July 18th, 2018

Opinions

National Affairs: Right, not fast, is the principle

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on March 25th, 2017

Bill Morneau works in a building named after Jim Flaherty. No pressure there. The very walls seem to ask why Morneau, a political rookie whose adult life before politics was spent in some fairly cushy corporate precincts, can’t seem to display the offhand charm and crusty wit of his late Conservative predecessor. If the walls ... Read More »

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Air travel takes another hit

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on March 24th, 2017

There are aspects of the banning of most electronic devices on flights from certain countries that just don’t add up. The U.S. announced this week that laptops, tablets, etc., will not be allowed in aircraft cabins of foreign airlines originating from about 10 countries/cities including Jordan, Kuwait, Cairo, Istanbul, Saudi Arabia, Casablanca, Morocco, Qatar, Dubai ... Read More »

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MLA Report: Southeastern Alberta will benefit from renewable energy investments

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on March 24th, 2017

The latest Medicine Hat-specific employment numbers continue to show the strength of this community’s business sector as the city has added 4,500 jobs in the past 12 months, according to Statistics Canada. The latest numbers also reflect some of the lowest unemployment rates as well as some of the highest employment rates seen in the ... Read More »

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Let’s just take a minute to think

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on March 23rd, 2017

It’s not often that a media source will advocate for citizens to tune out and enjoy the weather, but it’s clear that’s just the sort of thing that’s badly needed in a stressed out populace. There is a caveat, however, in that the weather will eventually change and you can’t tune out forever. It might ... Read More »

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National Affairs: Long ride ahead for bill to free whales

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on March 22nd, 2017

It’s hard to strengthen animal welfare legislation in Canada. Attempts to mildly improve such laws routinely fail. Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government, like that of former Conservative prime minister Stephen Harper, has shown little interest in animal issues. This has left private members’ bills, either from the Commons or the Senate, as the only path forward. ... Read More »

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Truth in a time of lies

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on March 22nd, 2017

There is nothing more poisonous to democracy and the public trust than lies. In fact, there is nothing more poisonous period, as anyone who has dealt with lies in any context can attest. Whether these be the prevarications told by public officials and personalities to avoid responsibility for decisions made, across the church pulpit by ... Read More »

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Travel ban a reason to stay north when travelling

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on March 21st, 2017

Arbitrary and absurd. These might be the best two words to describe the growing number of cases where Canadians and permanent residents of this country have experienced issues entering the U.S. There’s the case of a church group turned back because they were told they would be taking American jobs. No, there was no actual ... Read More »

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Guest Column: Spring and language

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on March 18th, 2017

The last snowbanks of the year are fleeing, sheepishly slithering away down the street and disappearing into the nearest sewer drains. My usual crankiness is melting along with the snow, and I feel eternal sunshine in my belly. Along with the wonderful weather today (March 15), two other delightful jewels greeted me this morning when ... Read More »

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Alberta’s political strategists are working overtime

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on March 17th, 2017

You could say the Progressive Conservative Party of Alberta is about to step onto one of those high-suspension bridges that swing and sway precipitously depending on the wind. Whether they cross the river successfully depends on possible brisk winds from the Wildrose, the NDP and in the end average Albertans who have a vote in ... Read More »

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Guest Column: Fight against opioid addiction must target the real risk factors

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on March 17th, 2017

On Sept. 28, 1980 The Washington Post ran an article written by reporter Janet Cooke. It began: “Jimmy is 8 years old and a third-generation heroin addict, a precocious little boy with sandy hair, velvety brown eyes and needle marks freckling the baby-smooth skin of his thin brown arms.” “Jimmy’s World” won a Pulitzer Prize, ... Read More »

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