February 18th, 2018



  • Business Beat: Not just blowing smoke

    The federal government is on track to legalize recreational cannabis in the summer of 2018. It’s not every day that a multi-billion-dollar industry comes to life. For it or against it, the business of cannabis is worth a closer look. In 2018 Canadians are projected to spend between $4.2 and $6.2 billion on legal cannabis, [...] Read More »

    4 days ago
  • Business Beat: Business incubators an all-in-one solution

    A quick Google search of “how to start a business” quickly unveils pages of services, articles and insight for entrepreneurs to consider. With so much information to sift through, often just the process of researching business development services can stall even the most dedicated entrepreneur in moving their idea from concept to reality. Business incubation [...] Read More »

    2 weeks ago
  • Business Beat: Four ways an effective marketing plan can help your business win

    Your marketing plan is an essential tool to helping you reach your business goals. It will be the roadmap you follow to determine what actions you will take to reach your customers and how you will continually assess and evaluate the overall effectiveness of your marketing activities. The Community Futures office of Medicine Hat has [...] Read More »

    3 weeks ago
  • Business Beat: Are trade shows a part of your marketing toolkit?

    We know businesses have a number of options for advertising their product or service and it’s increasingly challenging to know where to spend your dollars to obtain a valuable return on investment and know exactly what the best avenue is to market your product or service. I know the same challenge is true for businesses [...] Read More »

    4 weeks ago
  • Business Beat: What’s next for NAFTA?

    The next round of NAFTA negotiations runs Jan. 23-28 in Montreal. Time and again since his election campaign, U.S President Donald Trump has signalled his intent to withdrawal from in his words, “the worst trade deal maybe ever signed anywhere.” Heading into the sixth round of NAFTA negotiations, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is prepared [...] Read More »

    1 month ago


  • How corned beef became synonymous with St. Patrick’s Day

    Metro Editorial Many people enjoy indulging in corned beef on St. Patrick’s Day, but few may know exactly what they’re eating. Corned beef is a way to prepare a cut of beef, typically the brisket. When making corned beef, the beef is cured in a brine solution. Corned beef gets its name because the meat [...] Read More »

    5 days ago
  • From Our Table: A few more of my favourite things

    Another one of my favourite things is right around the corner — Valentine’s Day! It’s a day to celebrate love which is yet another one of my favourite things. It’s also associated with a very special food, chocolate, which is also one of my favourites. And most importantly pink is one of the common colours [...] Read More »

    5 days ago
  • End your Valentine’s Day dinner with homemade dessert

    Metro Editorial Valentine’s Day is synonymous with many things, including chocolate. Many sweethearts exchange chocolate on Valentine’s Day, making chocolate confections as essential to a successful holiday as flowers and romance. Men and women who want to make this Valentine’s Day extra special can forgo store-bought chocolates in favour of homemade confections. The following recipe [...] Read More »

    2 weeks ago
  • From Our Table: Family traditions created and shared at dinner

    I love the new commercial for Presidents Choice that starts with the mom nursing her baby girl then continues as she grows showing her eating with family and friends ending with the young woman eating alone in an office with the line, “We grow up eating together. Why do we stop?” Family meals are crucial. [...] Read More »

    3 weeks ago
  • From Our Table: Pulses may be tiny, but are packed with power

    Well here we are already halfway through the first month of the new year 2018. I hope your health goals are on track and you are treating yourself like gold. We only get one body to get through life with so it’s really smart to look after it well I want to spend a few [...] Read More »

    1 month ago


  • To Your Health: Music is a powerful tool for better health

    If you use headphones to feed music to your ears while exercising physically you already know the benefits of music distracting you from the effort your body is enduring. If your eyes have spilled tears of emotion while you watched a parade and listened to a military band you understand the power of music. There [...] Read More »

    6 days ago
  • Doctor Game: The right answers about flu could save your life

    “Get the shot,” is the message now the flu season is here. But how effective is the vaccine? What is the chance of a mismatch? Are there serious complications? Should you get your shot at the local pharmacy? Or treat yourself with over-the-counter products? Should you rely on natural remedies? The right answers could save [...] Read More »

    6 days ago
  • To Your Health: Germs are hiding in plain sight all around your home

    Dish cloths can be a breeding ground for 4 billion germs. It is very hard to keep up with cleaning our homes and none of us have time to take cleaning routines to what they were in our grandparents’ day. However, it is good to be reminded of standards to strive for and cleaning some [...] Read More »

    2 weeks ago
  • Doctor Game: The nitric oxide key to prevent heart attack

    Ask anyone what causes a sudden coronary attack and they will say it’s the result of high blood cholesterol, lack of exercise, obesity or smoking. Now, a report in the publication “LifeExtension” says doctors must start thinking “endothelium.” I’d bet few readers could even spell this word. So why is it so vital? And what [...] Read More »

    2 weeks ago
  • To Your Health: You are your own best advocate for your health

    Even if you have had the same family doctor for years and years you should be compiling your own health record file. It can be difficult to trace your really old medical records and a test result that may not have seemed very important at the time may be very useful later. You are your [...] Read More »

    3 weeks ago

Local Life

  • Buds and Blooms: Start thinking of spring and plan your growing season

    It is so cold and miserable outside, especially this past Monday, but it is time to turn your thoughts to spring and start planning your growing season. Many of the following reasons might entice you to grow your own vegetable garden: exercise; pride in your accomplishment; organic guarantee; to teach your children; quality and flavour [...] Read More »

    1 day ago
  • Legal Briefs: A voice, not a choice

    How much input should your children have into your post-divorce parenting plan? When I first started practising family law, the conventional wisdom was that children should really know little or nothing about their parents’ divorce. It is still true that experts believe that children should not be involved in the adult details of their parents’ [...] Read More »

    1 day ago
  • Science Smarts: Catching snowflakes

    I can hardly believe the weather we are having in February. Please do not hate me, but I am quite enjoying all of the snow we have received the past few days. It is truly beautiful out there. Today is especially beautiful as I came into the office, the gentle snowflakes were landing on my [...] Read More »

    1 day ago
  • Collector’s Corner: Putting a stamp on Canada’s 150th

    For Canada’s 150th year celebration, Canada Post has produced a series of noteworthy stamps highlighting certain events. Between 1967 and 2016, we have enjoyed accomplishments of Canadians across the country and have shown this by issuing a special set of 10 stamps. Each of these stamps tells its own story, and no matter which part [...] Read More »

    1 day ago
  • Reflections: Scrabble has surprising benefits

    “Why do we play this game?” I asked my husband for the umpteenth time. I was referring to Scrabble, and it was not going well. Despite the claims on the box, not every word is a winner. Not all Scrabble games are fun. It is definitely not fun to lose by more than 100 points. [...] Read More »

    1 day ago


  • It’s all about the white-sand beach, azure ocean and luxe digs at this new resort zone north of Cancun

    Steve MacNaull Special to the News Just south of where the Caribbean Sea collides with the Gulf of Mexico is a stunning and spiritual nexus. It’s here, a little shy of the northern tip of the Isla Blanca peninsula, that the white-sand Play Mujeres meets dual-coloured water the hue of melted green and blue gemstones. [...] Read More »

    1 day ago
  • The ocean’s bluer in Oahu

    Steve MacNaull Special to the News A half a kilometre off the west coast of Oahu, Matthew Solomona is in the midst of an esoteric explanation of why the water is so blue. It has something to do with the Pacific Ocean being a prism that captures and concentrates the wavelengths of all the azure [...] Read More »

    1 week ago
  • Your Travels: Ixtapa-Zihuatenejo a destination with warm memories

    Ernest Fode I arrived at the recently expanded and modernized Ixtapa-Zihuatenejo International Airport during one of our frigid Alberta winter coldspells. My Sunwing flight departed Edmonton for a seven-day all-inclusive vacation at one of Ixtapa’s El Palmar beachfront resorts. Ixtapa grew into a tourist resort back in the late 1970s. It’s situated halfway between Puerto [...] Read More »

    1 week ago
  • Toronto’s central hotels essential for walkers

    Mansoor Ladha Special to the News Whenever I visit a strange city, I prefer not to drive. I choose to stay somewhere downtown so that most restaurants and tourist attractions are close by and within walking distance. On a recent visit to Toronto, Canada’s largest city, I decided to stay downtown to explore the city’s [...] Read More »

    2 weeks ago
  • The anti-mega-ski resort experience

    Steve MacNaull Special to the News It’s otherworldly here at the top of the Eagle Chairlift. The sun is seeping through the broken cloud above, yet there’s also a layer of cumulus below shrouding the Okanagan Valley. In between, atop Mt. Baldy, at 7,000-foot elevation, 2,133 metres for those thinking metric, the light is surreal. [...] Read More »

    4 weeks ago