March 1st, 2017

News

Local News

  • Fire plan just a Band-Aid: union head

    cgallant@medicinehatnews.com @CollinGallant A local plan to have fire crews attend medical emergencies when ambulances are not available or would take longer to arrive is “a Band-Aid” on an underfunded paramedic system, says the provincial head of the EMS worker’s union. Mike Parker told the News on Tuesday that slower arrival times in Medicine Hat and [...] Read More »

    6 hours ago
  • Debate over sentencing length for convicted bank robber

    prevell@medicinehatnews.com @MHNPrevell Arguments over the sentence length for a man who robbed two Medicine Hat banks last April began Tuesday at the Medicine Hat Provincial Courthouse. Alebele Negussie, 24, in custody at the Calgary Remand Centre, appeared by CCTV. He entered guilty pleas to two counts of robbery, committed while on probation. The Crown asked [...] Read More »

    6 hours ago
  • Masterpiece on track for fall opening

    gslade@medicinehatnews.com  @MHNGillianSlade Eleven months after breaking ground for construction of a new seniors’ residence in Medicine Hat, the project more than halfway finished. “We are 60 per cent complete, on track to open late September early October, and are on budget,” said Tim Garforth-Bles, president and CEO Masterpiece Care Corp. A cold winter with [...] Read More »

    6 hours ago
  • City mails out newest property tax assessments

    Medicine Hat News The value of city homes fell only slightly by mid-2016, according to the City of Medicine Hat’s new property tax assessment. Notices to some 28,000 accounts were sent out Monday for the 2017 tax year, with officials saying the total value of residential property class dropped by 0.2 per cent. Over the [...] Read More »

    6 hours ago
  • Essential house arrest for man charged in kidnapping, robbery

    prevell@medicinehatnews.com @MHNprevell It’s basically house arrest for a man granted bail months after being taken into custody for an alleged kidnapping, robbery and assault. Jesse James Summers was granted release on a $1,000 no-cash bail, under strict conditions that amount to house arrest, and also allowing him to attend a rehabilitation centre. His next court [...] Read More »

    6 hours ago

National News

  • Retired judge questions RCMP probe of fatal Newfoundland police shooting

    ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – The retired judge hired by the RCMP to independently observe its probe into the police shooting of Don Dunphy now says the investigation was biased and that his own report was wrong. “To me, they weren’t pursuing this as diligently as I would have thought,” David Riche told a public inquiry [...] Read More »

    21 mins ago
  • Weather too cold to fight fire: Only school in Nunavut hamlet badly damaged

    KUGAARUK, Nunavut – The only school in a small community in Nunavut has been badly damaged by a fire that could not be contained in frigid temperatures. RCMP say it was -55 C when the fire department in the hamlet of Kugaaruk was called out late Tuesday night. Police say the cold weather caused equipment [...] Read More »

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  • Garneau calls for tough national standard for distracted drivers using cellphones

    MONTREAL – Transport Minister Marc Garneau is proposing the creation of a tough national standard to penalize distracted drivers using their cellphones on the road. While dangerous driving is covered under the Criminal Code, cases involving distraction are a provincial responsibility that result in fines and demerit points that vary widely across regions. Garneau last [...] Read More »

    23 mins ago
  • RCMP ordered to pay egregiously harassed force member $141K

    TORONTO – Senior RCMP officers harassed a sergeant mercilessly and damaged his career after deciding he had lied to them about his unsuccessful bid to run for the federal Conservatives in 2005, an Ontario judge has ruled. In awarding Sgt. Peter Merrifield $141,000 for his mistreatment, Superior Court Justice Mary Vallee denounced the RCMP’s conduct [...] Read More »

    34 mins ago
  • Justice minister seeks input from premiers on genetic discrimination Bill S-201

    OTTAWA – Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould wants the premiers to tell her whether they think barring insurance providers from asking clients to disclose the results of genetic testing would stray too far into provincial jurisdiction. In a letter to the Council of the Federation today, Wilson-Raybould says a number of provinces have argued that parts [...] Read More »

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Provincial News

  • Calgary police treating death of woman outside bank as a homicide

    CALGARY – A woman who was found beaten outside of a Calgary bank last week has died and police are now treating the case as a homicide. A security guard found Trisheena Simon, 28, at about 1:20 a.m. on Feb. 22. She was taken to hospital with head injuries and died last Friday. Police said [...] Read More »

    12 hours ago
  • Shortage of prosecutors in Edmonton leads to charges stayed in 15 cases

    EDMONTON – A shortage of Crown prosecutors in Edmonton has led to charges being stayed in 15 cases that were to be heard in provincial court. Chief Crown prosecutor Shelley Bykewich says there is a 14 per cent vacancy rate in the prosecutors’ office at the moment. She says the shortage is complicated by a [...] Read More »

    12 hours ago
  • Psychiatrist says man accused in fatal warehouse stabbings was mentally ill

    EDMONTON – The trial of a man accused of killing two co-workers and injuring several others during a bloody assault at a Loblaws grocery warehouse has turned to an examination of his mental state. Forensic psychiatrist Dr. Roger Brown testified Tuesday that he concluded Jayme Pasieka, 32, suffered from a mental illness, most likely schizophrenia. [...] Read More »

    13 hours ago
  • Disabled Edmonton man found after truck left running, stolen outside coffee shop

    EDMONTON – It was a frightening afternoon for an Edmonton family whose truck was stolen with a developmentally disabled man inside. Police say the man was found several hours later safe and sound, though the hunt for the thief continues. The truck had been left running outside a coffee shop with Cameron Lone, 46, inside. [...] Read More »

    14 hours ago
  • Alberta releases info on how consumers can get free energy efficient products

    EDMONTON – Alberta has rolled out some details on how consumers can get free energy efficient products such as LED light bulbs. Environment Minister Shannon Phillips says people need to register online for the program. She says consumers who register will be contacted to make appointments with a private company called Ecofitt. Staff from Ecofitt [...] Read More »

    20 hours ago

World News

  • Ex-Syria government spokesman takes new stab at diplomacy

    GENEVA – Jihad al-Makdissi was once the mouthpiece for the Syrian government. A familiar face at the front lines of spin, he defended the heavy-handed approach of state security and military forces as Arab Spring-inspired protests swept the nation and then degenerated into a horrific civil war. Now, the former government operative and career diplomat [...] Read More »

    22 mins ago
  • Fillon stays in French presidential race despite summons

    PARIS – Conservative candidate Francois Fillon refused to quit France’s roller-coaster presidential race Wednesday despite receiving a summons to face charges of getting his wife and children taxpayer-funded jobs in which they allegedly did no work. Calling the judicial investigation a “political assassination,” Fillon urged his supporters to “resist” and said he would leave it [...] Read More »

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  • Pope marks Ash Wednesday with prayer and solemn procession

    ROME – Pope Francis is marking Ash Wednesday with prayer and a solemn procession between two churches on one of ancient’ Rome’s seven hills. The day begins the Catholic church’s annual Lenten period of reflection in preparation for Easter. The day’s rituals include rubbing ashes on the head of faithful in a reminder of mortality. [...] Read More »

    1 hour ago
  • Austria: Man tries to enter courthouse with bag of roaches

    VIENNA – Security guards at an Austrian court might need to put up a sign at the screening gate to let the public know about another item prohibited on the premises – cockroaches. State broadcaster ORF said Wednesday that security personnel in the western city of Linz turned away a man a day earlier after [...] Read More »

    1 hour ago
  • Senate confirms Montana Rep. Zinke as Interior secretary

    WASHINGTON – Montana Rep. Ryan Zinke won Senate confirmation on Wednesday as President Donald Trump’s Interior secretary, giving him responsibility for overseeing 400 million acres of public land, mostly in the West. The Republican-controlled Senate approved the nomination, 68-31. Zinke, 55, a former Navy SEAL and Montana state senator, resigned as a delegate to the [...] Read More »

    2 hours ago