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The price of power FRONTRUNNERS IN MAYORAL, COUNCIL RACES RAN MOST EXPENSIVE CAMPAIGNS BY CRYSTAL RHYNO ADVOCATE STAFF
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You have to spend to win votes — in some cases. Red Deer city council heard the 2013 Municipal Election Candidate Disclosure report on Monday. The two frontrunners in the five-way mayoral race and the top councillor vote-getter ran the most expensive campaigns. Former councillor Cindy Jefferies was the top spender with $31,610.98 in donations (100 per cent donations/donation in kind) for her mayoral cam-
paign but it did not pay off. Jefferies finished second with 7,971 ballots cast her way, which equals to $3.96 per vote. Jefferies had a $61.98 campaign surplus. Mayor Tara Veer spent $21,613.33 on her campaign ($19,225 in donations and $2,388.66 of her own money). She received 9,400 votes for $2.30 per vote. But it was incumbent Coun. Dianne Wyntjes who was the top vote getter with her $24,318.81 campaign. She received 9,841 votes or $2.47 per vote, besting 29
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council hopefuls. She spent $8,884.81 out of her own pocket and received $15,434 in donations/donations in kind. Wyntjes said there’s good value in municipal campaigns compared to provincial and federal races. The two-term councillor said she felt there was good value for citizens in her campaign literature. “I think as long as we have citizens that aren’t following social media, you need to do the printed material and communication with our citizens,” said Wyntjes.
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BY HARLEY RICHARDS ADVOCATE BUSINESS EDITOR Business advocacy groups say a jump in postage rates will hurt many of their members. On Monday, the cost of mailing a first-class letter in Canada rose to 85 cents from 63 cents, based on the price of a book of stamps. For stamps purchased individually, the cost increased to $1. Canada Post Corp. announced the price increases in December, along with several other measures designed to reduce the losses that the Crown corporation is suffering as mail volumes decline. “While we understand the pressures that forced Canada Post to make this decision, the 35 per cent price hike is a substantial cost increase that will directly impact the bottom line of many businesses,” said Reg Warkentin, policy co-ordinator with the Red Deer Chamber of Commerce. “It’s an unfortunate occurrence that reflects the realities of reduced letter-mail volume and will result in unavoidable cost increases for businesses across the country.” Warkentin noted that the Chamber sends out about 400 pieces of mail per month, which is a fraction of what many other business entities entrust to Canada Post.
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Getting his swing on, River Bend Golf and Recreation Area assistant professional Scott Anderson takes a swing at the snow Monday. Although the ski trails are still in good shape and skiers have had a very long season on the trails at River Bend, golfers are getting a little itchy to get out and play. “We just have to wait and see right now‚‘“ said Anderson. “There is a lot of snow out there, it’s going to take a while‚“ (before the course opens for the season). Golfers interested in lessons however can sign up for learn-to-golf programs at the Recreation Centre. Learn about the variety of golf programs offered in the City of Red Deer Spring Activity Guide.
Michener land has great value, but no plan for it yet 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. This is the final instalment. BY MYLES FISH ADVOCATE STAFF When the last resident moves out of Michener Centre, the land the institution sits on will offer a rare opportunity for large scale urban redevelopment. The province plans to have the buildings emptied
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this year; families of current residents want their loved ones to live out their lives in place. Whichever side succeeds, substantial land redevelopment is likely years off. One year after the closure announcement, no decisions have been made about what might become of the 300 acres or 30-odd buildings on the north and south Michener sites. The south site is bordered by 40th Avenue to the west, Michener Hill to the south and the Red Deer Cemetery to the north. The south site connects by a long road to the north site, which runs east between Clearview and Clearview Ridge, almost to 30th Avenue.
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MICHENER: Possibilities discussed Alberta Infrastructure, the government department that administers the lands, has been meeting with city officials to discuss possibilities, says spokesperson Tracy Larsen. One assessment recommended a further assessment this spring to look at site conditions and to do environmental assessments, Larsen said. “We’ve hired a consultant that’s investigating uses for the land and doing some studies and assessments; that’s been ongoing and that really needs to be completed before we can make any decisions about how we would use the land,” said Larsen. Typically, surplus government real estate is first offered to other government departments, Crown corporations, schools and health institutions. Local governments are then given the opportunity to purchase land at appraised market value. Land could also be offered to the federal government before it is marketed to the general public though licensed real estate agents. If there is an opportunity to redevelop the sites, Guy Pelletier, vice-president of the Red Deer region for Melcor Developments and past chair of the local Urban Development Institute chapter, said there would undoubtedly be a lot of interest. The land is relatively central and could accommodate much more than just new homes. “It’s a terrific property for a redevelopment opportunity, and a real nice mixed-use redevelopment opportunity, with commercial, municipal uses, perhaps schools, high-density residential, all kinds of stuff for almost an inner city redevelopment opportunity. So I think there would be lots of interest in the industry to participate in that with the city, the province and the private sector,” he said. There is precedent for the wholesale transformation of former government lands in the province, evidenced by the redevelopments of old, central military bases in Edmonton and Calgary that have been undertaken in the last 15 years. The old CFB Calgary base was left vacant in 1998, and within five years new high-market homes had been built at the site and old military housing units had been refurbished to be bought as low-cost duplexes. The old base’s 450 acres were divided into three parcels, and a number of the old hangars and other buildings have since been repurposed as schools, offices, film studios, and as a brewery. The Canada Lands Company, an arms-length federal Crown corporation, bought the former CFB Griesbach in Edmonton in 2001 for $17.5 million and has since developed the 620-acre site incorporating existing military housing units and infrastructure into a mixed-use development. The province has recently proposed the idea of offering public lands to private and non-profit companies for the development of continuing care facilities and affordable housing for seniors. In 2007, the province sold 16.6 acres of land on the Michener south site to the David Thompson Health Region for $1 million, which was judged to be fair market value. Extendicare built a continuing care facility on that land — which was to include space for adults with development disabilities but ultimately did not — and other seniors condo and apartment developments are ongoing. The private continuing care facility replaced two public seniors homes (Red Deer Nursing Home and Valley Park Manor) in Red Deer that closed in 2010 and have been vacant ever since. Alberta Health Services recently determined that modernizing the buildings for future health care uses would be too costly, and now other government departments are being given the option to repurpose them. The prov-
After closure, buildings often endure Large institutions have been closing across the country over the last four decades, but often the considerable structures live on long after the final resident walks out the door. In Saskatchewan, the Weyburn Mental Hospital was once believed to be the largest building in the British Commonwealth and was the location of pioneering LSD experiments in the mid-1900s. The facility was the first large institution in Canada to be shuttered in 1971. In the nearly four decades that followed it was divided up and used for a number of purposes before it was demolished
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One of the new kitchens in a south site residence at Michener Centre. Work to outfit each residence at Michener Centre with its own brand new kitchen wrapped up in 2011.
Many ideas for what should become of land Leilani O’Malley would like to see the lands of Michener Centre that caused her a great deal of hurt become a happy place. That could mean allocating space for a playground, a big, accessible garden or an educational facility. Her friends propose a school for children named in honour of O’Malley. “I’d like to go back and see all the buildings gone and all new stuff, just to take that stigma away from it,” says O’Malley, a former resident who successfully sued the province in 1995 for improperly confining and sterilizing her. Former CEO Gordon Stangier says the land would make a wonderful par-three golf course.
ince has spent as much as $600,000 on regular maintenance and for utilities at the two facilities while they have been vacant. Youngstown Home near Oyen, into which Michener residents were moved in 1988 to ease overcrowding at the centre, closed in 2011. Today it is listed for sale by Alberta Infrastructure for $275,000. Although many of the Michener buildings are 50-plus years old, millions of dollars have been spent on renovations within the last decade. Work to outfit each residence with its own brand-new kitchen wrapped up only in 2011. Many other buildings have sat empty for years; 18 are not in use and four on the north site have been fully decommissioned and are awaiting demolition. From 2007-09, the old male staff residence on the north site operated as a low-rent transitional housing option for the working homeless, a project that was not renewed when demand lessened for the 40 suites that were set up. Other buildings, though, are occupied now with leases that extend well into the future. The lease on the Michener Hill Curling Club, built in 1964 with the help of residents, extends another 20 years and at a cost of $4.75 million in 2008-09. Only now are the expansive, wooded grounds being turned into a residential development. Outside of Kamloops, B.C., a former tuberculosis sanitorium made up of more than 40 buildings operated as a home for the mentally challenged from 1959-84. Located along the Tranquille River, the property has changed hands many times in the intervening 30 years. A plan to establish an Italianthemed hotel resort was one of the failed initiatives. The site has been used for a number of film and television projects over the years, and the maze of tunnels on the site is now a visitor attraction. A number of the old buildings on site have been refurbished and development of a “sustainable agricommunity” around an urban farm is in the works.
Lotsa Tots Childcare has a lease on its south site building until 2018. The city has verbal confirmation on a new three-year lease agreement to operate the Roland Michener Recreation Centre, built in 1977, but the deal has not been formally signed. Lotsa Tots owner/operator Shireen SewcharranWiebe said she and the parents who have kids in her care love the setting and she would hope to stay as long as possible. “It’s secure, it’s safe for the children, it’s fantastic as a community venture liaising with the clients and the seniors around. Spatially and how centrally we are located works for us,” said Sewcharran-Wiebe. A childcare operation has been running on the site since 1985, and since taking over in 2008, Sewcharran-Wiebe and her husband have expanded to a second location in Extendicare Michener Hill. With a sizable wait list of parents wanting to access the service, Sewcharran-Wiebe said if it becomes possible to move into one of the larger Michener buildings, she would welcome the opportunity.
Continued on Page A3 Elsewhere in B.C., the provincial mayors’ union last year called on the province to reopen an old mental asylum in Coquitlam. The organization suggested using the facility to house the mentally ill, while abandoning its old institutional methods. The government rejected that request, but recently held open houses to seek ideas on uses for the 244-acre site. In Ontario, one recently shuttered 819,000-square-foot centre was sold for $100,000 to a developer, with a plan to incorporate a seniors’ residence and commercial space into the facility. The selling off of parcels of land at another former institution in the province has been held up because a single steam plant heats all of the 50-odd buildings on site.
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His wife Sheila, also a former employee, jokes that while the old, well-constructed buildings could make wonderful bomb shelters, outside of being turned into warehouses, they do not have much use. If they all were torn down, that would be just fine by ex-resident Harold Barnes. Others would like to see the facilities used for respite care. If the property is sold to private developers, Alberta Association for Community Living CEO Bruce Uditsky would like to see the interest generated put into a permanent fund used to benefit people with developmental disabilities. There is precedent for such an action in Alberta, he says, and doing so would create a positive legacy for Michener Centre. Former mayor Gail Surkan says she would like to see something remain on the site that will serve developmentally disabled persons.
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Tannas won’t seek Alberta PC leadership SENATOR SAYS HE DOESN’T HAVE WHAT IT WOULD TAKE TO TURN AROUND THE PARTY BY THE CANADIAN PRESS CALGARY — An Alberta senator says he doesn’t have what it would take to turn around the fortunes of the Progressive Conservative Party of Alberta. Scott Tannas said last week he was considering whether to take a run at the party leadership, but wanted to hear what Albertans thought. They told him it would be a very gruelling, uphill climb. “I just felt that I didn’t have the heart that was needed for the job that is ahead,” Tannas said Monday. “It is going to be a difficult, difficult task, in my view, to undertake all of the
things that occur in that job. You have party renewal. There is no question that there is a real appetite amongst Albertans to see real change in government. There are folks that have been there a long time that need to go.” Alberta Tory party members are to vote Sept. 6 for a successor to Alison Redford, who resigned as premier March 23. Tannas said the next leader will need to have a special mix of management and communication skills, plus lots of energy, vision and humility. Tannas, who was appointed to the Senate last year, said the leader will also need overwhelming passion to
perform the job in a tremendously challenging atmosphere. He said his friend, Municipal Affairs Minister Ken Hughes, who is openly considering whether to run, is someone to watch. There are other quality people kicking the party leadership tires, but he declined to say who. To date no one has announced their candidacy. Party officials don’t expect to set the official opening date of the campaign for another week or so. “PC Alberta is working to complete the full suite of leadership election rules as soon as reasonably practicable,” party president Jim McCormick
said in a email. The party is going ahead with $500 per plate party leader’s dinners in Edmonton and Calgary in early May — major fundraising events. PC Alberta said the party is still determining if these events will feature declared leadership candidates. Tannas said whoever decides to pay the required $50,000 dollar nonrefundable fee to run better have deep pockets to fund their campaign. He suggested a $1 million war chest would be a good idea. Thick skin and plenty of stamina will also be a must.
Top court restores verdict in case of man run down, killed ACCUSED BECAME FIRST DRIVER IN CANADA TO BE CONVICTED OF MURDER USING A VEHICLE AS A WEAPON
A second trial will not be held for a Calgary man convicted of seconddegree murder after mowing down an Olds College student with his truck outside a bar in 2010. The Supreme Court of Canada restored the conviction of Jeffrey Leinen that had been overturned by the Alberta Court of Appeals last August. A new trial was ordered, but was put on hold, when the Alberta Crown took the case to the Supreme Court. A jury found Leinen guilty of second-degree murder for running over
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MICHENER: Some buildings contain asbestos The north and south sites are being looked at separately, said Larsen, with devising a plan for the north the first priority. Based on a 2005 PDD Central proposal, the north site was to be closed by 2008, with new facilities con-
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EXPENSES: Some candidates spent very little She said in Calgary, for example, council hopefuls spent about $125,000 on their ward election campaigns. On the flip side, incumbent councillors Buck Buchanan and Frank Wong spent only a fraction of Wyntjes’ budget. Wyntjes said some people are lucky and they can do it on a smaller budget but she felt there was value in having literature with her vision and platform. Buchanan funded his entire campaign for $577.34 out of his pocket to take 8,435 votes, the second highest on council. Buchanan said he reused his old signs and even turned away donations. “I was fortunate,” said Buchanan. “I wasn’t going to spend a lot of money. I thought what happens, happens.” Buchanan said spending on an election is really up to the individual. He said the sky is the limit. Wong spent $685.95 to secure 8,019 votes and a spot on council, good enough for fifth of the eight elected councillors. Of the other successful candidates, newcomer Lawrence Lee spent $10,943.63 (8,406 votes) on his race. Lee spent his money on signs, web designs, brochures newspaper ads, campaign meetings and other items. Lee said he was anxious because he had not run a council campaign before and he wanted to cover all his bases. “I just made sure I could do what I could do,” said Lee. Lee said he does not anticipate spending that much in four years time. He called Buchanan’s campaign tally commendable and shows that you can be a community leader and be well known in the community without spending a lot of money. Coun. Ken Johnston spent $8,207.06 (7,134 votes) and Coun. Tanya Handley spent $2,915.17 (6,623 votes) on their campaigns. Incumbent Paul Harris spent $8,992.84 compared to the $17,725.62 that he racked up on his 2010 run for council. Coun. Lynne Mulder spent $2,425 on her 2013 campaign compared to her successful $886 campaign in 2010. On the losing side, Stephen Coop spent $7,342.15 out of his own pocket. Coop came in 28th spot with a mere 1,139 votes. Tim Lasiuta spent just 45
Nicholas Baier, 18, outside the Texas Mickey bar in Olds. Baier was standing outside the bar with a group of others when Leinen, then 24 years old, gunned his pickup truck into the crowd. Baier was killed and a 19-year-old man, Dan Scocdopole, was seriously injured. Baier, who was from the small agricultural community of Altario, around 270 km east of Red Deer, was taking agricultural management at the college. Witnesses testified at Leinen’s trial that he had been kicked out of the bar for fighting. Leinen was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 14
years. He was also convicted at trial of aggravated assault on Scocdopole, then 19, and received three and a half years concurrently to his life sentence. He also got a 15-year driving prohibition to start after his release. Leinen, who had more than 40 previous Criminal Code convictions, became the first driver in Canada to be convicted of murder using a vehicle as a weapon. In a two-to-one decision, the Alberta Court of Appeal said that the judge in the original case failed to properly instruct the jury on the legal implications of the panic attack defence in reaching a verdict.
Specifically, the high court said the judge’s instructions did not make it clear an acquittal could be considered if the jury had reasonable doubt as to the “voluntariness” of Leinen’s actions. The defence argued he accelerated into the crowd as a panic response and did not intend to injure or kill anyone. However, in a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court disagreed the original judge had erred. “We are all of the view that the charge to the jury, read as a whole, contained no reversible error in relation to either voluntariness or intent,” says the court. firstname.lastname@example.org
structed on the south site to accommodate the 50 to 70 residents who would be displaced. That plan, which many families say they would still accept as a compromise, was never realized. Many of the north site buildings, built in the 1950s and ’60s, contain asbestos, a factor that could make their demolition very expensive. A 1996 land use development plan for the Michener property suggested that a hotel or conference centre could fit into the north parcel along with residential and commercial development. In 2007, the city proposed a plan, rejected by the province, that would have seen it get 40 acres of north site land for $1 to develop 40 affordable
housing units and other market value residential housing. The plan would have also seen Michener land allocated for an aboriginal housing and cultural centre development and a new curling rink. Another past plan proposed residential development at Michener specifically designed for people with developmental and physical disabilities, as well as seniors. Now, while the city continues to meet with Alberta Infrastructure regarding Michener lands, no formal plans are being drawn up. Mayor Tara Veer said the city is taking its cues from the province and there is little it can do at present. She
declined to comment on any long-term vision for the sites, saying her biggest concern remains the residents who still call Michener home. Whatever eventually does become of the land, two buildings on site are protected as municipal historic resources. The first is the iconic 101-year-old main administration building now occupied by Alberta Health Services. The second is the old Gaetz farmhouse adjacent to the Red Deer Cemetery. ReThink Red Deer has proposed making the latter heritage site into an allseason urban farm. email@example.com
cents for his entire campaign, which earned him 1,974 votes to surpass five candidates. Lasiuta said he estimated the cost of printing 15 pieces of paper at home. Troy Wavrecan spent a big zero on his campaign, which was good for the bottom of the list with 469 votes. The 35 council and mayoral candidates were required by law to disclose the contributions and expenses related to their campaigns by March 1. For a full list go to www.reddeer.ca Other council news: ● Coun. Paul Harris was endorsed as the city’s choice to stand for election for a spot on the Federation of Canadian Municipalities. The endorsement also includes assuming all costs related to his election up to $1,000 and another $14,500 for the meetings and travels associated with the appointment. There was some discussion in chambers about reviewing this price tag at an upcoming Governance and Policy committee meeting. ● Council gave three upcoming mixed martial arts events the green light. Because Red Deer does not have a commission, any promoters wishing to host an event must ask council. In September 2013, the city entered into negotiations with the Edmonton Sports Commission to oversee Red Deer events. City clerk Frieda McDougall told council that negotiations have been moving along and they expect to have a deal in place by the end of the year. firstname.lastname@example.org
isn’t going away any time soon.” The CFIB has calculated that 98 per cent of small firms in Canada send letters as part of their business operations. A recent survey of its members found that 40 per cent send at least 50 pieces of letter mail per month, and 91 per cent consider mail delivery to be important to their businesses. Instead of increasing letter rates, the CFIB wants Canada Post to reduce costs. Specifically, it proposed in an open letter to federal Transport Minister Lisa Raitt that the wages and benefits Canada Post provides to its employees be reduced so they’re “more in line with private sector standards.” It also wants Canada Post to reconsider, or at least phase-in, its price increases and for the Canadian government to remove Canada Post’s monopoly over domestic letter mail by allowing competition into that market. Anick Losier, a spokesperson for Canada Post, said her organization is sensitive to the needs of business and has listened to organizations like the CFIB. It’s structured its rates to favour big users, she said, with those that use postage meters paying 75 cents a letter, and those that process their own letters paying 70 cents and even less. Losier added that those with a VentureOne card, which Canada Post designed for small business customers,
can receive a five per cent discount on stamp purchases for the remainder of 2014. The same applies to meter customers. She said reducing the cost of labour and benefits is part of Canada Post’s action plan. “That’s going to take time.” Losier said Canada Post’s monopoly has already been eroded by Internet services, and that its public mandate requires it to cover its costs from revenues. “While we understand this was a drastic, one-time hike, it was really becoming necessary in order for us to reflect what it costs to bring that letter from coast to coast.” The price of letter delivery in Canada remains reasonable, she said, especially considering the size of the country and the fact Canada Post delivers to 15.3 million addresses. “Regardless of that price, we’re still in the mid-range of G8 countries when you’re talking about stamp prices.” In addition to price increases, the other components of Canada Post’s “action plan” are conversion of home delivery services to community mailbox delivery, the use of more franchised postal outlets in stores, streamlining of operations and reducing labour and pension costs. email@example.com
POSTAGE: Need not going away any time soon Servus Credit Union, for example, mails out millions of items annually, confirmed Wade Bendfeld, the financial institution’s public relations manager. An increase in the associated cost could take a bite out of the money available to Servus’s members through its profit-sharing program, he said. “When it comes time for profit-sharing, we don’t want increased operating costs from something like postage to affect that.” Many Servus members are able to forego monthly paper statements by opting for electronic statements — a service that will be available to Red Deer members as of May 19. But other businesses don’t have easy alternatives to mailed letters, said Dan Kelly, president of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB). “From connecting with customers to invoicing or paying suppliers, the need
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Dev Aggarwal CAPSULE COMMENTS More women are choosing to have prophylactic double mastectomy after a case of breast cancer, but they may be putting themselves at unnecessary risk of complications such as pain, infection and scarring. Apparently, fear of recurrence is driving the trend, however women who do not have a breast cancer gene or a relative with breast cancer and only had cancer in one breast have a less than 1% chance of recurrence. One of the more deadly forms of breast cancer, basal-like tumors, accounts for 10% of all breast cancers and tend to affect younger women and those of African heritage. Now, research is showing that this sub-type shares much in common with ovarian tumours. This information, from the human genome project, may lead to a different treatment strategy and improve the outcomes for these patients. The relief of conquering breast cancer is palpable, but now a new concern has been identified. Breast cancer survivors have a 21% increased risk of developing diabetes after 10 years. It is thought this may be due to risk factors that both conditions share, however, forewarned is forearmed; knowing this information affords the opportunity to make the lifestyle changes necessary to stave off diabetes. More than half of women in their 40s who discover they have breast cancer via screening mammography, had no family history of breast cancer and thus, no reason to be concerned that they were at risk. This underscores the importance of screening mammography as a tool for identifying breast cancer early. Early detection is one of the best predictors of successful treatment. While preventing cancer is one of the holy grails of medicine, early detection is, perhaps, the next best thing. Although the results of screening may not be what you hope for, remember that knowledge is powerful medicine!
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Opportunity up in smoke? WHY ALL THE FUSS OVER MEDICAL MARIJUANA — AND MARIJUANA IN GENERAL? It’s the most amazing thing — the Canadians. Something smells skunky. medical marijuana phenomenon in Meanwhile, municipalities are alCanada. ready scrambling to conTo serve a relatively sider whether they should small number of clientèle/ allow these controversial patients across Canada, legal grow-ops (they don’t about 40,000, Health Canalike to be called that), or da has received about 450 whether they can even preapplications from people vent them from establishwanting to produce the ing once they have a Health product on a large scale. On Canada licence to produce. top of that, about 25 applicaResidents have concerns tions are coming in a week. that legal medicinal pot That’s incredible interproducers will attract the est, considering the number criminal element. of medical pot users is a tiAptly-named Releaf Inc. ny portion of the Canadian recently ran into opposition MARY-ANN population. in the Mountain View CounBARR The number of patients ty, just south of Red Deer expected to use the product County. in one form or another — for Releaf was issued a example smoke it, drink it, 50,000-square-foot building eat it — is expected to eventually grow permit on an agricultural basis withto about only three or four times the out having to go the development percurrent size of Red Deer, to 300,000 to mit route that would have required a 400,000, in about 10 years. This would public hearing. The company can build represent only about one per cent of a facility in a remote rural area, about
eight km northwest of Cremona. Going forward, after public concerns, the county has changed its bylaws so that any other medical marijuana facilities will only be permitted in easily visible and accessible sites. But Releaf will be a go if it meets Health Canada’s approval standards. The Health Canada-approved producers become the middle men, cutting out the little sick guy, who the government intends to force out of growing his own, for cheaper, personal use. Medicinal users do need a doctor’s prescription. Users say the benefits of medicinal pot include, among other things, improving appetite, and alleviating pain and symptoms of illnesses like multiple sclerosis. As of today, only approved Health Canada commercial operators are supposed to be able to produce medical marijuana. But a recent court injunction has allowed those who grow their own to continue to do so while a broader court challenge unfolds.
Health Canada says it is worried that those who grow their own pot might end up with a bad batch that would do further harm to already ill people. It’s a bit like saying don’t grow your own tomatoes, buy them from a commercial producer, it’s safer. Why all this silly foofaraw around medical marijuana? How about this: It would be simpler and smarter to just change the laws, as Colorado and Washington have done, and legalize medicinal and recreational personal use of marijuana. In January, the first month of the legal selling of pot in Colorado, the state received $2 million in taxes. What is the state is going to spend the first $40 million in pot taxes on? What else — building new schools. Medicinal pot in Canada is a “panama red” herring. Mary-Ann Barr is the Advocate’s assistant city editor. She can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 403-314-4332.
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With credit cards, there are no free plane trips Last week, the B.C. Supreme Court certified a class-action lawsuit against Canada’s banks and credit card companies, seeking billions in claims to repay what is called a civil conspiracy on transaction fees charged to merchants. Similar suits in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario and Quebec are being held in abeyance, pending the outcome of the action in B.C., which will probably take years to settle. The B.C. suit was launched in 2011 — a year when credit card companies reported a profit of $18.5 billion, on credit card sales of $267 billion, with about $2 billion rolled GREG over in monthly unpaid balNEIMAN ances at usurious interest rates. The part that’s involved in the lawsuit is about $5 billion a year, which is charged to merchants in transaction fees. The lawsuit alleges a conspiracy to keep fees unreasonably high. When a merchant agrees to accept any credit card, the credit card system says they must agree to accept them all. The banks and the credit card companies mostly charge 1.5 to three per cent of the final value of the sale, to handle the transaction. Some — the ones with generous reward program points — can charge as much as six per cent. Merchants are not allowed to build the cost of fees into the sale price. This is not protection for consumers. Just the opposite. If they were, you could ask for a discount at the cashier for paying cash. Banks and
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card companies don’t want that option to be allowed. They don’t want you to know the true cost of your card. A similar suit against banks and credit card companies in the U.S. was settled last year for $7 billion. It was the largest class action settlement in U.S. history. In the meantime, the value of retail sales in Canada transacted through credit cards is rising. For last January, StatsCan says the total of all sales was $40.67 billion. It’s getting to the point where the cost of buying things is affected more by credit card fees and related charges than the GST everyone loves to complain about. If you’re low income, at least the GST refund provides you with a small cheque every 90 days. If you’re middle-income, the winter vacations you take with your credit card reward plan might actually cost you less if you never used a card and just bought the plane tickets yourself. However, (no surprise) there is actually a benefit to high credit card spenders with lavish rewards programs (business cards, mostly), who pay their total balances every month. Their rewards are (no surprise) subsidized by everyone else — other credit card holders, merchants and even people who have no card at all. Bottom line: there are no free rewards programs, there are no free seats on airplanes. And if the various Canadian lawsuits prove to have traction, consumers could come to a much clearer understanding of the true cost of holding a pocketful of plastic. A study done by the Federal Reserve Bank in Chicago tried to explain that cost to consumers. One of the costs looked at (beyond exorbitant interest
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Canada faces stark choices in dealing with Russia: expert BY THE CANADIAN PRESS OTTAWA — Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird says he hopes Russia has seen the “virtue” of diplomacy to resolve the crisis in Ukraine, while a defence expert warns that Canada should be paying more attention to Russia’s claims in the Arctic. Baird, speaking in Chisinau, Moldova, sounded hopeful about talks between Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in Paris, aimed at diffusing tension in eastern Europe. “We believe that Russia has apparently now seen the virtue of a diplomatic pact and equivalent steps in positive action,” Baird said at a joint news conference with Moldova’s foreign minister. “Frankly speaking, the actions of the Russian Federation will speak more loudly than its words.” He again called on Moscow to withdraw troops from Crimea and along the borders of eastern Ukraine. Russia laid out a tough set of
conditions for a diplomatic settlement, proposals that would radically alter the way Ukraine is governed and administered by making regions more autonomous. Baird met with a series of senior government ministers in Moldova, a country squeezed between Ukraine and Romania, and assured them Canada strongly believes in the country’s territorial integrity. But defence expert Rob Huebert of the University of Calgary says the Harper government should be paying closer attention to Canada’s own yet-to-bedefined border with Russia in the Arctic. His warning comes after a published report in Moscow last week saying further militarization in the Arctic that would challenge Russia’s pre-eminence in the region is a “red line” that the West dare not cross. Canada and Russia have competing interests in the Far North, especially in resource development. The stakes were raised when Prime Minister Stephen Harper
last year ordered that Ottawa’s presentation to a United Nations panel on boundaries in Arctic be updated to include a claim to the North Pole. Although the two nations — as well as several other Arctic countries — are engaged in an international process, Huebert said Putin’s recent annexation of Crimea in defiance of international law raises the question of whether Russia would respect a border decision that doesn’t go in its favour. “You have an increasingly isolated Russia that has identified the Arctic region as one of their core strategic interests,” said Huebert. “You have to ask the question: If they’ve been kicked out of the G8 and humiliated, are they going to keep playing by the rules of the international community, if they think this is costing them substantial resources?” Putin has made a priority of beefing up Russia’s military presence in the Arctic — something Huebert says many experts have blithely dismissed as posturing for a domestic audience.
Fuddle Duddle Part Deux: Trudeau shrugs off critcism over use of F-bomb THE CANADIAN PRESS AJAX, Ont. — Using the F-word in public earned Justin Trudeau a scolding from his wife, but the Liberal leader said Monday he would not accept criticism from the Harper government, which questioned his judgment. Trudeau dropped the f-bomb over the weekend while speaking at an annual cancer charity boxing match in Gatineau, Que., which he had starred in two years ago. “There is no experience like stepping into this ring and measuring yourself,” he told a cheering crowd at “Fight for the Cure,” on Saturday. “Your name, your fortune, your intelligence, your beauty, none of that (expletive) matters.” Trudeau conceded Monday he may have gotten a little carried away while speaking at the event. “Listen, it was fight night at the casino on Saturday night and I found myself once again in a boxing ring and I guess I let my emotions run a little hot,” he said in Ajax, Ont., after delivering a speech to the local board of trade. “But rest assured I got an awful lot of talking to at home from Sophie and nothing anyone else can add will be worse than that.” When asked if he wished he had chosen another adjective, Trudeau added: “If you had seen the scolding Sophie gave me you would have wished you used
a different adjective as well.” The Conservatives went after Trudeau’s choice of words on Monday, with at least three Tory MPs referencing the matter in the House of Commons. “The Liberal leader clearly lacks the judgment, the decorum and the maturity to be prime minister of this country,” said Costas Menegakis. “It is too bad that his decision to speak candidly resulted in profanity instead of praise for the event organizers.” MP Wladyslaw Lizon added that the Conservatives would “take no lessons from a Liberal leader who is in way over his head.” “No tough choices and no discipline is required when one is the Liberal leader,” he said. “He is more concerned with dropping obscenities at charity events.” Trudeau, however, rejected any suggestion he had displayed behaviour that was unbecoming of a leader and instead rattled off a string of references to issues the Harper government has had to grapple with recently. “It’s interesting that someone who would have had the poor judgement to put Patrick Brazeau or Mike Duffy in the Senate, someone who chose Arthur Porter, Bruce Carson or even botched a Supreme Court nomination process, would be criticizing anyone else for judgment,” he said. Trudeau turned the attacks against him back onto the Tories and Prime Minister Stephen Harper in particular. “I think that behaviour
unbecoming of a future or current prime minister is putting forward an election bill that makes it harder for people to vote,” he said, referring to the Conservative government’s Fair Elections Act, which among other things, would eliminate the practice of vouching at polling stations. “This government has demonstrated time and time again, as Canadians know too well, that it is not doing right by it’s responsibility to serve Canadians.” Trudeau has gotten
into hot water over his choice of words before. In 2011 he called then environment minister Peter Kent a “piece of (excrement)” in the House of Commons, a comment which he later publicly apologized for. His father, former prime minister Pierre Trudeau, also famously faced a barrage of criticism in the early 70s after it was thought he had used the F-word in the House of Commons. He told journalists he had in fact said the words “fuddle duddle.”
Pushback led to the loss of Harper’s key campaign man BY THE CANADIAN PRESS OTTAWA — A rare case of collective pushback from both caucus and grassroots party members forced Prime Minister Stephen Harper to cut loose his handpicked campaign point man. The Conservatives are scrambling to fill the party executive director post vacated Sunday by Dimitri Soudas. He left smack in the middle of candidate nominations for the 2015 election. It’s the latest departure of a key Harper confidant — Harper lost chief of staff Nigel Wright to the Senate spending scandal last May. MPs and rank-and-file Tories were unhappy and uncomfortable with what they saw unfolding around Soudas and his fiancee MP Eve Adams, both of whom inspire strong opinions within the party. There were mounting concerns that Soudas was using his position to help Adams secure a nomination in a newly created suburban Toronto riding, at the same time as the party was promising to show no favouritism to incumbent MPs. The fact that the party’s pre-election strategy was leaked to the Toronto Star following a meeting in February was also a strike against Soudas. Sources say the situation became so uncomfortable that even Harper could no longer stand by Soudas, who worked for the PM, on-and-off, for a decade. Other candidates had been in the mix for the executive director’s job December, but Soudas won the day as Harper’s choice. “The impression was he was getting personally involved in Ms. Adam’s efforts to get the nomination,” said Ontario MP David Tilson. “Particularly in his position, that’s inappropriate.” In one case, Soudas showed up at an Adams fundraiser held by an Oakville, Ont. financial planner, even though his contract specified he steer clear of the nomination fight. A Conservative source also said there was evidence a door-to-door canvass for Adams had been organized from Soudas’s office at party headquarters. The source spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly. The opposition reacted to the Soudas situation with glee in the House of Commons on Monday. “What’s going on with this prime minister’s judgment when yet another insider goes down to the ‘eve’ of destruction?” said NDP ethics critic Charlie Angus. Adams is a controversial figure within the Conservative caucus. Her decision to run in a different riding from the one she won in 2011 left some privately puzzled.
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Mudslide losses reach $10 million DEATH TOLL HITS 24, STATE ASKS FOR MAJOR DISASTER DESIGNATION BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS DARRINGTON, Wash. — Estimated financial losses from the deadly Washington mudslide that has killed at least 24 people have reached $10 million, Gov. Jay Inslee said Monday in a letter asking the federal government for a major disaster declaration. In seeking additional federal help following one of the deadliest landslides in U.S. history, Inslee said about 30 families need assistance with housing, along with personal and household goods. The estimated losses include nearly $7 million in structures and more than $3 million in their contents, Inslee’s letter said.
The Snohomish County medical examiner’s office said Monday afternoon that it has received a total of 24 victims, and 18 of those have been positively identified. Previously, the official death toll was 21, with 15 victims identified. The remains of three additional victims were found Monday, but they have not yet been included in the medical examiner’s official numbers, Snohomish County Executive Director Gary Haakenson told reporters at a Monday evening briefing. The county sheriff’s office released a list Monday evening of 22 people believed missing following the March 22 slide that destroyed a rural mountainside community northeast of Seattle. That’s down from the 30 people offi-
cials previously considered missing. “There’s been an exhaustive effort by the detectives to narrow the list down to one that they feel comfortable releasing,” Haakenson said. “These are 22 people whose loved ones are grieving,” he said. “We want to do all we can to find them and put some closure in place for their families.” He said there could be some overlap between the list of missing and the handful of victims who have not been positively identified by the medical examiner. Steve Harris, a division supervisor for the search effort, said Monday that search teams have been learning more about the force of the slide, helping them better locate victims in a debris
field that is 70 feet deep in places. Harris said search dogs are the primary tool for finding victims, and searchers are finding human remains four to six times per day. Sometimes crews only find partial remains, which makes the identification process harder. Inslee’s request Monday also seeks federal help with funeral expenses, and mental health care programs for survivors, volunteers, community members and first responders. He also is asking for access to disaster housing, disaster grants, disasterrelated unemployment insurance, and crisis counselling programs for those in Snohomish County and for the Stillaguamish, Sauk-Suiattle and Tulalip Indian tribes.
Australian PM pledges to continue Flight 370 search BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS PERTH, Australia — Although it has been slow, difficult and frustrating so far, the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet is nowhere near the point of being scaled back, Australia’s prime minister said. The three-week hunt for Flight 370 has turned up no sign of the Boeing 777, which vanished March 8 with 239 people bound for Beijing from Kuala Lumpur. Ten planes and 11 ships found no sign of the missing plane in the search zone in the southern Indian Ocean, about 1,850 km west of Australia, officials said. The search area has evolved as experts analyzed Flight 370’s limited radar and satellite data, moving from the seas off Vietnam, to the waters west of Malaysia and Indonesia, and then to several areas west of Australia. The search zone is now 254,000 sq. kilometres, about a 2 ½-hour flight from Perth. Malaysia has been criticized for its handling of the search, particularly its communications to the media and the family. In something likely to fuel those concerns, the government changed its account of the final voice transmission from the cockpit. In a statement late Monday, it said the final words received by ground controllers at 1:19 a.m. on March 8 were “Good night Malaysian three-seven-zero.” Earlier the government said the final words were “All right, good night.” The statement didn’t explain or address the discrepancy. The statement also said investigators were still trying to determine whether the pilot or co-pilot spoke the words. Items recovered so far were discovered to be flotsam unrelated to the Malaysian plane. Several orange-colored objects spotted by plane Sunday turned out to be fishing equipment. Those leading the effort remain undaunted, with Prime Minister Tony Abbott saying Monday that officials are “well, well short” of any point where they would scale back the hunt. In fact, he said the intensity and magnitude of operations “is increasing, not decreasing.” “I’m certainly not putting a time limit on it. ... We can keep searching for quite some time to come,” Abbott said at RAAF Pearce, the Perth military base co-ordinating the operation. “We owe it to the families, we owe it to everyone that travels by air. We owe it to the anxious governments of the countries who had people on that aircraft. We owe it to the wider world which has been transfixed by this mystery for three weeks now,” he said. “If this mystery is solvable, we will solve it,” Abbott said. On Monday, former Australian defence chief Angus Houston began his role of heading the new Joint Agency Coordination Center, which will oversee communication with international agencies involved in the search. The centre said Tuesday’s search, using 10 planes and nine ships, would focus on less than half of the search zone, some 120,000 sq. km west of Perth, with poor weather and low visibility forecast. It did not say how far west of Perth the search would be conducted. The centre corrected an earlier statement that said a smaller zone of 64,975 sq. km would be searched on Tuesday. “Yesterday’s search revealed nothing that was seen or found that had any connection to the Malay-
3 more cops charged with murder in Jamaica THE ASSOCIATED PRESS KINGSTON, Jamaica — An investigative commission that probes abuses by Jamaica’s security forces said Monday that three more police officers in a central parish have been charged with murder, bringing the total number of accused law enforcers to four. Some three weeks after Constable Collis “Chuckie” Brown was accused of three counts of murder, the Independent Commission of Investigations announced that three other officers in Clarendon parish had been arrested and charged with alleged unlawful killings. A police association did not return calls seeking comment.
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Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott speaks with Japan’s Self Defence Force Commander Hidetsugu Iwamasa during his visit to RAAF Base Pearce where various forces are based as they search for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, in Bullsbrook, Australia, Monday. Abbott said the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 is “an extraordinarily difficult exercise” but that it will go on as long as possible. sian aircraft,” Houston told Australia’s Seven NetInvestigators are hoping to first find debris floatwork television earlier Tuesday. ing on the surface that will help them calculate “If we can find any debris anywhere, that will en- where the plane went into the water. able the search to be focused much more precisely In Malaysia, several dozen Chinese relatives of and the high technology can then come into play,” he Flight 370 passengers visited a Buddhist temple near added. Kuala Lumpur to pray for their loved ones. They Malaysian offered incense, Prime Minister Naowed their ‘ WE ARE SEARCHING A VAST AREA OF OCEAN bheads jib Razak plans to in silence travel to Perth on and knelt severAND WE ARE WORKING ON QUITE LIMITED Wednesday to see al times during INFORMATION.’ the search operathe prayers. tions firsthand. Buddhist — TONY ABBOTT, AUSTRALIAN PRIME MINISTER Abbott called nuns handed out the operation “an prayer beads to extraordinarily difficult exercise.” them and said: “You are not alone. You have the “We are searching a vast area of ocean and we are whole world’s love, including Malaysia’s.” working on quite limited information,” he said, notThe family members later expressed their appreing that the best brains in the world and all techno- ciation to the Chinese government and the people of logical mastery is being applied to the task. Malaysia and the volunteers who have been assisting The Ocean Shield, an Australian warship carrying them. They bowed in gratitude but said they were a U.S. device that detects “pings” from the plane’s still demanding answers. flight recorders, left Perth on Monday evening for The comments were seen as a small conciliatory the search zone, a three- to four-day trip. gesture after relatives held an angry protest Sunday The Australian Maritime Safety Authority, which at a hotel near Kuala Lumpur, calling on the Malayis co-ordinating the search, said it conducted sea tri- sian government to apologize for what they called als to test the equipment. missteps in handling the disaster.
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Canada not immune to global warming BY BOB WEBER THE CANADIAN PRESS Top scientists say the latest international report on climate change shows that Canadians must wake up to the impact of warming temperatures on land, on water and in communities across the country. They say the Intergovernmental Report on Climate Change, released Sunday in Japan, shows changes are on their way and further delays in responding to them only narrow the options. “We no longer have the option of choosing between miti-
gation and adaptation,” Debra Davidson, a University of Alberta sociologist and lead author on the report, said Monday. “We’re already locked into a global warming scenario in which adaptation will be absolutely necessary if we want a reasonable quality of life,” said Davidson, one of more than 2,000 scientists and expert reviewers from 70 countries who contributed. The report says crop patterns will need to shift. Although some studies predict better growing conditions in more northern latitudes, disruptions to normal rain and snowfall patterns will cause
problems, it suggests. “There’s always been some predictions in some areas that some crops will do better,” said John Smol, a biologist at Queen’s University in Montreal. “But if the drought frequency continues, what’s the economic cost of a 10-year drought?” Some Canadian lakes are already seeing algae blooms increase at rates that can’t be explained by agricultural runoff, he said. Popular fish such as lake trout could be threatened by changing patterns of spring thaw and winter freezeup. Floods, too, will be an issue for Canada, predicted Andrew
Weaver, a British Columbia Green party legislature member, climate modeller and lead author on previous editions of the report. The number and value of insurance claims are already on the rise in Canada, he pointed out. The report warns the entire fresh-water ecosystem of the vast boreal forest that stretches almost across the country is under threat. “Rates of climate change associated with medium- to high-emission scenarios pose high risk of abrupt and irreversible regional-scale change in the composition, structure and function of terrestrial and fresh-water ecosystems,” it
says. “Examples that could lead to substantial impact on climate are the boreal-tundra Arctic system.” Look for other nations to eye Canada’s abundant fresh water with envy, Weaver warned. “If you look at the climate projections, we get a heck of a lot more water and the southern U.S. gets a heck of a lot less. Where we have water, we get more, where they don’t have water, they get less. “There are issues of water transportation that are going to raise their head in the near future whether we like it or not.”
Measles outbreak Feds appeal ruling that gives medical marijuana growers a temporary reprieve mostly contained in BY JIM BRONSKILL THE CANADIAN PRESS OTTAWA — The federal government will contest an injunction that allows people to continue to grow medical marijuana while a full legal challenge plays out in the courts. It is the latest salvo in a series of legal actions over how the government administers its medical pot program. Earlier this month, Federal Court Judge Michael Manson ruled that patients currently licensed to grow their own marijuana would be permitted to produce the drug even after new regulations banning the practice take effect Tuesday. The judge granted an application from medical marijuana patients seeking a temporary injunction to preserve the status quo until their constitutional challenge of the new system could be heard. The government said Monday it will ask the Federal Court of Appeal to overturn the injunction. Under the existing federal program, thousands of people have licences to cultivate marijuana for personal use to help ease painful symptoms of conditions such as diabetes and multiple sclerosis. The government says growing marijuana at home poses hazards including mould, fire, toxic chemicals and the threat of home inva-
sion by criminals. It plans to allow only select commercial producers to grow marijuana under “secure and sanitary conditions” for distribution through the mail, in dried form, to medically approved patients. Health Minister Rona Ambrose made it clear in a statement Monday that the only reason her department administers a program is a 14-year-old court ruling that said there must be reasonable access to a legal source of marijuana for medical purposes. “I want to emphasize that marijuana is not an approved drug or medicine in Canada,” Ambrose said. However, the injunction stands for the moment, meaning patients can continue to grow pot — at least until the next ruling. It is unclear when the federal appeal of the injunction will be heard. If the government ultimately fails to overturn Manson’s decision, it will leave the path clear for the patients’ constitutional challenge of the planned new system. As a result, the matter could be tied up in the courts for many months to come. The number of people authorized to possess — and frequently grow — marijuana under the old federal program climbed to 37,000 this year from fewer than 100 in
2001. Several patients permitted to cultivate their own pot — or serve as a designated grower for someone else — argue the planned new system denies ill Canadians a safe, affordable supply of medical marijuana. Some say they can grow at home for pennies a gram, while official suppliers licensed by Health Canada charge anywhere from a discounted price of $3 a gram to as much as $13.50. Denying people the right to produce their own pot would violate their Charter of Rights guarantee of “security of the person,” the patients say. The government rejects the constitutional argument, saying the charter does not ensure the right to produce one’s own medication. Ambrose said she continues to hear concerns from health professional organizations about prescribing marijuana. Health Canada’s statement also said Ambrose has been working with the department in recent months to address concerns about marijuana as a treatment, including the lack of dosage guidelines and appropriate health cautions. Several opponents of the planned federal changes — including lead counsel John Conroy — plan to talk about the case in Ottawa on Tuesday and hold a rally on Parliament Hill.
Globally-known convicted pedophile could face toughest penalties yet for crimes BY TAMSYN BURGMANN THE CANADIAN PRESS PORT COQUITLAM, B.C. — Canadian authorities are making their first real attempt at prosecuting a globally-known convicted pedophile under rarely used child-sex tourism laws. Christopher Neil was the subject of Interpol’s largest international manhunt at the time of his arrest in 2007 and ultimately imprisoned for five years in Thailand. Until now he hasn’t face charges in Canada for several allegations in connection to crimes overseas. The British Columbia man briefly made a first appearance in provincial court Monday to face five charges stemming from accusations of sex offences involving children in Cambodia in 2003. He’s also accused of child pornography-related crimes in B.C., resulting in five additional charges. The charges based on investigations abroad are significant, Neil’s lawyer said outside court. “From a legal standpoint, Crown was telling me today there’s only been three or four other charges of this kind in all of Canada,” said Mark Thompson. “I suspect he’ll plead not guilty.” Wearing a black, short-sleeve shirt and jeans, Neil strode into the prisoner’s enclosure in Port Coquitlam provincial court before lawyers requested a bail hearing be set for April 10. The less than two minute appearance was sedate compared to the flurry that ensued when police pa-
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raded him past media in Thailand in 2007. Neil’s image became ubiquitous on major TV news networks owing to a flashy graphic released by computer experts unravelling a distorted picture of his face, leading to him being dubbed “Swirl Face.” In September 2012, he was returned to Canada after being released early from a nine year sentence for sexually assaulting two boys. The subject matter of the new charges was not covered in the case prosecuted in Thailand, said Neil MacKenzie, spokesman for B.C.’s Criminal Justice Branch. He said it’s possible Neil could be punished much more harshly if convicted here in his home country. Each of the five Cambodia-linked charges — two each of sexual touching and invitation to sexual touching, as well as production of child pornography — carry a 10 year maximum sentence. After being shunted back to Canada, Neil was placed on strict conditions based on his convictions.
B.C., but U.S. visitor contracted disease BY THE CANADIAN PRESS
VICTORIA — The largest measles outbreak ever recorded in British Columbia at 320 confirmed cases has been mostly contained to the eastern Fraser Valley, the government says. The outbreak that is now into its fourth week is expected to continue for about another two weeks in the communities of Abbotsford, Mission, Chilliwack, Agassiz, Harrison Hot Springs and Hope. On Monday, Health Minister Terry Lake credited the leadership of Dr. Paul Van Buynder and the health-care providers at Fraser Health for halting the spread of the disease that spread from an unimmunized religious group. The health authority has been working with schools, community groups and churches since the outbreak was declared on March 8 and has set up immunization clinics in public health and doctors’ offices. However, the Whatcom County Health Department, just south of the Fraser Valley in Washington State, said Sunday that a resident contracted the disease while visiting B.C. and the patient is isolated at home. Two weeks ago, the health authority confirmed that a student at the B.C. Institute of Technology in Burnaby was infected with measles, which is spread through droplets in the air formed when someone coughs or sneezes. Dr. Lisa Mu, a medical health officer with Fraser Health, said 228 cases of measles were confirmed last week and that the number of new cases represent suspected cases, which have now been positively identified. “It’s the largest measles outbreak that B.C. has seen,” she said, adding most of the cases involve children and that two of them have been hospitalized. Mu said the outbreak began among a religious group called the Netherlands Reformed Congregation and that the Whatcom County resident is part of the same religion. “My understanding is that this community feels that natural immunity is what God has intended and that vaccinations would interfere with that. We respect their beliefs, absolutely, but we still urge all others to get vaccinated and to get up to date on the vaccine in order to get protection against the virus.” Many people from the religious group have chosen to be vaccinated at clinics set up to increase vaccination rates, Mu said. People born after 1970 are urged to get vaccinated because they would not have natural immunity to the measles virus. Two doses of the vaccine are given to children — one at 12 months and the other at about age five, before they enter school. Mu said the containment of measles to the religious community and the increased rate of vaccination is shielding the community at large. Initial symptoms of measles include fever, runny nose, drowsiness, irritability and red eyes. The disease can lead to complications including ear infections, diarrhea, pneumonia and encephalitis. Measles cases have also been detected in Manitoba, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Ontario.
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Economy shows signs of heating up REBOUNDS SHARPLY AFTER DECEMBER’S WEATHER SHOCK BY THE CANADIAN PRESS OTTAWA — Canada’s economy rebounded sharply in January, proving the previous month’s anxiety-inducing collapse was really all about the weather. The country’s gross domestic product advanced a surprisingly robust 0.5 per cent in the first month of the year — exactly reversing December’s setback. And workers got more good news Monday as Statistics Canada reported average weekly earnings of non-farm payroll employees rose three per cent — well above inflation — to
$925 in January, although the month-to-month figure was flat. Markets responded well to the news of the GDP bounceback. Although analysts had pointed to the unusually harsh December for that month’s retreat, the theory still needed to be backed by data and January’s surge suggested nothing fundamentally negative had occurred at year’s end. The Canadian dollar, a barometer of market opinion, rose almost half a cent to 90.77 cents US on the news, although it had lost some of those gains by midday. RBC assistance chief economist Paul Ferley said the De-
cember loss will still weigh on first quarter growth, because the baseline starting point is lower, but growth would pick up starting in the spring. “As the weather-related weakness drops out of the quarterly numbers, secondquarter 2014 growth is expected to rebound to 3.2 per cent,” he said. “A strengthening U.S. economy and the weaker Canadian dollar are projected to keep growth close to this pace during the second half of this year.” For the first quarter, economists said growth should be restricted to about 1.5 per cent. As for the Bank of Canada,
the above expectation number for January, along with brighter inflation readings of the past few months, seem to have “erased Governor (Stephen) Poloz’s dovish remarks of earlier this month from investors’ memory,” said Jimmy Jean, an analyst with Desjardins Capital Markets. The Bank of Canada believes the non-inflationary potential growth rate of the economy is around two per cent, which means a couple of years of above-average growth will be needed to close the output gap and return the economy to full capacity. The Statistics Canada report was as encouraging in the
details as it was in the headline, analysts noted. Goods production grew a strong one per cent, monthover-month, while manufacturing rebounded by two per cent and the resource sector by 1.2 per cent. Construction also had a good month, rising 0.7 per cent, but remains flat over the past year. Services were less bouncy, as retail trade’s 1.3 per cent advance failed to make up for December’s 2.3 per cent fall, and wholesaling also only retraced part of the previous month’s losses. Service industries combined rose a tepid 0.3 per cent.
Alberta eases road bans to help get grain moving The province is trying to ease the burden for farmers sitting on bins full of grain. It’s allowing them to haul grain from storage to elevators on provincial highways that are subject to road bans. Permits to do so can be obtained at no cost, with grain trucks allowed to travel at 100 per cent axle weight on banned roads — provided no damage occurs on those roads. “Relaxing road ban limits at a time when our farmers need some flexibility is the right thing to do,” said Alberta Transportation Minister Wayne Drysdale. The special permits will remain in effect until June 30, during which time Alberta Transportation staff will monitor road conditions and suggest alternate routes if deemed necessary. Applications for road ban exemptions can be obtained by contacting Alberta Transportation’s central permit office at 1-800-662-7138. In the case of municipal roads, farmers should contact the municipality directly. Road bans, which are generally implemented in Southern Alberta first and move north as temperatures increase, are put into place to protect roadway structures when they are at their weakest. Oiled roads and those that have not received final paving are the most vulnerable to damage.
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B.C. Premier Christy Clark speaks to reporters in the Foyer of the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Monday, March 31, 2014.
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Travel Alberta Road Show coming to Red Deer on April 11 Travel Alberta’s 2014 Road Show will hit Red Deer on April 11. The annual event will this year feature information about Alberta’s new tourism framework, provide an update on Travel Alberta’s business and marketing strategy, and describe tourism-related programs. Officials from Travel Alberta, Alberta Tourism, Parks and Recreation, and the local Destination Marketing Organization will be on hand, with these individuals to participate in round table sessions with other attendees. The Travel Alberta Road Show will stop in 14 communities between April 3 to 15. There is no charge to attend the half-day sessions but pre-registration is required. Additional information about the Red Deer event will be released closer to its date. Alberta’s tourism industry is valued at $7.8 billion, with Travel Alberta seeking to grow this to $10.3 billion by 2020.
Employee group bringing in motivation, leadership expert The Rocky Employee Attraction & Retention Network (EARN) Committee is bringing in an expert on employee motivation and leadership for its April 8 breakfast meeting. Kevin Burns, who is a safety consultant, speaker and author of multiple books, will discuss 10 strategies for building a leadership attitude. The meeting, which will start at 7 a.m. and continue until 10 a.m. will take place at the Lou Soppit Community Centre. Cost is $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Registrations can be completed by calling 403845-4544 or emailing rockyEARN@gmail.com.
Company fined over workplace fatality A former Red Deer-based oilfield services company has been fined $18,200 in connection with a workplace fatality 4 ½ years ago. Saskatchewan Labour Relations and Workplace Safety confirmed that Iroc Energy Services Corp., operating as Eagle Well Servicing, pleaded guilty in Regina provincial court on March 18 to two charges related to the Dec. 14, 2009 death of a worker near Kisbey, Sask. The man, who was not identified, was crushed beneath a drilling platform. The charges, laid under Saskatchewan’s Occupational Health and Safety Act regulations, related to failing to ensure a guy line was installed properly on a derrick and failing to ensure a tour book for the rig was reviewed and signed by its supervisor each day. Three other charges against the company were stayed. Iroc, which had its operational headquarters in Red Deer at the time of the fatality, was acquired by Western Energy Services Corp. of Calgary a year ago.
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AS ENERGY EXPORTER WITH LNG TO ASIA BY THE CANADIAN PRESS OTTAWA — Premier Christy Clark is projecting British Columbia will rival energy giant Alberta in terms of “contribution to Canada” once the province starts exporting liquefied natural gas to Asia. Clark was preaching the gospel of natural gas exports Monday in Ottawa with a large delegation that included about two dozen energy industry business people and three First Nations leaders. “We have a chance in British Columbia to do as much or more for the country as Alberta has done,” Clark said of her province’s energy export potential. “We should all be very proud of what Alberta’s contributed to Canada. “We have our chance in B.C. now to make a similar sized contribution to Confederation, and we want to do it.” However, no final investment deals have been signed and Clark could not predict whether any will be completed this year. The latest B.C. budget didn’t project revenues from liquefied natural gas for the next three years.
Greg Rickford, the federal natural resources minister, told the House of Commons the Conservative government approved four long-term LNG export licences for British Columbia last week. “The growing demand for natural gas makes Asia an ideal place for diversifying our energy markets,” Rickford told the House as Clark watched from the visitor’s gallery. “Estimates suggest that the natural gas sector could create 54,000 jobs per year between 2012 and 2035 in British Columbia.” The B.C. government used the Ottawa visit to sign accords with the federal government on skills training and immigration — preparation, says Clark, for a potentially inflationary labour shortage in her province. The premier is predicting B.C.’s liquefied natural gas industry will soon be competing for workers with Alberta’s oilpatch and Saskatchewan’s potash industry. “What we want to do is come up with a national strategy — particularly for British Columbia, but for all of the country — that will mean we don’t experience the wage inflation that we are likely to see if we don’t address these (labour) issues,” Clark told a news confer-
ence on Parliament Hill. “And we can’t build an industry in our province or in this country if we see wages, if we see huge wage inflation.” A big increase in the number of temporary foreign workers permitted into Canada has raised concerns that employers are using cheap foreign labour to undermine Canadian wages. By the end of 2012, the number of temporary workers was estimated to have doubled in seven years to about 340,000. Most of the growth followed the 2008-09 recession, when unemployment was still running high in Canada. That sparked a public backlash to which the Harper government responded in its latest budget by tightening up the temporary foreign worker program it had previously loosened. “When it comes to jobs in (oil and gas) or any other sector, local Canadians come first with an emphasis on under-represented groups in the workforce like Canadian youth and aboriginals,” Employment Minister Jason Kenney said Monday. “Other Canadians come second and will hopefully increase labour mobility across the country.”
CRTC rejects request from telemarketers to ease rules for robocalling THE CANADIAN PRESS OTTAWA — The country’s communications regulator is hanging up on telemarketers. The Canadian Radiotelevision and Telecommunications Commission says it will maintain the rules that prevent automated calling devices
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from contacting people who don’t want the calls. The Canadian Marketing Association had wanted the rules eased so businesses with existing customer relationships could make automated calls to people without having their express consent. But the CRTC says the existing rules, designed
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OF LOCAL INTEREST Diversified and Industrials Agrium Inc. . . . . . . . . . . 107.73 ATCO Ltd.. . . . . . . . . . . . 53.11 BCE Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47.62 BlackBerry . . . . . . . . . . . . 8.95 Bombardier . . . . . . . . . . . . 4.11 Brookfield . . . . . . . . . . . . . . NA Cdn. National Railway . . 62.11 Cdn. Pacific Railway. . . 165.65 Cdn. Utilities . . . . . . . . . . 41.13 Capital Power Corp . . . . 25.72 Cervus Equipment Corp 22.33 Dow Chemical . . . . . . . . 48.59 Enbridge Inc. . . . . . . . . . 50.21 Finning Intl. Inc. . . . . . . . 31.30 Fortis Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . 31.52 General Motors Co. . . . . 34.42 Parkland Fuel Corp. . . . . 21.36 Sirius XM . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8.65 SNC Lavalin Group. . . . . 38.34 Stantec Inc. . . . . . . . . . . 67.57 Telus Corp. . . . . . . . . . . . 39.63 Transalta Corp.. . . . . . . . 12.84 Transcanada. . . . . . . . . . 45.52 Consumer Canadian Tire . . . . . . . . 104.23 Gamehost . . . . . . . . . . . . 14.28 Leon’s Furniture . . . . . . . 15.73 Loblaw Ltd. . . . . . . . . . . . 46.90 Maple Leaf Foods. . . . . . 17.61 MARKETS CLOSE TORONTO — The Toronto stock market ended higher on Monday as new data about the Canadian economy and comments from the U.S. Federal Reserve gave investors reason to cheer. The S&P/TSX composite index gained 74.59 points to close at 14,335.31. The Canadian dollar was at 90.46 cents US, rising 0.04 of a cent, after Statistics Canada reported the economy grew more than expected in January. Gross domestic product rose by 0.5 per cent, ahead of the forecast of 0.3 per cent growth. Economists had expected the economy to rebound after declining 0.5 per cent in December, when bad weather affected much of the country. Gareth Watson, vice-president of investment management and research at Richardson GMP Ltd., said he wouldn’t use the GDP figures as a barometer for good things to come. The loonie has tumbled more than 5.5 per cent so far this year. In the United States, investors anxious that the Fed might raise short-term rates starting in mid-2015 were given a clearer road map for the coming months. On Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrials added 134.60 points to 16,457.66, the Nasdaq lifted 43.23 points to 4,198.99 and the S&P 500 index rose 14.72 points to 1,872.34. In commodities, the May crude oil contract fell nine cents to settle at $101.58, with the TSX energy sector 0.7 per cent higher. Gold stocks were the biggest decliner as June bullion fell $10.50 to end the day at US$1,283.80 an ounce. May copper slipped 1.5 cents to US$3.03 a pound. Nordion Inc. (TSX:NDN) was one of the most heavily traded company on the TSX following a friendly US$727-million takeover offer for the health sciences company on Friday. The stock was up 10.6 per cent or $1.22 at C$12.74 with 5.8 million shares exchanged. In corporate developments, Encana Corp. (TSX:ECA) has agreed to sell certain natural gas properties in Wyoming for about US$1.8 billion
Rona Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . 11.29 Shoppers . . . . . . . . . . . . 60.83 Tim Hortons . . . . . . . . . . 61.14 Wal-Mart . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76.43 WestJet Airlines . . . . . . . 24.65 Mining Barrick Gold . . . . . . . . . . 19.68 Cameco Corp. . . . . . . . . 25.31 First Quantum Minerals . 20.43 Goldcorp Inc. . . . . . . . . . 26.97 Hudbay Minerals. . . . . . . . 8.63 Kinross Gold Corp. . . . . . . 4.57 Potash Corp.. . . . . . . . . . 39.99 Sherritt Intl. . . . . . . . . . . . . 3.86 Teck Resources . . . . . . . 23.66 Energy Aeroflex . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8.31 Badger Daylighting Ltd. . 41.55 Baker Hughes. . . . . . . . . 65.02 Bonavista . . . . . . . . . . . . 16.17 Bonterra Energy . . . . . . . 53.56 Cdn. Nat. Res. . . . . . . . . 42.37 Cdn. Oil Sands Ltd. . . . . . 23.9 Canyon Services Group. 13.69 Cenovous Energy Inc. . . 31.97 CWC Well Services . . . . 0.990 Encana Corp. . . . . . . . . . 23.61 Essential Energy. . . . . . . . 2.73 Exxon Mobil . . . . . . . . . . 97.68 to an affiliate of TPG Capital. Encana shares lost nine cents to $23.61. Telus shares (TSX:T) dropped 72 cents to $39.63 after the company announced Darren Entwistle would be stepping aside as president and CEO of one of Canada’s largest telecommunications companies. He’ll be replaced by Telus veteran executive Joe Natale effective May 8, when the company has its shareholders meeting. In the technology sector, BlackBerry (TSX:BB) shares pulled back nearly four per cent following its fourth-quarter and year-end results on Friday which showed there’s still much work ahead in CEO John Chen’s effort to rescue the operations. Its stock closed down 36 cents to $8.95. Canadian autoparts manufacturer Martinrea International Inc. (TSX:MRE) is looking for a new president and chief executive officer to replace Nick Orlando, who will remain in the position for now. The announcement came as Martinrea reported financial results for the year and fourth quarter ended Dec. 31 and said a special committee of its board has concluded its review of earlier public disclosures and determined there’s no need to change earlier statements. Shares of Martinrea were up $1.20 or 13.7 per cent to $9.97. In the United States, Johnson & Johnson shares rose one per cent after the company accepted an offer of about $4 billion from the private equity firm Carlyle Group to buy its Ortho-Clinical Diagnostics business. MARKET HIGHLIGHTS TORONTO — Highlights at the close of Monday at world financial market trading. Stocks: S&P/TSX Composite Index — 14,335.31, up 74.59 points TSX Venture Exchange — 994.56, up 4.81 points TSX 60 — 820.51, up 3.97 points Dow — 16,457.66, up 134.60 points S&P 500 — 1,872.34, up 14.72 points Nasdaq — 4,198.99, up 43.23
Halliburton Co. . . . . . . . . 58.89 High Arctic . . . . . . . . . . . . 4.36 Husky Energy . . . . . . . . . 33.16 Imperial Oil . . . . . . . . . . . 51.48 Pengrowth Energy . . . . . . 6.69 Penn West Energy . . . . . . 9.24 Pinecrest Energy Inc. . . . 0.190 Precision Drilling Corp . . 13.24 Suncor Energy . . . . . . . . 38.61 Talisman Energy . . . . . . . 11.02 Trican Ltd.. . . . . . . . . . . . 13.99 Trinidad Energy . . . . . . . 11.59 Vermilion Energy . . . . . . 69.05 Financials Bank of Montreal . . . . . . 73.96 Bank of N.S. . . . . . . . . . . 64.03 CIBC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95.25 Cdn. Western . . . . . . . . . 37.21 Carfinco . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10.23 Great West Life. . . . . . . . 30.47 IGM Financial . . . . . . . . . 52.14 Intact Financial Corp. . . . 68.80 Manulife Corp. . . . . . . . . 21.32 National Bank . . . . . . . . . 44.30 Rifco Inc.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5.05 Royal Bank . . . . . . . . . . . 72.89 Sun Life Fin. Inc.. . . . . . . 38.28 TD Bank . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51.83
points Currencies at close: Cdn — 90.46 cents US, up 0.04 of a cent Pound — C$1.8430, up 0.22 of a cent Euro — C$1.5230, up 0.17 of a cent Euro — US$1.3777, up 0.22 of a cent Oil futures: US$101.58 per barrel, down nine cents (May contract) Gold futures: US$1,283.80 per oz., down $10.50 (June contract) Canadian Fine Silver Handy and Harman: $22.653 oz., down 1.9 cents $728.29 kg, down 61 cents TSX VENTURE EXCHANGE TORONTO — The TSX Venture Exchange closed on Monday at 994.56, up 4.81 points. The volume at 4:20 p.m. ET was 165.79 million shares. ICE FUTURES CANADA WINNIPEG — ICE Futures Canada closing prices: Canola: May ’14 $2.20 lower $451.30; July ’14 $2.10 lower $461.00; Nov. ’14 $2.20 lower $476.50; Jan ’15 $2.40 lower $483.80; March ’15 $2.80 lower $490.70; May ’15 $3.00 lower $497.50; July ’15 $3.00 lower $502.20; Nov ’15 $3.00 lower $492.20; Jan. ’16 $3.00 lower $483.70; March ’16 $3.00 lower $483.70. Barley (Western): May ’14 unchanged $130.50; July ’14 unchanged $128.50; Oct. ’14 unchanged $128.50; Dec. ’14 unchanged $128.50; March ’15 unchanged $128.50; May ’15 unchanged $128.50; July ’15 unchanged $128.50; Oct. ’15 unchanged $128.50; Dec. ’15 unchanged $128.50; March ’16 unchanged $128.50; May ’16 unchanged $128.50. Monday’s estimated volume of trade: 405,060 tonnes of canola; 0 tonnes of barley (Western Barley) Total: 405,060.
Telus CEO steps aside in day-to-day running of company BY THE CANADIAN PRESS Darren Entwistle is stepping down as chief executive of Telus Corp, but his influence in running the company he built from a regional telephone service into a $25-billion national wireless player will remain. After 14 years as president and CEO, Entwistle announced Monday that he is taking on the executive chairman’s role at the company he helped grow into one of Canada’s three major telecommunications companies, alongside Rogers (TSX:RCI.B) and Bell (TSX:BCE). Canaccord Genuity analyst Dvai Ghose said Entwistle will remain at the Vancouver-based company for the foreseeable future. “He will continue to be in charge of strategic, operational, financial and executive succession planning,” Ghose said in a research note. This will help ease chief commercial officer Joe Natale into the CEO role and shareholders will benefit from Entwistle’s experience, Ghose said. “Entwistle remained very involved with Telus leadership and the buck will still stop with him.” McGill University professor Karl Moore said most CEOs leave after six to 10 years and don’t stick around as long as Entwistle. “It may be a little long, but I wouldn’t be too critical of it because of the kind of change he has brought to Telus in the time that he has been there and been in charge,” he said. Entwistle will now have more time for “big strategy issues” while the new CEO runs the company, said Moore, associate professor at McGill’s Desautels Faculty of Management. “That’s certainly important for the telecommunications industry that Telus is in. He knows the company better than anyone, including the new CEO.” Analyst Iain Grant, a long-time observer of Canada’s telecommunications industry, said Entwistle saw years ago that wireless communications would be profitable. “Darren recognized that the old ways were not tenable,” said Grant, managing director of the SeaBoard Group in Montreal.
Entwistle started his career at Bell, where his father worked, and went on to be president of U.K.-based Cable & Wireless Communications before he returned to lead Telus (TSX:T) at age 37. He helped transform Telus by shelling out what was then considered a staggering $6.6 billion to buy Clearnet Communications, an early cellphone service provider, in 2000, just after he became CEO. “People were shaking their heads and saying, ‘Oh this will never work and Darren must have been smoking something,”’ said Grant. “In fact, he has turned out to be prescient. That was probably the biggest single move in the telecommunications industry at the time.” Telus said 82 per cent of its revenues now come from wireless and data, Telus said, adding its overall revenues are up 90 per cent at $11.4 billion since 2000 under Entwistle. Entwistle, 51, will be replaced by Natale on May 8, when the company holds its shareholder meeting in Vancouver. He takes the position of executive chairman of the Telus board, following the retirement of chairman Brian Canfield, who has spent 58 years with Telus and its predecessor company B.C. Tel. Natale joined Telus in 2003 as an executive vice-president and is expected to remain in Toronto. Unlike its major competitors, Telus hasn’t pursued a strategy of buying TV, radio stations or sports teams to use as content for the mobile phones and tablets it sells. Instead, Telus identified electronic health services a number of years ago as an area of growth to offset declines in some of its older telecom services. Analyst Eamon Hoey said there’s little to criticize about Entwistle’s time as chief executive, but noted he could have gone a bit harder after competitor Bell. Entwistle made a bid for Bell in 2007 when the company was up for grabs, but Telus dropped out because it didn’t like the bidding process. A year later, the two agreed to build a faster, national wireless network together.
CN delivers 5,100 cars but draws rebuke from grain elevator companies BY THE CANADIAN PRESS MONTREAL — Canadian National Railway says it is making progress to meet the government’s target of increased grain shipments, but the railway drew a rebuke from Western Canadian grain elevator companies after calling on them to “step up” their own performances. “The fact that CN is making this comment is just an attempt to deflect attention from the real issue,” said Wade Sobkowich, executive director of the Western Grain Elevator Association. He said the main problems are getting enough cars from the railways at scheduled times and meeting contracts with customers in all four of the country’s four grain delivery corridors — Western Canada, Thunder Bay, the United States and Eastern Canada, not just the main West Coast and the Great Lakes terminal in Ontario. “It doesn’t make sense that they’re asking us to do a better job when we’re already performing,” he said in an interview. CN argues the grain must be moved to the most efficient and fastest transit-time corridors to free up space for farmers to deliver grain to Prairie elevators and ensure they receive the cash they are owned by grain elevator companies as soon as possible. It finds it “disconcerting” that the elevator association has said the railways want to move too many grain loads to the two main export centres, yet the West Coast is where there are
many vessels waiting to be loaded and the shipping season at the Thunder Bay port is about to open. “Having wrongly singled-out railways and unrealistically called for a near-doubling of rail car capacity since last fall, it is now time for grain elevators companies to step up to the capacity they claim to have, and do so in the corridors that will benefit Canadian farmers the most,” Mongeau said in a news release Monday. The country’s largest railway (TSX:CNR) said it provided 5,102 hopper cars for loading last week, the most in its history at this point of the season. It marked the fourth week in a row the railway has delivered more than 4,000 cars. The average of 4,550 cars per week is 21 per cent greater than CN’s average March performance for the last decade. Calgary-based Canadian Pacific (TSX:CP) said it is not disclosing the weekly grain car numbers it has been reporting to federal officials. However, CP spokesman Ed Greenberg also said the results “show the railway is continuing to move record amounts of grain.” The federal government passed an order-in-council on March 7 that imposes a daily fines of up to $100,000 on CN and rival CP should they fail to double the volume of grain shipments. Both CP and CN have blamed abnormally cold weather for much of the slowdown in shipments. For safety reasons, the railways reduced the number of cars their locomotives pull in winter to 70 per cent of what they move during warmer months.
Minimum wage rising to $10.20 an hour in Sask. THE CANADIAN PRESS REGINA — Minimum wage earners in Saskatchewan will be pocketing more money this year. The provincial government says the minimum wage is going up to $10.20 an hour from $10 starting in October. Labour Relations Minister Don Morgan says increasing the minimum wage will give minimum wage earners more disposable income and improve their standard of living. “We think in the range of 10,000 to 12,000 (people) will be at minimum wage and about another 10,000 will be close enough to minimum wage that they would have the effect of a bump-up,” Morgan said Monday at the legislature in Regina. The government also says it will introduce regulations in the next few weeks to provide for regular indexing
of the minimum wage each year. The formula will be based on the equal weighting of the percentage changes in the Consumer Price Index and average hourly wage for the previous year. Morgan says he expects that means the minimum wage increase will be slightly higher than inflation. He also says indexing the minimum wage will provide security for minimum wage earners and predictability for business owners. The increase puts Saskatchewan in about the middle of the pack for minimum wages in Canada. Nunavut has the highest minimum wage in Canada at $11 an hour, followed closely by Yukon at $10.54, according to the Retail Council of Canada. The Ontario government has said it will increase the minimum wage to $11 an hour from $10.25 on June 1.
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Risk of brain trauma highest in MMA STUDY SAYS RISKS HIGHER THAN OTHER MARTIAL ARTS INCLUDING BOXING BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ALBANY, N.Y. — About one-third of professional mixed martial arts matches end in knockout or technical knockout, indicating a higher incidence of brain trauma than boxing or other martial arts, according to a new study in the American Journal of Sports Medicine. University of Toronto researchers examined records and videos from 844 Ultimate Fighting Championship bouts from 2006 to 2012 for the study published this month. They found that 108 matches or nearly 13 per cent ended in knockouts. Another 179 matches, or 21 per cent, ended in technical knockouts, usually after a combatant was hit in the head five to 10 times in the last 10 seconds before the fight was stopped. “We’re taking the premise with this that what you see on TV is one thing, but to kind of add scientific rigour to document it objectively,” said Michael Hutchison, co-author and director of the concussion program at the university’s MacIntosh Sports Medicine Clinic. With the technical knockouts, or TKOs, they reviewed videos and found “an increasing number of repetitive strikes to the head” during the last 30 seconds of a match, he said. Professional mixed martial arts includes elements of wrestling, judo, boxing and kickboxing inside an enclosure with fighters wearing small, fingerless gloves and no headgear. Officials from UFC, the sport’s major brand, seeking approval to stage bouts in New York have argued that mixed martial arts has evolved over 20 years with many safety regulations
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Johny Hendricks blocks a punch from Robbie Lawler during a UFC 171 mixed martial arts welterweight title bout, in Dallas. Hendricks won by decision. to protect fighters, including mandatory suspensions after concussions. They say it’s safer than boxing, where fighters tend to take repeated blows from padded gloves, with no history of deaths or traumatic brain injuries sustained in the ring. Lawrence Epstein, chief operating officer of UFC, called the Toronto study “somewhat flawed” and said a forthcoming study by researchers who have enrolled nearly 400 active and
retired fighters will provide better insight. “By partnering with the Cleveland Clinic, one of the world’s leading medical research institutions, on advanced studies aimed at not only preventing long-term brain injuries, but also identifying those predisposed to them, the UFC demonstrates true commitment to the safety of all professional athletes,” Epstein said. Preliminary results from the Cleve-
land studies found athletes with higher exposure to head trauma — based on a formula including number of fights, years fighting and fights per year — were likelier to score lower on cognitive testing. Researchers conducting the free, ongoing assessments of fighters’ brain health are examining factors like genetics, lifestyle or head trauma exposure and susceptibility to injury. The Toronto researchers, who examined UFC matches, found the time from a knockout blow — often a punch to the jaw — until matches were stopped averaged 3.5 seconds with losers on average getting hit 2.6 more times to the head. With TKOs, they found that in the last 30 seconds before a match was stopped the loser was hit on average 18.5 times, 92 per cent of those to the head. Hutchison acknowledged that unlike the knockouts, which meet the criteria for brain concussions, they can’t definitively identify the particular injury from a TKO. Professional rules say that happens when a referee stops a fight because one competitor can no longer defend himself. “We can accurately suggest ... this can’t be good for their health,” he said. Citing data from other research, the study said the mixed martial arts head trauma rate also outpaces football and hockey. The researchers proposed introducing rules like in boxing where a fighter gets a 10-second count and evaluated after a knockdown. They also proposed more training to help referees to identify fighters who are defenceless or have lost consciousness so they can stop fights more quickly.
Germaphobe fears visits to the dentist’s chair Dear Annie: As a registered nurse I learned sterile procedure in nursand a patient who has had many dental ing school. If they teach sterile proceprocedures, I cringe every time I get dure to hygienists and dentists, they into a dentist’s chair. don’t seem to be using it in The reason is the overmy dentist’s office. — Nerhead light — the one that vous Patient the hygienist or dentist can Dear Nervous: Relax. The adjust and lower. The hyCenters for Disease Control gienists and dentists wear and Prevention, working gloves, but the gloves prowith the American Dental tect them, not the patient. Association, has developed They put their gloved recommendations that say hands in patients’ mouths all surfaces, including the and then reach up and dental chair, dental light, adjust the light as needinstrument tray, drawer ed, time after time. Their handles and countertops, gloved hands transfer bacshould be cleaned and deMITCHELL teria from a patient’s sacontaminated. Some offices liva (and sometimes blood) may cover this equipment & SUGAR to the light fixture. Then with protective covers, the next patient gets in the which are replaced after chair, and the procedure is each patient. Non-disposrepeated. able items like dental inI don’t see how they can struments are cleaned and avoid transferring harmful bacteria sterilized between patients, while disand viruses from one patient to anoth- posable dental instruments and neeer unless they clean the light fixture dles are tossed along with disposable off between every patient. I hope I’m wear, such as gloves. wrong, but I have never seen or heard It’s quite likely that your dentist is of this being done. doing all of these things before you en-
ter the room, and therefore, you don’t see it. If you have questions about infection control, talk to your dentist or check ADA.org. Dear Annie: A year ago, my husband’s grown daughter announced that she would be getting married this summer. Despite heated conversations, she decided to marry in her current city, saying that having her friends in attendance is more important than having her family there. Her father has always tried to stay involved in her life (to the extent her mother would allow). So you can imagine his shock when he was told that she decided to have her stepfather walk her down the aisle for her big day. This has caused a huge rift in the family, and my husband feels the only way to save face is not to attend. Eager to avoid the expense of traveling and as a show of support, his extended family also decided not to attend. I fear that this may cause a permanent end to the father/daughter relationship. Is there any way for this to be resolved? — Evil Stepmother Dear Stepmom: Did Mom pressure her daughter to have the stepfather
walk her down the aisle? If so, the young woman may have felt obligated to comply, and Mom may be giddy at the thought that her ex-husband won’t be there. It’s also possible that the stepfather helped raise the girl and she wants to honour him. We understand how much this hurts your husband, but we hope he can put aside his pride and be supportive of his daughter on her big day. He should talk directly to her and explain his hurt feelings. We hope she reconsiders. Dear Annie: This is in response to “Uncomfortable,” the daughter-in-law who feels awkward calling her motherin-law “Mom.” I have a wonderful daughter-in-law who calls me “Mil” or Millie. And when I text or phone, I call her Dil. Those are our own personal nicknames, and they work for us. — MIL Annie’s Mailbox is written by Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar, longtime editors of the Ann Landers column. Please email your questions to anniesmailbox@ comcast.net, or write to: Annie’s Mailbox, c/o Creators Syndicate, 737 3rd Street, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254.
remorse in our life, but as long as you know how to identify and acknowledge your mistakes, you will be able to move on. Tuesday, April 1, 2014 CANCER (June 21-July CELEBRITIES BORN 22): Social obligations may ON THIS DAY: Asa Butterbe weighting you down. Tofield, 17; Susan Boyle, 53; day it seems harder to fit in Debbie Reynolds, 82 any group or connect with a THOUGHT OF THE communal circle. Learn to DAY: The Moon makes its adjust yourself to individumonthly visit through loyal als with stronger or more Taurus. Our focus is chanimposing personalities. nelled towards hands-on, LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): practical matters. We apThe volume of your tasks preciate everything that and duties are highly inbrings us comfort to the five creasing. You find it hard senses. Gratitude and satisto keep up with the defaction is searched while mands. Your superiors may tapping into our values. We ASTRO act a bit too testy and ask will be asked to find some DOYNA of you more than you can common ground between deliver. Prioritize and do our personal needs and our your best. Your efforts will responsibilities. be certainly noticed. HAPPY BIRTHDAY: If VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): today is your birthday, this year will mark a change in your financ- Any trips taken now may be work rees and your values. Your finances will lated. There’s an issue or a deal that shift quite a lot and at times, you may has to be clarified. You may also find find yourself caught in a battle where that your beliefs are being tested out you will have to do some reassessment or that your level of knowledge is not of your ultimate needs. As long as you sufficient in a particular field. It’s nevknow where you stand and if you have er too late to master your skills. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): A monetary played your cards right, you will ensituation may give you some grey hairs. dure this aspect quite easily. A credit, a loan or matters related to ARIES (March 21-April
your taxes can be difficult to obtain. There could also be problems pertaining to a legacy. Avoid feeling overly possessive or clingy. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): In a marital relationship, you may find yourself feeling inhibited or misunderstood. Various ambivalent forces are playing against your willpower while testing your association to this union. Trust and reliability can become an issue now. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): There’s more on your plate today than you can actually handle. You feel that there’s not enough time to accomplish all you need within a short time span. Check your health situation. If you are lacking in vitality, it would be wise to take a break. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Romance and passions are dry. Inspira-
tion can be hard to come by today as your self-expression is not at its best today. Don’t let anybody step on you or get in your way of success. Impediments are likely to rebel against your patience. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Your family members may complain that you’re not as present at home as they would like you to be. The truth is that despite your good will, certain responsibilities cannot wait and that your attention is required somewhere else. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): You find it easy to tap into your emotions and understand other people’s intention, but you’re not as comfortable in expressing them. Daydreaming takes you away from the daily routine into a faraway escapade. Astro Doyna is an Internationally Syndicated Astrologer and Columnist.
19): Your budget may seem constrained at this time thus restricting you to some degree. Watch over a spending that you consider necessary and one which you may not need. Your sense of evaluation of core needs may need some alteration at this time. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): It may not be smooth sailing for you when expressing your innermost feelings. There’s a blockage that brings a certain gloomier side in you. Rest assured that this temporary sombre mood will soon fade away. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Don’t wrap up into guilt and fear. It is okay to feel certain feelings of
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BY SHULIE MADNICK ADVOCATE NEWS SERVICES I’m on a mission: to spread the gospel of hot, fragrant rounds of Indian flatbreads. They elevate a meal and take minutes to cook. The ones I grew up eating are not the ones I make today. Whole-wheat flour, especially the more refined Indian durum whole wheat called atta, available at Indian markets, nudges
them in the direction of good-for-you. At the simpler end of the unleavened spectrum, chapatis and rotis — different names for basically same thing — can be brushed with a bit of ghee (clarified butter) or without it, in low-walled, cast-iron skillets called tawas or on griddles. The pleated dough of parathas makes them trickier to form, yet worth it for their flaky layers. Savory herb- or vegetablestuffed parathas are irresistible. A lesson from executive chef Vikram Sunderam of Rasika in D.C.,
who was recently nominated for a James Beard award, taught me to keep the paratha filling as free of moisture as possible, or it will break through the dough during rolling. His mint version is refreshing, and his gobi (cauliflower) paratha could almost be a meal in itself. From Anand Poojary of Woodlands Restaurant in Langley Park, Md., I learned how to make rotis and how to pleat the paratha dough, accordion-like, before winding it into a spiraled disk, then using a rolling pin
Press the stuffed dough between the palms of your hands. Dust it lightly with flour, then use a rolling pin to roll it out to a 6- or 7-inch disk that’s as thin as possible (less than 1/8 inch). Place the disk on the griddle/in the skillet and cook for 3 minutes on each side or until golden brown spots appear. For a crisp paratha, brush with a little oil and cook a bit longer (seconds, not minutes) on both sides. Transfer to a plate and cover the paratha loosely with a clean dish towel to keep it warm. Repeat with the remaining dough; use parchment or wax paper to separate the stacked parathas.
Whole-Wheat Banana Chapatis MAKES: 8 servings PREPARATION: The dough needs to rest for 20 to 30 minutes. INGREDIENTS 1 3/4 cups (8 ounces) plus 3 tablespoons whole-wheat flour, plus more for rolling 1 tablespoon raw sugar 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 2 large bananas 1/4 cup boiling water (see headnote) Melted butter or melted ghee, for brushing STEPS Combine the 8 ounces of flour, the sugar and salt in a mixing bowl. Add the oil; work it into the dry ingredients with your fingertips. If the bananas are not fully ripe, you can grate them using the large-holed side of a box grater; otherwise, mash them with a fork (to yield 1 cup). Add to the bowl, then knead them into the flour mixture. Lightly flour a work surface. Use a wooden spoon to stir in the boiling water; once the water has cooled a bit, use your hands to knead the mixture into a sticky dough. Transfer to the work surface. Work some or all the remaining 3 tablespoons of flour into the dough; knead to create a dough that’s soft and no longer sticky. Cover with a damp cloth to rest for 20 to 30 minutes (at room temperature). Heat a large tawa (Indian skillet) or cast-iron or nonstick skillet over medium heat. Divide the dough into 8 equal parts; roll each into a ball. Cover with the damp cloth. Working with one ball at a time, first coat it in flour, then roll it out on the floured work surface to a round of chapati that’s 7 inches across. Cook a chapati in the skillet or on the grill pan until craterlike bubbles start to form on the dough’s surface. (If bubbles do not appear, your skillet isn’t hot enough.) Once brown spots begin to appear on the bottom, turn over the chapati and cook for 1 to 2 minutes. You can press around the chapati with a slotted stainless-steel spatula to make sure it cooks evenly and make it puff even more. Immediately brush with the melted ghee and place on a plate, then cover loosely with a clean kitchen towel to keep warm. Prep and cook 3 more chapatis, then use a wet paper towel to wipe out the skillet before cooking the remaining chapatis. Each finished chapati should be brushed with ghee right away and loosely stacked under the towel.
Whole-Wheat Rotis MAKES: 12 servings PREPARATION: The dough needs to rest for 20 to 30 minutes. INGREDIENTS 3 cups whole-wheat flour 1 teaspoon kosher salt 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 1 to 1 1/2 cups water Melted butter or melted ghee (clarified butter), for brushing STEPS
to flatten the round. And he shared a tip: Adding mashed or grated banana to whole-wheat roti dough makes it softer and more flavorful. That inspired me to create my own breakfast flatbread, which is even more delicious when topped with caramelized bananas. With practice, my parathas were perfect — as I’m sure yours can be. Start with the basic whole-wheat rotis, and you’ll be hooked.
Mint Tawa Parathas MAKES: 8 servings PREPARATION: The dough needs to rest for 20 to 30 minutes.
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LEFT: Whole-Wheat Banana Chapatis. This is a super-quick and tasty breakfast flatbread, sweetened with just a touch of raw sugar. RIGHT: How the flakiness happens: Once the Mint Tawa Paratha dough has been rolled into rounds, pleated and gathered together, it is curled into a spiral, then rolled out again. Combine the flour, salt and oil in a large, wide mixing bowl. Use your fingertips to form a crumbly mixture. Add 1 cup of the water; knead (in the bowl) for about 10 minutes or until smooth and pliable, sprinkling in some or all of the remaining 1/2 cup of water. Cover with a damp cloth; let the dough rest for 20 to 30 minutes. Heat a large, ungreased cast-iron skillet, nonstick skillet or tawa (Indian skillet) over medium heat. Divide the dough into 12 equal pieces, forming them into balls. Re-cover with a damp cloth. Working with one at a time, use your hands to flatten a ball, then roll it out to a round that’s 6 to 8 inches in diameter. Transfer to the griddle or skillet and cook for 1 minute; a few dark spots should form. Turn it over and cook for 1 minute or as needed. Transfer to a plate; brush with melted butter or ghee and cover loosely with a clean kitchen towel to keep warm. Repeat with the remaining balls of dough.
Gobi (Cauliflower) Parathas MAKES: 8 servings PREPARATION: The dough needs to rest for 30 minutes. The salted cauliflower needs to sit for 30 minutes. INGREDIENTS For the dough 1 pound whole-wheat flour, plus more for dusting 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
2 tablespoons vegetable oil, plus more for optional brushing 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons water For the filling 8 ounces cored cauliflower 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 1 tablespoon finely chopped dill 3/4 tablespoon peeled, finely grated ginger root 1/4 teaspoon minced green chili pepper (jalapeno or serrano) 3/4 teaspoon ground cumin STEPS For the dough: Sift the flour into a large mixing bowl. Add the salt and oil, using your fingers to work those ingredients into the flour. Add the water and continue to blend with your hands to form a dough. Knead for about 10 minutes, then cover with a clean, damp dish towel. Let the dough rest for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, make the filling: Finely chop or grate the cauliflower and place it in a mixing bowl. Add the salt and stir to incorporate. Let the cauliflower sit for 30 minutes. Squeeze as much moisture as possible out of the cauliflower, then stir in the dill, ginger, green chili pepper and cumin until well combined. The filling will be dry. Heat a griddle, tawa (Indian griddle pan), or cast-iron or nonstick skillet over medium heat. Divide the dough into 8 equal portions, shaping them into balls. Flatten each one into a 3- or 4-inch disk. Hold one in your hand; spoon about 2 tablespoons of the filling onto the center. Pull up the edges of the dough to meet at the center, pinching them together at the top (like a dumpling).
INGREDIENTS For the dough 1 pound whole-wheat flour, plus more for dusting (see headnote) 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, plus more for optional brushing 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons water For the paste 4 ounces (packed 2 cups) fresh stemmed mint leaves 1 cup vegetable oil, plus more for brushing 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt STEPS For the dough: Sift the flour into a large mixing bowl. Add the salt and oil, using your fingers to work those ingredients into the flour. Add 1 cup of the water and continue to blend; the mixture will be crumbly. Drizzle in the remaining 2 tablespoons of water as you knead for about 10 minutes, until the dough is smooth and firm. Cover the dough with a clean, damp dish towel to rest for 20 to 30 minutes. For the paste: Combine the mint, the cup of oil and the salt in a food processor; puree to form a pesto-like mixture. Transfer to an airtight container and refrigerate until ready to use. Divide the dough into 8 equal parts, shaping them into balls. Cover with a clean, damp kitchen towel. Lightly dust 1 ball with flour, then use a rolling pan to roll it into a 7- or 8-inch disk. Use the back of a spoon to spread a thin layer of the mint paste on one side of the disk. Then dust the mint paste with a little flour. Pleat/create regular folds in the dough, pushing the left and right sides toward each other (like an accordion). Wrap the pleated dough in a spiral, tucking the last bit underneath. Heat a skillet or a griddle over medium heat. Lightly dust a work surface and the top of the spiraled dough with flour as needed. Use a rolling pin to roll out the spiral to a 6- or 7-inch disk that’s as thin as possible (less than 1/8 inch). Place the disk on the griddle or in the skillet; cook for 2 to 3 minutes on each side or until deeply golden spots appear. For a crisp paratha, brush one side with a little oil and flip over to cook for a bit longer (seconds, not minutes). Transfer the disk to a plate and cover it loosely with a clean dish towel to keep warm. Wipe out the griddle or skillet. Repeat with the remaining dough and mint paste; use parchment or wax paper to separate the stacked parathas.
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BTO lets bygones be bygones with Juno honour POWER GROUP OF 1974 INDUCTED INTO CANADIAN MUSIC HALL OF FAME BY THE CANADIAN PRESS File photo by THE CANADIAN PRESS
Actor Tatiana Maslany poses in Toronto. Richard Dreyfuss has one piece of advice for rising star Maslany: stay out of Hollywood.
Dreyfuss gushes over Canuck co-star Maslany IN ODD-COUPLE ROAD MOVIE CAS & DYLAN to make sure audiences felt like they, too, were on a journey through the Prairies, the Rocky Mountains and Vancouver Island. “I had to give them that entire visceral experience so they felt like they travelled all that way with these characters in that orange Beetle,” says Priestley, noting the film was actually largely shot in northern Ontario and Alberta. “The Prairies ... they’re magical and people who’ve never seen the Prairies or experienced that I wanted to give them that experience. “And the Canadian Rockies are one of the most majestic places on earth and people who’ve never seen the Rockies in the autumn — which is when we were there, luckily enough — I wanted to give people that experience. “But those things take time and take money that we didn’t have so I had to figure out how do to that.” Although the longtime actor has called the shots on various TV movies and series — among them his rude-and-crude HBO Canada comedy Call Me Fitz, his acting breakout Beverly Hills, 90210, the recent reboot 90210 and the Canuck series Saving Hope and Working the Engels — he says feature filmmaking is a different animal en-
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tirely. “You tell stories differently for the big screen,” Priestley says in a call from Los Angeles. “And there are stories you can tell in movies that I think should be told in feature films that wouldn’t work so well on a small screen. And I think this movie is one of those stories.” Priestley says themes surrounding the “limitations of medicine” and euthanasia are incredibly relevant today. And he gushes over securing just the right actors to handle the debate. “Getting Dreyfuss was a huge coup for us,” says Priestley, joking that he “flat-out wore him down” in a fevered pitch to join the film. Since starring in the series, Maslany has been catapulted to “it girl” status on both sides of the border, landing on magazine spreads and various award show red carpets. She’s also drawn the critics’ embrace with a Critics’ Choice Television Award, a Television Critics Association Award and a Golden Globe nomination. Cas & Dylan opens April 4 in Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal before heading to other cities including Ottawa, Calgary, Winnipeg, Halifax and Victoria.
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Randy Bachman holds the Juno as Robbie Bachman videotapes a closeup of the trophy after being inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame at the Juno Awards in Winnipeg, Sunday, March 30, 2014.
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Richard Dreyfuss has one piece of advice for rising star Tatiana Maslany: stay out of Hollywood. The Oscar-winning actor says he was immediately enamoured with the Regina-bred actress when the two worked together on the upcoming Canadian road flick Cas & Dylan. He predicted a steady rise for the acclaimed star of the sci-fi TV serial Orphan Black, who trades barbs with Dreyfuss in the odd-couple dramedy, opening in select theatres this week. But as Maslany makes inroads in show business, the seasoned Dreyfuss suggests she stay away from Los Angeles, which he refers to as “toxic.” “Tatiana’s future is so vivid and she’s so talented that you have a star on your hands now (and) you’re going to have a bigger star,” Dreyfuss says. “The only word I could think of really when I first started (talking about her) was incandescent.” Dreyfuss says Maslany’s star quality was abundantly clear on set. But as greater fame beckons, he suggests she steer clear of spending too much time in Hollywood. “She should stay out of L.A.,” says Dreyfuss, who notes he has little interest himself in working in the epicentre of celebrity. “She can do as much from Canada or New York as people do in any other venue. But L.A. is a very toxic town.” Most of Dreyfuss’s scenes in Cas & Dylan involve playing opposite the 28-year-old Maslany. He stars as Dr. Cas Pepper, a Winnipeg physician dying of cancer who heads west on a cross-country road trip to his waterside retreat. Along the way, Maslany’s spunky Dylan talks her way into hitching a ride, forcing the anti-so-
cial Cas to drop his loner tendencies, at least for the duration of the trip. Dreyfuss says he loved the sweet-natured story, and the way it approaches the controversial issue of euthanasia. “There’s a kind of invisible fragility and invisible depth to the script and to the film,” says Dreyfuss, whose decades-long career is studded with crowdpleasers including Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Down and Out in Beverly Hills and What About Bob? “I really appreciated that and I agreed with what the film was saying, you know, in his case: Of course no one had the right to interfere with his decision because he was going to die anyway. But in the stories about (euthanasia), does anyone have a right to design their own exit? Of course they do. And anyone who interferes with that is a jerk.” The dramedy — which scored the audience award for best narrative feature at the Whistler Film Festival — weaves these weighty matters with lighthearted exchanges between Cas and Dylan, much of it taking place within the confines of a compact Volkswagen Beetle. First-time feature director Jason Priestley says road movies offer their own particular challenges and he strove
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WINNIPEG — The relationship between Bachman-Turner Overdrive’s four core members was once so frosty, the band couldn’t even agree long enough to be inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. Well, that long-awaited honour finally came at Sunday’s Juno Awards in the group’s hometown of Winnipeg after an apparent thawing. Backstage afterwards, the band — whose 1974 lineup of guitar wizard Randy Bachman, powerhouse vocalist Fred Turner, drummer Robin (Robbie) Bachman and guitarist Blair Thornton was officially ushered into the hall — was in a joking mood. Even the Bachman brothers, who had not spoken since their father’s death prior to the gala (according to Randy), were riffing together when asked when the band might reunite next. “The Grey Cup’s here next November, 2015,” Randy offered. “The 80th anniversary of Not Fragile,” Robin chimed in, referring to the band’s landmark 1974 record, before miming creeping along with a walker. “If you want to make an offer, the guy’s right there,” Randy added, motioning offstage to his manager. “Yeah, what are you asking us for?” Robin fired back. The hitmakers behind such hard-chugging cottage classics as You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet and Takin’ Care of Business had other clever one-liners loaded. Their collective relationship had been marred by decades of bickering over who had the rightful claim to the band’s name, and asked when they finally realized they could stand onstage together, Robin replied: “Noon.” Still, they at least made peace long enough to shake hands onstage, and that truce extended to their interviews afterwards. Particularly, Robin and brother Randy seemed to agree about most things on Sunday — including how the centrepiece induction felt. “A lot of stress,” Robin said. “I think I’ve (had) stage fright once, and that was tonight. It’s just a whole different experience really, to have that many people, you’re on a tight timetable, you’re live on TV.” Added Randy: “It’s fun now that it’s over.”
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BANK DONATES TO GROUP The Canadian Western Bank made a corporate donation of more than $6,000 to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Red Deer and District through the Greater Interest GIC Campaign recently. “This donation will have a significant impact on our organization,” said David Murphy, executive director of BBBS of Red Deer. “We greatly value the tremendous support from our local CWB branch and employees and we thank them for sharing in our belief of making a difference in our community.”
AUTHOR TO PROMOTE TRILOGY The author of a trilogy of historical fiction stories on German settlers in Canada in the 1900s is coming to Red Deer next month. Corrine Jeffrey is embarking on a spring book tour promoting the Understanding Ursula Trilogy. The book weaves through generations of family drama, secrets and controversy. Jeffrey will be at the Coles bookstore in Parkland Mall, at 4747 67th St., from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
CORRECTION The email address was incorrectly reported in a story about the Raise the Roof campaign for St. Luke’s Anglican Church, published in the March 25 Advocate. The email address is office@ oldchurchrd.com.
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The shell of the collapsed Sylvan Lake Arena still stands. It is a constant reminder of a tragic end to a building that helped make the town what it is. But on Saturday, community members will finally get the chance to celebrate it and give it a proper send-off as they gather to watch the final announcement for the winner of the Kraft Hockeyville contest. “It just looks so cold, it’s like an open casket, it’s time we took it away,” said Sylvan Lake town councillor and Spirit of Sylvan Hockeyville chairman Graham Parsons. However, Saturday will be no funeral. Win or lose, this will be a fun memorial as they close the chapter on the arena that collapsed in January and build toward a new multiplex. There will be a lot of stories told and memories rehashed of minor hockey and winter sports glory. “It’s almost like she had a life and said ‘I’m going to grow this community together,’ and she did,” said Parsons. Like many longtime residents, Parsons
spent most his winters over the last 40 years to march with the band through downtown tightly tethered to the building. Sylvan Lake to the multiplex; just throw on Sylvan Lake has already earned $100,000 a hockey jersey or get in costume or carry a — along with fellow finalist Kingston, N.S. sign of support. However, if they win the competition — At the multiplex is when the real party voting for will start. the final With live round was music being on March provided 22 to 24 — by West of they will the Fifth, receive the Boom the title C h u c k a of HockBoys and St. eyville and — SPIRIT OF SYLVAN HOCKEYVILLE James’ Gate, get to host CHAIRMAN GRAHAM PARSONS t h e n i g h t an NHL will continexhibition ue to build game. towards the announcement of the winner Tentative plans have Saturday festivities of Hockeyville. Times for these events have starting at 9 a.m. with a pancake breakfast not been finalized. at the Lions Hall with entertainment proCBC will even have satellite trucks onvided by Flashback Freddy. site to capture the scene as NHL commisThere is also a road hockey tournament sioner Gary Bettman reveals this year’s to go with a barbecue set for the Lions Club champion at approximately 4:55 p.m. — a parking lot, and in the afternoon they will review of the competition, with a look at start their parade, led by the Red Deer both finalists, will begin at 4:45 p.m. Royals marching band. The parade is designed for everybody Please see HOCKEYVILLE on Page B2
‘IT’S ALMOST LIKE SHE HAD A LIFE AND SAID ‘I’M GOING TO GROW THIS COMMUNITY TOGETHER,’ AND SHE DID.’
Alberta’s bear whisperer says society has it wrong
SAYS RESEARCH PROVES BEARS AND HUMANS CAN CO-EXIST IN AN ENVIRONMENT OF TRUST VERSUS TERROR BY RENÉE FRANCOEUR ADVOCATE STAFF For 10 years, Charlie Russell lived the majority of his life with the big-pawed, thick-necked kings of the forest. He’s gone fishing side by side with a Kermode bear, run his hands through the hairs of Russian brown bears, one of the world’s largest bear species, and been left in charge of a handful of their cubs. Now the Albertan bear whisperer is coming to Red Deer to share his story and open up a dialogue about the creatures he says society has got all wrong. “We’ve been told they’re unpredictable and they’re dangerous if they lose fear of people. I didn’t think this was true ... to me they have always seemed to be a peace-loving animal,” said Russell, 72, who lives on his family ranch overlooking Waterton Lakes National Park in Southern Alberta. An author, photographer and naturalist, Russell will be speaking in Red Deer on Saturday at Carnival Cinemas about his 50 years of studying grizzly bears and details about the recent return of grizzlies to Southern Alberta after a 125-year absence. He is widely known for his extensive fieldwork in Kamchatka, in Russia’s far east, where he spent 10 summers living in near isolation with only the hundreds of surrounding bears for company. There he later taught local guides how to lead bear-viewing tours and adopted orphaned cubs from
Naturalist Charlie Russell has studied bears for 50 years and says they are largely peaceful animals that should not be feared. zoos slated to be killed, helping them integrate into the wilderness. All the while, he was collecting research to help prove bears and humans can co-exist in an environment of trust versus terror. “The females would bring me their cubs to babysit when they saw me. This was never thought of as a possibility. ... It was amazing; I felt protected,” he said. “To have an adult bear spot you about 400 metres away and recognize you and come running hard straight
at you, not to attack you but to say hello and lay down with you was incredible because here was an animal with all this bad press and yet they can behave this way.” In 1994, when Russell first built his cabin in Russia to begin his research, these bears had very limited contact with people, he said. It allowed him to create a unique culture of trust that is nearly impossible to do in North America.
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Lighter blamed for Riverside Meadows fire A lighter was determined to have caused a house fire on Sunday evening in Riverside Meadows that sent two people to hospital. Red Deer Emergency Services arrived on scene shortly after 7:15 p.m. to heavy smoke and flames coming from the second floor. Four people were inside when the fire broke out. A man and woman escaped without injury. Another two men were taken to Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre with injuries. One of the men was released later Sunday evening. The other is still in hospital recovering from a burn to his hand, said fire investigator Shane Dussault. The family dog died as a result of the blaze, which completely destroyed the upstairs loft where it began. “There was some inappropriate use of a lighter
that caused the fire,” Dussault said. It was also the misuse of that lighter that caused the burn to the one individual’s hand, he added. The smoke alarms in the home were not working. Dussault said the house, worth approximately $120,000, is most likely a write-off. The main floor and basement suffered extensive water damage as well. Emergency Services would like to remind residents that in the event of a fire, a working smoke alarm can save lives. One third of homes that have fires have smoke alarms that don’t work because of dead or missing batteries. Batteries should be changed at least once a year or when the smoke alarm gives off a faint beep every few minutes.
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Fewer helping reduce power use Fewer local residents were in the dark for Earth Hour on Saturday night. Red Deer’s electricity consumption between 8:30 and 9:30 p.m. was reduced by 2.85 per cent, compared to 3.2 per cent during the same hour in 2013. Residential and commercial customers joined in the global movement, saving a total of 2,844 kilowatt hours of electricity this year. That’s the equivalent of turning off close to 218,770 13-watt compact fluorescent light bulbs for the hour. “We hope that by powering down and turning off the lights for an hour, people consider making more energy-efficient choices year-round,” said Keran Braich, city environmental program specialist. “A small change like this raises awareness about the link between energy reduction and climate change, and hopefully leads to a global impact on the environment.” In 2009, there were power reductions of 2.5 per cent, 4.6 per cent in 2010, 1.3 per cent in 2011 and 4.2 per cent in 2012. Red Deerians made a splash with 350 swimmers participating in the Dim Swims at the G.H. Dawe Community Centre and Collicutt Centre during Earth Hour. Organized by the World Wildlife Fund, Earth Hour began as a lights-off event in Sydney, Australia, in 2007. For more information on Earth Hour or other City of Red Deer environmental initiatives, visit www.reddeer.ca/environment.
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BEARS: Fear creates danger When bears do turn on people, there is a reason and it’s connected to the way we manage them, Russell said. “We manage them to be fearful of us. We tend to be very rough with them in the park ... shooting them with rubber bullets and other ways to keep them fearful and stay away from us. That fear creates danger.” As such, Russell said he does carry pepper spray around with him on his ranch but that it doesn’t have to be this way. “It’s going to be a long process but I want people to have a different understanding of bears than what is handed to them in a park brochure, that there is the potential of trust there and my photos show that,” he said. “It’s a hard struggle getting people to change their minds about bears but I’m not going to quit.” His fascination with the large, snout-nosed animals began in 1967 when his father, a fellow wellknown hunter and naturalist, Andy Russell, started producing a documentary about grizzlies. “I became more and more interested. When I started ranching, there were a lot of bears because we’re right by the national park. I let them roam and feel welcome on the place and I don’t think I lost one animal in my 18 years ranching in the 1970s and ’80s
BRIEFS Crime prevention centre moving The Central Alberta Crime Prevention Centre is moving. As of May 1, the two-year-old centre will offer crime fighting services out of Unit No. 3 at 5015 48th St. in Red Deer. Executive director TerryLee Ropchan said the new space will allow for more programs, services and room to breathe. The new digs are on the other side of the building of its current location on 51st Avenue. The new space is 1,425-square-feet compared to the existing 360-squarefoot office. Ropchan said there will be four offices, a kitchen, bathroom and open space for workshops, work spaces and board meetings. “Currently having three staff members work in 360 square feet is a little full,” said Ropchan. “We’re excited to continue our growth and be able to offer more opportunities for other programs to come work with us.” The centre will host an open house to show off its new digs sometime after the move. In February, Red Deer city council gave the centre a $143,000 boost to help with programming and the relocation. Once again the centre will host Crime Prevention Week activities, graffiti abatement programs, and random acts of kindness with the Youth Crime Prevention Action team this summer. For more information, visit www. cacpc.ca.
Public division benefits Over the last two months, the Red Deer Public School Division has benefited from the province’s pledge that it will build 50 new schools and modernize 70 old ones by 2016. That commitment is helping the division cross off its top major capital priorities — a new elementary school and renovations to Annie L. Gaetz Elementary. With those projects off the list, the division’s top request is for an upgrade to River Glen School — which it recently acquired from another school division — and the decommissioning and demolition of the old Gateway Christian School in downtown Red Deer. The total estimated cost for the project is $2 million. Also on its updated capital list are modernizations to Westpark Middle School, Glendale School, and Oriole Park Elementary. The division would like a new middle school in Timber Ridge by 2018. It is also maintaining its request for a new elementary school for northeast Red Deer. That desire was on its last capital plan, with the province last month providing funding for such a build. But with the intended land not ready for development, the division has redirected that build to the Ingle-
HOCKEYVILLE: Lots of help Saturday will also be a chance for Sylvan Lake to recognize and thank all of the communities in Central Alberta for their support, not just during the competition but since the collapse of the arena. Fifteen communities helped supply ice to host hockey games and another eight for figure skating. “As much as we want to be Hockeyville, the greater prize in all of this has been the solidarity of the community and getting everybody together,” said committee media co-ordinator Jared Waldo. “Just being able to showcase how we’re able to pull together at a time like this where we really need everybody’s support.” firstname.lastname@example.org
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With warmer weather on its way in the future, signs warning Red Deerians about thin ice have appeared around Mackenzie Trails and Bower Ponds.
wood neighbourhood in the southeast. The division has projected its enrolments through to 2028, anticipating an average annual increase of 300 students over the next 10 years. It projects needing a new high school by 2021. The site at the corner of 67th Street and 30th Avenue where a new Catholic high school is being built would also serve as the site for a future public high school.
car, the search was suspended. Cabins in the area and as far north as Nordegg were searched, but she was not found. The search was suspended due to the weather and is expected to resume when conditions improve, allowing for a better search to be conducted.
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The Red Deer and District Community Foundation Women of Excellence Awards has extended its nomination deadline to April 30. The awards recognize accomplishments of exceptional women throughout Central Alberta. Hopes are they will be able to bring in a few more nominations from the 13 they have now for the following categories: Agriculture; Arts, Culture and Heritage; Athletics, Recreation and Fitness; Business and the Professions; Community Building; Education and Training; Entrepreneurship; Environment; Health and Wellness; Human Services; Young Woman of Excellence; and a Lifetime Achievement Award, to be given to a woman who has modelled excellence throughout her life. If there are no nominees in some categories, that award will not be handed out this year. “That’s what we’ve done in the past, hopefully we don’t do that this year, that’s why we’re opening it up again,” said Kristine Bugayong, the chief executive officer of the Red Deer and District Community Foundation. The original deadline was Monday. A complete nomination package
This year’s Taboo ... Naughty but Nice sex show features some heat, angels, teasing and a legend of adult films. Ron Jeremy headlines the event at the Westerner Park Stockmen’s Pavilion, at 4847A 19th St., from Friday to Sunday. Features include ladies night on Friday, seductive Saturday and a shopping spree on Sunday. Aside from longtime adult film actor Jeremy, the show includes Canada’s top erotic male review, Body Heat, erotic body painting, sensual fashion shows and an exotic circus. The show runs from 5 p.m. to midnight on Friday, noon to midnight on Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets cost $15, cash only, at the door or $10 online for a single day; weekend passes are $20, only available online. Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. features two for one admission. No one under the age of 19 will be admitted into the show. For more information, visit www. tabooshow.com/taboo-reddeer.
Traffic court moving In an effort to alleviate some of the courthouse overcrowding in Red Deer, traffic court is being moved to a hotel. Starting today, all traffic court matters will now be held at the Red Deer Lodge, at 4311 49th Ave. Typically held Monday mornings in Red Deer provincial court, the move will mean an extra day for criminal matters at the downtown courthouse. The plan is to have the main Red Deer provincial courtroom, 101, used for disposition, bail and fresh arrests from the weekend on Mondays. The City of Red Deer and the local bar association continue to push for the construction of a new, significantly larger courthouse to meet the current and future needs of the growing city.
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must be received by Collins Barrow Chartered Accountants and Consultants by 4 p.m. on April 30. Nomination package and guidelines are posted on the Red Deer and District Community Foundation’s website at www. reddeeranddistrictcommunityfoundation.ca. A hard copy is also available at the foundation’s office. The awards banquet takes place on June 10 at the Sheraton Hotel. Tickets are $100 each and are available through the Red Deer and District Community Foundation at 403-341-6911.
Accused personator to appear in court A man accused of telling people he was an undercover police officer looking for drugs will be back in Red Deer provincial this week. Sylvan Lake RCMP allege the man had a gun at a bar in the lakeside town. He was located in a vehicle outside the Hazzard County Bar and taken into custody without resistance. During the arrest, police found a .45 calibre handgun he was carrying and they say he refused to provide a breath sample. Christopher Glen Miller, 32, of Coquitlam, B.C. has been charged with careless use of a firearm, carrying a concealed weapon, possession of a restricted firearm at an unauthorized place, personating a peace officer and refusing to provide breath samples. The man’s last name was previously reported in error as Smith. He was released from custody on a $1,000 cash bail and is expected to return to Red Deer provincial court today.
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FAMILY “There are no rules here, we are trying to accomplish something.” — Thomas Edison, American inventor and businessman “I don’t understand,” I said. “How come they get to break the rules?” Years back, when I had decided to start writing for publication, I began reading all types of books on the craft. I discovered many rules for good writing such as don’t write in first person, limit the use of adverbs, don’t begin a story with dialogue and so on. I had heard that good writers read all the time and from a variety of genres, so I started reading everything from the classics to romance novels. As a result, I encountered some great writing and some dreadful writing. I decided instead to seek out books that were well reviewed and considered MURRAY ground-breaking. FUHRER That was when I discovered something perturbing. Many of these ground-breaking authors were not following the apparent rules of good writing. Many best-sellers were written in first person, some had a proliferation of adverbs sprinkled throughout, and a lot of them dared to break the cardinal rule of starting a story off with dialogue. Now I was confused. Was I dealing with a series of hard and fast rules for good writing or not? Turns out, there’s an exception to every rule and it takes experience and discernment to know when to adhere to a rule and when to break it. Breakthrough thinking in any endeavour (writing or whatever) is really about figuring out what “the rules” are, why they exist and how they benefit or hinder you before deciding if it’s sensible to change or break them. Many of the world’s greatest achievements and innovations came into being as the result of courageous men and women who defied convention: those radical thinkers who, despite opposition and sometimes personal and professional circumstances, chose to break the rules. American novelist Nathaniel Hawthorne once wrote, “The world owes all its onward impulses to men ill at ease. That happy man inevitably confines himself within ancient limits.” Consider history’s quantum leaps forward in science, medicine or technology. Each came as the result of someone understanding the rules and then, after careful consideration, breaking them. Many of us adhere to specific rules in all situations and then wonder why our lives have be-come dull, lacklustre and predictable. There was a time when I was the perpetual rule-follower and enforcer. Once the rules had been established I never strayed from the course – even if the course was leading to heartbreak. This tendency originated in my childhood when breaking rules (to my way of thinking) meant disapproval or rejection. I adhered to the rules out of fear and a lack of self-worth. It is worth asking whether a person of low selfesteem might get too caught up worrying about possible consequences and exaggerating them to reinforce the rules that make him feel comfortable. In my situation, that was certainly the case. It seems to me that it takes self-esteem to consider breaking the rules. The individual with poor self-esteem will likely find a sense of security in following rules that someone else wrote. Years ago I was charged with writing policy for a department where I was supervisor. I wrote the rules and I enforced them vehemently. Eventually, I moved on to work for a competitor where I created a new and more flexible set of guidelines for my department. As it turned out, I had the opportunity one day to discuss policy with the individual who had replaced me at my former job. When I said the old policies (rules) were arbitrary, inflexible and no longer relevant, the new supervisor became enraged and told me that I was completely out of line. The fact that I had written the rules and now suggested breaking them seemed beyond comprehension. Of course, the rules I’m suggesting you break are the self-defeating, life-limiting and ultimately harmful variety you’ve imposed upon yourself or had imposed upon you. Perhaps you’ve created or accepted as true a rule that says you can only achieve so much success or happiness in this life or that you’re not truly deserving of love and friendship or, worse yet, that you’ll never transcend a family dysfunction or traumatic upbringing. Life-limiting rules of this variety serve only to box us in and leave us feeling victimized and unfulfilled. Where did these rules originate? In all probability, many came into being during your child-hood. They were likely put into play by your parents and reinforced by you social standing, teachers, religious leaders and culture. I was surprised to discover that many of my personal rules were not (as I had long believed) allencompassing. Some rules had served me well at a certain time in my life. Rules like keep your mouth shut, keep your head down and do what you’re told. As with anything, some rules are just no longer relevant. Take a close look at your life. Are you still bound by old, outdated rules and regulations? British playwright George Bernard Shaw once wrote, “The golden rule is that there are no golden rules.” Whether it’s for the sake of writing, music, business, personal development or countless other endeavours, most rules exist for good reason and usually it’s because they work. Stepping (successfully) outside the rules requires introspection, understanding, forethought, planning and yes, hard work. Master rule-breakers won’t generally waste time challenging rules that work; they break specific rules because something is not working and needs to be reassessed and readdressed. And sometimes they break the rules to create something ground-breaking.
Murray Fuhrer is a self-esteem expert and facilitator. His new book is entitled Extreme Esteem: The Four Factors. For more information on self-esteem, check the Extreme Esteem website at www.extremeesteem.ca.
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Imagining the worst I am Mother. Bodyguard. Defender of children, preserver of all things innocent. Since giving birth to my babes, I have pandered to this horrible tendency of imagining the worst. I foresee dreadful things happening to my children, like them falling out of a second story window because of their incessant need to lean on that thin screen. I visualize them getting hit by a speeding car because they did not look both ways before crossing the street. I think that every human being is a baby snatcher and on the hunt for my babies. It is sick really. But unluckily at this time in my life it is a norm that I have just learnt to deal with. When one of these heinous thoughts come LINDSAY to mind, I quickly remedy the BROWN situation by any means necessary, to place my spinning ME PLUS THREE stressed out mind at ease. I’ve duct taped all of the screens in my home and lectured the kids on why this habit of theirs is so dangerous. I’ve instilled in them with a burning passion on how we MUST look both ways when crossing any street. How the big bad cars cannot see them, and how it would hurt and how they would have to go to the hospital if they ran out into the street without looking. This last one I fear may be something that will mentally harbour away in Lars’ little mind. As of recently when the boy crosses the street I can literally see his stress levels rising to a point in which a 5 year olds should not be at. He scurries across that street frantically looking side to side the whole way across, all the while screaming feverishly at his sister, “HURRY SOPH, HURRY UP!”
And then I must contend with all the other humans that I share this world with. The other humans that I no longer trust. The other humans that I fear are eyeing my kids up and planning to stuff them in a black duffle bag and taking them away from me never to be seen again. I loathe these humans with a passion beyond my comprehension. Unfortunately I cannot be sure, which humans they are. So in the end, clearly I must assume that ALL humans, are these humans. It makes for awkward small talk, believe me. Being a parent is so hard. HA! What a simple statement, and as I write it I think it looks lame to eye and uneducated. But I will leave it lay, as the more I stare at these few words, the more I see their truth, their depth. I want to be the best mother I can be to these two people I care so unconditionally for. I want them to experience the world for what it is, but I have this unyielding anxiety in the inner most instinct part of my brain, to shelter them from all that is dark in this place. And in the end I realize that I cannot save them from every heartache that will come their way or bad scene that they will undoubtedly come upon. But for now, I will walk beside them instead of in front. I will hold their hand. I will go to whatever lengths possible to give them all the tools they may need for when that day comes when they no longer want me to be their bodyguard. And when that day does finally come, because as sure as my love for them, I know it will indeed come; I will let them think they are on their own. Yet whether they know it or not, I will always protect them...The key is, learning how to do it discreetly. Because the work of a motherly bodyguard is never through. Lindsay Brown is a Sylvan Lake mom and blogger
Stepdad’s discipline getting in the way of family bonding Question: What’s the best way for a stepparent to form strong bonds with a stepchild? I recently married a wonderful man. He’s kind, but firm with my three children and plans to adopt them. Unfortunately, my preschoolage son has had a hard time warming up to him. Jim: Having struggled as a young stepson myself, it’s easy for me to view the situation through your preschooler’s eyes. A new man has suddenly moved in, taking up a lot of his mother’s time and attention, which once belonged to him. To make things worse, she’s actually been seen kissing and hugging this guy — yuck! And to top it all off, this man is now telling him what to do and punishing him when he misbehaves. The problem can be even more challenging if there hasn’t been consistency in setting limits with your kids. JIM It’s not uncommon for tired DALY and busy single moms to be somewhat lenient with inappropriate behavior. If your new husband is a firm disciplinarian, your son probably isn’t going to like it. I’d encourage your husband to spend lots of special one-on-one time with your son. Sincere demonstrations of warmth and love are critical for your son right now. I’d also suggest that your husband go out of his way to praise your boy when he behaves well instead of simply punishing him when he acts up. In other words, he needs to make an intentional effort to “catch him being good.” At the same time, you may want to complement what he’s doing by firming up your own disciplinary techniques. Don’t put your husband in the position of having to play the “bad cop” all the time. Do what you can to take up some of the slack and give him a chance to appear in a more positive light. Our counseling team would also be happy to of-
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fer further help. Please call them at 855-771-HELP (4357). Question: My wife and I have been married just a few months, and already we’re constantly arguing about chores. I’m the one who cares that the house is clean and orderly, and so I end up doing most of the work. What should I do? Dr. Greg Smalley, Vice President, Family Ministries: You’ve stumbled on a challenge that blindsides most newlyweds, and often plagues seasoned married couples — the division of household labor. It’s common because partners usually have different definitions as to what constitutes “clean” and different assumptions as to who should do what based on their unique family backgrounds. Your first order of business, then, is to talk all this through. Lay all your assumptions, expectations and personal preferences on the table. The goals for your discussion should be unity, understanding, a commitment to shared responsibility and a plan that is fair and equitable. Next, make a comprehensive list of everything that needs to be done together. This includes the time requirement for each task. Then, each of you should go over the list individually and indicate which of these you think are your responsibilities. Afterward, share your lists and compare the results. Where you agree, fine. Where it’s less clear, discuss which of you has a preference or is better equipped to take on that task. Once everything’s been assigned, it’s important that you tally up the time requirement to make sure it’s reasonably fair based on the overall demands on each of you. Keep in mind that this is a partnership and that you’ll need to stay flexible and make occasional exceptions based on your family’s changing circumstances and needs. Finally, remember the rewards. Tackling chores together eases the burden, and a cooperative system will leave you with more time for togetherness and more leisure for individual activities. Catch up with Jim Daly at www.jimdalyblog.com or at www.facebook.com/DalyFocus.
Married folks less likely to have heart problems THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Love can sometimes break a heart but marriage seems to do it a lot of good. A study of more than 3.5 million Americans finds that married people are less likely than singles, divorced or widowed folks to suffer any type of heart or blood vessel problem. This was true at any age, for women as well as for men, and regardless of other heart disease risk factors they had such as high cholesterol or diabetes, researchers found. “It might be that if someone is married, they have a spouse who encourages them to take better care of themselves,” said Dr. Jeffrey Berger, a preventive cardiologist at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York. But “we can’t prove by any means cause and effect,” he said. This is the largest look at marriage and heart health, said Dr. Carlos Alviar, a cardiology fellow who led the study with Berger. Previous studies mostly com-
pared married to single people and lacked information on divorced and widowed ones. Or they just looked at heart attacks, whereas this one included a full range from clogged arteries and abdominal aneurysms to stroke risks and circulation problems in the legs. Researchers used health questionnaires that people filled out
when they sought various types of tests in community settings around the country from an Ohio company, Life Line Screening Inc. Some of these screening tests, for various types of cancer and other diseases or conditions, are not recommended by leading medical groups, but people can still get them and pay for them themselves.
The study authors have no financial ties to the company and are not endorsing this type of screening, Berger said. Life Line gave its data to the Society of Vascular Surgery and New York University to help promote research. The results are from people whose average age was 64. Nearly twothirds were female and 80 per cent were white.
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B4 RED DEER ADVOCATE Tuesday, April 1, 2014 FOR BETTER OR FOR WORSE
HI & LOIS
April 1 1980 — Oiler Wayne Gretzky breaks Bobby Orr’s NHL record with his 103rd assist. 1976 — Ottawa raises the federal minimum wage to $2.90 per hour. 1873 — The luxury Liner Atlantic, sailing from Liverpool to New York, turns into Halifax Harbour to get coal, but strikes a
reef near Mars Rock, Meagher’s Island; 546 people drown in heavy seas, while local fishermen manage to save 300. 1868 — First Canadian April Fools’ Day on record. Poisson d’avril! 1733 — Canada’s first lighthouse lit for the first time, using coal from nearby Morien and Spanish River; the round 200 metre tower, made with cement from limestone burned in local kilns, is the first fireproof concrete structure in North America.
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Jays limp away with loss LITTLE GOES RIGHT ON OPENING DAY AS REYES HURT IN FIRST AT-BAT, DICKEY STRUGGLES, BLUE JAYS BEAT BY RAYS BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Tampa Bay 9 Toronto 2 ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Jose Reyes aggravated an injury, R.A. Dickey struggled and the Toronto Blue Jays ended up with a one-sided loss to Tampa Bay. David Price took a shutout into the eighth inning and Matt Joyce drove in three runs Monday to help the Rays begin the season with a 9-2 victory over Blue Jays. Reyes left the lineup after his first at-bat because of a tight left hamstring. The star shortstop led off the game and was robbed of a hit on a diving catch by Rays centre fielder Desmond Jennings. He was replaced in the field by Ryan Goins. “I tried to run a little bit faster between home plate and first base, and I kind of feel my hammy there,” Reyes said. “So I have to slowdown and get out of the game because I don’t want to get any worse.” Reyes missed several games during the final week of spring training with the same problem, and wasn’t at 100 per cent for exhibition games Friday and Saturday in Montreal. He will have an MRI and could be headed to the disabled list. “Irritated the same spot, so that’s a concern,” Toronto manager John Gibbons said. Reyes said the hamstring was “good enough” to play in Montreal and felt better Monday. “When I tried for a little speed, something not right,” Reyes said. Reyes missed 66 games last season after going on the DL April 13 with a sprained left ankle. Price (1-0) allowed two runs and six hits over 7 1-3 innings to beat R.A. Dickey in a matchup of 2012 Cy Young Award winners. The hard-throwing lefty walked one and struck out six before a crowd of 31,042 at Tropicana Field — the Rays’ ninth consecutive sellout for a home opener. “It’s really disappointing and frustrating,” Dickey said. “You feel like you let a lot of people down. Against David Price, one of the best pitchers in baseball, if you don’t match him inning per inning, it’s going to be tough to win the game. I put us in a hole early. Walked some guys early, gave up some 0-2 hits with runners in scoring posi-
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Tampa Bay Rays’ Desmond Jennings, right, scores past Toronto Blue Jays catcher Josh Thole during the fifth inning of a baseball game Monday, in St. Petersburg, Fla. Jennings scored on a double by teammate Matt Joyce. tion, and that was the game.” Dickey dropped to 14-13 with a 4.21 ERA last season after winning 20 games and NL Cy Young honours with the Mets two years ago. The 39-yearold knuckleballer is off to another shaky start after allowing six runs, five hits and walking six over five innings against essentially the same Tampa Bay lineup he went 3-1 against in 2013. Joyce had a sacrifice fly and two-run double off Dickey (0-1), who yielded six two-out runs in five innings. Evan Longoria got the Rays going with a first-inning RBI single and Wil Myers
drove in two more when he singled with the bases loaded in the second. Price limited the Blue Jays to four singles and had only allowed two runners past second base before Maicer Izturis opened the eighth with his second hit of the day. Pinch-hitter Erik Kratz followed with a first-pitch, tworun homer over the centre field wall. The 28-year-old lefty became the Rays’ first 20-game winner and edged Justin Verlander in AL Cy Young balloting two years ago. He got off to a slow start in 2013, but finished strong after spending more than a month on
the disabled list, leading the majors in innings, complete games and fewest walks per nine innings after July 2. NOTES: The Rays haven’t lost a home series to the Blue Jays since April 2007. ... Blue Jays closer Casey Janssen, who’s on the 15-day disabled list due to a strain in his left abdominal area and lower back, doesn’t feel the injury will be a long-term problem. ... The four-game series continues Tuesday night with RHP Alex Cobb getting the start for Tampa Bay and the Blue Jays countering with RHP Drew Hutchison.
Rockets a new team for Chiefs in Pacific Cup BY DANNY RODE ADVOCATE STAFF The Red Deer Optimist Chiefs will be seeing a new face in the Pacific Cup this season. For the last four years the Chiefs faced the Vancouver Giants in the Pacific Cup. This year the Okanagan Rockets downed the Giants 2-0 in their bestof-three provincial and league final, setting the stage for an Okanagan-Red Deer clash at the Arena this weekend. The best-of-three series begins Friday at 5 p.m. with the second game Saturday at 7 p.m. with a third game, if necessary, Sunday at 1:30 p.m. The Rockets went into this season with the idea of knocking off the Giants, according to general manager David Michaud. “That was the plan,” he said. “We lost to them last year in the third game of the playoffs and with the number of players returning this season we decided to go all in. “Traditionally we went with younger guys and guys in our program, but this year we brought in some additional 17 year-olds to add more experience. We feel we’re very strong.” Michaud also feels the B.C. midget league is getting stronger as well. ‘There’s always been some top talent, but the teams are getting deeper, so there’s some good races,” he said.
“Playing better calibre teams certainly helps.” The Rockets have 10 17 year-olds on their roster but two of their premier players — Tyson Jost and Jake Kryski— are 15. Jost, who is originally from Leduc, set a number of offensive records this season. His 44 goals during the regular season was a league record and his 88 points a team record. He also set a league mark of 18 points in seven playoff games. Jost is a seventh overall pick by Everett in the WHL Entry Draft. Kryski had 16 goals and 48 points in 37 regular season games then added 11 points in the playoffs, which left him fourth overall. He was originally drafted by Prince Albert, but later traded to Kamloops. Liam Finlay and Tanner Campbell are two of the Rockets outstanding offensive players and both are listed at five-foot-seven, 145-pounds. Finlay had 17 goals and 51 points and Campbell 29 goals and 67 points during the season. Finlay added 11 goals and 15 points in the playoffs, second only to Jost. The Rockets and Chiefs are no strangers tying 3-3 in the Mac’s Christmas tournament in Calgary. Michaud sees a major difference between the two teams. “It’s a contrast in style. Red Deer plays a defensive style while we’re more offensive minded,” he said. One of strengths of the Rockets is their power play.
“Mack (head coach O’Rourke) changed our power play following the Mac’s tournament and it’s been unbelievable since, clicking at around 50 per cent since,” said Michaud. “There’s no question that’s been one of our strengths. It can win us a lot of games. Red Deer will have to take a disciplined approach for sure.” On the other side, the Rockets don’t take a lot of penalties themselves. “We rely on our speed and skill and not intimidation,” Michaud said. During the season the O’Rourke utilized both goaltenders — Brendan Barry and Reid Kilburn — but used Barry exclusively in the playoffs, where he posted a 3.14 gaa and a 6-1 record. Defensively Gen Bryshyun and Josh Johnson are considered the Rockets top shut down pairing. “Although we don’t have any true stud defenceman, we use all six guys almost equally,” said Michaud. ● The Rockets arrive in Red Deer Thursday and practice at the Arena Friday morning . . . The Notre Dame Argos won the Saskatchewan title with the Winnipeg Wild taking Manitoba. The two, along with the Thunder Bay Kings and host Prince Albert Mintos, meet for the Western Regional title . . . Tickets for this week can be purchased at TBS or the Red Deer Minor Hockey office . . . A weekend pass is $25 for adults. Single game tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for seniors and students. Under 12 are free. firstname.lastname@example.org
Burke finding happiness in Calgary over a year after exit from Leafs It would be difficult for Brian Burke have thought we’d be talking about the to swagger into town feeling trium- Leafs and the draft lottery after they phant or with any sense of vindication. won two of three in California a couple The team he left behind, the Maple of weeks ago? Leafs, may be in a nightAmazing what the worst marish tailspin, but they’re Leaf losing streak in three still better than the team he decades has done. currently leads as interim Anyways, back to Burke, general manager, the Cala man who surely knows the gary Flames. discomfort his former right Well, we think that’s the hand man, Dave Nonis, is case. feeling today. At the very least, the “The job there (in ToronLeafs will finish this season to) is the best job if you’re with a better record. But winning, and the worst if they’re now likely to miss you’re losing,” he said. post-season play, as will the And oh my goodness, it Flames, and you could have would surely be ironic if, 15 DAMIEN a spirited debate — particmonths after a flu-ridden COX ularly now, with everyone Burke walked into a meetquestioning just about eving with Larry Tanenbaum erything with the Leafs — and Tom Anselmi and was which club has a brighter blindsided with the news future. that he was being fired, his Flames Right now, in fact, you could argue could finish off the reeling Leafs Tuesboth clubs would be better off losing day night. more games than winning them, thus “I was gratified to have that opporimproving their respective positions tunity with the Leafs. The whole time for the NHL draft lottery. there I was treated wonderfully and How about that, huh? Who would I’m still treated wonderfully in Toron-
to. I mean, I’m in Toronto 10 days a month to see my daughters,” he said. “But I’m a Flame now and we’re coming into that building to get two points.” Calgary, expected by many to be the NHL’s worst team, has been easily outdone in that regard by their Alberta cousins from Edmonton and the Buffalo Sabres. In fact, the Flames have been a pleasant surprise in the second half of the season, a hardworking and competitive squad that’s 9-7-0 since NHLers returned from Sochi. “What’s made the difference for us is the impact our coach, Bob Hartley, and our captain, Mark Giordano, have made,” said Burke. “Giordano is lights out as a captain and a leader and Hartley has changed the culture. We tend to outwork the opposition. “Bob won’t get any coach-of-the-year votes. But he should. Because of our coach and our captain we’ve played better than anyone expected, including me.” Those comments, of course, will sting more than a few Leaf fans given
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the mixed feelings (at best) many are feeling towards Toronto head coach Randy Carlyle — blamed for having no system — and team captain Dion Phaneuf, a nightmarish minus-13 in his last 10 games who now carries a sevenyear, $49-million contract extension that kicks in next year. Burke offered no thoughts on the Leafs — himself a veteran of the Twitter wars, he was only vaguely familiar with the social media troubles of the Reimer family — but argued his team’s strong play in recent weeks isn’t the same kind of meaningless blip that the Leafs delivered at the end of his first season. “We’ve been doing it for two months,” he said. “It’s not a new phenomenon.” Burke is bullish on the future in Calgary, and heaps praise on former Calgary GM Jay Feaster for moving some of the ugly contracts and giving the club new flexibility moving forward, particularly on the salary cap front.
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SCOREBOARD Hockey Jagger Dirk, Koo
GOALTENDING (Minimum 120 minutes played) W Marek Langhamer, MH 4 Patrik Polivka, Vic 4 Brendan Burke, Por 4 Jordon Cooke, Kel 4 Eetu Laurikainen, SC 2
EASTERN CONFERENCE Edmonton (1) vs. Prince Albert (8) (Edmonton wins series 4-0) Regina (2) vs. Brandon (7) (Brandon wins series 4-0)
L 2 0 0 1 4
Medicine Hat (4) vs. Swift Current (5) (Medicine Hat wins series 4-2) Sunday’s result Medicine Hat 2 Swift Current 1 Saturday’s result Medicine Hat 4 Swift Current 1 WESTERN CONFERENCE Kelowna (1) vs. Tri-City (8) (Kelowna wins series 4-1) Portland (2) vs. Vancouver (7) (Portland wins series 4-0)
GAA 1.64 1.68 1.75 2.01 2.17
National Hockey League EASTERN CONFERENCE GP W L OT Pts y-Boston 75 52 17 6 110 x-Pittsburgh 75 48 22 5 101 Montreal 76 43 26 7 93 N.Y. Rangers 76 42 30 4 88 Tampa Bay 75 41 25 9 91 Philadelphia 74 39 27 8 86 Detroit 75 35 26 14 84 Columbus 74 38 30 6 82 Washington 75 34 28 13 81 Toronto 76 36 32 8 80 New Jersey 75 32 28 15 79 Ottawa 75 32 29 14 78 Carolina 75 32 32 11 75 N.Y. Islanders 74 29 35 10 68 Florida 76 27 41 8 62 Buffalo 74 20 45 9 49
Calgary (3) vs. Kootenay (6) (Kootenay wins series 4-2) Saturday’s result Kootenay 5 Calgary 3
SO 0 0 1 0 0
GF 241 232 199 205 223 213 202 208 217 220 184 218 187 206 182 142
GA 158 185 189 183 201 210 213 200 226 239 195 250 210 247 250 222
WESTERN CONFERENCE GP W L OT Pts GF GA x-St. Louis 74 50 17 7 107 240 168 x-Anaheim 75 49 18 8 106 244 191 x-San Jose 76 47 20 9 103 232 184 x-Colorado 74 47 21 6 100 227 202 x-Chicago 76 42 19 15 99 248 200 Los Angeles 76 44 26 6 94 191 162 Minnesota 76 39 26 11 89 189 191 Phoenix 75 36 27 12 84 206 212 Dallas 74 36 27 11 83 214 212 Vancouver 76 34 31 11 79 184 206 Nashville 76 33 32 11 77 190 229 Winnipeg 76 33 33 10 76 212 225 Calgary 75 31 37 7 69 192 223 Edmonton 75 26 40 9 61 184 249 NOTE: Two points for a win, one point for overtime loss. x-clinched playoff spot; y-clinched division
Victoria (3) vs. Spokane (6) (Victoria wins series 4-0) Everett (4) vs. Seattle (5) (Seattle wins series 4-1) Saturday’s result Seattle 5 Everett 0 SECOND ROUND Conference Semifinals (Best-of-7) EASTERN CONFERENCE Edmonton (1) vs. Brandon (7) Thursday’s game Brandon at Edmonton, 7 p.m. Saturday, April 5 Brandon at Edmonton, 12 p.m. Tuesday, April 8 Edmonton at Brandon, 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 9 Edmonton at Brandon, 6 p.m.
Sunday’s Games Boston 4, Philadelphia 3, SO Nashville 4, Washington 3, SO Ottawa 6, Calgary 3 Detroit 3, Tampa Bay 2 Pittsburgh 4, Chicago 1 N.Y. Rangers 5, Edmonton 0
Medicine Hat (4) vs. Kootenay (6) Saturday, April 5 Kootenay at Medicine Hat, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, April 6 Kootenay at Medicine Hat, 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 9 Medicine Hat at Kootenay, 7 p.m. Thursday, April 10 Medicine Hat at Kootenay, 7 p.m.
Monday’s Games Ottawa 2, Carolina 1, SO New Jersey 6, Florida 3 Anaheim 5, Winnipeg 4, OT Minnesota 3, Los Angeles 2
WESTERN CONFERENCE Kelowna (1) vs. Seattle (5) Thursday’s game Seattle at Kelowna, 8:05 p.m. Saturday, April 5 Seattle at Kelowna, 8:05 p.m. Tuesday, April 8 Kelowna at Seattle, 8:05 p.m. Wednesday, April 9 Kelowna at Seattle, 8:05 p.m.
Tuesday’s Games New Jersey at Buffalo, 5 p.m. Calgary at Toronto, 5 p.m. Florida at N.Y. Islanders, 5 p.m. Carolina at Pittsburgh, 5 p.m. Dallas at Washington, 5 p.m. Colorado at Columbus, 5 p.m. Montreal at Tampa Bay, 5:30 p.m. Philadelphia at St. Louis, 6 p.m. N.Y. Rangers at Vancouver, 8 p.m. Winnipeg at Phoenix, 8 p.m. Edmonton at San Jose, 8:30 p.m.
Portland (2) vs. Victoria (3) Friday’s game Victoria at Portland, 8 p.m. Saturday, April 5 Victoria at Portland, 8 p.m. Monday, April 7 Portland at Victoria, 8:05 p.m. Tuesday, April 8 Portland at Victoria, 8:05 p.m.
Wednesday’s Games N.Y. Islanders at Ottawa, 5 p.m. Boston at Detroit, 6 p.m. Edmonton at Anaheim, 8 p.m. Phoenix at Los Angeles, 8:30 p.m. Monday’s summaries
Western Hockey League Playoff Leaders SCORING G A Pts Jaedon Descheneau, Koo 7 10 17 Sam Reinhart, Koo 5 12 17 Jayce Hawryluk, Bra 5 5 10 Trevor Cox, MH 3 7 10 Brendan Leipsic, Por 5 4 9 Zach Franko, Koo 5 4 9 Adam Tambellini, Cal 5 4 9 Greg Chase, Cal 4 5 9 John Quenneville, Bra 3 6 9 Brady Brassart, Cal 3 6 9
Senators 2, Hurricanes 1 (SO) First Period 1. Ottawa, Zibanejad 14 (Wiercioch, Hemsky) 1:41. 2. Carolina, Skinner 30 (unassisted) 4:03. Penalties — Ward Car (delay of game) 4:32. Second Period No Scoring. Penalties — Pageau Ott (interference) 11:53, Gryba Ott (boarding) 18:10. Third Period No Scoring. Penalties — Turris Ott (goaltender interference)
4:20, Bowman Car (hooking) 14:00. Overtime No Scoring. Penalties — Gerbe Car (roughing) 2:49, Gryba Ott (roughing) 2:49. Shootout — Ottawa wins 1-0 Carolina : Nash miss, Skinner miss, Lindholm miss. Ottawa : Zibanejad miss, Hemsky goal, Turris miss. Shots on goal Carolina 9 6 12 4 — 31 Ottawa 9 10 9 1 — 29 Goal — Carolina: Ward (LO, 9-11-6); Ottawa: Anderson (W, 23-14-8). Power plays (goal-chances) — Carolina: 0-3; Ottawa: 0-2. Devils 6, Panthers 3 First Period 1. New Jersey, Zajac 14 (Jagr, Fayne) :12. 2. New Jersey, Jagr 24 (Clowe) 9:24. 3. New Jersey, Zajac 15 (Clowe, Gelinas) 11:33 (pp). 4. Florida, Kulikov 8 (Bjugstad) 17:22 (sh). Penalties — Hayes Fla (hooking) 10:08, Jovanovski Fla (roughing) 15:46. Second Period 5. Florida, Boyes 20 (Bjugstad) :50. 6. New Jersey, Clowe 7 (Zajac, Jagr) 3:05. 7. Florida, Pirri 10 (Olsen, Trocheck) 6:35. Penalties — Fayne NJ (holding) 3:27, Elias NJ (roughing) 4:34, Gelinas NJ (holding) 11:18, Larsson NJ (high-sticking) 19:57. Third Period 8. New Jersey, Josefson 1 (Carter) 4:02 (sh). 9. New Jersey, Zajac 16 (Ruutu, Jagr) 9:37. Penalties — Zubrus NJ (stick holding) 2:57, Robak Fla (tripping) 6:02. Shots on goal Florida 4 13 5 — 22 New Jersey 18 7 7 — 32 Goal — Florida: Ellis (L, 5-10-0); New Jersey: Brodeur (W, 18-14-5). Power plays (goal-chances) — Florida: 0-5; New Jersey: 1-4. Wild 3, Kings 2 First Period 1. Los Angeles, Martinez 11 (Kopitar, Williams) 6:30. Penalties — Cooke Minn (interference) 15:06. Second Period 2. Minnesota, Parise 28 (Granlund, Koivu) 3:37 (pp). 3. Los Angeles, Williams 19 (Gaborik, Mitchell) 11:49. Penalties — Pearson LA (hooking) 3:01, Muzzin LA (roughing) 12:07, Moulson Minn (roughing) 12:07. Third Period 4. Minnesota, Moulson 22 (Pominville, Haula) 3:54. 5. Minnesota, Koivu 10 (Coyle, Parise) 4:56. Penalties — None. Shots on goal Minnesota 8 4 8 — 20 Los Angeles 8 7 5 — 20 Goal — Minnesota: Bryzgalov (W, 9-8-7); Los Angeles: Quick (L, 26-16-2). Power plays (goal-chances) — Minnesota: 1-1; Los Angeles: 0-2. Ducks 5, Jets 4 (OT) First Period 1. Winnipeg, Trouba 9 (Frolik, Little) 8:48. 2. Winnipeg, Halischuk 5 (Kane, O’Dell) 13:39. Penalties — Perry Ana (hooking) 19:54. Second Period 3. Winnipeg, Wheeler 27 (Byfuglien, Pavelec) :33 (pp). 4. Winnipeg, Tangradi 3 (Redmond, Peluso) 10:54. 5. Anaheim, Bonino 20 (Silfverberg, Maroon) 17:44. Penalties — Sbisa Ana (hooking) 3:26. Third Period 6. Anaheim, Getzlaf 31 (Maroon, Perreault) 3:06 (pp). 7. Anaheim, Lindholm 6 (Winnik, Koivu) 4:16. 8. Anaheim, Perry 39 (Getzlaf, Palmieri) 19:37. Penalties — Peluso Wpg (interference) 2:17, Little Wpg (slashing) 4:47, Perreault Ana (slashing) 4:47, Robidas Ana (interference) 13:11. Overtime 9. Anaheim, Robidas 5 (Cogliano, Sbisa) :16. Penalties — None. Shots on goal Winnipeg 19 12 6 0 — 37 Anaheim 4 7 24 1 — 36 Goal — Winnipeg: Pavelec (LO, 20-25-7); Anaheim: Andersen (W, 18-5-0). Power plays (goal-chances) — Winnipeg: 1-3; Anaheim: 1-1.
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Sunday’s Games No games scheduled Monday’s Games Detroit 4, Kansas City 3 Philadelphia 14, Texas 10 Baltimore 2, Boston 1 Chicago White Sox 5, Minnesota 3 Toronto 2, Tampa Bay 9 Cleveland at Oakland, late Seattle at L.A. Angels, late
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West Division W L Pct 1 0 1.000 1 0 1.000 2 1 .667 0 1 .000 0 3 .000
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Sunday’s Games San Diego 3, L.A. Dodgers 1 Monday’s Games Pittsburgh 1, Chicago Cubs 0, 10 innings Washington 9, N.Y. Mets 7, 10 innings Philadelphia 14, Texas 10 Milwaukee 2, Atlanta 0 St. Louis 1, Cincinnati 0 Miami 10, Colorado 1 San Francisco 9, Arizona 8 Tuesday’s Games L.A. Dodgers (Greinke 0-0) at San Diego (Kennedy 0-0), 4:40 p.m. Colorado (Anderson 0-0) at Miami (Eovaldi 0-0), 5:10 p.m. Philadelphia (Burnett 0-0) at Texas (M.Perez 0-0), 6:05 p.m. Atlanta (Wood 0-0) at Milwaukee (Lohse 0-0), 6:10 p.m. San Francisco (Cain 0-0) at Arizona (Miley 0-1), 7:40 p.m.
Tuesday’s Games N.Y. Yankees (Sabathia 0-0) at Houston (Feldman 0-0), 5:10 p.m. Toronto (Hutchison 0-0) at Tampa Bay (Cobb 0-0), 5:10 p.m. Philadelphia (Burnett 0-0) at Texas (M.Perez 0-0), 6:05 p.m. Cleveland (Kluber 0-0) at Oakland (Kazmir 0-0), 8:05 p.m. Seattle (Ramirez 0-0) at L.A. Angels (Wilson 0-0), 8:05 p.m.
Wednesday’s Games Atlanta at Milwaukee, 11:10 a.m. Chicago Cubs at Pittsburgh, 5:05 p.m. Colorado at Miami, 5:10 p.m. St. Louis at Cincinnati, 5:10 p.m. Washington at N.Y. Mets, 5:10 p.m. Philadelphia at Texas, 6:05 p.m. San Francisco at Arizona, 7:40 p.m. L.A. Dodgers at San Diego, 8:10 p.m. Monday’s linescores
Wednesday’s Games Kansas City at Detroit, 11:08 a.m. Minnesota at Chicago White Sox, 12:10 p.m. Cleveland at Oakland, 1:35 p.m. Boston at Baltimore, 5:05 p.m. Toronto at Tampa Bay, 5:10 p.m. Philadelphia at Texas, 6:05 p.m. N.Y. Yankees at Houston, 6:10 p.m. Seattle at L.A. Angels, 8:05 p.m.
Miami Philadelphia Washington Atlanta New York
National League East Division W L Pct 1 0 1.000 1 0 1.000 1 0 1.000 0 1 .000 0 1 .000
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AMERICAN LEAGUE Kan. City 000 300 000 — 3 7 0 Detroit 010 000 201 — 4 8 2 Shields, Crow (7), W.Davis (8), G.Holland (9) and S.Perez; Verlander, E.Reed (7), Alburquerque (8), Nathan (9) and Avila. W—Nathan 1-0. L—W.Davis 0-1. HRs—Detroit, V.Martinez (1). Boston 000 100 000 — 1 9 0 Baltimore 010 000 10x — 2 6 0 Lester, Tazawa (8) and Pierzynski; Tillman, Britton (6), Meek (8), Matusz (8), Tom.Hunter (9) and Wieters. W—Britton 1-0. L—Lester 0-1. Sv—Tom. Hunter (1). HRs—Boston, Sizemore (1). Baltimore, N.Cruz (1). Toronto 000 000 020 — 2 7 2 Tampa Bay 121 020 03x — 9 11 0 Dickey, Rogers (6), Jeffress (8) and Thole, Kratz; Price, Jo.Peralta (8), B.Gomes (9) and J.Molina.
Curling 2014 World Men’s Curling Championship BEIJING — Standings and results Monday after the ninth draw: Country (Skip) W L Norway (Ulsrud) 5 0 Canada (Koe) 4 1 Switzerland (de Cruz) 4 2 Japan (Y.Morozumi) 3 2 China (R.Liu) 3 3 Germany (J.Jahr) 3 3 Sweden (O.Eriksson) 3 3 Denmark (Stjerne) 2 3 Czech Rep. (Snitil) 2 4 Scotland (E.MacDonald) 2 4 U.S. (Fenson) 2 4 Russia (Drozdov) 1 5 Monday’s results Seventh Draw China 6 Czech Republic 5 Scotland 10 Switzerland 9 (extra end) Sweden 7 Russia 6 (extra end) U.S. 8 Germany 3 Eighth Draw Canada 10 Czech Republic 6 Denmark 7 Scotland 6 Norway 5 China 3 Switzerland 8 Japan 3 Ninth Draw China 5 Russia 4 Czech Republic 5 Sweden 3 Scotland 8 U.S. 6 Switzerland 7 Germany 6 (extra end)
TUESDAY, APRIL 1, 2014
WHL Playoffs FIRST ROUND Conference Quarter-finals (Best-of-7)
American League East Division W L Pct 1 0 1.000 1 0 1.000 0 0 .000 0 1 .000 0 1 .000
W—Price 1-0. L—Dickey 0-1. HRs—Toronto, Kratz (1). Minnesota 002 000 010 — 3 7 0 Chicago 022 001 00x — 5 11 0 Nolasco, Swarzak (7), Fien (8), Thielbar (8) and K.Suzuki; Sale, Belisario (8), Veal (8), Lindstrom (9) and Flowers. W—Sale 1-0. L—Nolasco 0-1. Sv— Lindstrom (1). HRs—Chicago, De Aza 2 (2). INTERLEAGUE Phila. 060 124 010 — 14 17 0 Texas 043 010 200 — 10 14 1 Lee, Diekman (6), Rosenberg (7), Bastardo (7), Papelbon (9) and Ruiz; Scheppers, Figueroa (5), Ogando (6), Tolleson (8), Rosin (9) and Arencibia. W—Lee 1-0. L—Figueroa 0-1. HRs—Philadelphia, Rollins (1), Byrd (1), Asche (1). Texas, Rios (1). NATIONAL LEAGUE Chicago 000 000 000 0 — 0 6 0 Pittsburgh 000 000 000 1 — 1 6 1 (10 innings) Samardzija, Strop (8), Grimm (9), Russell (9), Villanueva (10) and Castillo; Liriano, Watson (7), Melancon (8), Grilli (9), Morris (10) and R.Martin. W— Morris 1-0. L—Villanueva 0-1. HRs—Pittsburgh, N.Walker (1). Wash. 020 000 201 4 — 9 9 0 New York 310 000 010 2 — 7 7 0 (10 innings) Strasburg, Storen (7), Clippard (8), Barrett (9), Blevins (10) and W.Ramos, Lobaton; Gee, C.Torres (7), Rice (7), Valverde (7), Parnell (9), Familia (10), Lannan (10) and d’Arnaud, Recker. W—Barrett 1-0. L—Familia 0-1. HRs—Washington, LaRoche (1), Rendon (1). New York, A.Brown (1), Lagares (1), D.Wright (1). Atlanta 000 000 000 — 0 5 1 Milwaukee 000 200 00x — 2 8 0 Teheran, Thomas (7), Schlosser (7) and Gattis; Gallardo, Kintzler (7), W.Smith (8), Fr.Rodriguez (9) and Lucroy. W—Gallardo 1-0. L—Teheran 0-1. Sv—Fr. Rodriguez (1). St. Louis 000 000 100 — 1 5 3 Cincinnati 000 000 000 — 0 3 0 Wainwright, Neshek (8), Siegrist (8), C.Martinez (8), Rosenthal (9) and Y.Molina; Cueto, M.Parra (8), Ondrusek (8) and B.Pena. W—Wainwright 1-0. L—Cueto 0-1. Sv—Rosenthal (1). HRs—St. Louis, Y.Molina (1). Colorado 000 001 000 — 1 6 0 Miami 001 051 03x — 10 14 0 J.De La Rosa, W.Lopez (5), Bettis (8) and Rosario; Fernandez, A.Ramos (7), Hand (8) and Saltalamacchia. W—Fernandez 1-0. L—J.De La Rosa 0-1. HRs—Colorado, C.Gonzalez (1). Miami, Ozuna (1). San Fran. 001 011 402 — 9 12 2 Arizona 000 421 001 — 8 16 1 Bumgarner, Petit (5), J.Lopez (7), Machi (7), Romo (9) and Posey; McCarthy, O.Perez (7), Ziegler (7), Collmenter (8), A.Reed (9) and Montero. W—Machi 1-0. L—A.Reed 0-1. Sv—Romo (1). HRs—San Francisco, Belt (1), Posey (1). Arizona, Montero (1).
ANDREW WIGGINS Sunday’s results Fifth Draw Canada 9 China 6 Japan 9 Scotland 4 Norway 9 Czech Republic 5 Switzerland 6 Denmark 5 (extra end) Sixth Draw Canada 9 Russia 1 Denmark 9 Germany 4 Japan 9 U.S. 5 Norway 6 Sweden 3 Tuesday’s games Draw 10, 12 a.m. Canada vs. U.S.; Sweden vs. Denmark; Russia vs. Japan; Germany vs. Norway. Draw 11, 5 a.m. Czech Republic vs. Scotland; Canada vs. Norway; China vs. Switzerland; Japan vs. Denmark. Draw 12, 7 p.m. China vs. Denmark; Japan vs. Czech Republic; Norway vs. Scotland; Canada vs. Switzerland. Wednesday’s games Draw 13, 12 a.m. Switzerland vs. Sweden; Scotland vs. Russia; Germany vs. Czech Republic; China vs. U.S. Draw 14, 5 a.m. Japan vs. Germany; Denmark vs. U.S.; Sweden vs. Canada; Norway vs. Russia. Draw 15, 7 p.m. U.S. vs. Norway; Germany vs. Canada; Denmark vs. Russia; Sweden vs. Japan.
LAWRENCE, Kan. — Kansas freshman Andrew Wiggins made official Monday what he’s been telling folks all along: He’s headed to the NBA after his only season with the Jayhawks. The 6-foot-8 forward, who was voted second-team AllAmerica earlier in the day, is expected to go in the top three picks in the June draft. Some believe he could go first overall. Wiggins was the top-rated recruit when he arrived at Kansas, and his brief career was a bit of a roller coaster. He struggled early in the season, caught fire midway through, and then flamed out when it mattered most in an NCAA tournament loss to Stanford.
● Bowling: Heritage Lanes Traditional Open, 9 a.m. start. ● Senior AAA hockey: Third game of best-of-five McKenzie Cup (Alberta/B.C.) championship — Powell River Regals vs. Bentley Generals, 3 p.m., Red Deer Arena. ● Midget AAA hockey: Second game of best-of-three Pacific Cup (Alberta/B.C.) championship, 7 p.m., Red Deer Arena.
● Senior high basketball: 3A/4A Senior Bowl at Lindsay Thurber; girls at 6 p.m., boys to follow.
● Senior AAA hockey: First game of best-of-five McKenzie Cup (Alberta/B.C.) championship — Powell River Regals vs. Bentley Generals, 7:30 p.m., Red Deer Arena.
● Bowling: Heritage Lanes Traditional Open, noon start. ● Midget AAA hockey: First game of best-of-three Pacific Cup (Alberta/B.C.) championship, 5 p.m., Red Deer Arena. ● Senior AAA hockey: Second game of best-of-five McKenzie Cup (Alberta/B.C.) championship — Powell River Regals vs. Bentley Generals, 8:30 p.m., Red Deer Arena.
● Bowling: Heritage Lanes Traditional Open, 9 a.m. start, finals at 4 p.m. ● Midget AAA hockey: Third game of best-of-three Pacific Cup (Alberta/B.C.) championship, if necessary, 2 p.m., Red Deer Arena. ● Senior AAA hockey: Fourth game of best-of-five McKenzie Cup (Alberta/B.C.) championship, if necessasry — Powell River Regals vs. Bentley Generals, 7:30 p.m., Red Deer Arena.
Basketball National Basketball Association EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division W L Pct GB x-Toronto 42 32 .568 — Brooklyn 39 33 .542 2 New York 32 43 .427 10 Boston 23 51 .311 19 Philadelphia 16 58 .216 26 Southeast Division W L Pct GB y-Miami 51 22 .699 — Washington 38 36 .514 13 Charlotte 36 38 .486 15 Atlanta 32 41 .438 19 Orlando 21 53 .284 30 Central Division W L Pct GB y-Indiana 52 23 .693 — x-Chicago 42 32 .568 9 Cleveland 30 45 .400 22 Detroit 27 47 .365 24 Milwaukee 14 60 .189 37 WESTERN CONFERENCE Southwest Division W L Pct GB x-San Antonio 58 16 .784 — Houston 49 23 .681 8 Dallas 44 30 .595 14 Memphis 44 30 .595 14 New Orleans 32 42 .432 26 Northwest Division W L Pct GB x-Oklahoma City 54 19 .740 — Portland 48 27 .640 7 Minnesota 36 37 .493 18 Denver 32 42 .432 22 Utah 23 52 .307 32 Pacific Division W L Pct GB x-L.A. Clippers 53 22 .707 — Golden State 45 28 .616 7 Phoenix 44 30 .595 8 Sacramento 26 48 .351 26
L.A. Lakers 25 48 .342 27 x-clinched playoff spot; y-clinched division
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Sunday’s Games Oklahoma City 116, Utah 96 Cleveland 90, Indiana 76 Toronto 98, Orlando 93 Brooklyn 114, Minnesota 99 Chicago 107, Boston 102 New York 89, Golden State 84 Portland 105, Memphis 98 L.A. Lakers 115, Phoenix 99 Monday’s Games San Antonio 103, Indiana 77 Charlotte 100, Washington 94 Miami 93, Toronto 83 Detroit 116, Milwaukee 111 Atlanta 103, Philadelphia 95 Chicago 94, Boston 80 L.A. Clippers 114, Minnesota 104 Sacramento 102, New Orleans 97 Memphis 94, Denver 92 New York 92, Utah 83 Tuesday’s Games Houston at Brooklyn, 6 p.m. Golden State at Dallas, 6:30 p.m. Portland at L.A. Lakers, 8:30 p.m.
Wednesday’s Games Cleveland at Orlando, 5 p.m. Detroit at Indiana, 5 p.m. Boston at Washington, 5 p.m. Charlotte at Philadelphia, 5 p.m. Brooklyn at New York, 5 p.m. Houston at Toronto, 5 p.m. Milwaukee at Miami, 5:30 p.m. Chicago at Atlanta, 5:30 p.m. Memphis at Minnesota, 6 p.m. Golden State at San Antonio, 6:30 p.m. New Orleans at Denver, 7 p.m. L.A. Clippers at Phoenix, 8 p.m. L.A. Lakers at Sacramento, 8 p.m.
Bowling Heritage Lanes Weekly Results Monday-Club 55 plus High Single: Laurie Nelson 261. High Triple: Don Knowler 686. Monday Mixed High Single: Ken Bement 270. High Triple: Nicole Clossen 710. Tuesday Mixed High Single: George Anstee 311. High Triple: Jaymin Wudkevich 753. Wednesday-Club 55 plus High Single: Liz Walker 251. High Triple: Janet Murray 576. Wednesday Mixed High Single: Kris Hedlund 335. High Triple: Jill Clark 724. Thursday Morning Ladies High Single: Wanda Durbak 247. High Triple: Durbak 640. Thursday Mixed High Single: Mike Tweedy 303. High Triple: Tweedy 809.
Monday Scratch League High Single: Evan Hessler 331. High Quad: Kevin Armstrong 1,094. Sunday Fun League High Single: Shelby Chrest 328. High Triple: Chrest 826. Youth Bowling of Canada (YBC) Bumpers High Single: Rogan Clark 99. Bowlasaurus High Single: Rylee Ehret 97. Peewees High Single: Rune Molander 110. High Double: Sylis Gray 205. Bantams High Single: Dakota Clubine 274. High Triple: Jenson Wudkevich 520. Juniors High Single: Alyssa Durette 205. High Triple: Tyler Shave 518. Seniors High Single: Brendan Innes 317. High Triple: Innes 751.
Transactions Monday’s Sports Transactions BASEBALL American League BOSTON RED SOX — Placed OF Shane Victorino on the 15-day DL, retroactive to March 30. Recalled OF Jackie Bradley Jr. from Pawtucket (IL). CLEVELAND INDIANS — Agreed to terms with C Yan Gomes on a six-year contract. Agreed to terms with C George Kottaras and RHP Mark Lowe on minor league contracts and assigned them to Columbus (IL). LOS ANGELES ANGELS — Agreed to terms with OF Vladimir Guerrero on a one-day contract in order to retire from the team. MINNESOTA TWINS — Placed LHP Brian Duensing on paternity leave. Recalled RHP Michael Tonkin from Rochester (IL). OAKLAND ATHLETICS — Agreed to terms with RHP Joe Blanton on a minor league contract and assigned him to Sacramento (PCL). TORONTO BLUE JAYS — Placed SS Jose Reyes on the 15-day DL. Selected the contract of INF Jonathan Diaz from Buffalo (IL). National League ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS — Announced the retirement of C Henry Blanco and added him to their coaching staff. NEW YORK METS — Agreed to terms with OF Bobby Abreu on a minor league contract. BASKETBALL National Basketball Association NBA — Suspended Philadelphia F Arnett Moultrie five games for violating the NBA/NBPA Anti-Drug Program. CHARLOTTE BOBCATS — Signed F D.J. White to a second 10-day contract. CLEVELAND CAVALIERS — Signed G-F Scotty Hopson for the remainder of the season. Women’s National Basketball Association CONNECTICUT SUN — Traded F Sandrine Gruda to Los Angeles for a 2014 first-round draft pick and a 2015 second-round draft pick. FOOTBALL National Football League HOUSTON TEXANS — Released S Danieal Manning. NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS — Re-signed C
Ryan Wendell. NEW YORK GIANTS — Signed CB Zack Bowman. Re-signed DT Mike Patterson. OAKLAND RAIDERS — Signed CB Carlos Rogers to a one-year contract. WASHINGTON REDSKINS —Agreed to terms with S Ryan Clark. Canadian Football League EDMONTON ESKIMOS — Signed DB Myron Lewis and WR James Kirkendoll. HOCKEY National Hockey League BUFFALO SABRES — Signed coach Ted Nolan to a three-year contract extension. DALLAS STARS — Recalled D Patrik Nemeth from Texas (AHL). EDMONTON OILERS — Agreed to terms with C Mark Arcobello on a one-year contract extension. Reassigned G Laurent Brossoit to Bakersfield (ECHL). NASHVILLE PREDATORS — Reassigned F Mark Van Guilder to Milwaukee (AHL). NEW JERSEY DEVILS — Recalled D Adam Larsson from Albany (AHL) under emergency conditions. NEW YORK RANGERS — Agreed to terms with F Chris McCarthy. OTTAWA SENATORS — Recalled F JeanGabriel Pageau from Binghamton (AHL) on an emergency basis. American Hockey League BRIDGEPORT SOUND TIGERS — Announced D Mathieu Gagnon was recalled from Stockton (ECHL) and F Alan Quine was reassigned from Stockton. Loaned F Jeremy Langlois and F Riley Wetmore to Stockton. Released F Andrew Clark from his professional tryout contract and returned him to Stockton. Announced F Matt Mangene was assigned to Stockton. Signed F Brant Harris to an amateur tryout contract. GRAND RAPIDS GRIFFINS — Announced G Jake Paterson was reassigned to the team from Saginaw (OHL). HAMILTON BULLDOGS — Signed F Connor Crisp and F Brady Vail to tryout agreements. MOTORSPORTS SPORTS CAR CLUB OF AMERICA — Named Lisa Noble president and CEO.
TRADITIONAL OPEN BOWLING Red Deer Heritage Lanes will host the Seventh Annual Traditional Open five-pin bowling tournament Friday to Sunday. The three-day event, presented by Moosehead Brewery, will offer over $25,000 in prize money. Three eight-game qualifying shifts will advance 32 players into the four-bracket roundrobin format. This year’s brackets are represented by the final four competitors from last year — defending champion Jennifer Baker of Edmonton, runner-up Matt Schultz of Edmonton, Karie Kruze and Derek Home. Baker, the 2014 Regina Classic champion, will be back to defend her Traditional Open
title. Schultz will also return, while local players of note include 2008 champion Gene Ziebarth and 2012 winner Shelby Chrest, both of Red Deer. Chrest maintains the highest average at Heritage Lanes and Ziebarth averaged 297 while winning the Alberta Masters at the facility earlier this season. The Traditional Open starts at noon Friday with the first eight-game qualifying shift. The tournament resumes at 9 a.m. Saturday and the top 32 players will advance to the quarter-finals, set for 9 a.m. Sunday. The final will go at 4 p.m. Sunday with the winner earning $4,500.
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Raptors can’t beat the Heat LEBRON SCORES 32, HEAT MOVE ATOP EASTERN CONFERENCE AFTER BEATING RAPTORS BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Heat 93 Raptors 83 MIAMI — For the first time all season, the Miami Heat are alone atop the Eastern Conference. And that’s quite a turnaround from how things seemed less than a week ago. LeBron James fought through a sore back to score 32 points, Chris Bosh added 18 and the Heat used another strong defensive effort to beat the Toronto Raptors 93-83 on Monday night. The win pushed the two-time defending NBA champions percentage points ahead of the struggling Indiana Pacers in the race for the No. 1 seed in the East. “It doesn’t feel like anything,” James said. “The standings are what they are. We want to play the best we can and the fact that we are in first place, I think that’s pretty cool but we’ve got so much work to do. We’ve got too much work to do. We’ve got guys that need to get healthy. We haven’t even talked about it. We probably won’t talk about it. We’ve got to play the season out.” Chris Andersen scored 13 points on 5-for-5 shooting and Mario Chalmers added 12 for Miami (51-22), which was again without Dwyane Wade (hamstring), Greg Oden (back) and Ray Allen (flu). Indiana (52-23) lost at home earlier Monday night to San Antonio, 103-77. “The No. 1 seed is the last thing on our minds right now,” Pacers coach Frank Vogel said after his team’s loss. The Heat — who were three games out in the East after losing at Indiana on Wednesday — are basically saying the same thing. Sure, it’s a neat perk — Heat coach Erik Spoelstra called it an “ancillary” effect of hard work — and Bosh acknowledged the outcomes Monday
merited a very subtle fist-pump from him. But there’s still plenty of time for things to change, and Miami is thinking more about getting those who are hurt and sick back into rhythm with the playoffs coming up in less than three weeks. “We’re aware of it,” Spoelstra said of the standings. “It’s not that we’re naive to it. I didn’t talk about it. ... These were pros that were getting ready for battle and it’s that type of focus, that’s the type of thing we’re trying to stress right now, the process of building those habits. The results will follow. They tend to take care of themselves.” Greivis Vasquez scored 17 points, DeMar DeRozan scored 16 and Jonas Valanciunas finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Raptors. Steve Novak added 13 for Toronto, which lost Kyle Lowry to a sore left knee late in the third quarter after he collided with James. “It was a hard-fought game — basketball at a high level,” Vasquez said. “We lost it in the third period. We came out too relaxed. We didn’t attack the basket. Everything worked for them.” Lowry’s knee swelled, Raptors coach Dwane Casey said, and that hardly sounds like good news for a team fighting for the No. 3 spot in the East. “He bumped knees,” Casey said. “It puffed up a little bit. X-rays were negative. We just have to wait and see how he is tomorrow.” The Heat were down 10 midway through the second quarter, and then closed the half on a 22-9 run to take the lead and never trailed again. Bosh had consecutive baskets in the fourth quarter, the last of them an easy breakaway, to put Miami up by nine. A possession later, after a 3-pointer from Vasquez, James split a pair of defend-
Koe keeps rolling with another win at world championships THE CANADIAN PRESS BEIJING — Canada’s Kevin Koe won both of his games at the world men’s curling championship on Monday to move into sole possession of second place in the round-robin standings. Koe started the day with a 9-1 blowout victory over Russia’s Evgeny Arkhipov at Capital Indoor Stadium and then came back for a 10-6 win over Jiri Snitil of the Czech Republic in the late draw. “For sure, you have to pull some games out,” said Koe. “We weren’t struggling as bad (as on Sunday). The sheet was a lot better than yesterday, but no excuses. The Czechs were playing really well and making some big shots. “I was proud of the guys. We really stayed in there, tried to stay positive and keep it close.” Koe, who suffered his only loss to Japan’s Yusuke Morozumi on
Sunday morning, improved to 4-1 after eight draws. Norway’s Thomas Ulsrud was the lone undefeated team at 5-0. Germany, Japan, Sweden and Switzerland were tied for third place at 3-2 in the 12-team round-robin standings. The Calgary-based team of Koe, lead Nolan Thiessen, second Carter Rycroft and third Pat Simmons shot 96 per cent as a team against Russia. Thiessen and Rycroft both scored perfect games. “That felt way better,” said Rycroft. “We threw some stinkers yesterday, and we were lucky to get away with 1-1 (on the day). Finally today we felt like we got a bit of a handle on things. “We were throwing them properly. Still missing a few, but at least we’re throwing them with conviction. The results? You can’t worry about them too much because you still get caught on certain spots.”
In the late game, Snitil controlled the early ends and built a 6-3 lead. Koe scored a pair in the sixth end and pulled even with a steal in the eighth on a nice hit and roll. The Canadians followed up with arguably their finest end of the tournament, making eight perfect shots in the ninth end. Koe, sitting four and guaranteed a steal, forced Snitil to attempt a wide outturn draw to bite the outside of the four-foot to limit the damage. However, the Czech rock caught debris outside of the house and ground to a halt, giving the Canadians a steal of four and ending the game. “That ninth end was real unfortunate for them, but we were stealing one at worst,” Koe said. “We would have been one up coming home and it would have been anybody’s ball game, but this was a big one.”
RED DEER TITANS TRACK AND FIELD Innisfail’s Brayden Posyluzny, who is a member of the Red Deer Titans Track and Field Club, has been named to the 62-member Canadian team for the Youth Olympic Games trials in Miramar, Fla., this weekend. Results from last year’s outdoor season and this year’s indoor season were used to select athletes who met qualifying standards. Posyluzny set a Canadian youth record in the pentathlon (60-metre hur-
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COX: Projections Rookie centre Sean Monahan scored his 20th goal of the season on Sunday in a 6-3 loss at Ottawa, the first Calgary rookie since Phaneuf to hit that plateau, and the projections that he could develop into a Ron Francis-type player are turning to be deadly accurate. Plus he’s got the best parody Twitter account (@boringmonahan) in sports. Monahan was one of three firstrounders the Flames had in the opening 28 picks last June before Burke was hired to join the Calgary front office, with the others being Gatineau winger Emile Poirier and Regina Pats forward Morgan Klimchuk. Little Johnny Gaudreau is lighting it up for Boston College in NCAA tour-
dles, shot put, long jump, high jump and 1,000m) in Edmonton. He attended the Canadian indoor youth championships in Montreal, winning gold in the pentathlon and the 60m hurdles. His results earned him a spot to represent Canada in the 100m hurdles at the trials. The trials will be used to select athletes from non-carifta countries that will compete at the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China, Aug. 16-28. nament play, while 2012 first-rounder Mark Jankowski is playing at Providence College. U.S. defence product Patrick Sieloff has a bright future and forward Max Reinhart is putting up points in Abbotsford. Depending on how this June’s draft goes, of course, the Flames might even end up with another Reinhart, Max’s brother Sam. Burke says it’s “100 per cent” that he won’t be GM next season in Calgary and will return to his role as president of hockey operations, although he seemed so relaxed in a phone interview — in contrast to his final weeks in Toronto, when he was under attack from so many corners — that running the Flames sure seems a comfortable fit. “I’m really happy here,” he said. “The silver lining to getting fired in Toronto was that I got this job.” Damien Cox is a Toronto Star hockey columnist and National Newspaper Award winner.
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Miami Heat centre Chris Bosh is fouled by Toronto Raptors forward Patrick Patterson as he goes up for a shot during the first half of an NBA game, Monday in Miami. ers on the dribble and found Toney Douglas for a right-wing 3. And after a stop on the ensuing Miami trip, James got a wild layup to fall while getting fouled. Moments later, the Heat could look
at the standings and finally see themselves on top. “We could still lose it,” Bosh said. “That reality is there. We just have to keep concentrating on what we’ve been doing.”
Struggling Toronto Maple Leafs looking for answers as post-season hopes fade THE CANADIAN PRESS TORONTO — Forward Troy Bodie knows full well how it feels to be in a slump like the one the Toronto Maple Leafs are currently mired in. He went through a similar funk last season with the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League. “You’ve just got to stick with it, come to the rink every day, try and get better,” said Bodie. “You’re going to come out of it.” The Maple Leafs’ playoff chances have faded as a result of the eight-game losing streak. Toronto (36-32-8) will try to end the skid Tuesday against the Calgary Flames (31-37-7) at Air Canada Centre. Bodie, who has 10 points in 41 games for Toronto this season, went through a slump of six regulation losses and then a seven-game winless skid last season with the Admirals. “You don’t change a whole lot,” he said of what it takes to get back in the win column. “We’re not re-inventing anything on the team. We’re not stripping the team down. We’ve got
the same group of guys that have won numerous games. Just stick with it.” Toronto hasn’t won at home since March 8 and dropped nine of 10 games overall. Leafs forward Nazem Kadri has never experienced a drought like this before. “It’s a little unheard of,” he said. “It’s magnified a little more playing here, but we’ve got to do everything we know how to do to get out of it.” The Maple Leafs dropped a 4-2 decision to the visiting Red Wings on Saturday night in a matchup of teams on the post-season bubble. In an effort to lighten the mood Monday, the Leafs began practice playing with orange street hockey balls. Head coach Randy Carlyle then put his players through a 90-minute session. He said he knew something was amiss when he arrived to the team’s practice facility and noticed the music was not on in the lockerroom. “When you come in and you don’t have any music playing in the room, that’s a sure telltale sign,” he said. “Obviously what happened on Saturday, nobody was feeling good about them-
selves when they came here.” In a span of 18 days, the Leafs have gone from the third seed in the Atlantic Division to 10th in the Eastern Conference standings, two points out of a playoff spot. Entering Monday’s games, Detroit and Columbus held the wildcard spots while Washington was ninth in the East, one point ahead of Toronto. Making things more difficult for Toronto is that Detroit, Columbus and Washington all have at least one game in hand on the Leafs. Toronto looked like a good bet for the post-season earlier this month after impressive road wins at Los Angeles and Anaheim. Kadri recently watched game film from those victories to see if he might notice something that could help end the skid. “That’s what we have to kind of envision,” Kadri said. “What we were doing back then.” Following Saturday’s loss, forward Joffrey Lupul suggested the Leafs would have to win their remaining six games — and get help — in order to make their second straight post-season appearance.
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ZEN KARATE & KICK BOXING 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 www.cheneykarate.com
Coming Events MOORE Leotta Fern (Kleeberger) Leotta passed away peacefully at the Red Deer Regional Hospital on Saturday, March 29, 2014, after struggling with health issues since last August. Leotta was born on July 12, 1921 in Assiniboia, SK., to Roy and Irma Kleeberger.The family moved to Alberta in 1937, settling in the Sylvan Lake area. Leotta married George Moore in 1945 and farmed together in the Balmoral district. Leotta was predeceased by her parents, six siblings, her sonin-law, and her beloved husband of 45 years. She leaves to mourn two daughters; Merilee Greenslade and Judy (Roger) Harvey, four grandchildren, ten greatgrandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews, and many longtime friends. We would like to thank Dr. P. Comeau, Dr. R. Donnelly, and the nursing staff of Units 23 and 31, for their outstanding care and compassion. A Funeral Service will be held at Eventide Funeral Chapel, 4820-45 Street, Red Deer, on Thursday, April 3, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. Leotta will be laid to rest at Alto Reste Cemetery in a private family graveside service. If so desired, memorial donations in Leotta Moore’s name may be made directly to S.T.A.R.S., 1441 Aviation Way N.E., Calgary, AB, T2E 8M7 or to the Heart & Stroke Foundation, 202, 5913-50 Avenue, Red Deer, AB T4N 4C4, or to a charity of the donor’s choice. Condolences may be forwarded to the family by visiting www. eventidefuneralchapels.com. Arrangements entrusted to EVENTIDE FUNERAL CHAPEL 4820 - 45 Street, Red Deer. Phone (403) 347-2222
SPELT Grace Sylvia 1944-2014 Grace Spelt, nee Meindersma, passed away at the Royal Oak Village in Lacombe on Saturday March 29, 2014 at the age of 70 years. Born in Edmonton on March 1, 1944, oldest of 4 children born to Gerrit and Stina Meindersma. The family later moved to Lacombe and settled on the farm west of town. Grace graduated in 1962 and married Hans Spelt in June of 1964, always active within the community and was awarded “Citizen Of The Year” in 1993. She held a number of different employment positions in Lacombe, the first one being Sweet’s Pharmacy, then to Doug Patton’s Chiropractic Clinic, DJ Wright Photography, Lacombe Travel, which was her longest place of employment, and the last being Can-West Travel until her illness in 2005. Grace very much enjoyed playing the piano, gave lessons, and played for many different functions including church and for the Friendship Group. She was a very caring and dedicated person, taught Sunday School and Girl’s Club and loved organizing events or parties. Her life changed dramatically when diagnosed with dementia a number of years ago. She was pre-deceased by their still- born child Sharon Rosalynn in 1970, her mother Stina in 2002 and brother Dick in 2009. Grace leaves to mourn husband Hans, to whom she was married for almost 50 years, daughter Shanna (John Hulsman) and their children Jocelyn, Adam, Kurtis and Victoria, son Troy (Krista) and children, Olivia, Irelyn, and Avery, her Dad Gerrit Meindersma, his wife Dorothy, sister Rose Meindersma and brother Larry Meindersma (Tina) and numerous other family members and friends. A memorial service will be held Thursday, April 3, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. at the Bethel Christian Reformed Church at 5704 - 51 Avenue, Lacombe. Pastor Mike Vandyk will officiate. Condolences may be made by visiting www.wilsonsfuneralchapel.ca WILSON’S FUNERAL CHAPEL & CREMATORIUM serving Central Alberta with locations in Lacombe and Rimbey in charge of arrangements. Phone: 403.782.3366 or 403.843.3388 “A Caring Family, Caring for Families”
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We are currently looking Bearspaw offers a Medical for an experienced person very competitive salary to coordinate material purand benefits package chases for a busy oilfield RN/LPN - PT position - Pls along with a steady Electrical Instrumentation Submit resume to: Family work schedule. Company. Must have Medical Associates, Please submit resumes: experience with electrical Lacombe Fax: 403-782Attn: Human Resources and instrumentation parts 5879 or e-mail to: fmala@ Email: and fittings. Must have shawbiz.ca. Attn: Eileen. email@example.com strong computer skills and Only those selected for an Fax: (403) 258-3197 or good knowledge of MS Excel. interview will be contacted. Mail to: Suite 5309, General Duties/ Resumes must be in no 333-96 Ave. NE Responsibilities: later than April 7th. Calgary, AB T3K 0S3 * Sourcing and purchasing materials * Creating purchase orders. Oilfield * Sending purchase orders Professionals to vendors. * Maintaining adequate Innisfail Insurance document controls. * Shipping and Receiving Services Ltd. is accepting applications for * Inventory control Please submit your LICENSED BROKER, resume and salary Level 2 status. Must have expectations to jobs@ 3 yrs. exp. Commercial nexsourcepower.com or exp. an asset. F/T position. FAX 403-887-4945 The successful candidate must be a self-motivated professional, possessing BOILER OPERATOR needed to finish off season excellent communication Restaurant/ and interpersonal skills. in Central Alberta. Must Hotel Applicants must enjoy have all applicable tickets. working in a very busy Fax resume to CALKINS CONSULTING team oriented 403-886-2223 o/a Tim Hortons environment. Salary to email: firstname.lastname@example.org 15 vacancies at each commensurate with location for FOOD LOCAL SERVICE CO. experience. Please COUNTER ATTENDANTS in Red Deer REQ’S EXP. forward resumes to: for 3 locations $10.88/hr. + VACUUM TRUCK Carol Peterson benefits. F/T & P/T posiOPERATOR Box 6039 tions. Permanent shift Must have Class 3 licence Innisfail, AB T4G 1S7 work, weekends, days, w/air & all oilfield tickets. Fax: 403- 227-3910 nights, evenings. Start Fax resume w/drivers Email: cpeterson@ date as soon as possible. abstract to 403-886-4475 innisfailinsurance.com No experience or education req’d. Job description avail. at www.timhortons.com Apply in person to 6620 Orr Drive. Red Deer, 6017 Parkwood Road, Blackfalds, or 4924-46 St. Lacombe. Fax: 403-782-9685 or Call 403-848-2356
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GRATIAE is seeking 5 Retails Sales representatives selling skin & body care products in Parkland Mall - 4747 67th St. Red Deer, $12.10/Hr plus bonus & commission, F/T. No Exp. Req’d. Email resumes: gratiaereddeersr@ gmail.com 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 email@example.com
APPLE AUTO GLASS EXP’D auto glass installer req’d immed. Wage dependent on exp. Good communication/phone skills. 8-5 Mon. - Fri. Drop resume at 4801-78 St. No phone calls. APPRENTICE PARTS TECHNICIAN F/T entry level position with a Heavy Duty Truck Dealership. Must be energetic & goal orientated. Competitive wages. Full benefits. Email resume to: firstname.lastname@example.org Col-Lar Construction Ltd. is seeking hoe,dozer and a field foreman to work in the Rocky Mountain House area. Work will include lease construction,road building and reclamation. Must have two years of experience on equipment, and have safety tickets up to date. E-mail:collarconstruction @gmail.com Classifieds...costs so little Saves you so much!
CUSTOM MUFFLER Looking for apprentice or journeyman mechanic. Pipe bending skills would be a great asset. Wages depend on exp. Going concern shop. Fax resume to:403-346-9909 or drop off at 2410 50 Ave. Phone 403-346-7911 LOOKING for Framers/ carpenters 403-357-9816
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 our facilities into Calgary Alberta. We employ over 175 people and provide ample opportunities to employees to achieve their career goals. We provide handson training and an opportunity to work on some of the most interesting projects and applications in the energy sector. If you would like to be a part of our growing and dynamic team of professionals in your ﬁeld, we are currently seeking:
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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
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 email@example.com 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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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Business is looking for JOURNEYMAN HD Opportunities MECHANIC or REG’D APPRENTICE. Ability to Enjoy a career in the complete CVIP inspections gifting business with is considered an asset. Top The original basket boutique! wages/ benefits. Safety We are growing in tickets req’d. Fax or drop Red Deer and Alberta. off resume 403-346-6128 780.416.2530 or No phone calls. roadtrain.com www.obbgiftsfranchise.com STAIR MANUFACTURER Req’s F/T workers to build Misc. stairs in Red Deer shop. MUST HAVE basic carHelp pentry skills. Salary based on skill level. Benefits ACADEMIC Express avail. Apply in person at ADULT EDUCATION 100, 7491 Edgar AND TRAINING Industrial Bend. email: email@example.com. and/or fax 403-347-7913 SPRING START TJ PAVING LTD. Open• Community Support ings for Operators & Worker Program Labourers. Paving experience an asset. Busy, growing company, oppor- • Women in the Trades Program tunities to move up. Great working atmosphere. Email resume: tjpaving@hotmail. • Math and Science for the Trades Program com or Fax: 403-346-8404. Truckers/ Drivers
Motor coach company looking for 4th year or journeyman. Experience with motor coaches preferred. Send resume to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax 403.-347-4999
Road Train Oilfield Transport Ltd
Packages come ready for delivery. No collecting.
Contact Loren at 403-314-4316
For more information phone Loren at 403-314-4316 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
GAETZ SOUTH Various Full & Part Time Positions in the Meat Department, Grocery & Cash. Please see Customer Service for application.
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LABOUR Busy road construction company looking for Labours. Work is throughout Alberta. Must have a Class 5 license. Fax resume to 403-309-0489
To deliver 1 day a week in BOWDEN Please call Debbie at 403-314-4307
ANTIQUE TRUNK $100 403-347-5354
Now Offering Hotter, Cleaner BC Birch. All Types. P.U. / Delivery. Lyle 403-783-2275
SEE THEM TO BELIEVE 8 Indian Warriors Shield. Owner must sell. $75-$85 each. 403-347-7405
27 units, quiet, adult, no smoking, no pets Collect rent, clean, building maintenance, Sidewalks and grass. Renovation skills a plus Criminal record check. Send resumes with experience, expectations and references to: resumes@ wunschdevelopments.ca or fax: 780-452-8284
THE TASTY BAKERY PACKAGING & COUNTER SALES P/T OPPORTUNITY No early mornings, No late nights No Sundays, Apply in person at: Bay #1, 2319 Taylor Drive (directly behind Nutters)
SLIPPERS size 6 medium ladies slippers, blue, velcro close, never worn $18 403-986-6321
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
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Marion Cres / McKenzie Cres
ADULT or YOUTH CARRIERS NEEDED For delivery of Flyers, Express and Sunday Life ONLY 4 DAYS A WEEK in
CLEARVIEW and CLEARVIEW RIDGE AREAS
Crossley St., Cooper Cl., Carter Cl., Connaught Cres. & Cody Pl. $190/mo.
McVicar Street / McKee Close
RESIDENTIAL, COMMERCIAL, INDUSTRIAL AND SERVICE: PLUMBERS, REFRIGERATION AND SHEET METAL TECHNICIANS
Vanson Close / Visser St.
2 Blocks of Cosgrove Cres. $80/mo. ALSO Cunningham Cres. $50/mo.
DEER PARK AREA
Viscount Drive Volks Place / Vanier Drive
104 to 194 Blocks of Douglas St. $58/mo. ALSO Dietz Close, Durie Close and 1 block of Davison Dr. $51/mo.
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Erickson Dr., Eldrige Cr., Everitt Cr., Elkin Cl., $187/mo. ALSO 37 Ave. from 39 St. to 44 St. and Exeter Cr. and 38A Ave. Area $111/mo. GRANDVIEW AREA 41 Ave. from Ross St. to 44 St. + 4000 Block of 47 St. &44 Block of 40A Ave. $63/mo. ALSO 40A, 41 & 42 Ave. between 39 St. & 44 St. $120/mo. ALSO 43 Ave. Area between 39 St. and 43 St. $61/mo
MICHENER AREA West of 40Ave. between Ross St. and 52 Ave. $264/mo ROSEDALE AREA Rowell Cl. & Ritson Cl. $87/mo. ALSO West half of Robinson Cres, Rich Cl., & Ryan Cl. Area. $84/mo.
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www.eaglebuilders.ca Applicants are able to apply online or fax resume to 403-885-5516 ATTN: Human Resources or email: email@example.com. We thank all applicants but only those selected for interviews will be contacted.
TIMBERSTONE AREA 378299C21-D1
We are currently seeking the following to join our team in Blackfalds for all shifts: PRECAST INSTALLATION LABORERS CONCRETE FINISHERS CARPENTERS/ WOODWORKERS STEEL REINFORCEMENT LABORERS OVERHEAD CRANE OPERATORS GENERAL LABORERS Top wages paid based on experience. Full Beneﬁts and Uniform Package included.
STAMP COLLECTION Over 900 CDN. Dating back to 1940’s + some American. $500 obo. Bob @ 403-556-2204
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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
Grain, Feed Hay
TIMOTHY & Brome square bales, great for horses, approx. 60 lbs. put up dry and covered, $5/bale Sylvan area. 403-887-2798
FOR RENT • 3000-3200 WANTED • 3250-3390
FARM HOUSE, 2 bdrm. bsmt, 20 kms. west of Bowden close to Glennifer Lake $1000/mo. + DD + utils. 403-559-8847
HALMAN Heights 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
LEGACY ESTATES 60yrs + condo. 403-598-0503
Addington Drive MORRISROE AREA
Lovely 3 level exec. 3 bdrm. townhouse 5 appls, 1 1/2 bath, IRON Horse gravity body concrete patio, blinds, lifter $50 403-309-1737 front/rear parking, no dogs, n/s, rent $1395 SD $1000 Avail. immed. or Apr. 1st. 403-304-7576 or 347-7545
Lacey Close / Lennon Close
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 • Starting Wage $36 - 44/hr 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.
2965 Bremner Avenue, Red Deer
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Misc. for Sale
HUSKY WOLF PUPS!! 1st shots, Call Kerri 403-506-3395
Allan St. / Ardell Close Aikman Close
WANTED Antiques, furniture and estates. 342-2514
Web Designer Network Administrator Help Desk Support Analyst PC Support Specialist and more!
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:
METAL corner shelf, 3 shelves, 60”H $15; and 4 wooden wall shelves $10/ea; black vase with matching ginger jar $10; tile like clock w/black iron trim, $10; brushed silver table lamp w/glass shade $25 403-309-1737 TIFFANY table lamp, blue/cream, $100; 2 highback metal bar stools w / c u s h i o n s , $90 403-754-1015
2 WOOL ACCENT MATCHING 5X7 CARPETS & 1 matching oval. $45 Clean, will sell separately. DAVID WINTER Household COLLECTORS HOUSES Furnishings in original boxes. $20/ea. CANNON K920 Copier machine w/metal stand. Exc. cond. $60 403-352-8811 4 METAL stacking lawn chairs w/cushions $90; CLEAROUT Winnie the Poo potty chair VARIOUS PARTYLITE $15; Radio Flyer rocking PRODUCTS horse $35; 403-754-1015 including candles. COMBINATION FLIP 60% off. CHART/MAGNETIC Large selection. WHITE BOARD, 403-350-9029 or Dahle brand Model 95005. 403-343-7389 Adjustable height up to GLIDER CHAIR 6.5 feet. $60. Dusty rose in colour. Oak Call (403) 342-7908. frame. Exc. shape. $125. KENMORE White END TABLE with drawer, good shape. Top has been microwave oven 800W, $30. KENMORE model 30 re-finished. 16”x20”. $32. dehumidifier, exc. cond., $75. 403-346-4348 POTTERY SOUP SET with urn & label. 4 bowls, casserole dish & salad bowl w/4 plates, like new, $95. 403-352-8811 OAKLEY Sunglasses model D Whisker Silver KING SIZE BOX SPRING, /00BLK IRID, polar, $100. never used, $95. SINGLE FUTON, wood 403-352-8811 base & mattress, $30. 403-350-9029 or PORTABLE hose reel cart 403-343-7389 $40; galvanized garbage can w/lid $12; alum. scoop STURDY bookcase, 3 shovel $8; 30” claw bar $9; shelves, 2 lower doors 3 saw horses 36”l x 27”h $25; loveseat, very good $8/ea; Coleman cooler cond., blue/green, $15; lamp and appl. timer $40 403-347-5846 $5; wall bike rack $5; power rake blades for lawn mower 2@15”, 1@16” all $10; 3 shelf pvc white stand 16 1/2”w x 15”d x 36”h $10; 2 outdoor wrought iron brackets for hanging plants $8 pair, new 20 oz. cotton wet mop $6 403-314-2026
Financial Assistance available to qualified applicants.
FOREMAN & PIPELAYER W&S OPERATORS
Fax Resume to 780-623-7451 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
FOR FLYERS, RED DEER SUNDAY LIFE & EXPRESS ROUTES IN:
DRIVEN TO EXCEL FROM START TO FINISH
email@example.com Attn: Wayne Marshall Blackfalds Oﬃce: 403-885-9109
Spruce & Pine - Split 7 days/wk. 403-304-6472
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MORRISROE AREA 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
Semi loads of pine, spruce, tamarack, poplar. Price depends on location. Lil Mule Logging 403-318-4346
REQUIRED 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
ALBERTA HISTORY 14.5”x30” print (coloured) of Crow Chiefs signing the Peace Treaty party. $200. 403-347-7405
FP highchair $35, FP baby swing $45; Graco stroller w/car seat $75; umbrella stroller $10; new baby wooden sled w/liner $35 403-754-1015
(Reliable vehicle needed.)
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Antiques & Art
Manager - Red Deer
LAMB: Free range, hormone free, freezer ready, inspected & processed to your specs. $240 per carcass. 403-704-9890
EquipmentHeavy Resident Apartment
Gov’t of Alberta Funding may be available.
ADULT CARRIERS NEEDED For delivery of the morning ADVOCATE in Red Deer
Looking for reliable newspaper carrier for 1 day per week delivery of the Central Alberta Life in the town of
Timberstone Way $302/mo. Call Jamie 403-314-4306
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. www.greatapartments.ca
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BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Jimmy Rollins began the season with a slam, Neil Walker with a walkoff homer and the Washington Nationals with a thrilling ninth-inning comeback. After a frigid winter of blizzards for much of the U.S., baseball came storming back Monday when 26 major league teams opened their seasons and seemed to make the outdoors feel a little warmer. Washington’s Matt Williams and Detroit’s Brad Ausmus won in their big league debuts as managers. They weren’t the only inaugurals. There was an innovative replay system for umpires, and at some ballparks new metal detectors at fan entrances as teams installed the devices a year before Major League Baseball’s industrywide requirement. At U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago, there were long lines as spectators were screened by hand held or walkthrough metal detectors. “Everybody’s safety is important and if Major League Baseball and the Chicago White Sox are trying to protect their fans that are loyal to them, I’m fine with that,” said Paula Green of Paris, Ill. On the field, there were four video reviews in the day games. In the two decisions overturned by umpires in the New York control room, Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers and Emilio Bonifacio of the Chicago Cubs were called out at first base after initially being ruled safe. In the two rulings confirmed, Washington’s Danny Espinosa and the Cubs’ Jeff Samardzija both were called out. Braun received a standing ovation at Miller Park in his return from a 65-game, seasonending suspension he accepted for violations of baseball’s drug agreement and labour contract. “Fans are fans. That’s the way it’s supposed to be. He’s their hometown player and it was a wonderful reaction. I wish everybody well,” said baseball Commissioner Bud Selig, the former Brewers owner who was on hand to watch his hometown team. Nelson Cruz, who completed his 50-game suspension in time to return for Texas’ season finale last fall, celebrated his Baltimore debut with a tiebreaking home run off Jon Lester in the seventh inning in the Orioles’ 2-1 win over World Series champion Boston. Fans chanted “Cruuuuuze!” every time his name was announced. “It was really neat, it was special,” he said. “I made the right call to come and be part of this organization, be part of this town.” Rollins hit his 200th career homer in Philadelphia’s 14-10 interleague win at Texas as the Phillies had 17 hits and scored
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First base umpire Bob Davidson, right, and home plate umpire John Hirschbeck talk over headsets as a pickoff safe call at first base is reviewed in the tenth inning of an opening day baseball game against the Chicago Cubs on Monday, in Pittsburgh. The safe call was overturned and Cubs’ Emilio Bonifacio was ruled out. their most runs in an opener since 1900. Rollins, whose wife is expecting their second child, flew to Texas on Sunday, a day after the rest of the team. “I didn’t want to come here and then have to fly to Philadelphia,” Rollins said. “The baby has let me go out and play ball for a few more days.” Rollins connected off Tanner Scheppers, the first pitcher since Fernando Valenzuela of the 1981 Los Angeles Dodgers to make his first big league start on opening day. At Pittsburgh, Walker homered off Carlos Villanueva leading off the 10th inning to give the Pirates a 1-0, 10-inning win over the perennially hapless Chicago Cubs. He becomes the first Pittsburgh player to hit a game-ending home on opening day since Bob Bailey against San Francisco’s Juan Marichal in a 1-0, 10-inning victory in 1965. “This one feels pretty special,” said Walker, who last year helped the Pirates finish with a winning record for the first time since 1992. “This is a special day for this team, this organization. We’ve come a long way.” Washington rallied for a 9-7 win at the New York Mets. Denard Span hit a tying double with two outs in the ninth off closer Bobby Parnell, and Ian Desmond put the Nationals in front for the first time with a sacrifice fly in the 10th and Anthony Rendon followed with a threerun homer. “I have a stomach ache right now,” Williams said. “I’ll probably sleep good tonight.” Detroit beat visiting Kansas
Sabres give Nolan extension BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
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City 4-3 when Alex Gonzalez finished his Tigers debut with a winning RBI single in the ninth against Greg Holland. Kansas City lost its sixth straight opener but Salvador Perez’s run-scoring double in the fourth ended a 22-inning scoreless streak for the Royals in openers. St. Louis won 1-0 at Cincinnati behind Yadier Molina’s seventh-inning homer off Johnny Cueto, the Reds’ first shutout loss on opening day since 1953. Bryan Price lost his managing debut with Cincinnati. Coming off a 63-99 season, their poorest record since 1970, the Chicago White Sox beat Mnnesota 5-3. Tampa Bay beat Toronto 9-2 behind ace David Price, who wasn’t sure he’d remain with the Rays during a winter of trade rumours. Blue Jays shortstop Jose Reyes left the lineup after his first at-bat because of a tight left hamstring and was put on the disabled list. Reyes injured his left ankle in Toronto’s 10th game last year and was sidelined until June 26. Jose Fernandez struck out nine and allowed one run in six innings for the Miami Marlins in a 10-1 rout of visiting Colorado. The 21-year-old became the youngest NL opening-day starter since Dwight Gooden in 1986, according to STATS. Later openers had San Francisco at Arizona, Cleveland at Oakland and Seattle at the Los Angeles Angels in Robinson Cano’s Mariners’ debut. The final opener is Tuesday, when the New York Yankees start captain Derek Jeter’s last season at Houston.
the Commonwealth Games, with the British Empire Games held in Hamilton in 1930,” Pipe said in a statement. The British Empire Games were the first of what came to be known as the Commonwealth Games. Both cities advised the Commonwealth Games Federation of their intentions Monday. Formal bid proposals are due in March 2015. CGF members will formally consider the bids at the Federation’s General Assembly in Auckland, N.Z., in September 2015. Canada has hosted the
Games four times, with Vancouver playing host in 1954 and Victoria in 1994. Glasgow won the bid for this summer’s Games, beating Abuja, Nigeria in voting 47-24. Gold Coast, Australia beat Hambantota, Sri Lanka in bidding for the 2018 Games by a vote of 7127. The Games have never been held in Africa. Edmonton hosted the World University Games in 1983, the 2001 world track and field championships, the 2005 World Masters Games and the 2006 Women’s Rugby World Cup.
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Avalanche’s leading scorer Matt Duchene out about 4 weeks with knee injury
This year’s Final Four filled with contrasting styles, players and coaches Florida coach Billy Donovan has his hands full preparing for Shabazz Napier and Connecticut in the Final Four, yet couldn’t help but look across at the other side of the bracket. Kentucky, with its waves of athletic freshmen against defensive and deliberate Wisconsin, yeah, that’s going to be interesting to watch — even for a coach with more pressing things on his mind. “It should be a great game,” Donovan said during a conference call with the Final Four coaches on Monday. “Two, I think in a lot of ways, contrasting styles.” Contrast. This year’s Final Four is full of it. Kentucky has relied almost entirely on freshmen (again), while Florida followed a road paved by seniors. The Gators’ middle is muscular, anchored by lane bully Patric Young. Wisconsin’s Frank Kaminsky is a 7-footer who is just as comfortable on the 3-point line as he is on the low block. The Badgers’ shot clock is more like an hour glass, offensive spacing and precision cutting setting up the perfect shot. The athletic Wildcats barge their way past opponents, getting out on the break or flying in for rebound slams. Even the coaches have divergent paths: Donovan and Kentucky’s John Calipari are Final Four regulars, UConn’s Kevin Ollie and Wisconsin’s Bo Ryan have crashed the party for the first time. The 66-year-old Ryan is finally in the Final Four after so many near-misses, but has at least seen a version of the big stage before after taking Wisconsin-Platteville to four national championships before moving on to Madison. Ollie has never been this far; he’s only been a head coach for two seasons and the Huskies weren’t eligible for the NCAA tournament a year ago. He does have plenty of experience, though, playing for 11 teams during 13 NBA seasons before ending up in Storrs. “I always prided myself as being a coach on the court,” Ollie said. “I didn’t really pride myself to looking over at the coach for the play. I wanted to be the extension of the coach so he didn’t have to call the play. I knew exactly what he wanted on the court every minute of the game.” The contrast in big men runs the spectrum in this year’s Final Four. Florida’s Young is built like a 6-foot-9 bodybuilder, using his strength to bull opponents out of the lane and get to the rim. Kentucky’s Julius Randle is of a similar barge-past-them mould, though with more of a face-up game, and UConn go-to big man
EDMONTON OILERS BY THE CANADIAN PRESS EDMONTON — The Edmonton Oilers agreed to terms with centre Mark Arcobello on a one-year contract extension Monday. The 25-year-old native of Milford, Conn., has 18 points in 41 games this season. The five-foot-eight 166-pound centre also has 28 points (10-18) in 15 games with AHL Oklahoma City. Arcobello is the Barons’ all-time leader in goals (60), assists (101), points (161) and playoff points (35). Also Monday, the Oilers recalled forward Will Acton from the Barons on an emergency recall basis. He has three points (2-1) in 23 games with Edmonton this season.
DeAndre Daniels can shoot, slash and soar. On the far end of the big-man spectrum is Kaminsky. A lanky 7-footer, he uses his length to score around the basket, but also has good shooting touch from the arc and an ability to find gaps in the opposing team’s perimeter defence. “Kaminsky for them is a unique player just in the fact that with his size, he can step away from the basket and shoot threes, he obviously can post up and score around the basket,” Donovan said. The range in experience couldn’t be any wider between SEC rivals Kentucky and Florida. The Gators are the most seasoned team left in the bracket, led by seniors Young, Scottie Wilbekin, Casey Prather and Will Yeguete. Those four alone had played nearly 400 combined games before Kentucky’s freshmen had played one on the college level. But the start-em-young mindset is nothing new in Lexington. Calipari already perfected the ring-and-done, earning a national championship in 2012 behind Anthony Davis and his talented freshmen cohorts. After some shaky stretches during the regular season, Coach Cal has guided another group of young Cats — seven freshmen in the top eight of the rotation — into the Final Four. “Every one of these kids averaged 25 (points), were McDonald’s All-Americans in some form or fashion,” Calipari said. “All of a sudden you’re asked to do way less. That’s really hard.” Now, about that matchup of Badgers and Wildcats in North Texas on Saturday. Kentucky’s Wildcats are thoroughbreds, athletic players who seem to rotate in like it’s a hockey game. Offensively, they fly in for dunks, drop in 3s, relentlessly pound the glass. Defensively, they play with a swarm mentality, the guards hounding opponents into mistakes, the long-armed big men soaring in to send shots into the stands. Wisconsin ... is ... more ... deliberate. The Badgers work their offence like a precision craftsman, screening and cutting and spacing themselves perfectly to get the best possible shot, whether it’s in the lane or beyond the arc, where just about everyone on the roster can hit from. Defence has been a priority at Wisconsin since Ryan first arrived in Madison and little has changed in the 12 years since — other than the frustration level of teams trying to score against the Badgers. “We are who we are right now, we’re not changing,” Ryan said. “They’re who they are right now. Whatever people want to say about styles and all that, I leave that up to them. I’ve never gotten caught up in that kind of a conversation.” With so many contrasts — styles, players, coaches — there’s plenty to talk about.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The Colorado Avalanche will be heading into their first post-season in four years without leading scorer Matt Duchene after the forward suffered a quirky left knee injury. Duchene hurt his medical collateral ligament when he ran into a teammate on the opening shift against San Jose over the weekend. He’s expected to miss about four weeks. The loss is a big blow for the Avalanche, who have turned things around in coach Patrick Roy’s first season in charge and are in the running for home-ice advantage with eight games remaining. “We hope for a speedy recovery to be back as soon as he can,” Ryan O’Reilly said after practice Monday. Duchene was trying to avoid a collision with teammate Jamie McGinn, but they awkwardly bumped anyway near the Sharks blue line. Duchene fell to the ice and then gingerly skated to the bench. “One of those freak accidents in hockey,” McGinn said. McGinn said he’s called and texted Duchene, telling him to “stay positive.” Duchene posted on his Twitter account Monday that the “thought of not playing in the first round for me has been devastating.” He added that he will be “doing everything in my power to be ready for Game 1... And if not then, shortly after!” The 23-year-old Duchene has set career highs this season in points (70), assists (47) and shots (217). He missed three games earlier this season with an oblique injury. The team went 3-0 in his absence. For now, Roy said the plan is to move rookie Nathan MacKinnon to centre to fill in for Duchene, with O’Reilly and McGinn playing on the wings. “We’ve been finding ways to win games,” Roy said. “We’ll continue to find ways to win.”
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RED DEER NORDIC RACERS Bailey Johnson of the Red Deer Nordic Racers won the provincial U15 girls’ aggregate cross-country ski championship. Johnson struck gold in the U16 7.5-kilometre classic skate pursuit race at the Alberta Cups 7/8 during the weekend at the Sharkfest in Canmore. She also had a fourth in the 5km classic race. Anna Zimmerman was fourth in the 10km classic skate pursuit and fifth in the 5km classic. Zack Kosack was 11th in the U14 3.75km classic while
Gina Pimm was 17th in the U12 2.5km classic. Owen Pimm was 13th and Gina Pimm 19th in the U12 4.4km classic skate pursuit. Other results in the U16 competition saw Dahlin Wiebe take fifth, Gavin Rittamer 14th, Dallas Zimmerman 15th and Brigette Lischewski 17th in the classic while Wiebe was seventh, Rittamer 14th, Zimmerman 15th and Lischewski 16th in the classic skate pursuit. Previously Johnson was sixth in the aggregate in the U15 at the nationals while Rittamer was 14th.
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The Red Deer Advocate is accepting applications for a Special Sections Coordinator to join our Advertising department. The successful candidate will be expected to work Monday to Friday, 37.5 hours a week. Working in a high volume environment, the successful candidate will be responsible for preparing copy and images for features, supply sales team with marketing materials for sections, working with freelance writers and providing customer service to our trade printing clients. They must possess a strong work ethic, a keen eye for detail, be highly organized, able to multi task and work independently with minimal supervision. Mac-based Adobe Indesign and Adobe Creative suite, experience would be an asset. This is a union position with usual company benefits. Forward resumes stating “Special Sections Coordinator” by Sunday, April 13/14 to: firstname.lastname@example.org Drop off or mail to: Richard Smalley Advertising Director Red Deer Advocate 2950 Bremner Avenue Red Deer, AB T4R 1M9 We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only selected candidates will be contacted. No phone calls please.
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American plains, west seeing great growth ENERGY PRODUCTION AT CENTRE OF ECONOMIC, POPULATION BOOM BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON — America’s cities are still growing, with the population boom fueled by people picking up and moving to find jobs in energy production across the oil- and gas-rich areas west of the Mississippi River. New 2013 census information released Thursday shows that cities are the fastest-growing parts of the United States, and a majority of the metro areas showing that growth are located in or near the oil- and gas-rich fields of the Great Plains and Mountain West. Neighbouring cities Odesa and Midland, Texas, show up as the second and third fastest-growing metro areas in the country. Sara Higgins, the Midland public information officer, has a simple explanation: oil. “They’re coming here to work,” Higgins said. Energy production is one of the fastest-growing industries in the United States, the Census Bureau said. The boom in the U.S. follows the use of new technologies, such as hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling, to tap oil and gas reserves. “Mining, quarrying, and oil and
gas extraction industries were the most rapidly growing part of our nation’s economy over the last several years,” Census Bureau Director John H Thompson said. According to its data, revenue for mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction grew 34.2 per cent to $555.2 billion from 2007 to 2012. It also was among the fastest growers in employment as the number of employees rose 23.3 per cent to 903,641. The population boom does come with some challenges, said Andrea Goodson, the public information coordinator in Odesa, including the need for quick improvements to city infrastructure and housing to deal with the influx of new people. With the population increase “comes a unique set of circumstances to deal with, so it’s been a double-edged sword,” Goodson said. While energy exploration is drawing people to the Great Plains and Mountain West, Florida is still the one of the top destinations in the country, as it shows up again and again in census data for population growth. Fueled by an increasing number of retirees, the fastest-growing metro area in the country was The Villages,
boasting a 5.2 per cent increase in population between 2012 and 2013. Its surrounding county, Sumter County, also shows up as one of the fastest-growing counties in the country with a 5.2 per cent increase during the time period. Gary Lester, vice-president for community relations at The Villages, said Friday it draws retirees and people from all 50 states to their communities, which were designed with the influx of people in mind. “It’s all about the active lifestyle we offer,” Lester said. Following The Villages, Odesa and Midland were Fargo, N.D.-Minn. (3.1 per cent); Bismarck, N.D. (3.1 per cent); Casper, Wyo. (2.9 per cent); Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach, S.C.-N.C. (2.7 per cent); Austin-Round Rock, Texas (2.6 per cent); DaphneFairhope-Foley, Ala. (2.6 per cent); and Cape Coral-Fort Myers, Fla. (2.5 per cent). The fastest-growing counties were Williams County, N.D. (10.7 per cent increase from 2013); Duchesne County, Utah (5.5 per cent increase); Sumter County, Fla. (5.2 per cent); Stark County, N.D. (5.0 per cent); Kendall County, Texas (5.0 per cent); St. Bernard Parish, La. (4.6 per cent); Wasatch County,
Utah (4.4 per cent); Meade County, S.D. (4.3 per cent); Fort Bend County, Texas (4.2 per cent) and Hays County, Texas (4.1 per cent). The Census Bureau also found: ● Metro areas grew faster than the United States as a whole (0.9 per cent compared with 0.7 per cent). ● Metro areas with populations of 1 million or more in 2012 grew 1.0 per cent, compared with 0.5 per cent for those with populations of less than 250,000. ● The nation’s fastest-growing city by number of people was Houston, which gained 138,000 people between 2012 and 2013. The surrounding county, Harris Country, also showed the fastest numerical population increase at almost 83,000 people. ● New York was the nation’s largest metropolitan area, with 19.9 million residents. ● Los Angeles was once again the nation’s most populous county, with a population of more than 10 million. The census estimates are based on local records of births and deaths, Internal Revenue Service records of people moving within the United States and census statistics on immigrants.
Ronald McDonald promotes Taco Bell breakfast menu FAST FOOD COMPANY FINDS NAMESAKE TO PROMOTE NEW FOOD OFFERINGS BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW YORK — Taco Bell is namedropping an unlikely clown to promote its new breakfast menu — Ronald McDonald. The fast-food chain will begin airing ads Thursday that feature everyday men who happen to have the same name as the McDonald’s mascot known for his bright red hair and yellow jumpsuit. The marketing campaign is intended to promote Taco Bell’s new breakfast menu, which features novelties like a waffle taco. The chain, owned by Yum Brands Inc. of Louisville, Ky., is looking to boost sales by opening most of its roughly 6,000 U.S. stores a few hours earlier at 7 a.m. starting this week. But Taco Bell has a long way to go to catch up with McDonald’s, the No. 1 player in breakfast with about 31 per cent of the category, according to market researcher Technomic. The popularity of Egg McMuffins and other items have been a consistent sales driver for McDonald’s over the years, with breakfast accounting for about 20 per cent of the
company’s U.S. sales. By comparison, a Yum executive has said that breakfast accounted for just 4 per cent of sales when it was being tested at Taco Bell stores in select markets. That was before national marketing began, however, and Taco Bell president Brian Niccol said in a phone interview that the goal was to get the figure to a level “much greater than that.” Taco Bell said the real-life Ronald McDonalds featured in its new ads were paid for their appearances. But Niccol, who said he didn’t know how much they were paid, insists their enthusiastic reactions to the food were real. “All of them resoundingly loved the food,” he said. Taco Bell’s ad agency, Deutsche LA, found around 400 men and women with the name Ronald McDonald, Ronnie McDonald or some variation, Niccol said. A couple dozen were selected to represent different regions around the country including Bossier City, La.; Chicago; Dubuque, Iowa; Kane, Pa. and Worcester, Ma. The men show their approval of
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Taco Bell’s new waffle taco. The fast-food chain says the waffle taco, which includes scrambled eggs, sausage and a side of syrup, was the top seller during breakfast hours at the five Southern California restaurants where they were tested earlier this year. the food with comments like, “It’s not messy” and “Mmm, wow” and “Mmm, real good” and “It has everything I like.” In case it wasn’t clear, tiny print at
the end of the ad notes that, “These Ronald McDonalds are not affiliated with McDonald’s Corporation and were individually selected as paid endorsers of Taco Bell Breakfast.”
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