October 21st, 2017

Opinions

Four-part series little more than ‘partisan talking points’ for United Conservative Party

By Medicine Hat News on September 9th, 2017

After wading through the last four Saturday editions of The News featuring the unabashedly one-sided sales pitch for the UCP by Faron Ellis, I am happy for the opportunity to provide a respite. Dr. Ellis is, reportedly, an outstanding and inspirational teacher, a winner of teaching awards who, sadly, built his professional life on little ... Read More »

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What’s the real reason for leadership entry fees?

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on September 8th, 2017

All Albertans should be asking what the real purpose is of a $75,000 entry fee to run for leadership of the United Conservative Party and, for that matter, any political party. It is being sold as a means of weeding out those that are not really serious but want the exposure, or a way to ... Read More »

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Alberta Standard Time a recipe for unnecessary confusion

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on September 7th, 2017

Public hearings into whether Alberta should scrap Daylight Saving Time are scheduled, meaning that Albertans may actually have to discuss this ill-conceived idea. A subcommittee of the Standing Committee on Alberta’s Economic Future will visit four cities this month to discuss MLA Thomas Dang’s idea to create “Alberta Standard Time.” Critics of the private member’s ... Read More »

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Education is a fundamental building block

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on September 6th, 2017

Mark Twain once said, “Every time you stop a school (from being built), you will have to build a jail. What you gain at one end you lose at the other. It’s like feeding a dog on his own tail. It won’t fatten the dog.” Twain, like many of the brightest and best of society, ... Read More »

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Guest Column: Human rights are for everyone

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on September 6th, 2017

Re: “Khadr is a traitor and shouldn’t have rights,” July 21 Human rights are universal, inalienable, indivisible, interdependent, and interrelated. These are the principles upon which human rights are built; these are the principles which resonate throughout human rights documents. I will try, in as briefly as I can, to explain why the response by ... Read More »

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Guest Column: What sort of platform will UCP craft heading into next provincial election?

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on September 2nd, 2017

Fourth of four parts Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Faron Ellis and George Rigaux Much of any party’s success, or lack thereof, is determined by factors beyond its control. These include the state of the economy immediately prior to the election, the performance of the government since the last election, and most importantly, the ... Read More »

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Hop on the bus, Gus, and help to save money, and the environment

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on September 1st, 2017

If you could make an impact on saving the environment, personally save money at the same time, and contribute positively to the health of people in general including yourself, would you be interested? It all comes down to our way of thinking. We live in a rather insular environment and sometimes are reluctant to learn ... Read More »

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Not much meat to politicians’ economic plans

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on August 31st, 2017

Albertans who are concerned about the economy are increasingly being exposed to politicized spitballing and a veritable hurricane of brainstorming to cure what ails the provincial economy. And it’s not just the New Democrats, who, budget updates show, seem to be relying on a general improvement in the economy to reverse deficits. Conservatives, united and ... Read More »

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Invictus Games ‘push all the right buttons’ for traumatized and wounded soldiers

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on August 30th, 2017

If you have ever dealt with soldiers you know they have two sides, which in some ways represent two different personalities within the same individual. On the one hand, you have the hometown boy or girl who acts just like anyone else. They enjoy the same movies, the same recreation opportunities and have many of ... Read More »

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Guest Column: Time for Canada to take on smoking

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on August 28th, 2017

Troy Media At the end of July, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) did something remarkable — even revolutionary. It decided to behave in a rational way about nicotine — embracing a sensible harm-reduction approach. Canada would do well to follow. Instead, Canada has been focused on risk aversion where nicotine is concerned ... Read More »

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