October 22nd, 2021

News

Local News

  • Solar plant planned for Gleichen region gets approval by utilities commission

    https://www.medicinehatnews.com@MedicineHatNews A new solar power plant near the Trans-Canada Highway at Gleichen has been approved by the Alberta Utilities Commission. “Gleichen Solar” would be built on 71 acres of private land located about two kilometres northeast of town and likely visible from where the TCH curves northward. The original applicant was TIU Canada Ukraine Holdco., [...] Read More »

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  • Kilpatrick re-elected in Redcliff

    https://www.medicinehatnews.com@MedicineHatNews Incumbent Dwight won a four-way race for mayor pf Redcliff, fending off a hard challenge from one-term councillor Shawna Gale. Voting totals on Monday from the town show Kilpatrick won the contest with 656 votes to Gale’s 363. Also running were former mayor Ernie Reimer (238 votes) and challenger Mark Payne (105 votes). Along [...] Read More »

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  • Catholic schools superintendent honoured after receiving Doctorate of Education

    kking@medicinehatnews.com Medicine Hat Catholic Board of Education’s superintendent, Dwayne Zarichny, has recently completed his Doctorate of Education. Zarichny was honoured during the MHCBE’s public board meeting on Oct. 12. “At some point in my life, I knew that I wanted to engage in and complete (a doctorate degree),” Zarichny told the News. “Once I started [...] Read More »

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  • Agriculture waste collection on Oct. 26

    The Cleanfarms waste collection will be at Nutrien Ag Solutions in Medicine Hat on Oct. 26, from 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Farmers are encouraged to drop off unwanted or obsolete agricultural and commercial pesticides, as well as expired livestock and equine medications. All products must be in a sealed or spill-proof container. Fertilizer, diluted [...] Read More »

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  • 52 Hatters have died from COVID in 66 days

    https://www.medicinehatnews.com@MedicineHatNews The number of COVID-19 cases in Medicine Hat has well surpassed the number of seats in the Medicine Hat Arena, while 52 deaths from the respiratory infection have been recorded in just the past 66 days. A total of 4,005 recoveries in those with a City of Medicine Hat address had been diagnosed as [...] Read More »

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Municipal Election

  • Hydrogen Hub: Election ploy or business as usual?

    cgallant@medicinehatnews.com@CollinGallant Two mayoral candidates are questioning the timing of major economic announcements just two months before Hatters go to the polls, with one calling a plan to create a local hydrogen strategy, “chasing rainbows,” while the other says it has potential but is still just an idea. “It’s being used to drum up some publicity [...] Read More »

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  • Audit OK’d over handling of Invest MH

    Medicine Hat city council approved a motion to conduct a third-party audit of how a potential privatization of Invest Medicine Hat was handled. The decision, reached unanimously at Tuesday’s city council meeting, comes after the lone bidder in a request for proposals backed out due to a perception of conflict of interest last month. “I [...] Read More »

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  • Clugston to call for third-party audit

    cgallant@medicinehatnews.com@CollinGallant Mayor Ted Clugston says he will call for a third-party audit of how a potential privatization of Invest Medicine Hat was handled, saying it will likely “vindicate” city hall’s actions, but says any changes to economic development and municipal land sales are likely now on hold until after the October election. “It’s unfortunate, because [...] Read More »

    3 months ago
  • Orka rescinds proposal: Lone company to bid on taking over Invest Medicine Hat withdraws

    cgallant@medicinehatnews.com@CollinGallant The only company to bid on taking over Invest Medicine Hat has rescinded its proposal after public complaints the process appeared tainted, and it hopes “more discussion” will dispel that notion. Orka Management stated in a press release on Friday afternoon that “the perception of a conflict of interest is sufficient to remove our [...] Read More »

    3 months ago
  • Councillors weigh in on Invest issue

    cgallant@medicinehatnews.com@CollinGallant City councillors say they are waiting to see what’s been proposed and what it will cost before making a decision on contracting out economic development and land sales in the City of Medicine Hat. Coun. Jim Turner told the News he has followed coverage in the media about a potential contracting out process for [...] Read More »

    3 months ago

Candidates

Stories

  • Chandra Muszko: The root of trustee is trust, says candidate for MHPSD

    kking@medicinehatnews.com Chandra Muszko believes that, above all else, a Medicine Hat Public School Division school board trustee must be trustworthy. “I’m focusing my attention on the areas of transparency within the school system and the board themselves,” Muszko told the News while describing her platform. She also hopes to launch a revised health and safety [...] Read More »

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  • Trio of trustee candidates running on vaccine opposition

    kking@medicinehatnews.com Social media comments made by Jillian Schempp, a trustee candidate for Medicine Hat Public School Division, regarding the COVID-19 vaccine have created a stir online. Through a series of Facebook posts Schempp claimed individuals who choose to be vaccinated are “practising satanism” and that “babies are literally sacrificed alive to make vaccines.” Throughout her [...] Read More »

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  • Trustee hopeful calls vaccines ‘satanic,’ compares mandates to Nazi Germany

    lthomson@medicinehatnews.com Earlier this week, the News became aware of a series of Facebook posts made by Jillian Schempp, Medicine Hat Public School Board trustee candidate, that refer to the COVID vaccine as “satanic” and suggests “parents are selling their children’s bodies to the devil just to play volleyball.” Schempp responded by saying she is pro [...] Read More »

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  • Not much left but to vote for mayoral candidates

    cgallant@medicinehatnews.com@CollinGallant The finish line is in sight for mayoral candidates sprinting toward Monday’s municipal election. The campaign that officially began on the day of the federal election, will wrap up for almost five dozen mayoral, council and school board candidates when polls close at 8 p.m. on Oct. 18. Incumbent candidate Ted Clugston has argued [...] Read More »

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  • Transparency a main topic heading into Monday’s election

    cgallant@medicinehatnews.com@CollinGallant At the heart of a near-record number of council campaigns this year are calls for greater transparency at city hall. Challengers rail against closed meetings and public consultations they say result in flawed decision making. Administrators and incumbent councillors argue that isn’t true, and surveys show the city is doing more now than ever [...] Read More »

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National News

Provincial News

Southern Alberta News

  • RCMP arrest escaped Crowsnest Pass suspect

    A man wanted by the Crowsnest Pass RCMP earlier this week has been located and taken into custody. On Oct. 14, Crowsnest Pass RCMP had arrested a male on outstanding warrants. At roughly 2:15 p.m. that same day the suspect, Samuel Shawn Fralick, who was restrained with handcuffs was being placed in a police vehicle [...] Read More »

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  • Threats lead to counselling order and suspended sentence

    LETHBRIDGE HERALDdshurtz@lethbridgeherald.com A Lethbridge man has been ordered to take counselling for substance abuse and anger management for threatening to kill police officers and their families. Patrick Rodney Jr., who pleaded guilty Monday in Lethbridge provincial court to two charges of uttering threats to cause death or bodily harm, was also given a suspended sentence [...] Read More »

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  • New indoor marketplace aims to be open year-round

    LETHBRIDGE HERALDabeeber@lethbridgeherald.com The city’s farmers markets may be closed for the year but southern Albertans have a new year-round alternative that opened Friday in Lethbridge. YQL Marketplace is an indoor market at 1249 3 Avenue South that will run three days a week 12 months a year. Hours are 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. on [...] Read More »

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  • Taxi robber pleads guilty, sentencing adjourned to new year

    LETHBRIDGE HERALDdshurtz@lethbridgeherald.com A 33-year-old woman who robbed a taxi driver and took off in his vehicle nearly two years ago, pleaded guilty Tuesday in Lethbridge provincial court but won’t be sentenced until the new year. Kimberlie Rose Eagle Speaker pleaded guilty to charges of robbery and theft of a motor vehicle, stemming from a violent [...] Read More »

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  • Driver avoids jail time for flight from police

    LETHBRIDGE HERALDdshurtz@lethbridgeherald.com Branden Myles Bellerose narrowly avoided a custodial sentence for fleeing from police when they tried to pull him over in a traffic stop last year. The Crown recommended Tuesday in Lethbridge provincial court that Bellerose receive a 90-day conditional sentence, which would keep him out of jail, but still require him to serve [...] Read More »

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World News

  • Alabama man put to death for 1991 killing of woman

    ATMORE, Ala. (AP) – An Alabama man who avoided execution in February was put to death Thursday for the 1991 killing of a woman who was abducted during a robbery and then shot in a cemetery. Willie B. Smith III, 52, received a lethal injection at a prison in southwest Alabama. He was pronounced dead [...] Read More »

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  • Alabama man who avoided earlier execution date put to death

    ATMORE, Ala. (AP) – An Alabama man who avoided execution in February was put to death Thursday for the 1991 killing of a woman who was abducted during a robbery and then shot in a cemetery. Willie B. Smith III, 52, received a lethal injection at a prison in southwest Alabama. He was pronounced dead [...] Read More »

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  • Wright Brothers, wrong design: Ohio mangles license plate

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Ohio’s debut of its new license plate failed to take off – because a banner depicted on the plate was attached to the wrong end of the Wright Brothers’ historic first plane, the Wright Flyer. The new license plate illustrates rays of sunlight beaming into the sky, with a banner that [...] Read More »

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  • UK palace says queen, 95, spent night in hospital for checks

    LONDON (AP) – Buckingham Palace said Thursday that Queen Elizabeth II spent a night in a hospital for checks after being advised by her doctor this week to rest. The palace said the 95-year-old British monarch went to the private King Edward VII’s Hospital in London on Wednesday for “preliminary investigations.” It said she returned [...] Read More »

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  • FBI: Remains found in Florida park ID’d as Brian Laundrie

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) – The FBI on Thursday identified human remains found in a Florida nature preserve as those of Brian Laundrie, a person of interest in the death of girlfriend Gabby Petito while the couple was on a cross-country road trip. The remains, a backpack and notebook believed to belong to Laundrie were [...] Read More »

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