August 19th, 2017

Opinions

National Affairs: Trudeau’s security bill looks a lot like Harper’s

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on June 24th, 2017

With its new national security legislation, Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government has pulled off quite a coup. It has kept some of the worst elements of former prime minister Stephen Harper’s widely discredited Bill C-51. But so far, it has managed to do so without creating much political flak. When Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale unveiled ... Read More »

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Body counts often the leadup to society’s valuable ‘red tape’

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on June 24th, 2017

Red tape, regulation, and bureaucracy are absolutely wonderful. That sentence will likely make some politicians’ blood boil, the politicians whose solution for all society ills is to slash all these things. Especially if it means less spending and lower taxes. But it’s also what comes to mind following the catastrophic destruction last week when a ... Read More »

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MLA Report: Gov’t is spending, but spending wisely

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on June 23rd, 2017

Medicine Hat is currently seeing someofthe highest employment numbers in the past two years, according to the latest Medicine Hat-specific Statistics Canada job report. The year-over-year Statistics Canada results for May show 4,300 more Hatters employed, 2,300 fewer unemployed and a jobs outlook which is outperforming many regions in neighbouring Saskatchewan and B.C. This government ... Read More »

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Recent flood disasters have made us stronger

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on June 23rd, 2017

This is traditionally the week when river and creek levels rise here, leading to floods. The June 18, 2010 flood in Cypress County still has many wince as memories are stirred. Without any warning, ranchers near Irvine talked of a “wall” of water bursting through the water course, ripping up buildings and carting them away. ... Read More »

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Four years later: Medicine Hat a safer community

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on June 22nd, 2017

Four years after major flooding hit in Medicine Hat, it’s high time Hatters re-evaluated their relationship with the event, the river and our communities. Late June in 2013 will be remembered for many reasons, not the least of which are exhaustion and heartache felt and vividly imprinted in minds of our citizens. No one is ... Read More »

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National Affairs: More questions cloud federal government’s plan to help media

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on June 21st, 2017

A Commons committee charged with looking into Canada’s troubled media has suggested an implicit bargain. On one hand, through a series of tax changes and grants, the government would offer financial support to traditional and new media companies. On the other, the government would crack down hard on media mergers that far too often leave ... Read More »

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Don’t shoot the messenger

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on June 21st, 2017

It seems to be in fashion these days to blame the media for any story you don’t like, that might make you look bad or challenges your perceptions of the world. It’s a very dangerous and slippery slope. It’s not a coincidence the first entity destroyed by a fascist regime or dictatorship is the free ... Read More »

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Squeezing Alberta beer drinkers for more money

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on June 19th, 2017

Troy Media CALGARY What motivated Alberta Finance Minister Joe Ceci to impose a discriminatory tax on out-of-province beer in 2015? Was it to diversify the Alberta economy while levelling the playing field for the local brewing industry, as he later claimed? Government documents filed with court in connection with Steam Whistle and Great Western Brewing’s ... Read More »

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National Affairs: PM failing to surpass Harper’s low bar

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on June 17th, 2017

A stalled appointment process, a botched attempt at installing a member of the Liberal family in a post that requires total independence from the government, a unilateral bid to change the rules of the House of Commons. If Stephen Harper, and not Justin Trudeau, were running things on Parliament Hill, he would stand accused of ... Read More »

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Time for a closer look at government commissions and charities — both growth industries

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on June 16th, 2017

If you are looking for a growth industry then government and charities have got to be at the top of the list. If the government wants to sidestep an issue and at the same time get the public to stop asking probing questions one of the easiest options is to call for an inquiry, establish ... Read More »

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