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 »

    5 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 »

    5 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 »

    10 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 »

    10 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 »

    10 hours ago

National News

  • Premier reiterate demand for $28-billion increase in health transfers from Ottawa

    OTTAWA – With a federal budget in the offing, premiers are stepping up the pressure on Ottawa to increase annual health care transfer payments to provinces and territories. The premiers are reiterating their unanimous demand that the federal government hike the transfer by $28 billion this year, and by five per cent more each year [...] Read More »

    2 hours ago
  • Travelling residents in two more N.W.T. communities can isolate at home

    YELLOWKNIFE – Residents of the Northwest Territories who are from Norman Wells and Fort Simpson can now self-isolate at home if they leave the territory. A previous public-health order required anyone who left N.W.T. to isolate for 14 days in Yellowknife, Fort Smith, Hay River or Inuvik. The territory’s chief public health officer, Dr. Kami [...] Read More »

    2 hours ago
  • Liberals tap $2.75B of promised transit dollars for zero-emission buses

    OTTAWA – The federal Liberals are setting aside some of the billions of dollars 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. [...] Read More »

    3 hours ago
  • Health Canada ‘days away’ from decision on Johnson and Johnson vaccine

    OTTAWA – Health Canada is just “days away” from deciding whether to approve Johnson and Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine. If that happens it will add a fourth option to Canada’s efforts to immunize our way to an end to the pandemic and the first to require only one dose. Coupled with a new recommendation Thursday that [...] Read More »

    3 hours ago
  • Glen Assoun agrees to compensation deal for wrongful conviction and years in prison

    HALIFAX – A compensation agreement has been reached between Glen Assoun and the Nova Scotia and federal governments for his wrongful conviction and the almost 17 years he spent in prison. Nova Scotia Justice Minister Randy Delorey said today the recently signed deal is confidential, and Assoun’s lawyers Sean MacDonald and Phil Campbell said the [...] Read More »

    3 hours 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 »

    13 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 »

    18 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 »

    18 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 »

    21 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 »

    21 hours ago

World News

  • Satan tries to get a date on the Boston subway system

    BOSTON – The Prince of Darkness is apparently looking for a date on the Boston subway system. A 20-year-old woman approached transit police at the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority’s Forest Hills station at about 10:45 p.m. Monday to complain about an encounter with a man dressed all in black, including a mask covering his entire [...] Read More »

    1 hour ago
  • Powerful quake hits off New Zealand, prompting evacuations

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand – A powerful magnitude 8.1 earthquake struck in the ocean off the coast of New Zealand on Friday, prompting some evacuations and tsunami warnings across the South Pacific. It was the second large quake to strike within hours. An offshore magnitude 7.3 quake had awoken many people during the night throughout New [...] Read More »

    1 hour ago
  • Law enforcement grapples with US Capitol security after plot

    WASHINGTON – The Pentagon is reviewing a police request to keep National Guard troops patrolling the U.S. Capitol for another 60 days following evidence of a “possible plot” by a militia group to storm the building again, two months after Trump supporters smashed through windows and doors in an insurrection meant to halt the certification [...] Read More »

    1 hour ago
  • Dallas police officer charged with 2 counts capital murder

    DALLAS – A Dallas police officer was arrested Thursday on two counts of capital murder in two unconnected 2017 killings that weren’t related to his police work, authorities said. Bryan Riser, a 13-year veteran of the force, was taken into custody Thursday morning and brought to the Dallas County Jail for processing, according to a [...] Read More »

    2 hours ago
  • California Legislature OKs plan aimed at in-person learning

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. – California lawmakers on Thursday approved a $6.6 billion plan aimed at pressuring school districts to return students to the classroom before the end of the school year. The bill does not order school districts to resume in-person instruction and it does not say parents must send their kids back to the classroom [...] Read More »

    2 hours ago