September 20th, 2019

Opinions

MLA Report: Few can compare to Thatcher on handling a struggling economy

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on September 20th, 2019

Despite our best efforts, the world’s economic market has never been easy to manage or influence. During times of economic hardship, it has often been the first instinct of a government to exert more control over the marketplace rather than trusting what Adam Smith’s economic theories referred to as the “Law of Supply and Demand.” ... Read More »

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It’s not the end, but an evolution

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on September 19th, 2019

cgallant@medicinehatnews.com@collingallant Much has been written about the City of Medicine Hat’s decision to permanently close in 2,000 uneconomical gas wells, and make no mistake, there’s much more to be discussed and decided. Hatters may need time to digest, even come to grips with, shutting down of a substantial portion, in fact almost all, of the ... Read More »

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Guest Column: The City of Medicine Hat’s ‘business’ is every resident’s business

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on September 18th, 2019

Re: “We have a right to clear answers from councillors, bureaucrats,” Sept. 7 I take Mark Oxamitny’s letter as a challenge to share what I learned from two terms on city council. First, the Ernst and Young recommendation to sell Natural Gas & Petroleum Resources came prior to my first term on council. The billion ... Read More »

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Ratepayers have spoken: No Newell deal

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on September 18th, 2019

The examination of regionalizing the County of Newell, Town of Bassano and the City of Brooks under one umbrella has died as the Regional Working Group made up of representatives from the aforementioned municipalities will no longer meet. Cue the cheering from the rural area ratepayers. After all the money spent on doing research, hosting ... Read More »

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Election is about issues, not smear tactics

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on September 17th, 2019

So we’re off to the races! Our federal election is underway, after weeks and months of pre-election skirmishes. And Canadians have less than five weeks to make up their minds on whether they’re going to vote – and for whom. In many cases, voters make that decision based on which party leader they prefer, regardless ... Read More »

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Guest Column: AER overhaul a dangerous game

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on September 16th, 2019

Grant Sprague and Bev Yee, Alberta deputy ministers of energy and environment respectively, are very capable senior bureaucrats. Here’s hoping they bring to bear all their skills for the review of the Alberta Energy Regulator. They should keep in mind that the review ought not to be the witch hunt the current political framing suggests ... Read More »

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National Affairs: We’re not lacking for sleeper issues

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on September 14th, 2019

@ChantalHbert If Day 1 of Canada’s 43rd federal campaign demonstrated anything, it is that an election, once it is called, tends to take on a life of its own. No sooner was it officially launched on Wednesday than the campaign conversation had veered off script. Neither Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau nor his Conservative rival, Andrew ... Read More »

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Get involved in the electoral process however you see fit

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on September 14th, 2019

jappel@medicinehatnews.com@MHNJeremyAppel Political junkies in Alberta, rejoice. For the second time this year, it’s election season. Signs have been going up around town and, in case you haven’t noticed, they’ve all been for one candidate – incumbent Glen Motz of the Conservatives. This makes sense. In the 2016 byelection he won, Motz received just about 70% ... Read More »

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Hockey incident a sad reflection on today’s society

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on September 13th, 2019

Unless you were actually there, no one truly knows yet what exactly happened to start the physical altercation at the Quest for the Cup three-on-three tournament in Lethbridge last weekend. The tournament was for 7- to 12 year-olds. A non-sanctioned by Hockey Alberta, supposedly fun, recreational tournament. If you haven’t seen the video yet, it ... Read More »

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National Affairs: Easy-going, eloquent Scheer saves fire for attack on PM

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on September 9th, 2019

@tomwalkom Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer visited the Star this week. He sounded like a normal human being. I note this because the Conservative leader’s political opponents insist he is anything but. Scheer has been slammed for consorting with anti-immigrant racists. He is said to be anti-gay. There are suggestions that if he became prime minister, ... Read More »

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