October 18th, 2017


Local News

  • Walsh firefighter, James Hargrave loses life battling wildfire

    There has been a line-of-duty death related to the wildfire north of Hilda. Cypress County confirmed the death on Wednesday. “It is with deep sadness that Cypress County confirms that James Hargrave, a firefighter with the Walsh Fire Station has passed away in the line of duty. James was very community minded and joined the [...] Read More »

    2 hours ago
  • City cleaning up after windstorm, more than 2,000 addresses without power

    cgallant@medicinehatnews.com @CollinGallant The city is still cleaning up on Wednesday morning after a massive wind storm swept through the city, knocking down trees, cutting power and sparking fires on Tuesday. A local state of emergency was enacted at 10 p.m. after crews began monitoring heavy wind gusts in the afternoon and opened the city’s emergency [...] Read More »

    4 hours ago
  • Wildfire north of Hilda is out

    The wildfire that raged north of Hilda beginning on Tuesday afternoon and continued into Wednesday morning has been put out. Alberta Emergency Alert updated the situation just after 9 a.m. Wednesday. Electric and gas utility companies are in the area to ensure its safety. The evacuation order issued yesterday remains in effect and Cypress County [...] Read More »

    4 hours ago
  • Farms and cattle destroyed as crews battled fast-moving grassfires Tuesday

    tkalinowski@medicinehatnews.com @MHNTimKal At least four farms were confirmed lost in the fierce wildfire which burned through Hilda country last night. Driven by gale force winds the scale of the disaster is incalculable, said Cypress County deputy fire chief John McBain just before press time last night. “I can’t even say how many farms have been [...] Read More »

    9 hours ago
  • City declares state of emergency during wind storm

    tkalinowski@medicinehatnews.com @MHNTimKal A local state of emergency was declared in Medicine Hat and the Emergency Operations Centre opened after a ferocious windstorm whipped through the city felling large trees and downing power lines Tuesday evening. Almost like a prairie hurricane, the sustained winds forced emergency personnel and city workers to continue their efforts through the [...] Read More »

    9 hours ago

National News

  • Alberta fireman dies battling wildfire; 2 men injured, 1 dead in Saskatchewan

    Wind-whipped wildfires that scorched parts of Alberta and Saskatchewan on Tuesday and forced the evacuation of several communities have taken a human toll. Officials with Cypress County in southeastern Alberta confirmed the death of a firefighter who was battling a fierce grass fire driven by gusting winds near Hilda. A release said James Hargrave of [...] Read More »

    18 mins ago
  • What you need to know about the use of ammonia at Canadian arenas

    The suspected ammonia leak that killed three people in Fernie, B.C., has shone a spotlight on the chemical so often used as a cooling agent in Canadian arenas. Accidents involving the chemical are not uncommon, though the incident in Fernie marks what is believe to be the first fatal one. As questions arise about the [...] Read More »

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  • Quebec father-son duo hope to rise to the occasion in international bake-off

    MONTREAL – Laurent Agliata jokes he has flour, not blood, running through his veins. And beginning Sunday, the third-generation baker from Montreal will get a chance to prove it as he and his 22-year-old son Damien represent Canada at the three-day World of Bread contest in Nantes, France. Teams representing 18 countries will have just [...] Read More »

    32 mins ago
  • Finance Minister followed the law, has done nothing wrong: Trudeau

    OTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau refuses to say when he found out that Bill Morneau never put his substantial assets into a blind trust after being appointed finance minister two years ago. Trudeau accuses opposition parties, who’ve intensified their attacks on the finance minister, of playing gutter politics over the issue. And he says [...] Read More »

    36 mins ago
  • CP NewsAlert: Alberta firefighter dies battling wildfire

    Officials say a firefighter who was battling a fierce grass fire driven by gusting winds in southeastern Alberta has died. A release from Cypress County says James Hargrave of the Walsh fire station died in the line of duty near Hilda on Tuesday night. The statement says Hargrave was community-minded and joined the fire service [...] Read More »

    42 mins ago

Provincial News

  • Warrant issued for alleged fraudster who claimed he was hurt by barbed wire

    COCHRANE, Alta. – An arrest warrant has been issued for a cyclist facing fraud charges after saying he was severely injured by barbed wire strung across a trail for mountain bikes. Alberta Justice said Stelianos Psaroudakis did not show up for a court appearance Tuesday. Psaroudakis said he was clotheslined by barbed wire while cycling [...] Read More »

    22 hours ago
  • Wind-whipped grass fire: Emergency alerts in southern Alberta, Saskatchewan

    MEDICINE HAT, Alta. – Residents in a southwestern Saskatchewan town and rural municipality are being ordered to leave immediately because of a grass fire being driven towards their homes by strong winds. SaskAlert says a wildfire has the potential to cause serious problems in the town of Burstall and the southern part of the RM [...] Read More »

    23 hours ago
  • Former PC leadership candidate Sandra Jansen joins Alberta NDP cabinet

    EDMONTON – Former Progressive Conservative leadership candidate Sandra Jansen is the new minister in charge of infrastructure in Alberta Premier Rachel Notley’s NDP cabinet. Jansen takes over the portfolio from Brian Mason, who remains minister of transportation. Mason had been handling both duties for the last two years. He is also government house leader. Jansen, [...] Read More »

    24 hours ago
  • Former PC leadership candidate Sandra Jansen added to NDP cabinet

    EDMONTON – Former Progressive Conservative leadership candidate Sandra Jansen has become the new minister in charge of infrastructure in Premier Rachel Notley’s NDP cabinet. Jansen takes over the portfolio from Brian Mason, who remains minister of transportation. Mason had been handling both duties for the last two years. Jansen left the Progressive Conservatives almost a [...] Read More »

    24 hours ago
  • Alberta gets first woman chief justice of Court of Queen’s Bench

    EDMONTON – A woman has been appointed for the first time as chief justice of the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced that Justice Mary Moreau will fill the role. Moreau was an Edmonton lawyer who worked on numerous landmark cases involving minority language rights. She was appointed to [...] Read More »

    1 day ago

World News

  • Man known as Houston area’s ‘Tourniquet Killer’ set to die

    HUNTSVILLE, Texas – A man who became known as the Houston area’s “Tourniquet Killer” because of the way he strangled his victims was set for execution Wednesday evening. Anthony Allen Shore confessed to killing four female victims from 1986 to 1995 after a tiny particle collected from under the fingernail of 21-year-old Maria del Carmen [...] Read More »

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  • Judge asks group in Trump lawsuit to justify right to sue

    NEW YORK – A federal judge on Wednesday pressed government lawyers to explain why President Donald Trump’s ownership of hotels patronized by foreign government officials didn’t violate the Constitution, a key question that could shed light on Trump’s finances if a civil lawsuit heard in New York is allowed to proceed. At issue in the [...] Read More »

    24 mins ago
  • Bush’s Super Bowl socks to be auctioned by Catholic diocese

    PORTLAND, Maine – The New England Patriots may have left Super Bowl LI with the Lombardi Trophy, but someone else is going home with presidential socks. Former Republican President George H.W. Bush is giving a pair of socks he wore to the Super Bowl to a Roman Catholic Diocese in Maine so they can be [...] Read More »

    1 hour ago
  • Manhunt underway for gunman in Maryland office park shooting

    EDGEWOOD, Md. – A gunman shot five of his co-workers at a Maryland office park Wednesday, killing three of them and setting off a manhunt along the I-95 Northeast corridor, authorities said. The gunman was linked to a later shooting at a used car dealership in Delaware about 55 miles (90 kilometres) away. At least [...] Read More »

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  • Grammy museum pays homage to New Jersey musical legacy

    NEWARK, N.J. – Newark is joining Los Angeles, Nashville and Cleveland, Mississippi, as a host of a museum celebrating the Grammy music awards. The museum is officially opening this week in New Jersey at Newark’s Prudential Center arena. It celebrates the state’s rich musical legacy with exhibits featuring memorabilia from artists including Bruce Springsteen, Frank [...] Read More »

    2 hours ago