June 23rd, 2018

News

Local News

  • WestJet touches down

    cgallant@medicinehatnews.com @CollinGallant The wheels are down on the eight-year-old goal of luring another major air carrier to the Medicine Hat Regional Airport. WestJet Link, a regional carrier of the Calgary-based airline, made its first arrival in the Gas City at about 11:15 a.m., greeted by dignitaries and a public celebration that drew 200 Hatters to [...] Read More »

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  • Hut 8 helps city break power record

    cgallant@medicinehatnews.com @CollinGallant The city power plant set an all-time record for electricity production Thursday night thanks to hot weather, a new major commercial customer coming on line, and high prices on the Alberta grid. Medicine Hat’s mayor says more records will fall as the summer progresses and another major utility customer is added next winter. [...] Read More »

    16 hours ago
  • Guilty of sexual assault for a third time

    prevell@medicinehatnews.com @MHNprevell A Medicine Hat man will be assessed for dangerous offender status after being found guilty Friday of a 2015 sexual assault. The conviction of Michael Delmas follows a two-day trial in May at the Medicine Hat Provincial Court, where a 32-year-old complainant testified that Delmas was a friend who came to her apartment [...] Read More »

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  • Milestone for Saamis Immigration

    gslade@medicinehatnews.com  @MHNGillianSlade An association that opens a welcoming door for people from around the world celebrated its 30th anniversary with a party on Friday. Over the past three decades, Saamis Immigration Services Association has played a vital role in helping to settle people from 111 countries, said Antonio Samayoa, executive director. Its service of [...] Read More »

    16 hours ago
  • City notebook: Aurora’s leader staying grounded under the limelight

    Maybe its the now-set date for marijuana legalization, but Aurora Cannabis CEO Terry Booth is getting a fair amount attention in the national media these days. Last week the Globe and Mail ran a long feature on the man whose company has a $120-million project on the go in Medicine Hat. On Friday, they delved [...] Read More »

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National News

  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Quebec for Fete Nationale weekend

    MONTREAL – Justin Trudeau greeted crowds at public events in Quebec to celebrate the Fete Nationale holiday on Saturday, where a day of smiles and selfies was briefly interrupted by an angry protester who confronted the prime minister in his own riding. The incident occurred at a Fete Nationale event at a Montreal park, where [...] Read More »

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  • Vancouver shuts down Downtown Eastside residence due to ‘deplorable negligence’

    VANCOUVER – The City of Vancouver is shutting down a decrepit residence on the Downtown Eastside, where some of the city’s most vulnerable have been living in what the CEO of a non-profit says are mould- and feces-ridden conditions. Janice Abbott, the CEO of Atira Women’s Resource Society, which took over management of the Regent [...] Read More »

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  • Mi’kmaq chiefs, activists voice concerns over BP drilling fluids spill off N.S. coast

    HALIFAX – First Nations and environmental activists say they’re “extremely concerned” after 136 cubic metres of drilling fluids were spilled off the coast of Nova Scotia during a BP Canada oil exploration project. In a release issued Saturday, the Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq Chiefs said the incident raises questions about the protection of the [...] Read More »

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  • Crude oil leaks into floodwaters after train derails in Iowa

    DOON, Iowa – A freight train derailed in northwest Iowa on Friday, leaking crude oil from into flooded fields flanking the tracks and raising concerns about the possible contamination of residential water supplies downstream, officials said. BNSF railroad spokesman Andy Williams said no one was injured when 33 oil tanker cars from Alberta, Canada, derailed [...] Read More »

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  • Grave mistakes: Tax agency cuts number of fatal file errors

    OTTAWA – The federal tax collector is less and less seeing dead people where there aren’t any. Figures recently tabled in Parliament show that 319 people were erroneously declared dead by the Canada Revenue Agency between Jan. 1, 2016 and Dec. 31, 2017, which actually marked a 39 per cent decline from the preceding two-year [...] Read More »

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Provincial News

  • Shannon Miller returns to coach CWHL’s Calgary Inferno

    CALGARY – Former Minnesota-Duluth coach Shannon Miller is returning to coaching with the Canadian Women’s Hockey League’s Calgary Inferno. The Inferno announced the move Saturday. “This will feel a bit like coming home,” said Miller, a Calgary police officer in the 1990s. Miller, from Melfort, Saskatchewan, coached Canada’s women to a world championship in 1997 [...] Read More »

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  • Elemetary school student diagnosed with diphtheria in Medicine Hat, Alta.

    MEDICINE HAT, Alta. – An elementary school student in Medicine Hat, Alta., has been diagnosed with a rare, potentially fatal bacterial disease called diphtheria. Health officials say the Elm Street School student had not been travelling outside Canada and is not known to have been in contact with anyone else diagnosed with the disease. Officials [...] Read More »

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  • Anti-gay activist wanted in Toronto on hate charge surrenders to Calgary police

    CALGARY – An anti-LGBTQ activist who is wanted on a Canada-wide warrant for a hate charge in Toronto has surrendered to police in Calgary. Bill Whatcott is accused of distributing hate literature at Toronto’s Pride Parade in 2016. A Canada-wide arrest warrant was issued earlier this year. This isn’t the first time that Whatcott has [...] Read More »

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  • Edmonton considers eliminating right turns on red in high-traffic areas

    EDMONTON – The city of Edmonton could stop drivers from turning right on red lights in some areas to prevent pedestrian injuries. Edmonton’s director of traffic safety Gerry Shimko says 10 of the city’s 27 traffic deaths involved pedestrians. Another 57 people were seriously injured after being hit by vehicles as they walked. Shimko said [...] Read More »

    2 days ago
  • Disobeyed mom: Boy, 10, on raft rescued from Bow River in Calgary

    CALGARY – A 10-year old boy was rescued from the Bow River in Calgary early this morning after he apparently snuck out of his house to go rafting. The child’s mother called police about 5:30 a.m. to report him missing. She told police he had been asking to go rafting on the river – and [...] Read More »

    2 days ago

World News

  • US moves 100 coffins to N. Korean border for war remains

    SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of – The U.S. military said it moved 100 wooden coffins to the inter-Korean border to prepare for North Korea’s returning of the remains of American soldiers who have been missing since the 1950-53 Korean War. U.S. Forces Korea spokesman Col. Chad Carroll also said Saturday that 158 metal transfer cases were [...] Read More »

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  • Brigitte Nielsen, 54, has given birth to her fifth child

    LOS ANGELES – Brigitte Nielsen says she has given birth at age 54. The model, actress and reality star and her 39-year-old husband Mattia Dessi released a statement to People magazine Saturday saying their daughter Frida was born Friday in Los Angeles and weighed 5 pounds, 9 ounces (2.3 kilograms). It’s the fifth child but [...] Read More »

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  • Saudi women are now driving as longstanding ban ends

    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia – Saudi women are in the driver’s seat for the first time in their country and steering their way through busy city streets just minutes after the world’s last remaining ban on women driving was lifted on Sunday. It’s a euphoric and historic moment for women who have had to rely on [...] Read More »

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  • As driving ban lifted, Saudi women in crosshairs of change

    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia – Outside a sprawling mall in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, young single men and women walk through an open-air exhibit where Saudi women and traffic police explain the ins and outs of handling a car. Children take a lap around a makeshift course in tiny electric cars as clowns appear on a [...] Read More »

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  • Florida attorney general confronted at Mr. Rogers movie

    TAMPA, Fla. – Protesters confronted Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi at a showing of a documentary about children’s TV host Fred Rogers, and they questioned her stands on immigration and health care. The Tampa Bay Times reports Bondi received a police escort Friday when several members of Organize Florida confronted her as she left a [...] Read More »

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