July 22nd, 2018

Opinions

Canada’s imaginary migrant crisis

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on July 21st, 2018

You may have read recently about Canada’s alleged “crisis” of “illegal immigration.” Calgary Nose Hill MP Michelle Rempel, the shadow minister for citizenship and immigration, has been tweeting non-stop about the current government’s supposed “inability to manage Canada (sic) borders.” The problem is that the Tories are deliberately conflating “asylum seekers” with “illegal immigrants,” which ... Read More »

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Guest Column: The law is not negotiable

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on July 21st, 2018

There is no doubt that every time our legislators pass a law a little bit or our freedom disappears and most of us have agreed to that compromise in order to ensure our safety and the orderly existence of life on our planet. We must have universal understanding of what the law is and an ... Read More »

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Federal cabinet adds a voice for seniors

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on July 20th, 2018

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau unveiled a rejigged cabinet on Wednesday to lead the Liberal government into the final stretch of its term before voters go to the polls again in October 2019. The shuffle juggles some familiar names into new positions while adding some new faces to an expanded cabinet. One of the new additions ... Read More »

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MLA Report: We can’t tax our way to prosperity

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on July 20th, 2018

A fiscal crisis is looming in Alberta. Last year, according to the government’s year-end financial statement, the NDP ran a staggering $8 billion deficit. This year, taxpayers will spend nearly $2 billion on interest payments alone. At the same time, Alberta’s credit rating has been downgraded on multiple occasions, and the current government has no ... Read More »

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A few final thoughts and a goodbye

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on July 17th, 2018

Six-and-a-half years ago I packed my trustworthy Chevy Malibu to the brim with worldly possessions and one disgruntled orange cat. My trek took me from working at a rural newspaper in Northwestern Ontario across the prairies to Medicine Hat. The weather was -40 C, the winds were reaching 80 kilometres per hour. Raging winter grassfires ... Read More »

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Guest Column: Our health system fails the elderly

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on July 16th, 2018

Hospital overcrowding is not a new issue. Limited bed spaces have plagued Ontario hospitals for years and are increasingly straining our system. Not only are long wait times a shameful expectation when patients arrive in the emergency department, providing care in a busy hospital hallway has become an ordinary occurrence. The problem has become so ... Read More »

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Guest Column: Amid Trumpian chaos, get ready for a depraved new world

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on July 14th, 2018

I’ve never seen a rat race. Can’t even imagine one. Lemmings yes, but rats not so much. So the well known phrase, “Life is a rat race” doesn’t make much sense. It’s meant to suggest that we in the industrialized world are driven by the mindless pursuit of pleasure, rewards, or perceived advancements at the ... Read More »

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Albertans lack confidence in road tests, licence fee structures

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on July 14th, 2018

Along with dentist fees Albertans are also paying a premium for road tests for driver’s licences. Alberta’s road testing fees can be as much as five times the average of those charged in other provinces, depending on the class of driver’s licence, according to a Tantus Solutions Group report this week. You’ll pay $22 for ... Read More »

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Greyhound aftermath: Now what?

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on July 13th, 2018

Greyhound’s decision to cancel service on the Prairies has sparked interest and debate in public transport that has typically been of little concern to most. There were even government officials in affected areas questioning why Greyhound had not informed them that cancelling the service was in the cards. Greyhound is, after all, a private service ... Read More »

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Guest column: Newspaper ‘news’ still crucial

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on July 13th, 2018

The old home for the Coventry Evening Telegraph in England is a building frozen in time. The publishers moved to more modern facilities in 2012. The newspaper’s home of more than 50 years is now an arts space where people come to take pictures. It has a museum-like quality: On some desks, family photos, a ... Read More »

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