August 5th, 2020

News

Local News

  • Fire service urges safety after river death

    mcranker@medicinehatnews.com@mocranker Medicine Hat Fire Service and South East Alberta Search and Rescue have located the remains of a 31-year-old male who was reportedly swept away by the South Saskatchewan River on Saturday. A release from Medicine Hat Police Service says the remains were located by fire service crews at around 11:15 a.m. Sunday morning. The [...] Read More »

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  • Paddling Club urges safety, safety, safety for river users

    mcranker@medicinehatnews.com@mocranker Following the drowning death of a 31-year-old man on the weekend, the president of the Medicine Hat Paddling Club is urging river safety for all recreational users. Rick Redmond says water levels are safe for paddlers to take trips down the South Saskatchewan River but people need to take the right precautions before making [...] Read More »

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  • Mural Fest takes on infamous ‘pee tunnel’

    mcranker@medicinehatnews.com@mocranker The second phase of this year’s Mural Fest took place over the weekend, with a number of local and out-of-town artists teaming up to beautify downtown. “This weekend went really smooth,” said organizer Jeff Goring. “We formed a partnership with Pop Up Parks and the City of Medicine Hat this time around. “We had [...] Read More »

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  • Safe family adventure awaits at Police Point

    mcranker@medicinehatnews.com@mocranker The Medicine Hat Interpretive Program has launched new summer programs for Hat families to enjoy. The programming started Aug. 1 and is free to take participate in. The group is offering a Bug Safari, a Pond/Wetland Adventure and an Indigenous History Tour. Park Interpreter Kara Karst broke down each program for the News. Bug [...] Read More »

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  • Local developer’s video game delayed until February over funding issues

    Time Crackers will have to wait. The Nintendo Switch video game being developed by 19-year-old Eagle Butte High School graduate Aaron Taylor was initially eying a November release. However a Kickstarter for the platformer failed to reach its funding goal – raising just $1,900 of its $30,000 target – forcing Basement Dweller Games to delay [...] Read More »

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National News

  • WE controversy takes bite out of Trudeau, Liberal popularity: Poll

    OTTAWA – Nearly half of Canadians would support an election being called if the federal watchdog finds Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to have violated the Conflict of Interest Act again over the WE charity affair, a new poll suggests. The survey by Leger and the Association for Canadian Studies also suggests the WE controversy has [...] Read More »

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  • Mystery seeds showing up in Canadian mailboxes highlight ‘brushing’ scams

    MONTREAL – The packages of mysterious seeds that have been making unsolicited appearances in mailboxes across North America are drawing attention to an online review scam known as “brushing” that has recently appeared in Canada. The scheme, where sellers send unsolicited packages to customers and then write fake glowing reviews for products, may seem innocuous [...] Read More »

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  • Potential explosion in mental illness could last years after pandemic: study

    OTTAWA – A new study suggests Canadians, especially women, will face a potentially explosive increase in mental illness for years after the COVID-19 pandemic is finally over. Over the long term, the Deloitte study estimates that visits to emergency rooms for stress and anxiety-related disorders will increase one to three per cent from pre-pandemic rates. [...] Read More »

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  • The latest numbers on COVID-19 in Canada for Aug. 5

    The latest numbers of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Canada as of 4 a.m. on Aug 5, 2020: There are 117,791 confirmed cases in Canada. _ Quebec: 59,845 confirmed (including 5,685 deaths, 50,886 resolved) _ Ontario: 39,628 confirmed (including 2,782 deaths, 35,601 resolved) _ Alberta: 11,146 confirmed (including 201 deaths, 9,754 resolved) _ British Columbia: 3,787 [...] Read More »

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  • Canadian company urges human trials after COVID-19 vaccine results in mice

    OTTAWA – A Canadian company is telling the government today that its trials of a potential COVID-19 vaccine on animals completely blocked the virus, but it must conduct human trials to know whether it has found a possible cure for the pandemic. And a leading health-care expert says the findings are promising even though they [...] Read More »

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Provincial News

  • Alberta sees dip in COVID-19 cases over August long weekend: Hinshaw

    EDMONTON – Alberta’s chief medical officer of health says the dip in COVID-19 cases over the long weekend appears to show that people are following public health guidelines about physical distancing and wearing masks. Dr. Deena Hinshaw says Alberta’s case numbers have been below 100 for four days straight. She says the downward trend began [...] Read More »

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  • Consolidating EMS 911 dispatch services will save money, improve patient care: AHS

    EDMONTON – Alberta is consolidating all remaining municipally run emergency medical service dispatch call sites in a move that it says will save money and improve patient care. The change will affect EMS 911 dispatch services in Calgary, Lethbridge, Red Deer and the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo. Alberta Health Services has been running a [...] Read More »

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  • Man dies after being found in Annette Lake at Jasper National Park in Alberta

    JASPER, Alta. – A 39-year-old man has died after being found in a lake at Jasper National Park in Alberta. RCMP say they responded around 5 p.m. Monday to Annette Lake for a call about a possible drowning. When officers arrived, they found parks personnel and EMS on scene trying to save the man’s life. [...] Read More »

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  • Alberta mandates masks for most students, all staff when schools reopen

    EDMONTON – The Alberta government says it will follow the lead of Ontario, Quebec and Nova Scotia and make wearing masks mandatory for most students and staff when schools reopen in September. Education Minister Adriana LaGrange announced Tuesday that students between Grades 4 to 12 and all staff will be required to wear masks in [...] Read More »

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  • Alberta mandating masks for students and staff when schools reopen in September

    EDMONTON – The Alberta government says it will make wearing masks mandatory for most students and staff when schools reopen in September. Education Minister Adriana LaGrange says students in Grades 4 to 12 and all staff will be required to wear masks in common areas, hallways and on buses. Children will not have to wear [...] Read More »

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Southern Alberta News

  • Sexual competition the focus of research paper

    Greg Bobinec Lethbridge Herald gbobinec@lethbridgeherald.com University of Lethbridge researchers find sexual competition isn’t always against only your own gender, in a paper published in PLOS One, a peer-reviewed open access scientific journal published by the Public Library of Science. The paper, Intersexual Mate Competition in Three Cultures, is written by lead author Scott Semenyna, a [...] Read More »

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  • Hockey theme for corn maze

    Greg Bobinec Lethbridge Herald gbobinec@lethbridgeherald.com The Lethbridge Corn Maze’s large corn field has now grown tall enough for friends and family to get lost in the tricky maze, just outside Lethbridge. This year’s theme follows hockey, and particularly the Lethbridge Hurricanes, as the maze features the team’s logo, a large hockey player to make your [...] Read More »

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  • Construction set for solar project

    Greg Bobinec Lethbridge Herald gbobinec@lethbridgeherald.com BluEarth Renewables and Bullfrog power, a Spark Power company, have announced the signing of a power purchase agreement (PPA) to directly support the construction of BluEarth’s new utility-scale solar project. BluEarth will begin construction of its 39 MW Burdett and Yellow Lake Solar Project this month. The project is located [...] Read More »

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  • Learning how to meditate

    Greg Bobinec Lethbridge Herald gbobinec@lethbridgeherald.com Nikka Yuko Japanese Gardens has been offering a series of meditation classes with meditation teacher Aaron Roth for the summer, for people to connect with their inner-self and relax. With the first sessions starting in July, and continuing through August and September, Roth and the Gardens are offering experiences through [...] Read More »

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  • Milk River water issues continue after structure failure

    Tim Kalinowski Lethbridge Herald tkalinowski@lethbridgeherald.com Work continues on the replacement of the failed Drop 5 and failing Drop 2 structures on the St. Mary River diversion canal in Montana. When the Drop 5 structure near Whiskey Gap failed in May, it cut off all St. Mary River diversion water moving through the Canadian side of [...] Read More »

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World News

  • Protest leader Bush ousts 20-year US Rep. Clay in Missouri

    Cori Bush, a onetime homeless woman who led protests following a white police officer’s fatal shooting of a Black 18-year-old in Ferguson, ousted longtime Rep. William Lacy Clay Tuesday in Missouri’s Democratic primary, ending a political dynasty that has spanned more than a half-century. Bush’s victory came in a rematch of 2018, when she failed [...] Read More »

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  • Clay ousted in Missouri primary after 20 years in Congress

    Cori Bush, a onetime homeless woman who led protests following a white police officer’s fatal shooting of a Black 18-year-old in Ferguson, ousted longtime Rep. William Lacy Clay Tuesday in Missouri’s Democratic primary, ending a political dynasty that has spanned more than a half-century. Bush’s victory came in a rematch of 2018, when she failed [...] Read More »

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  • US sending highest rep to Taiwan since 1979 break in ties

    TAIPEI, Taiwan – The U.S. says Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar will visit Taiwan in coming days in the highest-level visit by an American Cabinet official since the break in formal diplomatic relations between Washington and Taipei in 1979. The visit will likely create new frictions between the U.S. and China, which claims [...] Read More »

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  • Tropic storm Isaias whips up eastern US, killing at least 6

    WINDSOR, N.C. – At least six people were killed as Tropical Storm Isaias spawned tornadoes and dumped rain Tuesday along the U.S. East Coast after making landfall as a hurricane in North Carolina, where it caused floods and fires that displaced dozens of people. Two people died when Isaias spun off a tornado that struck [...] Read More »

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  • Tropic storm Isaias whips up eastern US, killing at least 5

    WINDSOR, N.C. – At least five people were killed as Tropical Storm Isaias spawned tornadoes and dumped rain Tuesday along the U.S. East Coast after making landfall as a hurricane in North Carolina, where it caused floods and fires that displaced dozens of people. Two people died when Isaias spun off a tornado that struck [...] Read More »

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