April 17th, 2014

Opinions

National Affairs: Tories’ anti-democracy push gets some help

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on April 17th, 2014

The push by Conservative senators to amend Stephen Harper’s elections act had all the elements of a marvellous yarn. The unelected senators had taken their revenge, biting back and riding in on their white steed to save democracy, showing their relevancy and putting the government on its heels. ... Read More »

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CBC’s current challenge could be the kickstart it needs

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on April 16th, 2014

The last decade has been a rough one for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), and the tough times are continuing.Last week, during a town hall meeting, CBC president Hubert Lacroix announced, due to a shortfall in revenue and government funding, the CBC will be cutting $130 million from ... Read More »

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National Affairs: Unlikely alliance puts pressure on PM

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on April 16th, 2014

If indeed, all politics is local, two contests in Western Canada last weekend, involving no more than 5,500 voters, had the power to shake the Conservative establishment in the nation’s capital. In one, Conservatives in Calgary’s Signal Hill riding finally rid themselves of a six-term embarrassment named Rob ... Read More »

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Oath to Queen a needless part of citizenship rules

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on April 15th, 2014

If immigrants to this country weren’t allowed to challenge and change things here, we’d still be sitting around in teepees and speaking Cree.Actually, that doesn’t sound too bad.But it’s probably not what people expressing outrage have in mind when whining about the three permanent Canadian residents challenging before ... Read More »

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Time to tell government to stop lavish spending

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on April 14th, 2014

The revelation of Alison Redford’s lavish spending habits was apparently just the tip of the iceberg. It was revealed last week that there are 230 government “communication” employees, including 16 with Alberta Health Services (AHS), each earning on average $107,000 a year. In fact, the AHS communications people ... Read More »

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Talk of the Town: Embattled Toronto mayor Rob Ford has some Medicine Hat supporters

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on April 12th, 2014

Invite Rob Ford to Medicine Hat? It may sound outlandish to a lot of Hatters but there are a significant number of ordinary citizens who view the outspoken Toronto mayor as a kind of working class folk hero who has had the courage to stand up to Toronto’s ... Read More »

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Legislating property rights would empower governments

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on April 12th, 2014

There is no shortage of support for enhanced property rights for landowners in Alberta with many advocating for either provincial or federal legislation to enshrine discretionary use powers to those who hold title to their land. The argument has been forwarded during electoral debates, discussions on regional planning ... Read More »

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