February 20th, 2018

Opinions

Guest Column: Restless kids a top education problem

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on January 4th, 2017

Schools across Canada went to great lengths in 2016 to re-engage fidgety students in what may be known as the Year of Self-Regulation. Coping with today’s restless kids requires every conceivable pacifier, including spin bikes, exercise balls, wiggle stools and standup desks. That’s why in my annual survey of the big five kindergarten-to-Grade-12 education issues, ... Read More »

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New year a book of blank pages

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on January 4th, 2017

As the end of another year approaches, the question of whether 2016 was a good year or a bad year will produce different responses depending on individual perspectives. But there’s no denying it was an interesting year. Donald Trump’s headline-grabbing ride, first to the Republican presidential nomination and then to the presidency of the world’s ... Read More »

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Guest Column: Trump’s presidency signals an end to civility in American society

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on December 31st, 2016

In our culture we like to celebrate the equal worth of all individuals. This concept, brought to us through the Renaissance, asserts that all humans are capable of reasoning and therefore are ‘sacred’ beings. So, when we saw the gradual acceptance of individuals traditionally on the fringes of society, as in the last 70 years, ... Read More »

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Plenty of good came from 2016

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on December 31st, 2016

Between a never-ending string of well-loved celebrity deaths, an incoming U.S. president ready to send the world back to cold war levels of nuclear proliferation, the seeming unending chaos in the Middle East — it’s easy to look back on 2016 as a hopeless disaster. But what progress and good that happened shouldn’t be lost. ... Read More »

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National Affairs: Time changes coverage of Parliament Hill

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on December 30th, 2016

MONTREAL Once a staple of the holiday news season, the televised prime ministerial fireside chats are well on the way to joining the ghosts of Christmas past. The CBC and Radio-Canada — among others — have opted out of the format, rightly concluding that the days when there was something special or, for that matter, ... Read More »

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Evidence clear that urgent care walk-in clinic badly needed in Medicine Hat

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on December 30th, 2016

If you were ill and perhaps needed an antibiotic for an acute infection on Christmas Day there was no option but to seek help at the emergency department of Medicine Hat Regional Hospital. Of about 10 walk-in clinics in this area, not a single one was open, even for a couple hours, on Christmas Day. ... Read More »

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Is Canada ready for Trump-style politics?

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on December 29th, 2016

Don’t worry if you missed the 2016 U.S. presidential election; it seems bound to be repeated. As the biggest international story of this past year rolls into 2017, there’s little doubt that the remaking of American politics will be felt this year as well. Similarly, is there any wonder whether wedge politics will continue to ... Read More »

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Action on DDTs is better late than never

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on December 28th, 2016

In the 1940s, the first of the modern synthetic insecticides, DDT (technical name dichloro-diphenyl-trichloroethane) was developed. It proved effective in combatting insect-borne diseases such as malaria and typhus and for insect control in crops, institutions, homes and gardens. But in the 1960s, DDT’s cancer-causing properties were discovered, and in 1972, Canada and the U.S. banned ... Read More »

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Internet access to remote areas an important step for Canadians

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on December 24th, 2016

Seven First Nation youth died in Thunder Bay, Ont., between 2000 and 2011. These youth had spent their earliest years in remote First Nation communities — accessible by long winding gravel roads, or small aircraft, boats in the summer, or ice roads during winter. And many without high school. Which means to do the right ... Read More »

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National Affairs: Both sides are right in fracas over health care

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on December 24th, 2016

In the federal-provincial dispute over who should pay what for health care, both sides are right. The provinces are right when they say Ottawa has a historic obligation to pay for 25 per cent of medicare. The federal government is right to demand that if it allocates extra funds for something specific, such as home ... Read More »

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