April 20th, 2018

Opinions

Hard to say who will win political games over pipeline battle

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on February 15th, 2018

The showdown between Alberta and B.C. over the TransMountain pipeline is not only pitting the two westernmost provinces against each other. The battle has larger implications not only for the New Democratic Party — which counts two premiers in the fight — but also for the federal government and the panorama of Canadian voters and ... Read More »

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Effort must be made for harmony among peoples

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on February 14th, 2018

A Sufi proverb states: “Most of the conflicts and tensions are due to language. Don’t pay so much attention to the words. In love’s country, language doesn’t have its place. It is mute.” If there is a singular thought anyone can take forward with them in these troubling times, it is that. Beyond the overheated ... Read More »

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The Stanley case: Property deemed more valuable than life

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on February 13th, 2018

You can replace an ATV. You can replace a truck. You can replace farm equipment. You can’t replace a human being. These simple facts have unfortunately been lost on many people when it comes to their stance on the death of Colton Boushie. It’s callous hypocrisy, especially from a part of Canada that prides itself ... Read More »

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Future democracies likely to choose more gov’t regulations, involvement in economy

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on February 12th, 2018

There’s been a valuable and (mostly) polite discussion in the pages of this paper recently about political views, ideology, and the possibility of civil discourse between folks who hold radically different opinions. I have a story that might help to put things in perspective. When I was travelling in Ontario recently, I had occasion to ... Read More »

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Guest Column: Responsive ‘ripples’ bring smiles to the faces of editorial writers

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on February 10th, 2018

On Oct. 31, 1517, a writer nailed a sheet of paper on a church door, inviting anyone interested to come and speak with him about the ideas listed on the paper. There was some initial interest but things soon turned sour, and then they got worse. All the young writer had wanted was for people ... Read More »

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Trudeau should have been more decisive on pipeline spat

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on February 9th, 2018

Kudos to Premier Rachel Notley for her decision to ban B.C. wine imports to Alberta in retaliation for B.C. dragging its heels on the pipeline to be built through that province for our province’s oil to reach tidewater. Dialogue and persuasion have been tried for years with no actual progress and it was time for ... Read More »

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PM’s town hall tour highlighting his weaknesses

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on February 7th, 2018

It is safe to say the prime minister is having a bad couple of weeks as he makes his way through various town hall meetings across the country. This on the heels of a bad year, as our still rookie prime minister learns what it means to govern practically instead of idealistically. The recent town ... Read More »

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Guest Column: Break the awkward silence about end-of-life decisions

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on February 5th, 2018

Sharon Kaasalainen and Tamara Sussman EvidenceNetwork.ca Many people must make critical decisions for family and friends who are at the end of their lives. This can create a great deal of stress and burden. They must navigate the social and health-care systems while coping with their impending loss and grief. A large proportion of these ... Read More »

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Harassment needs to end

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on February 5th, 2018

The issue of sexual misconduct in the political realm continues to garner headlines. Last week added more fuel to the fire with Liberal MP Kent Hehr stepping down from the Trudeau cabinet after allegations of sexual misconduct, while the Ontario Progressive Conservatives saw leader Patrick Brown and party president Rick Dykstra resign for the same ... Read More »

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National Affairs: Friends mix with foes in politics

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on February 2nd, 2018

This could be awkward. Former prime minister Brian Mulroney is one of Justin Trudeau’s most effective allies on the Canada-U.S. trade front. And preserving NAFTA, or as much of it as possible, is the most significant item on the federal government’s mid-mandate plate. Now Mulroney’s daughter, Caroline, is exploring the possibility of running for the ... Read More »

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