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Dragons take win in first of back-to-back games against Olds

Sarah Devereaux

The Drumheller Dragons hosted the Olds Grizzlys Friday night in the fi...

Police investigate two vehicle collision near Munson

Police investigate two vehicle collision near Munson

    Police are investigating a two-vehicle collision at the entrance t...

Reptile World facing closure

Reptile World facing closure

After two and a half decades, a major Drumheller tourist attraction may be forced t...

Local man receives highest Legion honour

Local man receives highest Legion honour


On Wednesday evening, Comrade Bob Hannah was honoured with the Meritorious ...

Munson selects Cassils Community Centre in UFA Get n’ Give

Munson selects Cassils Community Centre in UFA Get n’ Give

Munson Community Association members, (l-r) Becky Kowalchuk, Mary Daly, Dave Daly, ...

Foggy conditions on Highway 9

Foggy conditions on Highway 9


Photos from the 511 Alberta camera show foggy driving conditions on Highway...

Death of inmate at Drumheller Institution investigated

Death of inmate at Drumheller Institution investigated

On January 26, 2015, Earl William Davenport, an inmate from the medium security uni...

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Weather forecast for the week ahead

Jan 30, 2015
Environment Canada is calling for a chance of 5 cm of snow Friday evening in Drumheller, with a possible 2 cm to 4 cm of snow on Saturday, and sunny skies with an expected high of minus 10 for Super Bowl Sunday, February 1. Here’s a look at the week ahead: Issued: 11:00 AM MST Friday 30 January 2015 TodayIncreasing cloudiness near noon. 60 percent… Read More

Taxpayer watchdog vies for Strathmore-Brooks…

Jan 29, 2015
Derek Fildebrandt is running for the Wildrose nomination in the Strathmore-Brooks Constituency. He made the announcement in front of current MLA Jason Hale's office. A high profile candidate has put his name forward to run for the nomination from the Wildrose Party in the Strathmore Brooks Constituency. Derek Fildebrandt, former Alberta Director… Read More

Drug warrant executed on Acme home

Jan 29, 2015
Beiseker RCMP conducted a search at a house in Acme on January 27 as part of an investigation into illegal drug activity. Local traffic was disrupted for awhile around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday night, as the Beiseker RCMP, with the help of Airdrie RCMP, undertook the execution of a search warrant at a home on Nolan Street in Acme. Police say there was no… Read More

Another death at Drumheller Institution

Jan 28, 2015
A second inmate in as many days has passed away after being found unresponsive in his cell. Institution staff performed CPR on 47 year-old Martin Pinkus, and emergency services transported Pinkus to the Drumheller Health Centre where he was pronounced dead at 12:04 p.m. today, January 28. The inmate had been serving an indeterminate sentence since… Read More

Local detachment honours fallen member

Jan 28, 2015
Constable Berry Allison and Constable Sara Rayat were among the members of the Drumheller detachment, who joined the more than 2,000 RCMP members in full red serge to honour Constable David Wynn. A full regimental funeral was held Monday, January 26 in St. Albert to pay final respects to the officer who perished in the line of service. Read More

Cool castles

Jan 28, 2015
Some young artists created some cool pieces of art with a little water, a little colour and a lot of cold. Vicki Myers is taking advantage of the cold weather to teach her ice sculpting class, and her students are enthusiastic to get to work. It is fleeting however, as their creations only last as long as the weather holds out. Environment… Read More

Fatal ATV rollover near Byemoor

Jan 26, 2015
On Saturday, January 24th, 2015, at about 9:30 pm, Drumheller, Hanna, and Stettler RCMP responded to an ATV rollover at a rural location near the community of Byemoor. The driver of the vehicle was attempting to navigate a steep embankment when the quad flipped backwards, throwing the female passenger and landing on top of the male driver. The… Read More

Dragons take shootout win over Bonnyville…

Jan 25, 2015
Sarah Devereaux The Drumheller Dragons went home from the north with two wins this weekend after taking a 3-2 shootout win over the Bonnyville Pontiacs Sunday afternoon. The Dragons first goal was scored at 6:49 of the second period by Connor Boyd to tie the game at one. Bonnyville scored just under two minutes later to take a lead before the… Read More
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Dr Oz Fails The True Test Of Research

Jan 25, 2015
There are a lot of conflicting opinions about Dr Oz out there. Some people feel that he is the guru of modern medicine, whereas others, including many health care professionals, are very critical of his claims. I'm thrilled to report that researchers at the University of Alberta have put this debate to the true test of research.In the s... Read More

St. Anthony’s Junior B Saints notch first win

Jan 24, 2015
The Junior B Saints Girls basketball team won their first game of the season Wednesday, January 14. This Friday they are hosting a four team tournament.inSide photo by Patrick Kolafa The St. Anthony’s Saints Junior B girls basketball team had their first win of the season versus Standard School. The young team, made up mostly of Grade 6 and 7… Read More

Downtown merchants seek common ground

Jan 24, 2015
Downtown Drumheller merchants are reviewing ideas to attract more shoppers. Downtown merchants with an eye to the future had a successful meeting last Monday night. About 20 people representing business in the downtown core came out to Ivy’s Kitchen to discuss ideas concerning downtown. Last October, two signs were strategically placed in the… Read More

Knee hockey raises tobacco awareness

Jan 24, 2015
The 10th annual Knee Hockey Tournament during National Non-Smoking Week played out at Greentree School on Wednesday afternoon as students from Greentree, Delia and Morrin schools and the Drumheller Dragons had fun and learned about the health effects of tobacco.inSide photo by Patrick Kolafa Area students had fun and learned more about the risks… Read More

Incident at Acme School

Jan 23, 2015
Beseiker RCMP are investigating the incident near the Acme School playground Thursday, January 22, at lunch. Beiseker RCMP report the incident involving men exposing their buttocks near the Acme School playground Thursday does not appear to be sexual in nature. Concerned parents were left wondering what happened at Acme school during the lunch… Read More
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Suspect in Drumheller, Hanna robberies nabbed

Jan 23, 2015
On January 23rd, 2015, members of the Hanna and Drumheller RCMP Detachments with the assistance of the Serious Crimes Branch have arrested and charged one male with 3 counts of Armed Robbery as well as 14 other related offences. Beaulieu was charged after a lengthy investigation relating to three separate armed robberies. On January 30, 2014,… Read More

The Stare Down

Jan 23, 2015
Students from Greentree, Morrin and Delia schools and the Drumheller Dragons went into knee hockey battle Wednesday morning, January 21, at the 10th annual Knee Hockey Tournament to mark National Non-Smoking Week. Not only did the students have fun but learned the health effects of tobacco. James Zuccatto, left, and Haydn Mcfadden, right, mean… Read More

Local help available for sexual assault victims

Jan 23, 2015
Sarah Andersen, Big Country Victim Services For anyone local who has suffered the trauma of sexual assault, Big Country Victim Services is an important local resource. Big County Victim Services is often the first contact to help support people in their start with dealing with the trauma. Big Country Victim Services Assistant Coordinator Sarah… Read More

Parties preparing for expected spring vote

Jan 23, 2015
Nathan Cooper, seeks Wildrose nod in Wade Bearchell seeks PC nod in Olds-Didsbury-Three Hills Olds-Didsbury-Three Hills Indicators are pointing to a spring provincial election and the action is heating up in the Olds-Didsbury-Three Hills riding. MLA Bruce Rowe, was one of the nine Wildrose MLAs that crossed the floor to join the Progressive… Read More

Battle of the sexes spreads to BCF

Jan 22, 2015
The Battle of the sexes is ramping up come February and this year participants can battle it out in the pool or on the track at the BCF. The Battle of the Sexes is coming back, but with a twist. The annual contest that pits the men against the women counting lengths at the Aquaplex is growing into the Badlands Community Facility. This year,… Read More




Jan 28, 2015
BEAGRIE, Wayne Ian December 11, 1940 - January 15, 2015 Wayne Ian Beagrie was born December 11, 1940 in Swalwell, Alberta and passed away suddenly at his home in Drumheller on January 15, 2015. After graduating from the Three Hills High School he enrolled in Culinary program at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology in Calgary. When the… Read More


Jan 28, 2015
ALBRIGHT, Alma Jean April 3, 1932 - January 22, 2015 Our beloved mother, grandma, great grandma and friend to all who knew her. She passed away at the Drumheller Hospital on January 22, 2015. She is survived by her son; Richard (Joyce) Albright of Drumheller, her sister; Ida (Bill) Steeves of Chestermere, AB, her grandson; Jeremy Albright of… Read More


Jan 28, 2015
HANSEN, Shirley Mavern March 5, 1931 - January 25, 2015 It is with great sadness, we announce the passing of Shirley Mavern Hansen of Drumheller, beloved wife of Glen Harold Hansen. Shirley passed away peacefully after a lengthy illness at Three Hills Health Centre Continuing Care on January 25, 2015 at the age of 83 years. Shirley was born March… Read More


Jan 28, 2015
COOPER, Lawrence Arthur (Coop) February 23, 1930 - January 23, 2015 Family and friends mourn the passing of Lawrence Arthur Cooper (Coop).LA Cooper, beloved husband of Irene Cooper of Drumheller passed away peacefully Friday, January 23, at the age of 84 years. Lawrence was born in Fort McLeod, AB on Feb. 23, 1930, to Gertrude and Thomas Cooper.… Read More


Jan 21, 2015
CONNELLY, Ronald Douglas 1947 - 2015 With great sorrow and regret we announce the passing of Ronald Douglas Connelly on Jan12/2015 at the age of 67, after a courageous battle with Cancer. Ronald was born in Drumheller and his travels took him throughout Alberta and BC, but he had always returned to his roots here in Drumheller. Ron worked in the… Read More


Jan 21, 2015
HARPER, Dave 2015 It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Dave Harper. Dave suddenly passed away while at his winter residence in Yuma, Arizona, with Rose, his loving wife of sixty one years, at his side. Dave will be deeply missed by all. Friends and family will cherish memories of Dave’s strong will and personality. At a young… Read More

There Should Be No Shame in Having Diabetes

I came across this excellent article online yesterday on msnbc.com, which discusses the stigma often associated with having diabetes.  The personal stories made me sad, then made me mad, and then I decided to take matters into my own hands and discuss this very important topic as this week's blog.
Mary's story is one that I hear from my patients on a regular basis - there is often a feeling of shame associated with having type 2 diabetes.   Because type 2 diabetes is often seen in association with overweight, there is a stigma upheld by many members of the general public that people who have diabetes are lazy, eat too much, don't exercise, and are not interested in their health.
What people need to realize, is that it is not the fault of the individual that they have diabetes.   There is a very strong genetic basis for developing diabetes (as blogged previously), and a very strong genetic basis for obesity as well (read more here), which we are learning more about every day as new genes involved are continuously being discovered.  Furthermore, there are many people out there with type 2 diabetes who are not overweight or obese - this speaks to the very strong genetic tendency towards developing diabetes in these individuals.   While it is true that eating well and exercising are the cornerstones of the management of type 2 diabetes, and can certainly improve diabetes control, it is not possible for most people with diabetes to make it go away with these lifestyle changes.
When I am discussing optimization of diabetes control with my patients, they often tell me that they feel embarrassed to check their blood sugars in public, or to administer medications or insulin in front of other people.  As a result, they may choose to forgo checking sugars or administering medications at times like lunch, when they are often out in public.   It breaks my heart each time I hear this - how can our society be so cruel and judgemental?
It's high time that our society gets a grip on what it actually means to have type 2 diabetes.  This disease has a strong genetic predisposition; our extremely toxic, fast food, sedentary enviroment is conducive to bringing it out in many people who are genetically prone.
People with diabetes who are seen checking blood sugars or administering insulin in public are showing committment and motivation to watch their numbers, and to do everything they can to optimize their glycemic control and their health - they deserve a HIGH FIVE! from all of us!
And a High Five to msnbc.com for writing this fabulous article - I hope their far reach will do well to get this message out to many.  Feel free to pass on this article as well, to everyone you know!
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