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Food bank continues to see unprecedented demand Erin Fawcett Express staff

Demand at the Red Deer and District Food Bank continues to see unprecedented and record numbers, officials have said. “It’s been challenging with the numbers of people coming in - and record numbers - it puts a strain on resources, our volunteers and our staff,” said Fred Scaife, executive director at the food bank. “I have concerns because the demand is not going down - it continues to go higher and higher. If we have gone from double-digit increases through the first half of the year to now, in the last quarter of the year, triple-digit increases, and those triple-digit increases themselves start increasing, there is more coming and it takes its toll on the organization. It is an extremely hectic pace and we have never had to deal with it before. “Never in my wildest imagination did I ever think it was going to get this bad.” In September 2015, the Red Deer Food Bank gave out 371 hampers. This past September, that number more than doubled as the food bank gave 747 hampers away to those in need. As well, in September 2015, the food bank helped 511 adults, while this past September saw 1,055 adults being helped by the organization. The number of children in need of services at the food bank has also doubled. In September 2015, 342 children were fed by the food bank while this past September saw that number grow to 629. In September, the Red Deer and District Food Bank helped 331 families. In September 2015, the number of families helped was 171. The Pet Food Bank numbers have also doubled, Scaife said. “It is getting worse. In the month of September alone for the difference in children was 201 per cent more. I had to add those figures up three times because I just couldn’t believe it, it is so mind-numbing to think that many people are coming to the door,” Scaife said. He added in his 18 years of being the executive director of the Red Deer and District Food Bank, he has never seen the circumstances so dire. “This is off the charts. The depth of the despair right now in some of these people - there are people on our client list right now that were on our donor list two years ago - what a fall from grace that is. These people are ill-prepared to do this, they are totally out of their element and the looks on their faces are heart-wrenching.” However, Scaife added there is a bright side to the situation. “There is a silver lining to this dark cloud. I had predicted back in January and February to the board of directors barring some miracle we’re going to be out of food by July and I saw no way around it - and yet we haven’t run out of food,” he said. “The community has responded day after day with bags of groceries. Typically from February to July we take in very little donations, but this year, the amount of donations is overwhelming.”

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ocal elder and public figure Theresa ‘Corky’ Larsen-Jonasson can now add the title of author to her impressive list of community roles after recently publishing her first book, The Sharing Circle. The Sharing Circle is a children’s book, written by Larsen-Jonasson and illustrated by Jessika Von Innerebner published through Medicine Wheel Education. Corky - as she prefers to be known - said she’s been overwhelmed with the support from her community since the public announcement of the project and most recently, the official book launch. “I was a little nervous to write the book at first because we’re talking about sacred, old teachings. You’re not always going to please everybody, but you want to do good by your elders and I believe I’ve done that,” she said. Corky said she’s always wanted to write a book and after some deliberation with her husband, family and friends, she quietly got to work on the project. The story focuses on two foxes who become involved in an argument, affecting their community in the process. In order to heal from their misunderstanding, a friend takes the two foxes to an Elder owl who hosts the sharing circle. “In the process of the sharing circle, there is listening, respect and resolution,” explained Corky. “In formative years children need to learn how to use their voice and how to use it in balance, not in anger. One of the magical things of the circle is that it gives a voice to people who don’t feel like they have one. There is safety and respect and confidentiality in a circle and that sometimes makes it easier for people to learn how to use their voices.” Corky said she has seen the circle work in many situations, and values the potential that circles create for young people. She says it’s a great way for people to learn how to voice their stories while listening to others with a genuine investment that creates resolution. “I’m excited that a really good way of teaching might be used in situations of bullying, home life, teams and more,” she said. “Also, I hope people - young people especially - can learn to use their voices but not just in a place of anger. We have

ALL SMILES - Theresa ‘Corky’ Larsen-Jonasson said she’s incredibly proud to have been approached to write a children’s book on the importance of talking circles. Her new book, The Sharing Circle, sold out of hard copies at the official book launch last week. Kalisha Mendonsa/Red Deer Express enough anger in the world anyway.” An official book launch was held Oct. 15th at The Hub on Ross. Corky was joined by members of her family and community to share the story publicly for the first time, selling out of all available copies. “I thought people would trickle in one or two at a time, take a look at the book and maybe buy it, with me signing a couple, but really it turned into kind of a party,” she laughed. Corky said she’s got a special place in her heart for children and youth, so being able to share teachings and time with them was an incredible experience. In addition to working on the book over the last year, Corky is involved

in a number of community programs. She serves as a member of the National Collective of the Walking With Our Sisters missing and murdered Indigenous women awareness movement and is a local leader within Red Deer’s Red Feather Women. As well, she is a member of the Urban Aboriginal Voices Women’s Council and works with the Red Deer Welcoming and Inclusive Communities Network. She says her work within all of these platforms is about making a better community for her family and for the upcoming generation to thrive in. “I’m starting to get a good sense of my own mortality. When you’re young, you feel like you have all the time in the

world but as I get older, I feel a strong sense of responsibility to make things better. I want the generation following me to be better equipped to handle the things they need to go through.” Continuing, she said, “It’s about the circle of life that keeps going. There is going to be a time when young people have to step up and tackle issues we’re working on now. I want to know what I’ve done to make it easier on them so they don’t have to keep arguing about the same issues and can do it in a better way.” She said although the book is geared toward a younger audience and for use in schools, she hopes the message can spread further within the community.

“There have been many places I’ve seen circles work in our community and places I believe it would work if given a chance. Our local Friendship Centre has been approached many times to host circles and it’s been a really good experience. I’ve seen circles work with the wellness and sobriety groups in Red Deer, for helping each person towards their healing in addictions - those circles are amazing. People often come in not even making eye contact and by the end they are teaching others,” she said thoughtfully. The book is currently sold out of hard copies, but is available online through



Red Deer Royals looking for community support Erin Fawcett Express staff

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of the Red Deer Royals is set to be occupied next spring. Ray McBeth, fundraising director for the Red Deer Royals Alumni Association, said officials have raised about 60% of the $2.8 million commitment for the new space. The alumni association is currently in the running for a $100,000 grant from Aviva and community support is needed to vote for the Royals in order to help them secure those funds. There are about 400 other causes competing for grants. The project is a $100,000 grant from Aviva. To vote, visit https:// voting/project/view/16-343. “We have to supply $2.8 million, or about 60 per cent of building the fieldhouse which is attached to the new St. Joseph’s High School,” said McBeth. “We’ve been at it for over eight years. It’s been a project that has been fairly complex because we need a facility that large.” As of Monday morning, the Red Deer Royals had more than 9,300 votes, but were still a couple thousand votes away from the leaders. Voting ends on Oct. 28th with the top 15 projects advancing to the next round.

In addition, the group has represented Alberta on the international stage as well as performed valuable public service through their 50-plus annual performances at events around Alberta. In addition to traveling within Canada, the group has performed and competed in Europe, Australia, the United States and Asia. The band is approaching its 50th anniversary but has never had a permanent home for rehearsals and performances. They have used schools, pavilions designed for agricultural/livestock

shows, an empty strip mall and an airport hangar. A long-term agreement with Red Deer Catholic Schools will ensure that the Royals have appropriate rehearsal and performance space well into the future. This facility includes designs specifically to meet the needs of a large marching show band and will include acoustic equipment appropriate for the band. “There is huge support for the Royals, there is no question. They have an outstanding reputation,” said McBeth.

Flu clinics to start in Red Deer area Mark Weber Express staff

Alberta’s influenza immunization program will begin Oct. 24th, offering influenza vaccine, free of charge, to all Albertans six months of age and older. A complete list of local clinic times and dates can be found at Here in Red Deer, a clinic will be set up at the Golden Circle on Nov. 7th from 12:30 to 7:30 p.m; Kentwood Alliance Church on Nov. 8th-9th from 12:30 to 7:30 p.m.; Red Deer Christian Reformed Church on Nov. 19th and Dec. 3rd from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Westerner Park (Harvest Centre) on Oct. 24th (9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.); Oct. 25th (12:30 to 7:30 p.m.); Oct. 29th (9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and Nov. 2nd-3rd (12:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.) as well. For most, influenza will cause a few days of fever, cough and generally feeling unwell. But for some, this contagious respiratory disease can lead to severe complications requiring hospitalization or even death, officials say. “Many Canadians don’t know that healthy children under the age of five and seniors over 65, people with chronic illnesses such as asthma, diabetes or heart disease, pregnant women, Aboriginal people, people who are obese, and residents of nursing homes and other health care facilities are vulnerable groups that need protection from influenza,” explains Dr. Shelly McNeil, chair of Immunize Canada. Officials also say the best time to get vaccinated is from October through to December, but it is never too late. Track your influenza vaccination using the free ImmunizeCA app available for secure, free download at the App Store and

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The farcical U.S. election seems like it will never end. Clearly, democratic reform is in order. Donald Trump has doubled down, insulting the women who accuse him of abuse. “When you looked at that horrible woman last night, you said, ‘I don’t think so’,” he said in response to one accuser, and apparently the crowd roared its approval. They then started chanting, “Lock her up,” presumably in reference to Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton. American statesman Benjamin Franklin once said, “We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid.” That typifies the feelings of many toward Trump’s antics and the current quality of public debate. At this point in electoral proceedings, we should be witnessing debates about the important issues facing America. After all, the United States and its western allies face a growing international firestorm. There’s a very real chance of armed conflict with an increasingly belligerent and militaristic Russia. The crisis in the Middle East is widening. And middle class lifestyles are crumbling, caught in a global economic system in need of serious reform. Yet what is the topic of conversation? Trump. As more women come forward with accusations of sexual misconduct by Trump, panic is spreading in Republican circles. Major Wall Street donors are pressuring the party to dump Trump. Several big donors have warned Reince Priebus, the Republican National Committee chairman, that his job is on the line. His crime? He’s holding firm to Trump. Trump has so befuddled the party’s bigwigs that the party could shatter. Many senior Republicans have denounced their candidate, even withdrawing their personal endorsements. But none have publicly asked for his removal. But surely the party bears some responsibility for Trump and the rising tide of bitterness. The policy of simply being ‘anti-Barack Obama,’ deliberately using Republican majorities in the House of Representatives to bring the business of government to a standstill, has come back to haunt the Grand Old Party. This political nihilism has now gone viral, threatening to devour the party.

The fact that the presidential race is still close is perhaps most worrying. According to reliable polls, two in every five Americans of voting age say they’ll vote for Trump despite his demeaning of Hispanics, women, Muslims, and threatening (like a dictator) to jail his political opponent. But beyond the crisis inside the Republican party, Trump’s candidacy threatens democracy by trivializing the entire electoral process. It’s not as if Trump is the entire election – serious issues have been debated. Informed views were put forward by many of the candidates in both parties during the nomination process. Regrettably, most of those important debates happened so long ago that they have now been forgotten. Franklin anticipated these kinds of weaknesses in democracies. “Constitutional government … can only end in despotism,” he warned, “as other forms have done before it, when the people shall become so corrupted as to need despotic government, being incapable of the other.” So what’s to be done? The parties could agree to limit the nomination/electoral cycle to six months (still longer than the longest campaign in parliamentary democracies). That would necessitate tighter qualifications for candidates, focus the debates on important issues and limit the media feeding frenzy to a dull roar. As Franklin warned centuries ago, dumbing down the politics of a republic, as the present system has done, corrupts the political life of a democracy. It feeds the forces of demagoguery and ends in despotism. Shorter and much more tightly focused electoral cycles would help. The U.S. has a big job ahead. It must put the beast of political corruption back in its cage before it destroys the republic. Troy Media columnist Robert McGarvey is an economic historian and former managing director of Merlin Consulting, a London, U.K.-based consulting firm. His most recent book is Futuromics: A Guide to Thriving in Capitalism’s Third Wave. His column is distributed through Troy Media.

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Weidner Motors has been a mainstay in the City of Lacombe for a long time. The family-owned Chevrolet dealership, which was originally founded 60 years ago by Lou and Anna Weidner, has always had a small town feel. Lou and Anna moved from Blackie in 1956 to purchase Mctaggart Motors. “Coming from Blackie, which was much smaller then the Town of Lacombe, Lou knew that customer service would be the cornerstone for his business to thrive,” recalled Dealer Principal Dave Weidner, who along with his brother Robert took over the business from Lou back in 1969. The Weidner Family have always taken a customer-first approach to how they do business and that service-first mentality has endured to this day. “We wouldn’t be here 60 years without our staff and our customers. We’ve had lots of long-term staff here,” said Weidner Motors General Manager Blayne Weidner. Blayne, who is the third generation of the Weidner family to be involved in the business, said the staff at the Lacombebased dealership is one of the best in the industry. “We have good people here, and they are constantly being recognized by General Motors for the great job they do.” Most of the staff at the dealership have been with the company for over 10 years, with some having been there 20, 30 or even 40 years. “All our people are well-trained. We believe training is integral to offering the best products, the best service and the best experience we can. Bert Rumsey our service manager has been involved with

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the General Motors Technicians Guild for over 35 years and has over 42 years of GM experience.” “All our technicians achieved Grand Master level status last year which is a combination of training and testing results” In addition to the great team of mechanics, Weidner’s sales staff includes some of the best people in the business. For example, sales consultant Ken Lacey is a 35-year member of the Sales Master Guild.

“To be in the guild you have to be top of the field. It’s a combination of training, sales proficiency and customer satisfaction and Ken’s accomplished this year after year,” Blayne said. “If you’re buying a truck to pull a 30-foot trailer and you want to buy a half-ton, Ken would have a hard time letting you buy it because he wants you satisfied in the long run,” Dave added. Weidner Motors parts department is also an integral part of the business. Parts Manager Bernie Parent has been with Weidners

for over 40 years. His trained staff take pride in finding everything from tires and accessories to engines and transmissions. These small town values have been a big part of the Weidner Motors philosophy since it first opened in 1956. “The slogan over the years we’ve kind of developed is service: a longtime tradition. We’ve been here for a longtime. Service is important and tradition is important and we treat people fairly. It’s been passed on from my parents to Robert and I and then down to Blayne. We’ve got the same values,” Dave said, adding at Weidner Motors, they strive to live by that philosophy both inside the dealership and out in the community in Central Alberta. “I started here full-time in sales and when I walk up and down the streets of Lacombe and I want to be able to look people in the eye and that’s the way I want to run a business in Lacombe,” Blayne said. It’s that commitment to service and customer satisfaction that makes the short trip up to Lacombe a must for anyone in the market for a new or pre-owned car. “We get a lot of customers from all over Central Alberta who return for the service and knowing that they’re going to get looked after. We’ve got some people that never, ever go anywhere else and they just come here and they refer other people,” Dave said. “Service is what differentiates you,” Blayne added. “Everyone has great products to offer but it is the service that we provide that I feel truly allowed us to be in business for the 60 years.” -

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Parkland Mall is about to get a very large dose of ghosts and ghouls as the Boys and Girls Club of Red Deer and District get set to kick off their annual Zed Haunted House this week. Now in its 26th year, Red Deer’s premiere haunted attraction opened the doors of its new location in Parkland Mall on Tuesday night and unleashed a whole host of scary effects and animatronics on customers in the City. Event Manager John Johnston and his team of volunteers have been hard at work over the past few weeks transforming the old SportChek location at the mall into the maze of monsters, maniacs and mechanical effects into one of Alberta’s scariest and most popular Halloween attractions. “We’re over 8,000 volunteer hours that go into this every year and it keeps growing and growing,” said Johnston, who has been overseeing the attraction since it started more than 25 years ago. “Our first year we were in a condemned house in downtown Red Deer across from Port O’ Call Safeway. We had one prop that cost us $60 and a bunch of paint and we splattered everybody and threw them into old bathtubs and stuff and we just screamed at people,” Johnston recalled. Now, the haunted house is the

Boys and Girls Club of Red Deer and District’s biggest fundraiser of the year, raising more than $129,000 last year. All of which goes towards all of the Club’s community-based programs. That’s a far cry from the $500 they raised in their second year of operation. “With Red Deer Club, we’re in nine-plus locations now and it just continues to grow. We’re in Innisfail now, as well. This is the main fundraiser for the Boys and Girls Club, so they rely upon us big time,” Johnston said. One of the things Johnston said he likes about the fundraiser is that it gets the youth at the Club involved. “I like it because the youth are a part of it. That makes a big difference.” Youth at the Boys and Girls Club are involved in everything about the annual haunted house from the planning to the set up to actually being actors inside the house throughout the week. “They’ve made an investment in it, too. So it’s worth it.” The annual Zed Haunted House runs from now until the end of October beginning at 6 p.m. They will also host weekend matinees from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays that are geared more towards younger audiences and will feature reduced scares and atmosphere. In addition to regular perfor-


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SPOOKTACULAR - The Boys and Girls Club of Red Deer and District’s annual Zed Haunted House fundraiser kicked off at Parkland Mall in Red Deer this week. The annual haunted attraction runs until the end of October. Zachary Cormier/Red Deer Express

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Member of Parliament for Red Deer-Lacombe Blaine Calkins spent some time chatting with community members during an open house in Blackfalds recently. He said there are issues that remain constant throughout the riding - the topic of provincial and federal carbon taxes and frustration with the high unemployment rates. Calkins remains steady in his stance against the carbon taxes, saying he has heard support in his position from riding members. “I have heard a lot of concern over the carbon taxes. Folks in Central Alberta - particularly those who are directly and indirectly reliant on the energy sector - are very frustrated with the notion of increasing taxes,� he said. “It’s just another kick to a main industry in a province that is already reeling from the low oil prices.� Calkins said he is frustrated with the carbon taxes as well. He said seeing the increase in a provincial carbon tax compounded with a federal carbon tax means more money is leaving the hands of Canadians. As well, he expressed concern on behalf of Central Albertans that the money might not be invested into programs and services relevant to his Red Deer-Lacombe riding. Calkins said another concern heard at the open house was a lack of employment opportunities. He said this issue is a reflection of industry changes that

businesses can’t keep up with. “Job creators here in Alberta are being hit from both sides. They’re being hit provincially with changes, which include the new minimum wage, which especially hits those with small businesses who hire entry level workers,� he began. “There are also changes to the federal Canadian Pension Plan (CPP). Tax cuts that were promised by (Justin) Trudeau for small businesses haven’t come to people yet. There aren’t a lot of positives out there right now in terms of our employment and we are not used to that in Central Alberta. A year and a half ago, the most common sign I saw in the riding was ‘Help Wanted’ and now the most common thing I’m seeing is ‘We need help’. It’s a stark difference and contrast to where we were a year and a half or two years ago.� He added he has heard concern over crime rates as well, recognizing this as an effect of low employment rates. However, he did have a message to Albertans to remain positive and be resilient. “We’ve been through tough times before and we will find our way through this. I want to encourage people to stay positive,� he said. “If they aren’t happy with the way things are going right now, there are opportunities federally to get engaged in a process. I’ll be bringing many of the leadership candidates from my party through the riding and I encourage people to make an effort to come meet them, and see if we can change the direction that we’re headed in right now.�





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The Cronquist House continues to operate the Tea House but will close soon due to lack of customers, please help us to keep the Cronquist Tea House open for the rest of the year! All we need are about 15 – 20 people a day, visit our website at www. for more information. On Dec. 6th, we will be hosting our International Christmas Tea, enjoy finger foods, sweet and savoury from the many cultures of our member groups. There will be two sittings: 12:45 p.m. and 2:30 p.m., the cost is $12 per person. Please call 403-3460055 for tickets. Victorian Christmas Dinners: Dec. 2nd & 9th at 6:30 pm. Relax and enjoy a sumptuous six course Christmas dinner in the Cronquist House beautifully decorated for the season. Cost is $45 person, call 403-346-0055 for tickets. Hunting Hills is hosting our annual Veterans Dinner on Nov. 7th. This event will start at 5:30 p.m. and run to about 7:30 p.m. It includes a free evening of dinner, and entertainment as a way of saying thanks to those whoo have served in the military forces. We are in search of veterans or those currently serving within the community that would like to join us for this semi-formal evening. If you are interested in attending, contact Jonathan Davis (jonathan. or Stephanie Archer (stephanie.archer@rdpsd.ab. ca) or feel free to contact Hunting Hills High School at 403-342-6655 and ask to be put through to one of the above individuals. Do not miss this show! Red Deer Legion Musical Remembrance Red Deer College Arts Centre. Sunday, Nov. 6th at 2 p.m. Tickets $10 each available at the Red Deer Legion or at the door. This is another option to attend a Remembrance Service as this year’s Remembrance Service is limited seating. Open to everyone! Coats for Kids runs through to Oct. 28th. Drop off your gently used coats and we will clean them and distribute them to someone in need. Drop off and cleaning locations in Red Deer include Ultra Cleaners, Mustang Laundry, Classic Cleaners, Sterling Cleaners Ltd. and Parkland Coverall Clearning. All coats will be distributed through the Victory Church (403-343-2484). The Central Alberta Brain Injury Society will be offering guitar lessons with Dean Ray every Tuesday at 1

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Whisker Rescue’s has an adoption event the third Saturday of the month at Petsmart from noon - 3:30 p.m. If you have any questions, contact Diane at 403-347-1251.

Steven Palmer Concert - Oct. 20th from 7:30 – 9: 30 p.m. at Sunnybrook United Church 12 Stanton St. Palmer is a folk singer and has been compared to Hoyt Axton or Leonard Cohen. Cost $15 for adults, $5 for 12 years and younger. Call the Church Office 403-347-6073 for tickets. For further information, contact Michele 403-356-1707.

Piper Creek Lodge annual fall tea and bake sale runs Oct. 20th from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Cost for tea and cake is $4. Baking, 50/50 draw, raffle draws, free door prizes. Piper Creek is located at 4820 - 33rd St.

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Red Deer Arts Council is pleased to present, Getting It Together, a workshop with Stephanie Doll on Oct. 26th at 7 p.m. at Culture Services Centre, 3827 - 39 St. This workshop is presented by Visual Arts Alberta CARFAC in partnership with Culture Services, City of Red Deer and Red Deer Arts Council. Ever wondered how artists and art collectors manage their growing inventory of artwork? Now is your chance to figure it out. Collections, small and large, of precious artworks need to be managed. Insurance companies have special fine arts floaters for your artwork. But to learn more on how to keep track of

FLK Taoist Tai Chi Health Recovery The practice of Tai Chi improves balance, enhances cognitive ability, improves circulation, provides pain relief, improves mobility and boosts immunity, thus improving many health issues and quality of life. Come experience the benefits for yourself. Fung Loy Kok Taoist Tai Chi ™ is a volunteer charitable organization located at 4419-50th Ave (behind Scotia Bank in the Safeway parking area) in downtown Red Deer. Health Recovery classes are held on Saturdays from 11:00-1:00. Call 403-346-6772 or visit us at www. • 403.598.9094

Red Deer Players presents Indoor/ Outdoor - a comedy by Kenny Finkle. Directed by Ashley Mercia, the play runs on the Centennial Stage Theatre at the rear of the Scott Block on Little Gaetz Oct. 20th, 21st, 22nd; 27th29th. Featuring Roxzane Armstrong, Dan Vasquez, Arick Yasinski & Emily Cupples. Indoor/Outdoor - deemed to be one of the best new plays of 2006; a quirky, sentimental comedy about a cat named Samantha who has just started living with a guy named Shuman (who she considers to be her true love…unique in that the show is presented from Samantha’s perspective as she takes us through her life story that includes a host of other characters including Oscar, the sexy alley cat and an aspiring cat therapist named Mathilda. Samantha is a cat with a story to tell — it’s a good story — poignant, witty and even a little wacky at times! Tickets $20 available

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Study Series: Love your Muslin Neighbour as Yourself. Find out what Muslins believe, how they live out their faith and how we can build relationships with them. Twenty-five minute video followed by discussion. Starting Oct. 27th for five Thursdays from 7 to 9 p.m. at Sunnybrook United Church 12 Stanton Street. Transportation available. Contact Marianne for further information 403-307-5874. Are you looking after a friend or family member who is living with challenges due to a disability, illness or old age? Then you are a caregiver and we can help! The Alberta Caregivers Association and the Central Alberta Brain Injury Association is holding ‘Compass for the Caregiver’ which is a caregiver orientation for mobilizing personal assets and strengths for self care. This nine module workship provides a safe environment to help caretivers reduce stress, lessen guildt and get the most out of the system. If you are interested, call or email us and if ther are at least six people attending we will try to organize a meeting in your area. Call CABIS at 403-341-3463 or email

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loaned, sold or artworks out on consignment, or hanging in your home or stored in your basement, artists and art collectors alike will learn the benefits and practices of keeping their art collection well documented and organized. Red Deer Arts Council are pleased to present, Getting It Together, a workshop with Stephanie Doll on Wednesday, October 26 at 7:00 pm at Culture Services Centre, 3827 - 39 Street, Red Deer, AB. This workshop is presented by Visual Arts Alberta - CARFAC in partnership with Culture Services, City of Red Deer and Red Deer Arts Council.



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RDE Are you looking after a friend or family member who is living with challenges due to a disability, illness or old age? Then you are a caregiver and we can help! The Alberta Caregivers Association and the Central Alberta Brain Injury Association is holding ‘Compass for the Caregiver’ which is a caregiver orientation for mobilizing personal assets and strengths for self care. This nine module workship provides a safe environment to help caretivers reduce stress, lessen guildt and get the most out of the system. If you are interested, call or email us and if ther are at least six people attending we will try to organize a meeting in your area. Call CABIS at 403-341-3463 or email cabis@telus. net. FLK Taoist Tai Chi Health Recovery The practice of Tai Chi improves balance, enhances cognitive ability, improves circulation, provides pain relief, improves mobility and boosts immunity, thus improving many health issues and quality of life. Come experience the benefits for yourself. Fung Loy Kok Taoist Tai Chi ™ is a volunteer charitable organization located at 4419-50th Ave (behind Scotia Bank in the Safeway parking area) in downtown Red Deer. Health Recovery classes are held on Saturdays from 11:001:00. Call 403-346-6772 or visit us at On Oct. 22nd at 7 p.m. the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd is presenting a special evening of vocal music featuring accomplished soprano Jacqueline Serpas of Calgary, accompanied by Nadine Harshenin, Good Shepherd’s new Music and Worship Director. The duo’s program is entitled ‘An Autumn Bouquet of Song”, and offers a varied ‘display’ of selections from Musical Theatre, Classical, African-American Spiritual and Irish Folksong genres. Admission is by donation to benefit church programs, ALL are welcome! For information, contact Nadine at or call 403-3401022 (Church Office). Bazaar and Coffee Party on Nov. 19th from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. at Sunnybrook United Church (12 Stanton St.) Crafts, bake table, white elephant sale. For further information, call Linda at 403-347-6073. The Dickson Store Museum and the Danish Canadian National Muse-

um will hold their annual Julestue (Scandinavian Bazaar) at the Spruce View Hall on Nov. 5th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Danish Restaurant: lunch services will begin at 12 p.m. Scandinavian crafts, antiques and collectibles. Admission is $2 and includes coffee, juice and the chance for a door prize. For more information or to book a vendor table call Joanne at 403-227-4917. Travel Memories - Nov. 2nd from 2-3:30 p.m. in the Red Deer Public Library, Downtown Branch, Snell Auditorium. Cycling Vietnam - coast-

line beaches, paddy fields, pagodas, mountains, a UNESCO site cruise, great food and more. Join us in the Snell Auditorium for this entertaining and enlightening presentation and enjoy light refreshments. If you are planning on bringing a group, please contact us at 346-9100 x1500. Canadian Diabetes Association and Heritage Lanes host Comedy Night during Diabetes Awareness Month. Comedy Night with comedian Brad Muise along with a live and silent auction, 50/50 draw and raffles to raise funds and awareness for Canadians living with diabetes. There will also be dinner and music by Bradley Abel. The event runs Nov. 10th from 7:30 to 11 p.m. at Where: Heritage Lanes Bowling (6200 67a St.) Cost $50/ticket or two for $90. To purchase tickets, call 403-597-2507 or email Come in and warm up with your friends, to enjoy our Annual Winter Wonderland Tea & Bake Sale At St. Leonard’s Church. The event runs Nov. 5th, 9 a.m. to noon. Admission is $4. Chili for a Cause Luncheon presented

by GrammaLink-Africa on Oct. 19th from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Gaetz United Church. Homemade chili, homemade buns, pumpkin cupcakes, coffee or tea, $18 for lunch and a handmade pottery bowl is yours to keep. Tickets at the door (Visa and MasterCard accepted). All proceeds to the Stephen Lewis Foundation to support African Grandmothers raising grandchildren orphaned by HIV/ AIDS. For further information, contact Diane 403-346-2174. Benalto & Area Rural Crime Watch Society AGM Oct. 27th at 7 p.m. at the

Benalto Leisure Centre, Ag. Grounds. Election of directors and year-end business. Guest speaker retired RCMP Sgt. Duncan Babchuk ( Sylvan Lake RCMP/BARCWS Liaison from 20052011) Topic: Cops, Crops and Cuts. In attendance, BARCWS Liaisons: Sylvan Lake RCMP Cst. Carlos Da Silva, Cpl. James Allemekinders and Acting S/Sgt. Jeff McBeth, Red Deer County, County Protective Services Peace Officer Alissa Firmston, Lacombe County, Protective Services Peace Officer Brett Miller, BARCWS membership $25 for 5 years and RCMP clearance. For more information, call Sue Banting @ 403-8967189 or Dave Dale at 403-887- 3937. Daytime Documentaries - Nov. 9th at 2 p.m. in the Red Deer Public Library, downtown branch in the Snell Auditorium. This month’s documentary is a journey through the British Isles and Ireland, starting at the tip of Cornwall and ending on the Scottish Isles, visiting over 100 Neolithic and Bronze age monuments en route. Enlightening and beautiful, the film explores the diversity and wonder of these extraordinary enigmatic structures and considers some of the theories attached to them. Enjoy a staff facilitated discussion and light

refreshments. If you are planning on bringing a group, please contact us at 403-342-9100 ext. 1500. The Lacombe Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion is sponsoring a European Battlefield Trip from April 28th - May 6th, 2017. Highlights of the trip will include The Battle of the Rhineland, Ypes, Flanders, Menin Gate, Arras, Vimy Ridge, Caen and Juno Beach as well as city tours of Amsterdam, Brussels and Paris. For more information or a complete itinerary contact Corvin at or 403-357-0377.

change or just want to meet some new friends. We meet four times a month for coffees and meals at various venues in Central Alberta. For more information about our group and about how to become a member, contact Susan at 403-342-0976 or by email at or Heidi at 587-877-7696. MAGnificent Saturdays at the Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery from 1 - 4 p.m. Drop-in art making for the entire family in the Discovery Studio at the MAG. We supply the artist, the inspiration and the materials, you supply your imagination. Included with admission. Participants, please come to the Museum Front Desk to pay or show your membership and you will received your participation sticker! For more details, contact us at 403-309-8405; email, or visit our web site at www.reddeermuseum. com. Also, MAGsparks runs Monday and Wednesday from 1 to 3 p.m. It’s an arts program connecting people with developmental disabilities to the Red Deer arts community. Visit for more information.

The Dickson Store Museum will be hosting and Dinner Theatre Nov. 25th at 6 p.m. with a play to follow; tickets are $45 per person or $320 for a table of 8. As well there will be a Dessert Theatre November 26th 2016 with doors opening at 12:30pm with a play at 1:00pm; tickets are $25 per person or $160 for a table of eight. All events will take place at the Spruce View Hall. For more information or to purchase tickets please call the museum at 403-728-3355 or email at dicksonstoremuseum@

Medicine River Wildlife Centre is about to raise much needed funds by attempting to break the Guinness World Record of the ‘Largest Nature Conservation Lesson’ this Nov. 13th at 1 p.m. at the Memorial Centre. The Wildlife hospital and education centre has seen a dramatic spike in demand for services this year and are having to get more creative in their fundraising to keep up with the requests. For a minimum donation of $40 you will be part of breaking a world record, support the work of MRWC, enjoy a presentation by the renowned Brian Keating, hear an inspiring and entertaining nature lesson by Carol Kelly and Judy Boyd, visit with MRWC education animals and enjoy snacks and swag bags, receive a tax receipt for all but $10.00 of your donation. The current record is 250 people so MRWC is looking for a minimum of 260 friends to join in this fun afternoon and help support the wildlife hospital and education centre. For more information call 403-728-3467 or visit the web site to register.

Friends Over 45 is a group for women over 45 who wish to meet new friends. Members may be new to the area, have had a recent lifestyle

The Red Deer Horseshoe Club plays at the Golden Circle Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6 p.m. For more information, call 403-396-1803.

Let your inner desires and heart soar. Feel energized and inspired through a program of practical tools and techniques for better living. Donna Fuechtman will be presenting talks on Tuesday, Nov. 1st at 1 and 7 p.m., 4217-50th Ave., Red Deer (Super 8 Hotel). Talks are 90 minutes each, $21 at the door. All are welcome! Fuechtman is an international lecturer and director of the Inner Peace Movement of Canada.



Province launching ‘Future Ready’ initiative to shape education Mark Weber Express staff

The Province is launching several initiatives known as ‘Future Ready’ that are aimed to coordinate and improve education and skills training to better prepare kids for success in a changing economy, officials said Tuesday. The first initiative to launch includes an online survey to make sure parents and other concerned Albertans have their say during a review of the province’s K-12 curriculum. “We know that good jobs

begin with a good education. Our changing economy demands a modern curriculum that prepares our kids for success at school and in the workforce. We want to hear directly from parents as we take on this important work,” said Premier Rachel Notley. “Parents are critical stakeholders in the education system. They are fundamental to it,” she said. “I have strong opinions about my kids’ education and all parents do. So this is about ensuring they have a mechanism for engagement.”

She said students also have strong opinions about what they are learning, “So this is a great opportunity because of the online platform - kids themselves will be able to engage in it and I think that’s really important, too. “We want to hear from Albertans as to what they see as being important changes to our curriculum - what they want their kids to benefit from,” she said, adding the curriculum as of yet has not been modernized in an effective way. “We need to dedicate the resources, time and

attention to it to finish the job. “It matters - to ensure that what our kids are learning is the most relevant and the most helpful to them as they transition into what is an economy that is changing. The rate of change is growing constantly,” she said. “It’s not something we’ve seen in the past. “We need to give our kids the tools to deal with that.” The online survey will run through to Nov. 18th. Alberta Education will also be looking at research on student

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learning and what other jurisdictions from around the world are doing and will be holding face-to-face discussions with a cross-section of Albertans, said Notley. “Working together to improve the quality and coordination of education and skills training will mean our students are ready to succeed at every level, from Kindergarten to post-secondary to careers,” said David Eggen, minister of education, who was in Red Deer Tuesday evening to chat about curriculum development with parents at Father Henri Voisin School. Me anw h i l e , Alberta Education is reviewing curriculum simultaneously in six core Kindergarten to Grade 12 subjects - arts, Language Arts (English, French, Français), mathematics, social studies,

sciences and wellness. Previously, curriculum was developed one subject at a time. “We know that Alberta needs to diversity the economy,” said Notley. “And ultimately, the government itself cannot decree diversification - what it can do is to create the environment for diversification; to grow from the population itself creative new ways to do things and new areas to put their efforts into. “Part of this is about trying to encourage that entrepreneurial spirit and creative spirit and supporting kids as they move out of school either into post-secondary education or into the job market along the way.” To check out the survey, visit

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Young duo making a difference in a big way Zachary Cormier Express staff

A pair of Canadian youth on a year-long journey to raise $1 million for charity were in Red Deer last week. Adonie and Lydia Sacallis of Kelowna, B.C. spent last Thursday and Friday in the foyer of Superstore in the City as one of the stops on their 12 month-long Just Give. Today World Tour, which will see them visit 12 countries to distribute the money they have raised to 34 different charities around the world. “I think it’s very important to give because once you give, you just feel like you made someone’s day better,” said Lydia, 9.

The duo’s travels have already taken them from Kelowna to P.E.I, Ontario and Newfoundland as they raised money for a number of local causes including the BCSPCA, CNIB and Canadian Blood Services. On Friday, the pair were busy raising money to deliver ‘Boxes of Joy’ to orphans in the Dominican Republic, which will be the next stop on their tour. “We want to give to some people that don’t have as much as us,” Adonie, 11, said. From there the duo, along with their mother, J.B. Owen, and Logistics Manager Alisha Kandler will head to Mexico, Costa Rica, Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, Peru, Galapagos, Greece and

Turkey before finishing their tour in the U.S. “The Just Give World Tour was created by these two to teach the rest of the kids around the world to ‘just give.’ The mandate is about kids being able to change the world and empowering them to know that anything is possible. They’re really big about giving to people and servicing different organizations and creating a global connection,” Kandler said, adding they also want to inspire others to help out as well. In their travels, Adonie and Lydia will be supporting a variety of different causes and charities including Dove Missions, the Dream Project, La Tortuga Feliz, the Great Barrier Reef Foundation,

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The history of the smallpox cemetery Halloween is rapidly approaching. It is a time of year when attention turns to the supernatural as well as old tragedies and unsolved mysteries. There is also a lot of attention given to cemeteries, particularly ones that have been largely forgotten. One of the lost and largely forgotten cemeteries in the Red Deer area is one mentioned in Annie L. Gaetz’s history book, The Park Country. This was a smallpox cemetery which dates back to the great smallpox epidemic of 1869-1871. It was located on the outskirts of Red Deer, west of what is now West Park and Heritage Ranch. The terrible epidemic had its

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to the Peigan (Apikuni) First Nations. Before long, the disease had spread into southern Alberta. The authorities, mainly the managers of the Hudson Bay Company, were alarmed by the epidemic. They began to take measures to combat it. Vaccinations were started in the Red River Colony in Manitoba. Orders were given to start shipping vaccine westwards to the fur trading posts of Saskatchewan and Alberta. However, distances were far and most of the afflicted were in remote areas. Consequently, by the spring of 1870, smallpox was rampant amongst all of the First Nations of southern and Central Alberta.

Reports came in of thousands of cases of the disease. There was no accurate means of recording the numbers of deaths, but it was estimated that the mortality rate was extremely high. In May and June, the Metis hunters went out onto the plains for the annual spring buffalo (bison) hunt. Because there had been considerable warfare in the area, a negotiating party was sent to Blackfoot camps to ensure peace. Unfortunately, those emissaries were exposed to the disease. Before long, smallpox started to appear in the Metis buffalo hunters’ camps. The first case appeared in Fort Edmonton on July 27th, 1870.

FRIGHTENING CHAPTER - Jean L’Heureux and a group of Peigan First Nations at Rocky Mountain House on Nov. 1st, 1871, not long after the end of the great smallpox epidemic of 1869-1871 which claimed thousands of lives across Alberta. photo from the National Archives of Canada, C-007376

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County Council will hear from any person claiming to be affected by the proposed bylaw at the Public Hearing on Tuesday, November 1, 2016, at 1:30  p.m., in Council Chambers, County Office, 38106 Rge Rd 275, Red Deer County, Alberta (west of Hwy 2 on 32 Street / C&E Trail Overpass). The hearing will be informal and persons wishing to speak will be requested to state their name and address for the record upon being recognized by the Chair.

A person may appeal a Discretionary Use approval prior to 4:30 p.m. on November 2, 2016, 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.

While quarantine and vaccination measures had been started, the smallpox quickly spread to the nearby community of St. Albert. It was here that the disease had some of its most devastating effects. Of the 900 living in the settlement, 600 came ill. Before long, 320 were dead. It was thought the death rate would have been even higher, if not for the efforts of the local Roman Catholic nuns and priests. With the impact of the disease, not much food had been gathered for the coming winter. Consequently, buffalo hunters were sent back out onto the prairies. Before long, there were new outbreaks across Central Alberta at such communities as Tail Creek and Blindman River along the Red Deer River. By fall of 1870, the epidemic seemed to abate. Moreover, the disease seemed to become less virulent. Nevertheless, a new outbreak occurred at Lac Ste. Anne in October claiming the lives of one out of every 10 in

the settlement. Moreover, a huge fall prairie fire in Central Alberta destroyed the tents, carts and much of the winter food supply at one of the largest buffalo hunter camps. By the spring of 1871, the crisis seemed to be finally over. William Christie, chief factor for the HBC at Fort Edmonton and chair of the new Saskatchewan District Board of Health, reported that 3,544 had died from smallpox in Alberta and western Saskatchewan. However, because of poor reporting from southern Alberta, his numbers were certainly low. The tally also did not include those who died of exposure, malnutrition and even starvation in the subsequent winters. At Red Deer, a cemetery for the smallpox victims had been created on a hill east of the Red Deer River Crossing. According to Annie L. Gaetz, there used to be some stone and wooden markers on the graves. However, these markers have been lost and/or destroyed and the old cemetery essentially obliterated.

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Local broomball player off to world championships Mark Weber Express staff

A local woman is part of a team of Albertans gearing up to play at the 2016 World Broomball Championships in Regina. The event is slated to run Oct. 31st to Nov. 4th. Local broomball players are excited for the opportunity, and also for spreading the word about the many benefits of the sport in general, said team member Leanne Landry, who is heading to the event as part of the Alberta Rage mixed team. Landry also hopes to start up a local broomball team in the next couple of years. “I’ve been playing broomball since I was 14, and I would definitely like to bring it to the youth of Red Deer,” she said, adding there currently is a Edmonton broomball team and a Calgary team as well, of which she is a member. “It’s a great sport,” she said, adding it’s an excellent means of getting and staying in great shape. As to the coming championship in Regina, Landry said there will be 48 teams (780 athletes) from around the world participating at the event. Four members of the Calgary Outlaws, of which she is a member, will be heading to Regina to play for the aforementioned Alberta Rage. “Normally we would just go as the Calgary Outlaws, but we are playing in a mixed division this year,” she explained, adding team members are always looking to bolster awareness of their sport. “If you know broomball, you love broomball. “There are a lot of Canadian teams from coast to coast that are participating,” she said, adding they’re also coming from all across the globe including countries such as Australia, China, Switzerland and Japan. According to Wikipedia, broomball is a recre-

ational ice game originating in Canada and played in certain other countries. It is played in a hockey rink, either indoors or outdoors, depending on climate and location. In a game of broomball there are two teams, each consisting of six players - a goaltender and five others. The object of the game is to score more goals than the opponent. Goals are scored by hitting the ball into the opponent’s net using the broom. Tactics and plays are similar to those used in sports such as ice hockey, roller hockey and floorball. Players hit a small ball around the ice with a stick called a ‘broom’. The broom may have a wooden or aluminum shaft and has a rubber-molded triangular head similar in shape to that of a regular broom (or, originally, an actual corn broom with the bristles either cut off or covered with tape). Players wear special rubber-soled shoes instead of skates, and the ice is prepared in such a way that it is smooth and dry to improve traction. According to Rick Przybysz in an article posted on, “This sport brings together the community as all have a genuine interest in the competition. Throughout the years this ‘gathering’ of people has been a common thread within the culture of the game. From the festivals of 1903, to the church leagues of the 20’s and 30’s right to the competitive leagues of the 21st century, broomball continues to draw people from all cultures to enjoy this game.” Landry, who is also active in a number of other activities and sports including soccer, said the sport is more prevalent in the eastern and central Canada, but that’s exactly what she wants to change - she wants to see more people in general introduced to the sport, which she said is also an

affordable one to get into as well. “It’s a great workout. It’s an upper body and cardio workout, too. When you shoot the ball, it’s definitely good for your back as well. “Anybody that is looking to get active - it’s great. If you can find something that you enjoy, too. It’s also a second support group - anyone looking to

make friends, anyone looking to shed a couple of extra pounds and get active - broomball is definitely a great choice.” For more information, check out www.facebook. com/worldsregina2016 and

city Author visits at RDPL October is Canadian Library Month and staff members at Red Deer Public Library, (RDPL), are celebrating by offering a plethora of programs promoting the importance of literacy and the value of our community library. “Canadian Library Month offers a fantastic opportunity for us to remind Red Deerians we are here for them, and we work hard to provide not only books, materials and programs, but also to act as a social hub where all are welcome to spend leisure time in a safe, enjoyable environment”, says Christina Wilson, CEO, Red Deer Public Library. It is no coincidence RDPL’s Red Deer Reads Community Book Club hosts main event programs in October, she explains.


This year, programs are based on the 2016 winning title The Outside Circle: A Graphic Novel by Pattie LaBoucane-Benson, Art by Kelly Mellings. The main events in October are Graphic Novel Design hosted by Mellings himself Oct. 12th, a Tattoo Artist Profile, featuring local artist Lucas Ford of Classic Tattoo, Oct. 27th, and the big wrap up, An Evening with Patti LaBoucane- Benson and Kelly Mellings at the Weilikoklad Centre, Oct. 28th. October also marks the annual Olson Memorial Celebration of Books author visit, says Wilson. Canadian Children’s author Helaine Becker will be presenting on Oct. 22nd at the Downtown Branch. With more than 70 books to her name, she is a prestigious addition to our celebrations of Canadian Library

Month that families will love, Wilson adds. And in keeping with the literacy theme all month long, Wilson says the timing could not be better for RDPL to have been nominated for a Heritage Recognition Award for its Centennial Children’s book, More Than Cobwebs and Dust by Laural Grimes, illustrated by Lorlie Vuori. The award ceremony is 1:30 p.m., Oct. 21st at the Red Deer County Council Chambers, 38106, Range Road 275, Red Deer County. The public are invited to attend. “We invite everyone to come into any branch and help us celebrate libraries and literature,” says Wilson. “No matter the interest or age, everyone will find something to suit at Red Deer Public Library.” -Weber

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Chantal Kreviazuk includes City on current tour Mark Weber Express staff

Canadian musician Chantal Kreviazuk will be sharing her exquisite gift for song at the Red Deer College Arts Centre on Nov. 7th. After seven years, three kids and collaborations with superstars like Drake, Pitbull, Christina Aguilera, Carrie Underwood, Kendrick Lamar and Pink, the Juno Award-winning singer-songwriter’s latest album, Hard Sail, is a remarkable collection reflecting her own journey, and her unrelenting creative gift. Of course, she’s known for sonic wonders from the past, too, such as the glorious Surrounded, the lovely In This Life and the irresistible, upbeat sensibilities of Before You. As for Hard Sail, the time seemed right to record some fresh material, much to her fans’ joy. “I think it was just time,” explains Kreviazuk, who is married to Our Lady Peace frontman Raine Maida. “I was starting to write songs where they really weren’t for anyone else.” Over the years, Kreviazuk has penned tracks for Britney Spears, Jennifer Lopez, Gwen Stefani, Kelly Clarkson and Josh Groban. “I just had things to say and so they came out - there wasn’t any pressure to record, which for an artist is a great place to be coming from, because it’s real. “Over the past several years, I’ve kept up with the practice of songwriting while staying home and being near my kids. It’s a very humbling experience to be a parent. You do the work, your little people know who they are, they have a foundation. “They sort of dictated when it was going to be okay for me to be comfortable with making a record and promoting that.” Often, Kreviazuk enjoys collaborating with others; but sometimes, it’s appropriate for her to explore her own creativity single-handedly. It’s really a mix of both approaches. “When you have that experience of having a song pour through you without you needing a (particular) collaborative energy, it’s almost like there is a collaboration going on with the universe - with something bigger than you. You have to listen; you have to be ‘on’ and sensitive to what that energy is and take it in.” Kreviazuk has long been providing fans with much to be grateful for. And her own love for music was sparked early on. She cites her family as being fans of music in general. “I was really lucky to have that influence,” she explains. “Those are my first memories - sitting in my grandmother’s lap while they played together - the fiddle and the mouth harp,” she added of her one set of grandparents who were actually a musical duo who performed together. “On the other side

CLASS ACT - Singer Chantal Kreviazuk performs at the Red Deer College Arts Centre on Nov. 7th. Her latest CD, Hard Sail, was released this past June. photo submitted of the family, my grandparents had a piano at the farmhouse where everybody would gather around,” she recalls. “My dad had 12 brothers and sisters so there was always a lot of music, too! “So I think I was really passionate about it right from the beginning.” Her gift for singing also surfaced early on, as did an obvious talent for songwriting. She was singing by the time she was six and penning tunes not too long after. “I wrote songs from when I was really little without anyone telling me to - completely on my own without any concept of it,” she said, adding that she would simply hear an artist perform a song at a given time, and then she would think that she could come up with one, too. “There was not an obstacle in my mind to that occurrence, if you will,” she said, adding that she would work hard at developing her songs and carefully craft them. “I was very serious about them. But the act of doing that was just like doing something that had to be done.” No wonder so many of her songs have struck such powerful chords over the years. It’s no different with Hard Sail - which bubbles over with a deep, full and rich blend of melodic beauty at every single turn.

The disc is called Hard Sail because, as Kreviazuk puts it, “I have a wonderful marriage and family through hard work.” Ultimately, the album is also described as moment in time. “What is awesome about this is it’s an opportunity to take a picture of where I am,” she says. The same could also be true of Kreviazuk’s entire catalogue, starting in 1998 when international audiences heard the Winnipeg native’s rendition of Leaving On a Jet Plane on the Armageddon soundtrack. There was no doubting her star power as a multi-platinum selling artist with 15 hits in Canada, including Surrounded and All I Can Do. On Hard Sail, Kreviazuk is at her best as a songwriter and artist, arguably because of time. “When Raine and I go out on stage together, we say ‘love, trust, protect’. That’s what this album is about. It’s a thank you to my husband and my family, it’s a letter to the universe that expresses my fears and frustration and my surrender to the reality of time. “Having a family also gives you a sense of priorities that is really undeniable and that is helpful for your overall look on life.”


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Red Deer Players light up the stage with Indoor/Outdoor Mark Weber Express staff

For anyone who has ever had a pet, the storyline from Indoor/ Outdoor - the latest production from the Red Deer Players - will certainly strike several funny and poignant chords. Indoor/Outdoor runs through to Oct. 29th on the Centennial stage at the Scott Block. Curtain is at 8 p.m. Penned by Kenny Finkle and directed by Ashley Mercia, the story focuses on a feisty, lovable feline by the name of Samantha (Roxzane Armstrong) and her owner Shuman (Dan Vasquez). Rounding out the cast are Emily Cupples, who plays the hilarious cat therapist Mathilda, and Arick Yasinski who does a masterful turn as Oscar - the adventurous ‘outdoor’ cat who eventually woos Samantha to explore the exciting enticements beyond her four constraining walls. This play, really, is unlike anything I’ve ever seen. For one thing, I have rarely watched a show that is so perfectly cast. It’s frankly impossible to think of a better choice of an actor to play the part of Samantha than Armstrong. She absolutely nails each and every nuance of cat-like behaviour to a ‘T’. She’s got the energy, the fire, the sulkiness and attitude to convincingly pull it off. Armstrong can play vulnerable; she’s terrific with portraying melancholy and stinging regret, but she’s also loads of fun, too. By the end of the show, you can’t help but be struck by her mesmerizing and heartfelt, charming performance. But back to the story for a second - the play first hit the theatre scene back in 2006. Samantha, a bewildered little kitten, ends up at a shelter, but is adopted thankfully by a friendly fellow by the name of Shuman. The two are instantly inseparable. But as things move along, an idyllic existence begins to crumble.




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Shuman, who works at home designing web sites, has a whole lot of issues it seems, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t a sincere, caring and fun-loving guy. But Samantha feels like she needs more in her life. She’s also deeply frustrated with Shuman’s seeming inability to really understand her. Enter the charming alley cat Oscar - he and Sam are crazy about each other almost from the start. Samantha is torn - she is longing for freedom from what she sees as an increasingly stifling life with Shuman, and decides to hit the road with Oscar. Of course, there are plenty of dramatic twists and turns getting to this point, but I won’t give them away. Suffice it to say that Indoor/ Outdoor doesn’t let up with the laughs, the fun, the thought-provoking moments and the downright touching scenes right through. As mentioned, particularly if you’ve ever owned a pet, you will find plenty in this play that will really affect you - but even if you’ve never had a pet, this story is so downright entertaining and engaging, you just can’t go wrong by taking it in. As mentioned, the cast as a whole are simply terrific. Vasquez is superb as Shuman, who is a rather complicated guy - he’s super sensitive and easily hurt, but he’s also got piles of energy and is so much fun for Samantha in those early days in particular. Vasquez pours virtually everything he has into his performance, as do Cupples and Yasinski.

Revolutionary chapter revisited in RDC play Mark Weber Express staff

There are all kinds of crackling tensions permeating the intense tale of Mad Forest, a powerful, at times even mesmerizing season opener from Red Deer College theatre studies. Additional shows run Oct. 19th-22nd in Studio A. Curtain is at 7:30 p.m. There is also a matinee Oct. 22nd with curtain at 1 p.m. Penned by Caryl Churchill and directed by Thomas Usher, Mad Forest, which was written in 1990, is about an uneasy spirit is brewing in the people - and in December 1989 it begins. The three acts occur shortly before, during and shortly after the Romanian Revolution of 1989. Even as two families are con-

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nected through the wedding engagement of their children in Romania, “There springs a parable for revolutions to come.” Each part is supported by an extremely talented cast, who play multiple roles as the story unfolds. But where they truly shine is during the second part, where we hear a range of characters relate their experiences during that chapter. Churchill spent time there following those crushing, turbulent times interviewing a number of people, and has captured all kinds of perspectives on what people really went through. Meanwhile, the first act is set in Communist Romania, several months before the Revolution, and establishes an atmosphere permeated by the Securitate (Romania’s secret police), in

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Cupples is just a blast as the well-intentioned Mathilda, who is frequently on the cusp of panic but also has a real desire to assist Samantha in finding her way. Cupples is a constant joy and delight to watch, no matter what a particular scene calls for. And Yasinski? Well, it’s tough to think of enough adjectives - really funny, engaging, scene-stealing and incredibly versatile. Together, the four of them light up the stage with amazing chemistry and just an obvious, flat-out commitment to making this show the best it can be. Director Mercia of course deserves heaps of credit for injecting this show with so much warmth, heart and life. Sincere congratulations must go to her for the careful attention she has paid to every single aspect of the performances, and for building such a superb, compelling show from start to finish. Indoor/Outdoor has been described as an, “Allegory about the difficulties and joys of all manner of relationships.” That’s exactly true. I left feeling a renewed sense of how important those key relationships in life really are, and how we can’t take them for granted for a single second. And that there is always room for a second chance. Tickets ($20) are available at and at Sunworks (4924 50th St.) PRESENTING SPONSOR: P

which one young woman’s engagement to an American draws scrutiny on all of her family and associates. The second act recounts the events of Dec. 21st –Dec. 25th, 1989 in Bucharest. The third act engages matters such as Romanian perceptions of the Hungarian minority and conflicting views as to the nature and realities of the events of December 1989. Ultimately, Mad Forest is memorable partly because of its uniqueness - Churchill’s writing style is remarkable, capturing a rising but subtle intensity which reaches some shattering conclusions. It’s not always immediately obvious what is happening, but the emotions and sub-text tell the story. Other parts are quieter but just as powerful - the strengths of the play surface mainly due to its honesty. It feels uncluttered and simple in structure at times, but that doesn’t for a minute take away from its ability to move an audience. There are moments when one can’t believe this all happened just shy of 30 years ago - and it’s a reminder for folks to consider what so many in this world really have to endure - harsh stretches of oppression and fear. And as Usher explained during a chat prior to the play, what about those times after such an explosive time of revolution? How do you readjust to a world that, while it may hold new paths to explore, is just plain different from what you have known before? How do you get on with your life? It’s not like the insecurities and

tensions fade away in an instant - there is much to analyze and assess in what really is a ‘new’ world. That’s ultimately one of the messages of this play. Usher never fails to bring out the finest in his actors. And he also never fails to put his own unique stamp on whatever he directs - the play may come from a world away, but it still, in a very real sense, ‘belongs’ to Usher. As mentioned, the cast brings their best to each role they cover, and another ‘star’ of the show is lighting designer Patrick Beagan. I’ve rarely seen a show where contrasts play such a role, particularly during the second act where soldiers walk in and around the characters - they are in light, then they are in murky shadow. The effect is striking and adds to the haunting, lingering portions of script we are simultaneously hearing from the actors. Carrie Hamilton has also designed the perfect set, capturing that sense of drab coldness that brings to mind images of Eastern Europe that existed at one time. Mad Forest isn’t a particularly easy play to just sit back and watch. It’s challenging, and thought provoking all right, but it’s also a tad hard to follow at times particularly in the first act. Maybe it was just me, but I had read of a critic who had praised the play but noted it had, “rough edges.” That said, it’s still very much worth a look and serves as a compelling opener to what looks to be a solid theatre season for RDC. For ticket information, visit










USE THE FORCE - A Shadow Trooper and a Jawa took some time to read a book at the downtown branch of the Red Deer Public Library during the RDPL’s annual Star Wars Reads Day recently. The yearly event featured Star Wars-themed crafts and activities as well as a screening of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Zachary Cormier/Red Deer Express

Five diet plans never ever to try They’re called fad diets because they’re popular for a short while until people realize they don’t work and then they fade away into the past. Some diet trends last longer than others, but they all have this in common - they don���t provide safe, lasting weight loss. Yes, they may help you lose weight quickly, but it won’t be the safe, healthy way, and it won’t stick for long. As soon as the diet stops and you eat regular foods again, the weight comes back. The following five fad diets may sound easy and enticing, but you will want to think twice before wasting your time on any of them. 1. The Cabbage Soup Diet There are lots of diets out there that promote eating just one food in the place of anything else and the cabbage soup diet is one of them. Eat fat-free soup made from cabbage and other

vegetables along other foods low in calories like fruit and skim milk for at least two meals a day for a week. You will lose weight on such a low-calorie, high-fiber diet, but when you decide you’re sick of cabbage soup, the weight returns. As if that isn’t enough, you can expect bloating from the fiber and muscle loss due to the lack of protein. “My biggest regret is putting my body through fad diets — Atkins, cleanses, the HCG diet…” - Jennie Garth 2. The Lemonade Diet Also called the Master Cleanse Diet, the lemonade diet has been around for years. At night you drink an herbal tea and in the morning you down some salt water meant to cleanse your digestive system. During the day you fill your stomach with water mixed with lemon juice, cayenne pepper, and maple syrup. There are many problems with this

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diet plan. A diet that so drastically reduces calories and is nutritionally void is unhealthy and dangerous. You’ll shed mostly water weight and muscle while dealing with fatigue, dizziness, and nausea. Contrary to popular belief, your body doesn’t need help cleansing itself. Your liver and kidneys do a good enough job. It’s why they exist. And as soon as you eat regular food, the weight comes back. You detox better if you just give the right tools to your liver and kidneys, not take away energy from them. 3. The HCG Diet Another diet not to try is the HCG Diet. HCG stands for human chorionic gonadotropin, a pregnancy hormone that’s supposed to suppress your appetite. The plan includes taking injections of this hormone while limiting yourself to between 500 and 800 calories a day. While you will lose weight, such a low-calorie diet is unsafe. HCG is normally given to help women dealing with fertility issues and there’s no scientific proof that it’s safe to receive such injec-

tions for any other purpose. 4. The Grapefruit Diet Another single-food diet fad that’s been around for years is the Grapefruit Diet. Eat some form of grapefruit at every meal for 12 days while consuming less than 1,000 calories in food. Proponents of this diet claim grapefruit contains an enzyme with powerful fat-burning properties. No, starving has fat loss (and muscle loss) properties, not some magic enzyme. As with the cabbage soup route, you’ll lose weight fast on this calorie-restrictive diet, but it will be short-lived. Yes, grapefruit is healthy, but science has yet to prove it contains fat-burning enzymes. Also, grapefruit is known to interfere with certain medications, so check with your doctor before eating too much of the pink fruit. 5. Any diet that omits a macronutrient If you ever see a diet that tells you to eliminate carbs, proteins or fats entirely - you need to run in the other direction! Your body needs all three macronutri-

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ents to fulfill everyday functions and to be a healthy human being. Sure, you may like to increase or decrease certain macros depending on how you feel and your goals but you should never eliminate one group entirely. Such a diet has no scientific proof, is very restrictive, may leave you malnourished, and may not even produce weight loss (quite the opposite in fact). I hope you got lots from this article and I want your takeaway to be ‘use common sense’. If it sounds too good to be true or if you have a celebrity or model endorsing it you need to do your homework. After being in the industry for over a decade and having completed over 50,000 workouts a year at our personal training studios I can safely say that the best results comes from a balanced diet and a great workout plan. There is no magic diet, the best diet is the one that makes you feel the best and one that you can stick to long term. Jack Wheeler is a personal trainer and the owner of 360 Fitness in Red Deer.

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that a standing MRI diagnosed about what you’re thinking! Rather, I was in Tokyo, travelling with my wife and her Dr. Gifford 20% of lesions missed by horizontal parents. My father-in-law and I decidtests. It seemed logical to me that graved to experience a Japanese massage ity would place increased pressure on at the Imperial Hotel. the spinal cord and lesions would be During the event a petite masseuse more easily detected. suddenly struck the side of my head I also asked Canadian radiologists with a hard blow. I swear to high heavwhy there was only one vertical MRI in the entire country. en I did not pinch her, and will never One answer was that it was not cost know why she acted this way. The following day I developed symptoms of effective when most patients did not reinjury to the ulnar nerve in my arm, quire one. Another that vertical images and later neck pain. of the spine were less clear. U.S. authorIn recent years the neck pain has inities disagreed. They claimed this was not the case for spinal cord diagnosis. creased and is resistant to chiropractic treatment, acupuncture and massages. So I decided to travel to the clinic But what I learned as a result may help others with in B.C. hoping that its vertical MRI would finally detect the cause of my pain and provide surgical a similar problem. I’ve been examined by several neurosurgeons. cure. Unfortunately, I found I was not in the 20% One in Boston, two in Canada and a fourth while that showed a definitive diagnosis. However, I had in Israel on a writing assignment to interview a at least satisfied my curiosity. renowned neurosurgeon. They all decided surgery So I’m back to square one, and back to practicing on my neck or spine was not indicated. MRIs what I preach. showed insufficient reason for an operation. Nor Readers know I refuse painkillers. Several years do I want surgery without good cause. ago a university pain clinic prescribed morphine But I’ve stressed to each neurosurgeon one im- drops in increasing doses. Reluctantly, I tried them. portant diagnostic point. I became so sleepy I could not write this column, I have zero pain in a reclining chair or lying nor do much else. I finally decided to live with down, but it can at times be brutal while at the pain, the devil I know. computer or standing. Patients who have underI did not become addicted to morphine nor have gone MRI know it is performed in a horizontal any trouble tossing it out. That is why I have no chamber. So why would an MRI show the cause patience with those who pop painkillers for minor of pain when I have none in a horizontal position? pain, or addicts who simply want a high to escape I found it amazing that none of these professors other troubles. So how am I now writing this column? I’m forsuggested a standing MRI to see if the vertical tunate that an inflatable neck cuff provides some position would provide a diagnosis. So I searched for a standing MRI. I discovered, relief of pain. But it’s cumbersome and hot. to my surprise, that there is not one in Canada’s One message is clear. Even expensive MRIs, demajor cities with university medical schools! The signed to detect even minute spinal cord changes, only one in Canada was in a small city in British are at times unable to diagnose the cause of pain. Columbia. Several were available in the U.S. So it looks like I’ll go to the Great Beyond never The next question was whether a vertical MRI knowing why the pain returns, very frustrating, was more effective than a horizontal one in de- very painful, but not yet lethal. tecting spinal lesions. So I interviewed several See the web site For comradiologists in the U.S. The general consensus was ments, email


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DEDICATION - From left, Red Deer’s Mark Bush and his teacher Master Seoungmin Rim celebrated Bush’s bronze medal win at the World Taekwondo Federation Poomsae World Championships in Lima, Peru earlier this month. Photo Submitted

Local taekwondo athlete makes the podium Zachary Cormier Express staff

A Red Deer taekwondo student and his teacher are celebrating a week of success after they returned from the WTF World Taekwondo Poomsae Championships in Peru last week. Mark Bush of Red Deer earned a bronze medal at the annual international competition, which features the best practitioners of poomsae from all over the world. “Mark got a bronze medal. Team Canada had 37 athletes and we came back with two bronze medals and Mark was one of them,” said Master Seoungmin Rim, the National Poomsae head coach for Taekwondo Canada and

the owner of Master Rim’s Taekwondo in Red Deer. Poomsae is the common name of the traditional taekwondo forms that are used to teach taekwondo. Practitioners of poomsae are scored on how accurately they can perform the moves of their particular form, and on their presentation. Rim said that overall, he thought the Canadian athletes were among the best at the competition, but not necessarily in podium performance. “Canadian athletes, we had the best unity, the best cheering, not necessarily the best podium performance, but we had the best team atmosphere,” said Rim.

The preliminaries were very close, Rim said, but Bush’s performance was enough to qualify him for a spot in the finals, in part due to his consistency when it came to his routines. “What he did was he was very consistent. He had stage fright and was very nervous, but he was very confident. We developed a routine prior to the tournament. He stuck to the routine and he didn’t make any mistakes. He overcame the doubt and fear that he had and he did an amazing job.” Bush competes in freestyle poomsae, which is a relatively new variant of the martial art that incorporates more of an individual aspect as competitors perform a set of moves which they

have choreographed themselves. The freestyle side of the practice also includes more tricks and kicks than the traditional forms. “He started when he was nine-yearsold with me and he came, he worked hard and now he made it to the podium at the Poomsae World Championships and it was very rewarding,” Rim said. “He’s a great example because when he was little, he was very chubby and he told his mom that ‘Mom the reason I cannot kick high is because I’m chubby. So what I’m going to do is cut down on the junk food and the pop.’ And he got rid of everything. He lost his weight and he trained hard and now he is where is where he is.”


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Rim added that Bush’s U17 Individual Freestyle Poomsae division wasn’t an easy one to do well in. “It was a very, very tough individual, it was a very, very tough category, but he made it,” Rim said. “He was very determined and had good self control and worked hard and he was able to make it to the podium in about seven years of training.” The World Taekwondo Federation’s World Poomsae Championships are an annual competition that included athletes from 55 different countries around the world and took place in Lima, Peru from Sept. 30th to Oct. 2nd this year.


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Barnstable excited to be part of Generals’ crease Zachary Cormier Express staff

When the Lacombe Generals asked Kraymer Barnstable if he would like to join their team for the coming Chinook Hockey League season, it wasn’t exactly a difficult decision for the former Red Deer College Kings’ goalie to make. “Going into this post season, I was undecided on whether I was going to play another year. I really wanted to but I didn’t want to try and force what was going to happen,” recalled the 26-year-old backstopper, adding he made the decision with his wife stating the only way he would play would be if one of the teams in the area showed interest in having him on board. “Luckily the Generals contacted me and I was extremely excited that they did and it’s been a great start so far.” Barnstable and former University of Calgary Dinos’ netminder Jacob Deserres will make up the tandem in net for the Generals this season and, due to an ankle injury that Deserres suffered during

the Chinook League Pre-season Classic, Barnstable was the opening night starter for the Gens when they hit the ice in Rosetown last weekend. “Obviously, you don’t want to see the guys go down with injuries. That’s the last thing that you want to see. But it’s exciting that I’ll probably get to start in the first game unless one of the guys comes back from injury,” Barnstable said, adding he’s excited to get back on the ice after a long offseason. “It’s exciting to play, that’s for sure. As a goalie you always want to be the guy, you always want to be playing, so I’m looking forward to that for sure.” Barnstable, who was born in Estevan, Saskatchewan but now considers Red Deer his hometown, comes to the Generals after spending the past three seasons with the Red Deer College Kings of the ACAC. “It’s been an interesting transition with the fact that it’s not quite the rigorous schedule, but at the same time the guys are in really good shape and it’s really good hockey. The skill level, I think, is a little bit higher with the age group and the strength


of the guys,” he said, adding so far he thinks it has been a smooth transition for him. “It’s definitely different, but I think it’s been a good jump for me.” Joining Lacombe’s senior men’s AAA hockey team is the latest step in a long and varied hockey career for the RDC grad. Barnstable’s hockey career really started to take off after the 2005 WHL Bantam Draft when he was selected by the Vancouver Giants in the ninth round, 169th overall as a 15-year-old. From there, after spending a couple of seasons playing in the British Columbia Major Midget League, Barnstable made the leap into major junior hockey and spent a season as the backup goaltender for the Giants in 2007. “I kind of moved my way around the junior ranks and was kind of here and there, so to speak,” he recalled. Eventually, after a season with the Notre Dame Hounds of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League, Barnstable ended up with the Red Deer Rebels. His time with the local WHL club was, “One of my best hockey experiences that I’ve had to date,”

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Barnstable said, adding that after a stint at the University of British Columbia didn’t work out and he made the decision to play in the ACAC, and that time with the Rebels played a key role in making Red Deer College his destination of choice. “It was a decision between going to NAIT or RDC to pick which school, they were both kind of interested in having me play for them. I simply chose RDC on the fact that I loved the City. I loved when I played here.” In three seasons with the Kings, Barnstable consistently posted save percentages in the low .900 range, which is pretty good for a college goalie. Now he’s looking to help the Generals bring a second straight Allan Cup home, a prospect which he is extremely excited about. “This team, they not only expect to make it to Allan Cup every year, they expect to win it. And you can already see it in the room with the way the guys talk and the way they play, they just expect to win championships. That’s the only reason we’re still playing at this age. I’ve never been a part of a championship team since my Bantam age group and it’s really exciting to see just the mentality everyone has.”

This has been very much a rebuilding year for the Lindsay Thurber Raiders’ senior football team, said Head Coach Devin Bennett. “We’re starting to grow. Our Grade 10’s are starting to get used to the speed and the physicality, but we’re still not there yet. As far as physicality and just size, the guys just haven’t grown into their bodies quite yet,” Bennett said after a disappointing 48-20 loss to the Lacombe Rams at MEGlobal Athletic Park on Monday night. After the loss, the Raiders find themselves winless with one game left in Central Alberta High School Football League regular season play, but Bennett said he has seen improvement from his young group of football players as the season has gone on. “I see it as more of a multi-year building thing.” The boys in red weren’t without a few positives in the loss. Grade 11 quarterback Sean Vandevlis was solid, as was Grade 11 wide receiver Maxwell Arnold.

“We’re trying to get him the ball a little bit more, at least to the outside,” said Bennett of Arnold’s play, which was exceptional considering he had been sidelined with an injury the past few weeks. “He runs hard. We’re just trying to be creative and get him the ball and he made some great plays. He’s a skinny kid if you look at him without pads, there’s hardly anything there. But he’s got some good moves and he’s blazing fast.” Still, a lack of depth and a few early mistakes hurt the Raiders’ chances at coming out of the matchup with an upset victory. “Our weakness is definitely our lines. But I thought we played a lot better on the line, at least in the first half. Some of the second half we started to get some injuries and you can see that our depth isn’t great because once we have injuries it kind of crumbles a little bit in the third and fourth quarter.” Meanwhile, in the earlier game on Monday, the Hunting Hills High School Lightning pulled off a shocking 14-9 victory over the previously-undefeated Notre Dame High School Cougars.

The last time the two teams squared off was back in the season opener in September when Notre Dame swept to a 40-0 shutout victory on the backs of their star running game. This time, however, that changed as a couple of missed snaps and missed reads in the first half proved costly for the Notre Dame lineup. Running backs Johannes Smith and Dustin Fedun were limited on the ground to 66 and 77 yards respectively as Hunting handed Notre Dame their first defeat of the season in an important matchup. The win means that Notre Dame and Hunting Hills are now tied for first place in the league and puts the Cougars in a must-win situation if they wish to hold on to that coveted top spot after this coming Friday’s game against Lacombe. All four teams are in action at MEGlobal in Lacombe this Friday during the weekly Friday night double header starting at 4:30 p.m.





COZY - This bedroom in the Red Deer Kinsmen Dream Home has a very relaxed, earthy feel while still feeling modern and contemporary. Zachary Cormier/Red Deer Express

Enjoying the sweet simplicity of life There used to be a longing in me to travel, a desire to see different parts of the world and to revel in the architecture, food and culture of each place. When I see a plane floating by I still get that yearning to jump on board and to visit those destinations still unchecked on my bucket list and I have to remind myself that this is my year of rebuilding and regrouping and that I have a few more hurdles to jump until I can soar into the bright blue yonder. I have discovered through my, call it grounding if you will, that I don’t miss the hectic and crazy atmosphere of airports. Many years ago I decided that I preferred the intimate atmosphere

of watching live music in a small venue or house concert which radically altered one of my favourite pastimes. Instead of paying hundreds of dollars to be cattle driven into a huge stadium to watch a postcard version of my favourite band, I have been choosing smaller venues which are up close and personal and way less expensive. What I have discovered is that the experience is rich, full and very satisfying. My choice of destination has been altered by this thinking as I am now looking to arrive and depart in

smaller less frantic airports. This may mean that I can miss out on THE concert or not get to some exotic destination but I have found that the journey is as much part of the vacation as the actual vacation. Will I in the future get to big airports or big concert venues? Possibly, but it is not my focus right now and I am enjoying the sweet simplicity. I have found that destinations can be reached through adjacent airports and a rental car and that some concerts are just okay to miss and to watch on pay per view cuddled up with my guy eating popcorn.

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The destination in home ownership is often a rough path as government rules can now make it harder to qualify for a home. It might be a time to consider those smaller venues and less busy airports in our quest for the perfect home. Maybe it isn’t such a bad thing to start small and to work on what you can manage right now. Too many times we want the big flashing lights or large destinations but the federal government is making sure that we aren’t over qualifying for mortgages with the interest rates being low. Changing expectations can be the first step in coping with new restrictions on mortgage lending. You will be surprised when the small-



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er venue and more intimate atmosphere makes you feel comfortable, safe and happy. The joy of security is far outweighed by the flash and expense of the huge event and in the long run can be very good for your peace of mind. Take inventory of those things in your life which seem like the big reward yet may cost more than you are comfortable with at the end of the day. Keep in mind that a foot-long sub may seem like a good idea when a 6” will suffice. Your stomach and bank account will be thankful for your prudence. Kim Wyse is a freelance designer in Red Deer. Find her on facebook at ‘Ask a Designer/Ask a Realtor’.





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Does breaking your mortgage make sense? With mortgage rates settling at historic lows, chances are you’ve considered breaking your current mortgage and renewing or refinancing now before rates begin to rise. Perhaps you want to free up cash for such things as renovations, travel or putting towards your children’s education? Or maybe you want to pay down debt or simply pay your mortgage off faster? In some cases, the penalty can be quite substantial if you aren’t very far into your mortgage term, but we can determine if breaking your mortgage now will benefit you long term. People often assume the penalty for breaking a mortgage amounts to three months of interest payments so, when they crunch the numbers, it doesn’t seem so bad. In most cases, however, the penalty is the greater of three months of interest

or the interest rate differential (IRD). The IRD is the difference between the interest rate on your mortgage contract and today’s rate, which is the rate at which the lender can re-lend the money. And with rates so low these days, the IRD tends to be greater than three months of interest. Because this is a way for banks to recuperate any losses, for some people, breaking and renegotiating at a lower rate without careful planning can mean they come out no further ahead. Keep in mind, however, that penalties vary from lender to lender and there are different penalties for different types of mortgages. In addition, the size of your down payment and whether you opted for a ‘cash back’ mortgage can influence penalties. While breaking a mortgage and paying penalties based on the IRD can result in a break-even

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proposition in the short term, it may still make strategic sense once all factors are considered. Your current goal may be to secure a long-term low rate commitment before things change, and

herein lies potential significant future savings. Jean-Guy Turcotte is a mortgage broker with Dominion Lending Centres – Regional Mortgage Group in Red Deer.

Buying a home: how much can you afford? Start saving early You’d like to set a budget in order to purchase a condominium, house or any other type of home, but you don’t know where to start? The maximum purchase price you can pay depends on several factors. Here are some guidelines to help you. First, calculate all your monthly household expenses, including housing, communications, entertainment, savings, insurance, healthcare and transportation. The more realistically you record

your expenses, the better your idea of what you can pay towards a house. Next, you need to determine the exact amount of all your debts. Mortgage lenders will ask you for this information, so be prepared. Now note all the costs of buying and owning a property, such as a home inspection, transfer tax and a notary or lawyer’s fees. C a l c u l ate how much of a down payment can

you come up with. Keep in mind the federal guideline that says you shouldn’t let your monthly housing costs (mortgage, interest, taxes and heating) exceed 28 per cent of your average gross monthly income. Generally, your debt-toincome ratio (the total amount you spend each month to repay all your debts, including housing) shouldn’t exceed 36 per cent of your average gross monthly income. If you would like to have more information about your mortgage eligibility or about your ability to pay, visit the website of the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation.

Make your move to The Redwoods today and save!

Charlene Burns is an experienced educator who has a strong knowledge of Alberta’s educational system. As a long-time teacher and administrator, Charlene’s wealth of experience includes working as a teacher, Cree instructor, college librarian, vice principal and principal. She taught in her home community of Maskwacis, formerly Hobbema, for many years. Since 2011, Charlene has been the Community Capacity Development Coordinator for Aboriginal Ministries with the United Church of Canada. Charlene served as a board member on both the Central Alberta Child and Family Services Authority Board and the Central Alberta Persons with Developmental Disabilities Board. She has also volunteered through Samson United Church throughout her life. Charlene and her husband, Russel, reside in Ponoka and have two grandchildren. Malcolm Bell is a Music Instructor in the School of Creative Arts at Red Deer College. During his time at RDC, Malcolm has received three KITE awards in recognition of his teaching excellence and program development. Malcolm also contributes to the College community through Academic Council, where he has been a longtime member and has served as both the Secretary and Chair. Through his passion for music, Malcolm’s contributions can be found on an international scale, as his compositions have been performed on three continents, and he was included in the Who’s Who in Popular Music. Malcolm has been a music faculty member at the University of North Texas and Prairie College. He has published several musical works, holds five patents for inventions and has adjudicated at music festivals across Alberta.

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26TH ANNUAL Red Deer Christmas Antique Show & Sale. Oct. 22 & 23. Sat. 10 - 5 & Sun. 10 - 4. Westerner Exposition Grounds. Over 350 Sales Tables. Canadiana furniture and collectibles. Carswell’s 403-343-1614.



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DOMINION GRAPHICS AUCTION. 4451 - 61 Ave. SE, Calgary, Alberta. Tuesday, October 25, 2016, 11 a.m. Selling digital printing & laminating equipment, screen printing, engraving & 3D printer, mechanical, sheet metal & wood working tools, forklift and office equipment. See 1-800-391-6963. 17 INDUSTRIAL LOTS West Hill Business Park, Peace River, Alberta. Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers Unreserved Auction on November 22 in Grande Prairie. Contact Jerry Hodge: 780-706-6652; All West Realty Ltd., Broker. 2 UNDEVELOPED MEDIUM Density Residential Lots - Lac La Biche, Alberta. Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers Unreserved Auction, October 26 in Edmonton. 0.89+/- and 0.84+/- title acres. Undeveloped. Jerry Hodge: 780-706-6652. Broker: All West Realty Ltd.; AUTO/TOOL/SURPLUS AUCTION. Saturday, October 22, 10 a.m. Autos, tools, trailers, surplus, benches, tents, pressure washers. Scribner Auction, 121 - 15 Ave. (Hiway 14) Wainwright, Alberta. 780-842-5666;



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STEEL BUILDING SALE. “Blowout Sale On Now!” 21X23 $4,998. 25X25 $5,996. 27X27 $6,992. 32X35 $9,985. 42X45 $14,868. One end wall included. Pioneer Steel 1-855-212-7036;


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The successful candidate must be motivated, energetic, outgoing and organized. Being able to work independently and as part of a dynamic team is essential. Excellent verbal and written communication skills are required. Must be able to contact existing and prospective business clients.

LOOKING FOR a shop? Post Frame Buildings. AFAB Industries has experience, expertise, reliability and great construction practices. For a free quote, contact Ryan Smith 403-818-0797 or email:


AVAIL., 3 bdrm. townhouse close to schools and all amenities, 4 appls., rent $1100 + utils. + DD. 403-506-0054

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2 AND A 1/2 QUARTERS of land near Prince Albert, SK with nice full yard & beautiful garden. Grows good crops. Great opportunity for starter farmer. Call Doug for further details 306-716-2671.

3 KITCHEN counter bar CRAB Apples to give away stools $65 for (all); home - you pick. 403-887-5731 gym $50; girl’s bedroom curtain and rod, $20; and 2 brass lamps, $50 for both. Grain, Feed (403) 340-1347. Hay HEATED CANOLA buying Green, Heated or Springthrashed Canola. Buying: oats, barley, wheat & peas for feed. Buying damaged or offgrade grain. “On Farm Pickup” Westcan Feed & Grain, 1-877-250-5252.


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LEGACY Estates Seniors Complex, $189,900, 2 bdrm, 2 bath, all appliances. For sale by owner, (403) 318-1839.

Competition closes October 28, 2016


(4) 205-70R-15 Artic Weathermate, studded grip tires exc. cond. on Buick factory wheels. Best Offer. 403-406-7600


100 VHS movies, $75 for all. 403-885-5020


2 ELECTRIC LAMPS, $20. 403-885-5020


SMALL CEILING FAN for bedroom, football/hockey design. Exc. cond. $15. 403-346-5423

8 RESTAURANT CHAIRS, sturdy brass frame with aquo seat, $20.00 each for all 8 or $15,00 each call 403-728-3485 BOOKCASE with sliding doors, wood with adjustable shelf $15; table stand, $15; white metal table stand, $10; recorder with lesson book and music stand, $5; stove top popcorn popper, $15; toaster oven, $10; I love tea, teapot, $10; personal room humidifier, $10; set of 4 seat cushions, $10; jewelry craft material for making your own creations, $10; 403-343-1266

Customizable and secure. From storage to workspace. Steel containers from 8' to 53'. 20' & 40' skids with optional 4' landings available. Mount with twist locks.


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