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November 06, 2015 edition of the Red Deer Advocate

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  • Red Deer AdvocateFRIDAY, NOV. 6, 2015

    Your trusted local news authority www.reddeeradvocate.com

    Four sectionsAlberta . . . . . . . . . . . . A3Business . . . . . . . .C3-C4Canada . . . . . . . . A5-A6Classified . . . . . . D1-D2Comics . . . . . . . . . . . . D4Entertainment . INSERTSports . . . . . . . . . B1-B5

    INDEX

    PLEASE RECYCLE

    Dont judge a runner by her sneakers

    Diana Hurley ran her first marathon in Kelowna last month, a feat she never thought would be possible in her lifetime.

    Story on PAGE B6FORECAST ON A2

    WEATHER Sun and cloud. High 3. Low 0.

    Lana Michelin talks with the Red Deer musician Bruce Jacobson in todays FRIDAY FORWARD

    INSERT

    Rona takes the reinsFresh out of a caucus meeting that

    first heard from former prime minister Stephen Harper, followed by the se-lection of interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose, Red Deer -Mountain View MP Earl Dreeshen said Thursday he wants to work with the new govern-ment to help his constituents.

    While Dreeshen did not provide de-tails of the federal Conservative cau-cus meeting, he did say Harper en-couraged the MPs to just continue to work hard as we have done in the past.

    We do have the greatest respect for (Stephen Harper). The world knows how significant he has been and the leadership that he has shown. Now itll be up to us as Opposition to let people realize the significance of the

    mark that Conservatives have made, and prime minister Harper had made for Canada.

    While the Conservatives lost the election to Justin Trudeaus Liberals on Oct. 19, local Conservatives Dreesh-

    en and Blaine Calkins (Red Deer-La-combe) were elected.

    Dreeshen said Harper did have a chance to express his feelings and con-cerns and we as always appreciated his comments and insight.

    Asked if it was an emotional meet-ing, Dreeshen said: Really what we were looking at, it was a business meeting and so we went about doing the things that we need to do in order to become a strong and effective oppo-sition.

    That was what we felt we were go-ing to do when we went in and thats what we felt we had accomplished.

    And so we now have a new inter-im leader, Rona Ambrose, and I have the greatest respect for Rona. Shes a bright effective communicator and shes passionate about our country. So Im looking forward to working with her in the weeks and months to come until we finally have a leadership con-vention that will give our party some-one for the future.

    No date has been set yet for the leadership convention.

    I HAVE THE GREATEST RESPECT FOR RONA.

    SHES A BRIGHT EFFEC-TIVE COMMUNICATOR

    AND SHES PASSIONATE ABOUT OUR COUNTRY. SO IM LOOKING FORWARD TO WORKING WITH HER

    IN THE WEEKS AND MONTHS TO COME . . . .EARL DREESHEN RONA AMBROSE

    BY MARY-ANN BARRADVOCATE STAFF

    Please see DREESHEN on Page A2

    EDMONTON MP CHOSEN AS INTERIM CONSERVATIVE LEADER

    Masyksentencing

    delayed

    A decision on sentence for a hit-and-run crash that left a teenager dead in a rural ditch has been delayed, but Crown and defence said the sentence should be in the range of six to eight months in custody.

    Jessica Lyn Masyk, 26, pleaded guilty to three charges on Aug. 19 in-cluding driving while unauthorized, failing to remain at the scene of a col-lision and public mischief for filing a false police report.

    At about 10:30 p.m. on May 20, 2014, driving in her Dodge Durango with her two children inside, Masyk struck and killed Trystan Sorensen, 18, on Hwy 592 west of Penhold.

    A month prior Masyks drivers li-cence was suspended for traffic safety act violations.

    Trystan was riding on a longboard on one side of the highway at the time and was sent flying into the ditch. He suffered severe injuries and though EMS attempted to perform CPR, Trys-tan died at the scene.

    Appearing in Red Deer provincial court on Thursday, Crown Prosecutor Ed Ring and defence counsel Kaitlyn Perrin, of Calgary, gave judge John Holmes their recommendation on a sentence for Masyk.

    Both agreed the sentence should be in the range of six to eight months in custody. Further suggested punish-ments included a two-year driving pro-hibition, a fine of $1,000 to $1,500 and Ring also asked for an order for Masyk to provide a sample of her DNA.

    Ring said the sentence was war-ranted, citing case law and said Masyk knew that bodily harm had been caused to another person and was reckless as to whether the death of the other person resulted from that bodily harm.

    Masyk did exit her vehicle and look around. She phoned a friend in a pan-ic. The friend told her to leave the scene and she followed that advice. A witness said she was outside of her vehicle for no longer than one minute.

    A pre-sentence report was devel-oped for the sentencing hearing. Per-rin drew issue with a conclusion it reached that Masyk was unwilling to vebalize her remorse.

    BY MURRAY CRAWFORDADVOCATE STAFF

    Please see MASYK on Page A2

    Photo by ASHLI BARRETT/Advocate staff

    The flags are presented before the unveiling of the Cenotaph during the Penhold War Memorial Dedication at the Penhold Regional Multiplex Thursday evening. The function featured the unveiling of the Cenotaph and the Penhold Memorial Hall Stage Curtain.

    Penhold A cenotaph and a re-stored First World War memorial stage curtain were unveiled here Thursday to honour Canadian soldiers sacrific-es.

    Speaking to our modern generation, for whom world wars are almost un-imaginable, keynote speaker retired Maj.-Gen. Lewis MacKenzie reminded his audience how lucky Canadians are.

    Two weeks before returning to Can-ada, after serving as commander of Sector Sarajevo in the former Yugosla-via, he saw a group of teenagers being given food by the Canadians killed or horribly mangled in front of his eyes by a mortar shell explosion.

    On returning to Ottawa, the big news of the day was the GST and the Grey Cup weather forecast.

    What a God-given blessing we have to be able to sweat the small stuff, said MacKenzie, who is one of Cana-das best-known soldiers and the first to receive two Meritorious Services Crosses for his leadership in a 36-year military career.

    Its just unbelievable how much we take for granted.

    MacKenzie was joined by Alberta Lt.-Gov. Lois Mitchell and many other provincial and municipal dignitaries at the memorial event in Penhold Re-gional Multiplex. They were piped into the gymnasium along with a colour party.

    Nobody was taking peace for grant-ed in 1920, when the Penhold stage curtain was commissioned and paint-ed with a view of an iconic image of the gilded statue of the Virgin Mary atop a basilica in Albert, France.

    Damaged by shellfire and hanging precariously at an angle, the statue

    was seen by tens of thousands of Ca-nadians marching to the front. Legend had it that when the statue fell the war would end.

    The curtain hung for decades on the stage of the Womens Institute Penhold Memorial Hall that was built in 1919 to remember all those who served in the Great War.

    In modern times, the crowds who line the Highway of Heroes, those who have supported injured soldiers in sporting events, and initiatives to help soldiers cope with post-traumatic stress disorders through canine and equine therapy all show Canadians stepping up to help their soldiers.

    The drop curtain and the cenotaph is another example of local organi-zations coming together and creating something for their community.

    Lest weLest weforgetforget

    Please see MEMORIAL on Page A2

    BY PAUL COWLEYADVOCATE STAFF

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    LOTTERIES

    Calgary: today, sun and cloud. High 5. Low 1.

    Olds, Sundre: today, increasing cloudiness. High 6. Low -2.

    Rocky, Nordegg: today, mainly sunny. High 4. Low -2.

    Banff: today, sun and cloud. High 2. Low -2.

    Jasper: today, 30% flurries. High 3. Low 0.

    Lethbridge: today, mainly sunny. High 7. Low 3.

    Edmonton: today, 30% flurries. High 5. Low -1.

    Grande Prairie: to-day, showers or flur-ries. High 3. Low -1.

    Fort McMurray: today, 30% flurries. High -1. Low -2.

    LOCAL TODAY TONIGHT SATURDAY SUNDAY MONDAY

    REGIONAL OUTLOOK

    WINDCHILL/SUNLIGHT

    GRANDEPRAIRIE3/-1

    JASPER3/0

    BANFF2/-2

    EDMONTON5/-1

    RED DEER3/0

    CALGARY5/1

    FORT MCMURRAY-1/-2

    THURSDAY Extra: 3686597Pick 3: 545

    Numbers are unofficial.

    A mix of sun and cloud.

    Mainly cloudy. A mix of sun and cloud.

    A mix of sun and cloud. Low -4.

    Cloudy. Low -9.HIGH 3 LOW 0 HIGH 12 HIGH 4 HIGH 4

    TONIGHTS HIGHS/LOWS

    LETHBRIDGE7/3

    Weather

    UV: 1Extreme: 11 or higherVery high: 8 to 10High: 6 to 7Moderate: 3 to 5Low: Less than 2Sunset tonight: 4:57 p.m.Sunrise Saturday: 7:42 a.m.

    TREE TRANSPLANT

    Photo by ASHLI BARRETT/Advocate staff

    Ryan Pedersen, left, and Shawn Moore transplant Charlie, a spruce tree that had been originally planted at Red Deer College, at Mountview Elementary School in front of the Grade 1 and 2 students o