January 23rd, 2018


South Africa: It could be worse

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on December 24th, 2017

“We have three gangsters, one suspect, and a president who is prisoner of a Top Six that is clearly compromised,” said Zackie Achmat, AIDS activist and Nobel Prize nominee, on hearing that Cyril Ramaphosa, a former trade union leader and businessman, had been elected president of South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC). It’s hard ... Read More »

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Alberta’s economy heating up

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on December 22nd, 2017

Results show NDP government’s plan for province is working The depth of winter is a great time for good news, and happily for us, Alberta has plenty to share! Our plan is working; our economy is looking up. The Conference Board of Canada is projecting a 6.7 per cent increase in GDP this year. That’s ... Read More »

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Ethics pledge falling short

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on December 22nd, 2017

Justin Trudeau entered the office of prime minister pledging to raise the bar for transparency and ethics. So far, Trudeau has failed to walk the talk. On Wednesday, Trudeau became the first prime minister found in violation of federal conflict-of-interest rules following a probe by federal ethics commissioner Mary Dawson into Trudeau’s vacation last Christmas ... Read More »

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When a kiss is just a kiss

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on December 20th, 2017

We do children no favours when we read lust and sexual assault into fairy tales Gerry Bowler SENIOR FELLOW, FRONTIER CENTRE FOR PUBLIC POLICY In “Casablanca,” the greatest movie ever made, Dooley Wilson (as Sam) sings: “You must remember this/ A kiss is just a kiss/ A sigh is just a sigh.” Sarah Hall of ... Read More »

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Islamic State: is the war over?

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on December 17th, 2017

Late last month, Russian President Vladimir Putin met the leaders of Iran, Turkey and Syria, allegedly to discuss a final peace settlement in the Syrian civil war. On Monday he was in Syria to announce a partial withdrawal of Russian troops from the country because they had inflicted a “total rout” on the jihadist militants ... Read More »

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Alberta’s innovative future

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on December 16th, 2017

Alberta’s economy and environment are two sides of the same coin Shannon Phillips ALBERTA ENVIRONMENT AND PARKS MINISTER Three decades ago, a cornerstone of Alberta’s prosperity was forged in a lab by a small group of talented and persistent engineers. Through a process of trial and error and many false starts, they discovered a way ... Read More »

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Search on for new city manager

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on December 15th, 2017

This month’s ‘From City Hall’ column by Mayor Chris Spearman As the year 2017 comes to a close, city council is engaged closely in the recruitment process for hiring a new city manager. Earlier this week, council approved a recruitment strategy that was developed by our search committee with assistance from our interim city manager, ... Read More »

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The end of Ali Abdullah Saleh

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on December 10th, 2017

Ali Abdullah Saleh seized power in Yemen in 1978, when he was only 36 years old. He lost it in 2012, when the “Arab spring” was in full spate, and had been trying to get it back ever since. Thirty-four years was not enough. But on Monday, his truly astonishing ability to switch sides got ... Read More »

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Correcting carbon levy fallacies

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on December 8th, 2017

This month’s ‘At The Legislature’ column by MLA Maria Fitzpatrick 2017 is coming to a close so I share this column as my last for this year. When I look back over the year I am proud of the work of our government and of the dedication shown by all my legislature colleagues as we ... Read More »

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Adverse effects of alcohol abuse

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on December 7th, 2017

Research shows complex problem carries a huge cost for society in assorted ways Al Barnhill During a recent flight between Vancouver and Calgary, I sat next to a young teacher. Like many passing conversations, we casually asked, “Where are you from? What do you do?” When she asked the latter question, in part I responded ... Read More »

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Let Vonn race against the men

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on December 6th, 2017

While “Battle of the Sexes” plays at the Movie Mill, telling the story of Billie Jean King’s victory over Bobby Riggs on the tennis court back in 1973, the most decorated woman in alpine skiing is trying to take the battle to the ski hill. American Lindsey Vonn continues to lobby the world governing body ... Read More »

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