January 17th, 2020

News

Local News

  • Hatters gather to celebrate Ukrainian Christmas

    mcranker@medicinehatnews.com@MHNmocranker Around 100 Hatters gathered this past Sunday to celebrate Ukrainian Christmas. The celebration was hosted in the basement of St. Patrick’s Church. “I think the main reason we do this as a big celebration is because it’s fun,” said John Cherwonogrodzky, who helps organize the night with his wife, Karen Anne. “For us, this [...] Read More »

    19 hours ago
  • Junior oil firm hopes to add natural gas-fired generators to Newell plant

    A junior oilpatch company operating in Countess has applied to add to natural gas-fired generators to its processing plant in the County of Newell, according to an application filed with the Alberta Utilities Commission. Journey Energy stated in early December filings that it plans to add two generators, capable of producing a total of 4.1 [...] Read More »

    19 hours ago
  • Cold warnings start to lift as reprieve nears

    A cold weather system that painted Alberta red with extreme cold weather warnings this week is subsiding in the far south regions of the province. The public alerts issued by Environment Canada were lifted in areas closest to the Montana Border at mid-day on Thursday. Cypress Hills and Foremost, Lethbridge-Taber, Cardston and the Crowsnest Past [...] Read More »

    19 hours ago
  • Brooks-Medicine Hat MLA Michaela Glasgo hosting pair of town halls

    Rookie Brooks-Medicine Hat MLA Michaela Glasgo is hosting her first two town hall events next week to engage with constituents before the legislature resumes Feb. 25. The first is in Medicine Hat on Monday at the Medicine Hat Public Library Theatre at 6:30 p.m. The Brooks town hall occurs Tuesday at the local Heritage Inn [...] Read More »

    19 hours ago
  • Selah Singers could dissolve after passing of its director

    gslade@medicinehatnews.com@MHNGillianSlade This could be the end of the road for the Selah Singers choir that was founded in October 2002 by Ralph Browne, who passed away recently. “We have not met as a board (Selah Singers is a Society) yet to discuss either a memorial of some sort or the continuation of the choir. At [...] Read More »

    19 hours ago

National News

  • Canada will respect an Iraqi government order to leave: Sajjan

    OTTAWA – Canada will respect any decision by the Iraqi government to expel foreign troops from the country, Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan said Friday, even as reports suggested the United States was considering sanctions and cuts to military aid should Baghdad give American forces the boot. Speaking to reporters by phone during a visit to [...] Read More »

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  • No jail time for Manitoba Mountie for fatal shooting

    THOMPSON, Man. – A former Mountie will not serve any jail time for the fatal on-duty shooting of a man in northern Manitoba. Abram Letkeman, 37, was sentenced Friday for criminal negligence causing bodily harm in the 2015 death of Steven Campbell outside Thompson. The former constable, who was given a medical discharge from RCMP [...] Read More »

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  • U.S. court won’t force military to hear Omar Khadr war-crimes appeal

    TORONTO – An American civilian court has refused to order a military court to decide an appeal from former Guantanamo Bay prisoner Omar Khadr. In a brief decision this week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit denied Khadr’s request to force the issue. “At this time, (Khadr) has not demonstrated [...] Read More »

    8 hours ago
  • Groups seek leave to appeal Bill 21 ruling to Supreme Court of Canada

    MONTREAL – Groups battling Quebec’s secularism law in court have applied to the Supreme Court of Canada for leave to appeal a decision refusing to suspend the law pending a full legal challenge. Both the Quebec Superior Court and the province’s Court of Appeal have refused a request by a national Muslim organization, a civil [...] Read More »

    8 hours ago
  • Canadian troops will leave Iraq if government orders it: Sajjan

    OTTAWA – Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan says Canada wants to resume its military training efforts in Iraq, but will respect any decision by Baghdad to expel foreign troops. Sajjan spoke following a visit to Kuwait and Jordan, where he met with some of the hundreds of Canadian troops who have been participating in Canada’s five-year [...] Read More »

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Provincial News

  • Eyes, ears, whiskers can give away if cats are in pain: study

    CALGARY – Don’t let their peaceful demeanour, aloof expression or apparent good humour fool you – your favourite feline friends might be keeping a secret. A study by professors at the University of Calgary and the University of Montreal says that while a cat may be notoriously good at hiding its pain, it’s possible to [...] Read More »

    8 hours ago
  • Jury finds former Edmonton bar employee guilty of five counts of sexual assault

    EDMONTON – A former bar employee in Edmonton has been found guilty of five counts of sexual assault. Matthew McKnight was accused of sexually assaulting 13 females from 2010 until 2016. They ranged in age from 17 to 22. He had pleaded not guilty. On Thursday, a jury found him guilty on five of the [...] Read More »

    1 day ago
  • Alberta says universities over budget; need to freeze travel, hiring, hosting

    EDMONTON – Alberta’s advanced education minister says post-secondary schools are going over budget and he’s urging them to immediately freeze hiring and stop spending on travel and hosting. “We’re not seeing a reduction in expenditures. That’s what we’re most interested in,” Demetrios Nicolaides said in an interview Thursday. “We’re asking them to redouble their efforts [...] Read More »

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  • Alberta says universities over-budget; need to freeze travel, hiring, hosting

    EDMONTON – Alberta’s advanced education minister says post-secondary schools are going over their budgets and he’s urging them to immediately freeze hiring and stop spending on travel and hosting. Demetrios Nicolaides says in a letter to Alberta’s 21 largest post-secondary schools that recent financial statements show that their spending is on track to be much [...] Read More »

    2 days ago
  • United Nurses says government seeking 4-year wage freeze, premium rollbacks

    EDMONTON – The union that represents registered nurses in Alberta says the government is demanding a four-year wage freeze and rollbacks to other payments. The United Nurses of Alberta says it began contract negotiations with Alberta Health Services this week on a new agreement to replace the current deal that expires on March 31. The [...] Read More »

    2 days ago

Southern Alberta News

  • College unveils renovated library

    Tim Kalinowski Lethbridge Herald tkalinowski@lethbridgeherald.com Lethbridge College officially unveiled its renovated Buchanan Library space at a special media event on Thursday. The $3-million project opened up more space, created a more comfortable Learning Commons area, added a 3D printing station, incorporated a learning cafe, and integrated the college’s Centre for Teaching, Learning and Innovation into [...] Read More »

    18 hours ago
  • What are your emissions?

    SUBMITTED BY THE SOUTHERN ALBERTA GROUP FOR THE ENVIRONMENT We hear in the media a lot of talk about greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, but few of us know how we contribute or how to calculate them for our own lives. And since it was probably this New Year’s resolution to learn, cut this out of [...] Read More »

    18 hours ago
  • City hires firm to help lobby province

    Tim Kalinowski Lethbridge Herald tkalinowski@lethbridgeherald.com With little success to show for its advocacy efforts with the UCP provincial government over the past year, city council opted to give a new avenue a try at Monday’s council meeting by officially hiring consultants Crown Strategic Consulting Inc. for a six-month trial period. The consulting firm will help [...] Read More »

    18 hours ago
  • Daughter recounts sexual assaultsat incest trial

    Delon Shurtz lethbridge herald dshurtz@lethbridgeherald.com “I was sexually assaulted by my dad for four years.” Not exactly the words one would expect to hear from a 15-year-old girl, but that’s what a jury heard Thursday during the accused’s trial in Lethbridge Court of Queen’s Bench. For more than two hours the jury watched the girl’s [...] Read More »

    18 hours ago
  • Guns, ammo stolen in Pincher

    PINCHER CREEK Several guns and ammunition were stolen Monday from a residence in Pincher Creek. RCMP reported thieves broke into several gun safes and stole ammunition, numerous magazines, two Glock 40-calibre pistols, three Remington 870 12-gauge shotguns, two Tikka 30-06 rifles, one SKS rifle, two police duty belts with OC spray, handcuffs and batons. A [...] Read More »

    18 hours ago

World News

  • Starr, Dershowitz: Trump assembles made-for-TV defence team

    WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump has assembled a made-for-TV legal team for his Senate trial that includes household names like Alan Dershowitz and Ken Starr, the prosecutor whose investigation two decades ago resulted in the impeachment of Bill Clinton. The additions on Friday bring experience in the politics of impeachment as well as constitutional law [...] Read More »

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  • Who’s who on Trump’s legal team for impeachment trial

    WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump’s legal team for his Senate impeachment trial will include a pair of well-known attorneys who have vigorously defended Trump on television and played roles in some of the most consequential legal dramas in recent history. Among those joining White House counsel Pat Cipollone and longtime Trump attorney Jay Sekulow on [...] Read More »

    8 hours ago
  • Mexico readies for Central American migrants at south border

    CIUDAD HIDALGO, Mexico – Border security forces in southern Mexico were preparing Friday for the expected arrival of hundreds of Central Americans travelling through Guatemala and vowed to prevent a repeat of the headline-grabbing “caravans” of past years when massive flows of migrants and asylum seekers overwhelmed agents. National Guard and army troops stood watch [...] Read More »

    8 hours ago
  • Officials, activists: 2 Iraqi protesters killed in Baghdad

    BAGHDAD – Two protesters were killed and over a dozen wounded in central Baghdad on Friday in renewed violence between anti-government demonstrators and Iraqi security forces, activists and officials said. The deaths followed weeks of calm. Riot police fired tear gas and hurled sound bombs to disperse crowds on the strategic Sinak Bridge after protesters [...] Read More »

    9 hours ago
  • Officials, activists say 2 Iraqi protesters killed

    BAGHDAD – Two protesters were killed and over a dozen wounded in central Baghdad on Friday in renewed violence between anti-government demonstrators and Iraqi security forces, activists and officials said. The deaths follow weeks of calm. Riot police fired tear gas and hurled sound bombs to disperse crowds on the strategic Sinak Bridge after protesters [...] Read More »

    10 hours ago