February 27th, 2017

Opinions

Is Canada ready for Trump-style politics?

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on December 29th, 2016

Don’t worry if you missed the 2016 U.S. presidential election; it seems bound to be repeated. As the biggest international story of this past year rolls into 2017, there’s little doubt that the remaking of American politics will be felt this year as well. Similarly, is there any wonder whether wedge politics will continue to ... Read More »

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Action on DDTs is better late than never

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on December 28th, 2016

In the 1940s, the first of the modern synthetic insecticides, DDT (technical name dichloro-diphenyl-trichloroethane) was developed. It proved effective in combatting insect-borne diseases such as malaria and typhus and for insect control in crops, institutions, homes and gardens. But in the 1960s, DDT’s cancer-causing properties were discovered, and in 1972, Canada and the U.S. banned ... Read More »

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Internet access to remote areas an important step for Canadians

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on December 24th, 2016

Seven First Nation youth died in Thunder Bay, Ont., between 2000 and 2011. These youth had spent their earliest years in remote First Nation communities — accessible by long winding gravel roads, or small aircraft, boats in the summer, or ice roads during winter. And many without high school. Which means to do the right ... Read More »

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National Affairs: Both sides are right in fracas over health care

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on December 24th, 2016

In the federal-provincial dispute over who should pay what for health care, both sides are right. The provinces are right when they say Ottawa has a historic obligation to pay for 25 per cent of medicare. The federal government is right to demand that if it allocates extra funds for something specific, such as home ... Read More »

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MLA Report: Optimistic about the coming year

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on December 23rd, 2016

There is no denying the past two years has posed significant challenges to a number of Alberta and Medicine Hat families. I’m extremely hopeful — and I believe for good reason — that 2017 will see a significant change in the fortunes of this province. In closing out this year there are number of positive ... Read More »

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Let’s consider alternatives to dealing with fentanyl crisis

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on December 23rd, 2016

Perhaps it is time to re-evaluate the best way to tackle the illicit drug crisis. Vancouver is facing epidemic proportions of people overdosing on illegal drugs and many deaths. Safe injections sites are not making a significant difference. They’re calling for more detox and addictions treatment programs but even that is not the answer. The ... Read More »

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Start right at home to help make the world a better place in 2017

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on December 22nd, 2016

It’s that time of year again when we pause, take stock and count our blessings, but if Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” is a good guide we should also attempt to take account for our shortfalls. We should also attempt to make a better year ahead for ourselves and those around us. If it’s not ... Read More »

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National Affairs: Global darling Trudeau fails to deliver at home

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on December 19th, 2016

Here’s Justin Trudeau explaining his mission to the Guardian, the leading centre-left newspaper in Great Britain: “What we’re facing right now — in terms of the rise of populism and divisive and fearful narratives around the world — it’s based around the fact that globalization doesn’t seem to be working for the middle class, for ... Read More »

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Alternative medicine deserves skeptical treatment

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on December 17th, 2016

“Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence” was a phrase made popular by famed scientist Carl Sagan, who inspired wonder and curiosity about the grand universe that surrounds us with the “Cosmos” series. It’s also a phrase to keep in mind, as the federal government looks to be in the process of changing how so-called “alternative” medicine ... Read More »

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National Affairs: Bringing the buzz kill to marijuana legalization

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on December 16th, 2016

Reading the 106-page report of the Task Force on Cannabis Legalization and Regulation, with its determinedly bland cover design and its epically drab title, “A Framework For the Legalization and Regulation of Cannabis in Canada,” it’s hard to shake the urge to blow off a little steam by sparking up a great big bowl of ... Read More »

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