April 20th, 2018

Opinions

Guest Column: Alberta buys another ticket on the resource revenue roller-coaster

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on April 9th, 2018

Before forming government, Rachel Notley and the Alberta NDP vowed to get the province “off of the resource revenue roller-coaster.” So it’s ironic that now-Premier Notley’s third budget promises to take the province on yet another ride. Her government’s vague and risky “path to budget balance” relies on future growth in natural resource revenue to ... Read More »

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Is the NHL the best its ever been?

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on April 4th, 2018

A small disclaimer: This young writer has no memories and nostalgia tied to the National Hockey League of 30 years ago. But are we witnessing the NHL in its prime? From a scoring perspective, numbers may be down from Wayne Gretzky’s 200-plus point years, but players are still hitting around 100 points over 82 games ... Read More »

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Shameful decision by Pope Francis

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on April 3rd, 2018

When you do something wrong, you apologize. When someone you’ve deeply hurt asks for an apology, you give it. You don’t try to tip-toe around it. You don’t issue the non-apology of “I’m sorry, but…” You don’t make excuses. Excuses like “he felt that he could not personally respond.” This was the reasoning given in ... Read More »

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Tory arguments on pot legalization don’t add up

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on March 31st, 2018

With the legalization of recreational marijuana approaching across the land, the debate over its merits will no doubt resurface. The federal Conservatives remain staunchly opposed to legalization, arguing that it legitimizes cannabis use. Ontario MP Peter Kent went as far as to compare allowing pot to be grown at home to “putting fentanyl on a ... Read More »

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National Affairs: Russia policy raises many questions

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on March 31st, 2018

Canada’s decision to expel Russian diplomats raises more questions than it answers. Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said the expulsion of four diplomats and the refusal to accredit three more is designed to show solidarity with Britain, which blames Russia for deploying a deadly nerve agent in England. She called the use of the nerve ... Read More »

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Canada could benefit from U.S. unpredictability

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on March 29th, 2018

After 14 months of handwringing about how a Trump presidency could effect a Canadian economy, crisis after crisis is presenting opportunity after opportunity. It’s high time for the nice northern neighbour to get off the back foot and go on the offensive. As surprising as Donald Trump’s election was in late 2016, his follow-up actions ... Read More »

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Put protecting yourself first when it comes to scammers

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on March 27th, 2018

It’s OK to be rude. No, this isn’t an invitation to stop holding doors for strangers, to skip the please and thank-yous, or to burp out the alphabet at dinner. As Fraud Prevention Month wraps up, it’s a reminder that “rudeness” is a perfectly legitimate tactic when it comes to protecting yourself from scams. Despite ... Read More »

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Guest Column: Neighbours, with differences

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on March 24th, 2018

Our two nations have shared over 150 years of more or less friendly relations. We’ve developed similar economic traditions and practices. We are each other’s main trading partners, share in the defence of both countries, and share a border which is considered one of the most porous borders between nations in the world. But we ... Read More »

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The dark side of data mining

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on March 23rd, 2018

Frequent internet users have become accustomed to targeted advertising. You probably see them regularly — ads that seem aimed especially at you, based on your age or interests. You might find them helpful, or perhaps invasive. Such advertising is possible because of the “data mining” of information gleaned from your internet search patterns. The intent ... Read More »

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MLA Report: Worried about their own legacy, the benefit of few

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on March 23rd, 2018

There has been a lot of talk and reminiscing in the province regarding political legacies — particularly surrounding two of Alberta’s former premiers. Premier Peter Lougheed has long been held as the gold standard of Alberta’s political leadership with Ralph Klein figuring in prominently but without the near unanimity of admiration of his predecessor. But ... Read More »

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