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Will Planning Seminar

Dis-Inherit the Taxman

How to write your last will & restament to avoid estate taxes. Redirect your tax dollars way from CRA to charitable causes that matter to you!

Todd O’Relly, Investment Advisor, RBC Dominion Securities and Les S. Scholly, Lawyer – Pritchard and Company, LLP will take you through a comparison based approach to reducing your overall estate tax bill through giving to your community.

When: May 24th at 7PM
Where: Terrace Room, Chinnook Village – 2801 – 13th Ave SE, Medicine Hat

The even is free, so invite your friends, family and colleagues.

RSVP by May 20th to or call 403-527-9038.

Proudly supported by RBC Dominion Securities and Community Foundation.

I’m not really sure what to make of this, but…

I was contacted about a “secret society” to make South-Eastern Alberta a better place. The message was entitled “The Sentinel Society” and was told the first meeting is going to be on Sunday, May 15th, at 3PM at Riverside Memorial Park where attendees will partake in a walk and talk around the park. I was also told to get the word out. I’ve also seen some posters posted around town about this same event. I know posting it here makes it less of a “secret”, but I think this is just weird enough to be interesting to some of our readers.

The Esplanade Arts and Heritage Centre Museum is pleased to host an introductory presentation on our American roots by new Museum Curator, Robert Bruce Shepard, on Sunday April 17th 2011, beginning at 2 p.m in the Cutbanks room.

Issues surrounding the Canada/U.S. border are nothing new, but since the 9/11 attacks they have become more complex, emotional and costly. Many Canadians have experienced the effects of this new border climate and some have been reevaluating their personal as well as their country’s relationship with its huge southern neighbor. Such examinations have led to some surprising revelations for many western Canadians, particularly how many family connections extend south of the border.

The new Museum Curator at the Esplanade, Robert Bruce Shepard, has been investigating the American presence on the Canadian Plains for decades. One of his findings was that the United Farmers of Alberta, a significant agrarian organization, one time governing party of the province and still a major cooperative, had important American roots. He will be discussing this and related matters at the Sunday public event. Admission is by donation and refreshments will be served following the presentation. There will be time to meet the new Curator and discuss both the presentation and the Museum’s plans for the future.

Medicine Hat & District Chamber of Commerce

The Chamber is hosting an election forum for federal candidates on April 28, 2011

On Thursday, April 28th the Medicine Hat & District Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a public forum for local candidates running in the 2011 Federal Election. The one-night event will take place at the Medicine Hat College Theatre and all candidates are being invited to participate.

Following the Chamber’s mandate to be the “voice of business” in the community, this forum will focus primarily on issues related to business and economic development.

Doors open at 6:30 PM. Event from 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM.

All are welcome to attend.


Attendees are invited to submit questions for the candidates on the Chamber’s website at All questions for the forum will be determined prior to the event.

  • Questions must be submitted to the Chamber in advance.
  • Deadline to submit questions is 4:30 PM on April 27th.
  • Not all questions submitted will be posed to the candidates.
  • No photography, video, or audio recording is permitted.
  • No signs or banners will be permitted in the auditorium.

For more information, call (403) 527-5214 or visit

About 5 months after being elected Mayor, Normand Boucher is running in the federal election for the Liberal Party. What are your thoughts?

Photo by Debbie Holick (Medicine Hat News)

Photo by Debbie Holick (Medicine Hat News)

On Thursday last week, I partook in the watching of some very fine theatre produced by the Community Theatre Arts Centre (CTAC) and directed by Amber Krause. As previously mentioned in my auditions post, I was quite surprised that this show was being taken on locally. Evil Dead, to most, is a cheesy horror flick that has just the right amount of humour and tongue-in-cheek attitude to set it up for a cult status among B-movie and horror buffs. The musical follows this same directive, but plays it up a bit more, especially with the references to the Evil Dead movies, Bruce Campbell (main actor in the movies), and Sam Raimi (director of the movies). You don’t necessarily have to be the hugest fan of Evil Dead/Evil Dead 2/Army of Darkness to enjoy this musical, in fact, you might not even need to see the original movies to enjoy it – but it sure makes it funnier if you have.

I don’t really like musicals. But, when it’s Evil Dead, I love them. What I am trying to say is I loved the Evil Dead: The Musical. This show is hilarious, and also quite lewd – which may make it funnier. There’s plenty of cursing, sexual references, and blood/gore. This truly is a musical for people that don’t like musicals. Speaking of blood, the first 2 rows of seating are named aptly named, “Splatter Zone” because all the people that buy those tickets get splashed and sprayed with blood (it’s real blood too, but not really). The musical deviates quite a lot from the original story telling, and weirdly enough, feature more similarities to Army of Darkness (the last of the movies), especially with all the one-liners – but that’s not a bad thing either.

The musical played on Thursday, Friday and Saturday last week, now the same schedule is on for this week. I heard there’s not many tickets left, for some of the dates this week, so make sure you grab them quickly. You can grab tickets online at or by calling, Della Jesse at 403-502-3477. The ticket prices range from $29-$35 depending on the circumstances.

CTAC Website

Video by the Medicine Hat News:

The Community Foundation of Medicine Hat and Southeastern Alberta are accepting grant applications for spring 2011 grants.

Applications will be accepted until the close of business on March 15, 2011. Organizations must hold a charitable registration number from the Canada Revenue Agency or be a qualified donee under the terms of the Income Tax Act. The Community Foundation awards grants for charitable activities in the arts, education, social services, the environment, health, culture, recreation or any project that will maintain or improve the quality of life in Southeastern Alberta.

During 2010 the Community Foundation was able to make 133 charitable grants to 74 different organizations for a total of $211,802.00.

“We are pleased to give grants to qualified organization in Southeastern Alberta,” said executive director Mike Christie.

Community Foundation donations are held forever and carefully invested, with the principal of the donation never being spent. The interest earned on donations is then used to give grants to community charities.

The grants committee of the Community Foundation will review the spring grant applications and notify recipients in May. Grants will then be handed out to the chosen organizations at the annual Founder’s Day Picnic in June 2011.

To assist in the grant application process, the Community Foundation will host a “Grant Application Workshop” for all interested parties, Wednesday February 9th, 2011 at 12:00pm at the Medicine Hat Chamber of Commerce.

The Community Foundation of Medicine Hat and Southeastern Alberta has a large service area. Qualified organizations are welcome to apply for funds. For more information on eligibility or to receive an application, groups may visit or call the Community Foundation office at (403) 527-9038.

For more information, please contact Mike Christie at (403) 527-9038.

View Workshop PDF

The One Book One Community committee of Medicine Hat is busy preparing for its 7th annual event to be held in October 2011 and they need your help! For each event, OBOC chooses a book to be read by all of Medicine Hat from suggestions made by the community.

Throughout February 2011, you can submit your suggestions via an online suggestion form. You can also submit your suggestions in person at Coles The Book People (in the Medicine Hat Mall), the Medicine Hat Public Library, and the Vera Bracken Library (Medicine Hat College).

Your suggestions can be either fiction or nonfiction, but must be:

(a) Canadian,

(b) available in paperback format, and

(c) substantial enough to generate discussion and debate.

For more about information about OBOC, visit their website at You can keep up-to-date with the latest OBOC news by subscribing to their blog or joining their Facebook page.

Please contact Leigh Cunningham at 403.504.3654 or for any additional information.

Evil Dead, Ash

Bruce Campbell as Ash, from Evil Dead 2

It looks like this is happening, for real! When it was first put forth, I got an invite to the Evil Dead: The Musical group for Medicine Hat many months ago and never thought about it until I got another message in my inbox yesterday. It looks like this really happening now. Last night they held auditions which anybody could try out for and the same is happening tonight at 7:00PM. There are 4 lead female parts and 4 lead male parts up for aspiring actors/actresses/singers locally or fans of the cult classic… that can act (and sing).

If you don’t know what Evil Dead is, you are kind of a lost cause; although, it’s possible you can see one of the most celebrated cult horror movies of all time. I would suggest taking a look at Evil Dead 2 (more or less a re-make of the equally good, but more old-school, Evil Dead) and Army of Darkness, and maybe do a little bit of reading on Bruce Campbell and Sam Raimi.

If you are interesting in auditioning tonight, stop by the Community Theater Arts Center (1221 10th Ave. S.W.) at 7:00PM. To read more about all the other restrictions and other information, please visit the event on Facebook or contact Amber Krause either via Facebook, or by emailing

Facebook Event

Bruce Spoon Tip Poster

Bruce Spoon Tip Poster

Want to learn entrepreneurial tips from one of the best? Bruce Poon Tip has received awards for Canada’s Top 40 Under 40, Canada’s Entrepreneur of the year and he has been honoured as Canada’s 100 Leaders of Tomorrow. Bruce is the founder of GAP Adventures and he is coming to give a presentation on the business aspect of GAP Adventures. A once in a lifetime opportunity for South East Alberta – to hear how it is done from the guy who did it!

Friday, December 3rd, 2010 at 6:30PM at the Medicine Hat College Theatre.

Tickets are available at the Ecotourism booths up around the college until the 2nd, the Students Association Office, or by phone at 403-613-2386.

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