Ryan Dahlman

Ryan Dahlman

Managing Editor

One can only wonder if Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence truly expected what has played out between the federal government and First Nations leaders would have happened as a result of the media attention garnered by her fasting and subsequent Idle No More protests.

“Merry Christmas.” Two such simple words referring to celebrating one of the most joyous times on the Christian calendar seems to be causing such a negative stir, especially by one man in particular.

For most of those who celebrate Christmas, one of their favourite aspects is spending time with friends and family. Unfortunately for those 1,250 Canadian Forces personnel who are overseas in 2012, that’s not reality.

The 34th annual Medicine Hat Symphonic Society Concerto Competition saw many from outside of Medicine Hat dominate the winners’ circles. The event took place at Medicine Hat’s picturesque St. John’s Presbyterian Church Nov. 30-Dec. 1.

Brooks' Ine Coetzee, 13, was one of the winners of the instrumental competition of the Medicine Hat Symphonic Society’s Concerto Competition Nov. 30.

Wednesday, 12 December 2012 16:11

Medicine Hat Pen Show keeps ‘em coming back

It was a week before the Dec. 14 deadline to enter a 4-H or a commercial team into the Medicine Hat Exhibition All Beef Pen Show set for Dec. 21-22 and with a lack of local entries one would think Shannon Brost would be worried or asking “where’s the beef?”
Not so.

Wednesday, 12 December 2012 15:06

Parks Canada’s cuts effect our health

Did you know Tommy Douglas envisioned two phases of Medicare? He said the first — removing financial barriers to health care — would be easy compared to the second — a shift to preventative care. He believed the necessary shift to prevention not only made moral but financial sense because the maxim “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” is true not only for our health but our economy.

Medicine Hat Musical Theatre has a solid base with those who make the base, the set, the props, the backdrop ...

A new southeastern Alberta-based roller derby  team is slowly starting to get on track and organizers of the squad are hoping to get rolling with the help of those outside of Medicine Hat.

The Redcliff Foxy Rollers are getting organized with a lot of recruitment being pushed in Brooks.
Kelly Lock, who goes by the roller derby name of Skittles — as well as acts as president of the Redcliff Roller Derby Association — said the squad is comprised of some members who were initially with the Gas City Rollers from Medicine Hat. They reached out to Brooks to see if there was interest. She was pleasantly surprised.
“We’ve got a lot of new recruits from Brooks,” explained Lock who posted a happy message Nov. 27 in regards to the success of a practice earlier this week in Brooks. A tryout in early November resulted numerous interested  women from the County of Newell totalling in the double digits and 15 emails from those who couldn’t make the first try-out. Now, in the next month or so, there are more practices in Brooks than at Medicine Hat’s Cypress Centre.
“There’s a lot of excitement in Brooks. It’s one person, who knows one person and word-of-mouth quickly spread ... we have an open-door policy. If you’re willing to make the commitment to drive out to a practice from Brooks, we’re willing to go out there.”
For the first practice, the more experienced members brought their own and extra equipment to lend to those who wanted to try out.
Lock said they need to have eight to 10 players at a time. The ultimate goal is to get enough players so as to form teams within the team. The issue is that they have to follow regulations and sanctions.
New regulations from the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) go into effect Jan. 1, 2013.
Currently, there is a handful of players who have about four years of experience and a limited number of actual matches.
New recruits will be taught the basics — skating, stopping, turning and even how to fall properly. No one will be able to play an actual match until their skill level is up to par.
Lock said some of the rookies are “naturally advanced” while others need more time. This is why the team has a “full-time” coach who will teach the players some of the finer points of roller derby.
“It’s tough for (the rookies); there’s a lot of teaching. We know we’re starting from square one,” said Paul (Helter Skelter) Williams who is the squad’s coach. “Right now, we just want to play and have fun ... nothing beats the experience. The safety factors are utmost. We don’t want to push people who aren’t ready.”
“We’re excited to have the new girls,” added Lock. “We don’t mind having to sacrifice our time to get them ready.”
The new recruits, as well as the others, have to complete a series of tests including doing a number of laps of the oval in five minutes.
For down the road, the Rollers practice Dec. 3 (Brooks); Dec. 5 (Brooks); and Dec. 11 (Medicine Hat). All practices are from 7-8:30 p.m. Bring a mouthguard and $5 drop-in fee per skate.
“Once they get the roller derby bite, it stays with you,” said Williams.
Check out the group on Twitter at @FoxyRollers, see them on Facebook at Redcliff Roller Derby Association or for more information email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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