January 24th, 2017

Opinions

Add your input into city spending plans

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on January 24th, 2017

It’s one of the joys of January. In the warmth of your living room, you can make plans for projects, travel and special events over the year ahead. When should you schedule your holidays? Is this the year to build a new deck? Or to take that dreamed-of vacation in Asia? But more down-to-earth, what ... Read More »

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Davos: The rich are worried

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on January 22nd, 2017

“I can’t wait to see how the incoming administration deals with AI (artificial intelligence),” said U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, in a less-than-gracious reference to the fact that the Trump team hasn’t got a clue about the real driving force in the changing world economy. What was striking was that Kerry didn’t have to ... Read More »

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2016 was eventful year for Lethbridge

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on January 20th, 2017

I’m excited to share the success of the past year and provide insight into where our community is heading in the year to come and beyond. Reflecting on 2016, it’s truly impressive how much our city has accomplished. We’ve seen major community projects and events that created pride and excitement. From the first days of ... Read More »

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Alberta advantage is gone

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on January 19th, 2017

Steve Lafleur and Ben Eisen THE FRASER INSTITUTE – VANCOUVER The Fraser Institute recently released a study documenting the erosion of Alberta’s once substantial tax advantage. Specifically, it showed that, until recently, Alberta benefitted from uniquely competitive and pro growth personal and corporate income tax systems, but these key advantages have been wiped away by ... Read More »

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How to deal with drunk driving?

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on January 18th, 2017

An Ontario man was recently sentenced to six years behind bars for a drunk-driving incident in which a city worker from Alliston, Ont. was killed. The sentence has renewed debate about the value of tougher sentences in deterring drunk drivers. This latest punishment, given to 34-year-old Marcello Fracassi, continues a recent trend toward tougher sentences ... Read More »

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Cyprus: Waiting for Edogan

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on January 15th, 2017

It would be an excellent thing to reunite the island of Cyprus after 42 years of heavily armed partition, but it’s probably not going to happen this year. They’re all meeting in Geneva this week – President Nicos Anastasiades of the Republic of Cyprus and President Mustafa Akinci of the Turkish Republic of North Cyprus, ... Read More »

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Dangers of the ‘candy diet’

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on January 14th, 2017

Society will be better served if we regain an appetite for curiosity and inquiry Seth Godin The bestselling novel of 1961 was Allen Drury’s “Advise and Consent.” Millions of people read this 690-page political novel. In 2016, the big sellers were colouring books. Fifteen years ago, cable channels like TLC (the “L” stood for Learning), ... Read More »

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Addressing the ‘elephant’ in the room

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on January 13th, 2017

Happy New Year to all my constituents! I’d like to start my first column of 2017 by addressing the “elephant” in the room – the carbon levy. Albertans want a better economic future, where the highs and lows of the petroleum industry are not so severe. The carbon levy is the key tool that will ... Read More »

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New ideas are welcome

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on January 13th, 2017

A national competition is being launched with the aim of generating new ideas to help Canadians age gracefully. The National Ideathon, sponsored by the Canadian non-profit organizations Age-Well and Hacking Health, will take place in five Canadian cities in 2017 with the goal of identifying and investing in new technologies and services to support healthy ... Read More »

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Medicine a science and an art

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on January 11th, 2017

Good conversation between doctors, patients has important role to play Lynn Wilson EXPERT ADVISOR, EVIDENCENETWORK.CA – TORONTO Many people see physicians as experts in the science of medicine. In my three decades of practising as a family physician, I’ve learned that being an expert in the art of medicine is equally important. Underlying this art ... Read More »

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Using our voice

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on January 11th, 2017

One of the key aspects in a democracy is the idea that everyone has a voice – and not just at election time. The provincial government is giving Albertans a say in a couple of important areas – the next provincial budget and a review of electoral boundaries. Rachel Notley’s NDP government is planning a ... Read More »

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