August 5th, 2015

News

Local News

  • Public hearings will take over council tonight

    Medicine Hat NewsCity council will hear the case of a Riverside homeowner who was ordered to tear down a gate erected over a city street tonight during council’s first meeting in August.The issue is one of five public hearings scheduled to take place on the night. The meeting will also hear debate on a $66-million [...] Read More »

    19 hours ago
  • Local candidates gear up

    prevell@medicinehatnews.com @MHNprevell It’s a marathon, not a sprint.That’s how local candidates are seeing the longest election in this country since 1872, with the writ dropping Sunday and Canadians heading to the polls Oct. 19.“The bottom line is it’s going to be a marathon to try and make sure that people are paying attention to the [...] Read More »

    19 hours ago
  • Fairly quiet long weekend for city police

    Medicine Hat NewsThe long weekend was was a quiet one for city police.“I think people are out and about, a lot are out camping, so it’s been slow within the city, which is a good thing,” said Sgt. Carissa Witawski, late Monday afternoon. This includes a lack of impaired driving, bar fights and other major [...] Read More »

    19 hours ago
  • Thousands diagnosed with brain cancer last year

    gslade@medicinehatnews.com @MHNGillianSlade There were 2,900 newly diagnosed cases of brain cancer in 2014 based on the Canadian Cancer Statistics Reports between 2010-2014. The cancer surveillance system does not capture all primary brain tumours. “I would approximate that the actual number of new cases is about double that reported here,” said Faith Davis, professor and vice-dean [...] Read More »

    19 hours ago
  • Land swap to benefit both I-XL and the city

    Medicine Hat News A complex land swap will amalgamate land holdings of I-XL industries in the eastern Flats area while ensuring city access to its biggest sewage lift station, city officials said this week. The exchange, outlined in committee meetings on Tuesday, would see the city give up 1.72 acres of unused city road allowances [...] Read More »

    19 hours ago

National News

  • Authorities identify B.C. man killed in highway tour bus collision

    CHASE, B.C. – British Columbia’s coroners service has identified the man who died in last week’s collision involving a tour bus on a notorious section of the Trans-Canada Highway. Nineteen-year-old Sascha Hedrich of Pritchard, B.C., died while driving a stretch of road in the province’s Interior known as Hoffman’s Bluff, east of Kamloops. Police say [...] Read More »

    2 hours ago
  • Abbotsford’s homeless prefer parks to available shelter, argues city lawyer

    NEW WESTMINSTER, B.C. – Homeless in Abbotsford, B.C., are choosing to sleep outside rather than use available shelter, says a lawyer for the city that is accused of violating charter rights. People living in tent encampments in several parks in the Fraser Valley community are doing so based on preference, not necessity, lawyer James Yardley [...] Read More »

    7 hours ago
  • Blue Jays ticket prices soar on secondary market after David Price trade

    TORONTO – David Price is already paying off for the Toronto Blue Jays. The Toronto debut of the recently acquired ace on Monday saw a spike in secondary ticket sales for the Blue Jays, with the cost of seats for Price’s 5-1 win over the Minnesota Twins nearly doubling. Tickets to Monday’s game were averaging [...] Read More »

    7 hours ago
  • Most wildfires human-caused across British Columbia: forests minister

    KAMLOOPS, B.C. – A spike in human-caused wildfires across British Columbia has the forests minister calling for more vigilance from the public. Steve Thomson says only 18 of the 31 flare-ups over the long weekend were caused by lightning. There are 140 fires currently burning in the province, out of the nearly 1,400 blazes that [...] Read More »

    8 hours ago
  • Canadian-born Arnold Scaasi, designer to stars and presidential wives, dead at 85

    NEW YORK, N.Y. – Canadian designer Arnold Scaasi, whose flamboyant creations adorned the likes of Laura Bush, Elizabeth Taylor and Barbra Streisand, has died. The Montreal-born designer was 85. Scaasi died early Tuesday at New York-Presbyterian Hospital of cardiac arrest, said his longtime friend, Michael Selleck, executive vice-president of sales and marketing at Simon & [...] Read More »

    8 hours ago

Provincial News

  • Some damage reported as hail, rain and strong winds whip through Calgary

    CALGARY – Heavy rain, hail and strong winds have whipped through Calgary, leaving some damage in their wake. Flash flooding on Tuesday evening swallowed up some vehicles and caused delays for transit. In some spots, the hail was so heavy it looked like snow piled on the ground. Calgary Emergency Management Agency deputy chief Sue [...] Read More »

    2 hours ago
  • Mounties identify dead woman as 22-year-old from Camrose, Alberta

    CALMAR, Alta. – RCMP say they are investigating the discovery of human remains in Calmar, Alta., as a homicide. Mounties have identified the dead woman as Mackenzie Leah Harris, 22, of Camrose, Alta. She had been reported missing on Saturday and the remains were found on Monday. Mounties say the case is not related to [...] Read More »

    3 hours ago
  • Point, Virtanen lead Canada over Czech Republic at summer development camp

    CALGARY – Brayden Point scored two goals and added three assists to power the Canadian under-20 hockey team to a 7-1 victory over the Czech Republic at the national teams’ development camp on Tuesday. Jake Virtanen also had two goals for Canada, which has won back-to-back games. Brandon Hickey, Haydn Fluery, and Rourke Chartier rounded [...] Read More »

    4 hours ago
  • Edmonton doctor wants progress made on dispute between competing laboratories

    EDMONTON – An Edmonton doctor is urging the province to move ahead with talks and transition planning with Sonic Healthcare Ltd. That’s the Australian-based company scheduled to take over lab services in the Edmonton region after the Alberta Health Services contract with DynaLife comes to an end in March 2016. DynaLife filed an appeal last [...] Read More »

    6 hours ago
  • Mounties say number of collisions reported to Alberta RCMP over weekend down

    EDMONTON – Alberta Mounties say fewer motor vehicle collisions were reported to RCMP over the August long weekend than last year. Cpl. Hal Turnbull says there were 264 crashes between Friday and Monday. That compares to 304 collisions over the same time period in 2014. The number of injury accidents was about the same. Statistics [...] Read More »

    8 hours ago

World News