March 4th, 2015

Opinions

Arts a worthy, essential part of education

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on March 4th, 2015

For the next two weeks, Medicine Hat will have a chance to see the benefits of arts in education. The Rotary Music Festival at Medicine Hat College will see more than 1,500 students and serious music practitioners taking over Medicine Hat College and the Cultural Centre to showcase ... Read More »

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Guest Column: Alberta’s schools can’t sustain more cuts

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on March 4th, 2015

You don’t have to live very long in Alberta before hearing a premier talk about falling oil prices creating a huge hole in government finances. Most recently, Premier Prentice in early January 2015 projected a $500 million deficit for the current fiscal year and a $7 billion hole ... Read More »

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Rural visitors contribute to city’s economy in many ways

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on March 3rd, 2015

People from rural southeast Alberta who travel to Medicine Hat for recreational activities are to blame for city council increasing user fees at places like the Family Leisure Centre, Arena, and Esplanade, according to a statement made by Mayor Ted Clugston at their Jan. 18 council meeting. “(A ... Read More »

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Canada-U.S. ties will survive pipeline tension

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on March 2nd, 2015

Prime Minister Stephen Harper had warned back in 2013 that Canada wouldn’t take no for an answer on the Keystone XL pipeline project. So even though U.S. President Obama said no by vetoing the pipeline bill last week, Canada, as well as the pipeline’s American supporters, say the ... Read More »

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National Affairs: Aboriginals committed to issue

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on March 2nd, 2015

It was awfully crowded in a downtown Ottawa hotel ballroom Friday. Emotion and frustration. Suspicion and ill will. All sitting cheek by jowl. For the first time since a shocking RCMP report revealed 1,181 indigenous women and girls had been murdered or gone missing between 1980 and 2012, ... Read More »

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AHS falling well short of the mark

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on February 28th, 2015

In a tweet from the Alberta Treasury earlier this month in regards to the province’s “$7 billion challenge,” the department asked: Did you know approximately $18 billion was budgeted for health care in 2014-15? The question that stems from that should be: Why hasn’t Alberta Health Services been ... Read More »

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Talk of the Town: Give him another chance

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on February 28th, 2015

The mayor’s recent impaired driving charge has pretty well monopolized coffee talk discussions throughout the city recently. Whether it be journalists, lawyers, business people, construction workers or office workers, the common consensus is that while driving impaired is wrong, the mayor definitely deserves another chance. A lot of ... Read More »

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Politician Platform: Protecting citizens is highest priority

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on February 27th, 2015

The highest priority for our Conservative government is to protect our citizens and keep them safe and our country secure. We have seen an increased international threat for the jihadist movement globally. These jihadists have declared war on Canada. Canadians have seen this as reported in the news ... Read More »

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Time for honesty in the words we use

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on February 27th, 2015

Whether it is a job advertisement, a vote for a politician, or a presentation speech, the words “trustworthy,” “honesty” and “integrity” leap into top gear, but as a society we’ve become masters of BS propaganda. It has got beyond the culprits saying one thing and doing another. It ... Read More »

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Tough decisions coming in the years ahead

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on February 26th, 2015

Young or old. Rich or poor. Sports or arts. North-end or southside communities. There is no shortage of ways for Hatters to chop up the city into competing interests, but the jealousies and budget battles of the past may become a moot point in the new financial reality ... Read More »

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