September 24th, 2018

Opinions

Guest Column: Stretching dollars withsolar technology in Alberta

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on April 8th, 2017

You could be forgiven for comparing Alberta municipalities’ efforts to stretch a dollar to ancient alchemists’ quest for gold. Both involve a little magic, at least metaphorically. One tool the alchemists didn’t have was solar technology. While it won’t make gold, solar does generate electricity. And that means money. Municipalities across the province are harnessing ... Read More »

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National Affairs: Bombardier bygones may not become bygones

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on April 7th, 2017

It has long been taken for granted that no prime minister, no Quebec premier, would ever let Bombardier go under on his or her watch. The aerospace giant’s leading contribution to Canada’s R&D sector and the thousands of jobs it provides kept it on the shortlist of Canadian corporations that no government would allow to ... Read More »

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Staff behind Phoenix payroll debacle should be fired, not rewarded with bonuses

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on April 7th, 2017

It is clear now why the federal government has turned a blind eye to Bombardier’s obscene compensation levels for executives after handing out nearly $375 million of taxpayers’ money to them. The federal government’s executives responsible for the Phoenix pay system debacle have been rewarded with bonuses, too. About 82,000 federal employees did not receive ... Read More »

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City needs to be clearer about debt situation

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on April 6th, 2017

Albertans are concerned with government debt and up-to-here fed up with it, they say. Except, it seems, when it comes to the City of Medicine Hat. After several startling facts about City Hall’s debt situation were revealed in late March, the News produced a series of articles about the issue. They detailed, among other things: ... Read More »

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Canadians have each other’s backs

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on April 5th, 2017

It’s hard to pinpoint the exact moment when Canada transformed from being a loose confederation of ex-British colonies into a strong and unified country. Some would even suggest we haven’t fully reached that point yet, referring to Canada as one of the world’s few post-modern countries, a country without a strong sense of nationalism and ... Read More »

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Using charities to dump your junk is selfish

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on April 4th, 2017

One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Except not so much when it comes to the neverending battle that Medicine Hat’s non-profits face with people dumping unusable, useless, and non-resellable items. As reported by the News last week, it costs more than $30,000 a year for the Canadian Mental Health Association to deal with the ... Read More »

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National Affairs: Five things to watch for in federal Tory leadership race

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on April 3rd, 2017

Now that the deadline has passed for Conservative rivals to sign up new members for the May leadership vote, here are a handful of observations on the fluid state of play in the battle for Stephen Harper’s succession: 1. There are still 14 names on the Conservative ballot, but a consensus is emerging that the ... Read More »

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Guest Column: Let’s put aside our fear of smiling

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on April 1st, 2017

I wasn’t going to write this piece. I am not generally a fan of public displays of rancour. One exception, of course, is when obvious examples of official or ideological stupidity pop up in media. Another is when an individual falsely claims to have an inside track on wisdom or on a path to national ... Read More »

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Seriously, we’re not fooling around

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on April 1st, 2017

If you’ve combed through the News today searching for something askew, bogus or too much to be believed, we hope you have been disappointed. The Medicine Hat News is not participating in April Fool’s Day this year. The move ends a long tradition of giving top front coverage to some entertaining, but entirely concocted, spoof ... Read More »

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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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