August 19th, 2017



  • Business Beat: The growth engine for business

    Do you have a great product or service that you want to offer to an international market? Not connecting with the right contacts, not having the right tools, or the right partners might be the things keeping you from succeeding internationally. The decision to expand into a global economy can be a very profitable venture, [...] Read More »

    4 days ago
  • Business Beat: Ten things you should know about our employee benefit plan

    10. No minimum firm size Your company is eligible to apply even if it’s a one-person operation. Chambers Plan was introduced to protect small businesses of various size and statures, from home-based businesses to growing companies (up to 50 employees). 9. No industry restrictions All for-profit businesses are eligible to participate in Chambers Plan as [...] Read More »

    2 weeks ago
  • Business Beat: Confidence grows as business and jobs return to the region

    One of the stories of 2017 has been Alberta’s recovery from a historic recession as jobs slowly return to the province. Employment numbers are especially pronounced inMedicine Hat, with unemployment plummeting from 12.7 per cent in June 2016 to just 4.5 per cent in June 2017, easily outpacing the province’s 7.4 per cent rate. As [...] Read More »

    3 weeks ago
  • Messy desks annoying to many managers

    CNW TORONTO Is it time to spring clean your messy desk? More than half of Canadian senior managers (51 per cent) interviewed by staffing firm OfficeTeam said the most distracting or annoying aspect of employee workspaces is sloppiness or disorganization. Nineteen per cent of senior managers reported seeing an inappropriate or offensive item in an [...] Read More »

    4 weeks ago
  • Business Beat: The best businesses start with one employee

    Imagine a world where you couldn’t get a handmade crocheted washcloth. I just can’t. That simple crocheted washcloth, often sold online or at local markets, plays a significant role in the local, regional and provincial economy, by generating a revenue ripple that extends far beyond its $4 price tag. Some love the thrill of dreaming [...] Read More »

    4 weeks ago


  • From Our Table: Colourful veggies in some favourite summer foods

    I love summer! I may have mentioned that several times before. I love the vibrant colours, the heat and I especially love summer foods. You just can’t beat the abundance of fabulous fresh vegetables and all the mouth watering foods grilled in the beautiful outdoors. I asked a few friends what their summer favourite foods [...] Read More »

    5 days ago
  • From Our Table: Out of the garden and into your mouth

    Summer is the perfect time to enjoy fresh from the garden vegetables. Despite the delicious, crisp refreshing taste of veggies, many people do not eat enough. When I’ve done nutrition counselling I’ve been amazed at how many people have said they don’t like vegetables. So I ask them a few more questions and they eventually [...] Read More »

    3 weeks ago
  • From Our Table: Stampede countdown begins with chili

    The Medicine Hat Exhibition & Stampede is right around the corner. The queen and princess were just crowned on the weekend. Out of eight amazing contestants congratulations to our new Queen Lacey Palichuk and Princess Ava Padfield. I know Ava’s parents Tim and Jodene and am sure they are bursting with pride as they should [...] Read More »

    1 month ago
  • From Our Table: Sizzling summer celebrations

    First of all happy belated Canada Day wishes to everyone! I hope you had a wonderful long weekend celebrating Canada’s 150th. We are so fortunate to live in such an incredible country. I actually tend to tear up whenever I sing our national anthem and reall y concentrate on the words. I am very proud [...] Read More »

    2 months ago
  • From Our Table: Summer Safety

    We are so incredibly fortunate to live in such a beautiful location with so much wonderful weather especially in the summer. I really have no desire to travel away in the summer months when right here is the best place to be. In fact, I’m flying to Newfoundland for a Dietitian’s Conference this week where [...] Read More »

    2 months ago


  • Doctor Game: Puritanical lies about alcohol

    Are you becoming as skeptical as I am about public information? Fake political news? Alternative facts about the state of the world’s economy? So, now I ask how honest is medical news? Of course everyone knows that consuming stupid amounts of alcohol is unhealthy. But puritans and some doctors can’t accept the proven fact that [...] Read More »

    6 days ago
  • To Your Health: Reduce sugar intake for overall health improvement

    The health rewards from cutting down your sugar intake can start within a week, according to research undertaken in the U.S. The fringe benefits are not only reduced weight but also a healthier liver and reduced risk of diabetes. In the research study 40 children who were significantly overweight had sugar removed from their diet. [...] Read More »

    6 days ago
  • To Your Health: You can’t replace human touch

    Technology is creating pathways to make it possible for seniors to stay in their own homes as they age but great danger is lurking too if we deprive them of the human touch. There are devices that can prompt someone to take their medication at the right time. There are mechanisms to tell someone, some [...] Read More »

    3 weeks ago
  • Doctor Game: The $1,000,000 surgical error

    Many years ago I wrote, “The problem with laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery is it leaves the impression that tiny incisions mean a simple, uncomplicated way to perform an operation. Unfortunately, this is not always the case as catastrophic complications can happen.” Recently, a Canadian Medical Protective Association (CMPA) survey confirmed the potential dangers of keyhole surgery. [...] Read More »

    3 weeks ago
  • Doctor Game: Need cataract surgery? Here’s what you should know

    Do you remember the Holiday Inn ad? It stated, “There are no surprises at the Holiday Inn.” But, unlike Holiday Inns, there’s no such thing as surprise-free or risk-free surgery. To get an update about cataract surgery I interviewed Dr. Raymond Stein, medical director of the Bochner Eye Institute, and associate professor of ophthalmology at [...] Read More »

    4 weeks ago

Local Life

  • Praxis: Your own mini total solar eclipse

    If you are able to get away this weekend and head south to our neighbours, make sure you take time to view the solar eclipse on Aug. 21. This solar eclipse is being called “The Great American Eclipse” as it can be viewed in totality from certain areas in the United States of America. You [...] Read More »

    15 hours ago
  • Heritage in the Hat: The greatest sale on earth

    The headline to this column was the headline used in Harry Fefferman’s “Hub Clothing Store” ad on Oct. 14, 1931. In fact, according to the ad, there was total “havoc wrought” at the store and Harry was the “chief mourner in this wreckage.” The shopper was advised that “seldom a high-class store takes such tremendous [...] Read More »

    15 hours ago
  • Fundraising BBQ today for Friends of the Monarch

    Medicine Hat News The Society of the Friends of the Monarch Theatre is holding a fund-raising barbecue on Saturday at M&M Meat Shop, 2201 13th Avenue S.E. The barbecue starts at 10:30 a.m. and goes until 4 p.m[...] Read More »

    15 hours ago
  • Legal Briefs: Estate planning: Gifts or loans?

    Parents never stop parenting. That phrase has been around for a long time and can usually be heard when a group of parents get together. The phrase, however, seems more applicable today due to the economic realities many Medicine Hat families are facing. Adult children living at home and/or parents advancing money to their children [...] Read More »

    15 hours ago
  • By the Way: Summer a great time to enjoy the handiwork of our God

    Here we are in the “dog days” of summer. The dog days of summer are the hot, dry, lazy days of summer or as the old song put it “the hazy, lazy days of summer.” The name is derived though from an astronomical phenomenon, the rising of Sirius, the Dog Star, above the horizon. There [...] Read More »

    16 hours ago


  • Salt Spring Island is many things to all people

    Steve MacNaull Special to the News We have a dilemma. Today, on Salt Spring Island, my wife, Kerry, and I are canoeing, wine and cheese tasting, lunching harbourside, hiking, paddle boarding and going out for dinner. What should we wear? And how many changes of clothes do we have to lug around? None, apparently. “Wear [...] Read More »

    15 hours ago
  • Your Travels: You never know what a road trip will bring

    Marilyn Krause You never know what you will see on a road trip. We started early in the morning on our two-day road trip taking the Going-To-The-Sun Road to Kalispell and Whitefish, Montana. The road with its many points of interest is very beautiful this time of year. The mountain air was a break from [...] Read More »

    15 hours ago
  • Miracle in Montenegro

    Steve MacNaull Special to the News Not a religious nor superstitious man, Ilija Pajovic nevertheless puts his hand on the Madonna rock behind the church’s altar and makes a wish. Two months later, his wife is pregnant with the son they’ve longed for for eight years. “I’m just saying, it seems like a miracle to [...] Read More »

    4 weeks ago
  • Your Travels: Saskatoon Farm an Alberta must-see

    Marilyn Krause If you’re looking for a day trip within Alberta the Saskatoon Farm located about 30 minutes south of Calgary is a must-see destination. Paul and Karen Hamer purchased the farm in 1987 when it was just a barley field. They started planting Saskatoon bushes and have built up the farm into something quite [...] Read More »

    1 month ago
  • Quebec City has European city vibes

    Mansoor Ladha Special to the News “I feel as if I am in France,” I overheard a tourist telling his friend while walking on a street in Old Quebec. That is the type of testimonial that visitors to Quebec City have been giving. Quebec tourism officials also constantly trumpet it by using the slogan, “Quebec [...] Read More »

    1 month ago