May 1st, 2016


Local News

  • Battle brewing over park visitor centre

    J.W. Schnarr Lethbridge Herald Opposition to a proposed $7.6-million visitor reception centre has some Waterton residents frustrated by what they say is a lack of communication from Parks Canada. Bonnie Fromm, organizer of the Save the Waterton Field Facebook page and website, said concerns over the centre have been[...] Read More »

    2 hours ago
  • Students collaborateon SAAG exhibitions

    Original works showcase young artists Halen Kooper For The Herald Three new exhibitons at the Southern Alberta Art Gallery will highlight the work of young, local and regional artists. Starting today, Art’s Alive and Well in the Schools, Aa’sitapiwa and Then and Now: The Buchanan Collection will be[...] Read More »

    19 hours ago
  • Ceremony a step to building bridges

    Land use experts will be working on project J.W. Schnarr Lethbridge Herald Elders and officials from three southern Alberta Blackfoot Nations came together with elected leaders and staff from the City of Lethbridge Friday morning for a ceremony in the Oldman River valley to initiate a Traditional[...] Read More »

    19 hours ago

    Dave Mabell Lethbridge Herald Fifty years later, it stands as a well-loved reminder of the city’s “baby boomer” expansion. The Yates Centre, when it officially opened on May 1 of 1966, was part of an impressive list of achievements for a city of not quite 37,000. But it was[...] Read More »

    1 day ago
  • Infrastructure will help local economy, Phillips tells luncheon

    Dave Mabell LETHBRIDGE HERALD Lethbridge has not been hard-hit while Alberta’s revenues plummeted along with the price of oil. But the city’s cabinet minister, Shannon Phillips, told a business crowd the region’s economy will nevertheless be bolstered by infrastructure projects advanced by its New Democrat government. The[...] Read More »

    2 days ago

National News

  • Vancouver coast guard base reopens without 24/7 rescue ability: union spokesman

    VANCOUVER – A Vancouver coast guard base shuttered by the previous Conservative government has reopened, but a union spokesman says it lacks around-the-clock rescue capacity. The Canadian Coast Guard says the Kitsilano base had a “soft launch” on Sunday and a full launch is planned for June, but it isn’t immediately clear whether it will [...] Read More »

    7 hours ago
  • Anti-capitalist May Day protest turns violent in Montreal

    MONTREAL – Anti-capitalist demonstrators smashed some windows in downtown Montreal this afternoon as they tossed objects near a police station. The protesters were holding their annual May Day march. The incidents occurred about one hour into the demonstration and prompted police to fire off canisters of tear gas and warn protesters to disperse. Earlier in [...] Read More »

    9 hours ago
  • Alberta firefighter faces 18 arson charges

    MAYERTHORPE, Alta. – A firefighter who battled the flames that destroyed a railway trestle bridge northwest of Edmonton last week has now been charged with setting the fire, as well as others in and around his community. RCMP say Lawson Michael Schalm, 19, of Mayerthorpe faces 18 counts of arson following an investigation into a [...] Read More »

    10 hours ago
  • Alberta firefighter faces 18 arson charges, including fire that burned CN bridge

    MAYERTHORPE, Alta. – A firefighter who battled the flames that destroyed a railway trestle bridge northwest of Edmonton last week has now been charged with setting the fire, as well as others in and around his community. RCMP say Lawson Michael Schalm, 19, of Mayerthorpe faces 18 counts of arson following the investigation into a [...] Read More »

    12 hours ago
  • Senate and P.E.I. gear up for Mike Duffy’s expected return this week

    CHARLOTTETOWN – Canadians could be forgiven for assuming P.E.I. residents are all feeling a sense of relief as Sen. Mike Duffy – the Island’s most high-profile political export – prepares to return to the Senate this week after a three-year hiatus punctuated by intrigue, scandal and, finally, vindication in a court of law. But that’s [...] Read More »

    13 hours ago

Provincial News

  • Wesley Berg scores six including OT winner as Roughnecks top Rock

    CALGARY – Wesley Berg’s sixth goal of the game was the overtime winner as the Calgary Roughnecks topped the Toronto Rock 18-17 on Saturday in National Lacrosse League action. Curtis Dickson and Jeff Shattler scored four goals apiece for Calgary (8-10). Garrett McIntosh, Karsen Leung, Tyler Digby and Peter McFetridge rounded out the attack. Rob [...] Read More »

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  • Man gets nine years for what his lawyer calls “stupid” random killing

    CALGARY – A man who shot into a crowd, randomly killing a woman outside a Calgary bar in August 2014, has learned his sentence. After pleading guilty to a lesser charge of manslaughter, 22-year-old Hussein Ibrahim was given nine years in prison for the death of 26-year-old Natasha Farah. Defence lawyer Allan Fay described his [...] Read More »

    2 days ago
  • Calgary city councillor says third-party screening of Uber was above board

    CALGARY – The head of Calgary’s standing policy committee on protective services says she has confirmed the city did not send convicted sex offenders or violent criminals to test Uber’s screening process. Coun. Diane Colley-Urquhart says she thoroughly checked with bylaw services and a third-party contractor hired to investigate the ride-hailing service. Mayor Naheed Nenshi [...] Read More »

    2 days ago
  • Alberta woman charged with second-degree murder in stabbing death of mother

    LETHBRIDGE, Alta. – A woman in southern Alberta is accused of killing her mother. Lethbridge police say Shelley Praill, who was 54, was found in a city home on Thursday suffering a stab wound. She died later in hospital of her injury. Police say Praill’s daughter, who is 28, was arrested at the home. Jessica [...] Read More »

    2 days ago
  • Craig Chandler resigns from Alberta PC party board over terrorism remark

    CALGARY – A member of the Alberta Progressive Conservative party’s board of directors has quit for saying the Earls restaurant chain supports terrorism. Craig Chandler posted a comment on social media saying Earls supports terrorism because the Kansas company it will source it’s meat from also produces halal beef. He says he resigned from the [...] Read More »

    2 days ago

World News

  • 1st cruise from a US port in decades leaves Miami for Cuba

    MIAMI – Passengers set sail Sunday from Miami on an historic cruise to Cuba, the first in decades to depart from a U.S. port for the communist island nation. Carnival Corp.’s 704-passenger Adonia left port at 4:24 p.m., bound for Havana. Carnival’s Cuba cruises, operating under its Fathom brand, will visit the ports of Havana, [...] Read More »

    5 hours ago
  • Elephants perform for final time at Ringling Bros. circus

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. – An elephant carrying a performer holding an American flag kicked off the final elephant performance at Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus on Sunday, as the show closes its own chapter on a practice that has entertained audiences in America for two centuries but has come under fire by animal rights [...] Read More »

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  • Governor: Puerto Rico won’t make $420 million debt payment

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla announced that Puerto Rico’s government will not make a $420 million bond payment due Monday, after a failure to negotiate a legal or political solution to the U.S. territory’s public debt crisis. Garcia said Sunday that he had issued an executive order suspending payments on debt [...] Read More »

    8 hours ago
  • After a half-century wait, US cruise leaves Miami for Cuba

    MIAMI – After a half-century of waiting, passengers have set sail from Miami on an historic cruise to Havana. Carnival Corp.’s 704-passenger Adonia left port at about 4:24 p.m. Sunday. The cruise comes after Cuba loosened its policy banning Cuban-born people from arriving to the country by sea. Cuban-born passengers were among those aboard. Carnival [...] Read More »

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  • 2 reservation hospitals agree to quality-of-care changes

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Two government-run hospitals on Native American reservations in South Dakota will keep receiving crucial federal funding after agreeing to undertake significant measures to improve the quality of care provided to patients. The Indian Health Service, which administers the hospitals on the Pine Ridge and Rosebud Indian Reservations, announced Sunday that it [...] Read More »

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