Year in Review - February 2018

By Charles Lefebvre
December 23, 2018 - 10:00am

MEDICINE HAT, AB — February saw a long-time business in Bow Island announce it is closing, Redcliff residents voted down a curbside recycling proposal, and Alberta instituted a wine ban for products from British Columbia in response to disputes over the Trans-Mountain Pipeline.

Here are some of the top stories for February 2018.

Feb.5 – Medicine Hat man helps missing man get home. 

A 23-year-old man from Lethbridge went missing in Medicine Hat early in February. Mark Miller found him on the weekend, made sure he was safe, and bought him a bus ticket to get back home.

Feb. 6 - Province bans wine from British Columbia. 

Following tensions over the Trans Mountain Pipeline, the provincial government temporarily banned the import of wines from British Columbia in response. The ban was lifted on February 22.

Feb 11 – Bow Island family dealing with leaking gas well. 

Chantel Timmons of Bow Island was told in October there was a leaking gas well under her home, but she was having trouble getting the provincial government to do something about it. In March, she was informed by the government they would properly close the well to prevent leaks.

Feb 12 – Tanya Ellis receives cancer surgery in United States 

Ellis, a Seven Persons woman who was diagnosed with stage four colon cancer, travelled to Houston for a surgery to try and remove her tumour.

Feb. 16- PepsiCo announces closure of Spitz factory

The company announced the factory in Bow Island would be closing in July and shifting production to the United States. The building is currently for sale.

Feb. 21 – Council approves demolition of Hitch ‘n Post 

The building, formerly the location of the American Hotel and the Ming Tree Restaurant, had a gas well drilled underneath that was leaking methane, however, the risk to the public was low. The city partnered with the Orphan Well Association to bring down the building in October.

Feb. 26- Redcliff council votes down curbside recycling.

With a curbside recycling program in place in Medicine Hat, there was talk of adding one in Redcliff. More than 500 residents signed a petition against the plan, citing cost increases and some residents being physically unable to roll bins to the street and back. Council voted the decision down 4-3, killing the proposal.




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