October 25th, 2016


Local News

  • Results compared to October 2015

    Byelection October 24, 2016 Candidate Party Votes Per cent Glen Motz (CPC) 23,931 69.8% Stan Sakamoto (Lib) 8,778  25.6% Sheldon Johnston (Lbtrn) 286  0.8% Rod Taylor (CHP) 706  2.1% Bev Waege (NDP) 353  1% Kayne Cooper (Rhino) 211 0.6% Turnout 44.55 per cent. Total ballots 34,265 from 76,911 eligible voters. Note – Unofficial 42nd General [...] Read More »

    8 hours ago
  • As strong as ever: Motz wins byelection, says PM’s visit mobilized Tory supporters

    gslade@medicinehatnews.com  @MHNGillianSlade The eyes of Canada were focused on this riding and voters sent a message to the Liberal government, said Conservative candidate Glen Motz, who won the byelection on Monday night. “This was an opportunity to send our prime minister and his Liberal government a very sound message, and guess what folks, Medicine [...] Read More »

    8 hours ago
  • Liberals gain votes but not ground

    cgallant@medicinehatnews.com @CollinGallant It turns out there are southern Albertans who will vote Liberal, but not enough of them to put a dent in the Conservative stronghold of Medicine Hat-Cardston-Warner. Liberal candidate Stan Sakamoto — who raised the party’s vote total but fell almost 13,000 short of winning — told supports in a concession speech their [...] Read More »

    8 hours ago
  • Cemetery plane crash under investigation

    clefebvre@medicinehatnews.com @MHNLefebvre The Transportation Safety Board of Canada is investigating the plane crash at Hillside Cemetery. “We’re still in the information gathering stage,” said Gerrit Vermeer, regional senior investigator, over the phone from Edmonton. “We’re talking to the folks who have been involved, and we still have a few more of those phone calls to [...] Read More »

    8 hours ago
  • Backburner candidates seemingly satisfied

    Medicine Hat News With two national party leaders visiting the riding to stump for their own byelection candidates, smaller alternative parties found themselves well back of the front runners on election day. Glen Motz carried the riding for the Conservatives on Monday night, beating the second-place Liberals and candidate Stan Sakamoto. With 200 polls reporting [...] Read More »

    8 hours ago

National News

  • No criminal charges in death of B.C. woman who fell out of party bus

    Vancouver police say they have decided against recommending criminal charges in the death of a 23-year-old woman who fell out of a party bus in January. Police say Chelsea James lost her balance and stumbled into the stairwell against the pneumatic passenger door, which opened and she fell out of the bus. She was pronounced [...] Read More »

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  • Premier calls news of alleged nursing home murders ‘extremely distressing’

    TORONTO – The alleged murders of eight Ontario nursing home residents by a nurse raise serious questions about government oversight, opposition politicians charged Tuesday, but the government provided few answers. Premier Kathleen Wynne said she is sure everyone in the legislature agrees it is a “tragic circumstance.” “This is an extremely distressing and tragic, tragic [...] Read More »

    24 mins ago
  • Canadian Blood Services by the numbers

    OTTAWA – Canadian Blood Services will soon enforce stricter guidelines on iron levels from donors. Starting Dec. 10, female donors will need to wait 12 weeks between blood donations instead of the current eight-week period. And starting March 5, 2017, male donors must have a minimum hemoglobin level of 130 grams per litre, up from [...] Read More »

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  • ‘I will not allow you to have my silence:’ victim impact statement in attacks

    WINNIPEG – A teenage girl and a woman read out prepared victim impact statements when they faced their attacker during a sentencing hearing in Winnipeg on Tuesday. Justin Hudson pleaded guilty last year to sexually assaulting and attacking the teen repeatedly before leaving her for dead on the banks of the Assiniboine River in November [...] Read More »

    36 mins ago
  • Five international cases of nurses suspected in patient deaths

    An Ontario nurse was charged Tuesday with the first-degree murder of eight long-term care home residents who died between 2007 and 2014. Investigators say 49-year-old Elizabeth Tracey Mae Wettlaufer of Woodstock, Ont., allegedly administered a drug to each of her victims which led to their deaths. Here are some other cases of nurses suspected in [...] Read More »

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Provincial News

  • Alberta adopts building code changes to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

    EDMONTON – Alberta is adopting construction rules that aim to make new homes and other buildings more energy efficient to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The updated or new codes that cover building, electrical, gas and sewage systems go into effect next month. They include energy efficiency requirements for windows, lighting, insulation, heating, service-water heating, ventilation [...] Read More »

    58 mins ago
  • Alberta Mountie charged; fellow officer alleges prisoner was assaulted

    PEACE RIVER, Alta. – A Mountie in northwestern Alberta has been charged with assault causing bodily harm. RCMP say Cpl. Mark Potts of the Peace River detachment was charged following an investigation. A fellow officer alleged last spring that a prisoner had been assaulted while he was being taken to Peace River from Manning, Alta. [...] Read More »

    2 hours ago
  • Alberta taps climate change fund to help farmers reduce CO2 emissions

    EDMONTON – Alberta is tapping into its industrial carbon levy fund to help the farm sector reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The province says it will spend $10 million to expand existing programs that encourage producers to use energy efficient equipment and solar power. Agriculture Minister Oneil Carlier says the program will help greenhouse operators, irrigators, [...] Read More »

    1 day ago
  • WHL Roundup: Luke Coleman leads Raiders to 3-2 victory over Hitmen

    CALGARY – Luke Coleman’s second-period goal stood as the winner as the Prince Albert Raiders staved off a Calgary Hitmen comeback for a 3-2 victory on Sunday in Western Hockey League action. Adam Kadlec and Simon Stransky scored first-period goals for the Raiders (4-7-1), who had a 3-0 lead by the seven-minute mark of the [...] Read More »

    2 days ago
  • RCMP identify man’s body found in burned motel in Bashaw, Alberta

    BASHAW, Alta. – RCMP have confirmed the identity of the body found in the ruins of a motel that burned in central Alberta. Dead is Barinder Singh Tiwana, who was 54. Police say they continue to investigate the death and the fire in Bashaw, which happened Oct. 9. Investigators found graffiti on the motel, including [...] Read More »

    3 days ago

World News

  • Prince Harry ‘grateful’ for chance to return to Caribbean

    LONDON – Prince Harry will return next month to Barbados, where he previously charmed locals with his dance moves. On his last official visit to the island, in 2010, the prince was keen to embrace local culture and attempted the Calypso at a fundraising event. His Caribbean island tour, where he will be representing his [...] Read More »

    2 hours ago
  • APNewsbreak: Voter group says dead people likely registered

    INDIANAPOLIS – A data analysis firm hired by a voter registration group says its examination of Indiana’s voter database has found thousands of people over the age of 110 who are likely deceased and still registered to vote. The analysis was conducted for Patriot Majority, a group affiliated with the Democratic Party that state police [...] Read More »

    2 hours ago
  • Judge approves $15 billion Volkswagen emissions settlement

    SAN FRANCISCO – A federal judge in San Francisco has approved a nearly $15 billion court settlement of most claims against Volkswagen for its emissions-cheating scandal. U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer signed the order Tuesday approving the largest auto-scandal settlement in the nation’s history. Volkswagen admitted last year that about 475,000 VWs and Audis with [...] Read More »

    3 hours ago
  • Evacuation in progress, crews tear down French migrant camp

    CALAIS, France – Crews in hard hats and orange jumpsuits on Tuesday started dismantling a makeshift camp in France that has become a symbol of Europe’s migrant crisis while thousands of people remained there waiting to be relocated. The workers used their gloved hands to tear down flimsy plywood shelters, tarp-covered huts and other temporary [...] Read More »

    3 hours ago
  • Germany nixes Armenian ‘genocide’ concert in Istanbul

    BERLIN – Germany’s Foreign Ministry has halted plans for a classical concert about the Armenian genocide that was due to be held at its consulate in Istanbul. The ministry confirmed media reports Tuesday that it had informed the Dresden Symphony Orchestra the venue wouldn’t be available Nov. 13. The orchestra had planned to perform “Aghet [...] Read More »

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