April 29th, 2017

Opinions

Guest Column: The ugly climate truth

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on April 17th, 2017

I have written about our lack of control over the changes in our climate and the “religious” fervour of those who advocate for the end of fossil fuels and the promotion of green energy. (June 2016, January 2017). On the face of it, moving to getting our power from wind and solar sounds like good ... Read More »

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Airline passengers should have rights

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on April 15th, 2017

The next time you purchase an airline ticket, it might be worth considering that you aren’t necessarily getting a seat on that particular flight. You’re essentially buying a ticket for stand-by. That’s really how the system works with airlines routinely overselling seats on their scheduled flights. But is that the way it should work? The ... Read More »

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Small steps have made Canada a great country over 150 years

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on April 13th, 2017

Easter Monday marks 75 days until the celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary — the halfway point of the 150-day counter that first appeared on the News’ front page in February. At that time an editorial challenged readers to consider how they could engage is a special commemoration of Canada’s sesquicentennial. So, how are things coming ... Read More »

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Vimy: Beauty, resilience in a place that saw many horrors

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on April 12th, 2017

While the Canadian National Vimy Memorial remains a place to mark the death of more than 11,000 Canadian soldiers from the First World War who have no known grave, it is also fast becoming a place of new life. Nature has reclaimed much of the old battlefield, and the thousands who visit the site annually ... Read More »

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Guest Column: Stretching dollars withsolar technology in Alberta

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on April 8th, 2017

You could be forgiven for comparing Alberta municipalities’ efforts to stretch a dollar to ancient alchemists’ quest for gold. Both involve a little magic, at least metaphorically. One tool the alchemists didn’t have was solar technology. While it won’t make gold, solar does generate electricity. And that means money. Municipalities across the province are harnessing ... Read More »

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National Affairs: Bombardier bygones may not become bygones

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on April 7th, 2017

It has long been taken for granted that no prime minister, no Quebec premier, would ever let Bombardier go under on his or her watch. The aerospace giant’s leading contribution to Canada’s R&D sector and the thousands of jobs it provides kept it on the shortlist of Canadian corporations that no government would allow to ... Read More »

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Staff behind Phoenix payroll debacle should be fired, not rewarded with bonuses

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on April 7th, 2017

It is clear now why the federal government has turned a blind eye to Bombardier’s obscene compensation levels for executives after handing out nearly $375 million of taxpayers’ money to them. The federal government’s executives responsible for the Phoenix pay system debacle have been rewarded with bonuses, too. About 82,000 federal employees did not receive ... Read More »

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City needs to be clearer about debt situation

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on April 6th, 2017

Albertans are concerned with government debt and up-to-here fed up with it, they say. Except, it seems, when it comes to the City of Medicine Hat. After several startling facts about City Hall’s debt situation were revealed in late March, the News produced a series of articles about the issue. They detailed, among other things: ... Read More »

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Canadians have each other’s backs

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on April 5th, 2017

It’s hard to pinpoint the exact moment when Canada transformed from being a loose confederation of ex-British colonies into a strong and unified country. Some would even suggest we haven’t fully reached that point yet, referring to Canada as one of the world’s few post-modern countries, a country without a strong sense of nationalism and ... Read More »

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Using charities to dump your junk is selfish

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on April 4th, 2017

One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Except not so much when it comes to the neverending battle that Medicine Hat’s non-profits face with people dumping unusable, useless, and non-resellable items. As reported by the News last week, it costs more than $30,000 a year for the Canadian Mental Health Association to deal with the ... Read More »

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