December 18th, 2018

Local News

Wanner won’t run again in 2019

By medicinehatnews on December 18th, 2018

Jappel@medicinehatnews.com @MHNJeremyAppel Medicine Hat MLA Bob Wanner won’t be seeking re-election in 2019. Wanner, who’s also the Speaker of the Legislature, made the announcement Monday at his annual Holiday gathering, choking up before delivering his decision. “Folks, it’s been quite a ride — a surreal experience of privilege and honour, of responsibility and duty, of ... Read More »

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Council approves personal salary changes

By Collin Gallant on December 18th, 2018

cgallant@medicinehatnews.com @CollinGallant City council members unanimously approved a measure Monday to keep their take-home pay even with previous years in the face of changes to how Ottawa taxes the compensation of elected officials. The item, near the end of a marathon year-end agenda, sparked several statements of support for the work of council, several condemnations ... Read More »

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Council approves four straight years of four per cent property tax hikes

By Collin Gallant on December 18th, 2018

cgallant@medicinehatnews.com @CollinGallant The incoming four-year city budget aims to cut an operating deficit at city hall in half by 2022 by cutting costs and raising taxes. Property tax increases of 4 per cent each year, with half dedicated to replace natural gas dividends that dried up in 2014, is matched by cost containment aimed at ... Read More »

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Three wind farm projects awarded to southeast Alberta in latest renewable energy auction

By Collin Gallant on December 18th, 2018

cgallant@medicinehatnews.com @CollinGallant Christmas has come early to southeast Alberta — the site of three new wind farms that won long-term supply contracts Monday morning, it was announced by provincial officials. The facilities, including a major field to be located about 20 kilometres south of Dunmore, could be built and in service by 2021, according to ... Read More »

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Split vote OKs controversial rezoning

By Jeremy Appel on December 18th, 2018

Jappel@medicinehatnews.com @MHNJeremyAppel Medicine Hat city council has voted in favour of a contentious rezoning in the Connaught neighbourhood that would allow for green space to be converted to a residential development. The second reading of the required amendment to the Land-use Bylaw passed 6-3 Monday, with Mayor Ted Clugston, as well as councillors Robert Dumanowski ... Read More »

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Bow Island RCMP warn public of truck break-ins, thefts

By Jeremy Appel on December 18th, 2018

Medicine Hat News The Bow Island RCMP is warning the public about multiple break-ins or thefts of trucks in the region over the past few months. The incidents have occurred along Highway 3 on the west side of Bow Island. The majority of vehicles stolen or broken into have been 1999-2007 Ford F250s and F350s. ... Read More »

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Medicine Hat to share in federal flood mapping money

By Medicine Hat News on December 18th, 2018

Medicine Hat News Medicine Hat is on the list of more than two dozen Alberta communities to get new and replacement flood mapping to support emergency response and long-term planning. The Alberta government, in a news release Monday, said Ottawa is providing $8.7 million through the National Disaster Mitigation Program for 18 projects, including flood-preventative ... Read More »

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Public asked to take part in road safety campaign

By Medicine Hat News on December 18th, 2018

Medicine Hat News A road safety campaign to remind people about the important rules of the road has been launched by the City of Medicine Hat. The program is being undertaken in conjunction with the Alberta Traffic Safety Coalition. Motorists, cyclists and pedestrians all play a role in keeping everyone safe on roadways, a city ... Read More »

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Major investment in region as trio of proposed wind farms win contracts, could be in service in 2021

By Collin Gallant on December 17th, 2018

cgallant@medicinehatnews.com@CollinGallant Three proposed wind farms within range of Medicine Hat have won long-term supply contracts and could be built and in service by 2021, the province announced early Monday as the results of this autumn’s renewable energy auction were released. Five projects in total represent 760 megawatts of new generation capacity and represent $1.2 billion ... Read More »

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Council pay added to end-of-year agenda

By Collin Gallant on December 17th, 2018

Medicine Hat News City council members face one of the largest agendas in recent memory — including a recommendation to change their salaries — when they convene Monday night. A potential resolution at the end of a 514-page council package suggests fairly substantial increases for eight councillors and the mayor. The total cost for all ... Read More »

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