November 26th, 2014

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rmccracken@medicinehatnews.com @MHNMcCrackenFor Stanley Cup champion and Olympic gold medal winner Theo Fleury, sports were a healing tool in the process of dealing with trauma.“It was essential for me to have found hockey or sports in general. I’m a golfer, I played baseball and love hockey. It’s essential and ... Read More »





Local News

  • 112614-berm-meeting

    COLLIN GALLANT cgallant@medicinehatnews.com @CollinGallant Construction on a berm Lions Park won’t begin until June, but the effort to raise the 2.3 kilometre flood protection will massive and concerted, say planners and construction officials. Work by Wilco Civil Inc. — a B.C. based construction company that earned the $8.3 ... Read More »

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  • Smart meter safety report due next week

    gslade@medicinehatnews.com @MHNGillianSlade The safety of Sensus electric smart meters installed in Medicine Hat is expected to be revealed next week in a report by Underwriters Laboratories, says the city’s utilities department. Underwriters Laboratories was asked to undertake a full spectrum of tests including the possibility of water and ... Read More »

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  • Berm construction schedule laid out

    cgallant@medicinehatnews.com @CollinGallant Construction on a berm in Lions Park won’t begin until June but the effort to raise the 2.3-kilometre flood protection will be massive and concerted, say planners and construction officials. Work by Wilco Civil Inc. — a B.C.-based construction company that earned the $8.3 million contract ... Read More »

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Local Sports

  • Peewee Venom off to 3-0 start

    Medicine Hat News It’s early but Medicine Hat’s peewee entry in the Central Alberta Hockey League is looking mighty good so far. Venom Black improved to 3-0 with wins in Hanna and on home ice this past weekend. On Saturday they beat Hanna 8-4 behind two-goal efforts from ... Read More »

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  • Becker plays Giant killer

    rmccracken@medicinehatnews.com @MHNMcCracken Langley, B.C. native Kyle Becker has a way with things when it comes to playing the Vancouver Giants. “Growing up watching them in the Memorial Cup against (the Tigers) there’s always a little added momentum against them,” said Becker. “It’s always nice to play well and ... Read More »

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  • Can Austin find a way this time against the West?

    My friend Kent Austin is a grouch. He has a master’s degree in body languages. Referees are not his friends. Doubters can go to Hades or Toronto whichever is nearer. He is also an intense competitor who hates to lose. If the experts are right, he will be ... Read More »

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Local Entertainment

  • Absofunkinlutely returns tonight

    Medicine Hat News A funkin’ good time is to be had tonight. Absofunkinlutely, a Saskatoon sextet, brings their funk-disco-soul fusion back to Medicine Hat for a show at Schooner’s Pub. Non-stop groovin’ tunes are sure to have your feet sore the next morning, say organizers. With three original ... Read More »

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  • Give us music for the Hat Sports Podcast

    People already love listening to sports editor Sean Rooney and sports reporter Ryan McCracken each week on the Hat Sports Podcast, but it’s been missing something. Music.We want some intro music and know someone in Medicine Hat has just what we’re looking for. Send an original composition for ... Read More »

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Opinions

  • Shopping locally helps keep regional economy strong

    This week marks the unofficial start of the Christmas season in the United States. Minutes after the last morsel of turkey is consumed on Thursday, family members will either go to sleep, or if there are sales on, head out to the store to buy stuff they don’t ... Read More »

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  • Court of public opinion rarely condemns a celebrity forever

    Innocent until proven guilty is a cornerstone of the justice system.It means that when we enter a courtroom — where the full force of the government, of law, of jail, of fines, of a criminal record, can be brought down upon an individual — there is the benefit ... Read More »

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  • National Affairs: Harper-Wynne war will worsen

    OTTAWA The Long War between Stephen Harper and Ontario premier Kathleen Wynne is only going to get longer — and likely more intense. There’s simply too much at stake for both sides for détente, certainly not heading into a federal election campaign and the electoral riches available in ... Read More »

    2 days ago

Letters to The Editor

  • AHSpension plan is not underfunded

    Re: “Fallacy to suggest closure of lab will save Alberta $5 million over five years,” Nov. 21. While I share the desire of the writer to ensure quality diagnostic laboratory services are maintained in Medicine Hat, some errors should be corrected. The writer suggests that membership of Alberta ... Read More »

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  • Hatters make their mark in CFL

    Two former Medicine Hat High School football players were in the CFL West Division semi-final of the CFL on Sunday. Dan Federkeil of the Calgary Stampeders and Nate Coehoorn of the Edmonton Eskimos are products of Rangeland Football and the formidable coaching of Quinn Skelton. Congratulations! Cathy Smith ... Read More »

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  • Barnes should roll up his sleeves and get to work on government committee

    Drew Barnes’s comments upon being named the Wildrose Environment and Sustainable Resource Development critic were interesting and strange indeed. On the heels of his publicly supporting the federally imposed Sage Grouse Protection order, he first admits that the change will entail a steep learning curve. Yet this doesn’t ... Read More »

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Ticked & Tickled

  • Ticked Off and Tickled Pink Nov. 25

    Ticked Off There has been an increased number of idling train engines in Medicine Hat. The railway company must be determined to asphyxiate residents with fumes. Ticked Off It would seem now that the pendulum has swung to a ‘glorify’ war rather than ‘remember.’ Ticked Off That local ... Read More »

    22 hours ago
  • Ticked Off and Tickled Pink Nov. 20

    Tickled Pink I am impressed with the construction crew that worked on the Maple Avenue Bridge for having completed the work in record time. Ticked Off Beautiful Remembrance Day message on the back of the real estate guide, but can’t someone proofread such a small number of words? ... Read More »

    6 days ago
  • Ticked Off and Tickled Pink Nov. 18

    Ticked Off Council should take a look at Red Deer, Fort McMurray, Grande Prairie, or Sherwood Park as to the fact that RCMP patrol the streets there. I guess huge costs overruns are not an issue there. Ticked Off Random Act of Kindness shouldn’t be a national day ... Read More »

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Lesley McSpadden, the mother of Michael Brown, second from left standing on the top of a car, hugs an unidentified man, wearing an I am Mike Brown shirt, as she listens to the announcement of the grand jury decision Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. A grand jury has decided not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown, the unarmed, black 18-year-old whose fatal shooting sparked sometimes violent protests. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
In this Nov. 17, 2014 photo, Congui, a domesticated hutia, rides on the front door of an American classic car driven by its owner Rafael Lopez, in Bainoa, Cuba. Five years ago Lopez and his wife Ana Pedraza adopted Congui, their first pet hutia, a large rodent that lives in Cuba, Jamaica, Bahamas and some of the smaller Caribbean islands. More than a half-dozen more of the furry animals have been born at their home after occasionally bringing in a male hutia in to mate with Congui. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
A partially collapsed scaffolding hangs from the One World Trade Center in New York, Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014. New York City firefighters have been called to the nation's tallest skyscraper, where two workers are stuck on scaffolding 69 stories above street level. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
NEWS PHOTO PEGGY REVELL Seamus McConnery lays a simple white cross at the base of the Cenotaph, to sit amongst the wreathes, during Tuesday's Remembrance Day ceremony.
Miranda Lambert, left, and Meghan Trainor perform onstage at the 48th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. (Photo by Wade Payne/Invision/AP)
Cpl. Alex Amirault embraces his two-year-old daughter Cheyenne as HMCS Athabaskan returns to Halifax, Canada  on Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014. The warship was on a seven-week deployment in the Caribbean basin and the eastern Pacific Ocean.  (AP Photo/The Canadian Press,Andrew Vaughan)
This photo shows a bride at the altar inside San Biagio, a church outside Montepulciano, in Tuscany, Italy. The domed Renaissance church is one of a number of beautiful buildings that can be seen on a visit to Tuscany. (AP Photo/Karen Schwartz)
Marcus Cirillo, the son of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, wears a Highlander cap during the funeral procession for his father in Hamilton, Ont. on Tuesday, October 28, 2014. Cirillo was standing guard at the National War Memorial in Ottawa last Wednesday when he was killed by a gunman who went on to open fire on Parliament Hill. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
The cover of the Canadian Geographic book "Biggest and Best of Canada" is shown. In a country the size of Canada, there is no shortage of places to visit, ranging from don't bother to don't miss. But which ones are the best? THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO

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