January 23rd, 2017



  • Curveballs or Basics: What hiring managers ask in interviews

    CNW TORONTO A job interview can be nerve-racking, but add curveball questions to the mix, and you have a formula for a challenging discussion. The good news for Canadian jobs seekers is that many employers prefer to stick with standard inquiries, according to a survey by staffing firm Accountemps. Questions about the applicants’ interest in [...] Read More »

    2 weeks ago
  • Business Beat: New year, new beginnings

    Welcome 2017! According to anthropologist Anthony Aveni, many New Year’s traditions stemmed from the desire to ward off evil spirits. While I’m sure many people are happy to say goodbye to the upsets of 2016, Aveni, who has researched extensively the roots of seasonal holidays at Colgate University in New York, also says a new [...] Read More »

    2 weeks ago
  • Business Beat: Kickstart the new year with training

    New Year’s resolutions. Love them or hate them, participate or do not participate. I am the first to admit that it is much easier for me to ask someone else what their New Year’s resolutions are than to share what I am planning to change. Regardless of where you stand on the topic this January [...] Read More »

    3 weeks ago
  • Business Beat: Remember the importance of marketing in a down economy

    Part of living and working in a boom/bust economy is the inevitable and temporary downturn. Sadly, one of the first things to go in these leaner times is marketing budgets. However, by thinking long term, careful investment in marketing will ultimately assist your company bounce back as the economy improves. Consumers do not stop spending [...] Read More »

    4 weeks ago
  • Business Beat: From the ground to the growler

    Last year at this time, Medicine Hat was the only major Alberta city without a craft brewery. With last weekend’s opening of the Medicine Hat Brewing Company, we can now count two. Both Hell’s Basement Brewery and Medicine Hat Brewing Company invested in this community, creating business opportunities and employment. Along the way, they seized [...] Read More »

    1 month ago


  • From Our Table: Sensible steps to healthy success

    In my last column I talked about keys to successful long term weight loss: K-keep it simple E- exercise Y- yes to a variety of veggies S- so good to be you! This week I’d like to continue with that theme and talk a bit more about not just successful, permanent weight loss but healthy [...] Read More »

    7 days ago
  • From Our Table: Keep the ‘keys’ to weight loss success

    Happy New Year everyone! I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas and wonderful New Year’s celebrations. With a brand new year come many New Year’s resolutions. The most popular by far usually involve improving your health. Quitting smoking, exercising more and the ever popular losing weight. With so many weight loss programs around [...] Read More »

    3 weeks ago
  • From Our Table: Getting organized for the Christmas meal

    Christmas Day is just five sleeps away and I’m sure everyone can feel the growing excitement in the air! For those of you like me who will be hosting the Christmas meal this year it’s time to get the menu finalized and the ingredients organized. In fact being organized for the Christmas meal is not [...] Read More »

    1 month ago
  • From Our Table: ‘Tis the season to be jolly, and for gingerbread

    I really hope you are jolly this Christmas season. Now that we have snow it really feels like Christmas! Not so fun for driving but it really does look pretty. It can stay until Jan. 2 then it can go away until next Christmas. Christmas is a wonderful time of the year to get together [...] Read More »

    2 months ago
  • From Our Table: Cheesy Christmas gifts

    OK so it’s not “beginning to look a lot like Christmas” but even with our weather unseasonably warm lately Christmas is still just around the corner. Soon the shopping will start and with the busy Christmas season the parties will also begin. What a wonderful time of year to get together with family and friends [...] Read More »

    2 months ago


  • Doctor Game: Whether or not to get a flu shot is an entirely personal choice

    Sir William Osler, one of the world’s great doctors, suggested a treatment for the common cold. He said, “Hang your hat on the bedpost, go to bed, start sipping whisky, and stop when you see two hats!” He was stressing humorously that there wasn’t any sure treatment for the common cold. Now, during the flu [...] Read More »

    13 hours ago
  • To Your Health: Practical advice on how everyone can cope with dementia

    You may not have a loved one with dementia but you probably know someone who does. We can all make their journey a little smoother7 by understanding what they are experiencing and responding appropriately. Teepa Snow, a dementia education and skills training specialist with Positive Approach, is masterful in getting the dementia message across and [...] Read More »

    13 hours ago
  • Doctor Game: LeafSource is a natural remedy 100 years in the making

    Can the fossilized remains of an ancient, organic forest treat many modern medical problems? Like Ripley, you might say, “It’s too good to be true.” But unlike today’s medicines, LeafSource has been 100 million years in the making! The Cretaceous Age started 145 million years ago. It was the golden age of giant tree ferns, [...] Read More »

    1 week ago
  • To Your Health: Breathe your way to a more restful sleep

    Whether you are a parent with a young baby, a student burning the candle at both ends, or a senior who gets up several times a night, we all long for a good night’s sleep. Not getting enough sleep can affect your physical, emotional well-being and your mental health. Getting to sleep can be a [...] Read More »

    1 week ago
  • To Your Health: The season of colds

    It is the season of colds but there are things you can do at home to reduce your symptoms, bring temporary relief and perhaps even provide some comfort. If you have a cold, as opposed to influenza, you generally don’t need to see a doctor. “Influenza is much more severe of an illness than a [...] Read More »

    2 weeks ago

Local Life

  • Clubs Calendar Jan. 23-29

    MONDAY — Do you have a drinking problem? Alcoholics Anonymous meetings are held seven days a week in Medicine Hat. For times and locations, call 403-527-2065. — Moms’ Walking Group, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., meet in Mall Food Court in front of A&W. Walk, then have coffee. — TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), 5-6 p.m., [...] Read More »

    13 hours ago
  • Your Money: Basics of life insurance

    The first type of insurance is called term life. Term life provides insurance protection for a specified length of time, either a fixed number of years (e.g. 10 or 20 years) or to a specified age (e.g. to age 75). Premiums are usually lower when you are young, but become more expensive as you renew. [...] Read More »

    3 days ago
  • Praxis: Wax on or wax off? Depends how fast you want to ski

    Reluctantly, I have agreed to go skiing in the coming weeks. I say reluctantly because I once had a really bad accident and injury as a result of a skiing accident. As a result, I was wondering whether or not I should have my skis waxed before I go out. I do not want to [...] Read More »

    3 days ago
  • Heritage in the Hat: The Nazis of Medicine Hat

    In Medicine Hat, during the Second World War, the Nazis were in charge! Internment Camp #132, one of the biggest prisoner-of-war camps for the Allies, housed more than 12,000 German prisoners. This number exceeded the population of Medicine Hat at the time, and since the understaffed camp relied on the German military command structure (dominated [...] Read More »

    3 days ago
  • Legal Briefs: Standing in the place of a parent

    Family lawyers are always pleased to see clients when they are entering into a new relationship. Meeting with these clients gives us the opportunity to discuss possible outcomes which can arise when they are involved in a new relationship. One factor that can complicate a new romantic relationship is the relationship that the client has, [...] Read More »

    3 days ago


  • Playing with monkeys in Honduras a highlight excursion during a Western Caribbean cruise on Norwegian Getaway

    Steve MacNaull Special to the News As the saying goes, he’s a cheeky monkey. Poncha, a white-faced Capuchin, is flitting between my wife and I and our 14-year-old daughter, wrapping his tail around our necks as he perches on our shoulders and stares longingly into our eyes. Of course, it’s all an act to be [...] Read More »

    3 days ago
  • Healdsburg a top wine, culinary destination in Cali

    Mansoor Ladha Special to the News I have never in my life said “cheers” so many times in one day as I did during a recent visit of wineries and vineyards in Healdsburg, Calif. Located just 70 miles from San Francisco, Healdsburg is an ideal vacation spot where you can sample from an abundance of [...] Read More »

    1 week ago
  • Norwegian Cruise Line’s new private island in Belize is designed for fun, relaxation and exclusivity

    Steve MacNaull Special to the News There’s nothing quite like a private island. It conjures up fantasies of exclusivity, indulgence and luxury on a personalized hideaway. Position this prime real estate in the blue-as-blue Caribbean Sea just off the coast of Central America’s southern Belize and you have a winner. That’s exactly what Norwegian Cruise [...] Read More »

    2 weeks ago
  • Elkhart Lake an undiscovered festive jewel

    Mansoor Ladha Special to the News Whether you are getting married, celebrating your wedding anniversary, family gathering, holiday season or a business meeting, Elkhart Lake, Wis., is the place which will enchant you with beauty, natural setting, superb accommodation and delicious meals. Elkhart Lake, a village of 961 residents, is a legendary gateway and a [...] Read More »

    3 weeks ago
  • Kerala offers more than health holidays

    Mansoor Ladha Special to the News I was lying on my stomach on a massage table, my face cradled in the “doughnut” while hot oil was dribbled in long calculated strokes on my back. This was my introduction to the Ayurveda medicine which is gaining popularity among tourists in Cochi, Cochin or Kochi, Kerala’s capital [...] Read More »

    1 month ago