March 28th, 2017

Opinions

Quick death to ‘zombie laws’

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on March 14th, 2017

Canada’s Criminal Code was created in 1892 and has received only one significant overhaul since – in the 1950s. The document shows its age. Still outlawed are acts such as duelling, waterskiing at night and “fraudulently pretending to practise witchcraft.” Watch out, feuding 18th-century gentlemen, cottage revellers and trick-or-treaters! Not that these laws are widely ... Read More »

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Non-motorized perspectives key to debate over Castle parks area

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on March 14th, 2017

Albi Sole Outdoor Recreation Council of Alberta A strange weather pattern has hit the Eastern Slopes. It’s not a chinook. But there’s certainly a lot of hot air. The raging storm is whirling around who gets to enjoy our iconic Alberta wilderness areas, including the newly designated Castle parks and the surrounding areas around the ... Read More »

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Turkish referendum and Erdogan

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on March 12th, 2017

Reasonable people have long believed that the first person in a conversation to mention Adolf Hitler or the Nazis loses the argument. Turkey’s President Recep Tayib Erdogan does not subscribe to this view, and he has no intention of losing the argument. The argument – the referendum, more precisely – is about whether Erdogan should ... Read More »

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Time to get serious about protecting headwaters

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on March 11th, 2017

Jordan Pinkster TROUT UNLIMITED CANADA – CALGARY On Jan. 20, the Government of Alberta announced boundaries for two new parks in the Castle area. Most Albertans would assume this is good news, yet you wouldn’t know it from the way off-highway vehicle (OHV) users reacted. They are upset the Castle Parks draft management plan proposes ... Read More »

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Tackling agriculture, forestry portfolio

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on March 11th, 2017

Dave Schneider LITTLE BOW MLA At the end of the fall session of the Legislature, I was appointed to the Shadow Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry. It is a large portfolio, and I am currently in the process of becoming familiar with the file. I am aware that there are challenges and innovations that are ... Read More »

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Challenges face non-profit and philanthropic funding

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on March 11th, 2017

Philanthropic investors have high expectations Myka Osinchuk CEO, ALBERTA CANCER FOUNDATION Individuals and companies are increasingly examining philanthropic funding initiatives very carefully. They have strong expectations for high accountability and management by the organizations they invest in. More and more, their focus is shifting towards supporting projects that have clear deliverables with high impact. In ... Read More »

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What’s coming in the spring session

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on March 10th, 2017

The focus of my column this month is “back in session.” I will speak about the Throne Speech and an overview of the first week back in the chamber. I was very pleased to have several guests from Lethbridge in the gallery for the Speech from the Throne, our mayor, Chris Spearman; Mr. John Jacobson, ... Read More »

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Wasting methane can break carbon budget

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on March 9th, 2017

Phasing out methane can have environmental and economic benefits Amin Asadollahi NORTH AMERICAN CLIMATE CHANGE MITIGATION LEAD, INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE OF SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT To counter scientific evidence with political rhetoric, driven by feelings and unfounded opinions, not only turns logic on its head, but is also a dangerous pursuit. One can call this “alternative facts” but ... Read More »

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Appeal system needs fixing

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on March 9th, 2017

The federal government agency set up in 2013 to streamline the appeals process regarding benefits payments continues to get complaints about long delays and red tape – much like the system it replaced. The Liberal government is reviewing the design and operation of the social security tribunal and the review is expected to be completed ... Read More »

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Getting in step with the times

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on March 8th, 2017

Sexist dress codes have no place in modern society As International Women’s Day is celebrated today, great strides have been made toward creating more equality of the sexes, but there remains work to be done. For example, research shows women are still generally paid less than their male counterparts in many jobs. But there’s another ... Read More »

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New planets and the ‘Goldilocks zone’

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on March 5th, 2017

Discovery makes it likely life is common throughout universe Only 39 light-years away, astronomers have found seven planets circling a very small “red dwarf” star called Trappist-1. All seven are in or near what we call the “Goldilocks zone”: not too hot, not too cold, but just right for water to remain liquid on the ... Read More »

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