June 15th, 2021

Local News

Methanex plant upgrade allows it to better meet environmental goals

By Medicine Hat News on June 8th, 2021

Work last fall at the Methanex plant site in Medicine Hat allows it to inject more carbon dioxide into its production line to help meet environmental goals, the company says in its sustainability report released this month. The major upgrade also reduces the amount of nitrous oxide, a greenhouse gas, released by general operations by ... Read More »

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Ottawa doles out cash to regional communities to track infrastructure needs

By Medicine Hat News on June 8th, 2021

Bow Island, Foremost and the County of Forty Mile will receive about $50,000 each from the federal government to help track their infrastructure needs, it was announced on Monday. The Federation of Canadian Municipalities listed the local projects among 21 in Alberta to buy software, perform inspections and map roads, water pipes and other infrastructure ... Read More »

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Police Point finds way to get programs to local students

By KELLEN TANIGUCHI on June 8th, 2021

ktaniguchi@medicinehatnews.com@@kellentaniguchi With warm weather arriving, the Interpretive Program at Police Point Park has been coaching teachers to run their own events at the park and are planning more events for the rest of the summer. For the last two weeks, park interpreter Alicia Lew says they have been coaching teachers on programs they offer for ... Read More »

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City’s 911 call centre going full digital

By COLLIN GALLANT on June 8th, 2021

cgallant@medicinehatnews.com@CollinGallant The city’s 911 call centre is preparing for a switch to an all-digital phone system as new national standards are brought in over the next two years, administrators told council last week. Right now, about 90 per cent of calls into the local centre originate from cellphones, up from 70 per cent two years ... Read More »

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Catholic Schools’ International Program ramping way up this fall

By LAUREN THOMSON Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on June 8th, 2021

lthomson@medicinehatnews.com The Medicine Hat Catholic Schools’ International Program, which will increase vastly in size this coming fall, is seeking homestay families willing to welcome an international student into their homes and family life. “There were previously about eight or 10 students,” said Wanda Simmons, international supervisor. “But then we got a new superintendent who decided ... Read More »

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COVID-19 update for June 7, southeast Alberta

By Kellen Taniguchi on June 7th, 2021

COVID-19 update for June 7, 2021 66.7 per cent of Albertans aged 12+ have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Active cases: Medicine Hat: 43 active cases Cypress County: 13 active cases Brooks: 19 active cases County of Forty Mile No. 8: Two active case County of Newell: 19 active cases Lethbridge: ... Read More »

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Company with local plans seeks build extension for solar play in Calgary

By COLLIN GALLANT on June 5th, 2021

cgallant@medicinehatnews.com@CollinGallant The company proposing to build a massive solar power array in Medicine Hat has asked regulators to extend a construction timeline on an initial project in Calgary. DP energy plans to build the Barlow Solar Park on the former tailings pond of a fertilizer plant in the Calgary, and this week applied to have ... Read More »

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Havre’s county in Montana surpasses 2,000 cases of COVID-19, 45 have died

By Medicine Hat News on June 5th, 2021

A jump in active cases of COVID-19 in Hill County, Mont., has pushed the cumulative number of cases in the region south of Cypress County, Alta. over 2,000. Five new cases Friday brings active cases to 15 in the area that includes the town of Havre, after weeks hovering near or at zero known infections. ... Read More »

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Camps heating up as summer nears and restrictions lift

By ALEX McCUAIG Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on June 5th, 2021

amccuaig@medicinehatnews.com There was a dearth of available children’s summer camp spots in the city leading into last week but the provincial reopening plan has kicked-started a number of programs across the Hat. Sharon Hayward, CEO of Medicine Hat YMCA, says prior to the provincial plan being released, only licensed childcare providers where able to provide ... Read More »

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Mask hesitancy leads council candidate to run

By COLLIN GALLANT on June 5th, 2021

cgallant@medicinehatnews.com@CollinGallant Kelly Allard says the delay in bringing a vote on municipal mask mandate to council last year was the deciding factor in her seeking a seat on city council this fall. “They put it off and put it off, and wouldn’t make a decision,” she told the News this week. “They held off, but ... Read More »

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