April 18th, 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 »

    2 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 »

    2 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 »

    2 months 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 »

    3 months 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 »

    3 months ago

Local News

  • AUMA passes three RFD motions

    The Alberta Urban Municipalities Association passed three Requests for Decision (RFD) motions at its Spring Municipal Leaders Caucus on Thursday. The motions will be forwarded on to AUMA committees for further fleshing out, and will be appended to other AUMA lobbying initiatives toward the provincial government. The first RFD passed was a motion which asks [...] Read More »

    21 hours ago
  • AUMA says province needs to do more

    LETHBRIDGE HERALDtkalinowski@lethbridgeherald.com The Alberta Urban Municipalities Association Spring Municipal Leaders Caucus ended on Friday with dialogue sessions with various Alberta cabinet ministers in a Q & A format, and remarks from Premier Jason Kenney on the province’s pandemic response and economic path forward. While there was widespread acknowledgement of the ongoing fiscal challenges the province [...] Read More »

    21 hours ago
  • Cinderella Project making high school graduation accessible

    A local initiative is making sure high school students from lower-income families have the proper resources for a memorable graduation. The Cinderella Project – now entering its fifth year and operated by MyCityCare – opened its doors Thursday with the program running until the end of May at the SAEA Multicultural Centre ballroom on 6th [...] Read More »

    21 hours ago
  • Hospitalization prevents court appearance

    LETHBRIDGE HERALDdshurtz@lethbridgeherald.com One of several men charged following a violent attack at a westside residence last year was unable to make a court appearance Friday. Lethbridge lawyer Ingrid Hess explained her client, Hunter Ferdinand Nolte, was scheduled for a docket appearance in Lethbridge provincial court, but he was unable to attend because he broke his [...] Read More »

    21 hours ago
  • Coaldale Family Fun Run goes virtual

    Coaldale Christian School has announced a re-boot of the 10th Annual Coaldale 5K Family Fun Run. This event was cancelled last year and as health restrictions continue, adaptation becomes key. In light of this, the Fun Run is hosting a virtual race this year. What is a virtual race and how will it work? Rather [...] Read More »

    21 hours ago

National News

  • A look at COVID-19 vaccinations in Canada on April 17, 2021

    The latest numbers on COVID-19 vaccinations in Canada as of 10:30 p.m. ET on Saturday April 17, 2021. In Canada, the provinces are reporting 249,535 new vaccinations administered for a total of 9,775,267 doses given. Nationwide, 908,060 people or 2.4 per cent of the population has been fully vaccinated. The provinces have administered doses at [...] Read More »

    5 hours ago
  • Mounties get their unicorn; stolen statue of mythical beast found in Alberta field

    DELIA, Alta. – It’s not often police can report that a unicorn has been found, but it was the truth Saturday when RCMP said a stolen, stainless-steel statue of the mythical beast was found in a field not far from where it was taken. According to Jane McMullin, co-owner of Hand Hills Crafts in Delia, [...] Read More »

    7 hours ago
  • The latest numbers on COVID-19 in Canada for Saturday, April 17 2021

    The latest numbers of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Canada as of 8:30 p.m. ET on Saturday April 17, 2021. There are 1,113,907 confirmed cases in Canada. Canada: 1,113,907 confirmed cases (86,763 active, 1,003,553 resolved, 23,591 deaths).*The total case count includes 13 confirmed cases among repatriated travellers. There were 7,842 new cases Saturday. The rate of [...] Read More »

    7 hours ago
  • Ontario walks back new pandemic police powers following widespread backlash

    TORONTO – Ontario’s government has walked back sweeping new police powers a day after they were announced. Solicitor General Sylvia Jones says officers will no longer have the right to stop pedestrians or drivers to ask why they are out or request their home address. Instead, she says, police will only be able to stop [...] Read More »

    9 hours ago
  • Ford backtracks on new police COVID-19 powers amid intense backlash

    TORONTO – Furious criticism of new anti-pandemic powers that allow police in Ontario to stop any motorist or pedestrian and ask where they live and why they’re not home prompted the provincial government on Saturday to reconsider the measures. As the number of infected people in hospital reached record levels, Premier Doug Ford tweeted that [...] Read More »

    12 hours ago

Provincial News

  • WHL Roundup: Corson Hopwo sends Rebels to 10th loss in a row

    MEDICINE HAT, Alta. – Corson Hopwo scored two power-play goals, and the Medicine Hat Tigers came from behind to beat the Red Deer Rebels 4-2 on Friday in Western Hockey League play. Brett Kemp and Eric Van Impe also scored to help Medicine Hat improve to 6-0-1 in its last seven games. Garin Bjorklund made [...] Read More »

    1 day ago
  • Alberta ministers defend widely criticized coal consultation plans

    EDMONTON – Alberta cabinet ministers are defending the government’s widely criticized plans to consult the public over open-pit coal development in the province’s Rocky Mountains. “Our goal is to ensure the government’s approach to coal reflects the best interests of Albertans and will balance stringent environmental protections and the approach to resource development,” said Energy [...] Read More »

    1 day ago
  • Elders, trappers from Alberta First Nation ask province to protect bison herd

    LITTLE RED RIVER, Alta. – Some trappers and elders from Alberta’s Little Red River Cree Nation are asking the province to protect a dwindling Wabasca Wood Buffalo bison herd. In a letter to Environment Minister Jason Nixon, they ask for immediate action to end unregulated hunting by legally protecting the herd. No one from Alberta [...] Read More »

    2 days ago
  • Alberta environment minister defends coal consultation at municipalities meeting

    EDMONTON – Alberta Environment Minister Jason Nixon is defending the province’s planned coal consultations. In response to a question at the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association convention, Nixon says the province’s freshwater management hasn’t changed. He was responding to a question from Jim Willett, mayor of Coutts, Alta., who wondered why Albertans won’t be able to [...] Read More »

    2 days ago
  • Alberta premier shouldn’t say things he doesn’t know: town mayor

    ATHABASCA, Alta. – The mayor of a town in northern Alberta says Premier Jason Kenney shouldn’t have commented about an outbreak of COVID-19 among school students and staff if he didn’t know the circumstances. Kenney said during two news conferences this week that the outbreak in Athabasca, Alta., was one of the worst in the [...] Read More »

    2 days ago

World News

  • Magnitude 5.9 earthquake strikes southwestern Iran

    TEHRAN, Iran – A magnitude 5.9 earthquake has struck southwestern Iran along the Persian Gulf. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries from the temblor Sunday. Iranian state television alerted on its broadcast, saying it was a 5.9 magnitude. A second aftershock quake of 4.5 magnitude followed it. The U.S. Geological Survey called [...] Read More »

    50 mins ago
  • Myanmar junta pardons prisoners, to attend regional summit

    YANGON, Myanmar – Myanmar’s junta on Saturday released more than 23,000 prisoners to mark the traditional new year holiday, including at least three political detainees, and the military leader behind the February coup confirmed he would attend a regional summit later this month. It wasn’t immediately clear if those released included pro-democracy activists who were [...] Read More »

    6 hours ago
  • Sikh community calls for gun reforms after FedEx shooting

    INDIANAPOLIS – Members of Indianapolis’ tight-knit Sikh community joined with city officials to call for gun reforms Saturday as they mourned the deaths of four Sikhs who were among the eight people killed in a mass shooting at a FedEx warehouse. At a vigil attended by more than 200 at an Indianapolis park Saturday evening, [...] Read More »

    6 hours ago
  • Tight-knit Sikh community in shock over FedEx shooting

    INDIANAPOLIS – Amarjit Sekhon, a 48-year-old mother of two sons, was the breadwinner of her family and one of many members of Indianapolis’ tight-knit Sikh community employed at a FedEx warehouse on the city’s southwest side. Her family is among many in mourning after a mass shooting Thursday night claimed the lives of Sekhon and [...] Read More »

    10 hours ago
  • Patients evacuated after fire in Johannesburg hospital

    JOHANNESBURG – Nearly 700 patients have been evacuated Saturday from Johannesburg’s Charlotte Maxeke Hospital, where a fire blazed through parts of the facility in South Africa’s largest city. No injuries or casualties have been reported. The fire has been contained but the hospital has been closed for seven days, said David Makhura, premier of Gauteng [...] Read More »

    13 hours ago