August 25th, 2016

News

Local News

  • Bare land tax bill up again

    cgallant@medicinehatnews.com @CollinGallant Council will again consider cancelling property tax increases on a piece of land assessed as bare farmland before an overhaul of the assessment roll several years ago. Land on Saamis Drive, visible from the Trans-Canada Highway en route to Redcliff, is known as the Pointe Development. A city committee heard this week that [...] Read More »

    9 hours ago
  • Stats show fewer impaired, distracted drivers

    clefebvre@medicinehatnews.com @MHNLefebvre Both impaired and distracted driving are on a downward trend in the Gas City, according to the police service’s annual report. The report, released earlier this month, revealed impaired driving charges have decreased in 2015 compared to 2014, with 166 such charges laid compared to 189 in 2014. Acting sergeant Chris Wyrostok with [...] Read More »

    9 hours ago
  • A year in jail for assaulting boss at Saskatchewan work camp

    prevell@medicinehatnews.com @MHNprevell A man will spend a year in jail after an incident in a Saskatchewan work camp where he injured his boss with a small knife. Todd Wilk pled guilty Wednesday to assault causing bodily harm at the Medicine Hat Provincial Courthouse, and following the events which occurred on Dec. 16, 2014. At the [...] Read More »

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  • Green Sleeves extremely popular

    gslade@medicinehatnews.com  @MHNGillianSlade Close to half a million Green Sleeves recording advance health-care decisions have been distributed by Alberta Health Services. “It is well over 400,000 now, which is a pretty big number,” said Dr. Jim Silvius, AHS medical director for seniors health. The number is considerably higher than initially expected. Silvius says AHS ran [...] Read More »

    9 hours ago
  • Citizens Police Academy application deadline looms

    Medicine Hat News The deadline is fast approaching for Hatters wishing to be a part of the Citizen’s Police Academy. The Academy is an outreach program offered by MHPS to educate community members about the role of police, the daily operations of the service and community police trends. The academy starts in the fall, meeting [...] Read More »

    9 hours ago

National News

  • Nova Scotia fishermen head to court to stop Bay of Fundy tidal test project

    HALIFAX – A group representing 175 Nova Scotia fishermen appeared in court Thursday in a bid stop a plan to test giant electric turbines in the Bay of Fundy. The Bay of Fundy Inshore Fishermen’s Association says the Cape Sharp Tidal project is based on “junk science” and should be put on hold until a [...] Read More »

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  • Former prime minister Stephen Harper awarded one of Ukraine’s top honours

    OTTAWA – Former prime minister Stephen Harper has been awarded one of Ukraine’s highest honours. Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko granted the Order of Liberty to Harper to mark the 25th anniversary of Ukraine’s independence this week. Past recipients of the award, which recognizes contributions towards strengthening Ukraine’s sovereignty, include top diplomats of NATO and the [...] Read More »

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  • Liberal MP Kate Young’s letter to the CRTC was ‘improper’: ethics commissioner

    OTTAWA – The federal ethics commissioner says it was improper for Liberal MP Kate Young, as a parliamentary secretary, to support a television station’s licence renewal application. Mary Dawson has ruled the Ontario MP’s Aug. 3 letter to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission on behalf of the CTV station in her London riding ran [...] Read More »

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  • ‘Ad hoc’ system of investigating jail deaths needs reform: minister

    HALIFAX – Nova Scotia’s health minister says that the province’s system of investigating jailhouse deaths is “ad hoc” and he’d like to reform it so that health care problems are considered. But Leo Glavine isn’t indicating precisely when or what he’ll do to ensure that future deaths in jail cells include a review of whether [...] Read More »

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  • Halifax police say infant’s death considered suspicious, more tests needed

    Halifax police say they are investigating the death of a three-month-old boy. Police say officers were called to an apartment on Windmill Road in Dartmouth last Friday around 9:15 p.m. They say an infant was found in medical distress and unresponsive. Investigators say the baby was taken to hospital, but it died on Sunday. Police [...] Read More »

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Provincial News

  • CFL Riders’ porous defence preps for daunting task against Eskimo aerial attack

    EDMONTON – Statistically speaking, the Edmonton Eskimos game against the Saskatchewan Roughriders will be a spectacular double-E aerial blitz leaving the gridiron strewn with the rubble of the visiting fans’ watermelon helmet-hats. But Edmonton quarterback Mike Reilly says the 1-7 Green Riders under head coach/GM Chris Jones can’t be taken lightly in Friday’s game at [...] Read More »

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  • Calgary man faces sex-related charged involving 14-year-old met online

    LETHBRIDGE, Alta. – Police say a man from Calgary is facing sex assault and child pornography charges related to an alleged relationship with a teenage boy he met on the Internet. An investigation began after a complaint was made to Lethbridge police in March by the teen’s parents. They had discovered sexually explicit messages, photos [...] Read More »

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  • Man charged in shooting of woman in Red Deer; police say it was targeted

    RED DEER, Alta. – A 23-year-old is facing an attempted murder charge in a shooting in central Alberta. RCMP were called to a home in the Mountview neighbourhood in Red Deer on Aug. 14. They found a 21-year-old woman shot in the leg and abdomen. She was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Investigators [...] Read More »

    16 hours ago
  • City of Calgary apologizes for WCB data breach of 3,700 employees; says no malice

    CALGARY – The City of Calgary has wrapped up its investigation into a privacy breach in June involving more than 3,700 employees. It involved Workers’ Compensation Board claim reports from 2012 to 2016. The information included claim numbers and names, but not birth dates, banking information, addresses, health numbers or Social Insurance Numbers. The city [...] Read More »

    18 hours ago
  • Notley fires back at power companies in lawsuit, says they want a ‘free ride’

    EDMONTON – Premier Rachel Notley says the high-stakes court fight over millions – if not billions – of dollars in power contracts is about protecting consumers against entitled power companies seeking “a free ride.” Notley made her first comments about the dispute Wednesday in a speech to Unifor union members at their convention in Ottawa. [...] Read More »

    21 hours ago

World News

  • Gov sees flooded subdivision, SW city saved by sandbag wall

    LAKE ARTHUR, La. – Gov. John Bel Edwards flew across south Louisiana Thursday, surveying flood damage from a helicopter and talking with people in a city that flooded and in one where a heroic effort by volunteers and others held floodwaters back. At a subdivision in Youngsville, near Lafayette, every third or fourth house still [...] Read More »

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  • Trump rebukes racism claims as Clinton warns of radicalism

    MANCHESTER, N.H. – Donald Trump confronted head-on allegations that he is racist on Thursday, defending his hard-line approach to immigration while trying to make the case to minority voters that Democrats have abandoned them. His poll numbers slipping behind Hillary Clinton’s with less than three months until Election Day, Trump tried to get ahead of [...] Read More »

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  • 2 nuns found slain in Mississippi home; motive unclear

    JACKSON, Miss. – Authorities say two Catholic nuns have been found slain in a Mississippi home where they lived. Durant Assistant Police Chief James Lee said Thursday that an officer found them when they didn’t report to work as normal. Mississippi Department of Public Safety spokesman Warren Strain says it appears the nuns were homicide [...] Read More »

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  • The Latest: Venice film fest cancels gala dinner after quake

    AMATRICE, Italy – The Latest on the earthquake in central Italy (all times local): 8:55 p.m. The Venice International Film Festival says it is cancelling a traditional gala dinner and reception on the opening day of the festival in a gesture of solidarity with the victims of the earthquake in Italy. The celebrations were to [...] Read More »

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  • Rain from storm causes rivers to surge in Dominican Republic

    MIAMI – Rivers surged across a large section of the Dominican Republic on Thursday as a broad area of low pressure headed east to the Turks and Caicos Islands and the Bahamas, officials said. The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said the system’s strongest winds were below tropical storm strength but that it could [...] Read More »

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