October 1st, 2016


Local News

  • Assisted death pace surprising officials

    gslade@medicinehatnews.com  @MHNGillianSlade The number of medically assisted deaths in Alberta continues at an unexpected pace, says Alberta Health Services. “It has been consistent with two or four a week,” said Dr. Jim Silvius, AHS medical director, who admits to being surprised at the consistency of that number. There have been 29 medically assisted deaths [...] Read More »

    33 mins ago
  • Per-ticket fee not cutting it

    cgallant@medicinehatnews.com @CollinGallant Low attendance at the Canalta Centre has hurt the operational budget at the one-year-old, city-owned hockey arena, but may also have cut into payments to retire the capital cost of the building. This week a city committee received a report into the first 12 months of operations at the 6,100-seat arena, and heard [...] Read More »

    33 mins ago
  • Sailors sent to Suffield after rape accusation will stand trial in N.S.

    Medicine Hat News Three British sailors who were temporarily stationed at CFB Suffield while awaiting court proceedings on rape charges have been committed to trial in Nova Scotia Provincial Court. Reports state that since the spring the three men have been free on bail conditions that allow their return to the United Kingdom. A preliminary [...] Read More »

    32 mins ago
  • Hat kids learn about residential schools

    clefebvre@medicinehatnews.com @MHNLefebvre Students throughout Medicine Hat learned Friday about reconciliation and the impact of residential schools. Sept. 30 is recognized as Orange Shirt Day, a day to honour residential school survivors and promote reconciliation. On the day, Patrick Black Plume and Alva Weasel Moccasin, both from Standoff, travelled to schools around the city, including George [...] Read More »

    31 mins ago
  • U of C low income seniors study needs more participants

    gslade@medicinehatnews.com  @MHNGillianSlade An Alberta study aims to determine whether some seniors who are unable to afford prescription medication is resulting in more heart attacks, strokes and other chronic ailments. The University of Calgary’s three-year study will look at whether low-income seniors are struggling to pay insurance co-payments and whether free preventative medications and/or personalized [...] Read More »

    31 mins ago

National News

Provincial News

  • Alberta agrees to $50M deal to take over private medical lab tester in 2022

    EDMONTON – The Alberta government has agreed to a multimillion-dollar deal to take over medical laboratory services from its largest private provider. Alberta Health Services says it will pay Dynalife $50 million for its assets and take over its 1,200 staff. Another $15 million will be invested over the next five years for lab equipment [...] Read More »

    12 hours ago
  • Money diverted: Guilty plea in multimillion real-estate fraud in Calgary

    CALGARY – A former executive of a failed Calgary-based real-estate investment company has pleaded guilty for his part in a multimillion-dollar fraud. Varun Aurora has also agreed to pay $1 million in restitution for his involvement with Concrete Equities. The firm, which went into receivership in 2009, raised money from Canadian investors to buy undeveloped [...] Read More »

    12 hours ago
  • Alberta to cover non-resident library fee for First Nation residents

    STANDOFF, Alta. – People living on First Nations and Metis settlements in Alberta will no longer have to pay non-resident fees in order to access public library services. Municipal Affairs Minister Danielle Larivee has announced the province will pay more than $670,000 to six regional library systems as well as the Calgary and Edmonton public [...] Read More »

    14 hours ago
  • Mounties say eagle-eyed motorist saves life by spotting truck down embankment

    BOYLE, Alta. – An eagle-eyed motorist may have saved a truck driver’s life after spotting a vehicle that had plunged down an embankment about 150 kilometres in northeast Alberta. The motorist contacted RCMP Thursday night and they confirm a truck drove off the highway near Caslan, about 170 kilometres northeast of Edmonton, and down the [...] Read More »

    16 hours ago
  • More instances of whirling disease reported in Banff National Park

    BANFF, Alta. – There’s been a spread of whirling disease in Alberta. According to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, it has been detected in six more locations near Banff National Park, including in the Bow River by Tunnel Mountain. It was first detected in Johnson Lake in late August. Although whirling disease poses no risk [...] Read More »

    1 day ago

World News

  • Talk of sex tapes take presidential campaign on sordid turn

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Donald Trump is encouraging voters to check out a “sex tape” featuring the former beauty queen with whom he’s feuding. Hillary Clinton’s campaign is suggesting that a better rental is the adult film in which Trump himself appears. With the presidential campaign taking a sordid turn Friday, even many of Trump’s [...] Read More »

    2 hours ago
  • Matthew strengthens into Category 5 hurricane in Caribbean

    KINGSTON, Jamaica – Hurricane Matthew grew into a powerful Category 5 storm late Friday as it crossed the Caribbean Sea on a course that could have it pounding Jamaica within days. The U.S. National Hurricane Center called it the strongest hurricane in the Atlantic since Felix in 2007. Matthew’s centre was projected to reach Jamaica [...] Read More »

    7 hours ago
  • California police show videos of fatal shooting of black man

    EL CAJON, Calif. – Police released two videos Friday showing an officer fatally shooting an unarmed black man in a San Diego suburb and said they hoped showing the footage would ease escalating tensions. The videos show the officer fired four times at close range almost immediately after Alfred Olango, 38, suddenly raised both hands [...] Read More »

    8 hours ago
  • Breakdown of video in police killing of man in California

    EL CAJON, Calif. – A moment-by-moment breakdown of events shown in two videos released Friday showing an El Cajon, California, police officer shooting and killing Alfred Olango, an unarmed black man. One is surveillance video from a restaurant next to the shooting scene; the other is cellphone video shot by a restaurant employee from virtually [...] Read More »

    9 hours ago
  • Powerful Hurricane Matthew on Caribbean track toward Jamaica

    KINGSTON, Jamaica – Hurricane Matthew grew into a powerful Category 4 storm on Friday as it crossed the Caribbean Sea on a course that could have it pounding Jamaica within days. The centre of the hurricane was projected to pass just to the east of Jamaica early Monday, but the storm was large enough that [...] Read More »

    10 hours ago