September 25th, 2017

Opinions

Guest Column: Tax system fairness should be the government’s end goal

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on September 23rd, 2017

“There are known knowns. These are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say, there are things that we know we don’t know. But there are also unknown unknowns. There are things we don’t know we don’t know.” — Donald Rumsfeld Sometimes the most knowledgeable person in a room ... Read More »

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Alberta could follow other provinces’ leads in setting rules for pot sales

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on September 23rd, 2017

With the nation-wide legalization of recreational marijuana coming up in July 2018, the clock is ticking for Alberta to put in place its own set of regulations. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is essentially legalizing weed while dumping the logistics of its distribution on the provinces. If anything goes wrong, he can blame the provincial governments ... Read More »

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MLA Report: Investments, not corporate welfare

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on September 22nd, 2017

I don’t believe a $23 million infrastructure investment split between the federal and provincial governments to help facilitate the building of a $360-million potato-processing facility is, “corporate welfare.” What I do believe is such an investment such as that made to develop the Cavendish Farms facility is just that — an investment. An investment that ... Read More »

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Don’t hold your breath waiting for transit satisfaction, if Veiner situation is any indication

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on September 22nd, 2017

It certainly feels like déja vu. It was four years ago, Aug. 6, 2013, that Medicine Hat City Council, jut before the start of that year’s municipal election, was placating seniors. Now it is transit users. “Fe fi fo fum we smell the blood of the alderman…” is the placard one senior held aloft at ... Read More »

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Transit at forefront of 2017 municipal election campaign

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on September 21st, 2017

Monday night’s decision by city council to reverse course on transit changes may have also short-circuited campaigns of half those seeking seats next month. Or did it? Depending on the viewpoint of individual voters, it hurts some and helps others, but who and how much remain to be seen. Council voted 6-3 on Monday to ... Read More »

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Guest Column: The political necessity of Morneau’s tax reform plan

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on September 20th, 2017

Justin Trudeau’s agenda has stalled. On issues ranging from peacekeeping to climate change, the prime minister’s Liberal government is treading water. It needs to show it can get more done. Hence the government’s stubborn insistence on pushing ahead with Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s modest — albeit controversial — tax reform plans. In the first months ... Read More »

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Fair Entry program misses the mark

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on September 19th, 2017

Imagine if the Esplanade was built without wheelchair accessibility. Because let’s face it, that sort of design costs extra money, and only a few people out of the city’s whole population require that sort of assistance to access the site. After the fact, the city announces they have a plan. If you have a disability ... Read More »

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How can NDP, under a new leader, make its biggest impact?

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on September 16th, 2017

With the vote for the national NDP leadership beginning Monday, now is an appropriate time to reflect on how the party can make its biggest impact on the federal scene. It must be recalled that the party lost its Official Opposition status largely by allowing the Liberals to outflank them on the left. Then-leader Thomas ... Read More »

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MLA Report: Summertime coffee talk centres on required solutions for Alberta’s future

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on September 15th, 2017

Jerry Seinfeld said something like “this coffee thing is getting so crazy, we are stopping for coffee on our way for coffee.” I mention that because I love how Cypress-Medicine Hatters drink large amounts and I just had the summer to drink many cups with friends and constituents. Almost everyone mentioned their concern for our ... Read More »

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Question has to be asked: Are we an inclusive society or are we not?

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on September 15th, 2017

Take a look at the issues in the runup to the municipal election in 2013 and little has changed except we have added a few categories to those we think of as the entitled minority. In 2013, the very idea that seniors, who had been using the Veiner Centre, thought it should be replaced had ... Read More »

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