May 19th, 2019

Local News

UCP MLAs to be sworn in Tuesday

By Medicine Hat News on May 18th, 2019

Government MLAs will be sworn in Tuesday at 9 a.m., including Drew Barnes, MLA for Cypress-Medicine Hat, and Michaela Glasgo, MLA for Brook-Medicine Hat. The swearing-in ceremony will be followed by the election of the speaker and deputy, the chairs of committees and deputies, which are done by secret ballot. The election will take place ... Read More »

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Another byelection for Maple Creek council

By Medicine Hat News on May 18th, 2019

There will be another byelection in the town of Maple Creek, where voters will go to the polls for a third time in about 16 months in July. This summer’s vote comes after the resignation of town councillor Kevin Rittinger at Tuesday’s council meeting. July 17 was set as voting day to fill the vacant ... Read More »

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Anand-Ford to be sentenced Aug. 28

By Medicine Hat News on May 18th, 2019

Aaron Anand-Ford, who was convicted of manslaughter in February, will be sentenced Aug. 28. Anand-Ford was originally charged with second-degree murder in relation to the 2016 homicide of 24-year-old Dustin Hewer, whom he stabbed 13 times after the victim charged at his friend – Jacob Porfoun – with a baseball bat. The jury found Anand-Ford ... Read More »

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City Notebook: Where have we seen that name before?

By COLLIN GALLANT on May 18th, 2019

Hatters may have had their ears perk up at familiar names a couple times this week watching national news. Most notably, Spencer Fraser, the former GM at local defence contractor Meggitt, was featured prominently in a report of the confusing case of Admiral Mark Norman. Fraser’s new firm, Federal Fleet Services, is one of the ... Read More »

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Two thirds of SE Alberta’s farm acres are seeded, recent crop report tells

By Medicine Hat News on May 18th, 2019

Two-thirds of farm acres in southeast Alberta are seeded as of May 14, with expected moisture likely to bolster conditions for now emerging crops, according to the provincial report released on Friday. Planting in the Medicine Hat, Lethbridge and Foremost regions, at 67 per cent complete, is three times more advanced than last year and ... Read More »

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Fewer opioids won’t cure addiction, won’t help pain sufferers: local pain specialist

By GILLIAN SLADE on May 18th, 2019

gslade@medicinehatnews.com@MHNGillianSlade A local pain specialist says there is a false belief that addiction is related to a specific drug but it has more to do with the life experiences of the person addicted. “I do not believe reducing opioids in society is going to solve the chronic pain problem and it is not going to ... Read More »

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Police hope Hatters downtown feel safer with summer Foot Patrol Unit

By JEREMY APPEL on May 18th, 2019

jappel@medicinehatnews.com@MHNJeremyAppel Hatters may notice an enhanced police presence downtown this summer. That’s because the Medicine Hat Police Service is testing out a new Foot Patrol Unit as the result of a two-year-old survey on community safety, as well as the ongoing concerns of residents and business owners. Insp. Brent Secondiak says the unit – which ... Read More »

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Game of Thrones fans passionate as ever as final episode nears

By JEREMY APPEL on May 18th, 2019

jappel@medicinehatnews.com@MHNJeremyAppel Game of Thrones – the wildly popular and award-winning HBO series adapted from the “Song of Ice and Fire” books by George R.R. Martin – is coming to a close with its final episode Sunday. The News spoke with some local fans about what it is they love about the show, their assessment of ... Read More »

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Dance studio in need of a new home

By MO CRANKER on May 18th, 2019

mcranker@medicinehatnews.com@MHNmocranker With the closure of The Summit, Renew Dance Studio is now looking for a new home. The Summit was renting out space on N. Railway Street for the dancers and for local skateboarders to use year round, but recently had to move out of the building because of financial reasons. This has left both ... Read More »

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Autoimmune treatment a real possibility

By GILLIAN SLADE on May 18th, 2019

gslade@medicinehatnews.com@MHNGillianSlade A potential treatment for autoimmune diseases like celiac disease, multiple sclerosis and inflammatory bowel disease was discovered at the University of Calgary, and now research is entering a new phase toward human trials and commercialization worldwide. A licence agreement has been entered into with Parvus Therapeutics and Genentech – a member of the Roche ... Read More »

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