March 1st, 2021

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  • 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 »

    5 days 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 »

    5 days 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

  • House fire deemed suspicious

    Tim Kalinowski Lethbridge Herald tkalinowski@lethbridgeherald.com A Sunday house fire has been deemed “suspicious” by the Lethbridge Fire Prevention Office, and the Lethbridge Police Service will now be taking over the investigation. Lethbridge Fire and Emergency Services responded to a residential fire in the area of 16 Street and 2 Avenue North at approximately 3:45 p.m. [...] Read More »

    1 hour ago
  • BILD wants tax break for developers

    Tim Kalinowski Lethbridge Herald tkalinowski@lethbridgeherald.com The Building Industry and Land Development Association of Lethbridge is asking city council to consider giving local developers a 50 per cent tax break on vacant serviced lots in the city. Bridget Means, executive officer of BILD Lethbridge, made the request on behalf of her members to city council’s Economic Standing Policy [...] Read More »

    2 hours ago
  • Three-day trial set to address multiple charges

    LETHBRIDGE HERALDdshurtz@lethbridgeherald.com A 24-year-old Calgary man who was hoping to resolve more than 50 charges relating to Lethbridge offences is heading for trial later this year. Alexander Timothy Kulach, who had hoped to resolve his charges without going to trial, will now stand trial for three days in Lethbridge provincial court beginning Sept. 27. Police [...] Read More »

    3 days ago
  • Meth smuggler gets prison

    LETHBRIDGE HERALDdshurtz@lethbridgeherald.com dshurtz@lethbridgeherald.com A Calgary trucker found guilty earlier this month of smuggling a record amount of methamphetamine into Alberta in 2019 has been sentenced to 11 years in a federal penitentiary. Judge Gregory Maxwell handed down his decision Friday in Lethbridge provincial court, and said even though Asif Mir was only a courier in [...] Read More »

    3 days ago
  • Budget under scrutiny

    Tim Kalinowski Lethbridge Herald tkalinowski@lethbridgeherald.com In Aesop’s parable the “Birds, The Bats and The Beasts” a bat first flies up into the air to seek friendship with the birds who reject him because he is not a bird. He then flies to the beasts of the earth who reject him because he has wings, and [...] Read More »

    3 days ago

National News

  • B.C. public health rules discriminate against churches, lawyer argues

    VANCOUVER – A lawyer for a group of British Columbia churches that are challenging the province’s COVID-19 rules prohibiting in-person religious services argued Monday the orders reflect a “value judgment.” Paul Jaffe says the provincial health officer’s orders allow secular gatherings such as in-class education and food distribution for people in need to continue, while [...] Read More »

    1 hour ago
  • Police watchdog to have Indigenous adviser into death in B.C.: First Nations chief

    TOFINO, B.C. – The chief councillor of the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation says British Columbia’s police watchdog has agreed to allow an Indigenous person to act in an advisory role during its investigation of a fatal police shooting on the weekend. Moses Martin says the decision by the Independent Investigations Office, which could not immediately be [...] Read More »

    2 hours ago
  • Vaccination ramps up in several provinces as panel issues guidelines on AstraZeneca

    Several provinces began expanding their COVID-19 vaccination programs to members of the general population on Monday, as new recommendations on the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine suggested it should be targeted at younger Canadians. A national panel of vaccine experts said provinces should not use the newly approved vaccine on people 65 and over out [...] Read More »

    2 hours ago
  • National panel advises against using AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine on seniors

    OTTAWA – A national panel of vaccine experts says provinces should not use AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine on seniors, opening the door for provinces to start vaccinating younger populations with the newly authorized vaccine much earlier than expected. The AstraZeneca vaccine was authorized for use Friday on all adults, including seniors, but the National Advisory Committee [...] Read More »

    2 hours ago
  • MPs to hear from ministers, officials on safety of returning travellers in quarantine

    OTTAWA – MPs will hear from federal ministers and officials as early as this week on the safety of returning travellers after two women were allegedly sexually assaulted during mandatory COVID-19 quarantine. The House of Commons public safety committee voted to hold a hearing with the federal public safety and health ministers as well as [...] Read More »

    3 hours ago

Provincial News

  • Calgary not-for-profit going bananas trying to off-load pallets of fruit

    CALGARY – It’s been bananas at a Calgary not-for-profit as it tries to find a use for more than 300 cases of the long, yellow fruit, which were donated all at once last week. Audra Stevenson, interim CEO of the Leftovers Foundation, says the group’s goal is to rescue food that would otherwise go to [...] Read More »

    6 hours ago
  • Edmonton chiropractor admits to sexually assaulting six female patients in 1980s

    EDMONTON – An Edmonton chiropractor has pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting six female patients between 1981 and 1990. Ronald Harry Latch, who is 67, was facing multiple counts of sexual assault, sexual interference and gross indecency against eight girls and women. He was charged in March 2019 after one of his victims reported to police [...] Read More »

    7 hours ago
  • Alberta Premier slams vandalism after slur painted on MLA’s office window

    EDMONTON – Alberta Premier Jason Kenney is condemning alleged vandalism at the office of an Opposition legislature member. His denunciation came on Saturday shortly after Edmonton MLA Janis Irwin posted pictures showing the front window spray-painted with the words “Antifa Liar.” Kenney issued a social media post Saturday saying that while there are “countless ways” [...] Read More »

    2 days ago
  • Alberta Health Services head sorry for glitches in vaccine booking system for seniors

    EDMONTON – The president of Alberta’s health delivery agency is apologizing for problems residents experienced earlier this week when they tried booking COVID-19 vaccinations for older family members. Alberta Health Services president Dr. Verna Yiu says in a statement that the agency “made an error in judgement” in how they “stress-tested” their online booking system. [...] Read More »

    2 days ago
  • Alberta and its physicians move to end ugly feud over fees with new tentative deal

    EDMONTON – The Alberta government and its 11,000 physicians have taken a first step toward resolving an ugly, fractious year-long dispute over fees and working conditions. Health Minister Tyler Shandro and Dr. Paul Boucher, the head of the Alberta Medical Association, say they have reached a tentative deal on a new master agreement. Boucher declined [...] Read More »

    3 days ago

World News

  • Boy, 15, injured in Arkansas school shooting; classmate held

    PINE BLUFF, Ark. – A 15-year-old boy shot and seriously injured a fellow student Monday morning at an Arkansas junior high school, and the suspect was detained in a juvenile detention facility, authorities said. The shooting happened in a hallway at Watson Chapel Junior High School as students were switching classes at about 10 a.m., [...] Read More »

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  • Biden tries to reset relationship with Mexican president

    WASHINGTON – As President Joe Biden looks to dismantle the last administration’s hardline immigration agenda, he worked Monday to build a partnership with someone who found an unexpected understanding with Donald Trump: Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador. Biden and López Obrador met for a virtual bilateral meeting, with immigration, the coronavirus pandemic and climate [...] Read More »

    1 hour ago
  • Senate confirms Cardona as Biden’s education secretary

    The Senate voted Monday to confirm Miguel Cardona as education secretary, clearing his way to lead President Joe Biden’s effort to reopen the nation’s schools amid the coronavirus pandemic. Cardona, 45, a former public school teacher who went on to become Connecticut’s education chief, was approved on a 64-33 vote. He takes charge of the [...] Read More »

    2 hours ago
  • Biden meets with Mexican president amid migration issues

    WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden met virtually Monday with Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador – a chance for the pair to talk more fully about migration, confronting the coronavirus and co-operating on economic and national security issues. “This is what I know, the United States and Mexico are stronger when we stand together,” Biden [...] Read More »

    2 hours ago
  • Texas top utility regulator quits in fallout over blackouts

    AUSTIN, Texas – Texas’ top utilities regulator resigned Monday in the widening fallout from blackouts triggered by an unusually heavy and widespread winter storm that left millions in the state without power and water for days. DeAnn Walker, the chairwoman of the Public Utility Commission, is the highest-ranking official to step down in the aftermath [...] Read More »

    3 hours ago