Year: 2012

Bargain hunters brave Boxing Day cold
Frigid temperatures did not stop bargain hunters from lining up in the early hours to snag massive deals on Boxing Day.

Dave Nagy / December 27, 2012

Comeback players highlight Pro Bowl picks, RGIII get nod
NEW YORK — Sensational comebacks have Peyton Manning and Adrian Peterson headed for the Pro Bowl. Also selected Wednesday to the NFL’s all-star game was Redskins rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III.

Advocate Staff / December 27, 2012

Hesjedal named Canadian Press male athlete of the year
TORONTO — Don’t tell Ryder Hesjedal he won the Giro d’Italia on the last day. His victorious ride lasted 91 hours 39 minutes two seconds over 21 stages, covering 3,503.8 kilometres from Herning, Denmark, to Milan.

Advocate Staff / December 27, 2012

Rebels ready to get back at it
The Christmas break couldn’t have come at a better time for the Red Deer Rebels. A number of the Rebels were battling the ‘flu at the time, although you would have never known it as they downed the Kootenay Ice 5-1 on Dec. 18, before going into the break.

Advocate Staff / December 27, 2012

Nugent-Hopkins leads Canada to win
UFA, Russia — The black cape draped over the shoulders of Ryan Nugent-Hopkins was a statement about the expectations on Canada’s captain at the world junior hockey championship.

Advocate Staff / December 27, 2012

Three rail workers hit by train hospitalized
Three workers were struck and injured by a CN freight train Wednesday morning as they cleared snow and ice from rail switches along the tracks.

Advocate Staff / December 27, 2012

Man who shot at police faces charges
EDMONTON — A man accused of shooting at Edmonton police and holding RCMP at bay in a rural motel faces 31 criminal charges, with more pending.

Advocate Staff / December 27, 2012

World’s longest high-speed rail line opens
BEIJING — China on Wednesday opened the world’s longest high-speed rail line that more than halves the time required to travel from the country’s capital in the north to Guangzhou, an economic hub in southern China.

Advocate Staff / December 26, 2012

Making a connection
Considering her life’s journey has taken Galia Kwetny from the former Soviet Union to Israel to Alberta, it’s no surprise that geography is the theme of her art exhibit, Connecting Places. “When you move from country to country, or continent to continent, there’s a trail you leave behind,” said Kwetny, whose abstract topographic paintings are showing at the Harris-Warke Gallery in Sunworks in downtown Red Deer.

Advocate Staff / December 26, 2012

40 nails unsettled time of life
Midway between your first kiss and your first pension cheque, age 40 marks life’s grand divide for most people. You can no longer pretend you’re a kid, but you flinch at being addressed as “Sir” or “Madam.” You still enjoy going out, but staying home with the family, the TV and a pizza is less trouble. In short, it’s an unsettled time of life, a feeling This Is 40 nails in all its untidy comic sprawl.

Advocate Staff / December 26, 2012

Home front — December 21
The Innisfail Public Library is hosting Movies and Games events on Dec. 27, 28 and 29. The library is open for regular hours on those days: Thursday from noon to 8 p.m., Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Come by to play board games and watch a family friendly movie. For more information, call 403-227-4407.

Advocate Staff / December 26, 2012

Toy grenade causes evacuation of building
A green toy grenade left on the steps of the Canada Revenue Agency building in Red Deer forced an evacuation of the downtown building on Thursday morning. Around 10:25 a.m. on Thursday, police responded to a report of an explosive device left at the entrance on 4996 49th Ave.

Advocate Staff / December 26, 2012

Christmas not under attack; holiday wishes are not evil
Like the umpteenth annual rerun of a tired old Christmas TV special, the grumpy old elves of the far right are always happy to unwrap the myth of the so-called “War on Christmas” every year.

Advocate Staff / December 26, 2012

Skiers let dogs run free, too
River Bend Golf and Recreation Area is not exclusively for the use of golfers in the summer, nor is it exclusively for the use of skiers in the winter! It is a 420-acre public parkland jewel in the Red Deer River Valley and we believe there is room for everyone in Red Deer, and indeed in Alberta and beyond, to find enjoyment at year round.

Advocate Staff / December 26, 2012

Oil production rises
Austin Mitchell, left, and Ryan Lehto work on an oil derrick outside of Williston, N.D., on July 26, 2011. In 2012, domestic crude oil production achieved its biggest one-year gain since 1951, driven by output in North Dakota and Texas. The United States is on pace to pass Saudi Arabia as the world's top oil producer within two years.

Advocate Staff / December 26, 2012

Boehner, Obama vow to press for ‘fiscal cliff’ deal
House Speaker John Boehner signalled on Friday he’s still open to negotiations with President Barack Obama on avoiding across-the-board tax increases set to hit taxpayers Jan. 1, but sounded pessimistic about reaching a grand deal with the president. “How we get there, God only knows,” Boehner told a Capitol Hill news conference just hours after his rank-and-file handed him a stunning tactical defeat.

Advocate Staff / December 26, 2012

Fresh signs of a slump
Canada’s economy is displaying fresh symptoms of a slowdown, with data released Friday showing inflation falling to the lowest level in three years and output barely growing. Statistics Canada’s consumer price index fell four-tenths of a point to 0.8 per cent in November — the lowest since October 2009, when the country was just emerging from a deep slump.

Advocate Staff / December 26, 2012

RIM stock falls despite earnings report
Shares in Research In Motion plunged more than 20 per cent Friday as analysts raised concerns about less revenue from the lucrative service fees charged by the company to use its secure network.

Advocate Staff / December 26, 2012