October 20th, 2019


Local News

  • Voters can still be register at their polling stations

    Even if you are not yet a registered voter you can still vote Monday in the federal election. Those who are eligible to vote can register at their polling station on Monday. You can find your polling station by going to the Elections Canada website and entering your postal code, or call 1-800-463-6868. Unregistered voters [...] Read More »

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  • City Notebook: Medicine Hat is bracing itself for a big week ahead

    cgallant@medicinehatnews.com@CollinGallant There are a few white-knuckle moments in the week ahead, and specifically for city accountants. The provincial budget and the federal election will potentially have big implications for the city’s capital construction program. The 2019-2022 local plan – passed just 10 months ago – calls for grants from “other levels of government” to do [...] Read More »

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  • With talk of a minority government, local candidates make final push

    cgallant@medicinehatnews.com@CollinGallant Dinner table discussions about Monday’s federal election could lead to gut-check moments for both voters and candidates next week. With polls tightening, pundits are discussing potential minority government scenarios, as well as the potential for strategic voting. In staunchly Conservative southeast Alberta, that likely means a minority of progressive voters deciding, but Conservative voters [...] Read More »

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  • Chamber of Commerce hands out annual Business Awards

    The Medicine Hat Chamber of Commerce held its annual Business Awards ceremony Friday evening at the Medicine Hat Exhibition and Stampede. There were a total of 97 nominations in 14 categories – roughly 500 people took in the ceremony. The Award of Excellence is the big prize every year, with the Medicine Hat Brewing Company [...] Read More »

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  • Service dogs more than meets the eye

    gslade@medicinehatnews.com@MHNGillianSlade People at city hall for a service dog awareness session Friday were told that for an animal to have the associated privileges it must have government-issued identification. Miranda Turenne, trainer and assessment co-ordinator for PADS, told an audience of about 100 people that service dogs are highly trained to mitigate a variety of disabilities [...] Read More »

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National News

  • Police watchdog releases more details about shooting at Calgary military parade

    CALGARY – Alberta’s police watchdog has released more information about an incident in which an officer shot a car that police say drove around barriers and towards a military parade in Calgary on Saturday. The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team says several downtown roadways were barricaded for the parade, but a 21-year-old man driving a [...] Read More »

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  • Thunberg interviews leaders for documentary, Alberta Indigenous group says

    FORT MCMURRAY, Alta. – Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg continued her tour of Alberta’s oilsands region on Saturday, an Indigenous group says, conducting interviews that the group says will be part of an upcoming BBC documentary. The Mikisew Cree First Nation says in a news release that Thunberg spent the day on the shores of [...] Read More »

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  • Frantic final push for votes marks final day of divisive campaign

    OTTAWA – The contenders in Monday’s federal election spent the last day of the campaign calling for voters to unite behind their parties amid accusations of dirty politicking and outright lying. From when Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau fired the starting gun on the campaign on Sept. 11, voters have heard a mix of policy promises [...] Read More »

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  • Montreal loses to Sydney, Australia in bid to host WorldPride 2023

    MONTREAL – Sydney, Australia has beaten out Montreal in the quest to host WorldPride in 2023. The Australian city captured 60 per cent of the vote, while Montreal received 36 per cent and Austin, TX got three. Montreal’s bid to host the international LGBTQ celebration was spearheaded by the organizers of the city’s annual pride [...] Read More »

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  • Montreal-bound Air Transat flight makes emergency stop in Paris; passengers safe

    MONTREAL – More than 300 passengers resumed their journey to Montreal Sunday after their Air Transat flight from Italy had to make an emergency landing in France. The airline says flight TS571 took off from Venice Saturday but had to make an emergency stop at Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport due to a technical problem with [...] Read More »

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Provincial News

  • Blondin adds to medal tally at Canadian speedskating championships

    CALGARY – Ottawa’s Ivanie Blondin won a pair of gold medals on Sunday to bring her tally to five over four days at the Canadian long-track speedskating championships. Blondin captured the women’s 1,500-metre crown as well as the mass start on the final day of the competition. Blondin finished the 1,500 in one minute 55.56 [...] Read More »

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  • Boy, 5, dead after being hit by truck his dad was driving at Alberta landfill

    LAC LA BICHE, Alta. – Police say a five-year-old boy has died after he was hit by a truck that his father was driving in Lac La Biche, Alta. RCMP say the incident happened on Saturday afternoon, when the father and son had been unloading a truck at the Plamondon Landfill. They say that after [...] Read More »

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  • Alberta says grant plan to cut class sizes has failed, costing $3.4 billion

    EDMONTON – Alberta’s education minister says a grant program to cut class sizes in schools has spent $3.4 billion over the last 15 years while failing to deliver results. Adriana LaGrange says a report on the Class Size Initiative has barely “moved the needle” and they have to look at more effective ways of spending [...] Read More »

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  • Alberta legislation would unplug NDP plan to change electricity power market

    EDMONTON – Alberta has introduced legislation to follow through on its promise to end the plan to move the provincial power market to a capacity system. Energy Minister Sonya Savage says stakeholders don’t want a complex capacity system – they want to stay with the existing energy-only system. The former NDP government introduced the capacity [...] Read More »

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  • Alberta commits to expanding duties of licensed practical nurses

    EDMONTON – The Alberta government says it will allow licensed practical nurses to do more work next year. It says professional regulations are being updated so the province’s 16,000 LPNs can administer blood and dispense certain drugs. They’ll also be able to provide ultrasounds for bedside assessments, intravenous nutrition and medication by invasive procedures, such [...] Read More »

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Southern Alberta News

  • Public library’s annual Foreign Film Festival kicks off Monday

    Lethbridge Herald While Canada’s movie houses show mainly American fare, there’s a wealth of films being produced around the world. Many can be borrowed from the Lethbridge Public Library. And a handful are selected for the library’s free Foreign Film Festival. “This year features world-class cinema at its best,” says festival organizer Sheila Braund. “The [...] Read More »

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  • YMCA working to make kids stronger

    Tim Kalinowski Lethbridge Herald tkalinowski@lethbridgeherald.com The YMCA Strong Kids campaign makes lives better for those in the community who need a leg up to ensure their children have the same opportunities as everyone else, says YMCA of Lethbridge director of funds development and volunteerism, Pamela Haapa-aho. “I think we as a community in Lethbridge need [...] Read More »

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  • Vote with children in mind

    Vicki Hazelwood LETHBRIDGE EARLY YEARS COALITION Canada’s federal election is almost here. The political parties have been rolling out their platforms. Governments have the potential to help or hurt our children. We want to make sure they help. What can you do? – Ask the candidates and representatives you encounter how their parties will support [...] Read More »

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  • Convocation kicks off busy time for U of L

    Lethbridge is back in the national spotlight today, as the University of Lethbridge once again honours a distinguished Canadian. The Right Honourable Paul Martin, 21st prime minister of our nation, is being presented an honourary Doctor of Laws degree during this morning’s Fall Convocation ceremony. Nearly 275 students who have completed degree requirements since the [...] Read More »

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  • Two charged in hotel robbery

    Lethbridge Lethbridge Police have charged two men in connection with a robbery Wednesday at the Superlodge Hotel in the 2200 block of 7 Avenue South – and subsequent search warrant in the 4000 block of 43rd Street South. Corey Nelson Amyotte, 32 of Lethbridge is charged with one count of robbery, one count of unlawful [...] Read More »

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World News

  • Brooks & Dunn, Ray Stevens join Country Music Hall of Fame

    NASHVILLE – Bestselling country duo of all time Brooks & Dunn, comedian and singer Ray Stevens and record executive Jerry Bradley joined the Country Music Hall of Fame in a star-filled ceremony on Sunday evening that was full of tributes to their hit songs and their lasting legacies in country music. Reba McEntire, Luke Bryan, [...] Read More »

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  • Search for small plane missing near North Carolina airport

    DURHAM, N.C. – Operations were temporarily halted at a busy North Carolina airport Sunday night after it lost radar contact with an approaching small plane, launching a search by fire and rescue units around a nearby state park. A statement posted on the Raleigh-Durham International Airport website said air traffic controllers notified the airport that [...] Read More »

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  • North Carolina airport: Radar contact lost with small plane

    RALEIGH, N.C. – The Raleigh-Durham International Airport says a small plane approaching that airport was lost on radar and the airport was briefly closed while fire and rescue units responded. The airport says in a brief statement on its website that FAA air traffic control notified the airport that the plane was lost on radar [...] Read More »

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  • Report: Synagogue massacre led to string of attack plots

    COLLEGE PARK, Md. – At least 12 white supremacists have been arrested on allegations of plotting, threatening or carrying out anti-Semitic attacks in the U.S. since the massacre at a Pittsburgh synagogue nearly one year ago, a Jewish civil rights group reported Sunday. The Anti-Defamation League also counted at least 50 incidents in which white [...] Read More »

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  • US defence chief in Afghanistan for firsthand look at war

    KABUL – Mark Esper sought a firsthand assessment Sunday of the U.S. military’s future role in America’s longest war as he made his initial visit to Afghanistan as Pentagon chief. Stalled peace talks with the Taliban and unrelenting attacks by the insurgent group and Islamic State militants have complicated the Trump administration’s pledge to withdraw [...] Read More »

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