May 27th, 2018

Opinions

How can NDP, under a new leader, make its biggest impact?

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on September 16th, 2017

With the vote for the national NDP leadership beginning Monday, now is an appropriate time to reflect on how the party can make its biggest impact on the federal scene. It must be recalled that the party lost its Official Opposition status largely by allowing the Liberals to outflank them on the left. Then-leader Thomas ... Read More »

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MLA Report: Summertime coffee talk centres on required solutions for Alberta’s future

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on September 15th, 2017

Jerry Seinfeld said something like “this coffee thing is getting so crazy, we are stopping for coffee on our way for coffee.” I mention that because I love how Cypress-Medicine Hatters drink large amounts and I just had the summer to drink many cups with friends and constituents. Almost everyone mentioned their concern for our ... Read More »

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Question has to be asked: Are we an inclusive society or are we not?

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on September 15th, 2017

Take a look at the issues in the runup to the municipal election in 2013 and little has changed except we have added a few categories to those we think of as the entitled minority. In 2013, the very idea that seniors, who had been using the Veiner Centre, thought it should be replaced had ... Read More »

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Candidates must answer the transit riddle

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on September 14th, 2017

One month after new transit routes were unveiled and one week after they were redrawn, the issue is threatening to become quicksand ahead of a municipal election. Seemingly simple on the surface, there appears to be depth to the controversy beyond bus stop locations. Whether the changes are good or bad, right or wrong, those ... Read More »

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Appalling display by complaining vacationers

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on September 13th, 2017

In a display of appalling tone deafness and selfishness some Canadians trapped at holiday resorts in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma complained loudly and bitterly about the Liberal government not sending them emergency exit flights sooner. Listed among their complaints, according to some of the stories, was service levels declined at the luxury resorts where ... Read More »

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Lower speed limits could save lives

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on September 12th, 2017

An exasperated “finally!” was the reaction of many Hatters when the city increased the speed limit on Parkview Drive from 50 km/h to 70 at the end of August. At the time, councillors said they hoped that the change will show progress is being made on a greater speed limit review through the city, although ... Read More »

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Most Albertans skip dental visits because the price is too high, and they aren’t alone

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on September 11th, 2017

Last year, a provincial government report found that dental procedures cost up to 44 per cent more in Alberta than in neighbouring provinces. Does this inflated cost have an impact on dental health? You bet. A staggering 62 per cent of Albertans reported limiting dental visits due to cost concerns.That’s most Albertans skipping basic dental ... Read More »

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Four-part series little more than ‘partisan talking points’ for United Conservative Party

By Medicine Hat News on September 9th, 2017

After wading through the last four Saturday editions of The News featuring the unabashedly one-sided sales pitch for the UCP by Faron Ellis, I am happy for the opportunity to provide a respite. Dr. Ellis is, reportedly, an outstanding and inspirational teacher, a winner of teaching awards who, sadly, built his professional life on little ... Read More »

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What’s the real reason for leadership entry fees?

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on September 8th, 2017

All Albertans should be asking what the real purpose is of a $75,000 entry fee to run for leadership of the United Conservative Party and, for that matter, any political party. It is being sold as a means of weeding out those that are not really serious but want the exposure, or a way to ... Read More »

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Alberta Standard Time a recipe for unnecessary confusion

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on September 7th, 2017

Public hearings into whether Alberta should scrap Daylight Saving Time are scheduled, meaning that Albertans may actually have to discuss this ill-conceived idea. A subcommittee of the Standing Committee on Alberta’s Economic Future will visit four cities this month to discuss MLA Thomas Dang’s idea to create “Alberta Standard Time.” Critics of the private member’s ... Read More »

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