June 24th, 2017

Opinions

Pipeline future cloudy after B.C. election results

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on May 11th, 2017

The uncertain results of the British Columbia election show, once again, that politics and elections matter, as do diplomacy and deal making. It’s a sort-of win for Alberta ppemier Rachel Notley, who was facing a lose-lose. Voters in the province further west produced a mixed bag at the polls on Tuesday. Pending several recounts, it ... Read More »

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Tories have gone too far on Sajjan attacks

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on May 10th, 2017

The continuing assault on Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan by opposition parties in Ottawa is nothing more than a calculated attempt to make political hay for a short news cycle, a penny-ante political gambit which dishonours themselves as well as the valorous man who served Canada so well in the war in Afghanistan. It is true ... Read More »

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Guest Column: Regulating marijuana is a fool’s errand

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on May 8th, 2017

Troy Media EDMONTON The federal government’s plan to legalize marijuana is another nail in the coffin of Canada’s expensive and wasteful war on drugs. But at what social cost? Former justice minister Anne McLellan, who chaired the federal task force on marijuana legalization, and Bill Blair, a former Toronto police chief, played key roles in ... Read More »

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It’s vital to not just pay lip service to the importance of mental health

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on May 8th, 2017

Well-spoken, polite, cooperative, friendly, calm, kind, caring. Always smiling. There is so much needless tragedy with the suicide of Glenn Piche in 2013, when he was supposed to be safe in the care of the psychiatric ward of the Medicine Hat Regional Hospital. The testimony heard for three days last week during the fatality inquiry ... Read More »

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National Affairs: Sunny ways fading as Liberals hit halfway mark

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on May 6th, 2017

So much for sunny ways! As Justin Trudeau’s government nears the halfway mark of its first mandate, finding some willingness to engage in adult conversation on either side of the House of Commons is almost as hard as it was on the worst days of the previous Conservative government. Since the new year, the tone ... Read More »

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Opioid crisis a local issue, too

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on May 5th, 2017

Complex problem requires multi-pronged approach In the past couple of years, the growing opioid crisis has grabbed headlines across the country as the death toll continues to climb. A recent Canadian Press story reported that Canadians are the second highest per-capita consumers of opioids in the world, after their U.S. counterparts. But while opioid use ... Read More »

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Alberta should be proud of how it coped with aftermath of Fort Mac fire

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on May 4th, 2017

This week marks one year since terrifying wildfires forced the evacuation of Fort McMurray and raised stress levels across the province. It’s a time for empathy, of remembrance, of community, and of honouring those who responded during the emergency. It’s also a time to be proud of the resilience shown by evacuees and all Albertans ... Read More »

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By Medicine Hat News Opinon on May 3rd, 2017

Why does it take a television show to get people talking about mental health and suicide? The controversy over the Netflix series “13 Reasons Why,” which documents in graphic terms a teenage girl’s journey toward suicide on an episodic basis, reveals more about those objecting to the series than the series itself. Suicide is a ... Read More »

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Guest Column: Vital lessons of Muslim massacre in Quebec

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on May 1st, 2017

It’s very sad and depressing to learn that there has been an increase in incidents of racism, anti-Semitism and Islamophobia in Alberta. A number of high-profile incidents have been reported recently, which included anti-Muslim and anti-Holocaust posters, racist graffiti in LRT stations, a threatening message sent to a Red Deer mosque and alleged threats again ... Read More »

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National Affairs: Quebec was not the only wall in his way

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on April 29th, 2017

Businessman Kevin O’Leary says he is pulling out of the campaign to succeed Stephen Harper because he is not convinced he could carry enough votes in Quebec to beat Justin Trudeau in the 2019 election. Fair enough. But chances are he would never have had the opportunity to test that proposition in a general election. ... Read More »

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