February 19th, 2018

Opinions

Do we still value democracy?

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on February 19th, 2018

Do people in North America still support democracy?This is an urgent question as Canadians face a turning point in history, a place where brute force and ignorance are making democratic debate impossible. But in this era of dangerous chaos, the right wing of our political house appears disinterested in meaningful discussion: “A fire in the ... Read More »

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

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on February 17th, 2018

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 »

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‘Saving lives’ plans are fine, but common senseis needed

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on February 16th, 2018

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 »

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

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on February 16th, 2018

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 »

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Hard to say who will win political games over pipeline battle

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on February 15th, 2018

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 »

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Effort must be made for harmony among peoples

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on February 14th, 2018

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 »

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The Stanley case: Property deemed more valuable than life

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on February 13th, 2018

You can replace an ATV. You can replace a truck. You can replace farm equipment. You can’t replace a human being. These simple facts have unfortunately been lost on many people when it comes to their stance on the death of Colton Boushie. It’s callous hypocrisy, especially from a part of Canada that prides itself ... Read More »

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Future democracies likely to choose more gov’t regulations, involvement in economy

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on February 12th, 2018

There’s been a valuable and (mostly) polite discussion in the pages of this paper recently about political views, ideology, and the possibility of civil discourse between folks who hold radically different opinions. I have a story that might help to put things in perspective. When I was travelling in Ontario recently, I had occasion to ... Read More »

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Guest Column: Responsive ‘ripples’ bring smiles to the faces of editorial writers

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on February 10th, 2018

On Oct. 31, 1517, a writer nailed a sheet of paper on a church door, inviting anyone interested to come and speak with him about the ideas listed on the paper. There was some initial interest but things soon turned sour, and then they got worse. All the young writer had wanted was for people ... Read More »

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Trudeau should have been more decisive on pipeline spat

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on February 9th, 2018

Kudos to Premier Rachel Notley for her decision to ban B.C. wine imports to Alberta in retaliation for B.C. dragging its heels on the pipeline to be built through that province for our province’s oil to reach tidewater. Dialogue and persuasion have been tried for years with no actual progress and it was time for ... Read More »

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