October 22nd, 2021



  • Business Beat: Youth entrepreneurs resilient, adaptable and optimistic

    Community Futures Entre-Corp supports all flavors of entrepreneurs, but the smile that crosses Entrepreneur Advisor Pat Guist’s face when she talks about youth entrepreneurs belies her otherwise diplomatic facade. She loves working with youth. And why not? Their infectious enthusiasm, limitless potential and glass-half-full attitude is refreshing. You may have noticed the increased number of [...] Read More »

    3 months ago
  • Insurance Understood: Backcountry camping anyone?

    I love camping. Specifically, ultralight backcountry camping. It requires attention to detail, takes me to wonderful places and provides balance in an otherwise hectic world. This summer I am taking my daughters out and want them to have great experiences too. Camping can differ a lot based what you want to experience. The same holds [...] Read More »

    3 months ago
  • Business Beat: The value of work-integrated learning

    Work-integrated learning is an internationally recognized strategy that places students into real-world work placements, exposing students to interactive learning experiences in their field of study and equipping them with the required employability skills to succeed in the workforce. These placements are an important element in developing the future workforce and include applied research projects, apprenticeships, [...] Read More »

    4 months ago
  • Business Beat: Entrepreneur leads business school

    The new leader of Medicine Hat College’s business programs is bringing experience in entrepreneurship, business leadership, and academia to the table. Timothy Spielman, Dean of Business and Continuing Studies, has lived in Alberta all his life but has had the opportunity to work around the globe and has spent significant segments of his career in [...] Read More »

    4 months ago
  • Business Beat: City now accepting applications for 2021 Development Incentive Program

    Invest Medicine Hat and the City of Medicine Hat are now accepting applications for the 2021 development incentive program. The City of Medicine Hat encourages development and redevelopment in the City and incentives are an effective way to stimulate investment and support desirable economic growth that would have not otherwise occurred. City council approved a [...] Read More »

    7 months ago


  • From Our Table: Food benefits go beyond nutrition

    March is Nutrition Month and this year’s theme is More Than Food. Dietitians across the country want Canadians to know that healthy eating goes way beyond just food. It extends to eating together, cooking delicious home made meals, generational cooking skills and mindful eating. Dietitians love food and the science behind it. We are passionate [...] Read More »

    2 years ago
  • From Our Table: Eat foods rich in nutrients for heart health

    Not only is February the lucky month to host Valentines Day, it’s also the designated month for Heart Health Awareness. This is an extremely important area of our health to keep on top of. That old saying is true, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Both diet and exercise play key [...] Read More »

    2 years ago
  • From Our Table: Love is in the air and in this chocolate cake

    Friday is Valentine’s Day and the red, pink, hearts and Cupids are in full force. There are also a little extra chocolate treats to tempt tastebuds throughout many stores. Chocolate is a deliciously decadent treat that, like many foods, does actually have a healthy component as well as less healthy ingredients. I might mention moderation [...] Read More »

    2 years ago
  • From Our Table: Turn up the heat to avoid food poisoning

    I know this is a food column but I’m going to share a little story with you that is not so appetizing. In fact, here’s a warning: This column may contain content some might find culinarily offensive. A few years ago I was out at a local restaurant. My succulent Caesar salad topped with grilled [...] Read More »

    2 years ago
  • From Our Table: Set a goal to lose weight? Four factors to feeling full without overeating

    The most popular New Year’s resolution is to lose weight. This goal often comes along with that nasty word associated with dieting – deprivation. Losing weight should be about wanting to be permanently healthier. It means finding positive lifestyle changes you can live with forever. It should not be temporary. It should not eliminate entire [...] Read More »

    2 years ago


  • All Psyched Up: Putting things in order

    December is usually a very busy month for me, but this year was probably the craziest yet! The fact that I have been working from home for nine months meant a lot of changes. My dining room table has become my office centre and each chair has specific filing bins with forms that I use. [...] Read More »

    10 months ago
  • Common Sense Health: It takes guts to have good health

    Why is it that some people eat to their heart’s content and never gain a pound, while others gain weight with a glance at the plate? As Bill Gates said, “Life is not fair. Get used to it.” But fair or unfair, is there a complex, unseen system that plays a role in weight management [...] Read More »

    10 months ago
  • What’s Up Doc?: How to lose weight during the pandemic

    Are you overweight or obese? Easy way to find out is by measuring your height and girth. Your girth should be half the size of your height. Studies have shown obesity is a significant factor for critical illness during COVID-19. Obesity was also an important factor for mortality in patients with COVID-19. This is most [...] Read More »

    12 months ago
  • No Nonsense Health: Are we drinking too much chardonnay?

    Winston Churchill, Great Britain’s wartime Prime Minister, once remarked that, “he had gotten more out of alcohol than alcohol had taken out of him.” During the Nazi bombing of London perhaps an alcoholic drink eased his tension. But recent reports from Tufts University in Boston and the University of California, question the increased use of [...] Read More »

    1 year ago
  • Viva Vitality: Keep your children safe while en route

    October is Occupant Restraint Month, and with many sports such as hockey returning this season, safety guidelines have been developed to help prevent the risk of COVID-19 transmission. To save time, space, and be prepared, some parents may be dressing their children in their gear at home ahead of time. Although this may seem like [...] Read More »

    1 year ago

Local Life

  • Miywasin Moment: Kookum’s Kitchen – Prairie Berry Crumble

    Pre-pandemic, I never considered myself a good cook. In my early 20s, if company was coming, the oven was a great place to hide dirty dishes. On more than one occasion I’ve definitely tried to pass off takeout as a home-cooked meal. Then after moving to the Hat a couple years ago, somehow tabs for [...] Read More »

    2 days ago
  • Science Smarts: It’s not slime, it’s not bubbles, it’s a bit bouncy – you decide what to call it

    What a great week I have had experimenting with some pretty fun materials in order to come up with this amazing Halloween science experiment. It took some time this week, but I think I have come up with a bit of a unique one. It is not slime and it is not bubbles, it is [...] Read More »

    6 days ago
  • All Psyched Up: The simple life offers many valuable lessons

    Several years ago, I became a member of a family tree software program. I was surprised to learn that in the mid-1700s some of my ancestors lived in Pennsylvania and appeared to have Amish roots. As a child I had heard family talk about my maternal grandfather being Pennsylvania Dutch but, at the time, didn’t [...] Read More »

    6 days ago
  • Eye on the Esplanade: Some thoughts from our volunteers

    Some thoughts from some of the Esplanade’s volunteer staff on working at the local facility. “I find the experience fun and rewarding. I enjoy the atmosphere and working with the other volunteers makes you want to be there. It has been a lot of fun volunteering in the Discovery Center with the Art Classes for [...] Read More »

    1 week ago
  • Common Sense Health: Challenge yourself to better glycemic health

    Ralph Waldo Emerson, the American philosopher and poet, wrote, “All life is an experiment.” So this week, to conclude our six-part series on the devastating and relentless pandemic of Type-2 diabetes, we conclude with a challenge to readers to undertake an experiment. The premise of the experiment is that achieving the “perfect” diet and carving [...] Read More »

    1 week ago


  • Big-city French flair in Montreal

    After being starved of travel for the past 17 months, we board an Air Canada jet and reclaim our joie de vivre in Montreal. This return to travel is as much a spiritual reawakening as it is the logistics of flight, hotel, activities, sightseeing, eating and drinking. My wife, Kerry, and I have desperately missed [...] Read More »

    2 months ago
  • Kayaking with seals in Victoria

    Harbour seals certainly know how to make an entrance. This particular playful, silver-and-black mottled marine mammal unexpectedly pops up to say hello just a flipper length away from the left side of my kayak. Harbour seals are a friendly and curious sort and love to gracefully follow paddlers and have some fun gawking at our [...] Read More »

    2 months ago
  • Bajan beauty abounds

    The Bajan Queen partied too hard. And now she’s at rest on the bottom of the Caribbean Sea. But, all is good. This 45-metre tugboat, which toiled for years at the port in Bridgetown, Barbados and finished out her above-water life as a tourist-party boat, was sunk deliberately in Carlisle Bay in 2001. Now, in [...] Read More »

    2 years ago
  • Appetite growing for Indigenous tourism

    Now is the time for Indigenous tourism in Canada. The Canadian public seems to have suddenly cultivated an appetite for Indigenous tourism and the industry is initiating programmes and itineraries highlighting different aspects of Indigenous tourism. The Royal B.C. Museum in Victoria has been fortunate to hire a First Nation Cultural Liaison Officer who has [...] Read More »

    2 years ago
  • A perfect day of rain in New Zealand

    At first, the rain is barely a mist on my face. Feather-soft and refreshing, the tiny droplets have somehow navigated their way through the thick canopy of trees, massive ferns and vines. Before long, the precipitation is a steady drizzle, which quickly morphs into a savage downpour. I pull up the hood on my rain [...] Read More »

    2 years ago