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Aaron is currently working with experimental, highly translucent soft paste porcelain that matures at an extremely low temperature. His interest in this new material, for which there are few historical precedents, grows out of a concern for the environment and reducing the carbon footprint of his practice.

At the same time, he has become interested in contemporary communications technologies – QR Codes in particular. He is experimenting with the merging of ceramic art with these new forms of communication.

This is Aaron’s latest Big Idea. We hope you enjoy it.

Copyright Medalta 2011
Filmed by Quentin Randall
Edited & Directed by Quentin Randall & Jenn Demke-Lange
Music by JS Zamecnik

Medicine Hat’s Volunteer Centre will likely close it’s doors after Christmas. The organization that has been a staple in our community since 1991 was overlooked for FCSS funding and can no longer operate. Program funding was a decision made by our current city council. The same council that has recently allotted funds to Slave Lake, Haiti and the Horn of Africa. Irregardless of the fact that our generosity extends beyond our borders, times are tough and we cannot fund a twenty year old organization providing services to the local community. If you are wondering why, here are some people you can ask:

Mayor Normand Boucher
Alderman Graham Kelly
Alderman Wayne Craven
Alderman Les Pearson
Alderman Phil Turnbull
Alderman Ted Clugston
Alderman Jeremy Thompson
Alderman John Hamill

At 7pm, Thursday, November 17th in Room F156 at Medicine Hat College we will be showing “The Healthcare Movie”. There is free admission and everyone is welcome.

This documentary provides the real story of how the health care systems in Canada and the United States evolved to be so completely different, when at one point they were essentially the same. Most people under the age of 50, in both countries, are not aware of the intensity of the political struggle that led to the universal medical care system in Canada. Nor are they aware of the public relations campaigns, still active today, that have been prevalent in the United States since the early 1900’s to dissuade the public from supporting national health care.

Produced by Canadian/American couple Laurie Simons and Terry Sterrenberg, The Healthcare Movie reveals the personal and emotional impact on Canadians who now have access to universal health care because of the heroism of people who took a stand nearly 50 years ago. It also reveals the continuing struggle in the United States between the fear of government intervention and the right to quality health care for all people.

Every day people are dying or going bankrupt due to the ills of the United States system. Who are we in the face of this human tragedy? If you agree that people are more important than profits, then you must watch this film.

Feature: 65 minutes including credits, followed by an Addendum entitled “The Second Stage of Medicare”: 10 minutes
Narrated by Kiefer Sutherland

Sponsored by Palliser Friends of Medicare

The Parks and Outdoor Recreation department has installed signs at a number of leisure trails indicating if it is considered a dog off-leash or on-leash area. The signs will help educate and assist users in understanding when they are entering or exiting these areas, allowing everyone to take the required actions.

Pet owners are reminded that they are always responsible for promptly picking up any waste and ensuring that dogs are under their control at all times, regardless of whether they are on or off-leash.

At this time, signs have been installed at major trail heads indicating that dogs are allowed off-leash. A complete map of off-leash areas can be found on the Parks and Outdoor Recreation section of the City website.

Some locals, Daniel and Tom, from have started a new show discussing the latest news on Digg and Reddit. There’s also some local story discussion as well.

Medicine Hat Public Library and Cinema Politica partner in presenting H2Oil, a film about America’s thirst for oil and and the effect on Canada’s oil sands and environment. The film takes place on Monday, October 31 at 7.00 pm in the Library Theatre.

America’s biggest oil supplier has quickly become Canada’s oil sands. Located under Alberta’s pristine boreal forests, the process of oil sands extraction uses up to 4 barrels of fresh water to produce only one barrel of crude oil.

Water has become the most important issue to face humanity in this century. At the same time, the war for oil is well underway across the globe. A struggle is increasingly being fought between water and oil, with Alberta’s oil sands at the centre of this tension.

This recent film examines the social, ecological and human impacts and the coming crisis point, as pipelines move towards crisscrossing the continent from the Arctic to the southern U. S, leaving toxic water basins the size of Lake Ontario and surface mines as large as Florida.

Cinema Politica and Monday Night at the Movies/Friends of Medicine Hat Public Library have partnered to present this free program.

For more information about Cinema Politica, go to

For more information about H2Oil, go to

Medicine Hat Public Library and the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB) present Going Blind, a film about glaucoma and vision loss on Saturday, October 29 at 2.00 pm. The film will be shown in the Theatre at Medicine Hat Public Library.

When American film maker Joseph Lovett developed glaucoma and subsequent vision loss, he decided to examine the different causes of vision loss, both from a medical and an emotional point of view. His film documents the experiences of a number of people: a young Iraq war vet, an art teacher, an architect and others who are coming to terms with their vision loss.

The Library and the CNIB invite those who may be losing their vision, along with their friends and family, to view this film and learn more about this devastating disease. For more information about the film, go to

Admission is free and refreshments will be served following the film showing.

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

September 26, 2011

A National Film Board film detailing a crusade against a soft drinks giant, The Coca-Cola Case, is being presented by Cinema Politica at Medicine Hat Public Library on Monday, September 26, 2011. Screening time is at 7:00 pm in the Library Theatre.

Colombia is the trade union murder capital of the world. Since 2002, more than 470 workers’ leaders have been killed by paramilitaries hired by large corporations intent on crushing the unions. Among these corporate brands is Coca-Cola.

In a legal and human rights battle, three activists from the United States launch a crusade against the soft drinks giant, via the U. S. federal court and the Stop Killer Coke! campaign. This film documents the fight which ensues, pitting victims searching for justice against the lure of cash and power.

CINEMA POLITICA is a non-profit media arts organization based in Montreal with nearly 100 screening locations all over the world (as of September 2011). Each chapter (“local”) screens independent political documentaries for free or by donation to audiences, with guest filmmakers and speakers often invited to participate. Cinema Politica claims to be the “largest volunteer-run, community and campus-based documentary-screening network in the world”.

Cinema Politica and Monday Night at the Movies/Friends of Medicine Hat Public Library have partnered to present this free program.

For more information about Cinema Politica, go to:

For more information about The Coca-Cola Case, go to

PART 3 of my 2 part series (WATT) What Are They Thinking ?

The other day I was driving near the hospital when I came up on the parking Monitor van.  It was double parked, completely blocking the lane in the direction I was going.  There was a person writing a parking ticket near  the van. I can only assume that the issuance of a parking infraction was the reason for blocking the road and forcing me into the oncoming lane to pass the Parking Monitor van.

Is it just me, or should the people handing out $50.00 parking tickets…  park properly themselves?

Monday, February 28, 7 pm at the Public Library.

“The Garden” follows a group of inner-city Los Angeles farmers as they struggle to save their fourteen-acre community garden from demolition and redevelopment. Cinema Politica presents thoughtful films and conversation for concerned people. Admission is free, but donations are accepted to defray expenses. Click here for details.

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