April 20th, 2021

Opinions

Laying It Out: Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water

By Medicine Hat News Opinion on February 20th, 2021

If COVID-19 was a shark that ate people, imagine our reactions if we handled it the same. Some imagination is required for the analogy to work, because sharks eating people isn’t actually a problem, but hear me out. Imagine we all lived on a beach where we spent most of our lives in the water, ... Read More »

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City Notebook: City dives into intriguing real estate market

By Medicine Hat News Opinion on February 20th, 2021

cgallant@medicinehatnews.com@CollinGallant It’s a real phenomenon, looking at real estate listings during the pandemic. And there’s been no shortage of wondering about why, during economic turmoil and job uncertainty, home prices continue to rise across Canada. It might be coincidence, but no less deliberate that the City of Medicine Hat is getting into the real estate ... Read More »

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MLA Report: Don’t look back. Get involved

By Medicine Hat News Opinion on February 19th, 2021

Despite the government’s economic restrictions, $100 billion in provincial debt and bottlenecked resource movement, Alberta is in a wonderful spot. This is because North Americans everywhere know Alberta is one of the last places where strong, societal, conservative values like truth, economy, charity and freedom are still valued and part of culture. Albertans also value ... Read More »

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For What It’s Worth: Lamenting Keystone XL

By Medicine Hat News Opinion on February 18th, 2021

Alberta suffers from unfortunate geography. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, Alberta has the third-largest proven oil reserves in the world. However, because the oil sands are landlocked thousands of kilometres from the nearest ocean, we are at the mercy of neighbouring jurisdictions in terms of getting oil to market. This has been clearly ... Read More »

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Editorial: Homegrown vaccine a missed opportunity for Canada

By Medicine Hat News Opinion on February 13th, 2021

While an army of federal and provincial government officials continue to assure us that Canada’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout is still nominally on track, doubts have been growing in many quarters across the nation that getting those needles into millions of waiting arms will not be coming anywhere close to meeting the timelines that have been ... Read More »

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City Notebook: With a sale off the table, a power plant review still smart

By Medicine Hat News Opinion on February 13th, 2021

cgallant@medicinehatnews.com@CollinGallant This week Hatters heard a sales option for the power plant was off the table in a review of the viability of the last remaining municipal power company in Alberta. The thought had raised the ire of some residents who, it seems, remembered they are shareholders of the company. Such a review however, is ... Read More »

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Laying It Out: Staying the course straight into the next brutal wave

By Medicine Hat News Opinion on February 13th, 2021

If on the first of February I gave you one cent and told you I would double it each day thereafter for a month, on the 10th day I would owe you $5.12. However, when Feb. 28 rolls around, your last payment is going to be a shade over $1.3 million. Exponential growth is funny ... Read More »

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The Human Condition: The mothers of intervention

By Medicine Hat News Opinion on February 11th, 2021

In the coming weeks I plan to write at least one column on our provincial media and how it functions. But first I think it is important to discuss a significant problem that is infecting our discussions of politics in general: dehumanization. To be Liberal or Conservative these days seems, to the opposite camp, to ... Read More »

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An urgent letter to all Members of Parliament

By Medicine Hat News Opinion on February 10th, 2021

We have a very serious situation in this country, and we are delighted to hear that Minister of Heritage Steven Guilbeault said on Monday that the government is preparing legislation to force tech giants to fairly compensate content creators. Google and Facebook, two of the richest companies in history, control the onramp to the internet ... Read More »

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City Notebook: Communication of power

By Medicine Hat News Opinion on February 6th, 2021

cgallant@medicinehatnews.com@CollinGallant The city is attempting to get more information out on issues of a potential power plant sale with a Q&A portal on the its website. It’s a complex matter riddled with details, wrapped in dense legislation and obscured by a hard-to-understand business environment. It’s as hard to grasp as what’s going on in any ... Read More »

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