February 25th, 2020



  • Business Beat: Training is an investment

    Imagine this scene around a board table. Times are tight and balancing the budget is becoming an increasing challenge. As the costs for staff training are shared, one manager leans across the table and whispers to another, “Imagine spending that much money training our staff, and then they all leave.” The second manager whispers back, [...] Read More »

    6 days ago
  • Business Beat: New face and new voice at Community Futures Entre-Corp

    My name is Sandra Milne and I’m the new Regional Innovation Network (RIN) Coordinator for Southeastern Alberta. I was hired about a month ago to replace Elizabeth Blair who after a long 17-month wait, was finally reunited with her family in Frisco, Texas. Congratulations Elizabeth! everyone at CFEC wishes you an abundance of success and [...] Read More »

    2 weeks ago
  • Business Beat: What is the state of our city?

    Invictus was a fitting conclusion to the State of the City address held by the Kiwanis Club and the Chamber of Commerce on Jan. 28 with Mayor Ted Clugston delivering the annual address. With more than 300 community leaders in attendance, that message summarized the fortitude of our community in the face of adversity, with [...] Read More »

    3 weeks ago
  • Business Beat: The Results are in and business has spoken

    In previous articles, I’ve addressed how a sound community economic action plan requires business to be at the front end of what we’re doing. You can’t identify economic problems and implement solutions without the insight of local business. No one understands the issues and have thought about how to solve them more than businesses themselves. [...] Read More »

    4 weeks ago
  • Business Beat: Solve a problem, change the world

    Building and selling products around a passion is not enough to ensure a business concept has a valid market opportunity. There is plenty of commentary encouraging entrepreneurs to take a passion and convert it into a business but it takes more than inspiration to build a venture that works. It is though, a promising area [...] Read More »

    1 month 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 weeks 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 weeks 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 »

    1 month 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 »

    2 months 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 »

    2 months ago


  • Doctor Game: Report calls sleep the third pillar of health

    info@docgiff.com@giffordjonesmd Sleep, it’s not the most exciting topic. But a report from Tufts University says sleep is the third pillar of health along with diet and activity. Besides, we spend a third of our lives sleeping, and if you sleep poorly, it can trigger a cascade of health problems. José Ordovás, professor of nutrition at [...] Read More »

    1 day ago
  • To Your Health: Drink up, your health depends on it

    gslade@medicinehatnews.com@MHNGillianSlade In the summer there seem to be plenty of reasons to drink tall glasses of chilled water or another beverage but not so much in the winter. Many years ago when we drank more coffee in a day than was good for us, this hot drink did help us stay warm on a chilly [...] Read More »

    1 day ago
  • To Your Health: Making small changes can leave you feeling recharged

    gslade@medicinehatnews.com@MHNGillianSlade Do you feel as though you need a vacation? Most of us feel that way at this time of year but it is not possible for us all to take advantage of that for a variety of reasons. Well you know what they say – a change is as good as a holiday. With [...] Read More »

    2 weeks ago
  • Doctor Game: Why don’t we send a planeload of Medi-C Plus to China?

    info@docgiff.com@GiffordJanesMD One of my sons has been in the travel business for years. Today he said, “We’ve cancelled all of our tours to China due to the coronavirus scare.” I replied, “That’s unfortunate, but if we don’t send tourists just now, perhaps we should be sending Medi-C Plus. I’ve been arguing for years that high [...] Read More »

    2 weeks ago
  • Doctor Game: Experts on potential of nutrients to fight coronavirus

    info@docgiff.com@GiffordJonesMD Why “needless” deaths from this threatening virus? Because doctors, health authorities, hospital administrators and politicians have not read history. Not even the Chinese! This week several members of the Orthomolecular Medicine News Service (OMNS) were asked, “How would you treat the coronavirus?” Here are opinions of experts who study the potential of nutrients to [...] Read More »

    3 weeks ago

Local Life

  • Clubs Calendar Feb. 24-March 1, 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 »

    1 day ago
  • Financial Focus: The benefits of global diversification

    Canadians are guilty of what is called “home bias” when it comes to their investments. Those that have all their equity exposure, or a significant portion of their equity exposure, in Canada, are not taking advantage of the global growth opportunities that exist outside of our country. To prove a point about the benefits of [...] Read More »

    3 days ago
  • Praxis: Thoughts of spring will sprout soon

    praxis@praxismh.ca@PraxisMedHat I hope that everyone enjoyed the week break from school! It was a nice week weather wise. I hope that you were able to get outside and enjoy some of those great winter sports we are so fortunate to have around here. Of course, the warmer weather has me thinking about spring. I am [...] Read More »

    3 days ago
  • By the Way: The Gift of Worship

    You shall have no other gods. – the First of the Ten Commandments. On Jan. 26 a helicopter flying over the Los Angeles suburb of Calabasas crashed killing all nine people aboard, including the pilot. Four of the other eight victims were pre-teen girls on their way to a basketball tournament, and one of the [...] Read More »

    3 days ago
  • Heritage in the Hat: Victoria Nurses’ Home

    Once upon a time, Medicine Hat was the premier medical centre between Vancouver and Winnipeg! It had the only hospital, taking in the first patients in 1890. The medical complex grew to include a maternity hospital, a nurses’ residence, a clinic and a morgue. Two nurses, Miss Reynolds and Miss Birtles, did the nursing, but [...] Read More »

    3 days 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 weeks 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 »

    1 month 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 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 »

    3 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 »

    3 months ago