December 9th, 2018


Local News

  • Group publisher Mike Hertz retiring from role

    Newspaper veteran will continue as consultant SOUTHERN ALBERTA NEWSPAPERS — MEDICINE HAT Alberta Newspaper Group publisher Mike Hertz has entered retirement after 22 years with the company. When he joined the company in 1996, he said, the newspaper industry was at a crossroads, as it is today. “It was a pretty big turning point in [...] Read More »

    11 hours ago
  • Tiffin Conference shaping up

    Lethbridge College hosting annual event Greg Bobinec Lethbridge Herald Lethbridge College is gearing up for its 20th annual Tiffin Conference, which is Alberta’s leading conference on issues and trends within the red meat industry. The theme for the Jan. 17 event follows entrepreneurship, opportunity, risk and creative distribution. Five guest speakers will be touching [...] Read More »

    13 hours ago
  • Town of Raymond goes net zero

    All electricity needs will be addressed by solar power Greg Bobinec Lethbridge Herald The Town of Raymond has completed its seven significant solar panel installations throughout the town, becoming one of the first municipalities in Alberta to be net zero. With the completion of the projects, along with the upcoming town hall and Victoria [...] Read More »

    13 hours ago
  • Handmade Market captures attention

    Event has grown since humble beginnings Greg Bobinec Lethbridge Herald The Lethbridge Handmade Market took over the main pavilion of Exhibition Park Saturday with a consistent line out the door of people wanting to find a unique handmade gift to purchase for Christmas from a wide variety of local artisans. Every two months, the [...] Read More »

    13 hours ago
  • Milk River ready to help the needy during Christmas season

    Heather Cameron Southern Alberta Newspapers – Milk River Milk River has Christmas hamper and Angel Tree programs available over the holiday season to help those in need. “Our Christmas Hamper and Angel Tree programs run in conjunction with each other,” said Darlene Fleming, the organizer of both events. “If a family receiving a hamper has [...] Read More »

    13 hours ago

National News

  • ON, SK say carbon price, CPP expansion a double whammy for businesses

    OTTAWA – Ontario and Saskatchewan want the federal government to fully analyze new tax measures before imposing them on Canadians next year. The finance ministers from Ottawa and the provinces will meet in Ottawa tonight and tomorrow, just two days after a somewhat tense meeting between premiers and the prime minister in Montreal. Many of [...] Read More »

    2 hours ago
  • Toronto mayor, TTC union ask Ontario govt to step in on transit modernization

    TORONTO – As the transit agency in Canada’s most populous city prepares to do away with its decades-old payment system, Toronto’s mayor and the union representing transit workers are asking the Ontario government to step in and fix what they describe as faulty technology in the higher-tech replacement. December marks the last month commuters will [...] Read More »

    2 hours ago
  • ‘We are the pioneers’ N.S. prof striving to create perfect Christmas tree

    HALIFAX – A Nova Scotia professor is striving to create the ideal Christmas tree, inside the only research lab of its kind in the world. Dalhousie University’s Raj Lada is the director of the Christmas Tree Research Centre in Truro, N.S., a unique lab dedicated to improving balsam fir Christmas trees. “We are the pioneers [...] Read More »

    6 hours ago
  • In Canada, the term ‘nationalism’ doesn’t seem to have a bad rap. Here’s why.

    OTTAWA – On a historic Remembrance Day, a century after the end of the First World War, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told a Paris crowd that decaying trust in public institutions will lead citizens to look for easy answers “in populism, in nationalism, in closing borders, in shutting down trade, in xenophobia.” The implication was [...] Read More »

    7 hours ago
  • British Columbia trade trip to China cancelled over Meng detention

    VICTORIA – The detention of a top Huawei executive in Canada has derailed British Columbia’s trade mission to China. The delegation led by B.C. Forestry Minister Doug Donaldson will no longer be stopping in China, and will instead end its trip after a visit to Japan. The province says in a statement the decision was [...] Read More »

    7 hours ago

Provincial News

  • Humboldt survivor Ryan Straschnitzki in Alberta bus accident

    CALGARY – Humboldt Broncos survivor Ryan Straschnitzki was a passenger on a bus that rear-ended by a truck on his way home from physiotherapy. The 19-year-old Straschnitzki was one of 13 survivors April 6 when the team bus was hit by a semi-trailer at an intersection north of Tisdale, Saskatchewan. Sixteen people died, and Straschnitzki [...] Read More »

    22 hours ago
  • Taubitz holds off Geisenberger for World Cup luge gold

    CALGARY – Julia Taubitz got her first World Cup luge victory of the season Saturday, holding off Olympic champion and fellow German star Natalie Geisenberger by about one-tenth of a second. Taubitz finished two runs in 1 minute, 33.408 seconds. Geisenberger’s time was 1:33.512, and Canada’s Kimberley McRae took third in 1:33.885. Andrea Voetter was [...] Read More »

    1 day ago
  • Wendl and Arlt get their first World Cup luge win of season

    CALGARY – The duo of Tobias Wendl and Tobias Arlt of Germany was the fastest in both heats Friday, on their way to getting their first World Cup luge doubles win of the season. Another German sled – Toni Eggert and Sascha Benecken – finished second, and the Austrian team of Thomas Steu and Lorenz [...] Read More »

    2 days ago
  • Flames forward Lomberg suspended one game by NHL, captain Giordano to have hearing

    Calgary forward Ryan Lomberg has been suspended for a game and head coach Bill Peters fined US$10,000 by the NHL for an incident that occurred at the end of Thursday’s 2-0 win over the Minnesota Wild. Lomberg went after Matt Dumba after the Wild defenceman steamrolled Flames centre Mikael Backlund in the final minute of [...] Read More »

    2 days ago
  • Police watchdog gives some details on Grande Prairie RCMP-involved shooting

    GRANDE PRAIRIE, Alta. – Alberta’s police watchdog says a Mountie shot a man on Tuesday in Grande Prairie during an exchange of gunfire with two suspects after a pickup rammed an RCMP cruiser. No police were hurt. Alberta Serious Incident Response Team investigators say the 21-year-old suspect who was shot was taken to hospital with [...] Read More »

    3 days ago

World News

  • Winter storm causes icy roads across swath of South

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. – A massive storm brought snow, sleet, and freezing rain across a wide swath of the South on Sunday – causing dangerously icy roads, immobilizing snowfalls and power losses to hundreds of thousands of people. Accidents on snow-covered interstates caused major delays, hundreds of flights were cancelled and drivers in North Carolina and [...] Read More »

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  • Former Agriculture Secretary Bob Bergland dies at 90

    ROSEAU, Minn. – Former U.S. Agriculture Secretary Bob Bergland, a farmer from northern Minnesota who was tasked with selling President Jimmy Carter’s unpopular Soviet Union grain embargo to other farmers, died Sunday. He was 90. Bergland died at a nursing home in his hometown of Roseau, near the U.S.-Canadian border, his daughter Linda Vatnsdal said. [...] Read More »

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  • Pence aide out of running to be Trump’s next chief of staff

    WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump’s top pick to replace chief of staff John Kelly, Nick Ayers, is no longer expected to fill the role. Ayers, who is chief of staff to Vice-President Mike Pence, was seen as the favourite for the job when Trump announced Saturday that Kelly would leave around year’s end. But a [...] Read More »

    3 hours ago
  • Former Ag Secretary Bob Bergland dies at 90

    ROSEAU, Minn. – Former U.S. Agriculture Secretary Bob Bergland has died in Minnesota. He was 90. Bergland’s daughter, Linda Vatnsdal (VAHT’-ens-dahl), says he died Sunday at a nursing home in Roseau (ROH’-zoh) in northern Minnesota As Agriculture Secretary for President Jimmy Carter, Bergland had the difficult job of defending to Midwest farmers Carter’s unpopular decision [...] Read More »

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  • ‘Ralph’ tops box office again, ‘Aquaman’ is a hit in China

    NEW YORK – In the calm before the Christmas storm at the box office, “Ralph Breaks the Internet” remained No. 1 for the third straight week, while the upcoming DC Comics superhero film “Aquaman” arrived with a cannonball-sized splash in Chinese theatres. For the second week in a row, no new wide releases opened in [...] Read More »

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