July 17th, 2018

News

Local News

  • Beasley stands by comments

    gslade@medicinehatnews.com  @MHNGillianSlade Two comments that Todd Beasley made on May 23, 2017, on a Geert Wilders supporters Facebook page, has brought an end to his bid to be the next United Conservative Party candidate in the Brooks-Medicine Hat riding. “… Muslims i.e. Fools who are really worshiping Satan,” reads Beasley’s first post in part. [...] Read More »

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  • Hut 8 completes 10-acre facility

    cgallant@medicinehatnews.com @CollinGallant Hut 8 Cryptocurrency says it has now completed its Medicine Hat facility — a sprawling 10-acre site on the wind-beaten prairie where super computers the size of train cars seek out and verify online financial transactions. The company stated Monday it has installed the last of 40 planned “block box units” two months [...] Read More »

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  • Council OK’s local zoning for pot stores

    cgallant@medicinehatnews.com @CollinGallant Medicine Hat city council has passed land-use regulations that would confine recreational cannabis outlets to some major commercial corridors and industrial parks, but without distance requirements from liquor stores and other pot sellers. The bylaw, including a map passed 6-1, was called a “careful” approach to allowing sales of soon-to-be legal marijuana this [...] Read More »

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  • Anti-immigrant messages posted on church

    Southern Alberta Newspapers Rev. Chelsea Masterman of Westminster United Church returned after a joint Sunday service with Fifth Avenue Memorial to discover her church had been defaced with racially charged, anti-immigrant posters. The materials read “Immigration = White Genocide,” a slogan associated with a white supremacist conspiracy theory. This was particularly distressing for Masterman, given [...] Read More »

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  • Province issues service dog decals for business, schools to display and show inclusion

    Medicine Hat News Service dog window decals for business premises, schools and workplaces to display are available through the provincial government to assist service dogs and owners. The purpose of the decals is to promote inclusion and increase awareness about the rights of those with service dogs to bring their qualified service dogs into any [...] Read More »

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National News

  • Kitten OK after being rescued from underground pipe in Kamloops, B.C.

    KAMLOOPS, B.C. – An adventurous feline has been rescued after getting trapped in an underground pipe in Kamloops, B.C. Dan Groess, owner of A Groess Underground sewer and drain services, says he responded to a call Monday about a black kitten stuck in a conduit that was less than seven centimetres in diameter. Gross says [...] Read More »

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  • Conservative party pulls attack ad of black man walking over Trudeau tweet

    OTTAWA – The Conservative party pulled an attack ad from its Twitter feed Tuesday that depicted a black man carrying a suitcase walking over a tweet from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The tweet is rolled out as a carpet entering a broken fence and the words “faith” and “diversity” are visible. The Tories have argued [...] Read More »

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  • Trudeau poised to shuffle, retool cabinet with focus on Liberals’ team for 2019

    OTTAWA – Justin Trudeau will shuffle his front benches Wednesday to install the roster of ministers that will be entrusted with leading the Liberal team into next year’s election. The changes will expand the prime minister’s cabinet by adding new posts to showcase up-and-coming MPs and to broaden the profile of a party that has [...] Read More »

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  • No danger after freight train derailment near Quebec-Ontario border

    SAINT-POLYCARPE, Que. – Quebec’s public security minister offered assurances Tuesday that nothing leaked into a nearby river after a Canadian Pacific freight train derailment just east of the Ontario border. The Quebec Environment Department says 25 of the 95 rail cars derailed near Saint-Polycarpe on Monday night, but officials said there were no injuries or [...] Read More »

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  • People in all 124 Ontario ridings will be consulted on sex ed, says Doug Ford

    TORONTO – People across Ontario will be consulted before a new sex-education curriculum is drafted, Premier Doug Ford said Tuesday in an attempt to quell concerns over his government’s controversial decision to scrap the updated lesson plan. The newly elected Progressive Conservatives were accused of flip-flopping on the issue Monday after the education minister said [...] Read More »

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Provincial News

  • ‘Some rocky days:’ Calgary police chief retires after three decades on the force

    Calgary’s police chief is leaving his post with a few regrets and mixed emotions after more than three decades with the force. “There’s always regrets,” Roger Chaffin said Tuesday after announcing he will retire in January. “At the end of the day, every success you’ve had is always anchored by the things that aren’t successful, [...] Read More »

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  • Calgary police officer’s ammunition missing after physical struggle with suspect

    CALGARY – Police in Calgary are searching for a handgun magazine that was pulled off an officer’s belt during a skirmish with a suspected car prowler. The police service says two officers were called to a neighbourhood in the city’s northeast on Monday evening and began questioning a man who matched the suspect’s description. It’s [...] Read More »

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  • Calgary Hitmen announce Steve Hamilton as new head coach

    CALGARY – The Calgary Hitmen have announced Steve Hamilton as the new head coach of the Western Hockey League franchise. The Hitmen said in a release that the 44-year-old Hamilton has signed to a multi-year deal. Hamilton helped guide the Edmonton Oil Kings to three straight WHL final appearances as an associate coach. Edmonton won [...] Read More »

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  • Calgary police chief announces retirement after three decades on the force

    CALGARY – After three years on the job, Calgary’s police chief is calling it quits. Roger Chaffin has been with the Calgary Police Service for 32 years and became the city’s top cop in 2015. In a statement, Chaffin says he is retiring in January for personal reasons and with mixed emotions. He says his [...] Read More »

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  • Calgary family’s vacation in U.S. ends in tragedy on Texas highway

    CALGARY – Three members of a Calgary family are dead and three others are injured after a highway crash during a trip to visit relatives in Texas. The Texas Department of Public Safety says Upinderjit and Jasleen Minhas were travelling with their three children and Upinderjit’s mother on Saturday when their minivan collided with a [...] Read More »

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World News

  • Texas executes man for 2004 slaying of store owner

    HUNTSVILLE, Texas – A Texas prisoner was executed Tuesday evening for the fatal shooting of a San Antonio convenience store owner after courts turned down appeals that the state parole board improperly rejected the inmate’s clemency request because he’s black. Christopher Young, 34, never denied the slaying, which was recorded on a store surveillance camera, [...] Read More »

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  • Trump backs down under fire, ‘clarifies’ on Russia meddling

    WASHINGTON – Blistered by bipartisan condemnation of his embrace of a longtime U.S. enemy, President Donald Trump strained Tuesday to “clarify” his public undermining of American intelligence agencies, saying he simply misspoke when he said he saw no reason to believe Russia had interfered in the 2016 U.S. election. Rebuked as never before by his [...] Read More »

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  • Russia’s Trump takeaway: Putin basks in post-summit glow

    MOSCOW – While Donald Trump came home to criticism from left and right after his first summit with Vladimir Putin, the Russian president came home to universal praise. Instead of being portrayed as a duel on the world stage, the summit was viewed in Russia as a meeting of two mighty men who discussed global [...] Read More »

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  • Amazon pokes fun at glitches, says tech gadgets popular

    NEW YORK – Amazon poked fun at the early glitches it saw with Prime Day, though it said shoppers still found plenty to buy. Analysts, meanwhile, saw other things Amazon could have done better, like discounting more fashion brands and taking more advantage of its acquisition of Whole Foods. Early problems Monday sent shoppers to [...] Read More »

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  • Study finds dramatic increase in 2018 Sundance attendance

    SALT LAKE CITY – An economic impact study estimates that attendance at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival increased dramatically over the previous year. The study from Y2 Analytics released Tuesday says that nearly 125,000 people attended some part of the 11-day event last year, a growth of more than 70 per cent over the estimated [...] Read More »

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