June 29th, 2017

Opinions

Guest Column: An unpalatable minimum wage

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on June 9th, 2017

HALIFAX Governments jumping on the $15-an-hour bandwagon are missing an opportunity to look at how the next technological revolution will affect our food systems. And that’s a shame. The minimum wage is rising in many parts of the country. Recently, Ontario announced it would raise its minimum wage to $15 an hour, to match Alberta. ... Read More »

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Pragmatic power plan needed in Hat

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on June 8th, 2017

The recent pronouncement from U.S. President Donald Trump that he would pull out of the Paris climate accord raises questions about whether its targets can be achieved. Trump’s supporters may have rejoiced, but America appears to be alone on the international stage at this point. At the same time many of U.S. state and local ... Read More »

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Life must go on the best it can

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on June 7th, 2017

“The world is too much with us; late and soon,” writes William Wordsworth, the great English poet. “For this, for everything, we are out of tune.” Wordsworth’s cynicism seems particularly apt with this dreadful past few weeks under our belts. As if searching the river locally for the dead was not enough to have to ... Read More »

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National Affairs: President Trump, Paris and the melodrama of climate change

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on June 7th, 2017

In practical terms, U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to formally withdraw from the Paris climate accord doesn’t much matter. Rather, it is a theatrical gesture that gives all actors in this drama a chance to strut their stuff. The accord itself is largely aspirational. According to the United Nations, even if all the pact’s signatories ... Read More »

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Guest Column: Digital eye strain a growing concern in Alberta

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on June 3rd, 2017

Eye strain, headaches and fatigue at work are all too common of concerns affecting a growing number of Albertans. Recently, a patient in his late 20s came in for his annual eye exam complaining of these symptoms and how it was affecting his productivity at work. He works as a draftsman for a local home ... Read More »

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Emotion can’t be part of the decision

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on June 2nd, 2017

This week we heard about the 57 year-old woman who died while trying to cross illegally into Canada. We are presented with images painted of a woman so desperate to enter Canada that she risked her life. It is sad to think of her dying alone in a ditch possibly from hypothermia and some would ... Read More »

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Photo radar: Maybe we should just slow down and accept it

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on June 1st, 2017

A new provincial review of photo-radar speed zones is welcome, but it is difficult to see any satisfaction coming for longstanding opponents, or relief for local governments who defend the practice. Medicine Hat recently conducted its own review of the practice, seen as intrusive by many, unsporting at best and dictatorial at worst. The conclusion ... Read More »

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Let our nation work better for all — not just a few

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on May 31st, 2017

Sometimes the meaning of a song is more than its message. Take for example the tune “This Land is Your Land,” an old chestnut which was dusted off and put on display at many of our local Catholic schools as they celebrated their Canada 150 parties across the city Tuesday. The song is an oldie, ... Read More »

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National Affairs: Andrew Scheer finding a role for Maxime Bernier may not be easy

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on May 31st, 2017

One of Andrew Scheer’s first and most delicate assignments as Conservative leader will be to find a proper place in his team for runner-up Maxime Bernier. That may be easier said than done. That Scheer has an interest in keeping Bernier happy is not really debatable. The Beauce MP may not have a lot of ... Read More »

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Single, publicly funded school system the best route for Alberta

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on May 29th, 2017

We recently saw an editorial position in the Edmonton Journal defending Catholic schools. The editorial stance presents the case for Catholic education, funded by Albertan taxpayers. This perspective is presented as a choice of parents and as a system with religious values and a faith-based experience. We would like to pose some simple questions to ... Read More »

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