Year: 2011

The system works just fine — for the wealthy
n response to Mr. Wallace’s letter on Dec. 16, 2011, I would like to point out that I am glad that he provided a different perspective to mine, even though it is one that is shared by many people in Alberta.

Advocate Staff / December 30, 2011

Red Deer hospital staff gave me great care
On Nov. 23, 2011, I went to the Emergency Department of Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre because I was feeling very ill. I spent 12 hours there while numerous tests were run on me.

Advocate Staff / December 30, 2011

Auld Lang Syne a lot more significant for a band of teens
Somehow we are already steeling ourselves for yet another rousing, heartfelt warble of the Robbie Burns Top 10 hit Old Long Since, also known in that popular obsolete Scots language of the 1700s as Auld Lang Syne.

Advocate Staff / December 30, 2011

Much of Internet could be wiped out with SOPA
Currently in the United States congress there is a furor over how a new form of copyright legislation is to be ruled upon. The Support Online Piracy Act (SOPA) at the center of this debate has effects that will reach well beyond the border of the United States.

Advocate Staff / December 30, 2011

Do we cut or stimulate?
There are two competing views on how economic policy should proceed in the coming year. One view, led by the fiscal hawks, says that nothing is more important than eliminating budget deficits as fast as possible.

Advocate Staff / December 30, 2011

Backcountry skier dies in avalanche near Pemberton, B.C.
The lure of deep powder, fresh tracks and almost spring-like temperatures couldn’t keep four experienced backcountry skiers from venturing onto a British Columbia mountainside, where one of them died after being caught in an avalanche.

Advocate Staff / December 30, 2011

Which vitamins are best for you?
This feature is part of a handful of columns that we YOU Docs consider among the most important stories we covered in 2011. Happy 2012 to all our readers. Love ya! — Michael Roizen and Mehmet Oz, MDs If you shoved your multivitamins into a dark corner after October 2011’s scare headlines — yep, one actually said, “Your Multivitamin May Be Killing You” — go dig ‘em out.

Advocate Staff / December 30, 2011

What would the neighbours think?
When Frank Whitman kicks the bucket, it causes a big flap in his normally quiet hometown in Nova Scotia.

Advocate Staff / December 30, 2011

Loyalty runs as deep as a skyscraper
Diehard Torontonian Jim Cuddy is standing firmly by his beleaguered metropolis as Toronto is once again named Canada’s most hated city. Cuddy proclaims he’d never leave TO — “especially now that it’s the object of such ridicule.”

Advocate Staff / December 30, 2011

Steven Spielberg’s tour de horse
If anyone thought Steven Spielberg couldn’t top himself for manipulating audience emotions, they didn’t reckon with War Horse.

Advocate Staff / December 30, 2011

Mac’s produces plenty of WHL prospects
It was indeed a wild finish for the Winnipeg Wild at the Mac’s midget AAA international hockey tournament in Calgary a year ago.

John MacNeil / December 30, 2011

Postma liking St. John’s fine
Paul Postma speaks fondly of St. John’s, Nfld. — its restaurants, the sense of community, the ocean view from his bedroom window. Everything, really.

Brad Brown / December 30, 2011

Wood fueled heat and emissions rules
Ah, the wood burning stove, central to our grandparents’ homes — used for cooking, space heating, stock tank heating in the winter and, of course, keeping the sauna as hot as the devil’s front room.

Advocate Staff / December 30, 2011