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An Invitation from your Palliser Friends of Medicare to…

An evening with Colin Zeiber, Executive Director of Seniors Health for Alberta Health Services, South Zone

Where he will discuss:

  • Budget Cuts
  • Defining Levels of Care
  • Quality of Staff and Services
  • Timely Access
  • Navigating the System

7pm, Monday June 10th at the Strathcona Centre, 1150 5th St SE, Medicine Hat
Free to the public – all ages welcome. Refreshments to follow.
Please come with questions.

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Medicine Hat – Smoke from British Columbia’s forest fires has drifted into Alberta. Residents in Medicine Hat and the surrounding communities are advised to take precautions against potential health risks. Smoke conditions can vary depending on current weather conditions and prevailing winds, but may affect local air quality and health.

Alberta Health Services has issued an advisory and residents should plan activities and manage their health in the areas of possible smoke impact. Please contact Alberta Health Services by calling Health Link (24 hours a day, seven days a week) toll-free at 1-866-408-LINK (5465) or visiting their website at

“We want to ensure that residents take the appropriate precautions to protect their health and safety attributed to the level of observable smoke in the air,” said Fire Chief Ron Robinson. “Fire Services recommends that residents be cognizant of the impact that the B.C. Forest Fires are having on our air quality, but continue to remain alert and responsive in the event a local incident occurs.”

When smoke levels are high, even healthy people may experience discomfort, so ensure that appropriate measures are taken such as remaining in doors (with windows and doors closed) and restricting outdoor activities to protect at risk groups including:

  • Children, who are more likely to be active outdoors
  • Adults with respiratory, heart or lung conditions/diseases (including asthma), for whom the smoke from BC forest might worsen symptoms
  • Elderly, who have existing respiratory, heart and lung conditions/diseases
  • Smokers, whose lung and heart function may already be compromised
  • Pregnant women

Residents are reminded to call 9-1-1 should emergencies occur or be observed that are unrelated to the air quality issues from the B.C. forest fires.

Moving and Choosing Homepage

Moving and Choosing Homepage

There’s a lot of new Medicine Hat websites coming out these days. A sign that Medicine Hat might be embracing the times? Either way, it doesn’t really apply to Moving and Choosing, an initiative of “Be fit for Life” and Alberta Health Services because they have had a website for a long number of years already. This post is about their new one which focuses on an updated design, branding effort and other optimizations of the sites content and focus.

The Moving and Choosing website has five main sections:

  1. The home page – where you can see new things happening on the site and within the program. The “What’s New” section is updated regularly and features updates to the site and other related resources.
  2. Healthy Eating – A section dedicated to healthy eating articles, tips, and an events calendar that lets you know about any healthy eating meetings, talks, presentations and more.
  3. Active Living – Active Living recognizes the joys, values, & benefits of all types of activities. About staying active and getting in shape.
  4. School Community – Definitely the largest section. Once you enter it, you will get access to a drop-down menu which features the bulk of the sites content: teaching resources, teacher profiles, submission forms, success stories, parent council, newsletters and more.
  5. Tobacco Free – Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable disease and death in Canada and most other developed countries. This section features some resources on being “tobacco free”.

New CFCA Website

New CFCA Website

The Community Food Connection Association has just launched a new website for their unique organization. The CFCA is a non-profit organization made up of volunteers, agencies and community members concerned about food, nutrition, health and social justice as well as the environment and local agriculture.

The new website focuses on updating the looks and aesthetics of the old site as well updating the resources available on the site. Some of the initiatives of the association now include: Good Food Club, Community Kitchens, Community Gardens, and the Food Charter. The initiatives help to bring concepts of both local food and  food security in a community-type environment to Medicine Hat. New community functions and interactive elements are also scheduled as future updates on the new site.

In related news, the CFCA will be presenting the documentary, Food, Inc. at the Monarch Theatre tomorrow night (Monday, March 8th at 6:30PM). Read about the event here.

Brad Spence

Brad Spence

Ever Active Schools in partnership with Alberta Health Services and the Medicine Hat College Be Fit for Life Centre is proud to present the Second Annual Healthy Active Schools Symposia on Wednesday October 28, 2009 at the Esplanade Arts & Heritage Centre, 401 – First Street SE, Medicine Hat. The Symposia along with the Medicine Hat Torch Relay Committee and RBC will welcome 2010 Alpine Skier Olympian Mr. Brad Spence at 9:30 am in the Studio Theatre.

Brad Spence

Alpine Skiing
Calgary, AB

  • Second place — Canadian
    Championships, Slalom
  • Second place — Canadian
    Championships, Super-G
  • Third place — US National
    Championships, Slalom

A member of Canada’s National Alpine Ski Team since 2001, Brad Spence’s dream is to attain a podium finish for Canada in Alpine Skiing at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games. Competitive sport has taught Spence the values of commitment and dedication. THE JUMP – Read the rest of this entry »

Alberta Health Services wants to move Medicine Hat’s Ambulance Dispatch to Calgary. City Council and many hatters believe this is a terrible idea and another snub on our region. A petition on this issue has been created to have AHS re-think their decision.

If we can get a decent amount of signatures on the petition, city council will present this petition to the province. Click here to sign the petition!

Menggu Grill Storefront - Photo via

Menggu Grill Storefront - Photo via

As some of you may know, Menggu Grill has closed its doors (May 20th, 2009). Word is though, that the building has been sold – to who or what is unclear. To those of you not in the know, it was revealed several months ago that the Mongolian grill cuisine-style restaurant had been shut down by a representative at the Alberta Health Services (then called the Palliser Health Region) after a health inspection was carried out on October 30th, 2009. It was detailed in the report that rodent (mice) droppings were found in several locations including the buffet and food preparation area. The mice were apparently going in through a hole in the wall. There was also several other health problems noted in the report (linked to below).

After that, and a couple Medicine Hat News articles later, the owner, Andy Chen re-opened the restaurant as they had cleaned everything up, made all changes as laid out in the reports and got the go ahead by a follow-up inspection. Since then, it has been operating with a “clean bill of health” with no problems reported. The closing can probably be attributed (mostly) to the incident as many previous patrons presumptively did not return even after it was reported to be cleaned. But really, that is just speculation on my part.

THE JUMP – Read the rest of this entry »



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