October 22nd, 2014

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prevell@medicinehatnews.com @MHNprevellA love of children is why the McDowall family is one of Medicine Hat’s foster families.“I’ve always felt a calling to be a foster parent,” said Krista McDowall, who alongside husband Scott have been foster parents for almost three years. “We just always love children and we ... Read More »





Local News

  • Mayor offers praise for downtown revitalization

    cgallant@medicinehatnews.com  @CollinGallantMayor Ted Clugston says that council members, both past and present, can take credit for downtown revitalization but City financing for construction projects may need to be rethought.That includes a proposed city-led development of 603 First Street — considered by Clugston to be the keystone for rejuvenating the ... Read More »

    11 hours ago
  • Canada Post adding services and staff ahead of Christmas rush

    Even if you’ve not even wanted to think about mailing Christmas cards and gifts, others have already begun and Canada Post says volume has already soared and it is adding services and staff.Two out of every three parcels from an online transaction are still delivered by Canada Post ... Read More »

    14 hours ago
  • MLAs question AHS lab contract

    gslade@medicinehatnews.com @MHNGillianSladeRegardless of whether private international company Sonic ends up playing a role in lab services in the South Zone, the process has been very strange, says a local MLA.“It strikes me as very odd. The government is scrambling and the whole idea is not open and transparent,” ... Read More »

    23 hours ago

Local Sports

  • Rattlers open volleyball season with opposite records

    Medicine Hat News The Medicine Hat College Rattlers volleyball teams saw opposite starts to the season in this weekend’s home openers, with the men picking up back-to-back straight-set victories over Olds College, and the women dropping a pair of 3-0 matches to Olds. The strong start puts the ... Read More »

    23 hours ago
  • Inside the CFL: Weyburn’s best put small Saskatchewan town on the map

    Weyburn, Saskatchewan, 120 km southeast of Regina, has produced PGA golfer Graham Delaet, hockey coaching legend Jack Shupe, two outstanding City of Medicine Hat commissioners Bob Wanner and Ron Webb, and football players, including in the Lancaster-Reed era Henry Dorsch, and now, all-Canadians Brett Jones and Brendon LaBatte. ... Read More »

    23 hours ago
  • Down to the wire

    rmccracken@medicinehatnews.com @MHNMcCracken The Hat Charity Classic men’s curling event came down to a final shot Monday afternoon at the Medicine Hat Curling Club. After falling to 2-0 to Team Bitz in the fourth end, Sean O’Connor’s team from Calgary managed a late push, blanking the fifth end, adding ... Read More »

    23 hours ago

Local Entertainment

  • Piano show a homecoming for Bergmann

    cbrown@medicinehatnews.com @MHNBrown When Elizabeth Bergmann sits at her grand piano on the Esplanade stage next week it will be both new and familiar. New because she’s never played at the downtown arts venue before. Familiar because Bergmann was raised in Medicine Hat. “It’s all pretty overwhelming,” Bergmann said ... Read More »

    4 days ago
  • Stuart McLean has his own exchange rate

    Stan AshbeeAlberta News GroupFall is a pleasant time to tour Western Canada including Alberta, according to Stuart McLean — best-selling author, award-winning journalist and humorist and host of the hit CBC Radio show, “The Vinyl Cafe.”Stuart McLean and The Vinyl Cafe visit the Esplanade Oct. 18.“If we don’t ... Read More »

    5 days ago

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Opinions

  • Too bad we can’t immunize against racism and xenophobia

    While there have been no cases of Ebola reaching Canada quite yet, our country, the U.S. and other developed nations can be diagnosed with something else — a case of racism and xenophobia.To be fair, it’s a chronic disease.Over the years we’ve seen federal funding for poverty reduction ... Read More »

    23 hours ago
  • National Affairs: Ottawa slow to react both globally, locally to Ebola virus

    The federal government had two responsibilities when Ebola began spreading unchecked in West Africa. It had the global responsibility to join with others to try to contain the virus and aid those combating it on the front lines. It had the domestic responsibility to be prepared and reassuring ... Read More »

    2 days ago
  • Lessons to be learned from Elliot Lake

    The report from the Elliot Lake inquiry released last week revealed a litany of incompetence and outright neglect in the deadly mall collapse of June 2012. Commissioner Paul Belanger’s scathing report called to account those responsible for allowing the Algo Centre Mall to rust to the point of ... Read More »

    2 days ago

Letters to The Editor

  • Lab controversy was of AHS’s doing

    In response to Jim Taylor’s Oct. 16 comments to the editor, I would suggest that he is incorrect in stating that “the Medicine Hat News has once again managed to create a controversy where none exists.” The controversy has been created, not by the News, but by the ... Read More »

    23 hours ago
  • Lawful gun owners not impressed

    Minister Stephen Blaney tabled what was called a common sense gun control bill recently in parliament. What he did do was make cosmetic changes which would have little impact on the average long-gun owner. What he did not do was decriminalize the ownership of firearms for lawful gun ... Read More »

    2 days ago
  • Lab closing would ‘screw up a system which works so well,’ says doc

    Re: “AHS saving $5 million with lab changes,” Oct. 16. The letter by Jim Taylor in Thursday’s News was interesting. In my view, saving $5 million a year by closing the local outpatient lab services is poor politics. I personally know that the local lab services are very ... Read More »

    4 days ago

Ticked & Tickled

  • Ticked Off and Tickled Pink Oct. 21

    Ticked Off At the co-worker who can’t even acknowledge me at work due to gossip. I think I can justifiably call her a snob. Tickled Pink That we still need to work on educating people so that they understand that finding the cure for a single simple virus ... Read More »

    23 hours ago
  • Ticked Off and Tickled Pink Oct. 16

    Ticked Off Our ladies’ gym has decided to keep its room temperatures so high, it’s like working out in a sauna. Do something before everyone goes elsewhere. Ticked Off To the loudmouth at the hockey games who lets his grandson butcher the anthem, it sounds ridiculous. He doesn’t ... Read More »

    6 days ago
  • Ticked Off and Tickled Pink Oct. 14

    Ticked Off Who decided that it’s OK for huge dogs to roam the off-leash areas like wild animals but a gentle moose roaming the same area is a danger to people and a complete no-no? Tickled Pink If they changed the Veiner Centre name to the Whiner Centre. ... Read More »

    1 week ago

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A police officer holds down a protester on the ground during a clash in the occupied area in the Mong Kok district of Hong Kong, late Friday, Oct. 17, 2014. New scuffles broke out Friday night between Hong Kong riot police and pro-democracy activists in a district where police cleared protesters earlier in the day. The chaotic scenes unfolded hours after police moved in to clear tents, canopies and barricades at Mong Kok, a smaller protest zone across Victoria Harbor from the main occupied area in the heart of the financial district. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
Signs hang outside the Neon Sign Museum in Edmonton, Alberta. The Neon Sign Museum is the first of its kind in Canada and features a collection of historic signs that tell a story about Edmonton's neon past. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Tivoli, in Copenhagen, is billed as the world's orignal amusement park, dating from 1853. - PHOTO BY STEVE MACNAULL
China's Gao Xinglong competes in the men's long jump final at the 17th Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea, Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
Elm Street School's 2nd Annual River Flats Run - MHN_6533
People watch jellyfish during the grand opening of the Ripley's Aquarium of Canada in Toronto. The aquarium is celebrating its first anniversary. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
The Official Opening of the Dr. Roy Wilson Learning Centre. -25
New York Yankees' Derek Jeter (2) is mobbed by teammates after driving in the winning run with a single against the Baltimore Orioles in the ninth inning of a baseball game, Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014, in New York. The Yankees won 6-5. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
Chateau de Chenonceau, spanning the River Cher, near the village of Chenonceaux, France. The Chateau de Chenonceau has not only been refurnished, but the wing built spanning the river Cher has been turned into a gallery. (AP Photo/Karen Schwartz)

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