May 16th, 2021



  • 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 »

    3 days 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 »

    4 weeks 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 »

    3 months 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 »

    3 months 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 »

    3 months ago

Local News

  • Sentencing decision for drug smuggler set for June

    LETHBRIDGE The Crown and defence in a drug smuggling case are miles apart when it comes to sentencing a Calgary man who was found guilty in March following a week-long trial in Lethbridge Court of Queen’s Bench. Calgary lawyer Sean Fagan is seeking a seven-year prison term for his client, Bradley Michael Gaudrault, while [...] Read More »

    2 days ago
  • Farmers’ Market vendor aiming for business as normal

    Even in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Tiara Forsyth tries to keep things business as usual. Forsyth, the owner of Sekhmet’s Emporium, was among the vendors set up for the first Lethbridge & District Exhibition annual Farmers’ Market of the season last weekend at the Lethbridge Exhibition Park South Pavilion. Though this year’s farmers [...] Read More »

    2 days ago
  • Economic Standing Policy Committee finishes week of deliberations

    LETHBRIDGE The Economic Standing Policy Committee of city council adjourned on Friday after five days of deliberations leaving $31 million unallocated for the next elected council to make use of after this fall’s municipal election. While most initiatives funded in this upcoming 2022-2031 Capital Improvement Program cycle were modest and relatively inexpensive to fund, [...] Read More »

    2 days ago
  • Monday deadline for Lethbridge School Division pilot e-learning program

    LETHBRIDGE Parents have until Monday to register their students for a pilot e-learning program being conducted by the Lethbridge School Division. An e-learning program, said Board chair Christine Light Friday, is “flexible, innovative and accountable for engaging students in meaningful digital learning experiences where they can thrive within the school and broader community.” The [...] Read More »

    2 days ago
  • ASIRT investigating Lethbridge Police Service officer

    The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team will be investigating allegations that a Lethbridge Police Service member potentially mishandled evidence. On Thursday, the LPS suspended the officer with pay and ordered an internal investigation into professional misconduct under the Police Act and Police Service Regulation. LPS said in a press release that investigation will be held [...] Read More »

    2 days ago

National News

  • Tensions flare at Israel-Palestinian demonstrations in Montreal, Toronto

    Tensions ran high at competing demonstrations over the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in both Montreal and Toronto this weekend. Police in Montreal confirmed they responded to a conflict that erupted between protesters and counter-protesters at a rally in support of Israel near the city’s downtown Sunday afternoon. People were heard shouting “Free Palestine” as they ran from [...] Read More »

    27 mins ago
  • Provinces push forward on vaccination amid lingering questions after Fortin departure

    Canadian provinces continued to take steps towards hitting their vaccination targets today even as questions linger after the departure of the senior military officer in charge of the national immunization drive. Ontario administered its seven millionth vaccine dose over the weekend, which saw several hot spots trying to scale up their efforts to reach more [...] Read More »

    5 hours ago
  • Feds face growing calls for answers after general overseeing vaccine effort sidelined

    OTTAWA – The federal Liberal government is facing growing calls for answers on why the military general who was overseeing Canada’s COVID-19 vaccination campaign has been sidelined, as well as who will be replacing him. The Defence Department announced in a terse three-line statement on Friday evening that Maj.-Gen. Dany Fortin was stepping aside from [...] Read More »

    9 hours ago
  • People with disabilities even more alone during pandemic: cerebral palsy spokeswoman

    YELLOWKNIFE – Riley Oldford is usually out playing sledge hockey or hanging out with friends, but since the start of the pandemic he’s mostly been at home. The 16-year-old, who has cerebral palsy and a chronic lung condition, was the first person in the Northwest Territories under 18 to get vaccinated when he got the [...] Read More »

    11 hours ago
  • Western MP pitches Conservative carbon price with a 24-pack of Pilsner

    OTTAWA – Ron Liepert says these days, the phone calls and emails from people wanting to talk about his party’s climate plan have slowed. One month ago, the Conservative MP for Calgary Signal Hill was answering at least a dozen or more emails a day, and another half a dozen calls. “There’s no question I’ve [...] Read More »

    14 hours ago

Provincial News

  • Pastor, candidate under restraining order arrested for allegedly breaking COVID laws

    CALGARY – A Calgary mayoral candidate who is under a restraining order and a pastor both face charges for allegedly violating COVID-19 laws over the weekend. The Calgary Police Service alleges Kevin J. Johnston was in violation of a court order when he attended an illegal gathering Saturday morning. The injunction, obtained by the province’s [...] Read More »

    19 mins ago
  • Fire investigators can’t pin cause of fire at Edmonton-area seniors complex

    ST. ALBERT, Alta. – Fire investigators say they have been unable to figure out what caused a fire at an Edmonton-area retirement and long-term care complex last week. Residents were forced to leave when the fire at the Citadel Mews West Continuing Care Facility in St. Albert broke out on May 6. It destroyed part [...] Read More »

    2 days ago
  • Alberta health agency obtains restraining order against Calgary mayoral candidate

    CALGARY – Alberta Health Services says it has obtained a restraining order against a Calgary mayoral candidate who the agency says has threatened health workers. AHS says Kevin Johnston must stay at least 100 metres away from health officers and must not publish any threats or hate speech directed at them. Johnston is running in [...] Read More »

    2 days ago
  • Ottawa forward Connor Brown leads Canada’s roster at world championship

    CALGARY – Ottawa Senators forward Connor Brown will lead a young Canadian squad at the world hockey championship in Riga, Latvia. Hockey Canada announced Friday its roster of 14 forwards, eight defencemen and three goaltenders for the event, which starts May 21. Brown is coming off a 2020-21 campaign that saw him score a career-high [...] Read More »

    2 days ago
  • Judge dismisses attempt to quash ‘anti-Alberta’ activities inquiry

    CALGARY – A judge has dismissed an attempt to quash the United Conservative government’s inquiry into whether foreign groups have conspired against Alberta’s oil industry. Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Karen Horner says the environmental law firm Ecojustice failed to prove the inquiry was called to intimidate charities that have raised concerns about the industry. [...] Read More »

    2 days ago

World News

  • Israeli paramedics: 2 dead in synagogue bleacher collapse

    JERUSALEM (AP) – Israeli medics say two people are dead and more than 150 injured in a bleacher collapse at a West Bank synagogue. The bleacher was packed with ultra-Orthodox worshippers and collapsed during prayers at the beginning of a major Jewish holiday. A spokesman for Magen David Adom told Channel 13 that paramedics had [...] Read More »

    7 hours ago
  • Dozens hurt in bleacher collapse at Israeli synagogue

    JERUSALEM (AP) – A bleacher packed with worshippers collapsed in a West Bank synagogue on Sunday on the eve of a major Jewish holiday, wounding dozens of people, medics said. Amateur footage showed the stands collapsing during prayers at the beginning of the Jewish holiday of Shavuot. The synagogue in Givat Zeev, just north of [...] Read More »

    8 hours ago
  • Medics: Dozens hurt in Israeli bleacher collapse

    JERUSALEM (AP) – Israeli medics say dozens of people have been injured in a bleacher collapse in a West Bank synagogue. Amateur footage showed the collapse occurring during prayers Sunday evening in Givat Zeev, just outside Jerusalem, at the beginning of the Jewish holiday of Shavuot. Eli Bin, head of the Magen David Adom rescue [...] Read More »

    8 hours ago
  • Israeli strikes kill 33, topple buildings in Gaza City

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) – Israeli airstrikes on Gaza City flattened three buildings and killed at least 33 people Sunday, medics said, making it the deadliest single attack since heavy fighting broke out between Israel and the territory’s militant Hamas rulers nearly a week ago. A rescuer could be seen shouting into a hole [...] Read More »

    13 hours ago
  • Islamic nations hold emergency summit on Israel-Gaza attacks

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) – The 57-nation Organization of Islamic Cooperation opened an emergency meeting Sunday over the heavy fighting between Israel and the Gaza Strip’s militant Hamas rulers, the first major move among Mideast nations still grappling with how to address the conflict. While the Arab League and organizations like the Saudi-based OIC [...] Read More »

    15 hours ago