November 27th, 2014

Opinions

Of barrels and budgets

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on November 27th, 2014

All of Alberta’s political parties say it is crucial to move away from that boom and bust revenue cycle of the world oil market.Yet, finding the way to such a long-awaited state of affairs remains a game of pick your poison.Slashed budgets, higher taxes and downgraded estimates have ... Read More »

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Shopping locally helps keep regional economy strong

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on November 26th, 2014

This week marks the unofficial start of the Christmas season in the United States.Minutes after the last morsel of turkey is consumed on Thursday, family members will either go to sleep, or if there are sales on, head out to the store to buy stuff they don’t need, ... Read More »

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Court of public opinion rarely condemns a celebrity forever

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on November 25th, 2014

Innocent until proven guilty is a cornerstone of the justice system.It means that when we enter a courtroom — where the full force of the government, of law, of jail, of fines, of a criminal record, can be brought down upon an individual — there is the benefit ... Read More »

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National Affairs: 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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