New auc­tion lo­ca­tion, nice temps, and jobs, jobs, jobs

Medicine Hat News - - LIFESTYLES - Bruce Pen­ton

Medicine Hat needs a two- or three­level parkade down­town. Park­ing is some­times just too dif­fi­cult to find. A parkade could be a money-maker, or it could just be an in­vest­ment by stake­hold­ers to make it easy for Hat­ters to do busi­ness down­town, The re­cent sale of the Chokecherry park­ing lot next to the older Parker’s Fur­ni­ture cer­tainly didn’t en­hance the sit­u­a­tion . ... Con­sid­er­ing what hap­pened Nov. 6 dur­ing the U.S. mid-term elec­tions, is it safe to say that ac­tions helped to “Make Amer­ica Dem Again?” ... of Win­nipeg won $1 mil­lion in the Safe­ways-Sobeys ‘score and win’ con­test Nov. 24 when

of Win­nipeg Jets had a five-goal game against St. Louis. It’s the first five-goal game by one player in the NHL since 2011. Haley will get his $1 mil­lion in 20 an­nual in­stal­ments of $50,000. Peo­ple are au­to­mat­i­cally en­tered when they swipe their Air Miles card at a Sobeys or Safe­way in the four west­ern prov­inces and north­west­ern On­tario . ... The an­nual auc­tion for the Santa Claus Fund, be­ing held this year at the Cy­press Cen­tre in­stead of the Corona, is on tonight.

and auc­tion­eer for years the big wheels be­hind the huge fundraiser, are back at it again

Christo­pher Haley Pa­trik Laine Schmaltz Don­ald Trump’s Lor­raine Darren Lutz,

this year, giv­ing it their all for the ben­e­fit of Hat­ters who may not other­wise have a merry Christ­mas. Chang­ing the venue, we don’t think, will af­fect the turnout, be­cause reg­u­lar pa­trons of the auc­tion know what a good time they have ev­ery year. View­ing of the wide ar­ray of items to be auc­tioned starts at 4 p.m. Lutz starts wav­ing his auc­tion­eer’s ham­mer around 7 . ... Not sure how ac­cu­rate long-term fore­casts are from En­vi­ron­ment Canada or the Weather Net­work, but I like what I’m see­ing for the next cou­ple of weeks. Start­ing to­day, with a high of at or just above zero, Medicine Hat is fore­cast to have tem­per­a­tures reach­ing into the plus range ev­ery day un­til at least Dec. 18, in­clud­ing 5 C on Mon­day. “Hey, Martha, can­cel that trip we had planned to Palm Springs.” ... Things aren’t go­ing to be the same around this place in 2019 with the re­tire­ment of three long-time em­ploy­ees. Group pub­lisher last of­fi­cial day is Dec. 31 (but he will stay on in a par­tial con­sult­ing role in ’19);

Mike Hertz’s

long-time sales rep­re­sen­ta­tive will leave a big void, as will who qui­etly goes about her advertising sup­port du­ties . ... One of these days we’ll have a video up on our web­site with some of the nicest Christ­mas-dec­o­rated homes and yards in Medicine Hat. Watch for news­pa­per no­ti­fi­ca­tion . ... Would you do­nate a kid­ney to a com­plete stranger? A Florida fire­fighter saw a plea on Face­book by a man whose 33-year-old daugh­ter needed a trans­plant. He was tested, found to be com­pat­i­ble, and the surgery went well. Now that’s a pretty rare Christ­mas gift that not even Neiman Mar­cus could of­fer . ... Pass the roast beef or (burp!) BBQ’d ribs: First there are con­tam­i­na­tion warn­ings about ro­maine let­tuce, now pack­aged kale salad. It’s get­ting more dif­fi­cult to eat healthy, so let’s just stick to that good Al­berta beef . ... What­ever hap­pened to Ten years ago he was the talk of the Cana­dian en­ter­tain­ment scene. Thought for sure he was headed for Bieber-like fame . ... That was quite an hon­our re­ceived by for­mer Cana­dian prime minister — be­ing asked to be one of four peo­ple to eu­lo­gize the 41st pres­i­dent of the United States, at his fu­neral ear­lier this week. The two were friends while lead­ing their re­spec­tive coun­tries and kept up their friend­ship in their post-govern­ing days . ... Quite an un­com­fort­able scene at the Bush fu­neral when the cur­rent pres­i­dent, Don­ald Trump, showed up. It's so ob­vi­ous all for­mer pres­i­dents have a great deal of re­spect for each other, but it was also ob­vi­ous that doesn't ap­ply to Trump, who has brought a great deal of

McRoberts Mary Rose, Marion Kalan Porter? Brian Mul­roney Ge­orge H.W. Bush,

shame to what has al­ways other­wise been an of­fice of the high­est re­spect . ... The big­gest con­tro­versy in Bri­tain isn't about Brexit; it's about the re­ported feud be­tween the two new­est high­rank­ing roy­als, and

The Queen may be on the verge of call­ing them in for a "chat." ... A re­cent study by KPMG showed that nearly two-thirds of Cana­di­ans don’t trust any or­ga­ni­za­tion to see or hold their per­sonal data. The re­port, ‘Me, My Cana­dian Life, My Wal­let’, finds that Cana­di­ans are among the most dis­trust­ing in the world with nearly one-third (31 per cent) un­will­ing to share their per­sonal data for any­thing. China (91 per cent) and In­dia (85 per cent) are the most trust­ing and will­ing to share their data . ... Speed chart: Glaciers, snails, the Mueller in­ves­ti­ga­tion . ... If your steak is un­deror over-cooked and you feel as a re­sult like the world is treat­ing you badly, con­sider the plight of peo­ple of Ye­men, who face life and death ev­ery day as that coun­try’s civil war rages on. So far, es­ti­mates are that 50,000 peo­ple have per­ished as a re­sult of the war or the as­so­ci­ated famine. But hey, as long as it’s hap­pen­ing on the other side of the world, who cares, right? ... Doom and gloom sto­ries have re­cently out­num­bered pos­i­tive yarns on em­ploy­ment in Al­berta, and then — eureka! — jobs num­bers are re­leased Fri­day that show 24,000 more peo­ple were work­ing in the prov­ince in Novem­ber. In the past 12 months, the num­ber of peo­ple em­ployed rose by 59,000 in this prov­ince. Not sure about that “job killing” car­bon tax we hear about, but if it’s true, how many thou­sands of new jobs will be cre­ated by fu­ture premier

when the car­bon tax is killed in mid-2019?

Bruce Pen­ton is as­sis­tant man­ag­ing ed­i­tor of the Medicine Hat News and can be reached at bpen­[email protected]­hat­news.com

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