January 20th, 2017

Local News

Former MLAs back Kenney for PC leader

By Collin Gallant on January 20th, 2017

cgallant@medicinehatnews.com @CollinGallant Southeast Alberta’s former MLAs are throwing support behind Jason Kenney’s campaign to win their party’s leadership, then create a new party to challenge the governing New Democrats. The former federal cabinet minister was in Medicine Hat Wednesday to reiterate before a town hall crowd of about 200 his plans to form a combined ... Read More »

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Curling Club puts a dent in repairs

By Collin Gallant on January 20th, 2017

cgallant@medicinehatnews.com @CollinGallant Officials with the Medicine Hat Curling Club say a new federal grant to complete roof repairs will get a multi-year renovation closer to completion, but more work and money is needed. Club’s president Ray Aman told the News that the $160,000 awarded as part of the Canada 150 community infrastructure grant program on ... Read More »

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Already in prison for life, man faces assault charges in Medicine Hat

By Peggy Revell on January 20th, 2017

Medicine Hat News A man sentenced Monday to life in prison for his part of a swarming death of Calgary teen is facing new charges — this time for assault causing bodily harm. Franz Emir Cabrera made a brief appearance before the Medicine Hat Court by CCTV from the Calgary Remand Centre on the charge, ... Read More »

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Charged with drug crimes, man seeks new counsel

By Peggy Revell on January 20th, 2017

prevell@medicinehatnews.com @MHNprevell A man facing serious drug trafficking charges is now looking for a new lawyer. Aaron Grant Hotchen made a brief appearance Thursday, asking for an adjournment so he could apply to legal aid to retain counsel. Hotchen entered not-guilty pleas in December to charges stemming from an Oct. 22 arrest by the Alberta ... Read More »

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Dementia on the rise, everyone needs to be ready

By Gillian Slade on January 20th, 2017

gslade@medicinehatnews.com There are now 110 different dementias, and everyone needs to understand the challenges they bring because more and more will be directly affected, says a dementia care education specialist. “In about 20 to 25, years we are probably looking at every other family having somebody with a cognitive change,” said Teepa Snow. About 170 ... Read More »

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Tourism Industry Group a collaboration focused on maximizing Medicine Hat

By Mo Cranker on January 20th, 2017

mcranker@medicinehatnews.com @MHNmocranker When faced with a tough situation, bringing like minds together is often the best way to combat the issue. This is exactly what members of Medicine Hat’s tourism industry have started doing. On the second Thursday of each month, people are invited to meet as a Tourism Industry Group to discuss upcoming events ... Read More »

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Beat-down workers turning to Cypress College for new start

By Tim Kalinowski on January 20th, 2017

tkalinowski@medicinehatnews.com @MHNTimKal Economic woes have claimed plenty of casualties in the local job market over the past few years, but with the help of Cypress College, two individuals are getting a second chance for a better life. Jacqueline Dirk has a 14-year-old daughter and is a single mom. For the past 15 years she has ... Read More »

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Senator wants inquiry into local murder

By Peggy Revell on January 19th, 2017

prevell@medicinehatnews.com @MHNprevell A Canadian senator is calling for an inquiry into the handling of a 2011 Medicine Hat homicide that resulted in two women’s guilty convictions being overturned and retrials being put on hold. “These sorts of situations do cry out for us to have inquiries to know exactly what happened, in the hopes of ... Read More »

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Mother escapes condo fire with her son

By Tim Kalinowski on January 19th, 2017

tkalinowski@medicinehatnews.com @MHNTimKal A local single mother and her son are lucky to be alive after narrowly escaping a condo fire on Southlands Boulevard. In the early hours of Wednesday morning, 37-year-old Michelle Waldal and her eight year-old son Tyrell were fast asleep when Waldal got up to go to the bathroom. “As soon as I ... Read More »

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Kenney greeted by boisterous crowd

By Gillian Slade on January 19th, 2017

gslade@medicinehatnews.com  @MHNGillianSlade Support for Jason Kenney’s agenda to unite the PC and Wildrose is gaining momentum if the enthusiastic crowd of about 300 in Medicine Hat on Wednesday evening is the barometer. A promise by Kenney that the new party would remove the carbon tax had the audience applauding enthusiastically. “We want our province ... Read More »

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