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Bob Scammell – Alberta Outdoors
I was not aware that my fishing “stuff” in Old Farmer’s Almanac, Canadian Edition, also appears in the American Edition, and thus was unprepared for the inquiries about my heresy against always dead drifting artificial flies and in favour the “slow draw,” the “sudden inch,” ”the fast strip” and other moving fly fishing ploys.
Mention it once, and American readers want to know how to get and fish my Jekyll-Hyde Fly. You can’t buy it: it is one of my few originals; you have to tie your own, then then learn how to fish it.
The name comes from Robert Louis Stevenson’s novella, “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,” about the good and evil persona within the same man. Alberta fly fishing guru and authour, Jim McLennan, is a great fan of my Jekyll-Hyde Fly, and write this about it: “One moment it’s a dignified and proper dry; the next a sinister and deceitful streamer.” Both sides of the dual personality of my floating streamer are the basis for the design and manner of fishing my Jekyll-Hyde Fly, and the reason that it so frequently conjures up fishing magic, especially at the instant the personality changes.  Full Story >
Liberals tout success of youth jobs strategy - NATIONAL AFFAIRS by LOUISE BROWN
$295M investment creating employment at unexpected rate, MPP Brad Duguid says As Ontario grapples with a 15-per-cent youth unemployment rate, the Liberal government showcased programs Friday it says have given job opportunities to 20,000 young people over the past year.
Surrounded by airplanes in a Centennial College hangar used for students of aviation technology, both new and former ministers of training, colleges and universities hailed their government’s youth jobs strategy for creating jobs at more than twice the rate expected.
“The youth unemployment rate is completely unacceptable but we’re giving young people a chance to work ... and the success has been phenomenal,” said MPP Brad Duguid, who was minister of training, colleges and universities last year when the province launched its $295-million strategy.
“My expectation was that we would be fortunate if about 30 or 40 per cent of those opportunities would result in jobs,” said Duguid, but of the 4,800 young people who landed short-term work through the youth employment fund, fully 95 per cent have been kept on or hired elsewhere. Duguid credited not just the funding, but the mentorship and guidance he called “wraparound training services.”  Full Story >
Life as I know it! by Colleen Crawford
The power went out for two hours the other night. Two hours at the end of the day when all that I had hoped to accomplish was done. The two hour power outage felt like ‘life’ was forcing my hand. Making me sit still and enjoy the moment. It was good. Two hours was long enough.
Yesterday, our telephone, cable and Internet connections were down all day.
Thankfully we went for an early morning walk. I always forward my calls from our home phone number to my cell phone when we leave the house. It is just something that I have gotten into the habit of doing during my daycare hours.  Full Story >
Picked up in passing by JAMIE NESBITT - Bulletin Editor
 Brooks Bulletin, February 2, 1939—Banging in four goals and then resting on their laurels during the balance of the game, a smart Medicine Hat junior team succeeded in lifting the Tip Top trophy from the Brooks juniors here Wednesday night after the locals had held the cup for a year. The Brooks boys were individually faster than their opponents but smart team work by the visitors and the inevitable penalties in the early periods spelled defeat.
Martin and Thompson scored for Medicine Hat half-way through the first after a series of end-to-end rushes by both teams. Another tally was added by Sutherland when the locals were short-handed and Martin opened the second with the visitors’ final counter.
Penalties for tripping, talking back, boarding and other infractions were doled out to both teams with regularity by referees Sparrow and Stout. There were obviously bad feelings between several players on each side.  Full Story >
Sports Talk by Bruce Parker
 The final outcome of not winning gold medals is no doubt disappointing for many baseball fans but when you look at the big picture, winning bronze medals is still quite the accomplishment for the Brooks Lutes Timber Mart Badlands Bombers.
 The Bomber had been on a slide going into the bronze medal game against Quebec. They lost their final round-robin game to Saskatchewan and then fell to Ontario in the semi-finals. With this in mind, you had to know the boys would come out firing on all cylinders in the bronze medal game.
 Quebec was not about to make things easy for the boys from Brooks and Medicine Hat but the Bombers were not to be denied, scoring an exciting 9-8 extra inning win.  Full Story >
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