December 15th, 2017

Opinions

Addressing domestic violence should be a top priority

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on November 7th, 2017

It’s an unfortunate coincidence that November, which marks Family Violence Prevention Month, also began with the massacre of 25 people attending the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs. Details are still emerging about Sunday’s mass killing. But what has come to light is that the perpetrator, Devin Patrick Kelly, had a history of domestic violence, ... Read More »

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National Affairs: Trump handily survives latest Russia revelations

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on November 6th, 2017

Donald Trump is not on the ropes. Politically and legally he is doing just fine. The latest revelations from special prosecutor Robert Mueller have produced little new relevant information and nothing that implicates the U.S. president in criminal activities. Overall, his approval ratings remain low. But among Republicans roughly 80 per cent think he is ... Read More »

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New UCP leader still very much a blank slate

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on November 4th, 2017

It wasn’t even close. Jason Kenney won the United Conservative Party leadership handily on the first ballot with 61 per cent of the vote, nearly 30 per cent more than his closest rival, former Wildrose leader Brian Jean. Jean is arguably Alberta’s most popular politician, consistently ranking ahead of Kenney and Premier Rachel Notley in ... Read More »

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Guest Column: Our goal should be healthier communities

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on November 4th, 2017

It’s Halloween as I write. A delightful and weird little event, teeming with all sorts of conflicting traditions and practices, none of which make any sense at all. Except for the ones tied to the excitement, wonder and mischievous missions of little kittens, sea captains and ghosts all set to plunder the neighbourhood for sweet ... Read More »

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Guest Column: Alberta’s sex-ed showdown

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on November 3rd, 2017

Troy Media Jason Kenney, the newly-elected leader of Alberta’s United Conservative Party, has made it clear that Alberta Premier Rachel Notley has no business dictating how sex education should be taught in the Catholic school system. “It’s not for me or the premier to dictate to the Catholic education system how it teaches Catholic values,” ... Read More »

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Can we learn lessons about aging population and health-care needs?

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on November 3rd, 2017

In the next 14 years those more than 65 years old will represent 25 per cent of the population of Canada compared to just 14 per cent in 2009, according to Statistics Canada. “According to all selected scenarios, the number of people aged 65 years or over would surpass the number of children aged less ... Read More »

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National Affairs: Rookie Scheer won’t escape friendly fire

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on November 1st, 2017

Few Parliament Hill insiders were surprised by Jason Kenney’s decisive Alberta leadership victory. The former federal Conservative immigration minister has long been considered in an organizational class of his own. He was the chief-architect of the federal party’s outreach in Canada’s diverse cultural communities. Kenney may have been less popular than his main rival Brian ... Read More »

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The hounds have been unleashed

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on November 1st, 2017

Today is the Feast of All Souls, a day to remember to dearly departed and those laid peacefully to rest in their graves who we have known over the years. The day itself has two spiritual purposes: First, to remember the departed and reflect on the fleeting nature of life, and secondly, (deep down), to ... Read More »

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Governments dragging feet on e-cigarettes

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on October 31st, 2017

With a new study showing a “strong and robust” linkage between e-cigarette use and subsequent tobacco use, it’s a reminder on how Canada, Alberta and Medicine Hat are behind on properly bringing the sale and use of e-cigarettes in line with existing tobacco legislation. For those who haven’t been paying attention, e-cigarettes — or what’s ... Read More »

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National Affairs: Expanding CPP is best way to protect pensions

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on October 30th, 2017

Sears Canada’s bankruptcy has refocused attention on the vulnerability of company pension plans. Depending on how the affairs of the once-mighty retail chain are wound up, somewhere between 16,000 and 18,000 former and long-term employees risk losing a good chunk of the pensions they paid for over the years. The sheer injustice of this has ... Read More »

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