May 20th, 2018


A different kind of tweet

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on November 26th, 2017

“The president has absolute authority, unilateral power to order the use of nuclear weapons,” said Bruce Blair. The nuclear codes are “the length of a tweet. It would take them one or two minutes to format and transmit that directly down the chain of command to the executing commanders of the underground launch centres, the ... Read More »

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Get ready to light up the darkness

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on November 24th, 2017

Happy November! Winter is in full swing now, and there are just a few weeks left until the end of the year. Happily for us, Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden is here to light up the darkness. In what has become an annual event, the Winter Lights Festival is running through December and January, with the ... Read More »

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Pipelines still have key role to play

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on November 22nd, 2017

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley welcomed the decision Monday by Nebraska’s Public Service Commission to give the go-ahead to the controversial Keystone XL pipeline project slated to run through the state. Notley said the decision is another step in Alberta’s efforts to get its oil to world markets. But that’s just one victory. Notley pointed to ... Read More »

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Bill 24 offers illusion of freedom

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on November 22nd, 2017

John Sikkema ASSOCIATION FOR REFORMED POLITICAL ACTION Bill 24, which passed into law on Nov. 15, makes children kings and queens. Schools are their castles, safe spaces from parental authority, and school staff their servants and advisers. Bill 24 demands school principals “immediately grant permission” for any “voluntary student organization” (i.e. club) or any “activity” ... Read More »

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Curiosity: A value add for Albertans

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on November 21st, 2017

Elizabeth Cannon, Mike Mahon and David Turpin Where will the next important research breakthrough come from? How will it revolutionize the way we live or work? It is impossible to predict. We can only be sure of where the journey begins: with a curious researcher testing and analyzing new, untried ideas and theories. Albert Einstein ... Read More »

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Our laws say we owe Khadr

By Lethbridge Herald on July 11th, 2017

The public outrage that has greeted the federal government’s $10.5-million payout to Omar Khadr is understandable but misplaced. It is understandable because many Canadians — based on a reasonable reading of events — consider Khadr to be a violent terrorist who reaped the bitter harvest of his own misdeeds after being captured by American forces ... Read More »

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Public input sought on assisted dying

By Lethbridge Herald on May 6th, 2016

The Liberal government recently introduced the Medical Assistance in Dying Act (Bill C-14) which would amend Canada’s Criminal code to allow medically-assisted dying for patients whose death is foreseeable given their medical condition. I am asking for your help as I prepare to vote on Bill C-14 when it makes its final appearance in the ... Read More »

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Veterans’ benefits tangled up in rules

By Lethbridge Herald on March 1st, 2016

Appearing before the Senate veterans affairs committee (last week), veterans ombudsman Guy Parent said veteran benefits have become too tangled up in complex and “byzantine” rules and too little focused on outcomes we want to achieve for our veterans. Unless that changes, he argued, “we will continue to disadvantage many of our veterans and their ... Read More »

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Monday’s Police Beat column — All crimes matter when it comes to police efficiency

By Lethbridge Herald on June 29th, 2015

By chief Rob DavisHave you been the victim of a car prowler and had loose change, cheap sunglasses or other less valuable items stolen from your vehicle?Has someone stolen a planter or ornament from your yard or vandalized your fence? Did you report it? Many people do, but we know there are a lot who ... Read More »

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The road to accountability? Tighter rules help but only if they are followed

By Lethbridge Herald on December 10th, 2014

Tighter rules will help, but only if they’re followed The provincial Conservatives are taking steps to bring more accountability to government. That’s certainly a welcome move, particularly in the wake of the scandals and excesses which marked the Alison Redford era. Of course, as the Conservatives’ critics point out, the rules are only effective if ... Read More »

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Value-added progress would help ag sector

By Lethbridge Herald on October 30th, 2013

The agricultural industry in Alberta has had its ups and downs in the last decade.   It is impossible to paint the entire sector with one brush, as prices in various commodities fluctuate wildly from year to year, and Mother Nature often plays a very large role in the level of success producers experience each season.But ... Read More »

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