September 25th, 2018

News

Local News

  • City police report nine overdoses in a month

    gslade@medicinehatnews.com  @MHNGillianSlade Nine people in Medicine Hat have suffered a drug overdose in the past month alone. The timeframe for the statistic provided by city police is Aug. 24 to Sept. 24. “We are very concerned. It’s a huge public safety issue, nine overdoses in a 30 day span is too many,” MHPSInsp. Brent [...] Read More »

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  • MHC unveils rainbow of inclusion

    mcranker@medicinehatnews.com @MHNmocranker Like many communities across the country — Medicine Hat is now home to a rainbow crosswalk. A large crowd gathered outside the front of Medicine Hat College around noon Monday for the grand unveiling. “We did this to celebrate our commitment to inclusion and acceptance of all students,” said MHC Student Association external [...] Read More »

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  • Public pot ban on the table

    cgallant@medicinehatnews.com @CollinGallant City councillors will debate making it illegal to smoke marijuana in almost all outdoor spaces in Medicine Hat when they meet next Monday, about two weeks before adult recreational use of the long-banned narcotic is made legal. That timeline also means members will have to begin advancing a local bylaw at that time, [...] Read More »

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  • Survey shows downtown support for cannabis ban

    gslade@medicinehatnews.com  @MHNGillianSlade Downtown business owners want the smoking of cannabis banned in the downtown business core, says the City Centre Development Agency. CCDA chair Jeremy Silver says results of a survey are overwhelming. Two thirds of respondents want to prohibit the smoking of cannabis in all forms on all downtown sidewalks and pedestrian walkways. [...] Read More »

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  • International applications lead to overall increase at MHC

    jappel@medicinehatnews.com @MHNJeremyAppel Applications to Medicine Hat College have increased seven per cent since last year, the school says. The jump is partially due to “higher international engagement locally and across Canada,” a news release said. Hadija Drummond, MHC’s manager of international education and diversity, says international applications increased by 30 per cent since last fall. [...] Read More »

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National News

  • National Transportation Safety Board to determine cause of Air Canada close call

    Video captured the moment that an Air Canada jet flew off course and just over four other jetliners filled with passengers late on a July night last year in San Francisco. On Tuesday, the National Transportation Safety Board will meet to determine the probable cause of the close call. Board members are likely to focus [...] Read More »

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  • Local news cut in half, not-for-profit funding models emerging, reports say

    OTTAWA – The number of articles generated by community newspapers in Canada has declined by almost half over the last decade, and many news organizations are trending toward not-for-profit business models to make up for a dramatic decline in advertising revenues, two studies to be released Tuesday reveal. News coverage of local councils and other [...] Read More »

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  • New Brunswick Tories win most seats, but Liberals will try to stay in power

    Voters in New Brunswick have turned have their backs on the province’s entrenched two-party system for the first time in a generation, electing enough third party candidates to leave the Liberals and Progressive Conservatives in a virtual dead heat in a minority legislature. Four hours after the polls closed Monday, the Tories had won 22 [...] Read More »

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  • NewsAlert: N.B. Tories win most seats

    New Brunswick’s Progressive Conservatives won a narrow victory in Monday’s election, with 22 seats to the Liberals’ 21. But Liberal Premier Brian Gallant has said he will meet with the lieutenant-governor Tuesday morning in an effort to stay in power. Two smaller parties each won three seats and potentially hold the balance of power. More [...] Read More »

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  • New Brunswick Tories and Liberals in virtual dead heat as third parties surge

    Voters in New Brunswick turned their backs on the province’s entrenched two-party system on Monday, electing enough third party candidates to leave the Liberals and Progressive Conservatives in a virtual dead heat in what is sure to be a minority legislature. More than three hours after the polls closed, the Tories were leading or elected [...] Read More »

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Provincial News

  • Jury finds man guilty of first-degree murder in Calgary woman’s death

    CALGARY – A man accused of raping and killing a Calgary mother of four has been found guilty of first-degree murder. Curtis Healy, who is 29, slouched in his seat after he was convicted in the death of Dawns Baptiste, whom he’d met on a light-rail transit train hours before he killed her. Several of [...] Read More »

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  • Hunt on for person or persons responsible for killing two Alberta grizzly bears

    GRANDE PRAIRIE, Alta. – Investigators are looking into the deaths of two grizzly bears that were found shot in northwestern Alberta. Alberta Fish and Wildlife says in a Facebook posting that an adult male grizzly weighing about 227 kilograms was discovered Wednesday afternoon, about 145 kilometres south of Grande Prairie. It was located roughly 15 [...] Read More »

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  • Good Samaritan, girl, victims of dog attacks half-hour apart in Calgary

    CALGARY – A woman and a young girl in Calgary are recovering from bites after unrelated dog attacks, including one involving a canine that had been injured in a collision. Police and emergency medical authorities say the woman has minor injuries after she and some other bystanders came to the aid of a German shepherd [...] Read More »

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  • Edmonton Humane Society staffer charged over three forgotten cats

    EDMONTON – An Edmonton Humane Society staffer has been charged with two non-criminal offences after three cats were forgotten in a transport vehicle for three weeks. The individual, who has not been named, was charged by the Alberta SPCA with causing or permitting animals to be in distress and failing to provide adequate food and [...] Read More »

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  • Jury deliberating in case of Calgary man accused of murdering woman

    CALGARY – A jury has begun deliberating whether a man accused of raping and killing a Calgary mother of four is guilty of first-degree murder or a lesser charge. Curtis Healy is charged in the February 2015 death of Dawns Baptiste. Queen’s Bench Justice Charlene Anderson told the jurors they can acquit Healy or convict [...] Read More »

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World News

  • Protections restored for grizzly bears; hunts blocked

    BILLINGS, Mont. – A U.S. judge ordered federal protections restored for grizzly bears in the Northern Rocky Mountains on Monday, a move that blocks the first grizzly hunts planned in the Lower 48 states in almost three decades. Wyoming and Idaho had been on the cusp of allowing hunters to kill up to 23 bears [...] Read More »

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  • Cosby’s day of reckoning comes after 3-year sex assault case

    NORRISTOWN, Pa. – Bill Cosby faces a good chance of being sent to prison Tuesday when a judge is expected to sentence the TV star who was convicted of drugging and sexually assaulting a woman. The once-beloved actor and comedian, dubbed “America’s Dad” for his role on the “Cosby Show,” faces anything from probation to [...] Read More »

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  • Republicans are digging in on Kavanaugh. Here’s why.

    WASHINGTON – The first allegation against Brett Kavanaugh left Republicans rattled and nervous. The second left them angry and ready to fight back. The GOP punched back hard Monday, seeming to cast aside – for now – worries that President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee could turn off female voters and sink their hopes of [...] Read More »

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  • Judge appears likely to toss Stormy Daniels’ defamation suit

    LOS ANGELES – A federal judge appeared poised Monday to toss out a defamation lawsuit against President Donald Trump by porn actress Stormy Daniels. Judge S. James Otero said in U.S. District Court that a tweet the president wrote in April appears to be “rhetorical hyperbole” and speech protected under the First Amendment. Daniels, whose [...] Read More »

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  • Venezuela says diplomats may be tied to assassination try

    CARACAS, Venezuela – Venezuela’s government said Monday that diplomats from three Latin American countries may have played a role in an attempt to assassinate President Nicolas Maduro, and it demanded the foreign governments investigate. Embassy staff from Colombia, Chile and Mexico working in Caracas either lent support or were willing to assist those carrying out [...] Read More »

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