October 19th, 2017

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 »

    8 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 »

    1 year 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

  • UCP must return to social conservatism and moderate fiscal policies of Peter Lougheed

    Re: “Fiscal conservatives haven’t had a voice in Alberta for 20 years,” Oct. 12 Although, Ralph Klein described himself as a fiscal conservative, he more often talked the talk than walked the walk. He kept taxes high by fighting for tax-funded abortion, and he brought in health care premiums for seniors. Klein’s socially liberal views [...] Read More »

    2 hours ago
  • Transparency lacking at city hall

    Re: “Don’t hold your breath waiting for transit satisfaction, if Veiner situation is any indication,” Sept. 22 As always from the pen of Gillian Slade, an excellent, thought provoking editorial. There is unquestionably a lack of transparency emanating from city hall with far too many decisions made behind closed doors. They number in the dozens [...] Read More »

    3 days ago
  • Canada will be next to open doors to democratic governance

    Colonial rule is history. It went out the door with the Second World War. The Pacific Charter spelled the end of a long and ugly period of rape and plunder of resources on a global scale, and paved the way for people to exercise their right to self-determination, and to live as free people. Colonizing [...] Read More »

    6 days ago
  • Mayor is OK, but whole council should be changed

    Re: “Can’t vote for anyone on mayoral ballot,” Oct. 5 What about our present mayor? He is young, bright, full of grand ideas, and performs very well at ribbon cutting and other special occasions. What I have a problem with is the council. I think the whole works should be replaced. I think they have [...] Read More »

    6 days ago
  • Fiscal conservatives haven’t had a voice in Alberta for 20 years

    Re: “Fiscal conservatives will be the downfall of ‘divided’ party and Notley’s New Democrats will win re-election,” Oct. 6 Mr. Egan has made up his mind, but is confused. Former prime minister Stephen Harper never actually included much for fiscal conservatives. The Flanagan doctrine he purported to follow featured measured incrementalism to get the budget [...] Read More »

    7 days ago

Local Bloggers

  • Happy birthday

    Source: Dominics journey with AML Happy birthday So many anniversaries and holidays pass with the sadness of knowing he’s not around for them anymore.Today is a chance to eat some Smarties and Kraft Dinner and celebrate instead.We know someday Samantha will learn about her big brother, who he was and what he is to our [...] Read More »

    6 days ago
  • Autumn Colours in Medicine Hat, Alberta

    Source: Editing Luke Autumn Colours in Medicine Hat, Alberta Autumn is a very short season in Medicine Hat, Alberta. However, there is a brief window before the overnight frost starts to arrive, where the changing leaves become a diverse and vibrant array of orange, red, yellow, and green. Most of these images were shot in [...] Read More »

    7 days ago
  • Haunted Factory – Circus of Horror

    Source: Medalta Haunted Factory – Circus of Horror WE KNOW YOU’VE BEEN WAITING… Come one, come all, and prepare to be frightened. Gather your family and friends and head down to the Medicine Hat Brick & Tile Factory (612 Porcelain Road, Formerly I-XL Industries) for a fun and freaky Halloween experience. There you’ll find a [...] Read More »

    1 week ago
  • MHHS As It Was: Official Book Release

    Source: Editing Luke MHHS As It Was: Official Book Release This weekend marked the long awaited release of my photo book MHHS As It Was. After months of work spent putting the book together, several months more of having it printed, and a month of shipments and deliveries, it’s with a lot of excitement and [...] Read More »

    1 week ago
  • U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Alabama

    Source: Editing Luke U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Alabama To stand in the presence of so many technological achievements is an undeniable rush when visiting a place like the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. From the Apollo Program to the Space Shuttle to countless other NASA artifacts, you can’t fully appreciate [...] Read More »

    2 weeks ago

Opinions

  • Right-leaning council will work on fiscal solutions piece by piece

    Medicine Hat city council has moved to the right following this week’s municipal election. Every four years the citizens remake local government at the ballot box. The next four years are the real test of how the new group of nine will perform. However, voters returned two former aldermen who ran on strong “fiscal conservative” [...] Read More »

    2 hours ago
  • National Affairs: Comedy of errors for Liberals

    As the crow flies — or in this instance a government jet backed up by a string of chauffeur-driven vehicles — it is doable to travel from Parliament Hill to the town of Stouffville, northeast of Toronto, in about 90 minutes. A person using more conventional means of transportation on the other hand would take [...] Read More »

    22 hours ago
  • Change rules the day in city, county

    Monday’s civic elections communicated a strong desire for change at both the city and county levels. Change does not necessarily mean all new faces, especially in Medicine Hat’s case. Change, in this instance, meant a change in direction rather than a complete overhaul. With the exception of Kris Samraj, who is imminently likable and did [...] Read More »

    22 hours ago
  • Election over, but candidates urged to stay involved in civic affairs

    Well, it’s over. The dust has settled following another round of municipal elections across the province of Alberta. First and foremost, everyone who put their name forward to be candidates should be commended. It’s easy to sit around and complain about how our elected officials do business. We all do it, the smug “they should’ve” [...] Read More »

    2 days ago
  • National Affairs: Canada has options if Trump kills NAFTA

    If U.S. President Donald Trump deep-sixes the North American Free Trade Agreement, there are essentially three things that Canada can do. It can try to salvage a bilateral deal with the U.S. It can, in concert with Mexico, keep what remains of NAFTA on life support in the hope that Trump will eventually be replaced [...] Read More »

    3 days ago

Ticked Off and Tickled Pink

  • Ticked Off and Tickled Pink Oct. 19

    Ticked Off That city officials cannot enforce their own bylaws and provincial laws on the intimidating groups that are smoking by doorways and loitering on sidewalks downtown. Tickled Pink A great big thank you to the person in the Tim Hortons drive-thru who picked up my tab, $21.99, on Thanksgiving Monday. I was surprised and [...] Read More »

    2 hours ago
  • Ticked Off and Tickled Pink Oct. 17

    Tickled Pink That we are welcoming refugees into our great land. Ticked Off With the woman who found my wife’s new sweater and didn’t return it to the store or the help desk. We have the sales slip in case she may want to exchange it. Tickled Pink Huge thank you to the grader operators [...] Read More »

    2 days ago
  • Ticked Off and Tickled Pink Oct. 12

    Ticked Off Transportation should be readily available for all citizens. Ticked Off At people who have 20 other spaces in the parking lot and park next to mine like a sardine can. Tickled Pink That my old boss lady has to pay her employees $13.60 an hour. Ticked Off Since the mayor says we have [...] Read More »

    7 days ago
  • Ticked Off and Tickled Pink Oct. 10

    Ticked Off Every citizen is important to our town’s mayor except those who no longer walk the trails due to fear of dogs. Hope the dogs vote for him, we won’t. Ticked Off Shame on a local pickleball group that pretends to be welcoming and then limits players so a few don’t have to wait [...] Read More »

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

    Ticked Off We are so afraid of offending someone that we keep silent and say nothing at all. Apathy at its extreme. Ticked Off With the complaints of minimum wage rising. Maybe if the oil/gas wages were not so high our gas pump/taxes wouldn’t be skyrocketing. Ticked Off At folks who refuse to understand when [...] Read More »

    2 weeks ago