January 21st, 2017

Opinions

MLA Report: Hateful language is never acceptable

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on November 25th, 2016

Earlier this month on Nov. 9, a man stood in the middle of the city hall plaza and waved the Confederate flag. In this same month, MLA Sandra Jansen crossed the floor from the only party she has ever been a part of for the past three decades because of what she said was intolerance. ... Read More »

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A strong, free press is needed now more than ever

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on November 24th, 2016

The 2016 presidential election will go down as one of the lowest points for media in the United States. Major media outlets and pollsters did not anticipate the election of Donald Trump as United States president. His chances were pegged as nonexistent, especially after numerous controversies dogged him during the last parts of the campaign. ... Read More »

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Ramp up the activity level

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on November 23rd, 2016

Most of us enjoy a little recreational screen time now and then, whether it be television, computer or smartphone. But too much screen time can be a detriment. In the case of Canadian children, an abundance of screen time is making them among the least active young people on the planet. The latest annual ParticipAction ... Read More »

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Guest Column: Mark Zuckerberg is in denial

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on November 19th, 2016

Zeynep Tufekci New York Times CHAPEL HILL, N.C. Donald J. Trump’s supporters were probably heartened in September, when, according to an article shared nearly a million times on Facebook, the candidate received an endorsement from Pope Francis. Their opinions on Hillary Clinton may have soured even further after reading a Denver Guardian article that also ... Read More »

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Much to fear from Trump presidency

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on November 19th, 2016

Ugh. Isn’t political correctness the absolute worst? Tippy-toeing around, walking on eggshells, too afraid to tell it like it is because even though it’s the truth we can’t risk hurting some thin-skinned person’s feelings. Just look at how many people are getting their knickers in a knot at the suggestion that those who support and ... Read More »

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Guest Column: Economic silver linings for Canada in the Trump cloud

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on November 19th, 2016

Jock Finlayson Troy Media VANCOUVER, B.C. Donald Trump’s surprise victory in the presidential election, coupled with continued Republican control of both branches of the U.S. Congress, heralds significant changes in the United States’ policy in trade, immigration, foreign affairs, energy and taxation. Many Canadians are understandably uneasy about the direction the U.S. may take under ... Read More »

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National Affairs: Show some composure, Canada

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on November 19th, 2016

A reliable Canadian reflex ensures that whenever something big and surprising happens in the United States, somebody here will decide it’s the fault of Canada’s political leaders. The most extraordinary demonstration of this reflex happened in the days after 9/11. Nine days after the attacks, Tony Blair sat next to Laura Bush as then-president George ... Read More »

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Right of recall would boost politicians’ accountability

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on November 18th, 2016

Whether you like or loathe President-elect Donald Trump the U.S. is basically stuck with him for at least one term before voters get another chance to have their say. Even in Canada, a government is voted in and can pretty much do as it pleases for about four years. We essentially elect a dictatorship for ... Read More »

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Will social media navel gazing be futile, or will it result in action?

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on November 17th, 2016

There’s an old joke in the journalism business that if everybody is mad at you, then you must be doing a good job. And while everyone is most certainly mad, it’s increasingly clear that media — both traditional and social — is not doing a good job. At the very least that extends to how ... Read More »

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Indigenous studies should be part of grade school

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on November 16th, 2016

Education has many purposes. Its primary purpose is to prepare students for the adult world, and give them a grounding in essential skills and abilities to help them navigate. Reading, writing, understanding math and science and physical education are important components, but they aren’t the only ones. Education is also supposed to give students perspective ... Read More »

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