August 20th, 2018

Opinions

Taxpayers deserve an explanation on Bombardier

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on March 31st, 2017

In February the federal government agreed to provide a whopping $372.5 million of taxpayers’ money to Bombardier in an interest-free loan over a four-year period. This week there were reports that senior executives at the company gave themselves a raise of about 50 per cent. The company’s chairman of the board, Pierre Beaudoin, is reported ... Read More »

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Savings bonds were a chance to play a part in building Canada

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on March 30th, 2017

As per usual, the new federal budget provides a conflicting routes and messages about the economic prosperity for Canadians. While there is a basket of goodies aimed at the much desired middle class, there is also a major opportunity missed, and a clear indication of who is really meant to benefit. On one hand the ... Read More »

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Guest Column: Words are not enough

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on March 29th, 2017

I have always been a follower of politics and since my retirement have chosen to put my opinions to paper. I try to listen to points of view from all sides of the political spectrum and understand the rationale behind those opinions. I have always done research to support the statistics I use and the ... Read More »

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Budget cut a sad chapter for Saskatchewan libraries

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on March 28th, 2017

As Oscar Wilde once wrote, a cynic is a man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing. The phrase would also be well applied to Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall, and the budget released last week in our neighbouring province. In the name of belt tightening, $1.3 million in operating grants to ... Read More »

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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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