May 31st, 2020



  • Business Beat: Invest Medicine Hat has had to pivot, too

    Despite the obstacles, there are courageous businesses that are persevering through this challenging time. Businesses that two months ago had a different operating model, and have virtually changed overnight to meet the needs of today’s reality. At Invest Medicine Hat, we have been sharing these stories of bravery – from companies offering curbside pick-up, to [...] Read More »

    2 weeks ago
  • Business Beat: The impact of COVID-19 on small business and what the Chamber is doing to help

    Over 96 per cent of businesses in our region are small businesses and through provincial survey data, over 50 per cent of businesses had to lay off employees, with the same number having used up most of their cash reserves. There are concerns about mid- to long-term impact, particularly with an extended shut down and [...] Read More »

    1 month ago
  • Business Beat: What is machine learning?

    If you’ve ever Googled machine learning (ML), you’ll notice that your list of articles will include in-depth discussions about algorithms, articles about the different types of ML (i.e. artificial intelligence (AI), ML and/or deep learning (DL)), several articles on what computer languages you should learn to work in the ML industry and then there are [...] Read More »

    3 months ago
  • Business Beat: How many consumers would you like to have visit your business?

    I think most, if not all, businesses would love to have thousands of consumers see their business and have customers walk through their doors over the course of just a few days. However, businesses may not associate that desire for exposure and the opportunity to expand their customer base with the potential that trade shows [...] Read More »

    3 months ago
  • Business Beat: What does it really take to create economic growth?

    Economies are complex and the responsibility for economic growth is often largely placed on governments. But the truth is there are many players who impact whether an economy will grow. For example our educational institutions must produce the skills and talent necessary to fill jobs needed for industry to produce goods and services. Research facilities [...] Read More »

    3 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 »

    3 months 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 »

    3 months 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 »

    4 months 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 »

    4 months 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 »

    5 months ago


  • No Nonsense Health: Obese patients at higher risk of COVID-19 complications

    In the play, Julius Caesar, William Shakespeare wrote, “Let me have men about me that are fat. Yond Cassius has a lean and hungry look. Such men are dangerous.” Caesar saw no risk in well-fed men. But fast ahead 500 years, and we now know that being overweight is a major health hazard. Several reports [...] Read More »

    1 week ago
  • What’s Up Doc? What do different masks actually do?

    “The wearing of face masks during the 2019-20 coronavirus pandemic has received varying recommendations from different public health agencies and governments,” says an article in Wikipedia. An editorial in the British Medical Journal (COVID -19: should the public wear face masks? – BMJ 09 April 2020) says, “Yes – population benefits are plausible and harms unlikely.” Is there any direct [...] Read More »

    1 month ago
  • No Nonsense Health: How often do your brush your tongue? Brushing teeth after meals can prevent tooth decay, save dental bills, and avoid halitosis. But not many know that brushing the tongue helps the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, immune system, and prevents a shocking number of diseases. So, how is the tongue associated with so many diverse problems, and what can you do to prevent [...] Read More »

    3 months ago
  • To Your Health: Don’t worry about things you can’t control Take a deep breath. Relax your shoulders and drop your lower jaw to release tension. So much of our energy, emotionally and physically, is sapped by worrying about things that will not happen or things that we can’t control. If you are worrying unduly about either COVID-19 or something else in your life it [...] Read More »

    3 months ago
  • To Your Health: You’ll be surprised how often you touch your face I am still hearing lots of questions about protection from COVID-19. Please stop thinking of hand sanitizer as your first line of defence. It is not. Frequent and thorough hand washing with soap and water is. Sanitizer comes at the end of the line when there is no place to wash your hands. The [...] Read More »

    3 months ago

Local Life

  • What’s Up Doc?: A second wave could come later this year, or not

    “Epidemics are like fires. When fuel is plentiful, they rage uncontrollably, and when it is scarce, they smolder slowly.” – Justin Lessler, an associate professor of epidemiology at Johns Hopkins University, wrote in the Washington Post in March. The problem is we do not know how much fuel COVID-19 virus is left with. This question [...] Read More »

    3 weeks ago

    We are living in a world that can be scary and full of unknowns. Never before has there been anything exactly like the COVID-19 pandemic that has been terrorizing the world. Governments have followed recommendations of researchers and health experts in ways that have changed our entire lifestyles. At the same time, however, I have [...] Read More »

    3 weeks ago
  • What’s Up Doc?: Can we prevent sudden death in young athletes?

    Some young athletes die suddenly. If the athlete is over 35 years of age, sudden death is usually caused by coronary artery disease. If the athlete is below 35 years of age, sudden death is most commonly related to congenital or genetic heart conditions. Exertional heatstroke can cause sudden death. Exertional heatstroke is caused by [...] Read More »

    2 months ago
  • Clubs Calendar March 16-22, 2020

    Note: Some listings may be cancelled due to COVID-19. Check with the club. MONDAY – Do you have a drinking problem? Alcoholics Anonymous meetings are held seven days a week in Medicine Hat. For times and locations, call 403-527-2065. – Moms’ Walking Group, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., meet in Mall Food Court in front of [...] Read More »

    3 months ago
  • Buds and Blooms: Succulents are the biggest trend in plants

    Way back in the day the only succulents you would see was the Aloe Vera and Jade Plants and maybe a few Prickly Cacti (and yes cacti are succulents too) Succulents have become the trendiest and most versatile houseplant around. I have seen succulents used in floral arrangements, wedding bouquets, picture frames, fairy gardens and [...] Read More »

    3 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 »

    4 months 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 »

    4 months 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 »

    5 months ago
  • Your Travels: Beautiful Santorini deserves its reputation

    Santorini (Santa Irena, Saint Irene) is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful landscapes on Earth. It is the southerly-most island of the Cyclades Islands of Greece in the Ionian Sea. The island is roughly the shape of a reverse C, the remnant of an enormous volcanic eruption in the mid-16th century BC. The Minoan Eruption [...] Read More »

    6 months ago
  • Hockey in the palm trees

    As we emerge from the urban, palm tree forest, there it is. The 17,500-seat SAP Centre, a silver-sided edifice better known as the Shark Tank, is the home rink of the National Hockey League’s San Jose Sharks. This is definitely going to be NHL hockey, California-style. Me and my son, Alex, have walked three blocks [...] Read More »

    7 months ago