November 24th, 2014

Opinions

Harper-Wynne war will worsen

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on November 24th, 2014

OTTAWA The Long War between Stephen Harper and Ontario premier Kathleen Wynne is only going to get longer — and likely more intense. There’s simply too much at stake for both sides for détente, certainly not heading into a federal election campaign and the electoral riches available in ... Read More »

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Alberta can’t forever depend on oil as its economic engine

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on November 22nd, 2014

Alberta’s boom and bust economy is once again looking into the face of falling oil prices which are now threatening to join the lows being seen in the depressed natural gas markets. How the province will deal with a likely financial shortfall seems anything but clear. This isn’t ... Read More »

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Talk of the Town: Lots of chatter emanating from our city’s ‘political silly season’

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on November 22nd, 2014

It’s political silly season. From ridiculing the recently approved armoured vehicle for the city police as a “rescue vehicle” to questioning the competency of the police commission along with suggestions that an elected police commission might be better able to address Hatters’ concerns, a surprising number of Hatters ... Read More »

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Voices of Hat voters should be respected; we’re not ‘orphans’

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on November 21st, 2014

A few weeks ago we were called the electorate, the bosses, the people who pull the strings, the people who get to say how they want the province run, but now the government says we’re “orphans.”That’s right. That is what the government calls a riding where there isn’t ... Read More »

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Wildrose’s approach to blame the media off base

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on November 20th, 2014

The Wildrose Party, fresh off a round of byelection defeats, has unfortunately taken a page from the Progressive Conservative playbook titled “blame the media.” Opposition Leader Danielle Smith laid out the case at her party’s preparations for the fall sitting last week. The party cannot rely on the ... Read More »

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Libraries are weathering the digital storm

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on November 19th, 2014

Several years ago, in the midst of the digital revolution, many were wondering about the future of the public library.Attendance and use had been steadily declining for much of the early part of the first decade of the millennium. For example, the Medicine Hat Public Library saw a ... Read More »

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National Affairs: Pipeline drama plays out in Harper’s favour

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on November 18th, 2014

OTTAWA Who do you like in that Louisiana Senate run-off vote on Dec. 6, Republican Bill Cassidy or Democrat Mary Landrieu? What’s that you say? You don’t have a dog in that race? Actually, we might as well have one. Canadian interests have been side-swiped by American politics ... Read More »

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Climate is ripe for young entrepreneurs in Canada

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on November 17th, 2014

Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz’s recent suggestion that unemployed young graduates consider working for free has, unsurprisingly, stirred up much debate across the country. The slow pace of our economic recovery has undoubtedly made traditional jobs harder to come by for many young people. However, the debate ... Read More »

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National Affairs: Tories keenly guarding Jim Flaherty’s legacy

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on November 17th, 2014

To campaign against the memory of a revered political icon, one must poke gingerly around the edges. No one wants to be accused of tarnishing the statue or knocking the official portrait askew. In Whitby-Oshawa, where voters go to the polls today, the race to replace the late ... Read More »

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Obvious need to develop alternative sources of energy in Alberta

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on November 15th, 2014

As the inevitable approval of the Keystone XL pipeline moves closer to a reality — along with the Energy East and Trans Mountain domestic pipelines — it’s time Canadians re-evaluate how these project come to pass. These debates over pipelines are far from over and future opposition will ... Read More »

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