Public Matters Podcast

Public Matters is a monthly podcast that does a deep dive into municipal government topics in Medicine Hat that affect you.

Mayor Linnsie Clark and Jay Hitchen are your hosts and they interview guests from our community and organization to help residents understand the issues that matter. To submit your question to Public Matters, email us at 

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Mayor Linnsie Clark - Host
Mayor Linnsie Clark


Linnsie Clark began her life on a farm near Oyen, Alberta before moving to Medicine Hat at a young age. Her family continued to ranch south of Medicine Hat, which helped her to develop a strong work ethic, as well as an appreciation for community, family, a strong economy, and the natural world.

After graduating from Medicine Hat High School, she attended the University of Lethbridge where she received a Bachelor of Science (with Distinction). She went on to receive her law degree from the University of Victoria and spent ten years with the Hospital Employees’ Union in Vancouver, eventually becoming the Director of Legal Services.

After a brief stint in Edmonton, she returned home in 2017 to work for the City of Medicine Hat in the City Solicitor’s department.

Clark cites her passion for community values as the driving force behind her decision to run for Mayor and aims to align the priorities and values of City government with the values of the residents that call it home. Building on these values and Medicine Hat’s strong foundations, she aspires to revitalize the health of our community - recognizing the importance of the well-being of our residents, economy, and environment.

Jay Hitchen - Host
Jay Hitchen


Jay Hitchen has worked in radio for most of his life, starting in his hometown of Estevan, Saskatchewan and went on to work in Brandon, Manitoba and Edmonton, Alberta before joining the Monarch Corporation (now Pattison Media) as head of the programming department in Medicine Hat. During this time he oversaw the launch of MY96, one of the many career milestones he achieved over the years. Jay is highly involved in the community, raising money to fight kids cancer through the Great Cycling Challenge, as well as serving for over 30 years with the Medicine Hat Judo Club.