May 29th, 2015

Opinions

National Affairs: Bumpy road en route to the polls for Harper and Tories

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on May 29th, 2015

A fixed election date provides party strategists a road map to determine when best to slot in announcements, make appointments and unveil policies for political advantage. You can plot, you can strategize and you can prognosticate. But it is always the events beyond tactical control that carry the most peril. In 2015, as always, that ... Read More »

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Availability of flood insurance gives ‘out’ to gov’t

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on May 29th, 2015

Private insurance may be far more appealing than relying on government to help you after a flood but it is not a smooth ride, either, and now we have a situation where government appears to have found a way to bow out. From the Cypress County flood in 2010, and several after, one of the ... Read More »

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Social media can be dangerous to those who don’t know how it works

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on May 28th, 2015

It’s 2015. Do people still not realize how the Internet, especially social media, works?Yes, there seems to be an article or thinkpiece written about this issue every time a scandal or incident pops up, but until people get the hint, and learn to be responsible and understand the reach the Internet has, this is necessary.This ... Read More »

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Guest Column: Continuing to pay convicted politicians is just wrong

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on May 27th, 2015

These are tough times for Canada’s Senate. The so-called members of the Chamber of “sober second thought” may soon be driven to drink — hopefully not on the taxpayers’ dime. There is a seemingly eternal parade of bad news: from Mac Harb to Patrick Brazeau and Pamela Wallin, to the never-ending trial of Mike Duffy, ... Read More »

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Notley walking the walk on women’s issues in Alberta

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on May 26th, 2015

Rachel Notley is taking the “old boys” out of the Old Boys Club. Literally. Of the 53 seats won by the Alberta NDP, almost half were won by women. Sunday’s swearing-in ceremony also brought a cabinet sitting at 50/50 when it comes to gender parity. But on top of this, Notley has also assigned a ... Read More »

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National Affairs: Bloc’s demise would dim Péladeau’s sovereignty dreams

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on May 25th, 2015

MONTREAL The Parti Québécois chose media tycoon Pierre Karl Péladeau as its leader 10 days ago based on the belief he would breathe new life into the flagging cause of sovereignty and do so quickly. For the baby boomers who make up the backbone of the PQ, time to reach the coveted destination of independence ... Read More »

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Talk of the Town: Personal community policing is starting to gain popularity

By Medicine Hat News on May 23rd, 2015

In part, due to the recent racial unrest in the U.S., more emphasis than usual is being put on developing community policing strategies aimed at calming people rather than intimidating them. Part of this became evident this week when U.S. President Barack Obama announced new restrictions on the military style equipment that the U.S. in ... Read More »

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Understanding Mohawk history would be best form of respect at Hat High

By Medicine Hat News Opinion on May 23rd, 2015

There is no shortage of opinion regarding the Medicine Hat High School’s Mohawk logo — should it be kept or changed? It’s a discussion the community should have no matter what its outcome.There is a valuable learning opportunity available here for those who feel they have a stake in the issue which, if squandered, would ... Read More »

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If appeal boards can’t make sensible decisions, bring on the computers

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on May 22nd, 2015

The salaries, expenses and perks of people “serving” on various boards and panels will be scrutinized by the new NDP government in the coming days, confirmed Premier-designate Rachel Notley in a teleconference on Wednesday. That is a very good thing. If you appeal a decision and go before an appeal board, made up of numerous ... Read More »

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Personnel cuts always difficult decisions for managers to make

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on May 22nd, 2015

Yes, the Medicine Hat News is sending its ad-building work overseas, starting in August.Yes, four local people won’t be working here as a result of that move.And yes, it was one of the toughest moves managers of Alberta News Group ever had to make, just as it was tough to reorganize the editorial department a ... Read More »

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