February 17th, 2018

Local News

Escaping the cold: How Medicine Hat’s homeless navigate the city’s services

By Mo Cranker on December 10th, 2016

mcranker@medicinehatnews.com @MHNmocranker With the idea of homelessness comes the idea of coming and going at any given time, of any given day. In Medicine Hat however, the homeless live very structured winters, making daily use of the various services offered to those struggling. The day begins with a 7:30 a.m. breakfast at the Champion’s Centre, ... Read More »

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City council to look at waste pickup options in the new year

By Collin Gallant on December 10th, 2016

Medicine Hat News Options for how the city’s solid waste utility could provide residential recycling pickup will be brought forward in the new year, council heard Monday. During a mid-point update on the landfill’s 10-year strategy plan, acting utility commissioner Grayson Mauch said improving sorting and handling facilities would be needed, as well as some ... Read More »

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Hundreds have detoxed in the Hat

By Gillian Slade on December 10th, 2016

gslade@medicinehatnews.com  @MHNGillianSlade A total of 376 people have been able to detoxify at the Medicine Hat Recovery Centre since April. The medically-supervised residential detoxification process can take five to seven days. There are about 50 or 60 people a month helped to detox from alcohol dependency, said manager Debbie Vass. “We’ve had 44 opioid ... Read More »

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Fentanyl preying on young men lacking a history of use

By Gillian Slade on December 10th, 2016

gslade@medicinehatnews.com  @MHNGillianSlade Many young males without a history of prescription opioid use are arriving in emergency departments due to fentanyl overdoses, says Alberta Health Services. “A lot of the individuals we are seeing coming into our emergency departments, who are dying from fentanyl overdoses, tend to be younger males who don’t often have a ... Read More »

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City Notebook: State-of-the-art fire hall comes with traditional fun

By Collin Gallant on December 10th, 2016

The new fire hall on Trans-Canada Way has all the amenities, technology and fittings a modern, professional firefighting service would need. The sure hit on school tours however, is bound to be something a bit more traditional. A brass pole sits at the heart of the 20,000-square-foot facility, which will hear its first alarm in ... Read More »

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Corona manager says as long as there are kids in need, the auction will continue

By Mo Cranker on December 10th, 2016

Medicine Hat News Though times may be tough for many Hatters, the 26th annual Corona Auction drew a large crowd Thursday night and raised more than $40,000 for the Medicine Hat News Santa Claus Fund. Event co-ordinator Lorraine Schmaltz says she was ecstatic at the end of the auction and was happy to see the ... Read More »

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House comes down to make room for downtown business expansion

By Collin Gallant on December 10th, 2016

Medicine Hat News A spate of new construction on Fourth Street downtown will allow for the expansion of a well-known optometry practice. This year marked the 20th anniversary of 20/20 Vision Care in its Third Street location, but this week another house across the lane came down to accommodate a new building to house expanding ... Read More »

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Larger solar panelling installed at MHPL

By Collin Gallant on December 10th, 2016

Medicine Hat News A larger solar panel array on the roof of Medicine Hat Public Library will cut power cost and help advertise the city’s HatSmart energy conservation program, it was announced Friday. A one-kilowatt photo voltatic system was installed at the First Street library building 10 years ago. This week the city’s utility business ... Read More »

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Police chief’s dismissal of 2012 complaints overturned by board

By Peggy Revell on December 10th, 2016

prevell@medicinehatnews.com @MHNprevell The Alberta Law Enforcement Review Board has overturned the Medicine Hat police chief’s decision to dismiss complaints against local officers from an incident in 2012. “I have a perception, and I guess ALERB has a different one, and they just want to see it go to hearing and I respect that and I ... Read More »

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Naloxone saving more and more lives from overdose

By Peggy Revell on December 10th, 2016

prevell@medicinehatnews.com @MHNprevell A spike in fentanyl-overdose reversals thanks to naloxone kits has been documented by the local HIV Community Link, and shows the life-saving impact the program is having. Since the local organization began training and dispersing naloxone kits, they’ve officially documented 16 overdose reversals — and 12 within just the last few weeks, said ... Read More »

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