February 23rd, 2017



  • Business Beat: Making trade shows part of your marketing toolkit

    Many individuals and businesses don’t realize that the Medicine Hat & District Chamber of Commerce organizes the local Sunshine Home & Garden Show in the spring and the Great West Home & Leisure Show in the fall. The Chamber of Commerce has committed to hosting these trade shows each year because of the commerce it [...] Read More »

    1 day ago
  • Business Beat: New opportunities in local suspended oil and gas wells

    As calls grow louder for regulations around abandoning and reclaiming non-producing oil and gas wells, there is an opportunity for companies to coordinate the massive effort that will be required. Medicine Hat’s workforce has the oilfield service experience to play a major role if new rules do indeed come into effect. According to a recent [...] Read More »

    1 week ago
  • Waiting for a ‘big idea’ is not necessarily a need for entrepreneurship

    CNW TORONTO In a time of increased uncertainty, many Canadians are considering entrepreneurship as a way to gain control over their future. According toRBC’s recent Small Business Poll more than three-quarters of Canadians (79 per cent) believe that working for themselves is less risky than working for someone else because they can control their own [...] Read More »

    1 week ago
  • Business Beat: Southeast Alberta first in province to get business incubator funding

    Last Friday, the provincial government announced that southeast Alberta would be first in the province to receive funding for a business incubator to support growth in entrepreneurship and innovation, which can help create jobs and diversify the economy. Several regional entrepreneurship incubators are slated for funding across the province to support business startups in the [...] Read More »

    2 weeks ago
  • Business Beat: The Regional Innovation Network in southeast Alberta

    The Regional Innovation Network can help you bring ideas to life. The network was founded in 2010 when Alberta Innovates began to formulate a plan for an integrated provincial support system that would assist and support the growth of innovative and technology-oriented businesses in Alberta. This provincial support system is known as the Alberta Regional [...] Read More »

    3 weeks ago


  • From Our Table: Happy Valentine’s Day

    Love is definitely in the air. I’m so excited to be writing my column on the actual day of Valentine’s. In case you haven’t heard me mention it before I love Valentine’s Day. It represents many things I love such as the colours red and pink, especially pink, I really love pink. It’s also majorly [...] Read More »

    1 week 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 »

    1 month 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 »

    2 months 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 »

    2 months 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 »

    3 months ago


  • To Your Health: The best gifts are those that can’t be bought or sold

    Sometimes it is what we don’t know that causes the most angst. Many years ago a close relative completed the paperwork to donate her body, after death, for medical research. When she died I struggled with the thought of her body in a room full of medical students. We heard nothing more from the medical [...] Read More »

    3 days ago
  • Doctor Game: Thank you for being our voice

    Last week, I wrote that unless we use Singapore’s solution to hang drug pushers, we will never defeat the opioid epidemic in North America. This week, a strong response from readers. A police officer in a major Canadian city writes, “Thank you for the temerity to write this column. I wonder why we have a [...] Read More »

    3 days ago
  • Flu vaccine effectiveness ‘decent’

    Sheryl Ubelacker The Canadian Press TORONTO This season’s influenza vaccine is estimated to have been more than 40 per cent effective in preventing illness with the dominant H3N2 viral strain in Canadians who got their shots, a national network of infectious diseases experts says. The Canadian Sentinel Practitioner Surveillance Network determines vaccine effectiveness by analyzing [...] Read More »

    1 week ago
  • Doctor Game: Ways to decrease the risk of heart attack

    Every 37 seconds in North America someone dies of a heart attack. But there are several natural remedies to protect the health of our hearts. They’re all available in Health Food Stores and are not associated with the complications of cholesterol-lowering and other prescription drugs. Remember, the first rule of medicine is to do no [...] Read More »

    1 week ago
  • To Your Health: Take a knee and read this

    Longevity is being accompanied by knees that are often aching and straining with fatigue. We hear of more and more people having knee replacement surgery. At one time it was only really old people who were having this surgery but now it is common to hear of the relatively young doing so. The artificial joints [...] Read More »

    1 week ago

Local Life

  • Untitled: Democracies must be built on trust

    This is Part 2 of a three-part series. Part 3 will appear in Friday’s News ————— The biggest mistake our political leaders have made in our fight against Islamic terrorism is to not mentally prepare us for the next attack. Prime Ministers Stephen Harper and Justin Trudeau, Presidents George W. Bush, Barack Obama and Donald [...] Read More »

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  • Untitled: Platitudes ignore the real terrorism threat

    This is Part 1 of a three-part series. Part 2 will appear in Thursday’s News ————— Islamic terrorism is a tricky subject to talk about. If we only look at the numbers it’s clear terrorism is not an existential threat to the West. The Soviet Union during the Cold War had the capacity to destroy [...] Read More »

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  • What’s Up Doc?: Doctors advised to be careful when treating elderly with cholesterol-lowering drugs

    The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta in their newsletter, The Messenger (Jan. 11, 2017) advised doctors to use statins carefully in the elderly. If your blood cholesterol level is high then you should ask your doctor if treatment with statins is right for you. High cholesterol level is a risk factor for heart [...] Read More »

    2 days ago
  • Clubs Calendar Feb. 20-26

    Note: Some listings may be cancelled due to the Family Day long weekend. Check with the club. 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 [...] Read More »

    3 days ago
  • Praxis: Nails in my cereal

    We are down to the final weeks before the Regional Science Fair on April 8 at Medicine Hat College. I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but if you are going to do a project, we need to get started now. There are many interesting and simple science fair projects that you can [...] Read More »

    5 days ago


  • Riding the waves of the Thames in style

    Mansoor Ladha Special to the News “When you’re tired of London, you’re tired of life,” someone is reported to have said. This is true of London, which has lots to offer in terms of history, monuments, architecture, culinary experiences, food tours, royalty, excitement and pomp celebrations. For me, London has fast become a second home. [...] Read More »

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  • 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 »

    1 month 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 month 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 months 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 »

    2 months ago