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Unrest roils Tory benches ASSOCIATE MINISTER RESIGNS, LEAVES CAUCUS CITING INABILITY TO CREATE CHANGE BY SUSAN ZIELINSKI ADVOCATE STAFF Alberta Premier Alison Redford’s is facing three issues that could bring her down — credibility, personal spending and humility, says a Red Deer political science instructor. David Baugh said he’s skeptical Redford’s popularity will rebound in time to win another election for the Progressive Conservatives. “If she can’t, they will look to have another leader

in place in time to be well organized for the next election. That’s a big part of it. She just doesn’t look winnable,” Baugh said on Monday. He said she lost credibility from supporters after promising post secondaries a six-per-cent funding increase over three years. Instead, they were the hardest hit with a 7.3 per cent cut. And even though the ethics commissioner cleared Redford after her ex-husband’s law firm was hired for Alberta’s class action law suit against tobacco companies, she was the justice minister at the time who recommended the firm.

Baugh said her use of government planes and her $45,000 trip to South Africa for Nelson Mandela’s memorial shows her personal spending habits. Her office, that includes her entourage of professionals, got a nine-per-cent increase this year, while the provincial budget was limited to 3.6-per-cent increase. There’s also the humility factor, he said. “A politician needs to communicate clearly and often that they are there to serve the people and to admit mistakes. That doesn’t appear to be her style.”

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City drafting amenities wish list PUBLIC INPUT SOUGHT BY CRYSTAL RHYNO ADVOCATE STAFF An aquatics centre, a concert hall and a new multiplex may all have a spot on a list of planned amenities for the City of Red Deer. The city is flipping the script on the way it determines the items in its capital budget and 10-year capital plan after council approved a new public consultation process on Monday. Starting in April, residents will be consulted several times over the next few months as the city pieces together a list of amenities according to priority in the community. In the past, council heard recommendations from administration and requests from community user groups to determine placing or consideration on the city’s capital infrastructure plan before voting. Mayor Tara Veer said this may have worked in the past but given the economic realities and the growing community, it is no longer sustainable to just say yes or no to a user group that comes before council.

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With High Arctic Energy Services chief operating officer Dan Beaulieu, left, and the company’s controller, Ken Standish, looking on, Logan Burrington laughs as co-worker Shawna Dench shaves his head during a St. Patrick’s Day head shaving in Red Deer on Monday. Beaulieu and Standish were also in line for a close shave, as were several other employees. The event was held to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and to raise money to support a fellow employee and cancer survivor, Cherish Funk, who recently beat breast cancer. The group raised over $8,500 for the Canadian Cancer Society and had some fun doing it.

Behind the uniform: staff reflect on care at Michener Michener Centre: The Closing Doors is a special Red Deer Advocate series by reporters Susan Zielinski and Myles Fish about the centre for persons with developmental disabilities. They examine its controversial past, debated present and unclear future. BY SUSAN ZIELINSKI ADVOCATE STAFF Linda McKay’s student nursing uniform is preserved behind glass in the Michener Centre display in Red Deer Museum’s ‘Remarkable Red Deer’ exhibit. As a student in the Mental Deficiency Nursing training program at Michener in 1973, McKay clearly remembered being chastised for leaving her unit wearing her white cap.

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“I wasn’t supposed to be out in public with that cap on, even if I was just going six blocks home,” said McKay, 62. Formality was the standard of the day for much of Michener’s early history that stretches back to 1923. Through the years, Michener has had its critics. But McKay said Michener Centre did what society wanted, and what was acceptable, at the time. “For us to go back now and judge, I find it really difficult sometimes . . . . Not that I don’t think that we can learn. Maybe everything that went on was not great, but they did what they could under the circumstances with the resources they had and what society wanted done,” said McKay, who was at Michener for 27 years working on a variety of units and group homes.

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MICHENER: Dynamic institution McKay said the stringent regime for staff and residents eventually, did relax and education for developmentally disabled became more individualized to suit Michener residents. “People tend to think that Michener was a stagnant place, but it was dynamic, it was always changing. We were always looking to what was going on in the world in terms of treatment.” For McKay and others, some residents became like family, and the feeling was mutual. Like many staff, McKay had birthday parties at her own home for residents. Once when she brought a young resident home for Christmas, she got a call to bring the boy back because his mother had arrived. After receiving his mother’s gifts, the boy eagerly said goodbye in order to return to McKay’s house. “At one point I think families were somewhat intimidated. You wouldn’t socialize within the institution. That has changed considerably. Once we got group homes, we were having family picnics and all kinds of different things.” McKay is still in contact with the resident with whom she shared her holidays, as well as his mother. Working at Michener was a family occupation for Deb Simmons, 53, who started as an institutional aide at Michener in 1985. Her husband, mother, sister, brother-in-law and sister-in-law have all worked at Michener. Simmons said staff had to be totally supportive like a parent, but prepared for anything. One day, a resident came running at her saying, ‘‘I’m going to kill ya, I’m going to kill ya,” but instead of being attacked, Simmons received a big bear hug. Staff also had to deal with problem behaviours. “Everyone was different. No two techniques were the same. They needed a space to go and just be by themselves a majority of time — as long as they were safe. And if they weren’t safe, you had to be near. I’ve seen people get hurt because they’ve been near, but you had to be near. You couldn’t leave.” Staff knew if someone was going to make it on the job if they could make it through the first meal helping residents eat, she said. “(Residents) threw up, tried to eat other people’s food, acted like two-year-olds,” Simmons said. Former Red Deer mayor Morris Flewwelling, 72, spent a summer as an aide at Michener Centre while attending university. He worked with some of the lowest-functioning male residents. He said it was both heartbreaking and shocking when he toured his unit the day before he was to start work. Residents usually wore canvas nighties and sat on the heated floor in the day room. Mostly quiet with the occasional tantrum, they would “while away the time with various repetitive activities like rocking,” he said. “If I were to describe to you the conditions of the day room, you’d recoil. These people would mess on the floor and the next person who would come by would slip and fall in it. You were constantly bathing somebody and cleaning up the floor. It was very unpleasant — but by God it was clean and it was dry and it was warm and safe,” Flewwelling said. They could not have received the same level of care at home, he said. Neil St. Denys, 72, another graduate of the Mental Deficiency Nursing program, who started at Michener in 1962, said young residents were playful and high energy like any children. Movie night at Michener, which often featured Westerns, fired the imagination of children on St. Denys’ unit. “This group of Down (syndrome) kids would rearrange all the furniture inside the day rooms and they’d play cowboys and Indians until it was time to go to bed. They would re-enact that movie. You’d sit back and watch and laugh. They had it all organized. And they’d get the other ones involved,” St. Denys said. But happy times were tempered with sadness. Life expectancy of those with Down syndrome was about 20 years. Few medications or treatments were available for people with developmental disabilities. St. Denys began his nursing career at Michener when needles were made of steel, cleaned and sharpened for reuse. Each needle was pulled through a piece of sterile cotton batten to check if there were any barbs. Today there are libraries focused exclusively on genetics. Back then, St. Denys said his genetics textbook was less than an inch thick. “We had this boy who was autistic and we’d give

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TOP: Linda McKay, a mental deficiency nurse at Michener Centre for 27 years, looks in on a display of her student nursing uniform and one of a male nurse, at the Red Deer Museum’s Remarkable Red Deer exhibit. ABOVE LEFT: Former Michener Centre pastor Stuart Fraser, outside the centre recently, is still in touch with some of the residents he met while working there. ABOVE RIGHT: Former City of Red Deer mayor Morris Flewwelling on the Michener Centre grounds. Many years ago he worked at Michener. him clothes and he’d throw them. We thought he was having another temper tantrum. But it wasn’t that. It was because when he touched it he had bad feelings for it.” It’s now known that people with autism may respond negatively to some textures, he said. “We didn’t put it all together. He couldn’t stand things like rayon.” To solve the problem, staff let the boy pick out his own clothes, St. Denys said. Stuart Fraser, Michener Centre’s first full-time pastor, said when he was just a visiting pastor at Michener in the 1960s, church services were held in the gymnasium with about 250 mostly higher-functioning residents and staff. Services shrunk in size when many of those resi-

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1932 — Provincial Training School develops a Mental Deficiency Nursing program. It is the only nursing program in Canada to offer specialized education in the care and training of persons with developmental disabilities until 1973. Provincial Training School has a total staff of 54. 1940-45 — Securing staffing is very difficult as a result of the outbreak of the Second World War. Staff turnover is almost eighty per cent. New employees typically have few qualifications for their jobs. 1947 — Provincial Training School has a staff of 93 with 289 residents. 1950 — Provincial Training School has a staff of 154 with 365 residents. 1950s — Staff are required to take the mental deficiency training, due in part to the drain on manpower during and after the First and Second World Wars.

1952 — All courses in the training program are now led by Provincial Training School personnel rather than external instructors. Curriculum changes include ways to foster and improve relationships with residents. 1973 — Final and largest graduating class for the Mental Deficiency Nursing program. A total of 453 people graduate from the program since its inception in 1932, including 34 graduates in 1973. Program ends with the availability of training at colleges and universities. 1979 — Provincial Training School has a staff of about 1,300 with about 1,700 residents. 2013 — Alberta Union of Provincial Employees anticipates as many as 400 of Michener’s 640 staff will be laid off, redeployed or retrained, as a result of the province’s decision to close half of Michener Centre in 2014.

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dents left to live in the community and in order to communicate with remaining residents, Fraser incorporated lots of singing, visuals and activity. “For some, sitting still for an hour was not really an option and the things that I did didn’t require them to. We stood. We sang. Did role plays.” He said services probably looked somewhat “chaotic.” “We often had community clergy come. Some of them, I would have to encourage to carry on when someone was jumping up and down,” Fraser said with a smile. szielinski@reddeeradvocate.com

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ALBERTA BY JOSH ALDRICH ADVOCATE STAFF Three Hills Mayor Tim Shearlaw saw a true sense of community as neighbouring Trochu stepped up to take on all events that were originally scheduled for the Three Hills Centennial Centre Arena after the roof partially collapsed last Wednesday. The building’s roof, which was completed with a retrofit in 1995, while the rest of the arena finished it’s renovation in 2008, broke down under the strain of melting snow and ice over its west end. Steel support cross members buckled and bent, allowing water to drip in at about 3:45 p.m. The arena’s roof had just passed an inspection in January. “We were comfortable that we were all right at that point in time, but I guess the weight and stress factor increases as the melt sets in,” said Shearlaw. A high school skating class had just completed and figure skaters were just going on the ice for a rehearsal for their year-end gala that was scheduled for the weekend but moved to Trochu.

Damage is estimated at $500,000 and will be covered by insurance. The town is also considering further reinforcement of the roof at an extra cost. No one was hurt in the collapse. The building’s roof was reinforced the next day by a scaffolding structure. The rest of the building, which includes a restaurant, playschool, and a dance and karate studio has been reopened. The Centennial Centre is the latest in a series of arena collapses this winter due to the snow fall, including the Sylvan Lake Arena and another in Drayton Valley. The arena should be ready to go for the next hockey season, but it also means all summer activities like lacrosse will also be moved 15 km up the road to Trochu. “What I would like to say is how much I appreciate the regional co-operation that we enjoy between all of the communities within the County of Kneehill and Trochu our good neighbours here,” said Shearlaw. jaldrich@reddeeradvocate.com

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People urged to check avalanche forecasts AFTER EIGHT DEATHS IN MARCH THE CANADIAN PRESS An avalanche expert says the deaths of eight people this month in the mountains of British Columbia and Alberta is especially heartbreaking because there is so much information available warning of the danger. The people who have died since March 8 range from snowmobilers, backcountry skiers, hikers and snowshoers to a father and son who were buried while tobogganing within sight of the Chateau Lake Louise luxury hotel. “It is frustrating when a significant number of people die in avalanches,” Ilya Storm, a spokesman for the Canadian Avalanche Centre, said Monday. “In at least two of these accidents the people probably were not aware of avalanches at all — and that is a huge challenge for us. “We are looking for ways to be able to extend the reach of our public safety initiatives.” The centre in Revelstoke, B.C., posts detailed daily ava-

titled,” Towle said. Michael Dawe, Red Deer North Liberal candidate in the 2012 provincial election and potential candidate in the next election, said this level of dissatisfaction among the Tories is practically unheard of in Alberta. “These things do happen in other provinces. It’s unusual for Alberta because normally things are very stable and you often normally don’t get a lot of upheaval. But it’s certainly not on the level of a Rob Ford who continues to amaze,” Dawe said. szielinski@reddeeradvocate.com

Redford has been under fire from critics for her costly South Africa trip that she refused to pay for until recently. Last week, Calgary backbencher MLA Len Webber quit the Tory caucus to sit as an independent and on Monday, associate minister Donna Kennedy-Glans, MLA for Calgary Varsity, did the same. The president of an Edmonton PC riding association called for Redford’s resignation and a “work plan” was “We need to be able to have a sound under development for Redford to admechanism by which council can say dress issues raised at a PC party board yes, no or not yet,” said Veer. “We meeting held Saturday. A group of at need to do this with consultation with least 10 MLAs, that included Red Deer the community.” North MLA Mary Anne Jablonski, Veer said she hopes that what were at a meeting on Sunday other meemerges is a capital plan that is fair dia reported was to discuss Redford’s and equitable through a broad public leadership and to consider sitting as consultation process. independents. Timing is crucial as council hopes to Jablonski had not returned calls have the work completed in time to from the Red Deer Advocate by deadmake better decisions during the 2015 line on Monday. Capital Budget and 2015-2024 Capital Baugh said Redford had little cauPlan in November. cus support when she won the leaderSome councillors raised concerns ship in 2012 and ended up with 77-perabout the short time frame for gathercent approval at last fall’s leadership ing input from the public in the spring review — the same level of support Ed and summer months. Stelmach had before he was gone. City Manager Craig Curtis said Since she became leader, which she that it is important to follow the time won with the help of a professional frames in order to be ready for the entourage, she has continued to look next budget cycle. to her entourage when making deciThe priority list must be completed sions instead of consulting with the and receive the community’s stamp Tory rank and file, MLAs and cabinet, of approval by the end of September Baugh said. 2014. Wildrose MLA Kerry Towle said Most councillors said this is a great Redford’s arrogance is what got her opportunity to have more community into trouble. conversations and to find out what “She really only paid (the $45,000) Red Deerians really want in the comback after there was threat of caucus munity. revolt. She didn’t pay it back because Coun. Lawrence Lee said he was she felt she had to pay it back,” said encouraged as a new councillor to give Towle, MLA for Innisfail-Sylvan Lake. the opportunity to residents to have a Towle was worried that people will say on the amenities that will be built try to protect Redford by saying she’s in the community. being targeted because she’s a woman. “I don’t think this is a gender issue at all. When the premier says I need to take the government plane to party fundraisers because I have a LIKE us facebook.com/thecityofreddeer FOLLOW us @CityofRedDeer www.reddeer.ca 12-year-old daughter — that’s not acceptable. REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS Ethics is not determined FOOD CONCESSION SERVICES by gender. Ethics is determined by your own This Request for Proposals (RFP) is an invitation by The values,” said Towle, who City of Red Deer to submit non-binding proposals also has a daughter. But Towle said Redfor the provision of Food Concession Services at ford is not totally to the Red Deer Arena, Kinsmen Community Arenas, blame for her predicaand the G.H. Dawe Community Centre. The selected ment. proponents will be requested to enter into negotiations “She has a cabinet for an exclusive operator license agreement with The that advises her and that City of Red Deer for the provisions of the services cabinet has been giving at one or more of the facilities for a three (3) year her some terrible advice.” period starting July 1, 2014 with an option to renew And the Tories’ own for a further two (2) years in one (1) year increments. members are tired of the The mandatory pre-proposal site visits are direction the government scheduled for March 21, 2014 at 8:30 am MST is going, she said. starting at the Kinsmen Community Arenas located at “We’re seeing good 5 McIntosh Avenue, Red Deer, AB. Interested vendors people, who joined the PCs because they are asked to register their attendance by phoning the thought they could Recreation, Parks and Culture Department at 403change it from within, 309-8417 by March 20, 2014 at 4 pm MST. and now they’re seeing Inquiries can also be emailed to they can’t. This party purchasing@reddeer.ca. is old, it’s tired, it can’t change from within. It’s For full Request for Proposals document, please visit just too corrupt. It’s too www.purchasingconnection.ca. conflicted. It’s too en-

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lanche forecasts during the winter on the Internet (www. avalanche.ca/cac) and offers information about training courses and safety equipment. But much of the information is aimed at people with some knowledge of backcountry perils. Two people who died snowshoeing March 8 were tourists from Spain visiting Banff National Park. The two tobogganers who were last seen alive March 9 were visiting from Montreal. Storm said the non-profit centre faces the challenge of putting information out to two very different groups. Along with forecasts, the centre offers avalanche awareness programs for people who live in or frequent the mountains, including safety courses aimed at backcountry enthusiasts and young people in schools. It’s a different story for tourists or people with less experience in the mountains. There are avalanche warning signs and information kiosks in some areas. There is an avalanche app available for smartphones. Some hotels carry avalanche forecast information and broadcast it into guest

Coun. Paul Harris said he has lived in Red Deer since 1990 and he does not remember being asked such a broad question before by council. “I really encourage people to get out and participate in this because it’s going to inform us for the next few years,” said Harris. “It will really shape our city.” At the same time, a new aquatics centre ad hoc committee will chart a vision for a new pool including the size, location, included amenities and phasing of a centre. During the 2013 capital budget talks in November, council directed administration to create an ad hoc committee to get a clear idea of the vision in early 2014. No decisions have been made about the inclusion of a proposed pool in the city’s capital plan. The first community consultation, Let’s Talk, is slated for April 12 at Parkland Mall. More details will unfold over the coming weeks. In other council news: ● City council endorsed the first step of a plan that will ultimately outline how the city will respond to severe weather, flooding and drought and other effects of climate change. Environmental Initiatives Supervisor Nancy Hackett said the city should strive to be resilient to what might happen and to recover quickly and have the capacity to adapt to stress or changes. For example, the city sandbagged the water treatment plant during the June 2013 flooding. Hackett said there was no impact on the plant but the city had to be prepared. She said these are the things that communities have to think about from a city operations point of view. Hackett presented the first of two

rooms on internal TV channels. But there’s no guarantee that people will read the information or heed the warnings. “There is still a lot of work to do to get some people to do the equivalent of hopping in the car and putting on a seatbelt,” Storm said. So far this winter, 13 people have died in avalanches in B.C. and Alberta. That’s up from six deaths last year. The 10-year average is 12 fatalities. About 90 per cent of avalanches are triggered by people. Storm said conditions in the mountain snowpack this season have been troublesome, with deep snow making it difficult to locate weak layers associated with snowslides. The threat has moderated a bit from earlier this month, but conditions can change daily. And despite the calendar, there is still plenty of winter ahead in the mountains. “This year and especially this last week, conditions have been extraordinarily challenging and dynamic with a high degree of uncertainty,” Storm said. “We have a good month to six weeks of avalanche season in front of us.”

reports that sets out the goals, the predicted impacts and five anticipated actions for Red Deer. Hackett told council that some areas of concern include providing service and continuing operations, protecting and adapting transportation infrastructure, serving residents and protecting green. The climate change project focuses on the city as a corporation as opposed to the community at large. The second part, to be completed in the coming months, will provide more detailed work on the corporate plan. A community plan is still a few years down the road. ● The City of Red Deer has hired Sarah Cockerill of Fort St. John as the new director of community services replacing Greg Scott who retired earlier this year. Cockerill will arrive on April 7. City Manager Craig Curtis also announced Paul Goranson will take over the position of director of corporate services and Elaine Vincent will fill the position of director of development services as of March 31. ● Exempt staff at the City of Red Deer will receive a two per cent general salary increase retroactive to Jan. 1, 2014. Council approved the wage hike affecting 140 exempt employees. The group includes managers, directors, supervisors, superintendents and specialists. ● Council directed staff to look into incorporating dedicated pollinator parks in existing and future park infrastructure. As well council directed administration to explore permanent banning of neonicotinoids and related pesticides in consideration with a report on pesticides coming to the Governance and Policy Committee later this year. crhyno@reddeeradvocate.com

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The Committee of Nominators of the Red Deer & District Community Foundation is accepting applications for appointment to the Community Foundation Board The Community Foundation is an independent community-based organization that receives and manages charitable donations offers grants to charitable organizations in Red Deer and surrounding area for programs and projects that meet the changing needs of our community and works with the community to identify its long term needs and opportunities, focusing on sustainable solutions. Supported by staff, the Board’s responsibilities include: establishing strategic focus for the organization; implementing the fund development plan; making policy decisions regarding the investments of more than $11 Million in permanent and non-permanent funds; making decisions regarding the use of the investment income for community grants programs; and committing to participate in board meetings and board standing committee responsibilities as required. The Board of Directors currently meets 6 times a year with Standing Board Committees meeting throughout the year. Board members are appointed on 3 - year terms. Please submit your application package, including your resume and a statement regarding what you feel you can do to further the goals of the Community Foundation by: Friday, March 21st, 2014, 4:30 PM to: Tara Veer, Mayor, City of Red Deer and Chair, Committee of Nominators c/o Red Deer & District Community Foundation Suite 203, 4805 – 48 Street Red Deer, Alberta T4N 1S6 For application forms and further information, please call Kristine Bugayong, Chief Executive Officer at (403) 341-6911

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Caucus support essential Beware the Ides of March. I really didn’t know what “Ides” meant until I looked it up one day. It’s the day of the ancient Roman calendar that coincides with March 15, and marks the celebration of the ancient Roman New Year. You now, that time when the caucus kills the tyrant, and drags the country into a long GREG and bloody inNEIMAN ternal war that eventually leads to the downfall of the empire. As in Rome, so it shall be in Alberta. It was a spring day in 2011 when the Alberta Progressive Conservative caucus told Premier Ed Stelmach to stand down. He made the announcement in May and his last day on the job was Oct. 1. The same may happen again for Alison Redford, the “not nice” lady who faced a four-hour grilling from party brass over the weekend, and as of this Monday morning writing, was to face another from her caucus. News reports made much of the

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standing ovation she received from the party brass after the “frank and open” (some said brutal) talk she had with them. But no one should expect the same from caucus. This could well be a blood-letting. We’re not talking about individual complaints here. Len Webber was already planning to quit provincial politics and run federally in Calgary Confederation when he quit the party last week. The former cabinet minister wasn’t sacrificing much when he publicly called out Redford as an arrogant bully who doesn’t listen to caucus, and resigned to sit as an independent while building his federal campaign. He doubtless expects daily group hugs under Prime Minister Stephen Harper. But Webber’s tirade was just the sound of a dam breaking. By the end of last week, there were rumours that at least 20 Tory MLAs were ready to quit the party and sit as independents. If that is true, they could become the official opposition. The Wildrose Party only has 17 MLAs. That was the first rush that forced Redford to repay the $45,000 spent on her trip to South Africa for Nelson Mandela’s funeral. It won’t be enough. CBC reporters discovered a secret meeting of 10 MLAs, who gathered Saturday to “talk policy” at an Edmonton office building.

Among them was Red Deer North MLA Mary Anne Jablonski. The group was tight-lipped when questioned as they walked to their cars after the meeting. But here’s all you need to know: none would come out and specifically say they supported Alison Redford as leader and premier. My reading of the entrails of news reports tells me it’s game over. In federal politics, the prime minister, inner cabinet and the PMO can stonewall the backbenches, Parliament, everyone. The whip of party loyalty is much sharper when there is a threat a backbencher may not be reelected or, if elected, returned to the backwaters of the opposition. Not so in Alberta. Most Alberta MLAs were in high school or younger (some not even born yet), the last time the governing party lost an election. The 58 current Tory MLAs have never known a time when their caucus did not call all the shots. Being Tory meant being government, and the sitting MLAs needed only to keep the leadership in line with them through to the next coronation. When leadership changed, MLA backing meant everything to the candidates. That was before Alberta got a topdown Tory leader, who at the start of her leadership bid had only one MLA’s public support. That was before Wildrose arrived

on the scene. Now, Tory seats aren’t so safe anymore. Redford may finally be repaying the $45,000 for her plane trip out of pocket, but it’s the local MLAs who will finally pay the price at the polls. Without the whip of party loyalty to keep MLAs in line, I can’t imagine what Redford could offer caucus now to keep her leadership, much less win a standing ovation. I expect there will be another leadership campaign, and this time, candidates won’t win points offering teachers and health-care workers nice deals on funding, in exchange for instant party memberships. These workers may join again out of fear of what Wildrose would do in power — and that is its own kind of loyalty, I suppose. But like the senators who disposed of Caesar in the Ides of March, hoping to restore the old republic, the plots to restore caucus control of the Alberta government will likely lead to an internal struggle that will leave the Tory empire weakened. If I were Redford, I would apologize to caucus, step down and let what happens, happen. This can’t be saved.

overall mentality of entitlement — not just the premier’s — was bound to catch up with them. To Redford’s credit, she won the leadership and then pulled off a resounding election victory no one predicted was going to happen. It may be that voters weren’t quite ready to choose Wildrose over Tory. Are they now? Last Thursday, before Saturday’s meeting, Calgary-Foothills backbencher MLA Len Webber announced he would sit as an independent, calling Redford a bully with a sense of entitlement. The day before, Redford, who was taking continued heavy criticism for her $45,000 taxpayer-funded trip to Nelson Mandela’s funeral, decided she would personally pay for the trip after all. On Monday, the unravelling continued. Associate Minister Donna Kenne-

dy-Glans left the party. She will be sit as an independent. The Calgary-Varsity MLA was the government’s associate minister for electricity and renewable energy. The fear of being re-elected is starting to get to Tories. Those who leave the Tories could join Wildrose, a party that has moved a bit left of right since the last election to make itself more palpable to Tory voters. I am not fully confident that by the time this column appears in Tuesday’s paper, Redford won’t have thrown in the towel, or that there won’t be whole bunch of new independent MLAs. Do Albertans really believe that Redford is the only politician who has ever taken advantage of the perks of office? Politics offer a myopic view, forever narrow, forever in the moment. Redford is being singled out like no other Tory premier. It might simply be because of timing. There’s a mad dog

biting at the Tories’ heels and they are terrified. For the Tories to continue thinking that all will be back to normal come the next election (expected in 2016), one would have to wonder if they’ve been a bit too much into the Guinness. Redford has made some mistakes — the worst apparently being she has alienated many in her own party. For someone who had such promise, her stage could have been much bigger. As the hours go by, the Tories have fewer and fewer options. They can stand by Redford, or see that she resigns. There’s also that other option — they can call an election right now. That would put all their troubles to rest, one way or another. Mary-Ann Barr is the Advocate’s assistant city editor. She can be reached by phone at 403-314-4332 or by email at barr@reddeeradvocate.com.

Greg Neiman is a retired Advocate editor. Follow his blog at readersadvocate. blogspot.ca or email greg.neiman.blog@ gmail.com.

Mad dogs and Tories Oh, to have been a fly on the wall on Saturday when Premier Alison Redford met with her party’s board of directors. Or at that other private meeting of 10 Tory MLAs on Sunday evening that included Red Deer North MLA Mary Anne Jablonski. The latter meeting suggested there remained MLAs unappeased with Saturday’s results. Those results being that after Redford was read the riot act, there is going to be a “work plan” for MARY-ANN her, meant to BARR see address issues that have many Progressive Conservatives upset with her. Who can recall such public humiliation for an Alberta premier? Out of Saturday’s meeting a brave united front was presented, but that lasted maybe a day. When the group of 10 MLAs met on Sunday, Jablonski’s comments to the media afterwards were telling: “My thought is always to do the right thing ... a leader can only lead if people will follow.” She was then asked what the right thing was. “I think we all know what the right thing is.” The Tories’ problem is not Redford alone. It’s the party itself. For a long time now, things have been not right on their ship. Their

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Harper ups sanctions against Russia TALKS WITH UKRAINIAN AMBASSADOR BY THE CANADIAN PRESS OTTAWA — Stephen Harper says Canada is imposing more sanctions on Russia as a result of Sunday’s vote in Crimea to secede from Ukraine. Harper said Monday that the result of the so-called referendum is illegitimate and was conducted under an illegal Russian military occupation. Harper said his government is putting economic sanctions and travel restrictions on senior people in Russia and Ukraine, and in Crimea specifically. The Russian individuals include deputy prime minister Dmitry Olegovich Rogozin, Sergey Yur’yevich Glaz’yev, an adviser to Russian President Vladimir Putin, and Putin aide Vladislav Yur’yevich Surkov. The Ukrainians include Serhiy Valeriyovich Aksyonov, the prime minister of Crimea and Volodymyr Andriyovych Konstantynov, chairman of the Crimean parliament. Harper announced the sanctions before meeting Vadym Prystaiko, the

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Prime Minister Stephen Harper meets with Vadym Prystaiko, the Ukrainian ambassador to Canada, Monday, in Ottawa. Ukrainian ambassador to Canada. “It’s my strong belief we must keep the pressure on and we must continue to maintain sanctions and maintain putting in place strong steps to dissuade this behaviour,” Harper said. “What the Putin regime has done cannot be tolerated and can never be ac-

cepted.” The prime minister said the sanctions are aimed at isolating Russia. “The individuals targeted are responsible for undermining the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine and for facilitating Russian military action against Ukraine,” he

said. He said the measures demonstrate to Russia that its actions have consequences. “Canada will not stand by while Russia violates Ukrainian sovereignty and territorial integrity.” Harper is to fly to Kyiv on Friday to show his support for the temporary government of Ukraine in the face of Russian aggression in the strategic Black Sea region. “I’m really looking forward to that as an opportunity this weekend to express the solidarity of the Canadian people with Ukrainian people and obviously our support for Ukraine’s prosperity, its sovereignty and its territorial integrity.” Canada is acting in concert with its allies, Harper said. Earlier Monday, President Barack Obama’s administration announced a freeze on the U.S. assets of seven Russian officials, including top advisers to President Vladimir Putin. European Union foreign ministers also imposed travel bans and froze the assets of 21 officials from Russia and Ukraine. Harper condemned the “illegal, dangerous and unilateral actions of the Putin regime in Crimea on the weekend” when 97 per cent reportedly voted “yes” to joining Russia. “They continue to seek a dangerous escalation in the situation,” he said.

Feds to blow whistle if medical Seven-year-old Manitoba marijuana growers flout rules girl dead after dogs attack BY THE CANADIAN PRESS OTTAWA — Health Canada says it will tell police if medical marijuana users fail to declare they have disposed of their homegrown stashes — a requirement of strict new federal rules. The department says it will share relevant information — including the names and addresses of those who flout the new system — with law enforcement. Under the existing federal program, thousands of people have licences to cultivate marijuana for personal use to help ease painful symptoms. Beginning April 1, the government plans to allow only select commercial producers to grow marijuana under “secure and sanitary conditions” for postal distribution to medically approved patients. Health Canada says anyone other than a licensed producer growing marijuana as of that date is breaking the law. It means those who now possess or grow marijuana under the old rules must destroy and dispose of plants, seeds and dried pot by March 31. The Health Department recom-

mends breaking up plant material, blending the marijuana with water, mixing it with cat litter to mask the pungent odour, and putting it all out with the trash. It is sending letters to those enrolled under the old rules to say they must submit a signed form by April 30 confirming they have stopped growing pot. Users are also required to list the number of plants — and the number of grams of dried marijuana and seeds — they have destroyed. Those who fail to comply will be reported to police, Health Canada says in a notice on its website. The department will also “continue to co-operate with police, and provide information needed to protect public safety, as appropriate.” However, it will stop short of providing municipalities with a list of marijuana production sites that must shut down under the new rules, saying such information is protected by federal privacy law. The federal threat to involve police amounts to criminalizing patients, said Legalize Canada, a group that plans to support federal electoral candidates who endorse legalization of marijuana.

BY THE CANADIAN PRESS WINNIPEG — A Manitoba community is mourning the death of a “bright and inquisitive” seven-year-old girl who was mauled by two dogs at a rural home. RCMP spokeswoman Tara Seel said officers responded to a call Sunday in the Rural Municipality of Springfield. Media reports have identified the girl as Gracie Herntier-Clark. She was rushed to a Winnipeg hospital where she was pronounced dead. The child, who was from the Rural Municipality of St. Andrews just north of Winnipeg, was visiting family friends at the time of the attack, Seel said. “Two Alaskan malemute dogs were seized and are being held by RM of Springfield animal control while the investigation continues,” she said Monday. “It should be noted that the dogs were known to the deceased. This was not a random attack.” It’s not clear what prompted the attack, she added. The girl was being supervised by an adult but it doesn’t appear anyone witnessed the mauling, Seel said.

“This is just a tragedy all around and you never like to hear about this type of thing. You feel for everyone involved.” Kristin Nicholson, who lives next door, said she’s never seen the dogs behave violently. “We have two little girls that are four and seven and the neighbours’ dogs were over here all the time,” she told radio station CJOB. “We weren’t scared of them a they were big but playful and I’m just in shock that that’s what went on.” Charges are not being ruled out. “We’re still in the thick of the investigation,” Seel said. Scott Kwasnitza, superintendent of the Lord Selkirk School Division, said teachers and students were struggling to come to terms with the Grade 2 student’s death. “They’re devastated. It’s not something that happens in a school setting very often,” he said. “She was a bright inquisitive girl who was full of life. It just makes this more tragic because of that.” Grief counsellors were on hand and will be throughout the week as the 450 students at St. Andrews School absorb what happened, Kwasnitza said.

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Putin declares Crimea sovereign and independent STRATEGIC BLACK SEA PENINSULA DECLARES IT HAS BROKEN AWAY FROM UKRAINE BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS KYIV, Ukraine — Russian President Vladimir Putin recognized Crimea as a “sovereign and independent country” Monday, just hours after the strategic Black Sea peninsula declared it had broken away from Ukraine. The moves triggered the toughest Western sanctions against Russia since the Cold War — with Washington and the European Union retaliating with asset freezes and travel bans and U.S. President Barack Obama vowing to “increase the cost” if the Kremlin does not back down. Ukraine’s turmoil has become Europe’s most severe security crisis in years and tensions have been high since Russian troops seized control of Crimea, which decided in a Sunday referendum to merge with Russia. Putin signed a decree recognizing Crimea’s independence, and Russian troops were massed near the border with Russian-speaking eastern Ukraine. Ukraine’s acting president raised tensions on the ground by calling for the activation of some 20,000 military reservists and volunteers across the country and for the mobilization of another 20,000 in the recently formed national guard. In the Crimean capital of Simferopol, ethnic Russians applauded the Sunday referendum that overwhelmingly called for secession and for joining Russia. Masked men in body armour blocked access for most journalists to the parliament session that declared independence, but the city otherwise appeared to go about its business normally. The U.S., EU and Ukraine’s new government do not recognize the referendum held Sunday in Crimea, which was called hastily as Ukraine’s political crisis deepened with the ouster of pro-Rus-

sia President Viktor Yanukovych following months of protests and sporadic bloodshed. In addition to calling the vote itself illegal, the Obama administration said there were “massive anomalies” in balloting that returned a 97 per cent “yes” vote for joining Russia. Obama warned that Russia could face more financial punishment. “If Russia continues to interfere in Ukraine, we stand ready to impose further sanctions,” Obama said. One of the top Russian officials hit by sanctions mocked Obama. “Comrade Obama, what should those who have neither accounts nor property abroad do? Have you not thought about it?” Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin tweeted. “I think the decree of the President of the United States was written by some joker.” Moscow considers the vote legitimate and Putin was to address both houses of parliament Tuesday on the Crimean situation. In Kyiv, acting President Oleksandr Turchynov vowed that Ukraine will not give up Crimea. “We are ready for negotiations, but we will never resign ourselves to the annexation of our land,” a sombre-faced Turchynov said in a televised address to the nation. “We will do everything in order to avoid war and the loss of human lives. We will be doing everything to solve the conflict through diplomatic means. But the military threat to our state is real.” The Crimean referendum could also encourage rising pro-Russian sentiment in Ukraine’s east and lead to further divisions in this nation of 46 million. A delegation of Crimean lawmakers was set to travel to Moscow on Monday for negotiations on how to proceed. Russian lawmakers have suggested that formally annexing Crimea is almost certain — with one saying it could

happen within days. “We came back home to Mother Russia. We came back home, Russia is our home,” said Nikolay Drozdenko, a resident in Sevastopol, the key Crimean port where Russia leases a naval base from Ukraine. The Crimean parliament declared that all Ukrainian state property on the peninsula will be nationalized and become the property of the Crimean Republic. It gave no further details. Lawmakers also asked the United Nations and other nations to recognize it and began work on setting up a central bank with $30 million in support from Russia. The United States announced sanctions against seven Russian officials, including Rogozin, Putin’s close ally Valentina Matvienko who is speaker of the upper house of parliament and Vladislav Surkov, one of Putin’s top ideological aides. The Treasury Department also targeted Yanukovych, Crimean leader Sergei Aksyonov and two other top figures. The EU’s foreign ministers slapped travel bans and asset freezes against 21 officials from Russia and Ukraine following Crimea’s referendum. The ministers did not immediately release the names and nationalities of those targeted by the sanctions. “We need to show solidarity with Ukraine and therefore Russia leaves us no choice,” Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski told reporters in Brussels. “The ‘Anschluss’ of Crimea cannot rest without a response from the international community.” He was referring to Nazi Germany’s forceful annexation of Austria. But markets appeared to signal that the Western sanctions lacked punch — with bourses both in Russia and Europe rising sharply on relief that they won’t hit trade of business ties.

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Self-defense activists perform military exercises at a military training ground outside Kiev, Ukraine, Monday. Ukraine’s parliament on Monday voted partial mobilization in response to Russia’s invasion onto the Ukrainian territory.

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Officials revealed a new timeline Monday suggesting the final voice transmission from the cockpit of the missing Malaysian plane may have occurred before any of its communications systems were disabled, adding more uncertainty about who aboard might have been to blame. The search for Flight 370, which vanished early March 8 while flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people on board, has now been expanded deep into the northern and southern hemispheres. Australian vessels scoured the southern Indian Ocean and China offered 21 of its satellites to help Malaysia in the unprecedented hunt. With no wreckage found in one of the most puzzling aviation mysteries of all time, relatives of those on the Boeing 777 have been left in an agonizing limbo. Investigators say the plane was deliberately diverted during its overnight flight and flew off-course for hours. They haven’t ruled out hijacking, sabotage, or pilot suicide, and they are checking the backgrounds of the 227 passengers and 12 crew members, as well as the ground crew, to see if links to terrorists, personal problems or psychological issues could be factors. Malaysian Defence Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said finding the plane was still the main focus, and he did not rule out that it might be discovered intact. “The fact that there was no distress signal, no ransom notes, no parties claiming responsibility, there is always hope,” Hishammuddin said. Malaysian Airlines CEO Ahmad Jauhari Yahya said an initial investigation indicated that the last words heard from the plane by ground controllers — “All right, good night” — were spoken by the co-pilot, Fariq Abdul Hamid. Had it been a voice other than that of Fariq or the pilot, Zaharie Ahmad Shah, it would have clearest indication yet of something amiss in the cockpit before the flight went off-course. Malaysian officials said earlier that those words came after one of the jetliner’s data communications systems — the Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System — had been switched off, suggesting the voice from the cockpit may have been trying to deceive ground controllers. However, Ahmad said that while the last data transmission from ACARS — which gives plane performance and maintenance information — came before that, it was still unclear at what point the system was switched off, making any implications of the timing murkier. The new information opened the possibility that both ACARS and the plane’s transponders, which make the plane visible to civilian air traffic controllers, were turned off at about the same time. It also suggests that the message delivered from the cockpit could have preceded any of the severed communications. Airline pilots cautioned against reading too much into what little is known so far about the actions of the Malaysia Airline crew. “You can’t take anything off table until everything is on table, and we don’t even have an aircraft,” said Boeing 737 pilot Mike Karn, president of the Coalition of Airline Pilots Associations. Authorities have pointed to the shutdown of the transponders and the ACARS as evidence that someone with a detailed knowledge of the plane was involved. But Bob Coffman, an airline captain and former 777 pilot, said that kind of information is probably available on the Internet. “We really don’t know what happened in the airplane at this point,” he said. Authorities confiscated a flight simulator from the pilot’s home Saturday and also visited the home of the co-pilot in what Malaysian police chief Khalid Abu Bakar initially said was the first police visits to those homes. But the government, which has come under criticism abroad for missteps and foot-dragging in releasing information, issued a statement Monday contradicting that account, saying police first visited the pilots’ homes as early as March 9, the day after the flight disappeared. “There are people for whom flying is all consuming in some way, shape or fashion,” Coffman said.


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Man charged in son’s death denies killing or abusing him the finger at her, saying he didn’t know who killed his son. He and Boothe-Rowe are both charged with second-degree murder in Shakeil’s death. The boy was found dead in his bed on May 27, 2011, but BootheRowe testified she discovered his lifeless body in the basement the previous day. The court has heard autopsy results showed heavy blows shortly before the boy’s death caused widespread internal bleeding that overwhelmed his body, already weakened by malnutrition and severe infection. In his testimony, Boothe said Shakeil had been fighting what he then considered a cold, but now believes to have been pneumonia. He blamed any sign of malnutrition on the boy’s illness and his preference for junk food. Despite Shakeil’s worsening condition, Boothe didn’t take him to the doctor because the boy had multiple injuries that could have raised questions, he said. At the time, Boothe was on probation in a domestic assault on his wife, and shouldn’t have been living with her, he testified. “Shakeil would be taken away, (the baby) would be taken away,� Boothe said, adding he’d end up behind bars. Instead, Boothe gave his son cough medicine before leaving for

BY THE CANADIAN PRESS BRAMPTON, Ont. — After admitting he struck his son with a belt hard enough to draw blood on “a few� occasions, a Torontoarea father denied Monday having abused the 10-year-old or delivering the beating that ended his life. Garfield Boothe defended himself at his murder trial, testifying that he never punched or kicked Shakeil Boothe or chained him to his bed. Discipline sometimes came in the form of “the strap,� but more often meant losing video game and TV privileges, the said. Asked whether he killed Shakeil the morning of May 26, 2011, Boothe was equally adamant. “No, I did not,� he told the court. “Did you beat him in any way that morning?� his defence lawyer, John Rosen, asked. “No,� Boothe replied. He told the court it was only hours after finding Shakeil’s body that it dawned on him the boy had been murdered. And while he mentioned several times that it was his wife and co-accused Nichelle Boothe-Rowe who had been home that morning — and that she was the one who kept the boy in chains — he stopped short of clearly pointing

work at 5:30 a.m., he said, adding Shakeil otherwise looked fine. He said he left the boy watching TV in the basement, where he had been sleeping after a bed-wetting incident. The first hint that something was wrong came halfway through Boothe’s shift when his wife called “in a panicked state,� he said. Though she didn’t explain what was wrong, her tone convinced him to punch out and rush home, Boothe said. A second call came as the father was driving, he said. “She say, ‘Shakeil, Shakeil, he’s gone,�’ he told the court. But the words didn’t register until Boothe saw the boy lying face down on the basement floor, he testified. When he picked up the child’s body to bring him upstairs, he noticed “there was no life inside of him,� he said. The father said he didn’t notice any injuries on the boy’s face or body. Boothe said he wanted to call 911 but his wife convinced him not to. He realized it would mean “trouble� for all of them, particularly the baby, who would be seized by child-welfare authorities, he said. He initially considered leaving the country, but decided against it, he said.

Former Senate adviser charged with fraud and breach of trust BY THE CANADIAN PRESS MONTREAL — A former Conservative Senate staffer has been swept up in a corruption investigation and is facing charges relating to the awarding of contracts. The RCMP said Monday it has filed five charges against former Senate policy adviser Hubert Pichet, 58. The charges include fraud against the federal government and breach of trust by a public official. “Claiming that he could influence the awarding of contracts, Pichet allegedly received money from companies wanting to do business with the government,� the Mounties said in a statement. An RCMP spokesman declined to comment further on the charges. The Prime Minister’s Office issued a one-line statement about the charges: “Those who break the law must be held responsible for their actions.� A lawyer by trade, Pichet was most recently a Senate policy adviser between 2007 and 2011, but has long had ties to the Tories. He ran unsuccessfully for the Conservatives in the 2008 election. He served as an assistant to Tory senator PierreClaude Nolin and previously worked as an aide to former Conservative prime minister Brian Mulroney. Pichet’s name emerged during 2010 hearings into the controversy over a $9-million contract to renovate Parliament Hill’s West Block that was given to a masonry business owned by Paul Sauve. The RCMP then began investigating the contract. Pichet was linked to the contract through the testimony of the late Gilles Varin, a lobbyist with Conservative ties who Sauve said he paid $140,000 to help him secure the lucrative deal. Pichet is to appear in court on May 1 in Montreal.

Couillard hammers away at PQ, possibility of another sovereignty vote BY THE CANADIAN PRESS

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MONTREAL — Liberal Leader Philippe Couillard says he will make it plain during a leaders debate this week that Quebecers are facing two stark choices on April 7 — a party obsessed with sovereignty and another focused on governing. Couillard hammered away at the Parti Quebecois for its pro-sovereigntist stance Monday, while continuing to backtrack on his comments last week that he would initiate constitutional negotiations with English Canada if he became premier. The Liberal leader now says such talks are not foremost in the minds of Quebecers and that he would get involved only if others initiated the debate. “It’s not an issue that is a top priority for Quebecers...Now if other parts of the country want to open constitutional talks on areas of interest such as the Senate or whatever other subjects come on the carpet, I will participate in those discussions to the extent that Quebec’s demands will also be on the agenda,� he said.

That position has changed considerably since Couillard became Liberal leader, exactly one year ago Monday. At the time, he was hopeful of having a constitutional deal by 2017 — Canada’s 150th birthday. Just last week, he said he was ready to go across the country to press federal, provincial and territorial officials and that he’d try to ensure the recognition of Quebec’s distinctiveness in any constitutional talks. On Monday, Couillard said he’d wait for someone else to trigger the debate. “Right now I’m not hearing anyone in Canada advocating a reopening of constitutional talks,� he said. “Obviously, it’s not going to happen, at least in the near future. If, if, other parts of the country want to have those talks, then we’ll talk about what we’ll do about that.� Couillard said while the constitutional debate is hypothetical, a sovereignty referendum under a Pau-

line Marois-led Parti Quebecois government is not. “The only thing she is interested in is to have a referendum on the separation of Quebec,� Couillard said. “That is her ultimate objective� Earlier on Monday, Coalition Leader Francois Legault stated he would vote no in a sovereignty referendum but stopped short of calling himself as a “federalist.� “I am a nationalist,� said the former PQ cabinet minister. Marois focused on health matters Monday, with her PQ insisting it is hopeful of keeping a 2012 promise to have every Quebecer have a family doctor by 2016. “The things we’ve done are a step in the right direction and gradually everybody will have access to a family doctor, files will be computerized and people will be able to get an appointment in a reasonable length of time,� she said.“ Couillard, Legault, Marois and Francoise David of Quebec solidaire will hold their first televised debate this Thursday night, with a second scheduled for a week later.

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CREA TRIMS OUTLOOK BUT SEES NO MAJOR CORRECTION IN 2014 OR 2015 BY THE CANADIAN PRESS OTTAWA — Canada’s housing market is slowing, but the Canadian Real Estate Association still sees no signs of an strong correction that would disrupt the economy or crash real estate values. In a new forecast released Monday, the national organi-

zation of real estate agencies predicted that sales volumes would continue to grow this year to 463,700 units — a 1.3 per cent gain — over 2013, although that is below the association’s projection in December. The association notes 2014 got off to a slow start this year despite sales of existing homes rising 0.3 per cent in February

compared with January and up 1.9 per cent from a year ago. The modest February increase followed five monthly declines that left activity 9.3 per cent below the peak reached in August 2013. But all the talk of a coming crash is off base, said Gregory Klump, CREA’s chief economist.

Klump said he expects sales to pick up in the spring, with moderately rising mortgage rates to “pinch” affordability in the second half of 2014, although the higher rates will likely come in conjunction with a stronger economy. “Marginally higher mortgage rates are likely to counterbalance the lift provided

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by stronger economic and continuing job growth, and restrain the momentum of sales activity,” he explained. The net result, according to CREA, is a slowing but still growing housing market, with average home prices continuing to track north although at a more leisurely pace.

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Meat training centre opens in time to host convention BY HARLEY RICHARDS ADVOCATE BUSINESS EDITOR

Photo by JEFF STOKOE/Advocate staff

A framing crew works on the Microtel Inns & Suites hotel, which is being constructed in Gasoline Alley on Leva Avenue, In addition to the four-storey 100-room hotel, a Boston Pizza and a Sunset Grill restaurant are also being developed on the site. The hotel will have a pool and waterslide, as well as a fitness area and meeting rooms. Microtel is part of the Wyndham Hotel Group, and is known as an upper-end economy brand.

Clarity, balance suggested for Municipal Act changes BY HARLEY RICHARDS ADVOCATE BUSINESS EDITOR

Improved clarity when it comes to the use of offsite levies and a greater balance between taxes paid by residential and business property owners were among the suggestions made in Red Deer last week during discussions about potential changes to Alberta’s Municipal Government Act. About 20 people took part in a meeting on Thursday that focused on the needs of business and industry. It was one of seven sessions held Wednesday to Friday in the city, with the others dealing with the needs of elected officials and municipal administrators, and technical issues related to assessment and taxation, planning and development, and governance and administration. There was also a public open house. Similar consultations are being conducted in 10 other communities across the province. Cameron Traynor, director of communications with the Department of Municipal Affairs, said local participants in the business and industry session came from a variety of backgrounds. “There was a mix in that session, from people

from industry groups, from chambers of commerce, and staff from different municipalities.” Some called for clarification in the Municipal Government Act as to when and where the off-site levies collected from developers can by used by municipalities, said Traynor. “There was discussion around land development issues and assessment of land,” he added, with the issue of business property tax rates versus residential property tax rates also brought up. Another topic was the need for co-operation among municipalities when it comes to streamlining regulations that govern businesses operating in more than one jurisdiction. Traynor said those who weren’t able to take part in the consultation sessions can still do so online at mgareview.alberta.ca. Ultimately, he added, participants will hear a summary of the comments collected, and recommendations for change will be developed. “There will be a gathering up of all that information, there will be a reporting back, and then government will have to synthesize the information, review it all, and then there will be decisions made as to what changes to the act to make. “The goal is to have a new act ready for introduction in the legislature in 2015.” hrichards@reddeeradvocate.com

BY THE CANADIAN PRESS TORONTO — CIBC president and chief executive Gerry McCaughey earned $10.01 million in total compensation last year, according to documents filed ahead of the bank’s (TSX:CM) annual meeting next month. The pay packet was up from the $9.93 million he received from the bank in 2012. McCaughey’s compensation for 2013 included a base salary of $1.5 million, $3.74 million in share-based awards, $935,880 in option-based awards and a $3.12-million cash bonus. The value of his pension earned for the year amounted to $717,000.

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That compared with a base salary of $1.5 million, $1.92 million in sharebased awards, $960,000 in optionsbased awards, a cash bonus of $2.94 million and $1.92 million in long-term incentives in 2012. The value of McCaughey’s pension earned in 2012 amounted to $687,000. Richard Nesbitt, CIBC’s chief operating officer, was the second-highest paid executive at the bank with a total of nearly $7.41 million for last year, up from $7.36 million in 2012. Chief financial officer Kevin Glass earned $2.57 million, up from nearly $2.36 million, while David Williamson, group head of retail and business banking, earned $4.43 million, up from $4.13 million. Victor Dodig, group head of wealth management, earned $3.97 million, up from $3.26 million. CIBC’s annual meeting will be held April 24 in Montreal.

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These weekend was a busy one for Brad McLeod. The National Meat Training Centre at Olds College, of which McLeod is co-ordinator, played host to the Alberta Food Processors Association’s 2014 meat convention. There were workshops, courses and competitions, with 70-plus people taking part. A year ago, the centre would have been unable to handle the associated demands. But it had celebrated the official reopening of its expanded and modernized facilities on Friday, and consequently was able to accommodate the convention. Previously known simply as the Olds College meat processing program, the National Meat Training Centre underwent a facelift from May to January. Its slaughter floor was expanded, separate rooms created for different aspects of production, and the cooler and meat cutting room enlarged. “Before, we could only do one thing at a time in the plant,” said McLeod, explaining that one day would be dedicated to slaughtering, and then others to specific applications like cutting or sausagemaking. “We had to have a cleanup and separation between all of these processes. “Now we can, theoretically, run all of the processes all of the time.” There’s space to conduct courses for industry, without disrupting instruction of Olds Collage students in the meat processing program, he added. The centre also benefited from a badly-needed modernization. “Our facility was built in 1969, and the food safety requirements have changed since then,” said McLeod. The additional room also means more students can be accepted into the college’s 15-week program. Previously the limit was 12; now it’s 18. “We plan to run 24,” said McLeod. “So it would have doubled our output of students.” Those students are from across Canada, and beyond. “Our students come from all over the world,” said McLeod. The appeal of the program is its comprehensive training, from slaughter to retail. “We’re the only program that does all of these things.” And the training is in demand. “The students all have jobs, and a lot of them have jobs before they come,” said McLeod. He considers the National Meat Training Centre to be a partner of industry, with meat-cutting businesses providing input into the types of training needed for future employees and existing ones.

BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

NEWSWEEK STORY

LOS ANGELES — The man Newsweek claimed is the creator of bitcoin has hired a lawyer in an attempt to clear his name, repeating a denial he made to The Associated Press more than a week ago that he has never had anything to do with the digital currency. In a statement issued by his lawyer, Ethan Kirschner, Dorian Satoshi Nakamoto said Monday that he “did not create, invent or otherwise work on” bitcoin. In the magazine’s return to print this month after more than a year, Newsweek’s cover story declared Nakamoto to be the “face behind bitcoin.” Despite the repeated denials, the magazine has stood behind the story. Nakamoto, 64, did not say whether he plans to sue the magazine. Nakamoto repeated that he had not

heard of bitcoin until his son told him a reporter asked about it in mid-February. He said he has not been able to find steady work for 10 years and had cancelled his Internet service last year “due to severe financial distress.” Nakamoto added that he is trying to recover from prostate surgery in 2012 and a stroke he suffered last October. “My prospects for gainful employment has been harmed because of Newsweek’s article,” he said in the statement. “Newsweek’s false report has been the source of a great deal of confusion and stress for myself, my 93-year-old mother, my siblings, and their families.”

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Diversified and Industrials Agrium Inc. . . . . . . . . . . 103.83 ATCO Ltd.. . . . . . . . . . . . 52.73 BCE Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47.07 BlackBerry . . . . . . . . . . . 10.13 Bombardier . . . . . . . . . . . . 4.11 Brookfield . . . . . . . . . . . . 43.79 Cdn. National Railway . . 62.63 Cdn. Pacific Railway. . . 171.14 Cdn. Utilities . . . . . . . . . . 40.14 Capital Power Corp . . . . 24.89 Cervus Equipment Corp 23.10 Dow Chemical . . . . . . . . 49.00 Enbridge Inc. . . . . . . . . . 49.32 Finning Intl. Inc. . . . . . . . 30.51 Fortis Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . 31.32 General Motors Co. . . . . 34.63 Parkland Fuel Corp. . . . . 21.27 Sirius XM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SNC Lavalin Group. . . . . 46.73 Stantec Inc. . . . . . . . . . . 67.82 Telus Corp. . . . . . . . . . . . 38.49 Transalta Corp.. . . . . . . . 12.77 TransCanada . . . . . . . . . 49.80 Consumer Canadian Tire . . . . . . . . 100.52 Gamehost . . . . . . . . . . . . 14.51 Leon’s Furniture . . . . . . . 15.85 Loblaw Ltd. . . . . . . . . . . . 45.82 Maple Leaf Foods. . . . . . 16.63 MARKETS CLOSE TORONTO — The Toronto stock market chalked up a slight gain Monday as traders looked beyond the weekend vote that saw an overwhelming number of Crimeans opt to break from Ukraine and join Russia. Traders are now looking to see what level of sanctions will ultimately be imposed against Russia for its part in backing the referendum. The S&P/TSX composite index edged up 4.23 points to 14,231.89, held back by a steep slide in gold stocks as bullion backed off after running up sharply last week ahead of the vote. The Canadian dollar was up 0.34 of a cent to 90.47 cents US. U.S. indexes surged amid data showing that U.S. factory production rose 0.8 per cent in February, nearly reversing a 0.9 per cent plunge in January that was due mainly to weather. The Dow Jones industrials jumped 181.55 points to 16,247.22, the Nasdaq advanced 34.55 points to 4,279.95 and the S&P 500 index gained 17.7 points to 1,858.83. The European Union slapped travel bans and asset freezes on 21 people from Russia and Crimea they have linked to the push for secession. Also, U.S. President Barack Obama signed an executive order that targeted seven Russian government officials for sanctions. And the U.S. Treasury Department is imposing sanctions on four Ukrainians, including former president Viktor Yanukovych. Prime Minister Stephen Harper said his government is also putting economic sanctions and travel restrictions on senior people in Russia, Ukraine and Crimea. Meanwhile, Imperial Oil (TSX:IMO) is selling its interest in assets in Boundary Lake, Cynthia/West Pembina and Rocky Mountain House in Western Canada to Whitecap Resources Inc. (TSX:WCP) for approximately $855 million. Imperial shares added 10 cents to $51.17. Whitecap shares were up 81

Rona Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . 11.15 Shoppers . . . . . . . . . . . . 60.52 Tim Hortons . . . . . . . . . . 60.98 Wal-Mart . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74.68 WestJet Airlines . . . . . . . 23.78 Mining Barrick Gold . . . . . . . . . . 22.62 Cameco Corp. . . . . . . . . 26.76 First Quantum Minerals . 19.16 Goldcorp Inc. . . . . . . . . . 30.89 Hudbay Minerals. . . . . . . . 8.49 Kinross Gold Corp. . . . . . . 5.45 Potash Corp.. . . . . . . . . . 37.84 Sherritt Intl. . . . . . . . . . . . . 3.36 Teck Resources . . . . . . . 23.23 Energy Arc Energy . . . . . . . . . . . 29.20 Badger Daylighting Ltd. . 33.62 Baker Hughes. . . . . . . . . 62.80 Bonavista . . . . . . . . . . . . 15.80 Bonterra Energy . . . . . . . 53.45 Cdn. Nat. Res. . . . . . . . . 39.90 Cdn. Oil Sands Ltd. . . . . 21.59 Canyon Services Group. 12.04 Cenovous Energy Inc. . . 29.47 CWC Well Services . . . . . 0.88 Encana Corp. . . . . . . . . . 22.54 Essential Energy. . . . . . . . 2.61 Exxon Mobil . . . . . . . . . . 94.32 cents to $12.34 on very heavy volume of 14 million shares on the TSX after the company also issued improved production figures and hiked its annual dividend payout to 75 cents a year from 68 cents. And the Wall Street Journal reported that gas giant Encana (TSX:ECA) is in advanced talks to sell its Wyoming natural gas fields to private equity firm Carlyle Group for about $2 billion. Its shares climbed eight cents to $22.54. The TSX base metals sector was the leading advancer, up 1.24 per cent with copper unchanged at US$2.95 a pound after a string of negative data from China sent prices down eight per cent last week. The energy sector was up 0.1 per cent as April crude dipped 81 cents to US$98.08 a barrel. Financials and industrials also provided lift for the TSX. Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B) is one of four companies picked to supply a total of 1,064 locomotives to South Africa’s state-owned freight rail system. The total contract is worth about $5.16 billion but Bombardier’s announcement didn’t disclose how much its share was worth. Its shares gained 19 cents to $4.11. The gold sector gave back about 3.3 per cent as gold prices faded $6.10 to US$1,372.90 an ounce. MARKET HIGHLIGHTS TORONTO — Highlights at close Monday. Stocks: S&P/TSX Composite Index — 14,231.89, up 4.23 points TSX Venture Exchange — 1,034.14, up 0.50 of a point TSX 60 — 816.07, up 1.03 points Dow — 16,247.22, up 181.55 points S&P 500 — 1,858.83, up 17.70 points Nasdaq — 4,279.95, up 34.55 points Currencies at close: Cdn — 90.47 cents US, up 0.34 of a cent

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Petcetera to file for creditor protection BY THE CANADIAN PRESS Pet supply store Petcetera said Monday it plans to file for creditor protection in hopes of restructuring its operations. The retailer, which has 18 stores across the country, also said it will cut the price on everything in its stores to help generate cash while it files its notice of intention to make a proposal under the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act. Petcetera has more than 300 employees in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and Nova Scotia. The privately held company said it will review all areas of its business, including the number and locations of stores, as part of its restructuring. The extent of restructuring will directly depend on the success of the inventory liquidation sale, Petcetera said in a statement. In 2009, Petcetera closed 31 of its stores as part of a restructuring. Petcetera sells supplies for pet owners as well as offers services including pet hospitals, grooming, obedience school and doggy daycare centres.

BlackBerry lays off 120 employees BlackBerry (TSX:BB) has laid off 120 employees in its product development and wireless technology divisions as part of an ongoing cost-cutting plan, the company said Monday. The reductions were centred at its headquarters in Waterloo, Ont., where most of its staff are based. The move is part of a plan announced last year to lower expenses, partly through the elimination of about 40 per cent of the company’s workforce. “BlackBerry is working hard to return to profitability and we continue to optimize our resources to meet our mandatory operational targets,” the company said in a statement. “We recognize our local employees’ hard work on behalf of our company and the difficulty of this news.” BlackBerry has also been looking for other ways to lower costs and

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squeeze more money from assets as the smartphone maker tries to reposition itself with business customers. In December, the company sold a handful of buildings to the University of Waterloo for $41 million under an agreement that would allow the company to lease back some of them for up to five years. Earlier this month, BlackBerry sold its U.S. headquarters in Irving, Texas, to Brookfield Property Group for an undisclosed amount. The company plans to lease back at least part of the six-building location.

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BITCOIN: Creator’s name believed to be a pseudonym Newsweek said in a statement that it “has not received any statement or letter from either Mr. Nakamoto or his legal counsel. If and when we do, we will respond as necessary.” On March 6, the day Newsweek posted its story online, about a dozen journalists descended on the home where Nakamoto lives with his mother in Temple City, Calif. Nakamoto denied ever being involved with bitcoin multiple times, including during an exclusive two-hour interview with the AP in which he discussed his life, career, family and addressed the assertions in Newsweek’s piece. The magazine developed its thesis on the creator’s identity by matching Nakamoto’s name, educational history, career, political views and writing style to the alleged creator of bitcoin, who has been known only as “Satoshi Nakamoto.” Many believe the name to be a pseudonym. It’s not clear whether Nakamoto sought out legal counsel or was approached after the story and his denial reverberated around the globe. Kirschner’s website says he handles business and entertainment matters, and a listing on movie database IMDbPro indicates that the rapper KRS-One is a former client. Kirschner graduated from law school at the University of Minnesota and became qualified to practice in California in 2005, according to the State Bar of California. His office is on a residential street in the hip Echo Park neighbourhood of Los Angeles. Nakamoto said his statement will be his last public statement on the matter. Neither he nor his lawyer responded to requests for further comment. In the days since the Newsweek story and Nakamoto’s denial made headlines, a barrage of criticism has been levelled at the magazine. Meanwhile, Nakamoto has been the target of charitable donations. Nearly 1,900 people have contributed bitcoins worth about $29,000 to an account created by bitcoin entrepreneur Andreas Antonopoulos. Antonopoulos said on the website Reddit.com that it seems “increasingly unlikely” that Nakamoto was indeed the digital currency’s creator and that the fund was created to “soften the damage caused by irresponsible journalism.” Antonopoulos said he plans to convert the bitcoins into U.S. dollars at the end of March and deliver them to Dorian Nakamoto or donate them to a charity of his choice.

MEAT: County pledges funds They also play an important role in financing the centre’s operations — as do community supporters like Mountain View County, which recently

pledged $60,000 to the centre. “Community support for the National Meat Training Centre at Olds College is essential, as this is one of our programs that receives no base government funding,” said Tanya McDonald, associate vice-president of research and learning enterprises at Olds College. “The program survives off of profits earned from the National Meat Training Centre retail outlet, student tuition, and donations from the community and industry.” Additional information about the National Meat Training Centre at Olds College and the meat processing program can be found by going to www. oldscollege.ca, and then choosing Programs & Courses, followed by Animal Sciences and then Meat Processing. hrichards@reddeeradvocate.com

HOUSING: Predicts rise in prices It predicts the average Canadian home price will rise by 3.8 per cent to $397,000 in 2014 and another 1.1 per cent to $401,400 in 2015. CIBC deputy chief economist Benjamin Tal, who follows the real estate sector closely, said he is not as optimistic as CREA about the direction of the market, but agrees there are no strong indicators of a housing correction — which some analysts have said could plunge prices by 20 to 30 per cent price over the next few years. “I think the spring, although it will be OK, won’t be a strong spring ... in fact it will be the weakest spring in a while,” he said. “But not a crashing number,” he added. “There is no trigger for a sudden crash. We need something big to happen for this market to derail, we would need a huge interest rate increase (or) you need some kind of recession.” Tal said the best case scenario is for an orderly slowing of the market, something he believes is happening. Klump cautioned that housing is a localized sector, so some of the national numbers may not reflect what is happening in individual municipalities and regions. For instance, average prices of homes sold in February are up 10.1 per cent from a year ago, but some of that reflects heavy activity in some of the country’s hottest and most expensive markets. Bank of Montreal economist Robert Kavcic noted that the median city price increase was only three per cent over last February, meaning half of Canadian cities are seeing average prices increase by less than that amount. Vancouver, Toronto, Edmonton and Calgary saw year-over-year resale prices gain 11.3, 8.3, 7.7 and 4.9 respectively from last February. Meanwhile, prices in Regina fell 3.2 per cent and were down 2.2 per cent in Winnipeg, while Ottawa and Montreal had moderate gains of 1.8 and 0.4 per cent respectively. CREA sees resales trending higher this spring, riding the wave of slightly lower mortgage and qualifying rates and in part due to catch-up for the unusually cold winter, which might have depressed sales.

Walmart marks 20th anniversary in Canada When retail giant Walmart burst onto the Canadian marketplace 20 years ago, the company ushered in a shopping revolution that changed what consumers expected from their local stores. Many trends have since come and gone — from big box centres to online shopping alternatives — but the U.S. powerhouse has cultivated a loyalty with consumers that most of its competitors would envy. “They’ve been successful at getting into the shopping routine of Canadians,” said Brynn Winegard, a marketing analyst at Winegard and Company. “New entrants to this market aren’t doing that as well.” Canadian shoppers are a fickle bunch and traditionally many of them don’t warm to U.S. companies that open north of the border. While Target Corp. is the most recent example of an American company that has struggled to connect with Canadians, others like Krispy Kreme, the Outback Steakhouse and even Walmart-owned Sam’s Club have closed stores as their popularity faded. Walmart has avoided most obstacles and launched a steady number of new stores over the years. The discount chain got its start in this country with the acquisition of 122 Woolco stores on March 17, 1994. Since then, Walmart Canada has more than tripled in size and employs nearly six times as many people. Walmart has 389 stores and more than 95,000 associates, up from 16,000 employees in 1994. The company says it plans a number of initiatives this year to mark its 20 years in this country, including a Toronto event that it’s calling a national “cost of living summit.” It says the event will bring together consumers, business leaders and others to help address financial challenges for Canadian families.

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Daughter-in-law making bad choices Dear Annie: My husband and without mentioning Veronica. I are seriously concerned about Call and inquire whether she’d my 19-year-old sister-in-law, like to see her grandchild. We “Veronica.” She came to stay hope she will agree. with us a few months ago beDear Annie: I don’t see happy cause she was havletters very often in ing a hard time at your column. There my mother-in-law’s are some of us out house. We did not here who are OK. ask for any money. I am 62. I have All we asked was a used car and not that she clean up much money, work is after herself and sporadic, and I’m the respect a curfew so happiest person ever. she wouldn’t wake I have the best girlour infant. friend in the whole Everything was world. We have been OK for a few weeks, together for two years and then she startand plan on many MITCHELL ed spending a lot of more. & SUGAR time with “John.” My biggest probEvery time she lem is trying to figwalked in the house, ure out how to repay she reeked of mariher for being the best juana. She later told me that companion I could ever imagine John is a drug dealer. He was and giving me a second chance kicked out of his house, and she in life. Life is good. — D. has been letting him sleep in Dear D.: You’ve made our her car. day. Advice columns are inLast weekend, we spotted the tended to help people who have two of them smoking pot in front problems and need guidance, of our house. That was the last but it’s wonderful to hear from straw. someone who is happy and satMy husband asked her to isfied. We hope you will take leave the next day. We told my this letter and give it to your mother-in-law in the hope that girlfriend. We think it will make Veronica would get some help, her day, too. but the entire thing has spun Dear Annie: I understand how out of control, and my mother- “That’s My Lot in Life” feels. He in-law is no longer speaking to says his mother visits his sister us. often, but even though he knows We have since learned that she loves him, she never makes most of Veronica’s friends have the effort to visit his home. I stopped contact because of her sympathize. relationship with John. We also I have a brother who goes all learned that he was robbed and over the country but has never, held at gunpoint in her car. in the 50 years we’ve been marWe worry for her safety if she ried, been to our home. My parcontinues to hang around John, ents, one aunt and one cousin but my mother-in-law refuses have visited, but no other memto believe a word we say and bers of my family can manage continues to enable Veronica’s to come. When I send Christmas behavior. cards, I always remind them My husband is heartbroken that they “do not need passports over this. We don’t want our ba- to get into West Virginia,” but by to be without a grandmother. nobody takes the hint. How can we make her see that When my father died, I told we are not the bad guys? — Sad my son I would probably never in California see my family again, as we simDear Sad: Mom cannot face ply can’t afford to travel that up to dealing with Veronica, far, and they won’t travel here. and you have dropped the girl It really hurts. The only time back in her lap. She is frustrat- we talk to them is if we call. — ed and worried and taking it out Little Sister on you. Veronica is an adult and Please email your questions to must make her own choices, anniesmailbox@comcast.net, or good or bad. write to: Annie’s Mailbox, c/o CreTry to reestablish a relation- ators Syndicate, 737 3rd Street, ship with your mother-in-law Hermosa Beach, CA 90254.

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cilities. Heeding the advice of her mother-in-law, who raised five children, Herzog set a timer to go off every 20 minutes, at which point Liam was taken to the bathroom to see if he had to go, and to get him used to sitting on the potty. “Some of them have a really hard time getting on the potty at first, some kids are really scared of the potty or the toilet,” says Herzog, who has a five-year-old son and is expecting her third child in mid-April. On his first day of potty training, Liam held off having a bowel movement the whole day. Knowing he was a “twice-a-day pooper,” she and her husband knew something was amiss when 10 p.m. rolled around and her toddler hadn’t gone. “We sat down with him and we read books, and we told him to push his poop into the water in the toilet. He didn’t want to at first, but eventually they have to go. He was nervous his first time on the toilet, the look of fear in his eyes, he didn’t know what was happening,” she recalls, laughing at the memory.

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A breath of fresh Eire

COOKS TELL THE STORY OF REAL IRISH FOOD BY BONNIE S. BENWICK ADVOCATE NEWS SERVICES You can smell it before the bowl hits the table: chunks of beef, potatoes, onions and carrots, all glistening in a gravy that hints of Guinness, Worcestershire sauce and herbs. It’s the stew served at just about every Stateside pub that sports a Celtic font. Except it’s not really Irish. “Definitely gives people the wrong idea,” says chef-restaurateur Cathal Armstrong, who just published My Irish Table: Recipes From the Homeland and Restaurant Eve, with co-author David Hagedorn (Ten Speed Press). The Irish stew in their book is closer to the real deal, but even that recipe calls for the non-traditional step of first searing the meat — lamb on the bone — to give it colour. Armstrong confirms that a thin, bland broth, onions and potatoes are the other authentic components. The only thickener is the spuds, which you’d mash with the back of your fork, he says. And, after offering a brief history of the dish, he ends with an unlikely general assessment: “Realistically, it’s not that good.” Armstrong suspects our pervasive pub versions have been beefed up to keep restaurant costs in line (lamb is more expensive) and to cater to Ameri-

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This Irish Stew is a little closer to the real deal, but still adapted for more contemporary tastes. can palates that are, on the whole, not into the other red meat. The story of real Irish food was what Armstrong wanted to tell, through personal remembrance and simplified recipes. Early reviews have responded with enthusiasm. The book also reflects the journey of his flag-

ship Alexandria restaurant, which turns 10 this year. (Not to be missed: his ode to the blue cheese of Cashel, in County Tipperary, and a savory corned beef.) It’s a testament to modern Ireland that its cuisine can pay homage to a past marked by deprivation even as it celebrates

all that’s now grown and raised in country. In Irish Table, and in two other recent Irish titles we cooked from to usher in St. Patrick’s Day, you’ll find fish pies and Dublin coddles. But odds are good that you’ll also be marking the pages for homemade bran flakes and crustless spinach pies. Erin, go brag.

IT’S A TESTAMENT TO MODERN IRELAND THAT ITS CUISINE CAN PAY HOMAGE TO A PAST MARKED BY DEPRIVATION EVEN AS IT CELEBRATES ALL THAT’S NOW GROWN AND RAISED IN COUNTRY. water bath. Cool and drain. Combine the butter, anchovy paste, mace, nutmeg, lemon zest and cayenne pepper in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat, stirring until the butter has melted. Add the cooked shrimp and stir to coat; cook for no more than 3 minutes, then divide the coated prawns (but not the sauce; leave it in the pan) evenly among the ramekins. Refrigerate for 1 hour. Once the shrimp has chilled, reheat the sauce over medium-low heat (so it’s pourable). Divide among the ramekins; you should be able to completely cover the prawns in each one. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 days before serving.

IRISH STEW MAKES: 4 to 6 servings PREPARATION: The stew can be refrigerated for up to 3 days. INGREDIENTS 1 1/2 pounds lamb shoulder 5 3/4 cups no-salt-added chicken broth or vegetable broth 1 pound russet potatoes 4 ounces carrots 4 ounces leeks 4 ounces celery 4 ounces white or green cabbage 1 medium onion 1 bouquet garni, tied with kitchen twine (a few stems parsley and thyme and a bay leaf) Kosher salt Freshly ground black pepper 14 ounces home-cooked or canned, no-salt-added cannellini beans (optional) 1 tablespoon chopped flat-leaf parsley, for garnish STEPS Cut the lamb into 1-inch pieces, discarding as much visible fat as possible as you work. Combine the lamb and broth in a Dutch oven or heavy-bottomed pot. Bring to a boil over high heat; skim off and discard any foam and fat from the surface. Reduce the heat to medium-low; cook, uncovered, for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, peel the potatoes, then cut them into 1-inch pieces. Scrub the carrots well, then cut them into 1-inch pieces. Cut the white and light-green parts of the leeks into 1-inch pieces; soak in a bowl of water without disturbing them, then rinse well and drain. Cut the celery, cabbage and onion into 1-inch pieces. Add all of the vegetables and the bouquet garni to the pot; increase the heat to high just to bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium-low. Season lightly with salt and pepper. Cook, uncovered, for 20 to 25 minutes or until the lamb is tender. Add the cannellini beans, if using; cook for a few minutes, just until warmed through. Taste, and adjust the seasoning as needed. Serve hot, sprinkled with parsley.

SPINACH PIES MAKES: 6 servings INGREDIENTS 20 ounces fresh baby spinach, rinsed 1 medium white onion, chopped 2 large eggs, beaten 10 ounces low-fat cottage cheese, preferably small-curd 10 ounces freshly grated ParmigianoReggiano cheese 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg Edible flowers, for garnish (optional) STEPS Heat a wide saucepan of water over medium-high heat; seat a steamer basket above the water level. Place half of the spinach in the steamer. Cover and steam until just wilted, then drain and coarsely

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ABOVE: Spinach Pies are a quick and easy way to present good-foryou-greens as a side dish or light lunch. BELOW: Potted Prawns is a traditional Irish recipe, with the key ingredient a tiny amount of mace.

MAKES: 12 servings PREPARATION: The terrine needs to be refrigerated overnight. The jam and terrine can be refrigerated (separately) for up to 3 days. INGREDIENTS For the terrine 4 ounces (1 cup) coarsely chopped pecans 1 pound Cashel Blue cheese For the jam 2 small apples, such as Bramley, Granny Smith or Pink Lady, peeled, cored and coarsely chopped 1/2 cup sugar 1/2 cup honey 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice For assembly 2 heads (about 8 cups) frisee 2 tablespoons finely minced shallot 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

chop. Press with paper towels to remove as much moisture from the spinach as possible, then transfer to a large bowl. Repeat with the remaining spinach. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Use cooking oil spray to grease the tartlet pans, then arrange them on a rimmed baking sheet. Add the onion to the spinach, along with the eggs, cottage cheese, Parmigiano-Reggiano, pepper and nutmeg; stir to blend well. Divide evenly among the tartlet pans. Bake for 25 to 35 minutes, until barely browned on the edges and set at the center. Wait 5 minutes before dislodging from the tartlet pans. Serve warm or at room temperature, garnished with the edible flowers, if using.

POTTED PRAWNS MAKES: 4 servings PREPARATION: The cooked prawns need to cool in the refrigerator for 1 hour.

The potted prawns need to be refrigerated for at least 2 days (to blend the flavors) before serving. INGREDIENTS 2 tablespoons sea salt, for the cooking water 1 pound small Atlantic prawns (shrimp), peeled and deveined (40- or 60-count) 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into chunks 2 tablespoons anchovy paste 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated mace Pinch freshly grated nutmeg Grated zest of 1/2 lemon 1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper STEPS Combine 4 cups of water and the salt in a pot over high heat. Fill a bowl with water and ice cubes. Once the salted water comes to a rolling boil, add the shrimp. Cook for no more than 3 minutes; the shrimp will be barely opaque. Use a Chinese skimmer or wide slotted spoon to transfer them to the ice-

STEPS For the terrine: Preheat the oven to 300 degrees. Spread the pecans in a pie plate; toast for 10 minutes until lightly browned and fragrant. Cool completely. Line an 8- or 9-inch loaf pan with plastic wrap, leaving a generous overlap on all sides. Crumble the cheese, letting it fall into a mixing bowl. Add the toasted pecans and toss gently to incorporate, then pack the mixture firmly into the loaf pan. Seal/cover with the plastic wrap. Refrigerate at least overnight or up to 3 days. For the jam: Combine the apples, sugar, honey and lemon juice in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat; cook until the fruit is syrupy, about 5 minutes. Reduce the heat to medium and cook for about 10 minutes, stirring until the apples are soft and caramelized. Remove from the heat; use the back of a fork to mash into a coarse jam. Cool completely. For assembly: Gently separate the frisee leaves and place in a mixing bowl. Add the shallot, oil and salt; toss to coat and incorporate. Unmold the terrine; cut into 12 equal slices. Place one slice on each plate, then arrange a small mound of the salad next to it, along with a dollop of the jam.


ENTERTAINMENT

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Author L’Wren Scott, fashion designer, Jagger’s girlfriend, found dead returns home to promote first book

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Photo shows singer Mick Jagger, right, with designer L‚‘Wren Scott after her Fall 2012 collection was modeled during Fashion Week, in New York. Scott, a fashion designer, was found dead Monday, in Manhattan of a possible suicide. line and a fragrance. In 2011 came a handbag line, in 2012 an eyewear collection, and late last year, a collaboration with Banana Republic for a line of affordable clothes. Though her studio is based in London, Scott presented her runway shows in New York until recently. They were exclusive A-list affairs like few others. Scott was adopted by Mormon parents and raised in Roy, Utah, which had a population of less than 10,000 at the time. As a teenager, she developed a love of clothes and made her own on the sewing machine, according to biographical notes from London Fashion Week. She made her way to Paris after high school where, aided by her height and striking looks, she found work as a model for some prominent photographers. Scott also designed a huge wardrobe for boyfriend Jagger to wear during the Rolling Stones’ 50 and Counting anniversary tour. The band is currently on its 14 On Fire tour, scheduled to play six concerts in Australia beginning Wednesday in Perth, according to the RollingStones.com website.

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Photo shows, from left, Vivian Campbell, Phil Collen, Rick Savage, Joe Elliott, and Rick Allen, of group Def Leppard in Los Angeles. Kiss and Def Leppard are joining forces for a summer tour. The legendary bands will embark on a U.S. tour June 23 in West Valley City, Utah.

Rock bands Kiss, Def Leppard pair up for 40-date summer tour NEW YORK — Kiss and Def Leppard are joining forces for a summer tour. The legendary bands will embark on a U.S. tour June 23 in West Valley City, Utah. They will play more than 40 dates, including Los Angeles; Austin, Texas; Nashville, Tenn.; Atlanta; and Tampa, Fla. The tour wraps Aug. 31 in Woodlands, Texas. Tickets go on sale Friday. “You have two bands who to one degree or another have stood the test of time and put them together and you’ll have a great night of music,” said Paul Stanley of Kiss in an interview. “We’re living in a time now where everyone wants more for their money, and that’s understandable. So, when you can get two bands to collaborate together, we couldn’t pick a better band for this tour than Def Leppard to go out with us.” Def Leppard’s Joe El-

liott said it’s not likely the two bands will perform together. “We’re not jam bands either of us,” Elliott said in an interview from Dublin. “It’s very theatrical what Kiss does to a lesser extent obviously ’cause we don’t do the makeup thing, our show runs like a military op-

eration for sure. It’s not like the Grateful Dead and Phish touring or something.” Kiss and Def Leppard are partnering with various military companies for the tour to support U.S. troops, including the United Service Organizations Inc. and Hiring Our Heroes. Kiss will be induct-

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Red Deer born-and-raised author Lise Guyanne Pomerleau is returning to home turf to promote her first book, Becoming Sand. It’s the first stop on her provincewide book tour. “It’s an Alberta story with an Alberta family, based on fact but it is fictionalized and I think many people of a variety of backgrounds will be interested in this book and the people that came from Eastern Canada to become pioneers in the West,” Pomerleau, 57, said. Pomerleau will be at Sunworks in downtown Red Deer on Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. to meet the public and sign copies of her book, which was published in December 2012. She’s sold over 400 copies to date and said Red Deer has been Lise Guyanne “very supportive” of her work, Pomerleau making it the perfect location to launch her tour. After 32 years in the education sector, Pomerleau, who was one of the first French immersion teachers in Red Deer at Grandview Elementary, made the jump into creative writing, a longtime dream. She had been researching and working on Becoming Sand for the past three decades and after retiring, she finally had time to put it all together. The novel begins in Quebec in the 1600s and traces one family’s lineage to Alberta in the 1960s where heritage and culture begin to crumble. The story is close to the author’s heart. Her own father’s family was French-Canadian, from the Beauce region of Quebec, and journeyed to Alberta to start a new life. “My grandmothers on both sides always told us stories and I was really inspired by them and interested in the past and what had happened to people, and how they had arrived to the place they were at,” Pomerleau said. She is working on her second novel, which will follow a family in Saskatchewan struggling through the Great Depression. Like her first book, it too is influenced by her own history as her mother’s family, of Scottish and Manx descent, were pioneers in the Prairies in the early 1900s. Pomerleau now lives in Nanton, south of High River, with her husband, Jeremy Mayne, an artist who was also born and raised in Red Deer. She planned to start her book tour last summer but had to reschedule due to the serve flooding that forced her relocation. Pomerleau’s next stop is Edmonton, followed by several throughout Southern Alberta. Becoming Sand is available at Sunworks and Chapters in Red Deer as well as numerous other book stores in Calgary. For more information, visit www. lgpomerleau.com. rfrancoeur@reddeeradvocate.com

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NEW YORK — L’Wren Scott, who left her smalltown Utah home as a teenager to become a model in Paris, then a top Hollywood stylist and finally a highend fashion designer best known as the longtime girlfriend of Mick Jagger, has died in what was being investigated as an apparent suicide. Scott was found dead in her Manhattan apartment at 10 a.m. Monday; no note was found and there was no sign of foul play, police said. The designer had texted her assistant 90 minutes earlier and asked her to come to her apartment but didn’t say why. She was found kneeling with a scarf wrapped around her neck that had been tied to the handle of a French door, police said. Her spokesperson requested privacy for her family and friends. Just last month Scott, who was believed to be 49 but had not disclosed her precise age, cancelled her London Fashion Week show, due to reported production delays. Jagger’s representative said the singer was “completely shocked and devastated by the news” of her death. Scott, whose elegant designs in lush fabrics were favoured by celebrities like Madonna, Nicole Kidman, Oprah Winfrey, Penelope Cruz and first lady Michelle Obama, was a fixture on Jagger’s arm since she met the Rolling Stones frontman in 2001. On red carpets, the striking 6-foot-3 designer towered over her famous 5-foot-10 boyfriend. In 2006, five years after they became a couple, Scott founded her eponymous label, with an initial collection based on the “Little Black Dress.” She became known for designs that had a vintage feel and bared little skin, like her famous “headmistress” dress — prim, with three-quarter sleeves, but also close-fitting and stylish. Madonna was one of those who wore the dress. “This is a horrible and tragic loss,” the singer said in a statement released by her publicist. “I’m so upset. I loved L’Wren’s work and she was always so generous with me.” Anna Wintour, editor in chief of Vogue, called Scott “a total perfectionist, someone who absolutely embodied everything her marvelous clothes stood for: strength of character combined with a confident and powerful style. In person, L’Wren was always unbelievably generous, gracious, kind, and so much fun. Her old world American manners and charm were from another time, but her sensibility was always fiercely modern.” And supermodel Naomi Campbell, a close friend, wrote on WhoSay that Scott was “the epitome of elegance and femininity yet still had a girlish quality. I will miss her honesty and I will miss her friendship. My heart goes out to Mick and all who loved her and were loved by her.” In 2009 Scott introduced a shoe collection, and in 2010 she collaborated with Lancome on a makeup


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FRONT SAFEWAY FUNDRAISER FOR DISABLED, SPECIAL OLYMPICS Red Deer Safeway customers have the opportunity to help raise funds and awareness for people with developmental disabilities and Special Olympics Alberta from now until Friday. Customers can donate $2 when they’re at the till, receiving five AirMiles Reward Miles in return. All funds go directly to Special Olympics to support programs and help local families participate. The annual campaign, first launched in 2008, raised $2,530 last year. Across Western Canada, $419,595 was raised for Special Olympics in 2013.

ARTHRITIS SOCIETY OFFERING PAIN MANAGEMENT PROGRAM The Arthritis Society is offering a free Chronic Pain Management program on Wednesday. The program runs from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Dawe Branch of the Red Deer Public Library on 56 Holt St. They will also be hosting an informative program called Arthritis 101 on May 14 at the Dawe Branch. For advanced registration for either program, go to www.arthritis.ca/ab or phone 1-800-321-1433.

TOUR OF SPRING IN THE SKY AT KERRYWOOD NATURE CENTRE The sky is the focus on Saturday at the Kerry Wood Nature Centre. Join an interpreter for a tour of the spring sky at the Family Planetarium event at 1 p.m. Admission is $3 per person or $10 per family at the door. The show starts at 1:10 p.m. Call 403-346-2010 for more information. The centre is located at 6300 45th Ave. in Red Deer.

CORRECTION A photo credit for a Michener Centre classroom photo used with a story about Michener Centre in Saturday’s Advocate had incorrect information. The photo was from the old Michener Centre Archives.

49TH STREET YOUTH SHELTER REVEALS SIGNIFICANT RENOVATIONS BY MURRAY CRAWFORD ADVOCATE STAFF

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Crews from Arbour Care Tree Services work to remove large trees along 30th Avenue north of 67th Street Friday. The removal of the trees is in preparation for road improvement work that will start this summer near the intersection of of 30th Ave. and 67 St.

Innisfail, residents oppose AltaLink route BY PAUL COWLEY ADVOCATE STAFF The Town of Innisfail and more than a dozen area residents are urging AltaLink’s proposed power line route to be changed. Rural residents share similar concerns with the section of power lines that will pass by them and are part of a $350-million project to upgrade transmission lines and facilities in Central Alberta. Many of the 17 people who gathered on Monday at the Alberta Utilities Commission hearing in a Red Deer Gasoline Alley hotel voiced fears about the potential health effects from electromagnetic fields, effects on wildlife, impacts on property values, possible spread of crop diseases such as clubroot, and the blight the new line will impose on the landscape. The Town of Innisfail is not happy with the company’s preferred route, citing its proximity to a burgeoning residential area and the restraints it may pose on future development. Monday marked the fifth day of Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC) hearings before a three-person panel. Harvey and Ruth Lind are thirdgeneration farmers on their land and don’t want to see a power line 450 metres from their home and a new substation within 600 metres. They have many concerns, including

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the amount of noise the high-voltage lines and substation will create. The line would also interfere with a plane runway on their property. Ruth Lind said the family has sunk 80 years of sweat and toil into the picturesque farmland and she doesn’t want to see that effort ruined by power lines that could be put elsewhere. The project has already had an impact on her family. Her daughter moved off the farm because she didn’t want to raise her children near the proposed substation. The family has spent the last three years worrying about what is going to happen with the line. Ivo Wachter has looked into studies around electric and magnetic fields and is concerned about links to cancer. He acknowledges AltaLink has produced research saying the lines are safe but he’s not convinced. “I think it’s a biased position they took.” In its application, AltaLink notes that the World Health Organization and Health Canada have reviewed available research and determined that extremely low frequency electric and magnetic fields pose no long-term health risk. Wachter said he hopes residents’ concerns have been heard. “By participating in this, I believe, I hope, we will be able to make a difference,” he told the panel.

Students in four Red Deer and Sylvan Lake schools will get some extra space in which to learn next year, with local school divisions getting a break on paying for that space. Alberta Education is doling out a total of 132 new and reallocated modular classrooms to school divisions in the province for the 2014/15 school year, including 11 to Central Alberta divisions. The biggest recipient is the Red Deer Catholic division, which has been granted six of the eight portables it had sought. Four classrooms — which can accommodate 25 to 30 students — will go to the overcrowded Notre Dame High School, and another two have been allocated to Camille J. Lerouge School. Board chair Guy Pelletier said the portables will eventually be moved to St. Francis of Assisi Middle School. C.P. Blakely school in Sylvan Lake is also set to receive four modular classrooms next year. With 450 students in a 380 student-capacity space, the school library and staff room have been used as classrooms for K-5 students this year.

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Modulars to add space to schools BY MYLES FISH ADVOCATE STAFF

After 5-year wait, hepatitis C victims unite for support BY JOSH ALDRICH ADVOCATE STAFF

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Expansion of a local shelter hopes will help make it feel more like a home for the people who are in need of its services. The 49th Street Youth Shelter finished significant renovations and expansions to improve what it offers to young people in need between the ages of 12 and 17. Last Friday, they held a celebration of the completed work, opening their doors so people could see what had happened. David Murphy, Red Deer Youth and Volunteer Centre executive director, said Telus led the community fundraising campaign and then they went to True-Line Contracting Ltd. with the funds to do a kitchen renovation, washroom upgrade and an expansion. Before the renovation, the kitchen was always full of people, with very little room and a 12-foot plastic table that had to be folded up regularly. “Now having it so much bigger, it allows us to do more,” said Murphy. “The kids can actually sit in there, do homework, talk to each other. We have a TV in there now, staff can talk with them, we can teach the kids how to cook.” The kitchen renovation also upgraded appliances. “It’s nice, the kitchen is really the heart of the home,” said Murphy. “We try to create a home environment for the kids and having a larger kitchen allows us to do that.” The washroom expansion increased the size to improve the accessibility. Murphy said they were handicap accessible before but it was a tight fit.

When Arthur Graham was diagnosed with hepatitis C in 2008 he started to seek out support groups. The problem was, in Central Alberta, there were none. He made it his goal to bring this service back to Red Deer. After his first failed treatment in 2009, he posted an online ad looking for people who were also in need of support. It took until this Christmas for anyone to call, but word has finally started to circulate and a new support group has been formed out of the Safe Harbour Society. The issue wasn’t that there was no need for the group, it was getting people to move beyond their own fears and admit they need help. “It’s for people who have hepatitis C or don’t have hepatitis C, to make them aware,” said

Graham, 67. “There’s a stigma. Because they have hep C, they’re frightened of telling their friends, so they’re going it alone, except for the support group. “They feel that people will walk away and not like them anymore. I’m trying to stop that. If you can speak about what you’ve got and people walk away, they weren’t friends anyway.” Graham is hoping to break those barriers down by being up front about his situation. The fact is, he doesn’t know how he contracted the virus. He lived a hard life in a biker gang and partook in many of their activities. He has tattoos, he used intravenous drugs, he shared razors and toothbrushes, even his late ex-wife had hep C. “You can’t put a stigma on it, because half us don’t know how we got it,” said Graham. He is now battling liver cancer as a result of HCV (hepatitis C virus).

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Arthur Graham, founder of the Central Alberta Hepatitis C support group in the meeting room at the Safe Harbour Society where the group holds their meetings on the first and third Friday’s of each month. Jennifer Vanderschaeghe, the executive director for the Central Alberta AIDS Network Society in Red Deer, says a study in 2011 by the government of Alberta showed that it

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Low-income housing project set for Rocky

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MICHENER CLOSING STRAINS SYSTEM BY JOSH ALDRICH ADVOCATE STAFF Three residents from Michener Centre will have a new address in a new $950,000 low-income housing project in Rocky Mountain House. The COPE Rocky Mountain House Society for Persons with Disabilities broke ground on the triplex project that will house eight people when it is completed in six to eight months. With an average basement suite in the Central Alberta community running about $1,200 a month, there is a great need for this type of housing, especially for people on Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped (AISH). “For somebody who lives on AISH, which most of our residents do at $1,588 a month, it just doesn’t work,” said COPE executive director Pat Ferguson. With the closing of the Michener Centre, even more strain has been put on the system. “The government has put some capital funds

to this, towards agencies to move folks out, and within their own system they have some group homes too that take up some of the slack,” said Ferguson. “But it is putting more pressure on communities outside of Red Deer where people want to go. Some folks have family and they want these people back in their community.” The Alberta government has put $330,000 towards the project and Ferguson says they will rely on financing, fundraising and other grants to cover the rest of the cost. To help them in this regard, they have partnered with Ironline Compression, a local natural gas services company. The end project will be 4,700 square feet with two lower level units that are wheelchair accessible, and one apartment on the second level. They already have five other properties they own and two more they rent. This new project will boost their overall capacity to 30 people. jaldrich@reddeeradvocate.com

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Patrons already in the spirit for St. Patrick’s Day enjoy a live performance by the Innisfail Legion Pipe Band at Fionn MacCool’s on Saturday evening. The band performed multiple times throughout the weekend at Red Deer’s newest Irish pub.

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BRIEFS County road bans go into effect Road bans are now in effect for heavy vehicles travelling in Red Deer County. Warmer conditions have put roadbeds at risk of damage from heavy vehicles until the frost has come out of the ground and surfaces have hardened. Weight restrictions vary and may affect both gravel and paved roads. Details can be viewed by visiting www.rdcounty. ca or by calling 403-350-2150.

RESIDENT: Wants to keep land pristine Jeralyn Rasmussen, who lives several kilometres southeast of Innisfail, said she wants to keep the land, where her daughter is the fifth generation farming it, pristine for future generations. “Obviously, I’m very emotional that AltaLink wants to come in and build a power line that will be an industrial eyesore on the land,” she said, adding the family have already accommodated pipelines and fibre optic lines on their property. Craig Teal, who is Innisfail’s director of planning and operational services, said the town favours using an existing power line right-of-way, which passes through what will be a future industrial area. The preferred route will also take the line past the Woodlands subdivision, which is expected to build out to 300 to 400 homes as the town grows. AltaLink’s preferred route runs south of the town and then up the west side and an alternate route goes across the north edge of town and then south. The town wants to see a modified version of the alternate route using the existing right-of-way. pcowley@reddeeradvocate.com

HEP C: No way to get accurate number of cases It is believed eight out of 1,000 Canadians are living with HCV, though there is no way to get an accurate number of cases. CATIE — a Canadian organization dedicated to providing accurate information about HIV and HCV and supporting frontline organizations — estimates that 69 per cent of intravenous drug users have HCV. Vanderschaeghe says they have a caseload of 300 to 325 people who inject drugs, and just getting them to get tested is sometimes a challenge. “The everyday reality of someone using injection drugs means that they’re not necessarily motivated by health, so some people aren’t ready to know their hep C status,” she said. “Knowing your hep C status can help you make better decisions ... and helps you do what you can to prevent transmitting hep C.” HCV is a curable disease, but if let untreated those afflicted are at risk of profound fatigue, cirrhosis and liver cancer. It is spread through contact with infected blood. Between 70 and 80 per cent of HCV transmission in Canada is due to injection drug use, but it can also be spread through unprotected sex, improperly sterilized tattoos and piercings and other incidences where people are exposed to potential risk. The support group runs the first and third Friday of every month from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Safe Harbour Society in Red Deer. jaldrich@reddeeradvocate.com

MODULARS: Pretty fortunate “Just looking ahead the next couple of years while we’re waiting for our new school to be built, we’re going to need the four, so we’re pretty fortunate,” said Chinook’s Edge School Division superintendent Kurt Sacher. Red Deer Public School Division has been granted one portable for West Park Elementary School next year. The board had been granted two portables for the school last year but did not accept them because a provincial change in the funding model would have required the division to cover 50 per cent of the cost of transportation and set up, estimated at over $100,000 per unit. The government is now requiring jurisdictions to contribute only a flat rate of $50,000 per unit for delivery and set up. School divisions will now have to cover the full cost, though, of any linkages between the new classrooms and the main school structure, up from 50 per cent last year. Wolf Creek Public Schools had asked for two modulars for Iron Ridge Elementary School in Blackfalds, but has not received a positive reply. mfish@reddeeradvocate.com

that wildfires are starting earlier. From March 1 onward, fire permits are required for all burning, excluding campfires, within the Forest Protection Area, which covers 60 per cent of the province and extends west from Rocky Mountain House. Permits are free, and Shellian said their purpose is to ensure planned burns go as intended and so resources are properly allocated. Wildfires hit the Nordegg area hard last year, forcing the evacuation of residents.

Snow quickly replaced by wildfires in Alberta Where there was once snow there is now fire in a few parts of the province. As of Monday, four wildfires have been reported in Alberta, including one 50 km northwest of Rocky Mountain House. But they are small, cumulatively covering only 0.14 hectares, and under control. All are suspected to be human caused. The 0.1-hectare fire reported in the Rocky area was classified as a wildfire only because wind gusts made smoke visible. The fire setters had a permit, but it was ultimately deemed to be burning “outside the conditions” of the permit. “The fire certainly wasn’t moving or a threat, it was just the fact that the wind made the smoke quite evident,” explained Barry Shellian, fire management officer for the Rocky area. Shellian said the trend over the last few years is

Man detained on charges A man facing numerous charges after an incident that bordered on home invasion will sit in custody until the matter is resolved. Tyler Alexander Coombs, 30, of Red Deer was denied bail on Monday in Red Deer provincial court. Judge Jim Hunter cited Coombs’ record, pointing to several failing to appear and breaching court order convictions as the reasons for denying Coombs bail. Crown Prosecutor Robin Snyder said she was opposed to Coombs’ release, citing the record of breaches and failing to appear, as well as the severity of the crime. Coombs faces assault with a weapon, sexual assault, forcible confinement, robbery and more charges stemming from the Dec. 13 incident. Defence counsel Craig Patterson tried to arrange bail and Coombs’ release, saying his client was seeking drug rehabilitation treatment, had a job and place to stay lined up and could come up with between $3,000 and $5,000 cash for bail, but could not provide a surety. Hunter said the incident Coombs is accused of being involved in was very nearly a home invasion. He denied the bail based on the severity of the charges and the accused’s history when it comes to court orders. Coombs will be back in Red Deer provincial court on March 25.

Petitions call for ban on oil, gas drilling BY THE CANADIAN PRESS EDMONTON — A group has delivered to the Alberta legislature petitions with more than 11,00 signatures from residents who are opposed to oil and gas exploration in their city. Sheila Rogers with “No Drilling Lethbridge” gave the petitions to the city’s MLA, Greg Weadick,

on Monday. Rogers said the group had a massive response to its petition, which calls on the province to prohibit oil and gas drilling within the city. GoldenKey Oil has secured mineral rights from Alberta Energy in an undeveloped area of southwest Lethbridge but has yet to apply to the Alberta Energy Regulator to drill three oil wells

on privately owned land within city limits. The proposed wells are classified as sour wells, as they would be drilled through a sour geological formation, but would produce from a non-sour zone. Rogers says the company’s mineral rights lease is set to expire and is up for renewal on March 24.

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FAMILY The young can dream big When youngsters dream, they dream big. They strived through it though, and they did it There is no journey too long, or aspiration too with enthusiasm. lofty; the mind is continuously revolving. With this My writing hasn’t brought me fame or fortune, and youthful ambition, our children have the ability to maybe it never will, but scribbling down a few senaccomplish greatness. tences a day has saved me from sadness many a time. It is our job as parents, to foster this beautiful It makes me happy, fulfilled even to know that I hopefulness and grow it into determinacontinue to pursue a dream that I’ve had tion and purpose. for over twenty years. It is my parents A few weeks ago I was presented one I have to thank for this; they’ve always of those rare occasions in which my dad encouraged me to ‘write till my heart’s decided to open up to me. content.’ We were speaking about the poetry Now that I have a Lars and Sophie of book I had published, and how it has been my own, I look very forward to the day a dream come true. when they come home from school after He then revealed to me that when he learning about some new and exciting exwas young, he had dreamed of being a maploit and say, ‘I want to be a.....’. rine biologist (working with whales) was Lars loves dancing. how he put it. Anytime my boy hears a beat, up go his But, this dream was quickly put to rest hands and arms flailing and thrusting in by his father, who had told him that this a hypnotic fashion. LINDSAY delusion was the stupidest idea he had His body starts gyrating closely resemBROWN ever heard. There would be no money in it bling a vertical spasm and his feet usually and that it was just plain dumb as a career ME PLUS THREE stick awkwardly to the floor while moving move. his legs in uncanny directions. It was not the story that struck me, but The poor boy has no rhythm and judgthe fleeting look that crossed Dad’s dismal face just ing from the catastrophe that is my husband and I on after. the dance floor, he more than likely never will. And then without even a trace of sentiment, he fiI by no means will ever tell the boy to stop or give nalized our moment with, “And look what happened, up though. I ended up a rig pig.” One, because it gives me something to laugh about, My dad is a very determined man, although in that and two — more importantly — he loves it. Whenmoment he saw himself as just a ‘rig pig’ he made a ever Sophie see’s her big brother dancing up a storm very successful career out of his work — which most she joins right in. people who work in the oilfield do. But with that And if my kids want to start a sister/brother dancsaid, it saddens me that crushed dreams of the past ing team, and introduce a new type of ‘interpretive’ could make such a hardworking a strong man so poi- dance to the world, I will be there in the front stands gnant. cheering them on the whole way (granted there are Throughout my life, my parents have always been stands and cheering involved in this newfangled very supportive of my dreams. Although some fan- sport!) ciful (and not always taken seriously) they forever The point is, no matter how bizarre, I will be my humored me. kids’ biggest fan. Whether they like it or not. Shortly after the 1996 movie Twister came out; me, With education and options, we can give these a haughty 10-year-old was bound and determined tot’s the confidence to bloom and flourish. that one day I too would chase down tornadoes in I for one will not be the person to crush my chila mad attempt to find out about weather patterns. I dren’s dreams and then have them rueing over it 50 still sometimes have an overpowering urge, to drive years later. somewhat near (but not too near) a double-crossing And until that day comes when they begin to concyclone of pure thrill. jure up career paths of their own, I will simply dayWriting has always been a constant in my life. I dream about their flourishing future... And maybe often wonder how my parents endured the countless chase a few twisters in my off time. hours of reading and re-reading short stories, poems, and oh the dreaded phase I went through when I Lindsay Brown is a Sylvan Lake mother of two and thought I was the playwright! freelance columnist.

Meditation is a powerful process “Meditation is not a means to an end. It is both the means and the end.” — Jiddu Krishnamurti, Indian spiritual speaker, writer and philosopher I focused on the words of Bruce Lee as shared by my sensei. To get into better shape, I had joined a local dojo. Each student sat cross-legged upon a small mat with fingers steepled and eyes closed. We had been instructed to focus intently upon our breathing. “Empty your mind,” he began. “Be formless, shapeless – like water. Now you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle, it becomes the bottle. You put water into a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.” Though I no longer study MURRAY martial arts, I still practise FUHRER meditation. To me, it clears the mind, lessens my stress and brings the world back into balance. When I fail to meditate for a time I soon find myself becoming anxious and unable to focus. Many of my greatest realizations came to me following a successful meditation session. When I meditate, I often reflect back on events from earlier in life and, astoundingly, find them taking on new and deeper meaning. Once while meditating, I found myself carried back to a memory of a spring day in elementary school. I was sitting cross-legged in the tall grass next to the school eating my lunch. I had closed my eyes and was savouring the delicious warmth of sun on my face. When I opened my eyes, my attention was drawn to a nearby whirlwind — a tiny twister gyrating effortlessly across the playground kicking up dust, leaves and gum wrappers. In my mind, I saw children duck and cover their eyes as the wind danced around them. I watched as the whirlwind carried the litter high into the sky before releasing its grip and allowing it to flutter gently back to earth. I was surprised this seemingly inconsequential incident returned to me in a meditative state. I have practised meditation long enough to realize whatever comes to mind is usually valuable. It then occurred to me that without awareness, our thoughts are often like debris caught in a whirlwind – blown about by the winds of circumstance, scattered in a vast array of directions. Thoughts start, stop, and move in surprising ways from one second to the next. If we try to follow our thoughts without exercising control over them, we’ll be amazed at how truly inconsistent they are. Yet, if we apply our mind to a specific task, especially one that interests us, our thoughts gather force and allow us to focus our attention, creating tremendous energy. To me, meditation is a powerful technique that allow me to free my mind with the goal of bringing to the surface thoughts, ideas and insights pertaining to specific life issues. And unlike the litter caught and tossed about by the wind, meditation is more like flying a kite. A kite is free to move with the wind, yet controlled by a

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flyer planted firmly on the ground. I use meditation to gain insights and understanding — to enhance my self-awareness and ultimately, my self-esteem. Meditation is a powerful process. A study in the Journal of Neuroscience found that just three months of intensive meditation training led participants to experience dramatic improvements in their ability to form thoughts and stay focused on tasks. Research also suggests that mediation may help fight insomnia. A study cited from India’s National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences claims that meditators consistently demonstrate enhanced slow wave (deep) sleep and REM sleep across a range of ages. One of the best reasons to meditate is to improve the quality of your life. There is evidence to support that meditation may actually help lessen the body’s stress response and thus the physical and emotional wear and tear that comes from modern living. Meditation has been shown to reduce stress by lowering the production of cortisol, the hormone that brings about stress as well as the reduction of blood lactate which contributes to feelings of anxiety. Mediation may actually slow aging by decreasing cellular damage and enhancing the activity of antioxidants — molecules that defend the body against free radicals. Free radicals are molecules with unpaired electrons. In their quest to find another electron, they become highly reactive and can cause damage to surrounding molecules. And meditation has been shown to fight chronic inflammation which contributes to obesity, diabetes and even cancer. Meditation is more than closing your eyes and thinking pleasant thoughts. To get started, find a quiet and comfortable place where you can sit or lie down and not be disturbed for up to 30 minutes. Close your eyes. Take slow, deep breaths of air, breathing in through your nose and exhaling through your mouth. Focus on your breathing; become physically aware of the sensations in your body as the air enters and leaves your lungs. If you’re breathing properly, with your diaphragm, your stomach should seem to swell and your chest will move little. Random thoughts are the greatest foes of meditation — especially in the beginning. Should your mind wander to other exciting thought and ideas, as all good minds do, simply refocus upon your breathing. If you like, create a personal mantra and say it repeatedly. Trust the process. Let the kite string out gently yet purposefully. Over time, you may suddenly experience answers to questions you’ve long struggled with or find yourself lost in a distant memory. With time and persistence, illusions governing your life will start to break down. Alan Watts, British-born philosopher, writer and interpreter of Zen Buddhism, likened meditation to music and dance. “When we are dancing, we are not aiming to arrive at a particular place on the floor as in a journey. When we dance, the journey itself is the point.” Perhaps, as Bruce Lee once advised, we should all learn the arts of meditation so that we may start on the road to a stress-free (or less stressful) life – a life where we are in control. Murray Fuhrer is a self-esteem expert and facilitator. His new book is entitled Extreme Esteem: The Four Factors. For more information on self-esteem, check the Extreme Esteem website at www.extremeesteem.ca.

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Ex’s Facebook request could harm marriage Question: Should I accept a “friend” request on Facebook from an old boyfriend? I’m in love with my husband and committed to him, so I feel sure that this won’t pose a threat to our marriage. What do you think? Jim: I’d suggest the first thing you should do is ask your husband what he thinks. It’s important to be open and honest, and keeping secrets only undermines trust. If your marriage is strong and healthy, then it’s worth protecting. You need to be careful about exposing your relationship to threats of any kind, no matter how remote they may JIM seem. DALY Since your former boyfriend initiated the contact, it would probably be a good idea to ask yourself some questions about his motives. If you have any reason to suspect that his intentions are not entirely appropriate or honorable, ignore the request and move on. If you’re still feeling inclined to reconnect with this guy, you may need to consider your motives. Are you feeling compelled to revisit the past because of present discontentment? Have you been thinking about the way things “might have been” had this relationship turned out differently? This may not be the case, but it deserves some thought. Ultimately, it’s a decision that you must make together with your husband. If you choose to go ahead and accept your old flame’s invitation to reconnect, I’d urge you to do so via a Facebook account that intentionally reflects the healthy nature of your marriage. Among other things, your page should be filled with images designed to remind visitors of your relationship with your husband. Photos should frequently show the two of you together as much as possible. The whole point is to represent the two of you as a unit. This will discourage your old boyfriend from making any unwarranted assumptions. Question: My mom and my aunt had a huge argument several years ago and haven’t spoken since. I’m married and I want my family to have a relationship with my aunt and cousins, but Mom says she’ll disown me if I do. This is tearing me up. What can I do? Dr. Greg Smalley, Vice President, Family Ministries: Unfortunately, I’ve seen families needlessly splintered because of situations like yours. Like others I’ve observed, your mom severs relationships when she feels hurt, upset or angry. I can’t offer you any guarantees how your mom will respond, but let me suggest the best approach you can take if you want to retain your own identity and build healthy relationships. As an adult, you need to establish appropriate boundaries with your mom — you are separate from her. This is especially true in a situation like yours where your mom is inclined to test or cross them. Let her know that you love her and value your relationship, but that her ongoing disagreement is between her and her sister — not you —and that you will be pursuing a relationship with your aunt and cousins. She may object, and even accuse you of betraying her, but it’s critical you stand your ground. Once you’ve initiated things with your extended family, keep the focus of your relationship on you and them — not your mother. There may be the temptation for you to be made the mediator, or for you to assume that role. But it’s important for everyone involved that your mom and aunt work out their issues without interference from other family members. In the meantime, continue to pursue your mom to the extent that she shows respect and receptivity. She may pull back at first, but it’s likely the “new system” will eventually take root, and she’ll come back around. Catch up with Jim Daly at www.jimdalyblog.com or at www.facebook.com/DalyFocus.

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U.S. court: Insurer didn’t discriminate against breastfeeding worker THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co. did not discriminate against an employee who claims she was denied a room to pump breast milk and pressured to resign on her first day back from maternity leave, a federal appeals court has ruled. Angela Ames, a former loss-mitigation specialist in Nationwide’s Des Moines office, did not meet the legal burden of showing she was treated so badly that any reasonable person would have resigned, the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled. The decision means Ames won’t get a trial on her claims of gender and pregnancy discrimination. Ames claimed that on the morning she returned from a two-month maternity leave in July 2010, the company refused to let her use its lactation rooms because its policy required moth-

ers to complete paperwork seeking security access and wait three days for processing. She had been unaware of that requirement. A company nurse suggested she use a wellness room that was occupied at the time, but also cautioned that doing so might expose her milk to germs. Ames said she was in pain while waiting for that room to be vacated, when her supervisor informed her that she would be expected to work overtime to catch up on her work or face disciplinary action. One of Ames’ attorneys, Paige Fiedler, said Monday that she was disappointed in the ruling and planned to ask for a rehearing. “The opinion contains all sorts of conclusions that I don’t think are possible if it would have looked at the facts in the light most favourable to Angela,” she said.


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1892 — Governor General Lord Stanley says he will donate a silver challenge cup, later named after him, as an award for the best hockey team in Canada. Originally presented to amateur champions, it has been awarded to the top pro team since 1910, and since 1926, only to NHL teams. 1997 — Singer Joni Mitchell is reunited

with a daughter, Killauren, she gave up for adoption years earlier. 1945 — Maurice ‘Rocket’ Richard scores in 4-2 victory over the Boston Bruins to become the first NHLer to score 50 goals in a season. Richard does it in 50 games. 1986 — Prime Minister Brian Mulroney and President Ronald Reagan agree on action to combat acid rain; after two-day summit. 1929 — Engineers break ground for the Windsor-Detroit tunnel under the Detroit River.

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Rebels win and they’re in TIE-BREAKER AGAINST PRINCE ALBERT EQUIVALENT TO SEVENTH GAME OF PLAYOFF SERIES BY GREG MEACHEM ADVOCATE SPORTS EDITOR It’s not officially a playoff game, but tonight’s WHL Eastern Conference tie-breaker at the Enmax Centrium should resemble a post-season contest. In fact, the match featuring the Red Deer Rebels and Prince Albert Raiders is basically the equivalent of a seventh game of a best-of-seven playoff series. The winner moves on as the owner of the eighth and final playoff berth. The loser goes home, heartbroken and empty-handed. Both clubs have been in playoff mode for the last two weeks. The Raiders gained a least a spot in a tie-breaker with a pair of wins over the Saskatoon Blades during the weekend, while the Rebels blanked the host Edmonton Oil Kings 5-0 Sunday, less than 24 hours after falling 7-4 to Edmonton on home ice. A loss at Edmonton would have ended the Rebels’ season, but they took full advantage of an Oil Kings squad that was minus a handful of top players one day after locking up first place in the conference. To suggest the Rebels were given a second life would be inaccurate. Red Deer earned the resurrection.

“We battled we gave ourselves this second chance,” Rebels veteran defenceman Brady Gaudet said Monday. “Our backs were against the wall. There was just one place to go with it and obviously we took the right route. “And here we are playing Game 73. It’s much the same situation as we faced Sunday. We prevailed once and I think we can do it again.” The Rebels were 2-1-1-0 versus the Raiders during the regular season, winning 4-3 (overtime) and 6-3 at home and splitting the two games in Prince Albert. With their winning record in head-to-head meetings with Prince Albert this season — the reason the Rebels are hosting tonight’s game — and a four-game sweep of the Raiders in a playoff series last spring, the Rebels are confident of a positive result in the tie-breaker showdown. “It goes back to playoffs last year. We were pretty successful against them and that kind of added a bit more meat to our four games this year,” said Gaudet. “We were pretty successful against them this season. I know the last time we went in there we did quite well (5-0 win Jan. 22). “That’s definitely something we can build off of, but their backs are up against the wall, too, as they were the last two games. I think it’s going to be one heck of a game. There’s going to be a lot of compete out there.”

The Rebels played with a distinct sense of urgency Sunday and Gaudet promised that will carry over into tonight’s contest. “You have no choice but to play with that urgency and that compete . . . like it’s your last day,” he said. “It’s do or die. You don’t really have a choice anymore.” Meanwhile, the Raiders weren’t surprised that Red Deer was able to prevail Sunday at Rexall Place. “We saw what was happening when Edmonton started scratching people,” Raiders forward Collin Valcourt, a Red Deer native, told Andrew Schopp of the Prince Albert Daily Herald following an early practice Monday. “They had nothing to lose so we weren’t overly shocked.” The Rebels have a decided edge in goal with the presence of Patrik Bartosak, who blanked the Raiders during their last meeting. Placing bodies in the Rebels crease will be the key to putting the puck past Bartosak tonight, said Prince Albert star defenceman Josh Morrissey. “If they can’t see it, they can’t stop it,” said Morrissey. “We are going to try and get bodies and pucks to the net, jam away at it. In a game seven type of situation, sometimes it’s those little greasy ones that go in.” gmeachem@reddeeradvocate.com

Homan adds pair of wins at Worlds CURLING BY THE CANADIAN PRESS SAINT JOHN, N.B. — A pair of quick wins for Canada’s Rachel Homan at the Ford World Women’s Curling Championship on Monday allowed the host country to both regain their confidence and conserve energy for later in the tournament. Allison Pottinger of the United States shook hands after just six ends when Canada held a commanding 9-3 lead. Homan and her Ottawa Curling Club team downed Denmark’s Madeleine Dupont 8-4 earlier in a game than went eight ends. “It’s definitely nice to get some rest after playing some shorter games,” Homan said. “It’s nice to get some extra rest when you can.” Canada was tied for second at 4-1 with Sweden’s Margaretha Sigfridsson behind unbeaten Binia Feltscher of Switzerland at 5-0. The logjam of countries at 3-2 included the U.S., China’s Liu Sijia, Russia’s Anna Sidorova and South Korea’s Ji-sun Kim. Scotland’s Kerry Barr was 2-3 ahead of Denmark, Latvia’s Evita Regza and Germany Oona Lehmann at 1-4. The Czech Republic’s Anna Kubeskova was winless in five games. The top four teams at the conclusion of round-robin Thursday advance to the playoffs. Homan felt she had a read on the ice at Harbour Station by Monday night having played on all four sheets and in the morning, afternoon and evening draws. Another reason the abbreviated game against the U.S. on Monday evening was welcomed by Canada is because they are right back on the ice Tuesday morning against Latvia before facing Scotland in the evening. Homan, vice Emma Miskew, second Alison Kreviazuk and lead Lisa Weagle won the bronze medal at last year’s world curling championship in Riga, Latvia, after starting 2-3 there. Monday was a big bounce for the Canadians after demoralizing loss to the Swiss the previous day, when it was Canada giving up four points in steals and shaking hands after eight ends. Homan felt their communication was missing in that game. The skip misread the ice early against the Americans, but the Canadians were able to solve it via discussion. “Lisa was missing a couple early

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Canada skip Rachel Homan releases a rock as Alison Kreviazuk, left, and Lisa Weagle sweep as they play Denmark at the Ford World Women’s Curling Championships in Saint John, N.B. on Monday. and she said ’is it me? I said ’no, it’s completely my ice.’ So she believed in how she was throwing,” Homan explained. “If we didn’t have that communication, she would have tried to change the way she was throwing and I’d give her more ice and she’d miss again. “We made sure when we were missing we knew why and were communicating that to each other.” Pottinger was born in Brampton, Ont., and learned to curl in Otterburn Park, Que., but the 40-year-old is representing the U.S. for the 11th time at the women’s world championship. She won a silver medal playing third for Patti Lank, another transplanted Canadian from Midale, Sask., when the world championship was last held in

Saint John, N.B., in 1999. “Everyone is always so nice when we’re here. A woman today brought me ketchup chips and Smarties,” Pottinger said of two items that are difficult to find in the U.S. “It’s terrific. I had them between games.” Pottinger made a clutch raise against four Canadian stones in the third end to score a point and trail 2-1, but the fourth end was disastrous for the Americans. With Canada laying two, Pottinger ticked on a guard to let Homan add another counter to the rings. The American skip attempted to draw through a port to get to the four-foot rings, but was well short of the house. Homan had half the house for a target and drew in for four points and a

6-1 lead in front of 1,914 at Harbour Station. “We threw it pretty hard, but just out there in the frost it didn’t have a chance,” Pottinger said. “It never got there.” The Americans got two back in the fifth, but called it a day when Homan collected another three in the sixth. “To get the two back was kind of nice, but at that point every end is the 10th end,” Pottinger said. “You don’t want them to get away from you and it’s hard to play five 10th ends against that kind of team.” “That was so not good that I think it’s an off game and you forget about it. Chuck it in the bag.”

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Roy all smiles on return to Montreal as Av’s coach focus on our season. “But I can’t ignore the years I spent playing in Montreal and the reconciliation I had with Montreal MONTREAL — It was a calm and smiling Patrick when they retired my jersey. I have a lot of respect Roy who entered the Bell Centre as a visiting head for this organization and the Canadiens fans.” Roy expects a warm reception from the same fans coach for the first time on Monday. who were shocked The fiery former when he demanded Montreal Cana‘I CAN’T IGNORE THE YEARS I SPENT PLAYING a trade after former diens goaltender is IN MONTREAL AND THE RECONCILIATION I coach Mario Trema leading candidate left him in the for the Jack Adams HAD WITH MONTREAL WHEN THEY RETIRED blay net for nine goals Trophy as NHL coach of the year MY JERSEY. I HAVE A LOT OF RESPECT FOR THIS during an 11-1 loss with the Avalanche, ORGANIZATION AND THE CANADIENS FANS.’ to Detroit on Dec. 2, 1995. who were last in the He was dealt four Western Conference — PATRICK ROY ON HIS FIRST VISIT TO MONTREAL days later to Coloralast season but are AS A VISITING HEAD COACH do, where he added now fourth in the two more Stanley West at 44-19-5. Cups to the ones he On Tuesday night he will coach his first game in Montreal, where he won with the Canadiens in 1986 and 1993. After years of bitter feelings, he made up with played the first 10 years of his career before a bitter the Canadiens when they retired his No. 33 jersey in parting in 1995. And he was all smiles and good vibrations as he 2008. And he was back in Montreal for the club’s 100th met with a crowd of reporters after practice. “For sure, it’s special,” said 48-year-old Roy. “I try anniversary celebrations the following year. That fans were back on board was evident two not to think too much about it, but rather to put the BY THE CANADIAN PRESS

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years ago when the Canadiens were seeking a new coach and general manager. A poll showed fans overwhelmingly wanted Roy for both jobs. “I think it’s going to be great,” he said. “Two years before, I was No. 1 for coach and GM. I could have had both jobs if it was voted by the fans. “I truly appreciate that. It was a great gesture from them to put me on top and it make me feel good with the fans. It was nice to see that the past is way behind us and everybody’s moved on.” He even included Tremblay on a list of leaders he said he learned from while playing in Montreal. After retiring as a player in 2003, Roy returned to his home town of Quebec City to become coach, general manager and part owner of the junior Quebec Remparts, who he built into a QMJHL powerhouse. It was a wild 10 years of junior hockey, marked by frequent blow-ups and temper tantrums at the bench. It looked like things wouldn’t change in the NHL when, during his first game against Anaheim, he went ballistic and tried to push down the divider between the teams’ benches. But his players say he has been nothing but levelheaded and easy to work for.

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SCOREBOARD Hockey GA 179 229 207 196 247 209 269 224 258 283 317 358

Pt 103 85 103 92 85 83 77 75 75 51 37 29

WESTERN CONFERENCE GP W LOTLSOL GF GA Pt x-Kelowna 72 57 11 0 4 310 182 118 x-Portland 72 54 13 2 3 338 207 113 x-Victoria 72 48 20 1 3 238 181 100 x-Everett 72 39 23 7 3 218 206 88 x-Seattle 72 41 25 2 4 238 249 88 x-Spokane 72 40 26 3 3 244 213 86 x-Vancouver 72 32 29 7 4 234 248 75 x-Tri-City 72 29 33 4 6 178 224 68 Prince George 72 27 37 3 5 238 305 62 Kamloops 72 14 53 2 3 175 305 33 z-league title; y-conference title;d-division leader; xclinched 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 Sunday’s results Medicine Hat 6 Lethbridge 2 Red Deer 5 Edmonton 0 Portland 5 Everett 4 (SO) Seattle 6 Tri-City 1 Tuesday’s game Prince Albert vs. Red Deer 7 p.m. Red Deer Rebels Scoring Bleackley Dieno Sterzer Fleury Maxwell Johnson Gaudet Kopeck Musil Feser Sutter Pawlenchuk Polei Mpofu Charif Doetzel Chorney Nell Dixon Fafard Bartosak McCarty Burke Burman Bear

G 29 25 29 8 14 14 5 10 11 15 10 7 7 9 3 2 6 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0

A 39 41 24 38 19 17 26 20 18 13 13 12 9 6 10 10 5 6 7 3 2 0 0 0 0

Pts 68 66 53 46 33 31 31 30 29 28 23 19 16 15 13 12 11 7 7 3 2 1 0 0 0

PIM 48 36 76 46 25 77 79 16 36 23 74 8 54 46 31 102 22 21 132 159 12 0 2 0 29

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GP MP GA SO 65 3747 175 8 17 592 38 0

GAA Sv% 2.80 .908 3.85 .884

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Henrik Samuelsson, Edm Joshua Winquist, Eve Curtis Valk, MH Brendan Leipsic, Por Brayden Point, MJ Chandler Stephenson, Reg Brady Brassart, Cal Greg Chase, Cal Troy Bourke, PG Trevor Cox, MH Chase De Leo, Por Mike Aviani, Spo

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95 93 92 91 91 89 85 85 85 82 81 81

GOALTENDING (Minimum 1,440 minutes played) W L OT GAA SO Tristan Jarry, Edm 44 14 3 2.24 8 Jordon Cooke, Kel 39 7 4 2.28 4 Brendan Burke, Por 34 10 4 2.75 4 Eric Williams, Spo 33 19 4 2.67 4 Patrik Bartosak, RD 33 26 5 2.80 8 Austin Lotz, Eve 31 18 5 2.53 5 Patrik Polivka, Vic 28 12 2 2.56 5 Chris Driedger, Cal 28 14 7 2.64 3 Mackenzie Skapski, Koo 28 20 4 2.70 1 Eric Comrie, TC 26 25 9 2.57 4 National Hockey League EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division GP W L OT Pts Boston 68 46 17 5 97 Tampa Bay 68 37 24 7 81 Montreal 69 37 25 7 81 Toronto 69 36 25 8 80 Detroit 67 30 24 13 73 Ottawa 67 28 26 13 69 Florida 68 25 35 8 58 Buffalo 68 19 41 8 46 Metropolitan Division GP W L OT Pts Pittsburgh 67 44 19 4 92 Philadelphia 67 35 25 7 77 Columbus 67 35 26 6 76 N.Y. Rangers 69 36 29 4 76 Washington 69 32 27 10 74 New Jersey 68 29 26 13 71 Carolina 68 29 30 9 67 N.Y. Islanders 69 26 34 9 61

GF 219 198 174 203 175 190 169 132

GA 147 178 174 211 188 221 221 202

GF 209 192 195 177 201 166 169 195

GA 167 193 184 170 207 176 194 233

WESTERN CONFERENCE Central Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA St. Louis 68 47 14 7 101 226 152 Colorado 68 44 19 5 93 209 181 Chicago 68 39 15 14 92 231 179 Minnesota 68 35 23 10 80 165 168 Dallas 67 32 24 11 75 193 192 Winnipeg 70 31 30 9 71 194 204 Nashville 68 29 29 10 68 164 201 Pacific Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA Anaheim 68 45 16 7 97 218 172 San Jose 69 45 17 7 97 214 165 Los Angeles 68 38 24 6 82 165 144 Phoenix 68 32 25 11 75 188 193 Vancouver 71 31 30 10 72 170 194 Calgary 68 27 34 7 61 165 202 Edmonton 69 24 36 9 57 171 224 NOTE: Two points for a win, one point for overtime loss. Sunday’s Games Vancouver 4, Florida 3, SO Philadelphia 4, Pittsburgh 3 Washington 4, Toronto 2 Edmonton 2, Carolina 1 San Jose 1, N.Y. Rangers 0 Colorado 3, Ottawa 1 Montreal 2, Buffalo 0 Chicago 4, Detroit 1 Winnipeg 7, Dallas 2

SCORING Mitch Holmberg, Spo Nicolas Petan, Por Oliver Bjorkstrand, Por Leon Draisaitl, PA Sam Reinhart, Koo Todd Fiddler, MJ-PG Jaedon Descheneau, Koo Graham Black, SC

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WHL EASTERN CONFERENCE GP W LOTLSOL GF x-Edmonton 72 50 19 2 1 290 x-Swift Current 72 38 25 3 6 248 x-Calgary 72 48 17 3 4 287 x-Medicine Hat 72 44 24 3 1 260 x-Regina 72 39 26 4 3 257 x-Kootenay 72 39 28 2 3 235 x-Brandon 72 34 29 6 3 271 Red Deer 72 35 32 1 4 214 Prince Albert 72 35 32 3 2 243 Moose Jaw 72 21 42 3 6 202 Saskatoon 72 16 51 2 3 207 Lethbridge 72 12 55 2 3 171

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Pts 118 113 109 105 105 98 98 97

Monday’s Games Boston 4, Minnesota 1 Tampa Bay 4, Vancouver 3 St. Louis 4, Winnipeg 1 Phoenix at Los Angeles, late Tuesday’s Games Boston at New Jersey, 5 p.m. Minnesota at N.Y. Islanders, 5 p.m.

Rebels vs. Prince Albert Raiders Tonight, 7 p.m., Centrium The Raiders closed out their regular season with back-to-back wins over the Saskatoon Blades during the weekend and are 6-31-0 in their last 10 games. The Raiders own a 35-32-32 mark and with 75 points are tied with Red Deer for the eighth and final playoff berth in the Eastern Conference, setting up tonight’s tie-breaker . . . C Leon Draisaitl paced the Raiders with 105 regular-season points (38g,67a). D Josh Morrisey was next in line with 73 (28-45), while LW Collin Valcourt had 72 points, including 28 goals. RW Dakota Conroy sniped 30 goals and C Reid Gardiner had 22 . . . Valcourt, a Red Deer product, is the WHL player of the week

Dallas at Pittsburgh, 5 p.m. Carolina at Columbus, 5 p.m. Colorado at Montreal, 5:30 p.m. N.Y. Rangers at Ottawa, 5:30 p.m. Toronto at Detroit, 5:30 p.m. Chicago at Philadelphia, 5:30 p.m. Buffalo at Calgary, 7 p.m. Nashville at Edmonton, 7:30 p.m. Washington at Anaheim, 8 p.m. Florida at San Jose, 8:30 p.m. Wednesday’s Games Tampa Bay at Toronto, 5 p.m. St. Louis at Chicago, 6 p.m. Colorado at Winnipeg, 6 p.m. Nashville at Vancouver, 8 p.m. Monday’s summaries Bruins 4, Wild 1 First Period No Scoring. Penalties — Meszaros Bos (tripping) 4:50. Second Period 1. Boston, Iginla 24 (Bartkowski, Meszaros) 3:52. 2. Boston, Eriksson 8 (Soderberg) 11:55. 3. Minnesota, Pominville 26 (Suter, Granlund) 18:34. Penalties — None. Third Period 4. Boston, Smith 19 (Bergeron, Chara) 7:50. 5. Boston, Iginla 25 (Chara) 18:55 (en). Penalties — None. Shots on goal Minnesota 10 8 16 — 34 Boston 8 11 10 — 29 Goal — Minnesota: Kuemper (L, 12-5-4); Boston: Rask (W, 31-14-4). Power plays (goal-chances) — Minnesota: 0-1; Boston: 0-0. Blues 4, Jets 1 First Period No Scoring. Penalties — None. Second Period 1. St. Louis, Morrow 11 (Roy, Bouwmeester) 1:44. Penalties — Little Wpg (high-sticking) 2:39. Third Period 2. Winnipeg, O’Dell 3 (Kane, Bogosian) 1:55. 3. St. Louis, Backes 22 (Cole, Bouwmeester) 13:09 (pp). 4. St. Louis, Backes 23 (Pietrangelo) 18:49 (en). 5. St. Louis, Porter 1 (Lapierre, Polak) 19:59 (en). Penalties — Backes StL (roughing) 1:10, Little Wpg (roughing) 1:10, Pietrangelo StL (high-sticking) 3:09, Kane Wpg (slashing) 11:26, Jokinen Wpg (roughing) 16:44, Sobotka StL (charging) 16:44. Shots on goal Winnipeg 7 5 5 — 17 St. Louis 6 12 9 — 27 Goal — Winnipeg: Montoya (L, 11-6-3); St. Louis: Miller (W, 22-22-4). Power plays (goal-chances) — Winnipeg: 0-1; St. Louis: 1-2. Lightning 4, Canucks 3 First Period 1. Tampa Bay, Stamkos 16 (Palat, Callahan) 17:56 (pp). Penalties — Gudas TB (tripping) 13:47, Kassian Vcr (tripping) 16:48. Second Period 2. Tampa Bay, Palat 18 (Carle) 6:54. 3. Tampa Bay, Filppula 22 (Stamkos) 19:51. Penalties — Sedin Vcr (roughing) 5:27, Gudas TB (roughing) 5:27, Sedin Vcr (hooking) 12:17, Filppula TB (hooking) 13:17, Kassian Vcr (slashing) 17:14. Third Period 4. Vancouver, Burrows 4 (Bieksa, Edler) 5:44 (pp). 5. Tampa Bay, Pyatt 3 (Brown, Hedman) 8:47. 6. Vancouver, Burrows 5 (Jensen, Sedin) 11:44. 7. Vancouver, Hansen 11 (Burrows) 15:16 (sh). Penalties — Pyatt TB (goaltender interference) 5:36, Edler Vcr (tripping) 13:30. Shots on goal Vancouver 7 8 13 — 28 Tampa Bay 10 13 7 — 30 Goal — Vancouver: Lack (L, 12-14-4); Tampa Bay: Bishop (W, 32-11-6). Power plays (goal-chances) — Vancouver: 1-3; Tampa Bay: 1-4.

after scoring five goals and adding six assists in four games. He was also a plus-6 for the week ending March 16 . . . Cole Cheveldave is 23rd among WHL goalies with a 3.57 goals-against average. The overage stopper, whose save percentage is .892, trails 17-year-old teammate Nick McBride (2.95 GAA, .908 save percentage in 27 games) in both categories. Injuries: Prince Albert — D Graeme Craig (upper body, indefinite). Red Deer — C Lukas Sutter (upper body, indefinite). Special teams: Prince Albert — Power play 24.9 per cent, third overall; penalty kill 76 per cent, 16th overall. Red Deer — Power play 18.5 per cent, 18th overall; penalty kill 81.5 per cent, fifth.

Scouting report

Curling 2014 World Women’s Curling Championship SAINT JOHN, N.B. — Standings and results Monday after the eighth draw from the 2014 women’s world curling championship, March 15-23 at Harbour Station: Country (skip) W L Switzerland (Feltscher) 5 0 Canada (Homan) 4 1 Sweden (Sigfridsson) 4 1 South Korea (Kim) 3 2 Russia (Sidorova) 3 2 U.S. (Pottinger) 3 2 China (Sijia) 3 2 Scotland (Barr) 2 3 Latvia (Regza) 1 4 Denmark (Dupont) 1 4 Germany (Lehmann) 1 4 Czech Rep. (Kubeskova) 0 5 Sunday’s results Third Draw Canada 8 Czech Republic 4 Denmark 7 Scotland 5 Fourth Draw Russia 7 Sweden 4 South Korea 7 Latvia 4 Switzerland 6 China 3 U.S. 6 Germany 5

Fifth Draw Switzerland 8 Canada 2 China 11 Czech Republic 5 Scotland 6 Germany 5 U.S. 13 Denmark 2 Monday’s results Sixth Draw China 8 South Korea 6 Russia 7 Germany 3 Sweden 8 U.S. 5 Switzerland 8 Latvia 2 Seventh Draw Canada 8 Denmark 2 Scotland 6 Czech Republic 4 South Korea 6 Russia 5 (extra end) Sweden 10 Latvia 3 Eighth Draw Canada 9 U.S. 3 China 8 Scotland 7 Germany 8 Czech Republic 5 Switzerland 7 Denmark 3 Tuesday’s games Ninth Draw, 6:30 a.m. Russia vs. Scotland; South Korea vs. Czech Republic; Denmark vs. Sweden; Latvia vs. Canada. Draw 10, 11:30 a.m. Switzerland vs. South Korea; Sweden vs. Germany;

Latvia vs. China; Russia vs. U.S. Draw 11, 4:30 p.m. Denmark vs. Czech Republic; Switzerland vs U.S.; Canada vs. Scotland; China vs. Germany. Wednesday’s games Draw 12, 6:30 a.m. Canada vs. Germany; China vs. Denmark; U.S. vs. Czech Republic; Switzerland vs. Scotland. Draw 13, 11:30 a.m. Scotland vs. Sweden; Czech Republic vs. Latvia; Russia vs. Denmark Canada vs. South Korea. Draw 14, 4:30 p.m. China vs. Russia; Germany vs. South Korea; Sweden vs. Switzerland; U.S. vs. Latvia. Thursday’s games Draw 15, 6:30 a.m. South Korea vs U.S.; Russia vs. Switzerland; Germany vs. Latvia; Sweden vs. China. Draw 16, 11:30 a.m. Czech Republic vs. Switzerland; U.S. vs. Scotland; China vs. Canada; Denmark vs. Germany. Draw 17, 4:30 p.m. Latvia vs. Denmark; Canada vs. Sweden; Scotland vs South Korea; Czech Republic vs. Russia. End of Round Robin

Transactions Monday’s Sports Transactions BASEBALL American League BOSTON RED SOX — Optioned RHP Allen Webster and C Christian Vazquez to Pawtucket. Reassigned SS Deven Marrero to their minor league camp. CLEVELAND INDIANS — Optioned LHP Scott Barnes and LHP Nick Hagadone to Columbus (IL). Reassigned RHP Travis Banwart, RHP Tyler Cloyd, RHP J.C. Ramirez and LHP Mike Zagurski to their minor league camp. LOS ANGELES ANGELS — Optioned LHP Buddy Boshers, 2B Tommy Field, 3B Luis Jimenez, 1B Efren Navarro and RHP Josh Wall to Salt Lake (PCL). TEXAS RANGERS — Optioned RHP Nick Tepesch, RHP Cory Burns, RHP Miles Mikolas and INF Andy Parrino to Round Rock (PCL) Reassigned RHP Jose Contreras, RHP Daniel Bard, C Patrick Cantwell, C Brett Nicholas, INF Kensuke Tanaka, OF Bryan Petersen and OF Brad Snyderto their minor league camp. National League MIAMI MARLINS — Optioned RHP Sam Dyson, LHP Brian Flynn and C Rob Brantly to New Orleans (PCL). Optioned LHP Edgar Olmos to Jacksonville (SL). Re-assigned LHPs Adam Conley, Andrew Heaney, James Leverton, Greg Nappo and Josh Spence, RHPs Bryan Evans, Rett Varner, Nick Wittgren, C Austin Barnes. INFs Danny Black, Mark Canha, Colin Moran and OF Joe Benson to their minor league camp. ST. LOUIS CARDINALS — Reassigned LHP Tim Cooney, LHP Lee Stoppelman and C Travis Tartamella to their minor league camp. WASHINGTON NATIONALS — Optioned OF Eury Perez and OF Steven Souza Jr. to Syracuse (IL) and LHP Sammy Solis to Harrisburg (EL). Traded C Koyie Hill to the Philadelphia Phillies for a player to be named or cash considerations.

American Association AMARILLO SOX — Signed RHP Celson Polanco. ST. PAUL SAINTS — Signed OF Brandon Tripp. WICHITA WINGNUTS — Traded OF Waylen Sing Chow to the Greys (Frontier) for future considerations. Atlantic League SUGAR LAND SKEETERS — Agreed to terms with RHP Michael Nix and OF Michael Rockett on one-year contracts. Acquired INF-OF Delwyn Young from Camden for future considerations. Can-Am League NEW JERSEY JACKALS — Signed RHP Matt Soren. BASKETBALL National Basketball Association ORLANDO MAGIC — Signed C Dewayne Dedmon for the remainder of the season. PHILADELPHIA 76ERS — Signed F James Nunnally to a 10-day contract. FOOTBALL National Football League ARIZONA CARDINALS — Re-signed CB Bryan McCann to a one-year contract. CAROLINA PANTHERS — Re-signed LB Jason Williams and CB James Dockery. CINCINNAT BENGALS — Re-signed S Taylor Mays. DALLAS COWBOYS — Signed QB Brandon Weeden to a two-year contract. GREEN BAY PACKERS — Signed DT Letroy Guion. NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS — Signed CB Darrelle Revis and WR Brandon LaFell. NEW ORLEANS SAINTS — Agreed to terms with OT Zach Strief on a five-year contract extension. NEW YORK GIANTS — Signed CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.

OAKLAND RAIDERS — Signed WR James Jones and OL Kevin Boothe. PHILADELPHIA EAGLES — Agreed to terms with S Nate Allen on a one-year contract. PITTSBURGH STEELERS — Re-signed OL Guy Whimper to a one-year contract. SAN DIEGO CHARGERS — Signed WR Seyi Ajirotutu to a one-year contract. SEATTLE SEAHAWKS — Agreed to terms with K Steven Hauschka on a multi-year contract. TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS — Signed LB Dane Fletcher and OL Oniel Cousins. HOCKEY National Hockey League DALLAS STARS — Reassigned G Cristopher Nilstorp to Texas (AHL). DETROIT RED WINGS — Recalled C Landon Ferraro from Grand Rapids (AHL). Signed LW Colin Campbell to a two-year, entry-level contract. FLORIDA PANTHERS — Recalled LW Garrett Wilson from San Antonio Rampage (AHL). MONTREAL CANADIENS — Assigned F Michael Bournival and G Dustin Tokarski to Hamilton (AHL). NEW YORK RANGERS — Agreed to terms with D Ryan Graves. WASHINGTON CAPITALS — Recalled D Patrick Wey from Hershey (AHL). American Hockey League BRIDGEPORT SOUND TIGERS — Announced F Riley Wetmore and F Adam Brace were recalled from Stockton (ECHL) and F Joey Diamond and F Alan Quine were reassigned to Stockton. SPRINGFIELD FALCONS — Returned G Mike Clemente to Evansville (ECHL). SOCCER Major League Soccer SPORTING KANSAS CITY — Loaned MF Mikey Lopez to Orlando City FC (USL PRO) and G Jon Kempin and MF Christian Duke to OKC Energy FC.

Today

Saturday

● WHL: Eastern Conference tie-breaker — Prince Albert at Red Deer, 7 p.m., Centrium. ● AJHL: Brooks at Olds, fourth game of best-of-seven South Division semifinal, 7:30 p.m.

Thursday ● Central Alberta men’s basketball: Playoff games at 7:15 and 8:30 p.m., Lindsay Thurber.

Friday ● Peewee A hockey: Provincial championship, games at 7:45, 8, 11:30 and 11:45 a.m., 2:30, 4 and 4:15 p.m., Kin City A and B ● Midget D hockey: Provincial championship, game at 8:30a.m., Castor; games 11:15 a.m., 2, 4:45 and 8 p.m., Coronation. ● Curling: Jack & Jill Bonspiel, Pidherney Centre. AJHL: Olds at Brooks, fifth game of bestof-seven South Division semifinal, if necessary, 7 p.m. ● Senior AAA hockey: Bentley at Innisfail, fourth game of best-of-seven provincial final, 8:30 p.m.

● Peewee A hockey: Provincial championship, games at 9, 9:15, 11:15 and 11:30 a.m., 4 and 4:15 p.m., Kin City A and B. ● Midget D hockey: Provincial championship, game at 9 a.m., Coronation; game at 10 a.m., Castor; games at 11:45 a.m., 2:30, 5:15 and 8 p.m., Coronation. ● Curling: Jack & Jill Bonspiel, Pidherney Centre. ● Senior AAA hockey: Innisfail at Bentley, fifth game of best--of-seven provincial final, if necessary, 8 p.m., Red Deer Arena.

Sunday

● Peewee A hockey: Provincial championship, semifinals at 8 and 10:30 p.m., final at 4 p.m., Kin City A. ● Midget D hockey: Provincial championship, semifinals at 8:30 and 11:15 a.m., final at 5 p.m. Coronation. Curling: Jack & Jill Bonspiel, Pidherney Centre. ● Central Alberta men’s basketball: Playoff games at 4:15 and 5:30 p.m., Lindsay Thurber. ● Senior AAA hockey: Bentley at Innisfail, sixth game of best-of-seven provincial final, if necessary, 7:30 p.m.

Basketball National Basketball Association EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division W L Pct GB Toronto 37 28 .569 — Brooklyn 34 31 .523 3 New York 27 40 .403 11 Boston 22 46 .324 16 1/2 Philadelphia 15 52 .224 23 Southeast Division W L Pct GB x-Miami 45 19 .703 — Washington 35 31 .530 11 Charlotte 33 35 .485 14 Atlanta 30 35 .462 15 1/2 Orlando 19 48 .284 27 1/2 Central Division W L Pct GB x-Indiana 50 17 .746 — Chicago 37 30 .552 13 Cleveland 26 41 .388 24 Detroit 25 41 .379 24 1/2 Milwaukee 13 54 .194 37 WESTERN CONFERENCE Southwest Division W L Pct GB San Antonio 50 16 .758 — Houston 45 22 .672 5 1/2 Dallas 41 27 .603 10 Memphis 39 27 .591 11 New Orleans 27 39 .409 23 Northwest Division W L Pct GB Oklahoma City 49 18 .731 — Portland 43 24 .642 6 Minnesota 33 32 .508 15 Denver 29 37 .439 19 1/2 Utah 22 46 .324 27 1/2 Pacific Division W L Pct GB L.A. Clippers 48 20 .706 — Golden State 42 26 .618 6

Phoenix 38 Sacramento 23 L.A. Lakers 22 x-clinched playoff spot

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Sunday’s Games Charlotte 101, Milwaukee 92 Phoenix 121, Toronto 113 Miami 113, Houston 104 New Orleans 121, Boston 120, OT Minnesota 104, Sacramento 102 Dallas 109, Oklahoma City 86 San Antonio 122, Utah 104 Golden State 113, Portland 112 L.A. Clippers 102, Cleveland 80 Monday’s Games Indiana 99, Philadelphia 90 Atlanta 97, Charlotte 83 Brooklyn 108, Phoenix 95 Oklahoma City 97, Chicago 85 Houston 124, Utah 86 Dallas 94, Boston 89 L.A. Clippers at Denver, late Tuesday’s Games Miami at Cleveland, 5 p.m. Toronto at Atlanta, 5:30 p.m. Milwaukee at Portland, 8 p.m. Washington at Sacramento, 8 p.m. Orlando at Golden State, 8:30 p.m. Wednesday’s Games Chicago at Philadelphia, 5 p.m. Charlotte at Brooklyn, 5:30 p.m. Miami at Boston, 5:30 p.m. Utah at Memphis, 6 p.m. Toronto at New Orleans, 6 p.m. Indiana at New York, 6 p.m. Minnesota at Dallas, 6:30 p.m. Detroit at Denver, 7 p.m. Orlando at Phoenix, 8 p.m. San Antonio at L.A. Lakers, 8:30 p.m.

Baseball Cleveland Seattle Tampa Bay Baltimore Detroit Kansas City Oakland New York Minnesota Los Angeles Chicago Boston Houston Toronto Texas

MLB Spring Training AMERICAN LEAGUE W L 14 4 14 5 11 4 10 6 10 7 9 8 9 8 10 9 7 7 9 10 7 8 8 10 7 10 7 10 5 11

Pct .778 .737 .733 .625 .588 .529 .529 .526 .500 .474 .467 .444 .412 .412 .313

NATIONAL LEAGUE W L Pct Miami 12 7 .632 Pittsburgh 10 7 .588 San Francisco 11 8 .579 Arizona 11 9 .550 Washington 10 9 .526 Chicago 10 11 .476 Colorado 9 10 .474 New York 8 10 .444 Cincinnati 9 12 .429 Atlanta 8 12 .400 Milwaukee 8 12 .400 St. Louis 6 9 .400 Los Angeles 6 10 .375 San Diego 6 11 .353 Philadelphia 5 12 .294 NOTE: Split-squad games count in the standings; games against non-major league teams do not. Sunday’s Games Minnesota 4, Miami (ss) 2 Washington (ss) 4, Houston 3 Tampa Bay 8, Boston 4 N.Y. Mets (ss) 10, St. Louis 4 Toronto 4, Baltimore 3, 10 innings N.Y. Yankees (ss) 7, Atlanta 4 Detroit 2, Washington (ss) 1 Pittsburgh 5, Philadelphia 0 N.Y. Yankees (ss) 7, Miami (ss) 0 Texas 14, Chicago White Sox 8 Chicago Cubs (ss) 6, N.Y. Mets (ss) 3

L.A. Dodgers 3, Colorado 3, tie Kansas City 9, San Diego 6, 10 innings Cleveland (ss) 5, San Francisco 1 Cleveland (ss) 3, Chicago Cubs (ss) 2 Seattle 5, L.A. Angels 3 Cincinnati 7, Oakland 6 Arizona 6, Milwaukee 5 Monday’s Games Washington vs. Detroit at Lakeland, Fla., ccd., Rain Atlanta 4, Houston 0, 5 innings Boston 10, St. Louis 5 Baltimore (ss) vs. Philadelphia at Clearwater, Fla., ccd., Rain Miami 10, N.Y. Mets 7 N.Y. Yankees vs. Pittsburgh at Bradenton, Fla., ccd., Rain Colorado 9, San Diego 7 Oakland 6, Chicago Cubs (ss) 2 Chicago Cubs (ss) 4, L.A. Angels (ss) 2 L.A. Angels (ss) 8, San Francisco 7 Chicago White Sox 9, Milwaukee 0 Cincinnati 5, Cleveland 4 Minnesota vs. Baltimore (ss) at Sarasota, Fla., ccd., Rain Kansas City 6, Texas 0 Tuesday’s Games Houston vs. Miami, 11:05 a.m. Toronto vs. Detroit (ss), 11:05 a.m. Boston vs. N.Y. Yankees, 11:05 a.m. Detroit (ss) vs. N.Y. Mets, 11:10 a.m. Texas (ss) vs. Milwaukee, 2:05 p.m. Oakland vs. Chicago White Sox., 2:05 p.m. Tampa Bay vs. Minnesota, 5:05 p.m. Chicago Cubs vs. Texas (ss), 8:05 p.m. San Francisco vs. Cleveland, 8:05 p.m. San Diego vs. Seattle, 8:05 p.m. Wednesday’s Games Minnesota vs. St. Louis, 11:05 a.m. N.Y. Yankees vs. Atlanta, 11:05 a.m. Tampa Bay vs. Baltimore, 11:05 a.m. Philadelphia vs. Toronto, 11:05 a.m. L.A. Angels vs. Chicago White Sox, 2:05 p.m. Milwaukee vs. Seattle, 2:05 p.m. Oakland vs. Cleveland, 2:05 p.m. Houston vs. Washington, 4:05 p.m. Pittsburgh vs. Boston, 5:05 p.m. Cincinnati vs. Kansas City, 7:05 p.m. Chicago Cubs vs. Colorado, 7:40 p.m.

AJHL PLAYOFFS

Bandits steal win from Grizzlys, take commanding 3-0 lead in series The Olds Grizzlys find themselves in a deep hole after dropping a third straight game to the Brooks Bandits. The Bandits defeated the Grizzlys 6-4 in Olds to take a commanding 3-0 lead in the AJHL South Division semifinal Monday. The Grizzlys’ lackluster powerplay was the difference as they were only able to capitalize on two of the eight extra-man advantages they had in the game while also giving up a shorthanded goal early in the second period. Kyle Star started the scoring for the Grizzlys to tie the game late in the first period. The Bandits then rolled off three unanswered goals before Spencer Dorowicz was able to get the Grizzlys back within two halfway through the period. Chris Gerrie added another for the Grizzlys four minutes later to help claw his team back to within one going into the third. The Grizzlys then tied the game with an Austin Kernahan powerplay goal early in the final frame but the Bandits took over from there scoring a pair of goals that held up for the win. Grizzlys goaltender Ethan Jemieff stopped 36 of 42 shots in the loss while Ty Mappin had a pair of assists and was named Grizzlys player of the game. The Bandits got goals from five different players but Patrick Chore led the way with a pair and player of the game honours for his team. Michael Frederick was in net for the Bandits and stopped 20 of the 24 shots he faced. Game four between the two teams will take place tonight at 7:30 p.m. in Olds and if the Grizzlys can pull off a win, the series will head back to Brooks on Friday.


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WORLDS: New generation Homan and her teammates are all under the age of 28. Like the Brad Jacobs team that won the men’s Olympic gold last month, they’re considered the new generation of Canadian curling stars. A year after graduating from the junior ranks, Homan’s team made the playoffs in their first national women’s championship in 2011. They won the Canadian title last year by beating Winnipeg’s Jennifer Jones, now the reigning Olympic women’s gold medallist after her unbeaten run in Sochi. Homan and company were considered a team to beat at December’s Olympic trials along with Jones. Homan and her teammates either quit their jobs, took a leave or scaled back work hours in the months leading into those trials to prepare. They rented a suite in Winnipeg away from the MTS Centre so they could cook and eat their own meals during the competition. But Homan lost the semifinal 10-4 to Sherry Middaugh. Homan’s coach Earle Morris now wonders in hindsight if they “overprepared” for trials. “I think what we did was we probably practised a bit too much,” he said. “A couple of the girls quit their jobs, one of the girls took a leave of absence. They really made it a focused priority and maybe we focused too much on the trials. “We really tried to leave no stone unturned. Because it was our first trials, we prepared as best we could based on what we thought would be difference-makers. If we had to do it again, we’d probably do it a little differently. Take maybe a more relaxed approach and not emphasize it too much.”

ROY: Pretty steady “Patrick has been pretty steady all year, being positive, loose and relaxed,” said goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere. “I can’t remember a game this year when he comes into the room after a period or a game yelling at us. “He wants to be a partner with the guys, without being a friend or a buddy. He wants to make sure we feel comfortable around him. He hasn’t got mad this year. I’m sure you guys would expect otherwise, but he’s been very positive.” Roy said he has tried to foster a feeling of partnership between the players and the coaching staff, making sure they have input into decisions. It seems to be working. A team that has made the playoffs only once in the last four seasons is winning regularly with a youthful lineup and, except for Erik Johnson, a no-name defence. “We told them that the system isn’t built for us coaches, but for the players,” Roy said. “So it’s important that they feel involved. “As long as we explain why we’re doing things a certain way and not saying ’just because’ means they’re involved. It creates a climate that is good for everyone.” He even joked about his raucous NHL coaching debut, which he said was showing his players he was on their side. “Fortunately, it didn’t take long for me to have the opportunity show that I was with them,” he said. “I don’t remember what happened that game, but I just need to look at my paycheque and I see it.”

Red Deer hosting pair of provincial hockey championships this weekend Red Deer will be busy this weekend with a pair of provincial hockey championships. The minor midget AAA finals will open Wednesday at the Arena and Kinex with the peewee A championships beginning Friday at the Kin City Arenas. The Red Deer Northstar Chiefs will compete in the six-team minor midget championship. They see action Wednesday at 7:45 p.m. at the Arena against the Edmonton Canadians. On Thursday they clash with the Southeast Tigers at noon at the Kinex and the Edmonton Bulldogs at 7 p.m. at the Arena. The Chiefs meet the Lloydminster Rage at 10 a.m. at the Kinex Friday and clash with the Calgary Rangers at 5 p.m. at the Arena. The top four teams advance to the semifinals at 11:15 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday at the Arena. The bronze medal game is Sunday at 11:45 a.m. with the final at 2:30 p.m. Both games are at the Arena. There are a trio of Central Alberta teams — the Red Deer Chiefs, Ponoka Stampeders and Stettler Storm — in the peewee A playoffs, which begin at 7:45 a.m. Friday with Ponoka facing the Rocky Mountain Renegades of Didsbury. The Storm opens play at 8 a.m. against Lloydminster while the Chiefs first action is at 11:45 a.m. against Lethbridge. Ponoka and Lloydminster clash at 4 p.m. and the Storm and Renegades at 4:15 p.m. On Saturday the Chiefs meet Grande Prairie at 9 a.m. and St. Albert at 4:15 p.m. while the Storm and Stampeders meet at 11:15 a.m. Top two teams in each pool advance to the semifinals at 8 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday. The final goes at 4 p.m. The Red Deer Optimist Chiefs also open their Alberta Midget Hockey League and provincial AAA final series Friday at 8 p.m. at the Arena against the winner of the Lloydminster-St. Albert Northern Division series.

Penguins’ Letang returns to practice after stroke RETURN TO GAME ACTION REMAINS UNCERTAIN BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS PITTSBURGH — Kris Letang darted down the Consol Energy Center ice, the defenceman’s black hair flicking out from underneath his helmet. Everything looked in place. The speed. The agility. The slick stickwork. Yet for as polished as Letang appeared during his first workout alongside his teammates in nearly two months on Monday, the 26-year-old remains uncertain when he’ll be able to pull his No. 58 sweater over his head and suit up in an actual game. Consider it part of the fallout from the scariest moment of Letang’s life. Seven weeks after a stroke blindsided him, Letang remains optimistic he will play again this season but too cautious to throw out a date. “I was on the ice today because I want to return,” Letang said. “I’ll be able to play again. I don’t know when.” Neither does his coach. Dan Bylsma pointed out that unlike defenceman Paul Martin — who remains sidelined with a right hand problem — concrete signs of progress for Letang are tougher to glean. Throwing an arbitrary timeline out there wouldn’t do any good because things can change in an instant. “There’s no date to be determined for Kris,” Bylsma said. “Right now he’s back in a full practice. That’s a good thing.” One the Penguins hope will send a bit of a jolt through a constantly churning lineup that has stagnated in Letang’s absence. The Penguins are just 7-5-2 since Letang fell ill on Jan. 28 and while their spot atop the Metropolitan Division remains secure, they have ceded the top spot in the Eastern Conference to the Boston Bruins. The slide includes a home-and-home sweep by

Philadelphia over the weekend in which Pittsburgh was dominated for the first four periods before salvaging some dignity in the final 40 minutes of a 4-3 loss on Sunday. Not exactly the best way to build momentum heading into the last month of an interminable regular season. Though the Penguins have lost an NHL-high 413 man games to injury this season, they are trying to avoid excuses. They steamrolled through the first four months of the season before falling since Letang’s third trip to the injured list. They can play well even as Bylsma plays mix-and-match with his lines. “I think now with the amount of time left in the season it’s about rounding our game into form for the post-season,” defenceman Rob Scuderi said. “It’s something you can’t flip a switch overnight. You always want wins, but I’d be OK if we’d play the right way.” Having some familiar faces around would help. Letang wasn’t the only player back on the ice Monday. Forward James Neal (concussion) practiced, as did wingers Chris Kunitz (lower body) and Beau Bennett (wrist). That’s plenty of additional firepower for a team that already has Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, though the duo has played with limited effectiveness recently while skating without familiar faces by their side. Neal and Bennett likely won’t be available until later in the week, though Kunitz has a chance to play on Tuesday night when the Penguins host Dallas. The 34-year-old is tied with Crosby with a teamhigh 31 goals, and his ability to make something happen in front of the net was missed as Pittsburgh found itself dominated by the Flyers over the weekend.

Stajan thankful for support following death of infant son THE CANADIAN PRESS CALGARY — Calgary Flames forward Matt Stajan says he’s thankful for the support he and his wife Katie have received following the death of their infant son. Emerson Stajan died March 3 following his birth. Stajan returned to the Flames on Monday and participated in

practice after taking an extended personal leave. “We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for the incredible outpouring of love and support, during this very difficult time,” the Stajans said in a statement released by the Flames on Monday. “All of you have touched our lives with your kindness and compassion, and we truly appreciate everyone’s thoughts and prayers.

LOCAL

BRIEFS Four Exelta athletes qualify for artistic provincials Four members of the Red Deer Exelta Gymnastics Club qualified for the provincial artistic championships at the Southern finals at the Collicutt Centre during the weekend. Casey Patsula, Ruby Butler and Keara Slimmon all qualified in the tyro provincial 3 division with Katherine Stuber advancing in the argo provincial 2 class. Patsula finished sixth overall while winning the floor exercise, placing sixth on the beam, tying for sixth on the uneven bars and taking eighth on the vault. Butler was 10th and Slimmon tied for 11th. The top 12 advanced. Butler had a second on the vault and tied for ninth on the bars while Slimmon was 10th on the floor and tied for 10th on the vault. Stuber placed ninth overall while tying for fifth on the floor, placing eighth on the bars and tying for 10th on the vault and beam. The provincials are set for April 11-13 in Lethbridge.

U15 Kings place third at second Premier tournament The Central Alberta Kings Volleyball Club placed third in the U15 division at the second Premier tournament of the club volleyball season. The Kings downed the Calgary Canuck Red U15 team 2-1 in the bronze medal game.

“Our son, Emerson, will forever be in all of our hearts. Thank you for taking the time to think of us, and grieve this unbearable loss with us. It means so much, and we are grateful for all of your support.” Stajan signed a four-year extension with the Flames earlier this year. He has 10 goals and 13 assists in 52 games this season.

U14A Elev8 win silver at ringette provincials The Red Deer U14A Elev8 captured silver at the provincial ringette championships in Strathmore during the weekend. The Elev8 dropped a 5-4 decision to the Leduc Jaguars in the gold medal game. Red Deer trailed 2-0 for most of the game, but tied it with two late goals to force overtime. The Red Deer crew downed Strathmore 8-1 in their opening game before losing 7-6 to Spruce Grove. They then defeated East Calgary 9-2 to advance to the semifinals where they downed previously undefeated Bow Valley 4-1. The Elev8 finished the year with a 36-8-3 record. They had two gold and two silver in tournament play and a silver in the league.

Woody’s and Triple A to meet in men’s basketball Division II final Woody’s RV World and Triple A Batteries advanced to the Central Alberta Senior Men’s Basketball Association Division II final. Woody’s downed the Rusty Chuckers 71-58 and Triple A got past the Vikings 70-63 in the semifinals. Michael Gujudo had 16 points and Jose Vizcarra 15 for Woody’s with Ben Cripps dropping in 27 points for the Rusty Chuckers. Dave Misener hit 16 points and Andre Touchette 15 for Triple A while Mark Vos had 18 and Nathan Hlosse 10 for the Vikings. The best-of-three final begins Thursday at 7:15 p.m. The second game goes Sunday at 4:15 p.m. with a third, if necessary, March 27 at 7:15 p.m. All games are at Lindsay Thurber.

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SYLVAN LAKE SLOPITCH ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING at the community centre, April 7th at 7 p.m. Can register at meeting. 16 teams total.

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Bingos HARTSTOK Gloria 1949 - 2014 Mrs. Gloria Joan Hartstok (nee Klippert), beloved wife of Mr. Ed Hartstok of Red Deer, Alberta, entered into Rest at the Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre, Red Deer on Saturday, March 15, 2014 at the age of 64 years. Gloria’s family was her entire life! She loved each of them with all her heart and soul, regardless of illness or distance. Her love was greater than anything else and she cherished each child, parent, cousin and friend above all else. Gloria leaves to mourn her loss, her husband, soul mate and best friend, Ed Hartstok of Red Deer, her loving sons, Kevin and Matthew Mundell, grandchildren, Brook, Shelby, Matthew and Kaitlynn Mundell, her mother, Eva Klippert and her older sister, Gladys (Mel Woitte). She is also survived by Ed’s children, Deanna Harasinski (Sheldon), Denise Lapointe (Paul), Brad Hartstok and granddaughter, Sierra Harasinski, as well as many countless other loving family and dear friends. Gloria was predeceased by her loving son, Mark Mundell in 2012 and her father, Adam Klippert in 1975. A Funeral Service will be held at Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, 18 Selkirk Blvd., Red Deer, Alberta on Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. with The Reverend Don Hennig and The Reverend Peter Van Katwyk officiating. A Private Family Interment will be held at the Alto Reste Cemetery, Red Deer, Alberta. If desired, Memorial Donations in Gloria’s honor may be made directly to the Canadian Cancer Society at www.cancer.ca. The Family would like to express their sincere thanks to the Doctors and Nurses at the Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre, Cancer Unit and Unit 23, Palliative Care for their kindness and compassion, as well as all her friends who took the time to show their love and care during her illness. Condolences may be sent or viewed at www.parklandfuneralhome.com Arrangements in care of Gordon R. Mathers, Funeral Director at PARKLAND FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORIUM 6287 - 67 A Street (Taylor Drive), Red Deer. 403.340.4040.

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COTE Eric Born in Cacouna November 23, 1967 passed away from a tragic accident on March 6, 2014 he will be lovingly remembered by his beloved wife Ghislaine and their two daughters Patricia and Marilou. He will also be sadly missed by their, brother, sisters all family and friends.

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BELICH Beatrice Beatrice May (Betty) Belich passed away on March 13, 2014 at Red Deer, Alberta. Betty was born June 30, 1925 at Kelso, Washington, USA and moved to Canada in 1928 with her parents Arthur and Edith Olson and sister Gladys. Betty was educated in Lacombe and Red Deer then worked as nurse’s aide at R D Hospital. Betty married Joe Quinlan in 1946. Following Joe’s death in 1974, she moved to Sylvan Lake. She married George Belich on March 25, 1982, sharing life on the farm and at the Lake until his death in 1989. Betty was also pre-deceased by her parents and her brother-in-law Geoffrey Berteau. Betty was dearly loved, and will be greatly missed by her family and wide circle of friends. She is survived by her sister Gladys Berteau, niece Beverly Berteau (George Aldridge), nephew Bradley (Pam) Berteau and their children Megan and Ryan; by stepchildren Carol Unruh, Marie (Jack) Mulrooney, Nick (Marian) Belich, Debbie (Kirk) Sheppard, Dan (Melodie) Belich and Brian Hougestol; by her 12 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren and many members of the Quinlan family. We extend our thanks to Darcy Mitchell who has become a member of the family through her constant support and loving care during Betty’s courageous battle with Parkinson’s disease. A Prayer Vigil for Betty will be held at the Chapel Of The Sylvan Lake Funeral Home, Sylvan Lake on Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at 7:30 P.M. Mass of the Christian Burial will be celebrated at Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church, Sylvan Lake on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at 1:00 P.M. Interment will follow in the Sylvan Lake Cemetery. If friends desire, they can contribute to Nannies for Grannies Inc. c/o Darcy Mitchell, 25 Fern Glade Cresc. Sylvan Lake, AB T4S 1Z6 to support handi-van operations; to the Sylvan Lake Senior Citizens Lodge Foundation in support of resident comforts; or to charity of your choice. Condolences may be forwarded to www.sylvanlakefuneralhome.ca SYLVAN LAKE AND ROCKY FUNERAL HOMES AND CREMATORIUM your Golden Rule Funeral Homes, entrusted with the arrangements. 403-887-2151

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IN memory of our beloved Salvatore “Sam” Ranieri, Feb. 3, 1977 - March 18, 2011 There is a special Angel in Heaven that is part of us. It is not where we wanted him but where God wanted him to be.

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He was here but just a moment like a night time shooting star. And though he is in Heaven he isn’t very far. He touched the heart of many like only an Angel can do. So we send this special message to the Heaven up above. Please take care of our Angel and send him all our love. God bless you and keep you Sam until we meet again. With deepest love Mom, Dad, Francesca, Concetta, Andre, Glen, Ethan, Cole, Emilia and family,

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BUSY MEDICAL OFFICE requires a PRESCREENING TECH. Computer literacy is a must. Experience not necessary, job training is provided but qualifications will be considered. Starting wages $14/hr. Please fax resume to 403-342-2024.

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Aero Rental Services, a division of Western Energy Services Partnership is currently looking for a candidate to fill the following position. The Rental Technician will provide support to field operations and personnel; responsible for taking calls, filing customer orders, generating work orders and POs as well as coordinating transport.

Hiring full time Operation Coordinator/Field Supervisor for local oilfield testing company Must be local (Red Deer area) Must have testing experience Competitive salary Health benefits offered Send resume to ken@darkstarproduction. com

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

Wise Intervention Services Inc. is now hiring for the following positions: • Coil Tubing Supervisors • Coil Tubing Operators • Boom Truck Operators • Nitrogen Pump Operators • Fluid Pump Operators • Field Mechanics Competitive Wages and Benefits. Extended rotations available (22/13). Priority given to applicants with relevant experience, Class 1 Drivers License and Valid Oilfield Tickets Wise is a leading oilfield services provider that is committed to Quality and Safety excellence. By empowering positive attitudes, beliefs, perceptions and values, our employees care for the success of one another.

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

PRODUCTION TESTING EXPERIENCED SUPERVISORS and TESTERS Day & Night Must have tickets. Top paid wages. Based out of Devon, AB. Email resume to: kathy@dragonsbreathpt.ca

QUALIFICATIONS

• Exceptional interpersonal, communication and organizational skills • Able to work effectively under pressure and meet deadlines • Pressure control experience an asset • First Aid/CPR, H2S Trained • Valid Class 5 Drivers license Email: careers@wesc.ca Mail: AERO Rental Services 6525-67th Street Red Deer, Alberta T4P 1A3 Fax: (403) 356-1370 Website: www.wesc.ca

We offer competitive pay, benefits and opportunities for advancement. We thank all applicants for their interest, however only those who will be interviewed will be contacted.

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ACCOUNTANT Established CGA firm in Stettler requires an accountant for personal tax preparation. Temporary position, may lead to permanent employment. Email resume to TandP_cga@telus.net Attn: Rebecca

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Decoking Services Company looking for experienced pigging operators / foremen for work in refineries cleaning fired heaters. Northern Alberta rates apply. Please fax resume to 403 342 7447 attention: human resources

MECHANIC REQUIRED

Motor coach company looking for 4th year or journeyman. Experience with motor coaches preferred. Send resume to frontbus@platinum.ca or fax 403.-347-4999

Truckers/ Drivers

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

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

RENTAL & TRUCKING Company looking for class 1 picker/winch operator to join our team. 15 on 6 off schedule, salary plus Job functions will include, bonus and benefits. Please but not be limited to: send current resume & • Prepare accurate & timely drivers abstract to Financial Statements, info@ daily & monthly. • Prepare month end close gsequipmentcanada.com or fax 403-346-5127. process & reports. • Prepare quarterly reports SAFETY PERSON for owners. REQUIRED • Prepare working papers Red Deer Oilfield & lead sheet for year end. Construction Company • Monthly GST & PST filings EXPERIENCE with • Maintain master vehicle ISN, COMPLY WORKS, spreadsheet. • Maintain insurance C.O.R. Only people with experience apply. requirements. Send resume either by • Proficiency with Microsoft email or fax: 403-340-3471 Office. info@dynamicprojects.ca Job Requirements: STAIR MANUFACTURER Post-Secondary Diploma in Accounting or Finance, Req’s F/T workers to build stairs in Red Deer shop. minimum 5 years or more MUST HAVE basic carexperience in a similar role. pentry skills. Salary based Must be well versed in on skill level. Benefits accounting processes, avail. Apply in person at have the ability to multitask 100, 7491 Edgar & is a solid team player. Industrial Bend. email: Must be flexible in job duties. earl707@telus.net. and/or Comprehensive health & fax 403-347-7913 dental benefits offered. Forward resumes to (403) 845-7998, Truckers/ or by e-mail to: humanresources@hartoil.com Drivers

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EYEWEAR LIQUIDATORS

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

Restaurant/ Hotel

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DINO’S TAKE OUT LOOKING FOR EXP’D P/T AND F/T DELIVERY DRIVER. Please apply in person w/resume to: 130, 3121 49 AVE. Red Deer JOSE JOSE LATIN RESTAURANT IS HIRING!! COOKS HELPER Please drop off your resume at #9 7110-50 Ave or call 403-986-5673 RAMADA INN & SUITES req’s. ROOM ATTENDANTS Exp. pref’d, but not necessary. F/T wk days & weekends. Approx. 35 hrs/wk. Bonus program. Rate: $13.50/hr. Applicants may apply in person at 6853 - 66 St. Red Deer T4P 3T5 or fax 403-342-4433 or email: info@ramadareddeer.com

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SOAP Stories is seeking 5 retail sales reps. Selling soap & bath products. $12.10 hr + bonus & commission. Ft No exp. req`d. Parkland Mall 4747 67 St. Red Deer. email resume to premierjobrd@gmail.com SYNIK CLOTHING - Retail Clothing P/T, 20-30 hrs./wk Gasoline Alley apply within. WIRELESS WORLD requires 2 Retail Sales Associates for Bower Place Mall, 149A 4900 Molly Banister Drive., Red Deer, AB; FT, perm to start ASAP; Will train, provide direct mobile phone sales and customer support services at location & other duties; $12.00/hr. Email Resume: retailjobs@ mywirelessworld.ca

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ADULT CARRIERS NEEDED For morning delivery of the ADVOCATE Delivery by 6:30 a.m. 6 days/week in:

TRUCKERS

Busy road construction company looking for Class 1, Class 3, and winch truck drivers. Work is throughout Alberta. Must have at least 3 yr’s exp. Fax resume to 403-309-0489

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newspaper carriers needed in the following areas: BOWER

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

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Vanson Close / Visser St.

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104 to 194 Blocks of Douglas St. $58/mo. ALSO Dietz Close, Durie Close and 1 block of Davison Dr. $51/mo.

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Erickson Dr., Eldrige Cr., Everitt Cr., Elkin Cl., $187/mo. ALSO 37 Ave. from 39 St. to 44 St. and Exeter Cr. and 38A Ave. Area $111/mo.

41 Ave. from Ross St. to 44 St. + 4000 Block of 47 St. &44 Block of 40A Ave. $63/mo. ALSO 40A, 41 & 42 Ave. between 39 St. & 44 St. $120/mo. ALSO 43 Ave. Area between 39 St. and 43 St. $61/mo

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.

MICHENER AREA West of 40Ave. between Ross St. and 52 Ave. $264/mo ROSEDALE AREA Rowell Cl. & Ritson Cl. $87/mo. ALSO West half of Robinson Cres, Rich Cl., & Ryan Cl. Area. $84/mo.

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

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Applicants are able to apply online or fax resume to 403-885-5516 ATTN: Human Resources or email: hr@eaglebuilders.ca.

Timberstone Way $302/mo. Call Jamie 403-314-4306

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27 units, quiet, adult, no smoking, no pets Collect rent, clean, building maintenance, Sidewalks and grass. Renovation skills a plus Criminal record check. Send resumes with experience, expectations and references to: resumes@ wunschdevelopments.ca or fax: 780-452-8284

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Busy road construction company looking for Labours. Work is throughout Alberta. Must have a Class 5 license. Fax resume to 403-309-0489

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BRICAR CONTRACTING now hiring Heavy Equipment Operators, Skid Steer Operators and Laborers. Send resumes to: office@bricar.ca or fax 403-347-6296 Classifieds...costs so little Saves you so much! EXP’D CLASS 1 end dump driver for local haul. Please CARPENTERS and laborers with exp. in farm fax resume with driver’s buildings. 403-318-6406 abstract 403-342-6881

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w/Class 3Q. H2S Alive tickets required. Local hauling. Premium wages paid. Will train suitable candidates. Fax resume and driver’s abstract to: (403) 343-8385 email thewaterbus@hotmail.com

Gov’t of Alberta Funding may be available.

www.ads-pipe.com Advanced Drainage Systems, Inc., the world’s largest and most innovative manufacturer of HDPE drainage products is expanding and are currently accepting applications for a certified Class 1 Driver, with a minimum of two (2) years B-train trailer experience. ADS Drivers are required to safely operate company equipment and provide a high level of customer service, delivering our products within central Alberta. ADS Drivers are required to be drug free and maintain legal transportation paperwork and driving practices. This position requires a valid Class 1 License, with previous off road forklift experience a definite asset. We offer quarterly cash safety bonuses as well as a comprehensive medical plan. Benefits include: Company provided Group Canadian Benefits Voluntary dental Life insurance Short-term and long-term disability Retirement Savings Plan (RSP) and Deferred Profit Sharing Plan (DPSP) Paid Vacation Safety Bonus All applicants are subject to a pre-employment physical and MVR check. Interested Applicants may submit a resume, along with a current drivers abstract to: Advanced Drainage Systems Canada Inc. 4316 Gerdts Ave. Blindman Ind. Park Red Deer County, AB. T4S-2A8 Fax: (403) 346-5806 E-mail ken.mccutcheon@ ads-pipe.com Position closing date: March 28, 2014

DRIVING INSTRUCTORS, training provided for Rimbey, Drayton Valley, Ponoka and Red Deer. Streetwise Driving School. 340-8848

EXPERIENCED auto glass installer wanted immediately. Wage dependent on exp. Good communication and phone skills. 8-5 Mon. - Fri. Drop resume off at 4801-78 St. No phone calls.

Call Prodie: 403-314-4301 for more info

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Resident Apartment Manager - Red Deer

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

VANIER AREA

P/T to F/T WATER TRUCK DRIVERS

880

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INGLEWOOD AREA

DRIVERS for furniture moving company, class 5 required (5 tons), local & long distance. Competitive • wages. Apply in person. 6630 71 St. Bay 7 Red Deer. 403-347-8841 •

Truckers/ Drivers

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SUNNYBROOK AREA

ACCOUNTANT Hart Oilfield Rentals Ltd. currently has an opening in our Rocky Mountain House office for a full-time accountant.

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CARD TABLE & four chairs. One small tear in table top but otherwise in excellent condition and very sturdy. $20 obo. Phone 403-346-2426. China Cabinet. $40 obo. Phone 403-346-2426. COMPUTER Desk with lots of storage space. $30 obo. Phone 403-346-2426. COMPUTER desk, large with 1 drawer, 1 cupboard, lots of shelving. $150. obo 403-598-0540 COUCH with floral pattern. Custom made. Excellent condition. $190 obo. Phone 403-346-2426. ENTERTAINMENT CENTER with 32” TV. Exc. condition. $50 obo. Phone 403-346-2426. KITCHEN TABLE with bench seating for 3 plus 2 chairs. Storage space under bench seats. Excellent condition. $80 obo. Phone 403-346-2426 LIVING ROOM CHAIR WITH HIGH BACK. Blue. Excellent condition. $75 obo. Phone 403-346-2426.

QUEEN MATTRESS (Sealy Perfect Sleeper) Like new, used very little. $250 obo. Call 403-343-7389 or 403-350-9029 SHEET set, afghan, cushions $20 403-314-9603 SOLID OAK DINING TABLE. Seats 6 and includes 2 leaves to extend table to seat 10. Comes with 4 chairs. Excellent condition. $145 obo. Phone 403-346-2426 SQUARE, OPAQUE GLASS TOP TABLE AND 2 CHAIRS. Excellent condition. $60 obo. Phone 403-346-2426

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(1) 15”x30” Painted in brilliant colors of Chief Crowfoot’s Peace Party PowPow at sunset. $200. 403-347-7405 (2) Blackfoot Holyman’s Shield, 18”x30”. $195. for both. 403-347-7405 2 WOOL ACCENT MATCHING 5X7 CARPETS & 1 matching oval. Clean, will sell separately. $45. DAVID WINTER COLLECTORS HOUSES in original boxes. $20/ea. CANNON K920 Copier machine w/metal stand. Exc. cond. $75. 403-352-8811 KENMORE White microwave oven 800W, $30. KENMORE model 30 dehumidifier, exc. cond., $75. POTTERY SOUP SET with urn & label. 4 bowls, casserole dish & salad bowl w/4 plates, like new, $95. 403-352-8811


B10 RED DEER ADVOCATE Tuesday, March 18, 2014

BY THE CANADIAN PRESS The paths of hockey players Jamie Lee Rattray and Jillian Saulnier keep crossing. Ottawa’s Rattray and Saulnier of Halifax are among three finalists for the Patty Kazmaier Award, which is given annually to the top female in NCAA Division 1 hockey. Hannah Brandt of Vadnais Heights, Minn., is the other finalist for the trophy which will be handed out Saturday during the women’s Frozen Four tournament in Hamden, Conn. Rattray, a senior at Clarkson University, and Saulnier, a junior at Cornell, were teammates on the Canadian women’s under-18 hockey team in both 2009 and 2010, followed by three years together on the national under-22 squad. The two forwards won silver in 2009 and gold in 2010 at the world under-18 championships. “We’ve been travelling the same road for a long time now,” Saulnier said. “We’re really, really close. “It’s an honour, especially being there with one of my best friends from the national program, it’s even nicer to see that. I’m excited for her as well.” The award was established in 1998 in memory of Kazmaier, a Princeton defenceman who died of a blood disease at the age of 28. Brandt, a sophomore at the University of Minnesota, led Division 1 scoring with 22 goals and 41 assists for 63 points in 39 games. Rattray, 21, was second with 62 points — 28 goals and 34 assists in 39 games. Saulnier, 22, ranked fourth with 28 goals and 28 assists in 34 games. Both Brandt and Rattray will compete in the women’s Frozen Four as Minnesota as Clarkson won their quarter-final games Saturday. Cornell lost 3-2 to Mercyhurst and did not advance. Clarkson takes on Mercyhurst and Minnesota faces Wisconsin in Friday’s semifinals with the winner advancing to Sunday’s championship game. Clarkson, located in Potsdam, N.Y., reached the women’s Frozen Four for the first time in their 11-year history. “It’s pretty crazy to think about,” Rattray said. “To have the opportunity to cap off my season and play on the final weekend of the season and play in the Frozen Four is huge. “It’s always been a goal of mine to get to that Frozen Four. The Patty Kaz, I’m very honoured to be mentioned in the same breath as some of those players.” Previous Canadian winners of the award were Mercyhurst’s Vicki Bendus of Wasaga Beach, Ont., (2010); Harvard’s Sarah Vaillancourt of Sherbrooke, Que., (2008); Wisconsin’s Sara Bauer of St. Catharines, Ont., (2006); and Harvard’s Jennifer Botterill of Winnipeg (2001, 2003). Bendus was invited to try out for the 2014 Canadian Olympic women’s hockey team, but she was among the players released from the team in December. Vaillancourt won Olympic gold with Canada in 2006 and 2010. Botterill was a four-time Olympian and three-time gold medallist. The last three winners of the Patty Kazmaier Award — Amanda Kessel, Brianna Decker and Meghan Duggan — all played for the U.S. Olympic team in last month’s Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Cornell University is located in Ithaca, N.Y. Saulnier’s Big Red linemate last season was Brianne Jenner, who sparked Canada’s thrilling comeback in the goldmedal game by scoring at 16:34 of the third period. Canada defended the gold with a 3-2 win over the U.S. in overtime.

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MINOR HOCKEY PROVINCIALS Girl’s Bantam B Taryn Hunt scored in overtime Sunday as the Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs captured the Alberta bantam B girls hockey championship with a 2-1 win over the host Brooks Prairie Thunder. Red Deer’s Tyla Lee forced overtime with a an early thirdperiod goal. Mandi Fitzsimons made 30 saves for the provincial champs. The Chiefs got two-goal performances from Lee and Ashley Sveinson in a 6-4 semifinal victory over the Sedgewick Battle River Heat. Hunt and Megan Benoit also tallied for Red Deer, while Fitzsimons made 25 saves. Sutter Fund was 3-1 in pool play, opening with a 1-0 loss to the Fort Saskatchewan Fury before posting respective 7-1, 5-1 and 6-1 wins over the Strathmore Storm, Lethbridge Hurricanes and Calgary Avalanche. Lee fired three goals against the Storm, with Benoit, Olivia Kelley, Kaley Mueller and Ashlin Kellough also scoring and Fitzsimons making 26 saves. Hunt potted a pair of goals versus the Hurricanes. Mueller, Brooklyn Park and Jenna Hollman had the other Red Deer markers. Hollman, Benoit, Lee, Mckenna Bold, Allison Currie and Kristen Budvarson each scored a goal in the win over the Avalanche. Atom B Austin Corsiatto scored in a second overtime period to lift the Olds Grizzlys to a 6-5 victory over the Blackfalds Bulldogs in the championship game of the provincial tournament at Carstairs. Tristan Hanna recorded a natural hat trick in the third period as the Grizzlys overcame a 5-2 decifit to force extra time. Nicholas Cleland also scored for Olds, while Tate Causey, with two goals, Dylan Hunt, Foxx Doell and Nickolas Hilgersom replied for the Bulldogs, who led 3-0 after one period and 4-0 after 40 minutes. The Grizzlys downed the host Bruins 9-1 in one semifinal, with Blackfalds defeating the Sturgeon Mustangs 8-2 in the other. Kelvin Kearns scored three goals against Carstairs, with Corsiatto potting a pair and Cody Gelinas, Charlie Wright, Keegan Hodgson and Walker Dixon adding singles. Hunt fired four goals in the Bulldogs semifinal win. Doell scored twice and Austin Mayert and Matthew Taylor each added a goal. Olds was 2-1 in pool play, posting 5-4 and 4-2 wins over the Taber Oil Kings and St. Paul Canadians, and falling 5-2 to Blackfalds. Corsiatto tallied twice against Taber, while Jesse Maetche, Kearns and Cleland each had a goal. Corsiatto had two goals against St. Paul and Wright and Maetche scored the others.

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Hodgson and Wright connected in the loss to Blackfalds, which got two goal-outings from Causey and Hunt and a single from Dawson Drobot. Blackfalds also recorded 13-0 and 9-6 preliminary victories over St. Paul and Taber. Doell and Kayl Spiller turned in hat-trick performances against St. Paul, with Doell and Drew Simm each scoring twice and Causey, Hilgersom and Evariste Sylvester adding one apiece. Hunt erupted for five goals against Taber. Doell had a pair and Boyd Cota and Austin Mayert each scored once. Atom C Reed Sparrow fired four goals as the Eckville Eagles doubled Beaverlodge 8-4 in the final of the provincial championship at Smoky River. Kolten McMullen, Zachery Burns, Jake Smith and Kyle Humphrey also scored for the winners. The Eagles crushed Nanton 15-1 in a semifinal, getting threegoal performances from McMullen, Ethan Kalev and Stran Pollitt, two from Burns and singles courtesy of Smith, Sparrow, Reed Tensen and Hunter Greenwood. Eckville cruised to a 3-0 record in preliminary action, thumping Smoky River 11-4, smashing Carstairs 17-1 and burying Boyle 16-1. Sparrow exploded for six goals against Smoky River. Humphrey sniped a pair and Pollitt, McMullen and Tensen. Sparrow sniped five goals versus Carstairs, while Humphrey and Smith each had three, McMullen added a pair and Tensen, Pollitt, Kalev and Nolan Holub contributed singles. Sparrow turned in another five-goal performance in the win over Boyle. Humphrey fired three goals, Pollitt, Tensen and Smith each scored twice and McMullen and Holub rounded out the Eagles attack. Bantam B Zachary Latimer and Ryan Mcbeath scored in a losing cause as Olds fell 4-2 to Vegreville in the final of the provincial championship tournament at Westlock. Olds netminders Braeden Piebiak and Levi Mitchell combined to make 27 saves. Olds reached the championship game with a 9-4 semifinal win over Maskwacis, getting four goals from Latimer, two from Kale Wright and singles off the sticks of Graysen Cameron, Connor Brown and Rylee Trehearne. Mitchell stopped 32 shots as the winning netminder. Scoring for Maskwacis were Chevazz Rabbit, with two goals, Dylan Soosay and Trentin Wolfe. Mathew Giroux made 15 saves. Olds blanked Fairview 6-0 in preliminary play, and also posted a 4-0 win over Westlock. In anoth-

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Atom D The Alix Avalanche fell just short in their quest for a provincial title, losing 3-2 to the Marwayne Sled Dogs in the championship game at Oyen. Nicholas Allan and Haiden Robinson-Gladue scored for Alix, which ripped the Raymond Ice Raiders 6-2 in a semifinal as Declan Sargent and Dextin Reimer each tallied twice and Jax Meston and Robinson-Gladue added single goals. Alix was 3-0 in pool play, mauling the Manning Comets 13-1 and recording respective 8-5 and 5-3 victories over Wabamum and Oyen. Allan and Reimer each fired four goals against Manning, while Sargent sniped a pair and Luc Peirens, Josh Knight and Tyler Gartner also scored. Allan recorded a hat trick, Sargent had two goals and Reimer, Gartner and Robinson-Gladue added singles against Wabumum, and Sargent potted three goals and Allan and Reimer also scored in the win over Oyen.

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Canadians no longer bit players but playing starring roles in March Madness BY THE CANADIAN PRESS TORONTO — Long gone are the days when basketball fans tuned in to March Madness hoping to catch a fleeting glimpse of a Canadian. When the NCAA men’s tournament tips off Thursday, look for numerous Canadians not only playing major minutes, but playing starring roles. “What’s a tangible barometer for us to hold onto is the number of our players who are playing prominent roles within these teams,” said Rowan Barrett, assistant GM of Canada’s national men’s program. “We’re not tuning in to hope our Canadian guy gets two or three minutes. We’re seeing a number of teams where our players are either the player of the year in the whole conference, the leading scorer of the team, the freshman of the year or they’re on the Wooden list as one of the top players in the entire country.” Canadians, Barrett said, are the driving forces behind their teams, and “that’s got to be exciting for Canadians and exciting for Canadian basketball.” A total of twenty-seven Canadians will suit up in the tournament. Of course, there’s Andrew Wiggins of Vaughan, Ont., a favourite to go No. 1 overall in this year’s NBA draft. The Kansas Jayhawks star was the Big 12 freshman of the year. But while Wiggins has been dominating NCAA headlines, there are numerous other Canadians shining on the college stage, including Andrew’s brother Nick, who plays for the undefeated Wichita State Shockers. There’s Melvin Ejim, a small forward from Toronto and senior at Iowa State, who claimed AP Big 12 player of the year honours. Michigan sharp-shooter Nik Stauskas of Mississauga, Ont., was named the Big 10 player of the year. Of the top five shot-blockers in the NCAA, three of them are Canadian. Jordan Bachynski, a sevenfoot-two centre from Calgary, leads with 4.13 blocks a night for Arizona State. Bachynski was the Pac 12 defensive player of the year. Khem Birch, a 6-9 forward from Montreal, is second in blocks with 3.76 for

A list of Canadians participating in March Madness basketball tournament TORONTO — A list of the Canadian players participating in the NCAA men’s basketball championship tournament: Richard Amardi; forward; 6-8; Toronto; Oregon Jaylen Babb-Harrison; guard; 6-4; Ajax, Ont.; Eastern Kentucky Jordan Bachynski; centre; 7-2; Calgary; Arizona State Sim Bhullar; centre; 7-5; Toronto; New Mexico State Tanveer Bhullar; centre; 7-3; Toronto; New Mex-

UNLV. Toronto’s Sim Bullar, a seven-foot-five centre for New Mexico State, is fifth with 3.41. “The good thing is when you have so many Canadians performing at a high level, it inspires other Canadians, it inspires the kids coming in and they’re thinking, ’OK, I’m not just coming in here to play, I’m coming here to lead, I’m coming in here to be a driving force’ and the level and the bar continues to be raised,” said Barrett, who played college basketball for St. John’s. “I think that’s great for our game, for our athletes who do decide to play in the NCAA. It’s a tangible show of the growth of our game.” There’s Tyler Ennis of Brampton, Ont., who is the starting guard at Syracuse. Ennis was one of 25 players on the mid-season list for the John R. Wooden award for the NCAA’s top player, and is touted as an NBA first-round draft pick. There were some tense moments Sunday before the NCAA unveiled its March Madness bracket, Barrett said. The tournament is a chance for players to turn some heads prior to the NBA draft, but obviously not all of the 92 Canadians in Div. 1 would make the spring showcase. “That’s always exciting for sure, and especially when there are some of our Canadian players that we want to get into the tournament, that were not sure are going to get in, like a Dwight Powell at Stanford,” said Barrett. Powell, from Toronto, was also on the mid-season Wooden award list. “You want him to get on that stage, he wants to get drafted this year, he’s on the draft boards. So it was really exciting, exhilarating for him to get in there.” Barrett predicts five Canadians may go in this year’s draft. What’s also exciting, he said, is that the college stars are also keen to play for Canada. “I think it’s great just the novelty of Canadians, to look and say, ’Hey that’s great, there are Canadians there (in March Madness), but it’s a total other thing to see them donning the red and white and going out there and sweating and bleeding for their country as they give everything they have,” he said. “Hopefully

that will be the most inspirational thing for some of these younger players who are coming in and watching the game.”

ico State Kenny Chery; guard; 6-0; Montreal; Baylor Renaldo Dixon; forward; 6-10; Toronto; New Mexico State Melvin Ejim; forward; 6-6; Toronto; Iowa St. Dylan Ennis; guard; 6-2; Brampton, Ont.; Villanova Tyler Ennis; guard; 6-2; Brampton, Ont.; Syracuse Grandy Glaze; forward; 6-7; Brampton, Ont.; Saint Louis Brady Heslip; guard; 6-1; Burlington, Ont.; Baylor Nazareth Long; guard; 6-4; Mississauga, Ont.; Iowa St. Chadrack Lufile; forward; 6-9; Burlington, Ont.; Wichita St. Jahenns Manigat; guard; 6-1; Ottawa; Creighton Daniel Mullings; guard; 6-2; Toronto; New Mexico State Stefan Nastic; centre; 6-11; Thornhill, Ont.; Stan-

ford Agunwa Okolie; guard/forward; 6-8; Ajax, Ont.; Harvard Kevin Pangos; guard; 6-1; Holland Landing, Ont.; Gonzaga Dyshawn Pierre; forward; 6-6; Whitby, Ont.; Dayton Dwight Powell; forward; 6-9; Toronto; Stanford Laurent Rivard; guard; 6-5; Saint Bruno, Que.; Harvard Nik Stauskas; guard; 6-6; Mississauga, Ont.; Michigan Patrick Steeves; guard/forward; 6-5; Montreal; Harvard Dustin Triano; guard; 6-1; Tsawwassen, B.C.; Gonzaga Andrew Wiggins; forward; 6-7; Vaughan, Ont.; Kansas Nick Wiggins; guard; 6-7; Toronto; Wichita St.

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Kansas guard Andrew Wiggins is covered by West Virginia guard Eron Harris, left, during a NCAA college basketball game in Lawrence, Kan., Feb. 8. Wiggins is one of many Canadians that will be playing starring roles for their teams when March Madness hits Thursday.

New Blue Jays first base coach Tim Iginla scores two Leiper wears Maple Leaf proudly in win over Wild BY THE CANADIAN PRESS DUNEDIN, Fla. — Blue Jays first base coach Tim Leiper calls Arizona home these days but should qualify for honorary Canadian citizenship given his ties north of the border. Thanks to a past stint in Ottawa with the minor-league Lynx, Leiper (pronounced Leeper) is a valued member of Baseball Canada. And the appreciation goes both ways. “This is the absolute best thing I’ve ever done,” said Leiper. “They are the greatest people. (Head coach and director of national teams) Greg Hamilton, (president) Ray Carter, (director general) Jim Baba. The guys that run the program, they’re the nicest people in the world. And we’ve kind of like become family.” It started after Leiper became hitting coach of the triple-A Ottawa Lynx of the International League in 1999, eventually moving up to manager. There he became friends with Hamilton and, one day in 2003, he asked the Baseball Canada man if he ever needed help with the program. “I didn’t think I could do it because I was from the States,” said Leiper. “He said he never asked me because he didn’t think I wanted to do it. That’s kind of how it started.” They joined forces for Olympic qualifying in Panama later that year. Leiper, 47, has gone on to serve as a coach on the 2004 Canadian Olympic team as well as Canada’s 2006 and 2009 World Baseball Classic squads. In 2009, he estimates he was involved in 255 games — a journey that included helping a Dominican Republic club team at the Caribbean World Series. He was also part of the Baseball Canada staff that won bronze medals at both the 2008 and 2011 Baseball World Cups and the gold medal at the 2011 Pan-American Games. Those connections made Leiper a natural to coach a Toronto split squad against the Canadian national junior team earlier this month while manager John Gibbons led another Jays team the same day against the Detroit Tigers in Lakeland. Leiper’s affection for the opposition that day was plain to see. The Jays won 12-2 at Al Lang Field in St. Petersburg but it took

Toronto Blue Jays first base coach Tim Leiper is American but has extensive Canadian ties. A former manager of the Ottawa Lynx, he has also been a longstanding coach with Baseball Canada. Photo by THE CANADIAN PRESS

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a while to break down the Canadian teenagers. And it was truly a Canada Day as the Jays threw out one Canadian prospect after another as the game wore on. A former outfielder, Leiper spent 12 seasons in the farm systems of the Detroit Tigers, Pittsburgh Pirates, New York Mets and Kansas City Royals. His minor league journey was bumpy but helped make him the coach he is today. “I was a mess,” he said with a smile. “I was emotional. I couldn’t slow the game down.” Coaching proved to be more up Leiper’s alley. He knows the stresses of the game and can see things through the players’ eyes. “I know it’s a hard game ... When guys mess up, they don’t mean to mess up. When they play poorly, they don’t mean to play poorly. You realize that (you need to) keep it in perspective, it’s just one day. You go out and try to do your best the next day.” Even superstars have bad days, he noted. But the really good ones can put the bad days aside and compete the next day as if nothing happened. Leiper joined the Jays’ coaching staff in the off-season after spending the past year as a special assistant to player development in the Toronto system. He knew GM Alex Anthopoulos and assistant GM Tony LaCava from their days together in the Montreal Expos organization, an education in itself due to the franchise’s lack of funds and constant turnover. That allowed him to become a triple-A manager at the age of 36, learning on the fly. “I’ve really seen baseball from the ground up,” Leiper said. “This is kind of a new step. “I enjoy it. I enjoy being around

the guys. It’s great to be around motivated guys, especially us this year. We know what’s at stake, coming off a tough year but also knowing that we’re going to push forward and we want to be better.” “Everyone keeps asking me what it’s like to be in the big leagues,” he added. “But the bottom line is it’s all about winning and we’ve got to do the little things to win.” A glass half-full kind of guy with a contagious smile, Leiper says he has seen positives in all of the many stops on his baseball journey. He enjoys working with players, taking pleasure in their success. Leiper, who succeeded the retired Dwayne Murphy, sees his role at first base to help his players “find a way to take an extra 90 feet.” “I always say I’m responsible for the first 180 feet,” he said. “I think it’s important for us that we do something a little bit extra — not to be crazy and stealing bases and doing stuff, but allowing ourselves to take the ones that we can. Like if a pitcher gets lazy or they bounce the ball in the dirt and we can advance it. “I think that’s going to help us ... I think we can improve our offence just by being a base-running team.” Almost half of the Jays’ games last year were decided by two runs or less, he said. So any little edge during the game helps. He still has good memories of his time with the Ottawa Lynx. The crowds were small but the fans who did show up knew the game, he recalls. “A good baseball city with some good baseball roots.” Leiper returns to the Canadian capital regularly.

BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS BRUINS 4 WILD 2 BOSTON — Jarome Iginla scored two goals, Tuukka Rask stopped 33 shots, and the Eastern Conference-leading Boston Bruins extended their winning streak to nine games with a 4-1 win over the Minnesota Wild on Monday night. The Bruins increased their conference lead to five points over idle second-place Pittsburgh by posting their longest winning streak since a 10-game run in November 2011. Boston is 12-1-2 in its last 15 games. Loui Eriksson and Reilly Smith also scored for Boston, which beat the Wild at home for the first time after losing the first six meetings. The Bruins are 3-10 overall against the Wild, who began play in the 2000-01 season. Jason Pominville had the only goal for Minnesota, which lost for the fifth time in six games. Darcy Kuemper made 25 saves. BLUES 3, JETS 1 ST. LOUIS (AP) — David Backes scored twice, and Ryan Miller made 16 saves in another win as St. Louis beat Winnipeg. The Blues are 7-0-1 since Miller was acquired by trade from Buffalo. St. Louis has won three straight and eight of nine. Western Conference-leading St. Louis has an NHL-best 101 points. It is the sixth time in franchise history that the Blues have reached 100 points. Backes has 23 goals this season. Brendan Morrow added a goal, and Jay Bouwmeester had two assists in the Blues’ win. Eric O’Dell had the lone goal for Winnipeg, and Al Montoya made 23 saves. LIGHTNING 4, CANUCKS 3 TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Steven Stamkos and Ondrej Palat both had a goal and an assist to lead Tampa Bay past Vancouver. Valtteri Filppula and Tom Pyatt also scored for the Lightning, who moved into a second-place tie with Montreal — with one game at hand — in the Atlantic Division after completing a 3-1-2 homestand. Ben Bishop extended his single-season team record with his 32nd win. Vancouver is 3-6-1 in its last 10 games. Alexandre Burrows scored two goals, and Jannik Hansen added a short-handed tally for the Canucks. After Pyatt scored midway through the third period, the Canucks got within one on goals by Burrows at 11:44 and Hansen at 15:16.


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Bigger not always better in today’s NHL WHEN IT COMES TO PRODUCTION, PLAYER SIZE MEANS LESS TODAY THAN IT DID THREE DECADES AGO BY PHIL CURRY AND MIKAL SKUTERUD SPECIAL TO THE ADVOCATE You can’t teach size. If given the choice between a good little man and a good big man, give me the good big man. If you can’t beat them in the alley, you can’t beat them on the ice. There is an obsession with size in the NHL. Every trade deadline and every offseason, some team is looking to “get bigger.” Teams salivate over big, physical players, while smaller, skilled players have to constantly prove themselves. Perhaps the best player dealt at the trade deadline this year, Martin St. Louis, went undrafted. Three times. In 1994, the second year he was eligible for the draft, the Edmonton Oilers took 6-foot-4, 200-pound Jason Bonsignore fourth overall. Bonsignore played all of 79 NHL games in his career, managing three goals and 13 assists. St. Louis, on the other hand, has played 1,044 games, scoring 369 goals and 605 assists for 974 points. Did the fact that St. Louis is listed at 5-foot-8 and 180 pounds — which might actually be accurate if he’s wearing skates and all his equipment — play a part in how he was overlooked by the entire league in all three drafts for which he was eligible? Why are NHL GMs so fixated on player size? Is bigger indeed better? The Department of Hockey Analytics first looked to see if bigger players performed better using the most obvious measure of performance: points. And there it was: bigger players did produce more. From the 1967-68 to 1979-80 seasons, that is. During that time, forwards less than 200 pounds scored at a clip of 0.55 points per game. The rate of production ticks up until it gets to 0.68 points per game for players in the 210-220 pound range. Over 80 games (which was the season length by the end of this time frame), this translates into 10 additional points. After 1980, however, we could find no effect. Nothing. Zero. Performance is pretty much flat across the height and weight spectrum. If anything, there’s a gradual decrease as players get bigger. The graph depicts scoring for forwards at the beginning of the expan-

sion era along with scoring in the postlockout era. The line depicts the best guess as to the relationship between size and scoring based on the data. However, since there is some variation in the data, the shaded area shows the region in which the true relationship most likely lies. So back in the day maybe there was something to this “bigger means better” thing. But that was a long, long time ago. Of course, size could translate into advantages other than just point production by the players themselves. It’s not uncommon to hear that bigger players “create space” for their teammates. If that’s right, then the benefit would be seen in the productivity of their teammates. To that end we looked at how team size affected a player’s production. That is, if we consider two forwards of the same size on different teams, does the one with larger teammates perform better? Again, we found that the era mattered. In the 1960s and ’70s expansion era, five additional pounds of average teammate size translated into, on average, over three additional points per season. That’s a pretty big deal since it’s over three points for every forward on the team. Since then, though, this correlation has disappeared like a third-period lead for the Maple Leafs. Considering it’s been 30 years since bigger was better in hockey, why the continued obsession? One possible conclusion is that hockey is an evolving game, and people (GMs and scouts) are still living in the past. There was a time when size mattered. But these days it would seem that it’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s just whether the dog is any good at hockey. The Department of Hockey Analytics employs advanced statistical methods

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