January 25th, 2022

Local News

Connaught students go online for two days as multiple illnesses strike

By LAUREN THOMSON Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on January 25th, 2022

lthomson@medicinehatnews.com On Friday, Jan. 21, Ecole Connaught published a press release announcing the school would temporarily shift to online learning, but it’s not the reason one might think. “Today, we experienced a large number of student and staff absence, approximately 45% of our school population,” the press release said. “After an AHS investigation we learned ... Read More »

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Freedom Convoy 2022 rolls through the Hat

By KENDALL KING, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on January 25th, 2022

kking@medicinehatnews.com A convoy of truck drivers opposed to vaccine mandates passed through Medicine Hat on Monday on its way to Ottawa. The convoy drew large crowds of supporters from across the region, many holding signs and waving flags. “We’re going to end mandates,” convoy co-organizer Chris Barber of Swift Current, told the News. “It’s not ... Read More »

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Applications for Community Foundation grants open now with March 15 deadline

By Medicine Hat News on January 25th, 2022

kking@medicinehatnews.com The Community Foundation of Southeastern Alberta has announced March 15 as the deadline for Spring 2022 Community Grants applications (formerly Smart and Caring Community Grants). CFSEA’s Community Grant program provides local and regional organizations and charities with funding, as based on community need. Fund allocation will be determined by local rural advisory committees in ... Read More »

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City could face staffing issues as Omicron peaks

By COLLIN GALLANT on January 25th, 2022

cgallant@medicinehatnews.com@CollinGallant City Hall is warning residents that the next few weeks could see staff shortages, and wants to ensure transit riders are able to get to where they’re going with minimal disruption and effect to city services, as cases of the Omicron variant are expected to peak. Top administrators made the statement at Monday’s public ... Read More »

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Grocery supplies holding in the Hat

By KENDALL KING, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on January 25th, 2022

kking@medicinehatnews.com At Monday’s Freedom Convoy 2022, rally co-organizer Chris Barber stated food shortages in Canadian grocery stores were “already” taking place, but a quick walk through most local grocery stores shows major shortages have yet to reach the Hat. The News visited several grocery stores across the city including Walmart, Sobeys, Safeway and the Northlands ... Read More »

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City in talks with company for e-scooter pilot project

By COLLIN GALLANT on January 25th, 2022

cgallant@medicinehatnews.com@CollinGallant E-scooters could be bounding about in Medicine Hat this spring, council’s public services committee heard on Monday, as city officials say they are in talks with a private company to launch a pilot program. That would see the company provide scooters and arrange pickup and drop-off spots for residents to block off time on ... Read More »

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MHPS seize rifle, ammo, drugs, stolen ID during traffic stop

By MEDICINE HAT NEWS on January 25th, 2022

https://www.medicinehatnews.com@MedicineHatNews Police say they seized a rifle that was made to appear as a children’s toy, along with a 25-round magazine, drugs and stolen ID from a traffic stop in the city last week. A 26-year-old man from Airdrie was arrested and held in custody after Medicine Hat police officers found the .22-calibre rifle along ... Read More »

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City Notebook: Is this the way things need to be done?

By COLLIN GALLANT on January 22nd, 2022

cgallant@medicinehatnews.com@CollinGallant Late breaking news on Friday sees city manager Bob Nicolay depart two months after a major change on city council and after an extended period of budget back-and-forths between administration and new councillors. That’s led to some level of intrigue about how a slate of new council members elected on a so-called “change” platform ... Read More »

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Stampede votes in new president-elect

By KENDALL KING, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on January 22nd, 2022

kking@medicinehatnews.com Darlene Keeler has been voted the Medicine Hat Exhibition & Stampede’s new president-elect. Keeler, a lifelong resident of Medicine Hat, has been involved with the Stampede for nearly 20 years and has filled several roles including chair of the Methanex Kiddie’s Day, Olde Tyme Christmas, Canada Day, Promotion and Store Decorating committees and board ... Read More »

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Hatter leading truck convoy set to pass through Gas City on Monday

By KENDALL KING, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on January 22nd, 2022

kking@medicinehatnews.com Longtime Hatter, Tamara Lich, has organized a transport truck convoy which will pass through Medicine Hat Monday as it heads towards Ottawa in a show of protest against vaccination mandates for truck drivers. Lich created a GoFundMe encouraging people to join the convoy – called the Freedom Convoy 2022 – following the Jan. 15 ... Read More »

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