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

  • 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 »

    2 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 »

    2 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
  • Walk with rifle results in fine for careless use of a weapon

    Delon Shurtz lethbridge herald dshurtz@lethbridgeherald.com Richard Allen Knoch should have left his rifle at home, rather than his coat and shoes, when he went for a short walk last December. It was just after 8:00 in the morning on Dec. 11 when the 65-year-old Coalhurst resident was seen walking barefoot along 51 Avenue, and wearing [...] Read More »

    3 days ago
  • NPF launches ‘Keep Alberta RCMP’ campaign

    Justin Seward Southern Alberta Newspapers The National Police Federation launched the ‘Keep Alberta RCMP’ campaign recently in response to the province’s Fair Deal Panel looking at replacing the RCMP with a provincial police force. Alberta taxpayers and local communities would have to pay the $112 million if Alberta were to replace the RCMP. The federal [...] Read More »

    3 days ago

National News

  • B.C. to offer second dose of COVID vaccine after 4 months

    VICTORIA – British Columbia will extend the time between the first and second doses of COVID-19 vaccines to four months as it ramps up its age-based immunization plan to free up doses so all residents could get their initial shot by July. Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said Monday the change is based on [...] Read More »

    27 mins ago
  • Nova Scotia mass shooting: lawyer says spouse of killer could face unfair trial

    PORT HAWKESBURY, N.S. – A lawyer representing the spouse of the man who murdered 22 people in Nova Scotia said Monday her client’s right to a fair trial could be jeopardized if portions of a redacted document are unsealed. Lisa Banfield is among three people charged with unlawfully transferring ammunition to the gunman in the [...] Read More »

    32 mins ago
  • Indigenous groups, leaders demand action in wake of B.C. police shooting death

    TOFINO, B.C. – The leaders of Indigenous groups in British Columbia are asking for answers over the police shooting death of a 28-year-old man in a community off the west coast of Vancouver Island over the weekend. The Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council, Pacheedaht First Nation and the First Nations Leadership Council say in a statement that [...] Read More »

    53 mins ago
  • COVID-19 vaccination ramps up in several provinces as supply worries ease

    Several provinces began expanding their COVID-19 vaccination programs to members of the general population on Monday amid the prospect of more regular deliveries and the imminent arrival of a third approved vaccine. Ontario, Quebec and B.C. started or announced plans to start vaccinating older seniors living in the community, after a first phase that focused [...] Read More »

    2 hours ago
  • Liberals’ two-year-old pledge to revamp EI, CPP appeals body delayed due to COVID-19

    OTTAWA – COVID-19 has all but stalled a promised shift in how Canadians appeal rulings on their requests for federal income supports. The department overseeing the work, Employment and Social Development Canada, says the change won’t happen as originally scheduled next month because of pandemic-related risks. In 2019, the Liberals promised to partially restore the [...] Read More »

    2 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 »

    2 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 »

    3 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

  • UN chief: Appeal for Yemen raises ‘disappointing’ $1.7B

    CAIRO – The United Nations’ appeal Monday for countries to fund its humanitarian response in Yemen, where more than six years of war has created the world’s worst humanitarian disaster, raised some $1.7 billion. The U.N. chief called the amount “disappointing.” At a virtual pledging conference co-hosed by Sweden and Switzerland, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres [...] Read More »

    3 hours ago
  • Deal reached to get California children back in classrooms

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. – California Gov. Gavin Newsom and state legislative leaders have reached an agreement aimed at getting most public schoolchildren back in classrooms by the end of March. Under the deal announced Monday, school districts could get up to $6.6 billion if they reopen classrooms by March 31. To get the money, schools must [...] Read More »

    6 hours ago
  • US spending on construction projects rises 1.7% in January

    SILVER SPRING, Md. – Spending on U.S. construction projects rose 1.7% in January as new home building continues to lift the sector. Last month’s increase followed small revised gains in December and November. Spending on residential construction rose 2.5% in January, with single family home projects up 3%, the Commerce Department reported Monday. Despite an [...] Read More »

    6 hours ago
  • US manufacturing activity jumps to 3-year high in February

    WASHINGTON – U.S. manufacturing expanded in February at the fastest pace three years with the arrival of a surge in new orders. The Institute for Supply Management reported Monday that its gauge of manufacturing activity rose to a reading of 60.8% last month, 2.1 percentage-points above the January level of 58.7%. It was the strongest [...] Read More »

    6 hours ago
  • UN launches donor conference amid fears of famine in Yemen

    CAIRO – The United Nations on Monday launched an appeal for countries to fund its response to the humanitarian crisis in Yemen, where more than six years of war has created the world’s worst humanitarian disaster. At a virtual pledging conference, co-hosed by Sweden and Switzerland, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres appealed for $3.85 billion this [...] Read More »

    7 hours ago