December 18th, 2018

Opinions

On Huawei, China’s bullying stings, but U.S. undercutting is worse for Canada

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on December 18th, 2018

It’s bad, but quite predictable, that the Chinese government would lash out against Canadian citizens to express its anger about the arrest in Vancouver of a senior executive of Huawei Technologies. That’s how Beijing rolls: you offend us, we slap you right back, and to heck with the niceties of law or due process or ... Read More »

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Magazine’s honour highlights irony of assaults on the truth in the age of information

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on December 17th, 2018

All journalists enjoy getting recognition for their work. But by nature and tradition, they’d much rather tell the story than be the story. What motivates reporters, from Maryland to Myanmar, is not the desire for fame. It’s the hunger to break news, explain the world and hold the powerful accountable. A savvy reporter, if asked ... Read More »

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Shop local: the value of an enriched human nudge

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on December 17th, 2018

Chances are you’ve seen or heard some sort of promotion about the value of shopping local — especially with so many of us in gift-buying mode now. Business improvement areas, chambers of commerce and other organizations tell us when we buy from shops near home, we’re voting for our community. The logic is generally sound ... Read More »

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Scheer’s stance on migration pact a nod to Bernier supporters

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on December 15th, 2018

Conservative Party of Canada Lleader Andrew Scheer appears to be making a hard right pivot in the leadup to the 2019 election. Scheer is practically shrieking about globalists with his fact-free attacks on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for signing the non-binding UN Pact on Global Migration. He claims that signing the agreement will limit Canada’s ... Read More »

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In cutting expenses, Canada’s politicians should lead by example

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on December 14th, 2018

There are some signs that people are no longer willing to just sit and wait for things to get better and pipelines to be built. A rally, Rally4Resources, has been planned for Sunday in Grand Prairie. “We anticipate this to be the largest pro-oil and gas rally in Canadian history, and it will also include ... Read More »

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Guest Column: Nature will take us in the end, when the time is right

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on December 14th, 2018

I signed off on two deaths this week. Both were expected — wanted even — after years of suffering. Both were peaceful and pain-free. Both patients were surrounded by their loved ones, had a chance to share last words, conjure up favourite memories, sing a special song. It was beautiful to witness. To these patients ... Read More »

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Let’s dump the negative and let the ‘can-do’ take over in Alberta

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on December 13th, 2018

As the sunset nears for the 2018 calendar year, the question remains, exactly what sort of year it was for Medicine Hat. The answer, unfortunately, from a lot of people is “unsatisfying.” Reporters at the Medicine Hat News are now compiling their lists of stories of the year. By a number of measures it might ... Read More »

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Scheer’s Conservatives taking a worrisome turn on migrants

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on December 12th, 2018

A spectre is haunting Canada, or at least the parts of it susceptible to the allure of populist right-wing thinking. According to the latest theory sweeping these quarters, our borders are about to be erased, our citizenship undermined, our very sovereignty reduced to naught. The alleged culprit? A document wordily entitled the Global Compact for ... Read More »

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Be careful about ‘naming and shaming’ those charged with drunk driving

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on December 11th, 2018

It’s completely understandable why some police forces are resorting to “naming and shaming” people charged with impaired driving. No matter what they do, far too many keep getting behind the wheel while under the influence. So we’re sympathetic to the efforts of police, especially those in York Region who this past week started posting online ... Read More »

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George, Barbara Bush showed the way for public service

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on December 10th, 2018

In June 1948, after the College World Series and graduation day at Yale, young George H.W. Bush packed up his cranberry-red Studebaker (a graduation gift from his father) and headed the car’s distinctive nose in a southwesterly direction. The little car got him to Odesa and to a shotgun duplex, where two prostitutes lived on ... Read More »

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