May 26th, 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 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 »

    8 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 »

    8 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 »

    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 »

    1 year ago

Letters to the Editor

  • WHL teams still playing ‘game of the past’

    The Western Hockey League WHL champions in the last two Memorial Cups have failed to win even one game at this national tournament. It is very disappointing and equally puzzling. It may be coincidence, but it also could be telling us much about the level of play in the WHL. It appears that the teams [...] Read More »

    6 hours ago
  • Lack of loyalty to electorate shown again

    Re: “United right gets mixedlocal reviews,” May 20 So, the “past-president of the local PC riding association, a former PC MLA in Medicine Hat and member of the party, (Blake) Pedersen is disappointed he had to learn about the deal from the media instead of a friendly email from the party.” Well Blake, now maybe [...] Read More »

    1 day ago
  • Politics of the downtown lot

    So after 40 years it is time fix the lot at 603 First St. S.E. In 40 years hardly a bite when it comes to selling! My impression of events is somewhat different and also that of many I have spoken to in regards to the topic, and it is not a lack of interest [...] Read More »

    2 days ago
  • Canadian farmers need to stand up for world-class system

    Recently there has been a public push by the Western Canadian Wheat Growers to change the Canadian varietal registration and grading system to allow American grown wheat full access into our export system. As usual, their simplistic approach ignores the economic pitfalls that Canadian farmers will face should this occur. Canada’s grading system is unique [...] Read More »

    3 days ago
  • Euthanasia is not health care

    Alberta Health Services has a weekly update on euthanasia. Instead of our tax dollars being used for palliative care they are being used to kill people. Since when has euthanasia ever been considered health care? Well, during a very black time in the last century, millions of people were euthanized by doctors who had convinced [...] Read More »

    6 days ago

Local Bloggers

  • Been busy

    Source: Dominics journey with AML Been busy  They say baby girls are tougher to handle than their male counterparts.While that is certainly true in our experience, that’s not the only reason this blog has been silent the past two months.With Samantha one month old, I left for Orlando and the Extra Life United gaming tournament [...] Read More »

    2 days ago
  • Long weekend

    Source: Dominics journey with AML Long weekend  Love.Sadness.Anger.Jealously.Compassion.Fear.Hope.Extra Life United ran the gamut for me these past few days, and I’m not sure what the takeaway is.I wasn’t going to go back. I didn’t like the idea of Trish not being there with me, so when we realized Samantha’s birth would likely preclude her from [...] Read More »

    2 days ago
  • Heritage Park in Calgary, Alberta: Part 2

    Source: Editing Luke Heritage Park in Calgary, Alberta: Part 2 A continuation of my photo series from Heritage Park in Calgary, Alberta[...] Read More »

    2 days ago
  • How To: Decorate for Less by Skipping the Flowers

    Source: On a sweet note How To: Decorate for Less by Skipping the Flowers Your wedding day budget is depleting and you are looking for ways to save costs. One way couples have found to reduce wedding costs is by replacing flowers with simple décor items. Many couples are straying away from using flowers … [...] Read More »

    2 days ago
  • MHHS Photo Book: Questions Answered

    Source: Editing Luke MHHS Photo Book: Questions Answered Last weekend the pre-order for MHHS As It Was, the soon-to-be-released photo book featuring the pre-renovation photo series I shot of Medicine Hat High School, officially launched. While it’s still early days, I’ve been overwhelmed by the response and feedback that I’ve received so far about this [...] Read More »

    5 days ago

Opinions

  • MLA Report: We can be Alberta’s Energy Central

    The Medicine Hat employment situation continues to stabilize with Statistics Canada reporting in its latest city-specific job numbers there are nearly 4,000 more Hatters employed in April 2017 than at the same time in 2016. While this improved job trend continues for our city, there remains room for further growth for our region and province. [...] Read More »

    6 hours ago
  • Air ambulance RFP situation breeds rumour, mystery

    When there is secrecy, unanswered questions and unexplained delays it turns into a mystery. The air ambulance RFP (request for proposals) is shrouded in mystery, creating a breeding ground for speculation and rumour. For the general public it does not matter how many times Alberta Health Services (AHS) issues a statement, assuring Albertans that the [...] Read More »

    6 hours ago
  • Homicide victims’ names shouldn’t be kept from public

    People don’t ‘pass away’ in the newspaper. Nor does the newspaper have anything to do with their deaths. These are two key points for Alberta’s police chiefs to consider in the current debate about how and when names of murder victims are released. In late April, Edmonton police chief Rod Knecht announced his department would [...] Read More »

    1 day ago
  • Roger Moore brought humour to iconic role

    When it comes to James Bond films, there is the Sean Connery camp, those who like his serious, uber-masculine, hyper-violent, patriarchal and suave take on the spy, and then there is the Roger Moore camp, those who enjoy pure fun, campy style, silly hijinks and sarcastic quips. Moore’s version was a lot like the Hugh [...] Read More »

    2 days ago
  • Guest Column: Show us Alberta’s plan to balance the budget

    Steve Lafleur and Ben Eisen Troy Media VANCOUVER In a recent conference call with reporters, Alberta Finance Minister Joe Ceci said his government “has a clear plan to return (the budget) to balance.” This is news to Albertans, since the latest budget only contains estimates up to the 2018-19 fiscal year (for which a deficit [...] Read More »

    2 days ago

Ticked Off and Tickled Pink

  • Ticked Off and Tickled Pink May 25

    Ticked Off To the older couple loading groceries into their pickup truck in the middle of the IGA parking lot, effectively blocking the three vehicles behind them from parking: Try some courtesy sometime. Ticked Off Disgusted to see all the ‘no’ votes on the recent online poll asking if the Hat should have food huts [...] Read More »

    1 day ago
  • Ticked Off and Tickled Pink May 23

    Ticked Off At the woman who pulled out to pass us near Southview on Thursday afternoon. Did you not see the three ladies walking ahead of us? There could have been a terrible tragedy because of your impatience. Tickled Pink The South Country Village volunteer barbecue served the best burgers I’ve ever tasted. Tickled Pink [...] Read More »

    3 days ago
  • Ticked Off and Tickled Pink May 18

    Ticked Off That a couple of young people were racing with their scooters around Kin Coulee Park in the morning of May 9. If you want to race, go to a racetrack. Next time I will get you on my DashCam and give it to the local police so you can get charged. Ticked Off [...] Read More »

    1 week ago
  • Ticked Off and Tickled Pink May 16

    Ticked Off Sudan has the ability to grow almost anything but they would rather fight between themselves and plead for financial help from other countries. Good old Canada seems to have never-ending funding. Ticked Off When is Cottonwood going to get bus service? Ticked Off Some government and city employees are just a bunch of [...] Read More »

    1 week ago
  • Ticked Off and Tickled Pink May 2

    Ticked Off That the Canalta/Co-Op plans include restaurants and fast food venues that we already have, several of each one in fact. Why not bring in some new names? Ticked Off Canada should get ready for another wave of unemployed young educated skilled workers as they graduated from their schools. Ticked Off What has the [...] Read More »

    2 weeks ago