July 26th, 2016


Local News

  • Veiner Centre design going to council

    gslade@medicinehatnews.com @MHNGillianSlade Planning and design for the Veiner Centre is reaching the end of the road. A blueprint for renovating the building was passed by public services committee on Monday and will be on the agenda at city council on Aug. 2. A “fairly good conclusion” has been reached, said public services commissioner Karen Charlton. [...] Read More »

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  • Police hope public recognizes suspect

    Medicine Hat News The Medicine Hat Police Service is requesting public assistance in identifying the suspect(s) who stole an undisclosed dollar amount from the Cecil Hotel early Monday morning. In a release, the MHPS say if anyone recognizes the clothing in the photos or has any further information, they are encouraged to contact the police [...] Read More »

    9 hours ago
  • Stampede ready for 129th year

    prevell@medicinehatnews.com @MHNprevell Rides, rodeo, well-loved music and more — the countdown is almost over as the 129th annual Medicine Hat Exhibition & Stampede kicks off tomorrow. “You know Stampede is here when the first midway ride arrives,” said MHES general manager Jim MacArthur, as trucks from the family-owned West Coast Amusements rolled into town Monday, [...] Read More »

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  • Lola DeJong fails to show up for final sentencing

    mlacelle@medicinehatnews.com @lacelle_megan A woman found guilty in 2014 of abduction was a no-show for sentencing Monday. Lola DeJong, 31, was set to have her final sentencing at Court of Queen’s Bench Monday, but failed to appear. “I still believe someday she’ll be here,” Justice William Tilleman told the court. “I don’t know when.” Her defense [...] Read More »

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  • Family refuses to part with keepsake: A 5,000-lb rock

    mlacelle@medicinehatnews.com @lacelle_megan It’s not uncommon for homeowners around Medicine Hat to decorate their front yards, but for the Hoffarts, decorative stonework has a whole new meaning. When the Hoffart family decided to make the move from Burstall, Sask. to their new home in Medicine Hat, they knew they had to bring their family stone. The [...] Read More »

    9 hours ago

National News

  • Man injured after gunfire exchange with police near Montreal

    VAUDREUIL-DORION, Que. – Authorities say a man has been injured after gunfire exchange with police just west of Montreal. Quebec provincial police say the incident began when officers in a cruiser tried intercepting a driver, who then refused to stop. The man’s vehicle ended up in the parking lot of a police station in Vaudreuil-Dorion, [...] Read More »

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  • Pipeline oil leak detected 14 hours before Saskatchewan government notified

    MELFORT, Sask. – It appears Husky Energy knew something was amiss with one of its oil pipelines about 14 hours before the Saskatchewan government was notified. An incident report says Husky discovered a pipeline leak on the south shore of the North Saskatchewan River around 8 p.m. last Wednesday. The provincial government was notified of [...] Read More »

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  • Court hearing postponed for Toronto Star columnist charged with assault

    BANCROFT, Ont. – The court case of a Toronto Star columnist charged with assault has been postponed until next month. Rosie DiManno wasn’t in the Bancroft, Ont., courthouse Tuesday but a lawyer appeared on her behalf. Another court date has been scheduled for Aug. 23. DiManno was charged with assault earlier this month in connection [...] Read More »

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  • Richard Henry Bain’s doctor feels ‘badly’ about not sending him to psychiatrist

    MONTREAL – Richard Henry Bain’s longtime personal physician told his first-degree murder trial Tuesday he now regrets not having sent his patient to consult a psychiatrist. Dr. Stan Van Duyse told jurors he feels “badly” about the decision to not seek the intervention of a mental health expert. Bain has pleaded not guilty to one [...] Read More »

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  • Solution to Canada’s opioid crisis may lie in its origins, health minister says

    OTTAWA – It remains a mystery why Canada and the U.S. are the world’s heaviest opioid users, but Health Minister Jane Philpott says divining the answer may hold the key to solving what she considers a national public health crisis. Philpott, a physician herself, said the problem has only grown worse over the last several [...] Read More »

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Provincial News

  • RCMP investigate death of teen in northern Alberta, seeking his girlfriend

    HIGH PRAIRIE, Alta. – RCMP in northern Alberta are investigating the death of a teen who was reported missing on Saturday. Police say they responded to a report of a sudden death Monday night on the Whitefish River First Nation. The body has been identified as Dylan Laboucan, who was 17. RCMP say they are [...] Read More »

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  • Alberta warns of people to beware of bears gorging on bumper berry crop

    KANANASKIS, Alta. – The Alberta government has issued a bear warning for the popular Kananaskis recreation area west of Calgary. Alberta Parks says due to an excellent berry crop there is an increased chance of encountering bears on trails or near park facilities. Earlier this month nearby Banff National Park issued a similar warning, advising [...] Read More »

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  • Alberta says more than $20 million committed for training under jobs plan

    EDMONTON – Alberta’s labour minister says more than $20 million has been committed for training under the Canada-Alberta job grant. Christina Gray says more than 5,700 applications have been approved for more than 2,400 employers. Gray made the announcement in an update of the joint program, which was launched in October 2014. Since then, more [...] Read More »

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  • Calgary mayor apologizes for rant against Uber during ride in Boston

    Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi has again apologized for comments he made about the ride-hailing service Uber while hitching a lift with a competitor in Boston. Nenshi says he’s thought a lot about what he said, concluding he’s “made a mistake and learned an important lesson.” Nenshi has said he was unaware his comments were being [...] Read More »

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  • Police in southern Alberta say nine-month-old baby died of blunt force trauma

    LETHBRIDGE, Alta. – Police in southern Alberta say a nine-month-old baby died from blunt force trauma. EMS were called to a home in Lethbridge on April 28 and found Austin Wright in cardiac arrest and not breathing. He was taken to hospital where he was later pronounced dead. An autopsy found the baby died as [...] Read More »

    22 hours ago

World News

  • Clinton steps into history as 1st woman White House nominee

    PHILADELPHIA – Taking her place in history, Hillary Clinton on Tuesday night will become the first woman to lead a major party toward the White House, a triumphant moment for Democrats to relish before plunging into a bruising general election against Republican Donald Trump. After the roll call of states formalizing Clinton’s nomination, former President [...] Read More »

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  • Nearly 3 dozen gang members indicted in Chicago area

    CHICAGO – Nearly three dozen Chicago-area gang members have been indicted in an alleged racketeering conspiracy that included arson, extortion and the attempted killing of a police officer. The indictments unsealed Tuesday say the gang operated across Chicago and nearby suburbs in Illinois and Indiana. The indictments name 34 individuals, including high-ranking gang leaders. Two [...] Read More »

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  • Think Trump and Clinton fall flat? Vote for Cat in the Hat

    SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Voters who think presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton fall flat can now choose the Cat in the Hat. The Cat announced his candidacy Tuesday in Springfield, Massachusetts, outside the childhood home of Dr. Seuss. He also announced his running mates – Thing 1 and Thing 2. The Republican newspaper (http://bit.ly/2aeKMUy [...] Read More »

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  • IS group claims attack that killed 85-year-old French priest

    SAINT-ETIENNE-DU-ROUVRAY, France – Two attackers slit the throat of an 85-year-old priest celebrating Mass in a French church, killing him and gravely injuring one of the few worshippers present before being shot to death by police. A nun who escaped said she saw the attackers take a video of themselves and “give a sermon in [...] Read More »

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  • Indiana GOP panel backs Gov. Pence’s preferred successor

    INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Republican leaders selected Lt. Gov. Eric Holcomb on Tuesday to replace Gov. Mike Pence on the November ballot, backing the governor’s preferred successor over two members of Congress who also sought the nomination when Pence withdrew to become Donald Trump’s running mate. After a private meeting, the 22-member Indiana Republican state committee [...] Read More »

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