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Local woman continues to raise funds for Nepali guide Beverly Williams’ daughter recently visited earthquake ravaged site KALISHA MENDONSA RED DEER EXPRESS
everly Williams, a Red Deer resident, was present in Nepal during the major earthquake on April 25th. Upon her arrival home, she took it upon herself to help fundraise for the man who kept her safe in the quake’s aftermath. Williams was hiking with a Nepali man named Harin Dhakai when the earthquake struck. The pair had to walk for a day and a half to reach the capital, Kathmandu. Williams said Dhakai never left her side and was a great support through the ordeal. “Through my research I found out it takes about $10,000 to build a home that could survive an earthquake. I have raised about $3,500. I had a water can at the farmer’s market and a lot of the media told people that I would be there, so people brought in a lot of money. I’ve also done five speeches where people could donate at the events as well,” Williams said. “People gave all amounts. This one little girl was so sweet, she must have been seven or eight. At the farmer’s market, she said, “Oh Mom, look this is what I read in the paper!”. She went in her wallet and got 25 cents and put it in the jar. That was so special. Afterwards she looked at her mom and asked her donate it was really cute.” Williams’ daughter Janvier had planned to travel to Europe and Australia and stopped in Nepal to hand deliver $2,000 to Dhakai. Beverly said she would like to deliver the rest of the money and any additional donations in person some time next year, approximately March or April. She said she did not want to send it all at once in the off chance that the money would be stolen from Janvier. “Har was so grateful. I told him that a majority of the cash raised came from Central Albertans and other locations that I was positive people had donated from. He was smiling and kept saying thank you very much, and that it was going to help make a huge dent in the reconstruction of his home,” Janvier said. “It was amazing to actually get
CONNECTED - From left, Janvier Williams met with Nepali Harin Dhakai in his hometown to hand deliver money that Williams’ mother had raised for Dhakai to rebuild his home after the devastating Nepal earthquake that took place on April 25th. to see his face - he was just so happy.” Janvier said there were same areas of Kathmandu that looked as though they had barely been affected by the earthquake, but away from the major tourist destinations the damage was very real. “I walked to the Monkey Temple and the path took me through some of the local houses. They had been completely destroyed. There were people rebuilding, but they still had a long way to go,” she said. “Most of the buildings have either been rebuilt or were in process of being rebuilt. Some buildings were still missing one or more walls.” Janvier said most of the houses she saw were rebuilt with a tin roof and tin walls. She said Dhakai told her many people were not going to rebuild completely until monsoon season
passes - around December. She also saw some houses that were filled with rocks and rubble from collapsing in on themselves. She said many people had taken to tents for a temporary home. “Before we even began hiking, we walked past a big town. And I saw an empty lot and tents absolutely everywhere. I asked Har and he said that people either can’t afford to rebuild their homes, so that’s all they have at the moment, or they are just waiting until the rain season ends. I was honestly surprised by the amount of tents.” Beverly will have a kiosk set up at Parkland Mall from mid-November through December, where she will continue to collect funds for Dhakai. Economically, Nepal isn’t doing well for a number of reasons - the most obvious being the aftermath of the nation’s larg-
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est natural disaster in history. A lack of imported goods from India coupled with an extremely low tourism rate are sinking the country’s economy even further. “The situation is really bad right now. India is stopping the import of water, food and fuels into Nepal right now. Even without the economic dispute with India, a lot of people are thinking it’s not safe to go to Nepal because the earthquake happened and so the tourism is down,” Beverly explained. “Tourism is a very, very large provider of money for people living there. So many of them rely on tourism to live, but without people visiting, they have no jobs. They don’t have work and they have no money to feed their families.” Beverly said she hopes the money donated serves Dhakai and his family well. She said he was a very kind person and
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she appreciated his concern for her well-being during her visit. Janvier mirrored these regards, and said that Dhakai, his family and the community as a whole were optimistic and lively regardless of their present situation. “Nepalis in general are just relaxed kind of people. Most people, when they were talking about the earthquake said, ‘Yes, it was horrible, but it is life and stuff like this happens’,” Janvier said. “Despite the devastation and the destruction that ripped through their houses and their lives, almost everyone I met was laughing and joking around on the streets.” Beverly will continue to fundraise for Dhakai and his family by collecting donations at her hat, mitt and coat kiosk in Parkland Mall. email@example.com
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Man pleads guilty to murder on first day of trial Crown Prosecutor Bruce Ritter said Gaashaan should not be eligible for parole until he has served 12 and a half What was supposed to be a three- years of his sentence. Ritter also sought a week trial in Red Deer’s Court of Queen’s sentence of three and a half years for the Bench began with a guilty plea from the charge of offering indignity to a human accused. body, which would be served concurBashir Gaashaan, 33, pleaded guilty to rently with the second degree murder second degree murder and offering indig- sentence. nity to a human body as a result of the Naeem Rauf, defense lawyer for death of Jenna Cartwright, 21, in 2011. Gaashaan said parole should be considGaashaan was initially charged with first ered after 10 years - the minimum time degree murder in which he pleaded not allowed to be given for parole eligibility guilty to. for such charges - and his client’s circumCartwright was found partially clothed stances should be taken into consideron a rural road near the Town of Olds on ation. May 3rd, 2011. Her cousin had reported “This was drug and alcohol fueled. Mr. her missing on April 20th, 2011. Gaashaan’s life came crashing down beIn an Agreed Statement of Facts that cause of his own actions,” he said. “He was read into the record on Monday, court has spent four years and five months in heard that Gaashaan and Cartwright pre-trial custody and he has been held had left a mutual on a protective unit friend’s house toin which he has gether and went been locked up for to Gaashaan’s res“THERE IS A HOLE IN MY HEART 22 hours a day. This idence on March exacerbates these THAT WILL NEVER BE FILLED. 30th, 2011. The I HAVE A FEELING OF GUILT THAT circumstances.” document also Rauf added that stated the pair had I WASN’T ABLE TO PROTECT HER. Gaashaan, who was consumed cocaine born in Somalia, HER DAUGHTER WILL NEVER together at his had a traumatKNOW HOW MUCH SHE home. Gaashaan ic childhood that LOVED HER.” had left the room saw him left in a and upon his rerefugee camp at a turn noticed some LYNDA CARTWRIGHT young age in Kenya drugs had gone as his family fled to missing. He quesCanada. He eventioned Cartwright tually joined his and then proceeded to enter his bedroom. family in Ontario three years later and The Agreed Statement of Facts indicated dropped out of school in Grade 10 before that Cartwright leaped onto Gaashaan’s moving to Alberta in his early adulthood back and a struggle ensued. and falling into the drug culture. The document stated that Gaashaan “He spiraled out of control,” said Rauf. strangled Cartwright until she was unMeanwhile, Lynda Cartwright, Jenna’s conscious and then gagged her with a mother, read her victim impact statement black cloth. Gaashaan bound her hands in court on Monday morning. and wrapped her face in plastic and “There is a hole in my heart that will wrapped her body in a duvet. never be filled. I have a feeling of guilt He then put her body in the basement. that I wasn’t able to protect her. Her The Agreed Statement of Facts stated daughter will never know how much she Gaashaan tried to bury Cartwright’s body loved her. but the ground was frozen, so he left her “Everything in my life has changed and on a rural road near the Town of Olds. Her body was found on May 3rd, 2011 by nothing ever will be the same.” Gaashaan was wearing a grey hoodie a passerby. and looked down during most of the Gaashaan was arrested on June 13th, 2011 in Thunder Bay after being charged court proceedings on Monday. Before with taking a motor vehicle without con- court adjourned, he addressed the gallery, sent. At the time of his arrest for the including Cartwright’s family. “I am ashamed this has happened. I murder, Gaashaan was already in custody serving time for a 45-day sentence he was wish I could take it all back, but I can’t. given for the previous incident. Gaashaan Never in a million years I thought this has remained in custody since being would happen - I was not raised this way, ” he said. “To the family, I am really sorry. I brought back to Red Deer. wish I could give my life to bring her back. The Agreed Statement of Facts also showed that during his interview with I ask God to cool your hearts and help police, Gaashaan admitted to killing make it easier for you.” In addition, Read will deliver her deciCartwright. After pleading guilty to second degree sion regarding Gaashaan’s eligibility for murder, Gaashaan received an automat- parole on Thursday afternoon in Red ic sentence of 25 years in prison. His Deer’s Court of Queen’s Bench. After Gaashaan serves his sentence, he parole eligibility, which can range from 10-25 years, will be determined by Justice faces deportation back to Somalia. firstname.lastname@example.org Donna Read on Thursday afternoon.
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OPINION Liberals take majority in new era for Canadian politics Canadians voted for change this past Monday and the Stephen Harper era has come to an end. The Liberals won a majority government while the Conservatives held onto a solid opposition and the NDP plunged in popularity with catastrophic losses in Quebec - what many are calling an ‘Orange Crash’. What a heartbreaking blow for the NDP and leader Thomas Mulcair in particular. As of press time, there was still no word regarding whether or not Mulcair would step down as leader, but we don’t understand how he couldn’t. It’s clear his leadership did not carry the party to success. The Greens may also want to take another look at who leads their party as well. Elizabeth May hung onto her seat, but that was literally it. If this party is serious about getting any traction in this country, maybe they have to look at how May connects with Canadians. It would certainly help if she visited
more ridings throughout the country instead of bouncing back and forth between the west coast and Ottawa almost exclusively. The Liberals won the majority with 184 seats (54.5%), the Conservatives with 99 seats (29.2%), NDP with 44 seats (13%) the Bloc Quebecois with 10 seats (2.9%) and the Greens with one seat (0.3%). Prime Minister designate Justin Trudeau made history Monday night as he followed in his late father’s footsteps. They have been referred to as the first Canadian political dynasty. It will be interesting to see how he differentiates from his father’s legacy and makes a name for himself over the next four years. Much has been made of Trudeau’s relatively young age, he is 43-years-old, but he is only three years younger than Harper was when he first became prime minister nine and a half years ago. We think we are all relieved that the anti-Harper/stop Harper campaign has fi-
nally come to an end. It was really getting tiresome no matter how you felt about his leadership or the party as a whole. There was so much bashing on social media regarding Harper that we are glad to see the campaign finish and now Canadians can just move on. That type of negativity is not good for anyone. Meanwhile, citizens were clearly engaged in this election. Voter turnout in Monday’s election was the highest it has been since 1993 and that is something that Canadians can be proud of. Across the country, 68.5% of eligible Canadians cast their ballots in the federal election and locally about 72% of eligible voters in both the Red Deer-Mountain View riding and the Red Deer-Lacombe riding voted as well. Long lines proved to be the theme even starting at the advanced polling. The voter turnout numbers really say something about how relevant the issues of this campaign were to people and how
strong people felt that there needed to be a change. People don’t generally take the time to vote in such high numbers when they don’t feel like their vote matters. In Central Alberta, voters chose to stick with the status-quo. MPs Blaine Calkins for Red DeerLacombe and Earl Dreeshen for Red DeerMountain View swept both ridings. It was an easy win for both men. Alberta remained Tory Blue for the most part and you have to wonder if the current NDP government gets that message. Yes, Albertans voted for change in this past spring’s provincial election, but it was quite telling when the vast majority of the province remained pro-conservative federally. The next four years will certainly prove to be interesting - Trudeau made many campaign promises along the way so we’ll see what he sticks to and what he doesn’t. Either way, he has his work cut out for him.
The search for the Canadian identity continues The election campaign may be over but the quest for a Canadian identity remains. Apart from the myriad of other issues, voters were also asked to either reject the party that many accused of trying to reinvent it or reward the party that professed to be reclaiming it. As a dual citizen, I am often amazed at how the issue never arises in the U.S. but is an ever-present question in the minds of Canadians. Justin Trudeau in particular seemed intensely focused on how the global community had come to perceive Canada after 10 years of Conservative rule. American politicians are never burdened by introspection or anything approaching angst when it comes to their national identity. They need not
MACFADYEN define it; they need only reaffirm it with obligatory buzzwords such as freedom, opportunity and prosperity – words often enunciated with a fervour bordering on evangelical. During the first Democratic debate, Bernie Sanders asserted – uncharacteristically for a presidential candidate – that, “I think we should look to countries like Denmark, like Sweden” to understand the face of democratic socialism and how it could be import-
ed. To which front-runner Hillary Clinton replied, “But we are not Denmark. I love Denmark. We’re the United States of America.” These remarks by Clinton, while probably pleasing to Denmark, also show the United States does not navel gaze when it comes to the issue of identity. Not so in Canada, where the first difficulty is in defining the concept at all. What exactly is a Canadian identity and why do some leaders say we need to find it again as though it were as easy to misplace as a set of keys? Perhaps national identity is like pornography – hard to define but, to paraphrase former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart, we know it when we see it. Some people find their
identity in sports. But this is problematic. Hockey may be Canada’s game and baseball the American pastime but try telling that to the millions of Canuck fans from coast to coast leaning Ken Dryden-style on their hockey sticks as they cheer on the Toronto Blue Jays. In endorsing the Liberals and Trudeau, the Toronto Star wrote that, “They have stood up for bedrock Canadian values of tolerance and decency.” In defining ourselves so broadly and generally, we risk reaching a point where the question of identity becomes so vague as to be meaningless – more coffee-shop poetry than a reflection of character. We simply endow ourselves and claim as our own virtues that all civi-
lized people would wish to possess. One of the problems with identity is that it very often focuses on the traditions and practices of the past. But there is a difference between reverence for what has come before us and reluctance to change or evolve. If we must look for an identity then better to focus on what will be rather than what was. In this way, identity can be inclusive of all those millions of new citizens who bring to our shores their own unique cultures and languages – both those who have recently arrived and those yet to come. Whatever the answer to our elusive Canadian identity may be, it is refreshing and reassuring that we are one of the only countries
asking the question at all. It shows that Canada is in a constant state of self-reflection and self-examination – that we are in a never-ending state of becoming. It could be that the act of searching for our identity is our identity; that the search is what defines us and makes us unique in the world. We cannot really expect it to be otherwise in a country with two official languages and a national anthem that has different words in each. But even though the words we sing are different, the important point is that we sing them to the same music. Gavin MacFadyen is a lawyer and freelance writer living in New York State. His column is distributed through Troy Media.
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2015 FEDERAL ELECTION Local MPs re-elected in Central Alberta ridings BY ERIN FAWCETT AND MARK WEBER RED DEER EXPRESS Both local MPs held onto their seats after Monday’s federal election. In the Red Deer-Lacombe riding, Conservative Blaine Calkins was re-elected with 43,599 votes. Liberal Jeff Rock received 9,545 votes, NDP Doug Hart received 7,055 votes, while Les Kuzyk with the Green Party received 1,773 votes. In total, 61,972 residents cast their ballots which translates to a 71.55% voter turnout in that riding. In the Red Deer-Mountain View riding, Conservative Earl Dreesheen was re-elected with 46,244 votes. Liberal Chandra Kastern received 8,356 votes, NDP Paul Harris received 5,233 votes and Simon Oleny for the Green Party received 1,620, Libertarian James Walper received 445 votes and Pirate Party candidate Scott Milne received 312 votes. In total, 62,210 residents voted in the south riding which was a 71.71% voter turnout in that riding. “It’s a very humbling experience - it’s a fourth time for an election win,” said Calkins on Monday night. “I’m very grateful and I’m very thankful to the voters here in Red Deer-Lacombe. It feels bittersweet - sweet that I have another opportunity to go back to Ottawa, but obviously I’m frustrated with the national numbers. “My job will be to represent my constituents and to hold the Liberals to account so they don’t neglect Alberta like they have done in the past. I think Canadians have chosen style over substance,” he said. “The Orange Crush (NDPs) now look like the Orange Crash. The premier’s en-
dorsement didn’t seem to help him out anyways.” Rock said he is proud of the campaign he ran and he is proud that Canadians chose a majority Liberal government. “It’s very surreal. What democracy is about is everyday, average people stepping up to run in the hopes of building a better Canada and a better country and seeking to serve the people of the local constituency. I see myself as an everyday, average guy - I’m a minister by day, a community member,” said Rock. “It’s not necessarily about win or lose, it’s about engaging people and we’ve done that with such a success. I’m delighted and thrilled. We rocked this election. “Justin Trudeau - what makes me so proud to be a Liberal and what makes me so proud to be part of his team, is that he said, ‘I will not go negative. I will speak optimism and hopefulness’ and he stuck to his word, and that makes me so proud. I think Canadians were a little bit wary of that at first - the negativity worked - I think Canadians chose optimism, hope, love, community and togetherness rather than divisiveness. I’m so proud of our country - that we have chosen that optimism.” Earl Dreeshen, Conservative incumbent for Red Deer–Mountain View, said the support he’s been shown has been extremely gratifying. “I’m so proud of the team that we have, and I just want to thank you for being here,” he told supporters at the Sheraton Hotel Monday evening. “We have had an amazing group of people that have been knocking on doors and have been phoning – this has been a constant effort by so many people. I
couldn’t be more pleased to thank you for the great work that has been done,” he said. “My mission as an MP has been to honour your trust with faithful community service, and that I will continue to do,” he said. “We had a chance to get out into all of the communities in the riding, and into the new parts of the riding, and we were always well-received. And our message of lower taxes, job creation and security and leadership the prime minister had shown around the world certainly resonated there,” he said. “I think history will show him as one of the strongest leaders that Canada has ever had.” Kastern said she was happy with how she did in the polls. “I set a realistic goal for myself in terms of 10 per cent because a Liberal has not crested 10 per cent of the vote in this area in forever. I ran a really clean, tightly budgeted campaign that I think was executed
really well. I’m so proud of myself and so proud of my team,” she said. ”How can I not be more proud of my team? And when I say my team, I mean my team across Canada. I think what we thought was going to happen, is definitely happening and obviously Canadians are hungry for change and the right kind of change.” Meanwhile, Red Deer Mayor Tara Veer said she congratulates all of the candidates in the federal election. “Red Deer is again well represented on a federal level with Blaine Calkins and Earl Dreeshen,” she said. “We look forward to engaging with our federal MPs on the issues that are important to Canadian cities and specifically Red Deer, Alberta’s next big city. These issues include reliable and secure funding for infrastructure, transit projects, and affordable housing. Together we will build stronger Canadian cities.” email@example.com - with files from Jenna Swan/Black Press
Canada sees political shift with Liberal majority BY MARK WEBER RED DEER EXPRESS Canada’s political landscape changed significantly with Justin Trudeau’s Liberal party taking majority status in the House of Commons. “Canadians from all across this great country sent a clear message tonight,” said Prime Minister designate Justin Trudeau during his victory speech. “It’s time for a change in this country my friends - a real change. “For three years, we had a very old-fashioned strategy. We met with and talked with as many Canadians as we could and we listened,” he said. “We won this election because we listened. We did the hard work of slogging it across this country, we met with hundreds of people in the dead of winter in the arctic and with thousands of people in Brampton in the middle of this campaign,”
he said. “You built this platform - you built this movement. You told us what you need to be successful. You told us what kind of government you wanted, and we built the plan to make it happen,” he said. “You are the inspiration for our efforts, and you are the reason we worked so hard to be here tonight and you will be at the heart of this new government.” Former Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced later in the evening that he would be stepping down as party leader, but he will remain as a Calgary MP. “During the past nine and one-half years it has been an unbelievable honour to serve as your prime minister, and it has been a great experience to meet Canadians from coast to coast to coast over the last two and half months of this campaign,” he said. “While tonight’s results are
certainly not the one we had hoped for, the people are never wrong,” he said. “The disappointment you also feel is my responsibility and mine alone.” Meanwhile, NDP leader Thomas Mulcair, despite the party’s disappointing showing has not indicated whether or not he’ll stay on as leader. “This election was about change, and tonight, Canadians turned the page on 10 long years and they rejected the politics of fear and division,” Mulcair told supporters. “It is obvious that major differences exist between our parties, and over the past 78 days there was emphasis put on these differences, to permit Canadians to make a choice. Today, Canadians have made that choice and we accept it with humility,” Mulcair said. Premier Rachel Notley also commented on the election results. “I would like to congrat-
EXCITEMENT - Liberal Party candidate Jeff Rock greeted supporters at his campaign headquarters in Red Deer on Monday. Rock was the candidate for Red Deer-Lacombe. Zachary Cormier/Red Deer Express
ulate Prime Minister designate Justin Trudeau on his electoral victory,” she said. “I look forward to working collaboratively with him to build a strong Alberta within a strong Canada. “As leaders, we need to work together to build important infrastructure,
strengthen our health care system, address climate change and develop a respectful relationship with Indigenous peoples. By growing our economy and protecting the environment, we can continue to make Alberta and Canada a great place to live, work
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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2015
South Red Deer Regional Wastewater System opens The South Red Deer Regional Wastewater System, a 90 km system that will transport wastewater from Central Alberta to Red Deer for treatment, officially opened late last week. Stantec and the South Red Deer Regional Wastewater Commission (SRDRWC), held a ceremony at the Penhold Multiplex last Friday. The wastewater system will serve the communities of Olds, Bowden, Innisfail, Penhold, Mountain View County and Red Deer County. The state of the art system will trans-
port wastewater from these Central Alberta communities to the City of Red Deer Wastewater Treatment Plant, and will preserve the quality of the Red Deer River from the Dickson Dam to the City of Red Deer. “Central Alberta is growing at a rapid pace, putting stress on the wastewater treatment systems. In places like Olds and Innisfail, their aging infrastructure was stressed, reducing the quality of wastewater that was discharged into natural water systems,” said John Van Doesburg,
project manager, SRDRWC. “This facility will meet the needs of Central Alberta for the next 25 years, and will produce high quality wastewater, reducing the risk to the environment as the wastewater is reintroduced into the Red Deer River.” The 90 km jointless wastewater line is one of the longest systems of its kind in Canada. The pipeline is made of high density polyethylene, a corrosion proof material designed to reduce the possibility of leakage. The system features four lift stations located in the town of Olds, Bowden, Innisfail and Penhold, which transmits wastewater from the Town’s existing infrastructure to the City of Red Deer. Each lift station features odour management systems and is equipped with backup generators to prevent residential flooding in the event of a power
outage. Stantec designed web-based technology allows operators to access an easy to use interface for operating and monitoring the system. “Stantec is proud to have played such a large part in the South Red Deer Regional Wastewater System,” said Russ Wlad, senior vice president of Stantec. “Our work began in 2007, and today we have the privilege of opening a system which will serve a large part of Central Alberta for decades.” The South Red Deer Regional Wastewater System received the American Public Works Association - Alberta Chapter Project of the Year award for Environment, recognizing leadership and innovation in treatment, recycling and reclamation facilities. - Fawcett
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Reflecting on the legacy of Rev. Robert Terrill Rundle This month (October) marks an important, but largely overlooked milestone in our province’s history. It was 175 years ago, on Oct. 16th, 1840, that Rev. Robert Terrill Rundle, the first missionary in Alberta, arrived at Fort Edmonton.
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Rundle was born in Mylor, Cornwall on June 18th, 1811. He enrolled in a business school in northwest Cornwall in 1837. While there, he began to take an active interest in the Wesleyan Methodist Church. After several months of religious training, Rundle was ordained as a minister in March 1840. Almost immediately, he was selected to be a missionary in the vast territories that belonged to the Hudson’s Bay Company in western North America. While the HBC had struck a deal with the Wesleyan Missionary Society to bring missionaries to Western Canada from England, the Company was quite ambivalent about the initiative. It had the benefits of improving the Company’s image with both government and the general public. However, the Company was concerned that the spread of Christianity, even under controlled circumstances, would distract its employees and the First Nations from the fur trade. Moreover, it worried that Christianity might interfere with such business practices as the use of alcohol as a trade incentive. The Rundle’s trip across the North American continent was a long and grueling one. Rundle also had apprehensions about the First Nations with which he would be working. Fortunately, he quickly found that he generally got along very well with the natives and most of the Company’s employees. Rundle was to serve as a Company chaplain at the fur trade posts. However, almost immediately, he began to travel to the various First Nations encampments, to meet the people in their own communities. This helped to strengthen Rundle’s rapport with many First Nations. Conversely, it bothered the HBC’s management that he was thereby removed from their strict oversight and control. In early 1841, Rundle made the first of many trips to Rocky Mountain House. He also made visits to First Nation’s camps near Gull Lake and Pigeon Lake. In 1842, Rundle was very upset when Father Jean Baptiste Thibault arrived to start missionary work in the region including Fort Edmonton and Rocky Mountain House. Rundle felt threatened
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by a Roman Catholic “competitor” in the same area. Despite his worries, by the summer of 1843, Rundle was enjoying great success with his work. In August, he conducted a large baptism service along the Red Deer River and, shortly thereafter, on the Tobacco Weed Plains farther south. Rundle got a great deal of assistance from the famous Cree chief, Maskepetoon, and Maskepetoon’s son, Benjamin. Rundle had considerable success in teaching Cree syllabics to many of the people he met. Cree syllabics were so easy to learn and understand that the ability to read and write was soon more widespread amongst the First Nations than with the fur traders and laborers employed by the HBC. Nevertheless, there were continuous reminders of the widespread violence across the region. During a visit to the Red Deer area, Rundle had the horrifying experience of witnessing a double murder a short distance from his tent. Two days later, he was forced to spend the night in the same tent as the murderers. On a number of occasions, Rundle came across the sites of bloody battles between warring First Nations. As Rundle’s mission progressed, he struck a warm friendship with Father Pierre-Jean De Smet, a Jesuit priest. In 1847, he established a permanent mission site on the western shores of Pigeon Lake, which was later managed by his protégé, Benjamin Sinclair. In 1848, a fatigued and somewhat ailing Rundle returned to Britain. While he initially planned to return to Western Canada, he never did so. He passed away at Garstang, Lancashire on Feb. 4th, 1896. Mount Rundle at Banff is named in honour of Rev. Robert T. Rundle.
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Flu clinics are currently underway in Red Deer Red Deerians now have the opportunity to protect themselves and others against influenza with the launch of Alberta’s annual influenza immunization program. The program makes vaccine available free of charge to all Albertans six months of age and older at hundreds of Alberta Health Services (AHS) public influenza immunization clinics, as well as at pharmacist and physician offices around the province. “Influenza arrives every fall and chances are you will be exposed,” said Dr. Digby Horne, medical officer of health for AHS Central Zone. “You may be healthy now but keep in mind - good health isn’t contagious. Influenza is.
To protect your health, get immunized.” Immunization is the most effective means of protecting against the strains of influenza virus expected to circulate this season. Because those strains change from season to season, Albertans are reminded they cannot rely on having been immunized in years past. “It’s pretty simple - to be protected this season, you need to be immunized this season,” said Horne. “Without immunization, you’re at risk.” That risk shouldn’t be underestimated. Last season, more than 1,870 Albertans were hospitalized due to influenza and, for 103 Albertans, it was fatal. Thousands more suffered from the illness and
put those around them at risk of contracting influenza as well. “Chances are your friends and family don’t want influenza any more than you do,” said Horne. “Don’t take that chance. Get immunized.” According to AHS, influenza (flu) is a viral infection. The flu causes a fever, body aches, a headache, a dry cough, and a sore or dry throat. The symptoms usually are the worst for the first three or four days.
But it can take one to two weeks to get completely better. It usually takes one to four days to get symptoms of the flu after you have been around someone who has the virus. Most people get better without problems. But sometimes the flu can lead to a bacterial infection such as an ear infection, a sinus infection or bronchitis. In rare cases, the flu may cause a more serious problem such as pneumonia.
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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2015
Public schools address sexual orientation and gender identity KALISHA MENDONSA RED DEER EXPRESS With unanimous support, the Board of Trustees for the Red Deer Public School District (RDPSD) have given initial approval to a new policy addressing sexual orientation and gender identity. The policy was created to address the issue of student and staff well-being in schools, and to support an environment where community members are not in a place of fear. The policy will promote proactive strategies and guidelines that work to ensure students, staff and families are welcomed, included and free of discrimination. Bev Manning, chair of the Board of Trustees, said she is pleased to see how the policy has been welcomed by the school community. “I have been very encouraged by our community,” Manning said. “I felt supported in having the discussions and I feel our discussions have been respectful. When everybody
is treating one another with respect and we are talking about things that matter to kids and families in our community, I think we’re all lifted higher. I really feel that’s what we have accomplished with these discussions and how this policy has been developed. I look forward to that continuing.” Manning said conversations began around a year ago to develop a better policy in addressing the safety, well-being and education quality of students and staff who are ridiculed for their sexual orientation or gender identity. The proposed policy will be referred to principals, school staffs, school councils, the Coordinating Committee and the general community for further input, before returning to the Board for further changes and possible adaptation. “It’s not a matter of acceptance - it is a matter of procedures and guidelines for our District staff to help them
in doing their jobs properly,” Manning said. “That’s what policy is all about. When we create policy, what we’re looking for is a consistency among our staff and students. What we’re looking for is to make sure people feel safe. We want to provide the best education possible to every student who walks through our doors, no matter what they bring with them. No matter what you bring, you are entitled to and deserve the same education experience and the best education that we can provide.” Manning explained there has been and will continue to be an extensive consultation process between community and school members. “This is to deal with all of our students and staff - whatever they bring to us, we want them to feel safe. That means whatever people identify as - whether that is transgender, or gay, lesbian, bi, questions, queer - we accept everyone just as they are. We want to make sure our schools are safe places for them - that’s where this discussion and policy came from,” Manning said. “We sort of began our discussion last year and took our time to evaluate what the best way to bring forth a policy was. We did a bunch of research into other policies and eventually we came out with this one. We had some help drafting it and we think it’s a good start.” email@example.com
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BUSINESS STUDY FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS
In 2016, students from École Secondaire Notre Dame High School will soon be given the opportunity to study business through a dual credit partnership with Red Deer College Donald School of Business. Fifteen Grade 12 students will be able to choose from three courses: Introduction to Business, Introduction to Marketing and Personal Finance. Students will earn three academic credits upon successful completion of each course. The goal of the program is to expose high school students to college level courses and to explore the RDC Business Program. Students will be given the opportunity to build an understanding and appreciation for the business world. “This experience will provide students with an overview of the business world, exposing them to marketing, human resources, accounting and finance. In addition, it will offer students a sense of whether a business diploma or degree is the right fit in their academic pursuits and will aid in the transition to post-secondary training,” said Principal Rose McQuay of École Secondaire Notre Dame High School. Darcy Mykytyshyn, dean of the Donald School of Business, said, “Moving from a high school to post-secondary environment brings many changes in the life of a student. “We want to make the transition as smooth as possible by providing an opportunity for stu-
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2015 by Mark Weber dents to have a post-secondary experience that exposures them to the rigor of our environment while at the same time building confidence in the programming choices being made.”
SOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA United Way Central Alberta is busy gathering hundreds of pairs of donated socks to throw on the ice at the Red Deer Rebels game, Oct. 23rd. This annual community event brings together sports fans of all ages to share some spirited fun in support of a great cause: warm feet for all! Socks can be purchased at the game, or fans can purchase beforehand and bring them along to the event. All proceeds from sock sales go to United Way for investment in more than 40 Community Impact Programs. After the game, on Oct. 26th, socks will go out for delivery to five of our partner agencies who will make sure socks get onto the feet that need them in time for winter. Notre Dame supports food bank Students and staff at Ecole Secondaire Notre Dame High School collected 1,422 lbs. of food for the Red Deer Food Bank during the recent Stuff a Truck campaign. “Stuff a Truck and other community initiatives are important for many reasons. Being the Leadership class, our mandate is to create and build a great sense of community within our school, Division and the surrounding area,” said Stephanie Layden, a teacher at the school. “This initiative allowed our students to see that a few small deeds or items in this case re-
ally can make a positive impact. “Stuff a Truck was truly a success because of the enthusiasm and compassion within the school community. As a result, we were able to share our4 good fortune with those in need in the community of Red Deer.”
BOOK YOUR EVENT The City’s recreation department is now accepting facility rental applications for the spring summer and fall of 2016. The following list describes the rental spaces available at each facility - swimming pools at the Recreation Centre, G.H. Dawe Community Centre and Michener Aquatic Centre; meeting rooms at the Collicutt Centre, G.H. Dawe Centre, Recreation Centre, Kinex Arena and Kinsmen Community Arenas; special events at the Collicutt Centre, G.H. Dawe Centre, Recreation Centre, Kinex Arena and Kinsmen Community Arenas; dry space at the Collicutt Arena and Field House, G.H. Dawe Centre Arena and Gymnasium, Kinex Arena and Kinsmen Community Arenas; ice at the Collicutt Centre Arena, G.H. Dawe Arena, Kinex Arena and Kinsmen Community Arenas and community sports fields at Great Chief Park 400m Track and Class A size field at Legion Track. Applications can be filled out online at www.reddeer.ca/recreation-and-culture/facility-and-park-rentals/facility-rental-application/. Those interested in booking space are reminded that the deadline to apply is Nov. 6th. Inquiries may be sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
RDC YOUTH PROGRAMS Parents looking for ways to keep their children active and engaged this year now have new options to choose from. The Be Fit For Life Centre at Red Deer College offers programs and services that encourage healthy lifestyles for all ages. This fall, the Centre is hosting new sport and science camps aimed at youth. These programs are a great way for children and teens to get moving, gain confidence and build social skills while making friends. There is something for everyone – boys and girls, ages four to 16. The sports programs are led by top members of the Red Deer College Kings’ and Queens’ sports teams. The coaches are dedicated to teaching and inspiring participants about physical literacy, fundamental sports skills and teamwork, officials said. The new science programs were created to provide a hands-on, educational experience in an exciting group atmosphere. Participants will learn from Red Deer College’s expert instructors in first-class science labs and facilities. Programs run the gamut from the Sci Kid Clubhouse, HOOPS Basketball and Active Start to Mini Kings and Queens Badminton and Wacky Sci Camp. For more information, please contact the RDC School of Continuing Education at 403356-4900.
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Central Alberta Foodgrains project celebrates 20 years BY SARAH MAETCHE RED DEER EXPRESS Nine combines, one antique grain cart, two semi trucks, a baler and many helping hands brought in the Central Alberta Foodgrains Charity Growing Project harvest earlier this month. The 145-acre field a few minutes east of Lacombe was a hub of activity throughout the afternoon with volunteers donating their time and equipment, all to raise funds to feed hungry people in developing countries. The locally-based charity entered into its 20th year of helping meet the growing international need for food security. Each year, through community involvement, the Central Alberta Foodgrains Charity Growing Project produces a crop on donated or rented land, and then after harvest, donates the proceeds to the Canadian Foodgrains Bank. The funds raised through the project are used to help fight world hunger and are matched at a four to one ratio by the federal government. Emergency food for people who are hungry in result of war, drought and international trade policies are assisted, along with providing tools and training for small-scale farmers. Current important donations of food are being sent by the Canadian organization to Syrian refugee camps, the south Sudan, Jordan and Lebanon. Andre Visscher, Canadian Foodgrains Bank Southern Alberta coordinator, said the way the national organization oper-
ates now is different from how they began. “Farmers would get together and grow, for instance wheat, and would ship the wheat to the Canadian Foodgrains Bank, and then we would ship that overseas,” he said. “We don’t do that anymore. Today, we are selling the crop and buying food in the area where it is needed. It saves a lot of time and we can do more that way.” The Canadian Foodgrains Bank is working in 39 countries currently and has 255 growing projects across Canada. The local project is one of 34 in the province. But even though the name sake of the organization leans towards grain, Visscher said the Canadian Foodgrains Bank raises funds through a variety of livestock and crop options. “We have livestock auctions that allow some people to sell cattle,” he said. “Even in Nova Scotia, they do one with lobsters.” The growing projects nation-wide vary from pumpkins and canola, to cattle and pigs. “It really can be anything - a crop or livestock,” he said. “It is a way of raising funds.” The local crop, which over the years has varied from canola, barley, spring wheat or winter wheat, after it is harvested, is sold locally at an elevator in Central Alberta. Last year, the project raised $74,250 and with the matching government dollars, amounted to $371,250. On Saturday, over 100 people gathered in the field to kick off the one-day harvest with a barbecue. Those who donated seed, equipment or fertilizer, were joined by their family, friends and community members to enjoy a hamburger before
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Treats and tours at the Waste Reduction Spooktacular Are you haunted by the waste you produce? Learn the best ways to reduce, reuse and recycle at the third annual Waste Reduction Day Spooktacular Oct. 24th from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the City of Red Deer’s Waste Management Facility, 1709 - 40th Ave. This Halloween-themed event gives residents a behindthe-scenes look at the Waste Management Facility to discover the proper methods to dispose of everyday items. “Spooktacular is a great chance for the entire family to have some fun while learning about waste disposal and what can be recycled, repurposed and reused,” said Lauren Maris, environmental program specialist. There will be Halloween treats for the kids and other refreshments available at the Interpretive Centre plus bus tours of the facility throughout the day and a mini reuse fair to help collect certain reusable items for community groups. Residents are encouraged to dress up in costume and bring along one or more of the following items for proper disposal, recycling or repurposing to earn ballots to win an iPad: - Old batteries - Used compact fluorescent light bulbs - E-waste (old computers,
monitors, TVs) - Old nail polish - Reuse Fair items: egg cartons, glass baby food jars with lids and paper towel rolls “Red Deer’s Waste Management
Facility is more than just a landfill,” said Maris. “We have the capacity to divert electronic waste, yard waste and hazardous waste such as nail polish and batteries – which should never be thrown
into the garbage. There is a place for every type of waste, and only certain things should end up in the landfill.” This event wraps up Waste Reduction Week, a national cam-
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SUPPORT - It was an inspiring sight last weekend in Eckville as more than 370 motorcycles and cars from across western Canada made their way from Withrow to drop off a donation to the trust set up at the Eckville Credit Union in support of the Bott family. An accident claimed the lives of three girls last week on the family’s farm. Jenna Swan/Black Press
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Benefit gala in support of PTSD programs coming up BY MARK WEBER RED DEER EXPRESS Singer Jessie Tylre Williams is on a mission to spread the word about the impact of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and to raise funds to help those affected by it. Toward that end, the 2015 National House Concert Series arrives in Red Deer on Nov. 7th. The event, which includes a dinner, performances by Williams, and appearance by the Red Deer Legion Pipe Band and special speakers, will be held at the Sheraton Hotel with doors opening at 5 p.m. There will also be a silent auction, a charity photo booth and a 50/50 draw. Tickets are $75 each and are available by calling 403-304-0123 or visiting www. jessie-williams.com. “It feels so good to give back to those that risk their lives for our freedom every
day,” she said. “I feel so blessed to be able to use music as a way to connect with people and help them through their hardships with hopes that I can inspire others along the way. “I’m confident that through these benefit galas we will be able to create a greater awareness, raise money for new programs and reach out to those who suffer from PTSD. “That’s our primary focus - to gain a broader awareness of PTSD and how it affects men and women in service. And to raise funding for different programs across Canada to help them.” As Williams points out, PTSD can affect anyone who has been subjected to any type of trauma. “PTSD can affect anyone whether directly or when a family member or friend has been diagnosed with this disease.” Planetary Persuasion has teamed up with Williams to put together the gala series.
The first was held this past April in Innisfail. Following that event, Williams has taken the gala fundraiser to Medicine Hat and Winnipeg as well. More are scheduled for the New Year, including Edmonton in January, Calgary in February, then back to Innisfail next March and Medicine Hat in April. After those dates are wrapped up, the team plans to head east to Ontario. “We are trying to do one a month.” So far the feedback has been terrific. “Everybody that comes to one of these events can’t say enough about it,” she said. “We had the deputy mayor of Medicine Hat show up, and she was blown away. She also wants to be in the volunteer committee for the one we are doing there next April.” Support has been shown from groups including Wounded Warriors Canada, Can Praxis, the Royal Canadian Legions, ANAVETS and the Tri-Service Military Association. Williams also now has the help of Glenda Jacobs who serve as national events coordinator. “It’s not like I’m just a singer showing up to sing at these events - I’ve been doing this from the ground up. And now I have Glenda beside me, taking the lead and helping to oversee everything. She has helped me exponentially.” Meanwhile, Williams is balancing all of this with her career as a country singer too. She’ll be doing some touring in England next summer as well. But this cause is never far from her
thoughts. Williams has also laid out specific goals for the fundraising campaign over the next few years, including targeting 30 towns and cities across Canada in 2016 while continuing to develop stages of planning for a PTSD facility in Central Canada. Williams also pointed out that 100% of the proceeds raised goes to the cause. “I don’t take administration fees or a wage for performing. “That’s my commitment.” Williams said it’s fulfilling because she’s already seeing good things come from the work she and her team are doing. “I see hope for people that had very little or no hope left,” she said. She became interested a few years back in helping to support the cause after doing some extensive research of her own into PTSD and also seeing how difficult it was for those affected to get the help they need. “I’m just being a voice for the people that don’t have one, or who can’t speak up because of their tragedies and battles they are dealing with. We must never stop believing. “Where there is life there truly is hope. Music is such a powerful force and it can really heal and transform lives.” Also for more about how to help support the silent auction, call Glenda Jacobs at 403-304-0123. Again, more information about the galas can be found at www.jessie-williams.com. email@example.com
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MUNICIPAL PLANNING COMMISSION DECISIONS On the 20th day of October, 2015, under provisions of the Land Use Bylaw 2006/6, Red Deer County Municipal Planning Commission issued decisions approving the following applications: Permitted Use SW of RED DEER 1. D. Westman – construction of Accessory Building (barn) within the front yard and construction of 223 m2 Accessory Building (shop) on Pt. SW 26-37-28-4. Discretionary Use WEST of RED DEER 2. Arrow Limousine – Home Business Major (limousine business) on Pt. SW 1-3828-4. WEST of SYLVAN LAKE 3. G. Staudinger – location of second dwelling (mobile home) on SW 22-38-2-5. The Municipal Government Act provides that any person(s) may appeal a Discretionary Use approval within 14 days of the date of the decision being advertised by paying the required appeal fee and by ﬁling an appeal in writing against the decision with the Red Deer County Subdivision and Development Appeal Board, 38106 Rge Rd 275, Red Deer County, Alberta. A Permitted Use approval may not be appealed unless the decision involves a relaxation, variance or misinterpretation of the Land Use Bylaw. For further information, contact Planning & Development Services at 403-350-2170. Date Advertised: October 21, 2015
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Volunteering opportunities in Central Alberta For more information about volunteering in Central Alberta, a wider selection of listings, or if you are an organization or an event needing volunteers, visit Volunteer Central at www.volunteercentral.ca, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 403-346-3710. Whisker Rescue is looking for volunteers in a number of areas. For more information, visit www.whiskerrescue. com and fill in the volunteer form. Do you have two hours to have fun? Join The Salvation Army in supporting local programs by taking a shift at one of our Christmas Kettles. For more information, contact Debbie, 403-346-2251 or by email at email@example.com. Join the Canadian Cancer Society for this year’s Jail-NBail, and help raise funds for cancer research. Multiple positions are available. For more information contact
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Remembrance Day Poetry Contest
In recognition of Remembrance Day, the Red Deer Express is holding a poetry contest for youth in Kindergarten to Grade 12. The winners will be published in our Remembrance Day feature on Wednesday, November 4th and will also receive a gift card to Bower Place. There will be one winner picked from each category: Kindergarten to Grade 6 ($25 Gift Card) Grade 7 - 9 ($50 Gift Card) Grade 10 - 12 ($100 Gift Card) Submissions must be an original piece in honour of Remembrance Day and must have the writer’s name, phone number and grade listed on the entry. All entries must be willing to have their name published. Submissions can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, dropped off in person or mailed to: The Red Deer Express 121, 5301- 43St Red Deer AB T4N 1C8
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Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum If you have an interest in sports, especially hockey, history, special events, or simply enjoy making a difference, we invite you join our great volunteer team! Join the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) at Rachel Agnes Hayes Conservation Lands (RAHCL) in the beautiful Buffalo Lake Moraine near Stettler, and help protect this sensitive habitat from invasion by non-native European buckthorn! Extendicare Michener Hill - Every Friday morning here at Extendicare Michener Hill, we have a number of residents that enjoy playing Crib or Tile Rummy and we are looking for a friendly volunteer to help us out. We play from 10 a.m. until noon. For more information contact Stephanie Flieler, 403-348-0340 or email Sflieler@extendicare.ca. Red Deer & District SPCA- Make a difference; you can inspire change for these beautiful creatures by becoming a foster parent with the Red Deer & District SPCA. For more information contact Eva Sarson, 403-342-7722 ext. 216, or by email at email@example.com. Alberta Sport Development Centre – Central- Are you looking for an opportunity to make a contribution to the residents of central Alberta and be involved with an organization that impacts young people’s lives? The Alberta Sport Development Centre – Central (ASDC-C), has openings on its Board of Directors. For more information contact Miles Kydd, 403-342-3231 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Heart & Stroke Foundation- Volunteers are needed to support and take part in Heart & Stroke Foundation’s upcoming Run With Heart. For more information contact Karen Jackman, 587-951-7104 or by email at kjackman@ hsf.ab.ca. Lending Cupboard - are you looking for an opportunity to be involved with an organization that impacts people’s lives and makes a great contribution to the wellbeing of residents of Red Deer & District? The Lending Cupboard Society of Alberta is seeking board members. For more information contact Dawna Morey by email at email@example.com. Family Services of Central Alberta- Do you like to see children succeed? We have various volunteer opportunities during the day and evening. For more information contact Stephanie Flieler, 403-348-0340 or by email at Sflieler@ extendicare.ca.
The general public is invited to attend our
Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Thursday, October 22nd @ 11:15am Main Gym at LTCHS
This year we are honoured to induct: Dr. Ian Rigby (Class of ‘90) If you wish to attend, please rsvp to Christine at (403) 314-2003
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fyi EVENTS ‘Walk With the Mayors’ - join Mayors Tara Veer and Jim Wood at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, October 28 at Parkland Mall. The Walk kicks off Seniors’ Falls Prevention Month and highlights the importance of maintaining an active lifestyle as a key means of preventing senior falls. For further information call 403-3468101 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Fung Loy Kok Taoist Tai Chi™ Health Recovery Classes run Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Health Recovery classes are designed for people with chronic illness such as MS, arthritis, or those recovering from injuries, surgery, or stroke and other health issues. Come and experience the difference Tai Chi can make in your quality of life. Port o’ Call Center #100, 4419 – 50th Ave. Phone: 403-346-6772 or visit www.taoist.org. Please call for further information. We never know when we must plan the funeral of a friend or family member. The October presenter at the Bower Community Associaityon event is familiar with all the answers. The solutions to the questions of ‘What, who, when and why of funeral planning, the misconceptions and misunderstandings of planning, and the determiniation of prepaying and pre-planning will be discussed. The event at Bower hall on Boyce St. at 7 p.m. runs Oct. 26th. For information or to register, go to email@example.com or phone to Jesse at 403-877-1436. Saving Jesus Redux (redux means ‘led back, restored’) 12-session DVD and discussion presented by Sunnybrook United Church (12 Stanton St.( Fall sessions are several Thursdays: Oct. 22nd, Oct. 29th, Nov. 5th, Nov. 12th all starting at 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Join in the guided discussion around the relevance of Jesus for today.
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Transportation available. For further information, contact Linda at 403-343-6073. The Red Deer Celiac Support Group – need help with a gluten-free diet? Do you have Celiac disease or gluten intolerance? We meet the third Tuesday of the month at South Sobeys Coffee Lounge (2011 22 St.) from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Drop in or stay and visit. Free
the Pioneer’s Lodge in Parkvale. AGM Highlights: come celebrate the Association’s 35th Anniversary at this year’s AGM. The Central Alberta Crime Prevention Centre will share its findings from the S.A.F.E. BBQ conversations held on June 9th. Election for Board of Directors will be held. Join us in celebrating our community and share your
seum. For further information, contact Lianne 403-347-1826. The Red Deer Branch of the Alberta Genealogical Society is holding their monthly meeting on Oct. 28th at 7 pm at the L.D.S Church (3002 - 47 Ave Bower Red Deer. Nancy Archibald and Deb McKay will cover using online cemetery records, Billion Graves, Find a Grave and
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Heritage Lanes coffee. We share information and give support about issues pertaining to the gluten-free lifestyle, for example symptoms, diagnosis, shopping, gluten-free products, cross contamination, recipes. In 2015, the Celiac Support Group meets Nov. 17th. For more information, call Clarice at 403-341-4351 or Marlene at 403-346-6235. Email reddeerceliacs@yahoo. ca. Check out www.celiac.ca. Central Alberta Singles Club. A dance runs Oct. 24th featuring Hot Spur; Nov. 28th features Flashback Freddie and Leo Dumont and Friends. The Dec. 19th dance features Randy Hilman. Call Elaine at 403-3417653 or Bob at 403-304-7440. The Innisfail United Church Harvest Turkey Supper runs Oct. 27th from 4:30 to 7 p.m. in the Innisfail Legion Auditorium. $14 for those 11 years and older. $6 for those six to 10. Take out orders are welcome. To place an order, call 403-227-4159 on Oct. 27th between 9 a.m. and noon. Parkvale Community Association AGM runs Oct. 22nd, at 7 p.m. in
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hopes and dreams for Parkvale. You R What U Eat: Ongoing classes each Tuesday evening 6:30 p.m. until Oct. 27th, at the Seventh-day Adventist Fellowship Hall on Mackenzie Road. Cost is $75.00 for the series OR $20 per single night attendance. Contact Sherry Silk 403 304-8464. Behaviour Intervention Training for Parents (Outbursts & Meltdowns). Aspire Special Needs Resource Centre is offering training for parents of children 2 ½ to 8 years old. Sessions will be held from to Nov. 24th from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The fee is $120 and a second parent is encouraged to attend at no charge. Training will be at the Aspire building, 4826 47 St. For more information, visit www.aspirespecialneeds.ca. Central Alberta Historical Meeting runs Oct. 28th at 7 p.m. at Red Deer Museum. Topic: Hilda Buckman, talented Central Alberta natural historian, artist and writer and speaker: Morris Flewwelling. This a joint presentation of the Historical Society and the Red Deer Mu-
Sean Lecomber was the winner of the 2007 Just for Laughs homegrown competition awarded each year to Canada’s best new comic. He recently filmed his own one hour special on the Comedy Network. A two-time Canadian comedy award nominee, Sean’s comedy has also been featured on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
Genweb - How do they work? What can we do to help. Further information call Betty 403-3476351. New members welcome. Benalto & Area Rural Crime Watch Society AGM, Oct. 29th at 7 p.m., Benalto Leisure Centre, Ag. Grounds. Guest Speaker: Sylvan Lake RCMP Cpl. James Allemekinders. Elections, year end business. BARCWS Partners in attendance: Sylvan Lake RCMP, Red Deer County and Lacombe County Protectives Services. Memberships: $25 for five years and RCMP clearance/should reside within S.L. RCMP boundaries. For more information, please call Yvette at 403-746-3429 or Dave Dale at 403-887-3937. Seniors Luncheon at Living Stones Church runs Oct. 28th with guest singers the Gospel Troubadours. $10 at the door. Bring a friend or neighbour. CollegeSide Christmas Craft Market runs Nov. 5th from 2 to 4 p.m. in Town Hall & ADSP Room at Bethany CollegeSide. Vendors – if you are interested in a table, please register with Rhonda Gardiner, 403-357-3700
ext 3313 or rhonda.gardiner@ bethanyseniors.com. There is a $20 fee per table. Baking table – looking for donations of baking and a volunteer to work at the table. The proceeds from vendor registration and baking will be donated to Bethany Care Foundation. A screening of Spent – Looking for Change runs Nov. 5th at the Welikoklad Event Centre, starting at 7 p.m. Presented by CAPRA (Central Alberta Poverty Reduction Alliance), there is no cost to attend this event. Spent is described as a film about the nearly 70 million Americans locked out of traditional financial services, and the beginnings of a movement for hope and change. Travel Memories – Nov. 4th 2-3:30 p.m. at the Red Deer Public Library, Downtown Branch, Snell Auditorium. Experience a tour of World War I and II battlefields, memorials, cemeteries, museums and special Canadian sites in France and Belgium. Listen to our presenter and share your own travel adventures, while enjoying coffee or tea with us. If you plan to bring a group, or for more information, contact Donna Stewart or Priscilla at 403-346-2100. Daytime Documentaries runs Nov. 10th from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Red Deer Public Library, Downtown Branch, Snell Auditorium. Our November program features: The Great Escape: Secrets Revealed: A crack team of engineers and archaeologists join forces with some of the original survivors to unearth, for the first time, the secrets of the most famous wartime escape in history. For this month only, Daytime Documentaries will be on a Tuesday. Join us for this excellent documentary and enjoy coffee or tea with us. A discussion facilitated by a staff member will follow the film. Everyone is welcome. If you are bringing a group, or for more information, contact Donna Stewart or Priscilla at 403-346-2100.
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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2015
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Week of October 21 - October 28, 2015 Watershed Health –The Big Picture - join the Red Deer River Watershed Alliance for an informative and interactive fall forum event sponsored by Mountain View County on Nov. 13th, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Didsbury Memorial Complex Multi-purpose Room. Highlights include - Alberta Tomorrow – Past, Present & Future of the Red Deer River Watershed; agricultural panel discussion; update on the work of the RDRWA. There will be an opportunity to network. To register visit www.rdrwa. ca or call (403)340-7379 or email email@example.com. ‘Watershed Health’ –The Big Picture” - please join the Red Deer River Watershed Alliance for an informative and interactive fall forum event sponsored by Mountain View County on Nov. 13th from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Didsbury Memorial Complex Multi-purpose Room. Cost $35 - highlights include Alberta Tomorrow – Past, Present & Future of the Red Deer River Watershed; an agricultural panel discussion, and an update on the work of the RDRWA, and an opportunity to network. To register visit www. rdrwa.ca or call (403)340-7379 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The Golden Circle is pleased to present Bruce Jacobson in Concert on Nov. 14th. Bruce Jacobson will be performing a Tribute to Robert Service (Bard of the Yukon). The artwork of Paul Boultbee is also mixed in to help give a unique tone to each piece. Tickets are $20 each and available at the front desk of the Golden Circle. 4620-47 A Ave. 403-3436074 for more information. Visions Country Gospel Christmas Concert will be held at Blackfalds United Church on Nov. 20th at 7 p. m. Tickets are $15 and 16 and under are free. There will also be a silent auction and snacks provided. Phone 403-885-4861 or 403-885-4857 for more information or advance tickets. The Red Deer Legion Pipe Band is
actively recruiting experienced and inexperienced people from the Central Alberta area, who are interested in joining the Pipe Band. Anyone with piping or drumming experience, or if you would like to learn piping or drumming, are asked to please contact us at 403-7827183. Practices are held at the
or email at email@example.com. Red Deer Action Group Society is seeking volunteer board members. In order to keep our programs running, we need board members willing to commit two hours per month. If you think this would be a good opportunity, contact our office at 403-3431198 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
seum will hold their annual al Julestue (Scandinavian Bazaar) at the Spruce View Hall on Nov. 7th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Danish Restaurant: Lunch services will begin at 11 a.m. Scandinavian crafts, antiques and collectibles. Admission is $2.00 and includes coffee, juice and the chance for a door prize. For more informa-
Red Deer Legion on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. Lessons for new members will start on Nov. 3rd. Turkey supper, Nov. 4th 5 - 7 p.m. at Spruce View Hall. Presented by Craig Community Society and Spruce View Community Library. Wills and financial planning dessions for families of children with special needs – Nov. 4th (1 to 3 p.m. OR 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.) Sessions will be presented by Red Deer lawyer, Brian MacNairn, and Greg Hebert, Investment Specialist with Servus Credit Union. The sessions are free, but seating may be limited. RSVP to 403.340.2606 or email@example.com. St. Cyprian’s Anglican Church annual fall tea and bazaar runs Nov. 7th from 2 to 4 p.m. There will be a bake table and a craft table with lots of cookies and frozen perogies. Central Alberta Brain Injury Society (CABIS) is seeking volunteer board members in order to keep our valuable programs running, willing to commit two hours per months, if you interest please contact Lorraine at 403-341-3463
If you enjoy singing Glee Club style, but feel your skills are limited, please come and join our group of seniors who sing and play for seniors as a gift of community spirit. The Tony Connelly Singers, in their 31st year of service, welcome anyone who might enjoy singing out at seniors’ venues around the City. From September to June we prepare 10, one-hour ong programs filled with oldies and newer music. We practice form 9:30 to 11 a.m. each Tuesday at the Downtown House Seniors Centre and present four to six sing outs each month. Our group is friendly, social and supportive. Please join our next practice or anytime. Call Shirley at 403-342-5904 for bookings or Betty at 403-3467316 for more information. The second annual Creating a Vision for Non-Violence conference is being held in at the Sylvan Lake Family and Community Centre on Nov. 3rd. For registration information contact Karen Miller at 403-887-1137 ext. 234. The Dickson Store Museum and the Danish Canadian National Mu-
tion or to book a vendor table call Joanne at 403-227-4917. The Dickson Store Museum is having a Dinner and Dessert Theatre at the Spruce View Hall. Dinner Theatre: Nov. 27th. Supper is at 6 p.m. Play to follow. Tickets at $45 each or $320 for a table of eight. Dessert theatre on Nov. 28th. Doors open at 12:30 p.m. Play at 1 p.m. Tickets $25 each or $160 for a table of eight. For more information or tickets call the museum at 403-728-3355. Dance for the health of it – try it out. Dancing and dessert – first lesson is free. Mondays and Wednesdays to Dec. 2nd (7:30 to 9:30 p.m.) $120 per person at the Clearview Community Centre – 93 Cornett Dr. Call 403-396-1523 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The Central Alberta Brain Injury Society (CABIS) is seeking a person who is familiar with accounting to serve as a treasurer on their volunteer board of directors. Meetings are held on the last Monday evening of each month (except for July and August) at 5:30 p.m. at the CABIS office at
#202-4805 48 St. in Red Deer. CABIS provides support, information, advocacy and social events for people with brain injuries, their family and caregivers. Please call CABIS office at 341-3463 for more information. Heritage Lanes Comedy Zone has been running for two years in Red Deer. Every Thursday in The Heritage Lanes Lounge we convert it into a comedy club where we feature different headliners and up and coming local comics. The show was started as an open mic to develop the comedy scene in Red Deer. In the past those interested in doing stand up had to drive to Edmonton or Calgary, now Red Deer has more than one open mic for young budding comics to work on their material. The local comedy scene is growing and we are always looking for new comics. Modern Western Square Dance Lessons run to Dec. 2nd from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. $120/person at the Clearview Community Centre (93 Cornett Dr.) Call 403-396-1523 for details. Real Men Sing Barbershop! The Wild Rose Harmonizers Barbershop Chorus is a chorus for males of all ages who love to sing four-part a cappella harmony. We are a proud member of the Barbershop Harmony society providing entertainment at seniors’ lodges, hospitals and numerous community and private functions throughout the year. No experience is required, just a love to sing. Join us on Tuesday evening, rehearsals from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at Davenport Church of Christ (#68 Donlevy Ave.) For information, call David at 403-342-1318 or email crozsmit@telusplanet. net. Visit www.harmonizers.ca. Parkinson Alberta Education and Support Groups - Parkinson Alberta offers groups for persons with Parkinson Disease, family members & caregivers at the following Central Alberta locations: Red Deer, Lacombe, Innisfail, Olds, Three Hills & Castor. Information 403-3464463, www.parkinsonalberta.ca.
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TEENAGE BOYS SOUGHT AFTER VANDALISM AND FIRE
RCMP are looking for public assistance to identify two teenage boys who have twice vandalized items at a metal recycling business in the Edgar Industrial Park, the second time setting a fire. The pair was caught on camera the night of Sept. 14th inside the yard at Trevita Metals Recycling, breaking windows and lights on machinery and setting off fire extinguishers. On Sept. 28th, the two returned and lit a storage container on fire after pouring oil on it. Fortunately, the fire did not spread through the property. Suspect one is described as a teenage boy with a slim build. He had dark hair, which appeared to be short around the ears and was wearing a Saskatchewan Roughriders ball cap both times. He was also wearing an oversized green jacket or hoodie once, and an oversized blue hooded jacket the second time.
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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2015 by Erin Fawcett Suspect two is described as a teenage boy with a slim to average build. He was wearing a dark blue hoodie with large white lettering across the chest, and a dark-coloured hat or cap. RCMP are not releasing surveillance images of these teens, but ask anyone with information regarding these crimes to contact the Red Deer RCMP at 403-343-5575. Those wishing to remain anonymous can either call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or report it online at www.tipsubmit.com.
and charged people for the following Criminal Code or Highway Traffic Act violations which included two people for impaired driving, two prohibited drivers and two suspended drivers. Five warrants were executed, two stolen vehicles were recovered and one stolen firearm was recovered. As well, three drivers were charged for not having insurance and one was charged with other Criminal Code violations, one was charged with a Graduated License violation, one was charged with other moving violations and one was charged for having an obscured license plate.
CHARGES LAID AFTER ROBBERY
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Red Deer RCMP arrested two men in a stolen vehicle during an Operation Impact check stop shortly after 4 a.m. on Oct 10th, and then linked them to an assault and robbery that occurred in downtown Red Deer on Oct. 3rd. Members of the Red Deer RCMP Traffic Unit took the two men and a female passenger into custody without incident after determining the truck they were in had been stolen out of Leduc, and after locating a long barrel firearm in the back seat of the truck. Further investigation soon identified the two men as the suspects involved in the assault and robbery of a man on Oct. 3rd. Between the events of Oct. 3rd and those of Oct. 10th, the pair face a number of charges. Travis David McKeen, 23, has been charged with robbery, fraud under $5,000, three counts of possession of stolen property under $5,000, possession of prohibited weapon, possession of firearm, possession of weapon, intent to avoid arrest, operating a vehicle while disqualified and two counts of failing to comply with a probation order. Chris Castor, 28, has been charged with robbery, fraud under $5,000, possession of stolen property under $5,000 and four counts of failing to comply with undertaking. Shalysa Campbell, 23, faces the following charges to do with the events of Oct. 10th including intent to avoid arrest, two counts of possession of stolen property under $5,000 and failing to comply with a probation order.
On Oct. 11th at 2 a.m., an RCMP member of the QEII Integrated Traffic Unit - Innisfail was traveling northbound on the QEII Hwy. near Innisfail when he observed a black BMW approach at a high rate of speed. In response, the member activated his patrol vehicleâ€™s radar and recorded the black BMWâ€™s speed at 197 km/h in a posted 110 km/h zone. The driver, who is a 22-year-old male from Edmonton, now stands charged with speeding, operating an uninsured motor vehicle and operating a vehicle with an improperly issued licence plate.
POLICE SOLVE CRIMES THROUGH OPERATION IMPACT As well as charging two impaired drivers during Operation Impact over the Thanksgiving weekend, RCMP also recovered stolen vehicles, stolen license plates and a stolen firearm, and arrested a number of people who were wanted on warrants or were driving while prohibited from doing so. RCMP checked 174 vehicles in total over the weekend during check stops and roving patrols; they issued several warnings,
POLICE INVESTIGATE ARMED ROBBERY RCMP are looking for public assistance to identify three men who robbed the Warehouse Liquor store on 67th St. at gunpoint last week. The three men entered the store shortly after 10 p.m. on Oct. 11th wearing face coverings; one pointed a long barrel firearm at a staff member and demanded cash while the others took several bottles of vodka. No one was injured and the men drove away in a black, regular-sized four-door truck. Suspect number one (carrying the firearm) is described as being at least 5â€™10â€? tall, with a medium to bulky build. He was wearing a grey or white t-shirt, capri-like dark pants and dark shoes with a white edge at the bottom. Suspect number two is described as wearing a grey long sleeved hoodie with a sleeveless black vest over it and dark, probably red, shoes with pointy toes. Police do not have a description of the third suspect at this time but continue to investigate. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Red Deer RCMP at 403-343-5575. Those wishing to remain anonymous can either call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or report it online at www.tipsubmit.com.
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ENTERTAINMENT An array of classic hits featured in Las Vegas show BY MARK WEBER RED DEER EXPRESS For those with a love for classic hits from classic singers and bands, Four by Four - A Tribute to the Legendary Music of The Beach Boys, Beatles, Bee Gees and Motown will be a fitting trip down memory lane. Direct from Las Vegas, Rocklands Entertainment presents a stellar cast and all kinds of classic songs in a show that has been described as a a must-see, feelgood evening of hits. The show runs Oct. 27th at the Memorial Centre, starting at 7 p.m. With over 50 hits in this Vegas style review, the stars sing and dance their way through a journey of the music audiences know and love. Yesterday, Stayin’ Alive, Surfin’ USA, Stop In The Name Of Love, Twist and Shout, How Deep Is Your Love, Please Mister Postman, Yellow Submarine and More Than A Woman are just a few of the hits to be featured. “The show was first conceived about a year ago,” explains Taylor Campbell, one of the four featured in the production. “I think our producers knew it was going to be a really bold undertaking - but they were excited about it. There are a lot of 60s and 70s tribute shows out there, but they really wanted to find something that would really catch people.” Planning for the show began early this year, with rehearsals kicking off this past spring. Campbell and the others in the cast had been doing ‘Oh What a Night! A Musical Tribute To Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons’. “We started rehearsing through April and May and we debuted the show in Las Vegas in May,” he said. The guys rehearsed for four to five hours a day, and it was an enormous - albeit thoroughly enjoyable - undertaking. “With upwards of 45 to 50 songs and all of them being choreographed - it was quite a lot,” he said with a laugh. Of course, some of the tunes have been shortened - but the show overall offers a complete picture of these three groups and the Motown era of music to be sure. Meanwhile, the five-week tour through Canada marks the first major exposure of the show. “This music is incredibly universal, and I think it’s because all of these groups were really kind of ahead of their time. A lot of groups have tried to imitate the sounds of these groups afterwards, but
CLASSIC - Take an exciting musical journey with Four by Four - A Tribute to the Legendary Music of the Beach Boys, Beatles, Bee Gees and Motown on Oct. 27th at the Memorial Centre. they were all really pioneers of their styles of music. “We sing maybe 15-plus songs in each section, and people know the words to all of them. It speaks volumes about how amazing these groups are and how they bridge all the different generations as well.” He also attributes the longevity of these tunes to their ability to remain relatively simple but irresistibly catchy, and that they also tell a specific story. “They hit an emotional chord with the people that grew up with this music.” Campbell, who was born and raised in Las Vegas, has been on stage since he was a child. His desire to become a well-rounded artist led him to attend high school at the Las Vegas Academy of Performing Arts as a theatre major where he performed in many plays and musicals. “I certainly knew I enjoyed entertaining people. But at an early age, it wasn’t necessarily performing in the
sense as a typical Vegas performer. It was more an interest in theatre - musical theatre in particular. I had a huge interest in playing a character and telling a story and not necessarily just singing.” Those early performances got him hooked. “I remember it being so exhilarating. I just forgot about being nervous and really enjoyed it. Ever since then, I’d be doing three to four shows a year.” He later attended college at the University of Evansville in Indiana where he received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Theatre. At this program, he was able to further grow his interests in the theatre world and be a part of some amazing productions. He then studied in England where he also took Shakespeare classes. In 2008 Campbell was also nominated for the prestigious Irene Ryan Award for his portrayal of Otto in Grand Hotel.
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Some of his other credits include Jekyll/ Hyde in Jekyll and Hyde, Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar, Marius in Les Miserables, Antony in Sweeney Todd and Dean in All Shook Up. “A lot of people might say, ‘Well, I saw Oh What a Night, and this is probably more of just the same’. But I would suggest people come and give it a shot - it’s a very similar style in the format of it, but it’s kind of like ‘Oh What a Night’ on steroids,” he explained. “There is so much more variety, and it’s so high energy and the choreography is more complicated. It’s a two-hour show, but I feel like it goes by in a flash because it moves so well. Once you get a taste of one great group, it moves on to the next.” Tickets are available at the Black Knight Ticket Centre by calling 403-755-6626 or 1-800-661-8793. You can also check out www.bkticketcentre.ca. email@example.com
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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2015
Local singer Jamie Woodfin gearing up to release new single BY MARK WEBER RED DEER EXPRESS Local singer/songwriter/guitarist Jamie Woodfin has certainly had an outstanding 2015 - and it’s not over yet. He’s just released a new single to radio, which will also be available on iTunes Oct. 27th. This follows the successful release and enthusiastic reception of the single Just Feels Right this past April. He made the journey for a memorable trip to Nashville this summer, and stopped off at the CCMAs (Canadian Country Music Awards) in Halifax in September. It proved an amazing time of meeting other artists and making some really key connections. So as indicated, there’s an exciting momentum to Woodfin’s career these days with a growing number of opportunities to share his music as well. Originally from
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Ponoka, he now calls Red Deer home. Just Feels Right, hit Canadian country radio this past April. An engaging, bold and polished country/rock single – it proved the ideal selection for showcasing Woodfin’s strength and originality as a vocalist and a gifted musician. “The new single is called We Go Together,” he explained during a recent chat. “We’ll be doing some radio tours again - we did that with Just Feels Right. I think I’ll be doing a Saskatchewan radio tour, plus some Alberta dates and possibly we are looking at B.C. as well. So were really getting that going, and I’m pretty excited just about getting it out to people. “There have been a few radio stations asking for new music, so I think that’s a really good sign.” A teaser video for the new tune can also be found on YouTube and his facebook page as well. “I was really surprised at the response,”
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he said, pointing out that as of last week there had been some 3,000 views on it. “I was pretty excited about that,” he said, adding that We Go Together can be described as an upbeat song talking about the different combinations of people that can go together. “For me, hearing a song like that I just connected to it. It’s got a good groove and melody to it. “I’m hoping people grab onto it.” Meanwhile, Woodfin is enjoying the ride so far. Earlier this year, he opened for Brett Kissel in Fort McMurray, and it was a tremendous experience. “From there, we released the single and it’s kind of been a whirlwind. We had the single picked up across Canada in various location, which has been an amazing response for me as an independent artist,” he said. “I couldn’t have asked for anything more. I was hoping we’d get played once - period,” he added with a laugh. “Just to be on the radio anywhere was amazing.” Woodfin later learned the song landed on Sirius satellite radio as well. And when he was in North Carolina a few months back for a wedding, he heard the song on the radio as well. “So that was pretty cool - just to know it’s being played in different parts of the country and people are hearing it.” When Woodfin was in Nashville, Kissel also was making his debut on the Grand Ole Opry. “I’m pretty good friends with his bandmates and him as well - we’ve gotten to connect on several occasions over the past six months. “We went to watch him play the Opry and it was really great to see a Canadian up there, and my buddies that had played on my song were playing there, too,” he said. “So it was really a special night for them.” Woodfin indeed finds the country music community to be most welcoming. The CCMAs were also a memorable experience. “That was amazing - it was my first year as a member of the CCMAs - as an artist. I played a showcase there
as well. “Just before I went to play - we do a short acoustic set - Dean Brody and Chad Brownlee are sitting in the lobby right across from me and Alan Doyle from Great Big Sea walks by me. It was amazing. “After going and attending all the events I could, I would never miss another one now! It’s really cool, because everyone is so easygoing and friendly,” he said. Woodfin really treasures opportunities like this, and they provide plenty of inspiration for him as he continues to make his musical mark locally and dream of what’s to come. Another highlight this year was opening for country-alt singer Corb Lund in June. “He’s been a long-time musical influence. Back in my punk rock days, I used to listen to him play with the Smalls - I was a big follower of them.” Looking back, he has long been drawn to making and performing music. He first picked up guitar when he was about 13. A penchant for the drums and a powerful singing voice soon surfaced as well. Woodfin was also only 14- or 15-years-old when he started writing his own music. Through high school, he played in a band called The Dirties that were refining their own unique punk/rock sound. It took a little bit of getting used to when it came to performing, but Woodfin soon found himself comfortable onstage. During his years with The Dirties, the band produced an EP featuring songs that were written by the group. They played consistently across Central Alberta as well. Meanwhile, he’s enjoying every step of the way. “We also have more music coming - we are slated to have another release in the New Year. So we are working at it, and we aren’t slowing down. If anything we are probably going faster than ever.” “I couldn’t have asked for a better time.” Check out Woodfin on facebook, twitter and Instagram. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Harpdog Brown tour landing in Red Deer BY MARK WEBER RED DEER EXPRESS Canadian harmonica legend and Blues singer, Harpdog Brown is heading back to grace the stage at Fratters Speakeasy once again with a show slated for Oct. 27th. There is a $10 cover for the performance which starts at 8:30 p.m. and will feature Brown along with the Travelin’ Blues Show. The Travelin’ Blues Show lays down the early electric blues of Chicago, using vintage equipment from the same era the music was born to. Brown, who calls Vancouver home, won Harmonica Player of the Year from the Toronto Blues Society and their Maple Blues Awards earlier this year. Meanwhile, he describes the tunes for his current tour as early electric Chicago blues, upright bass, guitar and himself.
It’s also pretty much vintage all the way through, from the style to the instruments and mics. The fans are loving it. “I guess because it’s so uniquely authentic - it really gives that edge of authenticity as well,” he said, also crediting his band’s passion for the genre. Music - and especially blues - is a language,” he said. “It’s not how many notes can we squeeze into 12 bars - that doesn’t make it music to me.” It’s about keeping it simple and real. “Having the punchy, slappy upright bass helps too. People are like, blown away - young and old. It’s really blues as it started.” He just wrapped up a couple of successful gigs at the Klondike Roots & Blues Festival. “Friday night is their acoustic blues night, and Saturday is their electric blues night. (They) weren’t sure where to fit me,” he chuckles, adding ultimately, organizers slated him for both nights. “It’s
a nice festival up there in Whitehorse.” These days, he’s relishing being on the road and the busier, the better. “Typically in this business, I’ve learned not to really plan for vacation time or down time - you just make the best of the time when you do have it,” he explains. “Sometimes I actually have a Saturday night off - believe it or not.” But that’s okay with him. “It’s how I pay my bills.” Having been in the business as a touring and recording artist for more than 30 years, he has shared the stage with such greats as Matt ‘Guitar’ Murphy, Pinetop Perkins, The Powder Blues Band, Jack de Keyzer and the late Dutch Mason to name a few. His latest disc, What It Is, was released last year. A new disc is planned for release next spring after laying down tracks early in the New Year in California with producer Little Victor. “He’s old school and he knows how to get
RDC off to a solid start with Almost, Maine BY MARK WEBER RED DEER EXPRESS Red Deer College theatre studies students have launched the new season with a whimsical, charming look at love via the acclaimed play Almost, Maine. Performances run through to Oct. 24th in Studio A. Curtain is 7:30 p.m. Penned by John Cariani and directed by Calgary-based Kevin McKendrick, the play explores love and romance from a number of perspectives via a series of vignettes. Several of the students play multiple roles in a production that flows quite seamlessly from scene to scene in spite of the varying nature of what’s unfolding dramatically. The story revolves around a few young folks from the community of Almost, Maine. As the synopsis reads, one cold, clear, “Friday night in the middle of winter, while the northern lights hover in the sky above, Almost’s residents find themselves falling in and out of love in the strangest ways.” The appeal of the play springs in part from, as mentioned, the various perspectives it adopts. It’s not all sunny and sweet in this seemingly
remote community when it comes to couples finding someone and cultivating a meaningful relationship. One of the most powerful scenes shows a more mature couple Phil and Marci (terrifically played by Brendan Hutchison and Ashley Mercia) who are tired of propping up the charade of being happy. Hutchison and Mercia do a wonderful job of capturing how worn out this couple really is with pretense, and how weary they are with their dying relationship. Another scene shows two typical, outdoorsy, regular guys, Chad and Randy (played by Logan Shave and Trysten Luck respectively), who, without seeming to notice, have kind of fallen for each other, too. The actors are really engaging to watch as things start out on an ordinary level on an ordinary Friday evening with the two realizing that the other is ultimately who they really want to be with, and who brings them each the most happiness. Of course, there’s lots of imagination and clever antics that buoy virtually every story in this play. For example, when these guys fall for each other - they really ‘fall’ - and that’s where precisely I will leave it. Suffice it to say it’s part of a kind
of ‘magic realism’, where something totally illogical, something that you might believe could not possibly happen in real life - actual happens. Most of us can relate to someone in the show as the stories unfold the devastation and desperation of unrequited love (superbly captured by Layne Zazalak). Or the woman (Emily Pole) who waited too long to express how she really felt to her boyfriend, and mistakenly believed he would basically wait around forever while she tried to come to a place of certainty in it. Almost, Maine captures those various shades of the human experience of love really well. Adding to the overall sense of wonder is a delightful set complete with a shimmering, starry sky. Kudos to lighting designer Mathew Levesque and costume designer Jordan Wieben and set and props designer Lauren Acheson. A world has been created that forms the perfect backdrop for these residents of Almost, Maine. And we as an audience feel like we are sharing a bit of their experiences along the way as well. For tickets, visit www.bkticketcentre.ca or call 403-755-6626. firstname.lastname@example.org
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that honest to goodness old sound. “This one will be the most well-plotted and the most well-planned recording I will ever have had,” he said. Originally from Edmonton, Brown can indeed be described as a gifted singer and an imaginative harp player who brings traditional blues into the 21st century. As to his early days, he started playing instruments before he even really knew what they were. As a youngster, his mom would plunk him down with a lap steel guitar and he would come up with all kinds of stuff. In his late teens he landed his first gig as a guitarist with a singer. He eventually settled into the genre that would truly fit – the blues. And aside from being in a successful career, Brown simply loves what he does. “I like busy - I don’t like to be bored. And I’ll tell you - I’m never bored.” email@example.com
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Punch Drunk Cabaret in town for fundraiser BY MARK WEBER RED DEER EXPRESS Punch Drunk Cabaret are heading to town for a ‘steampunk’ styled fundraiser at Fratter’s Oct. 24th. The event, called The Bra Lounge Presents Steampunk Cabaret, will be in support of Cystic Fibrosis Canada. It begins at 7:30 p.m. with music to follow later in the evening. Randy Bailer fronts Punch Drunk Cabaret and used to be the force behind another fascinating indie group called Screwtape Lewis for about a decade. Drawing on elements from ‘rockabilly, outlaw country and steam punk swing’, Punch Drunk Cabaret aren’t the least bit wary of trying
their hand at all kinds of ventures. Meanwhile, their latest CD, their second, The Juke Joint Revival Hour, was released last year and a third project is due in 2016. Rounding out the band is Greg Williamson on drums and Terry Sawbones Grant on 12-string bass. These days, their approach to making superb music and fearlessness about melding genres are seeing the group grow in popularity both on the concert circuit and as a draw for various charity fundraising events. “It’s kind of caught on with various steampunk organizations,” said Bailer of the band’s look and sound. Tapping into the culture of steampunk to a degree has also introduced the band
to all kinds of fascinating people as well. “They are the most creative people I’ve ever met, from jewellery makers to academics - people in advertising to authors - people who just come together and put these events on. It’s turned out to be actually a pretty good fit for us, and we’ve found the steampunk audiences to be pretty open-minded when it comes to music,” he said. “It’s also more varied then people might realize,” he said of steampunk in general. “Basically, imagine if the Victorians had our technology - and then all the directions that could go in. What would transportation look like? What would the economy and the arts look like? “A lot of it ties into the aesthet-
ics of that period.” Bailer describes 2015 as the band’s best year to date and pointed out there were signs over this past summer that showed the guys they’ve really grown past any sort of descriptive tags they may have given themselves in the past. “We would get on a classic rock bill, and totally go over well with that audience. Or we get on more of a pop kind of bill, and that would go over really well,” he said. “This gave us a lot of confidence and insight that what we are doing is more broadly based than we thought it was when we started.” Check out www.thebralounge.ca/events. firstname.lastname@example.org
Central Alberta Theatre launches season with Wild Dust BY MARK WEBER RED DEER EXPRESS Central Alberta Theatre has gone ‘all western’ with their first theatrical outing of the season, currently onstage at the Quality Inn North Hill. Performances for Wild Dust, penned by Flip Kobler and directed by Craig Scott, continue Oct. 23rd-25th, 30th-31st and Nov. 1st, 5th-6th. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with dinner at 6 p.m. and curtain at 7:30 p.m. A dust storm is about
to hit town back in the old west of the 1880s. The men have gone to take care of the cattle leaving their women to take shelter in the solidly built saloon/brothel. But things tense up when essentially two worlds collide - a couple of ‘society ladies’ have taken shelter in the midst of the working girls. Add to that the arrival of Cooper (Daniel Huss) who stumbles in seeking shelter, and the plot thickens that much more. Rounding out the cast
are Laura Grinde as Marion, Muriah Willis as Belle, Carla Falk as Sally, Alex Taylor as Denise, Cynthia Edwards as Louise, Myra Ouellette as Gertie, Kathryn Huedepohl as ‘Hard’ Cora and Roxzane Armstrong as Rebecca. Wild Dust is really a mix of humour and drama there’s a few tense bits to be sure plus a dash of romance — all elements that make for a pretty solid story line. The set is well put together and most importantly, the cast
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gelled well as an ensemble. Kudos to Craig for providing solid direction for this group - a larger cast then what would normally be seen on a CAT stage. Also, he’s done a good job of building a sense of ‘naturalism’ and ease amongst the cast - it’s challenging to have such a large group in a constricted space who are consistently onstage at the same time. Actors have to keep in mind that they have to always be ‘on’, even when they aren’t speaking. Most of the time, this is carried out with a realistic feel. Standouts among the
cast are many - Falk has been perfectly cast as the sarcastic Sally. Falk has a way of delivering lines that pretty well nails the tone of a scene every time. Willis is also terrific as the rather simple but charming Belle and Grinde, in a way, is kind of the central, balancing force amidst the goings-on around her. She does this really well (plus she wields a wonderful singing voice). My main criticism of this play is more of an over-arching one - I felt that, on many levels, there needed to be a heightening of both pacing, emo-
tion and expression. Also, more tension. More animosity. More back and forth fired-up bickering. After all, these women are trapped in a really desperate situation, which could turn deadly. I don’t for a minute question the talents of those involved with this play, but I would say toss out the inhibitions and let the crackling dialogue be fueled by a fresh sense of energy. In no time, Wild Dust could be a whole lot more ‘wild’. For tickets, check out www.blackknightinn.ca. email@example.com
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Handling any situation you come across in life One of my favourite things about sport and fitness (apart from the obvious benefits of being healthy) is the challenge it provides, and the opportunity to learn from failure.
McDERMOTT This past weekend I was registered to race in a 50km Ultra Marathon in Canmore, but since I am training for a much bigger race (Ultraman), my coach had me bike 220kms of hills on my trainer as well as a 5.5km run the day before the 50km run. What was great about riding for eight hours in a hotel room in Canmore, was that I could justify watching the Ironman World Championships live feed on my laptop all day. I have to tell you, it was amazing! Sportsmanship at its best! I watched in sadness as Canadian Heather Wurtelle suffered a bike mechanical that ended her race just a few kilometres into the bike, after a record swim. She was devastated, but handled it like a pro! Another contender crashed riding out of transition and snapped his handlebars in two. He was calm and was able to find another bike to borrow and continued on. Another friend, pro triathlete Jeff Symonds broke a crank on his bike, and pedalled with one leg for (rumours say) 50kms, and then ran a 2:50 marathon - the fastest of the day! Things don’t always go our way. Sometimes you do your level best and things just don’t work out. Think about Heather Wurtelle - years of training, the best prep for the race ever, and her gear shifting system blew up. Race over, through no fault of your own. The bike mechanics later took her gear shifter apart and said they had never seen that gear break in half like that
before. I remember watching the race back in 2007 when Normann Stadler was racing to try and secure his second world championship title, and he got a flat tire. He lost it. He threw his bike in the lava fields and had a fit. Swearing, crying and freaking out. The bike tech guys showed up, gave him a new tire and off he went, only to get another flat a short time later. This time he totally lost his cool, and gave up, quitting the race. In 2008 Chrissie Wellington, also the defending champion, got a flat, and calmly tried to
fix it. After changing the tube, her C02 cartridge inflator system failed and she stood at the side of the road, with nothing else she could do. She asked a few people riding by if they had a spare cartridge, and the word spread up the line. Rebecca Keat, one of Chrissie’s rivals, unscrewed her spare cartridge and tossed it to Chrissie as she rode by. Chrissie inflated her tire, and went on to win the race. The point of all this is clearly, that it is not what happens to you, it is how you manage to handle it. There are always
things going wrong and stuff happening that is beyond our control and anywhere from devastating to annoying, and in every case, the only thing that matters, the only thing that we can control, is how we handle it. In fitness, we are always presented with challenges, and again, it is how we handle it that matters most! Again, it’s what I love about fitness - the constant chance to experiment with not quitting. The habit of pushing through a challenge, of finding a way to accomplish the task in spite of everything. The habit of welcom-
ing the challenge, of accepting that heavy weight and not only shouldering it up, but crushing the ground beneath you as you defy gravity and press skyward. Kind of like life. Bruce Lee once said, “Do not pray for an easy life, pray for the strength to endure a difficult one.” As for my 50km trail run on tired legs, yes, it was hard. No, I never gave up, and yes, I finished exhausted and happy. Scott McDermott is a personal trainer and the owner of Best Body Fitness in Sylvan Lake.
LIGHT UP THE NIGHT - Runners set out onto the course at the start of the annual Run With Heart Glow Run in Red Deer last Saturday night. The event was held in support of the Heart and Stroke Foundation and featured a 10 km and 5 km run.
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No more prime rib and mashed potatoes? Why is it that so many things are bad for you these days? We know that too much sugar, salt and calories are a bad combination for longevity. Now, the health publication, Nutrition Action, says red meat increases the risk of several major diseases. Horrendous news for me as roast beef and mashed potatoes are my favourite meal. So how risky is it to eat meat? Dr. Walter Willett at Harvard’s School of Public Health is a top nutritional guru. He says that 9% of deaths in the Harvard study could have been saved if people ate less red meat daily. In effect, the consumption of red meat was related to a higher risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke, Type 2 diabetes and cancer.
JONES Willet says that the strongest evidence that red meat causes cancer is colon malignancy. And that the main culprits are processed red meats like bacon, sausage, hot dogs and lunch meats. Moreover, eating meats during adolescence increases the risk of breast cancer in premenopausal women. So far Willett doesn’t know why this happens. But he points to an interesting fact. When
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nitrosamines and we know these are carcinogenic in animals. In addition, red meat contains high levels of saturated fat. So what is a meat lover to do? Willet says you should try to get protein from other sources such as poultry, fish, nuts, beans and low fat dairy products. And the healthiest dairy food is yogurt because of its effect on microbes in the intestine. I found Willett’s remarks on the environment of particular interest. He points out that cattle emit large amounts of methane gas, and according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, methane’s impact on climate is 20 times greater than carbon dioxide’s! In addition, cattle produce five times more greenhouse gas than chickens, pigs and hens. We also know that cattle require nutrition and it takes huge amounts of energy to produce fertiliz-
er to grow corn, soy beans and other crops to feed them. There’s also another problem. Excess fertilizer can end up in lakes and rivers leading to low oxygen dead zones. Tons of manure can also pollute our waterways. Finally, antibiotics used in animals are not good for any of us as they lead to resistant bacteria. But Willett also reminds us that risk comes in a number of different packages. For instance, he emphasizes that other habits such as smoking, inadequate exercise, trans fats and a lack of fruit and vegetables can increase the risk of cancer and cardiovascular disease. He also stresses that people who consume more white bread, rice, potatoes, sweets and cola drinks have the same risk of heart attack as those who eat red meat. And that obesity is another huge risk factor. It appears this dietary message is getting through to North Americans.
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Since 1975 Canadians are consuming half the amount of meat and double the amount of poultry. In the U.S. the Federal Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee has urged people to eat less red and processed meat and to make sure it’s lean. This must make ranchers and meat processors reach for Prozac! So what will I do? Hell will freeze over before I turn down prime rib and mashed potatoes when I see them listed on the menu. But I admit that in our home we now eat more fish, poultry, fresh fruit and vegetables. It all gets back to moderation, realizing that it’s highly unlikely that only an occasional meal of steak is going to shorten one’s life. Many reader ask where they can obtain my book 90 + How I Got There It can be obtained by sending $19.95 to Giff Holdings, 525 Balliol St, Suite #6, Toronto, Ontario, M4S 1E1
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Notre Dame Cougars secure big win in recent game BY ZACHARY CORMIER RED DEER EXPRESS The Notre Dame Cougars high school football team picked up their fifth win of the season, last Friday, thanks to a road victory over the Lacombe Rams at ME Global Athletic Park. The Cougars earned a hard-fought 34-17 win on the shoulders of their two running backs, who combined for 312 yards rushing and four touchdowns. “We played well and we played well enough to win. Our running game was very good and our defense played well at times,” said Head Coach Gino Castellan after the game. The last time the two teams met, Notre Dame handed Lacombe a 37-14 loss and while the six-point difference between this game and the last may not look like much, it made a world of difference for Castellan. “Lacombe improved. They got better and that’s good to see,” he said, adding that while he thinks the better team still won, Lacombe put up a fight, especially in the second half. I do give credit to Lacombe. They didn’t quit, you know? They haven’t won a game and they fought hard, so that was good to see.” The game remained scoreless until late in the first quarter. In the last couple of minutes of the first, Lacombe’s defense forced the Cougars to punt the ball after they failed to get past their own 50 yard line. The ensuing punt, a 30-yarder by Parker Dahl, sailed through the air and landed in front of Lacombe Rams punt returner David Mueller. The ball took a funny bounce off the turf and sailed over Mueller’s head and bounced to the Lacombe 25-yard line where Beko Wande of the Cougars pounced on it to make sure his team retained possession of the ball. Not long after that, on the last play of the first quarter, Cougars running back Johannes Smith plowed through the Lacombe defense for a 17-yard touchdown run to put his team up by six. “(Johannes) has been struggling here lately and I thought today he had a good game; he ran hard,” Castellan said. Smith was handed the ball just nine times but managed to earn 129 rushing yards. That’s an average of 14.3 yards per carry. Unfortunately for the Cougars, a tough bobbled snap on the point after meant the score would remain 6-0 going into the second quarter.
FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS - Taylor Vida of the Notre Dame Cougars returned a punt by the Lacombe Rams during regular season high school football action at ME Global Athletic Park in Lacombe last week. The Cougars prevailed by a score of 34-17. The Cougars’ defense went to work and forced a two-and-out on the ensuing Rams’ drive to regain possession of the ball and send the offense back on the field. Two minutes later, they picked up their second score of the game on a 17yard run by Justin Fedun, who went on to record a game high 175-yards rushing and two touchdowns. This time, Dahl made no mistake and fired the point after through the uprights to give the team a 13-0 lead. After that score, Lacombe went on the offensive and responded with a drive of their own that almost culminated in a huge TD pass by quarterback Johnathan Ericson to wide receiver Mueller, who made a diving catch in the end zone in order to make the play. Unfortunately for the Rams, however, a holding penalty at the line of scrimmage called the touchdown back and force them to repeat the second down. The Cougars’ defense seized the opportunity to redeem themselves and made two
huge stops on the ensuing two plays, forcing a turnover on downs to gain possession of the ball with only a couple of minutes remaining in the half. The time pressure didn’t bother quarterback Devin Desormean, though. While the Cougars elected to run the ball most of the game, Desormean made sure that he could make passes when it mattered. On the ensuing drive, the Cougars managed their remaining time well and worked their way up field. Finally, with just 28 seconds left in the half, Desormean took the snap, faked a hand off, and then connected with Dahl for a 22-yard TD pass. Dahl would then kick his own point after to put his team up 20 at the break. Desormean passed for 79-yards and four completions on five attempts on the day. The second half was much tougher on the Cougars. They were outscored 17-14, including a punt that Rams’ star Mueller took back up field for a 62-yard touchdown. Mueller was also a killer on offense as
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It was a busy weekend of athletics for the Red Deer College Kings and Queens. Here’s a roundup of what happened:
RDC GOLFERS COMPETE AT NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS The Red Deer College golf team was in Chilliwack, B.C. last week to compete in the CCAA PING Golf National Championship. Seven student athletes from RDC competed in the tournament, which was held at Chilliwack Golf Club on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of last week. While neither team finished in the top five, the championships provided some excellent experience for the players. The biggest success story of the week was RDC’s Katie Griffiths, who rounded off an already-excellent season with a silver medal finish thanks to three great rounds of golf. Griffiths shot an 80 on Wednesday, an 81 on Thursday, and finished the week with a 76 on Friday to bring her total score to 237. Rochelle French took home the ladies Fair Play Award and shot a 95 on Friday, a personal best for her during tournament play. “The ladies played amazing,” said Coach Scott Bergdahl. This was the second silver medal finish of the season for the Red Deer native, who also earned silver at the ACAC Conference Championships earlier this month and won a gold during the ACAC North Regional Qualifier in September. The men’s team finished the weekend with a
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total score of 925, shooting 302, 309, 314 to finish the weekend in 13th place overall. The men’s scores are counted from the top four out of five scores in each round. Although the men didn’t have a great tournament, Bergdahl said the tournament provided some good experience for the players, most of whom are returning next season.
KINGS’ AND QUEENS’ TEAMS GET OFF TO STRONG START The Kings’ and Queens’ volleyball teams took the first step towards defending their national championship titles last weekend. Both teams completed a weekend sweep of the Medicine Hat College Rattlers on Friday and Saturday in their first two league games of the season. Friday night started off with a special ceremony to raise the banners that both teams won at last year’s national championships. Then, it was down to business for the Queens, who only lost one set on their way to a 3-1 victory (25-16, 21-25, 25-7, 32-30) “It was a busy night; our first league game, our home opener and we raised the national championship banner from last year, so lots of potential for distractions. We kept our game consistent and managed to make the right plays at the right time,” said Head Coach Talbot Walton. The Kings were strong all game as well and came away with the victory over Medicine Hat in straight sets 25-20, 25-21, and 25-15. “It was a good all around win tonight. We
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served and blocked well, which have been stressed heavily in training over the last few weeks,” said Kings’ volleyball Coach Aaron Schulha. The story was much the same on Saturday afternoon. During the first game, the Queens claimed an early 2-1 lead winning the first and third sets 25-16 and 25-7 respectively. They lost the second set 21-25. The Rattlers made a game of it in the fourth, pushing the Queens to a 24-24 draw and continued to keep pace after that, forcing the score to 30-30. But the Queens refused to back down and eventually claimed a gritty 32-30 win to clinch the match. “The fourth set was some of the best volleyball we’ve played so far this season, lots of back and forth play,” Walton said. The Kings also looked good during Saturday’s game and claimed a 3-1 win 25-17, 2520, 16-25, 25-20. “(It was) a good way to start the season against a strong opponent,” Schulha said. The volleyball teams have a bye next week before they head out to Briercrest College for a pair of games over the Halloween weekend.
QUICK RECAPS RDC’s cross-country runners competed in the ACAC Grand Prix last Saturday in Camrose. RDC coach Jodi Nesbitt finished second overall in the open class with a time of 18:55. The RDC Queens cross-country team placed third overall while the Kings placed fourth. RDC’s Jordanna Cote finished fourth amongst ACAC runners in the women’s class while Andrew Jacobs finished ninth amongst ACAC runners for the men. The Kings and Queens soccer teams both claimed 2-1 victories over Lakeland College on Saturday in Lloydminster. With the win the Kings improve to 4-4-0 while the Queens remained undefeated at 6-02. The Queens hockey team opened up their season with a win and a loss against Grant McEwen University. The Queens picked up a 4-2 at the Red Deer Arena last Thursday night before dropping a 3-1 decision on Saturday in Edmonton. Next up for the Queens is a Thursday night matchup against the SAIT Trojans at Red Deer Arena at 7 p.m.
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STRONG START - The Red Deer College Kings completed a weekend sweep of the Medicine Hat College Rattlers thanks to wins on Friday and Saturday during regular season men’s volleyball action last weekend. The Kings won the first game 3-0 (2520, 25-21, 25-15) on Friday and followed up with a 3-1 victory (25-17, 25-20, 16-25, 25-20) at home on Saturday. Zachary Cormier/Red Deer Express
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Considering your future needs in your home My sister and I were having a discussion the other day about a house she just sold. She was telling me how the stairs were a big factor in her deciding to move to a new property as she was looking ahead to getting older and being able to manage living in a house with so many steps between the sleeping quarters and the laundry facilities. It coincided with my recent studies on aging in place which is a vital consideration for older clients deciding on a residence. While my sister is far from old; she is very aware of her wants and needs when it comes to buying a home and for her carrying a laundry basket up so many flights of stairs was a big consideration. Aging in place allows for future comfort in a home and while some homes are already well equipped (such as bungalows) other houses have the ability to be adapt-
WYSE ed going forward if you have the desire to live in your home for a long time to come. The concept of being free and mobile in your home was presented to me many times while working in the floor covering business – having level floors with good traction and no height differences was a major consideration for my clients. I would share with clients other factors to consider as they were updating their homes which make aging in place easier and very useful going forward. Turning radius and doorway widths can be a big undertaking but while you are in
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The truth about potential interest rate hikes For several years headlines have warned of ‘inevitable’ interest rate hikes. But reality has seen interest rates drop steadily over the past several years, to new record lows. It is the opinion of most brokers - the front-line workers that any increases in interest rates will be small and they will be gradual.
TURCOTTE A key component often lacking from stories about potential interest rate increases is the actual math or impact of said increases. So I offer for you a cheat sheet outlining what eventual increases would mean to you personally. Are you in a variable rate mortgage? If yes, the Bank of Canada meets eight times per year (with the next meeting scheduled on Oct. 21st) in order to make a decision that will influence the prime interest rate on which variable rate mortgages are based. Very rarely does prime move by more than 0.25%. What 0.25% means to a variable rate mortgage? - Per $100,000 of mortgage money borrowed, a 0.25% interest rate increase for the typical mortgage holder would translate into a monthly payment increase of $13. - $13 per $100,000 of mortgage money. - Eventual increases are likely to come
in 0.25% increments, gradually. Tip of the day: variable rate mortgage holders can utilize prepayment privileges to increase their payment by at least $13 per $100,000 owed each year. Every penny of the immediate increase will be going straight to principal owed and will in turn reduce the amount of interest on every future payment. More importantly, you’re getting out ahead of any future rate increases and your payment will already be increased. Being one, two or three steps ahead makes sense, call your broker about making a small increase today, to cushion you tomorrow. Are you in a fixed rate mortgage? On the upside, any immediate changes to interest rates will have no effect on your monthly payments or interest expense until your actual renewal date. Also on the upside, this gives you time to prepare for the potential of higher interest rates. What 0.25% means to you will ultimately be much the same as the mathematics above. The risk is that instead of a slow, gradual rise, you may be in for a full 1% interest rate increase by the time your renewal rolls around. But that is okay, you have time on your side and your rate is fixed for now. Key point; the mortgage balance you are renewing will be (in most cases significantly) lower than your original balance and thus the impact of an interest rate hike is that much less dramatic. For example, a $300,000 mortgage on a 30-year amortization, taken at 2.59%
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to defy journalists’ and various analysts’ expectations, as they have done for the past six years, and remain low – while you increase your payment incrementally each year, then come renewal, you will truly be sitting in a plum position. Your mortgage payment amplified the point that your effective amortization will have reduced by several years and your mortgage balance will be decreasing at a more rapid pace than any mortgage balance has in the past 50 years. Call your broker and talk about ways to take advantage of 50 year record low interest rates. Jean-Guy Turcotte is a mortgage broker with Dominion Lending Centres - Regional Mortgage Group in Red Deer.
Enjoy cleaning far more with cordless technology The trend to ‘cut the cord’ on home appliances is growing rapidly. New cordless products are popping up everywhere to satisfy an increasingly busy way of life. This cordless technology has brought an abundance of new conveniences and has improved our ability to multitask. Industry reports have estimated that wireless power products will climb to become a $4.5 billion market by 2016. Similar forecasts project that demand for such products will triple in the next eight years, expanding to a $15 billion market. Take a look at all the cordless phones, stereos, hair dryers, kettles, irons and power tools that are gaining traction. Recent advancements have seen the trend move into the floor care industry as well, with the introduction of cordless vacuums. The new technology is anticipated to bring positive change, slashing time spent on household clean-
ing and simplifying an often-dreaded household chore. This vacuum innovation is made possible by the development of new lithium-ion batteries that deliver performance advantages compared to traditional plug-in models. They also provide superior suction, as well as the ability to be increasingly agile and maneuverable. No more tangle of cords while trying to get around furniture, no more plugging and unplugging, no limits to the unit’s reach. Floor care and household cleaning can now be a completely unencumbered experience. Industry experts note that not all cordless vacuums are created equally. Some manufacturers have been more successful than others at ensuring performance meets or exceeds that of traditional units. Consumers should look for a cordless vacuum that provides extended run time and no loss of
suction as the battery discharges. Topping the list is the Hoover Air Cordless 3.0. This steerable unit will also help get the job done easier and faster––allowing you to get under and around obstacles that a model with a fixed steering path cannot. Models that feature multiple channels of suction will also provide a deeper and more effective clean, lifting greater dirt and debris from carpet fibres and floors. Despite being the most advanced option available, cordless vacuums are surprisingly affordable, with quality units now available under the $400 price point at major retailers. So, you can finally say goodbye to the octopus of tangled cords, as cordless products are expected to be the way of the future. Have you already gone cordless? You may be more trend-savvy than you think. www.newscanada.com
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The 25th annual Zed Haunted House guarantees a scare BY ZACHARY CORMIER RED DEER EXPRESS Ghosts, ghouls and goblins once again roam the halls of one of Red Deer’s scariest and most popular haunted attractions. And this year, patrons are in for one heck of a show. The Boys and Girls Club of Red Deer and District’s annual Zed Haunted House has a considerable arsenal of scary effects, animatronics, and actors that all add up to give even the most seasoned horror fan the creeps. “We want to create that awe, you know?” said Event Manager John Johnston. Johnston has been in charge of the haunted house since it first opened 25 years ago. Since then, Johnston has seen it grow into a Halloween fixture in the City. “The best comment I’ve ever heard in the lineup is ‘this is just like Disneyland’ and that made me feel great because that’s what we wanted to create,” he remembered. This year the organizing committee decided to go for a Pirates of the Caribbean them. At least for the lobby. According to Johnston, the organizers tend to stay away from tying themselves to one theme. Instead they use the theme to design the lobby and set the stage for the rest of the attraction. “We send volunteers down to the U.S. all the time to Universal and they learn from the best in the business. What we learned is that it’s all about your presentation,” he said. “If you do a good job on presentation you’ve already won before they’ve even gotten through the door.” Part of that presentation
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is the wide array of animatronics that are used in the attraction. “We try and invest in about three or four new animatronic props every year,” he said. The biggest new addition in this year’s haunted house is a huge spinning tunnel that is one of the trippiest things patrons will experience. But animatronics aren’t the only things that lurk in those eerie corridors. “We use a lot of animatronics but we use them in conjunction with live characters,” Johnston explained. The characters are all played by volunteer actors, many of who are youth who use the services provided by the Club. These youth give up their weekends and evenings to participate in the event. The actors also participate in training sessions to prepare for the event. They also audition for specific roles in the house to ensure that everyone gets a part that best suits them. “There’s a real art to how you scare somebody. It’s not just ‘rawr’ and jump out. It’s angle of approach, timing and it’s all kinds of things,” Johnston explained. The entire operation is driven by volunteers. Everyone from the build crews, who start setting up almost a month in advance, to the actors and maintenance crews are volunteers. “Every year there is 8,000 to 10,000 volunteer hours that go into this. A lot of people are putting in a lot of their time. It’s pretty amazing that we can set this up in a matter of three weeks,” Johnston said. He added in addition to the volunteer hours, the haunted house has received
an almost overwhelming amount of support from residents of the City. “The community support for this event is amazing,” he said, noting not only was the majority of the mechanical equipment used behind-the-scenes donated, the space that the attraction is housed in was donated as well. “It’s all donated and 100 per cent of the dollars go to support the Boys and Girls Club,” he said. “We broke $100,000 last year and we’re looking to try and break $100,000 again this year.” The event is the biggest fundraiser the Club has every year, and according to Johnston it accounts for around 80% of the organization’s total fundraising revenue. Of course, it doesn’t become one of the biggest Halloween attractions in Alberta by being just a little bit spooky. “This attraction is not meant for children under 10 years of age,” Johnston stressed. He noted although there is no specific rule prohibiting kids under 10 from participating completely, there are rules in place to make sure that youngsters who insist on braving the haunted corridors won’t leave terrified for life. “We’re here to entertain, not to traumatize a kid for life,” he said. If there’s a kid under 10 that comes through at night they have to wear a glow bracelet around their wrist so the actors know there’s a kid coming through. If the kid gets scared they’re told to wave it. It scares the monsters away,” Johnston chuckled. There is, however, another way for young Red
Deerians to experience the spectacle that is the Zed Haunted House. The attraction hosts weekend matinees for anyone who is nervous about the ramped up scares that the nighttime performances bring. These afternoon performances run from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays and feature reduced scares with many of the more extreme animatronics removed. The matinees also allow some of the younger actors to get their feet wet. “It gives our young actors a little bit of training and experience,” Johnston said. The 25th annual Zed Haunted House is open from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. every night between now and Halloween at the old Princess Auto building on 66th St. Tickets are $15 per person at the door or you can purchase a $20 SPOOK PASS online and skip the lineup. Check out www.zedhauntedhouse.com. email@example.com
HALLOWEEN HAUNTS - One of the newest props at this year’s Zed Haunted House in Red Deer. The annual event is put on in support of the Boys and Girls Club of Red Deer and District. Zachary Cormier/Red Deer Express
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