February 21st, 2024

Opinions

Let’s Chat: Is Alberta inclusive

By Linda Tooth on February 21st, 2024

One of the most beautiful things in life is you can learn so much by asking questions. I have always said there are no stupid questions. As I immerse myself in what is going on in this province, I am learning so much about transgender people and the world that they live in by asking ... Read More »

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MLA Report: Coming soon: Alberta’s next provincial budget

By Justin Wright on February 21st, 2024

This month’s MLA Report is to share an update on the resumption of our legislative session and the critical work ahead regarding the introduction and passage of the provincial budget. As your elected member of the legislative assembly, I am honoured to represent your interests and ensure your tax dollars are spent responsibly on programs ... Read More »

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Noteworthy: The inner struggle of self-checkouts

By Bruce Penton on February 21st, 2024

I’m of two minds when it comes to self-checkouts at grocery stores and other retail outlets. It’s certainly convenient to scan a few items yourself when the cashier-tended lines are longer than you’d prefer to wait. But the devil sitting on my shoulder whispers into my ear that due to my impatience, I’m helping to ... Read More »

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City Notebook: Watch out for live wires in power issue

By COLLIN GALLANT on February 17th, 2024

cgallant@medicinehatnews.com@CollinGallant Figuring out the future of electricity is like wrestling with a Rubik’s Cube, if the cube was somehow playing against you move for move. Thumb one piece into place, and two others fall out. It’s a tall task, but one that’s critically important in this city in this province. And there’s not a lot ... Read More »

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Noteworthy: More seats in hard places spells trouble for beleaguered Trudeau

By Bruce Penton on February 14th, 2024

As if Justin Trudeau’s re-election chances weren’t already fairly dim, the situation will be worse for the beleaguered PM come April. On April 22, a redistributed and expanded House of Commons comes into effect, with five new electoral constituencies established – three of them in Alberta, one in B.C. and one in Ontario. Since electing ... Read More »

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Let’s Chat: A chat with a parent

By Linda Tooth on February 14th, 2024

After Premier Danielle Smith’s town hall meeting in Medicine Hat, I met with a parent who has a transgendered boy impacted by the beliefs of the United Conservative Party in Alberta. When this child was younger, they knew something was different about them. They did not feel right inside the body they had been given. ... Read More »

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City Notebook: 2024 picking up right on cue

By COLLIN GALLANT on February 10th, 2024

cgallant@medicinehatnews.com@CollinGallant Like a snowball rolling down a hill, the sleepy winter news cycle is building momentum in early 2024. And February is a still a short month, despite the observance of a leap year. Concerns over water supply are reaching heightened levels. Several civic priorities (Strong Towns, energy business and environmental planning, a to-do list ... Read More »

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Guest Opinion: Trans rights are human rights

By Dr. Roberta Lexier on February 8th, 2024

Danielle Smith’s baseless policies targeting transgender children and adults in education, health care and sports are inhumane and must be resisted. The Jan. 31 announcement that the provincial government plans to restrict gender-affirming health care for youth, out kids to their parents and ban transwomen from female sports should concern every Albertan. The hypocritical policies, ... Read More »

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Noteworthy: As if we don’t have enough to worry about with addictions

By Bruce Penton on February 7th, 2024

The craving for food may not be just because you think you’re hungry. It could be a simple, but strong addiction to processed food products. Some food, designed by scientists to give us a sugar or salt ‘hit,’ can have an effect on the brain within one second of hitting our mouths. That’s 10 times ... Read More »

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Let’s Chat: Acceptance for all

By Linda Tooth on February 7th, 2024

I am five weeks into learning about gender and it has been an amazing experience. The class is learning about the historical importance gender and sexuality have played within many cultures, and we are also learning firsthand how the transgender and medical communities have been thrust into the political landscape of conservatism within Alberta. I ... Read More »

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