October 23rd, 2017

Opinions

International Affairs: How North Korea has impacted Japan’s election

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on September 30th, 2017

The North Korean crisis has thrown Japan’s beleaguered Prime Minister Shinzo Abe a lifeline. But it is a slippery one. Just three months ago, Abe was in the political doldrums. A series of scandals, including one involving a dodgy land sale, dogged him. His attempts to resuscitate Japan’s moribund economy had failed. Polling showed his ... Read More »

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Right of recall could be a powerful tool

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on September 29th, 2017

We are two weeks away from electing our municipal politicians who will serve for the next four years. A commentator recently called it a democratic process to elect a dictatorship for four years. That may sound harsh but actually once they are elected we are stuck with them for good or bad until the next ... Read More »

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Can we break the cycle of voter apathy?

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on September 28th, 2017

Democracy is more than a once-every-four-years exercise, but it is during elections that the act of voting is the clearest example. And at every election, pundits begin to fret about generally declining voter participation rates. Fewer people than ever, it seems, are taking advantage of their rights, it’s true. There are a number of theories, ... Read More »

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Guest Column: When sports and politics collide on the social field of play

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on September 27th, 2017

Sports and politics have intersected in nasty fashion, thanks to U.S. President Donald Trump. Trump withdrew his invitation to the star of the National Basketball Association’s Golden State Warriors, Stephen Curry. He tweeted that Curry was no longer welcome at the White House to celebrate the team winning the NBA championship because Curry was hesitant ... Read More »

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Do your part to take the community to a better future

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on September 27th, 2017

With municipal elections less than three weeks away, the campaign is in full fervour as candidates go out and make their pitches to voters. Some of these candidates simply bring with them a desire to serve, others see these elections ambitiously as a means to enter the power structure of our city and influence the ... Read More »

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The loudest voices against tax reform are not neutral

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on September 25th, 2017

Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s proposals for tightening tax breaks associated with private companies is generating several kinds of response on social media and in mainstream media. The most evident is an impressive deluge of evidence-free rhetoric claiming that the proposals are an attack on everything from the middle class to maternity leave for female ... Read More »

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Alberta could follow other provinces’ leads in setting rules for pot sales

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on September 23rd, 2017

With the nation-wide legalization of recreational marijuana coming up in July 2018, the clock is ticking for Alberta to put in place its own set of regulations. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is essentially legalizing weed while dumping the logistics of its distribution on the provinces. If anything goes wrong, he can blame the provincial governments ... Read More »

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Guest Column: Tax system fairness should be the government’s end goal

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on September 23rd, 2017

“There are known knowns. These are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say, there are things that we know we don’t know. But there are also unknown unknowns. There are things we don’t know we don’t know.” — Donald Rumsfeld Sometimes the most knowledgeable person in a room ... Read More »

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MLA Report: Investments, not corporate welfare

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on September 22nd, 2017

I don’t believe a $23 million infrastructure investment split between the federal and provincial governments to help facilitate the building of a $360-million potato-processing facility is, “corporate welfare.” What I do believe is such an investment such as that made to develop the Cavendish Farms facility is just that — an investment. An investment that ... Read More »

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Don’t hold your breath waiting for transit satisfaction, if Veiner situation is any indication

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on September 22nd, 2017

It certainly feels like déja vu. It was four years ago, Aug. 6, 2013, that Medicine Hat City Council, jut before the start of that year’s municipal election, was placating seniors. Now it is transit users. “Fe fi fo fum we smell the blood of the alderman…” is the placard one senior held aloft at ... Read More »

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