August 24th, 2016


Local News

  • Wind and rain can’t dampen Whoop-Up Days Parade spirit

    Melissa Villeneuve Lethbridge Herald Armed with sweaters, blankets and umbrellas, hundreds of southern Albertans were determined not to let a little rain ruin their parade. The 2016 Whoop-Up Days Parade kicked off five days of festivities on Tuesday morning. Close to 115 parade entries wound their way through downtown Lethbridge and up 13 Street [...] Read More »

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  • Wednesday events at Whoop-Up Days

    Following is a list of events at Exhibition Park and around Lethbridge during Whoop-Up Days 2016. The list is provided to Exhibition Park and The Lethbridge Herald, therefor it is subject to change. Have an event not listed, or that’s been changed? Email We will update the calendar and run it daily all week. [...] Read More »

    17 hours ago
  • Swann addresses local groups on Alta. enviromental issues

    Dave Mabell Lethbridge Herald High fines should help protect southern Alberta’s watersheds, says Liberal leader David Swann. But the province’s environment department needs more boots on the ground to enforce the stronger regulations. Swann, who served as a family physician years ago in Pincher Creek, spoke with southern Alberta environmental group members Monday. He [...] Read More »

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  • Irrigation upgrades planned

    Dave Mabell Lethbridge Herald The provincial and federal governments are offering $1 million for improvements in southern Alberta’s irrigation system. “Modern and reliable irrigation is critical to the success of Alberta farmers,” says ONeil Carlier, Alberta’s minister of agriculture and forestry. “We need to grow more crops with less water.” The grants – part [...] Read More »

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  • Lethbridge’s brewing history

    What could be more Canadian than the appreciation of nice cold brew of beer? If you’re up for a special event and Galt Museum fundraiser, try the Galt Museum and Archives’ annual Beer Tasting Soiree and Fundraiser. This year’s theme is inspired by the illustrated works to be discovered in the Galt Archives. Old Style [...] Read More »

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National News

  • Seven stories in the news today, Aug. 24

    Seven stories in the news today from The Canadian Press – – – LIBERALS IN SAGUENAY, QUE., FOR CAUCUS RETREAT Liberal MPs arrive in Saguenay, Que., today for a caucus retreat where they will prepare for a year of tough choices as the not-so-fledgling government figures out how to make good on its long list [...] Read More »

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  • Doctors ‘waking up’ to opioid over-prescription problem in Canada: CMPA

    VANCOUVER – The medical profession is waking up to the reality that opioids have been over-prescribed in Canada and is actively searching for solutions, says a national association that represents doctors in legal matters. Dr. Gordon Wallace, managing director of safe medical care with the Canadian Medical Protective Association, said the group was bringing in [...] Read More »

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  • Trial begins for Ontario woman who gave water to pigs en route to slaughter

    BURLINGTON, Ont. – The trial for an Ontario animal rights activist begins Wednesday as she fights a mischief charge after giving water to pigs on their way to a slaughterhouse last summer. Anita Krajnc was charged after the pigs’ owner filed a complaint with police shortly after the incident that occurred in June 2015 in [...] Read More »

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  • From lobster to loofah? B.C. chemist works to turn shells into plastics

    VANCOUVER – Where most people see an empty shell after a tasty dinner, a scientist in Vancouver sees an opportunity to create a sustainable new plastic. Chemist Mark MacLachlan at the University of British Columbia is working to turn shells from lobsters, crabs and shrimp into natural materials that can be used in a variety [...] Read More »

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  • Economy, middle-class, bonding on the agenda as Liberal MPs prepare for fall

    OTTAWA – Liberal MPs arrive in Saguenay, Que., today for a caucus retreat where they will prepare for a year of tough choices as the not-so-fledgling government figures out how to make good on its long list of promises. “(We will) talk about the challenges and the opportunities that come when we are responsible about [...] Read More »

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Provincial News

  • Heavy rain washes out roads, floods basements in Westlock, Alberta

    WESTLOCK, Alta. – Heavy rain has caused significant flooding in areas north and west of Edmonton. The Alberta government issued an emergency alert for Westlock on Monday night. Dean Krause, chief administrative officer for the town about an hour north of Edmonton, says some businesses in downtown core are flooded as are basements, but key [...] Read More »

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  • Canadian teen Brigitte Thibault qualifies for first LPGA Tour event

    CALGARY – Canadian teenager Brigitte Thibault sealed a spot in her first LPGA Tour event by qualifying on Monday for the Canadian Open. The 17-year-old amateur from Rosemere, Que., carded a 5-over 77 to finish second in the final qualifying event at the Hamptons Golf Club. American Briana Mao finished atop the leaderboard with a [...] Read More »

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  • Alberta man sentenced to four years for drunken, deadly game of chicken

    SYLVAN LAKE, Alta. – An Alberta man has been sentenced to four years in prison for a drunken game of chicken that killed his best friend. Nathan Corey Scott, who is 29, pleaded guilty earlier this year to impaired driving causing the death of 26-year-old Michael Connelly. Court heard that Scott had been drinking and [...] Read More »

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  • Alberta man admits to drunk driving crash that killed girlfriend on side of road

    RED DEER, Alta. – A man from central Alberta has been sentenced to five years for driving drunk and killing his girlfriend on the side of a road. Jason John Powell, who is 41, pleaded guilty at the start of his trial in Red Deer to charges of impaired driving causing death, refusing to provide [...] Read More »

    2 days ago
  • Calgary officer who fatally shot addict in hotel room won’t be charged

    CALGARY – The Crown has decided that a Calgary officer who fatally shot an addict holding a syringe in a hotel room will not be charged with a criminal offence. The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team says in a release that it initially recommended the officer be charged in the March 2015 death of Anthony [...] Read More »

    2 days ago

World News

  • North Korean submarine missile launch shows improved ability

    SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of – A ballistic missile fired from a North Korean submarine on Wednesday flew about 500 kilometres (310 miles), the longest flight ever by the North for such a weapon, Seoul officials said, and range that can place all of South Korea, and possibly parts of Japan, within its striking distance. North [...] Read More »

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  • Powerful earthquake shakes central Myanmar

    BANGKOK – Officials say a powerful earthquake measuring a preliminary magnitude of 6.8 has shaken central Myanmar. The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake hit Wednesday afternoon and was centred about 25 kilometres (15 miles) west of Chauk, an area west of the ancient capital of Bagan. It said it was located fairly far below [...] Read More »

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  • At least 38 dead as strong earth quake rocks central Italy

    AMATRICE, Italy – A devastating earthquake rocked central Italy early Wednesday, collapsing homes on top of residents as they slept. At least 38 people were killed in hard-hit towns where rescue crews raced to dig survivors out of the rubble, but the toll was likely to rise as crews reached homes in more remote hamlets. [...] Read More »

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  • Rhode Island zoo announces birth of endangered kangaroo

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Officials have announced the birth of an endangered kangaroo native to Papua New Guinea at the Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence earlier this year. Zoo Executive Director Jeremy Goodman says the Matschie’s tree kangaroo named Polly was one of just six in the species born in the United States during the [...] Read More »

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  • Young man killed in new anti-India protests in Kashmir

    SRINAGAR, India – Police in Indian-controlled Kashmir say government forces have fired shotguns and tear gas to break up fierce new protests demanding an end to Indian rule in the disputed Himalayan region, killing a young man and wounding dozens of others. Police said the clashes erupted Wednesday after troops tried to stop thousands of [...] Read More »

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