October 25th, 2014

Opinions

Safeguarding ourselves, our homes and our ideals, too

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on October 23rd, 2014

Thirteen years ago the idea of North American security was changed so fundamentally by the 9-11 attacks that suddenly no one felt safe and many wondered if they ever would again. That feeling came rushing back Wednesday. A gunman shot and killed a soldier on honour guard at ... Read More »

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Is it discrimination to deny someone a job over a tattoo or piercing?

By Opinion on October 22nd, 2014

Look at your friends, observe people on the street, flip on a television screen, and you will likely see a person who is inked up or has a piercing of some sort.What was once the domain of sailors, bikers and sideshow performers, body modification has taken off and ... Read More »

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Too bad we can’t immunize against racism and xenophobia

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on October 21st, 2014

While there have been no cases of Ebola reaching Canada quite yet, our country, the U.S. and other developed nations can be diagnosed with something else — a case of racism and xenophobia.To be fair, it’s a chronic disease.Over the years we’ve seen federal funding for poverty reduction ... Read More »

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National Affairs: Ottawa slow to react both globally, locally to Ebola virus

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on October 20th, 2014

The federal government had two responsibilities when Ebola began spreading unchecked in West Africa. It had the global responsibility to join with others to try to contain the virus and aid those combating it on the front lines. It had the domestic responsibility to be prepared and reassuring ... Read More »

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Lessons to be learned from Elliot Lake

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on October 20th, 2014

The report from the Elliot Lake inquiry released last week revealed a litany of incompetence and outright neglect in the deadly mall collapse of June 2012. Commissioner Paul Belanger’s scathing report called to account those responsible for allowing the Algo Centre Mall to rust to the point of ... Read More »

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Guest Column: The grocery store’s slow death

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on October 18th, 2014

Troy Media GUELPH, ON For decades, Canadian consumers have been accustomed to the traditional grocery store where you purchase most of your groceries under one roof once a week or every other week. That model, which emerged in the 1960s, is under serious threat now and may signal ... Read More »

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It’s no wonder Alberta PCs don’t want to look backwards

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on October 18th, 2014

There is a particular type of revisionist history that occurs under one-party states in which the transgressions of a previous administration can be shed by a pen stroke. The fact it’s occurring in Alberta does not bode well for the state of democracy in this province. For more ... Read More »

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Failing to plan is akin to government turning its back on vulnerable seniors

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on October 17th, 2014

By the premier’s own admission 700 seniors are languishing in hospitals across Alberta because there are not enough beds in seniors’ residences for them to be moved to.Announcing 464 additional spaces, then, is hardly worthy of applause. It means there are 236 seniors that will continue to languish ... Read More »

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Guest Column: Crime rate falling, but cost of crime continues to rise

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on October 17th, 2014

VANCOUVER Despite a decline in the crime rate, crime cost Canadians $85 billion in 2009 (the latest year with comprehensive data) including $47 billion incurred by crime victims, finds a new study released recently by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank. The study, The ... Read More »

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Why bother playing by the rules if there’s no reward?

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on October 16th, 2014

Medicine Hat is doing a decent job of shedding its self image as the forgotten corner of Alberta, but it is hard to keep the chip off the shoulder when whining, shortfalls and blown-up budgets seem to get you further.Coun. Les Pearson brought up the latest example, stating ... Read More »

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