April 29th, 2016

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prevell@medicinehatnews.com @MHNprevell With more animals being given up, fewer adoptions and fewer donations — local animal rescue organizations are experiencing the ripple effects of the economic downturn and job losses in Alberta. “We are seeing more animals that are owner surrendered, that people can just no longer care for,” said Sheri Pister, with Persian Dreams

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Local News

  • Most popular local stories April 22-28

    Things went up in smoke on our website this week. Concerns raised by a local concrete company official about the effect legalizing marijuana may have on job site safety was a popular story with readers. A city purchase and a look back at one of the city’s darkest days were also popular readers. Below are ... Read More »

    7 hours ago
  • Oakes a free woman

    mlacelle@medicinehatnews.com @lacelle_megan Connie Oakes is a free woman. The Crown Thursday entered a stay of proceedings in the prosecution of Oakes for the 2011 murder of Casey Armstrong. “She will be out on her own liberty immediately,” said Crown prosecutor Orest Yereniuk after the quick proceedings Thursday afternoon. Yereniuk said this result is uncommon in ... Read More »

    16 hours ago
  • Earls faces heat over beef switch

    cgallant@medicinehatnews.com @CollinGallant Earls Restaurants is facing a beef backlash after the national chain announced Wednesday it would only serve beef that meets certain hormone-free certification standards and that it could find a large enough supply in the United States. Politicians, industry groups and Hatters reacted strongly, threatening boycotts and stating that support for Canadian producers ... Read More »

    16 hours ago

Local Sports

  • Badminton players hope their hard work pays off at zones

    srooney@medicinehatnews.com @MHNRooney Courtney Lagasse gets up at 6 a.m., works out, and practices twice a day. “Just getting ready I practice two months ahead,” she said following Eagle Butte’s court time Thursday afternoon. “This is my favourite sport. It’s my dream, I live it, breathe it, eat it.” And you thought high school badminton was ... Read More »

    16 hours ago
  • Boys club team has earned respect

    srooney@medicinehatnews.com @MHNRooney Sometimes the most important thing you can win is respect. In their very first match of the year, that wasn’t going so well for the Rattlers Academy Volleyball Club under-16 boys. “Our first tournament, first game we played the best team in the province,” said 15-year-old Michael Grose. “All of us, it was ... Read More »

    16 hours ago
  • Coehoorn’s Corner: Is the system or the cheater winning?

    “Drugs, drugs, drugs: Which are good? Which are bad?” Does anyone else remember the public service announcement commercial from 1990 with the catchy lyrics above? Let’s talk drugs! Specifically, performance enhancing drugs. Recently, the whole under-18 Russian hockey team was replaced after testing positive for the drug meldonium. Shortly before this scandal, tennis star Maria ... Read More »

    16 hours ago

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  • Role of law, society in families

    How often have we heard, “Children are our future.” The implication is, we as a society, should do the best we can to raise them safely, provide them a good education and help them decide on a life of their own. But the reality is, every child grows up in a particular, maybe unique, situation. ... Read More »

    16 hours ago
  • Public should appreciate honest opinions from politicians

    Above all, people want honesty from their politicians, or at least they say they do. Yet, this week’s high-profile kerfuffle between Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi and Uber, and the reaction would suggest people would rather politicians agree with their own opinion. It also highlights the crucial difference between truth and honesty. An opinion, no matter ... Read More »

    2 days ago
  • Overhaul of Canadian content regulations is long overdue

    Canadian content could be getting a major overhaul in the coming years. On Saturday, federal Heritage Minister Melanie Joly announced she will be leading public consultations about the government’s role in supporting Canadian content, looking for ways to update policies to fit in with the modern world. The last time Canadian content regulations were updated ... Read More »

    3 days ago

Letters to The Editor

  • Don’t need Canada to return to the Dark Ages

    Re: “How the political left is threatening Canada’s freedom and democracy,” April 18 First of all, thanks to Paul McLennan for referring to those of us with contrary opinions as “our leftist friends.” That sits much better than being a “climate change fear-monger,” a sufferer from “Harperphobia,” and similar terms of endearment he has used ... Read More »

    16 hours ago
  • Critical thinking needed to get the process right

    Re: “How the political left is threatening Canada’s freedom and democracy,” April 18 It cannot be wrong to encourage critical thinking in school or to promote the self-esteem of any student regardless of ability. Those making extra effort or having extra ability in our school system need no reward for success because success is its ... Read More »

    16 hours ago
  • It’s time to hustle after new industry

    One can only hope that the City of Medicine Hat has forsaken its 1980’s stated agenda of “not allowing any more smoke stack industries in Medicine Hat.” This rule morphed into the extreme of no more industry period and most businesses of any kind were dissuaded from locating here. The stated goal was to make ... Read More »

    2 days ago