July 28th, 2017

News

Local News

  • Hat will lead mid-sized Canadian cities in growth, study predicts

    cgallant@medicinehatnews.com @CollinGallant Well, yahoo! Medicine Hat’s local economy could lead mid-sized Canadian cities in growth this year and next, according to a new report by the Conference Board of Canada. The study, set to be revealed next week, includes a prediction of 2.7 per cent growth in Medicine Hat this year, then 2 per cent [...] Read More »

    2 hours ago
  • Community spirit shines at parade

    cgallant@medicinehatnews.com @CollinGallant Anyone seeking pom-poms, bunting, ribbons and skirting in Medicine Hat should be aware that most of the local supply appears to have marched down First Street on Thursday. Boosting a notable number of well-adorned floats, vehicles, heavy equipment and flatbed trailers, the 100th Medicine Hat Stampede snaked its way through the downtown core. [...] Read More »

    2 hours ago
  • Electoral Boundaries Commission mulling two urban/rural ridings for Medicine Hat region

    tkalinowski@medicinehatnews.com @MHNTimKal The Electoral Boundaries Commission appears to be mulling the possibility of creating two blended urban/ rural ridings centred in Medicine Hat rather than the three, (Medicine Hat, Brooks-Cypress and Taber-Vulcan), it originally proposed in its interim report. According to the official transcript released from the meeting, while Commission chair Justice Myra Bielby admitted [...] Read More »

    2 hours ago
  • Police chipping away at goal to have more women in their ranks

    prevell@medicinehatnews.com @MHNprevell It’s a slow but steady slog forward, as Medicine Hat Police continue to try to address the imbalanced gender demographics within the force. “If you want to police the community, you should reflect the community,” said Police Chief Andy McGrogan about the importance of having diversity on the force — and gender being [...] Read More »

    2 hours ago
  • Caregiving course being offered

    Medicine Hat News A five-week course for caregivers is being offered on Thursday afternoons from 1:30-3:30 p.m. starting Sept. 21 at Cypress View Foundation, 722 Bassett Crescent NW. The cost is $10 for a Parkinson Association of Alberta member and $15 for a non-member. The five-week series will be facilitated by Lorna Scott, who will [...] Read More »

    2 hours ago

National News

  • Six stories in the news for today, July 28

    Six stories in the news for Friday, July 28 – – – PEARSON AIRPORT GROUND CREWS ON STRIKE About 700 ground crew workers at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport are on strike after rejecting a contract offer. The baggage handlers, cargo handlers and other workers are employed by Swissport, which services 30 airlines at the airport [...] Read More »

    4 hours ago
  • Oilsands developers abandon nearly one million hectares of exploration leases

    CALGARY – In another sign the bloom is off the boom for the oilsands, the industry has returned almost one million hectares of northern Alberta exploration leases to the province over the past two years – abandoning an area far bigger than P.E.I. The total area covered by oilsands leases remained constant at about nine [...] Read More »

    5 hours ago
  • Lender risk sharing could exacerbate a housing downturn, fed draft report says

    TORONTO – A federal proposal to have lenders shoulder more of the risk for potential mortgage defaults could dampen lending or intensify a decline in house prices, according to internal documents from the Department of Finance. Proponents of lender risk sharing say it would encourage banks to be more cautious when lending to high-risk borrowers, [...] Read More »

    5 hours ago
  • Banff’s Bear 148 tries beary hard to live and let live, but future uncertain

    BANFF, Alta. – Her future is cloudy. When grizzlies mix too freely with people, the grizzlies usually lose. And after dozens of encounters with humans, Bear 148 may be shambling perilously close to that fate as she roams the Bow Valley in Banff National Park. Bill Hunt, a Parks Canada resource conservation manager, says 148 [...] Read More »

    5 hours ago
  • RCMP release man who had been taken in what was called `significant’ arrest

    GODS LAKE NARROWS, Man. – One day after arresting a man in the 2013 death of a girl who was brutally slain and left on a snowy trail in Gods Lake Narrows, Man., RCMP have released him without charges. The Mounties are pleading with anyone, particularly those in the community, to come forward with any [...] Read More »

    8 hours ago

Provincial News

  • Trio plead guilty to lesser charges in death of man beaten over tire rims

    CALGARY – Three men who had been charged with second-degree murder in the September 2015 death of a Calgary man have pleaded guilty to lesser charges. The body of Christian Jovanovic, 41, was found in a hotel room in Banff, Alta. Court was told Jovanovic had been given a set of tire rims to sell [...] Read More »

    9 hours ago
  • Langton, Evans win US bobsled push championships

    CALGARY – Steven Langton and Aja Evans came home with medals from the Sochi Olympics, and are now well on their way to getting the chance to compete for more hardware in Pyeongchang this winter. Langton and Evans were the winners of the U.S. bobsled push championships Thursday, the first official competition of the Olympic [...] Read More »

    15 hours ago
  • Alberta announces refurbished campsites as part of Castle Mountain area upgrade

    CALGARY – The Alberta government says the first phase of work has been completed to expand recreational opportunities in the Castle parks region in the province’s southwest. Environment Minister Shannon Phillips says 184 campsites have been refurbished and a day-use area has been expanded. She says other projects underway include new day-use shelters and rustic [...] Read More »

    16 hours ago
  • Langton wins US bobsled push championship

    CALGARY – Steven Langton won the U.S. men’s bobsled push championship Thursday, suggesting the two-time Olympic medallist is a serious hopeful to reach the Pyeongchang Games this winter. Langton did his two pushes in 10.01 seconds, narrowly edging Evan Weinstock’s time of 10.02. Langton has not competed internationally since winning two medals at the Sochi [...] Read More »

    17 hours ago
  • Camp counsellor at Edmonton-area outdoor recreation site charged with child porn

    SHERWOOD PARK, Alta. – A camp counsellor at an outdoor recreation area near Edmonton is facing charges related to child pornography. Police say a 19-year-old man was arrested at a home in Sherwood Park, Alta., earlier this month after a nearly year-long investigation. Officers with the internet child exploitation unit seized several electronic devices which [...] Read More »

    18 hours ago

World News

  • Priebus takes his turn on the Trump administration hot seat

    WASHINGTON – White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus may have little left of his job but his title. In the swirl of Shakespearean intrigue that surrounds Donald Trump’s White House, Priebus’ fortunes have long been a source of speculation, given his limited role, colorful band of rivals and the president’s public slights. Those questions [...] Read More »

    15 mins ago
  • Pentagon, border wall covered in $788B House spending bill

    WASHINGTON – The House has passed a $788 billion spending bill that combines a $1.6 billion down payment for President Donald Trump’s controversial border wall with Mexico with a whopping budget increase for the Pentagon. The 235-192 vote both eases a large backlog of unfinished spending bills and gives Trump and his House GOP allies [...] Read More »

    18 mins ago
  • Japan defence minister quits over peacekeepers’ coverup

    TOKYO – Japan’s defence minister resigned Friday, saying she accepted the responsibility for a coverup in which her ministry concealed records of Japanese U.N. peacekeepers’ activities and dangers they faced in South Sudan. It was the latest blow to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s scandal-stricken government. Tomomi Inada was Abe’s protege and her resignation came just [...] Read More »

    20 mins ago
  • Official says government recaptures western district

    KABUL – A government official says Afghan security forces have driven Taliban fighters from Taywara District in western Ghor province. Abdul Hai Khateby, provincial governor spokesman, says fighting raged for two days before Afghan soldiers drove them from the district centre on Friday. Khateby says 13 Taliban were killed in fighting. There were no Afghan [...] Read More »

    23 mins ago
  • Migrant boat sinks off Turkey, at least 7 dead

    ANKARA, Turkey – Turkey’s state-run news agency says a boat carrying migrants to a Greek island has sunk, killing five children and two adults on board. Anadolu Agency says the boat sank off the Turkish resort of Cesme late on Thursday. Nine other people – four Iraqis, three Somalis and two Syrians – were rescued. [...] Read More »

    23 mins ago