February 17th, 2018

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cgallant@medicinehatnews.com @CollinGallant The southside may be the site of new marquee commercial building projects, but new figures suggest the city centre is getting its share as well. About one-third of commercial building, renovation and development permits in 2017 were attached to addresses in the downtown or other mature, central communities — areas typically overshadowed by

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  • Spitz done in southern Alberta

    cgallant@medicinehatnews.com @CollinGallant The sun will set on Spitz — the southern Alberta success story that grew into a nationally known sunflower seed snack, and as a business in Bow Island was bought out by a global snackfood giant 10 years ago. On Thursday, owner PepsiCo informed more than 50 employees at the Bow Island processing ... Read More »

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  • Alberta sets out rules for marijuana sales

    gslade@medicinehatnews.com  @MHNGillianSlade Provincial officials said Friday they expect 250 retail cannabis stores initially around Alberta when legalization comes into effect this summer. Everyone working in the industry will all have to undergo an extensive background check and training. “We believe that our regulations will strike the right balance,” Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley said Friday ... Read More »

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  • Cannabis not on local greenhouse radar yet

    gslade@medicinehatnews.com  @MHNGillianSlade Greenhouses may seem to be the ideal growing environment for cannabis but so far local operators are shying away. “Right now there is nobody that I know of that is looking into this in Medicine Hat,” said Alberta Cramer, owner Rollin Acres greenhouses, located off South Boundary Road. “Will somebody do it ... Read More »

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Local Sports

  • Rattler women felled in battle of top teams

    Medicine Hat News A disparity in long-distance shooting proved too much for the Medicine Hat College Rattlers to overcome. At Calgary Friday to play the division-leading SAIT Trojans, the Rattlers women’s basketball team led early but fell 59-48. Without top-scoring guard Kendall Kuntz due to injury, the Rattlers went 0-for-6 from beyond the three-point line, ... Read More »

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  • Lethbridge sweeps high school zones

    Dale Woodard Alberta Newspaper Group LETHBRIDGE The Catholic Central Cougars mixed curling team had nothing to lose. So they went out and won it all. The Cougars rink of skip Ryan Kawa, third Sam Lychak, second Logan Boras and lead Ella Clarke defeated the Chinook Coyotes 6-3 during the gold medal game of the Alberta ... Read More »

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  • Broncos clinch at Tigers’ expense

    rmccracken@medicinehatnews.com @MHNMcCracken The Swift Current Broncos became the second team in the Western Hockey League to punch their ticket to the playoffs with a milestone victory over the Medicine Hat Tigers on Friday at the Credit Union i-Plex. Broncos captain Glenn Gawdin scored his 50th goal of the year and Aleksi Heponiemi logged his 100th ... Read More »

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  • Anti-pipeline front fails in B.C. byelection vote

    The outcome of the first electoral engagement to take place against the backdrop of the B.C.-Alberta trade war was non-conclusive. That is not to say it was meaningless. On Wednesday, the voters in the provincial riding of West Kelowna had the somewhat dubious honour to be the first to have the opportunity to use the ... Read More »

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  • ‘Saving lives’ plans are fine, but common senseis needed

    A political decision has taxi drivers digging in their heels in Strathmore and so they should. A new bylaw requires taxi drivers to undergo first aid training. The rationale of the town council is that schools and many companies require someone with first aid training on staff and so why not have taxi drivers do ... Read More »

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  • MLA Report: TransMountain project has to happen, but ball is in Justin Trudeau’s court

    If you have been paying attention to Canadian politics, and Alberta politics, in the last few months you will have noticed a theme occurring. It goes like this: the NDP government claims to have secured a social licence for pipeline approval (because of their implementation of a job killing carbon tax on the backs of ... Read More »

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Letters to The Editor

  • Reckless to allow anyone under 18 to use cannabis

    I just spent the morning reading Bill C-45, the new cannabis law. I discovered under the section for possession, it states that a youth (12 to 18) who possesses more than five grams of dried marijuana will be charged under the Youth Criminal Justice Act but does not mention anything about amounts under five grams ... Read More »

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  • Pipeline feud between Alberta and B.C. not about oil, it’s about destroying rights

    The Alberta-B.C. pipeline feud isn’t about oil, it’s about destroying your rights. Oh, and getting votes. Remember the Exxon Valdez because with increased tanker traffic in constricted waterways, it’s when, not if. Millions of people rely on the waterways for drinking water, the beaches, ecosystems, and infrastructure, and there’ll be devastation for years to come ... Read More »

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  • Hospital parking cartoon reflects ‘ungrateful residents’

    If the cartoon on page D4 of the Feb. 10 Medicine Hat News is intended to attack parking charges at Medicine Hat Regional Hospital, you should be ashamed of yourselves. It reflects one of the more base aspects of this city of ungrateful residents. Unfiltered, whining cheapness. For crying out loud, do you really think ... Read More »

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