Year: 2009

Authorities chasing unpaid tickets
Canadian motorists who think they can ignore old speeding or parking tickets shouldn’t get too comfortable.

Advocate Staff / December 30, 2009

Credit card debt can really drag you down
Credit card debt is the worst kind you can have. Not only do you usually have a higher interest rate on the card than you would have say on a mortgage. If you carry a balance on your card this is a good indication that you are overspending on a regular basis.

Advocate Staff / December 30, 2009

Stand up tall and be proud of who you are
“Stand up tall.” I wanted to tell my mother that I was standing up tall. In fact, I think I pulled a muscle in my back from standing up so tall. If I had stood up any taller, I’d have been standing on tip-toes.

Advocate Staff / December 30, 2009

Wozniak named female athlete of year
Aleksandra Wozniak knocked off the reigning French Open champion, beat three other top-15 tennis players and sent a former world No. 1 packing in her swan-song tournament.

Advocate Staff / December 30, 2009

Germany beats Canada
Waterloo, Ont., native Ahren Spylo scored a hat trick as German club Adler Mannheim handed Canada its first loss of the Spengler Cup international hockey tournament Tuesday.

Advocate Staff / December 30, 2009

Saskatoon Contacts beat Optimist Rebels
The Red Deer Optimist Rebels hopes of reaching the playoffs in the boys’ side of the Mac’s AAA midget hockey tournament took a blow Tuesday as they dropped a 5-1 decision to the Saskatoon Contacts.

Advocate Staff / December 30, 2009

Rebels Iced in shootout
For the most part the Red Deer Rebels outplayed the Kootenay Ice in their Western Hockey League encounter Tuesday.

Advocate Staff / December 30, 2009

Few tax breaks in 2010
For many Canadians, 2010 will go down as the year that ended an era of tax relief, modest and brief as it was.

Advocate Staff / December 30, 2009

Airline stocks feel security pinch
Stock in WestJet Airlines Ltd. (TSX:WJA) and Jazz Air Income Fund (TSX:JAZ.UN) felt a downdraft Tuesday in the first trading since a failed terrorist attack on Christmas Day caused authorities to heighten security measures across North America. WestJet (TSX:WJA) dropped 17 cents or 1.4 per cent to $12.29 at the Toronto Stock Exchange shortly after trading resumed after a four-day holiday weekend while Jazz, an affiliate of Air Canada, dropped 12 cents or 2.7 per cent to $4.26.

Advocate Staff / December 30, 2009

Social impact of shoplifting
Recently a British church minister made headlines by suggesting that it is OK for the poor to steal, but only from big stores.

Advocate Staff / December 30, 2009

Organ donation ripple effect
When we publish a story like that of baby Carter Pusey, who celebrated Christmas with his family in Sundre after receiving a heart transplant, it gets a lot of attention. Two days after publication, the story remained among the best-read items on our online service at bprda.wpengine.com

Advocate Staff / December 30, 2009

Local briefs – December 30
A man charged with attempting to kill another man during an alleged extortion was remanded in custody on Tuesday.

Advocate Staff / December 30, 2009

Inquiry can fault officers: appeals court
The judge conducting a provincial inquiry into the death of Robert Dziekanski can find misconduct against the RCMP officers involved, the B.C. Court of Appeal ruled Tuesday.

Advocate Staff / December 30, 2009

Passengers line up for pat-downs
The RCMP says the federal government has asked for the Mounties’ help with passenger screening at Canada’s major airports until Wednesday but another request may be made to keep them there longer.

Advocate Staff / December 30, 2009

Mad scientists at work
Children gather around baking sheets filled with water and constarch to see how the combination resembles both a solid and a liquid, during the Red Deer Public Library’s Mad Science event Tuesday. The two-hour session drew more than 30 children to try out fun, hands-on experiments. Today, the library has a drama program called Break-A-Leg Theatre for children Grades 1 and up from 2-4 p.m. in the downtown branch’s Snell Auditorium.

Leo Paré / December 30, 2009