September 19th, 2014

Opinions

Harper-Duffy fracas may end badly for both

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on September 18th, 2014

OTTAWA Does Stephen Harper lay awake at night fearing Mike Duffy? Should he? First, consider the alternative. Does Mike Duffy lay awake at night in Prince Edward Island fearing jail time? Should he? These are the stakes in a drama that began to play out in an Ottawa ... Read More »

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National Affairs: Harper closes the door on his last good chance for early exit

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on September 17th, 2014

On a day when the House of Commons reopened after a three-month break, the prime minister picked a venue a stone’s throw from Parliament Hill to preach to the converted. Part state-of-the-government address and part electoral call to arms, the lecture that Stephen Harper delivered to a Conservative ... Read More »

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Travelling is good for the body and soul

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on September 17th, 2014

At least a couple of times a day, the average person will find themselves thinking of a warm beach with palm trees and soaking up the sun. They can visualize themselves hiking in the forest, inhaling the mountain air in the morning. They can think of spending the ... Read More »

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Pride festival shows Medicine Hat’s diversity, and acceptance

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on September 16th, 2014

When the Medicine Hat Pride festival started up in 2012, there was plenty of handwringing and outrage over the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer (GLBTQ) community daring to … well, exist. And unabashedly exist.Despite the long list of worries, the following things did not happen:There was no ... Read More »

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National Affairs: Harper’s phony 30-day Iraq timeline absurd

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on September 15th, 2014

OTTAWA Barack Obama, the man whose presidential watchword was caution, has thrown caution to the wind. His strategy to degrade and ultimately destroy the Islamic State has no timeline, will bleed into the administration of his successor and be measured in years, not months. It is a risk. ... Read More »

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Guest Column: Safety, reducing speed should be goals of photo radar, not revenue

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on September 15th, 2014

About 20 years ago, many communities and police chiefs saw photo radar as a means of raising revenue for cash-strapped police departments. There would be little expenditure of police resources and the public would support increased enforcement in school zones. It was easy pickings and the revenue flowed. ... Read More »

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End of PC dynasty would be good for future of Alberta

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on September 13th, 2014

It will take more than the elevation — some may call it a coronation — of Jim Prentice to the premier’s office to fix Alberta politics. There has been much talk of renewal of the PCs over the past six months, much of it almost identical to that ... Read More »

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Talk of the Town: Hats off to McGrogan, one of the most approachable police chiefs

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on September 13th, 2014

Kudos to the Chief: Over the years this column has received a number of complaints about local politicians, business leaders, health-care services and even the odd complaint about the police service. Surprisingly, present Police Chief Andy McGrogan has been pretty much immune to such negativity. For a number ... Read More »

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‘ISIS’ or ‘ISIL': Media can’t seem to agree what to call terrorist group

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on September 12th, 2014

To our chagrin, typographical errors occasionally dog our news pages, but a current battle over the name of the world’s latest and most terrifying terrorist organization has many people baffled.Including, most likely, our valued readers. Can we not spell, or is the correct acronym ISIL or ISIS?This whole ... Read More »

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Compulsory voting has its pros and cons

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on September 11th, 2014

Plummeting voter turnouts in federal elections have prompted previous discussions about how to fix the problem. Recently Liberal MPs floated the idea for a possible solution — mandatory voting. Ralph Goodale, the deputy Liberal leader, said it’s a notion that warrants consideration, given the steady decline in voter ... Read More »

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