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Medicine Hat News (Newspaper) - August 22, 2015, Medicine Hat, AlbertaM Ain. 403 527 1101 c circulation. 403 528 5767 n newsroom. 403 528 news c classified. 403 526 sold City. A3 opinion. B6 sports. A9 classifieds. C2 comics crossword. B7 nation. A7 West. A6 world. A8 0 95225 87908 1 16 Good morning weather a4 phone us Index to the readers of the Medicine hat news including our valued subscriber Peggy Given hat High modernization underway a3 Mavericks coaches not returning next season a9 saturday August 22, 2015 4 getting ready for the Public news photo Emma Bennett Bret Jenkins director of operations shines the Zamboni at the Canasta Centre on Friday. The Public is invited to an open House saturday from 1 4 p. M. The official ribbon cutting will take place at 1 p. M. Self guided Tours will take place after the ribbon cutting. Attendees Are asked to bring a donation for the Medicine hat and District food Bank. Gillian Slade Glade Medicine agnews. Com twitter Mongil Linslade there is barely a Glimmer of Hope that Medicine hat diagnostic Laboratory will survive. The minister of health says the meeting with stakeholders in Medicine hat about a month ago was an Opportunity to discuss the transition and talk about Hopes concerns level of care for patients and not so much on outcomes. I need them Alberta health services to address the concerns that have been raised and if they do address them to a level of satisfaction then they will Likely move Forward said Sarah Hoffman minister of health. If they dont then i think Well have to have a full conversation but i think that the concerns that have been raised Are absolutely valid. The push is on to do away with private Laboratory services said Linda Phillips charge technologist Medicine hat diagnostic Laboratory Modl. Even if the local contract is allowed to continue for now there is a fear it would suddenly All change again. Nobody has shown me that this makes any sense at All. Said Drew Barnes Wildrose la for Cypress Medicine hat. A week ago Hoffman halted a proposed super lab in Edmonton that would have seen a private australian company sonic with the contract. A contract with Dyn Alife a private company will continue in the interim while a review of All lab services is done. The Transfer from Dyn Alife to sonic was going to increase the percentage of private lab testing from 27 per cent to 30 per cent and the minister Felt that was too much said Barnes. I dont see a magical line in the Sand Between 27 and 30 per cent said Barnes. He has been asking to see a business Case study showing the financial benefits of switching from Modl to has but this has never been provided. See Hoffman Page a2 lab concerns need to be addressed Hoffman the Canadian press Edmonton Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says falling Oil prices won t Force her government to Back away from a Royalty review or a hike to corporate taxes. The Benchmark Price of a barrel of crude has fallen below us 40 a barrel for the first time since the end of the global economic crisis and Oil prices have been falling solidly for eight consecutive weeks. Notley says Alberta still has the Best tax regime in Canada and profitable companies can pay a bit More when times Are Tough. The opposition Wildrose and the Canadian association of Petroleum producers have both urged the nip government to hold off on raising corporate taxes and the Royalty review. Notley says the review will look both at present Day and the future when prices Are expected to rebound. She says the review will also take into account input from the Industry. " Alberta still has by far the most competitive tax regime in the country and so when times get Tough those who Are profitable should be paying just a Little bit More Notley said. " Well be rolling out a jobs plan an incentive plan in the fall understanding again that trying to diversify and stimulate the Economy is a critical part to opposition Wildrose Leader Brian Jean said Notley s actions will put More albertan jobs at risk and Hurt the Economy. " there s no doubt these policies Are creating uncertainty in our Economy and will Lead to investment fleeing the province Jean said in a news release. " we need is. Notley to step away from her ideology and Start focusing on what s Best for this Oil prices have fallen almost 60 per cent since this time last year and More than 34 per cent in the past three months. The United states is churning out Oil at an unprecedented Pace adding to the Supply from saudi Arabia and other open nations. Notley stays the course As Oil prices drop Collin Gallant Gallant Medicine agnews. Com twitter Colli Gallant the end of Home mail delivery in Medicine hat has been the beginning of frustration say some homeowners and a retired mail Carrier who led a Campaign against the local change. David Condon said the switch to Community mailboxes has been hurried and Only now residents Are getting a picture of the service reduction. He says hers heard complaints about poor locations and confusion Over dates. I dont know what the Rush was said Condon a former labour Council president on Friday. It seems that no one is Happy about it but they seem resigned to it. Canada Post really a snot lived up to what it said it would do when it talked about consultation. Canada Post officials said the changeover for t1a, t1b and t1c postal codes was to be Complete on monday but Crews were still placing boxes on Friday. In Many cases boxes have been stood on temporary stands near the final location waiting for contractors to set them in place then finish Cement bases and minor landscaping. Canada Post spokesman John Hamilton said locations were chosen to make them Safe convenient and accessible. Hamilton said finding 450 Box locations in Medicine hat has been Complex but the layout is the result of a yearlong process and discussions with residents. Weave had a great response knocking on doors Hamilton told the news this week. It does not mean that we can address every change suggested but weave tried to make changes. Readers of the news have called with concerns that some boxes dont have sidewalk Access Are located far away when other boxes Are closer or Are located on Busy roads or Steep Hills. Hill area resident Randy Drescher says the Box opposite his Prospect drive Home is already the site of cars parked in the wrong direction near a Busy Corner and discarded flyers. See carriers Page a2 new mailboxes causing frustration for hatters Rachel Notley Sarah Hoffman

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