April 19th, 2018


Local News

  • Dam release will test banks of Seven Persons Creek

    gslade@medicinehatnews.com  @MHNGillianSlade The water level in Seven Persons Creek is expected to rise enough to cause flooding in low lying areas by Thursday, affecting three local golf courses. St. Mary’s River Irrigation District began releasing water from Murray Dam, near Seven Persons, into Seven Persons Creek at about 1 p.m. Wednesday. The flow began [...] Read More »

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  • Pot plant a big boost for BSBP

    cgallant@medicinehatnews.com @CollinGallant If you’re happy a major marijuana grower will set up in northwest Medicine Hat, imagine the delight of the owner of the barbecue joint just down the street. “It’s absolutely huge for us,” said Jeff Brewster, a co-owner of Skinny’s Smoke House, which opened its new location in the somewhat sparse Box Springs [...] Read More »

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  • With all these jobs, people will come

    Medicine Hat News After a seemingly long drought, new industrial investment inside Medicine Hat’s city limits could total $250 million over the next 18 months. Looking to the larger region and outward on the calendar, the total could be closer to $1 billion. After the announcement of a $130-million cannabis production facility on Monday, Mayor [...] Read More »

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  • Turnbull suggests closer look at $100K grant for CCDA

    cgallant@medicinehatnews.com @CollinGallant A city councillor says it’s time City Hall reconsider an annual grant it gives to support the City Centre Development Agency’s efforts to bolster activity in the downtown core. Another who sits on the board says he’s happy to outline a new direction the group is taking. Coun. Phil Turnbull told council’s meeting [...] Read More »

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  • Rail workers could walk Friday at midnight

    Medicine Hat News & the Canadian Press About 300 rail workers in Medicine Hat could walk off the job at midnight Friday after their union served a 72-hour strike notice Wednesday, while the company says it’s hopeful an early-week offer will be accepted. Meanwhile, grain and large chemical industry officials said any disruption would make [...] Read More »

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National News

  • ‘I miss my father terribly’: daughter of man shot dead in 2017 mosque shooting

    QUEBEC – The 14-year-old daughter of the man considered a hero after he died trying to stop the Quebec City mosque shooter gave moving testimony Thursday about how much she misses her father. In between tears, the teenager spoke on behalf of herself and her family and about how Azzedine Soufiane’s death has left a [...] Read More »

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  • Wife of real estate developer gets $95,000 monthly alimony in Quebec divorce

    MONTREAL – The ex-wife of a Quebec-based property developer has been awarded $95,000 in monthly alimony in what her lawyers are calling one of the largest divorce settlements in the province’s history. Of that amount, $75,000 is intended for her needs, while $20,000 is destined for the couple’s two children, aged 15 and 20. The [...] Read More »

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  • Tory unity must have room for Bernier despite book, strategist says

    OTTAWA – A Montreal strategist says the Conservative party was wise not to publicly shame MP Maxime Bernier for a now-stalled book that accuses Andrew Scheer of pandering to “fake Conservatives” in the Quebec dairy lobby during last year’s leadership race. The controversy over the book, which has since been pulled from publication, won’t leave [...] Read More »

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  • Tory Leader Andrew Scheer says he doesn’t feel betrayed by Maxime Bernier

    MONTREAL – Andrew Scheer says he doesn’t feel betrayed by former Tory leadership rival Maxime Bernier for suggesting he won the race last May due to “fake Conservatives” who wanted to “protect their privileges.” Scheer was in Montreal on Thursday to launch a Quebec-wide tour with the goal of collecting ideas that will form part [...] Read More »

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  • Humboldt Broncos player transferred to Calgary hospital for rehabilitation

    CALGARY – One of the Humboldt Broncos hockey players injured in a bus crash in Saskatchewan earlier this month has been transferred to Foothills Hospital in Calgary. Ryan Straschnitzki, a 19-year old from Airdrie, Alta., was paralyzed from the chest down after a transport truck and the junior hockey team’s bus collided on April 6. [...] Read More »

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Provincial News

  • Alberta introduces bill to levy fines as way to resolve utility overcharges

    EDMONTON – Alberta is making changes to resolve problems with power and natural gas bills. Energy Minister Marg McCuaig-Boyd has tabled legislation that would allow electricity and gas providers to be penalized for late billing and overcharging. The fines could be up to $10,000 a day. The legislation would also give the Alberta Utilities Commission [...] Read More »

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  • Edmonton police charge youth in sex trafficking case involving girl

    Edmonton police have laid human-trafficking charges against a youth accused of sexually exploiting a girl. Police say the youth met the girl at a mall and spent time with her for a month, showering her with expensive gifts. They allege he held her against her will and began trafficking her for sex. Police say she [...] Read More »

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  • Alberta pharmacists unhappy with government fee change plan hold rallies

    CALGARY – Pharmacists unhappy with cuts the Alberta government is planning for some of the fees they charge are holding rallies in the province. The government hopes the changes will save $150 million over two years and bring fees in line with other provinces. The plan includes cutting some medication dispensing fees and putting a [...] Read More »

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  • Alberta man who faced 100 counts of firearms, stolen property charges sentenced

    RED DEER, Alta. – A central Alberta man doesn’t have much time left to spend in jail where he was facing a total of 100 weapons and stolen property charges. Andrew Scott Charpentier, who is 25, was arrested late last year following a pair of firearms and stolen property busts in Red Deer. RCMP searched [...] Read More »

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  • Stampeder quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell says arm, head in order for CFL season

    CALGARY – Bo Levi Mitchell added a baseball throwing coach and ditched Twitter as part of his off-season preparation. The Calgary Stampeders quarterback has worked with Jeff Peach, a former Canadian baseball player turned athletic therapist, on his throwing mechanics in recent weeks. While that might seem somewhat unconventional, Mitchell points out Tom Brady, a [...] Read More »

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World News

  • Shooter fires through restaurant window, kills 2 deputies

    TRENTON, Fla. – Authorities say someone fired through the window of a restaurant and fatally shot two Florida deputies. An Alachua County Sheriff’s Office news release says the Gilchrist County sheriff’s deputies were killed Thursday afternoon in Trenton. The release says the deputies were at the Ace China restaurant when the shooter walked up to [...] Read More »

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  • Authorities say 2 deputies have been killed in Florida

    TRENTON, Fla. – Authorities say two Florida deputies have been killed. Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi released a statement Thursday evening confirming the deaths of two Gilchrist County deputies. The sheriff’s office hasn’t released any details about how the deputies were killed, but said on Twitter that the department has “suffered a terrible tragedy.” The [...] Read More »

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  • Rudy Giuliani to join Trump legal team in Russia probe

    WASHINGTON – Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani is joining the legal team defending President Donald Trump in the special counsel’s Russia investigation. That’s according to a statement from Trump personal attorney Jay Sekulow. The addition of Giuliani adds an experienced litigator and former U.S. attorney in Manhattan. Trump has struggled to add lawyers [...] Read More »

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  • Stuntman pinned under SUV driven by Sizemore settles lawsuit

    LOS ANGELES – A stuntman who was pinned beneath an SUV driven by Tom Sizemore on a TV production has settled a lawsuit with the actor and Paramount Pictures. Court papers show a notice of settlement was filed March 29. No terms were disclosed. City News Service reported the settlement Thursday. De Castro alleged Sizemore [...] Read More »

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  • Raul Castro retires as Cuban president, outlines future

    HAVANA – Raul Castro stepped down as president of Cuba on Thursday, handing power to a 57-year-old successor he said would hold power until 2031, a plan that would place the state the Castro brothers founded and ruled for six decades in the hands of a Communist Party official who remains little known to most [...] Read More »

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