September 21st, 2017

News

Local News

  • Everyone knows, no one knows: Plenty of opinions, no real answers on transit timeline

    gslade@medicinehatnews.com  @MHNGillianSlade Rejoicing about returning to the old transit system may be on hold for some time as similarities to the exercise to replace the seniors’ hub emerge, says a councillor seeking re-election. “This is like the Veiner Centre all over again,” said Les Pearson. “We need a budget and a timeline, and three [...] Read More »

    16 hours ago
  • Strachan construction buzzing along

    gslade@medicinehatnews.com  @MHNGillianSlade Strachan Corner is a hive of activity with contractors intent on getting the job done on time. Construction of a 7-Eleven and car wash on the corner, closest to Staples, is on track with the building to be handed over at the end of October, said Tim Hinch, site superintendent of Petrocom [...] Read More »

    16 hours ago
  • Exploration division gains, for once

    cgallant@medicinehatnews.com @CollinGallant For the first time in five years, the city’s energy exploration division is budgeted to gain in value over the course of the year, but it’s largely on paper and due to addition by subtraction. Mid-year financial statements presented Tuesday show that net earnings for Natural Gas and Petroleum Resources division could be [...] Read More »

    16 hours ago
  • Motz hosting town hall to discuss proposed tax changes

    gslade@medicinehatnews.com  @MHNGillianSlade MP Glen Motz is hosting a townhall meeting Friday regarding federal tax changes — aimed at closing certain loopholes — which critics say will affect farmers and small business in a negative way. “Drastic tax changes proposed by the federal Liberals, which experts say will have a devastating impact on Canadian small [...] Read More »

    16 hours ago
  • SARC, MHPS partner for better survivor assistance

    jappel@medicinehatnews.com @MHNJeremyAppel The Sexual Assault Response Committee and Medicine Hat Police Service announced a collaborative project to offer enhanced assistance to adult survivors of sexual assault. The project, which launched in June, was unveiled at police headquarters on Wednesday by SARC executive director Chris Johnson and MHPS Insp. Brent Secondiak. The announcement was also attended [...] Read More »

    16 hours ago

National News

  • Indigenous leaders want greater role for Manitoba in MMIW inquiry

    WINNIPEG – First Nations leaders in Manitoba want a greater say in the national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. Sheila North Wilson, grand chief of Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak, which represents First Nations communities across northern Manitoba, says improvements in the way the inquiry communicates with families are badly needed. The MKO [...] Read More »

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  • Trudeau: No comment on North Korea threats, let’s pursue a diplomatic solution

    UNITED NATIONS, N.Y. – Justin Trudeau avoided being drawn into the tit-for-tat threats between the leaders of the U.S. and North Korea, pointing instead to signs that diplomacy might prevail in a nuclear standoff that has the countries trading insults. Canada’s prime minister said he spoke this week with the South Korean president about possible [...] Read More »

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  • Quebec suspect charged with murder in Amber Alert case out of coma: lawyer

    MONTREAL – The man who fled authorities last week with his six-year-old boy and who was later charged in the slaying of the child’s mother is close to being released from hospital, his lawyer said Thursday. Pierre Gauthier says his 41-year-old client called him from the Ottawa hospital where he had been staying since an [...] Read More »

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  • ‘Every day I punish myself:’ Calgary mom guilty in son’s strep death apologizes

    CALGARY – A woman who treated her seven-year-old boy with holistic remedies before he died of a strep infection says every day is a painful reminder that an error in judgment led to her son’s death. Tamara Lovett, 48, was found guilty in January of criminal negligence causing death by a judge who said Lovett [...] Read More »

    4 hours ago
  • NORAD commander calls for modernization to address changing threats

    BANFF, Alta. – The top Canadian officer at the North American Aerospace Defence Command says the system needs to evolve to meet modern threats. Speaking at the Banff Global Business Forum on Thursday, Lt.-Gen. Pierre St-Amand says North America is less secure than it was a short time ago as long-range cruise missiles and the [...] Read More »

    4 hours ago

Provincial News

  • Former Alberta prison worker charged with helping inmate escape in 2015

    BOWDEN, Alta. – A former prison worker has been charged with helping an inmate escape. Innisfail RCMP say Sylvain Martin escaped from the minimum security annex of Bowden Institution on April 16, 2015. Martin was arrested on a Canada-wide warrant in Quebec and returned to the custody of Correctional Service Canada in the fall of [...] Read More »

    4 hours ago
  • Man Calgary police shot came out of garage with weapons: acting chief

    Calgary’s acting police chief says a man who was shot by officers rushed out of a garage and confronted them with several weapons. Chief Ray Robitaille says police were called on Wednesday afternoon about a man who had allegedly assaulted several people at a home and then left. He says the man, who is known [...] Read More »

    9 hours ago
  • MLA Rick Fraser quits new party, says focus on divisive politics hurting Alberta

    EDMONTON – Another member of Alberta’s new United Conservative Party has quit caucus to sit as an Independent. Rick Fraser, the legislature member for Calgary South East, says in a statement that the current fractious party leadership race makes it clear Alberta will continue down the road of divisive, polarized politics. He says a protracted [...] Read More »

    10 hours ago
  • Man gets prison term four years after fatal downtown Calgary stabbing

    CALGARY – A Calgary man has been sentenced to eight years in prison after his conviction in a fatal stabbing four years ago. William Littlechild was originally charged with second-degree murder in the death of Robyn Greg Gladue. A jury found the 24-year-old accused guilty of manslaughter following a trial that ended this past March. [...] Read More »

    12 hours ago
  • Calgary police officers shoot man in his 30s after call to domestic incident

    CALGARY – A man in his 30s has been taken to hospital in life-threatening condition after being shot by Calgary police officers. Police say they were called to a domestic incident in the city’s northeast on Wednesday afternoon. When they got there, the suspect had left the scene but was tracked to a home. Police [...] Read More »

    22 hours ago

World News

  • Christian singer Natalie Grant undergoing thyroid surgery

    NASHVILLE – Contemporary Christian singer Natalie Grant will undergo thyroid surgery to remove tumors and will cancel shows between mid-October and November to recover. Grant posted a video message on Facebook on Thursday explaining that doctors had been monitoring several tumors or nodules on her thyroid for years and that she will have half of [...] Read More »

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  • ‘White allies’ protest of police shooting leads to stadium

    ST. LOUIS – Hundreds of mostly white protesters gathered Thursday evening in downtown St. Louis and marched, chanting “white silence is violence.” Organizers called for the “White Allies Only” rally, which began at Kiener Plaza. The demonstration is the latest of several since Friday, when a judge acquitted former police officer Jason Stockley, who is [...] Read More »

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  • Protesters ejected from Turkish president’s New York speech

    NEW YORK – A demonstrator who got up and shouted “Terrorist!” at Turkey’s president during a speech at a hotel on Thursday was grabbed by bodyguards and rushed out of the hall as others in the emotional crowd pushed, shoved and shouted. It happened at the Marriott Marquis hotel in Times Square while Turkish President [...] Read More »

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  • UN Peacekeepers: Congo leads world in sex abuse allegations

    BUNIA, Congo – She had been orphaned by a brutal conflict, but the 14-year-old Congolese girl found refuge in a camp protected by United Nations peacekeepers. The camp should have been safe the day she was raped. A delegation from the U.N. was paying a visit, and her grandmother had left her in charge of [...] Read More »

    3 hours ago
  • Officer on desk after violent arrest of man ‘trying to help’

    PITTSBURGH – One of five police officers involved in a violent arrest recorded by a bystander and posted online has been assigned to desk duty, and the man he punched during the arrest says he was just trying to help police make another arrest. Officer Andrew Jacobs will be on desk duty until the city [...] Read More »

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