Leo Paré

Chicken-disease uncertainty

Thanks to George Croome for his letter in the Jan. 18 Advocate. It is nice to hear someone else thinks another extension of the review on the chicken policy is a waste of our tax dollars.

  • Feb 12, 2014

Wildrose party responds to premier’s call, issues skimpy money list

The name of just one person is contained in a so-called sunshine list of people employed by Alberta’s Wildrose party who make more than $100,000 a year.

Heavyweights rule Junos

Toronto’s Born Ruffians earned a breakthrough group of the year nomination at this year’s Juno Awards, after more than a decade of making a name for themselves internationally for their energetic, jangly guitar pop.

  • Feb 5, 2014

Redford $45K bill for Mandela funeral shows contempt for taxpayers: critics

Opposition parties say it’s time for Premier Alison Redford to stop globe-trotting in high style and walk the talk on all Albertans living within their means.

  • Feb 5, 2014

Man jailed for starving cattle in dispute with brother

A Manitoba farmer has been sentenced to 45 days in jail and a $10,000 fine for animal abuse after 67 were found dead from starvation and another 52 were near death on the family’s southern Manitoba homestead in May 2011.

  • Feb 4, 2014

Volleyball Queens make point

The RDC Queens wanted to send a message when they took to the court against the SAIT Trojans Saturday evening.

With little rain, California farmers brace for drought

Amid California’s driest year on record, the nation’s leading agricultural region is locked in drought and bracing for unemployment to soar, sending farm workers to food lines in a place famous for its abundance.

  • Feb 3, 2014

Canada-Mexico relations ‘stagnant’ as visit looms

He felt the love in Israel, but when Prime Minister Stephen Harper arrives in Mexico later this month, he’ll be met by an undercurrent of resentment from a continental neighbour that feels spurned by Canada.

  • Feb 3, 2014

Big decline in small business confidence

A small business advocacy group is reporting declining levels of confidence among Alberta entrepreneurs.

Mountie killer gets 72 hours of freedom monthly

A man who killed four people, including an RCMP officer, in a “spasm of deliberate violence” in the Vancouver area more than three decades ago will be allowed to leave prison for up to 72 hours each month, the National Parole Board has ruled.

  • Jan 29, 2014

Deadly pig virus could cost industry millions

A deadly pig virus that has infected at least two Ontario farms could cost the Canadian pork industry tens of millions of dollars if it spreads across provincial borders, a group representing Ontario’s hog farmers warned Monday.

  • Jan 28, 2014

Chancellor has remained an enforcer

Kam Chancellor is imposing. He’s a strong safety that looks like he should be playing linebacker and the hardest hitter in the best secondary in the NFL.

  • Jan 28, 2014

Rail versus pipeline?

Debating the best way to do something we shouldn’t be doing in the first place is a sure way to end up in the wrong place. That’s what’s happening with the “rail versus pipeline” discussion.

Cuaron earns Directors Guild nod for Gravity

Alfonso Cuaron was awarded the top film honour from the Directors Guild of America for Gravity on Saturday night, giving the lost-in-space saga an edge on the journey to the Academy Awards.

  • Jan 27, 2014

Bandit holds up liquor store with handgun

Red Deer City RCMP are searching for a bandit who brandished a handgun while holding up the Gaetz Avenue Liquor World on Thursday night.

Privacy breach stokes fears

Albertans worried about the theft of a laptop containing the health information of 620,000 patients are phoning with questions about whether their privacy has been compromised.

  • Jan 24, 2014

Trade deal is a mixed bag

How much difference has the North American Free Trade Agreement made to jobs and prosperity 20 years after its implementation in 1994? Proponents are busy trying to show that it — along with the earlier Canada-U.S. free trade agreement — was transformative, delivering huge benefits and a major restructuring of the Canadian economy ready for the competitive global marketplace of the 21st century.

Peace talks hyped, downplayed

In nearly the same breath, the world’s most powerful diplomats have talked about the importance of this week’s peace conference on Syria and downplayed expectations for a breakthrough.

  • Jan 22, 2014

Two-year term for sex crime

A Red Deer judge reluctantly gave a man who pleaded guilty to having sex with a 15-year-old girl only a two-year prison sentence on Tuesday. Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Kirk Sisson said he would have imposed a tougher four-year sentence for the sexual touching of a minor, only he was bound by court precedence and a joint submission presented by the Crown and defence to impose the suggested two years.

  • Jan 22, 2014

Failing grade on snow removal

I am a visitor from out-of-town. On Friday, Jan. 3, I came to Red Deer for a medical appointment. I was shocked and appalled at the state of your road conditions within the city.

  • Jan 22, 2014