January 17th, 2020



  • Business Beat: Fuelling our business community in 2020

    Our local Chamber of Commerce is a member-driven and people-focused organization who believes that the positive impact we create for local businesses ultimately affects the lives of business owners, employees and our community. That’s why we’re active problem solvers, equipped to help our business community by connecting our members with various resources and representing their [...] Read More »

    1 week ago
  • Business Beat: Next generation economic development

    Economic development has greatly evolved over the past several decades. This evolution has occurred in relation to who has held the responsibility for its practice and as well for the approaches that have been used in its application. Economic development was once largely the responsibility of federal and provincial governments however, today the responsibility is [...] Read More »

    1 month ago
  • Business Beat: What’s your workforce vision for 2020?

    tstroud@mhc.ab.ca A new year always presents an opportunity to reflect on the past and set goals for the upcoming months. Even though it will soon be 2020, you may feel planning for the future is anything but clear, but the importance of forecasting and strategizing cannot be overlooked. This is especially true for businesses in [...] Read More »

    1 month ago
  • Business Beat: The economic value of sports tourism and events

    With 2019 coming to an end, it is exciting to review what has happened over the last 12 months in Medicine Hat. This past year our community held more than 70 tournaments, events, festivals and conferences, all bringing outside visitors to Medicine Hat and the surrounding area. Sport and event tourism is the fastest growing [...] Read More »

    1 month ago
  • Business Beat: OK getting DIRT-y to land a big fish

    Wondering what it takes to land a big fish? Well, it takes more than a fishing hook and some bait. It requires just the right amount of DIRT. The City of Medicine Hat’s Development Investment Readiness Team has been driving progressive changes within City Hall, changes that have secured global investors who are applauding the [...] Read More »

    2 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 »

    4 days ago
  • From Our Table: Send off 2019 with one last hurrah

    Another year is wrapping up. In fact another decade is also coming to an end as we get ready to welcome 2020. It’s a super fun year to say! I don’t think I’ve ever had a column that landed right on the last day of the year. I debated if I should write about Christmas [...] Read More »

    3 weeks ago
  • From Our Table: It’s OK to play with your food at Christmas

    Every year at Christmas I like to try something new for Christmas dinner. From experience let me tell you it’s a really good idea to test them before the big day. I’ve had some great successes and some epic failures. Did I try those before? Hmmm let me think. OK no I confess I really [...] Read More »

    1 month ago
  • From Our Table: Fa la la la food

    The Christmas season is here and the festivities, fun and of course food are fully in swing. With all this fabulous food around, especially the special treats that only come around once a year, how can we possibly eat healthy. Here are a few tips that might come in handy helping you make healthy choices [...] Read More »

    2 months ago
  • From Our Table: Christmas cranberries

    You are not going to believe this but Christmas Day is just a short 36 days away. Christmas parties are gearing up and you might even be starting to plan your Christmas dinner menu. A great addition to your festivities this Christmas season, and keeping with the bright red and green color theme, is the [...] Read More »

    2 months ago


  • Doctor Game: Sugar, not fat, is responsible for heart attack

    info@docgiff.com@giffordjonesmd What can we learn from history? Dr. John Yudkin, Professor of Nutrition at Queen Elizabeth College of London, made headlines in 1972 when his book was published, “Pure White and Deadly.” Yudkin’s research convinced him it was not fat that caused heart attack, but sugar. So has history proved him right? And is sugar [...] Read More »

    5 days ago
  • Doctor Game: How much did you learn in 2019?

    info@docgiff.com@giffordjonesmd Another year has come and gone. I wonder how much readers learned about lifestyle in 2019? Here are 20 statements, true or false. 1. 17 million North Americans take a daily heartburn drug, such as Nexium, Prilosec or Prevacid every day. Taking them for a year or longer increases the risk of heart attack [...] Read More »

    2 weeks ago
  • To Your Health: Sing it loud and sing it proud

    gslade@medicinehatnews.com@MHNGillianSlade Over Christmas you probably sang some Christmas carols whether you have a great singing voice or not. You probably also enjoyed singing and it may have made you happy too. There are studies that show physical, emotional and mental health benefits derived from singing. In part that has to do with the vibrations in [...] Read More »

    2 weeks ago
  • Doctor Game: Are hiccups a nuisance or a medical problem?

    info@docgiff.com@giffordjonesmd Hippocrates, in 400 B.C., counselled that, “Sneezing will stop a hiccup.” But for centuries the hiccup also triggered laughter when it happens while talking to friends. But medical reports show there are occasions when a hiccup is no laughing matter. We all know that everyone encounters hiccups at some time in their life. Most [...] Read More »

    3 weeks ago
  • To Your Health: Traditions make Christmas special

    gslade@medicinehatnews.com@MHNGillianSlade What makes Christmas special for each family is often the traditions they hold dear – the things they do that are unique to Christmas. It could be the food and when it is enjoyed or what is done together as a family. Having grown up in the southern hemisphere, the traditions from my childhood [...] Read More »

    4 weeks ago

Local Life

  • All Psyched Up: Consequences

    office@drlindahancock.com Sir Isaac Newton was a scientist who studied motion. His third law states: “For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.” Simply put, this means that in every interaction there are two forces at play. The size of the force on the first object equals the size of the force on the [...] Read More »

    18 hours ago
  • Viva Vitality: Step outside and enjoy what it has to to offer

    lisa.doyle@ahs.ca Winter is in full swing here in southern Alberta, and there are many fantastic winter activities to partake in with the entire family. It is easy to get caught up in our electronic devices, and thanks to the busy schedules people have they can forget about being active in nature. A study comparing the [...] Read More »

    18 hours ago
  • Clubs Calendar Jan. 13-19, 2020

    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 A&W. Walk, then have coffee. – TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) 5:30 p.m., [...] Read More »

    5 days ago
  • Praxis: Cocoa science

    praxis@praxismh.ca@PraxisMedHat I don’t know about you, but my I am soooo cold as I sit at my computer to write the science column for this week. Over the winter, the weather has been quite seasonable really. A bit cold, but tolerable overall in my opinion. Southern Alberta has not received that COLD snap that I [...] Read More »

    7 days ago
  • Mental Health Matters: Supporting someone who is struggling

    It is often hard to know how to help a friend or family member when they are struggling. Sometimes we feel the need to fix their problems or offer advice to make it all better. We all wish we could solve other’s problems with the wave of a wand, but sadly we don’t have the [...] Read More »

    7 days 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 weeks 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 »

    2 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 »

    2 months ago
  • Things are hot and cold in Dubai

    I was in Dubai in July. We were visiting Ski Dubai, a 22,500-square-metre indoor ski resort in the Mall of the Emirates, the largest shopping “resort” in the world. The temperature outside was 109 F, or 43 C! Inside the temperature was a chilly -4 C. It was like a miracle. We found it hard [...] Read More »

    3 months ago
  • Monkeying around in Gibralter

    We affectionately name him Gib. Admittedly, it’s not a very original moniker for an adorable baby monkey on the little peninsula of Gibraltar. After all, Gib is the nickname of this seven-square-kilometre chunk of rock in the Mediterranean, which is an overseas territory of the U.K. dangling from the southernmost tip of Spain. And, by [...] Read More »

    3 months ago