January 20th, 2017

Commentary

From The Newsroom

  • Prime ministerial visits to Medicine Hat are few and far between

    When Justin Trudeau sets foot in Medicine Hat tomorrow it will mark the first time in almost a quarter century a sitting prime minister has been in the Gas City. Though not the only visits to Medicine Hat by sitting PMs these are a few notable ones: Kim Campbell was prime minister from June 25 [...] Read More »

    3 months ago
  • What I learned on my summer vacations

    This summer I was fortunate enough to take two vacations. One to Las Vegas and California for a Garth Brooks concert and Disneyland, among other things, and one to Toronto for the Hockey Hall of Fame, a pair of Blue Jays games and more in the area. Both were driving vacations, something I won’t be [...] Read More »

    4 months ago
  • Remembering Prince

    “Prince dies at 57.” The headline hit me like a punch to the gut when I checked Facebook on Thursday after getting home from a workout. Just like David Bowie’s death earlier this year, I looked around, hoping it was just a hoax, but quickly discovered it wasn’t the case. I’m not alone feeling the [...] Read More »

    9 months ago
  • A few ideas if you’re stuck for ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day

    Valentine’s Day is nearly upon us, and we’re a romantic bunch here in the newsroom. With that in mind here are some date, activity and gift ideas (some are personal experiences, some are just ideas) that are perfect for couples at any point on the highway of love. – Celebrating each other does not have [...] Read More »

    11 months ago

Letters to the Editor

  • Customer banter a highlight

    To those who do not know, Kingsway Gas and Carwash has been sold. I worked there for almost three years pumping gas and looking after the car wash. I am now no longer there so I would like to take this time to say thank you to all the regular costumers that I got to [...] Read More »

    2 hours ago
  • Carbon tax refund plan penalizing a good portion of Alberta citizens

    I’m at a crossroads with the NDP government picking winners and losers. Why are 30 per cent of Albertans not getting a carbon tax refund cheque based on a set of criteria? When government segregates its citizens based on ethnicity, annual income, industry, etc., you end up with a fragmented society that becomes so angry [...] Read More »

    22 hours ago
  • Canada falling well behind on foreign aid

    Justin Trudeau is venturing across the country, selling his government’s benefits of “Canada is back” with efforts on climate, aboriginal rights and the middle class. Surely an embarrassment will be the elephant in our closet, Canada’s abysmal record on foreign aid. Once a leader and indeed a world champion for aid, Canada is now a [...] Read More »

    2 days ago
  • Apology owed to Wisdom Homeschooling

    Alberta Education says they believe that there should be no bullying in schools. I agree with this stance, and wonder, therefore, why Alberta Education bullied the Trinity Western school and Wisdom Homeschooling, and all home-educating families in Alberta. I believe that Alberta Education owes them and us an apology. The actions of Alberta Education in [...] Read More »

    2 days ago
  • Volunteers make Christmas in the hospital a special time

    My husband, a senior, has been a patient in the Medicine Hat Regional Hospital for quite some time. It was totally amazing to witness the outpouring of the Christmas spirit put forth by volunteers in our community to make Christmas so very special for him. As well as the visits he was given a Christmas [...] Read More »

    2 days ago

Local Bloggers

  • Exploring Downtown Calgary, Alberta

    Source: Editing Luke Exploring Downtown Calgary, Alberta As one of the largest cities in Canada, the downtown core of Calgary, Alberta offers a lot in terms of distinctive and original places to explore. From the iconic Calgary Tower to a skyline featuring some of the tallest buildings outside of Toronto, Calgary is a beautiful and [...] Read More »

    19 hours ago
  • The Henry Ford Museum: Part 2

    Source: Editing Luke The Henry Ford Museum: Part 2 A continuation of my photo set from The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan[...] Read More »

    2 days ago
  • How to Throw The Ultimate Engagement Party! Part 2

    Source: On a sweet note How to Throw The Ultimate Engagement Party! Part 2 You’ve got the ring and now it’s time to plan the perfect party. A few weeks ago we provided you with a few décor tips to get your engagement party planning started. If you missed our previous post click here.  … [...] Read More »

    2 days ago
  • St. Andrew’s Cathedral in Victoria, British Columbia

    Source: Editing Luke St. Andrew’s Cathedral in Victoria, British Columbia Completed in 1892, St. Andrew’s Cathedral is the Roman Catholic cathedral for the diocese of Victoria located in downtown Victoria, British Columbia. Borrowing from medieval European churches, St. Andrew’s features double asymmetrical towers which are characteristic of the High Victorian Gothic Style. In 1990, noting [...] Read More »

    3 days ago
  • Editorial–So… Jane Fonda. So What?

    Source: Sniff Test Editorial–So… Jane Fonda. So What? Jane Fonda came to Alberta the other day to tell the world that the tar sands harvest causes environmental destruction…which is not news, no matter how officially and theatrically outraged the forces on the right are. Whether or not you … Continue reading &#[...] Read More »

    4 days ago

Opinions

  • Guest Column: It was great to grow up under the Big Top of old world order

    A few words on the circus. I’ve written a lot of news in recent days about the end of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. I’m sympathetic to both animal rights advocates who cheer the decision and those who lament the end of an era. For me, the decision prompted a lot of reflection [...] Read More »

    2 hours ago
  • Manufacturerco-operation needed to advance use of energy-efficient products

    The provincial plan, announced this week, to get Albertans to switch to energy efficient lighting is a good one even though it is unlikely to make much of a difference on our utility bills. The majority of our utility bills have charges that we have absolutely no control over so there is little financial incentive [...] Read More »

    2 hours ago
  • Alberta business climate should be more open and welcoming

    Doing business in Alberta is becoming harder and harder in recent years due to the economic downturn without adding social licence concerns into the equation. Add the digitus dei, “the finger of god,” which is social licence, and it is becoming darn near impossible to start any type of intensive business operation in modern day [...] Read More »

    2 days ago
  • Humans cannot control or alter the climate

    For many years now we have been told that 97 per cent of scientists agree that man is causing global warming and that the world as we know it will come to an end if we do not act quickly. How many of us have actually checked into this claim to test its accuracy? The [...] Read More »

    4 days ago
  • No need to rely on ‘Golden Boy’ as spokesperson on indiginous issues

    The problem with putting people on pedestals is eventually they get knocked down. Such is the case of award-winning and much celebrated Canadian author Joseph Boyden — who has spent years building up a reputation and career as the country’s go-to voice on all things indigenous. The past month hasn’t been a good one for [...] Read More »

    6 days ago

Ticked Off and Tickled Pink

  • Ticked Off and Tickled Pink Jan. 19

    Tickled Pink To suggest to the parent complaining about homework: Tell their child to quit goofing off in school and get assignments done there and hence, no homework. Tickled Pink That customers actually see our posted hours, when we close, and leave promptly, as we do not get paid for our closing-up procedures. Ticked Off [...] Read More »

    22 hours ago
  • Ticked Off and Tickled Pink Jan. 17

    Ticked Off The Arena floor floods. A costly new facility is built. Afterwards a berm is built to protect The Arena. Then The Arena is torn down. Our principal municipal official is making Donald Trump look sane and sober. Ticked Off Be aware fellow Albertans, the possible next step from NDP might be to add [...] Read More »

    3 days ago
  • Ticked Off and Tickled Pink Jan. 12

    Ticked Off That council/mayor figure it’s OK to add to our utility bills for recycling but not OK for another carbon tax on our bills? This is not the time for extra fees. People who want to recycle will recycle. Ticked Off At a local golf course executive who are there to set up their [...] Read More »

    1 week ago
  • Ticked Off and Tickled Pink Jan. 10

    Tickled Pink About the amazing man who volunteers his time to be Santa every year in the mall. Even when he is in less than good health, he still wants to see the smiles on all of our children’s faces. I hope we have many more years to come of you being Santa, you are [...] Read More »

    1 week ago
  • Ticked Off and Tickled Pink Jan. 5

    Ticked Off With NDP haters. Don’t you realize that a lot of people in Medicine Hat (especially women) make minimum wage? At least the NDP government has the guts to finally makes these changes. Ticked Off That doctors are always 30-90 minutes behind on their appointments. Tickled Pink That a soldier driving a Forester gave [...] Read More »

    2 weeks ago