August 20th, 2017

Local News

Hat firms reach for the sky

By Collin Gallant on August 19th, 2017

cgallant@medicinehatnews.com @CollinGallant The people behind Form-Tech Machining and Atlantic Research Laboratories said in 2015 that their partnership could be the start of something big. This week they said a merger of the two firms in Medicine Hat is the start of something even bigger. The firms have jointly developed emissions reduction equipment for oilpatch applications ... Read More »

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Fatality report suggests fixes for psych ward

By Gillian Slade on August 19th, 2017

gslade@medicinehatnews.com  @MHNGillianSlade A report following an inquiry into the death of a local man in 2013, while he was in Medicine Hat Regional Hospital’s psychiatric ward, has been made public. There are nine recommendations including the need for fatality inquiries to be held within two years of a death. It took four years for ... Read More »

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Barnes will continue professional relationship with The Rebel

By Tim Kalinowski on August 19th, 2017

tkalinowski@medicinehatnews.com @MHNTimKal Cypress-Medicine Hat MLA Drew Barnes acknowledges The Rebel went “too far” in its coverage of the events in Charlottesville, but, in a break from his party’s leadership, says he would appear on the network again. “Yes, I would,” responded Barnes when asked if he would appear despite Brian Jean, Jason Kenney and Andrew ... Read More »

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Ground breaks at Canalta’s newest site

By Collin Gallant on August 19th, 2017

cgallant@medicinehatnews.com @CollinGallant Site grading is underway on a large commercial construction project in Medicine Hat’s south end. Canalta Hotels broke ground at the site this week after stockpiling dirt and bringing in earth-moving equipment to its site at 2501 Strachan Rd. By the end of 2018, the company plans to be complete building a six-storey ... Read More »

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First World War monument near done

By Gillian Slade on August 19th, 2017

gslade@medicinehatnews.com  @MHNGillianSlade Work on the city’s First World War monument is almost complete with finishing touches to be put in place next week. “Today we are just starting to install the lighting,” said Scott Payne, Project 175 committee chair, from the Royal United Services Institute of Medicine Hat, on Friday. Other finishing touches include ... Read More »

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Get those welder’s goggles on and witness history

By Collin Gallant on August 19th, 2017

Gary McFarlane is a big fan of science. The retired science teacher, who heads the local group Praxis, and says celestial events — such as this Monday’s total eclipse — can inspire and should be cherished. Such cosmic happenings can also surprise, and McFarlane knows first hand. He told the News this week that many ... Read More »

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Safety stressed as Monday’s eclipse approaches

By Mo Cranker on August 19th, 2017

Medicine Hat News Monday’s eclipse is being called a once-in-a-lifetime event. Despite the excitement for the eclipse, which will begin at 10:22 a.m., pique at 11:37 a.m. and end at 12:55 p.m.., ClearvVew EyeCare’s optometrist Kerrie Schwandt is reminding people to use the proper safety precautions. “The basic message is really to not stare directly ... Read More »

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Area MLAs discuss their living expenses

By Gillian Slade on August 19th, 2017

gslade@medicinehatnews.com  @MHNGillianSlade When it comes to local MLAs’ accommodation expenses in Edmonton one claims less than the maximum, while the other has to supplement what the government pays. Bob Wanner, NDP MLA for Medicine Hat, rents a central two-bedroom apartment located near the Legislature in a secure building that is consistent in cost with ... Read More »

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Local paddling club getting prime seats for eclipse

By Mo Cranker on August 19th, 2017

mcranker@medicinehatnews.com @MHNmocranker The Medicine Hat Paddling Club is taking to Elkwater in hopes of getting the best seat possible to catch Monday’s eclipse. The club has extended an invite to anyone with a boat and a paddle to meet at Elkwater Monday, at 9:30 a.m., to travel down the lake to catch the eclipse. Paddling ... Read More »

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Disappointment follows announcement of fewer tags for 2017 elk hunt

By Tim Kalinowski on August 19th, 2017

tkalinowski@medicinehatnews.com @MHNTimKal Alberta Environment and Parks will be issuing 800 tags for this year’s elk hunt in CFB Suffield, about half as many as the previous two seasons. There will be 320 tags for antlerless elk and 480 for antlered. There have been 7,340 applicants for these tags to date. Alberta Environment and Parks is ... Read More »

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