June 29th, 2017


Local News

  • Saretzky guilty on all counts for triple-murder

    J.W. Schnarr Lethbridge Heraldjwschnarr@lethbridgeherald.com Derek Saretzky murdered 69-year-old Coleman resident Hanne Meketech, and then he murdered Blairmore resident Terry Blanchette, and Terry’s daughter, two-year-old Hailey Dunbar-Blanchette. On Wednesday, the jury in the Saretzky triple-murder trial took three hours to render guilty verdicts on all counts for the 2015 homicides. Saretzky was also found guilty of [...] Read More »

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  • City safe despite methane leaks: officials

    cgallant@medicinehatnews.com @CollinGallant Four long-abandoned gas wells in central Medicine Hat are leaking methane at a concerning rate, according to a draft report by the Alberta Energy Regulator, portions of which the News has acquired. Excerpts detail methane readings higher than an “acute threshold” deemed above acceptable health and safety standards at several of the wells [...] Read More »

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  • Fifth Avenue Memorial sits near well site tagged for monitoring

    Medicine Hat News Gas bubbling up from the ground and backyard drilling in pioneer days are part of the lore of Medicine Hat, but one of the city’s oldest churches is now having to cope with its modern-day effects. The Fifth Avenue Memorial United Church is one of four sites in Medicine Hat that anAlberta [...] Read More »

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  • MHC running small surplus on $58M budget for 2017/18

    tkalinowski@medicinehatnews.com @MHNTimKal Medicine Hat College’s board of governors has approved a budget of just over more than $58 million for the 2017/18 school year. The budget has a modest surplus of $9,600, and makes provisions for the hiring of 4.5 full-time equivalent staff. It also includes more than $4 million in capital spending, and builds [...] Read More »

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  • Zero issues cleaning new hospital wing, says AHS

    gslade@medicinehatnews.com  @MHNGillianSlade The new wing at Medicine Hat Regional Hospital has drastically increased the amount of space that needs constant cleaning, but that is all in hand already, says Alberta Health Services. The new six-storey Ambulatory Care Building at Medicine Hat Regional Hospital increased floor space by 23,000 square metres. The Ambulatory Care Building [...] Read More »

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National News

  • Six stories in the news for today, June 29

    Six stories in the news for Thursday, June 29 – – – PROTEST TEEPEE ERECTED OUTSIDE PARLIAMENT A large teepee erected by indigenous demonstrators to kick off a four-day Canada Day protest was standing in front of Parliament Hill early Thursday just hours after their initial attempt was thwarted by police. Police had blocked the [...] Read More »

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  • B.C. Liberals expected to be topped in confidence vote after 16 years in power

    VICTORIA – British Columbia’s minority Liberal government is staring at defeat today in the legislature, more than seven weeks after squeaking out a minority government in a provincial election. If the Liberals fall, Lt.-Gov. Judith Guichon will have to decide whether to dissolve the legislature or allow the NDP to form a minority government with [...] Read More »

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  • Indigenous demonstrators erect teepee on Parliament Hill to protest Canada Day

    OTTAWA – A large teepee erected by indigenous demonstrators to kick off a four-day Canada Day protest was standing in front of Parliament Hill early Thursday just hours after their initial attempt was thwarted by police. Police had blocked the group just inside the gates to Parliament Hill on Wednesday evening as demonstrators carried wooden [...] Read More »

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  • Police make arrests during Indigenous demonstration on Parliament Hill

    OTTAWA – A number of people were arrested on Parliament Hill Wednesday evening during an Indigenous demonstration. A large crowd had gathered to erect a teepee as part of a four-day Canada Day protest but police intervened. Demonstrators say about 15-20 people were arrested. Videos posted on social media sites showed RCMP officers dragging at [...] Read More »

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  • Carcass of right whale towed to P.E.I. to determine cause of death

    NORWAY, P.E.I. – The Canadian Coast Guard and Fisheries and Oceans Canada have beached a dead right whale on a Prince Edward Island shore in a bid to learn what killed at least six of the endangered mammals in recent weeks. The Marine Animal Response Society said the North Atlantic right whale was brought to [...] Read More »

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Provincial News

  • Alberta triple murderer to face sentencing and family of his victims

    LETHBRIDGE, Alta. – An Alberta man who butchered a father, his two-year-old daughter and an elderly woman two years ago is expected to come face-to-face today with the families of his victims. It took a jury just three hours Wednesday to convict Derek Saretzky of three counts of first-degree murder and a fourth charge of [...] Read More »

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  • B.C. man charged with robbing sex-trade workers, impersonating police officer

    CALGARY – A 33-year-old man from British Columbia has been charged in a police investigation into robberies conducted in Calgary hotel rooms involving a suspect allegedly impersonating an officer. Police say a male contacted sex-trade workers through online classified ads and arranged to meet the women at hotels between March and June of this year. [...] Read More »

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  • Alberta RCMP expect more traffic this Canada 150 long weekend in national parks

    EDMONTON – Alberta Mounties are warning people who plan to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday this weekend in national parks to be prepared for more vehicles and slower traffic. Police say they expect that Banff, Jasper and Waterton Lakes national parks will be especially busy with a surge of visitors eager to take in mountain scenery [...] Read More »

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  • Inquiry finds RCMP couldn’t have prevented cocaine overdose in holding cell

    COLD LAKE, Alta. – An Alberta fatality inquiry report says RCMP couldn’t have prevented the fatal overdose of a man in custody who consumed cocaine that he’d hidden in his rectum. Yvan Daniels-Dupuis of Richmond, Que., was arrested in May 2014, in a rural area outside Cold Lake, Alta. Police had been called there by [...] Read More »

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  • Friends raise money for funeral of youth, family gets eviction notice

    EDMONTON – A friend is raising money to help an Edmonton mother deal with the violent death of her 17-year-old son. On Friday police charged three people with murder after the body of Ashton Cardinal was found near parked vehicles outside an apartment complex. The next day the youth’s mother, Vanessa Cardinal, was served with [...] Read More »

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World News

  • Cardinal takes leave from Vatican after sex assault charges

    VATICAN CITY – Cardinal George Pell, one of Pope Francis’ top advisers, took a leave of absence as the Vatican’s financial czar on Thursday to face multiple criminal charges in his native Australia that allege he committed sexual assault years ago. Pell appeared before reporters in the Vatican press office to forcefully deny the accusations, [...] Read More »

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  • Police: Man cited for keeping wild deer in New York house

    JAMESTOWN, N.Y. – A New York man has been cited for keeping a wild deer on the second floor of his home. State Department of Environmental Conservation Officer Jerry Kinney says his office received a complaint that a neighbour was harbouring a wild animal in his Jamestown house. The resident told responding officers he believed [...] Read More »

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  • NATO agrees to send more troop trainers to Afghanistan

    BRUSSELS – NATO’s chief says allies have agreed to send more troops to Afghanistan, to help train and work alongside the country’s security forces. Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Thursday that “15 nations have already pledged additional contributions.” He said he expects other allies and NATO partners to pledge more contributions at a meeting of the [...] Read More »

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  • Merkel before G20: Paris accord irreversible, not negotiable

    BERLIN – German Chancellor Angela Merkel says the European Union is “more determined than ever” to make the Paris accord against climate change a success following the U.S. decision to withdraw from the agreement. Merkel stressed in a speech to the German parliament Thursday that the EU stands fully behind its commitment to the agreement. [...] Read More »

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  • Arizona braces for winds as wildfires sweep West

    PRESCOTT VALLEY, Ariz. – More than 600 Arizona firefighters are bracing for persistent windy conditions as they battle a northern Arizona fire that has charred 32 square miles (83 square kilometres) of dense shrubbery. The fire is burning in communities around Prescott, a mountain city about 100 miles (160.9 kilometres) north of Phoenix. Yavapai County [...] Read More »

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