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September 05, 2012 edition of the Red Deer Advocate

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  • BREAKING NEWS ONLINE AT WWW.REDDEERADVOCATE.COM

    C E N T R A L A L B E R T A S D A I L Y N E W S P A P E R

    WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 5, 2012

    WEATHER Showers. High 13. Low 6.

    FORECAST ON A2

    Four sectionsAlberta . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A3Business. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . C3,C4Canada . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A5Classified . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . D1-D6Comics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . C6Entertainment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . C5Sports . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B4-B6

    CANADA

    PQ RETURN TO POWERIN QUEBEC ELECTONThe Parti Quebecois returned to power Tuesday but its parade was dampened by a weaker-than-desired result that could severely limit its ability to pursue its independence agenda. A5

    ALBERTA

    OLD WEAPON CAUSESPOLICE EVACUATIONA well-meaning attempt to turn in an old military weapon exploded into turmoil Tuesday afternoon, forcing an evacuation of police headquarters in downtown Leth-bridge. A3

    INDEX

    PLEASE RECYCLE

    ODE TO THE STINKING

    ROSEGarlic gets its just desserts B1

    Old-school flying BY PAUL COWLEYADVOCATE STAFFThe four 1,200-horsepower

    Wright Cyclone engines an-nounced it was go-time with an ear-splitting roar.

    Only a few metres below my feet, the runway slid un-derneath the plexiglass nose of the Second World War-era B-17 Flying Fortress, one of only about a dozen still flying around the world.

    From my perch, the end of the runway seemed to loom ahead alarmingly close with no obvious sign of any flying happening.

    Then, my pulse quickening by the second, we were sud-denly airborne, golden fields racing blurringly by below.

    Welcome to flying old school.

    Over the next half hour, six aviation enthusiasts, who paid $1,000 each, and a pair of me-dia representatives got an un-forgettable taste of the kind of flying experienced by tens of thousands of young men who answered wars call 70 years ago.

    Inside the B-17s cramped interior, 10 men, many of them only teenagers, took the fight to the skies over Germany.

    A lot of these fellas never made it back in these things, said load master Bob Brade-meyer in his pre-flight briefing at the Red Deer Flying Clubs building at Red Deer Airport.

    He makes a point of paying tribute to those who risked their lives during the war when he talks to people about the history of the plane named Sentimental Journey.

    The average age of pilots was only 20 or so.

    The gunners who manned the Flying Fortresss 13 50-cal-ibre guns were usually even younger, he said.

    Of the 12,700 B-17s built, nearly a third were lost in combat in the skies over Eu-rope or the Pacific and thou-sands of aircrew died.

    Flying through flak-filled skies must have been a fright-ening and exhausting experi-ence.

    Photo by RANDY FIEDLER/Advocate staff

    Clockwise from top: The Commemorative Air Forces B-17 bomber Sentimental Journey flies over the Red Deer Airport Tuesday as part of a fundraiser for the Harvard Historical Aviation Society; Pilots begin their pre-flight check aboard the plan before taking off from the Red Deer Airport Tuesday; The aircraft taxis into the Red Deer Airport Tuesday. Please see related video at www.reddeeradvocate.com.

    SEE MORE ONLINE AT WWW.REDDEERADVOCATE.COM

    Please see B-17 on Page A2

    Fatal stabbing over missing steak nets killer four years

    BY SUSAN ZIELINSKI

    ADVOCATE STAFF

    What started as an assault over a missing piece of steak, and resulted in a fatal stab-bing of a Rocky Mountain House-area man with a steak knife, ended with a four-year prison sentence for his killer.

    Michael Ernest Thivierge, 55, pleaded guilty to man-slaughter in the May 18, 2011, death of Chester Shearer, 64, in Red Deer Court of Queens Bench on Tuesday.

    In an agreed statement of facts, the court heard that Shearer, who was known to become violent, attacked Thiv-ierge from behind, pulled him out of his chair, threw him down and kicked him after Thivierge took some of Shear-ers steak.

    Shearer left, then returned, and when he approached Thivierge from across the ta-ble, Thivierge grabbed a steak knife on the table and stabbed Shearer in the chest.

    Shearer died at a rural

    acreage on Hwy 752 near Cow Lake, about 15 km southwest of Rocky, where Shearer and Thivierge lived.

    Justice M.T. Moreau sen-tenced Thivierge to four years, less the 480 days he spent in pre-trial custody.

    Moreau said while Thiv-ierge feared for his life, stab-bing Shearer was a thought-less, impulsive response to a benign set of circumstances.

    There is no suggestion of planning here, Moreau said.

    She also took into consid-eration that Thivierge sought help for Shearer and that he pleaded guilty to manslaugh-ter.

    Thivierge, who has a crimi-nal record, was originally charged with second-degree murder. A two-week judge and jury trial was set to begin on Tuesday. Instead, Thivierge pleaded guilty to the lesser charge.

    His sentence includes a lifetime weapons ban.

    szielinski@reddeeradvocate.com

    Green space, trails and commerce included in Timber Ridge plan

    BY CRYSTAL RHYNO

    ADVOCATE STAFF

    Green space in four quad-rants, interconnected paved trails and a district commer-cial centre are part of Red Deers future on the east side.

    On Monday, city council ad-opted the Timber Ridge Neigh-bourhood Area Structure Plan which encompasses the quar-ter section next to 55th Street, north of Roadale neighbour-hood and east of Timberstone Park neighourhood.

    The new neighbourhood fea-tures a mix of single family and multi-family homes with space for a middle public school, a pedestrian network of paved trails, a community gathering area and other features.

    Coun. Tara Veer said over-all its a good plan with a lot of housing options for the com-munity, park space and trail linkages but she had some res-

    ervations about the amount of commercial space prescribed for the developers.

    We have to make sure that we are competitive on a re-gional basis and if we are ap-proving commercial develop-ment that they will succeed, said Veer.

    I think it is important that we meet market demand but not provide so much that we actually soften our local com-mercial market. I think we need to watch it and be mind-ful of it.

    Veer had also expressed reservations about the loca-tion of the commercial area after speaking with local real-tors who were concerned the area is not near a main road entrance.

    CITY COUNCIL

    Please see COUNCIL on Page A2

    I THINK IT IS IMPORTANT THAT WE MEET MARKET DEMAND BUT NOT PROVIDE SO MUCH THAT WE ACTUALLY SOFTEN OUR LOCAL

    COMMERCIAL MARKET. I THINK WE NEED TO WATCH IT

    AND BE MINDFUL OF IT.

    COUN. TARA VEER

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    COUNCIL: Expressway planned for 2022

    Because this particular commercial site falls mid-block theres some hesitation whether it will be picked up for some commercial site, said Veer.

    I think we need to be mindful in the future that we have great access and great visibility for when we are placing expectation that commercial will tran-spire.

    The plan calls for a construction of Highway 20, a new expressway, along the eastern boundary of Tim-ber Ridge in 2022.

    The road will function as part of a ring road around the east side of Red Deer. At first the lane will be developed with two lanes but could eventu-ally be upgraded to six lanes.

    Two collector roads will link the local roads to the rest of the city.

    Where the two roads intersect, a roundabout will be constructed.

    Senior city planner Jordan Furness said this is a little out of the box for the neighbourhood because four-way stops are not generally built within neigh-bourhoods.

    He said the roundabout will partly help with traf-fic flow and act as a traffic calmer.

    Furness said the design encourages walkability by creating interconnected network of trails and sidewalks.

    City council gave third readings to the East Hill Major Area Structure Plan bylaw amendment and the Timber Ridge Neighourhood Area Structure Plan bylaw on Monday.

    The area will be developed in nine phases. Applicant for the first phase subdivision is ex-

    pected to be filed to municipal planning commission this week.

    In other council news:

    City council agreed to submit a letter of intent to host the 2015 Alberta 55+ Summer Games in 2015.

    The games, held every two years, feature more than 1,100 participants in 14 different sports includ-ing military whist, cycling, bocce, creative writing and horseshoes.

    Meanwhile, the City is eyeing the chance to host the Canada Winter Games in 2019.

    crhyno@reddeeradvocate.com

    B-17: Deafening droneEven in Red Deers friendly skies, the deafening

    drone of the engines and the constant vibration that shakes every surface soon wears on you.

    Moving about inside means half-crawling throug