March 29th, 2020


Laying It Out: We need a new health minister, stat

By Medicine Hat News Opinion on March 28th, 2020

Enough is enough. People will die here. Ongoing adjustments to the Medicine Hat News has left Laying It Out with a lot less space to work with than previously, so we’ll have to get straight to the point. Tyler Shandro should resign immediately as Alberta’s minster of health, and if he won’t resign then the ... Read More »

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Laying It Out: This crisis is distracting, don’t let it be

By Medicine Hat News Opinion on March 21st, 2020

If you’d like to place a bet on who is playing political games at a time when the focus should be on anything but, look for the one who makes a point of saying, “Now is not the time to play politics.” With everyone’s attention squarely on the spread of COVID-19 and what it will ... Read More »

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Opinion: Hope in a time of unprecedented crisis

By Medicine Hat News Opinion on March 17th, 2020 There’s no question our world has changed immeasurably in less than a week. Seemingly overnight, our daily lives have transformed into the beginning of every post-apocalyptic science fiction movie. But the choice of what happens next is in our hands. Please, for the love of all that is sacred, listen to the advice of ... Read More »

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Guest Column: Alberta’s parks belong to everyone

By Medicine Hat News Opinion on March 16th, 2020

Alberta’s parks are part of our identity. They are representative of our past – many influential Albertans have a park named in their honour – and they serve as a gathering place for the young families that represent our future. I am deeply troubled by plans to fully or partially close 20 of our provincial ... Read More »

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Opinion: Governments, union heads playing on workers’ emotions

By Medicine Hat News Opinion on March 16th, 2020

Union and provincial government relations have never been more strained and unfortunately each side is using the workers as pawns. It has been well documented where Jason Kenney and his Alberta government’s mutual love (sarcasm off) with provincial unions is unprecedented, but in Saskatchewan, government/union relations are not a lot better. There’s quickly growing tension ... Read More »

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Laying It Out: We don’t need a pandemic of failed leadership

By Medicine Hat News Opinion on March 14th, 2020

Since I’ve been home sick the past couple days, and since COVID-19 is affecting everyone’s life at this point, I suppose it wouldn’t do much good to do my planned piece,¬†Economists: For Cryin’ Out Loud, Quit Listening. At the same time, most everyone with a keyboard has the best course of action for dealing with ... Read More »

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Opinion: Keep calm, but take action on COVID-19, economy

By Medicine Hat News Opinion on March 12th, 2020 The saying is “keep calm and carry on,” and we’d all do well to heed that message going forward. It’s not a license to be passive or nonchalant in response to danger, such as the rapidly evolving health crisis caused by the spread and seriousness of the novel coronavirus, or the economic pain that ... Read More »

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Opinion: A cautionary tale from Ontario

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on March 10th, 2020 Last week, the Ontario government caved on a couple of its major demands in its ongoing labour dispute with the province’s teachers, which could be a foretelling of developments to come in the near future here in Alberta. Ontario’s four teachers’ unions representing elementary, high school, Catholic and francophone schools, have been on rotating ... Read More »

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Guest Column: Government isn’t listening to physicians

By Medicine Hat News Opinion on March 9th, 2020

Over the past weekend I was somewhat confused when colleagues and patients began complimenting me on the advocacy opinion piece I had written in the newspaper. It took me a little sleuthing to realize someone had posted on social media an editorial I had written in 2014, and it had gone somewhat viral being rapidly ... Read More »

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Laying It Out: There was an Advantage, but they blew it

By Medicine Hat News on March 7th, 2020

“… and that, Billy, is when COVID-19 showed up and swept across the province,” the millennial, now late into his 70s, said to his young grandson. “But then the doctors made everything better, right, Grandpa,” Billy replied. “Nah, they all left. Now put your mask back on, Billy, and get some sleep.” “Can we go ... Read More »

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