Car show was a gas

To the organizers of Rock n’ Red Deer, a car show held at the Westerner Park last weekend.


To the organizers of Rock n’ Red Deer, a car show held at the Westerner Park last weekend.

The event featured about 800 hot rods, custom cars and vintage vehicles from the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s.

As well, it raised money for the STARS Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society — a worthy charity indeed.

For a nominal entrance fee, visitors got to take in a free band concert on Saturday and/or Sunday — a nice addition to the spectacular vehicles.

Vendors displays and food booths were certainly adequate, but more than anything it was nice for the car show to actually provide entertainment — as opposed to the many trade shows that charge an admission charge but deliver little more than exhibitors trying to sell you something.

— Lee Giles


To the three men who recently posted the unthinkable on YouTube — a video showing them blasting away with rifles at baby ducks on a rural pond, sometimes from inside a car. The also targeted adult ducks, which cannot fly at this time of the year because they are moulting.

A credit to their ignorance, the shooters boldly allowed their actions and faces to be clearly shown on the four-minute video. They will not be difficult to track down.

Also recorded on video were their voices, gleefully celebrating their marksmanship, as rifle bullets (not shotgun pellets) smashed into the ducklings. Here’s a sample, meant for adult ears and eyes only: “Dude, that ones still alive! (Gun fire is then heard in the background.) Oh yeah! I nailed him on the move.”

They then open fire on another duckling. “Get it, get it, get it — Dave, you got him! Oh, see the blood!?” one jubilant shooter hollers with glee.

It’s believed this slaughter took place in southwestern Saskatchewan or southeastern Alberta. Copies of the video have been sent to conservation officers across the Prairies.

For the benefit of those who do not handle firearms, please understand these are not actions of responsible gun owners. This trio is in serious need of psychiatric assistance.

It has often been said that those treating innocent animals in such a brutal manner hold the same disregard for a human life and are displaying early signs of potential violent outbursts later.

Reputable outdoors and conservation groups have responded to the video with disgust — to say the least.

Darrell Crabbe, executive director of the Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation, demands that the law treat them as harshly as possible.

“Their knuckles must be dragging on the ground,” Crabbe said. “To do it in the first place is unthinkable. But to actually put it and promote it as a YouTube video . . . I just can’t shake my head enough how ridiculous and stupid that was.”

Wildlife officials are searching for the trio, which shouldn’t be difficult to identify, thanks to the video.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Saskatchewan government’s tip line at 1-800-667-7561.

— Rick Zemanek

Just Posted

Legalizing cannabis cost estimate for Red Deer just under $400k

Although the province of Alberta has announced $11.2 million for cannabis legalization,… Continue reading

WATCH: Every square tells a story: Edmonton expert is exploring Red Deer’s quilting history

Community members can bring in family heirloom quilts for documentation

Red Deer-area dads going through divorce are invited to Man Up

Support group formed to focus on positive activities, networking

WATCH: Two weeks away from Canadian Finals Rodeo in Red Deer

In just two weeks, Ponoka’s Shayna Weir will compete with the best… Continue reading

PHOTO: Say goodbye to City Hall Park flowers

A sure sign that winter is on its way is when City… Continue reading

PHOTO: Chew On This! campaign draws attention to national poverty

Lunch bags were being handed out in front of The Hub downtown… Continue reading

Wickenheiser, Pegula reflect NHL’s trend toward diversity

BUFFALO, N.Y. — With a laugh, Kim Pegula’s competitive nature kicked in… Continue reading

Harry and Meghan bring rain to drought-stricken Outback town

DUBBO, Australia — The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were jokingly thanked… Continue reading

TV Review: A Roseanne Barr-less ‘The Conners’ is a triumph

NEW YORK — Can there be a “Roseanne” without Roseanne? The answer… Continue reading

Canadian manufacturing sales fell 0.4 per cent in August: Statistics Canada

OTTAWA — Statistics Canada says manufacturing sales fell 0.4 per cent to… Continue reading

Brian Mulroney joins board of directors of New York-based pot company

NEW YORK — Former prime minister Brian Mulroney is joining the board… Continue reading

Canadians waking up to legalized cannabis: ‘My new dealer is the prime minister’

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. — Canadians across the country woke up to legalized… Continue reading

Most Read