November 27th, 2020

Opinions

News editorial: Should elections look different in the future?

By Medicine Hat News Opinion on May 22nd, 2020

Perhaps Albertans have misunderstood the purpose of elections. Maybe it is political staff rather than would-be MLAs that should be campaigning. Unless a minister happens to be in this area it is virtually impossible to get a telephone interview. It is common place now for government communications staff to simply provide an emailed statement that ... Read More »

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Pandemic helps teach us about climate change

By Medicine Hat News Opinion on May 21st, 2020

cgallant@medicinehatnews.com New reports state global carbon dioxide emissions fell by about 17 per cent by early April, during an unprecedented slowdown as the industrial world battles COVID-19. That’s either encouraging or terrifying depending on which side of the climate debate you sit. The reality is neither and both, but gives key — and, yes, unprecedented ... Read More »

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News editorial: We must remain vigilant as we re-open

By Medicine Hat News Opinion on May 14th, 2020

Today’s “relaunch” in Alberta from the most strict of pandemic controls is no doubt welcome, but shouldn’t be considered as the beginning of the end, but rather, perhaps, the end of the beginning. That idiom, the creation of Winston Churchill in the early days of the Second World War, applies to a long hard struggle, ... Read More »

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What’s Up Doc?: A second wave could come later this year, or not

By Medicine Hat News Opinion on May 12th, 2020

“Epidemics are like fires. When fuel is plentiful, they rage uncontrollably, and when it is scarce, they smolder slowly.” – Justin Lessler, an associate professor of epidemiology at Johns Hopkins University, wrote in the Washington Post in March. The problem is we do not know how much fuel COVID-19 virus is left with. This question ... Read More »

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News editorial: An option not worth thinking about

By Medicine Hat News Opinion on May 8th, 2020

gslade@medicinehatnews.com@MHNGillianSlade There have been many calls and emails to the News about the planned re-opening of businesses and offices. Some people think it can’t happen soon enough to get the economy started again while others are petrified that it will mean devastating consequences from COVID-19. When the restrictions were put in place there were countries ... Read More »

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Insurance Understood: Pick your insurance team

By Medicine Hat News Opinion on May 2nd, 2020

I grew up with a focus on sports and I loved the challenge and intensity that came along with developing my individual skills. However, being part of sports teams scaled up my game to new levels beyond what I could do individually. Successful teams are built intentionally with complimentary skills between the players, a common ... Read More »

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MP Report: Parliament is essential

By Medicine Hat News Opinion on May 1st, 2020

The Liberal government’s desire to limit Parliamentary sittings, and therefore accountability, during this COVID-19 crisis is completely contrary to Canada’s democratic process. Columnist Rex Murphy has aptly questioned, “Is Parliament not as ‘essential’ as your corner store?” Frontline workers – doctors, nurses, and first responders are critical essential services. Thankfully, so too are pharmacies, grocery ... Read More »

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Comment: Brooks needs our support

By Medicine Hat News Opinion on April 30th, 2020

Doing the right thing can be hard. Knowing what that right thing is can be difficult, or, at the very least, very difficult to admit. This is the ongoing personal challenge faced by everyone during the Coronavirus response. It’s time for us to ask and answer such a question and do the right thing by ... Read More »

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Laying it Out: Seriously though, he’s still the health minister?

By Medicine Hat News Opinion on April 25th, 2020

If you asked me to name 44 rural communities in Alberta, it would probably be a struggle. So, when I heard that was the number with doctors threatening to or outright resigning from essential hospital services due to cuts implemented by the provincial government, let’s just say it sounded like a lot. When Premier Jason ... Read More »

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