August 23rd, 2019



  • Business Beat: Entrepreneurship lessons from a high school classroom

    Large sheets of white paper labeled “Business Model Canvas” flew about in parking lots and bounced around in the back seat of my SUV as I made my way into rural high school classrooms over the past year. Thinking back to last fall when I began weekly visits to Grade 10-12 students in Bow Island, [...] Read More »

    3 days ago
  • Business Beat: Beef’s Place in a Healthy Environment

    With increasing information in the media now about the environmental footprint of agriculture and greater attention around food sustainability, there is a need to provide education and raise awareness around where our food comes from and recognize the vitally important role of agribusiness. Most recently, sustainable beef production in Canada has been a focus of [...] Read More »

    2 weeks ago
  • Business Beat: Creating regional business advantage

    The 21st century has brought an economic reality that includes a new era of global competition, global supply chains and global market opportunities. While these concepts may seem remote, there is strong local impact. Quite simply, with global purchasing capacity on everyone’s phones, our local businesses and industries must be world-class in their offerings and [...] Read More »

    3 weeks ago
  • Business Beat: Flip the three reasons you’ll fail I’ve got no money. The people I hired don’t do their job. No one buys my product. These assertions represent three of the top reasons startups fail – money, people and market. Not only are these conditions for a new startup to flop, they are causes to flourish. The exciting part of acknowledging possible [...] Read More »

    1 month ago
  • Business Beat: Medicine Hat has a plant-based opportunity

    Beyond Meat, the world’s No. 1 plant-based burger maker, is up big since its initial public offering in May. Early investors like Leonardo DiCaprio, Bill Gates, Jack Welch and Justin Timberlake have made out like bandits. Even Don Thompson, former CEO of McDonald’s, is in on the action. Which begs the question. When, exactly, is [...] Read More »

    1 month ago


  • From Our Table: Our community

    I hope you are all continuing to enjoy our beautiful summer weather. My son Levi was home for a visit from Edmonton last week. They have had a lot of rain there and he was so happy to come down to our land of sunshine and warmth. He spent as much time as possible outside [...] Read More »

    4 weeks ago
  • From Our Table: Stay hydrated while enjoying Stampede

    The Medicine Hat Exhibition & Stampede is almost here. The queen and princess have just been crowned and my congratulations to Queen Rayelle Smith and Princess Dionne Freimark What a wonderful opportunity to be Ambassadors for our area. I remember when my boys were young and the Stampede queen and princess visited their school. It [...] Read More »

    1 month ago
  • From Our Table: Cool as a cucumber

    Summer is officially here! School is out, the warm summer sun is shining in the sky and summer storms have started. I love the thunderstorms but I could definitely do without the hail. I have a few pots and perennials looking somewhat sad with some shredded leaves and bent branches after last Thursday’s storm. At [...] Read More »

    2 months ago
  • From Our Table: Pack your picnic with nutritional power

     There are so many wonderful things about spring and summer and one of them is eating outside in the warmth of the sun. Last year my son Josiah and his friend Steven added on to our deck in the back yard. It is absolutely beautiful and we have been using it a lot. Most of [...] Read More »

    2 months ago
  • From Our Table: Super snacks

    Snacks are an important part of a healthy diet. If chosen wisely they are a vital way to get the 50-plus nutrients we need every day. They are an excellent way to stay nourished between meals and help avoid overeating at meals because of increased hunger. Snacks are especially important for children. They have smaller [...] Read More »

    3 months ago


  • To Your Health: Enjoy the outdoors with insect precaution Many of us will be planning a picnic or at least be eating outside on our deck this long weekend. Along with warmer weather, gardening and al-fresco dining we are bound to encounter wasps . Stings are not generally inflicted by the odd wasp flying around. More often than not it is encountering them [...] Read More »

    3 weeks ago
  • Doctor Game: North American diet a recipe for blindness How often have we been warned, we are what we eat? Now, a book by Dr. Chris Knobbe, “Ancestral Dietary Strategy to Prevent and Treat Macular Degeneration”, is an eye-opener. Knobbe claims doctors have been taught for years that macular degeneration “MD” is due to aging and genetics but it’s an absolute untruth. Rather, [...] Read More »

    3 weeks ago
  • Doctor Game: The hypocrisy of pain control Why is it that patients in severe pain from serious diseases are being denied painkillers? A report from the Chronic Pain Association of Canada (CPAC) states that it’s easier for addicts to obtain painkillers than non-addicted patients in desperate need of them. You might say this does not make sense. But the lack of [...] Read More »

    4 weeks ago
  • To Your Health: Strategies to beat the heat It has been a hot week with many of us battling to stay comfortable especially when there had been no breeze. Having been raised in a hot climate, where you had months and months to hone a strategy to manage the heat, I am often surprised at the choice of clothing people make in [...] Read More »

    4 weeks ago
  • To Your Health: Money talks, even when it comes to your health Are you motivated by money? Most of us would probably say we are not. We either decide to do what we know is best or not and it does not having anything to do with money. However, many of us like to think of ourselves as being savvy shoppers and will watch for sales [...] Read More »

    1 month ago

Local Life

  • Viva Vitality: Trying to quit? AlbertaQuits can help You may have heard that quitting is a journey that can include many starts and stops along the way. Whether you have hit a few roadblocks or just found getting started overwhelming, I want to share some supports that you may find helpful. Alberta Health Services supports Albertans to become tobacco/nicotine free through the [...] Read More »

    14 hours ago
  • All Psyched Up: Deep down we are all babies When we don’t sleep and don’t eat, we become just like babies – we cry! We all know this and yet we are living in a world where both sleeping and eating are neglected. A 2011 article published by CBC News entitled “Lack of sleep called global epidemic” stated that a majority of Canadians [...] Read More »

    14 hours ago
  • What’s Up Doc?: The painful experience of acute renal colic is hard to describe

    Renal colic is painful. The pain comes when urinary stones block part of the urinary tract. Kidneys are part of the urinary system. So are the ureters, urinary bladder and urethra. Kidneys are very important organs in our body. We are blessed with two kidneys. If one kidney fails we have a spare one. Compared [...] Read More »

    4 days ago
  • Clubs Calendar Aug. 19-25, 2019

    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 »

    4 days ago
  • What’s Up Doc?: Anal fissure causes pain in the butt

    Anal fissure is a painful and annoying problem. I have written about this twice in the past years (2004 and 2014). These columns are posted on my website. I thought it is about time to review the subject again. An anal fissure is a tear in the lining of the anus (anal mucosa). Most often [...] Read More »

    3 weeks ago


  • The Okanagan awaits

    The Okanagan Valley is hot – literally and figuratively. This little slice of paradise in British Columbia’s southern interior has ideal summer weather and an incredible to-do list. For instance, cycle the Okanagan Rail Trail along gleaming Kalamalka Lake in the north part of the valley, sip wine in the South Okanagan and forage and [...] Read More »

    1 month ago
  • Get naked, sip wine and eat schnitzel in the historic German town of Wiesbaden

    Certainly, you can make eye contact and even nod in greeting. But, for heaven’s sake, don’t stare, in neither admiration nor aversion, at anyone’s privates or bare backside. Those are my do-and-don’t tips for taking the waters naked at Kaiser Friedrich Therme, a Roman-style bath in the German spa town of Wiesbaden. Not that I’m [...] Read More »

    1 month ago
  • Your Travels: A South Pacific Paradise

    Oahu, nicknamed the “Gathering Place,” is the most visited and most populated of all the Hawaiian Islands with a daily average temperature of about 26 C (80 F) all year long. Hawaii draws more than eight million tourists annually to its crystal waters and pristine beaches especially world famous Waikiki Beach. I was on a [...] Read More »

    2 months ago
  • Electric-assist wining and dining

    Half-way up the impossibly steep hill to Schloss Johannisberg, I’m silently rejoicing I opted for an e-bike. Originally, the plan was for a leisurely pedal on a commuter bike through vineyards in Germany’s Rheingau wine region. But when I meet my guide, Claudia Lewerenz, at Radkranz Bike Rental in Rudesheim, she’s already picked out an [...] Read More »

    2 months ago
  • Experience India like a Maharajah

    Sound of drums filled the air with young men in colourful traditional attire and women dressed in multi-coloured saris greeted us as we entered Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji train terminus to board the luxurious Deccan Odyssey for a seven-day trip. A portion of the train station was cordoned off for Odyssey passengers and an area was [...] Read More »

    2 months ago