May 24th, 2016

Opinions

National Affairs: Grits were elbows-up before PM got physical

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on May 24th, 2016

OTTAWA Strip away the contrition, the high dudgeon and the blinkered Liberal apologists suggesting we should just get past the sorry spectacle in the House of Commons last week and you are left with an unassailable truth. The Justin Trudeau Liberals have been treating the Commons as an annoyance, an inconvenient necessity that merely gets ... Read More »

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Talk of the Town: Accolades for Rachel Notley for her handling of fire crisis

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on May 21st, 2016

Premier Rachel Notley’s popularity rating has taken a bit of a beating in the recent economic downturn. However, her handling of the Fort McMurray fire to date is receiving accolades from even her harshest critics. Even Wildrose Leader Brian Jean commended her for insuring that all involved politicians, regardless of their political orientation, received up-to-date ... Read More »

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MLA Report: Believe it: Strength of Alberta is its people

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on May 20th, 2016

The American writer, James Lane Allen, famously said that “adversity does not build character, it reveals it.” Nowhere was this more evident than in Alberta over the past weeks. As a vicious wildfire swept through large parts of Fort McMurray and the northeastern part of our province, the people of Alberta, without hesitation, responded with ... Read More »

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Running city like a business could be a shock to Hat citizens

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on May 19th, 2016

Hatters who often say that government should be run like a business could soon have good reason to reconsider what they have wished for. Financially Fit for the Future is a review of how the city operates, covers its expenses, charges fees and invests its money. The impetus is simple: Where once a $23-million energy ... Read More »

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It’s not a perfect world, so school guidelines are required

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on May 18th, 2016

Let’s face it, going to school could often be a struggle when we were growing up, and not just because of the amount of work assigned in class. You’re expected to spend several hours a day with people who are different than you, and who may dislike you, with the reason often being “just because ... Read More »

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Guest Column: Sales tax decision lies with people, not the cash-hungry government

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on May 18th, 2016

Alberta’s NDP government is now flirting with the idea of a sales tax. Finance Minister Joe Ceci has said that while a sales tax isn’t on the agenda, if Albertans want one, his government wants to hear about it. First, a provincial sales tax bringing in enough revenue to meet the true deficit would have ... Read More »

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Hard act to follow for federal Conservatives

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on May 17th, 2016

As the saying goes, don’t put your eggs all in one basket. For more than a decade, the Conservative Party of Canada’s branding was tied to Stephen Harper. It was even the tagline used left, right and centre: “The Harper Government.” It worked, at least for a decade or so. Except now the CPC is ... Read More »

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Fire may take our homes, but never our spirit

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on May 16th, 2016

The people of Fort McMurray are hurting right now, but there is hope. After touring our city, meeting with first responders and evacuees, I know we will rebuild together and make Fort McMurray better than it has ever been. Words are not enough to express how nobly first responders acted in the face of adversity. ... Read More »

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Guest Column: What some local businesses need to know

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on May 16th, 2016

Since arriving in Medicine Hat, I have often sought out services in the community including renovations, repairs and maintenance for my home. I have purchased new and replacement items for my home and sought repairs and maintenance for appliances and infrastructure. I have reached the age where I am either unable or unwilling to do ... Read More »

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Guest Column: The roots of compassion

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on May 14th, 2016

Imagine. Your house is about to burn to the ground and there is nothing you can do to save it. You have a little time to gather up a few things. You grab your wallet, your passport, maybe a few important papers from your desk, a change of clothing, a few pictures off the walls ... Read More »

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