Year: 2009

British hostage in Iraq freed after more than 2 years
LONDON — A British man abducted in Baghdad by armed militants disguised as policemen was freed Wednesday, alive and remarkably well after 2 1/2 years in captivity, the British government said.

Advocate Staff / December 31, 2009

Somali arrested in Nov. with powder chemicals,
MOGADISHU, Somalia — A man tried to board a commercial airliner in Mogadishu last month carrying powdered chemicals, liquid and a syringe that could have caused an explosion in a case bearing chilling similarities to the terrorist plot to blow up a Detroit-bound airliner, officials told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

Advocate Staff / December 31, 2009

Condolence messages pouring in for reporter killed in Afghanistan
CALGARY — While she’s being remembered as an award-winning journalist with a warm smile and a bright future, the death of Michelle Lang while on her dream assignment to Afghanistan is a nightmare for her friends, family and colleagues.

Advocate Staff / December 31, 2009

Afghan blast kills Canadian reporter, 4 soldiers
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — Four soldiers and a journalist were killed Wednesday by a powerful improvised explosive device in the worst loss of Canadian life in Afghanistan in two-and-a-half years.

Advocate Staff / December 31, 2009

Alberta must move forward
Optimism has long been a cornerstone of economic planning in Alberta, from government offices to corporate boardrooms to the kitchen tables of Albertan families. When you have an abundance of resources and a resourceful attitude, can a resurgence ever be far away?

Advocate Staff / December 30, 2009

City should be ashamed of its snow removal
The City of Red Deer should be ashamed of itself. It has become very clear that the people who run this city have neither the ability nor the desire to contend with the amount of snow that we have had in the past month.

Advocate Staff / December 30, 2009

It’s time to cut Quebec off equalization pay
In the TV business, they say that a long running show has “jumped the shark” when it has featured an episode in which the plot line has strayed way beyond the basic premise of the show simply because it appears the writers have just run out of ideas to keep the show fresh.

Advocate Staff / December 30, 2009

Lindhout family touched by kindness
The family of Amanda Lindhout says it is “deeply touched by the kindness and generosity” of Red Deer-area supporters in a New Year’s greetings released Wednesday.

Advocate Staff / December 30, 2009

Parliament suspended until March 3
OTTAWA — The federal Conservatives have suspended Parliament until after the Winter Olympics, a move that gives Prime Minister Stephen Harper a tighter grip on the country’s political agenda.

Advocate Staff / December 30, 2009

Canadian Olympic men’s hockey roster
The Canadian men’s hockey team was announced Wednesday for the 2010 Olympics (with position, name and team; x-denotes member of 2006 Turin roster):

Advocate Staff / December 30, 2009

Fugitive mocks police on Facebook
An escaped British prisoner is taunting police and attracting a growing Internet fan base from his Facebook profile, mocking authorities for failing to find him and openly musing about moving across the Atlantic.

Advocate Staff / December 30, 2009

French lyrics no barrier to success
This past year, Malajube released two new albums, garnered a Polaris Prize nomination, and scored an award-winning new film.

Advocate Staff / December 30, 2009

Lil Wayne holds ‘farewell tour’
Lil Wayne emerged as a top-selling musician known for his clever wordplay and risque lyrics, but like rappers before him, he’s staring down a year behind bars at the peak of his career.

Advocate Staff / December 30, 2009