February 24th, 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 »

    12 hours 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 »

    12 hours 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 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

  • Online vaccination appointments cause frustration

    Dale Woodard Lethbridge Herald Some technical snafus in trying to book an online vaccination through the Alberta Health Services website has drawn frustration from one local man. Gerry Kohn, 77, said he was on the phone beginning at 8 a.m. Wednesday morning and as of that afternoon was still unable to book an appointment and [...] Read More »

    4 hours ago
  • City to seek control of EMS dispatch

    Tim Kalinowski Lethbridge Herald tkalinowski@lethbridgeherald.com City council has voted to pass a resolution to explore the possibility of once again assuming local EMS dispatch control from AHS in support of the RM of Wood Buffalo, and to have the City’s legal advisers sit in on the province’s injunction case against Wood Buffalo on Mar. 9-11. [...] Read More »

    12 hours ago
  • Lawyer for man charged in attempted abduction waiting for disclosure

    LETHBRIDGE HERALDDshurtz@lethbridgeherald.com The lawyer for a 21-year-old Lethbridge man charged in connection with an attempted abduction in Lethbridge, says her client is suffering from mental health issues, and has been in and out of the hospital since he was charged last summer. During a hearing recently in Lethbridge provincial court, Calgary lawyer Jeanine Zahara referred [...] Read More »

    17 hours ago
  • Herald’s storied history shown in audits

    LETHBRIDGE HERALDtbusch@lethbridgeherald.com When it comes to history, many newspapers can trace their roots back more than a century, and the Lethbridge Herald is no exception. However, in attempting to celebrate that past and highlighting achievements down through the decades, some newspapers haven’t done a very good job of illustrating that tradition for their wider readership. [...] Read More »

    17 hours ago
  • Canadians support making Google and Facebook pay for news content

    Eighty-two per cent of Canadians believe it’s time for the federal government to take action and force social media giants Google and Facebook to pay Canadian news publishers for their content, and ensure fair negotiations so that publishers get their share of online advertising revenue. As well, according to the poll, 70 per cent of [...] Read More »

    17 hours ago

National News

  • CP NewsAlert: Admiral Art McDonald steps aside as defence chief amid investigation

    OTTAWA – Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan says Admiral Art McDonald has voluntarily stepped down as chief of the defence staff as he is investigated on unspecific allegations. Sajjan says in a release that the Canadian Forces National Investigation Service is doing the investigation. Sajjan says he takes all allegations of misconduct seriously and continues to [...] Read More »

    21 mins ago
  • Seniors now able to book COVID-19 shots in two provinces, with more on the way

    Tens of thousands of seniors in the Prairies secured appointments to receive COVID-19 vaccines Wednesday as officials in the two provinces hardest hit by the pandemic laid out their own plans for inoculating older residents. The launch of vaccine reservations in Alberta saw some 20,000 slots filled as of early Wednesday afternoon, just hours after [...] Read More »

    7 hours ago
  • COVID-19 quarantine screening officer charged with extortion, sexual assault

    TORONTO – A quarantine screening officer who allegedly demanded cash from a woman before sexually assaulting her at her home faces related charges, police said on Wednesday. The accused had been trained by the Public Health Agency of Canada as a designated screening officer under the Quarantine Act, Halton regional police said. According to a [...] Read More »

    7 hours ago
  • Desmond inquiry: psychologist says soldier showed no signs he was an abusive husband

    PORT HAWKESBURY, N.S. – An inquiry investigating why a former soldier killed his family and himself in 2017 heard Wednesday from a psychologist who said she didn’t detect warning signs about domestic violence when he began treatment in 2011. Wendy Rogers, a psychologist contracted by the military, said she would have picked up on indications [...] Read More »

    7 hours ago
  • Advocates call for COVID-19 vaccination plan for migrant and undocumented workers

    TORONTO – Migrant and undocumented workers must have access to the COVID-19 vaccine as part of Canada’s immunization effort, advocates said Wednesday, calling on all levels of government to ensure the workers are guaranteed the shots. The Migrant Rights Network, along with doctors and labour groups, voiced concerns that thousands of migrant and undocumented workers [...] Read More »

    8 hours ago

Provincial News

  • Edmonton Police Service officer charged with off-duty sexual assault

    EDMONTON – An Edmonton Police Service officer has been charged with sexual assault. Alberta’s police watchdog, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT), says the alleged assault happened on Jan. 20 when the officer was off duty. In a release, ASIRT says the man knows the woman and during an encounter committed a sexual assault. [...] Read More »

    4 hours ago
  • Frustration as Albertans clamour to book COVID-19 vaccines for senior family members

    CALGARY – Many Albertans hoping to book COVID-19 vaccination appointments for older loved ones Wednesday instead spent hours being kicked off the government’s booking website or getting busy signals on the phone. Some 230,000 people born in 1946 or earlier are now eligible to be immunized at 58 sites across the province. Appointments are being [...] Read More »

    5 hours ago
  • Frustration as Albertans clamour to book COVID-19 vaccines for elderly loved ones

    CALGARY – Many Albertans hoping to book COVID-19 vaccination appointments for elderly loved ones Wednesday morning instead spent hours being kicked off the government’s booking website or getting busy signals on the phone. Some 230,000 people born in 1946 or earlier are now eligible to be immunized at 58 sites across the province. Appointments were [...] Read More »

    8 hours ago
  • Trial date for jailed Alberta pastor charged with breaking COVID-19 health orders

    STONY PLAIN, Alta. – A trial date has been set for a jailed Alberta pastor who is accused of holding Sunday services that violated COVID-19 rules. James Coates with GraceLife Church in Spruce Grove, near Edmonton, did not appear in court Wednesday when a date for a three-day trial was set to start May 3. [...] Read More »

    8 hours ago
  • Surge in demand as more Alberta seniors eligible for COVID-19 vaccine

    CALGARY – Alberta Health Services says more than 12,000 seniors born in 1946 and earlier have booked appointments for COVID-19 vaccinations so far this morning. Chief medical officer of health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, has said there are 230,000 Albertans in that age group and has urged those eager to get their shots to be patient [...] Read More »

    10 hours ago

World News

  • Biden revokes Trump orders on ‘anarchist’ cities and more

    President Joe Biden on Wednesday formally revoked a series of presidential orders and memorandum signed by Donald Trump, including one that sought to cut funding from several cities the 45th president deemed “anarchist” havens and another mandating that federal buildings should be designed in a classical esthetic. Since taking office last month, Biden has revoked [...] Read More »

    2 hours ago
  • Russian supermodel Vodianova is new UN goodwill ambassador

    CAMEROON, Cameroon – Russian supermodel and philanthropist Natalia Vodianova became a United Nations goodwill ambassador on Wednesday, pledging to promote the sexual and reproductive rights of women and girls and tackle stigmas surrounding their bodies. She will be a campaigner for the U.N. Population Fund, which now calls itself the U.N.’s sexual and reproductive health [...] Read More »

    2 hours ago
  • Gang clashes result in Ecuador’s deadliest prison riots ever

    QUITO, Ecuador – Ecuador experienced its deadliest prison riots ever this week when seemingly co-ordinated fights broke out in facilities in three different cities, leaving 79 inmates dead as of Wednesday and exposing the limited control that authorities have over people behind bars. Hundreds of police officers and military personnel converged on the prisons after [...] Read More »

    5 hours ago
  • LA sheriff calls Tiger Woods crash ‘purely an accident’

    LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles County sheriff on Wednesday characterized the crash that seriously injured Tiger Woods as “purely an accident” and appeared to rule out any potential criminal charges even as authorities were still investigating. Deputies did not see any evidence that the golf star was impaired by drugs or alcohol after Tuesday’s [...] Read More »

    6 hours ago
  • Palm Beach County refuses to lower flags for Rush Limbaugh

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Palm Beach County defied Gov. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday, refusing to lower its courthouse flags to half-staff in honour of the late conservative broadcaster Rush Limbaugh – a move that the governor’s office called “petty.” The county’s courthouse flags remained at full staff, ignoring Gov. Ron DeSantis’ Tuesday afternoon order directing [...] Read More »

    6 hours ago