April 28th, 2017



  • Business Beat: Understanding your credit score

    What is your credit score? If you don’t know, you may be at risk of being refused credit, paying higher interest rates or being considered a high risk by banks, employers or others who have access to credit rating files. If you have a credit card, a line of credit, a car loan, or a [...] Read More »

    2 days ago
  • Business Beat: The evolution of communication

    We first starting communicating via letter mail (550 B.C), followed by the telegraph (1792), then the telephone in 1890, followed by radio in 1891. Then came the 20th century with super computers in the 1940s, the birth of the early version of the internet in the 1960s, with the World Wide Web going live to [...] Read More »

    1 week ago
  • Business Beat: Medicine Hat a prime spot for a craft distillery

    The Government of Alberta recently announced that it is working on a program to help craft distillers grow their business. Full details are expected later this year. The Alberta Craft Distillers Association jumped on the news, writing on their Facebook page, “Our members are working super hard to create an amazing new industry in Alberta. [...] Read More »

    2 weeks ago
  • Business Beat: Don’t forget to pitch

    Everyone loves a pitch. It’s the sexist part of developing a business, however, it is also the part of the business planning cycle that panics even the most confident entrepreneur. That’s likely why once established, entrepreneurs fail to keep pitching as their business grows and is recognized in the market. There is an art to [...] Read More »

    3 weeks ago
  • Seventy-seven per cent of Canadians feel entitled to workplace health benefits

    CNW TORONTO Entitled is not a word typically used to describe Canadians, but when it comes to workplace health benefits, some believe these plans are a right. According to the most recent Sun Life Canadian Health Index, 77 per cent of Canadians surveyed feel all employees are entitled to receive a health benefits plan sponsored [...] Read More »

    3 weeks ago


  • From Our Table: For indoors or out, check out chicken

    With the start of spring comes that glorious scent of outdoor barbecues. I took my dog for a walk on the weekend close to supper time and could smell a variety of delicious meat grilling in people’s yards. Their are lots of fabulous foods to barbecue and one common main course is chicken. Chicken is [...] Read More »

    3 days ago
  • From Our Table: Cookies for Easter

    “Here comes Peter Cottontail, hopping down the bunny trail, hippity hoppity Easter’s on its way!” Just three short sleeps until Good Friday and the beginning of Easter celebrations. Believe it or not I still do Easter baskets for my four boys. I love all the holiday celebrations. I have decorations for all of them and [...] Read More »

    2 weeks ago
  • From Our Table: Take the fight out of food

    In my last column I wrote about March being Nutrition Month, a time to showcase a healthy eating theme brought to you by the Dietitians throughout Canada. This years theme is “Take the Fight Out of Food – Spot the Problem, Get the Facts, Seek Support.” This week let’s take a look at a very [...] Read More »

    1 month ago
  • From Our Table: Make eating fun and try a wide variety of recipes

    March is Nutrition Month, a time to showcase a healthy eating theme brought to you by the dietitians throughout Canada. This years theme is “Take the Fight out of Food – Spot the Problem, Get the Facts, Seek Support.” Eating should be a fun, favourite event not a source of frustration and confusion. Nutrition Month [...] Read More »

    1 month ago
  • From Our Table: A look at lentils

    February is Heart Health Month. There are many delicious foods that are good for us and specifically for the health of our heart. It’s really important to have a wide variety of healthy foods to ensure we get the 50-plus nutrients we need every day. On the flip side of that I also personally feel [...] Read More »

    2 months ago


  • To Your Health: Speaking out

    If ever there was a way to reduce the stigma of mental health then it was Prince Harry’s move this week revealing his personal struggle after his mother’s death. Harry talked about “total chaos” for years. It was particularly poignant coming from a member of the royal family whom we always see with a stiff [...] Read More »

    4 days ago
  • Doctor Game: Can six million readers answer this question?

    This week, would readers help me answer a perplexing question? Their answers could be helpful to millions of people. I’m sure that very few in Canada and the U.S. have not witnessed a friend or loved one develop Alzheimer’s disease (AD). First, some of the facts about this crippling malady. Then I’d appreciate my readers’ [...] Read More »

    4 days ago
  • To Your Health: Exercise can put your life in better focus

    Compared with generations ago there appear to be more and more of us wearing glasses or contact lenses. Some recent research has found a link between exercise and how well we can see. If you spend hours reading a book, have your eyes focused on needlework that is held about 30 cm from your eyes, [...] Read More »

    2 weeks ago
  • Doctor Game: Strokes aren’t just a senior problem

    How could it happen to Kris Letang, the Pittsburgh Penguin hockey player? He was young, in excellent physical condition, yet a victim of stroke. Today, stroke is not just a senior problem. So, why don’t learned professors know why this is happening? Professor Valery Feigin is Director of the National Institute for Stroke and Applied [...] Read More »

    2 weeks ago
  • Doctor Game: On informed consent, how informed are you really?

    If I were a patient, what would I want to know about the risk of treatment? Since I’ve been one a few times, let me tell you what I worried about before past medical procedures. And will there ever be truly informed patients? Let’s start with the major fear, death. Never forget that death lurks [...] Read More »

    3 weeks ago

Local Life

  • Viva Vitality: Stay safe while working in the yard

    Spring is here and that means sunshine, warmer weather and yard work! As we start planning out all of the work that needs to happen on our lawns and in our gardens, we may forget that the chemicals we use to make everything lush, green and fruitful can also be dangerous. Chemicals like fertilizer and [...] Read More »

    3 hours ago
  • Untitled: Saamis Tepee ‘a monument to Canada and its people’

    This is Part 3 of a three-part series. Part 1 appeared in Tuesday’s News, Part 2 appeared in Wednesday’s News. Medicine for First Nations is not medicine in the Western sense. It is a charm, magic, mystical or unearthly power as J.W. Morrow wrote in his book “Early History of the Medicine Hat Country.” Hence [...] Read More »

    3 hours ago
  • All Psyched Up: Don’t let yourself get sucked in to the world of fools

    Do you remember the Bee Gees? This musical group consisted of three brothers who began singing together when they were small boys. Over the years they brought us many, many hits that some of us can sing along with after only hearing the first few bars. Even though “How Deep Is Your Love” was released [...] Read More »

    3 hours ago
  • Untitled: The legends may differ, but one mystery is constant

    This is Part 2 of a three-part series. Part 1 appeared in Tuesday’s News, Part 3 will appear in Thursday’s News. The North American Great Plains are one of the most spectacular features of our Earth — a broad steppe reaching up from northern Mexico through the heartland of America and north to the Canadian [...] Read More »

    2 days ago
  • Volunteer Week: All for the kids

    mcranker@medicinehatnews.com @MHNmocranker For Ron Schaerer, volunteering has become a way of giving back to the community he has spent his entire life in. For the last 11 years, Schaerer has spent his winter nights tending to the Riverside High-Board Arena, getting it ready for the next morning’s skaters. “This is all for the kids,” he [...] Read More »

    3 days ago


  • Truffle hunting in Slovenia with Liza the dog

    Steve MacNaull Special to the News “Isci, isci,” ring out the shouts in the hills above Koper, Slovenia. Translated the command is, “search, search.” The verbal encouragement comes from Sara Kocjancic and is directed at two-year-old yellow Labrador retriever Liza, a truffle-hunting dog extraordinaire. Following instructions, Liza, tail up and snout down, zigzags through the [...] Read More »

    2 weeks ago
  • Make vacations and travel a key component of retirement

    Metro Editorial When the time comes to bid farewell to conference calls, meetings and daily commutes, retirees have open schedules to fill with whichever activities they choose. Travel is one exciting way to pass the time. Traveling can be a rewarding prospect for active seniors, particularly those who successfully preplanned for retirement and have the [...] Read More »

    3 weeks ago
  • No wonder it’s called Incredible India

    Mansoor Ladha Special to the News “Chai! Chai! Garma garam chai!” (Tea! Tea! Piping hot tea!) The young lad was going up and down the corridor at a bus rest stop between Ahmedabad and Nagpur, selling piping hot tea, the most popular drink in India, which is needed to start the day. It is estimated [...] Read More »

    4 weeks ago
  • Lost in Exuma, Bahamas

    Steve MacNaull Special to the News In the clearest of Bahamian waters, my son slows the boat and trims up the motor. The bow meets the white sand with the slightest resistance and we come to a gentle stop. Our eyes scan the perfect crescent of beach, the adjacent glistening sandbar and we congratulate ourselves [...] Read More »

    1 month ago
  • Deserted in the Virgin Islands

    Steve MacNaull Special to the News “Stop!” my wife and I shout in unison. We’ve been on the lookout for a deserted beach on which to romp and there it appears, fronted by turquoise Caribbean waters, topped with glistening white sand. This scene unfolds as we glide into Francis Bay on St. John, one of [...] Read More »

    2 months ago