August 16th, 2018

Opinions

Trudeau’s bad move on carbon tax emboldens Ford on his terrible one

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on August 8th, 2018

No one said it would be easy for the Trudeau government to balance its necessary effort to fight climate change, while continuing to assure everyone that it won’t undermine Canada’s economic success. But in scaling back one element of the national plan to put a price on carbon, Justin Trudeau managed to weaken an already ... Read More »

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Trump’s attacks on free press

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on August 7th, 2018

It’s a big world and U.S. President Donald Trump has been particularly attentive to global affairs of late. There was his love-fest with the Russian president in Helsinki. And then he launched an all-caps Twitter attack on Iran. And, most recently, he applauded Italy’s new populist government for its hard line on immigration. Before that, ... Read More »

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Immigrants needed now to help keep America strong

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on August 6th, 2018

Women in America are having so few babies that the birth rate has hit an historic low, and that does not bode well for the nation’s future. Fewer babies now means fewer adults later to work, pay taxes, and make sure the country’s future remains bright. The latest report by the Centers for Disease Control ... Read More »

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Firearm owners are not the problem

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on August 4th, 2018

(Medicine Hat’s Steve Van Ieperen, Rimfire Shooting Director at the Medicine Hat Rifle and Revolver Club, has submitted this editorial published recently by the Canadian Shooting Sport Association. CSSA permission to reprint has been received.) An open letter to Canada’s media —— Why gun bans can’t stop gun violence It’s already illegal to possess a ... Read More »

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Kenney, Notley are barking and meowing in the political realm

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on August 4th, 2018

Our home is honoured with both a dog and a cat as permanent residents. I, being of a whimsical mind, often wonder if either one of them has a sense of self. Does my dog think, “I am a dog. I am called Benni.” Does my cat think, “I am a cat. I don’t know ... Read More »

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Election regulations bill needs work

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on August 3rd, 2018

In just more than a year Canadians will again return to the ballot boxes. In preparation, the federal government has unveiled changes to our country’s elections laws. While there are some measures in Bill C-76 that would improve the existing rules, the legislation comes up short in a number of ways. One measure in the ... Read More »

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Kenney’s approach will weaken UCP and strengthen Fildebrandt’s new FCP

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on August 3rd, 2018

I liked the headline, “Where does Jason Kenney stand?, accompanying my recent letter to the editor. I also asked a second and more important question: Is Kenney a follower of Jesus Christ? The first question raised the subject of where the United Conservative Party leader stands on political issues. The second seeks his stand on ... Read More »

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Veiner Centre fee structure is not fair

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on August 3rd, 2018

The province has recognized the value of seniors and the importance of helping them stay active while Medicine Hat has determined the fees to use exercise equipment at Strathcona Centre should not reflect preferential treatment for seniors. Along with new hunting regulations, the province announced Wednesday that a senior’s hunting licence that previously cost $44.02 ... Read More »

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Bus seatbelts make good sense

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on August 2nd, 2018

Bureaucracy often moves at a snail’s pace. But sometimes the pace needs to be speeded up — particularly when lives are at stake. That’s the situation with respect to making seatbelts mandatory on highway buses. As indicated in a recent Canadian Press story, the father of a teen who was killed in the Humboldt Broncos’ ... Read More »

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Justice system in need of an overhaul

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on July 31st, 2018

It’s been two years since the Supreme Court of Canada imposed strict time limits on criminal trials, citing a “culture of complacency” among governments that has left the justice system underfunded and under-reformed for too long. Since then people charged with child abuse, murder, manslaughter, sexual assault against minors and many other horrible crimes have ... Read More »

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