October 19th, 2014

Opinions

It’s no wonder Alberta PCs don’t want to look backwards

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on October 18th, 2014

There is a particular type of revisionist history that occurs under one-party states in which the transgressions of a previous administration can be shed by a pen stroke. The fact it’s occurring in Alberta does not bode well for the state of democracy in this province. For more ... Read More »

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Guest Column: The grocery store’s slow death

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on October 18th, 2014

Troy Media GUELPH, ON For decades, Canadian consumers have been accustomed to the traditional grocery store where you purchase most of your groceries under one roof once a week or every other week. That model, which emerged in the 1960s, is under serious threat now and may signal ... Read More »

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Failing to plan is akin to government turning its back on vulnerable seniors

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on October 17th, 2014

By the premier’s own admission 700 seniors are languishing in hospitals across Alberta because there are not enough beds in seniors’ residences for them to be moved to.Announcing 464 additional spaces, then, is hardly worthy of applause. It means there are 236 seniors that will continue to languish ... Read More »

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Guest Column: Crime rate falling, but cost of crime continues to rise

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on October 17th, 2014

VANCOUVER Despite a decline in the crime rate, crime cost Canadians $85 billion in 2009 (the latest year with comprehensive data) including $47 billion incurred by crime victims, finds a new study released recently by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank. The study, The ... Read More »

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Why bother playing by the rules if there’s no reward?

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on October 16th, 2014

Medicine Hat is doing a decent job of shedding its self image as the forgotten corner of Alberta, but it is hard to keep the chip off the shoulder when whining, shortfalls and blown-up budgets seem to get you further.Coun. Les Pearson brought up the latest example, stating ... Read More »

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First responders an at-risk group of developing PTSD symptoms

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on October 15th, 2014

There has been lots of progress made in the area of mental health, especially in the last several years.We have now recognized that mental health is as important as physical health, that the mind needs to remain sharp in order for a person to stay healthy. We are ... Read More »

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Not to worry — literacy of today’s generation as strong as ever, and that’s gr8

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on October 14th, 2014

A young cashier, a co-worker, a relative, a gaggle of teens … there’s at least someone on everyone’s list that confirms to them that the education system has failed and we’ve raised generations to become stupider and stupider.But anecdotes aside, is the younger generation one of decline and ... Read More »

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AHS seems to be focusing on breaking what’s already working

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on October 11th, 2014

Alberta might be under new management but when it comes to health care in this part of the province, it’s business as usual. In the bureaucratic lexicon of Alberta Health Services, the quick and accessible service offered by this city’s diagnostic labs means they suffer from, “duplication.” According ... Read More »

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Local petitions rarely have success its signers are after

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on October 11th, 2014

Petitions don’t always work: A brief survey of recently displaced workers in the Hat would indicate that circulating petitions in an attempt to save jobs or to keep a business open has little effect locally. Examples include the ADM flour mill, downtown post office, Crescent Heights Safeway and ... Read More »

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Politician Platform: Gov’t taking action on terrorism front

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on October 10th, 2014

Over the past number of months we have seen violence increase around the globe. This escalation is very disturbing to me, my family and many of you with whom I have spoken over the past few months. We have seen a rise in the terrorist organizations, such as ... Read More »

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