September 21st, 2017

Local News

County council opts not to change electoral boundaries

By Tim Kalinowski on February 9th, 2017

tkalinowski@medicinehatnews.com @MHNTimKal Cypress County councillors voted 7-1 on Tuesday not to change the electoral boundaries of existing wards prior to the next provincial election at Tuesday’s council meeting. There are currently nine wards in the county with the average ward size representing 631 persons. County lawsuit with Westar Landfill update Cypress County billed Westar landfill ... Read More »

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Alberta seniors advocate speaking at SCAC meeting next week

By Gillian Slade on February 9th, 2017

gslade@medicinehatnews.com  @MHNGillianSlade Alberta’s seniors advocate will be in Medicine Hat next week to meet with the mayor and speak to seniors at Strathcona Centre. Sheree Kwong See is the guest speaker to the annual general meeting of the Senior Citizen Advisory Council Feb. 15 at 1:30 p.m. “It’s time to reach out across the ... Read More »

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Towne Theatre asbestos issue must wait for insurance company’s decision

By Gillian Slade on February 9th, 2017

gslade@medicinehatnews.com  @MHNGillianSlade An asbestos issue is one of the complications to be addressed in the old Towne Theatre, which flooded the week before Christmas. “There is asbestos in the main theatre. It was all in the drywall,” said owner Laurence Gerritsen, who lives in B.C. There is going to be a cleanup process to ... Read More »

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Paramatta Valley water debacle continues more than two years in

By Tim Kalinowski on February 9th, 2017

tkalinowski@medicinehatnews.com @MHNTimKal A water tanker truck heading down a steep and dangerous road suddenly loses control on a curve, rolls and crashes into the ditch. Chassis and tank detach and fly off in different directions. When emergency crews respond, the driver is taken to hospital with serious injuries. Unbeknownst to many at the time, this ... Read More »

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Census 2016: Federal numbers show Medicine Hat population growth of close to five per cent

By Medicine Hat News on February 8th, 2017

The population of Medicine Hat grew by five per cent over five years to sit at 63,260, according to figures released Wednesday as part of the 2016 federal census. Canada’s population topped 35 million. In Medicine Hat, the figure is 3,255 above the number from the federal census in 2011. The total is also slightly ... Read More »

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Cypress County council throws support behind water co-op

By Tim Kalinowski on February 8th, 2017

tkalinowski@medicinehatnews.com @MHNTimKal Cypress County council voted unanimously to provide water rights, upgrade its Veinerville water vault pump capacity and help obtain grants to construct the $15 million in infrastructure needed to establish the Cypress Rural Water Co-op. About 50 prospective co-op members packed the chamber’s gallery to hear the decision from councillors. So far 319 ... Read More »

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Firefighters will give naloxone injections

By Gillian Slade on February 8th, 2017

gslade@medicinehatnews.com  @MHNGillianSlade Another initiative to help prevent opioid overdose deaths will have firefighters administering naloxone injections, Alberta Health announced Tuesday. “Now firefighters across the province can administer injectable naloxone, giving them an additional life-saving tool when responding to an overdose call,” said associate minister of health Brandy Payne. Medicine Hat’s firefighters do not currently ... Read More »

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Mall’s new tenants made official

By Collin Gallant on February 8th, 2017

Medicine Hat News Renovations at the Medicine Hat Mall are beginning to take shape with an artist’s rendering showing a new stylish main entrance facing the Trans-Canada Highway and administrators confirming two new major tenants. Mall general manager Richard Okrainec tells the News speculation is true that retailer T.J. Max Canada will occupy the two ... Read More »

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Fraud charges settled with 10-month sentence

By Peggy Revell on February 8th, 2017

prevell@medicinehatnews.com @MHNprevell A man facing multiple fraud-related charges was sentenced to 10 months in jail Tuesday — but with pretrial custody, has only four days left to serve. Shane Harvey Yanke appeared by CCTV from the Medicine Hat Remand Centre, entering guilty pleas to 20 different charges against him. The resolution of all the charges ... Read More »

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No ban, but council backs bag education

By Collin Gallant on February 8th, 2017

Medicine Hat News City council isn’t ready to back a ban on plastic bags, but wholeheartedly supports an information campaign to reduce use, several members said on Monday. A presentation by youth advisory board chair Rebecca Hirsch outlined a survey performed by the group of young people that report to council. “We want to increase ... Read More »

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