinek believes Vogel is inviting the audience into a fascinating, little-seen world through The Oldest Profession. Her elderly “working girls” are at the end of very long careers. While the play is set in the early 1980s as Ronald Reagan is entering the White House, the prostitutes actually started their brothel jobs in the 1920s — a time when a lot of women didn’t have a lot of choices in life, or much financial control. “This was just a part of life. People accepted it,” said Olinek. The five “professional” women now have to eke out a living with new competition on the block, and are still having to fight to stay in the game. It’s not

as if they can collect old-age security, added Olinek — in fact, they are faced with a diminishing clientele, since a lot of their ‘regulars’ are now in retirement lodges or nursing homes. The question that Olinek believes the play compassionately tackles is one of survival: Can these women expand their brand and stay in “the life?” Or will they opt to leave their little group — which has essentially become their family — and find other options? “There’s a certain desperation in their situation,” he admitted. “These women have lived and worked together for 50 years. They’ve been doing what they do for so long, it’s just the way it is ... drumming up new business is part of the challenge.” Olinek’s biggest hurdle in directing his first feature-length play was finding actors who were willing to check their egos. “That’s one of the things the (actors) have had come to terms with. Some of them have even been showing up for rehearsals with no makeup on. “They really have to put themselves out there,” said Olinek.

Finding an audience close to home BY LANA MICHELIN ADVOCATE STAFF It ain’t easy being a homegrown roots musician in Red Deer — a city largely divided between country and rock loyalties. Levi Cuss can’t get local radio stations to play his sometimes politically charged folk-rock tunes because they don’t fit the pop/rock or country formats. But Cuss’s poetic songs about war and heartbreak can occasionally be heard on Alberta’s public broadcaster CKUA. And they were deemed good enough to land him a 10-week residency last fall at The Banff Centre, where he got to cavort with such cool musical mentors as singer/songwriters Ron Sexsmith, Hawksley Workman, Danny Michel, and multi-Juno-Award-winning producer/musician Steve Dawson. Banff was “a shockingly good experience,” recalled the Red Deer singer/ songwriter, who’s known as Chad Gillies when he isn’t performing. He applied for the centre’s music residency on a whim and was floored when he was accepted. “I got all fired up when I was in Banff!” said Cuss, who took a temporary leave from his local commercial construction job to become totally immersed in music. Between writing new songs, interacting with other musicians and playing his own shows, the 38-year-old got to breathe, write and think music for more than three months — giving him a tantalizing taste of what it would be

like to be a full-time musician. He even developed his own little group of followers in the arty resort town. “There were about 30 people who would follow me around to different shows. ... I’ve never had that before.” While returning to Red Deer could be compared to coming back down to earth, Cuss isn’t complaining about the local music scene, which is burgeoning of late, with more and more venues booking live entertainment. In fact, local club owners have been fantastic supporters, said Cuss. The singer and guitarist who released his debut album It’s War in 2013, has played regularly at The Hideout and The Velvet Olive, and also at the International Beer Haus and Stage, Fratters Speakeasy and other venues. One of his next gigs — an afternoon fundraising house concert in Red Deer on Sunday, Feb. 23 — is particularly dear to his heart as Cuss is trying to raise money to record his second album in Nashville. It’s to be produced by Dawson, with support from some studio musicians who have backed Blackie and the Rodeo Kings. The house concert will include a silent action. Cuss is also looking into other revenue opportunities, such as various grants applications and corporate sponsorships. He plans to complete his new album, I Swear It’s True, by the end of May. In the meantime, he’s excited about his “great” new band, The Curse — comprised of drummer Carlos Capaban and guitarist Bradford Lawlor — as well as his new material. Some songs that could end up on

ON STAGE What: CAT presents The Oldest Profession, by Paula Vogel When: 7:30 p.m., Feb. 20 to March 8 (2 p.m. matinee on Sunday, Feb. 23) Where: Nickle Studio, upstairs, next to Red Deer’s Memorial Arts Centre Tickets: $31.45 from the Black Knight Ticket Centre The script’s frank and salty language, as well as its required burlesque dancing to blues music, are not things every actor is willing to pull off, but Olinek believes he lucked out and lined up a terrific cast that’s more than meeting the challenge. “I’m thrilled. ... It’s gone well and they’ve worked as hard as I expected.”

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Levi Cuss will perform several times in Red Deer in the next week: on Wednesday at the International Beer Haus and Stage, on Friday at the East 40th Pub and on Sunday, Feb. 23, at a fundraising house concert.

the upcoming release were inspired by happenings in the wider world, including the death of Nelson Mandela and the killing of troubled young immigrant Sammy Yakim on an otherwise empty Toronto streetcar. The tune Sammy Y looks at the tragic police shooting of the young, knifewielding man, who apparently suffered from mental problems. Cuss believes, “Something horrible happened there. Something broke down. (The officer) lost it for a second and police officers are only human ... but Sammy didn’t deserve what happened.” His Mandela song examines the complexities of a man who started out as a freedom fighter and ended up a humanitarian. “When he went to jail, he took that hatred and harnessed it into love — and that’s powerful,” said Cuss. The divorced father who’s now in a blended-family relationship also turns out regular, non-protest tunes about love and loss. In the vein of Leonard Cohen or maybe Neil Young, he considers his songs to be poetry brought to the stage, reminding us all of our collective struggles — the things that

cause heartache, joy and make us humble. It’s when his music really connects with people that is most meaningful to Cuss, who remembers being approached by a blue-collar guy in a local bar after one of his sets. The man asked him, “What was that lyric that you said?” Turns out he was referring to “The silver and gold ain’t worth the blood on the floor” from Cuss’s war song Bring the Boys Home. “It struck him so deeply,” recalled the singer, with a trace of wonder in his voice. “That’s how I like to think of music — as something that might get in your ear and change you.” For more information about Cuss’s fundraising 3 p.m. house concert in Red Deer (tickets cost $15), call 403596-6994. Cuss also performs on Wednesday, Feb. 19, at the International Beer Haus and Stage, and on Friday, Feb. 21, at the East 40th Pub in Red Deer. (There’s no cover charge for these two 8 p.m. performances).

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Endless Love 2.5 stars Rated: PG Endless Love tells the story of starcrossed lovers, beautifully. Gabriella Wilde (The Three Musketeers), with her long coltish legs, flowing blond locks and luscious lips, stars as loyal rich-girl Jade Butterfield. Hunky former model Alex Pettyfer (Magic Mike) shows off his biceps as the mechanic’s son, David Elliot, while brushing back his cowlick and looking longingly from dark eyes brimming with tears. Although both leads in the movie are in their 20s, they convincingly play teenagers recklessly in love. The frequent close-ups employed by director Shana Feste lovingly caress their luminous faces throughout. It’s the forbidden rich/poor matchup — a common movie theme from Love Story to Dirty Dancing. Jade lives in a spectacular home

with her parents, Dr. Hugh Butterfield (Canadian Bruce Greenwood) and homemaker Anne Butterfield (Joely Richardson), who appears to be a bit in love with David, too. Anne writes the most inappropriate college recommendation letter ever. There’s wealth galore displayed at a graduation party, with champagne and the family’s luxury cottage plus Jade’s fashion-forward wardrobe. For contrast, there’s the oily garage where plaid-shirted David helps his single-parent dad (raspy Robert Patrick) fix cars. It is the summer between high school and college when the two meet and fall in love before running afoul of

grumpy dad who is still mourning the death of a son (shades of Footloose). The fall-in-love montage includes a wading pool, road hockey, running through a sprinkler, dancing and attending an outdoor rock concert from which they return in the back of a pickup truck. The certainty that David is going to scrawl “I love U” on the truck’s window makes the journey a stress-free ride. As the lovers kiss, kiss and kiss some more, Hugh repeatedly throws obstacles between them because, he says, David “isn’t good enough” for med school-bound Jade. David hits Hugh in the chops, which pretty much solidifies dad’s animosity to the union. Minus the grisly melodrama of the 1981 version — no mental asylum or prison — Endless Love unfolds as a sweet date movie appropriate for teens, without swearing or explicit sex. The unrealistic moderate drinking, strong monogamous relationships between young couples, respect for elders and good grades of the protagonists sets this firmly as a parent-friendly fantasy. Jade’s love for David is tested again

and again as “bad luck” befalls him and he never gives up fighting for her. This is a love letter, not a tragedy (unlike Romeo and Juliet, which was directed by Franco Zeffirelli, who also helmed the earlier Endless Love) with an upbeat tone that is consistent with sun-kissed summer days. All of the drama comes from trying to outwit dad either by sneaking out at night or having sex in the downstairs living room and also trying to make up for all of the mistakes of youth, including trespassing into a zoo after Jade declares, “Let’s be young and drunk, just for tonight.” Greenwood has the thankless task of being a man who is hard to like and who systematically destroys his relationships with his long-suffering wife, underachieving son Keith (Rhys Wakefield), whom he ridicules for studying communications at college, and rebellious Jade. The vein of sentiment running throughout is the kind you’d expect to find in a valentine — “Let’s make the days we have together the best days ever.” Trish Crawford is a syndicated Toronto Star movie critic.

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Jennifer Connelly, left, Jaden Smith and Keanu Reeves, right, are shown in a scene from, The Day the Earth Stood Still. Canadians will receive special Academy Awards this weekend. deep compositing — an approach that offers a smooth way to merge two different images like hair and tree leaves into each other, rather than just on top of each other. “Part of what the award is acknowledging is the fact that it’s not just coming up with the technology but industry adoption,” noted the 37-year-old Doncaster, a self-taught visual-effects whiz who was born and raised in Mississauga, Ont., and now lives in Dundas, Ont. “It’s one thing to create something. It’s another thing for industry to say, ‘Yeah, that’s cool. Let’s use that.”’ Doncaster, who now runs the consulting company Peregrine Labs with his wife, came up with the technique while working for Weta on The Day the Earth Stood Still. Doncaster’s co-winners include compositor Areito Echevarria, who was working with Weta at the same time, Johannes Saam and Chris Cooper from a company called Animal Logic who converged on the same idea at roughly the same time, and Janne Kontkanen, who was doing deep compositing work at another company called PDI. Dr. Peter Hillman, who continued working on the technique at Weta after Doncaster left the company, is also being honoured for deep compositing. Boudreault began working on the software application in 1996 at a company called Kaydara, and that it quickly evolved into a groundbreaking way to integrate motion-capture performances with computer animation in real-time. The product, now

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Unlike other Academy Awards which recognize achievements in the past year, the sci-tech awards celebrate contributions that have a proven record of aiding in the process of movie-making. And instead of little gold statues, technical achievement winners receive certificates while scientific and engineering winners get plaques. Madjar and his cowinners David Cardwell and Andrew Camenisch, as well as Hungarian super-coders Csaba Kohegyi and Imre Major, will get technical achievement certificates for developing software called Mudbox. Madjar said he, Cardwell and Camenisch came up with the idea in 2005 while working on the third The Lord of the Rings film for Weta Digital in New Zealand. “It was out of desperation, basically,” Madjar said Thursday from his home in Toronto, describing the previous way of doing things as too time-consuming and costly. The Cleveland, Ohioborn Cardwell, who moved to Canada from New Zealand in 2005, said the team courted many suitors before selling Mudbox to Autodesk in 2007. He noted that even in the product’s early stages, interest was immediate and widespread. “There were over a thousand beta testers at all kinds of different companies,” said Cardwell. “Everyone from NASA (to) Disney, Sony, Pixar ... Everybody was using it. That’s how it really took off.” Doncaster said his technical achievement certificate comes many years after he first came up with a technique for

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A group of Montrealers who made “bullettime” possible in The Matrix, a digital sculptor who came up with a refined technique to create the giant ape in King Kong, and a visualeffects expert who devised an efficient way to merge images in The Day the Earth Stood Still are some of the Canadians receiving special Academy Awards this weekend. Tibor Madjar, Colin Doncaster and Yves Boudreault are among 52 people being recognized for 19 scientific and technical achievements by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which also hands out the Oscars. Boudreault said Thursday he was on his way to a vacation in the Turks and Caicos with his girlfriend when he got an email from the Academy announcing the win for him and fellow Montrealers Andre Gauthier, Benoit Sevigny and Robert Lanciault. “It’s a big thing. It’s a recognition of all the work that I’ve done. ... At the beginning when I started developing Filmbox I was working six days a week, 12-13 hours a day.” Although lesser known than the more glitzy televised bash, Boudreault said the sci-tech awards are a big deal within his industry, jokingly calling them “Oscars for the nerds.” Award winners get their own gala dinner at the Beverly Hills Hotel on Saturday, where Veronica Mars star Kristen Bell and Fruitvale Station star Michael B. Jordan will hand out the accolades. Toronto-based Madjar said his whole family is proud to accompany him to the bash, including his wife, seven-year-old son and 10-year-old daughter. “My son will wear a tuxedo as well and he will have a big camera. He will be taking the photos,” said the 46-year-old Madjar, who helped devise a new way to sculpt digital models for films including King Kong, Avatar, Life of Pi and The Avengers.

The Matrix when it was used to create the slowmotion effect known as “bullet-time.” “They were looking (for) software that would trigger 120 cameras with a one-millisecond delay between each and the only company that could do that on the planet was Kaydara with Filmbox. ... That really put us on the radar for other projects,” said Boudreault, noting Filmbox was later used to capture Andy Serkis’s digital performance in “The Lord of the Rings” to animate the character of Gollum. Boudreault and his fellow Quebecers will each receive a plaque as part of the scientific and engineering awards.

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Global fight starts against infectious diseases BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON — The U.S. and 26 other countries began a new effort Thursday to prevent and fight outbreaks of dangerous infectious diseases before they spread around the globe. U.S. health officials called the Global Health Security Agenda a priority because too many countries lack the health infrastructure necessary to spot a new infection rapidly and sound the alarm before it has time to gain a foothold and even spread into other countries. Germs “do not recognize or stop at national borders,” Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Thursday as representatives from

participating countries, the World Health Organization and other groups met to discuss plans. “A threat anywhere is indeed a threat everywhere.” Yet fewer than 20 per cent of countries are adequately prepared to respond to emerging infections, she said. Infectious diseases are a growing concern. Just in the past year, China alerted the world that a new type of bird flu was sickening people; a mysterious and deadly new respiratory virus emerged in the Middle East; and scientists detected the spread of some older diseases to new locales including the first appearance of mosquito-borne chikungunya virus in the Caribbean. New diseases are but a plane ride away, warned Dr. Tom Frieden, direc-

tor of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “There are too many blind spots around the world,” he told reporters in preparation for Thursday’s meeting. The goal of the new effort: Over five years, the U.S. will partner with other countries to bolster local disease monitoring, develop tests for different pathogens and help regions create and strengthen systems to report and respond to public health emergencies. Last year, the CDC began a pilot project in Uganda to improve detection of such diseases as cholera, drugresistant tuberculosis and hemorrhagic fevers. Motorcycles raced samples from sick patients in remote parts of the country to provincial capitals, where they could be shipped overnight to a

laboratory that could rapidly report the results back. It “showed that very rapid progress was possible,” Frieden said. This year, the CDC plans to divert $40 million from its budget for similar projects in 10 other countries, which are yet to be named. In 2015, the Obama administration is seeking $45 million in new funding to further expand the work. Countries joining Thursday’s launch included Argentina, Australia, Canada, Chile, China, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkey, Uganda, United Kingdom and Vietnam.

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A new study suggests there’s a risk that healthy children or their parents will go home brewing a cold or the flu, having picked up a bug while sharing a doctor’s waiting room with others who are there because they are sick.

Kids can pick up colds, flu in doctors’ waiting rooms, study suggests BY THE CANADIAN PRESS They are called “well-child visits” — the checkups and appointments for vaccinations that are scheduled at regular intervals throughout the first years of a young life. But a new study suggests there’s a risk healthy children or their parents will go home brewing a cold or the flu, having picked up a bug while sharing a doctor’s waiting room with others who are there because they are sick. The study suggests the risk for individuals is small. But it estimates there are nearly 800,000 medical visits each year in the United States as a result of socalled influenza-like infections picked up in a waiting room by a child or parent there for a wellchild checkup. “The physical proximity of these two different forms of care can expose healthy people — or unhealthy people — to contagious illnesses, especially upper respiratory infections,” says Dr. Philip Polgreen, a physician and a professor of computational biology at the University of Iowa. Polgreen is the senior author of the study, which is published in the March

issue of the journal Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, released Thursday. “Individually it’s a small risk. But if you think about how many (of these occur) across the country, it really adds up.” Polgreen and his co-authors examined data from the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s medical expenditure panel survey, looking for cases where children or members of their family visited a doctor for an influenza-like illness within two weeks of having a well-child visit. They then used mathematical modelling to assess the risk and come up with the overall figure. As well, they looked at whether influenza-like illness return visits spiked during flu season. And they did see increased doctor visits for influenza-like illnesses in the period immediately after wellchild visits, especially during cold and flu season. Because of the design of the study, they cannot say there was a cause and effect relationship between the two. Also, the nature of cold and flu season would make that unwise. When the viruses that cause these kinds of illnesses are circulating, people are exposed to them in multiple settings. Assert-

ing that an illness was contracted in one location rather than another would be impossible to prove. Still, the work does raise concerns about infection control efforts in medical settings outside hospitals, a commentary on the paper notes. “Anyone who has ... taken their own child to their pediatrician during the winter months has certainly noted the infants, children and adolescents crowded in the waiting room with cough, rhinorrhea (runny nose), fever and malaise, lying on or slumped against their parents,” writes Dr. Lisa Saiman, who is with the department of infection prevention and control of New York-Presbyterian Hospital. Polgreen’s paper suggests that one idea might be to try not to schedule well-child visits during flu season. But that might not be feasible, he and his co-authors acknowledge, because the visits are often timed to try to give childhood vaccinations on the recommended schedule. Saiman agrees. “Altering schedules for wellchild visits could adversely impact vaccination rates, including vaccination rates for influenza,” she writes in her commentary.

Women have a higher risk of blood clots that can cause strokes, heart attacks and other problems for 12 weeks after childbirth — twice as long as doctors have thought, new research finds. Strokes are still fairly rare right after pregnancy but devastating when they do occur and fatal about 10 per cent of the time, according to Dr. Hooman Kamel, a neurology specialist at New York’s Weill Cornell Medical College. Blood clots in the legs usually just cause pain but can be fatal if they travel to the lungs. Kamel led the new study, which was published online in the New England Journal of Medicine and presented at an American Heart Association stroke conference in San Diego on Thursday. Pregnant women are more prone to blood clots because blood components to prevent excessive bleeding during labour naturally increase, and blood from the legs has more trouble travelling to the heart. “Sometimes there’s the notion that once they deliver they don’t have to worry about these things,” but risk persists for some time after the birth, said Dr. Andrew Stemer, a Georgetown University neurologist. Doctors now sometimes give low-dose blood thinners to certain women at higher risk of blood clots for six weeks after delivery. The new study suggests risk lasts longer than that. It involved nearly 1.7 million California women giving birth to their first child. Over the next year and a half, 1,015 of them developed clots — 248 had strokes, 47 had heart attacks and 720 had clots in the legs or lungs. The risk of one of these problems was about 11 times greater during the first six weeks after delivery and more than two times greater during weeks seven to 12. After that, it fell to level seen in women who had not had a baby. A federal grant paid for the research. Kamel advises women who recently had a baby to seek medical help right away if they develop chest pain or pressure, trouble breathing, swelling or pain in one leg, a sudden severe headache or sudden loss of speech, vision, balance, or strength on one side of the body. High blood pressure and smoking add to the risk of blood clots. Last week, the Heart Association issued its first guidelines for preventing strokes in women, focusing on pregnancy as one high-risk time. Women with a history of high blood pressure before pregnancy should be considered for low-dose aspirin (around 81 milligrams) after the first three months of pregnancy, and calcium supplements anytime, the guidelines say. 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, the guidelines note. Online: Stroke information:

Research shows talking to babies early really matters AND LONG SENTENCES ARE FINE BY LAURAN NEERGAARD THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON — The sooner you start explaining the world to your baby, the better. That doesn’t mean flash cards for tots, or merely pointing out objects: “Here’s an orange. That’s a bowl.” New research shows that both how much and how well parents talk with babies and toddlers help to tune the youngsters’ brains in ways that build crucial language and vocabulary skills — a key to fighting the infamous “word gap” that puts poor children at a disadvantage at an even younger age than once thought. The idea is to connect words and meaning, so the brain becomes primed to learn

through context: “Let’s put the orange in this bowl with the banana and the apple and the grapes.” “You’re building intelligence through language,” is how Stanford University psychology professor Anne Fernald explains it. “It’s making nets of meaning that then will help the child learn new words.” And forget dumbed-down baby talk: Longer, more complex sentences are better. “The advice I give mothers is to have conversations with your babies,” said Erika Hoff, a psychology professor at Florida Atlantic University. “Children can hear lots of talk that goes over their head in terms of the meaning, and they still benefit from it.” The research, presented Thursday and Friday at a meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, comes amid a growing push for universal preschool, to help disadvantaged youngsters catch up. But it also begs the question

of whether children from lowincome, less educated families need earlier intervention, such as preschool that starts at age 3 instead of 4, or higher quality day care or even some sort of “Let’s talk” campaign aimed at new parents to stress talking, singing and reading with tots even before they can respond. That can be difficult for parents working multiple jobs, or who may not read well or who simply don’t know why it’s important. Scientists have long known that before they start kindergarten, children from middleclass or affluent families have heard millions more words than youngsters from lowincome families, leaving the poorer children with smaller vocabularies and less ready to succeed academically. Fernald said by some measures, 5-year-olds from low-income families can lag two years behind their peers in tests of language development, an achievement gap that’s difficult to overcome.

Brain scans support the link, said Dr. Kimberly Noble of Columbia University Medical Center. Early experiences shape the connections that children’s brains form, and kids from higher socioeconomic backgrounds devote more “neural real estate” to brain regions involved in language development, she found. How early does the word gap appear? Around age 18 months, Stanford’s Fernald discovered when she compared how children mentally process the language they hear. Lower-income kids in her study achieved at age 2 the level of proficiency that more affluent kids had reached six months earlier. To understand why language processing is so important, consider this sentence: “The kitty’s on the bench.” If the youngster knows the word “kitty,” and his brain recognizes it quickly enough, then he can figure out what “bench” means by the context. But if he’s slow to recog-

nize “kitty,” then “bench” flies by before he has a chance to learn it. Next, Fernald tucked recorders into T-shirts of lowincome toddlers in Spanishspeaking households to determine what they heard all day — and found remarkable differences in what’s called child-directed speech. That’s when children are spoken to directly, in contrast to television or conversations they overhear. One child heard more than 12,000 words of child-directed speech in a day, while another heard a mere 670 words, she found. The youngsters who received more child-directed speech processed language more efficiently and learned words more quickly, she reported. But it’s not just quantity of speech that matters — it’s quality, Hoff cautioned. She studied bilingual families and found that whatever the language, children fare better when they learn it from a native speaker.

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LUANN Feb. 15 1980 — Iran officially complains to the UN that Canada had abused diplomatic privilege by smuggling six Americans out of Iran using diplomatic passports. 1973 — Ottawa restricts oil exports to the U.S., due to possible shortages. 1971 — Britain changes over to decimal currency from pounds, shillings and pence,

after 1,200 years of sterling. 1965 — Canada’s new Maple Leaf flag is unfurled in ceremonies on Parliament Hill. It was adopted after two-year debate and Royal Proclamation on Jan. 28. 1930 — Cairine Wilson is appointed Canada’s first woman senator. 1898 — Spanish-American war begins after the battleship USS Maine, on a goodwill mission, strikes a mine and blows up in Havana Harbour in Cuba, killing 258 sailors.





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Time to get out of abusive relationship Dear Annie: I have been with my fiance for 14 Dear Annie: My son and his first wife had a destiyears, and we have had our fair share of problems. nation wedding in a foreign country. Three months ago, I left, taking our kids with me. My husband and I hosted an engagement party in But I came back when he asked me to. I figured our hometown, and a friend of mine threw the bride I owed it to the children to try to work a shower. things out. My son and daughter-in-law divorced, But nothing has changed. and he is now engaged and planning a I don’t have a job outside the home. second wedding. However, I do have credit card debt. He My brother-in-law made a comment used to help pay it off, but now he refuses that he and his wife do not send gifts for to pay any of my bills. second weddings. He won’t give me any money except to My son is torn about how to handle the buy groceries. Our car used to be in both invitations. While it is his second marof our names, but now it is only in his riage, it is the bride’s first. He doesn’t bename. lieve she should be penalized because his I’m not allowed to go anywhere without first wife ended their marriage. asking for permission or to talk to any of What is the etiquette regarding this my family and friends unless he says it’s matter? MITCHELL OK. We certainly don’t want anyone to feel & SUGAR We also live with his parents, and every that my son and his fiancee are wanting time I don’t do the dishes, they complain. heaps of gifts and money, especially when I do all the other housework, but it isn’t these family members and friends “showenough. ered” him with gifts the first time around. What do I do? He thinks everything is — Vexed Mother of the Groom just fine. — At My Wits’ End Dear Vexed: First-time brides are entitled to wedDear Wits: Get out. ding and shower gifts, regardless of the groom’s prior This is an abusive relationship. Your fiance has marital history. removed all sources of income and support from you Of course, shower invitations can be weighted so that you are completely dependent on him. toward her family and friends, but also may include Please contact the Domestic Violence Hotline close family members and friends on the groom’s ( at 1-800-799-7233. You need help now. side. Guests who feel overburdened with shower


gifts do not have to attend. And while wedding gifts are always appropriate, those who sent gifts for your son’s first wedding may wish to give a more modest gift the second time around. The intention is to invite people to share the celebration. Dear Annie: I read the letter from “Frustrated Son,” whose mother was insisting that he be confirmed in the Catholic Church. As the director of religious education in a Catholic parish, I deal with this issue frequently. The choice to be confirmed is the son’s. A good first step is for the son to talk to his parish priest, who might very well agree that he is not ready to receive the sacrament of confirmation. If that is the case, he absolutely should not be confirmed at this time. He cannot be forced, because any sacrament given against someone’s will is not valid. Both my children said early on in their confirmation training that they did not want to be confirmed. We compromised that they would go to the classes, do the volunteer work and go on the retreat. If, after completing the two-year training, they still felt that they did not want to be confirmed, it was their choice. — Boston Annie’s Mailbox is written by Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar, longtime editors of the Ann Landers column. Please email your questions to anniesmailbox@, or write to: Annie’s Mailbox, c/o Creators Syndicate, 737 3rd Street, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254.

LONG WEEKEND HOROSCOPES Saturday, Feb. 15 like your life needs some sorting out to do CELEBRITIES BORN ON THIS DATE: before you advance any further. Watch your Jane Seymour, 63; Jessica De Gouw, 26; every move as higher ups are surely noticing Alex Borstein, 43 you at this time. THOUGHT OF THE DAY: A cool and CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Nothing unwavering mood will predominate today. seems to stop you from pursuing your aspiraCosmic energies are ensuring us that we tions. Your spirited nature is so high that sky’s maintain a strong focus concerning complex the limit for you. Trust and have faith in your projects and assignments requiring great own abilities. You are more capable and talattention to detail. We are able to work on ented than you think you are. them with great diligence and care. FollowAQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Some tax ing through our endeavours will related issue may come into foprove productive. cus today. It is possible that you HAPPY BIRTHDAY: If today will put your time and efforts into is your birthday, your attention some paperwork than requires will be directed towards the analyour homework. Make sure your ysis and organization of governbinding documents are on a ment related paperwork. Work timely matter. on issues that you have left aside PISCES (Feb. 19-March as now, it is your responsibility to 20): Relationships with others ensure you are up to date with will give you the space and the your most confidential matters. freedom you seek, but impediDo your research, consult a proments from your home life will fessional and don’t react on your imbalance your personal comemotions as they can be misfort. Parents might annoy you or ASTRO guiding you. Rely on facts and be too difficult to deal with now. DOYNA rationalization. ARIES (March 21-April 19): Sunday, Feb. 16 This is a highly productive time CELEBRITIES BORN ON to take care of business. You are THIS DATE: Agim Kaba, 34; able to execute certain items on your to do list Sarah Clarke, 44; Ice-T, 56 with much efficiency and determination. You THOUGHT OF THE DAY: Love and are feeling at peace knowing everything is money can go hand in hand today. Expect where it should be. successful outcomes in both spheres of life. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Relationships Positive energy flows easily and vivacious with others have a stable feel to it and you are throughout our relationships. Passions and in control of your state of mind. Your dreams amorous declarations abound us in a sincere are profound and you seem to emerge into a and direct approach. We are able to express spiritual journey. You are deeply involved in our creative inclinations with zest and producthe search for the ultimate truth. tivity. Watch out for Cupid’s arrow as it may GEMINI (May 21-June 20): You are hap- sting you when you least expect it! py that personal issues at home are placed HAPPY BIRTHDAY: If today is your birthwhere they belong. Your emotional happi- day, you will pamper your loved ones with ness is strong right now and you derive much plenty of adoration, affection and materialistic profoundness and intimacy from confidential goods. Luxurious goods appeal to you and matters. It’s great to be up to date. you would like to own the best of everything CANCER (June 21-July 22): Despite out there. Your earnings will receive a boost some overly confident feelings of inner con- this year making you more comfortable living trol, you may deviate a bit from reality. Luckily in your own skin. you have a good solid romantic affair going ARIES (March 21-April 19): Your attenon or a partnership that offers you feelings of tion will be focused towards your overall phyintensity and great emotional nourishment. sique and you will experience a reality check LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): You are more in terms of your lifestyle habits. Be prepared content when you know that your bank ac- for a wake-up call and make the necessary count is in a rock-solid condition. Gains that adjustments. At work, start prioritizing. you have accumulated so far derive from a lot TAURUS (April 20-May 20): You will be of sweat and hard work. Only you know how strongly tempted to reveal your true nature much sacrifice you had to make in order to in a romantic situation. You are feeling more get where you are right now. emotionally expressive and you let yourself VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Set realistic be taken aback by some cordial revelations goals for your future and rationalize your up- of pure love. Do not say that you were not coming steps to follow before you make any warned. decision. Agreements with others run smoothGEMINI (May 21-June 20): You will be ly and a new love interest catches your atten- taken back in time and will reminisce the past tion. Any romantic experiences lived now will and a certain parental matter will certainly certainly be anything but indifferent. touch you. Nostalgia and your emotionality LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): You realize will climb higher than the Eiffel tower. that by fixing the miniature pending matters CANCER (June 21-July 22): Communiwhich you would rather keep to yourself, you cation of all sorts will expose a certain amplican gain a greater control of your life. Your fied sentimental value to them and you will personal space and your assets would great- feel emotionally connected to your thoughts. ly appreciate this considerate attention from You will widen your need to carry out only your part. open and sincere conversations without a SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): An unfath- trace of smoke in them. omable relationship with one of your friends LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): This Full Moon develops now. Your bond is becoming more will make you more aware of your true pomeaningful and they will naturally desire to tential and your abilities in terms of merit and open up to you. It turns out that they need to self-worth. Hard work and efforts that were unburden their hearts to you as you are their accumulated until now will flourish and exmost dependable source of confidence. pose you to new possibilities. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Set VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Vital changes reasonable goals for your future and know will occur for you particularly, at this time, which direction you are heading to. It looks dear Virgo. You could make some important


adjustments to your life relating to your living space or a career change. It could also be pertaining to your overall physical wellness. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): There is little that others didn’t know about you up until now. Let go of old resentments, fears or phobias. You may also need more relaxation and rest, which will be apparent to others as well. Heal your spirits. Do some yoga. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Ready or not, it’s time to come out and join some of your friends. Be prepared to get more involved in teamwork activities, socialize and accept friendly invitations. This will allow you to find who your true friends are. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Listen to your heart’s desire and follow your gut instinct when it comes to your career choices. Your area of professional realm and worldly success will be highlighted now. You may swiftly have a complete change of heart in terms of your career choice. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Expand your horizons and say hello to freedom or that independence you sought after. You are finally released from your inhibiting forces. You are feeling inspired to pursue life under a different perspective. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Private matters that you kept leashed until now, may appear to the surface now. Sometimes, we cannot control the flow of energy that is exposed out there. Don’t burry yourself into unresolved matters which you cannot control. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): A close relationships will emerge now and require your undivided attention. You’ll have to either be more compromising in order to advance it or you’ll just have to deal with its consequences. You might have to let go of a past romantic interest that you still seem to hold on to. Monday, Feb. 17 CELEBRITIES BORN ON THIS DATE: Rene Russo, 60; Paris Hilton, 33; Denise Richards, 43 THOUGHT OF THE DAY: The Moon makes its way through graceful Libra will put an emphasis on most of our vital relationships. Tact and diplomacy can go a long way today. In addition, the universe is suggesting that our initiative spirits are quite high today. We will enjoy a good competition and some adventurous experiences. HAPPY BIRTHDAY: If today is your birthday, you will develop a greater need to asset your needs in terms of security and finances. Your self-worth will depend ultimately upon your true evaluation of your merits and what constitutes your whole as a safety net. Material goods will highlight big on your list this year and the desire to acquire something luxurious as well. ARIES (March 21-April 19): Relationships might prove a tad turbulent and you might feel like they are disturbing your emotional security. Your patterns within your partnerships will likely face a major change, which will contribute to your personal growth. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): As much as you are comfortable living a stable life, today is anything but that. Your waters will be shak-

en and your patience will be tested. Don’t let grumpy colleagues ruffle your feathers. The day ends on a calmer note. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): You might find yourself changing your mind quite often today where you will be jumping from one idea to another. While your heart and your head is not agreeing with each other, postpone important decision for another date. CANCER (June 21-July 22): You might be forced to break free of your domestic patterns today and deal with certain emotional issues which you have outgrown thus far. Anything restricting or inhibiting will likely cause you to respond in a very immediate and straightforward manner. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Your main challenge today will be to keep a straight face. You will likely have a hard time keeping your true identity intact as external forces are pushing you to twist according to the situations around you. Weight your words carefully. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): You may feel like an outcast in your own world today. Identifying with other people’s interest and tastes may not be that easy. New acquaintances that enter your life now will bring you the necessary freedom you are seeking. You are highly stimulated. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): You will be quite entertained by the on-going fiasco. While others are enduring the unavoidable turbulences you, on the other side are enjoying every bit of it. New faces pop into your life and some of them help you gain more popularity. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Don’t act on impulse today as you are not capable of taking important decisions. If you act out of anger or inner frustration, this will only affect your wellbeing. Keep a low profile or you may catch the wrong person’s attention. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): If you seek anyone’s advice today, most likely it won’t be favourable to you. Rely on yourself and your gut instinct as only you can help yourself now. Trying to fit in your usual crowd may overwhelm you with feelings of estrangement. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): You are excited about all the vast professional opportunities that are being presented to you now. You are suddenly faced with quick decisions waiting to be taken on your part. The element of stability should be among your most vital criteria. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): You may be attracting plenty of unconventional individuals whom are usually considered out of the norm. A breakthrough will give you a genius idea. You may wish to separate yourself emotionally from blocking or outworn visions. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): A loss of inheritance or the absence of money that is being owed to you may make you feel restless. Your current situation reminds you the importance of needing to detach yourself from such financial occurrences that are limiting you. Stay within your means. Astro Doyna is an internationally syndicated astrologer and columnist. Her column appears daily in the Advocate.

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Eurozone economy picks up pace in Q4 RECOVERY STILL TOO WEAK TO CREATE JOBS BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS BRUSSELS, Belgium — Europe’s economy is growing faster, raising hopes for a sustainable recovery, but that may not be enough to bring skyhigh levels of unemployment down anytime soon. The economy of the euro bloc grew 0.3 per cent in the October-December period from the previous quarter, the Eurostat statistics office said Friday. That was slightly more than expected and up from the third quarter’s 0.1 per cent. The recovery remains tepid, however, at least by global standards. The eurozone’s annualized rate of about 1.2 per cent is less than half the U.S.’s 3.2 per cent rate during the same period. “While still far from dynamic, it is a step back in the right direction,” said analyst Howard Archer of IHS Global Insight.

The eurozone is central to the global economy as Europeans are big buyers of goods from the United States and Asia. Uncertainty over the bloc’s future in recent years weighed on growth and corporate earnings around the world. Here’s a look at the eurozone economy’s vital signs: — NOT ENOUGH TO CREATE JOBS One of the biggest economic problems facing Europe is unemployment, particularly among the young in those countries at the forefront of the region’s debt crisis. The eurozone economy emerged from recession last year as its financial crisis eased, but employers haven’t started hiring much. The unemployment rate has remained around 12 per cent since late 2012. As well as creating uncertainty in households and stifling consumer spending, unemployment is a burden to a country’s coffers as the govern-

ment pays benefits and misses out on tax revenue from payrolls and economic activity. That pain is not shared evenly across the eurozone, however. While unemployment in Germany is near record lows around 5 per cent, it has jumped to massive levels in countries struggling with debt. In Greece, it has reached a staggering 28 per cent, and about 25 per cent in Spain. The situation among the young is even worse — in Greece, almost 60 per cent of those under 25 were out of work. “Even if the fourth quarter’s slightly faster rate of growth is sustained, it will be many years before the record number of eurozone unemployed can be put back to work,” said Bill Adams, an analyst with PNC. The unemployment rate in the U.S., by comparison, has fallen steadily to a five-year low of 6.6 per cent as of January. — MORE COUNTRIES PICKING UP The good news in Friday’s growth

figures is that they show improvements across most economies. Growth was unexpectedly strong in the bloc’s major economies like Germany, France, Italy — which saw its first growth since 2011 — and the Netherlands. But even Spain and Portugal — which needed rescue loans to rescue banks and the government, respectively — are showing signs of life. “The eurozone’s recovery has moved up a gear,” said Chris Williamson, an analyst with Markit. — NOT ALL SECTORS CONTRIBUTING While Friday’s report did not break down growth by sector, recent indicators show exports continue to be key for the bloc. That’s particularly true for Germany, traditionally a big trader of high-value goods like cars and machinery.

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Jesslyn Miller sports a hand-woven Olympic scarf at Cloth of Kin Inc.’s studio in Rocky Mountain House.

Scarves commemorate Sochi Olympics and Canada KURT BROWNING, MELLISA HOLLINGSWORTH AMONG ATHLETES WHO HAVE RECEIVED HAND-MADE SCARVES BY HARLEY RICHARDS ADVOCATE BUSINESS EDITOR A Rocky Mountain House company is offering Canadians a stylish way to display their Olympic spirit. Cloth of Kin Inc. is producing hand-woven red-and-white scarves as a tribute to Canada’s athletes in Sochi. Each contains 13 white stripes — one for each province and territory — and a dark red band on each end to simulate the Canadian flag. Jesslyn Miller, a weaver with Cloth of Kin, said the idea was inspired by a dream she had in early January. Miller envisioned her uncle, former world champion figure skater and CBC Olympic analyst Kurt Browning, sporting a handmade scarf at the Games. Cloth of Kin owner Anna Thomsen pledged her support and designed the special scarf. “It went on the loom on Jan. 15 and came off on the 25th,” said Miller of the production process,

adding that Browning, who grew up in Caroline, promised to take one to Sochi and try to wear it on camera. “I just wanted him to have something that I had made with love and with my own hands.” Another scarf went to Eckville’s Mellisa Hollingsworth, who was competing at her third Olympics in skeleton racing. She can be seen sporting her’s on Twitter. Slopestyle national team coach Chris Witwicki, who grew up in Rocky, received a scarf via his mother. Non-Olympians can also wrap themselves in the scarf flag, which can be purchased online. Prices range from $105 for a basic design made with cotton and bamboo threads, to $176 for cotton and bamboo or cotton and alpaca scarves with knotted fringes. Each measures 76 cm by two metres, with production time five to six hours. “It’s labour-intensive,” said Miller of the process, which involves a manually operated loom.

The Tees Agricultural Society is in the running for a $50,000 payday. The non-profit organization is one of five finalists in the fourth round of UFA Co-operative Ltd.’s Rural From the Roots Up — Get ‘n’ Give Contest. Three $50,000 prizes have already been awarded, the most recent going to the Spruce View Agricultural Society, and two more remain. The Spruce View Agricultural Society has the task of declaring the winner of the fourth round, which it is scheduled to do on Feb. 20. In addition to the Tees Agricultural Society, other organizations in the running are the Armena Athletic Association, the Hand Hills Lake Community Club, Commemorating Northern Alberta’s Agricultural Centre at La Crete, and Marwayne Fire & Rescue. Bob Nelson, president and CEO of UFA Co-op, said some 300 contest entries have been received to date. “These community groups, athletic associations and agricultural centres are the lifeblood of our rural communities,” said Nelson. “The growth and sustainability of their facilities is essential for our communities to stay strong, vibrant and active.” The Spruce View Agricultural Society is using its $50,000 prize to help upgrade the Diamond Jubilee Recreation Centre at Dickson. Contest entries will be accepted until March 21, with rural community groups within 200 km of a UFA Farm & Ranch Supply store or Petroleum Agency eligible to enter.

Deadly pig virus slowly moving west

“The thing with weaving and being a weaver is it takes a special kind of personality type. There’s a lot of delayed gratification, patience and repetitive motion.” Thomsen has been weaving for about 15 years, but Cloth of Kin really came into existence last June, said Miller. The business’s focus is to create unique fabrics for families by getting each member to choose a thread colour and then combine these. “In this day and age, making fabric from scratch with a loom that’s not plugged in is extremely rare.” But the process has broad appeal, with Cloth of Kin sitting on a waiting list of orders. The growing interest in hand-woven baby wraps has contributed to this demand, said Miller. Cloth of Kin’s website can be found at Its products are also sold at

A deadly pig virus continues to spread closer to Alberta. Alberta Pork confirmed on Friday that porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv) has now been detected in Manitoba. It’s also been found at two locations in Montana in recent days. The virus, which has a mortality rate of up to 100 per cent in nursing piglets, has now been reported in 24 American states, with 13 cases in Ontario and one in Prince Edward Island as well. “The case in Manitoba and two cases in Montana are of particular concern given the proximity to Alberta and the amount of traffic back and forth, including family and friends that visit from those locations,” said Alberta Pork in a release. Although potentially disastrous to the operations of pig producers, PEDv cannot be transmitted to humans and is not a food safety concern, say health experts. Alberta Pork is urging strict biosecurity measures at pig farms, including trailer cleaning, washing, disinfecting and drying protocols for all incoming transports. It warns that footwear and clothing can also carry the virus. Information sessions are being held across the province, including in Red Deer Feb. 20 and March 19. Attendees can register for these by calling Marlyn Dalmacio at Alberta Pork at 780-491-3525 or by emailing her at marilyn.dalmacio@albertapork. com.

Pension plan surpasses $200 billion of net assets BY THE CANADIAN PRESS TORONTO — Long-term investments in countries with high-growth, emerging economies will help the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board through unpredictable times, CPPIB’s CEO said Friday. Mark Wiseman, who oversees one of the country’s largest investment portfolios on behalf of the Canada Pension Plan, says his organization is looking for “where the puck is going to be, not where the puck is.” “It’s the proverbial Wayne Gretzky approach to investment,” Wiseman said in an interview after CPPIB released its report for the third quarter of its 2013-14 financial year, which ends March 31. Wiseman said the fund’s plan is to increase its investments in countries such as China, India and Brazil.

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“We’re building our capabilities up in those regions, building our investment partners in those regions (because) in the long run we believe it will pay off,” Wiseman said. “We believe in the economic growth of those economies will exceed the growth that we are seeing in developed markets like North America, Europe and Japan.” Earlier this week, the board announced that it has committed US$250 million to a fund that will provide debt financing for residential projects in India’s largest cities. The fund will focus on developments in the Delhi national capital region, Mumbai, Bangalore, Pune and Chennai. In its latest earnings release, CPPIB reported it had $201.5 billion of assets under management at the end of December, up from $192.8 billion at the end of September, and earned a 5.9

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per cent return for the three months ended Dec. 31. This is the first time CPPIB, which was created in 1997, has surpassed $200 billion in net assets, which included $11.1 billion in net investment income in the latest quarter. CPPIB invests money not currently needed by the Canada Pension Plan to pay benefits for some 18 million current and retired contributors from most provinces. Quebec has a separate system, with asset management performed by the Caisse de depot. The Canada Pension Plan has historically paid for retirement benefits from payroll contributions made by employees and employers but, as the population ages, it will eventually also draw on its investments. The Chief Actuary of Canada currently estimates CPP contributions will pay for benefit payments until 2022.

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Wiseman said the third quarter’s return of 5.9 per cent far exceeds the second quarter’s return of 1.8 per cent but the real issue is the fund’s performance over the long-term. “We’re going to have quarters where we have low returns. We’re going to have quarters where we have higher returns. It’s part of having a highly diversified portfolio,” Wiseman said. “Our job at CPPIB is to construct a portfolio that will be diversified and will produce a risk adjustment return, not over the proverbial 90 days but over decades and quarter centuries.” CPPIB’s major deals in the third quarter included the acquisition of Assiniboia Farmland LP, a fund manager that owns a portfolio of agricultural lands in Saskatchewan, for $128 million.

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

Diversified and Industrials Agrium Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . 97.02 ATCO Ltd.. . . . . . . . . . . . 51.00 BCE Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47.07 BlackBerry . . . . . . . . . . . . 9.87 Bombardier . . . . . . . . . . . . 3.60 Brookfield . . . . . . . . . . . . 43.25 Cdn. National Railway . . 61.87 Cdn. Pacific Railway. . . 169.87 Cdn. Utilities . . . . . . . . . . 38.82 Capital Power Corp . . . . 23.15 Cervus Equipment Corp 24.00 Dow Chemical . . . . . . . . 46.71 Enbridge Inc. . . . . . . . . . 47.82 Finning Intl. Inc. . . . . . . . 28.51 Fortis Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . 30.71 General Motors Co. . . . . 35.95 Parkland Fuel Corp. . . . . 19.17 Sirius XM . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8.40 SNC Lavalin Group. . . . . 46.93 Stantec Inc. . . . . . . . . . . 67.12 Telus Corp. . . . . . . . . . . . 37.83 Transalta Corp.. . . . . . . . 14.90 Transcanada. . . . . . . . . . 49.77

Rona Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . 12.37 Shoppers . . . . . . . . . . . . 58.49 Tim Hortons . . . . . . . . . . 57.88 Wal-Mart . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75.79 WestJet Airlines . . . . . . . 25.50 Mining Barrick Gold . . . . . . . . . . 22.36 Cameco Corp. . . . . . . . . 23.84 First Quantum Minerals . 21.16 Goldcorp Inc. . . . . . . . . . 30.32 Hudbay Minerals. . . . . . . . 8.93 Kinross Gold Corp. . . . . . . 5.72 Potash Corp.. . . . . . . . . . 37.01 Sherritt Intl. . . . . . . . . . . . . 3.43 Teck Resources . . . . . . . 26.25

Consumer Canadian Tire . . . . . . . . . 98.05 Gamehost . . . . . . . . . . . . 14.43 Leon’s Furniture . . . . . . . 15.81 Loblaw Ltd. . . . . . . . . . . . . 4.56 Maple Leaf Foods. . . . . . 15.39

Energy Arc Energy . . . . . . . . . . . 29.27 Badger Daylighting Ltd. . 32.29 Baker Hughes. . . . . . . . . 59.68 Bonavista . . . . . . . . . . . . 15.07 Bonterra Energy . . . . . . . 55.37 Cdn. Nat. Res. . . . . . . . . 38.50 Cdn. Oil Sands Ltd. . . . . 21.35 Canyon Services Group. 11.46 Cenovous Energy Inc. . . 28.41 CWC Well Services . . . . 0.870 Encana Corp. . . . . . . . . . 20.35 Essential Energy. . . . . . . . 2.72 Exxon Mobil . . . . . . . . . . 94.11

MARKETS CLOSE TORONTO — Rising mining stocks helped push the Toronto stock market to a three-year high Friday as traders digested a generally positive bag of economic indicators. The S&P/TSX composite in-

dex closed up 53.11 points at 14,054.7 after closing above the 14,000 threshold Thursday for the first time since April 2011. The Canadian dollar closed down 0.05 of a cent at 91.05 cents US even as manufacturing shipments declined 0.9 per cent

Halliburton Co. . . . . . . . . 53.57 High Arctic . . . . . . . . . . . . 3.73 Husky Energy . . . . . . . . . 33.69 Imperial Oil . . . . . . . . . . . 47.71 Pengrowth Energy . . . . . . 7.35 Penn West Energy . . . . . . 8.69 Pinecrest Energy Inc. . . . 0.215 Precision Drilling Corp . . 11.44 Suncor Energy . . . . . . . . 36.72 Talisman Energy . . . . . . . 11.66 Trican Ltd.. . . . . . . . . . . . 13.95 Trinidad Energy . . . . . . . 11.01 Vermilion Energy . . . . . . 62.39 Financials Bank of Montreal . . . . . . 71.34 Bank of N.S. . . . . . . . . . . 63.29 CIBC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89.38 Cdn. Western . . . . . . . . . 36.49 Carfinco . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11.65 Great West Life. . . . . . . . 30.66 IGM Financial . . . . . . . . . 55.00 Intact Financial Corp. . . . 67.20 Manulife Corp. . . . . . . . . 21.41 National Bank . . . . . . . . . 43.81 Rifco Inc.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5.91 Royal Bank . . . . . . . . . . . 71.21 Sun Life Fin. Inc.. . . . . . . 38.87 TD Bank . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49.28

in December, the first month that has happened since August. New York indexes turned higher after the latest reading on U.S. consumer confidence, the University of Michigan’s index, was unchanged at 81.2. A slight drop had been expected. An-

other report showed that harsh winter weather led to U.S. factory output falling by 0.8 per cent in January. “(Weather) is a big deal and it will have an impact on the numbers,” said Gareth Watson, vicepresident, investment management and research, at Richardson GMP Ltd. “But the extent that you can blame the weather is still up for debate. It’s a factor but is that the overriding factor? And I think you won’t really figure that out until we get a month where there hasn’t been interference from the weather.” The Dow Jones industrials jumped 126.8 points to 16,154.39, the Nasdaq was 3.36 points higher at 4,244.03 and the S&P 500 index rose 8.8 points to 1,838.63. Elsewhere, China’s consumer prices rose 2.5 per cent over a year earlier in January, unchanged from December. Traders found the inflation data encouraging because it leaves the Chinese government room to stimulate the world’s secondbiggest economy. Other data showed that economic growth across the eurozone was stronger than expected as gross domestic product grew by 0.3 per cent in the fourth quarter from the previous quarter. That adds up to an annualized rate of about 1.2 per cent. Analysts had been looking for fourth-quarter growth of 0.2 per cent. The TSX gold sector gained about two per cent as April bullion advanced $18.50 to US$1,318.60 an ounce. The base metals component was ahead 0.83 per cent, with March copper up one cent at US$3.26 a pound. Financials were up 0.51 per cent following a number of positive earnings reports this week from insurers. The energy sector declined 0.19 per cent. Oil prices declined

in the wake of the U.S. factory data as March crude on the New York Mercantile Exchange closed down five cents to US$100.30 a barrel. On the earnings front, Enbridge Inc. (TSX:ENB) posted a fourth-quarter net loss of $267 million as it recognized lower values for some of its assets. Exitems, the pipeline and energy services company earned 44 cents a share, two cents short of estimates and its shares added 45 cents to C$47.82. Brookfield Asset Management Inc. (TSX:BAM.A) posted fourth-quarter net income of US$850 million, or $1.08 per share. Funds from operations increased to US$1.03 billion, or $1.59 per share, more than double a year earlier and its shares gained 47 cents to C$43.25. And sports equipment company Bauer Performance Sports Ltd. (TSX:BAU) has signed a deal to buy the baseball and softball business of EastonBell Sports for US$330 million. Bauer shares slipped 33 cents to $13.85. Strong earnings news and positive economic data pushed the TSX up 1.95 per cent this past week while the Dow industrials surged 2.28 per cent. FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS TORONTO — Highlights at the close of Friday at world financial market trading. Stocks: S&P/TSX Composite Index — 14,054.76, up 53.11 points TSX Venture Exchange — 996.35, up 9.90 points TSX 60 — 805.46, up 2.78 points Dow — 16,154.39, up 126.80 points S&P 500 — 1,838.63, up 8.80 points Nasdaq — 4,244.03, up 3.36 points Currencies at close:

Cdn — 91.05 cents US, down 0.05 of a cent Pound — C$1.8390, up 1.08 cents Euro — C$1.5047 up 0.33 of a cent Euro — US$1.37, up 0.22 of a cent Oil futures: US$100.30 per barrel, down five cents (March contract) Gold futures: US$1,318.60 per oz., up $18.50 (April contract) Canadian Fine Silver Handy and Harman: $24.28 oz., up 96.9 cents $780.60 kg, up $31.15 ICE FUTURES CANADA WINNIPEG — ICE Futures Canada closing prices: Canola: March ’14 $4.20 higher $398.20; May ’14 $4.10 higher $408.80; July ’14 $4.20 higher $418.40; Nov. ’14 $4.10 higher $436.40; Jan ’15 $3.80 higher $443.60; March ’15 $3.60 higher $450.20; May ’15 $2.90 higher $453.90; July ’15 $3.00 higher $456.90; Nov ’15 $3.00 higher $453.10; Jan. ’16 $3.00 higher $453.10; March ’16 $3.00 higher $453.10. Barley (Western): March ’14 unchanged $126.50; May ’14 unchanged $128.50; July ’14 unchanged $128.50; Oct. ’14 unchanged $128.50; Dec. ’14 unchanged $128.50; March ’15 unchanged $128.50; May ’15 unchanged $128.50; July ’15 unchanged $128.50; Oct. ’15 unchanged $128.50; Dec. ’15 unchanged $128.50; March ’16 unchanged $128.50. Friday’s estimated volume of trade: 1,430,720 tonnes of canola; 0 tonnes of barley (Western Barley) Total: 1,430,720.

Home sales numbers show mixed bag SALES UP FROM A YEAR AGO, BUT DOWN COMPARED WITH DECEMBER OTTAWA — Frigid weather was blamed Friday for a drop in Canadian home sales as 3.3 per cent fewer deals were struck in January compared with December — the fifth consecutive month-over-month decline. But BMO Capital Markets chief economist Doug Porter said the nasty weather probably just accentuated a cooling that the residential real estate market has experienced in recent months. He noted that prices have gone up substantially over the past year and predicted they will soften because of the weaker demand. “Old Man Winter likely put a serious chill into January home sales, but underlying activity looks to be simmering down in any event,” Porter said. “Despite the gaudy price increases in January, we suspect that pricing power will eventually follow the sales

Clipper pipeline taking longer to review CALGARY — Enbridge Inc. (TSX:ENB) says the U.S. State Department is taking longer than expected to review an expansion to an Alberta-toWisconsin pipeline. But executives with the Calgarybased energy shipper said Friday they’re confident of getting a green light in time to expand the Alberta Clipper line to 800,000 barrels per day by the middle of next year. Enbridge obtained a U.S. federal permit in 2009 before starting up the first 450,000-barrel-per-day phase of the line, but the State Department says it needs to amend its environmental review before allowing the expansions to go ahead.


EU: Unemployment remains high Consumer spending, on the other hand, has been disappointing across the eurozone, particularly over the recent holiday months, as has industrial production. On the plus side, forward-looking surveys show business confidence is rising and companies are ready to invest more. — MEAGER OUTLOOK The recovery is expected to remain modest this year. The European Commission, the EU’s executive arm, predicts growth of 1.1 per cent for the eurozone and 1.4 per cent for the broader 28-country EU, which includes nations like Britain and Poland that don’t use the euro. Most analysts forecast growth of around 1 per cent for the eurozone: Probably not enough to lift many out of unemployment, but it would still be the bloc’s best performance since 2011. That would still pale in comparison to the U.S. economy, which some expect to grow 3 per cent this year, its strongest performance since 2005. — DEFLATION THREAT LURKS The weak recovery has created one big headache, a steady slide in the inflation rate. Policymakers are worried that if prices start falling outright, consumers and businesses might put off spending, killing off growth. Once it starts, deflation can be terribly difficult to get rid of — Japan struggled with it for

lead.” The Canadian Real Estate Association said Friday sales through the Multiple Listings Service were down in more than 60 per cent of all local markets, including Toronto and Vancouver. Meanwhile, the number of newly listed homes was up 0.2 per cent on a month-over-month basis in January. “A number of buyers likely waited out January’s deep freeze before going house hunting, particularly where I’m from in southern Ontario,” CREA president Laura Leyser said in a statement. The slowing pace of home sales comes as the rate of construction of new housing units also slowed in January, compared with December. Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. said earlier this week that housing starts in January came in at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 180,248, down from 187,144 in December. The Canadian housing market — which is generally viewed as overval-

The company had initially expected a mid-2014 decision, but as public scrutiny over oil pipelines intensifies, the process is being drawn out. “Obviously, things take longer in this environment that we’re in,” CEO Al Monaco told reporters and analysts on a conference call to discuss the company’s fourth-quarter results, which included a net loss. “I don’t think we want to draw any conclusions about the political environment. It’s not something that we can control. What we control is the fullness of our application,” Monaco said. “I think there’s a lot more questioning or intervention by various groups. I think the regulatory authorities are doing their best to work through what they need to and that’s the process that we need to follow.” two decades, during which its economy hardly grew at all. Since unemployment remains high, domestic demand in many countries is unlikely to pick up soon, which encourages retailers to lower prices further to boost sales. Inflation across the eurozone is 0.7 per cent, well below the European Central Bank’s target of just under 2 per cent. So the central bank may act again in coming months. Some analysts think it might cut its benchmark interest rate from its record low of 0.25 per cent, offer more cheap loans to banks or pump money into the economy. Capital Economist analyst Jonathan Loynes said the fourth-quarter growth uptick isn’t enough to “to head off the dangers of deflation.”

CPPIB: Strategy in hands of Cass It also spent $468.2 million for a 15 per cent stake in ORPEA SA, a European long-term care provider and acquired a half-interest in an Australian property portfolio valued at $2.74 billion. CPPIB also recently opened offices in New York and Sao Paulo, Brazil, as it continues to grow its global presence and focus on international investments. Meanwhile, in the new year, the board’s strategy will be headed by Ed Cass, who will take over as chief investment strategist and senior vicepresident beginning April 1. Donald Raymond will leave the position at the end of March for a job at hedge fund manager Alignvest Management Corp.

ued — has been a key risk for the economy and closely watched by policymakers. Recent indicators have suggested that a soft landing — or gradual, mild pricing decline — may be in the works for the market, but there are persistent

worries about a bubble bursting. Compared with January 2013, CREA said last month’s sales volume was up 0.4 per cent and the national average sale price rose 9.5 per cent to $388,553 — far faster than wage gains or overall inflation.


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Use your space properly

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After: We brightened the space with white latex, then sanded and lavished the floorboards using snowy toned floor paint. Building flat packed drawer units into the dead eaves space created useful office storage. Natural jute floor rugs edged in green tape and glossy green desks from Pottery Barn sealed the deal. Let business commence! Business, darInstead of selectlings, is booming; ing a filing cabinet on the home front, with typically inat least. Sure, there dustrial aesthetmay have been a ics, use a regular global hesitation — drawer set to store and house prices paperwork. might have stabiIf you already lized — but, when have a small storit comes to working age chest, make it under one’s own “do the business” roof, more Canadiby installing easyans than ever are fit compartmentaldoing it. ized filing racks COLIN & And it’s little to provide ample JUSTIN wonder; with amstash space for all pler space per your requirements. household than most Europeans, and bigger square footage than many Americans, opportunity is there to plunder. So use it properly. Create visibly “blurred” dual function in your guest room. Opt for a sofa bed (so there’s space for a desk) and allow your home business to blossom. With a little jiggery pokSimply pack up office paraery, even the most unassum- phernalia and unfold comfy ing nook can be successfully overnight sleeping accommotransformed. dation as and when required. Space under stairs, or the landing between floors, is potentially perfect fodder. Even your mudroom, damn It could be that all you need it, can be cleverly replanned to accommodate a desk, com- to run an efficient home office is enough space at your dinputer link and seating. Hey, one minute you’re un- ing room table to position a buckling your outdoor shoes ... laptop. For best results, set aside and the next you’re checking a couple of drawers in your share values. hutch to keep paperwork and ancillary home office stationary out of sight. Order! Order! Walk-in wardrobes make You know it makes sense. great compact offices. Build a floating desk to instantly create the perfect work zone. Wire it to provide overhead lighting and install plug points Now you’ve decided where — one above and one below your home office is going, let’s your counter — to take care of look at how it’ll work on a daistandard office equipment. Hey presto — a corporate ly basis. How much furniture can nook as you head to Narnia. you squeeze in without congesting your space? Is there room for a regularsized desk? Or will space dictate that Good home office furniture shouldn’t look like regular of- you need to buy a workstation with smaller than standard fice furniture.


Bedroom business

Locating your home office

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Planning a home office

Choosing furniture

proportions? Now for the science bit —whichever desk you choose, whether custom or shopbought, ensure it has good ergonomics. Wrists need around six inches of “rest space” in front of the keyboard and elbows need at least 20 inches either side to articulate properly. Ensure legs can move comfortably underneath without feeling restricted, allow sufficient room for filing cabinets to open properly, and space plan so that shelves and cabinetry can be reached without overstretching.

Organizing clutter Don’t let office paraphernalia run away with itself or you’ll ruin productivity. When assembling projects, we always include discreetly positioned baskets and drawers to organize every detail. Remember — a cluttered office reflects clutter in other areas of your life.

The softening effect Incorporate non-work-related aspects (such as family photos or objects with sentimental value) to ensure you feel “personalized” in your chosen office corner. If everything is too clinical, output will be affected. If possible, try to locate your office near a window. A view toward the garden or a busy street will help you remain alert and focused.

Choosing colour Dramatic mood can be added in certain home zones via confident decorating but we’d recommend that, in the workfrom-home scenario, you play things at a rather more sedate tempo. Even public-access Internet cafes know what they’re doing by styling venues in a low-key — and never over-the-top — manner. With visitors paying by time, it’s in their best interest to keep them focused on

the job and not propelled out the door courtesy of distracting décor. Essentially everyone is happy — customers get more work done and proprietors enjoy optimum revenue. Leave corporate tones to the corporate world. Forget that dreary palette of dark shades and gloomy mahogany so redolent of the sector’s gloomier arm. And, while you’re at it, ditch the green and burgundy leather that typifies the 1970s. Instead, choose a scheme that’s light and fresh so your office wakes you up instead of sending you to sleep. We suggest almond, soft taupe, subtle yellow and light green; organic tones that will relax you so that concentration remains fixed on the matter in hand — getting the job done. As is generally the case in compact spaces (whatever their function), it’s best to add colour via changeable accessories.

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Before: Our clients needed space for a home office and their seldom used (and very gloomy) attic bedroom seemed the perfect solution. So we set to work!

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Art from the heart


ROOMS: Less is more Keep rooms style-conscious, but remember that less is more. It could be that all you need is a lovely piece of art or a strategically placed scatter cushion to provide distraction. Or perhaps a brightly coloured ceramic to add a little visual punch in an otherwise corporate (albeit domestic) world.

Lighting Setting atmosphere via lighting is always important, not least in the home office. Too much glare and you’ll distract a productive mood, too little and your workspace will feel dull. Throughout our designs, we’re all about a considered combo of “task” and “mood” lighting, and so, with this in mind, add a desktop lamp (preferably one with angle poise construction that can be twisted and directed as required) and sufficient overhead lighting to create perfect balance. And don’t forget to install one of our tried and tested instant mood fixers — the good old Canadian dimmer switch; 15 bucks of hardware for serious light level flexibility.

Get rid! Don’t keep every scrap of correspondence that enters your home. Be vigilant about recycling — only retain that which you actually need. Where viable, try to run a paper-free office and consign as much as possible to (a backup) computer file.

Unify! Create a ‘family feel’ and use spray paint or spray varnish to co-ordinate mismatched office furniture. Co-co-ordinating in this way can create wonderfully streamlined effects.

Go wireless Even modest economic outlays can reap serious rewards. Rid yourself of that dangerous tangle of trip-hazard wiring and tidy up. Ikea sell affordable cable tidy flex that will neaten eye lines in a jiffy.

Hide remaining hardware Printers, fax and photocopiers can be easily stashed behind closed doors to free up counter space. A reworked living room hutch or armoire can be compartmentalized to house an astonishing amount of office kit — not to mention all your paperwork — close at hand.

Balance the budget You don’t have to employ a master carpenter to create a workable study. Careful selection of budget furniture (Ikea carry a great home office department) or second-hand items will help create the perfect space while leaving you with spare funds for accessories.


HOUSE TO HOME Are you waiting until the walls are painted and the furniture placed to shop for art to decorate your home? It’s easy to be intimated by the experience, concerned that the wrong choices will turn out to be costly mistakes that reflect poorly on you. Selecting a piece of art is a process that should be enjoyed, researched, considered, and finally, directed from the heart. When an image stops you and speaks to you on a visual and emotional level, it is an exciting and joyous experience. You want it to be part of your daily life, and you value its company as you would a new friend that intuitively, and magically knows you well. We all have our preferences in style, materials and budgets to consider. Paintings in acrylic or watercolour, sculptures in iron, stone and clay, realism, abstract, multimedia are all championed in the fine art market. One might overlook or dismiss photography as a fine art medium as photos have become so commonplace. With today’s mass

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Three brilliant floral photographs by artist Robert Rotella bring rich texture and life to a large sitting area. Titled, left to right, Desire, Red Rose and Happiness. technology, cameraphones click and send, and photoshop allows amateurs to manipulate and personalize their shots to make and save memories of events and people that have captured their interest. However, fine art photography is something different — special. It’s the subjective vision of the artist photographer, captured with a professional lens that allows for clear definition to be enlarged without losing quality. Larger than life images burst with tantalizing colour, moody subjects in black and white echo stories and landscapes in shades and shadows. If you are considering fine art photography for your home, visit a gallery to see the vibrant range of images that are available. Shown here are three photographs by Robert Rotella: titled, left to right, Desire, Red Rose and Happiness ( Peter Pinto, Rotella

gallery director, has provided the following tips and guidelines that will help you make the right purchase, what to look for and how to protect your photograph: ● Once you have established what you want, ask the gallery owner or artist about the work. There is more value placed on anything that is rare, so a one of a kind or limited edition photograph will have the greatest value. Find out about the artist and where the photograph was shot. The story behind the image is always captivating and you can pass this along when it is in your own home. ● Don’t let your choice of frame hinder the artwork. Recess mounting adds a dramatic effect by giving the illusion that a photograph is floating on the wall. However, images such as Rotella’s floral images, which have a natural flow or curve to them, work best without a frame.

● Protecting your photograph from UV rays is key. Sunlight will fade and discolour over time. All the images at Rotella Gallery are traditional darkroom enlargements and cold pressed between UV protected and scratch-resistant acrylic for a luminous and archival presentation without the weight and fragility of glass. ● The art-to-wall space is an important consideration. Hang larger pieces in rooms with a long or high wall, and smaller images in hallways, bedrooms or offices. Proper placement and good lighting will create a harmonious flow throughout your home. Debbie Travis’s House to Home column is produced by Debbie Travis and Barbara Dingle. Please email your questions to You can follow Debbie on Twitter at www.twitter. com/debbie_travis, and visit Debbie’s new website,

Remember the comfort factor If space permits, incorporate some elements of soft furnishings and treat yourself to a little relaxation between bouts of productivity. And remember — one good sofa or chaise is generally better than a squashed selection of chairs and stools. However you style your home office, remember you’re in business to perform. Whether you like it or not, the way in which your home office space is arranged will have a serious effect on productivity. Whether a nook to work on household bills and shopping lists, or a true centre of operations for business, setting the correct home work space balance — at every turn — is critical. So come on, what are you waiting for? It’s time to get to work! Colin and Justin are regular home and design experts on TV and in print. Colin and Justin can be reached at,,

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Friday, March 7 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 6pm; Saturday, March 8 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 2:30pm

Local expert Terry Hollman, Canadian Closets  

Topic: Home Organization and Storage Solutions. Saturday, March 8 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 1pm

Local expert Gary Halvorson, Red Deer College


Topic: Evolving With The Industry. Sunday, March 9 - 1:30pm

Local expert Lise Prosser, Burnco Topic: Creating your Outdoor Space.


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Friday: 12pm - 8pm | Saturday: 10am - 6pm Sunday: 10am - 5pm


Adult $10 | Student $8 (w/valid ID) Seniors $8 (+55) | Under 12 Free (w/adult)

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New this year: Canadian Home Builders Association - Central Alberta has teamed up with Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Outreach to help raise money to pay off the mortgage of Juliettaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Place, a second-stage housing facility for women escaping domestic violence. The playhouse will be revealed at the Red Deer Home Show. Tickets $5 each or 5 for $20 available through Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Outreach at the Red Deer Home Show. Thank you to our playhouse sponsor!


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announcements HAWKINS John Manley John grew up at Pine Lake, AB, and died Thursday, January 23, 2014, in Invermere, BC, at age 83. He fought poor health for most of his life, but is free at last. He wanted to die at home in Brisco, BC, and was in hospital only 4 days. Until the last few years John enjoyed hunting, fishing, photography, and gardening. Born June 5, 1930 in Coronation AB, oldest son of Wilfrid Hawkins and Lila Leake, who later ran Lake’s End Resort, Pine Lake. John was Manager of Public Works in the Lake Louise area of Banff National Park for many years. He retired 25 years ago to Brisco, BC. He was predeceased by older sister, Mary Hawkins Morgan (Bill) and daughter Pat Morgan. Survived by Mary’s granddaughter Sandi Jamieson (Dean) of Medicine Hat, AB, brothers Roy (Molly) of Mission, BC, Rex of Claresholm, AB, numerous nephews and nieces. John requested cremation and no funeral. Family will celebrate his life at a later date.

MCFADYEN Don May 18, 1933 - Feb. 11, 2014 Mr. Donald Andrew McFadyen passed away in the Rimbey Hospital & Care Centre on Tuesday February 11, 2014 at the age of 80 years. Don will be lovingly remembered and greatly missed by his friend Annie Krossa, his children Gordon, Donna (Rob), Barb (Ron), Brian (Doris), Sheri (Rod), brother Bruce, half siblings Bronwyn, Steven, Michael, Janet, Marjorie, and Terrance, 9 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. Don is predeceased by his wife Shirley, brother Jack, mother Jenny Brown, step mother Mae Lewis, and half siblings Dale, Robert and Jeannie. Don dedicated his life to serving his family and community. We celebrate Don’s involvement in the Handivan and Historical Societies, Health Boards, Town Council, Ambulance and Fire Departments, and Masons. Over the years he served as Marriage Commissioner, Notary, Justice of the Peace, funeral officiant, hockey referee, and boy scout leader. His biggest passion was dancing: teaching, judging, entertaining at care homes, and dancing till the band quit playing! In honour of Don, Memorial services will be held from the Rimbey Community Centre on Monday, February 17 at 1 PM. With Reverend Deborah Laing Officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Rimbey Handivan Society or the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Expressions of sympathy may be forwarded to the family by visiting WILSON’S FUNERAL CHAPEL & CREMATORIUM serving Central Alberta with locations in Rimbey and Lacombe. Phone: (403) 843-3388 or (403) 782-3366 “A Caring Family, Caring For Families”


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MOSE Mr. Edwin Victor Ronald Mose of Elnora, Alberta passed away at the Three Hills Health Centre on February 10, 2014 at the age of 94 years. Ed was born on April 13, 1919 in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan to parents Esther and Alfred Mose. Ed arrived in Alberta in 1934 with his brother Alfred and started a farming operation. Ed married Margaret Elizabeth Beattie in 1942 and 10 days after the wedding Ed was off to war in Europe. After Ed’s return in August of 1945 he resumed his farming operation and raising five children, who all still reside in central Alberta, David, Thomas (Gloria), Anna Mose, Linda McGhie (Jack) and Ian (Betty). Ed is also survived by one brother Gordon (Doreen), his grandchildren, several nieces and nephews and sister in law Margaret, who have all been a tremendous source of help, comfort and support to Ed over these past few years. Ed was predeceased by his parents Esther and Alfred, as well as his brothers Alfred and Robert and his beloved wife Margaret on February 1, 2007 who he had missed dearly. In the spring Ed’s family will have a private celebration of his life, on the land that he loved. In memory of Edwin Mose donations gratefully accepted to S.T.A.R.S., Three Hills Health Centre or a charity of your choice c/o Stettler Funeral Home & Crematorium, Box 1780, Stettler, Alberta T0C 2L0, 403-742-3422 or 1-877-844-3422, who have been entrusted with the care and arrangements. To send or view condolences to Ed’s family please visit

SHAND Alistair Alistair (Al) George Shand passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on Sunday, January 5, 2014. Alistair was born on March 11, 1933, the youngest of four children, born to George and Clare Shand (nee Barclay) in Wapella, Saskatchewan. Al was predeceased by a brother and sister, and is survived by one sister. Following high school, Al joined the RCAF in 1952, retiring in 1982. Following retirement from the RCAF, Al joined Midland Walwyn as a full service Financial Advisor where he remained until a second retirement in 1994. Alistair married Joyce Dambois, also a member of the RCAF in North Bay, Ontario in 1954. Together they had three children; David, Marilyn, and Leslie. They remained happily married until Joyce’s passing in 2011. Al lived life to the fullest, enjoying family, health and fitness, sports (having played many throughout his life), reading, and traveling (especially to sunny spots). Al will be sadly missed by his son, David (Alicia) of Saline, Michigan, and daughters; Marilyn (Blair) of Red Deer and Leslie of Red Deer as well as six grandchildren. Following Joyce’s passing; Alistair became a true snowbird and spent winters in Phoenix, Arizona. There he met his current partner, Theola McLaury, from South Dakota. A service celebrating Al’s life will be held at Eventide Funeral Chapel, 4820 - 45 Street, Red Deer, on Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. If friends so desire, a memorial donation may be made directly to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Alberta, #202, 5913-50 Avenue, Red Deer, Alberta, T4N 4C4. Condolences may be forwarded to the family by visiting

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CHILDCARE REQUIRED: 6:25 am to 8:25 am in our house for 2 school aged boys. 1 minute south of Red Deer. 403.341.5699 P/T F. caregiver wanted for F quad. Must be reliable and have own vehicle. 403-505-7846

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



Duhamel Manning Feehan Warrender Glass LLP Legal Assistants

Legal Assistant positions in the areas of Litigation and Corporate/Commercial are available. Minimum 2-5 years experience in the relevant fields is a requirement. Cores III accreditation for the Corporate/Commercial position is highly recommended. Competitive salaries, great benefits in a good working environment on offer. Please email your resume to the Office manager at Only candidates on the short list will be contacted for interviews.


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STUART Russell Hinds Mar. 8, 1917 - Feb.12, 2014 Peacefully, with members of his family by his side, Russ passed away on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at the Lacombe Hospital and Care Centre. He is survived by his three children, Dianne (Guy), Gary (Maxine), Hal (Coreen) and their families. A Memorial Service to Celebrate Russ’ life will be held on Friday, March 7, 2014, at 1:00 p.m. at the Elks Hall, Red Deer, AB. We would be very honoured to have our family and friends share this day with us. A more detailed obituary to follow. Condolences may be forwarded to the family by visiting Arrangements entrusted to EVENTIDE FUNERAL CHAPEL 4820 - 45 Street, Red Deer. Phone (403) 347-2222

Red Deer Advocate Publication dates: SAT.FEB. 15 TUES. FEB. 18 Deadline is: FRI. FEB 14, 5 p.m. Red Deer Life Sunday Publication date:FEB. 16 Deadline is: FRI. FEB 14, 2 p.m. Central AB Life Publication date: THURS. FEB. 20 Deadline is: FRI. FEB 14, 5 p.m.

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Chandler Consulting Inc. is now seeking an RN interested in part time contract work. Position is related to employment health issues, training provided. Must live in Red Deer and have own transportation. Please email resume and availability to info@ JOIN OUR TEAM

Optician / Student Optician

Required for busy Optometric office. P/T, avail to work evenings & Saturdays. Fax resume to 403-343-9440 email



BUSY BOILER company looking for boiler & relief operators. please email resume to: or fax to: 403-886-2223 LOCAL Testing company seeking experienced Well Testers. Positions available immediately. Day/Night Supervisors & Assistants. MUST HAVE valid H2S and First Aid. Competitive wages and health benefits. Email resumes and tickets to: ken@




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

NOW HIRING! Rig Managers, Drillers, Derrick & Floor Hands. $2 Safety Bonus and above recommended CAODC wages. Minimum 3 months exp. required. Local to Red Deer & area OR Drayton Valley preferred. Email: or fax (403) 358-3326.



Bearspaw Petroleum Ltd is seeking expâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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

SYLVAN Lake. Opening for pilot car drivers. Only expâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d need apply. Safety bonus program, top wages and benefits. Email resume or fax. 403-887-4892


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

Sylvan Lake. Openings for drivers for winch tractor and swampers. Safety bonus program, top wages and benefits. Email resume or fax. 403-887-4892




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





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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

SENIOR H2S SAFETY SUPERVISORS: Minimum 3 yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s safety experience on Drilling and Service Rigs. SHOPHAND Experience working on Breathing Apparatus and Breathing Air trailers.

Full and part time F/T dishwasher, hosts and bus persons needed for varying shifts including weekends. Exc. wages and benefits. Call 403-346-5448 for appointment.

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... helping people live better EXTENDICARE MICHENER HILL, a 280 bed continuing care facility located in Red Deer, Alberta invites applicants to the full time position of

OfďŹ ce Coordinator Reporting to the Administrator, the successful candidate will be responsible for the efficiency & effectiveness of office processes & personnel. Accountabilities include managing office staff, maintaining internal accounting records; preparing internal reports; maintaining confidentiality of all records & data; maintaining/handling payments for billings; preparing bank deposits. Qualifications: College diploma/certificate in business administration or similar: minimum 3-5 years experience required with working knowledge of HR management; payroll, accounts receivable, accounts payable, basic accounting & office management.

Apply with resume prior to Feb 24th to: Terry VanBocquestal, Administrator Extendicare Michener Hill 12 Michener Blvd, Red Deer, AB T4P 0M1 Fax: 403-348-5970 or Email: We thank all interested applicants, however only candidates of interest will be contacted.



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JOSE JOSE LATIN RESTAURANT IS HIRING!! COOKS HELPER Please drop off your resume at #9 7110-50 Ave or call 403-986-5673 Classifieds...costs so little Saves you so much!

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

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Customer Service SOAP Stories is seeking 5 Counter Sales Position F/T Beauty Treatment O/P, selling soap & bath Available in products $14.55/hr. + Red Deer bonus & comm. Beauty

HPC distributes industrial coatings & related supplies. Duties include tinting, color matching, with a strong focus on customer service. A great work ethic is a must. 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. * Above average salary * Willing to train * Group benefits * Profit sharing For an exciting career opportunity with a progressive company, please send your confidential resume to: Rod Weik Email: Fax 403-314-2226

ELEMENTS is looking 5 Beauty Treatment Operators. Selling seasonal gift packages & personal care products in Parkland Mall-4747 67th St Red Deer, $14.55/Hr. Plus bonus & commission, F/T, Beauty certification reqâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d email resumes: elementsreddeerbto@




Ferus Inc. specializes in the production, storage, and supply of liquid nitrogen (N2), liquid carbon dioxide (CO2), liquid natural gas (LNG), and compressed natural gas (CNG) for the energy industry in both Canada and the USA. Ferus has a great corporate culture with an excellent work/home life balance, strong team atmosphere and encourages the development of their employees for future growth. Ferus requires a CO2/LNG Field Operator to oversee the daily operations of the Ferus CO2 and LNG production facilities. The position is based out of the Joffre production office and the candidate must be willing to travel. All duties will be performed in a safe, environmentally friendly & cost effective manner.

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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


Looking for apprentice or journeyman mechanic. Pipe bending skills would be a great asset. Wages depend on exp. Going concern shop. Fax resume to:403-346-9909 or drop off at 2410 50 Ave. Phone 403-346-7911

Ferus Inc. specializes in the production, storage, supply and transport of liquid nitrogen and liquid carbon dioxide for the energy industry.

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.

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is currently seeking SERVICE ADVISORS. We offer competitive wages, a great working environment, and a great benefit package. Please email resume to Joey Huckabone Experienced Siders Needed Call 403-588-3210

Reporting to the Shop Foreman, this individual will be responsible for a variety of duties in a serviceoriented environment. The successful candidate will be willing to work towards their Interprovincial Heavy Equipment Technician certification and have completed at a minimum their 3rd year apprenticeship requirements. This individual must be highly motivated and mechanically inclined. Ferus offers a competitive compensation package including a competitive base salary, bonus incentive plan & an excellent Benefits Package, including flex days, flexible spending account and a Group RSP Savings Plan. If you are interested in working in a positive and dynamic environment, please email your resume

To: or fax 1-888-879-6125 Please reference: Ad #RDGP-MEC-0513 We thank you for your interest; however, only those applicants considered for the position will be contacted.

The candidate will require the following skills, experience & certification: â&#x20AC;˘ Gas compression operations experience â&#x20AC;˘ H2S removal system operations experience an asset â&#x20AC;˘ Refrigeration system operations experience an asset â&#x20AC;˘ Pipeline operations experience â&#x20AC;˘ Gas processing facility operations experience â&#x20AC;˘ CO2 experience is an asset but not required â&#x20AC;˘ Current H2S Alive & First Aid certification â&#x20AC;˘ Current Class 5 Drivers License â&#x20AC;˘ Basic computer skills & knowledge of production and sales reporting an asset Ferus offers a competitive compensation package including a competitive base salary, bonus incentive plan & an excellent Benefits Package, including a Group RSP Savings Plan. If you are interested in working in a positive and dynamic environment, please fax resume to: 1 -888-879-6125 or email by Feb. 21, 2014

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PARTS PERSON Blackfalds Base Ferus is currently seeking a Parts Person to join the team in Blackfalds. Reporting to the Equipment Coordinator, the ideal candidate will have effective organizational and communication skills. The selected incumbent would need to have the ability to meet deadlines, be a selfstarter and a quick learner. Responsibilities â&#x20AC;˘ Purchasing and Receiving parts through computer software system â&#x20AC;˘ Dispensing of parts as required â&#x20AC;˘ Shipping/Receiving â&#x20AC;˘ Maintain inventory levels/ warehouse organization â&#x20AC;˘ Maintain vendor relations â&#x20AC;˘ Maintain a network of qualified vendors â&#x20AC;˘ Provide quality customer service to our external and internal customers â&#x20AC;˘ Following up on timelines for delivery, monitoring progress and dealing with vendor delays â&#x20AC;˘ Ensuring all appropriate paperwork associated with equipment is on file â&#x20AC;˘ Knowledge of Heavy Duty Tractor/Trailer parts, maintenance and repairs

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SLOPED ROOFERS LABOURERS & FLAT ROOFERS Valid Driverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Licence preferred. Fax or email or (403)341-6722 NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE! QUICKLINE CRANE INC. in Blackfalds is looking for a

MOBILE CRANE & HOISTING OPERATOR with experience. Must be a minimum third year apprentice & have good knowledge of truck mount & all terrain cranes. Competitive salaries includes benefits. Must have a Class 1 license. Please submit all resumes by email to: TOO MUCH STUFF? Let Classifieds help you sell it.

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FUTURE AG INC. your Central Alberta Case IH Agricultural Equipment dealer is looking for a full time,

Forward your resume to: Future Ag Inc. Attn: Paula Martin Box 140 Rimbey, AB T0C 2J0 Fax: 403-843-2790 Email to:

If you are interested in working in a positive and dynamic environment, please email your resume by March 1st, 2014 to:

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Crimtech Services Ltd. provides engineering, drafting & custom fabrication for the petroleum industry. This is a full time position reporting to the Engineering GM & involves fieldwork & travel. Responsibilities include performing, coordinating & acting as a liaison for field pickup of electrical & instrument information for drawing upgrades & maintenance projects. The successful candidate will perform updated drawing technical checking, assist the Electrical Designer with fabrication projects as required & assist in developing cost estimates of drawing upgrade projects. Qualifications include Electrical & Instrument Journeyman tickets plus a minimum of 10 years oil & gas experience preferably in operations or maintenance. Please visit for more position details & submit your cover letter and resume to:

We offer a competitive pay scale, exemplary benefits package, annual work boot reimbursement, RRSP plan, sick days, monthly bonus and continuous professional training in a positive environment.

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Ferus Inc. specializes in the production, storage, supply and transport of liquid nitrogen and liquid carbon dioxide for the energy industry.

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The candidate will be responsible for: â&#x20AC;˘ Supporting the daily operations of the Ferus CO2 and LNG production facilities by assisting in optimizing, troubleshooting and performing corrective actions with the goal of maintaining optimum facility production â&#x20AC;˘ Assisting in new facility commissioning and existing facility project additions or expansions â&#x20AC;˘ Ensuring correct environmental and safety practices are performed and upheld at the Ferus facilities â&#x20AC;˘ Assisting in training CO2 and LNG facility operators as required


SOAP Stories is seeking 5 Blown-in Attic retail sales reps. Selling Insulation Installer soap & bath products. Expâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d Blown-In Attic $12.10 hr + bonus & commission. Ft No exp. req`d. Insulation Installers reqâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d, must have experience Parkland Mall 4747 67 St. Red Deer. email resume to driving a 3 ton truck with van. Duties: Install attic insulation into houses, Start your career! shops and barns, etc., drive 3 ton trucks to and See Help Wanted from job sites, maintain trucks and equipment. Must know the proper RTrades Values for blow-in insulation. If you are a Team player who is customer orientated, reliable and have your own transportation to and from work with a clean Class 5 driverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s license, please apply. We offer: 40+work week, benefits and safety program. Resumes will be accepted by email only, please no Busy road construction phone calls. Only those company reqâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1 st. or 2nd selected will be contacted yr. apprentice heavy duty for an interview. Email: mechanic for shop. Fax resume to 403-309-0489

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We thank you for your interest, however only those applicants considered for the position will be contacted.

cert. reqâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d. Location Parkland Mall - 4747 67th St. Red Deer. email premierjobrdbto@

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Ferusâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Operations division requires a Journeyman Heavy Duty Mechanic to join our growing team to service Ferusâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; expanding fleet of tractor & trailer units in our Blackfalds and Grande Prairie Bases. Reporting to the Shop Foreman you will be responsible for a variety of duties in a service oriented environment. Working in the Oil and Gas Field you will be required to work effectively unsupervised, have good working knowledge of Heavy Duty Truck and Trailer repairs, combined with a great attitude. A CVIP inspection license or the ability to obtain one is required. Due to the nature and volume of work some overtime and on call work will be required.

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

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

required for the Rocky Mountain House area. Must have min. 5 yrs exp. operating gas wells/plunger systems & field compression/ dehydration. E-mail resumeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s to or fax 403-347-0855 Tired of Standing? Find something to sit on in Classifieds



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


Sales & Distributors



Restaurant/ Hotel




Restaurant/ Hotel

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

D6 RED DEER ADVOCATE Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014





Truckers/ Drivers



Misc. Help


Misc. Help


Misc. Help

H.D. Parts Person

Required Immediately The largest after market parts distributor in Canada is seeking a H.D. Parts person to join our experienced team in Red Deer. SIDING INSTALLER This individual would with or without trailer & require basic knowledge of tools. F.T. year round the heavy-duty truck and work, must have truck and trailer market with excel2 yrs. exp. 90 cents - $1 lent knowledge of truck per sq.ft. 403-358-8580 and trailer brake and suspension parts. The individual would have Truckers/ to be able to work Drivers unsupervised in a fast paced environment. They BUSY Central Alberta should also possess Grain Trucking Company customer service skills that looking for Class 1 Drivers would be used daily by and/or Lease Operators. phone and for walk in clients. We offer lots of home time, This position offers above benefits and a bonus average salary and is a full program. Grain and super time position. We offer B exp. an asset but not complete benefit package necessary. If you have a along with pension plan. clean commercial drivers Please forward your abstract and would like to resume to: start making good money. Traction Heavy Duty fax or email resume and 8045 Edgar Industrial comm.abstract to Crescent 403-337-3758 or Red Deer Ab T4P 3R2 CLASS 1 Off Road Crude OR FAX 403-342-7377 Email: Haul in Central Ab. 7 On-7 Off. Must have all tickets. Something for Everyone Email: Everyday in Classifieds

CENTRAL AB based trucking company requires

Owner Operators & Company Drivers


Truckers/ Drivers

860 Is Currently Looking to hire

Offering High Paced Work with Competitive Wages and Local Job Sites. Applicant Must Have A Valid Class 3 License with Air.

Sylvan Lake. Openings for drivers for winch tractor and swampers. Safety bonus program, top wages and benefits. Email resume or fax. 403-887-4892




Please Submit Resume with Driver’s Abstract in person to: 5913 Len Thompson Drive Lacombe, AB

Misc. Help

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


Experience in Fine Grading and Finishing is a Must. Knowledge of the Area Would Be an Asset. A Positive Attitude is a must.


No Phone Calls Please


Misc. Help


E-mail: or by Fax: 403-782-7786

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

Community Support Worker Program

Women in the Trades Program

Math and Science for the Trades Program

GED Preparation Gov’t of Alberta Funding may be available.


403-340-1930 Classifieds Your place to SELL Your place to BUY

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

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

newspaper carriers needed in the following areas: BOWER MOUNTVIEW


WEST PARK WESTLAKE For more information phone Quitcy at 403-314-4316

Call Prodie: 403-314-4301 for more info ADULT or YOUTH CARRIERS NEEDED For delivery of Flyers, Express and Sunday Life ONLY 4 DAYS A WEEK

in Kentwood

DISPATCHER REQ’D. Knowledge of Red Deer and area is essential. Verbal and written communication skills are req’d. Send resume by fax to 403-346-0295


Innisfail Dolphin Swim Club. Must have ASSA certification. 5-7 p.m. weekdays (May to mid Aug.) Saturdays (June to mid Aug.) Send resume to:

HIGH Paying Entry Level Positions

Kennings Cres. & Kirby St. Call Joanne 403-314-4308 info Emco Corporation, Canada’s leading Plumbing, HVAC and Industrial distribution organization Is looking for

Warehouse personnel. We are looking for an individual with strong customer service and communication skills and a desire to further their career. Please deliver your resume to: Alana Johnson Emco Corporation 4605 - 61st Street Red Deer, Alberta T4N 6Z2

Early morning FT commercial cleaner required. email resume to

We are a growing water purification company proudly serving families across central AB. Average starting base pay of approx. $18/hr. with room for rapid advancement. In house training is provided to qualified applicants. Applicants should be motivated, reliable, professional, and possess a thirst for knowledge. Call to schedule an interview between 10 am and 7 pm. 403-356-0330 LOOKING FOR SCREENPRINTER. Will train the right person. Apply in person to Grand Central Stitchin’ #7, 7439 49th Ave. Cr. Red Deer

MORNING newspaper carriers needed in the following areas:


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



Addinnell Close / Allan St. Anders Close

Langford Close


Lund Close

Please call Debbie at 403-314-4307



Vista Village

41 Ave. from Ross St. to 44 St. + 4000 Block of 47 St. and 44 Block of 40A Ave.

Is hiring a VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR / WAREHOUSE ASSISTANT. Please apply in person with resume attn Fred or Alice at #12, 7429 49 Ave. Red Deer. No phone calls please.



Springfield Ave.

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

Savoy Cres. / Sydney Close


43 Ave. Area between 39 St. and 43 St. Viscount Drive

Road construction company looking for a parts person. Willing to train. Must be able to work away from home for 6 months a year and have a class 5 licence. Fax resume to 403-309-0489

Vickers Close


Volks Place / Vanier Drive Rowell Cl. & Ritson Cl. $87/mo.

Vanson Close / Visser St.

ALSO West half of Robinson Cres, Rich Cl., & Ryan Cl. Area. $84/mo. Call Jamie 403-314-4306

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



1640 1660


RDC Guitar Lessons

TREATY CARD HUNTER needed for private land, 2 bucks and 2 herds. Ph. or text 403-391-8246

Call Prodie @ 403- 314-4301 for more info


3 bed, 1 bath Ω duplex, 5 appl, $1250 + util, $1150 SD, N/S, small dog okay w/ fee, PM 61-B ~ 23B Gibson Cl ~ Sim Mgmt & Realty 403-340-0065 Ext. 412 ~ www.simproperties .ca ~ Avail Now


3 bed, 1 bath Ω duplex, 2 appl, $1300 + util, $1250 SD, N/S, small dog w/ fee, PM 500 ~ 63 Northey Ave ~ Sim Mgmt & Realty 403-340-0065 Ext. 412 ~ ~ Avail Mar. 1


3 bed, 2 bath home, 5 appl, $1450 + util, $1400 SD, N/P, N/S, PM 548 ~ 54 Olsen St ~ Sim Mgmt & Realty 403-340-0065 Ext. 412 ~ www.simproperties .ca ~ Avail Mar. 1

Condos/ Townhouses



6 MO. NEAUTERED German Shepherd, black/tan to give away to acreage. 403-346-4935 evenings.

Sporting Goods



Health & Beauty

NEW Elizabeth Arden: 12 eyeshadows, 2 blush, 1 nail polish, 1 lip gloss. In red hot crocodile cosmetic bag. Great Valentine’s Gift! Valued at $195, asking $80. 403-227-2976

Household Furnishings



Antiques, furniture and estates. 342-2514

Misc. for Sale


DIE cast models, cars, truck, and motorcycles, fairies, dragons and biker gifts. #14 6350-67 St. east end of Cash Casino



2 bed, 1 bath condo suite, 5 appl, $1300 incl util, $1250 SD, N/P, N/S, PM 380 ~ 1105, 12A Ironside Dr ~ Sim Mgmt & Realty 403-340-0065 Ext. 412 ~ ~ Avail Now SOUTHWOOD PARK 3110-47TH Avenue, 2 & 3 bdrm. townhouses, generously sized, 1 1/2 baths, fenced yards, full bsmts. 403-347-7473, Sorry no pets.

4 Plexes/ 6 Plexes PD. $1800. Asking $600 obo., some cat scratches on seat, but good cond. 403-597-3958 Cash Only REMINGTON 700 Heavy Barrel 6mm Leupold Scope $900. 403-347-6041 SPLITKEIN & TRAIL TOURING Cross Country Skis. $25 each pair. 403-342-7460

Travel Packages


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


CAPTAINS BED, sturdy 48``, new mattress, 3 drawers. $40. 403-342-4442 Classifieds...costs so little Saves you so much!

Sherwood Cres.



Children's Items

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

To deliver 1 day a week in BOWDEN

Lamont Close

37 Ave. from 39 St. to 44 St. and Exeter Cr. and 38A Ave. Area $111/mo.






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



Get off the couch and learn guitar with Shannon Frizzell. Don’t spend your money on anything but the best, we guarantee you won’t be disappointed. Private weekly lessons are geared to your level and needs. Openings on Mon & Thurs nights at RDC. Beginners welcome! For more info: For more info: 403.357.4900 or continuingeducation



Issard Close

Law Close / Lewis Close

Music Lessons

Homestead Firewood To Buy

Isherwood Close

Erickson Dr., Eldrige Cr., Everitt Cr., Elkin Cl., $187/mo.


3 FLR, 3 Bdrm house w/3 bath, new paint & carpets & deck at 7316-59 Ave. Avail. to over 30 tenants. No pets. Off street parking for 3 vehicles. Rent $1500, D.D. $1500. 403-341-4627



ROLLING TOOL BAG, heavy duty wheels & telescoping handle. $40. 403-342-7460



HEAVY DUTY SLED for farm or recreation. $45. 403-342-7460


Houses/ Duplexes

60 + seniors condo, avail. For information on Mar. 1, 403-598-0503 Cats Chinook’s Edge School ALIX, AB 3 bdrm. 2 bath Division No. 73, please condo, private entrance, 2 VERY SHY 5 MO. OLD check our website $1200 + utils. avail. Feb. ORANGE BROTHERS. ( 20, 403-341-9974 Completely neutered Applications will be & litter box trained. accepted until 12:00 GLENDALE 2 bdrm. midnight, Sun., Mar. 2, 2014 Need to go to home together, townhouse, 3 appls, as they have bonded. washer/dryer, N/S, no Sweet personalities, but pets, $1450 rent/DD avail. need to be socialized to immed. 403-588-0088 humans. 403-782-3130


For more information phone Quitcy at 403-314-4316

Abbott Close / Anders St.

74 to 129 Block of Dunning Cres., Depalm St. and approx. 3 blocks of Douglas St. $108/mo.


Anders St. / Armstrong Close

Cover letter and resume, complete with the names and telephone numbers of three current work related references are accepted by email only and should be forwarded to: Shawn Russell, Associate Superintendent People Services Chinook’s Edge School Division No. 73 Email: careers@

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


SUMMER WORKERS Chinook’s Edge School Division No. 73 invites applications for its Facility Services Summer Work Program, effective approximately May 1 to August 31, 2014. The successful candidates will work on various indoor and outdoor activities such as mowing/trimming lawns and labourer. Applicants must be 18 years of age or older. Pay rate will be $15.80 per hour.

(Reliable vehicle needed.)


2 QUEEN COMFORTERS, $30/ea or 2/$50. 2 THICK WARM BLANKETS, like new, $35/ea. QUEEN QUILTED MATTRESS COVER, $10. ELECTRIC ROASTING PAN, like new, $30. 403-348-6449

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

Misc. for Sale




INNISFAIL 2 bdrm. in newer 4 plex, avail. Mar. 1. 403-506-8730



1200 SQ.FT. 2 bdrm. suite, satellite TV, all utils. incl. except phone and internet, Rural location, 5 acres, pasture negot., avail. immed., ref’s req’d. N.S., no pets. 403-782-3893

Clearview Housing CO-OP

2 bed + den, 1.5 bath 4 plex, 4 appl, $945 incl water, $1050 share deposit, small pets with fee ~ 20A Cameron Cr ~ Sim Mgmt & Realty 403-340-0065 Ext. 412 ~ www.simproperties .ca ~ Avail Mar. 1


1 bed, 1 bath suite, 2 appl + laundry in bldg, $750 + pwr, $700 SD, N/P, N/S, PM 307 ~ 5009-50 St ~ Sim Mgmt & Realty 403-340-0065 Ext. 412 ~ ~ Avail Mar. 1






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

Grain, Feed Hay


TIMOTHY & Brome square bales, great for horses, approx. 60 lbs. put up dry and covered, $5/bale Sylvan area. 403-887-2798 TOO MUCH STUFF? Let Classifieds help you sell it.



FOR RENT • 3000-3200 WANTED • 3250-3390

2 bed, 1 bath suite, 2 appl + laundry in bldg, adults only, $800 + pwr, $800 SD, N/P, N/S, PM 243-7 ~ Sim Mgmt & Realty 403-340-0065 Ext. 412 ~ www.simproperties .ca ~ Avail Now GLENDALE reno’d 2 bdrm. apartments, avail. immed, rent $875 403-596-6000


2 bed, 1 bath suite, 2 appl and coin laundry in bldg, $925 + pwr, $875 SD, N/S, N/P, PM 526, 5920-63 St ~ Sim Mgmt & Realty 403-340-0065 Ext. 412 ~ ~ Avail Mar. 1 LARGE, 1 & 2 BDRM. SUITES. 25+, adults only n/s, no pets 403-346-7111


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

NORTH OF HOSPITAL 1 bed, 1 bath suite, 2 appl & laundry in bldg, $750 + pwr, $700 SD, N/P, N/S, PM 479 ~ 5110-43 St ~ Sim Mgmt & Realty 403-340-0065 Ext. 412 ~ ~ Avail Now


wegotservices CLASSIFICATIONS 1000-1430

To Advertise Your Business or Service Here

Call Classifieds 403-309-3300

IS HIRING! 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.


DALE’S Home Reno’s Free estimates for all your reno needs. 403-506-4301 RMD RENOVATIONS Bsmt’s, flooring, decks, etc. Call Roger 403-348-1060

We thank all applicants but only those selected for interviews will be contacted.


CHRIS’ RENO’S All home renovations Call Ed 403-986-8877

Visit our website for more detailed job descriptions at Applicants are able to apply online or fax resume to 403-885-5516 ATTN: Human Resources or email:


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






LEXUS 392-0891 *BUSTY* INDEPENDENT w/own car

Handyman Services


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

Massage Therapy


FANTASY MASSAGE International ladies

Massage Therapy



LAUREL TRUDGEON VII MASSAGE Residential Painting and #7,7464 Gaetz Ave. Colour Consultations. Pampering at its 403-342-7801. BEST! 403-986-6686 Personal Come in and see why we are the talk Services of the town. REIKO’S Finest Asian Massage


Misc. Services



Property clean up 340-8666

Now Open

UNWANTED House & Garage Items - Will haul to land fill. 403-896-2108


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

Specials. 11 a.m.-3 a.m. Private back entry. 403-341-4445

Painters/ Decorators

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

Seniors’ Services



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

RED DEER ADVOCATE Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014 D7 RED DEER ADVOCATE Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014 D7



NOW RENTING 1 & 2 BDRM. APT’S. 2936 50th AVE. Red Deer Newer bldg. secure entry w/onsite manager, 5 appls., incl. heat & hot water, washer/dryer hookup, inoor heating, a/c., car plug ins & balconies. Call 403-343-7955 PONOKA, lrg. 1 bdrm apt. incld’s, laundry & all utils. $750. Avail. end of Feb. no pets, n/s 403-993-3441

Riverside Meadows 1 bed, 1 bath suite, 2 appl + free laundry in bldg, adults only, $750 + pwr, $700 SD, N/S, N/P, PM 124-203 ~ 5726-57 Ave ~ Sim Mgmt & Realty 403-340-0065 Ext. 412 ~ ~ Avail Mar. 1


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

Roommates Wanted


YOU can save thousands! Helping sellers sell for a low set fee. No advance fee. Money back guarantee.

4 bdrm., 2 bath in Bentley. Open concept oak kitchen. Beautifully landscaped. $189,900. 403-877-5052

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


ROOM $400/mo., DD $400 403-342-4362 Tired of Standing? Find something to sit on in Classifieds

Walk to Bower Ponds! 4 bdrm, 2 bath w/garage. $269,900. 403-506-1861

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


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

Condos/ Townhouses


40+ ground r in Sierras on Taylor Drive. Games room, library, pool & hot tub. $268,900.

BENALTO mobile home. 3 bdrm, bright & clean. Deck. Quiet living. $47,900. Help-U-Sell R.D. 342-7355


Industrial Property


Ready to move into 2 bdrm., 3 bath condo, close to Collicutt and shopping. $269,900. Help-U-Sell Red Deer 403-342-7355


1000 sq.ft. 2 bdrm., 2 bath. $192,000. 403-588-2550





LEASE OPPORTUNITY Industrial land available for design-build in Red Deer. Be part of the design process to lease a facility purpose-built for your business needs. Contact Lloyd Meadows at 403 346 6655 ext. 207.

wheels CLASSIFICATIONS 5000-5300

Automotive Services You can save thousands! Helping sellers sell for a low set fee. No advance fee. Money back guarantee.

Acreage with art studio awaiting your imagination. 3.09 acres of lush trees and 2 homes. $549,900

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

Houses For Sale


Buffalo Lake. 3/4 acre with lake views, 4 bdrm, 3 bath. $329,900. 403-741-6190

1722 SQ.FT. 2 storey 3 bdrm., 2.5 bath, over-sized dbl. garage. Call Glen 403-588-2231 Celebrate your life with a Classified ANNOUNCEMENT

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


NEW HOMES by Mason Martin Homes Kyle, 403-588-2550 FREE Weekly list of properties for sale w/details, prices, address, owner’s phone #, etc. 342-7355 Help-U-Sell of Red Deer


1217 sq.ft. duplex. 4 bdrm., $184,900. 403-588-2222



2004 FORD EXPLORER Exc. shape. New tires. Fully loaded. $9800 obo. 403-340-2042 1998 FORD EXPLORER. 4x4, Great shape. Dependable. Command start. $2800. 403-346-7911


2008 TOYOTA Tacoma 4WD, double cab. V6, 4 auto,, p.d.l., tilt steering, cruise, air, alloy wheels, 5 pass. Cloth bucket seats, s/b, eet side, black. 227,000 km. $14,900. 403-505-3113

Fifth Wheels



Keep the Car, Take the Money!

Beautiful views overlooking scenic river valley. Only 6 miles from Red Deer on pavement. Starting at $249,000

HELP-U-SELL OF RED DEER 403-342-7355 Central Alberta’s Largest Car Lot in Classifieds

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


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

Misc. Automotive


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


buyer for items you want to sell is with a Red Deer Advocate want ad. Phone 309-3300.

2001 MUSTANG Coupe red, 247,000 kms, set of summer tires, lady driven, mint cond., $4900 403-598-0898 2000 Chrysler Neon, 2L, 4 dr., 5 spd. Clean. 403-318-3040

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

Waskasoo Creek 1/2 Duplex


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

Laebon Homes 346-7273

NORFOLK, Va. — State attorneys general, despite their duty to defend the laws on the books, are increasingly taking an unusually supportive role in the movement to legalize gay marriage across the U.S. Some are outright refusing to defend their states’ prohibitions against same-sex matrimony. The trend was highlighted this week when a federal judge struck down Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage. The ruling came after the state attorney general himself said the ban was unconstitutional. Conservatives have bitterly accused them of shirking their sworn responsibility. But the AGs say that the legal case against gay marriage is crumbling and that it would be improper for them to argue positions they have concluded are clearly unconstitutional. Attorneys general in five states — Virginia, Pennsylvania, California, Illinois and, this week, Nevada — have declined to defend same-sex marriage bans against lawsuits filed by gay couples, while a sixth, in New Mexico, challenged longstanding legal interpretations that said such unions were impermissible there. The AGs are all Democrats. Also this week: The Democrat running for Colorado attorney general called on the current Republican officeholder to stop defending the state’s prohibition. And in Texas, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis demanded that her likely Republican opponent, Attorney General Greg Abbott, do the same. The developments illustrate the growing public acceptance of gay marriage and the rapidly shifting legal landscape since last summer, when the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a key part of the Defence of Marriage Act that denied gay married couples the federal benefits and privileges enjoyed by heterosexual couples. It’s unusual, but not unheard of, for attorneys general to decline to defend a state law. Gay-marriage opponents argue

that attorneys general, as the top lawyers for their states, are supposed to represent their client — the state — regardless of personal beliefs. “It shows a complete collapse of the line between law and politics,” said Ed Whelan, president of the Ethics and Public Policy in Washington. “The defence of these laws is not being litigated the way it ought to be, and defenders of marriage laws will have ample reason to believe the process is rigged against them.” But Brian Moulton of the Human Rights Campaign said the moves demonstrate the impossibility of defending gay-marriage bans in court. He noted that in three deeply conservative states where the gay-marriage movement recently won legal victories, the attorneys general were on the losing side. “When you have federal district judges in places as diverse as Utah, Oklahoma and now Kentucky coming to the same conclusion, that points to an emerging legal consensus,” Moulton said. “I don’t think it’s shocking that you have attorneys general who are looking at how the law is emerging and are coming to similar conclusions.” The first attorney general to stop defending his state’s ban was California’s Jerry Brown, now governor. The U.S. Supreme Court soon ruled that gay-marriage foes did not have the legal standing to argue the case in the AG’s absence. With no opposing argument, the ban fell last year. Illinois’ Lisa Madigan took a similar stand in 2012, but before the case could go to trial, the Legislature legalized same-sex marriage. Pennsylvania’s Kathleen Kane bowed out last year, but the Republican governor’s office assumed the duty. In Virginia, the judge who struck down the ban as unconstitutional put the ruling on hold while it is appealed. If it is ultimately allowed to take effect, Virginia could become the first state in the South to allow gay couples to wed. The newly elected Herring was in office less than two weeks when he announced last month that he would ask the court to overturn the state’s 2003 voter-approved ban.

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


Auto Wreckers

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Antique & Classic Autos

LX, 3254, 3 slides,thermo windows, replace, lots of extras. MINT $27,900. trades cons. 403-598-0682

Vehicles Wanted To Buy


RED DEER 403-754-5104 4971 Phelan St.

Call GORD ING at RE/MAX real estate central alberta 403-341-9995



MULTI-USE commercial/residential, 2 large suites with separate shop and yard. $549.900

State attorneys general switch sides on gay marriage Say they want to be on ‘the right side of history’









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Manufactured Homes


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

Mobile Lot

land, 12 mi. E. of Ponoka, 1 mi. off pavement, good surface lease revenue. Inquire with your name and address to: Box 1079, c/o Red Deer Advocate, 2950 Bremner Ave., Red Deer, Ab T4R 1M9

Immaculate Sylvan Lake Home. 4 bdrm, 2 bath. Vaulted ceiling, oak cabinets. $299,500.


Warehouse Space



Income Property

ROOM FOR RENT $550./mo. 403-352-7417 in fully furnished home $500 includes util, $450 SD, N/P, N/S, PM 572 ~ 3610-42 Ave ~ Sim Mgmt & Realty 403-340-0065 Ext. 412 ~ ~ Avail Now

Farms/ Land

Locally owned and family operated


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

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BANGKOK, Thailand — Riot police managed to clear anti-government protesters from a major boulevard in the Thai capital in a small but brief victory as authorities try to reclaim areas that have been closed during a three-month push to unseat Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. Hundreds of helmeted police with riot shields met no resistance Friday as they dismantled a sprawling protest camp in Bangkok’s historic quarter near the prime minister’s office compound, known as Government House. The office has been closed since December by protesters camped nearby. Faced with the prospect of clashing with militant protesters coming from other sites to reclaim the area, police later withdrew, allowing demonstrators to occupy the street again. By evening, tents were re-erected in the area. Police also retreated from another protest venue after hundreds of demonstrators refused to leave. Still, the police action was the first major pushback against the demonstrators in three months and was accomplished without violence, a key to holding the high moral ground. In past clashes with police, protesters highlighted injuries in their ranks for propaganda purposes, even though both sides have used force. Police moved in as the total number of full-time protesters dwindled sharply to about 5,000 from more than 150,000 late last year, according to police estimates. “The prime minister asked us to deal with the protesters gently,” said Chalerm Yubumrung, the head of the government’s special command centre to oversee security. He called Friday’s operation “an example” of what authorities plan to do at other protest sites. “We are telling the protesters to go home. If they do not listen, we will push more,” he told reporters at a news conference held inside Government House for the first time since December. The protesters are demanding that Yingluck’s administration be replaced by a non-elected “people’s council,” which would implement reforms they say are needed to end corruption and money politics. They have battled police on several oc-

casions, and have been targeted in several attacks for which no one has been apprehended. At least 10 people have been killed and scores injured during Thailand’s biggest anti-government street rallies in years. The only injury Friday morning was a local newspaper photographer whose leg was hurt by a small firecracker device. It wasn’t known who threw the object, but the protesters have used so-called “pingpong” bombs filled with explosives in previous confrontations. The U.S. State Department renewed its travel alert for Thailand, particularly Bangkok, warning Americans of the potential risks and regular incidents of violence during political demonstrations. As police entered the protest zone near Government House, they called for co-operation through a megaphone: “It is necessary for the police to clear this area. ... For your own safety please strictly follow police instructions.” There was no resistance from protesters, who had abandoned the site and regrouped elsewhere before police arrived. The riot squads tore down a sandbagged barrier that had closed a major boulevard to traffic. They dismantled tents where the protests had camped out overnight and searched for weapons. Authorities said they confiscated slingshots, firecrackers and a variety of materials they said could be used for explosives, including a small bag of urea, metal objects and other items. A more tense encounter occurred in a northern suburb of Bangkok, where protesters have set up a stage that blocks the entrance to a complex of government buildings, which has forced many offices to relocate. Hundreds of police faced off with protesters who refused to budge, and police then retreated. Demonstrators afterward gathered outside the gate of the city police headquarters to protest the action. Until now, police have avoided dispersing demonstrators for fear of unleashing greater violence. Thailand has been wracked by political unrest since 2006 when Yingluck’s brother, former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, was ousted by a military coup after being accused of corruption and abuse of power. Since then, his supporters and opponents have vied for power, sometimes violently.



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guy in the beginning of the year and then decided I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t like him anymore. Instead of talking with him about it in person, I panicked and broke off our relationship over text. I feel like a total jerk because of the way I handled it. Should I apologize or just continue to avoid him? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Hiding Dear Hiding; Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not a jerk â&#x20AC;&#x201D; youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re just immature and insecure. My first question: Why is it so hard to be honest with this guy after kissing him? Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s where you need to start. Why do you prefer to avoid the truth rather than face it? Are you afraid that this guy will be upset with you and feel bad? Are you afraid of having to tell him why youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not interested? Is it too hard to reject someone face to face? My second question: Why are you making out with guys at night who you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t face during the day? Are you looking for validation? Were you drunk? Are you too afraid to talk to the guys you really want to date and have to settle for making out with guys you barely like? Once you can figure out the answers to these questions, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be able to apologize and face the truth (and this boy you ignored) with confidence and clarity. Write Harlan at or visit online: All letters submitted become property of the author. Send paper to Help Me, Harlan!, 3501 N. Southport Ave., Suite 226, Chicago, IL 60657.

Drake not happy after Rolling Stone cover replaced WONâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;T DO MAGAZINE INTERVIEWS AFTER COVER PHOTO REPLACED BY LATE PHILLIP SEYMOUR-HOFFMAN BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW YORK â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Drake says he wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do interviews with magazines following a recent story in Rolling Stone magazine. The rapper was supposed to be on the cover of the magazineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new issue, but was replaced with the late Philip Seymour Hoffman. Drake tweeted Thursday that heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;done doing interviews with magazines.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;I just want to give my music to the people,â&#x20AC;? he wrote. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the only way my message gets across accurately.â&#x20AC;? Other Thursday tweets from the 27-year-old were deleted, including one about his discomfort with Hoffman gracing the cover of Rolling Stone.


â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m disgusted with that. RIP to Phillip Seymour Hoffman. All respect due. But the press is evil,â&#x20AC;? he tweeted. In the interview, Drake talks about growing up as a biracial child in Canada, meeting his mentor Lil Wayne and launching a successful career in pop and rap. Drake also discussed not attending last monthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Grammy Awards, where he lost three rap trophies to Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, including best rap album, which Drake won last year. Macklemore & Lewis also beat Kendrick Lamar, Jay Z and Kanye West in the latter category. Macklemore sent a text to Lamar â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and posted the message online â&#x20AC;&#x201D; after the awards show, telling Lamar he felt that he had robbed him by winning best rap album.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was like, â&#x20AC;&#x2122;You won. Why are you posting your text messages? Just chill. Take your W, and if you feel you didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t deserve it, go get better â&#x20AC;&#x201D; make better music,â&#x20AC;?â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Drake said in the interview. Drake also tweeted Thursday that he never spoke of Westâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Yeezusâ&#x20AC;? album during the interview. Rolling Stone quotes Drake calling some of Westâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lyrics â&#x20AC;&#x153;questionable,â&#x20AC;? along with him saying he â&#x20AC;&#x153;lovesâ&#x20AC;? the outspoken rapper. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I never commented on Yeezus for my interview portion of Rolling Stone,â&#x20AC;? he tweeted, which was deleted. Rolling Stone said in a statement to The Associated Press that â&#x20AC;&#x153;we stand by our reporting.â&#x20AC;? A representative for Drake didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t immediately return an email seeking comment. The new issue of Rolling Stone hits newsstands Friday. Follow Mesfin Fekadu at:

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Share in our Growth & Success MPE Engineering Ltd. is a progressive, medium-sized engineering consulting firm providing service to varied clients in Alberta and Saskatchewan. MPE provides engineering services in the Municipal, Water Resources, and Building Services sectors.

We are now accepting applications for the following positions in our Red Deer office. Candidates must be self-motivated with leadership ability, possess good written and verbal communication skills, and have the ability to work as a team member.

CIVIL ENGINEER - (Competition # 4-1127) We are seeking a civil engineer with five to ten years related experience in municipal engineering. Experience in wastewater collection systems, stormwater management, water supply and pumping systems and other municipal projects including design, modeling, and construction inspection is an asset.



Candidates must have a B.Sc. in Civil Engineering and be eligible for membership in APEGGA.

CIVIL TECHNOLOGIST - (Competition # 4-1128) We are seeking a Civil Technologist with three to five years experience in construction inspection, survey and design in municipal projects. Working in the civil engineering field, the candidate will participate in projects within the municipal sector. Preference will be given to applicants with an accredited technological diploma and be eligible for professional membership in ASET.

Communications/Marketing Clerk

MPE Engineering Ltd. offers a very competitive compensation package that includes an excellent base salary, profit sharing plan, RSP option, comprehensive health benefits plan, fitness allowance and flexible work hours. We promote a respectful, creative and healthy work environment where everyone is given equal opportunity for personal growth and advancement.

The Town of Eckville is currently seeking a permanent part-time Communications/ Marketing Clerk. This position will be responsible to increase community awareness and provide marketing and promotional support by managing the Townâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s digital sign, website (and other social media applications), bi-monthly newsletters, marketing materials, Public Notices, mass mailouts and general advertising. An additional responsibility will be Special Event planning as required. Some reception duties may also be required.

Individuals interested in being considered for either of the above-noted positions should submit their resume including the competition number to:

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Eckville is a prosperous growing community where people live and enjoy a small town atmosphere with many big town amenities. This position offers a competitive salary and benefits package, a pension plan, and a great work-life balance. Additional information may be found on the Town of Eckville website at: Fax: 403-746-2900 | Email:


Our competitive edge and success is a direct result of the people who work for us. MPE not only invests in its employees, it provides them with the challenges and opportunities they need to grow and succeed in their chosen career paths. We believe that well-trained, highly motivated, team-oriented employees are key to serving our clients. Therefore, we will select, train, and reward employees who share our values and place client satisfaction first.

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This image released by Square Enix shows the cover art for the video game Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII.

Lightning fizzles as Final Fantasy XIII stumbles to finish line

Payroll Administrator Our client, Pumps and Pressure Inc., is located in Red Deer and has been providing quality products to various industries throughout Western Canada since 1984. They sell and service products such as air compressors, pressure washers, hydraulics and pumps of all kinds. As a vital member of their Admin team, you will be responsible for semi-monthly payroll for approximately 135 salaried and hourly employees in 7 locations. Additionally, you will be responsible for benefits administration. Responsibilities include gathering and processing payroll information, ensuring accuracy, preparing government remittances, ROE web, benefits sign ups and terminations, etc.


Bravely Default (Nintendo, for the 3DS, $39.99) has Final Fantasy in its DNA — Square Enix published it in Japan — and fans of the older FF epics will adore it. You are a boy named Tiz, and your hometown has been destroyed by an earthquake.

The successful candidate must have 1 – 3 years comprehensive payroll and benefits experience and be knowledgeable of Federal and Provincial payroll legislation and employment standards. Experience with AccPac accounting software is preferred. If you have proven payroll skills, the ability to pay close attention to detail, are deadline driven and can learn quickly, we would like to hear from you. Send cover letter and resume to: HR Manager, Cindy Risling 300, 5010 – 43 Street Red Deer, AB T4N 6H2 or email to Contest closes February 28th, 2014 While we appreciate all who express interest, only those who are selected for an interview will be contacted.


Of course, supernatural forces are at work, and you must join forces with three more plucky youngsters to save your world from oblivion. Combat is what role-playing aficionados call “turn-based”: You select your four characters’ actions from a menu, tap “go” and watch them play out. The gimmick here is that any character can “default,” assuming a defensive stance and storing up energy. On the next turn, you can select “brave” to unleash that pent-up energy, making your attacks doubly effective. The brave/default strategy becomes more important in end-of-dungeon boss battles, when one wrong choice can get your entire party killed. And be warned: At its initial setting, this is one tough game. Don’t feel guilty about fiddling with the menus and dialing down the difficulty. The story drags at times and doesn’t hold many surprises, but “Bravely Default” does offer plenty of flexibility in building your characters as they rampage across the wilderness. It’s a beautifully executed homage to the Japanese RPGs many of us grew up on, and could even inspire younger gamers to hunt down some of those old-school gems. Three stars out of four.

BUSINESS SUPERVISOR Recreation, Parks & Culture The City of Red Deer is always on the hunt for talented and success driven people. We offer a great work environment with the opportunity to work with a dynamic and dedicated team of likeminded professionals. We are currently seeking the right person to fill the position of Business Supervisor. This position leads and supports the business needs of the department by ensuring coordination, consistency, and standardization of policy development, contract services, technology, financial and systems management. Responsibilities include planning, research, analysis and preparation of business material that will be used by the Manager in strategic initiatives which involve the formulation of policy objectives, planning strategic approaches and communication related to maintaining and improving the delivery of recreation, parks and culture services. This position also plays a key role in the development and coordination of the Department Service Plan and budget information as well as acts as the key lead for assigned section and department wide projects.


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I love Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings films, but even the biggest Tolkien geek has to admit that “The Return of the King” drags at the end. It’s nice to say farewell to all the dwarves and elves and hobbits we’ve come to know and love, but — heck, just wake me when it’s over. Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII (Square Enix, for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, $59.99) is like the last 20 minutes of The Return of the King stretched over a 50-hour-plus video game. So you get tearful goodbyes from Snow, Fang, Vanille and the rest of the gang you met back at the beginning of this trilogy, 2009’s Final Fantasy XIII — even though you probably already forgot about them long ago. You don’t need to have played the earlier XIII chapters to understand Lightning Returns. (Indeed, I defy anyone to make sense of the train wreck of timetravel paradoxes in 2012’s Final Fantasy XIII-2.) Here’s the essence: The heroine, a warrior named Lightning, has been reincarnated with godlike powers. The world is going to end in 13 days, and her task is to save as many souls as possible. So, every morning Lightning departs the celestial plane and enters the more Earthly realm of Nova Chrysalis. Each neighbourhood is packed with pilgrims preparing for the Rapture. Some may ask you to kill a few monsters; others may present more complicated tasks, like nursing a chocobo (the giant chicken who’s sort of the mascot of “Final Fantasy”) back to health. The clock is always ticking, and you can’t solve everyone’s dilemmas, although which missions are more important becomes quickly apparent. I found the artificial time constraint frustrating; Lightning Returns feints toward the open-world adventure of, say, “Skyrim,” then punishes you if you spend too much time exploring. Battles have evolved into more fast-paced affairs. You can dress Lightning in three outfits — say, one heavily armoured, one built for physical attacks and one built for magic. During a fight you can switch outfits on the fly, and you’ll need to, because enemies constantly change their attacks. It’s essentially like switching among three different characters, and it’s a challenging and ultimately rewarding system that makes almost every battle feel fresh. Like any Final Fantasy game, Lightning Returns kicks around some weighty ideas about fate, duty, redemption and salvation. And it offers a few nice, personal moments among Lightning and her former comrades. But as delivered over three games and 150-plus hours, the story told by the Final Fantasy XIII trilogy is bloated, incoherent and ultimately silly. It aims for “wow” and settles for “huh?” Two stars out of four

As our preferred candidate you will have: • University undergraduate degree in Business Administration, Recreation Administration or other related degree • Minimum of five years at a senior leadership/management level including a broad range of knowledge in the areas of business systems analysis and process management, project management, policy development and financial management.

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Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014 9:30 a.m. - Noon Alberta Works Centre 2nd Floor, First Red Deer Place 4920 - 51 Street, Red Deer

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RECREATION FACILITIES SUPERVISOR Recreation, Parks & Culture The City of Red Deer is always on the hunt for talented and success driven people. We offer a great work environment with the opportunity to work with a dynamic and dedicated team of likeminded professionals. We are currently seeking the right person to fill the position of Recreation Facilities Supervisor. This position is responsible for effectively leading, directing and promoting all aspects of the Recreation, Dawe, and Michener Centres. This includes facility administration and supervision of staff engaged in marketing, programming, scheduling, maintaining and various other operations involved in the comprehensive offering of leisure programs and facility services. This position is also responsible for ensuring a strong link to community needs.


REQUIREMENTS • Self motivated, your earning potential is only limited by what you put in. • Excellent communication skills • Career oriented. • Valid driver’s license • Team player • Excellent customer service skills

If you like what you have read, and think this is the job for you; come build your career with The City of Red Deer. We are committed to a healthy, vibrant, and sustainable community. Our employees are the cornerstone of our organization and working with us will provide you with the opportunity to work in an ever growing environment that offers a competitive salary, and to work with an awesome group of people.

WE OFFER • Above average compensation • Complete benefits package with medical and dental • Your own office • The Training you need to succeed. • Commission based pay structure


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As our preferred candidate you will have: • A Bachelor of Science degree. • Three years of experience in an environmental or waste management field. • Ability to competently deal with customers and contractors in controversial and potentially adversarial situations. • Ability to deal with the media and public in both formal and informal situations. • Ability to prepare written technical reports and conduct technical analysis of complex problems.

Red Deer Motors is looking for a highly motivated individual to join our sales team. Previous sales experience is a definite asset but we can train the right candidate. With our team, you have access to the widest variety of inventory, including all makes and models. The ability to learn the different models, options, and details of each manufacturer will be an important aspect of your success.

As our preferred candidate you will have: • Related university undergraduate degree such as Recreation Administration, Physical Education or Business Administration or equivalent combination of education and experience. • Minimum of five years experience at a management level in facility management and program service delivery that must include demonstrated innovation and marketing achievements.

We are currently seeking the right person to fill the position of Waste Management Technical Specialist. This position is responsible for technical support of the Waste Management Disposal Facilities, Garbage and Yard Waste Collection Service, and the Recycling Programs. Duties include conducting research on waste management issues and preparing reports and planning documents to support achieving waste diversion and recycling goals. This position is also responsible for issuing tenders and requests for proposals to procure waste management service and contract management for those services.



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