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Parent decries parole ruling MAN CONVICTED IN MOUNTIE DEATHS TO BE ALLOWED UNESCORTED ABSENCES BY MURRAY CRAWFORD ADVOCATE STAFF The Red Deer mother of one of the four Alberta RCMP officers killed near Mayerthorpe seven years

ago is fed up with the parole process that let one of the men convicted in the tragedy go on unescorted trips from jail. “I told the parole board this is my last statement,” said Doreen Jewell-Duffy, mother of Const. Anthony Gordon who was killed along with three other RCMP

members. “I’m not doing anything more in regard to Shawn Hennessey as nothing is going to change the outcome.”

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Wildrose party ready for election: Smith BY PAUL COWLEY ADVOCATE STAFF

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From left: Chris Jones, Anthony Finnigans, and Braden O’Toole of the gold-winning RDC Kings Volleyball team attend the RDC Kings and Queens Legacy Celebration Wednesday. The celebration was held to recognize the most successful season any college in Canada has experienced in ACAC and CCAA history.

RDC celebrates athletic success BY DANNY RODE ADVOCATE STAFF It was a golden celebration fit for Kings and Queens. Red Deer College capped off their most successful athletic season in school history by honouring the athletic program during a ceremony Wednesday afternoon. College faculty, staff, students and members of the community were on hand to recognize the 15 athletic

teams, competing in seven sports, that put together a season that saw them win eight Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference medals and four medals at the national level, including three gold and a silver. The volleyball Kings and Queens and the Queens curling team captured gold at the nationals while the basketball Kings came home with silver. But in the end it was a day to not only honour those teams, but all the student athletes.

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Wildrose Leader Danielle Smith wouldn’t be surprised if Progressive Conservatives call an election six months to a year after they crown their new leader. The Tories have until May 2016 to call an election. But the party likes to think it can “wipe the slate clean” every time they bring in a new leader and may want to go to the polls sooner, said Smith. Former Premier Ed Stelmach called an election 14 months after winning the leadership. Alison Redford and Ralph Klein only waited six months. Whenever the election call, Wildrose will be prepared, said Smith, who was in Red Deer for a meet and greet with a standing room-only crowd of about 100 in a local hotel conference room. The party has an election readiness meeting this weekend and plans to start pulling together its full slate of 87 candidates this summer to have everyone in place by January or February next year. During a question and answer session Smith was asked how the party intended to avoid repeats of controversies such as the “lake of fire” comment by a candidate that many blame for scuttling Wildrose’s shot at victory in the last election. In the last days of the campaign, it was revealed Edmonton candidate Allan Hunsperger suggested in a blog that if homosexuals didn’t change their ways they would “suffer the rest of eternity in the lake of fire, hell.” Smith said while the party supports free speech, candidates are expected to represent their party and not make comments that diminish it in the eyes of the public. Constituency associations will be expected to screen candidates more closely and a “high bar” will be set for candidates. “Not everyone is cut out to be a candidate.” The party also has made it clear it is not taking positions on controversial social issues and will focus on issues important to most Albertans.

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Dollars and cents: weighing the costs of Michener care 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 A new university research paper looking at the cost of care for people with autism spectrum disor-



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der — one of the most common developmental disabilities — identifies the need for housing similar to modern day Michener Centre. Group homes fall short for some and alternative models of housing will be necessary for the growing number of individuals requiring care, according to The Value of Caregiver Time: Costs of Support and Care for Individuals Living with Autism Spectrum Disorder by Carolyn Dudley and J.C. Herbert Emery, published in January by the University of Calgary’s School of Public Policy.

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MICHENER: Costs more than community-based options “Models of housing that provide quality services but recognize scale economies can be part of the future solutions. The history of institutions for those with disability is grim, but some of the concepts in terms of economy of scale, if offered in a qualityof-care setting, could be built upon to provide costefficient care. The Michener Centre in Alberta is an example of this and was home to a number of highneeds individuals,” the authors said. “The Michener Centre had evolved far beyond its institutional roots and offered a safe haven for complex and difficult individuals who could not live elsewhere.” Author Carolyn Dudley, who has a severely autistic 15-year-old son at home, liked the idea of a village setting with housing that is larger than group homes with shared services like transportation and recreation. Donna Tona, whose sister Diane Tona, 50, still lives at Michener, said her family has total faith in Michener Centre. “My sister has never spent a night in wet diaper in her life. My sister gets bathed every day. She has good quality food. We don’t have to worry about her being hurt,” Donna Tona said. The province is in the process of closing older Michener buildings that will force about 120 residents to find somewhere else to live. Diane Tona lives in one of the buildings the province intends to shut down by the end of 2014. Tona said it was a tremendously difficult decision for her parents to put Diane into Michener at age six. “When they took her in and said their goodbyes, they drove down the road, went into a farmer’s field and just cried for three hours,” said Tona who struggled to hold back her own tears recalling how it devastated her parents. “My parents farmed, we had a very large farm, and they needed respite care. Diane was completely dependent. They knew my other sister and I weren’t getting any attention. They eventually came to the decision she needed to go where she was most supported and to place her where they didn’t have to worry.” While many Michener residents were wards of the province, a few families like the Tonas faced a monthly $700 bill from Michener when Diane went into care in the late ‘60s. The family struggled to pay as much as they could.


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Red Deer North MLA Mary Anne Jablonski faced outraged family members of Michener Centre residents and staff at a meeting in March 2013 after the province announced plans to relocate 120 residents. In the early ‘70s, the Lougheed government decided to pay the cost of care for all Michener residents. “We’ve always been thankful to Peter Lougheed,” Tona said. In 1983, Michener Centre ran on a $50-million budget, with 1,502 residents and 2,011 employees. Thirty years later when the Redford government announced the facility would close, Michener had a $41-million budget, 228 residents and 640 employees. Currently, it costs on average $168,000 a year to care for each Michener resident while care in the community costs $60,000. Critics of the closure say the province is shutting doors at Michener just to save money. The province argues it’s following best practices as people lead more meaningful lives when they live in the community. “The closure of Michener was never about saving money. It’s about improving the lives of individuals. It’s about the integration, the inclusion. It’s about moving them into the community,” said Human Services Associate Minister Naresh Bhardwaj. He said the 2014-15 budget includes $965 million for Persons with Developmental Disabilities — an increase of 5.9 per cent or $54 million — that will address a recent unprecedented increase of about seven or eight per cent in PDD clients. Generally it’s a two- to 2.5-per-cent increase. Additional money was also committed to increasing wages for community staff, he said. NDP critic Rachel Notley was worried about the increased pressure that will be put on service providers with the closure of Michener Centre, a decision the NDP does not support. Last spring the province cut $42 million in community access supports, then backed off when faced

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with public protest. Only $25 million was restored in the new budget. “They said they had decided they would not move ahead with those changes. What we see in this budget is although they have put some money back in, they haven’t put it all back in,” Notley said. Specialized community supports was also cut in half to about $7 million from $15 million in 2012-13. “I remain highly concerned with the quality of supports Michener Centre residents will receive once they leave the centre,” Notley said. Tim Bear, president of the Alberta Disability Workers Association, said administrative costs for Michener Centre amount to 36 per cent of its direct service budget compared to 12 per cent in the community — or three times as much. “I guess any institution, whether it’s a bank or a hospital, grows its own empire over time and Michener has been around for a very long, long time,” Bear said. Michener’s facility and infrastructure costs are also triple that of community care, he said. He said as a unionized workplace, Michener does offer better wages. Experienced disability support workers at Michener make about $23 to $25 per hour compared to $15 to $20 in the community, so Michener is able to hire people who start with higher qualifications, and they continue to have access to training. “In terms of the stability and the quality of staff that are (at Michener), I would say they are topnotch. But that’s not in any way to suggest that options in the community wouldn’t be just as good.” Community care is different, he said. “Community care is about community and about the community being involved and about people having friends who are not paid and being involved in spontaneous kinds of activities that you do and your kids do,” Bear said. Red Deer North MLA Mary Anne Jablonski and Alberta Union of Provincial Employees have proposed keeping some south side buildings at Michener Centre open for residents who want to stay. Jablonski said last week she is waiting to find out exactly how many residents that would be. “If they tell me the number, than that’s the number I’m going to fight for because there are some people who have lived there for so long. To move them out now would do more damage than good,” said Jablonski, one-time Seniors and Community Supports Minister who has grown close to residents and staff at Michener, which is located in her constituency. Some families want aging residents to move closer to home. Others feel their loved ones need the expertise and experience Michener can provide, she said. Coming Thursday: The stories of a few of the thousands of residents who have left Michener Centre over the years.

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PM plays Cold Warrior It has been a long, eight-year jour- Russian deputy said in Moscow Tuesney for a man who came to office day, well, Harper agrees. mocked for his lack of international There are a million Ukrainian Cacuriosity, but Stephen Harper has be- nadians in Canada who are friends and come the Cold Warrior of the G7. neighbours, he said, adding he has felt The essence of Harper’s a kinship with them since view of the world has been his youth. on display for four days, “I grew up with Ukraifrom Kyiv to the Dutch capinian Canadians, who were tal, as an uncharacteristicalsome of my best friends,” ly animated prime minister he said following a nuclear has unleashed a blunt litasecurity summit here that ny of vitriol against a man was overshadowed by the he has likely never trusted, G7 decision to suspend RusVladimir Putin. sia’s membership in their There will be global ecoexclusive club. nomic pain, including in Harper has a rigid sense Canada, in order to take a of black-and-white, evilhard line against Putin but and-good in the world. He TIM it is worth the price, Harper is a man who demands to HARPER said. see actions before he will The question for Canadimove off a position and he ans will be, as always — is is not swayed by promises anyone in the world listenand conciliatory language. ing to him, or has he merely transportThe contrast was stark here Tuesed his Ottawa bully pulpit to Europe to day when Harper met with Canadian speak to a domestic audience? reporters moments after U.S. PresiOver the first four days of a week- dent Barack Obama spoke at a press long trip, Harper has essentially ac- conference. cused Putin of lying, destabilizing the Obama acknowledged there would world, giving comfort to rogue states, be no military bid to dislodge Russia “strutting” around in a cavalier fash- from Crimea, while Harper came to ion, targeting an innocent Canadian this summit talking about a “complete with a travel ban simply because he reversal” of the Crimean annexation. is of Ukrainian extraction, trampling Obama stressed a diplomatic solurights and the rule of law and sabre- tion and self-determination for the rattling and grandstanding in the Arc- Ukrainian people who he said will altic. ways have a relationship with Europe If part of this is playing to the Ukrai- and Russia. nian Canadian population, as a top He would not be drawn into ques-


tions about whether he misread Putin. Harper said he had no confidence in Russian claims that they will not encroach further into Ukrainian territory and he railed against Putin’s travel ban on the president of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress, Paul Grod, who accompanied the prime minister to Kyiv Saturday. “What has he done? Is it a crime to be Ukrainian?” Harper asked. “They sanctioned a man for the sole reason that he is Ukrainian. What does that tell you about the mentality of that government?” He also fired back at a Russian deputy who said Tuesday Canada should butt out of the Crimean debate because it is too far away from Ukraine. “There’s a lot said about the mentality in that,” Harper said, “that because something is far away, you have no concern about people’s rights, or their lives or the basic principles of international law. “But somehow if you are right beside them you have the right to determine all these things without any reference to the facts or the principles or to the agreements you have made as a member of the world community.” Harper was ahead of his colleagues when he famously declared this gathering a “G7 plus one” last spring in Ireland. Putin’s crime then, in Harper’s eyes, was the Russian leader enabling the “thugs” in Bashar Assad’s Syria. But he has also taken a hard line on Iran, shutting down our embassy and

refusing to join allies in a tentative rapprochement with a new regime and his enthusiastic embrace of Israel is well known on the world stage. Harper appears to be following the well-worn path of late-term, majority prime ministers who develop wanderlust. In the case of Brian Mulroney and Jean Chrétien, it presaged a departure from the scene, a lessened interest in the trivial problems of domestic politics, the dreary duty of question period and a sense that, with seniority on the world stage, one can fancy himself as a big man on the world campus. In the last four months, Harper has travelled to Belgium, South Africa, Israel, South Korea, Ukraine, The Netherlands and Wednesday he will begin a two-day visit to Germany. He is expected to travel to France and Belgium in June, Australia in September and was musing about a trip to China after a short meeting Tuesday with President Xi Jinping. With the exception of the Israeli trip, all the travel can be described as “mandated” foreign visits for the signing of trade deals, the memorial for Nelson Mandela, a response to the Crimean crisis or our membership in international alliances. Harper will always be dogged by critics who say Ottawa merely yells loudly while carrying no stick. But he is light years from the international naïf he was once painted by opponents.

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PQ panicking at prospect of election defeat Walking home from Radio-Cana- that Canada’s foot soldiers were on the da on Sunday I chanced upon the di- march, I concluded that the minister lapidated former bus terminal where must be keeping information from the Quebec’s election officials have set up public, the better to prevent a fullshop to revise the electoral list for the fledged panic. downtown Montreal riding of SainteGiven how well-versed today’s stuMarie-Saint-Jacques. dents are in the ways of There was not another Harry Potter, it seemed soul in sight. Appearances fair to assume that they had can of course be deceiving. cleverly donned an invisAs eerily quiet as it may ibility cloak to take Quebec have seemed from the outby stealth. side, the riding’s elections How else could any headquarters was neverthegroup of the size required less deemed to be ground to change the outcome of zero for an impending the vote in my inner city threat to Quebec democracy neighbourhood manage to by no less than the outgogo about unnoticed? ing minister of justice of the Sainte-Marie-SaintParti Québécois. Jacques is a riding where, According to Bertrand on a good year, the LiberCHANTAL St-Arnaud, who rode in to als place third, thousands HÉBERT Montreal early Sunday to of votes behind the PQ and sound the alarm, the April 7 the second-place Québec election was at risk of being Solidaire. stolen by the rest of Canada. Two other Montreal Hordes of out-of-province university ridings alleged to be at risk by the students were determined to storm the péquiste brain trust have a long and bureaucratic gates of the election reg- solid Liberal history. istration offices to sign up to vote for Upon verification, Quebec’s chief the federalist Liberal party. electoral officer Jacques Drouin reIn the absence of physical evidence ported that there was no evidence


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that anything was amiss in any of the five ridings alleged to be under siege. There are marginally more Englishspeaking students seeking to register than in the 2012 election, but in an election that has turned into a referendum on a future referendum and amidst campus campaigns to promote the student vote, the opposite would have been more surprising. Drouin also told RDI, Radio-Canada’s all-news network, that a party had misled him into thinking that something was off. He would not name names but Le Devoir — the paper that broke the initial story — pointed the finger at the PQ in its Monday edition. With every passing day, the PQ campaign seems more inclined to shoot indiscriminately at anything that moves. Last week, the lead minister on the secularism charter urged Quebecers to support the PQ or else expect to have government services dispensed by employees wearing burkas and niqabs. The day before the debate, the minister responsible for the status of women was hauled out to accuse Liberal Leader Philippe Couillard of trying to intimidate Pauline Marois for warning that he would give as good as he got on ethics if and when the issue came up

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in the debate. The weekend’s wild tale of impending election robbery, delivered for the sake of achieving more gravitas by the justice minister, was designed for maximum impact province-wide. It ultimately boiled down to the latest PQ variation on the theme of cultural insecurity. It remains to be seen whether more of the same is in store for the last two weeks of the campaign. What is certain is that the pack of attack dogs intent on fear-mongering that the PQ is turning into in this campaign bears little resemblance to the straight-shooting party that René Lévesque founded in the flower-child era of the late 1960s. If the erratically aggressive body language of the PQ is not the result of a panic attack induced by the prospect of a possible defeat, then the first order of business of a re-elected péquiste government should be to have all the mirrors in the national assembly covered so that, post-election, its leading members do not have to look at themselves. Chantal Hébert is a national affairs writer. Her column appears Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

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Suncor loses bid to test oilsands workers for alcohol, drugs FORT MCMURRAY — Oilsands giant Suncor Energy has lost another battle in its attempt to randomly test thousands of union workers in northern Alberta for drugs and alcohol. A court-ordered arbitration panel has sided with the union Unifor that represents 3,600 workers in the Fort McMurray area and which had filed a grievance against the policy. The majority of panel members ruled there is no evidence that there is an out-of-control drinking or drug culture at Suncor (TSX:SU). The ruling said the random testing policy is an unreasonable exercise of Suncor’s management rights. “The 2012 policy is proposed without any time limits to review its effectiveness, is not targeted as narrowly as possible, does not use the least intrusive or most accurate testing measures available and does not contain provisions for communicating with


HENNESSEY: ‘Do your 12 years, do your time’ Hennessey, 34, was convicted along with his brother-in-law Dennis Cheeseman in the shooting death of four Mounties at James Roszko’s farm in March 2005. Hennessey and Cheeseman gave Roszko a rifle and a ride to the farm where Roszko ambushed and killed the four Mounties. Hennessey will be allowed out for up to 72 hours at a time over the next six months, following a ruling from a National Parole Board hearing at Bowden Institution on Wednesday. Jewell-Duffy said she knew in the back of her mind that Hennessey would get out on unescorted trips. “I feel it isn’t right because they were sentenced to 12 years,” she said. “Do your 12 years, do your time.” Hennessey was originally sentenced to 15 years in jail, but that was reduced because of a guilty plea and the time he spent in pre-trial custody. Gordon, Red Deer native Const. Brock Myrol, constables Leo Johnston and Peter Schiemann had been staking out a marijuana grow-op and auto chop shop that was discovered on Roszko’s property. Roszko killed himself after being wounded by another police officer arriving on scene. National Parole Board spokesperson Gary Sears said Hennessey will have some restrictions including not to consume alcohol, not to consume, purchase or possess drugs and to not associate with those involved in criminal activity. Cheeseman was sentenced to 12 years, but was granted statutory release late last year. Hennessey is eligible for statutory release on Dec. 29, 2015.

SMITH: Gained valuable experience building party Smith was also asked what her qualifications were to lead the province. She talked of the valuable experience she gained by building a party from the ground up since she became leader in the fall of 2009. It has gone from a party with 15 constituency associations and a pair of employees to an organization with 87 associations, 17 sitting MLAs and a staff of dozens. As leader, Smith has crisscrossed the province listening to Albertans to build the party’s platform. Redford, who emerged from an established party, never had the same “large group dynamics” experience, said Smith. In response to another question, Smith said among approaches that set Wildrose apart from the Tories is its commitment to balancing the books, allowing free votes and open debate, and its support of direct democracy initiatives, such as recall provisions or public referenda.

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levels of workplace safety with education and prevention, not invasive medical procedures.” The panel ruling follows court decisions in 2012 that granted the union an injunction against the Suncor policy and then ruled against the company’s challenge of the injunction. An Alberta Court of Appeal judge sent the case to arbitration. Suncor had hoped to start testing union workers in safety-sensitive jobs in October 2012. The company said three of seven deaths at its oilsands operations near Fort McMurray since 2000 involved workers under the influence. The company can already test job applicants and people suspected of being impaired for drugs and alcohol. Suncor offers counselling programs to help employees with substance abuse issues. “The driver behind the inclusion of random testing in our already comprehensive safety program is so our workers go home safely to their loved ones at the end of each day,” Seetal said.

is built on the strength of everyone in it and we have unbelievable staff and coaches.” Basketball Kings star point guard Lloyd Strickland is finishing his fifth season at RDC and sees first hand what the support from the college means. “To have our president (Ward) at the nationals shows how the support system here is so strong,” he said. “When I first came here I noticed how strong the culture was and it grew year by year. We were all super successful this year and I hope it will continue to grow, and I’m sure it will with the people involved.” Strickland has also witnessed the support from the community and believes that’s equally as important. “We all strive on community support and the buzz generated this year is huge for the college and the athletes. Only positives will come from it.” Strickland was front and centre when it came to the buzz surrounding the college. His unbelievable performance in the national final against Langara College of Vancouver caught the attention around the world. Strickland nailed four long-distance three-point shots over the final 28 seconds to almost bring the Kings back to victory. In the end they lost 88-86, but everyone was talking about Strickland. He received thousands of hits on YouTube and recognition from CBC and Sports Illustrated to name a few. “The infamous 28 seconds,” said Ward. “It’s something you’ll unlikely ever see again. But in the end all Lloyd wanted to talk about was the team and how he wanted to win as a team. That’s a story about how these athletes think. It’s a powerful story.” Ward knows the RDC athletes will continue to have success and he wants to reward them. “Our athletic facilities are some of the worst in the country and when we have teams of this calibre, winning national championships, I think it’s really important for the future of the community and the institution to have the kind of facilities that reflect that calibre of play,” he said. “When you see high schools with better facilities it says to me very clearly we have to work very hard to get the new facilities and the Canada Winter Games provides that opportunity.” If Red Deer’s bid is successful, Ward and RDC look to build a new multiplex, which includes a field house, Olympic and NHL-sized arenas and a new performance gymnasium. “It’s a great plan and sends a very powerful message to Red Deer that we’re serious about this institution and serious about our athletes and want to provide the best facilities — all our facilities — for learners and athletes who come here.” If Red Deer doesn’t get the Games, Ward says there’s a Plan B and even a Plan C. “We need the facilities built. We may have to scale it down a bit, but certainly we’ll move forward with a new facility.” Ward also wants to see the college continue to grow when it comes to granting degrees. “We learned this year that 25 per cent of the student athletes are part of our business degree program, we launched two years ago. Those students wouldn’t have been here two years ago and would have been helping the U of A or U of C win national championships. But they want to be here and providing more degree granting opportunities allows student athletes to stay with us longer. “Central Alberta is going to need a university and we think we have a role to play in that whenever the decision gets made. We’re looking at a different type of university, a university of technology and design where we will still honour our trades and technology students with certificates and diplomas plus have more degrees to keep learners and athletes in Cen-

tral Alberta. “We want to build the student athletes great facilities and provide them with more opportunities so they can stay and finish their degrees here and stay and work in the community. Raise families here. The more students who stay the better for Central Alberta.” The community is already playing a major role at RDC. This year individuals, who wish to remain anonymous, stepped up to keep curling part of the program and it resulted in Kaitlyn Sherrer and her women’s team winning gold. “It says a lot about the community,” said Hansen. “It was on the brink of death and it comes back to win a national championship. Without a doubt the community supports us a great deal and we give back as well. It’s a win-win situation.” The day also recognized the academic side as 48 student athletes had a 3.5 GPA or higher during the first semester and 97 have a 3.0 GPA or higher overall. Six individuals — Alex Moyer and Jessica Stewart of Queens soccer, Brooke Sutter of Queens basketball, Sam Brisbane of Kings volleyball and Andrew Jevne of Kings soccer — were academic allCanadians. They have a 3.5 GPA and are selected to a conference all-star team. “It says a lot about our student athletes,” said Hansen, who also has kind words to say about past leaders, starting 50 years ago with Wayne Lalor. “Without a doubt every successful program has a strong foundation,” he said. “You look back over the years and everyone added to the program and tried to leave it stronger than when they took over.” This year it certainly was. It was golden.

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“You see the athletes assembled here today, they’re extraordinary men and women . . . they’re leaders” said RDC president and CEO Joel Ward. “They’re all about team, all about collaboration and all about supporting each other . . . We have over 7,500 learners and the student athletes tend to take a leadership role and provide great role models. I believe this is important.” Athletic director Keith Hansen agreed. “It’s obviously a wonderful day and a wonderful way to celebrate what has to be an amazing year,” said Hansen, who played a major role in the college’s success, putting together a coaching staff that’s one of the best in the country. Four coaches — basketball Kings Clayton Pottinger, volleyball Kings Aaron Schulha, Scott Bergdahl of the golf team and soccer Kings Steve Fullarton — were named ACAC coaches of the year. Schulha and Pottinger received Canadian Colleges Athletic Association coach of the year awards. “As AD I think it’s important to get amazing people around you,” Hansen said. “The strength of our program

employees around false-positive results,” reads the panel report released Wednesday. Suncor said it was disappointed and indicated it will ask the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench for a judicial review of the ruling. The company noted one of the three panel members had a dissenting view. “In our view, and based on the evidence we presented, this is an unreasonable outcome,” Suncor spokeswoman Sneh Seetal said. “In fact, one arbitrator, David Laird, expressed that he had never seen stronger evidence in support of random drug and alcohol testing.” Roland Lefort, head of Unifor Local 707a, hailed the ruling. He said the policy would violate workers’ fundamental rights to privacy, respect and dignity in the workplace. Lefort said it’s obvious that workers and the union want the Suncor worksite to be safe for everyone, but there are better ways to achieve that goal. “We will work with Suncor to achieve the highest

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Conservative MP pitches assisted suicide bill BY THE CANADIAN PRESS OTTAWA — A former Conservative cabinet minister left paralyzed from the neck down by a 1996 car crash plans to introduce two private member’s bills that would allow assisted suicide in some circumstances. Steven Fletcher, a Manitoba MP who was dropped from the federal cabinet last summer, is going against government policy with his legislation. One of Fletcher’s two bills would, if passed, allow doctors to help people end their lives under certain restricted circumstances. The second would set up a commission to monitor the system. “There will be a set of statutory requirements that must be met before the act of physician-assisted death can happen,” Fletcher said Wednesday before a Conservative caucus meeting. “The commission will be taking a very close look at each case as it occurs and provide recommendations over time on how to best improve the process.” He wouldn’t go into specific details, saying that will have to wait until after the bills are introduced in the House of Commons on Thursday. The legislation is likely to face a tough time in the Commons, which last looked at the issue in 2010 and voted against it by a wide margin. Justice Minister Peter MacKay said he has no interest in starting that debate again. “I think it’s a very, very personal issue, a very contentious issue, one that Parliament examined in the not-toodistant past and spoke quite clearly, pronounced itself on it, so I’m not in


Conservative MP Steven Fletcher speaks with the media as he leaves caucus on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ont., Wednesday. any hurry to reopen that issue,” he said. Saskatchewan Conservative MP Maurice Vellacott said he will vote against Fletcher’s bills. “I think there’s great palliative care and other things that we can do instead,” he said. Transport Minister Lisa Raitt said the concept is at odds with her Roman Catholic faith. “I take very seriously the issues associated with this and, as a result, I personally am not in favour of assisted suicide.” NDP Leader Tom Mulcair said the government has a duty to look at controversial issues.

“The government has to modernize our approach, whether that means working with the provinces and territories on the health aspects of this or modernizing the Criminal Code,” he said. “Mr. Fletcher is taking a step in the right direction.” Fletcher said the ensuing debate is what matters, because the question is currently being argued in the courts, rather than in Parliament, where he said it belongs. “I believe that these issues should be decided in Parliament,” he said. “I think it’s very important that we have a debate.” The Supreme Court of Canada, which in 1993 narrowly ruled against

Sue Rodriguez in her much-debated bid for assisted suicide, has agreed to hear another British Columbia rightto-die case this spring. Rodriguez, who had amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, took her own life in 1994 with the help of an anonymous doctor. “When I reflect back on the Sue Rodriguez case, I really felt that she should have been able to legally receive what was ultimately done,” Fletcher said. He also said polls suggest Canadians in general support the idea. A Quebec bill on assisted suicide died in the national assembly when the provincial election was called. Fletcher broke his neck in 1996 when his car hit a moose. He still requires 24-hour attendant care. He recalls lying helpless in a hospital bed, on a ventilator, in danger of drowning in his own phlegm. But he says the stringent requirements in his bill likely wouldn’t have let him choose to die. “It would have been very difficult for me to have taken that option. There are safeguards.” He said his bill is aimed at those who have nothing to look forward to but pain. “This is designed to help people who are in pain and suffering and most likely lived most of their lives.” Groups representing disabled persons have argued strongly against right-to-die legislation, saying it could lead to abuses against some handicapped people. Fletcher said he disagrees. “I’m obviously part of that group,” he said. “The disabled community is not monolithic in its thinking. “The standards are very high. They will argue about the slippery slope. I don’t buy into that.”


Report calls for better warning systems BY THE CANADIAN PRESS BROADVIEW, Sask. — A report into a deadly crash between a train and a camper van warns the risk of such accidents remains until better warning systems are required at railway crossings without bells, lights and gates. The Transportation Safety Board report is based on an investigation into a collision that killed four people in Broadview, Sask., in broad daylight in August 2012. “Considering the serious consequences that can result from a crossing accident and the technological advancements that have been made, the board is concerned that, in the absence of timely implementation of low-cost alert systems, the risk of accidents at passive crossings will continue,” reads the report released Wednesday. The report says the van was driven by a tired 15-year-old novice driver on a road where trees and brush made it difficult to see the tracks. The Canadian Pacific Railway freight train travelling at 85 km/h sounded its horn and had its lights on, but struck the van broadside at a railway crossing that only had standard reflector warning signs. The report notes there have been 658 accidents over the last 10 years at passive crossings, which resulted in 59 deaths and 107 serious injuries. The board said equipping such crossings with advance warning devices triggered by trains to warn drivers would improve safety. But Rob Johnston, a safety board spokesman, said it would be very expensive to equip all rail crossings with automated gates and bells.


Pedestrians battle high winds and blowing snow as they walk in downtown Halifax on Wednesday.

Spring blizzard moves on East Coast BY THE CANADIAN PRESS HALIFAX — Across a large swath of Atlantic Canada, people who ventured outside Wednesday felt the cold sting of a massive spring blizzard that brought much of the region to a standstill. Most schools and government offices were closed in the Maritimes, flights were cancelled and traffic along some of the busiest streets and highways was virtually non-existent amid kneehigh drifts. As the winds picked up throughout the day, more and more power outages were reported. In Nova Scotia, blackouts that first appeared on the province’s southwest shore spread along the coast of the Bay of Fundy, into the Halifax area and then to parts of Cape Breton. At one point, more than 16,000 residents and businesses were without power. Smaller outages were reported in

New Brunswick, mainly in the St. Stephen area. The public transit service in Halifax pulled its buses from the roads by late morning. All ferry services in the region were suspended, including the ferries that link Nova Scotia with Newfoundland. As the brawny storm reached its peak in Halifax early Wednesday afternoon, tiny shards of wind-whipped snow cut sideways around every corner. “I don’t mind as long as it all melts when it’s done,” a woman named Chantel said as she shielded her face from the icy wind. “It’s probably the worst one I’ve been through.” In Fredericton, Melynda Jarrett displayed the typically grim resolve Maritimers need to make it through the prolonged winter weather. “I am so depressed about this weather, but you just have to laugh otherwise you’ll just curl up in a ball and start crying,” she said as the snow swirled around her. “Hopefully this is

the end of it.” A significant amount of snow was in the forecast for all four provinces, and the entire region was warned about potentially damaging winds and widespread whiteouts. On Brier Island, off Nova Scotia’s western edge, a peak gust hit 133 kilometres per hour early in the afternoon, Environment Canada said. In Grand Etang, on the notoriously windy west side of Cape Breton, a gust from the east reached 161 km/h at 4 p.m. Sean Irvine, director of Nova Scotia’s Emergency Management Office, said warnings about the storm, which started last weekend, helped people prepare. “We do know that most people have taken our advice and have stayed off the road and most businesses are closed down and people are staying at home, which is good news,” he said. There were no reports of major damage, he said. However, Irvine warned that the storm was expected to linger over the region.

Neck compression may have killed York University student: pathologist BY THE CANADIAN PRESS TORONTO — A York University student found dead hours after her boyfriend in China watched via webcam as a man entered her apartment may have died from neck compression, a pathologist testified Wednesday. Qian Liu, 23, was found dead April 15, 2011 in her off-campus basement apartment, mostly naked and face down on the floor. The Chinese student had been chatting with her boyfriend when he saw her open the door to a man who tried to hug her, then forced his way in and later turned off the computer while naked from the waist down, court has heard. Dr. Jeff Tanguay couldn’t arrive at

a definitive cause of death for Liu, but he said the best overall explanation is mechanical asphyxiation, which could be her neck or chest being compressed or something interfering with the intake of air through her nose or mouth. Brian Dickson, who was a tenant in the same building as Liu, has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder, but his lawyer has told the jury he’ll be urging a finding of manslaughter. Liu did not have many external injuries, Tanguay said, but the autopsy revealed internal bruising on her right temple, in a muscle on her left shoulder blade and on her triceps. She did, however have multiple petechial hemorrhages in her eyes, which appear as dots and are the results of blow flow backing up in the

veins and a rise in pressure, Tanguay said. Those hemorrhages could be caused by pressure being applied to the neck or chest, or if the upper airways are blocked, Tanguay said. He ruled out heart disease. Since there were no external marks to go along with the bruising under the skin of Liu’s temple, shoulder and triceps, Tanguay couldn’t say how they were caused, though he did offer some possibilities. The injury to the muscle in the back could have been caused either by a forceful impact, firm pressure applied by an object such as a knee or an elbow or, since it’s part of the rotator cuff, it could have happened if the arm was moved outside of its normal range of motion, Tanguay said.

The tricep bruises could have been caused by impacts or by forceful grasping or squeezing, he said. There was no evidence the bruises had started to heal, which means they happened shortly before Liu’s death, Tanguay said. Liu’s tongue was clenched between her teeth, which could be the result of either a seizure, if her tongue was sticking out and she was hit on the head or chin, or if her jaw was forcibly closed, he said. A bruise on her tongue also could have been caused by pressure if she had been in a choke hold, Tanguay said. Bleeding that the pathologist found in Liu’s neck either could have been the result of an injury or could be from pooling of the blood after death, he said.

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Existing support may be enough to fight old-age poverty in veterans OTTAWA — The Veterans Affairs Department is weighing whether federal programs will provide enough of a safety net to keep the most severely injured ex-soldiers from falling into poverty after they turn 65. Minister Julian Fantino and senior officials have told a Senate committee that concerns about gaps in coverage, raised last fall by the veterans ombudsman, are still under review. But Fantino suggests some worries may be addressed by a parliamentary review of the new veterans charter, the Harper government’s signature legislation that governs the benefits and entitlement of those who served. Veterans ombudsman Guy Parent found that hundreds of disabled veterans, most from Afghanistan and recent peacekeeping missions, will be left out in the cold at 65 because they don’t have a military pension and will lose some allowances. Mary Chaput, deputy minister of veterans affairs, says the ombudsman may be on to something, but officials need to study the situation. She also says other existing government programs such as Canada Pension Plan benefits and old-age security, are available and officials are looking at how they help these exsoldiers.

Offices shut down as dozens search for well-known Iqaluit homeless man IQALUIT, Nunavut — Dozens of volunteers in Iqaluit left their homes and offices Wednesday to search the icy streets of the Nunavut capital for a well-known, much-loved homeless man. Police say Benjamin Palluq, 44, hasn’t been seen since Friday. RCMP Cpl. Yvonne Niego said Palluq is a fixture in the community and is known for his friendly attitude. She said his face is a fixture at events and on downtown streets. In addition to police and emergency workers, government departments and aboriginal organizations released employees to help look for Palluq. At least 75 people participated in an organized search Wednesday. There’s also an extensive social media campaign to find Palluq.

Health premiums for most retired civil servants to double under deal OTTAWA — Federal public servants will be required to pay more toward their retirement health benefits under an agreement that one union says was negotiated with a gun to the heads of retirees. Under the deal, announced by Treasury Board President Tony Clement, premiums paid by retirees for those benefits will double for all but those with the lowest incomes. Both sides made compromises to reach a deal on the changes to the Public Service Health Care Plan, Clement said. “Quite frankly we both put some water in our wine,” he told reporters on Parliament Hill. “That’s the nature of negotiated settlements.” He called the agreement fair and reasonable. But the unions had little choice but

to negotiate, said the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada. “The federal budget brought down in February included references to increasing retiree premiums for the PSHCP and increasing the years of service required for eligibility for the PSHCP as a retiree,” said a statement on the union’s website. “While we are opposed to these changes, it was made clear to us that if we didn’t come to an agreement, these changes would be legislated.” Currently, retired civil servants pay 25 per cent of their health premiums while taxpayers pay 75 per cent. Under the new agreement, premiums will be split 50-50. Clement says the deal means the federal government will save $6.7 billion over six years.

Tories vent over perceived nomination meddling by top party operative OTTAWA — The Tory MP, her boyfriend at Conservative HQ, and the battle for a coveted Toronto-area riding — it’s a combination that’s causing friction and recriminations in Conservative circles. The controversy centres around the party’s promise to hold open nominations across the country leading up to the 2015 federal election, after years of protecting incumbent MPs. Some grassroots members in Ontario are appealing to the party brass to address what they perceive as favouritism and interference by Dimitri Soudas, the party’s executive director. Soudas’ partner, MP Eve Adams, is running for the nomination in the new riding of Oakville-North Burlington. Last year, the couple moved away from Mississauga-Brampton South, which she currently represents. Tempers flared when Adams showed up at a riding board meeting Mar. 19, and was asked to leave after an unpleasant exchange. Two sources who did not want to speak on the record about personnel matters said one board member threatened to call the police when she stayed on. Soudas was waiting for her in an adjacent hallway to pick her up. “Everybody on the board is shocked at what is going on, and are hoping that our national council who are ultimately in charge of both the executive director and the nomination process, that they’re going to do the right thing and rectify things,” said John Mykytyshyn, a riding board member. A majority of the riding association backs prospective candidate and local chiropractor Natalia Lishchyna, including Mykytyshyn. “It was just, bad, bad optics,” said Larry Scott, a provincial Progressive Conservative candidate and backer of Lishchyna’s. “People would be intimidated. These are just regular people who feel a civil duty to be involved.”

Heavyweight heist in B.C. as strong-armed crooks abscond with antique anvil HALFMOON BAY, B.C. — There’s been no sign of any roadrunners, but wiley coyotes on B.C.’s Sunshine Coast should beware: an anvil has been stolen from an area home. RCMP in Halfmoon Bay, about 36 kilometres northwest of Gibsons B.C., say the antique anvil was snatched sometime between March 21 and last Sunday. The theft might not have taken much planning, but police say it likely required some physical strength, because the metal, block-shaped item weighed at least 50 kilograms. It was one of two odd heists on the Sunshine Coast last week, as crooks also raided a building site and escaped with five burlap sacks full of brackets used for construction.

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PQ leader Pauline Marois steps off her campaign bus as she arrives at a news conference Wednesday in Montreal.

Parti Quebecois on defensive over anti-corruption meeting BY THE CANADIAN PRESS MONTREAL — Parti Quebecois Leader Pauline Marois was put on the defensive Wednesday over her party’s decision to keep quiet about a meeting two of its senior officials had with provincial anti-corruption officials in February. With the Quebec election campaign focusing in recent days on integrity and corruption, Marois said there was nothing sinister about the PQ’s silence on the meeting with the UPAC anticorruption unit. Marois told a news conference it was UPAC that asked the party not to talk about a meeting the party has described as informal and centred on party financing. “My director general told me that UPAC asked him not to talk about this visit,” Marois said, adding she was informed by party officials a few days after it happened. The meeting only came to light late Tuesday through media reports and was quickly confirmed in a PQ statement.

Last September, when Liberal Leader Philippe Couillard was met by the anti-corruption squad a few months after raids at Liberal offices, he held a news conference the same day to clear the air. “We don’t have anything to hide,” Marois said. “When UPAC came to the Parti Quebecois, they asked for some information about the way we do financing.” Marois has been attacking the Liberals for several days on integrity issues as her party runs second in various polls. She said it’s unfair to compare the February meeting with the Liberal encounters with UPAC. The anti-corruption force seized documents in the Liberal raids as part of an ongoing corruption investigation. “I will never accept that we compare the Liberals and the PQ when it comes to financing and granting of contracts,” Marois said. Marois also repeated that UPAC had met with all political parties, but the Coalition for Quebec’s Future insists it never had such a meeting.



REQUEST FOR NOMINATIONS The Citizen of the Year and Young Citizen of the Year Award are given out each spring at the Rotary Spring Gala in Red Deer. The cornerstone of these awards is volunteerism and leadership with a view that the award recipients possess attributes/have made contributions that have enduring affects on society/community. Nomination Criteria for Citizen of the Year Award t Length of service to the community of Red Deer, outside the parameters of one’s employment t Residency and personal background t Legacy created and the impact created in the community t Enhancement of community t Breadth of impact Nomination Criteria for Young Citizen of the Year Award t Demonstrated leadership commitment t Demonstrated community service commitment t Under the age of 26 years t Residency and personal background t Breadth of impact Guidelines Nominations must be submitted in writing to: Jim Slipp AndersonSlipp Chartered Accountants #106, 4320 - 50 Avenue, Red Deer, AB, T4N 3A6 Attention: Citizen of the Year or Young Citizen of the Year Nominations must be received not later than April 11, 2014.

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Harper warns Germany about Russia PUTIN TRAPPED IN COLD WAR MINDSET: PM BY THE CANADIAN PRESS MUNICH, Germany — Prime Minister Stephen Harper warned Germans about Russia on Wednesday, reminding them of the danger posed by a leader with a Cold War mentality who has brazenly seized territory from a neighbour. “As unfortunate as it sounds, it’s increasingly apparent to me that the Cold War has never left Vladimir Putin’s mind; I think he still thinks in those terms,” Harper said during a question-and-answer session with the Bavarian Business Association in southern Germany. “We simply, as a world, cannot afford the risk of Europe going back to being a continent where people seize territory, where they make claims on neighbouring countries, where the bigger military powers are prepared to invade their neighbours or carve off

pieces.” On the eve of his meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Harper suggested Germans know this better than anyone. “This is a world we cannot go back to — I know the feeling about that in Germany particularly. We cannot go back to this. It represents an enormous long-term threat to peace and security.” The prime minister met German business leaders to extol Canada’s economic virtues, but even in a corporate setting, the ominous events of eastern Europe were a key topic of discussion. Harper was asked about the G7’s effective removal of Russia from the G8 earlier this week and what it would mean for the global economy. Some European nations, including Germany, have been hesitant to level strong economic sanctions against Russia given their close ties to Moscow and the fragility of their economies following the 2008 global economic melt-

down. But in recent weeks, Merkel has been open to much tougher sanctions. She was reportedly infuriated by the false assurances Putin gave her about having no designs on Crimea. Harper is slated to meet Merkel in Berlin on Thursday. The two leaders are the most senior in the G7 and have a close relationship. Russia formally annexed the strategic Black Sea peninsula last week, shortly after Ukraine’s government was overthrown following months of pro-Western protests in Kyiv. The uprising has resulted in the biggest crisis in eastern Europe since the Cold War era. Harper’s events in Germany on Wednesday focused on promoting Canada to the European powerhouse. The two countries did nearly $19 billion in trade last year. The prime minister was asked about the energy sector at Wednesday’s business event. He expressed skepticism

that Germany would be able to meet its goal of phasing out fossil fuels and nuclear while having a scant supply of hydro power. “I do not know an economy in the world that does not rely heavily on at least one of those, so this is a brave new world you’re attempting; we wish you well with that,” he said to seemingly nervous laughter from the crowd. He said it would be very challenging for Germany not to rely on some combination of fossil fuels, nuclear and hydro, but said Canada was ready to help. “What I tell audiences at home and abroad: Whatever the energy mix of the future is, Canada will be a major producer,” Harper said, adding the country’s current challenge is its overwhelming dependence on the Canadian and American markets. “We’re looking for ways to take that business, obviously, global.”

Possible Malaysia jet debris field found BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — A French satellite scanning the Indian Ocean for remnants of a missing jetliner found a possible plane debris field containing 122 objects, a top Malaysian official said Wednesday, calling it “the most credible lead that we have.” Defence Minister Hishammuddin Hussein also expressed exasperation with the anger rising among missing passengers’ relatives in China, who berated Malaysian government and airline officials earlier in the day in Beijing. About two-thirds of the missing are Chinese, but Hishammuddin pointedly said that Chinese families “must also understand that we in Malaysia also lost our loved ones” as did “so many other nations.” Nineteen days into the search for Malaysian Airlines Flight 370, the latest satellite images are the first to suggest that a debris field from the plane — rather than just a few objects — may be floating in the southern Indian Ocean, though no wreckage has been confirmed. Previously, an Australian satellite detected two large objects and a Chinese satellite detected one. All three finds were made in roughly the same area, far southwest of Australia, where a desperate, multinational hunt has been going on for days. Clouds obscured the latest satellite images, but dozens of objects could be seen in the gaps, ranging in length from one meter (3 feet) to 23 metres (76 feet). At a news conference in Kuala Lumpur, Hishammuddin said some of them “appeared to be bright, possibly

indicating solid materials.” The images were taken Sunday and relayed by French-based Airbus Defence and Space, a division of Europe’s Airbus Group; its businesses include the operation of satellites and satellite communications. The company said in a statement that it has mobilized five observation satellites, including two that can produce very high resolution images, to help locate the plane. Various floating objects have been spotted in the area by planes over the last week, including on Wednesday, when the Australian Maritime Safety Authority said three more objects were seen. The authority said two objects seen from a civil aircraft appeared to be rope, and that a New Zealand military plane spotted a blue object. None of the objects were seen on a second pass, a frustration that has been repeated several times in the hunt for Flight 370, missing since March 8 with 239 people aboard. Australian officials did not say whether they received the French imagery in time for search planes out at sea to look for the possible debris field, and did not return repeated phone messages seeking further comment. It remains uncertain whether any of the objects seen came from the plane; they could have come from a cargo ship or something else. The search resumed Wednesday after fierce winds and high waves forced crews to take a break Tuesday. A total of 12 planes and five ships from the United States, China, Japan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand were participating in the search, hoping



to find even a single piece of the jet that could offer tangible evidence of a crash and provide clues to find the rest of the wreckage. Malaysia announced Monday that a mathematical analysis of the final known satellite signals from the plane showed that it had crashed in the sea, killing everyone on board. The new data greatly reduced the search zone, but it remains huge — an area estimated at 1.6 million square kilometres (622,000 square miles), about the size of Alaska. “We’re throwing everything we have at this search,” Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott told Nine Network television on Wednesday. “This is about the most inaccessible spot imaginable. It’s thousands of kilometres from anywhere,” he later told Seven Network television. He vowed that “we will do what we can to solve this riddle.” Malaysia has been criticized over its handling of the search, though it is one of the most perplexing mysteries in aviation history. Much of the most strident criticism has come from relatives of the 153 Chinese missing, some of whom expressed outrage that Malaysia essentially declared their loved ones dead without recovering a single piece of wreckage. At a hotel banquet room in Beijing on Wednesday, a delegation of Malaysian government and airline officials explained what they knew to relatives of those lost. They were met with skepticism and even ridicule by some of the roughly 100 people in audience, who questioned some of the report’s findings

Secret Service misbehaviour called troubling WASHINGTON — The chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee said Wednesday he’s troubled by an alleged incident involving a drunken Secret Service agent in connection with President Barack Obama’s overseas trip to the Netherlands. On Sunday, the agency called three agents home from the Netherlands just before Obama’s arrival for talks with foreign leaders in The Hague. One agent had been found inebriated inside a hotel. Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., said Wednesday he is “troubled by the reports regarding the behaviour of a few Secret Service agents serving on the president’s detail in the Netherlands,” according to a statemen. The latest embarrassing incident involving a drunken Secret Service agent comes a year into the term of a new agency director who already has been confronted with a handful of incidents since the Colombia prostitution scandal nearly two years ago. In that episode, 13 agents and officers were accused of partying with female foreign citizens at a hotel in the seaside resort of Cartagena, where they were staying before Obama’s arrival. Agents can consume alcohol only “in moderate amounts while off duty” or on temporary assignment, according to an updated Secret Service professional conduct manual.

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CAIRO, Egypt — Abdel-Fattah elSissi, the Egyptian military chief who last summer removed the elected Islamist president, announced Wednesday that he has resigned from the military and will run for president in elections scheduled for next month. In a nationally televised speech, el-Sissi appeared in his military uniform, saying that it was the last time he would wear it because he was giving it up “to defend the nation” by running for president. He said he was “responding to a call from the people.” Egyptian law says only civilians can run for president, so his resignation from the military, as well as his posts of military chief and defence minister, was a required step. El-Sissi is widely expected to win the vote, after months of nationalist fervour since he removed Mohammed Morsi, who in 2012 became Egypt’s first freely elected and civilian president. The ouster in July came after massive protests demanding Morsi go after only a year in office amid public resent-

ment that his Muslim Brotherhood was monopolizing power. Since then, the military-backed interim government has waged a fierce crackdown on Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood, arresting thousands of members and killing hundreds of protesters in clashes. At the same time, militants have waged a campaign of attacks on police and the military, and el-Sissi has repeatedly declared a war on terrorism. In his address Wednesday night, elSissi gave a campaign-style speech, promising he intended to build a “modern and democratic Egypt.” He spoke of the challenges facing the country, including millions of unemployed and a “weak economy.” In an apparent goodwill gesture despite the crackdown, he promised “no exclusion . . . . I extend my hand to all at home and abroad — all those who have not been convicted.” “There will be no personal scoresettling,” he said.



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Flames can’t get past Ducks BY THE CANADIAN PRESS Ducks 3 Flames 2 CALGARY — Andrew Cogliano scored the go-ahead goal at 14:41 of the third period as the Anaheim Ducks picked up an important two points with a 3-2 victory over the Calgary Flames on Wednesday night. Stephane Robidas’ shot from the blue-line was kicked out by Karri Ramo but the puck went right to Cogliano at the face-off circle, who quickly fired in his 21st goal of the season. It was just minutes earlier that Cogliano had a good chance in the slot but rang a shot off the outside of the post. Finishing it off wasn’t easy, however. The Flames poured on the pressure in the final minute with the goalie pulled. Mike Cammalleri’s blast came the closest to getting past Jonas Hiller, but the Ducks hung on. Nick Bonino and Mathieu Perreault also scored for Anaheim (47-18-7), which kicks off a three-game road trip to Western Canada with its sixth road win in its last eight games away from the Honda Center. The win moves the Ducks to within two points of the San Jose Sharks and the lead in the Pacific Division. Anaheim still holds two games in hand. Brian McGrattan and Jiri Hudler scored for Calgary (30-36-7). It’s the Flames league-leading 44th one-goal game, which is one short of the franchise record. Trailing 2-1 headed to the third period, the Ducks tied it at 5:32. Sami Vatanen’s rising shot from the blue-line hit a scrum of bodies in front that included Ramo, who had come out of his crease to cut down the angle. Unfortunately for the Flames goaltender, the puck dropped at the skates of Perreault, behind Ramo, and he easily slid the puck into the vacated net. Perreault’s 16th goal extends his point streak to six games (four goals, two assists). Trailing 1-0 after the first period, the Flames tied it at 4:44 of the second. Although the goal was flukey, it came after a shift in which the trio of McGrattan, Kevin Westgarth and TJ Galiardi put in some tireless work deep in the Anaheim end. Tyler Wotherspoon made a great play


Anaheim Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller braces for a collision with Calgary Flames’ Curtis Glencross during second period NHL action in Calgary, Wednesday. at the blue-line to keep the puck in after an attempted clear. His quick shot towards the net deflected off the glove of Kevin Westgarth in front then bounced in hit the leg of McGrattan and trickled behind Hiller. McGrattan’s fourth goal and 10th of his career comes in his 300th NHL game.

Calgary took a 2-1 lead with 26 seconds left in the second, the result of a pretty play by Ladislav Smid. Not known for offensive creativity at all — just four assists in 71 games entering the night — Smid fooled everyone on the ice with a fake shot before sending a quick pass to Hudler at the face-off circle who blasted a slapshot

past Hiller before he could get across. It was the second time this month the two teams had met at the Scotiabank Saddledome. Two weeks ago, the Flames scored four times in the first period in routing the Ducks 7-2.

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Alberta skip Kevin Martin pauses for a moment during a draw at the Tim Hortons Brier in Edmonton, March 4, 2013. Martin has not decided if he will return next season after two members of his team will jump over to a rival team.

Veteran skip Kevin Martin will have a much different lineup if he decides to return for another season on the men’s curling circuit. Team second Marc Kennedy and lead Ben Hebert plan to leave Martin’s rink after this season to join reigning national champion Kevin Koe. It’s the first major move of what’s expected to be an off-season loaded with significant roster changes. As for the 47-year-old Martin, who has national, world and Olympic titles on his glowing resume, he plans to take some time after the season to consider his future plans. “I can’t confirm that I’m looking for a new roster,” Martin told The Canadian Press on Wednesday from Napa Valley, Calif. “But I can confirm that Marc and Ben are going to curl with Kev, yeah. I haven’t decided if I’m going to curl again at all.” In addition to Kennedy and Hebert, the new Koe foursome will also include Brent Laing of Team Glenn Howard, according to a recent Rogers Sportsnet website report. Laing declined to comment and a message left with Howard was not immediately returned. The timing of the news is less than ideal for Koe and his current lineup of third Pat Simmons, second Carter Rycroft and lead Nolan Thiessen, who will try to put the distraction aside as they prepare to play at the world championship in Beijing this Saturday. Koe preferred to keep his focus on the upcoming competition and respectfully declined comment. Rycroft, whose wife is pregnant, has already said he’ll be taking a year off from the sport after this season. Simmons and Thiessen were not available for comment and their future plans remain unclear. Hebert declined comment and a message left with Kennedy was not immediately returned.

Martin said it was unfortunate that the news surfaced during the season and before the world championship. “I sure wish none of this stuff (came) out,” he said. “I’m not exactly sure how it did but it’s too bad.” With the Olympic season nearly complete, several roster changes are expected as teams prepare for the next four-year cycle. Team Brad Jacobs, which won gold at the Sochi Games last month, will be one of the rinks to beat next season. What’s uncertain at this time is what ripple effect the new Koe lineup might have on teams throughout the country. The 2014-15 season isn’t necessarily critical as rinks start to look ahead to the 2018 Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, but the sooner that players can lock in the better. Martin, Kennedy and Hebert teamed with John Morris to win Tim Hortons Brier titles in 2008 and 2009, going undefeated en route to the championship each year. They also won Olympic gold at the 2010 Games in Vancouver. Morris left the team almost a year ago and later joined Jim Cotter’s B.C. rink. Morris was replaced by Dave Nedohin and the current Martin lineup has enjoyed a strong season. Martin wasn’t surprised at the pending departure of two of his teammates since they want to position themselves for the next Olympic cycle. “Having teams change and personnel change, that’s just part of sport,” he said. “That’s not unusual I don’t think. It’s just unfortunate that any of these changes — and there are a lot of changes that are going to happen this year — happen before the end of the (season). That should definitely happen in May.” Martin added the moves make “perfect sense” for Kennedy and Hebert. The veteran skip expects to decide on his own future plans by the end of June.

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Winnipeg picked to host 2015 Grey Cup at Investors Group Field BY THE CANADIAN PRESS WINNIPEG — Mark Cohon says he’s looking forward to showcasing the modern CFL in one of the league’s proudest homes. Sporting a blue-and-gold tie, the CFL commissioner officially announced Wednesday that the Winnipeg Blue Bombers will host the 103rd Grey Cup game on Nov. 29, 2015. Cohon said the event will highlight the growth of the league and show off the 33,500-seat Investors Group Field, which opened last year. Seating will be expanded to 41,000 with temporary seating for the championship game. Winnipeg has hosted the Grey Cup in 2006, 1999 and 1991. “This gives us a great opportunity to showcase the modern CFL in our premier event in a beautiful, modern Investors Group Field,” Cohon said at

a luncheon in Winnipeg. “It’s really the new look and feel that we have that’s coming across the league.” He pointed out the Hamilton TigerCats will open Tim Hortons Field this summer, while the expansion Ottawa Redblacks will christen TD Place this year. Regina is set to open its new stadium for the Saskatchewan Roughriders in 2017. But there are some dark clouds looming over the league, as the fouryear collective bargaining agreement with the CFL Players’ Association expires in late May just before training camps open. Players are looking for a bigger piece of the pie, with revenue sharing reportedly one of their goals. Talks between the association and league broke off earlier this month, but are scheduled to continue next month. Cohon has been publicly silent on

negotiations, but when asked about it he said the league has been open with players about the state of its finances. “It’s not about revenues, it’s about profitability,” Cohon said. “There’s many areas of investment that this league is making, from growing in Toronto to obviously our stadiums. There’s $160 million in investments in stadiums that we’re making. “So I think it’s really important that people understand, and our players understand that, and our fans understand, this league is getting stronger but we still have a ways to go.” When asked about the league being philosophically against the concept of a revenue-sharing agreement, Cohon said he wouldn’t talk specifics. “I’ll talk about where we are as a league, but I was pretty resolute last time that when we negotiate that I am not going to negotiate in public,” he said. “So I’m not going to comment on

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our position on revenue sharing or on what the salary cap’s going to be in the future. “We’re going to negotiate a fair deal. We’re going to negotiate in the context of where we are as a league today and where we want to be as a league.” Cohon earlier joked with Blue Bombers president and chief executive officer Wade Miller that the last three teams to host the Grey Cup won the game, so the pressure is on him to follow the trend. The B.C. Lions are hosting this year’s game. That could be a tough task for the Bombers, who finished last season with a league-worst record of 3-15 that tied a franchise-low mark for an 18-game schedule. They’ve also missed the playoffs four of the past five years and haven’t won a Grey Cup since 1990, a league-high drought of 23 seasons.

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Raptors move closer to playoffs BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Raptors 99 celtics 90 BOSTON — DeMar DeRozan understands that a playoff berth for the Raptors has meaning beyond Toronto’s locker room. Terrence Ross scored 24 points, Kyle Lowry 23 and the Raptors edged closer to their first playoff spot since 2008 with a 99-90 win over the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night. “Not just the franchise, the whole city of Toronto and Canada,” said DeRozan, sitting at his locker with his left foot in a bucket of ice. “I’ve been here five years and see how passionate the fans are. It definitely means a lot. We feed off them, the energy they bring every single night. That would be great for the city and we have to take advantage of the opportunity.” DeRozan added 20 points for Toronto, which increased its Atlantic Division lead to 2 ½ games over Brooklyn. The Raptors can clinch a playoff spot if the New York Knicks lose at Sacramento later Wednesday. It was Lowry’s eighth straight game of 20 or more points and helped the Raptors snap an 11-game losing streak in Boston. “I’m not going to lie,” Lowry said. “I think everybody tonight is rooting for that Western Conference team over there.” The Raptors are also chasing a division title. They face Boston in the back end of a home and home on Friday.


Toronto Raptors forward Chuck Hayes (44) controls the ball on the floor while Boston Celtics guard Phil Pressey (26) reaches for it as Raptors forward Terrence Ross (31) looks on, left, in the second half of an NBA game in Boston, Wednesday. The Raptors won 99-90. “We can’t be satisfied just making the playoffs,” DeRozan said. “We could go out there and play four games and be home. We’ve worked too hard to get to this point just to slow down and pace ourselves. We’ve got a long, long way to go.”

Jared Sullinger led Boston with 26 points, going 4 of 6 from 3-point range, and Avery Bradley scored 16. Boston lost for the seventh time in eight games. “Sully got hot and I thought even though we were really undersized we played pret-

Blake chosen to lead Canada’s management at world championships BY THE CANADIAN PRESS Rob Blake remembers what it was like to get the call from Hockey Canada to play in the world championship the day after his season with the Los Angeles Kings ended. Blake donned the red-and-white Maple Leaf five times at the tournament over his career, winning gold twice. This spring he’ll be making those calls as Canada’s general manager for the world championship that takes place in May in Minsk, Belarus. Because it’s an Olympic year, Blake and his staff — Ron Hextall of the Philadelphia Flyers, Brad Treliving of the Phoenix Coyotes and Brad Pascall of Hockey Canada — might have some different challenges convincing players to commit. But the 44-year-old Kings assistant GM knows what to sell. “I can’t stress how important the opportunity to win is,” Blake said. “I convey to them what the world championships is all about. ... You look at your career and it goes by pretty fast. There’s not a lot of opportunities you have to win something.” Blake represented Canada at the world championship in 1998, months after playing in the Nagano Olympics. “Being in that position and having won a couple of those tournaments, you can relate those stories to (potential players),” Blake said. Canada, like many other teams at the world championship, is expected to have a young roster in Minsk because it’s an Olympic year. Not only does that likely rule out the players who won gold in Sochi (Corey Perry was the only 2010 Olympian to play at the worlds), but Treliving said there are other complications. “It’s a little bit unique in the sense not only from an Olympic year and the guys that went over and played, but even from the NHL schedule and the compactness of the NHL schedule, for


FLAMES: Good start Calgary got off to a good start again Wednesday, outshooting the Ducks 129 in the opening 20 minutes, but this time were not able to get to Hiller. Chased last time less than 12 minutes in, after surrendering three goals on five shots, the Swiss native went the distance this time, finishing the night with 32 stops to improve to 29-11-6. Anaheim got the only goal of the first period on a pretty individual effort from Bonino. After weaving his way through centre and into the Calgary zone, he ripped a shot into the top corner past the outstretched glove of Ramo. It was the third power-play goal in three games for the Ducks, who in the nine games prior to that were 1 for 33 with the extra man. Ramo had 31 saves to fall to 13-11-4. The Finn had won his previous five decisions. Notes: On the eve of the one-year anniversary of the trade of Jarome Iginla to Pittsburgh, the two players they received in return - LW Kenny Agostino and RW Ben Hanowski, were both healthy scratches for the Flames... Cal-

everybody, including those who didn’t go over and play,” he said. Four years ago, Canada’s group at the world championships included 18-year-old Evander Kane, 19-year-olds Matt Duchene and John Tavares and 20-year-old Steven Stamkos. Expect similar youth this time around. “I think it’s going to be very similar to the teams in the past,” Blake said. “The young guys are the ones that make an easy commitment. They don’t have the family commitment, the kids commitment and different things that as you get older you might have involved in this type of decision. I think, typically, younger guys are the ones and then you surround them with the right veterans and you can have some success.” One thing Blake, Hextall and Treliving have in common is they’re all general managers of their organization’s AHL affiliate, giving them some experience with younger players. Blake is in his first season as Kings assistant GM, replacing Hextall, who took the same job in Philadelphia. Treliving is in his seventh season as the Coyotes’ assistant GM. “Blakey’s been around the game a long time,” Hextall said. “He’s a very patient guy, he’s methodical and he’s very sharp. I know he had a hand in a world championship team in the past, so I’m sure that little bit of experience helps him.” Along with Pascall, Hockey Canada’s vice president of hockey operations and national teams, those men will have conference calls over the next few weeks to discuss putting together a coaching staff and then a projected roster. “I think you’ve got to look at teams that are not likely to make the playoffs and see what’s available and at least get your mind going and start thinking about line combinations and checkers and energy guys and scorers,” Hextall said. gary LW TJ Galiardi drew back in after missing the past two games... Not in the line-up for Anaheim were D Francois Beauchemin, C Daniel Winnik and LW Matt Beleskey... Anaheim’s 22nd road victory ties the franchise record, previously done in 2006-07 and in 2008-09.

MARTIN: Emotional There is still one major event left on the curling calendar — the April 15-20 season-ending Grand Slam Players’ Championships in Summerside, P.E.I. That competition was already shaping up to be an emotional one with Alison Kreviazuk’s announcement this week that it will be her last competition with Team Rachel Homan. The longtime second has decided to move to Sweden to be with her boyfriend. Joanne Courtney of Val Sweeting’s rink will join Homan, lead Lisa Weagle and third Emma Miskew next season. Homan is the reigning national champion and won silver at the world championship last weekend.

CUP: Showcasing This year’s squad is headed by rookie head coach Mike O’Shea and firstyear general manager Kyle Walters.

ty well in that time,” Boston coach Brad Stevens said. Toronto captured its 19th road win, one off the club record set 2000-01. Boston guard Rajon Rondo was cut on the forehead midway into the third quarter and received nine stitches. He re-

turned to the bench early in the fourth quarter with a bandage that ran from the bridge of his nose straight up to his forehead and he re-entered the game with 8:05 to play. He finished with 15 assists and nine points. “I think it obviously says a lot,” Stevens said. “He wants to play and I think the most important part about it is he came back in and guarded DeRozan. He went after it and I think he did a pretty good job on him.” The Raptors had opened a 79-64 lead early the fourth quarter, but Boston went on a 9-0 run. Toronto pushed it back to 85-75 before Sullinger nailed consecutive 3s 34 seconds apart, narrowing it to four points with just under 6 minutes to play. “I saw that Rondo went down so I saw that we needed production, so I took it upon myself and just tried to get the best shots possible,” Sullinger said. Chris Johnson’s basket — on an officials’ reviewed goaltending call — closed it to 9390 with 1:49 left, but Lowry and Ross hit consecutive 3s on the next two possessions to send the Raptors to the victory. In the third quarter, Lowry nailed consecutive 3s on Toronto’s first two possessions, pushing the Raptors’ lead to 61-46. They held at least a nine-point lead for the rest of the quarter, opening it to 7762 after Ross nailed a 3 at the buzzer. Toronto, which blew an 11-point second-quarter lead in less than 2 minutes, held a 55-46 advantage at halftime.

Oil Kings take out Raiders to move on to next round of playoffs BY THE CANADIAN PRESS OIL KINGS 6 RAIDERS 2 PRINCE ALBERT, Sask. — Cody Corbett and Mitchell Moroz had two goals and three assists each as the Edmonton Oil Kings completed their four-game playoff series sweep of the Prince Albert Raiders with a 6-2 victory on Wednesday in Western Hockey League action. Curtis Lazar and Tyler Robertson also scored for Edmonton, while Tristan Jarry made 25 saves for the win. Craig Leverton and Reid Gardiner replied for Prince Albert. Cole Cheveldave stopped 35 shots in the loss. WHEAT KINGS 5 PATS 4 BRANDON, Man. — Jayce Hawryluk had a hat trick — including the winner — and added an assist as the Wheat Kings edged Regina to take a 3-0 series lead. Jesse Gabrielle and Chad Robinson also scored for Brandon, while Chad Robinson stopped 29 shots for the win. Dryden Hunt struck twice for the Pats, while Carter Hansen and Jesse Zgraggen also scored. Daniel Wapple made 20 saves. BRONCOS 3 TIGERS 2 SWIFT CURRENT, Sask. — Jake DeBrusk scored 5:06 into overtime as the Broncos slipped past Medicine Hat to tie their playoff series 2-2. Graham Black scored twice for Swift Current and Eetu Laurikainen made 39 saves. Captain Curtis Valk had both goals for the Tigers and Marek Langhamer stopped 42 shots.

WHL Chase De Leo, Adam De Champlain, Keegan Iverson, Alex Schoenborn and Brendan Leipsic rounded out the attack for the Winterhawks, who swept the playoff series in four games. Brendan Burke stopped 32 shots. Carter Popoff was the lone scorer for Vancouver. Goaltender Payton Lee stopped 10 of 13 shots in 17:05 of work for the Giants. Jared Rathjen made 29 saves on 32 shots in relief. ROYALS 6 CHIEFS 1 SPOKANE, Wash. — Austin Carroll scored two goals and assisted on another as Victoria took a 3-0 series lead over Spokane. Logan Nelson and Travis Brown had a goal and an assist apiece, and Jordan Fransoo and Ben Walker also scored for the Royals, who were 3-for-6 on the power play. Bradon Magee chipped in with three assists. Liam Stewart scored the lone goal for the Chiefs, and Eric Williams and Garret Hughson combined for 18 saves. Williams started in net, giving up five goals on 22 shots, and Hughson made one save on two shots in relief. Victoria’s Patrik Polivka made 20 saves for the victory.

WINTERHAWKS 6 GIANTS 1 VANCOUVER — Oliver Bjorkstrand had a power-play goal and added two assists to lead Portland past the Giants.

ROCKETS 5 AMERICANS 3 KENNEWICK, Wash. — Marek Tvrdon’s power-play goal in the second period was the eventual winner as Kelowna held off Tri-City. Tyson Baillie scored and added two assists for the Rockets, who lead the playoff series 3-1. Cole Linaker, Justin Kirkland and Madison Bowey chipped in as well. Jordon Cooke made 25 saves for the win. Justin Hamonic, Philip Tot and Brian Williams supplied the offence for the Americans. Eric Comrie turned aside 27 shots in goal in the losing effort.

It’s also Miller’s first year at the helm after he was appointed on an interim basis midway through last season. “We plan on showcasing to the rest of Canada what kind of spirit and party Manitobans can throw for this Grey Cup festival,” Miller said, referring to a “record” tail-gate party. He expects the event will bring in about $3-4 million for the club, which has to make a $4.5-million mortgage payment on its $200-million stadium this year. Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger, who also wore a blue-and-gold tie at the luncheon, announced the province is contributing $4 million toward hosting the game. He estimated the economic activity could generate $85-100 million for the province. “In my opinion, we have all the makings here in Manitoba of a barn-burner Grey Cup in 2015,” Selinger said. The Bombers still have to do some upgrades to the new stadium, which includes work that’s underway to enclose and expand the press box. The team has to foot the bills for those improvements, but Selinger also announced the province is providing an additional $3 million to enable the facility to be used year-round. Short on specifics, Selinger and Miller stressed that doesn’t mean a dome for the field. Rather, it’s upgrades to improve its energy efficiency

so it can be used further into the winter and earlier in the spring, Miller said. When asked if that included hosting an outdoor NHL Heritage Classic Game, Miller said that might be one example. The Winnipeg Jets have reportedly asked to host one of the games during the winter of 2015-16. The luncheon’s guests also included Bomber alumni, who will be part of the Grey Cup festivities. Former offensive lineman Chris Walby, who played 16 seasons for the Bombers from 1981-96, said Investors Group Field will be a great site for a Grey Cup. And he didn’t mind weighing in on the current contract negotiations and potential of a strike. “(The players) probably have the most strength they’ve had in any year that I’ve ever been involved in this league,” Walby said. “And the fact that they did agree that at one time if the revenues increased, they would get a bigger share of the revenue.” He does see both sides of the issues, but added the average player’s career is only about four years. “I think they should be compensated,” Walby said. “I don’t think they’re asking for the world, but I think they should be getting a little bit more than what they’re getting.”




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Shots on Goal Medicine Hat 17-15-7-2-41 Swift Current 9-11-19-6-45. Goal- Medicine Hat: Langhamer (L, 2-2); Swift Current: Laurikainen (W, 2-2). Power plays (goals-chances) - Medicine Hat: 0-4; Swift Current: 0-5.

EASTERN CONFERENCE Edmonton (1) vs. Prince Albert (8) (Edmonton wins series 4-0) Wednesday’s result Edmonton 6 Prince Albert 2 Tuesday’s result Edmonton 4 Prince Albert 3 Sunday’s result Edmonton 3 Prince Albert 1

Winterhawks 6 Giants 1 First Period 1. Portland, Leipsic 5 (Bjorkstrand, Petan) 16:09 (pp) 2. Portland, De Champlain 1 (Bittner, Haar) 16:41 3. Portland, Schoenborn 2 (Iverson) 17:05 Penalties - Cederholm Por (tripping), 1:04; Traber Van (cross checking), 8:25; Lofthouse Van (inter. on goaltender), 15:18. Second Period 4. Vancouver, Popoff 1 (Baer, Volek) 9:47 (pp) 5. Portland, Bjorkstrand 4 (Pouliot, Leipsic) 13:35 (pp) Penalties - Osipov Van (slashing) 2:53, De Champlain Por (roughing) 8:53, Schoenborn Por (roughing), Franson Van (roughing) 12:49, Kulak Van (roughing) 12:49, Hamilton Van (10-minute misconduct) 13:35, Iverson Por (goaltender interference) 14:08, Dumba Por (high sticking) 17:55. Third Period 6. Portland, Iverson 1 2:50 7. Portland, De Leo 1 (Dumba, Bjorkstrand) 12:51 Penalties - Osipov Van (hooking) 3:23, Hamilton Van (high sticking) 8:33, Turgeon Por (fighting) 10:43, Atwal Van (roughing) 10:43, Kulak Van (fighting) 10:43, De Champlain Por (unsportsmanlike conduct), Geertsen Van (unsportsmanlike conduct) 13:51, Traber Van (major-clipping) 18:21, Price Por (10-minute misconduct), McEvoy Van (10-minute misconduct) 18:57, Geertsen Van (10-minute misconduct) 20:00. Shots on Goal Portland 15-16-13-44 Vancouver 12-15-6-33 Power Play (goals-chances) - Portland: 2-8; Vancouver: 1-4. Goalies - Portland: Burke (W, 4-0-0) (33-32); Vancouver: Lee (L, 0-4-0) (13-10); Rathjen: (started at 17:06 of first, 31-28).

Regina (2) vs. Brandon (7) (Brandon leads series 3-0) Wednesday’s result Brandon 5 Regina 4 Sunday’s result Brandon 8 Regina 4 Friday’s game Regina at Brandon, 6:30 p.m. Saturday’s game x-Brandon at Regina, 7 p.m. Calgary (3) vs. Kootenay (6) (Series tied 2-2) Tuesday’s result Kootenay 5 Calgary 4 Monday’s result Calgary 7 Kootenay 6 (OT) Thursday’s game Kootenay at Calgary, 7 p.m. Saturday’s game Calgary at Kootenay, 7 p.m. Medicine Hat (4) vs. Swift Current (5) (Series tied 2-2) Wednesday’s result Swift Current 3 Medicine Hat 2 (OT) Tuesday’s result Swift Current 3 Medicine Hat 1 Saturday’s result Medicine Hat 4 Swift Current 2 Saturday’s game Swift Current at Medicine Hat, 7:30 p.m. Sunday’s game x-Medicine Hat at Swift Current, 7 p.m.

Oil Kings 6, Raiders 2 First Period 1. Edmonton, Robertson 2 (Moroz, Mayo) 1:26 2. Prince Albert, Gardiner 1 (Perreaux, Danyluk) 11:42 3. Edmonton, Corbett 1 (Lazar, Moroz) 16:41 (pp) Penalties - Ralph Edm (cross-checking) 13:09, Valcourt PA (tripping) 16:25. Second Period 4. Edmonton, Moroz 1 (Corbett, Samuelsson) 1:53 5. Prince Albert, Leverton 1 (Vanstone, Guhle) 3:14 6. Edmonton, Corbett 2 (Moroz) 16:26 (pp) Penalties - Kulda Edm (slashing) 9:43, Morrissey PA (interference) 16:15, Draisaitl PA (slashing) 19:57. Third Period 7. Edmonton, Moroz 2 (Corbett, Samuelsson) 1:38 (pp) 8. Edmonton, Lazar 2 (Kulda, Corbett) 13:57 Penalties - Corbett Edm (checking from behind), Morrissey PA (unsportsmanlike conduct) 4:45, Lange PA (holding) 5:24, Andrlik PA (interference) 15:14. Shots on Goal Edmonton 17-13-11-41 Prince Albert 10-13-4-27. Goal - Edmonton: Jarry (W,4-0); Prince Albert: Cheveldave (L, 0-4). Referees - Tyler Adair, Nathan Wieler. Linesmen Jason Bourdon, Lorne Craig. Power plays (goals-chances) - Edmonton: 3-5; Prince Albert: 0-2.

WESTERN CONFERENCE Kelowna (1) vs. Tri-City (8) (Kelowna leads series 3-1) Wednesday’s result Kelowna 5 Tri-City 3 Tuesday’s result Tri-City 4 Kelowna 3 Sunday’s result Kelowna 3 Tri-City 1 Friday’s game Tri-City at Kelowna, 8:05 p.m. Portland (2) vs. Vancouver (7) (Portland wins series 4-0) Wednesday’s result Portland 6 Vancouver 1 Tuesday’s result Portland 6 Vancouver 3 Saturday’s result Portland 3 Vancouver 0 Victoria (3) vs. Spokane (6) (Victoria leads series 3-0) Wednesday’s result Victoria 6 Spokane 1 Sunday’s result Victoria 4 Spokane 3 (OT) Thursday’s game Victoria at Spokane, 8:05 p.m. Saturday’s game x-Spokane at Victoria, 8:05 p.m. Everett (4) vs. Seattle (5) (Seattle leads series 3-0) Tuesday’s result Seattle 4 Everett 3 (OT) Sunday’s result Seattle 3 Everett 1 Friday’s game Seattle at Everett, 7:35 p.m. Saturday’s game x-Everett at Seattle, 7:05 p.m. x — if necessary. Wednesday’s summaries Wheat Kings 5, Pats 4 First Period 1. Brandon, Gabrielle 2 (Quenneville, Hawryluk) 5:29 2. Regina, Zgraggen 1 (McVeigh, Stevenson) 7:17 3. Regina, Hunt 3 (Gay, Klimchuk) 12:10 (pp) 4. Regina, Hansen 1 (Christoffer, D’Amico) 12:40 5. Regina, Hunt 4 (Klimchuk, Stephenson) 13:55 (pp) 6. Brandon, Hawryluk 2 (Bukarts, Hunter) 15:39 7. Brandon, Hawryluk 3 (Gabrielle, Quenneville) 18:01 Penalties - McVeigh Reg (interference) 8:26, Lisoway Bdn (tripping) 11:30, Gabrielle Bdn (unsportsmanlike conduct) 12:49. Second Period 8. Brandon, Robinson 2 (Green, Waltz) 3:19 (sh) Penalties - Williams Reg (hooking) 0:15, Meilleur Bdn (slashing) 2:56, Gabrielle Bdn (delay of game) 8:34. Third Period 9. Brandon, Hawryluk 4 (Quenneville, Roy) 15:10 Penalties - None. Shots on Goal Regina 14-12-7-33 Brandon 10-10-5-25. Goal - Regina: Wapple (L, 0-1); Brandon: Papirny (W,3-0). Power plays (goals-chances) - Regina: 2- 4; Brandon: 0-2. Broncos 3, Tigers 2 (OT) First Period 1. Medicine Hat, Valk 2 (Cox) 7:23 2, Medicine Hat, Valk 3 (Stanton, Cox) 8:35 Penalties - None. Second Period 3. Swift Current, Black 1 (Merkley) 1:06 Penalties - Lewington MH, Mackay SC (roughing) 1:24, Lewington MH (holding) 4:57, Heatherington SC (interference) 6:42, Mackay SC (cross-checking) 11:59, Leth SC (slashing) 14:18, Owre MH (holding) 18:57. Third Period 4. Swift Current, Black 2 (Martin) 1:01 Penalties - Black SC (goaltender interference) 1:35, Stanton MH (roughing) 7:18, Cox MH (roughing), Sanford MH (unsportsmanlike conduct), Burns SC (slashing, roughing) 9:30, Becker MH (double crosschecking) 12:09. Overtime 5. Swift Current, DeBrusk 3 (Merkley, Lernout) 5:06

Rockets 5, Americans 3 First Period 1. Kelowna, Bowey 1 (Baillie, Kirkland) 4:24 2. Kelowna, Linaker 1 (Rigby, Heffley) 12:40 Penalty - Hamonic TC (tripping) 7:04. Second Period 3. Kelowna, Kirkland 2 (Merkley, Chartier) 1:33 4. Tri-City, Williams 3 (Gutierrez) 9:08 5. Kelowna, Tvrdon 2 (Bowey, Baillie) 14:21 (pp) 6. Tri-City, Tot 3 (Topping, Carlo) 18:27 Penalties - Carlo TC (holding) 7:33, Baillie Kel (high-sticking) 8:29, Nickles TC (interference) 12:28, Merkley Kel (kneeing) 19:21. Third Period 7. Kelowna, Baillie 1 (Schmidli, Martin) 3:53. 8. Tri-City, Hamonic 1, 14:21 Penalties - Schmidli Kel (roughing) 6:33, Severson Kel (hooking) 8:51, Bowles TC (roughing) 10:14, Williams TC (hooking) 15:32. Shots on goal Kelowna 14-13-5-32 Tri-City 5-11-12-28. Goal - Kelowna: Cooke (W, 3-1); Tri-City: Comrie (L, 1-3). Power plays (goals-chances) - Kelowna: 1-5; Tri-City: 0-4. Royals 6, Chiefs 1 First Period 1. Victoria, Walker 2 (Magee) 0:11 2. Victoria, Carroll 1 (Nelson, Kanzig) 7:37 3. Victoria, Fransoo 1, 13:31 (pp) 4. Victoria, Carroll 2 (Magee, Brown) 15:44 (pp) Penalties - McIntosh Spo (unsportsmanlike conduct) 12:32, Aviani Spo (hooking) 14:19. Second Period 5. Spokane, Stewart 2 (Fram, Holmberg) 10:04 6. Victoria, Nelson 2 (Hodges, Carroll) 10:33 Penalties - Magee Vic (interference) 7:32, McIntosh Spo (high-sticking) 13:07, Magee Vic, Helewka Spo (unsportsmanlike conduct) 17:02, Bobyk Spo (roughing) 18:13. Third Period 7. Victoria, Brown 2 (Magee, Cote) 18:31 (pp) Penalties - Walker Vic, Bobyk Spo (roughing) 16:33, Stewart Spo (roughing) 17:18, Fransoo Vic, Zwerger Spo (roughing) 19:16. Shots on Goal Victoria 11-6-7-24 Spokane 3-8-10-21 Goal (shots-saves) - Victoria: Polivka (W, 3-0); Spokane: Williams (L, 0-2)(22-17), Hughson (10:46 third; 2-1). Power plays (goals-chances) - Victoria: 3-6; Spokane: 0-2. National Hockey League EASTERN CONFERENCE GP W L OT Pts x-Boston 72 49 17 6 104 d-Pittsburgh 72 46 21 5 97 Montreal 74 41 26 7 89 N.Y. Rangers 74 41 29 4 86 Tampa Bay 72 39 24 9 87 Philadelphia 72 38 27 7 83

GF 230 224 190 197 214 206

GA 153 180 184 179 193 204

Columbus 72 Detroit 72 Washington 73 Toronto 74 New Jersey 72 Ottawa 72 Carolina 72 N.Y. Islanders 72 Florida 73 Buffalo 72

37 33 34 36 31 29 31 28 27 20

29 25 27 30 28 29 32 35 38 44

6 14 12 8 13 14 9 9 8 8

80 80 80 80 75 72 71 65 62 48

204 191 212 216 175 205 181 202 178 138

196 204 218 231 187 243 205 243 237 212

WESTERN CONFERENCE GP W L OT Pts GF GA x-St. Louis 72 49 16 7 105 233 163 x-San Jose 74 47 18 9 103 227 177 x-Anaheim 72 47 18 7 101 231 182 Chicago 73 42 16 15 99 244 188 Colorado 72 45 21 6 96 221 198 Los Angeles 73 42 25 6 90 182 155 Minnesota 73 37 25 11 85 182 183 Phoenix 73 35 26 12 82 202 207 Dallas 72 34 27 11 79 203 207 Vancouver 74 34 30 10 78 181 198 Nashville 73 31 31 11 73 177 218 Winnipeg 73 32 32 9 73 202 213 Calgary 73 30 36 7 67 185 214 Edmonton 73 25 39 9 59 180 241 NOTE: Two points for a win, one point for overtime loss. d-division leader; x-clinched playoff spot Tuesday’s Games Los Angeles 5, Washington 4, SO Florida 3, Ottawa 2, SO Colorado 5, Nashville 4, SO St. Louis 5, Toronto 3 Phoenix 3, Pittsburgh 2 N.Y. Islanders 5, Carolina 4 Montreal 2, Buffalo 0 Columbus 4, Detroit 2 Chicago 4, Dallas 2 San Jose 5, Edmonton 2 Wednesday’s Games Vancouver 5, Minnesota 2 N.Y. Rangers 3, Philadelphia 1 Anaheim 3, Calgary 2 Thursday’s Games Chicago at Boston, 5 p.m. Phoenix at New Jersey, 5 p.m. Los Angeles at Pittsburgh, 5 p.m. Montreal at Detroit, 5 p.m. N.Y. Islanders at Tampa Bay, 5:30 p.m. Carolina at Florida, 5:30 p.m. Minnesota at St. Louis, 6 p.m. Buffalo at Nashville, 6 p.m. Vancouver at Colorado, 7 p.m. Winnipeg at San Jose, 8:30 p.m. Friday’s Games Toronto at Philadelphia, 5 p.m. Pittsburgh at Columbus, 5 p.m. Chicago at Ottawa, 5:30 p.m. Nashville at Dallas, 6:30 p.m. N.Y. Rangers at Calgary, 7 p.m. Anaheim at Edmonton, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday’s summaries Ducks 3, Flames 2 First Period 1. Anaheim, Bonino 18 (Vatanen, Hiller) 18:57 (pp). Penalties — Jackman Ana (fighting) 2:47, Westgarth Cgy (fighting) 2:47, Smid Cgy (Illegal Check to Head Minor) 17:17. Second Period 2. Calgary, McGrattan 4 (Westgarth, Wotherspoon) 4:44. 3. Calgary, Hudler 16 (Smid, Stajan) 19:34. Penalties — Giordano Cgy (interference) 1:15, Westgarth Cgy (roughing) 13:04, Vatanen Ana (roughing) 13:04. Third Period 4. Anaheim, Perreault 16 (Vatanen, Maroon) 5:32. 5. Anaheim, Cogliano 21 (Robidas, Silfverberg) 14:41. Penalties — Koivu Ana (hooking) 19:41. Shots on goal Anaheim 9 16 9 — 34 Calgary 12 11 11 — 34 Goal — Anaheim: Hiller (W, 29-11-6); Calgary: Ramo (L, 13-11-4). Power plays (goal-chances) — Anaheim: 1-2; Calgary: 0-1. Canucks 5, Wild 2 First Period 1. Vancouver, Booth 7 (unassisted) 15:39. 2. Minnesota, Coyle 10 (Koivu, Spurgeon) 17:31. Penalties — Garrison Vcr (delay of game) 2:46, Sestito Vcr (fighting) 7:34, McCormick Minn (fighting) 7:34. Second Period 3. Vancouver, Booth 8 (unassisted) 11:57. 4. Vancouver, Kassian 12 (Richardson) 19:03. Penalties — Niederreiter Minn (interference) 6:17, Bieksa Vcr (interference) 9:47, Matthias Vcr (stick holding) 13:35. Third Period 5. Vancouver, Sedin 14 (Hamhuis, Hansen) 11:12. 6. Vancouver, Kesler 23 (Higgins) 12:01 (pp). 7. Minnesota, Niederreiter 13 (Haula, Suter) 12:25. Penalties — Booth Vcr (hooking) 1:57, Brodziak Minn (holding) 11:39. Shots on goal Vancouver 6 6 7 — 19 Minnesota 9 15 7 — 31 Goal — Vancouver: Lack (W, 15-14-4); Minnesota: Kuemper (L, 12-7-4). Power plays (goal-chances) — Vancouver: 1-2; Minnesota: 0-4. Rangers 3, Flyers 1 First Period 1. NY Rangers, Dorsett 4 (Boyle) 8:41. Penalties — Rinaldo Pha (roughing) 5:41, Miller NYR (tripping) 17:36. Second Period 2. NY Rangers, McDonagh 14 (unassisted) 5:34. Penalties — None. Third Period 3. NY Rangers, Moore 6 (Klein) 7:39. 4. Philadelphia, Voracek 21 (Streit, Giroux) 18:07. Penalties — McDonagh NYR (tripping) 1:53, Voracek Pha (diving) 1:53, MacDonald Pha (hooking) 16:32, Staal NYR (slashing) 18:04, Hartnell Pha (roughing) 19:56, Girardi NYR (roughing) 19:56, McDonagh NYR (cross-checking) 19:56, Simmonds Pha (slashing) 19:56. Shots on goal Philadelphia 15 10 6 — 31 NY Rangers 6 17 6 — 29 Goal — Philadelphia: Mason (L, 30-17-6); NY Rangers: Lundqvist (W, 30-22-4). Power plays (goal-chances) — Philadelphia: 0-2; NY Rangers: 0-2.

Transactions Wednesday’s Sports Transactions BASEBALL American League BALTIMORE ORIOLES — Assigned LHP Kelvin De La Cruz outright to Norfolk (IL). Optioned RHP Steve Johnson and OF Henry Urrutia to Norfolk (IL). Reassigned OF Quintin Berry and INF Alexi Casilla to minor league camp. CHICAGO WHITE SOX — Claimed RHP Javy Guerra off waivers from the L.A. Dodgers. CLEVELAND INDIANS — Optioned RHP Josh Tomlin to Columbus (IL). DETROIT TIGERS — Selected the contract of SS Alex Gonzalez from Toledo (IL). KANSAS CITY ROYALS — Traded C Adam Moore to San Diego for a player to be named. LOS ANGELES ANGELS — Waived RHP Joe Blanton for the purpose of granting him his unconditional release. MINNESOTA TWINS — Released OF Jermaine Mitchell. Agreed to terms with RHP Matt Guerrier on a minor league contract. SEATTLE MARINERS — Agreed to terms with OF Endy Chavez and C Humberto Quintero on minor league contracts. TAMPA BAY RAYS — Released RHP Mark Lowe. TEXAS RANGERS — Claimed RHP Seth Rosin off waivers from the L.A. Dodgers and INF Donnie Murphy off waivers from the Chicago Cubs. Placed RHP Tommy Hanson on irrevocable waivers for the purpose of giving him his unconditional release. Placed OF Engel Beltre on the 60-day DL. National League CHICAGO CUBS — Released C George Kottaras. MILWAUKEE BREWERS — Optioned RHP Rob Wooten and INF/OF Elian Herrera to Nashville

(PCL). NEW YORK METS — Agreed to terms with RHP Kyle Farnsworth on a minor league contract. Selected the contract of RHP Jose Valverde from Las Vegas (PCL). Optioned RHP Vic Black to Las Vegas. PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES — Optioned C Cameron Rupp to Lehigh Valley (IL). ST. LOUIS CARDINALS — Agreed to terms with RHP David Aardsma on a minor league contract. SAN DIEGO PADRES — Agreed to terms with OF Jeff Francoeur on a minor league contract. WASHINGTON NATIONALS — Voided their option of RHP Ross Ohlendorf and placed him on the 60-day DL. Agreed to terms with INF/OF Kevin Frandsen on a one-year contract. BASKETBALL National Basketball Association MILWAUKEE BUCKS — Signed G/F D.J. Stephens to a 10-day contract. FOOTBALL National Football League KANSAS CITY CHIEFS — Signed DT Cory Grissom. NEW ORLEANS SAINTS — Agreed to terms with QB Luke McCown on a one-year contract. Canadian Football League B.C. LIONS — Signed OL Hunter Steward. HOCKEY National Hockey League ANAHEIM DUCKS — Signed RW Matt Bailey to a two-year contract. DALLAS STARS — Signed F Justin Dowling to a two-year contract. DETROIT RED WINGS — Assigned LW Mitch Callahan to Grand Rapids (AHL). FLORIDA PANTHERS — Reassigned F Joey Crabb and D Ryan Whitney to San Antonio (AHL). MONTREAL CANADIENS — Signed D Mac

Bennett to a two-year contract. NASHVILLE PREDATORS — Assigned F Zach Budish from Milwaukee (AHL) to Cincinnati (ECHL). NEW YORK RANGERS — Recalled F J.T. Miller from Hartford (AHL). PHOENIX COYOTES — Recalled D Connor Murphy from Portland (AHL). SAN JOSE SHARKS — Signed F Ryan Carpenter to an entry-level contract. American Hockey League BINGHAMTON SENATORS — Assigned F Danny Hobbs to Elmira (ECHL). Recalled F Jakub Culek from Elmira. HAMILTON BULLDOGS — Signed F Nick Sorkin to a professional tryout agreement. TORONTO MARLIES — Assigned F Wade MacLeod to Orlando (ECHL). WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON PENGUINS — Recalled F Carter Rowney from Wheeling (ECHL). ECHL ALASKA ACES — Released G James Buchanan as emergency backup. EVANSVILLE ICEMEN — Signed F Mark Anthoine. GREENVILLE ROAD WARRIORS — Claimed D Matt Bruneteau off waivers from Fort Wayne. GWINNETT GLADIATORS — Signed Fs Chris Culligan and Josh Derko. Released F Dan Radke. LAS VEGAS WRANGLERS — Claimed D Ben Parker off waivers from Alaska. IDAHO STEELHEADS — Released G Kevin Kapalka. SOCCER Major League Soccer MLS — Suspended Toronto M Jackson one game and fined him an undisclosed amount for aggressive inflammatory behaviour during Saturday’s game.

REAL CANADIAN WRESTLING Owner/promoter Steve Ewaschuk is bringing his Real Canadian Wrestling show to the Westerner Agricentre Friday and will return again in May with World Wrestling Entertainment legend ‘Hacksaw’ Jim Duggan. The doors open at 7 p.m. and the eight-match card starts 30 minutes later. Ewaschuk, whose last RCW show in Red Deer was seven years ago, is hopeful of staging monthly cards if Friday’s show and the May 8 event with Duggan draw well.

“We’re hoping to get at least 200 fans on Friday. If March and May go well we’re hoping to come back on a regular monthly basis,” he said, adding that the cards may eventually move to the Memorial Centre. Advance tickets — available at Rob’s Pro Muscle & Power Tanning or by calling 587-7292000 — for Friday’s performance are $20 and $15 for ringside and general seating. Door tickets go for $25 and $20.

Today ● Men’s basketball: Playoffs — Triple A Batteries vs. Woody’s RV, 7:15 p.m.; Orangemen vs. Grandview All-stars, 8:30 p.m.; both games at Lindsay Thurber. ● Midget AAA hockey: Red Deer at Lloydminster, fourth game of best-of-five provincial final, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday ● Heritage junior B hockey: Okotoks at Blackfalds, fourth

game of best-of-five league final, 7:30 p.m.

Sunday ● Midget AAA hockey: Lloydminster at Red Deer, fifth game of best-of-five provincial final, if necessary, 1:30 p.m., Red Deer Arena. ● Heritage junior B hockey: Blackfalds at Okotoks, fifth game of best-of-five league final, if necessary, 1:15 p.m.

Basketball National Basketball Association EASTERN CONFERENCE W L Pct GB y-Indiana 52 20 .722 — y-Miami 48 22 .686 3 d-Toronto 40 31 .563 11 Chicago 40 31 .563 11 Brooklyn 37 33 .529 14 Washington 36 35 .507 15 Charlotte 35 37 .486 17 Atlanta 31 39 .443 20 New York 29 42 .408 22 Cleveland 29 44 .397 23 Detroit 26 45 .366 25 Boston 23 48 .324 28 Orlando 20 52 .278 32 Philadelphia 15 56 .211 36 Milwaukee 13 58 .183 38

1/2 1/2 1/2 1/2 1/2 1/2 1/2 1/2 1/2

WESTERN CONFERENCE W L Pct GB x-San Antonio 55 16 .775 — d-Oklahoma City 52 19 .732 3 d-L.A. Clippers 50 22 .694 5 1/2 Houston 48 22 .686 6 1/2 Portland 45 27 .625 10 1/2 Golden State 44 27 .620 11 Memphis 42 28 .600 12 1/2 Phoenix 43 29 .597 12 1/2 Dallas 43 29 .597 12 1/2 Minnesota 35 35 .500 19 1/2 Denver 32 40 .444 23 1/2 New Orleans 31 40 .437 24 Sacramento 25 45 .357 29 1/2 L.A. Lakers 24 46 .343 30 1/2 Utah 23 48 .324 32 d-division leader; x-clinched playoff spot; y-clinched division

Tuesday’s Games Orlando 95, Portland 85 Cleveland 102, Toronto 100 Dallas 128, Oklahoma City 119, OT L.A. Lakers 127, New York 96 Wednesday’s Games Phoenix 99, Washington 93 Charlotte 116, Brooklyn 111, OT Toronto 99, Boston 90 Cleveland 97, Detroit 96 Minnesota 107, Atlanta 83 New Orleans 98, L.A. Clippers 96 Indiana 84, Miami 83 San Antonio 108, Denver 103 New York at Sacramento, late Memphis at Utah, late Thursday’s Games Portland at Atlanta, 5:30 p.m. Philadelphia at Houston, 6 p.m. L.A. Lakers at Milwaukee, 6 p.m. L.A. Clippers at Dallas, 6:30 p.m. Friday’s Games Charlotte at Orlando, 5 p.m. Indiana at Washington, 5 p.m. Boston at Toronto, 5 p.m. Cleveland at Brooklyn, 5:30 p.m. Miami at Detroit, 5:30 p.m. Portland at Chicago, 6 p.m. L.A. Lakers at Minnesota, 6 p.m. Sacramento at Oklahoma City, 6 p.m. Utah at New Orleans, 6 p.m. San Antonio at Denver, 7 p.m. New York at Phoenix, 8 p.m. Memphis at Golden State, 8:30 p.m.

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

MLB Spring Training AMERICAN LEAGUE W L 15 6 18 8 17 10 13 8 17 11 15 12 13 12 13 13 13 13 11 15 9 13 10 15 10 15 8 14 9 16

Pct .714 .692 .630 .619 .607 .556 .520 .500 .500 .423 .409 .400 .400 .364 .360

NATIONAL LEAGUE W L Pct San Francisco 17 10 .630 Pittsburgh 14 9 .609 Miami 17 11 .607 Arizona 12 9 .571 Colorado 14 13 .519 New York 14 13 .519 Washington 14 13 .519 St. Louis 11 12 .478 San Diego 10 12 .455 Milwaukee 12 16 .429 Atlanta 12 17 .414 Cincinnati 12 17 .414 Chicago 12 18 .400 Los Angeles 6 10 .375 Philadelphia 9 16 .360 NOTE: Split-squad games count in the standings; games against non-major league teams do not. Tuesday’s Games Boston 4, Tampa Bay 2 Atlanta 12, Detroit 3 Miami 6, St. Louis 5 Pittsburgh 22, Toronto 5 Washington 7, N.Y. Mets 3 Minnesota 4, Baltimore 1 Texas 5, Cleveland 0 San Francisco 5, Milwaukee 4 Oakland 8, Cincinnati 4 Colorado 4, Chicago White Sox 1

L.A. Angels 8, Chicago Cubs (ss) 4 Philadelphia 6, N.Y. Yankees 0 Seattle 9, Kansas City 6 San Diego 5, Chicago Cubs (ss) 5, tie Wednesday’s Games Atlanta 9, Miami 2 Pittsburgh 2, Minnesota 1 Toronto 10, N.Y. Yankees 6 Detroit 1, Philadelphia 0 Baltimore (ss) 5, Boston 4 St. Louis 3, Washington 2 San Diego 9, Kansas City 5 L.A. Angels 6, Oakland 2 Texas 5, Seattle 3 Chicago White Sox 9, Cincinnati 5 Cleveland 10, Milwaukee 3 San Francisco 8, Colorado 6 Arizona 14, Chicago Cubs 4 Houston 9, N.Y. Mets 6 Tampa Bay 4, Baltimore (ss) 4, tie Thursday’s Games Washington vs. N.Y. Mets, 10:10 a.m. Atlanta vs. Detroit, 11:05 a.m. Toronto vs. Philadelphia, 11:05 a.m. Miami vs. St. Louis, 11:05 a.m. N.Y. Yankees vs. Pittsburgh, 11:05 a.m. Arizona (ss) vs. Cincinnati (ss), 1:05 p.m. Cincinnati (ss) vs. Milwaukee, 1:05 p.m. Chicago White Sox vs. Chicago Cubs, 1:05 p.m. Cleveland vs. Arizona (ss), 2:10 p.m. Minnesota vs. Boston, 5:05 p.m. Tampa Bay vs. Baltimore, 5:05 p.m. L.A. Angels at L.A. Dodgers, 8:10 p.m. Oakland at San Francisco, 8:15 p.m. Friday’s Games Tampa Bay vs. Detroit, 11:05 a.m. Boston vs. Minnesota, 11:05 a.m. Pittsburgh at Philadelphia, 5:05 p.m. N.Y. Mets vs. Toronto at Montreal, 5:05 p.m. Miami vs. N.Y. Yankees, 5:05 p.m. Houston vs. Texas, 6:05 p.m. Kansas City at Milwaukee, 6:10 p.m. Cleveland vs. San Diego, 7:10 p.m. Chicago Cubs at Arizona, 7:40 p.m. Colorado vs. Seattle, 8:05 p.m. L.A. Angels at L.A. Dodgers, 8:10 p.m. Oakland at San Francisco, 8:15 p.m.

Curling Canadian Senior Curling Championships YELLOWKNIFE — Standings and results Wednesday following the Draw 12 at the 2014 Canadian senior curling championships at the Yellowknife Community Arena and Curling Club: MEN ROUND ROBIN Team (Skip) W L Nova Scotia (O’Leary) 8 1 Northern Ont. (Gordon) 7 2 Manitoba (Robertson) 7 2 Alberta (Johnson) 6 3 B.C. (Craig) 5 4 Ontario (Mellor) 5 4 Yukon (Hilderman) 4 5 Saskatchewan (McKee) 3 6 Quebec (Laflamme) 3 6 NWT (Hudy) 2 7 New Brunswick (Armstrong) 2 7 P.E.I. (MacFadyen) 2 7 Wednesday’s results Draw 11 P.E.I. 9 Saskatchewan 6 Ontario 9 New Brunswick 5 Quebec 9 Northwest Territories 6 Nova Scotia 10 Yukon 7 Draw 12 Alberta 8 P.E.I. 2 Manitoba 8 Quebec 6 Northern Ontario 10 New Brunswick 4 B.C. 10 Yukon 9 Draw 13 Nova Scotia 8 B.C. 6 Northern Ontario 6 Ontario 4 Manitoba 11 Northwest Territories 6 Saskatchewan 9 Alberta 0 Thursday’s games Draw 14, 9 a.m. Quebec vs. Yukon; New Brunswick vs. P.E.I.; Manitoba vs. B.C.; Northern Ontario vs. Alberta. Draw 15, 2 p.m. New Brunswick vs. Saskatchewan; B.C. vs. Northwest Territories; Ontario vs. Alberta; Quebec vs.

Nova Scotia. Draw 16, 7 p.m. Manitoba vs. Yukon; Saskatchewan vs. Ontario; Nova Scotia vs. Northwest Territories; P.E.I. vs. Northern Ontario. End of Round Robin WOMEN ROUND ROBIN Team (Skip) Saskatchewan (Arguin) Manitoba (Fowler) Ontario (Bodogh) New Brunswick (Hanlon) Nova Scotia (Pinkney) Alberta (Bakker) B.C. (Shantz) Northern Ont. (Barrett) Quebec (Derick) P.E.I. (Scott) N.L. (Cunningham) NWT (McKellar-Gillis)

W 8 8 6 6 5 5 4 3 3 3 2 1

L 1 1 3 3 4 4 5 5 6 6 7 8

Wednesday’s results Draw 11 Nova Scotia 8 Newfoundland & Labrador 7 Saskatchewan 9 Ontario 6 New Brunswick 6 P.E.I. 5 Quebec 10 Northwest Territories 5 Draw 12 Manitoba 10 Quebec 9 Northern Ontario 9 New Brunswick 6 B.C. 6 Newfoundland & Labrador 4 Alberta 7 Ontario 4 Draw 13, 9 p.m. Northern Ontario 9 P.E.I. 5 Manitoba 10 Northwest Territories 3 Nova Scotia 10 B.C. 5 Saskatchewan 9 Alberta 0 Thursday’s games Draw 14, 9 a.m. Northern Ontario vs. Alberta; Quebec vs. Newfoundland & Labrador; New Brunswick vs. Ontario; Manitoba vs. B.C.

MARTIAL ARTS Andrey Udovicic, a seven-year-old member of the Shotokan Karate Club of Red Deer, won gold in the male kata competition of the ISKF provincial championships at Calgary. Udovicic was ranked eighth heading into the provincials. Kimberley Wilkie, 34, earned a silver in women’s kata and a bronze in kumite, while Adam Hawkings, 35, won bronze in male kata. Wilkie was ranked fourth and Hawkings first.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL Cori Jones netted 20 points to lead Hoosier Daddy past the Spartans 67-33 in Red Deer Women’s Basketball League A-side playoff action. Jaci Horvath led the Spartans with 10 points. In another A contest, Mikayla Morneault netted 14 points as the Young Guns downed the Big Ballers 43-36. Aimee Sandham had 15 in a losing cause. In a B-side game, Xpress downed Funk 46-39 as Gwen Tiggelaar dropped in 18 points. Michelle Steeves scored 12 for Funk.

B4 RED DEER ADVOCATE Thursday, March 27, 2014

DeLaet ready for the Masters LIKES HOW AUGUSTA NATIONAL SUITS HIS GOLF GAME BY THE CANADIAN PRESS Graham DeLaet won’t be so much in awe of Augusta National Golf Club when he makes his Masters debut next month. The native of Weyburn, Sask., made a trip to the fabled golf course last week. Although bad weather prevented him from playing a full round, he did walk the par72, 7,435-yard layout and make mental notes regarding the lay of the land. “It was drizzly rain and cold the first day and it was pretty tough on my body to swing in that kind of cold with that many layers on,” DeLaet said during a conference call Wednesday. “The next day I was supposed to tee off at 8 a.m. and it was 33 degrees Fahrenheit so I just grabbed a couple of wedges and a putter and walked the golf course and chipped and putted because I knew it wasn’t going to be good for my body to play, unfortunately. “But it was still very worthwhile to go and see the course . . . and kind of get the ’Wow’ factor out of the way. It (the course) was pretty much perfect. It was a little bit soft because we had some rain but it was all I could ever imagine and expect it to be.” An ardent television viewer of past Masters tournaments — including Canadian Mike Weir’s 2003 championship — DeLaet said actually walking the course was a learning experience. “It’s funny because I’ve seen obviously all the holes on TV and felt like I knew the golf course going in,” he said. “At the same time I don’t think I really realized how treacherous some of the greens are and some of the surrounds around the greens. “That was the one thing that

kind of stood out to me.” And from what DeLaet saw, he has the game to potentially succeed at Augusta. “I do feel the golf course suits my game pretty well,” he said. “I mean, it’s a big golf course. “You have to drive it well and hit your irons precisely. When it comes down to it, the guys who are winning and finishing 10th, it’s all about holing putts out there. If I feel like I can hit it as good as I can and have one of those weeks with my putter I feel like it may be a real special week.” The five-foot-11, 165-pound DeLaet is enjoying a solid start to the PGA Tour season. He’s recorded five top-10 finishes — including two secondplace efforts — made the cut in eight of nine tournaments entered and stands 15th in FedExCup standings having won over US$1.6 million. Last year, DeLaet earned over $2.8 million after recording seven top-10 finishes and making the cut in 21 of 26 events entered. And on Tuesday, Weir, of Bright’s Grove, Ont., told reporters he felt DeLaet, 32, could contend at Augusta. “I think Graham obviously has the type of game that can do very well there,” Weir said. “He hits it long, he hits it very high. “He’s a powerful guy. He’s worked hard on his short game, which has gotten so much better.” DeLaet said he and Weir were looking to play together at Augusta last week but family commitments prevented Weir from making the trip. “Mike has been a great supporter of me and I can lean on him for advice from time to time,” DeLaet said. “I would love to get out with Mike. “Obviously to pick a past champion’s brain could be su-


Graham DeLaet tees off on the fifth hole during the third round of the HSBC Champions golf tournament at the Sheshan International Golf Club in Shanghai, China, Nov. 2, 2013. DeLaet won’t be so much in awe of Augusta National Golf Club when he makes his Masters debut next month. per valuable out there.” DeLaet said he always has butterflies when he hits his first tee shot to officially open a tournament. But having played previously in the British Open as well as last year’s President’s Cup, DeLaet feels he knows what to expect heading into his first Masters. “The most nerves I’ve ever felt on the first tee was at the President’s Cup,” he said. “I mean, my heart was racing for the first hole and a half there and I probably anticipate it (Masters) being something like that. “At the same time I feel like because I’ve been through it once or twice with a couple of different majors and the President’s Cup, I kind of know what to expect. Going

into the British Open last year I remember not really knowing what to expect and how I was going to feel on that first tee when they announced my name. Whether I’m going to be able to control it (at the Masters) as well as I’d like to, I kind of know how it’s probably going to feel.” DeLaet said he’s also been working on fine-tuning his game to suit the conditions he expects to see at Augusta. “I’ve been hitting off a lot more tight lies and trying to hit some higher, softer shots with my irons,” he said. “I’ve really been trying to work the ball on the range even moreso than I normally do because you can really use a lot of slopes and kind of kill balls into slopes and ride balls with the slope

Blue Jays’ bats save Dickey in rough outing against Yankees THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Royal & Ancient asks members to back move to allow women to join St. Andrews THE ASSOCIATED PRESS


Toronto Blue Jays’ Melky Cabrera greets Jose Bautista at the plate after they scored on Adam Lind’s fifth-inning single in an exhibition baseball game against the New York Yankees in Dunedin, Fla., Wednesday. The Jays defeated the Yankees 10-6. ed to do.” STARTING TIME Blue Jays: Manager John Gibbons announced that Drew Hutchison and Dustin McGowan have made the starting rotation. Hutchison will start in Tuesday’s game against the Rays. McGowan, who has battled shoulder problems since 2008, won the fifth starter spot and will pitch in the April 4th home opener with the Yankees. Yankees: Reliever Chris Leroux allowed two runs, including Brett Lawrie’s second-inning solo homer, and five hits in three innings. He was hit in the leg by two infield singles in the third, but remained in the game. The Yankees will start lining up their rotation for the regular season Thursday when opening day starter CC Sabathia will pitch. No. 2 Hiroki Kuroda and No. 4 Masahiro Tanaka are scheduled to throw Friday, with No. 3 Ivan Nova tak-

ing the mound Saturday. Fifth starter Michael Pineda will start a minor league intrasquad game Sunday. TRAINER’S ROOM Blue Jays: Shortstop Jose Reyes, who missed his fourth game due to left hamstring tightness, took on-field batting practice. “We expect him to be ready for opening day,” Anthopoulos said. “He could DH Friday. We’re going day to day with him and see how he feels.” Yankees: Jacoby Ellsbury, out 1 ½ weeks because of right calf tightness, played five innings in centre fielder during his second minor league game. He is expected to be ready for opening day. Designated hitter Alfonso Soriano played despite minor tightness in his right shoulder. MOVES Blue Jays: Josh Thole beat out Erik Kratz for the backup catcher spot and will catch Dickey opening day.

ST. ANDREWS — The Royal & Ancient Golf Club will vote in September on whether to have women as members for the first time in its 260-year history. A statement from the club Wednesday said all committees are “strongly in favour of the rule change and are asking members to support it.” The Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews has about 2,400 members from around the world and dates to 1754. The clubhouse is among the most famous buildings in golf, overlooking the Old Course at St. Andrews. Pressure has been building in recent years on the R&A to change its men-only policy, especially after Augusta National Golf Club announced in August 2012 that it was inviting two women to join — former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and South Carolina financier Darla Moore. The British Open last year was held at Muirfield, one of three links courses on the Open rotation that does not allow female members. “This is welcome news from the Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews, and I urge its members to follow their committees’ recommendations and vote ’yes’ for women members,” British sports minister Helen Grant said in a statement. “It would mark a step in the right direction for the sport and I would hope encourage the remaining golf clubs that still have anachronistic single-sex member policies to follow suit.” It was unclear how a favourable vote would affect whether golf clubs that host the Open would change their policies. The next Open at a male-only club is in 2016 at Royal Troon.



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DUNEDIN, Fla. — Toronto opening day starter R.A. Dickey gave up six runs and seven hits over three innings in the Blue Jays’ 10-6 victory over the New York Yankees Wednesday. The knuckleballer struck out two and walked four in his final spring training start before Monday’s opener at Tampa Bay. Kelly Johnson had a two-run single in the first. Dean Anna hit an RBI double and Carlos Beltran drove in a pair with a double during a four-run second that put New York up 6-0. Blue Jays slugger Edwin Encarnacion got hit on the right lower arm by a pitch in the fifth and left the game. General manager Alex Anthopoulos said the first baseman has a bruise, but is fine. Derek Jeter walked, singled and lined out against Dickey. The Yankees captain was limited to 17 games last season after breaking his left ankle in the 2012 playoffs. JETER METER Jeter appears to be breaking out of his offensive funk. He singled in his final at-bat Tuesday, and is 7 for 49 (.143) overall. “We talked about it,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “He hasn’t played really in a year and a half. Timing is an issue, and it’s getting better every day. He’ll have tomorrow off and then play the last two games.” DICKEY’S DOCKET Dickey was happy with his outing, despite the numbers. “Today was not a day about results,” Dickey said. “What was paramount for me was to exercise my arm in a way where I felt good. I was able to use a large range of velocities and I mixed in pitches that I would never throw during the regular season. They put in their heads it’s another weapon that I might use on them later. So, I did exactly what I want-

so I’ve been trying to do a lot of that on the driving range.” However, DeLaet has also been told to embrace the experience that is playing the Masters, one of golf’s most prestigious and legendary championships. “I got some good advice from a couple of guys to really just enjoy it and have fun,” he said. “The course will at times feel like it’s really beating you up. “But you just have to look around and realize, especially your first time, you’re playing in the Masters. If you can’t have fun and enjoy it then you’re probably doing the wrong thing. “That’s going to kind of be one of my main focuses going in.”

HEALTH Marshmallow a long-time friend One of the first medicinal plants I Chop up marshmallow’s dried leaf planted in my garden was marshmal- or root and place in a cup. low (Althea officinalis). Pour cold water over it, generally It thrives along the fence line, en- 1 tsp. of herb to 1 cup of water, cover joying the southern exposure and the and put in the fridge over night. In company of elecampane (Inula heleni- the morning, the mingling of plant and um) and lovage (Levisticum water will have created a officinale). viscous solution that soften, Where elecampane and soothes and cools inflamlovage have a bold, robust mation. presence in the garden, Take one cup three times marshmallow is has a gentle a day. feel, with velvety leaves and I often recommend cold quiet flowers. infusion of marshmallow Marshmallow has been a mixed with a little syrup friend to human beings for a of thyme for children with very long time. a wheezy, non-productive The Book of Job recomcough. mends eating the roots of a Marshmallow thins out plant called mallow (a close the congested mucous makcousin to marshmallow with ing it easier for the child to similar healing powers) durcough it up. ABRAH ing times of famine. Thyme is slightly irritatARNESON People in the middle aging to bronchi, triggering es fried marshmallow roots HERBS FOR LIFE the cough reflex. The two with onions when crops rotplants combined create a ted in fields due to too much rain. productive cough and clears the respiThe French on the other hand, cre- ratory. ated a sweet treat for children with Usually within two day, the child marshmallow roots. is breathing easier. I have used this After peeling the bark off the root, preparation successfully on infants the pulp was boiled with sugar to make only a month old. a sticky, gooey candy reminiscent of Currently a number of studies are today’s marshmallows. being done with marshmallow root. The French even roasted marshmalOne study has shown that marshmallow root over campfires. low root enhances white blood cells Marshmallow’s medicine is easy to called macrophages ability to devour detect. Just pick a leaf off the plant pathogenic bacteria and virus. and chew it up. This study supports the herbalist Soon a think, slimy substance will use of marshmallow root on bladder form as the plant and salvia mix. and bronchi infections. This viscous substance is called Another study points to a new use mucilage and carried marshmallow’s for marshmallow root in the apothmedicine. ecary. Marshmallow has shown to help It coats the inner linings of the body, balance blood sugar in diabetic anithe mucous membranes, calming irri- mals. tation and making it difficult for germs It is currently being researched for to get a grip on underlying tissues. supporting diabetics in managing their Traditionally marshmallow was blood sugars. used as cooling poultice to quicken Because many diabetics struggle the healing of bruises, cuts and insect with re-occurring infections, a daily bites. cup of marshmallow might be a good Any part of marshmallow can be addition to a maintenance plan for used to make a poultice, leaves, flow- warding off infection and balancing ers and roots. blood sugars. These healing properties makes To grow marshmallow in the garmarshmallow an important part of any den, pick a moist spot. Plant it as a herbal first aid kit. background plant. Put a few pieces of marshmallow It grows to be a one and a half meroot in a pocket when hiking or make ters tall. salves and lotions with marshmallows Harvest the leaves throughout the dried leaves for the car’s first aid kit. summer and dry in a room with good Internally marshmallow root is used airflow. to calm and cool inflamed tissues of Harvest the roots in the fall after the the respiratory, digestive and urinary plant has died back. Store in a glass jar tract. in a dark cupboard and have medicine It is useful in condition where heat for next winter! of inflammation has dried out tissues causing them to crack and bleed as in Herbs for Life is written by Abrah colitis and urinary tract infections. It Arneson, a local clinical herbalist. It is is extremely soothing for dry, barking intended for information purposes only. coughs. Readers with a specific medical problem To prepare marshmallow’s medi- should consult a doctor. For more incine a cold infusion is recommended. formation, visit This is an easy but unusual way to Arneson can be reached www.abraherbs. make plant medicine. com.



Time to spring outside the box with detox Fairy dust, fancy powders, pricey Dr. Merrell has found it to reduce supplements, and complicated cleans- systemic inflammation in his patients es. and “unwind damage from past behavThe modalities of detoxification can ior.” seem like complex, witch-doctor-like The key to juicing is to avoid the quackery at times as people struggle sweeter juices and stick to refreshing to find salvation from their overin- green varieties that include cucumdulgences, fatigue, irritability, brain- ber and celery as a base and add kale, fogged, achy, tired, someginger, lime and a small what depressed state of beamount of apple or pear. ing. Once you have completed But don’t let that stop the juicing it’s important to you from stepping outside stay on path with healthful the box to understand the foods. simplicity of what detox has What most people find is to offer — as it may just be how well their body’s cravexactly what you need this ings adjust back to whole spring. natural foods. Dr. Woodson Merrell, Shredded cabbage with medical professor at Cocarrots, cucumber, and avlumbia’s University’s Colocado on a bed of quinoa lege of Physicians and Surwith olive oil, lemon juice KRISTIN geons and author of the and sea salt becomes highly FRASER Detox Prescription keeps it satisfying. simple with a focus not just The body resets in so on whole, natural, predomimany ways. nantly plant-based foods, Juice cleansing can but other “outside-the-box” seem daunting at first and approaches including breath work, is important to have the right guidyoga, meditation, massage, and other ance leading into and out of your holistic modalities. juice cleanse but that is all available In his thirty-five years of practice to you. he has discovered that treating his paFor more guidance through a juice tients well required him to “treat them cleanse from 1 up to 3 days including as souls rather than symptoms” using full recipe package, nutritional coachfood as well as lifestyle changes to en- ing, full meal plans and shopping lists hance their wellbeing. to follow go to “Get Your Glow” to regOur bodies, as resilient as they have ister for the next Get Your Glow Chalbeen designed have taken on a load of lenge at excess foods, pesticides, herbicides, Basic Green Juice (Approximately 4 preservatives, additives, fillers, free Juices – one day’s worth for cleanse) radicals, sugars, chemicals and highly 6 Large English Cucumbers processed foods that are being shown 2 Bunches of kale/collards to lead to inflammation in the body, 6 Apples (if you can tolerate less extensive symptoms, and ultimately apples – add two more cucumbers to illness and disease. replace) Ridding your body of this toxic over1 Head Celery load is the first step to renewed energy ginger to taste (approx. 2” chunk) and vitality. Detox can be as simple as startJuice in juicer. ing with a simple 3 day juice cleanse. Juice cleansing has been shown to imKristin Fraser, BSc, is a holistic nuprove digestion and bring on renewed tritionist and local freelance writer. Her vitality by giving the digestive system a column appears every second Thursday. break and allowing the immune system She can be reached at kristin@somethingto kick in and clean house.


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DRS. OZ AND ROIZEN gluten makes you feel bad or not, you can benefit from trying these amazing gluten-free strategies. Replace some grains with veggies. Long before glutenfree foods hit the mainstream, people who avoided G-packed grains hit on a smart move: They ate sandwiches on slabs of lettuce instead of bread, served an extra veggie with dinner instead of rolls, and ladled pasta sauce over spaghetti squash or other veggies instead of noodles. Replacing refined grains (white bread, rolls, pasta, cereals) with veggies is a great way to get more fiber, vitamins, minerals and cell-protecting phytochemicals — and cut calories at the same time. Munch a new grain. You can hit your wholegrain quota (we recommend three to four servings a day) with delicious alternatives that deliver unique nutrition profiles. Tasty alternatives include: Quinoa: Safe for people with celiac disease,

this delicious side dish actually comes from the same vegetable family as beets and spinach. But it looks and eats like a grain, thanks to its tiny seeds packed with protein, fiber, B vitamins and iron. Quinoa has a mild, nut-like flavor, cooks up in 15 minutes, and is delicious with stir-fries, paired with chicken or fish, or as a base for your famous, secret-recipe spaghetti sauce. Millet: In Chinese, the words for millet and mouth together make the word “harmony,” a nod to this grain’s popularity. Rich in polyphenols and in magnesium, millet cooks in 25 minutes. Its fluffy texture makes it a natural in pilafs or as a hot breakfast cereal. Toss it in soups and stews, or bake into bread, too.

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Americans spend a whopping $10.5 billion a year on gluten-free foods, including calorie bombs like zero-gluten cakes, pizza, fast-food fries and, new this year, gluten-free, chocolatechip Girl Scout cookies. But even as food marketers cater to the craze with so many unhealthful products, you should tune in to the fact that there are real benefits from reading the labels and going gluten-free or easy on gluten. (Hint: You’re going to want to dump all that processed, refined flour that shows up in cereals, breads, snacks and frozen meals in favor of tasty, nutrition-packed alternative grains and grain-like foods.) What started this trend was the realization that at least 1.8 million Americans have celiac disease (it was underdiagnosed for a long time) — an autoimmune disorder triggered by a mistaken immune system reaction to gluten proteins found in wheat, barley and rye. If gluten is eaten, the reaction causes damage to the small intestine and malabsorption of nutrients, and can lead to osteoporosis, brain fog and other complications. Another 18 million of you may have a gluten or wheat sensitivity that triggers headaches, tiredness, inflammation, joint pain and digestive discomfort. There’s no test for this kind of intolerance. But if you’ve given up gluten and feel better, then stick with it. And the rest of you? Whether

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Fun cars for singles, under $30,000 Yes, you can buy fun cars for under 30 grand. A few weeks ago, I recommended five fun coupes for singles, whose base prices didn’t start with a three. Readers demanded more so here are five more cars that are a little easier on the wallet in purchase and operation. Disclaimer, you don’t have to be single and willing to mingle to fall in love with these vehicles. In fact, some of them are family friendly. No really, they are. Ford Focus ST- $29,999 Hot hatch? I think so. Ford’s Focus ST (ST meaning Sports Technologies) is quite the exciting ride. As soon as you sit inside the Ford Focus ST cabin, you’re embraced by Recaro sport seats that hug you and don’t let go. There’s a six-speed manual gearbox that’s then connected to a 2.0L HighOutput EcoBoost I-4 engine. The high-output engine puts out 252 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque. Yes, that’s a herd of horses under the hood, but driving this sport-tuned version of ST is actually quite agreeable in the city. Chevrolet Sonic RS - $23,995 The Sonic RS Hatchback might not be the first choice of “performance” vehicle on your list, but

that doesn’t mean it couldn’t be added. This five-door has some cool features like: a unique RS liftgate-mounted rear spoiler, 17-inch Midnight Silver painted-aluminum wheels, Lane Departure Warning, a leatherwrapped steering wheel with contrasting stitching and flat-bottom design, and leather-appointed seating surfaces with ‘sueded’ microfibre inserts. That’s on top of seating for five and a powerplant comprised of a 1.4L, turbocharged 4-cylinder with 138 horsepower and 148 lb-ft of torque.


As soon as you sit inside the Ford Focus ST cabin, you’re embraced by Recaro sport seats that hug you and don’t let go.

tone. Put the five-speed, heavy duty manual transmission into gear and hopefully you’ll be able to make good use of the 160 horsepower and 170 lb-ft of torque. That’s the kind of power being generated from its 1.4L, MultiAir turbocharged engine. Along with a performance tunedsuspension, performance brakes and 16-inch wheels, this Fiat might be small, but makes up any “size matters” issues with its dynamic performance.


Honda Civic SI (Coupe/Sedan) $26,245/$26,250 Take the exceptional reliability of Fiat 500 Abarth - $20,995 Alexandra Straub Honda, its popular-selling Civic Anytime you see a scorpion on coupe/sedan, lace it with a potent something – or in real life – you engine and some cool gadgetry and can count on there being some sort you have the SI trim. of sting. The Fiat 500 Abarth is no Up until only a few years ago, the Civic SI was only different, except this sting makes you smile. offered in coupe format, but that changed in 2007. This pint-sized two-door might look somewhat Those who wanted performance and practicality cutesy, but the terrestrial arachnid badging would be granted access to such pleasures of life. denotes otherwise. Setting it apart from its tamer siblings is a 2.4-litre Turn the ignition on and the rumble of the dual engine producing 201 horsepower and 170 lb.-ft exhaust comes to life. It’s anything but tame in

of torque. It also comes standard with 17-inch aluminum alloy wheels and a rear spoiler. Not to mention a 6-speed manual transmission. Whether opting for two or four doors, you can’t go wrong. Scion FR-S - $26,450 The return of the fun-to-drive rear-wheel drive sports coupe that’s priced under $30K can be linked to the Scion FR-S. You could also say it is linked with the Subaru BRZ as these four-seater, two-door vehicles were a joint venture product between the two Japanese brands. The FR-S features a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder boxer engine, developed in collaboration with Subaru. It combines Subaru’s horizontally opposed engine and Toyota’s D-4S injection system. The result is 200 naturally aspirated horses and 151 lb-ft of torque and can be matched with either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission. The back seats might not be incredibly comfortable for rear passengers but all the festivities are happening up front anyway.

Truck of the year is tough gas miser The folks over a GM felt it was time to raise the bar and with this latest incarnation of the 2014 Chevrolet Many innovative Silverado. improvements And indeed it were made to this took a major step forward truck to keep up by anybody’s with the consumer estimation. demands. Competition is fierce in the Ian Harwood ½-ton pickup market and with heavy concentration on fuel consumption; it’s tough to find a balance between fuel economy and a strong capable truck. But the Silverado designers achieved that balance and were recognized very publicly for that achievement. The awards presentation at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit saw GM haul away top honors for the Corvette Stingray and Silverado pickup, which were named North American Car and Truck of the year. You can’t just beef up a suspension and still expect a smooth ride. Chev did: the Silverado utilizes finely tuned shock absorbers that respond to small vibrations and tackle the big bounces with ease. I admit I had my doubts. Driving the Silverado over a potholeladen road did change the dynamics of this truck on how it handled but the shocks adjusted themselves perfectly. The frame mounts at the back of the cab are hydraulic and this helps to control any vibration. The rear axle size has been increased to handle the larger torque



output from the engine. Speaking of engines the Silverado offers three engine choices. The first is a 4.3L V6 with a 285 horsepower and 305 foot pounds of torque. An allaluminum 5.3L V8 with 355 horsepower and a 6.2L EcoTec V8 that produces 420 horsepower and 450 foot pounds of torque. This engine also has active noise cancellation, very similar to good quality headphones! The transmission is a six-speed electronically controlled automatic with two overdrive gears. It has an estimated combined fuel economy of 13/8.7 L/100 km. Although my real world numbers were not that close, the transmission undoubtedly helped push a tank of gas a little farther than I expected.

Properly equipped, this Silverado can tow up to 5216 kg (11,500 lb) which is impressive for a ½ ton pickup. The redesigned interior offers more leg room and is easily accessed through the larger doors. Stain resistant cloth seats or optional leather seats are very comfortable. The glove box is a two-piece design and the centre console has plenty of room for files and junk to go missing for years! The steering wheel controls and other knobs on the dash are within reachable distance from the driver and larger enough that they can be used while wearing work gloves. My tester was equipped with Mylink system that basically controls everything. The voice recognition is easy to use and can respond

to normal speech patterns. Bluetooth capabilities allow easy pairing of any smart phone with very little effort and accessing your music is a breeze. The rear bumper has steps built into it on both corners of the truck, making the job of climbing in the back an easy task. The tailgate features EZ-lift hardware that makes lowering the tailgate a one handed job. An available LED lights mounted under the box rails lights up the cargo area and makes every nook and cranny visible. Many innovative improvements were made to this truck to keep up with the consumer demands and the result will help spur Canadian sales.

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Fishing the old way: boy, bait, and bobber.

Barbless hooks regulation officially gone My advance copy of 2014 Alberta Guide to Sportfishing Regulations had me smiling immediately it slid out of the envelope it came in. The cover features a kid holding and grinning at a nice trout and the stimulator fly that did it in, with a perfect kid-size stream and all outdoors in the background. Environment- Sustainable Resource Minister Robin Campbell might even have supplied the cover picture himself, because he strongly champions fishing as good for kids and vice versa, altogether BOB an admirable attitude for an SCAMMELL ESRD minister to have. First item in the Guide is always “Message from the Minister;” this, Mr. Campbell’s first, is the third in three years from different. The minister reports on the effect last summer’s flooding in southern Alberta will have on this season’s fishing: “ I am pleased to tell you that our fish populations fared better than expected and, as a result, there are no new restrictions on angling in southern Alberta.” Still, in my experience, anglers will experience poorer fishing in the badly flooded rivers and streams for the eight years it usually takes a diminished population of wild trout to spawn itself back to what it was before the disaster. The actual regulations seem a scant few pages shorter this year, probably a modest start of joint initiatives of the Alberta Fish and Game Association and ESRD to shorten and simplify them and return


some of the fun to fishing for all of us, particularly beginners. Excuse the loud cheer, but the mandatory use of barbless hooks regulation is officially gone this year. The Guide’s “Important Changes and Notices” section ignores this good news, probably because ESRD is still embarrassed over the fact that barbless has been accidentally-negligently gone for the last two years, and they had to refund many thousands of dollars in fines from anglers charged for using barbed hooks by officers who didn’t even know the regulation was gone. Among the reasons mandatory barbless is gone is that studies unanimously show that is does not contribute to the survival of released fish. Yet, the 2014 Guide again contains the note “Hooking Mortality From Bait,” advising that “about 25% of trout caught on natural and scented baits die after release, compare with less than 4% of those caught on flies and lures.” Why is the use of bait not banned? Doing so would shorten the regulations by about half a dozen pages of convoluted, complex items dealing with bait, its use and abuse. Who would be against the banning of bait if it saves 25 per cent of released fish? Certainly not kids, even though they can learn a lot about fishing and the way the wild world works from starting out with bait. Could the government fear a senior’s backlash if it banned bait? Certainly that might explain why the former minister, Diana McQueen, declined to include in this year’s regs. the Seniors’ license her staff proposed and the AFGA approved: first, she wanted to know how she could “sell it.” Because the resource needs to know the total number of anglers and needs the revenue from all adult anglers to provide good fishing for us all, is

why: the same reason I have heard seniors expound in support of requiring Indians to have a Sportfishing License. I have also heard the same geezers who rave on about “sense of entitlement” in our politicians, seriously argue that, as seniors, they have earned the right and are thus entitled to fish for free. “As a precautionary measure,” we are told, the Red Deer River and tributaries upstream of the Dickson Dam will be catch and release again this year, lest anyone sickens and dies from residues of 2012’s Plains Midstream spill of light sour crude into the Red Deer near Sundre. It is probably too much to hope that, when this precautionary measure ends, so too will end the stupidity of permitting the killing and keeping of two trout per day from the Raven and North Raven Rivers, after June 16th, provided that they are over 40 cm. long. The egregious fisheries error of targeting the biggest and best breeders in a fish population for harvest has become a bad habit with ESRD biologists, and likely has much to do with the alleged pike decline in Lake Newell that now results in the imposition an official zero limit on the species in what has been one of Alberta’s top pike lakes before and since this old kid started fishing it 65 years ago. The minister signs off his Message: “As an avid angler myself, I hope to see you out there.” Many of us just hope to see him in his position long enough to accomplish some of the initiatives he has in mind, such as the updating of Alberta’s Fish and Wildlife Policy, and the further shortening and simplification of the regulations. Bob Scammell is an award-winning columnist who lives in Red Deer. He can be reached at

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FRONT HOMEMADE PIE SALE The annual homemade pie sale by the Ladies of Sunnybrook Farm is coming up on April 8 and 9. The pies will come in a variety of flavours, including apple, blueberry, peach, raisin, cherry, strawberry rhubarb and raspberry rhubarb. Pies can be purchased at the museum in Red Deer on both days between 9 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. for $12 each. Funds raised will go towards Sunnybrook Farm Museum’s educational programs. For information call 403-340-3511. The farm museum is at 4071 30th St.



Domestic violence on the rise RASH OF INCIDENTS IN ROCKY SMALL PART OF PROVINCE-WIDE PROBLEM BY MURRAY CRAWFORD ADVOCATE STAFF A rash of domestic violence in Rocky Mountain House is a small part of a provincial wide problem, local officials said. Rocky Mountain House RCMP said they have received 13 calls related to domestic violence in the last 15 days, which is more frequent than normal. “I think you could say it’s happening all over the province,” said Staff Sgt. Bill Laidlaw. “That being said, we’ve made it a priority to deal with it and get these matters before the courts.

“It’s one of those things we’ve focused on, we’ve dealt with successfully and now we’re getting more people coming through the system.” When children are involved in a domestic violence call, the RCMP notify Alberta Child and Family Services. David Brady, the Rocky Mountain House office’s casework supervisor, said they prioritize those calls and if they have grounds for an investigation

they start one. “We do have a number of families that present this problem,” said Brady.

The caseload summary for the area have 13 children part of several different ongoing family violence investigations. “Family violence, addictions and mental health are 80 per cent of case load,” said Brady. “One or all of the others.” Brady said they can tie — DAVID BRADY, ALBERTA CHILD AND some of the patFAMILY SERVICES CASEWORK SUPERVISOR terns of domestic or family “It’s usually a male batterer violence to the volatility of the and a female victim, sometimes economy. it is adult to child, which is family violence.” Please see BUST on Page C2


Students lagging in math basics: instructor

MAYOR’S PRAYER BREAKFAST Join Red Deer Mayor Tara Veer and Red Deer County Mayor Jim Wood for the 11th Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast on April 8. The event will feature special guest Mike Love, the founder and director of Extreme Dream Ministries and the internationally recognized Youth Conference. The breakfast begins at 7 a.m. sharp in the Parkland Pavilion at Westerner Park, with doors opening at 6:30 a.m. Tickets are $30 per person or $225 for a table of eight. Call 403-396-5206 for tickets or more information or email mayorprayer@gmail. com. The Business Leaders Network hosts the annual event.

REACHING THE MARGINS A workshop to help people create a welcoming community by learning how to reach out to those with mental health challenges will be held on April 4, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., at West Park Church of the Nazarene. Shalom Counselling Centre will lead the interactive workshop — Reaching to the Margins. Anyone serving the public, and wanting to create a caring community, are invited. Admission is $30 per person. Refreshments and lunch included. Registration open until April 3 by calling Shalom Counselling at 403-3420339. The workshop is funded by Red Deer District Community Foundation, Rotary Club of Red Deer and Rotary Club of Red Deer Sunrise. West Park Church of the Nazarene is located at 3920 57th Ave.


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Izak, a 15-month-old, and his mom hurry through the snow in Red Deer City Hall Park on Wednesday morning. Although the temperatures weren’t as cool as they have been this winter, snow accumulated quickly.

Spring equals snow in Alberta BY SUSAN ZIELINSKI ADVOCATE STAFF Shaking a fist at falling snow is likely a typical response to March weather in Red Deer. But despite the snowfall warning of 10 to 15 cm for Red Deer, Ponoka, Innisfail, Stettler, Rocky Mountain House and Caroline by Thursday morning, Environment Canada meteorologist Dan Kulak said March was shaping up to be no worse than usual. About five cm fell on the city Tuesday night as a result of the current system. He said once the spring equinox rolls around people automatically think it’s time for the snow to stop. But the reality is that spring equals snow in Alberta. “It’s suppose to snow in the spring. February tends to be a dry month of the winter and March has one-third more snow than February on average,” Kulak said on

Wednesday. In February, Red Deer saw 2.6 cm of snow, which was very dry because the average for the month is 14 cm. As of Wednesday morning, about 23 cm had fallen this month. The average amount of snow for March is 20 cm. In March 2013, there was 22.2 cm. Nine to 13 cm is forecast to fall in Red Deer by Friday. Red Deer’s total snowfall for January, February and March averages about 52 cm. As of Wednesday morning, there had been 45 cm for 2014. Kulak said cool air from the north moving across the prairies is reacting with moisture from the Pacific to cover the region with snow. Grumblings about the temperature he could understand. Red Deer has had an average daytime temperature high of -3.4C so far this month.

The normal is 2.2.C. “You don’t think that two degrees or three degrees below normal is something that’s going to be noticeable. But it is. It consistently is. People will start talking about why it’s been so cold lately.” Any warm spells in Red Deer have been offset by cooler temperatures, he said. He added no weather surprises are expected in April. “There’s nothing that we could call a signal we can tap into and say there’s a suggestion we could have a different type of spring. There’s no El Niño out there,” Kulak said. An officer with Ponoka Integrated Traffic Services said five vehicles hit the ditch Wednesday morning due to icy conditions. Roads were wet and sloppy by the Wednesday afternoon so drivers were encouraged to have plenty of windshield wiper fluid. szielinski@reddeeradvocate. com

In everything from sport to art and architecture, the most creative and revolutionary first had to have some grasp of the fundamentals of their craft before they could flourish. Basketball virtuoso Michael Jordan, as Red Deer College math instructor Manny Estabrooks likes to say, was able to dazzle on the court because his mastery of the basics allowed him to put his thoughts to conceiving greater things. “He doesn’t stop to think ‘How do I do this?’ It’s instinctive, it’s just there. In math education, if we don’t have people that know the basic skills, they’re not going to get anywhere,” says Estabrooks. The problem, he says, is that more and more students are entering his classes without those basic skills — some pupils have to count out simple equations using their fingers because they cannot do basic addition or subtraction. Teaching them to be creative with math and to devise their own techniques for solving problems is a good thing, he says, but if they are not being taught the fundamentals first, they will only get so far. Since 2008, the provincial math grade school curriculum has put an emphasis on so-called “discovery” math techniques, which de-emphasize traditional learning methods for basic math functions and encourage the use of varied, open-ended methods of solving equations. The province and “new math” proponents say the approach allows children to develop problem-solving skills more useful in everyday life and engenders more enjoyment and inspiration than simple rote solving of math problems. But in recent months, opposition to the approach has galvanized behind an online petition started by a Calmar mom calling for a return to more traditional methods. Over 12,000 signatures have been gathered for the petition, and with international metrics showing Alberta student performance falling in the subject, some see the province’s system in a crisis. In a reversal of the 2008 curriculum directives, Education Minister Jeff Johnson called on Alberta Education to ensure that basic math facts are “more front and centre” and that students can recall multiplication tables from memory.

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SUMMER TRAINING BEING SHIFTED TO OTHER LOCATIONS IN 2015 BY MURRAY CRAWFORD ADVOCATE STAFF For one last summer it will be business as usual at the Penhold Air Cadet Training Centre before it is shut down forever. Sold in the mid-1990s, the centre located in Springbrook has been leased by the Department of National Defence ever since from Harvard Park Business Centre, the company that bought it. That arrangement will soon come to an end. Starting in 2015, cadets looking for summer camps will be

redirected to bases in Cold Lake, Dundurn, Sask. or Vernon, B.C. Stan Monkman, director of public relations for the Alberta chapter of the Air Cadet League of Canada, said it is sad to see the book about to be closed on the cadet training centre. “It was an institution,” said Monkman. “It is too bad, but there are powers that be who say that we can save money by doing this another way.” But for one last hurrah, starting on July 7, cadets will come back to the spot to train and

learn as so many have done before. “Everything goes as usual this year, even though it is the last year,” said Monkman. “The basics, the advanced camps is all a go.” The final grand parade is currently scheduled for Aug. 15. “There will be a lot of people coming to that last weekend,” said Monkman. “Alumni from past years, which will be quite a crowd.” Officers conducting the final ceremony have yet to be determined. Aside from all the kids going

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home after Aug. 15, Monkman said the camp will gradually be shut down and the buildings will all, eventually, be turned over to the owner. “The military will remove all their equipment from everything,” said Monkman. “The supply building has a fantastic stock of items in it and they will all be dispersed to other camps.” Tracey Henwood, Harvard Park Training Centre, declined to comment on what the future holds for the site Wednesday. mcrawford@reddeeradvocate. com


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RCMP remind all to be cautious while online

Robber wielded knife Red Deer RCMP are looking for a knifewielding masked suspect who robbed the Express 24 on Howarth Street on March 18. Police say a person wielding a knife entered the convenience store around 2:25 a.m. and demanded money. The suspect left the store through the back alley with an undisclosed amount of cash and several packs cigarettes. Police do not know which direction he headed. The suspect is described as wearing a black superman hat with a black scarf over his face and a blue shirt over a white longsleeved shirt. No surveillance photos are available at this time. Anyone with information that may assist the police in identifying this suspect is asked to call Red Deer RCMP at 403-343-5575. To remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-2228477 or report it online at

Suspect threatens victim Red Deer RCMP are looking for a suspect who threatened to cut a man unless he handed over some money in downtown Red Deer. Police responded to the mugging complaint on March 20 around 8:45 p.m. near 48th Avenue and 54th Street in Red Deer. Police say a man was walking south on 48th Avenue when he was approached by another man who threatened him. The victim was not carrying any money so the suspect took his lighter. The victim ran away and the suspect continued to walk south on 48th Avenue. The suspect is described as a thin Caucasian man in his 20s with pimples on his face. He had no tattoos or facial hair. He was wearing a grey hoodie and dark jeans and he was carrying a black garbage bag. Anyone with information that may assist the police in identifying this suspect is asked to call Red Deer RCMP at 403-343-5575. To remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-2228477 or report it online at

Olds, Ponoka holding Race for Kids Both the Olds and Ponoka Boys and Girls Clubs are taking part in a national fundraising initiative where people take part in an urban adventure race. The Capital One Race for Kids takes place in more than 25 communities across Canada. Teams of four will compete in a series of 10 themed checkpoint challenges in a race to the finish line. Checkpoints will be designed to incorporate activities that challenge both the mind and the body. Teams will race through neighbourhoods, completing the checkpoint challenges, which are designed to remind them of their childhood games. The race takes place on May 31, but teams need to sign up first. There is a registration fee of $10 per participant and collectively all four team members must raise a minimum of $360 to participate. The race in Ponoka starts at 3 p.m., with registration opening at 1:30 p.m. on May 31 at the Ponoka Youth Centre, 5004 54th St., while the race in Olds starts at 12 p.m. with registration opening at 10 a.m. at Olds Centennial Park, near the intersection of 50th Avenue and 53rd Street. For more information and to register visit


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A woodpecker takes cover from the snow by making a quick stop at one of the feeders at the Kerry Wood Nature Centre’s bird sanctuary Wednesday afternoon. The nature centre is open to the public from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Vehicle thefts investigated RCMP believe the same culprits are responsible for a string of vehicle thefts over several days in the Lacombe and Blackfalds areas. Blackfalds RCMP received numerous reports of stolen vehicles from Sunday to Tuesday. The first vehicle, a Ford F-350 pickup was swiped in Blackfalds and then the thieves continued their spree, trading one vehicle for another. A stolen Chevrolet Cavalier was found outside a rural residence, where a Ford F-150 pickup was stolen. The pickup then turned up another rural property where a Honda Trax quad was stolen. The quad was found at another home where a half-ton pickup was grabbed.

That pickup and the one stolen in Blackfalds later turned up about five km east of Lacombe at Range Road 261 and Township Road 40-2. Nearby, a Pontiac Grand Am and a Ford ¾-ton pickup were stolen. The pickup has since been recovered. RCMP suspect the same culprits for all the thefts, which were made much easier because vehicles were unlocked and keys left inside. Rural residents are being warned to safeguard their property and be on the lookout for suspicious activity. Anyone with any information on the thefts is asked to call Blackfalds RCMP at 403-885-3300 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or report it online at

Hit-and-run culprit sought A Red Deer driver was putting his children into his car when it was hit by a minivan whose driver then took off and now police are asking for the public’s help finding the suspect vehicle. At about 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Red Deer RCMP were called to a reported hit and run on Nolan Street. Police said the minivan drove past the vehicle and hit the door of the victim’s car. The minivan then sped away without stopping, but left behind a side mirror that had broken off. The victim and his children were

not injured. The damaged mirror was identified as that of a 1995-98 green Ford Winstar van, but no licence plate was obtained. Witnesses describe the hit-and-run suspect as an Asian female with long, dark hair who appeared to be in her mid-40s. Police patrols did not turn up any suspects. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Red Deer RCMP at 403-343-5575. If you wish to remain anonymous call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or report it online at


BUST: Poor coping strategies “When we’re in a bust cycle, there are a lot of poor coping strategies, a lot of pressure and demands,” said Brady. “People want to live the life they had when they were earning. “In the relationship it is already occurring, it’s just when it goes public we find out about it. The abuse is already there, it just reaches to the point that there is an awareness of it.” The Rocky Mountain House Women’s Shelter has seen a steady increase in volume over the past few years. Operated by the Mountain Rose Women’s Shelter Association, executive director Cindy Easton said the small 10-bed emergency has been very busy. Last year the shelter supported 134 women and children, but due to limited space another 110 were unable to use the services of the shelter. Easton said they still tried to find places to go for those they could not accommodate or help them through their outreach services. “On top of that our crisis line received 400 calls looking for support regarding domestic violence,” said Easton. “It’s a slow and steady increase.” She cited the provincial wide data counts that looked at statistics from one day. On Nov. 6, 2013, a total of 926 women and 1,102 children were housed in the province’s shelter. “We have a very good working relationship with the Rocky RCMP detachment,” said Easton. “Through that and victim ser-

March is Fraud Prevention Month and the Red Deer City RCMP would like to remind residents to play it safe online. Since July 2013, local police have received five complaints of extortion by libel from victims within the city. These situations generally involve men being approached online by who men who lure them into compromising online encounters. The women claim to have recorded the encounter and threaten to post it online unless they are paid by their victims. “It’s difficult to lay charges in cases like this, because these online profiles are fake and often they live in different countries,” says Cpl. Sarah Knelsen. “Our advice, always, is to use the privacy settings on social media accounts; to be very cautious about whom you befriend online, and to not let anyone — friends or strangers — talk you into doing anything that you wouldn’t want your family, your employer or your friends to see.” Police say instances of people being talked into taking and sharing compromising photos and

videos of themselves are on the rise. Knelsen said people feel safe using apps such as SnapChat where they believe their photos are disappearing within seconds. “In reality, every time a new technology or a new update on existing technology comes along, it is followed by workarounds by those who want to abuse it,” she said. There may be even more instances of this type of extortion but that victims may be too embarrassed to report it. Knelsen said these are relatively new issues, brought on by the popularity of social media, and its ensuing misuse by predators. “Social media has so many great benefits but, as police, we see so many examples of the dark side of it,” says Knelsen. “People need to be aware of two vital things – your online actions do not disappear, and the online world is rife with predators.” The best protection is to learn how to recognize dangerous situations and protect yourself. To find out more ways to safe online, visit www.

Free microchip clinic for cats, owners planned Red Deer and District SPCA, Whisker Rescue and Alberta Animal Services have teamed up to help reunite cats and their owners by hosting the first annual Free Microchip Clinic for Felines on April 5, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Amy Corpe, SPCA animal care manager, says only about one per cent of lost cats brought to local animal agencies are returned to their owners causing an overabundance of cats in shelters and a huge strain on resources. Microchips are a permanent form of identification. A microchip the size of a grain of rice is embedded just under the skin between the cat’s shoulder blades. Scanning the microchip reveals the cat’s registration number. Registration numbers are specific to each microchip company so pets can be identified in any city by any veterinarian, animal control or human society staff member. Owners who change addresses can update the information in their pet’s microchip file. Microchip company EIDAP Inc. is sponsoring the clinic to make microchips available free of charge to local cat owners. Clinics will be held at the following locations: ● Red Deer SPCA at 4505 77th St. ● Petland (Alberta Animal Services Adoption Centre) at 100, 5250 22nd St. There is no limit to the number of cats people can bring in for microchips. Pre-registration is not required. Clinics will run on a first-come, first-served basis. Please ensure cats are in proper kennels when travelling and entering the clinics. For more information contact Amy Corpe, SPCA animal care manager, at 403-342-7722 or, or Erica Coomber, Alberta Animal Services shelter administrator, at 403-347-2388 or

that the directive will not change much. vices we have a very good working agreeWhile “discovery” math has been emment. “Because we have that very good working relationship we’re aware of domes- phasized in recent years, teaching the fundamentals has not been abandoned, says tic violence situations and the impact that Notre Dame High School teacher and eduhas on our community.” cation innovator David Martin. Easton said when you train people to “We’ve given students, and actually more look for and deal with domestic violence importantly we’ve given teachers choice on incidents then it is reported more and the strategies on how to teach math to kids,” he community is more aware. says. Laidlaw said each domestic violence Whereas many adults are not shy to say call a significant amount of investigation they hate or are not good at math, Martin time, at least eight hours is devoted to just says new methods allow students “to litthe paper work for the investigation. erally play” with math, allowing them to “There is such a reporting requirement enjoy and become passionate about the for domestic violence calls,” said Laidlaw. material. “It’s a fairly lengthy process.” “We take it seriously and it is something we want to look into.” The calls are happening all over the detachment area. “Typically with domestic violence you get some that are unfounded, some go to trial,” said Laidlaw. “In this instance we’ve We’ve made it simpler to access had 13 we’ve had to investigate so Home Care, Supportive Living and we’ve been fairly busy with it.” Long Term Care.

MATH: Fundamentals still there A department spokesperson said Johnson gave the instruction in November in response to parental concerns, but before the petition started up. The change will be made for the 2014/15 school year. Johnson and others, though, say

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BRIEF Tom Jackson, Blue Rodeo among winners of Governor General’s awards MONTREAL — Toronto rock band Blue Rodeo and noted Métis actor Tom Jackson were among the winners Wednesday of the 2014 Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards. Blue Rodeo, which was founded in 1984, has sold more than four million records and won an unprecedented 11 Juno awards. Frontman Jim Cuddy said from Toronto that the band was excited to get the lifetime achievement award. “Initially, we were kind of stunned,” he said. “We’re not used to participating in this world, the world of high honours. We’re used to our world of concerts, Junos, and this is something entirely different. We were stunned. We’re very pleased, very grateful.” He said he is particularly pleased the honour is for the whole band. “It’s for a lifetime of work so it really takes in all the members that have played in Blue Rodeo. I think the impact is it’s kind of like having accolades for having lasted and there’s nothing wrong with that.” British Columbia actor Brent Carver has also been recognized with a lifetime artistic achievement award. Other winners include three Quebecers — actress Janine Sutto, dancer and teacher Anik Bissonnette and choreographer and dancer Louise Lecavalier. The laureates were announced at ceremonies Wednesday in Montreal, Toronto, Niagara-on-theLake, Calgary and Winnipeg. Actor Albert Schultz, who is the founding artistic director of the acclaimed Soulpepper Theatre Co. in Toronto, was also recognized with the National Arts Centre Award. The Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards were founded in 1992 and are given to Canadians whose accomplishments are deemed to have inspired and enriched the country.

Oprah Winfrey taking a self-help tour on the road NEW YORK — Oprah Winfrey is taking a self-help show on the road. The talk-show host and chief of the OWN television network will visit eight cities this fall for a twoday arena event called “Oprah’s The Life You Want Weekend.” Winfrey will go onstage on a Friday night in each city. The next day, a circle of personalities she has featured on the OWN network and her talk show over the years will join in. OWN personality Iyanla Vanzant, Eat, Pray, Love author Elizabeth Gilbert and Pastor Rob Bell are among the people who will join the tour for each weekend, with author Deepak Chopra an occasional guest. Organizers said Wednesday the first stop will be in Atlanta on the first weekend of September.

Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch to play Hamlet on London stage in 2015 LONDON — Benedict Cumberbatch is going from Sherlock to Shakespeare. London’s Barbican Centre said Wednesday he will play Hamlet at the venue next year. The Lyndsey Turner-directed production of Hamlet will run from August to October 2015, and the 12-week stint in the 1,160-seat venue is guaranteed to be a hot ticket. Cumberbatch has gained fans around the world for his role in the BBC TV drama Sherlock as cerebral sleuth Sherlock Holmes. Producer Sonia Friedman called Cumberbatch “one of the most gifted and exciting actors of his generation.” Cumberbatch, who recently appeared onscreen in The Fifth Estate, 12 Years a Slave and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, won an Olivier theatre award for his starring role in Frankenstein at Britain’s National Theatre in 2011.


Twin sisters Tegan, left, and Sara of the band Tegan and Sara pose together at ELLE magazine’s second annual Women in Music event, Monday, April 11, 2011, in Los Angeles.

Everything is awesome for Tegan and Sara AMBITIOUS TWINS ALREADY LOOKING AHEAD BY THE CANADIAN PRESS TORONTO — Calgary-reared twins Tegan and Sara have never won a Juno Award before despite five nominations, but it is possible to spot a silver lining in that goldless run. “If we won, we would feel really delighted — but there’s also this reflex in me that’s always been afraid to win,” said the consistently amiable Sara Quin. “It feels like (if) we won, people would be like: ’What?! THEY won? Oh Goddd. I can’t believe they beat so and so.’ “That always stresses me out. Sometimes it’s just better to be nominated.” So they have been, in four categories this time around at this weekend’s Juno Awards, for the sleekand-chic pop makeover Heartthrob. And in prestigious categories no less: single, group, songwriter and pop album of the year. That last one particularly speaks to the esthetic transformation undertaken by the 33-year-old sisters. In years past, they were near-exclusively nominated for alternative album of the year. They lost, on three occasions, to bands that Quin refers to as “heavy hitters” and “really cherished”: Arcade Fire (in 2008), Metric (in 2010) and Broken Social Scene (in 2006). The duo began — 15 years ago now — with a trio of full-lengths that peddled folk-pop occasionally imbued with gusts of emo rage. Then beginning with 2004’s smart So Jealous, the Quins infused those torrents of punk energy with increasing degrees of melodic mastery, a trend that continued through 2007’s melancholy The Con and 2009’s punchy Sainthood. So the twins had long proven their deft songwriting touch, but Heartthrob’s ultra-polished production — once a distinct drawback of the Quins’ catalogue — brought it into startling high-definition. The whitewater whoosh Closer gave the Quins their first traditional, bona fide hit song, while piano ballad I Was a Fool — and its vertigo-inducing chorus — wasn’t far behind. The Quins have found high-profile, outspoken fans in the likes of Taylor Swift and Katy Perry, who will

bring Tegan and Sara along for an arena tour this fall. Indeed, they’ve seemingly shimmied their way into an elusive (if not always lucrative) subgenre: the pop musicians’ pop musicians. But a chance opportunity allowed the sisters to meet an entirely new fanbase, well beyond their fiercely dedicated core fans or newly appreciative taste-makers. They were invited to record a demo of Everything is Awesome, the blithe central tune from the recently released critical gem The Lego Movie. They weren’t used to singing other people’s songs or auditioning, both of which were necessities here. Still, they apparently aced their tryout take and, in collaboration with producer (and Devo co-founder) Mark Mothersbaugh and comedy-rap outfit the Lonely Island, recorded the chirpy hit that appears prominently in the smash film. The song has become a memorable element of the year’s biggest box-office hit, as well as an eerily appropriate summary of the Quins’ rising career. “When I went to see the movie, I was sitting outside the theatre and I could hear the song blasting out of the (cinema),” Quin recalled. “I was both weirdly proud and then also terribly embarrassed of being there. I was just like, oh my God, are people going to come out of the theatre and be like: ‘Oh, there’s the idiot who sang the song sitting out there. What the hell is she doing?’ “It’s so awkward. But I also was like, this is amazing. This is so cool. To be sitting here laughing and listening to the song.” The manic tune has given Tegan and Sara their highest U.S. chart placement yet, though Quin struggles to quantify its impact on their own music. “On Google for example, (many) people are searching ‘Tegan and Sara’ with very interesting spellings and then Everything is Awesome. (So) there’s people searching. But does that translate into them going: ‘Oh, this band has seven records and 15 years in the industry?’ I don’t know. “I think a lot of the people who are really big into the song are under the age of 10 . . . so I don’t know if they’re going: ‘I’m eight, I’m really into this music, let’s find more!’ I’m not sure if that’s how kids work these days.”

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BRIEFS Public lecture to offer insight on use of light in art An “enlightening” public lecture on the use of light in art will be offered tonight (Thurs.) at Red Deer College. RDC Visual Arts instructor James Trevelyan will offer his insights on the relationship between light and space in art history at 7 p.m., upstairs at the RDC library (room 2006F).

Trevelyan. whose own abstract paintings have been exhibited across North America, has shared artistic influences with James Turrell, a light artist considered one of the most significant contemporary artists of the 21st century. On a recent trip to Los Angeles, Trevelyan had the opportunity to attend an exhibition of Turrell’s. Trevelyan noticed how that artist’s unique and “breathtaking works” are created through the manipulation of light and space. His lecture will examine the role of light through art history, as well as the environmental, institutional and artistic influences for Turrell’s artworks. Everyone is welcome.

pects viewership was stronger than it appeared. “A lot of people would tape the show and watch it later — so many people have gotten it on Netflix or things like that,” says Tilly, noting those fans would not have been caught by TV people meters. “A lot of people would be like, ‘We have Bomb Girl parties,’ which is wonderful, but that’s one TV . . . But then of course that’s one of the things I love about the show so I wouldn’t want people to have a reason not to get together with their family for their night to watch it.” Not that fervent fans didn’t try to save the show, a distinctly female-driven saga that tackled weighty topics including class issues, abortion, sexual harassment, and homosexuality. “Boy, the fans have been amazing. They just kept pushing,” says Tilly, who played world-weary shift boss Lorna.

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Plans for the $7.9-million project, slated to shoot next winter in Louisville, Ky., and the Toronto area, actually date back to the beginning of Bomb Girls but Tilly says production was repeatedly postponed as the Global TV show took off with viewers. The period saga was initially ordered as a shortrun miniseries, detailing the tumultuous lives of a group of women working at a Canadian munitions factory during the Second World War. But the sudsy serial was an immediate hit for Global, often topping a million viewers a week while spawning an enthusiastic following and a secondseason order. However, its sophomore run failed to sustain expected ratings. The show was cancelled last spring, and Tilly says it was a blow to cast and crew who had bonded as a family. She blames the ratings dip on a lengthy hiatus partway through the season, but nevertheless sus-



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Doctors practise communication skills IN OPERATING ROOM OF FUTURE BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — Before the car-wreck victim reached the emergency room, doctors, residents and nurses at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center knew what to expect by glancing at their smartphones. The details came in the staccato of text messages: A 35-year-old man had driven head-on into a bus. He suffered major chest injuries. His vital signs were crashing. This was not just another day in the hospital. It was a laboratory billed as the “OR of the future,” an ongoing experiment aimed at breaking down barriers that bog down care through open communication, better use of technology and teamwork. In reality, trauma care is rarely this organized. But those who are prized for individual skills are increasingly learning that when it comes to treating trauma patients from accidents, natural disasters or terrorist bombings, communication and co-ordination can determine whether someone lives or dies. At an office building less than a

mile from the main Cedars-Sinai campus, doctors are guinea pigs in simulations designed to test such skills. There’s a “mission control” room filled with video screens where trainers keep track of the action. The walls are see-through. Open workspaces are favoured over cubicles. At the heart of the lab is a room that could be outfitted as the ER, operating room or intensive care unit — depending on the practice of the day. Medical simulation labs have evolved over the years, from simple lifelike models of body parts that doctors train on to full-blown replications of hospital rooms where trainees can practice different situations. The Cedars-Sinai space strives to speed up trauma care by eliminating workflow disruptions and honing communication skills. “Health care today is delivered more by teams rather than by individuals. “We have to educate folks in teamwork skills,” said William McGaghie, who heads a professional training institute at Loyola University Chicago Health Sciences Division. Registered nurse Anna Doyle is

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Dept. surgeon Johnny Thomas, left, and Ken Catechpole, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center surgery, faculty member, dressed in firefighters outfits, carry a mannequin into the Surgical Simulation and Training Laboratory in the Department of Surgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. used to working with doctors who parachute into the latest crisis, whether it’s tending to the victim of a gunshot wound or rollover accident. It’s often a chaotic scene, and not everyone takes the time to get to know one another. During a recent rehearsal, a resi-

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Culinary herbs are enjoying a revival thanks to new varieties, stronger flavours, health concerns and more discerning palates. Their low cost, attractiveness and easy-to-grow attributes are making them popular, too. “Herbs can add a lot of flavour to cooked dishes and lead to reductions in fat, salt and cholesterol,” said Gary Gao, a horticulturist with Ohio State University Extension. These days, he said, “people tend to spend more time at home and less time travelling. Cooking meals at home also saves a lot of

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CONTINUED FROM ABOVE Doyle said she found the introductions calming — even if it was just practice. “We had a personal moment ... that never happens,” said Doyle, acknowledging that there’s always a line of walking wounded in an emergency. Armed with a $4 million grant from the Defence Department, doctors and nurses at Cedars-Sinai have been testing ways to improve trauma care by running simulations at the newly opened lab that oozes tech startup. “This is a place for experimentation,” surgeon-in-chief Dr. Bruce Gewertz said. Before the lab opened, Gewertz and his colleagues followed real trauma patients from the moment they were unloaded from the ambulance to their transfer to the ICU. Along the way, the team documented obstacles that slowed down care: Too many people spoke at the same time, prompting a nurse to ask a resident to speak up. A patient went for a CT scan only to find another patient already in the scanner. A resident’s cellphone rang while scrubbing in. Most of the time, researchers found, delays in care were caused by a lack of communication and logistical hurdles. The goal is to get everyone on the same page during the “golden hour,” a concept borrowed from military medi-


Dr. Bruce Gewertz, surgeon-in-chief, chair of the Department of Surgery, vice-president for Interventional Services and vice-dean of Academic Affairs, showcases his Surgical Simulation and Training Laboratory in the Department of Surgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. The operating room of the future is being tested in an experiment aimed at breaking down barriers that bog down care through open communication and better use of technology. cine when time is of the essence. The team recently partnered with a consulting firm to develop an in-house iPhone app that displays a patient’s vitals and blasts out the information to the trauma team as members are assembling. There’s also a text-mes-

saging feature that allows doctors and nurses swarming in from various parts of the hospital to communicate with one another before the patient arrives. Typically, doctors don’t know vitals until a nurse scrawls them on a whiteboard.

Apps can be helpful, allowing medical teams to “know the information en route so they’re not coming in cold,” said Pam Jeffries, president of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare and a professor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing. Jeffries is not involved in the Cedars-Sinai effort. The patient — a high-tech dummy — was wheeled in, moaning and complaining. Doctors and nurses sprang into action, ripping off the dummy’s clothes and placing a breathing tube before transferring him. Despite the quick response, there were hiccups, mainly because of a lack of experience. For the second scenario, the team was not given advance information about the patient and kept going in circles asking for any details. A doctor said he heard it was a case of a pedestrian hit by a car. The chief resident said there’s worry about internal injuries and to make sure blood supply and other essentials were ready. As if that weren’t enough, they also had to deal with a fire — simulated smoke from dry ice was pumped into the room. One called out for the fire alarm to be shut off while the rest prepared to move the patient to a gurney. In the chaos, doctors didn’t realize the wheel on the gurney was locked and wasted time fiddling. Despite the hiccups, the patients survived in both cases.

CONTINUED FROM ABOVE “There is an unbelievable number of more subtle variations of taste of single herbs and, particularly, combos of herbs.” The Pinnacle Herbs line is made up of 50-plus varieties planted in the porous “compost pile” soils of mountainous western Pennsylvania. “Free of air pollution, unfiltered light shining down on the herbs induces, fairly quickly, higher oil content production,” Ball said in an email. “Even during preshipping, the smells are drifting off the plants. Really unique.” The difference between a good cook and a great cook often comes down to the use of culinary herbs — how much to use and how to pick them for optimal flavour, Ball said. “Herb flavour declines and changes once plants begin and continue flowering,” he said. “The best way to extend the harvest is by pinching (back) the plants often to keep them from flowering and, worse yet for flavour, from growing seed stalks.” Culinary herbs make a good alternative cash crop for small-scale growers, Gao said. Their market ranges from home gourmet cooks to restaurant chefs, health food and grocery stores, farmer’s markets and food processing companies.

Basil, cilantro, parsley, rosemary, tarragon, sage and mint are the most commonly grown herbs for commercial use, Gao said. Herbs are inexpensive, whether sold as seeds or plants. Try a taste test if undecided about which herb to buy, suggests Rose Marie Nichols-McGee, president of Nichols Garden Nursery in Albany, Ore. “Go to a nursery and taste a little (leaf) sample from one of the plants,” she said. “If it doesn’t have the flavour you like, then it’s obviously not a plant you want to buy.” Many herbs are attractive, too. Plate them up as a garnish or make some into fragrant centerpiece arrangements for the table. Lemon thyme, lavender, mint, some longblooming oregano and the seed heads from garlic chives are frequently used for decorating. “I think of them as the ’vegetable flowers’,” Ball said. “They’re very lovely plants to grow as well as to taste.” Online: For more about growing and using fresh herbs, see You can contact Dean Fosdick at deanfosdick@)

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U.S. social conservative group suspends plans for pro-family conference in Moscow BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW YORK — A U.S.-based conservative group that supports Russia’s efforts to curtail gay rights and abortion is suspending its plans for an international conference in Moscow this September because of the turmoil related to Russia’s annexation of Crimea from Ukraine. The World Congress of Families, headquartered in Rockford, Ill., said Tuesday the uncertain political situation — including sanctions imposed on Russia by the U.S. and some European countries — “has raised questions about travel, logistics and other matters” essential to planning for the conference. The suspension “is not meant to reflect negatively on the Russian people, churches or individuals who have taken a leadership role in the fight to preserve life, marriage, and the natural family at home and as part of the international pro-family movement,” said a statement from the congress. Don Feder, a spokesman for the group, said it had not been determined whether the upcoming conference — World Congress of Families VIII — would be held at a different location or rescheduled for Moscow at a later date. “It’s a very delicate situation,” he said. One of the conservative U.S. groups

that had planned to attend the conference — Concerned Women for America — announced two weeks ago that it would not participate because of the events in Ukraine. Well before Russia’s intervention in Crimea, the planned conference in Moscow had come under attack from gay-rights activists who objected to the support by some U.S. conservatives for Russia’s crackdown on gay-rights activism. A law enacted last year, banning “gay propaganda” that might be accessible to minors, is widely seen as a deterrent to public expressions of gayrights sentiment However, the World Congress of Families stressed in its statement that its suspension of the conference was not related to Russia’s stance on social issues. “We are proud of the accomplishments of our Russian partners, and applaud the moves of the Russian people, through their elected representatives, to protect life, the family and the innocence of children,” the congress said. “At a time when Western governments are moving backward to a pagan worldview, Russia has taken a leadership role.” Similar sentiments were expressed last week by the Rev. Franklin Graham, son of evangelist Billy Graham, who wrote a column supporting Russian President Vladimir Putin’s stance on gays.




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Michelle Miazga, left, with her business partner Kyla Ray. The two women operate Vancouver’s Port + Quarter, which specializes in interior design work for men.

Creating great living spaces for men PORT + QUARTER FINDS NICHE IN NEW-BUILD DESIGN, FINISHING TOUCHES ON EXISTING HOMES BY HARLEY RICHARDS ADVOCATE BUSINESS EDITOR For some men, interior design doesn’t extend much beyond finding the right spot for their beer fridge and big-screen TV. Many others, however, want their surroundings to reflect something deeper. Enter Michelle Miazga. The former Stettler woman and her business partner Kyla Ray have carved out a niche helping men create living spaces that they’re comfortable in. Based in Vancouver and operating as Port + Quarter, the pair offer services ranging from newbuild design to finishing touches on existing homes. “There’s definitely a market for it,” said Miazga. She described how interior design firms often lean toward feminine aesthetics, or focus on their own unique look. “We kept finding a lot of male clients, or couples, who just weren’t satisfied with their interior designers.” Miazga and Ray have discovered that the tastes of the two sexes do vary. Women, said Miazga, are more likely to follow evolving trends;

men tend to favour classical, more permanent looks. Females are interested in the visual appeal of objects, she added, while men focus on function and are intrigued by things like stereo systems and security devices. “While women are drawn to pretty or more aesthetic things, men aren’t interested in that. They look at a piece of sculptural art and say, ‘What does it do?’” Since starting Port + Quarter

They also help homeowners customize their living spaces. “We get a lot of couples because the women are finding it hard to convince their significant others to take the designer route,” said Miazga, explaining that men are more amenable to working with a firm that understands their tastes. Vancouver is a prime market for Port + Quarter’s services, she noted, because so many men live in small homes. They don’t have the luxury of developing a man cave in a basement of a guys’ place in a garage. “You need to be able to take that space and make it function for either — MICHELLE MIAZGA a couple who are living there of for two years ago, Miazga and Ray that single gentlemen.” have gained an understanding of Port + Quarter also helps clitheir male clients’ needs. ents develop commercial space to They study men’s magazines meet their male customers’ tastes. and blogs, and bounce ideas off Miazga noted that an increasing male friends and Miazga’s boy- number of businesses — from hair friend, who is a graphic designer. stylists to clothing stores — are The biggest part of Port + Quar- catering to men. ter’s work involves the construcNow 34, Miazga left Stettler tion of multi-family housing, like when she was 18 to pursue a cacondominiums and townhouses, reer in musical theatre. She studsaid Miazga. ied at Red Deer College and then She and Ray will assist devel- moved to Victoria to attend a muopers from the initial floor plan, sical theatre school there. helping them pick finishes and even marketing their units. Please see CAREER on Page C7


OTTAWA — The federal government has tabled legislation aimed at increasing the movement of grain that has been left sitting in bins across the Prairies because of a railway transportation bottleneck. “Our reputation as a trading nation is at stake,” federal Transport Minister Lisa Raitt said Wednesday. “And (Agriculture) Minister (Gerry) Ritz has let us know about the many contracts that we’ve had difficulties filling as a result of the grain not moving off the Prairies.” The legislation introduced Wednesday would amend the Canada Grain Act and the Canada Transportation Act. Among other things, the changes would allow the Canadian Grain Commission to regulate how much a grain company will pay to a farmer if the company doesn’t meet delivery dates set out in a contract. It also aims to extend what are called inter-switching limits from 30 kilometres to 160 kilometres in Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan. Most grain elevators on the Prairies are only served by one railway and the federal government says expanding inter-switching would allow more service by more rail companies. “This reflects the new reality of far apart elevators are and the changes in the rail system,” Ritz said in a conference call Wednesday.

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Saputo closing four plants TWO IN ALBERTA BY THE CANADIAN PRESS MONTREAL — Cheesemaker Saputo is eagerly pursuing growth opportunities around the world while again downsizing North American operations by closing four plants — two in Alberta and two in the United States — and shifting production elsewhere in its operations. The company said about 180 employees will be affected by the latest closures. The Alberta plants are in Wetaskiwin and Glenwood, with the American locations at New London, Wisc., and Hancock, Md. The shutdowns will begin in May and be completed by December 2015. “Over the recent years, Saputo has maintained efforts to pursue additional efficiencies and decrease costs while strengthening its market presence,” the company said in a news release. “The announced measures are part of the company’s continual analysis of its overall activities.” Saputo said workers will be given severance and outplacement support and some will be offered the possibility of transferring to other Saputo locations. Saputo said costs connected with the closures will total about $19.8 million after taxes.

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WTO rules against China’s rare earth trade curbs DISPUTE WITH U.S., EU AND JAPAN BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The World Trade Organization ruled Wednesday that China has violated international trade rules with its restrictions on the export of 17 “rare earths” and two other minerals that have key industrial and high-tech uses. Responding to complaints filed by the United States, the European Union and Japan, the WTO dispute settlement panel found that China’s restrictions “breach” its obligations to the world trade body because the country could not properly justify them. “China’s decision to promote its own industry and discriminate against U.S. companies has caused U.S. manufacturers to pay as much as three times more than what their Chinese competitors pay for the exact same rare earths,” said U.S. Trade Rep. Michael Froman. The case applies to 17 rare earth minerals which, despite their name, are for the most part relatively abundant, and are commonly used to make goods including hybrid cars, weapons,

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flat-screen TVs, mobile phones, mercury-vapour lights and camera lenses. China accounts for more than 90 per cent of production of rare earth minerals, though it has only about 30 per cent of the deposits of rare earths in the Earth’s crust. In 2009, it alarmed foreign companies by limiting exports of the rare earths in an attempt to boost its domestic manufacturing base. Chinese officials had also expressed the hope that foreign companies which use rare earths would shift production to China and give technology to local partners. But the WTO panel decided that trade in a country’s natural resources, once extracted from the ground and put onto the market for sale, is subject to WTO rules. The U.S., EU and Japan argued that the export restraints artificially increased world prices for the minerals, while artificially lowering prices for Chinese producers. In a statement on the panel’s ruling, the EU’s mission to the WTO said the ruling affects minerals used as essential components by a wide range of European industries.

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Workers use machinery to dig at a rare earth mine in Baiyunebo mining district of Baotou in north China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. The World Trade Organization ruled Wednesday, in a case brought by the U.S., EU and Japan that China has violated international trade rules with its restrictions on exports of 17 ‘rare earths‚‘ and two other minerals that have key industrial and high-tech uses. And while no one contests China’s right to impose environmental and conservation policies, EU officials said the panel’s ruling affirms that “the sovereign right of a country over its natural resources does not allow it to control international markets or the global distribution of raw materials.”

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OF LOCAL INTEREST Diversified and Industrials Agrium Inc. . . . . . . . . . . 106.13 ATCO Ltd.. . . . . . . . . . . . 51.63 BCE Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6.91 BlackBerry . . . . . . . . . . . 10.15 Bombardier . . . . . . . . . . . . 4.04 Brookfield . . . . . . . . . . . . 44.18 Cdn. National Railway . . 61.31 Cdn. Pacific Railway. . . 165.42 Cdn. Utilities . . . . . . . . . . 39.60 Capital Power Corp . . . . 25.50 Cervus Equipment Corp 22.80 Dow Chemical . . . . . . . . 49.43 Enbridge Inc. . . . . . . . . . 49.62 Finning Intl. Inc. . . . . . . . 30.42 Fortis Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . 31.26 General Motors Co. . . . . 34.22 Parkland Fuel Corp. . . . . 21.31 Sirius XM . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8.54 SNC Lavalin Group. . . . . 46.87 Stantec Inc. . . . . . . . . . . 67.87 Telus Corp. . . . . . . . . . . . 39.17 Transalta Corp.. . . . . . . . 12.75 Transcanada. . . . . . . . . . 50.06 Consumer Canadian Tire . . . . . . . . 102.85 Gamehost . . . . . . . . . . . . 14.27 Leon’s Furniture . . . . . . . 15.51 Loblaw Ltd. . . . . . . . . . . . 47.60 Maple Leaf Foods. . . . . . 16.80 MARKETS CLOSE TORONTO — The Toronto stock market registered a three-digit loss Wednesday as investors searched for some direction, despite easing tensions in Ukraine and cautious signs of a rebound in the U.S. manufacturing sector. The S&P/TSX composite index fell 115.39 points to 14,184.10, dragged down by the metals and mining, materials and gold sectors. The Canadian dollar gained 0.61 of a cent to 90.22 cents US. The U.S. Commerce Department says orders for durable goods rose in February by the largest amount in three months, helped by solid gains in demand for airplanes and cars. The increase amounted to a 2.2 per cent jump last month, compared with a 1.3 per cent drop in January. But the report wasn’t all good news, as the U.S. Commerce Department reported that a key category that reflects business investment fell 1.3 per cent, the second setback in three months. It’s believed the weakness in business investment may have been due to the severe winter conditions in the U.S. last month, which could have caused some firms to put modernization and expansion plans on hold. U.S. markets were in negative territory as the Dow Jones industrials fell 98.89 points to 16,268.99, the Nasdaq shed 60.69 points to 4,173.58 and the S&P 500 index dipped 13.06 points to 1,852.56. King Digital Entertainment — the maker of the popular mobile game “Candy Crush Saga” — launched its IPO on Wall Street Wednesday but was not met with as much enthusiasm as anticipated. Prior to the debut, shares had been priced at US$22.50 but opened at US$20.50 and ended the day at US$19. Some analysts have questioned whether the Irish company would be able to repeat the success of “Candy Crush,” which has been far more successful than any of its other games. With earnings already reported by most major companies, the markets are taking a pause, observed Stephen Lingard, co-lead portfolio manager with Franklin Quotential Portfolios.

Rona Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . 11.12 Shoppers . . . . . . . . . . . . 61.41 Tim Hortons . . . . . . . . . . 60.06 Wal-Mart . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76.23 WestJet Airlines . . . . . . . 23.55 Mining Barrick Gold . . . . . . . . . . 19.80 Cameco Corp. . . . . . . . . 25.27 First Quantum Minerals . 20.09 Goldcorp Inc. . . . . . . . . . 27.18 Hudbay Minerals. . . . . . . . 8.23 Kinross Gold Corp. . . . . . . 4.69 Potash Corp.. . . . . . . . . . 39.03 Sherritt Intl. . . . . . . . . . . . . 3.52 Teck Resources . . . . . . . 23.25 Energy Arc Energy . . . . . . . . . . . 29.38 Badger Daylighting Ltd. . 40.18 Baker Hughes. . . . . . . . . 62.80 Bonavista . . . . . . . . . . . . 15.72 Bonterra Energy . . . . . . . 53.02 Cdn. Nat. Res. . . . . . . . . 41.35 Cdn. Oil Sands Ltd. . . . . 22.59 Canyon Services Group. 13.70 Cenovous Energy Inc. . . 30.51 CWC Well Services . . . . 0.940 Encana Corp. . . . . . . . . . 23.15 Essential Energy. . . . . . . . 2.70 Exxon Mobil . . . . . . . . . . 94.70 On the Toronto Stock Exchange, most sectors declined, with the gold taking on the biggest losses sustained with a drop of 4.58 per cent. June gold bullion contract fell $8 to US$1,303.40 an ounce, while May copper contract fell four cents to US$2.97 a pound. Oil gained $1.07 to US$100.26 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. In corporate news, Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B) says it has signed a deal to sell two water bombers used to fight forest fires to the Newfoundland and Labrador government for US$73.7 million. It also said it will be delaying the first flight of its new Learjet 85 business jet because of an undisclosed systems issue that will require a software update. Bombardier shares fell nine cents or 2.18 per cents to $4.04. Shares in Pembina Pipeline Corp. (TSX:PPL), climbed Wednesday after it was announced that the Calgary energy company will be added to the S&P/TSX 60 next month. The list contains 60 large-cap Canadian companies in various industries. Stocks climbed more than three per cent, or $1.30, to close at $41.40. Meanwhile, BlackBerry (TSX:BB) chief executive John Chen says he’s taking legal action against an unnamed person who allegedly stole confidential details about a future BlackBerry product and leaked them to the public. Its shares dipped 29 cents or 2.78 per cent to $10.15. Meanwhile, shares in Capstone Mining charged ahead five per cent, or 14 cents, to $2.87 after the Vancouver company announced it has extended the life of its Pinto Valley copper mine in Arizona by eight years to 2026. MARKET HIGHLIGHTS Highlights at close Wednesday. Stocks: S&P/TSX Composite Index — 14,184.10, down 115.39 points TSX Venture Exchange — 1,003.25, down 15.01 points TSX 60 — 812.62, down 7.23 points Dow — 16,268.99, down 98.89 points S&P 500 — 1,852.56, down 13.06 points


BRIEFS Crackdown will hurt oilpatch, country OTTAWA — The Harper government’s crackdown on state-owned enterprises investing in Canada is wrongheaded and will wind up harming the oilpatch and the country as a whole, says a report by a respected trade expert. The paper, by Wendy Dobson of the Rotman Institute for International Business, argues that the government’s fears about Chinese firms buying up Canada’s oilpatch are misplaced. Moreover, she says the government’s new policy announced after the controversial Nexen-CNOOC deal in 2012 aimed at state-owned enterprises, or SOEs, will deprive the oilsands of needed cash for development. Dobson, who wrote the paper for the School of Public Policy at the University of Calgary, says that according to reliable estimates, the oilsands will require $100 billion in capital investment into 2019. “Where is that going to come from?” she asks. “It’s not going to come from the OECD (countries); it’s not going to come from the United States. China is on a trajectory to be one of the largest outward investors on the planet and they are increasing their investment by leaps bounds in the United States and not much in Canada right now.” She points out that Chinese investment in this country appears to have come to a standstill in 2013, although there are other factors at play, including uncertainty about commodity demand and prices and about pipeline development. But Dobson believes the Harper government’s new restrictions on SOEs is also a major factor.

Drug cost stability forecast OTTAWA — The Conference Board of Canada says provincial and territorial drug costs are unlikely to rise significantly in the coming years under an economic and trade agreement

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between Canada and the European Union. The report says it won’t be until 2023 before the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement might start to affect drug costs. The Conference Board also says the agreement could make Canada a more attractive place for research and development because it extends the length of time during which a patent is valid. But the Conference Board says various factors contribute to drug research spending and the length of patent protection is just one factor. The Conference Board notes jurisdictions with stronger patent protection such as the European Union and Switzerland don’t have higher or much higher drug prices than Canada, and haven’t seen drug prices increase at a faster rate over the last several years. Signed in principle in October 2013, the agreement seeks to establish freer trade between Canada and the EU and includes a section on intellectual property provisions on drugs.

Levi Strauss plans to cut about 800 positions SAN FRANCISCO — Levi Strauss & Co. will eliminate about 800 jobs, almost 20 per cent of its non-retail and non-manufacturing employees, over the next 12 to 18 months. The privately held company said that its restructuring plan will help it become more competitive, lower costs and improve its financial health. Last month, the company said that its fourth-quarter gross profit weakened because it had to increase markdowns due to a slower holiday season and softness in its Levi’s juniors and misses businesses. Levi Strauss said Wednesday that the cuts will primarily be management positions across the world. It is also getting rid of what it considers duplicate roles. Levi Strauss, which also makes the Dockers and Denizen brands, said that final plans will vary by country, and estimates for headcount and the timing of the job cuts may change. The job cuts are part of the first phase of a restructuring plan that is expected to result in about $75 million to $100 million in annual savings, before accounting charges related to those cuts.


CAREER: Made a move “I was a working musical theatre actor for the better part of my early 20s.” Eventually, Miazga realized she needed “a more sustainable career” if she wanted to remain in Vancouver. After attending the British Columbia Institute of Technology and the Visual College of Art and Design in Vancouver, she worked in a few industry-related jobs. One was with a homestaging firm, where she met Ray. Port + Quarter recently enjoyed a jump in its profile when the Canadian Youth Business Foundation featured the Vancouver entrepreneurs in a national advertising campaign. “It’s really increased the traffic to our website,” said Miazga, who would be tickled if the exposure attracted some clients east of the Rockies. “I’d love to get some work in Alberta.” Port + Quarter’s website can be found at

GRAIN: Fines possible “This inter-switching is the best way to give us a quasi-competitive situation.” Western Canadian farmers harvested a record crop of 76 million tonnes last year — 50 per cent higher than average. But the crop is not moving. Canadian National (TSX:CNR) and Canadian Pacific (TSX:CP) have blamed the backlog on the size of the harvest and extremely cold weather. They have said they had to use shorter trains during freezing temperatures to ensure brakes can be used properly and that meant less capacity. CN also said grain elevator companies acted too slowly at the beginning of last year’s harvest to get products to market. Ottawa stepped in earlier this month and ordered rail companies to double the amount of grain they move each week, up to a minimum of one million tonnes in 11,000 cars each week. If they don’t meet the requirement, they could face fines of up to $100,000 a day. The Saskatchewan government says the legislation “is deficient,” while one railway says it’s a “heavy-handed regulatory intrusion.” “CN is disturbed that the government has decided to punish railways with re-regulation for an outsized crop and winter conditions totally beyond their control,” Canadian National president and CEO Claude Mongeau said in a statement Wednesday.

“The legislation does not address the root cause of the current grain situation and will do little to move more grain, now or in the future.”

SAPUTO: Savings The moves are expected to save about $4.8 million a year. The company also said it expects to spend $35 million on new fixed assets in other Saputo plants in connection with the decision, but save the same amount in upgrades that would have been required at the facilities to be closed. It described the plants being shut as older, inefficient plants that could not be easily upgraded. Last month, Saputo received approval from Red Deer’s municipal planning commission for a major addition to its dairy processing plant at 5410 50th Ave. The project will include a new nine-metre-high building with a 23-metre tower, woth both to be constructed to look like a commercial building. The closures announced on Wednesday mark the second year in a row that Saputo has announced a spring downsizing of its Canadian operations. Last March, its announced plans to close a manufacturing facility as of June 2014 in Warwick, Que., affecting 100 workers. That followed its decision several months earlier to close a facility in Winkler, Man., that was part of its $407-million acquisition of Dairyworld Foods in 2001. Chief executive Lino Saputo Jr. didn’t mention the plant closures during a presentation Wednesday to a CIBC retail and consumer conference where he described the company’s Canadian operations as “very stable” despite the high cost of milk, generating about 12 per cent EBIT margins. “Our platform is very good, very solid, generating very good cash flows for us but it’s not a growth platform and it’s not a platform where we can export from,” he said from Toronto. “Very happy with it but really our growth is coming from outside of Canada.” He pointed to the United States, where Saputo is the third-largest cheese manufacturer and where its sees great acquisition opportunities in a fragmented market. He also noted that 17 per cent of total production is exported, up from three per cent a decade ago. Saputo also said the Montreal-based company is considering a number of acquisitions in Brazil, Australia and New Zealand. With global dairy demand growing by four to five per cent a year, but production increasing by just one to two per cent, he said he’s very bullish about the impact on pricing and opportunities for dairy farmers to further boost production. Saputo is one of the top 10 dairy processors in the world, generating about $9.3 billion of annual sales and employing 13,000 people.

Softwood lumber exporters to get refunds following ruling BY THE CANADIAN PRESS OTTAWA — Canada says it has won an international ruling on export charges levied under the Canada-U.S. softwood lumber agreement. Trade Minister Ed Fast says the London Court of International Arbitration has ruled in favour of the Canadian position that export charges should not have been applied after the termination of the 2006 agreement. The ruling impacts only producers in Quebec and Ontario. Fast says in a news release that Ottawa will now cease collecting export charges from producers and refund any that were collected after October 2013. The levies were applied as a result

of a ruling in 2011 that assistance provided the troubled industry by Ontario and Quebec constituted subsidies and thus violated the softwood lumber agreement. The tribunal had levied charges of 2.6 per cent on softwood exports from Quebec and 0.1 per cent on those from Ontario. Ottawa argued that those levies should have ended after the termination of the 2006 softwood lumber agreement, but had continued to collect the charges from lumber companies until a final determination was made. An official from the minister’s office said under the rules the decision cannot be appealed.

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Dear Annie: My parents are both Please keep an eye on their situain their 80s and don’t get around well tion, be attentive to Mom’s complaints, anymore. and try to get both of them out of the Dad has a history of verbal (some- house, individually, as often as postimes physical) abuse, and Mom has sible. always put up with it. Recently, Mom Dear Annie: How does one get a job has been cornering family members in this century? and telling them how crazy Dad is, that Is it enough to send online applicahe screams at her all the tions and not follow up with time, hits her with his a phone call or a visit to the cane and pinches her. business? Please help. — A We had a domestic reWife lations caseworker come Dear Wife: Send applicato the house when Dad tions in whatever form the wasn’t home, and Mom company requests (most now told the caseworker that prefer them to be online). everything was fine and If you do not hear back not to come back. She told within 10 days that the applime Dad would be upset if cation was received, follow up he found out. with a phone call or an email. My mother is in betIf the company does not let ter physical shape than you know whether or not they MITCHELL Dad, and I’m quite sure are interested within anoth& SUGAR she could hurt him if she er two weeks, call or email chose to. But she is beagain. coming forgetful and makMake sure your resume is ing mental errors. She current and include a cover blames it on living with Dad. letter. You also can check at your loMy father cannot deal with her mind cal library for assistance in putting the going, so he yells at her even more. De- materials together and navigating the spite that, she continues to make him application process. Good luck. dinner, put on his shoes and help him Dear Annie: I read the letter from get around. My wife and I have begged “Concerned Mother,” who wants her her to come live with us, but she re- son to notify her when he’s going out fuses. of town. She wants us to tell Dad’s doctor If those people are in their 80s, it that he is crazy. I don’t think he’s cra- means their son is in his 60s. They zy. He’s a depressed man whose body don’t have any reason to need to know is failing. where he is. If he has a note in his walHe was prescribed antidepressants, let that says “in case of an emergency” but won’t take them. Mom tells Dad and a contact, that’s plenty. that she’s sick of him, and he says he When do you get to live your own can’t stand looking at her. But appar- life? This is not a “close” family. This ently, they can’t live without each oth- is suffocating. Old folks, go play golf. er. Any advice? — Help Take up bridge. — Betsey Dear Help: Some couples fall into a Dear Betsey: Parents don’t stop wordysfunctional pattern of behavior and rying about their children the day they cannot envision living any other way. reach adulthood. You cannot force Mom to confirm They always want to know that the abuse to the authorities, nor can you kids are safe, especially when they make Dad take his antidepressants. are traveling and can’t be reached. Nonetheless, if your mother is showing How hard is it to reassure the folks signs of dementia, and Dad is abusive, with a call saying, “I’ll be in Italy for a you need to be more proactive. week”? Ask each parent whether you can Annie’s Mailbox is written by Kathy accompany them to their doctor for Mitchell and Marcy Sugar, longtime edia checkup. That will give you the op- tors of the Ann Landers column. Please portunity to discuss the problem. You email your questions to anniesmailbox@ also can write the physician or call, or write to: Annie’s Mailbox, and leave a message with all the perti- c/o Creators Syndicate, 737 3rd Street, nent information. Hermosa Beach, CA 90254.


TAURUS (April 20-May 20): You are in the mood to go out and enjoy the day in the town. A cloudy romantic matter may make you uneasy. You dislike this state of puzzleThursday, March 27 ment that you are in right now. Which direcCELEBRITIES BORN ON THIS DATE: tion should you be heading to? Fergie, 38; Mariah Carey, 44; Quentin TaranGEMINI (May 21-June 20): Whatever you tino, 50 do right now will be more apparent to others. THOUGHT OF THE DAY: We will fall Try to put your best foot forward as you may into a dreamy state of mind as the Moon appear a bit elusive in your behaviour today glides into intuitive Pisces today. Art, movies, that may make others wonder about what’s cinema and music have a greater appeal to truly lying behind the smokescreen. our senses. Spiritual pursuits, CANCER (June 21-July 22): soul-searching techniques and This can prove to be a wonderful water-related activities may be day spent around the water such on our agendas for today. Dive as an exotic island or, if you do not into the karmic world of unity have the means to travel right now, and sacrifice. opt for swimming or a swim in the HAPPY BIRTHDAY: If topool. Such a watery experience day is your birthday, this will can prove a therapeutic one. be an extremely spiritual year LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): You for you where you will seek may feel that certain domestic cirto tap deep into your subconcumstances are not allowing you to scious mind and where you fully express yourself. You find that will find many hidden clues you need to make certain adjustas to what really makes the ASTRO ments or even sacrifices in order to foundations of your life. You live up to your standards. Do not let DOYNA will transcend into the depths this state limit you in any way. of enigmatic waters that will VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Demake you much more empamands and societal pressures may thetic towards others. weigh heavily on your relationships. ARIES (March 21-April 19): Confusion You may disagree on how others perceive and fogginess may reign your day. A heavy a healthy romantic blending and you will not cloud of questions or pressing matters may shy away from stepping up and voicing your suddenly block your vision or mask the truth own opinion on the issue. of certain realities. Take the day off and unLIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Certain routine wind in your own private cocoon.



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tasks may not be completely clear in your everyday life. In your marital state you will often wonder who should do the dishes or the laundry. Or, you will question the ability of the other when it comes to meeting the mundane obligations. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Take the week off by indulging yourself into guilt-free activities such as seeing a movie, going to a concert or by spending some quality time with a new love interest. Children can easily provide you with the fun you need. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Matters at home may be a bit elusive or even hard to pin down. One of your parents, most likely a mother figure may be a bit too demanding at this time. Your presence may be needed more than usually. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Leave the concrete world for another day and try


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Hiring full time Operation Coordinator/Field Supervisor for local oilfield testing company Must be local (Red Deer area) Job functions will include, but not be limited to: Must have testing • Prepare accurate & timely experience Financial Statements, Competitive salary daily & monthly. Health benefits offered Clerical • Prepare month end close Send resume to process & reports. ken@darkstarproduction. • Prepare quarterly reports Coming com Part time personnel for owners. required. Must have Events LOCAL SERVICE CO. • Prepare working papers accounting experience in Red Deer REQ’S EXP. & lead sheet for year end. and be proficient in Quick NOW PLAYING VACUUM TRUCK • Monthly GST & PST filings Books and Microsoft VLT’S AT OPERATOR • Maintain master vehicle Office. Backgound in Ag Must have Class 3 licence EAST 40TH PUB spreadsheet. Industry is preferable. w/air & all oilfield tickets. • Maintain insurance Contact David at Kaun’s Something for Everyone Fax resume w/drivers requirements. Seed Farm 403-350-2555 Everyday in Classifieds abstract to 403-886-4475 • Proficiency with Microsoft REGISTRY AGENT - CSR Office. SYLVAN LAKE Work for a company that SLOPITCH gives you respect, recogJob Requirements: ANNUAL GENERAL nizes your achievements Post-Secondary Diploma MEETING and supports your efforts in Accounting or Finance, at the community centre, to succeed. We require minimum 5 years or more April 7th at 7 p.m. customer-minded people experience in a similar role. Can register at meeting. NOW HIRING that are motivated, reliable Must be well versed in 16 teams total. Well Testing Personnel and quick learners. Deliver Experienced Supervisors accounting processes, resumes to: One Stop have the ability to multitask & Operators Licence Shop #7-5105 76A Must have valid applicable & is a solid team player. Lost Street Close or e-mail to: Must be flexible in job duties. tickets Comprehensive health & Email: lstouffer@ dental benefits offered. BIG REWARD OFFERED. Celebrate your life Forward resumes to with a Classified LOST MOTHERS RING. (403) 845-7998, 2 White Zirconias on either ANNOUNCEMENT or by e-mail to: side of blue sapphire. Yellow gold. Very sentimental, OIL & GAS OPERATOR Innisfail Insurance it’s almost like my mother Dental Services Ltd. Bearspaw currently has a passing again. position in our Stettler field is accepting applications for 778-628-7778 or PERIOPARTNERS LICENSED BROKER, operations for an intermediate 403-346-6336 Dr. Patrick Pierce/ Level 2 status. Must have oil and gas operator. Applicants Buying or Selling Dr. Janel Yu Require 3 yrs. exp. Commercial must have experience as a your home? OFFICE ADMIN/ heavy duty mechanic or exp. an asset. F/T position. Check out Homes for Sale The successful candidate journeyman instrument RDA II in Classifieds mechanic and possess must be a self-motivated with at least 3 yrs. of strong mechanical skills, professional, possessing practice and ClearDent excellent communication be quick learners, motivated experience who is and interpersonal skills. extremely well organized, and hard working and live Found Applicants must enjoy energetic & self motivated. or be willing to relocate working in a very busy 4 days/wk. No evenings or within a 20 minute commute team oriented EYE GLASSES found on weekends. Send resume to workplace location. This environment. Salary to 32 St. & 30 Ave. bike path position offers a challenging ASAP to commensurate with 403-986-6075 work environment, attractive experience. Please benefits with competitive or bring by in person, forward resumes to: we would love to meet you. pay and significant room Carol Peterson for promotion. 4619 48 Ave, Red Deer. Companions Box 6039 Please submit resumes Innisfail, AB T4G 1S7 Fax: 403227-3910 Attn: Human Resources 69 YOUNG female, clean, not Email: cpeterson@ email:kwolokoff@ heavy, not skinny, just me, Farm Work 5’ 3”. Kind, gentle, loves to cuddle. N/S, non drinker, VFA Pork, a farrow to fin- Fax 403-252-9719 seeks male with the same ish operation, is looking for Mail: Suite 5309 333 96 qualities. Reply to Box 1084, a full-time hog farm work- Ave. NE Calgary, AB T3K 0S3 c/o RED DEER ADVOCATE, ers supervisor. Preferably 2950 Bremner Ave., Red college ed. in swine Deer, AB T4R 1M9 production. 20 Min. west of Lacombe. $15-18/hour, Purchaser You can sell your guitar dep. on experience. Email NexSource Power Inc. for a song... or fax resumes: vfapork@ SERVICE RIG Sylvan Lake, AB, CANADA or put it in CLASSIFIEDS Bearspaw Petroleum Ltd and we’ll sell it for you! is seeking exp’d We are currently looking FLOORHANDS & for an experienced person DERRICK HANDS to coordinate material purJanitorial Locally based, home every chases for a busy oilfield Personals night! Qualified applicants Electrical Instrumentation must have all necessary Company. Must have CROSS CITY ALCOHOLICS valid tickets for the position experience with electrical JANITORIAL CO ANONYMOUS 403-347-8650 being applied for. and instrumentation parts SEEKING A F/T COM/ Bearspaw offers a and fittings. Must have COCAINE ANONYMOUS WINDOW CLEANING SUP very competitive salary strong computer skills and for RD and area. 403-396-8298 and benefits package good knowledge of MS Excel. Req: fluent in written FUEL up to win. Need along with a steady General Duties/ and oral english, 2- 3 years Ucluelet, Beausejour, work schedule. Responsibilities: exp in a supervisory roll, Milestone, Swift Current, Please submit resumes: * Sourcing and purchasing clean driving record, Eckville, Deloraine. Split Attn: Human Resources materials criminal record check, job prize 50-50. 403-755-2760 Email: * Creating purchase orders. physically demanding. * Sending purchase orders Benefits after 3 mos. $19/hr Looking for a place Fax: (403) 258-3197 or to vendors. Fax resume 403-342-1897 to live? Mail to: Suite 5309, * Maintaining adequate Mail to #4, 4608-62 St. Take a tour through the 333-96 Ave. NE document controls. Red Deer, AB. T4N 6T3 CLASSIFIEDS Calgary, AB T3K 0S3 * Shipping and Receiving * Inventory control Looking for a new pet? Please submit your Check out Classifieds to resume and salary find the purrfect pet. expectations to jobs@ or FAX 403-887-4945 Cheney Karate Studios, Red Deer’s most trusted name in Martial Arts is now accepting registration for all adult & children’s programs starting April. Enrollment is limited. (403)347-9020

HOUSEMAN, Marguerite SCOTT 1930 - 2014 Pearl Sarah (née Glover) With saddened hearts we gently 1929-2014 pass over our most treasured On March 23, 2014 Pearl Mom and loved one into the Sarah Scott of Red Deer heavenly hands of God. Mrs. Alberta, loving wife, mother, Marguerite Grace Houseman grandmother and great of Red Deer, AB passed grandmother, passed away away suddenly on Saturday, at the age of 84 years. Pearl March 22, 2014 at the age of was profoundly dedicated to 83 years with her daughter her husband, children, and Lynda by her side. Marg was grandchildren, and will be born October 19, 1930 in greatly missed by all. Her Edgerton, AB and grew up involvement in team sports on the family farm in Battle continued throughout Pearl’s River District near Ribstone, life, whether she was AB where she and her 7 participating herself or siblings were raised. Through cheering on her children and the years they remained a eventually grandchildren. Her close family getting together smile and laughter will be when possible and you could treasured forever by all who always expect some “antics”. knew her. Pearl is survived Mom also maintained close by her loving family: son ties with George’s family. Mom Greg Scott and wife Ellen of came to Red Deer where she Red Deer; daughter Gail attained her MDN (Mental Scott of Calgary; daughter Deficiency Nursing) Degree Carol Moen and husband in 1952 at Provincial Training Jim of Sherwood Park; School (Michener Centre). It is grandchildren Sarah Cawsey there where she met Buster and husband Dave, Jackie and on August 31, 1953 they Pinsent and husband Dan, were married. Marg worked until Lauren Ford, Alex Ford, the early 60’s then became a Nicholas Moen and Moen; great stay at home Mom and devoted Christopher herself to caring for Dougie and grandchildren, Addison and Lynda. Later in life Marguerite Olivia Pinsent and Gabrielle and George became members and Elise Cawsey. She is of Gaetz United Church, also survived by her siblings volunteering their time and Sam, Doug, Edith and Harry. developing many friendships. Pearl was predeceased by Marg could always be relied her best friend and loving William Scott, upon to provide baking for husband various functions. She enjoyed Mother Rhoda Glover (née gardening, bowling, travelling Bale), Father Joshua Glover, and get togethers with friends. and siblings George, Alice, Whenever Dougie was at home Mary, Stan, Bill, Rhoda, Flo, she always took the time to Ned and Ada. A Memorial play “crokinole” with him. She Service and Celebration of never really mastered the Pearl’s life will take place at game, much to the delight of Eventide Funeral Chapel, Dougie because he would 4820-45 Street, Red Deer, always WIN! Mom and Dad AB, on Friday March 28, did everything together and 2014 at 1:00 p.m. In lieu of in March, 2009 Marguerite flowers, memorial donations lost Buster after 55 years of may be made to the marriage. Needless to say, Alzheimer Society of Red this was a significant life Deer and Central Alberta at change and a large void in her 105, 4419-50 Avenue, Red life. Marguerite is survived by Deer, AB T4N 3Z5 or online t her daughter, Lynda (Wayne a Windross) and special son, may be Doug. Sisters: Mary Dorland, Condolences Gerry Shacker, Ethel Yakimowich, forwarded to the family by and numerous sister and v i s i t i n g brother-in-laws, nieces and nephews. Predeceased by Arrangements entrusted to her parents, Nellie and Jim EVENTIDE FUNERAL Smith, brothers Jim, Bob and CHAPEL Bill and sister Eleanor as well 4820 - 45 Street, Red Deer. as many other special relatives. Phone (403) 347-2222 A Memorial Service in Marguerite’s honor will be held at Gaetz Memorial United Church, 4758 Ross Street, Red Deer, AB,T4N 1X2 on Friday March 28, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. Family interment at Alto Reste Cemetery at 12:00 p.m. We wish to thank Dr. Stewart, Dr. Donnelly and most recently Dr. Nogareda, E.R. and R.T. staff for their care. If so desired, memorial donations may be Births made to Gaetz United Church or charity of one’s choice. Messages of condolence may be left for the family at



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BAYLEY Adam William It is with great sorrow and heartache that we announce his sudden passing on Saturday, March 22, 2014 at the age of 33. Adam was born at the University Hospital in Edmonton, AB on April 23, 1980, but lived most of his life in Red Deer. Although his life was short, it was well lived and full. His smile was infectious and his eyes always twinkling. He leaves behind his mother, Linda Bayley, and his sister Jennifer Bayley; his aunts, Patricia Winters and Diana Anderson, and his uncle, Craig De Graff; his cousin, Janet Jensen, her husband Kelly and children Katelyn and Tanner, all of Red Deer, AB; as well as his extended family and many life-long friends. He is predeceased by both sets of grandparents and his father. A Celebration of his life will take place on April 23, 2014, at the Balmoral Community Hall from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Details of the event may be found and condolences sent via the Parkland Funeral Home’s website at


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Grandview ESTATE SALE Tools, telescope, collector plates, furniture, hide-a-bed, deep freeze and misc. Fri., Mar. 28, 10 am - 7 pm Sat., Mar. 29, 9 am - 5 pm 4127 - 47 St. (Grandview)



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Restaurant/ Hotel


BOULEVARD Restaurant & Lounge

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

Gasoline Alley, 37471 Hwy 2S,

Red Deer County is seeking

Cook ~ $14.00/hr.


To prepare & cook all food up to standard, clean kitchen & maintain hygiene, follow recipes, assist in receiving & storing


Kitchen Helper ~ $11.00/hr. To clean kitchen following safety & hygiene standards. Clean utensils, cutlery, crockery & glassware items, floors, assist in prep. All positions are permanent Full-time/Part-time, shift work & weekends. Education: Above Secondary Work Experience not essential, training provided. Fax resume to 780-702-5051

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.

EAST 40TH PUB REQ’S P/T / F/T COOK Apply at 3811 40th Ave. 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:

For more information see

Please Forward All Resumes to or by fax to 403-340-1046



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

D2 RED DEER ADVOCATE Thursday, March 27, 2014


Sales & Distributors


GRATIAE is seeking 5 Retails Sales representatives selling skin & body care products in 2803-50 Avenue, Parkland Mall - 4747 67th Red Deer St. Red Deer, $12.10/Hr is seeking plus bonus & commission, F/T. No Exp. Req’d. FRONT DESK CLERK Email resumes: ~ $14.00/hr. gratiaereddeersr@ • Answer phone calls, take reservations. • Check in/out guests. Classifieds...costs so little • Balance cash out & Saves you so much! attend to guest needs



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Clean & vacuum rooms, public areas, pool etc. • Replenish amenities, linens & towels. • Adhere to Holiday Inn safety standards. All positions are permanent Full-time/Part-time, shift work & weekends. Education: Above Secondary Work Experience not essential, training provided. Fax resume to 780-702-5051

HOLIDAY INN Red Deer South, Gasoline Alley, 37471 Hwy 2S,

Red Deer County is seeking

FRONT DESK CLERK ~ $14.00/hr. • •

Answer phone calls, take reservations. Check in/out guests. Balance cash out & attend to guest needs.


Clean & Vacuum rooms, public areas, pool, etc. • Replenish amenities, linens & towels. • Adhere to Holiday Inn safety standards All positions are permanent Full-time/Part-time, shift work & weekends. Education: Above Secondary Work Experience not essential, training provided. Fax resume to 780-702-5051 JOSE JOSE LATIN RESTAURANT IS HIRING!! COOKS HELPER Please drop off your resume at #9 7110-50 Ave or call 403-986-5673

GOODMEN ROOFING LTD. Requires SLOPED ROOFERS LABOURERS & FLAT ROOFERS Valid Driver’s Licence preferred. Fax or email or (403)341-6722 NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE! JOURNEYMAN Mechanic wanted for busy auto shop that specializes in customizing, diesel repair and performance. Must be able to work independently and efficiently. Must have own tools. Wage neg, benefits an option. Sundre Ab


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

Sales & Distributors


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


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



Road Train Oilfield Transport Ltd


Truckers/ Drivers

Community Support Worker Program

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

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 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


EXP’D CLASS 1 end dump driver for local haul. Please fax resume with driver’s abstract 403-342-6881 EXP’D Class 1 Oilfield Hauling Driver req’d for the Edson area. Must have all oilfield tickets. phone 403-742-6163 or fax to 403-742-0303 or email



Due to our continued growth in Pidherney’s W&S Division, we will be expanding this year. Foreman & Pipelayers with minimum of two seasons of W&S installation and operators with a minimum of one season of operating equipment on a W&S crew will be needed for the 2014 season. If you are looking for a challenging position with a growing company that will afford you the opportunity for career advancement, please submit a resume with your qualifications to: Attn: Wayne Marshall Blackfalds Office: 403-885-9109 Clark’s has immediate openings for qualified, experienced


for both our Bonnyville and Lac La Biche Locations. Various Shifts available (furnished living accommodations provided for out of town employees) The successful candidates will: • hold a current Journeyman’s ticket, H2S, CSTS and First Aid • must pass a Pre-employment Drug and Alcohol Screening • Provide a current Driver Licence and Drivers Abstract • be a motivated self-starter • take pride in doing great work and willing to work long hours if needed • be energetic, positive, and keen to work with a rapidly expanding company • be 100% dedicated to customer service and satisfaction Clark’s offers top wages plus 10% holiday/vacation pay, overtime after 8 hrs, training, Health and Dental packages, Cell phones, Company Truck. We are a COR Certified and ISNetworld Compliant, safety-conscious company that provides a safe and enjoyable workplace.

Fax Resume to 780-623-7451 or Email:


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

Packages come ready for delivery. No collecting. Contact Loren at 403-314-4316

Call Prodie: 403-314-4301 for more info



To deliver 1 day a week in BOWDEN

newspaper carriers needed in the following areas:

Please call Debbie at 403-314-4307 PLANT DECOR Requires person for a P/T WEEKDAY POSITION with flexible hours maintaining tropical plants in local businesses. Some knowledge of plants is an asset. Call Terri @ 403-396-3390 Between 9 a.m. & 3 p.m. Monday to Saturday



REQUIRED WESTLAKE For more information phone Loren at 403-314-4316

Self motivated, hard working individual for seasonal F/T landscape maintenance position. Apr. 15 - Oct. 31. Wages range $13 - $18 /hr. Own vehicle. Email resume

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

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

Business Opportunities


Enjoy a career in the gifting business with The original basket boutique! We are growing in Red Deer and Alberta. 780.416.2530 or





Looking for reliable newspaper carrier for 1 day per week delivery of the Central Alberta Life in the town of

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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@ or fax: 780-452-8284

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

HIGH Paying Entry Level Positions We are a growing water purification company proudly serving families across central AB. Average starting base pay of approx. $18/hr. with room for rapid advancement. In house training is provided to qualified applicants. Applicants should be motivated, reliable, professional, and possess a thirst for knowledge. Call to schedule an interview between 10 am and 7 pm. 403-356-0330

P/T OPPORTUNITY No early mornings, No late nights No Sundays, Apply in person at: Bay #1, 2319 Taylor Drive (directly behind Nutters)


Employment Training



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

SAFETY PERSON Busy road construction company looking for safety person. Work is throughout the province. Experience is an asset but willing to train the right person. Must have a valid Class 5 driver’s license. Fax resume 403-309-0489

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



2 Blocks of Cosgrove Cres. $80/mo. ALSO Cunningham Cres. $50/mo. DEER PARK AREA





4x8 POOL TABLE & acces. + tools. 403-872-8889 COMBINATION FLIP CHART/MAGNETIC WHITE BOARD, Dahle brand Model 95005. Adjustable height up to 6.5 feet. $60. Call (403) 342-7908. DIE cast models, cars, truck, and motorcycles, fairies, dragons and biker gifts. #14 6350-67 St. east end of Cash Casino





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



LATHE, ROCKWELL, 7”x36 , c/w mobile base, 2 face plates, live tail stock, 1/2 hp, some tools. $200. 403-391-6652




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

LOGS Semi loads of pine, spruce, tamarack, poplar. Price depends on location. Lil Mule Logging 403-318-4346


Household Appliances

ACACIA wood footed, flower petal shaped punch bowl. $20; 12 acacia wood footed goblets, $15. Acacia wood serving bowl with decorative carving $15; Set of 5 dolls wearing formal gowns of S.E. Asia. $10. 403-342-7460 TOASTER oven very good cond. $20; electric oil heater $20 403-348-1905 403-348-8111

Household Furnishings


KING SIZE BOX SPRING, $100. SINGLE FUTON, wood base & mattress, $30. 403-350-9029 or 403-343-7389

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5 MO. old male Pit bull/ Bull dog Brindle in colour. 1st shots. Great around cats, horses & other dogs. Gentle, smart & obedient. To good loving home. $300. please text / call. Kevin (403) 588-4077

PITTY PUPPIES, 3 weeks old, taking deposits now ! 10 males and 2 females..will have all shots before final sale! If you are skeptical...come on out and meet the mom and dad!! $1000 pup..$500 non refundable deposit required...Call to set up a viewing... Al@ 403-586-0075

Collectors' Items


ALL COLLECTORS DREAM 1 great wagon wheel coffee table. Approx. 100 yrs old from grandpas hay wagon! With it’s original metal rim. 43” in diameter w/ 1/2” clear thick glass top. 22” high on metal legs. $200. ***SOLD***

Travel Packages


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





FLATLAND RANCH has on offer yearling and 2 year old Gelbvieh Bulls. We have been selling reputable bulls for 15 years Chuck 403-854-6270



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

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ANDERS AREA Allan St. / Ardell Close

Arb Close / Asmundsen Ave.



Andrews Close Aikman Close

Inglis Cres. LANCASTER AREA Lacey Close / Lennon Close Addington Drive MORRISROE AREA McVicar Street / McKee Close Marion Cres / McKenzie Cres

West of 40Ave. between Ross St. and 52 Ave. $264/mo


Viscount Drive

Rowell Cl. & Ritson Cl. $87/mo. ALSO West half of Robinson Cres, Rich Cl., & Ryan Cl. Area. $84/mo.

Volks Place / Vanier Drive


Call Prodie @ 403- 314-4301 for more info

Call Jamie 403-314-4306


MOUNTVIEW HOUSE, 3 bdrm., 1 bath, very clean bungalow, n/s, no pets, $1250./mo. + utils. 403-358-2380 Start your career! See Help Wanted


3 level 3 bdrm. townhouse 5 appls, 1 1/2 bath, blinds, no pets, n/s, rent $1395, SD $1000. Avail. Immed. or Apr. 1 403-304-7576 or 347-7545

KITSON CLOSE newer exec. 3 bdrm. bi-level townhouse 1447 sq. ft. 5 appls, 1 1/2 bath, blinds, lg. balcony, fenced in rear, front/rear parking, no dogs, rent $1395 SD $1000. n/s Avail. Immed. or Apr. 1st. 403-304-7576 / 347-7545

KYTE/Kelloway Cres. Lovely 3 level exec. 3 bdrm. townhouse 5 appls, 1 1/2 bath, concrete patio, blinds, front/rear parking, no dogs, n/s, rent $1395 SD $1000 Avail. immed. or Apr. 1st. 403-304-7576 or 347-7545 LEGACY ESTATES 60yrs + condo. 403-350-5054 SOUTHWOOD PARK 3110-47TH Avenue, 2 & 3 bdrm. townhouses, generously sized, 1 1/2 baths, fenced yards, full bsmts. 403-347-7473, Sorry no pets.

WESTPARK 11/2 blocks west of hospital!

3 bdrm. bi-level, lrg. balcony, no pets, n/s, rent $1195 SD $1000. Avail. April 1st. 403-304-7576, 347-7545


1 BDRM. apt. at 4616-44 St., quiet tenant over 40 yrs old, non smoking, no pets, heat & water incl, laundry on site, rent/sec. $720/month. Available April 1, 2014. Ph: 403-341-4627. GLENDALE reno’d 2 bdrm. apartments, avail. immed, rent $875 403-596-6000 LACOMBE 1 bdrm. $795; 403-782-7156 403-357-7465 LACOMBE, 1 bdrm. w/balcony, recent reno, Apr.1, n/s, no children, no pets, $750/mo, DD same, 403-782-2681 LARGE, 1 & 2 BDRM. SUITES. 25+, adults only n/s, no pets 403-346-7111


1 & 2 bdrm., Avail. immed. Adult bldg. N/S No pets 403-755-9852 Newly renovated bachelor & 2 bedroom suites avail. in central location. leasing@ 1(888) 679-8031

NOW RENTING 1 & 2 BDRM. APT’S. 2936 50th AVE. Red Deer Newer bldg. secure entry w/onsite manager, 5 appls., incl. heat & hot water, washer/dryer hookup, infloor heating, a/c., car plug ins & balconies. Call 403-343-7955


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

Rooms For Rent


AVAIL NOW 1 fully furn bdrm for rent. $500/$250 & 1 Lrge fully furn bdrm $550/$275.† Working or Student M only. 403-396-2468 HOUSE privileges, non drinking, no drugs, prefer middle age or senior lady, $510/mo. 403-356-1766 877-9177 MATURE, quiet, n/s, Furn. $525. 403-466-7979

Sherwood Cres. VANIER AREA


Houses/ Duplexes


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.



FARM HOUSE, 2 bdrm. bsmt, 20 kms. west of Bowden close to Glennifer Lake $1000/mo. + DD + utils. 403-559-8847



40A, 41 & 42 Ave. between 39 St. & 44 St. $120/mo. ALSO 43 Ave. Area between 39 St. and 43 St. $61/mo

Acreages/ Farms

HALMAN Heights

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

41 Ave. from Ross St. to 44 St. + 4000 Block of 47 St. &44 Block of 40A Ave. $63/mo. ALSO


FOR RENT • 3000-3200 WANTED • 3250-3390

Condos/ Townhouses


ANTIQUE TRUNK $100 403-347-5354




Antiques & Art

Grain, Feed Hay

LOVESEAT pull out bed LACOMBE COUNTRY 61”w, taupe/pin stripe, very FEED STORE, good cond. $60; cloth high Come see us at: back office chair on 4836 45A St. Lacombe, Ab wheels, adjustable, very Pet Food, Horse, Poultry ALL THE FEED YOUR good cond. $30; large bevANIMALS NEED! elled mirror set in maple 403-782-3333 frame w/black design $40 403-347-5846 CELEBRATIONS WANTED HAPPEN EVERY DAY Antiques, furniture and IN CLASSIFIEDS estates. 342-2514 TIMOTHY & Brome square bales, great for horses, apStereos prox. 60 lbs. put up dry TV's, VCRs and covered, $5/bale Sylvan area. 403-887-2798 HOUSE STEREO w/19” LCD TV $140; 19”HP computer monitor $50 403-782-3847 PS1 w/10 games $70; PSP w/4 movies, 6 games $130 403-782-3847


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

Household Furnishings

Misc. for Sale

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



(across from Totem) (across from Rona North)


Experienced Hoe Operator Class 3 Tandem Operator Flag People General Labourers Screedman Rakerman Finish Roller Operator email resume:


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BRICAR CONTRACTING now hiring Heavy Equipment Operators, Skid Steer Operators and Laborers. Send resumes to: or fax 403-347-6296


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TORONTO — Rob Ford came frequently under attack Thursday during the first televised mayoral debate, but none of the main candidates vying for his job mentioned the so-called “crack” video or other scandals that have put him and Toronto on the international map. Instead, they mostly opted to attack him on local issues, including his plans for a subway, unemployment and the frequent disarray he has caused at city hall. Ford, who at times rolled his eyes, stared at the ceiling and flashed grins at the audience, defended his fiscal record as he shot back at the other four candidates. “Four years ago, I was elected to stop the gravy train,” Ford said, thumping a familiar drum. “I have stopped the gravy train.” Former NDP member of Parliament, Olivia Chow, was quick to shoot him down. “It’s time for you to go because your gravy train has turned into a train wreck,” Chow said. “You need to pack up that nonsense you’re talking about.” Chow was the first candidate to allude to but not mention Ford’s well known problems — including smoking crack cocaine in a drunken stupor and spouting obscenities on live television — that have elevated him to TV talk show fodder and made him a recognizable name around the world. “We’ve had it with the scandals and lack of truth,” she said. “It’s time to go because you’re embarrassing our city.” Ford did not bite. Instead he insisted that he was the only candidate with a “proven” track record. “People have heard the story. It’s rewind, rewind, rewind,” Ford said.

“You can carry on about someone’s personal life. Maybe I’m not perfect.” Asked about their hesitation to tackle Ford directly on the scandals, the candidates said they preferred to talk policy. “My big disappointment with Rob Ford, even beyond the scandals, is with his performance,” said David Soknacki, a former city budget chief, after the debate. “I’m dealing with the public side of it and am very much dealing with the issues of holding him to account for his lack of performance.” American TV comedian, Jimmy Kimmel, who has frequently made fun of the mayor, tweeted at one point that Ford was “JFK compared to some of these candidates.” Ford, his face red, was often content to let the others debate among themselves, but didn’t hesitate to jump in. “Everybody can talk about saving money: I’ve done it,” he said. “We don’t need a left-wing taxand-spend NDP government.” When Chow, a former city councillor, talked about her work on the budget committee, Ford shot back: “You sunk the ship.” Former provincial Progressive Conservative party leader, John Tory, said Ford had “run out of gas” given his inability to get anything through a council that has stripped him of most of his powers because of the scandals. The businessman accused the mayor of letting taxpayers down and ruining the city’s reputation. Ford simply said he didn’t expect that of his opponent. Mostly, though, it was Chow and Ford who went at each other during the two-hour debate. “It’s time to take down the circus tent at city hall,” Chow said, saying the mayor had made Toronto “an international embarrassment.” Voters will choose whether Ford remains in office or will be replaced Oct. 27.

TORONTO — The beginnings of a national framework to train police on how to best deal with the mentally ill emerged Wednesday from the country’s first collaborative dialogue on the issue. Law enforcement officials, people who live with mental illness and advocates gathered in Toronto over the last three days to discuss what could be done to avert tragedies involving those in crisis. The conference — hosted by the Mental Health Commission of Canada and the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police — came at a time when statistics suggest one in five Canadians experience a mental health illness in any given year. “One of the important takeaways that we’ll have as the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police is a national framework for training all of our officers,” said Vancouver police Chief Jim Chu, who also heads the police chiefs association. It’s a significant development as a lack of national standards has been a key issue for police and mental health advocates —there isn’t currently a countrywide training curriculum for officers on how to deal with the mentally ill, nor is there comprehensive data collected on the issue. Certain police forces have been singled out as “pockets of excellence,” while others lag behind, but across the country there’s a consensus

that police are increasingly on the front lines of mental health care. A summary of the training framework released at the conference provided a glimpse into a longer report, expected in June, which will lay out recommended education for officers and standards for agencies. The document, produced by experts at the Mental Health Commission with some input from police, will then be presented to police leaders across the country in the hopes they will implement it. “It’s a good model and I’m optimistic and very confident that the CCAC membership will support it,” Chu said. Having a set of national standards will help forces better respond to the growing amount of calls related to those with mental illness, added Toronto police Deputy Chief Mike Federico. “Recognizing that there are common themes right across Canada can help provide excellent public service to our community,” he said. “The establishment of a national framework can help us focus our resources on where they’re most effective.” The few figures available emphasize the need for a collaborative approach — in Toronto police get 20,000 calls a year directly related to mental health issues while police in Vancouver say mental illness was a factor in 21 per cent of their calls last year. Although the majority of those calls end peacefully, the handful that result in the death of a person in crisis has led to accusations of police brutality.

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Murder trial hinges on whether father or stepmom fatally beat abused boy: lawyer BRAMPTON, Ont. — A 10-year-old boy’s father and stepmom are both to blame for the months of abuse and starvation he endured and were “equally capable” of delivering the brutal beating that ended his life, a defence lawyer told the couple’s murder trial Wednesday. The case hinges on which one of them did batter Shakeil Boothe until the blood seeped out of his muscles and flooded his emaciated body, lawyer John Rosen told a Toronto-area court. “He was dead on their watch — both of them,” said Rosen, who represents the father. But only

one of them committed murder, he said. Court has heard both Garfield Boothe and his wife Nichelle Boothe-Rowe, who are charged with second-degree murder, had possible motives for wanting the boy gone. Shakeil came to Canada from Jamaica in 2009 in search of a better life, but quickly became an embarrassment for his father, a volatile and violent man who ruled his home with an iron fist, Boothe-Rowe’s lawyer Brian Ross argued. Boothe-Rowe resented Shakeil — her husband’s child with another woman — and was fixated on becoming a mother herself, Rosen alleged. Her dislike of Shakeil only increased after the couple had a son of their own, he said. Prosecutors allege Shakeil was deprived of food, chained to his bed and regularly whipped with a belt until he bled in the months leading up to his death. Court has heard autopsy results showed the boy suffered heavy blows that overwhelmed his body. Both accused have testified to finding Shakeil’s lifeless body on May 26, 2011 — a full day before his death was reported to authorities — but they gave vastly different accounts of what happened that day and in the months before.

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Pregnancy pounds pose risk stressed. “But in order to identify those at risk, you’re actually looking for subtler changes than if you were looking at a 65-year-old man with a BMI (body mass index) of 30.” Still, simple lifestyle choices appear to make a difference: new moms who were more physically active, particularly those who engaged in sports, had a significantly lower likelihood of carrying extra weight between three and 12 months after giving birth, the study showed. “That’s an encouraging message,” said Retnakaran, suggesting that this nine-month window is a critical period for women to shed at least some of their pregnancy weight with healthy lifestyle choices. Dr. Andreas Wielgosz, a cardiologist at the University of Ottawa, said the study focuses on an issue of “great interest and potential significance.” “So many women relate weight gain to pregnancy, and we’re of course always concerned about the consequences of weight gain, regardless of when it occurs,” said Wielgosz, a spokesman for the Heart and Stroke Foundation, which was not involved in the study. Women and their doctors need to pay attention to lifestyle elements such as exercise, a healthy diet and getting adequate sleep, which can help get rid of baby weight and reduce the risk of eventual heart disease and diabetes, he said. “I think it’s a wake-up call for both the physicians and for the women themselves.” Among study participants, half were first-time mothers, while most of the rest had given birth to their second baby. About five per cent of the women already had two or more children. While the study didn’t look at weight gain carried over from multiple pregnancies, Retnakaran said the adverse effects on blood pressure and other cardiometabolic disease markers may indeed be cumulative. “So would the same thing happen with your next pregnancy if you don’t lose weight? You would anticipate that





The successful candidate will prepare cost estimates, review, validate, and submit estimates for product manufacturing, projects, or other services as required. This position is responsible for a wide range of project cost estimating and all associated functions within a group of skilled professionals. Responsibilities: You will find success based on your ability to: • Interpret technical drawings to identify engineering specifications, evaluate and estimate materials, manpower, schedule and budget • Effectively analyze production benchmarks and historical costs • Obtain, review and maintain documentation of third party pricing • Interface and provide on-going technical support to customer • Support and comply with the policies, goals, efforts, and programs of Bilton Welding and Manufacturing Ltd. • Provide estimating support to various stakeholders at all stages of projects. • Interface with various stakeholders to ensure accuracy of all estimates. • Recognize key parameters such as equipment and material pricing guidelines, labour market updates, inflation, material take-off and other allowances, escalation philosophy, and site labour productivity factors. Job Requirements; As the ideal candidate you will possess: • Thorough understanding of business processes, stakeholders involvements and their role, information flow and project scope and also ensure that developed estimates covers the entire scope of the projects. • Thorough knowledge of estimating techniques and strategies • Thorough knowledge of oil and gas industry • Ability to calculate mathematical extensions, analyze and understand production drawings, associated documentation, contracts, cost coding systems, work breakdown structures, etc. • Excellent computer skills in Estimating Software and Microsoft Office • Minimum of 3-5 years industrial estimating experience required Career development, growth and unlimited possibilities – you’ll find it here! Please forward your resume via fax to: (403) 227-7796 or e-mail to Only applicants chosen for an interview will be contacted.

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CIVIL PROJECT MANAGER / ESTIMATOR We are a growing construction company that requires an additional Civil Project Estimator/Manager for our construction office located in Blackfalds. The successful candidate will have experience in earthworks, municipal infrastructure, highway or underground utilities construction. Must be able to work in a fast paced environment, be proficient in Microsoft programs, written correspondence and plan reading. CET Accreditation is an asset. Pidherney’s offers competitive wages and benefits.

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Recently winning the 2013 Business of the Year award, Bilton Welding and Manufacturing Ltd. designs, engineers and manufactures custom energy equipment. Since 1992, Bilton has worked with engineering firms and oil and natural gas producers around the globe to develop their own equipment standards for size, capacity and any number of technical specifications. We operate seven manufacturing facilities in Innisfail, Alberta and have recently expanded by adding an office in Calgary Alberta. We employ over 180 people and provide ample opportunities to employees to achieve their career goals. We provide hands-on training and an opportunity to work on some of the most interesting projects and applications in the energy sector. We currently have career opportunities for a professional;



Recently winning the 2013 Business of the Year award, Bilton Welding and Manufacturing Ltd. designs, engineers and manufactures custom energy equipment. Since 1992, Bilton has worked with engineering firms and oil and natural gas producers around the globe to develop their own equipment standards for size, capacity and any number of technical specifications. We operate seven manufacturing facilities in Innisfail, Alberta and have recently expanded by adding an office in Calgary Alberta. We employ over 180 people and provide ample opportunities to employees to achieve their career goals. We provide hands-on training and an opportunity to work on some of the most interesting projects and applications in the energy sector. We currently have career opportunities for a professional;

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The successful candidate will be responsible for product procurement, vendor communication, and identifying cost saving opportunities, while working with various departments to ensure high levels of customer service internally and externally. Responsibilities; You will find success based on your ability to; • Ensure all purchase orders are accurate per required BOM items including material grade requirements and special specifications • Negotiate prices, credit terms, discounts and delivery arrangements with suppliers. • Expedite problems with suppliers and vendors regarding costs, quality, quantity or delivery of goods. • Effective use of historical data to ensure competitive pricing. • Perform on-going review of product, service, equipment, and expense usage to identify new opportunities for cost savings. • Keep informed of new sources of supply for materials and services Job Requirements; As the ideal candidate you will possess: • Experience in negotiating and contract formation of major supply chain agreements • Minimum of 3-5 years purchasing experience required • PMAC Certification, or work toward, is an asset but not required • Strong oral, written communication skills required, must be able to present material. • Strong attention to detail, follow work rules, and adhere to work schedules required • Work with a wide variety of people with tact, courtesy and professionalism • Previous experience with M2M is an asset Career development, growth and unlimited possibilities – you’ll find it here! Only applicants chosen for an interview will be contacted. Please forward your resume via fax to: (403) 227-7796 or e-mail to


TORONTO — Women who don’t lose all their “baby weight” within the first year after giving birth could be setting themselves up for diabetes, heart disease or a stroke later in life, new research suggests. In a study published Tuesday in the journal Diabetes Care, Toronto researchers found women who maintained excess pounds between three and 12 months postpartum had elevated risk factors for diabetes and cardiovascular disease. “What we saw here was the women who didn’t lose weight had higher blood pressure, higher levels of LDL — or bad cholesterol — greater resistance to insulin and lower levels of a particular hormone that is believed to be protective against diabetes and heart disease,” said principal researcher Dr. Ravi Retnakaran. “The adverse consequences of retaining excess weight from your pregnancy may develop a lot earlier than we expected, within the first year,” said Retnakaran, an endocrinologist at Mount Sinai Hospital. To conduct the study, researchers monitored 305 obstetrical patients throughout pregnancy and during the year following delivery. About three-quarters of the women lost at least some of their baby weight by one year. Tests at three and 12 months postpartum showed their cholesterol, blood pressure and other cardiometabolic measures were at healthy levels. But one-quarter of women who did not trim pregnancy weight or even added extra pounds during that period showed elevated levels at 12 months postpartum, which had not been present at the three-month mark. “At this stage in their life, these are women of child-bearing age. They’re not that old. They’re very healthy,” said Retnakaran, adding that subtle changes in their blood pressure and other measures may not immediately raise a red flag for doctors. “The levels in young women at risk in whom these risk factors are going to be relevant to their potential, ultimate development of heart disease, those levels when they’re 25, 26 are not going to be the kind of levels that are going to cause their physician to take notice,” he said. “But you give them those levels compared to DRIVEN TO EXCEL FROM START TO FINISH their peers and give them that exposure for 20 years and now you’ve got diabetes and heart disease.” REQUIRED FOR OUR BUSY BLACKFALDS OFFICE The effects from retaining weight post-delivery The successful candidate will have: are similar to those expe• Telephone etiquette & experience rienced by women who • Excellent and accurate data entry skills suffer gestational diabetes • Effective written and oral communications during pregnancy, which • Work well both independently and as part of a team research has shown puts them at greater risk for • Must be able to work in a fast paced, rapidly changing heart disease later in life. environment “It’s the same concept • A minimum 2 years office experience and a very important concept because it empha- Pidherney’s offers competitive wages and benefits. sizes that ... this is the Please forward resumes to: time when you want to or fax to 403-845-5370 intervene,” Retnakaran

profile at the outset. “You’re starting from a worst place before the next pregnancy.” Follow (at)SherylUbelacker on Twitter.

Bilton Welding and Manufacturing Ltd. designs, engineers and manufactures custom energy equipment. Since 1992, Bilton has worked with engineering firms and oil and natural gas producers around the globe to develop their own equipment standards for size, capacity and any number of technical specifications. We operate seven manufacturing facilities in Innisfail, Alberta and employ over 175 people. With your long-term interests in mind, we provide you with ample opportunities to achieve your career goals. We’ll provide you with hands-on training and an opportunity to work on some of the most interesting projects and applications in the energy sector. We currently have career opportunities for a professional:


The successful candidate will have the overall responsibility for the successful initiation, planning, design, execution, monitoring, controlling and closure of a project. The Project Manager must have a combination of skills including an ability to ask penetrating questions and resolve conflicts, as well as more general management skills. Responsibilities You will find success based on your ability to: • • • • • • • •

Manage day-to-day operational aspects of a project and scope Monitor progress of each project while in production Keep up-to-date with progress and plans on future stages Constantly monitor and report on progress of the project to all stakeholders Keep client updated with the current status of projects Plan and schedule project timelines, update schedule Manage project changes and budget Effectively apply our methodology and enforce project standards

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it probably does, and each time your risk factor profile is getting worse and worse,” he said. “By that second pregnancy, if you didn’t lose it after the first pregnancy, you’re already at a more adverse risk






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Friday ● School’s Out Spring Break Activities continue at Red Deer Public Library Downtown Branch will be offered until March 28 from 2 to 4 p.m., in the Snell Auditorium. Minion Madness with Despicable Me 2 will be held on March 28 and features crafts and treats in addition to the movie. Minion Madness is geared to six year olds and up, or under six with an adult. At the Dawe Branch, the Spring Break Beach Party will take place on March 29 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. and will feature summery snacks, crafts, music and activities. All are free and there is no pre-registration required. ● Disability Tax Credit Information Session will be offered at The Hub on Ross on March 28 at 6 p.m. Free. Phone 403-3404869. ● Red Deer College Music Concert Series presents Alberta’s Got Jazz — RDC Big Band and jazz guests — March 28, and A Touch of Class — RDC Chamber Choir with RDC Symphonic Winds — April 3, each at 7:30 p.m. on Mainstage, Arts Centre. Tickets are available from Black Knight Ticket Centre,, 403-755-6626, or 1-800-661-8793.

Saturday ● The Shades of Purple Silent Auction and purple cupcake sale will be held on March 29 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Parkland Mall in support of the Epilepsy Association of Calgary — Central Alberta Office, 403-3583358, ● Central Alberta Singles dance will be held March 29 at Royal Canadian Legion Innisfail Hall. Music by Randy Hillman. Doors open at 8 p.m. Music starts at 8:30 p.m. Everyone welcome. For information, call Elaine at 403-341-7653 or Murray at 403-357-8022. ● MAGnificent Saturdays offer drop-in art making for the whole family from 1 to 4 p.m. at Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery. On March 29, make Frog ‘n Snails ‘n Puppy Dog Tails with artist Carlene La Rue. Free with museum admission. ● Opening Reception for Arlene Oberg in celebration of the exhibit Full Circle: Four Seasons on March 29, 5 to 9 p.m. at Gallery on Main in Lacombe. This landscape exhibit will be featured from March 29 to April 18.

Monday ● Servants Anonymous of Calgary ladies dessert night and shopping party in support of the fight against sexual exploitation will take place on March 31 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Lacombe Evangelical Free Church. Find out more about SA and purchase one of a kind hand made jewelry and more. Contact or 403-7826141 to RSVP. ● Red Deer River Naturalists — Monday Bird Focus meets Monday at noon at the Kerry Wood Nature Centre to depart on excursions in central Alberta. On March 31, the group will go to Hwy. 766 south and check for owl nests. Come prepared for a full afternoon of birding. Bring along lunch, snacks, coffee, and dress for the weather. Be prepared to carpool. To join in, contact Bill at 403-346-3981. ● MAGsparks is an inclusive and accessible visual art program connecting people with developmental disabilities to the Red Deer Arts Community. There is a drop-in fee of $3. Memberships are available for persons with disabilities for $50. Materials supplied. On March 31 and April 2 the group will explore pastels. For information, see

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Tuesday ● Heartland Cowboy Church will be held the first and third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. in the Stettler Agriplex. Cowboy church will be held April 1 and 15. Phone 403-7424273. ● Drop-in Pajama Storytime invites children aged two and their families to the children’s department at Red Deer Public Library Downtown Branch for stories, songs, finger plays, and crafts at 6:30 to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays. Children under three years of age must be accompanied by an adult. Phone 403-3464688. ● Central Alberta Council on Aging meeting will take place April 1 at Golden Circle Senior Resource Centre starting at 9 a.m. Pharmacy student Patrick Jones will speak about the expanded scope of pharmacy service for seniors, and Monica Morrison of Golden Circle will speak about physical activity as a foundation for well being. Cost is $3. Contact Shirley at 403-343-0767 or Ron at 403-346-8115.

Wednesday ● Travel Memories at Red Deer Public Library Downtown Branch will be held on the first Wednesday of each month from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the Waskasoo Meeting Room, next on April 2. Hear about a CUSO volunteer’s twoyear experience in the villages of West Timor, Indonesia. Speakers welcome to share a 10 minute travel story on future dates. Contact Donna Stewart or Priscilla at 403-346-2100. ● Red Deer Ramblers Hiking Club annual meeting will be on April 2, 7 p.m. at Kerry Wood Nature Centre. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and memberships may be purchased for $10 for individuals, or $20 for families. Dr. Maureen McCall will speak on The effects of altitude on hikers’ health, and information and guidelines will be provided, scheduled hikes and sign-ups for extended hikes will be held. On May 10, the Ramblers will participate in Canadian Wildlife Federation initiative to encourage outdoor activity with a four and 10 km hike to J.J. Collett Natural Area near Lacombe. No membership needed to join in this hike. See, or contact, or Bertha at 403-343-8126. Please bring a mug for refreshments. ● Red Deer Legion Old-Time Dance with Country Gold North is on April 2 at 7 p.m. Cost is $7, or $13.95 with buffet starting at 5 p.m. Phone 403-342-0035. ● Canadian Cancer Society Daffodil Days will be held April 2 to 5 at various Central Alberta Co-ops, Bower Place Shopping Centre, Parkland Mall, Costco, and Red Deer Regional Hospital. Purchase fresh daffodils, a bright symbol in the fight against cancer, and support the Cancer Society, and get a daffodil pin, to be worn throughout April. To find out more, or to order daffodils, see

Thursday ● Death with Dignity: A Conversation — will be discussed on April 3 at 7 p.m. at Sunnybrook United Church. Dr. Victoria Seavilleklein — clinical ethicist, and Dr. Michael Thain will be speaking. To pre-register and find out more, contact Linda at 403-3476073. ● First Thursdays in the Snell are free chamber music concerts from 12:15 to 1:00 p.m. at Red Deer Public Library Downtown

Branch in the Snell Auditorium on the first Thursday of each month. Café Noir will sponsor the series and provide free coffee and tea. Bring lunch, or purchase at the café. The April 3 event features violinist Heidi Baumbach and pianist Cheryl Cooney as musical guests. Phone 403-342-9122. Free will donation at the door. ● Golden Circle Senior Resource Centre dance, Thursday, April 3, 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. at the seniors’ centre. Dance to the music of Country Express Band. Admission is

$7. Phone 403-347-6165, 403-986-7170, or 403-246-3896. ● Suicide Information and Eduction Services will offer a 12-week support group starting on April 3 for anyone who has lost someone to suicide. Free of charge but registration is required by contacting Dawne at 403-342-4966.

REGISTRATIONS LOCAL EVENTS AND ORGANIZATIONS ● Shalom Counselling has four upcoming workshops starting this spring. Reaching to the Margins is a community building workshop about inclusion of those isolated by mental health challenges, setting healthy boundaries, and preventing compassion fatigue, and it will be held on April 4, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Westpark Nazarene Church for a cost of $30 per person, including lunch and refreshments. Power to Parent with materials by Dr. Phil Neufeld, best-selling author or Hold on to Your Kids: Why Parents Need to Matter More than Peers, runs Saturdays, April 26 and May 3, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for costs of $85/individual, or $165/couple, including lunch and refreshments. Bringing Baby Home prepares parents for the transition into parenthood, and will be held May 3 and 4, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Red Deer Regional Hospital, for a cost of $180/couple. Parents are welcome to bring babies over three months old. Downsizing and Moving Forward is a course for baby boomers, seniors, and those helping parents downsize, and will be offered on May 24 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mothers’ Day Certificates available. Cost is $50 per person. For all these programs phone 403-342-0339 to register. ● Medicine River Wildlife Centre equipment and volunteer needs are as follows: white truck topper, jack and wheel wrench for 2006 Dodge Dakota Sport, industrial quality blender/food processor, boat safety kit — bailer, waterproof flashlight, whistle, 15 m heaving line with buoy, also multi-function yard maintenance tractor, mechanic for light maintenance on the centre’s vehicles, and committee member for various events. All donations qualify for income tax deductible receipt, and very much appreciated. Phone 403-728-3467, or for a complete wish list, see ● Pillage the Village fundraiser for Olds Municipal Library will be featured on May 3 at Olds Sportsplex. Experience medieval times of knights, nobility, and peasants, and enjoy entertainment, costume contest for those who choose to dress in period costume, authentic food, drink, marketplace, tournaments and more. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets cost $30 to $60 and are available online, or at the Olds Library. Information on or on Facebook also. Money will go towards community programming. ● Dakota Community Historical Society history books are now available to highlight the history of the area north and west of Ponoka. The most recent book tells about 1960 to the present and tells of the original church, schools, clubs, and settlers. The second book is a reprint of an earlier area history book and covers the years up to 1961. Books will be available where they are donated at no cost at Fort Ostell Museum, Ponoka Jubilee Library, Ponoka Stampede Museum, Crestomere School, Ponoka United Church, and Dakota Community Hall, or books may be purchased from Gail at 403-783-2353, for $20 (1960 to present) and $40 (up to 1961). ● Ladies of Sunnybrook Farm Museum Annual Home-made Pie Sale will take place April 8 and 9 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Ready to bake pies are available in apple, blueberry,

cherry, raisin, peach, rhubarb/strawberry, and rhubarb/raspberry for a cost of $12 each. Funds will support educational programs. Contact 403-340-3511 or ● Norwegian Laft Hus offers Telemark rosemaling painting class on May 3 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for a cost of $50 with instructor Sylvia Jones. Contact norwegianlafthus@ or 403-347-2055. ● Poverty Simulation event will take place on May 14 for a three-hour, no cost event, which will allow participants to experience a month living in poverty based on the lives of real families in Central Alberta. Limited to the first 85 participants. Online registration can be found at, or contact Rhonda at 403-343-3900. Twenty volunteers are also needed. To volunteer, contact Lori at 403-343-3900. Presented by Central Alberta Poverty Reduction Alliance (CAPRA) with Central Alberta United Way. ● Royal Canadian Legion Annual Giant Indoor Garage Sale will be held on April 12 in Ponoka. Organize donations early and call the Legion for pick-up at 403-783-4076, or drop off items Tuesday to Thursday from 3 to 6 p.m. or Friday and Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. ● Lacombe Palliative Care Society presents Take a Deep Breath full day workshop for palliative caregivers on protecting from burn out and compassion fatigue on May 6. Phone 403-782-4554, 403-206-9938, or see ● Parkinson Alberta Education Day will be offered on April 16 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Please register by April 11. The fee is $10 including lunch, displays and speakers. Speakers include a registered psychologist, adapted physical education specialist, and a neurologist specializing in Parkinson Disease. To register, contact, or 403-346-4463. There will be a Tulip Sale at Red Deer Regional Hospital in the café on April 10 and 11 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. ● Writers’ Ink Spring Seminar will be held at Westpark Middle School in the library on April 12 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Michael Dawe will talk about how to research, Dave Rideout will talk about get a book in print, and Blaine Newton will talk about how to add humour. Cost including lunch is $40 for members, or $50 for non-members. Contact Carol at 403-350-7480, or Lauranne at 403-2274761 to pre-register. ● Adam Helps the House benefit concert for Ronald McDonald House will be featured on April 5 at Black Knight Inn. Dinner at 6 p.m. will silent auction and concert to follow. Tickets from Black Knight Inn Ticket Centre,, 403-755 6626, or 1-800-661-8793. ● The Alberta Dahlia and Gladiolus Society Annual Dahlia Tuber and Gladiolus Corm Sale will be featured on April 5 at Bower Place Shopping Centre from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be many local tubers and corms of different flower varieties, colours, and sizes for sale, as well as demonstrations on how to grow these plants. Contact Wayne at 403-347-7482, or wayne46roberts@gmail. com, or see albertadahliaandgladsociety. com.

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Gains buoy Syrian rebel groups REBELS PUSH THEIR OFFENSIVE DEEPER INTO COASTAL HEARTLAND BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS BADROUSIEH, Syria — Syrian rebels pressed their offensive deeper into the coastal heartland of President Bashar Assad’s Alawite sect on Wednesday, battling government troops backed by warplanes for control of at least two villages in the heavily wooded and mountainous terrain, activists said. Opposition fighters from several conservative and hard-line Islamic groups, including the al-Qaida-affiliated Nusra Front, launched their assault Friday on the northern stretches of Latakia province along the Turkish frontier. So far, they have seized a border crossing, and also gained control of an outlet to the sea for the first time since Syria’s uprising began three years ago. While modest in terms of territory, those gains have buoyed an armed opposition movement that has suffered a series of recent setbacks on the battlefield. Over the past month, Assad’s forces, backed by his allies from the Lebanese Hezbollah militant group, have captured towns and villages along Syria’s border with Lebanon, squeezing the flow of rebel fighters and materiel across the frontier.

A Latakia-based activist who identified himself as Mohammed Abu al-Hassan said rebels were hoping that the offensive in Latakia would draw more Syrian soldiers to the area, relieving some of the pressure on harried opposition fighters elsewhere in the country. “The thinking is to open a battle that will make the regime rush to fight,” Abu al-Hassan said via Skype. “The regime can’t imagine losing the sea (of Latakia). They will bring reinforcements, and that will lessen the pressure (elsewhere).” On Wednesday, rebels were battling government troops in the Latakia villages of Qastal Maaf and Nabaain, activists said. Syrian military jets were conducting airstrikes around to try to push back the opposition fighters, according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. “So far, it is attacks and retreats, nothing is certain,” said Abdurrahman. Both villages are south of the Armenian Christian town of Kassab and the nearby border crossing, which rebels seized on Sunday. The Syrian government took a group of reporters Wednesday to the village of Badrousieh, about 15 kilometres (9 miles) south of Kassab and some 3 kilo-

metres from Nabaain. Badrousieh is a picturesque village on a hilltop surrounded by mountains overlooking the sea — a pine wooded area with orange and lemon and olive groves as well. The idyllic scene was broken every few minutes by the roar of outgoing artillery aimed at rebel held areas, followed shortly after by the distant thud as the shells landed. A field commander told reporters that “terrorist groups” with the “clear support” of the Turkish government attacked Kassab from four fronts. The commander, who spoke on condition of anonymity in line with regulations, claimed that the fighters battling the Syrian army included Turkish soldiers and special forces dressed up like Nusra Front militants. He did not offer any evidence to support his claims. Syria’s Foreign Ministry sent a letter to the U.N. Secretary General on Wednesday accusing Turkey of using its tanks and artillery to support the attack against Kassab. The letter urged the Security Council to condemn what it called Ankara’s “flagrant aggression” against Syria. The Turkish Foreign Ministry dismissed the allegations as “totally unfounded and untrue.”


Crackdown on opposition moves beyond the streets BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS CARACAS, Venezuela — Venezuela’s military, congress and Supreme Court are rallying behind President Nicolas Maduro and joining forces in an increasingly blunt response to the country’s opposition as protests continue. The Supreme Court on Tuesday sentenced the opposition mayor of a restive border city to a year in jail for failing to remove road barricades put up by anti-government activists. It sent another mayor to jail last week for the same reason. Maduro has repeatedly accused the protesters of trying to stage a coup against his socialist government and drive him from power before his term ends in 2019. On Tuesday, Maduro dramatized the allegation of anti-government plotting by announcing that three air force generals had been arrested for planning a coup, allegedly after meeting with members of the opposition. He later promised to seek the harshest penalty possible. Diego Moya-Ocampos, a Latin American analyst at research firm IHS, said the arrests were likely intended as a message to the troops about the power the administration has over military tribunals. “I think the sign he wants to send is, ’Be careful with the kind of dialogue you open, because you could risk losing your career,”’ Moya-Ocampos said. Details about the arrests remained scarce Wednesday, though Maduro singled out a prominent government critic who allegedly tried to meet the three: Rocio San Miguel, director of a group that monitors Venezuela’s military. San Miguel told The Associated Press she knew nothing about the allegations. She added that no coup against Maduro was remotely possible, given the president’s dramatic expansion of the military’s role running of the government. Hours after Maduro spoke, the military issued an impassioned vow of loyalty to the president, insisting there were no cracks in its “monolithic” support and pledging to continue “protecting our people, guarding our homeland’s sovereignty and supporting the constitutionally elected president and commander in chief.”


U.S. astronaut Steven Swanson, a crew member of the mission to the International Space Station (ISS) looks on during pre-launch preparations at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Tuesday.

Snag delays arrival of spacecraft BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS MOSCOW — A software glitch on a Russian spacecraft heading to the International Space Station has delayed the arrival of three astronauts, including an American. NASA said the crew was in no danger, and the U.S.-Russia space partnership was strong despite tensions over Ukraine. The Soyuz spacecraft carrying Russians Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg Artemyev and NASA’s Steve Swanson blasted off successfully early Wednesday and was scheduled to dock six hours later. Because of the glitch, the trip will now take two days. Since the 2011 retirement of the U.S. space shuttle fleet, NASA has depended on the Russian spacecraft to ferry crews to the orbiting outpost and is paying Russia nearly $71 million per seat. This co-operation has continued despite tensions over Russia’s annexation of Crimea and U.S. calls for harsher sanctions on Russia. NASA Administrator Charles Bolden repeatedly has said that the conflict in Ukraine would have no effect on the U.S.-Russian partnership. As recently as Tuesday he reiterated on his blog that while NASA continues to co-operate successfully with Rus-

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Global executions up 15% last year BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW YORK — The number of known executions around the world rose almost 15 per cent in 2013, and the United States was among the five countries putting the most people to death, a new report says. The Amnesty International report released Thursday comes shortly after a stunning decision this week by an Egyptian court to sentence to death 529 alleged supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood after a twosession trial. The London-based rights group has called the action “grotesque.” The new report said the 778 judicial executions in 22 countries the group was able to count last year don’t include the thousands of people put to death in China, where such information is a state secret. China’s foreign ministry referred a question about its executions last year to the justice ministry, which did not respond to phone or fax. Last year’s global increase is due in part to more executions in Iran and Iraq, followed by Saudi Arabia, the report said. The number of officially acknowledged executions in Iran was at least 369, but the rights group said “credible sources” reported 335 more. The group said Iraq executed at least 169 people. Executions in chaotic Syria and Egypt could not be confirmed. Amnesty International is blunt about its stance on the issue. “We oppose the death penalty in all cases, without exception,” Jose Luis Diaz, the group’s representative at the United Nations, told reporters Wednesday. “It is the ultimate cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment.” He also criticized this week’s sweeping decision in Egypt, which he called “in recent history the largest number of death sentences handed down by a court at a single instance.” The Amnesty International report counted more than 23,000 people on death row worldwide as of the end of 2013. It also counted at least 1,925 people sentenced to death in 57 countries last year, up from the year before.

sia, it wants to resume launch crews from U.S. soil. NASA is trying to speed up private American companies’ efforts to send crews into orbit, but it needs extra funding. The Soyuz booster rocket lifted off at 3:17 a.m. local time Wednesday (2117 GMT Tuesday) from the Russian-leased Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. It reached orbit about 10 minutes later. NASA and Roscosmos, Russia’s space agency, said shortly before the scheduled docking that the arrival had been delayed. A 24-second engine burn needed to adjust the Soyuz spacecraft’s orbiting path “did not occur as planned.” The docking of Soyuz TMA-12M at the space station is now scheduled for 7:58 p.m. EDT Thursday (2358 GMT). Roscosmos chief Oleg Ostapenko said on Wednesday the problem was in the ship’s orientation system. The crew took off their spacesuits to prepare for the long flight, Ostapenko said in remarks carried by Russian news agencies. Later Wednesday, NASA said in a press release that “initial information indicates the spacecraft was not at the proper attitude, or orientation, for the automated thruster.” The space agency said Russia had confirmed that two manoeuvrs were completed to put the capsule on course.

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