May 24th, 2019



  • Business Beat: Three days could change your business Having worked with a variety of business owners in southeastern Alberta for more than a decade now, I feel very fortunate to have met many who are the best at what they do. From an engineer who sold one of her first sports technologies to Nike, to others who made a name for themselves [...] Read More »

    2 days ago
  • Business Beat: The seven burdens of business

    Canada has long represented a country of opportunity with businesses being the backbone of our economy, driving opportunity and prosperity forward. Within Canada 97.9% of all businesses represent small businesses, with 96.5% of our businesses locally representing small business in our region. These businesses have to make hard decisions everyday about labour, investment, cash flow, [...] Read More »

    1 week ago
  • Business Beat: Medicine Hat continues to draw business investment

    Area Development, a corporate site selection magazine, recently released the results of its annual executive survey to do with site selection plans and priorities. I read the report curious to see if U.S. companies plan on expanding to Canada. If so, where? And why? The survey says that 40% of corporate executives plan to open [...] Read More »

    2 weeks ago
  • Business Beat: Female business owners continue to shine in 2019 At the Entrepreneur Development Centre at Medicine Hat College, we help all students and recent alumni start businesses. When spring comes, however, I personally become more observant of female entrepreneurs and their accomplishments. I am not sure if it’s because March is National Women’s History Month and we look to nominate females for the [...] Read More »

    3 weeks ago
  • Business Beat: The use of assessment tools in human resource management

    Every leader in business faces the ongoing challenge of maximizing the potential of their team. The goal is to hire great people, develop great people and, ultimately, to keep great people. As author Jim C. Collins has famously explained, we want to get the right people on the bus and get them in the right [...] Read More »

    4 weeks ago


  • From Our Table: Chill that chicken

    Chicken is a staple in many households. When I was pregnant with my last son Benjamin, the famed guest writer, I was extremely nauseous off and on throughout the pregnancy. Lemons were a big help but red meat, especially raw ground beef made me feel ill just glancing its way. Consequently we ate a lot [...] Read More »

    3 days ago
  • From Our Table: Get proteins from a variety of sources

    So it’s going to be a challenge to follow the last column guest written by my youngest son Benjamin while I was struggling with a cold. Thank you so much to everyone who commented on how much they enjoyed it. And no I did not write the headline; my editor actually picked that one. And [...] Read More »

    2 weeks ago
  • From Our Table: Favourite son earns a few more points

    Family mealtime, regardless of your family, is always unique and often a highly entertaining experience. Growing up in Joanne Smith’s household, as the youngest of her four boys, this was especially true. As many of you may know, an essential part of my mom’s philosophy is eating together, regardless of busy schedules, appetite, or how [...] Read More »

    1 month ago
  • From Our Table: Peter Cottontail is peeking around the corner

    Easter is a bit later then usual this year. In fact it’s so late this year it’s actually during final exams at both of my son’s and my daughter in-law’s universities. That means they won’t be able to come home for Good Friday or Easter Monday. Did you happen to hear my very big sigh? [...] Read More »

    1 month ago
  • From Our Table: The potential to prevent, heal and bring us together

    With the Nutrition Month theme in mind let’s take a look at more ways to Unlock the Potential of Food. Food has the Potential to Prevent with a nutritious diet potentially preventing both chronic and acute illness. One-third of cancers can be linked to poor diet, obesity and lack of exercise. Almost 80 per cent [...] Read More »

    2 months ago


  • Doctor Game: Friendly bacteria to treat IBS

    Napoleon Bonaparte once required a soldier for a dangerous mission. The story goes that he ordered several soldiers to face a firing squad. He then chose the one who showed no tendency to move his bowels! Fear has a major effect on the large intestine. So it, and other factors, are often responsible for what’s [...] Read More »

    2 weeks ago
  • To Your Health: Know the signs and don’t be afraid to seek help Between 2009 and 2014 the number of girls internationally who harmed themselves and ended up in hospital, increased by 110%. For boys the increase was 35%. The numbers in Canada are increasing too, especially in young people who are not even teenagers yet. Deliberately cutting, burning or hitting oneself can be seen by the [...] Read More »

    2 weeks ago
  • To Your Health: We can’t forget the ‘societal blind spot’ Seniors become more vulnerable as they age and as a society we tend to think of their children stepping in to help in those final years. That support could be helping them to shop, cook, bathe, dress and perhaps accompany them to a medical appointment. Ultimately it may be making arrangements on their behalf [...] Read More »

    3 weeks ago
  • Doctor Game: Coffee boosts protection against Alzheimer’s disease I receive a lot of questionable mail. One says I can invest one thousand dollars and make an easy million. Another, that a simple lifestyle change will cure anything that ails me. Still another arrives that I initially believe is rubbish until I read on. It’s a report from The Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. [...] Read More »

    3 weeks ago
  • To Your Health: Vaccine offers a lifeline of hope

    If you have ever lived in an area where malaria is prevalent, or even visited one, you will know how deadly it can be in a very short time. For little children it can be a matter of hours if they receive no medical attention. An amazing vaccine has now been developed and will be [...] Read More »

    4 weeks ago

Local Life

  • Praxis: Sprout science I know that many of us are eagerly anticipating the “unofficial start to summer” as the May long weekend quickly approaches! We are all hopeful that we will be able to get out in our yards and start planting, mowing, pruning, you name it. After a long winter, I am eager to get started [...] Read More »

    6 days ago
  • Clubs Calendar May 20-26, 2019

    Note: Some listings may be cancelled due to the Victoria Day long weekend. 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 [...] Read More »

    6 days ago
  • Legal Briefs: What is title insurance and is it right for you? Spring is here and that means the real estate market is picking up speed. Many Hatters will be buying and selling homes in the coming months. As we get ready to for the busy real estate season, I thought it would be helpful to address a topic unfamiliar to many people – title insurance. [...] Read More »

    6 days ago
  • Your Money: Retirement ready for Baby Boomers When you’ve just started your first job, and the money starts rolling in, it might seem daunting to think about putting money aside – for your big life goals or for a rainy day. It all seems so very far away. As we grow older, the questions grow too: Am I saving enough? Of [...] Read More »

    6 days ago
  • Mental Health Matters: What is good mental health?

    People often believe that mental wellness or good mental health is a person without a mental illness. However, it is more than that – everyone has mental health. The lack of a mental illness doesn’t mean you have good mental health and the presence of a mental illness doesn’t mean you have poor mental health. [...] Read More »

    6 days ago


  • In San Francisco, it’s all about the bridge

    Of course we’re amped. We’re cycling over one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World, according to the American Society of Civil Engineers. The wind howls, our grip tightens on the handlebars and we peddle harder. My wife, Kerry, and I and our 16-year-old daughter, Grace, are half-way across San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge [...] Read More »

    6 days ago
  • Outer Banks catch of the day

    Damn, this fish is delicious. Of course, I’m biased in my assessment of the catch of the day we’re gobbling up at Sonny’s Restaurant on Hatteras Island in North Carolina’s Outer Banks. After all, my 26-year-old son Alex and I caught the bluefish, triggerfish and mackerel ourselves just two hours earlier in the adjacent Pamlico [...] Read More »

    1 month ago
  • Seismic Mountain Festival to be epic

    Steve MacNaull Special to the News Huck yourself off a cliff. Berm and bump yourself downhill in the snow on a bike. Spin or flip, at least 360 degrees, off the steep down jump. Or, choose an easy green ski run and glide in the sunshine, followed by a stop at an art gallery, some [...] Read More »

    2 months ago
  • Your Travels: An escape from the cold to the wonders of the Riviera Maya

    Ernest Fode I flew out of the Calgary International Airport at the start of our recent bitterly cold February coldspell. The timing on my getaway was perfect. My WestJet flight was on its way to Cancun, Mexico. I was on a seven-day all-inclusive Mexican Riviera Maya vacation staying at a four-star resort in Playa Del [...] Read More »

    2 months ago
  • Vibrant Vietnam has lots to offer

    Mansoor Ladha Special to the News Now I know what it feels to be rich. When I exchanged U.S. dollar to local currency at the airport in Hanoi, Vietnam, one U.S. dollar fetched 23,196.68 Vietnamese dang. I felt like a millionaire for the first time in my life when I exchanged $100 U.S. I received [...] Read More »

    3 months ago