June 19th, 2018

Opinions

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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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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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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Return to former transit system will be welcomed

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on November 10th, 2017

In frigid and snowy weather transit users could be seen this week bundled up and waiting at many bus stops without any shelter from the elements. For many Nov. 27 can’t come soon enough for a return to the original transit system. One senior told the News this week she has simply stopped using transit ... Read More »

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City’s focus likely to be on treasury and energy

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on November 9th, 2017

The ballots have been counted, the results are in, and this week the new city council group in the City of Medicine Hat resumed regular business following last month’s election. It’s early days. A strategic plan is not due until January. But what can Hatters expect for the next four years? Mayor Ted Clugston made ... Read More »

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Guest Column: Subtracting new math in Saskatchewan

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on November 8th, 2017

After enduring years of fuzzy math, Saskatchewan parents may finally have cause for hope. Not only did the provincial government’s latest throne speech acknowledge that Saskatchewan students have the worst math skills in the country, it pledged to address the problem with a “common-sense” plan that focuses on the basics. That’s good news for parents ... Read More »

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‘Doc’ an icon, one of the best Blue Jays ever

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on November 8th, 2017

The sad news of former Blue Jays great Roy Halladay’s death in a plane crash Tuesday afternoon dropped like a bombshell over the newswires. Halladay, also known as “Doc,” is, simply put, one of the greatest ever to wear a Blue Jays uniform. Known for his vicious curveball, hard cutter and no-nonsense attitude on the ... Read More »

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Addressing domestic violence should be a top priority

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on November 7th, 2017

It’s an unfortunate coincidence that November, which marks Family Violence Prevention Month, also began with the massacre of 25 people attending the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs. Details are still emerging about Sunday’s mass killing. But what has come to light is that the perpetrator, Devin Patrick Kelly, had a history of domestic violence, ... Read More »

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National Affairs: Trump handily survives latest Russia revelations

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on November 6th, 2017

Donald Trump is not on the ropes. Politically and legally he is doing just fine. The latest revelations from special prosecutor Robert Mueller have produced little new relevant information and nothing that implicates the U.S. president in criminal activities. Overall, his approval ratings remain low. But among Republicans roughly 80 per cent think he is ... Read More »

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