July 28th, 2014

Opinions

Guest Column: Jim Prentice vague on fiscal policy

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on July 28th, 2014

If the pollsters are right (and the last election showed they’re not always) Jim Prentice will be elected PC leader and premier of Alberta. However, thus far his public pronouncements on fiscal policy have been as clear as mud. Some digging into these details and clarification from Prentice ... Read More »

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Nomination races for PCs example of opportunism

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on July 28th, 2014

Canada’s 2015 federal election is shaping up to be an interesting race. The Harper-versus-Trudeau dynamic is already playing strongly into the discussion, and there is much interest in Thomas Mulcair’s push to build on the momentum Jack Layton created for the NDP. Locally, however, a different story is ... Read More »

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Looking for real justice

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on July 26th, 2014

The province’s justice system is undoubtedly going through wholesale changes under the auspices of streamlining the courts to increase both the accessibility of the system and to ensure accountability in a timely manner. Success in the past two years of reforms to the courts have included the introduction ... Read More »

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Guest Column: ‘Exodus’: Good old movie but a bad foreign policy

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on July 26th, 2014

Canada’s attitude towards the Middle East under the Harper Conservatives has changed. As one pundit put it, Canada is no longer seen as a fair and impartial arbitrator but, rather, an uncritical and partisan supporter of anything Israel wants to do. It could be this is a reaction ... Read More »

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National Affairs: Duffy wants trial to begin ‘as soon as possible’

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on July 25th, 2014

A defiant Mike Duffy says he has committed no crimes and wants to air the RCMP’s charges against him in court as soon as he can — possibly in early 2015. “The court process will allow Canadians to hear all of the facts. They will then understand that ... Read More »

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No easy answer to this moral, religious dilemma

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on July 25th, 2014

Freedom of choice is a wonderful concept until it infringes on someone else’s choice and that is the dilemma physicians are being confronted with in Alberta.It was triggered recently when a Calgary woman was distressed to find the physician on duty at a walk-in-clinic she was attending would ... Read More »

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Celebrate the Stampede — it’s what makes our city so great

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on July 24th, 2014

Whether you kick up your heels or kick back and relax this week, Hatters are due a little R&R and a chance to celebrate what makes our city great.There’s been a civic election, a flood cleanup, another flood threat, and a long winter since the sun set on ... Read More »

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Amateur sports officials deserve respect, not abuse

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on July 23rd, 2014

In any sport or activity, there are rules, and rules need to be enforced. You can’t trust players on the team to enforce rules, as arguments would break out over minor inconsistencies, and it would lead to allegations of bias. Having a coach trying to officiate the rules ... Read More »

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At least six MH17 victims were, in fact, changing the world

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on July 22nd, 2014

Tragic will never be an adequate way to talk about the deaths of the 298 passengers on Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 which was shot down on Thursday by a surface-to-air missile in the eastern Ukraine. As governments fight over bringing the bodies home, about who did what, and ... Read More »

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National Affairs: Reality of the witness box looms over Stephen Harper

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on July 21st, 2014

Could we one day see Stephen Harper sitting under oath in the witness box being cross-examined by counsel for disgraced suspended Sen. Mike Duffy? Thursday, that question moved beyond the theoretical to the distinctly possible. There would be a lot of twists and turns in this saga before ... Read More »

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