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Nationals. The Saskatoon Mindfox were the big winners in first-time event RYAN TUMILTY
“Brandy Swifter” of the Muddy River Rollers from Moncton, N.B., throws a hard block against “Tacky Tammy” of the Fog City Rollers from Saint John, N.B., during the action at the Canadian Roller Derby Nationals at West Edmonton 1 13-02-26 2:00 PM RYAN TUMILTY/METRO Mall Sunday.LMD-EDM-Metro-SSGirl-10x164-CLR.pdf
The Saskatoon Mindfox are queens of the roller derby, capturing the national crown as the inaugural Canadian championship took over West Edmonton Mall over the weekend. The three-day contest kicked off Friday as six teams from across the country descended on the mall. Lucy “LuluDemon” Croysdill is a member of the Canadian National team, and while not playing, she was on hand
“I hope there is a 10-year old girl out there, who is seeing it and will come back and say, ‘The first time I saw it was at West Edmonton Mall and it was great.’” Trina ‘Ghetto Rose’ Heron for the contest Sunday. She said having a national championship like this is a big step forward for the sport. With travel budgets small, she said having something big to draw teams in is really important. “It can be kind of hard so you kind of need something of this importance and magnitude to bring everyone together,” she said. Croysdill said the competition featured a lot of upsets this
weekend, which is great for the sport and shows the growth they are seeing. “One of the things I love about the sport, because it is such a new sport, is that the rankings never stay static,” she said. Heather “Dame of Doom” Godsoe, coach of Edmonton’s EVille Dead, said the tournament shows the support is growing. “It has been nice to see derby in Canada happening, and having our own national tournament,” she said. Trina “Ghetto Rose” Heron, assistant coach of the E-Ville Dead said she hopes the next derby star got to see a piece of the action this weekend. “I hope there is a 10-year old girl out there, who is seeing it and will come back and say, ‘The first time I saw it was at West Edmonton Mall and it was great.’”
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Nurses next major contract for province
District keeping track of students The Vision 2020 Cohort monitors all students who started kindergarten with the Edmonton Public School Board in 2007. METRO FILE
2020 Cohort. Nearly 30 per cent of students who started kindergarten with EPSB no longer attend a district school ANNALISE KLINGBEIL
When 5,010 students started kindergarten with the Edmonton Public School Board in 2007, the district decided
to keep tabs on them. “It’s really about making sure we’re keeping track of how we’re doing in terms of meeting the district mission, vision and policies,” said EPSB Chair Sarah Hoffman. The group members, who are now in Grade 5 and scheduled to graduate from high school in 2020, have been labelled the Vision 2020 Cohort. Nearly 30 per cent of the cohort no longer attends a public school in Edmonton, according to recent information presented to the board of trustees.
After announcing a deal with the province’s teachers on Friday, the province is now staring down contract negotiations with Alberta’s Nurses. The contract for nurses working with Alberta Health Services (AHS) will expire on March 31, but both sides have agreed to let it continue until the summer, when bargaining is set to begin in earnest. When announcing spending cuts and plans for a lean budget Thursday, AHS board chair Stephen Lockwood said he didn’t want to negotiate the upcoming deal in the press. “It is respectful to the people at (United Nurses of Alberta) that the negotiations on their contract are between our team and their negotiation team,” Lockwood said. United Nurses of Alberta President Heather Smith said she is not expecting a deal will be easy. “I am not expecting an easy round of negotiations and perhaps not a speedy round of negotiations,” Smith said. Health Minister Fred Horne said he does not intend to get involved in the negotiations, but there are financial limitations in place. “We’re not providing direction to AHS, but the budget applies across the province, right?” Horne told Metro. “And the clarity that’s there is the clarity that there are no funds for increases in the public sector for the next three years.”
As of Jan. 31, 2013, there While the original 2007 Vision 2020 Cohort con- were 5,798 students enrolled sisted of 5,010 students, as in Grade 5 in Edmonton Pubof September 2012, 3,596 of lic Schools. “There are many students those students remained. Hoffman said it was, “in- who are no longer in that teresting to see how many original cohort. That’s an in(students) have left in that teresting piece for looking at time and how many new stu- a district picture over time,” said Carolyn Mathew, superdents have come.” “That actually really sur- visor of research and assessment with the EPSB. prised me,” she said. Mathew said the large While nearly 30 per cent of students no longof students who started kin- number | the DEALER LOGOS district is not a dergarten with the district er withUPDATED in 2007 no longer attend an concern. “Looking on the flip side Edmonton Public School, how many students have Revised Out-of-town Store Logos many new students Revised haveMetro is Logos been added,” she said. joined the district.
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Seedy Sunday sprouts in city Exchange and sale. People of all ages swap seeds at annual event
Despite several centimetres of snow, hundreds of Edmontonians swapped seeds and stories about spring on Sunday. More than 600 people visited the Alberta Avenue Community Hall for Seedy Sunday, an annual exchange and sale of flower, vegetable and fruit seeds. Seedy Sundays and Saturdays are held across the country for people to swap and save seeds. “Seedy Sundays were begun in order to save old varieties that were being lost because there are fewer and fewer little independent seed companies,” said Suzanne Cook, an organizer with Edmonton’s Seedy Sunday. The event also saw attendees browse through more than 25 exhibitors and community organizations and learn from guest speakers. Cook was pleased with the turnout and said the
“It’s not only handing seeds down from the old to the young, but (gardening) experience as well.” Suzanne Cook, an organizer with Edmonton’s Seedy Sunday event
event attracted gardeners with all kinds of experience. “It’s not only handing seeds down from the old to the young but (gardening) experience as well. I think there are more and more young people who are interested in learning how to grow their own food,” Cook said. Angela Esplin, who helped at a friend’s booth at Seedy Sunday, said she was excited to meet so many Edmontonians who share her interests. Esplin plans to grow zucchini, carrots, kale, lettuce and herbs this summer and said the recent dump of snow won’t stop her from getting her garden started. “A lot of people are starting their seeds indoors.... That’s really a way that people are getting around the snow,” she said.
Road clearing. City hauls in big machinery after heavy weekend snowfall Nearly 200 pieces of equipment were on Edmonton streets Sunday, clearing snow in an effort to bring the roads up to good winterdriving condition. The city said 78 hired graders were brought in overnight Saturday, making for a total of 183 pieces of equipment. As of 9 a.m. Sunday, more than 80 per cent of collector roads (bus routes) had been completed, the city said, adding that work would continue throughout the day on collector and arterial roads, bridges and hills in preparation for the
Both city and hired graders were out in full force over the weekend as Edmonton was blanketed with a heavy dumping of snow. metro file
Monday commute. A parking ban on residential bus routes put into effect Friday was lifted Sunday evening. metro
Angela Esplin holds beet and quinoa seeds at Edmonton’s Seedy Sunday, which was held this weekend at the Alberta Avenue Community Hall. annalise klingbeil/metro
Alberta makes case for Keystone in New York Times ad The Alberta government, continuing to press its case for the Keystone XL pipeline, took out an ad in Sunday’s New York Times newspaper, tying the controversial project to core American values and to U.S. pride in its military. The half-page ad is headlined Keystone XL: The Choice of Reason. It acknowledges the validity of environmental concerns but stresses the $7-billion pipeline is about much more than that. “America’s desire to effectively balance strong environmental policy,
clean-technology development, energy security and plentiful job opportunities for the middle class and returning war veterans mirrors that of the people of Alberta,” reads the $30,000 ad. Stefan Baranski, a spokesman for Premier Alison Redford, said the ad was taken out to counter a New York Times editorial that ran a week ago urging U.S. President Barack Obama to reject the 1,800km TransCanada line. Obama is expected to decide on the fate of the pipeline in the next few months. If approved, Keystone XL would take oil from Alberta’s oilsands through the heart of the U.S. Midwest to refineries on the Gulf Coast. the canadian press
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Five arrested in gang rape of tourist in India
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Police said they arrested five men Sunday in connection with the gang rape of a Swiss woman who was attacked in India while on a cycling vacation with her husband. All five men admitted to the attack, which occurred Friday night as the woman and her husband camped out in a forest in the Datia district of Madhya Pradesh state, said D. K. Arya, a senior officer. Arya said the men, who are from nearby villages, were
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Two members of a high school football team were found guilty Sunday of raping a drunken 16-year-old girl in a case that bitterly divided an Ohio city and led to accusations of a coverup to protect the athletes. Steubenville High School students Trent Mays and Ma’lik Richmond were sentenced to at least a year in juvenile jail, capping a case that came to light via a barrage of morning-after text messages, social media posts and online photos and video that drew global attention. Mays was sentenced to an additional year in jail on a charge of illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material. The length of their sentence beyond the minimum will be decided by juvenile authorities. Mays, 17, and Richmond, 16, were charged with digitally penetrating the girl, first in a car after a party on Aug. 11 and then in a house. The teenage girl testified Saturday that she could not recall what happened but remembered waking up naked in a strange house after drinking. She said she dis-
covered her phone, earrings, shoes and underwear were missing. In questioning her account, defence attorneys went after her character and credibility. Two former friends of the girl testified that the accuser had a history of drinking heavily and was known to lie. The accuser was photographed being carried by Mays and Richmond, an image that stirred up outrage as it spread online. Others have testified the photo was a joke and the girl was conscious. The photo led to allegations that three other boys saw something happening that night and didn’t try to stop it but instead recorded it. None were charged, fuelling months of online accusations of a cover-up to protect the football team. The teens were granted immunity to testify and helped incriminate the defendants. Prosecutor Marianne Hemmeter criticized efforts by the hacker collective Anonymous to publicize the case, saying the extra attention led to a chilling effect on those willing to testify. Protesters stood outside the courthouse Sunday morning, some wearing masks. Ohio’s attorney general said he planned to investigate whether anyone else should be charged. The Associated Press
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Writing’s not yet on the wall for protesters People walk in front of the East Side Gallery part of the former Berlin Wall during a protest against the removal of a piece of the historic section, in Berlin, Sunday. Plans to move part of the Gallery — a 1.3-kilometre stretch painted by artists after the fall of communism, and popular with tourists — sparked angry protests earlier this month. Markus Schreiber/the associated press
Couillard urges Canadian unity Charest’s successor. New Quebec Liberal leader wants province to sign Constitution The new leader of the Quebec Liberals says he wants to make strengthening the province’s place in Canada a priority for the party. Philippe Couillard, who was elected by party delegates Sunday at a convention in Montreal, said he wants to unite Quebecers under the Liberal banner, whether they choose federalism “out of passion, or out of reason.” “Today a race ends, but today a march begins,” he told party delegates following his victory. “We start the renewal of our party.” The former health minis-
Couillard reacts after winning the Liberal leadership Sunday. Graham Hughes/the canadian press
ter replaces Jean Charest, who stepped down after the Liberals were defeated by the Parti Québécois in last September’s election. Couillard served as health minister under Charest between 2003 and 2008 and was the presumed front-runner from the outset of the leadership campaign. He won on the first ballot in a landslide with 58.5 per
cent of the vote. Former cabinet minister Pierre Moreau finished a surprise second place — better than expected — and former finance minister Raymond Bachand finished last. As the new head of the provincial Liberals, Couillard not only must lead the party into the next election, which could come sooner rather than later because the PQ only has a minority. He also immediately becomes a key voice for Canadian unity inside Quebec. Couillard said during the campaign he wanted to go beyond economic ties to build connections between Quebec and Canada. He promised to work toward Quebec signing the Canadian Constitution, though not necessarily any time soon. THE CANADIAN PRESS
Feds seek emergency cleanup of toxic mine Federal officials are scrambling to clean up a crumbling, abandoned northern gold mine that is in imminent danger of releasing massive amounts of arsenic, asbestos and other toxins. “It’s pretty scary stuff,” said Mark Palmer, senior adviser on Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development’s Giant Mine Project, which describes a proposed cleanup of collapsing, poison-filled buildings and caverns on the shore of Great Slave Lake as an emergency re-
sponse. “We are worried they are going to fall down and if that happens there will be a release.” The Giant Mine just outside Yellowknife was an economic mainstay for 50 years. But its gold was locked within crystals of arsenopyrite, and after the mine finally closed in 2004, about 237,000 tonnes of highly toxic, water-soluble arsenic trioxide remained on the site. Most of the arsenic was blown back underground, where huge dust piles of it sit
in 15 subterranean chambers. A $488-million plan to clean up the site and freeze the underground arsenic in place — Canada’s biggest environmental cleanup — is before northern environmental regulators. But engineering reports say the buildings and some of the underground caverns have deteriorated so badly that the cleanup must begin as soon as possible to contain various poisons, which also include mercury, cyanide and PCBs. the canadian press
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Tory horn-tooting. PCO stole Parks Canada’s spotlight: Documents
Canadian Army. Major defence cuts expected this week: Leaked report
The Privy Council Office micro-managed a media event staged by Parks Canada, trying to erase the venerable agency from a public announcement while promoting Stephen Harper’s Conservative government, internal documents show. The incident is a case study in communications control from the centre, a signal feature of the Conservatives since they came to power in 2006. The event was an Oct. 17, 2011, news conference in Halifax to announce an agreement to transform Sable Island, a fabled sand crescent 290 kilometres off Nova Scotia, into a national park reserve. The deal had been meticulously negotiated by Parks Canada with the Nova Scotia government over the course of a year, and proud officials wanted a splashy announcement as a way to celebrate Parks Canada’s 100th birthday in 2011. A media event was planned months in advance, with En-
It seems the only soldiers who are safe from the coming budget axe are those who parade around Parliament Hill in the changing of the guard ceremony for tourists in the summer, a leaked report suggests. Defence spending will be in the federal budget crosshairs this week as the Canadian Army faces another barrage of major reductions over and above the Conservative government’s deficit-fighting strategy and program review. An army-planning document, obtained by The Canadian Press, shows that land forces are bracing for a further eight per cent hit on operating and maintenance in the coming fiscal plan, in addition to an existing 22 per cent budget reduction. The latest cuts, estimated in the range of $32 million, will slice into the army’s ability to train for operations in the jungle, desert and mountains, and come on top of $226 million in cuts ordered in the gov-
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vironment Minister Peter Kent and Nova Scotia Premier Darrell Dexter joining Parks Canada officials for speeches and a signing ceremony. Alas for Parks Canada, the carefully wrought plan started to unravel days before the event when a vetting team at the PCO began to pick apart the agenda, the news release and two background documents, demanding changes. A PCO note said to purge all three Parks Canada officials from the dais, and to find a politician to be the MC. the canadian press
Will and Kate salute St. Paddy Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, attend a St. Patrick’s Day parade by the 1st Battalion Irish Guards on Sunday in Aldershot, England. The Duchess of Cambridge said Sunday that she doesn’t know the sex of her first child — but she hopes it’s a boy. Prince William, however, would prefer a girl. Photo: Getty Images; Text: The Associated Press
• When criticized about how spending cuts appear to have singled out the army, Defence Minister Peter MacKay has pointed out that the army’s baseline budget is $500 million higher than it was when the Conservatives took office in 2006. • Defence sources say as much as $600 million will be cut out of military “readiness” in all branches in the coming year.
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Two escaped convicts arrested Quoted Quebec. Prisoners climbed into a helicopter “As far as I know, it’s to escape Sunday, were a first in Quebec ... It’s found hours later exceptional.”
A dramatic daylight jailbreak involving two Quebec inmates climbing a rope into a hovering helicopter swiftly escalated into a large police operation on Sunday that saw both men tracked down hours after they fled. Just before 8:30 p.m., police confirmed they had arrested Benjamin Hudon-Barbeau and two other suspects. An hour later, police said they had found the second escapee, Danny Provencal, and set up a perimeter around the area where he was found. Much of the action took place in Chertsey, Que., about 50 kilometres north of the Saint-Jerome jail from where the inmates made their escape. Police wouldn’t give any
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details about how the arrests were made or what those who had been arrested would be charged with. “They are all being transported to the nearest police station to be questioned by the investigators,” said provincial police spokesman Benoit Richard. “They will be due in court tomorrow morning.” Earlier on Sunday, authorities had said Hudon-Barbeau, 36, and Provencal, 33, had broken out of the jail by clambering up a rope into a waiting helicopter. Police tracked down the helicopter about 85 kilometres away in Mont-Tremblant, but only the chopper’s pilot was
still at the scene. The pilot was taken to an area hospital where investigators were expected to speak to him. Police said it was too early to know what role the pilot had played. Hours after the jailbreak, a Montreal radio station, 98.5 FM, received a call from a man claiming to be Hudon-Barbeau, who said he was “ready to die” as he tried to evade police. “The way they’re treating me in there, it’s unreal,” the man told the station. “They won’t let me be. They put me back in prison for nothing.” Authorities did not immediately speak to the claims made in the radio station interview. Yves Galarneau, the correctional services manager who oversees the jail said he’d never seen anything like the dramatic escape in more than three decades on the job. The jail experienced a miniriot by about a dozen prisoners a little over a month ago.
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Holy meets high-tech at the Pope’s social media office Vatican City. Metro gets an exclusive visit with the people behind the pontiff’s digital presence This screen grab shows the Vatican’s English language Facebook page. Facebook
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CITY FALLING DOWN ON THE JOBS that is currently being put into salaries will Sometimes I think if this city were a horse, begin to create problems with the city’s we would shoot it to put it out of its misery. operational budgets. Somehow or other we have managed to take a My goodness gracious golly gee, things thoroughbred with great bloodlines and turn could actually get worse than they are now it into a nag that can barely pull a cart. when it comes to providing core services? As the city auditor recently pointed out, That is a truly frightening thought. the growth in the number of civic employees But not to worry, says the city manager; has been double that of the population growth the city has managed to eliminate 40,000 of the city. More than 1,500 new employees overtime hours. Sounds impressive until were added between 2007 and 2011. you do the math. That number is equal to Apparently we need more than 10,000 civic about 20 full-time employees. Not much to employees to keep this city running like a URBAN COMPASS celebrate there. The other question is if finely-tuned machine. they could cut 40,000 overtime hours, what If in fact that were the way the city was acTerence Harding is the big number? tually running, I would have no problem with firstname.lastname@example.org I have to ask myself, who actually runs that. But what did all those new employees this city? help to improve? Apparently it isn’t city council. Its job seems to be to ask Is our street-cleaning better? Have all our sidewalks been questions as to why things have been done badly and then fixed? Is the city’s infrastructure in tiptop shape? Or does come up with soothing statements that are meant to make our city need more and more employees just to maintain its the public think the civic house is in order. It isn’t, and the mediocre level of service to Edmontonians? evidence of that is just about everywhere you look. As the auditor also pointed out, the amount of money
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Ice castle gets demolished People storm a snow castle on Sunday during celebrations of Maslenitsa, or Shrovetide, outside Marfino village, some
52 kilometres north of Moscow. Maslenitsa is a traditional Russian holiday marking the end of winter that dates back to the pagan times. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Pagan tradition is popular Celebrations include pancake eating (the pagan symbol of the sun), carnivals and the burning of scarecrows.
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“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” This quote, attributed to Gandhi, illustrates the progress Canada could make if it took a more innovative and humane approach to the slaughter of meat animals by world standards. We are known for peacekeeping, what about the end of life treatment of our meat horses? What about a more peaceful death? Horses require special end of life management. They are not cows but
rather are a prey animal and as such have heightened awareness. Canada needs slaughter plants that are set up specifically for horses — tough job. Horses smell fear, smell blood, hear alarm vocalization and will jerk and throw themselves around to escape danger. Slaughterhouses are not quiet. Special floors cut down on hazards but slippery conditions cause horse falls and injuries. Slaughtering horses is dangerous for the human handlers. Horses will struggle and flip themselves to get away. Canada can be the world leader in innovative horse slaughter practices and then in good conscience ship overseas. Marielee Wolfe, Calgary, Alta.
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How much can you afford? Budget. Avoid home poverty by determining what you can afford when shopping for a mortgage LESLEY SCORGIE For Metro
Picture this — you meet with a mortgage broker and after a series of questions related to your income, assets and liabilities, you are pre-approved for a $400,000 mortgage. You grin ear to ear because this is $100,000 more than you were expecting. You race out, purchase a home for your maximum limit, and for the next three years you can barely afford groceries. You are house poor. Just because you are preapproved for a large mortgage doesn’t mean you should take it. Avoid home poverty by determining what you can actually afford.
Start by running budget scenarios for various mortgage and housing expenses. Compare how a $1,200 monthly mortgage payment combined with $250 in condo fees and property taxes affects your bottom line relative to a $1,400 monthly mortgage payment, no condo fees, but increased tax and utility expenses. Once you have a ballpark idea of what you can comfortably afford each month, use online mortgage calculators to determine how this translates into a home price. Free calculators are available at canadamortgage.com, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation’s homebuying tools or from any major bank’s website.
Next, speak with at least three mortgage lenders to get a mortgage pre-approval — competitive offers will save you money. Mortgage lenders use ratios to determine what you can afford, which translates into your pre-approval amount. Your gross debt service ratio, which typically can’t be more than 30 to 32 per cent of your gross monthly income, is comprised of your mortgage payment plus house insurance plus property tax plus heat bill. If you have a condo, you must include half of the monthly condo fee. Your total debt service ratio, which can’t be more than 40 per cent of your gross income, adds your other monthly debt obligations (credit card payments, line of credit payments, vehicle loans, etc.) to the gross debt service ratio.
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• Home poverty is stressful because there is little money left over for things like RRSP contributions or fun activities. It’s also cited as one of the leading causes of spousal spats. If you are running a negative bank balance for more than three months because of your home, you must increase cash flow by cutting unnecessary expenses, make more money, and take advantage of available government support and tax breaks.
If you are blowing through those ratios, you will need to pay down your existing debt or rethink your homebuying expectations.
Saving a down payment is hard work, but it’s worth the effort. Home ownership enables you to build equity in an asset rather than throwing money away in rent. Think about how much you will need for a down payment and the impact that saving will have on your budget — yes, you need a budget. Using a spreadsheet, list all monthly income and subtract expenses. If you are broke each month, you will have to cut out unnecessary expenses like iTunes and restaurant lunches. Google docs offer free budget templates. Experts recommend a 20 per cent down payment of the home’s value. But financial institutions will often accept less. In exchange for the bank’s extra risk, you pay a premium for an insured mortgage through the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). There are three approaches to saving a down payment: First, if you are a first-time homebuyer, using the Home Buyers’ Plan (HBP); second, saving outside the HBP; or third, borrowing from family. You and your partner can borrow up to $25,000 each, tax free, from your RRSP through the HBP. You will have 15 years to repay the funds, but there are drawbacks (see sidebar). The best approach to saving outside the HBP includes using accounts that allow you to contribute regularly (on payday or in lump sums), earn interest, aren’t easily
• The Home Buyers’ Plan (HBP) has drawbacks. First, when you take money out of your RRSP, you lose the power of compounded interest and reinvested returns. Second, your repayments don’t benefit from tax writeoffs because they aren’t new money. Third, if you can’t repay the minimum, you will be taxed on the difference between what you still owe and what you paid.
accessible (reduced temptation), and don’t put your funds at risk. The safest interest earning accounts are high-interest savings accounts, guaranteed investment certificates, and money market mutual funds. Saving monthly works best when you have a fixed budget. Saving in lump sums works well when you receive bonuses, tax refunds or money from other sources. If you are borrowing from family, sign a written agreement that protects both parties and, hopefully, prevents a family feud. Besides winning the lottery, there is no magical way to save for a down payment. It takes hard work and frugal living. But the act of saving helps form healthy financial habits, which you will need once you are a homeowner. LESLEY SCORGIE
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Trainspotting, all grown up Sequel in the works. Director Danny Boyle confirms a draft of a script has already been completed, film hinges on original actors coming on board NED EHRBAR
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Those rumours about plans for a Trainspotting sequel are true, and there’s already
a draft of the script done, director Danny Boyle confirms. “These guys who in their early 20s as characters took enormous risks with their selves, with their bodies — what you can ingest, what you get away with at that age — what’s it like when you hit your 40s, when you begin to creak and osteoarthritis begins to set in?” Boyle says. “I think it will be doubly reflective because the actors will have aged — you’ll be looking at them 20 years older — the characters will be locked, presumably, inside their world still in Edinburgh in some way, and
the audience of course will also be older. You’ll go, ‘Wow, what happen to that 20 years? Where did that go?’” Novelist Irvine Welsh published a follow-up to the original novel in 2002 called Porno, though it’s unclear if Boyle’s film would have anything to do with that book. But original screenwriter and frequent Boyle collaborator John Hodge is already on board. “John will write it,” Boyle says. “John’s done an early draft. He’s done a kind of exploratory draft on it, so we’re starting to work on it.” But there is one major hur-
dle to the sequel going forward, as far as Boyle is concerned, and that’s getting original stars Ewan McGregor, Jonny Lee Miller, Ewen Bremner and Robert Carlyle back together. “We haven’t (secured anyone yet),” Boyle says. “I mean, we have to get the script right, because they will only do it if they think the script’s good enough, I think. A few of them will obviously think, ‘I shouldn’t do that. If it’s going to be disappointing, it would be really bad.’ And they’ll each make their own individual decisions. I think we won’t do it unless we can get them all.”
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Community actors took ownership of characters after creator left: Star Class is back. Actor says it was tough shooting episodes without Harmon this season, but they soldiered on It started out as a goofy little series about a community college. Four years later, Community has lost its leader and guiding force as well as one of its stars. Nevertheless, if this is the last season, for many critics, it stands at the top of its class. Certainly you won’t get an argument about that from two of its lead actors, Danny Pudi and Alison Brie. The pair were in Toronto last month to promote the fourth season, airing Thursday nights at 8 p.m. ET on City and NBC. Both credit departed creator/ show runner Dan Harmon with making Community special. “I think from the very beginning working on this show, it just quickly became clear that Dan Harmon was going to be pushing the boundaries of what’s done on network television,” said Brie. “And I think he did it on a regular basis.” Harmon pushed other boundaries with NBC executives, who fired him at the start of this season. He was offered a role as a consultant but refused to be involved if he no longer had creative control.
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He was replaced as showrunner at the start of this season by writers David Guarascio and Moses Port (who co-created the short-lived comedy Aliens in America). In November, NBC announced that Chevy Chase, who had a very public falling out with Harmon, would also leave the series. “I think we appreciated Dan, and I always will, because without Dan there wouldn’t be Abed,” says Pudi, who plays the study group’s pop culture obsessed film student. Still, actors have contracts and the show must go on. “It was tough because there was not a lot of time to grieve,” says Pudi. “You were kind of in motion with the production
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when AMC tightened budgets after the first season. Both of those shows continued on and, in the case of The Walking Dead, even thrived after the departure of their leaders. Comedy, however, may rely even more heavily on a personal vision. When Amy Sherman-Palladino left Gilmore Girls, that series seemed to lose its distinct voice and only lasted one more season. and our characters and their world are expanding. We needed all those things to happen in order to get to where we are now, and the audience is savvy enough now to be like, ‘We get what your show’s about. It’s self reflective.’” Both say they hope the series continues (if just to keep working with Ken Jeong, who constantly cracks them up) but if they do graduate out of this Community college after four years, they feel they’ll have earned a master’s in comedy. “I’m constantly learning from everyone on set,” says Brie, back next month in the sixth season of Mad Men. “It’s like a comedy intensive working on this show, something that none of us as a cast wants to let go of. It’s like, ‘Who knows if we’ll find it again?’” THE CANADIAN PRESS
Smash star’s CD doesn’t ease down the Broadway-diva road Last week, singer-actress Megan Hilty wrapped her second, and possibly final, season of the TV musical Smash. But no time for curtain calls — a day later she made her Carnegie Hall headlining debut to a sold-out house. She spent this week racing around New York, getting the word out of her first solo album, It Happens All the Time, which was released Tuesday. “It’s been a whirlwind,” Hilty said with a sigh, speaking by phone from what she said was the only quiet spot she could find: the lobby of Marriott Marquis hotel. The Broadway veteran doesn’t ease on down the well-worn Broadway-diva CD-debut road, usually leading to a set of classic standards.
“While I love those albums,” Hilty said, “I wanted to do something unexpected.” It Happens All the Time began as an album comprised of covers of songs previously recorded by other artists. “But then Columbia started sending original songs along, and things started to evolve.” The result is a collection of wide-ranging genres: modern soul, ’70s pop, contemporary alternative. Talk about marketing nightmares. “I probably am,” Hilty said, laughing. “I don’t know what to call it either.” And yet the record is thematically consistent. “I guess it is a break up album, but not a cry-youreyes-out kind of album,” Hilty said. “That’s why we
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went with It Happens All the Time as the title. People fall in and out of love all the time.” The 31-year-old Hilty said she is in a relationship, though she wouldn’t reveal details about her personal life, except to add that she lives in New York and is the proud parent of two Jack Russell terriers. It wasn’t any easier getting Hilty to spill spoilers about Smash, NBC’s both revered or reviled saga of the rocky road for a Broadway-bound music-
al. More than one TV-ratings analyst has dubbed the show Crash as some weeks of the series’ second-season viewership have marked new alltime lows. “The feeling on the set, from day one, was to work as hard as we can, and enjoy each other,” Hilty said. “You can’t control any of the rest of it. It’s just like life.” When last we left her character, actress Ivy Lynn, she was doing a musical version of Dangerous Liaisons, and her competition for the lead in the Marilyn Monroe musical, Bombshell, Karen Walker (Katharine McPhee), was heading to Broadway. “I can tell you this one thing,” Hilty said. “Ivy’s fate with Bombshell comes all the way down to opening night.” THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Megan Hilty poses for a portrait in New York. Carlo Allegri/The associated Press
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Kathy Bates about to get freaky for American Horror
The third season of American Horror Story will be subtitled Coven, and add actress Kathy Bates to the series’ ensemble, according to the TV anthology’s co-creator, Ryan Murphy. “We’re far enough along in the writing that I can tell you what it’s about,” Murphy announced to more than 1,000 of the show’s fans who attended the PaleyFest panel on the series Friday night at the Saban Theatre in Los Angeles.
Murphy (Nip/Tuck, Glee, The New Normal) confirmed there would be witches in the new season, but failed to reveal any more plot specifics. “It’s a really cool story that we’ve been talking about for a couple of years, actually, and this seemed the year to do it,” he continued, dropping one more tidbit: After filming the first two seasons on lots and soundstages, parts of series three will be shot in New Orleans. “The fun thing about doing the show is researching what are the really haunted places in America, because every year the institution is one of the lead characters,” Murphy explained. “The first year was Murder House, and this year was Asylum. We have another couple doozy locales.” Joining Murphy on the panel were American Horror
Story: Asylum cast members Frances Conroy, Naomi Grossman, Jessica Lange, Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters and Lily Rabe as well as executive producers Dante Di Loreto, Brad Falchuk and Tim Minear. Before the event, it had been reported that Conroy, Lange, Paulson, Peters and Rabe were confirmed to be a part of the third season. Previously, Murphy had also said Lange would be playing a “glamour cat” in her latest Story role. When Lange was asked about that new character, she replied, laughing, “I don’t know what a ‘glamour cat’ is, but I am excited about it.” Late in the event, the ensemble’s latest major cast addition was introduced to the audience: the Oscar-winning Bates (Misery), who said she was a big fan of the series and a longtime friend of Lange. Joked Murphy,
“You know, I love a good Oscar winner,” referring to two-time Academy Award honouree Lange, and adding that he and Lange had thought of Bates as this season-three character for some time.
• Vampire theme? American Horror Story co-creator Ryan Murphy also said he was considering a vampire-themed Horror Story, and that “I have been talking to John (FX network president and general manager John Landgraf) about doing a companion piece to American Horror Story, so I think it would be really cool to do a couple different incarnations of the idea. So, we’ve been talking about that, but I can’t talk about it.” • Watch it. American Horror Story: Coven will premiere on FX this fall.
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Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman back together? For once, some good news in the world of celebrity relationships: Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman are reportedly back together after separating last fall, according to People magazine. “They love each other,” a friend of the couple says. “Always have and always will.” Their split stunned Hollywood, as the couple had been married for 30 years at the time of their split.
Matt Damon, John Goodman, George Clooney and Bill Murray go to dinner together. That explains the in-depth comments about independent movies as well as the wry witticisms. Josh Brolin, Benicio del Toro, Bradley Cooper and Michael Fassbender go bar-hopping together. That explains the trail of broken hearts, haphazardly dropped frilly undergarments and grease repellent. This week in cancelling and quitting. 1) Rihanna cancels a couple of concerts due to laryngitis. 2) Vince Neil drops out of a Motley Crue concert due to kidney stones. 3) Emma Watson quits the Cinderella movie. 4) Justin Bieber cancels one of two Portugal shows due to lacklustre ticket sales. A number of celebrities, including Beyoncé, Britney Spears, Donald Trump, Ashton Kutcher, Mel Gibson and Paris Hilton, have had their personal financial information hacked and posted on the web. “OMG!” says Paris Hilton. “I knew it! I’m still a
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Is time for a toddler bed? tion, which is so important for toddlers. They are so often grasping for control in their lives.
Sleep routine. One sleep expert shares her advice for making the transition as painless as possible for you and your big boy or girl
What sparked your interest in this topic? Did you have trouble transitioning your children? I have a two-year-old and a two-month-old. The older one is actually still in her crib, and will stay until she asks to switch. In the sleep community, we really think it’s important to keep children in their crib until they are really ready. I’m a big believer in waiting until three if you can.
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Easing your child through the transition from sleeping in a crib to a new bed doesn’t need to be a nightmare. Child sleep consultant Amy Lage has made a career out of helping families best approach this crucial moment in a toddler’s life. If your child cannot stay in a crib safely any longer (for example, your little monkey is making a great escape every night to crawl into bed with you) or is asking for a toddler bed, it might just be time for Lage’s
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When visiting a new city, one of the best ways to get to know it quickly is via one of the oldest travel institutions: the tour bus.
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Give your Eggs Benedict a makeover with asparagus Adding asparagus into your breakfast or brunch is a simple, unexpected way to energize your body with essential vitamins and minerals. Fibre is also an essential nutrient. Did you know that one slice of bread contains as much fibre as one cup of asparagus? Fibre helps you maintain a healthy weight as it keeps you feeling full longer. This Eggs Benedict recipe,
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No loose cannons need apply Job search. Was that a candid career query or a trick of the trade? kelly putter
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Focus on the strengths that meet the needs of the hiring organization — with concrete examples. In order to answer this one well and talk about strengths that will solve their problems, you really need to understand the organization, so make sure you do your homework before the interview. “The job description will highlight what they’re looking for,” says McNab. “It’s like the menu and these are all the ingredients for the job candidate ... you want to prove you have each of these ingredients.”
• What they’re really doing with this one is determining if you’re forthright and honest about your flaws
Interview questions are often a mix of simple, straightforward experience inquiries and trickier ones designed to get a sense of your attitude, personality and work style. The following questions get trotted out regularly so you should have a response at the ready, recommends Heather McNab, a job interview guru and author of What Top Professionals Need to Know About Answering Job Interview Questions. Where do you see yourself in five years? Your response to this question should be general because if you make it too specific that might lock you into goals the organization
• This shows potential employers your level of self-awareness and emotional intelligence. Give honest answers. “Don’t say I work too hard,” says McNab. “They won’t buy it. They want proof you’re human.” • One good way to answer this question is to pick a weakness that you overcame earlier in your career. Be sure to identify the positive results that happened after you took steps to conquer it.
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the interviewer you enjoy forward movement and discuss courses and professional development you’ve undertaken or plan to take that might pave the way. Suggest that you are also open to lateral moves with-
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what you’d do in your first 30 days. It also shows them your problem identification skills and how you zero in on opportunities. Say things such as: “I never like to reinvent the wheel” or “I just like to make it work better.” These types of statements give the impression that you’re not wasteful or a loose cannon. “In a tight economy, that’s a good thing to say in most companies,” McNab says.
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Key injuries fail to slow down Pens Sidney Crosby scored his 13th goal, Joe Vitale added his first in more than a year and Tomas Vokoun stopped 31 shots as the Penguins beat the Boston Bruins 2-1 on Sunday for their ninth straight win. The Penguins moved into the top spot in the Eastern Conference even without reigning NHL MVP Evgeni Malkin — who missed his fifth consecutive game — and played the final two periods without the league’s top-scoring defenceman Kris Letang, who didn’t return after the first intermission following a seemingly innocuous collision with Boston’s Brad Marchand. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
New-found swagger lifts Oil over Preds Oilers forward Magnus Paajarvi scores on Predators goalie Pekka Rinne in the second period of Sunday night’s game at Rexall Place. JASON FRANSON/THE CANADIAN PRESS
NHL. Since crushing loss in Nashville, Edmonton has taken seven out of a possible eight points and is now in thick of Western playoff hunt
Their last meeting with the Nashville Predators represented the low point of their season, but the Edmonton Oilers have started to turn things around since then. Jordan Eberle led the way with a goal and an assist as the Oilers came away with a 3-2 win over the Predators on Sunday. Magnus Paajarvi and Lennart Petrell also scored for the Oilers (11-11-6), who have
now captured seven out of eight points since losing 6-0 in Nashville on March 8. “We had to decide after that game what kind of season this was going to be,” said Oilers head coach Ralph Krueger. “Ever since we followed up that loss with a win in Chicago there has been a different swagger in the group. A different belief. I’m pleased it paid off with the two points tonight. “These are huge points and it is a big step. We had a shot at catching Nashville nine days ago and they beat us 6-0. We had a shot at catching them again tonight and we were able to do it. It’s a good time for that to happen.” Edmonton moved from 14th into a tie for 10th in
the Western Conference, two points back of eighth-place San Jose. Eberle admitted that having something to play for at this time of year is a bit of a novelty for the Oilers, who finished in 29th place last season after consecutive seasons in last place. “When you get confidence it just builds and builds and builds,” he said. “It’s fun right now. It’s March and we are
two points out of a playoff spot. I haven’t been in this situation before. It’s exciting to be in the locker-room when every game and every period means so much. It’s great to be a part of that.” Shea Weber and Roman Josi scored in response for the Predators (11-12-6), who have lost the first three games of a four-game road trip. “We’re not finding the way to win games right now,” Weber said. “We’re giving games away. We are making mistakes. It’s hard to comprehend right now. We need to get things back on track.” The Predators wrap up a four-game trip on Tuesday in Columbus. The Oilers next play host to the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday.
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Heat keep streak alive in Toronto LeBron James had 22 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists as the Miami Heat extended their record winning-streak to 22 games with a 108-91 win over the Toronto Raptors on Sunday afternoon. Miami (51-14), matched the 2007-08 Houston Rockets at 22 and now trail just the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers (33). THE CANADIAN PRESS
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Louisville comes out on top of field Louisville earned the top overall seed in the NCAA tournament on Sunday, while Kansas, Indiana and Gonzaga also received No. 1s after a topsy-turvy regular season and another round of weekend upsets. The selection committee had its work cut out after
Canadian Georges St-Pierre, left, lands a blow to Nick Diaz of the United States on Saturday during their UFC 158 welterweight title fight in Montreal. Graham Hughes/the canadian press
St-Pierre flirts with perfection in Montreal UFC. Welterweight champ earns eighth straight title defence
“You know what, I’ve never paid taxes in my life, I’m probably going to go to jail.”
The Georges St-Pierre legacy grows, with another battered body in the UFC welterweight champion’s wake. The latest victim is Nick Diaz, whose bizarre pre-fight attempts to get into St-Pierre’s head were rewarded by a lopsided five-round beating at UFC 158 before 20,145 at the Bell Centre on Saturday night. “He fought the perfect fight,” UFC president Dana White said of St-Pierre. All three judges scored it 50-45 for the champion, awarding him all five rounds. St-Pierre’s 11th straight win adds to his glittering UFC pedigree. The 31-yearold from Montreal has not lost in almost six years, since UFC 69 in April 2007 (a loss he avenged a year later when he won his 170-pound title back
Nick Diaz making a bizarre admission after losing to Georges St-Pierre in the main event of UFC 158 on Saturday night.
from Matt Serra at UFC 83). St-Pierre (24-2) celebrated his eighth straight successful UFC title defence, second only to middleweight champion Anderson Silva’s 10. He also tied Silva with most championship fights wins (11) The Canadian also moved into second place in most championship fights (13). And he now holds the UFC record for most championship rounds at 47, surpassing Randy (The Natural) Couture’s 44. St-Pierre upped his UFC career record of takedowns to 84, landing nine of 16 against Diaz.
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“He does a great job at taking guys not only out of their game plan, but completely out of their element,” White said. As expected, St-Pierre used his wrestling to control the chirpy challenger, rag-dolling him at times and bullying him on the ground. While St-Pierre dominated on the ground, he did not pass guard as he often does. The champion cited Diaz’s slippery jiu-jitsu style and his own fatigue as the fight wore on. Diaz, a talented boxer, came into the fight on the back of two performances in which he landed more than 100 significant strikes — 105 in his UFC 143 loss to Carlos (The Natural Born Killer) Condit and 178 in his UFC 137 win over former champion B.J. Penn. St-Pierre may not be a knockout artist, but he won the stand-up game. Stitches on Diaz’s left eyebrow and lumps around his eyes told the tale of a fight in which StPierre hit him 40 times in the head in the first round alone. the canadian press
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Montrezl Harrell of Louisville reacts during the Cardinals’ Big East men’s championship win over Syracuse on Saturday at Madison Square Garden. Getty images
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five teams swapped the top ranking in The Associated Press poll, capped by West Coast Conference champion Gonzaga moving to the lead spot for the first time in school history. But it’s Louisville that leads the field after sharing the Big East regularseason title, then pulling off a stunning turnaround to beat Syracuse in the final of the conference tournament for their 10th straight win.
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Dominant days over? Halladay fallible in spring MLB. Ex-Blue Jays ace struggling mightily through five starts with Phillies in Florida
There is great concern at the Philadelphia Phillies’ spring home in Clearwater, Fla., that we are witnessing the beginning of the end of Roy Halladay. The once immortal Doc — arguably the best pitcher of his generation — is starting to look more and more human. Halladay, who turns 36 in May, left his start Sunday against the Baltimore Orioles after one inning with what was described as a “stomach virus.” Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said Halladay vomited when he returned to the dugout after the top of the first. “He’s hard-headed, he wanted to pitch. When he threw up, we took him out of the game.” It was considered a pivotal
edly in the 85-87 m.p.h. range, roughly 2 m.p.h. slower than last season and four below his career average. Manuel admitted he was “concerned” by the outing. So it was not the bounceback performance for which Halladay and the Phillies had hoped on Sunday. A stomach bug is far better than a sore arm, but with just over two weeks until opening day, Halladay may not have enough time to break camp with the club. The velocity drop has raised speculation of a possible injury — he spent two months on the disabled list last season with a shoulder strain — or simply a natural decline.
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Roy Halladay has pitched just a dozen innings through five spring-training starts.
Phillies starter Roy Halladay walks in the dugout during a 10-6 loss to the Detroit Tigers last Tuesday in Clearwater, Fla. Kathy Willens/The Associated Press Quoted
“He’s one of the best pitchers in baseball and he knows how to fight to the very last breath.” Philadelphia’s opening-day starter Cole Hamels on Phillies teammate Roy Halladay
outing for Halladay, who suffered through a disastrous 2 2/3 innings his last time out on March 12, when he allowed sev-
en runs on six hits — including two homers — while hitting a batter and walking four others. His fastball was report-
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Astros rough up Blue Jays’ Morrow
Homan moves past early hiccup
Chris Carter had two home runs and five RBIs for the Astros in Sunday’s 11-2 win over the Toronto Blue Jays, helping boost his chance to earn Houston’s starting job in left field. Carter hit two-run homers in the third and fifth innings against Brandon Morrow, raising his spring training total to four. He also hit into a run-scoring forceout in the first. Morrow gave up seven runs — six earned — and seven hits in 4 2/3 innings. The Associated Press
A touch of early jitters may have been a factor for the young Canadian players at the start of their first world women’s curling championship. Nerves appeared to be a thing of the past on Sunday as Ottawa skip Rachel Homan and her teammates settled in on the second day of competition, posting a pair of victories to improve to 2-1. Homan beat Latvia 7-5 and topped Denmark 8-2. It was a solid bounce-back day for Canada after a 6-4 loss to Scotland’s Eve Muirhead on Saturday. The Canadian Press
Ottawa’s Rachel Homan competes on Sunday in Riga, Latvia.
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April 21 - May 21 If there is something you feel you have to say then say it immediately. The longer you leave it the more controversy there will be when your words do finally come out. It’s an important issue, so speak up.
May 22 - June 21 The things you want seem to be coming to you without much of an effort, which is nice, but think how much more you might achieve if you did put yourself out a bit. The world is yours – if you want it.
June 22 - July 23 For some reason various people have got it into their heads that you are a bit of a cold fish. Act with compassion and they will see you in a new light. Act as if you don’t care and it will confirm their beliefs.
July 24 - Aug. 23 However gloomy your current situation may be it WILL have a happy ending. That may not seem likely right now but before the day is over you will see a glimmer of hope – that will soon be a glaring light.
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Nov. 23 - Dec. 21 Take what your heart tells you on trust today and don’t worry about backing it up with facts and figures. You should know by now that if you back your hunches there is every chance they will pay off.
Dec. 22 - Jan. 20 The more you worry the more you will give yourself something to worry about. Negative thoughts encourage negative events, so be positive at all times and believe that only good things will happen.
Jan. 21 - Feb. 19 A friend or work colleague has a lot to say for themselves but if you analyze their words you will come to the conclusion that they are talking nonsense. Don’t worry about their feelings: tell them what you think.
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