November 24th, 2017

Local News

Friends come together for Hilda victims

By Gillian Slade on November 24th, 2017

gslade@medicinehatnews.com  @MHNGillianSlade Ranchers and farmers were severely impacted by recent wildfires, and on Thursday many opened their hearts and wallets to help victims, including Syd McCurdy, who lost nearly everything. A cattle auction raised more than $87,000, of which $70,000 will be for McCurdy and $17,000 for the Hilda Community Fire Relief Association, said ... Read More »

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SCF gala kicks off Holiday Season

By Jeremy Appel on November 24th, 2017

jappel@medicinehatnews.com @MHNJeremyAppel The Medicine Hat News Santa Claus Fund held its inaugural “Spirit of Giving Gala and Christmas Tree Auction” on Thursday evening at the Lodge. “We decided to do a premier holiday event of the year, showcasing eight corporately-sponsored Christmas trees,” said executive director Deanna Doerksen. “Funds raised tonight will go toward our programming ... Read More »

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App will tell you all photo radar locations in Alberta

By Jeremy Appel on November 24th, 2017

jappel@medicinehatnews.com @MHNJeremyAppel A University of Alberta computing science student has developed an app to track photo radar enforcement in major municipalities across the province, including the Hat. Benjamin Lavin said his app was originally geared toward Edmonton, but in the past few weeks it has expanded to the city’s suburbs and other major cities — ... Read More »

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Grant could mean a micro-grid at Cultural Centre

By Collin Gallant on November 24th, 2017

cgallant@medicinehatnews.com @CollinGallant A canopy of solar panels at the Cultural Centre in Medicine Hat could be charging electric cars next spring, as well as putting power into the Medicine Hat College grid and providing a work space for electricians and IT students. The concept to create a micro-grid was awarded a $215,000 grant from the ... Read More »

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Transition to close palliative care unit already undwerway

By Gillian Slade on November 24th, 2017

gslade@medicinehatnews.com  @MHNGillianSlade The transition process for closing ward Six West at Medicine Hat Regional Hospital, which includes the palliative care unit, has already begun. Although the official closing of this ward will only take place at the end of December you can’t go from a full ward to nothing overnight, says Alberta Health Services. ... Read More »

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Woman requests federal sentence to access drug programs

By Peggy Revell on November 24th, 2017

prevell@medicinehatnews.com @MHNprevell A Medicine Hat woman pled guilty Thursday to trafficking methamphetamine, requesting no credit for time already in custody so she can serve her time in a federal penitentiary. Appearing from the Calgary Remand Centre by closed-circuit TV, Racheal Penner entered a guilty plea and without wanting the assistance of counsel, and sentenced to ... Read More »

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Medicine Hat the fifth safest city in Canada to drive in

By Jeremy Appel on November 24th, 2017

jappel@medicinehatnews.com @MHNJeremyAppel Medicine Hat motorists can rest assured they live in one of Canada’s safest cities for driving. According to this year’s safe driving study from Allstate Canada, the Hat has the fifth lowest collision frequency rate out of 93 communities in Alberta, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Ontario with 3.99 per cent. By contrast, ... Read More »

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Mother Teresa School unveils statue honouring newly canonized saint

By Peggy Revell on November 24th, 2017

prevell@medicinehatnews.com @MHNprevell Students walking the hallways of Mother Teresa School now have a life-sized reminder of the importance of service — especially toward the poor and sick — with the unveiling of a new statue of their school’s namesake. “Because she’s praying, it’s like she’s looking out for us,” said principal Erika Bodnaruk, about sculpture ... Read More »

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Dental fee guide introduced

By Gillian Slade on November 23rd, 2017

gslade@medicinehatnews.com  @MHNGillianSlade For the first time since the 1990s, Alberta is getting a dental fee guide that will be a tool to bring costs more in line with other provinces, Alberta Health announced Wednesday. The new Alberta dental fee guide suggests an average reduction of 8.5 per cent for 60 common dental procedures compared ... Read More »

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Lodge hosts Christmas Lobby Party for SCF

By Peggy Revell on November 23rd, 2017

Medicine Hat News Christmastime has arrived. At least it felt that way Wednesday night, as the Medicine Hat Lodge invited local families to celebrate the upcoming holidays with its third annual Christmas Lobby Party. “It really kicks off the season,” said Lodge sales manager Jill Scherer, and the event is a way for the Medicine ... Read More »

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