May 29th, 2016

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mlacelle@medicinehatnews.com @lacelle_megan Ryan Scott, 29, was one of the 100 people who lost their job after Calfrac shut its doors in the beginning of March. He is one of the faces of the the roughly 9.1 per cent of unemployed individuals in the city of Medicine Hat, according to Statistics Canada. Scott, a trained mechanic,

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  • Hatters fighting for sparse jobs in their fields

    mlacelle@medicinehatnews.com @lacelle_megan Ryan Scott, 29, was one of the 100 people who lost their job after Calfrac shut its doors in the beginning of March. He is one of the faces of the the roughly 9.1 per cent of unemployed individuals in the city of Medicine Hat, according to Statistics Canada. Scott, a trained mechanic, ... Read More »

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  • Unemployment hits 9.1%

    mlacelle@medicinehatnews.com @lacelle_megan According to recent numbers from Statistics Canada, unemployment rates in Medicine Hat are around 9.1 per cent — the highest rate StatsCan has in its records for the city. Medicine Hat’s unemployment rate is one per cent greater than the provincial rate of 8.1. Andrew Fields, labour analyst with StatsCan, says the unemployment ... Read More »

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  • Open house June 1 to talk Financially Fit plan

    Medicine Hat News Hatters have an opportunity to discover more about the city’s plan for long-term financial sustainability — its Financially Fit program — at an open house June 1 from 3:30-7:30 p.m. at Higdon Hall, Medicine Hat Exhibition and Stampede Grounds. Financially Fit has a goal of reducing dependency on commodity revenue. At the ... Read More »

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Local Sports

  • Top pick understands

    rmccracken@medicinehatnews.com @MHNMcCracken Josh Williams and his 2016 WHL bantam draft classmates officially took their first step toward a career with the Medicine Hat Tigers Friday at the Family Leisure Centre. Williams and 23 other skaters — most of whom were drafted in the past two years — took to the ice in Medicine Hat for ... Read More »

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  • CFLalumni help out charity at Hat golf club

    rmccracken@medicinehatnews.com @MHNMcCracken When Calgary Stampeders alumnus Tom Forzani stepped onto the links at Medicine Hat Golf and Country Club Friday for the 18th annual United Way CFL Alumni Tournament, the first thing he noticed was how much older everyone looked. Everyone but him, that is. “They all look so old. Every time I look in ... Read More »

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  • Rainouts mean high school ball might not crown a champion

    srooney@medicinehatnews.com @MHNRooney There might be no winner this weekend in the season-ending Southern Alberta High School Baseball League championships. Bad weather Friday forced rainouts in three of four scheduled games, postponing play enough that the only way a final will get played is if it’s between two Medicine Hat teams Sunday. With squads from as ... Read More »

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  • Guest Column: Don’t be ‘adultish’

    I’ve reached an age now where I should begin to think about acting my age. Have always had trouble with that. Just don’t feel or think older than about 45. Of course, the mirror, and all the younger people around me, scream the opposite. Still, my motto since I was 30 has been, “Don’t Be ... Read More »

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  • MLA Report:Investments in public programs and facilities will pay off in the future

    Many comments have been made regarding the financial cost of the current budget on future generations but little on the payoff of the government’s decision to continue to support Albertans’ future. Medicine Hat is home to Nobel Prize winner Richard Taylor, who spent much of his time at the public library as a child, learning ... Read More »

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  • Is the video world we live in a safer, better place?

    We have reached a whole new level of Big Brother watching us without society even choosing. This week the RCMP announced it may adopt a program that will have Mounties armed with a video camera on their uniform or even embedded in the glasses they may wear. Mounties will have discretion about when to activate ... Read More »

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Letters to The Editor

  • Actually, there are some relatively easy answers about how to cut $500,000 from city budget

    Re: Financially Fit for the Future The city is asking for ideas where to cut $500,000 out of next year’s budget and Corporate Services Commissioner Brian Mastel is quoted as saying “there are no easy answers.” I beg to differ. The Medicine Hat News reported May 19 that wages and benefits for city employees in ... Read More »

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  • Efficiency, effectiveness can be maintained

    Having just completed the survey circulated by the City of Medicine Hat (Financially Fit for the Future), my first thought was when it comes to decisions in regards to spending exorbitant amounts of cash (Canalta Centre) the city needs no advice or help from the citizens who fund it. However now that the well has ... Read More »

    3 days ago
  • Suggestions for the city

    The City of Medicine Hat survey is another slanted survey. I think what needs to be done is to review staffing levels and pay in administration, police department, offices and senior levels, and then retain the people who actually do the work in the city. Since moving here in 1986 we have seen departments grow ... Read More »

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