October 24th, 2020

Opinions

Laying It Out: Non-stop hits, never their fault

By Medicine Hat News Opinion on October 24th, 2020

You know it’s a big news day when the premier is isolating because one of his cabinet ministers has COVID and the story ends up on page 5. But, such is the life of a layout editor living in present-day Alberta – you don’t know what each day will bring, you just know it’ll be ... Read More »

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Laying It Out: At least have the guts to stand up for your bad ideas

By Medicine Hat News Opinion on October 17th, 2020

When the government hurriedly announced health-care cuts on Tuesday morning that will eliminate 11,000 jobs in yet another shift toward private-sector service delivery, a majority of Albertans were none too impressed. Even in Medicine Hat, where both United Conservative MLAs would surely win an election held tomorrow, most seem to realize that continuously going after ... Read More »

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City Notebook: Lend a hand, fill the gap

By Medicine Hat News Opinion on October 17th, 2020

cgallant@medicinehatnews.com@CollinGallant The United Way’s payroll deduction program is about as easy as it gets, so easy that most donors probably overlook the monthly outlay that adds up to a whole lot for the local agency. You may have forgotten about it in a time of seemingly shrinking budgets where every paycheque counts. What you may ... Read More »

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Laying It Out: What will it cost to police a province?

By Medicine Hat News Opinion on October 10th, 2020

Even if the United Conservatives decide not to replace the RCMP following a $2-million panel taking a look at it, Albertans who live where they patrol will soon pay 13 times what they do now. If, however, the UCP decides to go through with its plan to start up Alberta’s very own provincial police force, ... Read More »

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Comment: Mental health issues a slippery slope made worse by a pandemic

By Medicine Hat News Opinion on October 10th, 2020

It is a scary time in Alberta. There’s constant negativity in regards to politics on every level; people are losing their jobs, federal assistance funding is running out for others who needed it as a way of supplementing themselves when COVID hit and house foreclosures and repossessions of other items made the economic situation difficult. ... Read More »

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Laying It Out: Dragons love ‘normal’ – they never get burned

By Medicine Hat News Opinion on October 3rd, 2020

Let’s talk about CERB a little. But first, let’s talk about Forent Energy. As reported in February by Press Progress, Forent Energy is a bankrupt oil company that left a number of inactive or orphaned wells within Alberta which the public will have to pay for. According to information from both the Orphaned Well Association ... Read More »

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News editorial: 25 years later, is FOIP anything more than an expensive facade?

By Medicine Hat News Opinion on October 2nd, 2020

This week has marked a significant event about the public’s right to know and access to information from governments. In fact, 25 years ago Alberta’s Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act was proclaimed. This FOIP process was intended to create more transparency and allow taxpayers to see exactly what contributed to decisions being ... Read More »

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Laying It Out: Random thoughts from an eventful week

By Medicine Hat News Opinion on September 26th, 2020

According to the new justice minister, Red Deer RCMP officers were unable to make on-the-scene arrests of the racist losers who were assaulting peaceful anti-racism rally goers because they had gone to the wrong venue. When we finally fire up that pricey provincial police force, maybe we should put a few Uber drivers through the ... Read More »

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MLA Report: A listening ear is a start

By Medicine Hat News Opinion on September 19th, 2020

I want to start by offering my deepest condolences to those who have lost someone close to them. It has been hard watching our city come to terms with the rising number of deaths related to suicide and mental illness. I am sure that most of us know, or are in someway connected to the ... Read More »

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Laying It Out: When the purpose you serve is cruel, your actions will follow suit

By Medicine Hat News Opinion on September 19th, 2020

At what point in Premier Jason Kenney’s assault on all things decent do people point to the proverbial spade and say, “Oh look, a spade”? As if playing a continued game of, “What deplorable insanity can I squeeze into a press conference this week instead of something a human would say,” Kenney felt now was ... Read More »

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