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Setters Place officially opens in advance of 2019 Canada Games

an enhanced node in the City’s park system “Red Deer is well known and Red Deer is one step closer Red Deerians love our national to the 2019 Canada Winter award-winning linear park trail Games after the official open- system but our park was only ing of Setters Place at Great built to 100,000 population,” Chief Park. she said. The new City facility features “Now that we are at that a three-storey pavilion, along 100,000 population threshold, with a new synthetic field used it is important we build for the for both football and soccer. next generation and the years to In the winter, the field can be come. This marks an enhanced, converted into a 400m outdoor modernized ability for our local speed skating oval — which sports community and culture will host the long track speed groups to make use of this faskating events at the Games. cility for all types of purposes.” The $12 million facility was Veer said the project was the built in conjunction with a $3 culmination of a community million grant from the gov- effort. “I am incredibly proud that ernment of Canada and also received a naming sponsorship our community came together for JT Setters and Sons. initially to secure the Canada Mayor Tara Winter Games See our video at Veer said the and our comopening sigmunity came .com together to nifies another make this great day in project hapRed Deer. “A four-season park with en- pen. Ultimately, this enhanced, hanced, modern facilities has modernized space will bring been a long-standing communi- this community together,” she ty vision,” she said. “Because of said. the 2019 Canada Winter Games She added she looks forward and the federal infrastructure to welcoming over 20,000 felfunds that came our way as well low Canadians in just under as the sponsorship from the 13 months. Setters’ family, this long-awaitDavid Patterson, president ed vision has finally become and CEO of the Canada Games a reality.” Council, said the facility is an Veer said the park will not example of how the Canada only serve the 2019 Canada Games benefits Canadian Winter Games, but also will communities. be a place to go for generations “This is what the Canada of Red Deerians. It also serves as Games can deliver to a commuBY TODD COLIN VAUGHAN todd.vaughan@reddeerexpress.com

nity - a facility that can serve the whole community. The games are the catalyst and the magic happens starting at the games, but then for 30, 40, 50 years after that,” he said. He credited Lyn Radord, the Canada Games board chair in Red Deer and CEO Scott

Robinson and his team for the job they have done so far bringing the games to Red Deer. “You here in Red Deer are in great hands and the athletes across Canada,” he said. With such a short time remaining before the games, Patterson said it is time to get

excited. “It has been awhile since the bid was awarded and a lot of work has been done,” he said. “Now you are seeing it become more public and it is time to get excited and think about volunteering. It is time to book

time off work to volunteer and it is time for the young people to get serious about their training. “It is time to get excited for this games because it is exciting and it is going to be a wonderful couple of weeks.”

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X-COUNTRY - The Haywood NorAm Western Canadians and Peavey Mart Alberta Cup 5/6 took place over the weekend at River Bend. Over 500 cross-country skiers flocked to the area for the event which served as a test run for the 2019 Canada Winter Games. Todd Colin Vaughan/Red Deer Express

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KODIAK MOMENT - Berkley the Bear is celebrating her first birthday at Discovery Wildlife Park in Innisfail.

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Berkley the bear celebrates first brithday B

erkley the Bear, Discovery Wildlife Park’s new addition from 2017, is celebrating her first birthday. The young Kodiak came to Innisfail in April of last year and is enjoying all the perks of being a child in Alberta. “When she came in April of last year, she weighed 7.6 lbs. She now weighs 151 lbs,” Head Zookeeper and Animal Trainer Serena Bos said. “She has turned out exactly as we would have hoped in the last year. Her body weight is where it should be, mentally she is doing amazing and she has been learning different behaviours.” A Kodiak is a subspecies of brown bears which are typically found hunting salmon on the Alaskan coast and grow to be the largest land carnivores in the world. Berkley, being a female,

will grow anywhere from 750 lbs. to over 1100 lbs. She added that bears in the wild can often be Currently she is being fed a mixture of pre- aggressive and their space needs to be respected. pared milk, as well as meat, berries, vegetables “Their nose is the strongest of all their senses and grass. and they can actually smell 20 miles upwind, so “As a carnivore, she does need that protein. you will never fool a bear’s nose,” she said. She does eat fruits and vegetables at times and Berkley will be moved on from her current 80 per cent of a bear’s diet can be grass, which a location in the next few months to accomodate lot of people are not aware of,” Bos said. her growth. As she grows, she will be slowly weened off milk “Berkely is in right now what I like to call a towards other sources of nursery or play encloprotein. sure,” Bos said. “She will See our video at Along with her growth be moving into one of in size, Berkley has also the big bear enclosures .com developed a “soft-souled” by May 1st or sooner personality, according to depending on what she Bos. wants. Right now she “Berkley’s personality is very sweet, but like all likes being in a bit of a smaller area which is of us people, she will go through different stages very comforting for her.” and spells — she will have a little rebellious stage In her nursery, Berkley has already started just like teenagers do,” she said. picking up the habits of adult bears.

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Sentencing postponed in Castor triple homicide

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Justice Eric Macklin will deliver his sentence in the Castor-area triple homicide on Feb. 14th after he heard submissions from the crown and defence lawyers. Macklin will decide whether Joshua Frank and Jason Klaus should receive concurrent or consecutive sentences after they were both found guilty of three counts of first-degree murder. The minimum sentence for first-degree murder in Canada is life in prison, without the possibility of parole for 25 years. This means that if they are awarded consecutive sentences, both Frank and Klaus would be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for 75 years. Following the sentence hearing, Frank and Klaus both had the opportunity to address the court. Klaus said it will always be with him what happened that night, and he said committing suicide was at one point something he considered. He did maintain his innocence saying, “I did not kill my family and the little involvement I did have I will regret for the rest of my life.” In a short verbal message, Frank apologized to the Klaus family for their pain and loss and apologized

to his own family for the pain they had to endure. Crown Prosecutor Douglas Taylor argued during sentencing proceedings that consecutive sentences would give particular weight to each of the three victims. Taylor gave more than two dozen aggravating factors which encourages the use of a maximum sentence in this case. He paid particular attention to the fact that three innocent victims were murdered; that the Klaus family farm house was burned down to hide evidence of the crime; and that both Klaus and Frank misled the RCMP during the investigation. The Crown also requested that both perpetrators must provide a DNA sample, be prohibited from owning firearms or weapons and that a no contact order be put in place for those named. Allan Fay, defence lawyer for Klaus, urged the court to impose concurrent sentences rather than consecutive. He argued that prior to the murders, Klaus had no criminal record and was an active member of the Castor community — including his time volunteering with the Elks Club. Fay also argued that other triple homicides in the jurisdiction, namely the Derek Saretzky case and the Douglas Garland case, were more “gruesome” and the “stark horror”

of those cases are absent in this one. Both Saretzky and Garland received the maximum life sentence without the possibility of parole for 75 years. He also noted given that Klaus is 42-years-old, a 75-year without parole life sentence would mean he would likely die in prison. Andrea Urquhart, defence lawyer for Frank, argued a life sentence without parole for 75 years would negate any chance of rehabilitation for her client. She said rehabilitation is a “fundamental aspect of Canadian society” and that it is an “emphasis of our criminal justice system”. Klaus was originally charged with three counts of first-degree murder and one count of arson in relation to the deaths of his father Gordon Klaus, 61, his mother Sandra Klaus, 62 and his sister Monica Klaus, 40. Co-accused Frank had also originally been charged with three counts of first-degree murder in relation to the deaths. The remains of Gordon and Monica Klaus were found in what was left of a burnt-out house in Castor on Dec. 8th, 2013. The body of Sandra Klaus hasn’t been found because police believe her remains were consumed by the fire. Justice Macklin will deliver his sentence on Feb. 14th at 2 p.m.

Creep Catcher to be fined, placed on probation for 12 months BY MARK WEBER mark.weber@reddeerexpress.com

A member of the Creep Catchers vigilante group was sentenced Monday in court. Carl Young, also known as Carl Murphy, was found guilty of criminal harassment last month for his involvement in a incident that took place on Nov. 23rd, 2016. Judge Darrell Reimer found Young guilty of one count of criminal harassment and sentenced him with 12 months’ probation, a $1,500 fine and a nearly complete ban on any electronic device, computer or software for sending or receiving messages - unless permitted to do so by his probation officer. During the trial, which took place in August, 2017, the court heard that Young had met up with Jaden Rajah, 24, after the two had discussions online. Young had initially posed as an 18-year-old, but later claimed he was 15-years-old to Rajah. Rajah testified that the intention of the meeting on Nov. 23rd was to watch a movie. Court heard that Rajah had met up with Young at 1 a.m. Young subsequently videotaped the encounter, where he accused Rajah of illegal acts. Rajah then denied the claims. Young later posted the video online to a Creep Catchers web site where it was shared frequently. After the sentencing, Rajah’s father said

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that the case shows this is, “Not how in this country you deal with these kinds of issues. There is a process, you have to respect the law, and that was our main message and I think that was very clearly made today.” Judge Reimer also pointed out that if Young had concerns about sexual abuse in the community, those concerns should go to the police. Young however posted a video that showed no criminal contact that went on to cause significant harm to the complainant. He called the act, “Repugnant, malicious, planned and deliberate.” Crown Prosecutor Sandra Aigbinode said during her sentencing submission that the incident led to a significant impact on Rajah’s life. Judge Reimer also reiterated the traumatic impact on the young man’s life, saying, in part that the, “Sentence must be proportionate to the gravity of the offence.” The victim impact statement had read he had felt his life had been ruined, that he was scared for his life and that he had felt worthless. Several conditions were attached to the probationary period, including regular check-ins with his probationary officer, an active search for employment and to take part in any treatment programs or counselling directed by the probationary officer as well.

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City council approves operating budget to a tune of $364 million

with navigating (through that). “I think this budget follows those guidelines. It shows sensitivity to the local economy without compromising our future or even our service levels to the citizens and the region that we serve.” Veer emphasized how shifts in provincial funding allotments are impacting municipal governments and how they craft their yearly budgets, adding that certainly this year, there was a stronger sense of that. As mentioned, without the carbon tax, Veer said the local operating tax rate would have been .11% lower than the final increase. “The household impact per month is $3.55 on the property tax for the average home of $325,000.”

and we did it because we continue to improve through integrated decision-making. I think that is in response directly to the current reality, which both addresses and considers our economy,” said Coun. Lawrence Lee. “It addresses meeting acceptable service levels. “We’ve also remained nimble throughout this process,” he said. Veer agreed. “We knew when we established the guideline last spring that we were certainly looking at a recessed economy, and that would present us with significant capital and operating challenges in 2018. Particularly in light of the uncertainty around federal and provincial grants, and the changing climate we find ourselves in

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Red Deer has certainly been shoring up the milestones lately in terms of new projects, major events and facilities on the way or having been opened to the public. It’s good to see in a time when the economy is still lagging in many quarters, and hopefully a sign of more prosperous days ahead. For one, Red Deer is one step closer to the 2019 Canada Winter Games after the official opening of Setters Place at Great Chief Park this past weekend. The new City facility features a three-storey pavilion, along with a new synthetic field used for both football and soccer. In the winter, the field can be converted into a 400m outdoor speed skating oval — which will host the long track speed skating events at the Games. The $12 million facility was built in conjunction with a $3 million grant from the government of Canada and also received a naming sponsorship for JT Setters and Sons.

Another huge windfall for the City came when the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association (CPRA), Westerner Park and the Red Deer and District Chamber of Commerce announced the Canadian Finals Rodeo (CFR) is coming to Red Deer for the next 10 years starting in 2018. After spending the last 44 years at Northlands Coliseum in Edmonton, Red Deer will begin the next era of professional rodeo starting from Oct. 30th to Nov. 4th. “When this first started, I didn’t think they were taking this seriously. We came here a couple months ago and I realized then they were serious,” CPRA President Terry Cooke said. And speaking of Westerner Park, a major expansion is on the way for the facility, which involves a new 70,000 sq. ft. building. The multi-use space was approved by the City’s Municipal Planning

Commission last Wednesday morning. The 70,000 sq. ft. space will join the Stockmens Pavilion and the Agricentre. More good news was also recently announced in other Central Alberta communities, including Lacombe. The Lacombe Generals and the City of Lacombe were thrilled with Hockey Alberta and Hockey Canada’s recent announcement that the Lacombe Generals have been selected as hosts of the 2019 Allan Cup Tournament, the Canadian Men’s AAA Hockey national championship. Six teams, representing six regions nationally, will take part in the Allan Cup in April 2019. The week-long tournament will be held at the Gary Moe Auto Group Sportsplex. Tournament schedule and ticket information will be announced at a later date. Not to mention that Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour, presented by Scotiabank and Dodge, is heading

to Lacombe for a celebration of hockey on Feb. 3rd and 4th. The weekend will feature broadcast hosts Ron MacLean and Tara Slone, meet-and-greet opportunities with NHL alumni Rich Sutter and Darcy Tucker, live local entertainment and engaging activities for the whole family. Perhaps winter doesn’t have to be so bleak after all. This is all encouraging news for our region, especially in light of the fact of some disheartening news from the provincial government that a major hospital renovation for Red Deer is again not on the books this year. And also that the City won’t receive financial help in regards to last summer’s devastating windstorm and the damage it left behind. But that aside, 2018, with the Canada Winter Games right around the corner and the recent additions to the City in preparation for that, can do plenty to start this year off on a promising note.

Electric vehicles pose a dilemma of conscience In the push to normalize electric vehicles, many forget it’s not the end of the road as far as environmental impact is concerned. Presumably, those using electric vehicles or hybrids are motivated by a desire to improve the environment, especially by reducing carbon emissions into the atmosphere. Many owners of these vehicles derive satisfaction and some could argue a sense of self-righteousness from using the vehicles. However, it’s also important to look at the full life cycle of that type of transportation, including how it’s produced. For example, owners of electric vehicles in Nova Scotia should be aware that electricity is generated in that province almost exclusively through fossil fuels, especially imported coal. Is using an electric vehicle the best way to reduce carbon emissions within that context? Buying the so-called environmentally efficient vehicle is only the first part in the equation. A full analysis of cost benefits and trade-offs is necessary. But it seems the unfortunate reality is that many environmentally-motivated people are more interested in appearing virtuous or bragging about their new Prius or Tesla than doing their homework. The sad truth is that not looking at the full life cycle seems almost endemic to environmental causes, including those related to social justice causes. Take the local food or locavore movement. They adhere to the ‘food miles’ notion that shipping food long distances increases greenhouse gases but ignore

the energy used in production, just as in the case of electric vehicles. However, it has been found that efficient inter-modal container shipping often allows companies to grow things in better conditions overseas and, in fact, shipping them over long distance emits fewer emissions than growing food domestically. Many credible studies have found that the carbon emission difference is quite negligible. There are much better ways to improve the carbon footprint caused by global agriculture. Similar case studies can be made of so-called fair trade coffee or chocolate. Many westerners think they’re drinking pure justice when they down the latest certified fair trade coffee, when in fact they might be having a negative impact on economies in developing countries, including encouraging producers to switch to coffee when they should be focusing on crops their country is better at producing. The Frontier Centre for Public Policy has always focused on smart green policies that lead to demonstrably positive environmental impacts and steer clear of virtue-signalling policies that make you a hit at cocktail parties but a bad environmentalist. Virtue signalling refers to the very public expression of moral values done to enhance standing within a social group. It’s chiefly done by middle-class individuals with liberal values on environmentalism. Even environmentalists must face a dilemma in the production phase of electric vehicles. As technology improves, the demand for copper

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for these vehicles will also increase. The International Copper Association (ICA) says electric vehicles use a substantial amount of copper in their batteries and in the windings and copper rotors used in electric motors. A single car can have up to six kilometres of copper wiring. We then need to consider the amount of energy – including electricity – used in the mining and production process. To accommodate this immense demand for copper, environmentalist groups need to reconsider their campaigns against open pit and strip mining, or face hypocrisy. If the copper ore is only accessible by strip mining and you need an electrified transportation system to operate it, and that system uses trucks ranging in size from 180-to-400-tonne capacity on 12-hour shifts, are we really reducing our energy use and carbon footprint? Or are we just shifting this intense energy use to an unseen location? Although mining has improved its environmental footprint over the last few decades, some impacts are unavoidable. For example, the proposed Pebble mine in southern Alaska is generating controversy because of its expected impact of local ecosystems (particularly on fish-bearing water bodies) and natural resources. Never mind the effects of waste rock and tailings ponds from inevitable abandoned mines. In the end, individuals who want to help improve the environment by riding in electric or hybrid-electric vehicles might want to reconsider the environmental tradeoffs. Joseph Quesnel is a research fellow with Frontier Centre for Public Policy (www.fcpp.org). His columns are published via Troy Media.

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Red Deer officially the home of the Canadian Finals Rodeo

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One of the worst kept secrets in Red Deer came to fruition when the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association (CPRA), Westerner Park and the Red Deer and District Chamber of Commerce announced the Canadian Finals Rodeo (CFR) is coming to Red Deer for the next 10 years starting in 2018. After spending the last 44 years at Northlands Coliseum in Edmonton, Red Deer will begin the next era of proffesional rodeo starting from Oct. 30th to Nov. 4th. “When this first started, I didn’t think they were taking this seriously. We came here a couple months ago and I realised then they were serious,” CPRA President Terry Cooke said. The pitch from the Westerner and the Chamber included six days and seven shows of pro rodeo. Part of the bid also includes the Rising Stars event, which will showcase some of the best young talent in rodeo. “We decided we should make Red Deer the new home of the CFR because it is a good venue, it is a great city and all the people involved with this have been

so good to work with,” Cooke said. According to models done by the Chamber, the CFR has the potential to bring in an economic impact of $20-30 million annually for the next 10 years to the region. “That is an extremely high number and the Central Alberta business community will be the direct beneficiaries of that,” Chamber President and CEO Robin Bobocel said. Mayor Tara Veer said that, while it’s early to speculate, the City intends to work with the Chamber and Westerner Park on this 10-year venture and credited those two organizations for this successful bid. “Anytime in a local economy when there is a cash infusion of $20 million or more, that is fantastic news for our community — paricularly given the state of the provincial economy we have been navigating through,” she said. Ben Antifaiff, CEO and General Manager at Westerner Park, was grateful for the community support behind this bid and intends to work hard to ensure Central Albertans can join in the fun of CFR. “We want rodeo week to involve the community and allow everyone the opportunity to ex-

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perience something to do with CFR,” he said. “Red Deer will be a buzz for CFR and then a couple days later, Agritrade starts. It will be a busy time in early November and our community will benefit.” He added all the tickets for the event will be sold through ticketsalberta.com. Cooke thanked the hard work of the bidding teams from Red Deer and is looking forward to CFR 45. “It will be great for the cowboys, the fans, the city and Rodeo Canada. This is a great day for rodeo in Canada and I am just so happy to be a part of it,” he said.

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CFR 45 - Robin Bobocell, CEO of the Red Deer and District Chamber of Commerce, and Ben Antifaiff, CEO and General Manager at Westerner Park, helped bring in a successful bid to bring the Canadian Finals Rodeo to Red Deer for the next 10 years. Todd Colin Vaughan/Red Deer Express

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Red Deer’s Westerner Park announces major expansion BY CARLIE CONNOLLY carlie.connolly@reddeerexpress.com

A major expansion is on the way for Westerner Park, which involves a new 70,000 sq. ft. building. The multi-use space was approved by the City’s Municipal Planning Commission Wednesday morning. The 70,000 sq. ft. space will join the Stockmens Pavilion and the Agricentre. “It is an integral component of our Master Site Plan and allows us to expand our activities and look at other opportunities for bringing additional events to Westerner Park to the benefit of our community,” said Ben Antifaiff, CEO and general manager at Westerner Park. He added that the project budget is $15 million for the construction of the building. The building will include new amenities for Westerner Park to be able to do indoor turf sports,

catering, banquets and conventions. “The programmable space for a trade show is approximately 50,000 square feet and based on how much interest we have in Agri-Trade we’re pretty confident that we’ll be able to fill it up quite quickly with our Agri-Trade exhibitors.” He added that this marks the next step in their Master Site Plan, allowing them to attract larger trade shows and conventions once the building is completed. “It’s anticipated based on the construction schedule we have right now that we would apply for an occupancy permit at the beginning of November of this year. “There’s a lot of good things happening at Westerner Park right now.” The major expansion came just a day after the exciting announcement that Westerner Park will be home to the Canadian Finals Rodeo beginning in 2018.

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Coming Feb. 21st from 1:15-2:15 p.m. at the Hub on Ross - Folk Tale Improv with Wanda Reinholdt, an Alberta storyteller and director (www.reinholdtproductions.ca) – a fun story time that anyone can participate in. No memorization or reading skills required. Using an old folk tale as our guide, we will create the place and people in the story, rehearse, and dramatically tell the tale. In closing we will talk about our experience and what we discovered together.Coming February 21, 2018 from 1:15-2:15 at the Hub on Ross - Folk Tale Improv with Wanda Reinholdt, an Alberta storyteller and director (www. reinholdtproductions.ca) – a fun story time that anyone can participate in. No memorization or reading skills required. Using an old folk tale as our guide, we will create the place and people in the story, rehearse, and dramatically tell the tale. In closing we will talk about our experience and what we discovered together.

Knox Presbyterian Church is holding the Snowflake Luncheon and Bake Sale Jan. 27th from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Admission is $8 per person (includes a light lunch). Pre-schoolers are free. Selection of freshly baked goods, frozen savoury pies all available to purchase!

The NEW Red Deer Community Choir with professional personal development music coach, trainer and entertainer Curtis Labelle at The HUB on Ross starts Feb. 1st every Thursday from 2:30 - 4 p.m. All ages are welcome. Perform in concerts and enjoy a safe place for music! Live, laugh, and love the joy for music with everyone!

The Red Deer Public Library First Thursday in the Snell presents jazz with Downtown. Feb. 1st from 12:15 - 1 p.m. in the Snell Auditorium. No admission charge. A free will donation will be accepted at the door. Coffee and tea provided by Cafe Noir.

Red Deer Arts Council holding third Arts and Craft (Beer) Fundraiser! Red Deer Arts Council is pleased to announce our third fundraiser, Feb. 3rd at Festival Hall. The ‘Arts and Craft (Beer)’ event will feature samples of fine craft beer and wine, as well as appetizers from Red Deer’s finest restaurants, all included

in the ticket price, served in an artistic atmosphere that features live music by the KlamDaggers. Silent auction and raffle items will bring more art into your life, as well as a 50/50 draw at the close of the evening. Tickets are just $50 per person, or $350 for a table of eight, available through the Black Knight Inn Ticket Centre. Beer-tasting starts at 7 p.m., and dancing starts at 9 p.m., with the silent auction and raffles happening throughout the evening. Festival Hall is located at 4214 58th St. In June 2013, Red Deer hosted the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Distinguished Artist Awards Gala. The LGAA event raised legacy funds, part of which were gifted to the Red Deer Arts Council to establish the Emerging Artist Award and to use the funds as seed money for a fundraising event that would see the legacy funds grow and to continue to provide money for the Emerging Artist Award, as well as for ongoing operations.

to announce the fifth year of an award for Emerging Artists which supports and encourages promising artists, early in their careers, while also serving to raise the Arts profile by stimulating, developing and promoting the arts in Red Deer and Red Deer County. Artists of all genres are encouraged to apply. The award consists of $1,000 and a certificate. Criteria for artists and applications are now available from the office or can be downloaded from our website at https://www.reddeerartscouncil. ca/ under the Scholarship and Awards tab. Deadline for receipt of completed applications is March 1st. The funds for this award are the result of the Legacy Fund from the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Distinguished Arts Awards held in June 2013 in Red Deer.

present a special First Friday Red Deer Shares Shaw’s Sassy Satire with Red Deer College theatre program students and faculty as they prepare to present their next show of the 2017/18 season: MAJOR BARBARA by George Bernard Shaw, in the Snell Auditorium at the downtown library (4818 - 49 St.) from 6 to 8 pm. on Feb. 2nd. This event runs from 6 pm until 8 pm, with small breaks between. A preview of short scenes, panel discussions and design presentations for

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Red Deer River Naturalists annual

Alberta Council on Aging Region Five general meeting on Feb. 6th at 9 a.m. at the Golden Circle. A member of the RCMP will be speaking on home safety and fraud prevention. For more information, call Shirley Thomas at 403-343-0767. There is a $4 charge at the door.

The Red Deer Action Group Society is seeking volunteer board members who have a interest in transportation for individuals who are disadvantaged or disabled. If you are interested, please email rdag@telus.net for further details.

general meeting runs Jan. 25th at 7:30 p.m. at the Kerry Wood Nature Centre. Come join us and hear our reports, achievements, upcoming events and speakers. We also need board members for the New Year. Think about joining the board. The RDRN board has been working hard to update our bylaws. RDRN members can vote to rescind the old bylaws and accept the revised ones at this annual general meeting. You must be a RDRN Member and have paid your dues for 2018 in order to vote. To see the Bylaws go to www.rdrn.ca on the home page, click on links, the first two links are the revised RDRN bylaws and the old RDRN bylaws. Look for the owl logo. Get involved! Check out our Bylaws.

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public anticipation, and curious questions. Door prizes for those in attendance. The adjacent Kiwanis Gallery, hosting the exhibit, Into the Garden, Renewal, will also be open from 6 to 8 p.m. Refreshments will be served. No charge, but donations are accepted.

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Cronquist House events coming up include the Robbie Burns Tea on Jan. 25th from 2 to 4 p.m. ($20 per person); the Valentine’s Sweetheart Dinner on Feb. 14th from 6 – 9 p.m. (cost is $150 per couple or $170 per couple for a private room). Black History Month runs in February with a cultural cafe (date to be determined); Family Day activites run Feb. 19th from 11:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. There is a St. David’s Day Tea on March 1st from 2 – 4 p.m. (cost is $12 per person). A St. Patrick’s Day Tea runs March 17th from 2 – 4 p.m. (cost is $12 per person). A St. Georges Day Tea runs April 20th from 2 – 4 p.m. (cost is $12 per person). On May 1st, the Cronquist Tea House opens for the season - hours are from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Fridays. A Mother’s Day Tea runs May 12th with 12:30 and 2:30 p.m. sittings. (cost is $15 for adults and $7 for children. For more information, call 403-346-0055.

Do you want to have fun and meet new people? Come check us out! We offer square dance classes for young and old, single or couples! No partner needed. We dance to all types of music, no experience necessary. Monday and Wednesdays ! We will have you dancing in no time! Meet us at Clearview Community Hall at 93 Cornett Drive. For more information please call Barry

which helps people who feel lonely or isolated learn how to make and keep friends as they build self-confidence, reduce loneliness and laugh more. The evening course meets on Thursdays, February 15 through April 5 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. The afternoon course meets on Tuesdays, March 13 through May 1 from 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Art of Friendship takes place at the Canadian Mental Health Association Learning Annex in downtown Red Deer. The fee for the course is $25 which covers materials. Bursaries may be available for people with limited incomes. Please call CMHA at 403-342- 2266 or email education@reddeer.cmha.ab.ca to register.

Wellness Recovery Action Planning is an eight-week course that helps people incorporate wellness tools and strategies into their lives. Thousands of people, world-wide, have successfully used WRAP to live happier and more satisfying lives while improving connections to their families, their friends, and their community. WRAP takes place at the Canadian Mental Health Association Learning Annex in downtown Red Deer. The evening course meets on Thursdays, February 15 – April 5 from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. The morning course meets on Mondays, Feb. 26th – April 23rd from 9:30 a.m. – noon. The fee for this course is $50 which covers materials. Bursaries may be available for people with limited incomes. Please call CMHA at 403-342- 2266 or email education@reddeer.cmha.ab.ca to register.

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Lacombe and Red Deer Chambers prepare members for cannabis legalization

what to do,” she said. substance abuse disorder; when you need to bring forward whether you Robin Bobocel, CEO of the Red are taking over-the-counter, legal or Deer Chamber, said that much of The Red Deer and District Chamber of Commerce and the Lacombe illegal drugs — it is a huge policy and the confusion regarding the issue and District Chamber of Commerce held a joint luncheon at the even includes social policies,” she said. of cannabis legislation has been due Radisson in Red Deer to discuss cannabis use in the workplace. The policy is intended to proactively to a lack of clarity from the federal government. Occupational Health Nurse Kristi Pinkney-Hines of Hines Health protect incidents related to marijuana Services in Fort McMurray spoke to about 70 Chamber members impairment as well as clearly identify “No employers want to be out regarding how the incoming federal bill C-45 will liability if incidents of sync with labour legislation or affect their businesses when it comes into effect arrive. The policy human rights policies. Employers are See our video at in July 2018. not only helps emseeking answers and it is somewhat The main takeaway for businesses is the need ployers, it can also frustrating they don’t seem to be .com to create a, “Fit for duty policy,” which is a more help employees as coming forthright from the federal expansive drug and alcohol policy for businesses. well. government. We expect that will “They need to be aware that just CANNABIS LEGALIZATION - Kristi Pinkney-Hines, “There are quite a few business that haven’t had a policy in come in time,” he said. play and now going forward, that is their number one priority,” because marijuana is legal, that doesn’t occupational health nurse, spoke to members of the Despite the confusion, Bobocel said Pinkney-Hines said. mean you can go into work impaired. Red Deer and Lacombe Chambers regarding the there is opportunity for cannabis-rePinkney-Hines said after speaking with her lawyers and other In July, you need to be educated and impending legalization of recreational cannabis in lated business in Central Alberta. Todd Colin Vaughan/Red Deer Express professionals, her policy grew from under five pages to over 35 pages. know that if your company does have Canada. “We certainly want to spend some “It goes over thing like reasons to test; voluntary disclosure of a a policy, and you smoked and there time educating our members on the was in an incident — you could lose your job,” she said. pros, cons and opportunities that exist around that. I would like Following her presentation, Pinkney-Hines opened the floor us to explore the business side of this from the economic develto questions, which revealed a lot of nervousness for employers. opment perspective,” he said. He added it is likely the Chamber will continue to host infor“Everyone is curious. It is constantly changing and evolving. There are announcements from the federal, provincial and mu- mation sessions like this one and that the creation of fit for duty nicipal level of government and everyone is trying to figure out policies really resonated with him for Chamber members. BY TODD COLIN VAUGHAN todd.vaughan@reddeerexpress.com

City increases parking rates by 25%

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Come July 1st, Red Deerians will see an increase in their parking fees. City council decided on a 25% increase in parking rates in their second last day of operating budget deliberations. Councillor Vesna Higham brought forth the motion, stating that when comparing themselves with the parking rates and fines in other communities, they are very comparable. Against the motion were Buck Buchanan, Tanya Handley and Mayor Tara Veer. Veer felt better about having the increase at 15% and said her reluctance came down to the recessed economy and the challenge for downtown retailers. With many different zones in the downtown comes many different rates people can expect to pay. Tara Lodewyk, director of planning services for the City said that rates for the metres and rates for the City’s off-street lots also vary. “They range currently from 80 cents an hour to $1.50 for a half an hour unrestricted, and there’s only a small zone that has that,” she said.

With the 25% variable increase, the maximum amount a person will pay per hour in the City’s higher use areas is $2 per hour. And Lodewyk said that amount will be less per hour in areas that are longer stay or are lower use areas. As an example, an area that is two-hour restricted is currently $1.30 an hour, and with the 25% increase, it would be $1.75. “On something that’s an hour, it’s only going to be $1.25,” she added. Council also passed an increase in parking tickets to $65, with an increase to early paid tickets being $30. “If you come in within 10 days and pay that ticket, we reduce it by $35, so your total ticket would only be $30.” Currently, if a person were to come in and pay their ticket early, it’s $20. The reason for the increases is due to the City’s debentures on the current Sorenson Station. Lodewyk said what the City generates from parking isn’t enough to cover the cost of those debentures. The increased rates will see the parking revenue at $382,000 and the fines revenue at $235,000. The increase will come into effect July 1st.

New Board Members Appointed Red Deer College Board of Governors is pleased to introduce its newest Board members. Dianne Macaulay has lived in central Alberta all of her life. She has three amazing kids and two fabulous rescue dogs. Her support for education and the community has been a focus of her life for many years. Through her work as a Trustee for Red Deer Public Schools she has been on the Healthy Student and F.N.M.I task forces, and assisted with the development of the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity policy.

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She has volunteered with organizations that support women and girls with learning and leading opportunities and that educate and safeguard all Canadians from human trafficking. Emeka Nwachukwu is a Canadian who was born and spent his earlier years in Nigeria. As a professional Project Manager, Emeka works with organizations to address challenges by implementing solutions to meet unique needs of technology, resources, financial constraints and quality using project governance and controls principles. Emeka is passionate about community engagement, poverty and hunger eradication, food security, and children education. Emeka is a resident of Red Deer, where he lives with his wife and three young children, within reach of the prairies, lakes and mountains. P.J. Swales was a student at RDC while representing RDC in the sport of swimming in 1995-96. He went on to obtain a Bachelor of Physical Education degree from the University of Alberta. P.J. returned to RDC joining the Athletics Department and has been instrumental in growing a successful Athletics program. P.J. has been recognized with numerous awards for his work at RDC. He recently obtained a Masters of Arts in Administration with the support of his wife, Carrie, RDC Alumna and OR Nurse. They have three children who are regulars around the College on game day.

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That is a big part of it,” he said. Former paramedic and MLA Fraser, who was originally elected as a PC candidate before leaving the former party, said that he Last week the Alberta Party leadership candidates were at the is not afraid to make the tough decisions and that being elected Black Knight Inn in Red Deer to spread their visions for Alberta. despite the PC Party losing the election shows that he represented Calgary lawyer Kara Levis, Calgary MLA Rick Fraser and former his constituents. “We were able to build 15 new schools in six years as well as Edmonton Mayor Stephen Mandel are all vying for leadership of the centrist party which is looking to make some ground in the the 2-12 interchange,” he said. “We have been able to provide 2019 provincial election. services like health care through the South Health Campus and Mandel said that each candidate is a solid choice for leadership other initiatives there. I have championed those things and now is the time to use my experience in the community and step up of the party. “It is not me versus them. It is us together and we are together and lead a new generation of people who want to see politics trying to build the party as a team. Members of the Alberta Party done differently.” He added it is important to build an econwill vote for one of us and all three of us are omy which includes well educated, healthy fine candidates,” he said. See our video at people. As far as his own leadership campaign goes, Mandel said he left the former Progressive “It is important to have a strong econoConservative party after “The progressive part my, but the economy is not the only issue. .com of the party disappeared. He said it would be Education and health care will always be important to him to balance the budget while issues,” he said. still maintaining services that Albertans need. Fraser added it is important that the Alberta “Being fiscally responsible is not just about cutting things. economy isn’t solely focused on one resource. Albertans want services, good education, good post-secondary “You need to be nimble and you need to make sure you are educations, health care and social programs. We have to have firing on all cylinders. It shouldn’t be about politics. It should be a balance. It is not a matter of telling everyone too bad, we are sustainable policies that go far beyond the politician into future cutting everything. It is a matter of delivering good services, at a generations,” he said. Levis, who previously worked on the Calgarian Ask Her camgood price with an effective government,” he said. He added it is important to him to create a diversified economy paign which encouraged women to run for municipal politics, which includes a revenue-neutral carbon tax which promotes sees herself as carrying on the work that the Alberta Party has been doing. jobs in Alberta. “I think people are concerned about jobs, job stability, long“I don’t have a previous obvious party affiliation so my strength term job stabilization, diversifying the economy and building an is in building communities and bringing people in from the former Albertan economy that isn’t so dependent on carbon products. Progressive Conservative party and bring people in who may have BY TODD COLIN VAUGHAN todd.vaughan@reddeerexpress.com

ALBERTA PARTY - Stephen Mandel, Kara Levis and Rick Fraser are all vying for the leadership of the provincial Alberta Party. Todd Colin Vaughan/Red Deer Express voted NDP last time, but may not choose to again,” she said. “It is about bringing people in who may be disassociated with the political process. That is the value I bring to the race.” Levis said it is important to keep the Alberta Party as a grassroots party. “I think people are starting to realize they are not comfortable with the vision that the United Conservative Party is bringing and they don’t like what they see going on in Edmonton with the NDP,” she said. “That is our opportunity and we are there to be that place for people to come and share their vision for what Alberta should be.” She added Alberta is currently facing a revenue problem regarding non-renewable resources. “We have spent too long relying on non-renewable resource revenues and that really puts a burden on our future generations. I have three little girls and I want to see a sustainable future for Alberta and I think that means we need to look at our revenue mix and the options for bringing in a point of sale, value added tax for Alberta,” she said. The Alberta Party will vote for their new leader on Feb.7, 2018.

Red Deer’s Gord Bontje gives $500,000 to A Better World BY CARLIE CONNOLLY carlie.connolly@reddeerexpress.com

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Local businessman Gord Bontje, founding partner of Laebon Homes, gave $500,000 to A Better World in celebration of his 60th birthday. Last October the organization hosted a special Legacy Circle trip to Kenya and Rwanda in honour of its most dedicated philanthropists. For Bontje, it was a great time for him and around 20 other long-term supporters journeying through Kenya and Rwanda. He also happened to celebrate his 60th birthday at a bush dinner in the Maasai Mara, and attended two school capital project openings sponsored by him and his family. “Kathy and I had the good fortune of being born in a beautiful and free country like Canada where ambition and hard work can be rewarded. We are pleased to share some of that material success with people in the developing world,”

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said Bontje in an email to the Express. Bontje, who has been part of A Better World almost since its beginning, officially opened new classrooms and an administration building at Gilgil Primary School, as well as new classrooms and teachers’ housing within Sekenani Primary School, a newly sponsored school for the organization within the Maasai Mara. “We believe that the best way to help people in the developing world build a strong society is to help with education and health related projects. We thank A Better World Canada for helping us invest our money in a way that helps a lot of people,” he said. The large donation he gave will go towards projects in Kenya, Afghanistan and Rwanda. Through his efforts over 18 years, numerous children are learning in greatly improved conditions and teacher retainment in rural areas has also grown. Medical needs, such as surgeries for the disabled, will also be supported.

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Primary Care Network provides programs to help folks bolster health BY MARK WEBER mark.weber@reddeerexpress.com

If you are planning to better your health in a variety of ways this year, the Primary Care Network provides an array of programs designed to do just that. The Red Deer-based Primary Care Network is a partnership between family doctors and Alberta Health Services. Health professionals such as psychologists, social workers, nurses and pharmacists work in clinics alongside family doctors. Programs offered help to improve access to care, health promotion, chronic disease management and coordination of care as well. “I would recommend that people pick up a copy of the ‘My Year of Change’ booklet at the PCN, or print one out online,” said Lorna Milkovich, executive director. The office is located at 5120 – 47th St. “It helps people to set some priorities in kind of a fun way, because you make a ‘lifestyle bucket list’ for those things that you don’t get around to doing,” she explained. “The idea is to set up one thing for the month, and you figure out what it is you are going to do. You then check in with yourself,” she said. Often, the tendency is to ‘overdo’ distinct changes that folks try to incorporate into their lives to better their health. Thus, the relatively high drop-out rate from gyms just a few weeks after making that firm New Year’s Resolution, for example. “I read somewhere that by January 13th you have finished with your New Year’s Resolution,” she added with a laugh. “So now it’s time to make your real New Year’s Resolution; it’s time to work on your lifestyle bucket list. That’s what we highly recommend,” she said, adding that by eating well, exercising and quitting smoking, about 80% of chronic disease would be eliminated. “So there really is so much that is right within our control.”

Meanwhile, the PCN offers many series of sessions that help guide participants to healthier lifestyles, such as Health Basics, Happiness Basics and Anxiety to Calm programs. There’s also a five-week program aimed at helping participants with various sleeping problems. Programs about dealing with grief, relationship issues and chronic pain are also available. Health Basics remains one of the more popular programs, focusing on eating well, weight control and exercise. “It’s positive and it’s empowering - it’s a lifestyle program, and can really help people get going on those things,” she said, adding it’s suitable for those dealing with weight issues, high blood pressure and/or diabetes for example. A reminder - folks can refer themselves to these programs. They no longer need a doctor to do so on their behalf. “The other cool thing about that is that you can bring a friend.” And looking ahead, the PCN is also hosting the 2018 Red Deer PCN Women’s Fun Run which is set for May. To that end, there are some activities planned to help participants prepare for the main event like the online ‘Hawaii Trek’ which was launched recently, but folks can sign up for it anytime. “We’ll keep it open right up until the Fun Run,” she said, adding that participants, via their recorded steps, can see their progress around the Hawaiian Island. On Feb. 11th, together with Bower Ponds, staff from the PCN is also hosting a little Olympic event in the early afternoon. “Dr. Kerri Johnstone is leading a walk/run around the pond and there will be prizes,” she said, adding there will also be a scavenger hunt, skating and hot chocolate to enjoy. Also coming up is a Health Cafe on ‘Beating the Winter Blues’ at the PCN office on Feb. 26th at 1:30 p.m. For complete details and more information, check out www.reddeerpcn.com.

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hit in the past, and they allow folks to really connect with the visiting writers as well. On the musical side, the Laren Steppler Band drops in on March 24th. “The concept of ‘up close and personal’ is there as well - you get the chance to chat (what the artists) afterwards,” she explained. A number of clubs are also held at the Golden Circle, including the Photography Club, Horseshoes Club, the Socrates Cafe (a philosophical discussion group) and the Red Deer Art Club. Support groups are also an important part of what the Golden Circle provides members and the community at large with as well. The Asperger Support Group is set up for people living with Asperger’s. This group meets the first Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. at the Golden Circle. Family members supporting people with Asperger’s meet the third Thursday of the month, with

Golden Circle continues to expand programming

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Staff and volunteers at the Golden Circle continue to develop and expand programming to reach more folks across the region. From fitness programs, musical concerts, Thursday evening dances, various support groups to all kinds of opportunities to learn brand new skills - there is much to explore, said Monica Morrison, executive director. In terms of bolstering one’s fitness, there is the Sit and Be

Fit program, the Zumba Gold Fitness Class, the Stretch, Flex & Strengthen program, the Move & Groove 50+ Fitness just to name a few. There are also six yoga classes to choose from as well. “We are really focusing on physical well-being,” she added. “You’ve got to keep the body moving - it’s so important. I can’t stress how important it is.” Something new heading in 2018 is a drumming circle, the next session of which runs Feb. 14th. “We did one before Christmas,

and we had over 30 people,” said Morrison, adding a few dates are set aside over the coming months as well. “It’s a way of communicating, it’s an exercise format as well. Apparently there is also something about just getting together through music. It’s very therapeutic,” she added. Also relatively new and popular are ‘Meet the Author’ events. The next one coming up is on Jan. 30th, and will feature Lori Feldberg of Wetaskiwin and Red Deer’s own Miji Campbell. These events have proven a

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‘Make Some Time’ encourages mental health discussion at RDC

The timing of the event is key as well, with that post-Christmas slump and darkened winter days often exacerbating ‘the blues’, he said. Red Deer College is encouraging students Various prizes will be awarded for sharing to start an online conversation through Make these thoughts throughout the week. This is a Some Time, which started Jan. 22nd, on how Red Deer College campaign and will lead into they maintain a healthy balance. the RBC sponsored Alberta Colleges Athletic The week will be packed with all kinds of activ- Conference (ACAC) campaign, ‘Make Some ities and special events to encourage students to Noise for Mental Health’, on Jan. 27th. build a balanced, healthy schedule in their lives. ‘Movies for Mental Health’ runs at the “Red Deer College offers several programs and Welikoklad Event Centre Jan. 24th, which feaactivities that help complement students’ busy tures four short films, and a panel of speakers academic schedules. Campus Recreation hosts including two students who will share their mena variety of activities and the RDC Students’ tal health journey. There will also be pizza and Association plans a lot of fun events including beverages which will be provided free of cost. several mental health initiatives throughout the On Jan. 25th, there will be nutrition tables and year that contribute to a well-rounded college therapy dogs at the RDC residence. Nutritious experience,” said Steve Lane, associate vice-pres- snacks will be provided starting at 8 a.m. and ident academic, research and student affairs. therapy dogs will be in the Residence Tower “RDC offers resources and services to students hallways from noon to 2 p.m. On Jan. 26th there will be Disney movies and that support their mental health. The Counselling and Career Centre provides free resources to snacks in the living room from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. those who want help in creating a balanced including movies, fort building and snacks. life schedule and finding healthy On Jan. 27th, ‘Make Some Noise file photo ways to manage the challenges.” for Mental Health is running. From Jan. 22nd to 27th, Make Some Noise for Mental RDC students will have the Health is an Alberta Colleges opportunity to discuss Athletic Conference (ACAC) campaign to methods of coping with promote mental health stress using the hashtag #MakeSomeTimeRDC awareness on campuses. on RDC social media. RBC is a presenting part“It’s one of those colner, and the campaign is laborative events where endorsed by the Canadian a number of people will Mental Health Association be involved,” said Lane of (CMHA) in Alberta. the week’s activities. “It also Folks are also invited to culminates with some athletics enjoy some exciting RDC volat the end of the week to try and leyball and basketball action while help ‘make some noise’ in order to try showing their support for mental health and help stigmatize mental health (issues) and initiatives as well. that type of thing,” he added. Register online for a chance to win a $250 gift “That’s the overall goal, to try and put together card to the Campus Store provided by RBC, who a week of events and activities that help to make will choose the winner after the event. RBC will people more willing to speak out or seek help provide pizza prizes for select attendees during and to try and raise awareness around mental the basketball games in the RDC Main Gym. health for everybody. It’s also about creating an ‘We have a lot of young people who are moving environment where those who are suffering from from adolescence into adulthood, and there is a anxiety or depression can reveal that to someone lot of change going on and a lot of things coming and seek some help.” at them,” said Lane. BY MARK WEBER mark.weber@reddeerexpress.com


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is the new me ‘If it does not challenge you it will not change you’ is a common phrase you will hear when you’re at an Orange Theory Fitness workout. When I first moved to Red Deer in April of last year, I decided I wanted a change from the typical everyday gym workout. I wanted a challenge. I decided to give Orange Theory a try, and let me tell you, I was quite intimidated when I went into the class for the first time, as the trainer listed off some of the things I should know. That intimidation quickly left as I began my workout and started on my now, almost one-year fitness adventure. The workout is quite unique in that it uses a heart rate monitor to track your progress and keep you in a target zone. Your name appears up on the screen above you while you are working out, and the key is to get in that orange zone. Without going into depth into the science of it all, it’s a great workout and anybody can do it. Yes, it’s challenging and very high intensity, but there are modifications throughout the one-hour that can be done by everybody and anybody. Little did I know that first day when I walked into the studio that it would change my life for the better. The motivating question that’s often asked is, ‘What do you burn for?’ That question really resonates with me, as many of us burn for so many different reasons. We could burn for our health, to prepare for our wedding day or simply for eating that slice of pizza when we get home. For me, I burn for my anxiety and my health. I can honestly say that once I set foot in that studio, my stresses from the day melt away, and I’m able to focus on the challenges of the class. Even though some days I’m sore and don’t necessarily burn as many calories as I would like after the class, I feel better, healthier

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and stronger than I did the day before. The workout is also never boring. You switch between the treadmill, rower and floor for weight exercises, and every day is a new day. The exercises change daily and the music is never the same. The one thing that doesn’t change is the constant encouragement and motivation from the coaches. There is also that sense of accomplishment, as the coaches often ask you to high five the person next to you. I’ve never considered myself the most fittest woman in the world,

but boy does Orange Theory make me feel fit. I’m happy to say that I can now do push-ups without falling over and burpees with ease. I’ll be approaching my 100th class pretty soon and it’s been great to look back at the progress I’ve made. Orange Theory has helped me realize I don’t need to do those fad diets and I can still eat what I want while looking and feeling great. I look forward to those days after work where I can go and get a good workout in. I’ve also convinced my man to come along for the ride with me, and it’s nice to have that extra motivation!

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Fitness in Red Deer has laid out some tips for those who are expecting and still want to get a good workout in. The first thing a woman should do is get a doctor’s check. “A lot of times the symptoms of a bad pregnancy might not be on the surface,” said Wheeler, adding that even though people may feel ideal, it’s important to go to the doctor first, and also post-pregnancy, to get checked. He said when it comes to working out while pregnant, there isn’t a whole lot to adjust, but that women need to listen to their bodies a lot more. “You just have to understand your body is not the same as

it was, and you just have to be able to listen to it. “There are some things that pregnant women need to do when they’re exercising to make sure that they’re healthy, that the baby’s healthy and that recovery is key.” Wheeler said a woman needs to understand that her recovery will almost be twice as long as when she wasn’t pregnant. This doesn’t mean, however, that they have to cut their exercise in half; they just need to be mindful of taking that time to recover. “The body might be a little more sore, it might need a little bit more sleep, and you might need a little

bit more in calories,” he said. When it comes to the exercise part, women should tone down or eliminate high-intensity exercises, especially in the second and third trimester. According to Wheeler, some big no’s when you’re exercising are no jumping, no laying flat on your back or stomach and reducing or eliminating high-intensity exercises. “What we mean by that is to keep your heart rate what we consider less than 70 per cent.” He added that 70 per cent is a number they come up with called the maximal heart rate number, a percentage of the number 220 minus your age, which is 100 per cent. “Pregnant women should keep it below 70 per cent of that number,” said Wheeler. Something also to keep in mind, Wheeler said, is that it’s important to remember your body is still strong, it’s just different. “Exercising while pregnant is fantastic for the woman, it’s fantastic for the baby and it’s really good for post-pregnancy recovery.” If women exercise during and after their pregnancies, it can help the heart and lungs. It can also give women an increased appetite and make their muscles stronger. For Wheeler at his own facility, he has clients train with him up until their doctors tell them not to. “The longer we can have our pregnant clients in the gym, the better before birth, and we notice that the closer they can exercise until their due date the faster they come back into the gym, and they’re back to 100 per cent in no time.” Wheeler said any time a woman is going to go through a traumatic experience, the more healthy they are, the better. Especially since the pregnancy process can be a ‘muscular trauma’ for women. “The stronger that their muscles are, especially their cardiovascular muscles, their heart, their lungs and their circulatory system, the better.”

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As the world takes another trip around the It is a wonderfully simple architectural elsun, we are subject to endless lists of what ement to add â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;coolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; to just about any space. was on the top in 2017 and what is going to Terra cotta has also been declared as an esrock our world in 2018. sential design element, so the aforementioned The predictions are in and colours like deep brick works in nicely with that statement. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m sure they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mean run out and buy violet and an intense yellowy teal are suddenly everywhere as we scramble to trend dress our some dollar store pots or a chia pet but soon homes to be as â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;inâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; as possible but before you you will be seeing some artistic products run out and start renovating; here are a few made in terra cotta because it has been deitems that have made it back on the charts for clared! Interesting side tables and yard sculptures 2018 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; you may already have these elements in your home! which can be used indoors will be debutI know some of my past clients sure do and ing soon at a local design store and watch I remember decorating often with some of for flooring in brick and terra cotta shades these elements. to begin to dominate in newer homes and show homes. Remember that expensive shower you installed in 2004? While you are considering Kim Good news! Architectural terra cotta brick pavers, keep in Wyse Digest has declared that glass mind the multitude of patterns that can be successfully laid out block is cool again! Can I get an amen? Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m sure with a standard 3x6 or 4x8 brick those of you who have the thouor faux brick tile. sands of dollars invested will be Herringbone is also on the extremely happy that you no trendspotting list and it is the longer have to consider ripping pattern to watch for, especially in hardwood flooring. apart your custom walk-in showI know somewhere out there er; you might get away with a is a client jumping for joy who paint update and a new shower invested in extra installation lafloor installation - perhaps in brick. bour and at least 30% more prodBrick is on the scene for 2018, personally uct to get this desired look who now doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t I have been using and designing with it for have to worry that her floor is out of date. However you approach 2018 and no matyears and have not gotten tired of the beauty ter where you search for design trends, rest of this product. The warm, amber tones and the reminiscent assured that something you already have in feel to older buildings has always captured my your home is back on the top 20 countdown. attention and now the powers that be have This is the perfect way to preserve that pair declared it â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;a mustâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; have for 2018. of shoes from the 90â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s that you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seem to We are going back to old school, terra cotta part with or to point out elements in your brick which is now hip for walls, floors, ceil- home that have been there all along which ings, backsplashes and fireplaces. You donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t are now on trend. have to look far in the design world to see all Kim Wyse is a Central Alberta freelance dekinds of brick and faux brick for just about signer. Find her on facebook at â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Ask a Realtor/ any application. Ask a Designerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;.

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A look at early automobiles in Red Deer

Red Deer 100 years ago was a grim place. The First World War had been raging since the summer of 1914. The loss of life amongst the local young men fighting overseas was horrific. Many of those who came home returned with severe injuries to their minds, as well as their bodies. Consequently, a special soldiers’ hospital was opened on the East Hill in the old Alberta Ladies College. Surprisingly, there was one bright spot during those hard times. That was the enormous growth in the popularity of automobiles in the community and the establishment of Red Deer’s first car dealerships. There were a number of reasons why automobile ownership flourished during the War years. First, just as there were astonishing losses of human life overseas, the losses of horses, the main means of transportation, were also truly horrendous. If soldiers seemed to be treated as little more than ‘cannon fodder’ in the battlefields, that was even truer when it came to horses. The military increasingly scrambled to secure replacements, dubbed ‘remounts’. Supply could not keep up with demand, even in agricultural heartlands such as Central Alberta. Prices consequently soared. As the price of horses jumped, the cost of purchasing an automobile seemed less daunting. Many other supplies and equipment fell into short supply as they were diverted to the War effort. Rationing became common. However, the centre of the developing automobile industry was in the northern United States. Hence, the supply of cars for the domestic market remained strong, at least until the latter part of 1917 when the

EARLY WHEELS - Car on the west end of Ross Street by the intersection with 51st Ave. (view shows the north side of the street), 1919. Red Deer Archives P3299 U.S. finally entered the War. Moreover, the Red Deer and Central Alberta economy was agriculture-based. The demands of the War drove up the prices of virtually all food stuffs and livestock, not just horses. Also, 1915 brought one of the biggest harvests in history and the succeeding years were pretty good as well. C onsequently, farmers had lots to sell at ever increasing prices. Their incomes took a big jump. Automobiles became increasingly affordable. Cars had been around for a few years before the start of the War. The very first local car was a Cadillac M, purchased by A.E. Short of Pine Lake. The first car in Red Deer was a McLaughlin Buick, purchased by Dr. Richard Parsons in May 1909.

By the spring of 1912, there were 55 cars in Red Deer. The Red Deer Automobile Club was formed in April. Meanwhile, Ivan Greene opened the first garage in Red Deer in 1910 in the old Methodist Church on Blowers (51) St. H a r v e y Bawtintheimer started the Alberta Garage on Alexander (48) St. in 1911. A major part of his business was providing winter storage of cars as the early automobiles were rarely the equal to the challenges of an Albertan winter. In 1916, Edward Michener, in partnership with his brother Norman, decided to start Red Deer’s first full automobile dealership, selling Chevrolet cars. The new firm, Michener Brothers, initially operated out of the old Hepworth-Trimble

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NEW BUSINESS - Red Deer Mayor Tara Veer and other local dignitaries helped Lowe’s with their offical opening on Jan. 18th. The Mayor said the opening is a strong signal of an improving local economy. Todd Colin Vaughan/Red Deer Express BY TODD COLIN VAUGHAN todd.vaughan@reddeerexpress.com

Lowe’s held their official grand opening in Red Deer and according to Mayor Tara Veer, the opening is a sign of a positive economic shift in the region. “Certainly with the announcement of CFR this weekend; the expansion plans that came before the Municipal Planning Commission this week; and of course the grand opening of a major retailer in our commu-

nity — these are all signals of confidence in our local economy and an imminent return to growth years once again,” Veer said. The 103,600 sq. ft. building in south Red Deer comes with an initial investment from Lowe’s of $23 million, which goes towards the construction of the building, as well as the stocking of over 40,000 items. The new retailer has created 128 permanent jobs, as well as 40 seasonal jobs which will come available in the spring.

Lowe’s also began there tenure in Red Deer with a donation of $5,000 to the Central Alberta Women’s Emergency Shelter. “Not only is it a great cause, but the team in our store decided on the Central Alberta Women’s Emergency Shelter as our charitable donation,” Store Manager Cole Cooper said. “We held a ballot and the store did the vote on it. It wasn’t the decision of the few, it was the decision of the whole.” Cooper added the store is also given a grant annually to invest

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tax rates are competitive. “We have one of the most favourable rates in the province. It is important to do that if we are going to provide incentives and retain existing businesses,” she said. Cooper added, “Thank you very much to the people of Red Deer for allowing us to open our location. We are really excited to provide an option for customer service and to provide an option for home improvement.”

City sells former RCMP building, land to province Construction of a new courthouse in Red Deer is one step closer to reality after the Province purchased the former downtown RCMP building and adjacent land at 4811 49th St. from The City this week. The Province has earmarked the land for a new Justice Centre with 12 courtrooms to serve Central Alberta. They will officially take possession of the property, which includes nine parcels of land, on Feb. 1st. The move comes after many years of council advocacy for a new facility after Red Deer and the region outgrew the current one. “The sale of this site reinforces our ongoing efforts to enhance safety in Red Deer by strengthening the court’s ability to uphold charges and obtain justice for victims of crime,” said Mayor Tara Veer. “Community safety is top of mind

for The City of Red Deer and its citizens, and advocacy for a new courthouse has been one of many strategies. The City has been holding this municipal land for many years with the hope it would be the future site of the Red Deer Justice Centre. Today’s decision has been many years in the making and is welcome news.” Alberta Infrastructure is currently in the pre-design phase of the project with plans to demolish the former RCMP building in late 2018/ early 2019. Construction is expected to begin in fall 2019. With the sale of this property, parking lot P5 & 5B located between 48 and 49 St. beside Sorensen Station will close. Signage will be posted in advance of the closure, and drivers are encouraged to visit www.reddeer.ca for other parking options. -Connolly

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JoJo Mason heads to Bo’s on Jan. 29th

ON THE RISE - On the heels of last year’s record Both Sides of The Bar, JoJo Mason is heading to Bo’s on Jan. 29th with the James Barker Band. BY MARK WEBER mark.weber@reddeerexpress.com

On the heels of last year’s record Both Sides of The Bar and his recent single Edge of the Night, JoJo Mason is heading to Bo’s on Jan. 29th with the James Barker Band. “I wanted people to see me. There are really so many different aspects of this album that represent me, and I don’t think we could have captured it any more perfectly than we did. There’s good, there’s fun, there is sad - the title track is also a true experience that I went through.” As a bartender, Mason had

seen a regular customer who always seemed like a happy guy. But one day, he came in with the weight of the world on his shoulders. Mason lent a listening ear, and the fellow returned a few days later telling him what a profound difference that time of conversation had made in his life. Mason said it was one of the most emotional experiences of his life. And it’s that kind of authenticity that shines through at every moment as the project unfolds. Hailing from Regina, Mason spent most of his early years playing hockey on ice rinks and

frozen lakes. And according to his bio, with the opportunity of a successful career in the sport, he relocated to Victoria, B.C. in 2004 to play at the junior ranks. But this pursuit suddenly came to a halt after suffering a herniated disk. But a gift for music was to be his true calling. “One thing I had always wanted to do growing up was to sing in a talent show. I had zero confidence - it was something else,” he recalls with a laugh. “I had no idea what was cool, either. “I sang in the shower, I sang in my car - and that was it. I would never sing in front of anybody!

But I always wanted to.” Fast forward to a pivotal evening in Vancouver. Mason had emerged from a dark time in life, and had relocated from Victoria to Vancouver. At one point a friend invited him to a Christmas party (he was reluctant to attend) and he unexpectedly struck up a conversation with Dan Swinimer of Manicdown Music. Swinimer was looking for a singer to connect with a group of musicians he had put together, and was also struck by Mason’s charisma and vibrant personality. ”He asked me if I had ever

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sang for anyone before, and I said, well, I’ve sang in the shower. And I sing in my car. So does that count? We kept chatting and when I was about to leave, he said, ‘I want to give you my card’.” Mason called him the next day. And the rest is history. “I knew it would be fun, and fun it has certainly been. We’ve been working together ever since. It’s the most bizarre story!” He went on to release his first single It’s All Good in June of 2015, and the tune was the number one most added song at radio in its first and third weeks of release, an accomplishment

that has never before been achieved by an independent artist’s debut single in Canadian radio history. Mason’s second breezy, instantly infectious single titled Good Kinda Love was released later that year and also hit the ground running. It was the number one most added song its first week, debuted at #42 on the charts and eventually became Mason’s second Top 10 hit. Ultimately, Mason’s music is about having fun, appreciating life and sharing stories. It is passionately country, but with no fear of a deep groove, fresh lyric or original melody. Fast forward to 2017, Mason now has four Top 20 singles under his belt and has released his highly anticipated debut album Both Sides Of The Bar. “I get to record with one of my best friends,” he said of Swinimer. “He’s been my guy, my number one - he’s taken me from what I was to where I am now. I give him a ton of credit for it. I truly believe I wouldn’t be where I am, in every aspect of my life, without him. He’s one of those guys you really, really value.” His slickly-produced, superb latest single Something To Wrap My Heart Around was his highest charting single, peaking at number eight on the Canadian Country Charts and quickly became a crowd favourite at his live shows. “There is nothing better than seeing fans sing your songs back to you - it’s something! It means something to me. I will never in my entire life take it for granted,” he said. “I wouldn’t trade any of it for anything. I’ve had some crazy things happen in my life, and a lot of hard lessons learned in my life. But I feel like I’ve grown so much in the past three years as a musician and as a man and a person; as a boyfriend and a son. I also feel like I’ve grown exponentially past what I had ever thought I could be. “I’m so much more happy now than I think I have ever been. As much stress that there can be that comes along with it, I wouldn’t give it up for anything.”


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James Barker Band is ‘Game On’ BY CARLIE CONNOLLY carlie.connolly@reddeerexpress.com

Canadian country group the James Barker Band is heading to Red Deer later this month on their Game On tour. The group was in Red Deer last summer when they toured with Canadian country star Dean Brody. The group’s debut EP Game On was released last April, and came out on the heels of their popular song releases of Long Chair Lazy, Just Sayin’ and Chills. “It had a pretty diverse sound because we’ve been working on so many different things at the same time. I think each song sounds different, but they all sound like the James Barker Band at the same time,” said band member James Barker. The Ontario-based group met through different circles in the music world. “Connor and I actually met when we were 16 when we were

at a band camp, and so we started playing together right away.” Barker said he met the other two, Bobby and Taylor, through playing the bar circuit in Ontario, as they were playing in different bands. “We met up that way and found out we could go out on tour without killing each other and said, ‘Well, we better start a band’.” For Barker himself, his transition into music began with playing the fiddle when he was just four-years-old. His mother, too, was a big influence, as she was a guitar player and singer/songwriter. “From that age on that’s all I wanted to do. My biggest goal in life was to get to Nashville. I remember wanting to go there and move there when I was 16 and my parents wouldn’t let me, but this has really been all I ever wanted to do,” he said. Flash forward to today. The dream has come true for Barker

GAME ON - Country group the James Barker Band are heading to Red Deer’s Bo’s Bar & Grill Jan. 29th. as the group splits their time between their home province of Ontario and Nashville. Their latest track, Good Together will be released Jan. 19th, a song that’s more along the romantic side of things. “There’s so many things that

encompass country music, things that go good together like beer and chicken wings, that most people in other genres probably wouldn’t understand what we’re talking about,” said Barker. He added that these things can often be metaphors for re-

lationships. When it comes to the group’s musical influences, it’s a wide range. For Barker, one of his first influences was George Strait, a legend in the country music world. Nowadays, his influences come

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from the likes of Eric Church and Keith Urban, all the way over to Led Zeppelin and the Arctic Monkeys. The group is currently on tour and will be heading out to Red Deer’s Bo’s Bar & Grill on Jan. 29th.

Central Alberta Theatre’s latest offers lots of laughs BY MARK WEBER mark.weber@reddeerexpress.com

Central Alberta Theatre’s latest production, Unnecessary Farce, packs in lots of laughs and delightful ‘mayhem’ as it courses along, buoyed by an exceptional cast. The action never lets up from the get-go in this engaging comedy, currently onstage at the Black Knight Inn through to Feb. 10th. Superbly directed by Alexandra Taylor, the play, which was penned by Paul Slade Smith, revolves around a couple of hilarious cops (Perry Mill and Tara Rorke) in a crazy plan to pin a certain crime on the mayor (Brock Beal) by watching him via video from another hotel room. But wait! Enter a mysterious Scottish hitman (Connor Lee), an accountant with a penchant for disrobing (Rachelle McComb) and the hilarious Agent Frank (Keenan Martz) and there is indeed lots of fun to go around. Rounding out the cast is Kirstin Merriman as Mary Meekly, the

mayor’s wife who has a few surprises up her own sleeve as well. This is one of the best, fastest moving, snappiest CAT dinner theatre plays I’ve seen in awhile. Taylor has done a fabulous job with her talented cast - Mills and Rorke particularly shine as the likable duo of cops who constantly find themselves tangled in all sorts of wacky situations as they try in vain to nab their guy and see justice somehow served. Honestly, Rorke is just terrific as Billie Dwyer, eager to make her mark as a young, newly-minted officer. Rorke is a master of comic timing, fabulous expression, and at bringing the utmost of focus and dedication to her role, which has some of the best lines and loads of physical comedy to boot. The same can be said for Mills - perfectly cast at Erik Sheridan. Like Rorke, he’s just got this tremendous knack for crackling comedy - from the way he delivers his lines to the spectrum of emotions he can show as the plot unfolds. Every time I see Mills in any given show, he just gets better and better - the confidence is growing as is the strength of every single performance he tackles in any given production.

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Also outstanding are Beal - who apparently joined the cast later on, and McComb who truly sparkles in a role that offers her loads of opportunities to show her genuinely funny abilities as a comic actress as well. Martz, Lee and Merriman also turn in solid and genuinely funny performances, rounding out a nicely balanced blend of skills and talents reflected as the production unfolds. Although it all melds together really well from singular performances to overall production, I know pulling off a comedy like this - complete with characters zipping around the set in any number of zany situations - is no small feat. Kudos to Taylor for crafting such a great, engaging show. There is a real sharp chemistry amongst the cast as well - it’s obvious they had a lot of fun bringing it all together, and even on preview night it sparkled. Surprisingly, the only lags came in the second act - but they were small, and I’m sure will be quickly ironed out as time moves on. Again, it’s great to leave a show feeling you’ve been treated to a fun, extremely well-written production that brims with energy and wit from the get-go. For ticket information, check out www.blackknightinn.com.

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Control your ‘tense’ for real change in life You may be thinking my spell checker got me - but hang in there! My English teacher would be proud of what I am about to try and explain. You see, I am a big fan of self-observation and learning. I am nearly always too self-critical, and I get that, but I am clear that I need to always be learning, so I read and listen to audio books as well as other people smarter than me. I have several coaches for different areas of my life, and I am a firm believer that the things that we say to ourselves and others matter. To that end, I am speaking about ‘self talk’ today, and specifically what ‘tense’ we use. Let me explain. I want you to say to yourself a few different phrases, and then we are going to change them up and see how that alters things. I want you to picture a way of being that matters to you. Since I am writing this about health and fitness, I will use that for the example. “I will be healthy someday.”

How does that feel? I mean, it’s ok. It has some ‘hope’ sprinkled in there. Let’s try another tense: “I was healthy.” Oof. That one really feels sad to me, like the loss of a friend. That one used to hit me hard after my crash, all busted up and 25 lbs overweight. It really upset me to say that. It made me feel weak, small, sad. Now, let’s try present tense. “I AM healthy”. OK, maybe you are thinking, “Yes, but that isn’t true for me right now, I have (insert whole list of evidence why you don’t feel you are healthy)”. What if you add that present tense sentence element to the choices in your life. For example, someone asks you to join them in an unhealthy, calorie-laden, sugary drink. “No thanks, maybe another time. The

thing is I am being healthy.” We cannot change the past. It’s done. you can celebrate it, mourn it or whine By placing it in the present tense, Go ahead and close your eyes, con- about it, but it will not change anything. right now, it has power. centrate really hard and change what It’s done. If you were to say: “I you ate or did yesterday. Any luck? If Anything you should have, or could will be healthy (later)” you you figure this out, you will change have done matters not. might choose to have that the world! The future is also amazing and great! 350 calorie drink and ‘start In the same way, close your eyes and And it is full of variables that you are tomorrow’ on that healthy change what you will eat or a workout not yet aware of. I am a huge believer meal plan. That is indeed you want to do next week. of goals, and plans and intentions, I mean, you can change your plans, for they are magic and affect what where the trouble is found. Let’s try another example. and you can set up a goal, but you really matters most. Try this one: “I was awe- cannot change it yet. You might end This moment, right now. You can some.” Kind of sad, hey? up on a surprise trip to Manitoba next make a great decision, a supportive Like the good old days are week, and whatever you just thought decision, one that moves you closer gone, never to return. Now about cannot possibly happen. to your goal! The present - right now - this is the try: “I will be awesome.” You can say YES to a great workout or I like that better, there’s that dusting only place of power. Where choices a healthy meal, or a glass of water, a good of hope, but possibly a risk of procras- matter and you can make a difference. night’s sleep or time with family. You tination as in. Right now. Eckhart Tolle wrote a great can say no, yes, maybe or anything you “I will be awesome later, but right book called The Power of Now. like in this moment - ‘I am awesome.’ ‘I am relentless in the pursuit of my now, not-so-much.” The past is great. Whether it was Summer Camp it Guide parents and’ ‘I am amazing. 1/8 HORIZONTAL $ Great, let’s do the present tense: “I Our horrific or brilliant, madegives you who goals, ’ ‘I(4am’ - whoever 6.7” x 2.5” x 35) children the opportunity to explore their many am awesome!” NOW we are talking! you are, and got you here. you want to be. options for summer fun well in advance. 1/8 VERTICAL This one has the most power! The It shaped your life and everything Scott McDermott is a personal train$ 3.3” X 5” (2 X 70) Aaround special you pull out will be inserted in the Red owner of Best Body Fitness in most potential! for feature better or worse. Each er and st Deer Wednesday, February 21 . Here’s the deal. twistExpress and turn created this reality and Sylvan Lake. 1/4 HORIZONTAL $

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Readers say “Cancer patients deserve better”

Several weeks ago I wrote that Canada’s Federal Minister of Health had announced $100 million would be available to fight the opioid crisis. In addition, it would now be easier for addicts in treatment centers to obtain heroin. But I argued there was no such easy access to heroin for terminal cancer patients in agony. I’ve received tons of mail from angry readers. From E.D. “I watched my father die a horrible death due to cancer. He lost all dignity, begged doctors for heroin, as morphine did not help. A vet of the Korean war should not have suffered this way.” J.F., an English nurse, says, “When I came to Canada I couldn’t believe heroin was not available. I was told my patients might get addicted. I thought they were joking as these patients only had a few days to live. You are right, not all lunatics are in the asylum.” Another nurse comments, “I trained in a psychiatric hospital where drug users were sent. Most addicts relapse and often tell you they just wanted a warm place for a few weeks. Safe injection sites are wrong and addicts should be sent to northern

Canada to get over their addiction.” From an ex-military man, “I’m appalled that self-inflicted wounds are rewarded and not punished. To add insult to injury I’m paying for it.” D.S. replies, “Boy, did you hit the nail on the head! It blows my mind how the minister of health can spend millions on the opioid crisis when many cases are self-inflicted. I too am enraged that heroin is not available for cancer patients.” From Sault Ste. Marie, ‘Thanks for having the balls to say what is so apparent to any sensible observer. The biggest crowd on Main Street is in front of the methadone clinic! Send them to boot camp for six weeks to cure their addiction!” D. J., from Victoria B.C., replies, “Absolutely loved your column and wish our country had more outspoken doctors like you. It was criminal how my partner had to suffer when addicts are so babied and coddled. Please keep pounding away on these knuckle heads and the so-called politically correct people.” Another reader had this ironic comment, “Our medical system has gone mad giving free drugs

to addicts. Programs such as AA are available to alcoholics. Hopefully we won’t make the same mistake and start giving free liquor to them!” Some readers wrote it was the first time they had ever answered a column, but this one rang a bell. Others were so annoyed they said they would lock up these politicians and toss away the key. A few readers thought I should have more empathy for addicts. Didn’t I realize that some doctors had over-prescribed these painkillers and bore much of the blame for the opioid epidemic? Others believed the solution could be solved by more treatment centers to fight the epidemic. But it was obvious from the volume of letters received that politicians were not in tune with the general mood of the nation on this issue. Taxpayers resented money being spent on addicts, when so much was needed in other health areas. Many sent congratulations for stirring the pot. Other readers wished to send money so I could once again fight for the legalization of medical

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use of heroin for pain. But 38 years ago several hundred thousand dollars were required from readers before heroin was finally legalized in 1984. It was a tiring and hard-fought battle. It was followed by the frustration of seeing the use of heroin strangled by asinine bureaucratic red tape. It was a battle won and a war lost. I will never forgive those who fought me and lied about the benefit of heroin. I hope they, if suffering from pain one day, will understand the suffering they needlessly caused patients over the years. So my sincere thanks to those who offered financial help. Now it’s too onerous a task for me to attempt again. But I do admit that if I were younger I would fight this idiocy again. For more information, go online to docgiff. com. For comments, email info@docgiff.com.

Mustard Seed gets support again from PCN Women’s Fun Run

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The PCN Women’s Fun Run is back for another year, and The Mustard Seed is benefiting for the second year in a row as the charitable partner. Since its launch in 2012, the Women’s Fun Run has had close to 6,000 women cross the finish

line. From a two-month-old in a stroller to 94-year-old Marnie Moore, all ages have participated. Over $50,000 has been donated to local charities, with just over $20,000 being raised for The Mustard Seed last year. “We really rely on the support and the funds from the community, so it’s really crucial,” said Byron Bradley, managing

director for The Mustard Seed in Central Alberta. Val Jensen, race director and event coordinator for the run, said they chose to support The Mustard Seed again, “Because of the need in the community, because it’s for children and if we can get children being active at a young age, that’s our goal.” Jensen added that the run saw

1,200 ladies come out last year, and she’d love to see this year hit 2,000. “Here in Red Deer we have a big homelessness situation, we have a lot of vulnerable citizens, and The Mustard Seed coming in taking over Loaves and Fishes will have a huge impact on that,” she said. The funds raised from the Run

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The Red Deer College Kings put in a tidy bit of work on Saturday, beating the Briercrest College Clippers 95-72. The win comes a day after the Kings beat the Clippers 94-67, both games coming on the RDC home court. On Saturday, the game was decided in the first half — with the Kings running up the score to over 20, despite not shooting the three-ball very well. “We did enough to win. There were a lot of things I would have liked to see us do better,” Kings Coach Clayton Pottinger said. The second half was a different affair for the Kings, who struggled shooting the ball and locking down on defence.

“We turned the ball over a lot in the second half and we let our intensity down once we opened up the 20 plus point lead. That is something we have to work on,” Pottinger said. Following a few defensive lapses, the Kings took a timeout to right the ship. Pottinger said his team didn’t respond the way he would have hoped. “I thought for the most part there was no response. In fact we ended up losing the second half by six or seven points,” he said. Pottinger wasn’t worried, however, about his team shooting three for 18, 16.7%, behind the arc. “We take the shots that come to us. Tonight we didn’t shoot the three that well but other nights we have shot it a lot better,” he said. Forward Eric Bakker won player of the game after notching 16 points on five out of nine shooting and grabbing nine boards.

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“Eric has been a model of consistency for us all season,” Pottinger said. “He is always shooting a good percentage and rebounding the ball.” Rebounding is clearly a strength for the Kings, especially for newcomer Daniel Powell. “On the defensive boards, he is a monster. He had 18 rebounds today, 15 of those being defensive rebounds. Yesterday he had 17, so 35 rebounds is a serious weekend’s worth of work,” Pottinger said. The Kings are now on a four-game win streak heading into a crucial part of their season. “The teams we have to beat in order to establish a playoff position are coming up here on our schedule,” Pottinger said. “That is going to be Olds, Ambrose, SAIT and Medicine Hat. We have to continue to play together and we need to continue to feature our top guys and what they can do.

“The main thing we need to do is defend a bit better, which is something we haven’t done in the first half of the year.” Meanwhile, the Red Deer College Queens grabbed two wins from Briercrest as well. The Queens won a tight one on Friday 71-70 and then followed that up with another tight 63-56 contest on Saturday. Coach Ken King said his team competed hard on Saturday. “We struggled against the zone and weren’t able to do what we wanted to do with some empty possessions but overall, having to compete for 40 minutes to win a game and come out on top, it gives you a lot of lessons you can learn positives from,” he said. Both the Kings and Queens head to Olds to play the Grizzlies on Thursday, before returning home to play the same Grizzlies on Jan. 27th.

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Rebels lose 13th straight against Kamloops

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Red Deer fans were hoping and praying that Jan. 20th would finally be the night the Rebels would win on home ice after failing to do so since Oct. 28th, 2017. Adding insult to injury, the Rebels have also been on the losing side of the last 12 games and were desperate for a win after falling to the Prince Albert Raiders 5-1 the previous night. Unfortunately for the Rebels, their season of woes would continue on despite a solid effort, falling to the Kamloops Blazers 3-1. “I’m not going to question our work ethic. Our work ethic was great tonight and our determination, our will was good. We had chances against one of the best goalies, if not top two goalies in our league,” Rebels Head Coach Brent Sutter said. The first 10 minutes of the first period was a bit of a sleepy affair, with neither team finding a way to capitalize on their chances. The Rebels patience was rewarded however when Red Deer native Josh Tarzwell knocked in his first goal as a Rebel on the powerplay to put his team up 1-0 with 9:53 to play.

Tarzwell said it feels good to get his first goal as a Rebel but, “It doesn’t really matter in the end” due to the loss. Kamloops would have a fivealarm chance to tie it up when Nick Chyzowski was hauled down on the way to the Rebels net. The Blazers captain would be awarded a penalty shot against Rebels goalie Riley Lamb, but the forward lost the puck just after he passed the blueline and well before he had any chance to put a puck on net. The Rebels would head into the second frame with a 1-0 lead. The second period was all Blazers, with the Rebels only starting to put possessions together with three minutes remaining. Jackson Shepard would get the Blazers started with his fifth goal of the season, followed by Travis Walton scoring his second of the season with 3:30 remaining. “Every little thing seems not to go our way. You look at their second goal. It was a bounce off a chest and into the net right after we killed two big penalties off,” Sutter said. The Rebels would head into the final frame down a goal 2-1. Unfortunatly for the home squad, the third period would

not grace Red Deer with a win. Blazer Orrin Centazzo would throw salt on the wound and put away the game with 2:23 remaining. The Rebels would go on to lose 3-1 in a game where they made plenty of plays. “I thought we played well. Scoring is difficult for us and we need to get more offence from our top players,” Sutter said. “They are struggling with that and when they are struggling – we are expecting our 16 and 17-year-olds to score.” The Rebels will look to turn their fortunes when they play the Medicine Hat Tigers on Tuesday on home ice.

REBELS LOSE - The Kamloops Blazers snuck by the Rebels 3-1 on Jan 20th. The loss was the 13th in a row for Rebels. Todd Colin Vaughan/Red Deer Express

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The Lacombe Generals and the City of Lacombe are thrilled with Hockey Alberta and Hockey Canada’s recent announcement that the Lacombe Generals have been selected as hosts of the 2019 Allan Cup Tournament, the Canadian Men’s AAA Hockey national championship. “On behalf of the Lacombe Generals Hockey Club, we thank Hockey Alberta for awarding us the opportunity to host the 2019 Allan Cup Tournament,” said General Manager Jeff McInnis. “Our City, our team, our people and our facility will do everything we can to create

a celebration of amateur hockey in Alberta that makes all members of the Allan Cup fraternity proud.” “We are excited to partner with the Lacombe Generals to host the 2019 Allan Cup,” said Mayor Grant Creasey. “We look forward to showcasing Lacombe on the national stage and highlighting our incredible community spirit. I am also excited by the positive economic impacts this event will have on our local businesses.” Six teams, representing six regions nationally, will take part in the Allan Cup in April 2019. The week-long tournament will be held at the Gary Moe Auto Group Sportsplex. Tournament schedule and

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When the weather breaks and we see temperatures above zero it is almost like a gift from Mother Nature. You naturally gravitate outside and soak up some sun while you can and even though you don’t believe that this will last, it can still feel like a bit of a reprieve in the dark month of January. Call it a false promise or look at it as better days ahead. When you look at your current home situation, do you feel stuck or do you feel optimism? Is your space working for you as far as function and layout or are you wishing for more square footage? The current state of home space can either encourage or discourage and it all depends on your perspective of the moment. There are always quick things you can do to improve your space and it can feel like soaking up those few, warm days which come as a surprise in the middle of January. I can’t count the number of homes I visit where I hear the residents complaining about this or that and it always raises a challenge in me to improve their space.

Often, by the time the consultation is over we are dragging furniture about and the client has a list of improvements in their hand which are usually quick and satisfying projects for them to work on. When a client complains that a room is too small or feels crowded, it can usually be solved by better furniture placement and some organizational tips and like those rare sunny days, I see light on their faces as they wonder at their new-found space. One client told me that her house made her feel angry which surprised me as I have never heard that complaint before! As we got to chatting, I figured out that the paint colour did something to her and set her off emotionally from some childhood memory of a home she used to live in which was fraught with dysfunction and pain. When we pinpointed this issue, a simple paint colour was all that was required and the happy phone call I got a few weeks later was one of those moments where my career really fed my soul. This woman couldn’t say enough about how much she loved her home and how it wasn’t the house at all but the memory connected to the

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wall colour – better living through interior design should be my motto! It may feel like the dead of winter in your home, but you can always insert some bright sunny elements into any interior. Take a critical look at your space and write down a list of the things that really bug you instead of trying to look at it all at once. Sometimes it is one element, one colour, one ugly ceiling fan that you fixate on and use to write the entire room off as a disaster and that

element can be eliminated or changed. If I could show you the before and after of our dirty, brass ceiling fan that my sweetie transformed into this sleek bronze modernized light fixture you would ask me why it took so long to paint the darn thing! I have no good answer, but I know that I looked at it for months and thought my whole living room needed a makeover. Kim Wyse is a Central Alberta designer. Find her on facebook at ‘Ask a Realtor/Ask a Designer’.

A deeper look into property taxes This week our municipality sent out the 2018 Property Tax Assessment Notice which makes it the perfect time for a deeper dive into property taxes. The timelines may be slightly different depending on your municipality but the balance of the information will apply no matter where you live. Property Tax Timeline • You will receive your notice in January. They are mailed out Jan. 12th. Make sure you actually open this and take a look. It is your responsibility to ensure they have the correct mailing address for the assessments of any properties you own. • March 20th is the deadline to appeal the value they have given. • May - property tax bills are mailed out. • June 30th - property taxes are now due. Appealing your Assessed Value – if once you have reviewed your statement you have grave concerns over the value

your home has been assigned, you can decide to appeal. 1. Speak with an assessment staff. You are best to set an appointment ASAP as the March 20th timeline will be here very quickly. As a taxpayer you are entitled to receive sufficient information about your property by law. If once you have spoken to an assessor, you still disagree, you can file a formal appeal. 2. The appeal must include a copy of the completed ‘Provincial Complaint Form’ which can be found on the City’s web site or from a clerk of the Assessment Review Board. You must file by March 20th and there is a fee of $50 for a single family residential property one to two units or vacant land or $650 for a non-residential or multi-family unit. You may do so via mail or in person. Your municipality’s web site will have more information on this. How property taxes are calculated – each year the city/town council will

meet and set the budget. From here they calculate the tax rate necessary to continue to provide all the services they provide for us as a whole. Your property taxes are set by multiplying your individual property assessment value by the estimated annual tax rate for the current year. Assessed value vs. market value – the assessed value of your home should not be confused with the market value of your home. The assessed value is based on the market value of your property as of July 1st of the previous year and its physical condition as of Dec. 31st of the previous year. Changes which happen after that will be reflected the following year. The market value will fluctuate more quickly depending on what is happening in the world of real estate.

Options for paying the property taxes. There are a number of ways you can pay your property taxes. 1. Include them with the mortgage payment and have the lender collect them and submit on your behalf. Your tax bill should reflect this but a little follow-up never hurts. You can phone your mortgage lender or the City to confirm. 2. Sign up for the tax instalment plan. The last business day of each month, the City will take 1/12 of the taxes owing and apply it to your account. When you get your tax bill in June you may see that there is an outstanding balance but you will also see that you do not have to pay as you are signed up on this plan. 3. Pay the entire amount annually. Your mortgage company is likely to

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January 24, 2018 edition of the Red Deer Express

Red Deer Express, January 24, 2018  

January 24, 2018 edition of the Red Deer Express