January 20th, 2020

Opinions

Laying it Out: Choose each other before it’s too late

By Medicine Hat News Opinion on January 18th, 2020

Austerity measures and service cuts have clearly just begun, with another “ambitious legislative agenda” set to begin Feb. 25 – as if Albertans needed more proof of what the UCP’s plan is to deal with so-called financial problems. We could contemplate the true intent behind it all – a move to sabotage the public sector ... Read More »

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MLA Report: Seeking your thoughts and ideas

By Medicine Hat News Opinion on January 17th, 2020

The definition of the word fair: As an adjective, “in accordance with the rules or standards.” As an adverb, “without cheating or trying to achieve unjust advantage.” I mention this because today at 5:30 p.m. in the Grandstand room at the Medicine Hat Stampede grounds, Alberta’s Fair Deal Panel is holding our 10th meeting. Please ... Read More »

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Opinion: Politicians are failing on the carbon tax

By Medicine Hat News Opinion on January 16th, 2020

cgallant@medicinehatnews.com@collingallant The onset of cold weather and the federal carbon tax has Albertans up in arms once again. Convincing the general public that their money is needed to achieve government policy goals is a tough row to hoe at the best of times, but near impossible when already rocky soil is frozen solid. Adding to ... Read More »

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Laying it Out: If you can’t beat him, make him a distraction

By Medicine Hat News Opinion on January 11th, 2020

All eyes on me, and I don’t know what to say. Typical. If I didn’t suffer from crippling anxiety every time more than a dozen people are looking at me, I would probably be using this space this week to thank the United Conservatives. What they have given the Medicine Hat News in a little ... Read More »

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Opinion: What are the true costs of renewable energy?

By Medicine Hat News Opinion on January 10th, 2020

gslade@medicinehatnews.com@MHNGillianSlade The accumulation of plastic waste that is polluting our environment could have been predicted decades ago, before we all embraced plastic without thinking about the possible consequences. The same could be said about our embrace of renewable energy. It may seem to be the sensible thing to do but we should be asking ourselves ... Read More »

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Guest Column: Money invested by Children’s Services must go to those who need help the most

By Medicine Hat News Opinion on January 10th, 2020

Re: Laying it Out: In a world of spin and lies, you can still see the truth,” Jan. 4 In response to Scott Schmidt’s opinion column, I would like to provide some clarity around the improvements we are making to the prevention and early intervention services provided to vulnerable families. I read Schmidt’s column with ... Read More »

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Opinion: Solution on natural gas is needed soon

By Medicine Hat News Opinion on January 9th, 2020

cgallant@medicinehatnews.com@collingallant The Alberta government appears to be making the best of a bad situation when it comes the natural gas sector. But make no mistake, it’s a bad situation and one which will require a delicate dance and perhaps more than a few painful steps on the way. Troubles for Alberta oil are well documented, ... Read More »

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Opinion: Canada should stay away from Trump’s dangerous charade

By Medicine Hat News Opinion on January 7th, 2020

jappel@medicinehatnews.com@MHNJeremyAppel In an apparent effort to change the channel from ongoing impeachment proceedings, U.S. President Donald Trump has created a diversion with potentially very dire consequences for the Middle East. Trump ordered the assassination in Iraq of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s effective second-in-command, Gen. Qassem Soleimani after a week that saw attacks on U.S. ... Read More »

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Guest Column: It will take years to recover from cuts to health care

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on January 6th, 2020

I have had the privilege of working as a physician in Medicine Hat for the past 31 years. I experienced the turmoil of the nurses strike of 1988 and the attack on the health-care system in 1994. Premier Jason Kenney’s plans will result in a similar disruption and degradation of our health-care system. Front line ... Read More »

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Laying it Out: In a world of spin and lies, you can still see the truth

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on January 4th, 2020

If 2020 is going to be the year of perfect eyesight we need to start sifting through a whole lot of nonsense. There seems to be a belief that journalism is about balance, that a reporter is obligated to provide commentary from all sides. While there are certainly subjective stories requiring that approach, the only ... Read More »

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