October 18th, 2021

News

Community

  • Subaru Crosstrek a fantastic crossover

    LETHBRIDGE HERALDabeeber@lethbridgeherald.com l Beeber Lethbridge Herald abeeber@lethbridgeherald.com Since it was first introduced, the Subaru Crosstrek has been one of my favourite small crossovers. And for 2021, this popular choice among buyers and reviewers is even better. The Crosstrek, in Subaru-speak, has been “re-engineered” for the 2021 model year and the improvements make an already great [...] Read More »

    5 months ago
  • Spiritual Care Team providing care for the soul

    These days we regularly see TV footage of health care professionals in hospitals. Yet barely visible is a vital group who provide care for the soul. They are the Spiritual Care Team. At the Chinook Regional Hospital, I met Roman Catholic Spiritual Care Coordinator Annella Wehlage, who introduced me to Spiritual Health Practitioner John Moerman, [...] Read More »

    5 months ago
  • Modern-day example of the Good Samaritan

    It was a chilly February morning in 2001 when my father left the mall after his routine walk to drive to the curling rink to meet the rest of his retired buddies. With known heart problems, he must have sensed something amiss, and quickly and haphazardly pulled into the first pull-out he came upon. Immediately [...] Read More »

    6 months ago
  • 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 »

    8 months ago
  • Blood Tribe members want election reform

    Tim Kalinowski Lethbridge Herald tkalinowski@lethbridgeherald.com 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 »

    8 months ago

Local News

  • Catholic school board hopeful wants to be a voice for parents

    LETHBRIDGE HERALDabeeber@lethbridgeherald.com Tricia Doherty believes she can make a difference in the Holy Spirit Catholic School Division. So she’s thrown her hat in the ring to win a seat as a trustee in Monday’s municipal election. As a first time candidate, she wants people to know she’s willing to stand up for parents and be [...] Read More »

    3 days ago
  • Trustee candidate looks to step up for separate school system

    Bart Denie, a father of two girls in grade 3 and grade 5 at St. Michael’s School in Pincher Creek, is hoping to gain a seat at the Holy Spirit School Division board. “I think that we need to step up as parents and fight for the separate school system in order to be able [...] Read More »

    3 days ago
  • Trustee candidates weigh in as city prepares to vote

    With the 2021 municipal election right around the corner, public school trustee candidates were afforded the chance to weigh in on the issues one more time in an online forum Wednesday night. Lethbridge Public Local 41 hosted a virtual forum for the 16 candidates running for public school trustee as Andrea Andreachuk, Brooke Culley, Tyler [...] Read More »

    3 days ago
  • Residential school survivors share experience at Galt session

    LETHBRIDGE HERALDtkalinowski@lethbridgeherald.com The Galt Museum and Archives hosted an information session about the devastating impacts of residential schools on Friday. Residential school survivors Rebecca Many Grey Horses and Elder Marlene Heavy Shields spoke about their personal experiences at local residential schools on the Blood Tribe, and some of the legacy of colonial “cultural genocide” associated [...] Read More »

    3 days ago
  • Former MLA Clint Dunford remembered with ‘huge respect’ as Lethbridge loses ‘enthusiastic advocate for our city’

    Al Beeber – Lethbridge Herald Retired Progressive Conservative MLA for Lethbridge West Clint Dunford died Thursday of a sudden and unexpected illness at the age of 78. Dunford was first elected to the Alberta Legislature in 1993, succeeding John Gogo, and retired after his fourth term ended in 2008 due to multiple myeloma which had [...] Read More »

    3 days ago

Municipal Election

  • Campaign signs removed after violating election act

    LETHBRIDGE HERALDtkalinowski@lethbridgeherald.com The City of Lethbridge is confirming it removed about 150 signs over the weekend which had been put up by local municipal candidates on the grounds of Exhibition Park in violation of the Local Authorities Election Act. “Section 152 of the Local Authorities Election Act states that no ‘advertisement, handbill, placard, poster, circular, [...] Read More »

    6 days ago
  • Advance vote numbers stay high as City adds drive-thru option for election day

    After just five of eight days of advance voting for the 2021 municipal election, the numbers have already surpassed the total advance vote total from 2017. This past weekend, 3,907 voters cast their ballot using the new drive-thru voting station at Exhibition Park – almost equivalent to the entire total of advance voters in 2017, [...] Read More »

    6 days ago

Candidate Q&A

Council Candidates

  • Darcy Logan: Candidate wants positive change for a vibrant downtown

    Al Beeber Lethbridge Herald abeeber@lethbridgeherald.com He came to attend university but has made Lethbridge his home and now Darcy Logan is running for city council. Logan, curator and gallery services manager at CASA, will be focusing on four key issues during his campaign. Being an individual who both works and lives downtown and one who has served [...] Read More »

    1 week ago
  • Wally Schenk brings compassion and experience to council bid

    Candidate Wally Schenk says his whole city council campaign comes down to one thing: he cares. He cares about people, he cares about the health of the business community, and he cares about all those suffering through addiction and the families of those who have lost loved ones due to overdoses. He cares about the [...] Read More »

    2 weeks ago
  • Robin Walker: Candidate believes in thinking small for big accomplishments

    LETHBRIDGE HERALDtkalinowski@lethbridgeherald.com City council candidate Robin Walker says in order for the city to accomplish big things it has to start thinking small. Thinking small, in this context, is about thinking local, and about what we can do as a community to address the issues we have with the resources we’ve got without relying on [...] Read More »

    2 weeks ago
  • Ryan Lepko community-driven

    LETHBRIDGE HERALDtkalinowski@lethbridgeherald.com Candidate Ryan Lepko promises “community driven” leadership if elected to city council. “I am community driven,” he states. “I truly care about this city in its entirety. We are such a diverse and unique city, and I want to restore things back to the old normal instead of this new normal that we [...] Read More »

    2 weeks ago
  • Shelby MacLeod: Council candidate wants sustainable economic growth

    City council candidate Shelby MacLeod is hoping to put her vast experience in governance and within the non-profit sector to good use as a representative of the people of Lethbridge. MacLeod is currently chair of the local Canadian Mental Health Association board, a long-time board member with the Lethbridge Food Bank, and a member of [...] Read More »

    2 weeks ago

Election

  • Mayoral candidates make their case at U of L Students Union forum

    LETHBRIDGE HERALDtkalinowski@lethbridgeherald.com Four of the six Lethbridge mayoral candidates took part in a Lethbridge Youth Mayoral Forum hosted by the University of Lethbridge Students’ Union on Thursday night. The forum focused on common concerns in the community held by all residents, including students, in combination with specific questions related to the concerns of students and [...] Read More »

    2 weeks ago
  • Council candidates tackle downtown issues at BRZ debate

    LETHBRIDGE HERALDtkalinowski@lethbridgeherald.com City council candidates wrestled for over two hours with some of the fundamental questions facing Lethbridge’s downtown core at the Downtown Business Revitalization Zone virtual candidates’ debate on Tuesday evening.  What emerged was a composite of all the potential solutions to the downtown question, and a cross-section of all the different camps within [...] Read More »

    2 weeks ago
  • Police chief clarifies department budget cuts

    Tim Kalinowski Lethbridge Herald tkalinowski@lethbridgeherald.com Chief of Police Shahin Mehdizadeh is clarifying some misconceptions about last year’s budget cuts to the Lethbridge Police Service which have been circulating recently in the community. While concerning in their impact, particularly over the next few years, Mehdizadeh confirmed the $1-million cut to the police budget enacted by the [...] Read More »

    2 weeks ago
  • Advance voting double 2017 election so far in Lethbridge

    The first two days of advance voting for the 2021 Municipal Election, held October 1-2 at City Hall, saw 1,255 Lethbridge residents cast their ballots. Returning Officer Bonnie Hilford says, for comparison, after two days of advance voting during the 2017 Municipal Election, 543 residents had voted. There are six more Advance Vote opportunities which will [...] Read More »

    2 weeks ago
  • Mayoral candidates offer their vision for downtown Lethbridge

    Tim Kalinowski – Lethbridge Herald For the second night in a row Lethbridge’s mayoral candidates convened to discuss the issues facing the city, and tried to convince voters they are the best person to vote for.  During Tuesday’s Downtown Business Revitalization Zone debate candidates discussed their visions to make Lethbridge a better, safer and more [...] Read More »

    3 weeks ago

Mayoral Candidates

  • Keean Lehtinen:Mayoral candidate looking for a people-centred council

    LETHBRIDGE HERALDtkalinowski@lethbridgeherald.com Mayoral candidate Keean Lehtinen says he would like to see a cleaner Lethbridge and a more people-centred city council if elected this fall. “I think a lot of the mayoral candidates we have right now are extremely qualified and competent people, but their platforms, I feel, don’t have enough of a human element [...] Read More »

    2 months ago
  • Bridget Mearns: Former city councillor Mearns joins the race for mayor

    LETHBRIDGE HERALDtkalinowski@lethbridgeherald.com A major piece of the race to fill the Mayor’s seat moved onto the board as former two-term city councillor and BILD Lethbridge executive office Bridget Mearns announced she will be seeking the highest elected office in the city this fall. “Four years ago, I decided to leave city council after serving two [...] Read More »

    3 months ago
  • Kolton “The Maniac” Menzak: Mayoral candidate looking to get to work on city’s social problems

    LETHBRIDGE HERALDtkalinowski@lethbridgeherald.com Lethbridge’s latest mayoral candidate says it is time for Lethbridge to roll up its sleeves to get to work on the city’s pressing social problems, and to address all the problems stemming from economic inequality in the city. Mixed Martial Arts fighter Kolton “The Maniac” Menzak is a lifetime Lethbridge resident with blue [...] Read More »

    3 months ago
  • Blaine Hyggen: City councillor Hyggen running for mayor’s seat

    LETHBRIDGE HERALDtkalinowski@lethbridgeherald.com Twice elected city councillor Blaine Hyggen became the first incumbent to confirm his candidacy for this coming fall election, but Hyggen has his sights set on a much larger role in the community this time around. Hyggen formally declared on Thursday what many anticipated all along: that he was running to become Mayor [...] Read More »

    4 months ago
  • Gary Klassen: Local realtor running for city mayor’s office

    LETHBRIDGE HERALDtkalinowski@lethbridgeherald.com Longtime Lethbridge resident and local realtor Gary Klassen became the latest candidate to declare his intention to run for Mayor of the City of Lethbridge. Klassen said he has three main reasons for wanting to run as mayor. He wants to stop wasteful spending at the City, work as a consensus builder in [...] Read More »

    5 months ago

School Board Candidates

  • Andrea Andreachuk: Former elementary teacher seeks to serve on public school board

    After teaching as an elementary school teacher for the Lethbridge School Division for the past 37 years, Andrea Andreachuk said it would be a privilege to serve as public school trustee. The former teacher at General Stewart School said safety for students and aiding the Truth and Reconciliation are key issues for the former teacher. [...] Read More »

    4 days ago
  • Joanne Siljak: Public school board candidate looks to be advocate for students

    LETHBRIDGE HERALDabeeber@lethbridgeherald.com Joanne Siljak has worked in the education system since 1980 and for the first time has thrown her name into the ring in hopes of earning a spot on the board of the Lethbridge Public School District. Siljak just retired in July from her job as Corporate Services Co-ordinator with Palliser Regional Schools, [...] Read More »

    5 days ago
  • Genny Steed: School board candidate sees children as number one priority

    Making children the top priority and increasing the levels of communications are key on a school board for Genny Steed. As the mother of six runs for public school trustee, Steed plans to bring these issues to the forefront. “I hope that anyone nominated onto the board sees the kids as the number one priority,” [...] Read More »

    6 days ago
  • Brooke Culley feels all students deserve a good future

    Lethbridge Public School trustee candidate Brooke Culley, would like to reinvest in public education target creative advocacy, build equitable futures, and nurture an empathetic inclusive culture if elected. Culley, who ran successfully in 2010 and served on the board for three years, is looking to get back into it when voters go to the polls [...] Read More »

    2 weeks ago
  • Henry Jacobs: Trustee hopeful Jacobs focused on curriculum and reconciliation

    A better curriculum option both from the provincial rollout standpoint as well reconciliation strategy are key issues as Henry Jacobs throws his hat into the ring for public school trustee. The candidate, with a strong background in broadcasting, media and marketing and the father of two, has focused on both. “I do not support the [...] Read More »

    2 weeks ago

National News

  • Feds sending more help to NWT to deal with COVID-19 surge

    OTTAWA – The federal government is sending more help to the Northwest Territories to deal with a spike in COVID-19 cases. Public Safety Minister Bill Blair says Ottawa has approved a request from the territory to provide “surge capacity support” for infection prevention and control, contact tracing and testing. The support – 10 specialists from [...] Read More »

    1 hour ago
  • B.C. money laundering inquiry hears plea for whistleblower protections

    VANCOUVER – A lawyer representing British Columbia government workers has urged a public inquiry into money laundering to call for better protection for whistleblowers, saying had those been in place, illegal cash may not have ended up in provincial casinos. Jitesh Mistry told the Cullen commission Monday that front-line casino workers often observe suspicious activities [...] Read More »

    1 hour ago
  • Final days of money laundering inquiry hears plea for whistleblower protections

    VANCOUVER – A lawyer representing British Columbia government workers has urged a public inquiry into money laundering to call for better protection for whistleblowers, saying had those been in place hundreds of millions of dollars in illegal cash may not have ended up in provincial casinos. Jitesh Mistry told the Cullen commission Monday that front-line [...] Read More »

    2 hours ago
  • Facebook whistleblower rekindles questions about cracking down on Facebook in Canada

    OTTAWA – The fallout from a Facebook whistleblower’s explosive revelations this month continues to descend on Canada as politicians and experts grapple with how to regulate Big Tech amid renewed questions on the harm it can wreak. A prolonged “techlash” over the past few years has seen western countries adopt varying degrees of platform regulation, [...] Read More »

    3 hours ago
  • Pfizer officially requests Health Canada approval for kids’ COVID-19 shot

    OTTAWA – Pfizer-BioNTech has asked Health Canada to approve the first COVID-19 vaccine for children aged five to 11 years old. As soon as the regulator gives the green light, providers will be able to start offering the COVID-19 shot to kids, though new child-sized doses might need to be procured. The doses are about [...] Read More »

    5 hours ago

Provincial News

  • Municipal voting across Alberta: Calgary, Edmonton to elect new mayors

    Alberta’s two major cities were voting for new mayors during municipal elections Monday after being led by Naheed Nenshi in Calgary and Don Iveson in Edmonton for multiple terms. Political scientists said the results will show whether the two cities continue the progressive legacies of the outgoing mayors or move ahead with a more conservative [...] Read More »

    4 hours ago
  • Kananaskis park pass reaps $10 million for improvements, says Alberta minister

    CANMORE, Alta. – Alberta’s environment minister says a new pass for a popular Alberta mountain park has generated more than $10 million from users of Kananaskis Country. Jason Nixon says money from the pass has been used entirely on upgrades to the park, located just west of Calgary. He says the money has paid for [...] Read More »

    8 hours ago
  • Calgary, Edmonton to elect new mayors during municipal votes across Alberta

    Alberta’s two major cities are to bring in new mayors during municipal elections today after being led by Naheed Nenshi in Calgary and Don Iveson in Edmonton for multiple terms. Political scientists have said the votes will show whether the two cities continue the progressive legacies of the outgoing mayors or forge ahead with a [...] Read More »

    18 hours ago
  • Medical examiner describes deaths of mother, toddler at Calgary murder trial

    CALGARY – A forensic pathologist has told a murder trial that a Calgary woman and her young daughter suffered blunt force trauma to their heads. Jasmine Lovett and 22-month-old Aliyah Sanderson were reported missing in April 2019. The next month, their bodies were found buried in a day use area in Kananaskis Country, west of [...] Read More »

    3 days ago
  • New electoral boundaries strip Quebec of a seat, gives Alberta 3 more

    OTTAWA – Elections Canada says Quebec will lose one seat in the next redistribution of federal ridings in Canada. Overall, the number of seats in the House of Commons will increase by four to 342 seats to reflect Canada’s growing population. Alberta will gain three seats, Ontario one and British Columbia one, while the number [...] Read More »

    3 days ago

World News

  • Trump files lawsuit to block release of Jan. 6 documents

    WASHINGTON (AP) – Former President Donald Trump has filed a lawsuit to block the release of documents to the Jan. 6 select committee of Congress, challenging the decision of President Joe Biden to release them. Trump claims in the lawsuit that the request “is almost limitless in scope,” and seeks records with no reasonable connection [...] Read More »

    5 hours ago
  • Hezbollah leader declares his group has 100,000 fighters

    BEIRUT (AP) – The leader of Lebanon’s Hezbollah declared for the first time Monday that his powerful militant group has 100,000 trained fighters. Hassan Nasrallah disclosed the size of the Shiite group’s militant arm in his first speech since seven people were killed in gunbattles on the streets of Beirut on Thursday. The confrontation erupted [...] Read More »

    7 hours ago
  • Biden team asks Supreme Court to pause Texas abortion law

    WASHINGTON (AP) – The Biden administration is asking the Supreme Court to block the Texas law banning most abortions, while the fight over the measure’s validity plays out in the courts. The law has been in effect since September, aside from a district court-ordered pause that lasted just 48 hours, and bans abortions once cardiac [...] Read More »

    9 hours ago
  • Official: Czech president can’t perform duties due to health

    PRAGUE (AP) – Health problems were preventing Czech President Milos Zeman from carrying out his duties, an official said Monday. The speaker of the Czech Senate, Milos Vystrcil, said that a letter he received from Prague’s military hospital where Zeman is being treated says the president is unable to work and the long-term prognosis is [...] Read More »

    10 hours ago
  • Colin Powell dies, exemplary general stained by Iraq claims

    WASHIINGTON (AP) – Colin Powell, who served Democratic and Republican presidents in war and peace but whose sterling reputation was forever stained by his faulty claims to justify the U.S. war in Iraq, died Monday of COVID-19 complications. He was 84. A veteran of the Vietnam War, Powell rose to the rank of four-star general [...] Read More »

    10 hours ago