December 13th, 2019



  • Business Beat: What’s your workforce vision for 2020? 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 »

    3 days 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 week 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 »

    3 weeks ago
  • Business Beat: Workforce skills needed

    Finding the talent and skills needed to move our organizations forward is a challenge shared by the private and public sector so I’m not surprised to see education, training and hiring challenges appear in data recently collected from regional businesses. As one example, a large number of employers said hiring was more challenging because potential [...] Read More »

    1 month ago
  • Business Beat: Developing action plans

    The Business Retention and Expansion and Workforce Development survey, referred to as “BREWD” has now been completed. Nearly 500 regional businesses, 476 to be exact, have shared their input and the data is showing us some very interesting information. Responses came in from businesses in Medicine Hat, Redcliff, Bow Island, Cypress County and County of [...] 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 weeks 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 »

    4 weeks ago
  • From Our Table: Cooking got creative in wartime

    Remembrance Day is right around the corner. You might remember me mentioning in my last column on Oct. 22 how thankful we should all be that we live in a country where healthy food choices are abundant. One of my colleagues recently wrote on Twitter that in North America and other wealthy countries we argue [...] Read More »

    1 month ago
  • From Our Table: Let’s build a healthy country with healthy people

    All the votes have been cast and today is the first day after our federal election. Of the many articles I read in the media regarding the election there was one headline that had a couple words that resonated and actually made me feel a bit sad. We are currently somewhat of a “fractured country.” [...] Read More »

    2 months ago
  • From Our Table: Celebrating what you are thankful for

    In just a few short days Thanksgiving celebrations will be here. Many of you have already bought your turkey or ham or maybe even both in preparation for festive feasts throughout the weekend. This year our family has some extra special celebrating to do. It’s an event that is extremely rare and a truly amazing [...] Read More »

    2 months ago


  • To Your Health: Don’t worry about the expectations of others It has started already — people asking what you have and have not done for Christmas. Sometimes I feel it is just a conversation filler but for many people it simply adds to their stress when asked if their Christmas lights and decorations are up yet. If not when will they be? What’s on [...] Read More »

    5 days ago
  • Doctor Game: Popcorn Disease: A new way to injure the lungs “What’s your secret for good health and longevity?” I have been asked repeatedly on radio, TV, and in interviews. My reply is simple. “You must learn early in life to practice a sound lifestyle and continue it forever.” This should be easy. Yet we are not learning from history. The Canadian Medical Association Journal [...] Read More »

    5 days ago
  • Doctor Game: Stomach cancer strikes more than 30K in North America annually Napoleon Bonaparte, John Wayne, and Peter O’Toole all succumbed to stomach cancer. Yet, when we talk about cancer, all the attention usually goes to lung, breast, prostate or colon cancer. This is why stomach cancer is often called the “Orphan Malignancy.” But stomach cancer strikes over 32,000 North Americans every year. It also demands [...] Read More »

    3 weeks ago
  • Tips to avoid catching a cold or flu Having recently had a cold I have been focusing on not passing the virus on to others – including those in my home. It is after all the season for colds and influenza and it is worth revisiting the precautions we should be taking. When you sneeze or cough be sure to either have [...] Read More »

    3 weeks ago
  • Doctor Game: Tests that prevent severe disability or death It’s been said that if the U.S. Constitution was rewritten afresh, it would not stress the pursuit of happiness, but the pursuit of health. Today, when people get together, discussions eventually turn to health concerns, such as losing weight, blood pressure, bone density or other issues. Now there are tests to indicate the condition [...] Read More »

    4 weeks ago

Local Life

  • Viva Vitality: Healthy holiday gift ideas Have you ever received a less-than healthy holiday gift, and found yourself thinking ‘how am I going to eat all of the holiday goodies I have received?’ You are not the only one. Canadians spend $460.2 million on snacks, candy and sweets in December – that’s $134.1 million over the monthly average. Indulgent treats [...] Read More »

    14 hours ago
  • All Psyched-Up: Build your conference, be careful where you place it There are different definitions of the word “confidence” and different ways of viewing the concept. 1. Keeping a secret – When you have a close friend or co-worker who will take the information you give them and keep it quiet; you are blessed. Not everyone will respect or honour you enough to keep your [...] Read More »

    14 hours ago
  • What’s Up Doc?: New guidelines on investigating thyroid dysfunction

    The thyroid gland produces hormone called thyroxine. The gland is in the front of the neck, below Adam’s apple, consisting of two lobes (left and right) connected by an isthmus. In fact, the thyroid gland secretes three hormones: The two thyroid hormones, thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3); and calcitonin. The thyroid hormones influence the metabolic [...] Read More »

    4 days ago
  • Clubs Calendar Dec. 9-15, 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 »

    5 days ago
  • Praxis: Christmas tree science I can hardly believe that November is fading away so fast and December is just around the corner. I do not know about you, but I am starting to see signs of the holiday season everywhere!! It is beautiful to see all of the decorations out to celebrate this wonderful time of the year. [...] Read More »

    6 days 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 weeks 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 »

    4 weeks 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 »

    2 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 »

    2 months ago
  • A cliffhanger adventure at Greywolf

    It’s an 18-kilometre drive up a winding mountain road and the anticipation builds through every turn in the road. Finally, Greywolf Golf Course appears at the top of the mountain at Panorama, B.C., and the adventure is about to begin. And what an adventure! The 20-year-old course, part of a cluster of terrific tracks in [...] Read More »

    3 months ago