January 25th, 2022

News

Local News

  • Connaught students go online for two days as multiple illnesses strike

    lthomson@medicinehatnews.com On Friday, Jan. 21, Ecole Connaught published a press release announcing the school would temporarily shift to online learning, but it’s not the reason one might think. “Today, we experienced a large number of student and staff absence, approximately 45% of our school population,” the press release said. “After an AHS investigation we learned [...] Read More »

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  • Freedom Convoy 2022 rolls through the Hat

    kking@medicinehatnews.com A convoy of truck drivers opposed to vaccine mandates passed through Medicine Hat on Monday on its way to Ottawa. The convoy drew large crowds of supporters from across the region, many holding signs and waving flags. “We’re going to end mandates,” convoy co-organizer Chris Barber of Swift Current, told the News. “It’s not [...] Read More »

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  • Applications for Community Foundation grants open now with March 15 deadline

    kking@medicinehatnews.com The Community Foundation of Southeastern Alberta has announced March 15 as the deadline for Spring 2022 Community Grants applications (formerly Smart and Caring Community Grants). CFSEA’s Community Grant program provides local and regional organizations and charities with funding, as based on community need. Fund allocation will be determined by local rural advisory committees in [...] Read More »

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  • MHPS seize rifle, ammo, drugs, stolen ID during traffic stop

    https://www.medicinehatnews.com@MedicineHatNews Police say they seized a rifle that was made to appear as a children’s toy, along with a 25-round magazine, drugs and stolen ID from a traffic stop in the city last week. A 26-year-old man from Airdrie was arrested and held in custody after Medicine Hat police officers found the .22-calibre rifle along [...] Read More »

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  • City could face staffing issues as Omicron peaks

    cgallant@medicinehatnews.com@CollinGallant City Hall is warning residents that the next few weeks could see staff shortages, and wants to ensure transit riders are able to get to where they’re going with minimal disruption and effect to city services, as cases of the Omicron variant are expected to peak. Top administrators made the statement at Monday’s public [...] Read More »

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National News

Provincial News

  • Alberta responds as COVID-19 calls swamping emergency medical response

    EDMONTON – Alberta Health Minister Jason Copping says an emergency response crisis in southern Alberta last week highlights the need to do more to alleviate stress in a network dangerously strained by COVID-19 and other factors. Copping referred to four emergency calls coming in simultaneously in Airdrie, on Calgary’s northern outskirts, which forced one medically [...] Read More »

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  • Transportation Safety Board investigating helicopter crash in central Alberta

    CAMROSE, Alta. – The Transportation Safety Board of Canada says it is investigating a helicopter crash in central Alberta on the weekend. The government agency says a Bell 206B helicopter crashed near Camrose on Sunday. It says a pilot and three passengers were on board. RCMP say officers from the Killam-Forestburg detachment, as well as [...] Read More »

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  • Teen girl dies, two others critically injured in collision in northern Alberta

    FORT MCMURRAY, Alta. – RCMP in northern Alberta say they are investigating a three-vehicle collision in which a 16-year-old girl died and two other teens were critically injured. Wood Buffalo RCMP say the crash happened in Fort McMurray on Saturday. Police say an eastbound transport truck was slowing down to make a right turn when [...] Read More »

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  • Former judge to review call from suspended Alberta justice minister to police chief

    EDMONTON – A retired judge from Alberta’s Court of Queen’s Bench is to determine whether suspended justice minister Kaycee Madu interfered with the administration of justice. Premier Jason Kenney’s office, in a news release, says Adele Kent will investigate a phone call Madu made to Edmonton Police Chief Dale McFee 10 months ago regarding a [...] Read More »

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  • Alberta man faces child pornography charges after investigation with U.S. authorities

    DRUMHELLER, Alta. – RCMP in southern Alberta say a man is facing child luring and child pornography charges after being alerted by authorities in the United States. Mounties say the investigation began in January 2021 when RCMP officers in Drumheller, Alta., were contacted by a police agency in Indiana about a man having sexually explicit [...] Read More »

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Southern Alberta News

  • Songwriting camp plays notes of inspiration

    A chord was struck as the Lethbridge Youth Songwriting Camp took place this past weekend at the Owl Acoustic Lounge. As young, aspiring musicians received some songwriting tips from Shaela Miller and a host of local musicians, it was clear everyone was tuned in to the weekend’s musical lessons. With the COVID-19 pandemic knocking the [...] Read More »

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  • Repeat offender receives six month sentence for driving offences

    LETHBRIDGE HERALDdshurtz@lethbridgeherald.com Driving while prohibited on two occasions, and nearly striking a pedestrian on one of those occasions, has earned a 26-year-old man six months in jail. Dylan Sokol was sentenced Monday in Lethbridge provincial court, after pleading guilty to two charges of driving while prohibited and single charges of breach of an undertaking and [...] Read More »

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  • Student petition demands online learning at U of L

    LETHBRIDGE HERALDapulido@lethbridgeherald.com A petition to commit to online learning for the remainder of the spring of 2022 has been started by a University of Lethbridge student. The online petition, which at the moment of this article has gathered 2,101 signatures, reads in part, “It would be best for students if the spring term was formally [...] Read More »

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  • Man sentenced for property-related offencest

    LETHBRIDGE HERALDdshurtz@lethbridgeherald.com A 35-year-old man has been sentenced to nearly a year in jail for several criminal offences last year, including a break-in at the Lethbridge police storage compound. Timothy Corey Scout was sentenced to 11 months in jail after pleading guilty last week in Lethbridge provincial court to charges of shopbreaking, attempted shopbreaking, shoplifting, [...] Read More »

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  • Law Enforcement Torch Run Polar Plunge rescheduled for Feb. 25

    LETHBRIDGE HERALDapulido@lethbridgeherald.com The Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) Polar Plunge is going virtual once again, after being originally scheduled to be live at Henderson Lake Park. The plunge, which was scheduled to take place on Feb. 5, has been rescheduled to Feb. 25, when Lethbridge Police Const. Braylon Hyggen, who is Chair for LETR Alberta, [...] Read More »

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World News

  • Trucker convoy’s $4.5 million in fundraising frozen by GoFundMe

    GoFundMe has frozen the nearly$4.5 million in funds raised by the trucker convoy now wending its way across the country toward Ottawa in a protest against vaccine mandates. “We require that fundraisers be transparent about the flow of funds and have a clear plan for how those funds will be spent. In this case, we [...] Read More »

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  • Avenatti weighs representing himself against Stormy Daniels

    NEW YORK (AP) – Once-prominent California attorney Michael Avenatti tried Tuesday to interrupt his trial over whether he stole money from porn star Stormy Daniels to consider formally asking to represent himself, but the judge refused to delay the proceeding and said the right to self-representation is diminished once a trial begins. U.S. District Judge [...] Read More »

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  • Defender Lukas MacNaughton joins Toronto FC after CPL title run with Pacific FC

    Toronto FC continued to rebuild its roster Tuesday, acquiring defender Lukas MacNaughton from Canadian Premier League champion Pacific FC for an undisclosed transfer fee. MacNaughton, who joined TFC at its California training camp last week, is signed through 2023 with options for 2024 and 2025. “Lukas played a key role in Pacific FC’s CPL championship [...] Read More »

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  • Avenatti asks to represent himself against Stormy Daniels

    NEW YORK (AP) – Once-prominent California attorney Michael Avenatti tried Tuesday to interrupt his trial over whether he stole money from porn star Stormy Daniels to ask to represent himself, but the judge refused to delay the proceeding. His lawyers made the request to U.S. District Judge Jesse M. Furman during a break in his [...] Read More »

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  • Ugandan officials rearrest writer after court gives him bail

    KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) – A prominent Ugandan author jailed for nearly a month was freed on bail Tuesday but then was quickly rearrested by authorities, according to his attorney. It is not known where Kakwenza Rukirabashaija is being held, said defense lawyer Eron Kiiza. Rukirabashaija, a writer of satirical fiction, won bail earlier on Tuesday [...] Read More »

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