November 23rd, 2017

Opinions

Time to get started on the long view of flood protection

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on November 23rd, 2017

It is time that Albertans put the cart behind the horse when it comes to preventing major floods in southern Alberta, but unfortunately we’re still arguing about who owns the cart. More than four years after massive, damaging and widespread floods in the province, berms are mostly in place in Medicine Hat, and other communities ... Read More »

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How much genius was lost due to abusers?

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on November 22nd, 2017

Forgive them their trespasses, for they are a genius. This sort of sentiment has permeated the arts, politics, academics, science, business and much more over the centuries. It’s one that has given countless so-called geniuses a carte blanche when it comes to egregious of behaviour such as pedophilia, sexual harassment, bullying, racism and much more. ... Read More »

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National Affairs: Veterinarian’s case underscores Canada’s weak animal cruelty laws

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on November 22nd, 2017

How far have we come in protecting animals? Based on money spent in the pet industry, you might be forgiven for thinking we have come a long way. Many owners spend handsomely on their dogs, cats and other pets. They feed them special diets, arrange to have them walked and, in some cases, take them ... Read More »

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Humanity needs to wake up and smell the garbage

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on November 21st, 2017

Oil spills covering acres in the United States, deforestation causing arid, desert wastelands across the world and a country-sized plastic Pacific Ocean garbage patch growing bigger and bigger every year. These are just some of the obvious signs and symptoms of a much broader, human, environmental impact, an impact which is afflicting every corner of ... Read More »

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Guest Column: Personal experience says progressive education — not regressive — is the best way to learn

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on November 18th, 2017

Math, for me and many others in junior high, was an unnatural act, a form of torture, a sure sign that we were defective. Every class affirmed our stupidity. Every quiz anointed us with shame. Fear and loathing followed us into every math class. And it was always the same. The same five or six ... Read More »

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City council should consider small tax increase instead of raising facility user fees

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on November 18th, 2017

City council’s public works committee put forward a number of user fee increases last week to help plug the fiscal hole left by declining natural gas revenues. This gap needs certainly needs to be filled one way or another, but user fee hikes tend to hit the worst off people the hardest and should only ... Read More »

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True democratic change unlikely in Zimbabwe despite removal of Robert Mugabe

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on November 17th, 2017

After almost 40 years as president of Zimbabwe it looks as though Robert Mugabe will be removed from office soon, one way or another. With military forces taking over, but not calling it a coup, the surprise is the almost reverential tones of other African leaders as they speak about Mugabe’s situation. Some have referred ... Read More »

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MLA Report: The strength of communities is the true Alberta Advantage

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on November 17th, 2017

On Oct. 17, wildfire spread across southeastern Alberta at rapid speeds. The communities of Hilda and Schuler, within my riding, were threatened as the blaze became difficult to contain. The fire was horrific, and to some, devastating. We lost hundreds of cattle, acres of grasslands and even one of our very own volunteer firefighters, James ... Read More »

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New boundaries may quiet local urban voices

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on November 16th, 2017

Medicine Hat: Growing mid-sized city or home for retired ranchers. An increasingly urban centre or more concerned with rural issues. Are we a big city or a small town? The answer to those complex questions depends on who you ask and the current plan to redraw the region’s electoral boundaries shows that it also depends ... Read More »

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The role of education in charting a child’s future

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on November 15th, 2017

Education has a value which goes well beyond the practices incorporated into a classroom setting. Education, by necessity, has to be a preparation for life beyond itself. Children won’t stay children forever, and those children need to be taught from a young age what it takes to succeed in the world outside. There seems to ... Read More »

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