December 14th, 2017

News

Local News

  • Conviction upheld against city-area man for securities-related offences

    Lethbridge Herald The Alberta Court of Appeal has upheld the conviction of Lethbridge-area resident Rand Tyler Stevenson for securities-related offences, said the Alberta Securities Commission (ASC) in a memorandum of judgment on Wednesday. Stevenson had appealed his conviction by the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench for trading in securities of OCI Q Corp. without registration [...] Read More »

    9 hours ago
  • City appoints new city treasurer with retirement of Corey Wight

    Melissa Villeneuve Lethbridge Herald mvilleneuve@lethbridgeherald.com A new city treasurer has been appointed following the announcement of Corey Wight’s impending retirement after nearly three decades of service. The official notice was given during Monday’s city council meeting, which was Wight’s last. Members of council congratulated him and thanked him for his work. Wight joined the City [...] Read More »

    9 hours ago
  • Local pertussis outbreak over

    Lethbridge Herald Southern Alberta’s pertussis outbreak is over. But 441 cases were confirmed since the health warning was issued last June, with 388 of them linked to the outbreak. Officials say new cases have decreased significantly, but “standard surveillance” will continue across the South Zone and across the province. And Alberta Health Services will continue [...] Read More »

    9 hours ago
  • Sentencing delayed in brutal attack

    Delon Shurtz lethbridge herald dshurtz@lethbridgeherald.com Sentencing for a man who attacked and sexually assaulted a woman as she walked to work last year has been delayed for nearly three months while the man undergoes a psychiatric assessment. That assessment was expected to be done by Jan. 5, 2018, when Denzel Dre Bird was scheduled for [...] Read More »

    9 hours ago
  • City trash talk doesn’t sit well with London Road residents

    J.W. Schnarr Lethbridge Herald jwschnarr@lethbridgeherald.com A decision by the City of Lethbridge to change garbage pickup from an alley to the street in the London Road area has sparked outrage by residents affected by the change. On Wednesday, residents came together to hear from City administration regarding the decision to end garbage pickup in the [...] Read More »

    9 hours ago

National News

  • Nova Scotia anti-poverty groups call for immediate increase to income assistance

    HALIFAX – Representatives from 13 community and anti-poverty groups are calling on the Nova Scotia government to immediately increase basic income assistance rates to prevent people from sliding further into poverty. Fiona Traynor, of Dalhousie Legal Aid Service, says income assistance rates have been static for the last three years while the cost of living [...] Read More »

    22 mins ago
  • ‘Moving up and down:’ Plane crash survivor says something wrong after takeoff

    FOND DU LAC, Sask. – One of the survivors of a plane crash in northern Saskatchewan says he knew something was wrong about 10 seconds after takeoff. “The plane was just moving up and down, side by side,” said Willie John Laurent, a band councillor with the Fond du Lac Dene Nation who was on [...] Read More »

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  • Organs from deceased donors on rise, but rate for living donors down: report

    TORONTO – A new report says the rate of deceased organ donations has risen substantially over the last decade in Canada, while the rate for living donors has declined. The report by the Canadian Institute for Health Information and Canadian Blood Services shows that deceased organ donation increased by 42 per cent. Since 2011, the [...] Read More »

    31 mins ago
  • Four Hydro One employees killed in helicopter crash in eastern Ontario

    TWEED, Ont. – Four Hydro One employees were killed Thursday in a helicopter crash in eastern Ontario, police and the utility reported. No one survived the crash that occurred just before noon outside Tweed, north of Kingston, provincial police said. Kim Clayton, who lives near the crash site, said Hydro crews had been working for [...] Read More »

    32 mins ago
  • Liberals expand directives on using torture-tainted info to military, diplomats

    OTTAWA – The Liberal government has expanded its directions covering the use of foreign intelligence likely obtained through torture to include the Canada’s military, diplomatic service and electronic spy agency. The move means the Canadian Forces, Communications Security Establishment and Global Affairs Canada are being prohibited from using information gleaned from torture, unless it means [...] Read More »

    39 mins ago

Provincial News

  • Alberta legislature wraps up sitting with new rules on worker’s rights, elections

    EDMONTON – Lawmakers at the Alberta legislature have wrapped up a fall sitting that included major legislation and a significant reconfiguration of the political landscape. Over the last seven weeks, Premier Rachel Notley’s NDP government passed new rules to protect students in gay-straight alliances at schools and overhauled laws to give workers more say in [...] Read More »

    18 hours ago
  • Alberta man’s sentencing delayed due to wait for psychiatric assessment: lawyer

    LETHBRIDGE, Alta. – An Alberta man’s sentencing for a random sexual assault and attack on a woman walking to work has been put off until March. Denzel Dre Colton Bird, who is 21, pleaded guilty in September to aggravated sexual assault and break and enter. He attacked a 25-year-old woman with a weapon, dragged her [...] Read More »

    21 hours ago
  • Alberta legislature wraps up sitting, with new rules on worker rights, elections

    EDMONTON – Politicians at the Alberta legislature have wrapped up a fall sitting that included some major legislation and a significant reconfiguration of the political landscape. Premier Rachel Notley’s NDP government passed new rules to protect students in gay-straight alliances at schools, and overhauled laws to give workers more say in safety and in getting [...] Read More »

    21 hours ago
  • Alberta MLA Derek Fildebrandt charged with illegal deer kill on private land

    EDMONTON – An Alberta member of the legislature who is already dealing with charges of hit and run is now facing accusations of illegally shooting a deer. Derek Fildebrandt, the Independent member for Strathmore-Brooks, has been charged with unlawful possession of wildlife and entering onto private land without permission. Alberta Justice says that on the [...] Read More »

    1 day ago
  • Health officials declare whooping cough outbreak in southern Alberta over

    LETHBRIDGE, Alta. – Health officials say an outbreak of whooping cough that began last spring in southern Alberta is over. Alberta Health Services says cases of pertussis in the south zone have decreased so much that the situation can no longer be considered acute. The health agency says the bacterial infection first surfaced June 5 [...] Read More »

    1 day ago

World News

  • No jail for fertility doctor who lied about using own sperm

    INDIANAPOLIS – A retired Indianapolis fertility doctor accused of inseminating patients with his own sperm will serve no jail time after pleading guilty Thursday to charges that he lied to investigators. A Marion County judge gave Dr. Donald Cline a one-year suspended sentence, but ruled his actions justified him having a felony criminal record. The [...] Read More »

    34 mins ago
  • Trump’s security paper offers stark vision of global rivalry

    WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump’s “America First” vision is a stark worldview that sees rivals battling each other for supremacy or relevance and has little use for alliances, treaties and other international agreements unless they directly benefit the United States, its industry and workers. Trump’s doctrine, to be laid out next week when he unveils [...] Read More »

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  • Man charged in Charlottesville car attack due in court

    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – A young man accused of ramming a car into a crowd of people protesting a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, faces a court hearing Thursday on charges including second-degree murder. James Alex Fields Jr., a 20-year-old from Maumee, Ohio, described as having a keen interest in Nazi Germany and Adolf Hitler, [...] Read More »

    58 mins ago
  • California will set more fires to try to stop wildfires

    LOS ANGELES – California’s seemingly endless cycle of wildfires is prompting authorities to make plans to set more “controlled burns” to thin forests choked with dead trees and withered underbrush that serves as kindling to feed monster blazes that force entire communities to flee, destroy homes and take lives. Fighting wildfires that burn out of [...] Read More »

    59 mins ago
  • Cost of fighting California’s 4th-largest fire nears $75M

    SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – The colossal wildfire burning northwest of Los Angeles became the fourth largest in California history and authorities said it would likely keep growing and threatening communities as hot, gusty winds fanned the flames. State officials said Thursday that the so-called Thomas Fire straddling coastal Ventura and Santa Barbara counties covered 379 [...] Read More »

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