June 17th, 2018

Opinions

Reality of carbon levy needs better explanation from Alberta government

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on December 15th, 2016

The Alberta Carbon Levy comes in on Jan. 1 and both sides are stuck in the same old arguments. Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall again railed against the tax last week saying the true household costs have not been nor cannot be calculated. The provincial New Democrats and federal Liberals say the measure will aid trade, ... Read More »

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Pipeline approvals show climate leadership pays dividends: NDP

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on December 12th, 2016

With the federal approval of Enbridge’s Line 3 and Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipelines, Alberta last month won an important victory. Getting pipelines to tidewater and access to the world’s fastest-growing markets means our province will get better prices for our oil resources and reduce our dependence on a single market. We’re doing this while ... Read More »

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Guest Column: Honour for schoolyard bully

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on December 10th, 2016

I just about spilled my coffee this morning while lying in bed and listening to the news. TIME Magazine’s choice for “Person of the Year” is Donald Trump! My first impulse was to say “That’s like naming the school bully as this year’s valedictorian.” The school bully — the person least likely to represent his ... Read More »

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Desmond a hero in Canadian battle for racial equality

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on December 10th, 2016

Most Canadians probably had no idea who Viola Desmond was until she was named on Thursday as the first woman who will grace the front of a Canadian banknote. What a shame. A decade before Rosa Parks became an icon for the U.S. civil rights movement, it was Desmond who refused to be removed from ... Read More »

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Cutting spending might ease pain of excessive gov’t advertising costs

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on December 9th, 2016

The idea that it will cost $9 million to sell the idea of the carbon tax to Albertans simply boggles the mind. It emerged on Wednesday that the government will spend $9 million to inform the people about the carbon tax that will take effect on Jan. 1. For the majority of Albertans the carbon ... Read More »

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Long view needed on power changes

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on December 8th, 2016

It’s often said that if you wrestle with a pig in mud, win or lose, you’re going to get dirty and the pig will enjoy it. Can the same be said for trying to overhaul Alberta’s vastly complicated electrical system? The messy, complicated, and — in the end — likely thankless task is the current ... Read More »

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Telling your stories has been an honour

By Medicine Hat News Opinion on December 7th, 2016

Four years ago, I loaded up my car and began a new chapter of my life. It was two months after graduating from Lethbridge College with my communications diploma, and I received my first-ever job offer for journalism, in a city I had driven through several times in my youth. I was excited, and a ... Read More »

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National Affairs: Lessons from PM’s electoral reform fiasco

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on December 7th, 2016

Two lessons can be drawn from the federal government’s electoral reform fiasco last week. The first is that political parties favour whatever voting system favours them. The second is that while a small number of Canadians care a great deal about whether the country should adopt a different form of electing MPs, a much greater ... Read More »

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National Affairs: Oil pipeline offers little political gain for Trudeau

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on December 3rd, 2016

MONTREAL It is a rare government decision that involves a lot of predictable political pain for little obvious electoral gain. For better or for worse, the approval by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of the controversial Trans Mountain pipeline falls into that category. It is unlikely to win him supporters within the ranks of those who ... Read More »

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Urgent need to address seniors’ care

By Medicine Hat News Opinion on December 2nd, 2016

This region of the province is home to about 300,000 people, according to Alberta Health Services (AHS) data. That number is expected to increase by 65,000 by 2034 and by then 21.3 per cent of the population will be older than 65 years. The so-called golden years of life can be fraught with concerns about ... Read More »

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