December 4th, 2016

Opinions

National Affairs: Oil pipeline offers little political gain for Trudeau

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on December 3rd, 2016

MONTREAL It is a rare government decision that involves a lot of predictable political pain for little obvious electoral gain. For better or for worse, the approval by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of the controversial Trans Mountain pipeline falls into that category. It is unlikely to win him supporters within the ranks of those who ... Read More »

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Urgent need to address seniors’ care

By Medicine Hat News Opinion on December 2nd, 2016

This region of the province is home to about 300,000 people, according to Alberta Health Services (AHS) data. That number is expected to increase by 65,000 by 2034 and by then 21.3 per cent of the population will be older than 65 years. The so-called golden years of life can be fraught with concerns about ... Read More »

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Next oil boom? Let’s take full advantage

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on December 1st, 2016

After two years of waiting for the clouds to part over the oilpatch, Western Canada may be approaching a time when we will have to discuss not wasting the benefits of an oil boom this time. Some evidence of hiring is popping up, both anecdotally and in latest job figures. An OPEC agreement to control ... Read More »

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Referendum should be the first step for electoral reform

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on November 30th, 2016

In the 2015 federal election campaign, one of the Liberal Party of Canada’s promises on the trail was the 2015 election would be the last conducted under the current election system. A year later, after earning a majority government, the promise appears to have been placed on the backburner. This week, Maryam Monsef, the minister ... Read More »

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Guest Column: What happens when a retail giant flexes its muscles

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on November 28th, 2016

Troy Media HALIFAX, N.S. Food politics is usually a game of nuances. But in the battle between Walmart and Visa, nuances are few and far between. Visa is offering $10 to anyone in Manitoba who buys groceries using their Visa card. Walmart stopped accepting Visa as of Oct. 24 in the province. So the credit ... Read More »

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Trump and his policies bad news for Alberta beef producers

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on November 26th, 2016

Albertans went on the warpath earlier this year when restaurant chain Earls announced it would no longer be using Canadian beef. Instead, Earls would be sourcing antibiotic- and hormone-free “Certified Humane” beef from a Kansas-based farm, due to consumer demand for this sort of meat. Canadian beef raised under those conditions exist — but no ... Read More »

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Guest Column: PCs the only party with a right to govern Alberta? It’s not true

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on November 26th, 2016

I find it a little amusing and am somewhat flattered that one of the resident defenders of the conservative faith in our town, Jim Taylor, has been stewing over something I recently wrote two months ago (Sept. 29). Seething anger over the nerve of someone (me) espousing something other than the party line, strikes me ... Read More »

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MLA Report: Hateful language is never acceptable

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on November 25th, 2016

Earlier this month on Nov. 9, a man stood in the middle of the city hall plaza and waved the Confederate flag. In this same month, MLA Sandra Jansen crossed the floor from the only party she has ever been a part of for the past three decades because of what she said was intolerance. ... Read More »

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Voters should be protected from party-jumpers

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on November 25th, 2016

The rumble that reverberated across the province two years ago when nine Wildrose MLAs crossed the floor to the Progressive Conservative party could have been a lesson big enough to last a lifetime for all political parties. If anyone doubted how long voters would remember it all, and ultimately have their say, that was answered ... Read More »

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A strong, free press is needed now more than ever

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on November 24th, 2016

The 2016 presidential election will go down as one of the lowest points for media in the United States. Major media outlets and pollsters did not anticipate the election of Donald Trump as United States president. His chances were pegged as nonexistent, especially after numerous controversies dogged him during the last parts of the campaign. ... Read More »

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