July 5th, 2015

Opinions

Talk of the Town: Attacks on new government pretty well par for the course

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on July 4th, 2015

Business leaders and political pundits have been having a field day attacking some of the younger members of the recently elected NDP caucus. Hatters should realize that kind of response has been pretty much standard fare over the past few decades when any social movement, not just the NDP, questioned the status quo in Alberta. ... Read More »

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LGBT efforts have come a long way

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on July 4th, 2015

It has been a very big couple of weeks for supporters of gay rights. What many called a landmark Supreme Court ruling, which granted the ability of gay couples to get married in any state across the United States, was complemented by gay-pride parades across North America. Canada’s largest celebration went from June 19-28 in ... Read More »

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Public deserves to vote on all seniors’ centre options, even ‘Cadillac’ version

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on July 3rd, 2015

Politicians have a habit of either refusing to ask the public for an opinion or else asking the same question repeatedly until the answer is the one they want. It is about 19 months since the public, in a survey of not only seniors, said overwhelmingly they wanted a new seniors’ centre in a new ... Read More »

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National Affairs: As anti-union bill shows, nobody gets in PM’s way

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on July 3rd, 2015

How badly does Stephen Harper want anti-union legislation — odious, punitive and almost certainly unconstitutional as it is — passed into law? On an early summer Friday, while you were longing for your weekend, the Prime Minister’s Office choreographed another headlong behavioural plunge down the mine shaft for your Senate. It won’t end up with ... Read More »

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What a great country Canada is

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on July 2nd, 2015

Canada is a land that in its breadth defies simple description.Yet, Canadians — editorial writers included — keep attempting to boil down our national identity to few touchstones, places, people or things.Terry Fox, Peggy’s Cove, the Rocky Mountains, poutine, snowshoes, the local hockey team, health care, and Remembrance Day, are good examples.That list could go ... Read More »

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Politicians under more scrutiny than ever before

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on June 30th, 2015

The life of a politician is not an easy one. Despite all the stories concerning their high salaries and sometimes generous expense accounts, the level of scrutiny MPs, MLAs and even city councillors are under, is greater today than it ever has been. For those just entering the game, it must seem a little overwhelming ... Read More »

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Serious issues like global warming deserve more complete information

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on June 29th, 2015

I am distressed by the substance and the style of the letter and the guest column which appeared on the editorial page of The News on Wednesday, June 24. Len Jalbert (“Scientists shy with their solutions”) and Paul McLennan (“Don’t drink the Kool-Aid on the topic of global warming”) have a perfect right to hold ... Read More »

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Bike, motorcycle safety paramount during the summer

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on June 29th, 2015

City streets and area highways are getting busier every year. It is a fact of life living in a growing province, as more vehicles are on the road than ever before. As the weather warms, roadways become even more congested with the emergence of cyclists on the scene. And with the increase in cycle traffic, ... Read More »

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More seem to be realizing our province can’t rely solely on oil

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on June 27th, 2015

A year after the beginning of the plunge in world oil prices, which is now seeing Alberta dip a toe into the icy waters of a provincial recession, the oil and gas sector is putting up warning signs regarding the state of the industry. Thousands of jobs have been lost along with hundreds of millions ... Read More »

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National Affairs: Gilles Duceppe’s return changes dynamic of federal election in Quebec

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on June 27th, 2015

MONTREAL By the looks of it, the long-awaited NDP-Liberal battle for Quebec next fall is on ice. With Gilles Duceppe back in the game, the upcoming federal campaign is turning into a replay of the 2011 fight between the Bloc Québécois and the NDP. A CROP survey published last weekend gave the NDP (38 per ... Read More »

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