August 16th, 2018

Opinions

A big ask: have pity for shooter’s family

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on July 30th, 2018

Rosie DiManno Toronto Star Syndicate A tombstone: One child. A freshly dug grave: Another child. A hospital room, its occupant forever oblivious, somewhere in the hovering world between life and death: Another child. How any family can bear so many tragedies is beyond imagining. With the added burden of two murders and multiple wounded, some ... Read More »

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MLA Report: Provincial government has given unprecedented attention to Medicine Hat

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on July 27th, 2018

A number of constituents have approached me in the last week regarding a social media posting they saw as an attack against me specifically because of my age and seniors in general. I’ll let constituents make what they will of the comment from what’s billed as an account of the Leader of the Official Opposition. ... Read More »

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Yee-haw, it’s Stampede Week and Medicine Hat has plenty to celebrate

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on July 26th, 2018

The grounds are open and the stage is set for a fantastic Stampede Week in Medicine Hat. The only off note appears to be a lack of scorching temperatures that typically broil the city at this particular week in July every year. Yet, the more reasonable climate is welcome after a blazing start and middle ... Read More »

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Old statements come back to haunt politicians

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on July 25th, 2018

Politics is very complicated. On the one hand, strong opinions need to be possessed in order to show an individual or a party stands for something. On the other, there’s a line which cannot be crossed. Some may point to the fact that Todd Beasley’s ousting as a Brooks-Medicine Hat riding candidate for the United ... Read More »

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Canada’s imaginary migrant crisis

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on July 21st, 2018

You may have read recently about Canada’s alleged “crisis” of “illegal immigration.” Calgary Nose Hill MP Michelle Rempel, the shadow minister for citizenship and immigration, has been tweeting non-stop about the current government’s supposed “inability to manage Canada (sic) borders.” The problem is that the Tories are deliberately conflating “asylum seekers” with “illegal immigrants,” which ... Read More »

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Guest Column: The law is not negotiable

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on July 21st, 2018

There is no doubt that every time our legislators pass a law a little bit or our freedom disappears and most of us have agreed to that compromise in order to ensure our safety and the orderly existence of life on our planet. We must have universal understanding of what the law is and an ... Read More »

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Federal cabinet adds a voice for seniors

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on July 20th, 2018

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau unveiled a rejigged cabinet on Wednesday to lead the Liberal government into the final stretch of its term before voters go to the polls again in October 2019. The shuffle juggles some familiar names into new positions while adding some new faces to an expanded cabinet. One of the new additions ... Read More »

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MLA Report: We can’t tax our way to prosperity

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on July 20th, 2018

A fiscal crisis is looming in Alberta. Last year, according to the government’s year-end financial statement, the NDP ran a staggering $8 billion deficit. This year, taxpayers will spend nearly $2 billion on interest payments alone. At the same time, Alberta’s credit rating has been downgraded on multiple occasions, and the current government has no ... Read More »

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A few final thoughts and a goodbye

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on July 17th, 2018

Six-and-a-half years ago I packed my trustworthy Chevy Malibu to the brim with worldly possessions and one disgruntled orange cat. My trek took me from working at a rural newspaper in Northwestern Ontario across the prairies to Medicine Hat. The weather was -40 C, the winds were reaching 80 kilometres per hour. Raging winter grassfires ... Read More »

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Guest Column: Our health system fails the elderly

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on July 16th, 2018

Hospital overcrowding is not a new issue. Limited bed spaces have plagued Ontario hospitals for years and are increasingly straining our system. Not only are long wait times a shameful expectation when patients arrive in the emergency department, providing care in a busy hospital hallway has become an ordinary occurrence. The problem has become so ... Read More »

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