February 17th, 2019

News

Local News

  • Court no-show found guilty for threatening police officers

    jappel@medicinehatnews.com@MHNJeremyAppel A man accused of threatening a peace officer and two Medicine Hat Police Service constables didn’t show up to his trial Friday, but the proceedings went on without him and he was found guilty. Garth Belik was slated to represent himself in Medicine Hat Provincial Court. Since Belik was absent, the Crown went through [...] Read More »

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  • Push for consumption site talk continues

    gslade@medicinehatnews.com@MHNGillianSlade Organizers of Wednesday’s public meeting about supervised consumption are calling it a success. “I thought the meeting went well. It was great to be heard by the government officials in attendance,” said Marci Marshall, president of the Centre View Condo Association, homeowners located adjacent to the site at 502 S. Railway St., who arranged [...] Read More »

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  • Motz blasts PM and his office for handling of SNC-Lavalin ordeal

    Glen Motz, MP for Medicine Hat-Cardston-Warner, raised concerns on Friday about the SNC-Lavalin situation and the extent of involvement by the Prime Minister and/or his office, according to a press release. “It’s crystal clear that Justin Trudeau is attempting to cover-up the SNC-Lavalin Affair,” he states in the release. “The recent emergency Justice Committee meeting [...] Read More »

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  • Anand-Ford found guilty of manslaughter in 2016 stabbing

    jappel@medicinehatnews.com@MHNJeremyAppel A man accused in the stabbing death of 24-year-old Dustin Hewer has been found not guilty of second-degree murder. Instead the jury found him guilty of the lesser offence of manslaughter. Aaron Anand-Ford stabbed Hewer 13 times on Nov. 5, 2016, after the victim charged at his friend Jacob Porfoun with a baseball bat. [...] Read More »

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  • MH & District Health Foundation gala will support hospital’s ER

    Medicine Hat & District Health Foundation is holding its inaugural gala to support the emergency department expansion at Medicine Hat Regional Hospital. The gala takes place April 6 from 7-11 p.m. at the Beveridge Landmark Events. Trevor Moore will provide a dose of magic and act as master of ceremonies. Entertainment will be provided by [...] Read More »

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National News

  • Deported man who came to Canada as a baby granted chance at return

    OTTAWA – A British Columbia man who was deported at 59 despite living in Canada since he was seven months old has won a shot at returning home. A federal court has granted Len Van Heest a judicial review of his permanent and temporary residency applications. Van Heest was deported to the Netherlands in 2017, [...] Read More »

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  • Cabinet expected to extend deadline to reconsider Trans Mountain pipeline

    OTTAWA – Canada’s energy regulator will tell the federal government this week whether it still thinks the Trans Mountain pipeline should be expanded, but cabinet’s final say on the project’s future is still several months away. The National Energy Board is reconsidering the project’s impact on marine life, including highly endangered southern resident killer whales, [...] Read More »

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  • Cabinet likely to extend deadline to reconsider Trans Mountain pipeline

    OTTAWA – Canada’s energy regulator will tell the federal government on Friday whether it still thinks the Trans Mountain pipeline should be expanded, but cabinet’s final say on the project’s future is not likely to come before the summer. The National Energy Board is reconsidering the project’s impact on marine life, including highly endangered Southern [...] Read More »

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  • Man charged in daughter’s death in hospital with self-inflicted gunshot wound: police

    Police say a man charged with first-degree murder in the death of his daughter is in hospital with a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Roopesh Rajkumar, 41, was charged in 11-year-old Riya Rajkumar’s death after the girl’s body was found in his Brampton, Ont., home shortly after an Amber Alert was issued late Thursday night. Peel regional [...] Read More »

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  • Alberta missionaries among the Canadians heading home from riot-stricken Haiti

    MONTREAL – A group of Canadian missionaries who were trapped in Haiti due to violent street protests are on their way home to Canada. Michelle Guenther of Alberta-based Haiti Arise says the 24 group members were flown out of Port-au-Prince yesterday and most of them will arrive in Calgary this afternoon. Missionaries Wade and Marilyn [...] Read More »

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Provincial News

  • House in Calgary destroyed in fire following apparent explosion, officials say

    CALGARY – Officials say a house was destroyed when a fire broke out following an apparent explosion in Calgary early Sunday morning. More than three hours later, firefighters had still not been able to enter the building to check if anyone was inside at the time of the blast. Fire services spokeswoman Carol Henke says [...] Read More »

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  • WHL Roundup: Blades beat Hurricanes 5-2 to extend point streak

    LETHBRIDGE, Alta. – Gary Haden’s 27th goal of the season stood up as the winner as the Saskatoon Blades downed the Lethbridge Hurricanes 5-2 on Saturday in Western Hockey League action. Haden made it 3-1 at 9:27 of the second period, helping Saskatoon run its point streak to 13 games at 11-0-2. Emil Malysjev, Nolan [...] Read More »

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  • McCarrick’s rise through church hierarchy began as altar boy

    WASHINGTON – Former cardinal Theodore McCarrick’s rise through the Catholic Church hierarchy, during which he established a reputation as a globe-trotting human rights advocate before being brought down by sex abuse scandals, began as an altar boy in New York City. McCarrick, who on Saturday became the highest-ranking cleric to be defrocked by the Vatican, [...] Read More »

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  • Violent sex offender released in Edmonton after murder charges stayed by Crown

    EDMONTON – A violent sex offender who was once dubbed Edmonton’s “Mill Woods Rapist” has been released from custody after a murder charge against him was stayed. Dana Michael Fash was charged in December 2016 with second-degree murder in the death of Jeanette Marie Cardinal. The 40-year-old mother of five from Beaver Lake Cree Nation [...] Read More »

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  • Former Alberta Mountie faces additional charges for allegedly breaching bail

    EDMONTON – Alberta’s police watchdog says a former Edmonton-area Mountie who is awaiting sentencing for multiple criminal offences is facing four new charges. Aaron Lee Sayler, who was an officer between 2012 and 2016, was convicted last September of 10 criminal charges, including harassing and damaging the property of women with whom he’d been romantically [...] Read More »

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World News

  • Smollett developments leave some baffled, others outraged

    LOS ANGELES – The national outrage that simmered after actor Jussie Smollett said he was attacked by people shouting racial and anti-gay slurs was fueled in part by celebrities who spoke out loud and strong on social media. But the outrage has now been replaced by surprise, doubt and bafflement as the singers, actors and [...] Read More »

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  • Suspect in 2010 Cabanas shooting gets 20 years in Mexico

    MEXICO CITY – The man suspected of shooting former Paraguay national soccer team standout Salvador Cabanas in the head in 2010 has been sentenced to 20 years in prison in Mexico. But federal prosecutors said in a statement Sunday that a man known as Jose Jorge “B,” with no full last name given, was sentenced [...] Read More »

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  • Chicago police seek follow-up interview with Jussie Smollett

    Chicago police and representatives for Jussie Smollett aren’t speaking publicly about the investigation into a reported attack on the “Empire” actor. Police said Saturday that the investigation had “shifted” after detectives questioned two brothers about the attack and released them without charges. Spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said police had reached out to Smollett’s attorney to request [...] Read More »

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  • ‘Taking their last breath’: IS hides among Syrian civilians

    BAGHOUZ, Syria – From a self-proclaimed caliphate that once spread across much of Syria and Iraq, the Islamic State group has been knocked back to a speck of land on the countries’ shared border. In that tiny patch on the banks of the Euphrates River, hundreds of militants are hiding among civilians under the shadow [...] Read More »

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  • IS gunmen hide among civilians in last Syria holdout

    BAGHOUZ, Syria – From a self-proclaimed caliphate that once spread across much of Syria and Iraq, the Islamic State group has been knocked back to a speck of land on the countries’ shared border. In that tiny territory on the banks of the Euphrates river, hundreds of militants are hiding among civilians under the shadow [...] Read More »

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