July 28th, 2017

Opinions

Sailing anything but smooth in days ahead for the UCP

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on July 28th, 2017

It may have happened a week ago but people are still talking about it. The vote was 95 per cent in favour of collapsing the PC and Wildrose parties with members grouping under a new banner — the United Conservative Party (UCP). Let’s face it: 95 per cent in any political vote is what we ... Read More »

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MLA Report: Diversification key to Hat’s workforce

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on July 28th, 2017

The Medicine Hat-specific unemployment rate is 4.5 per cent for the month of June, according to the latest Statistics Canada. That is an incredible eight per cent drop year-over-year. Job growth in Medicine Hat continues to be strong with the latest Statistics Canada numbers reflecting an incredible turnaround over the past 12 months. However, a ... Read More »

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Rhino’s Ramblings:Meet me in the Hat

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on July 28th, 2017

“Nothing ever really happens here,” I overheard someone at downtown coffee shop this past Monday. It really left me thinking just how wrong this person might be to an outsider. It’s been well over 30 years since I called the Hat my home. Back in those days I came to Medicine Hat because I had ... Read More »

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Good reason to celebrate as 130th Stampede rolls around on Canada’s 150th

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on July 27th, 2017

Stampede time is here again, a week to recall the past, let loose for some fun, and show some pride celebrating the west, the close region and the city of Medicine Hat. The 130th edition of the local rodeo, fair and exhibition was well underway on Wednesday. There’s every indication that by Sunday, we’ll all ... Read More »

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We can all do better

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on July 26th, 2017

“Pour the unhappiness out from your too bitter heart, which grieving will not sweeten,” writes American poet Wallace Stevens. “Poison grows in this dark. It is in the water of tears. Its black blooms rise.” It seems much of society is in a very angry place right now. People are angry about politics. People are ... Read More »

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Guest Column: The health system’s tragic neglect of seniors’ oral health

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on July 26th, 2017

Troy Media HALIFAX Some years ago, a retired university professor visited my dentistry practice. He was fit and had a pleasant smile. He hadn’t seen a dentist in more than five years, partly because he had lost his private health benefits when he retired, so it wasn’t surprising that he needed dental care. He had ... Read More »

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Guest Column: Concerns over household debt in Canada are overblown

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on July 24th, 2017

Troy Media THUNDER BAY, Ont. With headlines about Canadian household debt hitting record levels and dire warnings from top policy-makers such as Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz, Canadians may think household debt is out of control. The concerns, however, often fail to properly account for the other side of the balance sheet. Yes, Canadian ... Read More »

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National Affairs: Trudeau plays it safe with playlist

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on July 22nd, 2017

Justin Trudeau is having a rough summer. It turns out that a lot of Canadians aren’t thrilled about the federal government’s multimillion-dollar settlement payout to former Guantanamo Bay prisoner Omar Khadr, arguably the only public face in the nation more handsome than the prime minister’s. (Say what you want about Khadr, but he’s got great ... Read More »

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Changes worth considering to attract municipal candidates

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on July 21st, 2017

Just two months to go before the local municipal election and there are surprisingly few fresh faces running for city council and so far, only one possible candidate who will oppose the incumbent mayor, Ted Clugston. Provincially there has been a concerted effort to encourage more women to run for political office. You could add ... Read More »

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MLA Report: Small discussions can make a big difference

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on July 21st, 2017

They say if you see someone’s friends, and who they choose to surround themselves with, you can get a very good sense of who they are. Not long ago, my wife and I were listening to a group of friends discussing Alberta’s future. The warmth, kindness and compassion for fellow Albertans was evident in so ... Read More »

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