April 19th, 2018



  • Business Beat: Strength of our community is in our volunteers

    April 15-21 is National Volunteer Week, celebrating a 75-year history of volunteer recognition, dating back to the first Canadian proclamation in 1943. The third week in April was proclaimed National Volunteer Week in all communities across the country in 1990 and is now firmly established as the highlight of the year for paying tribute to [...] Read More »

    2 days ago
  • Business Beat: Hop to it and reap the rewards

    With spring around the corner, opportunities to serve Alberta’s fast-growing brewery industry are ready to sprout. Literally. It’s no secret that Alberta’s brewery industry is booming, with over 65 microbreweries operating in the province as of October 2017. What’s more, the number of breweries increases every time a new report surfaces. And while entrepreneurs rush [...] Read More »

    1 week ago
  • Business Beat: Time management strategies for aspiring entrepreneurs

    There never seems to be enough time in the day to achieve all the tasks needed to move a business idea forward. Aspiring entrepreneurs often struggle with managing the demands of building a new business with a limited amount of time and resources. There are though, a few simple ways to make your time and [...] Read More »

    2 weeks ago
  • Business Beat: The benefits of self-employment training

    An important first step for many who dream of taking the journey towards self-employment is the Community Futures Entre-Corp self-employment training program. Funded by Alberta Labour, this program has been delivered in Medicine Hat collectively for 21 years. The self-employment training program is an outstanding free resource for entrepreneurs in our region who wish to [...] Read More »

    3 weeks ago
  • Business Beat: More clarity on new employment standards

    The new employment standards came into effect Jan. 1 and my December went over some of the changes. Questions are still surfacing regarding the regulations, particularly relating to averaging agreements, leaves and youth employment standards, to name a few. Through our continued work with Alberta Labour, we’ve been able to obtain additional information and updates [...] Read More »

    4 weeks ago


  • From Our Table: Comfort food

    Everybody has that certain food that just makes them smile. It makes them sigh with contentment. It temporarily makes everything right with the world even amidst complete chaos or in terrible tragedy. Last Friday brought an incomprehensible tragedy with the loss of 15 lives in the accident involving the Humboldt Broncos team bus. I’m not [...] Read More »

    1 week ago
  • Experiment with growing edibles indoors

    Metro Editorial Foodies find it hard to beat vine-ripened tomatoes plucked right out of a garden. Other edibles, such as fresh lettuce for a small luncheon salad or a handful of fresh parsley right out of a pot to add to a marinade, also add a lot to meals. The convenience and flavor of freshly [...] Read More »

    3 weeks ago
  • From Our Table: Hippity hoppity, Easter is on its way

    Easter is almost here! It’s time to start preparing for festive family and friend celebrations. Easter is a bit earlier this year coming at the end of March. Since we are still in March it is coming to the end of Nutrition Month. This year’s theme of Unlock the Potential of Food discusses several “food [...] Read More »

    3 weeks ago
  • From Our Table: Unlock food’s potential

    March is Nutrition Month and each year a theme is carefully chosen to promote healthy eating for Canadians. It’s also a time to highlight Dietitians as the most qualified nutrition professionals with a minimum of five years of University education. Dietitian is a legally protected title just like doctor or pharmacist. Nutritionist is now also [...] Read More »

    1 month ago
  • From Our Table: Favourite food fits in Heart Health Month

    February is Heart Health Month which fits with another favourite food of mine — fish. There are very few fish dishes I’ve tried and didn’t like. I do have one rule though. I will only try certain seafood when I can see the ocean it was caught in or am very close to it. Lobster [...] Read More »

    2 months ago


  • Live your dream now, so there will be no regrets later

    Don’t wait until it is too late to do what you have always wanted to do. So many people I have interviewed over the years talked about an illness or fragility after retirement that put an end to decades of dreams. They have urged people not to wait. A recent feature in a British newspaper [...] Read More »

    4 days ago
  • Exercise can kill you

    The Earl of Darby once remarked that “Those who don’t take time for wellness, will eventually have to make time for sickness.” Like many doctors, I too have advised patients and readers to exercise as part of a healthy lifestyle. Now, Dr. Maureen Brogan, associate professor of medicine at New York Medical College, reports that [...] Read More »

    4 days ago
  • Doctor Game: Is there a doctor on the plane?

    What is it that doctors worry about when they’re flying? It’s not fear of flying. They know that travelling by air is safer than driving a car. Rather, it’s the possibility that they will hear a sudden announcement, “Is there a doctor on the plane?” This is when the brain shifts into high gear. Every [...] Read More »

    2 weeks ago
  • Doctor Game: Will humans ever learn?

    What a sad, thought-provoking photo, published in the Globe and Mail newspaper. It shows Sudan, the last male northern white rhino, unable to stand. You can see the terrible frustration and pain on his face. Veterinarians, at the Pejeta Kenyan Conservancy, decided that since there was no quality of life left for Sudan, only unsolvable [...] Read More »

    3 weeks ago
  • Doctor Game: The Philippines finance oral insulin pill

    A Spanish proverb states, “He loses all who loses the right moment.” I had a similar thought a few weeks ago when I wrote that, “a brain that’s full of knowledge has no room left to dream.” Why these philosophical mutterings? Because I was annoyed that Canada had lost a major medical opportunity. Now, the [...] Read More »

    4 weeks ago

Local Life

  • Froese’s book called bold, brave

    Medicine Hat News Award-winning Saskatchewan journalist Christalee Froese has written a book that readers are calling ‘brave and life-changing.’ In Journey to Joy, Froese vividly brings to life her recovery from depression, chronicling the two years she spent restoring the joy she’d lost. This bold, heart-wrenching memoir will make readers laugh and cry, sometimes at [...] Read More »

    2 days ago
  • Thursday’s Pecha Kucha will be a Monarch Theatre fundraiser

    Medicine Hat News The Medicine Hat Pecha Kucha committee has announced a nine-person lineup for its first event of 2018, Pecha Kucha 17, to be held at the Monarch Theatre Thursday night. The first speaker hits the stage at 7:30 p.m. Pecha Kucha events are short presentations by community members to inform listeners about something [...] Read More »

    2 days ago
  • What’s Up Doc?: Snoring and sleep apnea can seriously affect your health

    Do you have a sleep problem that leaves you chronically fatigued, sleepy and irritable? If yes, then you may have disorders like narcolepsy, snoring or sleep apnea. Narcolepsyis a neurological disorder that affects the control of sleep and wakefulness. People with narcolepsyexperience excessive daytime sleepiness and intermittent, uncontrollable episodes of falling asleep during the daytime. [...] Read More »

    3 days ago
  • 041618-clubs calendar

    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
  • Buds and Blooms: Celebrate Earth Day every day

    Spring really is here. Mother Nature just wanted to give a last (maybe) little drink of water to our usual desert-like area. I have seen three robins, and noticed the finches playing tag! The winter was long. I so welcome spring. Earth Day is April 22. Earth Day is a day intended to inspire awareness [...] Read More »

    6 days ago


  • Phoenix has more to offer than better climate

    Mansoor Ladha Special to the News Phoenix needs no introduction, especially to snowbird Albertans fleeing from harsh winters at home. It’s their second home, their home away from home. Phoenix has more to offer than just the climate. U.S.’s fifth-most populous city will dazzle you with serene desert gardens, one-of-a-kind museums, award-winning dining and more. [...] Read More »

    3 weeks ago
  • Your Travels: Oahu, the ‘Gathering Place’ for a getaway adventure

    Ernest Fode Arriving home to Alberta’s sub-zero weather, I wished I could have stayed longer in Hawaii. Every day was an adventure during my two-week visit to Hawaii. Two of my most relaxing days were spent not at popular Waikiki Beach, but at Disney’s Aulani Resort in Ko Olina on Oahu. This resort, a Hawaii-themed [...] Read More »

    1 month ago
  • High-end shopping highlights downtown Vancouver

    Mansoor Ladha Special to the News Robson Street in Vancouver, B.C., is a major street with a world-class downtown shopping district which lights up at holiday time. No matter what the weather is like, Robson Street is packed with people — local residents and tourists — searching for bargains in the big department stores and [...] Read More »

    2 months ago
  • It’s all about the white-sand beach, azure ocean and luxe digs at this new resort zone north of Cancun

    Steve MacNaull Special to the News Just south of where the Caribbean Sea collides with the Gulf of Mexico is a stunning and spiritual nexus. It’s here, a little shy of the northern tip of the Isla Blanca peninsula, that the white-sand Play Mujeres meets dual-coloured water the hue of melted green and blue gemstones. [...] Read More »

    2 months ago
  • The ocean’s bluer in Oahu

    Steve MacNaull Special to the News A half a kilometre off the west coast of Oahu, Matthew Solomona is in the midst of an esoteric explanation of why the water is so blue. It has something to do with the Pacific Ocean being a prism that captures and concentrates the wavelengths of all the azure [...] Read More »

    2 months ago