July 23rd, 2016

Opinions

Guns at centre of society in crisis

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on July 23rd, 2016

Imagine a country of 350 million people. Imagine that same country having 300 million guns in the hands of those people. Imagine that in one year, 2015, more than 12,000 people were killed by guns in that country. Imagine that, even after a madman broke into a school and shot 20 Grade 1 students, the ... Read More »

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Guest Column: Loblaws playing hardball with food suppliers

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on July 22nd, 2016

HALIFAX, N.S. Loblaw Companies Ltd. recently sent a letter to major suppliers advising them that it will pay 1.45 per cent less for any shipments received on or after Sept. 4. The tactic signals a major shift in the food retail industry. In food distribution, a decrease of 1.45 per cent is a big deal. ... Read More »

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Sunshine City needs a sunshine list

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on July 22nd, 2016

An online list of those who are paid more than $100,000 is all about transparency and accountability, especially when taxpayers are footing the bill. In large corporations, the chair and CEO are accountable to a board and shareholders typically. If their salaries and bonuses are exorbitant and there are no positive results, they may get ... Read More »

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Beer spilled on prairie trade war

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on July 21st, 2016

The current dustup between Rachel Notley and Brad Wall is, to use a phrase, small beer. But it’s a surprising state of affairs when the New Democrat leader in Alberta appears to be further along the free-trade spectrum than is the conservative in Saskatchewan. It’s also a stunning example about the dance politicians do to ... Read More »

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Mandatory ‘hospitality charge’ an idea worth embracing

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on July 20th, 2016

This year has not been a good one for the public relations team for Earls restaurants. The restaurant company faced backlash earlier in the spring when it announced it was moving away from using Canadian beef, replacing it with “Certified Humane” beef from the United States. After criticism from Alberta’s farmers and threats of boycotts ... Read More »

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Feds to send Canadian troops to Africa

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on July 20th, 2016

BRUCE CAMPION-SMITH Canadian troops will soon be headed to Africa as the federal government makes plans for a new peacekeeping mission. Gen. Jonathan Vance, chief of defence staff, mentioned the coming deployment as he paid tribute to the work of the Canadian army during a change-of-command ceremony last week. “We’ve seen a shift toward foundational ... Read More »

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Pokemon is fun and has great value. Now go!

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on July 19th, 2016

If there’s one thing that brings out the nasty nature in people, it’s a new harmless fad they aren’t a fan of. Take the surging popularity of Pokemon Go over the past week and half. For those who haven’t been paying attention, Pokemon is a longstanding video game where people “catch, train and fight with ... Read More »

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The Sniff Test: Appealing to racists

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on July 18th, 2016

The militarization of domestic police forces, whose only enemies are the citizens who paid for those weapons, is an interesting result of conservative politicians kowtowing to the white and paranoid who fund their re-elections. (We might want to take note since we seem to have a shiny, barely used, armoured car that someone is going ... Read More »

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Talk of the Town: Despite opposition, Notley pushing ahead with minimum-wage hike

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on July 16th, 2016

Alberta’s minimum wage hike is still a go, according to Premier Rachel Notley. Despite some opposition, the Alberta government stressed last week that it will press ahead with plans to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour despite the fiscal crisis facing the province. Notley also stressed last week that the election pledge will ... Read More »

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Poor way to air political views

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on July 16th, 2016

There’s a time and a place to voice our political views. Conversely, there are situations, and methods, that are not appropriate for making political statements. Unfortunately, a member of the Canadian singing group The Tenors chose the latter Tuesday evening. Understandably, a firestorm of criticism has followed the incident at the annual Major League Baseball ... Read More »

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