April 23rd, 2021

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An overnight fire on Bridge Street has put all tenants of a four-plex in hotels but wound up only gutting one unit. Fire crews responded to the call at about 1 a.m. on Wednesday morning, finding a substantial fire climbing up the rear of the building on the 900 block of Bridge Street. “When they

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  • Catholic schools still in good shape for in-person learning

    Despite Calgary and Edmonton schools moving to online learning for students due to rising numbers of COVID cases and lack of substitute teachers, Medicine Hat Catholic schools are in a good position to continue in-person classes. Dwayne Zarichny, superintendent of Medicine Hat Catholic Board of Education, says schools remain well below levels of COVID cases ... Read More »

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  • Sport shops adapt for another COVID summer

    With Alberta’s spring doing its annual dance with the remnants of a Canadian winter, Hatters are gearing up at local sporting goods stores in anticipation of another COVID-impacted summer. But the shortage of outdoor recreational equipment is likely to have a bigger impact on what residents can do than a mid-May snowstorm. And not all ... Read More »

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  • Public division dealing with positive cases in multiple schools

    The Medicine Hat Public School Division announced three new cases of COVID-19 in its schools late Wednesday night. Alberta Health Services have identified two additional cases at Crescent Heights High School, totalling three active cases at the school. The division’s statement says the school remains on alert and all close contacts of positive cases have ... Read More »

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Local Sports

  • Christianson impresses with family in stands at prospects tourney

    rmccracken@medicinehatnews.com@MHNMcCracken Kieran Christianson closed the book on his North American 3 Hockey League season by turning a few more heads. The 17-year-old Medicine Hat product suited up for both games with Team Apex at the NA3HL’s Top Prospects Tournament in St. Peters, Mo. over the weekend and notched a goal in his team’s 4-3 overtime ... Read More »

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  • Central Division race now one game shorter

    The race for the Central Division crown has been shortened by one game. The Western Hockey League announced some scheduling changes Wednesday, with the Medicine Hat Tigers now set to open a three-game series against the Oil Kings tonight in Edmonton at 7 p.m. The Tigers (12-3-0-1) sit four points back of the Oil Kings ... Read More »

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  • 376: Desjardins reflects on time in the Hat after reclaiming Tigers’ record for all-time coaching wins

    ktaniguchi@medicinehatnews.com@@kellentaniguchi Medicine Hat Tigers head coach and general manager Willie Desjardins is back on top of the franchise record book. Monday night’s 3-2 win over the Red Deer Rebels was Desjardins’ 376th, passing Shaun Clouston for the most wins in Tigers history, but the two-time Tabby coach made a point of sharing the glory. “You ... Read More »

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  • Saying goodbye: Publisher leaving with memories and a message

    Twenty-one years ago, I began a new adventure as a journalist ready to take on the world around me. My first day I entered through the front doors of the Medicine Hat News and today I will walk out the back doors one last time, bringing to a close an amazing career. I have spent ... Read More »

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  • MLA Report: Rural marginalization is real

    I don’t think anyone disputes that there is rural-urban divide in our society, and over time it has grown more polarized. Both economically and politically, often it seems like rural and urban folks live in two completely different worlds. This divide is not new, but over the past several years I think it has become ... Read More »

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  • For What It’s Worth: Democracy doesn’t end in a pandemic

    Seventeen UCP MLAs, including two from the Gas City, made headlines and controversy last week by signing a letter criticizing the government’s decision to downgrade our COVID status from Step 2 to Step 1. Members of the opposition, media and general population have called on Jason Kenney to boot these members out of caucus. Rachel ... Read More »

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Letters to The Editor

  • Letter: GraceLife not about religious freedom

    Dear editor, Many Albertans have framed the closure of GraceLife Church (near Edmonton) by Alberta Health Services as an issue of religious freedom. It is not. No one is saying you can’t believe and worship as you choose. Health restrictions are simply a temporary limitation on gathering in person. They apply to all faith groups ... Read More »

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  • Letter: Let’s act now on climate emergency

    Dear editor, As an active Alberta Friends of Medicare member, I applaud Canada’s Environment Ministry recent Bill C-28 to protect Canadians’ health from adverse environmental effects. Still, this measure doesn’t go far enough. Apart from obvious water pollution from coal mines, the continued use of fossil fuels (including those used to extract coal) threatens a ... Read More »

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  • Letter: Sometimes we need to survive together

    Dear editor, As the vaccines roll out, like most us I have been worrying about my family and if they will be getting their first shot. I have family in Ontario, B.C. and England, so it has been interesting seeing who has gotten their “shot” and when. The thought occurred to me that we should ... Read More »

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