March 26th, 2017

Opinions

Early immigrants, and differing opinions, led to Canada’s formation

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on October 1st, 2016

William Lyon Mackenzie immigrated in 1820 to the British colonies in North America — or what was left of them following the American Revolution. Upon his arrival from Scotland, Lyon Mackenzie swiftly became one of the leading voices of the Reform movement. No, not the Reform party that Albertans are so familiar with that was ... Read More »

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Guest Column: Nation will be watching as this area’s voters choose a new MP

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on October 1st, 2016

In the weeks leading up to Oct. 24, the federal riding of Medicine Hat-Cardston-Warner, stretching almost all the way across the southern part of the province, will be under a giant microscope. For the first time ever, we will be the only riding in all of Canada holding a federal byelection on that day. We ... Read More »

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Still a long way to go to ensure security of electronic health records in Alberta

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on September 30th, 2016

Alberta’s electronic health records are clearly not as protected from unauthorized access as we have been led to believe. This week, Judy Anderson pled guilty to inappropriately accessing the health information of 26 people and was fined $5,000. Court was told Anderson had been doing this from early November 2013. It was not discovered for ... Read More »

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National Affairs: What pipeline approval tells us about Trudeau’s Liberals

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on September 30th, 2016

As Liberal leader and subsequently as prime minister, Justin Trudeau has talked in the abstract of the need to secure a social licence prior to undertaking any major energy project. Until this week, no one was sure what he actually meant by that. That changed when the federal government gave the green light to a ... Read More »

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Can’t discount Donald Trump, who’s telling people what they want to hear

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on September 29th, 2016

It’s high time that the citizens of Western democracies realize that candidates like Donald Trump and the forces that have elevated his eyebrow-raising platform into a major party campaign are not going away. No amount of belittling, head scratching or pearl clutching in the political centre or left has dealt it a death blow. Neither ... Read More »

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Respect your elders and appreciate what they can teach you

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on September 28th, 2016

This Saturday, The International Day of Older Persons will be celebrated and recognized around the world. The day, proclaimed by the United Nations in 1990 and first celebrated a year later, intends to get the public to celebrate seniors and their accomplishments through their lives, while also shining a light on the issues affecting older ... Read More »

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From the American: Presidential election: The race nobody wins

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on September 26th, 2016

The Pulitzer Prize celebrates journalistic excellence, which is an odd legacy because Joseph Pulitzer wasn’t overly concerned with good reporting. The Pulitzer Prize webpage admits that during Pulitzer’s circulation battle with William Randolph Hearst, “there were no apparent restraints on sensationalism or fabrication of news.”An interesting aside is that Hearst was the inspiration for Orson ... Read More »

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Talk of the Town: Popular Spectrum Festival moving back downtown for 2017 edition

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on September 24th, 2016

After two years on North Railway Street due to construction downtown, Spectrum’s board has voted to bring the Spectrum Festival back downtown. In past years, the festival has been held in Lions Park, downtown, Kin Coulee Park and once again downtown. New and exciting things are always added to Spectrum to keep it the most ... Read More »

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MLA Report: Provincial gov’t has certainly not forgotten Medicine Hat

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on September 23rd, 2016

It’s often said Medicine Hat is “the forgotten corner of Alberta,” when it comes to government funding for city projects. In the last 12 months, nearly $37 million in provincial Municipal Sustainability Initiative (MSI) program funding has been allocated to city-led initiatives, all of which create local jobs. These projects range from the $6.5 million ... Read More »

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Mastering the basics should be at forefront of education

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on September 23rd, 2016

Decades of advising anyone and everyone to get a university education in order to get a good job that pays well may have done nothing more than created huge student loans. Statistics Canada a week ago released information about literacy skills and overqualification, according to a media report. The numbers showed one in eight employees ... Read More »

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