March 4th, 2021



  • Small businesses getting help; Schweitzer

    Dale Woodard Lethbridge Herald Small businesses in Alberta are being offered a helping hand. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to hinder small businesses, the province is offering supports to help owners through a tough time with additional pandemic support through a new financial relief program, the Enhanced COVID-19 Business Benefit, beginning in April. The Enhanced COVID-19 Business Benefit provides [...] Read More »

    1 week ago
  • Blood Tribe members want election reform

    Tim Kalinowski Lethbridge Herald Blood Tribe members are calling for the reform of the current electoral system after about 300 people were not allowed to vote in the municipal election at the Lethbridge polling station back in November. A separate problem happened in Calgary when the location of the vote was changed the day [...] Read More »

    1 week ago
  • Pizza is the ultimate comfort food

    Andrea Bourque-White, Library Assistant, Lethbridge Public Library People have been eating versions of pizza for centuries. What we know as pizza can be traced back to late 18th century Naples, Italy, but it wasn’t a family favourite like it is today. So, how did pizza become one of the world’s most popular foods? Back in [...] Read More »

    4 weeks ago
  • 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 »

    1 month ago
  • 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 »

    1 month ago

Local News

  • Hofman retiring as Nobleford CAO

    Nikki Jamieson Southern Alberta Newspapers After more than 15 years working for the town, Kirk Hofman will be leaving his position as CAO. Hofman has long ties to the Nobleford area — his great-grandparents had homesteaded in the area, and his grandparents and parents lived there — and he has enjoyed working for the town [...] Read More »

    2 hours ago
  • Twinning advocates won’t stop pushing Highway 3

    Collin Gallant Southern Alberta Newspapers Advocates for the twinning of Highway 3 say they hope to keep up momentum as the province plans to start work on some sections this summer. That includes a call to bring industry voices on board the effort, which has already brought support from Medicine Hat-based major manufacturer, Goodyear Tires. “We want to [...] Read More »

    2 hours ago
  • Council cancels hearings due to advertising error

    LETHBRIDGE City council was forced to cancel all remaining public hearings for the new Municipal Development Plan this week, and also the planned public hearing on the proposed Mustard Seed temporary shelter site at 110 13th Street South next Tuesday due to an advertising error. City staff informed council at the start of what [...] Read More »

    7 hours ago
  • Pleas may be coming for assault charges

    LETHBRIDGE A 29-year-old man who was expected to resolve his assault charges on at least four occasions over the past for weeks, may finally enter pleas later this month. Wade Allan Cross Child, who faces single counts of aggravated assault, assault causing bodily harm and assault with a weapon, was expected to resolve the [...] Read More »

    7 hours ago
  • Bill Ginther first to announce council candidacy

    LETHBRIDGE While nominations for city council have been open for a month now, so far only one candidate has officially filed the necessary papers with the City of Lethbridge to be recognized as a nominee for the municipal election this fall. Lethbridge Soup Kitchen executive director Bill Ginther, who also ran four years ago [...] Read More »

    7 hours ago

National News

  • Number of active COVID-19 cases in Arviat, Nunavut, grows by 10

    ARVIAT, Nunavut – COVID-19 infections in Arviat grew by 10 overnight to bring the Nunavut community’s active case count to 14. The community of about 2,800 has been under a strict lockdown since November with schools and non-essential businesses closed and travel restricted. Arviat also declared a state of emergency on Feb. 24 and brought [...] Read More »

    10 mins ago
  • Liberals tap $2.5B of promised transit dollars for zero-emission buses

    OTTAWA – The federal Liberals are setting aside some of the billions planned in short-term transit spending to help municipalities further green their bus fleets. The hope is that the $2.75 billion in traditional grant money will dovetail with the $1.5 billion an infrastructure-financing agency is supposed to invest toward the same cause. Infrastructure Minister [...] Read More »

    11 mins ago
  • Nova Scotia eases COVID-19 restrictions; cases creep up in Ontario

    Nova Scotia is easing public-health restrictions in and around Halifax, while new daily cases in Ontario are creeping up. Health officials in the Atlantic province say rules that came into effect last week limiting restaurant hours, prohibiting sports events and discouraging non-essential travel will end tomorrow morning in the capital region. Nova Scotia is reporting [...] Read More »

    52 mins ago
  • Desmond inquiry: social worker reveals details about former soldier’s family life

    PORT HAWKESBURY, N.S. – An inquiry in Nova Scotia is hearing testimony today from a social worker who has described the family life of a former soldier who later killed three family members and himself in 2017. Kama Hamilton says that as Lionel Desmond was starting an 11-week treatment program to help him cope with [...] Read More »

    1 hour ago
  • Health Canada says vaccine boosters will be approved more easily

    OTTAWA – Health Canada says it won’t require new clinical trial data from vaccine makers on booster shots being developed to target new variants of COVID-19. Instead, the regulator will rely more heavily on lab tests on blood samples, which can show how many antibodies develop following vaccination. Those antibodies are a good indicator of [...] Read More »

    1 hour ago

Provincial News

  • Alberta pastor charged with breaking COVID-19 health orders to appeal bail conditions

    EDMONTON – An Alberta pastor accused of holding Sunday services that violated COVID-19 rules is to appeal his bail conditions today. James Coates with GraceLife Church, west of Edmonton, has been in jail for just over two weeks. Coates is charged with violating Alberta’s Public Health Act and with breaking a promise to abide by [...] Read More »

    10 hours ago
  • Maple Leafs thump Oilers to complete emphatic three-game sweep

    EDMONTON – Jimmy Vesey scored twice to snap a long goal drought and Frederik Andersen made 26 saves in his return from injury as the Toronto Maple Leafs completed a three-game sweep of the Edmonton Oilers with a resounding 6-1 victory Wednesday. John Tavares and Zach Hyman, with a goal and an assist each, William [...] Read More »

    15 hours ago
  • Avalanche Canada special warning for mountains in western Alberta, eastern B.C.

    REVELSTOKE, B.C. – Avalanche Canada has issued a special warning to people who use the backcountry in the mountains of western Alberta and eastern British Columbia. Forecasters say increasing temperatures will destabilize the snowpack which could trigger avalanches from Wednesday through the coming weekend. The special warning applies to the North Rockies, the Cariboos, the [...] Read More »

    15 hours ago
  • One person dead in shooting with police at Calgary hotel, watchdog investigating

    Calgary police say a person has died in a shooting with officers. A news release says police received a complaint Wednesday afternoon about a person with a gun at the Nuvo Hotel in the Beltline area. The agency says there was a confrontation with that person and there was a shooting. No officers were injured, [...] Read More »

    17 hours ago
  • Alberta extends time between vaccine doses; means more people to get shot sooner

    EDMONTON – Alberta is following guidance from a national vaccine advisory panel and increasing the time between COVID-19 doses. Dr. Deena Hinshaw, the province’s chief medical officer of health, says the greater lag time will allow more Albertans to be effectively vaccinated sooner. She said the plan is for Alberta to match British Columbia, which [...] Read More »

    18 hours ago

World News

  • Bucking GOP trend, Alabama governor extends mask order

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Breaking from other Southern GOP governors, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey extended her state’s mask order for another month Thursday but said the requirement will end for good in April. Following the recommendations of medical officials, Ivey said she will keep the mask order set to expire Friday in place until April 9. [...] Read More »

    2 hours ago
  • Police request 60-day extension of Guard at US Capitol

    WASHINGTON – The Capitol Police have requested that members of the National Guard continue to provide security at the U.S. Capitol for another two months, The Associated Press has learned. Defence officials say the new proposal is being reviewed by the Pentagon. The request underscores the continuing concerns about security and the potential for violence [...] Read More »

    2 hours ago
  • Famed Madrid flamenco venue closes amid virus restrictions

    MADRID – Artists at one of Madrid’s best-known flamenco bars put on a final outdoor show Thursday, marking its closure after 140 years because of COVID-19 pandemic restrictions that have shuttered entertainment venues. A female flamenco dancer dressed in black performed in the street outside Villa-Rosa, while others threw flamenco costumes from balconies into the [...] Read More »

    3 hours ago
  • 9 killed in army helicopter crash in eastern Turkey

    ANKARA, Turkey – A military helicopter crashed in eastern Turkey on Thursday, killing nine soldiers on board and injuring four others, the Defence Ministry said. The helicopter crashed in the town of Tatvan, in the predominantly Kurdish-populated Bitlis province. It wasn’t immediately clear what caused the crash. The Cougar type helicopter was on its way [...] Read More »

    3 hours ago
  • Powerful quake hits near New Zealand; tsunami warning issued

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand – Officials in New Zealand issued a tsunami warning for coastal areas after a shallow, powerful earthquake struck off the northeastern coast on Thursday night. There were no immediate reports of serious damage or casualties. New Zealand’s National Emergency Management Agency warned of a tsunami threat along the east of the country’s [...] Read More »

    4 hours ago