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Triple Crown of BMX achieved by Molly Simpson

Molly Simpson of Red Deer achieved the triple crown of BMX during the weekend, nailing down a provincial championship at Medicine Hat. The Red Deer BMX club member was also the top rider in her age class in the Alberta Provincial Series #1 event and the Canadian National Championship #1, becoming the first Red Deer rider to claim the triple crown since Tim Pratt achieved the feat in 2009.

  • Sep 18, 2013

Russia opposes use of force

Russia insisted Tuesday that a UN Security Council resolution governing Syria’s handling of its chemical weapons not allow the use of force, but it suggested that could change if Damascus reneges on the deal to give up its stockpile.

  • Sep 18, 2013

Reconciliation week

People on First Nations canoes raise their paddles as they gather on False Creek during an all nations canoe gathering held as part of Reconciliation Week in Vancouver, B.C., on Tuesday. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada is holding its British Columbia National Event in Vancouver from September 18 to 21, 2013. The commission was formed by the Canadian government with a mandate to learn the truth about what happened in the residential schools and to inform the public.

  • Sep 18, 2013

PQ opens door to changing charter

The Parti Quebecois says it could amend its controversial values charter based on public input it receives before submitting the minority-accommodation plan to the legislature. The comments came one week after the release of the PQ government’s proposals, in the midst of an acrimonious debate on minority rights.

  • Sep 18, 2013

Truck rollover near Rimbey

An emergency worker examines a trailer carrying a flare stack after the one-tonne truck that was pulling the trailer rolled over on Monday afternoon near Rimbey. The cab of the truck was crushed but the driver managed to escape without injuries through a side window. The trailer and its cargo landed upright. The single vehicle rollover happened at 2:45 p.m. on Hwy 20 north of Rimbey. Rimbey RCMP, EMS and Fire and Rescue responded to the mishap.

Canyon Crawl on Oct. 5

Ready to run up the Canyon Ski Hill? The Canyon Crawl trail run is back on Oct. 5 for a second year. There’s still time to register for the 7.5-km, 15-km and 30-km distances. A free two-km run for kids under 12 along the lower section of the course is also part of this year’s race. Register online at www.canyoncrawl.ca. For more information and entry fees, call 403-346-7748.

  • Sep 18, 2013

Gaudy garden gumshoes

While I always admire a nice pair of shoes I am not your typical shoe gal. Working out of a home office and spending my downtime in the garden does not require fancy footwear.

  • Sep 17, 2013

Some find monotony in a predictable existence

“How long?” I asked. “How many years?” I had asked a colleague how long he had lived and worked in the same town. “Nearly 30, I guess,” was the reply. “Nearly 30 years at the same job.” His house was paid for and that was a good thing. He had plenty of money invested for retirement and that gave him a sense of security — a certain peace-of-mind, no doubt.

  • Sep 17, 2013

A romantic escape close to home

Once you have children, your life changes dramatically. Sometimes it seems like your entire existence is consumed with meeting your children’s needs — regardless of their ages. When they are young, you are changing diapers and wiping noses and when they are older you are a taxi — driving them to sports or music practices. It’s a tough job but the rewards are great.

The Scots’ nasty gift to us all: golf

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: What’s with the Scottish? How can one group of people invent such dubious inventions as haggis, bagpipes, kilts and curling, and yet come up with the steam engine, the telephone, television, penicillin, insulin, radar and the bicycle. Not to mention the Loch Ness Monster and a groovy accent spoken by a big green cartoon character named Shrek.

Top female police officer wounded in latest attack on Afghan women

Gunmen shot the top female police officer in a troubled southern Afghan province Sunday, leaving her facing possible paralysis just months after her predecessor was killed, government and hospital authorities said. It was the latest in a series of attacks on prominent women in Afghanistan, where just 1 per cent of the police force is female.

  • Sep 16, 2013

Boy competing with girls draws concern from grandmother

On a recent trip to visit my daughter, I found out that my 12-year-old grandson has taken up Irish step dancing. What bothers me is that he dances in the girls division.

  • Sep 16, 2013

Liberals vow to fight charter

The leader of the Quebec Liberals appears prepared to do everything he can to stop the Parti Quebecois government’s proposed charter of values — including fight an election over the issue. Philippe Couillard says he’s against any law that leads to employment discrimination, and that Muslim women who wear a veil will always be welcome in his own party.

  • Sep 16, 2013

Harris to continue fight for amenities

City council incumbent Paul Harris promises to represent residents at the table and fight for more amenities, including a 50-metre pool and a concert hall in Red Deer.

  • Sep 13, 2013

Red Deerians give city high marks for quality of life

Ninety-seven per cent of Red Deer citizens say the quality of life in the city is good to very good, according to the 2013 Ipsos Reid Citizen Satisfaction Survey.

Philippine rebels hold scores of hostages as human shields in standoff

The Philippine government rushed more troops and police to the south of the country Tuesday as a standoff between about 200 Muslim rebels and government forces dragged on for a second day with no solution in sight.

  • Sep 11, 2013

World Suicide Prevention Day

Kayla Wallace, her children Shay-Lyn and Savanna and Kayla’s mother and the children’s grandmother Donna McCrimmon launch their helium filled balloons in Red Deer Tuesday afternoon. The family joined others around the world marking World Suicide Prevention Day.

  • Sep 11, 2013

Pipeline will create winners

A study commissioned by TransCanada Corp. shows Ontario and Quebec among the biggest economic winners from construction of its proposed Energy East pipeline, though company CEO Russ Girling admits it will take more than rosy numbers to win public support for the $12-billion project.

Assad testing us, Baird warns

After a summit that some fear may have emboldened the Assad regime to again use chemical weapons against its citizens, John Baird sat in his office sipping a Coke and contemplating the meaning of such inaction.

Red Deer crowd thrilled by Tour of Alberta

Central Alberta cycling fans were not disappointed.