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Special Deliveries Doula Services presents an informational evening on the vaccine controversy featuring the PBS Frontline documentary The Vaccine War. This will be followed by a discussion of the pros and cons of vaccination by two local health practitioners. Dr. Jason Schneider, a naturopathic doctor, will speak against vaccination and suggest alternatives. Dr. Vivien Suttorp, South Zone Medical Officer of Health, will speak in support of vaccination.

Free admission. Co-sponsored by Medicine Hat Public Library.

For more information, please contact:

Sheila Drummond
Head, Reference Services
Medicine Hat Public Library

Over 800 Medicine Hat High School students will spend a day immersed in Canadian films on Thursday, April 5, 2012 as the travelling REEL CANADA film festival screens a variety of films and gives students a chance to meet either the filmmakers or the actors who brought the films to life.

The films, programmed by the students themselves, include How She Move, Wild Life, The Rocket, Fido, Passchendaele, and Inside Hana’s Suitcase. Wherever possible, actors or filmmakers will conduct Q+A sessions with students via Skype.

In addition, a special animation program will be conducted by Oscar-nominated Alberta filmmakers Wendy Tilby and Amanda Forbis, creators of Wild Life, nominated for an Oscar for Best Animated Short Film in 2012.

“We can’t wait to show these films to Medicine Hat students,” says REEL CANADA’s executive director Jack Blum. “The students chose some outstanding movies to watch, and we know they will be totally inspired by the quality of the filmmakers and the stories they are telling – right here in Canada.” Blum will also be in attendance in Medicine Hat.

REEL CANADA is a traveling film festival that has exposed over 100,000 high school students to the incredible achievements of Canadian filmmakers for the past seven years, enhancing their appreciation of our national culture. This year, the festival also includes a Welcome to Canada program, which brings the immersive, dynamic learning experience of REEL CANADA to new Canadians, introducing them to home-grown films and filmmakers.

In the 2012 spring season, the festival is touring the country with 20 events in eight provinces. Cities include Ottawa, ON, Montague, PEI, Montreal, QC, Medicine Hat, AB, Winnipeg MB, Calgary AB, Stonewall, MB, Brampton, ON, Toronto, ON, Fredericton, NB, Saskatoon, SK and Vancouver, BC.

Created by a committee of passionate filmmakers and dedicated educators in 2005, REEL CANADA is designed to foster greater awareness of, and pride in, Canadian films, by bringing the excitement of a film festival experience directly into high schools.

REEL CANADA is supported by an advisory committee of Canada’s most celebrated film professionals: Hussain Amarshi, Denys Arcand, Carl Bessai, Gary Burns, David Cronenberg, Colm Feore, Niv Fichman, Bryan Gliserman, Paul Gross, Norman Jewison, Robert Lantos, Bruce McDonald, Don McKellar, Deepa Mehta, Charlotte Mickie, Geoff Pevere, Marguerite Pigott, Gordon Pinsent, Sarah Polley, Peter Raymont, Patricia Rozema, Mina Shum, Tara Spencer-Nairn, and Jean Marc Vallée.

REEL CANADA is made possible by the generous support of our Founding Sponsor Telefilm Canada, and Premier Corporate Sponsor Cineplex Entertainment. National expansion is supported by a grant under the Youth Take Charge program of the Department of Canadian Heritage.


Medicine Hat author Don Lemna launches his new book, Out In Left Field, at Medicine Hat Public Library on Sunday, April 1st. The reading takes place at 2:00 pm in the Library Theatre.

A sequel to When the Sergeant Came Marching Home published in 2008, Out in Left Field continues the adventures of Donald, an eleven year old boy growing up in post-World War 2 Montana. When an error in baseball costs his team the game, he knows the whole town is laughing at him. Desperate to redeem himself, Donald attempts to become a superstar (at hockey, archery, skiing) but all efforts end in disaster and comedy.

After a career as an electrical engineer in the Canadian Armed Forces, Don Lemna retired and now spends his time writing books for children and adults, plays and poetry. In Bubsy (1993), he drew on his experiences as a child growing up in Medicine Hat. While Out in Left Field and When the Sergeant Came Marching Home are set on the prairie landscape of Montana, the portrayal is very familiar to Prairie Canadians.

Don Lemna may be contacted at 403-529-6052. For further information, go to:

Copies of Out in Left Field will be available after Don Lemna’s reading for sale and signing. A reception will follow.

Don Lemna’s book launch is cosponsored by the Alberta Foundation for the Arts.

For more information, contact Hilary Munro at 403-502-8533 or at

Saturday, May 12th is this year’s Adventure Race. Come enjoy paddling, biking and hiking in scenic South Eastern Alberta.

The race is designed to encourage beginner adventure racers, and to challenge even the most experienced racers. It is a lot of fun! An early morning (dark) start adds to the excitement! Teams of 2 or 3 use their navigation skills to compete in various outdoor disciplines. For inexperienced teams (or those worried about getting lost) there is even a GPS category!

To register, or for more information go to:

Noted Vancouver poet and author, Evelyn Lau, will read from her work on Tuesday, March 20 at Medicine Hat Public Library. Her reading takes place at 7:00 pm in the Currie Room.

Evelyn Yee-Fun Lau was born in Vancouver to Chinese immigrant parents in 1971. They raised her in a traditional middle-class way with high aspirations for her future. As a young teenager she started writing and publishing her work, much to their dismay. At the age of 15, resenting her sheltered upbringing, she ran away from home to live on the streets for two years. During this time, she kept a diary which became a best seller. Runaway, Diary of a Street Kid, published in 1989, was later adapted as a television movie for the CBC in 1993. In her book of autobiographical essays, Inside Out, published in 2001, she states that the tumult of her early adulthood has coloured all aspects of her later life.

In addition, she has published several books of poetry: Living Under Plastic (2010), Treble (2005), In the House of Slaves (1994) and You Are Not Who You Claim (1990). She has two collections of short stories: Fresh Girls and Other Stories (1993) and Choose Me: Stories (1999).

Evelyn Lau lives in Vancouver where she was appointed as the city’s third Poet Laureate in October 2011.

Evelyn Lau’s visit is made possible through funding from the Canada Council of the Arts and the Alberta Foundation for the Arts.

For more information about Evelyn Lau, go to

To contact her or for more information, call Hilary Munro at 403-502-8533.

Saturday, March 3, 2012
11:00am until 4:00pm

Kinplex Kin Social Room, 2055 21st Ave SE, Medicine Hat, Alberta

Spring is on its way! Stop by and see what a great variety of local area small businesses have to offer. The event is free to attend and everybody is welcome.

Runwayz will be presenting our great new Spring line for Peekaboo Beans, as well as clearing out any last remaining Fall 2011 pieces. We will be having a silent auction, where the highest bidder wins!

Confirmed Vendors:

  • Runwayz Boutique
  • Peekaboo Beans Medicine Hat – stylist Angela Boschee
  • Only Green Genes with Juice Plus
  • Regal
  • Quilted Cabin (catalog CD on hand to view only)
  • Ribbon and Wool Creations
  • Usbourne Books
  • Henna Artistry and Honey Hats
  • The Orange Orchid Boutique
  • Pampered Chef
  • Pauline’s Pantry … baking goodies and more!
  • Princess House
  • Roth Photography
  • Avon
  • Scentsy
  • Pure Romance
  • Signature Homestyles
  • Toe Tattz
  • Mia Bella Candles
  • Simply Fashions
  • Epicure
  • Appeeling Apples
  • Arbonne

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A Dangerous Method

Noted Canadian director, David Cronenberg, presents a film about two giants of early psychoanalysis and the beautiful but troubled young woman who comes between them in the recently released film, A Dangerous Method. The film will be shown on Monday, February 20 at the Monarch Theatre. Show time is 7.30 pm.

Set in the early years of the twentieth century, the film charts the intense and inexplicably interwoven relationships between fledgling psychoanalysist Carl Jung (Michael Fassbender) and his mentor Sigmund Freud (Viggo Mortensen). Sabina Spielrein (Keira Knightley) is a disturbed patient who challenges their minds and ethics.

With Jung and Freud at the centre point, the film looks at the issues which initially united these two pioneering psychiatrists and which eventually divided them and took them off into other areas of investigation.

The film is based on the book, A Most Dangerous Method by John Kerr and adapted by Christopher Hampton from his stage play, The Talking Cure. Viggo Mortensen was nominated for Best Supporting Actor for the Golden Globes. THE JUMP – Read the rest of this entry »

Calling All Singles: Come find love at the Library!

Medicine Hat Public Library will be hosting a 30+ singles’ night on Saturday February 11, 2012 from 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm.

Get ready for speed dating, games, movies, door prizes and snacks. Admission is free and there’s no need to register in advance.

For those planning to attend, why not bring a book you love and/or loath; this could be a great ice-breaker for speed dating.

This event will be held on the lower level of the library. Please note that regular library services will not be available during this special program.

Participants must be 30 years of age or older.

For more information please phone the Library at 403-502-8525.

One Book One Community 2012Which book should Medicine Hat residents read in October 2012? During the month of February, the One Book One Community committee will be asking for suggestions of books for the seventh annual book discussion weekend which will take place in October 2012.

Every year Hatters come together to discuss a book and to enjoy activities based around the title. Like a citywide book club, One Book One Community offers readers opportunities to discuss the book, listen to guest speakers, and participate in activities that complement the book. Past books have included Obasan by Joy Kogawa, A Complicated Kindness by Miriam Toews, An Audience of Chairs by Joan Clark, The Englishman’s Boy by Guy Vanderhaeghe, Late Nights on Air by Elizabeth Hay, Three Day Road by Joseph Boyden and in October 2011, the chosen book was Come Thou, Tortoise by Newfoundland author, Jessica Grant.

Hatters are asked to make suggestions during the month of February. To be eligible, the book should be by a Canadian author, available in paperback and substantial enough to generate discussion. It can be fiction, non-fiction, biography, poetry or short stories. Suggestion forms will be available at Medicine Hat Public Library, the Vera Bracken Library at Medicine Hat College and at Coles Bookstore in the Medicine Hat Mall. Suggestions may also be submitted online at The suggested titles are read and evaluated by volunteer readers and the committee. Once the book has been chosen, the title will be announced in the spring.

One Book One Community is cosponsored by the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Medicine Hat Public Library, Medicine Hat College and Coles Bookstore.

On Thursday, January 19th, Safety Dynamics will be hosting ‘Business After Five’, one in a series of networking events hosted every month by member businesses of the Medicine Hat & District Chamber of Commerce. These events are designed to create a relaxed atmosphere in which local business owners and operators can meet, exchange information, learn about the different facets of business in our community, and create new alliances.

Businesses and individuals are invited to stop by and check out Safety Dynamics’ training facility, learn about he services they provide and network with other businesses and professionals. There will be refreshments and a draw for free training.

Event Details:
Date: Thursday, January 19th, 2012
Location: Safety Dynamics – 902 16th
Street SW, Medicine Hat
Time: 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Cost: FREE

All are welcome to attend this come-and-go event. Members of the Chamber of Commerce interested in hosting a ‘Business After Five’ event are invited to contact the Chamber’s Administrative Assistant, Kristen Bishoff, at (403)527-5214 ext. 221 or

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