October 24th, 2020


Local News

  • Separatist candidates in SW Saskatchewan

    Voters in east-central and southwest Saskatchewan will have a separatist candidate to consider in Monday’s provincial election. Buffalo Party of Saskatchewan candidates are officially registered in Cypress Hills and Kindersley ridings. The party, which was known until last June as “Wexit Saskatchewan,” has 17 candidates registered in the province’s 61 ridings. Voting takes place Monday. [...] Read More »

    9 hours ago
  • MHPS online calendar has photo radar information

    mcranker@medicinehatnews.com@mocranker The Medicine Hat Police Service is now releasing a calendar at the beginning of each month with photo radar information for each day. The calendar has three photo radar sites listed for each day, two of which are school or playground zones. The third listing each day is an urban area street. “We’re still [...] Read More »

    9 hours ago
  • MHPS charges one of its own with sex assault

    A Medicine Hat police constable has been charged with sexual assault and relieved of his duties without pay, the Medicine Hat Police Service announced Friday afternoon. Chance Franklin is a 12-year veteran of the local police force and is said to have been off duty at the time of the alleged incident. A release states [...] Read More »

    9 hours ago
  • Work to end polio once and for all continues

    cgallant@medicinehatnews.com@CollinGallant Work to protect the world’s children from the crippling effects of polio continues 65 years after a safe reliable vaccine was certified. That work is being highlighted this week in Medicine Hat, where local members of the Rotary Club are discussing the global effort of the service club, as well as Medicine Hat’s own [...] Read More »

    9 hours ago
  • Pay cut not enough, says lobby group

    gslade@medicinehatnews.com@MHNGillianSlade Premier Jason Kenney’s decision to cut the salaries of political staff is to be applauded but the government needs to address government employees in general and the salaries of elected officials, says the Canadian Taxpayers Federation. Effective Oct. 19, the government reduced the pay of UCP staff by seven per cent, shaving close to [...] Read More »

    9 hours ago

National News

  • American voters living in Canada increasingly being counted in presidential race

    OTTAWA – Soon Jenny Wiebe will drive from her Fredericton home to the Maine town where she was born, to retrieve the mail-in ballot her parents are holding for her. The 55-year-old dual Canadian-U. S. citizen said she hasn’t decided how she will exercise her franchise in the historic Nov. 3 American election. She may [...] Read More »

    7 hours ago
  • No winning ticket for Friday night’s $42 million Lotto Max jackpot

    TORONTO – No winning ticket was sold for the $42 million jackpot in Friday night’s Lotto Max draw. That means the jackpot for the next draw on Oct. 27 will grow to approximately $50 million. There will also be two MaxMillions prizes of $1 million each up for grabs[...] Read More »

    9 hours ago
  • B.C. voters head to polling stations in snap election called during pandemic

    Voters in British Columbia cast ballots today in an election campaign that was largely defined by the COVID-19 pandemic. NDP Leader John Horgan called the snap election one year before the fixed voting date. He argued the province needs a majority government to deal with the uncertainty caused by the new coronavirus. Calling the election [...] Read More »

    9 hours ago
  • The latest numbers on COVID-19 in Canada for Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020

    The latest numbers of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Canada as of 4:00 a.m. EDT on Oct. 24, 2020: There are 211,734 confirmed cases in Canada. _ Quebec: 98,226 confirmed (including 6,106 deaths, 82,792 resolved) _ Ontario: 68,353 confirmed (including 3,080 deaths, 58,799 resolved) _ Alberta: 24,261 confirmed (including 300 deaths, 20,310 resolved) _ British Columbia: [...] Read More »

    10 hours ago
  • Ottawa appoints N.S. university president to help resolve Indigenous lobster dispute

    The federal government has named a Nova Scotia university president to help resolve the Indigenous lobster fishery dispute. The Liberal government says it has appointed Allister Surette as a Federal Special Representative to serve as a neutral third-party to communicate with and rebuild trust between commercial and Indigenous fishers. It says Surette is to gather [...] Read More »

    16 hours ago

Provincial News

  • N.L. reports one new COVID case involving man returning from work in Alberta

    ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – Newfoundland and Labrador is reporting one new case of COVID-19, bringing the province’s number of active cases to nine. In a release sent Thursday, public health officials say the new case is a man between 20 and 39 years old who returned to the province from work in Alberta. A spokeswoman [...] Read More »

    2 days ago
  • Rapid COVID-19 tests to be piloted at Calgary airport, U.S. border crossing

    CALGARY – The Alberta government says rapid COVID-19 tests will soon be available at the Calgary airport and a United States border crossing in the province. The pilot project is to start Nov. 2 and will be voluntary. Alberta Premier Jason Kenney says if travellers take the tests, they will not have to quarantine for [...] Read More »

    2 days ago
  • Alberta premier tests negative for COVID-19 but will isolate for a week

    EDMONTON – Alberta Premier Jason Kenney has tested negative for COVID-19 but will continue to isolate at home after one of his cabinet ministers tested positive. Kenney says he was tested Wednesday afternoon because he attended events with Municipal Affairs Minister Tracy Allard last week. “The results have come back negative,” he said in the [...] Read More »

    3 days ago
  • NewsAlert: Alberta premier tests negative for COVID-19 but will isolate for a week

    EDMONTON – Alberta Premier Jason Kenney has tested negative for COVID-19 but will continue to isolate at home after one of his cabinet ministers tested positive. Kenney says in a statement he is feeling healthy and not exhibiting symptoms. He says because he has been in close contact with someone with COVID-19, he will isolate [...] Read More »

    3 days ago
  • Alberta premier isolating after minister tests positive for COVID-19

    EDMONTON – Alberta Premier Jason Kenney is isolating at home after one of his cabinet ministers tested positive for COVID-19. A spokesman for Kenney said the premier went into self-isolation Wednesday afternoon after learning that Municipal Affairs Minister Tracy Allard was infected. Shortly before that, Kenney was speaking in the legislature during question period. “Despite [...] Read More »

    3 days ago

Southern Alberta News

  • Nigerian Association stages peaceful protest against police brutality in Nigeria

    Dale Woodard Lethbridge Herald As violence continues in their home country, a local group is lending its voice from a distance to end the injustice. Members of the Lethbridge Nigerian Association gathered at Lethbridge City Hall Friday afternoon for a peaceful protest against the ongoing unrest in Nigeria as locals are protesting against police brutality [...] Read More »

    8 hours ago
  • Drive Away Hunger campaign raises $10,057 for food banks

    LETHBRIDGE HERALD Lethbridge & District Exhibition and Umami Shop have announced donations totalling $10,057 to its Farm Credit Canada – Drive Away Hunger campaign. The total donation has been split evenly between nine southern Alberta food banks including Interfaith Food Bank, Lethbridge Food Bank, Bow Island Food Bank, Pincher Creek Food Bank, Taber Food Bank, [...] Read More »

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  • Fort Macleod man’s WCB battle has spanned 35 years

    Tim Kalinowski Lethbridge Herald tkalinowski@lethbridgeherald.com Over the past few years more attention and resources have been given to address the problem of orphaned and abandoned oil wells in Alberta, but we continue to fail injured and abandoned oilfield workers. Both are a legacy left behind by an oil and gas industry which has profited mightily [...] Read More »

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  • Local pub, bands teaming up for Lethbridge Food Bank fundraiser

    Dale Woodard Lethbridge Herald A perfectly timed fundraiser is taking place next month. Benefitting the Lethbridge Food Bank, a fundraiser will be held Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. at Honkers Pub & Eatery. The event will include live music by local bands Vintage Wine, Whiskey Gap and Rebel Angels with the pub offering a feature [...] Read More »

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  • Case adjourned for woman accused of throwing hot coffee

    Delon Shurtz lethbridge herald dshurtz@lethbridgeherald.com A 23-year-old Raymond woman accused of throwing hot coffee at two elderly women, and who was unable to attend court this week, is now scheduled to make a court appearance at the end of the month. Cheyenne Sommerly Tilley was scheduled to appear in court Thursday by video link from [...] Read More »

    8 hours ago

World News

  • TV reporter goes missing in southern Pakistan

    ISLAMABAD – A reporter working for Pakistan’s leading Geo News television has gone missing in the southern port city of Karachi, family and colleagues said Saturday. Geo bureau chief in Karachi, Fahim Siddiqi, said police registered the journalist’s disappearance as an “abduction” case without naming suspects. Ali Imran Syed, 40, left home late Friday evening [...] Read More »

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  • Fighting over Nagorno-Karabakh goes on despite US mediation

    Rocket and artillery barrage hit residential areas Saturday hours after the United States hosted top diplomats from Armenia and Azerbaijan for talks on settling their decades-long conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh. The heavy shelling forced residents of Stepanakert, the regional capital of Nagorno-Karabakh, into shelters, as emergency teams rushed to extinguish fires. Nagorno-Karabakh authorities said other towns [...] Read More »

    7 hours ago
  • Egypt’s parliamentary vote likely to tighten leader’s grip

    CAIRO – Egyptians began voting Saturday in the first stage of a parliamentary election, a vote that is highly likely to produce a toothless House of Representatives packed with supporters of President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi. The elections are taking place as the Arab world’s most populous country faces a slight increase in coronavirus cases, with authorities [...] Read More »

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  • Thai PM repeats calls for calm ahead of protesters’ deadline

    BANGKOK – Thailand’s government and the country’s pro-democracy movement appeared no closer to resolving their differences Saturday, as the protesters’ evening deadline for Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha to step down approached. Prayuth’s office issued a statement repeating his plea to resolve differences through Parliament, which will discuss the political situation in a special session starting [...] Read More »

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  • Official: Roadside bomb killed 9 in eastern Afghanistan

    KABUL – A roadside bomb killed nine people in eastern Afghanistan on Saturday, after it struck a minivan full of civilians, a local official said. Ghazni province police spokesman Ahmad Khan Sirat said that a second roadside bomb killed two policemen, after it struck their vehicle that was making its way to the victims of [...] Read More »

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