January 24th, 2017

News

Local News

  • Ceci seeks public guidance on budget

    prevell@medicinehatnews.com @MHNprevell Consultation and number crunching — Alberta’s finance minister made a brief stop in Medicine Hat Monday for budget talks with local representatives. “People get that we have a fiscally challenged situation in the province, and I tell them that we don’t have a lot of fiscal headroom for new expenditures,” said Finance Minister [...] Read More »

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  • Taxes, cuts trim budget gap

    cgallant@medicinehatnews.com @CollinGallant The authors of the 2017-18 city budget say it delivers what council asked of them and fills about one-quarter of a budget hole left by low oil and gas profits. The document, presented to council on Monday night, states that after two years, $6.8 million will be made up though a combination of [...] Read More »

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  • City council takes knife to capital plan

    Medicine Hat News The biggest items in the new city budget involve the relatively run-of- the-mill areas of road rebuilding and storm sewer drains — quite a change from the last six years. The city’s new two-year budget, approved on Monday, plans to spend $31.6 million on capital projects this year and $23.9 million next. [...] Read More »

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  • AHS to focus on ‘community engagement’

    gslade@medicinehatnews.com Community engagement is a new focus for Alberta Health Services and the local health advisory council heard all about the initiative on Monday. A year ago AHS began developing a community engagement framework, explained Kathryn Ward, executive director, community engagement, Alberta Health Services (AHS) via video conference call. The plan is to “authentically engage” [...] Read More »

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  • Aimiable solution sought for airport light situation

    tkalinowski@medicinehatnews.com @MHNTimKal Cypress County is trying to broker a meeting with all parties to find a collective solution to complaints of light pollution from lit greenhouses near the Medicine Hat Regional Airport, says Reeve Darcy Geigle. “We are going to try to get the greenhouse guys and the airport guys together to see if they [...] Read More »

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National News

  • Google, Facebook say they’ll soon roll out tools to sift fake Canadian news

    OTTAWA – Two of the world’s biggest digital information platforms say they’re getting ready to roll out tools in Canada designed to crack down on so-called “fake news.” The phenomenon of false or misleading information being widely disseminated online became a major storyline in the U.S. presidential campaign, which culminated in the November election of [...] Read More »

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  • Bald eagle escapes after hole cut in enclosure at Ontario zoo

    THUNDER BAY, Ont. – An Ontario zoo says someone broke in and cut a large hole in a fence that allowed a bald eagle to escape. Chippewa Wildlife Park acting manager Gordon John says he is worried for the health of the eagle because it has never flown great distances as it has been in [...] Read More »

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  • Google, Facebook plan to roll out tools to sift so-called ‘fake news’ in Canada

    OTTAWA – Two of the world’s biggest digital information platforms say they’re getting ready to roll out tools in Canada designed to crack down on so-called “fake news.” The phenomenon of false or misleading information being widely disseminated online became a major storyline in the U.S. presidential campaign and the election last month of Donald [...] Read More »

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  • Federal Court rules on professor’s challenge of Saudi Arabian arms deal

    OTTAWA – The Federal Court is to rule today on a challenge by a Quebec professor to block the federal government’s $15-billion sale of light armoured vehicles to Saudi Arabia. University of Montreal law professor Daniel Turp, a former Bloc Quebecois MP, is questioning the deal, saying Saudi Arabia’s poor human rights record should give [...] Read More »

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  • First Federal of Northern Michigan Bancorp, Inc. Announces Quarterly Cash Dividend

    [STK] OTC-PINK:FFNM OTC-QX:FFNM [IN] FIN [SU] DIV — WITH PHOTO — TO BUSINESS EDITORS: First Federal of Northern Michigan Bancorp, Inc. Announces Quarterly Cash Dividend ALPENA, Mich., Jan. 24, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — First Federal of Northern Michigan Bancorp, Inc. (OTCQX: FFNM) today announced that at its January 24, 2017 meeting the Board of Directors approved [...] Read More »

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Provincial News

World News

  • All 6 dead in helicopter crash in central Italy

    CAMPO FELICE, Italy – A helicopter ferrying an injured skier off the slopes crashed Tuesday into a mountainside in central Italy, killing all six people aboard in the latest tragedy to hit a region slammed by recent earthquakes, heavy snowfall and an avalanche, officials said. Television footage and photographs from the scene showed the helicopter [...] Read More »

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  • ‘Cosby Show’ star Keshia Knight Pulliam welcomes baby girl

    Former “Cosby Show” star Keshia Knight Pulliam has given birth to a baby girl. The 37-year-old Pulliam shared a picture of her cradling the baby’s legs on Instagram on Monday with the note, “Ella Grace has arrived!!!” Her brother, Mshon Pulliam, posted a picture on Instagram of himself with his sister in a hospital bed [...] Read More »

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  • Helicopter ferrying injured skier crashes in central Italy

    PENNE, Italy – A helicopter ferrying an injured skier off the slopes crashed Tuesday in central Italy with at least six people aboard, another tragedy to hit a region slammed by recent earthquakes, heavy snowfall and an avalanche. Italy’s civil protection agency spokesman Luigi D’Angelo said poor visibility was hampering efforts by rescue crews to [...] Read More »

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  • Tale of 2 cakes: Trump’s inaugural treat mirrors Obama’s

    WASHINGTON – A patriotic cake cut by President Donald Trump at one of his inaugural balls Friday night was a replica of one served at an inaugural ball in 2013 for former President Barack Obama. Baltimore pastry chef Duff Goldman made the Obama cake and highlighted its similarities with Trump’s on Twitter early Saturday , [...] Read More »

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  • Trump undercuts bipartisan effort with voter fraud claim

    WASHINGTON – Even as President Donald Trump starts reaching out to lawmakers and business and union leaders to sell his policies, he’s still making false claims about election fraud. During a bipartisan reception with lawmakers at the White House Monday evening, Trump claimed the reason he’d lost the popular vote to his Democratic rival was [...] Read More »

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