May 27th, 2020

News

Local News

  • Parking lot upgrades at Leisure Centre will last a couple months

    This week parking lot improvements have started at the Family Leisure Centre and will continue for about two months. The work is being done to improve traffic flow, safety and capacity of the parking lot. There will also be improvements to the overall site including landscaping[...] Read More »

    16 hours ago
  • College suspends summer camps, sports programs

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    16 hours ago
  • Community Futures Entre-Corp offering no-interest loans for Western business

    Though the federal government has set up programs to help the economy through the global pandemic, not all rural businesses qualify. With that in mind, Community Futures Entre-Corp is stepping up with no-interest loans of up to $40,000. “As the impacts of COVID-19 continue to mount, more and more local businesses are falling through the [...] Read More »

    16 hours ago
  • Public schools make cuts to balance budget

    mccracken@medicinehatnews.com@Twitter: MHNMcCracken Medicine Hat Public School Division unanimously moved to approve its spring budget proposal during a virtual board meeting Tuesday. Secretary treasurer Jerry Labossiere says MHPSD managed to balance its budget for the upcoming 2020-21 school year, but only after taking a number of actions to free up resources as the result of significant [...] Read More »

    16 hours ago
  • Taking precautions despite low flood risk

    gslade@medicinehatnews.com@MHNGillianSlade Temporary flood protection measures started this week behind Medalta and will also take place in Harlow, even though there is no imminent risk of a flood, the city says. One temporary berm is being placed between the South Saskatchewan River and houses on the north side of First Street SW. The temporary berm will [...] Read More »

    16 hours ago

National News

  • Singh wants Ottawa to send military allegations of nursing home neglect to RCMP

    OTTAWA – NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh says he wants to see the RCMP investigate conditions in long-term care homes in Ontario following allegations in a report of neglect and abuse in five homes being helped by the military. Singh says he has written to Public Safety Minister Bill Blair saying the Canadian Forces’ report on [...] Read More »

    8 hours ago
  • COVID-19 rent aid for businesses, landlords to cost $520 million, PBO says

    OTTAWA – Parliament’s spending watchdog estimates a federal program aimed at giving small businesses a break on their rent could cost the public purse $520 million this fiscal year. Budget officer Yves Giroux’s report this morning puts caveats on that estimate, owing in particular to the lack of clear precedent for this kind of program. [...] Read More »

    9 hours ago
  • Long-term care home report and sale of Torstar; In The News for May 27

    In The News is a roundup of stories from The Canadian Press designed to kickstart your day. Here is what’s on the radar of our editors for the morning of May 27 … — Key decision in Meng Wanzhou case… The British Columbia Supreme Court is scheduled to release a key decision today in the [...] Read More »

    9 hours ago
  • More than half of national parks to reopen June 1 after COVID-19 closure

    Parks Canada says some operations at national parks, national historic sites, historic waterways, and national marine conservation areas will resume starting June 1. Twenty-nine of Canada’s 48 national parks will be accessible: 1. Cape Breton Highlands National Park, N.S. 2. Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site, N.S. 3. Prince Edward Island National Park, P.E.I. [...] Read More »

    9 hours ago
  • Twenty-nine of Canada’s 48 national parks to reopen to day-use visitors June 1

    More than half of Canada’s national parks – including Banff in Alberta, Pacific Rim in British Columbia and Cape Breton Highlands in Nova Scotia – are to reopen June 1. Minister of Environment Jonathan Wilkinson says 29 of the 48 national parks will open for day use, and there will be access to washrooms. “It’s [...] Read More »

    9 hours ago

Provincial News

  • Alberta legislature to resume with COVID work, other bills, sitting into July

    EDMONTON – Alberta politicians are going back to the legislature this week with a plan to sit until late July and pass 10 bills, while physical distancing and dealing with COVID-19. Government house leader Jason Nixon said Premier Jason Kenney and his United Conservative cabinet ministers are to deliver an update on the pandemic in [...] Read More »

    1 day ago
  • Calgary bans businesses that claim to change sexual orientation or gender identity

    CALGARY – City councillors in Calgary have voted to join other municipalities in the province by prohibiting businesses that claim they can change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity. A bylaw passed Monday bans businesses that offer conversion therapy and includes a $10,000 fine for any person found to be advertising or offering conversion [...] Read More »

    2 days ago
  • Alberta’s United Conservatives among parties seeking COVID-19 wage aid

    EDMONTON – Alberta’s United Conservative Party says it is applying for the federal wage subsidy program during the COVID-19 pandemic while the Opposition NDP says it is holding off. Party spokesman Evan Menzies says it is the best option for its workers with the locked-down economy leading to reduction in fundraising opportunities. “We have lost [...] Read More »

    2 days ago
  • Edmonton police investigating suspicious death after body is found in motel

    Edmonton police are investigating a new suspicious death case. They say officers responding to an assault call Sunday evening discovered a body at a south-side motel. The body was found inside one of the motel suites. The homicide unit has since taken over the investigation. Police say an autopsy has yet to be scheduled. They [...] Read More »

    2 days ago
  • Alberta RCMP charge four with first-degree murder in death of Athabasca woman

    EDMONTON – Alberta RCMP have charged four people with first-degree murder in the death of a 25-year-old Athabasca woman. Nature Duperron was seen in Edmonton during the first week of April 2019 and was reported missing by her family about a week later. Hinton RCMP say her remains were found in Yellowhead County west of [...] Read More »

    5 days ago

Southern Alberta News

  • New detour Thursday for University Drive twinning

    LETHBRIDGE HERALD The next phase of construction for the University Drive Twinning project is scheduled to begin on Thursday, weather permitting. Traffic on University Drive between Grand River Blvd West and the SunRidge roundabout will be diverted to the two newly constructed lanes, maintaining two way traffic. The existing lanes will be closed for the [...] Read More »

    12 hours ago
  • Police chief responds to recent news coverage

    Tim Kalinowski Lethbridge Herald tkalinowski@lethbridgeherald.com Chief of Police Scott Woods is defending the honour of the Lethbridge Police Service after recent news coverage which, he says, “casts aspersions not just on me, serving as Chief of Police, but on the vast majority of the people who serve the City of Lethbridge as a part of [...] Read More »

    12 hours ago
  • City man to seek bail for second time

    Delon Shurtz lethbridge herald dshurtz@lethbridgeherald.com A Lethbridge man already denied bail on several charges, including robbery and unlawful confinement, is expected to apply for his release a second time. Kyle Young Pine’s lawyer, Claudia Connolly of Lethbridge, told court last week she hopes to schedule a bail review in Lethbridge Court of Queen’s Bench. In [...] Read More »

    12 hours ago
  • Local student earns Girod Fellowship

    LETHBRIDGE HERALD A Dordt University senior who hails from Lethbridge has been selected by Western Theological Seminary in Holland, Michigan for the prestigious Girod Fellowship. The full-tuition scholarship will allow Tom Oord to study as a research assistant under Dr. J. Todd Billings. Dordt University is based in Sioux Center, Iowa. “Before I had received [...] Read More »

    12 hours ago
  • Council discusses divesting of City-owned buildings

    Tim Kalinowski Lethbridge Herald tkalinowski@lethbridgeherald.com City council is considering divesting numerous City-owned properties over the next few years, and is seeking a process from staff on how to do it in a responsible way. The drive to divest comes after Phase One of the KPMG operational review identified the City of Lethbridge appears to own [...] Read More »

    12 hours ago

World News

  • Tropical Storm Bertha forms, hits South Carolina coast

    MIAMI – Tropical Storm Bertha made landfall on South Carolina’s coast Wednesday morning shortly after it formed, becoming the second named storm before the official start of this year’s Atlantic hurricane season. A tropical storm warning was issued for South Carolina’s coast and the storm was expected to bring heavy rainfall, the U.S. National Hurricane [...] Read More »

    8 hours ago
  • SpaceX ready to launch NASA astronauts, back on home turf

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – A SpaceX rocket is ready to boost two NASA astronauts into orbit Wednesday, the first launch of Americans from the U.S. in nearly a decade. Liftoff is set for 4:33 p.m. EDT from the same spot at Kennedy Space Center where men flew to the moon and the last space shuttle [...] Read More »

    8 hours ago
  • Swift firings for Minneapolis officers in death of black man

    MINNEAPOLIS – To the general public, the video of a white police officer pressing his knee into the neck of a black man prone on the street, crying out for help until he finally stopped moving, was horrifying. Four officers were fired a day after George Floyd’s death, a stunning and swift move by the [...] Read More »

    8 hours ago
  • Tropical Storm Bertha forms off the South Carolina coast

    MIAMI – Tropical Storm Bertha formed Wednesday morning off the coast of South Carolina, becoming the second named storm before the official start of this year’s Atlantic hurricane season. A tropical storm warning has been issued for South Carolina’s coast and the storm was expected to bring heavy rainfall, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. [...] Read More »

    10 hours ago
  • Global pandemic: Through the eyes of the world’s children

    CHICAGO – These are children of the global pandemic. In the far-north Canadian town of Iqaluit, one boy has been glued to the news to learn everything he can about the coronavirus. A girl in Australia sees a vibrant future, tinged with sadness for the lives lost. A Rwandan boy is afraid the military will [...] Read More »

    18 hours ago