March 24th, 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 »

    3 weeks 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 »

    5 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 »

    6 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 »

    11 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 »

    1 year ago

Letters to the Editor

  • Policy, not words, needed to help First Nations

    Re: “Comments on residential schools were a slap in the face,” March 14 What a wonderful editorial comparing the Holocaust to Canada’s residential schools! I guess I already knew that exterminating over 6 million Jews was a major bad thing. What never crossed my mind until today was to compare that with how my ancestors [...] Read More »

    19 hours ago
  • First experience at new diagnostic lab unsatisfying

    I visited the new diagnostic laboratory on the morning of March 9. I found the experience unsatisfactory. The system for processing of data seemed cumbersome and repetitious. I felt I’d stepped back to a time before carbon paper. Wait times were very long, my phlebotomist showed little evidence of training, as I have 25 tears [...] Read More »

    2 days ago
  • Comment about APARC incredibly uninformed

    On March 16 we received calls and emails from a number of Hatters to look at a your Ticked Off and Tickled Pink column, and for good reason. The second entry criticized our organization for asking for donations because we are “funded by the city.” This anonymous submission is not wrong, just incredibly uninformed. Our [...] Read More »

    3 days ago
  • Puzzled by those who don’t know the struggle

    World Autism Day is coming up on April 2, it is a day for awareness about autism and the puzzle piece is recognized is recognized as an symbol for awareness. It is something that Parents of Autistics started in England back in the 1950s or ’60s because of the disorder. Since the 1990s autistics have [...] Read More »

    4 days ago
  • Isolationism in U.S. will lead to catastrophe

    I wrote a letter to the editor that was published in the Medicine Hat News on Dec. 5 on my views on the negative effects of a Donald Trump presidency and its spillover effects to Canada. Recent events that transpired only go to confirm my worst fears. Witness the effects of Canadian citizens trying to [...] Read More »

    4 days ago

Local Bloggers

  • Dish @ Medalta

    Source: Medalta Dish @ Medalta It’s that time of year … to announce the theme for our fifth annual International International Exhibition @ Medalta! We started with the cup show and decided to switch things up each year with a different theme… spoon me… tool… cheers. This time around we are asking artists to submit works [...] Read More »

    13 hours ago
  • Riverside School in Medicine Hat, Alberta: Part 2

    Source: Editing Luke Riverside School in Medicine Hat, Alberta: Part 2 A continuation of my photo set from Riverside School in Medicine Hat, Alberta[...] Read More »

    16 hours ago
  • United

    Source: Dominics journey with AML United  The first trip to Orlando ended in heartbreak.The second ended with hope.Today, I head back to reconnect with what’a become a second family to us.You’ve seen what we’ve done through Extra Life in the past. The 24 (or more often, 25) hour gaming marathon takes place annually, with all [...] Read More »

    1 day ago
  • Grand Central Market in Los Angeles, California

    Source: Editing Luke Grand Central Market in Los Angeles, California With a variety of cuisine, coffee, produce, and general novelty on offer, the Grand Central Market in downtown Los Angeles, California is a bustling hub of activity. It’s a great place to be a culinary tourist and sample foods from around the world under one [...] Read More »

    2 days ago
  • DIY Maid of Honour Proposal Box

    Source: On a sweet note DIY Maid of Honour Proposal Box So you’ve said yes to the ring and now it’s time to pop the question to your best girls. You’ll be spending lots of time together before and on the day of your wedding so show them you how much … Continue reading &#[...] Read More »

    2 days ago

Opinions

  • Let’s just take a minute to think

    It’s not often that a media source will advocate for citizens to tune out and enjoy the weather, but it’s clear that’s just the sort of thing that’s badly needed in a stressed out populace. There is a caveat, however, in that the weather will eventually change and you can’t tune out forever. It might [...] Read More »

    19 hours ago
  • Truth in a time of lies

    There is nothing more poisonous to democracy and the public trust than lies. In fact, there is nothing more poisonous period, as anyone who has dealt with lies in any context can attest. Whether these be the prevarications told by public officials and personalities to avoid responsibility for decisions made, across the church pulpit by [...] Read More »

    2 days ago
  • National Affairs: Long ride ahead for bill to free whales

    It’s hard to strengthen animal welfare legislation in Canada. Attempts to mildly improve such laws routinely fail. Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government, like that of former Conservative prime minister Stephen Harper, has shown little interest in animal issues. This has left private members’ bills, either from the Commons or the Senate, as the only path forward. [...] Read More »

    2 days ago
  • Travel ban a reason to stay north when travelling

    Arbitrary and absurd. These might be the best two words to describe the growing number of cases where Canadians and permanent residents of this country have experienced issues entering the U.S. There’s the case of a church group turned back because they were told they would be taking American jobs. No, there was no actual [...] Read More »

    3 days ago
  • Guest Column: Spring and language

    The last snowbanks of the year are fleeing, sheepishly slithering away down the street and disappearing into the nearest sewer drains. My usual crankiness is melting along with the snow, and I feel eternal sunshine in my belly. Along with the wonderful weather today (March 15), two other delightful jewels greeted me this morning when [...] Read More »

    6 days ago

Ticked Off and Tickled Pink

  • Ticked Off and Tickled Pink March 23

    Ticked Off At those who think they are the boss. Tickled Pink If the newspaper would publish an informative article on this time change that has been talked about for years and years. Let all readers know what it involves. It’s not as easy as changing clocks and we are done. How much will this [...] Read More »

    19 hours ago
  • Ticked Off and Tickled Pink March 21

    Tickled Pink Thanks to my neighbour and his son for pushing my car out when I was stuck in snow. Thanks also for shoveling a path so I could get back into my driveway. I appreciate the help. Ticked Off At auto dealerships that insist on charging administration fees on top of the agreed upon [...] Read More »

    3 days ago
  • Ticked Off and Tickled Pink March 16

    Ticked Off Why does a major corporation drug test for jobs yet promotes a convicted drug dealer? There’s five more just like him that hang out downtown. Ticked Off So sad to see that APARC asks for donations when they’re funded by the city. I’ll be directing all my donations to the SPCA. Ticked Off [...] Read More »

    1 week ago
  • Ticked Off and Tickled Pink March 14

    Ticked Off That the city does not support local recycling businesses. So quit your finger pointing at the provincial government. I do not support curbside. It should be individual choice because we recycle/compost. I can not afford the city’s extra charges. Ticked Off With amount of service jobs available that no one wants cause u [...] Read More »

    1 week ago
  • Ticked Off and Tickled Pink March 9

    Ticked Off So it’s a safehouse and free drugs for druggies in Medicine Hat. What’s next free booze for alcoholics? How about free bullets for Russian rouletters? Social engineering run amok. Ticked Off Send the drug addicts and the criminals up north. I’m tired of my tax dollars keeping them in the lap of luxury. [...] Read More »

    2 weeks ago