June 23rd, 2018

Opinions

Guest Column: Politics 101: Governments should always encourage self-reliance

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on December 18th, 2017

I have been watching and listening to the complaining from all sides of the political spectrum about all of our current governments. I mean, the federal Liberals, the Alberta NDP and even our mostly re-elected municipal council. What do they all have in common? They are all centre left to left on the political spectrum. ... Read More »

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Guest Column: Partisan, yes, but of social justice

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on December 16th, 2017

Partisan: a strong supporter of a party, cause, or person. — Oxford Dictionary, online I admit to being partisan. However, rather than being a supporter of any party, I am a partisan of social justice, of the idea that all people should be valued equally, that privilege through birth, wealth, or connections, must not play ... Read More »

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Sask.-Alta. border issues starting to simmer

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on December 15th, 2017

The Saskatchewan government’s requirement of having only Saskatchewan licensed vehicles on government construction sites perhaps hits a nerve that runs much deeper. Saskatchewan’s infrastructure minister has given a range of reasons why he felt the new rule was necessary, including Alberta having similar rules and Alberta not having a sales tax. Presumably he felt this ... Read More »

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MLA Report: The most wonderful time of the year

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on December 15th, 2017

The Christmas season is upon us and there is so much to celebrate. Myself, I look forward to the time that I get to spend with my wife, children and family. It is always so special to be able to see distant family members, nephews and nieces and to enjoy each other’s company, away from ... Read More »

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Finding peace in a world seemingly intent on war

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on December 13th, 2017

For the children of the Cold War era, those born in the 1950s, ’60s, ’70s and ’80s, the constant threat of nuclear annihilation was an ever-present fear. It defined us as human beings, and set its stamp deep in our psyches. Even today those born in that era still recall horrific images of nuclear bombs ... Read More »

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National Affairs: Why PM’s plan for trade between Canada and China may not work

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on December 11th, 2017

Justin Trudeau is apparently holding out for a more comprehensive trade deal with China. The prime minister should be careful what he asks for. The much-discussed but still theoretical Canada-China free trade pact has been undergoing a kind of perils-of-Pauline adventure this week. It seemed alive and well Sunday when the prime minister landed in ... Read More »

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Medicine Hat picked a great partner in Swift Current for Under 17 Hockey bid

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on December 9th, 2017

Swift Current and Medicine Hat cooperating regarding junior hockey? Who knew? With the simultaneous announcement during the two communities’ respective evening council meetings on Dec. 4, the two were teaming up on an interprovincial joint-bid to try and entice the 2019 Under 17 Hockey Challenge to come to western Canada as Swift Current and Medicine ... Read More »

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National Affairs: Gender, language dash Indigenous dreams

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on December 8th, 2017

It is a sign of the times that decisively mixed reviews attended Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s latest Supreme Court appointment. The qualifications of Alberta justice Sheilah Martin had little to do with the somewhat cool reception. Her credentials are impeccable and the court will be richer for her contribution. She also fits Trudeau’s goals of ... Read More »

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Don’t let money rule you at Christmas

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on December 8th, 2017

Many people have not recovered from the economic recession yet and that perhaps accounts for some on the anxiety we are hearing and seeing when it comes to preparations for Christmas. The average household income in Canada is about $70,000 before tax deductions. Some experts have suggest people in that income bracket should plan on ... Read More »

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Reason to get excited about the Olympics

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on December 7th, 2017

It’s time Canadians and Medicine Hatters, in particular, got excited about the coming Olympic men’s hockey tournament. In the five events since professional players were first admitted to the Olympic Games the quadrennial tournament has become bigger north of the border than the Super Bowl.. With NHL and International Olympic Committee failing to come to ... Read More »

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