April 18th, 2021

Opinions

MLA Report: Rural marginalization is real

By Medicine Hat News Opinion on April 16th, 2021

I don’t think anyone disputes that there is rural-urban divide in our society, and over time it has grown more polarized. Both economically and politically, often it seems like rural and urban folks live in two completely different worlds. This divide is not new, but over the past several years I think it has become ... Read More »

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For What It’s Worth: Democracy doesn’t end in a pandemic

By Medicine Hat News Opinion on April 15th, 2021

Seventeen UCP MLAs, including two from the Gas City, made headlines and controversy last week by signing a letter criticizing the government’s decision to downgrade our COVID status from Step 2 to Step 1. Members of the opposition, media and general population have called on Jason Kenney to boot these members out of caucus. Rachel ... Read More »

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City Notebook: Alberta the ungovernable

By Medicine Hat News Opinion on April 10th, 2021

cgallant@medicinehatnews.com@CollinGallant There are times when politicians point out the importance of debate and how a certain decision is “a great day for democracy.” That’s more often than not a sure sign they’ve either lost said debate or suffered a great thumping but don’t want to say so. That’s the split decision apparently suffered by Premier ... Read More »

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Laying It Out: Nothing like cheating our way to a poor education

By Medicine Hat News Opinion on April 10th, 2021

– Medicine Hat’s two MLAs were among 15 UCP colleagues to come out against health measures this week, just as doctors and scientists were once again pleading for diligence, and just as the more contagious, more deadly variant strains of COVID became dominant in Alberta. – A new local restaurant and bar owner is promising ... Read More »

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The problem with jazz

By Medicine Hat News Opinion on April 8th, 2021

Truthfully there is no problem with jazz. Like it or not, jazz music has a long and rich legacy that tells the story of African pain being transformed into the majesty of the spirit expressed through sound. But you wouldn’t know that from the new curriculum proposed for Alberta’s elementary school students, whose music studies ... Read More »

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City Notebook: Sometimes a joke is just a fool’s game

By Medicine Hat News Opinion on April 3rd, 2021

cgallant@medicinehatnews.com@CollinGallant Beyond some morons on social media, it seems few took advantage of April Fools to try to score laughs about the coronavirus, which is something that shouldn’t be miraculous, but is these days. One notable exception was the City of St. Albert, which announced residents should watch the early television broadcasts where they would ... Read More »

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Laying It Out: We only needed seven weeks but we ignored reality instead

By Medicine Hat News Opinion on April 3rd, 2021

On Feb. 13, exactly seven weeks ago, this column discussed the growth of COVID-19 variants, warning cases were going to spiral out of control if we didn’t immediately do what was required to stop it. Of course, five days earlier – even as they declared the concern for new strains to be very real – ... Read More »

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Viewpoint: The Canadian pension crisis

By Medicine Hat News Opinion on April 1st, 2021

Prime Minister Trudeau and the Leader of the Opposition Erin O’Toole claim they are committed to better the middle class. This is an honourable goal, but is it political talk rather than a real interest to legislate for improvement? One issue which affects us all has received minimal attention by our leadership, our media and ... Read More »

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MP Report: The Conservatives’ post-pandemic recovery plan

By Medicine Hat News Opinion on April 1st, 2021

As we round the corner on COVID-19, Canada is at a crossroads. The future of our nation is at stake – and Canadians must choose which path to recovery they can trust. The Liberal, Ottawa-knows-best approach of picking and choosing which jobs are valued, in what sector or region, where the connected few get richer, ... Read More »

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Laying It Out: Cutting jobs, cutting wages – How to assault the economy for nothing

By Medicine Hat News Opinion on March 27th, 2021

The first thing we need to understand about Alberta’s public sector is it’s not bigger than other Canadian jurisdictions, and has not changed in relative size since the 1970s. In comparison to population size, Alberta’s public sector has been a shade over 10% for nearly five decades (10.29% in 1976, 10.23% in 2018), and right ... Read More »

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