January 24th, 2017

Local News

Taxes, cuts trim budget gap

By Collin Gallant on January 24th, 2017

cgallant@medicinehatnews.com @CollinGallant The authors of the 2017-18 city budget say it delivers what council asked of them and fills about one-quarter of a budget hole left by low oil and gas profits. The document, presented to council on Monday night, states that after two years, $6.8 million will be made up though a combination of ... Read More »

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Ceci seeks public guidance on budget

By Peggy Revell on January 24th, 2017

prevell@medicinehatnews.com @MHNprevell Consultation and number crunching — Alberta’s finance minister made a brief stop in Medicine Hat Monday for budget talks with local representatives. “People get that we have a fiscally challenged situation in the province, and I tell them that we don’t have a lot of fiscal headroom for new expenditures,” said Finance Minister ... Read More »

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City council takes knife to capital plan

By Collin Gallant on January 24th, 2017

Medicine Hat News The biggest items in the new city budget involve the relatively run-of- the-mill areas of road rebuilding and storm sewer drains — quite a change from the last six years. The city’s new two-year budget, approved on Monday, plans to spend $31.6 million on capital projects this year and $23.9 million next. ... Read More »

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AHS to focus on ‘community engagement’

By Medicine Hat News on January 24th, 2017

gslade@medicinehatnews.com Community engagement is a new focus for Alberta Health Services and the local health advisory council heard all about the initiative on Monday. A year ago AHS began developing a community engagement framework, explained Kathryn Ward, executive director, community engagement, Alberta Health Services (AHS) via video conference call. The plan is to “authentically engage” ... Read More »

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Aimiable solution sought for airport light situation

By Tim Kalinowski on January 24th, 2017

tkalinowski@medicinehatnews.com @MHNTimKal Cypress County is trying to broker a meeting with all parties to find a collective solution to complaints of light pollution from lit greenhouses near the Medicine Hat Regional Airport, says Reeve Darcy Geigle. “We are going to try to get the greenhouse guys and the airport guys together to see if they ... Read More »

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No charges in cyclist fatality, say police

By Peggy Revell on January 24th, 2017

prevell@medicinehatnews.com @MHNprevell No charges will be laid following the death of a cyclist struck by a motorist on Jan. 20 on a road edging the city. “Our investigation is still underway and there will be other followups that will take place, but at this point it’s clear to us there was no wrong-doing on the ... Read More »

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Grannies for Africa sale coming up in Medicine Hat March 11

By Gillian Slade on January 24th, 2017

Medicine Hat News The Hat Grannies for Africa group will be holding its annual Fabric, Yarn and More sale on March 11 and the public can help by donating items of fabric, notions, yarn, etc. Anything related to sewing, quilting, knitting, and crocheting is welcome, said Joanie Gilchrist. In addition to the donations of fabric ... Read More »

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Workshop to help youth cope with anger being offered by AHS

By Gillian Slade on January 24th, 2017

Medicine Hat News Strategies for youth to cope with anger is being offered in a workshop by Alberta Health Services (AHS). Anyone between the ages of 13 to 17 are invited to participate in the free eight-week workshop exploring healthy ways to express emotions. The workshop provides an interactive learning environment to identify and accept ... Read More »

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Operation Minerva ’17 attracts 55 Grade 9 girls

By Tim Kalinowski on January 24th, 2017

tkalinowski@medicinehatnews.com @MHNTimKal In the fields of science and technology, women and girls are rapidly catching up to their male colleagues, and, in some cases, exceeding them. This is especially true when it comes to enrolment in post-secondary education courses, says Praxis Society senior scientific consultant Patty Rooks. According to Rooks, it is an encouraging development, ... Read More »

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Redcliff to look at rebranding — beyond greenhouses

By Mo Cranker on January 24th, 2017

mcranker@medicinehatnews.com @MHNmocranker Redcliff council met for the second time of 2017 Monday and faced a relatively light agenda, which centred around giving the town a new identity. Theresa Hardiker, executive director for the Economic Development Alliance of Southeast Alberta, spoke at the meeting on what the next steps would be moving into the rebranding, which ... Read More »

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