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Chandra Muszko: The root of trustee is trust, says candidate for MHPSD

By KENDALL KING, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on October 16th, 2021

kking@medicinehatnews.com Chandra Muszko believes that, above all else, a Medicine Hat Public School Division school board trustee must be trustworthy. “I’m focusing my attention on the areas of transparency within the school system and the board themselves,” Muszko told the News while describing her platform. She also hopes to launch a revised health and safety ... Read More »

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Trio of trustee candidates running on vaccine opposition

By KENDALL KING, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on October 16th, 2021

kking@medicinehatnews.com Social media comments made by Jillian Schempp, a trustee candidate for Medicine Hat Public School Division, regarding the COVID-19 vaccine have created a stir online. Through a series of Facebook posts Schempp claimed individuals who choose to be vaccinated are “practising satanism” and that “babies are literally sacrificed alive to make vaccines.” Throughout her ... Read More »

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Trustee hopeful calls vaccines ‘satanic,’ compares mandates to Nazi Germany

By LAUREN THOMSON Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on October 16th, 2021

lthomson@medicinehatnews.com Earlier this week, the News became aware of a series of Facebook posts made by Jillian Schempp, Medicine Hat Public School Board trustee candidate, that refer to the COVID vaccine as “satanic” and suggests “parents are selling their children’s bodies to the devil just to play volleyball.” Schempp responded by saying she is pro ... Read More »

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Not much left but to vote for mayoral candidates

By COLLIN GALLANT on October 16th, 2021

cgallant@medicinehatnews.com@CollinGallant The finish line is in sight for mayoral candidates sprinting toward Monday’s municipal election. The campaign that officially began on the day of the federal election, will wrap up for almost five dozen mayoral, council and school board candidates when polls close at 8 p.m. on Oct. 18. Incumbent candidate Ted Clugston has argued ... Read More »

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Transparency a main topic heading into Monday’s election

By COLLIN GALLANT on October 15th, 2021

cgallant@medicinehatnews.com@CollinGallant At the heart of a near-record number of council campaigns this year are calls for greater transparency at city hall. Challengers rail against closed meetings and public consultations they say result in flawed decision making. Administrators and incumbent councillors argue that isn’t true, and surveys show the city is doing more now than ever ... Read More »

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Rick Massini: Public trustee seeks re-election with three-pronged platform

By LAUREN THOMSON Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on October 15th, 2021

lthomson@medicinehatnews.com Rick Massini, with 11 years of experience as a Medicine Hat Public School Board Trustee, is hoping for another term. Massini has a bachelor of education in biology with a minor in chemistry and masters degree in education administration. His teaching career began in 1972 in Calgary. Eight years later, he and his family ... Read More »

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Jillian Schempp: Trustee hopeful a staunch supporter of personal choice

By LAUREN THOMSON Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on October 14th, 2021

lthomson@medicinehatnews.com Jillian Schempp hopes her voice for freedom of choice, both for schooling and for vaccinations, will make her a valuable asset to the Medicine Hat Public School Board. Schempp graduated from Hat High and then Medicine Hat College with a diploma in Computer Business Information Technology. She moved to Calgary for her first job ... Read More »

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David Pollard: COVID, curriculum top minister’s reasons for running for public schools trustee

By KENDALL KING, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on October 14th, 2021

kking@medicinehatnews.com Rev. David Pollard is seeking election for the Medicine Hat Public School Division’s board of trustees. Pollard is the lead minister at Fifth Avenue Memorial United Church and has resided in Medicine Hat for the past six years. He and his partner of almost 20 years have two children in MHPSD, whom he feels ... Read More »

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Deborah Forbes: Cooperation at the core for incumbent trustee Forbes

By KENDALL KING, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on October 13th, 2021

kking@medicinehatnews.com Deborah Forbes is hoping to be re-elected to the Medicine Hat Public School Division’s Board of Trustees this October. Forbes is committed to public education and inclusivity. “(A public school is) a place for everyone to learn, to grow, to make a better world,” she told the News. Forbes, who has a Master’s of ... Read More »

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Advance polls busier so far than in last municipal election

By MEDICINE HAT NEWS on October 13th, 2021

https://www.medicinehatnews.com@MedicineHatNews About 900 Hatters took advantage of the first day of early voting in the municipal election on Saturday, according to local returning officers. That is more than half the total advance votes cast in the 2017 municipal election with five days of early voting to go. That year, total turnout was estimated to be ... Read More »

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