June 29th, 2017

Opinions

Don’t shoot the messenger

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on June 21st, 2017

It seems to be in fashion these days to blame the media for any story you don’t like, that might make you look bad or challenges your perceptions of the world. It’s a very dangerous and slippery slope. It’s not a coincidence the first entity destroyed by a fascist regime or dictatorship is the free ... Read More »

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Squeezing Alberta beer drinkers for more money

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on June 19th, 2017

Troy Media CALGARY What motivated Alberta Finance Minister Joe Ceci to impose a discriminatory tax on out-of-province beer in 2015? Was it to diversify the Alberta economy while levelling the playing field for the local brewing industry, as he later claimed? Government documents filed with court in connection with Steam Whistle and Great Western Brewing’s ... Read More »

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National Affairs: PM failing to surpass Harper’s low bar

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on June 17th, 2017

A stalled appointment process, a botched attempt at installing a member of the Liberal family in a post that requires total independence from the government, a unilateral bid to change the rules of the House of Commons. If Stephen Harper, and not Justin Trudeau, were running things on Parliament Hill, he would stand accused of ... Read More »

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Time for a closer look at government commissions and charities — both growth industries

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on June 16th, 2017

If you are looking for a growth industry then government and charities have got to be at the top of the list. If the government wants to sidestep an issue and at the same time get the public to stop asking probing questions one of the easiest options is to call for an inquiry, establish ... Read More »

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Guaranteeing water supply critical to the future of southeastern Alberta

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on June 15th, 2017

Southeastern Alberta has a love-hate relationship with water. Each June we worry about river levels and the immediate effects of too much water. The City of Medicine Hat has spent millions to permanently guard against high waters and each spring rehearses a plan of action to gird weak spots. The province is examining flood protections ... Read More »

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An apple for our retiring teachers

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on June 14th, 2017

As the school year winds down, and teachers and students get set for their well-deserved summer break, it is an excellent time to reflect on the value of education in our lives, and, more specifically, to think about the teachers we once knew. The teachers who taught us so much about the world and helped ... Read More »

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Guest Column: Mapping the route to more effective health care

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on June 14th, 2017

TORONTO Health care costs the public sector about $160 billion a year in Canada, a higher per-capita cost than most industrialized nations. Yet Canadians are not markedly healthier, nor do we receive better care. The Commonwealth Fund has ranked Canada 10th out of 11 developed nations for the efficiency of our health-care system (only the ... Read More »

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Guest Column: NDP continuing to reduce school fees across Alberta

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on June 12th, 2017

Our government is investing up to $400,000 annually to eliminate student fees for a popular high school agriculture apprenticeship program. In early June our government announced that we will be covering the cost of taking any Green Certificate Program for all students across the province. This is one more way that our government is committed ... Read More »

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National Affairs: Defensive action against new U.S. reality

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on June 10th, 2017

Tuesday’s Liberal foreign policy statement and Wednesday’s national defence reset are interlocking pieces of the same political puzzle. To examine one in isolation from the other is to risk distorting the picture. In different but related ways, both reflect a Donald Trump-imposed shift in Canada’s foreign policy priorities. To measure the magnitude of that shift, ... Read More »

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Protect the innocent

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on June 9th, 2017

Virtually everyday in the last couple weeks we have heard reports of terrorism around the world killing and/or injuring innocent people. Governments do not need to reduce our right to privacy and human rights to address this situation, they need to enforce the rules that already exist and hold law enforcement personnel accountable. Within 24 ... Read More »

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