July 18th, 2024

Local News

Hospital diversions a crisis in Alberta: AMA

By Al Beeber - Lethbridge Herald on July 10th, 2024

LETHBRIDGE HERALDabeeber@lethbridgeherald.com Diversion to other hospitals in Alberta due to a lack of general surgeons or support teams is a crisis situation, media heard Monday during a Zoom meeting on the state of general surgery with Alberta Medical Association Paul Parks. Joining Parks, an Emergency Room doctor in Medicine Hat, was general surgeon Lloyd Mack, ... Read More »

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Woman ordered to repay AISH benefits

By Delon Shurtz - Lethbridge Herald on July 10th, 2024

LETHBRIDGE HERALDdshurtz@lethbridgeherald.com A Lethbridge woman who received financial assistance to which she wasn’t entitled, has been fined and ordered to repay the government thousands of dollars. Jennifer Elaine Wielenga, who was initially charged with fraud, pleaded guilty Tuesday in Lethbridge court of justice to a single charge under the Income and Employment Supports Act of ... Read More »

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Piikani Chief comes full circle with Buffalo Stone

By Alexandra Noad - Lethbridge Herald Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on July 10th, 2024

Before white settlers arrived on the plains, southern Alberta was home to the Blackfoot people. They relied on the buffalo for all of their needs from food to shelter to clothing. Blackfoot people had a sacred relationship to the land and often shared stories with each other. One of these stories which has been passed ... Read More »

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Artist discussion kicks off new SAAG exhibits

By Alexandra Noad - Lethbridge Herald Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on July 10th, 2024

The Southern Alberta Art Gallery (SAAG) opened its summer exhibits on Saturday with a panel discussion of the featured artists. The exhibits feature works from three artists, but all contain the motif of how society navigates the built environments and their impact on emotions. Amanda Chwelos, an artist from Edmonton, showcases the contradictions, anxieties, and ... Read More »

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City council approves climate action plan

By Al Beeber - Lethbridge Herald on July 10th, 2024

LETHBRIDGE HERALDabeeber@lethbridgeherald.com Lethbridge city council has approved the City’s climate adaptation strategy and action plan. The plan, says the City, takes proactive steps to mitigate the costs and risks associated with extreme weather for years to come. The plan was passed as part of the consent agenda Tuesday in council chambers. “The strategy and plan ... Read More »

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Sentencing on break-in adjourned

By Delon Shurtz - Lethbridge Herald on July 10th, 2024

LETHBRIDGE HERALDdshurtz@lethbridgeherald.com A 38-year-old man who broke into Lethbridge Iron Works six months ago won’t know his fate until after he has a sentencing hearing later this year. Jeremy Mackenzie Toth pleaded guilty in Lethbridge court of justice to one count of break and enter, but his sentencing hearing was adjourned until Sept. 23, to ... Read More »

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Volunteers helping pronghorn overcome migration barriers

By Justin Sibbet - Lethbridge Herald Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on July 10th, 2024

LETHBRIDGE HERALDjsibbet@lethbridgeherald.com Pronghorn are a staple of southern Alberta, yet the animal faces significant migration challenges every year in the region. T.J. Schwanky, wildlife projects facilitator with the Alberta Wildlife Federation, says fencing designed to keep cattle and other animals in, also doubles as a barrier to pronghorns. “The pronghorn much prefer to crawl under ... Read More »

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Council approves snow removal pilot project

By Al Beeber - Lethbridge Herald on July 10th, 2024

LETHBRIDGE HERALDabeeber@lethbridgeherald.com Lethbridge city council on Tuesday approved a pilot program for snow and ice removal that was recommended by its Governance Standing Policy Committee in June. On a trial basis for the upcoming winter, the City will be doing plowing to the right with a windrow subscription service for those who can’t clear snow ... Read More »

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Update points to positive steps on encampments

By Lethbridge Herald on July 9th, 2024

Justin Sibbet –¬†LETHBRIDGE HERALD –¬†Local Journalism Initiative Reporter As encampment removal becomes a greater challenge in Lethbridge, positive steps are being made to help keep residents safe and their minds at ease. Andrew Malcolm, general manager of Community Social Development with the City of Lethbridge, says there are successes despite a rising number of encampments ... Read More »

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Broken elevator leaving LTC residents feel like prisoners

By Al Beeber - Lethbridge Herald on July 9th, 2024

LETHBRIDGE HERALDabeeber@lethbridgeherald.com Residents and family members say a broken elevator at St. Michael’s Health Centre is impacting long-term care residents on the second and third floors in the east wing, leaving some feeling like prisoners. The elevator on the east side of the facility that takes patients, visitors and St. Michael’s staff to upper floors ... Read More »

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Legal Aid extension gives hope to Alberta lawyers

By Justin Sibbet - Lethbridge Herald Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on July 9th, 2024

LETHBRIDGE HERALDjsibbet@lethbridgeherald.com Following several days of fear, legal aid is going to remain operational in Alberta until at least early September, though there are still concerns about the future of the program. Legal Aid Alberta released a joint statement alongside the Minister of Justice, Mickey Amery and the Law Society of Alberta on Friday. The ... Read More »

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