March 1st, 2017

Local News

Fire plan just a Band-Aid: union head

By Collin Gallant on March 1st, 2017

cgallant@medicinehatnews.com @CollinGallant A local plan to have fire crews attend medical emergencies when ambulances are not available or would take longer to arrive is “a Band-Aid” on an underfunded paramedic system, says the provincial head of the EMS worker’s union. Mike Parker told the News on Tuesday that slower arrival times in Medicine Hat and ... Read More »

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City mails out newest property tax assessments

By Collin Gallant on March 1st, 2017

Medicine Hat News The value of city homes fell only slightly by mid-2016, according to the City of Medicine Hat’s new property tax assessment. Notices to some 28,000 accounts were sent out Monday for the 2017 tax year, with officials saying the total value of residential property class dropped by 0.2 per cent. Over the ... Read More »

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Debate over sentencing length for convicted bank robber

By Peggy Revell on March 1st, 2017

prevell@medicinehatnews.com @MHNPrevell Arguments over the sentence length for a man who robbed two Medicine Hat banks last April began Tuesday at the Medicine Hat Provincial Courthouse. Alebele Negussie, 24, in custody at the Calgary Remand Centre, appeared by CCTV. He entered guilty pleas to two counts of robbery, committed while on probation. The Crown asked ... Read More »

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Masterpiece on track for fall opening

By Gillian Slade on March 1st, 2017

gslade@medicinehatnews.com  @MHNGillianSlade Eleven months after breaking ground for construction of a new seniors’ residence in Medicine Hat, the project more than halfway finished. “We are 60 per cent complete, on track to open late September early October, and are on budget,” said Tim Garforth-Bles, president and CEO Masterpiece Care Corp. A cold winter with ... Read More »

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Essential house arrest for man charged in kidnapping, robbery

By Peggy Revell on March 1st, 2017

prevell@medicinehatnews.com @MHNprevell It’s basically house arrest for a man granted bail months after being taken into custody for an alleged kidnapping, robbery and assault. Jesse James Summers was granted release on a $1,000 no-cash bail, under strict conditions that amount to house arrest, and also allowing him to attend a rehabilitation centre. His next court ... Read More »

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90 days and drug counselling for man who attacked those close to him with bear spray

By Peggy Revell on March 1st, 2017

prevell@medicinehatnews.com @MHNprevell It was a 90-day sentence —time served —for a man who took bear spray to family after being told to move out of the family home. Dax Theodore Olive entered guilty pleas Tuesday to two counts of assault with a weapon, while appearing by CCTV from the Medicine Hat Remand Centre. The incident ... Read More »

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Concerns surround NYC trip approval

By Tim Kalinowski on March 1st, 2017

tkalinowski@medicinehatnews.com @MHNTimKal A routine vote on a routine field trip request to the United States by Crescent Heights High School was anything but routine at SD76’s board of trustees meeting Tuesday evening. Trustee Terry Riley spoke up about a concern he shared with most on the board. “Some of the schools in Ontario are cancelling ... Read More »

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Riverside School will close June 30

By Tim Kalinowski on March 1st, 2017

Medicine Hat News SD76 board of trustees unanimously voted to close Riverside School as of June 30. The decision has been in the works for some time, planned in lockstep with the opening of the Dr. Ken Sauer School. Riverside students will move to Vincent Massey School to start the 2017/18 school year. Trustee Terry ... Read More »

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Pain not the only reason Albertans have requested medically-assisted deaths

By Gillian Slade on March 1st, 2017

gslade@medicinehatnews.com  @MHNGillianSlade Most of the 92 Albertans who have received medical assistance in dying have either had cancer, multiple sclerosis or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Pain may have been be one of the contributing factors in their decision to request medical assistance in dying (MAID), but was not exclusively so. It is a very ... Read More »

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Palliser school board fires superintendent; no reason given

By None on March 1st, 2017

J.W. Schnarr Lethbridge Herald Superintendent Kevin Gietz has been fired from Palliser Regional Schools effective immediately, though the reasons for the firing are not being made public. A special in-camera meeting was held by the Palliser Board of Trustees on Tuesday, before moving into regular council, in order to pass a motion on the decision. ... Read More »

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