January 18th, 2019

Commentary

From The Newsroom

  • Food, drink and support for each other at Alberta Food and Beverage Expo

    Fans of ‘The Simpsons’ might remember a mid-1990s episode that began with Homer and Marge at the Candy Industry Trade Show. Upon entering, Homer, runs from booth to booth grabbing handfuls of candy samples and stuffing them into his face, barely getting out the words ‘exquisite’ and ‘brilliant.’ That’s similar to what I felt like [...] Read More »

    2 years ago
  • Prime ministerial visits to Medicine Hat are few and far between

    When Justin Trudeau sets foot in Medicine Hat tomorrow it will mark the first time in almost a quarter century a sitting prime minister has been in the Gas City. Though not the only visits to Medicine Hat by sitting PMs these are a few notable ones: Kim Campbell was prime minister from June 25 [...] Read More »

    2 years ago
  • What I learned on my summer vacations

    This summer I was fortunate enough to take two vacations. One to Las Vegas and California for a Garth Brooks concert and Disneyland, among other things, and one to Toronto for the Hockey Hall of Fame, a pair of Blue Jays games and more in the area. Both were driving vacations, something I won’t be [...] Read More »

    2 years ago
  • Remembering Prince

    “Prince dies at 57.” The headline hit me like a punch to the gut when I checked Facebook on Thursday after getting home from a workout. Just like David Bowie’s death earlier this year, I looked around, hoping it was just a hoax, but quickly discovered it wasn’t the case. I’m not alone feeling the [...] Read More »

    3 years ago
  • A few ideas if you’re stuck for ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day

    Valentine’s Day is nearly upon us, and we’re a romantic bunch here in the newsroom. With that in mind here are some date, activity and gift ideas (some are personal experiences, some are just ideas) that are perfect for couples at any point on the highway of love. – Celebrating each other does not have [...] Read More »

    3 years ago

Letters to the Editor

  • Impressed with improvements in downtown area

    Went for a slow walk recently around all those downtown streets and avenues that had the advantage of that wonderful effort at, shall we say, rehabilitation. I had already seen earlier efforts on Second Street, but on this recent walk it was revealed to me just how serious all downtown enthusiasts were about their plans [...] Read More »

    8 hours ago
  • Compounding taxes

    As the old saying goes, “A good accountant can take one set of numbers and give you three different answers.” Fast forward to the city’s latest budget plan which calls for a four-year budget cycle. I personally don’t think any government can accurately predict four years in advance. Period. So why change to a four-year [...] Read More »

    1 day ago
  • Let’s not be fooled by wind and solar

    For the last decade or more the Canadian public has been conditioned to believe that man-made CO2 added to the atmosphere will have an apocalyptic effect on our future climate. Following up, and equally well sold, is the ostensible need for “renewable” electrical power generation to replace dependable and affordable fossil fuel based generation. If [...] Read More »

    2 days ago
  • Minister milking issue

    I think we have only one side of the story of the Saudi teen seeking asylum. Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland is milking this for political reason.Secondly, what about the other millions of refugees? Will they get special treatment? Why are we not hearing how much this will cost overtaxed Canadians? By the way, I [...] Read More »

    2 days ago
  • The price we pay for free speech

    Re: “Catholic vicar under fire for homophobic remarks,” Jan. 10 It used to be when we heard something we didn’t like, we would ignore it and move on. How is it we have become such a snowflake society, that now news is covering people’s hurt feelings? Remember, “sticks and stonesÉ.” Both parties in this controversy [...] Read More »

    2 days ago

Local Bloggers

  • Central Library in Calgary, Alberta

    Source: Editing Luke Central Library in Calgary, Alberta The newly opened Central Library in downtown Calgary, Alberta is an impressive architectural marvel and has become an instant landmark in the city’s core. Not unlike the nearby Studio Bell in the East Village, Calgary’s new Central Library offers an array of dynamic spaces to explore that [...] Read More »

    3 days ago
  • A Weekend in Calgary, Alberta

    Source: Editing Luke A Weekend in Calgary, Alberta An impromptu road trip to Calgary, Alberta this past weekend resulted in some really fun travel shoots. On a whim I decided to make some travel photography additions to my Around Alberta series and focused on updates in downtown Calgary. From exploring the new library to the [...] Read More »

    4 days ago
  • Flipping the calendar

    Source: Dominics journey with AML Flipping the calendar A month before hearing that Dominic was terminal, we had to come up with Christmas gifts for our families.Given how many amazing photos there were of him, a month-by-month calendar made sense.From the chubby cheeks when he was born to the omnipresent smile and eventually thumbs-up later, [...] Read More »

    5 days ago
  • Universal’s Islands of Adventure in Florida

    Source: Editing Luke Universal’s Islands of Adventure in Florida From the jungles of Jurrasic Park to riding the Hogwarts Express to Hogsmeade to Skull Island Reign of Kong, Universal’s Islands of Adventure is one of two Universal theme parks in Orlando, Florida. Here are a few visual highlights from exploring Islands of Adventure[...] Read More »

    5 days ago
  • MoPOP | Museum of Pop Culture in Seattle, Washington

    Source: Editing Luke MoPOP | Museum of Pop Culture in Seattle, Washington From Nirvana to Hendrix to random pieces of pop culture, MoPOP (formerly the Experience Music Project / EMP Museum) in Seattle, Washington is a pretty dynamic place to explore. The building itself, designed by famed architect Frank Gehry, is also stunning – particularly with [...] Read More »

    6 days ago

Opinions

  • MLA Report: Ready to build the best Alberta

    “Just because you are not interested in politics, doesn’t mean politics are not interested in you.” This quote is often attributed to Pericles, the leader of Athens’ democratic party, in 450 BC. I am pleased that so many Albertans, but especially Cypress-Medicine Hatters, are absolutely ready to be involved in politics. They are willing to [...] Read More »

    8 hours ago
  • Immigration can be complicated, expensive and is always a hot topic

    The subject of immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers has been dominating conversations in the last few years and it will likely become a federal election issue this year. It is worth reflecting on just how many immigrants came to Canada in the past, making our country what it is today. All the time there are [...] Read More »

    8 hours ago
  • Supporting events at the Canalta Centre will be a magnet for more

    A hockey announcement this week was good news and has great potential for Medicine Hatters to make it very good news — for the local community and the Canalta Centre. The Hat will co-host Hockey Canada’s World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, an international tournament with an emphasis on teen-aged talent, next fall in conjunction with Swift [...] Read More »

    1 day ago
  • China shows it’s deadly serious in Huawei dispute

    How serious is China about putting Canada in its place over the Huawei affair? In the words of legal scholar Donald Clarke, it’s deadly serious — quite literally. That’s the only conclusion that can be drawn in the wake of the death sentence pronounced with extraordinary haste on a Canadian citizen convicted of drug smuggling [...] Read More »

    2 days ago
  • There’s no place for bullying

    There are some countries where citizens are not free to speak their mind. Voicing their opinions can bring intimidation or worse from those who strongly disagree. Fortunately, that’s not the case in Canada — or is it? Concerns about bullying and abuse of those who support the Alberta government’s proposed parks plan for Bighorn Country [...] Read More »

    3 days ago

Ticked Off and Tickled Pink

  • Ticked Off and Tickled Pink Jan. 17

    Ticked Off Pipeline protesters in B.C. again and again. Put them in jail until the project is complete. Tickled Pink My grandson’s team beat the Airdrie team 23-0. Everyone scored and they were really happy! I had to pay out $4 for his goals! Tickled Pink Dear Secret Santa, thank you for the big bottle [...] Read More »

    1 day ago
  • Ticked Off and Tickled Pink Jan. 15

    Tickled Pink Medicine Hat council should reduced from from eight members to six. Why not save us some money, with the same results? Ticked Off That people assume when the price for food goes up that dairy and ag producers are to blame! Prices at the grocery store are not necessarily reflecting the price at [...] Read More »

    3 days ago
  • Ticked Off and Tickled Pink Jan. 10

    Ticked Off That “disability or level of disability” is not included in The Alberta Bill of Rights. Ticked Off Trudeau and Trump are the problem. Tickled Pink I was happy I could shop downtown and get some great deals on Boxing Day. It is nice to not get the same old, same old like the [...] Read More »

    1 week ago
  • Ticked Off and Tickled Pink Jan. 8

    Ticked Off At the person or persons going around the SE Hill stealing rotating Christmas spotlights from lawns. Can you get any lower? Tickled Pink By those putting on the Spirit of Christmas Feast. Nice to know there are still people who think of others. How wonderful, and thank you. Ticked Off Would the whiners [...] Read More »

    1 week ago
  • Ticked Off and Tickled Pink Jan. 3

    Ticked Off Well it sure didn’t take long for our city council to approve a nice fat raise for themselves. I wish I could do that. Ticked Off So there is another lawsuit all ready to be filed if any headway is made on getting a pipeline built. This is coming from another extremist radical [...] Read More »

    2 weeks ago