August 16th, 2018

Opinions

Guest Column: Canada needs an official poverty line

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on June 20th, 2018

Poverty is hard to measure. There are many aspects besides living on low income, including having disabilities or costly health problems, not being able to find decent housing, not being able to understand and communicate in an environment with increasing technological and legal complexity, and being unable to find nutritious food at reasonable prices. Still, ... Read More »

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Guest Column: Global ‘china shop’ teetering

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on June 16th, 2018

A bull in a china shop. I’ve puzzled over that phrase for years. Why would someone bring a bull into a china shop? What is a china shop anyway? And how would you ever get that bull into or out of that shop? In recent days I’ve come to understand the concept of the china ... Read More »

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Ford’s Ontario win bodes well for Jason Kenneyand the UCP

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on June 16th, 2018

Doug Ford’s resounding victory in the June 7 Ontario provincial election sent shockwaves through Canadian politics. Canada’s largest province has elected a brash Diet Trump, who, like the UCP, has made clear his opposition to one of Justin Trudeau’s signature policies — nation-wide carbon taxation. While pollsters had him neck-and-neck with Andrea Horwath’s New Democrats, ... Read More »

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NDP shows lack of political courtesy, and a sense of arrogance

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on June 15th, 2018

It looks as though we are seeing a sense of arrogance with Alberta’s NDP government that we saw with the decades-old Progressive Conservatives that were tossed out with disgust by voters a few years ago. This week the minister for agriculture, Oneil Carlier, arrived in Medicine Hat before making his way to Hilda to see ... Read More »

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MLA Report: Are we getting full value for our money?

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on June 15th, 2018

There is no disputing the fact that Alberta has a spending problem. Our per capita program expenses are the second highest in Canada. We spend $12,717 per person in Alberta, even as we run a deficit approaching $10 billion. By comparison, neigbouring British Columbia spends $2,500 less. Alberta’s NDP government has taken the position that ... Read More »

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Overall, Alberta’s economic situation looking brighter

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on June 14th, 2018

If you want to find something wrong with the Alberta economy, you don’t have to look very far. Gas prices are high. Power rates are rising. Too many are still unemployed. Business groups are worried about government regulations and the cost of rising wages. Yet it’s hard not to trip on positive economic news in ... Read More »

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A simple gesture can make a huge difference to someone suffering from depression

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on June 12th, 2018

It was startling news for many last week as famous chef and food writer Anthony Bourdain, 61, and iconic fashion designer Kate Spade, 55, both died by suicide. Whether it’s Robin Wiliams or Alexander McQueen, Kurt Cobain or Hunter S. Thompson the deaths of famous, talented and celebrated people is a stark reminder that mental ... Read More »

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Guest Column: Prevention cuts demand on the health system

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on June 11th, 2018

Provincial ministers of health and finance seek to “bend the health care cost curve” but year after year, provincial budgets bend the curve in the wrong direction, adding billions of dollars to provincial health spending. We’ve doubled spending on our medical treatment system in Canada since 2005 — and what did we get? Not improved ... Read More »

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Celebrating seniors

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on June 11th, 2018

Last week was Seniors’ Week in Alberta, and once again, politicians and others are praising our older citizens for the work they did to build the foundations of our province. But the fact is, the contributions of seniors aren’t all in the past. Many of them are continuing to contribute in a wide assortment of ... Read More »

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National Affairs: Ontario gives Ford carte blanche

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on June 9th, 2018

Ontarians have voted to shake things up. By electing Doug Ford’s Progressive Conservatives, a strong plurality of voters have signalled that they are no longer satisfied with the centre-left policies promoted by Kathleen Wynne’s Liberals and Andrea Horwath’s New Democrats. Instead, they are opting for a return to the old-time religion of tax and spending ... Read More »

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