May 23rd, 2017

Canada 150

How oilsands changed Canada and Alberta forever

By Canadian Press on May 9th, 2017

David O’Laney unlocks the gate to the historic site he is charged with protecting and swings it wide, allowing entrance to what is arguably the birthplace of modern Alberta and all that has meant to the rest of Canada. Appropriately, the road in is paved with bitumen. “This is where the first experimental oilsands processing ... Read More »

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The story of Canada’s first women’s shelter

By Canadian Press on May 2nd, 2017

In the early 1970s, domestic violence was still a problem with no name — a private reality for many women, but not an issue considered the business of government or police. It was in this setting that a group of young feminists set about opening the first shelter for abused women and children in Canada. ... Read More »

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Canadian inventors have changed the world

By The Canadian Press on April 25th, 2017

TORONTO – Zippers. Garbage bags. Paint rollers. Some items are so ingrained in our lives we don’t stop to consider life without them — how we would do up a jacket, take out the trash or give a wall a fresh coat of paint. But without the Canadians behind these inventions, all these tasks — ... Read More »

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The legacy of the conscription crisis of WW1

By The Canadian Press on April 18th, 2017

MONTREAL – Canadian mythology suggests the country earned its sovereignty from the British Crown in the First World War, after legions of soldiers from Victoria to Charlottetown gallantly stormed German defences along the Western Front and were instrumental in the Allied cause. But as Canadians were fighting the Germans, back home the country was at ... Read More »

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Prince Charles, Camilla to visit in time for Canada 150 celebration

By The Canadian Press on April 18th, 2017

OTTAWA – Prince Charles and his wife Camilla will visit Canada this summer in time for the country’s birthday. Governor General David Johnston says they have accepted the government’s invitation to undertake a tour. The royal duo will be in Canada from June 29 to July 1. They will travel in Ontario, Nunavut and the ... Read More »

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Tracing the roots of Canada’s love for hockey

By Canadian Press on April 11th, 2017

Unpack what hockey means to Canada on the country’s sesquicentennial and you are immediately shin guard-deep in cultural touchstones: A Wayne Gretzky rookie card, a Starr skate, Roch Carrier’s story “The Hockey Sweater,” Jacques Plante’s trailblazing fiberglass mask, the lucky loonie buried in centre ice at the 2002 Olympics, a hockey stick wrapped in rainbow ... Read More »

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Ask what you can do for your country during Canada 150

By Medicine Hat News on March 29th, 2017

One of the stories that went largely under-reported in the federal government’s 2017 budget, which was awash in a $28 billion deficit and left huge, glaring tax holes open for the obscenely rich as its highlights, was the phasing out of the Canada Savings Bond program by November 2017. It’s true the bond market isn’t ... Read More »

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50 years later, Canada’s centennial trees are thriving

By Gillian Slade on March 29th, 2017

gslade@medicinehatnews.com  @MHNGillianSlade A tree planted by a little boy to celebrate Canada’s centennial is thriving 50 years later as the nation celebrates its 150th birthday this year. A Grade 1 student at Earl Kitchener School, Dennis Gries came home in the spring of 1967 with a sapling coniferous tree about five inches high. It ... Read More »

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Collector’s Corner: New coins for Canada 150

By Medicine Hat News on March 25th, 2017

Before I start about the new coins for this year I would like to remind readers about the travelling coin and silver dealers that appeared on March 11 at a city hotel. For those of you who may have attended I hope that you got prices before you went. I attended and they offered me ... Read More »

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Eye on the Esplanade: Ceramics exhibition shows varied interpretations of Canada’s formation

By Medicine Hat News on March 24th, 2017

This year, Canadians will celebrate 150 years as a nation. To commemorate this unique occasion, the Esplanade Art Gallery presents Oh Ceramics! a national exhibition featuring 16 ceramic artists from across Canada. We thought it was most appropriate to present an exhibition of high-calibre Canadian artists working in clay, the bedrock of our region and ... Read More »

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