November 27th, 2020

Opinions

Laying It Out: Scattered thoughts on cops, cops, a bill and some crap

By Medicine Hat News Opinion on June 27th, 2020

Some quick hits this week because I can’t decide what to write about… “Defund the Police,” means something different to everyone, it seems, and as per usual when people get stuck on semantics, the conversation ends up leading away from the point. Last week my neighbour – a woman in her late 60s who lives on ... Read More »

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City Notebook: Write a cheque and save the rest of us a little cash

By Medicine Hat News Opinion on June 27th, 2020

cgallant@medicinehatnews.com@CollinGallant Hatters don’t have to pay their property taxes Tuesday – June 30 is the traditional due date. Tax notices won’t even be sent until July, but eventually Hatters will be able to use a credit card to cover off the amount if it’s paid in full in August. Council approved that departure by split ... Read More »

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News Editorial: Stay safe on the roads and follow the rules

By Medicine Hat News Opinion on June 26th, 2020

gslade@medicinehatnews.com@MHNGillianSlade The thought of someone being knocked off their bicycle, even if not seriously injured, makes us wince and feel terrible for everyone involved. Cyclists are particularly vulnerable and that makes obeying city bylaws so important. This week police responded to the scene where a cyclist had collided with a motor vehicle at a pedestrian ... Read More »

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Laying It Out: In all fairness, what a waste of time

By Medicine Hat News Opinion on June 20th, 2020

“Fair’s fair,” as they say. Whatever that means. You gotta hand it to the editors at the Calgary Sun for running that phrase in triple-digit font size on the front page, because they were able to describe in two words what members of the Fair Deal Panel needed 68 pages to say. Not much. Columnist ... Read More »

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Laying It Out: The house is on fire… enough with the drips in the sink

By Medicine Hat News Opinion on June 13th, 2020

Listen, if you think lavish travel expenses by the UCP government is going to be the thing that sways voter loyalty toward a different party, that’s entirely your right to do. It’s just not my thing. If the NDP thinks that trying to impress conservatives with talk of monthly hotel bills is going to win ... Read More »

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News editorial: Incomplete information fuelling fears

By Medicine Hat News Opinion on June 12th, 2020

gslade@medicinehatnews.com@MHNGillianSlade A lack of information and clarity is probably creating unnecessary confusion and even fear in these COVID times. This week a national media broadcast announced that 80 per cent of COVID-19 deaths in seniors residences in Ontario took place in “privately-owned and operated” residences. The news broadcast then went on to extrapolate that it ... Read More »

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Parks and Rec: A different take on Parks and Recreation Month

By Medicine Hat News Opinion on June 9th, 2020

While June signals the arrival of Parks and Recreation month, typically celebrated by engaging in community recreation opportunities, it goes without saying this year looks different. While it is always important to maintain proper safety procedures while recreating, there are extra measures to consider this year to keep individuals, families, and communities illness-free. Here are ... Read More »

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Laying It Out: Great news, we’re trading seniors for profit

By Medicine Hat News Opinion on May 30th, 2020

Let me see if I have this right… The good news is only old people are dying, and the vast majority of those old people are in long-term care facilities that I don’t even need to go to. Let’s live it up! We used to acknowledge the fact that younger people who won’t die can ... Read More »

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Laying It Out: Throwin’ stones and coming up empty

By Medicine Hat News Opinion on May 23rd, 2020

Curling legend Pat Ryan was a game changer in every sense. I’d watched him as a kid and was still in journalism school in 2007 when I had the opportunity to sit down with him at The Continental Cup in Medicine Hat. The interview was one of my first, so it stuck with me, and ... Read More »

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City Notebook: Say what you will, Barnes sticks to his politics no matter what

By Medicine Hat News Opinion on May 23rd, 2020

To quote the title of a popular children’s book, Drew Barnes has had a “Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad” couple weeks … on social media at least. The MLA for Cypress-Medicine Hat got zinged a bunch of times in May for, among other things, how he operates a substantial rental property portfolio, him extolling ... Read More »

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