September 30th, 2016

Local News

School divisions clarify emergency protocol language

By Charles Lefebvre on September 30th, 2016

clefebvre@medicinehatnews.com @MHNLefebvre SD76, the Prairie Rose School Division and the Medicine Hat Catholic Board of Education are aiming to keep communication lines open and clear for media and parents in case of an emergency. In March, threatening text messages were sent to students in the Catholic school division and PRSD, prompting schools to take emergency ... Read More »

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Minister defends minimum wage

By Collin Gallant on September 30th, 2016

cgallant@medicinehatnews.com @CollinGallant Alberta’s labour minister says raising the minimum wage will lift hundreds of thousands of people out of poverty, but was told during a meeting with local business interests that the government is “cutting the throat of small businesses.” Christina Gray toured Medicine Hat Thursday, announced a new labour force study, and met late ... Read More »

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Firefighters rescue one from morning blaze

By Charles Lefebvre on September 30th, 2016

Medicine Hat News One person was taken to hospital with undetermined injuries after a house fire in Riverside Thursday morning. According to the Medicine Hat Fire Department, the call was received at 10:50 a.m. for a home in the 400 block of First Street NE. Five units from all three fire stations responded, in addition ... Read More »

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Voter cards expected in mailboxes by next Wednesday

By Gillian Slade on September 30th, 2016

Medicine Hat News For the federal byelection in Medicine Hat-Cardston-Warner, Elections Canada has mailed voter information cards to registered electors, it announced Thursday. Cards are expected to be delivered by Oct. 5. Voting day is Oct. 24. Voter information cards tell electors when and where to vote and the accessibility of their polling place. Electors ... Read More »

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Renewable energy potential to be studied

By Charles Lefebvre on September 30th, 2016

clefebvre@medicinehatnews.com @MHNLefebvre Alberta Labour, the Economic Development Alliance of Southeast Alberta and Medicine Hat College are partnering to assess the region’s renewable energy labour market. Minister of Labour Christina Gray announced the partnership Thursday afternoon, aimed at funding a study into renewable energy employment opportunities. “We have offered a grant of almost $23,000 that will ... Read More »

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Grant money remainder could go to suicide prevention in young kids

By Collin Gallant on September 30th, 2016

cgallant@medicinehatnews.com @CollinGallant Money left over from a larger than usual provincial grant should go toward helping children in Medicine Hat, including a program to prevent suicide among the very young, council has heard. As well, funds would support volunteer organizations, an advisory board has told city councillors on Monday. In late 2015, the Alberta Government ... Read More »

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Calgary man gets bail for alleged crimes in the Hat

By Peggy Revell on September 30th, 2016

prevell@medicinehatnews.com @MHNprevell Bail was granted Thursday to a Calgary man arrested last year on property and drug-related offences. Travis Jeremy Muranaka, 39, entered not guilty pleas to the numerous charges he faces. Muranaka was arrested in July of last year alongside fellow Calgarians Janelle Umperville and Charlene Murdock after Medicine Hat police responded to a ... Read More »

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Parents host second annual charity auction in memory of their son Dominic

By Mo Cranker on September 30th, 2016

mcranker@medicinehatnews.com @MHNmocranker The second annual #dominicstrong auction, held in memory of Dominic Rooney, is running until Sunday at 5 p.m. on its Facebook page. When Dominic was 11 months old he was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia and given just weeks to live. After approximately two years of treatment, he passed away. Since then his ... Read More »

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Michael Orr pleads not guilty to kidnapping, assault and robbery

By Peggy Revell on September 30th, 2016

prevell@medicinehatnews.com @MHNrevell A Medicine Hat man facing charges after an alleged case of kidnapping and unlawful confinement entered not guilty pleas Thursday. Michael Orr, 48, was arrested in May alongside George Johnson and Jennifer Cote by MHPS after a man was kidnapped, taken to a residence and beaten until police arrived. Orr faces multiple charges ... Read More »

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Culture Days continue with art walk tonight

By Mo Cranker on September 30th, 2016

mcranker@medicinehatnews.com @MHNmocranker Culture Days have officially began in the Hat, with several art-centred events being held downtown all weekend. The event originally began as an Alberta-wide celebration of the arts in 2008, and is now a national event taking place in provinces around the country. City cultural development manager Randy Follett said the event is ... Read More »

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