February 18th, 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 »

    12 months 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 »

    1 year 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 »

    1 year 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

  • Pipeline feud between Alberta and B.C. not about oil, it’s about destroying rights

    The Alberta-B.C. pipeline feud isn’t about oil, it’s about destroying your rights. Oh, and getting votes. Remember the Exxon Valdez because with increased tanker traffic in constricted waterways, it’s when, not if. Millions of people rely on the waterways for drinking water, the beaches, ecosystems, and infrastructure, and there’ll be devastation for years to come [...] Read More »

    2 days ago
  • Reckless to allow anyone under 18 to use cannabis

    I just spent the morning reading Bill C-45, the new cannabis law. I discovered under the section for possession, it states that a youth (12 to 18) who possesses more than five grams of dried marijuana will be charged under the Youth Criminal Justice Act but does not mention anything about amounts under five grams [...] Read More »

    2 days ago
  • Hospital parking cartoon reflects ‘ungrateful residents’

    If the cartoon on page D4 of the Feb. 10 Medicine Hat News is intended to attack parking charges at Medicine Hat Regional Hospital, you should be ashamed of yourselves. It reflects one of the more base aspects of this city of ungrateful residents. Unfiltered, whining cheapness. For crying out loud, do you really think [...] Read More »

    4 days ago
  • ‘Clash of ideas’ offer made

    Re: “A grumpy old man, but with a sense of humour,” Feb. 6 I wonder if Paul McLennan realizes the daunting task he has, perhaps inadvertently, undertaken. His most recent letter outlines (again) his view of those he loves to hate — “the left” and their supporters. Presumably he (and perhaps his supporters) are different. [...] Read More »

    4 days ago
  • Movie manners

    Did you attend the 1:40 p.m. showing of the movie “15:17 To Paris” on Saturday, Feb. 10? Did you sit on the back row? If you did, perhaps you will have the manners to explain to those other patrons (who went to watch the movie without distraction) why you found it necessary to keep making [...] Read More »

    4 days ago

Local Bloggers

  • Inside the Modernized Medicine Hat High School

    Source: Editing Luke Inside the Modernized Medicine Hat High School After several years of planning, documenting, demolition, renovation, and even a photo book of the high school as it was, the newly modernized Medicine Hat High School in Medicine Hat, Alberta has been completed and was opened at the start of the 2017 school year. This series [...] Read More »

    7 hours ago
  • Jasper, Alberta

    Source: Editing Luke Jasper, Alberta The town of Jasper, Alberta is the hub of Jasper National Park. In contrast to Banff, Jasper is notably smaller and as a result feels a bit more relaxed. The community is certainly still tourist driven, but it’s a lot easier to get around. Between visits to the Jasper Park [...] Read More »

    1 day ago
  • sophia bartholomew

    Source: Medalta sophia bartholomew The post sophia bartholomew appeared first on Medalta[...] Read More »

    2 days ago
  • Xanthe Isbister’s First Medicine Hat Love

    Source: Medalta Xanthe Isbister’s First Medicine Hat Love The post Xanthe Isbister’s First Medicine Hat Love appeared first on Medalta[...] Read More »

    2 days ago
  • Jasper Park Information Centre Historic Site

    Source: Editing Luke Jasper Park Information Centre Historic Site Completed in 1914, the Jasper Park Information Centre is a National Historic Site of Canada. Located in the townsite of Jasper, Alberta, the building is noteworthy for its rustic architecture and use of local cobblestone and timber in its construction. The building originally housed the park [...] Read More »

    2 days ago

Opinions

  • Anti-pipeline front fails in B.C. byelection vote

    The outcome of the first electoral engagement to take place against the backdrop of the B.C.-Alberta trade war was non-conclusive. That is not to say it was meaningless. On Wednesday, the voters in the provincial riding of West Kelowna had the somewhat dubious honour to be the first to have the opportunity to use the [...] Read More »

    1 day ago
  • ‘Saving lives’ plans are fine, but common senseis needed

    A political decision has taxi drivers digging in their heels in Strathmore and so they should. A new bylaw requires taxi drivers to undergo first aid training. The rationale of the town council is that schools and many companies require someone with first aid training on staff and so why not have taxi drivers do [...] Read More »

    2 days ago
  • MLA Report: TransMountain project has to happen, but ball is in Justin Trudeau’s court

    If you have been paying attention to Canadian politics, and Alberta politics, in the last few months you will have noticed a theme occurring. It goes like this: the NDP government claims to have secured a social licence for pipeline approval (because of their implementation of a job killing carbon tax on the backs of [...] Read More »

    2 days ago
  • Hard to say who will win political games over pipeline battle

    The showdown between Alberta and B.C. over the TransMountain pipeline is not only pitting the two westernmost provinces against each other. The battle has larger implications not only for the New Democratic Party — which counts two premiers in the fight — but also for the federal government and the panorama of Canadian voters and [...] Read More »

    3 days ago
  • Effort must be made for harmony among peoples

    A Sufi proverb states: “Most of the conflicts and tensions are due to language. Don’t pay so much attention to the words. In love’s country, language doesn’t have its place. It is mute.” If there is a singular thought anyone can take forward with them in these troubling times, it is that. Beyond the overheated [...] Read More »

    4 days ago

Ticked Off and Tickled Pink

  • Ticked Off and Tickled Pink Feb. 15

    Tickled Pink “Peoplekind.” That shows you where our leader’s priorities are. He’s the one who is going to move Canada forward? What a joke! Ticked Off That we now have ideologically driven extremist political parties in Alberta, neither of which I can support. Ticked Off At the local coffee shop that has stopped having the [...] Read More »

    3 days ago
  • Ticked Off and Tickled Pink Feb. 13

    Ticked Pink For all the people who shop local, and appreciate the small businesses in our great city. Recognizing the dedication that a small family-run business will give you better customer service in the long run. Ticked Off At renters who constantly break the rules and landlords who let them. Tickled Pink That I put [...] Read More »

    5 days ago
  • Ticked Off and Tickled Pink Feb. 8

    Ticked Off At the people residing near the trail by the tower on Redcliff Way who let their two dogs run free — prohibited in that area — and leave their feces all over. Bylaws apply to all, you must leash and clean! Ticked Off At a condo manager for not doing anything about the [...] Read More »

    1 week ago
  • Ticked Off and Tickled Pink Feb. 1

    Ticked Off With all the late night talk shows, from Jimmy Kimmel to Conan O’Brien. The brunt of their jokes are all about Trump. How bad is that? To be made fun of by everyone. You wouldn’t see that in Canada. We have more respect for our leader. Tickled Pink With the columnist Paul McLennan [...] Read More »

    2 weeks ago
  • Ticked Off and Tickled Pink Jan. 30

    Tickled Pink By the gentleman who shared his Subway coupons on a recent Wednesday afternoon, I really appreciated it. Thank you. Ticked Off To the person that complained about Christmas Tennis Tournament: Grow up. It was a wonderful event to remember a wonderful man. Ticked Off To see that the local paper has gone to [...] Read More »

    3 weeks ago