April 22nd, 2018

Commentary

From The Newsroom

  • Food, drink and support for each other at Alberta Food and Beverage Expo

    Fans of ‘The Simpsons’ might remember a mid-1990s episode that began with Homer and Marge at the Candy Industry Trade Show. Upon entering, Homer, runs from booth to booth grabbing handfuls of candy samples and stuffing them into his face, barely getting out the words ‘exquisite’ and ‘brilliant.’ That’s similar to what I felt like [...] Read More »

    1 year ago
  • 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 »

    2 years 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 »

    2 years 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 »

    2 years 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 »

    2 years ago

Letters to the Editor

  • Motz failed to clear up concerns about Bill C-71

    Re: Bill C-71 Amendments to the Canadian Firearms Act Glen Motz, our member of parliament, hosted a public meeting on April 12 to discuss this pending legislation. Several attendees are concerned that C-71 will compromise their property rights. There is nothing in the bill that even hints at such a thing. The B.C. Wildlife Federation [...] Read More »

    2 days ago
  • Notley creates trade war to cover blown opportunity

    When the NDP took power in Alberta Rachel Notley was presented with a wonderful opportunity to move Alberta away from the whimsies of the oil sector. She was given the ability to turn Alberta into a technological and industrial powerhouse, a province that would have made all Canadians, especially Albertans, very proud. But no, she [...] Read More »

    3 days ago
  • Dropping bombs on Syria does nothing but threaten to spark another world war

    War is not the solution to the crisis in Syria, but neither is inaction. Mirza Masroor Ahmad, the worldwide head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community has rightly stated that the ideal solution would be to stop the funding and arming of extremists that promote regime overthrow. We need to stop pretending that these bombings carried [...] Read More »

    3 days ago
  • Governments love ‘general revenue’ line item Ñ leading to spending flexibility but little transparency

    Re: Gregory Cote’s argument on equalization payments. Mr. Cote is correct in the fact the federal government collects taxes and accounts for it as a general revenue line item. All politicians love this system because it allows them to spend money according to their party priorities rather than use directed taxes which would go to [...] Read More »

    4 days ago
  • May’s credibility challenged

    The photograph of Green Party Leader Elizabeth May’s arrest near Burnaby is really her whole political story. Nothing worthwhile for what taxpayers generously spend on her except her breaking of the law. A Member of Parliament who should lead in upholding and respecting the law displays her complete disregard for our fundamental principle — the [...] Read More »

    4 days ago

Local Bloggers

  • Dominic's untold story

    Source: Dominics journey with AML Dominic's untold story From the start, we decided to be open and transparent with everything that happened to Dominic after his cancer diagnosis.We wrote about procedures, how he was eating, the chemotherapy and what it did to him. Even when he went through morphine withdrawal. And of course what it [...] Read More »

    1 day ago
  • Palm Springs City Hall

    Source: Editing Luke Palm Springs City Hall Another of the mid-century modern gems in the Palm Springs, California area is the Palm Springs City Hall itself. The structure was built between 1952-1957 and is another of Albert Frey’s designs – others include the Aerial Tramway Valley Station, Tramway Gas Station, and Movie Colony Hotel. The building looks much [...] Read More »

    2 days ago
  • Virginia City, Nevada

    Source: Editing Luke Virginia City, Nevada Old brick facades, wooden walkways, and a main street draped in wires creates the illusion that you’ve stepped back in time as you enter Virginia City, Nevada. This community sprung up practically overnight when the first major silver deposit in the United States was discovered here in 1859. Were [...] Read More »

    3 days ago
  • Canadian Conscripts 1918

    Source: Esplanade Canadian Conscripts 1918 Patrick M. Dennis was born in Windsor, Ontario, and completed his early education at the University of Windsor. He is a retired Canadian Air Force colonel and fighter controller who served abroad for over twenty-two years, including tours as Canada’s deputy military representative to the NATO Military Committee in Brussels, Belgium, [...] Read More »

    4 days ago
  • Canadian Conscripts at War: 1918

    Source: Esplanade Canadian Conscripts at War: 1918 Patrick M. Dennis was born in Windsor, Ontario, and completed his early education at the University of Windsor. He is a retired Canadian Air Force colonel and fighter controller who served abroad for over twenty-two years, including tours as Canada’s deputy military representative to the NATO Military Committee in [...] Read More »

    4 days ago

Opinions

  • Saying thanks to our volunteers

    It’s National Volunteer Week, a time designated to celebrate and say thanks to the country’s selfless volunteers. There’s a lot of people to thank. According to Statistics Canada, there are about 12.7 million volunteers, and together, they contribute an estimated two billion hours of their time to a broad spectrum of causes. Take away those [...] Read More »

    22 hours ago
  • Pipeline debate hasn’t hurt PM Ñ yet

    It is rare that a single issue costs a federal ruling party its re-election. Based on the latest poll to measure the impact of the ongoing pipeline crisis on the political fortunes of its various protagonists, the fate of the Trans Mountain expansion is unlikely to alone determine that of Justin Trudeau’s Liberals in next [...] Read More »

    22 hours ago
  • Debt?! Why’d it have to be debt? Ñ A mess too big for Indiana Jones

    One of my favourite movies is Raiders of the Lost Ark. It’s a classic tale of overcoming obstacles and highlights one of my favourite and most persistent adventurers, Harrison Ford. Through the twists and turns, who can forget how many challenging threats to his safety and careful planning were followed by larger tribulations and road [...] Read More »

    2 days ago
  • Still haven’t learned our water-quality lesson after Walkerton disaster

    Four charges have been laid against a former Town of Oyen public works employee, Darcy Dobrosky, related to his duties as a water and wastewater operator, the province announced this week. The charges relate to events between April 1, 2009 and March 8, 2016. The first court appearance is scheduled for next week in Hanna [...] Read More »

    2 days ago
  • Let’s talk about the Canalta Centre

    It seems every year, just like the downtown core, the Canalta Centre becomes the hot topic around the city. All is quiet until the Medicine Hat Tigers playoff games, and then social media starts to hone in on the Canalta Centre and attack. This year it was especially bad — and rightfully so. The Tabbies [...] Read More »

    4 days ago

Ticked Off and Tickled Pink

  • Ticked Off and Tickled Pink April 19

    Ticked Off What part of leave the oil in the ground until they build a refinery to utilize Alberta oil do they not understand? Ticked Off That a few rigs move south and rumours fly that jobs are moving south. Ticked Off I hope the new UCP leader has more to offer Albertans than cancelling [...] Read More »

    3 days ago
  • Ticked Off and Tickled Pink April 17

    Tickled Pink To know why the provinces that have carbon taxes are more prosperous today. Tickled Pink All right! $13.4 million — that’s 20 new buses also driving around empty, or a new garage to park our current overworked fleet in. Ticked Off With the city and its decisions. $100 000 on ‘art’ for the [...] Read More »

    5 days ago
  • Ticked off and tickled pink – April 12

    Ticked Off By people who park in front of the super mailboxes when they’re not getting mail. Ticked Off If you are complaining about the empty buses in Medicine Hat, then you are part of the issue. There are solutions for this such as increase parking fees for downtown parking, and have the junior and [...] Read More »

    1 week ago
  • Ticked Off and Tickled Pink April 5

    Tickled Pink We volunteers see and hear so much, it’s not always how it should be. When the lazy management show up barking orders it’s really not fun and some of us are close to being done. Turning up in your heels and short skirt and not rolling up your sleeves is not great. Ticked [...] Read More »

    2 weeks ago
  • Ticked Off and Tickled Pink April 3

    Ticked Off To all those young people protesting gun control, have you ever considered the violent shooting videos you play are a contributing factor? Tickled Pink Spectrum is moving back to Kin Coulee Park as parking is much better and there is simply more room for the attractions and events and places to sit in [...] Read More »

    3 weeks ago