January 21st, 2017

Opinions

Guest Column: Not just a ‘leftie’ but an ‘alarmist’ about changing political climate

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on January 21st, 2017

“The Second Coming,” by W.B Yeats, strikes me as strangely prescient and eerily descriptive of how many of us feel about the year ahead. It begins with … “Turning and turning in the widening gyre The falcon cannot hear the falconer; Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, ... Read More »

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Talk is fine, but action on mental health is more important

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on January 21st, 2017

Let’s talk. That will be the big refrain on Jan. 25, as “Bell Let’s Talk” returns, with the telecommunications giant donating five cents towards mental health initiatives for every participating social media post made that day. There’s understandably praise for the campaign due to its expansive reach to the public to raise awareness and fight ... Read More »

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Manufacturer co-operation needed to advance use of energy-efficient products

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on January 20th, 2017

The provincial plan, announced this week, to get Albertans to switch to energy efficient lighting is a good one even though it is unlikely to make much of a difference on our utility bills. The majority of our utility bills have charges that we have absolutely no control over so there is little financial incentive ... Read More »

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Guest Column: It was great to grow up under the Big Top of old world order

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on January 20th, 2017

A few words on the circus. I’ve written a lot of news in recent days about the end of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. I’m sympathetic to both animal rights advocates who cheer the decision and those who lament the end of an era. For me, the decision prompted a lot of reflection ... Read More »

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Alberta business climate should be more open and welcoming

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on January 18th, 2017

Doing business in Alberta is becoming harder and harder in recent years due to the economic downturn without adding social licence concerns into the equation. Add the digitus dei, “the finger of god,” which is social licence, and it is becoming darn near impossible to start any type of intensive business operation in modern day ... Read More »

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Humans cannot control or alter the climate

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on January 16th, 2017

For many years now we have been told that 97 per cent of scientists agree that man is causing global warming and that the world as we know it will come to an end if we do not act quickly. How many of us have actually checked into this claim to test its accuracy? The ... Read More »

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No need to rely on ‘Golden Boy’ as spokesperson on indiginous issues

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on January 14th, 2017

The problem with putting people on pedestals is eventually they get knocked down. Such is the case of award-winning and much celebrated Canadian author Joseph Boyden — who has spent years building up a reputation and career as the country’s go-to voice on all things indigenous. The past month hasn’t been a good one for ... Read More »

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Why we can’t dismiss caring for the elderly

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on January 14th, 2017

Troy Media HALIFAX, N.S Should medicine be ageist? A young trainee doctor recently proposed to me that it should. Health care is overstretched, she argued. “We can’t do everything for everyone, so why spend money on old people, who have little chance of benefit?” For her, ageism is not all that bad — in fact, ... Read More »

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Elder advocate wins court battle, while gov’t officials stand idly by

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on January 13th, 2017

A momentous event took place last week in a bid to protect seniors in Alberta but it took a private organization to raise and force the issue. Kudos to Elder Advocates of Alberta Society and Ruth Adria for tirelessly fighting for the rights of seniors in Alberta. For years Adria has investigated concerns from seniors. ... Read More »

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Zoning decisions consistent only in their inconsistency

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on January 12th, 2017

Land development remains a topic of much confusion in Medicine Hat, and this week’s rejection at council of a plan to subdivide a church parking lot should raise at least one eyebrow, if not two. The issue was dealt with in a lengthy and emotional public hearing on Monday, with a unanimous rejection the result. ... Read More »

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