August 16th, 2018

Opinions

Guest Column: Amid Trumpian chaos, get ready for a depraved new world

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on July 14th, 2018

I’ve never seen a rat race. Can’t even imagine one. Lemmings yes, but rats not so much. So the well known phrase, “Life is a rat race” doesn’t make much sense. It’s meant to suggest that we in the industrialized world are driven by the mindless pursuit of pleasure, rewards, or perceived advancements at the ... Read More »

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Albertans lack confidence in road tests, licence fee structures

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on July 14th, 2018

Along with dentist fees Albertans are also paying a premium for road tests for driver’s licences. Alberta’s road testing fees can be as much as five times the average of those charged in other provinces, depending on the class of driver’s licence, according to a Tantus Solutions Group report this week. You’ll pay $22 for ... Read More »

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Greyhound aftermath: Now what?

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on July 13th, 2018

Greyhound’s decision to cancel service on the Prairies has sparked interest and debate in public transport that has typically been of little concern to most. There were even government officials in affected areas questioning why Greyhound had not informed them that cancelling the service was in the cards. Greyhound is, after all, a private service ... Read More »

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Guest column: Newspaper ‘news’ still crucial

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on July 13th, 2018

The old home for the Coventry Evening Telegraph in England is a building frozen in time. The publishers moved to more modern facilities in 2012. The newspaper’s home of more than 50 years is now an arts space where people come to take pictures. It has a museum-like quality: On some desks, family photos, a ... Read More »

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Guest Column: Canada’s new Healthy Eating Strategy will pay huge dividends

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on July 11th, 2018

The long process of updating Canada’s Food Guide and reforming nutrition labelling will soon become a reality. And that’s good news. Collectively called Canada’s Healthy Eating Strategy, the proposals by Health Canada have been open to public consultation — and, unfortunately, industry lobbying. No one is arguing with the rights of all Canadians to be ... Read More »

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National Affairs: What is the point of NATO?

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on July 7th, 2018

Donald Trump says too many NATO countries, including Canada, don’t pay their fair share of defence costs. The U.S. president is right about that. But the real question facing the 29-member alliance is far more fundamental. What is the point of NATO these days? In 1949, when the then 12-member North Atlantic Treaty Organization was ... Read More »

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More appreciation needed for city’s historical buildings

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on July 6th, 2018

Most of us appreciate traditional architecture, the elements of design and construction that you just don’t see anymore but that does not often translate into doing what we can to keep them. Just for a moment, imagine Medicine Hat without the beautiful St. Patrick’s Church, or the other historical churches such as Saint Barnabas, St. ... Read More »

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Report from Ottawa: Let’s promote responsible citizenship

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on July 6th, 2018

Recently, I was given the opportunity to contribute a regular column in the Medicine Hat News. I considered a number of options for my introductory remarks: Should I discuss the details of the new firearms legislation? Would it be worth writing again about the incoming legalization of marijuana? Do the changes to the Canada Summer ... Read More »

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Farm safety law won’t kill Alberta agriculture

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on July 5th, 2018

Two years after the Alberta New Democrats announced new farm safety legislation, cows are not wearing hard hats and the sky has not fallen. That’s according to a farm and ranch industry coalition involved in fitting occupational health and safety standards to the special case of agricultural production. That also stands in stark contrast to ... Read More »

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A victory for Alta. farmers

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on July 3rd, 2018

Southern Albertans will remember the anger and opposition. Back in 2015, when the provincial government passed legislation to protect farmhands, we heard cries of condemnation from all sectors of Alberta’s agricultural industry. From Manyberries to Manning, producers warned that provisions of Bill 6 would destroy the family farms and the rural economy they support. Protest ... Read More »

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