January 26th, 2020


Letters to the Editor

  • Service helps readers be responsible citizens

    Re: “Laying it Out: In a world of spin and lies, you can still see the truth,” Jan. 4 On the editorial page of every edition of the News is a quote from Thomas Jefferson. It reminds us of the value which a free and responsible press has for a society, such as ours, which [...] Read More »

    3 days ago
  • Can we survive this government?

    The thing about the provincial government that is the most frightening is they are shaking the world of those who can least afford it, those us who have just a few dollars left in our bank accounts at the end of the month. People who depend on not-for-profits for their sanity and general well being [...] Read More »

    3 days ago
  • Power lies with politicians, corporations while the people suffer

    In early history royalty acquired all the land, made the laws, lived in fortified castles and gold-lined palaces, referred to themselves as kings and queens and lords of the manor and conscripted armies from their subjects to fight other kings and queens for world supremacy. Today it is still about who is in charge. Kings [...] Read More »

    3 days ago
  • MP Report didn’t tell the truth

    Re: “MP Report: Canada’s fiscal reality,” Jan. 3 The 2019 Economic and Fiscal Update is, in fact, optimistic. Here are a few excerpts from the finance minister’s report. “Canada’s economy is sound and growing at a solid pace. Economic growth in Canada is on track to average 1.7% in 2019 and 1.6% in 2020 – [...] Read More »

    5 days ago
  • In need of a government that will look to the future of energy

    Re: “What are the true costs of renewable energy?” Jan. 10 In her editorial Gillian Slade does a good job of pointing out the cost of renewable energy, but this argument does not paint the whole picture. Slade implies, intentionally or not, that here is some sort of energy production that is far cheaper than [...] Read More »

    5 days ago

Local Bloggers

  • Small Town Rodeo in Vulcan, Alberta

    Source: Editing Luke Small Town Rodeo in Vulcan, Alberta A few visual highlights from the rodeo in Vulcan, Alberta[...] Read More »

    4 days ago
  • Exploring the Salton Sea in California

    Source: Editing Luke Exploring the Salton Sea in California Compelling history, abandoned landmarks, and monumental artwork. The Salton Sea in California is a location wrapped up in mystery, failed attempts, reinvention, and numerous possibilities. Once a tourist’s playground in the sixties, today the Salton Sea is a playground for abandoned explorers in places like Bombay Beach, [...] Read More »

    5 days ago
  • Alberta Birds of Prey Foundation

    Source: Editing Luke Alberta Birds of Prey Foundation A few visual highlights from the Alberta Birds of Prey Foundation in Coaldale, Alberta[...] Read More »

    6 days ago
  • Public Reception

    Source: Esplanade Public Reception Please join us for the public reception of our two art gallery exhibitions and our new heritage gallery exhibition. Hear the exhibiting artist, Susan Sakamoto speak first hand about her works as well as curator Lindsey Sharman speaking about the exhibition,┬áThe Writing on the Wall.┬áThe reception is free and everyone is [...] Read More »

    7 days ago
  • What Was Thinking Hat?

    Source: Editing Luke What Was Thinking Hat? Over the last few years I’ve been asked a handful of times, seemingly out of nowhere, about this one project I was involved with – “what was Thinking Hat?” It’s funny how some things spread and then pop up again – having gone on a journey that was [...] Read More »

    7 days ago


  • Laying it Out: Can’t change minds? Then change the system

    The conversation was about a minute-and-a-half old when he uttered the words. Neither of us had met this man before, though Jeremy and I both knew his wife a little – she had stopped at the Medicine Hat News trade show booth for a quick hello and had just introduced us to her husband. We [...] Read More »

    2 days ago
  • MLA Report: New decade, fresh perspective

    With the beginning of a new decade comes a fresh opportunity for new ideas and a renewed sense of optimism. As the MLA for Brooks-Medicine Hat, I am going into the new year with a laser focus on fulfilling the promises that I made to you, my constituents, and ensuring that our government implements the [...] Read More »

    3 days ago
  • Opinion: Prying eyes, data collectors and the potential dangers

    gslade@medicinehatnews.com@MHNGillianSlade This week it was announced certain liquor stores in Edmonton will require customers to scan their personal ID before being allowed to enter the store. If that doesn’t shock you, it should. We are told ID scanning is all about addressing the number of thefts. Officials interviewed by the media said daily theft is [...] Read More »

    3 days ago
  • Opinion: Listen to the money talk

    cgallant@medicinehatnews.com@CollinGallant The financial situation facing local governments will be outlined today in Edmonton as the head of Alberta’s municipalities association meets with Municipal Affairs. Brooks Mayor Barry Morishita and Municipal Affairs Minister Kaycee Madu are likely to play nice at the event, but there’s growing discord between Alberta cities and the province. There’s much unsaid [...] Read More »

    4 days ago
  • Opinion: Requiem for $25/day childcare

    jappel@medicinehatnews.com@MHNJeremyAppel Let’s face it. Twenty-five-dollar-a-day childcare is dead in the water. Sure, as Minister of Children’s Services and recent Medicine Hat News contributor Rebecca Schulz was quick to remind everyone, the three-year contracts with select daycares have simply come to an end. “The terms have not changed,” she said in statement. The 22 daycares that [...] Read More »

    6 days ago

Ticked Off and Tickled Pink

  • Ticked Off and Tickled Pink Jan. 23, 2020

    Ticked Off My insurance company has bought into this climate change crap. Really, where is the proof? Maybe charge more to distracted drivers causing more accidents. Tickled Pink I’ve probably missed more Sunday sermons than I should have but I’m thankful the UCP government could remind me that God did not ask his faithful to [...] Read More »

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  • Ticked Off and Tickled Pink Jan. 21, 2020

    Ticked Off At the sheep from both sides of the political spectrum. Try looking at policy piece by piece. Falling in line with a political party with absolute support is both stupid and dangerous. Ticked Off The latest downing of a commercial airliner by the brutal Iranian regime should be a wake up call to [...] Read More »

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  • Ticked Off and Tickled Pink Jan. 16, 2020

    Ticked Off The Before and After School Program in this city is just in a state of shambles. There appears to be no structure at all, the fees went up last year, and yet we seem to be getting a level of care well below what it was before the hike. They can’t seem to [...] Read More »

    2 weeks ago
  • Ticked Off and Tickled Pink, Jan. 14, 2020

    Ticked Off Thanks to the recent Alberta budget 2020 will see financial institutions, insurance companies, foreign-owned corporations and their directors all see better after-tax profits. Unfortunately, life for the disabled, those dependent on medical care or individuals attempting to upgrade their job skills or education won’t be quite as fortunate. Ticked Off The U.S. spends [...] Read More »

    2 weeks ago
  • Ticked Off and Tickled Pink Jan. 9, 2020

    Ticked Off Considering Medicine Hat has the lowest average paid wages in Alberta, one would assume that MLAs Drew Barnes and Michaela Glasgo would be fighting to prevent outrageous auto insurance premium hikes, auto registration renewal increases, ballooning daycare fees and higher taxes. Tickled Pink The old Woolworth store on Third Street will be empty. [...] Read More »

    3 weeks ago