December 15th, 2017



  • Business Beat: Support local for the holidays

    Adding local businesses to your holiday shopping adventure is the perfect way to add impact to your gift-giving budget. The numbers prove that shopping local, and shopping small, make a big difference in our local community. In 2016, for example, 60 per cent of the private sector was employed at a small or medium-sized businesses. [...] Read More »

    2 days ago
  • Business Beat: Five basic credit qualification criteria for small business loans

    Regardless of where you decide to access your business financing, you will need to follow through on a detailed credit process to optimize your chances of loan approval. But did you know that your financing request will be evaluated using five basic categories, known as “the 5 Cs of Credit”? Most lenders will use these [...] Read More »

    1 week ago
  • Business Beat: Time is running out on changes to employment standards

    There has been a whirlwind of public policy consultations throughout 2017 (albeit often short) and subsequent legislation changes that impact regulations for all employers. Many may not even be aware of the changes coming. However it is critically important to become knowledgeable about these types of changes in order to avoid any potential penalties that [...] Read More »

    2 weeks ago
  • Business Beat: Wins for the region are wins for local entrepreneurs

    Regional partnerships with a focus on entrepreneurship and innovation received a boost last week from the province’s Community and Regional Economic Support (CARES) program. Medicine Hat, Brooks, Oyen and Foremost will all receive funding to help build on their economic strengths. Medicine Hat College is involved with two of these projects, one in Medicine Hat [...] Read More »

    2 weeks ago
  • Business Beat: Powering growth

    Canada’s greenhouse operators are growing their square footage to take advantage of rising vegetable prices in international markets. In Alberta, Medicine Hat continues to lead the way, accounting for 70 per cent of the province’s total greenhouse area, while producing enough power to meet the growing needs of the city. And there’s room for more. [...] Read More »

    3 weeks ago


  • From Our Table: A big birthday requires lots of great food

    “Jingle Bells,” “O Holy Night,” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “Silent Night,” “It’s Beginning To Look a Lot Like Christmas,” the endless list of Christmas carols goes on while the number of days until Christmas Day arrives get shorter and shorter. I am often a bottom line person. This Christmas season has been very challenging for [...] Read More »

    1 week ago
  • From Our Table: Cranberry salsa could be your next seasonal hit

    It’s time to start gearing up for the Christmas season. Christmas Day is just a short 34 days away and that means Christmas parties and get togethers with friends are likely in full swing. A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of being introduced to one of the most succulent salsa recipes I’ve ever [...] Read More »

    3 weeks ago
  • From Our Table: Hello Halloween

    Only one week until the streets are filled with happy Halloweeners all dressed up and ready to collect candy. My boys used to love to dress up in costumes all year long. Dressing up and then going door-to-door collecting candy on Halloween was just a huge bonus. They would wonder how come they only got [...] Read More »

    2 months ago
  • From Our Table: Because a thankful heart is a happy heart

    Some of you might remember the very popular kids videos and songs called Veggie Tales by Phil Vischer. My kids loved them and I think I loved them even more. Each video had a moral theme and they were not only entertaining but educational. In one video Madame Blueberry (yes there were also fruits not [...] Read More »

    2 months ago
  • Buffets can make things easier for the host but remember safety

    Mero Editorial Food is a key component of any social occasion. Party hosts often rely on buffet-style offerings as opposed to sit-down meals to feed guests in environments where space may be limited. Buffets also are handy when hosting guests with various dietary restrictions or people who are picky eaters. When establishing buffet service, hosts [...] Read More »

    2 months ago


  • To Your Health: Thunderstorms are bad news for asthma sufferers

    We generally think of rain as cleaning the air, making us want to breathe deeply. If a thunderstorm is part of the equation though it can seriously impact asthma symptoms. People showing up in emergency rooms with asthma issues increases significantly after a thunderstorm, new research has shown. During an electric storm pollen is separated [...] Read More »

    4 days ago
  • Doctor Game: Heroin for opioid addicts, none for cancer patients

    Where is the common sense and compassion in this country for cancer patients who suffer in agony? I write this because drug addicts, who largely seek pleasure from opioid drugs, are now getting better pain control than cancer victims. And these patients and their families should be enraged by what is happening. The federal minister [...] Read More »

    4 days ago
  • Doctor Game: Taking arsenic would be safer

    Today, there’s almost a crusade taking place to decrease the risk of concussion in hockey, football and other sports. But what is the risk of other injuries? A study, published in the issue of JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery, says you do not have to participate in high octane sports to be injured. The report shows [...] Read More »

    2 weeks ago
  • To Your Health: New drug could cut migraine attacks in half

    One injection a month could drastically change the lives of people who suffer with migraines. Trials revealed the drug called Erenumab can prevent about 50 per cent of migraines in people who have had little relief from others drugs and it is preventative rather than addressing the symptoms. UK scientists have been working on Erenumab [...] Read More »

    2 weeks ago
  • Doctor Game: Is there a recipe for Alzheimer’s Disease?

    “What causes Alzheimer’s Disease (AD)?” I recently read an article written by Stephanie Seneff, a senior research scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. I know from my years at Harvard that MIT does not employ dummies. So it’s worthwhile reading her “Recipe for Developing AD.” Danger One [...] Read More »

    3 weeks ago

Local Life

  • Taking a stand against impaired driving

    Each year, Alberta Transportation and the Office of Traffic Safety designates the month of December as Impaired Driving Awareness Month. Everyone knows impaired driving is dangerous and presents a serious public health risk to all on the road, yet each year hundreds of people are still being killed and tens of thousands are injured in [...] Read More »

    6 hours ago
  • All Psyched Up: O Christmas tree

    I happened to go into a large retail store recently and was absolutely shocked by the extremely long wall that was stocked from floor to ceiling with artificial Christmas trees. Sizes ranged from those suitable for desktops or apartments all the way up to those that were well over nine feet in height. Choices included [...] Read More »

    6 hours ago
  • Tim Hortons promo to aid women’s shelter and food bank

    Medicine Hat News Tim Hortons’ new Strachan Corner location in Medicine Hat has plans to warm up the winter. From 1-4 p.m. Dec. 17, Santa is paying a visit and $5 Tim cards will be given out with the purchase of a hot beverage. As well, kids visiting Santa will receive a free timbit and [...] Read More »

    1 day ago
  • What’s Up Doc?: Maternal age the most significant risk factor associated with Down syndrome

    “Attacking people with disabilities is the lowest display of power I can think of,” actor Morgan Freeman has said. Down syndrome is the most frequently occurring chromosomal congenital abnormality in Canada. It is a lifelong condition. It adversely affects infant’s life and mortality. An English physician John Langdon Down first described Down syndrome in 1862, [...] Read More »

    3 days ago
  • Clubs Calendar Dec. 11-17

    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) 5:30 p.m., [...] Read More »

    4 days ago


  • Over-the-top-romance and luxury in an over-the-water bungalow at Sandals in Jamica

    Steve MacNaull Special to the News As self-imposed exiles go, this one is exquisite, sexy, opulent and indulgent. My wife, Kerry, and I are holed up in one of the new, sumptuous over-the-water bungalow at Sandals South Coast Resort in Jamaica, and, we don’t want to leave. So, we don’t. We sequester ourselves in a [...] Read More »

    6 days ago
  • Retracing history in the City of Light

    Russell Contreras The Associated Press PARIS The great African-American writers James Baldwin and Richard Wright began their feud over Wright’s novel “Native Son,” at Cafe Les Deux Magots. Jazz trumpeter Miles Davis held hands with his white girlfriend, French actress Juliette Greco, while strolling along the Seine after hanging out with Picasso. Entertainer Josephine Baker [...] Read More »

    2 weeks ago
  • Stay in luxury while being a mangrove rehabilitation voluntourist in Miami

    Steve MacNaull Special to the News Feeling virtuous, my wife and I tuck into the elaborate tasting menu at KYU. The wine-and-dine extravaganza at the Asian-inspired barbecue hotspot in Miami’s warehouse-turned-hipster Wynwood neighbourhood is justified after our stint of voluntourism earlier in the day. Granted, our hand in mangrove rehabilitation along the Oleta River 15 [...] Read More »

    1 month ago
  • Staying above water

    Steve MacNaull Special to the News Channelling my inner Amsterdammer, I sleep in a canal boat and then cycle in the rain. It’s all part of making my visit to the Dutch capital as authentic, and unique, as possible. I’ve been to Amsterdam before and stayed at DoubleTree, which is a very nice chain hotel [...] Read More »

    2 months ago
  • Your Travels: Laughlin is a gambling oasis along the Colorado River

    Ernest Fode Laughlin, Nevada, located south of Las Vegas along the Colorado River, has become a popular tourist destination. This small gambling resort caught my interest as I arrived in Las Vegas. After checking in at the Circus, Circus Hotel Casino I made plans to visit Laughlin the next day. On my way, I stopped [...] Read More »

    2 months ago