September 18th, 2021

Featured Story Medicine Hat Regional Hospital currently has eight ICU beds available for anyone needing intensive treatment, and two more usually reserved for cardiac care. All eight ICU beds are currently occupied by patients with severe cases of COVID-19 – only a small sliver of the 269 COVID patients in ICUs across Alberta. “The demand is

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Local News

  • Longtime broadcaster, restaurateur wants to show off Medicine Hat

    Jay Hitchen wants a chance to show the world how wonderful Medicine Hat is as a new member of city council. Hitchen began his broadcasting career in 1979 in a small town in southeastern Saskatchewan. After working his way up and with several other moves, Hitchen, along with his wife and two sons, moved to ... Read More »

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  • COVID outbreak at Salvation Army shelter The Salvation Army Centre of Hope shelter in Medicine Hat is experiencing a COVID outbreak, Alberta Health Services reported Thursday. Centre of Hope “provides crisis sheltering on a first come, first serve basis for individuals 18 years or older who are experiencing homelessness.” The News reached out to Salvation Army for further comment but ... Read More »

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  • One last weekend push for federal candidates It’s been a quick campaign, waged under pandemic conditions, and the federal election will come to a conclusion on Monday after a final weekend of campaigning. In Medicine Hat-Cardston-Warner, that means a final push and an effort by candidates and parties to get their supporters to the polls, but relatively little of the fanfare ... Read More »

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Local Sports

  • Tigers sign another 2020 draft pick

    Contracts are flowing in Medicine Hat. The Tigers announced Saturday they have signed forward Brett Calhoon to a standard WHL player agreement. The Oliver, British Columbia product was selected by the Tigers 193rd overall in the 2020 WHL bantam draft. Calhoon appeared in 9 games last season for the Okanagan HA Black U17 Prep team ... Read More »

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  • Tigers fall in first pre-season game

    The Medicine Hat Tigers brought a dramatic finish to their first pre-season game but ultimately fell 3-2 against the Lethbridge Hurricanes. The Tigers jumped out to an early lead off of a Brayden Boehm goal, 5:35 into the first period. Oren Shtrom and Rhett Parsons assisted on the mark. Lethbridge tied up the game then ... Read More »

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  • Vikings have themselves a night The Vikings had themselves a night on Friday. Crescent Heights hosted Brooks Composite High at the Methanex Bowl and won 28-6 over the Buffalos. The game was capped off with a pick-6 for the Vikings to secure the victory. For head coach Sean Davis, the win wasn’t guaranteed from the start but he was ... Read More »

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  • Laying It Out: Medicine Hat capping off #BestSummerEver with 19 dead in 17 days

    They said it was over. They smugly made fun of anyone who said it wasn’t. They encouraged us to gather en masse. Now, deaths are spiking, hospitals are screwed and we still lead the country in dummies who think COVID isn’t real. Every bit of this their fault, and yet every one of them is ... Read More »

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  • City Notebook: The heroes of COVID tested more than ever Spare a moment here to think of the heroes of the COVID pandemic. You may picture health-care workers whose great reward for 19 months of hard work is to face truly impossible situations in hospitals today. You may see truck drivers, grocery clerks, farmers, small business owners, teachers and parents who trudged forward to ... Read More »

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  • MLA Report: Our democracy and the myth of leader-centric power

    As the legislature’s fall session nears, I think it’s a good time to reflect on the state of our province and our political system. For me, this session marks the halfway point of my third term representing our region. It has been an honour and a privilege for me to do so as part of ... Read More »

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Letters to The Editor

  • Letter: Public trustees’ code of conduct needs to be revised

    Dear editor, It doesn’t surprise me that the Public School Board would not express any opinion regarding the letter from concerned citizens regarding COVID restrictions to protect children in school, as reported in the News, Sept. 15. Item 4 in the trustees’ code of ethics of the public board is essentially a gag order preventing ... Read More »

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  • Letter: Watering down our votes

    Dear editor, It is wonderful to see so many candidates willing to put themselves under public scrutiny in order to serve on our city council and make our city better. My concern is with how we vote. People may think it is mandatory to use all eight of our votes for councillors. This is not ... Read More »

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  • Letter: A look at the major federal parties’ positions on climate change

    Dear editor, The world is leaving fossil fuels behind. This is not merely my opinion. It is fact. For example, some investment funds, insurance companies, pension funds and countries are refusing to invest in fossil fuel businesses. Norway’s national savings fund, currently worth over $1 trillion and owning 3% of all publicly traded stocks in ... Read More »

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