May 5th, 2016

News

Local News

  • Fleeing the Fort: Former Hatter watches ‘apocalypse’ in rearview as she evacuates

    prevell@medicinehatnews.com @MHNprevell It’s a gut-wrenching waiting game for the many Hatters connected to Fort McMurray to learn the fate of friends, family, homes and businesses — and what comes next. “It was basically like the apocalypse because it was brown and yellow skies everywhere,” said Tenille Tellman — a Hatter and former News reporter now [...] Read More »

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  • Medicine Hat ready, willing and able to help

    prevell@medicinehatnews.com @MHNprevell Support from Medicine Hat is on its way for Fort McMurray — with more assistance ready and on standby. “Through our municipal partnerships and through the provincial operations centre we’ve been asked to provide a list of resources that we can send up,” said Joe Cartwright, Medicine Hat’s director of emergency management. “That [...] Read More »

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  • Dangerous goods route open houses coming up

    Medicine Hat News The city’s Municipal Works Department will be holding two open houses regarding dangerous goods routes. While there are no route changes proposed at this time, the bylaw is due for renewal by Alberta Transportation. Open houses will take place May 10 from 3-7 p.m. in the Sage Room at the Family Leisure [...] Read More »

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  • May 29 benefit concert tickets available

    Medicine Hat News Tickets for the benefit concert on May 29 in support of local Jennifer Cobler are available at ATB Financial in Medicine Hat as well as through Donna Serr at dserr@shaw.ca. The event is held to raise funds for Cobler who has inoperable brain cancer. Cobler, a single mother of two, sought treatment [...] Read More »

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  • Fire bans in full effect

    Medicine Hat News A reprieve from a local fire ban in southeast Alberta was short lived. Effective Wednesday at noon, Cypress County emergency officials issued a Level One fire ban, effectively rescinded burning permits. The move comes just one week after another fire caution statement was lifted thanks to heavy wet snow throughout the region [...] Read More »

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National News

  • Rob Ford’s nephew to run for council seat vacated after former mayor’s death

    TORONTO – Former Toronto mayor Rob Ford’s nephew says he will run for the city council seat vacated by his uncle. Michael Ford says he has resigned as trustee with the Toronto District School Board to seek election as a councillor for Ward 2. Rob Ford died in late March at age 46, 18 months [...] Read More »

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  • New Brunswick to roll out mental health program for first responders

    FREDERICTON – A mental health program is being introduced in New Brunswick to help paramedics, flight nurses and dispatchers deal with occupational stress injuries. The province is partnering with the Mental Health Commission of Canada to provide the Road to Mental Readiness program. Health Minister Victor Boudreau says it should help front-line workers develop the [...] Read More »

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  • Situation remains volatile for residents, first responders in Fort McMurray

    FORT MCMURRAY, Alta. – An ever-changing, volatile situation is fraying the nerves of residents and officials alike as a massive wildfire continues to bear down on the Fort McMurray area of northern Alberta. In the wee hours this morning, weary evacuees from Fort McMurray were sitting on buses headed for Edmonton after being forced out [...] Read More »

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  • Door-to-door delivery up for debate as Liberals launch review of Canada Post

    OTTAWA – The federal government is embarking today on a formal review of Canada Post that will look at whether the Crown corporation should continue with its plan to cut door-to-door mail delivery. The four-member independent panel could also examine whether the national letter carrier should get back into the banking business. An official in [...] Read More »

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  • Six stories in the news today, May 5

    Six stories in the news today from The Canadian Press: – – – ALBERTA EVACUEES FACE SECOND EVACUTION Exhausted residents of Fort McMurray, Alta., boarded buses with weary resignation Wednesday night when they were told they had to be evacuated yet again, this time from their emergency accommodations in nearby Anzac. The Rural Municipality of [...] Read More »

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Provincial News

  • Canadian Natural Resources reports 1st-quarter loss but tops expectations

    CALGARY, Alberta (AP) _ Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. (CNQ) on Thursday reported a loss of $76.5 million in its first quarter. On a per-share basis, the Calgary, Alberta-based company said it had a loss of 7 cents. Losses, adjusted for one-time gains and costs, were 36 cents per share. The results beat Wall Street expectations. [...] Read More »

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  • Residents evacuated as fires threaten Canada oil sands town

    FORT MCMURRAY, Alta. – A raging wildfire emptied Canada’s main oil sands city, destroying entire neighbourhoods of Fort McMurray, Alberta, where officials warned Wednesday that all efforts to suppress the fire have failed. About 88,000 residents successfully evacuated as flames moved into the city surrounded by wilderness in the heart of Canada’s oil sands. No [...] Read More »

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  • Premier says fire burns 1,600 structures in Fort McMurray

    FORT MCMURRAY, Alta. – Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says a wildfire that is raging around Fort McMurray has burned through roughly 1,600 structures in the city. “There’s been fairly significant destruction of residences,” she said at a morning briefing in Edmonton. “We’re looking at roughly 1,600 structures at this point, so we’ve begun conversations with [...] Read More »

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  • Gran Tierra Energy posts loss of $45 million in 1st quarter

    CALGARY, Alberta (AP) _ Gran Tierra Energy Inc. (GTE) on Wednesday reported a loss of $45 million in its first quarter. The Calgary, Alberta-based company said it had a loss of 15 cents per share. Losses, adjusted for gains related to mergers and acquisitions, came to 19 cents per share. The oil and natural gas [...] Read More »

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  • Alberta repeals controversial bill on First Nations and resource projects

    EDMONTON – Alberta’s NDP government is repealing legislation that it once called a noxious throwback to the paternalism of yesteryear. Indigenous Relations Minister Richard Feehan introduced legislation Tuesday to repeal Bill 22, the Aboriginal Consultation Levy Act. The bill was passed almost three years ago by the former Progressive Conservative government but never proclaimed into [...] Read More »

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World News

  • Israel discovers cross-border tunnel from Gaza

    JERUSALEM – The Israeli military discovered a tunnel Thursday stretching from the southern Gaza Strip into Israel, built by Palestinian militants to carry out attacks on Israel, the military said. The military announced the discovery amid a new escalation in violence with Gaza militants. Earlier Thursday, the military said it launched airstrikes on four Hamas [...] Read More »

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  • North Carolina leaders denounce federal threat on LGBT law

    RALEIGH, N.C. – Giving no indication of yielding to pressure, North Carolina’s Republican leaders called a federal warning about the legality of the state’s new law limiting LGBT anti-discrimination rules a broad overreach by the government. Gov. Pat McCrory and top state legislators were determining what steps to take after the U.S. Justice Department said [...] Read More »

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  • Spanish town entertained by escaped hippopotamus

    MADRID – Officials say a hippopotamus that escaped from a visiting circus caused some traffic chaos and not a little diversion when he strolled easily along a street in the southwestern town of Palos de la Frontera. A town spokesman said the animal escaped late Wednesday while being transferred from one pen to another, and [...] Read More »

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  • Israel discovers new tunnel from Gaza

    JERUSALEM – The Israeli military says it has discovered a new tunnel stretching from the Gaza Strip underneath the border and into Israel. The military announced the discovery Thursday amid a new escalation in violence with Gaza militants. Earlier Thursday, the military said it launched airstrikes on four Hamas targets in response to mortar rounds [...] Read More »

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  • Kenya: Woman found alive after 6 days in collapsed building

    NAIROBI, Kenya – A Kenyan official says a woman has been found alive after six days in a collapsed building and rescuers are working to free her. Pius Masai, the head of the National Disaster Management Unit, said Thursday rescuers are creating room to release the woman who is speaking to medics waiting to treat [...] Read More »

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