August 20th, 2017

Opinions

Good reason to celebrate as 130th Stampede rolls around on Canada’s 150th

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on July 27th, 2017

Stampede time is here again, a week to recall the past, let loose for some fun, and show some pride celebrating the west, the close region and the city of Medicine Hat. The 130th edition of the local rodeo, fair and exhibition was well underway on Wednesday. There’s every indication that by Sunday, we’ll all ... Read More »

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Guest Column: The health system’s tragic neglect of seniors’ oral health

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on July 26th, 2017

Troy Media HALIFAX Some years ago, a retired university professor visited my dentistry practice. He was fit and had a pleasant smile. He hadn’t seen a dentist in more than five years, partly because he had lost his private health benefits when he retired, so it wasn’t surprising that he needed dental care. He had ... Read More »

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We can all do better

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on July 26th, 2017

“Pour the unhappiness out from your too bitter heart, which grieving will not sweeten,” writes American poet Wallace Stevens. “Poison grows in this dark. It is in the water of tears. Its black blooms rise.” It seems much of society is in a very angry place right now. People are angry about politics. People are ... Read More »

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Guest Column: Concerns over household debt in Canada are overblown

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on July 24th, 2017

Troy Media THUNDER BAY, Ont. With headlines about Canadian household debt hitting record levels and dire warnings from top policy-makers such as Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz, Canadians may think household debt is out of control. The concerns, however, often fail to properly account for the other side of the balance sheet. Yes, Canadian ... Read More »

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National Affairs: Trudeau plays it safe with playlist

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on July 22nd, 2017

Justin Trudeau is having a rough summer. It turns out that a lot of Canadians aren’t thrilled about the federal government’s multimillion-dollar settlement payout to former Guantanamo Bay prisoner Omar Khadr, arguably the only public face in the nation more handsome than the prime minister’s. (Say what you want about Khadr, but he’s got great ... Read More »

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Changes worth considering to attract municipal candidates

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on July 21st, 2017

Just two months to go before the local municipal election and there are surprisingly few fresh faces running for city council and so far, only one possible candidate who will oppose the incumbent mayor, Ted Clugston. Provincially there has been a concerted effort to encourage more women to run for political office. You could add ... Read More »

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MLA Report: Small discussions can make a big difference

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on July 21st, 2017

They say if you see someone’s friends, and who they choose to surround themselves with, you can get a very good sense of who they are. Not long ago, my wife and I were listening to a group of friends discussing Alberta’s future. The warmth, kindness and compassion for fellow Albertans was evident in so ... Read More »

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Take care of our veterans

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on July 19th, 2017

It is becoming clearer and clearer the Trudeau Liberal government is dragging its feet over restoration of lifetime pensions for Canadian veterans inflicted with lifetime injuries in the line of duty. While more than willing to throw away hundreds of millions of Canadian taxpayer money to the prime minister’s pet causes overseas so he can ... Read More »

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Emergency prep makes sense

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on July 18th, 2017

Last summer, the Fort McMurray wildfire was in the news. The fire which burned for two months forced the evacuation of about 88,000 people from the Alberta city and surrounding communities. This summer, it’s wildfires in British Columbia, more than 200 of them raging across the province, that are grabbing attention. As in the case ... Read More »

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Guest Column: Why did Canada Day become such a bummer?

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on July 17th, 2017

Troy Media Those of us who were around for Canada’s 100th birthday can’t help but be struck by the very different mood this year, as we marked the country’s sesquicentennial. How, we wonder, did this national milestone turn into such a bummer? To understand just how much the national mood has shifted, let me point ... Read More »

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