March 24th, 2019



  • Business Beat: Vote prosperity

    In 2019, Chambers of Commerce across the province and across the country will be highly engaged in the conversations around both our provincial and federal elections. Now more than ever, we are finding that a focused perspective around good public policy is needed to combat political propaganda. As a non-partisan organization, we are well suited [...] Read More »

    4 days ago
  • Business Beat: Cannabis edibles are coming, and the market will be enormous

    Proposed amendments to the Cannabis Regulations mean that cannabis edibles will be legal on Oct. 17. These amendments will usher in a wave of new regulations, not to mention a significant business opportunity for Medicine Hat-based entrepreneurs and investors. Already we are seeing some market activity in southern Alberta, with Namaste Technologies, a licensed cannabis [...] Read More »

    2 weeks ago
  • Business Beat: The gig economy

    Being little in business is big, and the “gig” economy influence is making that easy. Let’s face it, we know how traditional resource based economies focused on production, distribution and retail operations work. These traditional economies are often constructed around local resources, factory production styles and retail distribution. That is changing, but not entirely. Modern [...] Read More »

    3 weeks ago
  • Business Beat: Labour market strategy needed to deal with industry explosion in Medicine Hat area

    We’re only eight weeks into the new year, but the good business and economic news that was a hallmark of Medicine Hat’s business beat in 2018 looks set to continue apace in 2019. In January, Folium Biosciences announced plans to build an industrial scale cannabinoid extraction facility in the northwest quadrant of the city. Upon [...] Read More »

    4 weeks ago
  • Business Beat: A national day of action

    Canada’s chambers of commerce, representing more than 200,000 Canadian businesses, are coming together today to demonstrate widespread support for Canada’s resource sectors and asking our governments to do more for these embattled sectors and the Canadians they employ. Our natural resource sector provided 1.81 million jobs in 2017, accounted for 17 per cent of the [...] Read More »

    1 month ago


  • From Our Table: Dietitians can help you unlock the potential of food

    March is Nutrition Month and the theme Unlock the Potential of Food is a continuation from last year’s theme so some of the simple yet key messages can be emphasized. The focus is on looking at the many benefits food has to offer in so many areas of our lives. It’s also an opportunity to [...] Read More »

    2 weeks ago
  • From Our Table: Ten tips for heart health

    It just seems appropriate that Heart Health Month falls in February which is the “love month” where we celebrate Valentine’s Day. There is so much information about heart health out there, some of it conflicting and it can become very confusing. There is too much information to cover in one column but let’s look at [...] Read More »

    4 weeks ago
  • From Our Table: A treat you’ll love on Valentine’s Day and the rest of the year

    It’s just two days away. That wonderful love based day of celebration. It’s pink hearts and red ribbons and chocolate. Mmmmm, lots of chocolate. Valentine’s Day is one of my favourite days of the year. I’m a big fan of chocolate, of the colour pink and of the most important part of Valentine’s Day and [...] Read More »

    1 month ago
  • From Our Table: Focus on variety

    The new Canada Food Guide was unveiled last week and it’s causing quite a stir. Food industry especially is really rattled. There is a lot to discuss regarding the changes but I’d just like to focus on one simple statement front and centre on the new Food Guide. That is: “Eat a Variety of Healthy [...] Read More »

    2 months ago
  • From Our Table: No diet at all is the best diet around

    We are already halfway through January, can you believe it? I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season. It was one of the quietest we’ve ever had and I actually ended up liking it much more then I was anticipating. I recently read an article that I really enjoyed. It was regarding New Year’s goals [...] Read More »

    2 months ago


  • To Your Health: Heart procedure believed to be the first of its kind

    A patient with a life-threatening heart bleed, on the other side of the world, was successfully treated using a procedure that is believed to be the first in the world. The patient arrived at Israel’s Sheba Medical Centre with a ruptured aneurysm in the left ventricle of his heart and was bleeding into his chest [...] Read More »

    6 days ago
  • The great tragedy of a damaged brain at birth

    The Charter of Rights and Freedoms says that all Canadians receive justice. The U.S. Constitution states that “All men are created Equal.” But some children are born who do not receive justice. Nor will they ever be equal. It’s because they have damaged brains at birth, due to mothers who drink alcohol during pregnancy. Recently, [...] Read More »

    6 days ago
  • Doctor Game: Beware of chronic pain, a close cousin to suicide

    “He preaches patience that never knew pain.” These sage words were published in the Handbook of Proverbs in 1855. Or, as Shakespeare wrote, “They breathe the truth that breathe their words in pain.” Today, pain is the most common medical symptom that plagues mankind. But when does it kill? The number of people suffering from [...] Read More »

    2 weeks ago
  • To Your Health: Spend time each day exercising your brain

    Now that all the rush to get physically fit after Christmas has worn off a little, or you have settled into a routine, it is time to think about brain health. What we do to keep our brain healthy can have long-term benefits and actually set you up to perhaps ward off the cognitive decline [...] Read More »

    2 weeks ago
  • To Your Health: Got a cold? Give it a rest

    Our busy lives do not easily accommodate the need for plenty of rest when we are ill and that could be to our own detriment. When you come down with a cold, medical advice is often about ensuring you drink lots of liquids and get lots of rest. Sometimes it is called bedrest to perhaps [...] Read More »

    3 weeks ago

Local Life

  • A challenge to you for National Poison Prevention Week

    Did you know that in 2018, 1,464 children under 10 years old visited emergency departments and urgent care centres for unintentional poisoning? Seven out of 10 poisonings involving children under the age of 10 who were treated in emergency departments were caused by medication. The Poison and Drug Information Service received over 12,100 calls in [...] Read More »

    2 days ago
  • All Psyched Up: Downsizing

    My friend is moving from her house into a retirement condo this month. The square footage is approximately one-third of the size. The house, of course, is full because she has had 20 years to accumulate! I thought I would share some of the ways that we are preparing: 1. Consulting – Talking with real [...] Read More »

    2 days ago
  • What’s Up Doc?: Osteoporosis and prevention of fractures in the elderly

    Recently, I came across a good article on osteoporosis and prevention of fractures in the elderly written by Dr. Erika Dempsey, clinical assistant professor with the University of Calgary (MD Scope, March 7, 2019). Osteoporosis is a condition in which there is loss of calcium and a gradual softening of the bones that make them [...] Read More »

    5 days ago
  • Clubs Calendar March 18-24

    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 »

    6 days ago
  • Legal Briefs: Three main steps to extra-provincial registration of your company

    I recently re-watched the movie “Smokey and the Bandit.” The first time I saw it, I was impressed with the chase scenes and of course the Trans Am. What impressed me the second time watching was the premise of the movie: Coors Beer was unable to be sold east of Oklahoma, which was why the [...] Read More »

    1 week 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 »

    1 week 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 »

    1 week 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 »

    2 weeks ago
  • Borrowing a dog for a half-day highlights a trip to the Hawaiian island of Kauai

    Steve MacNaull Special to the News Tail a waggin’, Simba leads the way like he knows where he’s going. It’s the first time this Chihuahua-Terrier cross has been on the Koloa Heritage Trail, but that doesn’t damper his ears-perked, tongue-hanging-out canine enthusiasm. My wife, Kerry, and I happily follow, hardly believing we’re hiking oceanside on [...] Read More »

    2 months ago
  • Coming alive for the Day of the Dead

    Mansoor Ladha Special to the News By some fortunate coincidence, I happened to be in Puerto Escondido, Mexico, famous for Mexican fiestas. One has to be there, especially on Nov. 2 to witness the Day of the Dead, the largest and most vivid festivities and experience the electric atmosphere, with energy and liveliness buzzing through [...] Read More »

    3 months ago