January 25th, 2022


The Human Condition: The new anti-intellectualism

By Daniel Schnee on October 14th, 2021

People often wonder why some in society believe what is accurately called nonsense. And, as I have pointed out in earlier columns, emotional reasoning often trumps actual reasoning in the great “card game” of life. But these days there does indeed seem to be a new flavour of anti-intellectualism. Rather than the old, “My opinions ... Read More »

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Laying It Out: Promises, promises, ever the same promises

By Scott Schmidt on October 9th, 2021

As Albertans continue to grapple with a deadly fourth wave of the COVID-19 Delta variant, off in the background is a series of municipal elections that will largely shape the direction of this province for the next four years and beyond. Our focus is often monopolized by provincial and federal policy, but it’s the decisions ... Read More »

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City Notebook: Not a lot of power behind local campaigns

By COLLIN GALLANT on October 9th, 2021

cgallant@medicinehatnews.com@CollinGallant Hatters can vote on Saturday morning in advance polls and will be presented with a ballot rivalling a phonebook. There are 32 names for council on the local ballot, five for mayor, either 15 or seven school board candidates (depending), a bunch more potential senate nominees and a couple of provincial questions. But there ... Read More »

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Viewpoint: Who does one vote for?

By Larry Samcoe on October 7th, 2021

Oct. 18 is election day in Medicine Hat for the next mayor and eight councillors for 2021-25. The voters will make their choices by their preferences from this rather lengthy slate: an incumbent, a friend or relative, a recognized name, once a Tiger, a retiree, a churchgoer, political affiliation and well-qualified candidates. Another way is ... Read More »

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The Human Condition: Are circles silly?

By Daniel Schnee on October 6th, 2021

Years ago I attended a composers conference in Athens, and asked to be billeted so as to get a taste of everyday Greek life. One evening while gathered around the supper table, Amara, the family matron described looking at a bulletin board where samples of the composers’ work were on display. She went into great ... Read More »

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Laying It Out: Be careful out there, our safety net is gone

By Scott Schmidt on October 1st, 2021

On Sept. 17 the COVID crisis at Medicine Hat Regional Hospital was so bad surgeons were on standby to assist with intubations, and patients in desperate need of an ICU bed were waiting for one to come available (likely after a previous patient died). Someone close to the situation told me it was so dire, ... Read More »

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City Notebook: Looks like vaccine efforts, incentives paying off in the Hat

By COLLIN GALLANT on October 1st, 2021

cgallant@medicinehatnews.com@CollinGallant The city is now in discussions to host so-called “pop-up” vaccine clinics after encouraging results from its own campaign and a surge of coronavirus vaccinations following a provincial move to a vaccine passport system. Those clinics, requiring walk-up service and no appointment necessary, would be held jointly with AHS and other groups as the ... Read More »

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Ticked Off and Tickled Pink, Sept. 30

By Medicine Hat News Opinion on September 30th, 2021

Ticked Off Wear your masks, get vaccinated, social distance and stay at home! Stop being so selfish! Ticked Off Surgeries have been cancelled again. We have to come together in this community and take COVID seriously. Look at what is happening to the nurses and doctors in our hospitals. Those of you who do not ... Read More »

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The Human Condition: The truth about liberalism

By Daniel Schnee on September 29th, 2021

Years ago I volunteered for my local small town election. As a young Liberal I was excited to help spread the good word, since my party was clearly the best choice ever for anything, ever. I was young and idealistic, what could go wrong? While attending the first volunteer meeting things started to feel wrong. ... Read More »

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Just Pondering: My feelings

By Allyson McCaw on September 23rd, 2021

I started this whole project with the idea of bringing some levity and good-natured feelings to a situation that was causing so much loneliness and unhappiness in our world. It was cathartic for me to put pen to paper and write. However, this month I am trying very hard to find any uplifting words or ... Read More »

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