February 12th, 2016


Local News

  • Hospital expansion a few months away

    gslade@medicinehatnews.com @MHNGillianSlade The extension to Medicine Hat Regional Hospital will be complete and occupied within months, says Alberta Infrastructure. “We’re on schedule to have 90 per cent complete for occupancy this summer,” said Larry Raymond, director of health facilities, Alberta Infrastructure. The high-ceilinged entrance will lead to a spacious atrium the height of the six-floor [...] Read More »

    6 hours ago
  • Walking away from home

    cgallant@medicinehatnews.com @CollinGallant A women whose flood-damaged home fell into a zoning catch-22 says she’ll let the lot on Bridge Street sit empty before she builds on it again or sells it for less than a fair value. Anne Switzer’s home was damaged beyond economic repair during the 2013 floods, and since then she says it’s [...] Read More »

    6 hours ago
  • Three more deaths from flu this week

    gslade@medicinehatnews.com @MHNGillianSlade Three more Albertans have died from influenza in the last week with a sharp increase in people hospitalized, says Alberta Health Services. A total of 10 Albertans have died this season as a result of influenza, representing an increase of three in the last week. The number of people hospitalized with laboratory confirmed [...] Read More »

    6 hours ago
  • High School Art Show proof of local student skills

    clefebvre@medicinehatnews.com @MHNLefebvre Medicine Hat College helped showcase Thursday evening the artistic talents of high school students in the city and surrounding area. An opening reception for the High School Art Show took place inside the One on One Gallery in the Cultural Centre, where 55 works from students at Crescent Heights High School, Eagle Butte [...] Read More »

    6 hours ago
  • AWG a chance to boast Hat culture

    gslade@medicinehatnews.com  @MHNGillianSlade Hosting the Alberta Winter Games is also an opportunity to showcase local cultural and historic highlights, says the director of culture for the Games. “We’ve been working for quite some time presenting different cultural activities in the community,” said Brenda Lea MacPhail.. “We have activities going on all this weekend that are [...] Read More »

    6 hours ago

National News

Provincial News

  • Labour group wants Alberta whistleblower law to apply to private sector workers

    EDMONTON – The Alberta Federation of Labour says the province’s whistleblower law should protect all workers regardless of whether they are in the public or private sector. Federation president Gil McGowan has told a committee reviewing the Public Interest Disclosure Act that it should also be easier for employees to report wrongdoing. Amendments to the [...] Read More »

    4 hours ago
  • Twelve-year-old river otter dies in pool at Calgary Zoo

    CALGARY – The Calgary Zoo says one of its North American river otters has died in the pool at the Canadian Wilds exhibit. The zoo says a keeper noticed 12-year-old Logan struggling in the pool and jumped in to save him, but the otter did not survive. A spokeswoman says Logan’s death has upset staff [...] Read More »

    19 hours ago
  • Smart Technologies posts 3rd-quarter loss of $49.5 million

    CALGARY – CALGARY, Alberta (AP) _ Smart Technologies Inc. (SMT) on Thursday reported a fiscal third-quarter loss of $49.5 million, after reporting a profit in the same period a year earlier. On a per-share basis, the Calgary, Alberta-based company said it had a loss of 41 cents. Losses, adjusted for one-time gains and costs, were [...] Read More »

    20 hours ago
  • Police chiefs join call for Alberta to bring in law to prepay at pump

    EDMONTON – Police chiefs want the Alberta government to devise a law that would require drivers to prepay at the pump before filling up. The Alberta Association of Chiefs of Police has passed a resolution calling for legislation and which notes gas-and-dash thieves can injure or kill gas station employees. RCMP Deputy Commissioner Marianne Ryan, [...] Read More »

    20 hours ago
  • Cenovus Energy reports fourth-quarter loss, misses expectations

    CALGARY – CALGARY, Alberta (AP) _ Cenovus Energy Inc. (CVE) on Thursday reported a loss of $480.3 million in its fourth quarter. On a per-share basis, the Calgary, Alberta-based company said it had a loss of 58 cents. Losses, adjusted for non-recurring costs, were 40 cents per share. The results did not meet Wall Street [...] Read More »

    1 day ago

World News

  • 2 students killed in shooting at Phoenix-area high school

    GLENDALE, Ariz. – Two students were shot and killed Friday at a high school in the Phoenix suburb of Glendale but the danger at the campus was over, police said, as worried parents crowded stores nearby to await word on their children. Glendale Officer Tracey Breeden told reporters that both were 15-year-old girls and were [...] Read More »

    4 mins ago
  • Police: 2 female students die in shooting at Arizona school

    GLENDALE, Ariz. – Police say two female students died in a shooting at a school in a Phoenix suburb. Glendale Officer Tracey Breeden told reporters Friday that both victims were 15 years old and were shot once. She says authorities are not searching for any suspects and a weapon was found near the bodies. She [...] Read More »

    5 mins ago
  • Lawmakers override veto, will make W.Va. right-to-work state

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia is set to become the 26th right-to-work state. State lawmakers rebuked Thursday’s veto by Democratic Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, voting along party lines in their House and Senate. Some House Republicans voted ‘no.’ A simple majority was required. So-called “right to work” states prohibit companies from requiring employees to pay [...] Read More »

    9 mins ago
  • Japanese musician strangled during Trinidad’s Carnival

    PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad – A Japanese musician who flew to Trinidad to participate in a well-known steel percussion competition was strangled to death during the island’s annual Carnival celebration, authorities said Friday. An autopsy concluded that Asami Nagakiya, whose body was found Wednesday in Port-of-Spain park, had been manually strangled. No arrests have been made, and [...] Read More »

    11 mins ago
  • Autopsy reports found from 1929 Valentine’s Day massacre

    CHICAGO – The Cook County medical examiner’s office is considering how best to preserve and display the newly unearthed autopsy reports alongside inquest transcripts from Chicago’s infamous gangland Valentine’s Day massacre of 1929. Executive officer James Sledge, a local history fan, says he felt a chill down his back when he first read the documents [...] Read More »

    17 mins ago