April 20th, 2021

Opinions

Laying It Out: When the truth is told to be lies

By Medicine Hat News Opinion on February 6th, 2021

Gaslighting – A psychological tactic leading you to question your own reality through misinformation, misdirection, contradiction and outright denial from someone else. The purpose is to confuse and diminish your beliefs to the point you become completely dependent on that person for what you think or feel. The term comes from an old film adapted ... Read More »

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MP Report: Government that hides facts untrustworthy

By Medicine Hat News Opinion on February 5th, 2021

Trust is in short supply these days. Historically, it has always been so with politicians (and should stay that way) – however, over the past number of years trust in critical institutions has deteriorated in Canada. For example, trust in policing is at an all time low as we witness varied outcomes for differing groups ... Read More »

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Viewpoint: Sustainable long-term energy plan needed

By Medicine Hat News Opinion on February 4th, 2021

The Keystone XL Pipeline is dead, probably forever. It is an unfortunate decision by President Biden, but he is applauded by supporters in the United States and in Canada. The completion of this project would have been a boost to Alberta. Jack Mintz, University of Calgary School of Public Policy, has written that about 15,000 ... Read More »

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City Notebook: Long talked about issues come to a head Monday

By Medicine Hat News Opinion on January 30th, 2021

cgallant@medicinehatnews.com@CollinGallant Two heavyweight issues both appear on Monday night’s council agenda. Haven’t we been talking about the City Centre Development Agency and the Veiner Centre non stop for about 10 years now? When council last met, the annual matter of approving the business investment area’s budget became a wide-ranging discussion about how to reform the ... Read More »

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Laying It Out: It’s a zoo out there, but we’re the ones in captivity

By Medicine Hat News Opinion on January 30th, 2021

“I hope the conservatives can find a better monkey.” I don’t normally discuss the feedback I receive from readers, and I would never put a name beside what someone assumes to be a private conversation. But I had a short exchange this week with a truly loyal conservative voter, and it stuck in my brain. ... Read More »

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Just Pondering: Pandemic pondering

By Medicine Hat News Opinion on January 28th, 2021

The year we just put behind us was one like no other in our history. I know we have all experienced frustration, fatigue and in some cases true pain through loss of a loved one. So I would like to offer a lighter side of COVID-19 that I am pretty sure some of us have ... Read More »

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Laying It Out: Even a bad leader is better than one that hides

By Medicine Hat News Opinion on January 23rd, 2021

When I first started writing about what a Jason Kenney-led Alberta would look like I knew it would be met with skepticism. After all, a man with a track record for political prowess was parachuting in to unite conservatives against the spend-happy ways of an accidental “socialist” regime. His fiscal genius would right the sinking ... Read More »

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City Notebook: 2020 Newsmakers

By Medicine Hat News Opinion on January 23rd, 2021

cgallant@medicinehatnews.com@CollinGallant The News, like most, made essential workers the newsmakers of 2020 – the work of health-care professionals and others simply outpacing the field in a pandemic year. But without COVID, what would the year have looked like? We missed the traditional runners-up story this year, but there’s a strong case to be made for ... Read More »

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MLA Report: Unified efforts needed for both Keystone and COVID

By Medicine Hat News Opinion on January 22nd, 2021

The New Year has already presented Albertans with many challenges and troubling news. I know that as your MLA, both myself and my colleagues must work harder than ever to earn the trust of Albertans, hold ourselves accountable to our constituents and steer our province toward a brighter economic future. Alberta’s government is fighting tirelessly ... Read More »

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For What It’s Worth: Big tech companies setting the rules for online discourse

By Medicine Hat News Opinion on January 21st, 2021

There is no question that social media has become the primary medium for large scale discussion on societal issues. Almost everybody has access to the internet and therefore the ability to voice their opinions into the public sphere with ease. What people say online has influence on decision makers in both government and business, which ... Read More »

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