November 20th, 2017

Opinions

Guest Column: Personal experience says progressive education Ñ not regressive Ñ is the best way to learn

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on November 18th, 2017

Math, for me and many others in junior high, was an unnatural act, a form of torture, a sure sign that we were defective. Every class affirmed our stupidity. Every quiz anointed us with shame. Fear and loathing followed us into every math class. And it was always the same. The same five or six ... Read More »

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City council should consider small tax increase instead of raising facility user fees

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on November 18th, 2017

City council’s public works committee put forward a number of user fee increases last week to help plug the fiscal hole left by declining natural gas revenues. This gap needs certainly needs to be filled one way or another, but user fee hikes tend to hit the worst off people the hardest and should only ... Read More »

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True democratic change unlikely in Zimbabwe despite removal of Robert Mugabe

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on November 17th, 2017

After almost 40 years as president of Zimbabwe it looks as though Robert Mugabe will be removed from office soon, one way or another. With military forces taking over, but not calling it a coup, the surprise is the almost reverential tones of other African leaders as they speak about Mugabe’s situation. Some have referred ... Read More »

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MLA Report: The strength of communities is the true Alberta Advantage

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on November 17th, 2017

On Oct. 17, wildfire spread across southeastern Alberta at rapid speeds. The communities of Hilda and Schuler, within my riding, were threatened as the blaze became difficult to contain. The fire was horrific, and to some, devastating. We lost hundreds of cattle, acres of grasslands and even one of our very own volunteer firefighters, James ... Read More »

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New boundaries may quiet local urban voices

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on November 16th, 2017

Medicine Hat: Growing mid-sized city or home for retired ranchers. An increasingly urban centre or more concerned with rural issues. Are we a big city or a small town? The answer to those complex questions depends on who you ask and the current plan to redraw the region’s electoral boundaries shows that it also depends ... Read More »

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The role of education in charting a child’s future

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on November 15th, 2017

Education has a value which goes well beyond the practices incorporated into a classroom setting. Education, by necessity, has to be a preparation for life beyond itself. Children won’t stay children forever, and those children need to be taught from a young age what it takes to succeed in the world outside. There seems to ... Read More »

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Guest Column: Canada can rise above mediocrity

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on November 13th, 2017

Troy Media Canadians have a global reputation for being nice; we’re polite, trustworthy and, some would say, generous to a fault. Regrettably, these qualities mean Canadians have turned underachievement into a fine art form. Why? At the heart of the Canadian political and business establishment lies a deep-seated sense that it’s not our place to ... Read More »

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Another slap in face for taxpayers

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on November 13th, 2017

The release of the so-called “Paradise Papers” is the latest slap in the face to Canadians who are still smarting over the Bill Morneau controversy. While the Liberals pushed their tax reform plan by trumpeting the slogan “tax fairness,” revelations of Morneau’s own financial dealings — including failure to disclose his ownership, through a private ... Read More »

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National Affairs: Why, after years of ignoring tax havens, do leaders care?

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on November 11th, 2017

Tax avoidance by the wealthy is the most visible sign of a larger phenomenon. That phenomenon is globalization or, to be more precise, global capitalism. It is a system designed to produce maximum profits from around the world and concentrate them in the hands of a few. If those few happen to stash their gains ... Read More »

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Rights of LGBTQ students to join a GSA should not be subject to debate

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on November 11th, 2017

U.S.-style culture wars are coming to Alberta. United Conservative Party Leader Jason Kenney recently announced that he will oppose the NDP government’s new bill codifying support for gay-straight alliances in the province’s schools. Bill 24, an expansion on Bill 10 from earlier this year, forbids teachers from divulging a student’s membership in a GSA to ... Read More »

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