February 8th, 2016

Opinions

Family time has its benefits

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on February 8th, 2016

The annual Family Day holiday is coming up Feb. 15. It’s a day intended to provide time for family togetherness. However, since not everyone has the day off, there are some people who won’t have the opportunity for this extra family time. Still, the idea is a good one. But a single day isn’t really ... Read More »

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PM’s important message of patience

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on February 8th, 2016

When he landed in Alberta for two days of meetings last week, Justin Trudeau had a number of options. I suppose he could have charismatically willed the price of oil back up to $100 per barrel. He could simply, as the Conservative opposition in Ottawa keeps telling him, just build a pipeline already. He could ... Read More »

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Guest Column: In dumping Harper, voters chose reason over fear, hope over secrecy, vision over nastiness

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on February 6th, 2016

As a teacher of social studies, I came to believe that by having students explore the various highs and lows of human history, they might become more thoughtful members of society. I hoped they would develop the skills of critical thinking, of careful inquiry, and of participation. They would rise above merely fulfilling the needs ... Read More »

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‘Forgotten corner’ might be hurt because of its relative stability

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on February 6th, 2016

The latest jobs numbers for the province don’t paint a very rosy picture of Alberta’s current economic situation — not that anyone was expecting anything that would. But the Lethbridge-Medicine Hat region is proving once again to be a region more resilient to the boom-and-bust cycles. As the Gas City, Medicine Hat never did quite ... Read More »

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Drowning in paperwork

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on February 5th, 2016

Bureaucracy has run amok and we are drowning in useless paperwork. The federal government’s quest to find new fixed wing aircraft for search and rescue purposes has long been delayed. The bidders on the project have now revealed they have had to rent vehicles, normally used for moving houses, to submit the mountain of paperwork ... Read More »

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Squeaky wheels will get greased on pipeline issue

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on February 4th, 2016

It’s been a bad year for Alberta, but the biggest indignity is still on the horizon. In the battle to build more pipeline access, the province steeped in a self image of business acumen and western alienations is either going pay up, or acquiesce to a deal that makes eastern Canadian politicians look good. Now, ... Read More »

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Commercial development of our national parks has to stop

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on February 3rd, 2016

Walk inside the boundaries of a provincial or national park, and you can feel a change. Any worries or stressors through your day and week begin to slip away as you stand surrounded by the beauty of nature. The unspoiled wilderness and scenic views help naturally relax a person, and are enough to sell people ... Read More »

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Alberta’s eggs still in one fossil fuel basket

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on February 2nd, 2016

Since rolling into provincial power last year the NDP have been painted by critics as the enemy of all things oil, big business and therefore, ultimately the backbone of Alberta’s economy and unprecedented wealth. It’s not exactly a label that sticks well, considering last week’s announcement by the government that, following a review, royalty rates ... Read More »

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Guest Column: It didn’t take long, but the bloom is off Trudeau’s rose

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on February 1st, 2016

Since Canada’s federal election in October, our curly haired prime minister has been basking in the limelight. Prior to the election, there was great concern by many that the young drama teacher was not ready or equipped to be the leader of our nation. Many apparently hoped if nothing else, his DNA could magically transform ... Read More »

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Bad timing

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on February 1st, 2016

Talk about bad timing. The same day the mayors of Alberta’s biggest cities spoke in support of the proposed Energy East oil pipeline and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met with Montreal’s mayor over concerns regarding the pipeline, a new report was released that didn’t do the project any favours. Federal Environment Minister Julie Gelfand tabled ... Read More »

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