November 21st, 2017

Opinions

Making the world safer for women

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on October 8th, 2016

Hand clenched in a fist, holding a set of keys so it juts out like spikes. It’s a gesture many woman are familiar with. A talisman, a ward, a makeshift security blanket against fear for when out in public — usually when the sun is down, and even if there’s no direct threat. A defiant ... Read More »

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Canadians have plenty to be thankful for, and we’re happier as a result

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on October 7th, 2016

Orange and gold coloured leaves are falling from trees and the first snow flurries make a splash to herald Thanksgiving. As many families tuck in to a meal of turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy with all the trimmings, it’s time to give thanks for so many things. Thanksgiving is an ancient tradition of expressing thanks ... Read More »

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Road gets even rockier for Canadian journalism

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on October 5th, 2016

Another month, another story about media outlets downsizing and changing in the face of declining revenues. Last Friday, Rogers Publishing announced an overhaul to its magazine division, changing publication schedules for several of its titles, and eliminated print editions for some as well. Maclean’s, the longtime news magazine, will go from a weekly to a ... Read More »

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Guest Column: Nation will be watching as this area’s voters choose a new MP

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on October 1st, 2016

In the weeks leading up to Oct. 24, the federal riding of Medicine Hat-Cardston-Warner, stretching almost all the way across the southern part of the province, will be under a giant microscope. For the first time ever, we will be the only riding in all of Canada holding a federal byelection on that day. We ... Read More »

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Early immigrants, and differing opinions, led to Canada’s formation

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on October 1st, 2016

William Lyon Mackenzie immigrated in 1820 to the British colonies in North America — or what was left of them following the American Revolution. Upon his arrival from Scotland, Lyon Mackenzie swiftly became one of the leading voices of the Reform movement. No, not the Reform party that Albertans are so familiar with that was ... Read More »

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Still a long way to go to ensure security of electronic health records in Alberta

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on September 30th, 2016

Alberta’s electronic health records are clearly not as protected from unauthorized access as we have been led to believe. This week, Judy Anderson pled guilty to inappropriately accessing the health information of 26 people and was fined $5,000. Court was told Anderson had been doing this from early November 2013. It was not discovered for ... Read More »

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National Affairs: What pipeline approval tells us about Trudeau’s Liberals

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on September 30th, 2016

As Liberal leader and subsequently as prime minister, Justin Trudeau has talked in the abstract of the need to secure a social licence prior to undertaking any major energy project. Until this week, no one was sure what he actually meant by that. That changed when the federal government gave the green light to a ... Read More »

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Can’t discount Donald Trump, who’s telling people what they want to hear

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on September 29th, 2016

It’s high time that the citizens of Western democracies realize that candidates like Donald Trump and the forces that have elevated his eyebrow-raising platform into a major party campaign are not going away. No amount of belittling, head scratching or pearl clutching in the political centre or left has dealt it a death blow. Neither ... Read More »

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Respect your elders and appreciate what they can teach you

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on September 28th, 2016

This Saturday, The International Day of Older Persons will be celebrated and recognized around the world. The day, proclaimed by the United Nations in 1990 and first celebrated a year later, intends to get the public to celebrate seniors and their accomplishments through their lives, while also shining a light on the issues affecting older ... Read More »

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From the American: Presidential election: The race nobody wins

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on September 26th, 2016

The Pulitzer Prize celebrates journalistic excellence, which is an odd legacy because Joseph Pulitzer wasn’t overly concerned with good reporting. The Pulitzer Prize webpage admits that during Pulitzer’s circulation battle with William Randolph Hearst, “there were no apparent restraints on sensationalism or fabrication of news.”An interesting aside is that Hearst was the inspiration for Orson ... Read More »

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