January 24th, 2021



  • Exploring life’s depth dimensions

    Many people no longer attend religious services. According to the sociologists, this percentage of people is increasing as the years go by. While many who are active in religious groups decry this trend, others of us want to warn “Be careful before you assume that we’ve rejected all sense of the Great Mystery!” I’m one [...] Read More »

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  • Go low and slow part of cannabis safety

    Are you thinking of using cannabis? Are you already using? Cannabis is a psychoactive substance that has many short- and long-term health risks including: impairment, memory issues, mental health problems, lung damage and risk of dependency and cannabis use disorder. If you are using, ensure that you read the product labels. Know what and how [...] Read More »

    4 days ago
  • Doing and being have value

    Fulfilling one’s purpose First of three Reaching a goal usually is the end of a process. Fulfilling a purpose is a long-term commitment. If a lawnmower cannot cut grass, it is not fulfilling its purpose. Household appliances, electronic devices, tools and spanners, clothes and shoes, clocks and watches, cars and carts have specific purposes. If [...] Read More »

    3 weeks ago
  • What did you learn in disastrous 2020?

    How carefully have you been reading our column over the past year? Take our True or False quiz. 1. Excessive amounts of fructose, one of the main carbohydrates in refined sugar, is converted by the liver into fat. Glucose, the other component of sugar, is burned up as energy by all cells. 2. It’s prudent [...] Read More »

    3 weeks ago
  • How to spot fake social media accounts

    Fake social media accounts can promote phony products, spread scams and even share lies and misinformation. It’s important to spot a phony account right away – before you engage with their content. The following tips will help you discern which social media accounts are real and which are fake. Tips for identifying fake social media [...] Read More »

    3 weeks ago

Local News

  • Raymond woman gets jail for assault

    LETHBRIDGE HERALDdshurtz@lethbridgeherald.com A 23-year-old Raymond woman caught trying to steal items from a grocery store last year has been sentenced for assaulting a store employee and police officer. Cheyenne Sommerly Tilley was sentenced to 90 days in jail after she pleaded guilty Friday in Lethbridge provincial court to charges of assault with a weapon, assaulting [...] Read More »

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  • Universities play role in shaping change

    Laurie Adkin, a political economist and professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Alberta, was the guest speaker as the Southern Alberta Council on Public Affairs met Thursday to discuss the corporate interests and idealogies shaping Alberta’s universites. Speaking to those gathered in this week’s Zoom session, Adkin asserted if ever [...] Read More »

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  • Keystone failure on Trudeau: Harder

    LETHBRIDGE HERALDtkalinowski@lethbridgeherald.com Lethbridge Member of Parliament Rachael Harder says the cancellation of the Keystone XL pipeline represents a failure in leadership for Prime Minister Trudeau, but stopped short of endorsing punitive sanctions against the United States over the decision – despite calls to do so from Premier Jason Kenney. “Of course Mr. Kenney has a [...] Read More »

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  • Holy Spirit names new deputy superintendent

    Michelle MacKinnon has been appointed as the new deputy superintendent for Holy Spirit Catholic School Division. “We are incredibly blessed to have Mrs. MacKinnon take on this role as Deputy Superintendent,” stated board chair Bob Spitzig. “The breadth of knowledge she brings from her educational experiences in early learning, inclusive education, counselling, health and wellness [...] Read More »

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  • Suspect accused o throwing package into police station in court

    LETHBRIDGE HERALDdshurtz@lethbridgeherald.com A Lethbridge man accused of throwing a suspicious package into the police station Thursday then fleeing on a bicycle, had his case heard briefly in Lethbridge provincial court Friday. Duty counsel lawyer Brett Carlson appeared for the accused, Kyle Glen Lowe, and simply requested the matter be adjourned to Monday. In the meantime, [...] Read More »

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National News

  • ‘It wasn’t called COVID at the time:’ One year since Canada’s first COVID-19 case

    TORONTO – The patient, when he came into the hospital ER with what seemed to be mild pneumonia, wasn’t that sick and might otherwise have been sent home. Except the man had just returned from China, where a new viral disease was spreading like a brush fire. His chest X-rays were also unusual. “We’d never [...] Read More »

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  • A timeline of COVID-19 in Canada

    Here’s a timeline of key developments in the COVID-19 pandemic in Canada since the first presumptive case was reported on Jan. 25, 2020: Jan. 25: A Toronto man in his 50s who returned from the Chinese city of Wuhan – the initial epicentre of the outbreak – becomes the first presumptive case of the novel [...] Read More »

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  • ‘Deeply disturbing:’ Nunavut internet still slower, more costly than rest of country

    IQALUIT, Nunavut – In Nunavut, it’s not unusual for the internet to cut out, slow down or stop working altogether. Unlike most jurisdictions in Canada, there is no option for unlimited internet. Instead, residents are faced with high prices and heavy fees for higher monthly data caps. Amy Matychuk, who lives in Iqaluit, says each [...] Read More »

    4 hours ago
  • Taxpayers’ watchdog sees complaints spike, raising worries about pandemic tax season

    OTTAWA – Canada’s taxpayers’ ombudsperson says his office has seen a steep spike in complaints compared to one year ago, delivering an early warning about how complicated returns should be handled this year. François Boileau says the number of complaints from taxpayers about the Canada Revenue Agency was up 93 per cent in December from [...] Read More »

    7 hours ago
  • Dutch arrest alleged Canadian drug baron on Interpol warrant

    PARIS – A suspected Canadian drug baron has been arrested in the Netherlands on an Interpol warrant, according to Dutch and Australian police. The 57-year-old was detained Friday and is of “significant interest” to Australian and other law enforcement agencies, according to a statement Sunday from the Australian federal police. It says he was targeted [...] Read More »

    7 hours ago

Provincial News

  • Too many new pet owners, not enough vets make getting animal care a problem

    CALGARY – Dr. Liz Ruelle says it was a difficult decision to close her veterinary practice to first-time patients after being swamped with requests by new pet owners who turned to animal companionship during the pandemic. For Ruelle, who operates the Wild Rose Cat Clinic in Calgary, everything takes two to three times longer with [...] Read More »

    4 hours ago
  • Coal mining industry already affecting Alberta’s Rockies

    Bob Weber THE CANADIAN PRESS Coal mining is already having an impact in Alberta’s Rocky Mountains even as debate intensifies over the industry’s presence in one of the province’s most beloved landscapes. “They’ve been very active up there,” said Kevin Van Tighem, who lives near one of the areas now heavily leased for coal exploration. [...] Read More »

    2 days ago
  • Alberta premier wants direct compensation from U.S. if Keystone XL pipeline dead

    EDMONTON – Alberta Premier Jason Kenney is making another demand of Justin Trudeau over the Keystone XL pipeline ahead of the prime minister’s call today with new U.S. President Joe Biden. In a letter to Trudeau, Kenney reiterates that the prime minister must press for a meeting with Biden so that Canada can make its [...] Read More »

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  • Calgary man appeals conviction for drunk-driving crash that killed his daughter

    CALGARY – A Calgary man who killed his daughter and seriously injured her best friend in a drunk-driving crash is appealing his conviction and sentence. Michael Shaun Bomford was found guilty last January of dangerous driving causing death and bodily harm, as well as causing the 2016 crash while impaired. He was sentenced to 5 [...] Read More »

    3 days ago
  • Care home residents prioritized: Alberta begins second doses of COVID-19 vaccine

    EDMONTON – Alberta’s chief medical officer of health says the province has begun giving second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine with priority for residents in long-term care homes. Dr. Deena Hinshaw says adjustments are being made on the fly to make sure everyone who has received a first shot gets the booster in the recommended [...] Read More »

    4 days ago

World News

  • Chicago teachers vote to teach from home, defying district

    CHICAGO – The Chicago Teachers Union said Sunday that its members voted to defy an order to return to the classroom before they are vaccinated against the coronavirus, setting up a showdown with district officials who have said such a move would amount to an illegal strike. The nation’s third-largest school district wanted roughly 10,000 [...] Read More »

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  • South Africa mourns anti-apartheid trombonist Jonas Gwangwa

    JOHANNESBURG – Tributes are pouring in for South Africa’s Oscar-nominated anti-apartheid jazz trombonist and composer Jonas Gwangwa, who has died at the age of 83. With driving music that fired up Black South Africans’ resistance to repressive white minority rule, Gwangwa left the country rather than submit to apartheid censorship. Other prominent exiled South African [...] Read More »

    4 hours ago
  • Argentina’s abortion law enters force under watchful eyes

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina – Argentina’s groundbreaking abortion law goes into force Sunday under the watchful eyes of women’s groups and government officials, who hope to ensure its full implementation despite opposition from some conservative and church groups. Argentina became the largest nation in Latin America to legalize elective abortion after its Senate on Dec. 30 [...] Read More »

    7 hours ago
  • Portugal chooses a president amid a severe pandemic surge

    LISBON, Portugal – Portugal held a presidential election Sunday, with the moderate incumbent candidate strongly favoured to earn a second five-year term as a devastating COVID-19 surge grips the European Union nation. The head of state in Portugal has no legislative powers, which lie with parliament and the government, but is an influential voice in [...] Read More »

    7 hours ago
  • Pirates attack Turkish ship off W. Africa; kill 1, kidnap 15

    ANKARA, Turkey – Armed pirates attacked a Turkish cargo ship off the West African coast, kidnapping 15 sailors and killing one of them, officials said Sunday as Turkey sought to recover the captured crew. The Liberian-flagged M/V Mozart was sailing from Lagos, Nigeria, to Cape Town in South Africa when it was attacked Saturday morning [...] Read More »

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